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Tropical Paradise

Escape to a Tropical Paradise where warm breezes blow and palm trees sway. With its lush tropical climate, Cairns, Australia has quickly become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and nature lovers. Learn more about tropical fruits, tropical paintings, tropical plants, tropical fish and tropical flowers.

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The Big Apple

"The Big Apple" is a nickname for New York City, famous for its gourmet dining and night life. But many people don’t realize how much fun visitors of all ages can have here. Enjoy our guides to New York City with self-guided walks, cultural history, visual arts, architecture, museum listings, directions and parks.

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Category Archives: Luxury Destinations

6 Must-See Places In Chile Before You Die


Chile’s great length extending 4,270km makes it both an exciting and challenging country to explore. And if you’re heading here for your next adventure, you should be able to select the best places to visit in Chile to save you effort and time in planning.

Atacama Desert

Check out below for a guide.

Top 6 Must-See Places in Chile Before You Die

  1. Elqui Valley

Stretching all the way from the majestic beach town of La Serena, which is about a 7-hour travel north of Santiago to the Argentina’s border, Elqui Valley is a dramatic place that lets you witness an awe-inspiring contrast between lush greens and mountainsides. And in the rich valleys are where great farming for papayas, oranges and grapes is.  There are little towns dotting these valleys and you can stop by and visit distilleries for wine tasting. But aside from this popular activity, you can also do stargazing in the night skies.

While here, you can also check out Vicuña to sample some local food in the eateries and restaurants lining up the place. If you love adventure and sports, you can try horseback riding, trekking, cycling and off-road driving tours.

[At night, witness the spectacular display of stars – the reason this place is named the first “International Dark Sky Sanctuary”]

  1. Atacama Desert

Another must-see place in Chile before you die is the Atacama Desert (Desierto de Atacama), which is the driest and highest desert on the planet.

Expect salt lakes and stony terrains in the world’s driest desert with no rainfall that could be recorded for up to four years (central sector), or only with an average rainfall of 1 millimeter annually.

Get firsthand experience and take some photos of massive rock formations – Dinosaur Valley, Death Valley and Valle De La Luna.

These rock formations are going to leave you speechless and wonder how these all could be possible, at all!

[Exploring Atacama, you might have to spend a couple of days here, so you should look for an accommodation before going. Atacama covers 1,000-kilometer land strip west of the Andes mountains and on the Pacific Coast. The desert proper covers 41,000 sq mi (105,000 sq km) or 49,000 sq mi (128,000 sq km) if the Andes’ lower slopes will be included.]

  1. Torres Del Paine

The Torres Del Paine is the three granite peaks of the Paine Massif, extending up to 2,500 m above sea level.  It boasts rivers, glaciers and lakes as well as valleys.

This national park has some of the most amazing sceneries you should not miss in Patagonia, including the Cerro Paine mountain range, especially if you’re a trekker. Alternatively, you can either hike or drive around to see the landmarks in two days.

  1. Tierra del Fuego

Also called the Land of Fire, Tierra del Fuego sits at the South American continent’s bottom end and splits between Argentina and Chile.  Chilean’s slice of the land includes a small group of islands (many uninhabited), Isla Navarino and Isla Grande’s half mainland.

There are only 7,000 Chileans inhabiting the place, making it the least populated area in the country.

Porvenir exudes a rugged and rough charm – travelers come to relish its emptiness, adventurers visit the Parque Nacional Yendegaia and anglers are attracted in the inland lakes.

[Developments are underway in the region. In the next years, there will be a direct crossing to the Isla Navarino from Tierra del Fuego, Chile, as well as a road from Estancia Vicuña to PN Yendegaia (expected completion, 2021)].

  1. Easter Island

The Easter Island is one of the most remote places on earth that you should not miss – not only for its remoteness but also for its mysteriousness.

The place is famous for Moai statues seemingly paying homage to their creator and green hillsides as well as among hikers for different hiking opportunities and water sports enthusiasts for diving and snorkeling on the white beaches.

History had it that the people’s lineage in the Easter Island can be traced back to Micronesia and Polynesia. But more or less, only 5000 people inhabit the island – half of them are indigenous (Rapa Nui or pascuenses – for the mainland Chileans). They are fine-boned, make a living through tourism, speak Rapa Nui and Spanish, and live in Hanga Roa, the island’s only settlement.

[The only way getting here is the LAN airlines from Santiago or Peru.]

  1. The Lake District

Lake District is a region of dense forest, lush greens, clear lakes and snowcapped volcanoes. The area stretches 339 kilometers from Temuco (North) to Puerto Montt (South).

The entire district was covered in thick forests until small farm settlements arrived.

Visitors can expect a whole host of volcanoes – the largest being the Villarrica standing 2,847 meters high.  And because there are many volcanoes here, the sand in many of the beaches is black because it is from solidified lava formations that turned to fine powder later.

Overall, there are 16 large lakes and many other smaller ones in the place.

[Villarica is smoking and active but has not erupted since 1971. There are tours that will take you to the top of the volcano – how does that sound?]

Atacama Desert, Torres Del Paine, Elqui Valley, Easter Island, Tierra del Fuego and the Lake District – they are the six must-see places in Chile that you should visit before you die. Each destination is an adventure for every kind of traveler and offers a memorable experience you won’t forget in this lifetime.

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Attractions in Midtown East, New York


Midtown East is an architecturally significant corporate zone and the largest central business district in the United States. The neighbourhood is filled with some of the city’s most iconic skyscrapers, namely the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, and renowned commercial zones like Rockefeller Centre, Broadway, and Times Square. The streets of this neighbourhood remain busy throughout the day as many New Yorkers come to work here.

The lively area is home to endless premier shopping centres, extravagant boutiques and famous department stores. You can also find some of the most popular foodie-friendly restaurants here.

Times Square

Times Square

Several subway lines can be found in the area, including Grand Central Station, which is one of the most historic landmarks of public transportation.

You can say Midtown East is the centre of everything, and for its residents what distinguishes the area from others is the tranquil setting along the East River.

Attractions to visit

While exploring the area, you will find several picture-perfect moments that will make your visit to Midtown East unforgettable. Here are the top popular attractions picked for you:

Times Square: Visit Times Square to experience the immense energy and excitement of New Yorkers. Times Square is a renowned commercial intersection in the city, and the right place to hit at night if you want to explore some cool attractions, chic shops, and entertainment venues in any genre. Times Square is known for its many neon lights and huge billboards, and you can visit television studios, Broadway theatres and Planet Hollywood for the ultimate New Yorker experience.

Empire State Building: An iconic skyscraper and a prominent landmark built in 1931, this 102 storey spectacular building provides panoramic 360° views of the entire New York City from its 86th or 102nd floor observatory. No visit to New York City is complete without experiencing the stunning views of the city after dark from the top of the Empire State Building.

Madison Square Garden: This beautiful garden is located atop Pennsylvania Station between 7th and 8th Avenues. The garden is designed for professional basketball, ice hockey and boxing competitions, and in addition, concerts, ice shows, professional wrestling and similar sports events are also performed here. Situated close to many of Manhattan’s landmarks, Madison Square Garden is the oldest and most dynamic sporting facility in New York City.

Rockefeller Centre: A complex of 19 commercial buildings, the centre is spread across a sprawling area of 22-acre between 48th and 51st Streets. There are many things that you can do, see and experience to spend a wonderful evening. You’ll find New Yorkers and visitors alike, who are busy shopping, dining and exploring this beautiful location. Right from watching the inspiring art installations to the historic Christmas tree, you can surely enjoy the unlimited fun and excitement that Rockefeller has to offer during your visit.

Where to stay?

While planning your stay in Midtown East, you will find a mix of glamorous luxury as well as more affordable accommodation options. The area offers a mix of newly developed luxury condos, classic townhouses and reasonable walk-up rentals. Apart from luxurious hotels, you will find plenty of serviced apartments in the area for a comfortable and homely stay.

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The Seasons in Tokyo – Spring Blossoms to Winter Illuminations


Famous for its cherry blossoms, hectic streets and bright lights, Tokyo is a city that changes dramatically throughout the year with long, hot, humid summers giving way to hazy autumn days and crisp cold winters.

This constantly changing climate means that no two trips to Tokyo will ever be the same, with both natural and manmade attractions changing season by season.

To ensure you get the best of Tokyo whenever you decide to visit, here’s a quick guide to the seasonal highlights of this mega metropolis.

Spring

Attracting visitors from all corners of the globe, Tokyo’s cherry trees in full blossom are an incredible sight to see.

Tokyo Spring

Tokyo Spring – Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/7TJQom

Though the exact time these magnificent trees burst into bloom changes year by year, in general the flowers begin to appear in late march and can continue all the way into June.

There are several places in the city offering spectacular views of the trees, with Ueno Park, Shinjuku Gyoen and Chidorigafuchi among the most popular.

Summer

With temperatures regularly exceeding 30˚C and humidity often above 75%, summers in Tokyo are hot and humid. And when it is hot outside, there are few things the residents of Tokyo like to do more than throw a good party.

With a variety of festivals and events taking place throughout the summer, it’s an action-packed time to visit the city.

From the giant water fight that takes place at the Fukagawa Hachiman Festival to the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival, the oldest of its kind in the world, if you visit Tokyo in the summer months, be prepared to have a great time.

Autumn

If spring time in Tokyo is all about flowers, autumn is all about leaves as the trees in the city’s many ornamental gardens and parks erupt in a spectacular display of autumn foliage.

From bright yellows and oranges to deeps reds and browns, the magnificent display of autumnal leaves is a truly unforgettable sight.

Though you’ll be able to see some fantastic trees as you travel around the city, head to Rikugien, Koishikawa Korakuen or Mount Takao for a truly breath-taking view.

Tokio Autumn

Tokio Autumn – https://flic.kr/p/5Gbkj3

Winter

Snow might be rare in Tokyo but come late November and December the city’s streets come alive with incredible festive light displays and an array of illuminated shrines.

Though Japan doesn’t celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, this doesn’t stop it from going all out when it comes to illuminations and there are some breath-taking displays to be seen throughout the city.

From Rappongi Hills to Midtown, different parts of the city seem to compete with each other to see who can produce the most dazzling illuminations.

The most popular locations can become very busy on the 24th December, so try to go before if possible.

Boasting a wealth of attractions throughout the year, fantastic shopping and an array of luxury hotels, Tokyo is undeniably one of the world’s great destinations.

Why not book yourself a trip now and see what all the fuss is about?

 

Relax in the Sicilian Coastal Regions


There is no doubt that Sicily has some of the best and most pristine beaches in the world. Surrounded by the crystal blue Mediterranean, the island has a plethora of stunning beaches and beachfront properties, making it a great place to take a relaxing vacation. The water is swimmable almost all year round and there are even some natural springs to enjoy during the colder months. If you want to have a truly relaxing stay in Sicily then find one of the many beachfront holiday homes to rent and take a real vacation on the magical isle.

Sicilian Coast

Sicilian Coast

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Romantic Destinations of a Lifetime


Whether it’s your first holiday together, honeymoon or anniversary, a holiday to one of the world’s most romantic destinations is sure to put that spark to your relationship. Think white sandy beaches, endless sunsets and crystal clear waters against a backdrop of luxury. There’s nothing more romantic than the thought of spending quality time with your loved one in a stunning location, surrounded by culture and natural beauty. Create memories that will last a lifetime with a special break for just the two of you and experience some of the world’s most beautiful and breath-taking resorts.

Maldives

With its exotic, breath-taking landscape and fabulous resorts, it is hardly a surprise that the Maldives remain a firm favourite with A-list celebrities. A range of amazing activities await you, from the relaxing indulgence of spas and picturesque lagoons to a range of water sports for those couples with a sense of adventure. With a variety of stunning locations to suit everyone, the Maldives is the choice destination for couples in search of a holiday with a touch of class and glamour. Romantic evening walks along the beach await you, with plentiful bars and restaurants to enjoy each other’s company. Read more

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Decadent Countryside Getaways


The great British staycation is seemingly becoming ever popular, but unlike the British holidays of days gone by, things have changed enormously. Think less camping and more glamping, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors whilst coming home to comfort and better yet, electricity. With so much stunning scenery on offer, it’s understandable why.

Norfolk countryside

Norfolk countryside

Whether you’re planning a week in the incredible Scottish Highlands, several days in the inspiring Lake District or a weekend in the gorgeous Norfolk countryside, there are plenty of ideas for accommodation, food and activities that guarantee you will have a decadent countryside getaway. Read more

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Iced Luxury: Unusual Luxury Holidays in Chilly Destinations


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An Insight into Sardinia


For many, this beautiful island below Corsica in the Mediterranean Sea is without doubt the jewel in Italy’s crown and its popularity amongst Read more

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Hidden in Full View


London boasts an incredible range of activities and attractions and a whole host of accommodations, restaurants and nightlife to compliment it. However, much of London is fast becoming a cliché as everyone who stays in the city watches the changing of the guards at Buckingham palace and visits the massive Arts collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Read more

 

Destination Australia – A Quick Guide to Sydney


Sydney has become one of the most popular destinations for travellers around the globe in the past couple of decades, whether for business or pleasure. From its magnificent architecture, such as the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to the laidback atmosphere around the city there is so much fun to be had in this cosmopolitan city. It has also become an important location for those looking to escape for a year in the sun and work after finishing University, who appreciate the culture on offer in the city and its impressive nightlife. Read more

 
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