Archive for 2010

Top 5 Valentine’s destinations for Island romance


Top five retreats for Island romance
As Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, couples can make a weekend of it by crossing the Solent for a romantic break on the Isle of Wight. From a smart boutique hotel or stylish country retreat to a luxurious self-catering barn, couples can indulge in gourmet delights, spend time soaking up the stunning coastal scenery, take romantic walks on the beach, or simply kick back and relax. Leading ferry operator Wightlink (0871 376 0013 has come up with its top five retreats for die-hard romantics to spend a special weekend with their loved one on the ‘Diamond Isle’.

5 Best Beach Resorts In Mexico


Mexico is full of culture, delicious foods, and beautiful beaches. Some of the more famous locations aren’t the best, but still impress with their wonderful spa treatments and fashion. Here is the list of the top 5 beach resorts in Mexico!

The Caminoa Real Las Hadas is one of the top beach resorts. It’s luxury hotel rooms leads the way to charm and romance. This isn’t your average overpopulated resort hotel, in fact, it is one of the little known treasures in Mexico. The beach here is stunning and tropical, making it one of the most perfect locations for a summer retreat.

10 Valentine’s breaks to the New Forest


Romance in the New Forest this Valentine’s

January 2010:

The New Forest National Park in Hampshire is the perfect place to romance a loved one this coming Valentine’s weekend.

There is even a village called ‘Lover’ near Fordingbridge – the perfect place to pop the question!

Here are just some of the Valentine’s breaks available from member of the New Forest Tourism Association.

For more ideas of places to stay, or things to do in the New Forest, visit

Sheer luxury at Chewton Glen – from £419.50 pp

Impress your loved one with a Valentine’s Day stay at Chewton Glen, the UK’s leading country house hotel, on Sunday 14th February.

Champagne and red roses await on arrival, then relax in the award-winning spa before enjoying a five-course gourmet dinner with wines selected by the Chef Sommelier. Spend the night in a fabulous room then awake to a Champagne breakfast to round off the perfect romantic break. From £419.50 per person (two sharing). Call 01425 275341 (

5 Las Vegas Travel Photography Tips


Las Vegas is a city of lights, entertainment, and action. There are hundreds of thousands of subjects to photograph here, all of which may be flashing or constantly moving. Getting a good snapshot in can be a challenge, and sometimes it isn’t worth the hassle to get a good photo. On the other hand, Las Vegas is a beautiful city that deserves to be in the spot light. Here are 5 tips for taking magnificent travel photos for your memories.

1. Try to avoid view obstructing objects. The farther you are away from people and trees, the better your photos will be. Therefore, rooftops and parking garages make great locations for “certain” photos. If you can get to a parking garage with a good view of something, take advantage of the lack of people and high height. Rooftops are hard to get on top of, but they are the perfect place to take quality photos. Any time you can be higher than the general public, is most likely a good time to get beautiful photos of the nearby buildings.

New Dubai Cruise Terminal to open next month


Dubai to open new Cruise Terminal next month

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has announced that its new cruise terminal located in Port Rashid complex will be inaugurated in February giving a big boost to the cruise tourism segment in the region’s best cruise tourism destination.

The façade of the New Cruise Terminal building is based upon Dubai’s contemporary Arabic design. The main purpose is to reflect Dubai’s rich heritage as a maritime center, present a strong positive image of Emirati hospitality, and to express the importance of Dubai as an international tourist destination. Special attention has been given to the exterior and interior of the terminal. Traditional domes, arches and carvings are the major architectural elements that constitute the exterior facades.

The terminal has been designed to handle four ships simultaneously and cater to the increased number of Cruise Ship calls.

Jetstar and AirAsia Form World First Alliance


Jetstar and AirAsia form world first alliance

In a world first for low cost airlines, Jetstar and AirAsia announced today they would form a new
alliance that would reduce costs, pool expertise and ultimately result in cheaper fares for both carriers.

The alliance brings together the Asia Pacific’s two leading low cost, low fare carriers and will focus on a range of major cost reduction opportunities and potential savings – to the benefit of customers throughout the region.

Key to the agreement is a proposed joint specification for the next generation of narrow body aircraft, that will best meet the needs of the low fare customer of the future. Both airline groups will also investigate opportunities for the joint procurement of aircraft.

Qantas Airways Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce, Jetstar Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan
and AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes finalised the agreement in
Sydney today.

New for 2010: Walking in Yellowstone, Glacier and the Grand Tetons


New for 2010: Walking in Yellowstone, Glacier and the Grand Tetons

Enjoy some of the best day walks in North America – exploring three of its National Parks – on the new 16-day Yellowstone, Glacier and the Grand Tetons guided walking itinerary courtesy of HF Holidays, the UK’s largest walking and leisure activity holidays company.

Discover the spectacular scenery of Yellowstone – the world’s first national park – with walks in Firehole Valley – featuring the largest concentration of geysers in the world – along the North and South Rim Trails of the Grand Canyon and up to the summit of Mount Washburn.

Take in glaciers, waterfalls and glacial lakes in the Glacier National Park with highlights including the Marias Pass area, Iceberg Lake and Grinnell Glacier in the Many Glacier Valley, whilst in the mountain wilderness of the Grand Tetons National Park, walking options include Paintbrush Canyon, the Cascade Canyon Trail and the Teton Crest Trail.

InterContinental Hua Hin Resort played host to Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams


InterContinental Hua Hin Resort played host to Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams

Maria Sharapova at the exhibition match with Venus Williams at Centennial Park, Hua Hin, Thailand

Bangkok, 5 January 2010 – InterContinental Hua Hin played host to former world number one Maria Sharapova and Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The tennis stars were in Thailand for an exhibition match commemorating Hua Hin City’s 100th anniversary, before heading to Hong Kong as part of their Asian tour.

Maria making merit: Sharapova offering alms to monks, a Thai tradition for a good start to the new year

The pair stayed at the newly-opened InterContinental resort and Sharapova even joined the hotel’s management team in offering alms to monks during her stay, as part as a special ‘insider experience’ organised by the resort.

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