That’s enough to send anyone’s heart racing—that is if you’ve seen the preliminary slide presentations of the retreat. As in most W properties, the Retreat Koh Samui is built to impress. The hotel is slated to open on November 1, 2010. Because we’re all excited, we still think this can’t be soon enough. Can’t it open next week?
The first thing you’ll love about it is the sheer size of the private pools. The pool of the guest villa is almost as big as the guest house itself. For average New York Hotels, pools that size are meant to be used by all hotel guests. When you book your stay at one of the guest villas of the W Retreat Koh Samui, you have the whole pool to yourself.
It a sad a frightening affair when one of Qatar Airways’ pilots dies while flying from the Philippines to Doha, Qatar. The flight had to be diverted for an emergency landing to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia so another pilot and crew could replace the pilot who passed away. Qatar Airways remains silent about the pilot’s cause of death, and gave no hint that the passengers were ever in any danger.
This happened last Wednesday, aboard Qatar Airways flight 645. The plane left Malaysia in no more than 2 hours and immediately headed to Doha. The landing in Malaysia was timed at 11:35 AM. When asked about the incident, Qatar airlines only assured us that their primary concern is still the safety and comfort of their passengers.
While space tourism isn’t likely to become an actuality in a few years, here’s another major breakthrough. The Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise, one of the first five spaceships built for commercial transport, just completed its solo flight. The test flight was the first time the spacecraft didn’t have to be hoisted to space and brought back down by Eve, its mother ship.
This time around, the VSS Enterprise flew 45,000 feet above the Mohave Desert on its own and landed safely back on earth. What’s more, the flight was manned, and the spaceship glided smoothly for 11 full minutes—a good sign in anyone’s standards considering the niche Virgin Galactic is breaking.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, enthusiastically said that the “sky is no longer the limit.”
Most spas embrace the basic three-R tenet of rejuvenation, relaxation, and renewal. However, only the best spas around the world have what it takes to grab the fourth R: romance. Spas are fast becoming prime date places for couples who want to spark up their relationships. When you go to a spa, you hit two birds with one stone. You have a blast while spending time together, and you get to relax from the strenuousness of your daily routines.
However, the first part of that statement can only really happen if you visit these spas. Let us take you to the most romantic, renewing, relaxing, and rejuvenating sites around the world.
Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos
Getting the most expensive bag of the lot doesn’t make a light traveler out of you. Below is a list of the best eight travel tips for choosing the right carry-on.
Tip #1 Find out your airline’s weight limit for carry-ons
Once you step into the luggage section of any department store, sales people will crowd you and probably convince you to buy a bag that’s bigger than what you need. Remember that most of the expensive packs in this section are for camping. You’re purchasing a bag for a weekend getaway whenever you take the plane. Most airlines only allow up to 15kg for carry-ons. Buy a bag that’s just small enough for this weight limit.
Tip #2 Always go for quality
Ah, Christmas: the time of good cheer, snowmen, Santa Claus and of course, presents. Every year, we struggle to find the perfect present to give to our loved ones; and we endure long lines at the check-out counter, elbow our way through throngs of shoppers and listen to the same Christmas songs blaring on public speakers. Indeed, it’s fun to shop for friends and loved ones, as you think of their faces while you’re browsing through boutiques. But if you’re like us and you like to indulge in a little bit of personal shopping, here are some places you might want to check out.
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From buying it to slurping it: in this article, tea aficionados teach new recruits how to pick good tea, and to keep everything at a budget. After all, much of it involves knowing what you’re looking at and not just paying good money for popular tea labels.
Tippy Leaves. While you’re shopping for good tea, it’s best to look for tippy leaves. These are young leaves which still have a light brown or gold lining or speck on their surface. These are the tea leaves that have been picked from the top of the plant, opposed to bigger, older leaves which have been picked from the bottom. The younger leaves may be pricier and rarer, but they’re also better tasting.
Are you the type of person who’s wary about going to museums of fear of being bored out of your mind? Would you much rather stay at home instead of looking at ancient artifacts from behind glass cases? Today, we think our mission of getting you off the couch and sending you out the door is already cut out for us because we’ll be sharing with you a couple of museums that are in no way dull or boring.
These museums house some pretty interesting artifacts that will definitely grab your attention and possibly even change your mind set about museums. Okay, some of these things are pretty old, like the ones housed in the Museum of Jurassic Technology, but if you want to learn more about the dogs used for the Soviet Space Program or works of art that need a microscope in order to be viewed, then this is the place to be (just don’t expect to look at dinosaur bones).