Review of the InterContinental Hong Kong

Wow. Is all you can say when you walk into the huge living room complete with grand piano and double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows. And through the HONGKONGwindows you can spy the room’s private, infinity-edge pool against the 180-degree uninterrupted backdrop of Hong Kong’s famous city skyline.

This is the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental, and at 7,000 square foot, it’s the largest suite in Hong Kong.

The bathroom, too, is something else. Firstly, the bathtub complete with countless jets is so big that you could fit a whole Hong Kong Rugby Sevens team in it. It’s also perched right by floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering sweeping views of the city while you bathe. The super–high-tech showers also offer the same stunning view. And then there’s the private steam room and sauna. Oh, and Chanel toiletries.

But it’s the suite’s private pool that has really become an iconic image across the world. And it’s not hard to see why. It’s large for worldwide private villa standards, let alone space-starved Hong Kong standards. Nestled alongside the pool is a private sunbathing area. And

Travel Guide: 24 hours in Buffalo, New York State

Buffalo-NY-696x522The Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Area covers two counties – Erie and Niagara – in Western New York, with a population of some 1,135,500 people. I chose to spend 24 hours on the less well-trodden tourist track of Buffalo city, located on the eastern end of Lake Erie, before heading to the sublime Niagara Falls, some 17 miles away.

The city sits at the beginning of the Niagara River, which flows northward over Niagara Falls and into Lake Ontario.

The Buffalo-Niagara Falls Metropolitan Area covers two counties – Erie and Niagara – in Western New York, with a population of some 1,135,500 people. I chose to spend 24 hours on the less well-trodden tourist track of Buffalo city, located on the eastern end of Lake Erie, before heading to the sublime Niagara Falls, some 17 miles away.

The city sits at the beginning of the Niagara River, which flows northward over Niagara Falls and into Lake Ontario.

Buffalo was once one of the largest and most prosperous of all American cities. Mark Twain was an editor on the Buffalo newspapers and

Be the first to go to Tulia Zanzibar

tulia_zanzibar_swimmingpool3-1068x712When two men from the Czech Republic decided to build a hotel hundreds of miles away on a small beach resort in East Africa’s Zanzibar they never imagined how problematic following their dream would be. They could hardly speak the local lingo and it took three years of haggling just to procure the necessary permits.

They employed 200 local workers and began to create their vision of a luxury beachside resort even though they had not an iota of experience in construction. Their style was pretty hands on, but their inexperience, inevitably, led to disappointment when their imagination and the reality differed. After two years of building they realised there were flaws and demolished everything only to start again.

Later than hoped and with the help of architect Barbara Mluvkova, the duo have finally launched the Tulia Zanzibar. Their offering is an all-inclusive 5* boutique beach resort. It’s pretty exclusive with just 17 bungalows. Each is made of local stone and wood, and has its own path that leads through the lush gardens to its door.

Imagine waking up everyday to

Are You Considering Sailing Lessons for Your Child?

Your kids have reached that age where you fret running into fellow parents who are more than eager to list off the gazillions of afterschool activities they’ve enlisted their little champions into. In the meantime, your own are in the living room killing off zombies and digging pixelated holes with pixelated tools, or Minecraft as the they call it.

Perhaps an afterschool activity couldn’t hurt, it would get them out of the house a little. Other positives include making new friends and getting exercise. If nothing else, a reputable programme or school might give you bragging rights with the other parents.

Why not choose an afterschool activity that gets them involved in something you might like to do with them some day? How about sailing? Should kids really learn to steer their own bareboat charter, or is it selfish to get them involved in your hobby? Here are a few good reasons you can boast about enrolling your child into sailing school, from healthy habits to self-confidence.

We tidied our room already, can we play?

Can you imagine a dimension where your child kept their room clean and tidy on their own volition?

3 Tips For a Novice Traveler

After thinking and analyzing your economic situation, you make the decision to start a new adventure. Traveling is something you’ve wanted to do all your life, and here is the perfect time to make your dreams come true.  If you are new on the subject, here are three tips for traveling like a pro!

Research

Behind every good trip there is a good research. It’s important to know every part of your trip; weather, currency rates, transportation, food, etc. Make a list of what you would you like do, if you picked that place as your first option it’s because there is something you want to see or visit. Look at the top of your list for things that represent that city, these will help you to make decisions. Start looking at the flight tickets; if you look for tickets in advance you can get good deals. Also some websites can keep you updated with their daily discounts. If your budget gives you a little bigger range to spend, don’t be shy… you can choose many activities to do on your vacation, try everything, enjoy and take pictures.

Food

A new country is going to have everything different than home, you need to be

Five Tips for Hiring a Campervan

Whether you are a resident or a tourist, hiring a campervan is a great way to take an Australian holiday. It allows you to explore the more remote areas of the country without needing to travel hundreds of kilometres to find lodging for the evening or having to camp out. To ensure you don’t have any issues on your trip, here are five tips for hiring a campervan.

Decide on Needs

Before you start checking on prices for campervans, you need to decide on the size of the campervan that you need. If you are travelling with your spouse, then you can get a cheap campervan hire in Australia that will have most of the comforts of home. If you are travelling with children, then you may want to hire a slightly larger campervan than you need in order to have more room and amenities, such as a full bathroom.

Choose a Package Carefully

When you finally start looking at the various campervans for hire, consider what you need and choose a package that fits those needs and your budget. Most companies will include almost all the supplies you will need for the

Planning for a Trip in US? Read this for the Easiness of Your Accommodation!

People cannot live alone. Everyone needs the other people to support their living no matter what kind of condition that we should face in our life. When we are sad or we are in the bad condition, we really need the friends that will encourage us to awake. In the good condition, we need the friends to share with. In this case, the existence of the other people plays important role for our life. Let say in the condition of buying something, we also need the help of the makers and the sellers also, right? Even in the indirect way, people really need the help from the other also.

But commonly for the direct interaction, the needs of our friends here is very important. Commonly, if you have the more social relations that you have, you will have the more friends. If you want to have many friends in your life, make sure that you can maintain the good relation with them. But you should remember that not all friends will be such a good friend for you. That’s why you need to be really careful in trusting someone as your friends. I believe by knowing many

All you wanted to know about fishing in Dubai

Dubai, which has become one of the world’s best business cities also boasts of a great sea front. You have a wide range of water sports and it is pretty famous for organizing one of the world’s finest fishing events. If you are enthusiastic about fishing, then you should definitely try fishing trips Dubai. There are numerous fishing charters you can go to in Dubai, but it isn’t easy to find one. Here is some information about the different kinds of fish found in Dubai

  • Grouper- It is one of the tastiest fish and comes in various sizes and types. The Greasy Grouper or Arabian Grouper found in Dubai weighs around 5-40 kg and its length is around 30-100 cm. Groupers can be found any day at any time of the year in deep waters. They usually live in the bottom of the sea and inhabit deep coastal reefs. The only way you can catch one is bottom fishing having a squid as a bait.
  • Kingfish- Also known as King Mackarel, the Kingfish has various characteristics like razor sharp teeth, strong, fast and big. It weighs about 70 kg grows up to 2 m and generally found in warm waters in

Coast Guard halts search for cruise ship passenger who fell overboard

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard on Sunday evening suspended the search for a Texas man who reportedly fell from a cruise ship 40 miles off the Florida coast.

Coast Guard officials said they halted their search for David Mossman, 46, following an “exhaustive” effort that covered 2,583 square nautical miles with helicopters, ships and airplanes.

Mossman fell approximately 100 feet to the water from Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas about 11 p.m. Friday, 40 miles south of Key Largo’s Carysfort Reef Light, the crew told the Coast Guard early Saturday. A Coast Guard Cutter Gannet, an Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter and a HC-144 plane were employed to look for Mossman.

“We want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Mossman as the decision to suspend a search is never an easy one to make and is done with great care and deliberation,” said Chris Eddy, search-and-rescue technical specialist at the Coast Guard 7th District. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and an exhaustive search, our crews were unable to locate him.”Experts said the 100-foot fall likely would have stunned or killed Mossman; if he survived the drop, his chances of remaining alive in the 65-degree water

How to find and book hotel for automobile travelers

If you love traveling by car but you’re not a massive fan of camping and want to stay in hotels during your journey, there are some aspects that you should consider. Before you leave for your trip, here are some recommendations to help you book an appropriate hotel:

  • Plan and research. Every successful trip starts with careful planning and researching so you shouldn’t ignore this essential step before hitting the road. You can look up various hotels on the websites and compare the prices, but you should remember that the most budget-friendly alternatives will probably not be listed on popular platforms. Also, you can browse through the blogs of automobile travelers to get the most relevant and trustworthy information regarding your hotel options.
  • Affordable parking. While traveling by car you have to leave it somewhere, and not all hotels have parking lots nearby, or they can be expensive. Depending on the weather, you can decide if you need indoor or outdoor parking. The best strategy is to find a hotel with protected affordable parking so that you don’t worry about your vehicle being elsewhere but still get an opportunity to save money, especially if you decide to stay for a while. When

Get Masters tickets that will put you at the forefront of the action

Georgia is one of the great jewels of the South. Its sandy white beaches, lush tropical scenery, and warm breezy weather make it the perfect spot for holiday-makers. But the state’s treasures go beyond its stunning natural beauty. It is also home to one of the greatest events in sporting history: the Masters Golf tournament. Although Georgia has always been one of the best places to get away from it all, each year thousands descend upon the state to enjoy a game that is unlike any in the sporting world.

The Masters has featured names that have gone down in golfing history. It is not only an intense, game taking place over a number of days, it is an event. It is an entire mood, atmosphere, and environment of fun, excitement, and delight. Visitors to Georgia in the summer can enjoy both the present reality of beach front recreation, gorgeous weather, great dining, and world-class shopping as well as experience one of the greatest competitions in the world.

Getting masters tickets that will put you at the front of the action can be a challenge. That is why you should work only with a professional in trying to

Hot destinations, top trends

2015 was a tumultuous year in which world events turned beloved travel destinations like Paris into temporary battlegrounds.

Will that keep U.S. travelers from venturing abroad in 2016?

The signs are pointing towards a resilient traveling public.

TripAdvisor, the travel review site, surveyed 2,250 U.S. travelers in the wake of the Paris attacks at cafes and a concert venue and found that 90% were not planning to change their 2016 travel plans as a result. Of the 10% who said they would change their plans, 61% said they would avoid specific destinations and 35% said they would stick to domestic travel.

Anthony Roman, president and founder of a global investigation and risk management firm, Roman and Associates, says travelers shouldn’t be discouraged from seeing the world. But they should be cautious. His advice: When on a trip, vary your daily routine, remain unassuming, use common sense, be alert and have a plan in mind should something go wrong.

“We can’t ignore the new reality, but we shouldn’t stop living either,” he says.So where do the experts think U.S. travelers should head to this year?

Brazil has been much buzzed about in the last few years because of its turn as host of the 2014 World Cup

Vienna Six things to do on a visit to Austria’s capital

Vienna has just been named the world’s best city to live in 2016. And, as this year also marks the start of EasyJet’s direct Edinburgh to Vienna route, we asked our friends at Skyscanner to tell us the top things to do in this beautiful city.

Check out their top tips below – and add to them in the comments box!1. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s death, so it’s the ideal time to pay a visit to the Schönbrunn Palace, the Emperor’s former summer residence, which is just one hour from the city centre.

2. No break here is complete without a visit to the Museum Quarter, where you’ll find beautiful Baroque buildings alongside sleek towers of glass and chrome, and the Leopold Museum, chock-full of modern Austrian art.

3. When you need to recharge your batteries, head to one of the city’s institutional beer halls for a stein of potent Austrian lager – recent addition Brickmaker’s Ale andCider House on Zieglergasse claims to have the largest selection in the country.

4. Vienna is known for its well-organised public transport and the popular use of bikes in the city

Miami Florida

South Beach is Miami’s undeniable gay hotspot. It consists of tons of bars, restaurants and shopping for straight and gay tourists alike, but all-in-all a very gay-friendly area. 12th Street Beach is the “gay beach”, easily marked by the two rainbow flags and exceptionally gorgeous people. The most consistently popular gay bars are the long-standing Score and Twist, both situated in the South Beach area. The Palace on Ocean Drive hosts weekend drag brunches where visitors can watch drag shows spilling into the busy streets. Lincoln Road is a pedestrian mall popular among tourists and locals, offering a wide variety of open-air restaurants and a plethora of shopping.

Beyond South Beach, the up-and-coming Design District offers one of the newest art scenes in the country. Also, on a longer visit, nearby Fort Lauderdale and Wilton Manors are just a 20 mile drive north. Key West is a 3 hour drive south – possibly a little far for a day trip, but the “Southernmost City” is ultra-gay-friendly and a quaint and historic getaway.

Miami Pride takes place in early April and consists of a parade down Ocean Drive, followed by a festival and

Best Trips 2016

Côte d’Or, Burgundy, France

Photograph by Günter Gräfenhain, SIME

Best Vantage on Vintage France

With vineyards first planted by ancient Romans, the Côte d’Or—the most revered winemaking area in Burgundy (Bourgogne)—draws wine pilgrims from around the globe. Natives here insist there’s no place in France with wine traditions more deeply rooted, more consciously cherished. They have something else to be proud of: In July 2015, UNESCO inscribed the region on its World Heritage List. Plans for a new wine center, the Cité des Vins de Bourgogne, will further celebrate this hallowed terroir.

A far cry from Bordeaux’s flat landscape, historically dominated by aristocratic families, the fabled chalk slopes of the Côte d’Or form a snaking ribbon of land in some places no more than a third of a mile wide. This labyrinthine wine terrain about three hours’ drive southeast of Paris is owned by hundreds of farmers, many of them descendants of peasant families and some with just three rows of vines in a field the size of a bowling alley.

Rent a bicycle to taste your way along the Route des Grands Crus, which includes oenophile-magnet vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet. At neighborhood haunt La Grilladine, in the medieval town of Beaune, pair the beef bourguignonne

The Friendliest Fitness Craze?

I tend to avoid exercise; running for a bus or the last train is usually as energetic as my day gets. Therefore, it was with some trepidation I entered the threshold of Dolphin Fitness Club in Pimlico; I was there to try aqua-spinning.

Invented by an Italian physical therapist, aqua-spinning is exactly the bizarre concept it first appears – basically cycling underwater. For those that have tried spinning – I haven’t, but I’ve seen some tortured faces leaving a spinning class – the idea of high-octane cycling with the added resistance of water seems like a hellish combination.

You can perhaps see why I wasn’t overjoyed that last Thursday evening saw me in the unfamiliar territory of a fitness centre, rather than snuggled up in bed watching Breaking Bad or Homeland. But Dolphin Fitness Club is a pleasant experience from the start; all attractive smiling receptionists and gleaming floors and walls.

The pool was something else; the undulating waters were softly lit with the kind of icy glow you expect in a classy cocktail bar, not a swimming pool. I gawped at it through sheets of polished glass on my way to the changing room, and while the hint

Seven days in Laos

Puttering down jungle rivers, scaling mist-lacedmountain roads, ziplining across treetops, and sitting roadside with a steaming bowl of noodles: it’s all possible in one week in Laos without losing that special sense of calm the country brings.

With seven days, a few bus rides and some well-timed cafe stops, you can take in the country’s relaxed capital of Vientiane, outdoor-activities haven Vang Vieng, and stunning World Heritage city Luang Prabang.

Day one: Vientiane

In the nation’s friendly capital of Vientiane, visit Laos’ most important national monument, Pha That Luang (Golden Stupa) and take in the surrounding temples. As the temperature rises, head closer into town to scope out the beautiful temples of the inner city, such as Wat Si Saket, with some cafe stops in between. At sunset, join the rest of Vientiane’s city folk and take a stroll along the Mekong. Come evening the old quarter beckons, with its range of tasteful restaurants at affordable prices.

Day two: Vientiane

Get right under the skin of Vientiane with Tuk Tuk Safari, a brilliant tour outfit with a community spirit that takes you by tuk-tuk to the realcity. In the company of a friendly local, you’ll witness a silversmith at work, go behind the scenes

Seven perfect bars for sunset-watching in Bali

Bali is famous for its kaleidoscopic sunsets which arrive on cue at around 6pm every day of the year. Whether you’d rather laze on the beach with a Bintang or sip a cocktail high above the waves, Indonesia’s most popular holiday island is packed with great spots to kick back and watch the sun sink into the sea with a sundowner in hand. Read on for our favourites.

Rock Bar, Jimbaran

Vibe: seaside sophistication

Built on rocks jutting out of the Indian Ocean, this minimalist open-air bar is arguably the most stylish spot to sink a cocktail on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula. Part of Ayana Resort & Spa, the Japanese-designed space, which often hosts local and international bands and DJs, features a bartop constructed using thousands of layers of recycled glass canes. Adding to the glamour, Rock Bar is accessed via an inclinator that traverses a cliff-face. Expect a bit of a wait to get in (unless you’re a hotel guest, in which case you get queue-jumping rights).

Double-Six Rooftop, Seminyak

Vibe: urban-beach glamour

Bali or Bond film? It’s easy to forget where you are when the elevator doors open into this cavernous lair atop the ultra-chic Double-Six Hotel. Think: fire pits,

Myanmar essentials: a guide to planning your Burma trip

As Myanmar (also known as Burma) continues to open up to the outside world, more travellers are venturing to this alluring country.

The Aung San Suu Kyi–led National League for Democracy came to power in Myanmar during the historic general election of November 2015, and the country is embracing change. But this is a nation that has seen decades of harsh military rule – there’s a hopeful but cautious energy. Myanmar is undergoing a rapid transition and it can be difficult finding the latest information on what to expect when you visit. Here is a brief rundown to help you plan your trip.

Before you go

Visas

It is now possible for citizens of 100 countries to apply online for a tourist e-visa via Myanmar’s Ministry of Immigration and Population website (evisa.moip.gov.mm). Note that it is only possible to enter Myanmar on an e-visa at Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports. Check the immigration website for the latest.

Accommodation

The massive increase in visitors since sanctions were lifted in 2012 has stretched Myanmar’s tourist infrastructure to the limit. There is a shortage of hotel rooms in major destinations such as Yangon andBagan, though many new hotels

Exploring Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

World Heritage Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, with its karst mountains, underground rivers, historic sites, extensive caves and unspoilt jungle, is packed with opportunities to hike, bike, paddle or simply relax in one of Vietnam’s most spectacular and interesting regions.

The national park is famously home to Hang Son Doong, discovered in the early 1990s and confirmed as the biggest cave on the planet only in 2009. In recent years the cave has become one of the hottest tickets in travel for in-the-know adventurers. Negotiating its 5km-long cavern is superbly exciting, but guided tours are limited and beyond the budget of many. Luckily there are many other activities – both below and above ground – to occupy travellers in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang area.

Biking the Bong Lai Valley

Grab a quirky hand-drawn map from either the Phong Nha Farmstay (phong-nha-cave.com) or the Easy Tiger hostel (easytigerhostel.com), and spend a day exploring the Bong Lai Valley. Meandering tracks and back roads made for mountain bikes weave through local villages and along sleepy rivers, passing by an ever-expanding array of laidback attractions. Lunch on grilled chicken with peanut sauce at the Pub with Cold Beer, or spend a relaxing afternoon in a rustic riverside shelter at the Wild Boar Eco-Farm.

Angkor what? Getting to know Cambodia’s most iconic temple

A visit to Cambodia’s World Heritage Temples of Angkor complex, voted by Lonely Planet as the world’s number 1 sight, is understandably high on the list for many travellers. Get to know a little about the history, meaning and features of its most renowned and iconic temple, Angkor Wat, then start planning that once-in-a-lifetime trip. What is it?

Angkor Wat – built by Suryavarman II (r 1112–52) – is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building.

The temple is the heart and soul of Cambodia and a source of fierce national pride. Unlike the other Angkor monuments, it was never abandoned to the elements and has been in virtually continuous use since it was built.

Special features

Western orientation

Symbolically, west is the direction of death, which once led a large number of scholars to conclude that Angkor Wat must have existed primarily as a tomb. This idea was supported by the fact that the magnificent bas-reliefs of the

Where to go on holiday in 2016

Australia’s reefs

To the Barrier … and beyond
With Sir David Attenborough espousing its delights in his latest BBC documentary series, the Great Barrier Reef – made up of the 1,400-mile string of islands, coral reefs and sand cays off the Queensland coast – is ready for the rush. One of Attenborough’s programmes features the giant manta rays of Lady Elliot Island, 50 miles from Bundaberg (a four-hour drive from Brisbane), and visitors can check them out on a stay at the island’s eco-resort (twins from £83pppn).Another option is to nip over to Lady Musgrave Island on a new catamaran from Bundaberg (day tour £100) or pack a tent to make like a castaway on Lady Musgrave, the Whitsunday or Lizard islands (permit £3pp). Or try glam hostelRambutan, which opened recently adjacent to the reef in Townsville (dorm beds from £14, rooms from £60).

Alternatively, head for Ningaloo Reef on Australia’s north-west coast, which attracts far fewer tourists than the Great Barrier and has plenty to offer. At its southern end is the superbly remote Gnaraloo Sheep Station, where you can volunteer on operations such as protecting turtle nests, or use it as a base for fishing, surfing (some of the best breaks in the world

How to have a holiday adventure in the UK

Sean Conway, who swam the length of Britain

One of my best adventures was swimming the length of Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in 2013. It had never been attempted before and took 4½ months in the sea. It was horrible, miserable: I was cold, hungry, wet and lost, much of the time. I call it “hindsight fun”, because it was an experience I’ll never forget.

Another tough but amazing adventure was the three peaks cycle challenge in 2012. A lot of people climb the three peaks (Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis) in 24 hours, but I cycled the 425 miles between them too, completing it in 60 hours. To prepare for this kind of adventure, you have to be really physically fit. Your body will cope with a lot more than you think it can, and if you put it under stress during training, you’ll be better prepared for the real thing. I always say that mileage makes champions, and I get as much mileage in before the adventure as I can. The same goes for mental preparation – I purposely put myself into stressful situations in the lead-up. I train alone,