Category: TRAVEL

Apes Hill Barbados: The Ultimate Multi-Generational Luxury Retreat

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In a world increasingly valuing quality time with extended family, multi-generational luxury breaks have soared in popularity, and Apes Hill Barbados is emerging as the premier destination that truly has it all. This idyllic Caribbean resort is set to enchant visitors with its new activity programme for spring and summer 2024, coinciding perfectly with Barbados’ excitement for the ICC T20 World Cup. A Haven of Activities Under the Sun With over 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, Barbados is an active vacationer’s dream. At Apes Hill, guests can indulge in a myriad of activities designed to cater to every age and interest. Picture yourself enjoying sunset yoga sessions, partaking in lively couples golf tournaments, or pushing your limits in invigorating boot camps. For those with a competitive edge, padel tennis events await, while nature lovers can explore the island’s beauty through gully walks. Families are well-catered for with children’s movie evenings, cooking demonstrations, sports camps, and even freshwater fishing excursions. Sunil Chatrani, executive chairman of Apes Hill Barbados, encapsulates the resort’s ethos: “We are cultivating a new sense of luxury island living here at Apes Hill, and our new activity programme only adds to the exceptional lifestyle we are offering.” Luxurious Family-Friendly Accommodation Nestled among Barbados’ natural coral and lush foliage, Apes Hill’s three-bedroom courtyard villas offer an unparalleled stay. Each villa boasts a private swimming pool with breathtaking ocean views, ensuring guests enjoy the perfect blend of privacy and social space. Designed to capture natural light and breeze, these villas provide an ideal sanctuary for… Read More

Top 10 most disappointing attractions in Australia

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From iconic landmarks to unforgettable experiences, Australia undoubtedly boasts some of the world’s most stunning tourist attractions, drawing in millions of visitors and locals each year. However, not everyone shares the same enthusiasm when visiting these famous sites, with some finding the attractions less impressive than anticipated. To help you decide which tourist spots are worth your time, the language learning experts at Preply analysed Tripadvisor reviews to examine the language used by visitors to describe both positive and negative experiences at major destinations. They started by compiling a list of Australia’s top 25 most popular and renowned landmarks and then analysed the number of 1, 2, or 3-star reviews to identify which attractions may leave you feeling underwhelmed. 1) The Ghan, Adelaide to Darwin Disappointing for 20% of visitors Taking the top spot as the most disappointing landmark in Australia is The Ghan, with a surprising one-fifth (20%) of visitors left feeling underwhelmed.  Running between the northern and southern coasts of Australia, The Ghan is famed for being one of the world’s most renowned passenger train journeys. Although an overwhelming number of reviews boast an ‘excellent’ experience, those who rated the experience between 1-3 stars highlighted the overcrowdedness, lack of sleep, and the experience not being ‘up to scratch’ for the luxury cost. 2) Bondi Beach, Sydney Disappointing for 18% of visitors Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, claims the title as the second-most disappointing tourist attraction in the country, with a staggering 18% of reviews deeming it disappointing.  Famous for its clear blue ocean, soft golden… Read More

Best place to watch theatre in Athens: discover the city of Athens Lycabettus theatre

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Nestled atop the majestic Mt. Lycabettus, overlooking the enchanting city of Athens, lies a cultural gem that has captivated hearts for decades – the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre. This summer of 2024 marks a momentous occasion as this iconic venue reopens its doors after years of anticipation, beckoning both locals and tourists to experience the magic of open-air performances in a setting like no other. A legacy of musical splendour For years, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre has been a cornerstone of Athens’ cultural scene, hosting legendary concerts that have left an indelible mark on the city’s musical history. Imagine the thrill of witnessing performances by renowned artists such as Radiohead, Björk, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and many more against the backdrop of the starlit Athenian sky. It’s a venue steeped in history and melodies that resonate through time. A grand revival Originally envisioned by the esteemed architect Takis Zenetos in 1965, this architectural marvel has recently undergone a grand renovation, breathing new life into its hallowed stage. Following a spectacular reopening in September 2023 with a magnificent concert by Greek composer Stavros Xarchakos, this summer heralds the true debut of the theatre’s renaissance, promising a lineup that will set the city abuzz with excitement and anticipation. Summer extravaganza Operated by Technopolis Athens, the City of Athens Lycabettus Theatre is set to dazzle audiences with a vibrant program of over 50 nights of concerts catering to diverse musical tastes. The summer season kicks off with collaborations with esteemed music festivals like Plisskën Festival… Read More

Want to see whales? Here’s your chance

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In response to the growing demand for wellness experiences among travellers, Majestic Whale Encounters is offering several unique whale-swimming tours with a wellness twist to cater to this emerging travel trend. Wellness tourism has rapidly become one of the fastest-growing segments in the tourism industry, now valued at £506 billion globally according to the Global Wellness Institute. This surge in popularity mirrors a global shift towards prioritising health, well-being, and experiential travel, with travellers increasingly seeking wellness experiences. Located in the picturesque tropical islands of Tonga, Majestic Whale Encounters offers numerous wellness and off-the-grid tours that enable guests to slow down and connect with their inner selves amidst Tonga’s tranquil scenery. Whales and Wellness Tours Majestic’s Whales and Wellness tours offer an immersive escape to a secluded eco-retreat on the scenic island of U’oleva in Tonga. Set along the eastern barrier reef of Ha’apai, guests embark on a remarkable journey, spending five days swimming alongside majestic humpback whales while relishing moments of relaxation and wellness onshore. When not exploring the underwater world, guests can engage in yoga sessions and moments of quiet reflection to disconnect from the hectic pace of daily life, fostering a profound connection with themselves and the surrounding nature. For those seeking a bit more activity, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkelling are also available. Female-only Whales and Wellness tours are an option as well. Tours run during September and October. Off-The-Grid Tours Majestic Whale Encounters’ Off-The-Grid tours offer a week-long retreat on the remote Tongan island of U’oleva, providing a unique opportunity… Read More

Salina in Sicily is your next big summer trip

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Príncipe di Salina, a luxurious haven nestled amidst the lush greenery of Salina—a Mediterranean gem off Sicily’s coast—proudly announces the completion of its Grande Pool Renovation, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in refined elegance and authentic Mediterranean charm. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Principe di Salina (@principedisalina) More than just a destination, Principe di Salina embodies a soulful sanctuary, seamlessly blending the timeless allure of Sicilian tradition with contemporary sophistication. Perched upon the tranquil remnants of an ancient volcano, our boutique hotel is a testament to the rich heritage and natural beauty of Salina, offering guests an immersive journey into the heart of Italian culture. As the sun-kissed shores of Salina beckon, Principe di Salina unveils its renewed Grande Pool, a masterful fusion of architectural innovation and local craftsmanship. Spearheaded by the visionary designs of Linea T architect Salvo Terranova, the renovation introduces two expansive open-space suites atop the main edifice, epitomising the essence of private Aeolian Mediterranean living. Complementing this, the pool deck undergoes a metamorphosis, now exuding a vibrant social ambiance, courtesy of a new pool bar and enhanced convivial spaces. In homage to Salina’s storied past and pristine landscapes, the pool renovation pays tribute to sustainability, utilising locally sourced materials such as Sicilian rocks from Catania and light lava stones, fostering an intimate connection with the island’s rugged terrain. The addition of Sicilian white ceramics accentuates the bar area, infusing the atmosphere with a touch of Mediterranean allure, while the aquamarine hues of the Aeolian Sea are evoked… Read More

Los Angeles Tourism celebrates the 54th Annual LA Pride

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LA Pride returns, promising an incredible lineup of events, including LA Pride in the Park headlined by Ricky Martin, the LA Pride Parade & Block Party on Hollywood Boulevard, LGBTQ+ Pride Night at Dodger Stadium and PRIDE is Universal. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Discover Los Angeles (@discoverla) Stay & Slay: LA Tourism Offers Exclusive Hotel Deals for LA Pride Attendees Los Angeles Tourism will join the 54th annual LA Pride festivities this June through its support of the organization and its annual lineup of events. LA Pride stands as one of the largest Pride celebrations in the United States and the world. Throughout LA Pride, local Angelenos and travellers can secure a nearby hotel with the best available rates and enjoy welcome amenities, discounts, and more at select properties. “LA Pride beautifully captures the spirit of our City of Angels with its focus on unity, inclusivity, and self-expression,” said Adam Burke, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “We are incredibly proud to invite both our fellow Angelenos as well as travelers from around the world to join us in celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.” LA Pride in the Park will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024, across more than 20 acres of lush green space at LA State Historic Park. The event will feature dozens of local and LGBTQ+ vendors, a huge variety of food & beverage, beer gardens, and a special lineup. The global icon Ricky Martin will headline LA Pride in the Park,… Read More

Exploring the Maldives: an eco-conscious paradise at Nova Maldives

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The Maldives, an archipelago of 26 atolls scattered in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, is a dream destination for many travellers. With its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant marine life, it offers an unparalleled escape into nature’s lap. Among its spectacular islands, Nova Maldives stands out as a beacon of eco-conscious luxury, dedicated to preserving the ocean’s delicate ecosystem. Nova Maldives, cocooned on its own island in the South Ari Atoll, provides a private and eco-friendly island experience. This resort invites guests to rediscover their inner selves and foster meaningful connections with nature and others amidst a soft-luxury setting. Surrounded by a vibrant marine ecosystem, Nova is renowned for its spellbinding marine experiences, offering unique opportunities to watch whale sharks and manta rays in their natural habitat from over 30 spotting points. In celebration of World Ocean Day, Nova Maldives has announced a lineup of activities spearheaded by Afaa Abdulla, one of the Maldives’ few female diving instructors and a visionary PADI Professional dedicated to female empowerment, conservation, and environmental awareness. Afaa, a remarkable 22-year-old conservationist, has a deep connection to the ocean, having grown up on a northern Maldivian island. Trained under the esteemed Zoona Naseem, the Maldives’ first female PADI Course Director, Afaa aims to share her profound love for the ocean with travellers who are captivated by the sea’s allure. From June 6th to June 9th, Nova Maldives will host thematic briefings, presentations, and guided activities to educate guests on the region’s ecology. Topics include the biology of whale… Read More