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All about the Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki

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When it comes to finding the perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and artistic expression, the award-winning 5-star Lazart Hotel in Thessaloniki stands head and shoulders above the rest. Nestled in a prime location just 10 minutes from the bustling city center, and conveniently situated across the street from the Lazarist Monastery, this vibrant art hotel offers an experience like no other. Step into a world where contemporary luxury merges seamlessly with creative expression, transforming the Lazart Hotel into a living gallery of eclectic design elements and a dynamic ambiance. The spacious rooms and unparalleled views make it the ideal choice for families, couples, professionals, and anyone looking to explore the vibrant city of Thessaloniki. But Lazart Hotel’s excellence doesn’t stop there. As part of the Zeus International Group’s ambitious 10-year plan to establish itself as one of Europe’s foremost hospitality management companies, Lazart Hotel is a shining example of their commitment to excellence. With strategic partnerships and new investments, Zeus International Group has grown dynamically over the past seven years, investing over 250 million Euros into new developments. Through these efforts, they have expanded their portfolio to include 20 hotels, totaling over 4000 rooms and exceeding a value of 1 billion Euros. With the recent acquisition of Lazart Hotel and several other properties, Zeus International Group solidifies its position as a key player in the global tourism and hospitality industry. “These new additions to the company’s portfolio demonstrate our dedication to the advancement and development of tourism and hospitality in Greece and abroad,” shares Haris… Read More

2024 travel predictions: unveiling the latest trends in travel

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Get ready for an exciting year of travel in 2024! As we look ahead, Booking.com has unveiled its travel predictions that will shape the way we explore the world. From matchmaking holidays to mindful aesthetics, here are some trends to watch out for. As we embark on a new year of travel, these trends will shape our experiences and inspire us to explore the world in different ways. To learn more about Booking.com’s 2024 Travel Predictions and discover the full report, visit here. Book your next adventure and embrace these exciting travel trends. Start planning now and make 2024 a year to remember!

The World’s Most Beautiful Villages You’ve Probably Never Heard Of 

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The Best Tourism Villages by UNWTO is a remarkable global initiative that sets the spotlight on exceptional villages globally, valuing the integral role tourism plays in conserving cultural heritage, promoting diversity, offering opportunities, and protecting biodiversity. These are they: Lephis, Ethiopia – Africa  Nestled within the heart of Ethiopia’s Lephis Forest lies the lush village of Lephis. This hidden gem is renowned for its stunning waterfalls, pristine hiking trails, rich flora and fauna, and awe-inspiring panoramic views. A united and close-knit community valuing sustainability and eco-conscious living, the village of Lephis is involved in conservation efforts and ecotourism, ensuring that the natural beauty of the area is preserved for generations to come. Local artisans craft handmade souvenirs and organic products which reflect the harmony between nature and the village’s culture.  The forest is home to around 2,000 households many of which are now supported by what’s called Lephis Ecotourism Village – a community-based initiative to preserve local heritage and help the community, while encouraging tourism through the provision of tour guide services and supply of local crafts. Visitors can purchase handicrafts such as beaded jewelry and wood carvings made from local grass and bamboo, thanks to the village’s Mishike Handicraft Association, which employs both men and women.   Located just 160km south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, this village is a haven for nature enthusiasts, eco-tourists, and adventure seekers alike.  Caleta Tortel, Chile – America  In Chile’s XI region, Caleta Tortel is a historic timber port nestled between the Northern and Southern Ice Fields. It’s known for its charming Guaitecas Cypress wood boardwalks and structures. Explore the local culture through conservation activities ranging from traditional Guaitecas Cypress raft construction to immersive beekeeping experiences guided by friendly locals. Travellers can also enjoy culinary adventures with dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced and seasonal produce. Caleta Tortel offers a unique opportunity to experience the magic… Read More

Discover the most overrun holiday destinations: where tourists outnumber locals

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Imagine strolling along the cobblestone streets of a picturesque city, getting lost in its rich history and vibrant culture. The sights, sounds, and flavours tantalise your senses, creating memories that will last a lifetime. But what happens when these beloved destinations become overrun by hordes of tourists? We delved into the data to uncover the most over-touristed cities and countries around the world, and the results are eye-opening. Here’s more about why we should stop descending on Mykonos, Greece! Topping the list of the most overloaded cities is Phuket, Thailand. With a staggering 118.5 tourists for every 1 resident, the bustling streets of this once idyllic paradise can get incredibly crowded. While the Old Town retains its charm, it’s hard to escape the throngs of visitors during peak season. In fact, Thailand dominates the rankings, with Pattaya and Krabi taking the second and third spots respectively. It’s clear that this Southeast Asian gem is a magnet for tourists from all corners of the globe. But it’s not just cities that bear the brunt of over-tourism. Austria takes the crown as the most over-touristed country worldwide. With an average of 3.6 international visitors per resident, the nation’s natural beauty and cultural treasures attract millions each year. From the stunning alpine landscapes to the historical charm of Vienna, Austria has captured the hearts of tourists worldwide. Following closely behind are Hong Kong and Greece, with estimated tourist-to-inhabitant ratios of 3.8 and 3 respectively. Curious to know which other destinations made the list? Here are the top 10… Read More

Why vineyards make great holiday destinations

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Embarking on a journey through the world’s finest vineyards is not merely a venture into wine tasting; it’s an exploration into the heart of culture, history, and the art of winemaking. As you traverse lush vine rows, the intoxicating aroma of ripening grapes fills the air, an invitation to the exquisite experience that awaits. In the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy, you’ll encounter centuries-old vineyards, their robust Sangiovese grapes poised to become the region’s famed Chianti wine. Here, amidst the stunning scenery and rustic architecture, the passion for winemaking is palpable, a legacy passed down generations. Cross the ocean to Napa Valley, California, where vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see. This American wine mecca is known for its distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon, a testament to the region’s unique climate and soil. Wine tours here often include barrel tastings, a behind-the-scenes look at the winemaking process, and, of course, breathtaking vistas. As you sip on the fruits of these lands, remember that every vintage tells a story, from the terroir that nourishes the vine to the winemaker’s personal touch. A vineyard journey is an adventure of the senses, a celebration of tradition, and an unforgettable experience to savour. Coming up in just two days’ time, the much-anticipated World’s Best Vineyards list will be unveiled! This prestigious compilation, which celebrates the absolute pinnacle of global wine tourism, is the product of discerning selections by the Voting Academy. This esteemed body, composed of over 500 leading wine connoisseurs, sommeliers, and travel experts, has meticulously curated the… Read More

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort introduces exquisite seasonal specials

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If you’re seeking an unparalleled travel experience steeped in luxury and tradition, look no further than The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Part of St. Regis’ “The House of Celebration” initiative, this pristine paradise is about to introduce two time-limited culinary and cocktail specials that will transport you back to the grandeur of the Astor family’s legendary festivities. Much like the changing collections of haute couture fashion, the House of Celebration adopts a unique theme for each season, curating exclusive cultural, dining, and fashion experiences. This summer, in one of the Asia Pacific region’s most exquisite locations, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli is set to launch the “Celebration of Place”, featuring a bespoke pairing menu at their newly opened Asian specialty restaurant, T.Pan. With a nod to Japanese Kaiseki cuisine, the new T.Pan set dinner menu brims with dishes that celebrate local ingredients. Kicking off the culinary journey is the Osaka Nights “Otoshi” appetiser, a tantalising blend of Roku gin, Aperol, Antica Formula Vermouth, and Ume Liqueur. Dinner starts from USD $350++, and for those who like their meal accompanied by the perfect drink, a beverage pairing option is available for $220++. Drawing from the St. Regis New York’s famed King Cole Bar’s focus on the art of drinking, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli introduces a taste of New York with a Maldivian twist at The Whale Bar. The star of the show is the limited-time Tropical Tuna Twist cocktail, a refreshing concoction of Clear Tomato Water infused with Maldivian Chili and Curry Leaves, Tuna… Read More

Oaks Hotels officially a Habit for Humanity

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If you’re planning a trip to Australia or New Zealand and are looking for a hotel chain that is dedicated to giving back to the community, then Oaks Hotels, Resorts and Suites might just be the perfect choice for you. As part of their Oaks Giving Tree program, this hotel chain has partnered with Mount Franklin and Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for disadvantaged families in Australia and New Zealand. Guests staying at any Oaks property can now contribute to this worthy cause by purchasing Mount Franklin water during their stay. For every bottle sold, one dollar is donated to Habitat for Humanity Australia and Habitat for Humanity New Zealand. These funds will go towards building safe and secure homes for vulnerable people in our communities, including those impacted by natural disasters, people with disabilities and their carers, indigenous Australians and those fleeing family violence. Each bottle of Mount Franklin water features a branded neck tag, so you can easily identify them at the hotel. This initiative is called Hydrate for Humanity, and it’s a fantastic way to stay hydrated while helping those in need. According to Craig Hooley, Chief Operating Officer for Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand, “Our Hydrate for Humanity activity with Mount Franklin and Habitat for Humanity further elevates our work as part of the Oaks Giving Tree Program, in providing support to low-income families facing adverse circumstances.” In addition to this fantastic initiative, Oaks Hotels is also involved with Habitat for Humanity on another level. The hotel chain… Read More

5 gadgets to make your next economy flight more comfortable

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As much as we love travel, the experience of flying economy class can be uncomfortable and tiring. However, there are gadgets that can make your flight more comfortable so you can arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore. Here are some of the best gadgets to make flying economy class better: Portable Footrest Hammock: Sitting in an economy class seat for several hours can leave you with numb feet or aches and pains. The Portable Footrest Hammock is designed to give you maximum comfort during long flights. It is adjustable and can fit any height traveler. It also packs away easily in your carry-on luggage. Bluetooth Transmitter and Headphones: Have you ever been stuck on a flight with noisy neighbors? The Twelve South Airfly Pro Bluetooth Transmitter can connect to any device with a headphone jack and transmit audio wirelessly to your headphones. This gadget is perfect for watching movies or listening to music without disturbing others. Universal Airplane Phone Holder: Watching movies or TV shows on your phone is a great way to pass the time on a long flight. The Universal Airplane Phone Holder is a hands-free device that attaches to the back of your tray table. It rotates 360 degrees, so you can adjust it to any angle and watch your favourite show comfortably. Travel Pillow: Rest is essential on a long-haul flight, and the right travel pillow can make all the difference. The Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Travel Pillow provides excellent neck support and is made with high-quality… Read More

Why New Caledonia is a great holiday destination for winter

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As winter sets in down under, many Aussies look to the Northern Hemisphere for warmer climes. However, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to escape the cold. New Caledonia is accessible in just two hours from Brisbane and three from Sydney and boasts year-round summer weather, making it a perfect destination for those seeking sunshine even in winter. During June-August, which is considered the dry season for this South Pacific oasis, temperatures sit at a very pleasant 22°C with lower humidity, clearer skies, and more sunlight than other times of the year. This mild climate makes outdoor activities more comfortable than in the sweltering heat of summer. With countless activities to do in New Caledonia, you’re sure to find your perfect tropical escape this winter. The destination has little congestion even during peak season in summer, but visiting in winter means even more space to yourself. Here are some of the top activities to enjoy: Explore the lagoon Diving and snorkeling are great activities to enjoy in New Caledonia’s World Heritage-listed lagoon, especially between June and October when the clear blue waters offer better visibility. If swimming isn’t your thing, take a flight over the lagoon to enjoy the view from above. Taste a slice of France New Caledonia’s French influence is strong, and you can enjoy wine tastings, cheese, and pastries all year round. Don’t miss the Bastille Day celebration on July 14th, complete with a parade of lanterns, community dances, and fireworks. Go hiking New Caledonia is a hiker’s paradise,… Read More

Best romantic travel destinations right now


Winter in Australian cities means one thing: GET OUT. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic destinations in the world that couples should consider for their next getaway, in collaboration with StressFreeCarRental.com  And if you’re planning a holiday, you’ll need coffee, don’t forget… Iceland is an unexpected but fitting destination for couples who seek adventure. The country boasts of unique and rugged landscapes that offer the perfect backdrop for an action-packed trip. Witnessing the stunning glaciers, waterfalls, and lava fields followed by the mesmerising Northern Lights makes Iceland a charming destination for couples. Venice, Italy is a quintessential romantic location that should not be missed. Couples can explore the city’s enchanting streets, sample authentic Italian cuisine, and ride the iconic gondolas through the picturesque canals. Nice, France offers the perfect balance between relaxation and romance. This French Riviera gem is an ideal destination for couples looking to escape the crowds of Paris. The sparkling blue sea, vibrant old town, and stunning views make Nice one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a fairytale destination where couples can leave behind the stresses of everyday life. The island’s sweeping green landscapes and breathtaking sunset spots make it an undoubtedly romantic getaway. Hamilton Island in Australia is a top destination for couples seeking natural beauty and luxury. The island boasts of gorgeous blue seas, stunning coral reefs, and romantic landscapes that attract couples from all over the world. New York City, USA may be known as the… Read More