January 24, 2015

10 BEST ISLAND GETAWAYS FOR 2015

MYKONOS, GREECE

Where to Stay: The all-suite luxury boutique hotels Bill and Coo and Bohème offer stunning sunset views.

 

NASSAU, BAHAMAS

The Bahamas are undergoing an unprecedented expansion along the "Bahamian Riviera," as Nassau’s Cable Beach will be known when it officially debuts its $3.5 billion Baha Mar development. Opening in spring 2015 along 3,000 feet of beachfront, the massive property will include the largest casino in the Caribbean, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, 14 pools, 30 restaurants and bars, a luxury retail village; a high-end spa, and a 2,000-seat performing arts center.

Where to Stay: Baha Mar hotels swinging their doors open in 2015 include the Grand Hyatt, SLS Lux, Rosewood, and the Baha Mar Casino and Hotel.

 

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

When its civil war ended in 2009, Sri Lanka refocused its energy into becoming a modern island nation, with millions pouring into developments, including new casinos, an overhaul of the waterfront, a Formula One racetrack, and five-star hotels, including a Sheraton poised to open in the capital in March.

Where to Stay: The soon-to-launch Sheraton debuts on March 1, 2015. In the interim, the well-appointed Tintagel is comprised of 10 modern suites.

 

NECKER ISLAND, BVI

This BVI retreat made headlines when Kate Winslet was reported to have saved Richard Branson’s mother from a fire on the property in 2011. But you don’t have to be a celebrity/hero to stay at Branson’s hideaway hotel, which is newly rebuilt after the devastating fire. Guests can book the property and, in effect, the entire island, with a party of up to 30 adults. If not, keep an eye out for “Celebration Weeks” from August through October, when Branson welcomes individual or smaller group stays.

Where to Stay: There’s no alternative; Branson's hotel is the sole option on the isle.

 

PALM JUMEIRAH ISLAND, DUBAI

Having won the bid to host the World Expo 2020, Dubai has declared its goal to become the world’s most-visited city by that time. In preparation, the popular man-made, palm tree-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah is welcoming a slew of new lodging options in 2015 and 2016. The Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach recently opened its doors; next up is the Langham, right on the waterfront, with all rooms equipped with outdoor terraces; then the $100 million Niki Beach debuts in the fall. A W follows suit in 2016, as will the Paramount.

Where to Stay: The Four Seasons is taking bookings, and offering special introductory rates.

 

TAIPEI, TAIWAN

To usher in 2015, the buzz is that Taipei will host the most extravagant fireworks display in the world at Taipei 101, its landmark skyscraper (formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center), along with a giant public concert. Also dressing up the skyline in 2015: the Rem Koolhaas-designed TPAC, a performing arts center set next to the Shilin Night Market.

Where to Stay: The Grand Hyatt Taipei sits right in the city’s financial center; the Mandarin Oriental debuted in 2014.

 

GRAND TERRE, NEW CALEDONIA

A 2.5-hour flight from Auckland, New Caledonia is becoming the new eco-destination of the South Pacific. The island of Grande Terre boasts the world’s second-longest reef, and was just named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rare dugong turtles are among the 15,000 marine species that make the reef home. Soon, the island will mark the site of the world’s first heart-shaped solar field: The panels will generate enough energy for 750 homes, reducing two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over 25 years.

Where to Stay: Le Meridien and the Ramada Plaza are conveniently located in the capital of Nouméa.

 

BALI, INDONESIA

The Ritz-Carlton is opening its next ultra-exclusive reserve, Mandapa, in Ubud; and with Starwood planning three properties, and a newly opened cooking academy at the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, the hotel chains are betting big on Bali. There are also high-profile “boutique” brands moving in, from the 12 villas of The Stairs Bali to the Chedi Club Jimbaran. Plus, the island has a brand-new dance festival in 2015—Forgotten Island Bali, from April 6–9, with a lineup of all-star DJs.

Where to Stay: Mandapa, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve, is slated for a summer debut; the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay is a popular celebrity getaway.

 

ARUBA

Aruba is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which celebrates its 200th birthday in 2015, so commemorative events will be taking place on the island all year long, including Sail Aruba 2015 (May 1–3). During Sail Aruba, the public can tour visiting tall ships; savor a celebration of seafood; hear international music; and sail in (or simply cheer on) their favorite vessels during the races. At the end of May, the 15 year-old Aruba Soul Beach Music Festival hits the island. Though the 2015 lineup is still being determined, past guests have included Robin Thicke, Babyface, and Ashanti.

Where to Stay: Ritz-Carlton Aruba is one of the island’s newest openings, while the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino is a highly regarded veteran.

 

THE FAROE ISLANDS

On March 20, 2015, Denmark’s Faroe Islands will experience a complete solar eclipse—one of only two places in the world where it will be visible from land. The islands, which lie off the coast of Northern Europe between Norway and Iceland, will come alive with celebrations surrounding the event. You can count on music being involved, as the islands are known for their vibrant music scene. The annual G! Music Festival in July and the new Hoyma Festival in November are two great reasons to visit at other times of the year.

Where to Stay: Gjáargarður Guesthouse features a roof lined with turf, mimicking the surrounding mountain landscapes.

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January 23, 2015

Honeymoon Destinations of Turkey

Istanbul is a hot honeymoon destination which is quite famous for its scenic beauties, numerous shopping centers and vibrating night lives.

Antalya is one of the popular honeymoon destinations in Turkey and it is also considered to be a significant city along the Mediterranean coast. It has a charming harbor, vibrating nightlife, wonderful resorts, numerous shopping malls and restaurants to entertain all the young honeymoon couples. You can easily catch up the beauty of Turkish countryside from there and that is surely the ideal place for the honeymoon couple who want to experience the magic of tranquility.

The Lara Beach would be a wonderful honeymoon destination in Turkey. Here, you will be finding several options for luxury hotels providing accommodation just by the side of golden sandy beach. Lara Beach is just 16km from the Antalya center and it is definitely an ideal place for having a relaxing honeymoon. Those who are looking for some offbeat honeymoon destinations in Turkey, they can opt for Konakli.

Konakli is a small traditional town in Turkey which offers plenty of options for water sports and you would definitely love the fascinating shingle beach of the region. You will find Kiris, the 7km west of Kemer. A couple of restaurants are there to pamper your taste buds. You can go for some exciting coastal boat cruises from there. Other popular honeymoon destinations in Turkey are Beldibi, Colakli, Goynuk, Tekirova and Denizyaka.

Cappadocia is a spectacular place for honeymoon. Couples can marry in a hot air balloon, floating above the chimney like rock formations of the Cappadocia landscape, or inside a historical cave church.

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January 22, 2015

Honeymoon in Greece

A honeymoon in Greece has offered generations of newlyweds the experience of both an ancient civilization as well as a vibrant, living culture. Whether embracing on the steps of the Acropolis or the waters edge during sunset at Cape Sounion; drinking ouzo at a café or sipping a glass of Retsina while awaiting the ferry to Santorini; here is where romance is at its most sensuous.

As you explore all there is to do and see in Greece, you’ll be reminded of the many romantic scenes from the film, Mama Mia. You’ll feel the tug of history in each warm welcome extended by those known for their joyous hospitality. And you’ll relish each sun-filled day here as partners in a real-life paradise.

Begin your honeymoon in Athens – the cradle of this great civilization. Select your accommodations not only for the romance, but also to be near the exuberant night life of the Plaka where the evening doesn’t truly begin until after 10. And, no matter where you go in this diverse country, food will be one of the more extraordinary ways through which you can embrace the Greek way of life.

Outside of city life, you can also journey together to explore the Greek isles much like the classical heroes of ancient times. Whether you travel just to Aegina or to Crete, each island will provide a unique experience – history and vivid scenery that can be mixed with cosmopolitan nightlife or simply tranquility and peace.

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January 21, 2015

Plan a day trip around Manali

While you decide to step out and explore places to visit near Manali, you'll be surprised with these even more beautiful and less crowded spots located in the lesser-traversed areas of the Himalayas. If you've had your fill of the Manali's central Mall Road and want to venture out from the hill town, then here are some short trips that you can plan while you're in the area.

Malana

A one-and-a-half-hour-drive from Manali towards Parvati Valley leads to Jari village, which marks the ascent for a steep uphill hike to the village of Malana. The village that was unaffected by modern civilisation a few years ago, is now frequented by many travellers. While you explore the village on foot, make sure you do not touch any of the villagers or their belongings, as they are particular about not coming in physical contact with anyone who does not belong to their clan. The village was destroyed in a massive fire in 2008, but has been refurbished, and is now lined up with multiple eateries and guesthouses. The village offers a quiet escape from the crowded town of Manali and makes for a perfect day trip. Taking a guide along is recommended.

Kasol

Nestled in the picturesque Parvati Valley, Kasol is a small village 42 kilometres east of Kullu and about five kilometres from Manikaran. Stretching along the Parvati River, the village which is divided into Old Kasol and New Kasol (separated by a bridge midway) offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Kasol is a base for treks to Sar Pass, Yanker pass, Pin Parbati Pass and Kheerganga. A two-hour drive from Manali, the village—which was always popular with backpackers—has now become a major hub for visitors who want to escape the crowds which converge on Manali. It's dotted with bakeries, restaurants, bars and pocket-friendly guesthouses.

Solang Valley

Around 13 kilometres away from Manali, this pretty valley is a popular spot for adventure sports, especially skiing. Situated between Solang village and Beas Kund, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and glaciers. In summer, it has facilities for paragliding, zorbing, mountain biking and horse riding. In winter, especially between January and March, it is used for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. It also hosts a winter skiing festival. The Directorate of Mountaineering & Allied Sports in Manali also organises basic, advance and intermediate level courses in skiing. For the less-adventurous, there are also plenty of walking trails all around.

Naggar

The former capital of Kullu, this town lies on the left bank of River Beas, 21 kilometres from Manali. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and remained the political centre until the capital was shifted to Sultanpur in 1460 AD. Its major attraction is a beautiful castle, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. The building was once the residence of the rulers of Kullu, and is an excellent example of western Himalayan architecture. It is made of wood and stone, and has carved doors and windows. There is a small museum, a temple and a nice restaurant within the premises. Naggar was also the home of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, who lived here from 1929 till his death in 1947. His house has been converted into an art gallery, which exhibits his colourful paintings of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

Manikaran

Located on the right bank of River Parvati, Manikaran is popular for its hot sulphur springs. It attracts Hindu and Sikh pilgrims, who come here to take a dip in the water which is considered to have healing properties. According to legend, the springs were created when a giant snake stole goddess Parvati's earrings and then threw them out on the ground here. The town also contains the huge Sri Guru Nanak JI Gurudwara, which was constructed in 1940 by Sant Baba Narain Har Ji. It is located near the river, and offers bathing facilities for men and women. There are also a couple of temples including the Raghunath Mandir and Naini Devi Mandir in the vicinity.

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January 20, 2015

The best restaurants in Manali

The best restaurants in Manali aren't restricted to the city's heart in buzzing Mall Road, but are also dispersed amidst the quiet by-lanes of Old Manali. Choc-a-block with eateries that offer everything from Spanish and Italian to French and Indian fare, these restaurants have something for every kind of traveller. We've rounded up the five restaurants that rise above the rest, both in terms of food and ambience.

Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted

If you’re looking for coffee as you stroll through the quaint by-lanes of Old Manali towards Manu Temple, it’s most likely that you’ll be recommended to visit Dylan’s Toasted and Roasted.

La Plage

 

Even if you are not well-versed with French cuisine, La Plage is a must-visit. It is located a km away from the Old Manali bridge on the Club House Road, but if you make an advance reservation, the hotel staff can even pick you up from your location in a colourful auto-rickshaw.

Chopsticks

Done in bright and colourful interiors, Chopsticks is a small but popular eatery situated bang in the middle of the bustling Mall Road. This intimate restaurant is decorated with Tibetan lutes on the walls, and is famous for its momos and gyoza (their Japanese equivalent).

People

If you are in the mood for a few drinks, listening to good music and having a long dinner, then People is the place for you. Situated in the beautiful Old Manali, the restaurant is decorated with crayon sketches made by travellers who have visited this place over the years.

Khyber

Furnished with wooden interiors, this cosy restaurant sits in the heart of Manali's famous Mall Road (opposite Himachal Information Centre).

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January 19, 2015

Manali’s most Romantic experiences

 

From beautiful river valleys to stunning snowy peaks, there are many places to visit in Manali which are ideal for couples and honeymooners. The hill town is home to a bundle of picturesque sights and attractions that act as a perfect backdrop to your romantic outing. Wake up to the chirping of birds at a tree hideaway, try out thrilling adventure sports at Solang, admire the beauty of snow-clad Rohtang, or just enjoy a quiet meal at a riverside cafe—Manali has everything that guarantees you and your significant other a memorable time together. Here's your guide to Manali's most romantic escapes.

1) SOLANG VALLEY - Around 13 kilometres away from Manali, this pretty valley is a popular spot for adventure sports, especially skiing. Situated between Solang village and Beas Kund, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and glaciers. In summer, it has facilities for paragliding, zorbing, mountain biking and horse riding. In winter, especially between January and March, it is used for skiing, snowboarding and sledging. It also hosts a winter skiing festival. The Directorate of Mountaineering & Allied Sports in Manali also organises basic, advance and intermediate level courses in skiing. For the less-adventurous, there are also plenty of walking trails all around.

2) HADIMBA TEMPLE - This wood and stone temple is dedicated to Hadimba, the wife of Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata. It was constructed in 1553, and is located in the middle of the Dhungri Park. The structure has a four-tiered pagoda-shaped roof, and a carved doorway that is embellished with figures of Hindu gods and symbols. Ghatotkach, the son of Bhima and Hidimba, is also worshipped as a sacred tree.

3) TREEHOUSE COTTAGES, MANALI – Surrounded by apple, walnut and plum orchards Treehouse Cottages in Manali are ideal for a quick getaway from Chandigarh, or even Delhi. Whether you choose to opt for the treehouse or a Swiss tent, you'll get cosy lodgings and exceptional views of the Himalayas. The adventurous type can choose to go paragliding, zorbing and mountain biking, all within a few kilometres of the resort.

4) ROHTANG PASS –  This snow-covered pass is located on the highway to Leh, and is only open from June to October every year. It lies at a height of 3979 metres, and offers spectacular views of glaciers, mountain peaks and the Chandra River. The pass is a gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Leh. Due to its increasingly popularity, the route to Rohtang is often clogged with traffic during the peak tourist season. However, once you reach, there are facilities for skiing and sledging near the pass, and plenty of photo opportunities for snap-happy tourists.

5) The best places to shop in Manali - With its quaint roadside stalls and street-market stretches, shopping is one of the most enjoyable things to do in Manali. From beautifully-woven shawls to local handicrafts, Manali offers numerous unique souvenirs at relatively cheaper prices. If you've had your fill of exploring the emerald-green valleys and snow-clad peaks all around, then head to these markets to take home some of Manali's bric-a-brac.

 

6) The best cafés in Manali -

 

The Lazy Dog :
Perfect for an early morning breakfast with your family or a relaxing evening drink with your pals, this café has something for everyone. Decorated with touristy knick-knacks from all over the world, The Lazy Dog is located on the banks of Beas River in Old Manali.

Drifter's Cafe :
Tucked away from the bustle of central Manali, Drifter’s Café is located in Drifter’s Inn in Old Manali. Known for its delectable American, continental and Indian fare, this café is visited by both locals and travellers.

Cafe 1947 :
Situated in the quiet lanes of Old Manali, the dimly-lit Café 1947 is a quaint eatery which serves delectable continental, Indian and Israeli fare. The most popular dishes at the café are the burger of bodom, vegeta, UFO, the slayer pizza and the metallica pasta.

Johnson's Cafe :
This cosy café has beautiful wooden interiors, complemented by alfresco seating arrangement amidst the lush lawns of the Johnson hotel. Equally popular as a breakfast joint and a party hub, the café is frequented even by visitors who aren’t staying at the hotel.

Casa Bella Vista :
Be it a romantic evening with your partner at the dim-lit enclosure, or a family get-together over drinks in the alfresco seating arena, Cesa Bella Vista caters to all kinds of travellers.

7) VASHISHT - This village is located on the bank of river Beas, 3 kilometres away from Manali, and is famous for its hot sulphur springs. It is believed that they were created by Laxman shooting an arrow into the ground. There bathing facilities available for men and women. There are also two temples dedicated to Ram and the sage Vashisht nearby.

 

8) NAGGAR - The former capital of Kullu, this town lies on the left bank of River Beas, 21 kilometres from Manali. It was founded by Raja Visudhpal and remained the political centre until the capital was shifted to Sultanpur in 1460 AD. Its major attraction is a beautiful castle, which has now been converted into a heritage hotel operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. The building was once the residence of the rulers of Kullu, and is an excellent example of western Himalayan architecture. It is made of wood and stone, and has carved doors and windows. There is a small museum, a temple and a nice restaurant within the premises. Naggar was also the home of Russian painter Nicholas Roerich, who lived here from 1929 till his death in 1947. His house has been converted into an art gallery, which exhibits his colourful paintings of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.

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January 17, 2015

6 Tips for a Romantic Tropical Honeymoon

1. Make your arrival an occasion. Make arrangements ahead of time to have a bottle of champagne waiting in your room. If you don't drink, you might opt instead for strawberries or caviar. (And remember to call ahead and tell your resort or hotel that you're newlyweds. Often, they'll chip in a few free surprises their own). You could also surprise your new husband with sexy lingerie under your clothes. Whatever you do, find a way to make those first moments alone together memorable — you'll set the right romantic tone for the whole trip.

2. Bring some surprises.
 Favorite honeymoon goodies like a CD Walkman and mini-speakers for your favorite music, candles, bubble bath and sexy honeymoon games. But also pack some thoughtful treats, perhaps some of his favorite candy to magically conjure from your purse for an afternoon snack, or a pack of cards for afternoons on the beach.

3. Be smart. You want to kick back and have fun, and this might mean margaritas before noon. If you plan to enjoy happy hour (or hours!), do so in the shade of a beachside cantina, a restaurant, or your room. A hangover or an accident can really put a damper on your honeymoon, and the same goes for bad sunburns or food poisoning. Be careful and safe with what you do, and you'll enjoy every second of those brief honeymoon days.

4. Pack something fabulous to wear… even if no one sees it except your significant other. Yes, we're talking about lingerie. Think of it this way: a great gift is even more wonderful when the package is tantalizingly wrapped. Your partner will enjoy the extra thought, and you too are likely to enjoy the unwrapping process. You know what your fiancé finds sexy — pack something to take his breath away.

5. And pack something comfortable. Of the shoe variety. You'll probably being doing a good amount of walking about town, on the beach, perhaps in tide pools. Sore feet or blisters will put you in a bad mood. Along with those pairs of sexy heels, make sure to include a broken-in pair of sneakers for being out around town and water shoes for reef crawling.

6. Don't over schedule. You're in an exciting new place, and the temptation to schedule dozens of activities is strong. Resist it. Many honeymooners report that the best part of their honeymoon trip is a daily nap after lunch. After all, there's no rule that says an afternoon siesta must involve actual sleep!

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January 14, 2015

Tips on Honeymoon Safety

Honeymoon should be an exhilarating affair, with high dosage of adventure. But at the same time, it should be completely safe and secure. The safety of the honeymoon can be insured by opting for a travel insurance that covers the two of you in case of any untoward eventualities.

Besides that before visiting a particular destination, gain some prior knowledge about the specific problems or the possibility of environmental hazards if any, which are germane to that destination. This knowledge would stand you in good stead, in case of any trouble. For example, you are visiting a honeymoon destination, which though beautiful, is infamous for its touts and local criminals. In that case, it is better to be beware of them beforehand, and be circumspect in dealings with the local people, so as to avoid falling in unnecessary troubles.

In case you are planning an outbound trip for your honeymoon, it is always better to dress in a style that comes within the purview of the conventional moral code or the societal norms of that destination. That would prevent you and your partner from getting unwelcome attention on the streets, cafes or busy markets, and enable you two to enjoy your honeymoon fully. Also make it a point to get familiarized with the laws and conventions of the country you are intending to visit. The things which may not be illegal or outrageous in modern India’s liberal climate, may attract a sentence in some ultra conservative countries. So don’t learn the hard way and spoil your honeymoon in the process.

It is always advisable to keep precious jewellery or other valuables in the safe of your hotel, before deciding to venture into the crowded streets for a shopping expedition. Better still, leave them in the safety of your home, before catching the flight to honeymoon.

Also don’t keep your wallet in your hip pocket while walking in crowded streets. In that way, you are exposing yourself to theft. Keep the major portion of your cash in a concealed pouch, underneath your garments. Also distribute the money between the two of you, so that if by chance one gets lost, he/she does have enough money to reach his/her hotel. Moreover, while travelling on the foreign locales it is always advisable to carry only that much cash as you would need. Have some travellers cheques. Also carry some random checks on the outstanding of your credit cards, so as to safeguard against their possible misuse by miscreants.

Money exchange should be done only from an authorized dealer, and not with a tout who may try to impress you and your life partner with tall claims. Similarly tickets of buses, trains, planes, museums, dance shows, etc. should be purchased only from an authorized dealer. This prudence may prevent you from getting robbed of your hard earned money. Also try to learn the native language of the destination you are planning to visit. This extra knowledge can help you in case of any trouble.

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January 12, 2015

10 Ways to Add Romance to Your Honeymoon

 

Call Room Service

Indulge in a wide variety of gourmet food selections while in the comfort of your luxurious guest room. Many hotels now team up with celebrity chefs to bring guests five-star menu options. The experience should be even better when you're clad in comfy slippers and lavish cotton robes.

Pick a Room with Exciting Amenities

It will be easy to take the romance to another level if your accommodations feature invigorating extras like a plunge pool, claw foot bathtub, or Jacuzzi. Draw a bath, add some rose petals, and then pop open a bottle of your favorite champagne.

Pack the Sexy Lingerie

Consider bringing a few sensual outfits that your significant other hasn't seen before. These surprise wardrobe additions will surely spice things up throughout the trip and keep the sparks flying.

Add Custom Touches

Set the mood by adding little personal details throughout your honeymoon. Ideas include scented candles, chocolates, bath salts, fresh flowers, music, and bubbly. Just a few extra touches in your hotel room can take great ambiance and make it extraordinary.

Surprise Each Other

Unexpected gifts and gestures can be extremely romantic. Whether it's a hand-written letter, wedding picture, poem, or jewelry, the extra thought and effort says a lot about your mutual affection. Another unique idea: Bring along a mini camcorder and record secret messages for each other, only to reveal once you're back at home.

Plan a Private Picnic

Choose a vineyard, secluded beach, rolling hillside, or anything in between. Head to a local market to pick out a few of your favorite food items. Be sure to bring a bottle of wine or champagne and make a toast to your new life together. If you're lucky enough, some hotels around the world offer ultimate picnic experiences. For instance at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Florida, couples can choose from three different outings, one being a private island picnic reached via Cessna Seaplane.

Watch the Sunset

Incredible settings can often make for unforgettable sunsets, especially if they feature a dazzling array of colors. Meanwhile, these five places around the world have made watching the sunset an event that no honeymooner should miss.

Dinner with a View

There may be nothing more romantic than an amazing meal featuring a jaw-dropping vantage point. Enjoy speciality cocktails or share a bottle of wine over appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Bonus points if you can arrange a special meal for two.

Go Exploring Together

Set aside at least one day to skip the tour groups. Instead, seek out adventure by taking out loaner bikes, going for a scenic hike, or discovering a local waterfall together. It can be whatever activity that appeals to you most, just look for unique ways to discover a new destination together — and don't forget to share a kiss or two along the way!

Couples Massage

A rejuvenating spa session will certainly be a memorable and romantic honeymoon experience for you and your significant other. It's common now for top spas around the country to offer incredible amenities like romantic suites for two, food and wine tastings, whirlpools and hot springs, and thatched-roof beachside accommodations.

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January 10, 2015

Top Beaches in India

Kovalam Beach, Kerala

A long stretch of white sandy beach running alongside the Malabar Coast—Kovalam beach has been Kerala’s most popular destination for years. Located 16 km from Trivandrum, the beach is a union of three coves, namely the Hawa Beach, the Lighthouse beach and the Samudra Beach. Named after the lighthouse perched atop the Kurumkal Hill, the Lighthouse beach is the one most frequented by tourists.

Palolem Beach, Goa

Enclosed by a thick forest of coconut palms in south Goa, Palolem Beach, known for its dolphin-spotting tours, is arguably the state’s most idyllic beach. Its southern end tends to be much busier while the northern stretch is comparatively quieter being surrounded by a picturesque island that you can walk out to during low tide.

Baga Beach, Goa

For those who like long sandy beaches packed with lively shacks and a party atmosphere, Baga beach in north Goa is the perfect destination. Water sports, para sailing, dolphin sightseeing, beach shacks, bars and clubs—you’ll find them all here! The crowd here is young and lively, the music loud, and the atmosphere runs from cheerful to crazy.

Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Bestowed with the precious award of ‘Asia’s best beach’ by Time Magazine in 2004, Radhanagar beach is undoubtedly one of the most tranquil beaches of the Andaman Islands. Fine white sand and turquoise blue waters are the hallmark of this beautiful stretch and the beach, situated on Havelock Island, is most commonly known as Beach No 7.

Varkala Beach, Kerala

Lying along the edge of stunning cliffs, Varkala Beach is located an hour’s drive north of Trivandrum in Kerala. A haven for sun-bathing and swimming, the beach offers picturesque evening views that extend over the Arabian Sea. The beach is believed to have medicinal and curative properties and a dip in its waters is believed to purge the body of all impurities.

Tarkarli Beach, Malvan

A long coastline and pristine clear waters make this beach ideal for a romantic escape. Located at the confluence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea, the Tarkarli beach is popular because of its clear waters, where on a fairly sunny day one can see the seabed up to a depth of 20 feet.

Arambol Beach, Goa

Approached by a winding road that leads through a groove of cashew trees, Arambol beach is Goa’s hippy hangout in the northern part of the state. At a visible distance near the shore of the beach is a scenic freshwater pond which is perfect for swimming.

Varca Beach, Goa

A seemingly endless strip of sand, Varca beach is a quiet, calm and almost entirely hawker-free beach. Situated about 2 km from Benaulim, the beach is marked by a number of wooden boats, belonging to the fishermen of the city. Known to be one of the cleanest beaches in Goa, Varca makes it easy for visitors to spend some time on the beach in solitude.

Marari Beach, Kerala

Little known Marari Beach, not far from Alleppey, is perfect for those wanting to explore the Kerala backwaters along with its many beaches. With golden sands and palm trees, the beach is great for sea surfing, water skiing, parasailing and deep-sea fishing. The name Marari originates from 'Mararikulum', a small and sleepy fishing village on the Arabian Sea coast.

Mandarmani Beach, Kolkata

About 180 km south of Kolkata, Mandarmani is a sleepy fishing village that is home to a heavenly beach stretching nearly 15 km, making it one of the longest drivable beaches in India. It is also one of the most unpolluted beaches in the country, and supports countless colonies of red sand bubbler crabs.

Bangaram Island Beach, Lakshwadeep

A turquoise-hued world of clear, warm seas and silver sand, the Bangaram Island Beach in Lakshwadeep is widely regarded as one of the top ten secret beaches in the world, where tourists are flown in by helicopters during the monsoon season. Silvery beaches and swaying coconut palms make Bangaram a heavenly escapade for travel enthusiasts. Adventure seekers can go diving, snorkelling, sailing and deep-sea fishing.

Puri Beach, Odisha

If you miss the sun and sand of Goa, but not its festive frenzy, then Puri beach in Odisha is the perfect place to head to. Ideal for an intimate and tranquil getaway, Puri is also home to some of the most erotic heritage structures in the country.

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January 9, 2015

Master Honeymoon Packing Checklist

When it comes to packing for your honeymoon, you can never be too prepared, right? Not so! Tote too much, and an unwieldy bag will bog you down. Take too little, and you end up buying what you didn't bring. The solution? Our bare-bones honeymoon packing checklist will keep you covered for emergencies and help you sail through your honeymoon with ease. (Note: Buy *travel-sized* items whenever possible.)

Must-haves :

• Airline tickets or e-ticket confirmation
• Passport/visas/driver's license
• Credit cards (take only those you'll need)
• Hotel/theater reservation fax confirmations
• Traveler's checks
• Two sets of photocopies of all of the above, plus a photocopy of related medical and/or trip insurance coverage and prescriptions (carry one set with you, leave one in the hotel room)
• Phone numbers for your doctor, house/cat sitter, and credit card companies (in case your cards are lost or stolen)
• Prescription medicine (in the original bottle)
• Contraception
• Travel locks (combination lock recommended — no key to lose!) and ID tags for luggage (inside and out)
• Camera

Her Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season) :

• 1 pair jeans or khakis (for cold airports and the plane)
• 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
• 1 nice sundress
• 1 little black dress
• 1 cardigan (for chilly restaurants)
• 4 play shirts (T-shirts, tank tops, short-sleeve button-downs)
• 2 pairs shorts
• 2 swimsuits (bikini for the beach, one-piece for water sports)
• 1 swimsuit cover-up
• 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
• 1 pair evening shoes/sandals
• 1 evening purse
• Extra socks and underwear
• Bras (strapless and otherwise)
• Accessories (scarves and jewelry to "stretch" your wardrobe)

His Stash for a Week (tweak for destination, activities, season) :

• 1 pair jeans or khakis
• 1 pair nice slacks
• 1 light jacket or pullover (take one that can be tied around the waist or stuffed in a backpack)
• 4 play shirts (T-shirts or short-sleeve button-downs)
• 2 pairs shorts
• 2 polo or button-down short-sleeve shirts
• 1 sports jacket (for nicer restaurants)
• 1 swimsuit
• 1 pair walking shoes/sandals
• 1 pair lace-ups
• Extra socks and underwear

Pack Here — Don't Buy There :

• Insect repellent (and anti-itch cream for the bugs that break through)
• Sunscreen and lip balm
• Sunglasses
• Sun hat or baseball cap
• Aloe vera
• Band-Aids
• Aspirin
• Antacid
• Antihistamine
• Diarrhea medicine
• Motion sickness medicine
• Tampons/pads (they can be hard to find outside the U.S. and are a non-negotiable must-have when you need them!)
• Paperback books (you can leave them in the hotel library once you've read)
• Deck of cards
• Canvas tote bag for beach or pool (also good for carrying souvenirs home)
• Guidebook
• Electrical converter/adapter

Bathroom Basics :

• Travel-size toothpaste
• Toothbrushes
• Deodorant
• Cosmetics
• Make-up remover
• Cotton balls and swabs
• Comb/brush
• Hair gel/spray
• Nail file/clippers
• Shaving cream
• Razors
• Contact lens and re-wetting solution, storage case
• Hair accessories

Optional Items (your hotel may provide) :

• Shampoo and conditioner
• Body lotion
• Hair dryer
• Shower cap
• larm clock

Handy Extras :
• Extra pair of glasses/contacts, asthma inhaler, and the like
• Ziplock bags (all sizes; use for packing wet swimsuits or protecting camera and film when it rains)
• Earplugs
• Sewing kit
• Shout Wipes (instant stain-treater towelettes)
• Anti-bacterial liquid or lotion
• Visine
• Waist pack (to keep money handy and in sight)
• Small backpack(s) for day excursions and impromptu picnics
• 1 pair old sneakers or Keds that can get wet or ruined (if you're traveling to the tropics)
• 1 pair workout sneakers and 2-3 workout outfits if you plan on visiting the resort's gym or jogging on the beach
• Swiss Army knife
• Compact umbrella or rain ponchos

Leave Behind With Family or Friends:
• Your itinerary and hotel phone numbers
• Photocopies of your passport, credit cards, and traveler's check receipts
• A sealed copy of your wills, life insurance-policy numbers, and pertinent financial info

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January 8, 2015

Belize – An Incredibly Compelling Honeymoon Destination

Belize is a country on the eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide. A combination of natural factors—climate, the Belize Barrier Reef, over 450 offshore Cayes (islands), excellent fishing, safe waters for boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling , numerous rivers for rafting, and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora, for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya ruins—support the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. It also has the largest cave system in Central America.

Belize is an incredibly compelling honeymoon destination for three simple reasons : its close proximity to the United States (a two-hour flight from Miami), its weather (around 84 degrees daily year-round), and the 190-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef. The reef is easily accessible along the coast and is wildly popular for snorkeling and scuba trips, fishing excursions, and romantic sunset cruises. The country is hemmed in by the Caribbean Sea on the east, Guatemala to the west, and Mexico in the north. In addition to the Belize Barrier Reef, the country is gifted with pristine beaches, jungle and rainforests, and ruins dating back to the Mayan period. Belize attracts a variety of honeymooners, from nature-lovers to history buffs to diving fanatics to those who simply prefer to sit on the beach at their resort with drink in hand.

Where to Stay : If water adventures aren’t your thing but you’d still love to honeymoon in Belize, head to Ka’ana Resort in the western part of the country. This inland boutique resort is located in a valley in the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District. Luxurious 1,250-square-foot, one-bedroom private pool villas offer the best of indoor/outdoor living and are ideal for romantic getaways. From the resort, you can enjoy day trips to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve; Maya ruins like Tikal, Zunantunichm, and Caracol; Barton Creek Cave for kayaking; horseback riding along the bank of the Mopan River; or go jaguar tracking or bird-watching with expert naturalists and guides.

Perfect for Couples Who : Want an authentic and luxurious but eco-friendly experience that blends the country’s culture with outdoor activities like zip-lining and cave tubing.

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January 6, 2015

Honeymoon in CANCUN , Mexico

Cancun is a city in southeastern Mexico,located on the northeast coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.It is a major world-renowned tourist destination The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico.Cancun is located just north of Mexico's Caribbean coast resort band known as the Riviera Maya.In older English-language documents, the city’s name is sometimes spelled "Cancoon".

Honeymooners have been going to Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for decades to enjoy the soft, white-sand beaches, proximity to ancient Mayan ruins and jungle rainforests, excellent regional cuisine, and well-priced all-inclusive resorts. Crowds descend on Cancun from December through April, but the abundance of resorts and 14 miles of beach help give you a sense of space. Cancun was developed exclusively for tourism so you won’t have an authentic Mexican experience unless you venture further afield. However, if you’re looking for pools with swim-up bars, festive nightclubs, excellent shopping, spa treatments, and activities like golf, jeep adventures, and parasailing, Cancun fits your bill. Tropical storms and the chance of hurricanes are more prevalent in late summer and early fall.

Perfect for Couples Who :

Will likely be absolutely exhausted after all their wedding planning and the big day. The all-inclusive hotels of Cancun pamper honeymooners so they can start their married lives off with plenty of “us” time.

Where to Stay :

Try the recently reflagged Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt’s first all-inclusive resort. There are 307 rooms and suites but honeymooners should especially consider one of 17 spacious “swim-up” split-level suites that offer both direct access to the pool and a wrap-around balcony with unobstructed ocean views in two directions. To truly up the ante, book one of the seven 1,331-square-foot presidential penthouse suites with private terraces and hammocks.

Transportation : 

Cancun is served by Cancún International Airport with an added main runway that commenced operation as of October 2010. It has many flights to North America, Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe. It is located on the northeast of the Yucatán Peninsula serving an average of about fifteen million passengers per year. The airport is located around 20 km (12 mi) from the hotel zone, approximately a 20 minute trip by car. There is also a public transit bus system, servicing the hotel zone and private shuttle at DiscoveryMundo. The island of Isla Mujeres is located off the coast and is accessible by ferry from Puerto Juarez.

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January 2, 2015

5 Unmissable Destinations in New Zealand

New Zealand's 29 regions stretch more than 1,600 kilometres across two main islands.
Each destination is distinctive in character, and with the country being so compact, you can easily visit several on your holiday.

New Zealand may be a tiny country at the bottom of the globe, but its beautifully diverse landscape and stunning natural scenery makes it a big contender for one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations. Whether you’re both after a quiet and cosy getaway in luxurious solitude, you’re seeking an exciting, adventure-packed expedition together, or you’d prefer to relax side-by-side on a warm and sunny beach, New Zealand knows how to cater to your romantic side. As our list of the country’s top five honeymoon destinations show, there are plenty of amazing options awaiting loved-up couples across both the North and South Islands.

Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel has long since been one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations, and once you’ve experienced the relaxed vibe, warm hospitality and beachside beauty of the area yourself, you’ll understand why. Newlyweds who are looking forward to indulging in time alone with each other will adore the leisurely, serene atmosphere of the Coromandel, as well as the many scenic attractions and activities. Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove are both beautiful beaches in which to kick back and relax, while the historic Coromandel Town offers delicious gourmet food in a range of wonderful restaurants, set amongst stunning views of the surrounding coastline. When it comes to accommodation, there are a number of lovely boutique lodges sprinkled across the Coromandel that allow couples to enjoy their peace and privacy in sumptuous comfort.

Marlborough Sounds

Nothing is more of an aphrodisiac than a delectable meal accompanied by a glass of beautiful red wine, so it should come as no surprise that the area in New Zealand most well-known for its wineries is also a wonderful honeymoon destination. If you’re visiting this area as a couple, you’ll undoubtedly want to drop into some of the beautiful estates, which include such nationwide favourites as Cloudy Bay and Brancott Estate, to be wined and dined. Couples who are keen to admire the beautiful native bush, birdlife and calm waters can take a private boat cruise down Queen Charlotte Sound, or even get in on the action themselves by sea kayaking. Accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds is of a stellar quality, offering a range of quaint B&Bs, luxurious hotel resorts and romantic boutique lodges.

Milford Sound

Hailed by Rudyard Kipling as the ‘eighth wonder of the world,’ Milford Sound today remains one of New Zealand’s most famously picturesque tourist attractions. The beautiful fiords will both excite and amaze nature lovers, and couples who choose to spend their honeymoon in this stunning natural environment will appreciate the romance of the incredible view by sunrise or sunset. Spend your newlywed days admiring the thunderous beauty of Sunderland Falls, enjoying a scenic drive along the Milford Road, or even diving down deep to marvel at the underwater world beneath the tide of the fiord. The best place to stay while you’re honeymooning at the Sound is in one of the luxury chalets at Milford Sound Lodge, which will afford you all the comfort and privacy you need on your special holiday.

Queenstown

New Zealand’s adventure capital is the best honeymoon destination for bold and energetic newlyweds. Photo opportunities are aplenty in the visually-stunning Queenstown, which is a feast for the eyes all year around: sunny, luminous and colourful in the summer, breathtakingly icy and beautiful in the winter. You and your partner will be spoiled for choice when it comes to exciting and enjoyable activities to fill up your honeymoon itinerary; spending time on the snow, skiing or snowboarding to your heart’s content, is only the tip of the iceberg! As for accommodation, Queenstown always knows how to put on a show for its visitors, and there are several incredibly romantic resorts and luxury retreats to consider.

Rotorua

If it’s an utterly calming and relaxing honeymoon experience you’re after, look no further than Rotorua, the geothermal home of New Zealand’s hot springs. Spend your newlywed days getting utterly pampered at the amazing mineral pools at Polynesian Spa and soaking in the soothing mud baths at Hell’s Gate, and top it all off by indulging in a private couple’s spa and massage at Wai Ora Day Spa. You’ll be left feeling rested, rejuvenated and at peace with the world. Couples who desire the ultimate romantic holiday may be interested in accommodation at the prestigious and highly sumptuous Lake Okareka Lodge, which offers luxurious honeymoon suites featuring private spas, gourmet dining and butler service around the clock.

Weddings are all about the fanfare: the beautiful dress, the incredible cake, and sharing your happiness with everyone you love. Honeymoons, however, are a much more intimate affair, allowing couples to fully indulge in each other’s one-on-one company, free from the distractions of everyday life. New Zealand uniquely offers newlyweds the chance to do so in a variety of lovely honeymoon destinations.

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December 22, 2014

Go for a Splendid Honeymoon in Nepal

Whether you desire a relaxing time away from realty or a non-stop adventure, you are sure to have the honeymoon of your dreams in the Himalaya. Ghale Treks provide some of the most romantic, breathtaking scenery in the world. Tropical sunsets and radiant waterfalls are just some of the picturesque natural wonders that you will encounter. Luxurious all-inclusive resorts or small, intimate hideaways await your every need.

Day 01 : (Arrive Kathmandu)

You are welcomed personally by our local representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : (Kathmandu)

After Breakfast in the hotel enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. We will visit the important historical and cultural attractions of the Valley. See the center of the old city of Kathmandu. The palace of the medival Malla kings "Hanuman Dhoka" and the temple dedicated to the living goddess "Kumari" are the highlights. In the afternoon you are taken to the city of Bhaktapur and visit the famous "Golden Gate", "Palace of 55 Windows" and the "Nyatapola Temple" the valley's tallest temple. We return to Kathmandu City and our hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. You can explore the city on your own or shop for artifacts at the famous Vishal Bazaar. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03 : (Kathmandu/Chitwan)

After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to the Royal Chitwan National Park, one of the best preserved of the nationals parks in Asia, habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Indian Rhinoceros. Check into the Jungle Resort and Proceed for a wide range of safari activities – elephant ride, jungle walks, and canoe ride in pursuit of myriad flora and fauna. In the evening you are entertained by cultural programmes and a bonfire during winter.Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 04 : (Chitwan)

We continue on our wildlife pursuits today in the company and guidance of qualified naturalists. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 05 : (Chitwan/Pokhara)

After breakfast we drive to Pokhra, the picturesque mountain town located in the lap of the mighty Annapurna mountain range. Check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is at your leisure. You can enjoy boating or shopping. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 06 : (Pokhara)

After breakfast, half of the morning is spent sightseeing in Pokhara. You visit the following: Bindebasini Temple, Saiti George and Mahendra Caves. You and your beloved can spend time together and explore the city on your own for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 07 : (Pokhara/kathmandu)

After an early breakfast, you are driven back to Kathmandu. In the afternoon you are taken to Patan also called "Lalitpur" or the beautiful city. A city renowned for its arts and crafts, Patan recently opened its door to the Patan Museum. You also visit the nearby situated "Krishna Temple", Hiranya Varna Mahavihar" (Golden Monastery) and Mahabodhi Temple said to resemble the one in Bodhgaya in India. You can explore more or shop around for local handicrafts and other things for the rest of the day. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 08 : (Departure)

After breakfast in the hotel, you are transferred to the Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu to board the flight to your onward destination. Leave with happy memories of your Honeymoon in Nepal.

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December 16, 2014

Honeymoon In Gangtok – Nothing Like Anything

Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities.

Gangtok is a city, which, till one sees it, one would believe exists only in picture-story books. In the mystery-laden mists prayer flags whip in the breeze; wheels spin in the hands of Lamas mumbling invocations to God, in the distance are the snows, on the streets amidst brightly painted pagoda roofed houses, lined with friendly smiling people are silver, silk and spice and jewellery to gladden an maiden’s heart, from across the seven seas are gadget and goods to delight the collector of “imported goods’, while directly overlooking the city is the hill Lukshyma, the ‘Mother of Pearl’ citadel of the magic mountain, Khang-Chen-Dzod-Nga.

For a view of Gangtok and all its surrounding, one can got to Ganest Tok situated on a ridge at a distance of 7 kms from Gangtok. From this Spot one can get a view of sprawling Gangtok town, while across the hills Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga and Mt. Siniolchu loom over the horizon. A cafeteria serves hot tea, coffee and snacks. The view from here is truly breathtaking with snow peaks providing the perfect backdrop for a panoramic view of Gangtok town.

Places Of Interest :

Dul-Dul Chorten

Duddul Chortenat Dotapu Chorten, Gangtok was built under the supervision of the late Most Venerable Trulshi Rinpoche after due preparations in 1945-46, in accordance with the prophecy made in 1944 by the Holiness the Dud-Zom Rinpoche.

Kechopari Lake

On bifurcation road between Gyalsing and Yoksum, is clear water Kechopari Lake (means – wishing lake). All around are mountains with dense forests and wild life. It is so placid, crystal clear that not a leaf can be seen floating over it, because it is immediately lifted by birds.

Pemayangtse Monastery

Around 6-km from Gyalsing town, this monastery originally built as a small temple in the last of 17th century by Latsun Chempo, later rebuilt the temple structure into a monastery.

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December 13, 2014

A great Honeymoon in fiji

The Fiji islands are an inviting paradise with some of the friendliest locals in the world. From the moment you arrive in Fiji you will be struck by the natural beauty of the islands but equally moved by the genuine and kind-hearted Fijian people. Any stress just melts away as you explore the stunning beaches, warm tropical climate and laidback island atmosphere. Bula (meaning hello in Fijian) is a word you will hear everywhere you go and is always exclaimed with a smile. It is this welcoming atmosphere and stunning natural beauty that make a holiday to Fiji the experience of a lifetime. Fiji accommodation is as diverse as the 320+ islands that make up this area. There are more than 50 hotels and resorts spread out over the islands ensuring whatever your taste or budget, there is something for you. Most accommodation can be found on Fiji's two largest islands, Vitu Levu and Vanua Levu however there are more scattered throughout the smaller islands. The facilities at each hotel and resort vary as much as the islands themselves. Depending on your particular accommodation, you can enjoy access to day spas, full equipped gyms and massive lagoon style pools. While some hotels target budget travellers, all are quality accommodation. Whether you prefer a quiet spot in the shade of a palm tree, sipping cocktails by the pool or you're up for a bit of adventure Fiji welcomes you. With maximum temperatures sitting between 26 °C and 31 °C year round this is definitely thongs and shorts weather. Conditions are perfect for working on your tan, sailing the crystal clear waters, exploring local reefs and discovering the rich culture and heritage that is so abundant in the local markets. With the best time to visit Fiji weather wise is between late March and early December, sunny days and a warm tropical climate offer endless options for exploring the sandy white beaches and rolling mountains of the island. A refreshing trade wind blows from the east south-east and will keep even the most active visitors cool, so whether you're climbing a village walk or tearing it up with a 4WD tour it's no sweat. Fiji does experience a wet weather season during November to April however these brief, heavy showers are localised. These bursts account for most of Fiji's annual rainfall, which ranges from 2000mm to 3000mm on the main islands and 6000mm in the mountains. As a tropical island, the wet season is a vital part of Fiji's climate and is responsible for the lush environment and plant life that is so plentiful there. Cyclones do occur in Fiji but are normally confined to the wet weather season. The Fijian culture is a relaxed, easy-going and friendly culture however it is still important to respect their customs. When visiting a village modest clothing is recommended, as is taking off your hat (it is considered an insult to the chief to wear one). If you are invited into a home, be gracious and thank your host, and take your shoes off before entering, leaving them at the door. Take note it is also considered an insult to touch someone's head – which is often tempting when surrounded by gorgeous children with big eyes and broad smiles. Also, be prepared to shake hands and answer personal questions like, where are you from, are you married, how many children do you have and so on. Kava is Fiji's most well-known social custom and an essential experience to make your Fiji holiday complete. If invited to try kava, don't hesitate, just accept the offering and enjoy the unique ritual (and the unique numbing effect the drink has). As a sign of thanks it is tradition to offer a gift, usually kava (or yaqona in Fijian), when you visit a village. The sevusevu (or gift) generally costs under F$20 for a half kilo and will be taken care of by your guide. Presented to the Turaga Ni Koro (traditional head of the village) it will be ground into a powder, added to water and served in the Turaga Ni Koro's house. Fijians are some of the most friendly people in the world and are eager to welcome you as a guest into their villages and homes provided you respect their traditions and customs. This will provide a fascinating insight into their traditional way of life and adds a unique element of depth to your Fiji holiday or for a great honeymoon.

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December 11, 2014

Honeymoon in Lakshadeep

The pristine coral paradise of Lakshadeep with a tinge of bluish-green waters is an exotic archipelago in the Arabian Sea. It possesses everything required for a perfect honeymoon. Lakshadweep Islands lives up to the expectation as the best romantic destination in India.
Honeymooning in Lakshadweep will turn your fantasy into real-life experience. This sparsely inhabited land has extraordinary beautiful ambience setting stage for an incredible romantic vacation. You can relax on the beaches of this wonder world amidst the sound of the roaring waves, the rustling sound of the swaying palm tree, and the amazing marine life.
The most romantic place to stay at Lakshadweep would be the beach cottages. Your window will give you an amazing view of long stretch of white sand and Palm trees.

You can step out for sunbathing or building sand castle. If you are adventurous, you can engage in snorkeling, diving, or maybe parasailing. Otherwise you can head off on a boat scrutinizing the natural lagoons, enchanting coral reefs and visiting the fantastic Bangaram and Agatti. An experience that is indescribable is a bird’s eye view of Lakshadweep Islands through the helicopter rides. The adventurous sports along with a wonderful combination of scenic splendor adds a special dimension to the island Lakshadweep. The matchless beauty of these emerald islands will certainly overwhelm each honeymoon couple. This solitude island will provide the newly weds with ethereal moments of sheer wonder and bliss.

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December 9, 2014

Top 5 Exotic Honeymoon Destinations of India

Bangalore:

Honeymoon is the most beautiful time that a couple could probably cherish for their entire lifetime. People look for places that offer soothing climate, serene surroundings and beautiful landscape. In India, there are some perfect places for honeymooners to travel. Below are some of the places where you and your partner can visit.

Goa:

Glistering sands and swaying coconut palms make Goa one of the most favorite honeymoon destinations in India. The major attractions of Goa are the beaches, which are Anjuna, Baga, Colva, Calangute, Varca, Vagator, Candolim, Dona Paula, and Benaulim Beach. Goa offers wide range of choices for the newly-wedded couples, like pristine beaches to spend some beautiful moments, superb night life, restaurants and pubs. Moreover, couples can try out some of the adventurous activities in Goa like beach activities and water sports. The amusing blends of many beaches make Goa one of the beautiful places to spend time with your partner. Goa, is easily accessible with well connected roads.

Kashmir, Heaven on Earth:

The Paradise on Earth, Kashmir is one of the perfect honeymoon destinations for couples. Kashmir's major attraction lies in its scenic beauty, snow clad peaks, lush green valleys, Alpine villages, cascading waterfalls, flower gardens etc. Kashmir is a destination worth visiting, during winter season where you can enjoy the boat ride on picturesque Dal Lake. The other major attractions are Gulmarg, Srinagar, Sonmarg and Pehalgam among others. The idyllic weather is sure to fascinate you, enthrall and rejuvenate you, which will make your honeymoon one of the most memorable moment ever.

Kasauli, the cantonment town:

The picturesque hill station Kasauli, is one of the most preferred honeymoon destination in India. The cantonment town is situated in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. The scenic attraction of Kasauli is covered with rhododendrons, wild roses, tall deodar, wild flowers and flowering kichnar. The place is also admired for bird-watchers and snowfalls in winter, which are worth watching. The other appealing things are weather, cleanliness and serene hilly areas, which made the place attractive and exotic. Kasauli is located at a distance of about 75 km from Shimla, 65 km from Chandigarh and is well connected by roads.

Coorg, the Scotland of India:

Coorg is famously known as "the Scotland of India" and one of the most favorite places for honeymoon. The couple can enjoy the beauty of lush green forest, tall hills, essence of coffee estates and pale green rice valleys in Coorg. The other main attractions that made the place mesmerizing are lies in the calm banks of Kaveri River; waterfalls like Iruppu, Abbey and Mallalli, and Abbi Falls, which would serve a complete honeymoon trip for couples. Well connected roads are there to reach Coorg from places like Coimbatore, Bangalore, Ooty and Mysore

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December 2, 2014

Honeymoon Destination the beautifll Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands draw thousands of visitors every year, including scientists, students, naturalists, photographers and more.
Galapagos Islands have almost an embarrassment of riches, an influence and reputation far beyond their physical size. Natural beauties range from the world's deepest and densest rainforest in the east, across mountain landscapes patchworked into tiny fields by indigenous Indians, over the world's second-highest volcano and skim Pacific waters to Darwin's 'Natural Laboratory' of the Galapagos. There are great beaches and hikes on the islands, as well as snorkeling and other water sports. The towns on the islands have a surprising amount of quality souvenirs from all over Ecuador and South America. You can even decide between land-based and cruise ship tours. The Islands are on many people’s “bucketlist” of places to visit. Many retirees go to Galapagos because they finally have the time and money to do so. Unfortunately, by the time they get there, many seniors find that some of the hikes and islands are too challenging for them and they miss out. The Galapagos Islands are best enjoyed by those who are old enough to appreciate them and still young enough to hop from one lava rock to the next, perfect for young newlyweds. Many young couples are not yet established and may avoid seemingly pricey destinations like the Galapagos Islands. Although the costs are undeniable – airfare to and from Ecuador and then to the Galapagos, plus park fees and the cost of cruises or lodging – they are relatively low right now. The worldwide economic downturn has had one positive effect: fewer people are visiting Galapagos and the tour companies and hotels are willing to make deals they would not have considered before.

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