I won’t lie; I wasn’t originally keen on the idea of visiting Bali. I wasn’t interested in nightlife or beach parties, and mistakenly believed that Bali’s fun was limited to the beer cans of the Australian party travelers.
And it’s true that Bali is not exactly a secret paradise – it’s one of the world’s most popular island destinations, and while fifty years ago there were only a very small handful of hotels available, nowadays there are over 5,000 to choose from.
So imagine my surprise when I was told adamantly that being packed into a hotel or resort with a large number of tourists isn’t what Bali is about; when I was told that Bali is actually rich with culture and pristine landscapes that are worlds away from the hectic nightlife and commercialism I had assumed all of the island had become.
Surely we were talking about two different Bali’s. Because what she was describing wasn’t anything close to the drunken Facebook photos I had seen.
But we were. And there are in fact, two very different worlds available for tourists to Bali.
It continually amazes me that Hobart manages to draw all the attention when it comes to Tasmanian travel. Yes, the city boasts the famous Salamanca Market, but try finding a parking spot on a Saturday morning and navigating around the masses of people.
Launceston on the other hand is a hidden gem located in the state’s north that has only recently begun gaining the attention it deserves. As one of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston oozes historical charm, but blends it harmoniously with modern style and technology. Even a trip to the local post office becomes a treat.
Bringing history alive is central to Launceton’s identity, and the recent launch of Pepper’s Silo Hotel is a great example of this. A luxury hotel on the banks of the scenic Tamar River, the Mantra Group has converted the Kings Wharf grain silos into a work of accommodation art, while keeping the character and heritage of an iconic 1960’s landmark.
For those who aim to see the world but have limited funds, hostels are a lifesaver. These budget accommodations offer a good night’s sleep to those on the go, offering a variety of rooming options at various price points.
London is an expensive city, in which a hostel can make a significant impact on your travel budget. Here’s some expert advice from Safestay London for choosing the hostel of your dreams and avoiding the horror stories that deter so many from this great travel option.
Scotland is one of those rare countries in the world with landscapes so diverse you could travel for months and still not have seen it all!
From the highlands in the north with dramatic moors, rolling hills, rugged coasts and dazzling lochs, to the Scottish borders which boast medieval castles and manor houses, there is no doubt that Scotland is one of the world’s most beautiful and historically fascinating countries.
But you haven’t visited Scotland if you haven’t journeyed through the Highlands, and there are some definite perks to setting yourself up in a Scottish Highlands Hotel (a personal favorite is the Luxury Cairngorms Hotel).
The majority of stock photos from Scotland come from this area – clans, tartan kilts, whisky, bagpipes, and the whole area has rightfully been described as an “adventure playground” for hikers, mountain bikers and sailors, however the romantic and remote scenery is enough to captivate those who are maybe less energetic!
One of the premiere tourist attractions within the UK, Cornwall attracts a wealth of Brits and international visitors alike.
A charming county with a slow paced lifestyle and laid back atmosphere, tourists flock here to relax, to soak up the sun (it has the most in Britain!), and to enjoy and explore some of the UK’s finest natural attractions and outdoor activity scenes.
Cornwall combines beautiful surf spots, gorgeous gardens, cliff top walks and beautiful weather. It offers visitors the chance to take a stroll along the beach, indulge in a bit of wave watching, and then head back to a tradition pub to enjoy a pint with friends beside a glowing log fire.
You will obviously need somewhere to stay while on vacation, and one of the most popular types of accommodation here are cottages. However there are many cottages throughout Cornwall, and choosing one can be a daunting task. So we’ve put together 5 tips to finding your perfect stay.
One of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands, the Hyatt is an excellent place to spend your vacation, honeymoon, or business trip.
For those who don’t know the name, they have a string of high-class properties located in various parts of the world, and are a highly trusted brand. For those who are familiar with the name, chances are that you know that spending a night or two at a Hyatt property doesn’t come cheaply.
But despite the expense of most Hyatt hotels, we do have a couple of tricks up our sleeve for booking rooms at a discount.
There’s a lot of advice out there about staying safe while traveling, from taking precautions at the airport, to using public transport, or actually wandering around. But after an incredible day of exploring, we often get back to the hotel, kick our feet up, and let our guard down.
And I totally get it – you’re on vacation, and the last thing you want to do is worry about hotel security. But hotel stays carry an inherent level of risk, and everything from break-ins, to fires, to bed bugs, and terrorist attacks could potentially affect you.
While it’s not worth becoming too paranoid about some of these, after-all you’re much more likely to be killed by a vending machine than a terrorist, it’s definitely in your best interest to take a few precautions to protect against common hotel risks.
When it comes to eco accommodation, there are eco lodges; the type that offer rustic accommodation in pristine natural surrounds, and then there are eco lodges; architectural gems so sleek and sophisticated, it’s easy to forget that they’re good for the environment. The newly launched Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge are the latter.
Ecotourism is thriving in Tasmania, and Freycinet Lodge has long been the sweetheart of the tourism scene. Nestled within Freycinet National Park, it offers one of the most unique locations for accommodation in Australia, with the ethos of looking after the environment first, and then the guests who come to appreciate it.
But their nine new pavilions have completely redefined what an eco lodge could be. Extending the current values and experience, innovative architecture seamlessly blends nature with accommodation in a way we have never before seen.
Blurring the lines between inside and out, a stay here is an immersive experience which draws the wilderness in, while not sacrificing on luxury or comfort. And we’re absolutely loving it!
In recent years, timesharing (also known as vacation ownership) has become one of the most popular ways to take a holiday. Because ultimately, there are a huge amount of perks.
Yet for many intrepid travelers, a definite downside of investing in a timeshare is being locked to vacation in the same place every year, or, in the instance of a Points-based ownership (more about that below), locked to large resorts, and a specific set of destinations. Depending on the presence of your vacation club, you may not have the option of traveling too far off the beaten path.
But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be that black and white. For those wanting to take advantage of the perks of timeshare accommodation without the long term commitment, timeshare rental sites provide a fantastic solution.
The idea that the internet is awash with travel deals could easily be one of the greatest myths of our time (right next to drop bears, and that Walt Disney invented Mickey Mouse. I know you’re questioning me on that one, so to set the record straight, it was Ub Iwerks).
Sure, there are exceptions, but once you realize that there are only two companies who control the industry, it becomes clear that the travel deals we get giddy about aren’t really true deals. They’re very clever marketing.
But that doesn’t mean that cheaper rates aren’t available. They’re just not available to you (until now). There’s a huge difference between wholesale travel rates and the retail markup that we as everyday travelers pay. Wholesale rates are about 70% cheaper. Want access? Here’s how!
The travel industry is changing, and so too are mindsets and expectations of the every day traveler. Where the 5 star hotel was once the luxury experience that we all craved, experiences are now edging towards more relaxed vacations where wellness, independence and privacy are prioritized.
So it’s no surprise that luxury villas have become the trend, tempting travelers with offers of exotic locations, private beach access, and personal chefs.
For the traveler eager to avoid crowded swimming pools, expensive food, and the general busyness that a hotel atmosphere brings, here are 5 reasons that should convince you to choose a luxury villa rental for your next trip.
Whether you’re a frequent traveler, heading overseas with your family, or planning a trip for the first time, Casino hotels have started popping up all over the world. And with casino tourism continuing to trend, booking an onsite hotel is a pretty sure bet!
These are luxury hotels and resorts which are owned or attached to the casino, and with cheap rates, central locations, and access to a range of entertainment, this is a great idea for accommodation, even if you don’t plan on gambling (though who knows, you might just end up paying for your entire holiday just by staying there!).
But when it comes to staying at a casino, there are a few necessary things you should know, because these are not your average hotel.
One of my biggest pieces of advice for booking a hotel has always been to ask yourself why. And the answer should be beyond the obvious “I need a place to stay for the night”.
Because millions of people are booking into hotels every night. But how many of them are actually getting their choice right?
The solution? Nustay; a new hotel search engine which has 1.2 million hotels at rates cheaper than any other online booking site (seriously). And, by crunching data about your interests, it matches you with hotels which reflect your travel style.
Bali has become one of the world’s premier travel destinations and for good reason. The popular Indonesian island is constantly ranked as one of the best islands to visit, enticing tourists from across the globe to experience its treasures.
Whether you come to seek nightlife that never ends, a relaxing eco-retreat, exciting outdoor recreation, delicious cuisine, or the hospitality of its inviting residents, Bali is sure to cater to the holiday you desire.
For those who desire a luxury villa retreat, with a private pool, beachfront seafood restaurants and laidback vibes, Luxury Escapes are offering 69% off stays at The Leaf Jimbaran for a limited time.
Whoever coined the phrase “Life’s a Beach” most definitely came up with it while relaxing on the glistening white sands of the Dominican Republic. This paradise in the Caribbean is the quintessential post card beach shot that we all yearn to escape to.
The Dominican Republic not only shares its tropical island oasis of Hispaniola with Haiti, but also invites any and all who wish to come and experience its treasures. Your escape from reality begins in Punta Cana which lies at the island’s eastern tip. Here you will find your home away from home, albeit a much more luxurious version with a slightly better view.
Whether your aim is to simply relax away the days in pure bliss or experience adventures from sunrise to sunset, you just can’t go wrong with Punta Cana. All inclusive resorts in Punta Cana offer literally everything under the sun, and the sun itself! It’s no wonder why Punta Cana International is consistently one of the busiest Caribbean airports.
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies in the world and the largest hotel chain in Spain.
With more than 375 hotels in 43 countries, their hotels offer everything from the most exclusive luxury through to family holidays. But with such a large portfolio, finding a hotel room in a Melia Hotel for a good price can prove to be quite stressful.
With brands like Meliá, Gran Meliá, ME by Meliá, Paradisus, Innside by Meliá, TRYP by Wyndham, Sol Hotels and Club Meliá, here are the top 4 ways to save money on your next Melia Hotel Stay!
London is all the buzz at the moment. But honestly, it always has been! The cultural heartland of the UK, this gargantuan, bustling city is jam-packed with a seemingly endless array of hotspots, and a thousand things to do.
A thriving cosmopolitan, the city is bursting with world-class attractions, edgy fashion, and a combination of modern day architecture and majestic buildings which date back nearly two millennia. No other city is full of this much excitement or allure.
But one incredibly difficult decision while in London, is chooing where to stay. Finding a London hotel with a great location is vital to an unforgettable British holiday.
We’ve chosen to review the H10 London Waterloo; a stylish luxury boutique, quintessentially British, and perfectly positioned on London’s famous Waterloo Road close to all the iconic landmarks you know. And, great news for those traveling to London before December 2018, Luxury Escapes is offering 61% off your four or seven night stay.
Whether you’re planning on staying in Paris for a few days, a few weeks or a few months, staying in an apartment is the best way to get a taste of life as a local, among locals. Hotels are still popular, of course, but if you’ve ever dreamed of living the Paris lifestyle, it’s now very easy and affordable for travelers to pick up the keys to a proper home!
With more space, a kitchen, and a washing machine, more travelers are choosing to stay in apartments over hotels (especially in Paris), and it’s become quite a popular trend. So much so that rental agencies like Paris Attitude, who cater to travelers, have gone from a portfolio of 20 properties 10 years ago, to 7,000 today!
And why not?! You get to spread out in some of the city’s most famous residential buildings for often a fraction of the normal nightly hotel price. And you have far more choice when it comes to location, with apartments on every street corner, with views of your favorite monument / attraction.
There is a definite shift away from hotels in favor of apartment rentals, so we’ve covered some of the best apartment rentals in Paris for travelers.
Nestled between Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour on Australia’s stunning northern NSW coast is the relaxing seaside town of Yamba. Although it may not receive the same attention of larger cities in the region, make no mistake, Yamba offers travelers a wealth of adventure and excitement rivaling the likes of Sydney and Brisbane.
With stunning beaches, a wealth of outdoor recreation, iconic wildlife, and numerous parks and reserves, there’s a reason Australian Traveller Magazine named it Australia’s number one town! And the best part, is that Yamba allows you to escape the crowds.
Wrapped within 600 hectares of rainforest near famous Angourie surf beach, the luxurious Angourie Rainforest Resort is fast becoming a hotspot for travellers to northern NSW. And it’s one of the best places to base yourself for access to Yamba and surrounds.
I’ve been hearing more and more about timeshares lately, so I wanted to do a little more research to see if I can help save you all some money.
To start, let me explain the basics of timeshare. A timeshare is a product of pre-paid vacation time. You can buy timeshare at one of your favorite resorts and secure a week or two at that resort each year without worrying about the quality of the resort or how much it is going to cost every year.
Timeshares can also be a great deal when purchased or rented on the resale market. One company that advertises timeshares for sale and rent by owner on the resale market is BuyaTimeshare.com.
Shaped to resemble the sail of a ship, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is an iconic luxury hotel, instantly recognizable as the most luxurious hotel in the world. In fact, it’s one of the world’s very few 7 star hotels.
Located on a manmade island, linked to the mainland by a private bridge, the distinctive sail-shaped silhouette is more than just a stunning hotel, it is a symbol of modern Dubai.
With the world’s largest fleet of Rolls Royces, 24 karat gold ipods, butler service, exquisite dining, and a rooftop helipad, spending an evening here is no doubt a pricey affair, but worth every penny if you’re looking for the ultimate luxurious splurge.
So what would it cost to stay in the most luxurious hotel in the world? The most expensive suite goes for $19,000 a night. But for those wanting to experience gold-plated opulence at its finest, Luxury Escapes is currently running a deal for $3,499 for two nights. It’s the holiday of a lifetime, and possibly, your chance to stay in the world’s most luxurious hotel!!
India is a magical destination, known for its grand architecture and rich cultural heritage. And one of the best ways to experience both is with a stay in a magnificent palace hotel.
Before the Republic of India was born, this was a region divided into 565 kingdoms. So there were (and still are) many opulent palaces, which have been converted into luxury hotels today.
The following is a list of the most incredible palace hotels in India, which will make make even the humblest traveler feel like a Maharaja. These hotels were actually once home to India’s royalty, and in some cases still are.
Many couples choose to visit Jamaica, the ideal place to relax your mind, body, and soul – the perfect place to enjoy a wonderfully simple romantic holiday.
Jamaica is a beautiful place to explore with your partner, where you can enjoy average temperatures of 80-degrees, but if relaxing at your hotel or resort, soaking up the sun is more your style, that’s perfect too.
To help you choose the perfect spot for your romantic getaway, here are some of the top romantic resorts.