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Category Archives: Hotel and Resorts

Sardinia

Gennargentu National Park

Although ‘roughing it’ is likely to be the last thing on your mind when staying in any of the luxurious villas in Italy on Sardinia, do be sure to pack your best hiking boots, as you’re going to need them to explore the incredible Gennargentu National Park. Here, ecology and tourism work very closely to preserve what environmentalists agree is some of the most unspoilt landscape in Europe. For the best view, hike up to Punta La Marmora, which is the island’s highest peak, at 1834 metres. Among the fauna to spot are Sardinian kites, foxes, boars, deer, moufflon, the occasional golden eagle, and even wild horses and donkeys. The towering limestone walls and cliffs offer some impressive formations; at over 400 metres tall in places, they flank the surrounding areas, including Gola Su Gorropu, the massive canyon nicknamed ‘Europe’s Grand Canyon’.

Alghero

Many villas in Italy have their own private pools but that’s no reason to miss out on the experience of exploring what have been described as the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Alghero’s world-famous red coral is just one of the fascinating marine species you’ll get a chance to see up close and personal as you explore the network of underwater caves and tunnels off its coast – including Nereo Cave, the largest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, to the north of Alghero is Capo Cacccia, which features desolate promontories and a variety of bird life including the herring gull, peregrine falcon, cormorant, red kite, and the rare griffon vulture. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon of bird watching or nature photography.

Golfo Orosei

Although staying in any of the stunning villas in Italy is an experience in itself, the island’s wild and natural beauty makes it impossible to deny the call of the outdoors. For the ecologist and nature lover, Golfo Orosei offers the opportunity of a lifetime to spot the endangered monk seal, which was previously thought to be extinct. Limestone cliffs create isolated and picturesque coves that can only be reached by boat, or you can take long hikes through the macquis – heavily vegetated areas typical to the Mediterranean coastlands. The effort is definitely worth it. The hour-long hike to Cala Goloritze, for example, which is reputed as one the island’s of the most picturesque coves. Once you arrive you’ll be greeted with a tree-shaded canyon with limestone cliffs, rock arches and steps leading down to the white-pebbled beach and crystal blue waters.

Mallorca Holiday

Maybe you’d like a luxury villa in Mallorca close in an exclusive location, or perhaps you might enjoy being near to a big, family-friendly beach if you’re travelling with little ones. Whatever you’re looking for, you can be sure to find it on the island.

Mallorca is off the coast of eastern Spain and has long been popular with holidaymakers for its warm climate and glorious sunshine. In some parts, you’ll find a great party atmosphere, with the beach lined with clubs and bars, while other sections are quiet and secluded – perfect if you’re after a relaxing getaway.

The island is also steeped in history and if you explore, you can find Roman ruins and all manner of archaeological sites and museums. But as well as the cultural draws, a huge attraction for visitors to Mallorca is its vast beaches.

If it’s the partying you’re travelling for, you’re sure to enjoy a trip to the popular resort of Magalluf. The location is a haven for Brits looking to let loose and boasts 900 metres of sand lined with clubs, bars and restaurants. With an average of more than 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s also a great spot for topping up your tan. And if you’re an adventurous sort, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The beach at Magalluf offers a wide range of watersports, such as parasailing and waterskiing, so prepare for a soaking.

And if that hasn’t burnt off all your energy, you might like to head to Formentor beach for some more action on the water. Also known as Cala Pi de sa Posada, the beach is situated in an exclusive resort popular with celebrities, so keep your eyes peeled. Make use of the sunbeds on the sand to dry off after you’ve tried your hand on the waves with some lessons at the nearby surfing school.

The calm sea at the water’s edge makes it a great spot for paddling and the beach stretches for one kilometre so you’ll have plenty of places to choose from when propping up your deck chair. There’s also a mooring point at the beach, so why not take a day trip on a boat over to Puerto Pollensa Marina and explore more of the island?

You’ll find Puerto Pollensa at the northernmost tip of Mallorca, not too far from the popular resort of Alcudia. Both locations boast great beaches and are close enough to visit in one day if you like. For a long time there was no beach in Puerto Pollensa but one was created artificially relatively recently and it has since become a big hit. At one kilometre long and 30 metres wide, there’s plenty of room here, making it particularly popular with families. Close by is the marina and it’s here you can try out sailing or scuba diving, among other activities.

Next, head over to the beach at Alcudia, where you’ll find the atmosphere is relaxed. The resort is in stark contrast with thriving clubbers’ paradise areas like Magalluf as you’ll find it’s much more family-friendly. There’s also loads to keep history buffs entertained here, with Roman ruins to explore, and along the coast there are numerous seafood restaurants, so make sure you try out some of the local delicacies. If you’re hoping for a taste of authentic Spain, you’ll find it in Alcudia, especially if you visit the Sunday market after enjoying a relaxing morning lounging on the beach.

Vacation Rentals

It is of many kinds – a cottage, condominium, apartment, single-family-style home called as villas – but all of them well furnished. The tourist avails the property on rental basis for an agreed number of days or weeks. The owners usually charge on nightly basis like the way the hotel rooms are charged – though there are some who opt for weekly rentals.

Legally speaking, their property is not for sale to the tourist or any other hirer and the owner of the vacation rental only lets the property on rent for a limited period of time.

The fact is they are preferred by many over hotel accommodation for a variety of reasons like cost savings, bigger space compared to hotel rooms, greater privacy, no need to pay tips, taxes or service charges. The family members and kids, instead of being confined in a small congested space in hotels, may feel be more comfortable with lot of space to roam in a vacation rental. Most of them are conveniently located – on the beachfront, city centers and close to shopping arcades and restaurants.

Furthermore, villa and many vacation rentals have kitchens for cooking so that you can avoid costly food in restaurants. There are spacious living rooms for family members to spend quality time together. In fact, many of them offer lot of floor space including multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and separate dining area. Besides they also provide amenities like fireplaces, private hot tubs, television etc.

The perceived demerit of them are lack of on-site service staff, standards of cleanliness etc. But they are now becoming more and more occupant-friendly. There are agencies that manage vacation properties for the owners and they offer services similar to hotels – front desk check-in, 24-hour maintenance, house housekeeping, concierge service etc.

Of course, the traveler has to check on vacation rental terms before finalizing. Some of them may separately charge cleaning fee, parking fee, security deposit etc. Some may not allow pets, disallow smoking, impose harsh cancellation fees etc. In the final analysis, however, the advantages of vacation rentals far outweigh the couple of negatives and they are increasingly fancied by tourists.

But, if you are traveling singly and you plan to stay only for a couple of days, you may as well opt for hotel rooms instead of a vacation rental. Again, you are a happy-go-lucky person the does not want to cook on your vacation, and leaving place in disorder, a vacation rental may not be an ideal choice for you.

Legian Hotels

If staying in a hotel isn’t your thing then you can choose to stay in a villa. There aren’t really any budget villas in Legian as they are actually aimed towards providing a personalized holiday experience. Even the least expensive villas will supply you with the facilities and amenities that guarantee a fantastic holiday experience. Not all of the villas will have in house activities like diving or surfing safaris, but will have the essential information and will organize these activities for you should you want to take part in them.

Obviously the more cash you are willing to spend on accommodation when staying in Legian, the more personalized the services you can expect. The villas that are rated five stars will be offering you everything that you want. The majority of these villas will have their own leisure activities that you can enjoy, some supply a Bali holiday package deal when you book and incorporate everything into the rate, others you’ll just pay to do whichever sport you have an interest in on that specific day. The fully inclusive deals usually work out a bit less expensive, but occasionally your activity will be on a certain day that you don’t feel like doing it or would rather do something else, all a matter of personal preference to choose which is best for you.

For budget travelers there’s a place called Poppies lane which will provide adequate accommodation at a particularly reasonable rate. The rooms aren’t fancy, but the service and cleanliness is good. For all the other travelers, there are many hotels in Legian to choose from. The majority of the top hotels will be offering excellent views of the surrounding area as well as superior service. The tourism industry in Bali is geared towards ensuring that you have an awesome experience while visiting, encouraging you to return year after year.

One of the advantages of staying in Legian rather than Kuta is that the tourists’ buses, trucks and other big vehicles aren’t allowed to enter there. If you arrive by tour bus you will be dropped off in Kuta and catch a little shuttle bus to your hotel. With Kuta being such a favored destination, you will find that Legian is much quieter and peaceful.

Private Villa For A Wedding Party

Check available furnishing. When you plan for a party, you should always think ahead. Try to anticipate the needs of your guests. For instance, how many chairs do you think you need? Are there enough chairs within the villa? When you serve food, you will need tables to set the food on. Will the caterer provide these tables? Or are such tables available in the villa? Some villas have garden furnishing that you can make full use of.

Such details may appear small but if you neglect them, your guests may have to face some slight inconveniences.

Available services. Sometimes, despite the best planning, unseen circumstances may still spoil the party for you. For instance, you may think that you have enough food for everyone but then someone brought along some unexpected guests. What can you do then? After all, the villa is likely to be situated near a beach and there is no way you can run out to a nearby convenience store or supermarket to buy more food. Fortunately, there is room service that you can count on. With a quick phone call, you can easily order extra (high quality) food to be added to the menu for party.

Facilities within the villa. Be sure to find out what facilities are available in the villa. Is there a pool? Are there open spaces? These are venues that your guests can visit. Also, you can make precautions like setting up barriers to prevent children from visiting the pool. Such precautions can prevent unwanted accidents.

Enjoy an Italian Holiday

  • Stay in a villa. Can you imagine a more romantic image than an Italian villa? It is quintessentially Italian. There are literally thousands to choose from and you’re bound to find a villa in every part of Italy to suit your needs. It can also be an economical way to plan your holiday when you have a base around which you can plan numerous daily excursions. In Sardinia for example you can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine a year and bask in the sunshine along the glorious coastline on white sandy beaches fringed with the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
  • Take a Venetian sojourn. One of the most romantic cities in the world, Venice is a city of many facets, with almost weekly carnivals, a cavalcade of historical buildings to visit not to mention a romantic ride in a gondola along the Canal Grande, can you imagine a better way to inject more romance into your life?
  • Take a Cook’s tour of Tuscany. Sharpen up your culinary skills with a week stay at a famous cooking school in Tuscany. Not only will you learn to cook some fabulous dishes to provide you with constant memories of your holiday, but you also get to stay in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and enjoy the wonderful landscapes and beautiful gardens.
  • Step back in time in Sicily. Sicily has some of the most spectacular coastline in the Mediterranean not to mention economical options when it comes to accommodation. The village lifestyle is still vibrant and provides a constant reminder of days gone by when the essence of Italian culture was being created.
  • Take a famous Roman holiday. Audrey Hepburn made the most of her Roman holiday in her film of the same name and you can do the same. Historical monuments, romantic promenades and famous restaurants are just a few of the things that lure tourists from around the world.

Tricks Choosing Lodging

Location Is Everything

When you plan where you are staying, it usually involves being as close to certain attractions as possible. Or perhaps you just want a quiet weekend away from the noise of daily life. Either way, take a look at the location of your hotel. Determine how far away it is from places you would like to visit, and see if it offers other features that would be of interest to you. Lakes, tennis courts, or even a hiking trail might make or break your hotel stay.

How Much Parking Is Available?

Some hotels and motels simply let you park your car whenever and not charge a fee. Others might offer parking, but impose a fee on top of that. You might be looking for additional services, such as valet parking. You also might want to be aware of how secure the parking lot is, and what type of area you are in. This can help you determine if it is safe to leave luggage and other items in your car for a while, or if they are safer in your room.

Complimentary Breakfast Can Be a Bonus

Part of the joy of getting away on vacation is having someone else do the cooking. Your lodging might offer complimentary breakfast in the form of pastries and toast, along with assorted juices and fruit. Other places might even offer hot food, such as bacon, eggs, and pancakes. Make sure you double check before you leave, since saving money on food can give you more to enjoy on your outing.

Onsite Facilities Are Important

Some families and individuals simply won’t go to a hotel if there is no pool. Others might need a coffee maker in their room. Having a microwave and refrigerator in your room can be a major benefit as well, giving you the chance to cook your own meals and store food. If you plan on eating in-room or enjoy snacking, this is important to have.

Value of Booking Luxury Bali Villa

If you are like 70% of the tourists who go to Bali, your next thought will likely be ‘which hotel should I stay at’. You have made your first mistake, which could make your holiday more expensive than it should be.

Yes, Bali has hundreds, if not thousands, of hotels, so many, in fact, that the Indonesian Government is attempting to implement a ban on any more hotel developments. The problem is, there are now so many hotels, mostly around the capital Denpasar, that the industry is suffering – too many rooms even though Bali’s visitor numbers continue to grow each year. If the number of southern Bali hotels continues to grow at its current rate, it will inevitably put many players out of business.

Denpasar and southern Bali to a lesser extent, now has so many hotels, too often they are jammed ‘shoulder to shoulder’ against each other, mostly in the busy, loud and traffic clogged central city areas. Denpasar has become so crowded that when it once took 30 minutes to get from Ngurah Rai airport to a city hotel, it can now take up to 2 hours. The Bali government has built new expressways which will hopefully ease this congestion.

There is an alternative form of accommodation available in Bali, which is routinely taken up by about 16.5% of visitors. This alternative is the luxury Bali villa and there are an estimated 10,000 of them scattered across this beautiful island. Luxury villa accommodation in Bali is not the first thought of travellers, perhaps because the hoteliers are so good at marketing and spending big dollars on promoting their businesses.

You may be thinking that the nightly rental rate for a luxury villa in Bali is beyond your vacation budget, but you may be wrong because you probably don’t have all the facts. The open secret is that, if you make a group booking to stay in a private Bali villa, with its wonderful privacy, peace and space, you could likely save hundreds of dollars you would otherwise spend on the hotel holiday model.

You see, the key to saving your hard-earned holiday dollars is to make a group booking at a deluxe Bali villa. This is the open secret of Bali villas. Most of these impressive houses, which are generally built by private owners, can sleep up to eight people or more. This means you can share the cost of the nightly rental charge amongst your group.

Let’s look at an example. A private Bali villa, that I know quite well, located on the absolute beachfront, about 8 kilometres east of Singaraja, on the north coast, currently charges US$340.00 per night. Wow, I can hear you saying, that’s expensive. But, if you pulled together a group of friends or family to share the cost, each person would only be paying US$42.50 per head, per night, certainly a budget rate in anyone’s language.

And remember, what you pay for a hotel room is just that, one hotel room, unless you splash out and rent a suite, but that’s a very expensive alternative. However they dress it up, hotels usually base their business model on booking rooms with a double bed, en suite bathroom, a chair and, if you are lucky, a table. Oh, and they will definitely have a bar fridge, with every item scrupulously catalogued and charged to you, at high convenience rates, which will balloon your hotel expense.

When you chose a luxury Bali villa for your paradise holiday, you get heaps of space. Usually four, or more, bedrooms with their own en-suite, ample living space, including two living areas, plus even private patios for each room in some case. Oh, and then there’s the private swimming pools that are almost standard for private Bali villas. Most have the swimming pool just a few steps away from their main living area. If you’ve even booked a hotel room right next to the pool, you’ll know how much extra they will usually charge you for this. And, it can be a mixed blessing, because at hotels, everyone can use the pool, which can mean unwanted company, noise, crowds, screaming, splashing – you get the picture.

Of course, if you book a deluxe Bali villa you have your own private swimming pool, accessible only to people who have rented the villa, unless they want to invite special guests to join them. And, if you are into friendly, personalized service, you can’t beat what Bali villas have to offer. The Balinese people are among the friendliest, warm, sincere and lovely group of people you are ever likely to meet. Just check the guest testimonials on the many villa sites and you will see many glowing references to the top quality service that Bali villa helpers offer to their guests. Often, guests comment on the friendly relationships they develop with their luxury Bali villa helpers, way beyond any service experience that hotels can offer.

Of course, hotels have their staff too, usually busy with dealing with many guests at a time, but most sophisticated Bali villas have their own villa manager, who is fluent in English and bahasa Indonesia, plus likely in other languages too. The villa manager is employed to make sure that whatever issue arises for you on your holiday, they will promptly deal with it. If you commit to a luxury holiday in a private villa in Bali, you can expect to become on first name terms with your villa manager and with the other helpers in the villa. It’s now unusual for some villas to have up to four or five helpers, so you can expect to receive a standard of service that is way beyond what many hotels can offer.

Having local Bali people employed as villa helpers ensures that guests receive all the very latest and knowledgeable information about local attractions and must see locations. Often, the local Balinese helpers and the villa manager will know of great places to visit that are not even listed in the popular tourist manuals. After all, they live there and know their own backyard.

Many Bali villas are built by their owners to be a home-away-from-home, so they put their heart and soul into the design to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. The decor and atmosphere of many villas is therefore diverse and varied, reflecting the local Balinese culture and that of the owners of the villa. Unfortunately, many hotels, particularly the multi-national ones, are built with profit in mind and can look the same, whatever country they occupy.

If you are an eco-tourist, then the obvious choice for you is to stay in a well appointed Bali villa because many of them are built in particularly beautiful and environmentally appealing locations. To build any villa requires the permission of the local village and they generally welcome the employment opportunities that well-appointed Bali villas offer.

Luxurious Resort in Susunia

Susunia just to take the pleasure of bathing in these hot water springs. The place is also elevated in terms of archaeology as many fossil sites and the so claimed oldest rock inscriptions have been discovered here before. All over, Susunia has many treasures hidden in its heart to be revealed by the visitors. Crafts made of Dhokra in the villages within the proximity of these hills can be a significant thing to shop.

With lots of attractions in it, the place has become one of the favorite tourist spots among many people. One of the major reasons behind this is that Susunia is quite cheaper than any other tourist spots and can be visited anytime you want. With the development of the roads and the transportation system, taking a trip to Susunia becomes a lot easier than before.

A luxurious and comfortable resort has elevated this place from a mere picnic spot to a tourist spot. People from all the ways of life can come here to nourish the beauty of this place from the comfort of the resort. It can be proved quite beneficiary to the visitors. Some of the advantages are given below-

Susunia hills are famous for decades as the popular picnic spot, but there was once a time, when people visit Susunia and came back before the sun sets. Susunia is usually a bald hill with a dense forest where many small animals and rodents and insects live. That is why, these hills can be precarious after sunset and camping there during the night is not a very good idea. The resort in Susunia has provided that security to the travelers. The resorts have many rooms, both AC and non-AC where you can find a soothing shelter in the night without the fear regarding the protection.

Boutique Hotel

The Future Of Affordable Boutique Lodging

Boutiques can be modern or history, family-oriented, eclectic, or heavily themed. People’s sense of luxury is changing constantly. As technology evolves, guests often become savvier. Thus, hotel owners must make an effort to satisfy such types of customers.

How Owners Can Improve Their Hotels

Ask questions – You need to create trends instead of following them. This is indeed a great way to innovate your property. Consider thinking of the experiences you would like to enjoy but appear to be out of reach. Figure out if you can deliver any of your client’s wildest dreams and if there is a certain service you would love to offer.

Check out other industries – A great source as you envision the future is the business page. Allow high-tech innovations as well as trends influence your decisions. The right technology can actually help in transforming guest experiences. It would be a great idea for you to deliver sophisticated technology masked within the ambiance of your chosen them. Most of all, you must surprise your guests with a new form of luxury.

Consider your target guests – Determine who are travelling in your city along with their needs and desires. Be aware of the different generational conflicts and influences in your society.

Take some risks – Coming up with a unique property will mean digging into something that people have not seen before. Wow them with a customized room. Always be reminded that the future of boutique hotels start with an innovative, fresh idea that is new to the marketplace. Don’t hesitate to take risks.