The Fortress Resort and Spa, Galle, Sri Lanka

On my recent Sri Lanka trip, I had a reservation for two days at The Fortress Resort and Spa thanks to Small Luxury Hotels of the World to review the property. Small Luxury hotels of the world, have tie-ups with some of the most beautiful boutique hotels around the world, so I always have really high expectations with the properties they are linked with and “The Fortress” did not disappoint.

THE Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

On our way from spending the day at Galle fort, we actually missed the property and drove past it, cause as the name suggests, The Fortress is like a fort next to the beach with high walls and solid wooden doors. When we did manage to turn around a find the place I was a little intimidated by the huge size of the wall, but once you enter the property that changes, for you are greeted by lush gardens and a view of the swimming pool over-looking the vast blue ocean and served with a cool welcome drink which is a refreshing welcome for The Fortress is 160 km from the airport (and Sri Lanka is really humid)

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Inspired by the Dutch Fort Design, The Fortress has 53 rooms with six distinct styles of guest’s rooms and residences, each creating sensual living spaces with a naturally modern twist. The categories are the Fortress Room, The Beach Room, The Ocean Room, Splash rooms, The Ocean Lofts and The Fortress Residences. With a well-balanced design concept at the forefront, each room has been designed with either private courtyards or balconies with a view to either the gardens, water features or the Indian Ocean. We are shown to our Ocean View room, which is on the upper level and faces the Swimming Pool and the Ocean.

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The Fortress Rooms feature a superior King size bed (7ft x 7ft) dressed with Egyptian cotton with an open plan bathroom with rainfall shower and bath. A state of the art entertainment system including a plasma screen TV’s, Bose DVD and sound system and a private Bar are just some of the features.The Ocean Lofts are approximately 140m and the design of these split level rooms creates a one-of-a kind experience on each of its two separate floors. The largest of them all is the Fortress Residences which are 240m and creates the ultimate living space as it is on the upper level of the Fortress and each features two bedrooms and an outdoor dining deck. Guests staying in these residences are pampered by their 24 hour personal butler to cater to their every requirement.

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Each evening there is a different dining program varying from Sri Lankan food special to Sea Food barbecue, which is what was on the first night we got there. Chef Kumar made it even more special for us by arranging for us to sample various dishes from the ala carte menu so we can get an idea of the wide array of culinary delights are served at Pepper, the Central dining venue at the Fortress. A combination of international Cuisine and local flavours are offered to the guests and for those who prefer destination dining , private dining within the confines of the Fortress can be arranged. They also have a large selection of wines, which makes it every wine connoisseurs dream come true. You can have this large selection along with your in-room dining as well as at the Sea Lounge, which is the bar by the pool.

Spa , The Fortress, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Spa, The Fortress, Galle, Sri lanka. www.stylecity.in

Another great offering of The Fortress Resort and Spa is its Spa Natural, which offers a simple a holistic approach to well-being with eastern and western treatments combined. From signature Ayurvedic treatments which begin with a consultation with the in-house Ayurveda Doctor, who finds out the body constitution and state of body humours, based on which a personalised treatment is formulated to western massages and body scrubs there is a whole lot of treatments you can experience. You can also have customised treatments and make a full Spa vacation of your stay. I for one had a great consultation with Dr.Pushpika, where we discussed not only the type of treatment I should have but also things I should incorporate in my diet. Details to follow soon.

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Finally, before I end this post earlier over here I had  spoken about The Fortress as one of the SLH properties you can choose for your Destination Wedding. Now after visiting the property I am more convinced than ever that it is a perfect property for a wedding. To begin with Sri Lanka has a warm tropical climate throughout the year, so if you avoid the monsoon season you should get clear skies (we only got rain one day through my 6 day stay at Sri Lanka). The Fortress Resort and Spa also has a variety of wedding packages for you to choose from, Moonstone, Star Ruby, Star Sapphire and Serendib Sapphire Package. Each of these packages has some basic items like wedding planners, decoration, Wedding cake, Floral decoration and a 24 colour photo wedding album. Of course, besides the above items each package are tailored to include certain other amenities. If you cannot manage your destination wedding at The Fortress, they also have great deals for Honeymoons and Anniversary’s.

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

World Luxury Hotel award and Asia Pacific Hotel award winner The Fortress is a perfect destination if a serene place combined with luxury is your idea of an ideal vacation.
The Fortress Resort and Spa – PO Box 126 Galle. Sri Lanka. Tel:+94 777 743 750
Rate– The Rooms begin at USD 280* per night
Transport– International Airport: Colombo 140 km (transfers arranged by the resort). Local Airport: Koggala Lake (KCT) 2 km (transfers arranged by the resort) Train station: Galle 10 km. Pick up service: By resort at time of booking. Helipad: on-site & on request (please book via the resort)
Guests are met by resort staff at Koggala Airport. Seaplane comes direct from Colombo Airport. From Colombo Airport – Take main road into Colombo and then the Galle Road direct south to Koggala.

*These rates are approximate rates and could vary.Reservationsfor any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property can be made by calling 000800 650 1456 (India), online at www.slh.com or via the SLH iPhone app. Travel agents need only remember the GDS code LX for LuXury.  To receivespecial benefits including a complimentary breakfast, upgrade (subject to availability)and late check-out, join The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World at www.slh.com/club  Membership is offered on acomplimentary basis

Travel Diaries: Sri Lanka

Hello, so the reason my posts have been so erratic this month is cause I was off on a vacation with my bff from school who lives in Australia and we met in Sri Lanka for a few days after almost 5 years. My trip began on a horrible note thanks to AIR INDIA and them cancelling my flight, hence me missing my connecting flight at Chennai and almost having a heart attack about the fact that I may need to stay at Chennai Airport which may I add is the worst airport in the world. But all worked out, and I met this really sweet guy who had the same problem with AIR INDIA from Mumbai and totally helped me out.Fortunately, my ordeal in getting to Sri Lanka was not a reflection on the rest of my trip which was fabulous. To begin with five days is just too less, you need atleast fifteen to properly see Sri Lanka. I plan to go back in February hopefully, join me maybe? Well anyway starting with this photo-essay you can get an idea of my trip.

Dutch hospital Colombo. www.stylecity.in

Day one I landed at around 6pm and my friends picked me up and we went to a coffee shop,we had some Sri Lankan Chai and then headed to Colombo. There we chilled at Dutch Hospital, which was originally a hospital but now is a cool hang-out zone, with shops and restaurants and pubs all around a courtyard. Which as you can see has this amazing Christmas tree in the centre and is full on a Monday evening, party girl in me pleasantly surprised, 5/5 to the Sri Lankan youth.

Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Day 2 we went of to Galle for the day to check out the fort and just have lunch out there. This is a panoramic view of the beach, taken from the light-house.

Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Pedlar's Inn, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

We first stopped to have a drink at Amangalla Hotel, which is a beautifully done up building, looks like an old Dutch house which has been restored. Unfortunately we did not realise it was Amangalla when we walked in (don’t judge, they don’t have any signs or board) else I would have definitely asked to see the whole property. From there we walked down the fort and went for lunch at Pedlar’s Inn. Which is so quirky and the food is absolutely delish!

The Fortress, Galle, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

After this we went to The Fortress Resort and Spa where I had a two-day stay booked  thanks to Small Luxury Hotels of the World to review the property. We actually missed the property and drove past it, cause as the name suggests it does look like a fort from outside and we did not think to look past the high walls. But once you enter those high walls, its like a small piece of heaven, with lush green gardens overlooking the ocean (More about the Fortress soon!)

Happy Banana *no pun intended", Unawatuna, Sri Lanka.www.stylecity.in

The next day after my meetings at The Fortress which included a long consultancy with the Ayurvedic doctor regarding my treatment the next day (details to follow) we went off to Unawatuna beach which is approximately 20 mins by car from where we were staying. Here we chilled at a shack called Happy Banana (*no pun intended* that is the name) and had a sea food barbecue in the evening.

Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in Paradise road Gallery Cafe, Colombo, Sril Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The Commons, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

Finally went back to Colombo and most day just went in traveling, but we did manage to visit Paradise Road Gallery Cafe’. This charming cafe opened in 1998 in a structure which was offices of world-renowned Sri Lankan architect the Late Geoffery Bawa. The art gallery constantly has exhibitions featuring renowned and upcoming Sri Lankan artists. After coffee here we checked into our service apartment, which is really well located and absolutely safe even for girl or single travellers called over11apartments. The owners live in the main building and this apartment is in the annexe above the garage. Finally we went to eat at “the Commons” a really nice and homely joint for a meal before crashing for the night.

Home Lunch with Fariz and family. www.stylecity.in

Silk, Colombo, Sri Lanka. www.stylecity.in

The next day and my final day in Sri Lanka started with a home cooked meal at my friends college friend Fariz’s place. Fariz needs a special mention because he was pretty much our tour guide in terms of where to go and what to do during our stay. He also let me know often enough I should have not come if I was only planning to come for 5 days since Sri Lanka has too much to offer to be covered in such a short span. Then we went off shopping, mostly souvenir and small gift shopping cause honestly Sri Lanka is by no means cheap shopping and finally as it was my last night wanted to check out a night club, which we did called SILK. Again, if you do go to Colombo do try this club out. Missed out on the Casino’s, but next trip hopefully!
P.S- Note how much I tanned, picture from beach on day two and night club n day five

Cinema Suites at 51 Buckingham Gate,Taj Suites & Residences, London

Later this month, 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences, London will unveil its new Cinema Suite created by one of my favourite Indian fashion designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee. The suite is inspired most notably by 1940s and 1950s Hollywood as well as the Indian Cinema era of the 1950’s.

Guests will find reference to masters such as Ray, Francis Ford Coppola and Bergman in the imposing study, world cinema leaders like Majidi, Wong Kar-Wai and Almodovarin amongst the cultured kitsch of the living room and echoes of The Stepford Wives in the kitchen. They will sense the golden Hollywood era of Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe in one bedroom whilst the other draws on colonial inspiration and renowned Indian artists such as Guru Dutt and Merchant Ivory and Bimal Roy.The 1,832 square foot, two bedroom suite, with dining room, study, powder room and kitchen, has been designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. Aptly, the Cinema Suite will open just ahead of celebrations marking 100 years of Indian film in 1913.

Visitors will get a chance to marvel at breathtakingly rare Bollywood film prints, remarkable history books, vintage mirrors and a myriad of portraits and drawings. Each wall is a work of art in itself, with striking Nina Campbell wallpapers in burnt orange, black and red, laden with curios collected from over 32 different cultures.  Sumptuous silk drapery meets magnificent oak flooring, while priceless antique furniture displays ornaments such as rare Chinese porcelain, Bhutanese frames and 1920s embroidered Indian lamps.

The 85 inch plasma cinema screen, with a 3D state of the art home theatre system, is one of the biggest private screens in any London hotel suite. It is assisted by a world class Steinway Lyngdorf cinema system – a fully immersive cinematic experience. The system has been preloaded with a repertoire of 300 international motion pictures, books and music, chosen by Sabyasachi himself to acknowledge that time is well spent amongst films, art and culture.

I find it a bit too ostentatious for my liking but then I don’t claim to be a movie buff at all. If a trip down Cinema lane if your cup of tea do visit. Rates at The Cinema Suite start at £5,100 per night. For reservations please call 020 7769 7766 or visit www.51-buckinghamgate.com

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Photographs by Georgi Djalev

So Oktoberfest is definitely on my Bucketlist. I am sure there are lots of others who agree with me on this, so while I don’t know when I will get my own personal experience but my younger brother who is currently studying in Barcelona did manage to go with his class-mates this year during the last weekend of the fest. So I ofcourse asked him for pictures. As you can imagine the first week after they got back was a no-show. Then when I finally did get pictures they sent me 500 to choose from and the little write-up I asked for about the fest came like this
http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest
Now let’s be honest I did go through the photos and selected 10 but it is inhumane to ask me to go through all the history to come up with 5 lines. And frankly most of us just love to party so we hardly need an occasion. So here are a few pictures with story from my younger brother Sushant. Enjoy them and hopefully we all get to visit on our own next year!

The evening sky over the Oktoberfest tents.
As insane as it seems, that huge ride is quite a dangerous contraption when one is sober, let alone after 6 litres of beer. So the big slope actually has a rather fast conveyor belt on which you stand (everyone fails and falls flat), you get to the top and then slide down a whirlwind from two storeys high. Try doing this after a day of beer – I did, I fell and I came down happier, ready for more beers.
 
(Left)Blake Larson, my classmate and friend from the States. He reached Munich a day before us and as is evident was considerably drunk in every photo.(Right) My German friend sorted out bookings and this was the first day. The tent was rather small but had great food and amazing beer.
This ferris wheel was humongous. The photo is not giving the size of the ride its due.
  
In the streets of Munich, during Oktoberfest one sees this carriage of beer kegs. It’s a symbol to show how beer was transported back in the day and during Oktoberfest they try to showcase some of that history throughout the city. Ze zermans love their beer, clearly.
Our tent on Saturday, the day before Oktoberfest comes to an end. An insane tent with approximately 5000 people packed in. There is something rather energizing seeing 5000 people sing, dance, drink and move to music in unison. This tent was playing a lot of German tunes but even crowd pleaser’s from the 80’s and early 90’s. One of the best nights ever.
Aahh, the group towards the end of the night. After all the jumping, eating, drinking, singing – this was the moment caught on camera where everyone seems to be taking a breather. Maybe the DJ was changing his discs. It was a well needed break! (Thats my brother in the middle. Aww!)

Grown up Gap Year with SLH

A couple of years ago, the notion of Gap Year where students take time to travel or get life experience before moving on to university or embarking on a career was almost unheard of in Asia. However it has since become increasingly popular and more fresh-faced school and university students are heading to the shores of New Zealand, Thailand, India and beyond for a grand adventure. But Gap Years needn’t be confined to the youngsters, a growing number of professionals, empty-nesters and retirees are hankering after the same kind of around the world, off the beaten track experiences, albeit in a little more style than the traditional gapper. Here, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), experts in luxury boutique travel, share their dream itineraries and experiences for a“Grown Up Gap Year”retirement, redundancy, sabbatical or just an escape from the rat race, whether you have a full year, a few months, or a couple of weeks,these are the destinations to dream about.

Solo Traveller

A journey through Costa Rica makes the trip of a lifetime. Explore this ecologically rich country with SLH – from quiet beaches to wild rivers, a Central American adventure awaits. Our dream itinerary would include a stay at Hotel Punta Islitaoverlooking a rugged bay on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Punta Islita is a picturesque beachfront resort set on a tiered hillside. Expect a close-up view of authentic Costa Rican culture amidst forest-covered mountains with plenty of fast-paced activities such as zip lining and forest trekking, and a relaxing spa with treatments inspired by nature to fill your alone-time. For quieter moments, one of the main attractions of Punta Islita is the peace and seclusion – warm tropical breezes, forest scents and sea and sky views are best enjoyed from your hammock for a taste of delicious solitude. From there, head to Le Caméléon in Puerto Viejo. Close to some of the world’s quietest beaches in Puerto Viejo, this is a sophisticated yet relaxed beach retreat where a laid back Caribbean lifestyle becomes second nature for all guests. Laze by the pool and enjoy a massage…or visit Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, renowned for manatees, dolphins and sea turtles that nest on the beaches from February to May. Rancho Pacifico in Puntarenas  is an idyllic spot to end the journey – expect ultra-comfortable isolation in the midst of tropical jungle. Set high on a secluded hilltop, surrounded by 250 acres of rainforest, this eco-luxury resort provides 10 dramatic rooms – choose from suite, villa and treehouse accommodation. Activities abound – take the private Bosque Puro Trail 1,000 feet up to the top of the coastal mountains into the cloud forest, or journey into a remote part of the Osa Peninsula via the Sierpe River by boat. Sightings of monkeys, sloths, jaguarundis, anteaters, tree frogs, toucans and parakeets are commonplace in this area.

Finding yourself

Seeking a spiritual retreat? Why not follow in the footsteps of Julia Roberts and embark upon a journey of self-discovery as portrayed in the novel and movie Eat, Pray, Love! SLH offers a charming selection of luxury escapes in Florence, India and Bali, the three destinations the protagonist famously visited on her journey.Dine Like A King In Florence: JK Place Firenze Hotel -. Suspended in a bubble of refinement in the heart of the city, JK Place Firenze Hotel is an exceptional retreat, adored by everyone who stays behind its modest townhouse façade. Inside, it is elegance epitomised with century’s worth of artefacts and lovely homemade food served all day in a glass-covered courtyard.Find Inner Calm In India: Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resort, Kerala The natural village setting of Fragrant Nature Retreat & Resort reflects the authentic Keralean way of life. In a stunning setting overlooking a fresh water lake, the extremely comfortable rooms and villas bring you close to nature while fine dining, a pampering spa and a traditional cruise boat provides more than a touch of supreme comfort.Love Yourself In Bali: Spa Village Tembok Bali. Set amidst a dramatic volcanic landscape on Bali’s north-eastern coast, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is where your restorative journey begins. Dedicated to top-to-toe pampering and personalised spa treatments, this uniquely peaceful and tranquil spot is surrounded by tropical gardens and provides a beach-side restaurant, a spectacular infinity pool and stunning accommodation.

Off The Beaten Track

Hotel Terelj, Mongolia .Set on the banks of the Terelj River in a remote spot surrounded by lush tree-covered mountains in the Gorkhi-Terelji National Park, the Terelj Hotel is a polished sanctuary of relaxation just 50 kilometres from Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar. An almost untouched corner of the earth, near the birthplace of Ghenhis Khan, the pristine wilderness surrounding the property is some of the most carefully protected parkland in the country. Guests enjoy outdoor adventures from bird watching to hiking and climbing or horseback riding through meadows of edelweiss, grassy steppes and forest-covered mountains. Although sparsely populated, the park is also home to nomadic Mongolians, offering visitors the chance to meet with the authentic people of Mongolia. Admire the Khagiin Khar glacial lake, the Yestii hot springs, and spot brown bears, wild boar, wolves and over 250 bird species before retreating to the hotel’s veranda to relax in an armchair under a cashmere blanket – the grown up way to experience the wilderness!

Ski Season

Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt, Austria. At a heady 1950m, Obergurgl in Austria boasts a long ski season for maximum snow days. The typically Tyrolean village has magnificent scenery and lively après ski to boot – stay at the Art and Relax Hotel Bergwelt, a fabulous ski-in ski-out property set high on a sunny plateau. Delightfully traditional, the lodge offers modern, stylish interiors, a panoramic restaurant, a spa with the highest pool in the Alps and a fantastic welcoming bar with blazing fire. We wouldn’t mind holing up here all winter long! Royal Park Hotel Kandersteg, Switzerland. From Austria, head across the border to Switzerland to the small alpine resort of Kandersteg. Excellent skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, cross-country skiing, skating, tobogganing and even ice hockey await! Stay at the Royal Park Hotel Kandersteg, which sits in a huge park, perfectly located for all the activities on offer in the area. The ski season staples of fondue and raclette served at Berner Stübli restaurant are truly legendary.

Reservations for any Small Luxury Hotels of the World property can be made by calling +65 6232 5060, online at www.slh.com or via the new iPhone app. Travel agents need only remember the GDS code LX for LuXury.

Set Sail with Royal Caribbean and Barbie

This is when I wish I was a little girl again and could actually sail with Barbie. Yes, so it seems Barbie dresses, Barbie themed cakes and Birthday parties are a thing of the past. The latest offing from team Barbie is a chance to have a Barbie™ Experience At Sea.Girls Can Enjoy Exclusive Themed Staterooms, Tea Parties, Fashion Shows and More (Lucky girls! *sulk*)

 

 

Royal Caribbean International, in partnership with Mattel, is bringing the signature pink style of Barbie, the world’s most popular doll, to the world’s most innovative cruise line. The pop culture icon will come to the high seas for the very first time to invite girls to see what happens when Barbie becomes a part of their cruise vacation, starting in January 2013 on select ships and rolling out to the remainder of the fleet by March 2013.The Barbie™ Premium Experience is the ultimate indulgence for Barbie enthusiasts. Girls can enjoy staterooms decorated in the iconic doll’s signature style as well as exclusive, themed activities throughout the duration of their cruise – from an invitation-only tea party and mermaid dance class to a fashion design workshop and Barbie Girls fashion show. Highlights of the Barbie™ Premium Experience include:

• A Barbie stateroom, adorned in the doll’s signature style and featuring keepsakes such as a Barbie® doll and fashions, blanket and pillowcase, tote bag, toothbrush and toiletries bag. From the moment they step into their staterooms, girls will be drawn into Barbie’s distinct world of style – and of course, pink!

• Tiaras & Teacups party, an invitation-only affair, featuring a whimsical palate of pink pastries and pink lemonade served on dainty dishes all while having fun learning tips on table etiquette.

• Mermaid dance class where girls can shimmy and shake while learning the latest dance moves from the hit movie Barbie™ in a Mermaid Tale 2.

• Fashion Designer workshop where girls can channel their inner fashion designer with Barbie inspiration boards and sketch materials. Girls also will have the chance to sketch and create their very own Barbie doll fashions.

• Fashion Show where girls can dress up to walk a pink carpet to the admiration and applause of their family and friends. Girls also will have the chance to perform their amazing dance routine as well as display their Barbie fashion creation. It’s the ultimate celebration of a truly memorable experience with Barbie and Royal Caribbean.

The cost of the Barbie Premium Experience is $349.00.
For further information please log onto: www.royalcaribbean.in

Enjoy an anxiety-free Luxurious holiday

Our current demanding lives and really long work days keep most of us quite stressed and anxious. Hence the ultimate goal of leaving behind all this strain and frustration can be accomplished through a luxurious holiday. The numerous hurdles and uncertainties involved in the cheap travel packages can now be avoided with luxury travel, as the chances of unforeseen situations to occur are very low. Here are some tips to assure that you experience a worry free luxurious travel.

Plan in advance: Basically, the plan that you think of should be made well in advance so that you are prepared with all the necessary things. To start with try to avoid peak seasons as much as possible. Not only are places really packed but everything is atleast 3-4 times more expensive and make sure that you grab all the details of the places that you are visiting. If you book in advance you have the opportunity to get a lot of good deals for when you do make the trip, including tables at the best restaurants as well as watching any plays or shows. This information is usually available online. There are never-ending lists of nature’s beauty and other recreational activities specific to the area you want to visit that are worth exploring to make your holiday filled with excitement.
Hotel accommodations: After the necessary planning about your travel and the places you want to visit, the next thing that you need to do is book accommodations. Select the hotel in such a manner that it doesn’t leave any area in providing luxury. This can be done easily through a simple research that can be done on internet. Here you can find various services and deals that are offered. A lot of good five-star hotels give great deals for travels. You can reserve your cabinet in advance; however, if you are planning it through a travel agency then you can take their advice. It would be better if you choose a resort option that is available at that place as it offers extra benefits such as peace of mind, customer satisfaction, leisure facilities and many more. And if you are looking into a hotel try to book a place that is not too far from the main centre of attraction of the place else you will spend too much time traveling.


Travel– After making necessary hotel and travel bookings keep in mind to make necessary arrangements for travel within the place. For instance if you will need to hire a car/bike while in the place or if public transport easily available. This helps avoid future hassles and inconvenience in terms of budget as most of us forget to include this in our budgets and end up paying extra. Mostly it works out more feasible to hire transport so you can visit various sites in the place and most resorts and hotels have these facilities available and can work out cheaper and are more comfortable.
Travel insurance policy: It is a bitter fact that most of the travellers make all necessary arrangements but fail in securing their trip. This safety assistance can be provided well through a travel insurance policy that covers unexpected medical emergencies. As it is usual that most of the tourists are vulnerable to unexpected injuries, illness and accidents especially while they are on a holiday. The policy provides necessary medical assistance, however if you don’t possess this policy and run out of funds then you can try considering payday loans that can assist you in meeting unexpected financial issues.
Packing all requirements: Always remember that it is important to pack all the requirements so that you don’t face any difficulty at the later stages. For example, if you are under certain medication then make sure that you carry all your medicines along with you. Depending upon the climatic conditions you can choose the right clothing. Nothing is worse than being stuck in a place with the wrong kind of clothes for the weather or less clothes. Check the weather conditions before you set to travel.

So follow these tips and start booking now for all your travel destinations during the upcoming holiday season. Read a few of the places mentioned by us here,here and here. Over all be safe and have a great Holiday.
Inputs from Alicia, financial guest blogger from Manchester, UK. Find out more about her and her finance related blogs at @financeport

Travel: Bangkok, Thailand

So from Pattaya it was 5 nights in Bangkok, which consisted of lots of shopping and eating, some more eating and shopping. Oh, and also a visit to the newly opened Madam Tussauds in Bangkok, Ocean world and Safari world. Here check out the photo essay.

My Hotel Plaza Athenee- Royal Meredian; the main Lobby

 

Travelling around in bangkok, funky coloured cabs and Tuk-Tuks

 

Ocean World just so pretty in Siam Paragon

Safari world: Safari and close up with tigers plus Dolophin show super cute

 

Madam Tussauds Bangkok, newly opened at Siam Discovery

   

The various clubs I visited Levels, Club Mixx and Q Bar

Patpong street or Bangkok night market

Travel: Pattaya, Thailand

Hello from Thailand I just reached Bangkok after two days at Pattaya. Have decided to do a photo essay of my Thailand  trip unless I manage to do a proper review, you will definitely read about that. Till then hope you like my pictures.

The view from my Hotel room at Royal Cliff Hotels. I love the view, Sun, sand and water all for me to wake up to. Check out the pool.

A close up of the pool. So pretty the ocean beyond makes it look like infinite sea from this angle.

 

Walking street at Pattaya. As we reached Pattaya only by 9 pm we decided to go down to the walking street and check it out. Check out these cool sign boards you can purchase. Funky, definite Style pick.

I loved the car which was used at the entrance as decor. No clue how they managed to suspend it on the wall but it looks super cool and funky. (Sorry for the blurred picture I was using a regular digital camera)

 

Our dinner place J’Noy. Love the chandeliers. You can also buy fresh sea food to cook at your home.

 

We sat outside by the water to eat dinner. Look at that cool Pattaya sign at the back.

A few of my friends having dinner which mostly comprised of sea food and was delicious, except we look exhausted cause well we had just flown in earlier that day.

Hemingway Terrace: Chilling at this shack by the beach.

I got a foot massage at the beach well cause whats the point of being in Thailand and not getting one. Thats me with the lady who gave me the massage, I am genuinely feeling the bliss you see on my face.

Discover Asia via Royal Caribbean Cruise

Discover spectacular adventures in Asia, where the world’s most amazing destinations constantly reveal a kaleidoscope of exotic sights, tranquil sounds, delightful tastes and incredible experiences.

Choose from exciting 3 to 14 night itineraries aboard Royal Caribbean’s Vision Class ship – Legend of the Seas and experience the unique Gold Anchor Service in Asian Waters. Find your Zen at the Vitality Spa or work out and get in shape at the State- of-the-art Fitness Center, spend some quality time with kids and participate in the Adventure Ocean® Youth Program or retreat to any of the two glass-canopied Solarium adults-only pool and four whirlpools. Experience a region that will expand the limits of your imagination with some amazing onboard facilities including Asia’s highest Rock- climbing wall at sea, an upper-deck jogging track, 12-hole miniature golf course, Video game arcade, Casino Royale® and a host of entertainment venues ranging from Broadway-style shows in the Main Theater to live music, bars, themed dining rooms and lounges.

 

Best of Malaysia, Spice of Southeast Asia, Asian Legacies, Pearls of the Orient and other exciting itineraries from the ports of Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing & Shanghai take you to explore Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The amenities and services aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise are addictive and you will find yourself wanting to spend all your time on the ship but exciting shore side adventures await you. Gorge on chilli crab at Clarke Quay or barter over batiks, silks and sarongs in Singapore’s famed Arab Street; watch a traditional Kabuki dance performance in Tokyo; ride on the bullet train in Japan; admire the view from the world’s tallest building (1,671 ft.) in Taiwan; eat a dim sum lunch or shop till you drop in one of Hong Kong’s bustling open-air markets; visit the Venetian hotels and casinos in Macau or take a cruise aboard a junk boat in Halong Bay; sample exotic curries and satays in a post-colonial Bangkok café; explore some of the world’s most beautiful temples in Cambodia.

Indulge in captivating cultures, vibrant cities, and exciting adventures in the Far East with Royal Caribbean International for your next getaway.

Price for Cruise* : Starting from USD 365