A French Polynesia Vacation in an exclusive hideaway paradise called Vahine Island situated on the north side of Tahaa is something that needs to be considered by you this year.
If it is a French Polynesia honeymoon that you are thinking about, or any honeymoon vacation for that matter, then Vahine Island needs checking out, if you are looking for an untouched blue lagoon in French Polynesia for your vacation.This is exactly where Vahine Island is to be found.
The number of guests is deliberately restricted as there are only three overwater bungalows, and six beach bungalows of which three are suites. The beach bungalows are beautifully situated amongst the hibiscus and bouganvillae, and they are all built of local woods and bamboo.
Your French Polynesia Vacation will start when you land at Tahiti International Airport, where you are just a short 35 minute flight from Raiatea Airport. You then are taken by speedboat for the 25 minute ride to Vahine Island.
Vahine Island could best be described as rustic luxury, the whole place and its surroundings almost seem to be in a time warp. It’s a wonderful place to stay, and if you are on your honeymoon vacation then one of the three overwater bungalows should probably be your choice.
Just be aware that there is no air conditioning in your room, which is a good reason for choosing overwater because of the breeze. There is no pool, but honestly who needs one, when you have the most beautiful swimming possible in the crystal clear turquoise sea only feet away, down the stairs and straight into the water.
The overwater bungalows have a platform deck half in the shade, covered, and half, open, in the sun. Remember to take water shoes because if you stray far from the sandy bottom under the water bungalow you will find coral and sea urchins await you!!
Lots of people use the free kayaks and canoes and snorkelling gear also comes free of charge.
The food at Vahine island is a high spot, and you will dine on world class French cuisine, which is mixed with local exotic flavours and local seafood.
To summarise what you will find at Vahine Island is an unforgettable combination of white-sand beaches, magnificent coconut groves, stunning lagoons and a backdrop of majestic sunsets over Bora Bora .
Be in no doubt that Vahine Island could be not only the perfect French Polynesia destination for you, but even more perfect for your honeymoon vacation.
Everyone thinks of the Seychelles as a winter holiday destination, and Seychelle Island Vacations to one of the increasing number of Seychelles Five Stars Hotels tend to be taken between November and March.
This is the time of the greatest Seychelles rain fall with the heaviest rain being December through to February. It’s therefore a little strange that these are the popular holiday months when the weather isn’t really ideal. I still remember arriving on Praslin almost twenty five years ago in early February to be greeted by grey skies, and a torrential downpour, and it was quite depressing, but that is the price you pay for lush green foliage.
I should add that the rain soon stopped, and the sun came out, then it rained only in the early evening every day!!
One has to assume that people suffer the very long flight because what they get is a lot better than a European winter, but there are other times to consider a Seychelles island vacation.
The slight problem is that summer isn’t perfect either because the tropical trade wind blows from the south east, and this means you rough seas, probably no swimming off the beach, and poor old holidaymaker who has a boat transfer!!
In addition the snorkelling in the Seychelles is normally brilliant but because of the rough seas you can’t see anything at all.
In my opinion if you want the best of all worlds, visit the Seychelles in April or May. If you can avoid the Easter break then you have a great chance of getting a cheap deal to the Seychelles with savings of several hundred Pounds Sterling. The sea is calm, the temperature is about right, and the colours are at their best as the rainy season has only just finished.
So that’s it, for the best deals, the best weather, and the best temperature, visit the Seychelles in April May, missing Easter if you can
The tropical Indonesian island of Bali is still attracts millions of tourists every year. Tourists on vacations to Bali are attracted by the mystique, charms and allure of the predominantly traditional Hindu culture, spectacular tropical jungles, mountains and beautiful beaches. Many tourists especially from nearby Australia and Singapore travel to Bali for scuba Diving. The islands in Bali are well known for its excellent scuba diving locations.
Scuba divers in Bali can expect to encounter awesome underwater landscape as well as sighting a very wide array of marine sea creatures. Let’s visit some scuba diving Bali dive spots.
In Nusa Penida and Lembongan Islands, there are spectacular drop off reefs making reef and wall diving the predominant staple on these two scuba diving locations. It takes about a 45 minute speedboat ride to reach these dive destinations.
Water visibility is excellent all year round but the current here is stronger. Experienced divers will love it here as they can enjoy some drift dives. However, the current may get very strong occasionally and dives may have to be abandoned when this happens.
The dive sites at Nusa Dua and Sanur are just 5 minutes away from the coast and therefore easily assessable. The novice divers will love these dive spots because of the gentle current. Water visibility ranges from low to moderate since they are located in the coastal area and are more affected by pollution. Although hard coral life is limited, the dive spots have a surprisingly diversity of marine fishes, soft corals and sponges which are thriving on the reefs.
There is a very wide variety of corals, colorful sea fans and huge pelagic fishes here. Big schools of sweet lips fish, turtles, sharks and manta rays are often sighted by excited scuba divers.
Jemeluk and Amed Beaches are one and half hour away from Denpasar. Denpasar is a popular tourist coastal town with many wonderful hotels, resorts and night entertainment. Scuba divers need to be very experienced as the current here can get very strong. However the dives here can be very exciting because of long coastal reefs, reef slopes/drop offs and majestic wall diving. Water visibility can be considered as moderate to good. To add a final touch, these dive spots have one of the best hard coral communities in Bali.
The Tulamben Wreck Dive is a must dive spot for scuba divers to enjoy wreck diving. The water visibility here is fair to good and the current is gentle. Night dive on this wreck are often described as breathtaking.
The wreck, USS Liberty which met its fate in 1942 when a Japanese torpedo fired from a submarine in the second world war found its target.
The above are just some of the many splendid scuba diving destinations in Bali. For more superb dive sites,just contact the many scuba diving operators in Bali Island.
Any travel agent worth their salt will ask a client interested in a luxury travel vacation what kind of travel they are interested in. Based on the traveler’s experience and personal preferences, the travel agent will recommend independent travel, guided tours or a cruise. One of my personal favorites is the cruise experience.
A cruise is perfect for travelers interested in getting the best value, looking for convince and interested in a variety of operators and itineraries.
Value of Luxury Vacations
When pricing out a cruise, keep in mind that the price includes a lot of amenities and extras that guided tours and independent travel packages may not include. Of course, the price of your cruise includes accommodations, but they also include all food. Each cruise provider is a bit different in the dining options they provide, but rest assured that there are basic dining options available that are included in the price. Some cruise lines will include beverages, although each cruise provider differs. Your price also includes on board entertainment. From movies under the stars, instructional classes, ice cream socials and nightly shows, your cruise line will guarantee something to entertain everyone.
Convenience of Luxury Vacations
If you are interested in doing a grand tour of Europe, the travel from each country can be a drag. To board a train, bus or airplane every other day for two weeks can detract from the over all experience. And it is not just the travel; it is also the hassle of packing and unpacking. How can you enjoy the ambience and relaxation that your trip is supposed to be when you are constantly rushing to the next destination? Cruises simplify this process by allowing you to visit numerous ports, without the hassle of packing and unpacking. Plus, you never even realize all the traveling you do. You simply wake up in a new port. No matter if you wish to explore the coast of Italy, or if you would like to explore each continent on a luxury world cruise, there are plenty of ways cruising makes your travel experience more convenient.
Variety of Luxury Vacations
Some people often rebuff suggestions of cruising because they leave only on specific travel dates. However, the cruising industry has grown in the last few years by leaps and bounds. With over thirty cruise lines offering several itineraries that create the perfect luxury travel vacation, there have never been more options. With cruises going all over the world, even to destinations such as Antarctica, travelers can find the perfect cruise to the perfect destination at any time!
Today, travelers interested in luxury vacations are choosing a new experience for their vacations: Cruising. Cruising offers some of the greatest deals in travel today. The per person price covers the cost of accommodations, food and on board entertainment. You also get the convenience of seeing several areas, without the hassle of packing and unpacking, or being transported via bus or airplane. And there are more cruise providers than ever before, offering a number of different itineraries on almost any date. With so many upsides to cruising, travelers are flocking to this type of travel.
Sydney, Australia is one of the world’s best travel destinations. It is home to some of the finest restaurants, wineries, and beaches. A trip to Sydney would not be complete without seeing the fabulous Sydney Harbor showcasing the famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Sydney is known for having the friendliest people, so you’ll feel right at home. Perhaps that is why Sydney has been voted the best city in the world for visitors six consecutive years.
Hunter Valley Wineries Australia’s oldest, most visited wine region is an easy two-hour drive from Sydney. There are about 120 wineries to visit. Part of the fun is discovering an excellent wine that you can’t buy just anywhere. There’s nothing like tasting a wine on the site where the wine was made and with the person who made it.
The Hunter Valley is also well known for its gourmet restaurants, all of which make good use of the local produce. Hunter Valley beef, duck, cheeses, olives, stone fruits and honey are all found in the area. There are also lots of things to do, from touring wine cellars to relaxing in luxurious day spas.
Sydney sits on one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The harbor provides the perfect backdrop for sailing, swimming, fishing, jetboating, dining, and harbor tours by ferry or seaplane.
Climbing the Harbor Bridge is also a favorite for tourists, which takes you from the base to the summit of the famous bridge’s arch.
If you’re looking for a more leisurely tour of Sydney, a Harbor cruise is the perfect scenic adventure. Short Harbor cruises will allow you to do some sightseeing for an hour or so. The sunset dinner cruises offer a romantic dinner for two while listening to the world’s most popular arias from the Opera House.
Regardless of how you choose to see the sights, Sydney Harbor offers exciting adventures, relaxing tours, and one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Opera House The Opera House nestled in Sydney Harbor is an architectural wonder! You can take a walking tour of the famous theater with a knowledgeable guide, or attend one of the many performances held at Sydney’s Opera House. They even offer a backstage tour of the Opera House so you can stand on stage and meet the performers, stars, and staff.
Sydney Accommodations When staying in Sydney, you’ll find fantastic accommodations. Two of my favorites are the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Darling Harbour.
The Harbourview Hotel has spectacular views of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the city’s skyline. Known for its uncompromising service, the Harbourview is close to tourist attractions like the Taronga Zoo and the Bridge Climb.
The Sheraton’s Four Points overlooks the Darling Harbour and is minutes from all the best tourist attractions in Sydney. You’ll be right in the thick of the entertainment and dining center of Sydney. Don’t forget to stop in the hotel’s restaurant for an elegant seafood buffet. You won’t want to miss it.
Sydney Beaches With over 240 days of sun and clear blue skies, you cannot leave Sydney without visiting one of the sprawling sandy beaches. The coast line of New South Wales has miles of unspoiled beaches perfect for swimming, surfing, coastal walks and scenic drives. Some of the most popular Sydney beaches include Byron Bay, Coffs Coast, Bondi, Ballina, Port Macquarie and Crescent Head.
No matter which activities interest you, there will be endless fun and adventurous things to see in Sydney Australia. If you’re planning on visiting Sydney, make sure to plan enough time to see all the culture and history this city has to offer.
Looking for a South Pacific Island Beach Resort that is situated in an impossibly beautiful place, then look no further than the Hotel Paradis D’Ouvea which is situated on the island of Ouvea in the Loyalty Islands Group in New Caledonia.
To get a picture of what a Pacific Ocean paradise is like, just imagine a 30 mile long blue lagoon with only one hotel sitting on a white sand beach, and you have the beach virtually all to yourself.
The four star Paradis D’Ouvre is the only quality hotel in the Loyalty Islands, which are a group of four islands a short flight away from the Capital of New Caledonia to the north. It has 15 cottages type villas, and ten of them are on the beach, whilst four of the others which have two bedrooms are further back, with only one ‘family’ style cottage is on the beach.
The accommodation is spacious and perfectly adequately furnished, with large verandahs, but it is important to remember that Ouvea is a remote South West Pacific Island and so standards cannot be compared to say Europe.
Ouvea is very much a place for a South Pacific Honeymoon or a romantic getaway, because there really is nothing to do here.
You will take long walks along absolutely deserted beaches, and of course go swimming in just about the most perfect blue-turquoise-azure sea you will ever see in your life. Then there is snorkelling, and reading all the books you never have time to read at home, or just having quality time with the person you most want to have quality time with, whilst pretending you are Robinson Cruso!!
October is probably a good time to go, being at the end of the cooler time, and outside the tropical cyclone period.
Remoteness and beauty such as you will find on Ouvea does come at a price, and not just the cost of getting here which is expensive anyway. An apparent Pacific Ocean paradise is the ultimate romantic getaway, but you should be aware of some of the following challenges.
The main difficulty anywhere in New Caledonia is in regards to food and drink, and the same holds true at Paradis D’Ouvea. There is no room service, the mini bar is barely adequate, and if you are hungry between meals, then it is very difficult to get snacks, or drink outside happy hour.
If you were able to get your hands on a member of staff at these times, then they would almost certainly oblige you, but that seems to be difficult.
Whilst one of the joys of a remote Pacific Island like Ouvea is the remoteness of it, this also means there are no shops nearby to supplement your rations, but of course it is just this remoteness that appeals to some.
The restaurant at the Paradis D’Ouvea is good by Pacific beach resort standards, and the food is well prepared and presented, but there are only about four choices of main course on the dinner menu. As the recommendation would be that you visit The Paradis D’Ouvea as part of an overall tour of the area, then you might stay here for three or four nights, so the lack of choice on the menu won’t be a problem. You can eat at the Gazebo on the beach under the stars for a real romantic dinner.
There is a swimming pool, but with the incredible beach location of the hotel, you won’t be using it much. Be aware that there is a huge number of Japanese honeymooners here during the week and local French people at the weekends. In fact the first language of the website is Japanese.
Having said all that, even with the slight drawbacks, if you are looking for an idyllic Pacific Island, Lagoon, endless white sand beach for your getaway, then the Paradis D’Ouvea will more than fit the bill.
Before booking a holiday in the Maldives, you need to find out a lot about your hotel in the Maldives, especially if it is to be your honeymoon Hotel in the Maldives, the island hideaway of your dreams. You can do a lot worse than to concentrate your search on the South Male Atoll
The South Kaafu or Male Atoll is just below North Kaafu Atoll and this is the place in Maldives where tourism first started.
The whole Male atoll, both North and South is really the tourist centre of the Maldives and has the largest number of resorts. There are a lot of diving and surfing sites on this atoll.
This is quite a large list of Hotels in the Maldives on the South Male Atoll. They are about as close to the airport as you can get. This information can be used as a basis of further investigation before you choose your Hotel in the Maldives.
It’s a big decision to make when you book a vacation to the Maldives, because you might feel that one beautiful palm fringed island surrounded by turquoise sea, a multicoloured and faceted reef, and thousands of brightly coloured marine life to view is much like another.
This just isn’t true. Each island, each hotel is different.
You need to think about the size of the island, the number of rooms, where the rooms are situated. You need to work out how small and intimate you want it to be, bearing in mind that an island you can walk around in ten minutes may appear to be paradise at first but become claustrophobic very quickly. You might view the boat trip to the island with horror, so you need to know how long the transfer is.
The list of South Male hotels isn’t complete, but should form a basis for investigation before you make a decision on your holiday in the Maldives
Anantara Resort Maldives is a 5 star deluxe hotel which opened in 2006, with 110 rooms, it is 35 kms from the airport, and takes 35 minutes in a speedboat.
Biyadhoo Island Resort is a 3 star hotel with 96 rooms, and it is 29 Kms from the airport with a speedboat transfer time of 60 minutes.
Bolifushi Island Resort is a 4 star resort, some 12 Kms. From the airport with 55 rooms, and a 30 minute transfer by speedboat.
Club Rannalhi is a 4 star hotel with 116 rooms, situated 35 Kms from the airport with a 45 minute transfer by speedboat.
Cocoa Island Resort is a 5 star deluxe hotel with 36 rooms, situated 30 Km from the airport, and is a 30 minute transfer by speedboat.
Embudu Village is a 3 star Hotel with 124 rooms, and is 8Kms from the airport, with a 45 minute transfer by speedboat.
Fihalhohi Island Resort is a 3 star resort with 150 rooms, and it is 28Km from the airport with a 60 minute transfer by speedboat.
Fun Island Resort is a 4 star resort with 100 rooms, and it is 38 Kms from the airport with a 45 minute transfer by speedboat.
Kandooma Tourist Resort is a 3 star hotel which has 124 rooms, and is under renovation.
Laguna Maldives is a 5 star resort with 132 rooms, is 12 Km from the airport, and a twenty minute transfer by speedboat.
Olhuveli Beach & Spa is a 4 star hotel with 129 rooms, situated 36 Kms from the airport and is a 45 minute transfer by speedboat.
Rihiveli Maldives is a 4 star hotel with 48 rooms, and is 49 Kms from the airport which is a 45 minute transfer by speedbo
The Maldives is a wonderful destination for a wide variety of travelers – from those seeking complete bliss and Robinson Crusoe type peace & quiet (in an absolutely idyllic surrounding), to beach lovers and diving enthusiasts to honeymooners and romantic couples looking for some enchanting memories in one of the most beautiful places in the world. With a wide variety of resorts to choose from it’s important to research the facilities in a wide range of resorts to make sure that you get whatever it is you’re looking for. For example, some resorts may suit more active travelers while others would be more suited to those looking for a quiet and peaceful stay.
How To Get To The Maldives
Almost all visitors get to the Maldives via plane – typically, they arrive in Male, the capital from their port of departure and from there will be transferred to their resort. Transfers are usually via seaplane or speedboat.
Given the stunning scenery it’s always advisable to arrive by seaplane where possible – the views of the islands from the air are nothing short of spectacular.
When researching resorts and prices it’s worth remembering that some packages will be quoted with transfers built into the price while others will not. Transfers can be quite pricey.
Some resorts are located quite close to the airport in Male – transfer times can be under 20 minutes while other resorts further away may take an hour or even two to reach depending on the type of transfer. Keep in mind that after traveling a long distance on a flight, the last thing that you’ll want to do is spend a further couple of hours on a speedboat.
If your transfer is not via seaplane it is possible to ride in a seaplane during your stay – and get some stunning photos of the islands and atolls from high above.
Health & Safety In The Maldives
Given the huge number of resorts (many of them four and five stars) in the Maldives, it’s a relatively safe place to visit, health-wise. Visitors are advised to get immunizations for Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B and those that intend to dive should get a medical check prior to going.
In addition to this, ensure that your general health is good prior to travel and consider taking a basic medical kit (although most resorts have adequate facilities to treat minor problems that may occur).
Dining in the resorts is usually very safe – The well known resorts have very high standards with regards to the quality of food offered and most employ highly skilled professional chefs to prepare meals for guests. The only time you may be at slightly higher risk is when eating in individual places such as Cafes in Male (though even these places are generally fine). Make sure that you drink only bottled water during your stay.
Some of the common health problems that may occur to travelers include heatstroke/exhaustion, motion sickness and sunburn. Some infectious diseases may include fungal infections, diarrhea & hepatitis. Some diseases may also be spread through insects, such as Malaria & Dengue fever. Also, be careful when spending time in the water – it’s possible to pick up cuts, bites & stings.
The Climate In The Maldives
The Maldives enjoys a tropical climate which means its temperature tends to stay between 25 & 32 degrees c. The optimum time to go tends to be between December band April (this is supported by the higher prices during these times) because this is when the weather is most calm and has the least rainfall.
A British Virgin Islands Caribbean holiday is like no other Caribbean holiday, from the laid back islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, to the exclusive luxury of Necker Island.
Christopher Columbus was the first European visitor to the British Virgin Islands. He named them ‘Las Mil Virgines’, or ‘the 11,000 Virgins’, to reflect the number of islands that he could see in every direction! Today, these unspoilt islands are an escapist’s paradise and perfect for those in search of world-class beaches, crystal clear waters, secluded coves and a safe anchorage.
Tortola is the largest island and home to the capital, Road Town from where regular ferry services link to neighbouring islands and the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. The pace on the islands is slow and laid-back, and the local population are welcoming and friendly. Many visitors seek nothing more than unwinding on a white sand beach, fringed with palms and sea grapes.
One of the best known and most photographed beaches is to be found on the island of Virgin Gorda, where The Baths – an intriguing canopy of giant granite boulders framing seawater grottos – creates a unique setting in which to swim or explore. Best time to plan a visit is in the late afternoon when you can watch the sun set over a host of tiny islands. The scenery below the sea is equally appealing and diving and snorkelling enthusiasts flock to the Virgin Islands to view spectacular coral reefs, breathtaking marine life and numerous shipwrecks.
Necker Island is the pinnacle of private luxury. Owned by Richard Branson, it is one of his favourite holiday spots. When he is not using it himself, it is available for up to 28 guests. It is an utterly private and extravagantly stylish hideaway, where even the rich and famous feel completely at ease. The island itself is a mass of delightful scenic contrasts – rocky headlands are interspersed with beautiful sandy beaches and beneath the translucent blue waters are spectacular reefs of coral and colourful shoals of fish.
With small bays and hidden coves and islands always in sight, the sheltered waters afford some of the finest sailing opportunities in the Caribbean and make the British Virgin Islands the ideal spot to hone your skills in the art of sailing. In fact, the ‘yachtie’ atmosphere is intoxicating as small towns and bays bustle with the comings and goings of yachts mooring up at marinas and anchorages.
Are you interested in taking a Maui trip? Whether you would like to take a family vacation, a romantic getaway, your honeymoon, or just take a trip with friends, Maui may be just what you need. What is nice about planning a Maui trip is that you have so many options.
One of the many options that you will have, when planning a Maui trip, includes where you want to stay. As you likely already know, you have a number of different options, in terms of overnight accommodations. Just a few of your options include Maui resorts, hotels, condos, vacation homes, and villas. Although each of these options are nice, you may want to take the time to examine Maui villas. Maui villa rentals are increasing in popularity and there is good reason for that.
The beauty of Maui villas are just one of the many reasons why they may be perfect for your next Maui trip. Villas are defined as large, luxurious homes.
Although villas do resemble vacation homes, you will often find them much more elegant in nature. Many villas renters have reported beauty that, literally, astounded them. Whether you are looking to have great picture perfect moments or if you just want to vacation in luxury, a Maui villa rental may be perfect for you.
The location of Maui villas are another reason why you should give them a close look, when planning your next Maui trip. Although it is possible to find villa rentals all across Maui, did you know that many are situated in beautiful locations? Many of the best Maui villas in Hawaii are beachfront rental properties. Even if you choose to rent a Maui villa that is located a little bit inland, you can still enjoy the beautiful surroundings, as well as the convenience.
As previously stated, Maui villas are known for their beauty. This beauty tends to create romantic, luxurious, and elegant environments. In fact, the environments often created by Maui villas are just another one of the many reasons why you should examine these popular rentals for your next Maui trip. Although Maui villa rentals are ideal for all trips, they are perfect for those looking to have romance and privacy, such as those on honeymoons or romantic getaways.
To keep up with the elegance and luxury created by many villas, many Maui villa homeowners are known to have their rental properties come equipped with staff members. These staff members may include chefs, house cleaners, chauffeurs and so forth. Although not all Maui villa rentals come equipped with in-house staff members, you may be surprised with how many do. If you are looking to “truly,” enjoy your next Maui trip, it may be a wise idea to examine Maui villas that are staffed, even just part-time.
Another one of the many reasons why you should examine Maui villas, when planning your next Maui trip, is privacy. Although not completely secluded, you will find that a large number of Maui villas are set apart from all other vacation homes, condos, and other properties. This often makes it easier for you to receive privacy. It is also important to point out that compared to Maui resorts, which are often booked to capacity, you achieve the ultimate level of privacy. Unless other arrangements have been made, you and your traveling party should be the only ones walking through the halls of your rented Mai villa.
Perhaps, the greatest reason as to why you should examine Maui villas, when planning your next Maui trip, is because of the options that you have. As previously stated, Maui villas are located all across the island. This gives you options, in terms of location. When examining available villas rentals, you will see that they come in a number of different size, shapes, and styles. Whether you are looking for a reasonably sized villa or one to house ten guests, you should be able to find it. Most villas also come fully furnished, with laundry rooms, recreational rooms, and so much more.
As you can see, there are a number of different reasons as to why you should at least give Maui villa rentals a close look. Once you do, it is almost guaranteed that you will like what you see.