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Discover Australasia In Luxury

If you are looking in to going on a Luxury holidays there are a few elements that we all want during our time away, hot weather is definitely top of the list and if you live in a country like Britain where the weather can be a little cold for much of the year and the summers far from special then good weather on your holiday is almost an essential. May of us will like to have a swimming pool if staying in a villa or other rented accommodation or if staying in a hotel then facilities such as a spa and health suite will almost certainly feature in the list so as you can experience a little luxury during your holiday.

A holidays to Australia is one of those locations where you are almost guaranteed good weather and as such it is a popular destination for luxury holidays and all inclusive holidays, the east coast of Australia and the area known as the gold coast is a popular destination in Australia with people looking for a luxury holiday option with many sandy beaches and luxury hotels along the coast line offering opulence and extravagant living. Australia id home to some of the worlds most famous sights such as the Sydney opera house and the Sydney harbor bridge and if youre feeling a little more adventurous you can also travel up the Gold Coast to go scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef.

If Australia isn’t your thing or you have been there before then a holidays to New Zealand could be just what you are looking for, New Zealand offers more of an adventurous outlook to luxury however the country is also famed for its wine industry and a luxury holiday taking in wine tours could be just what you’re looking for. New Zealand also offers the perfect launch pad for exploration to the islands in the south Pacific such as Tonga and New Caledonia where warm weather, secluded beaches and luxury boutique resorts can be found to while away a week or two.

The Lesser Known Facts About New Zealand

If you have never visited the island country of New Zealand, you probably think of the place as the sleepy set of the Lord of the Rings films, which is full of sheep and does not have much else to offer beyond its luscious landscapes and gentle rivers. Well prepare for your mind to be (semi) blown away by the following list of lesser known facts about “The Land of the Long White Cloud” (the English translation of “Aotearoa”, what the Maori – the islands natives – named NZ).

• Anyone aiming to book a NZ a fly drive New Zealand vacation should know that you drive on the left side of the road in NZ, and always give right of way to the cars on your right.

• Bungee jumping was invented on the island! Whooooooooo!

• Ninety mile beach which is very popular with tourists who take New Zealand holidays is actually only fifty five miles long in length!
• Ninety four per cent of the people in NZ jails are men. Looks like they’ve got their women behaving badly!

• We all know that there is a lot of sheep in the ‘Zealand but did you know that there is nine to every human? That’s a massive amount sheep!

• Of the world’s export of lamb meat, NZ exports over half (54%). Yummy¦

• NZ also has the highest amount of golf courses and bookshops per person than any other destination on the plante. This might sound Zzzzzzz but it is apparently enough to convince 1 person to move there every 25 minutes and 49 seconds!

• In order to become a New Zealand citizen, you must swear an oath of loyalty to Queen Elizabeth. Long live the queen!

• Possums and rabbits are treated like pests in New Zealand and as such, residents shoot them. The former I can understand but our rabbit friends are not vermin!

• Around 14,000 earthquakes occur in New Zealand every year. Ground breaking!

New Zealand tours are the best way to get the most out of your visit to New Zealand.

New Zealand air deal: $399 round trips from Los Angeles

New Zealand air deal: $399 round trips from Los Angeles

Pop sensation Justin Bieber recently visited, and so did model-turned-TV-mogul Tyra Banks. So if you too have a hankering to visit New Zealand, get out your stopwatch and act quickly to take advantage of a 48-hour sale from Air New Zealand. The airline is offering round-trip airfares of $399 per person, plus taxes, from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland.

When: You must purchase your ticket by 11:59 PDT Friday.  You must travel to Auckland between May 21 and May 30 and return between May 28 and June 6.

Tested: I went online and found that incredible price for outbound travel available the entire week of May 21, but Im sure seats will go quickly. As a test, I booked nonstop flights from Los Angeles on May 21 and returning June 4 at the special rate that, with taxes, came to $483.30.

Remember that although it’s spring here, it’s late fall in Auckland, where temperatures have been running in the 60s.

Contact:
Air New Zealand, (800) 262-1234

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Photo: Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is known as the “City of Sails,” with boating one of the most popular recreational activities. Credit: Rosemary McClure

By LA Times

In the World of Avatar filming

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Another great movie today that is written and directed by James Cameron is Avatar; starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. It is the most technologically advanced work of cinema ever undertaken

The movie brings us to the year 2154, the the era when human are mining valuable mineral in Pandora. The growth of the colony of mining endangered the Na’vi—a living humanoid species native to Pandora. James Cameron said in news conference that the scene in Avatar brings audiences the environmental message in an emotional way. It can be felt in especially in the scene where human cut down the beautiful glowing willow-like tree using the big industrialized machine, while the Na’vi Avatar” Jake Sully” watch in horror.

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Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

When youre travelling, its inevitable for you to have to use the public bathroom, and most of the time this is not a very pleasant experience. Theres either graffiti on the wall or the flush isnt working and the place reeks. Some public toilets dont even have locks for their cubicles. If youre very lucky, youll get into a public bathroom with graffiti, faulty flushes, no locks, and no running water.

However, there are some (if not few) public bathrooms that are just a pleasure to look at. Youd wonder if you just accidentally found yourself in a posh hotel. These public bathrooms are very refreshing, and youd be lucky to encounter them in one of your travels.

Hundertwasser Public Toilets in New Zealand

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

Youll probably never see any other public toilet just as colorful. The Hundertwasser Public Toilets in New Zealand gathers quite a crowd simply because its amazingly well-kept. Unlike other public toilets which are drabby and depressing, this public toilet and very cheerful and blends quite well with New Zealands turquoise-colored waters, Kauri forests and cove-lined coasts.

It was built in 1997 by architect Freidensreich Hundertwasser. It looks like a wacky temple with mosaics, curvy columns, walls tiled with colored bottles which look like stained windows, and the works. The architects vision: the loo is usually a place for contemplation. This is why it looks almost like a temple.

Hundertwasser didnt stop at the styling details, though. The building is also environmentally friendly, incorporating living trees in its design as well as reclaimed bricks and a thatched grass roof. Where exactly are these toilets located? Just go to Paihias State Highway 1. This is in the rural town of Kawakawa.

Urilift Pop-up Toilets in Europe

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

While its least likely that youll be touring around the world just to view pretty public loos, visiting the Urilift Pop-up Toilets in London, Amsterdam, and Belfast should be fun. These public toilets are located in the Cambridge Circus, the Rembrandtplein, and the Shaftesbury Square respectively. These stainless cylindrical urinals are Europes solutions to “indiscriminate” male toilet habits.

These receptacles, unlike the lower, open urinals of the past, are easier to aim at. The floor of the cylindrical urinal also has a drainage unit just in case youre not as well-coordinated as the average visitor.

Charmin Restroom in Times Square, NY

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

New York is notorious for its dank, depressing subway public toilets. However, somewhere in Times Square, youll find the Charmin Restroom during specific periods of the year. Charmin sets up a bi-level space right between Thanksgiving and New Years Day.
The designs of the public toilets are also anticipated by most New Yorkers who frequent Times Square. Every year, the theme seems to change. Last Christmas, they carried a Winter Wonderland theme which put everyone in the mood for the holidays despite the cold weather.

For those who werent able to see the toilet stalls, they were set up as 20 log cabins. Each one was maintained by an exclusive attendant after use, so all visitors could enjoy immaculate seats and floors. Of course, the cabins are stocked with the products its sponsors are selling.

On the second floor of the log cabins, one can lounge at the Duracell charging station (you can also hook up your phones), or let your kids play at the Wii lounge. Theres also the Charmin Tree House where kids can learn the “Charmin Potty Dance” from the videos shown from seventeen flat-screen TV sets.

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Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

If youre tired of booking rooms at hotels near the beach, you might want to book somewhere near a rumbling mountain for a change. After all, aside from the Icelandic volcano which is wreaking quite a havoc in Europe, most volcanoes around the world are pretty enough for pictures and peaceful enough for a summers stay. Below are the most posh and stylish digs youll find near volcanic sites.

101 Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Once the ash settles down, you might want to book yourself a room in 101 Hotel Reykjavik. This hotel can give you a pretty unique volcanic sighting. Aside from the havoc thats already in the headlines, the landscape is unique for another thing: brining both fire and ice together. Besides, the destination is safe enough because the hotel sits on the harbor-side of the city. Its just 100 miles from the temperamental and beautiful Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
It fuses old Iceland with the new, more metropolitan cityscape as well. In this hotel, youll get to enjoy sleek guestrooms, freestanding baths, an art gallery, a basement sauna, and of course, the hotels popular Icelandic menu. Get to sample Icelands best traditional cuisines while viewing the volcano from your room.

Hacienda San Antonio, Colima, Mexico

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Another volcano you wouldnt want to miss out on is the Colima in Mexico. The best vantage point and lodgings of this Mexican volcano is Hacienda San Antonio. You can wake up early in the morning, backstroke across the haciendas enormous pool, enjoy the façade of the coral-pink heritage hotel, and finally, get prime peeks at the majestic slopes of the Colima volcano.

This retreat is 120-years-old, seated strategically near West Mexicos Pacific Coast. The manor luxe with its lush gardens provides the perfect viewing point of the mountain. The best suite to take is the El Quetzal Junior Suite which has a privileged panoramic view of the haloed volcano from its terrace. Hacienda San Antonio also keeps its own organic farm so you can be sure to enjoy its delicious produce in your meals.

Later, you can order their refreshing margarita which is made from their homegrown mango grappa.

Mystique Resort in Santorini, Greece

Top 7 Posh Hotels at Volcanic Sites

Sitting on the Cycladic summit of the island, the vistas of Mystique is full of romance, nature, and relaxation. It offers a full view of the bay as well as the rocky heights of the Oia which sits at the northern tip of Santorini. The serene, whitewashed suites are both spacious and airy and they all come with their own private terraces providing a full view of the sea.

You can enjoy this Greek getaway the most if you book your stay in one of the hotels Spiritual Suites. This has their own exercise machine, Jacuzzi, and spa bed to keep you looking as good as a Greek god if you wish.
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7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Many of us get tired of seeing things eye-level. Few of us, however, realize that there is an amazing view that awaits us: from on high. Just the feeling of going up makes you feel giddy already; upon seeing the view, you feel as if you are in a different plane altogether.

Things indeed look different seen from the top. For many, one of the best ways of seeing things is through an aerial tour. Best of all, there are no crowds in this kind of tour. Whether you are a fan of Mother Nature or you prefer a citys nightlights, joining an aerial tour can turn out be a rewarding experience.

Just make sure that you prepare beforehand, as there are certain things worth considering when joining this kind of tour. Aside from choosing which kind of view youd prefer, things like weather and seasons also come to the fore. Thankfully, many groups now offer this, as it has become more and more popular among tourists.

The Nazca Lines in Peru

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Over two-thousand years old, these carvings which are shaped like humans, animals and trapezoidal lines are amazing, seen from above. People have long theorized about what these mysterious lines mean and who made them, which makes it even more fascinating. The tour is a thirty-five minute flight where you can clearly see the distinct shapes. Since the Nazca Desert has a dry climate, you can plan your trip at any day of the year. However, make sure you fly in the morning or late in the afternoon, so that the sight isnt marred by the dusty haze during the midday heat.

The Iditarod Flight in Alaska

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Its a 1, 161-mile sled dog race; a contest that tries the strength of dogsledding teams by pitting them against extreme weather and rough terrain. The tour itself is a long, twelve-day trip where you will track the teams, and look at other landmarks around Alaska. The tour is interesting as you will play an active role in it, instead of just being a sightseer. You will drop in at checkpoints so you can see the teams up close, and become a handler at the races starting chute. If you are a fan of the dogs themselves, you will be able to visit the kennels of some of the champion sled dogs. The trip is scheduled on the first Saturday of March.

The Zeppelin Ride over Tokyo

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Are you more of an urban person, finding neon lights and skyscrapers beautiful? Then Tokyo is the place to go-and see overhead. Experiencing Tokyo from above is a far more beautiful-and less tiring-experience than touring it on foot. Floating gently away, a zeppelin ride will give you a smooth travel similar to a hot-air balloon ride. Unlike the latter however, one can maneuver the zeppelin, making it go at 45 miles per hour; a slow movement that will give you a floating sensation which will be matched perfectly by the magical view of Tokyo. Though you can take this tour at any time of the year, it is best to catch the view while the sun is setting, and to see the neon lights come to life as the city descends into darkness.

The Serengeti Balloon Safari in Africa

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

You may have heard of people taking a tour in South Africa to see the wildlife. In East Africa, particularly in Serengeti, a new tour is being offered: a hot-air balloon tour that will give you a vast view of the plains, and the numerous animals that make it their home. From zebras to lions, jackals to hippos, you will be amazed at the tranquil life of these animals. To end your one hour tour, there will be a champagne toast, and you will have an English breakfast under a shade tree. Tours are available all throughout the year, but booking a tour during the wildebeest migration from May to June and November to December is best.

Kaikoura Whale Watch Flight in New Zealand

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

At the northeastern coast of New Zealands South Island is kaikoura, a place to go whale watching. If you are not one to brave the waters for this magnificent sight, an overhead tour is the best alternative (in fact, the waters are said to be too rough for this particular activity). Below Kaikoura is a three to six thousand-foot-deep canyon attracting squid and fish, which then attract sperm whales. Over five hundred feet above the whales and half an hours flight will enable you to see the whole whales, instead of just a portion. A trip sometime in May and June would yield the best whale sights, as this is the period when they come to breed.

The Himalayas by Balloon in Nepal

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

If you like an Asian trip, the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal will show you a splendid view of the snow-covered mountains, rice paddies, and monasteries. It is a perfect tranquil trip to take, if you just want to relax and enjoy a stunning view of nature. For an hour or two, you will be transported to a different world. Be prepared for the thin oxygen, and altitude sickness might beset you as you will reach almost ten thousand feet above. Still, the view over Nepal more than makes up for this. Many choose to fly from March to April and October to November, and during sunrise, to see the mountains light up.

Grand Canyon Heli-Flight in Arizona

7 of the Most Amazing Aerial Tours in the World

Two hundred seventy-seven miles long, the stunning, mile-deep chasm is a sight to behold. It took the Colorado River just six million years carving this, and according to the first man who traveled across the canyon in the nineteenth century, its beauty is beyond words. The takeoff is in Las Vegas, and you will first head to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, before reaching Grand Canyon West, where helicopters are allowed. You will then transfer to another craft and go four thousand feet down to the floor of the canyon. One of the tours highlights is that after landing, you can explore the area on your own-seeing the Hualapai Indians stomping grounds. Traveling can be done at anytime of the year, but be forewarned that it can really be hot during summer.

By Journey ETC

10 best hot tubs in hotels around the world

There is more to hot tubs that just warm water in your cozy hotel. The views are excellent and incomparable. The view is just one part of the criteria among other things. Each hot tub on our list provides a unique experience which understandably does not come cheap.

Hotel on Rivington (New York City)

Paul Stallings who is responsible for the revitalization of New York Citys downtown is also the one who designed the cedar hot tub way up the busy streets of the Lower East Side. You can cool down under the outdoor shower during summer or you might want to warm up by the outdoor fireplace during winter. You can enjoy the hot tub with nine of your friends.

Do not forget to call for a Pearadise champagned prepared by the bartender of the hotel. The tag price to enjoy all these things is $5,000.

10 best hot tubs in hotels around the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Magnificent New Zealand

Mount Doom (www.flickr.com)

Mount Doom (www.flickr.com)

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Matamata (www.flickr.com)

 

New Zealand is the country of beautiful islands along a southwest part of Pacific Ocean. It consists of Southern Island and of Northern Island together with some smaller islands. This country is highly appreciated its convenient geographical arrangement near Australia, Tonga and Caledonia. As other developed countries, this is high place when speech comes about the international comparisons on life, quality of life, development of human potential, formation, literacy, economic freedom, prosperity, and absence of corruption, freedom of the press, creations of favorable conditions of business dealing and protection of the political rights, and also a civil freedom. Thanks to a wide range of habitation of events and apartments, apartment houses, resorts and world class New Zealand hotels, this country is considered as one of the most suitable for place habitation in the world.
New Zealand offers many things for different people, whether it is for enterprise business, holiday, and houses for aged or investment possibilities.

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