Award-winning Graycliff Hotel Offers Luxury Bahamas Holidays

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The Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant and Cigar Company is one outstanding property that has recently won awards in all three departments and holidaymakers will experience luxury, high end service and a tropical climate during their stay.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

The luxury mansion is situated next to Government House a few minutes away from the white sandy beaches in Nassau and tourists taking Bahamas holidays can enjoy lavish accommodation in 20 elegant rooms and cottage suites.

The World Travel Awards 2011 recognised the Graycliff Hotel, Restaurant & Cigar Company as the leading hotel in the Bahamas for the second consecutive year last October.

Guests can choose rooms and suites including the traditional Pool Cottage where Winston Churchill used to stay during his frequent holidays to the Bahamas, or the Mandarino Cottage which has an extra large bathroom and whirlpool and offers a modern experience for guests.

All of the rooms feature sophisticated decor and furnishings, air conditioning, private baths (most with Jacuzzis), luxurious bathroom products, mini-bars, TVs with cable channels, alarm clocks, telephones, safety deposit boxes, and daily housekeeping and turn down service.

Tourists can enjoy delicious cuisine throughout their holidays in the Bahamas at the Graycliff Restaurant. The five-star restaurant offers an opulent setting with high ceilings and chandeliers and the menus boasts exquisite Bahamian dishes.

The propertys Humidor Churrascaria restaurant has a banquet-style buffet of decadently seasoned, grilled and skewered meats, salads, vegetables and Brazilian specialties.

Graycliffs award-winning wine cellar boasts 250,000 bottles from over 400 vintners in 15 countries and guests can enjoy wine and cheese tastings during their stay at the luxury Bahamas hotel.

Food-lovers will also have the chance to improve their cooking skills while on holidays at the Bahamas mansion at the Graycliff Culinary Academy. Executive Chef Elijah Bowe and his team will demonstrate how to make signature dishes including Lobster in a Puff Pastry, Bahamian Conch Chowder, and Crispy Duck with Bahamian Citrus Sauce.

The hotel provides complimentary access to the Blue Lagoon Beach and guests can relax in double hammocks, play volleyball, swim in the warm ocean, or visit the Dolphin Encounters facility.

Guests can also visit the Graycliff Cigar Company which is owned by the Graycliff Hotel and they will have the chance to learn how to make an authentic Caribbean cigar.

The Graycliff Hotel beat off stiff competition from other Bahamas hotels with the help of 200,000 votes in the annual World Travel Awards 2011 poll.

Kaziranga National Park Tour

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Kaziranga National Park is a great wildlife destination which is famous across the globe. Its main highlights are one-horned rhino (endangered), tiger and elephant. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, the Park is located in Assam. Apart from a variety of wildlife this Park houses amazing resident and migratory birds. A wildlife tour in North East India is incomplete without a visit to Kaziranga National Park.

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Renowned the world over for its endangered one-horned Rhino and a variety of other wildlife, Kaziranga National Park is an important wildlife destination of India. Set ideally on the banks of River Brahmaputra, it is a World Heritage Site located in the enchanting state of Assam. It has the highest density of tigers among protected ares in the world. It was recognized as a Tiger Reserve in 2006. It is also declared an important Bird Area by Birdlife International for conservation of bird species. This Park has played a significant role in wildlife conservation. It was recognized as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1940.

Covering an area of 430 sq km, this Park is a home to mesmerizing wildlife such as Indian Elephants, Hog Deer, Indian Bison, Capped Langurs, Swamp Deer, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Sloth Bears, Jungle Cats, Jackal, Otters, Hog Badgers, Wild Boar, Pythons, Wild Buffalo and Monitor Lizards.

Its landscape encompasses tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests. There are several water bodies in the Park, which serve as promising sites for wildlife sighting.

The Park is also a bird’s paradise where you can sight a variety of colorful birds such as Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Himalayan Griffon, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Black-Shouldered Kite and Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle. If you visit the Park during the winters you might see beautiful migratory birds such as Greylag Geese, Gadwall, Ruddy Shelduck, Bar-Headed Geese, Red-Crested Pochard, Falcated Duck and Northern Shoveller.

A visit to Kaziranga National Park will surely crown your holidays with wonderful memories which you can cherish for long.

All India Travel Tours offer great wildlife tours to India. Travel to North East and visit its most famous wildlife destination, Kaziranga National Park. The Park is a World Heritage Site where wildlife lovers come from far and wide. The endangered one-horned rhino is the major draw of the Park.

Sun And Snow – Why The French Alps Make The Perfect Family Holiday

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For families, especially those who appreciate nature, the French Alps are the perfect holiday destination. Fresh Alpine air, lush pine forests, green meadows and valleys, crystal lakes, and majestic mountains are just the beginning of this region’s many attractions. The family-friendliness of the area is perhaps most apparent in its numerous catered chalets, which provide the perfect mix of comfort, luxury, and privacy. Some can sleep as many as 30 people, which is great for extended families.

Of course, lovely as they are, theres a lot more to the French Alps than its picture-perfect catered chalets. Listed below are some attractions and activities that are perfect for families. From extreme water sports, leisurely nature hikes, or informative tours, every member of the family is sure to have a fun and memorable time.

Play in the snow

Just looking out the windows of its lovely catered chalets, you can already tell that its pristine slopes and state-of-the-art skiing facilities are definitely among the main attractions of Tignes. However, the younger set may want to engage in a sport they consider more hip and exciting. If your family wants to try something new, snowboarding is the perfect activity to learn together.

In Tignes, snowboarding schools offer lessons to students of different ages and skill levels. Students can also choose how intensive their lessons to befrom basic courses that take only a day to longer advanced courses. Once you and your loved ones have your snow legs, you can all head on out to play together in the snow or challenge yourself on the slopes.

Enjoy a day in the sun

If beautiful nature is what youre after, youll definitely be spoiled for choice during your holiday in the French Alpsjust look out the window of your cosy catered chalets and youll know what we mean. It almost doesnt matter which town you choose, the sheer beauty of the region is sure amaze you. Lake Geneva, for example, is the perfect place for a family picnicenjoying the lovely scenery imbibing in wine, cheese, chocolate, and other Swiss delicacies. The sunlight hitting the blue water and the surrounding greenery is perfect for picture-taking and watching boats on the lake; afterwards, you can engage in water sports such as sailing, swimming, and boating. You can even reserve a campsite if you want to rough it and spend some time away from your catered chalets. The best view of the Alps and the surrounding areas, however, is by cable car, so head on up to Aiguille du Midi, which is the steepest cable (an arguably the most thrilling) ride on Earth.

Athens International Airport – Hotel Medusa Special Summer rates

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Athens Airport Hotels – Hotel Medusa

The seafront 3(***)star Hotel MEDUSA is located in Artemida, a popular Athens Airport Hotel on the East Coast of Attica washed by the Southern Eboan Gulf, 25 km East of Athens, only 6km from Athens International Airport and 3,5km from the new Exhibition & conference centre “Metropolitan Expo”. The hotel is open all year round and provides 12 twin bedded and 2 four bedded rooms (most of them with sea-view), providing all necessary amenities for our guests.

Take Advantage of our 2010 Special Offer

From 1st January 2010 – 31st March 2010 45 per night when you stay at least 2 nights!

For the summer period of 2010 we do have special rates, which you can find at Hotel Medusa’s page here.

Price includes a delicious breakfast but no transfer from/to Athens International airport.

Welcome to Medusa Hotel! Always Here to Offer You The Best Short or Long-Term, Vacation Experience!

If you are seeking to escape from the daily routine and constant strain, Hotel Medusa is the right place for you. Discover a little paradise in the area of Artemis (Loutsa): an idyllic hotel, which is the boast of this locality… You don’t want to lose this unique sunrise from the view of your room in front of the sea!

You will never be hungry here. Noon and night, our delicious dishes are waiting for you to taste them. We can take orders for people who have a special diet (vegetarians, children etc.).

Your coffee or beverage can be accompanied by one of the delicious, delectable desserts of our menu.

Hotel Medusa can also offer his 380 square meter restaurant accommodation for parties, seminars and special events during the whole year. Due to our very close distance from Athens International Airport, we can host almost any event you wish.

Upon request, we can always host your event really nice that fits your needs.

Hotel Medusa is the ideal destination for every season of the year and an opportunity for you to discover the beauty of Attica.

We are looking forward to seeing you…here in our nice family hotel.

Hotel Medusa

2, Artemidos Avenue, GR-190 16,Artemis,Greece
el: +30 697 4733083
Fax: +30 22940-85.403

Tunisia Holiday Sickness Claims Continue

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It is important to get the right advice if you are considering taking legal action against your Tour Operator for an illness that you contracted while you were abroad in Tunisia. Specialist Holiday Illness Claims Solicitors may be able to handle your claim when you are back in the UK.

Many holidaymakers who visit Tunisia each year also return home having suffered with illness while away or continue to suffer sickness when in the UK. In Tunisia, the foods to avoid are undercooked or reheated meat, unpasteurised milk, local tap water, ice cubes and unpeeled fruit. Holidaymakers should only consume purchase branded bottled water.

Hotels in Tunisia will often serve a range of hot and cold foods. Cold foods such as salads, salad dressings and mayonnaise need to be kept in a refrigerator prior to being served to hotels guests. This also applies to the cold food served at the buffet. Other foods served at the buffet should not be reheated and then served to guests. Further to this, any freshly cooked food should never simply be added to food that has already been served out as contamination could occur. Kitchen staff must maintain basic levels of food hygiene and the kitchen food preparation areas must be kept clean at all to times to prevent the spread of infection.

All Inclusive hotels in Tunisia that have had episodes of illness and sickness need to be inspected on regular basis by Tour Operator representatives. This is to ensure that repeat outbreaks of illness and sickness do not happen. Holidaymakers that contract illnesses from an all inclusive resort are likely to have caught the infection from the food served within the resort complex.

All food, but especially meat such as chicken, pork and burgers, should be well cooked and served hot. Any food that appears undercooked and is lukewarm should not be eaten and should be avoided. If the food is like this at your all inclusive hotel in Tunisia then you should report it to the hotel management.

Infection caught from food in an all inclusive hotel will likely lead to symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. It may be the case that the holidaymaker has contracted Salmonella, E-Coli or Campylobacter food poisoning. In the case of a confirmed pathogen it is very important that you seek medical attention and treatment. Constant vomiting and diarrhoea will cause the body to dehydrate causing the holidaymaker to become seriously ill. Holidaymakers have reported cases of Salmonella upon returning home from Tunisia.

A specialist holiday illness claims solicitor will be able to help you claim compensation for an illness that you have suffered whilst on holiday in Tunisia. Compensation can be awarded for your illness, loss of holiday enjoyment and any medical expenses you incurred whilst you were out in Tunisia. The claim can be taken on a no win, no fee basis so that you wont have to fund any expensive legal bills.

Enjoy The Visit To The Top 5 Beaches In Turkey

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Blessed with Beaches

Turkey is a land of varying geographical features. It is blessed with many beautiful beaches across it. The travelers visiting Turkey cannot avoid visiting at least some of these beaches. The best time to visit the various beaches in turkey is from April to November on Turkey Tours departing from several different destinations both from foreign countries and right inside Turkey as well. You will be able to find the best place to stay in any of the beach locations you prefer. You can find many quiet beaches with beautiful scenery or beaches with great water sports activities in Turkey. The top five beaches to visit during your turkey tour are listed below.

Top Five Beaches to visit on Turkey Tours

The top five must see beaches in Turkey are Iztuzu beach in Dalyan, Blue Lagoon or Oludeniz Beach, Marmaris in Cleopatra Island, Antalya beach and Altinkum Beach. If you are a person who wants to enjoy the calm and clean beach then Iatuzu is the best beach destination for you as it was choosen within Europes top 10 beaches in year of 2012. You will enjoy the walk in the golden sand here. Oludeniz beach is one of the famous parasailing spot of the world. This sandy beach opens into a beautiful blue lagoon. You will admire the beauty of the surroundings. Marmaris is surrounded by pine forests and is well known for its night life. Antalya is one of the important beach destinations and is known as the capital of turkey tourism which is visited by most of the travelers each year in summer season. You can find top- rated hotels with all the luxury here. You will enjoy the beauty of the clear waters of Antalya.

Other Beaches of Interest

Apart from the top- five beaches there are many other beaches which lure the travelers to Turkey. They are Bodrum beach. Kaputas beach, Patara beach, Fethiye, Ilica beach in Cesme etc. While you visit Turkey you can enjoy the entertainments offered by the beach clubs in turkey beaches. Even the smaller hotels and beach clubs offer water sports, snack bar and other necessary facilities for a comfortable and cozy holiday experience. If you are planning to visit the beaches in turkey, you can get the help of the best tour operators who will be able to give the best deals for your travel to Turkey beaches. The experienced travel sites will give well researched advice to plan your holiday in turkey beaches. During the season you can expect high rates for hotel accommodation and sightseeing. Booking your tour earlier will help you to get best beach tour offers at lesser rates in Turkey.

Galapagos Islands Human Steps, Galapagos Cruise, Galapagos Tours

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The first inhabitants of Galapagos Islands, were between two and three hundred in number; they are nearly all people of colour, who have been banished for political crimes from the Republic of the Equator, of which Quito is the capital. The settlement is placed about four and a half miles inland, and at a height probably of a thousand feet. In the first part of the road we passed through leafless thickets, as in Chatham Islands at Galapagos Islands.
Higher up, the woods gradually became greener; and as soon as we crossed the ridge of the Galapagos islands, we were cooled by a fine southerly breeze, and our sight refreshed by a green and thriving vegetation. In this upper region coarse grasses and ferns abound; but there are no tree-ferns: I saw nowhere any member of the palm family, which is the more singular, as 360 miles northward, Cocos Island takes its name from the number of cocoa-nuts. The houses are irregularly scattered over a flat space of ground, which is cultivated with sweet potatoes and bananas. It will not easily be imagined how pleasant the sight of black mud was to us, after having been so long, accustomed to the parched soil of Peru and northern Chile.

The inhabitants, although complaining of poverty, obtained, without much trouble, the means of subsistence. In the woods there are many wild pigs and goats; but the staple article of animal food is supplied by the tortoises. Their numbers have of course been greatly reduced in this Galapagos islands, but the people yet count on two days’ hunting giving them food for the rest of the week. It is said that formerly single vessels have taken away as many as seven hundred, and that the ship’s company of a frigate some years since brought down in one day two hundred tortoises to the beach.

Other Types Of Holiday Reps

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Another type of holiday rep is the transfer rep.

The transfer representative is more often than not with the guests when they are being transported from the airport to their resort accommodation and vice versa.

There is also another type of rep called an entertainment representative. This rep will often schedule activities for the guests based on their interests for daytime and nighttime entertainment.

The above listed representatives are the main holiday representatives. Often times, there is one representative that maintains the majority of these all together rather than having several separate representatives.

The Requirements to Become a Rep

Although, the requirements will vary between tour operators (companies), there are a few main qualifications to become a holiday representative. However, if you do not have these qualifications it is nothing to worry about as many of the touring companies will still consider you as becoming a representative. Of course, they prefer you to have these qualifications, but in most cases, it is not mandatory.

Below are the 4 main qualifications of becoming a representative, so you can check them of your list of your goals:

– 4 GSCE’s that are equivalent to or above a C grade

– 6-12 months experience within the customer service industry

– Ability to work within a team as a mutual effort

– Experience in administration

– Even if these 4 qualifications were absolutely mandatory, the average person looking into becoming a rep would more than likely have these qualifications.

Some useful qualifications would be certificates or degrees within the travel and/or tourism industry. By having already developed some understanding of the information that may be needed to perform your job as a rep in another country, it will be sure to help you in the long run from your interview to the actual job on location.

By trying hard enough when speaking to the touring companies, you can get the job without having the above qualifications. Most of the touring and travel companies believe in more than just the qualifications as many of the representatives can be a perfect rep without holding any of the 4 listed qualifications.

However, by having these qualifications to begin with, you will find that it is much easier to land the interview and the job. You just need to learn how to present yourself to these companies and show them that you are what they need and want because you are unique and the best.

The Condo Hotel Craze

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What started in strictly resort areas is now branching out into all major metropolitan areas. Most of the larger worldwide hotel chains now sell condo hotel residence.

Much of the condo hotel market in the U. S. started in Florida. The residences there command 600,000-800,000 for a studio. I bedrooms start around $750,000. $1,000,000. 2 Bedrooms Start over the 1,000,000 price range.

These permanent residences feature all the furnishings and amenities of a luxury hotel such as world-class restaurants, 24-hour concierge, security, valet, housekeeping, and room service.

Joel Greene of the Condo Hotel Center says a rental option provided by the condo hotel management company allows owners to receive a portion often about 50 percent of the rental income of their specific unit when away.

Taylor says developers favor waterfront, mountainside, and downtown areas with strong demand for upscale lodging. Myrtle Beach, S.C.; South Florida; and Las Vegas have fast-growing condo-hotel markets that favor high-end travelers and boomers looking for a high-amenity pied–terre. Chicago, Washington D.C., and Phoenix are starting to get in on the condo hotel market, the most notable is the Trump Building in Chicago, studios are starting at $800,000.

Boomers are looking for a vacation lifestyle of spacious accommodations, dining activities, and entertainment, Taylor says. They demand extra services and luxurious amenities.

Heres how the Condo hotel concept works. You purchase a condo/hotel in a world class hotel. Use the residence whenever you like. When your away, put the residence in the hotels rental program and share the revenue with the hotel. The hotels management company takes care of all the management issues such as cleaning, renting and maintaining.

These residences offer the best of both worlds, a hassle free residence in a world class luxury hotel with rent revenue that you receive helps offset the costs of owing a 2nd or 3rd home. As well as the potential for appreciation.

If you are truly interested in a condo hotel please check out the

Why Costa Rica Resorts Offer the Most Romantic Vacations

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When looking for a romantic getaway, couples should consider the decadent, exotic vacation that’s available in Costa Rica. This beautiful Central American country has cultural and geographic diversity that enhances the experience, and couples can be pampered in style, while having access to some of the most beautiful natural sights in the world.

From sprawling forests to cascading waterfalls, the scenic wonders of Costa Rica provide a pristine backdrop for everyone to enjoy. The year-round tropical climate creates a romantic ambiance that makes any getaway more amorous.

Adventurous types can go whitewater rafting and looking for turtles in the Caribbean Sea. The northern plains of the country provide views of wondrous mountains, while the Central Pacific coast provides miles of gorgeous beaches where visitors can surf, soak up the sun, splash in the waves, or enjoy many water sports.

The 29,692-acre Arenal Volcano National Park offers something for any interest. Since its namesake, the Arenal Volcano, is one of the country’s most active, visitors can enjoy viewing it and even glimpsing some lava. Travelers will find a plethora of inactive and active volcanoes that they can explore at their leisure.

Couples who prefer a bit more comfort with their culture can enjoy the museums, restaurants, and clubs in the capital city of San Jose. Museums in the city include the Gold Museum, an insect museum, and a modern art gallery. There is entertainment and street life during the day; bright lights, clubs, and four-star restaurants provide excitement at night. Most Costa Rica resorts provide transportation and trip coordination to help visitors customize vacations to their own interests. Fishing trips and rainforest excursions can alternate with spa sessions and golfing for the ultimate vacation. Men who wish to propose or simply make any big romantic gesture can even coordinate with the concierge at the resort for help and support when organizing the event. Many people also choose to hold destination weddings in Costa Rica.

This country is the first choice when it comes to ecologically-friendly tourism. In fact, the Republic of Costa Rica has a plan in motion to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. With their strong commitment to being environmentally responsible, the country makes it easier for couples to indulge in extravagance here without worry.

Many all-inclusive Costa Rica resorts provide tourists with the option of spending a lot of time indoors where the lush surroundings provide privacy and romantic ambiance. Massages for two can be relaxing, and an extensive room service menu serves couples who want to spend quality time together.

Costa Rica provides a perfect setting for a romantic vacation. Whether travelers are looking for a grand Costa Rica adventure with their significant other or simple relaxation, the country has sights and luxury options that can appeal to all who visit.