Archive | July, 2010

New Hotels Across England Offer Visitors Unrivaled Luxury From Which to Explore the Country’s Most Unique Attractions

Throughout England, significant new hotel openings, situated by some of the country’s most iconic attractions, are set to make the destination even more appealing for visitors looking to enjoy luxurious accommodation while exploring England’s unique history, heritage, culture and countryside. From the historical city of York’s first five-star hotel and spa, to the first boutique style hotel in Shakespeare’s Country, to London’s largest hotel opening in a generation with more than 1,000 rooms, travelers to England can benefit from an abundance of options to meet every accommodation need. Including chic and contemporary urban hotels, sophisticated countryside estates and manor houses featuring imaginative golf courses and spas, properties across England are being created to cater to the most discerning traveler’s tastes.

Cedar Court – Bedroom

Following the £20 million conversion of the city’s old North Eastern Railways Headquarters, Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, which opened in May, 2010, is York’s first five-star hotel. Retaining the original features and beauty of the building, the hotel was designed to restore the feel of the Golden Age of travel, while providing visitors with modern and state-of-the-art amenities. In addition to providing guests with electrical outlets that accept British, European or North American plugs, the hotel receives television channels from around the world and when a customer checks in with their credit card, the TV in their room is activated to receive channels from their home country. Furthermore, for guests staying in one of the hotel’s four lavish suites, a 24-hour butler service is provided, offering an unparalleled level of personal service. At The Grand restaurant, Head Chef David Sharp sources as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers in Yorkshire ensuring guests enjoy a fresh, local menu. Complete with107 rooms, the hotel will include a swimming pool, gym and Jacuzzi as well as an open-air roof garden that will open later this summer. Continue Reading

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Wild Tales On Boa Vista

Boa Vista is not only a haven for sun seekers but also wildlife, from nesting turtles and mating humpback whales to exotic sea birds, lizards and monkeys. A stay at the beach retreat of Parque das Dunas Hotel ( provides the perfect base to explore the wildlife wonders of this relatively untouched, sand-dune isle.

Discovered only a few years ago, Ervatao beach on Boa Vista is now the third largest breeding site in the world for loggerhead turtles. With the nesting season taking place between June and September, conservationists, locals and tourists alike are invited to help with the protection and preservation of these ancient creatures.

In fact, day tours are available from Parque das Dunas Hotel over to the south of the island.

Parque das Dunas hotel in Cape Verde

In addition to turtles, guests may also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of whales in the islet of nearby Sal Rei, a feeding ground for humpback whales. Whale sightings usually take place from February through to May and boat trips are available from the hotel through The Cape Verde Experience’s excursion programme. Continue Reading

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Discover Amazing Asia Now and Plan the Trip of a Lifetime

Traveling through Asia can be one of the most memorable and enriching experiences of a lifetime. Travelers seeking unique opportunities can swim with elephants in Thailand, relax in spectacular hot springs and enjoy centuries old wellness treatments in China, dive the coral reefs that surround the islands of the Philippines, master the art of meditation and tea ceremony during a temple stay in Korea, learn traditional Asian cooking styles with top chefs in Japan and Hong Kong, revel in Macau’s UNESCO World Heritage sites or enjoy a romantic dinner while cruising across Singapore’s sky in a cable car.

With an infrastructure that allows easy travel across destinations by plane, ship, car or train, a trip to Asia can cover many destinations and experiences making for a highly rewarding trip. This is the idea behind Discover Asia Now.

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Coron in Palawan Philippines

Started in 2008, Discover Asia Now promotes fantastic travel deals and programs to Asia and offers in-depth information on travel to the region under one interactive website: Discover Asia Now was developed by nine Asian tourism organizations seeking to promote travel to Asia as a region and helping travelers plan their dream trips; including China National Tourism Office, Hong Kong Tourism Board, India Tourism, Japan National Tourism Organization, Korea Tourism Organization, Macau Government Tourist Office, Philippine Department of Tourism, Singapore Tourism Board, and Tourism Authority of Thailand. Continue Reading

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Summer Holiday Specials From Tropical Sky

With plenty of summer holiday bargains still available, long-haul tour operator Tropical Sky ( has some excellent last minute packages with savings for those still seeking an affordable holiday this July and August. From Barbados to Bali and Mauritius to Malaysia, options include:

EGYPT: Splash Out In Sharm
Depart Gatwick on 24 July for seven nights on a full-board basis at the Ritz Carlton Sharm-El Sheikh from £649 per adult (saving £300) and £299 per child (saving £200). Facilities at this five-star resort include restaurants, four swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa, dive centre and kids’ club.

MAURITIUS: Indulge In An Island Paradise
Depart Heathrow late August and enjoy seven nights on an all-inclusive basis at the Maritim Hotel in Mauritius from £1,095 per adult (saving £304) and £810 per child (saving £100). There’s plenty to keep all entertained, with stunning beaches, watersports and a nine-hole golf course.

CARIBBEAN: Children Stay Free!

With children up to 16 staying for free and one of the best kids’ clubs in the Caribbean, the four-star Almond Resorts in St Lucia and Barbados are great options for families. Both resorts offer excellent facilities including a choice of restaurants, swimming pools and extensive land and watersports. Continue Reading

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CitySights New York Offers Best Value with All Around Town Tour

Looking for the best way to see all of the Big Apple on your next trip?

CitySights NY, the city’s premiere double-decker bus tour company, offers the perfect way to visit all the highlights and iconic attractions New York City has to offer with its All Around Town Tour, which includes an NYC harbor cruise.

CitySights NY’s All Around Town Tour offers guests the best touring value with 48 hours of hop-on, hop-off sightseeing capabilities on its Downtown, Uptown & Harlem, Brooklyn and Night loops.

Guests will see all the amazing attractions of NYC, including Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Times Square, Chinatown, the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and so much more!

Guests can also hop on an exciting harbor cruise on the world famous Circle Line, for 75 minutes of water sightseeing. On this cruise, guests will get to take in spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the stunning Manhattan skyline.

All of CitySights NY’s tours are lead by well trained guides that provide interesting and intriguing narration on all the sights visited. Departure times and locations vary depending on each particular tour.

Tickets for CitySights NY’s All Around Town Tour can be purchased online for a special web price of $49 for adults and $39 for children. Visit for more information and to book tickets.

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GuideGecko Launches International travel and lifestyle guides Writing Contest 2010

Winner receives Trip to World’s Largest Book Fair in Frankfurt
and Jump-Start into Professional Writing Career, the innovative publishing platform for travel and lifestyle guides today launches its 2010 International Guidebook Writing Contest. Three winning titles will be showcased at the prestigious Insight Guides booth on the world’s largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany, and the winner will be flown to the fair to meet and mingle with publishers from all over the world.

From now to September 15, writers worldwide can submit their own guidebooks on and stand a chance to jump-start into a professional writing career.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to meet international publishers and gain exposure to 299,000 visitors and 10,000 journalists”, says Dr. Daniel Quadt, Founder and Managing Director of GuideGecko. “We are happy to partner with world-famous Insight Guides; showcasing one’s title on their booth is a big boost for any writer.”

The contest is open to casual writers, bloggers and established authors. All travel, food, lifestyle and entertainment guidebooks with a minimum of 32 pages are welcome. Submissions can be new titles as well as existing titles previously published on GuideGecko or elsewhere.

The winning titles will be selected by a jury of guidebook industry veterans. “We have assembled a jury of renowned travel writers and editors with Tom Le Bas, Nicholas Gill, Maralyn Hill and Tim Leffel. Their feedback alone makes it worth to participate”, adds Quadt (jury profiles are included in the appendix).

The jury’s decision is augmented by popular online votes, starting with immediate effect. The submitted guidebooks will be published instantly and listed on GuideGecko’s front page to receive maximum visibility. Viewers can choose to vote for and even order these guidebooks immediately. Participation in the contest is free and the authors receive full royalties and retain their copyrights.

The Frankfurt book fair takes place from October 6-10, 2010. The winner will fly with Lufthansa German Airlines and stay at contest sponsor Maritim Konferenzhotel Darmstadt while in Frankfurt.

Closing date for submission is September 15, and prize winners will be announced on October 1st. For more information, to enter the contest and to place votes, please visit

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