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Finding Great Holiday Villas in Cyprus

Finding great holiday villa Rentals in Cyprus is as easy as taking a walk on the street and looking at one great holiday villa after another. Of course, most people probably want to rent the holiday villas and have things arranged before they go to Cyprus, so this article is going to share some tips on how to make that happen. It can be a little confusing since when you look up Cyprus holiday villas you end up getting over one million search results.

To narrow that down, use the expedient of putting Cyprus in quotation marks “Cyprus” and holiday villas in quotation marks “Cyprus villas”, put a plus sign (+) between the two and now your search should be much more manageable since you’ve told Google that you want all the words to be included and to treat ‘Holiday Villas’ as a single phrase. You’ve cut the number of results more than in half now.

Now you begin your search in earnest. Look at the top results. These are probably broken into a couple of different categories. First of all you have the big sites like Trip Adviser and Holiday Homes. These are great resources, but to get the best deals and find the true gems in Cprus, the best bet is to dig deeper and get into direct contact with the owners of the villas. When you do this, you can ask questions, negotiate the prices, and make sure that you understand exactly how to get to your holiday villa. That’s important! Continue Reading

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Spark-Filled Valentine at Marriott Manila

Keep that magical spark alive as Marriott Manila takes you to the most romantic offerings to celebrate the heart?s day.

Mangoberry Cake
Mangoberry Cake

Set the mood for love and surprise a sweet heart to a lost in time moment with Marriott Manila?s special Valentine room packages. For only USD240 net per night, she will surely glow like a contessa in the opulent deluxe room of Marriott Manila. To sweeten up the treat, the package includes a demi bottle of champagne and luscious strawberries with dipping, guaranteed to satisfy every sweet craving. Continue Reading

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Valentines & Vineyards: Oregon Wine Country – a Romantic Destination

A nip in the fresh country air, a cozy fire in your deluxe room, massages for two, a disarmingly divine meal paired with world class pinot noir. If that’s not a recipe for romance, what is? The Allison Inn & Spa, Oregon wine country’s premier luxury resort on 35 hillside acres has created a Valentine’s package to make anyone swoon:

The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430
The Allison’s Valentines & Vineyards Package- Starting from $430

February means romance is in the air, so why not escape to the ultimate wine country resort in the peaceful Willamette Valley? Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to cherish quality time together, enjoy a luxurious bedroom with king bed, fireplace and soaking tub. Complimentary chilled champagne upon arrival starts the celebration…followed by a delicious, customized four-course dinner in the acclaimed JORY Restaurant featuring Oregon Wine Country Cuisine ensures a meal to be remembered. (Special menu available on Sunday and Monday evenings only. On Friday and Saturday, guests may order from the a la carte menu and receive a $150 credit towards food and beverage). Continue Reading

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Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu Brings Lavish New Guest Experience to Town

When the highly anticipated 400-rooms Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu opens later this moth, it will set new standards in guest experience with a wide range of lavish amenities and services.

Asia Pacific’s first Radisson Blu hotel promises a unique and inviting interior design that combines the natural elements of local Cebu such as woodwork carvings, weaves and the mother of pearl.

Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu
Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu

This will be coupled with the simpicity of a hassle-free and prompt check-in, the option of late check-out, free high speed internet access in all guest rooms and public areas, complimentary breakfast that can be served anywhere in the hotel that the guest so desires, a fully equipped fitness centre, spa and even the option of baby-sitting services. Continue Reading

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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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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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Who Will Win the Ascott Grand Prize of Complimentary Stays for 25 Years?

The Ascott Limited, the world’s largest international serviced residence owner-operator, has presented its 25th Anniversary grand prize of complimentary stays for 25 years to a lucky winner.

Mr Tomo Takuma, who stayed for a year at Citadines Shanghai Biyun from April 2008 to March 2009, was picked from a whopping four million chances.

Ascott flew the 35-year-old Shanghai-based Japanese expatriate to Singapore for the recent prize presentation at Ascott Raffles Place Singapore. “I can’t believe my luck. In Japan, winning a prize of such magnitude is unheard of.

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Ascott 25th Anniversary Grand Prize Presentation

I have never won such a big prize in my life,” said Mr Takuma upon receiving the grand prize from Mr Chong Kee Hiong, CEO of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited. Continue Reading

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Beach Fun For The Whole Family On Boa Vista, Cape Verde

With less than six hours flying time and no jet lag, Parque das Dunas Hotel ( on Boa Vista, Cape Verde is a great destination for frantic families seeking a sunshine break. And now with the announcement by The Cape Verde Experience of two new flight routes out of Bristol and Stansted from December 2010, this sand dune isle is more accessible than ever before!

The perfect place for parents to relax and unwind, Parque das Dunas Hotel is an established boutique hotel that boasts seven miles of white-sand beach, guaranteeing plenty of space for both sandcastle competitions and a relaxing sunbathe.

In addition, a tropical warm sea awaits, perfect for water babies (or perhaps their older siblings) looking to try windsurfing or even kite-surfing for the first time as well as plenty of fun activities inland, including a thrilling dune buggy ride through the impressive desert-like dunes.

Beach Bungalow in Cape Verde

The charming and informal hotel comprises 48 bungalow-style rooms, each with patio and stunning sea-views and many with direct access to the beach, in addition to an open restaurant, bar and large swimming pool with kids section. Continue Reading

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5 simple ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip

“For the average hotel guest, dining can make up anywhere from a third to a half of the total spend on an average trip,” noted Lisa Grossberg, General Manager of the historic Buckingham Hotel in Manhattan which has eat-in kitchens in every apartment-style suite.

Whether you’re headed to a tropical island or a major city, here are 5 simple ways you can save hundreds of dollars on your next trip:

1) Book a condo-style hotel room with an eat-in kitchen. If you’re headed to a major city, you’ll find that many of the early and mid-century hotel buildings, like the Buckingham, came installed with private kitchens. And if you’re jetting to an island destination, more and more hotels are renting out their dormant condo and timeshare units.

“The overdevelopment of timeshares in 2008 has left a lot of hoteliers with a wider inventory than they anticipated. As a result, travelers can find cheap hotels, some with Viking kitchens and high-end appliances!” notes Grossberg.

2) Stock your fridge. Even if you have plans to dine out every night of the week, you can still skip paying $40 for a below-average continental breakfast by bringing your own eggs, bagels and coffee.

“We have the great fortune of being located in midtown Manhattan, so we’re blocks from some of the best bagels and lox in the country,” said Grossberg. “But every city and town has its own food gems. It’s a great loss if you don’t take advantage. When in Rome!”

And if you want to spice things up with a mimosa, pick up a bottle of Freixenet cava. It retails for just $10 at the liquor store and is what many restaurants use behind the scenes. Just pour out half a flute of Freixenet and top off with another half of OJ — and you’re set, brunch style… Continue Reading

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Carrie On to the Legendary Driskill Hotel for a Summer Escape and an Opportunity to Win a Pair of Manolo Blahnik Shoes

Our Southern Hospitality would make Carrie proud! We’ve fashioned a Sex and the City affair in the heart of Texas at The Legendary Driskill Hotel. You and your gal pals will marvel at the luxurious experience we have in store! Award-winning Executive Pastry Chef Tony Sansalone prepares cupcakes every woman craves; you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and kick off your visit toasting a glass of champagne.

Next stop, Neiman Marcus Austin at The Domain where you have a choice of the following: private luncheon featuring a fashion presentation of the latest trends or makeovers at the Beauty Bar with wine and cheese or lunch and an afternoon of shopping with a personal stylist!

After your Neiman Marcus visit, you’ll be ready to hit the town! Fortunately, you won’t have to walk far in your stilettos, as The Driskill Bar is the scene to be seen in Austin, where chances are you’ll rub elbows with celebrities or entertainers while sipping Cosmopolitans. Conveniently located on famed Sixth Street, you can dance the night away and catch up with your girlfriends about the latest gossip!

What lady wouldn’t like the summer of leisure to end by slipping her feet into luxury?!?! Book this package and each guest’s name will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes from the fall line, up to a $600 value, courtesy of Neiman Marcus Austin. Drawing will be held September 1, 2010.

Package is subject to availability, May 27th through August 31st. Continue Reading

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Windermere Hotel Launches New Website

Situated in an exquisite position overlooking Lake Windermere, the Hillthwaite House Hotel offers luxury accommodation whilst being family owned and run.

Hillthwaite House Hotel understands how important the internet is and how it continues to grow in its importance within the travel and tourism industry. The hotel’s newly designed website, launched yesterday was commissioned to keep them up to date within the industry.

The new, fresh look website has coincided with the recent refurbishment of the lounge, entrance hall and four bedrooms at Hillthwaite House Hotel. The lounge has been fully decorated and refurbished throughout including new carpet, furniture and sparkling chandelier.

The entrance hall has also been redecorated to complement the lounge and four of guest bedrooms have had brand new en suite bathrooms installed.

The new images of the refurbished rooms are shown off to their best potential within the new design and if a new website and major refurbishment wasn’t enough, a new streamlined online booking system provided by Guestlink has been incorporated making it even easier for guests and visitors to check real time availability and make bookings.

Purchased in 1971 by the present owners John and Marjorie Sodeau, the house was then called Hoggs Hill Close and was a six bedroom private residence from which a small private hotel in Windermere was born.

The house was very different then, with a stable block in the area to the rear of the building and a tennis court at the front. Continue Reading

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