Ten Necessities For Your Vacation

Are you ready for a great vacation in a sunny, warm, and possibly sandy area? Ingredients for a hot holiday youll remember for a lifetime are easy to plan. Here are a few to keep in mind:

First, make sure your rooms at the resort are booked in advance. Many of the best vacation resorts are fully booked ahead of time, and having reservations will make sure you have a roof over your head. In fact, some of the best destinations are booked months in advance, so do your planning early. Also remember that you may get better rates on your hotel by paying in advance.

Second, make sure your money is safe. Rather than carrying cash, use travelers checks. If travelers checks are lost or stolen they can be quickly replaced. Or, better yet, use a credit card. Most resorts take the major bank cards. Youll have a record of your purchases and the ability to dispute any inaccurate claims. If your card is lost or stolen, it can also be quickly replaced and you wont be responsible for fraudulent purchases made with it. Nothing could ruin a great vacation faster than having your cash lost or stolen with no way to replace it, so dont take that chance. Use credit cards or travelers checks and be safe.

Third, make sure the kids are taken care of. If your children are traveling with you, make sure the resort has adequate play areas and hopefully a daycare service so that youll really have a vacation without chasing the kids through the sand all the time. Many resorts have activity directors for the childrens events, and the kids will have a great time.

Next, what is the nightlife like? If you and your significant other want to dance the night away, fantastic! Just make sure that the location you pick has a reputation for quality nightlife. Warm vacation spots that pride themselves on good nightclubs include Key West a favorite of Ernest Hemmingway; Miami the home of Gloria Estefan; Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Diego, and if you dont mind skipping the beach, Las Vegas has some of the most exciting night life on earth. And remember to take along some cab fare. Definitely dont drive when youve been drinking.

Next think comedy. Are there good comedy clubs in the area? Nothing beats a good stand up comedian. And if stand up isnt your bag, what other entertainment do you prefer. Magicians and musicians are always popular.

Water sports and excitement go together, and most warm, sunny vacation spots include plenty of both. How about parasailing or hang gliding? What about Scuba diving, snorkeling, or swimming with the dolphins. If you like the water but dont want to get wet yourself, check out the deep sea fishing if you are ocean side. If in Florida, remember all the inland lakes and the trophy bass they hold.

Number seven in our list of necessities is a practical matter. Make sure that either you speak the language of the natives, or they speak English. That makes Jamaica a great hot spot, as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Also Bermuda, Tahiti and the Dominican Republic are waiting to provide you with a wonderful vacation in paradise.

Number eight is rather simple. Is transport in and out of your vacation paradise easy? Do they have a quality airport? Or will you be driving. Make sure the transportation needs are easily taken care of.

Next, number nine, sure to be a hit with the ladies, is shopping. Does your warm sunny vacation destination have adequate shopping facilities? Nothing makes a woman happier than a chance to shop.

Finally, the top necessity for your warm and sunny destination is that it be a place youve always wanted to visit. Whether youve always desired a Florida beach, a California surfing wave, or a tropical island, make sure that your destination is one youve always wanted to visit. And number eleven, as a bonus, is to bring along the video camcorder and still photo camera so that you can record the memories of your vacation and enjoy them for years to come.

Three Dominican Republic Hotels By Barcelo Receive Blue Flag Award For Their Beaches

The environmentally-friendly Blue Flag award has been given to three Barcelo Hotels & Resorts properties in the Dominican Republic.

The prestigious eco-label was awarded to the three properties for the groups commitment to preserving the Caribbean coast and providing safe and clean beaches and ocean waters for tourists concerned about the preservation of the environment and seeking eco-friendly Dominican Republic holidays.

Blue Flag is operated by the non-profit organisation, the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and the distinction is awarded to beaches and marinas in 46 countries across the world that meet high environmental standards across many areas including water quality, safety and services, environmental management and environmental education and information.

The three Dominican Republic hotels that were awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award were Barcelo Puerto Plata, Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort and Barcelo Punta Cana.

Claudio A. Zboznovits, the vice president of sales and marketing for Barcelo in the United States, commented on the awards: Were delighted to see our resort beaches recognised among the worlds most beautiful eco-friendly beaches.

“A commitment to sustainability is a valued company practice for Barcelo Hotels & Resorts. Our hotel beaches are proud to be recognised for our green efforts as we continue to provide a quality experience for guests while protecting our surrounding environment.”

Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is a Spanish family-owned company with a portfolio of over 160 hotels and resorts throughout 17 countries across the world.

The group owns and operates several hotels in the Dominican Republic in the popular tourist areas of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Juan Dolio and Santo Domingo.

The Blue Flag-awarded hotels are among the leading properties providing all inclusive Dominican Republic holidays with luxury accommodation and facilities for guests of all ages.

The Barcelo Punta Cana is located on the beautiful stretch of white sand Playa Arena Gorda beach which is close to the Bvaro Lagoon and the tropical East National Park.

The resort features Spanish-influenced architecture and design and 798 guest rooms that boast beautiful views of the ocean and beach. During Punta Cana holidays, guests can enjoy facilities including seven gourmet restaurants, a casino, a full-service spa, a kids club and several swimming pools. The hotel was also ranked among the top five green resorts by Travel Agent Magazine for its eco-friendliness.

Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort is an adults-only Dominican Republic hotel that is located next to the family-friendly Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe. Bavaro Beach has a P.B Dye-designed 18-hole golf course, a full service spa, a Vegas-style theatre, a nightclub, a 24-hour sports bar and casino, several bars and restaurants, and a small shopping promenade with 16 shops. The two resorts are situated on nearly two miles of pristine soft sandy beach.

Barcelo Puerto Plata is located on the soft sands of Playa Doradas Golden Beach. The resort has 585 guest rooms and suites and during holidays in the Dominican Republic, tourists can enjoy beach volleyball, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking, and scuba diving. Facilities include eight restaurants, five bars, a nightclub, and an 18-hole Trend Jones-designed golf course.

Hurghada Property Investment Increases In Popularity

Hurghada property will surely be remembered in history as one of the greatest investments of recent times, and given the current levels of investment throughout the region, it seems as though the next few years will become a defining time for this beautiful part of the Red Sea coast.

Hurghadas tourism industry is still in its infancy; however it is growing at a phenomenal rate, with an increasing number of low cost and budget airlines now offering flights into the new international airport. With property throughout the region is still exceptionally well priced, especially given the increasing demand for tourist accommodation, it is understandable that a large number of overseas investors have purchased in this popular tourist resort.

This rapid expansion and growth being experienced in Hurghada is not without its problems, and with the exception of the international airport, large parts of the surrounding areas are in need of infrastructure investment. However, with the Egyptian government keen to capitalise on the regions growing tourism industry, it is likely that the federal investment in the region will continue for the foreseeable future.

Hurghada is a unique prospect in that respect, because tourism the tourism infrastructure (hotels. Accommodation, resorts) and property investment are all having to grow at the same time, their growth is becoming interlinked. The property investment opportunities that currently exist in Hurghada are very much aimed at becoming a part of the tourism infrastructure, which can only benefit the investors in the long run. Things like apartment hotel investment products, hotel room investments, and resort property investments are all far more common than villas or apartments for sale in Hurghada.

Put simply: because tourism is growing so rapidly, the tourism industry has been forced to work directly with the construction industry.

However, rather than just build resorts to serve the tourism sector, the construction industry players have sought to maximise their revenues. Thus, they are building resorts, and selling the properties within those resorts to earn the first wave of revenues. The properties then come back under their management, which means that they and the tourism industry players get a share of the revenues.

This all sounds like property investors are getting the raw end of the deal, but in reality the opposite is true:
Because of Hurghada’s immaturity it is less common for people to be seeking out their own rental accommodations, they are mostly coming in through tour operators and such like, because that is where the availability is. Therefore, for private property investors to maximise their rentals, it is far better for them to own a managed resort or hotel property than something outside of that system.

Inside the system, the massive tourism growth coupled with the low prices of property is making strong rental yields commonplace in Hurghada. In fact many of the properties currently for sale in Hurghada come with rental yields guaranteed as an integral part of the overall purchase package.

Resorts of Kerala, One Place Multiple Benefits

There’s just one place on earth which is a complete blend of tranquil blue waters, exotic colors of ocean, coolness of sand and hotness of sun over virgin beaches, palms along the roadsides along with number of ancient times monuments and i.e. Kerala. Kerala commonly known as -Gods own country’ is one place that can attract travelers all across the globe. Being so popular all over for its beauty and exoticness it invites tourists for pleasure as well as business and that’s the reason of having number of resorts for people to make their stay comfortable. There are over a range of resorts option available in Kerala which are affluent. Kumarakom a place which defines the beauty of Kerala at its best also has some of the appropriate lodging options. Resorts in Kumarakom offer most of the luxurious services in budget.

If you are looking for the real taste of Kerala then what are you waiting for? Book your place now because there are options for those people who are on shoe string and can opt from the budget for deluxe options that too without compromising on services. Resorts in Kerala offer some of the great services which majorly include high speed internet access so as to keep you connected with outside world, direct dial STD and ISD call services, spas, massage centers. Spa resort in Kerala is the attraction for over a number of tourists because you can never get the feel of that body massages what Kerala provides with. Along with that resorts in Kerala offer proper arrangements for their guests in terms of drinks or food.

Kumarakom beach has the most magnificent view of the blue aqua colored water of Arabian Sea. Resorts in Kumarakomwhich is more like cottages with their extended balconies offers unexplored beaches of Kerala that foreigners love to discover. People from different parts of the world love to explore the beaches so as to get the glimpse of sun, sand and sea. It’s not just about the view in fact the facilities which is being offered by the resorts of Kerala are unmatchable with any of the resorts in the country where major attractions are boating, volley ball at beaches, yachting and many more adventure sports.

Foreigners get attracted mainly to the beauty and the exotic charm of the place but spa resorts in Kerala has proved to be the most useful by now because of their Ayurvedic treatments. In today’s time vacationers have a firm belief over Ayurvedic treatment because it has worked tremendously with their cases. So now is the time to select from wide range of options among various resorts available and to turn your vacations a refreshing memory to remember.

Brio Spa At Grupo Mayan Resorts

Grupo Mayans Brio Spa provides the best in luxuriant spa experience. As a guest of Grupo Mayans Brio Spa, you can enjoy an invigorating facial after a long day on the beach, a soothing body wrap after hours of playing tennis or a rejuvenating manicure or pedicure after taking a run on the beach. No matter what you choose, you are bound to walk away relaxed and refreshed. As a Grupo Mayan guest you may want to take that same Brio Spa experience home and now you can with your very own mini-spa. Here are some tips and ideas to get you on your way.

A spa is a relaxing place that inspires the mind and creates an atmosphere of serenity and calm. The first step to creating your in home spa experience is to find a clean bathroom, free from clutter. Create Brios Spa ambience by adding some citrus or coconut scented candles reminiscent of Brio Spas citrus scrubs and body gels. Since the Grupo Mayan Brio Spa offers massages on the beach, find a soothing CD emulating the sound of the ocean. Water has a soothing effect and this will add an extra touch of serenity to your spa experience.

After transforming your bathroom into a mini-spa, you are going to want to stock your room with a warm towel, a robe, comfortable slippers, bubble bath, a scented body scrub, a rich, creamy body lotion, a facial mud mask and some rose petals. Fill your bathtub with warm water and the bubble bath. Scatter the rose petals in various places throughout the tub. Lather your face with your mud mask and soak your body in the soothing bubble bath. Before you get out, scrub you skin with your scented body scrub, paying special attention to your elbows, knees and heels of your feet. When you get out, wrap yourself in the warm comfort of your towel and with slightly damp skin rub your creamy body lotion. Putting on body lotion with slightly damp skin will help your skin retain its moisture longer. Put on your robe and sit back and relax. Enjoy the sound of the ocean and the smell of your scented candles.

Elite Island Resorts Adds Morgan Bay Beach Resort In St Lucia To Its Collection

As the temperatures in the UK begin to plummet even further, there is no better time to escape the cold weather and head to the Caribbean for sun, relaxation and luxury.

Elite Island Resorts are now providing luxury St Lucia holidays after the hotel group acquired the islands former Almond Morgan Bay resort, previously managed by the Almond Resorts group.

The property, which has been renamed Morgan Bay Beach Resort, St Lucia, joins the hotel groups impressive collection of upscale resorts and hotels across the Caribbean in destinations that include Antigua, Grenada, Tortola and St. Vincent, Nevis, and the Grenadines.

Situated on the north-west coast of the island, three miles from its harbour capital Castries, Morgan Bay Beach Resort is tucked into a secluded cove and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

The beachfront resort offers 345 stylish guestrooms and suites with ocean and tropical garden views with great facilities that make the hotel perfect for family holidays in St Lucia or romantic breaks.

The all inclusive programme enables guests to take advantage of a wide range of products, facilities and activities such as premium beverages, delectable meals, snacks and refreshments, live music and entertainment shows, plus other entertainment activities including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, and table tennis.

During holidays to St Lucia at the newly renamed Morgan Bay Beach Resort, visitors can take a refreshing dip in any of the four freshwater swimming pools; play tennis at any of the resorts four courts; leave the children in an adult-supervised Kids Club; enjoy an energetic work out in the fully equipped fitness centre; or indulge in a pampering treatment at the full-service spa.

Speaking about the acquirement of one of the leading luxury St Lucia hotels, Elite Island Resorts President, Steven Heydt, commented:The purchase of Morgan Bay presented a unique opportunity for us to expand our destinations and was the obvious next step for our ever-growing collection.

Our understanding of marketing the Caribbean will help re-launch this all-inclusive resort to a greater audience of travellers. Further, Elites management expertise in creating an unparalleled all-inclusive vacation will enhance the guest experience on every level.”

Additionally, the resorts wealth of offerings and breathtaking surroundings are ideal for our family and value vacation markets. We are confident that we can deliver a superior vacation in St. Lucia while providing excellent value during these challenging times.

Castleburn Mountain Resort – What’s All The Rage

Castleburn resort began as a bare farm in the Underberg region with caravan and outhouse as the only dwelling in 1983. Today it is a luxury mountain resort in the Magic Breakaways Leisure resorts portfolio. The Garden Castle mountain which overlooks the farm and the Scottish name for a small stream a burn are what gave the name to the farm:-Castleburn. Earning their living from the construction trade and smaller farming operations, the Barnett family were the original owners of the land. They dreamed of building a lake with cottages on its shores, both overlooked by their own home higher up in the valley.

The construction of an earthen dam wall as well as a clubhouse and 4 cottages began in 1991, probably a year that the Barnetts remember very well as being the start of their dreams manifesting. One could say that a degree of divine intervention was experienced at Castleburn when the rains filled the lake shortly after completion at the end of 1991.

2 years later, Dave Barnett and Peter Foaden from Magic Breakaways met and created a winning relationship resulting in large scale development at Castleburn. Magic Breakaways operates in the resort development area of the Legacy Group of companies a large African corporation and a leader in the hospitality industry.

Indeed the relationship proved to be a winner and Castleburn is now home to 58 units comprising: 4 Luxury chalets with Jacuzzi bath; 6 single bedroom apartments; 22 chalets with three bedrooms; 4 luxury chalets accommodating 8 guests

Climate in the region is moderate with cool winters and warm summers. The coldest months are April through September with the lowest temperatures dropping to 2 degrees Celsius in winter mornings and highs peaking at 26 degrees during December. The resort is located at the foothills of the Southern Drakensburg, making it witness to beautiful snow-capped mountains and visitors; witness to many a moment to be savoured with family and / or loved ones in the regions peace. All chalets are equipped with heating systems as well as stone fireplaces for the colder months.

Trout fisherman and nature enthusiasts will be in their element at Castleburn however, the resort has many more activities to offer as well. The resort and a Natal Parks Board nature reserve share a border; it is also host to Lake Madingofani (formerly Castleburn Lake) and 7 smaller dams forming the major attraction of the resort. Rainbow, triploid and brown trout are the three main species of trout abundant in Lake Madingofani. The dams are continually restocked and so a disappointed fly-fisherman is an uncommon occurrence.

Other activities available will cater for all and include hiking, rowing, canoeing, sailing, squash, guided horse trail, volleyball court, two walks in the grounds, swimming in a rock-hewn swimming pool, trampolines, outdoor chess, tennis court and children’s playground. If one’s idea of true relaxation does not involve physical exertion the resort is equipped with a health and beauty salon as well as restaurants and cocktail bar, putt-putt and even a recreation centre with darts and pool. Of course the chalets and apartments are kitted out with other indulgent conveniences such as satellite television and comfortable patios inviting al fresco meals and quiet times against a fabric of majestic mountain ranges.

For bird-watching enthusiasts will find themselves busy enough with over a hundred species of bird to be seen. Birds are not the only creatures vying for attention in telescopic vision, Reedbuck and Eland as well as Bush buck, Duiker and jackals also find themselves commonly spotted.

In the class of relaxation destinations, Castleburn is easily the most understated and I implore all readers to consider it as a timeshare or fractional ownership prospect. Castleburn resort has a Four Star Gold Crown rating, thanks to the many skills and experience which Legacy has brought to its offering.

Windsor Hills Resorts Florida Vacation Homes Orlando, Windsor Hills Resort Rentals

Property management is the process of managing real estate resources to its optimum level. It includes maintenance, proper utilization, land acquisition and man power utilization. Windsor Hills Florida is one such property management company offering property management services in Orlando including 3 bed room condo, 3 bedroom town home, 4 bed room pool home, 5 bed room pool home and many such vacation homes on rentals.

3 Bed Room Condo:

3 Bed Room condos are best suited for large families, parties on a large scale, reunions or even for couples traveling together. They have plenty of space for guests to spread out in any kind of occasion. Some famous 3 bed room condos include 3 bed room condos at Windsor Fantasia, 3 bedroom at Saranac Dream, condo units at Blue Ridge Hills and many such places. Each 3 bed room condo is well equipped with all modern facilities that one finds in a 5 star hotel. Such condos comprises of outdoor and indoor games, pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, on site 5 star restaurants, water parks and much more. The comfort, convenience and privacy at such condos is unparallel and unmatched.

3 Bedroom Townhome

Today rental homes having large spaces are the need of the hour. And hence the demand of 3 bedroom town home has increased gradually. They are large rooms equipped with all kind of modern amenities that one finds in a 5 star hotel. Each 3 bedroom town home comes plunge pool for relaxation, comfortable furniture making it an incredible home for long stay. It comprises of all kinds of hygiene and safety services for familys comfort and well being. Some of the 3 bedroom town home includes famous 3 bed room condo at Smith Bay, 3 bed room condo at Sydney point and many such places.

4 Bedroom Pool Home

Available on rental for vacation and holidays, 4 bedroom pool homes comprises of fabulous villa with all latest facilities. It offers exceptional value for money with stunning locations and picturesque scenes. Some of the famous 4 bedroom pool homes for holidays include 4 bedroom pool home at Jersey Hills, Magic Memories vacation home and many such beautiful destinations. You can enjoy a variety of activities including fishing, diving, boating, water sports and many such sports. It provides home like ambience and comfort while on holidays.

5 Bedroom Pool Home

5 bedroom pool home provided by different property management services provider, is one of the most sought after lots amongst variety of pool homes. Such bedroom pool homes are affordable, well furnished and fully equipped with kitchen appliances, central air conditioning, dish washer, dish dryer and many such appliances. Famous 5 bedroom pool homes include pool home at Mediterranean Hills, Sandy Hills and 5 bedroom pool home at Majesty Palms. Each bedroom pool is well equipped with common pool, basketball court, and a sweet home to stay with your family.

6 Bedroom Pool Home

Step into luxury through massive 6 bedroom pool homes. Property management companies offering some famous 6 bedroom pool home destinations include Archfeld Hills 6 bedroom pool home, vacation homes for rentals at Tiffanys Treasure, Captains Cove, Windsor Hills Lodge, Sunkissed Villa and many such beautiful destination. Unique features of 6 bedroom pool homes include executive furnishings, large spa for relaxation, Disney themed dcor and secure gated. Each lovely spacious bedroom pool homes comprises of beautiful theme parks, restaurants, shopping, golf and many such attractions.

Contact Windsor Hills Florida for vacation homes on rentals, holiday homes on rentals, bed room pool homes, bedroom town homes.

Destin Beach Resorts The Value of Being Locally Well Traveled

There are many exquisite Destin beach resorts to choose from. Whether you are looking to buy a property or only rent one for your next family get away, choosing the best Destin beach resorts is important. Every family has their own list of needs and wants, and meeting them can make all the difference in the trip. This is where the knowledge of a real estate agent can come in handy. Not all Destin beach resorts are the same, so have someone that is locally well traveled to help you in your search.

Location Changes Everything

The location of your Destin beach resort can actually help you save money and time. If you can find accommodations close to the attractions you plan to see, then that means less money in gas or time in travel. After all, every moment and every dollar spent on getting around is one less that can be spent on enjoying the Destin beach resort and surrounding area! A real estate agent familiar with Sandestin can help direct you to Destin beach resorts that are perfectly positioned to simplify your travel plans.

What Does Your Family Need?

Locating a Destin beach resort that is in the right place and offers everything your family needs can be difficult. A knowledgeable real estate agent will know more than the area. They will know what is in it and what each Destin beach resort can offer you. Come up with a list of must have amenities and talk to a real estate agent to see which Destin beach resorts would work best for your trip.

Spend Less Time Planning and More Time Enjoying

Planning a trip can take time, but it is important to map out your journey before you go or risk spending precious vacation time on the preparations. A real estate agent can help you find Destin beach resorts that have everything you need within your travel budget. Let the agent find the best Destin beach resorts so you can spend less time planning and more time enjoying every trip you make to Sandestin!

Get more out of your Destin beach resort search. Ginger is ready to help you buy or sell so that everyone is satisfied. Beach condos in Destin are available right now, and Ginger knows where they are and how to find prime locations for your family!