Cum ar fi să mergi în vacanță, în Cipru?

Sfaturi și recomandări pentru un sejur cu tente exotice, în Cipru.

Da, ai citit corect. Tente exotice spuneam. Cipru… 

este o insulă care, deși se află la doar două ore jumătate de zbor de țara noastră, își întâmpină oaspeții într-un cadru deosebit. Un relief variat, presărat cu note semideșertice, cu palmieri și vegetație mediteraneană, cu măslini și flori colorate. O insulă pe care o poți străbate de-a lungul său în câteva ore, cu mașina sau cu autobuzul. Și pe care o poți cunoaște îdeaproape, în câteva zile de colindat. 

Larnaca este capitala unde vei și ateriza, în cazul în care alegi un sejur charter în Cipru. Aeroportul este micuț dar bine organizat. De aici și până în zona de plajă și a hotelurilor vei parcurge foarte puțin. De ordinul minutelor sau a zecilor de minute, în funcție de zona în care ai ales să îți petreci vacanța. Cele mai multe hoteluri sunt de 3 și 4 stele, amplasate la promenadă sau în interiorul orașului. Există și unele hoteluri amplasate pe plajă însă nu foarte multe și nici standardul lor nu este foarte ridicat. Suficient, însă, cât să respiri aerul mediteranean al insulei și să petreci un timp relaxant, îmbinând plaja cu senzația de city break. Există și câteva resorturi unde confortul oferit este mai ridicat, oferind facilități spa și o gamă mai largă de posibilități de relaxare. 

La sud, se află Limassol, un oraș măricel, unde există resorturi de 5 stele cunoscute, de lanț. Iar la nord, se află cunoscuta stațiune Ayia Napa. Aici, se află vestita plajă Nissi Beach, o plajă cu nisip fin, care desparte mediterana în două.

Ținând nordul, ajungem în regiunea turcească, denumită Cipru de Nord.

Aici, cultura grecească se disipă și devine pregnantă cea turcă. De la oameni, limbă, obiceiuri, cultură, gastronomie și felul de a face turism – toate se schimbă. 

Vei descoperi locuri unice și fabuloase, despre care cred că sunt convinsă că încă nu ştiai prea multe. Vei auzi legende şi fragmente de istorie care prind sens pe acest tărâm magic. De asemenea, Cipru de Nord e o destinaţie care aminteşte de litoralul turcesc. De cunoscutele stațiuni din Turcia. Cumva, m-a trimis cu gândul la Antalya, oferind un amestec de farmec local şi forfotă turistică. Până și cum ești poftit în localuri și servit în restaurante se aseamănă foarte mult cu modul din Turcia. Și este și normal să fie așa, odată ce vei înțelege istoria acestui mic petic de pământ, din mijlocul Mediteranei. 

Recomand o vacanță în Cipru de nord, familiilor cu copii, celor care vor să viziteze locuri și împrejurimi, celor care apreciază autenticul și sunt pasionați de cultură. Iar posibilităție de distracție în rândul celor tineri nu ar putea lipsi așa că nu îți face griji nici în legătura cu acest aspect. 

Vremea pentru baie şi plajă este excelentă (25-30 grade Celsius) în lunile aprilie, mai, iunie, octombrie şi noiembrie. În iulie şi august e destul de cald, peste 35 de grade, dar dacă suporţi uşor căldura, atunci poţi lua în calcul şi această perioadă. Iar pentru explorare şi plimbări, poţi alege o vacanţă aici şi iarna, când temperaturile sunt plăcute, în jur de 15 grade.

Fotos: Parklane Hotel, Larnaca, Cipru, Copyright Matthew Shaw

COMO Hotels and Resorts expands its private island portfolio with launch ofCOMO Laucala Island in Fiji

The multi-award-winning luxury lifestyle brand grows its exclusive private island collection — a portfolio which includes COMO Parrot Cay and COMO Maalifushi — with the addition of a 5.4 square mile island resort in the South Pacific.

COMO Hotels and Resorts unveils COMO Laucala Island,
a new private island escape in the South Pacific, slated to open 15 December 2021. COMO Laucala Island offers unspoiled wilderness surrounded by turquoise-blue sea and white sandy
beaches. At the heart of the island are tropical rainforests, volcanic mountains, blue lagoons, mangroves and coconut groves, fostering a unique habitat that is waiting to be explored. COMO Laucala Island will offer guests the perfect island escape in a unique and carefully
protected ecosystem.

This is a resort where space is luxury: 25 residences, each with their own COMO butler, spread out on private beaches, above lagoons, atop hills and mountains. With its private airstrip accessed by a 45-minute private air charter from the country’s Nadi International Airport, this exclusive sanctuary will provide unparalleled levels of luxury living in 25 standalone residences located on the northern shore of the island.

The carefully designed spaces are at one with nature and surprise with individual features and views out across the Pacific. Ranging in size between 3000 to 4000 sqm, all residences feature private pools. The construction has been carefully considered using local materials
where possible. The Residences are built with natural Fijian wood in a South Pacific style, and are blended seamlessly with COMO’s unmistakable contemporary flair.

Every imaginable activity is part of the COMO Laucala Island experience. A first for COMO, the island features a tropical 18-hole David McLay Kidd designed golf-course, a wide range of land and water activities, a fleet of jet-skis, sailing and game fishing boats as well as jet boats
and diving boats. The resort also offers horse-riding, mountain biking, nature hikes and tennis.

COMO Shambhala Retreat, the island’s wellness centre, is the embodiment of COMO’s philosophy for holistic, healthy living. At this nurturing retreat, guests can expect physical fitness classes, yoga, and a fitness centre. Treatments make use of COMO Shambhala’s
signature products, as well as the island’s herbs, spices, flowers, and fruits. COMO Shambhala’s signature Asian-inspired massages and body treatments using the island’s river stones, mineral crystals and rich volcanic soils are also provided.

To minimise its impact on the environment and in line with COMO’s farm-to-table philosophy, the island’s five dining options receive fresh produce from the resort’s 240-acre farm, cultivating a wide range of organic crops and livestock including chickens, quail and wagyu
cattle. Fresh seafood supplies are sourced exclusively from local fishermen, contributing to the island’s commitment to sustainability. Menus include COMO Shambhala options, which are high in flavour, nutrition, and low in fats and refined sugars.

https://www.comohotels.com

Diriyah – SAUDI ARABIA’S FOREMOST HISTORICAL, CULTURAL & LIFESTYLE DESTINATION

as part of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) is transforming Diriyah into what will become the world’s largest cultural and heritage destination.

A SAR 65Bn cultural and lifestyle development, inspired by the timeless Najdi architecture of At-Turaif, Diriyah is the ancestral home of the Royal Family of Al Saud, the birthplace of the Kingdom.

On completion, Diriyah will become Saudi’s premier lifestyle destination to visit, live, work, shop, dine and celebrate the wonder of the Kingdom’s rich heritage and culture.

AT-TURAIF
A GLOBAL ICON, 300 YEARS IN THE MAKINGDiriyah is the birthplace of the Kingdom and a symbol of the unity, beauty, generosity and resilience of the Saudi nation and its people.

At-Turaif lies at the cultural heart of Diriyah. Built in 1766 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, it was here that Diriyah’s ruling family lived under the leadership of Imam Mohammad bin Saud, the forefather of Saudi Arabia’s current King, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A SUSTAINABLE PLACE
Diriyah is set to become a landmark in sustainability, with key initiatives across Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Wellness, Saudi Culture and Heritage Preservation, Climate Change Resilience. The new city is designed to be 100% walkable to enable a happy and healthy population.

Diriyah will also achieve its USGBC’s scheme LEED Cities and Communities certification.

EXQUISITE SERVICE BY THE WORLD’S LEADING HOTEL BRANDS

IMMERSED IN AUTHENTIC NAJDI HOSPITALITY

Diriyah will offer visitors a luxurious and world class service by the world’s leading hospitality brands.

With more than 20 luxury Hotels and Resorts inspired by traditional Najdi architecture, Diriyah will become one of the world’s greatest gathering places.

HOTELS & RESORTS OPENING SOON

  • Address Hotels & Resorts 
  • Baccarat Hotels & Resorts 
  • Campbell Gray Hotels & Resorts 
  • Capella Hotels & Resorts 
  • Fauchon
  • LXR Hotels & Resorts,
  • Oberoi 
  • Orient Express 
  • Park Hyatt 
  • Raffles 
  • Rosewood Hotels & Resorts 
  • Six Senses 
  • The Luxury Collection 
  • The Ritz-Carlton 

https://www.diriyah.sa/en

Vacanță all inclusive în Antalya: relaxare, facilități pentru copii și multă distracție

Care sunt motivele pentru a alege un sejur all inclusive în Antalya?

Vacanță all inclusive în Antalya: relaxare, facilități pentru copii și multă distracție

Antalya se află în topul alegerilor turiștilor români dar și a multora dintre străini. „Dotată“ cu o infrastructură turistică foarte dezvoltată și cu o cultură a ospitalității vastă, specific turcească, Antalya se arată foarte atractivă pentru foarte mulți turiști. Aici, hotelurile de 5 stele se împart în 3 categorii: standard, superior și de lux. Astfel încât, aproape oricine, în funcție de pretențiile sale referitoare la confort și în funcție de bugetul alocat, se poate simți excelent. Resorturile sunt special construite pentru a crea experienţe plăcute pentru turişti: cu numeroase piscine, restaurante internaționale, cu flori și multă verdeață și cu baruri, terase, săli şi terenuri de sport. Pe plajele private, există numeroase activități atractive, precum volley sau sporturi nautice. Iar copiii nu sunt deloc neglijați, având numeroase opțiuni de petrecerea timpului. Mai ales că există hoteluri dedicate special familiilor cu copiii.

Aici vei găsi o listă cu hotelurile recomandante din Antalya pe care eu mizez, atunci când ofertez turiștii interesați de un sejur reușit. Aruncă o privire peste ele și fă-ți o părere. Poate reușești să îți dai seama cam ce ți s-ar potrivi ție și familiei tale. Nu ezita să mă contactezi dacă te-ar ajura mai multe sfaturi. Vei vedea diferite concepte, unele adresate familiilor, altele cuplurilor și adulților. Îți recomand să ții cont și de faptul că dacă rezervi în această perioadă, poți prinde reduceri substanțiale. Poți economisi sute de euro pentru rezervări cu Early Booking așa că nu ar strica deloc să te organizezi, din timp, pentru vara lui 2020.

Iar pe lângă toate facilitățile resorturilor, Antalya oferă și acces spre o lume mai puțin știută. 

În Munții Taurus, te poți distra foarte bine, alegând să faci rafting, în bărci pneumatice. Mai poți alege dintre scuba diving printre creaturile exotice din Mediterana sau o sesiune de ski nautic. O altă opțiune de petrecerea timpului liber, este să vizitezi Aquariumul din Antalya. Aici se află cel mai lung tunel acvatic din lume și o mulțime de specii marine pe care nu te-ai fi gândit că o să le vezi atât de curând. Și ar fi păcat să nu vizitezi Poarta lui Hadrian și Kaleiçi, aflată în capitala provinciei Antalya. Attaleia, cum se numea în antichitate oraşul, are câteva obiective turistice absolut spectaculoase. Mie mi-au plăcut foarte mult Poarta lui Hadrian și orașul vechi. 

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa: Luxury Experience at Paradise Haven

Few places on earth can boast such a rich yet sophisticated touch of natural luxury as the Maldives. It seems that this corner of our planet was created precisely to become one of the most desirable holiday destinations. Here, at the northern part of this tropical paradise, is a resort that brings its charms to perfection, offering the delights of world-class hospitality and ultra-comfortable amenities. Welcome to Hideaway Resort in Maldives, the place where dreams of the perfect vacation come true.

Location

Dhonakulhi Island, on which Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is located, epitomizes the best you can expect from the Maldives and even more. An immaculately maintained piece of paradise land 1.4 kilometers long and 500 meters wide, covered in tropical vegetation, it is surrounded by crystal clear waters and boasts a picturesque lagoon with wonderful private white sandy beaches. In 2005, a resort called Island Hideaway At Dhonakulhi Spa Resort & Marina was launched on the island, and in 2014 it reopened as Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa after a complete renovation. The renovation transformed the place, greatly increasing the number of rooms and improving the infrastructure for greater guest comfort.

The resort guests‘ vacation experience begins with arrival at the airport in Male’, where a Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa representative assists you with check-in for your Maldivian Airlines domestic flight to Hanimaadhoo. After a 40-minute flight, you will arrive at Hanimaadhoo International Airport, from where the resort staff will take you to the Hideaway’s dock, in the caring hands of your butler, who will tell you about the island, explain how things work here, and guide you to your villa.

Villas

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa offers guests 9 room categories, including a total of 101 spacious and bright villas. All rooms at the resort meet the highest expectations of travelers seeking true luxury and privacy. At the same time, the style of the villas mimics the architecture of traditional Maldivian homes with their

thatched roofs, coralstone-esque walls, wooden floors, and handmade coconut and teak furniture. Villas and rooms ranging in size from 130 square meters to 575 square meters offer one of the highest levels of comfort and luxury in the Maldives. All guests irregardless of room category have a personal butler who takes care of all their needs. They help guests with everything they need at the resort and help plan their itinerary, taking all the stress out of their holiday. There is no need to call reception, outlets, or housekeeping, etc., the butler is the guests’ centralized focal point during their stay at the resort.

The sweet feeling of home away from home will be experienced by guests residing in the Beach Villas at Hideaway. There is a bevy of options to choose from Beach Residences with Plunge Pool (215sqm), Deluxe Beach Residences with Lap Pool (315sqm), Family Villas with Pool (440sqm), Two-Bedroom Family Villas with Pool (575sqm) – luxurious spacious villas that provide a perfect balance of comfort, privacy, and all the amenities needed for a perfect holiday for a family or group of friends. If you dream of spending your vacation literally over water, you’ll opt for one of the many Deluxe Water Villas with Pool (190sqm) located on Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa’s string of water villas located on the end of the island, helping create and complete the crescent shape of the resort. If guests need even more space on the water, they can opt for the luxurious Ocean Villas with Pool (290 sqm) or even larger and more luxurious Two-Bedroom Ocean Villas with Pool (330sqm), which are also the perfect solution for relaxing with family or friends over the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

Experiences

There are multitudes of excursions and experiences to be enjoyed while at the resort, from Sunset Cruises to several fishing activities such as pole and line fishing and fly fishing. For fitness junkies, the resort offers exciting experiences such as running in the outdoors of the 33-hectares island with winding roads filled with exciting flora and fauna to make your runs interesting or jumping around at the aqua floating park near the Deep Blue Water Sports Center. Don’t forget to visit the massive sports complex with table tennis, beach volleyball, tennis, gym, and basketball court. There are some amazing experiences for guests who require more relaxing activities such as exploring the unique double house reef while snorkeling and trying out the Golf

Simulator at the Hideaway Golf Centre. All these places at the resort are easily reachable with a handy bike which is available for each villa upon arrival. The Signature Collection by Hideaway

In 2021, Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa unveiled a new concept of a resort within a resort, launching a new brand for the most demanding travelers looking for a truly luxurious Maldivian vacation experience. The Signature Collection by Hideaway embodies a collection of even more spacious beach villas with more bedroom options, offering secluded accommodations such as three-bedrooms and four-bedrooms in nine ultra-luxurious villas on the northernmost point of Dhonakulhi Island. This area of the island is also home to one of the best beaches of the resort – the North Point Beach. Sophisticated guests will enjoy the unique allure of exclusivity and refined luxury praised by the Luxury Lifestyle Awards experts. The villas artfully combine Middle Eastern influences with an upscale, barefoot luxury living ambience, and the Signature guests will be able to enjoy exclusive privileges and services at the resort.

Dining

Guests at Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa have the opportunity to enjoy world-class dining experiences in 4 restaurants and bars (1 additional restaurant, bar & lounge called ‘The Oasis’ is also available exclusively for Signature guests). Foodies and lovers of gourmet experiences can indulge their taste buds with a culinary journey from Asian to Western, Mediterranean to Continental cuisine on offer at the resort.

Rejuvenation

After an eventful day of enjoying the island suite life cornucopia of activities, the resort guests can take advantage of the exclusive Hideaway Spa, where a team of experienced professionals provides rejuvenation for body and soul so that you end up well-rested, relaxed, and rejuvenated after your hideaway at Hideaway.

For more details visit https://www.hideawaybeachmaldives.com/

Design Hotels Stories: Engaging with Places and People

Be it through community-oriented programming or reflecting a city’s history through the narrative of a building, hotels find innovative ways to connect with their surroundings. These seven properties take distinct approaches to engage with, highlight, and understand their locales through the lenses of contemporary art, architecture, gastronomy, and more. In other words, it’s all about location—but not necessarily in a geographic sense.

At Market Street Hotel in Edinburgh, guests are “immediately connected to the heritage of the city”, Original Christa van Camp says. Indeed, behind the Scottish-stone façade are interiors inspired by the city’s character and history, as well as the property’s distinct location at the meeting point of the Old Town and New Town. Textured walls are juxtaposed with minimal lines, and bursts of traditional tartan fabrics are found in unexpected places. The history of place is also reflected at Hotel Pacai in Vilnius, which is housed within a 17th-century Baroque mansion. Formerly home to the noble Pacai family, the structure has been renovated with traditional materials like clay, tin, stone, and original barn wood, but it is also given a contemporary twist through the addition of a new building in the inner yard. 

In Athens, Perianth Hotel is also rooted in its building’s history: The structure was built in the 1930s, and the interior design was inspired by the modernist movement of the same era. The results include terrazzo floors, marble furniture elements, and glass-brick walls. Furthermore, the hotel is also home to the Zen Center Athens, an institution for both guests and the local community that is dedicated to meditation, martial arts, yoga, and Eastern philosophy. Elsewhere, Palma’s Concepció by Nobis reflects both the sights and tastes of Mallorca. The lush green hues of the island’s Tramuntana mountains help define the hotel’s color scheme, while local materials, including custom Huget tiles, serve as leitmotifs throughout the property. At the onsite restaurant, Xalest, Mallorca native Chef Xemas Álvarez also brings together island-specific food culture and Spanish dining traditions. 

Melding seamlessly with the city’s ebb and flow, Art House Basel is nestled in Basel’s central Steinenvorstadt neighborhood. Steps away are the Museum of Cultures, the three branches of the Kunstmuseum Basel, with works from Old Masters to contemporary art, as well as numerous galleries and boutiques. Moreover, the property itself showcases urban art through permanent installations and rotating exhibitions, hosted in partnership with Colab Gallery from Weil am Rhein. Likewise, a central location and visual art also connect StandArt Hotel Moscow to its surroundings. The country’s art scene is reflected through artworks created by sought-after Russian artist Stanislav Tratsevskiy specifically for the hotel’s public spaces and guestrooms, while major museums, business centers, and sites like the Kremlin are all within a 10-minute walk.

Patina Maldives connects to its location in the Fari Islands of the North Malé Atoll through sustainable and community-oriented practices. The resort’s various dining options feature organic produce grown on-island and all off-island ingredients are accredited by EarthCheck or the International Pole and Line Foundation, with local provenance a clear priority. All drinking water is produced and bottled in glassware at an on-island facility, and much of the resort’s energy is sourced from solar panels. Additionally, of the four Fari Islands, one is dedicated to Fari Campus, an impressive complex with private and public living, socializing, and learning spaces for staff. Here, the aim is to cultivate relationships and nurture both personal and professional growth. 

© Design Hotels 2021

Largest wellness resort in the Middle East opens in Qatar

Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is a groundbreaking resort that has already been named „World’s Best New Wellness Retreat in 2020“ by the World’s Spa Awards in the United Kingdom.

As the Middle East’s first wellness resort, the 280,000-square-foot facility in northern Qatar is the largest wellness destination in the region. The resort is divided into two areas: Zulal Serenity for adults and Zulal Discovery for families.

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Featuring traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine as well as holistic wellness treatments, Zulal is a wellness lover’s paradise where guests immerse themselves in complete relaxation amidst a natural and picturesque landscape.

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Qatar Tourism introduces five more world-class wellness facilities:

Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa – Qatar’s first five-star wellness resort for female guests and a state-of-the-art health center set in an authentic oasis of native-scented gardens. It features hydrothermal facilities, including three therapy pools and four hydro-wellness areas.

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Banana Island Resort – the resort is set amid lush botanical gardens on a private island surrounded by turquoise lagoons. With 141 rooms, suites and villas, a spa and balance wellness center, surf pool and dive center, the Anantara-operated Banana Island Resort Doha is a vibrant hotel for those seeking a relaxing retreat.

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Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton – one of the largest and most luxurious wellness temples in Qatar. Modeled after a traditional Qatari village, the spa has 23 treatment rooms and four spa areas, each with a different theme reflecting Qatar’s rich wellness offerings, as well as hammam rooms, saunas and a private area just for ladies. Nearly half of the wellness treatments are dedicated to local influences, offering guests a new way to familiarize themselves with Qatar and enjoy local wellness practices and ingredients.

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl-Qatar – Located in The Pearl-Qatar on a private stretch of beach, this five-star hotel features a spa in a tranquil setting on 3,000 square meters with 21 treatment rooms. The hotel also offers seven restaurants, four bars, a private beach, tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

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Mandarin Oriental Doha – Located in the center of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the Mandarin Oriental is part of the world’s first sustainable urban renewal project. The hotel’s spa spans 3,030 square meters and offers more than nine treatment rooms, including a couples suite and two exclusive VIP suites. There are also indoor pools for men and women and relaxation areas for guests.

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For more information on wellness resorts in Qatar, visit https://www.visitqatar.qa/

UGANDA – „Perla Africii“

Cunoscută drept „Perla Africii“, Uganda este situată în Africa de Est și oferă unele dintre cele mai diverse zone de observare a vieții sălbatice de pe continent, peisaje uimitoare și experiențe culturale captivante, precum și oameni calzi și ospitalitate.

În Uganda trăiesc mai mult de jumătate din gorilele de munte, pe cale de dispariție. Drumețiile pentru a vedea acești giganți blânzi din Pădurea Impenetrabilă Bwindi reprezintă una dintre cele mai populare activități de călătorie din lume.

Oportunitățile de safari abundă în savane, păduri și zone umede din 10 parcuri naționale, unde vizitatorii pot întâlni „Big Five + 2“ – lei, leoparzi, rinoceri, elefanți, bivoli, cimpanzei și gorile de munte – precum și girafe, zebre, hipopotami, crocodili și mai mult de jumătate din speciile de păsări din Africa.

Printre atracțiile naturale extraordinare ale Ugandei se numără Munții Rwenzori, acoperiți de zăpadă, imensul Lac Victoria, care este sursa Nilului, și Parcul Național Murchison Falls.

Pentru mai multe informații: http://www.visituganda.com