DIRECTOR OF SALES
EDITORIAL LIAISON MANAGER
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
The Super 810
The Editors Picks10
Chicago Running Tours 12
Boca Roja Wine Adventures 14
Santuario Diegueño Hotel 16
Hotel De La Soledad 18
Aunt Nea’s Inn 20
Seascape Coastal Retreat22
Gite Aux Pignons23
Cruising The Caribbean 27
Captain Kenard Cruickshank 39
Morningstar Aruba 42
MasterSki Pilou 46
Travelling Is Learning 49
The Avenue Gallery 51
Aura Cocina Mexicana52
Bahamas Jet Boat 54
Parques das Aves 58
Welcome To Canada65
Water Sprite Bed and Breakfast 66
Newfoundland & Labrador |
A Nature Lovers Dream 69
EcoTours Zodiac Adventures 71
24 Hours In Ontario73
Ottawa Boat Cruise74
Grape Vine Tours Inc75
Alberta | Wilderness Epitomised79
Mountain Haven Cabins 80
British Columbia | Top 383
Blue Waters Cottage 84
The Castle at Swan Lake85
Alternative Tourism In The Usa87
SF Vampire Tour 89
State profile | Mary Land 90
Adventures for Creative Tourists 91
State profile | South Carolina 92
Gay Dolphin Gift Shop 93
Nevada | A World Within a State Apart 105
Las Vegas Walking Tours 108
Seattle and Washington State 2018111
A Hiking Holiday In Hawaii 117
Kona Cloud Forest119
Mexico Road Trip 121
El Callejon Boutique Hotel 123
Cancun | Mexico 124
Yum Cooking Workshop 125
Princess Mayev 126
Mexico Cassie 128
Chiapas Hotel Express 132
Malinalco | Mexico 133
Hotel Amate del Rio Malinaico 134
Costa Rica Top 3 139
Yens – Drake Bay Getaway Resort140
Mohagine Hotel & Finca140
The Rise Of Tourism In Cuba 145
Experience Cuba Tours 147
Cuba’s Classic Cars 149
Old Cars Havana 151
Belize Top 10 153
Caribbean Beach Cabanas157
Falkland Islands | The One To Watch161
Estancia Excursions 162
Trair Colombia 165
Hotel Boutique Posada Las Trampas 166
Excellence in Service is an important category, as customer
service can often be responsible for having guests return
year after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators
that go out of their way to please their guests, those that
provide a personal level of service and take the time to
get to know each visitor so that they might anticipate their
every need. This can be something as simple as a 24-hour
concierge desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal
greeting or a tour guide who is happy to create bespoke
private tours – but whatever it is, we are always pleased
when we encounter staff that have been trained in the art
of customer satisfaction.
It is no question that style and design plays a big part in
selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion
about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important
to us that all our winners make those first impressions
count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of
architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or
an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the
same. We consider factors such as architectural features,
use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall
feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story
though its design and construction, or offers a design that
is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.
STYLE & DESIGN
Knowledge of the local area is essential for any
organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality
of services takes a great hit when the quality of this
element is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners
in this category are because they have displayed excellent
knowledge about the surrounding areas. The criteria for a
hotel is slightly lenient compared to a tour operator, as the
latter is expected to have thorough knowledge of the area
in order to provide good services.
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Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes,
but they all have one thing in common – a home-awayfrom-home
feel. The comfort of the facilities on offer are
of vital importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish
bathrooms and a coordinated colour scheme that work
together to create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional
touches, such as complimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea
and coffee making facilities are always a bonus in making
us feel welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel
rooms that embrace technology and offer amenities like
tablets or smart thermostat systems, but this does not
always necessarily trump the traditional – four poster beds,
ornate fireplaces or antique furniture can add a touch of
decadence to a hotel stay.
Location is one of the most important factors, but also
one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much
determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel
itself. However, there are a few factors we take into
consideration when determining the winners of locationbased
awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that
are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category
are in convenient locations, such as adjacent to airports,
close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate
cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra
mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such
additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.
However, we’re always excited to come across a hotel
that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A
hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of
natural surroundings, can make the difference between a
good holiday and an incredible one.
In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot
rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the
world. As social media has become a vital part of everyday
life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to
engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive
and informative websites and engaging and honest
content are what we look for when judging a company’s
use of marketing; how well they display their services, how
up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand
message across, and, most importantly, how well their
marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to
offer for ourselves.
What better way is there to know about an organization
than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best
judges of any service as they are the ones who experience
them and can assess whether they were up to the mark
or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of customers
gives us a fair idea about the general pros and cons of any
organization and also gives us valuable inputs for the other
criteria as well.
Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken
into consideration when in the travel and hospitality
industry. It is essential to have staff that has varying diversity
to ensure that the organization can properly connect with
their guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of
gender, nationality as well as languages spoken among
other factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff
into account but even that of the facilities and services
offered; a hotel or tour operator providing a better range
of services is preferred over those that do not.
It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough
industry knowledge. Without knowing the nit-bits of the
industry, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which
are a class apart. Before any organization ventures into
the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry
is moving and how they should make changes to their
methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a
THE SUPER 8
THE EDITORS PICKS
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Tour Company of the Year
All tours, whether it be running, walking,
museum, or cemetery, delivered by
Chicago Running Tours and More, are
designed to contain four main ingredients.
55 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. USA ♦ Tel +630 702 9364 ♦ chicagorunningtours.com
How is it that “running” can be considered
the best vehicle to deliver a tour?
Running participants can:
(1) slip down tight alleyways and underpasses
where buses won’t fit. (2) They are not confined
to the geography of the river as boats are. (3)
They can slip into indoor spaces bikes can’t
go. (4) They are not confined to the myriad of
limitations as are the Segway’s. (5) They can
cover much greater distances and area vs a
The running tour guide has much more control
over the route than guides of other vehicles.
Stops can be added, stories lengthened or
shortened, and photo ops galore provided.
Chicago Running Tours & More tosses in a
couple of added bonuses for running tour
participants. 1) The guide takes numerous action
and pose photos, with famous landmarks as
back drops, along the route. Those photos can
be electronically accessed at no additional cost.
2) Participants will receive a follow up message
containing a synopsis of information covered
during the tour. So you don’t have to try and
remember everything the guide said. Who else
1. We strive to make it “ENRICHING”:
Participant experienced an enhanced
quality of value.
2. We strive to make it “FULLFILLING”:
Participants expectations were met and
3. We make it “MEANINGFUL”: Participant
will hear relevant, useful, & significant
4. We make it “MEMORABLE”: Participant
will find experience unforgettable,
indelible, and enduring.
BOCA ROJA WINE
Wine Tour Company
888 Prospect St #220, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA ♦ Tel +1 858 472 0321 ♦
Have you ever
wondered if wine
tasting could also be an
adventure? If you answered
that question positively,
then you might be aware
of the hassles of going on
a wine tasting trip. How do
you plan the trip? Which
wineries are worth going?
How would you get there?
However, Boca Roja Wine
Adventures simplifies that
for you. It is one of the most
consistently high-rated tour
service providers which
organizes tours for you with
ready itineraries so that you
can enjoy the tour without
any worries. They take care
of accommodation, food,
wine tasting and everything
else there is to take care of
on a wine tasting adventure
The Boca Roja Wine Adventures gets the crown
from us for these exact reasons.
1. It is consistently rated well across platforms by a
large number of users.
2. They provide a variety of tours – right from a basic
pay-as-you-go to a 5-star wine tasting and food
experience, tailoring to every need, demand,
budget and occasion.
3. They have one of the most well-maintained websites
providing all kinds of information that one could
imagine. Whatever is left, if any, is answered through
their hospitable customer support.
Mountain View Hotel
Tecate, Baja California, México ♦ Tel +665 / 654 4777 ♦ santuariodiegueno.com
In the northern part of the Baja
region, was a sanctuary for the
Kumeyaay ethnic group. Inspired
by the semi-nomad practices and
ancient traditions of these people,
Santuario Diegueño Hotel was
created. Santuario Diegueño
literally means Santuario
Kumeyaay, as when the religious
missionaries established the San
Diego Mission in today’s San
Diego, they named the region’s
inhabitants Diegueños because
they were part of the San Diego
Mission’s jurisdiction. This hotel is
one of the most scenic hotels you
can come across. It is located at
the start of Baja’s mountain range,
surrounded by purple mountains
and beautiful dawns; it has one
of the most serene views around.
The hotel draws inspiration from
the Kumeyaay group for its
interiors as well. It has interesting
designed spaces, coupled with
comfortable and plush facilities.
They complement all of this with
friendly and cordial hospitality to
delight every customer.
The hotel checks all of the boxes
whether you are a traveler or
are looking for a getaway. It is
located at the northern entrance
of Baja’s Wine Country, and is
less than an hour’s drive from
it, as it is from Tijuana and San
Diego. It provides you with a
complete boutique experience,
tailoring its services to all your
Add to that a beautiful and
serene view and a design
meant to provide aesthetic
delight to your eyes – there is
hardly anything more you can
ask for. However, Santuario
Diegueño complements all of
this with a beautiful restaurant
and bar, serving the best wines
from the region.
It is a great place just to escape
from the day-to-day routine.
Staying at Santuario Diegueño
is a complete experience for
your senses, touring its facilities
and perceiving the garden
blush aromas impregnated by
the regional flora, appreciating
the Mexican folk art all over
the areas, and resting in its
comfortable rooms makes for
a mind and body relaxation,
helping you create memorable
moments throughout your stay.
HOTEL DE LA
- LA JOYA COLONIAL DE MORELIA-
Calle Ignacio Zaragoza No. 90, Morelia 58000, Mexico ♦ Tel +443 312 18 88 Ext. 506 ♦
hsoledad.com | hoteldelasoledad.com
Located in the historic Mexican city of Morelia, Hotel de la Soledad is a stunning luxury hotel
with a rich and vibrant history. The building is the oldest lodging site in Morelia, with its
use dating back to the 18th century. Under new management in 2008, the property underwent
an extensive restoration which transformed it into the modern and luxurious abode that it is
today. The location of the hotel is perfect for discovering the wonderful sites of Morelia and is
within walking distance of main attractions. Guests are ensured a unique and unforgettable stay
in absolute luxury.
Designed with your comfort in mind, the rooms are spacious and combine a colonial style
with modern elegance to create an opulent ambience. All of the rooms are soundproofed
and guests can opt to stay in one of the master or junior suites or a superior deluxe room.
Intricate detailing sees the rooms decorated with original artwork and pieces in wood and
marble to retain a colonial charm. The onsite restaurant and bar will also tantalize the taste
buds with a delicious selection of mouth-watering Mexican food in a stunning setting
overlooking the courtyard, which is beautifully adorned with palm trees.
Hotel de la
Soledad is also
a part of Small
of the World.
AUNT NEA’S INN
Bed and Breakfast
The location of the guest house is an advantage as well. You can easily visit all the
important landmarks of St. George conveniently. Even if you wish to go on tours, the
guest house staff will be glad to book them for you. The guest house is located just a few
minutes away from the beautiful beaches of St. George where you can relax and enjoy
the serene sunset views. You could even go shopping in the local markets which are just a
few minutes’ walk away from the guest house. You can truly explore St. George like never
before when you stay at Aunt Nea’s Inn.
1 Nea’s Alley, St George’s GE05, Bermuda ♦ Tel +1 441 296 2868 ♦ auntneasinn.com
Aunt Nea’s Inn serves as a
gateway into the past. This
historic Bermudian guest house
is located in the UNESCO World
Heritage Site of St. George’s. You
can still feel the grandeur of this
18th century home today when you
see the splendid wood work and
craftsmanship of the building. The
guest house affords some stunning
views of the harbour and garden
and you will be able to sit back and
enjoy these serene views for hours
together at peace.
While the building itself is historic,
the comforts and amenities inside it
are all modern. You can simply curl
up in your bed with a glass of wine
by the side and read your favorite
novels and have a perfect weekend
getaway here. The guest house even
serves fresh breakfast every morning.
You can choose from the 10 different
rooms and suites here which are all
uniquely furnished and decorated
based on your appetite for luxury.
Family Friendly Guest House
Situated on the ocean with panoramic
views and surrounded by the Cape
Breton Highlands National Park in Northern
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Seascape
Coastal Retreat is a luxurious adult-only
retreat where peace and tranquility will
surround you from the moment you arrive.
This is a nature lover’s delight with
spectacular bird watching from your own
private deck from where pilot whales can
also be seen playing in the bay.
Relax in the tranquil gardens filled with
woodland creatures & birds. Situated in a
private corner of the garden is an outdoor
spa tub which is surrounded by grape vines
A private pathway takes you down to the
quiet beach below. Wilderness hiking
trails, isolated pristine beaches, golf, whale
watching & kayak tours are all close by.
We are happy to share our wide knowledge
of the area & offer complimentary day
Each cottage has a private deck with a
BBQ, a large window and fireplace in the
living room from where you can enjoy
165 Chemin des Pignons, Alma, QC G8E 1H4, Canada ♦ Tel +1 418 668-0713 ♦
Want a retreat away from the hustle-bustle of city life? Head over to the edge of
Lac-Saint-Jean and relax in the cozy cottage – Gite Aux Pignons. Situated right
next to the Decharge River, this cottage gives you a peaceful getaway with some beautiful
views and lush greenery all around. At the same time, the cottage is not too far from the city
center too! Every morning, you’ll be welcomed with the aroma of freshly cooked regional
breakfast. But that is not it, they take pampering to the next level with freshly cooked
lunches, complete with desserts and salads! Each of their four rooms has a totally different
personality and is equipped with every amenity possible to ensure a comfortable stay. The
cottage is a perfect destination for families wishing to take a break from the busy life and
spend some quality time together. Gite Aux Pignons is truly your home away from home!
Piscaderaweg, Willemstad, Curaçao ♦ Tel +5999 5132625 ♦ aquafari.net
You’ve been to a wildlife safari
but have you ever been in
an underwater Aqua Safari? That’s
the exact experience that you can
get with Aquafari. You can go down
to the depths of the Caribbean in
self-propelled submersible scooters
and explore the underwater life!
You’ll be able to see schools of fish,
scenic underwater landscapes and
other underwater creatures on your
voyage in the infinite blue.
You can glide without any efforts
in the ocean in your very own
submersible scooter. You can even
see the beauty of the world beneath
the surface of the seas. Be it fish that
interest you or maybe even corals on
the colorful coral reef, you can freely
explore the oceans far and wide. The
best part about this activity is that it
is a great family activity so you can
take a dip into the deep blue with
your family and friends and have
lasting memories there.
They even have your photos covered
so that you can totally concentrate on
living the experience. You don’t need
to even be an expert at diving. They
have got your safety covered as well.
The scooters come with an oxygen tank
that is connected to a glass container
through which you can breathe. This is
your chance to explore the underwater
world without being a scuba diver!
All their tours are 1.5 hours long and you
will be trained well before your voyage
into the oceans. You could even choose
to take their Beach Day Pass along with
your dive. If you wish to have a romantic
dinner by the beach, they arrange that
for you as well.
CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN
The beautiful turquoise crystal clear seas of the Caribbean are so inviting and where
better to join a cruise or go on a boat tour than this dream location?
There are so many options on offer, you could choose to go on a luxury cruise, stopping
at various ports along the way to your destination, with exotic locations such as Barbados,
Saint Lucia or St Kitts and Nevis. The luxurious cruise liners have gourmet dining, spa and
wellness centres, on board activities, so you have plenty to do and enjoy while you relax
on the deck in a perfect climate with wonderful Caribbean views.
There is also the option to take a Caribbean boat tour, there are many on offer, each with
its own uniqueness, so you can choose a tour that provides best for your requirements.
The luxurious Kitty Katt boat cruise takes you to the stunning coral reefs off the coast
of Turks and Caicos, where you can snorkel and see the most wonderful marine life and
tropical fish. Following the snorkelling experience, the boat sails to a deserted Caribbean
beach, where you can relax or collect impressive seashells as memories of your trip.
There are other boat tours such as party boats, fishing trips, or night time boat tours. You
could even for go for something awe inspiring such as the Power 360 Cruise. The tour
is on a luxury high powered catamaran that speeds along the Antiguan coast, passing
spectacular sights such as Devils Bridge and Jumby Bay. The 360 Cruise stops off at Green
Island, which is almost secluded, and where you can relax in the wonderful climate or
enjoy lunch and drinks on board the catamaran, before speeding back along the coast to
Another option to see more of the Caribbean is to charter
a private yacht. There are many companies that offer this
service, ranging from small boats, to luxurious yachts.
The cost to chartering a yacht in the Caribbean will
depend on the size, style and age of the vessel. The
price of a luxury superyacht can range from $30,000 to
$1,000,000 a week.
The Caribbean is probably the world’s most popular
destination for yacht charters. A crew is provided and
with their experience, they will be able to take you to the
beautiful private beaches or to unique locations where
you can experience different Caribbean cultures.
The Caribbean sailing season runs from November to
July, although the high season is from mid-December to
March. Outside of these months is the hurricane season
.Although rare in the Southern Caribbean region, these
months are usually quieter. For this reason, yacht charter
can be less expensive.
Island hopping is very popular in the Caribbean as many
of the islands are very close together. There are three
different ways to island hop.
The first approach would be to take advantage of the
many ferries and boat trips that operate in the Caribbean.
These ferries and boats travel between the various small
islands and this is probably the easiest way to move from
one island to another, and the least expensive way.
The second approach, although probably the most
popular, is the most expensive way, and that is to island
hop as part of your Caribbean cruise. The cruises are
perfect to visit a selection of islands, but doing so in
luxurious comfort with fantastic facilities.
The final option for island hopping would be by air.
This approach is typically used when the island you are
planning to visit is a long distance away or where there
are no connections by sea. Flight travel to the smaller
islands of the Caribbean is actually not expensive, so it is
a reasonable way to travel. Flights to the larger islands is
typically more expensive.
Safety should be considered when travelling in the
Caribbean. Though the Caribbean has fantastic weather
all year round, it is better to avoid August, September
and October when storms and hurricanes are most likely.
Avoid these months and you can enjoy calm seas and
Security should be considered
when in the Caribbean, but no
more than any other country.
Valuables left on a beach are at
risk. Avoid taking anything of
value to the beach if it is to be left
On a yacht vacation, extra
precautions should also be taken
as there have been problems in
some Caribbean destinations. It is
recommended to choose a marina
with good security and always lock
your cabins when away from your
It is likely, although it depends
on where you are travelling from,
that you will need a visa to visit
the Caribbean. If on an organised
cruise, it is likely the cruise line will
organise the necessary paperwork
for your journey. Otherwise, you
should apply to the embassy for
the appropriate visa.
A few weeks before you travel to
the Caribbean, it is recommended
to check that all paperwork is
in order, as it is possible there
could be a change to the visa
requirements for one of the islands
you may be planning to visit. A
small omission or change will take
time to rectify, so don’t leave it too
The Caribbean is a fantastic
location for a vacation, and taking
into consideration key information
regarding island hopping, times to
visit, safety and security, can ensure
that you maximise your enjoyment
in this tropical playground and
create memories that will live with
you for many years to come.
Turks and Caicos
Luxury Tour Company of Year
Bridge Street, Turtle Cove Marina, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos ♦
Tel +6492323866 / +6493323866 / US +954 3383792 ♦ kenardcruises.com
You can choose from a wide variety of
charters that they have designed. Apart
from the full-day and half-day packages,
you can take a sunset cruise that will give
you some beautiful views of the sunset
from the yacht, which makes for a great
romantic evening. Or perhaps, Island
Beach BBQ is more to your liking where
you will go to a deserted island and have
freshly barbecued food on the beach! Wish
to have dinner along with the crimson
shade of the sky during sunset? They do
that for you as well!
Visiting Turks and Caicos
and want to do something
different? Kenard Cruises has got
the perfect activity for you. Hop
on board their luxury yachts and
experience the epitome of leisure
on your vacation here. Whether
you wish to simply head out into
the infinite blue to explore some
deserted islands or are looking to
go for something more specific, like
snorkeling or even fishing, they cater
to all your requirements.
If you’ve ever dreamt of going into
the seas in your very own boat as a
kid, this is the place where you can
make this dream come true while
enjoying the luxuries that Kenard
Cruises provides on-board. You can
choose between a half-day and
a full-day charter based on your
requirements and then lie back and
relax on the boat while they cater to
all your needs. A scrumptious lunch
awaits you in the middle of the sea
with local cuisine preparations that
will definitely please your palate.
If none of the above packages seem
to fit your liking, you can create your
very own custom charter by telling
them what your exact requirements
are; they will happily create a special
itinerary for you! Sail away on their
luxury yachts, Dream Aweigh II
or Dream Aweigh III and enjoy
your expedition. For the perfect
snorkeling experience, their Dream
Cruiser, a 29-foot speed boat, is
perfect to zip over to the barrier reef.
Their most popular package includes a trip to the famed Iguana Island, where you can
spot hundreds of iguanas along the beach. Before this, there is a snorkeling session
too, where you can see underwater biodiversity like starfish, corals and even the famous
dolphin of Turks and Caicos, JoJo! Wish to take fun dives into the water? They let you
jump or flip into the water from the yacht too!
Other popular places for their
cruises are the Grace Bay Beach,
Water Cay and Parrot Cay.
Their prime focus is on not only
creating memories for you but
to also pamper and spoil you
during your stay on the yacht,
with delectable meals with
Caesar salads, shrimps, kebabs
and more! They even pick you up
from your resort and have loads of
wines and beers on-board for you
to have a relaxing outing! With
hundreds of satisfied customers
across the years, you are sure to
have a gala time on board their
CAPTAIN KENARD CRUICKSHANK
TELL US A LITTLE BIT
UP IN TURKS &
I came to the islands as a Scuba
Diving Instructor on a Job
placement. I instantly fell in love
with the place, the beautiful
waters and stunning beaches.
I spent 3 years working as a
diving instructor and during
this time, I felt the need to
do something of my own but
with a more relaxed feel where
people can enjoy the beauty
of the islands in the they want.
I started with a 42-foot Regal
doing private days tours and
then moved on to where we are
today, the first and number one
luxury yacht charter.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO SET UP A
Simply put the beaches and the water. The protection from the ocean has led to a great
barrier reef. Also, because a cruise to the different islands is a must do once you are
here. There is beauty here like nowhere else that only the islands offer.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST POPULAR CRUISES OR PACKAGE?
The most popular is the full day charter followed by the half day charters.
YOU HAVE FANTASTIC REVIEWS ONLINE,
WHAT DO YOU THINK SETS YOU APART FROM
Apart from the luxury and spacious yachts we offer, our team is the major part of our
what we do. The crew is extremely professional, they’re all trained by me and uphold
my high standards throughout. The crew do things the way I do and assess our guests
needs throughout the entire cruise. We go that extra mile that’s necessary to ensure a
memorable day out for our guests.
I personally created & design the on-board menu and prepared onboard by myself as
well. Food is always fresh and a big part of the cruise that our guests look forward to.
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE CREW TO YOU?
My crew is vital to running the cruise. Without the crew we would not be where we are
today and without them we wouldn’t have the review that sets us apart.
IMPORTANT? IF YES
ARE YOU ALLOWED
TO SAY WHO?
We have had many celebrities
aboard during our 10 years in
business. There are many we
won’t mention here, to name a few
however we’ve hosted Michael
Douglas, Prince, David Beckham.
Lil Wayne, Keith Richards, Derek
Jeter and so much more.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE
TO GET UP TO IN
YOUR SPARE TIME?
I love to travel.
I would say, the Cunard
Lines and Princess
cruise line. As I always
admire their cruises
ASIDE FROM YOUR CRUISE WHAT ELSE SHOULD
VISITORS TO IN THE TURKS & CAICOS DO?
Other attractions on the islands include the Thursday fish fry and Grace bay
Sailing Company of the Year
Varadero Marina, Oranjestad, Aruba ♦ Tel +297 5649950 ♦ morningstararuba.com
The beautiful islands of the Caribbean are
best explored from the ocean and the
island of Aruba is no exception. The Morning
Star yacht is a splendid way to head into the
infinite blue and have your very own adventure
while exploring the beauty of Aruba. Morning
Star is a 40-foot yacht with a center cockpit and
was built in 1989. This luxurious yacht can host
up to 12 guests and will take you on a journey
of your dreams. Right from the moment you will
step onboard this yacht, you will start getting
pampered by the crew and get spoilt by the
comfort of the plush furnishings onboard.
While the cruise sails off into the deep blue, you
can sit back and enjoy the sailing experience
with the cool wind blowing on your faces. The
able and ever-courteous crew does everything
possible to make your stay on the yacht
comfortable and will take you around the coast
of the island and show you some of the finest
attractions of Aruba right from the ocean. The
best part about their trips is that all their charters
are completely private so that you can get all the
attention throughout the trip. Moreover, there
are no pre-set departure timings so you can
easily weave the sailing trip into your schedule
as per your requirements!
During the charter, you can go snorkeling, lie on the deck to perfect
your tan and even enjoy their freshly prepared food. Right from a
scrumptious breakfast to a five-course candlelit dinner, they prepare it
all to tantalize your taste buds. The food has both vegetarian and nonvegetarian
options based on your needs. To accompany the food,
they have a selection of rums, vodkas, bourbons, gins, tequilas, beers
and wines in the bar, including some exotic cocktails like Margarita,
Cosmopolitan and Bloody Mary for your indulgence. Apart from the
mainstream cocktails, they have their very own cocktail – Morningstar
Rum Punch! If you prefer something non-alcoholic, they have cold
drinks and various juices on offer too.
They have several ready itineraries for both morning and evening sails along with full
day sail packages. The sails start from as short as three hours to seven hours. All their
day sails include snorkeling as well. If you choose to go for evening sails, you can have
a romantic sail which is perfect for a private celebration. They also offer a snorkeling
session in one of their evening sail packages at the Spanish Lagoon. If you wish to
see the island from both air and water, you can choose their Fly and Sail package that
takes you for a helicopter tour over the island first and then takes you for a romantic
sail. This package is perfect for special occasions like proposals and anniversaries. If
none of their packages seem to fit your liking, you can build your very own tailor-made
itinerary with them too!
If the flexibility and comforts weren’t enough, they have additional facilities which you
can choose to order based on your requirements. The choicest selection of champagnes,
flowers, cakes, decorations, and saxophonist are just some of the things you can add; the
list is truly endless. Moreover, if you require transportation to and from the boarding point,
they book that for you as well in your choice of vehicle. A trip aboard the Morning Star is
nothing short of a once-in-a-lifetime experience and is something you definitely must not
miss when visiting Aruba; it truly is one of the best ways to discover the island.
Rue Jeanne d’Arc, Gustavia, 97133 St Barthélémy ♦ Tel +590 5 90 27 91 79 ♦
Recognized specialist in the Caribean Luxury Yachting, Pilou and his team welcome
you onboard their yachts where VIP service is required. Take a moment to come
and join us on an Island adventure with a range of different water sports, discover an
uninhabited wild beach inaccessible by foot, cruise onboard a sports boat or simply sit
back and relax during a transfer between two Islands.
Jet skis rental, seabob rental, flyboard & hoverboard rental are here too !
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TRAVELLING IS LEARNING
What better way to expand your knowledge than to experience the real thing?
It is all very well reading from a travel book about a particular country where
you can read about its food, language, history and more, but to really appreciate and
understand, travelling to the country cannot be beaten.
Stay away from the tourist areas and head to the traditional tourist free towns, which have
not changed over the years with the tourism revolution. Here you can meet and mingle
with the locals, and experience their native language. Immerse yourself in their town and
try to speak the language; you are sure to find a local who will help you along. You will
soon be ordering your food and drinks in the local bar in the local language instead of
learning pointless phrases from a text book.
The bars and restaurants will typically serve food and wine local to the area, allowing you
to taste the local cuisine and also appreciate how it is made traditionally. Often, you can
watch the locals making a paella for example, and see the method they use which has
probably been passed down the generations.
Visit historic sites and museums to learn about the history of the region. For example,
there are hundreds of books documenting the life of Che Guevara, but rather than read
the viewpoints of others, why not have your own, and visit Cuba and be able to see the
monuments and museums dedicated to him. Even better, speak with the locals who will
have their own stories to tell on his life or their experiences with Che Guevara.
There are attractions and sporting
activities world-wide which we read about.
It could be visiting a natural wonder, or
bungee jumping from a famous landmark.
Reading will paint a picture of what you
could experience, but to actually witness
and experience it for yourself, will create
memories that will never be forgotten.
So much can be learned as you travel
around the world. Each town or country
will offer a new experience and by
actively partaking, you are continuing to
expand your knowledge of the cultures
of each location you visit. Each person
will have different outcomes during their
travels, and good experiences tend to be
memories for the rest of your life, whereas
gaining cultural knowledge from reading
will never offer the same insight and
educational value as the real thing.
2184 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ♦
Tel +1 250 598 2184 ♦ theavenuegallery.com
Visit one of the premiere boutique
art galleries in the Pacific
Northwest, The Avenue Gallery, in
Victoria, British Columbia, showcasing
contemporary Canadian fine art since
2002. With over twenty-five years’
experience in the art industry, owner
Heather Wheeler, along with the gallery
representatives, provide knowledge
and expertise to this thriving Oak Bay
contemporary fine art gallery. Patrons
from around the world are treated to
ever-changing exhibits and have access
to unsurpassed collections by painters,
sculptors, glaziers and jewellery artists.
This impressive art gallery carries a
broad spectrum of art that appeals
to those new to the contemporary
art scene as well as knowledgeable
collectors. Having recently celebrated
their fifteenth anniversary of operation,
The Avenue Gallery continues to be
the leading destination for critically
acclaimed art exhibitions and events. A
remarkable art gallery, not to be missed.
The Award for
Excellence in Service
Medellín 191A, Colonia Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico 06700 ♦
Tel +52 558434-7727 ♦ email@example.com ♦ auramexcooking.com
Aura Cocina Mexicana lets you immerse into Mexico’s extraordinary food culture
through cooking experiences; either with a traditional Mexican cookery handson
workshop where you can rediscover the aromas of Mexican spices while using a
“molcajete” to make a salsa or mole, explore new corners, colors and artistic murals
through a culinary market visit or let us indulge you with a laid-back gastronomic
Enjoy a unique place where you will learn in small groups and a friendly environment,
with a highlight of Mexican history, art and legends and a warm endeavor to “cook
with your heart”.
Located in one of the most traditional
neighborhoods of Mexico City where you
can live the “barrio” lifestyle, the Roma
Norte, Aura Cocina Mexicana will surprise
you with an intimate cooking studio.
Either the intriguing eye-catching narrow
façade observed from the sidewalk as a
small minimalist front in intense blue with
Mexican reminiscences, the pink wall that
ultimately confers the character of the
AURA house, the interesting murals of
shadows and lights that floods the kitchen
and dining room or the carefully selected
crafts and furniture that proudly showcases
the work of local communities; you will feel
comfortable and at home the way we live it
in Mexico: “Mi casa es tu casa”.
Our name represents the luminous multicolor
energy field that each person
projects at a given moment, which,
combined with the unique expression that
a dish or beverage provides depending
on the time we taste them, creates a
unique moment where we are able to
grasp, enjoy and experience it. We call it
#momentosaura. It will be a pleasure to
create a unique experience for you and
Elizabeth on Bay, Marketplace & Marina, Nassau, Bahamas ♦ Tel +242 323 0222 ♦
If you’re a fan of watersports, an unforgettable trip awaits you in the Bahamas.
Bahamas Jet Boat takes you on a thrilling sightseeing journey in a high-speed boat
filled with jumps and splashes on waves. Whether you’re looking to go on the tour as
an individual or as a family, they make provisions for all. While this high-octane tour will
surely have your adrenaline levels rising, they make sure that your safety is taken care of
first. Their 24-seater boat makes it possible for you to take even larger groups on the tour
with you. Moreover, Their highly-qualified staff and captain ensure that you have a gala
time onboard. You could also choose their photography and videography packages to
immortalize your experience on this voyage! You could also book the boat and tour for
special occasions like birthdays and corporate team building exercises.
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Diving Company of the Year
Calle Marcio Veloz Maggiolo, Punta Cana 00023, Dominican Republic ♦
Tel +809 754-3632 ♦ seaprodivers.com
Heading to the Dominican Republic and wish
to explore its crystal clear waters? SeaPro
Divers is the perfect destination for you. With more
than 24 years of experience in the field of scuba
diving and watersports, you can enjoy the very
best of the waters of the country. With centers in
Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, they see to it that
their diving services are available to those visiting
different cities too. Apart from the diving in these
cities, they have special dive excursions which take
your further into the deep blue away from Punta
Cana to the islands of Catalina and Saona. At these
sites, you will get to see spectacular underwater life
and also shipwrecks like Atlantic Princess and St.
If you wish to have a more personalized experience,
their dive charters are perfect for you. You can go
for diving privately with your group and this charter
includes everything – private transfer, boat, guide,
and snacks. Their most unique diving experience
though is a night dive excursion where you can
enjoy the thrill of diving into the deep blue under
the moon! If you wish to have a unique wedding
proposal that you can cherish for a long time, they
also set up underwater marriage proposals with all
the logistics to make a truly wonderful experience
Moreover, Being a PADI certified diving company, they have PADI diving
courses that can be completed within 3 days too! If you wish to go for
shorter courses, they have a 1-day introductory diving course to get
your feet wet. Apart from their diving related activities, they have other
cool sports like parasailing in Punta Cana, deep sea fishing, snorkeling,
speedboat excursions and even cool boat parties!
Av. das Cataratas, KM 17.1, Foz do Iguaçu Brazil ♦ Tel +55 45 3529-8282 ♦
With the increasing deforestation of
Amazon rainforests, this park is a breath of
fresh air. The rate at which destruction of
species and forests is happening around
us in the name of development, is causing
irreparable damage to the environment
and the nature. Amongst all of this, a park
which the birds call their home without
being caged is not just an attraction but
also an example that humans can co-exist
without destroying the nature. It is situated
on the outskirts of Iguaçu National Park,
near Brazil- Argentina Border.
Parque Das Aves literally
translates to The Bird
Park. The park is spread over
16.5 hectares of lush Atlantic
Rainforests and houses more
than 1400 birds from over
150 different species. The
entire park is built around the
concept of bringing the wildlife
in its entirety and glory to our
civilization, to show us what
we are missing out on. What
separates this park from other
biological parks is that more
than 50% of the total birds
are either donated or rescued
instead of being caught from
their natural habitat. The rest
have been born and brought
up in the park. Zoos and
bird parks around the world
display the animals in a caged
or bounded environment.
However, birds have wings
which let them soar the heights
of the sky and this is exactly
what Parque Das Aves strives
to do; they give them an open
space to fly.
The park was created by Dennis Croukamp
in 1994. He and his wife cleared up the
allocated land area from debris and
invasive vegetation. After which, they
planted hundreds of native trees which
would become home to thousands of birds
today. The park is the largest bird park in
entire Latin America and one of its kind in
The park’s entry takes you into the natural habitat of birds and mesmerizes you not just
by its grandeur and pristine state, in spite of regular human interaction with visitors, but
also awes you and tickles the nature lover in you. The moment you enter, you see and
feel everything in its natural form, so much so that all your senses get heightened. You
realize the cleverness of nature’s design, appreciate the beauty of nature’s creation,
and understand your connection with nature. With the background of Iguacu falls, the
bird sounds hit your ears like a melody.
You simply cannot come out of the park
without a smile on your face. The park
creates a spark of relationship with the
nature and the birds. You will find a side of
yourself, which you never thought existed.
You will get to learn that we are not so
much apart from nature as much a part of it.
After your visit to the park, you are bound
to observe the nature around you in your
daily life more closely and feel for it with
much more passion than you did before
entering it. Visit the Park and experience it
This bird park boasts of not just the mighty
eagle, or the nocturnal owl or colorful
parrots, but also the big billed toucans,
flamingos and macaws. The park also
provides you with the opportunity to feed
these birds or get a souvenir photo clicked
with them to take home the memory of
being reunited with the nature. The park
consists of an entire ecosystem within itself,
which consists of various butterflies and
reptiles as well. The Boa constrictor in the
middle of the park is one such attraction.
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WELCOME TO CANADA
Canada is the second largest country in the World, but one of the most sparsely
populated. Sharing an unpatrolled border of 5,525 miles with the United States.
With a number of major cities, Toronto is the most visited city in Canada. Tourism in
Canada hit record levels in 2017, with almost 21 million visitors.
Canada is a wonderful place to visit, with vibrant cities, culture, great trips and adventures
to be had, natural wonders, unique wildlife and with the facilities to ensure that visitors
have a wonderful Canadian experience.
There is something on offer for everyone in Canada, the country is vast with wonderful
landscapes, mountains, glaciers, secluded lakes and Forests, such as the Rocky Mountains
and the Niagara Falls. The wildlife too, needs to be seen, to be appreciated. The list is
endless with so many natural experiences to be had.
If the wilderness is not for you, Canada is home to a number of vibrant cities, each with
something different to offer, visit the 553-metre-high CN Tower in Toronto, the spectacular
Mount Royal Park in Montreal, Stanley Park in Vancouver or Peace Bridge in Calgary, these
are just a few of the many highlights of this outstanding country. There is no shortage of
attractions to visit. You can even visit the places you learned about in school!
Canada is a unique country, the outdoors are inspiring, the cities are cosmopolitan,
safe, clean, friendly and an exceptional place to live or simply visit. A country you can
continue to explore and to have new experiences, experiences that you could not have
anywhere else in the world.
Let’s go over to Newfoundland and Labrador Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia, and
see what each has to offer.
Luxury Bed and Breakfast
208 Pelham Street, PO Box 663, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0 ♦
Tel +204 960 7368 ♦ waterspritebb.ca
People have been opening up their
houses for travelers, and providing bed
and breakfast service from a long time. It
has been part of the Canadian lifestyle since
so long that it is almost a default option of
choice for travelers and vacationers to stay.
Amidst all of this, Water Sprite in Lunenburg,
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Water
Sprite is located in the heritage disctrict, is a
place to visit. Water Sprite gets its name from
the first ship which Harry, Barry’s father, had
first sailed in 1937. The ship and the journey
meant so much to Barry and Brad, the owners
of the Bed and Breakfast, that their entire
venture gets references from it.
The Bed and Breakfast provides services
throughout the year with summer (June -
October) being the in-season time of
business and November to May being
the off-season. They provide 2 types of
accommodation options – Mainsail and
Staysail. The Mainsail has a Harbor view,
sleeps 2 adults and a private ocean view
balcony, spa like ensuite. The Staysail has 2
rooms which accommodate up to 4 adults
so that you can have a fun vacation with
friends or family. You may choose to rent a
single room or both the rooms.
Water Sprite is an adults-only Bed and
Breakfast and provides gourmet breakfast
served hot. It also caters to special dietary
needs. Sit back and enjoy an aperitif on
the spacious covered deck and take in the
spectacular views of the harbour.
It also provides you connectivity to internet
and cable along with access to Netflix. They
take special care to ensure that the bedding
and mattresses are also comfortable. They
also provide concierge services.
There are very few Bed and Breakfast
options which cover the extra mile, just to
make you comfortable. So, if Lunenburg is
a stop for you in a longer journey or just
a weekend getaway, make sure you give
Water Sprite a visit. They would be more
than happy to accommodate you and
make your time there worthwhile.
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR | A NATURE LOVERS DREAM
Newfoundland and Labrador, with 29,000 kilometres of coastline, amazing
landscapes that are always inspiring, is a stunning place to visit. It is surprisingly
easy to travel to as well. It’s just a 5 hours flight from London.
There are so many things to do in the natural environment of Newfoundland and Labrador
– history, wildlife, culture, adventure or simply just relax and appreciate the fresh air direct
from the Atlantic Ocean. So much of Newfoundland and Labrador is untouched, not
spoiled or polluted, just there to be enjoyed.
This is the perfect place for adventures, With thousands of miles of coastline, where
you have the opportunity to see the extensive wildlife and birdlife that lives in this area.
Spectacular scenery all year round that can be enjoyed in so many different ways, whether
hiking or biking along the coastline, rafting on the Exploits River, or a visit to the gorge in
Steady Brook, the options are unlimited.
During the snowy winter months, why not hire a snowmobile and travel along the
thousands of miles of trails and experience a completely different landscape? Of course,
skiing and snowboarding are popular pastimes in Newfoundland and Labrador, due to
the 16 feet of annual snow fall.
Tour Company of the Year
Newfoundland and Labrador is a nature
lover’s dream, with thousands of sea birds,
marine life and other wildlife across the
vast landscape. With no exception, there is
no better place to go whale watching.
Every year, the world’s largest population
of humpback whales return to the area to
feed, migrating from the Caribbean. The
humpback whales are seen jumping out of
the water and crashing back into the sea,
between April and October.
Other breeds of whales and dolphins
also visit the area between May and
September,. This includes the Orca, Blue,
Sperm and Minke and you can witness this
every year, close to the shores.
To experience the whales at such close
quarters is an amazing sight and it is
possible to get even closer to the whales
on a boat tour or a sea kayak. The kayak
gets you up close and personal with the
Newfoundland and Labrador is one of
the only places in the world that has visits
from the whales, seabirds and icebergs all
at the same time, as the animals migrate
north, the icebergs are floating south. If the
timing is perfect, there is a great chance
you will see all three at the same time, but
there is no guarantee!
Lower Loop Rd, Witless Bay, NL A0A 4K0, Canada ♦ Tel +1 709 330 8687 ♦
Nestled on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland’s East Coast, Ecotours Zodiac
Adventures offers a unique sightseeing tour to those looking for adventure. Leaving
from Witless Bay, join them aboard one of their two zodiacs where their friendly tour guides
will take you on an hour and a half adventure tour, offered multiple times a day, 7 days a
week, of the surrounding coastline area. Travel alongside Gull Island, part of the Witless Bay
Ecological Reserve, which provides a home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North
America and thousands of migratory sea birds every summer. Ride across the ocean waves
as they take you out in search of humpbacks, dolphins, and other beautiful marine life.
Explore Newfoundland’s Southern coastline which offers the landmark ‘The Spout’, towering
sea stacks and coastal sea caves. Get a front row seat as you adventure in to nature with
Ecotours Zodiac Adventures!
24 HOURS IN ONTARIO
Ontario is one of Canada’s most popular Destinations and is the most populated
province in Canada with over 13,500,000 living here. Toronto is the capital city
and is the largest city in Canada.
Ontario is the economic hub of Canada, but offers much more. Including the popular
Niagara Falls, four of the five great lakes, beautiful countryside, national parks, and a
Ontario offers so much to do, but what would we do if we only had 24 hours in Ontario.
The Ottawa Boat Cruise is a certain way to ensure you see as many of the attractions of
Ottawa in a limited amount of time. The tour along the Ottawa River passes attractions
including The National Gallery of Canada, Parliament Buildings, Rideau Falls, the official
residence of the Prime Minister of Canada and Rockliffe Park.
The boat cruise is the best way to see the landscape of Ottawa whilst sitting back, relaxing
and maybe enjoying a cool drink as you enjoy the spectacular sights. The cruise typically
last around 90 minutes, which is more than enough time to capture these fantastic sights
on your camera.
The Essex County Wine Region is located in beautiful countryside and is home to a
number of excellent wineries.
The region has a long history dating back to 1860, when wine production was started by
3 farmers. This has continued to grow and some of the finest wines of Canada are being
In total, there are 17 wineries today, and there are some excellent tours available that
will take you to a selection of these. Each estate offers their own wine tasting tours, with
experts on hand to provide tasting advice, so take your own notes and decide what your
preference is and maybe buy a few bottles of your favourite wines to take home with you.
Tailor Made Tour Company
895 Jacques Cartier, Gatineau, Quebec Canada ♦ Tel +1 819-246-3855 ♦
Kingsville, Ontario, Canada ♦ Tel +519 796 1543 ♦ grapevinetours.ca
Visiting Ottawa and want to explore the beauty of the city? Get in touch with
Ottawa Boat Cruise and see the city from a totally different perspective! They
give you a chance to have a memorable trip down the canal cruising on their 100%
electrical boat. Explore the rich history Ottawa has to offer with their knowledgable
staff. Their tour guides will provide you with some great information about the city
while keeping the trip both fun and informative. If you wish to have the boat to
yourself, you have the option to charter it too! The boat can even be used for private
functions! Who wouldn’t want a venue on the water? A unique perspective with an
unforgettable experience. Ottawa Boat Cruise is a must do while in Ottawa!
Grape Vine Tours Inc. is located in
Kingsville Ontario. We provide
private custom guided tours to the
wineries of Essex County and the craft
breweries of Essex – Windsor. Our area
is also home to a large distillery industry
which includes: Wiser’s, Canadian Club,
Seagrams and Wolfhead, an award
winning craft distiller. Grape Vine Tours
operates all year round and welcomes
visitors to the southernmost part of
Charter Company of the Year
Hurontario St. & Sidelaunch Way by the L.C.B.O., Collingwood, ON, Canada ♦
Tel +705 443 1124 ♦ collingwoodcharters.ca
Relax aboard the Huronic exploring
Collingwood’s beautiful harbour rich
in maritime history and learn interesting
facts about the once active Collingwood
Shipyards famous for side-launching
new ships. Enjoy the rugged beauty of
the Collingwood Terminals and continue
your journey cruising by the Nottawasaga
Lighthouse with the picturesque
escarpment in the background.
Collingwood Charters offers sightseeing
tours, sunset cruises, local wine or beer
tastings, dinner cruises and private
charters aboard a 65’ tour boat, “Huronic”
operating out of Collingwood Harbour.
Perfect for ANY occasion with a capacity to
hold up to 70 passengers.
What Our Customers Are Saying…
“Incredible September Day!
As a birthday gift for my daughter, I took
her and my granddaughter out on a
stellar weather September day on the
Huronic. The crew was so friendly and
accommodating offering to help at any
time. The cruise was delightful with a
little music, a history of Collingwood and
surrounding waters and some quiet time to
just enjoy the views, breeze and sunshine.
A must-do when in Collingwood. I live here
and would go again to take in perhaps the
evening cruise- maybe I will plan my next
family event on board! LOVED IT! Look into
it for sure! Highly recommend…”
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ALBERTA | WILDERNESS EPITOMISED
Alberta is a popular tourist destination, close to nature, and a welcome break from
the concrete jungles and over populated areas across the world. Located in the
Western Province of Canada, the wilderness of Alberta is well known, and since Banff
National Park was created in the 1880’s, four more national parks have been added, Elk
Island, Jasper, Waterton Lakes, and Wood Buffalo National Parks.
The national parks are protected and home to a variety of wildlife, including some rare
species that continue to thrive. Visitors to the parks can not only enjoy the wildlife in their
natural habitat but appreciate the fantastic landscape, including snow covered mountains,
forests, desert Badlands, over 600 lakes, and fantastic night skies, unpolluted from city
Alberta has been a tourist destination
since the early 20th century, with so
many outdoor activities on offer, some
more strenuous than others. In addition
to the national parks, there are world
class facilities for skiing, great hiking
trails and camping, with adventures to
be experienced as you explore the vast
The wilderness of Alberta also offers
fantastic hunting and fishing, with
worldwide visitors looking to experience
the real thing. Bow River is a dream
location for fishermen, ideal for flying
fishing in the amply stocked rivers,
hopefully landing that “special catch”
There are a number of must see museums
in Alberta, such as the Royal Alberta
Museum, a museum of human and natural
history, this is the largest museum in
There is so much to see and appreciate in
Alberta for visitors, Alberta is geared up
for tourism with a large selection of hotels
of different standard on offer. Alberta
covers over 600,000 km2, the planning of
your trip is essential to ensure the “must
see” attractions of Alberta are not missed.
While you’re at the retreat, you may
want to stay connected with the world.
For this reason, the complete lodge is
WiFi enabled free of charge. You can
even bring your own vehicles along as
there is free parking on site. Each of their
rooms comes with air conditioning and
heating facilities as well.
18 Webb Avenue North, T0K 1N0 Mountain View, Canada ♦ Tel +1 403 331 0905 ♦
If you want to get away from the moribund
city life, there is no better way than to head
away into the mountains. If you’re heading
to the mountains and want a comfortable
stay, head over to Mountain Haven Lodge
and Cabins. This retreat is set in the heart of
Mountain View and provides some stunning
views of the mountains.
The retreat provides a family lodge and 3
cabins which serve as holiday homes. While
the cabins are available all-round the year,
the lodge can be rented only during the
summers. So if you’re planning a getaway
vacation for your family, this 7-bedroom
lodge is the perfect place for you! It comes
with its very own yard as well.
The best part about the retreat is that each
of their cabins comes with a fully-equipped
kitchen where you can cook for yourself
and stay there just like it is your home away
from home. You can even find TVs and Bluray
players in some of the cabins. If you feel
like simply sitting back and lazing, you can
sit back on the private patio and watch the
mountains as your food gets slowly cooked
on the propane barbeque there.
While you’re there, you can go for some
off-site activities as well. They have
skiing, canoeing, horseback riding,
hiking, fishing and windsurfing facilities
available nearby too. Mountain Haven
Lodge and Cabins truly lets you enjoy
the tranquility of nature away from the
BRITISH COLUMBIA | TOP 3
British Columbia is a vast terrain known for massive mountain ranges and beaches
with amazing rainforests of natural beauty. It’s a great location for hiking or mountain
biking, and also known for its ski resorts. In 2010, British Columbia hosted the Winter
A region full of attractions, but what are the top 3 things to do in British Columbia?
1. Vancouver is a city with so much to offer, with shopping on the famous Robson Street,
explore the historic town or admire the impressive views from all around the city with
the rainforest and Pacific Ocean, almost always visible.
For more energetic activities, hiking or skiing in the North Shore Mountains, or kayaking
in the waterways is a very rewarding way to spend the day.
2. Yoho National Park is certainly worth a visit, with its amazing scenery extending over the
Rocky Mountains. Yoho National Park is easily accessed via the Trans-Canada highway,
and this is great way to visit as access to the main attractions is easy and with ideal
stopping points to take in the views.
A must see is Lake O’Hara, the lake is surrounded by the mountains and the area is one
of the best locations for camping and enjoying the hiking trails that surround the lakes
and lead into the mountains.
3. British Columbia has its own wine region, with over 100 wineries here, making it the
second largest in Canada. Many of the wineries are close to each other, ideally located
with fantastic views, so it’s easily possible to visit a few and sample their wines over a
This area has a unique climate that makes it ideal for growing grapes and with a
mixture of well known and family run vine yards, this is a great way to spent a few days,
comparing your wine tasting notes.
THE CASTLE AT
Hotel and Restaurant
5218 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt, BC V0N 3A2 ♦ Tel +604 865 0035♦
Tucked away on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Sechelt, Blue Waters Cottage gives
you a chance to relax far away from civilization. This self-catering cottage is perfect
for a long getaway from the city life for both couples and families and gives you some
spectacular views of the sea. You can sit back and connect with nature and enjoy the
tranquility of the location as well. The cottage is fully furnished and comes with amenities
like barbeque, hot tub, private benches, and more! The kitchen is fully-equipped too so
that you can cook your own meals and have a completely private vacation experience.
If you wish to explore the area, there are loads of restaurants, beaches, hiking trails and
shopping options around. For those who love outdoor activities, kayaking, golfing, biking
and windsurfing options are available too! You can have the perfect home away from
home experience on the Sunshine Coast at Blue Waters Cottage.
7905 Greenhow Rd, Vernon, BC V1B 3S2, Canada ♦ Tel +1 778-475-4232 ♦
Take in the stunning beauty of the
Swan Lake and Okanagan Valley from
The Castle at Swan Lake All Suite Hotel,
which features balconies or decks either with
views of the beautiful Swan Lake, stunning
landscaped Courtyard or Pool
We are ideally located near the pristine
Swan Lake and close to the Kalamalka and
Okanagan Lakes. Favored by mild climate
and its remarkable natural beauty, North
Okanagan offers endless attractions, outdoor
adventures and voyages of discovery.
At any time of year whether you’re traveling
for business or pleasure, The Castle at Swan
Lake is the perfect place to stay and play.
Choose between our spacious, elegantly
designed functional one bedroom area suites
or two bedroom area loft suites, tucked into
a paradise setting, boasting all the amenities
that you expect including a fully equipped
Retreat to this ultimate all-season playground
and stay in luxury and comfort. Located
centrally to the best golfing, wine touring,
shopping, orchards and farmers markets. Any
time of year is the perfect time to enjoy your
stay at The Castle at Swan Lake.
ALTERNATIVE TOURISM IN THE USA
America is home to some of the most shocking murders in history. True crime
and other dark events are no longer seen as only for the fascination of the more
unusual of individuals.
Whether serial killers, vampire or Salem witch tours, these attractions are becoming more
and more popular across the States and the selection of tours is continuing to grow, a few
examples are detailed below.
The Helter Skelter tour in Los Angeles reconstructs the events that led up to the infamous
murders committed by members of the Manson family in 1969. The tour looks at the
events from both sides, and does not hold back on the details of the whole macabre
Another, which is proving popular, is the
Jeffrey Dahmer tour, where you can follow
his footsteps, and hear how he ate seven
of his seventeen victims. The tour is so
gruesome; it has been banned by certain
tourism web sites.
The murder tours are not the only dark
tours proving popular. Tours such as the
Salem Witch Walk where you are with real
witches and take part in a real magical
circle, and educated about modern day
witchcraft and the accused witches of
1692 are popular too.
Vampire tours are on the rise too, typically
beginning at nightfall, when the dark side
of places like New Orleans commences.
Chilling tours through creepy locations
and fantastic storytelling of gruesome
stories from the guide ensure that the tour
is not for the faint hearted.
Another dark attraction is Centralia, a
modern day ghost town. Over the years
the residents have left the town following
an underground fire, which has left the
town a ghost town with no residents and
many buildings torn down.
This has become a popular tourist
destination, although there is nothing to
do in Centralia and not much to see, but
this is the fascination.
So it would appear that the dark tourism
is a growing industry, in some ways an
education where the unpleasant stories of
the past are told to new generations.
People are fascinated by what has
happened historically, but often these
sites can be used as memorials to the
victims and often are run by charities to
raise funds, such as the Helter Skelter tour
These tragic events of the past should not
be forgotten and the organised tours is a
way to ensure that future generations do
not forget what events have occurred in
years gone by.
SF VAMPIRE TOUR
Nob Hill Neighborhood | San Francisco, CA, USA ♦ Tel +6502791840 ♦ sfvampiretour.com
Do spooky things give you the thrills? Are you visiting San Francisco and want to go
vampire hunting? SF Vampire Tour takes you to all such places like Grace Cathedral,
Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, Pacific-Union Club, Fairmont Hotel, and Mark Hopkins
Hotel on every first Saturday of the month and Halloween. The tours will take you to pretty
chilling places and we’re sure that you’ll get spooked out soon! You can either join the group
for a regular tour or approach them for a private tour if you have a group size of more than
10. This 2-hour tour can be undertaken by anyone as the walk is comfortable and easy. It is
also a wheelchair friendly tour. Moreover, You can bring your dogs along on the tour too!
This is your chance to dress up as a vampire yourself and get your spook on!
State profile | Mary Land
How to Get in
• Drive in
• Subway or Light Train
• On foot
• Water Taxi (Baltimore)
America in Miniature
The Award for
Excellence in Service
11521 Taber St, Silver Spring, MD 20902, USA ♦ Tel +202 294 4265 ♦
Attractions & Sights
• Ocean City
• National Aquarium
• Baltimore Basilica
Things to do
• The Appalachian Trail
• Watch a College Lacrosse
• Sail on a Woodwind
• Try a Maryland blue
Find out more – https://
Adventures For Creative Tourists has specially crafted tours that will give you more
art, culture, and history of USA. We are a network of Master Qualified Certified
Guides. Every single tour is created by our expert tour guides that have spent countless
hours researching the collections, history, and communities. With our guides, you’ll get a
chance to peek into the rich historic past of Washington DC by visiting some of the most
prominent places in the city such as U.S Capitol, Library of Congress, National Gallery of
Art, and Smithsonian American Art Gallery. Each guide is a local expert that is passionate
about their own field dedicated to giving you in-depth insight into the art and culture you
will experience. You could also choose to have a more exclusive private tour with one of
our experts by contacting our company directly.
State profile | South Carolina
How to Get in
• Drive in
• On foot
Attractions & Sights
• Myrtle Beach
• Hilton Head Island
• Fort Jackson
Things to do
• Fishing & Watersports
• A Walking Tour in
• Experience Authentic
Find out more – https://
Rich history, lovely beaches and
spectacular cuisine, welcome to
the quintessential Southern State
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, South Carolina USA ♦ Tel +1 843 448 6550 ♦ gaydolphin.com
Located on the Myrtle
Beach Boardwalk in South
Carolina, the Gay Dolphin Gift
Cove has been an amazing
shopping destination since 1946.
If you wish to purchase something
from this region as a gift or for
memories, Gay Dolphin is the
perfect place for you. Spread
out across 10 floors and 35,000
square feet, this place is more of a
shopping experience rather than
a simple gift shop. In its 72 years
of operation, it has delighted
multiple generations of customers
and has become a local landmark
of sorts. With thousands of
options for gifts to choose from,
you’re definitely going to be
spoilt for choice when shopping
here. If you’re ever visiting Myrtle
Beach, You should know that Gay
Dolphin Gift Cove is a gateway to
discovering the city rather than
just a shopping destination. Shop
here and come one step closer to
discovering Myrtle Beach.
Forty Years After the Iconic DALLAS series, Dallas Continues to
Shine. There is plenty to see and do in the popular Texas city
DALLAS – (April 2018) – This year marks the 40th anniversary of DALLAS, the legendary
television series that put the city on the map as an international visitor destination, but
there are plenty of developments that will continue the city’s momentum going beyond
2018, making it an ideal destination for international travelers. From new hotels to
upcoming arts and sports events, visitors have several reasons to visit Dallas.
THE ADOLPHUS HOTEL
OPENED LATE 2017
Anheuser Busch founder Adolphus Busch
built the Adolphus Hotel in 1912 as Dallas’
first luxury property. Situated on the
original site of City Hall, the Adolphus has
served as a Dallas icon and an integral part
of the city’s history and culture. Early this
year, the hotel wrapped up an extensive
renovation that celebrates the hotel’s
storied past and adds new amenities. Most
recently, the hotel reopened the French
Room restaurant, which was restored to
its original European interior décor. The
restaurant menu focuses on traditional
French cuisine, offering a seasonal
three-course menu as well as a special
experiential menu that incorporates the
hotel’s various dining areas.
OPENED LATE 2017
Downtown Dallas’ historic Statler now
flies the Hilton flag again after a $255
million redevelopment. The 59-year
old landmark opened last fall, paying
homage to its musical roots and Conrad
Hilton’s original vision for the special
property. The property also has more
than 200 apartments on its upper floors
and lower levels of the building are home
to several restaurants and shops as well
as the new Dallas Morning News office.
The property recently celebrated with a
week-long grand opening celebration in
February, announcing the opening of all
its restaurant concepts.
OPENING LATE 2019
In 2019, Virgin Hotels will open a 200-
room hotel in Dallas’ hip and growing
Design District. The $80 million lifestyle
hotel will cater to the new, savvy traveler,
offering free Wi-Fi, cancellation and late
checkout and a complimentary social hour
for guests. It’s the fourth planned Virgin
Hotels property in the United States.
This summer, three airlines will have new flights from Dallas Fort Worth International
Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland. WOW Airlines’ seasonal flights will operate three times a
week beginning May 23. Icelandair will launch its year-long service on May 30, offering
four flights a week with connections to more than 30 cities, including Heathrow and
Gatwick. The third flight will launch on June 7 from American Airlines and will fly daily
through October 27.
Arts & Culture
SOLUNA INTERNATIONAL MUSIC &
MAY 6 – 28, 2018
SOLUNA International Music & Arts
Festival brings together international
artists with the help of Dallas’ various art
organizations. The festival celebrates the
city’s cultural legacy and diversity through
contemporary and classic performing arts
anchored by performances with Jaap
van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony
RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Texas Horse Park will be the home of
Riverfront Jazz Festival in its inaugural
year, Labor Day Weekend 2018. The
three-day festival will be a celebration
of Jazz, R&B, Soul, Blues and Neo-Soul
with more than 30 performers on the two
main stages and Promising Young Artists
Stage. The line-up includes local artists
Erykah Badu, Euge Groove, Oleta Adams,
Jon Secada and Ruben Studdard among
DALLAS HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN
OPENING SUMMER 2019
This fall, the Dallas Holocaust and Human
Rights Museum began construction
of a new building that will expand the
educational and cultural programming in
the southwest United States to advance
human rights and combat prejudice,
hatred and indifference. The design of the
new facility — to be located Downtown
in Dallas’ historic West End — will create
a narrative that shows the journey of the
many who experienced the Holocaust
and other social injustices.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
APRIL 26 – 28, 2018
The AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas
Cowboys will be the host of the 2018
National Football League (NFL) Draft in
2018. The draft will be the first time in
history the event will be held at an NFL
stadium. The draft site will encompass the
field, stands and outdoor plazas which will
be turned into an NFL Draft Experience
AT&T BYRON NELSON AT TRINITY
Less than ten minutes from downtown
Dallas on Great Trinity Forest Way, the 18-
hole championship golf course designed
by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has a
traditional golf course design that is also
carried over to the short course and ninehole
“Horse Course.” Trinity Forest Golf
Club is the new home of the PGA AT&T
Byron Nelson, which will be celebrating
its 50th anniversary in 2018. The Club
will also host an annual NCAA Invitational
tournament and is the new home for
Southern Methodist University’s golf
SOCCER HALL OF FAME
As part of a $39 million addition to
Frisco’s Toyota Stadium, home of FC
Dallas, located north of Dallas, the arena
will also become home to the National
Soccer Hall of Fame Museum. The hall
will house the museum collection as well
as trophies from the Women’s World Cup,
Gold Cup and other U.S. memorabilia
and Olympic medals. The hall will be the
first major league sports hall of fame to be
built within a stadium.
DALLAS TIES: FC Dallas CEO Dan Hunt made it a personal mission to bring the Hall of
Fame to Dallas in honor of his father Lamar Hunt. The elder Hunt championed the sport
and brought Dallas its first soccer team, the Dallas Tornado, in the late 1960s.
Dallas is a city that surprises and a destination that inspires big ideas. As the ninth-largest
city in the country, Dallas is already one of the country’s leading hubs for business and
innovation, and the Dallas metro area is a top visitor destination in Texas. Learn more at
VisitDallas markets Dallas as the ideal visitor and convention destination in Texas. Dallas –
The Most Texan City in Texas – celebrates its heritage in hospitality, and it’s the one city
where Southern meets modern and legacy meets luxury. Dallas is the leading business
and financial center in the Southwest offering travelers an unparalleled array of amenities
and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any
other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan
area in the nation, Dallas is the top visitor destination in Texas. You really can do it all in
Dallas. For more information, visit http://visitdallas.com/.
Oh So Cynthia – Dallas
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a partner at Gangway Advertising
where I create buzz for some of Dallas’
hottest brands through interactive digital
strategies and public relations for the firm’s
lifestyle clients. Through my wildly popular
lifestyle blog, Oh So Cynthia, readers get
the latest scoop and inside information
on fashion, food, philanthropy, events,
celebrity and reality TV news. I describe her
blog as “a love letter to the city of Dallas”
and enjoy taking readers along for the ride
as I experience all that the city has to offer.
I consider myself THE go-to resource for
what’s happening and who you need to
know in Dallas.
What made you decide to set up a
I started the blog in 2008 as a way to keep
my family connected to our lives in Dallas.
I quickly discovered the “Mommy Blog”
community and fell in love with the support
I received from other first-time Moms
trying to figure out this parenting thing like
me! Through the process of blogging I also
realized how much I loved being able to
marry my love of photography and creative
writing into one outlet. The blog for me as
always been a hobby – now it’s just a hobby
You’ve met a lot of celebrities, who is
the most famous person you met? Who
was the most fun?
Oh my, that is a hard question to answer
because I have met so many famous
people over the years. I would have to
say that my absolute favourite was Reese
Witherspoon. I met her a few years ago
when she opened her clothing store,
Draper James, in Dallas at Highland Park
Village. She is everything you would expect
and more – just a delight. As successful and
famous as she has become (and continues
to be) she has not forgotten her roots and
proudly clings to our Southern traditions of
family, food and manners. I can’t imagine
anyone not being madly in love with her.
What do you think sets Dallas apart from
some of the other major US cities?
Oh honey! Texas is a state of mind! The
television show DALLAS launched in 1978
and Larry Hagman and that cast made
our city famous (and infamous) around
the world. The curiosity has never waned
about our city – it’s all true! We have big
hair, big closets, big cars and even bigger
personalities. What makes Dallas different
from other major US cities is also our
fashion. Dallas women love to dress. We
will wear fur and diamonds to go to the
grocery store. Designers love to come
to Dallas because they appreciate our
love of color and prints. We like to have
fun with our wardrobes. I also love that
Dallas has such a philanthropic heart for
the community. We take care of our own
– and anyone else who needs it. You can
find a charity luncheon, trunk show or gala
happening daily in this town. Everything
we do is designed to give back to others.
Lastly, the cost of living here is amazing
(hence all those big ‘ole mansions we have)
which is why Texas has the fastest rate
of growth in the country. Dallas is just an
amazing place to live and raise a family.
What is the most popular attraction in
That depends on who you ask. Top
attractions are the Sixth Floor Museum at
Dealey Plaza dedicated to remembering
one of the nation’s most tragic and defining
moments – the shooting of President John
F. Kennedy; the beautiful gardens of the
Dallas Arboretum; our annual State Fair of
Texas is world-renown for its unique fried
foods; and my personal favorite, North Park
Center which houses some of the world’s
best stores and boutiques along with
rotating pieces from the Nasher family’s
personal art collection – so it’s a museum
and mall in one!
The best way for a tourist to get around?
Definitely by car. The city (and its
attractions) are very spread out but thanks
to on-demand car services like Uber and
Lyft, it is super easy to get where you want
to go via an app on your phone.
Are there any big events happening in
the city over the next 12 months?
My favorite annual events include the State
Fair of Texas which runs from the end of
September to the end of October; the
Greenville Ave. St. Patrick’s Day Parade in
March is loud boozy fun; the Deep Ellum
Arts Festival for art and music in April and
the Greek Food Festival which happens
Have you ever considered showing
people around, offering private tours?
I show people around town every day
through the stories on the blog! I love
sharing what’s fun and cool about Dallas to
encourage people to get off the couch and
experience all that the city has to offer.
Best place to grab a coffee and why?
If you are Downtown, stop by Commissary
to enjoy coffee drinks with a bevy of baked
goods, salads, and sandwiches made
in-house. In Uptown, visit Fiction where
their baristas are known for their intricate
latte art. Ascention Café has multiple
locations around town and any time of day
I encourage you to order the tres leches
coffee cake; it’s worth the splurge.
Finally, if someone was looking to get
out of Dallas for a day trip, where would
My perfect day in Dallas would start with
breakfast or brunch at Bread Winners
Café in Uptown. Then head to the Arts
District to visit the Dallas Museum of Art,
Nasher Sculpture Museum and/or the
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
(depending on your personal interests).
Now that you have gotten some culture,
head over to Highland Park Village and
shop the array of designer boutique and
grab some delicious TexMex food and a
margarita at Mi Cocina. End your day at
Truluck’s Steak and Seafood House. They
have live entertainment nightly, so grab a
drink at the bar and enjoy the show before
you head upstairs for an amazing meal.
Nevada | A World Within a State Apart
Lake Tahoe is known as the
jewel of Nevada. It is the
nation’s largest alpine lake,
22 by 12 miles of sparkling
water surrounded by 72 miles
of pristine shoreline. During
the warm summer months, it’s
a water-sports paradise and
when it snows, winter sportsenthusiasts
think they’ve died
and gone to heaven.
The crystal-clear lake is roughly
divided into two shores, north
and south. South shore is the
lively side, with so much to do,
both in and out of the water.
Most of the large hotel-casinos,
from Harrah’s to Harveys to
MontBleu, can be found here
in the town of Stateline, along
with the base of Heavenly
Mountain Resort, Heavenly Village. It’s
full of shopping, dining and recreation
options, all within easy walking distance
of the hotels. On the southeast shore,
Zephyr Cove is bursting with watercraft
activities, parasailing and beach lounging.
It’s also home to the famed paddle-wheel
cruise boats, the M.S. Dixie II and the
Tahoe Queen. There are scenic cruises,
dinner cruises, specialty cruises, even
charter cruises for weddings and parties.
Life moves a little slower on Tahoe’s north
shore, where the focus is on celebrating
quiet mountain life. The Hyatt Regency
Lake Tahoe Resort in Incline Village is a
grand hotel with old Tahoe charm. The
nearby Cal-Neva Resort is in Crystal Bay,
where it straddles the Nevada-California
state line. In fact, the border runs right
through the hotel and pool, making it
the only hotel in the world located in
two states! Another famous spot on the
north shore is Squaw Valley USA, known
for hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics. It’s
still a favourite of locals and visitors alike,
and it’s just one of 18 alpine resorts in the
Lake Tahoe area. The high concentration
of resorts is due to the truly epic winters
at Tahoe, which gets somewhere between
300 and 500 inches of snow annually. The
powdery Sierra snow makes for amazing
downhill and cross-country skiing, not
to mention fantastic snowshoeing, dogsledding,
snowmobiling and more.
When the snow melts and the highaltitude
air cools that hot summer sun, the
Tahoe Rim Trail is a popular destination for
hikers from all over the world. Measuring
165 miles, the trail system passes through
two states, six counties, one state park,
three national forests and three natural
wilderness areas. Guests of the trail have
their pick of several trailheads around the
lake with varying degrees of difficulty and
length. And for the elite hikers, there’s
always the 165-Mile Club, reserved for
those who have tackled the trail in its
The byway is the Scenic Loop
Drive at Red Rock Canyon
Area, 12 miles west of Las
Vegas off State Route 159.
The one-way scenic drive
is completely paved and
features self-guided trails,
picnic areas and stunning
vistas. The Visitor Center
has audio programs and
activities about the natural
history of the canyon. Red
Rock Canyon National
Conservation Area is a fee
demonstration project area.
A fee of $5 per vehicle is
collected at the entrance to
the Scenic Loop Drive. All of
the money collected remains
at the site for improvements.
The Red Rock Canyon National
Conservation Area [RRCNCA] is located
just a few miles west of Las Vegas within
the Mojave Desert. It is easily recognisable
by the thick Aztec sandstone escarpment
that stretches for nearly as wide as your
eye can see. This main escarpment sits
within 195,819 acres of wilderness and is
home to 10 major canyons with several
highly distinguishable peaks. Amongst
these large formations are numerous
other lower elevation peaks, in addition
to sub-peaks and even smaller sandstone
“hills.” The most recognizable formations
from left to right are Mt. Wilson, Rainbow
Mountain, and Bridge Mountain. There
are also the Calico Hills, the smaller yet
still impressive formation that is often
explored by newer visitors looking
to experience Red Rock at a more
Red Rock Canyon is a maze of canyons
and peaks, ledges and chimneys, chutes
and gullies leading to surprises around
every wall which is perfect for hiking.
There are 26 different hikes and trails
that take you from the deep canyons to
the highest points of Red Rock Canyon.
Climbing is also becoming increasingly
popular as the great boulders and sheer
rock faces bring climbers from around the
Walking Tour Company
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Las Vegas, Nevada USA 89101 ♦ Tel +888 571-6587 ♦ lasvegaswalkingtours.net
See, explore and discover Las Vegas like never before on a 2-hour guided walking
tour of Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Fremont Street. Your experienced local guide
will take you on a 7-block ‘Walk through time’ from humble outpost to infamous ‘Glitter
Gulch’, a gem of urban renewal and revitalization.
Peel back the layers of neon to expose the rich history underneath and discover Downtown
Las Vegas is again a vibrant, top attraction in the USA home to legendary casinos, hotels,
wedding chapels, top restaurants, and even reality TV stars.
Fun for the single adventurous traveler, couples, and the whole family. The tours have a
maximum of 12 guests and wireless audio headsets, which ensure a personal experience
with your guide while hearing every fascinating story along the way.
Tips, tricks and recommendations throughout will have you feeling like a ‘Vegas Insider’.
Area restaurant list and business coupons will provide plenty of options following your
Seattle and Washington State 2018
Washington State is in the Pacific Northwest where Seattle
crowns the state and cruises head to Alaska
In 2018, two airlines launch new direct,
non-stop routes to Seattle underscoring
its growing popularity with the UK and
Aer Lingus launches 18 May with four
flights a week on Monday, Wednesday,
Friday, and Sunday from Dublin to
Seattle, with pre-clearance of customs
and immigration in Dublin. Prices from
498 Euros return www.aerlingus.com.
Thomas Cook Airlines launches 27
May 2018 with two flights a week from
Manchester to Seattle on Thursdays
and Sundays, from £399 return www.
In addition, Seattle has direct non stop
services from London Heathrow daily with
British Airways from £411 return (www.
ba.com) and Virgin Atlantic from £410
return (www.virginatlantic.com) and four a
week with Norwegian from £349.80 return
(www.Norwegian.com) from Gatwick.
Seattle sizzles with a hip vibe and laidback sophistication and with new flights at very
competitive prices, new hotels and new cruise options, it has never been a better time
Nine new hotels are expected to open in 2018 in Seattle, providing the city with 2,568
more rooms, a 21.6% increase and bringing the total number of rooms to 14,480 in
downtown Seattle. The new hotels include the Moxy, Embassy Suites, Even Hotel,
Staybridge Suites, Hotel at the Mark, State Hotel, The Charter, Hotel at former Potala
Tower and the Hyatt Regency.
Space Needle renovation
The Space Needle is undergoing a $100
million renovation programme to reinvent
the Observation Deck to an all glass look,
and to upgrade the restaurant level.
The Observation Deck will re-launch at
the end of May 2018 and the restaurant
will re-open in Autumn 2018. Check the
latest news and timings at http://www.
Small Ships to Cruise Ships
The Norwegian Bliss, a 4000 berth ship
built specially to sail to Alaska will launch
at the end of May this year, providing a
stunning brand new, superbly appointed
option for the cruise market out of Seattle.
Over 1 million passengers on 215 cruise
ships are expected to sail to Alaska from
Seattle in 2018.
Small ship cruising is growing in
popularity as travellers seek more unique
experiences and more intimate journeys
in the Pacific Northwest. On small ship
sailings, travellers visit inlets, channels
and smaller ports, and see Puget Sound’s
marine wildlife up close. UnCruise
Adventures and American Cruise Lines
operate in the Pacific Northwest.
The city which swept coffee into the 21 st
century is an addiction like no other. From
the iconic Space Needle to the glittering
angles of the new Mark Tower, Seattle’s
skyline is encircled by snow-capped
volcanoes, verdant forests, lakes and
sensational seascapes. World renowned
for Hendrix, then grunge 30 years ago,
Seattle remains cutting-edge with riveting
scenes of Americana, indie rock, hip hop
and electronic music today.
Premium wines born from Washington
State’s 900 vineyards complement the
exceptional dining experiences serving
up lashings of the freshest seafood from
its Pacific waters and local farm to fork
treats in its restaurants and hotels.
Above all, it’s Seattleites and their
neighbourhoods you come to experience.
HIP! – the word was made for us.
The adventure begins in Seattle. It’s
a walkable city. Discover the Seattle
Aquarium and the Great Wheel on Elliot
Take the Monorail from Westlake Center
in the heart of the city to the Seattle
Center, to see the Space Needle, MoPop
(a pop culture wonderland) and the
beautiful Chihuly Garden and Glass which
showcases the glass blowing skills of artist
Head over to watch the flying fish at
the famous Pike Place Market or stop at
Starbucks’ Reserve Roastery and Tasting
Up for a bigger adventure? Take a day trip
and tour the Boeing airplane factory, hop
aboard a seaplane to the San Juan Islands
or enjoy one of Washington State’s great
There are three National parks near
Seattle – The Olympic National Park,
Mt Rainier National Park and the North
Cascades National Park.
The Olympic National Park is home to
high mountains, Pacific surf beaches,
whales and the only temperate rainforests
in US, with their spectacular massive
bearded mossy spruces just like those in
Lord of the Rings.
At almost one million acres, including
73 miles of Pacific coastline, the
Olympic National Park is the epicentre
of the Olympic Peninsula. Designated
a UNESCO World Heritage Site and
International Biosphere Reserve, almost
95% of the park is designated wilderness.
The park is also home to 26 endemic
species and is visited by over two million
people a year, placing it among the top
10 most visited national parks in the USA.
The Olympic Peninsula also has one of
only three Victorian coastal towns in the
US, Port Townsend, with lovely character
lodges, and B&Bs to stay in.
Mount Rainier National Park is one of
the highest mountains in the USA and
features amazing hiking trails and wildlife.
It has over 120 glaciers and views across
the live volcano Mount St Helens,
one of the most active volcanoes in the
The North Cascades National Park, east
of Seattle, is the wilderness adventure
capital of Washington State. It offers a
range of mountains, lakes and forests, and
is a great area for outdoor adventurers
with horse riding, kayaking, white water
rafting and even rock climbing.
A 400 mile drive called the North Cascade
Loop gives visitors access to many of its
highlights and towns and villages. The
drive starts in Seattle and could take just
two to three days to complete, but visitors
may like to stay longer to enjoy more
adventures in the region.
Top Festivals/events 2018
Taste of Washington 22-25 March 2018 http://tastewashington.org/
Seattle Film Festival 17 May – 10 June 2018 https://www.siff.net/festival
Upstream Festival 1-3 June 2018 https://upstreammusicfest.com/
Bumbershoot 31 August – 2 September 2018 www.bumbershoot.com
Pearl Jam plays Seattle – Don’t miss Pearl Jam playing in their home city! They will play
two ‘Home Shows’ at Safeco in August, pledging $1 million to Seattle-area homeless
initiatives, on Wednesday August 8, and Friday August 10. This marks the first time in
five years that Pearl Jam has played its hometown.
The Washington state is second only to
California for wine production, with nearly
900 wineries around the state. There are
some amazing places to stay to enhance
the experience plus touring options from
horse riding to cycling to walking and
driving between them!
There are 25 Scenic Byways in the state
of Washington – lots of great drives!
Washington state is a wilderness and
wildlife viewing playground. Don’t miss
whale watching in Seattle’s Puget Sound.
See native orca pods all year round, plus
many and varied visiting whales including
humpback, grey, minke and of course,
seals and dolphins! Go squid catching,
see Salmon Ladders where the fish swim
and leap, bald eagles and bears.
Travel between Vancouver and Seattle
along one of the most beautiful coastline
in the US on the Coastal Passage train for
a luxurious and relaxing experience.
Canada, Oregon and California
Take a Clipper boat to Victoria, Vancouver
Island off the coast of Canada. Vancouver
is a 3 hour drive from Seattle so enjoy
combining the USA and Canada to make
a Two Nation Vacation.
Lots of visitors also like to pair Portland in
Oregon with Seattle, or take in the whole
west coast of the USA between Seattle
and Los Angeles.
Films and TV
Many films and TV shows have been set
and filmed in Seattle and Washington
State including Sleepless in Seattle, Grey’s
Anatomy, Frasier, 50 Shades of Grey, An
Officer and a Gentleman, Practical Magic
and Captain Fantastic to name a few.
The Twilight series and the latest series
of Twin Peaks were both partly filmed in
More information and holiday
itineraries are available at www.Seattle-
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interested in I’ll explore and come back to you with more.
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A HIKING HOLIDAY IN HAWAII
Hawaii is a great place for hiking, it can lead to the most amazing adventure, but can
be dangerous at the same time, so you should be aware of the potential hazards.
The difficulty of hiking in Hawaii is varied with trails for beginners to trails that are
recommended only for the most experienced of hikers.
It gets dark quickly in Hawaii due to its
proximity to the equator. This is because
the sun quickly drops lower towards the
sea. light disappears rapidly. It is important
to plan to finish your hike long before
darkness; in the summer, it is completely
dark by 7.15pm.
Be aware of the weather conditions, as
Hawaii can have high winds and torrential
rain, leading to slippery trails and even flash
floods, as some of the trails are narrow and
can be close to sheer drops on both sides.
You need to be careful here in even good
conditions, so better to avoid them in poor
The best time to plan to hike in Hawaii
is between April and October as during
these months, the weather conditions are
There are many excellent hiking trails in
Hawaii, uch as the Ala Kahakai National
Historic Trail along the 175 mile Kona
Coast. This trail will lead you through
cultural sites, Hawaiian fishponds and other
Pololu Valley Lookout is another trail
popular with hikers. The trail leads to a
black sand beach via the green Waipio
Valley; the landscape and scenery are
Why not take part in a Hawaiian rainforests
hike, with dense forests, ideal for another
adventure? Admire the tropical plants, as
well as streams, waterfalls, trees and exotic
It is important to stay on the trails and
not wander off as there are potential
dangers, such as hunters (wear bright
clothes so easily seen) or illegal marijuana
growers, although you are unlikely to
meet the illegal farmers as their patches
are typically not close to the hiking trails.
If you are hiking alone, always keep a
mobile phone handy, with the uneven
ground, your ankle could be easily injured,
and as many of their trails are remote, it
may be a long wait before another hiker
In summary, Hawaii is a fantastic place
to hike with many wonderful trails which
allow you to experience all Hawaii has to
offer. A little extra care can ensure your
trip is unforgettable.
Walking Tour Company
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740, USA ♦ Tel +808 640 3888
Rising 3000 feet above sea level on the island of
Hawaii, Kona Cloud Forest is a wonderful experience
for young and old. The professionally-guided walking tour
covers 1.2 miles (1.6 km) and usually last 2 1/2 to 3 hours. In
that time you’ll not only bear witness to the only remaining
cloud forest in Hawaii, but one of 25 in the entire world.
During your tour you will see many exotic trees, plants and
By definition, a cloud forest is a tropical or subtropical
forest characterized by persistent low-level clouds. As one
would imagine, the vegetation inside the confines of this
ethereal environment is dense and the trees are somewhat
dwarfed by the limited access to sunshine, creating an
enchanted and unique experience.
If you love Nature this is a must-see experience while
visiting Hawai’i.Note: All tours by appointment only, call
(808) 640-3888 or KonaCloudForestTours@Gmail.com
MEXICO ROAD TRIP
Planning a road trip in Mexico? There are many things to consider, such as what route
to take, essentials to know and how to stay safe.
The roads in Mexico are not of a very high standard, so when planning your route, it is
better to stay focussed on the main roads. In Mexico, these are known as “cuota” and are
the best and fastest roads. These are toll roads, but you will have a much more enjoyable
There can be delays due to security stops between states, where they search your vehicle,
so allow plenty of time for the journey. When travelling, watch out for speed bumps which
often appear without warning and hitting one at speed could actually damage your car.
Mexico is an inexpensive country for most things purchased, but the cost of driving is high,
with fuel costs in line with the prices in the UK.
THe dangers of Mexico are well documented and safety is a key consideration. There is
a risk of drug related violence, especially on the roads heading South away from the US.
Plan your journey well and be aware of where exits lead, to make sure you choose the right
points to leave the highway.
If you are entering Mexico from America, it is necessary to purchase your insurance at
the border. It will be necessary to provide certain documentation at the border including
passport, vehicle registration document, driver’s license (each of these you need the
original and a copy) and the Mexico Tourist Card which is received when the border is
Your road trip can take you through
deserts, along amazing coastlines and into
traditional Mexican towns and get a unique
This includes locations such as Mexico City,
the melting point of Mexico, full of strong
Mexican culture. At first glance, it is a dark
and uninviting city, but given time, there is
so much to keep you interested.
Another location for your trip could
be Cancun, Chichen Itza and Playa del
Carmen; these areas are for tourists but
certainly worth visiting. These are fun and
vibrant places with superb water sports
and activities on offer. There is something
here for everyone to enjoy.
You can see baby turtles hatching on the
beach and swim with whale sharks, this
should be a must visit destination.
It’s your road trip, so plan your trip well
and have the most amazing Mexican
Callejón Morelos 103, Centro, 68040 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico ♦
Tel +52 951 351 5917 ♦ hotelelcallejon.com
Oaxaca is a city situated towards the south of Mexico’s capital. In the heart of
Oaxaca is a nonchalant hotel – El Callejon Boutique Hotel. The name of the hotel
literally means “the alley” and the appearance of the hotel would definitely lead you
into believing that there is nothing extraordinary about it. However, inside is where all
the magic is. While the adobe walls give you a sense of age, the inside is full of modern
architecture. The whole hotel is a mix of modern and classical architecture. The hotel
provides ample amount of open space and natural light and yet the artificial lights put up
stand out and add their own flair to the hotel. There is a distinct charm about the hotel
and one cannot help but be spellbound with it. It is a boutique hotel and has a strange
synergy with the nature and the culture around it. It incorporates all of it together and
tailors it to provide you with one of the most unique experiences.
Cancun | Mexico
How to Get in
• Drive in
• Local Taxi
Attractions & Sights
• Isla Contoy
• Chichen Itza
• Parque de las Palapas
Things to do
• Scuba Dive
• Swim with the Whale
• Jeep Safari
• Attend a cooking class
Find out more – https://
A paradise unto itself with sandy
beaches, stunning weather, luxury
resorts and a vibrant nightlife unlike
30, 77509 Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico ♦ Tel +52 1 998 168 9224 ♦ yumcancun.com
If you have ever thought of cooking Mexican food, this is your chance to learn to
cook it to perfection. Yum Cooking Workshop in Cancun teaches you prehispanic and
colonial cuisines which are made from the choicest ingredients. You will also be taught
how Mexican chefs are using these age-old recipes to create new fusion dishes. But if you
thought that making food is all you’ll learn about, you are wrong. They will even teach
you about Tequila and Mezcal and will introduce you to the process of making and tasting
them. At the end of it all, you can feast on their fine 6-course menu and pair it up with a
selection of Mexican wines! It is one thing to eat Mexican food and a completely different
thing to make it from the scratch. Yum Cooking Workshop welcomes you to experience
this gastronomical journey with them when you visit Mexico.
NAME PRINCESS OF MAYEV
Sea View Hotel
Paseo Punta Santa Cruz, P Chahue, 70987 Bahias de Huatulco, Oax., Mexico ♦
Tel +52 958 587 2955 ♦ princessmayev.com
Princess Mayev is situated in the charming town of Huatulco, set on Mexico’s vibrant Pacific
Coast. Striking views of the glittering ocean and verdant palm trees stretch out for miles
below this hilltop sanctuary, which is situated less than a kilometer away from Chahue Beach.
Bursting with character, each of the hotel’s elegant rooms offer a clean minimalist design with
dashes of traditional Spain incorporated. Atop the camel tiles, wicker seating and polished
wooden furnishings create a chic and tranquil environment, though a classical Spanish theme is
maintained. You can sit back in the comfort of your rooms and enjoy the serene sea view while
sipping on a cup of coffee.
Rising above the rest of Barcelona, Hotel
Arts located on the waterfront, provides a
luxurious stay with spellbinding views of the
sea and city. With some amazing facilities
like terrace gardens, outdoor swimming
pool and spa, they ensure that the guests
here get a unique experience. If that was
not enough, you can keep up with your
gym schedule at the fitness center or get
pampered in the hairdressing salon and
luxury fashion boutiques. The sophisticated
rooms and suites have elegantly done
Mexican favorites such as fajitas and
nachos are served alongside fresh seafood
and succulent steaks in the onsite Xima
Lounge Restaurant. You could even dine in
the comfort of your room or in the balcony!
Sun-kissed and sophisticated, the terrace
bar is a serene spot overlooking a sea of
verdant palm trees, perfect for enjoying a
refreshing pick-me-up in the sun. The hotel
even has a swimming pool with sunbathing
beds right next to it so that you can laze
around and soak in the Mexican sun while
enjoying the stunning views from there.
décor and plush furnishings.To top it all off,
the hotel boasts of some amazing duplex
penthouses that offer the pinnacle of luxury
travel experiences. The penthouses come
with a butler and shopping concierge to
provide assistance along with luxury private
transfer to shopping places.
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The hotel offers a host of tours to some
of the most breathtaking locations in
the surrounding area. Equipped with
impeccable knowledge of the region,
passionate guide lead you in exploring the
surrounding bays and waterfalls throughout
Oaxaca, as well as Puerto Angel, a popular
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m Mexico Cassie. I’m from London
originally but my family and I now live
in Mexico. We had had enough of the
stresses of London life and decided to
make a change. We wanted to slow down,
live somewhere new and be able to spend
more time together as a family.
My husband and I feel strongly that we
have to make the most of our lives and that
we want to teach our kids to follow their
dreams, not be stifled by the expectations
of others. By moving to Mexico we are
demonstrably doing exactly that: living
the life we want to live, not the life society
expects of us. Our kids will be bilingual and
bi-cultural, which we feel is an incredible
gift to give them.
What made you decide to set up a travel
blog on Mexico?
When we decided to leave London it was
also a decision to leave behind our old
professions (I worked in the third sector). I
have always been a writer so I decided to
write about our new experiences in Mexico.
I realised that Mexico isn’t always portrayed
in a positive light across the world and I
want to change that, to encourage people
to visit and decide for themselves. This is
such a diverse country, with so much to do,
see and learn.
Oftentimes Mexico tends to receive
negative press, how safe is Mexico on a
whole for travellers? Are there any nogo
In my opinion, Mexico is perfectly safe for
travellers. As with any country you want to
visit, talk to locals, read up on what’s going
on and figure it out for yourself rather than
listen to scaremongering from others with
a potential axe to grind. Yes, there are nogo
areas in Mexico right now but, please
don’t let small areas of danger put you off
a trip to a huge country that is, for the most
part, perfectly safe. Just don’t do anything
stupid like to go areas of cities that are
currently known to be out of bounds and
don’t try and buy drugs. You’ll be just fine.
When is the best time of year to visit?
Mexico is such a huge country that there
is no single ‘best time’ to visit. There will
always be somewhere that’s just right
whenever you want to go.
How important is it to be able to speak
Obviously speaking Spanish is useful when
visiting Mexico. In most of the areas people
are likely to visit, the majority of Mexicans
will have at least a basic understanding of
English (remember we’re right next to the
USA here). If you’re heading off the beaten
path then yes, Spanish would be helpful.
And even when people do speak English,
showing willing in Spanish will make people
even more happy to help you.
What cities or places would you recommend to someone
planning a road trip?
The Yucatan Peninsula is a great starting point for people who
haven’t been to Mexico before. It’s beautiful, full of history, has
great beaches and the food is delicious. Oaxaca and Chiapas would
also make for a great road trip, we did that for our honeymoon.
What would you say is the best off the beaten path attraction?
What? Reveal my secrets? Oh, ok then. Well, we loved exploring
the Copper Canyon. It’s the biggest canyon range in the world and
not that many foreigners visit, it’s very much a Mexican destination
still. The train through the canyon is one of the only passenger
trains in Mexico and the views are breathtaking.
The day of the dead is world renowned, do you have any tips
for anyone planning to attend?
Be respectful. Yes there’s a party atmosphere but that doesn’t mean
this isn’t an important time for Mexicans. You’re always going to
be welcome to join in but, please, remember to ask permission
before taking photos of decorated tombs or alters. Do not ever
touch an alter or remove anything from one. They matter.
Mexican street food is extremely popular all over the world,
what is your favourite dish and why?
There’s nothing I love more than a street-taco for breakfast,
especially if it’s covered in spicy salsa. There’s something so
addictive about Mexican salsa, I just can’t help myself.
In the evenings we love esquites. This is a cup of corn mixed
with mayonnaise (or cream), cheese, lime juice and chile. It’s so
Finally, what does the future hold for Mexico Cassie? Planning
to see more of central America?
I have a lot more of Mexico to cover still. I don’t think I could ever
get bored with Mexico. But yes, of course, there’s a whole world
out there and I want to see as much of it as possible.
Please include any website links and social media handles below.
Hotel and Restaurant
Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Z.C. 29010 ♦ Tel +52 9611407217 ♦ chiapashotel.com
Malinalco | Mexico
How to Get in
• Drive in
• Local Colectivos
• On foot
This new city is the perfect base for
exploring the rugged state of Chiapas
Attractions & Sights
• Cascada El Chiflon
• Plaza de la Paz
• Canon del Sumidero
• Estadio Victor Manuel
Located in the heart of Tuxtla Gutierrez in Chiapas, Chiapas Hotel Express provides
a luxurious stay for family and business travelers alike. Choose from one of their 32
single and double bedded rooms and estrellas. Each of their accommodation options is
well-furnished and is equipped with all necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay
for you. The hotel’s bilingual staff leaves no stone unturned to ensure all round comfort
for you. The hotel also features an in-house restaurant, El Itacate Restaurant, where you
can choose from some of the finest Mexican and Latin preparations. The restaurant is
even vegetarian and vegan-friendly! The location of the hotel gives you the advantage of
easily reaching all the prominent landmarks of the city. The airport, Sumidero and Canyon
viewpoints are all located at a few minutes distance from the hotel. You could even rent a
car at the hotel and explore the city at your own pace.
Things to do
• Bike Tour
• Flight Club Valle Bonito
• Try Mole Sauce
Find out more – https://
Malinalco, State of Mexico, Mexico ♦ Tel +52 722 783 1133 ♦ amatedelrio.com
Hotel Amate del Rio Malinaico welcomes you to experience its relaxing settings in
the midst of nature. The hotel offers you comfortable accommodation options
with each room equipped with plush amenities to make sure that you have a luxurious
holiday experience. They offer continental buffet breakfast every single day to start off
your day in style. They have something for your kids as well. There’s a kid’s playground
and a garden so that you can laze around and enjoy the peace of nature. You could take
a dip in their outdoor swimming pool in the midst of the garden and have the perfect
holiday experience. If you want to get pampered even more, you could go for a massage
session as well. The location of the hotel, makes it easy for you to get around town and
explore its beautiful sights.
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COSTA RICA TOP 3
There are so many things to do in Costa Rica. The country is beautiful with stunning
beaches and welcoming locals who will introduce you to their culture as well as
the local cuisine.
However, the thing that stands out the most in Costa Rica is its natural beauty, with
volcanoes, waterfalls, the rain forest and, of course, the spectacular wildlife.
These are our top three recommendations for Costa Rica.
2. Snorkelling and scuba diving in Caño Island Biological Reserve is so rewarding, enjoy
the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and discover the colourful life beneath the
The opportunities are here to admire a large variety of exotic marine life with species
such as turtles, sharks and manta ray. There are also dolphins and humpback whales,
that you may come across during your dive.
1.A visit to Arenal Volcano National Park is a must. Enjoy long cycle rides or hikes
admiring the hot springs and wildlife which includes tree frogs, toucans, parrots and
even jaguars. Arenal Volcano is still active and the remnants of the 1968 eruptions
can be seen in the cooled lava fields. The area is popular for fishing and water sports.
Take a dip in one of the hot springs, which are perfectly safe as the volcano has
been dormant since 2010. La Fortuna Waterfall, southwest of La Fortuna, is another
attraction worth a visit within the national park.
3. The Gold Coast is yet another beautiful location of Costa Rica with secluded beaches
and a sunny climate, it is very different to the rain forests. It has fantastic landscape
which includes volcanoes, small fishing villages and traditional hotels.
Of all the beaches on the Gold Coast, the Playa Carrillo beach is the ideal place for a
beach vacation, with white sand, palm tree forests and clear waters, although these
traits are typical of most beaches in Costa Rica.
YENS – DRAKE BAY
Tell us a little about yourself
I am originally from Costa Rica and used
to live in Seattle. In my old job the money
was good, but I hardly found any time for
life. Patrick and I would travel to Costa Rica
for holidays and finally decided to sell up
and build our hotel on the Southern coast,
where I grew up. We had some land which
we purchased from my family a few years
earlier. This would be the home for our
luxury sustainable hotel
Where did you come up with the name
Since we wanted to “get away” from our
high-tech jobs and fast-paced lives in the
USA and our town is named Drake Bay,
we decided to name our hotel Drake Bay
Who would you say is your target
market? Do you offer any packages
related to this?
Both families and honeymooners are our
target market. About 50% of our guests are
from the USA and about 50% from Europe.
We offer several Night Packages to our
What sort of dining options can guests
expect at the resort?
We offer gourmet meals made from local,
fresh ingredients. Meals are prepared
based on individuals’ special diets and
requirements. Please visit our Dining for
more details. Also, please see documents
Drake bay itself is famous for Eco tourism,
what steps or measures have you put in
place to ensure you’re eco-friendly?
We take sustainability seriously. Please visit
our Sustainability for details.
Wildlife is a key attraction of Drake Bay
& Costa Rica in general; do you organise
any tours related to this?
Yes, we organize all our tours. Please visit
our Tours page.
What is your favourite attraction?
Corcovado National Park day-hike at Sirena.
Aside from Drake bay what other parts
of Costa Rica would you recommend to
San Gerardo de Dota.
Costa Rica is a famous coffee producing
country and Seattle is considered the
Coffee capital of America. Having a
unique insight into both, which would
you say is better for a coffee lover?
Costa Rica offers amazing coffee beans.
However, most hotels and restaurants don’t
offer gourmet coffee (lattes, cappuccinos,
etc). At our resort, our guests can enjoy
gourmet coffee drinks for free as part of
What does the future hold for Drake Bay
We plan to add more hotel amenities
and tours in the future in order to make
our guests’ stay even more exciting and
memorable. We also plan to continue to
support initiatives and projects in our local
community in order to improve the lives of
the people who live here. Here are some of
our Community Commitment.
HOTEL & FINCA
Camino Aerodromo, 2de Esquina Calle Principal, Drake Bay, Osa,
Puntarenas, Costa Rica ♦ Tel +506 2775 0043 ♦ mohagine.com
On the beach of Drake’s Bay in Costa Rica, is a hotel which still runs in the most
traditional way and yet would be called unconventional today. The Mohagine
Hotel was started in 2015 and gives you an experience like no other. The hotel has
20,000 square meters of hotel and farm and 50,000 square meters of protected primary
rainforest. They boast more than 50 varieties of orchids alone. If this weren’t enough, they
grow more than 60 varieties of fruits and 70 varieties of other tropical flowers, making
them one of the unique tropical gardens in the area, if not the world. This garden is
surrounded by rainforests and hence frequent visits by our exotic friends from nature is a
common sight. Amongst all of this, the accommodation and the hospitality does not take
a back seat. Mohagine offers natural air-conditioned accommodations to ensure privacy.
There is a fully-functional kitchen along with parking. The huts also provide comfortable
beds for you to relax and breathe in nature, one breath at a time.
Image by: Nick Dietrich
Cuba’s Classic Cars
Visiting Cuba will take you back in time and automotive history, it could easily be a
living car museum. It is normal in Cuba to see a row of dusty classic cars waiting
to exit from a junction. To the outsider this is fascinating, to the locals, this is the everyday
life in Cuba.
Car enthusiasts from around the work would
pay a fortune for many of the cars on the
dusty streets of Havana, with such a wide
range of classics to see such as Chevrolet,
Buick, Ford, Chryslers old Plymouth,
and also a range of Russian vehicles are
common on the streets. These classic cars
are Cubans’ run-around vehicles.
Cuba has that lost in time feeling following
Fidel Castro’s long-term dislike for the
United States. Even though Cuba is just
a short distance from Florida, Cuba has
held a ban on the import of vehicles for
many years making it almost impossible to
purchase a foreign made new vehicle. This
ban also made maintenance of the Cuban
cars most difficult with purchasing of fuel
and spare parts for the aging classics,
becoming a very difficult transaction.
How did the Cubans continue to keep their
classic American cars running when new
parts were impossible to purchase? There
was just one option and that was to hand
build parts and improvise with what was
available, a fantastic feat!
However, times are changing in Cuba and
soon Cuba could have new car imports
like most other countries. The need for
permission to purchase a foreign made car
has been abolished for the first time since
1959, so now at last Cubans can purchase
whatever vehicle they desire, although the
prices could be very expensive.
Residents of Cuba are delighted with the
ruling, but the beautiful site of the classic
cars on the dusty streets of Cuba could
soon be lost, unless the locals decide to
retain their old ways.
The changes to the automotive industry
in Cuba will happen over a longer period
of time, and certainly will not be major
changes overnight. What will become of
the many classic cars in Cuba? Maybe they
will be exported to America, where there
would be no shortage of buyers willing to
pay a premium for these classic cars. And
maybe, the premium paid for these classic
motors would be enough for the purchase
and import of a new foreign vehicle!
Private Tour Company
Vedado, Havana, 10400, Cuba ♦ Tel +1300 79 55 31 ♦ experiencecubatours.com.au
Visiting Cuba and want to
get the finest experience
of the country? Get private tours
and the most authentic Cuban
experiences with Experience
Cuba Tours. Based in both Cuba
and Australia, this company
ensures that you will see the very
best of the country without having
to worry about travel specifics or
local hazards. Everything right
from visa applications to private
transport and transfers around
Cuba is handled by them so that
you can devote all your attention
to seeing the nation. Their small
group tours allow a maximum
of seven people to ensure that
you can get a more personalized
experience and you can choose
their many packages ranging
from short, 4 days Hotel Tour to
the Grande 15 days tour of Cuba!
However, their most famous tours
are the private tailor made tours
where you can design your own
itinerary with them and see Cuba
exactly the way you wish to!
The Rise of Tourism In Cuba
Cuba has continued to grow as a tourism destination over the years, a low cost of
living and beautiful scenery are all on offer at the largest of the Caribbean islands.
With its fantastic winter weather and hundreds of white sandy beaches with clear seas,
tourists flock to the country. There are the inspiring landscapes of Viñales Valley and
Havana is from another era, with its classic cars on the dusty streets and architecture from
the art deco era.
There are many attractions in Cuba that are worth visiting, a few of which are listed below.
1. Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is a UNESCO World Heritage site with many historic
buildings that have received renovation, a fantastic piece of history has been
preserved for all to enjoy, attractions include Hemingway’s favourite hangout,
Bodeguita del Medio and Castillo de la Real Fuerza, a military fortress.
2. The town of Trinidad, also a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most visited
and impressive cities of Cuba, second only to Havana. Once again, the buildings
have been renovated to ensure architecture from the past can be enjoyed by all, and
with plenty of attractions, Trinidad is a town well worth the trip.
Cuba is also a very safe place, with little major crime, so visitors can feel safe to explore
Accommodation for tourists is easy to find and the evidence of the growth of the tourism
market was clear to see when Airbnb named Cuba as the fastest growing market in 2016.
It was estimated in 2017, a record 4.5 million tourists visited Cuba, this included a large
proportion from the USA. Tourism is now the leading source of foreign income, now
ahead of sugar.
3. Cuba is known for its beautiful beaches and one of the best is Playa Paraiso. The
sheltered white sandy beach is the perfect place to relax, with a dry sunny climate,
and few other attractions, all you can do is enjoy the surroundings.
4. Santa Clara is the site of the last battle led by Che Guevarra in 1958. His body was
laid to rest here. Monuments at Santa Clara include his mausoleum (Mausoleo del
Che Guevara) and the monument, the Memorial Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara.
Havana, Cuba ♦ Tel +53 5 2905142 ♦ oldcarshavana.com
Some of Che Guevara personal possessions can be seen at the Museo Historico de la
Revolucion and the Monumento a la Toma del Tren Blindado, the site of the final battle
between Che Guevara and the Batista troops.
If you’re in Havana or
Varadero and want to
explore the city in a good
“old’ vintage car, you can
contact Old Cars Havana.
You can explore the city with
guided and un-guided tours
in their royal vehicles. They
are the only tour company
to offer guided tours in
English, Spanish, German,
Italian, French and Russian.
Whether you wish to see
the city of Havana, follow
the footsteps of Ernest
Hemingway or even see the
beautiful Havana Vinales,
they have tours for it all.
You could choose to go in
a hardtop car, a mini bus or
even a convertible car! Wish
to have an airport transfer or
beach transfer, they do that
as well. You could also go to
the Buena Vista Social Club
in the VIP vehicles and enjoy
the nightlife of Cuba as a
royal guest! They invest their
profits in preservation of old
cars and English lessons for
BELIZE TOP 10
If you are thinking of visiting Belize, consider the top 10 things to do when you visit.
There are plenty of choices, whether relaxing on the beach or being more adventurous
and visiting vast underground cave networks, the choice is yours.
1. Maya Ruins and Temples, once the
centre of the Mayan civilization.
Temples and underground ritual
chambers remain, and so do historic
artefacts such as pottery, stone carvings
2. Caye Caulker is a small Caribbean
island off the coast of Belize, with a laid
back attitude from the locals, beautiful
blue sea, the barrier reef, and fantastic
seafood. This was once a hidden gem,
slowly being discovered by tourists.
3. Over 160 species of marine life have
been identified in the Hol Chan Marine
reserve. This includes 40 different
species of corals, 3 marine mammals
and 3 species of sea turtle. This is the
perfect location for snorkelling and
4. The ATM cave, is an ancient Mayan
archaeological site, nestled in Belize’s
lush rainforest in the Cayo District.
You can hike through the caves, swim
through deep water , experience
amazing sights and create wonderful
memories of ancient history.
5. The Jaguar Preserve is known for one of
the most impressive jungle hiking trails
in Belize. During the hike, Jaguars are
often seen and fantastic fauna can be
seen along the way.
6. View Belize’s Great Blue Hole from
above on a helicopter trip that flies
directly over the UNESCO-listed
natural wonder. Also get a bird’s eye
view of the Turneffe Atoll island cluster,
Lighthouse Reef, and more of Belize’s
7. Try some unusual Belize food, such as
the traditional stewed gibnut or hudut.
Belize’s artisan chocolates should also
be tasted, Belize produces high-quality
chocolate, made from Belizean cacao
8. The Belize coastline extends 175 miles
along the Caribbean Sea with stunning
beaches such as Placencia and Cave
Caulker, which are ideal locations for
relaxing, snorkelling or scuba diving.
9. Originally opened as a refuge for wild
animals, the Belize Zoo is not a typical
enclosed zoo. Here the animals live in
a natural jungle environment. You can
spot over 150 animals here which are all
rehabilitated, orphaned animals or are
born in the zoo.
10. To visit the real Belize, away from the
tourists, head to Dangriga. . A hotbed
for music such as Punta Rock and
Paranda, this is certainly a town with a
vibe, where you can really appreciate
Hummingbird Hwy, Belize ♦ Tel +501 610-2034 ♦ jaguarcreek.org
Located in the heart of the rainforests of Belize, Jaguar Creek gives you a jungle
adventure experience like none other. While Belize is known for “it’s stunning” beaches
and diving, it’s less discovered beauty lies in the jungle. While you’re here, you can stay in a
private jungle cabana that offers peace and comfort. With screened in windows that allow
for an indoor outdoor experience you can see thousands of trees towering above you on
all sides. Our 1700 acre grounds offer views of lush rainforest, a self-guided jungle walk,
caves, tropical birds and self guided tours of our cacao plantation. Our full service dining
room provides a homemade breakfast each morning, afternoon and evening. Jaguar Creek
not only supports local entrepreneurs, limits our environmental impact and develops local
talent but we also donate a large percentage of our profits to PathLight International, an
innovative non-profit organization that is changing the lives of children, teachers and local
communities immediately around Jaguar Creek. For the newlyweds or couples looking for
a romantic getaway, our honeymoon suite offers privacy and romantic touches. With eight
private cabanas, multiple private family cabanas and a ranch house that sits amongst the
garden, this is the unique vacation adventure experience you have been looking for.
Image by: Nico Carrera
Beach Front Hotel
Placencia Sidewalk, Placencia, Belize ♦ Tel +501 622-4142 / 011 501 622 4142 ♦
When you hear of the Caribbean Islands, the image which comes to mind is that
of a picturesque beach along the coast with the pristine blue waters of the
Caribbean Sea washing your feet. Caribbean Beach Cabanas in Belize are the embodiment
of the same generic image of the Caribbean. Their beauty lies in their simplicity and their
old world charm, and rustic nature of things adds to it. It is the only adults-only resort in
the entire peninsula and provides you with a host of options to choose and plan your stay
there. The hotel is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend with your partner. It also offers
to organize your dream destination wedding, the memories of which would be etched on
your mind for the rest of your life. The life in and around the resort is so colorful and yet so
quiet and tranquil that you would be forgiven if you thought you had travelled back in time.
Image by: Giacomo Buzzao
FALKLAND ISLANDS | THE ONE TO WATCH
The Falkland Islands are remote islands in the South Atlantic, a real wilderness with
a rugged landscape, cliffs along the coast, a population of less than 4000, and the
perfect habitat for a variety of birdlife.
You can find miles of stunning landscapes, wilderness and secluded beaches, where you
can relax in peace with the exception of the sound of the sea and the wildlife, in particular
To travel to the Falklands, most visitors
arrive by cruise liner, but it is also possible
to fly from Argentina or Chile, but flights
Whatever means of transport you choose,
on arriving the remoteness and wilderness
are so apparent, but there is still plenty to
see and do.
You can appreciate the wildlife, a 4x4
is essential to get around, but there are
locations such as the Bluff Cove where
you can see and walk amongst over 3000
There are also many sights to see such as
Christ Church Cathedral in Stanley, and
many other landmarks.
The Falklands War of 1982, plays a
prominent part in the Islands history, with
the 1982 Liberation Memorial, Memorial
Wood, the Argentine Military Cemetery
and the Stanley Military Cemetery well
worth a visit.
Anyone visiting the Falklands, should take
advantage of a country which must be
one of the most fantastic places to walk in
unpolluted, fresh air and clear skies, such
an invigorating environment.
Having such a small population, most of
which lives in Stanley, your walk across the
rugged terrain, will be a peaceful, often
not meeting any others walking but more
likely to meet with the islands’ wildlife.
And at the end of a long day, relax in one
of the hotels and guest houses, typically
found in and around Stanley, where you
can recharge your batteries ready for
The Award for Excellence
7 Allardyce Street, Stanley, East Falkland FIQQ1ZZ, Falkland Islands ♦ estancia-excursions.com
Located in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, Estancia Excursions is a tour
operator run by Nyree Heathman.
Estancia Excursions provides an array of tours and day trips giving visitors the chance to
explore the Islands’ impressive wildlife and delve into its fascinating history. With many
years’ experience in the tourism industry, Nyree guarantees a reliable, professional and
friendly service for visitors to this remote South Atlantic archipelago.
Among the tours offered are day trips to Volunteer Point to see the Falklands’ largest King
Penguin rookery. Mingling with over 2000 breeding pairs of King Penguins and their cute
fluffy chicks, as well as the numerous Gentoo and Magellanic Penguins that this location
has to offer, isn’t to be missed.
For those with an interest in Falklands history they also conduct battlefield tours to
Darwin, Goose Green and San Carlos, sharing their knowledge of the Falklands way of
life as the road meanders through farms where you may spot shepherds working. The
Stanley Mountains Battlefield Tour will give you a deep insight into the history of the 1982
Falklands War as you visit the mountain tops that hosted the battles for Stanley, and pay
your respects at the many memorials along the way.
Meanwhile, visitors with a passion for wildlife can embark on a tour to Cape Bougainville
to view the famous Rockhopper Penguins and possibly even spot an elusive Macaroni
Penguin or two. Here you can also observe King Cormorants crash landing into the cliff
top rookeries that they share with the penguins, or take a trip to Whale Point to see the
docile Elephant Seals slumbering on the beach and surrounding grassy slopes. You can
also spot some of the finest birds of the Islands such as Variable Hawk, Ruddy Headed
Geese and the endemic Flightless Steamer Duck.
Whatever your interests they have a tour for you.
How to Get in
• By Plane
(only in Medellin)
• Cable Car
Attractions & Sights
• El Peñón de Guatapé
• Isla Gorgona
• Salt Cathedral of
• Tatacoa Desert
Things to do
• Learn Spanish
• Visit Cartagena’s
• Try Aguapanela
• Learn to Salsa
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With caribbean beaches, lush forests,
a culturally thriving capital, precolonial
history, trendy nightlife and
wonderful cuisine, Colombia is quite
simply the worlds most underrated
Unique Tour Company
Ruitoque Condominio , Colombia ♦ Tel +01 8000 180 020 / +57 310 610 5672 ♦
If you’re looking for a unique way of seeing Colombia, Trair Colombia is the perfect tour
company for you. With them, you will get to have a bird’s eye view of the entire city
and natural landscapes all around. You can take private helicopter tours of iconic regions
of Colombia like Chicamocha Canyon and Topocoro Reservoir. WIth 3 helicopters and 4
private planes to choose from, you’ve got plenty of options to experience Colombia like
never before, in a luxurious manner. If you wish to share the helicopter or the airplane with
others, you can do so as well. Moreover, They’ve two dedicated trips for destination picnics
where you will get to fly to Chicamocha and then enjoy a typical breakfast or lunch of
Santander. All their tours are narrated in both English and Spanish too. With Trair, you can
truly discover a new side of Colombia; one which only a few are lucky enough to witness.
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Honda, Tolima, Colombia ♦ Tel +57 1 2981752 / +57 3 103057335 ♦
posadalastrampas.com ♦ Facebook: posadalastrampas1 ♦ Instagram: Posada Las Trampas
Located at walking distance from
the Magdalena River, Hotel
Boutique Posada Las Trampas is a highly
recommended property in Honda. Set
in a colonial style house, it has fourteen
individual guest rooms with private
bathrooms. The rooms feature all basic
amenities including air conditioning,
cable TV and free WiFi. Parquet flooring
and rustic furnishing greatly enhance the
beauty of these rooms.
Guests can enjoy the street views from
their private patio or take a stroll down
the shaded galleries. You can also soak in
all the sunshine on sun loungers near the
swimming pool. The in-house restaurant
serves delicious American breakfast. The
hotel also has a bar and offers free parking.
You could also indulge in some relaxing
massages. Nearby attractions include
an aquatic park named Agua Sol Algeria
and Rio Magdalena Museum. The nearest
airport is Perales Airport, located just 88
miles away from the hotel.
If you are looking for a place that combines
rustic vibes with modern amenities, then
this place is the right fit for you.