Travel for the Environment 3 Reasons for a Vacation in Arena Island

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Palawan island resort called Arena.

1. Arena Island’s beauty is a reflection of its healthy environment.
The powdery sand and clear waters are just the tip of the iceberg, so to say, of the island’s beauty. Nested in a coastal community in Palawan called Narra, the island is surrounded by a thriving coral reef, which serves as home to many fish species and other forms of marine life. Take a dive or go snorkeling to get a better view of the colorful underwater world in this pristine part of the Sulu Sea, which is a big part of tourism in Palawan.

2. A place committed to conservation.
The original residents of the island, the pawikan, along with many endemic bird species, find the island a perfect sanctuary where they can peacefully co-exist with humans. The island resort is an eco-tourism location designed with the future of the sea turtles in mind. While the island may have modern amenities to accommodate its visitors, the management makes sure that these will also promote the well-being of the island’s non-human inhabitants.

3. Treat yourself to a private getaway.
The exclusive island is a great place for a luxurious vacation. And because of Arena’s thrust, you can rest easy without the guilt of leaving carbon footprints behind.

If you’re planning on staying longer to bask in the natural beauty and serenity of Arena Island, there are plenty of options you can take. One of them is staying at the casitas and pavilions built in the island. Arena Island resort has a package that will make things much easier for your pocket with its recently launched Casita Nightly Rate Lean Season Promo. Among a lot of other perks, the package gives guests a 12% discount on room rates.

The promo includes the following: usage of the Floating Deck and Tree House, personal butler, beach volleyball, stargazing (in-house telescope), fishing, sound system and videoke, indoor board games, round-trip transfers (land and boat), visit to the Turtle Sanctuary, 2D/1N stay in the Casita, and full-board meals.

Casita Nightly Rate Lean Season Promo can be booked at the hotel website until July 11, 2013. It can be used for stays between Monday and Thursday, from July 1 to October 28, 2013. Feel one with nature even after staying in the comfort of your accommodation since the bedroom opens to a veranda with an exquisite view of the sea and the powdery sand. The resort also has a tree house and hammock, floating veranda for cocktails, al fresco dining areas, and the service of massage therapists. After your trip, you can share your Palawan island resort experience online to help make more people aware of the progress of the turtles and the beauty of their home.


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Atlantas Candlelight Holiday Home Tours

Many beautiful homes in the Atlanta area are decked out for the holidays and featured on candlelight tours. Many tours have become favorite holiday traditions and are fundraisers for local charities. Here are the highlights of candlelight tours scheduled in historic Grant Park and in the cities of Marietta, Roswell, and Decatur.

The 30th Annual Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes is scheduled for November 30 and December 1, from 5:30-9:30pm each evening. The 2012 tour features seven homes that are beautifully decorated for the holidays. Some homes have been carefully renovated and others are newer builds. Rosehill estate and its lovely gardens are included on this years tour. Tickets are $20 in advance when purchased online or in several locations around Decatur. Tickets are $25 the weekend of the tour. Proceeds benefit four youth and educational organizations. Parking at tour sites is limited. It is recommended that visitors use the free shuttle that can be boarded at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Decatur. The shuttle stops at all tour sites.

The Marietta Pilgrimage holiday tour is scheduled for December 1-2. Six private homes in the Church-Cherokee Street Historic District will be featured, as well as several churches and other historic buildings. Day Tour tickets are $20. The $15 Candlelight Tour includes admission to three of the homes. There is also a $25 combination ticket. Tickets may be purchased at tour homes and at the Marietta Visitors Bureau. Shuttle service is available during the day.

Roswell, Georgias Southern Trilogy Candlelight Tour will be held on December 8 from 5-9pm. Visitors will be greeted by costumed docents at the citys three historic home museums. The Greek Revival style Barrington Hall was built in 1830 by a Rowell founder. The 1839 Bulloch Hall was the childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelts mother, Mittie Bulloch. The Archibald Smith Plantation was built in the 1830s by a well-to-do cotton farmer. Candlelight Tour tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. All three historic homes have a variety of other activities scheduled throughout the holiday season.

The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes will take place December 8-9 from 6-10pm. The tour benefits three local non-profits in this historic neighborhood east of downtown Atlanta. Eight homes are included on the tour including the historic 1868 Burns Mansion and the 1856 L.P. Grant Mansion, now the headquarters of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the weekend of the tour. The tour begins at St. Paul United Methodist Church, where visitors will find childrens activities and an artist market.


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Redefining Hotel Entertainment

With the introduction of iPad, Android mobile phones, iPhones, and the like, most hotel guests are no longer interested in the pay per view entertainment offered by hotels. According to a study done by Smith Travel Research, there was a decline of 26 percent in purchase of movies offered in hotel rooms.
Aside from being expensive, guests no longer see the value of these services because they can easily watch movies and their favorite TV shows on their iPad from a website like www.netflix.com for a lot cheaper.

Some hotels have already removed their adult content since guests who are willing to pay for them are getting fewer and fewer. One hotel chain that did this is Marriott.

How To Turn This Around

So what will hotel guests find value in? These gadgets need plain and simple Wi-Fi. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for internet. If it were reasonable, most guests would avail of this but hotels seem to not want anyone using them by charging exorbitant prices. This is why most guests prefer it when it is included to their room rate.

Creative Entertainment

New York’s The Plaza Hotel has introduced the use of iPad for their guests to do a myriad of things. Controls that used to be in a wall panel are now controllable through the iPad. Moreover, guests can order room service or make restaurant reservations through the hotel-given iPad. Guests can also access pre-programmed guides to the city which is a plus for travelling tourists. And more importantly, guests can do their internet surfing for free on this iPad.

In Royalton, rooms come up the iPad too that has a virtual concierge application that guests can use to search for the best Japanese restaurant in town, Broadway shows, best clubs and anything else that they can possibly need.

But this creative use of the iPad is pretty much limited to The Plaza, Royalton and a few others. Almost all hotels still offer the same bland TV and overpriced movie programs. It is quite surprising actually that in surveys, TV is not on the list of customer requirements for booking a room. This just means that guests do not see the entertainment value that hotels are offering now through this medium. It is time to move on and make the most of new technologies to introduce new value-added services to the 21st century hotel guests. Learn about the current trends in the industry. Another innovation now being utilized by many hotel owners and managers is the hotel management software.

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Planning A Budget Bahamas Holiday Getaway From Miami Just Got Easier

Travellers planning to book 2012 Miami holidays in Fort Lauderdale now have the unique opportunity to enjoy a brief escape to the enchanting Caribbean island of Bahamas. Joint owners of the Balearia Bahamas Express-Spanish ferry operator Balearia and the Capo Group, have recently announced the launch of the first ever US-Bahamas ferry service.

The Balearia Bahamas Express will be whisking passengers away from Fort Lauderdale, Miami to their budget Bahamas holidays experience in Grand Bahama. The newly launched ferry service means that travellers can enjoy town-centre holidays to the Bahamas and Miami at a bargain price making for a truly unforgettable holiday experience.

The exciting new offer is currently being marketed as “an appealing alternative to air travel” with significant savings to be made over opting for a direct flight to the Bahamas from Miami. Travellers can choose between economy class and VIP/first class travel. An economy day trip starts at $49.50 per person while the first class day rate will cost upwards of $65 per person.

Holidaymakers hoping to see a little bit more of the Bahamas can opt for an overnight stay which will cost approximately $25.5 per person on top of the day rates. All passengers are permitted two pieces of hand luggage at no extra cost; however, the prices listed do not include the departure tax of $18 and operational charge of $12.5.

With the exception of Wednesdays the ferry, christened “Pinar del Rio”, will be running a daily service taking holidaymakers to their short stay Bahamas holidays departing from Port Everglades Terminal One in Fort Lauderdale at 10 am. Return trips are scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 pm. Travelling at a remarkable 32 knots the Balearia Bahamas Express boasts of making the 76 mile journey in a mere two and a half hours.

Holidaymakers will have the opportunity to relax, enjoy the magnificent scenery and take in the calming sea breeze on the spacious decks. On board services include a cafe- bar, movie viewing facilities, baby changing stations and duty free shopping. Passengers are reminded that a valid passport is need for check in.


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Things To Do In Andaman And Nicobar Islands Hotels & Travel Tips To The Beautiful Island

Probably the most beautiful islands on earth that were once the least talked of. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are undoubtedly one of the most blessed lands on the face of the earth but unfortunately have been the under obscurity until recently. It is ironical to note that despite the heavenly beauty they possess they were infamously known as Kalapani or the Black Waters and were highly feared. The islands were used by the British to imprison hard core criminals. With an end to the woes, the islands are now gaining their much deserved glory as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in this part of the world.

Shining emeralds in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are simply a treat to the eye. Around six hundred in numbers, these tiny islands are a world of charm to any visitor. Blessed by nature, the islands possess immense beauty to keep any beholder enchanted. Though tiny in size all these islands are pretty much covered by almost impenetrable dense tropical forests. In turn, these forests afford a rich floral and faunal wealth.

One of the most exotic beach destinations in the country, Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a truly tranquil and out-of-the-world beach experience. The white virgin beaches are simply a paradise for any beach lover, sun-bather or aqua-diver. The numerous small islands with endless stretches of countless beaches are more than just a dream for any holidayer. For a perfect beach experience spend some time at Corbyns Cove. The Radhanagar Beach is the place for any solitude seeker. The islands are particularly noted for their turtle nests. A good place to take a look at the same is the Karmatang Beach. A huge turtle nesting ground is being developed here.

The most frequented island in the group is probably the Havelock Island, known for it lovely beaches and great water-sports activities. For those who wish to experience the real jungle experience, Rutland Island is a place not to be missed. Its beautiful mangrove forests and coral reefs are a paradise to all eco-tourists.

Recently, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have earned much fame for being the most happening aquatic sports destination. Having exciting scuba-diving, snorkeling, diving and surfing opportunities, the islands have loads for fun-lovers. Havelock Island and South Cinque Island have the best scuba diving spots in the area. Snorkeling too is great fun around these places. One can actually find many guides and equipment renting places here.

The dazzling under water life that the region affords is another marvel. It is almost sinful to leave the place without having a look at the same. Scuba diving here allows you to closely follow marine life. If swimming is not something that excites you too much, there are glass bottom boats that allow you to see the rich marine life that thrives underneath.

The next time you plan a tropical holiday plan, make sure it is Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


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