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  • The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton Unveils the Hotel’s Interior Design
    28 September 2021

    The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton is delighted to unveil the interior design of both public and guest areas, which was completed by hospitality design practice, twenty2degrees. The new apartment-style hotel opened its doors on 1st July 2021 is located a stone’s throw away from the river and many of the city’s most famous colleges, offering a home-away-from-home infused with the legacy of university fellows as well as the architectural and cultural soul of Cambridge.

    The influences behind The Fellows House brand led the design narrative which threads through the hotel, sometimes thought-provoking, often playful and always layered to feed guest curiosity. This can be seen in the choice of furnishings and finishes and the juxtaposition of the classic and modern. Above all, the story is told through bespoke artwork and carefully curated accessories that are seldom quite what they appear to be at first glance.

    Paavan Popat, Chief Executive of The Fellows House Cambridge, sums up the achievement: “We are extremely proud of the final product at The Fellows House. It offers a fine balance of inclusivity with the exclusive refinement of a premium hotel. We want everyone to experience Cambridge like a fellow and make the most of their time with us by feeling inspired and comfortably at home.”

    The Design Concept

    The plan for the ground floor is a sequence of zoned spaces flowing from the reception lobby to The Folio Bar and, from here, onto The Folio Kitchen restaurant which opens to The Fellows Garden, a courtyard space reminiscent of college quads, with terrace dining and The Observatory snug. The garden is also overlooked by a wellness centre with indoor pool and an events room that hosts a triptych of Stephen Hawking photographs overlaid with theories taken from his Cambridge thesis.

    The scene is set as guests arriving at the main entrance are met by two columns clad in patinated copper. Honouring Alan Turing’s memory, these are etched with mysterious text formatted like the Enigma code but this time hiding famous quotes from Cambridge fellows for visitors to decipher at their leisure. From here, guests pass into the lobby lounge where the design response to location, academic heritage and the fellows’ legacy is immediately apparent, combined with a rich materiality. Nero Marquina marble flooring extends the full length of the ground floor with custom-designed rugs helping to define the seating areas. The Cipollino Ondulato Rosso marble to the reception desk is honed to striking effect; behind this a full height pigeonhole cabinet of the kind once popular in the colleges is labelled with words in an old typewriter font taken from In Cimmerian Darkness by J H Pyrnne, a fellow and key figure in the Cambridge group of revival poets.

    Other alumni, including Davidson Nicol, Cambridge’s first African fellow, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, are the subject of expressionist portraits hung on the walls and reflected in antiqued glass panelling. The effect is infinite layering, drawing guests into the experience of The Fellows House. There is also a celebration of Cambridge bicycling – an installation of five classic frames rotated and repeated to create an impression of constant movement. Leather chesterfield sofas and large armchairs are playfully deconstructed as if to show the secrets of their inner workings. By day, the lobby lounge is filled with natural daylight; by night, warm lighting closes the area down into a cosy space. Upholstery fabrics are tactile, the rouge pink tone of velvet offsetting the dark marbles and timbers.

    The Sage of Cambridge

    Situated just inside the main entrance to The Fellows House and with its own street entrance, The Sage of Cambridge is a café intended every bit as much for the locals as for hotel guests. Its gleaming marble surfaces, comfortable bistro-style chairs and jaunty original artwork are all designed to catch the eye and attract customers in for a morning coffee, a spot of co-working or a light lunch. As dusk falls, the ambience changes and the café becomes a space ideal for meeting friends over aperitifs as the lights are dimmed and the custom-designed bar allows staff to easily convert it from daytime service into a glowing cocktail bar.

    The Folio Bar

    Occupying the centre of the ground floor plan and hidden from street view, The Folio Bar has the ambience of a private members’ club but one without doors, that is open to all. This is an extravagantly layered space where materiality, texture, lighting and carefully framed views create a feast for the eye in which infinite reflections caught in antiqued mirror amplify the drama. With limited natural light, the theatre of artificial lighting is key, highlighting features, artwork and accessories, revealing luxurious finishes and creating a mood conducive to quiet conversation against the intermittent sounds of cocktail shakers and cues on balls as guests play billiards. The Folio Bar opens onto the restaurant, but three floor-to-ceiling columns interrupt show-through and protect the individual character of each space. The columns are translated into essential components in the design. Nearest to the bar, an elegant cocktail cabinet displays glass drippers used to curate locally inspired drinks but looking like they would be perfectly at home in a Cambridge laboratory; at the other end there is a full height bookcase accessorised with scientific curiosities, games and a collection of books by or about the fellows. In between, a two-way fire cheers both Bar and Restaurant during chillier days. The pool table is designed to transition into a food display counter for private events.

    Where walls do exist, they are artwork. A free-standing wall hosts a “DNA Panel” – a celebration of the modelling by fellows of DNA’s double helix, apparently over a pint in the nearby Eagle pub – embedded with the hotel owner’s own DNA profile. A brick wall reveals college crests in faded ghost signage where the plaster has “fallen away”.

    Timber parquet and a suspended dark fumed oak ceiling are teamed with Nero Marquina marble and eclectic collections of seating. The colour palette is warm and rich with the deep red and orange of the upholstery complementing the marble and wood.

    The Folio Kitchen combines the contemporary and classic within a fresh and inviting colour palette.

    The Folio Kitchen

    The Folio Kitchen is both refined and playful, nicely complementing the menu which features homely British classics served with a twist as well as a number of plant-based dishes. While flowing directly from The Folio Bar, the restaurant offers a step-change in ambience. It is a light-filled space thanks to a large roof lantern and a fully glazed wall at one end which opens onto the garden and takes guests from the indoor retreat of the ground floor into an outdoor universe where artworks muse on worlds beyond.

    The Folio Kitchen combines the contemporary and classic within a fresh and inviting colour palette. Walls and columns are clad in whitewashed brick and the accent colour is Cambridge Blue with punches of ochre orange in the leather upholstery. A Calacatta marble sharing table together with marble topped dining tables are elegant and sophisticated. They also provide a counterpoint to the traditional millwork of the roof lantern recess and the timber banquets as well as the geometric black and white tiling to the floor, all of which are a nod to historic Cambridge. Above the fireplace, a portrait of Sir Michael Foster looks down over proceedings much as he might have once surveyed Trinity College’s dining hall in his days as a fellow there.

    Certain elements are drawn through from the rest of the public areas. Antiqued mirror continues to play an important role in capturing design vignettes and adding drama to the space while original artworks are key to the storytelling. A romantic poem written nearly 100 years ago by a Chinese student and a leader of China’s New Culture Movement becomes a collection of framed love notes to Cambridge abstracted into handwritten texts, modern re-workings of Chinese symbols and laser cut lettering. In The Fellows Garden, a metal sculpture, celebrating the work of fellow Sir John Hershel in astronomy, photography and music, is curious and engaging while, in The Observatory snug, typography portraits of Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and Sir Antony Gormley are reminders of Cambridge fellows who, in their different ways, have challenged our awareness of space.

    The Fellows House Apartments

    The Fellows House offers 131 apartments. Their aesthetic is contemporary and pared-back – space for guests to make their own. Pale timber floors and a monochrome colour palette are paired with marble topped tables and dark timber features and furniture. Punches of colour are introduced in the framed antique-style Cambridge maps which pay homage to alumni and fellows, Charles Darwin, Henry Cavendish, John Flamsteed and Siegfried Sassoon.

    Nick Stoupas, Founder & Managing Director of twenty2degrees, says: “Creating a new and different hotel in a city seeped in history and academic significance was very special. The question for the design team was how to infuse the spirit of the fellows and the soul of Cambridge into a narrative of layered meaning. The journey we went on to achieve this was fascinating and working closely with a very well-informed and passionate client was a huge pleasure.”

    The Hotel Artwork

    The collaboration with artist and sculptor, Diarmuid Byron-O’Connor, was to create several notable pieces for the ground floor. In addition to the Enigma inspired aged copper cladding to the arrival columns, the DNA panel, the bicycle artwork, the ghost wall and the garden sculpture, he was responsible for an etching in patinated copper inspired by fellow C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Its design emulates the printing blocks used to create the original book by scaling-up and reversing the process to achieve a mirror image.

    The design also worked closely with Elegant Clutter in the creation and curation of all the other artworks.

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  • GRAHAM achieves ‘stunning transformation’ of The Grand Hotel
    28 September 2021

    GRAHAM has completed the £45m restoration and refurbishment of The Grand Hotel in Birmingham. The privately-owned contractor finalised the project in the Autumn of 2020, following a complex 30-month construction programme, which has since been labelled as a stunning transformation and shortlisted in the 2021 Building Awards, in the ‘Project of the Year category’.

    Core elements of the scheme included stripping out the property, renovation works, installations and defect rectifications, and the interior fit-out of approximately 15,254m2 of internal floor space.

    The iconic Grade II listed building, which was originally built in 1879, overlooks the city’s prestigious Colmore Row and, in the past, it welcomed guests including The Prince of Wales and Winston Churchill.

    In a nod to the building’s rich history, the illustrious heritage has been sensitively retained, including the French Renaissance exterior, while its elaborate internal decoration pays homage to Birmingham’s rich history, but with a modern twist. GRAHAM has constructed 185 opulent rooms, including a variety of grand suites with stunning views across St Phillip’s Cathedral, a garden terrace, a Victorian style Grand Ballroom, and an eye-catching grand staircase. The renovation project also made provision for two bars and a destination restaurant, a hotel gym, and state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces.

    Commenting on the return of the hotel back to its former glory, Ronan Hughes, GRAHAM Regional Director – Midlands, said:

    The Bar at the Grand Hotel, Birmingham.

    “It is a stunning transformation, and GRAHAM is proud of our meaningful contribution in making it a reality. The attention to detail, finish and quality of work are exceptional, and reflect the ambitious vision behind the restoration of The Grand Hotel. This was a complex project for many reasons, with challenges throughout the programme. But the technical expertise, hard work and dedication of our team ensured that we were able to find intelligent solutions at every stage. We continue to expand our presence in Birmingham, and this exemplar project will be a touchpoint for us across the Midlands region. Undoubtedly, The Grand Hotel will be one of the city’s most in-demand destinations.”

    Darrel Owens, Development Director for The Grand Hotel, said:

    “The Grand Hotel was five years in the making, with the added complication of Covid-19 thrown into the mix. The final product is breath-taking. My congratulations and respect go to the people who made this project happen, including all of the team at GRAHAM.”

    The Grand Hotel’s opening was delayed due to COVID restrictions but it recently opened to visitors on 18th May 2021.

    The winners of the 2021 Building Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 2nd November, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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  • Coconut and Ginger Panna Cotta with Kaffir Oil, Barley Puff, and Mango Gel
    28 September 2021

    Diogo Martins is Head Chef at UMAMI Quinta do Lago.

    Panna Cotta:

    550 grams of coconut milk

    500 grams of cream

    145 grams of sugar

    24 grams of ginger

    6 gelatin sheets

    Directions: Add the coconut milk, cream, sugar, and ginger.

    Bring to a boil, add the gelatin and shape.

    Leave it in the refrigerator until solidified.

    Unmold when serving.

    (For a vegan Alternative, use 1050gr coconut milk and add 10 gelatin sheets)

    Mango Gel:

    100 grams of mango purée

    1 gram of agar agar

    Directions: Heat the mango puree and the agar agar, bring it to a boil. Stretch out on a tray, allow the mixture to solidify and blend it in a blender until smooth.

    Ginger syrup:

    100 grams of water

    100 grams of sugar

    30 grams of Ginger small Cubes.

    Directions: Add water, ginger, and sugar. Bring to a boil, infuse, and let it cool with the ginger.

    Kaffir Lime Oil

    100 grams of spinach

    100 grams of oil

    15 grams of Kaffir lime

    Directions: Boil water, add spinach, let boil for 30 seconds.. Cool in water and ice.

    Grind with oil in a blender and pass through a strainer with a cloth to keep only the oil.

    Infuse the oil with the kaffir lime until ready to use.

    Puffed wild rice.

    10 grams of rice

    Directions: Heat oil to 170 degrees and fry wild black rice until puffed.

    Plating

    Place the pannacotta, ginger syrup around it, a little mango gel on top, puffed rice on top and kaffir lime oil around it, be happy and enjoy it!

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  • The best winter wonderland ski trips from Zürich
    28 September 2021
    Beyond the well-trodden St Moritz or Zermatt, consider these six affordable, easily-reached ski villages from Zürich.
  • Santorini's most breathtaking beaches
    28 September 2021
    Be awed by Santorini’s breathtaking beauty while lounging under a parasol next to the clear blue Aegean sea. Here is our pick of the best beaches in Thera.
  • Why now is the time to visit Athens: balmy and budget-friendly in the fall
    28 September 2021
    ​​Dive deep into the packed calendar of events and festivals in Athens with a useful month-by-month breakdown and pick the best season for your next trip.
  • Travel Deals September 28 to October 5
    28 September 2021

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  • Vancouver to Whistler – Best of the Sea to Sky Highway
    28 September 2021

    Driving from Vancouver to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway is a short trip by road trip standards, but this stretch along Highway 99 in British Columbia is filled...

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  • Can I get travel insurance against FCO advice?
    28 September 2021

    As a frequent traveller, you will likely be familiar with scoping out the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. But what if an assignment requires you to travel to a country considered risky by the government? 

    What are travel warnings? 

    Travel warnings are notices issued by the government to give travellers an insight into potential safety problems in their desired destination. Also known as travel alerts or travel advisories, these frequently include severe weather warnings, natural disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis, or acts of terrorism and civil unrest. 

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office or FCDO publishes these updates to keep travellers informed of the latest potential hazards when travelling to different destinations abroad. Countries deemed to have significant dangers are designated high risk. High-profile examples of recent travel warnings have included the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the Zika virus in Brazil, and the terrorist attacks in Paris. 

    With the event of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have faced a new wave of travel regulations. Different countries within the UK are working to varying restrictions in line with their latest coronavirus levels. For example, if you are travelling from Wales, you might not be subject to the exact entry requirements as a traveller from England or Scotland. With traffic light systems, PCR tests, and the need to self-isolate, travellers have various pre and post-departure considerations. 

    What does travel insurance typically cover? 

    Under ordinary circumstances, travel insurance will usually cover both you as the traveller and your possessions while you are on the road. A standard insurance policy will have coverage for cancellation, but the success of your claim will depend on why you can no longer travel. 

    Travellers will typically have cover for situations such as theft, fire or personal accident while in-country, and coverage for any emergency medical expenses as long as it does not relate to a pre-existing medical condition. 

    Some policies will also have an allowance for repatriation should you need urgent medical care in another country. Others could also offer to pay for replacing any lost or stolen documentation like passports or driving licences. 

    How does travelling to a high-risk country impact your travel insurance cover? 

    Regardless of the travel warnings in place, you can still purchase an insurance policy for your destination. However, depending on when a high-risk warning is issued and the nature of your claim, you might find that you return home to some nasty and unexpected bills! 

    What is usually covered under insurance when travelling to a high-risk country?

    If the incident arises where the government issues a travel warning while you are already travelling or you have a policy in place for an upcoming trip, you would typically have cover for the following; 

    • Medical cover – Any costs for medical treatments, including evacuation or repatriation, would be included in most circumstances. However, many providers have caveats for acts of terrorism or war.
    • Cancellation cover – If you have an insurance policy in place pre-departure and a warning is issued, there should be clauses that would enable you to cancel your upcoming trip.
    • Disruption – If a travel warning alters your trip, you can get reimbursement for any additional expenses you incurred as a result.
    • Unrelated claims – If you are in-country when a travel warning is issued, you may still be able to submit a claim for an unrelated incident. For example, you are travelling in Brazil, and the government issued a travel warning regarding the Zika virus. During the remainder of your trip, your bag is stolen. On your return, you would likely still be able to successfully claim for your missing possessions as the event does not directly relate to the travel warning. 
    What is usually not covered under insurance when travelling to a high-risk country?

    As with all insurances, several exclusions apply when travelling, especially if your destination is suddenly deemed risky by the FCDO travel advice. There are many scenarios where travellers planning to visit a high-risk country could invalidate their insurance or find themselves unable to take out a policy for example;

    • If you book a trip to a country that is already deemed high-risk by the FCDO, this is usually considered personal liability, and you will likely not be able to claim under most standard policies.
    • If your destination status changes while you do not have an insurance policy, you will not be covered if you try to purchase one after the warning is in place. For example, say you have booked a trip to Miami, but your annual policy has just expired. Florida is currently on a green list, but you hear on the news of an approaching hurricane, so you call up to get a quote for some travel insurance. In this instance, you would be unable to claim cancellation costs on your new policy.
    • You are also unable to claim on an existing policy if you decide not to travel. For example, perhaps there is suspicion regarding a possible terrorist attack in your destination. Until the government issues a warning, you would be unable to cancel through your insurance if you decided not to travel.
    • Some general exclusions could be especially relevant for travellers looking to go to high-risk countries. For example, many insurers will have clauses regarding acts of terrorism, war, and pandemics in their policies. After the arrival of coronavirus, some insurers did extend their travel insurance policies to cover travellers for medical expenses or cancellation charges due to regulations from the pandemic. However, this was not true across the board, and specialist insurance services are still the safest option for travellers needing covid cover for red list destinations at this time. 
    Can you still take out insurance if you are travelling to a country against government advice?

    As we have seen, travellers who choose to travel to a country designated as high risk by the FCDO advice will usually find they have invalidated any pre-existing insurance policies. However, there are many cases where people will still need to travel to these destinations, most commonly to conduct business or in their capacity as an aid worker or NGO consultant.

    You will always be able to take out an insurance policy, but transparency around your level of cover can vary. Every insurance provider and procedure will have different rules that travellers will need to bear in mind. The last thing any traveller needs after a stressful experience abroad is to find no reimbursement for their expenses. 

    Although it’s tedious, you should always read through the full details of your particular policy. You could discover you have no cover at all due to the nature of your trip. If anything in the terms and conditions is unclear, call the insurer to clarify, especially if you are travelling to a destination with a travel warning. 

    Depending on your itinerary, the most efficient option could be to take out an insurance policy with a company that specialises in single or multi-trip policies to more dangerous destinations such as High-Risk Voyager. While the initial outlay might be higher, you will likely have more comprehensive coverage and can tailor your policy to the specific region you are visiting. 

    Whichever insurance policy you opt for, you will need to bear in mind that it will be a long process to obtain refunds for your cancelled travel plans, and you will be subject to fees and excesses. One more efficient solution for business travellers is to use a service like FlexiPerk, where you can cancel up to two hours before you travel, no questions asked and be guaranteed to receive a refund of at least 80%. 

    How can you keep yourself safe while travelling to medium or high-risk countries for business? 

    If you need to conduct essential travel to a medium or high-risk country, you can take steps to protect yourself and reduce your potential exposure to danger. 

    Do your research 

    Take time to read up and scope out the latest news in your intended destination. Make sure you are not travelling to particularly volatile regions and if there are reports of heightened issues, change your plans to avoid hotspots for trouble. 

    Consider speaking to a tour operator or a fixer with extensive experience to run through your itinerary and highlight any potential concerns. Talk to your doctor about any possible medical considerations and reduce your risk of contracting certain illnesses on the road by ensuring you are up to date on your vaccinations. 

    Sign up for real-time updates 

    Whether you take a single trip or travel to various high-risk destinations each year, technology can significantly streamline your experience. With TravelCare, business travellers and travel managers are alerted in real-time to any changes to their upcoming or current itinerary.

    The ultimate travel risk management tool, users can feel assured they are up to date with all the latest on the ground and have the support of our dedicated 24/7 emergency response care. Plus, in the age of coronavirus, TravelCare saves travellers from scrolling through complicated websites to discover if they have moved from the amber list to the red list. 

    Make sure you can keep in touch 

    Ensuring you are contactable is another crucial step in mitigating the risk of travelling to flagged countries. Having a phone contract with straightforward international roaming is an excellent first step, but depending on your destination, you might need to look at different methods of keeping in touch. A local guide or tour operator can best advise what will work most efficiently for your trip. 

    Make sure you have access to emergency funds

    If you get caught in a crisis in a foreign country, you will need access to emergency cash and a reliable credit card. Depending on the nature of the situation, you might not be able to use an ATM. Having access to an emergency amount of both cash and credit will cover you for a broader range of situations. 

    If you are a business traveller or travel manager with staff travelling to unstable regions, be sure to discuss emergencies and the expenditure they might incur. Even with the best insurance policy in place, you won’t have immediate access to those funds, and travellers will need to feel reassured that they can act fast when required.

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  • Property Management in Manchester
    28 September 2021

    Manchester is a fascinating and diverse place to visit. There has been an upsurge in demand for short city stays and visitors from other countries. As the need for distinctive holiday private accommodation grows, so does the need for property management in Manchester, which includes a full property management service and a wide range of rental alternatives ranging from short-term rentals and holiday lets to medium and long-term lettings.

    Property Management Overview

    The management of residential or commercial properties is what you call property management. It encompasses all aspects of maintaining, growing, and managing an investment property. It includes everything from the moment you purchase the property until you decide to sell it.

    Different Types of Property Management

    Property management services exist in various shapes and sizes, and there are a variety of property managers to choose from.

    Commercial Property Management

    The administration of business spaces leased to tenants is the focus of commercial property management. Tenants do not dwell in these spaces; instead, they use them to do business.

    The term “commercial properties” usually refers to:

    • Buildings used for industrial purposes
    • Spaces for work
    • Fronts of stores
    • Shopping malls
    • Facilities for storage
    Residential Property Management

    The administration of properties for private or residential usage is called residential property management. In a nutshell, property management is concerned with all aspects of a property, from when it is purchased to when it is sold.

    The following are examples of residential properties:

    • Apartments
    • Condominium Units
    • Town Homes

    When it comes to residential real estate, the most excellent method to make money is to rent it out to tenants and collect rent from them. This is where the role of a property manager comes into play.

    What Exactly Does a Property Manager Do?

    As an investment property owner, you must engage a property manager to manage your real estate on your behalf. They act as the middleman between you and your tenant, representing you as the property owner. They will take care of the day-to-day management of your rental property so you can focus on other things.

    In essence, a real estate agent and a property manager perform two distinct tasks. Everything up until you buy the property is handled by the real estate agent, including financing, bidding, and negotiating. The property manager then takes care of everything from when you buy the property until you sell it, including locating renters and dealing with property maintenance.

    The tasks and obligations of a property manager will vary depending on the services they provide and what you agreed to pay for in the property management contract. Even yet, any property manager has a set of obligations that can be divided into four categories. Your property manager should handle your property in your best interests.

    Here’s a quick rundown of the essential services that every property manager should provide while working for you:

    1) Promote your property

    2) Choose the right renters

    3) Manage your rental revenue and maintenance costs

    4) Be on the lookout for any issues

    Benefits of Hiring a Property Manager in Manchester

    You might be wondering if you really need help with property management in Manchester at this point. The following are some advantages of hiring a property manager:

    • If you don’t want to spend your mental bandwidth on the property, it can help you get your mind off it.
    • It helps you save a lot of time. Arrears collection, property maintenance, repairs, and tenant screening take more time than you might imagine.
    • You hire a professional to look after your property. Property managers can help you improve your outcomes by drawing on their extensive industry experience and local understanding.
    • They assist in lowering your risk. A professional property manager will lessen the likelihood of extended vacancies and plan with your property for the next few years.

    Truthfully, managing investment properties gets a lot easier with the help of a professional.

    How to Find a Good Property Manager in Manchester

    A good property manager must possess the following characteristics:

    • Specialises in Airbnb management service for short-term and vacation rentals in Manchester
    • Delivers better results for less money as compared to traditional vacation lettings and property management firms
    • Monitors and responds to visitor inquiries around the clock, resulting in highly rapid response rates and more reservation
    • Uses a multi-channel approach across all major sites to receive the most exposure and highest profits for your rental property
    • Uses pricing optimisation tools to achieve the highest results
    • Has glowing recommendations from thousands of visitors in hundreds of properties around the UK

    When you hire a professional for property management in Manchester, they should be able to handle everything for you, including the creation of your listing on all major booking platforms, bookings and calendar management, screenings, guest communication, property maintenance coordination, cleaning, and guest check-in/checkout.

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  • Most popular golf courses in Spain
    28 September 2021

    People who like to play golf are lucky. They can combine their sport with a holiday in the sun since there are so many golf resorts scattered around the world. This recreational activity is loved by all ages but is still a sport that is associated with luxury, and with that, luxury resorts. Perhaps that’s why golf courses and their club houses are so well-loved.

    For many, the opportunity to get away to play some golf in the sun is their dream. With golf being so popular in Spain, that dream can be a reality for many. Spain is a popular travel destination for plenty of tourists. Adding a golf trip or two while you’re there could be a bonus treat.

    If you aren’t involved in the Spanish golf circuit though, you might not know which golf course to pick. There are plenty of amazing golf courses and resorts, all across Spain and its islands. It’s hard to know where to start.

    Fortunately, the team at Find a Cheap Flight have done the leg work for us. They pulled together a list of the top six golf courses and resorts in Spain, so let’s take a look.

    What are the most popular golf courses/resorts in Spain?

    If you know anything about golf, some of the six resorts will be no surprise to you. The Club De Campo Villa and the PGA Catalunya Resort have both made this list. Tourists may be more familiar with the banking name behind Golf Santander than the golf course itself, but it’s still popular enough that it’s reached this list.

    Other resorts like the Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Mijas and the Golf del Sur round up this list. With all this variety, there’s somewhere on this list for every golf fan. All these resorts were drawn from a much larger list of Spanish golf clubs. Each club was ranked by how many searches it gets on average per month. The club with the highest ranking is our number one.

    Club de Campo Villa de Madrid

    The Club De Campo Villa de Madrid is an internationally renowned sports club and golf course. This club sits on the outskirts of Madrid and has been owned by the city council since the 1980s.

    Designed by Javier Arana, the Black Course is dramatic and tree-lined. Many believe that Arana was Spain’s best architect. This course seems to support that claim. There are currently 36 holes you can play, so there’s plenty of room for a full day’s play.

    This club has held various tournaments over the years. It’s been the home to the Spanish Open and various international golf tournaments. It’s likely to continue to do so in the future with its popularity holding strong.

    If you want to visit this golf course, you are welcome to, but you need to book in advance. It is a busy club, and you will unlikely be able to get in on weekends. With it being so popular, it’s best to book a time as far in advance as you can.

    Golf Santander

    This is the second course on this list located near Madrid. Golf Santander belongs to the banking corporation. This course was designed as a top golfing facility for their staff but is open to the general public. If you want to visit you’ll need to book in advance.

    This site meets the bank’s environmental goals and is located where a rubbish dump sat before. They brought in the dirt, dug out rivers and planted trees. With the course having opened in 2005, the trees are still young. But in the future, they should add to the course’s difficulty. What this also means that the environment you’re playing on is stunning. Animals have come back to the area because of the club, and we hope more will continue.

    Golf Santander is one of Spain’s longest courses, and that can add to the difficulty. There are 18 holes, set in hilly countryside a quick drive from Madrid. There’s plenty of space for many golfers at one time.

    This course gets rated for its top facilities. Though no tournaments have been played here yet, it’s always kept championship ready. They have holes suitable for golfers of different skill levels. So you can plan a visit here no matter what.

    Real Club de la Puerta de Hierro

    The third club on this list is only open to members and their guests only. They have been accommodating to professional golfers in the past, but that’s as open as they get. They’ve even held the Madrid Open a few times. But the general public cannot visit or play on either of their two courses unless they are guests of a member.

    Puerta de Hierro is one of the oldest golf clubs in Spain. One of their courses did get rerouted in the mid-1990s, but that hasn’t affected them. It is a course that they designed to make getting a quartet of threes on the scorecard difficult. But these old-fashioned styled courses are wonderful to play on. These are courses where you have to work hard for your score, so you feel like you earned every last one.

    If it’s not open to the public, then why is this club so popular? Its exclusivity probably has some draw to it. But as well as that, it’s close to Madrid. It also has been the club of several major Spanish golfers. People want to know about this historical course, and its privacy makes it all the more alluring.

    Mijas Golf

    Mijas golfing scene consists of two courses: the Los Lagos course and the Los Olivos course. These two courses are part of the same club but sit on different landscapes.

    Both courses have 18 holes each, but each has a different feel. The Los Lagos course features a gentle green, and you’ll see lakes by most of the holes. The Los Olivos course consists of hillier land, with bumps and rises that can affect ball control. This course is surrounded by olive trees that can also impede vision but are a beautiful sight.

    As with most of the other courses, both of these are open to the general public. You will need to book in advance. If you wish to visit both, then you will need to book them separately.

    In some ways, Mijas golf courses appear to be less talked about than those in Madrid. Yet, they were still popular enough to reach this list. The well-kept greens and different environments keep drawing people’s interest. If you’re in Southern Spain, they’re worth a visit.

    PGA Catalunya Resort

    If you’d like to play somewhere cool and well-renowned, PGA Catalunya Resort is the place to go. Based in Catalonia, this resort is only a short drive from Girona Airport and less than an hour from Barcelona.

    This resort has played host to top sporting events, including the Spanish Open in 2000, 2009 and 2014. Their stadium course was in the running for the 2020 Ryder Cup, but they lost out to Rome.

    Both the Stadium and Tour courses are in stunning locations. Neither plays the same, but both offer fun challenges for keen golfers. The general public can play on this resort, but you will need to book in advance. It is a resort that will likely be busy often, as it’s one of the top 100 golf resorts in the world.

    If you only go to one of the resorts on the list, make it this one. It may be number five on the list and may not be as searched for as some of the others. But with beautiful scenery and plenty of golf, this is the ideal resort.

    Golf del Sur

    The final resort on this list is a true resort, but it’s not in mainland Spain. It’s over on Tenerife. This resort is surrounded by holiday apartments and is right by the coast. If you’re looking for sunshine, sea and golf, this resort is going to be your ideal.

    This resort features an 18 hole course. It was at one point 27 holes, but they had to sell some of their lands for development. This resort has been the home to a few golfing competitions in Tenerife. With that in mind, it’s kept in tip-top condition all year round.

    With this course being so close to the beach and the airport, it can get pretty windy. But the hazards of that, along with the sandtraps, make for some interesting play.

    If you’re thinking of going on a golfing holiday, the Golf del Sur is a great resort to visit. It may not be number one on the list, but it is the perfect place to get a little bit of everything on your holiday.

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  • Short stay: SO/ Sotogrande, Sotogrande, Andalucia, Spain
    28 September 2021

    SO/ Sotogrande is the tenth and newest addition to Accor’s SO/ hotel brand, with fifteen more scheduled to open. Set in an exclusive gated community in Sotogrande, this is a luxury brand but with a distinctly rebellious twist – each SO/ hotel has its own unique identity and flair, whilst still acknowledging its roots. In […]

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    28 September 2021

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  • What to Expect: Emirates Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai
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  • Everything you need to know about Dubai tourist taxes
    21 September 2021

    Are you budgeting enough for your trip to Dubai?

    Whilst Dubai is well-known as a tax-free earnings haven for many of its international expatriate workers, make no mistake there are many other taxes along the way!

    In this tourist tax guide, we talk you through what sort of taxes you can expect to pay as a visitor to the UAE, how the 5% VAT introduced in 2018 works and refunds available to tourists.

    You can read our complete guide to Dubai money matters here

    Dubai Hotel Taxes

    When you are booking a hotel online for Dubai it is VERY likely you are being quoted the gross price for just the hotel room, NOT the taxes, which are payable directly to the hotel.

    These taxes on Dubai hotels have changed significantly over the years, but as at 2020 you can expect to pay:

    • VAT 5%
    • Municipality fee 7%
    • Property service charge 10%
    • “Tourism Dirham Fee” per room, per night 7 – 20 AED (varies depending on the grade of hotel, also called Hotel Tax or City Tax)

    Learn more about the best places to stay in Dubai here! 

    The hotel tax system down the road in Abu Dhabi is slightly different. If you would like to learn more about local tourism taxes in Abu Dhabi, pop over to this guide.

    Dining Taxes in Dubai

    When you are dining in a hotel restaurant or ordering room service, you can also expect the following charges to be added to your dining bill:

    • Service Charge
    • Municipality fee
    • VAT 5%

    In restaurants not attached to a hotel, you should expect to only pay the 5% VAT.

    You are not required as a restaurant customer to leave a tip in the UAE. Many will either round up or add 10-15% if they are happy with the service.

    In a food court fast food outlet in Dubai you should expect to pay:

    • Only the 5% VAT. This should be included in your quoted price.

    Purchasing food in a supermarket

    • All supermarket food is subject to the 5% VAT, there are no zero-rated food items.

    Learn more about the best places to dine in Dubai here

    What about alcohol in Dubai? Is it taxed?

    As you might know, alcohol IS available for non-Muslims in Dubai from licensed outlets.

    It comes at a cost though as “excise tax” (AKA Sin Tax) is added for the pleasure. You won’t see it as this excess is added at the importation stage of the sale process. As a consumer, you will only see a separate line item for the VAT, and any hotel service charges.

    If you are consuming the drink in a bar or restaurant, municipality and service charges will apply as above. If you have a liquor license for home consumption (now also available for tourists), you will also pay another 30% tax at the retail stores in Dubai. As a consumer, you will only see the 5% VAT but this is included in the price you see on the shelf.

    Other taxes and excises in Dubai

    So as you’re starting to see there are no income taxes but plenty of indirect taxes to be wary of!

    Again, you will not notice excise as a consumer as they are paid by the importing wholesaler but items such as carbonated drinks, energy drinks, sweetened drinks, tobacco and tobacco products also incur between 50-100% excise.

    Dubai Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme

    When VAT was first introduced in 2018, tourists still had to pay the full amount of VAT.

    Since 18 November 2018, tourists only temporarily in the UAE can now apply for a VAT refund, operated by Planet, on behalf of the Federal Tax Authority. There are, of course, conditions:

    • Goods must be purchased from a retailer who is participating in the ‘Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme’.
    • Goods are not excluded from the Refund Scheme of the Federal Tax Authority.
    • You must have the explicit intention to leave the UAE in 90 days from the date of supply, along with the purchased supplies.
    • You must export the purchased goods out of the UAE within three months from the date of supply.
    • The process of purchase and export of goods must be carried out according to the requirements and procedures determined by the Federal Tax Authority.
    • Minimum spend 250 AED.

    You can learn more about the Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme on the Planet website.

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  • Best Places in Dubai For Overnight Stay
    19 September 2021

    Dubai has steadily risen in ranks as one of the most famous metropolitan tourist attractions over the last several years. The city has been transformed only over a matter of decades as one of the mega-cities of the Middle East.  Renowned for its Arabian allure and glamourous exterior, it’s more than just a stopover city. From families to couples and business travelers to backpackers, modern Dubai has numerous things to offer.

    This city is a hub for luxury shopping, cultural experiences as well as architectural wonders. Therefore, there’s no surprise that you are considering a trip there and you are in for a treat.

    But where will can find the perfect and ideal places to stay in Dubai? With over 3000 hotels, rental properties, and apartments, it’s challenging for you to know where to start. However, the decision likely depends on:

    • Your reason for visiting Dubai
    • How many are you
    • Your budget to spend on accommodation

    In the blog below, you will learn all that you need regarding where to stay in Dubai for night? What to expect from your trip in Dubai? Let’s get started

    Dubai Marina

    Dubai Marina, a man-made marina area in the west of the city is the hub of tourist activities. It is surrounded by high-rise towers, home to top dining and nightlife options in Dubai. It is fascinating to know that, Dubai Marina is the departure point for several cruises, Dubai water, and Dubai Water Bus that takes you to Downtown.

    It has everything that a holidaymaker need. Dubai Marina offers the best transport connections, close to Dubai Parks, Abu Dhabi border, JBR The Walk and The Beach.

    The best perk of staying in Dubai Marina is, all rooms and hotel apartments have extra amenities that is perfect for longer stays.

    Plenty of festival areas and open spaces are available where music and dance performance are held. You can enjoy the views of the Dubai skyline especially at night while having a dinner on dubai marina cruise. You must know, the marina is more peaceful than other areas of Dubai. Hence, Dubai Marina offers a vibrant ambiance with a touch of luxury.

    Jumeirah Beach and JBR

    JBR, short for Jumeirah Beach Residence sits wedged between the beachfront and the adjacent promenade area, The Walk and Dubai Marina.  It refers to pretty much areas along the beach frontage of Dubai from Bur Dubai to the all the way down to Dubai Marina.

    You can find some of the best beachside accommodation and hotel apartments in Dubai. these accommodations are perfect for families. Not all may have a private beach but you can get beach club access with some sea views.

    As the name strongly suggests, it is a great area to stay if you are seeking out the beach, water sports, some sun pool time during your time. It’s arguably the top spot for you as the area is walkable and it has so much to offer.

    However, some other areas of Jumeirah Beach to look out for are the Jumeirah chain hotels attached to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the ultra-luxurious Burj Al Arab, and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

    The Palm Jumeirah

    The Palm Jumeirah significantly refers to the manmade peninsular juts into the Persian Gulf from Jumeirah. It is bathed in apartments, luxury housing and a plethora of luxury resorts. Take a helicopter ride or skydive in order to take in how vast this offshore development is.

    It’s your ideal serene resort break where you don’t want to leave your hotel. For your information, it’s essential to tell that all the resorts are frankly incredible with world-class quality. Most importantly, it’ll come down to your individual budget as it’s all 5-star hotels. However, some budget, as well as mid-range options, are also opening up.

    Get the best chance to enjoy a stunning taste of Dubai luxury with ample outdoor activities as well as amazing sunsets over the Arabian Gulf.

    Stay on a Yacht

    Everyone wants to enjoy life within lavish and extravagant settings. One of the best ways for experiencing the luxurious surroundings is to opt for a private Overnight stay yacht rental. Overnight stays on the yacht come with all its glitz and glamour. Yachting at night offers mesmerizing and illuminating views of the artificial canals and manmade islands with other splendors. Sailing through the Dubai Marina is the best experience itself but spending a night on private yacht is something that everyone desires for.

    Overnight stays are more incredible as you negate the daytime weather of Arab. You have the best way to relax on the deck in a cool atmosphere. Sail around the city with your loved and relish the sea breeze along with the mesmerizing views.

    It is fascinating to know that, overnight stay on a private yacht let you experience the surreal sunrise over the Persian Gulf that attracts tourists to go for a sail. With overnight sailing, you’ll have the same experience within more comfortable and cozy atmosphere. Last but not least is the five-star amenities offered by Yacht at affordable prices that comprises breakfast, snacks, beverages and much more.

    Overnight desert safari Overnight Desert Safari Tour

    Leaving all the problems, nothing matched the experience of spending time close to nature that Desert Safari Dubai is offering. A delightful experience, desert safari offers to guests, making it an ideal attraction of the emirate.

    The best experience of desert exploration, an overnight desert safari is the complete package including dinner, sleeping under the sky, and the activities they organize. Camps are held for guests to spend the night in the middle of the desert for a distinctive experience that will forever be in their memories.

    Luxury meals are available to guests that include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. A live BBQ set up with live dance performances are held at night to entertain the guests. It is fascinating to know that overnight desert safari offers guests a double bonanza. They not only enjoy the sunset views, but early risers can also spell the breathtaking rising sun in the desert.

    Why it’s essential for where to stay in Dubai

    So, we mentioned at the outset not all the areas of the city are easily walkable. It’s not the way the city grew from the Creekside.  With vast swathes of land, huge development has occurred across the city and distinct blocks with areas in between.

    Newer developments in the last decades see a much better set up with tourists as well as pedestrian access front of mind, actually we’re talking about Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina/JBR. That’s why these are popular areas to stay in Dubai.

    Anywhere else in the city, because of raise in temperature, lack of footpaths or a foreseeable way to cross huge 8-lane roads, you are best catching a public taxi or Uber to get around. It can add both money and time to your trip to Dubai.

    Staying anywhere with a Metro station in walking distance, but even a Metro crossing point over the highway takes several minutes to navigate.   The city is big, which is why we can’t emphasize enough choosing a location for its convenience above all else.

    Other points to be aware of while booking Accommodation in Dubai
    • VAT of 5% is supposed to be inclusive, many quote it separately as municipality tax, tourism fee, and service charges.
    • Prices may vary hugely by events and season. To remain on budget, you can check out the best time to visit Dubai and what is happening during your visit. Honestly speaking, prices dip over the summer seasons when hotels are trying to increase occupancy. However, rates are at peak in December over Christmas to a new year.
    • It would be best to use multiple booking search tools in order to nab your best price. Some online tools compare all the various search engines to give you the best prices for your dates.

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  • Plan the Perfect Golf Holiday In Dubai & the UAE
    16 September 2021

    If you are looking for that perfect golfing holiday with lush green grass under your feet, and views of stunning skyscrapers as you swing across a scenic golf course, Dubai is a dream destination for every golfer.

    With each golf course offering something different, including night time golfing, it’s easy to see why Dubai has become a hit sensation golfing destination.

    Why should you have a golf holiday in Dubai?

    Having a golfing getaway in Dubai has become an appealing proposition for avid golfers. And it’s not just for the scenic world-class golf courses.

    The city is blessed with sunny weather all year round, and during the cooler months of the year, ranging from October to April, it feels even more pleasant to be outside.

    When not golfing, you can make the most of this intriguing destination with all that it has to offer. From luxury hotels to fine dining, retail therapy at the large shopping malls to the pristine beaches and beach clubs, it’s a city bursting with attractions.

    Dubai promises to be all-inclusive destination for luxury golf.

    The Top Golf Courses in Dubai

    So where can golfing enthusiasts play in Dubai? For a city that’s grown out of the desert you’ll be surprised by just how many rolling greens you’ll find – enough to keep you busy for a fortnight or so, plus a few side trips to other cities thrown in!

    Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club

    If you want to find yourself at a golf course as soon as you land in the city, it’s only a short journey from DXB to reach the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Located next to Dubai Creek, this 18-hole championship course is known to be one of the best golf courses in Dubai.

    The golf course has fairways like carpets, bunkering position that will leave you challenged, tropical shrubbery and some of the most memorable holes. With the creek on one side and sand and trees on the other, the fairways on each hole are narrow, which means making accurate tee shots is key.

    Dubai Creek Club is 6,857 yard long and has previously been a two-time host of the Dubai Desert Classic.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: None other than neighboring Park Hyatt Dubai, a terrific 5-star offering on the banks of Dubai Creek offering spa facilities in addition to a huge range of popular creek-front dining options, one of our favourite sundowner spots in the city.

    Majlis Course, Emirates Golf Club

    You can’t visit Dubai and not play at the first ever grass course built in the Middle East, the Emirates Golf Club. When the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club opened for play in 1988, it was called the ‘Desert Miracle’. It is a par-72, 18-hole course stretched out to over 7,300 yards.

    The Majlis has sand dunes surrounding the perimeter, lush fairways and various salt and fresh water lakes coming into play on several holes.  The landscape provides you with a delightful yet challenging round of golf.

    The signature clubhouse at the Emirates Golf Club is modelled on a Bedouin tent, sitting behind the 8th green. Playing here, you cannot fail to be impressed by the backdrop of glistening skyscrapers. The best features of the course has to be the greens’ large, fast surfaces and the difficult pin positions, sure to challenge you.

    The Majlis course is host to the Dubai Desert Classic Tour event, hosted in February (or early March). The event attracts some of the biggest names in golf, and therefore important to note its closure from around early February until after the tournament.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: You are near the heart of the action here for staying anywhere in the JLT/Dubai Marina/JBR area of the city. Nearest luxury offerings you can try Vida Emirates Hills or Taj Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

    Faldo Course, Emirates Golf Club

    The Emirates Golf Club is also home to a second championship golf course. Originally opened in 1996, this course was redesigned by golf legend and six-time major winner Nick Faldo. This new course re-opened in 2006 and since then re-named ‘The Faldo’.

    Stretching across 7052 yards, this par- 72 course is just as popular with golfers as the Majlis course. With cleverly placed lakes and bunkering, accuracy and shot placement is important when playing through the spacious fairways and vast greens.

    Added bonus is the LED floodlights throughout the course which allows golfers to continue playing late into the night.

    Click here to learn more

    The Els Club, Dubai Sports City

    Located in Dubai Sports City, the Els Club is the number one attraction, specially as the course is designed by the South African golfing champion, Ernie Els.

    This 18-hole championship golf course  features broad and gently rolling fairways, snowy white sand bunkers and beautifully designed sloped greens.

    Golfers of all abilities will enjoy this 7,538 yard course, with a choice of four set of tees, making it a popular destination for advanced as well as beginner players.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: Around Dubai Sports City you are largely looking at serviced apartments. For a unique experience you could try 5-star Five Jumeirah Village with a terrace pool in every room of this high rise tower! Be warned it can be party central at weekends – this can be a good or a bad thing depending on what you’ve come to Dubai for!

    Earth Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates

    Proud host to the DP World Tour, and a course designed by the professional golf legend Greg Norman, the Earth Course at Jumeriah Golf Estate presents an exclusive experience that will exceed your expectations.

    Measuring 7,706 yards from the tees, the Earth Course is made up of 18 holes with spectacular views of white, deep bunkers and numerous water hazards. It easily rivals some of the best golfing destinations in the world.

    Also present is a world class clubhouse complete with modern facilities, including dining and entertainment options, swimming pool and more.

    Click here to learn more

    Fire Course, Jumeirah Golf Estates

    Inspired by the best parkland courses of Great Britain and Australia, the Fire Course is the second course at Jumeirah Golf Estate. With a links like feel to it, this course is framed by the native grass which gives off a golden glint in the sunlight and large deep terracotta bunkers. This course requires some tactical play, so your short game and lay up abilities need to be your best.

    What starts off as a straight forward 1st hole, quickly turns challenging with a par-3 of over 200 yards followed by two well-protected par-4s. This course is sure you test your level of perception , club selection and your tee shot placement. Designed by Greg Norman, the Fire course is set to be a fiery challenge for golfers of all abilities.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: Head to nearby Dubai Marina for a great range of hotel options, try the Address Dubai Marina or experience a great range of serviced apartments for longer stays

    The Montgomerie Golf Club

    Built on 265 acres of terrain, within the globally recognised Emirates Hills, the Montgomerie is an expansive 18 holes course. It was designed in collaboration between golfing champions Colin Montgomerie and Desmond Muirhead. This links-land style course features 14 glistening lakes and 81 bunkers, sure to challenge golfers of all levels.

    Knowing that you are in Dubai, you must be prepared for the unexpected, and that’s exactly what you will find at the 13th hole. The green here is shaped to look like the UAE, an imaginative touch by the late Desmond Muirhead. As you head to the 18th hole, which is a mammoth 650 yards, you must keep track of wind to avoid any disappointing scores.

    Views of the championship golf course, the Dubai Marina skyline and the amenities of the clubhouse which include 20 guest rooms and a pool, are absolutely spectacular and will meet the expectations of a complete luxurious experience.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: None other than the luxury Address Montgomerie a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the course.

    Dubai Hills Golf Club, Dubai

    Located in the heart of Dubai Hills Estate, the Dubai Hills Golf Club is one of the newest courses in the city. Established in 2018, this 18-hole par-72 championship course is set up against the backdrop of the iconic Burj Khalifa, making your golfing experience on a clear day, a true visual treat.

    This world-class course is built to a championship standard with a layout that uses the natural topography of the UAE. Designed by Gary Johnston, the course measures 7220-yards and features waterways, strategically placed bunkers, wide fairways and stunning greens.

    With the silhouette of the iconic Downtown Dubai skyline in the background, it’s easy to see why golfers of all levels love playing here and return back for more. The facilities at the clubhouse are exceptional too, which includes restaurants and a shop for golfing accessories.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: Nearby you can look for Golf Club private villa rental options if you want some space and a pool, or make the short commute to stay in the Business Bay area for stunning city views and access to luxury shopping – try newly-opened SLS Dubai Hotel & Residence if modern rooftop infinity pools are your thing, or classic and elegant The Oberoi Dubai

    Arabian Ranches Golf Club

    You can find the Arabian Ranches Golf club at the heart of the Arabian Ranches Community, which used to be nothing but the desert at one point. Located not too far from the city’s iconic attractions, this link-style 18 hole, par -72 course is designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design, and opened its doors in early 2004.

    The course has incorporated the wonderful desert landscape with shrubs and bushes surrounding the fairways, similar to those is Scottsdale, Arizona. The entire 7658 yards of this course, with tee complexes of varying distances, proves to be a true test to golfers of all abilities.

    The Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse includes guest rooms, a restaurant and leisure facilities.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: Arabian Ranches Golf Club has a small attached hotel for convenient access to the course. Just 11 exclusive rooms with access also to The Ranches Restaurant & Bar and a spa.

    The Track, Meydan Golf

    Designed by the renowned architect Peter Harradine, experience what 3,700 yards of The Track golf course has to offer. Located next to The Meydan Racecourse, home to Dubai’s World Cup, the richest horserace, this is one more course that has the backdrop of Dubai’s beautiful skyline.

    This 9- hole course features six natural lakes positioned to give a unique playing experience. There are five tee box options on each hole, wo Par 5s, five Par 4s and two Par 3s, offering the players varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. What’s even more appealing is that if you do not need membership to play but simply avail the the ‘Pay and Play’ option

    The Track comes with a fully equipped clubhouse featuring restaurant, sports bar and a golf shop.

    Click here to learn more

    STAY: Luxury on your doorstep, along with many exclusive dining and nightclub venues staying at The Meydan Hotel. A modern 5-star offering, overlooking the Meydan Racecourse (think Dubai Cup) with rooftop pool, gym and spa.

    Trump International Golf Club

    The Trump International Course sits over 500 acres of what was previously flat, barren desert.

    The 18-hole link style course was designed by Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner. A cavernous barranca is the backbone of the course, strategically changing elevations and providing excellent water hazards. This cours offers opportunities for all skill levels and regularly receives acclaim as one of the best golf courses in Dubai.

    Click here to learn more

  • Madame Tussauds Dubai opening 14 October 2021
    16 September 2021

    World-renowned wax-works tourist attraction Madame Tussauds is opening it’s very first Middle East museum in Dubai!

    The 25th edition of this global sensation will open it’s doors to the general public for the first time on 14 October 2021, as a permanent fixture on Bluewaters island.

    It will be the perfect partner for a day out with soon-to-open sensation Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel which will open on 21 October 2021.

    Tickets for Madam Tussauds Dubai

    At this stage, special preview tickets have been announced for 8 & 9 October 2021 (we will confirm if this is going to be permanent pricing)

    • Adults (11+) 135 AED
    • Children (3-11) 110 AED
    • Under 3s free of charge

    The official website for ticket purchases is www.madametussauds.com/dubai/

    What will you find at Madame Tussauds Dubai?

    There will be seven different themed rooms to explore with renowned international figures from pop sensations to royalty and sports stars to interact with.

    A highlight for visitors is sure to be the A-list party room, a glamorous desert oasis where you can rub shoulders and take selfies with an array of international movie stars and musicians before trying your moves on the dance floor, with a live DJ no less!

    All up the Madame Tussauds Dubai collection will open with 60 celebrities, including 16 brand-new figures from the Middle East including the recently revealed Balqees Fathi, Mohammed Assaf, Maya Diab and Nancy Ajram.

    Madame Tussauds is always a fun outing for all ages and the Dubai edition is sure to be no exception!

    Get this one ready for your Dubai bucket list October 2021 and beyond!

    Catch more of what’s on this October in Dubai – or subscribe to our monthly newsletter “Dreaming of Dubai” for all the latest opening news!

    Before you go… More important things you should know when planning a trip to Dubai Booking.com Take me back to the best attractions in Dubai

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  • Why am I so sweaty! Humidity in Dubai explained
    15 September 2021

    If you’ve stumbled upon this page, there’s a high chance you’re experiencing one of Dubai’s ultra-humid days and you’re looking for answers!  There’s hot in Dubai, then there’s OMG what happened!

    It feels like you’ve immediately stepped out of a sauna; your glasses fog up, condensation on your windows and that feeling of your clothing sticking to your body. There is limited relief anywhere outside in this sort of engulfing heat.

    So what exactly causes this? And how often will you experience uncomfortably high humidity in Dubai?

    Average humidity in Dubai

    Dubai’s average humidity is around 60%.  For the most part, it is a more manageable humidity year-round than say living in Singapore or any of the tropicals of south-east Asia.

    The winter months in Dubai are actually slightly more humid than the summer, but it’s those searing hot & humid days of summer where heat & humidity combine that are most noticeable and difficult to deal with.

    Average temperature and humidity in Dubai

    You can learn more about the exact weather, including sea temperatures, rainfall and humidity to expect each month in Dubai here:

    Although the numbers don’t seem to say it out loud when you look at Dubai forecasts, as residents we can assure you by far the most uncomfortable time of the year for temperatures & humidity is August & September.

    Relief seems to come by mid-October, you will find a significant drop in day time highs and humidity.

    Humidity in Dubai explained

    Humidity is a measure of how much water vapour is in the air around us. The more moisture in the air, the higher the humidity. This is usually given as a relative humidity number – how much moisture is in the air as a % of the maximum amount of water vapour the air can hold.

    How much moisture the air can hold depends on air temperature, hence a percentage is given rather than an absolute number.

    Dubai is mistakenly thought of as being a “dry heat” because it’s in the desert but the Arabian Gulf waters are by far the more prevalent force.

    The coastal areas of the United Arab Emirates, which includes the city of Dubai are more susceptible to humidity than inland areas such as Al Ain, or the mountainous regions of the Northern Emirates. This is because humidity comes from water evaporating from large bodies of water – in Dubai’s case, the waters from the Arabian Gulf. As air temperatures heat up, so does the sea causing more moisture to evaporate into the atmosphere.

    In the cooler months, the higher humidity is what leads to fog which can be particularly prevalent in the early mornings.

    Foggy starts to the day are caused by humidity, more common in the winter in Dubai Why does the humidity in Dubai make us feel so sweaty?

    It comes down to how our bodies can deal with humidity. When humidity is relatively low but the temperature is high, we get hot, and we sweat it out. The moisture evaporates into the air and our own sweat cools us down.

    When humidity is high , however, the sweat we create has no where to escape to; evaporation is much slower so it continues to ‘cling’ to us, making us feel much stickier and possibly overheated.

    How can you cope with the high relative humidity in Dubai?

    The key is to stay hydrated. If possible, avoid going outdoors and only exercise outdoors in high humidity if you understand the dangers involved.

    What is humidity in Dubai now?

    You can check out the top of our sidebar (on desktop) or on mobile scroll to the bottom of this page now to see the current weather in Dubai. It includes the humidity and the “feels like” temperature which takes into account the wind chill factor and humidity.

    So no – you are not imagining it at all! Although the temperatures in Dubai might look pretty consistent from one day to the next you really need to look at the relative humidity and feels like temperature before heading outdoors too.

    Be sensible, limit your time outdoors when it’s hot & humid and stay hydrated. And look forward to October!

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  • Dubai’s top 6 IATA code airports in 2021: operating airlines and terminals
    14 September 2021

    Dubai is one of the leading travel destination in the world. The advancing development in the aviation sector will make […]

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  • INSIDE THE COUNTRY VISA CHANGE: You can change your visa in the UAE without Exiting the UAE
    14 September 2021

    For a long time, Dubai has been a popular holiday destination for people all over the world. Its impressive combination […]

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  • Vietnam considers mutual recognition of vaccine passports with select countries
    28 September 2021
    European arrivals wait for their turn to get the new coronavirus test at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, March 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

    Vietnam is considering mutual recognition of vaccine passports with countries in Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, the EU and the U.S., the Government Office announced Sunday.

    Such mutual recognition is “very important and especially necessary in the current context,” the announcement said.

    Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has assigned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with the Ministry of Health and work with authorities in other countries on this issue.

    Many countries in the world have applied the vaccine passport to reopen and return socioeconomic activities to normal.

    On September 4, the Van Don International Airport in the northern Quang Ninh Province received the very first flight operated under a trial vaccine passport program that requires foreign arrivals to be quarantined for just seven days.

    That flight carried 297 Vietnamese passengers returning from Japan. All passengers had already received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months prior to the date of entry.

    The airport received two more flights under the policy, bringing 345 Vietnamese back from the U.S. on September 9, and another bringing 301 Vietnamese passengers from France on September 23.

    Vietnam is making plans to switch from the target of achieving “zero Covid-19” to responding safely to the pandemic so that it can resume socio-economic activities after months of lockdowns.

    (Source: Vnexpress.net)

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  • Vietnam welcomes first int’l flight under vaccine passport policy
    28 September 2021
    Passengers wait to get their luggage after arriving at Van Don Airport in Quang Ninh Province on a flight from Japan, September 4, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Binh Minh

    A flight with 297 Vietnamese passengers that arrived from Japan Saturday has become the first to enjoy the shortened seven-day quarantine policy under a trial vaccine passport program.

    All passengers on the flight that landed at the Van Don Airport had already received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, with the second dose administered at least 14 days but no more than 12 months prior to the date of entry.

    They also furnished proof of negative Covid tests using RT-PCR method validated by authorities in the host country 72 hours before departure.

    After arriving at the Van Don Airport, all passengers were transported to the Novotel Ha Long Hotel to undergo a seven-day quarantine instead of the usual 14 days.

    They will have to remain another seven days in self-isolation.

    Pham Ngoc Sau, director of Van Don International Airport, said all passengers had to undergo body temperature checks, submit health declaration forms, wear masks and keep a safe distance at all times.

    All luggage, carry-on and checked, were sterilized.

    The vaccine passport policy will apply for another repatriation flight for Vietnamese nationals returning from the U.S. on September 12.

    The government has approved pilot implementation of a vaccine passport program in the northern province of Quang Ninh, home to the nation’s first private airport. Vaccinated or recovered entrants will be quarantined for seven days upon arrival.

    Vietnam closed its borders and canceled all international flights in March last year. Only Vietnamese repatriates, foreign experts, diplomats, investors, and highly-skilled workers have been allowed in since with stringent quarantine requirements.

    (Source: Vnexpress.net)

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  • 10 Best Beaches In Naxos, Greece
    28 September 2021

    Naxos, a little quieter than the more well-known Greek islands, is ideal for getting some serious beach time in without feeling crowded out. Situated at the centre of the Aegean Sea, Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades. Because of its size, it offers a great variety of landscapes for travellers to explore. You will find typical Cycladic sceneries with golden shorelines and white houses, castles, and fortresses of the past, endless olive groves or even snowy mountains. Naxos, along with a vast history, is also known as an idyllic destination. If you are travelling here with your family, you are lucky as it offers a family-friendly atmosphere. Plan and visit some of the best beaches from the 10 best beaches in Naxos, Greece.

    Also Read: Greece Travel Guide – Best Time to Visit, Things to Do, Hotels, Tips & More

     
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    10 Beaches In Naxos, Greece

    If this is your first time in Naxos, then you would want to learn the best spots to relax by the seaside or have a swim. From long-stretching sandy beaches to rocky secluded coves, Naxos offers numerous options for every type of traveller. So go ahead and plan your trip with the 10 best beaches in Naxos, Greece.

    1. Agia Anna Beach
    2. Plaka Beach
    3. Alyko Beach
    4. Agios Prokopios Beach
    5. Apollonas Beach
    6. Kastraki Beach
    7. Azalas Beach
    8. Orkos Beach
    9. Agios Georgios
    10. Mikri Vigla
    1. Agia Anna Beach Image Courtesy: Pexels

    Agia Anna Beach is popular with visitors all year round for its idyllic swimming conditions, picturesque fishing boats and range of beachside bars, restaurants and tavernas. Are you in the mood for a coastal wander? If yes, then the pretty little church perched on the south side of the beach is well worth a visit. If you want to max out on seaside relaxation, there are sunbeds and umbrellas available.

    Also Read: 15 Most Beautiful Beaches In Greece That Are Absolutely Stunning

    2. Plaka Beach Image Courtesy: Pexels

    Plaka Beach is one of the island’s most popular spots. There is plenty of space for everyone across its wide, sandy expanses and mesmerisingly blue Aegean waters. Before, Plaka used to be entirely reserved for nude sunbathers. So if you’re relying on public transport to get around in Plaka, you should know that buses leave twice hourly from Naxos. All these make Plaka Beach one of the best beaches in Naxos, Greece.

    Also Read: 10 Best Luxury Hotels In Greece

    3. Alyko Beach Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    If you have been dreaming of a secluded Grecian paradise for years, Alyko Beach is perfect for you. Surrounded by small turquoise coves broken up by cedar forests and undisturbed by any major tourist infrastructure, this beach is a stunning white sand stretch. It is not quite as convenient to get to like the larger beaches; however, don’t let this put you off. Moreover, it is 100% worthwhile when you get here. It offers you plenty of undisturbed relaxation opportunities. Additionally, you can impress that special someone by arranging a beachside picnic with unforgettable views.

    Also Read: 10 Best Road trips To experience In Greece

    4. Agios Prokopios Beach Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    If you want to spend your vacay on a loud and lively beach, then Agios Prokopios Beach is among the best beaches in Naxos, Greece, made just for you. You will find it brimming with a feel-good atmosphere, particularly during the warmer months. Golden sands and calm, crystal-clear waters are a big draw here. Attractive cafe bars, tavernas and sunbed rentals line the beachfront. It provides you with plenty of space, and all the amenities you need are available nearby. It is the perfect location for a chilled beach day with friends or family.

    Also Read: 10 Most Instagrammable Spots In Greece

    5. Apollonas Beach Image Courtesy: Pexels

    Situated on the north side of the island, Apollonas is an idyllic little fishing village with a small stretch of sandy beach. When in here, you will find some locals and tourists enjoying the sun. But, in general, it’s quieter than other larger southerly beaches on this list. Indulge in locally caught seafood in the village’s tavernas. While you are here, visit the half-finished but still 10m long (33ft) Kouros statue nearby. Did you know this statue dates back to the 6th century BCE?

    Also Read: Top 10 Most Beautiful Temples in Greece That Tell Grandeur of Realm!

    6. Kastraki Beach Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    Set on the eastern part of the island, Kastraki beach is a 20 min car ride away from the town of Naxos. It consists of numerous small bays for you to choose from. Moreover, this white sandy beach is easy to access by car. Moreover, if you want to access it by public transport, make sure to always consult the local bus timetables as it is not one of the popular options and times may vary. You will not find any umbrellas and sunbeds organised on the beaches to rent. Because of this, it preserves its original and bohemian character. It is ideal for everyone who seeks moments of seclusion and tranquillity. There are small restaurants and canteens nearby, offering you the chance to get your refreshments and snacks while laying on the beach.

    Also Read: 10 Best National Parks In Greece

    7. Azalas Beach Image Courtesy: Pexels

    Located in the northern part of Naxos, Azalas Beach is ideal for adventurous visitors and nature enthusiasts. It is about 500m away from the nearby beach of Moutsouna. Did you know you can access it by car and motorbike or even on foot? If you manage to get here, you will find yourself on a wonderful pebbly beach protected by tall rock formations. You can even gaze at Makares islands or Donousa while swimming on the crystal blue waters of northern Naxos! However, access to Moutsouna is not easy. Prepare yourself appropriately before you leave for Moutsouna. Also, don’t forget to check the timetables for the local bus routes.

    Also Read: 10 Best Offbeat Destinations To Explore in Greece

    8. Orkos Beach Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    Orkos Beach, found between Plaka and Mikri Vigla, is only 10 km away from the Chora of Naxos. It is one of the most beautiful beaches the island can offer. You can easily access it by car. Also, you can choose three independent beaches divided by rock formations. Such small coves offer a great opportunity to those that seek a secluded beach right next to the long beaches of the southwest part of the island. If you are a windsurfer or prefer windsurfing, this beach is perfect for you. There are not any beach facilities nearby, so make sure to prepare yourself in advance before getting there and bring the necessities with you.

    Also Read: 10 Best Resorts With Private Pools In Greece For A Lavishing Staycation!

    9. Agios Georgios Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    Agios Georgios is the closest beach to the main village called Chora, and only a 10-minute walk from the port! As a result, it makes it perfect for a quick swim if you arrive at the island late. You can also stay at Chora if you prefer an easy-access beach. Enjoy in the shallow water of this sandy beach. Did you know this beach is also organised with umbrellas for rest, cafes, bars and restaurants? Moreover, here you can engage in different water sports like windsurfing or kitesurfing. Remember it is very close to Chora, so it can get quite crowded.

    Also Read: 10 things to do on a Greece honeymoon- Go all romantic!

    10. Mikri Vigla Image Courtesy: Unsplash

    Another excellent sandy beach is Mikri Vigla. It is ideal for kitesurfing and surf lovers, as it can get very windy! Moreover, there is a small place for food at the edge of the coast. Did you know you can go to the far right of the beach to enjoy the best part of it, with the least amount of wind?

    Also Read: Top 10 Best Villas in Greece- The Perfect Escape From Your Busy Life!

    Tips for Your Greece Tour
    1. If you are in love and plan to get married soon, check out the 10 best wedding venues in Greece.
    2. Spend your Christmas in Greece.
    3. When you are in Greece, stay in the best hostels here.
    4. Also, Greece offers many activities for couples, so don’t forget to indulge in all of them.
    5. There are many souvenirs to bring back from Greece, so be sure to buy all those!

    Also Read: Greece Visa for Indians – A Complete Guide For Your Smooth Trip

    Frequently Asked Questions for Your Greece Trip
    Can you vacation in Greece right now?

    Yes, Greece is open to tourists. So, you can vacay here now!

    What is the best way to explore Greece?

    Explore Greece on a cruise; it is one of the best ways to explore the country.

    Do I need a Covid test to fly to Greece?

    Yes, you need a Covid test on your arrival to Greece.

    Is Naxos a party island?

    No, Naxos is not famous for being a party island. However, it is popular for its vibrant nightlife.

    Does Naxos have sandy beaches?

    Yes, Naxos has plenty of sandy beaches.

     
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    The largest island of Cyclades, Naxos, has many beautiful options to offer for every taste. From small tranquil secluded beaches to wide and long sandy ones buzzing with energy and life, you will not regret this feeling! To upgrade your Greek island holidays to a whole different level, visit Pickyourtrail, where you will find some pre-packaged Greece holiday packages. Also, customise your Greece itinerary and choose what suits you the most.

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  • How To Reach Skardu?
    27 September 2021

    Reach Skardu is not difficult anymore, you can reach Skardu by air or by road easily.

    By Air, it takes hours to reach Skardu while by road you will need 2 or 3 days. It totally depends on what route you choose. Plus the weather condition.

    Skardu By Air:

    Skardu is connected to Islamabad through Pakistan International Airlines. 

    PIA operates regular flights from Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi. 

    Additionally, it takes approximately 1 hour to reach Skardu from Islamabad and Lahore while 2 hours 10 minutes from Karachi. 

    Moreover, business trips are regular. However, this is only possible on a clear day.

    Skardu By Road:

    Skardu can be reached by road from Islamabad via four routes:

    1. First is: Islamabad> Mansehra> Basham> Dasoo> Chilas> Jaglot> Skardu
    2. On second: Islamabad> Mansehra> Basham> Dasoo> Chilas> Deosai> Skardu
    3. Then we have, Islamabad> Mansehra> Balakot> Naran> Babusar Top> Chilas> Jaglot> Skardu
    4. Last: Islamabad> Mansehra> Balakot> Naran> Babusar Top> Chilas> Deosai> Skardu

    You can also travel to Skardu from Gilgit. The total length is 256 kilometers.

    Best Time To Travel Through Babusar Top

    The best time to visit Skardu is in summer and autumn, as winter is too harsh in Skardu.

     You can witness the amazing colorful picturesque locations that are unforgettable.  

    Route 1 (N-35 or KKH)

    • Islamabad, Taxila, Kharipur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Battagram, Takot, Bisham, Dassault, Chilas, Gilgit, Skardu

     Highway 2 (N-15 or Naran-Kaghan-Babusar Top)

    • Islamabad »Taxila» Haripur »Abbottabad» Mansehra »Balakot» Mahandri »Kaghan» Naran »Chilas» Gilgit »Skardu

    However, you can use the Naran Babusar route from 10 June till 10 October.

     

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  • 10,000km in 10 Days: Bringing Clean Water to Om Goi
    27 September 2021

    World Tourism Day marks a time for reflection. Not only in consideration of the catastrophic damage to the travel industry caused by the worldwide pandemic, but for the opportunity that now presents itself to build back better within the industry.

    Sustainable travel has long been at the heart of Discova. Our business is local, which is why we’ve always put local community and enterprise support at the forefront of what we do. This is vital for a company, such as ours, that brings thousands of international visitors to destinations around the globe.

    During the pandemic, with no incoming revenue, Discova was determined that support for local communities should not dry up. In fact, during travel’s hiatus, we have assisted developing an organic rice farming project in Bali, we’ve introduced a scholarship programme to benefit children in rural northern Vietnam, and now we aim to bring clean water to a disadvantaged community in Northern Thailand.

    A village in Om Goi district

    We have been working with the Om Goi community, in Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand, for over 25 years. During this time, we have been able to bring much needed financial and infrastructure support when it has been most crucial.

    In recent discussions with community leaders, the issue of a safe water supply was raised, and a need for improvement was highlighted. That’s why, over the coming months and into next year, we will be organising fundraising activities to help provide the village of San Mamuang with a much-needed water filtration system.

    Our goal is to raise the $10,000 necessary to help provide cleaner, safer water for the community.

    Naturally, we’ll keep our partners updated with our progress along the way, but first, a little background on Om Goi, the history of our relationship with the community, and why this water filtration system is a priority for the village of San Mamuang.

    Om Goi, Thailand
    Villagers in Om Goi

    Om Goi is a rural, mountainous district within Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand. It’s populated mainly by minority groups, often dubbed the hill tribes of northern Thailand, including the Karen, Hmong, and Lahu peoples. With an average monthly income of around 30 USD, these groups live well below the national average for northern Thailand, approximately 500 USD.

    Villagers also face significant nutritional concerns brought on by the unreliable nature of traditional farming techniques combined with an unforgiving seasonal climate. The village’s remote location, difficult to access along windy mountain roads, can also mean supplies are hard to come by.

    The roads of Om Goi make many villages difficult to access

    During our 25-year relationship with the Om Goi communities, we have forged a strong bond that has led to the development of successful community-based tourism initiatives. This has allowed us to raise money for vital projects – decided upon directly with the communities – through passenger contributions.

    Previous projects have included constructing an ‘intelligent’ playground for the local school, providing mobile health clinics for almost 600 villagers, and installing water storage tanks in villages across the region.

    However, during the pandemic, this revenue stream for infrastructure improvements has dried up – no travellers means no profit to draw upon. Yet, the challenges that the people of Om Goi face are ongoing. The small village of San Mamuang is no exception as the urgent need for clean water was highlighted to us during recent meetings with the community.

    We want to help in any way we can. That’s why we’re launching a campaign to raise funds for a brand new water filtration system.

    School playground built in 2020.

    The Importance of Water

    It is imperative for any community to have access to clean, safe, chemical-free water. It’s something many of us take for granted; that the water that comes from our taps is safe to cook with, clean with, and even drink.

    Unfortunately, the water supply to San Mamuang is unclean, contaminated with chemicals and pesticides. Since the villagers use this water for cleaning, drinking, and cooking, there are many negative consequences. The local hospital reports that many children are contracting intestinal conditions due to the unclean water supply. Many others are developing skin diseases too due to washing with chemical-laden water.

    The government had helped the community by installing expensive water pipelines to the village’s remote location. However, the government water filtration system runs on electrical power, increasing the villagers’ electricity bills by an unaffordable amount.

    This is where we can step in and help. 5 years ago, we helped build a water filtration system in the nearby village of Mae Ramit Luang, successfully converting the water supply there to be safe to use. From this previous experience, we have a ready-made model to replicate; we know we can install a more affordable alternative water filtration system using locally sourced materials. Let’s have a look at the process.

    The Process

    Building an effective water filtration system will take around 7 days and will cost approximately $10,000 – everything has been fully costed and itemised by Discova and agreed upon by the villagers. The different stages will be completed as and when we accrue the funding.

    Stage 1 will be laying the groundwork – choosing an appropriate location within the village and laying the foundation. Stage 2 will be building the filtration tanks – there will be 2 large cylinders. Stage 3 is the complicated element – adding in the filters of selected stones, sand and charcoal with the guidance of our local experts. Stage 4, and perhaps the most crucial step, will be testing the filtered water to make sure that the process is suitable and that the water has been rendered clean by the process.

    The local water supply needs to be filtered so it is safe to clean and cook with

    We will invite an engineer from the local authority to oversee the project work. The locals will build the system while the materials will be provided by Discova, locally sourced to save on cost. We are emulating a process carried out in Mae Ramit Luang 5 years ago that proved successful.

    Once completed, the water filtration system will provide clean water to 300 people in the area, paving the way for better sanitation for the village.

    Fundraising Starts Now

    September 2021 sees the official launching of the Om Goi water filtration project as our fundraising campaign for the upcoming year.

    We will be organising all sorts of activities throughout the year to help reach our goal to provide the village with clean water as soon as possible.

    Always busy - the next building project is always just around the corner.

    As a business, we have collectively committed to walking 10,000km in 10 days across our destinations. From November 4th-14th, our country teams will be dusting off their walking boots and racking up those steps. From strolling around Singapore to hiking in Hanoi – we’ll be walking for water and looking to raise as much money as possible. We’ll be sure to share updates on our progress.

    If you would like to help bring clean water to the people of San Mamuang and would like your business to get involved, please reach out to your Discova Account Manager or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    You can also donate directly through our Chuffed project page: Discovawalkforwater

    Your support is greatly appreciated.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Investigations of a Dog (Franz Kafka)
    27 September 2021

    Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Franz Kafka has written this short story in a perspective of a dog. It was very difficult to read given the long sentences and, lack of cohesion, and a lot of unfamiliar English words. I’ve been reading reviews about readers giving up in the middle, but I chose to keep going. Let me say, it gets better. Well, kinda.

    The dog has a very intuitive and independent character, given that he parted ways with his mother early in his life and started wandering around on his own. He often emphasize his solitariness and how it contributed to the way he thinks. He was not happy about it since he could have learned more in life if he stayed with his mother longer, but at the same time he was proud of it since it allowed him to become ‘street smart’ and question things about the world.

    The first part about the musicians was something I was finding hard to grasp at first. The dog was confused about what the performers do and why they do it, only to find no answers from anyone. I believe it means that there are things in this world that could have been explained to some, but we just chose not to devote energy in explaining it, or we chose not to care to question them at all.

    The dog was also asking where and how food was produced on earth, and how come some get more and some get less. I could relate this a lot to political realism, where self-interest and survival are the central elements, and human nature (in this case, canine nature) is the driving force to all the actions of dogs in this world.

    Later in the story, he started questioning the existence of air-dogs, and what’s the point of their existence. He also questioned how his generation is better and worse than the previous ones. He was also big on being conscious of the ‘scientificness’ of his arguments and claims, as well as the practical value of his ‘experiments’. Towards the end of the story, he tried experimenting on fasting.

    If I’m being honest, there are parts of the story I can’t quite understand, but if you try to keep going and finish the whole book, the overall message actually makes sense. Most importantly, this book has introduced me to new English words that contributed in enriching my vocabulary.



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  • All the essentials you need to carry for your International trip
    27 September 2021

    Having a list of the travel essentials you might want to carry for your vacation is always useful, whether this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveller. You know what we’re talking about: a comprehensive international travel checklist that includes everything from packing basics to a toiletry list and much more. This travel […]

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  • 15 Historical Sites to Visit in Athens Greece: The Ancient Paradise
    26 September 2021

    Being the oldest city in the world, Athens is a significant destination in the history of Greece and the evolution of Ancient Greek civilization since 3000 B.C. Every historical architecture in Athens, like Parthenon and Acropolis, stand as evidence and praise ancient Greeks’ glorious past. As you walk around this oldest neighbourhood, you will envisage that city of Athens still holds the trace to Greece’s iconic architectural geniuses by preserving ruins and monuments. Your Greece holiday cannot be complete without visiting every mind-blowing historical wonder of Athens. Here are the “15 Best Historical Sites To Visit In Athens, Greece” that should be a part of your tour itinerary.

     
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    15 Best Historical Sites In Athens Greece

    History lives in Athens in every nook and corner of Athens. Then the entire city will plant curiosity to know more about the city while visiting historical architectures from iconic temples that add glory to the Greek Gods to some unfamiliar Ottoman-era architectures. So, here is the list of 15 historical sites to visit in the hidden corner of Athens that makes your heart race.

    1. Parthenon
    2. Temple of Hephaestus
    3. Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos
    4. Odeon of Herodes Atticus
    5. Agios Georgios Church
    6. Roman Agora
    7. Annafiotika
    8. Panathenaic Stadium
    9. First Cemetery of Athens
    10. Benizelos Mansion
    11. Theatre of Dionysus
    12. Archaeological Site Mycenae
    13. Temple of Olympian Zeus
    14. Tower of Winds
    15. Temple of Poseidon

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    1. Parthenon Image Source: Unsplash

    Without a doubt, Parthenon is one of the must-visit historical sites in Athens. Built as a homage to the goddess Athena between 447-432BC, Parthenon has met different purposes during different eras. To be precise, for centuries, it was a Church for Virgin Mary and a mosque during Ottoman rule. Parthenon is easily accessible when you are in Athens. Sitting on top of Acropolis Hill, it is truly a pleasant sight. Wear some comfortable shoes, climb the hill to admire the stunning architectural outcome of the genius architects of Greece. 

    Also Read: Best Walking Tours In Athens Greece

    2. Temple of Hephaestus Image Source: Pixabay

    The Temple of Hephaestus is one of the most visited and well-preserved historical attractions in Athens. Whenever you go, there will always be a multitude. This oldest temple came to life by the marble derived from Mount Penteli. It was constructed during the 5th century BCE by Iktinos to dedicate to the god of metalworking and fire, Hephaestus. But later, as power changed, the temple was altered and used as an orthodox church till 1834. 

    3. Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos

    If you take a short walk from Acropolis, you will come across Kerameikos cemetery that has a vital position in the historical timeline of Greece. This notable site in the downtown of Athens was once a locality where potters lived. This ruin was accidentally discovered in 1861 while excavating the nearby area. You can also walk around the ruins of the roads and marvel at the city wall build in 479BCE.

    4. Odeon of Herodes Atticus Image Source: Unsplash

    Odeon of Herodes Atticus is the most remarkable structure for which emperor Marcus Aurelius vouched as one of a kind traditional theatre of that era. This historical site built between 160-174CE (Roman Period) faced too much abrasion and damages for centuries. During the 1950s, the Greece government tried its best in restoring this entire open theatre. To date, Herodeon stages mind-blowing plays and performances and hold up to 5000 spectators.

    Also Read: Best Attractions In Athens

    5. Agios Georgios Church

    Agios Georgios Church is the most beautiful landmark situated on the top of Lycabettus hill. Its tranquil whitewashed exterior has an unsound aesthetic vibe that tends to attract lots of visitors every year. This church not only offers you a charming view of the entire city but also enlighten you about its ancient past. This 18th-century church is in a site that holds traces of a temple dedicated to Zeus. 

    6. Roman Agora Image Source: Pixabay

    Visiting Roman Agora is essential when you are in Athens. It has the most captivating history that gets more and more interesting. Built-in the 1st-Century BCE, Roman Agora is situated in eastern Athens. The ancient Agora was used as a place to conduct political gatherings. But during the regime of Julius Ceaser and Ceaser Agustus, the Agora was used as an open market. Again during the Byzantine era and Ottoman rule, this Roman Agora was occupied with churches, mosques and houses and lost the meaning of its existence. You can still see the 17th-Century Ottoman mosque during your visit. 

    7. Annafiotika Image Source: Unsplash

    Annafiotika is something different from all the historical sites you have seen so far. It is not a ruin but a historical neighbourhood set in the Northeastern face of Acropolis hill. It is a historical site constructed under the supervision of King Otto during the 16th-Century to provide housing for workers from Cycladic island. Many houses didn’t survive 1950s archaeological excavation. Still, you can explore the remaining 45 Cycladic-style architectures during your visit to Annafiotika.

    8. Panathenaic Stadium Image Source: Unsplash

    Undoubtedly, Panathenaic Stadium will put you to trance by both its jaw-dropping structure and the history behind its creation. You will be surprised by all the facts behind its existence. This oldest stadium is also renowned for being the only stadium in the world that was built wholly using marble. To be exact, this stadium was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus during 144CE. This stadium used to host athletic competitions during 564BCE. Also, it was the first stadium to host the first modern Olympics in 1896.

    9. First Cemetery of Athens

    The First Cemetery of Athens, located right behind the Panathenaic Stadium, is the most admired site among history buffs. It became a final resting place for numerous celebrities, politicians and artists who were respected and adored by the Greeks. You can explore the cemetery and its tombs with intricate designs and famous sculptures like “The Sleeping Girl”. Many people also seem to have witnessed and encountered the resident ghost during their visits.

    Also Read: Top Stores In Athens

    10. Benizelos Mansion

    Benizelos Mansion is a museum that stands as a rare reflection of the Ottoman regime. This 18th-century architecture is unique in Athens and admired by locals as much as tourists. If you stroll around the neighbourhood, you can also encounter the remains of houses dating back to the 15th century. 

    11. Theatre of Dionysus

    The Theatre of Dionysus is a unique historical landmark also known as a birthplace of theatre in Athens. Even though it seems smaller and less-preserved, this 4th-century complex could have seated up to 17,000 spectators during its peak days. Walk around this theatre. Learn about its past significance and the role it played to sustain the interest of ancient Greeks.

    12. Archaeological Site Mycenae Image Source: Pixabay

    Athens is home to many archaeological sites, among which Mycenae is a very peculiar sight. Travel back to the Bronze age when you are in Mycenae. Being featured in the World Heritage Site list, this archaeological ruin in Athens is a historical powerhouse. You can find it in the southwestern part of Athens on top of the hill. All you need to do is, purchase a ticket at Lion Gate and explore the fortress, beehive tomb and more.

    Also Read: Top Romantic Spots In Athens

    13. Temple of Olympian Zeus Image Source: Unsplash

    A first glance at this temple will let you realize Temple of Olympian Zeus or Olympieion is the largest temple in the country. Built-in the 6th century BCE, this temple took 640 years to complete. During the Roman era, this temple had further alteration by including 104 majestic columns to the structure. But during your visit, you can see only 16 of the columns standing against the pressure of time. 

    14. Tower of Winds

    Set inside Roman Agora next to Ancient Agora is the Tower of Winds. This historical monument is said to be “the world’s first meteorological station”. This octagonal architecture has impressive sculptures of Wind God on every side. If you explore a bit closer, you will come across marble sculptures uniquely highlighting different gods. This tower was built by Andronikos, an astronomer, during 50BC and as a sundial, waterclock and compass. There is still much mystery that to date remains in Tower of Winds.

    Also Read: Skydiving In Athens

    15. Temple of Poseidon Image Source: Pexels

    The last suggestion to quench your historical venture around Athens is the Temple of Poseidon. This place was a ground where Greeks offered sacrifices for Poseidon. When you are in the Temple of Poseidon, you will undoubtedly encounter various mythology, stories and historical references that give you goosebumps. Take lots of pictures in the Doric columns. The best option will be to take a guided tour that will enlighten you more about the attraction. 

     
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    Now that you know the top 15 historical sites to visit in Athens, Greece, that is not the end to the large distinctive historical marvel. If you visit around the there entire city, you will understand this list is just a beginning. So get a first-hand experience in all these monuments. Take advantage of the Pickyourtrail website. Look at some of the best Greece holiday packages or take a few minutes to customise a Greece itinerary by yourself.

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  • 10 Best Reasons to visit France: History, Beauty And Beyond
    26 September 2021

    One cannot ignore the mesmerising beauty that France carry. Even though you never visited France before, it holds so much merit that without doubt drags you down to the lane of nostalgia. It uplifts you with images of the Paris Eiffel Tower, Cannes film festival, Pebbly beaches in Nice, finest wines in Bordeaux and impressive architecture in Lyon. While half of the world already being in love with France, there are millions of reasons that can make your love for France even deeper. So, here are some of the solid reasons to visit France so that you can convince your gang, partner or your family to pack their bags to experience the will quench your travel thirst.

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    10 Reasons To Visit France

    France never ceases to fascinate the world travellers by its individualistic beauty, art, history and gastronomic heritage of France. And that is why it has been the most famous tourist destination in the world. Whether you visit France with purpose or want to play around, France has everything for everyone, and that is why these 10 Reasons to visit France are valid enough to allure everyone.

    1. France Is Home To The Paris
    2. France Is Haven Of History And Culture
    3. French Cuisine Is A Gastronomical Treasure
    4. Paradise For Fashion Admirers
    5. Country With Distinctive Geography
    6. Land Of Art and Museum
    7. Wine Enthusiast Getaway
    8. Charming Castles
    9. Relaxing Countryside
    10. Hotspot for Romance

    Also Read: Best Time To Visit France

    1. France Is Home To The Paris Image Source: Unsplash

    The city of Paris belongs to France. Now that equals every reason you needed to choose France over every other destination you are keeping as an option. Paris is a city that no other city can compete with as its existence is close to perfection. With famous landmarks like Eiffel Tower, Pantheon, remarkable museums like Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, cutest cafés like Laudree, sophisticated streets like Champs Elysees, and Disneyland, you cannot deny its alluring beauty in any situation. 

    Also Read: 10 Things To Do In Cannes, France

    2. France Is Haven Of History And Culture

    France feels a thousand times attractive for its rich culture and history. French people take so much pride in their historical heritage. The greatest battle fought during the French revolution and the Nepolean period are honoured through art, architecture and literature. You can still witness time being kept intact in France through attractions like the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur, Old Port of Marseille and more. France has almost 39 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list to highlight its strong culturally enriched presence in human history. 

    3. French Cuisine Is A Gastronomical Treasure Image Source: Unsplash

    French cuisine is an integral part of the culinary world. It upholds the reputation of France not only for its unique and rich taste but also for its valuable recipes and cooking techniques that are also gastronomical treasures. Every food lover should taste the authentic, traditional and local foods of France. From croissant, baguette, seafood and with over 400 varieties of cheese to choose from, your culinary endeavour will be otherworldly. 

    Also Read: 10 Must-Try Regional French Dishes

    4. Paradise For Fashion Admirers Image Source: Unsplash

    France is home to famous fashion brands like Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. For the fashion admirer inside you, France is indeed a shoppers paradise. You can walk down the famous streets where you can shop till you drop. Not just that, the entire French community will be an inspiration for your wardrobe update. Even on a regular day, France people like to flaunt their rich fashion sense as they walk down the street. Many fashion brands will also organise Fashion week events where you can admire the latest collection and probably grab some of the aesthetical pieces of clothing. Visit Rue de Rivoli, Champs Elysees, Les Halles are some of the best streets to style up yourself.

    5. Country With Distinctive Geography Image Source: Unsplash

    France’s geography creates more opportunities for tourists with its distinctive geography. If you want to swim, surf and snorkel or simply relax in a sunny spot on a beach? Head directly to Cannes, Nice or Cote de Azure. Do you want to spend your vacation on the snowy slopes and ski to your heart’s content? The visit Mont Blanc. France has a space for every venture you are seeking.

    6. Land Of Art and Museum Image Source: Unsplash

    We are pretty much sure that you are aware that France is the land of art and museum. From the Louvre Museum(World’s Largest Museum) that houses notable arts like the painting of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci to Centre Pompidou with an extraordinary collection of modern art, every region of France has a museum that surprise you with masterpieces.

    7. Wine Enthusiast Getaway

    There is no better place than France if you are a wine enthusiast who likes to try the finest wines in the world. There are more than 450 types of homemade wine collections to choose from in France. Every region has a speciality of their own that you can’t resist yourself from trying duty-free wine without being bored.

    8. Charming Castles Image Source: Unsplash

    There are so many Castles in France. You might need an entire month to explore all the Castles reflecting gothic and romanesque architecture. The fun part is you can also get the opportunity to stay in some of them and admire the beauty. From Chateau de Chantilly, Palace of Versailles, to Chateau de Chenonceau, you will be stunned by these picturesque castles that let you understand France like never before.

    Also Read: Castles in France

    9. Relaxing Countryside Image Source: Unsplash

    If you want to escape the clamour of the city, there is no better place than France’s countrysides with picturesque views. To be clear, over 80% of France is typically villages. They offer a solid level of peace and tranquillity that you can forget all your worries and spend your time enjoying time with the locals and cherishing every moment by itching the breathtaking view in your mind.

    Hotspot for Romance

    Finally, the most important reason to add France to your bucket list is – France naturally makes it hard for you to turn a blind eye to the romantic side of France. Even the elegance of the French language adds more romance to romantic endeavours in the “city of love”. Even if you miss an opportunity in 2021, you can spend your 2022 valentines day on this romantic hotspot.

    Also Read: 10 Most Romantic Places For Honeymoon In France

     
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    Now that you have read about some of the intriguing reasons to visit France, it’s time to plan your trip without delay. If you are not sure how to take the first step, go to the Pickyourtrail website. Look for some of the ideal France tour packages or customise your France itinerary. Anyways, don’t miss out on visiting the world’s most visited destination. There is no better time than “Right Now”.

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  • 10 Best Resorts in Iceland: Discover The True Serenity
    26 September 2021

    The satisfaction you gain during your Iceland vacation is beyond bathing in the blue lagoon, tracing the Viking history in Reykjavik, exploring the distinctive Icelandic lakes and involving in extreme adventure activities. Each region in Iceland has its unique natural wonders to showcase. Many resorts put these resources to good use by providing lots of activities for tourists like you to engage in and create an experience of a lifetime. So, to make things easy for you, here are the “10 Best Resorts In Iceland” that will offer you the fantastical leisure and recreation that are unique to Iceland.

     
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    10 Best Resorts In Iceland

    Spending your vacation in Icelandic resorts will be possibly the best wellness retreat you could ever get. Being a spa paradise, every resort in the country will let you loosen up while enjoying the scenic view and northern lights right through the windows. To make the most out of your stay, check out the best resorts in Iceland that suit your personality.

    1. Retreat At Blue Lagoon
    2. 360 Boutique Hotel
    3. Hotel Grimsborgir
    4. Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel
    5. Sigló Hotel
    6. Tower Suites Reykjavik
    7. The Five Million Star Hotel
    8. Diamond Suites
    9. Fosshotel Myvatn
    10. Kerlingarfjoll Mountain Hotel

    Also Read: 15 Souvenirs To Pick From Iceland

    1. Retreat At Blue Lagoon Image Source: Unsplash

    Retreat at Blue Lagoon is a delightful attraction in itself situated at the stunning lava field. This award-winning 62-suite hotel offers you top-notch comfort with its bedding that feels more like you are sleeping on a cloud. The tranquillity and serenity it provides you during your stay will be hard to comprehend in words. Apart from lounging inside the room the entire day, you can dip into the geothermal mineral spa and pamper yourself with the natural spa treatment packages. This resort also serves breakfast directly to your room. At the same time, there are also three other restaurants to dine in and a cafe to spend your evening chit-chatting and admiring the scenic lava field.

    2. 360 Boutique Hotel

    Despite hiding in a quaint place, this hidden gem of a resort receives so much love from vacationists for its subtle beauty. Being in the south Icelandic countryside, it takes only 15 minutes to reach this hotel from Selfoss. The key attraction of this hotel is that there are more chances for you to witness the magical display of Northern Lights. Moreover, it also provides many amenities that keep you comfortable and at ease during your entire stay. You can also access the indoor and outdoor pools to freshen up your mood.

    3. Hotel Grímsborgir Image Source: Unsplash

    If you are solely visiting Iceland to enjoy the Northern Lights show, visit Hotel Grímsborgir to increase your chances. Being located in a remote location very close to the Golden Circle, you can expect frequent appearances of Aurora. Moreover, the hotel also has a wake-up call when aurora can be seen from your room so that you can sink in its magical presence right from your room. When you check-in to the resort, it will surprise you with a quality stay by distinguishing aesthetical ambience through its premium rooms, suites and cottages. With a balcony or terrace in almost every room, you don’t have to miss out on the mesmerising beauty of the town day and night. Additionally, with complete access to its 29 geothermal hot tubs, you can make every day a spa day.

    4. Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel

    Frost and Fire Boutique Hotel will be one of the best resorts in Iceland for those who dream of experiencing a camp-like stay in a Nordic-style hotel, away from all the clamour of the city. If you decide to stay in Frost & Fire Boutique hotel, you will feast your eyes with the picturesque view of River Varma running by the food of the hill, and you can also observe the geothermal activities from the hot springs near the resort. Also, you will be complemented with a 12-metre pool as well as hot tubs that are close to your rooms so that you can sink into them anytime you want. Spend your dinner time at Reykr restaurant while watching the starry sky or, if luck permits, an Aurora show which will add beauty to the spectacular natural setting.

    Also Read: 10 Best Museums In Iceland

    5. Sigló Hotel Image Source: Unsplash

    Sigló Hotel is a charming resort where you can embrace the quietness of the seaside village. As it is close to the fishermen’s marina, you can never cease to admire the tranquillity during most of your stay, and you can also observe the everyday life of the Icelandic fishermen. It offers beautiful scenery with mountains on one side and a harbour on the other. Being one hour away from Akureyri, deciding to stay here is a ticket to gift yourself with new experiences like watching local concerts, tasting delightful flavours of Icelandic food at Kaffi Rauðka or Sunna and play giant chess with locals. To level up, either take a short drive to the local ski resort or visit the herring museum.

    Also Read: 10 Best Festivals In Iceland

    6. Tower Suites Reykjavik Image Source: Pixabay

    There isn’t a remarkable resort as Tower Suites Reykjavik anywhere around the downtown. This resort, set in the tallest building in the city, has eight unique suites, each offering a jaw-dropping view of the city, bay, the natural landscape and the enchanting horizon. This resort has immense popularity as it allows tourists like you to enjoy the midnight sun. Plus, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow have also played an equal part in promoting this resort for its luxurious aura. You can’t go short with anything here as it has every amenity that will satisfy you.

    7. The Five Million Star Hotel

    This resort has set a new standard in Iceland by giving an experience that pushes aside every traditional hotel room. The Five Million Star Hotel is a buzzworthy stay with a separate giant transparent plastic bubble for every individual or couple that allows them to immerse in the beauty of Icelandic wilderness and night sky. The bubble tents are more like giant tents that give you a broader experience, and with the winter season, every time you spend here will be pure bliss. This resort offers an overnight stay in a bubble as well as various tour experiences. You can find this resort in both South Coast and Golden Circle.

    Also Read: Iceland During Winter

    8. Diamond Suites

    Take a 15-minute drive from Blue Lagoon to find the Diamond suite on the top floor of Hotel Keflavik. This 5-star resort fascinates you with an impressive modern interior with ornates, Versace marble floors, leather furniture and fluffy beddings. Your room will have high-end amenities like Apple TVs, Mac Computers, and more that make you feel at home. Moreover, you will get a complimentary breakfast during your entire stay. Besides, the concierge in the resort will also help you book tours to nearby attractions.

    9. Fosshotel Myvatn Image Source: Unsplash

    Fosshotel resort is a popular and reliable Icelandic hotel chain. You can encounter this resort in almost 12 locations around Iceland. But the pleasantest experience can be availed when you choose the one in Myvatn. Located 20 mins away from the gorgeous crater-lake Myvatn, it offers a breathtaking view and also offers rooms and suites with class and elegance. Spend a rejuvenating time by sitting in your room and watching the greenscape and fluffy sheep playing around. Moreover, the hotel’s restaurant offers gratifying foods that put your taste buds to joy.

    Also Read: Iceland Visa For Indians- A Complete Guide

    10. Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Hotel Image Source: Unsplash

    If you are an adventure-seeker or a photographer, Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort is one of the best resorts in Iceland and an excellent stay to spend your vacation. You can take a three-day circular route to experience adventure around the shimmering beauty of nature bounded mountainscape. You can witness the breathtaking beauty of Iceland’s three main glaciers and capture the finest photographs of memorable moments amidst nature. Moreover, the resort offers campsites and chalets that suit your budget and comfort. 

    Also Read: 15 Adventurous Things To Do In Iceland

     
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    Now that we have provided a list of the best resorts in Iceland that let you wonder at their beauty to the fullest, it’s time for you to plan your Icelandic vacation. Visiting Iceland will give a breakthrough to the generic holidays you usually spend in most of the destinations. So start looking out for a suitable Iceland vacation package from the Pickyourtrail website. Or, you can customise an Iceland itinerary that covers all your expectation with simple steps.

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  • The five players your team can least afford to lose: GWS Giants
    28 September 2021

    The Greater Western Sydney Giants finished seventh in 2021, with 11 wins, one draw and ten losses, although they are effectively sixth for the purpose of this exercise, due to their semi-final performances against higher-rated teams.

    They had six debutants, while only four players featured in every game: Callan Ward, Harry Himmelberg, Tim Taranto and Isaac Cumming.

    Here are the five players and an honourable mention that the Giants could least afford to lose based.

    Honourable mention: Sam Taylor
    Taylor featured in 17 of 22 games, the Giants winning two, losing two and getting a draw when Taylor was unavailable through injury.

    He averaged the fourth most intercepts of any player in the AFL, an average of 8.47 per game, and averaged the third-most contested marks of any Giants player.

    5. Josh Kelly
    Kelly was extremely consistent in 2021 and was rewarded with a new contract. He averaged the most metres gained in the club, with an average of 454.17. He also averaged the second-most score involvements, with an average of 5.96 per game, as well as the most tackles, an average of 5.61 per game.

    His versatility was a strength as he could play in the midfield or on the wing.

    Last but not least, he led by example.

    4. Jacob Hopper
    Hopper was in the All Australian squad, had at least 21 disposals and only missed one game, which was through injury.

    He averaged the third-most inside 50s of any of GWS player, with an average of 4.30, and the most contested possessions, with an average of 12.04.

    3. Toby Greene
    Greene featured in 18 games, including the elimination final win over the Swans and was named in the All Australian forward pocket.

    He averaged the second-most score involvements of any player in the competition, with an average of 8.28, and kicked at least one goal in every game!

    (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

    2. Lachie Whitfield
    Whitfield was unavailable for the opening six games, and the club lost five of the seven games he didn’t play. Along with that, in Round 17 he was subbed out after accumulating just three disposals and the team lost to the Suns by one point!

    He averaged the third-most metres, with an average of 437.65 per game, and 4.53 score involvements per game – remarkable for a player who played predominantly on a half back flank.

    1. Tim Taranto
    Taranto was a revelation, featuring in all 24 games that they played, averaging the most disposals and the most inside 50s at the club.

    He also averaged 5.42 score involvements per game and had the second-most tackles – with an average of 5.33 tackles per game – which shows he worked hard defensively.

  • Coaching great tipping sustained success for Melbourne following drought-breaking premiership
    28 September 2021

    Coaching great Leigh Matthews believes Melbourne is well set for sustained success in the coming years.

    On the back of Simon Goodwin’s side winning the premiership on Saturday night – Melbourne’s first in 57 years – Matthews says the club’s list profile and talent across the park means they are as “well equipped as any premiership team in recent times” to continue their dominance this season for years to come.

    “If you’re talking about Melbourne, they have good big defenders and good medium smalls,” he said on Sportsday.

    “They have a fantastic one-two ruck combination (with Max Gawn and Luke Jackson) and they have (Clayton) Oliver, (Christian) Petracca, (Jack) Viney,(James) Harmes, (Angus) Brayshaw and (Ed) Langdon, that’s a fantastic midfielder group.

    “If you want to be honest, (Ben) Brown and (Tom) McDonald are OK forwards… (Bayley) Fritsch looks to be a pretty solid third tall so he’s very good.

    “Between them it’s pretty good, I think it’s reasonable to say that Melbourne is well equipped as any premiership team in recent times to be a good team for a long time.”

    The Demons will depart Perth in recent days, following a successful premiership campaign which saw them largely base themselves out west in the lead up to the Grand Final.

  • “Bottom of the ladder for facilities”: Melbourne CEO speaks on plans for new club base
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert believes the Demons are on the “bottom of the ladder for facilities” in the AFL.

    Multiple club departments are currently situated across different locations, and the Demons are looking to harmonise all operations under the one roof.

    The club has been working on a design for a new base near AAMI park in Gosch’s paddock, which is set to be funded by a joint venture between Melbourne, the AFL, and the Victorian Government.

    Speaking to SEN’s Dwayne’s World, Pert said the club’s dire situation in terms of training facilities is recognised by the AFL.

    “If (the state government) fast tracked it, I’d be more than happy, I’ve been working on it for three years now,” he said.

    “We’ve won the premiership this year and we’re acknowledged at a government level and by the AFL that we’re clearly on the bottom of the ladder for facilities.”

    “If I was to talk to anyone at the AFL and say, ‘I’ll meet you tomorrow at the Melbourne footy club,’ basically you wouldn’t know what I’m talking about because we’re in three, four, five different locations.”

    The fact of Melbourne’s poor facilities makes the Demons triumph in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final “even more amazing,” according to Pert.

    “It’s started, we’re starting the redevelopment of our oval, we’ve had a junior-sized oval that we’ve been training on for the last 10 years and in the next few weeks that’s going to be resurfaced and enlarged to an MCG length and Marvel (stadium) width oval, so that’s a really big step for us,” he said.

    “Right at the moment, we don’t even have the facilities of a community club, which makes the performance of the players even more amazing.”

    The Demons will return home to Melbourne from Perth in the coming days after breaking the longest premiership drought in the AFL with their win over the Bulldogs.

  • Suns list boss trade update on top 10 draft trio, Brodie, Dunstan and more
    28 September 2021

    Gold Coast list boss Craig Cameron has provided an update on numerous dealings for the club during the upcoming AFL trade period, including a trio of young stars set to come out of contract in 2022.

    The Suns followed a familiar path in 2021, starting fairly before fading in the back half of the season.

    However, important wins over Richmond and the GWS Giants late in the season, coupled with the likely return of numerous injured key players next season, has given the club hope for 2022.

    2018 top 10 draft picks Ben King, Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine are all out of contract at the end of next season and will face the pull of clubs from their home states.

    When asked about the trio, Cameron told AFL Trade Radio’s The Late Trade the Suns are confident the young guns are invested in the team’s success and hoped they might be able to complete signings over the break.

    “We’d be hopeful we can do some signings this off-season before we get into next year,” he said.

    “Our young blokes are really invested, part of our strategy from the get-go was to bring a bunch of talented young guys together, and they’ve really bonded.

    “They’ve got good hope for the future, but on-field we’ve got to show it.”

    Cameron also commented on the futures of Will Brodie and Darcy Macpherson.

    The pair are in a similar boat, both 23-years old but have struggled to cement their places in the Suns best 22.

    Brodie especially has struggled up north, playing just 24 games in five years after being drafted with pick nine in the 2016 AFL draft.

    “Will’s going into his sixth year next year, and he quite rightly wants to explore his options elsewhere and we’re happy to facilitate that if we can find something for him, we’ll work to that through the trade period,” Cameron said.

    “Darcy is a little bit the same, but he hasn’t been quite as vehement in talking to us around wanting to find another home, but if he did and found something that works for us, then we’d look at that.”

    The Suns have some work to do if they are to bring in any trade targets this off-season with all list spots currently filled and signed for next season, however, it hasn’t stopped Cameron and his team from showing interest in delisted Saint Luke Dunstan.

    “We’ll have to wait until we get through the trade period to see where everything sits, but Luke’s a good player and he played some good games this season so we’d be crazy not to look at a player of his talent if he’s available to rookie list, it just depends what happens through the trade period as to how many rookie selections we have,” Cameron said.

    2022 shapes as a big year for the Suns, with numerous signings still to be completed and coach Stuart Dew out of contract.

  • Melbourne man under investigation for attending Perth AFL grand final allegedly in breach of COVID rules
    28 September 2021
    Police in Western Australia are investigating whether a Melbourne man who may have attended the AFL grand final on Saturday is in breach of a COVID-19 quarantine direction.
  • Dermott Brereton's top AFL commentators, experts and host
    28 September 2021

    If you could put together a commentary team made of all available media talent to call a game of footy, who would you select?

    Dermott Brereton has put together who he believes are the best in the business in terms of hosting a broadcast, calling the game and providing expert commentary.

    He has gone with one host, two callers and two experts.

    See Brereton’s call team below:

    Host: Eddie McGuire

    “Eddie McGuire’s the best host. I declare my interests: he’s a great mate, but really if anyone says they’re as good a host as Eddie, it’s chalk and cheese, he’s the best host we’ve got,” Brereton told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

    Callers: Anthony Hudson and Dwayne Russell

    “Anthony Hudson and I love the way Dwayne Russell calls,” he said.

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    Experts: Jimmy Bartel and Nick Riewoldt

    “I learn the most off Jimmy Bartel listening to him. Jimmy tells me the most of what I want to know when I’m watching a game off-screen that I can’t see and is able to tell me how things have happened in a certain way,” he said.

    “I’ve got him first, he’s clearly the best in my view. I can’t work out why Channel 7 don’t use him more.

    “I love seeing how Nick (Riewoldt) pulls it apart and shows where players are from, how they’ve got there and shows how things have transpired to get there.

    “They’re the two current best at telling me something that I want to know.”

  • Melbourne CEO reveals club's Adam Cerra trade ambitions
    28 September 2021

    Melbourne CEO Gary Pert has spoken on the speculation surrounding the Demons throwing their hat in the ring for Fremantle young gun Adam Cerra, who has requested a trade home to Victoria.

    Cerra still appears to be destined to nominate Carlton in the coming days, however, Melbourne has emerged as another club interested in the 21-year old.

    Speaking on SEN’s Dwayne World, Pert believes the club’s list is in a great spot, featuring plenty of depth.

    “I’m part of all the conversations the list management group is having with all the players and all managers,” he said.

    “We’ve got a list that’s pretty strong, there’s going to be a bit of pressure on us from a salary cap point of view.

    “But I think not only have we got a talented list, but anyone who was looking at the players who ran onto the ground after the Grand Final, there were quite a few of them who deserved to be playing at the highest level.

    “We’ve got a highly talented group, but again we’ll explore all options.”

    It’s unclear how Pert and his list management team would be able to secure Cerra, considering the club has just one pick in the first two rounds at number 33.

    On the specifics of a deal for Cerra, Melbourne’s CEO confirmed they were interested in the star Docker but refused to elaborate on how it would happen.

    “All clubs are going to be talking to the representatives of a young star player like that,” Pert said.

    “Whether you can have the room or be able to pull off the deal, I’d say the majority of clubs are exploring it, but until we think anything’s going to happen with any player, we keep all those conversations highly confidential.”

    The Demons have an extremely young list, seven of their 23 players on Saturday night 21 years old or younger.

  • Grand finals don't reward season's best team, AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says
    28 September 2021
    After a mixed record in do-or-die grand finals, Adelaide Crows AFLW star Ebony Marinoff says it is a shame that one "really bad day" should cost a team a title.
  • Silvagni explains AFL draft points system, how Dogs will land Sam Darcy
    28 September 2021

    Stephen Silvagni has explained the intricacies of the points system in the AFL draft and how the Western Bulldogs will be able to secure Sam Darcy in the 2021 draft.

    Silvagni has worked as a list manager at both GWS and Carlton and has drafted many players under the current, albeit sometimes confusing rules of the draft.

    Darcy, son of Bulldogs legend Luke, is one of the most talented of his draft class, the tall forward rocketing in to pick one calculations with a six-goal haul for the Vic Metro’s under-19’s trial match in June.

    As a father-son prospect, the Bulldogs have the option to match any bid for the 18-year old.

    Silvagni explained exactly how the Dogs will look to land their prized draftee.

    “They can go into points deficit, but they will try and find the picks,” Silvagni told SEN Breakfast.

    “Each pick has a value, if he goes at pick two, that pick’s worth 2,500 points, plus a 20% discount for father-son or NGAs (Next Generation Academies).

    “So, they’ve got to make up those points within that draft.

    “They’ve got to find 2000 points, so all their picks in the draft have to add up to 2000 points, and they all go (if they match the bid).”

    However, he says that’s not the be-all and end-all, using Fremantle as a past example.

    “If they don’t have enough points with those picks in this year’s draft, the points will come off their first pick in next year’s draft, that’s called going into deficit,” Silvagni said.

    “It’s happened to Fremantle. Fremantle, last year or the year before, there was a bid on one of their NGA players, and they were in deficit in their first-round, so their first pick actually slipped back a couple of spots last year.”

    The Bulldogs first pick currently sits at number 17 in the 2021 AFL draft, meaning they will likely face bids from rival clubs on Darcy.

    The former Carlton list manager says clubs will bid if they think it can benefit them down the track.

    “Ultimately, by me bidding, (you have to ask yourself) ‘Is it going to help me out or is it going to help other picks come in for you, do I really value that player and are we a chance to get him?’” Silvagni said.

    “If you value the player, sure (bid), within reason.

    “I always said that if you value that player and it’s going to help you get that player or it's going to help you get something further down the line, then bid.”

    A club whose bid is matched on a player will then collect the draft picks and points the rival club used to match the original bid.

    Collingwood father-son prospect Nick Daicos and South Australian Jason Horne-Francis are the other two who appear a possibility to be the number one draft pick in 2021.

  • International Cup locked in for 2023
    28 September 2021
    Due to ongoing international border closures impacting travel to and from Australia, the AFL has announced that the next AFL International Cup is scheduled for 2023.

    The event was originally scheduled to be held on the Sunshine Coast in 2020 but was postponed until 2021, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    AFL Executive General Manager Game Development, Andrew Dillon, said it was important to provide certainty for international participants and stakeholders.

    “Given the challenges around the re-opening of borders, and the need for international teams and organisers to proceed with planning the International Cup, we have made the decision that 2023 is the ideal year in which to next host the event.”

    “The International Cup remains a key aspect of the games growth overseas and the scheduling of the event in 2023 returns us to our original three-year schedule. We know that is has been frustrating for teams to prepare for the event alongside Covid and the appreciate the the patienceshown by all of our international players.”

    New Zealand will field both a Men’s and Women’s team for the first time in the competitions history.

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