Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Norwegian Star sails to Europe's top destinations for 2017 - 2018 with Instagram-perfect itineraries

European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

Norwegian Star’s 7-day Greek Isles cruise ensures guests from around the globe are able to experience the world’s trendiest travel hotspots all in one European getaway.

The ultimate Europe bucket list trip starts in Venice, Italy and sails through to the postcard-beautiful islands of Montenegro, Greece and Croatia. Norwegian Star’s most Instagram worthy sailing is available in September and October 2017 and is steeped in history with an abundance of breathtaking scenery.

Norwegian Star’s Greek Isles itinerary appeals to young and active travelers looking for an accessible holiday.


European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

The ultimate photo-worthy holiday begins and ends in Venice, the historical northeastern town renowned for extraordinary architecture and for the Grand Canal.

Guests can enjoy the city at their own leisure and suggested activities include admiring the centuries-old buildings and churches of Venice and dining at a local eatery to become fully immersed in Mediterranean living.

On return, the Norwegian Star offers guests 4-5 hour guided tours that are combined with an airport transfer for the departure flight. Guests can choose from a guided tour of Prato della Valle, Padua's largest square or have a tour of Venice that includes Doges' Palace and Basilica di San Marco


European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

On day two, guests wake up in the coastal town of Kotor in Montenegro. Wedged between large overhanging mountains, this impressive Mediterranean town is one of the best preserved medieval areas in the world.

Stone walls snake up the slopes and the romantic Old Town of Montenegro with its maze of museums, churches, delightful cafes and Venetian palaces.

For the more active guests, a three hour hike up the 1,350 zigzagging steps to the top of the city wall of Montenegro with a dedicated tour guide.


European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

The Norwegian Star then makes her way to Corfu, Santorini and Mykonos. Available activities for guests are varied throughout the three days and include an exciting range of leisure and adventure-packed excursions.

Join the 4 x 4 drive adventure of Corfu’s countryside, or take in the charming blue-and-white village of Oia, followed by a visit to a local winery in Santorini.

European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

Take the walking tour of Mykonos the best known of all the Greek islands with its narrow streets, lively beaches and whitewashed churches.


After spending the sixth day relaxing and indulging in the on board guests will then arrive in the 16th century stone-walled Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Norwegian Star’s exclusive shore excursions include the walking tour of Dubrovnik’s old town and a scenic cable car ride over the beautiful city.

European cruise itineraries for the Norwegian Star

Adventurists can also opt for the three hour off-road buggy adventure tour that combines exploration with local history.

For fans of the hit TV show series, Game of Thrones, Norwegian Star offers a three hour Game of Thrones tour in Croatia to experience the real setting of the fictional focal point of the show, King’s Landing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The best hotels in the world and the best of luxury travel at ILTM 2017 in Shanghai

Travelife Magazine Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan at ILTM 2017 in Shanghai


The world’s most luxurious travel specialists gathered in the city of Shanghai for the International Luxury Travel Market Asia 2017 (ILTM Asia 2017) last June.

Over 460 exhibitors from 53 countries presented the latest developments in traveling – from luxury hotel accommodations within cosmopolitan cities like Zurich, New York, London and Tokyo; and exclusive islands within the Maldives and Tahiti, to unforgettable tour experiences thoughtfully curated by discerning travel designers.

The best hotels in the world at ILTM 2017 in Shanghai

ILTM Portfolio Director Alison Gilmore also announced at the ILTM Asia 2017 Opening Forum the many changes taking place with ILTM Asia.


The first major development is the creation of ILTM China slated for October 2018 in Shanghai. This event will focus on outbound luxury travel from China to accommodate the growing market of luxury travelers within China.

ILTM 2017 in Shanghai


On the other hand, ILTM Tokyo will center on inbound travelers to Japan. And finally, ILTM Singapore will highlight the needs and preferences of luxury travelers from the rest of Asia.

As hundreds of ILTM buyers, exhibitors, and media guests discovered the latest travel innovations during the day, the evenings were filled with exciting social events. ILTM Asia 2017 has raised the expectations for upcoming ILTM events in Asia.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hotel Indigo opens in Seminyak Beach, Bali

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach in Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, Bali's most lively and storied village, is the site of the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach. In a village that captures the ancient and modern zeitgeist of Bali in all its colour, energy and lively tradition, curious travelers are the new savvy individualists.




Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach in Seminyak, Bali
As a destination, Bali has always delighted guests with its ability to embrace the modern and traditional with a stylish and youthful zest — and nowhere is this more apparent than in Seminyak, a neighbourhood where the ocean breeze blends a fusion of village gamelan and modern house music.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach in Seminyak, Bali
And indeed where in every direction, the visitor can trace the neighbourhood's story of a Cultural Journey in Bali — exploring the local communities and temples of Bali, where Balinese ceremonies and craft work retain the same daily rituals that connect you back to the heritage of the 15th century.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach in Seminyak, Bali


The new Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach 289-room  hotel graces Seminyak's Mesari Beach draws inspiration from the flavours, culture and character of its surrounding local neighbourhood, the vibrant and lively Seminyak district.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach in Seminyak, Bali
Extending across 4.7 hectares of lush, landscaped grounds, including exotic plantings and beautiful vertical gardens, the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach promises an authentic fusion of enchanting Balinese culture and contemporary creativity fronting the southern stretch of Seminyak.

Here, the best of modern and traditional Balinese design are seamlessly integrated, reflecting the surrounding Seminyak neighbourhood, from its fashion boutiques and world-famous restaurants to its artisanal craftsmanship and architecture.