Thursday, December 8, 2016

Great hotel discounts with World Hotels

Roger Smith Hotel in New York,
a member of World Hotels
This post is about the great hotel discounts with World Hotels until February 28, 2017.

It's the season to be jolly and Worldhotels inspires all guests to celebrate the season of giving, by gifting their loved ones the most precious festive present of all – quality time spent together. Offering an array of enticing travel destinations with invitingly festive experiences to boot, guests now have the luxury of ushering in Christmas and the New Year at a magical destination of their choice

For hotel stays from now to February 28th, 2017, World Hotels guests can save up to 20 per cent off Best Available Rate for stays of two nights or more. These great hotel discounts with World Hotels also include breakfast and either 500 frequent flyer miles or loyalty points from Worldhotels’ Peakpoints programme.


Dai-Ichi Hotel Tokyo,
a member of World Hotels

Treat your children and yourself to a fun-filled Christmas this 2016 by visiting the enchanting Disneyland Tokyo. Not only will guests marvel at the entire park being decked out in Christmas decorations, they can also expect to witness their favourite Disney characters come to life at the annual Christmas parade - boasting seven whimsically furnished floats and over 100 devoted performers.

Guests can choose to stay at Dai-ichi Hotel Tokyo to gain quick access to Disneyland Tokyo as the hotel is only 30 minutes away. Room rates start at USD 201.


Lotte Hotel Seoul, Downtown,
a member of World Hotels

This winter, brave the cold with your loved ones in Seoul and visit one of the best ice-skating and sledding destinations in Asia. Allow Lotte Hotel Seoul, Downtown to play host this festive season as the property is situated a mere 250 meters away from the renowned Seoul Plaza Ice Skating Rink.

Guests can also travel to Yeouido Hangang Park if they prefer to go sledding as it features both beginner and intermediate slopes for all to enjoy this all-time favourite winter pastime. Room rates start at USD 151.

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Phuket, Thailand, is heralded as one of Asia’s most phenomenal party scenes in recent years and Christmas is no exception despite the tropics. With the city centre being a mere 15-minute drive away, avid party-goers will never go wrong with choosing to stay at Amatara Wellness Resort.

Amatara Wellness Resort
in Phuket Thailand,
a member of World Hotels

Guests can literally be partying the night away in one moment and be back in the privacy of their villas before they realise it.

What’s more is that the resort is recognised for its wellness programmes and spa treatments, so guests can indulge and pamper their bodies after a night out partying and rejuvenate themselves just in time for the following night’s rave. Room rates start at USD 400. 


Washington Mayfair Hotel,
a member of World Hotels

Christmas will never be the same without first visiting a quaint Christmas market, and one of the best and most festive Christmas markets anywhere in the world lies in London at the Southbank Centre Christmas Market.

With the aroma of mulled wine and minced pies coupled with the sight of intricate handmade wooden crafts, it is safe to say that the Christmas spirit is in the air at this London market. Guests have the option to stay at The Washington Mayfair Hotel, which is conveniently located 15-minutes away from this magical Christmas market via the Tube. Room rates start at USD 176.


Roger Smith Hotel in New York,
a member of World Hotels

December absolutely abounds with ample opportunities to catch the Nutcracker in New York City, so dance enthusiasts and Christmas fanatics can celebrate the wonder and joy of the festive season and pay homage to the city that never sleeps.

Whether it is attending a modernised hip-hop rendition of the play or witnessing Tchaikovsky’s iconic score coupled with the elegance and grace of the New York City Ballet, The Nutcracker is assured to whisk everyone away on a most heartwarming Christmas adventure. Guests can stay at Roger Smith Hotel which is a short 12-minute drive away from the latter of the two plays. Room rates start at USD 174.

With these great hotel discounts with World Hotels, we hope you have wonderful holidays, wherever in this world you plan to be.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Oceania Cruises in Asia for 2017

Oceania Cruises in Asia for 2017
Sirena of Oceania Cruises

This post is about Oceania Cruises in Asia for 2017.

 From February 2017, Asian travelers can discover a thrilling world of exotic destinations, unrivaled adventures and epicurean delights in unparalleled comfort and style with Oceania Cruises.

The world’s youngest fleet of intimately luxurious cruise ships combines elegant accommodation with exceptional personalized service, as well as the finest cuisine at sea™. Expertly crafted excursions inspire guests to immerse themselves in local cultures, history and cuisines.

Gourmet travelers are treated to a global array of fine cuisines curated by Oceania’s Executive Culinary Director, Master Chef Jacques Pepin. Guests can also experience Oceania Culinary Discovery Tours, where master chefs accompany them to explore markets, take cooking classes and experience some of the world’s most iconic local restaurants.

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Oceania Cruises is bringing both the acclaimed Nautica and Insignia ships to Asia in 2017. The two vessels recently underwent a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship that is both sleek and elegantly charming.


The owner's suite onboard Oceania

Oceania Nautica offers the utmost in luxury: Open-seating restaurants, world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious state rooms.

With just 684 guests to pamper, the 400 professionally trained staff ensures all guests receive utmost attention and care.

Recommended voyages in Asia include the 16-day Pagodas and Palace cruise aboard Oceania Nautica from Singapore to Hong Kong. En route, the ship cruises the picturesque Gulf of Thailand, stopping at the island of Koh Samui and the magnificent Thai capital Bangkok.

Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast is the next shore call before cruising to the vibrant Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. A splendid sail through the Hainan Strait brings the ship to port in Hong Kong.


The pool deck of Oceania

Oceania Insignia mirrors the beautiful and luxurious attributes of the Oceania Nautica.

The ship’s decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work and accommodations boasting luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Guests can choose from four unique open-seating restaurants, world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars and a casino.

Travelers can recuperate and unwind onboard the 18-day Far East Radiance cruise aboard Oceania Insignia from Singapore to Abu Dhabi, perfect for a relaxing vacation. From the tops of the world’s tallest skyscrapers to peaceful rice padi fields and sea-shell filled beaches, the great urban centers of Asia will play host on this splendid journey.

A stop in Myanmar’s Yangon city will sure to delight guests with an awe-inspiring view of the cityscape: British colonial architecture, modern high-rises and glided Buddhist pagodas which define its skyline. The journey will also take guests to beautiful Goa and colorful Mumbai, filled with authentic eateries in a maze of streets promising extraordinary culinary rewards.

Finally, guests will also be able to enjoy views of glittering Dubai before sailing to its final destination in Abu Dhabi.

So these are just some of the wonderful Oceania Cruises in Asia for 2017.


The best falafel in Israel

This is a post about the best falafel in Israel. And about TRAVELIFE Magazine in Israel and about a miracle in a bus stop.

Lunch in Israel the other day on our drive back to Jerusalem from three wonderful days in the Dead Sea, living a #Travelife, was at a nondescript tourist bus stop.

This is usually the kind of place I try to avoid like the plague even if I know these have decent food because the truck drivers, tour guides and big bus drivers are all regulars here so the bus stop cafeterias must make good food or they won't stop at all.

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Still I prefer small restaurants with views and calm, and our guide knew this, but there was nothing else.

So we stopped and I literally had to walk through a huge souvenir shop with about 10 bus loads of tourists bumping into me to grab key chains, Dead Sea salt, tshirts and camel figurines to get to the bus stop cafeteria at the back.

Finally we got to the cafeteria, which after 10 bus loads, was the exact mess I dreaded. It was serve yourself and pay at the counter, and there were food and serving utensils strewn about everywhere.

Think about a party buffet after about 300 people have gone through it.


But lo and behold.

Israel is truly a land of miracles, as Ambassador Effie Ben Matityau keeps telling me. Past all this mess and jumble of Formica tables, but still in the same big dining room was a proper table set for us with a starched red table cloth, wine glasses (!!) and matching red paper napkins.

It stuck out like a wonderfully sore thumb, to use a cliche, and we spotted it immediately among the mess.


All the efforts of our wonderful guide Mandy, who is 65 with four children and a wife who he proudly proclaims to the world is 50 but who looks 35 (she does!).

Then the food started coming and nothing on our table was from that mess of a D-I-Y buffet at all. Instead the cafeteria chef brought everything out freshly made and so delicious that we were in seventh heaven. Everything was properly plated, too.

Yup, we were in a D-I-Y cafeteria with a cashier at the end but we were eating in it as if this was a Michelin one-star restaurant in the dessert.


 We had the usual stuff, everything amazingly delicious, and then Travelife Magazine columnist Michelle Barrera ordered falafels and proclaimed them the best falafel in Israel.

I generally don't eat falafels but decided to try this since she was practically writing songs about these falafels and asking our guide to get the chef's recipe written on a table napkin. They were really so good and if I just wasn't on my now 5000-calorie a day diet, I sure would have eaten more.

And just like that lunch in Israel, in the middle of nowhere in the desert, was a truly another memorable experience in this land of milk and honey, living a never-ending #Travelife.

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