Tuesday, April 25, 2017

parq Vancouver Resort

Have you heard about the latest resort development in downtown Vancouver? Let's take a look and see what parq Vancouver (locally known as Site 10A) is all about!

Set to open this fall, this modern, glass-sided resort-style complex is located next to BC Place and offers views of the Cambie Street Bridge from its 2 luxury hotels, JW Marriott parq Vancouver (with a fitness centre and a spa) and the Douglas Autograph Collection. 

parq Vancouver will also be home to 5 restaurants and 3 lounges, including farm-to-table cuisine and upscale Asian food, as well as being the new 2-story home of the Edgewater Casino. Of course, there will be plenty of conference and special event space.

The crowning feature of the complex is a rooftop park sporting 200 full-grown trees, which will provide views of False Creek and the Vancouver skyline. 

For more information, be sure to read Discover: Vancouver, BCAnd to make your reservation, visit JW Marriott parq Vancouver or Douglas Autograph Collection.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Grand Egyptian Museum

Have you had the privilege of visiting Egypt? I'm lucky enough to have cruised the Nile, spent some alone time with King Tut in the Valley of the Kings, and explored the Great Pyramids at Giza.

One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. And as if that history wasn't impressive enough, enter the new Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in 2018! No doubt its' sleek, modern exterior will come to rival the Louvre in Paris while inviting an expected 15,000 visitors each day.

Besides being home to 50,000 objects including 30,000 of which have never been on public display, ever, the Grand Egyptian Museum with exhibit all 5,000 artifacts found in King Tut's tomb. The new museum venue will house a kids' museum and a library, as well as a non-public restoration lab and a research center. And, of course, there will be a gift shop, along with restaurants and cafes.

For more information, visit the Grand Egyptian Museum and be sure to check out Discover: Cairo, Egypt!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 5 Attractions in St. Petersburg

If you're wondering where to travel in 2017, maybe you should visit the World's Leading Cultural City Destination (according to the 23rd World Travel Awards in 2016) - can you guess where it is?? Without further delay, let's take a look at the...

Top 5 Attractions in St. Petersburg, Russia!

St. Petersburg Mosque
With a wealth of theaters, museums, palaces, monuments, cathedrals, temples and bridges (phew!), it's really no wonder why St. Petersburg, Russia, has been named the World's Leading Cultural City Destination for 2016.

Located on the Baltic Sea, this second largest city in Russia (approx. 5 million inhabitants) offers visitors so much to see and do. In fact, St. Petersburg is home to 2,000 libraries, 221 museums and 80 theaters, including designated UNESCO World Heritage places of interest.

The Neva River flows through the center of city adding to it's overall appeal, while offering a touch of romance, as well. That, and the 18th and 19th century neoclassical and Baroque architecture displayed throughout the city! And did you know you can visit St. Petersburg visa free for 72 hours?

The Top 5 Attractions in St. Petersburg include:

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

State Hermitage Museum

St. Isaac's Cathedral

Grand Palace

Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg will be home to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. For more information, download the St. Petersburg Office City Guide app from Google Play or the App Store, and Visit St. Petersburg. You can also view more of the 23rd World Travel Awards 2016 winners here!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

World's Most Romantic Resort

World's Most Romantic Resort

While you may not know where the World's Most Romantic Resort is located offhand, you've no doubt seen this iconic photo of the Water Pool Villas at Baros Maldives:

Baros Maldives, an amazing tropical resort in the Republic of the Maldives, is located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. Although the archipelago of the Maldives consists of more than 1,110 islands, only 200 of them are inhabited.

But back to the World's Most Romantic Resort (according the the World Travel Awards 2016): the luxury Baros Maldives! This exclusive private island is accessible only by boat, and is about a half-hour ride from Maldives International Airport. 

Each of the upscale villas at Baros Maldives (either beachside or water) offer a chic vibe while featuring verandas or sun decks, and large ocean-view windows, as well as the necessities (or not!) including flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi. All also come with espresso machines and yoga mats; some offer private pools. 

Guests at Baros Maldives can enjoy a beach bar and an ocean-view lounge, along with 3 restaurants, including room service and romantic dining for 2 on an ocean sandbank. Impressive.

The full-service spa offers an array of beauty treatments and couples massage. The island has a resident yogi who provides regular yoga and meditation classes. If this sounds too relaxing, Baros Maldives also has motorized & non-motorized water sports (stand-up paddle boards, kayaking, windsurfing and more), plus excellent scuba diving and snorkeling. There are also opportunities to enjoy private excursions such as fishing and boating, including a romantic dinner cruise!

For more information, visit Baros Maldives and be sure to check out Honeymoon & Wedding Hot Spots: Africa & Asia.