Say hello to the new private island Hyatt Beach Resort in Japan

Posted by - March 21, 2018

HYATT, one of the world’s top hospitality companies, is getting ready to open its first ever beach resort in Japan and it looks to be stunning.
Up until a few years ago, the location of the newest Hyatt Regency Resort was just another bit of the East China Sea that swelled around the Japanese prefecture island of Okinawa.
Nobody likes a soggy beach: The best times to go to Asia’s top 11 beaches But fortunately, Hyatt had the foresight to see the potential of this little bit of coast and the adjoining island as it is now getting ready to open the 344-room luxury hotel on Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island in Onna-son, Okinawa.
Onna-son is known as one of the best beach locations on Okinawa island and guests at the new resort will be able to enjoy private beaches all to themselves.
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The hotel is surrounded by azure blue warm waters that can be seen from the guest rooms.
Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa hopes to energize its guests through experiences and connect them with what and who matters to them most.
This can be done through a myriad of health-focused activities on offer, from beach yoga to invigorating spa treatments.
Of the 344 rooms on offer at the resort, 320 of them will be housed in a seven-story building on the private island, while the remaining 24 rooms can be found in the three-story beach house on the Okinawa Island side.
Save money in Singapore with these free activities Each room has a balcony and complimentary WiFi, so you can upload your stunning sea view pictures straight onto Instagram.
The food on offer here is a reason in itself to book a stay. Satisfy all your Japanese food cravings in one of the six restaurants at the resort which all offer fresh produce, including the catch of the day.
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You may even decide that this is the place you want to say your vows and enter into holy matrimony, and if it is, we don’t blame you. It is truly stunning here.
The onsite Seragaki Island Chapel can seat up to 40 guests and will hold a 10-meter aisle so all your adorning guests and lucky partner can watch you as you glide, or groove toward married life.
The hotel is now taking reservations for September 1 onwards. We’ll see you there for a spot of paradise living.
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Trendy Taiwan: China’s cool neighbor

Posted by - February 28, 2018

TAIWAN has seen a significant increase in tourists over the past few years, and for very good, tasty, awe-inspiring reasons.
You may associate Taiwan with the long-winded, dramatic soap dramas, but it is so much more than that. Let us take you on a journey of discovery to showcase some of the most enticing treasures found in Taiwan.
From melt-in-your-mouth bao (a type of steamed, filled bun) to unrivaled stunning scenery, this is why you should visit Taiwan.
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Taiwan has some of the friendliest locals in the whole of Asia. Don’t be surprised if strangers spark up conversations with you in the street.
Their intrigue will make you feel at home and this is a brilliant way to involve yourself in the local culture.
We guarantee you’ll return home having made at least one local friend in Taiwan.
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Taiwan is the home of the famous bao. This delightful concoction consists of a fluffy white bun stuffed with fantastic stewed meat, sauce, herbs, spices, and seeds.
The buns are only a few mouthfuls big, so you’ll probably want to order a few… or twenty.
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Arguably the best nightlife in Taiwan is found at vibrant, bustling street markets. The capital of Taipei is full of these incredible markets where visitors can find an array of satays or food-on-a-stick as it’s also known.
From vegetables bursting with rainbow colors and familiar chicken and beef to the rather obscure creatures that may take you by surprise, such as whole squid and whole frogs.
These night markets are a social spectacle where you can see groups of friends having fun or snacking among work colleagues.
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Taiwan is home to some of the world’s most incredible and abundant hot springs. One of the most easily accessible from Taipei is Beitou.
The hot spring is just a 30-minute MRT (train) ride away from the city center costing only US$1. With plenty of hotels, campsites, museums, gardens, and restaurants, and of course the natural hot springs, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to do.
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Anyone who hasn’t already been to Taiwan will be awestruck but its natural beauty.
The subtropical volcanic island is more than 70 percent sky-scraping, jagged mountains. The golden beaches are met with rows of towering stone pillars which have formed as the sea and winds whipped around them, eroding the rock that once formed part of the land.
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You must also visit the burning rocks which haven’t be doused in over 300 years and Black Dwarf Cave, steeped in tragic history – a tour down here isn’t for the fainthearted.
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All work, no play: Singapore among top vacation-deprived markets

Posted by - February 26, 2018

SIX in 10 Singaporeans feel vacation-deprived, and last year chose to take fewer days of annual leave than the amount they receive.
This is despite local employers being supportive of vacations.
Singapore far from world’s most exciting city According to Expedia Singapore’s 2017 Vacation Deprivation Study*, Singapore is among the seven most vacation-deprived markets globally. But that’s not to say they don’t like going away.
Singaporeans are all for taking regular vacations. More than half (53 percent) agree that vacations are important for their general health and well-being, and 66 percent say they mostly come back from vacations more relaxed.
However, almost half (47 percent) of full-time workers take fewer days of annual leave than the amount they receive due to:
Their desire to save their leave in case something comes up in the future (45 percent) Their work schedules that do not allow for vacation/insufficient resources to cover the work (37 percent) Difficulty in coordinating time to take a vacation that works with family/partner/friend (30 percent) Their desire to carry their leave over to the next year for a longer vacation (30 percent) It’s also important to note that Singapore had seven official long weekends from bank holidays in 2017. Ten, if employees knew how to plan their leave around it. This could be one of the reasons why Singaporeans didn’t take that many days of leave last year.
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“In a fast-paced city like Singapore, travel is fast becoming a necessity for one’s personal and professional well-being. While’s 2017 Vacation Deprivation Study revealed that employers in Singapore are largely supportive of employees going on vacations, it was interesting to see that almost half of the employees still do not take advantage of their full annual leave allocation,” Expedia’s General Manager for Southeast Asia and India Simon Fiquet said.
Vacation deprivation is not limited to Singapore alone. It’s on the rise across the globe, with 53 percent of full-time working adults feeling the lethargy.
Asia Pacific leads the pack as the most vacation-deprived region, with South Korea topping the list. According to the study, 81 percent of full-time working adults in South Korea feel deprived of vacations.
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Singapore and South Korea are known for their ultra-competitive academic and work cultures, with high expectations, tight deadlines, and long hours.
*Expedia Singapore’s 2017 edition looked at the vacation habits of more than 15,000 working adults across 30 countries globally. Incorporating insights from 300 full-time working adults in Singapore.
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Get money off your hotel stay by locking your phone away

Posted by - February 19, 2018

WHEN Tim Berners Lee introduced the Internet to the world to back in the 80s, nobody could have predicted the impact it would have on society.
Now, in the 21st century, we can carry fully functional computers and the world wide web around with us all day long, in the form of mobile phones.
Staying connected has never been so easy but is it always a good thing, especially when you’re supposed to be spending quality time with your family?
Of course, it is handy for keeping on top of emails, quick online banking, making tour reservations and updating followers on your trip. But this connectivity obsession forces individuals to forget about enjoying the physical world around them. Worse still, it makes those around the online-addicts feel isolated.
Haruki Murakami festival in Manila: Talk, watch and listen However, one hotel group is trying to change this by offering families a discount if they promise to unplug on their holidays.
Later this month, Wyndham Hotels will launch a program that gives traveling families a discount in exchange for locking away their phones.
According to the hotel group, 54 percent of children believe their parents check their phones “too often” and 32 percent said they feel “unimportant” when their parents are distracted by screens.
A separate report by Expedia revealed the average time spent on social media while on a one-week vacation was nine hours.
#news Wyndham Grand Wants Your Family to Reconnect
— RockCheetah (@RockCheetah) February 8, 2018
Out of the 2,000 study participants, nearly half of them admitted to missing out on “vital holiday experiences because of time spent on social media” and 44 percent of them felt that “social media ruined their holiday experience”.
However, Wyndham wants to put a stop to these self-inflicted missed opportunities.
“We saw parents hopping on a quick conference call in the lobby, and some hotels have had to order extra pool chairs because guests are swimming less and swiping more,” Noelle Nicolai, who developed the Wyndham initiative, told Travel + Leisure.
Hey guys, I'll be on vacation with my family for the next week with no internet access and unfortunately will be missing #DerbyDellaMole. I apologize for the inconvenience, I'll be back tweeting as soon as I can! #ForzaJuve #FinoAllaFine
— Juventus World (@world_juventus) February 16, 2018
This discount on offer is for families who opt for the “Reconnected” program. This is available at Clearwater Beach, Orlando Bonnet Creek, Chicago Riverfront, Hotel Galvez and The Mills House, all of which are part of the Wyndham Grand hotels brand.
The package provides guests with a safe lock box, operated by a timer that all smartphones are to be placed in. Families can also take full advantage of the Instax camera as part of the program which develops photos as they are taken.
Dubai beats own record of world’s tallest hotel The family fun doesn’t stop at bedtime either. The “Reconnected” program provides guests with a late-night “Bedtime Brigade” room service menu which families can share while reading stories in the pre-built blanket fort, provided by the hotel.
This package is available from February 23 until September 3, subject to availability. So get your family trip booked in early.
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Forget Valentine’s Day, enjoy ‘Pal-entine’s Day’ in India instead

Posted by - February 12, 2018

VALENTINE’S Day can mark the day you conjure enough courage to declare your love for someone. But for others, it’s just another day spent without that someone special.
If you’re one of those single pringles and not really in the mood for a mingle, then grab some of your friends and take a trip to one of these stunning destinations across India.
Have a well-deserved “Pal-entine’s Day” with your best pals and soak up the sun, culture, and friendship-love on your mini getaway.
Transformative travel, wellness retreats: Which one is right for you? Goa Steeped in history, culture and soaked in the glorious Indian sunshine, this region is ideal for chilling on beaches, sipping a cold beer and forgetting about the dating scene.
However, if you feel the universe urging you to go out dancing, there are plenty of places to groove the night away. Who knows? You might even waltz into the path of your one true love.
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If you’re just heading to Goa for a short stay, we suggest spending a morning at Dudhsagar Falls, then Calangute beach for sandy relax in the sun, before heading to Goa’s classy Chronicle bar in the evening for a sophisticated soiree.
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Jaipur Jaipur is wonderful in February. The temperature is just right and the sun is low enough in the sky to get the most out of your day without having to spend most of it diving into air condition shops.
Dubbed the Pink City, Jaipur is home to some of India’s finest historical monuments. There is so much to explore in Jaipur, it will make being in love seem like a triviality.
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While you’re there you have to spend some time admiring the Mughal and Rajput architecture at Jal Mahal, also known as the Water Palace. Originally built as a summer home for the royal family, the place sits on the Mansagar Lake, surrounded by the enchanting Nahargarh Hills.
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Take a trip around the varied bazaars in Jaipur to pick up colorful souvenirs, spices and trinkets, then head out for a bite to eat and gorge on delicious Rajasthani cuisine. With varying prices and restaurants, you can choose how slap-up your “Pal-entine’s Day” meal is going to be.
Kasol Fancy indulging in some you time on Feb 14? Head to Kasol in Himachal Pradesh for some prime “doing nothing” time.
Described as a budget traveler’s gift from God, Himachal is a fast-growing destination for backpackers and those traveling with tight purse strings.
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Kasol is the picturesque village in Kullu that stretches along the river Parvati, perfect for early morning strolls to catch the sun peeping up over the forest which lines the hurrying waters.
Trek through the forest on one of the many trails to see beautiful wildlife. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Pink Floyd Cafe or Mountain Goat Cafe to feast on local delights.
Pondicherry The French Capital of India is a destination full of vibrant colors, but also a place that offers serene sanctity.
The city is gleaming with untouched beaches as well as plenty of seaside promenades to stroll along as the sunsets. When morning beckons, get up that tad bit earlier to admire the stunning sunrise over Bengal Bay.
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Take a tour across to Paradise beach island where beauty and tranquillity seamlessly exist. If you’re a keen ornithologist, you can head out onto Osudu Lake to admire migratory birds and other wildlife specific to this area.
Perhaps you prefer being down where the fish live? If so, you can explore the lakes and oceans with a scuba school and get up close and personal with the thriving marine life.
With so much to do, you’ll have little time to think about love and romance.
Hilltop slum in Mumbai transformed by colorful makeover Rishikesh Full of yoga retreats, ashrams and spas, you can treat yourself to some real pampering. Rishikesh is a superb place to try some multicultural food. Head to Devraj Coffee Corner to taste traditional German bakes and some of the best coffee in the region.
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If you want a more authentic culinary experience, head to Chatsang cafe where you can witness the open pan sizzle coming from the kitchen to tantalize you with what’s about to be served.
For an immersive cultural experience, head over to Swary Niwas a Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple to see the 13-story wedding cake-style temple on the east bank of Lakshman Jhula.
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Rishikesh is a wonderful place, whether you’re alone, with pals, or loved ones.
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Why aren’t Malaysians going on more holidays?

Posted by - January 25, 2018

MALAYSIA may be notorious for having what some have described as “too many” public holidays but a recent study on the vacation habits of locals revealed a surprising trend: much as Malaysians love a good break, many are too busy to take time off and the majority don’t even use up their quota of paid leave.
The big question is: Why?
According to the study by British Airways, the reason for this is work. The study that surveyed 2,000 respondents said even when Malaysians did go on breaks in 2017, the time they took away from work was kept to a minimum at just five to nine days.
Additionally, those who went on breaks admitted they weren’t completely able to get work off their minds. As a result, 75 percent said they would return from holidays wishing they could go on another, while 28 percent said they’d wish they had taken more time off.
This, the study added, is because the prospect of applying for breaks that stretch on for two weeks or longer is generally seen by Malaysians as off-limits.
Fifty-seven percent said they were concerned about work piling up in their absence while 21 percent said they were simply too afraid to ask for that much time off. Some (18 percent) said they were afraid of being judged by colleagues for being away from the desk for long periods.
Frm news today: Malaysians ranked 4th amongst the most workaholic countries with employees working even when they are on vacation!
— BrianMasterchefMY (@AbangBrian) November 20, 2012
But is this fear unreasonable? Perhaps not, as the study also discovered that 55 percent felt a two-week break is strongly discouraged in their workplace and 13 percent felt long breaks are entirely frowned upon, even when company policy allows for longer vacations.
The study indicates that although Malaysians have a flair for travel and an interest in international culture, the element of dread and anticipation is holding back wannabe-vacationers from fulfilling their sun-soaked, culture-clustered travel dreams.
‘Easy, English-speaking, and first world’: Malaysia named best country to retire “The survey reaffirms Malaysians love for travel. One of the key findings, however, is that work commitment plays an important role in their choice of destination and length of vacation,” said Vivian Tan-Loh, British Airways country manager for Malaysia.
“Many find it hard to switch off and enjoy their time out of the office. While work commitment is laudable, I think it is important to acknowledge we all need time to unwind and relax in order to perform at our best,” she added.
The silver lining of the report highlights that any untaken leave can be compensated in payment or carried forward to the next year. This leftover leave, however, is largely the result of employees wanting to save up to take a trip but never getting around to it.
Could this vacation deprivation change in 2018? Sixty-four percent said they were planning an Asian cultural break in 2018 and 45 percent said a European city or beach break would suit them wonderfully, so perhaps this will be the year Malaysians will find the pizazz to take that much-needed break and head away to recuperate.
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Vietnam comes up trumps among Korean travelers

Posted by - January 2, 2018

KEEN travelers from South Korea can now travel to Vietnam without needing to apply for a visa – if their stay is no longer than 15 days.
This enticing visa-free travel has caused a rise in South Korean travelers visiting the home of flavorful Pho soup and creamy drip coffees, as they now stand as the second highest nation to travel to Vietnam after Chinese tourists.
As well as relaxing visa rules, the rise of budget airlines creating a presence in South Korea has made cheap flights available.
Visas pho everyone: Vietnam extends e-visa scheme to six more countries Vietjet, one of Vietnam’s main budget airlines alongside Jetstar, is offering return flights in the spring for as a little as US$182.
With the cost of living being substantially cheaper than in South Korea, many vacationers are finding that the already bargain flights are the most expensive part of the trip. While in Vietnam, Korean tourists are finding they can indulge without having to watch the purse-strings too much.
South Korea’s tourism organization reported 1.71 million of their citizens visited Vietnam between January and November, which pushes up the annual percentage by 36.4 from the previous year, according to a Yonhap report.
Vietnam beat its neighboring countries in 2016, too, as the nation welcomed 1.54 million South Korean visitors compared with the 1.48 million who visited the Philippines and 1.46 million vacationing in Thailand.
Vaping in Asia: What’s the 411? The report also stated the rising crime rates in the Philippines as a cause of South Koreans opting for Vietnam. The country is also marginally cheaper than the island nation of the Philippines, which could be a contributing factor.
Vietnam has strong economic connections with South Korea, and in 2014, both nations signed a free-trade agreement, hoping to raise bilateral trade figures to US$70 billion by 2020.
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Peace Boat: Innovating sustainability in the cruise ship industry

Posted by - December 28, 2017

THE cruise ship industry is predominantly led by North America and Europe – but the Asian region is emerging as one of the fastest growing, most exciting and sustainable cruise markets in the world, thanks to Peace Boat.
Peace Boat is making waves in sustainable travel and responsible tourism, and is setting the precedent for sustainability in the cruise ship industry by staying true to its principles of promoting peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.
“In spite of concrete progress, the environmental impact of the cruising industry, in terms of air and ocean pollution and carbon emissions remains a matter of concern that should be properly addressed for the industry to grow sustainable,” Peace Boat executive committee president Rachel Armstrong told Travel Wire Asia.
Watch “The Ecoship Project” by @peace_boat #nature #environment
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The Japanese non-profit, non-government organization promotes political change and positive social impact through three-month educational voyages which combine visits to culturally and historically significant ports with time to relax and enlightening educational programmes.
Global warming looks set to change travelers’ plans Peace Boat’s global university program runs on board the voyages and works as an intensive peace and sustainability class. “Our goal during each voyage is to provide participants with the insight and skills necessary to play an active role in education, activism and peace-building activities at the grass-roots level in Japan and internationally,” states Peace Boat’s website.
Peace Boat’s international student program brings young people from countries with political and military conflict together where they can study advanced conflict analysis and resolution. Programs so far have worked with Palestine and Israel, India and Pakistan, and China and Taiwan, to name a few.

Since 1983 Peace Boat has been innovating for positive global impact, and, in 2014, the NGO announced the Ecoship Project, a transformational initiative to construct the planet’s most sustainable cruise ship.
Great Barrier Reef’s successful coral transplant gives hope to other damaged marine eco-systems The new cruise-liner is whale-inspired in design and aims to cut propulsion energy by 20 percent, electricity load by 50 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent. The ship will operate a closed-loop waste and water management system to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution.
The eco-ship is set to sail in 2020, “Its whole system design, with its striking 10-solar paneled sails, will be a game-changer in the cruise industry and offer an economically viable transitional model to the de-carbonization of the maritime sector,” explained Armstrong.
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“Sustainable tourism is incredibly important right now. We need to change how we think about travel if we really want to be sure that the positive impacts outweigh the negative.”
As sustainable travel enters the mainstream, a wealth of cruisers will become aware of the impact their vacation is having. But Peace Boat is one step ahead and can offer vacationers the same luxury, entertainment and cultural offerings in ports and at sea as a standard ship, but with the opportunity to broaden your horizons through environmental education, languages and seminars, all the while knowing you are not harming the environment.
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Welcome to the Water Jungle at Holiday Inn’s new Thai resort

Posted by - December 14, 2017

HOLIDAY Inn has opened its first waterpark in Asia on Thailand’s idyllic Gulf Coast. The hotel has 300 rooms, but the real magic is in the grounds, where you can enjoy a flume-filled splash-about in the water park, including a vortex rubber-ring ride, swimming pools and the largest and longest water slides in Thailand.
For those who want to relax, there is also an infinity pool and a Tea Tree spa, as well as a fun-filled kids club for parents who want a little alone time.
thailandbethere: #Thailand #holidays #travel Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin
Ready to open in Hua Hin, December 2017
— Bangkok Tourism (@Bangkok_Tourism) December 3, 2017
The hotel is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Bangkok and less than 15 minutes from the popular seaside town of Hua Hin. Children under the age of 12 can stay and dine for free. With unlimited access to Vana Nava Hua Hun Water Jungle and free in-room wireless Internet access, there is no chance of anyone moaning, “I’m bored”.
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All the splashing around is certain to build up a strong appetite, so hotel guests can enjoy some cooling daytime refreshments at the Pool Bar, and when the Water Jungle closes and the Gulf of Thailand welcomes the cool night breeze, guests can enjoy traditional dishes at Plamong Restaurant, then head up to the Vana Nava Sky Bar to sip on fruity cocktails.
Thailand Tourism Forum 2018 event to focus on mega-city issues “We are delighted to welcome guests to Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua Hin,” Franck Rodriguez, the resort’s general manager told Travel Daily News. “With our unique setting at Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle and extensive range of facilities, the resort is not just a place to stay – it is a destination in its own right.”
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For those wanting to have a break from adrenaline-inducing waterslides, the hotel offers guests a complimentary shuttle bus service to Hua Hin Beach. Guests can also explore the local wineries and some of Thailand’s top gold courses. This resort and its surrounding areas are certain to fulfil your play-cation dreams.
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