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Swimming pools to suit every taste

All our hotels are located by the sea, alongside some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A swimming pool will never be bigger than the ocean or the Caribbean or Mediterranean Sea, but we know that after an intense day of beach and fun there is nothing better than taking a refreshing dip in one of our swimming pools. We have pools to suit every taste: big, small, with regulated water temperature, fresh or salt water, indoor, outdoor, for children, for adult, with terraces, in the heart of exuberant tropical gardens, with a beach bar, Jacuzzi, in water…

Tips for travelling with your pet

If your dog or cat is a regular member of the family and you don’t want to leave it behind with someone else when going on vacation, you have no choice but to wise up and consider a few things when travelling by plane. Here go a few tips: · Visit your veterinarian and make sure that your pet can travel by plane without complications, in other words: it is healthy, is not sick or wounded and has a good enough nature to be able to weather the experience. · Make sure you get all the information on requirements for…

Only half of what is necessary is essential

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  You’re probably wondering what I’m talking about. Your suitcase, of course! You can’t deny that you ALWAYS take more than you need. The ‘just in case’ items are way too many and you have to be practical. Airlines increasingly restrict the size of the suitcases you can carry as hand luggage or they lower the weight of what you can take without a surcharge, especially the low cost airlines, so if you want to save a bit you’d better learn how to pack a suitcase just with the essentials. Here are few tricks you might not know: · Choose…

When to travel where

This is a doubt we have all had at some time or other.  It is a challenge to find out, weather wise, whether it is the right time to visit a place in the month of January or whether we should postpone the trip to June. It is common knowledge that a poor choice of the time to visit a specific destination can ruin a trip completely. Of course there are thousands of webs and apps that give us the weather forecast for any place in the world even 15 days ahead. But what should you do if you want…

Wherever you go, do as you see

This Spanish proverb goes to say that “wherever you travel, adapt to the local customs,” so if you travel to any of these countries, bear in mind these basic tips so that you don’t put your foot in it at a restaurant or even a private home where you are invited as a guest: Portugal Don’t ask for salt or pepper if it is not already on the table. The Portuguese can take it as offensive towards the chef. France Bread is often used to push your food on to your fork. If you’re finished eating bread, leave it on…

Interesting facts about airports

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There are many airports around the world, so it is not hard to imagine a few anecdotes and interesting facts that we think are worth sharing with you. Here go a few: · There are some European countries without an airport! How can this be? These countries are Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Vatican City. Now it makes sense! · Saudi Arabia has the largest airport terminal in the world. 327,000 square meters in a six-storey building, three of them for passenger boarding. Despite being the biggest terminal it does not rank high in terms of flight traffic. ·…

What we like to bring home with us when travelling around the world

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Almost all travelers, besides coming back home with incredible experiences, also like to bring along a physical object, something tangible that will remind us of our trip, of the place or the time. That is why they are called souvenirs. Some of us even collect those objects from our trips. I have to admit I love mugs. Every time I go on a trip I have to buy a mug clearly stating where it was bought. They are easy to find, and any city or even the remotest village has its typical mug with its name printed on it and…

The 10 best APPs for relentless travelers

There are travelers who like to have everything under control, who plan every stage of their trip and don’t leave the slightest detail to chance. And then there are those who indulge in adventure and the unexpected, who plan nothing and know nothing about the what, how or when. Both are valid—great travelers at the end of the day. Here we have put together a list of ‘the best APPS for travelers’; no matter what type of traveler you are, surely one or two of these will come in handy! · Google Maps: A must—life would not be the same…

Tips for avoiding dizziness when traveling

Some people can travel by car but then they get dizzy on a boat, train or plane and even suffer nausea. There is no absolute certainty as to why people feel bad when travelling on certain means of transport, but it could be due to some conflict in the organs involved in movement. The human brain perceives movement when it receives signals from the inner ear, eyes, muscles and articulations. When the signals do not coincide, the result is discomfort associated to movement. For instance, in a boat the inner ear perceives movement but eyes don’t. Blind people, however, also…

Photography and travel, a match made in heaven

As lovers of trips, we cannot avoid attempting to capture landscapes, moments or situations with our cameras, be it with the most professional devices or the wonderful cameras with which all smartphones are now equipped. Photography is an essential component of vacations. Photos can amaze us or encourage us to go and visit a place, although some can also leave a bitter aftertaste, but it doesn’t matter because it is the experience that counts. We take photos of landscapes, monuments, cities, beaches, people… moments that we will be able to remember later with that dose of nostalgia that will encourage…