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The Best Holiday You’ve Ever Been On

Peter here from Paradises.com. I’m pleased to announce that we’re launching our blog today. Our partners and friends are a group of vibrant friendly people and our goal is to communicate our passion for travel, excitement for exotic locations and relentless quest for quality services. You can always find all of those things here.

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Paradises.com is a combination of my top choice locations around the Asia / Pacific region and the value adding experience. If you’ve ever been on a holiday that had a life changing experience, that’s our mission as a brand. There’s something special about going on a trip like I’m describing.

It’s All About The People You’re With

Over the years, this has been the most important recurring theme of a great holiday somewhere. So think of who you’d have the best time with, and plan your adventure with them. You’ll find that any place you go is much better with great people around you.

Unexpected Adventures

The most memorable holidays were one’s where I’ve encountered something unexpected and gone with it. Whether it’s a local eatery with exquisite cuisine, or the long way to a resort that takes you off the beaten path, they’re both unforgettable. Make sure to prepare your mindset to be open to unexpected adventures.

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Unexpected Adventures

The most memorable holidays were one’s where I’ve encountered something unexpected and gone with it. Whether it’s a local eatery with exquisite cuisine, or the long way to a resort that takes you off the beaten path, they’re both unforgettable. Make sure to prepare your mindset to be open to unexpected adventures.

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Seeing A different World

The world is amazing, and discovering all of the different places in it is the most enjoyable part of it. Each time I go into a new area of the world, I take a piece of it with me. A piece of it’s culture, people, and tradition. What I’ve found is that the common theme running through culture is kindness.

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Unforgettable Atmosphere

This is something that most adventure seekers miss. Atmosphere is critical for my style of holiday. On the site, and in our offers, you’ll see some of the most amazing styles and natural atmosphere. We love a good fire, common area, view, and journey. Look out for those on the site.

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We’re happy to share our adventure with you, and as we discover new locations and resorts, we’ll share them with you.

Only Awesome Experiences

Our promise to you is to recommend awesome experiences throughout our area of the world, and to do that, we only partner with brands that share our vision for travel and adventure.

Things To Look Forward To

Auction

Our auction site is coming up and will be the best place to find affordable holidays around the world.

Free Holidays!

Our promotions department is always giving away amazing vacations so look out for those in the upcoming weeks.

Personal Recommendations

We’ve been to a lot of places, and since we have a taste for quality, we’re going to be recommending you the best holidays. Like our social media pages to get all of our recommendations.

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Chiang Mai Royale

Within the old city of Chiang Mai, lies Rachamankha, a 25 room and suite property that very well compasses the rich history of Chiang Mai. The distinctive architecture is strongly inspired by the eleventh centuries B.C, which makes Rachamankha, exudes old world charm and character.

Getting to the hotel from the airport is very easy. Just head out to the taxi stand and there’s a booth where all the drivers congregates and someone will be there to help you get a taxi. Don’t worry about touting, prices are fixed prior you get on a cab.

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Check in was a breeze. We stayed in a Courtyard Superior which was on the second level of the property. Room is furnished with strong emphasis on wood and simplicity. The high ceiling was a plus that made the room look spacious.

Around the property, there are places where you can simply sit and enjoy a book or even a cup of tea while you take in the serenity of the surroundings. Didn’t bring a book for your trip? Just hop over to the library where it houses over 2,000 books ranging from history, art to architecture. The library was such a tranquil place that I even spent a few house in there, slipping my coffee while tapping away on my laptop.

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You can either dine in the restaurant proper or al fresco at the patio. Should the weather permit, choose the latter. The patio is set within an intimate area of concrete walls and perfectly manicured potted topiary. Ideal for a romantic dinner after an evening stroll, exploring the little nooks of the property. The restaurant serves traditional dishes that celebrates the cultures of the Lanna, Burmese and Shan cuisines.

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There are many points of attractions that you can visit whilst in Chiang Mai. Just round the corner, there are four notable temples within walking distance. Looking for something more historical? Head over to the tour counter, located right in front of the restaurant and seek for some recommendations.

Transportations are aplenty within the old and new city of Chiang Mai. I love taking the red tuk tuks as it’s fast and definitely low priced. A trip into the new city starts from just 10 BAHT.

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Rachamankha is definitely a place to consider if you are in the mood for historical Northern Thai culture or just seeking a residential living rather than a hotel stay.

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Ametis Villa – Simply precious, simply wonderful

Located in the quiet town of Canngu, Ametis Villa houses just 13 villas. Each villa consists of the bedroom with a separate living area, a swimming pool and a well-equipped kitchen.

Colours adorning the property are of a neutral colour. Much reminding me of the times I’ve spent in South Africa. Shades of green and brown are seen throughout the property with wooden fixtures that emphasis on the Balinese culture.

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Each villa is assigned with your own personal butler. They are there to cater to every of your whim and fancy. From restaurant reservations to assisting of special arrangement and even chauffeuring you to and fro to Seminyak. Having a butler to spoil us was definitely a well-deserved treat!

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A selection of nuts and cookies are replenished every day and there’s even an afternoon tea you can enjoy either at the comfort of your villa or at the foyer of the hotel. Afternoon tea is a simple selection of coffee or tea and bite size snacks.

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Serving authentic, home-style Indonesia dishes is Eternal Restaurant. I must say that it serves one of the better Indonesian food that I’ve tasted. Chef gets his ingredients every day at the local market so you can expect nothing but freshness.

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You can also choose to organize a private cooking class in the midst of your own villa.

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Charm your partner with a private candlelight dinner by the beach. Food is prepared and cooked a la minute.  The management will go all out to ensure that you have the perfect experience dining by the beach. I was actually the first guest for their new set-up.

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We had such a wonderful time. We came home feeling much relaxed, rejuvenated, spoiled and penning down the next trip back to Ametis on our calendar!

Ametis Villa

Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu – Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone. +62 361 844 5567 | +62 828 9719 1888

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ametisvillabali
Website: http://www.ametisvilla.com/

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Palau

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This was an action packed week on our honeymooning adventure – Who said anything about them being romantic?! Here is a day by day run down as it seems a bit easier due to the amount of activities!

Our journey started with a full day transit in Guam which I always love to visit, it feels like a second home, but for Garth it was all new and exciting. Our tour guide Ed from Discover Guam was fantastic and had so much local information to pass along. He took us to a range of places across the island to give Garth and myself a good overview of the history of Guam from Chamorro origins to the Spanish and Japanese occupations in the battle grounds World War II.

We got on a flight to Palau late in the evening and checked into the Palau Plantation Resort. Bright and early the next morning we were up for our intro to scuba diving. We started off in the harbour at Sam’s Tours, where there were still a lot of exciting sea creatures to see; the famous Palauan cabbage coral, hermit crabs plus loads of fish. Once we got the hang of the basics our guide and instructor LiLi took us out to the Japanese Jake Seaplane wreck in the rock islands not too far away. An amazing experience to descend to 45 feet (15 meters) and see an almost intact plane and piece of World War II history sitting on the sea floor that you would never know was there otherwise.

Our next adventure was an all day snorkel and Rock Island tour with Fish ‘n Fins. We were with a group of experienced divers who went to dive Blue Corner and Blue Holes, but as we (and a few others) lacked the experience and certification required, we snorkelled off the boat instead. It was here, out on the island’s barrier reef, where saw the whole cast of Finding Nemo, while we watched the divers descend down to 30 meters. Even despite our relative shallow aquatic experience, we still saw sharks large and small, turtles, a Moray Eel lurking in the coral, schools of fish and smaller tropical fish going about their daily chores, it was quite spectacular!

The second part of our second day was the Jelly Fish Lake. It was a bit irksome and slimy at first, but they are so sweet swimming and bobbing along, following the sun as it moves around the lake over the course of the day. There were thousands of the little creatures clinging together either for warmth or safety, not to mention the many visitors that came through. It makes you wonder if they notice us swimming amongst them at all. The final stop of the day was the Milky Way, a protected area in the Rock Islands where the sand is actually limestone dust and is so fine that it feels like a smooth mud silt. It is believed to be the fountain of youth and many claim it has restorative properties. But in reality is smells terrible (sulphur) but does feel nice and smooth and is fun to put it all over your body!

The following day we went to Dolphins Pacific where we got to get up close and swim with a Dolphin. I have always loved them, they are so graceful and playful, but when you’re close to one to look it in the eye you see how intelligent they really are. Beautiful creatures worth valuing more than just doing tricks. Having said that the song that immediately sprang into my head was “So long and thanks for all the Fish” from the Hitchhikers Guide! When you can look into the eyes of such a graceful and powerful creature your know that the dolphins know what’s up and are definitely smarter than us!

Later in the afternoon we went tearing through the jungle at Palau Adventure Park on the zip-line – lots of fun even if it was brief! The ziplines were arranged in four stages, from short and slow to long and blindingly fast, through the jungle down to the river where we jumped on a boat for a cruise (at first!) and then very fast mangrove river tour with some locals. The quiet but confident ‘Palauan Steven Irwin’ to look for crocodiles on his small boat, but with a 200 horse-power outboard motor it was more fast and fun than slow and contemplative!

The next day was a day specifically organised for Garth but one that I also enjoyed because he was having so much fun! – the ATV Off-road Jungle tour with our Fish ‘n Fins guide Kent. An incredibly knowledgable local Palauan man, who had spent most of his life before becoming a tour operator as a subsistence fisherman. We could have talked with Kent about the history of humanity for hours, but he is also a bit of a reckless thrill seeker so if was into the ATV and back into the action! Secretly I think he likes to get muddy and thrown around in the ATV by tourists in the jungle! A super fun day learning about the history of Palau and its natural ‘supermarket’ of life while tearing through muddy tracks in the jungle at high speed and ending up at a beautiful waterfall for lunch and a swim.

Our final day was a ‘chill out’ day which we spent at the Palau Pacific Resort. It’s the only hotel in Palau with a beach and it’s a great beach too; calm and full of fish and corals to snorkel and swim. We ended our day and holiday with Piña Coladas and a beautiful orange sunset over the water.

Palau is incredible! Warm (even when it’s raining), beautiful and kind locals who are always happy to help and informative guides only too happy to impart their knowledge and promote their wonderful history and culture. It truly is a paradise.