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Spending easter in Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa at Dhonakulhi Maldives

Escape this Easter to Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa at Dhonakulhi, Maldives

With three Bank Holidays and three weekends falling in the Easter 2018 period, this year is the
ideal time to take an Easter break.

The tropical climes of the Maldives archipelago are a firm favourite with holidaymakers.
Unsurprising, given the 29-degree average temperatures, the silky sands, warm seas and cloudless
skies…

There are paradises to explore in the Maldives, and couples, families and celebrities flock here
from around the world to enjoy luxurious tropical beach holidays.
Consequently, there is a wealth of choice for holiday accommodation.
And the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa at Dhonakulhi Maldives is among the very best.

THE HIDEAWAY BEACH RESORT & SPA

Located on the stunning Dhonakulhi Island, Haa Alifu Atoll, Maldives, this exclusive resort is just
a scenic 35-minute plane ride over the sea from the capital city of Malé.

The resort is nestled in an area of stunning natural beauty, offering a 360-degree view of colourful
house reef and enchanting nature trails, lined with coconut palm trees.

Bicycles are provided for those who wish to explore the island, and the warm turquoise seas are
truly irresistible for snorkelers and divers.

The resort boasts a world-class spa relaxation area, private pools, and a steam room and sauna.

There is a water park and sports complex, and guests can enjoy massages, and stress-relieving,
rejuvenating and anti-ageing treatments in the resort spa.

And with its well-earned reputation for elegance, luxury and high-end hospitality, the Hideaway
Beach Resort & Spa is launching an Easter holiday promotion with its White Platinum All-
Inclusive Plan.

IT’S TAKEN CARE OF
The White Platinum Plan takes care of guests’ needs, from dining experiences to airport transfers to sports, activities and classes.

Guests are met at the Velana International Airport by resort personnel – or benefit from a return speedboat transfer from Hanimaadhoo Domestic Airport to the resort.

And upon arrival and departure, they enjoy complimentary access to the VIP lounges at the international airports on the island.

Once at the resort, welcome amenities are provided free of charge. The villas are stocked with Nespresso coffees, organic teas and mineral waters – all complimentary and replenished daily.

There is free Wi-Fi across the resort and in all of the villas, and the friendly and professional staff remain on hand to assist with all needs and requirements.

SPORTS, EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES


Activities include fishing trips, dolphin watching, and reef snorkelling. There is the Aqua Water Park, and a large sports complex, with facilities for football, volleyball and basketball, and a gym. There are complimentary yoga classes and a tennis lesson for each guest.

After a session in the gym, guests can benefit from a free 60-minute Balinese massage in the spa.

TENDER HEARTS KIDS’ CLUB

Guests enjoying a family holiday with children are also welcome to take a break from parenting responsibilities.

Children aged between 3 and 12 are welcome at the Tender Hearts Kids’ Club, where they can enjoy a range of activities, guided by professional childcare staff.

Activities include cooking classes, fishing lessons, crab race, sandcastle making, treasure hunt, painting and drawing, and a local island tour.

ROMANTIC PARADISE ISLAND

The Ocean Villa is a truly exquisite choice for visitors on a romantic break. Guests enjoy breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean, with a private pool overhanging the crystal waters.

There is also a private deck, giving direct access to the rich coral reef.

The villa has an oversized tub, and indoor and outdoor lounging areas for romantic dinners. It is also served by a private butler, who remains on hand to cater to guests throughout their stay.

CARE-FREE FAMILY HOLIDAYS

The water villa is ideal for families enjoying a holiday of a lifetime, spending time together: focusing on what really matters and leaving the work and planning to the professionals.

The villa offers a spacious patio, ideal for outdoor dining. There is also a private plunge pool and lounging areas for group activities.

ALL YOUR CATERING NEEDS

Whether guests are enjoying a romantic break or a family holiday, the White Platinum All-Inclusive Plan has been crafted to ensure that there is something for everyone, with tailor-made culinary experiences.

Served daily, there are 70 world wines available at the resort, including house champagne.

The villa mini bars are kept fully stocked, with beers, wines, soft drinks and snacks all replenished every day.

The resort is also proud to host a range of delectable restaurants for its guests.

MEERU BAR & GRILL:


With poolside dining and dinner on the deck, Meeru Bar & Grill is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.

Looking out over the ocean, guests can enjoy hand crafted pizzas, baked to perfection in a class wood-fired oven, or lobster straight from the water.

For guests enjoying the White Platinum All-Inclusive Plan, there is a daily two-course à la carte lunch, and lights snacks are provided between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm every day.

MATHEEFARU:

‘Matheefaru’, coral reef in the local language, is a sand-floored oceanfront restaurant, giving diners the opportunity to enjoy exceptional local cuisine on an open-air deck, under a sea of stars.

A firm favourite with foodies, the restaurant’s over-water private dining pavilions are also ideal for romantic dinners. Breakfast and dinner are provided every day for guests.

SAMSARA ASIAN FUSION:


Serene and romantic, Samsara Asian Fusion serves cuisine that is a delightful fusion of Thai, Indian and Japanese influences.

The teppanyaki table is a firm favourite with visitors, and many choose to return again and again to savour the experience. Guests can enjoy one complimentary three-course à la carte dinner at Samsara Asian Fusion.

SUNSET POOL CAFÉ:


The Sunset Pool Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its stunning panoramic views of the island make it a popular choice throughout the day.

The flavour infused dishes have Asian and European influences, and there is a daily two-course à la carte lunch available for White Platinum All-Inclusive Plan guests.

Bali is safe – visiting The Trans Resort in Seminyak, Bali.

BALI IS SAFE
VISITING THE TRANS RESORT
IN SEMINYAK, BALI.


Visiting the Trans Resort in Seminyak, Bali


Bali remains a world-class holiday destination, drawing streams of holiday-makers to its turquoise waters and picturesque beaches.

The island of Bali is typically safe, and remains consistently popular with world travellers, revellers, and family holiday-makers alike. Fastidious about safety, local authorities have declared a small area around Mount Agung as a ‘no-go zone’ for visitors. But this small exclusion is unlikely to affect holiday-makers and guests at the resorts.


The Trans Resort Bali


The Trans Resort Bali is located in a vibrant and fashionable district of Seminyak. It is easily accessible for world travellers, and is just 70 kilometres away from an international airport.

This upmarket resort offers sumptuous facilities and amenities, catering for high-end stays in Bali. The attention to detail here is astounding, and guest reviews praise the resort for exceeding expectations and going above and beyond to ensure that visitors have the best possible time.

As a consequence, the resort sees many of its guests returning frequently and benefits from a strong word-of-mouth reputation for consistently high quality and luxurious getaways. Equally, the Trans Resort Bali is known as an ideal destination for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, being ideally situated as a gateway to exploring Bali.


Luxurious Amenities


Amenities at the Trans Resort Bali have been carefully designed and developed to ensure guests have everything they need on site. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, an on-site spa and wellness centre, a gym, and a lounge. Those visiting on business can also benefit from conferencing facilities and free wifi across the resort.

There is also free private parking for guests at the resort, for those bringing a car or renting one to explore the island.


Sports, Crafts, and Classes: Seven Days a Week


The resort offers an extensive schedule of sports, activities and classes throughout the weekend, including weekends. There is yoga for beginners, and power walking on the beach. The sports include basket polo, darts, volley polo, ping-pong and frisbee. There are also chess competitions, and a Balinese cooking class. (See below for a full programme.)

Additional ‘chargeable activities’ include hair braiding, pizza making, kids’ pampering, and Balinese dress-up. These are charged at between IDR 100.000 and 350.000 nett.


World-class Catering


The catering on the resort is exactly as you would expect of a high-end Balinese establishment. Guests praise the quality and variety of the cuisine; and breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served on-site. Visitors can enjoy drinks and meals on their private balconies, or among other guests in the restaurants and shared spaces.


Warmth and Professionalism


The Trans Resort Bali is routinely praised for the friendliness and professionalism of its staff. The large body of staff are available across the resort, throughout the day and night, to help and advise guests. Warm and accommodating, resort staff pride themselves on taking care of their guests, and creating a happy and comfortable atmosphere.


Accessibility


Unusually for Bali, the Trans Resort is also wheelchair-friendly, making it an ideal base for those with extra accessibility needs.


Family-friendly Facilities


The Trans Resort Bali is a perfect holiday choice for those travelling with children. The resort is very secure, with the always friendly and professional staff on hand to help. There is a varied programme of activities throughout the week to keep children of all ages occupied.

The children’s activities include crafts and painting, dressing-up and sports; and on Saturday evening, parents and children can enjoy the Kids & Family Move Night together.  See below for a full list.

Visit http://www.transresortbali.com or contact [email protected] to help you arrange a booking.


The Full Programme of Activities

Monday
Yoga Beginner Class
Basket Polo
Darts Tournament
Balinese Traditional Desert Making
Tuesday
Power Walk by Seminyak Village
Volley Polo
Chess Competition
Folding Napkin
Wednesday
Yoga Beginner Class
Frisbee Contest
Ping Pong Tournament
Jamu Recipe
Thursday
Power Walk by the beach
Basket Polo
Chess Competition
Folding Napkin
Friday
Cardio Circuit Exercise
Volley Polo
Making Balinese Offering
Balinese Cooking Class
Saturday
Abdominal Exercise
Basket Polo
Ping Pong Relay
Kids & Family Movie Night
Box-Office Lounge
Sunday
Power Walk by Seminyak Village
Frisbee Contest
Crazy Dart
Ping Pong Fighting your self

Schedule of Kids’ Activities

Monday
Let’s painting
Corrugated paper art
Tug of war
Balinese dress up
Frisbee games
Tuesday
Egg painting
Greeting card making
Volley Polo
Kecak Dance
Basket Polo
Wednesday
Hat Painting
Bracelet & Necklace making
Frisbee games
Balinese megambel
Tug of war
Thursday
Paper Cup Painting
Octopus Making
Basket Polo
Balinese dress up
Mini Water Polo
Friday
Face Painting
Cup Cake Decorating
Volley Polo
Making Balinese Offering
Frisbee Contest
Saturday
Mask Painting
Paper Bag Making
Basket Polo
Resort Tour
Kids & Family Movie Night
Sunday
Kite Painting
Cookies Decorating
Let’s Slide Down
Kecak Dance
Mini Water Polo

Gili Lankanfushi is the no.1 Resort in the Maldives for 2018 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards

GILI LANKANFUSHI

NO.1 RESORT IN THE MALDIVES
FOR 2018 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELLER’S CHOICE AWARDS


Warmest Greetings from Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives !

We are delighted to announce that Gili Lankanfushi Maldives has been voted as the Number 1 resort in the Maldives and Top 5 best hotel in the world in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’s Choice Awards. On behalf of the hosts and management team, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your continuous support.

We could not have done this without you taking the time to provide your valuable feedback. Your review has helped us improve our resort, and inspired the team to keep delivering memorable experiences. Thank you once again and we look forward to welcome you on Gili Lankanfushi to create your own Gili Story.

The Incredible Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort!

The Incredible Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort!

When Charlie Chandra and Peter Bloomfield announced me as the winner of the Paradises Maldives competition last year I could hardly believe that it was my name written on the screen in front of me! But I REALLY could not prepare myself for just how incredibly lucky I was to be to be able to visit the Maldives for the first time in my life and stay at the incredible Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort!

We flew from Australia to Malé (the capital city and most populous island in the Maldives) with Singapore Airlines. At Malé’s Velana International Airport, we were met by Outrigger Konotta staff who took care of everything while we waited in the guest lounge, and after an hour long domestic flight and 25 minute speedboat, we’d arrived in paradise.

First impressions: “Wow”! We were speechless. Words cannot describe just how magnificent the island is, but hopefully these photos will give you some idea of the true beauty of this incredible place!

Days on Konotta started with beach yoga, sunrise fishing (where one morning we caught two spectacular red grouper fish which were later cooked to our liking and served for dinner), or our favourite activity – walking the few footsteps from our villa across the cool white sand to welcome the huge tangerine sun rising over the Indian Ocean. Absolutely breathtaking! What a treat it was to be so close to the action, yet feel completely ‘away from it all’ at the same time. It certainly doesn’t take long to convert to ‘island time’ on Konotta and have the delightful pleasure of switching off, forgetting what time it is, what day it is, and abandoning your whole busy life back home.

A short walk to breakfast and we’re greeted by Chandana, our cheery, hardworking breakfast host with a wide smile and sparkling eyes who offered us fresh pastries, tropical fruits, freshly-squeezed juices (or perhaps a cheeky champagne or Bloody Mary), yoghurts, cheeses and cold meats from the buffet, followed by an a la carte breakfast served at Blue Salt overlooking the emerald lagoon. Every morning, he placed a plate of smoked salmon, dill and capers alongside my hot meal (he’d heard it’s my favourite accompaniment) along with a generous serving of smoked mango which we couldn’t get enough of!

Sunshine hours were filled with as much or as little as you feel like. Sit in your own cabana lounge by the pool and enjoy a signature Konotta ginger iced tea (which we quickly become addicted to!), or spend some time in the complimentary hydro spa, take a dip in your own private plunge pool, enjoy a peaceful paddle board or kayak around the island, or collect shells on the beach – all whilst marvelling at the great beauty of this magical island. We took a JetSki with a guide from Best Dives Konotta (the resort’s activities operator) to visit the biggest pod of dolphins I’ve ever seen in my life – hundreds of spinner dolphins swimming right up and alongside the JetSki, jumping meters into the air with acrobatic prowess. An unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience I know we’ll cherish forever. We also boarded a traditional dhoni boat to spend a morning on a remote uninhabited island for the ultimate castaway experience. Our very own slice of paradise. There’s so many activities to choose from – paragliding, sunset cruising, learning to dive – the list is endless.

But it was in the impossibly clear sea which glowed iridescent turquoise straight in front of our villa, and the pristine reefs that surrounded the island, and the relaxed island lifestyle that I found the very reason everyone dreams of visiting the Maldives one day. The surrounding Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll is home to what is considered some of the best hard coral fields in the world and it was unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere in all my travels. For me, the greatest pleasures came in being able to slip off the edge of the jetty and swim with reef sharks, clown fish and rays on a whim. To take a leisurely snorkel around the island and find yourself swimming alongside a graceful sea turtle. To witness the most colourful corals and diverse marine life I could possibly ever imagine. To see for myself all the beautiful shades of blue and green and to feel the warm Maldivian sunshine on my back. To have the feeling that I’ve stepped into a postcard – and realising that in fact that postcard had not been photo edited – that the scenery really is almost too perfect to believe. To have time to just be happy. On a remote island. In the middle of the spellbinding Indian Ocean.

Arriving back at the villa – which, by the way, was exquisite (and expansive) – there’s the choice to sit back in the spacious lounge area and enjoy the complimentary cheese and wine platter, or take a bubble bath in the luxurious bathroom, or (my personal favourite) climb the stairs to the top deck, hidden amongst the thick foliage of several coconut palms, and lay comatose on a sun lounger before spending some time in our own rooftop spa pool. Total barefoot luxury.

And every afternoon we wandered around the island just before sunset, gin and tonic and camera in hand, capturing moments that we’ll cherish forever and feeling like we had the entire island to ourselves. Despite it being Christmas time and all the rooms being full, the island felt far from crowded and we could always find a quiet spot with no one else in sight.

Dinners are served under a sky full of stars, and the food is utterly sublime. Being so close to India and Sri Lanka, the cuisine certainly has been influenced by regional flavours – the fresh seafood combined with spicy coconut curries are a delight for the senses. The perfect end to another perfect day.

After dinner, there’s a chance to mingle with the other guests and staff on the sand and enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. It was so lovely to spend time listening to fellow Aussie Amanda (the resort’s Spa Manager) talk about her extensive travels around the world, and chat to Executive Chef Chris about the flailing English cricket side, and get to know Guillaume – the attentive Resort Manger who generously went out of his way to ensure that we had the most wonderful time and that our every need was catered for. And of course, Kim, our host for the duration of the stay. Throughout our entire Konotta experience, we were very well taken care of in the gentle hands and beaming smile of Kim. It doesn’t take long to realise this island is a very special place made extra special by the people living and working there. They all had an uncanny ability to make us feel right at home, and in the same breath feel like royalty.

It’s the small details and personal touches that sets Konotta apart – the complimentary sweet treats delivered to our door every afternoon, the offer to borrow a pair of sunglasses when mine went missing, the spontaneous invitation for a quick night cap with the staff in the evening – it just goes to show how much they value their guests. Considerate is the best word to describe it. It was so refreshing to encounter people who actually listened to us and took a genuine interest in us as people, and we would now consider them friends. There’s no doubt we have experienced the Outrigger Resorts spirit of warmth, generosity and kindness.

It goes without saying that we had a truly unforgettable stay. There are few places in the world we have visited that are as impressive as Outrigger Konotta and we feel extremely grateful and lucky to have had the pleasure of experiencing all the facets of this wonderful place. A visit to the Maldives really is one of the most amazing and unique life experiences that everyone should add to their bucket list, and I can’t thank Charlie Chandra, Peter Bloomfield and the entire Paradises community enough for making my Maldives dream a reality!

2018 At The Edge Of The World!

2018 AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD!
WINNERS BEST VILLA IN THE 2017 YAK AWARDS!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE!


ESCAPE!

Take a look at our article in Australia’s biggest weekend travel magazine.


Sky Pool

See why our new clifftop oneeighty° and its sky pool are taking Bali by storm!


The Breeze

Our newest villa The Breeze is now online! Book now for amazing opening specials!


With direct access to an expansive lawn/deck area, The breeze 1-bedroom villa is the perfect base for a special event, or private getaway. The breeze comes complete with a large bedroom and living area as well as custom kitchen, natural stone pool and outdoor bale.


Read All About It

Take a peek at our fabulous article on P131 of this months edition of Yak Magazine!


Two For One!

Receive any 2 treatments for the price of one this January. Places filling fast!


Clinging to the rock face of a stunning sea cliff, The Spa defies both convention and gravity. Designed to fuse with its surroundings, The Spa seemingly skims above the blue sea, all the way to the horizon. With liquid floors, wall-less rooms, and sensuous curves, its lightness of being seduces and liberates the senses.

The spa’s innovative design may break new ground, but the soul of The Spa is as old as Bali itself. The Spa offers a quintessential Balinese spa experiences inspired by the four basic elements of the daily Balinese temple offering; sincere devotion, sacred flowers, holy water and life-sustaining rice.

The Spa features wet and dry treatment areas, private steam coves and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. A selection of in-villa baths and treatments can also be arranged.

Awarded by Asia Spa Magazine as 2010’s Most Innovative Spa of the Year.


Wedding Packages

Planning your fairytale wedding? Our 2018 all-inclusive packages are online now!


With breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean at the pinnacle of the Uluwatu clifftops, The edge provides an exceptional venue for any celebration. Our professional in-house team will ensure that every detail is taken care of and your special celebration will be one to remember.

 


Coming Soon At The Edge


Coming Soon – Atas Restaurant

Overlooking the uplit oasis of oneeighty° and the Indian Ocean beyond, atas is the showcase of acclaimed Balinese Chef Nyoman Suasa, long at the vanguard of ‘New Indonesian’ cuisine and the culinary mind behind the opening of Seminyak’ s renowned Bambu Restaurant. His menu takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the archipelago, with clever presentation and masterful technique.

Wine connoisseurs will love the award-winning wine list, presented by The edge’s Food & Beverage Manager and 2016 Best Sommelier Bali, Nyoman Suwinda Yasa. The collection is housed across two purpose-built cellars with a total capacity of over 2,000 bottles, and pays homage to the big names of France & Italy, as well as giving a voice to some lesser known labels from the new world.


Coming Soon – The Ocean 2 Bedroom Villa

The ocean is a beautiful two level, 2-bedroom villa with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. This villa is fully equipped with large bedroom and living area, custom kitchen, large natural stone pool and outdoor bale.


Coming Soon – The Ridge 3 Bedroom Villa

A luxurious and expansive 3-bedroom villa overlooking the entire estate, The ridge features expansive living areas, a huge natural stone swimming pool, magnificent outdoor pond area, large lawn area & large outdoor bale. A private salon, maid’s quarters, recreation room, custom kitchen and bar are all at your disposal.


Coming 2018 – The Cave


STAY TUNED FOR NEWS OF ‘THE CLUB’

Featuring two ten-pin bowling lanes, cinema/karaoke room, private cellar and dining room, DJ booth and dance floor, private bar & VIP room, plus rooftop tennis court!

OPENING IN MID 2018

Email to [email protected] for information

Let Finns Take The Tension Out of Planning Your Next Party

Does the thought of planning a kids’ party put you into a cold sweat?

Don’t be deterred from organising an awesome day for your favourite family member just because you think you have to put together the event yourself. Finns Recreation Club is the perfect place to host your next family celebration. With all of the entertainment options you’ll ever need to keep everyone happy, excited and entertained Finns is a one stop shop for birthdays, end of term celebrations or graduation parties.



Where else would you be able to find a safe and secure venue with such a variety of activities to suit every age group?

Long gone are those grim days where party games to engage your guests were limited to pass the parcel and pin the tail on the donkey! At Finns, the only limit to your party program is your imagination!

Plan your next party around activities to really get your guests involved and active.

You can choose an entertainment package that focuses on one or two venues or include them all and with trampolining, ten pin bowling, water slides and a kids only club to consider, the options are exciting!

In this digital age, kids spend enough time glued to a small screen so any opportunity for some activity is always welcomed and what kid wouldn’t want to spend their birthday at a water park with their mates! Splash Water Park offers a great variety of slides and rides to engage partygoers in a day filled with thrill seeking and aquatic fun yet intimate enough to keep a close eye on your crew. Lifeguards on duty ensure that guests are safe and under care and attention at all times. There are ample undercover areas for groups to gather for private functions and Splash can fashion a food and beverage package to suit your group.

If you want to ensure wet weather doesn’t threaten to dampen the party mood, choose Bounce Trampoline Centre for the kids’ next birthday bash. The tramp team can put together a line up of party games like dodgeball, your very own disco or simply a few hours of free bouncing! You could also create a combo and include a few games of ten pin on the lanes at Strike Indoor Bowling adjacent to Bounce and Strike Cafe provides the perfect place for party groups to enjoy birthday cake with a view over the Bounce Arena.

Birthday guests a little too tiny for bowling or bouncing? Cubby House Kids Club is king when it comes to planning parties for pint sized peeps! As well as providing a fully supervised and secure area for the kids to run and play, Cubby House also has designated party rooms where the birthday crowd can celebrate in private. The party planners at Cubby House can create a themed party complete with drinks and snacks to satisfy your hungry crowd.

Adios any trauma and tears associated with party planning and contact the experts at Finns Recreation Club to help you put together the perfect birthday celebration for your cherub’s next milestone.
Email them on: [email protected] for an event free of headaches and hassles allowing you to be a part of the fun too!


Finns Recreation Club
Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu – Bali
Phone : +62 (361) 848 3939
Email : [email protected]
www.finnsrecclub.com

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It’s Summer Somewhere!

Because I love swimwear, and that feeling of being poolside, on a beach or even better….melting in the Sun on a super yacht in the Mediterranean Sea, and because I’m currently dreaming of booking my yearly jaunt to Greece, I am all about those Summer styles. So let’s dream of the sunshine beaming through our Australian winter and think swim.

This season’s trends are simple, we are sheer and chic. Tones of the sunset across a turquoise sea shine through my new ‘Concrete Jungle’ collection that will be released in stores all over the world later this year. Keeping true to my boho vibe, I’ve chosen classic styles and reinterpreted them with a twist featuring high neck one pieces, classic overall style coverups and variated length kaftans.

Trending hot for summer is my personal fave, the classic one piece. Timeless, versatile and ultra flattering, a good one piece will have you looking stylish and put together, while covering any places that need a little coverage. After a swim, simply throw on a kaftan and you’re good to go from beach to casual drinks instantly.

So if you are traveling to the European Summer during our winter, visit our website for inspiration and new styles, and if not, have a look just to warm up!

10 BEST REASONS TO VISIT FIJI

“For the next few months I’m going to be highlighting some of paradises.com favourite holiday destinations starting with one of the worlds most popular, Fiji”

BULA= Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula actually has a variety of meanings and uses. Its literal meaning is “life,” and when used as a greeting it implies wishes for continued good health (the official formal greeting is “Ni sa bull vinaka,” meaning “wishing you happiness and good health,” but it is almost always shortened to just plain Bula!”

From the moment you step foot on Fijian soil you’ll be greeted with a vigorous friendly Bula and until the moment you leave, Bula will be ringing in your ears.

Fiji is one of Australians favourite holiday destinations for a variety of reasons and has been for many years.

And these are some of the reasons…

  1. The close proximity to Australia makes this exotic holiday destination so accessible.
  2. The variety of hotels and resorts mean there is something for every budget from backpacker hostels, village homestays, to five star resorts on private islands where butlers are at your beck and call.
  3. Activities abound including secluded island boating tours and private deep sea fishing
  4. Multiple water sports activities which include kayaking, jet skiing, jet boating, parasailing and much more
  5. Diving and snorkeling adventures
  6. Village tours, which can include volunteer work at a local village school or hospital
  7. Zip lining and boundless off road adventures
  8. Golf
  9. Beautiful beaches
  10. Extraordinary culture

I could keep listing activities to do or I can suggest you find a daybed by the pool with your favourite book and a cocktail and enjoy the

exceptional ambience and family like feel of one of the world’s finest holiday destinations.

Please go to paradises.com to find out the best accommodation deals for your once in a lifetime Fijian holiday….BULA

HOW TO GET THERE:

Vicki Gilden at Rose Bay Travel
(02) 9371 8166

Beach umbrella on blue sky background with clouds

Activities in Cambodia

Beach umbrella on blue sky background with cloudsWith its spectacular beaches, Cambodia has much to offer for those who just want to unwind during their holidays. But if relaxing is getting to be a bore, then you can always get some fantastic shopping done and top it all off with some rocking night time partying. On the subject of shopping, Cambodia is the perfect place to buy silk, ethnic / artistic pieces and silver work. Expect to find Buddha themes predominant in the art pieces. If regular shopping is what you need to do, then the Russian market is a good stop. Souvenirs, western clothing, handicrafts, fake ‘antiquities’ and knick-knacks of all kinds – this market has it all. The Psar Thmei or Central Market is a good place to go to if you want to avoid the sun during your shopping spree.

The market features a stunning domed hall that is anMassage by fishes added attraction. You will find the shops more organized here and there are food stalls if you want to ‘refuel’ in the midst of your shopping. Willing to bargain hard? Then Psar Cha is a shopping center that you will find quite interesting too.

Take a tuk-tuk ride to the nearest local night club or spa just to experience the novel transportation method. And while you are at it, also experience the ‘fish pedicure’ where little fish nibble your feet. Don’t worry, it is safe, although maybe not the perfect activity for the ticklish or squeamish. The Siem Reap night market is a great place to get some really cheap shopping done. There are quite a few casinos here where you can play games of chance and test your luck too.

3 Things To See and Do from Nagarkot

Approximately 25km to the East of Kathmandu, in Bhaktapur District, you can capture Nepal at it’s essence. Nestled in the hills and crevices of the Kathmandu Valley, beyond the famous heritage site of Bhaktapur itself, a beautiful selection of villages, temples and nature await.

I spent 8 days in this gorgeous nook of the world in November 2016. I found the climate in Nepal to be comfortable this time of the year. Daytimes were warm (in the mid 20’s) and nights were cold- a result of the altitude. Telkot was my base point- a tiny village in the hills, 10km below Nagarkot. Nagarkot is renown for it’s spectacular views of the Himalayas and Kathmandu Valley. I made my way here via a local bus from Kathmandu via Bhaktapur- an adventure in itself! Weaving through the dusty backroads with the locals, you feel you could be on the Knight Bus from Harry Potter, (Nepal, after all, isn’t known for having quality roads.) Having caught the bus too far, I was lucky to capture the view from Nagarkot when stopping by the luxurious KavyaEpikurean Resort for Nepalese tea and directions. A week here in the hills enabled an oasis of serenity, with a selection of must-see sites within reachable distance. Here are my top 3 excursions:

Changu Village

Changu is located on a high hilltop surrounded by forest, a panorama of the Himalayas completing it’s landscape. You can walk here from Telkot (the next nearest village), passing by the huts and farms of the locals along the way. The beauty is in the contrast between snowy mountainsand a landscape below that in not unalike desert villages I’d expect to see in Africa.

walking with friends to Changu Village, seen in the distance
Cows and Goats

The village of Changu houses the ancient Hindu temple of Changu Narayan, one of the oldest in Nepal. This temple miraculously survived the 2015 earthquakes while the village around it near- shattered. The locals are gentle, many of them selling quality, inexpensive home-made goods on the lane leading up to the temple. They have been working together to rebuild their village, and it’s fulfilling to be able to support them. Should you wish to stay longer, homestay with a local family is also an option. (Regrettably, I wasn’t able to do so due to my schedule.) With a 3 hour return walk- if you’re coming from Telkot- the combination of stunning views, history and shopping make for a lovely day.

Changu Temple

Sankhu Village and Bajroyogini Temple

Stand in the right place and you’ll see the vast village of Sankhu sprawled in the valley below Telkot/ Nagarkot. Surrounded by crop fields, and with a river that weaves its way around the outskirts, Sankhu provides a classic example of Nepalese daily life. Take a walk down the hill from Telkot to capture the valley in it’s entirety (the nearest buses go to Telkot, or to Sankhu itself if you’re coming from the direction of Kathmandu.) Greet the locals as you pass through- you’ll find they are as interested in learning about your culture as you are about theirs.

The view of Sankhu as seen from the direction of Telkot and Nagarkot Heights

Across the valley and halfway up the opposing hill lies Bajrayogini Temple, celebrating a Hindu Goddess by the same name. Getting there requires a walk up over 1000 steps through the jungle (a challenge- I won’t deny it) though the view is worth it. The main temple is 3 stories high and beautifully constructed. Monkeys, goats and cows can be seen along the way. Go there on the right day and you’ll be able to sit and listen as Nepalese play music and sing in celebration of their God. As you return through Sankhu, stop for some lunch at a local restaurant- after all that walking, you’ll need it

The steps to Bajrayogini
The temple itself

Sunrise at Nagarkot Heights

At 2,195 meters, Nagarkot Heights offers panoramic views of the Himalayas (including Everest) and Kathmandu Valley, making it one of the most scenic places in the District. Coming here at sunrise is probably the best way to see it. This will require an early start- but do ensure you get up there in time to source a prime location for the spectacle. To watch this everyday occurrence in such grand surroundings is truly powerful. The Himalayas sure have a way of capturing your full and undivided attention. If possible, take some masala tea up there with you. Not only will it keep you warm until the sun rears it’s head, but it will add to the experience of capturing Nepal’s finest.

Sunrise at Nagarkot Heights.
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