Tips for Visiting Curaçao

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Tips for Visiting Curaçao. Beautiful landscape on the caribbean island, Curacao.

Beautiful landscape on the caribbean island, Curacao.

If you plan on taking a trip to Curacao, here are some helpful tips:

Choose your location based on the activities you prefer. If you like watersports such as surfing, diving and snorkeling, or if you are keen on riding aqua bikes, choose a hotel located on the north coast. The best spots for surfers are: Klein Curacao, St Joris, Playa Canoa, Playa Pistol and Playa Padiki. So we suggest that you choose your accommodation close to these areas.

In case you’re looking for a more restful spot, and you want to avoid windy weather and all the activity on the coast, plan to stay in the south of the island. The waters there are calm and the weather is nice for laying on the beach and sun tanning in a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

If you like shopping, active nightlife, checking out cafes and restaurants, busy markets and want to always be in the center of urban life, choose the center of Curacao, its capital, Willemstad. It is a bright busy city with picturesque Dutch architecture, represented by dazzling houses painted in a range of glossy colors. The brand-name resorts of the island capital will provide you with a chance to have your holiday close to all the main attractions.

Tips for Visiting Curaçao. Sunset at the beach on the Caribbean island, Curacao.

Sunset at the beach on the Caribbean island, Curacao.

If you haven’t decided whether you want an active holiday on the coast or to be in the busy island center, you can choose something in between. For example, you can try Playa Lagun or Cas Abou. You will save time getting around the island if your residence is located close enough to most of the city attractions.

“Transportation in Curacao is all about taxis”

Transportation in Curacao is all about taxis, which are highly popular among foreigners. You can also rent a car, which can save you a lot of money. The average cost of a car for five days is around $120. You can book it online via booking tools on the Internet. Having a car is extremely helpful if you are planning on visiting the beaches, towns and villages outside Willemstad.

The city buses cost approximately $1 for one passenger, and the price is the same almost everywhere throughout the island. As a comparison, if you want to reach Mambo beach from Willemstad, it will cost you around $30.

And don’t forget to wear a lot of sunscreen! Curaçao is located near Venezuela, which means it’s closer to the Equator than most Caribbean islands. The sun is very strong, and this could be harmful to your skin – you could even get burned in 10 minutes! So don’t forget about protection for your skin in order to spend your holiday in comfort.

 

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Marvel Day at Sea

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Join forces with a crew of legendary Marvel Super Heroes during Marvel Day at Sea, a brand-new, day-long event coming to Disney Cruise Line. Available on select sailings from New York and Miami.

Take a stand alongside some of Marvel’s mightiest heroes for an exciting day-long adventure—available on select 7- and 8-night Bahamian and Canadian Coast cruises from New York in Fall 2017. (more…)

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JUST BACK: HONOLULU

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The cure for an extra-gloomy Seattle winter: a long weekend in Hawaii. Wheels up and six hours later you’re in Honolulu, ditching your coat, and bee-lining it to the beach. Hawaiian Airlines flies nonstop from several U.S. cities to Honolulu International Airport, including a new route from New York’s JFK Airport that features lie-back seats in the Premium Cabin. Here’s how to spend a weekend soaking up the sun and exploring Oahu:

Admire Art

Hawaii’s first international Biennial is happening in Honolulu now through May 8, further cementing the city’s status as a home for serious art. While my fiancé and I missed it by a few days, we did reap the benefits of last year’s Pow! Wow! Festival: dozens of murals that adorn the buildings of Honolulu’s Kaka’ako district. A cruise around the neighborhood is a worthy detour on the way from Waikiki to the airport or the Pearl Harbor Memorial. (There’s a mural map on the festival’s website.)

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Street art in Honolulu’s Kaka’ako district. (Photo: Amy Cassell)

Catch a Sunset

Every Waikiki Beach bar worth its weight in mai tais fills up fast at sunset. One of the most sought-after seats is at 453-room Halekulani’s House Without a Key. Nightly live music and traditional hula dancing are classic Hawaiian complements to the natural show that’s (literally) going down in the background.

… and a Sunrise

The sunsets may get all the love around here, but my favorite moment on Waikiki Beach was an early-morning stroll before the crowds had descended for the day. Stop in to Island Vintage Coffee Company for a Mauna Kea Iced Coffee, aka dessert for breakfast. Another feel-good perk of waking up early: The complimentary yoga classes for guests at the 353-room Modern Honolulu on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

Road-Trip It

 You can easily drive around Oahu in a day – have your Virtuoso travel advisor arrange a car rental. Our itinerary: We watched surfers conquer North Shore waves at Banzai Pipeline, stopped in for a casual lunch at Romy’s Kahuku Prawns (be patient, it’s worth the wait), had a stretch of sand to ourselves at Kahana Bay Beach Park, and gawked at Halona Cove’s classic From Here to Eternity views.

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North Shore detour: Waimea Bay Beach Park. (Photo: Amy Cassell)

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INTRODUCING THE NEXT WAVE OF VACATION TRAVEL

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Vacation like never before with Ocean Medallion™ — debuts on Regal Princess® Nov. 2017

Let us make your cruise vacation even better. You don’t need to introduce yourself to your Ocean Medallion Class ship; it knows you already. Your crew? They answer your requests before you even ask them. We’re giving you more than elevated personalized service; we’re creating personal moments. (more…)

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Floating on Bubbles: Royal Caribbean Brings Energy Efficiency to the High Seas

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Harmony of the Seas is the most energy-efficient and technologically advanced cruise ship ever built. Equipped with next-generation technologies, from a multi-stream exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubbers) to an air lubrication system that allows the ship to float on air, with millions of tiny bubbles created under the hull to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. Harmony of the Seas raises the bar on environmental stewardship technology. (more…)

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The Pierre Grand Suite Privileges. New York

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Superbly designed to reflect sumptuous Upper East Side residences, our collection of 11 Grand Suites offers the ultimate in exclusivity and tranquility. Grand Suites include distinct privileges, and unique amenities, that make the experience unforgettable.

The Pierre Grand Suite Privileges. New York. The Pierre, A Taj Hotel New York The Rotunda (more…)

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The Most Incredible Recently-Opened Hotels

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There are always new hotels opening their doors to guests around the world. In order to attract clients, new hotels have to come up with exceptional ideas in order to keep up with the competition. Some try to attract guests with unique designs, others make attempts to provide more personalized services, and still others try to impress by sheer size. Lenta.ru tells about the most surprising hotels which have accepted their first guests in the past several months.

The Quadrum hotel (Georgia)

The Most Incredible Recently-Opened Hotels

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The Quadrum hotel in Georgia was made from cargo containers, and is located in the Top Gudauri, at a well-known ski resort. Construction was finished at the beginning of March 2017. The hotel offers its tourists single and family rooms, and also luxury suites. Guests can enjoy the pool and sauna.

The Book and Bed Tokyo-Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

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In the book hostel The Book and Bed Tokyo-Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan) rooms are equipped with book shelves. Different shelves include space for electrical sockets and a lamp, and also a curtain that can close you off from people around you and provide privacy. The hotel is made for bookworms who are searching for quiet and a place of solitude where they can enjoy their favorite books in a very special atmosphere. Moreover, visitors here can find like-minded people and share thoughts about books they have read.

Lifeguard Tower pop up hotel (Tel Aviv)

The Most Incredible Recently-Opened Hotels

A lifeguard tower located on the beach became a pop-up hotel suite, where lucky guests could spend a whole evening on the water thanks to this creative concept hotel. It was originally designed by Rafael Edger, and the interior was created by Aline Langlieb with exterior graffiti by Edgar Rafael. The hotel opened its doors to guests from March 15 to March 25. They held a competition, in which winners were welcomed inside – then the hotel was demolished. The tower was equipped with a two-story suite with a jacuzzi, room service and a butler. Breakfast was also included in the package.

Walled Off Hotel (Palestine)

Banksy, a well- known street artist, has opened the Walled Off Hotel near the Israeli Separation Barrier  in Bethlehem for his latest project in Palestine. All the windows of the hotel rooms look out on a wall that passes across the occupied river bank of Jordan. Banksy estimates that “this view opened from the hotel window is the worst in the world”. Banksy was not present at the opening ceremony, but dozens of his works decorate the hotel walls. A press secretary proclaimed that it is the biggest collection of new works of Banksy created in recent years.

There is a gallery in the hotel, which sells Palestinian art, and a museum reflecting on the history of the region and intervention by other countries. The interior of seven rooms were developed by Banksy himself, while the others were designed by Canadian and Palestinian artists. Walled Off Hotel is the largest project of Banksy after Dismaland in Calais.

The 7th Room (Sweden)

The 7th Room Hotel, constructed in the pine woods of Sweden, is a spectacular retreat in the middle of unspoiled nature. The building is reminiscent of a traditional Scandinavian house and stands on 12 columns at a height of 10 meters, covered by trees.

There is a living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom in the hotel. The total area of the hotel is 55 square meters. Hovering 10 meters above the ground, The 7th Room offers a breathtaking view of the Lapland treetops and the Lule River.

Hurawalhi (Island Resort Maldives)

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Magnificent hotels are opened rather frequently on Maldives. But only the five-star Hurawalhi Island Resort on the atoll Laviani can brag of having a diving restaurant located at a depth of nearly six meters underwater. Little tables are set up in a transparent tunnel, where the best seafood in the area is served. You can enjoy beautiful underwater views while dining here. The experience of eating a meal here is incomparable to anywhere else. So, if you plan to visit Maldives, include this hotel on your must-see list.

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Antarctic Explorations

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The magnificent Southern Continent

 

Set sail for Antarctica with your cruise-of-a-lifetime. Explore the majestic and awe-inspiring beauty of the Southern Continent with an $899 airfare credit and all-inclusive services such as expert expedition teams, Zodiac explorations, fine dining, room service and more.

HIGHLIGHTS
Silversea Inclusive
Antarctica Experience:
  • For limited time only, $899 roundtrip economy class air
  • Highly qualified expedition team includes expert marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
  • Complimentary use of expedition gear, including wetsuits, snorkels and selected equipment
  • Personalized service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
  • Complimentary Haglöfs® parka for polar expeditions
  • Fine dining even in the most remote destinations on the planet
  • Comfortable amenities with some of the largest expedition suites at sea
  • Inclusive room service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the ship
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society

Antarctic Explorations

Antarctic Explorations. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego Island, Argentina. Photo: depositphotos.com

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. It is located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, at the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego Island, Argentina. Photo: depositphotos.com

Antarctic Explorations

Antarctic Explorations. The Midnight sun over the icebergs of the Drake Passage near the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica. Photo: depositphotos.com

The Midnight sun over the icebergs of the Drake Passage near the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica. Photo: depositphotos.com

Antarctic Explorations

Antarctic Explorations. Cruising over Antarctic peninsula.

Cruising over Antarctic peninsula. Photo: depositphotos.com

Antarctic Explorations

Antarctic Explorations. Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on the wild coastline of the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica. Photo: depositphotos.com

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) on the wild coastline of the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula in Antarctica. Photo: depositphotos.com

Antarctic Explorations

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