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How To Spend 24hrs In Singapore Like A Local

There’s a lot you can do with just a day to spare…

January 28, 2016

Dildos, Dining And Dancing: How To See The Real Tokyo

Sex toy wielding bar maids and high-tech toilets are just the beginning… 

January 13, 2016

Travel Destination: Vienna

Vienna is Austria’s most populous and intriguing city, located in central Europe. Rated number 19 in the Human Development Index, the bustling city is best known for it’s amazing natural scenery and rich culture dating back to the pre-Roman empire.

Don’t miss a few of these magical destinations the next time you find yourself in Vienna, or are planning a trip to Austria.

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Stay: Hollmann Beletage Design and Boutique Hotel

Kollnerhofgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

A short train ride from the city centre is one of Vienna’s up-and-coming hotels. The Hollman Beletage features modern sophistication for a fraction of the cost, and is perfect for anyone who loves a quirky place to stay while they’re enjoying their holiday. Rooms are extremely spacious, which are perfect if you’re planning to entertain before heading out to one of the many bars around town.

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Feeling Peckish: Café Central

Strauchgasse/Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna

A traditional Viennese coffee house which boasts a charming interior and 19th century architecture to match. The entertainment starts at 5pm sharp where a grand piano is played for all to enjoy and dance the night away.

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Shop: Wilhelm Jungmann and Neffe

Albertinaplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

This quaint store is home to classic mens and women’s fashion which has been supplying clothes to the public for over 125 years. Their specialty is menswear, especially crisp button-down shirts which are tailor-made on site.

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Visit: Hofburg Palace

Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna

Home to some of the most powerful Austrian ancestry including teen-queen Marie Antoinette, Hofburg has been completely restored in the vision of it’s former glory. There are more than 10 wings of the palace, all of which can be visited under strict supervision.

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Drink: Do & Co (Onyx Bar)

Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna

Enjoy exquisite cocktails and world-class views of the city from Onyx Bar in Vienna’s city centre. The exclusive bar is a hotspot for politicians and locals of interest, so remember to dress smart and stay on your best behaviour.

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December 4, 2014

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Enduring a rough historical period over the last century, Poland has reshaped itself and has become one of the main destinations for anyone travelling through Europe.

Between the white-winters which are amazing during the Christmas period, through to the scorching hot European summer, we’ll show you why there’s no place quite like Poland.

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Food

CK Browar, Address: 7 Podwale Street, Krakow

There is no denying that that Polish are famous for their delicious pierogi and cold-meat dishes which form the basis of their traditional meals. For genuine Polish food, you can’t go past a tasty Borscht soup which is hearty and healthy and the same time!

Visit C.K Browar for a traditional Polish pub-meal, with their world famous beer to wash down your food.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Architecture

Krzywy Domek, ul. Haffnera 6, 81-717 Sopot

Influenced by the heavy Gothic influence at the time, Polish Architecture is among one of the oldest styles in the world. Houses are still very much influenced by the Gothic themes of the 13-14th century, and are easily characterised by their high upper reaches and timber-framing on doors and walls alike.

For a little modern architecture instead, visit the world-famous crooked house in Sopot. It’s bound to give you an interesting Insta-snap!

ul. Haffnera 6, 81-717 Sopot

Countryside

Czersk Castle, 05-530 Gora Kalwaria, ul. Ks. Sajny

Escape to the Polish countryside if you want a real slice of paradise! Life in the country has remained the same as it was hundreds of years ago, and many families are looking towards this for their ideal rural vacation.

There’s plenty to do here without succumbing to your phone or computer – horseback riding, mountain-climbing and canoeing are all great options if you love the great outdoors.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Beaches

Sopot, Gdansk

If you find yourself travelling to Poland during the summer seasons of June through to early September, then you definitely don’t want to miss the white sand beaches of Sopot. Bathe in the Baltic sea, or simply catch some rays and enjoy the warm weather at a nearby café.

This county is easily accessible by private car or taxi, and railway line if you prefer to save a bit of shrapnel.

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Drinks

Chimera, UL. Podwale 29, Warsaw

Known as the birthplace of vodka, the Polish definitely know how to whip-up a drink (or two!). Grab a delicious cocktail at Chimera in Warsaw, (ask for the vodka-orange), and dance the night away to jazz tunes played by the local DJ’s.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

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November 24, 2014

4 Reasons To Visit New York City

If the inspiration of almost all of Woody Allen’s films wasn’t captivating enough, or the images of fast-paced city life have you head over heels, it seems that The Big Apple is on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or need a little bit of convincing, below are a few reasons why you should definitely book that one-way ticket.

Sports

Even if you aren’t a face-painting sports fanatic, there is no denying that New York City is home to some of the most iconic teams in the world. Yankees, Giants, Rangers and even the US Open have home games where you can spectate and capture some great pictures for the photo album. The Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex is sprawled out onto a 30-acre lot where visitors can participate in various sports activities as well.

4 Reasons To Visit New York City

Visit: Asphalt Green – 555 E 90th St, New York

Food

New York City is home to an enormous amount of cafés and restaurants which serve up a number of cuisines on a daily basis. From Little Italy to the iconic cronut, there is so much to try in New York City – just be patient and find the time to wait in line. There is definitely a reason why there are Food Tours taking tourists up and down some of the most iconic eateries in the city.

4 Reasons To Visit New York City

Visit: Magnolia Bakery – 401 Bleecker Street (Corner of West 11th St & Bleecker St), New York

Shopping

What better place to spend all of your saving money, right? The city is lined with endless department stores, pop-up’s and specialty boutiques which will no-doubt sell something that you’ve been lusting after. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and visit Lower Manhattan, Chinatown, SoHo and The East Village for some great purchases.

4 Reasons To Visit New York City

Visit: Barneys New York – 660 Madison Avenue, New York

Architecture

NYC is known for it’s sky-scrapers, bridges, art-deco buildings and also it’s iconic monuments such as the Statue of Liberty. The entire city combines new contemporary buildings such as 41 Cooper Sqaure (established in 2009), compared with the pre-war beautiful tree-lined streets of the Upper East Side.

4 Reasons To Visit New York City

Visit: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – 1071 5th Avenue, New York

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July 31, 2014

The World’s Best Beach Hotels Revealed

Each year Conde Nast reveal the 33 best new hotels in the world. With Australia’s gorgeous coastline and booming tourism industry, it was sad to see that none of our fine resorts or hotels made the list. About 510 hotels were evaluated in the categories of Beach, Design, Food, Family, Bargain, Over-the-Top, and Way-Out-There hotels.

The best beach hotels were:

Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii

Mukul Resort, Nicaragua

Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun

Point Yamu by Como, Phuket

Salt House Inn, Provincetown

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Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun

Traveler magazine describes the lists criteria as:

“A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world. A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee. 

“A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are.

“The result is a list that takes you around the world – from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket – and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.”

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Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
April 28, 2014

Only In America: 24-Hour Cupcake ATM

An ATM that dispenses freshly-baked cupcakes? Sounds like a dream come true!

LA’s much-loved Sprinkles bakery has launched the first of its 24-Hour Sprinkles ATMs that are soon to pop up all over the country. Simply scroll through all the flavours (Red Velvet? Chocolate Marshmallow?) then swipe your credit card and watch as a mechanical arm selects your cupcake, which is dispensed in a pretty pink box at the bottom of the ATM, just like cash!

Watch a video of how it works here!

March 7, 2012

Chianti Charm

Chianti charm

When most people think of classic Tuscan countryside, the hills and valleys spreading out between Florence and Siena, known as `Il Chianti’, usually spring to mind. The region is also known as Chiantishire, and in some of the small-town tourist offices they just assume everyone who wanders in speaks English! The area is split between the provinces of Florence and Siena, and conveniently named Chianti Fiorentino and Chianti Senese. Apart from gentle countryside, Chianti is home to some of the country’s best-marketed wines. Of the wines, Chianti Classico is the most well known. It is a blend of white and red grapes and sold under the Gallo Nero (Black Cockerel) symbol.

Chianti is indeed very pleasant – lots of rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards dotted with castles and Romanesque churches known as pievi. But perhaps the hype has been just a trifle overdone. In other areas of Tuscany there’s plenty of more spectacular country to be seen (around Pitigliano, for instance, or up in the Apuane Alps). Not that we want to put you off, but the Tuscan countryside by no means begins and ends in the Chianti.

It’s possible to catch buses around the Chianti countryside, but the best way to explore the area is by car. However, you might also like to do it by bicycle, or even on foot. You could take a few days to travel along the state road SS222, known as the Strada Chiantigiana, which runs between Florence and Siena.

Budget accommodation is not the area’s strong point, and you’ll need to book well ahead, since it is a popular area for tourists year-round. However, if you have some extra funds and you’re in search of a romantic spot, you shouldn’t pass Chianti by.



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Getting information about the area is easy. Virtually every tourist office in Tuscany has good information, but the best is at Radda in Chianti. For information online check out www.chiantionline.com

From Tuscany, 3rd edition.
Tuscany & Umbria
3rd Edition
Richard Watkins, Alex Leviton, Josephine Quintero, Rachel Suddart
Published January 2004
ISBN: 1741041902

Que Cosa Chianti?


Chianti: A light, easy-drinking style, ruby red in colour and produced in large quantities in seven zones in Central Italy. After World War II the quality declined, though renewed interest and new technology are bringing it back to its heights. Typically bottled in fiaschi (flasks covered with straw). Chianti Colli Senesi is the largest Chianti-producing zone with a youthful style. Chianti Rufina produces good quality wine while Chianti Colli Pisane is known for its light, soft style. Chianti Classico From a zone that is the historical heartland of Chianti (roughly between Siena and Florence), this is where the majority of really good quality Chianti comes from. This zone has a DOCG law to guarantee the quality.

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World Food Italy
1st Edition
Gabriella Cossi, Matthew Evans
Published March 2000
ISBN: 1864500220

 

March 23, 2004

Exotic Destinations: Once in a lifetime travel

Travelling to exotic destinations is the stuff that dreams are made of. No one knows this better than SheSaid reader Jo M, who has compiled for us the ultimate wish list for the dreamers and adventurers among us.

    • A kiss on top of the Eiffel Tower

 

    • See the pyramids and Sphinx in Egypt

 

    • See the Sistine Chapel

 

    • Relax in the Greek Isles

 

    • Go to the top of the Empire State Building

 

    • Sit in the audience of the David Letterman show in New York!

 

    • Visit the Getty Centre in Los Angeles

 

    • Climb the Harbour Bridge in Sydney

 

    • Smoke a joint in a cafe in Amsterdam

 

    • Visit the Taj Mahal in India

 

    • Party hard along the Vegas strip.

 

    • Watch the Tour De France ride home along the Champs Elysee

 

    • See the Kremlin in Moscow

 

    • Ride a horse along Rotten Row, Hyde Park, London

 

    • Eat great tapas in Spain

 

    • Take a gondola ride in Venice

 

    • Go trekking through Nepal

 

    • Smoke cigars in Cuba

 

    • Re-enact the opening scene from The Sound of Music on a mountain top in The Alps!

 

    • Drink HUGE mugs of beer in Germany

 

    • Visit Rio during Carnivale

 

    • Go running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain

 

    • Visit Cannes for the film festival

 

  • Visit a casino in Monte Carlo and rub shoulders with the rich and glamorous

What’s your ultimate travel experience? Have you done it yet, or are you still dreaming? Email us your Once in a lifetime travel wish list and don’t forget to check back next week for more dreamy destinations…

September 18, 2002

The Hottest Destinations on the Planet

Perfect Peru

If you’re single in 2002, why not take advantage of your independence and head off to one of the hottest destinations on the planet? Our friends at Lonely Planet have these top travel tips and insider info just for you!South America Get down at Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, be amazed by the Amazon river, and find yourself in an ancient temple in Peru…

Lonely Planet said: “South America seems to be on every twenty-something’s wish-list. I’ve heard great reports about Peru and also less-visited destinations like Bolivia.”

Top tip: How about at language-study schools abroad? It’s cheap and great fun.

Volcanoes of Guatamala

You meet up with locals and other foreigners in a jif and you’ve got the benefit of a base (two to three weeks, maybe more). Destination recommendations: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala – the second city of Guate – a bit off-the-beaten track, but with volcanoes and Mayan hot springs to visit. Or Guanajuato, Mexico – great pedestrian-friendly town in valley, huge international three-week festival comes every October, taxis zip through subterranean tunnels, a big hit with domestic tourists in Mexico. Cuenca, Ecuador, is a great choice too!Buy a copy of South America on a Shoestring from the SheSaid

The coast of Croatia

Bookstore.Croatia Discover a country rich in heritage, history and the natural beauty of unspoilt beaches and hundreds of islands dotted across the Adriatic Sea?

Lonely Planet said: “Islands and beaches to rival Greece, great scuba diving, medieval towns, delicious food, decent wines, lots of activities such as hiking, rock climbing, yachting. The place is bulging with beautiful churches, castles and museums, and there’s probably a festival or carnival every day. It has that ‘something different’ feel which people are often searching for, and it’s safe to travel around. It’s got everything!”

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Happening Havana

from the SheSaid Bookstore.Cuba Get amongst it in the Carribean ? rhythm, soul and some damn fine cigars!

Lonely Planet said: “The history, the beaches, the diving and the not-too-touristy cities”, plus the forests of eastern Cuba recently received World Heritage listing. Meanwhile Barcelona’s appeal lies in its vibrancy, beaches, culture, style, good food and great clubs.

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Shanghai surprise!

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Lonely Planet said: “This could be the city of the new millennium… beautiful, cosmopolitan Shanghai. A stroll along the Bund and you could be in any European city. Head down an alley and you’re smack in the middle of the Middle Kingdom.”

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Lonely Planet’s talk2us staff are devoted specifically to answering travel questions, responding to product feedback and making sure travellers? insights and suggestions reach the authors. The most popular branch of Lonely Planet’s content-focused Web sites is the Thorn Tree, an online bulletin board that receives over 5000 posts a day and is a great resource for single travellers. Check out www.lonelyplanet.com.

July 30, 2002

America’s Favourite Travel Spots: San Francisco

We look at one the America’s favourite travel spots.

San Francisco has always been one of America’s most enticing destinations. This former goldrush town may not always bask in the sunny weather of its Southern California sisters, but where else can you sample a touch of Asia, a bit of Parisian joie de vivre, a taste of Central America, a hint of Italy and a good dollop of West Coast style and eccentricity in a single day?

San Francisco’s secret weapon is its winning combination of big-city sophistication and small town accessibility. You can always discover something new in this walking town of distinct neighbourhoods from restored Victorians to funky shops to some of the most delicious restaurants in the country.

San Francisco is currently in the throes of a building boom, and formerly decrepit corners of the city are undergoing a metamorphosis. The city is also home to one of America’s most popular icons; The Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll also find the Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, the city’s famous cable cars and Chinatown district.

San Francisco’s Neighbourhoods:

Union Square

The centre of tourist activity, Union Square is tucked inside Sutter, Grant, Market, and Mason streets. Big department stores, expensive boutiques, theatres, many exceptional restaurants and the greatest concentration of hotels in San Fran surround the actual square. If you stay here, Chinatown, Nob Hill, the Tenderloin, the Financial District and SoMa are all within walking distance.

Chinatown

This densely packed area is as colourful and exotic as advertised. The Dragon Gate entrance on Grant Ave leads to touristy shops but after you wander up and around Stockton Street you’ll feel as if you’re in another world.

North Beach

North Beach isn’t actually a beach, it’s the former Italian enclave that Chinatown is encroaching upon. This is the place to hop from one cafe to another, to browse for books and Italian poetry and to sample the delectable treats on offer from the various Italian delis and pastry shops. Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare and family style restaurants and crowed bars line the streets from Washington to Grant.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Sixteen million tourists per year can’t all be wrong, but this most touristy section of town is all a matter of taste. Located on Bay Street, the former working class piers have been stripped of their glory and turned into a gaudy ode to commercialism.

July 1, 2001

America’s Favourite Travel Spots:San Francisco (Cont’d)

San Francisco’s Neighbourhoods Union Square

The centre of tourist activity, Union Square is tucked inside Sutter, Grant, Market, and Mason streets. Big department stores, expensive boutiques, theatres, many exceptional restaurants and the greatest concentration of hotels in San Fran surround the actual square. If you stay here, Chinatown, Nob Hill, the Tenderloin, the Financial District and SoMa are all within walking distance.

Chinatown:

This densely packed area is as colourful and exotic as advertised. The Dragon Gate entrance on Grant Ave leads to touristy shops but after you wander up and around Stockton Street you’ll feel as if you’re in another world.

North Beach

North Beach isn’t actually a beach, it’s the former Italian enclave that Chinatown is encroaching upon. This is the place to hop from one caf? to another, to browse for books and Italian poetry and to sample the delectable treats on offer from the various Italian delis and pastry shops. Columbus Avenue is the main thoroughfare and family style restaurants and crowed bars line the streets from Washington to Grant.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Sixteen million tourists per year can’t all be wrong, but this most touristy section of town is all a matter of taste. Located on Bay Street, the former working class piers have been stripped of their glory and turned into a gaudy ode to commercialism.

July 1, 2001

Chilling out in Barbados: A Travel Guide

As someone who used to live there, it’s easy to understand what draws so many tourists to this remote island. There’s the sandy beaches lined with frangipani, bougainvillea, and vibrant flame trees, which provide an exquisite backdrop to the crystal clear blue water that laps the shores of this island paradise. Chaos and stress become a distant memory on Barbados. Inevitably you will find yourself asking, “Hey man, what speed you at?”Here are a few facts about Barbados, as most people know little or nothing about this gem of a place.

  • It’s located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, northeast of Venezuela.

    Barbados is only 34 kms long and 23 kms wide.

  • It was originally named Los Barbados, or “the bearded ones”, by the Portuguese after the “bearded” fig trees which grow along the beaches.
  • The English later ‘re-discovered’ Barbados in 1625, and it was only in 1966 that Barbados declared its independence, while still remaining a member of the British Commonwealth.
  • Barbados has a population of approximately 264,000, and is the most densely populated of all the Caribbean islands.
  • Approximately half the population lives in the capital Bridgetown, and along the west and south coasts.
  • An estimated half a million long-stay tourists visit Barbados annually, and it is no surprise that this beautiful island has placed emphasis on the development of a strong tourist infrastructure.
  • Barbados also has a large community of ex-pats from Britain, Canada, Europe, and the USA, who tend to spend half the year in Barbados, and the other half, “at home”.
  • The best time of year to visit Barbados is during the months of November through to March.
  • Although the temperature varies slightly, this season is known as the dry season, and temperatures hover between 23 and 31 degrees. The months from July, through to September, are known as the wet season, and it becomes, horribly humid and hot. Hurricanes at this time of year are not uncommon, and if it is at all possible, avoiding the Caribbean is advisable.

Okay, so where do you stay? What do you do there?

Barbados has 200 hotels, guesthouses, and apartments that cater for most budgets. There appears to be a large number of luxurious accommodation as over the last decade Barbados has become the playground for the seriously rich and sometimes famous, who escape the northern hemisphere winter, in search of warmth, the Barbadian pace of life, and a damn good Pina Colada. The art of relaxation has been mastered on Barbados, and although lying on a sandy beach seems to be mandatory during the day, Barbados boasts an extraordinary range of sporting activities.

There are a number of exceptional golf courses on the island, with the course at the exclusive and luxurious Sandy Lane hotel being the most famous. Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular on the sheltered west coast, as there is a 4 mile stretch of coral reef, that is not only home to marine life, but also to some impressive wrecks. Swimming is often forbidden on the rugged east coast, however serious surfers relish the wild conditions, risking the wrath of the Atlantic weather, in hope of finding the perfect wave.

Getting around the island is relatively easy, if not amusing. Car hire is readily available and reasonable, however catching the local bus is a cultural experience not to be missed. Bus stops are not clearly marked, and people appear to jump on and off as they please, with no one, least of all the drivers in a hurry to get anywhere. The bus is an ideal, and inexpensive way to see the inhabited parts of the island, as it winds its way through hamlets, and rows of delightful chattel houses. These are a unique part of Barbadian heritage, and are made of wood (often painted different, bright colours), with a symmetrical facade and an overhanging porch.

Aside from sugar cane, production of vegetables and crops is limited, with the majority food for the island being shipped in daily from the USA. This makes food expensive, both in supermarkets and restaurants, and the choice fairly limited. However Barbados does have some extraordinary restaurants and the combination of a gastronomic feast and exquisite beach surroundings equate to pure heaven in the realm of global dining experiences.

The nightlife in Barbados is fabulous. The Harbourlights nightclub is the most renowned, with local and international DJs performing nightly, but also provides its patrons with some of the best reggae in the Caribbean. Bars such as the very groovy Croc’s have a more laid back (if this is at all possible) atmosphere, where regulars play pool, and compare suntans.

For more about Barbados go to www.funbarbados.com or http://barbados.org/

May 1, 2001

Caribbean Dreams – The Virgin Island Travel Guide

Thinking of taking a trip? Why not chillax in one of the most beautiful places on earth?

Even if you’ve never been on a boat in your life, the Caribbean’s Virgin Islands will make you want to hoist your sail and take a swill of rum. These sleepy little islands – like giant stepping stones scattered across the sea – are a sailor’s and water lover’s delight. Put simply, the exquisite, emerald green islands will take your breath away.

Okay, okay, so getting to the Virgin Islands may prove to be a royal pain, but the extra effort is worth it. You can fly into Tortola but you’ll probably need to ply the sapphire-blue Caribbean waters by water taxi or ferry to reach your hotel, villa or guesthouse. Thankfully you won’t find any monolithic, high rise hotels straddling the beaches here. You also won’t find any rah rah all-inclusive resorts.

Still a British colony; the BVIs (British Virgin Islands) have more than 50 islands in the chain, though only a handful are inhabited. They are remarkably underdeveloped and sparsely populated, with only 18,000 local inhabitants. If you can’t give up your MTV, shopping, golf or a flutter at the casino, skip the BVIs. But if you want to chill out and spend your afternoons doing nothing more stressful than napping in a hammock by the sea, the BVIs are a perfect choice.

Although you’ll still find a touch of British formality, the vibe here is casual and fun. When you’re at the beach bar, you’ll be sitting alongside captains of industry, rock stars, famous actors, and colourful local characters, all gathered to sip Painkillers – a rum concoction – with their new best friends.

About the only place you’ll see much evidence of tourism is at the most famous spot on Virgin Gorda, called the Baths. Their grand granite boulders frame the most perfect blue Caribbean you could desire.

The best things about the Virgin Islands are picnics on deserted beaches, sunset sails in tiny boats and morning walks where you won’t run into another soul.

The British Virgin Islands you must visit

Tortola: The largest of the BVIs, Tortola is only 21 miles long. It’s name means ‘turtledove’ in Spanish. The BVI capital, Road Town is here, as well as a huge marina filled with hundreds of yachts that account for half of the BVIs ‘tourist beds.’

Virgin Gorda: Home to some of the most spectacular resorts in the BVIs, Virgin Gorda packs a world of beauty into a mere 8 miles. It has two national parks, both great for hiking.

Anegada: Although this stretch of land is within sight of the other islands, you can easily overlook the flat, sandy island that looks like a giant beach and feels like the end of the earth.

The best bits

Sailing, sailing: Free spirits just love drifting from one island to the next through the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Eye popping gorgeous setting: The Caribbean doesn’t get any better than this. You can truly find that island getaway and snag your own private strand of beach.

Unexpected fun: When you’re at Foxy’s or Bomba’s beach bar, you may encounter Jack Nicholson sipping on a cocktail or Eric Clapton jamming the night away with a few mates. Honestly.

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April 1, 2001

Caribbean Dreams – The Virgin Island Travel Guide (cont’d)


About the only place you’ll see much evidence of tourism is at the most famous spot on Virgin Gorda, called the Baths. Their grand granite boulders frame the most perfect blue Caribbean you could desire.

The best things about the Virgin Islands are picnics on deserted beaches, sunset sails in tiny boats and morning walks where you won’t run into another soul.

The British Virgin Islands? you must visit.

Tortola

The largest of the BVIs, Tortola is only 21 miles long. It’s name means ‘turtledove’ in Spanish. The BVI capital, Road Town is here, as well as a huge marina filled with hundreds of yachts that account for half of the BVIs ‘tourist beds.’

Virgin Gorda

Home to some of the most spectacular resorts in the BVIs, Virgin Gorda packs a world of beauty into a mere 8 ? miles. It has two national parks, both great for hiking.

Anegada

Although this stretch of land is within sight of the other islands, you can easily overlook the flat, sandy island that looks like a giant beach and feels like the end of the earth.

The best bits?.

Sailing, sailing.

Free spirits just love drifting from one island to the next through the Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Eye popping gorgeous setting.

The Caribbean doesn’t get any better than this. You can truly find that island getaway and snag your own private strand of beach.

Unexpected fun.

When you’re at Foxy’s or Bomba’s beach bar, you may encounter Jack Nicholson sipping on a cocktail or Eric Clapton jamming the night away with a few mates. Honestly.

April 1, 2001

Caribbean Dreams – Barbados Travel Guide

Steeped in English tradition and more straightlaced than some of its neighbours, Barbados has been giving the wealthy and famous the royal treatment for centuries.

Known for its posh resorts from Sandy Lane to the Royal Pavilion (think Robyn Leach and ‘Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous’), Barbados offers a range of accommodation, whether you’re seeking a chilled getaway at an intimate guesthouse or the frenetic activity of a sprawling resort. You’ll receive the royal treatment from the moment you are greeted at the airport and whisked away to your hotel. And you’ll pay for it too – the star treatment doesn’t come cheap.

Barbados is a favorite destination of an older, British crowd who migrate to the island year after year. This is hardly surprising when you consider the island was under British rule for three centuries until 1966. The place is full of the type of people who dress up for dinner. Dressing up is a must in Barbados and the mood is unmistakably civilized. The British influence is still strong, but the many locals, Bajans, provide the island with an animated dose of culture. The one good thing about the island’s demanding clientele is that the food is of a world class standard. Dining in Barbados is definitely worth dressing up for.

The Best Bits

The Dining Scene:

Chefs on Barbados, unlike those on similar Caribbean islands, are experimental, sophisticated and eager to meet the challenge of demanding palates.

The Service:

You won’t want for attention; you’ll have help at your beck and call.

Safety:

Crime is hardly a concern on this well-heeled island.

On the East Coast:

You’ll see miles of untouched beach along the island’s wildest, hilliest and most beautiful stretch of coast. Bathsheba/Cattlewash beach is the premier destination for surfers keen to lap up the East Coast’s crashing waves. Locals ride the waves here daily but swimming here or anywhere along the Atlantic coast can be extremely dangerous, so you should stick to sightseeing in this area.

On the South Coast:

Here you’ll find medium waves and a young, energetic crowd. The beaches are consistently broad with white, powdery sand; the reef-protected waters are crystal clear and safe for swimming and snorkeling. South coast beaches to check out: Accra, Casuarina, Needham’s Point, Sandy, Bottom Bay and Silver Rock.

On the West Coast:

If you want the calm, magnificently clear Caribbean, head for the west coast, where you’ll find stunning coves and sandy beaches as well as excellent water sports. You can even water ski here. This area is also nicknamed the ‘gold coast’ for it’s unbroken chain of beaches. Beaches to check out: Mullins, Paynes & Bombas.

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Glitter Bay

Porters, Barbados

Tel: +800 223 1818

Fax: 246 422 3940

Website: www.cphotels.caIn the case of this classy resort, all that glitters is…everything; from the accommodating staff to the polished suites to the sparkling Caribbean. This place is so popular with returning guests that you may you have to book a year in advance if you are planning to visit during high season.

Hitting the Beaches

On the East Coast:

You’ll see miles of untouched beach along the island’s wildest, hilliest and most beautiful stretch of coast. Bathsheba/Cattlewash beach is the premier destination for surfers keen to lap up the East Coast’s crashing waves. Locals ride the waves here daily but swimming here or anywhere along the Atlantic coast can be extremely dangerous, so you should stick to sightseeing in this area.

On the South Coast:

Here you’ll find medium waves and a young, energetic crowd. The beaches are consistently broad with white, powdery sand; the reef-protected waters are crystal clear and safe for swimming and snorkeling. South coast beaches to check out: Accra, Casuarina, Needham’s Point, Sandy, Bottom Bay and Silver Rock.

On the West Coast:

If you want the calm, magnificently clear Caribbean, head for the west coast, where you’ll find stunning coves and sandy beaches as well as excellent water sports. You can even water ski here. This area is also nicknamed the ‘gold coast’ for it’s unbroken chain of beaches. Beaches to check out: Mullins, Paynes & Bombas.

Read more about this exciting destination in California for Dummies Travel Guide or check out www.dummies.com. The Travel for Dummies series covers many more of the world’s most fabulous cities. The Travel for Dummies series is available from all good book stores nationally.

March 1, 2001

Caribbean Travel Guide


But Keep in Mind

Mind your Manners:

The ‘have it your way’ philosophy doesn’t belong here – it’s the Queen’s rules all the way. Better polish up on what fork to use with which course.

Deals:

Rates are out of sight unless you’re willing to look hard. Prices are high on everything from food to hotel rooms.

Claustrophobia-inducing roads:

Oddly you’re likely to find busy, narrow roads right next to your room at many hotels.

The Bottom Line

If your idea of paradise is the feel of an English outpost in the tropics, Barbados will be your cup of tea.

Where to stay:

Barbados has classy villas, small boutique hotels, timeshares and a handful of all inclusives. You won’t find any big chains. This island is not the place for romantic secluded retreats like you’ll find on the British Virgin Islands or Jamaica. It’s also not the place you’ll find stunning architecturally designed hotels. With a few exceptions the architects who designed them didn’t go for a cutting edge look. Most resorts have relied instead on Barbados’ beautiful beaches and lush gardens to enchant visitors.

Almond Beach Villa

Heywoods, St Peter, Barbados

Tel: + 800 425 6663

Fax: + 800 246 422 4900

Website: www.almondresorts.com

Set on a mile-long stretch of beach this is Barbados’ largest resort. It’s also a great choice for families or sports enthusiasts.

Cobblers Cove

St Peter, Barbados

Tel: + 800 890 6060

Fax: 246 422 2291

Website: www.barbados.org/hotels/cobblers.htm

Built on the site of a former British fort, Cobblers Cove is adjacent to a small but pleasant crescent beach situated on a placid cove on Barbados’ famed Gold Coast. This is a small resort, and a favourite of gourmands and older European visitors stands out as one of the comfortable, hospitable places to stay.

February 1, 2001