Archive for September, 2007

Sand Boarding

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Sand BoarderI know winters coming up and Ski and Snowboard lovers are about to venture to their heavenly snow topped mountains to satisfy their craving for the fast paced sport but I have just been turned to the up and coming craze of sand boarding.

There are times of the year where the snow is not accessible but boarders, but fear not as you can speed down sand instead of snow. The activity is widely known and has its own governing body, international competitions and profession riders. Confident snowboarders will find this just as fun but it is a little different to boarding the white slopes. A word of advice, to prevent a fall, you must tilt back slightly as the board will bury in the sand.

Currently there are few sand boarding resorts, but head to Merzouga in Morocco, Genipabu Dunes in Brazil, Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado or Great Sand Sea in Egypt if your tempted by the excitement.

For more information on sand boarding and bookings visit cybercapetown.com and sandboard.com – (photo source).

Miami Carnival 2007

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Miami Carnival 07If you happen to be travelling to Miami this October the annual carnival is perhaps worth a visit. One of North America’s largest street festivals and most anticipated events of the year, with stacks on entertainment it is one not to miss if you’re in the area.

Prior to the main event the party kicks off with a mini carnival and comprises of steel bands, Caribbean food, drinks, arts and crafts and costumed talent.

The main event will bring Caribbean culture to the US and will display a huge parade beginning at NE 2nd Ave and NE 27th Ave eventually moving into the festival park where there will be live music and a range of international foods to sample.

Miami’s main Carnival this year begins at 12 noon located in Downtown Miami on Sunday the 7th of October 2007 but the build up starts around the 23rd of September with lots of fun for everyone.

Visit www.miamicarnival.net for more information.

Louis Vuitton Luggage

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Louis Vuitton Pegase 50Every time I go to the airport, I somehow manage to spot a Louis Vuitton monogram canvas suitcase. I must say I often question whether it’s authentic as they are quite a personal expense, but they are very city chic.

Louis Vuitton have a large selection of luggage so I thought I’d see for myself just how much they cost. One I would like in particular is the Pegase 50; the rolling suitcase has two separate compartments with flaps that protect clothing and feature noiseless wheels. This one is £855 on the Louis Vuitton Website or $1,740.00 at eLuxury but there are cheaper suitcases.

The Keepall 45 is £425 and it is a classic Louis Vuitton monogram travel bag. Visit www.louisvuitton.com for more information on prices and styles available and start your next holiday all glammed up.

Perfect Location in New York City

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Club QuartersTwo blocks from Times Square, half a block to Fifth Ave, three blocks from Rockefeller Centre and three blocks from Grand Central Station, Club Quarters Midtown is the perfectly situated hotel.

Comfortable and contemporary, Club Quarters is a clean and classy hotel perfect for those who are interested in tourist attractions, shopping or simply in New York on business.

The hotel has a restaurant, meeting room and bar which are old fashioned and grand. The hotel itself is large with a selection of rooms for doubles and singles with high speed internet access and a television with a range of American channels. Rooms are nicely sized and very clean with a maid service daily.

A perfectly located hotel with short walks from other attractions such as Central Park, The Empire State Building, Madison Square Gardens, Macys and Bloomingdales. For great value deals to stay at the hotel go to www.expedia.com.

For pictures:

http://www.expedia.co.uk/pub/agent.dll/qscr=dspv/nojs=1/htid=533993

Manhattan Style

Friday, September 7th, 2007

The Gansevoort HotelNew York is a ‘must’ when it comes to long weekend breaks and The Gansevoort Hotel really compliments the New York City lifestyle. Situated in the heart of the cool Meat Packing District, The Gansevoort is a great location to stay in for cuisine, night life and shopping, its close to Greenwich Village and overlooks the Hudson river on the west side of the Manhattan borough.

The hotel itself is contemporary and chic, ideal for young couples and groups. The rooms are spacious, but I hear that depends on the room you are allocated. There are also fantastic amenities including wireless phones, iPod docking stations, complimentary WiFi, and mini bars. The main attraction of the hotel is the roof top swimming pool with spectacular views of Manhattan. This swimming pool is open to hotel guests only during the day with a bar that compliments the scene. At night the pool closes and the bar transforms into one of New York’s hottest night spots. It is just what you imagine the typical New York bar scene, cool breezes, beautiful faces, trendy dress code and classy cocktails. The hotel also has a restaurant called ONO which serves Japanese and sushi cuisine which I did not try but hear is good.

Overall this is a hip hotel in a native neighbourhood rather than a tourist one.

An Oasis in Mexico

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Grand Oasis CancunIts September and Mexico is suffering from what feels like a heat wave, a wonderful surprise as I was told to expect tropical storms. The main strip in Cancun is filled with hotels, clubs, bars, restaurants and more hotels. Arriving at the Grand Oasis Cancun was all I dreamt. The hotel was sophisticated, large and luxurious.

The hotel consists of one main five star building in the centre of the complex, surrounded by tropical gardens and a quarter of a mile in length pool with two pool bars for those who wish for a true, lazy and relaxing holiday. On each corner edge of the complex are blocks of apartments which are four star buildings with restaurants, a tennis court, a spa, a night club and a gym scattered around them. Not content with a beautiful pool? Walk straight out of the main complex towards the pool and you’ll see the sea. Just in front of the hotel is the beach which is long and stunning, complimented by the tropical clear blue sea. Five star rooms are very spacious with a mini bar and four star rooms are just as good, a bit smaller but all double rooms come with two king size beds. Rooms are cleaned each day and are of a high quality.

The great thing about this hotel is that even if you’re staying in one of the four star buildings you have the same access to all facilities that five star rooms pay for too. The main reception and five star building have two bars and a restaurant called Careyes which is for five star guests only. Careyes is a lovely restaurant and well recommended, try the steak, its tender and mouth watering which was complimented by the champagne you are allowed as part of the all inclusive band. Four star accommodations allow access to most other restaurants and bars which are equally as delicious, Dos Lunos serve lovely fish and Italian dishes and Tunkul International host a buffet with all types of food to try.

The hotel is centred on the strip and has easy access to the night life and restaurants in the centre of Cancun. The buses are regular and run through the night but a taxi is better for those who want a quick entrance into town. The town is lively and I recommend Coco Bongo as not only is it a night club, there are shows put on throughout the night but you have to see this for yourself. On top of this there is a wide selection of excursions available, the water park is a good choice to swim with dolphins.

A perfect oasis.

Read reviews about the Grand Oasis at Trip Advisor.