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Top rental luxury villas for a dream holiday in Morocco

North Africa - Ross French - January 29, 2020

If you dream of enjoying an exotic blend of camel treks, spicy aromas, striking landscapes, imperial cities, and bustling souks, Morocco can be your dream destination. It’s varied topography makes it an ideal tourist hotspot. The country not only has sweeping desert expanses and mountains, but also idyllic beaches that lure trippers. To add to it, there are hotels galore to choose from. You can select from a wide range of luxury villas by Villanovo in every style, class and budget range. If you are hunting for that perfect villa for your Moroccan sojourn but don’t know where to begin, this article presents you with some of the best options.

Dar 138

This beautiful riad located in Marrakech has two bathrooms and two bedrooms. A maximum of four people can stay here enjoying the splendid views of La Mamounia’s gardens. It is an extremely stylish bolthole that is perfect for private holiday and group of people. This house presents Moroccan-tiled designer patio, guest cloakroom within the entrance hall, leading into two bedrooms with bathrooms ensuite in each. The first floor has a massive open-plan space for living as well as a modern kitchen and dining area that can accommodate six people. The terrace has a lounging area and a solarium and offers amazing views of the olive gardens.

Type: Budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of four persons)

Rate: 150 € to 170 € per night

Location: Marrakech-Medina

Villa Lester Royal Palm

This villa is a luxurious property located in Domaine Royal Palm’s heart in Marrakech. It is ideal for couples who love to play golf and more than two couples can stay here. This property has a private pool, a chef who you can call on request, a garden and a spa. You will find a wood-burning fireplace and Sonos wireless speakers to enjoy your favourite music inside the living-room. For the comfort of guests, Villa Lester Royal Palm provides daily cleaning facilities.

Type: Medium-budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of six persons)

Rate: 500 € to 700 € per night

Location: Near Marrakech-Royal Palm

Villa Essaada El Majal

The Villa Essaada El Majal is a luxurious four-bedroom villa that is fully-staffed and has a tennis court. It lies in the heart of Marrakech. There is an open patio large enough to accomodate people in an Arab-Andalusian form of yard. Other amenities include hammam, private garden and a heated swimming pool.

Type: Medium to high budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of eight persons)

Rate: 572€ to 1243 € per night

Location: Marrakech-Palmeraie

Villa Alkhozama

Villa Alkhozama is a two-bedroom villa and is located in one of Marrakech’s luxurious estates. Travelers staying here can make the most of the chauffered car and concierge services. It villa has a very contemporary ambience and is decorated with traditional items, crafts and local materials. Children are welcome here and there are baby cots too in this child-friendly villa too. Moreover, you can also order special meals for them.

Type: High budget villa (can accommodate a maximum of four persons)

Rate: 1185€ to 1896 € per night

Location: Near Marrakech-Palmeraie

So what are you waiting for? Rent a luxurious villa, or one of the charming riads in the land where modernity blends perfectly with tradition enjoy a relaxing holiday.

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Best Places Every Tourist Must Visit in Dubai

Middle East - Ross French - January 27, 2020

Dubai is an excellent choice for a vacation with friends or family. From the hotels in Dubai to other landmarks, Dubai exudes luxury and sophistication. It is an ultra-modern city that never fails to deliver amazing adventures and stellar hospitality. Offering the perfect mixture of modernism and tradition, Dubai is dotted with places that are worth a visit. Ranging from the man-made amusements to the natural wonders, it has something for every type of traveler. Here are five marvels in Dubai which must be visited by every tourist in this city at least once.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is one of the most talked-about wonders encompassed by Dubai. It is an exotic skyscraper that is equipped with 8 escalators and 57 elevators. The ambiance here exudes an artistic exuberance. The interiors of this structure are a testimony to the exuberant sums of money spent on erecting it. To get a bewitching bird’s eye view of the city, head to the 124th floor of this building.

2. Marina

Marina in Dubai encloses cutting edge entities in its district. It is known to be one of the best-settled districts featuring tall towering buildings, top eateries, and other intriguing attractions. The waterfront district has everything from boutiques to traditional markets where you can access a range of products designed locally. This district also features a pathway lining the waterfront called Marina Walk which is perfect for an evening stroll with your loved one.

3. Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Dubai’s Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is known to be the largest suspended underwater zoo in the world. You can have an enthralling experience of exploring the underwater life here. This zoo has a huge collection of different aquatic species including tiger sharks and other endangered animals. This aquarium houses more than 140 aquatic species which can be conveniently viewed in their natural habitat.

4. Miracle Garden

This place features lush gardens dotted with a variety of colorful flora and fauna. The vibrant mixture of colors featured in this place is truly a treat to the eye. This is one of the largest gardens in the world with flowers grown over man-made structures of vehicles, Dubai landmarks, animals etc.

5. Ferrari World

Ferrari World was founded in the year 2010, and since then, has been a popular amusement park among adventure enthusiasts. The design and architecture of the entities of this park are Ferrari themed. If you visit Dubai with your family, you must head to this destination for a truly memorable experience. The highlights of Ferrari World include Ferrari Store, Formula Rossa, Fiorano GT Challenge, Scuderia Challenge, G-Force, Speed of Magic, V12 and The Pit Wall.

With so many attractions encompassed in this city, you can easily spend a fun-filled week here. Riyadh is another city nearby which can be explored for a thrilling experience. You can easily access Dubai from Riyadh by opting for any of the Riyadh to Dubai flights. So have you booked your tickets yet?…

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The Best of the West Coast

Destinations, North America - Ross French - December 18, 2019

From glamorous cities to stunning national parks, some of the best places to visit are on the West Coast of the United States. If you are planning your next travel adventure, consider going west and checking out some of these amazing places on the Pacific Coast. Read on to learn more:

Los Angeles, California

Home to the iconic Hollywood sign, the City of Angels is a glamorous and dynamic city. There’s plenty to see and do here. Immerse yourself in all things Hollywood and go on a behind-the-scenes tours at Paramount Pictures, Universal or Warner Brothers. Visit the TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard to see your favorite celebrities’ handprints or see their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you’re a frequent traveller, Los Angeles is also home to one of the biggest, busiest airports in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of travelers pass through Los Angeles International Airport every day. Parking can be notoriously difficult to find, so save yourself time and frustration and reserve a parking slot in advance via ParkON.com.

ParkON offers parking slots in more than 200 parking lots strategically located close to all the major airports in the United States. Reserving LAX parking is a breeze; you can search for, reserve and pay for a slot all in under five minutes. ParkON’s services are reasonably priced and secure, so you won’t have to worry about your car as you go off on your travels.

Yosemite National Park, California

Nestled in California’s majestic Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famous for its towering, ancient sequoia trees and breathtaking views. There’s almost no end to the things you can do here, from camping to rock climbing, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and rafting along the Merced River.

Miles away from the nearest city lights, it’s the perfect place to go stargazing. In winter, you can strap on your skis and hit the slopes for an exhilarating downhill adventure. Must see attractions include Mariposa Grove, home to over 500 mature sequoia trees; Hetch Hetchy Valley; and several stunning waterfalls.

Seattle, Washington

This beautiful city is incredibly rich in culture and history, with a diverse and booming music scene, and plenty of interesting places to visit. You can’t miss the famous Space Needle, which is arguably the most recognizable landmark in the city. A visit to the lively and iconic Pike Place Market can keep you occupied for almost a whole day, what with the sheer number of things to see and do, and places to eat.

If you’re interested in art and culture, you must pay a visit to the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of Pop Culture. Browsing through these fascinating museums can take up a whole other day. Other interesting attractions in the city include the Seattle Aquarium, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Seattle Center.

As you can see, the West Coast is a rich and varied area, and it has something to offer everyone. Whether you prefer a city vacation or an outdoors adventure, you can definitely find a location on the West Coast to pique your interest. Which travel destination on the West Coast most appeals to you?

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Explore the Beauty and Wonder of Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Ross French - November 6, 2019

Costa Rica is one of the most breathtaking places in the world to visit. If you are planning a trip, you won’t want to miss out on discovering the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots of this amazing country. Whether you simply want to relax on the beach, or check out adorable wildlife during a hike, there is something for everyone in Costa Rica. Here are some of the best places to highlight the beauty and wonder of the country.

Ostional Wildlife Reserve

The Ostional Wildlife Reserve has a beach where turtles flock to lay their eggs. If you are lucky enough to be traveling during the week just before the new moon cycle, you should try to see this fantastic event. The olive ridley sea turtle swarm on the beach as they come out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. You can spot huge groups of them for around four to seven days prior swimming in the waters. Then they emerge from the water to make their way ashore to find just the right spot to make a nest for their eggs. Those who live in the area protect the turtles against poachers while they make their journey and keep the beach clean and clear of debris for them as well.

Poas Volcano National Park

One of the most beautiful places to see in Costa Rica is definitely Poas Volcano National Park. If you love sightseeing, you won’t want to miss this wonder. The park is situated over 14,000 acres and has areas that give you a great view of the crater. You don’t have to worry about an eruption as the last major one occurred in 1910, and since then it has remained fairly dormant. The sheer beauty of this natural wonder makes the volcano one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Costa Rica. There are plenty of hiking trails throughout the park, and you can also spot plenty of wildlife. This area is perfect for full day adventure.

Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour

If you have a zest for fun and adventure, you should absolutely check out the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour. It is located a mere four miles from the luxurious Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and offers excitement for the entire family. One of its biggest draws is the zip-line course, which allows you to safely zip your way above the trees and take in all the incredible sights below. You can also go on a guided ATV tour to take in the sights or go horseback riding.

Cahuita

Cahuita, which is a small town that boasts a national park by the same name, is a great place to go and veg out for the day. There is plenty to see and do, such as swimming, hiking, surfing, relaxing, watching lots of wildlife, and even hitting the local cantina. You can also enjoy plenty of great Caribbean style cuisine while you’re visiting.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

If you truly love hiking and being close to nature, don’t miss out on a tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a biological reserve that is home to more than 2,500 plant species, hundreds of different animals and is simply breathtaking in its natural beauty. On average, around 70,000 people come to visit the forest every year. You can choose to go on a guided tour or simply tour the area by yourself.

These are only a few of the amazing attractions Costa Rica has to offer. Be sure to check them out and even explore your own favorite spots.

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5 Best Destinations to go Island Hopping

Caribbean, Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - January 24, 2019

Island hopping is a buzzing trend in the world of sea lovers where people go from one island to the other to reach the sea. The thrill of going from one place to other, covering all the islands in an archipelago, using different transportation systems – from boats to ferries, cars and airplanes – makes it a must-try for most lovers of the beach and sun. If you decide to go on an Island hopping holiday, make sure you choose your destination carefully.

Read on to know about five top places where you can do island hopping and have lots of fun with friends and family.

1. Greece

One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Greece works well for island hopping as well. The country comes with a number of beautiful islands like Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Zante, Corfu, and so many more, which are bound to make your vacation prettier and happier. You can choose your itinerary as per your passions – go for the food or the iconic mythology – and enjoy the sun and the sea on one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

2. Caribbean Islands

One of the most popular destinations for island hopping, the Caribbean offers you a lot in terms of exploration. You can take a cruise or visit places like San Juan, Orcas Island, Guadeloupe and many more on your vacation. The sandy beaches and the turquoise water, mixed with the exquisite appeal of the local culture and traditions make the Caribbean a must add on your island hopping bucket list.

3. Fiji

No place in the world is better for island hopping than Fiji. Complete with over 300 plus islands, Fiji has a number of ferry/boat options to go through these islands and make your trip real fun. You can enjoy different cities and locales of the country if you opt for a combined set of places you want to visit. The blue, clear waters and the sand along with coral reefs make Fiji every bit as instagrammable as you imagine. You can also enjoy activities like snorkeling, surfing, etc. on your trip.

4. Florida

Florida Keys is the answer to all your queries if you want to go island hopping in the United States. The islands are perfect for a number of fun activities in the sea from scuba diving to snorkeling. The bonus are the beauteous Floridan sunsets. You may prefer to take a ferry which will make your trip even more magical. You can visit places like Islamorada, Dry Tortugas, Key West and Key Largo during your island hopping here.

5. Scotland

As with everything else in the country, the Scottish islands are a wonderful treat to all lovers of nature. There are around 800 islands, grouped in four parts – Shetland, Inner Hebrides, Orkney and Outer Hebrides, however, it is not exactly a tropical experience. The best thing about Scotland is the fact that you can drive around in your car, in some cases, from one island to another, which is good for travellers on a shoestring budget. Ferries also go from place to place, so be sure to check that out.

One of the best ways to enjoy island hopping and reduce costs is to have a big group. So, get out with your besties and go to the beach this year!

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