Travel and Resorts

Travel, Cruises, Resorts, Tourism

Old travel pages from 2007 and Before

Celebs Love to Dine in New Zealand

With fresh, farm-to-table produce, innovative chefs and some stunning restaurant settings, it’s no surprise that international celebrities love dining in New Zealand. From pop star Taylor Swift to action man Jason Statham, check out the favourite foodie haunts of visiting celebrities.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - Full Story

“Slide Through Summer” escape.

With summer officially upon us, we wanted to reach out to share this amazing staycation as the world’s largest Marriott - Orlando World Center Marriott - invites friends and families to stop squandering vacation days and live it up with a “Slide Through Summer” escape. This amenity filled, all-inclusive two-night stay starts at $1,200 for travel now – Sept. 4, 2017, and includes two connecting guest rooms along with premium perks and endless options for entertainment for guests of all ages.

By News on the Net - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - Full Story

Attractions of Snowdonia: An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If you are planning a visit to the UK then Snowdonia in North Wales should be on your radar!

I recently visited Snowdonia to experience some of the many attractions this amazing area has to offer.

Here are just a few of the attractions I visited on my recent trip …

Covering approximately 840 square miles, the Snowdonia National Park is truly an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are unsurpassed views with Snowdon itself peaking at 1085 metres, mountain railways, historic castles galore, pretty coastal towns to explore, wonderfully restored steam trains, woodland parks and Snowdonia’s slate heritage. For the more adventurous there are pursuits such as rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

By David Powell - Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Full Story

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Advice for experiencing New Zealand like a local

It’s the warm, laidback nature of Kiwis – above everything else - that made me fall in love with this beautiful place. If you want to truly experience New Zealand, you’ve got to put yourself in their shoes and embrace the Kiwi lifestyle.

Start with a good coffee
Coffee isn’t just a morning pick-me-up in New Zealand; it’s a way of life. Wellington is New Zealand’s coffee capital and my personal coffee heaven.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Full Story

National Hammock Day and Mahekal Beach Resort

July 22 is National Hammock Day and Mahekal Beach Resort is celebrating all month long! To slow things down a bit and keep with the spirit of “hammocking,” Mahekal is offering a “Swing in the Sun” escape - starting at $200/night and providing travelers with 30% savings along with breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, a round of signature cocktails per person/per day, $150 bonus credit for 6+ nights, early check-in and late checkout.

Unlike other high-rise or corridor accommodations in the area, hand-laid, hidden stone pathways lead guests to their private, palapa-style bungalow touting crochet hammocks swaying from the open-air terraces. Kick back and relax (cold margarita in hand, of course) with unparalleled views of the Riviera Maya jungle or Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Full Story

Wonderful and Wacky Ice Cream Flavours from New Zealand

As summer is upon us and with National Ice Cream Day fast approaching on July 16, the young at heart love to beat the heat by eating ice cream. For those with a fascination for unique ice cream flavours, there is no place in the world like Auckland’s Giapo.

Poutine Ice Cream
Giapo Grazioli has long had a soft spot for the famous Quebec comfort dish, poutine. Available now, for a limited time at his shop, at 12 Gore Street in Auckland, Giapo’s sweet and savoury version of poutine has caramel sauce as the gravy and dollops of ice cream as the cheese curds. The fries? They are still fries – organic hand-cut fries. And to introduce a bitter element that the taste buds are crying for, Grazioli has added oolong matcha tea ice cream.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Full Story

Travelling to Hell and Back

“It’s not a place where travellers first think of staying,” smiles Shige Takezoe, who with his wife Diana, owns Hell Barn Cottages in North Chideock.

“There are various stories about how this part of Chideock got its name. Some say Greeks came here and built a temple called Hellas but this is disputed by local historians who say the Greeks only got as far as Devon. Others believe that Christians visited on a pilgrimage and made their home here. Then of course there was the Black Death where corpses were buried in the tumuli. Basically nobody knows why it is called Hell but it’s a beautiful place,” says Shige, who purchased the holiday business with its three cottages in 1996. “It’s very much an international business with 20 per cent of holidaymakers coming from abroad as far away as India and many French and Germans regularly staying. It’s only a 12-hour drive from Munich.”

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - Full Story

Auckland Harbour Bridge - Permanent Multi-Coloured Lighting

The Auckland Harbour Bridge will soon have permanent multi-coloured lighting, which – in a world first – will be powered by solar energy and battery, and can be transformed into lighting displays for special events.

The iconic landmark will be the first bridge in the world to have all of its lighting – operational, structural and special event – able to be powered entirely by solar-stored energy. The LED lights will be individually controlled, capable of transforming the bridge with lighting shows for special events and occasions.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - Full Story

Mahekal Beach Resort Launches “Catch of the Day” Program

Playa del Carmen’s Mahekal Beach Resort have just launched an all new “Catch of the Day” program offering an unmatched foodie experience. This true fish-to-fork specialty in an interactive atmosphere takes place twice-a-week when local fisherman pull right up to the Fuego beach in front of Mahekal and Executive Chef Nerey selects his menu items for the day, right off the boat, so you know it’s fresh. Diners relish everything from fresh grouper, tuna and blond fish to lobster and octopus.

By News on the Net - Monday, June 12, 2017 - Full Story

Mahekal Beach Resort: Playa del Carmen

Nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach lies Mahekal Beach Resort, the only resort of its kind in all of Playa del Carmen. Unlike other high-rise, corridor hotels, elevators are not found at Mahekal, and the buildings are not much taller than the palm trees surrounding them. Hand-laid, hidden stone pathways lead to 196 private, palapa-style bungalows, all steps from the sweeping, sandy beach, complete with open-air terraces, crochet hammocks, personal plunge pools or outdoor moon showers. This authentic raw-luxe retreat embodies a Swiss Family Robinson feel with high-end finishes and touches of Mayan culture. Greeted with crisp Caribbean scents, lush vegetation and colorful bougainvillea, Mahekal — which means “magical” in the ancient Mayan language — offers a memorable, magical escape with on-property amenities including four sparkling swimming pools, a seaside hot tub, a Mayan-inspired Revive Spa and fitness center, Vida Aquatica Dive Center, as well as five restaurants and bars. The ultimate coastal experience is complete with a carefree, bohemian atmosphere, the look and feel of Mexico’s traditional past with thrilling adventures nearby.

By News on the Net - Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Full Story