I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Terranea Resort (terra-nay-a) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Terranea has a beautiful setting on the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California with a view of Catalina Island across the channel.
Situated on 102 acres, this luxury resort offers over 580 rooms consisting of hotel suites, residential style bungalows, casitas and villas. The resort also offers a 9-hole par 3 golf course, a luxurious spa, three ocean view pools and eight distinctive restaurants, bars, cafes and lounges. The property was previously Marineland of the Pacific. Marineland was the world’s largest oceanarium featuring sea life, entertainment, and research facilities. Opening one year before Disneyland, many consider Marineland California’s first major theme park, and it remained a major attraction to the area until it closed in 1987. The property has also been the location of dozens of Hollywood films and television shows over the years.
My first full day there, the weather was stunningly perfect so I spent it lounging at one of the three pools, my choice was the adult pool on a cushy chaise lounge. This pool has a hip, contemporary feel. Pops of orange add some drama and a sleek, orange glass fire pit adds a bit a sass to the patio. Conversation seating and lounge chairs on a make-shift sand beach overlook the stunning cliffs and ocean. The pool offers a full bar and snack shack and tunes are played throughout the day for a really relaxing and pleasurable experience.
The next day I decided to give the resort’s luxury spa a try ~ a little workout in the gym, sat in the steam room, sauna and hot tub for awhile and then had a healthy lunch out by the pool.
I ate at a different restaurant each night and they all offered good food. The most popular by far was Nelson’s ~ a casual hangout with a great patio for having drinks and watching the sunset.
With the gorgeous cliffs and grounds this resort boasts, you can bet I’ll be looking forward to returning soon.
@2013 Susan Edel
Why choose the Canary Islands?
You’re interested in finding a sunny destination and you don’t quite know what to choose? First, think about what you want from your vacation. Do you want to sit on a beach, swim in the ocean and get a tan? Do you want to party all night long, wake up late in the morning and then go shopping and start all over again? Do you want a place where you as a family can relax but also sightsee? Let us tell you a not so well-kept secret… the Canary Islands have everything you could possibly want.
The beaches on Fuerteventura are the most stunning beaches in the Canary Islands. If you want to surf, then Lanzarote is the best place to do this. Remember to wear sunscreen and cover your head if you are out and about during the day. Drink lots of fluids and don’t eat too many fatty foods, you could get sick from the heat.
Ibiza is great and the atmosphere is vibrant, but La Canaria is much more refined and wild at the same time. Meet people from all over the world and enjoy a drink and a dance with them. The Yumbo center is the largest entertainment center on this island – almost empty during the day, the people start coming around 8 PM. You can shop, go to bars, and eat – all right there at the Yumbo.
If you like fish you will love the Canary Islands. Sancocho is a dish made with a type of bass that is boiled with potatoes and served with a spicy sauce. The Canary Islands have their famous sauces called mojos – choose from spicy or green to put on your fish and potatoes. For desert, spoil your taste buds with an almond cream desert with a touch of lemon.
A Little Something for the Children
Your children will not get bored in the Canary Islands. You can take them to aquariums, such as the one on the Lanzarote Island, to the zoo or on various hikes to show them the arid beauties of the Canary Islands. If you want to give them the adventure of their lifetime, there is a Yellow Submarine on Lanzarote Island that will dive to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and offer you and your children the most amazing view you could experience.
Author Bio: Paul Estcott is a freelance writer who enjoys travelling and sharing his experiences with the world. For great accommodation in the Canary Islands, he recommends www.whitebeachholidays.com
All statements of fact and opinion and photographs are those of the guest authors.
Danny Duric has submitted a lovely guest post on Brisbane, Australia’s Hotspots. Enjoy!
The Best of Bewitching Brisbane – Top Traveler’s Hotspots
by Danny Duric
Capital of Queensland, Brisbane is the third most populated city in the whole Australian continent. One of the most versatile tourist destinations in the world and also known as “Global City”, Brisbane, Australia is home to countless tourist destinations serving anyone and everyone’s taste. From breathtaking beaches and natural beauty to spectacular man made formations, Brisbane has something for everyone.
Leisure travelers can visit the national parks, relax in extravagant hotels and spas while thrill seekers can surf the untamed sea waves and climb the gruesome cliffs. Virtually anywhere you go, you are to be followed by the amazing landscape and warm hospitality of the locals. It is hard to summarize all the tourist destinations in offer but we have narrowed down some of the best tourist attraction in Brisbane you can visit on your short trip to the city making the little time you have worth-while.
Renowned as the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island stretches 120 km. After a few hours of drive north from Queensland, this world heritage site is home to green rainforests, swamps, woodland of eucalyptus and dunes of sand also known as The Great Sandy National Park.
There is no way you’ve been to Australia and seen the kangaroos. This is what the Kangaroo Point is famous for also being one of the sought after picnic spots and rock climbing destinations. At night, the cliffs light up with tiny lights serving as an eye candy for climbers and sightseers.
Just north of Moreton Bay, across Pumicestone Passage is the most accessible sand island known as Bribie Island. The tranquil calm waters here serve as home to dolphins and turtles also being great for fishing and swimming while the other side serves as a great surfing location with wild and high tides stretching 5 km. Dine in the restaurants, go for a movie, have a round of golf or spend your day checking if the fishes are biting. It is a great place for easy goers and adrenaline junkies alike.
South bank is the heart of tourist attractions in Brisbane with around 11 million locals and tourists visiting the spot yearly. The possibilities are endless here with restaurants, museums, shopping destinations, streets beach and the most popular Parklands. You will never fall short of options to entertain yourself in this enchanting place which will only leave you craving for more. Fine dining, sightseeing, art galleries and museums and the man made swimming beach known as the Streets Beach await you. If you ever visit Brisbane, then it’s a shame missing out on South Bank.
Highly recommended for visitors and travelers is a ride to Citycat Ferries. A simple ferry ride offers you the picturesque view of Brisbane on a sunny day also being a great way to get around. Away from the hustle ans busle of the typical city transport, Citycat ferries operates in every 13 minutes, seven days a week being a peaceful and cheap means of transport with mesmerizing views of the city.
A remarkable concentration of exquisite Asian cuisine, Chinatown serves as a popular destination for locals and tourists especially on weekends. Anything from a Korean barbeque to Indonesian, Thai or Japanese delicacies, Chinatown is a warm and welcoming section of Brisbane’s Asian communities.
About the author:
Danny Duric is an adventure seeker, traveler and blogger. He likes to write down his expreriences and share them with others. He is writing on behalf of East Coast Car Rentals a cheap car hire at Melbourne Airport.
Thank you Danny for sharing this very informative and helpful information with us!
All statements of fact and opinion are those of the guest authors.
I love that through my guest posts I am able to bring you information from around the world. This guest post was submitted by Will Smith and he has listed the Top Five Place to Visit in Singapore. Enjoy!
Top Five Places to Visit in Singapore
By Will Smith
Asia is fast becoming the most popular tourist hotspot in the planet and one of the emerging attractions in the region is the city nation of Singapore. The Lion City cannot be untamed, both in terms of economic progress and in innovating and creating places which tourists from all over the world can marvel at.
Singapore holidays won’t be complete without visiting the following upscale tourism destinations.
An modern day engineering and architecture miracle, the Marina Bay Sands is the most expensive integrated hotel-resort-casino in history. From its magnificent architecture featuring three towers with undulating glass facades topped with a ship-shaped deck, Luxury family holidays in Singapore have been elevate to a new level. Gamble a little, try out the cuisine in one of its world-renowned restaurants, have a cocktail in the viewing deck – the options are limitless.
2. Orchard Road
Singapore is one of Asia’s shopping capitals and Orchard Road is one of the finest shopping strips not only in the country, but the entire region. Indulge in opulence as the brightly-lit street is lined by the most famous designer labels in the world. The phrase “shop ‘til you drop” is very much applicable in this shopping mecca.
This is another tourism staple which should never be absent in your itinerary for your family’s Singapore holidays. Singapore’s version of adventure island will never disappoint with its wide array or recreational and leisure options including a beach stretch, a zip line, retail spaces, historical landmarks and an impressive golf course.
For Singaporeans, this evening attraction is already passé, but for tourists, this is definitely a sight to see. For lovers of the wildlife but not really into getting torched in the African savannahs, Night Safari is a great alternative and should never be missed when going on Singapore holidays.
Luxury family holidays should always include a day spent to bask in arts, culture and history and the National Museum of Singapore gives exactly those things. This grand depository holds the most significant artefacts in the country’s history and you owe it to yourself and your family to see them.
About Author: Will Smith is involved in writing about luxury holidays. In the above post he has focused on luxury Singapore holidays and explains about the various destinations for luxury family holidays. The spots are famous for making holidays memorable and amazing in Singapore.
Thank you Will for sharing some interesting adventures for us to consider!
All statements of fact and opinion are those of the guest authors.
I’m so excited to announce that my online booking engine, powered by Classic Vacations a part of the Expedia family, is up and running! You now have the convenience of searching and booking your own vacations, along with the added support of having a personal representative (me ) should you have any questions, need additional information or run into any issues after booking. Try finding that personal touch on one of those mega booking sites.
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Where will life take you?
After my incredible stay at the Amangiri Resort in Utah last year (see post here), I am so excited to have confirmed my stay at Aman Resorts‘ only other U.S. location, Amangani in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for the end of September.
The timing couldn’t be more appropriate as after doing the post on Glacier National Park (here), I am now longing to see some amazing landscapes and wildlife (and hoping I’ll get some images that might rival my friend, Dave’s ) .
It’s a tough job, but I make these sacrifices so I can share this information with you! Can’t wait to report back.
This week’s guest post is from Ben Klein of 230 Fifth. 230 Fifth is New York’s largest outdoor Rooftop Garden and fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge, with breathtaking views of the NYC skyline. Ben contacted me with the idea of highlighting some NYC sights that take second fiddle to the normal tourist attractions but deserve just as much attention. Enjoy!
Guest Post by Ben Klein
New York City is one of the most famous cities in the world. When photographers come to New York City to take photos, they try to stay clear from the typical tourist attractions. Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building are some of the most photographed spots in NYC. Now, it is time to make a change and find spots that are synonymous with New York City but unique at the same time. There are some awesome locations in New York City that are rarely photographed because either people are unaware of them or they don’t want to take the time to go to these spots. While some may be familiar, some may be a new find. Here are a few amazing spots in New York City that are perfect for the ultimate photo opportunity.
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Every year, tourists visit the Brooklyn Bridge looking to imitate scenes from movies and see the amazing view. The Brooklyn Bridge is an great spot for photographs because of its many possibilities. The architecture of the bridge is a great place to take pictures. Seasoned photographers and people who take pictures as a hobby can use the Brooklyn Bridge’s architecture as the backdrop for any photo. At the Brooklyn Bridge, there is also the possibility of using the views of Lower Manhattan as the backdrop for a beautiful photograph.
New York Botanical Garden
The colorful flowers and the unique plants make a perfect photograph. Located in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City, the New York Botanical Garden is one of NYC’s hidden gems. Once you purchase a ticket, anyone with a camera can use the garden as their personal photo backdrop. Just taking a picture of the plants provides anyone with a great photograph. The New York Botanical Garden has special exhibits every month that can be used as a photo opportunity. The New York Botanical Garden is also ideal for wedding and group photography.
Central Park is another natural area that is ideal for quality photographs. Central Park is one of the largest parks in New York City. Stretching from 59th Street to 110th Street, Central Park has a variety of spots that are photo-worthy. From Bethesda Terrace to the Reservoir, photographers have great options.
Located on 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue and Broadway, the Flatiron District is a unique neighborhood in New York City. In the past, the Flatiron District was home to toy and clothing manufacturers. The Flatiron building is one of New York City’s oldest skyscrapers. The Flatiron Building is the ideal spot for photographs because of its unique shape and location. The building’s triangular shape makes for interested pictures.
The entire city is photo-worthy but there are some special places that make taking photographs exciting and worthwhile. Visiting these locations not only allows photographers to capture beautiful moments but it gives them the opportunity to visit a place they wouldn’t otherwise venture to.
Ben Klein works in various roles at 230 Fifth. He enjoys the sights and sounds of big cities and finding new places to eat. 230 Fifth is one of the best clubs in NYC with a lounge for those looking for a great club. Located in Midtown, 230 Fifth is the largest outdoor Rooftop Garden in Manhattan.
Thanks Ben for a great post and sharing some NYC tips with us!
“Glacier connects us to the very core of our nature. It’s a place where stunning summits overlook a million acres of wilderness; where the most rugged rock formations rub against meadows of beargrass blossoms; where grizzly bear, and elk, and bighorn sheep roam free.” Al Gore
I would by no means consider myself an outdoor enthusiast in the sense that I would strap on a backpack, hike for miles to arrive at a destination so that I could set up a tent and sleep on the ground...with no restroom in sight! Although, having said that, I am a huge enthusiast for the exquisite beauty and grandeur of all that nature has to offer. I have to admit that the thought of sleeping under the moonlight and twinkling stars, the fresh air and streams, and the quiet whispers of the wilderness are almost appealing enough to make me take on the challenge. How many sherpas do you think it would take to bring all my amenities?
For my friend Dave though, this is exactly what he wants to be doing ~ this is his paradise. Dave lives in the beautiful state of Montana at Glacier National Park’s (GNP) doorstep. Over the years, I have watched Dave post his stunning photographs from his weekend adventures in GNP and I have always been awestruck at the beauty he encounters with each outing (all photographs posted here are his images).
GNP is the outdoor enthusiasts playground. With over 700 miles of trails to hike, rugged peaks to climb, glacial-carved valleys to admire and along with over 130 lakes, my friend will be able to discover new adventures for years to come.
Dave occupies his time with hiking, biking, kayaking, fly-fishing and so much more.
With his permission, I couldn’t resist the urge to share his amazing adventures at GNP with all of you. So strap on your backpack and join the journey as we see Glacier National Park through Dave’s eyes.
Glacial Peaks, Valleys and Waterfalls
My favorites ~ the wildflowers
Along with my other favorite ~ the incredible wildlife
Shelters and Fire Lookouts (some available for overnight rentals)
I can’t help but look at my friend’s hiking boots and wonder how many miles they have traveled, how many peaks they have crested, how many sunrises and sunsets have been witnessed, how much of life has been pondered on a mountain top, and how much gratitude has been expressed over the years…and will be for years to come.
Thank you, Dave for taking us along for the ride and sharing your “happy place” with us.
Glacier National Park