Travelling from city to city in a coach on road is not the ideal way of getting around unless you are new to a country and wish to check out the landscape as much as possible. And it definitely is not the best way around for those who manage big businesses and would like to stay connected always.
But Greyhound Australia is changing that perception with its new platinum coach between Sydney and Canberra that not just promises speed and unmatched luxury, but also complete connectivity. And the new luxury coach between two of the busiest cities Down Under is good news for those looking for a great deal on Australia holidays as well.
While the coach offers the same comforts of a business class flight between Sydney and Canberra, it does so at a price tag that is far less than those offered by the airline firms. Apart from the unmatched comfort with reclining leather seats and extra leg room and you also get the added option of complete and seamless internet and mobile connectivity. With free and unlimited Wi-Fi inside the coach, power plugs and USB slots, you can stay completely connected while on the move.
That is a feature you obviously do not get on a plane and along with the connectivity options, the comparatively ultra-cheap fair means that the new venture from greyhound Australia should attract many business travelers who would have taken the flight otherwise. If the venture does succeed, expect more such services between other major cities of the country as well.
When you are out exploring a foreign country or traveling somewhere far even domestically, one of the best ways to do it is by road. It not only allows you to plan the trip at the pace you want and cover the attractions that you wish to see, but also offers a unique perspective of the place you are visiting. Traveling using a rented car is becoming a popular way for tourists to explore new destinations, especially in countries like Iceland and Australia, which have great road connectivity.
But there are things that you need to be aware of before you rent a car. Here is what you travelers need to look out for!
Where you rent it from
Pick a reliable company that has a decent record, to rent a car from. Remember that the location also matters as a high-end car rental near an international airport will almost always charge you more than one in a quiet neighborhood, somewhere inside the city.
Pick the right vehicle
This is pretty simple enough on the surface of it all, but once you get to the rental, the agents there will try and push for the more expensive deals. Know what you need exactly, stick to your list and pick a fuel efficient car that is best suited for your trip. If it you are just a couple, then a small car will suffice, while families with kids might need more sitting as well as storage space.
Check for the fine print regarding costs
Understand that no matter what the deal you get, there will always be extra taxes and fees, which will mean the final price you pay is more than what you expect. Ensure that you know what that is, before you sign on the dotted line as the little extras can often lead to huge headaches.
Since you are renting a car in a country that is new or even driving into territory where roads are unfamiliar, it is best to have a car with a GPS tracking device that will offer more safety. Tracking vehicle that is on the road is these days pretty cheap, thanks to better technology and this ensures that you will be found no matter how far you drive off the course.
Carry a camera
This is not so much to capture the images of the trip, but more so to ensure that you do not pay for others’ dents. Record the status of the car before you start and capture also the interiors. This ensures that you will not have to pay for any damage, both inside and outside, which you have not caused.
A honeymoon for the lovers of spa treatments can be found in the heart of the Caribbean. The Agua Resort and Spa, has 18 villas in traditional Caribbean architecture, with roofs made of reeds and straw and structures of wood and natural stone. The Agua Resort is home to 53 suites equipped modern comforts (Frette linens, Korres bath products, mini-bar, wi-fi).
This island is located in Dominican Republic. Here, you can also rent a helicopter to explore the entire island. The Spa offers swimming pools, fitness programs and treatments using Phytomer products.
The history of Anatolia is long and eventful, bequeathed monuments of civilizations that succeeded one after another. The Byzantine churches and monasteries, the Seljuk mausoleums and caravanserais, the elegant Ottoman mosques and citadels never fail to attract tourist from different parts of the globe. The future of tourism in this region is provided through historic sites such as the Mount Ararat, Lake Van, the Urartian citadel, AkdamarIsland, Seljuk buildings ofErzurum, the Palace Ishakpasa, and the HosapCastle. The Tigris and Euphrates rivers that originated in this region are blessed with a superb route for rafting and canoeing. Several modern winter resorts and trekking routes make this region one of the goals of tourists in search of thrills.
The Anatolia hotels are something that this place can be proud of, besides its magnificent past. Anatolia hotels are equipped with modern features with a touch of classical aspect. Majority of Anatolia hotels have either a four out of five, or five out of five star ratings. Some of these hotels are:
***Renaissance Polat Erzurum Hotel
This hotel built in the year 2000, is located at Palandoken Kayak Yolu Uzer inErzurum. It is near the airport, making it an ideal choice if you wish to have a good rest right away after a long flight.
The large and luxurious hotel offers 220 rooms, four of which are suites. This ten story hotel is large and spacious, making it a home for the best recreational amenities. The five-star Renaissance Polat Erzurum Hotel offers 24-hour front desk; free parking; fully air conditioned rooms with phone, internet access, cable TVs, daily housekeeping and a 24-hour room service. Its bathrooms are equipped with hair dryers, bathrobes, bathtubs, handheld showerheads, and other toiletries.
For the guests who wish to pamper themselves, a hair salon, fitness facility, health club, steam room, sauna, and gift shops are available in the hotel.
For guests who want to have pure fun, amenities include ski storage, indoor pools for children and adults, children’s club, billiard tables, barbecue grills, and audio-visual equipment are made available.
For those who are mixing business with pleasure, currency exchange, business centers and other business services are made accessible.
Other amenities include banquet facilities, lounge bars, mini bars, dry cleaning and laundry services, event catering, and a safe deposit box at the front desk.
Standard rooms are usually at 200 euros.
***Anemon Hotel Malatya
The chain of Anatolia hotels shows off another five-star hotel. This is the Anemon Hotel Malatya. This hotel just recently built in 2009, is located in Malatya’s midtown area.
This 187 room hotel has two suites, two restaurants, and six conference rooms. Enjoy your room with a majestic view of the city. The hotel’s check in time is at 2:00 p.m., while check out time is at noon. During your check in, you will be given welcome amenities by their friendly and multilingual staff.
Each room is fully air conditioned and soundproof with direct-dial phones; free internet access, LCD televisions, 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping and rollaway and infant beds are also available. If you don’t like what’s being shown in TV, you can always request for a movie. Of course, an extra charge applies. The room’s bathrooms are provided with bathrobes, slippers, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, handheld showerheads, and makeup and shaving mirrors.
Just in case you encounter technical problems with your internet connection, the hotel has a technology support staff that can assist you.
For pampering and total relaxation, the hotel offers beauty services, a hair salon, health club, sauna, massage, spa rooms, and other full-service health spas.
For recreation, you can enjoy the complimentary newspapers in the lobby, gift shops, fitness facilities, outdoor and indoor swimming pools for children and adults, poolside bar, lounge bar, nightclubs, and audio-visual equipment.
Other amenities include a 24-hour front desk, babysitting or childcare, banquet facilities, ballroom, dry cleaning, laundry services, currency exchange, free guest parking, tours and ticket assistance, and on-site medical assistance.
In terms of room rates, consider the following:
***Merit Sahmaran Hotel
Another giant that adds grandiose to the chain ofAnatoliahotels is the Merit Sahmaran Hotel. This hotel proudly gets a four out of five star rating.
During your stay at the Merit Sahmaran Hotel, you can also pay a visit to the Fortress of Van, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
This spacious hotel has 90 rooms, all of which are fully air conditioned. Each room has its own direct-dial phones, in-room safe, refrigerators, flat-panel televisions, and internet access. It also has 24 hour room service and daily housekeeping.
Enjoy and relax under stylish umbrellas while sipping your cocktails by the pool. Have fun at the poolside bar or at the mini bars with your family and friends. The hotel also has indoor and outdoor pools, as well as restaurants where you can dine and savor world class dishes.
Fitness facilities, groceries, convenient stores, gift shops, sauna, spa treatment rooms, children’s club, business centers are also some of the amenities to enjoy. Other services to take advantage of include concierge services, barbecue grills, laundry facilities, tours and tickets assistance, currency exchange, and free guest parking.
The double room is usually priced at 89 euros per night. As for the triple room, it is at 109 euros per night.
This beach is a haven for sun worshippers. The Mediterranean basin is indeed the first, and probably the oldest tourist spot in the world. It receives about 200 million international and domestic visitors annually. The beautiful lands of Anatolia, South Africa, Europe, and the Levant, envelop the Mediterranean waters. Since the 1960s, the tourism sector is experiencing considerable growth. In Spain for example, it passed one million tourists in the 50′s to thirty million today.
The Mediterranean waters are full of hidden treasures and attractive seaside resorts. Today, when we dream of a vacation, we think of sun, sea and absolute fun. Valued by the Mediterranean climate and its location placed in the heart of Europe, it is by far the most coveted destination. Monaco, Cannes, St. Tropez, San Remo, Athens, Izmir, Cartagena, Barcelona, Alexandria, Beirut, Algiers, Tarabulus, Malta, Palermo, all these cities evoke fun, sun, luxury, and happiness. Indeed, foreigners come from afar to admire the most beautiful sea and its European resorts.
All sides of the Mediterranean are rich in natural beauty: the coast, the terrain, all combine to create beautiful landscapes. Especially because of the favorable climate—mild winters, hot summers, low rainfall and sunshine—highlight these remarkable sites.
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