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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Family-Friendly Destinations (2 of 2)

(continuation)

7. The Pinehurst resort - (Pinehurst, North Carolina) - It offers activities such as tennis clinics, kayaking and competitions. It also has a Kidspa for kids who'll receive treatments designed for them. Teen spas (12-17) are also offered.
8. Kingsmill Resort & Spa - (Williamsburg, Virginia) - The resort is within 5 minutes away from Colonial Williamsburg and the Busch Gardens Amusement & Entertainment Park.
Colonial Williamsburg has reconstructed historical buildings, homes and shops to visit, while Busch Gardens has a lot of thrill rides along with family entertainment such as Irish Dance, Emerald Best, Goin' Country & Festivale Italiano. The resort has a sandy beach and picnic area, indoor/outdoor pools and a baby pool with fountain. Also available are various activities such as kayaking, paddle boating, fishing and bicycling, all for rentals.
9. Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa - (Anaheim, California) - Obviously close to Disney, the main attraction is the theme park. There is also a character dining with Chip and Dale and other Disney characters at the Storytellers Cafe! Also, onsite has Redwood pool which is a 100-ft. slide that winds around the trunk of an ancient tree.
10. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort - (Phoenix, Arizona) - It has Falls Water Village with swimming pools, terraced waterfalls with poolside lounges. Guests at least 42-inches tall can take a splash down their 138-ft. waterslide. Their restaurants offer children's menus with special items for kiddos 12 years and younger.
11. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando - (Orlando, Florida) -
The theme parks are obviously the main attraction for the whole family. The hotel offers a fun evening and hosts "Music of the Night" blended with festive, opera and popular music. Another perfect respite from the parks would be a fun activity at the large pool area with waterslide.




Sunday, April 25, 2010

Family-Friendly Destinations (1 of 2)

Not all resort destinations are equally family-friendly. According to my reads, there are at least 11 family-friendly resorts that have a lot to offer for the entire family.
  1. The Breakers - (Palm Beach, Florida) - It has a big entertainment center that for sure is a big attraction for kiddos! The center opens daily with game arcades, toddler's play room, kiddies movie room and with an oceanfront heated swimming pool. Other resort events also include Friday night bonfires at the beach (available November-February) and a weekend kickball contests.
  2. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa - (Las Vegas, Nevada) - The indoor entertainment center has 72 bowling lanes, an arcade and a huge screen Regal Cinema with stadium seating. There' s also a wading pool for toddlers at the poolside complex with a theater-like design.
  3. The Hotel Hershey - (Hershey, Pennsylvania) - The hotel is just so close to the popular Hershey theme park with a boardwalk and with water attractions and a Coney Island-style feel. Next to the park is the Hershey's Chocolate World that offers free tours showing all about chocolate manufacturing, with free tastes! :)
    The hotel itself offers both indoor and outdoor pools, and a sports complex with tennis courts, basketball, volleyball and bocce. The kids will surely enjoy the afternoon activities in the lobby which include a meet-and-greet with a live KitKat bar and the Hershey characters and a cookie decorating.
  4. Winnetu Oceanside Resort - (Edgartown, Massachusetts) - They offer "dive-in movies" at a heated pool with family films showing at the poolside. There's also a pewee tennis club, a life-size chess set, an entertainment area with a playground with toys.
    There is a farm across the street of the hotel that offers "Farmer for a Day" on Saturday mornings where kids and adults alike learn how to make cheese, how to shear sheep and sometimes witness a farm animal that will give birth.
  5. Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa - ( Rancho Mirage, California) - Both adults and kids will enjoy the water at Splashtopia with zero-depth entry onto a sand beach. It has a 425-foot lazy river and two long water slides that descends through a rock and landscaped mountain with a splashdown pool on the island.
  6. Great Wolf Lodge - (Kansas City, Kansas) - It has 49,000 sq. ft. indoor entertainment area with huge water park slides, tubes and climbing areas. There's also a children's spa that offers manicures and pedicures with a treat of ice cream sundaes :). Themed family suites are also available such as Kid's Cabin.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Vacation Getaways Are Not Created Equal

Well, the title speaks for itself. But there are ways where you can enjoy it the most :).
  • A week is all you need. It completely restores you back to your full energy. A longer trip duration is better.
  • Minimize time zone travels. Avoid jet lags as these are forms of stress. If you prefer a far place for refreshing, travel north or south to avoid painful reentry.
  • Maximize your free time. Activities such as meeting friends, checking emails, calling the office or family reduce curative effects of travel. A freedom from an obligation is a key to a healthy holiday.
  • Choose a resort or cruise rather than a remote cabin in the woods. We need some time to be alone, but new acquaintances has been known to increase the restorative power of a vacation.
  • Get off your beach chair. It's more rejuvenating to mix relaxation and rest with moderate amount of physical activities such as walking tours or light exercises.
  • Keep it warm and light. Generally, studies confirm that staying in a sunny destination provides more health benefits than staying in one that has shorter days.
There you go...now, you got the idea on how to get that much well-deserved looooong vacation of yours ;). have fun!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Career Advancement at Regency Beauty Institute

If you love to beautify, enjoys cosmetics, make ups, doing hair do's, hair cuts, etc...and just love all about doing beauty stuff, then, it's time to probably think about advancing your career by joining a reputable beauty school like Regency Beauty Institute. Being one of the nation's leading beauty of education providers in the US, it also is the fastest growing beauty school in the country, expanding to at least 30 campuses in 9 states and still expanding.
As a cosmetology school in Texas, it has now 7 stunning beauty schools and will open another 2 more in Round Rock and Houston soon. take note; - Regency is not just a typical school, but a school that is modern and salon-like in style with a professional crew of educators. The school has a unique learning program that encourages and rewards student-achievement, and has a top reputation with a deep sense of commitment to the industry.
You can get started right away by requesting your information online or by phone.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Experience Greece!


Greece offers an exceptional natural environment filled with abundant natural gifts such as caves, gorges, thousands of indented coasts, lakes, rocky massifs and unique natural habitats.
Visiting Greece would be your journey full of adventures and knowledge.
If you're a nature lover, you will find various alternatives to explore, - from extreme sports activities to architecture, culture, food, farming activities and daily life of local inhabitants.
The Greek Cuisine:
Greek food stimulates all five senses with the richness of its ingredients and creativity of its tasty combinations.
You get to experience the 4,000 years of culinary tradition in the country. You will discover its unique interpretation of distinct recipes rooting from the eastern and western neighbors. Enjoy the sacred ritual behind wine making or the unique aroma of tsipouro, uozo and masticha.

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Bangkok Charms - (Part 2)

Bangkok by Night:
The city's skyline sparkles beautifully with illuminated temples, royal palaces and monuments. Take dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya or spend nights at world-class restaurants where you can find fabulous dinner-cruises options.
Bangkok has also stellar entertainment and shopping venues for the evenings. Theater live shows such as "Siam the Enchanted Kingdom" has artistic and cultural heritage, - a dramatic production with more than 150 performers, fantastic special effects and some 500 costumes.

Bangkok's Shopping Paradise:
You will find designer shops, unique markets and colorful street vendors. If you're looking for Thai silk, go to the famous Jim Thompson's.
Go to River City Shopping Complex for authentic and reproduction antiques. For upscale haven of dining, shops and entertainment venues, visit Ratchaprasong Shopping District at Central World. For exclusive international and Thai designers, go to Gaysorn Plaza and Narai Phand for Thai handicrafts. It would also be fun spending a Saturday treasure hunting at Chatuchak Weekend Market, a 35-acre wonderland of stalls and shops selling antiques, clothing and handicrafts.

Thai Festivals:
The most beautiful festival you won't want to miss is the Festival of Lights (Loy Krathong) held on the full moon of the 11th lunar month. The festival is a way on how Thais honor the water spirits by saying a prayer and launching little boats (krathongs) that contains little candles and incense sticks in rivers, ponds and waterways. This would be one of the most remarkable and unforgettable sights you will ever experience.