Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

As the world’s first Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Phulay Bay embodies the attributes, philosophy and unique style and design of the Reserve brand extension. It has been designed for those who seek to escape the stresses of everyday life and immerse themselves into a completely bespoke and personally-tailored-to-suit vacation experience.

Set on the shores of the Andaman Sea, Phulay Bay is a striking 54-villa and pavilion boutique hotel offering unspoilt views of the naturally rugged shoreline and dramatic limestone karsts which make up this beautiful part of southern Thailand.

The resort is the vision and work of in-demand Thai architect Lek Bunnag, and is an awe-inspiring combination of modern styling and architecture; grand and oversized in scale with distinctive accents from not only Thai, but Middle Eastern and Moroccan cultures. Bunnag takes inspiration from beautiful things from around the world to create an environment where the senses are continuously triggered and enlivened from the moment guests enter the resort driveway to the moment they leave.

An exhilarating sense of arrival will immediately let guests know they are somewhere special: 20ft high aubergine walls and ‘hedges’ made from indigenous trees create a sense of wonder from the outside and a great sense of peace and stillness once on the inside. Guests enter the resort through the high walls and walk over a stepping-stone pathway that leads them to a magnificent pitched-roof Thai pavilion situated on an island surrounded by thousands of gently flickering candles.

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From here on in, guests subtly and gently have their senses enriched and stimulated with the resort’s own scent, signature drink, the stunning scenery from both inside the accommodation and throughout the resort, to tactile 100% Thai silk soft furnishings used in the villas and restaurants.

“When styling and designing Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, we were very conscious of the abundant natural beauty surrounding us which is what makes people fall in love with Thailand,” explained Estelita Sebeto, the resort’s General Manager. “We want guests to enjoy and discover the extraordinary diversity so have worked with nature to maintain a setting that evokes the very best of the natural environment and sourced local and sustainable materials in its construction and styling.”

Working closely with Thai interior designer IA49, Bunang has carefully designed buildings and public spaces to combine contemporary with culture, perfectly complementing the natural flora of existing trees and plants which cleverly act as privacy screens throughout the grounds offering greater intimacy in the resort. The use of traditional story-telling Lanna art forms both in architectural structure and as paintings and artworks on the walls and doors of villas further stimulates the senses and creates an element of interest for guests.

No two of the resort’s 16 signature Reserve Villas are the same; all slightly different in physical design and styling, guests can opt for a villa with lap pool and lawn area for sun worshiping, a private rooftop for alfresco dining and sunset viewing, or a completely secluded pool bathing area for total privacy. Across all nonetheless, luxury prevails with oversized 3metre by 2metre beds, deep sunken baths, walk in closets, expansive decked gardens and vast ‘keyhole’ doorways that create a sense of magic setting the guest at ease and welcoming them to luxury.

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With an emphasis on personalised, bespoke experiences, guests can ‘design’ or tailor make their visit to perfectly suit their needs and desires. Their very own villa butler, can organise a light BBQ lunch at a favourite beach spot; a meditation class with local monks; elephant trekking to a remote picnic spot; a sea plane tour of region’s dramatic scenery; an in-villa personal yoga session; a boat journey to surrounding islands – the possibilities are endless.

World-class culinary experiences will be available throughout the resort’s six intimate and carefully thought-out restaurants. Each designed to accommodate a small number of guests for highly personalised and non intrusive service. Chef will personally meet diners to better understand their tastes and preferences and all ingredients will be sourced from local markets and cooked fresh.

Included is the resort’s signature Thai restaurant, Sri Trang, a modern, and stylish restaurant with private dining room for 10 set on its own jetty overlooking the shoreline called ‘Sri Trang by the Sea’. Lae Lay, the resort’s sea front pavilion sits parallel to a 23metre infinity pool stretching out to the sea beyond. Beautifully appointed with oversized chairs and hanging lanterns among rustling trees, guests can also choose to dine under the stars on their own in a private sala seating up to 8 guests, aptly named ‘Lae Lay Under the Stars’.

An infinity pool bar will offer soft loungers and silk pillows by day with lighter more relaxed culinary offerings, while the resort’s sunset lounge, will offer day beds, oversized pillows, chill-out lounge bar music and candle lanterns for a truly intimate and relaxing feel. The perfect place for a glass of champagne or a stylish martini as the sun sets over the seemingly endless horizon. RAW spa café prepares fresh, uncooked and unaltered vegan products and has a green hydroponic bar growing the resort’s own wheatgrass and lettuce.

The ESPA villa at Phulay Bay is a sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation with stepping stones meandering through the spa leading to decked walkways and relaxation terraces surrounded by vegetation and reflection ponds that perfectly capture the unique character of Phulay Bay. The Spa itself comprises three traditional Thai pavilions set over two levels offering 11 treatment rooms including single and couples massage rooms and two VIP treatment suites with their own expansive decks for massage and showering.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 73 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Dubai International Financial Centre, United Arab Emirates; Shanghai, Pudong, China; and Kowloon, Hong Kong. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at www.ritzcarlton.com.

Surfing in California, Surfing Resorts In California

September 12, 2009 by  
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The all-American sport of surfing has become increasingly popular and is the ultimate Southern California activity for “kids” of all ages.  Now, guests of all ages can now learn the true art of surfing – the Billabong way – at California’s premier resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

Whether you are a first time surfer or an experienced wave rider looking for tips from a pro, you will receive quality individual instructions at one of Southern California’s legendary surf beaches. Surf lessons include individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer and all wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment needed for a fun-filled day. Lessons are provided at Thalia Beach in the heart of Laguna. 

The Billabong Surf Experience is valid through December 31, 2009 with rates starting at $495 USD per night.  The package includes:

· Overnight accommodations
· Individual instruction from a Billabong professional surfer (3 hours for half day; 5 hours for full day and overnight)
· All wetsuits, surfboards, leashes, wax and equipment
· A Billabong “swag bag”
· Resort fee and valet parking

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For every Billabong Surf Experience that is booked, a donation is made to organizations such as Reef Check and the Ocean Institute who protect surf spots and keep our beaches and oceans pristine and healthy and provide environmental education.

Dana Point has a surfing history to rival anywhere outside Hawaii. Hobie Alter opened the very first retail surf shop in Dana Point in 1954.  Surfer Magazine began in Dana Point, and to this day, still calls it home. The Surfer’s Journal is also based in Dana Point. Dana Point was also once home to a very special wave. That wave broke at the Dana Point Cove and was known as the “Killer Dana.” The break got its name because it came out of deep water and broke close to the rocks which lined the beach. In the days before leashes, wipeouts were sure to bring at least a few dings – if not worse. Although the waves in Dana Point, especially at Salt Creek Beach, remain some of the best in Southern California, the “Killer Danas” were reduced when a breakwater was installed when the Dana Point Harbor was built in 1966.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Situated atop a 150-foot bluff in picturesque Dana Point, California, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has catered to the world’s most discriminating guests for more than 20 years.  Whether guests are looking to get away for a second honeymoon, try surfing for the first time, or just relax on the beach, this seaside retreat boasts luxuriously appointed guestrooms, casual and upscale dining options, a recently renovated spa and access to several local golf courses.  With nearly 400 rooms and oceanfront views, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers guests refined elegance, a graceful atmosphere and impeccable oceanfront service.

About Billabong
Billabong produces active lifestyle clothing, accessories and related products designed and distributed to a worldwide customer base of board riders. The products are developed in the authentic environment of the surf culture and sold primarily through surf and specialty retailers. Billabong-branded products are tested and improved by the best board sport performers across the globe. Active enthusiasts in every department from marketing and sales, to design and merchandising, bring an unmatched authenticity and unique quality to both the innovative products and related events produced by the Billabong brand.

Consistently ranked among the best resorts in the world, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers a variety of recreational activities, award-winning dining and personalized service. For more information or reservations call 800/241-3333, the hotel directly at 949/240-2000, a travel professional or visit The Ritz-Carlton website at www.ritzcarlton.com.

World’s Best Beach Vacations for Family, Atlantis Beach Vacations, Vacation at Atlantis Paradise Island

December 13, 2008 by  
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Bahamas offers its visitors a piece of land from heaven: Atlantis Paradise Island. It is located on Paradise Island and offers many attractions to its visitors. You may be lost in the activities they offer. Where you are going to stay is not so hard to decide as it has many options for all budgets. What most families prefer is the Coral Towers, which is central for the city and close to the famous Predator Lagoon.

 

In which age you are is not so important. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort has a thing for everybody. If you are interested especially in water sports, do not worry because they are in abundance. In Neptune’s Water Toy’s Hut, you can deal with many water sports like water biking, kayaking, snorkelling, pedal boating.

 

Children will like Atlantis more than everybody. It has two programs; one of which is Aqua Tots program that is designed for 3 aged children. The other one is Discovery Channel Camp arranged for the kids of 4- 12 years old. Discovery Channel Camp lasts long an hour and include lunch and break. Other activities that will attract the attention of children are water slides and marine exhibits. In these activities, you can enjoy with your children. In water slides, children are required to be more than 48 inches tall.

 

All in all, if you want to keep yourself busy with the activities, you can take a right decision by arranging a vacation with your family to Atlantis.

Nikki Beach Saint-Tropez, Nikki Beach in St. Tropez, Best Beach Destinations in France

Imagine for a moment and try to depict where would be a good destination for resting and taking a good vacation. But do not forget St. Tropez, located on the Mediterranean coast near Nice. Being as precious as gold, time is needed to allocate for gleeful moment. Then, you are in the right place. If sea, sun and beach are your interests, you should visit St. Tropez.

Saint Tropez offers miles of sand. Located on the Bay of Pampelonne, Nikki Beach in St. Tropez is the best and mostly preferred one. Just lounging on the beds of the beach, you can feel the sun lights of St. Tropez. Nikki beach in Saint Tropez is the place for you if you enjoy swimming in champagne and dancing in the pool. The “pool party” starts after about 4pm. The staffs are very friendly and the food is excellent. The bar has a good selection of premium spirits, not the usual cheap stuff. With white colour everywhere, the design is very cool. After spending hours on the beach Nikki Beach is the place to head if you want the decadence, glamour and fun.

Nikki BeachAs the beats and sounds of international dance and house music fill Nikki Beach Saint-Tropez, the dancing, socializing, and champagne spraying continues well into the evening, making this international party scene one of the best destinations in the world. The myth of Nikki Beach St. Tropez brings you a feeling like no other as they lit chandeliers and candles at dusk. Nikki Beach is a place where, if you’re lucky, you may even be sitting on the next table to someone famous. All are made to feel welcome, prices are reasonable. Besides, Nikki Beach styles itself as a nightclub in broad daylight.

For reserving table, you call + 33.494.79.8204. The address of  Nikki Beach Saint-Tropez is Route de L’epi 83350 St. Tropez, Ramatuelle, France.

For experiencing new fashion in luxurious beach, Nikki Beach is a place not to be missed. In the perfect nature of St. Tropez, just be the part of elegance. You cen get detailed information about Nikki Beach Saint-Tropez at http://www.nikkibeach.com/sttropez/

Montego Bay Jamaica, White Sand Beaches, Jamaica Vacations, World’s Beautiful Beaches, Best Beach Vacations

A very warm welcome to Jamaica and the tropical shores of Montego Bay City. In a city where time concept disappears, you get lost in excellent nature of Jamaica. What are the perfections to make you live your dreams? Variety of river excursions and rainforest exploration tours. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest in the cool mountains of Jamaica. Great Caribbean sunsets and tropical panoramic views of the bay. A day tour into Jamaica’s interior; visits to villages, a local school and plantations. Having an exciting rafting trip trough the white rapids of the Great River near Montego Bay.

Jamiaca VacationsMaking your summer an unforgettable moments, Montego Bay has many hotels serving the best facilities. Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort with outstanding services is preferred by singles, couples, and families. Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort All-Inclusive is renowned throughout the Caribbean for its refinements and British traditions of a bygone era. Like a cashmere sweater, Round Hill Villas and Hotel is exquisite to experience but not the least bit showy. Emerald View Villa is a romantic and enchantingly beautiful bed and breakfast. They offer a very private, intimate and personal vacation like the rich and famous but at a price you can afford.

Relax and enjoy Jamaica from El Greco Hotel Montego Bay as the property offers well-equipped accommodation that makes it the perfect place for your stay during your vacation. Nestled among 400 acres of tropical landscape on Jamaica’s northern coast, the colonial-style Half Moon has been welcoming distinguished guests for over 50 years. Families, friends, couples, singles, and small group can enjoy a piece of paradise.

Gorgeous BeachesYour vacation in heaven is completed with nightclubs and bars. Adjacent to Margueritaville Sports Bar & Grill, this sports bar and grill is one of the more popular spots on the hip strip. The open-air room contains four bars, several big-screen televisions and a dance floor overlooking the water. Hurricane’s Disco; high in the confines of the Breezes Montego Bay Resort is where you will find this hot spot club. For something other than reggae music, listen to upbeat dance music within this tiny, but fun club.

For living the splendid moments of your life, just imagine Montego Bay and make your preparations. It is worth of living…

Riu Palace Las Americas, Cancun Vacations, Vacation at Cancun, World’s Best Resorts, Cancun’s Luxury Hotels, Best Family Vacations

Meeting the dazzling blue of Cancun, take the pleasure of Riu Palace Las Americas, encompassing 372 deluxe suites and suites. Riu’s tradition of luxury and style continues with amenities such as 24-hour. All Inclusive (snacks and beverages), room service and unique room amenities such as a fully stocked mini-bar, liquor dispenser or suites with a Jacuzzi on the terrace.

Cancun VacationsIn Riu Palace you can utilize many hotel facilities. The wide assortment of restaurants, bars, and entertainment is enhanced by personal service and the exchange privilege programme with our sister properties. With the restaurants  “Don Roberto”, “Los Arcos”, “Tio Pepe”, “Sakura”, “Krystal”, “El Romero”; with the bars “Art Deco”, “La Nuit”, “La Terreza”, “Can”, “Cun”; with the night club “Pacha”, Riu Palace have many alternatives for different choices.

At the Riu Palace Las Americas there is an array of programs and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Riu Palace Las Americas featured amenities include; gym, table tennis, golf and, beach volleyball, floodlit hard surface tennis courts, beachfront property, windsurfing catamaran, canoeing, snorkelling equipment, introductory scuba lesson, daytime entertainment program for kids, daytime entertainment program for adults, live music, shows and Riu evening program.

Styled like a Spanish palace, the gleaming white hotel contains a granite-floored lobby with ornately painted coved ceilings; a stained-glass ceiling; crystal chandeliers; pink columns with carved, mahogany-stained bases and caps; tapestries; and plants in ceramic pots. A veranda faces the sea. Although children are welcome, the resort principally attracts romance-minded couples and other adults.

Best_ResortsOne pool containing a jetted section and swim-up bar offers activities and another geometric pool flanked by gardens and two-person lounging beds provides leisurely swimming. A spa tub sheltered by a cupola offers sea views. Lapped by water that remains calm in most weather, the resort’s beach extends 200 meters (219 yards). The All-Inclusive Plan includes use of snorkelling gear, boogie boards, kayaks, windsurfers, and small sailboats.

In short, Riu Palace makes your dream of an enchanting vacation real. For experiencing the real taste of heaven, you just need to prefer Riu Palace. In order to get detailed information, you can visit;  http://www.riu.com/cancun/pla/index.php

Contact Information:
Riu Palace Las Americas
Boulevard Kukulcan, Km 8.5, Manzana 50, Lote 4
Zona Hotelera, Cancún
77500 Quintana Roo, Mexico

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