In the middle of Medellin’s bustling business district exists a Zen-like park dedicated to feet. Barefoot Park is just one of the unique destinations to discover while in Colombia. Hidden between folds of lush Andes landscape, cities throb with visions of yesterday and the future, Botero art and bad traffic. The sprawling countryside really hasn’t changed over the years. It rains often, so flowers are everywhere. You experience a high here, not from its altitude or the drugs that the country is trying hard to eradicate. But because there is so much to learn, see and do.
Whether it’s freezing winters or sizzling summers clients want to escape, Portugal has an answer. One is its southern coast, the sunny Algarve, a long-time favorite for European snowbirds. The other is a mid-Atlantic archipelago, closer to your US clients and almost undiscovered by tourists - the Azores.
Those nine volcanic islands offer beautiful land and seascapes, from the white beaches and terraced vineyards of Santa Maria to the waterfalls and dazzling volcanic lakes of Flores. In between are windmill-studded Graciosa, the colorful marina and lunar landscapes of Faial, and São Miguel, the largest island with geysers and hot springs.
Starting in mid-November, Europe’s Christmas Markets light up historic town squares and castle courtyards with traditional hand-made folk art crafts and home-baked goods, along with holiday performers in traditional hand-made costumes, even Medieval dress. It’s an ideal time to re-visit favorite cities or discover new ones, and combine the holiday experience with sightseeing, concerts, and, of course, shopping.
I never cease to be amazed at the ever-changing adult playground that is Las Vegas. I am there at least five times every year, and yet, there is always a new resort being constructed or renovated, a new restaurant or show opening, and new sites to be seen. It truly is the city that never sleeps. Trying to give a comprehensive list of these changes would take a book, so instead I will focus on the highlights of my past few trips.
The fourteen hotels under the Dan Hotels banner all share a dedication to perfection. As part of the oldest, most prestigious hotel chain in Israel, each Dan Hotel has an individual character, and many have recently won awards for their excellence
Either a quick flight or a leisurely drive, New York City is the getaway of choice for those who covet stroll-worthy neighborhoods, a myriad of museums, shopping galore, fabulous eateries, the best theatre in the world and rooftop bars that stay open until the first snowflake flies. In the city that never sleeps, a treasure trove of autumn fun awaits as New Yorkers roll out the red carpet for visitors from around the world. www.nycgo.com
The Indian Ocean islands of Africa play host to a number of experiences from culture, history and nature exploration to exciting watersports. It’s where romance meets exotic culture. These islands are best to experience towards the end of an African safari holiday. There are luxury resorts, private island getaways and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Below are just a few of the standout destinations to round off your client’s vacation of a lifetime.
Founded in 1983, AIRCALIN is New Caledonia’s international airline, operating flights to the Pacific Region countries and providing a gateway to the world. The airline’s key missions are facilitating travel abroad for New Caledonian passengers, developing visitor traffic to expand the tourism industry and ensuring the freight transport essential to New Caledonia’s economy. As a member of IATA and an IOSA certified operator, AIRCALIN meets the most stringent international standards for safety and reliability. With its fleet of Airbus A.330-200 and A.320 aircrafts, Aircalin operates direct flights from Noumea to Tokyo, Osaka, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Port-Vila, Nadi, Wallis and Papeete. More than 100 Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and United States destinations are offered in conjunction with their partners.
Macau, with its famous “Cotai Strip”, is often considered the Las Vegas of the East. Nevertheless, I went to Macau for five nights; stayed at the Sheraton Macao (www.sheratonmacao.com), the largest hotel in this entire Special Administrative Region of China, and did not gamble once! Instead, I discovered the destination’s cultural and familial side and learned that it’s a great place for international corporate meetings.
Feathered leafy trees hang over a stream that gurgles from the earth and then slips and falls over ancient rock. This water has, over the last 10,000 years, etched grooved spouts and rugged steps into that stone. Hot enough for an idyllic soak, the water then slides down and becomes a stream flanked by moss and greenery.