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Drinking In Luxury: 5 Of The Most Sophisticated Bars In Manchester

With high-end cocktails, glamorous guests and champagne flutes, when it comes to luxury and sophisticated bars in Manchester, these are just a few of the things that come to mind. Thankfully, for visitors to the city, there is a wide range of choice available when it comes to luxury bars to choose from. Whether you’re going on a first date, business lunch or meeting up with friends for a catch-up, here are 5 of the most sophisticated bars in Manchester which you must visit.

 

Cloud 23

Overlooking the city, Cloud 23 is sat 23 floors above from the pavement and is the cities renowned “floating bar”. It is a truly lavish and exclusive hangout and has been known to host some of the most famous celebrities and parties in the city.

Cloud 23 offers one of the most sophisticated drinking experiences in Manchester, where you can sip champagne or a Manchester-themed cocktail whilst watching the world go by below you. If you visit on a clear and sunny day, then you may even be able to see as far as Wales, or visit at dusk and watch the sun set over the skyline.

 

Cottonopolis

Set in the trendy Northern Quarter, Cottonopolis is a true gem in the city. Quietly tucked away behind Piccadilly, this Japanese inspired restaurant and bar boasts a truly exclusive experience with a unique cocktail menu and extensive craft ale list. This is the perfect place to go for a relaxing drink with a twist, or a starting point for a sophisticated night out on the town and as a bonus point is also one of the best places to eat in Manchester.

 

The WashHouse

One of Manchester’s most secret bars, The WashHouse is not your usual city-centre drinking spot. You’d be forgiven for passing by and assuming this was just another launderette, but this is all part of the appeal and fun. Firstly, you need to make a booking over the phone, but when you step through the washing machine door, you’ll find yourself in a dark and mysterious speak-easy. If you’re looking for somewhere to impress, this is the bar for you!

 

The Refinery

Nestled in a quirky spot right in the centre of the city, The Refinery has an eclectic mix of drinking and dining experiences. Whether you want a casual dining room, a top-class restaurant or a laidback bar area, The Refinery is filled with hanging lights, potted plants and funky decor. A truly unique space with a carefully crafted cocktail menu and a selection of fine wines, The Refinery is the ideal spot to spend a weekend afternoon with friends.

 

Atlas Bar

Just a stone’s throw away from Cloud 23, Atlas Bar is located on the corner of Deansgate, underneath the railway arches. Well known across the city, Atlas Bar is the home to over 420 different kinds of gin from all over the world. If you’re new to gin drinking or are a favoured fan, then Atlas Bar is sure to throw you something you weren’t expecting. There’s nothing patronising about this bar, and the staff here are more than happy to talk you through the so-called “Gin Bible” to find a tipple which you will enjoy. If gin isn’t your thing, then the bar also offers an extensive craft ale selection.

Thirsty? TOP 6 Healthy Beverages to Drink on the Go!

Water is probably the healthiest drink you may have. You drink it every day and especially needed when you are traveling. What do you used to drink when driving? If drinking water is too simple for you and you want to try local delicacies, you can stop and visit the road side restaurants. It’s not difficult to mark them on your radar if you take a car with GPS. No worries about unexpected spends. You can find a read all the car rental rules beforehand! So, having a car, you are free to stop where you like and tasty what you want. But…what is recommended to drink on the go except for water?

Healthy dry green tea on a wooden spoon

 

  1. GREEN TEA

This popular hot drink (sometimes you can take it cold and refreshing) contains flavonoids. These elements are very helpful to prevent different disorders. It is enough to drink about 3 cups of tea a day to prevent heart attack, cancer, caries. Green tea is especially recommended for people who are trying to loose in weight.

  1. GINGER TEA

Ginger tea is known as a natural remedy for stomach health. Actually, it is also good for digestion and prevents sickness and diarrhea. But don’t think about it. Just make a cup of fresh tea with two ginger slices. Also, you can add some honey and lemon.

  1. MILK

Everyone knows that milk is a source of calcium. It is recommended to drink about 3 glasses of milk a day for adults. In addition to this, the milk is rich in D and A vitamin, and other elements useful for your bones and eyes. Don’t worry about your diet. You can buy low-fat milk.

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  1. FRUIT AND VEGETABLE JUICES

Fruit and vegetable juices are useful if you take them fresh, with no sugar and colorants. Don’t overdo! The juices are good when you take them limited. The most of the juices you buy in the supermarket are not 100 natural. If you have time, you can force juice out of an orange or lemon and get vitamins for the whole day.

  • Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate is a strong antioxidant. It is good for your heart. It prevents cancer and inflammation. Pomegranate juice is a good choice when you feel tired and exhausted. Just take a glass or two, but read the labels carefully. You don’t need a juice with sugar and much water.

  • Tomato juice

The benefits of tomato juice are obvious. Fresh tomatoes protect you from cancers. The juice is full of antioxidant lycopene, which reduces risk of lung and stomach cancer. You should drink tomato juice if you have pancreatic, colorectal, esophageal, oral, breast, and cervical problems.

Tomato juice with raw tomatoes

 

  • Orange juice

If you drink orange juice every morning you do right. By the way, it doesn’t take many efforts to force juice out of an orange. Orange juice is a source of C vitamin. Also, the juice is recommended for people suffering from a season allergy. But remember, only FRESH orange juice is healthy!

  • Beet juice

Are you ready to hear all the truth about a beet juice? Beet has a unique ability to lower a blood pressure, increase your stamina. Beet is full of magnesium, calcium, iron. Honestly, it is difficult to find fresh beet juice in the shop. It is better to prepare it at home or book in a juice bar.

  • Lemon juice

Yes, you are right! We are talking about lemon juice, not lemonade. Lemon juice cares about your liver, stimulate digestion process. Lemon is rich in C vitamin and boosts your immune system. Look here! Take a half of a lemon and mix it with a glass of water in the morning. It is a better stimulant than coffee to wake you up and boost your organism.

A glass of fresh orange juice with fruit oranges

 

  1. RED WINE

Don’t even try to drink wine when driving! A glass of red wine a day is useful for your heart and blood. The wine contains flavonoids and antioxidants. It is really useful only if you drink no more than a glass. If you are going to drink a bottle of wine therapeutic, you will never get any use of it.

Hot Chocolate at it's finest

 

  1. HOT COCOA

Do you like chocolate? If you like chocolate, you probably like cocoa. Do you know that cocoa is a healthy drink? Try to drink it hot. Hot cocoa contains antioxidants and their concentration is twice bigger than a cup of green tea usually has. But don’t forget about your diet. Sugar and milk must be limited ingredients. Hot cocoa is a fast and tasty way to get some happiness. It is useful for your heart if you drink it no more than a cup a day.

Of course, you are not going to drink hot cocoa or milk when driving. It is better to take some water. but there is nothing better than make a stop at the road side cafe and book a really useful and stimulating drink. Traveling is not a reason to forget about your health!

Healthy Breakfast: 7 Best Establishments to Visit in New York

Since so many hotels in New York don’t include a breakfast in their price, the visitors often ask the question – ‘Where can I have a tasty breakfast in New York’? However, even if the hotel provides such an option, it’s highly recommended to skip your standard hotel breakfast on some days and choose any of the restaurants and cafes in New York. The correct breakfast is just what conveys the spirit of the city – it will help you to fully plunge into the city and see the real local life of the New Yorkers.

The following locations offer a delicious and healthy breakfast in New York. If you travel with 14CARS, then it will be easy to reach them early in the morning without wasting your time.

Buvette

This is an amazingly tiny and cozy place in Greenwich Village located at the intersection of Grove Street and Bleecker Street. The compact menu won’t make you choose painfully long, but without exception, whatever you choose there, each dish will be incredibly tasty and beautiful.

Buvette New York

If you came there as a loving couple or alone, then the best thing to do, instead of sitting down at the table, would be to occupy seats right behind the bar, as in this case you will have the opportunity to watch documentary film about the work of one popular New York restaurant somewhere in the non-tourist area of ​​the city.

The establishment is very popular among the New Yorkers, thus most likely you will have to stand in line while waiting for the free seat.

Address: 42 Grove Street, Greenwich Village

 

Jack’s Wife Freda

This is a small family bistro, named after the founder’s grandmother. The menu has the usual ingredients for Mediterranean cuisine, such as eggs, tomatoes, eggplants and avocados. Everything offered is exceptionally delicious.

This is one of those places where the setting and the people around you are the major things. It will be crowded and noisy, but this is what distinguishes all the popular and tasty places in New York. Most of the visitors are local youth, who appreciate the opportunity to have a tasty breakfast in the correct New York atmosphere.

JACK'S WIFE FREDA

(photo by Txaber Allue Marti)

When you come to Jack’s Wife Freda, you get the feeling that you’ve been visiting neighbors. Here’s a simple, tasty and varied food – traditional scrambled eggs, toast and sandwiches, oily halloumi omelette and good coffee.

Address: 224 Lafayette Street, Soho

 

Good Enough to Eat

Located in the upper west side, on the left side of the central park, Good Enough to Eat is a wonderful American restaurant. This is a place that is very appreciated by the locals for many years, and now many people line up in the queue at this place in the morning to start the day with a delicious breakfast.

Good Enough to Eat - Salad

(photo by Zagat Buzz)

The menu is quite simple and features common positions of American breakfast cafes, but everything is cooked exclusively and tasty – pay attention to local pancakes. In summer, the restaurant opens a great veranda – it’s better to choose a table located there.

Address: 520 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side

 

Penelope

Penelope is another great place located on the border of Little Italy and Soho. Since 2003, this place remains one of the favorite restaurants for breakfast and Sunday brunches among locals, while others come there for the same reason from their neighborhoods in New York.

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(photo by Penelope NYC)

Penelope is called an American simple-food restaurant. The usual American morning set includes Bloody Mary, eggs, bacon, and of course pancakes, but everything is cooked very tasty.

Having come there in the morning, you need to be ready to wait for your table for 15-20 minutes.

Address: 159 Lexington Avenue, Soho

 

Dudley’s

The restaurant is located in the East Village, and the concept of “all day breakfast” makes it convenient for those who don’t like to wake up early – most often breakfast is served in New York restaurants until 11am.

Wonderful interior, delicious food and the complete absence of tourists make this place an ideal place for breakfast. It’s recommended to order pancakes with hazelnuts or bananas and avocado-toast.

Breakfast

On Saturday and Sunday it’s quite possible to stand in line for 5-10 minutes, since on ordinary working days of the week, finding a table without wasting time is not a problem.

Address: 85 Orchard Street, East Village

 

Two Hands

This is a small cozy cafe with a relaxed atmosphere and Australian cuisine situated in the Nolita area. At the weekend, there’re a lot of people there, Americans drink smoothies, read the morning papers and just chat with each other.

New York is amazing

(photo by Eric Ford)

In the menu you’ll find mostly healthy dishes from whole foods, although burgers with sandwiches are also presented. Avocado-toast, banana bread with coffee mascarpone, acai bowl, granola and eggs in various forms will be a perfect choice for your breakfast. Speaking of drinks, Two Hands offers good coffee, match-latte, tea, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.

Address: 164 Mott St, New York

 

The Butcher’s Daughter

The Butcher’s Daughter is a chain of vegetarian restaurants in New York and Los Angeles from interior designer Heather Tierney.

The Butcher's Daughter

(photo by duncan c)

A distinctive feature of the establishment is an incredible setting – here you really want to endlessly admire the interior details and take a picture of every corner. The cuisine is also excellent: avocado-toasts cooked on organic local products, acais, smoothies, pancakes, vegetable bowls, eggs, fresh juices and superfood are at your disposal. Also, the restaurant serves brunch and dinner.

Address: 581 Hudson Street, West Village

 

Health and Beauty: 6 Relaxing Spas in the World’s Airports

Tedious hours of traveling, long wait for connecting flights, as well as crowds of hurrying people in the terminals and an endless journey to your final destination always create additional stress for the body and soul. How to get rid of stress while waiting for your flight? Everything is very simple: you can spend time at a local cafe, or rent a car here to explore local attractions.

However, an equally attractive option is to enjoy the spa-procedures in one of the spa-centers located on the territory of the world’s airports…

Elemis Travel Spa at London Heathrow Airport

First-class passengers along with British Airways club card holders are offered quick and free procedures that can be provided at terminals 3 and 5 of Heathrow Airport, where Elemis Travel Spa is located. Such procedures are created to restore the travelers’ strength in a short period of time, and to refresh their skin, which lost a lot of moisture during the flight.

Elemis Travel Spa at Heathrow T5 - British Airways

(photo by Matt@TWN)

A 15-minute massage of the legs and shoulders will bring you back to normal, and you will be able to continue your flight or go on a new journey. All the drugs with which the procedure is done, you can purchase at a discount. For those who are not first class passengers and don’t have a British Airways club card, Elemis Travel Spa can also arrange a number of procedures, but for the additional money. The average cost of one procedure is about $70.

Back to Life Spa at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

One of the most interesting spa centers is located at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. There’s one unique procedure that is not only curative, but also quite funny. Guests are dressed in a special “space” costume and are given an aqua massage. In this case, the client enjoys massage while being in the same clothes in which he came to the spa-center.

Zen SPA Japanese pool

36 jets of pulsating water will help to relax and restore lost strength. Also, you can take there a small massage course, try an oxygen cocktail and learn little secrets about aromatherapy.

Timeless Spa at Dubai International Airport

Timeless Spa spa-centers are located in Terminal 3 of Dubai Airport and owned by Emirates. They can be found in the lounges for passengers of the first and business class, as well as on the third level of the terminal. The combination of the best equipment, the work of international-class specialists and the peaceful atmosphere makes Timeless Spa a refuge, where you can escape from the bustle of the airport. These centers employ cosmetologists, who have international certificates in the field of cosmetology, massage and therapy.

Timeless Spa, Wolgan Valley

(photo by Vaughan Dunn)

Timeless Spa uses only the latest techniques that have been recognized as the best and most effective at the moment. Airline passengers are offered a wide range of procedures to help relax and rejuvenate just before a flight.

Massage of the body and especially a foot massage are in demand – it helps to get rid of pain that occurs during blood circulation disorders. First class passengers receive a 15-minute course of procedures for free, business class passengers are offered a 25-minute course for a small fee, and a special pricing policy has been prepared for economy-class passengers, where there are both high-cost and low-cost procedures are available.

 

Absolute Spa at Fairmont Vancouver Airport

Absolute Spa is a luxury oasis of health and beauty situated in Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. The staff of the center offers you more than 130 aesthetic, cosmetic and health treatments. The most popular are hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, scrubbing and stone therapy.

absolute spa

(photo by Century Plaza Hotel & Spa)

Also, you can swim in the pool, visit the sauna and enjoy fitness in a specially equipped room. For regular customers, special discounts on almost all procedures are provided. Also, there are special “gift cards” that you can give to your near and dear ones, who often fly through Fairmont Airport in Vancouver. Prices for procedures start at $15.

D Parture Spa at Newark International Airport

In the terminal C of the Newark Liberty International Airport, the D Parture Spa was opened. Its main principle of work is keeping environmental-friendly concept. Therefore, branded procedures are performed by using only natural components, and all the tools that you want to take with you are packaged in a bamboo bag.

Spa

Procedures that are made faster than the others and help travelers to get into a state of calm for some time are in special demand. Among them are a special massage of the head and eyes, as well as an acupuncture massage of the sinuses, which will allow you to feel much more comfortable when changing pressure. The pricing policy at D Parture Spa is moderate. For 20 minutes of a head massage, you pay only about $25.

OM Spa at Hong Kong International Airport

Regal Airport Hotel has a cozy OM Spa, where you can plunge into the soothing decor of bamboo and Thai silk pillows. Fresh flowers and courteous staff will help you see Hong Kong from the other side. There’s no any fuss – everything is measured, calm, and beautiful.

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(photo by Svensk Vagguide)

The menu of services includes: scrubbing, hot stone therapy, jasmine and milk baths. For $20, those who are not stay in the hotel, can also work out in the hotel’s gym, as well as use the swimming pool and steam bath.

Gourmets’ Dream: 10 Luxury Dining Restaurants in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a paradise for gourmets, and this is surprising, given the huge amount of money that flows into the city. People want fantastic dishes when they enjoy winning at a casino, celebrate their wedding in Vegas, or throw millions dollars on a table in blackjack. Public persons and millionaires wish only famous chefs to cook them luxurious food.

Dining in Las Vegas is not always on the budget – you just cannot save money if you want to eat well. The following restaurants are the best establishments in the city, and they are easily reachable by car. If necessary, here you’ll find a suitable vehicle for your culinary trip to Las Vegas.

Michael Mina

The founding of Michael Mina took place over 25 years ago, it’s considered to be one of the iconic places in the city. It’s often included into the list of the greatest luxury culinary spots in Las Vegas.

The establishment specializes in the preparation of continental food, as well as seafood dishes. There are many delicacies: sea bass, salmon, clams and much more. Those who don’t like seafood, change their minds about it after visiting Michael Mina. The place will be liked by the sweet tooth – the major part of the menu is occupied by the original desserts.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Picasso

The main competitor of the Michael Mina is the chic Picasso restaurant, which is located under the roof of the Bellagio casino. The restaurant is decorated with the outstanding Pablo Picasso’s works of art, written in France. Therefore the cuisine of the restaurant is predominantly French. Facility’s dishes are simply amazing: lamb with truffles, lobster salad and so on. In order to get to this luxury establishment, the table will have to be booked for several months in advance.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Valentino

There is no better place in Las Vegas for wine lovers than Valentino at The Venetian. Of course, the wine list is not the only advantage of the establishment. This restaurant will be remembered for delicious Italian cuisine and perfect service.

Address: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd

Potato and Chorizo Omelette - Mitte AUD15

Nobu Restaurant

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, the owner of culinary awards, brought a taste of Japan to Las Vegas with his Nobu restaurant. The establishment is an exact copy of the Nobu restaurant in New York. The room is decorated with bamboo and small mountain landscapes.

Nobu has a huge assortment of sushi, as well as many other Japanese dishes. For example, black cod, tuna tataki and muksun. The quality of the fish is always first-class – there’s always something unique to try. Nobu in Vegas is pretty cozy, but the atmosphere here is amazing.

Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Le Cirque

Bellagio Casino continues to uphold the status of a place with the best restaurants. Similarly to Nobu, Le Cirque restaurant is a replica of the eponymous establishment in New York. In addition to the excellent menu offering an extensive selection of French dishes, the wine list of the restaurant has hundreds of items for gourmets. The fans of a healthy diet will be provided with a rich vegetarian menu.

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Szechuan Gourmet

Stratosphere

This fashionable establishment is placed in Stratosphere Tower, and it has long won recognition among tourists. The whole restaurant rotates, completing a full turn in one hour, thus allowing visitors to admire the fantastic skyline of Las Vegas from the huge height of 365 meters. Guests can find continental dishes in the menu, while a rich selection of wines will certainly delight visitors.

Address: 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

808 Restaurant

All world cuisines are gathered in one restaurant at the Caesars Palace casino: Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Thai and Indian one. It doesn’t matter what cuisine do you prefer, be sure that the chefs of the 808 restaurant will make sure that they are tasty. In addition to food, 808 Restaurant has a wide selection of coffee and cocktails.

Address: 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Aureole

The main highlight of Aureole restaurant, appreciated by the visitors is the four-story glass wine tower, in which the “wine fairies” rise and fall on the ropes to get bottles of grape alcoholic drink. In addition to the unique way of choosing wine, guests can enjoy a variety of delicious dishes. Aureole specializes in contemporary American cuisine.

Address: 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd

 

Carmine’s

As in Picasso, the walls of Carmine’s are decorated with various works of art. All paintings are from the private collection of Steve Wynn. The chef is Alessandro Stratta, who is well known to all lovers of delicious dishes of the Italian cuisine.

Address: 3500 S Las Vegas Blvd

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Spago by Wolfgang Puck

Spago is one of the most stunning Las Vegas’ top class restaurants. You are very lucky if you were able to dine in it. The fact is that the restaurant doesn’t have a visit by appointment. If you went to Spago and found a free place, then get ready to find out the features of its amazing cuisine!

Address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd

Shoppers’ Paradise: 5 World-Famous Malls to Enjoy It

If shopping is your way of life, and visiting malls is the best therapy for you, then go on your vacation to one of the places from this list. These 5 excellent shopping destinations are represented by some of the largest department stores in the whole world. In addition, these are the most beautiful, charming and most famous places in the world, with many interesting sights, and outstanding opportunities for relaxing. So choose one of the following shopping spots, and don’t forget to grab a bigger bag…

Mall of America, Minnesota, USA

Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, this huge mall is considered to be a real shopping paradise. The unique location of the shopping center just a short drive south of downtown makes the Mall of America a really attractive place to shop. It’s not the largest, but it’s definitely among the most visited centers in the world. With a huge interstate highway on the one hand and a modern international airport on the other – the shopping center is always full of shoppers. The fact is that it’s very convenient to reach the city by plane, then pick up car rental SIXT at Minneapolis Airport and go to Mall of America for unforgettable shopping!

Mall of America Signage

You can easily spend there the whole day traveling around numerous floors and boutiques of the center, where countless entertainment, discounts and sales are at your disposal. All these features can make your shopping experience even more amazing and interesting. In addition, on the south side of the shopping center there’s Minnesota River, where you can relax on the shore, surrounded by gardens and calm blue lakes.

 

Cabot Circus, Bristol, UK

Cabot Circus

Within a short walking distance from Bristol city center there’s the stately shopping center called Cabot Circus. It’s so big it looks like a separate city. With hotels, cinemas, shops, restaurants and entertainment centers – you can easily get lost if you don’t follow signs and right directions. A trip to the Cabot Circus shopping center can be one of the greatest adventures, because at every corner you can find something interesting. After shopping, you can relax at the waterfront, visit the huge Castle Park, or simply admire the many modern and historic buildings with colorful facades, as well as numerous panoramic bridges and other attractions situated nearby.

 

Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE

Dubai Mall is one of the world’s most gorgeous shopping spots. This is a real masterpiece in terms of modern architectural achievements, which includes a complex for winter sports, hundreds of exotic traditional markets and luxury stores of world famous brands, as well as a giant ocean aquarium.

It’s spread over a vast territory which is equal to the size of 50 football fields, and even if your vacation in the UAE doesn’t concern shopping, this Mall is worth a visit as one of the grandest attractions of Dubai. This shopping and entertainment complex has more than 1,200 shops along with various cultural and entertainment facilities.

The Dubai Mall's Fashion Avenue

Those who are looking for entertainment in the UAE won’t remain indifferent. Dubai Mall offers an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, which is open to the public. For visitors, the first in the Middle East Sega theme park, as well as a huge cinema with 22 screens are open. Holidays with children can be held in the local KidZania children’s entertainment center.

As for shopping in Dubai Mall, you should visit the world’s largest indoor gold market called Gold Souk. Also, there’s a dedicated area devoted to 70 boutiques of such elite world brands as Burberry, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Galliano, and Givenchy. In short, if you want to find all the UAE stores in one place, then go to the Dubai Mall.

 

King of Prussia, Philadelphia, USA

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In the northeast of Philadelphia, just a few minutes’ drive from the city center, you can enjoy shopping at King of Prussia, which is one of the largest US shopping centers. The complex includes three floors with shops, the surrounding parking lots, many entertainment centers, and restaurants. King of Prussia is really huge – you will need a lot of time to get from one end of the shopping center to another. Meanwhile, it can be a really exciting walk, because you will be surrounded by a real paradise of luxury shops, the best restaurants and other interesting services. Entertainment is an integral part of the atmosphere at King of Prussia Mall. Some of the local stores are the oldest in the country and give the shopping center an unrivaled historical background.

 

Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The giant city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia features a corresponding shopping center, which is considered to be one of the biggest shoppers’ spots in the world. Its name is Berjaya Times Square. This is a giant skyscraper with two towers and almost 50 floors, extending into the sky for more than 200 meters. On the area of ​​about 320 thousand square meters you’ll find about 1,000 shops, restaurants and cafes, a cinema, a bowling alley, and a hotel. This shopping center is the whole small town where there’s everything you need.

Berjaya Times Square. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Berjaya Times Square is among the greatest world’s shopping centers, where you can buy clothes, shoes and accessories, electronics, souvenirs, cosmetics, interior items, jewelry and much more. The set of brands is standard: all possible affordable European brands, plus chic boutiques. After shopping, visitors can have a snack in one of the restaurants or cafes.

On the tenth floor you’ll be able to visit the main entertaining feature of the shopping center – the country’s largest indoor amusement park. It covers the area of ​​13 thousand square meters, where you can try 14 different attractions, including a roller coaster.

Unique but Comfortable: 6 World’s Extraordinary Hotels

Over the past few years such a direction as a vacation in unusual hotels appeared in tourism. In search of thrills, people book rooms in hotels located on trees, under water, at the North Pole, in the desert, on uninhabited islands and much more. Of course, the number of such hotels is not infinite, but again and again we continue to discover new amazing places.

Here’re some of the most unusual accommodation options for your vacation. You will probably need a car to get to some of them, thus here you can always book a suitable vehicle in any desired location.

  1. The Balancing Barn, United Kingdom

The owners of this unusual hotel, located a few kilometers away the coast of Suffolk, approached the business very creatively. They took as a basis the usual English barn, where the grain was once stored. As a result, this hotel, designed for 8 people, has the length of 30 meters – 15 of them are on a hill, and the second half hangs unobtrusively above the ground, creating the illusion that even a little bit more and it will collapse.

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However, you should not worry: the concrete foundation is strong enough to hold the house in that position. This is the perfect place for the fans of the countryside!

The hotel won many awards for its unusual design, so the owners decided not to stop there and create a few more hotels featuring a unique design.

Address: Thorington, Halesworth IP19 9JG

Cost of living: $38.90 for person per day

 

  1. The Wild Brown Bear Hotel, Finland

Located near the Russian border, in the Karelian Forest, the Wild Brown Bear Hotel allows all travelers to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature, walk along the spongy moss carpet, try real wild blueberries, lie down under the Karelian birch and feel like a hero some fairy tales.

Wild Brown Bear Hotel

This hotel is designed for those who want to face the extraordinary nature of these places. Especially for you, the hotel can arrange an “away” night – you’ll spend this time in a specially equipped place in the forest and can watch brown bears and wolverines. Also, it’s possible to go on a small sightseeing tour by kayak or bicycle.

Address: Kostamustie 5644, Kuhmo Vartius, Kuhmo 88930

Cost of living: $213 for person per day

 

  1. Saratoga Hotel, Cuba

Built in 2005, Saratoga Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Cuban capital, and this is its main extravagance. When you live on the upper floors in luxurious rooms and you look out of your window at the poorest district of Havana – this causes a unique feeling.

Hotel Saratoga

(photo by stefanfejfar)

The hotel is located in the western part of the historic center near the Plaza de la Cathedral and José Marti Boulevard. The interiors created by European designers are simple, elegant, spacious and extremely comfortable. The only thing that is not very good is food. Unfortunately, in this regard, the service is still far from perfect.

Address: 603 Paseo de Martí, La Habana

Cost of living: $238 for person per day

 

  1. andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is part of one of the most popular nature reserves in Tanzania. Magnificent bungalows built on stilts, and finished in colonial style. From the outside, they look like the huts of the Masai tribe, who are indigenous to Tanzania. The walls are made of stone, and the roofs are covered with banana leaves.

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However, all this is minor compared to what you see inside. Antique furnishing, Persian carpets, crystal, giant mirrors – it feels like you are in royal mansions. Each room has its own butler, who fulfills all the whims of the guests: he gives tea, prepares a bath, makes a fire in the fireplace, brings fresh flowers every day and decorates the bed with petals.

The most interesting place is the terrace for observing the animals. You can see a calm walking lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino or elephant.

Address: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Cost of living: from $720 for person per day

 

  1. Hotel Palacio de Sal, Bolivia

Hotel Palacio de Sal is located on the shores of the Uyuni salt marsh. The uniqueness of this hotel is that the building itself, and the beds in it are entirely made of salt blocks that are connected together by water.

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(photo by Jhonny Bolivia)

Only two things in the hotel are made of other materials – this is a tin roof and toilets. In addition to the salt bed for the night, this hotel offers its guests the services of a salt spa. There are not only cosmetic, but also medical procedures.

You can also play golf on the salt field, which is available from May till November. In the rainy season, the Uyuni salt marsh turns into the largest mirror in the world, and at the end of the autumn thousands of flamingos arrive there.

Address: 25 Km de Uyuni 25, Potosí

Cost of living: from $100 for person per day

 

  1. Great Orme Lighthouse, United Kingdom

The Great Orme Lighthouse Hotel is located in the old lighthouse, which was built in 1862 in the north-west of the country. Until 1985, it was used for its intended purpose and warned ships of the approaching cliffs.

Great Orme Lighthouse

Then, it was acquired by Fiona Kilpatrick, who decided to make it a hotel. She turned all the external premises and the upper part of the lighthouse into a viewing platform. Just two kilometers away from the hotel there’s the famous Victorian resort of Llandudno, where all entertainment venues are concentrated: pubs, restaurants, theater and shopping centers are among them. Here you can play golf, tennis, go sailing or fishing.

Address: Great Orme’s Head, Marine Dr, Llandudno

Cost of living: from $129 for person per day

 

 

 

 

 

Sizeable Statuary: Some of the Biggest Sculptures in the World

Public art is the artist’s great gift to the world, and a way for big organisations to give back to the communities that support them. Rather than being fenced off in galleries, public art in parks and on the streets is available for everyone, not reserved for those who feel comfortable and happy to visit a museum.

Some of the most notable public art in the world are statues and sculptures that tower over everyone – not dominating the skyline like skyscrapers but ornamenting it. Today we’re taking a look at some of these giants of the art world, and hopefully giving you inspiration for a few places to visit in 2019!

Zurab Tsereteli

The modern master of the art of gigantic statuary is undoubtedly the Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli. His work adorns colleges campuses, Caribbean islands and even the streets of the City of London. If you want to see his work, you can easily put a list together of highpoints to take in!

If you’re in the United States, you’ll likely be aware of his ‘Tear of Grief’ (officially titled “The Struggle Against Terrorism”) which was gifted to America and erected in New Jersey as a commemoration of the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks – it’s an awe inspiring and humbling sight for any art lover.

Christ the Redeemer

No list of sizeable statuary would be complete without this modern day colossus, which is visible from almost every point in Rio de Janeiro. It’s one of the most famous images in the world, but as with so many of these much photographed locations, an image in a book, on a postcard or online is no substitute for seeing it in person.

It’s 98 feet tall, and mounted on a pedestal that is itself 26 feet tall which itself stands at the top of the 2,329 feet tall Corcovado Mountain and that sort of unimaginable scale simply needs to be experienced in person to be even slightly comprehended.

The Big Buddha

If you’re interested in giant statues, then Asia is a fertile hunting ground. There are lots of large monuments, often religious in nature than have been constructed throughout China, Japan, and the whole continent, but the one that’s perhaps most on the tourist trail is in Thailand. The ‘Big Buddha’ is the centrepiece of the Wat Muang Temple in Ang Thong Province. It’s a towering of 302 feet tall – with a cannily implied greater height, as the Buddha is depicted seated – and gleamingly golden. It’s a sight to behold and one you owe it to yourself to experience!

5 Reasons to Visit Guam

Guam is a tropical island that boasts gorgeous scenery and a rich history, but a lot of people don’t think of it when they are planning a getaway. It turns out that there are many great reasons why you should definitely have Guam on your list of must-see places as you plan future trips, and five of those reasons are listed below.

1. There Are Many Great Places to Book Your Stay

Booking the right hotel can be tough when you are heading to a tropical island, but when you are sorting through the details of your Guam trip, you will find it surprisingly easy to find a variety of great places to stay. From simple hotels to luxurious resorts, there really is something for everyone, so you can book the location that will suit your preferences and budget best. Take, for example, Guam hotels Tumon, where you will find clean, spacious rooms, fine dining, spas, pools, and more.

2. There Are Beautiful Beaches to Explore

Another one of the top reasons why tourists are quickly falling in love with Guam is because it is home to some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. Basically, anywhere you go while you are on the island will lead you to a pristine beach, so you are never very far away from the water. In Guam, the water will be clear, warm, and comfortable throughout the year, and you will be able to go snorkeling and diving to see some incredible marine life as well.

3. There Is History

With a rich history that dates back thousands of years, Guam is also a great getaway destination for travelers who are interested in visiting many different historical sites that are intriguing and beautiful in their own unique ways. There are many sites to explore that will take you back to ancient times or back to World War II. You’ll never get bored, and you’ll always be able to learn something new.

4. There Are Natural Places to Explore, Too

In addition to historical sites and beaches, there are many other beautiful, natural spaces to explore throughout the island of Guam. If you are a hiking enthusiast, or you just like exploring rich, diverse landscapes, this destination will not disappoint. A few of the many places that are at the top of the list for those who want to take a hiking trip include Talofofo Falls, Pagat Caves, Sigua Falls, Cetti Bay, Marbo Cave, and Ague Cove.

5. You Can Relax and Have Fun

Probably the biggest reason to visit Guam is that it offers the perfect combination of things to do, so you can relax at a spa or on a sandy beach one day, go snorkeling and off-roading the next, and go zip lining or parasailing the day after that. There is no shortage of fun and exciting things to do to make your trip unforgettable.

Now that you know a few of the reasons why Guam is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations for those seeking a tropical island getaway, what are you waiting for? Start planning your unforgettable trip today!

3 Reasons Why Everyone in Thailand Goes to Krabi for Relaxation

Bangkok might be the most popular place in Thailand for outsiders, but those that actually live in the country know that Krabi is the place to visit if you are looking for relaxation and a break from everyday life. In case you have not visited Krabi yet for some reason, or if you have only arrived in Thailand recently, here are three reasons why you need to spend some time in this South-Thai province on your next break.

The Luxurious and Relaxing Resorts

With some of the best views of the Andaman Sea and in close proximity to the stunning Koh Hong islands, the Krabi luxury resorts are all by themselves – reason enough for people to come to the province. Klong Muang, Ao Siew and Tupkaek are the three beaches where some of the best resorts in all of Thailand are located, with the likes of Dusit Thani, Ritz-Carlton and Sofitel operating in the area. If you want a truly refreshing and relaxing vacation at a world class resort, built in the middle of lush green forests and right beside gorgeous beaches, you just have to visit this part of Krabi.

The Street Food

While your resort will of course serve great food, it is recommended to make your trip more interesting by experiencing and experimenting a little with the local dishes as well. Once you decide to step out of your resort in Krabi and explore some of the local food, you will be pleasantly delighted, even if you have been living in Thailand for a while.

The street culinary culture of Krabi is among the best in all of southern Thailand, although Bangkok gets most of the spotlight. South-Thai food is quite spicy and hot though, so you may want to try a small portion of gaeng som or gaeng tai pla first, before committing to the whole dish. Khao mok gai, on the other hand, is a rice and meat-based dish that would be more tolerable (sort of!) for the unaccustomed stomach. For the western crowd, there are plenty of steak and grill options as well.

The Lovely Elephants

Thai people have an ancient connection with the local elephants, but modernization, hunting and commercialization almost destroyed the local elephant population once. Elephant sanctuaries all across Thailand have since managed to better protect the gentle giants in recent years and these sanctuaries are open to visitors as well. Unlike some places that still exploit and demean elephants by letting people ride them, the protective elephant sanctuaries of Krabi only allow friendly interactions with the animals. There is nothing more relaxing than spending some time cuddling with a baby elephant in the mud, or just observing them in close proximity.

This list was made mostly by selecting the most relaxing of all available activities in Krabi, but if you are looking for adventures in Thailand, there are so many options for that in Krabi. Travelers can canoe, speedboat, swim, snorkel, scuba dive, water raft, trek, hike and climb rocks in Krabi, which is not even the full list! There’s just something for everyone here in Krabi, and you will be glad you made the trip.

IMG Description: Tropical island with resorts – Phi-Phi island, Krabi Province, Thailand