Romantic Getaway Destination Tips For Married Couples

There are married couples looking for destination tips for their travels. Reading tips from people who have actually gone to the places they have aptly described in their reviews can make their recommendations a lot easier to digest and believable. Married couples seem to be wiser than first time honeymooners and so are more inquisitive when it comes to spending their holidays or vacations so that they get the best deals for their budget.

But before anything else, why do married couples look for romantic destinations? Well, for the top of the list reason, most of these married couples would want to catch the spark again in their relationship. Some just want to enjoy each other’s company again after having kids and other big responsibilities. And even some just want to rediscover each other after being hit with the bus called reality. With all these underlying reasons for married couples, giving the best tips in destination is more like a manual to them. Maybe they have been busy too much to even know what are the most top most romantic getaway places to be.

For married couples, they would want some place with the three essential factors: food, relaxation, and generous accommodations. After being married for quite some time, they would want a destination that can make them feel excited and relaxed in each other’s company.

First choice would be the Antigua in the Caribbean. Relaxation to most couples would mean sunny beaches that spells laid back and relaxation to most. This is a small island with small but intimate hotels that offer spas and other body treatments that can loosen all those tensed muscles and free the thoughts of their visitors. The best part of it is that it is in the tropics and so you can expect sunny weather all year-round.

Second would be surprisingly near, the Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. If your spouse is into golf sports or deep-sea fishing for fun, then this is your first choice. There are also luxury hotels that can accommodate you in the best and most fashionable way in the area.

The City by the Bay or San Francisco city in California is considered to be the most accessible romantic city in all of the states. If both of you just cannot consider an exotic getaway and would prefer a very cosmopolitan destination, then this is the place to be. Also fits the bill for most couples who are tight on the budget. Checking into their five-star hotels or dining in their world-class cuisine restaurants can allow you to go back to your romantic days with your spouse.

Napa Valley in California is best suited for married couples who share the love for wine tours and tasting. This is also a chance to get to know other couples who happen to share the same hobby that you might have or for you to discover the world of wine together. The charming valley town can look like Italy and the warm people with the high-class hotels can keep you comfortable in your stay.

Married couple should learn to enjoy each other’s company to keep their romance alive. Learning new activities together or indulging in your favorite destinations can make your bond stronger. You will always appreciate being married to each other every after trip you make.

Travel Tips For Bali – The Seminyak Area

Owing to its high density and up market boutique shopping, combined with the clusters of fine-dining restaurants, Seminyak has rapidly become one of the most well-recognized tourist precincts in Bali. In addition to the lively commercial strips with popular dining establishments Seminyak is home to a number of bars, craft houses, independent furniture makers and antique shops.

Seminyak has been labelled Bali’s best destination and party spot in several notable magazines. Land and accommodation prices are amongst the highest in Bali and plenty of luxury hotels and spas abound. The ambience of the area is best described as relaxed sophistication.

Renowned as the boutique shopping capital of Bali it’s difficult to believe that as little as ten years ago this area was awash with rice fields and far from the elite tourist precinct it is today. The area from Kuta in the south to Legian & Seminyak in the north is highly congested with traffic with only two routes in and out of these coastal communities. Although there are a multitude of taxis and transport options available, visitors are best advised to travel on foot.

The beaches of Seminyak and Petitenget are tourist magnets with endless stretches of sand in both directions, for as far as the eye can see. The beaches in the area are noticeably quieter than those further south around Kuta and the sunsets are a must see during your stay. A number of popular bars and restaurants such as the world-renowned Ku De Ta are located here and provide excellent venues for a pre-dinner cocktail or ice-cold beer.

Countless spa and massage treatment facilities are available in the area. The spa experiences are high-end and offer luxurious and sophisticated settings. Despite being more expensive than other locations in Bali, you will still find these services to be far cheaper than you would pay in other places around the world.

The dining offered in this northern beaches precinct is nothing short of world-class. If you choose to splurge on just one special meal whilst in Bali then look no further than the multitude of fine dining options around Seminyak. Prices are high by Bali standards but still excellent value when viewed on an international scale. The best restaurants are always full in the evening so arrive early or make a booking.

Petitenget is where the chic ambiance of Seminyak continues to the north. The emergence of a number of stylish venues in the Petitenget precinct, including some of Bali’s best restaurants, indicates that this area now serves as an extension to the fashionable playground of south Bali.

Canggu, another notably attractive area, is still home to vastly spread rice fields in spite of its close proximity to Seminyak and Petitenget. As the region continues to grow, a number of luxurious villas have begun to appear on the landscape along with the famous Canggu Club.

Where To Stay In The Seminyak Area:

Clio Studio Apartments: A modern, boutique resort property with thirteen rooms furnished in a minimalist style. There are 5 studio size rooms and 4 varieties of loft spaces available to guests. Clio is extremely good value by Seminyak standards with prices starting from US$80/night. Facilities include WiFi, flat screen TV’s, stereo system and wonderful friendly service.

Cicada Luxury Townhouses: Consists of 6 contemporary single and double story townhouses with cutting edge designer interiors. Each townhouse has a large tropical outdoor bathroom, private gardens and full service kitchen. Most have private plunge pools. The resort offers 24-hour room service and security as well as a 25-meter lap pool and Jacuzzi. This property offers excellent value and comes highly recommended from US$170/night.

The Haven:This 160 room modern style hotel began operations in mid 2009. As an alternative to the multitude of villa accommodation in the area The Haven offers regular hotel rooms and suites with just a few private villas. The property is located on the main street in Seminyak though once inside guests are blissfully unaware of the busy street outside. Packages and special discounts are available throughout the year.

Accommodation options are virtually endless in the Seminyak area. If you are looking for a high level of sophistication in a calm and relaxed area then this is the place you want to be in Bali. Everything you could need is at your fingertips, and this is my location of choice for your next holiday in Bali.

Insider Travel Tips for Mexico: Beyond Cancun

The last time I was in Mexico, so was everyone else – or so it seemed. But it is possible to travel to Mexico and enjoy a white sandy beach and some peace and quiet at the same time. All you need to know is where (and, in some cases, when) to go.

When to Go

November to April is widely regarded as the best time to visit. The summer months can get pretty hot. September and October is the peak of hurricane season, which actually stretches from November to June.

Keep in mind that the month of March tends to be very busy on the Mexico beaches with high school and college students on Spring Break. If it’s a quiet vacation you want, you will also want to avoid the time around Christmas and Easter, as well as July and August.

Where to Go

It’s true: there’s a lot more to Mexico – and the Yucatan peninsula – than the city of Cancun.

Here are five favorite destinations that offer memorable Mexico vacations. Each of these spots can be reached by flying into Cancun. So if you’d like to get a taste of the big city resort and then set out on the less-traveled path, you’ll have the best of both worlds.

1. Isla Mujeres. Just 8 miles across the bay from Cancun, Isla Mujeres is a peaceful fishing village with restaurants, shops, and small, charming hotels. In fact, the whole island is cozy: The island itself is less than one mile wide and about five miles long. Downtown Isla Mujeres stretches only about six blocks. The island’s signature turquoise waters and white sandy beaches make for great snorkeling and scuba diving. You can rent kayaks, snorkeling equipment and other gear right on the beach. Other activities to enjoy during your stay at Isla Mujeres include fishing, sailing, and swimming with the dolphins.

2. Riviera Maya stretches down the peninsula from Cancun to Tulum. Here, you will find white sandy beaches and water sports of all kinds, including scuba diving along the Great Maya coral reef, the second largest barrier reef system on the globe. Divers, and snorkelers may be rewarded with the sight of water life ranging from sea anemones, sponges and sea cucumbers to starfish and sea urchins, as well as underwater caverns. Sport fishing is a big business in Riviera Maya, as well. Other activities include golfing, spa going, and eco-touring at the various ecological reserves in the region. Two highlights: the Xcaret EcoPark and the Sian Ka’an bioshphere.

3. Playa del Carmen. About 40 minutes by car down the coast from Cancun, Playa del Carmen is growing into a bustling resort along Riviera Maya. If you like to shop, you’ll love Playa del Carmen. Boutiques in the town offer everything from cutting-edge European fashions to crafts from local artisans.
During your stay, don’t miss Quinto Avenida (Fifth Avenue). It’s the heart of Playa. There are no cars, you can stroll the Avenue and be entertained by street performers, including artists and musicians. Playa del Carmen also features premiere dining, as the majority of the Riviera Maya’s restaurants are here, and quite a few of them are on Fifth Avenue itself. The bars and nightclubs are hopping on into the evening, so bring your dancing shoes.

4. Xel-Ha. Xel-Ha is an archeological site and eco-park, located between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. This destination offers adventures for all ages and mesmerizing ecological sights, as well as water sports, such as diving and snorkeling. You can swim with the dolphins here, as well. Xel-Ha is particularly friendly for families and is bound to be an education in both Mayan history and ecology for the entire family.

5. Tulum. Drive a bit further south down the Mayan coast and you’ll find the small town of Tulum. Tulum is perhaps best known for its Mayan ruins, high on the limestone cliffs. These cliffs offer scenery you’ll not soon forget of the Caribbean alongside a picture-perfect coastline. Tulum is the starting place for eco-tourism and adventure travel, so make sure to look into nearby day trips and local attractions.

For an ideal and well-rounded vacation, try a few days exploring the gradeur of Riviera Maya, then take some time to shop and play in the bustling Playa Del Carmen and another day or two visiting the Mayan ruins – and taking in the sites – of Tulum.

The word is out about these magnificent resorts, so you won’t be able to avoid the crowds completely, but by striking out and having fun off the beaten path, you’ll find a good balance, and learn a lot about ecology and ancient Mayan culture.