When you think about living it up in a tropical island, you are probably picturing lush greenery, warm temperature, a scenic coastline, a long stretch of golden sand, azure waters, and a healthy amount of sunshine. Barbados, located in the easternmost part of the Caribbean, ticks off pretty much every item on the list…and more. Rightfully dubbed as ‘The Gem of the Caribbean Sea’, Barbados is constantly sought after by tourists from the UK and all over the globe.
While the Spanish first discovered the country, the British first occupied it in 1627. The English settlement lasted until 1961 when Barbados was granted internal autonomy. While the island has been independent for over five decades, remnants of the settlement can still be seen. And it’s part of Barbados’ charm, an island of contrasts with modern ways and traditional influences from the past.
In Barbados, there is something to enjoy for everyone. For a place that is so popular with honeymooners and celebrities, it’s hard to imagine visiting for a quick holiday without breaking the bank. If you’re a budget traveler, don’t fret. There are plenty of budget accommodations to stay in, public beaches to enjoy and local stalls to visit for your meals. And if you’re in the dazzling island to splurge, the options are overflowing. Stay in one of Barbados’ exclusive luxury hotels and eat your way around the island the classy way by indulging in its many top-notch fine dining spots.
We know it’s tempting to just relax in a stunning resort all day long with a cocktail in hand. But Barbados has so much more to offer. Here are a few of our suggestions that you can add to your itinerary.
Sun, sand, and swell. The island has plenty of great surfing spots for intermediate and expert surfers to enjoy. Don’t hesitate to bring your surfboard and catch some waves. If you’re looking for a challenge, head on over to the popular Soup Bowl in Bathsheba Beach.
Right at the beautiful central uplands of Barbados is a marvelous natural wonder — Harrison’s Cave. This well-preserved crystallized limestone cave is one of the most popular attractions on the island. View clear streams, waterfalls, stalactites, stalagmites, and calm pools of water. You can book tours to the cave daily but walk-in tours are also available during weekends. The area has restrooms, a gift shop and parking space. To get there, you can drive up or take the Route No. 4 Shorey Village or Chalky Mount bus.
Owing to its picturesque setting and rolling waves, this beach is a haven for surfers and photographers. The beach located in St. Joseph features gorgeous ocean views and surreal rock formations that anyone can definitely appreciate. While the rough waters make the water unsafe for swimming, there’s plenty to do other than enjoy the view. Stop by the nearby rum shacks for a drink, take leisurely walks, fly kites, lounge by the beach or have a picnic with the family. We recommend renting a car to visit due to the limited public transportation in the area.
Are you traveling with the family and looking for a fun daytime activity? Make sure to stop by the Barbados Wildlife Reserve in Farley Hill, St. Peter to observe and learn more about the islands’ native animals. You’ll see plenty of green monkeys, deer, tortoises, peacocks, and pelicans. Stroll around and watch the animals in close range as they eat, play and interact with each other in their natural habitat. Don’t miss the feeding time at 2 in the afternoon. Call the Barbados Wildlife Reserve at +1 246-422-8826 should you have any inquiries.
Another natural wonder to capture the heart every nature lover is the Animal Flower Cave in St. Lucy, the northern tip of the island. This is island’s only accessible sea cave discovered in 1780 by two English explorers. The cave’s coral floor is estimated to be between four to five centuries old. The history alone is mesmerizing but come inside and you be treated to a breathtaking view. The cave is named after the many sea anemones, locally referred to as ‘sea flowers’, thriving in its coral reefs and pools. Observe these beautiful creatures, take in the sight of the coastline, swim in the clear and inviting natural pools or enjoy a meal at the restaurant nearby. Visiting the Animal Flower Cave will entail a minimal fee for the local tour guide.
The history of Mount Gay, the world’s oldest rum distillery, started in Barbados. Rum shacks are all over the island and each one carries this famous local brand. If you enjoy the drink or simply want a taste of rum history, paying a visit to this nearly four centuries old distillery is a must. You’ll witness a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s production process and have the chance to sample different varieties of their rum.
Ready to explore Barbados? Get in touch with us with your travel dates, activities and budget in mind and we’ll get back to you with a one of a kind holiday.
Planning ahead and your trips early can get you amazing discounts. Right now, you can take advantage of our 7-night Barbados Holiday from ONLY £679 per person. This package is inclusive of direct flights from London Gatwick as well as accommodation at the Time Out Hotel. Interested? Call 07484 703 647, email [email protected] or visit clbglobaltravel.com for more information.
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With its overflowing natural beauty, inviting tropical islands, Caribbean coastline, colorful culture and top-notch cuisine, there is no surprise why Mexico has always been a top tourist destination.
Here are a few more reasons why Mexico should be on your destination list this year:
More than the beautiful sites, what makes any vacation truly more memorable are the people you encounter. And the locals of Mexico are one to remember—friendly, warm and welcoming. Many are willing to go out of their way to assist a tourist in need of help.
The country is filled with globally renowned and top-notch tourist destinations. And the good news is that you can experience many of them without having to empty your bank account or sell your properties. The daily travel expenses such as food, drinks, and transportation are manageable. You can enjoy a hearty, heavy meal for cheap if you’re adventurous enough to try street food and eat like locals do. You also have plenty of affordable accommodation options especially if you’re traveling with a group.
With a coastline spanning over 9,000 kilometers, Mexico has plenty of idyllic beaches to explore. Each year, tourists from all over the world visit the country’s world-class resorts. Enjoy the turquoise waters and lively crowd of Cancun, party in hip Playa del Carmen, or soak up some history and visit archeological sites in between swims in Tulum. Whether you’re in the mood for a party or a quiet escape, Mexico has a beach to suit your preference.
Delicious is an understatement when it comes to Mexican cuisine. Tasty, vibrant, varied and simply irresistible. If you are one of the few who isn’t already a fan of tacos, tamales, carnitas, tortas, and quesadillas, then one trip to the city can definitely convert you. You don’t have to dine in fancy restaurants for a flavorful dish. In Mexico, street food rules. It is a great way to get acquainted with the diverse cuisine and put a little more spice into your diet. Remember to put elotes, gorditas, tostadas, and tostilocos on your must-eat list!
Do you have an insatiable thirst for history and nature? Are you on a mission to visit as many UNESCO heritage sites as you can? If so, consider starting your journey in Mexico. With an incredibly diverse natural and cultural heritage, Mexico serves as home to the most heritage sites than any country in the continent. Each of the 34 UNESCO World Heritage Sites is worth a visit. Sian Ka’an, Chichen-Itza, Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino, Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco, Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila, Historic Town of Guanajuato and the Pre-Hispanic Town of Uxmal are among our top picks
The sheer size of Mexico is a telltale sign of its diverse ecosystems. Be it landscapes, valleys, flora and fauna, the country has definitely a lot to offer.
Yes, Mexico city is sprawling, busy and overcrowded. But it is also saturated with cultural hotspots, historical sites, delightful cuisine, friendly people, impressive architecture and more. It definitely has something in store for all types of tourists. With a lower cost of living, traveling around the city is very affordable. Visit the National Museum of Anthropology, National Palace, and the largest church in the entire Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral, or swing by the archaeological site of Teotihuacan to soak up some of the city’s history. If you’re an art lover, schedule a trip to Frida Kahlo Museum and to learn more about the renowned artist’s life and works.
It’s hard to believe that this slice of paradise has only been built over a decade ago. With its inviting turquoise waters, gorgeous beaches, luxury resorts, and colorful nightlife, the island draws in tourists from all over the globe. We’ve rounded up the activities you should put in your itinerary when you visit Cancun. Read: Travelling to Cancun? Add These Activities to Your Itinerary
Do you want to unwind? The laidback town of Tulum, situated on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, is not nearly as commercial as Cancun but is just as beautiful. More than the beautiful beaches of this little town, there are countless to explore. Don’t leave without visiting the famous Mayan ruins, diving into the famous cenotes El Gran Cenote and Calavera, or taking a trip down Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
With over 30 dive sites, this laidback city is every diver’s paradise. The shore is lined with palm trees, seafood restaurants, and glossy beachfront resorts. The main attraction, however, is the sea teeming with diverse marine life. Spend your days swimming, sailing, snorkeling, parasailing or learning about the Mesoamerican ruins in Xihuacan.
Have you had your fill of sun, sand, and sea? Make Oaxaca your next destination. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Mexican state is well known for its flavorful food, rich culture, history, colorful festivals, art scene and colonial treasures. There are plenty of archeological sites to explore and Monte Albán is on top of that list. Don’t forget to visit the Museum of Oaxacan Cultures (Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca) too; it houses an impressive collection of pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary artifacts. Set in a 17th-century convent, the building in itself is a work of art.
We have hundreds of travel partners and can ensure that you get the best deal for your trip. Have a worry-free holiday as we can arrange everything for you from your flight down to your itinerary. Let us know your preferred dates and we’ll get in touch with a FREE quote. Have any questions? Call us at +44 (0) 7484 703 647, email [email protected], or visit clbglobaltravel.com for our latest offerings.
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With lush jungles, pristine islands, stunning beaches, colorful culture, amazing cuisine and cheap cost of living, it’s not a surprise why Thailand remains one of the most visited destinations in Asia Pacific. The country is a favorite for many honeymooners, backpackers, and tourists from all over the globe.
If you’re planning to visit, here are a few tips to ensure you’ll have an enjoyable and smooth-sailing trip to Thailand.
Before booking your flight, research and learn more about the Kingdom’s entry requirements on their Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months and proof that you have sufficient funds for your trip. Foreigners entering Thailand also need an onward or return ticket is it via air, sea or land travel. This serves as a guarantee that you will not be staying in the country later than the approved visa duration, which is usually 30 days. The country allows citizens from specific countries to enter without acquiring a visa as long as you’re staying for tourism purpose and not longer than 30 days.
Travellers who are arriving in Thailand must fill out Form No. 211 or Passenger Declaration Form and submit it to the Customs officer. Among the items that are prohibited are counterfeit goods, obscene publications, narcotics and protected wildlife. For a full list, visit the Thai customs website.
Baht is the official Thai currency. Take note that it is better to exchange your foreign currency in banks and authorized money changers. If you’re staying in major tourist spots, major credit cards are widely accepted.
Live like a local – One of the easiest ways to save money while travelling in a new place is to go local. Opting for the local transport and taking buses, train and songthaews (shared taxis) can save you a lot. Eating out in Western restaurants and buying foreign food comes at a great expense because of the import fees. The Thais love to eat and you will find awesome places to eat even late at night.
Buy alcohol in supermarket – A night out drinking can get expensive really quick. Your wallet will thank you if you choose to buy your beer at the local supermarket or convenience stores. It will cost you a third of what you pay in bars. If you want to have a nice time drinking outside, take advantage of the happy hour where you can enjoy discounts and 2 for 1 specials.
Learn how to haggle – Bargaining is part of the shopping experience in Thailand. Feel free to ask sellers for a reasonable discount especially in popular shopping areas such as Silom, Chatuchak Market, and Khao San Road. Take your time looking around to compare prices so you can get a good bargain. Buying more can also help get you a better deal.
Laundry – Your weekly laundry expenses can add up. All you need is a place to wash your clothes and a pack of detergent.
Accommodation – There is a long list of affordable accommodation in Thailand since it’s a popular destination for young travellers and backpackers. You can stay in guesthouses, hostels or book through Airbnb.
Avoid scams – Tourists are easy prey for scammers. Before travelling, read up on other people’s experience of getting robbed or scammed in the area you’re planning to travel. When taking a taxi, make sure that the driver runs the meter. Before saying yes to a service, agree on a price first.
Whether you’re staying in a new country for a week or a month, having insurance gives you that sense of security. Thailand is an amazing place for new adventures and it’s hard to enjoy those if you are not covered by an insurance that matches your requirements.
Only drink bottled or sterilized water. If you’re buying bottled water, you’ll save more by getting the bigger bottles. If you have a sensitive stomach or if you have allergies, you may want to avoid sidewalk eateries. Although the food is affordable, tasty and tempting, there is no assurance of the hygienic standard of food preparation. A service charge is usually already reflected in the bill. Tipping servers is not required but always appreciated.
Knowing a thing or two about the customs of the country you’re visiting always helps.
• Take note that the kingdom is a largely Buddhist country and images of Buddha are held sacred. Any sacrilegious act is punishable by law and it does not exempt foreign tourists.
• The Thais revere the Royal Family. Any display of disrespect such as hurling insults or threats towards the monarchy is an offence.
• When entering the temple or a local’s home, you are expected to remove your shoes.
• As we’re sure, you pack clothes based on your itinerary and activities while travelling. If you plan on visiting the many exquisite temples in Thailand, make sure to have modest clothing. You cannot enter the premises if you are wearing shorts, mini skirts or any other revealing garb.
• Treat monks with utmost respect wherever and whenever you encounter them.
We hope these tips will help you have a better experience in Thailand. If you are keen on visiting, working with a travel consultant can be helpful especially in getting good deals from suppliers. Get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or calling +44 (0) 7484 703 647 for booking and enquiries.
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Istanbul has been an energetic, busy metropolitan for centuries. Strategically situated at the meeting point of two continents, Istanbul continues to evolve as one of the most diverse cities in the world.
With a population of 15 million, Istanbul is culturally diverse. In this multiethnic city, people from different backgrounds, ethnicities and religions are able to live together in harmony. We rounded up the top reasons why you should visit this sprawling metropolis.
Istanbul has a rich history. It is nearly impossible not to be drawn by its fascinating past. Standing in between Europe and Asia, the strategic location of Istanbul has enticed many pillaging armies and empires in the past centuries. In fact, the city has served as the capital of some of the biggest and most powerful empires—the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, the remnants of these empires still stand and are open to the public. You can take a walk around the Dolmabahçe Palaces in the Beşiktaş district, once the Ottoman Empire administrative centre, and be taken back to the time when sultans rule the city. There are guided tours in different languages so be sure to include the palace, among many other sites, in your itinerary.
You’ve probably heard it before—Istanbul is a city of contrasts. When you visit, it will soon be apparent that this city has many sides to it. As the megalopolis links the West to the East via the Bosphorus Strait, the influences from both continents can be seen all around the city. Here, the remnants of the city’s past coexist with the more modern present featuring skyscrapers and busy streets.
One moment you are marvelling at palaces and mosques, another minute you may be gazing at impressive high-rise buildings. It is easy to develop an appreciation for Istanbul’s ancient architectural wonders. But modernization has allowed these places to have amenities for those that choose the city as their holiday destination.
The unique mixture of cultures in Istanbul can be seen in its bustling food scene. If you are a tourist, expect to have a wealth of options when it comes to dishes. Of course, the typical Turkish tasty dishes should be a must on your list. From the classic shish kebab to the savoury flatbread Gözleme, flavorful apple tea, and sweet baklava, you will not run out of mouthwatering local dishes to try. Meanwhile, as a testament to its global city status, you can conveniently find restaurants serving Japanese, Indian, American, Thai or fusion cuisines. If you have the time, you can even take short-term cooking classes and learn how to prepare traditional home cooked Turkish dishes.
If a well-spent day on a holiday for you involves fun partying at night, then you’ll feel at home in Istanbul. With a population of 15 million people and a constant influx of tourists from all over the world, the city is well equipped when it comes to entertainment. There is something for almost any taste—nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurant lounges, private venues and more. There are also different hot spots for every season. If you are going to the city during summer, don’t miss out on rooftop bars overlooking the city. On the other hand, lively underground, intimate clubs replaces the open-air venues come wintertime. Either way, you can expect an excitable crowd, lively music and amazing atmosphere.
As you know, we at CLB Global Travel love to include museums and galleries on the list of places one must visit while travelling. Why? Because visiting these structures allows one to have a glimpse of a city or country’s history and culture. Istanbul serves as home to Turkey’s most important ancient artworks and artefacts. The city has once been deemed as the European Capital of Culture back in 2010.
Here is a list of the museums you should include in your itinerary if you’re an art enthusiast:
Istanbul has plenty to offer shoppers with different budgets. Want to splurge? Visit the Nişantaşı neighbourhood and purchase goods from luxury brands and well-established local designers. Are you looking to add a unique piece for your antique collection? Explore the streets of Çukurcuma Caddesi for a trip down memory lane and a possible score. Whatever your shopping desire is, your visit to Istanbul is not complete without visiting the streets of the famous Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s biggest covered markets.
One of the main perks of working with a dedicated travel consultant is that we can create a holiday specifically tailored for you. Be it a quick city break, a long vacation, a romantic getaway or a family trip, we have your back! Get in touch if you want a quick quote. Simply email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647.
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Majorca, also referred to as Mallorca, is the largest island of the Balearics. The charming island, positioned in the Mediterranean, has long been drawing travellers from Europe and across the world for its picturesque beaches, turquoise waters, sandy coves, islets, and a breathtaking mountain range.
With a steady growth of visitors since the 1950s, the island is largely dependent on the tourism industry revenue. This also means that it has a well-established tourist infrastructure and amenities, which also draw in visitors from nearby countries who are looking for some rest and relaxation.
The island has mild winters and warm summers. If you are looking to have a sunny summer escapade, it is best for you to visit from May until September.
This resort situated on the southwest coast of the island is a well-known European destination thanks to its epic nightlife. Younger crowds who enjoy partying especially frequent the resort. Pair your chill day by the beach with a memorable night of drinks and dancing.
An explorer’s dream, Serra de Tramuntana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the cultural landscape category. The unspoilt mountain range featuring dramatic landscapes was the first attraction that brought in visitors in the early 20th century. The landscape is perfect for walking, hiking and biking as it offers a picturesque view. You can spend a few days just discovering this side of Majorca because there’s a lot to see—villages, cliffs, landscapes, and beaches. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain range by joining tours or driving by if you are pressed for time. While its strong slopes pose as an inviting challenge for hikers, there are a lot more activities to take on from canyoneering to cliff diving.
The Roman Catholic cathedral, located in Palma, is an impressive landmark of the Balearic Islands. The 14th century structure features stunning Gothic architecture. Many refer to it as the ‘Cathedral of Light’ and for good reason. When you enter its premises, impressive stained-glass windows greet you. These windows turn the morning sunbeams into colourful light that flood the entire building. The cathedral is open to public from Mondays through Saturdays. You can take tour the Gothic cathedral with an audio guide that for an extra cost will allow you to find out more about its history.
North of Mallorca is the old town locals refer to as Port d’Alcudia. The walled town’s narrow streets are lined with quaint shops, plenty of restaurants, and lovely houses that feature amazing ancient architecture. It is located close to the centre so don’t hesitate to visit if you’re around the area. You can also head over to the busy market to buy homemade souvenirs and other goods.
Have your eyes set on Majorca for your family outing? You’re in luck! Take advantage of our all-exclusive package so you don’t have anything else to worry about but packing. The 10-nights all-inclusive package includes accommodation and hotel transfers at £5179 per family of four. You will spend 7 nights at the 5-star Zafiro Alcudia & Spa, Majorca. It features several bars, a buffet restaurant, fitness centre, and outdoor and indoor pools. The hotel is at Port d’Alcudia, just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
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CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Be it a quick city break or a long vacation, we have your back. Get in touch if you want a quick quote for your next trip. Simply email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647.
Situated in the French Polynesia northwest of Tahiti is the island of Bora Bora. Despite only spanning only six miles long, this small island is overflowing with beauty so much so that many consider it to be one of the best islands in the world.
You’ve probably seen it before—the pristine turquoise lagoon water, soft white sands, the mountain peak backdrop, lush slopes, and romantic sunsets. Photos of Bora Bora are constantly being posted and shared on social media platforms as a travel bucket list destination. It’s an ideal spot for luxury travellers, newlyweds, and pretty much anyone who craves a little bit of paradise on earth. In Bora Bora, clear waters, breathtaking views, mouthwatering cuisine, excellent service, and legendary sunsets are the norm.
Each year, honeymooners from all over the world choose the lagoon island as the best place to start their new lives. The scenery in itself is quite romantic. Imagine lounging in an overwater villa and enjoy a great view of the Pacific Ocean, skyline, and colourful sea creatures. Many luxury resorts also offer all-inclusive packages perfectly suited for couples. You can tick off all the items on your checklist from private dinners in picturesque locations to photography packages, and more.
Take note, however, that visiting Bora Bora comes at a great price. The island is in a remote location and flights are limited. Accommodations are few, high-end and expensive. Most goods are shipped by plane or boat, which adds to the overall rates on the island. But if you are down the experience one of the best islands in the world, the cost is definitely worth it.
If you are planning a trip to Bora Bora, here are five activities you should never miss out on:
Want to get epic panoramic views of the island? Excited to get spectacular photos of Bora Bora? If so, get ready to climb the highest peak in Bora Bora—Mount Otemanu, an extinct volcano that rises up to 2,385 feet from the surface of a blue lagoon. Travellers with a heart for adventure can hike the mountain with the help of a veteran guide. Hiking alone is not advisable. Despite its beauty, the volcano has twisted paths and precarious rocks that make it too risky to fully surmount.
Note: If hiking is not your thing, you can always book a sightseeing tour to get a good view of the mountain. You can rent a yacht, board a catamaran, ride a motorboat, and even take a helicopter ride. Your Bora-Bora trip is not complete without seeing the majestic Mount Otemanu up close.
Matira Beach is popularly regarded as the finest beach in all of Bora Bora. The beach is studded with palm trees, lined with soft, white sands cascading into clear turquoise blue waters. You can definitely spend hours lounging or taking leisurely strolls here. Since it’s near major resorts, the beach is quite accessible. Lounge while enjoying a nice meal, take a leisurely stroll, or simply sit back and relax.
With waters as clear as beaches in Bora Bora, snorkelling is a must. The island has healthy reefs filled with colourful fishes. You don’t need to be a pro to explore coral gardens and enjoy awesome underwater views.
Bora Bora is also every diver’s paradise so certified scuba divers are in for a treat. Unlike other tropical destinations, Bora Bora is an amazing diving spot all year round. Divers can get a rare opportunity to swim alongside large marine species like sharks and manta rays. The island’s lagoon serves home to white tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, stingrays, and more so be ready to see them in your dive.
Bora Bora is famous for its iconic but insanely expensive overwater villas. You’ve travelled this far, might as well get the full over the top luxury experience. Wake up to awesome views in your porch and take a plunge into the clear waters in no time.
You can’t have a top notch holiday without delicious food. Drop by the famous Bloody Mary restaurant that’s often frequented by celebrities and luxury travellers. It offers an amazing array of dishes paired with a great atmosphere without the expensive price tag. Don’t forget to try their catch of the day meals.
CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Be it a quick city break or a long vacation, we have your back. Get in touch if you want a quick quote for your next trip. Simply email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647.
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Imagine basking in the sun with a drink in your hand and a spectacular view of turquoise waters, fine white sand, and palm trees. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a holiday, right? Cancún, situated in the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, is a dreamy vacation spot for beach lovers, spring breakers, and luxury travellers.
This little slice of paradise was built from the ground up just a little more than a decade ago. Yet today, it is among the most popular destinations in Mexico for its outstanding tourist infrastructure drawing in millions of visitors annually and for good reason. Beyond the awe-inspiring beaches, rich coral reef, upscale resorts, high-rise hotels, exceptional dining options, and a vibrant nightlife, the modern city has a lot more to offer.
You’ve probably seen the magical looking swimming holes on your Instagram timeline and wondered when you’d get to experience it. These swimming holes are called cenotes and they are all over Mexico. You will have to go on a two-hour drive from Cancun to reach the nearest Ik Kel cenote but the rewards for those who take the trip are plentiful. Be one with nature as you explore lush greenery, stunning caves and take a dip in the clear waters.
When in Cancun, this is an experience you cannot miss: witness the monumental statues of MUSA, a phenomenal underwater contemporary museum of art. The museum features over 500 permanent life-size sculptures that have been underwater since 2009. Few things can compare to witnessing one of the most ambitious underwater art attractions across the globe. You may access the museum by booking a spot on a glass bottom boat, scuba diving or snorkelling. The reefs are brimming with colourful fishes and other sea creatures.
Mexico serves as home to important historical structures such as the Mayan ruins. Chichen Itza is known as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Why pass up on the opportunity to behold a vital piece of history? If you’re set on visiting Ik Kel cenote, you can squeeze in some time to visit as the ruins. Especially since they are just in the same vicinity.
If you ever manage to get yourself off of the inviting waters, do not miss the opportunity to visit El Rey Ruins. Step foot in the remaining traces of ancient Mayan city. As we mentioned in our post about Yaxchilan, the Mayan empire has significantly shaped the way future empires ruled. Not only those, the Mayans are also among the most dominant ethnic civilizations in Mexico and Central America.
Called Zona Arqueologica El Rey in the local language, the ruins feature the architectural brilliance of the Mayan people. The best part about visiting is the fact that you do not need to go very far just to get a glimpse of this historical structure. You can easily access the ruins in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
Cancun is not all about relaxing. At night, the tranquil tropical paradise transforms into an outrageous party scene that does not stop until the sun comes up. From crowds of college students on their Spring Break to more mature partygoers, there is a spot that suits almost every musical taste.
You probably notice that we include recommendations of museums to visit at almost any location we feature. That’s because we believe that any country’s culture, history and art are all important factors in fully appreciating the beauty of travelling to that spot.
Having said that, we’re including The Maya Museum on the list of things you need to visit in Cancún. The well-designed museum features important information and archaeological artefacts from the Mayan civilization. You can view three hundred fifty artefacts. These include skeletal remains dating back 14,000 years. You can also view the remains of the decade old artefact ‘Woman of the Palms.’
Situated in the south of Cancun, the resort town of Tulum serves as home to a walled Mayan archaeological site. The town overlooks an outstanding coastline. If you are staying in Cancun for a while, consider taking a trip down to this well preserved walled city. Here, you can go for cavern diving, swim in cenotes, snorkel inside caves. Need a break from the water activities? Explore the historic El Castillo, the Temple of the Descending God, and Temple of the Frescoes. At the city centre, you can stay in affordable lodgings and enjoy cheap authentic Mexican food. And if staying in the city is not your thing, you can always travel to the coast.
CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your trip off to a perfect start.
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Situated in the southernmost region of soulful Spain is Granada. Dramatically set in the Sierra Nevada mountain foothills, the city is one of the popular tourist destinations in Spain and for good reason.
The setting in the middle of four rivers with the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains as backdrop is a sight to behold. When winter comes, the snowy mountain peaks boasts a majestic view while also serving as a haven for winter sports enthusiasts.
While Granada is primarily a Catholic town, it was once under Muslim rulers for eight centuries. Knowing about this captivating period in the region’s history not only provides a glimpse of the past but also explains the distinctive, harmonious mix of these two cultures and traditions featured in Granada.
Granada, globally known for its Moorish heritage, has an impressive display of Moorish architecture and art. Among the most well known is the romantic and historic fortress known as the Alhambra Palace where the Nazari Dynasty, last Spanish Muslim Kingdom rulers, once lived. The complex of palaces, set at the foot of the country’s highest mountain peaks, features dreamy sights of gardens, fountains, plains, and an overview of the entire city.
If you travel to the east of Alhambra, you will come across Palacio de Generalife. The former summer palace and residence of emirs in the 13th and 14th centuries is now home to glorious gardens and well-laid grounds perfect for a leisurely stroll.
A visit to the residential district of Albaycín with its narrow meandering cobbled streets and alleys. Here, you can observe traditional Andalusian architecture harmoniously blending with Moorish architecture. Many have described the charming district as an outdoor museum.
All over Granada, there are many monuments and landmarks that are well worth visiting. Catedral de Granada, a Roman Catholic Church that spans 65 meters wide and stands 115 meters, is hard to miss. The Renaissance Cathedral boasts stunning architecture and history that makes it a must-see when you are in Granada.
Here are just a number of tips you should keep in mind:
If you are flying from across the world to Spain, it pays to book in advance. There are plenty of last minute travel deals that can be tempting but don’t bank on this if you are taking a transatlantic flight. Your best bet on getting the best price is booking well in advance especially if you’re choosing a budget airline.
There are many places to stay in and around Granada for every budget. But if you are travelling alone or as a couple, an option you can explore to save up on accommodation is couch surfing or booking through Airbnb. There are plenty of locals who open up their homes to tourists for a price way lower than hotels would charge. Another perk of staying with a local host could is gaining insights about the city and getting tips that are not usually published online. You could also connect with other vacationers like you.
Do you prefer some privacy? Youth hostels are an option. You get your own private room for a small price. While these places are not equipped with anything luxurious, many offer free breakfast and WiFi. Since you will most likely be out and about all day, this
Prefer to stay at hotels? Booking early could save you a bit of cash especially if you’re planning to go during peak season. Booking in advance for a festival and other popular events also mean that you have more options. The closer you are to the actual event date, the more likely it is that your first few accommodation choices will be fully booked.
Tapas are a vital part of the Spanish life. When in Granada, do not miss out on enjoying free tapas when you order a round of alcoholic drinks from casual dining restaurants. The free small plate can range from a few olives and breadsticks to hamburgers to generous servings of paella. Now, this is something you can find in many areas of Spain but Granada is one of the best places you can enjoy free tapas.
Granada is oozing with cultural and historical spots that are best explored on foot. There are quite a number of free walking tours in Granada that will let you explore the most important landmarks in the city. Through the capable local guides who have intimate knowledge about the city, you can learn significant stories on the sites you will be visiting. Tips or donations are accepted at the end of these entertaining and educational walking tours.
The Spanish usually eat a small breakfast and have a heavy, hearty lunch. A pastry and cup of coffee will be less than 2€. Meanwhile, a three-course menu of the day or ‘menu del dia’ can cost you around €6 to €15. Now you will have a lot of dining options in Granada. A good rule of thumb in choosing where to eat is to make sure the restaurant has patrons. Give it plus points if the people eating there are locals. If you come across an empty restaurant, it is best for you to walk away. Take note that eating out during evenings is considerably more expensive. So keep your belly filled during lunch to avoid splurging during dinner.
CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Be it a quick city break or a long vacation, we have you covered! Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your trip off to a perfect start.
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There is nothing quite like going on a tropical holiday. If getting your regular dose of sun, sand and sea is a priority, surely the Caribbean is a dream destination. And what better way than to start your Caribbean adventure in Jamaica?
The island nation has long been a tourist favorite with its lush rainforests, pristine sandy beaches, natural falls, impressive mountain range, and intoxicating music scene. But with a growing number of incredible all-inclusive resorts that offer everything you could possibly need, more travellers are flocking to the island.
If you come to Jamaica for the beach life, expect to experience so much more. With a vibrant cultural heritage and multiethnic society, Jamaica thrives in its diversity. People from different nationalities have called this island their home for centuries. Music is an important aspect of Jamaican culture. Well-renowned artists have brought reggae and dub music into the international stage including the music powerhouse Bob Marley. This caused a surge in the popularity of the Rastafari culture so much so that many consider it synonymous with Jamaica. Surprisingly, less than 5% locals practice this lifestyle.
The locals, resilient survivors of oppression and enslavement in the past, are warm and welcoming in nature. They believe in the power of community and importance of strong family ties. With this, it is easy to feel at home on Jamaica’s shores. While English is the official language, you will encounter locals who stick to their own linguistic style—a mix of African, Spanish, Rastafarian and English.
The traditional wear, usually handmade clothing from calico cloth, oozes with vibrant colour. A headscarf used to keep hair in place is a vital part of the typical Jamaican ensemble.
You’re also in for a culinary adventure on this Caribbean island. The distinct flavorful cuisine incorporating Caribbean spices and influences from different ethnicities is another key aspect of Jamaican culture. The ‘jerk’ technique is probably the most popular method for food preparation. A must-try is the jerk chicken, a dish whose seasonings are distributed in various parts of the world.
There are three main areas that you can explore in Jamaica—Ocho Rios, Negril and Montego Bay. The port town of Ocho Rios is situated in the northern part of Jamaica with a cruise ship harbor and luxury resorts. Negril has the best beach among the three. Meanwhile, Montego Bay is the most accessible as it is nearest to the airport.
Kick off your adventure in Jamaica with this incredible all-inclusive offer. Indulge in seven nights within an adult-only resort at the Secrets Wild Orchid. The resort features an amazing range of amenities that are at your disposal. Boasting a modern and contemporary style, the suites are designed ultimately for your comfort, entertainment and relaxation. Each room has a full entertainment system and a whirlpool tub. Find out more about this special offer here while it lasts.
Have a different Jamaican itinerary in mind? CLB Global Travel will create a holiday that is tailored fit for you with every destination, sights and experiences you are looking forward to. Be it a quick city break or a long vacation, we can assist you! Email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 7484 703 647 to get your trip off to a perfect start
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With the busy demands of modern life, setting aside time for a quick getaway or an extended vacation can be helpful in relieving stress. There are many factors to consider in taking a trip though: your timeline, your destination, and your commitments. And that’s barely scratching the surface. Quite frankly, it can be hard to get excited for your well-deserved holiday with the amount of planning needed to ensure every aspect of your trip is covered from booking flights, choosing the best accommodation for your price point, and sorting out your travel fund to building your itinerary. Hiring a highly experienced travel consultant with access to exclusive offers like CLB Global Travel can solve all of these dilemmas. You can also go for an all-inclusive travel package so you have fewer decisions to make and more time to prepare for your trip.
Founded in 1950 with the vision of an all-inclusive vacation experience, Club Méditerranée or simply Club Med has grown into a global leader in its market. This unique selling point of an all-inclusive package incorporating all of the ingredients that make for a dream vacation is what made Club Med a standout. The French company now boasts an impressive 70 premium resorts that are located in stunning sites all over the world.
Whether you want to go on a solo break, relax with your partner or enjoy a holiday with the entire family, Club Med is an idyllic choice. Their distinctive offerings have all the ingredients for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Here are just some of the reasons why you should visit a Club Med resorts this summer:
You have a wide range of accommodation options from comfortable club rooms to luxurious suites. Designed by outstanding architects and designers, the accommodations are modern, contemporary and have a unique touch depending on the location you are in. But of course, there remains a common ground. Whatever type of accommodation you choose at any Club Med resort, you can rest assured that each room is designed with the guests’ comfort and well-being in mind. Sleep in after a day filled with great activities, take restorative naps in the middle of the day, or simply spend time in your own private space. Each room also features a modern, contemporary design.
Your journey to a fun-filled vacation should be free from any hassles. By booking with Club Med, you do not have to worry about your transportation needs. Their team will take care of flights from regional airports as well as transfers to and from your resort of choice. All the documents and information will be promptly delivered to you. All you need to do is pack your bag and be on time for your flight departure.
Get ready for an amazing gourmet dining experience while staying at Club Med. With resident international chefs, you can enjoy a generous selection of delicious meals at all hours. Whatever time of the day, you can indulge in an open bar with a varied selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Start your morning with a good cup of coffee, sip refreshing juice by the pool, or a drink a glass of wine or cold beer by the beach.
One of the things many people look for in a vacation is the opportunity to unwind. Each Club Med resort has an amazing spa that seeks to help you relax and relieve stress while getting top notch beauty and massage services from world-renowned spa partners.
There are many activities to do at Club Med. Try out circus inspired activities and get an adrenaline rush from flying trapeze. Stay active while on vacation as Club Med resorts offer the space and equipment for your sports of choice. You can play tennis, golf, archery, volleyball, football, go mountain biking, and horse riding. You can also hit the gym to keep your fitness routines. There are also live bands, theatre shows, and more entertainment options for children and adults.
Book an affordable all-inclusive holiday and save up to 20% with the Club Med All Inclusive Summer Sale available at selected premium resorts. Yes, you can have a luxurious summer without breaking the bank! This fantastic deal is available from the 13th to 30th June.