Winter Sports Destinations You Must Try

Winter snow sports have become a hot tourist attraction in the growing popularity of adventure tourism in India. The country has one of the finest snow-clad peaks where you can enjoy these thrilling adventures. We provided a list of the country’s top five winter adventure destinations for all those seeking a dose of adrenaline.

• Auli

In the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand ther lies Auli. It is one of the uncharted ski destinations. According to many foreign tourists, Auli can be compare with the best ski resorts in the world. Garhwal and Kumaon offer another exciting sport – ski touring amongst the glaciers together with their wide open spaces above the snowline. For the avid skier, cross-country runs of 10-20 km are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow. You can also enjoy thrilling white water rafting aside from skiing.

• Rohtang Pass

The majestic Rohtang Pass is situated at the altitude of 3,978 metres in Himachal a 50 km drive from Manali. This year-round snowy pass is mostly visited for its adventure snow sports activities such as snow skiing, paragliding, zorbing and trekking. This place is a favorite for the extreme sports enthusiasts throughout winters when the temperatures drop to freezing point which makes.

• Solang Valley

Another round the year favorite is the fun-filled place at Manali where adventure sports are popular and fun never stops. A perfect spot for skiing, the natural slope during winters and the locals have an alternative for all the summer i.e zorbing. An extremely well-liked destination where there is adventure sports for all walks of life and ages. Paragliding, parashooting, skiing, zorbing are some of the popular sports. People who are not so adventurous can take a nice yak ride.

• Gulmarg

Gulmarg is one of the best skiing destinations as many are describing it, not only in India but around the world. From the month of December and the fun continues till late March it is the season for adventure snow sports kicks off in. This vastly visited tourist spot is famous for skiing, snowboarding, sledging, skibobbing, heliskiing. The adventure admirers can go both uphill and downhill and enjoy the thrill of skiing with the new ski lift introduced early this year, the adventure admirers can go both uphill and downhill and enjoy the thrill of skiing.

• Gangtok

Indulge in adventure activities like trekking, white-water rafting, hang gliding and mountain biking at Gangtok. The place offers interesting treks to the Pemayangtse, Khechopalri, Yuksam, Tsokha, Dzongri, Thangshing, Zemathang, Chaurigang, Tashiding, Varsey, Yangang, Rabongla, Sang and Sikip.

 

First images of the New Great House on Necker Island

The Great House on Necker Island now complete and ready to welcome its first guests.  It is the private home of Sir Richard Branson and part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection.

 

Following a two-year project the exterior and interior layout of the new Great House has been remodeled on the original design, with the addition of some innovative design twists.

 

The inspiration is from the beautiful features and Balinese style of the original structure, the new Great House offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighboring islands.  Each one of the eight guest rooms has a balcony, and all come with king-size beds and spacious en-suite bathrooms.  The Master Suite is on the upper level, which is a whopping 1,500 square feet and has been designed for panoramic views from virtually every angle and includes a two-person Jacuzzi, a stand-alone outdoor bath and a kitchenette area with a fully-stocked fridge.

 

World's smallest personal gps tracker with SOS button.24 x 7 tracking. The Great House is the located where people get together and has an open outdoor terrace with hammocks and sofas and a large dining table for everyone to gather round to enjoy their meal.  There’s a fully-stocked bar for favorite cocktails and up on the roof the crow’s nest has stunning views where you’ll find a Jacuzzi – perfect for sipping champagne as you watch the sun set.  And if you feel like a quick dip in the sea before lunch, then hop on the zip-line that quickly transports you from the Great House terrace all the way down to the sandy white beaches.
Sir Richard Branson commented: “Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world. The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I’m thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I’m very excited about.”

 

For exclusive use bookings, accommodation on Necker Island includes nine bedrooms in the Great House including the stunning Master Suite and six individual Bali Houses dotted around the island.  There is also a bunkroom in the Great House that sleeps up to six children.  In totality, the number of guests that can be accommodated on Necker Island is 30 plus six children at a nightly rate of USD $60,000 until the 31st December 2013.

 

Apart from being the ultimate relaxing paradise, the island can also be your perfect setting for a wedding or a celebration with family and friends that you’ll will forever cherish.

 

There is also an option if you do not want to hire the entire island but you want to enjoy the full Necker experience, you can try ‘Celebration Weeks’ provide the opportunity to book an individual room ‘hotel-style’ for seven nights.

 

This ravishing Necker Island is located in the British Virgin Islands, a spectacular and unspoilt area of the Caribbean and is surrounded by turquoise waters and coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches.

 

Hotels (Tips and Reviews)

Hotel Al Codega

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Venice hotel close to Rialto Bridge

 

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Near St Mark’s Square

This three-floor residence is situated in the city centre of Venice, 200 metres from St Mark’s Square and 300 metres from Rialto Bridge.

 

Hotel bar

Guests can tuck into the breakfast buffet, choose from a selection of drinks in the bar, and ask the concierge to make restaurant reservations.

 

Minibars in rooms

Hotel Al Codega’s guestrooms are decorated in a traditional style with antique furnishings and wooden floors; all include cable TV, minibars and telephones.

 

Hotel Amenities

General

Hotel Al Codega’s bar offers a wide selection of drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with low-level lighting. Guests can unwind over complimentary newspapers or watch television in the lobby. The concierge can advise on local sightseeing and guests can book tickets to shows and attractions using complimentary wireless Internet access. Hotel Al Codega also offers a 24-hour front desk and room service.

 

Dining

Guests of Hotel Al Codega enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there are several dining options within the surrounding area.

 

Nearby restaurants:

Antico Dolo

Al Giardinetto

Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests” section of “Trip Preferences” when you book your hotel.

Accessible path of travel
Roll-in shower
Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

 

Special check-in instructions:

A tax is imposed by the city and will be collected at the property (check Mandatory Fees and Taxes section for fee details). This tax does not apply to residents of Venice City and children under 10 years of age. Further exemptions may apply, subject to submission of proper documents to the property, to patients, their companions and people staying in the city for specific purposes/duties. 30% reduction applies for 2012: from 1 to 31 December; for 2013: from 1 to 31 January and from 1 to 31 December.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: MasterCard, Visa

Pets

Pets allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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Fees

Unless otherwise indicated, the charges below are not included in the overall room price. If not included in the overall room price, they will be charged by the property at check-in or check-out. Charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book. This property told us they will charge you for the following:

 

A tax is imposed by the city: EUR 4 per person, per night for adults; EUR 2 per night for guests aged 10-15 years old. This tax does not apply to children under 10 years of age. We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Hotel ICON

4.5-star luxury hotel in Kowloon (Yau Tsim Mong) near Hong Kong Coliseum

 

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By the sea

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Kowloon, walking distance from Hong Kong Museum of History and Hong Kong Coliseum. Also nearby are Nathan Road and K11 Shopping Mall.

 

Spa and fitness

In addition to 2 restaurants, Hotel ICON features an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a full-service spa and a conference center.

 

LCD TVs, soaking tubs

LCD televisions include cable channels. Guestrooms also feature deep soaking bathtubs, refrigerators, and complimentary wireless Internet access.

 

 

Hotel Amenities

General

In addition to a full-service spa, Hotel ICON features an outdoor pool and a health club. Dining is available at one of the hotel’s 2 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at the coffee shop/café. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary.

 

This 4.5-star property offers access to a business center, secretarial services, and limo/town car service. Event facilities measuring 6135 square feet (570 square meters) include a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and a meeting/conference room. This luxury hotel also offers a sauna, a steam room, and spa services. An area shuttle and a shopping center shuttle are complimentary for guests. Limited onsite parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). Parking is also available nearby (surcharge).

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi, Free wired high-speed Internet

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi, Free wired high-speed Internet

Parking

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Dining

The Market – This buffet restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A children’s menu is available. Afternoon tea is offered. Reservations are required.

 

Above n Beyond – Overlooking the ocean and city, this fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

 

24-hour room service is available.

Recreation

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room.

 

Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool, health club, fitness facility, or spa tub without adult supervision.

 

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Running track/path nearby
Basketball nearby
Playground nearby
Swimming on site
Spa

Angsana Spa has 4 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, and Ayurvedic treatments. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub.

 

Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa.

 

Minimum age to access spa is 12
Number of treatment rooms 4
Couples treatment rooms
Manicures and pedicures
Body wraps
Body scrubs
Aromatherapy treatments
Hydrotherapy treatments
Ayurvedic treatments
Nutrition consultation in spa
Facial treatments
Sauna in spa
Spa tub in spa
Massages
Body treatments
Accessibility

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Accessible path of travel
In-room accessibility
Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: JCB International, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

 

Buffet breakfast fee: HKD 220 per person (approximately)
Airport shuttle fee: HKD 130 per person (one way)
Rollaway bed fee: HKD 1000 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Additional Details

This property’s policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties. This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. There are no room charges for children 11 years old and younger who occupy the same room as their parents or guardians, using existing bedding. All guests staying in hotel guestrooms must be registered with the hotel. No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property.

 

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais

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Hotel in Paris (Marais) near Picasso Museum

 

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In historical district

This hotel is located in Paris (Marais), close to Place de la Republique, Picasso Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Also nearby are Louvre Museum and Place des Vosges.

Hotel bar/lounge

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais provides a bar/lounge, complimentary wireless Internet access, a porter/bellhop, and multilingual staff.

 

LCD TVs, iPod docks

LCD televisions come with satellite channels. Guestrooms also feature iPod docking stations, complimentary wireless Internet access, and premium bedding.

 

Hotel Amenities

General

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais features tour/ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and concierge services. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. This Paris hotel also offers complimentary newspapers in the lobby, express check-in, and express check-out.

Hotel Gabriel Paris Marais is a smoke-free property.

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi

Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi

Parking

Parking nearby

 

Dining

Buffet breakfasts are available for a surcharge.

Recreation

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Aerobics nearby
Bicycle rentals nearby

Accessibility

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Accessible path of travel
Accessible bathroom
Roll-in shower
In-room accessibility

Policies & Fees

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Payment Types

Accepted at this hotel: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Pets

Pets not allowed

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Fees

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

Buffet breakfast fee: EUR 17 per person (approximately)
Late check-out fee: EUR 180
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

 

Additional Details

A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.

National Rating

Details

This hotel has received its official star rating from the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France.

 

 

 

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The setting for this 17th-century inn could not be better. Sandwiched between the cliffs in the tiny fishing village of Portloe – the fiercely sloping landscape of which has spared it from development – this whitewashed hotel looks out across the harbour. But it is not just about the location – the 22 rooms are as bright and welcoming as the amiable staff, while the food (given its seafront position, fish features heavily) is superb. If you plan to push the boat out, opt to stay in the miniature cottage for something a bit special.

 

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