The Best Casinos To Visit When Travelling Asia

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One thing you are guaranteed if you choose to travel through Asia is great casino – whether you stop off in Singapore, Macau, South Korea or Kuala Lumpur.

Marina Bay Sands Resort

This is one of just two casinos to be found in Singapore, and it is the one to choose if you want to combine casino with a romantic break – because the views to be found from the SkyPark terrace are breathtaking. You and your partner will also enjoy the amazing infinity pool, as well as the designer label shops and restaurants.

Galaxy Macau

One of the thirty casinos that has led Macau to be named the ‘Monte Carlo of the Orient,’ the Galaxy Macau stands out even in such exalted company, by virtue of the private beach and five swimming pools it provides visitors with. This is before they even hit the gaming rooms where, like so many other Asian casinos, the typical games you will find in casinos in the West are mixed with Eastern ones like Fan-Tan.

Paradise Casino Walker Hill

This is South Korea’s biggest casino, and offers the widest choice of games of any of those found in the country. This is an important factor given the competition posed by ipad casino sites. One of the quirks of the Paradise Casino Walker Hill is that you will not find any actual South Koreans playing the slot machines, baccarat, blackjack or roulette there, as they are forbidden to do so. They are only allowed to use one of the casinos in the country, making this one a tourist spot.

Genting Highlands

Kuala Lumpur is probably the place that the least number of people think of when it comes to Asian casino, but the Genting Highlands – the only (legal) one to be found there, is well worth a visit. You need a cable car to get to it, as it is on top of a hill, but once there you will find inummerable restaurants, hotels and casino games – as well as a giant theme park – making the place to play at in Malaysia.

How To Wind Down On Your Honeymoon

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After the months of stress leading up to your wedding day, your honeymoon can be a great excuse to get away from it all and relax with your new husband or wife. Whether you’re going on a beach getaway, a skier’s vacation or a hiking trip, your honeymoon should be the perfect blend of exciting, energetic activities and one on one down time.

All that excitement can certainly take its toll on a pair of newlyweds, and goodness knows you’ll need your energy! If you want to cool off a little, here are a few ways that you and your new spouse can relax.

Relight that fire!

Whether you’re in a hotel room, cabin or your own villa, you and your partner can really enjoy each other’s company without having to resort to modern technology. Throw away the DVDs and open the wine, don your bath robes and light that fire – you’ll soon begin to appreciate the beauty of one of Earth’s natural elements and enjoy each other’s company even better without having to spend huge amounts of money. Just make sure you don’t drink too much of the aforementioned wine before you light the fire – you don’t want your honeymoon to be memorable in that way!

Play a board game

Resorting to board games doesn’t always have to be a result of bad weather – in fact, they can be a great source of fun and can let you and your partner indulge your competitive sides. You don’t have to stick to the traditional either – if you and your hubby or wife aren’t too fussed about Monopoly, why not make things more interesting with a game of
Twister? With nobody around to spin the spinner but the two of you, there are guaranteed few laughs.

Have a little alone time

A honeymoon should set the tone for the rest of your marriage – enjoying the best of each other’s company, but also knowing when to make the most of your own alone time. If you want a little space from each other, that’s nothing to feel bad about. Relax, put your feet up, and look to other ways of keeping yourself entertained – for example, having some time out with your tablet or smartphone. The internet is awash with fun gaming websites
or social media pages, so you can whittle away those quieter hours sharing your memories before you return to reality.
Of course, if you are going to play a little competitively and need a little help, you can always get your partner involved. Consider making things a little interesting with www.bingo.com, where the two of you can test you skills and even make a little money in the process – it’s not often couples can come back from their honeymoon with more money than they left with!

Island Adventures and History

Your honeymoon adventure can span the historic as well as the modern. The cradle of civilization with a good dose of beach activities will kick off your happily ever after by stimulating both your minds and bodies. There are few places that will whisk you back in time like a honeymoon in Greece. Layers of ancient civilizations, stunning islands, sparkling oceans and food that will have wishing the honeymoon never ends.

Historic Greece

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As a short hop from the rest of Europe, your post wedding getaway to Greece will be easy to arrange and difficult not to find romance as well as adventure. Nature beauty and variety is found on the Aegean islands. Explore the ruins on Delos or Rhodes. Enjoy the night life on Mykonos. Fall in love yet again with the stunning scenery of Santorini. Add the adventurous element by including Greek island hopping on a sailboat in your honeymoon plans.

Sailing Greece

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When you have had your fill of exploring history, Greek beaches will entice you for some quality relaxation. White sand, black sand or red sand. All are available for match either your taste or swimsuits. Sun and clear waters will ensure your beach time is enjoyable. Backdropped by cliffs and perfectly white washed villas suggest nothing more than leaning back and letting the days float by.

Seaside Greece

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Your day time adventures will need some fuel and the food of Greece will fit that bill nicely. Whether you are tempted by stuffed squids and grilled octopus, fresh salads and local cheeses or meats grilled to perfection, there will be something to keep you going. Easy to grab quick snacks like gyros are prefect to keep you going on your day adventures. The adventures are only part of your Greek honeymoon because romance is a necessity as well and romantic dining will easily set the mood.

Romantic Greece

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Hotel Ushuaia: Hear The Beat

Norway by Kayak Honeymoon Adventure

Your wedding is planned to happen as the northern hemisphere thaws and exploring rugged coastlines to start your happily ever after is appealing. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the ocean and shore in from a kayak. Kayaking Norway fjords is a jaw dropping, humbling experience in the scale of both ocean and mountains. A stunning adventure for your honeymoon.

Norway Fjord

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Norway has over 50,000 km of coastline. This is due mostly to the dips and folds of the fjords that penetrate from the ocean deep into the coast. There is no way to explore this entire coast in one season and I suspect that once you start paddling in these waters you will be back for more. The coast stretches from a relatively balmy 58 degrees latitude to well past the Arctic circle topping out above the 70th latitude. The coastal waters are under the influence of the Gulf Stream and are kept “warm” relative to expectations for the high latitude.

Norway Kayaking

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Your route can depend entirely on how rugged or remote you would like to journey. Many of the outer and northern areas are studded with parks and wilderness preserves. Due to the lack of accessibility, these areas also lack permanent settlements. If you are interested in something more pampered there are large number of areas featuring cozy cabins and vacation resorts to take care of food and accommodations. Having reservations is a good idea because these coastal areas are very popular for tourist from the rest of Europe who may not be arriving by kayak like you.

Norway Kayak Couple

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Getting off the water for some hiking can be just as spectacular. Climbing the some of the towering peaks that embrace and define the fjords will reward you with stunning vistas. Typically, hikes will take you several hundred to a thousand metres about sea level and can be comfortably accomplished in half a day. You may want to linger longer and soak in the views, they can be breathtaking.

Norway Fjord View

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How to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Paris

It’s Paris, what’s not romantic about it? A French pastry in one hand and your lovers hand in the other, wander around the city by foot and admire its grand architecture, or pass a whole afternoon outside a café such as St Germain’s great literacy café de Flores, just staring into your lovers eyes….

If Paris is beautiful by day, it’s magical by night. Escape the tourist crowds, and explore some of Paris’ great and romantic tourist attractions in the late afternoon, evening or even night. Getting to Paris may also be easier than you think – iDBUS London to Paris line is affordable and the prices don’t go up as you get closer to your departure date. So if you fancy travelling to Paris grab yourself a map and try my suggested route below:

Start your night ramble at the Musée de Louvre (the largest museum in the world, I’ll have you know), which is open as late as 9:45pm on both Wednesdays and Friday. You will find the infamous Mona de Lisa here, and make sure you take a look at Napoleon III’s apartment to get an idea of what the Louvre interior looked like when it was a royal palace.

Make your way on to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a smaller version of its famous sister the Arc de Triomphe. This Arc is situated close to the Tuileries Garden, a well maintained and formal French garden, which is particularly pretty at sunset if you do decide to set off on the walk in the late afternoon.

Moving on, perhaps once the sun has gone down, walk onto the Place de la Concorde, the Egyptian Obelisk believed to be more than 3,000 years old. Towering into the sky it is simply stunning, particularly as it is lit up at night-time.

Next is the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous avenues in the world, measuring 70 metres wide and running 1910 metres long. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Paris here, and look into the distance at the Arc de Triomphe, which is where you are walking to next. This grand and gigantic Arc (also lit up at night) is the result of Napoleon’s ambition to make the capital of the empire he had acquired, the most beautiful in the world! I think he may have succeeded.

Talking of beauty, your final stop is to be the one and only Eiffel Tower, possibly the most renowned romantic building on earth. There is no heart wrenching love story behind this structure, unlike the Taj Mahal for example, yet aesthetically it is a delight, and there is most certainly something alluring about it.

After some hand holding and gazing out across the city lights of Paris, your journey might have worked up a bit of an appetite. For a truly amorous evening, and to continue gazing at the Parisian city landscape, you might want to feast at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the restaurant ‘Le Jule Verne’. This is not somewhere you can just drop by and hope to get a table; you will need to book weeks in advance. I’m not going to lie, it is very pricey (she’s worth it though!), but the views are incomparable compared to any other restaurant you will visit in Paris, and the food is divine. You will be presented with a tasting menu (meat or fish) made up of 5/6 different dishes.

For something a little kinder to your bank balance, that offers traditional French food, including mouth-watering sea food platters, and a truly authentic 19th century atmosphere, head to Brasserie Flo. Here the staff are friendly, the portions decent, and everything is delicious, sautéed tender rump, gratin dauphinois and green pepper sauce….yummmm.

The next day round off your romantic getaway with a chocolate massage at the four seasons George V hotel (yes, real chocolate), and a cheese and red wine picnic along the river Seine. If you are in the mood to splurge, go all out and try a cheese and wine tasting course. This is one trip that you won’t forget in a while!

 

Honeymoon in Peru: Romance, Luxury, and Culture

Looking for a different honeymoon spot? Something heavy on romance, luxury, and culture? How about Peru?
I know most people wouldn’t think that hiking the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu would be good for a honeymoon but I’m here to tell you differently. Trekking over the Andean Mountains is the perfect way to start your life together. The air is crisp and clear, the views of the Andean Plateau are absolutely stunning, and the deep history beneath your feet is awe inspiring. Taking in the view of the ancient lost city from the Sun Gate on the dawn of the final morning is something that must be shared in order to be fully appreciated. Hike down to Machu Picchu and discover the wonders of the architecture before taking the train back to Cusco.
Now is the time for luxury and Lima is the perfect place to find it. Boutique hotels abound in the Miraflores District of the city; carriage rides around Plaza Mayor and romantic dinners at world class restaurants make Lima a perfect honeymoon destination. There is even a ‘love park’ on the waterfront of the city;  El Parque del Amor is the perfect spot for a sunset stroll.
Arequipa is another great city to visit. Watched over by the volcano El Misti, this city boasts great colonial architecture and an evolved food scene that has helped catapult Peruvian cuisine onto the world stage. It’s a smaller, more intimate city than Lima; better for wandering about and discovering its nooks and crannies. The Santa Catalina Monastery is here also. This stunning complex is worth spending an afternoon. (Hint: pick up a guide at the entrance to learn about the deep cultural and religious history of this site.)
A perfect honeymoon would finish with some beach time. Northern Peru has some of the best beaches in the world. Mánorca is a great option – perfect for surfing and great for relaxing – a great way to cap off a great honeymoon.

Looking to learn more about Peru? Check out this video by Marca Peru and discover all the secrets that Peru has to offer.

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Costa Rica Adventure Honeymoon

The two of you are looking to pack as many adventures as possible into your adventure honeymoon. Hiking, jungle trekking, surfing and river rafting all sound appealing. You are in luck because your Costa Rica adventure honeymoon will pack all of these into a nice neat bundle. Snuggled in between Panama and Nicaragua with easy access from North America, Costa Rica offers many adventures and two coasts.

Costa Rica Adventure

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Starting at the ocean, you are here for the surf. Both coasts offer many breaks to you for a ride. Good information on local conditions is available on line if you are experienced and packing your own board. Looking for lessons and a board rental then the number of shops are too numerous to mention. Pick a beach with surf and go for a stroll when you get there to survey the businesses first hand. Looking for a quick frolic in the waves, then pick up a couple of boogie boards feel the exhaustion while you sip beers on the beach afterwards.

Costa Rica Surfing

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Sticking with the water theme but moving inland and up. Let gravity feed your adrenaline with some white water rafting. With several rivers flowing down from the mountains, you can spend your entire vacation rafting down a different river section every day.

Costa Rica River Rafting

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Heading into the jungle and hiking up volcanos is next on the adventure. Jungle tours are plentiful in Costa Rica. The question to ask yourselves is what do you want to see. Leading the way in eco-tourism, the ability to immerse in natural ecosystems is preserved for future generations. Hunting for wildlife photos can be your goal. Making your way to stunning waterfalls and a perfect picnic spot may be your preference. Thinking something tougher, ascending a volcano for the views or challenge is right up your alley. Look towards Arenal Volcano National Park as a potential destination.

Costa Rica Arenal Volcano

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Romantic Quebec City for Two

Looking for a honeymoon adventure getaway that feels like Europe without the jet lag? Thinking that adventure alone may be too hard core for your honeymoon? You find the right mix in Quebec City, a city of romance and adventure. Long considered a gem of old European charm hidden in North America, Quebec City has a beautiful river side setting and one of the longest histories on this side of the Atlantic.

Romantic Quebec City

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One can’t help be romantic in a city like Quebec. The french language alone will set you in a mood outside of your normal routine. The feel of an older whole charm with European influenced architecture. The old town is a cobblestone stroll from cafe to bistro to patio to dinner that will keep you happily full.

Wander Quebec City

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City romance is good for a few days but now you will need to get the adrenaline flowing as well and maybe start working through a few of those calories from the delicious food. First up is more of a nature encounter. Depending on how you feel about small boats on big water it could lead to a good adrenaline shot too. Head out on the St. Lawrence River and go whale watching. The whales, seals, dolphins and belugas are always a treat when they are encountered. Check out any of a number of tour companies that depart from Quebec and the local area.

Quebec Whale Watching

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For some mountainous adventure, only 30 minutes away from the city is Mount Sainte Anne. A premier four season resort area that will give you the gravity, terrain and lifts needed to speed downhill on a sturdy mountain bike. If you are more interested speeding around on your own power, the cross country bike trails will keep you riding for days. This is a well appointed winter ski area that has made a great transition to incorporate mountain biking and hiking to complete it’s year round fun.

Mont Sainte Anne Mountain Bike

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3 Ideas For An Active Honeymoon

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If the idea of lying on a beach all day is already boring you, an active honeymoon filled with thrills and adventure could be just what you need. As the happy couple, it’s completely up to you what direction you take your holiday in: it can be as traditional or bizarre as you like. This article will run down three of the best ideas for a more extreme honeymoon.

Australia

You’ll be hard pressed to find a country more filled with action than Australia. This sun-soaked location has plenty of high-adrenaline activities that the two of you can take part in. From bungee jumping and skydiving to surfing and diving, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Highlights include the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef and rigorous jeep trips to Fraser Island. For more advice on things to do in this lively location, visit AdventureTours.com.au.

Caribbean

If you both share a love for triathlons, what better way to celebrate your marriage than by taking part in one of the many events that are held in the Caribbean each year? The Nevis international triathlon started 11 years ago and has become one of the most testing and enjoyable experiences in the country – this is an event perfectly suited to couples who can spur each other on.

You can find out more information about the event at Active Caribbean. If you decide to enter, make sure to pack all the necessary equipment and clothing you’ll need for the event. Decathlon are worth checking out if you’re looking to kit yourself out.

Egypt

A very popular choice among couples is an adventure holiday to Egypt. Ride around on camels, scuba dive in the Red Sea and take in the view of the majestic pyramids while enjoying the gorgeous sunshine. This is the perfect choice for newlyweds who like a little rest and relaxation between their high-octane pursuits.