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Top 5 Places To Spend Christmas This Year

“I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus drift along into the holidays – let them overtake me unexpectedly – waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: ‘Why is this Christmas Day!” – David Grayson (click for more Christmas messages)

Much like destination weddings you can take a holiday to these beautiful Christmas locations. It’s rightly said that the world is an ocean and your home land is like a pearl in a oyster shell. Without exploring you will just be a shell.

Not only a vacation this Christmas tour will be an adventure ride. These destinations have some of the most unusual things happening. So pack your bags, grab your stockings and head out with your family for a memorable Christmas experience:

1) Rio de Janerio

The gigantic Bredesco Seguros Christmas Tree with the background of a sky lit up with fireworks, a site to see. You cannot miss the dazzling golden one of the world’s tallest Christmas tree all in golden lighting. The fountains and the fireworks are coordinated as if dancing with the happiness of Christmas. The beautiful themed tree in the centre surrounded by water is all a dreamy celebration come alive.

The huge sand art work of Jesus, Santa and other models is a very unique form of Christmas celebrations. It will make the most memorable Christmas ever.

2) London

For the ones who want to celebrate in the snowfall and under mistletoes! The London celebrations of Christmas are the most perfect blend of traditions and the latest trends. The Winter Wonderland, The Leicester Square and the markets are decorated like out of a fairytale book.

The ice skating is a unique experience during Christmas time. The shops are all decorated with stars the piñatas, the stockings, bells, the red golden lights all around. It’s a treat for the eyes. The city shines like a star studded sky. Also many restraints serve special savouries like the custard puddings, the ginger cakes and other delicacies. It is also a shoppers stop which gets better during the Christmas Days.

3) Las Vegas

The Bellagio Fountains with the dancing fountains are in their glory during Christmas season. The Holiday Cactus Garden is decorated with lights taken from the rainbow, the cactus could never be more colourful than they are at this time of the year.

The Fermont Street is for the explorers and the Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitian is a adventure time. The decoration of the Motor Speedway is a romantic long drive’s destination.

Just make sure you get your advanced booking done as the city is very crowded during Christmas.

4) Berlin

The Charlottenburg Palace is in its highest degree of grandeur. The show lights, the historic narratives etc. all make you travel time. The tress are decorated with lights and the celebration is in the air.

The walk along the Unter den Linden with the golden light wrapped lime trees will make a romantic date.

Berlin is most famous for it’s Christmas markets. From gifts to sweets, decoration items to precious jewellery the market has the best showcase for all of these.

5) Mexico

This is the city where the nativing is done best. The traditional posadas are the best entertaining and socialising activity. It’s away from the hustle and bustle. You actually get to understand the meaning of each of the Christmas celebration events. The little Bethlehem replicas, kids running from house to another and the warmth of the people there, it’s a heart warming experience.

Also this place is for those of you who don’t like winters. The climate is warm and comfortable.

If you are planning to go with your entire family, this is the right choice.

So plan a surprise holiday and celebrate the festival of joy. Wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Do share your experiences in the comments below, waiting to hear you all!!

Puerto Morelos – A Port Town Beckoning Real Estate Investors

A real estate investment is a tough nut to crack. If you’re looking for a second home in Mexico, it becomes even more complex. Mexico has too many options when it comes to tourist destinations.

Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Tulum, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta are some of the better known destinations which are the current favorites of investors.

But for some these are expensive and too crowded for their liking. Here is where there is a need to look further in to destinations such as Puerto Morelos. Condos in Puerto Morelos are the new rage in this port town in Mexico.

History

Now, let’s delve a little bit in to the history of this town. Situated in Quintana Roo this used to be a fishing village as well as a port between Yucatán and the Island of Cozumel. It is famous for resorts and as a diving destination. Tourists who want to avoid the crowds usually bypass Playa del Carmen in favor of Puerto Morelos which significantly less touristy and smaller. When I saw Puerto Morelos, the first impression was that of a serene and a laid back atmosphere. Yes, there are hotels and restaurants and the usual trappings associated with a beach destination but Puerto Morelos is understated in its elegance. For this reason I chose my first Puerto Morelos condo a year back.

Attractions

Puerto Morelos has shallow water and white sandy beaches. Puerto Morelos has the reef just off the shore which is a part of the second largest reef system in the world known as the Great Mesoamerican Reef which stretches over 1100 km from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down to the Honduran Bay Islands. This reef is home to corals, sea turtles, a variety of fishes and sharks. The underwater life is truly astonishing as there are more than 500 species of fish and 65 species of coral. IN order to preserve the reefs, the area has been designated as a protected National Marine Park. Snorkeling and diving in the reef are some of the popular activities. Puerto Morelos also has many cenotes where swimming and diving can be enjoyed.

Real Estate Scene

For the reasons stated above real estate activity in Puerto Morelos is picking up. People are discovering that Puerto Morelos offers a tranquil and less commercial ambiance. Its neighboring destination such as Playa del Carmen used to be one such place a decade back but has since grown a lot which has dulled its charm in a huge way. With property prices shooting up in Playa del Carmen, investors have been forced to seek other suitable destinations such as Puerto Morelos. With ease of connectivity, abundance of amenities, a favorable location and proximity to major destinations in Riviera Maya buying real estate in Puerto Morelos makes business sense more than ever. Plenty of high end as well affordable condos and homes are available in Puerto Morelos. But not for very long!

The port town is calling you to explore its natural richness and make it your home away from your home. Are you game?

Exploring Riviera Mayan Ruins – El Meco Archaeological Site

Riviera Maya boasts of an impressive lineup of archaeological sites of great historical importance. While Coba, Chichen Itza and Tulum are the most famous ones, there are other sites also which may be smaller but still pack a punch when it comes to relevance and importance to the student of history and culture. El Meco is a Mayan ruin site about 5 kilometers from the tourist city of Cancun.

El Meco sits just north of Cancun and is easy to access. Since there are no organized tours for this relatively unknown and less popular site, you have to Rent a car or hire a taxi to reach El Meco.

Historically speaking, the city of El Meco dates back to the 3rd or 4th century AD. It started off as a small fishing village. El Meco was later abandoned. It was again inhabited around 1100 AD. It then blossomed in to a large coastal town and center of commerce owing to its proximity to Isla Mujeres. It retained its glory till the Spanish conquistadors arrival in the 16th century.

The actual site is locked between the sea and the lagoon. It has 14 structures with 13 of them surrounding the main 12.5 meter Mayan pyramid. Also known as ‘El Castillo’, it can be hiked till the summit from where one can have great views of the sea and lagoon. The other smaller structures are believed to have been used for religious ceremonies, administrative functions and commercial operations.

El Meco significance lay in the fact that it was in a close proximity to Isla Mujeres hence it became departure point for the Mayas sailing to Isla Mujeres. It also became an important navigational reference point for boats.

El Meco is certainly a nice break for tourists in Cancun who may not feel adventurous enough to visit Chichen Itza or Tulum. A lot can be learnt about the life and culture about Mayans when you visit sites like these. The sheer vision, hard work and skills required to construct these magnificent structure showcase Mayan civilization’s glory and development.

Riviera Maya is treasure trove for the lovers of archaeology as there are many sites around. Playa del Carmen is the perfect base for all the explorations to the neighboring towns such as Akumal, Tulum or Pureto Morelos.

I will be posting more about the other ruins in Mexico in my upcoming articles so stay tuned!

Live Life King Style In The White City Of India!

In India, Rajasthan is the land of the royals. Among the various places in Rajasthan, Udaipur is the prized gem which will tell you a lot about the royalty of the place. Thousands of travelers all over the world come to visit the “white city” of Rajasthan. In Udaipur you will find a place where you will be treated like a king, pampering you to an extent that you would fall in love with that place.

A Luxurious Stay At The Royal Retreat Resort And Spa

You want a place where you can relax and live like a king for some days? Then come to The Royal Retreat Resort and Spa in Udaipur. Every traveler loves this place and they come here more than once due to the beauty of the surrounding area. There are about 100 well appointed rooms with two Presidential Suites. You just need to step into this beautiful hotel and the rest is needless to say. You will get a private Jacuzzi and large balconies, the rooms which will ensure that you stay is satisfactory and matches up to the lifestyle of a king.

 

Perfect Leisure Time

Every medium of relaxation can be found over here so you won’t be disappointed at all. Are you willing to plunge into the swimming pool just to laze or to get rid of the heat? Then this hostel is just perfect for you. Not only one, but three adult swimming pools are there for you to relax while sipping yummy mocktails with your family or friends. You can also massage your body and do beauty treatments at Royal Spa. There is a plenty of massages and beauty treatments available; choose your favourite one!

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Royal Meals

Not only will your stay be royal, but also your meals. After a swim or a nice massage, go for a meal at the in-house restaurant Darbar that serves traditional Indian Cuisine.

If you are not interested in swimming or do not want to sit in the beautiful gardens, other options for your enjoyment are also there. You can do horse riding in the lawn or take a vintage car city tour? Isn’t it exciting? I am sure that you will love every bit of this tour.

Mesmerising Decoration

The decoration of the Royal Retreat is very much royal. It is decorated with rare artifacts from the owner’s personal collection. You are sure to remain awestruck when you see the decoration. The furniture has also been carefully chosen for each room and public place. The guests also have the opportunity to buy any furniture of his or her choice at a special price. So, if you like a furniture and you want to place it in your own house, you can always buy one.

Perfect For Any Social Gathering

The banquet hall at the Royal Retreat is suitable for any kind of corporate event or a wedding ceremony. Up to 800 guests can fit inside the large hall and a dedicated event management division will cater to all your needs. Every social gathering can be held with ease with their help and dedication.

After reading this article I hope you are willing to give it a try at least once. We all are busy with workloads all throughout the year. Why not stay like a king for a few days in Udaipur and freshen up your mind?

Top 10 reasons to fall love with Playa del Carmen

There’s something for everyone in Playa Del Carmen, be it the beach lovers, the party people, the nature lovers, the foodies or even the shopaholics.

This gorgeous and lively beach destination offers premium residences and homes, world-class beaches, shopping, night life, hotels, eat-outs, adventure sports, relaxation and a whole lot more!

With so much to do in Playa del Carmen, it’s hard to narrow down the long list of reasons to visit, but below you’ll find our top 10.

LOCATION:
“Playa” as the locals call it, is located in the middle of the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. Playa del Carmen is only 45 minutes away from Cancun. Its central location makes it a tourist hot-spot as all the sights and adventure sites along the Caribbean coastline are easily accessible from this town.

ACCOMODATION:
There’s accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in Playa del Carmen.

In the recent years, numerous high quality small hotels and condominiums have come forth in Playa del Carmen that offer high style and luxury, on and off the beach. You can rent or buy vacation homes in Playa del Carmen online easily using website like these. They also have a great selection and explanatory photos of all the hotels, condos and villas.

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CLIMATE:
Playa del Carmen has a sub-tropical climate, which means it’s almost always warm. Or hot. The annual average temperature is about 27C or 80F. Irrespective of what time of year you get here, you will have great beach days and the ocean is always warm enough to swim in.

Playa del Carmen Beach

Playa del Carmen Beach

BEACHES:
Playa del Carmen is famous for its gorgeous beaches. The deep blue glistening waters and stretches of stunning white sand make for the most breathtaking sight. It’s hard not to fall in love with the scenic beaches here.

It is also known for its stylish beach clubs that offer food and beverage services, a variety of spa treatments and aquatic sports, plus access to restrooms, showers and pools.

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ACTIVITIES:
Activities in Playa include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, para-sailing and deep water fishing. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the 18-hole course at Playacar along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera.

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NIGHT LIFE:
The European and American-influenced nightlife in Playa is much talked about. This town has quite an excellent mix of clubs and music venues, as well as several beachside bars. Most of the action centers around El Zócalo and La Quinta, but better deals can be found along the beachside or farther out of town.

MAIN ATTRACTIONS:
Playa del Carmen has plethora of attractions which can easily fill up your holidays. Here is a list of some of the perennial favorities.
LA QUINTA AVENIDA – Better known as the FIFTH AVENUE is the hot-spot for nightclubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes shops and souvenir-shops that are on 24/7.

XCARET – The largest and most impressive theme park in the Riviera Maya where you can snorkel in an underground river, learn about marine life in a living aquarium, walk through a butterfly pavilion, see jaguars and pumas, swim with dolphins or manatees, and learn about sea turtles.

XEL-HA A natural aquarium park which has an impressive variety of brightly colored tropical fish. It is a wonderland of cenotes, mangroves and lagoons.

TULUM- Holds the honor of being the most picturesque archaeological site in the Riviera Maya and the only one to have been built overlooking the ocean. A visit here offers spectacular views of the Riviera Maya beaches, Caribbean Sea and surrounding coastal region

CENOTE AZUL– Near Playa del Carmen that is open to visitors and offers a quiet cool retreat from the blazing sun and the crowds.

Fifth Avenue - Playa del Carmen

Fifth Avenue – Playa del Carmen

SHOPPING:
 When it comes to shopping you will be spoilt for choice in Playa. Fifth Avenue is full of unique shops offering the latest styles in clothing and beachwear, shoes, hats, sunglasses, unusual handicrafts, artwork, jewelry, leather products and souvenir shops. Hottest-selling souvenirs: Mexican tequila and Cuban cigars!

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FOOD:
Mexican, Yucatecan, Italian, Argentinian and a host of other international restaurants line Quinta Avenida. With a spectacular spread of cuisines, Playa has it all for the foodies.

PEOPLE & ATMOSPHERE:
Playa has a very bohemian atmosphere with an ‘elite’ feel to it.People here are extremely hospitable. Because tourism is the main industry most locals are fluent both in Spanish and English.

Playa del Carmen is a beautiful holiday destination for those seeking a slice of paradise!