28 Jun 2015

Top Africa's Luxury Safari


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The African Continent is the most exciting destination than any other at the moment. Luxury Safaris are leading the top of luxury travel offers. Not only you will find the best food, guides and comforts, but also takes the guests into an unknown world of Africa. So here are my top four luxury safari experiences for 2015. 


This exclusive camp in the Kapama Private Game Reserve offers not only the most exclusive accommodation, but also magical experiences | unique in the world, safari on the back of the elephant to spot The Big Five. The camp was been named after the first baby elephant adopted by the owners followed by other orphan elephants from Zimbabwe.

               
                                                                                  

Rwanda, is a highly populated and extremely scenic little country. The main reason that tourists come here is to visit mountain gorilla situated in the Virunga Mountains area.  The country will really surprise you with an excellent road system, no litter, modern capital city, mountainside farms, several national parks, nice people and the most important safe, very safe comparing with other african countries. 

Silverback | Joachim Huber

Lake Kivu | Rwanda


Visitors comes here to experience the unique cultures of Masai people, Nairobi National Park, Malindi and Samburu National Reserve.

What's special about Kenya's Masai Mara?
One of the biggest and most unique attractions to the Masai Mara is the annual wildebeests migration. Every year, millions of wild beasts  make the journey from Ngorongoro to the Masai Mara. It's a dangerous journey for the animals, crossing rivers and swamps where the weak ones fall victim to crocodiles or any other predators. 


Masai Tribe | Dylan Walters
Malindi | Marco Pascolin



An experience of a lifetime. 
Tanzania has the greatest variety of scenes and wildlife of any country in Africa. You can choose from climbing on Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park or enjoy the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. I do strongly recommend  Serengeti Balloon Safari. It is an unforgettable adventure. 
If you have always dreamt  going on safari, my advice is, don't wait! The world is changing too fast, and you will never know what lies beyond the bend. 


Balloon Safari | Harvey Barrison

Kilimanjaro | Tambako The Jaguar

Zanzibar Beach | Giorgio Montersino







Love, A



16 Jun 2015

Celebrities brings the Glamour back in Greece

         The big winner of summer 2015 is Mykonos,

       Mykonos Island has become famous in 1960, once Grace Kelly and Jackie O decided to visit it. For a country so dependant on tourism, the endorsements couldn't come at any better time. With mega luxury yachts and tones of fine champagne sold on its beaches, down to dusk parties, Mykonos has claimed some of the glamour that made it a bacchanalian paradise for artists and the gay community half century ago.' you definitely don't think crises when you are In here.'
While you in Mykonos, 'a must' on your visit list should be JackieO' Bar next to Paradise Beach, Sea Satin Caprice Mykonos situated on the seaside in Mykonos Town, an exclusive sunset at Caprice Bar Mykonos and not the last Solymar. In one of these locations you might have a good chance to meet your favourite celebrity. The playground of the 60's is back in fashion. 



        Celebrities are coming like an invading army. Hollywood stars as Lohan, Kardashians, DJ's, Ronaldo, Conchita Wurst and many more have already voted for Mykonos in 2014.  Let's see who's going to be on the list this year. Wouldn't be a bad idea if you want to feel as a celebrity does, to rent Grace Kelly Yacht for Charter.  The yacht  interior capacity is 10 guests in 5 staterooms including a master suite, 2 double cabins and 2 twin cabins. Grace Kelly is also capable of carrying up to 5  crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience. 


In Mykonos perhaps you can understand better than anywhere the meaning of 'live your life to the fullest'. A cosmopolitan island with Official Ferrari Store, Louis Vuitton exclusive shop,  Rolex and Armani, and lots of 'only gay' exclusive hotels. 
In conclusion, Mykonos is a very attractive destination if you meet separately the following characteristics:  you're a fan of Greece in general, and in particular with everything related to the Cyclades, you like beautiful beaches and sandy areas as well as traditional architecture,   you love to have fun, you do not necessarily need quietness, you want to eat a souvlaki and drink ouzo accompanied by the rhythms of the bouzouki. 
Let's face it, who would go to Mykonos to rest?!

Go and have fun people ;)

















Love, A

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10 reasons to visit stunning Oman


    The Jewel of Arabia,

Oman, officially the Sultanate of Oman, an Arab country in the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, with friendly people, spectacular landscapes and not a skyscraper in site.  
While United Arab Emirates magnetize international visitors to its glammy five-stars hotels and massive shopping malls, its neighbour Oman, is using a different strategy in attracting and developing its tourism industry. 
Tidy and charming Muscat, the Capital, is surprisingly clean (almost spotless) and full of colourful flowers all over. Foreigners are generally made to feel very welcomed in Oman, although in return they would expect you to  abide and respect their cultural norms. 

Bashar Alaeddin Photography

Culture and Etiquette of Oman

 Behavior:    Expressions and overt anger or any razing of the voice should be strictly avoided whatever the situation will be, as well as any hand gesture. If deemed offensive, you could be punished under Omani law. They don't feel as comfortable with serious faces, being one of the happiest nations in the Gulf and expect the same of the tourists. So, smiling is essential. Is also not advisable for men to extend their hand in greeting to an Omani woman, even in a business situation as it could cause an offence. Always you must wait for the hand to be extended to you first. If that is not happening, do not consider it rude, is just a cultural consequence of the religion. While western woman can interact with the Omani woman, it is considered an offence if a western men interacts with an Omani woman. For example if a men sees a woman adjusting her hijab over her head he should avert his eyes immediately. 

      Dressing :    Perhaps the most important thing to remember.Woman should wear loose clothes with arms and shoulders covered  and no shorter then beneath the knees. Is also useful to carry a shawl to cover your hair in certain areas. For both men and women will help to dress conservatively, especially in the rural areas, it will show off your respect towards their culture and of course your manners that should never be left at home. However they are still a conservatory society and should be respected as one. 


For visitors who are just discovering the Middle East I think would be an excellent choice in visiting combined Oman and Dubai. 

   Woman travellers:    Western women travelling alone in Oman will be experiencing few problems, like may feel isolated, ignored or difficult to to make friends with Omani women. 

          Taboo Subjects:     Conversations in Oman with the locals will run along regulated lines: age, marital status, your country, number of children, religion, impressions about Oman. Sensitive subject not to be approached, or approached with extreme care is Sultan Quaboos.
Omani people come from a long line of tribal Bedouins. 
Pologamy marriage is tolerated in Oman, however only one in twenty married men has more then one wife. 
If you are thinking of traveling to Oman,  take note that is a peaceful and stable country with low crime. An Arab and Muslim country, Oman is predominantly Arabic- speaking with English as a second language. 

If you need a reason to travel to Oman, the time to go is now, before everyone else realises what they're missing.


10 reasons to visit Oman,

1. It's safe, welcoming and friendly,


Oman might be located in a troubled area,  but is a peaceful country and probably safer than your hometown. 

Nicola Sapiens De Mitri | Muscat City



Yousef Tuqan Photography

2.  More important than the clothes, are the people wearing them. 
Omanis are known in the Middle East for their generosity, kindness and hospitality. So when you do go there, I can assure you will receive a warm and smiling welcome .
For men and woman, traditional garb is both, stylish and comfortable.

Charles Roffey Photography


D'Arcy Vallance Photography



ophiuchus1 | Omani Women in Traditional Dress



Joe | Women selling brightly coloured cloth

                    3. Dont miss out the Grand Mosque in Muscat, the city's pride and joy. 

Sylwia Pecio | Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque


Xiquinho Silva | Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque


                                  4. Explore the Wahiba Sands and the Empty Quarter 


New Range Rover Sport | The Empty Quarter Driven Challenge
Andrea Moroni | Wahiba Sands

                          5.  Hike the highest Mountain of Arabia, Oman's Grand Canyon
Andries3 | Jebel Shams Grand Canyon of Arabia

                                                         6. Visit Royal Opera House 


If you decide to visit Oman's premier venue for musical arts and culture, make sure you are using the right dress code. Jeans are strictly prohibited as well as t-shirts or tennis shoes.  The dress code is formal or business including suites or dinner jackets for men and conservative dresses below the knee for women. So, no tight dresses ladies, even if they are long ones. 



Andrew Moore | Photography

Riyadh Al-Balushi Photography


7. Discover Oman's Forts (over 500 pieces)
Francisco Anzola | Bahla Fort

Hungarian Snow | Nizwa Fort


                                                 8.  Explore the coastline (1,700 km)

Bevan Koopman | Straits of Hormuz between Oman and Iran


                                                           9. Sailing activities 

Oman Sail is a government funded project that teaches Omani children modern sailing techniques.
It also offering bespoke charter packages for tourists, from sunset cruises to overnight yacht tours. 


Land Rover and Extreme Sailing


                                                    10. Enjoy their amazing food. 

Omani cuisine is very diverse and has been influenced by many cultures. Omanis people usually eat their main meal at lunch time, while the evening meal is much lighter. Dont miss out the Ruchal bread. A thin bread baked over a fire made from palms leaves, eaten at any meal, especially served with honey at breakfast  time or crumbled over curry at dinner time.



                                                                   Love, A