We are looking at a long stretch of summer this year. Beyond Ramadan, we have school vacations, so until September expect a lot of ‘show me something different’ requests. With at least three full months of vacation planning at hand, some of the nicest ideas that have shown up at TTN offices are also those that are new to the circuit. Here’s a selection of delectable vacation ideas, do share and let us know if you chance upon something of your own.
ICELAND FOR THE WARM-HEARTED
There are few countries in the world more stunning than Iceland. The landscape is literally a beauty pageant of natural wonders, from volcanoes, geysers, and lava fields, to hot springs and glaciers. The capital city of Reykjavik, meanwhile, offers up a wealth of Scandinavian architecture, fine Nordic dining, astonishing views, and a welcoming people eager to proudly show off their homeland. Some manmade wonders in Iceland include Ion Adventure Hotel in the countryside’s rolling lava fields, as well as Reykjavik’s art-filled 101 Hotel and the capital’s newly opened Ion City Hotel—for a limited time, Ion City offers an incredible 50 per cent off.
MALDIVES FOR THE SAILOR-AT-HEART
Since opening as one of the Indian Ocean’s most talked-about island resorts, many of the world’s most prestigious private yachts have already voyaged to Amilla Fushi seeking its inimitable blend of laid-back laissez-flair in Maldives. The development of the Amilla Yacht Club and its marina facilities allows for refuelling, provisioning, maintenance and repairs (technicians can be brought from Malé), while yacht owners and their guests take some shore leave at Amilla Fushi – or even explore Unesco protected Baa Atoll or sister property and #MyBeachClubHaven Finolhu!
The Amilla Yacht Club Marina has three berths, each with three phase shore power and water, and can accommodate yachts up to a maximum of 20 metres, with a 2 metre draft. Larger yachts (over 20m) are also welcome to anchor outside the reef and enjoy all the Amilla Yacht Club facilities and benefits.
Yacht Club membership benefits include island and lagoon access at both Amilla and Finolhu, allowing use of both resorts’ facilities including the pools, beach clubs, spa and dining facilities; 10 per cent off all available Houses, Villas and Residences; 10 per cent off all food and beverage, spa, excursions and water sports at both resorts; and special access to exclusive events and parties. Private dinner events can be arranged at Finolhu’s famous Fish & Crab Shack, and a 10 per cent discount is offered on day rental of Funadhoo Private Island.
A REAL TREAT THIS SUMMER
This summer, the Real Madrid Foundation is set to kick off its first ever series of football clinics in Turkey, launching exclusively at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya. Professional coaches selected by the Real Madrid Foundation and Real Madrid’s youth academy headquarters in Madrid, will be conducting the weeklong football clinics from 19 June to 8 September, in partnership with Generation Adidas International and Be Free Football.
Young players aged six to 17 will train with the professional coaches from the prestigious Real Madrid Foundation during the clinic, which will be available to both guests of the hotel and other footballers from around the world.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade directly from the coaches of one of the world’s most internationally acclaimed football clubs while running in the footsteps of their heroes on Regnum’s FIFA approved pitches which have housed national and international football stars.
Participants will also look the part with their very own complimentary Real Madrid Foundation training kit and, on completion of the clinic, children will be awarded a diploma, courtesy of the Real Madrid Foundation. Meanwhile, families of the young footballers, who are guests at the hotel, will be able to take full advantage of the wealth of facilities that Regnum has to offer, including the organic spa, private beach swimming pools and plenty of restaurants.
PAINT SUMMER ORANGE
Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) California, has launched its latest lifestyle tourism campaign centered around the celebration of Classic and Vintage Cars, and coupled with exciting shopping experiences to entice visitors from the Middle East to visit the OC this summer. Titled ‘The OClassic’, the holiday packages include such features as one day Classic or Vintage Car hire, complimentary entry into one of the OC’s many Classic and Vintage Car fairs, and complimentary VIP shopping experiences and exclusive discounts worth over $2,000 at the OC’s leading retail destinations of Fashion Island, Irvine Spectrum and South Coast Plaza. Participating hotel partners such as: Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Newport Beach Marriott; Island Hotel Newport Beach and Balboa Bay Resort are also providing attractive accommodation deals to coincide with the campaign and fairs, including value-added services such as complimentary parking, wi-fi and breakfast.
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