The Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has announced that the Eastern Mangroves complex in Abu Dhabi is on schedule and is expected to be fully operating by the end of 2012.

The new complex will feature a five-star hotel for tourists taking Abu Dhabi holidays, as well as a number of residential buildings and a 30-berth marina.

The TDIC is developing the complex and the first phrase the Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara – is due to be completed in June. The residential buildings and the marina are scheduled for completion in the last quarter of this year.

The Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara is set against the citys eastern mangroves and has 222 spacious rooms and suites. The rooms are equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, in-room entertainment systems, flat screen televisions, and Wi-Fi internet, as well as bathrooms with rainforest showers, bath tubs, and Anantara bathroom products.

The Director of Operations Middle East for Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and the General Manager of Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, Michel Koopman, explained: “This is really about the quality, not the quantity. It’s about positioning and the quality of the restaurants and the spa. For me, it’s a hotel for a pampering weekend. It’s not a hotel for big tours or big MICE [meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions] events. It’s not that.

“Our focus is on the quality of the experience and the long-term positioning of the hotel. Our focus is not to fill it up, but to make sure that we have the right clientele in.”

Facilities at the one of the newest Abu Dhabi hotels include the Pachaylen restaurant with Thai dishes; Ingredients, the all-day restaurant that offers international cuisine and two outdoor terraces; the two-level Mangroves Lounge where guests can relax and enjoy holidays in Abu Dhabi with a refreshing cocktail; and Impressions, the roof-top bar that offers comfortable sofas and views overlooking the city and mangroves.

During holidays to Abu Dhabi, guests can indulge in the Anantara Spa where they can enjoy a wide selection of signature Anantara treatments, a traditional Turkish hammam, steam and sauna facilities, and separate male and female areas.

The luxury Abu Dhabi hotel has an infinity pool and terrace, prayer rooms, a modern fitness centre, a business centre and Majlis, a ballroom, and a boutique shop.

Goa which undoubtedly is the most favored beach destination in India, is visited by thousands of tourists every year from all over the world. Goa boasts of a powerfully long coast line that houses over 40 beaches epitomizing mirth and serenity. A Goa beach can be an intensely tempting affair as, unlike most beaches that are either too loud or too quiet, it is a pleasant mix of tranquility and merriment.

Description of Goa beaches: Though a Goa beach is known for the joie de vivre and youthful exuberance it holds, the tall and swaying palm trees have an inherent power to force serenity and nostalgic charm. Like a gorgeous maiden who never fails to seduce, the Goa beach, too, is hauntingly beautiful. The deep blue sea titillates a tired mind into wakefulness and the cold waters that kiss your feet can be seriously erotic. Perhaps this is why Goa is a popular getaway for love birds and newly married.

A holiday in Goa, just like a Kerala tour, can be intensely romantic. If Keralas lagoons and backwaters have that fragrance of silent romance, the Goa beaches are synonymous with passionate love, fervor and zeal. A young reveler can swim, take enjoyable dips, surf or boat while a more subdued personality can simply lie down on the sandy beach and relish the sun, breeze and the atmosphere. Besides sprawling down on the golden sandy carpet, you can feast over coconut juice thats as tasty as it is beneficial. Beers and whiskeys are alternatives and mostly meant for night-time parties. The breeze emanating from the cluster of palm trees can be as soothing as a mothers lullaby.

Some noted Goa beaches: Though Goas coastline has gifted the state a number of beaches, some of the more popular ones include the Miramar Beach, Dona Paula beach, Vagator beach, Cavelossim beach and Anjuna beach. Some of these are full of life with young revelers partying around while some offer isolation and heavenly quiet that is soulful and spiritually blissful.

Inner delights of a holiday in Goa: Though, no amount of praiseworthy words is enough to do justice to the charm of the Goa beaches, theres no denying that theres much more to look forward to during a holiday in Goa. A tourist can simply not miss out on the delights that Goas inner pockets offer. The towns remind of the Portugal colonial rule as ancient churches, cemeteries, forts and monuments are sprinkled everywhere. History can never seem more real and right-in-front-of-your-eyes with everything around you evoking memories of the bygone era.

There are some dense forests, exotic wildlife, sparkling waterfalls and festivals & carnivals. The people are extremely genial and the cuisines are lip-smacking. Visiting Goa is no less than walking into the heavenly Garden of Eden!

Book hotels in advance. Hotel prices tend to rise during holidays and seasonal days. You can save 30-40 % by making a booking 2-3 months in advance.

2. Book hotels located near a public transport like a metro/station. Remember that large cities always have traffic jams. Thats why a metro/station can come in handy.

3. The hotel must be easily accessible from the airport/railway/seaport/carpark you are going to use.

4. Remember: the hotel must be reasonably priced, but not too cheap to avoid disappointments.

5. Dont be afraid to book the hotel by yourself. It is cheaper than using the travel agencies where they charge you with a commission. You will also have time to read hotel reviews on the Internet before making your choice.

6. Pay attention to the check in and check out time of the hotels. In general the hotels have a check-in time of 12.00 pm or later, while some tourists arrive at the city in the morning.

7. Once you have chosen your hotel, make sure you find a map or a tourist guide of the region. Most of the hotels will provide you with the information you need. That way you will have time to plan your vacation on an efficient way.

8. If you only plan to eat and sleep in the hotel choose a hotel near the centre of the city. If you are a creative person, consider to book a design hotel.

9. When you book hotels located in the centre of the city, make sure that the window is faced inside the hotel. That would allow you to avoid traffic noise during the night, which is a problem in the centre of the city.

10. Pay attention to small details: room service, smoking or not, check for noise isolation on the windows, availability of a swimming pool, gym and so on.

11. When booking a room in a warm country, make sure that the room has an air-conditioner. Often hotels only mention their air conditioning in the hotel facilities.

12. Try to find a hotel with a possibility to use a taxi transfer to the hotel. That way you dont pay too much for a local taxi. Besides, if you dont know the local language, you might even lose more time.

Runners often seek OBX vacations because our part of the country is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. For runners, the Outer Banks is perfect because of our mild temperatures and constant ocean breeze. The very popular Outer Banks Marathon is a 3 day event coming up on Veterans Day weekend (November 9-11) that allows running enthusiasts to experience how special OBX vacations are. This is the 7th running of the marathon and the weekend offers something for everyone. Atlantic Realty is happy to offer big savings for runners on our Outer Banks vacation condos and homes.

If youre not a runner those planning their OBX vacations in early November will still enjoy the race. What makes the Outer Banks Marathon unique is the Beat the Bridge aspect of the race. Runners have until 1:00 to make it over the bridge at mile 22. To Beat the Bridge runners need to maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile. The marathon includes different races including a full and half marathon, a wheelchair division, and the Outer Banks 8K. The Outer Banks 8K is a back yard tour of the Outer Banks, starting in Kill Devil Hills and continuing through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forrest. It is partially on a dirt road and walker-friendly.

OBX vacations are best in the fall when the crowds die down and runners will experience a great atmosphere of support for this years marathon. Our Outer Banks vacation condos are perfect for athletes, their families, or fans of the event. Atlantic is offering runners lots of specials so plan your OBX vacations with us. For marathon runners Atlantic is offering free early check in and late check outs.

Atlantic Realty also makes runners OBX vacations relaxing with a discounted spa package that includes a massage. Its the perfect way to wind down after a grueling run! Vacationers can also enjoy our Outer Banks vacation condos with a gift basket that includes fresh fruit, bagels, and more. Atlantic Realty is also offering runners who stay at our Outer Banks vacation condos with discounted coupons and/or gift certificates to Outer Banks Running Company.

So remember to choose Atlantic Realtys Outer Banks vacation condos available to runners, family, and fans of the Outer Banks Marathon. Atlantic looks forward to seeing all the fans and runners on your OBX vacations in November, and wishes all the runners good luck in the race.

If you are planning a travel with your hot Ukrainian women or you are considering about Ukraine women tours to meet your lady in Ukraine, this article can provide valuable information for you. Just read on and best wishes for your travel and Ukrainian dating.

To begin with, it is your accommodation. It is common to rent an apartment or a hotel to have a good sleep after a tiring day. If you can afford it, apartment is a better option. When you are booking apartments, the following things are what you should pay attention to. Generally, you will have your apartment booked on the Internet. Check the information online and make your decision based on yourself and your standards. You can compare and choose an accommodation at an excellent standard for a reasonable price. It is important to ensure that your booking is secure and personal safety is the most important. But if you have friends in Odessa or your girlfriend can help you, it will be better. Generally speaking, if you need the basic information, your dating Ukrainian women can help you.

Second, choose an airline with years’ experience (if your hot Ukrainian woman is not able to see you at the airport.). When you reach the airport, be careful and wait for your luggage. There are airlines that you can get you to Odessa easily. You can find a minibus to exit the customs. You are not supposed to take photos at the airport and customs. The staff of the customs may ask you how much money you have taken and your purpose. They may charge you $100 US per present for your friends or your lady. After you come out from the customs, you will meet many taxi drivers and ask you if you would like to take his or her taxi. You must negotiate with them because they always tell a very high price at first. It costs about 6.5 USD from the airport to Odessa center.

Finally, sightseeing. The first thing is Odessa City. It is an old town and dates back to the period of the Soviet takeover. There are many attractions you can tour with your sexy Ukrainian girl.Walking along the Odessa beaches, the old streets, enjoying many interesting museums, going to Opera House or going for a concert at National Philharmonic Theatre. In a word, you can find some places that you have interest and first get some information about them so that you can enjoy your travel and have better date with your Odessa Ukraine Women.

If you are going to meet hot Ukrainian girls, you had better get a full preparation and some knowledge about Ukraine tour for your romantic dating and exciting meet with your future Ukrainian bride. Follow the tips and make your Ukraine tour memorable and romantic. Take action now!

Ready to start a fun new tradition using great Christmas short stories?

Most families have a Christmas tradition or two that they look forward to sharing together year after year. Traditions draw us closer together and allow us to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season; they’re also something special to share with future generations. If you don’t have a Christmas tradition, try reading Christmas short stories together this year! It’s free, meaningful and gives a slight pause to each day of the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season.

Begin on December 1st and read a story each night until Christmas. You may want to plan ahead by having each family member pick out several of their favorite holiday stories to have on hand. You can borrow some from your local library, download them to your iPod (many can be downloaded free), or listen to audio stories. If you are stuck and don’t have enough favorites for each day, explore some new stories. We’ve created a list below to help get you started.

Make story time special by turning off the TV, computers, and iPods after dinner each night (unless of course, you’ve downloaded your Christmas short stories to your iPod). Light some candles, or gather the family around the lit Christmas tree. Make some apple cider or hot chocolate and have a small treat like a Christmas sugar cookie or shortbread to go with your hot drink. Then settle in to read, or listen to, your Christmas short stories.

You’ll be surprised at how much your family will look forward to this quiet time with each other and you may even have some wonderful conversations during or after reading these timeless Christmas short stories together. Story time is also a great way to wind everyone down before bed, both young and old.

Make this Christmas special and begin a tradition that your family will look forward to each year. Your kids will remember this tradition and may even pass it on to their kids someday!

Here are some stories to get you started. You can find many of these free online.

The Gift, by R. Louis Carroll
The Story of Babouska
T’was the Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore
The Christmas Story, the Bible – Matthew Chapters 1&2
The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry
The Little Match Seller, by Hans Christian Anderson
The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
A Kidnapped Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum
The Cobbler and His Guest, by Anne McCollum Boyles
The Story of the Candy Cane

We hope that you enjoy reading them and continue the tradition for years to come.

Holidays or food preparation time for a large gathering, when all the resources of the kitchen are in use, is when the need for more counter space, additional storage, another oven, or refrigerator, becomes obvious. The thoughts usually generated during this time, surround being able to afford a complete kitchen remodel.

Ultimately, remodeling may be the best solution for the home, but in the mean time, kitchen islands or a butcher block, in the existing kitchen, just may be an affordable expansion to counter space, and capacity needed for food preparation for a large gathering or holiday. The new components can be purchased easily and brought into service with little stress.

Portable islands are very effective, and can be a beautiful addition to a kitchen. They can be purchased to match the existing cabinetry, and counter tops, or they can be purchased as contrasting accent pieces. The beauty of portable kitchen islands is they add utility, and value to the home without the expense and headaches of remodeling the kitchen.

Of course adding a kitchen island to an existing kitchen, requires some restraint, and good judgment, regarding the unit most compatible with the existing kitchen. If necessary ask a professional, what would be the best solution, an island or a butcher block unit. Also a professional may suggest minor tweaks to the existing kitchen, that will prevent having the island, or butcher block looking like an after thought. A professional, or a friend with a good eye for color, can assist with choosing a kitchen island, that is painted rather than wood tone.

Some unexpected benefits of adding portable kitchen islands or a butcher block, include but are not limited to the following: Additional seating, and eating space. A portable buffet table for family gatherings, entertaining, and general use. They can be moved to any room for the holiday or gathering depending on the needs, and are also useful in large open areas to help define space.

Probably the best benefit of the Kitchen Island, is using it for a homework space while mom, or dad is in the kitchen. It provides the benefits, of easily keeping the child on task, while providing a venue for those wonderful times we spend with our children, and grand-children, just talking, and being in each others space. Time with Mom, Dad, Grandma, or Grandpa in the kitchen at holiday or any time provide children with a full supply of wonderful memories of good cooking, wonderful smells, feeling close, and being loved and cared for over a life time.

Have you ever been on a houseboat holiday? If not, you should just pack your bags, gather your family and friends hire a houseboat and head towards a holiday which you will cherish for ever. From India to Australia, there are many fascinating holiday spots where you can find houseboat for hire for an exciting holiday.

Vacation by a beach, lake or river is an exciting experience, but vacationing on a water body is something very different and mesmerizing. With large number of people going for houseboat vacation, houseboat hire has become a common practice and houseboat rentals have become very popular. Many travel agencies rent out houseboats for different facilities which will suit every budget.

Spending a weekend in midst of nature surrounded by water on a houseboat either with your family and kids or only with your partner can be a delightful experience. However, its upto you to decide if you want to meander down the backwaters of India or cruise on Australia’s Coast, a well equipped houseboat is enough to fulfill your expectations of a marvelous holiday.

Holiday in a houseboat has many advantages apart from fun and excitement. It saves you from the hassles of carrying stuff that you require on a day trip, change transport every now and then and keep looking for place to stay when you are tired. Houseboats can be used as your mode of transport, your den to stay n have fun, a well equipped kitchen where you can cook and have a lazy and relaxed vacation. You can enjoy activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing while on board, or lazily lay on the deck. You can go hiking or camping on the shore by stopping the houseboat wherever you like.

However, before deciding upon the houseboat rental agency to take houseboat for hire, ensure if the boat is in good condition. BoatHire.com.au provides different types of boats for hire or on rent for different reasons like sailing, fishing and holiday. All you need is to look out for boats which suit your needs.

One of the reasons why Spain has become a very popular holiday destination is because it supports with ease any kind of holiday. Apart from the famous beach holidays, villa holidays are also part of the holidays that you can choose to enjoy in Spain and from any spot of the country for that matter. The villas have been made available in the different areas of the country and hence regardless of the spot that you choose for your holidays, you can be sure to enjoy that villa holiday with ease.

How to make the holiday work

When going for a holiday, everyone hopes to make it work hence at the end of the day have the best kind of holiday experience in Spain. Planning for the villa holiday is probably the best that you can do to ensure that it does work for you. Remember that many things will be readily available in the villa and hence you only need to pack a few necessities and the clothing that you have to carry. By considering the weather during your holiday planning phase, you will manage to pack everything that is important. This will also help you in choosing the best time of the year to travel to Costa Brava for a great holiday villa stay.

To have a villa holiday that works for you, you also will need to make sure that you have selected the best villa for your stay. Costa Brava has plenty of the holiday villas and even though this is a great thing since you will be exposed to a huge variety hence increasing your chances of finding a villa that meets with your needs, it can also prove to be very hard to decide amongst the many choices that you have as far as the villas are concerned.

Important considerations

When looking at the many options that Costa Brava has for your holidays, you also have to bring your holiday expectations into the picture. This will help you in choosing a holiday villa that is in the right location, is the right size and has everything that you feel is important for your holiday enjoyment. The villas are of course designed to offer you the convenience and privacy that you long to enjoy during the holidays but it is also important to remember that they can be different and hence you need to compare before you can make the final decision.

If you are looking for a luxurious villa for holidays get more information to maison vacances espagne avec piscine.

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The Canary Islands are an eternally popular holiday destination and one that routinely brings holidaymakers back to its sunny shores year after year. Perhaps the best thing about this holiday hotspot is its diversity – and it’s certainly got that in abundance.

Take Lanzarote for instance. Renowned for its volcanic lunar-like scenery, soft grey sandy beaches and its fantastic array of water sports, Lanzarote is perfect for just about every type of holiday imaginable. From beach bums to windsurfers, hikers to ardent sightseers, they all get their kicks here. And what’s more, it’s refreshingly easy to get to. There’s a vast range of scheduled flights and a myriad of package holidays available, with tour operators regularly battling it out to offer the best prices to secure your custom. One such example is the tour operator Canarias. Offering holidays all over Europe but best known for their sizzling deals on Canary Island getaways, you’re bound to find Lanzarote hotels at Canarias to match your preferences as well as your pocket.

Across the water in Tenerife, a diverse island of different proportions awaits. Famous for its hedonistic night scene and the type of clubs and crowds that draw big-name DJs from all over the world, Tenerife certainly knows how to do clubbing holidays. But there’s so much more to this popular island than big tunes and all-night parties. Take advantage of affordable car hire in Tenerife at Canarias and get out to explore the spectacular Teide mountain range – home to the highest peak in Spain, a dormant volcano offering spectacular views and a heady experience from the summit.

You might be surprised to learn that Tenerife is also famous for its golf courses. But then, what could be better than practising your swing in glorious sunshine, surrounded by spectacular seascapes and without a care in the world? The likes of Hotel Aguamarina in the South of the island provides a high standard of accommodation just a short stroll from the Amarilla Golf Club.

There’s so much more to the Canary Islands than meets the eye. Why not scratch the surface of this diverse destination and find out for yourself?