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Börni – Overdose

Double platinum winning Swiss artist Börni is back with her third single this year called “Overdose.” After releasing the power singles “I’m Alive” and “Ghost,” Börni’s third single “Overdose” will now be released on September 23, 2022.

It is interesting that we always want what is no longer good for us in an overdose. Börni sings in the song “Overdose” about how she would be better off not giving in to what she wants. The song is about a relationship. But Börni clearly says that you have to consciously find the right measure in everything you do and want in order to be happy. For the music video, which will be released in October 2022, she got a Swiss choreographer and TikTok star in the lead role. Get your own dose of this synth-pop tune this Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II of England dies at the age of 96

On Thursday, September 8, Queen Elizabeth II died at 96, while under the supervision of doctors at Balmoral (1926-2022). According to Buckingham Palace, he will assume the sovereign title of King Charles III, and his wife, Camilla, will be known as Queen Consort.

In England, all the alarms have been raised by the state of health of Queen Elizabeth II. Buckingham Palace has released a statement in which it ensures that the doctors who treat the 96-year-old sovereign have been seen this Thursday (September 8) “concerned” about her state of health and have recommended that she remain under supervision medical.

The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The monarch passed away this Thursday, September 8, at her summer residence at Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, sheltered by her entire family close to her. Her son Prince Charles succeeds her as the king of England. The British heir, 73, assumes the throne under the name of Carlos III after the death of his mother. All flags in the UK will be flown halfway through the ten days of national mourning leading up to the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 70 years, breaking all her records and celebrating her Platinum Jubilee last February.

UPDATE

  • Historic farewell to Queen Elizabeth II: Sep 19, 2022

The British capital is fully shielded by the presence of up to 500 heads of state and government. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is being transferred to the state arms carriage, which waits outside the north door of the building. It will be a short route to the abbey, crossing Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.

The United Kingdom says goodbye to Elizabeth II with a funeral that will go down in history. The British country will wake up tomorrow, September 20, in a new era after today ending the national mourning for the death of the monarch with a solemn state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey, where Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, followed by her burial at Windsor.

  • Kings and presidents: half the world attends the funeral of Elizabeth II in London: Sep 18, 2022

The impact, success, and transcendence of Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned for more than seven decades, is evidenced in the list of attendees at a funeral as was not seen in London. Hundreds of world leaders and monarchs will attend the monarch’s state funeral in London on Monday, September 19, which will be one of the largest diplomatic meetings in decades and will have Westminster Abbey as its epicenter. Although there is no “official” list of guests, invitations have been sent to those countries with which the United Kingdom has diplomatic relations to pay their respects to Elizabeth II.

  • The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II watch over her coffin in Westminster Hall: Sep 17, 2022

The eight grandchildren of Elizabeth II, led by Prince William and his brother Harry, watched over the remains of their grandmother for 15 minutes this Saturday in the burning chapel installed in the Palace of Westminster. Additionally, King Charles III and Prince William paid a surprise visit to the long queue of people patiently waiting to pass the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II. They shook hands and said thanks in the mile-long queue near Lambeth Bridge.

  • Access to the queue for the burning chapel is temporarily closed: Sep 16, 2022

The British Government has announced that for the next six hours no one will be able to queue to enter the funeral chapel of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster after it has reached almost 8 kilometers. With waiting times estimated at about 14 hours, the authorities had already warned of this probability due to the saturation in Southwark Park. The Government has encouraged citizens not to try to join the queue until its reopening is formally notified.

  • The queue to fire the monarch exceeds five kilometers: Sep 15, 2022

Endless queue throughout the night to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II in London. Thousands of people serenely wait their turn to enter the Palace of Westminster and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The queue exceeds five kilometers and it is expected that over the days it will reach up to eight. The body of Elizabeth II arrived at Westminster after a funeral procession from Buckingham Palace. The funeral chapel has been open to the public for more than twelve hours and will remain open until 6:30 a.m. on Monday, September 19, hours before the state funeral begins, which will be attended by numerous leaders from around the world.

The big surprise among the guest list is the presence of Olena Zelenska, the wife of the President of Ukraine. She will attend the monarch’s funeral.

  • 30-hour queues to bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster: Sep 14, 2022

The remains of the monarch rest in Buckingham Palace (London), where they arrive around nine o’clock at night on Monday, September 13. There, they are being veiled in privacy. In the afternoon today, the coffin will be transferred to the Palace of Westminster where the funeral chapel will be installed so that the British people and tourists can pay their respects, just as they did in Edinburgh. People who attend will have to stand in line for up to 30 hours to say goodbye to their queen.

The cathedral of St. Giles, in Edinburgh, covers at this time a religious service in memory of the monarch. Her mortal remains have arrived there in a retinue that has slowly crossed the center of the Scottish and her children have led on foot: King Charles III, Anne, Andrew, and Edward.

Although thousands of people have already left their messages and flowers since last Thursday, September 8, at the residences of the Royal Family, this afternoon, September 12, the funeral chapel of Elizabeth II opens to the public.

  • How much do you have to pay to visit the grave of Queen Elizabeth II?

Windsor Castle, which was the final scene of the state funeral and burial of the monarch, is scheduled to reopen to the public on Thursday, September 29. A territory that will become practically a place of pilgrimage for all those who want to see the grave of Elizabeth II. In this way, the price to visit it will be 26.50 pounds.

A plane runs off the runway with 159 passengers on board at Tocumen airport, Panama

Moments of fear and panic at the Tocumen International Airport, in Panama, after a plane (Boeing 737-800NG) with more than 150 passengers on board, left the runway amid the strong gusts of wind and rain that are shaking the country, driven by the displacement of Ian, a category 2 hurricane on its way to Florida and Cuba.

Karla Pardini, the tiktoker murdered near her home in Mexico: they called her and asked her to come out

Karla Pardini, a famous ‘tiktoker’ from Mexico, has been shot to death after receiving a phone call from a person who asked her to leave her house. The 21-year-old girl was ambushed near her residence in Culiacán on September 20. The Attorney General of the State of Sinaloa investigates and explores the crime. No one has been detained so far, according to reports.

Pardini was found dead at an intersection, at the intersection of Catédraticos and Ignacio López Rayón streets, in the Tierra Blanca neighborhood. Several testimonies claim to have seen a group of armed individuals wandering around the area before they killed the young woman.

The queue of almost 50 hours to leave Russia: the exodus by road of those who refuse to go to war

The military mobilization of the Russian population to fight in the war in Ukraine has caused border crossings to collapse. Faced with the impossibility of demonstrating due to the obstacles involved and the exhausted flights, more and more citizens are desperately trying to leave the country by road. Waiting for lines to leave Russian soil can reach around 50 hours.

Rihanna confirms her return to the stage: it will be in the Super Bowl

Rihanna will be the star of the halftime show of the next NFL Super Bowl, which will be held on February 12, 2023, in Glendale (Arizona, USA). The artist communicated this Sunday (September 25) on her Instagram account, where she has 135 million followers, an image without the text in which her hand appeared holding an NFL ball. Later, the league said in a statement that Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl intermission.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever,” said rapper Jay-Z, who produces the Super Bowl show for the NFL through his company Roc Nation.

Thirteen dead, seven of them children, and dozens injured in a shooting at a Russian school

A gunman has opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, according to the Russian government news agency TASS. The attacker would have killed 13 people, seven of them children, and injured several people. According to the Russian Interior Ministry, the shooter would have committed suicide. The police would have found the attacker dead when he entered the school.

UPDATE

  • A former student dressed in Nazi symbology, author of the Russian school shooting in which 17 people have died

The death toll in the armed attack has risen to 17, as confirmed by the authorities, who have deepened that among the fatalities there are 11 minors and six adults. In addition, there are 24 wounded, 22 of them minors.

Argentina: A teenager confesses by message to have murdered her 5-year-old brother: “Mom, I killed him”

A 13-year-old teenager has admitted to having murdered her brother, a 5-year-old boy, in the town of Arroyo Seco, Argentina. The events occurred last Monday, September 19, around eight in the afternoon, when the mother of the minors, Roxana, who went to study at school at night, received a message from her daughter: “Mom, I killed him”, the young woman wrote. Faced with the horrible message, the mother raised the alarm and asked the child’s father to go check what was happening.

”The Woman King” Sets Up For Huge Box Office Run After Insanely Strong Opening Weekend, US

“The Woman King” is generating the kind of buzz — and ticket sales — that the box office desperately needs. Packed with drama, story, and action, “The Woman King” about a regiment of female warriors grossed $19 million at the domestic box office during its opening weekend, topping the $12 million Sony had forecast.

The film “opened at the high end of our expectations and appears poised for a very healthy movie run thanks to strong word of mouth,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. ”The Woman King” stars Viola Davis as a general who trains the next generation of warriors to fight against her enemies.

The trial of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp already has a movie. It premieres on September 30, 2022

The MarVista Entertainment studio has set to work this summer to bring this trial to the small screen, shooting against the clock to achieve a good result. And they have succeeded, because it already has an official release date for next September 30 of this year. The TV Movie will be titled Hot Take: The Depp/Heard Trial; and will focus on the defamation case between the two performers that ended with Amber Heard being sentenced to pay her ex-husband 10.4 million dollars in damages. And the road to it was anything but easy. Something that will surely hook those who did not follow the trial day by day.

Spain, European champion after beating France in the Eurobasket

Sergio Scariolo’s basketball team beat the French 88-76 and won the team’s fourth Eurobasket. The Spanish team won its fourth continental title this Sunday, September 18, in Berlin by defeating France in the Eurobasket final by a score of 88-76. Apart from being the fourth European gold medal, the Spanish team has six silver medals to its credit, which it won in 1935, 1973, 1983, 1999, 2003, and 2007. The last one was at the Eurobasket held in Spain, where the national team fell in the final against Russia.

Puerto Rico is devastated by Hurricane Fiona, tries to restore power

More than 3 million people were left without electricity in Puerto Rico and caused “catastrophic flooding” this Sunday, September 18, after passing through the destruction caused throughout the country. Landslides, fallen trees, collapsed structures, and blocked roads have left the passage of Hurricane Fiona, which caused a general blackout. The governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, has stated that the island’s authorities are gradually repairing the power supply.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, has declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico and has organized the release of federal resources for Emergency aid.

Controversy in Iran over the death of a 21-year-old girl detained by the Moral Police for wearing the wrong veil

This Saturday, September 17, the 21-year-old Mahsa Amini has been buried, she has died from the serious injuries suffered after being arrested last Tuesday by the Greater Tehran Morale Police, allegedly for not wearing the veil properly. The young woman was transferred to a hospital already in a coma the day of her arrest after “suffering a heart attack”, according to the police version, and she finally died on Friday due to the severity of her injuries.

Hundreds of people attended Amini’s funeral in her hometown, Aychi, in the Saghez region of Iran. Family members, friends, and neighbors as well as authorities from the Saghez region have been at the event. This case would have caused spontaneous protests on Friday, September 16. Pictures and videos have been posted on social networks of people chanting phrases such as “Death to the dictator!” at Tehran’s Kasri Hospital where Amini died.

Exhume the first corpses from mass graves in Izyum (Ukraine)

The Ukrainian authorities have reported that so far around 60 bodies have been exhumed from a mass grave found in the town of Izyum, located in the Kharkiv region, after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the area. The head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, Oleg Sinegubov, informed through a message on his Telegram account of the progress in the exhumation work. “Police experts in the Kharkiv region have exhumed 59 bodies in Izium today.”

“The bodies of 16 men and 26 women, civilians, will be handed over for further analysis,” before saying that among the exhumed bodies there are 17 soldiers. “As experts point out, most show signs of a violent death, ” Sinegubov said.

Iran admitted to Shanghai Cooperation Organization

For Iran to be admitted to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, and the Secretary-General, Zhang Ming, signed the memorandum of commitment as a member of the association at the summit of the Organization Shanghai Cooperation Conference being held in Samarkand. “From now on we have entered a new phase in various economic, trade, transit, and energy cooperations,” Abdollahian mentioned.

Volodymyr Zelensky suffers a traffic accident in Kyiv

The President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, was involved this Thursday, September 15, early in the morning in a traffic accident in Kyiv when he was returning from the city of Izium, although he was not injured. This has been communicated by the Ukrainian president’s spokesman, Sergei Nikiforov, who has circumstantiated in a statement on Facebook that a vehicle has crashed into the presidential escort.

French film director Jean-Luc Godard dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland

Jean-Luc Godard died “peacefully, at home” in Switzerland on September 13 at the age of 91, his relatives expressed through a statement and announced that there will be no official funeral and that he will be cremated.

Godard’s legal adviser, Patrick Jeanneret, told the AFP news agency that the filmmaker died by assisted suicide. He “turned to legal aid in Switzerland for a voluntary departure as he was affected by ‘multiple disabling illnesses,’ according to the medical report.” Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland under certain circumstances.

The future of Sweden, in the hands of the anti-immigration leader

The Social Democrats of Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden were the most voted in the Swedish legislative elections with 30.5% of the vote. In addition, Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the nationalist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats (SD) party, has become the second political force in the country with a historic 20.6% of the vote.

The rapper PnB Rock, was shot dead to rob him in Los Angeles

Mourning in the world of rap. Rapper PnB Rock has been shot to death while he was eating at a Los Angeles restaurant on Monday, September 12. The artist was interrupted by a man who approached the table at Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘N Waffles and asked for the jewelry he was wearing. Given his refusal, he shot him several times in front of his partner, who was eating with the rapper.

Emmy Awards 2022: ‘Succession’, ‘The White Lotus’ and ‘Ted Lasso’, The winners of the ceremony

The 74th edition of the 2022 Emmy Awards was held this past Monday, September 12, and the stars of the small screen wore their best clothes on a magical night, in which emotion and humor were not lacking either. The ceremony took place in Los Angeles, United States, and the big winner was ‘Succession‘, which with 25 nominations in the category of best drama series, took away from the South Korean ‘The Squid Game‘ the chance to become the first no -English-speaking production to win the prize. Plus, ‘Ted Lasso‘ won the best comedy series category for the second successive year, and ‘The White Lotus‘ won the best miniseries.

Additionally, Barack Obama won an Emmy Award for his narration on the Netflix documentary series Our Great National Parks.

Carlos Alcaraz is already the king of tennis: the youngest number one in history wins the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest number one in history by winning the US Open. The Spanish tennis player won this Sunday, September 11, in four sets (6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3) against the Norwegian Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open, the last ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.

The victory that allows the Spaniard to lift his first ‘Grande’ and climb to number one in the ranking, being the youngest tennis player to achieve it in all of history at 19 years old.

Al Qaeda publishes a book with details about the planning of the 9/11 attacks against the Pentagon and the Twin Towers

Work of Abu Mohamed al Masri: The 250-page book would be the work of Abu Mohamed al Masri, a senior official of the terrorist and jihadist organization who died in 2020 in Iran. He relates that the attacks began to be prepared when they managed to settle in Afghanistan, in 1996, and that they wanted to drag the United States into a long war of attrition and ruin.

Click HERE for more information about the 9/11 attacks.

A person claims to have seen Melissa Highsmith, a woman who disappeared 51 years ago as a baby, United States

Melissa disappeared when she was just 21 months old. It is believed that a woman posing as a nanny took her away. 51 years later, a person claims to have seen her in Charleston, South Carolina (United States). In the third week of September, a person contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He claimed and guaranteed to have seen Melissa Highsmith in Charleston.

Hell in Kharkov: a Russian attack on the thermal power plant leaves four regions of Ukraine without electricity

A Russian attack on the Kharkiv power plant has left several points in the center and east of the country without water and electricity. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Putin of causing a full payout when the Ukrainian military was making great strides.

So far in September, he would have reconquered 3,000 square kilometers from the Russian troops. The Ukrainian cities of Izium, Lyman, and Kupiansk are already in the hands of Kyiv.

Justin Bieber cancels the rest of his American tour due to health problems

Justin Bieber (28 years old, Canada) announced this Tuesday (August 6) that he will not continue with his Justice World Tour because he has returned to his health problems linked to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralyzes part of his face. “Earlier this year, I made public my battle with the syndrome, for which my face was partially paralyzed,” the Canadian singer said on social networks, who said he must pause because his health is “a priority right now,” the artist says.

Justin Bieber postpones his US tour as he battles facial paralysis. The European tour, which starts in January, is still on.

Instagram receives a millionaire fine for the mismanagement of personal data of adolescents in Ireland

400 million dollars is the amount that the social media platform must pay. Facebook Ireland allowed users between the ages of 13 and 17 to open accounts on Instagram, with the posting of the underage user’s email address or phone numbers open to all users. In addition, Facebook Ireland operated a user registration system for the Instagram service whereby minors’ accounts were set to “public” by default, thereby also making adolescent content public, unless the account was set up differently and changed to “private”.

Liz Truss succeeds Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

The United Kingdom already has a new British minister: Liz Truss will replace Boris Johnson after defeating Rishi Sunak in the conservative ‘primaries’. She also takes command of the country at a time marked by different crises: the economic one derived from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the internal crisis after the fall of her boss (Boris Johnson), and the political one, with the ravages of Brexit.

Multiple people were killed in stabbings in Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 15 wounded and 10 dead is the provisional balance of the attack carried out by two individuals in two towns in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The main indications suggest that some victims could have been attacked at random and that the two suspects are in hiding. The agents were looking last night (September 4) for those responsible for the attack, whose mobile phone number is unknown.

A major accident at an attraction in India leaves 16 injured

A serious accident at an attraction in Mohali, India, has left at least 16 injured. The rotating Ferris wheel collapsed after a brake failure and crashed to the ground with all passengers on board. The hypothesis is the technical failure of the brakes precisely at the moment in which the Ferris wheel was turning at the highest speed.

7 policemen die in a trap in Colombia

At least seven police officers have died and one of them has been seriously injured this Friday (September 2) in an attack in a rural area of San Luis, in the Department of Huila, in western Colombia, considered the largest attack registered in the country since Gustavo Petro came to power.

It is not clear for now the reasons for the attack or which group is behind it. Although when they appeared they were attacked with rifle bursts and explosives.

New York ‘prepares’ for the number of sharks sighted off its coast

The large number of sharks that come to the waters near New York (USA) is a reality that the locals must begin to get used to. There have been various reports of swimmers and surfers being bitten. In fact, the beaches of Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, have been closed to the bathroom twice during the past month of July after the sighting of sharks from the coast.

The Rings of Power: Premiere of the first two chapters on Amazon Prime

This Friday (September 2), Amazon launches the first chapter of the new series inspired by the Tolkien Universe and whose first two episodes are directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. The streaming platform produces a new installment of the saga made up of eight chapters. Every Friday a new chapter will be broadcast.

When is Rings of Power released in the US? The eight-part series debuts on September 1 at 9:00 p.m. m. ET, with episodes one and two airing one after the other.

Michael O’Leary, the executive director of Ryanair: “The rates will rise from 40 to 50 euros, but the low cost is not dead”

For the airline, Ryanair, it’s been a bittersweet summer. Since June they have had strikes by their cabin crew in several European countries, including the United Kingdom and Spain. Linked to this is an inflationary context that is making flying more expensive.

Despite this increase, Ryanair’s CEO emphasizes that “low cost is not dead”. “What we will not see anymore are tickets at 9.99 euros, but that does not mean that low cost is going to end,” said the executive director, Michael O’Leary.

Putin will not attend Gorbachev’s funeral because “his job does not allow it”

The last leader of the Soviet Union will have a state funeral like that of his successor in office, Boris Yeltsin.

Putin will not go to the funeral of the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on August 30, because his work schedule does not allow it. “We know that the farewell ceremony will take place on September 3, and also the funeral, but unfortunately the president’s work schedule will not allow him to attend on September 3, so he decided to do it today,” he said. Dimitri Peskov (Putin‘s spokesman). The Russian leader said goodbye yesterday, September 1, to the first president of the Soviet Union at the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow (Russia), before flying to Kaliningrad.

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NOVOTEL MIAMI BRICKELL

Summer is a great time to visit Miami. The city’s many beautiful beaches are at their best, establishments are offering deeply discounted packages, and the reduced crowds allow for the leisurely exploring of natural areas and indoor attractions. Novotel Miami Brickell offers some of the best summer promotions in town, paired with an unbeatable central location in the Magic City and its many attractions. We’re inviting top media and influencers to visit the hotel and enjoy its great F&B concepts and onsite activities this summer, please reach out with your preferred dates to coordinate coverage. During your stay, you’ll enjoy:  

  • Rooftop pool and Sunset Sessions with bits, drinks, and live DJ sets 
  • Happy Hour cocktails and bites
  • Novotel’s signature restaurant, cafe, and pool bar
  • Easy access to Brickell City Center, Coconut Grove, Key Biscayne and Miami Beach  

Hotel Description

Novotel Miami Brickell is a 12-story property comprising 275 deluxe guest rooms and suites, with 5,000 square feet of meeting and conference space. The hotel also features a rooftop swimming pool, and Vista Pool Bar that boasts stunning views of Brickell’s striking skyline and Biscayne Bay. Located in the lobby area, UVA bar is your home to enjoy a wonderful selection of Chilean and Argentinian wines, signature Latin American spirits, light tapas-style fare, global news, sports and weather. The bar also features a daily happy hour from 4 to 7 pm. At Lima, the hotel’s signature restaurant, guests can experience the thrilling simplicity of flavorful contemporary cuisine with inventive yet well-balanced dishes for wholly delightful meals to enjoy.

Special Programming in the Heart of Downtown Miami

Sun-filled days and longer nights are perfect for locals and guests to enjoy Novotel Miami Brickell’s rooftop pool bar and its special programming of Movies Under the Stars, along with Saturday Yoga and the vibrant Sunset Sessions. High-end international retail brands like Giuseppe Zanotti and Reiss, as well as Apple, Swarovski, department store Saks Fifth Avenue and a CMX VIP cinema experience are within a ten-minute walk at Brickell City Centre. Visitors can also stroll along the adjacent dog-friendly Southside Park to the Millionaire’s Row section of Brickell Avenue, and visit the St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church.

Unparalleled Food and Beverage Options

Novotel Miami Brickell’s onsite food and beverage options are complemented by the neighborhood’s cocktail lounges, karaoke spot, and a bevy of fine-dining and casual eateries, including waterfront establishments and the choices along vibrant Mary Brickell Village. Miami’s special annual food and barrage promotion, Miami Spice, is in full swing from August through September, when dozens of top restaurants showcase special three-course meals for just $28 for lunch/brunch and $42 for dinner.

Central Location

Novotel Miami Brickell offers easy access to Virginia Key and Key Biscayne and its public beaches, nature preservers, parks and Miami Seaquarium. The Metro is steps away from the hotel, a convenient way to journey north to bustling Downtown Miami, home to various parks, theaters, museums, the FTX Arena and the Brightline, a high-speed line that runs from Miami Central Station to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. A quick ten-minute car ride south from Novotel is picturesque Coconut Grove and its CocoWalk of shops and eateries, Italian Renaissance-style Villa Vizcaya, as well as many historic sites and parks. Little Havana, Miami’s Cuban neighborhood, lies to the west with Latin restaurants and live music shows, while South Beach and its nightspots and beautiful beaches are about seven miles away.

Great Weather Fun 

In the summer, South Florida is packed with more outdoor concerts than any other season. This year’s calendar includes Bad Bunny, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roger Waters, the Miami Salsa Festival, and Rolling Loud, the three-day event that has become the largest Hip-Hop festival in the world. The can’t- miss checklist for a memorable summer in Miami also includes a visit to the nearby Perez Art Museum Miami, the 250,000 square feet Frost Science Museum, and the Adrienne Arsht Center, home to the Florida Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet. 

Modern Easy Living

Novotel’s mantra of “Modern Easy Living” drives the brand to always offer guests a comfortable and memorable type of stay. Its intuitive and modern design, coupled with its innovative and cutting-edge technology, continually results in a relaxed, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel exemplifies all the brand’s elements and is centrally located, making it the ideal place to stay for business and leisure travelers. Guests can enjoy its convenient access to the very best of Downtown Miami, Port of Miami, from the area’s top businesses, outstanding shopping, an eclectic dining and nightlife scene, world-class art, and more.

Sustainability Program

The hotel also prides itself on its strong eco-friendly actions. In 2011, its parent company Accor launched Planet 21, a sustainable program to improve its hotels’ performance with sustainable initiatives. The program demonstrates the group’s ambitious goals for 2020, based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities. Some other initiatives the hotel participates in each year is the Crandon Park beach clean-up, fights children sexual exploitation and human trafficking with trainings for its employees and communication to their guests, it is LEED certified (Gold level), provides eco-friendly linen and terry clothes and encourages guests to reuse them throughout their stay, uses key cards made of recycled plastic, and has removed single-use plastics, to name a few. The Novotel team also built the Novo Garden at Southside Elementary School, where children grow seven varieties of vegetables.

Novotel Miami Brickell’s Summer Promo

Lights, Camera, Vacation– This summer, book the trip you deserve at Novotel Miami Brickell and create your own magic with up to 25% off at participating destinations throughout North & Central America. Be sure to book from April 19 until September 7 for stays until December 31, 2022.¹Traveler Tip: Members of ALL – Accor Live Limitless can earn 2X Reward points when you register and book by September 7 for stays until December 31, 2022. Plus, save an additional 5% with your Members’ Rate! Not a member? Enroll now.

ABOUT NOVOTEL

Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts offers destination hotels designed as comforting and energizing places where guests can ‘press pause’ and take time to enjoy the moments that really matter. The brand’s wide array of hotels, suites and resorts offer a multitude of services for business and leisure guests alike, including spacious, modular rooms with natural and intuitive design; 24/7 catering with nutritious choices; dedicated meeting spaces; attentive and proactive staff; family zones for the youngest guests; multi-purpose lobbies; and accessible fitness centers. Novotel, which has over 530 locations in more than 60 countries is part of Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group offering unique experiences in 4,900 hotels and residences across 110 countries.

ABOUT ACCOR

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a joint venture, which Accor holds a majority shareholding. Ennismore is a creative hospitality company with a global collective of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and more than 230,000 team members worldwide. Members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visit HERE, or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

ATZARÓ GROUP beach club and restaurant in Ibiza via 360 MAGAZINE

Atzaró Group Beach Club

The sensational Atzaró Group beach club and restaurant Atzaró Beach, situated on the sparkling beach of Cala Nova in Ibiza’s North-East, is now open for Summer 2022. Listed by Conde Nast Traveller as one of “the best beach clubs in the world for summer 2022,” Atzaró Beach has become a firm-favourite of the discerning traveller, as well as an A-list hotspot. It’s the perfect place for an upscale beach lunch or dinner hideaway with unparalleled aquamarine sea views.

The food concept at Atzaró Beach is new this year. Top London chef James Adams has created a mouthwatering menu with the emphasis on sharing plates, and grilled choices, using produce grown on the Atzaró estate. James Adams has been a chef and food consultant for over 16 years in some of London’s top restaurant kitchens and is famous for his work with Skye Gyngell at Spring within Somerset House, at celebrated country hotel Heckfield Place, chef at River Cafe, menu and planting direction at Petersham Nurseries.

The new menu this year is full of wholesome, light and delicious dishes, with plenty of seafood and vegetarian choices, created with organic fruit and vegetable ingredients harvested from the Atzaró Vegetable Garden. Sharing plates can be enjoyed on the comfortable daybeds or sofas beachside.

Watch the morning sun rise over the sea and enjoy a healthy breakfast of either chia pudding with coconut and raspberries or perhaps an acai bowl with banana and pineapple. For something a bit more substantial try the grilled chorizo with fried eggs, roasted pepper and rocket salad on toast or smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

For a sharing plate lunch with friends, choose from a delicious selection including tuna ceviche with mango, cucumber and lime, burrata with sourdough and pesto, baby squid with lime allioli, padron peppers, grilled asparagus with romesco sauce and chopped almonds or beef carpaccio with parmesan and rocket. Salad options include watermelon salad with feta and mint or a tasty beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with pumpkin seeds. There are a range of pasta dishes and from the grill you can order lobster with garlic butter, sea bass, and T-bone or Entrecôte steaks. For the more traditional there are a choice of four paellas to share.

Sweet treats include San Sebastian cheesecake with a raspberry compote, grilled pineapple with coconut ice cream and chilli or orujo panacotta with strawberries as well as homemade ice creams and sorbets.

In 2019 the interiors and exteriors of Atzaró Beach were refurbished by Atzaró Design, the group’s talented in-house interiors team. The concept is paired back boho style, with a super- relaxed authentic mood, reminiscent of 70’s Ibiza. The look is designed to work with the environment and combines natural woods, terracotta pots, an abundance of local plants, cacti and palms. The colour palette of soft neutral sand tones with pops of vibrant compliments the pristine beach and crystal-clear waters of the sea beyond.

Straw cacti and potted plants frame the tables, the rustic wood pergola provides dappled shade and the thirty double daybeds are perfect for those long hot summer days. Hanging rattan lampshades add some low-key atmosphere to balmy nights. Relax on a comfortable mix of sofas, stools, tables and chairs with hanging bamboo swing seats as well as iconic rattan peacock armchairs. An Ibizan wooden fishing boat provides an extra seating area with cushions to create a casual and relaxed feeling.

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What Makes California Such a Popular Place to Live?

It’s no secret that people love the golden coast — and there’s no shortage of reasons why. California is a great place to visit, of course, but it’s also a fantastic place to lay down your roots and settle down — or not, depending on your lifestyle! One of the many amazing things about living in California is the opportunity to experience so many different things.

Whether you’re from the west coast already or you’re thinking about jumping coasts — or even if you’re simply wondering what makes California so special, here are just a few of the reasons why California is such a popular place to live.

It’s Beautiful

This one is hardly news to anybody, but California is one of the most beautiful states in the Union. It basically has everything you could ever want: cascading forests, desert landscapes, beaches, and mountains. Literally any view that you can picture!

Although beauty isn’t always the primary priority in where you choose to live, there’s something to be said for being surrounded by gorgeous environments. That’s something you can’t get just anywhere, and California has it in spades.

The Weather

Even with all of the different environments and landscapes present across the great state of California, pretty much everywhere has a great take on the weather. From the seasonal Northern California variations to the SoCal sunshine, there’s so much to love in California. It feels like a state where the weather was specifically designed for the human experience.

Unlike the warmer corners of the east coast, the heat in Southern California isn’t humid, making it all the more pleasant.

Industry

There are so many industries that call California home, all throughout the state. It’s no secret that in the entertainment industry, Los Angeles is the place to be. Additionally, Northern California — specifically the San Francisco Bay area — is the place to go if you work in tech.

There are so many industries and job opportunities all over the state of California. It’s a state with so much going on and with such a stimulated economy that, no matter what you do, you can find work.

Variety

You may already be aware of this, but California has so much variety in terms of the scenery, people, pricing, and environment. Unlike many of the smaller states, California has so much to offer. You can drive up or down the coast for hours and still remain within California.

There’s so much to see and do within the state of California, from the national parks to the great cities and beaches. You’ll basically never feel bored, especially if it’s all brand new to you.

Health Care

This definitely isn’t the case with every state, but California has so many good options for health care. In terms of public programs, the progressive policies in place in the state allow for much wider access to resources. This can include things like therapy, forms of addiction treatment, dental care, and vision care. This is good news for anyone in need of health coverage.

Education

California can hold its own in the realm of education, both with K-12 and in terms of university education. Technically, it’s ranked number 20 overall for education, but there are plenty of specific places where the education system really shines. There’s an entire network of public Montessori schools within California, and the university system within the state is one of the best in the country for public education.

Plenty of the University of California schools are considered elite colleges, which isn’t true for every state school. Many people move to California specifically to go to college within the state. Plus, for those who establish residency, there are so many opportunities for funding, scholarships, and financial aid for community colleges and four-year colleges.

The Culture

This reason for residing in the Golden State might be a little more nebulous, but it definitely still has its place. The culture of California is so varied and interesting that so many people are drawn to it.

Of course, there are stereotypes and first impressions that might fade — like the idea that everyone is a surfer or that everybody is a rock star. However, there is a distinctly pleasant culture that radiates from the west coast in all kinds of unique ways. Sure, the specific culture of Oakland might vary wildly from that of Encinitas, but that in itself is a part of the charm.

Diversity

California is an extremely diverse place, and this can stand true in plenty of regions. Both in terms of the people there and the cultures of each individual city, it can be a beautifully colorful place to meet all kinds of people and experience different things in life.

Plenty of people move to California and places like it to experience different cultures or to find groups they enjoy being surrounded by. This can be especially important for those who don’t feel represented where they currently live and want to prioritize community.

The Food Scene

If delicious food is one of the most important things you look for in a place to live, look no further than the great state of California. Since the state is so varied and has so many different diverse populations, the food is a colorful mix of all things vibrant and delicious.

Check out the seafood and the Mexican food — and, honestly, anything else you could dream of. Up and down the coast, you’ll find so many different things, too. The food has so much variety and culture that you’ll never get bored, even if you find a few favorites.

What Makes California So Popular?

California is a beautiful place with so much culture, so many opportunities, and tons of beauty. It’s no wonder why so many people choose to live in this amazing state. From all the industries that call California home to the amazing food, weather, and educational opportunities, this is a state that’s alive and not stopping anytime soon. Are you from the west coast? Or are you a fellow east-coaster looking to expand westward?

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June is National Camping Month

Written by Emily DeLarm

June is National Camping Month, and what better way to celebrate than getting out and camping! In the past year, camping has gained popularity with more people trying it now than ever before because it’s a great way to get outside while social distancing. So why not take the whole family camping this year!

Today’s campgrounds cater to every type of camper, with a range of accommodations to make even the most resolute non-camper comfortable. Combine that with an immersion in nature and a surprising array of amenities, and we think you’ll agree it’s time the whole family went camping. Here’s why:

1.) Being in nature is good for your health

Many have long felt a sense of well-being when out in nature, and research has shown that there is a positive physical response to doing so. Several recent studies have shown that having access to nature reduces stress and enhances a feeling of well-being.

Another study found that people who experience a feeling of awe for the natural beauty of their surroundings have lower levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), an inflammatory biomarker which can result in a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and depression.

2.) Skipping the hotel makes it unique

Today’s camping experience doesn’t have to mean pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere or in a state park where the nearest bathroom is a half-mile hike away. There are campground accommodations to suit every type of camper – from those who enjoy “roughing it” in a tent, to those who bring their RV-home-on-wheels, to those who prefer cabins with electricity, full bathrooms, and all the comforts of home.

For those seeking a true “glamping” experience, try a stay in a tiny house vacation rental that is sure to please the whole family – all the comforts of home in a miniature package that is sure to delight every child (and the little kid in every adult). A few to try:

Leavenworth Tiny House Village is located about two hours south of Seattle in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, WA. While you’ll feel a world away, you don’t need a passport to be transported to small-town Bavaria in your tiny house while you enjoy access to 300 acres of beautiful forests and meadows. The five tiny houses, each with their own unique Bavarian theme and decor, are “glamping” style vacation rentals, with all kinds of amenities to enjoy at the campground. Get to know Hanna, Belle, Otto, Adeline, and Rudolf starting at $129/night.

Tuxbury Tiny House Village is located about an hour north of Boston just outside the picturesque town of Amesbury, MA. The village offers vacationers a unique respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while experiencing a one-of-a-kind vacation. The tiny houses in the village are full of character and personality and range from 180 to 275 square feet. Relax along the tranquil shores of Tuxbury Pond, lounge by the pool, or enjoy a variety of popular local attractions, including apple orchards, farms, and eclectic restaurants. Choose from Emerson, Henry, Clara, Riley, and Murphy, each starting at $135/night.

3.) It’s a great excuse to leave the devices behind

While more campgrounds are modernizing with the installation of amenities such as Wi-Fi, you can still find plenty of destinations where cell service is less reliable. Before you consider that a shortcoming, think about the number of times a cell phone has interrupted a conversation between members of your family, and how nice it would be to hit the pause button on such intrusions.

In fact, studies have shown that just having a cell phone out during a conversation has a negative impact on your sense of connection to the other person, feelings of closeness between you, and the quality of the conversation you experience.

Try vacationing out of reach of a cell tower, and you just might find a real connection and improved reception, with no phone at all.

4.) Be a kid again

In today’s world, adults are burdened and distracted with the responsibilities of being an adult. But even worse, kids seem to be busy trying to be adults. A camp vacation encourages the whole family to set “the real world” aside for a time and focus on having fun with each other. With an assortment of planned events and activities for the whole family, you can let go of the scheduling and planning that are the hallmark of a typical vacation and enjoy what’s happening right on site.

One fantastic destination is O’Connell’s Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Amboy, Illinois. A dizzying array of activity opportunities include three heated swimming pools, spas, kiddie pools, a beach for swimming, double-flume waterslide, paddle boat rentals, mini-golf, four playgrounds, hiking trails, fishing, hayrides, and a fully stocked indoor activity center with daily planned activities.

5.) Enjoy an immersive destination (without costumed characters)

The best part about summer camp as a kid was all the fantastic fun things to do. Everywhere you turned there was an activity being led or a game being played. Campgrounds offer the same appeal. Many offer your standard fares such as lake access, swimming pool, basketball court, sand volleyball, and activities like the ever-favorite tie-dye. Some of our favorites take it a step farther and transport you to another realm:

Rancho Oso in Santa Barbara, CA offers guests the opportunity to camp on a historic working ranch, complete with horseback riding, lasso lessons, and over 300 acres of scenic mountainside hiking trails to explore. Get as authentic as you wish, with a stay in a cabin, covered wagon, or even a teepee. At Gettysburg Farm in Dover, PA, guests can camp on a working farm, enjoy hayrides, farm animal feedings, vegetable picking, and visits to the farm animals, including horses, llamas, pigs, cows, and adorable pygmy goats.

6.) It’s easy to plan

For an easy, convenient way to plan your trip, visit CampUSA.com or download the CampUSA app. There you can quickly search more than 1,200 of the top campgrounds nationwide, including Kampgrounds of America, Encore RV Resorts, Thousand Trails locations and so many more.

The site and app offer the ability to search by map, by state or search for campsites nearby. Then filter your search to find the perfect spot for you when you sort by camping type (cabins and other rentals, RV or tent) and the amenities you’re looking for, like pet-friendly, waterfront sites, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, and more (even mini-golf!) Once you have your prospects narrowed, the site provides detailed information about each campground and a super easy booking interface, including the option to enter your credit card information by scanning with your camera phone (on the app). It doesn’t get easier than that!

7.) Nature can grease the wheels of bonding

Some vacations can leave us more stressed and less rested than before we left. To truly rejuvenate the whole family, try immersing yourselves in nature. Several studies have reported the positive effects that viewing beautiful imagery of nature has on people’s emotions and behavior.

In one example, when participants in this study were asked to interact with nature every day for a month reported feeling healthier and happier after the study. In another study, after spending just a minute looking up into a scenic expanse of eucalyptus trees, participants reported feeling less entitled and self-important than those who spent the time looking up at a tall building.

Imagine how much easier it would be to bond and connect with your family when each of you is experiencing a boost in gratitude and a dip in self-importance. If simply watching nature can have such a positive impact on our feelings, think of the impact that experiencing nature can have on the whole family.

Need yet another reason? How’s this: Camping just might be one of the least expensive – and most rewarding – vacations you’ll ever take.

See you by the campfire!

resort illustration by Gabrielle Marchan for 360 Magazine

Quick Guide to the Top 30 Beaches in Mykonos

The Greek beaches of Mykonos island are known for their crystal blue waters and white sand. There are 22 official beaches that cover this island and most are crowded with umbrellas, sun beds and music. However there are few secret locations and the best way to escape the crowds is to rent one of the many villas in Mykonos for your own personal hotel beachfront. 

No matter what kind of beach you are looking for, Mykonos has it. Check out our quick guide to the top 30 beaches on the island: 

Beaches for Families

These beaches are great for those with children or those wanting to escape the parties and nudists. They offer calm, shallow waters and plenty of beachfront restaurants. 

  • Platy’s Gialos
  • Ornos
  • Kalo Livadai
  • Agios Loannis
  • Kalafatis
  • Agios Stefanos

Beach Parties

For those looking for music and dancing (and maybe a chance to run into a celebrity!), these beaches are the most popular. 

  • Paradise
  • Super Paradise
  • Paraga

Beaches for Swimming

With beautiful, calm, clear blue waters these beaches are perfect for swimmers. 

  • Psarou
  • Agia Anna Paraga
  • Agia Anna Kalafatis
  • Paradise
  • Ornos
  • Kalo Livadi
  • Agrari
  • Agios Stefanos

Nude Beaches

Nudists are commonly found on these beaches because they are less crowded and offer more seclusion. 

  • Elia
  • Panormos
  • Agios Sostis
  • Agrari
  • Kapari
  • Fokos

Beaches for Watersports

These beaches tend to be more windy, which is excellent for watersport adventurers.

  • Kalo Livadi
  • Kala Fatis
  • Lia
  • Agios Stefanos
  • Ftelia
  • Megali

Relaxing Beaches

To escape from it all and forget about your worries these are the beaches you need to visit. 

  • Megali
  • Fokos
  • Ftelia
  • Oil Port
  • Agios Ioannis
  • Lia
  • Kapari
  • Agios Anna Paraga

Gay-Friendly Beaches

For a gay-friendly atmosphere, head to these beaches. 

  • Super Paradise
  • Elia
  • Panormos
  • Agrari

Secret Beaches

Secluded and remote, some of these beaches are actually found next to some very popular spots, while others are way off the beaten path, down long dirt roads. 

  • Divounia
  • Glyfadi
  • Houlakia
  • Merchia
  • Mersini
  • Tigani
  • Korfos
  • Agios Lazaros

There you have it – the top 30 beaches in Mykonos. Now, get out and find your favorite today!

Rita Azar, illustrations, travel, 360 MAGAZINE

4 Travel Goals You Need to Check Off in 2020

2020 has been a tough year so far. With lockdowns, isolation and social distancing, it has been difficult to really live life to its fullest. 

If you are feeling a bit itchy to get out, know that you are not alone. In fact, research shows that 72% of Americans are already booking their trips now for when restrictions are lifted, with 35% of those willing to head out during the summer. 

Has 2020 become the year for people to finally start ticking off their travel bucket list items? It sure seems so! With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the most popular and most memorable experiences you can do this year, and most of them will not involve huge crowds of people. 

RV Through the US

This particular trip tops the list of almost everyone who has a serious drive for adventure and travel. The beauty of RVing through the US is that you can choose the length of your trip, as well as decide which route you want to take. 

Whether it would be taking in the majestic Rocky Mountains and stopping in at museums, diners, and, of course, Yellowstone, or a trip through the south to revel in some music, food, and incredible scenery through Florida, New Orleans and of course, Texas, you definitely won’t regret it. 

There are endless possibilities that will lead you on totally different adventures, through vastly different scenery. 

RVing is something that you will need to prepare for thoroughly because you can never know what might happen and whether you’ll have the right resources at the time being to fix it. This is easily avoidable if you just have everything at the ready so you can enjoy your trip to the max. One of the more important things to consider is to make sure you have enough fresh water and a good RV water softener solution that will tie you over in even the most desolate areas. Remember that water should always be your top priority,  Make sure you also plan your trips in detail before heading out so that you are not caught in the middle of nowhere without supplies and emergency services. 

Explore the Wonders of Cape Town

Although Cape Town has been listed as one of the top beauty spots to visit globally by various sites, it is still one of the most chronically underrated spots to visit in the world. What makes Cape Town so special you ask? Well, it has almost everything you want out of a trip. This South African city, perched at the tip of Africa, has a uniquely international feel to it, and for the most part, you will forget that you are in fact, in Africa. 

Besides boasting one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain, the city has long stretches of white beaches, a bustling city life; bursting with art and culture, and sunsets that will make you want to live there forever. 

Not even an hour out of Cape Town, you will find the sprawling Winelands, tucked into spectacular mountain ranges with some of the best wine in the world. Might we add that the food in South Africa is something not to be missed, from the fresh seafood to the world-famous braais, you will be in for a treat. 

The city is steeped in history, and even if you are after a safari experience, you can also find this within a short drive out of the city. If you are a foodie, a wine snob, a coffee connoisseur, or an art fanatic, this city has it all!

Trek Through Peru 

This is certainly not for the faint-hearted nor the chronically unfit. But, if a spiritual journey and soul-freeing trip is what you are looking for after months of cabin fever, this is for you. There are a plethora of trails and treks to choose from in this tourist popular region, each with its different levels of difficulty and challenges. 

One of the most popular trails, the Inca trail is an iconic four-day hiking trail which leads you through the steep high mountains, from km. 82 all the way to the majestic Machu Picchu. You will follow the route taken by the original Incas to the historic World Heritage Site. 

What do you need to be prepared for? Because of the height of the mountains that you will be hiking, you are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness, insects, dehydration, and of course, the blisters, injuries, and pain that comes from trekking through deserted mountainsides. But, it is totally worth it once you cross the last mountain and come face to face with Machu Picchu. 

Take it Easy in Thailand

If this all sounds like too much effort, and what you feel like right now is just lying back on a warm beach, drinking cocktails, Asia should be your next destination. 

Not only is Thailand incredibly affordable, but it offers visitors endless adventures and activities. The beauty of the islands is indescribable, with long, white beaches, still blue waters and dotted palm trees to really get you in the holiday spirit. 

The food is incredible, the people are warm, friendly, and accommodating, and the weather is hot and humid at all times. 

You can choose to island-hop to the various idyllic islands spotted around the crystal blue waters, including the iconic island that featured in the movie, The Beach. There are a number of other islands to visit, including Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Phi Phi Don. 

Alternatively, you can head up into the jungle and trek up through the mountains on an elephant adventure, or on foot to explore the rivers and waterfalls on this amazing island. 

Wrapping Up 

From world-class beaches to bustling cities, there are endless options for you to choose from. A desert adventure in Morocco could be down your alley, or a Northern Lights display on the tip of the Arctic. Whether you are a foodie or looking to take in some good live music and dance the night away, choose something that suits your unique personality and that will create memories that will last a lifetime. If it is unwinding in the sun after this stressful time, or feeling alive in the crisp mountain air, you know what your soul needs to ensure that 2020 is a year to be remembered. 

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5 Islands in Thailand You Should Visit

If you love sandy beaches, water, and amazing scenery, then you have to make a point to visit Thailand. The country has vast coastlines that border the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Find below our review of five islands in Thailand you should visit.

1. Phuket

You should look for time to visit Thailand’s largest island. The area is a popular tourist resort, and there are a lot of fun activities to engage in. If you are looking for entertainment, good shopping places, and amazing beaches, you will find them all in Phuket.

Visit Phuket old town where you’ll experience the real authenticity of the island. Many of the houses are colonial style, which gives a nostalgic feeling of days gone by. It has numerous eateries so that you get to sample the local cuisine. The Old Town is more laid back and is a good place to come and unwind.

Also take a minute to visit the countless number of temples, so that you can experience the Buddhist religion in its fullest. You may be lucky enough to see the Big Buddha; a statue that is 45-meters tall. It is made of white marble and is truly awesome.

If you like to dance, bars and pubs, you will enjoy the Bangla Road. Alcohol and food are cheap here, and boredom will not factor in anywhere in your nights in Thailand. However, do practice moderation and avoid drug use. If you like private beaches, take a trip to the Phuket freedom beach or the Surin beach. The sand is soft and white and goes perfectly with the clear blue seas.

Other fun activities include the weekend night market where you get to shop to your heart’s content. The Fantasea theme park is also a great place to visit, and you get a chance to experience the full Thai culture. Also visit the Phuket elephant sanctuary, Jui Tui Shrine, the Karon Viewpoint, the Gibbon rehabilitation project, among others.

2. Koh Samui

Thinking of a honeymoon destination? Think no more, Koh Samui is the perfect place. The beaches are to die for, and there are several natural sites like Hin Yai and Hin Ta, that would make wonderful places to go for long romantic walks. You may also spot the buffaloes grazing in the fields.

Learn about fishing at the fishing village at Boput, see the mummified monk at Wat Khunaram, or find some serenity in the peaceful secret Buddha garden.

If you like golf, you are in the right place; Kah Samui is a favorite destination for golfers. Once you finish your game, pamper yourself at one of the numerous spas available.

If you want the ultimate holiday deal, you will get it here; whether you’re looking to sightsee, want some adventure, or want to take it easy. Do note though, this is an upmarket destination, and so you may need to have enough spending money.

3. Koh Phi Phi

Koh Phi Phi has the distinction of being one of the most beautiful Islands in the world. Make sure you visit the Viewpoint for a view of the twin curved bays.

If you’re into water-related activities like kayaking, diving or snorkeling, you have a lot of access to such activities. Check out Dreamguides to find out more on kayaking and other outdoor activities. Alternatively, you can also choose to relax on the beaches. If you are a movie fan and got to watch ‘The Beach,’ you will be happy to know that Maya Bay was the location for the shoot.

Your evenings will be full of entertainment because of the live music on the beaches, and the famous Muay Thai fights.

4. Koh Phangan

If you like to party, make sure you visit Koh Phangan. The area is known for its full moon parties and is a great place to dance the night away.

However, if you want a quiet place, there are several beaches where you can go for scuba diving or snorkeling. You also get to enjoy body relaxation sessions like yoga retreats, massage parlors, meditation workshops, among others.

If you find the sound of waterfalls soothing, you have so many options, including Thaan Sadet, Thaan Prapaad, Sramanora, and Wangsai. Do not go during the dry seasons because you will not find any water.
Taste the local cuisine at the Thong Sala night market where you can also pick up a few souvenirs for guys back home.

5. Koh Chang

The Koh Chang would make a great setting for a movie. Think palm-lined beaches, mountain, and jungle settings. Carry your hiking boots and get ready for some fun in nature. When you complete your tour of the bamboo and dense forests, make sure you get a taste of the local cuisine at the many eateries available.

Alternatively, bring your swimwear and a good book for intense lazy Days at the beach. There are many you can go to including one white sand beach, Bailan Beach, Kai Bae, and Klong Prao Beach. When you get tired of reading, explore the Marine wildlife, or go fishing.

If you feel like you want more action, Bangkok is only half a day away.

Final Thoughts

Thailand is a fascinating place to visit. There is an interesting fusion of the modern while keeping a tight grip on the amazing culture and religion. We have shared with you 5 Islands you should visit while in Thailand. If you’re looking for a place to relax, you will find it on the sandy white beaches, which boast of crystal clear blue water. You also have numerous options for hiking, and even enjoy the sport of golf, if that is your cup of tea.

When you finish the more physical activities, you can visit the spas for a relaxing massage. Instead of eating at a fancy Hotel, go to the night markets and sample the authentic local cuisine. It will also give you a chance to buy interesting gifts for people back home.

When your stomach is full, dance the night away with your family and friends. Thailand has something for everyone, whatever your pocket size.

Why You Should Take a Holiday to Saint Barts

Saint Barts in the Caribbean is a hotspot for luxury and adventurous travellers. The tiny island is St Martins neighbour and gets only a small number of annual visitors. You can find some spectacular Villas in Saint Barts along the coast that are among the best in the world. If you’ve never heard of the island or don’t know anything about it, check out these reasons why you should take a holiday to Saint Bart’s this year.

Some of the Caribbean’s Best Beaches

Saint Barts has a total of 22 beaches spanning the coastline. Some are popular with locals who like to hang out with their friends in the evening. Others have a handful of resorts and vacation rentals nearby. Expect a band of white sand curving around the shore. Thick jungle borders to the one side as the gentle waves roll in on the other. You can easily find secluded beaches in Saint Barts. Rent a car and drive around the mountain roads and you’ll find your own slice of paradise. If you like surfing, head to Toiny Beach where the waves crash offshore bringing in a current to ride.

St Bart’s Doesn’t Feel Touristy

The Caribbean receives millions of tourists each year. Cruise ships dock at the popular ports and the tiny seaside down become overrun with visitors every day. The resorts on other islands burst with holidaymakers taking away the charm and charisma of the islands. Saint Barts, on the other hand, is relatively unknown. This means it only gets a fraction of the tourists compared to more popular spots like Jamaica. So, you’ll have more opportunities to see the real Saint Barts rather than the superficial touristy zones.

The Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Because of the beauty of the island, it has become a magnet for honeymooners in recent years. Saint Barts can be defined as the closest thing to a tropical paradise. You can find vacation rentals next to the coastline overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Sit in the rooftop infinity pool. Relax with a glass of wine. Then watch the sunset. Then you can get a car and drive down to town and enjoy the exceptional dining experiences. If you want to have a luxury getaway filled with romance, Saint Barts is the place for you.

The Island’s Picturesque Capital Gustavia

Saint Bart’s capital Gustavia almost resembles a fairytale-like tropical paradise. The small buildings have the island’s characteristic red roofs which make them look a little bit similar to a gingerbread house. You can walk around the capital (more of a small town) in a single afternoon. Highlights include both Fort Gustaf and Fort Karl in the northern part of Gustavia. Spend an hour or two at Shell Beach or watch the world pass by overlooking the harbour.

Yacht-Lovers Paradise

Saint Barts is a haven for exclusive luxury yachts. Wealthy owners moor up on the island after cruising around the Caribbean. You can stand in the harbour and count hundreds of yachts of all shapes and sizes. Some of the larger ones cost millions of dollars. Even if you’re not a yacht owner, you can still soak up the atmosphere. Stand in the harbour and snap photos of the elegant vessels. Stroll around and read the quirky names and wave to the people on board.

Saint Barts has the Perfect Climate

It doesn’t get too hot in Saint Barts. Nor does it get too cold. Temperatures hover in the high 20s (Celsius) all year round. This is the ideal weather for wearing t-shirts and shorts and sunbathing on the beach. May and June see slightly cooler temperatures while December and January get higher temperatures. If you love the sun and want to top up your tan, Saint Barts makes the perfect holiday destination. Despite having a rainy season, you can practically guarantee good weather for most of the year.

Incredible Food

Stroll around the waterfront in Gustavia and you’ll find plenty of high-end restaurants. Some offer the catch of the day while others focus more on international cuisine. But the real culinary treat lies in the island’s unique fusion of French and Creole food. Order the grilled yellowtail snapper or warm zucchini soup with lobster fritters. If you want to try some of the more local dishes, order some street food from the vendors. You’ll feel an explosion of flavour when you bite down, and come away with a deeper appreciation of Caribbean food.

You Might Bump into Your Favourite Celebrity

Saint Martin receives the highest number of celebrities on vacation compared to its island-nation neighbours. The likes of Roman Abramovich and The Clooneys have their own private villas on the island. If you drive around, you’ll occasionally come across an enormous complex with a higher level of security than most properties on the island. These are where the celebrities spend their time. Paparazzi often follow the celebs on Saint Martin and you might see them hanging outside their villas. Because of the island’s population of just 35,000 people, you have a much higher chance of bumping into someone famous. Especially down near the waterfront or in the restaurants. Keep your eyes peeled. You never quite know who you’ll bump into.

Luxurious Holidays in Saint Barts

The island paradise allures celebrities and yacht-owners, but doesn’t see the hordes of tourists like some of its Caribbean neighbours. Visitors can book coastal villas, try a unique fusion of French-Creole cuisine and explore the quaint capital Gustavia. Check out the gorgeous white-sand beaches and keep your eyes open for famous faces.

Morro Bay Bike Ride

Public Invited to Ride across Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish at the Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event and Party at the Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet

Cycle through the Stage 4 Finish Line on Race Day, Meet Former Professional

American Cyclist and Author Bob Roll and other Pro Cyclists at The Siren, Volunteer and Watch the Race Front and Center, Book Race Day VIP Lodging Packages or Hotels along the Race Route

The public is invited to participate in Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 race day fun in #cyclingmecca Morro Bay. The 2019 Amgen Tour of California announced Morro Bay will host the Stage 4 Finish of the men’s race on May 15, 2019 following the scenic route the Amgen Tour took in 2017, when Peter Sagan won the sprint finish. After passing through picturesque Morro Bay State Park, where riders get their first glimpse of iconic Morro Rock, Morro Bay’s busting waterfront before sprinting uphill into downtown Morro Bay for the big finish.

“Of all sports, it is cycling that has the most beautiful stadium and this ocean front Stage 4 Finish in Morro Bay is a stunner,” according to Bob Roll, former professional American cyclist and author. “With perfect year round riding weather, the world will get its chance to experience what the locals have enjoyed for years: varied terrain, wide open roads, first class dining and drop dead views. Can’t wait to be there!”

Morro Bay Bike Ride Pre-Event: Ride Across the Amgen Stage 4 Finish Line

Join event producer RaceSLO on race day for the Morro Bay Bike Ride May 15, 2019 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. This ride ends with a sprint through the Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish line on Harbor Street! All levels are welcome to this celebratory cycle pep rally with three participation options: kid-friendly, recreational rider or seasoned cyclist. Enjoy vendors, food and beverages as the crowd awaits the professional racers to start crossing the finish around 3:40 pm. Participants receive a collectible event t-shirt and free bike valet. Ride proceeds go to local non-profit partner Bike SLO County.

Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet at Siren Rhythm & Booze

Stick around after the race and head to the FREE Bob Roll Pro Cyclists Meet & Greet Event at The Siren May 15, 2019 at 5:30 pm, produced by RaceSLO. Get some cool cycling swag and raise some cold craft pints while helping raise funds for Bike SLO County during a LIVE Auction. Enjoy live music and catch a glimpse of Amgen competitors up close and personal. The event is over 21 only and FREE, but seating is limited so you must pre-register and present a ticket at the door.

Volunteer at Amgen Tour of California Stage 4 Finish

Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race created and presented by AEG that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. Tour officials say the 2019 race will be the longest and most challenging in its 14-year history. Many volunteers are needed to make this event a success. You don’t have to live in Morro Bay to participate. Click here to sign up and see the race up close!

Book Lodging Along the Race Route or Amgen Tour of California VIP Packages

Book your stay at a hotel along the Amgen Tour of California route to get a front row seat as the riders pass by. Or, book a suite or waterfront room in one of the participating Morro Bay hotels and receive exclusive access into the Amgen Tour of California VIP tent filled with perks and goodies! Hospitality Passes provide exclusive access into the main VIP Hospitality Tent located adjacent to the FINISH Line. VIP Hospitality Includes:

    • Swag bag of goodies that you’ll receive upon check-in
    • Premium Viewing Location right at the finish line
    • Gourmet foods catered from local restaurants throughout the area
    • Open Bar (includes beer and wine)
    • Lounge Style Seating with closed-circuit tv viewing
  • Live Race Coverage (last two hours of the broadcast)

For additional information on hotels in Morro Bay check out our booking engine here. Recently named one of the Best Small Towns in CA by Country Living Magazine, Morro Bay offers year round mild weather, perfect for epic outdoor adventure all year long. For more information on visiting Morro Bay, go to www.morrobay.org. #multisportmecca

About Morro Bay

A true #outdoormecca, this active seaside fishing village with bustling waterfront offers a picture-perfect getaway for travelers who seek food, wine and outdoor adventures found in nature. Located along coastal Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County just south of Big Sur, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay offers year-round activities in an unspoiled slice of California. From ocean-side golf, kayaking, sailing, hiking, fishing, surfing, biking, and bird watching, to kite flying, shopping, dining, wine bars, local craft brews and miles of unspoiled beaches, there is something for everyone.

Sitting majestically between the beach and the harbor lays the iconic and historic landmark Morro Rock, welcoming travelers from miles away as they approach Morro Bay. Located just minutes from world-renowned Hearst Castle, historic missions, breathtaking Montana de Oro State Park, and surrounded by vineyards from Paso Robles to Edna Valley, Morro Bay is a destination designed to fit any style and budget for families, couples or groups. Morro Bay also offers a myriad of year-round events including food, wine and music festivals, art fairs and car shows unique to the town. For more travel information visit www.morrobay.org or follow Morro Bay on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.