By Dian Hasan | September 2, 2009
La Quebrada (Spanish for “gulch” or “ravine”) is a leading attraction in the resort town of Acapulco, Mexico. Divers entertain tourists by jumping off the 45 meter (148 ft) high cliff.
By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009
The Alila hotel brand has become synonymous with style and a certain cool across South East Asia. Innovation has become Alila’s driving force, being among the first in the region to offer modern design, Spa, and Organic Dining, long before it was trendy. As it spreads its wings further afield, with the newest Alila Villas Hadahaa, on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the Maldives, it brings along new ideas. Raising the bar on eco-luxury. A welcome addition indeed to the Maldives’ staple of luxury-studded hotel scene, as they say “good things come to those who wait”.
The background story seems surreal – straight out a Roger Moore-era James Bond movie. Don Antenor Patino, the Bolivian tin magnate, plans a beachfront mega-resort, but does not live to complete it — so his granddaughter Isabel Goldsmith (English financier father, long story) takes over. In the interest of preserving the land (and the dolphins) so dear to her, she revises her grandfather’s plan and erects a tiny, exclusive resort, where a maximum of 28 guests have, at their disposal, 1500 acres of pristine beachfront land and close to 100 staff members.
Danzante Resort, is an exquisite small eco resort that is unlike anything in Baja. Firstly, the location sits atop a volcanic outcrop overlooking a nature reserve and private bay, with spectacular views of the 5 craggy islands of Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Monserrat and Isla Catalina that make up the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto marine park. And it’s an all-inclusive hotel where the rate includes meals, to minimize stress.
By Dian Hasan | July 9, 2009
As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia has long been on any diving aficionado’s must-do list. Home to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world, with a rich marine life to match. And considered by many to be the best place to see turtles, and experience your own personal close encounter with this sea creature that carries its dwelling with them wherever they go. Here’s a look at the prime turtle watching spot in Derawan Island, off the coast of eastern Kalimantan (Borneo).
The moment you set foot on Nirvana Laut Private Island Resort and observe the lush green rainforest overhanging the wide open beaches, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to find this place. Very few places in Indonesia can match such harmony with nature. Karimun Jawa is an archipelago of 69 islands in the Java Sea, Indonesia, approximately 80 kilometers Northwest of the coastal city of Jepara, just outside the state capital of Central Java province, Semarang. Continue reading
By Unique Travel Destinations | July 7, 2009
There are still places in the far corners of the world where one will find nature at its glorious best, unspoiled and untouched by modern civilization. Kri Eco Resort is one such place, where few travelers venture and those lucky few who do, are afforded some of nature’s most amazing underwater sights. West Papua is, after all, one of the wildest and least explored dive areas in the world. And for avid divers familiar with diving in Indonesia, diving in West Papua is far superior to Wakatobi, Bali, Komodo, Kalimantan, Manado, and other areas of Sulawesi.