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May 27, 2013

The Top Six Brazil Hotels

Planning on visiting Brazil in style? Here is a rundown of the top six most expensive luxury Brazil Hotels.


Perhaps one of the most famous hotels in the world is the Copacabana Palace Hotel, which located across from the famous Copacabana beach (that is also featured in the popular song by Barry Manilow. It’s five star Italian Restaurant and semi-Olympic sized outdoor pool has seen many presidents, kings and queens over the years.  The rooms have Internet and direct-dial telephones which can be a bit of luxury in Rio de Janeiro.


Another famous hotel in Rio de Janeiro is the Hotel Fasano that is situated on the beautiful sands of the Ipanema beach. It is known for its retro sixties art and furniture and full service spa.


The Fasano hotel chain is well known for excellence in Brazil and there is an incredible post modern crossed with Art Deco hotel in Sao Paolo known as the Hotel Fasano Sao Paulo. It is a very cotemporary hotel and is home to the jazz bar “Baretto” which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bars in the world. It also has rare armchairs designed by Hans Wegner, Ofuro baths and stunning views.


If you are looking for the a truly exclusive resort you might want to check out the Casa Grande Hotel Resort and Spa which is located on the beautiful Guaruja Island off of the Brazilian coast.  This charming Colonial beachfront hotel sits on bright white sands just 44 miles away from bustling Sao Paulo.  It is home to a very famous Thai restaurant and offers full service therapeutic and aesthetic treatments.


In Salvador the place to see and be seen is the Convento do Carmo Hotel which is a converted convent from the sixteenth century complete with colonial furniture and antique works of art. It has an on-site fitness center and a glamorous outdoor pool.


If you want to stay in a contemporary hotel that mimics the kind of décor you would find in Canada or the U.S. then try the Hotel Emiliano in Sao Paulo. It is completely twentieth century and houses a full service spa.


You don’t have to stay in these expensive five star hotels to be treated well in Sao Paulo or any other Brazilian city. Many of the hotels with just two or three stars are still first rate, are on the beach and also have pools and Internet connections.

May 24, 2013

Great Affordable Hotels in New Orleans

New Orleans has rebuilt itself and it is more charming than ever. Whether you are looking for luxury accommodation or inexpensive digs, the City of New Orleans is sure to have a hotel that best suits your budget!


Perhaps the most luxurious hotel in New Orleans is the Maison De New Orleans – a historic landmark so antique in every way that it is practically considered to be a work of art! Located at 904 Rue Iberville in the heart of French Quarter, this Five Star Rated Hotel has spa facilities, French linen and a swimming pool in its courtyard and room rentals start at $385.00 a night for single occupation. Also very haute, in terms of both its services and amenities is the Ritz Carlton located at 921 Canal Street in the French Quarter. This opulent hotel includes a 20,000-foot spa, two ball rooms and antique furnishings. Room rates at the Ritz Carlton begin at $335.00 for a single occupancy.


A nice moderately priced place to stay is the Dauphine New Orleans Hotel where rooms go from between $169 and $229.00. Located at 415 Dauphine Street this romantic old building houses a courtyard complete with antique fountain and modern swimming pool. Iberville Suites, located at 910 Iberville street in the Central Business District is a more modern hotel that pampers you with full services, an American breakfast buffet and rates that start as low as $115.00 a night.


A good cheap hotel is the Maison Dupuy, which is located at 1001 Rue Toulouse just two blocks from Bourbon Street and the bustle of the French Quarter. This historic building is just a hop, skip and jump from all the major attractions and rooms can be had for a low as $69.00 for a single occupant.  However perhaps the cheapest and most charming hotel in the city is A Creole House Hotel at 1013 St. Ann Street. Rooms in this historic building that was built in the 1830s start at $49.00 a night.


Of course for those of you who prefer the comfort and security of a franchise, both Best Western Hotels and Holiday Inn have locations in most of the major districts across the city.


You don’t have to spend a lot of money in New Orleans to feel pampered, but if you want to feel really special, try booking yourself into one of “the Big Easy’s ” Five Star Hotels and along with the jazz music and exotic food, feel that you have been transported to another world.

May 21, 2013

So You Have Decided to Take A Big Trip …

Getting ready for a trip can be both exciting and tiring. You’re ready to go to all the places you’ve wanted to see, but being ready for another country can be a bit stressful if you take everything too seriously. All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a little time in front of your computer.


First things first, where are you going? Make a list of places you want to see and don’t just rely on one site. Think outside the box, do you have to visit the places you see on a postcard or would you like to go to more exotic, unknown (but of course safe) places? Look at sites where people share travel experiences and se wht they share. There are many travel agencies that have guides or tours that you can join, just inquire and then make some plans.  Decide whether you want to be on your own or just with your companion to have your own adventure, walk around shops and bazaars and just discover things by yourself.


Now that you know where you’re going, you’ll know what you’ll need. Aside from the usual papers you need from the embassy or from your ticketing agency, research on what people have had to do once they land in the country. Is there something you’ll need in the airport? Aside from that you’ll need a camera (traveling without one is simply not an option anymore), your laptop, laptop and cellphone charger and maybe an adaptor. Look into roaming charges for your cell phone.


Then necessities such as a toothbrush, toiletries (that are allowed on the plane) and other small items – are you going to bring some along or just buy them form a store somewhere? Make a list either way. Are you traveling to a country that’s experiencing hot or cold weather? Bring suitable clothing. I love Under Armour cold weather gear. You can get some Under Armour promo codes from PromoCoder.com .


Take note on what cards are accepted, whether it’s better to exchange your money in your country or where you’re traveling to and if you run out, will you be able to withdraw without any problems with your card? In case you have trouble, also find out what money sending services you can use (Western Union is the best choice) and where you can find one.


Lastly, always have a backup plan and contact information of where you’re staying, your embassy in that country or police information and always keep it on you at all times! You never know when you may need it. You wouldn’t want to be lost and not remember the name of the hotel you’re staying in!

May 18, 2013

Don’t Be Fooled By Fake Vacation Photos!

Buyer Beware!  Some sellers use fake photographs. For instance it is not at all that unusual for a photograph of a resort or hotel to be doctored in some way (as in the inlaying of a beach scene) or for a very old photograph to be posted (as in a photograph that was taken before the hurricane!)


To make things even more complicated not all sellers with bad photographs are out to get you. Sometimes you are just dealing with someone who cannot take a good photograph or who does not have access to a good photograph. The photo may be too dark or even altered in some way.


If you encounter a poor quality photograph, your best course of action is to try and find another photograph of the destination online. This is easily done by going to Google’s search engine and typing a search into its image database.


If the photo seems deliberately altered you can also read up on the latest news about the destination online. Almost always an altered photograph exists in a location where there has been bad weather or a natural disaster. In some extreme cases, it can also mean that the hotel has not even been built yet or that the photo of a better hotel has been substituted for the one you are looking at.


In any event if you suspect for one second that there is something false about the photograph you can email the seller and ask for a better photograph or more photographs. You can also email or phone the site and complain and ask to have better pictures forwarded to you by email and then make your evaluation of the whole deal from how the seller and the site responds to your request.


Of course one of the problems with buying anything online is the inability for you to inspect the product and this is especially true of vacations. One way for you to protect yourself if you do find yourself winning a bid from a seller with a bad vacation is to print out a copy of the photograph. If it does not at all resemble your destination then you have some hard evidence for your case when you ask the site for your money back for being duped.


So what to do? Before bidding on an item, be wary. First, look at the picture carefully and print a copy for future records in case you get something that doesn’t look like the picture at all. Second, read the description very carefully and try to objectively interpret what is being described as opposed to what you think the seller is trying to describe.  If the description doesn’t match the picture or vice versa then you might be bidding on a dud destination.

May 15, 2013

What Happens If You Are Not Satisfied With a Vacation Package?

Part of the nature of taking a vacation and in particular taking advantage of the discounts available on discounter vacation auction sites is that you are always taking a risk. In the case of bidding on a vacation package you will find that the actual name of your vacation hotel or condo is not revealed until you have been awarded the bid. So if you hate staying at the Holiday Inn but then find out that the vacation you bid on is at the Holiday Inn then there might not be that much you can do about it after the fact. This is the type of disappointment that you must be prepared to take if you decide to engage in online travel auction biddings or in purchasing vacation packages that are a bit vague with the details.


However, if you find yourself the victim of a real scam when it comes to bidding on a vacation on an auction site you are not without recourse. This would be the case if promised tickets did not show up in the mail or you were sent to a land where a hotel doesn’t exit or where your reservation has been sold to someone else.  You can also nail a seller if they do not deliver the goods in a timely fashion or deliver something less valuable then they advertised when they described the travel item in the first place.


However keep in mind that when it comes to going after a seller for false advertising it can be difficult to go after a seller who is selling a vacation or hotel booking with a minimum reserve bid that is already sixty percent or less of the vacation’s value in the first place.  It might be implied that you understand that something could be wrong with the item and that is why you are on an auction site offering discount travel in the first place!


However if you are really dissatisfied, you can go after the seller of a vacation if they fail to disclose all of the relevant information about the destination or the terms of the sale.


If you run into a problem try to work it out directly with the seller with the auction web site.  Some travel auction sites are more cooperative then others if you end up having problems. Know that some auction sites like eBay do not have a comprehensive intermediary program for people who encounter problems if they purchase a bad vacation and simply encourage bad feedback as being the best revenge.


You can always file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission by calling toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) or visiting the FTC’s web site.

May 6, 2013

What Are Travel Auctions?

If you are someone who loves to travel and you have never ever heard of online travel auction then you are going to also love the concept of the travel auction. The travel auction fun way to grab an exotic and inexpensive last minute vacation.


A travel auction works like any other auction. You browse the open auctions online, select one you like and then bid. You then monitor the bid and rebid on the vacation package. If you win you are obligated to pay for what you have one.


How do so many resort packages, cruises, five star destinations and exotic adventures end up on a virtual auction block?  Travel companies use auctions to sell holidays that, for a variety of reasons, may be difficult to sell using the traditional methods. They often choose to get rid of so-called ‘distressed stock’ in this way. The reason it is preferable to do put up these vacation packages on travel auctions is because offering discounts through travel agents can diminish the travel outfit’s ability to sell anything at full price.


However not all packages are put up on virtual auctions because they need to be offloaded. Sometimes this is a way for a company to promote or introduce a new type of vacation package and encourage people to take advantage of it and then tell their friends what a good time they had. Putting up a vacation for auction is a way of generating good word of mouth about your hotel, cruise or travel agency.


There are not that many sites on the Internet that run travel auctions. The three big companies that dominate the travel auction scene are eBay, Skyauction and LuxuryLink.  There is also Priceline, which also offers vacation packages, but it is not a true auction. Instead you offer the price you want to pay for a trip or vacation and see if it can be offered. There are some priceline coupons at CouponKid.com


On eBay travel is just one more category on its massive roster of products and services up for auction. As the name implies LuxuryLink is intended for high rollers when it comes to bidding. Skyauction offers the cheapest deals.


Although eBay is one of the pioneer sites when it comes to offering vacation package deals up for auction it is not necessarily the most specialized ones. Unlike the travel auctions offered on eBay, the vacation packages and destinations on Skyauction and LuxuryLink are exclusive to the travel industry.