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TOP FIVE EMERGING WORLD TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

Check out our selection of the top five emerging world travel destinations based on discussions with several travel bloggers who make it their business not to miss out on even the remotest of destinations the world over.

While these destinations may not be completely off-the-beaten-track, they are still a bit overlooked. However, with tourist activity on the rise, they are hovering on the verge of becoming popular getaways of the future.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN

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At 92 feet below sea level, Azerbaijan’s capital and its largest city, Baku, is the lowest lying national capital in the world.

The city is an architectural cross between Dubai and Paris with a bit of Moscow thrown in for good measure. Dazzling skyscrapers seem to have been plucked straight out the Dubai skyline; neoclassical architectural beauties and cobblestone squares are sure to remind you of romantic Paris; and the Soviet influence can’t be missed, albeit half-camouflaged in the background.

Baku is an emerging travel destination where tourists are still somewhat of a novelty – a fact that becomes even more conspicuous as you enter the UNESCO World Heritage site of the well-maintained walled Old City (Icheri Sheher) at the heart of the capital.

The 15th-century Palace of the Shirvanshahs and its surrounding alleyways are bereft of thronging tourists, or even locals for that matter. It will make you feel as if you have the place all to yourself – a shove-and-nudge-free tourist experience.

However, with the popularity of the city growing as rapidly as it is, it won’t be long before the place is bustling with noisy, jostling tourists.

Some of the must-see landmarks of this beautiful city are:

Palace of the Shirvanshahs – The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a restored 15th-century palace complex housing a mosque, a museum, and burial vaults.

Fountains Square – Fountains Square is an upscale public square known for its ornate fountains and the surrounding high-end shops, boutiques, fine restaurants, and cafes.

Azerbaijan Carpet Museum – The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum is, basically, dedicated to the art of carpet weaving with a well-stocked display of carpets and rugs of various weaving techniques and material. The museum is also home to Azeri ceramics and costumes.

National Museum of History of Azerbaijan – The National Museum of History of Azerbaijan is a 19th-century mansion-turned-museum, home to a diverse collection of historical artifacts.

Baku Museum of Miniature Books – Situated in the old section of the Azerbaijani capital, the Baku Museum of Miniature Books is home to a unique collection of tiny books from more than 60 countries. It is one of its kind in the whole world.

Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature – Named after the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, the 1939-established Nizami Museum of Azerbaijani Literature is the country’s national museum featuring Azeri art, as well as works by International artists.

Absheron National Park – The Absheron National Park is a protected nature reserve with a coastline and an abundance of flora and fauna, including land and marine animals, over fifty bird species, and lush vegetation.

Ateshgah of Baku – The Ateshgah of Baku, or the Fire Temple of Baku, is a Zoroastrian
temple complex once used as a place of worship.

Yanar Dag – Situated on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula, Yanar Dag is a natural gas fire that is continuously ablaze.

Baku Museum of Modern Art – The Baku Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to contemporary Azeri art as well as works by Dali, Picasso, and Chagall.

Maiden Tower – The Maiden Tower is a 12th-century Zoroastrian structure, now home to a museum of local history.

ISTRIA – CROATIA

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Located between the Kvarner Gulf and the Gulf of Trieste, Istria is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea.

Croatian Istria is bordered in the north by Slovenia and by the Adriatic Sea in the south and west. Towards the east lies the Kvarner region of the country.

As far as natural, unspoiled beauty is concerned, picture-perfect Istria deserves a place among the top destinations in that category.

Istria boasts some of the most amazing vistas on the planet. Here’s what you can expect to see and experience in this emerging fairytale-land getaway.

  • Gently rolling hills overlooking valleys and fields and clusters of houses perched atop peaks.
  • Streams flowing into the Adriatic after carving paths through deep gullies and valleys.
  • Breathtaking, camera-worthy panoramas of swaying wheat fields, snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and plateaus.
  • Olive groves and vineyards and blossoming cherries hugging the hillsides.
  • Beautiful church facades, portals and narrow winding alleyways of the small villages with native architectural influence.
  • And, of course, the vast expanse of the sea.

LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA

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Langkawi, or Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, as it is officially known, is an archipelago comprising 104 islands in the Andaman Sea. The largest of the islands, Palau Langkawi, is fast becoming a preferred international tourist attraction in the region, what with its forested hills, romantic white sand beaches, and crystal-clear waters.

Located 30 kilometers off the north-western coast of the Malaysian mainland, Langkawi is also known as the “Legendary Island” because of ancient myths linked to its unique topography.

Enjoy some of the best cuisines at the vibrant night markets; hike to the spectacular waterfalls, or take a professionally guided dive into the underwater marine park to marvel at some of the marine wonders the place has to offer.

LANGKAWI ATTRACTIONS

Langkawi Cable Car – The Langkawi Cable Car, also known as the Langkawi Sky Cab, is gaining popularity as the island’s major tourist attraction. The gondola-style cable cars with glass bottoms afford sweeping vistas as you ride to the peak of Manchincang Mountain.

Temurun Waterfall – The Temurun Waterfall is a stepped waterfall with deep and shallow pools surrounded by a lushly forested park with plenty of monkeys.

Tanjung Sanctuary – Located at Pantain Kok on the west coast of Langkawi, the Tanjung Sanctuary is a resort spread over 62 acres of forested land, boasting a large sandy beach, five private coves, and freshwater streams.

Seven Wells Waterfall – The Seven Wells is a dramatic waterfall with seven natural pools – a great swimming and hiking spot, indeed.

Art in Paradise – The 3D murals & paintings on display at the Art in Paradise museum are known for their optical illusions.

Beras terbakar- It is a fenced-in area of historic importance where, once, rice was burnt after a battle with the Siamese army.

Tiger! Tiger! Langkawi –Tiger! Tiger! Langkawi is an animal park and nature center where you can get to see tigers up close.

Elephant Adventures – Take a ride on a trained Asian elephant through the tropical forests of Langkawi offering excellent views of a rich birdlife, monkeys, and the unique flora of the region.

Payar Island – Payar Island is a protected marine park in Kedah, known for its amazing marine life and coral reef – an ideal place for snorkeling and scuba diving
Skytrex Langkawi Adventure Park – The Skytrex Langkawi Adventure Park is located within the pristine enclosure of Burau Bay, with the beautiful landscape of Gunung Mat Cincang offering a dramatic backdrop.

MADAGASCAR

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This unspoiled island country of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa, covers 587,000 square km of amazingly beautiful and marvelously diverse country, roughly the same size as France.

Vast tracts of uninhabited and largely unexplored terrain with its overabundant flora and fauna attract adventure seekers and wildlife lovers from different parts of the globe. The diversity of the landscape is truly amazing where lush rainforest can turn into desert country in a matter of just 300 km.

Five percent of the island’s plant and animal species are unique to Madagascar – not to be found in the wild elsewhere in the world.

MADAGASCAR’S FLORA AND FAUNA

Fossa – A sinister-looking cat-like predator endemic to the island.

Lemur – Over 100 lemur species exist on the island and almost all of them are rare, vulnerable or endangered. Lemurs have been classified as “Madagascar’s flagship mammal species” by Conservation International.

Birds – Out of the 300 recorded species of birds, 60% are unique to Madagascar.

Reptiles – Madagascar boasts 260 reptile species out of which 90% are native to the island. Two-thirds of the world’s chameleon species thrive on the island including the smallest known.

Fish – Over 100 indigenous species of freshwater fish inhabit the rivers and lakes of Madagascar.

Invertebrates – All 651 species of terrestrial snail are indigenous, as are a majority of the island’s butterflies, scarab beetles, lacewings, spiders, and dragonflies.

MADAGASCAR ATTRACTIONS

  • Isalo National Park – Famous for its canyon and lemur population – ideal for backpacking and hiking
  • Avenue of the Baobabs – An extraordinary stand of huge baobab trees located 45 minutes north of Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast
  • Ranomafana National Park – Features a forest, rainforest, lemurs, and a hot spring
  • Analamazaotra Special Reserve – Nature Reserves, Protected Area, and Eco-Tourism
  • Amber Mountain National Park – Known for its lemur population, rainforest, nature reserves, and waterfall
  • Zahamena National Park – Rainforest, Park, and Nature Reserve
  • Parc Ivoloina – Zoo and Park
  • Pirates Museum
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Namorona River
  • Libanona Beach
  • Maromokotoro Beach

MADAGASCAR MUST-Dos

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Kite and windsurfing
  • Guided kayaking

MARTINIQUE

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North of St. Lucia and south of Dominica, lies the enticing island of Martinique, a French outpost in the Caribbean Sea. West Indian warmth and color combine exceedingly well with French finesse to give you an excellent finished product – Martinique.

This mountainous island is volcanic in composition with Mont Pelée – the volcano that obliterated St. Pierre in 1902 – looming large over the rugged landscape.

While the capital Fort-de-France and its urban surroundings can be chaotic because of overcrowding, the surroundings become increasing pleasant and serene as you make your way north or south through some of the most beautiful scenery you can ever hope to set eyes on.

While the northern part of Martinique is resplendent with lush mountainsides offering great panoramas of the surrounding areas, the south boasts amazing bays and coves and miles of pristine sandy beaches.

MARTINIQUE ATTRACTIONS

Mount Pelée – Mount Pelée is an active volcano at the northern end of Martinique, an island and French overseas department in the Lesser Antilles island arc of the Caribbean. Its volcanic cone is composed of layers of volcanic ash and hardened lava.

La Savane – The La Savane is a large green space with a central lawn and shaded walkways not too far from cafes and restaurants.

Fort Saint Louis – Fort Saint Louis is a seaside fortress in Fort-de-France, Martinique. The historically significant site features a zoo and plenty of common iguanas all around.

St. Louis Cathedral, Fort-de-France – The St. Louis Cathedral is a late 19th-century Romanesque Revival cathedral with a 187-ft. steeple & a large pipe organ.

Château Dubuc – The Château Dubuc is the ruins of a 17th-century castle featuring scenic bay views & a museum with related history exhibits.

ZOO Martinique HOUSING LATOUCHE – It is a small wildlife park in a picturesque setting with winding trails & colonial-era ruins.

Jardin de Balata – The Jardin de Balata is a botanical garden with exotic plants from around the world, a treetop walkway & dramatic mountain views.

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Top Five “Off the Beaten Path” World Destinations

From the town of Ittoqqortoormiit, way up north in Greenland, all the way down to Deception Island on the Antarctic Peninsula in the southern hemisphere with the Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, Federated States of Micronesia, and the island nation of Madagascar in between, we bring to you five of the planet’s most remote locations for adventure seekers looking to avoid commonplace destinations.

Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland

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Ittoqqortoormiit is situated atop a peninsula on eastern Greenland that goes by the name of Liverpool Land. It is Greenland’s most remote area – a vast tract of land where polar bear, walrus, reindeer, musk ox, bird populations, and small game thrive.

First occupied by Inuit settlers in 1925, the depleting population of Ittoqqortoormiit, down to just 450 inhabitants, live in flamboyantly colored wooden houses dotting the stark landscape and sustain themselves hunting whales and polar bear for food and trade.

Despite its inaccessibility to ships for nine months of the year, Ittoqqortoormiit has fast become a key cruise destination for modestly-sized expeditionary vessels exploring wildlife and culture, and nature in general, of North-eastern Greenland.

Attractions in and around Ittoqqortoormiit

  • Kap Hope
  • Northeast Greenland National Park
  • Ittoqqortoormiit Museum
  • Midnight Sun
  • Northern Lights

Activities

  • Dog Sledding – You can enjoy multi-day sled trips led by hunters who know the area more than they know the backs of their hands with impressive knowledge of local weather conditions, wildlife, and hunting, ensuring a safe and memorable experience.
  • Kayaking – What better place for kayaking than Greenland? Marvel at the surrounding natural wonders while kayaking in modern sea kayaks available for rent.
  • Hiking – An excellent way to explore this uniquely beautiful and surreal land, especially if you employ the services of a trained guide familiar with the best hiking trails.
  • Hunting – Arranged trophy hunting mainly for caribou, musk ox and seal with the help of local hunting guides who are themselves accomplished hunters; polar bear hunting is the sole privilege of locals – trophy hunting of the animal is a strictly enforced No-No.

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Remoteness of Ittoqqortoormiit: 2,388 km from London; 4,408 km from New York; 4,304 km from Toronto; 15,940 km from Sydney

Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan

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Sandwiched between the Hindukush and the Pamir Mountains, the Wakahn Corridor is a panhandle shaped strip of land in the north eastern extreme of Afghanistan, bordering the entire length of the strip with Tajikistan in the north and Pakistan in the south, and sharing a much small border at its easternmost edge with China.

Home to the Kyrgyz and Wakhi ethnic groups, large parts of the rugged Corridor are without roads and other government services with people, basically, fending for themselves.

The Kyrgyz people are nomadically inclined, moving their portable yurt tents and livestock from valley to valley with the changing seasons.

The Wakhi, on the other hand, generally have separate winter and summer homes made of stones.

Livestock rearing is the predominant occupation of these simple mountain folks – so different from the stereotyped media version of the Afghani people. They trade sheep, goats, and yaks in exchange for food, clothing, and other essentials they can’t produce owing to their limited resources and the kind of terrain they inhabit. They trade with merchants from Pakistan and from other parts of Afghanistan.

Located way off the beaten path, the Wakahn Corridor attracts a handful of visitors every year; basically, die-hard adventurers and explorers who are drawn to the raw beauty this rugged mountain territory has to offer.

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Travelers are safe in this neck of the woods in Afghanistan, free from the Taliban or Al-Qaeda – far from the conflict zones of this troubled nation. Most of the local population are moderate Muslims and are by nature-friendly and welcoming. They are happy to host foreigners as it helps them economically as well.

Approximate Costs

  • Afghanistan Visa: $200 USD for U.S. citizens – cheaper form other nationals
  • Taxi to Eshkashim: $20
  • Guest House: $10-$25 USD per night (x 8)
  • Wakhan Permits: $50 USD
  • 4×4 Taxi: $350 USD one way (x 2)
  • Pack Animal: $20 USD per day (x 10)
  • Guide/Translator: $30 USD per day (x 14)

Remoteness of Wakahn Corridor: 5,834 km from London; 10,772 km from New York; 10,647 km from Toronto; 11,254 km from Sydney

The Federated States of Micronesia

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), also known simply as Micronesia, is a sovereign island state just north of the equator in the western Pacific Ocean, under a Compact of Free Association (COFA) with the United States. The four islands in the east of the Caroline Islands that make up Micronesia are Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae.

FSM enjoys a tropical climate with heavy rainfall throughout the year, especially in the eastern islands. Located on the southern edge of the typhoon belt, June through December can be a pretty rough as typhoons can be expected during this period sometimes causing extensive damage.

Micronesia Attractions

  • Kepirohi Waterfall (Pohnpei)
  • Sokehs Rock (Pohnpei)
  • The Blue Hole (Kosrae)
  • Tamilyog Trail (Colonia)
  • Lelu Island (Kosrae)
  • Ant Atoll (Kolonia)
  • Truk Lagoon (Chuuk)
  • Nan Madol (Pohnpei)
  • Stone Money (Yap)
  • Bechyal Cultural Center (Yap)
  • The Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia (Yap)
  • Yap Art Studio Gallery (Colonia)
  • Hiroshi’s Point (Kosrae)
  • Sunset Park (Yap)
  • Kuop Atoll (Chuuk)

Outdoor Activities

  • Scuba & Snorkeling – Pohnpei Surf Club and Yap Rize Diving Center & Village View Resort
  • Boat Tours – Pohnpei Surf Club
  • Fishing Charters & Tours – Pohnpei Surf Club
  • Hiking Trails – Tamilyog Trail (Colonia)
  • Kayaking & Canoeing – Kayak Launch (Yap)
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding – Pohnpei Surf Club (Pohnpei)
  • Surfing, Windsurfing & Kitesurfing – Pohnpei Surf Club (Pohnpei)
    Water Sports – Beyond the Reef (Yap)

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Remoteness of FSM: 13,215 km from London; 12,524 km from New York; 11,976 km from Toronto; 4,597 km from Sydney

Madagascar

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This unspoiled island country of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa, covers 587,000 square km of amazingly beautiful and marvelously diverse country, roughly the same size as France.

Vast tracts of uninhabited and largely unexplored terrain with its overabundant flora and fauna attract adventure seekers and wildlife lovers from different parts of the globe. The diversity of the landscape is truly amazing where lush rainforest can turn into desert country in a matter of just 300 km.

Five percent of the island’s plant and animal species are unique to Madagascar – not to be found in the wild elsewhere in the world.

Animal and Bird Life

  • Fossa – a sinister-looking cat-like predator endemic to the island
  • Lemur – Over 100 lemur species exist on the island and almost all of them are rare, vulnerable or endangered. Lemurs have been classified as “Madagascar’s flagship mammal species” by Conservation International
  • Birds – Out of the 300 recorded species of birds, 60% are unique to Madagascar
  • Reptiles – Madagascar boasts 260 reptile species out of which 90% are native to the island. Two-thirds of the world’s chameleons species thrive on the island including the smallest known.
  • Fish – Over 100 indigenous species of freshwater fish inhabit the rivers and lakes of Madagascar.
  • Invertebrates – All 651 species of terrestrial snail are endemic, as are a majority of the island’s butterflies, scarab beetles, lacewings, spiders, and dragonflies.

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Madagascar Attractions

  • Isalo National Park – Famous for its canyon and lemur population – ideal for backpacking and hiking
  • Avenue of the Baobabs – An extraordinary stand of huge baobab trees located 45 minutes north of Morondava on Madagascar’s west coast
  • Ranomafana National Park – Features a forest, rainforest, lemurs, and a hot spring
  • Amber Mountain National Park – Known for its lemur population, rainforest, nature reserves, and waterfall
  • Rova of Antananarivo – Historical Palace
  • Tsimbazaza Botanical and Zoological Gardens – Zoo, Botanical garden and Park
  • Parc Ivoloina – Zoo and Park
  • Zahamena National Park – Rainforest, Park, and Nature Reserve
    Analamazaotra Special Reserve – Nature Reserves, Protected Area, and Eco Tourism
  • Andringitra Massif – Mountainous Park area good for hiking
  • Pirates Museum
  • Royal Palace
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Namorona River
  • Libanona Beach
  • Maromokotoro Mountain

Activities

  • Deep sea fishing
  • Kite and wind surfing
  • Guided Kayaking
  • Wildlife safaris

Remoteness of Madagascar: 9,058 km from London; 13,950 km from New York; 14,343 km from Toronto; 10,117 km from Sydney

Deception Island, Antarctica

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Located north of the Antarctic Peninsula in the South Shetland Islands, Deception Island owes its name to its past – full of blood and destruction – and to the unpredictable volcano and its partially submerged caldera.

The above-the-surface part of the caldera forms Deception Island. Sitting atop a restless dragon that last breathed fire in 1967 and 1969 causing extensive damage to scientific stations, the island appears ‘deceptively’ calm.

Once a Chilean-Norwegian whaling station, the shores of Deception Island have witnessed the slaughter of whales for commercial purposes on a scale that almost drove the species to extinction. It was not only an example of human cruelty to animals but cruelty to humans as well – ironic!

You can well picture men working in freezing Arctic conditions – cold and bitter – carving up whale carcasses to be thrown into giant boilers; a fleet of factory ships designed to process blubber anchored in the bay; the beaches strewn with carved-up whale carcasses, bones, and blood – lots of it.

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Well, it all had to end some day – and end it did!

In 1931, plunging whale oil prices could not sustain the massive operation forcing the whalers to shut shop and abandon the station. Gutted wooden buildings; rusting giant boilers and other whaling equipment; a cemetery with 45 graves of whalers who died along the way; all still stand in silent testimony to a dark past.

Not everything is sinister about Deception Island, though. Considered one of the safest harbors in Antarctica because of its horseshoe shape, the island is an excellent holiday destination for travelers with an adventurous streak seeking destinations off the beaten track.

Can’t think of another place in Antarctica where you can enjoy in your swimwear! The geothermally heated water on Deception Island allows you to do exactly that.

Exploring the largest cemetery on the continent and the ruins of the Hektor Whaling Station are not to be missed activities on this caldera island.

Deception Island Attractions

  • Whalers Bay
  • Pendulum Cove
  • Mount Kirkwood
  • Mount Pond
  • Mount Achala
  • Hector Whaling Station
  • Deception Island Cemetery

Remoteness of Deception Island: 13,789 km from London; 11,601 km from New York; 11,984 km from Toronto; 8,896 km from Sydney

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Bora Bora – The French Polynesian Paradise Retreat

Located in the South Pacific on the Leeward Islands of French Polynesia some 225 km northwest of Tahiti, Bora Bora is up there among the top island destinations in the world. Surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef, this beautiful island retreat is world famous for its ultra luxurious water-centric resorts that range from expensive to the insanely expensive.

The surrounding lagoon; the crystal-clear shallow waters of the barrier reef; and the planet’s biggest ocean beyond provide an awesome backdrop in dazzling shades of blue – lighter in the shallows with hints of sea-green, darker where the waters are deep with the azure sky arching down to meet the deep blue of the ocean on the horizon.

The property boasts a 360° view of the horizon that will make you feel like the radial point of a giant blue circle of exploding shades of blue all around.

Add to that the tropical greenery of the island with twin volcanic peaks rising from its center and a bevy of world-class luxury properties and you will make it hard for yourself to find a better island destination – be prepared for the damages to the bank account, though.

Here’s a look at what we believe are the top five resorts on this island of the gods.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the premier resorts on the island – an exotic blend of luxury and nature. Built on stilts over the lagoon in northeast Bora Bora bordering the outer coral reef, the property boasts vistas that you will never get tired of.

Some of the main features of this exclusive enclave are:

  • Plush thatched overwater bungalows with porches, lounge areas with sofas and mini fridges, plus satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod docks
  • Some bungalows come with private plunge pools
  • Deluxe beachfront villas feature private gardens and outdoor pools
  • Upgraded bungalows offer pull-out sofas and extra rooms
  • 4 Polynesian restaurants with open-air dining
  • Polynesian-style spa
  • Gym with regular yoga
  • infinity pool
  • Three beachfront villas ideal for families with children
  • Indoor playroom
  • Outdoor playground with splash pad
  • Paddleboards and snorkeling gear
  • Educational snorkeling tour through the resort’s inner lagoon with the resident marine biologist.

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Source & Official Website: http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/landing_pages/property/villas-and-suites/

InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora

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The InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora is located at Maitra Point on the southern part of the main island. Formed by a windward beach on Tahana Bay and a leeward beach on Maitra Bay, the famous Maitra Point is considered the most picturesque site in French Polynesia.

At a distance of 8 km from the main village Vaitape, the property offers beautiful vistas of the twin volcanic peaks, Mount Otemanu and Mount Pahia, and a breathtaking view of the turquoise lagoon.

Here are some of the salient features of the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora

  • 48 overwater bungalows with 2 overwater bungalows linked to a lounge
  • 1 overwater suite called “Poe Va’i”
  • 12 beach bungalows with 2 beach bungalows linked to a lounge
  • 1 beach suite called “Heremoana”
  • All the bungalows are junior suite size with air conditioning.
  • All bungalows feature a large sun terrace, living room, bedroom and beautiful bathroom with bath and dressing area decorated with live vanilla plants.
  • You can look through the living room glass coffee tables in Overwater bungalows into the clear waters of the lagoon with its abundant marine life – illumination allows night time viewing as well.

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Source & Official Website: https://www.intercontinental.com/hotels/gb/en/bora-bora/bobhb/hoteldetail?

InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa

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Located 6 km from Bora Bora Yacht Club and about the same distance from the scenic Matira Point, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa stands on an islet overlooking a lagoon.

At this upscale resort, you can step off the deck of your luxury overwater villa into the warm embrace of a tranquil lagoon. Enjoy everything from scuba diving to sunset cruises on the surrounding reefs, while a pristine beach and an award-winning spa invite you to relax. From weddings in the glass-bottomed Chapel to candlelit dinners beneath swaying palm trees, it’s the perfect setting in which to experience the romance of the South Pacific.

This upscale beachfront resort features the following.

  • Spa Amenities and spa treatments
  • 24/7 business center
  • Each luxury overwater villa comes with picture window, king-size bed, spacious living area, a private bath tub and terrace
  • Restaurants and Bars – The Reef Restaurant, South Beach Bar, Sands
  • Restaurant, Bubbles Bar, and the Le Corail Restaurant

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Source & Official Website: https://www.intercontinental.com/hotels/gb/en/bora-bora/bobhb/hoteldetail?

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

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Formerly a Hilton property, the newly transformed Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a 20-minute boat ride from the airport. This world class luxury resort occupies the islet of Motu To’opua with a world-famous lagoon off the Bora Bora coast.

With uninterrupted views of the horizon and the dormant volcanic peak of Mount Otemanuas as an imposing backdrop, this multi-million-dollar haven boasts authentic Polynesian setting rich with the region’s culture and mythology.

Check out the main features of the Conrad Bora Bora Nui

  • 86 overwater bungalows, including Bora Bora’s only double-storey Presidential Suites
  • 29 garden and beach villas
  • Accommodations are designed around the lagoon with expansive patios
  • Guests can choose from suites, villas, and overwater villas, each with outdoor sitting areas with chaise lounges, large bathrooms with granite countertops, separate bathtubs and showers, indoor living space with sofa sleepers, and dining tables with chairs.
  • Six unique restaurants and bars, including the resort’s signature Iriatai French Restaurant with authentic French cuisine in an open-air setting.There’s also the Banyan Chinese Restaurant, Tamure Beach Grill, and the Upa Upa Lounge Bar.
  • A full-service spa and beauty salon, and a state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Miniature golf course
  • Infinity pool
  • Outdoor jogging track.
  • The Tamari’i’ Kids Club has organized activities for young travelers
    Multiple boutiques
  • Private helipad

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Official Website: http://conradhotels3.hilton.com/en/hotels/french-polynesia/conrad-bora-bora-

Le Meridien Bora Bora

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Located on a Polynesian islet with a turquoise lagoon surrounding the magnificent property, Le Meridien Bora Bora boasts luxurious overwater bungalows with glass-bottom floors and beach bungalows under tall coconut trees.

Overlooking Mount Pahia and Bora Bora lagoon, the hotel is a Polynesian paradise offering an extraordinary view of the island. It is located on one of the finest isolated beaches to be found in the South Pacific. The hotel is designed for the rich and famous looking for exclusive and ultimate privacy. There are no roads and no traffic, just peace and tranquility.

Activities include water sports, swimming with turtles, deep-sea fishing, and shark feeding!

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Official Website: http://www.lemeridien-borabora.com

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Top 5 Tummy Tightening Foods

A toned, flat tummy is a goal many of us. You can drop belly fat with a well-planned diet which is the key to losing weight and tightening up, particularly in your tummy. Here are a few Tummy Tightening Foods to help get you on the right track;

1. GrapeFruit

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Grapefruit helps lower insulin levels, which promotes weight loss and a fast metabolism.

2. Almonds

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Almonds are an excellent source of protein and help keep you full and your metabolism kicking.

3. Green Tea

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Natural caffeine can help speed up your metabolism and keep you energized to burn more calories throughout the day. Plus green tea contains antioxidants to help you rid your body of toxins.

4. Greek Yogurt

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Filled with Probiotics, Non-fat Greek yogurt is a great snack to set you on the path to a flat belly. It will keep you full until your next meal. if you chose the right flavor, might help out with the sweet tooth.

5. Cranberries

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You might think Cranberries against the weapon against urinary tract infections, and that is definitely true. They also serve important purposes in our body. These little berries are high in manganese, which plays a large part in your metabolism.

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Top 5 Android Phones in 2017

Buying the right phone for yourself is never easy, that’s why these “bests” lists exist. For phone lovers, the Android space is the place to be. Samsung, Google, LG, HTC, and Motorola all wave the Android flag proudly on their devices. With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, Still, the many variations in screen size, processing power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough. To help find the best Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there;

1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Galaxy S7 Edge has made their way to the masses, the Edge version of a Samsung phone is now actually the best Android phone in the world. Regarding specs, it’s the top-of-the-line smartphone, with a larger, sexier design and bigger battery, Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, high 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Everything about the 5.5-inch S7 Edge excels from the inside out. Samsung has nailed the most interesting version of its phone and made the Galaxy S7 Edge the reigning champion of the phone game.

2. Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

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The Google Pixel/ Pixel XL offers up a pure Android experience on a bigger, higher resolution display. The Pixels strikes a terrific balance between speed and beauty, ergonomics and straight-up usability. With the Pixel, Google stepped up to bat, called its shot, and knocked it out of the park. They come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone, these are two of the best Android phones out there.

3. Oneplus 3T

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If you were a fan of the OnePlus 3, you’d certainly love the OnePlus 3T. That’s the new standout in its category. Compared to the 3, the 3T has a darker gray color and a new 128GB storage option. An incremental upgrade, It’s got a faster processor, a bigger battery and a better front-facing camera, a dual-SIM card slot. Providing a premium smartphone experience without costing you an arm and a leg. Basically, The OnePlus 3T is a better OnePlus 3. So Guys This smartphone You Should Buy Now!

4. LG G5

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The LG G5 is unique among competitors; it provides an entirely modular experience, which allows you to slide out the bottom of the device and switch in various accessories and components. The LG launched New Smartphone with the Big Touch Screen display 5.3 inches, dual Camera, Metal Body, Quad HD Resolution, Always On Feature, Adreno 530 GPU, Finger Print Sensor. You can add a DLSR-style grab with dedicated shutter buttons, a Hi-Fi DAC + Amp that radically transforms the quality of even your standard MP3s. The main, rear camera features both a 16-megapixel sensor with a 78-degree lens and an eight-megapixel sensor with a 135-degree, wide-angle lens.

5. Motorola Moto Z

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The Moto Z modular has arrived, with a fast-charging 3,510mAh battery in tow. The phone lasts over four days on normal usage, and can be recharged via the USB-C connector in less than an hour. It has killer specs, this device comes with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of onboard storage, expandable memory, and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box which delivers an enjoyable browsing experience, Motorola’s Moto Z is a premium phone that made waves with its magnetic snap-on accessories that do everything from boost sound quality to add 10x optical zoom.

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Top 5 Ways to Make an Arranged Marriage Work

An arranged marriage is the coming together of two individuals from different backgrounds to engineer a life. It is an arrangement in which the parents or the close relatives arrange the marriage or, in better words, find a suitable match for their daughter or son. Though an arranged marriage may feel like a pre-historic concept, such matches are still prevalent in society.

The concept of arranged matches has changed over the years. What has, however, not changed is the mystery it holds.You slowly and gradually get to know each other. Arranged marriages are far more likely to lead to lasting affection than marriages of passion, experts claim.

With due respect to the ideology of love marriage, we need to know that arranged marriages can also be as loving as love marriages. Here are tips on ways to understand your partner better.

1. Communicate

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If you want to know something about your partner, just ask. Communication is a lifelong pursuit that lies at the center of successful marriages. To begin, stop and listen, really hear what your spouse is saying. Be open and honest – don’t be afraid to discuss difficult topics, so you can tackle them together and move on. Every single detail about your partner is important, whether it’s their favourite food or colour or temperament. Be respectful of one another and focus on the topic at hand.

2. Initial Bonding

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Getting to know your partner is essential and that can only be achieved when you spend time alone, instead of with your respective families. Going out and doing things together allows you and your spouse to have some fun while finding out more about each other’s likes and dislikes. If you both have busy schedules and aren’t getting enough time with each other, you can share activities that both of you like. The more you are together, the better understanding you will have about your compatibility.

3. Be a Friend to your Partner

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Try not to meet in formal surroundings; instead choose a setting where both of you are comfortable. Have a frank talk with your partner, Be transparent, speak your heart out, share your wild thoughts, and you will realise you have developed enough love to fool everyone around to believe you had a mushy love marriage. Best way to do that is to treat your arranged marriage as a live-in relationship where you are figuring out your partner without all the risks of losing each other.

4. Give Each Other Space

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The most loving relationships are of the partners who give some ‘separate and away’ time to each other with honour and respect. No one needs a clingy life partner. Continue to go out with your friends and follow your passions and hobbies even after your marriage. There is no rule stating that you need to spend all of your time pleasing your partner. Letting your partner have his/her ME time is best way to make your love stronger.

5. Fall in Love Eventually

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The advantage that arranged marriages have is that there is no illusion of love to begin with. There is a shared idea that the marriage will work because they are going to make it work. And in so doing, love often arises. Once they get into the committed relationship of marriage, they discover each other more and with a sense of commitment, they fall in love. In the process, they develop the trust, respect and deep love for their each other as well for the relationship. Many people in arranged marriages state that they, too, gradually fell in love with their partners.