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21 May 2010 Cruise Ships Are You Living On a Cruise Ship Part Time?

There has been a lot of buzz lately about living on a Cruise Ship full time as an alternative to living in a retirement home.

Ships, even Cruise Ships, are noisy for at least 2 reasons:

No matter how new the ship, no matter what new turbine engines the ship may have, the 24 hour engine noise may get to people.

There is always a kind of party atmosphere on a Cruise Ship, people eat and drink too much, nobody tells them when to go to bed, they don’t have to get up the next morning, so, parties make noise.

Although ship’s activities are very many these days, after a while you’ll get bored with them.
Cabins in general are very small, so after a while you’re going to miss your large living room on the mainland with its 75″ TV.

If you follow that action things become interesting.

The Monthly $18,000 route:

This Cruise Ship has designer apartments with original art.

Great if you can get it.

By small Luxury Cruise Ship

This same couple would spend a minimum of $4000 a month in an old folks home.

Now let me tell you what this $5000 for 2 people gets them:

Southampton ,Tenerife – Canary Islands St Vincent – Cape Verde Islands Fortaleza – Brazil Rio de Janeiro – Brazil Montevideo – Uruguay Buenos Aires – Argentina Puerto Madryn – Argentina Port Stanley – Falkland Islands Cruise around Cape Horn Ushuaia – Argentina Transit Beagle Channel Punta Arenas – Chile Chacabuco – Chile Puerto Montt – Chile Santiago – Chile Cruise by Easter Island Cruise by Pitcairn Island Papeete – Tahiti Bora Bora – Society Islands Pago Pago – American Samoa Lautoka – Fiji Islands Noumea – New Caledonia Brisbane – Australia Sydney – Australia Eden – Australia Philip Island – Australia Melbourne – Australia Hobart -Australia Transit Milford Sound Dunedin – New Zealand Christchurch – New Zealand Transit Marlborough Sound Wellington – New Zealand Auckland – New Zealand Nuku ‘Alofa – Tonga Apia – Western Samoa Christmas Island Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii Kahalui – Maui, Hawaii Los Angeles – USA Acapulco – Mexico Huatulco – Mexico Transit Panama Canal Curacao – Dutch Antilles Margherita Island – Venezuela Barbados Ponta Delgada

This is on a very luxurious Cruise Ship that has only outside or balcony cabins.

In 2005 a trip around the world lasting 102 days by various freighting companies could be had for $11,750 per person.
That is $117 per person per day including food and all facilities. That is $7000 per couple per month.

So going on this 3 1/2 month World Cruise would cost them $7000 – $4000 = $3000 per month.

The double suites all consist of two rooms, a bedroom with twin beds and a living room.

Each cabin also has its own VCR and TV monitor and refrigerator.

There is also an indoor swimming pool.

This is cheaper yet.
There are lots of 7 day cruises for about $100 per day per passenger.
So you could conceivably take 7 day cruises continuously in the same area, say, the Caribbean, on the same ship, or on different ships until you get sick and tired of the area.

Logistics would be more difficult because you may need a place to stay every 7th night.

Effective in 2005 there is now a discount European Cruise Line operating in the Caribbean that charges $46 per person per night but you have to get your own food.

Still, can’t get any cheaper than this.

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21 May 2010 How To Live On A Cruise Ship Part Time

There has been a lot of buzz lately about living on a Cruise Ship full time as an alternative to living in a retirement home.

However, I don’t think it would be very exciting after about 6 months or so.

Ships, even Cruise Ships, are noisy for at least 2 reasons:

1. Engine Noise.

No matter how new the ship, no matter what new turbine engines the ship may have, the 24 hour engine noise may get to people.

2. Parties, bars and restaurants.

There is always a kind of party atmosphere on a Cruise Ship, people eat and drink too much, nobody tells them when to go to bed, they don’t have to get up the next morning, so, parties make noise.

It gets boring staring at the ocean 2 out of 3 days.

Although ship’s activities are very many these days, after a while you’ll get bored with them.

Cabins in general are very small, so after a while you’re going to miss your large living room on the mainland with its 75″ TV.

However, if 6 months are too long, there are other alternatives; Cruise maybe a couple of months a year.

If you follow that action things become interesting.

Here are some options:

The Monthly $18,000 route:

Residensea, the world’s only floating Condo, a 47,000 ton cruise ship which sails the oceans,

reportedly offers staterooms for rent for as low as $18,000 per month.

This Cruise Ship has designer apartments with original art.

I mean, this is luxury personified.

Great if you can get it.

Around the world in 102 Days.

By small Luxury Cruise Ship

In 2005 a trip around the world lasting 110 days could be had for as low as $15,600 per person.

That is $150 per person per day including food and all facilities. That is $9000 per couple per month.

This same couple would spend a minimum of $4000 a month in an old folks home.

So going on this 3 1/2 month World Cruise would cost them $9000 – $4000 = $5000 per month.

Now let me tell you what this $5000 for 2 people gets them:

The Itinerary:

Southampton ,Tenerife – Canary Islands St Vincent – Cape Verde Islands Fortaleza – Brazil Rio de Janeiro – Brazil Montevideo – Uruguay Buenos Aires – Argentina Puerto Madryn – Argentina Port Stanley – Falkland Islands Cruise around Cape Horn Ushuaia – Argentina Transit Beagle Channel Punta Arenas – Chile Chacabuco – Chile Puerto Montt – Chile Santiago – Chile Cruise by Easter Island Cruise by Pitcairn Island Papeete – Tahiti Bora Bora – Society Islands Pago Pago – American Samoa Lautoka – Fiji Islands Noumea – New Caledonia Brisbane – Australia Sydney – Australia Eden – Australia Philip Island – Australia Melbourne – Australia Hobart -Australia Transit Milford Sound Dunedin – New Zealand Christchurch – New Zealand Transit Marlborough Sound Wellington – New Zealand Auckland – New Zealand Nuku ‘Alofa – Tonga Apia – Western Samoa Christmas Island Honolulu – Oahu, Hawaii Kahalui – Maui, Hawaii Los Angeles – USA Acapulco – Mexico Huatulco – Mexico Transit Panama Canal Curacao – Dutch Antilles Margherita Island – Venezuela Barbados Ponta Delgada

The Luxury:

This is on a very luxurious Cruise Ship that has only outside or balcony cabins.

By Freighter

In 2005 a trip around the world lasting 102 days by various freighting companies could be had for $11,750 per person.

That is $117 per person per day including food and all facilities. That is $7000 per couple per month.

This same couple would spend a minimum of $4000 a month in an old folks home.

So going on this 3 1/2 month World Cruise would cost them $7000 – $4000 = $3000 per month.

For this you get a double suite with double occupancy.

Port Times range from 1 to 2 days.

The advantage seems to be that there is lots of space in four double suites.

The double suites all consist of two rooms, a bedroom with twin beds and a living room.

The cabins have showers.

Each cabin also has its own VCR and TV monitor and refrigerator.

On board facilities are a private passenger lounge and the sharing of the officers’ table

There is also an indoor swimming pool.

Cruise Hopping

This is cheaper yet.

There are lots of 7 day cruises for about $100 per day per passenger.

So you could conceivably take 7 day cruises continuously in the same area, say, the Caribbean, on the same ship, or on different ships until you get sick and tired of the area.

You can then do the same thing from the West Coast.

Logistics would be more difficult because you may need a place to stay every 7th night.

Discount Cruising

Effective in 2005 there is now a discount European Cruise Line operating in the Caribbean that charges $46 per person per night but you have to get your own food.

Maximum time they allow you to cruise is 2 weeks.

Still, can’t get any cheaper than this.

12 May 2010 New Zealand Bed and Breakfast

So, you are coming to New Zealand for your holiday and have no idea where to stay? Try a New Zealand Bed and Breakfast….. They make a good base to start from each day while you sight see on your New Zealand vacation. Where do you start? If you do not fancy starting in the city you could try Coromandel there are nature reserves, wild life and water sports on offer on this beautiful peninsular situated east of Auckland. On the return to your Auckland bed and breakfast you could choose to stay in the inner suburbs of Ponsonby and Parnell away from bright lights but close to transport for the city sights. An Auckland lodging may suit you better if you would like a longer term arrangement. You can not beat the city lights at night and Auckland hotels have a lot to offer the traveler.

Bed and Breakfast Wellington will allow you to stay in this wonderful city and sightsee at your leisure. Is there a better option for your holiday? I think not. Adventure awaits you in this exciting island paradise. Traveling from one bed and breakfast to another bed and breakfast and situated at convenient locations. Experience the hospitality of the locals. You can enjoy the local cuisine and travel where your heart takes you when you wake ready to tour this beautiful country.

Beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound is a very scenic setting for a Picton bed and breakfast what delightful scenery to wake to each day. Easily accessible with the Inter Island Ferries crossing Cook Strait to Wellington on the North Island departing several times daily.

Your New Zealand holidays could include many places to stay in this island nation. The Bay Of Islands has some beautiful scenery and you can choose from a wide range of New Zealand accommodation to suit your budget.

Queenstown, is a great place to include in your New Zealand holiday and for a more personal experience include a stay at a Queenstown bed and breakfast. This delightful area of the South Island has some beautiful ski resorts and an all season lake and is becoming a popular tourist destination for all travelers. Bed and Breakfast Queenstown would make your experience of this part of the world more memorable.

Blenheim bed and breakfast at Blenheim is another delightful experience you should include in your holiday. The New Zealand Bed and Breakfast that are on offer in this country are top class and ensure a wonderful relaxing holiday. You could take a tour from your Bed and Breakfast Christchurch and take the coast road to Blenheim.

A Bed and Breakfast Christchurch is usually set amid the best parts of this city renowned for its churches and gardens. In Christchurch you will find some beautiful historic churches to tantalize your interest in all things historical.

You will have a great holiday experience when you stay at one of the many New Zealand hotels that offer a warm welcome and a comfortable bed. When planning your next holiday and looking at accommodation options a bed and breakfast NZ is well worth your consideration. At a New Zealand bed and breakfast you can be assured of having a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.

23 Apr 2010 Buying a Property in New Zealand

An island nation always has a special charm in the hearts of people who don’t have the luxury of living at such a paradisiacal place. New Zealand is one such country that oozes resplendence at every step. With nearest neighbour Australia, New Zealand is not a part of Australian continent. In fact, the country belongs to the largely submerged continent of Zealandia, which stretches from the north of New Caledonia to the south of New Zealand’s Sub-Antarctic islands. New Zealand is comprised of three main islands besides several other small islands that enrich the topography of the country with some breathtaking views and inspiring scenery.

New Zealand Highlights

New Zealand is blessed with some of the choicest nature’s bounties, with pristine golden beaches, snow-capped alpine mountains, crystal-clear river waters, glacier-fed lakes, and abundant adventure activities you can indulge in. This means the country is agog with tourists all the year round offering numerous opportunities to earn handsome rental income from apartments and other vacation properties alongside some of the most-visited spots in New Zealand.

The inviting kiwi weather is an added incentive to visit the country. The outdoors of the country is ideal to indulge in plenty of activities, like bungee jumping, scuba diving, zorbing, mountaineering, kayaking, surfing etc.

The natural attractions of the country are enough to lure holidaymakers, retirees, and expatriates who look for real estate investment opportunities in the country. In fact, in addition to the vacation property, second-homes are also extremely popular for the property investors due to New Zealand’s favourable living conditions, cost of living, and the rosy projections of the nation’s economy.

If you think that New Zealand is just about adventure sports, think again. For the country has a rich history and tradition of the native Maori people, as depicted through several museums and art galleries. New Zealand also has a rich treasure of flora and fauna wildly found in the National Parks and the Ocean.

The country is extremely well connected with the rest of the world through airways and seaways. The internal transport of the country depends on efficient air, road, rail, and sea routes for a variety of commuters.

New Zealand is every bit a modern country having plenty of education opportunities for lower and higher level of students. All the modern amenities, like nightclubs, discos, pubs, restaurants, cafes, theatres, cinemas etc. can be easily accessed through major kiwi cities.

The nation’s economy is also booming with Agriculture playing a major role in its upswing.

Overall, New Zealand offers one of the best places to invest in real estate. Moreover, the British investors would love the place inhabited by majority English-speaking friendly people.

Property Market in New Zealand

In recent times, New Zealand property prices have hit the roof with surging demand from the European investors, particularly the British real estate investors. This has resulted in a slowdown in the New Zealand property market. And this also means that property is now much more affordable for the budget investors. The growth is definitely on the wane and the prices are dropping, yet no one is discounting New Zealand’s property potential.

Though low, the prices are still on a higher plank. For instance, luxury apartments in the capital city, Wellington, are highly priced at £400K+, and over in Auckland, it’s even more. However, small accommodation is reasonably priced in major kiwi cities. For instance, you can make off-plan investment in apartments in Auckland for £60K+.

The Studio Apartments in cities, like Auckland, are a safe investment. They guarantee regular rental income through people who often flock the cities for better job prospects. And with the high expectations from the nation’s economy in the coming years, major pressure has to be borne by the housing industry to feed the demand for more accommodation.

The current period is favourable for any kind of property investment in New Zealand. An astute investor will exploit the prevailing lower prices of New Zealand property, and make a killing in times to come.

The kiwi legal system is identical with the British Common Law system. Resultantly, trading in property is largely hassle-free in New Zealand. Moreover, there is no stamp duty to pay on property purchased in New Zealand.

It seems that owning a property in New Zealand is cakewalk for those who possess the required finance. However, for those who have limited budget, there are lots of financial institutions in New Zealand that offer lower interest rates on mortgages in New Zealand.

The hottest locations for property investment on the North Island include Wellington, Tauranga, and Auckland. The South Island has Nelson, Queenstown, and Christchurch as jewels in the real estate crown.

The potential real estate investors in New Zealand would do well if they hire a specialist to deal with all the legalities and other formalities required for ownership of property in the country. After all, you don’t expect to be ripped off your hard-earned money just because of some negligence on your part.

22 Apr 2010 Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong NEARS COMPLETION OF US$18m MAKEOVER

(Hong Kong, 13 November 2006) – Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong is nearing completion of a substantial US$18m makeover, giving it a new focus on exclusivity, efficiency and an understated urban polish designed to appeal to the new generation of business travellers.

“We’ve really looked closely at what today’s business traveller actually needs and I believe we are giving it to them, far more cost effectively than the five-star hotels but with no compromise on quality,” said Bob van den Oord, the 39-year old General Manager of the Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong.

Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong’s 461 rooms are being upgraded to a contemporary yet cosy style with modern high-tech features, restaurants have been revamped, a stylish new club floor concept, E Club, has been conceived, and one of Kowloon’s largest and most state of the art conference and banquet facilities has been completed.

“Our new E Club, brand new contemporary guestrooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities and a touch of urban style are just some of the features that are drawing savvy business travelers to Eaton Hotel,” says Bob van den Oord.

Located on Nathan Road in downtown Kowloon, close to the Jordan MTR station and just five minutes drive from the KCR station, ten minutes from the Star Ferry and 40 minutes from the airport, Eaton Hotel is also a superbly well located hotel for both business and leisure travellers.

The new E Club offers a stylish all day meeting and hang out space which is on a par with any top hotel’s executive floor facilities, and includes breakfasts, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and even free-flowing Moet et Chandon in the evenings. There are also computers with broadband internet access and meeting facilities, all in a comfortable contemporary environment which is a delight to linger in.

New-look guest rooms are comfortable and stylishly finished in contemporary warm, earth tones with dashes of natural colour reflecting the vibrancy of the location in the energetic heart of Hong Kong. All rooms feature luxurious 100% cotton, 300-threadcount sateen weave bedding which offers a level of comfort and luxury normally only found in the leading hotels.

Other room features include the ‘Eaton Easy Chairs’ which are probably the most comfortable desk chairs in town, as well as broadband internet links which are complemented by high-tech iHome™ IH5WB technology, the world’s first stereo clock radio connecting to iPods.

Besides these the rooms also feature comprehensive bathroom amenities, magnifying make-up/shaving mirrors, anti-mist bathroom mirrors, powerful hairdryers, the latest LCD TVs, universal power sockets and integrated coffee/tea making facilities.

Thanks to the superb new 3,000 sq metre Eaton Hotel Banquet and Conference Centre which can accommodate up to 550 guests or delegates with flexible configuration and state-of-the-art technology, Eaton Hotel now ranks among Kowloon’s top meeting destinations.

It has also become one of Hong Kong’s most popular wedding banquet venues, and features a unique spiral staircase which allows the newly wedded couple to make a unique and memorable Hollywood-style grand entrance on their special night.

Dining is also a highlight at Eaton Hotel, with the hotel’s chic, contemporary and award-winning signature restaurant Yat Tung Heen pioneering a new culinary movement in “nouvelle Cantonese” cuisine. The hotel’s newly refashioned Coffee Shop is one of the most popular all day dining venues in the district, while Eaton Hotel will be introducing an exciting new contemporary Japanese restaurant concept in early 2007.

The 24-hour Lobby Lounge is adjoined by a lush outdoor Garden Terrace – a green haven for breakfast or cocktails in the heart of the city, while the hotel’s Aroma Coffee Exchange is its own concept boutique coffee shop with trained baristas serving the world’s premium fresh-ground beans.

From now until January 31, Eaton Hotel is pleased to welcome guests with the “Eaton Room Grand Opening Package,” featuring complimentary E Club benefits, 30% off all food and beverage consumption inside the hotel, daily complimentary coffee delivered by Aroma Coffee in the morning, complimentary breakfast at E Club and Eaton Hotel’s signature Martini shaken in guest rooms on arrival. Prices start from just HKD900 for single as well as HKD1120 for double.

For reservations, please call (852) 2710 1828.

For information on Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong, please visit: hongkong.eatonhotels.com

About Langham

Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the The Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance, continuous innovation and genuine hospitality creating a truly unique hotel experience

About Langham Hotels International: Langham Hotels International (LHI) features six properties with over 2,700 rooms in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (2), Melbourne and Auckland. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious “The Leading Hotels of the World” group which represents some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

17 Apr 2010 Best ways to keep your house warm on a winters day

I have lived in extremely cold winter seasons in Canada. They have central heating, so it wasn’t so bad keeping my apartment warm. When I moved to Auckland, New Zealand, the winter was cold but not cold enough to have central heating.

Here, winter mornings can go down to five degrees C. It is important to keep the heat you have generated from your gas or electric heater. Windows are the most culprits where your precious heat escape. Go to a curtain place a buy thermal curtains. These curtains may be expensive but it is worthwhile in the long run because they are among the more useful tools for keeping a house warm. They use thermodynamics to keep heat locked in.

Next, check that your windows are not leaky and let cold air to seep in. Seal the windows, and if your windows are old and have broken frames. A more economical way is to install new aluminum frames. Double glazing is a good solution. Check for draft around the door frames and the bottom of the doors. Weather prove your doors. From the hard ware stores, you can buy weather stripping or a door sweep. You can make a wheat snake and put it at the bottom of the door, this is economical and does the job. If you don’t have time, roll a towel and stuff it at the bottom of the door.

With the duo mechanism, preventing cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping, half of your battle is won.

A major project, if you can afford it, would be to line your ceiling/attic and walls with pink batts. This is a major job but a worthwhile one. This is not a DIY (do it yourself) job. A commercial will come and line the rolled pink batts on your attic. They also have a blower to blow the insulating stuff between your walls.

A good habit to cultivate is, when you are not using a certain room, shut it so you don’t have the expensive heat escaping to that space and wasting your money. Train your children well. In the bathroom, it is good to invest in an extractor, to remove the water vapor without having to open the window. Remember to shut the bathroom door.

Follow my recommendations, your house will be cozy and heavenly to live in in a cold winter.

16 Apr 2010 Albert Park- From Active Volcano to the Centerpiece of Auckland

Remember the film the Chronicles of Narnia? Albert Park in Auckland, New Zealand is a real life park that is almost as unreal and scenic as the movie set. Albert Park is actually the site of the earliest volcanic eruptions in the Auckland area, a volcano is believed to have erupted here between 60,000 and 140,000 years ago.

A Maori settlement called Rangipuke flourished here before the arrival of European settlers and later the site became a defense post when the Albert Barracks were built in 1845. Later the Auckland city council decided to clear away the barracks and pathways and gardens were laid out, the gardener’s cottage was given a facelift and was turned in to the Albert Park House. In 1887 the newly constructed park opened to the public, it was designed in the French Renaissance style and a new building was built to house the Auckland Art Gallery.

The tasteful and beautifully carved Victorian fountain has been described as the centerpiece of the park by many visitors; the nearby statue of Queen Victoria was unveiled in 1899 in celebration of the 60th year of her reign. Two muzzle loading guns can also be seen on display here, they were originally brought to New Zealand in 1879 to protect the Auckland harbor. The guns were later hidden during the Second World War to hide them from enemy planes and were finally unearthed in 1977. Among the park’s more eccentric attractions is the Laidlaw floral clock; this electrically powered clock has a number of beautiful and fragrant flowers around the dial.

Among the more contemporary works of art that can be seen here are Neil Dawson’s Throwback sculpture and Chris Booth’s imposing Gateway sculpture. The private collection of Bruce Wilkinson can also be seen here and features a vast collection of ceramics and clocks. An interesting fact about Albert Park is that it is literally riddled with underground tunnels and bunkers that were dug during the Second World War as air raid shelters. Though plans were underway to open them to the public, the project has not yet transpired.

Located close to this relaxing park in the middle of this busy city are Auckland serviced apartments which are a great accommodation option for long stay travelers to New Zealand.

13 Apr 2010 Langham Hotel, Melbourne to Unveil: New Bar AND DINING – Major enhancements continue to distinguish new hotel brand

MELBOURNE, September 6, 2006 – Leading five-star luxury property The Langham Hotel, Melbourne leaps forward again with the opening of its redeveloped and adjoining new lounge bar, ARIA, on September 1, 2006.

A multi-million dollar refit by the Buchan Group revolutionises Australian hotel dining. The transformed podium-level Melba brasserie introduces innovative open kitchens which evoke a vibrant, sophisticated food market atmosphere. Guests are free to observe on-the-spot culinary creations from a series of themed kitchens. The stunning layout offers unprecedented views over the Yarra River and Melbourne city skyline.

The chic new Aria lounge features a long central bar, plush velvet and leather seating alongside distinctive steel and bronze lace screens. The hotel’s exceptional Southgate location amid arts venues, city apartments and offices, makes it one of Melbourne’s most prized meeting points.

Since re-branding the hotel in January 2005,The Langham Hotel, Melbourne has invested significant capital to raise the property to the forefront of Melbourne five-star hotels. The remarkable transformation of Melba and the creation of Aria lounge and bar further enhance the hotel’s already impressive reputation.

Melba
Seating: 245 guests
Hours of operation
Breakfast 6.00am-10.30am
Sunday Brunch 11.30am-4.00pm
Lunch 12 Noon-4.00pm
Dinner 6.00pm-12 Midnight

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Yarra River and the Melbourne city skyline, Melba restaurant is named after Dame Nellie Melba, Melbourne’s famous opera singer of the early 1900s.

Dame Nellie Melba was highly acclaimed, modern and accomplished and all these sentiments will be expressed at the renovated Melba.

Melba’s dynamic new design includes a series of open, interactive kitchens and cooking stations where guests can communicate with the chefs and select from a diverse range of international and local culinary offerings. The innovative, multi-million dollar renovation introduces a vibrant, state-of-the-art layout featuring an Asian wok and dumpling section, an Indian tandoori oven and spice kitchen, rotisserie kitchen and extensive chilled seafood section displayed on freestanding backlit marbelo ice block stands. There will also be a decadent dessert display offering a vast selection of indulgent treats. The eclectic menu will cater for a wide variety of tastes and be a showcase for premium Victorian produce and local wines.

Aria
Seating: 70 guests
Hours of operation:
Daily 7.30 am -1.00am
Snacks 10.30am -12 Midnight
Bar 11.00am-1.00am

The newly created Aria lounge at The Langham Hotel, Melbourne, will be a chic, central meeting point located on the podium level of the hotel. The luxuriously appointed lounge will feature a long central bar and seating in enclaves divided by elegant steel and bronze lace screens. With traditional leather and velvet upholstery and a relaxed yet elegant residential atmosphere, the lounge is an ideal meeting spot for day or night.

Aria will offer refreshments and light meals throughout the day, including the hotel’s famous afternoon tea experience with a choice of the Chocolate Indulgence afternoon tea, Traditional Viennese or the exotic Chuan Spa Revive afternoon tea. Every afternoon, the bar will serve classic and innovative cocktails, premium Champagnes and fine artisan wines, including a significant selection of Victorian and Tasmanian pinot noirs by the glass.

To book please call reservations on 1800 641 107 or email rest.res@langhamhotels.com

Langham Advantage Club membership is available and provides members with ongoing incentives for food and beverage as well as value when booking hotel accommodation or services at Chuan Spa Gift certificates are also available through the hotel.

Background notes:
Situated in the exclusive riverside Southbank precinct and offering stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline, the Yarra River and Federation Square, The Langham Hotel, Melbourne offers an opulent experience on the doorstep of the city. The property has 387 rooms and extensive conference and meeting facilities. In September 2006 the property unveiled the chic new Aria lounge and re launched the exciting and interactive Melba brasserie. The property offers an executive club lounge complete with personalised butler service, which is a member of the Leading Spas of the World.. Rated as the most popular Melbourne Hotel for international travellers by Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards for 2005, the 25-floor hotel is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World.

About Langham
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the The Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance, continuous innovation and genuine hospitality creating a truly unique hotel experience

About Langham Hotels International:Langham Hotels International (LHI) features six properties with over 2,700 rooms in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (2), Melbourne and Auckland. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious “The Leading Hotels of the World” group which represents some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

11 Apr 2010 A visitors guide to New Zealand
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New Zealand is the youngest country on earth, it was the last major landmass to be discovered. Its history has both Maori and European heritage. There are still amazing Maori historic sites to be found some dating back almost a thousand years.

When I visited New Zealand in July I decided to take an organised tour as I had limited time. I travelled with a group of other like minded travellers and we were transported around on a bus with two tour leaders who gave us loads of information along the way. They organised my accommodation and recommended tours to go on in each place we visited. Also most meals were included.

The Advantages on taking a Connections Tour

* It took hassle out of having to navigate and plan the trip.

* You travelled with like minded travellers.

* Were recommended sights you might have missed.

* You travelled in comfortable buses which were very clean

* Stayed in great accommodation and you didn’t have the hassle of booking and choosing yourself.

* Gave you budget activities to do during the day sometimes even free things for example the best walks to do in an area.

* They explained activities thoroughly to us and quite often had done them themselves. The leaders gave us honest and frank accounts.

Disadvantages of the Connections Tour

* Some of the other passengers were rowdy.

* It was geared towards people who wanted to do extreme activities for example skydiving, kayaking, bungy jumps etc. As I am not into these activities it was boring having to listen about them.

* The additional activities were quite expensive.

* As I am a fussy eater I didn’t like most of the meals they had made and had to go buy more food even though I had prepaid for the meals.

* There are long bus journeys however this is to be expected.

* There are very early starts in the morning!

* Had ‘introductions’ were you had to stand up in front of the bus and talk about yourself. As I’m shy I hated this. You didn’t have to but felt very awkward if you didn’t. Travellers who you are travelling with are constantly jumping on and off the bus and finishing at different stages. This meant more introductions. So you had to do it more than once.

* Had to pay extra to not be in share accommodation.

The North Island of New Zealand (115,000sq km) and this is where we arrived at. Our tour started in Auckland which is a cosmopolitan city. We met the bus outside Base Backpackers hostel where we were staying it is very central and clean. We were greeted

08 Apr 2010 Best luxury accommodations in New Zealand

The following accommodations have been selected for their distinctive character, from smart resorts to intimate hotels in remote settings. Every one is the best available in each area so that you can make the most of every region you visit and relax and really immerse yourself in the destination.

Situated in the center of Auckland, the Langham Hotel is a short walk from the vibrant waterfront and the beautiful Domain. The hotel has won New Zealand’s Best Hotel’ in Tourism Award three times and offers true five-star luxury.

In Queenstown, the Mercure Grand Hotel St Moritz has a superb central location which guarantees easy access to the picturesque township yet offers unrivaled serenity away from the hustle and bustle. This award-winning and world famous hotel has a quintessential alpine feel with tasteful stylish interiors and a magnificent setting overlooking spectacular Lake Wakatipu.

As soon as you enter the luxurious lobby of Wellington’s Duxton Hotel you’ll become aware of the service and style that sets this hotel apart. Every guest room in this luxurious hotel boasts sweeping views over the harbor. Perfectly located in the heart of the city, the Duxton is just across the road from Te Papa the Museum of New Zealand.

Part of the streetscape of picturesque Cathedral Square, the Millennium Hotel reflects the elegance and timeless beauty of Christchurch. The shopping heart of the city, several key tourist attractions and the Christchurch Casino are just minutes away.

These Lodges are set in they idyllic hideaway locations and all meet the five star Qualmark standard.

The Bay of Islands Lodge is situated in a private native bush reserve just a few minutes drive south of Paihia. Enjoy the relaxed elegance of the luxurious yet welcoming accommodation, personalized food and service, and the enriching company of other guests. And above all, enjoy the panoramic vies of the mesmerizing island-studded by.

The lodge has been custom-designed to meet its complementary needs: to showcase its stunning surroundings and to provide exclusive luxury accommodation for up to eight guests. And to provide a luxurious and relaxing environment from which to enjoy therapeutic sea views. The lodge also features a central wood-burning fireplace, rich dark-brown leather sofas, and four spacious bedrooms. Separating the bedrooms on the lower floor is an infinity’ swimming pool and surrounding deck.

There is also a guest library, guest laundry, and