Sunday, October 18, 2015

6 Secrets about Maldives, you have never known about!

The Maldives is one of the world’s most romantic destinations, but you’d be forgiven for not knowing that it can also be a place, where even the most avid adventurer would be at home. The Maldives is renowned for its luxurious resorts that offer intimate settings, but it’s also home to breath-taking dive sights, deserted islands, ship-wrecks and plenty of hidden gems that you might not have heard about. How many of the ‘secrets’ do you know?

Secret 1: Submarine diving  
The Maldivian capital of Male has an array of multi-coloured skyscrapers that takes over its spectacular skyline, but it’s actually under the waves where the most breath-taking sights unfold. View the underwater magic whilst staying dry, and experience something that’s usually reserved for those in a wet suit. 

The ‘Whale’ submarine reaches depths of 150 m and for those who don’t dive, this is the perfect way to see the exciting creatures that inhabit the Indian Ocean. The cabins are fully air-conditioned, and with normal atmospheric pressure, you’ll breathe normally as you discover the wonders that lie under the sea.
Secret 2: Underwater bedroom

The Maldives is packed full of stunning hotels, with luxurious settings, but one that really sticks out is the underwater bedroom on the remote Rangali Island. Located 5m below the surface, you’ll have the opportunity to sleep under the sea, and spend the night ‘sleeping with the fishes’.

Reached only by a spiral staircase, you’ll have the opportunity to wake up and witness one of the most unique views on the planet. By day the underwater bedroom is a restaurant called ‘Ithaa’ and seats 12 people – so if you don’t fancy sleeping underwater and paying £8,000 for the privilege, then maybe some gourmet ‘fusion Maldives cuisine’ could be an acceptable alternative.

Secrets 3: Deserted islands

One of the great things about the Maldives is that with over 800 of its 1190 islands deserted, isn’t really that difficult to find some private paradise. If you venture to Addu City you’ll find Bodu Hajara, where you’ll have no problem creating your very own ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience. OK, so Mr Crusoe didn’t have a butler service or an array of gourmet cuisine, but being surrounded by nothing but the Indian Ocean in all directions, will no doubt make you feel like you’re the only one left in the world. Kanuri in Kolumadulu is another great spot for a romantic picnic on a deserted island.

Secret 4: True experience dive sites

The Maldives offers some of the best dive spots in the world, but most people will venture to the more well-known sites in Ari Atoll. For those wanting something a little more romantic, and more rewarding, then head to South Male Atoll. The area is remote and offers a more intimate dive spot, in a region that follows a more authentic Maldivian way of life.

Secret 5: Whale shark diving

When swimming with sharks, it usually involves being lowered into the water with a cage wrapped round you. The Maldives changes this cliché, and in the region of South Ari Atoll you’ll find a unique experience, with one of the most visually stunning creatures on the planet – the whale shark. Growing up to 40ft in length, this striking species can also weigh up to 21.5 metric tonnes. Whilst the stats are intimidating, whale sharks are non-aggressive, and known to be very playful and docile in their nature. They are a firm favorite with advanced snorkelers, divers and swimmers.

Secret 6: Seaplane airport

OK, so the seaplane isn’t so much of a secret, but what you don’t normally find out until you arrive is how much fun you can have at the airport! Whilst the seaplane transfer is a must experience in itself, it’s those little luxuries pre-flight that make the trip worthwhile.

Whisked off to the VIP area on arrival, you’ll enjoy refreshments, and plenty of opportunities to relax after your long flight into the Maldives. Spa treatments and champagne are usually on the menu (please check exact details before you book your seaplane transfer, as they can vary), before taking off and enjoying offering panoramic views of the lagoons and islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Paris Charms not only with it's romanticism!

1. The Eiffel Tower

All travelers always place Eiffel Tower as the first thing to visit in Paris. So shall we start with it. The reason of placing Eiffel Tower on the top of the list is first, it's looming construction, second, the breathtaking view of the city and third, the energy and buzz of the place. 

2. The Catacombs of Paris

Paris is known as city of Romance, but that's not it! It has a darker side which needs to be discovered too. This underground burial complex houses six million skeletons dating to the 18th century. Stacked in endless corridors, it’s a fascinating and haunting place. If you have the courage, it’s one of the most interesting places in Paris to see.

3. Musee Du Louvre

Who doesn't know Leonardo Davinci's painting Mona Lisa, which is placed in the famous Museum in Paris along with thousands of other artistic artworks. An entire holiday can be spent in Du Louvre as it is vast and packed with masterpieces at every turn.

4. The Pantheon - Paris

Well i thought Pantheon is in Rome! Isn't it? Yes it is, but Paris also has one which was originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve and to house the reliquary châsse containing her relics but, after many changes, now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It's not much visited but it's ranked as one of the best things to see in Paris.

5. Palace of Versailles

A monument to the decadence of royalty and a constant draw for vast numbers of visitors, Versailles is simply astonishing. And if the massive opulent palace isn’t enough, the gardens will simply blow your mind. Representing ostentatious beyond measure.

6. Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris

It's very difficult to express how fabulous this place is. Let's start with it's Outer Architecture & Sculpture which is a Masterpiece! Every detail of this art is a long story told by the walls of this place. Don't fear the Gargoyles as they are watching over the place and give it a beautiful sense of a scary yet peaceful place. Whoever attended the mass in the Church, was thrilled with the angelic voices of the choir that fill the place. Totally worth visiting!

7. Sainte Chapelle

After researching about how to describe this place, i found a lady who perfectly described everything i wanted to write: "Visiting Sainte-Chapelle is like entering heaven encased in a jewel box of stained glass. Arching panels upon panels of glass describe the story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in rich colors and sumptuous detail. The sheer height of glass gives one the impression of looking up into eternity." Nothing more to say!

8. Musee De Cluny

A hidden gem in the heart of Paris, Musee de Cluny is a medieval museum nestling within an ancient Roman bath complex. In fact, this tucked away treasure is one of the very best remnants of the ancient Roman city which would become Paris. If you’re seeking interesting places to visit in Paris, this is hard to beat.

9. Pont Neuf & La Conciergerie

Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in the city. You will pass through it for sure while visiting any place in Paris.Be careful! As it will charm you and force you to take lots of pictures on it.

And La Conceirgerie is as impressive for the architecture as for the history and exhibits, this famous former prison lies in the heart of the city. You can still visit the old prison, including Marie Antoinette’s cell, and its convenient location means it often appears on most itineraries of places in Paris to visit.