Had a great time watching Toronto FC draw with Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1. So for all of those numerous footie enthusiasts out there, a quick facts. Toronto play in the MLS (Major League Soccer) and you have 20 teams, 3 of which are Canadian – Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – with the rest from USA. They […]
These two images rather sum up Toronto in the summer.
Maybe it is because of the harsh winters, but once spring comes around, the city lives life to the full. Street side cafés and bars, seemingly a festival every week ,with the various immigrants who now make the fabric of Canadian society, actively encouraged to remember their roots and to share their culture. And of course cuisine…
As many of you will know I am currently in Toronto where we have family.
I really enjoy it here. In many ways it is a typical high rise North American city – and the downtown area has so much development going on. But it still has it’s traditional districts with majestic stone buildings, wide streets and so much green space.
As you will have seen from my various reports Greece is selling rather well this year. I think it is a fantastic destination, on so many different levels, so I thought I would just recap on some reasons why it is so popular with Chic.
– Usually when I say Greece is selling well, the inaccurate opinion must be because it is cheap. So let’s start off by saying there are many other places in the Med which are cheaper. Greece is a quality destination with tremendous demand, not just from the established northern European countries, but also from emerging economies such as Russia, Brazil and even China. Prices are high, especially in the peak months of July and August, but you are buying top quality in high demand resorts – it is not a bargain basement “ distressed stock “.
– The variety on offer is fantastic. The two principle cities, Athens and Thessaloniki are stepped in history and culture. The resorts in the north, in the Halkidiki area with their super beaches. The much less developed Costa Navarino in the Peloponnese. And then the islands featured by Chic – Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. Each very different with their own personalities and attractions, but with a wonderful consistency of quality…
With immediate effect, Indonesia has increased the cost of the mandatory visa on arrival from US$25 to US$35 per person.
It is a question I am frequently asked by clients who have heard about the rapid expansion of new hotels. First of all some background…
I first visited Bali 30 years ago, when it attracted just a few Australian surf enthusiasts and hardly any Europeans. Gradually over the years, it increased its popularity, both regionally and internationally, and by the early 90’s, it was firmly established as one of the major destinations in Asia. Initially tourism was focused in the Sanur area, or for the younger surfing crowd, Kuta. Both are located in the southern point of the island, on opposite sides of the peninsular. Kuta then gradually expanded to include the much more upscale Seminyak area…
I would love to take credit for the phrase above, but it was first uttered by Leonardo Da Vinci (the man, not the turtle) just a few years ago!
In my travels I come across so many hotels where the desire is to be the tallest, largest, biggest… The most grand and opulent with expensive design influences from around the world, then attempted to blend into something traditional to give it local relevance. I can see the appeal commercially, but at times it is nice to see something delightfully simple.
The Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2014 is Thailand’s largest and most important travel trade event held annually every June at the Impact Convention and Exhibition Centre in Bangkok. Held just two weeks after Thailand experienced a coup d’état, the TTM plus was even more successful than previous years as the country carried on with a ‘business as usual’ mentality.
Our very own David Kevan was in attendance one again and was interviewed. He shares his thoughts on why Thailand is such a great destination and all that it has to offer. The interview doesn’t start until the 4.02 minute mark.
As you will have noticed I visit Asia rather frequently. Of all the countries within, Thailand probably has the most innovation in terms of product and is never stale. I always find new resorts, and because of fierce competition, even existing hotels have to constantly reinvent themselves just to stay fresh and relevant.
The Anazoe Spa is one of the most acclaimed and award winning spas in the region. Beautifully designed and instantly relaxing. A particular feature is the use of olive oil – allegedly discovered in the nearby Palace of Nestor – an ingredient of many of the unique treatments. A list of treatments can be found here: anazoespa.com
Everyone is looking for an angle, something that sets you apart. This bar in Phuket seems to have found a niche marketing plan. The wives can enjoy the shopping of the resort, knowing that the husbands are also enjoying some cultural R&R.
We spoke about Andreas Franke’s Phantasy Fairytale underwater art exhibition in the Maldives awhile back. Here are some great videos giving you a behind the scenes look at the artist and the installation of his work.
Don’t forget to check out the two fantastic hotels that showcased his work under the amazingly beautiful waters of the Maldives.