A Review on the Luxury 5-Star Accommodation at Blue Sydney – A Taj Hotel

More than just a room to sleep and rest, a hotel is also your access to knowing a country or city. Most business travelers prefer to stay in luxury hotels while those wanting to have a vacation would prefer to stay in cheap hotels. This is because luxury hotels are synonymous to being expensive. However, sometimes it pays to be wise on choosing your hotel. Luxury 5-star hotels may be costlier but you are assured of having the best of service and having a comfortable room making your holiday more worthwhile.

My husband and I decided to have a break from work and chose Sydney as our destination. Having booked our flight, our next issue was where to stay. A friend suggested the Blue Sydney, a Taj Hotel, and we were too happy that we followed his suggestion. Our holiday would not have been a splendid one if we chose to stay in another hotel.

Belonging to the group of Taj Hotels, Blue Sydney is a 5-storey building situated on the ancient Finger Wharf at Woolloomooloo and is 14 km away from the nearest airport. Blending the style and character of a boutique resort, it presents commitment, dependability, uniformity and conscientious service that are very typical of a luxury 5-star hotel. The luxurious and detailed modern contemporary designs that mixed the colors blue, brown and caramel was a welcome treat for both of us letting us to have an exhilarating hotel experience.

Providing guests with an up-to-date opulent accommodation is the100 guest rooms that include 36 impressive loft rooms. Bathrooms are roomy and beautiful complete with all the amenities that you need. Health and environmentally-conscious, smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms. Your valuables can be kept in their safety deposit box.

Our friend suggested that we take the Deluxe Pier View King room to have a view of the water. It measures 46 sqm with a king size bed and a separate bath and shower. The room offers a good view of Garden Island Naval Base and Potts Point District. This room can actually accommodate 3 persons.

We were so impressed with Blue’s interior and architectural design and requested if we can have a look on one of the loft rooms. We were granted with our request and were once again filled with surprise with what we saw. Split-level, its dimension is 58 sqm and can accommodate a family or a group of three. The upper level has a king-size bed while the lower level, which is the work area, has a sofa bed. It likewise gives a nice view of the Potts Point District, Garden Island Naval Base and bay view through its traditional windows and fenestra. Both levels are provided with wardrobes. The bath and shower is located on the upper level while the lower level has a toilet and sink.

Blue Sydney is very accessible so you will not find a hard time looking for a cab. Assisting you in any problems and queries is the reception and room service that is open 24/7. Porter service is likewise always at hand.

You can tone up your muscles in their gymnasium or enjoy a dip in their indoor pool. Calm your senses and get relaxed in the services provided by their spa chakra facility. Their charming bar is somewhat quiet but it offers you a cozier area to chat and have a quick sip of your favorite wine or drinks before going to sleep or prior to heading for a night out.

The conference facilities of Blue Sydney can accommodate sales presentations, seminar, conferences or other social gatherings. Located in the big hall of the compound is the industrialized structure of the bar/restaurant area.

Blue Sydney is also accessible to important places, which makes it all the more a perfect place to stay. Its being near the CBD makes it ideal for people traveling for business reasons. You can get to enjoy the beautiful flowers in the Botanic Gardens as the hotel offers a direct route into this area. The Opera House is a just a 10-minute leisurely walk around the harbor.

Offering a magnificent panorama of Woolloomooloo Bay, your stay at Blue Sydney – A Taj Hotel will definitely be a memorable one. The facilities and the superb service of its staff are incomparable. It may be that you may add a few amount but the magnificent setting and the supplementary services it offers is more than adequate for the price that you will pay for your accommodation. You will love its premises, the rooms, the service that you will not even want to leave this luxury 5-star hotel!

An Adventure to Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole in Dahab

Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt offers many excellent organised trips and tours and one of the best in my opinion is visiting Ras Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole. This adventure can be arranged from hotels, but they will charge a commission for this privilege, making your trip more expensive.

The best solution to this is book your trip from one of the many tour agents found around Sharm, such as Naama Bay. At Naama bay there are so many selling this trip you can shop around to find the best deal. Do look at the Itenary of the trip that’s suits your needs as these trips do slightly vary from each tour operator.

The Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole trip only goes on certain days so if you only have a week in sharm its advisable to book early at the start of your holiday. The maximum party you will travel with is 6 to 8 persons as this is a comfortable number to get in a jeep.

This is an all day adventure so it will be best to prepare before you go, You will need to take a light bag or rucksack this is for your water and a towel, Remember do take plenty of water with you as temperatures do exceed to over 45c in summer. You will also need a snorkel kit, flippers, mask and snorkel. If you do not have your own you will be taken to a place were you can hire them at the start of your trip.

This is an adventure trip so ladies please were suitable footwear and not high heels.

The trip starts off early in the morning from your hotel or apartment by jeep, if your lucky you will be the last the pickup so you won’t be travelling all around sharms hotels for picking up other adventurers. You and your party of travellers head towards Nabq bay just before Nabq bay you will take a turn off the road and into the Sinai desert.

The Sinai desert is a region of incredible Beauty, The vast plains of the desert and the ever changing colours of the mountains make this a most memorable experiences. This is also home to the traditional Bedouin people. The Bedouins live and work in sharm some on the cruise boats and some as taxi drivers, in fact they will put there hands to anything in sharm. As you travel through the Sinai you will see the small villages and settlements of the Bedouins.

If you are ahead with time you may stop to take pictures of the Sinai landscape. An hour or so into to your trip you arrive at Ras Abu gallum Protectorate, this beautiful area stretches 400 km down the coastline between Dahab and Neweiba. Here you will park the jeep at the beach and prepare yourself for your camel ride, the camel will take you to the Blue Hole although the jeep will take you if your not sure about riding on a camel.

The camel ride is an excellent experience, the ride down the coastline of Ras Abu Gallum takes around 45 minutes, depending on how fast your camel goes that is. As you reach the Blue Hole be careful when the camel crouches down to let you off, the saddle has a hard handle and it can hurt your back if your not careful like I have experienced, put your bag behind you for protection. The camel driver the one who leads the camel will probably demand money off you for the trip, the ride is in with the price but you can give him baksheesh a tip if you want, 5 LE is enough.

Once off the camel you will be at Ras Abu Gallum’s most frequently visited spot the famous Blue Hole divers from all over the world have come to dive here. It has an 80 meter drop and is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and many different species of fish. Many divers have lost there lives here due to hidden caverns and not managing there breathing apparatus properly. But it is quite safe for snorkelling.

You will have an hours snorkel at the Blue Hole before lunch. Lunch is served in the Bedouin beach restaurant usually on the menu is fish which is freshly caught on the day and served up with a special home made rice dish. Here you may see Bedouin children selling little gifts, nice to have as a little reminder of your adventure to Ras Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole.

After you have rested for a while you can have another snorkel in the Blue Hole. Then its time to leave Ras Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole and head towards Dahab city. Here you are dropped off at the beach resort village which was mostly visited by Hippies in years gone past mainly because of its chilled back atmosphere. Dahab is now becoming a bit more upmarket now with the arrival of 4 and 5 star hotels and good restaurants Hand made souvenirs made by the locals are worth a buy. Dahab city certainly has not lost its charm.

After your visit to Dahab its back to the jeep to head back home to Sharm El Sheikh. You do get taken back to your hotel or apartment. The Ras Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole adventure starts around 8:00 in the morning and ends around 5:00 in the afternoon and the trip is quite strenuous.

Exploring the Blue Mountains of Jamaica

There are a million reasons why Jamaica is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. In Jamaica, luxury hotels provide comfortable and lavish accommodations, offering state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service. However, there are more reasons than magnificent accommodation to visit Jamaica. Luxury hotels will no doubt tempt you to stay in and spend your days luxuriating in spas, dining in fine restaurants, or lounging around the pool, but the island’s most amazing attractions are to be found outdoors.

The island boasts white sand beaches, white-water rivers, large expanses of plains, and lush mountains with an abundance and variety of flora and fauna unlike anywhere else in the world. This includes 252 types of birds (27 are endemic), 200 native types of orchids, 500 types of true ferns, and approximately 50 types of coral. The locals are warm and friendly people ready to provide guidance and aid in exploring the many cultural and historic attractions of the island. Foodies will be in heaven with the island’s eclectic cuisine and the readily available supply of Blue Mountain coffee, hailed by many as one of the best coffees in the world.

However there’s also a lot more to the Blue Mountains than incredible coffee. These mountains in the lush jungle north of Kingston are a favourite destination of nature lovers and adventurers, including, hikers, bikers, and bird fanciers. The jungle can be dense and going off-path can be dangerous, so unless you have a guide, it’s best to stay on the well-marked paths. Listed below are some of the activities you should check out while visiting the Blue Mountains in Jamaica. Luxury hotels, beautiful beaches, incredible scenery, scrumptious food, and adventure galore, this island has everything!

Visit Holywell National Recreation Park

A part of the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, Holywell National Recreation Park is located in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Take a quick tour or take advantage of its camping facilities, which include showers and shelters. Its trails wind through the rugged terrain, and you will have the opportunity to spot some of the island’s most reclusive creatures. Be on the lookout for the national bird, the streamer-tail hummingbird (known locally as the doctor bird) and the rare swallowtail butterfly. No worries about missing civilization in the heart of this wilderness of Jamaica, luxury hotels are just minutes away.

Tour the Blue Mountains by Bicycle

There’s no better way to experience the beauty of the Blue Mountains than to dazzle all your senses in an adrenalin-fuelled ride down its mountainsides. Not only will such a ride treat you to amazing sights, the crisp island winds will bear the scent of the rain forest thick with towering trees, blossoms, and ferns, and nearby coffee plantations. Then, cool off by splashing in a waterfall before heading back home.

Tour the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory

Love Blue Mountain coffee? Then you should definitely check out Mavis Bank Coffee Factory, the government-owned coffee plant located in the town of Mavis Bank, northeast of Kingston. An hour-long guided tour of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory takes you through the processing of coffee, from planting to distribution. Make sure to take a few bags home with you, you won’t find better tasting or better quality beans anywhere in the world.