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THE VALLEY HOTEL & RESORT

THE VALLEY HOTEL & RESORT

Beijing, China

The Valley Hotel & Resort is located in the mountainous area of western Beijing. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from downtown. Diversified spa suites, tents and villas reflect the distinguished characteristics of outdoor luxury. Rooms are handsomely decorated with comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Tents give a more casual atmosphere for visitors who wish to feel closer to nature. It is the ideal destination for mountain hiking, biking, Yoga, Taiji, swimming and other outdoor activities where you will find the true beauty of natural peace. For those seeking to see the sights, The Valley Hotel & Resort's western suburban location is ideal - a quiet respite after a busy day seeing Beijing's famous sights. Take in Shijingshan Amusement Park, Fentai Children's Place, the Ancient Architecture Museum, and the site where Peking Man was discovered. View the Marco Polo Bridge, tour temples with amazing names, like Temple of Heaven, Temple of the Recumbent Buddha, and the Temple of Azure Clouds. Don't miss the 727-acre Summer Palace. Tour Tiananmen Square. See the Great Wall in Beijing, and save a full day for the 9,999 rooms of the breathtaking Forbidden City. Another must-see attraction is the Beijing Zoo and Aquarium. See Beijing and make yourself at home at The Valley Hotel & Resort.

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Busby Manor

Busby Manor

Bay Of Islands, North Island, New Zealand

Busby Manor, in New Zealand's historic Bay of Islands, is on the foreshore of the picturesque seaside town of Paihia. The comfortable, fully self-contained motel-style rooms are a scenic five-minute walk along the gorgeous coastline to the heart of the town's tempting restaurants and coffee shops, quaint boutiques and craft shops, and marina complex.<br /><br />Sheltered sandy beaches are ideal for swimming and the grassy banks encourage relaxation. The fishing is excellent. Hire a mountain bike and discover the natural beauty of the ancient kauri forests, or swim with the dolphins. Unforgettable! Not far away, there are spectacular glow-worm caves and golf courses. Get fresh local produce at the farmer's market, wine from the cellar doors and boutique cheeses and chocolate from the makers on your way home from the oldest and second oldest houses in NZ. Returning to the resort laden with goodies, you'll probably be ready to relax by the pool with a good book and a cold drink, or simply lay back and soak up the ocean views.<br /><br />The geothermal hot pools are a definite 'must do' and Waitangi is more than just the site of the signing of the 1840 Treaty; it also has beautiful gardens and stunning views. Later on, relax in the guest lounge with a coffee and plan tomorrow's thrilling adventure.<br /><br />For a holiday that offers you a taste of everything, it's got to be Busby Manor.

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Brunston Castle

Brunston Castle

Ayrshire, UK, UK & Ireland

Located in a magnificent rural idyll, the resort is named after the original 16th Century Brunston Castle. Set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds in the peaceful Girvan Valley, just five miles from Ayrshire’s picturesque coastline, Brunston Castle makes the perfect place from which to explore the wonderful west of Scotland. Blessed with a remarkably mild climate year round, the resort offers peace and privacy in what is one of the loveliest parts of Scotland - renowned for its rich history and magnificent scenery. Dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, castles, family attractions and plenty of golf courses in the surrounding area, Ayrshire has a considerable amount to offer at any time of the year. The resort is around an hour’s drive from Glasgow, with all its history and cultural activities, while being no more than two hours from the many delights of Edinburgh. The legendary Loch Lomond is about one hour away. The lovely holiday cottages at Brunston Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland are purpose-built holiday homes that have been carefully positioned to make the most of their natural settings, with patio doors leading onto elevated verandas which command lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The spacious, comfortable lodges are attractively placed in a sylvan setting in the beautiful Girvan Valley and there is plenty to keep every visitor to Brunston Castle happy throughout their holiday. If arriving after 7.00 pm, please telephone the Park, to advise of arrival time. Unfortunately this resort does not take pets. On site facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, small games room, children's adventure playground, DVD hire, gym, laundry. Staff are available to help book ferries to Arran/Ireland, car hire & advice on the area to make the most of your holiday. Reception can also advise and book restaurants.

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Villaggio Turistico Ploner

Villaggio Turistico Ploner

Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy, Central Europe

Villaggio Turistico Ploner in Carbonin, is ideally located, surrounded by majestic Dolomite peaks, at the crossroads of one of the best-known Dolomite areas. The Resort is ideal for both winter and summer holidays, due to the proximity of Cortina, Lake Misurina and Dobbiaco, all within twenty minutes' drive. The mountain landscape of the Venetian Dolomites offers spectacular and breathtaking beauty, like the nearby world famous resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, one of the most exclusive destinations in the entire Alps. The area is well known for walking, cross-country skiing and excursions. A car is essential at this Resort for full exploration of the area. The 147 lovely holiday apartments at Villagio Turistico Ploner in Carbonin, Italy are a mixture of 1 bed sleeping 4 and 2 bed sleeping 6 units. All the apartments have a small kitchenette and dining area, living area with television and telephone, all linens and towels are also included. Wifi and parking are both free of charge. The residence has lifts. On site facilities include a Reception, Indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool/Hot Tub, Restaurant, bar, Snack Bar and Garage. Games room, library, play ground, gym TV lounge Summer BBQ area and gardens.

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The Loch Rannoch Highland Club

The Loch Rannoch Highland Club

Perthshire, UK, UK & Ireland

The holiday cottages at Kinloch Rannoch in Perthshire, Scotland are set deep in the heart of the Highlands. The lodges and apartments of The Loch Rannoch Highland Club nestle in 250 wooded acres, overlooking the startlingly clear waters of Loch Rannoch and the towering peak of Schiehallion beyond. The surrounding countryside abounds in lochs, rivers, woodland, and rugged mountains, making it the ideal place for outdoor pursuits of all kinds, ranging from rambling and rock climbing to pony trekking, bird watching and fishing. Nearby Pitlochry is the tourist centre of Highland Perthshire. Famous for its scenery and hydro-electric dam with salmon ladder. Here the salmon don't actually jump up the ladder but swim through interconnecting pipes. An observation chamber allows visitors to watch the salmon underwater through a large plate glass window. Just north of Pitlochry is the House of Bruar retail complex offering quality Scottish shopping on a grand scale. A car is essential at this resort. The holiday cottages at The Loch Rannoch Highland Club in Perthshire, Scotland offer a variety of different properties ranging from compact studio apartments, sleeping 2 guests (will sleep two adults and two children in the same room), to 3 bedroom Highland Lodges sleeping up to 8 guests. All the resort's lodges and apartments feature a private patio or conservatory providing breath-taking views of the Loch and the mountains beyond. All are centrally heated and every lounge has a colour TV, video player, games table and dining area. The fully equipped kitchens are fitted with solid oak units, split level ovens, ceramic hobs and everything from a corkscrew to a food processor, all crockery, glassware and cutlery is also provided. In the 2 and 3 bedroom Lodges the master bedroom is made as a double room, if you would prefer twin beds, please inform the resort. Any twin bedded room in your lodge may also be made into a double bedded room if required. The lounge area in some units includes a double pull down bed. Pets are permitted at the resort, please bring basket/bedding/feeding bowls with you. You are requested to keep dogs on a lead at all times on the resort and estate grounds, and to clean up after your pet by using the disposal bags available at reception or in The Country Store. Please note pets are not allowed on beds or furniture. Accounts for electricity and telephones should be settled at the Lodge Reception before departure please. Local company FREESPIRIT are happy to organise a wide variety of activities for guests, including fishing for beginners, boat hire, motor cruising, mountain bike hire, etc. Their telephone numbers are 01882632433 or 07427000041 please contact for further details. Please note some units at this resort may not be suitable for guests with mobility problems. Most units are up quite a number of steep steps as the resort is built on a hillside.

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Hotel Mioni Royal San - Half Board

Hotel Mioni Royal San - Half Board

Veneto, Italy, Central Europe

Immersed in the green of the Euganean Hills, Abano is located in a strategic position to visit the beauties of the Veneto. The Euganean Hills Park (Parco Colli Euganee) is a vast area of over 19,000 hectares embracing several towns in the area. The park is known for its lush vegetation, due to its fertile volcanic soil which is the natural habitat for numerous species of plants and animals. The entire park is crossed by innumerable safe and well-marked paths and trails that allow you to enter a landscape filled with breathtaking views, whether by mountain bike or nordic walking. Let the Mioni staff help you select from the vast choice of routes the one that is right for you. The hotel is located opposite the train station of Terme Euganee Abano-Montegrotto and this makes it an ideal destination for those who do not wish to hire a car. By train you can easily reach wonderful destinations, such as Venice, Verona, Treviso and Padova. From Hotel Mioni, you can reach the centre of Venice in just fifty-five minutes by train. Padova, the city of San Antonio is within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel Mioni Royal San in Italy has been completely renovated and decorated with designer furnishings that give the hotel a characteristic touch of refined elegance. On site facilities include a restaurant, bar and multi-purpose wellness centre and spa offering all the latest wellness, spa specialist medical care and beauty treatments. The thermal treatments use Euganean sludge, affiliated with the National Health System. On request it is possible to add a single sofa bed to the room for a third guest. Please contact the hotel directly to check if this is possible during your stay.

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Villaggio L'Olivara

Villaggio L'Olivara

Calabria, Italy, Central Europe

The resort is in an excellent position, high up and overlooking the coast and the old town and marina of Tropea, and the Gulf of Santa Eufemia and the Aeolian Islands.On clear days you can see the volcanic island of Stromboli. Tropea is a seaside resort with impressive scenery in the region of Calabria, in the south of Italy. This stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea is called the Costa degli Dei, the 'Coast of the Gods', and it is hugely admired by those in the know as one of Italy's finest summer holiday destinations. The coastline curves outwards in a large hilly bulge, boasting dramatic cliffs, sunny beaches. Tropea is the busiest and most attractive of these seaside towns; with a historic centre perched on cliffs above the sea. Olivara is the ideal starting point for excursions to the Aeolian Islands and along the Coast of the Gods. Local towns of Taormina, Reggio Calabria, Pizzo Calabro are all accessible by local bus. There are many historic sites in the vacinity including a wonderful Norman Castle and ancient caves and the lovely old town of Tropea, full of little alleyways and anciant piazzas is a great place to wander if you need a break from the sun, sand and sea. The lovely resort of Villaggio is set around large landscaped gardens and open spaces, joined by lovely paths bowers and archways, planted with flowers and shrubs of every kind. The apartments are a mixture of studios for 2 adults + a child, one bedroom units sleeping 4 people with a balcony; and 2 bedroom units sleeping six with a double room, bunk room and sofa beds in the lounge. All the units are equipped with air conditioning, they are well furnished and equipped, kitchenette including a hob, fridge and microwave, telephone, color TV LED HD, a bathroom with shower, hairdryer and safe. Shuttle-bus from Olivara to beach every 30 minutes from 8:00am to 8:00pm. Free Internet access with a dedicated location, WI FI throughout the service area, bar, two restaurants (table service and self- service),mini market, swimming pool for adults and children. There are extensive sports facilities for the enjoyment of tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, bowling green and field archery and a playground for childre. There is free parking on site and also laundry room with coin-running washing machines and dryers.

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Lillyland Beach Club

Lillyland Beach Club

Hurghada, Egypt

Lillyland Beach Club near Hurghada, Egypt is ideally located by the clear waters of the Red Sea. It is an ideal destination for colourful marine life, as well as some of the finest underwater gardens for divers and snorkelers from around the world. Glass bottom boats are available for those who want a more leisurely view. Accommodations include one bedroom units that sleep four; and two bedroom units that sleep six with double, twin and sofa beds. All units have a telephone, television, air conditioning, a safe, and a partial kitchen with an oven, two hot plate surfaces and a fridge. Extensive on-site facilities include an Aqua Park, water and sports centre, two outdoor swimming pools, a children's pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, beach volleyball, masseuse, laundry service, restaurants, bar, diving centre, Wi-Fi, café, beauty salon, shops, reception, doctor, tour desk, disco, playground, supermarket and marina. Hurghada has become the foremost tourist resort on the Red Sea and an international centre for aquatic sports, including windsurfing, swimming, sailing and deep sea fishing. Hurghada offers many activities including quad-biking hundreds of miles into the Sahara desert, camel-riding to see remote and ancient wonders; diving and snorkelling around a vibrant and colourful coral reef; boat trips to the unpopulated Big and Little Gifton islands; swimming in the warm sea; good shopping; excellent and varied cuisine from across the world. Lillyland Beach Club is eleven miles from Hurghada. It's a spacious modern resort, with a distinctly Arabic design.

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Club Paihia

Club Paihia

Bay Of Islands, North Island, New Zealand

Club Paihia is poised upon a leafy and scenic hillside on six-and-a-half acres of native North Island bushland. This is the ideal location for making the most of the awe-inspiring beauty of the magnificent Bay of Islands. Even at the busiest of times, the wealth of secluded coves and quiet island walks will have you feeling like you're the only ones enjoying the serenity of this seemingly endless maritime playground. After a day of exploration, make the most of excellent resort amenities that include three swimming pools, spa pools, barbeques, a gymnasium, tennis court, petanque, outdoor chess and bicycles. The Club even has its own private bushwalk, incorporating a magnificent orchid house. In the building housing the owners lounge, you will find the library, pool table and table tennis. Here, the booking kiosk will organise tours and help you make the very most of this aquatic wonderland. In the town of Paihia, you'll find everything from fine art to fine wine and a selection of world-class restaurants. Enjoy a little recreational boating and then, having got your sea legs, tackle up for an unforgettable deep-sea charter in the game-fish-rich waters of the Bay. Visit fascinating historic sites. Revitalise and recharge on one of the many unspoiled beaches. Play a round of golf on world-class local courses. Have a tramp along the Northland's most spectacular bushwalks. Watch the whales. Swim with the dolphins. Dive the Rainbow Warrior. Discover a holiday you'll treasure for years - at Club Paihia.

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Wyndham Patriots Place

Wyndham Patriots Place

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Wyndham Patriots' Place, a charming resort near the historical district in Williamsburg, Virginia offers everything you'd need to feel right at home, surrounded by manicured lawns and crystal-clear lakes. Suites range in size from studios to one-bedroom deluxe units that sleep up to four comfortably. All rooms come with a fully stocked kitchenette or complete kitchen, cable television, alarm clocks, irons and ironing boards, and fireplaces in the one-bedroom deluxe units. Wyndham Patriots' Place is a quiet resort community surrounded by the lush landscape and historic spirit of Williamsburg. Discover all the convenient vacation amenities and recreation activities that ensure your travels are unforgettable and stress-free. Stay fit while enjoying recreational sports like swimming, basketball and horseshoes. Daily housekeeping is not included and may be added for a nominal fee. Discover an array of recreational activities on site, including an outdoor pool, playground, picnic and barbecue areas, and a basketball court. You'll also receive complimentary access to the facilities at nearby Wyndham Kingsgate and Wyndham Governor's Green, which feature an indoor pool, a fitness area and a putt-putt golf course. Spend your days exploring the historic landmarks and attractions of the area, then come home to Wyndham Patriots' Place, where you can relax and create memories sure to last a lifetime. Choosing Wyndham Patriots' Place for your next Williamsburg getaway is something you definitely won't regret.

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Greensprings Vacation Resort

Greensprings Vacation Resort

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

Everything you'd expect from a world-class resort awaits you at Greensprings Vacation Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia. Come and relax in your own whirlpool, unwind in the sauna, lounge in front of your welcoming fireplace, take a dip in the indoor or outdoor pools, and play shuffleboard. Serve a couple of aces on the floodlit tennis courts, or play a few holes on the adjacent championship golf course, designed by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Regardless of whether you choose a two- or four-bedroom suite, you can look forward to a fully equipped kitchen, two full bathrooms with a jetted tub in the master bath, and your own patio or balcony. Also, even though you may feel you've been magically transported back in time to Colonial America, you'll still enjoy luxurious modern conveniences like cable television, DVD players, and combined washers and dryers. Make this cradle of the Civil War your vacation headquarters. The region is steeped in history, from the first permanent English settlement in the New World to the thunder of the Confederate Batteries dueling with Union gunboats off Sewell's Point. Come and walk in the footsteps of visionary nation builders and statesmen. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Williamsburg and be pulled back in time by reenactments of pivotal moments in U.S. history. The gracious spirit of Colonial America awaits you here at Greensprings Vacation Resort!

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King's Creek Plantation

King's Creek Plantation

Williamsburg, Virginia, United States

One of the top ten historic resorts in the U.S., Kings Creek Plantation is a handsome home-away-from-home in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. Guests can choose one of three distinctive neighborhoods within the resort. There are the Cottages, which line the quaint streets at the resort. Experience the charm of The Cottages with one-, two- or three-bedroom combinations. The Chesapeake, The York and The James are the three designs of detached cottages that line quaint streets at the resort, each with their welcoming porches and copper roof details. They have recently been updated with flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi, pillow-top mattresses and more. The second option is The Townes, offering all the amenities of luxury town-home living. The Townes at King's Creek Plantation offers all the amenities of luxury townhome living in two- or four-bedroom designs. Each suite also includes a private sitting area for relaxing at the end of each day. With lots of room to spread out, these nicely furnished townhomes sleep six and feature two full bathrooms, including a master bath with garden tub, two bedrooms, bright sunroom, electric fireplace, wet bar, washer and dryer. Finally, there are The Estates, large and luxurious vacation homes. The Estates set King's Creek Plantation apart from other resorts, offering large, luxury, vacation homes. They feature décor and details expected in deluxe accommodations with multiple decks for optimal outdoor enjoyment. Large jetted tubs adorn each master bedroom suite - and the whole house features three masters. There is a standard fourth bedroom with private bath and double closets. There are fireplaces, beautiful tile and plush carpet, laundry washers and dryers, and kitchens featuring granite countertops and top grade appliances. Spend a day at Busch Gardens and several days exploring Colonial Williamsburg. This is history - and it is fun for the entire family. Explore the area and immerse yourself in pre-Revolutionary America. Vacation with a side of history at Kings Creek Plantation.

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El Dorado Royale by Karisma, a Gourmet AI

El Dorado Royale by Karisma, a Gourmet AI

Playa Del Carmen & Riviera Maya, Mexico

This casually elegant, adults-only beachfront resort offers an ideal setting for romantic and relaxing getaways. Luxuriously romantic and stretching along a secluded white sand beach, El Dorado Royale is ideal for vacationers seeking laid-back luxury.<br /><br />El Dorado Royale provides Gourmet Inclusive&reg; indulgences such as nine a la carte gourmet restaurants, 24-hour room service, two full-service spas and fun activities such as tequila tastings, yoga, salsa classes and live entertainment. The 478 spacious suites include in-suite whirlpool tubs for two, daily restocked mini-bars, double sinks and private terraces. El Dorado Royale has earned the coveted AAA Four Diamond Award. Voted one of Conde Naste Travelers Top 100 Hotels in the world, El Dorado Royale is Mexico's premier adults-only, beachfront resort where couples, wedding parties and honeymooners savor a Gourmet Inclusive experience, and a vacation that fosters togetherness. Luxuriously romantic, stretching on a secluded beach, the resort provides indulgences from gourmet cuisine, luxury swim-up suites, to a lush health club and personalized concierge service.<br /><br />Situated in the center of the Riviera Maya, facing the beautiful Mexican Caribbean, the resort is 25 minutes south of Cancun International Airport, 15 minutes north of Playa del Carmen, only 10 minutes from Mayakoba championship golf course, 25 minutes away from the Playacar Golf Club, five minutes south of Puerto Morelos and 35 minutes south of downtown Cancun.<br /><br />It's an ideal location on a serene beach, yet close to everything.

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Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort - AI

Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya Resort - AI

Playa Del Carmen & Riviera Maya, Mexico

Located on the breathtaking Riviera Maya on Mexico's Caribbean coast, the Grand Sirenis Riviera Maya luxury resort boasts beautiful beaches, natural caves, a coral reef, and ample activities for guests of all ages and interests. <br /><br />The resort offers spacious suites with a comfortable, modern design and amenities that will make it hard to leave when your vacation ends, including furnished balconies, mini bars replenished daily, and double Jacuzzi tubs. You'll enjoy access to a-la-carte restaurants, indoor and outdoor lounges, seven bars, and prompt, friendly room service. You'll enjoy all-inclusive dining and drinks, so the hardest decision you'll make all day is which delicious meal to savor. <br /><br />Enjoy a bounty of resort activities ranging from an introductory diving lesson in the pool to day and evening entertainment. The resort has a beautiful gymnasium and activities like tennis, table tennis, football, beach volleyball and even dance lessons. Or you can just relax poolside with a cool drink and a good book. For those who love the water, there are plenty of activities to choose between. Relax in one of two gorgeous swimming pools and separate children's pools. Float down the lazy river, or stroll the pristine beach sands. <br /><br />Leave every care at home when you pack for your vacation at Grand Sirenis on the Riviera Maya. You'll be too relaxed to worry about a thing.

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Shearwater Resort

Shearwater Resort

Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

Nestled in an idyllic location on Tasmania's ruggedly beautiful north coast, the award-winning Shearwater Resort is central to some of the Island State's most spectacular tourist attractions. Set in beautiful gardens on 30 acres, adjacent to the resort's 16-hectare golf course, you'll be just short stroll from the water's edge at Freers Beach. <br/> <br/> The studio, one and two-bedroom self-contained units come equipped with TV, foxtel and STD/ISD phones. Prepare a home-cooked meal on your bench cooktop, or make popcorn in your microwave to go along with a movie. All kitchen essentials are provided for your convenience. As you'd expect, the resort boasts a fine choice of amenities, including a bistro and an al fresco dining and entertainment area. Relax by the pool and plan a day of sightseeing you'll never forget.<br/> <br/> Proximity to both Devonport Airport and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal makes reaching the resort easy by both air and sea. A car will help to enhance your holiday experience, because you'll want to visit Cradle Mountain, nearby waterfalls, National Parks, wineries, caves, beaches and quaint country towns. Fairy Penguins, Narawntapu National Park and Squeaky Point are all close by.<br/> <br/> You'll find there's no better place to unwind, indulge, revitalise and refresh than Shearwater. It's sheer pleasure.<br/>

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