Wimbledon has kicked off for 2014 in the UK
While the world for the most part is still talking World Cup, over the other side of the world another sporting spectacle is underway. The 2014 Wimbledon Championships, the third official tennis grand slam of the year, is off to an ace start.
The Brits will surely be supporting reigning champ, Andy Murray, while the women’s title will be fiercely contested after the 2013 winner, Marion Bartoli of France, retired shortly after last years’ win.
After a full day of spectacular serves – both tennis and strawberries and cream – fans will be exhausted and looking for somewhere to stay.
We took a look through our database of over 800,000 properties and feel that the following hotels really hit the ball out of the park:
Guest blogger, Nicole Connolly of Suitcase Stories shares her experience of the AMOY Hotel in Singapore
Converted from a historical temple complex into a cozy boutique hotel, the property is accessed via one of the former shines. Located just a 10-minute walk from Boat Quay and Marina Bay, it is the perfect place to relax after spending the day exploring Singapore. Couples, small families, and business travelers will all enjoy the authentic Singaporean experience of the hotel which provides a great many home comforts.
Guest blogger, Sharon Gourlay from WheresSharon.com shares her experience at the Be Live Grand Marien Resort
The beautiful Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic is as well known for its all inclusive resorts as its gorgeous beaches. The city of Puerto Plata is one of the best places to enjoy these beaches and get a real taste of the Dominican Republic’s colonial past. With many inclusive resorts surrounding the city and we were excited to be checking out the Be Live Grand Marien in Costa Dorada with our young kids.
The Belmond Copacabana Palace is one of Rio de Janeiro’s top-rated hotels
All eyes are on Brazil at the moment, as teams from around the world compete for the 2014 World Cup title.The final this year will be played in Rio de Janeiro - a city with 6.3 million people and more than two million tourists per year. With thousands of accommodation options to choose from it can be difficult to decide where to stay while visiting.
That is where we come in. As well as comparing prices from all major travel sites so our users can get the best deal, HotelsCombined also aggregates over 38 million reviews so travellers can find the properties that scored highest in guest feedback.
We took a look through the HotelsCombined database at the 3,000 plus accommodation options available in Rio de Janeiro to find those with the best customer reviews. Of the four and five star hotels in the area, there were just eight with customer ratings of 8.5 or more out of a possible 10:
Peru, the country famous for Machu Picchu, Pisco and Ceviche has will soon be celebrating the Festival of the Sun, so we decided to take a closer look at what it all means.
Cusco in Peru
The Peruvian festival ‘Inti Raymi’ is a nine day winter solstice celebration worshiping the Incan God Inti. The celebration occurs on the shortest day of the year and is the equivalent of a New Year festival. This year the ceremony falls on the 24 June.
Based in the capital city of Tawantinsuyo , Cusco, the celebrations incorporate lively traditional music, colourful costumes and extravagant feasts. There are historical re-enactments, grand ceremonies around 200 actors and thousands of tourists taking part in the day.
Sharon and her family, WheresSharon.com
Most people assume that once you have a family, trekking around the world and overseas adventures must come to an end. Luckily travel blogger Sharon and her husband Josh are proving otherwise – the pair document the experiences of travelling with their two and four-year old children (the good, the bad and the sometimes challenging!) on their family travel blog, WheresSharon.com.
Together they aim to inspire other people and families to continue travelling, spreading the message that children are not a barrier for travel.
Football fans are flocking to Brazil for the 20th FIFA World Cup, which scheduled to run in Brazil from the 12 June to the 13 July 2014.
With teams flying in from all over the world, we took a look at the luxury accommodation where some of the teams will be staying.Where they choose to stay during the World Cup can be an indicator of potential success, with some accommodations focused on preparation and others simply offering the best of the Brazilian weather and beaches.
For those hoping to catch a glimpse of their favourite team, this is where some of the key teams of 2014 will be staying:
Where are you headed for the Winter school holidays?
The winter school holidays are fast approaching and holidaymakers are starting to consider potential holiday opportunities for the break. Overseas? Or close to home? We decided to check out where is Australians are looking. Continue reading
Have you got tickets to Glastonbury 2014?
At HotelsCombined HQ we are sitting here in envy after realising that one of the world’s biggest festivals, Glastonbury, kicks off in less than a month’s time.
For those who don’t know, Glastonbury is a five day music festival, organised by Michael Eavis on his own land – Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. It’s a festival that attracts more than 175,000 people and raises millions of dollars for good causes. The tickets this year sold out in just one hour and 27 minutes, which is unsurprising given the amazing line-up of artists including Arcade Fire, Metallica, Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, Lana Del Rey and Ed Sheeran.
While most people choose to rough it during the festival itself - camping in the mud and slime - we had a look at some luxury accommodation options in the area for post-festival relaxation. After a few days of sleeping on an (increasingly flat) air-mattress, a few days recovering at one these places would be heavenly:
Guest blogger, Nicole Connolly of Suitcase Stories shares her experience of the Akaryn Boutique Resort in Koh Samui
When looking for an exotic holiday escape to revive and restore, Thailand usually tops the list. With its sapphire blue sea, white sand beaches and tropical forest it is easy to see why the south island of Koh Samui is one of the most popular vacation locations in the country.
The Akaryn Koh Samui resort is a private, tranquil retreat set in Hanuman Bay, with its own private half kilometre beach and enclosed by rocky headlands. It offers everything you would expect from a top end resort – a stunning setting, ample rooms with their own pools and plenty of privacy to relax and re-energise.