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.
As the farm-to-table movement grows in popularity, people are becoming more mindful about how food – the very soul of our existence – ultimately gets to our plates. Recognizing this surge of interest in sustainable produce and cultivation, a number of working farms around the world have created unique travel experiences that provide guests with the chance not only to relax, but also to learn about and connect with local food sources.
We unearth the ultimate farm-to-table getaways
We recently combed through our database of more than 800,000 properties to select five truly outstanding farm stays offering the ultimate in both luxury and agritourism:
The stunning St Regis Saddiyat Island Resort was named as one of our most expensive hotels
Can money buy happiness? A stay at one of these swanky hotels may just convince you that it can. We have looked through the database of the world’s leading hotel price comparison site, HotelsCombined and have named 10 of the world’s most expensive hotel experiences:
We take a look at the top spots around the world for a family holiday
Family holidays are a fun way of sharing new places and experiences with the ones who you love best. While occasionally disastrous, the shared experiences contribute to the milliard of stories we all have to laugh about and bring up over Christmas dinner or on birthdays.
Today, to celebrate the International Day of Families, we’ve taken a look at our database of properties (there are over 800,000 in there!) and picked out a five amazing and exotic looking destinations that offer family friendly accommodation.
The lobby area at the Brighton Hotel Kyoto.
Home to over 1.5 million people, there is a lot to see and do around Kyoto. The Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Kinkaku-ji Temple are both popular visitor attractions. Guests might also enjoy spending time at the Sanjusangendo Hall or at the Iwatayama Monkey Park. However, one of the most important parts of planning a trip is finding a safe and comfortable place to spend your nights. For a quiet oasis within this bustling city, look no further than the Brighton Hotel Kyoto.
Mother’s day is an international day of celebration; honoring mothers, motherhood and the influence of our mothers in society. Just in case it’s slipped your mind – it is right around the corner!
High tea at the Hotel George V, Paris
This weekend we will say thank you to our mums for the endless advice, patience and wisdom they share with us. Sons and daughters around the world will make cards, send gift and flowers to try and convey just how appreciated they really are.
With spoiling our mums in mind, we compiled a list of five hotels around the world that would really make our mother’s day:
Today at HotelsCombined HQ, after scouring our database of over 800,000 properties and aggregation of more than 38 million property reviews, we have announced the winners of our second annual ‘Stellar Stays’ Awards. We have named thirteen outstanding hotels across Australia and New Zealand based on a stringent set of criteria.