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Top Malaysian Beaches to Visit in 2011

In 1999, Malaysia launched a worldwide marketing campaign called -Malaysia, Truly Asia- which was largely successful in bringing in over 7.4 million tourists. Under traveling campaign, you can enjoy cities culture including temple, local culture and many markets, tropical beaches experience and several national parks. Beside the main cities, there other town and places in Malaysia offer some special tourist attraction. Such as in Taiping, Perak for their landscape and local attraction. You should keep in mind when planning a trip to any of Malaysia’s beaches is the monsoon season – do not visit the east coast of Malaysia between November and March, unless you like rain. Perhentian Islands: you could have 19 km long offshore coasts of northern Malaysia of the state of Terengganu. Among many islands, you will two main islands called Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). On most beaches, the water is shallow with lots of rays, cuttlefish and parrotfish. For diving, there are dozens of diversities around both main islands, as well as several off-shore sites. Apart from these, you could also enjoy activities like camping, canoeing, fishing, jungle trekking, and banana boat riding. As for accommodation, most of it can be found on Perhentian Besar, the larger island. Hotels are usually aimed at budget travelers. Redang: Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just “Redang” is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Malaysia. Among nine islands, this offers marine life pleasure serving diving, snorkeling opportunities. The waters around Pulau Redang also contain two historic shipwrecks: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. -The best time to visit Redang is from June to August when the weather is good and the sea is calm, offering great diving and snorkeling opportunities.- Says travellerspoint. Beside these beaches, you could have other top Malaysian beaches that will be described in next continued article.

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Renting Out a Vacation Home

Tax rules on rental income from a vacation home can be complicated, particularly if you rent the home out for several months of the year, but also use the home yourself.

There is however, one provision that is not complicated. Homeowners who rent out their property for 14 or fewer days a year can pocket the rental income, tax-free.

Known as the “Master’s exemption”, because it is used by homeowners, near the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA who rent out their homes during the Master’s Tournament (for as much as $20,000!). It is also used by homeowners who rent out their homes for movie productions or those whose residences are located near Super Bowl sites or national political conventions.

For instance, if you live close to a vacation destination such as the beach or mountains, you may be able to make some extra cash by renting out your home (principal residence) when you go on vacation–as long as it’s two weeks or less. And, although you can’t take depreciation or deduct for maintenance, you can deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on Schedule A.

In general, income from rental of a vacation home for 15 days or longer must be reported on your tax return on Schedule E, Supplemental Income and Loss. You should also keep in mind that the definition of a “vacation home” is not limited to a house. Apartments, condominiums, mobile homes, and boats are also considered vacation homes in the eyes of the IRS.

Further, the IRS states that a vacation home is considered a residence if personal use exceeds 14 days or more than 10% of the total days it is rented to others (if that figure is greater). When you use a vacation home as your residence and also rent it to others, you must divide the expenses between rental use and personal use, and you may not deduct the rental portion of the expenses in excess of the rental income.

For example, let’s say you own a house in the mountains and rent it out during ski season, typically between mid-December and mid-April. You and your family also vacation at the house for one week in October and two weeks in August. The rest of the time the house is unused.

The family uses the house for 21 days and it is rented out to others for 121 days for a total of 142 days of use during the year. In this scenario 85% of expenses such as mortgage interest, property taxes, maintenance, utilities, and depreciation can be written off against the rental income on Schedule E. As for the remaining 15% of expenses, only the owner’s mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible on Schedule A.

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The Advantages Of Boutique Hotels

One of the reasons boutique hotels are so popular is because they directly oppose the accepted hotel normality of hundreds of rooms and bland service. Their refusal to treat guests as anything other than honoured visitors means that they spend time, money and energy developing a hotel where you feel comfortable and at home. This can only really be achieved with low room numbers.

Hotels in this sector have discovered that travellers are willing to pay for accommodation that is different in design and where even full occupancy means they’re not queuing for breakfast or waiting for room service to answer the phones. Instead, fewer rooms means more space and better service, and an increasing number of travellers are taking this option.

Space

Space is important to travellers, particularly those for whom the hotel is an integral part of the experience. Whilst other holiday makers or business travellers simply use a hotel as a base for sleeping and eating, boutique hotel guests want to feel that they can spend the morning drinking coffee and reading in the public areas without feeling like a nuisance, or relax by the pool without worrying about fighting for poolside space with other guests. By taking a definite decision to reduce the number of bedrooms so that each room has more space and by fashioning public areas that guests actually want to use, boutique hotels create a unique atmosphere that appeals to guests.

Design

Boutique hotels are often based in older, traditional buildings where creating larger guest rooms means considerable changes to the internal design of the building. Sympathetic architectural changes can be achieved with careful planning and this allows hotel owners and their designers to maintain and incorporate original features into a more modern, spacious room design. From keeping original windows to fitting the most modern of bathrooms, clever design allows these hotels to provide fewer rooms, whilst at the same time preserving the essential features of the building.

Service

The smaller the number of guests, the better the service can be. This is a concept that’s fully understood by the boutique industry and it strives to ensure that standards of service are exceptional. Any contact that the guest has with a member of staff should be a positive one and, in many cases, members of staff are trained to anticipate guests’ needs, ensuring that they are comfortable asking for anything, including help with activities outside the hotel as well as the facilities within it.

Lowering the number of rooms in a hotel, combined with good design, quality fittings and excellent service all combines to make a hotel unique and that’s what today’s travellers want.

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Rotana To Open New Centro Capital Centre Hotel To Guests Planning Abu Dhabi Holidays

Rotana has announced that its newest Centro hotel, the Centro Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi, will be opening to guests in October, 2012.

Rotana is a leading hotel management groups in the Middle East and Africa and operates approximately 70 luxury hotels and resorts across the region including four properties for Abu Dhabi holidays and business travel.

The new Abu Dhabi hotel is located next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition centre within the Capital Centre development complex.
Travellers taking holidays to Abu Dhabi will be able to sample a range of cuisine in the C.Taste all-day dining restaurant, the C.Deli takeaway delicatessen, and the sophisticated C.Mondo bar.

The property has 414 spacious guest rooms that are decorated with contemporary and classic furnishings. The rooms feature modern technology including flat-screen TVs, high speed Internet, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, and hairdryers.

“Centro is a revolutionary hotel concept that redefines mid-market accommodation and does not compromise on quality at all”, commented Omer Kaddouri, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Rotana.

With the rise in travellers looking for accommodation at an accessible rate, Rotana is eager to continue growing our revolutionary Centro Hotels brand. We are delighted to announce the opening of Centro Capital Centre in Abu Dhabi, Rotanas fifth Centro hotel in the UAE. With this opening, Rotana will increase the number of Centro rooms to 1,464.”

Centro Capital Centre, Abu Dhabi is located just 20 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport, allowing easy access for tourists arriving and departing from holidays in Abu Dhabi.

The hotel management group is planning to open 25 Centro Hotels by Rotana hotels in the Middle East and Africa by 2014.
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and it is a thriving destination for business and leisure travellers.

The emirate is a popular destination for annual festivals, shopping, and sporting events such as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Yas Island. Holidaymakers can visit a number of attractions during deluxe Abu Dhabi holidays, including Khalifa Park, Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the Marina Mall, the Abu Dhabi Mall and the waterfront. The vibrant city is home to luxury internationally-branded Abu Dhabi hotels, championship golf courses, lavish shopping malls and boutiques, lush green parks and golden sandy beaches.

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A Holiday Treat Savoring A Freshly-brewed Cup Of Coffee

Nothing can beat a freshly-brewed cup of coffee during a fine holiday morning. A great cup of coffee can be easily enjoyed at home with the help of popular single serve brewers.

Whats so good with these trendy single serve brewers that coffee aficionados are craving about? Read on and get to know the unique features of single serve brewers.

Most homeowners love this type of brewers because a great cup of coffee can be prepared without trouble for just a minute. Single serve brewers can satisfy the coffee needs of the entire household and it is really ideal to have one during holiday season when family and friends are staying over. With great speed, you can make several cups of coffee for an instant to serve a big crowd. A cupboard filled with wide array of coffee pods can make the guests happy as they find their favorite coffee flavor to enjoy every morning.

Single serve brewers can be cleaned with ease and coffee grinds no longer need to be measured. Along with great speed, ease of use and plain clean up, you can still do lots of errands and tasks in hosting a holiday party such as wrapping gifts and preparing a sumptuous meal for your guests.

When it comes to buying coffee pods, quality is always the main concern of coffee lovers. There are many coffee pods with fine quality in grocery stores and you can try out as many kinds as you like to get a grip of your ideal taste. Select coffee pods that are created purely out of Arabica beans which provide a fuller and richer taste compared to coffee pods made of Robusta beans. These pods can perfectly fit your single serve brewer and you can shop for it anytime without hassle. You can buy a few bags while shopping for the things you need in your holiday event preparation.

Single serve brewers and coffee pods are ideally paired to satisfy your coffee needs during a fine holiday morning coffee break.

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Line-up Announced For 2012 International Underwater Film Festival In The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is getting ready to host the annual International Underwater Film Festival once again and this years event will showcase a wide range of films, documentaries and videography.

The film festival will be taking place on Thursday 8th November, 2012 at the Westin Casuarina and Spa Resort in Grand Cayman, one of the leading scuba diving destinations in the world.

This years event is being held in conjunction with the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame induction ceremony and highlights include films by Howard Hall, Leslie Leaney, Guy Hall, plus local videographers.

Divers Alert Network and the Cayman Islands Tourism Association will present the event which features an array of talks, film screenings, presentations and competitions.

The 2012 line-up includes a tribute to the underwater world of the Cayman Islands by Frans DeBacker; Sea Net 1944 by Leslie Leaney which includes a WWII era short film by the SEA NET company in Los Angeles; and Fragile Cayman by Michael Maes which educates viewers about the importance of looking after and preserving the marine environment.

A Silent Auction and Lobster Lotto will also take pace during the evening and this year, all of the funds raised will help support the marine conservation efforts carried out by the Guy Harvey Research Institute as well as diving safety initiatives. Every lobster (rubber) purchased in the Lobster Lotto is a winning one and participants can win prizes such as key chains, dive packages, T-shirts and much more.

The underwater photo competition will showcase a collection of incredible photographs that have been captured by photographers while scuba diving in the Cayman Islands and the top three images in each of the five categories will be printed on canvas and displayed. A Best in Show honour will also be awarded to the best image in each category (Cayman Wrecks, Turtles, Critters/Macro, Scenic, and Creative).

Tickets for the Underwater Film Festival cost 25 and funds raised will go to the Cayman Islands Tourism Association to help with crucial marine conservation efforts such as Dive 365, underwater and coastal clean-ups, lionfish culling materials and expeditions, maintenance of the sunken USS Kittiwake, government links, office buildings and staff members.

The Cayman Islands are ranked among the Caribbeans leading scuba diving destinations due to its shallow, crystal clear turquoise ocean waters that are teeming with magnificent marine species.

During scuba diving holidays in the Cayman Islands, tourists can swim alongside beautiful stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, hundreds of species of colourful fish and colourful coral reefs.

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Things To Do In Andaman And Nicobar Islands Hotels & Travel Tips To The Beautiful Island

Probably the most beautiful islands on earth that were once the least talked of. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are undoubtedly one of the most blessed lands on the face of the earth but unfortunately have been the under obscurity until recently. It is ironical to note that despite the heavenly beauty they possess they were infamously known as Kalapani or the Black Waters and were highly feared. The islands were used by the British to imprison hard core criminals. With an end to the woes, the islands are now gaining their much deserved glory as one of the most sought after tourist destinations in this part of the world.

Shining emeralds in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are simply a treat to the eye. Around six hundred in numbers, these tiny islands are a world of charm to any visitor. Blessed by nature, the islands possess immense beauty to keep any beholder enchanted. Though tiny in size all these islands are pretty much covered by almost impenetrable dense tropical forests. In turn, these forests afford a rich floral and faunal wealth.

One of the most exotic beach destinations in the country, Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a truly tranquil and out-of-the-world beach experience. The white virgin beaches are simply a paradise for any beach lover, sun-bather or aqua-diver. The numerous small islands with endless stretches of countless beaches are more than just a dream for any holidayer. For a perfect beach experience spend some time at Corbyns Cove. The Radhanagar Beach is the place for any solitude seeker. The islands are particularly noted for their turtle nests. A good place to take a look at the same is the Karmatang Beach. A huge turtle nesting ground is being developed here.

The most frequented island in the group is probably the Havelock Island, known for it lovely beaches and great water-sports activities. For those who wish to experience the real jungle experience, Rutland Island is a place not to be missed. Its beautiful mangrove forests and coral reefs are a paradise to all eco-tourists.

Recently, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have earned much fame for being the most happening aquatic sports destination. Having exciting scuba-diving, snorkeling, diving and surfing opportunities, the islands have loads for fun-lovers. Havelock Island and South Cinque Island have the best scuba diving spots in the area. Snorkeling too is great fun around these places. One can actually find many guides and equipment renting places here.

The dazzling under water life that the region affords is another marvel. It is almost sinful to leave the place without having a look at the same. Scuba diving here allows you to closely follow marine life. If swimming is not something that excites you too much, there are glass bottom boats that allow you to see the rich marine life that thrives underneath.

The next time you plan a tropical holiday plan, make sure it is Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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JetBlue Vacations

Book Your Next Excursion with JetBlue Vacations

JetBlue has revolutionized flying with its affordable tickets, comfortable seats, free entertainment and snacks, and friendly flight crew. In fact, it is difficult to find someone who has something negative to say about this great airline with its strong customer care policies. Now, you can take your JetBlue experience even further by booking your next trip with the JetBlue Vacations. Before you book your next trip, learn more about where JetBlue can take you.

It’s easy to find the right vacation from JetBlue Vacations. The website offers four different ways to choose where you want to go: Hot Deals, Top 10 Deals, Destinations and Travel Styles. Each category features affordable getaways to a variety of locales.

Hot Deals – Found on the bottom half of the front page of the JetBlue Vacations website, these deals are the top three currently being offered. They are only available for a specific time period, but you can take advantage of lower prices to top tier destinations with these packages that have limited availability.

Top 10 Deals – Among the many JetBlue Vacations that are currently being offered, these packages are the best you will find. The prices are even lower than the standard discounted rate, and the destinations include popular vacations spots like San Juan, Puerto Rico, Riviera Maya, Cancun, and the Bahamas. Guaranteeing high end accommodations to go with the low prices, the hotels are all rated three stars or above.

Destinations – If you prefer to browse for your vacation based on where you want to spend it, the Destinations category makes it easy for you to do so. Once you select it, you can choose from a variety of popular vacation spots like Las Vegas, Aruba, and Punta Cana. Choose your preferred destination and then pick a hotel from the hotel selection page. Even if you are personally unfamiliar with the accommodations, JetBlue Vacations offers a short description and a star rating of each hotel to help you make your choice.

Travel Styles – For the traveler who is sure exactly where they want to go, this is the best way to look for a vacation. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, a relaxing spa trip, or a suggestion for a family vacation, you can find suggestions that fit the bill here.

Once you choose your destination and your hotel, you can start pricing out your trip. If you need a car while you are a way, you can rent one as part of your JetBlue Vacations trip. Otherwise, you can get a quote based on date, hotel and location. You can select from the offered itineraries and then book your trip directly online. JetBlue makes it easy to find the right place to go, easy to choose the perfect trip at the right price, and easy to book.

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The Apt Commercial Planters For Hotel Lobbies And Establishments

Business owners are employing idealistic strategies on how to increase the revenue of hotels and commercial establishments in spite of economic crisis. There are some businesses that are for closure but still the owner believes that they can overcome the predicaments. Other entrepreneurs are even paying for pricey advertisements just to draw attention to of the customers. And for those who are still a neophyte in the business industry, they are trying to create a curve or focal point to the other bland portion of their hotel lobbies so that they can enthrall visual interests from the multitude.Moreover, it is imperative that you know how to make use of the little things as your stepping stones in reaching the acme of success.

Installing the new commercial planters and decorative modern planters around the premises can definitely change the ambiance into a more convenient one.Fiberglass planters, the epitome of human’s versatility in integrating the aesthetic and architectural style, will much work in both indoor and outdoor applications. The state of the art hotel planters can upgrade a plain spot of retail centers or office parks into an exciting and a relaxing environment. And other outdoor planters (small or big) can widely leave a big impact in the corners lacking of conspicuous features or visual attentions for many years.

With the new scheme, customers will feel more comfortable staying at the hotel lobby seeing that the concept of the location looks like their living room in their own private residence. Perhaps, even the oldest hotel standing in the city will appear stylish, fresh and clean once the urban chic modern planters where beautifully organized on the sides and in the facade of the building. In addition, the solid PVC commercial planters can also set a classy and convenient tone to the guests, while the exquisite Metropole fiberglass planters make the angles more redefined.

These large commercial planters can greatly help improve the natural artistry and outdoor-friendly atmosphere of any establishments and hotels. And many people will enjoy the fancy charm of outdoor planters since they last for years. Nevertheless, if you are in a tight budget, there are also vibrant artificial flowers like artificial azaleas and bougainvillea that can fill-up the empty room and can be put in hotel planters to add curb appeal in the surroundings.

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Family Sailing Vacations

The current holiday trend among families is to go together on a family sailing vacation. The excitement of being secluded with the entire family on a single yacht in the middle of the ocean is incomparable with anything else. And being surrounded by picturesque locales is another added asset. More and more families today are going a-sailing together to celebrate occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and family get-togethers.

Hotspots for family sailing vacations include the Hawaiian Islands, the Caribbean Islands, the coast of Florida, Brazil and Argentina and European countries such as Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Families usually prefer lonely cays and beaches for their sailing vacations and avoid crowded waters.

Many tourist agencies provide packages for family sailing vacations. The first step is in finding a properly sized yacht or catamaran to accommodate the entire family. A big enough yacht will also have rooms or cabins for the people on board. Food and drink is provided on board. There may also be provisions for live music and orchestras if the families so prefer. Some sailing vacations also hire emcees who coax the people to dance aboard in the style of cruises.

Families prefer to perform group activities when they are sailing together. Lonely islands are preferred for taking a break from sailing. They may indulge in beach-combing or even snorkeling and scuba diving if they are more adventurous. Family meals become a highly celebrated affair with local cuisine and folk dances thrown in.

Agencies that target family clientele try to provide activities for all the members. Children are provided inflatable water toys with which they can amuse themselves. Adults can enjoy different adventure sports while those not inclined to sports may simply enjoy the whole experience. Care is taken by the crew to keep everyone occupied.

Usually a family sailing vacation will have a crew on board, apart from the family itself. There might also be chefs and waiters along with artistes for entertainment. It all depends on how much the family is willing to have a vacation together. A family vacation may last from 3 to 7 days and the cost would depend on the number of people, number of days and the location.

Family sailing vacations are fast becoming hot trends. All companies are cashing in on this craze, which doesnt seem to be fading away in a hurry.