Top 5 City Breaks In The World

If you are looking for a change of scene, but sitting by the sea just isn’t your style, then the time has come to start looking at city breaks.

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Cities across the globe offer an exciting overseas experience, where travellers can experience the distilled essence of their destination country. If the idea of exploring urban area appeals then why not try one of these exciting overseas city breaks for your next getaway?

Paris

The city of light, as it is popularly known, has long been a favourite for those looking for a short break or urban getaway. With its reputations for romance and rich cultural history, Paris remains a top destination for city breaks. Stroll the city’s signature tree-lined boulevards or indulge in a little top notch retail therapy along in famous shopping streets. Other suggestions of things to do include:

  • A trip up the Eiffel Tower – see Paris from a whole new perspective and examine this architectural icon up close.
  • A ride on the Bateaux Mouches – cruise the Seine and see the sights in style. Also available with dinner options.
  • Catch a show at the Moulin Rouge – the amazing cabaret venue still hosts nightly dinner shows and is the best spectacle in town.

Prague

Since the fall of the iron curtain Eastern Europe has opened up to tourism, with the Czech capital of Prague at the vanguard of areas efforts. Heart-warming hospitality, economic accommodation and amazing architecture combine to frame a fantastic city getaway. Things to see include:

  • Charles Bridge – A landmark of the city, with its towers and statues, easily accessed from the old town.
  • Jewish Ghetto – the original ghetto echoes with the memories of the past and creates a poignant impression on all who pass through.

Hong Kong

With its juxtaposition of East and West, Hong Kong is a real cultural melting pot and an exciting city destination. With great shopping and stunning sights, a visit to Hong Kong is a once in a lifetime experience. Suggested activities include:

  • Cable car trip up Victoria Peak – take the steep trolley ride to the top of these geographical feature for stunning cityscapes.
  • Junk Trip on Hong Kong harbour – cruise in traditional Chinese style soaking up the oriental atmosphere.

Barcelona

A relatively recent addition to the list of must-see cities – Barcelona can hold its own in the Urban break stakes. Stroll Las Ramblas for a feel Spanish feel and soak up the unique European ambience. Other attractions worth a visit are:

  • Sagrada Familia – this Gaudi-designed architectural wonder of a basilica is an icon of the cityscape and must be seen to be believed.
  • Magic Fountain of Montjuic – combining music, light, movement and water – the magic fountain has captured the hearts of generations of visitors on Barcelona breaks.

New York

The Big Apple, as it is known, remains popular for those seeking a city-based holiday. The epitome of American cool, New York represents the ultimate in urban adventures. Suggested stops are:

  • The Empire State Building – Architectural icon and city signature, this remains a favourite site for city residents and incomer alike.
  • Central Park – Tour on foot, bike, horse or even by carriage and enjoy this amazing green space in the heart of Manhattan.

Ten of the World’s Most Amazing Eco Friendly Hotels

The tourism industry is all about promoting fabulous vacation destinations. To help preserve those destinations, hotels are making changes to the way they do business. Self-preservation requires that they participate in protecting the very destinations they promote.

Eco friendly hotels are a massive hit with tourists. They like knowing that they are spending their vacation dollars with hotels that recognize the importance of preserving the very sights they come to see. All of these hotels feature the ultimate in luxury and service. Let’s take a look at what many consider the top ten eco-friendly hotels in the world.

1: The Whitepod Eco-Retreat, Switzerland

They are long on amenities but make a small footprint on the environment. The resort combines high tech materials with renewable energy sources to create individual geodesic domes for guest. The domes are heated by wood. The light sources are petrol based. Access is available by dogsleds, show shoes or skies as there are no roads up to the resort.

2: Chumbe Island Coral Park Zanzibar, Tanzania

Nestled on a small previously uninhabited island, the Chumbe Island Coral Park, is dedicated to preserving the coral reef ecosystems of the area. The resort is solar powered. It uses grey water systems, composting and other large-scale preservation techniques. The eco-bungalows are private and practical. There are only seven bungalows ensuring privacy and first class service. The island can only be reached by boat.

3: Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa, USA

This is a great blend of creature comforts and eco-friendly design. The resort has everything a guest would expect. Luxuriously appointed rooms, world class cuisine and unparalleled service make it a resort to remember. The resort uses environmentally sustainable materials and products in its operation. Energy efficiency, recycling, and waste reduction are three of the main principals the hotel uses to stay green.

4: Tiamo Resort,  Bahamas

This small, intimate resort offers eleven individual guest bungalows. The design is so efficient that the entire resort uses the same amount of electricity in a month as an average American household. Privacy and simplicity help bring this resort to the top ten eco-friendly hotels list.

5: Spice Island Resort, Grenada

Located on the lush island of Grenada visitors are immersed in luxury. No detail is left unattended. They also attend to the needs of the environment. The salt water pool eliminates the need for chlorine. Solar powered hot water saves energy and eco-friendly electrical appliances help complete their efforts to save resources.

6: The Q Hotel and Spa, Kansas, USA

The Q is Kansas City’s contribution to the top ten eco-friendly hotels list. Being designed for maximum energy efficiency is just the beginning. They use environmentally friendly cleaning products and even have a hybrid shuttle. All of these efforts pay off in big dividends that the hotel puts into the opulent decor and amazing service.

7: Voyages Longitude 131, Australia

Five star luxury in a tent. Each “tent” is designed to provide the maximum amount of comfort using the minimum amount of resources. Reverse cycle air-conditioning allows guests to achieve their own personal level of comfort. They have all the services of a big resort, yet make a small foot print on this primitive landscape. Water and energy conservation are a must in this environment. You can fly to Uluru although there are more cheap domestic flights to Alice Springs from cities across Australia.

8: Adrere Amellal, Egypt

Located in the desert, this resort blends in almost seamlessly with the surroundings. Made of traditional clay and water, there is no electricity in the resort. Beeswax candles and organic meals create a unique experience. This resort goes all natural. A true pioneer among eco friendly hotels.

9: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colorado, USA

This is the perfect resort for those who love the vast outdoors. They ranch prides themselves on offering activities that nature intended. Horseback riding, fishing, canoeing, and more keep spring travelers busy. Winter brings skiers, explorers and the like. The Ranch keeps things natural and uncluttered. They promote energy conservation, composting, recycling and other strategies for staying green.

10: Soneva Fushi Resort, Maldives

The resort sits in on an island surrounded by a fabulous coral lagoon. They are working toward achieving a state of carbon neutrality. Furnishings are made from renewable resources and energy conservation is crucial. They pride themselves on offering intelligent luxury.

All of these eco-friendly hotels are totally committed to saving resources while offering the best in luxury, privacy and service. World class hotels do not have to encroach on the destinations they promote. These hotels are proof that they can exist peacefully and productively.

Bio:  Author Richard Greenwood works for Flight Centre Australia, provider of cheap international flights which encourages environmentally responsible travel. Richard makes an active method to minimise his carbon footprint when travelling and hopes to spread the message that going eco does not mean giving up on the things you want.