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Checking Out Mauritius Hotels

As a major tourist destination, it is but natural for Mauritius to develop a robust tourism industry, which encompasses several other industries like the restaurant industry, airline industry, vehicle rental industry and the tourist shopping industry, among many others.

One major industry in the island is the hotel industry. It has already made a name for itself because the industry provides a wide selection of holiday hotels. All of the establishments have their own charming unique characteristics while maintaining high standards of services. Different types of accommodation are available depending on the amenities and facilities that go with each. It is really up to the guests if they want to stay in a luxurious suite or a settle comfortably in a budget room.

Here are some Mauritius hotels located in the different parts of the island:

EAST

Le Coco Beach, Le Touessrok, Ambre Hotel, Beau Rivage, Belle Mare Plage, Club Valtur, Emeraude Beach, Hotel Le Bougainville, Le Prince Maurice, Le Surcouf Village, Le Tropical, One & Only Le Saint Geran, Palmar Beach Resort, Silver Beach and The Residence.

NORTH

Anoushka, Calodyne-sur-Mer, Casuarina, Club, Coin de Mire, Colonial Beach, Colonial Coconut, Coralia Mont Choisy, Cote D Azur, Hibiscus Village Vacances, Hotel Les Cocotiers, La Plantation, Labourdonnais Waterfront, Le Canonnier, Le Grand Bleu, Laguna Resort, Mauricia, Meridien, Mervilla Beach Hotel, Saint Georges, Sakoa Hotel, Le Victoria, Legends, Les Orchidees, Marina Resort, Maritim, Paradise Cove, Paul et Virginie, Royal, Spice Garden Hotel & Spa, Tarisa Resort, Trou aux Biches, Ventura, Veranda Hotel and Villas Pointe aux Biches.

SOUTH

Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel, Le Preskil Beach Resort and Shandrani.

WEST

La Pirogue, Sofitel Imperial, Sugar Beach Resort, Berjaya Beach Resort Hotel & Casino, Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, Indian Resort, Island Sports Club Hotel, Klondike Village Vacances, Le Paradis Hotel & Golf Club, Le Pearle Beach, Tamarin, Les Pavilions, Manisa Hotel, The Sands Resort, Villas Caroline and Villas Sand n Dory.

CENTER

The Gold Crest and the Gold Nest.

North Cyprus Hotels

North Cyprus has seen a much gentler pace of development than most Mediterranean destinations, and this is as true for tourism as for anything else. However, to the vast majority of visitors this is a bonus, not a problem. The country has an incredible wealth of history, and is home to some of superb monuments, such as Kyrenia Castle, Saint Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Abbey, to name just a few. The pace of life seems somehow more relaxed here and there is something of a pleasantly ‘old-fashioned’ feel, but don’t for a minute think it is stuck in the past – it is simply that modernity has been incorporated in a more subtle manner. For the active tourist, there is everything you could possible want, from all types of watersports, through horse riding, mountain biking and jeep safaris, to paragliding and mountain climbing. As well, of course, as just lying on a beach or by the pool!

The development of hotels has taken a similar path, but what surprises many people is the sheer variety on offer. A number of decades ago there were only a handful of larger hotels and the vast majority were small holiday villages. Nearly always family run, these comprise a few small cottages or ‘mini-villas’ dotted around a reasonable plot of land with almost always a pool, a bar and a restaurant area. Today, there are quite a number of similar properties available, though most have moved with the times and offer satellite TV and broadband Internet as a minimum. There are also a number of medium-sized, family-run hotels, many with decent facilities and almost always with an excellent reputation for good cuisine and friendly service.

At the other end of the scale, North Cyprus now boasts a number of substantial hotels that can compete with some of the world’s best. Usually relatively large, these are characterised by superb architecture and an immense range of facilities. A choice of bars and restaurants is a given and most have at least two swimming pools and full spa facilities, but it is by no means unusual to find aqua parks, sports facilities, shops and the like, and many also have an in-house casino. With these larger properties, there is also the choice of style to suit you. Here you will find everything from the almost outrageous opulence of an Ottoman palace, to ultra-chic contemporary design. There is certainly no lack of style in Northern Cyprus.

The country also has more than a few superb boutique hotels. Although this category can be hard to define, here they are all small properties with most having just a few rooms. They all major on style as well, from quirky designer features to traditional Cypriot furnishings, architecture and antiques. Nearly all are famed for their culinary treats, offering everything from Cyprus specialities to the latest world trends. Most have relatively limited facilities, with little in the way of activities and usually just one (attractive) pool and terrace. On the other hand, they all provide luxurious comfort and excellent room facilities, with WiFi, satellite TV, DVD players and luxury bathrooms the norm rather than the exception.

So, North Cyprus hotels offer you a stunning choice, excellent facilities, supreme comfort and, of course thanks to the location, an ideal climate. What we have not yet mentioned is that they also offer incredible value. The cost of living is low in North Cyprus, certainly when compared with other Mediterranean destinations, and this is reflected in the comparatively low rates charged by hotels. This really is an ideal spot for a holiday and the only difficulty you are likely to have lies in making a rational choice from the plethora of options! Overall, your best bet is to contact one of the specialist tour operators who off North Cyprus holidays and, of course, North Cyprus hotels. Let their experience and knowledge be your guide.

Choosing a Hotel or Resort In Langkawi, Malaysia

Each tourist area of Langkawi has a unique atmosphere that suits different types of travelers. Before you go ahead and book a place according to reviews alone, read the following and make sure the resort is in the right location for your personality and travel style.

Pantai Cenang
With tons of restaurants, bars, cafes, souvenir shops, spas, discount clothing, internet, guesthouses and B&Bs tightly jammed into a 2-kilometre strip by the beach, Cenang is the classic tropical island hangout for the party crowd. During peak season it gets pretty frantic and crowded, not to mention noisy from the buzzing of jetskis.

Cenang is recommended for backpackers, beach lovers, party animals and lounge lizards. It is safe for families with small children (no open drug trafficking or prostitution) but note that this strip has a very adult vibe.

Pantai Tengah
Tengah is the continuation of Cenang but the atmosphere is completely different. It is a quieter, more elegant and generally more pricey version of Cenang (but with still a few cheap restaurants and guesthouses around).

Tengah is much more appropriate for families, couples, mid-budget travelers and backpackers with less party instincts. The casuarina-lined street makes for pleasant and romantic sunset strolls and the beach here is lovely. But despite its serene ambience, Tengah is home to two raucous nightclubs, Sun Ba and Eagle Rock.

Burau Bay
This is a very scenic bay with two mid-budget resorts offering tons of watersports activities. The two resorts here are backed up against the amazing Mat Chinchang rainforest reserve, so there are lots of fabulous nature activities offered by both resorts. Berjaya is one of two resorts on the island offering chalets on stilts right out on the water.

Burau Bay is located at the northern part of western Langkawi and is quite remote, about a half hour’s drive to Cenang. It is highly recommended for families, honeymooners, nature lovers and watersports fanatics travelling on a mid-budget. However, it’s not recommended for travelers squeamish about insects, reptiles and wildlife.

Datai Bay and Tanjung Rhu
The luxury resorts at the north of the island are for those with unlimited funds. Both beaches are immaculate and gorgeous, and all the hotels here offer a level of luxury that makes you wonder if it’s worth leaving the resort at all. The resorts at Datai Bay are surrounded by dense virgin rainforest and are especially recommended for nature lovers (but those squeamish about insects and wildlife should stay away). The resorts have top-notch nature guides. Needless to say, the resorts all have great children’s activity centers and separate family swimming pools.

Kuah
Kuah is our main town centre where the banks and government offices are located. If you can live without a beach, Kuah makes the best base camp for backpackers and budget travelers. It has everything you could possibly need before you head out for the day: cheap lodging, cheap restaurants, ATM machines, banks, a post office, drug stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, money changers, doctors and dentists. Recommended for those who like small towns with a Third World vibe.

You’ll need a car or scooter if you make camp in Kuah but there are plenty of great rental deals down at Jetty Point.

Jalan Pantai Kok
On the west coast between the airport and Burau Bay lies a lovely forested hillside that is home to the Sheraton and Tanjung Sanctuary resorts. These are upscale resorts offering beautiful natural surroundings and incredible scenic views of the sea, but the beaches are not great for swimming. Recommended for nature-lovers, families and couples but beach-lovers stay away.

Ulu Melaka
Ulu Melaka is a rice-farming village in the middle of the island. The two main resorts here, Foxhill and Sunset Valley, have chalets built and furnished in traditional Malay village style and offer a variety of cultural activities. The resorts overlook beautiful rice fields that look gorgeous at sunset. Recommended only for those who appreciate traditional local culture and lifestyle.