Saturday, July 18, 2009

Security Hits a High in Indonesia

President Arroyo of the Philippines has urged country officials to increase security measures following bombings on Friday in Indonesia. After the Ritz Carlton Jakarta and Marriott Hotel were targeted in a bombing thought to be orchestrated by terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, governments worldwide have begun to ask the hotel industry to increase security measures and prevent occurrences like this in other countries. In addition, Deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo commented that the public could lend a hand to intensify security measures, especially if members of the public alert authorities to potential terrorist activity. “It is also good warning to the private [sector] to be prepared on their own in terms of security,” added Fajardo, saying that the private sector and the government need to cooperate. With these added security measures in countries we enjoy visiting, we'll soon be traveling with more confidence.

Taking an Island Vacation: Maldives
If you'd like to take a vacation somewhere gorgeous, with crystal-blue waters and sandy soil all around, you might like to go to the Maldives. With tourist huts standing up right in the water and excellent service at all your chosen locations, you can't go wrong. Better yet, many of the hotel spots have a special deal with WhataHotel!, so you can save on your bookings. One of the top tourist spots in the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, which is located on the exotic and dreamy Emboodhu Finolhu Island, located in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Once known as “Three Coconut Island,” the area is positively stuffed with lush flora and is found just 8 kilometers from Male International Airport, about 15 minutes by speedboat. And we bet you thought it was tucked off in a hard-to-reach corner! Another similar option is the Conrad Maldives Rangali, which is set on two private islands near both reef and white sand. Doesn't it sound delicious? You can take your pick of special accommodations (they have 8 categories of villas) and visit one of the 21 luxurious spa water villas for a break. With the Exclusive Complimentary Perks in place and your arrival by seaplane, you'll be feeling ultra-glam and relaxed in no time.

Your Getaway into Nearby Paradise: Dominican Republic
If you need somewhere closer, the Dominican Republic is a smart choice. Casa de Campo is located on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, and it even has the top-ranked golf course in the Caribbean located close by. The hotel has 300 spacious rooms and suites, as well as 150 villa homes, and it is decorated in a modern, yet elegant, Caribbean style to suit every tourist who passes through. Enjoy the amenities as well as your terrace overlooking the gardens! For a full oceanside spa-style experience, the Sivory Punta Cana is for you. It offers an exclusive number of suites, being the only member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and is sure to please. Browse their extensive wine list, and make an appointment in their exclusive spa, while taking in their timeless, stylish decorations from Europe and Indonesia. You'll surely dine well here, with three popular restaurants found right there on the property.

With improved security measures worldwide, and plenty of places to visit, you'll be headed off to your own luxury vacation in no time.

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