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Ten ways to rekindle your romance in Greece

Whether you are looking for an ideal honeymoon destination or just a romantic escape, the beauty and diversity of the Greek landscape forms the most romantic backdrop to celebrate your love. Search for your fairy-tale romance in the Greek islands, a perfect honeymoon destination bathed in sunlight all year long. Explore with your other half the islands on a cruise and enjoy sun-kissed beaches, superb natural landscapes, cosmopolitan resorts and traditional settlements alike or taste exquisite local dishes. Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu rank among the most popular romantic getaways in Greece but don’t forget to pay a visit to the rest of the Aegean and Ionian islands as well!

A night out facing the Thermaic Gulf

Enjoy your drink or a glass of wine, on one of the boat bars that sail in the Thermaic Gulf along Thessaloniki’s old beachfront. The cityscape bathed in the moonlight will steal your heart away!

Kerkini Lake

A boating trip in Lake Kerkini

Opt for an unforgettable boating trip in the arms of nature, in the calm waters of Lake Kerkini. This man-made lake is situated only 35 km NW of Serres town, amidst amazing natural surroundings, and it offers a beautiful view of Mt Beles and the valley of Rodopi. Flocks of rare bird species will keep you company while you enjoy your outing!

A swim under the moonlight

Go swimming with your better half under the moonlight in the tranquil waters of Schoinias beach; you can have this unique night swim experience only 50 km away from the centre of Athens. Walk barefoot on the sand and enjoy your cocktail in one of the beach bars along the coast.

Canal D’Amour Beach in Corfu

Natural spa on the Canal D’Amour beach

Visit the well-known Canal D’Amour Beach in Sidari, Corfu Island. Explore the unique geological formations, swim in the cool waters, treat your body with the therapeutic grey mud of its rocks and feel all the goodness of a natural spa by the seashore.

A stroll in the castle of the knights

Hold hands with your loved one and wander along the stone cobbled alleys of the medieval town on Rhodes Island and let the magic of fairy-tale surroundings take you on a journey through time!

A bicycle ride in Nafplio

Discover a new way to get around town that is more convenient, hygienic, economical and environmentally friendly.  Travel to Nafplio and enjoy a bike ride along the coast facing the Argolic Gulf as well as the well-known castles Bourtzi and Palamidi.

A carriage ride on Spetses Island

Take a trip to lordly Spetses Island and enjoy your ride on a horse-driven carriage along the coastline. Admire the island’s mansions and the Old Seaport area. Make a stop at Poseidonio square and taste the local almond sweets that are traditionally offered in weddings and other happy occasions.

Travel by train

Board the train of a bygone era, which crosses the green Vouraikos gully and then climbs the steep mountainsides of Mt Helmos all the way to Kalavryta town. Sit back and relax in the historic rack railway carriages, known as Odontotos. Enjoy with your partner the route across this lovely part of Greek countryside accessible only by train.

Aerial View of skiers at Ski Resort Vasilitsa in the mountain range of Pindos, in Greece.

Skiing under a starlit sky

If adventure is what both of you are after, then why not try your ski routines under the starlight? Every Saturday you can go for night skiing at Vasilitsa ski resort right in the heart of the Pindus range. Ski down the lighted pistes in the company of your loved one and feel the adrenaline rush in your body!

Dinner at Chora, Alonnisos Island

Taste top quality local fresh fish dishes such as lobster spaghetti and kakavia soup (made of a variety of small tasty fish); and make sure you try the Alonnisos prime quality tuna fish, maybe as one of the courses during a candlelit dinner, in a place that for some people is considered to be the loveliest Chora (main town) of the Sporades Islands!

With so many romantic activities to pick from, Greece could be rated as the perfect choice of place to pop the question, to spend your honeymoon, to celebrate your anniversary, to have a great time on your first date, or to find your better half visiting idyllic locations. Next to the amazing Greek countryside, you will find accommodation in traditional guest houses, rural tourist lodgings, youth hostels, luxury hotels, tourist resorts and mansions, offering to you and your partner the opportunity to spend the perfect holidays in Greece!

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Thailand’s key tourist hotspots are curfew-free

Phuket. Photo courtesy: The Telegraph
Phuket. Photo courtesy: The Telegraph

Thailand’s NPOC has announced that it is lifting the 12 am to 4 am curfew in popular tourist locations, including the beach resort towns of Pattaya and Phuket. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the kingdom’s tourism marketing arm, wholeheartedly welcomes the lifting of the curfew in three major tourist areas. Coinciding to this the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the names of four couples who have won its “Dream Honeyteering Contest”. Interestingly, one of the four winning couples is from India.

Photo courtesy:  The Telegraph
Photo courtesy: The Telegraph

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, “The lifting of the curfew in Pattaya, Phuket and Ko Samui is welcome news. This latest development announced by the NCPO should help reassure everyone coming for a holiday in Thailand that it’s very much business as usual and that there’s no reason for anyone to change their plans.” While the curfew remains in place from 00.00 – 04.00 hours in the rest of Thailand, most local businesses, shops and restaurants have adjusted their opening times so that people can make use of their services. Tourists and travellers who need to travel to and from international airports can travel when necessary. All airports remain open and airlines continue to operate flights to Thailand as normal. TAT Governor added, “The recent political situation only affected a few small areas of Bangkok, while in the rest of the country daily life was not disrupted at all. There is no military presence in popular tourist areas and of course no danger to travellers going out of their hotels and guesthouses in the evening.” Months of bloody political unrest have dealt a heavy blow to the key tourism industry in the “Land of Smiles”, which welcomed a record 26.5 million foreign visitors in 2013.

nangyuan-island, Ko SamuiThe  “Dream Honeyteering Contest” bestows winners with a unique honeymoon trip to Thailand for seven days plus an opportunity to engage in local volunteer activities and a honeymoon photography portrait session. The two-month online social media campaign, which ran on www.honeyteeringthailand.com from 18  March to 10 May, 2014, attracted 190 couples from all over the world. Under the “Honeyteering – We got so much love to give!” concept, participating couples shared their dream of a honeymoon plus volunteering trip in their desired destination in Thailand in a unique URL page link and encouraged their friends to vote by clicking “HEART” on the page. The four couples collected the highest number of Hearts won.

honeyteering-samui_couple_500x300The winners are Federica Xotti and Alberto Badiluzzi from Italy, who won a Hua Hin trip; Mark Aquino and Caroline Aquino from Philippines, who won a Chiang Mai trip; Thomas Andreasen and Michelle Simonsen from Denmark, who won a Phuket trip; Milton Rebeiro and Anita Rebeiro from India, who won a Ko Samui trip. The four winning couples will experience a unique honeyteering trip of their dreams in Thailand. The prize for each couple includes return international air tickets from their destination of origin, six nights’ accommodation at a luxury hotel in Thailand, all meals, volunteer activity of in the destination of their choice, sightseeing tours and transfers.

The choice of destinations offered for the participating couples includes Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Ko Samui. For volunteer activity, the choices are teaching English conversation in a local school, working in a local community, protecting the marine environment, or helping on a nature conservation project. Milton and Anita Rebeiro have opted for Ko Samui, an indication of the destination’s rising popularity as a honeymoon destination among Indian couples.

Sethaphan Buddhani, director, TAT Mumbai says, “It’s encouraging to see the Indian traveller showing interest in voluntourism, which is an increasingly popular activity for tourists to Thailand from the world over. Particularly for the repeat tourist looking for a new experience in Thailand, this is an interesting option. Moreover, as the Indian market becomes increasingly well-travelled and starts to seek experiences that allow them an “insider” view, voluntourism allows them to interact with the locals and get incredible insights into Thai lifestyle.”

Wedding & Honeymoon Tourism on the rise

Wedding Decoration The tradition of getting married in a temple/church or marriage hall is slowly going out of vogue with the arrival of newer trends such as resort weddings and destination weddings, making the wedding more than just a celebration. While traditional weddings are in no way passé, they have undoubtedly been given the western twist. Theme weddings are fast becoming a popular facet of Indian weddings, with hotels deploying dedicated teams to cater to the wedding parties.

Heritage properties see a steady stream of weddings that prefer a historical background to add to their special day. Beach weddings have become an aspiration for several youngsters. Indian couples have gone past the phase of run-of-the-mill honeymoon getaways to the latest exotic and scenic destination showcased in a recent movie or advertised on television. They now demand more of everything, be it quality, activities or experiences.

Wedding and Honeymoon tourism, as an authentic and imminent part of the tourism industry, is a sensation that has taken off worldwide in the past three-four years. NTO’s, state tourism boards and hotels are cashing in on this popular trend and are tapping this market aggressively.

Wedding tourism in India is becoming prevalent as more and more foreigners, NRI’s and Indians are taking interest in the ‘Big Fat Traditional Indian Wedding’. India is a culturally rich country abundant in customs and traditions. Several high profile celebrities globally are increasingly showing an interest in celebrating their wedding in true blue Indian style. The opulence and splendor of the destination, as well as the vibrant Indian customs, evoke a lot of interest among the foreign nationals. Most international couples making their way to India are looking out for two types of Indian weddings, the ‘Maharaja’ or ‘Royal’ Wedding and the Brahmin Wedding. The former is replete with riches, exoticism and palaces, while the latter is all about spirituality, mysticism and Vedic rites.

State Tourism boards want to leverage on this new trend to increase inbound arrivals as well as domestic tourism. Wedding tourism has become a huge hit with states receiving record inquiries for hosting marriages. During the peak season, between November and February, it is very difficult to accommodate all the queries. Popularity of Rajasthan as a wedding destination is constantly increasing. Last year alone Rajasthan hosted around 50-60 NRI weddings and we expect the numbers to grow next year. On special occasions, royal wedding parties have been hosted on two luxury trains – the ‘Palace on wheels’ and the ‘Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

The depreciation of the Rupee has also helped a lot to this particular segment. Indian weddings have carried on unfazed by the Rupee value drop, and so, of course, have honeymoon travels. Indian travel agents and tour operators have not held back while dipping their feet in this pool, especially for honeymoons. And not just because travelling abroad is the new norm for honeymoons. Indian traveler has become more experimental and is ready to pay for the comfort and luxury of a quality honeymoon while also opting for new activities, giving tour operators a chance to serve them better with newer options.