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The Enchanting Coconut Bathtub😅

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Step into a world of opulence and tranquility with the alluring Coconut Bathtub, a statement piece that effortlessly blends functionality with artistry.

Crafted with meticulous attention to detail and inspired by the captivating allure of tropical paradises, this bespoke creation redefines the concept of bathing.

A Sanctuary for Relaxation

In a world where the pace of life seems unyielding, the Coconut Bathtub offers an oasis of calmness, inviting you to detach from the stresses of everyday life. Experience a revitalizing soak after a long day or commence your mornings with a rejuvenating immersion.

The Coconut Bathtub transforms any bathroom into a splendid retreat where serenity reigns supreme. Its timeless elegance and peerless craftsmanship elevate your space, enveloping you in the tranquility of natural opulence.

Timeless Luxury

Embark on a journey of self-renewal and discovery as the Coconut Bathtub embodies indulgence, relaxation, and the timeless charm of tropical living. Let this exquisite masterpiece guide you in transforming your bathroom into a sanctuary for the senses, celebrating the inherent beauty of nature's bounty. Relish in the art of self-care and immerse yourself in the allure of the Coconut Bathtub – a singular symbol of luxury and rejuvenation.

Alas, a Tropical Mirage...

We regret to inform you that the bespoke Coconut Bathtub is only but a figment of our wildest imaginings.

Oh, what a tub it would have been, whisking us away to a serene haven of coconut-scented bliss! While reality may lack this luxurious creation, our hearts remain buoyed by the hope that one day, somewhere, a Coconut Bathtub will come to life.

The splendor that could have been!😅

When is The Best Time to Visit The Cinque Terre? (Seasonal Guide)

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Each season in the Cinque Terre brings its unique experiences. In this guide, we'll explore and highlight the best time to visit Cinque Terre.

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Atrani Italy - Is This Amalfi Coast Town Worth Visiting?

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Atrani Italy, one of the Amalfi Coast's least-visited yet most beautiful and best preserved village, is sandwiched between sea and mountain. Discover this gem.

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The Amalfi Coast is Getting Its Own Airport in 2024

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The Amalfi Coast is getting its very own airport, the Salemo Costa D'Amalfi Airport. Situated 45 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Amalfi and 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Salerno, the new airport is set to open in July.

Interestingly, this is not a completely new venture; the airport was first built back in 1926 and has seen various uses, including serving as a military airport, flying school, and private airport.

After receiving permission to operate commercial flights in 2007, the runway had been extended and two gates and four check-in desks were built. Unfortunately, the airport closed in 2016.

On July 11th of this year, the airport is expected to start its new life with the arrival of commercial flights by the low-cost Spanish airline Volotea.

Plans for a new passenger terminal have been set in motion, expected to be completed by 2026-2027. The airport will start by accommodating flights to four destinations, with future plans for expansion and further development, including an additional terminal for private planes and a significant increase in passenger handling capacity by 2043.

The Amalfi Coast, known for its striking beauty, has been grappling with overtourism, although the prospect of its very own airport has sparked optimism among locals, as it holds the promise of positive impacts for the region.

The airport's upcoming developments prioritize environmental sustainability, with plans to integrate photovoltaic panels into the new terminal's design to generate energy and reduce CO2 emissions. These sustainable efforts align with the region's goal of fostering eco-friendly practices throughout the airport's expansion.

The opening of Salerno Costa D'Amalfi Airport is expected to be a game-changer for the region, easing the burden on Naples’ Capodichino International Airport and creating new opportunities for local businesses and communities.

So, there you have it! The Amalfi Coast is gearing up for a significant transformation in 2024!

A Local’s Guide to The 7 Most Family-Friendly Beaches in Oahu

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A top requirement for a family vacation has to be beaches and Oahu won't let you down - We've got the best beaches in Oahu for families right here...

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Why This is The Best Hawaiian Island to Visit in 2024

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Why is this the best Hawaiian island to visit in 2024? From the classic Waikiki beach and Hanauma Bay, to watching the pros on the north shore - Oahu has it all

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Mexico's Enchanting Maya Train: What You Need to Know

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Mexico's Maya Train, a $28 billion project, has kicked off, with new routes being added soon. It promises to be a transformative travel experience for those visiting the Yucatan Peninsula. Here's a brief overview:

Route and Stops:

In total all the routes will feature 34 stations, making stops in five southeastern states: Campeche, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Chiapas and Tabasco.The initial phase connects Cancún to Campeche with twice-daily trips, including stops at 14 locations like Chichén Itzá. The final phase, which should be complete by the end of February, will pass by the Caribbean coast, connecting Cancún to beach resorts like Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Ticket Prices and Booking:

Two fare types, tourist ($43-$109) and premium, are available through e-Ticket on the Tren Maya website or at ticket booths. Currently, for the Cancun - Merida route tourist fares cost $43 and premium fares $68.

Travel Experience:

With three models inspired by Mayan culture, the train offers regular service with panoramic views, long-distance travel with sleeper cabins, and a restaurant car. Early reports note limited food options during the initial phases.

Travel Time and Delays:

While exact time savings are uncertain, the journey from Campeche to Cancún may take around 5.5 to 6 hours. Although, the train route will no doubt prove to be far more efficient than travel by car, considering the 109 mph maximum speed.

Accommodation Along the Route:

Six new hotels along the route, reminiscent of historic grand hotels, are set to open this year in locations like Palenque and Tulum.

Environmental and Cultural Concerns:

Despite excitement, the project faces opposition from environmentalists and Indigenous communities concerned about potential harm to archaeological sites and wildlife habitats.

As the Maya Train embarks on its journey, it brings promises of connectivity and adventure while stirring conversations about its impact on the environment and cultural heritage. Travelers eager to explore the Yucatán Peninsula will find this railway project a fascinating addition to Mexico's rich tapestry.

Roscigno Vecchia - One Man and Many Ghosts

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I'd heard the tales told by the old folks in towns around Southern Italy. Tales of an old man, some said he looked like Santa, others like Gandolf. The tales spoke of a village of ghosts, of this old man who lived alone - only his memories, the ghosts, to keep him company.

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These are The 7 Best Warm Beaches in Cape Town (Water Temps Included)

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Not all of Cape Town's beaches are as chilly as you might think. I’ve compiled a list of the 7 best warm beaches in Cape Town along with their max water temps.

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5 Best Beaches to Watch The Sunset on Oahu🌅(from a local)

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Setting aside time to watch an Oahu sunset is something that should be on your to do list. A once in a lifetime moment that you will cherish always.

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Coastal Wonders: 9 Must-Visit Destinations in December

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December beckons with festive cheer and the promise of warm winter coastal escapes. These are nine exquisite destinations perfect for visiting this December, offering just the right blend of sun, sea, and celebration.

1. Namibia

Discover Namibia's coastal wonders in December, with summer kicking in and clear skies enhancing the magic of the Namib Desert and Skeleton Coast.

2. Sri Lanka

Escape winter in Sri Lanka, where December marks the dry season, providing sunny days and pleasant temperatures for exploring Galle Fort, Unawatuna beaches, and Udawalawe National Park.

3. Sydney

Experience summer Down Under in Sydney. Festive events, outdoor activities, and the iconic New Year's Eve fireworks against the Sydney Harbour Bridge create a vibrant atmosphere.

4. Oahu

Oahu's lush landscapes invite outdoor adventures in December. Explore Pearl Harbor, hike Diamond Head's trails, or relax on Waikiki Beach amid the aloha spirit.

Discover Oahu's best beaches

5. Cape Town

December is summertime in Cape Town, offering a blend of natural beauty and vibrant city life. Explore Table Mountain, Clifton, and Camps Bay for an enchanting coastal experience.

5 Cape Town beaches you don't want to miss

6. Seychelles

With mild temperatures, Seychelles in December is a tropical paradise of white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving amid unique flora and fauna.

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7. Yucatan Peninsula

Escape winter blues in the Yucatan Peninsula. Explore Chichen Itza, stroll vibrant Merida streets, or relax on Tulum's stunning beaches in the sun-soaked December weather.

8. Cyprus

Cyprus is still pleasantly warm in December and fewer crowds make it perfect for exploring Paphos, relaxing on Protaras' golden beaches, and savoring local cuisine.

9. Thai Islands

December invites a serene getaway to the Thai islands. Whether in bustling Phuket, laid-back Koh Samui, or secluded Koh Phi Phi, enjoy water activities, Thai cuisine, and warm hospitality.

Conclusion

As the year concludes, these coastal wonders offer unforgettable experiences. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or a cultural escape, embrace the warmth, celebrate the festive spirit, and create lasting memories in these exquisite winter escapes.

Pringle Bay & Kogel Bay - at the End of the World

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At the end of the world, only the vast southern ocean beyond, lies Pringle Bay & Kogel Bay. Here the air is as pure as I've ever breathed and the scenery....

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18 Must-See San Francisco Attractions Including Best Beach Escapes

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Explore the top 18 San Francisco attractions including the best beaches, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island and the spectacular Baker Beach.

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Access Restricted at Greece's Iconic Navagio Beach This Summer

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We have an important update about one of Greece's most enchanting coastal destinations. Brace yourselves: Navagio Beach on Zakynthos Island won't be accessible this summer.

Yes, you read that right.😔The beach famous for its shipwreck and crystal-clear waters will unfortunately remain closed, with only restricted boat access allowed. If Navagio or Zakynthos island were on your travel plans for the summer, it might be best to make changes to your itinerary since Navagio is such an iconic part of the island and to miss out on it would be a real pity.

Safety first

Greek officials have made the decision as a result of several safety concerns regarding the possibility of dangerous landslides and rockfalls. To ensure safety they’ve implemented a couple of restrictions including a designated no-go zone that connects the north and south ends of Navagio Bay. Swimming and anchoring any type of boat in this restricted area is strictly prohibited.

Limited Access

Now, for those of you that can't resist Navagio's allure and intend on visiting Zakynthos this summer, there's still hope. Tourist boats will be allowed to enter a safe sea zone near the beach.

But there's a catch: you'll only have a maximum of 20 minutes to enjoy the breathtaking beauty. Access is granted from the northern end of Navagio Bay, between 8 am and 3:30 pm daily. Make the most of your 20 minutes in paradise!

Uncover Hidden Coastal Spots

Though Navagio Beach may be partially off-limits for now, Zakynthos has a treasure trove of other spectacular beaches waiting to be discovered. This is your chance to go off the beaten path and explore the less-crowded coastal areas of the island, with their own unique charm.

Alternatives

Although access to Navagio will be really limited, don't be disheartened. Safety is of course of utmost importance, and Zakynthos has a wealth of coastal treasures other than Navagio. Plus, there are plenty of other gorgeous Greek islands to explore! Lefkada and Kefalonia are two excellent options that come to mind. You can check them out here.

Best Events in Oahu 2023: A Calendar of Incredible Experiences Await

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Discover the best events in Oahu and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the island. From festivals to surf competitions, embrace the aloha spirit.

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The Beach-Lover's Guide to Positano, Italy's Seaside Paradise

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You arrive in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, check into your hotel and at the end of your stay you leave...except your heart never does.

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10 Most Breathtaking Beach Bars: Spectacular Views, Cocktails & Memories

As summer approaches, many people are looking forward to spending time on the beach, soaking up the sun and enjoying refreshing drinks. And what better way to do that than at a beach bar with breathtaking views of the sea? Here are the 10 most spectacular beach bars on Earth:

Rock Bar, Bali, Indonesia - Perched on a rocky cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean, Rock Bar is the epitome of a spectacular beach bar. Guests are treated to stunning views of the sunset as they sip on delicious cocktails.

Nikki Beach, Saint Tropez, France - This luxury beach club is the place to be seen on the French Riviera. With white cabanas and plush lounges, it exudes glamour and sophistication.

Buda Beach Bar, Tarifa, Spain - This beach bar on the southern coast of Spain is known for its laid-back vibe and delicious tapas. It also offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the African coast.

The Lagoon Bar, Moorea, French Polynesia - Located in the middle of a lagoon, this bar is only accessible by boat. Guests can enjoy their drinks while lounging on floating platforms in crystal-clear water.

Scorpios, Mykonos, Greece - This beach bar is known for its chic and bohemian vibe, with white-washed buildings and a beautiful beachfront. It's the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the island.

Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands - This bar is famous for inventing the Painkiller cocktail, and it's the perfect place to enjoy one while lounging on the beach.

The Edge, Bali, Indonesia - Another Bali gem, The Edge is perched on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The bar's stunning infinity pool seems to blend seamlessly with the sea, offering guests an unforgettable experience.

Purobeach, Marbella, Spain - This beach club is known for its luxurious ambiance and chic decor. Guests can enjoy their cocktails while lounging on comfortable daybeds or swimming in the pool.

Daiquiri Shack, Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman - This no-frills bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing daiquiri while digging your toes in the sand. It's the ultimate Caribbean beach bar experience.

Italy's Il Riccio Beach Club & Restaurant, offering stunning views of the Amalfi coast and delicious seafood dishes.

So grab a drink, sink your toes in the sand, and enjoy the sun and surf at one of the best beach bars in the world!

In conclusion, these 10 beach bars offer more than just a refreshing drink. They offer stunning views, unique experiences, and unforgettable memories. Whether you're looking for relaxation, luxury, or a party scene, these bars have something for everyone. So grab your sunglasses, put on your flip-flops, and head to one of these spectacular beach bars for a summer to remember.

The Best Beaches in Langebaan

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Which are the best beaches in Langebaan? We've the answer and more about this little gem of a town on the doorstep of one of the world's loveliest ocean lagoons.

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Sunshine Coast South Africa

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The Sunshine Coast in South Africa has an advantage over the other "Sunshine Coasts". Here you can spend a morning on a beach and the afternoon out on safari.

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The Most Beautiful Beaches in Brazil

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Where are the most beautiful beaches in Brazil? We've the answer! Five truly stunning beaches – each one rated amongst the best on earth.

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The Beauty of Sri Lanka

Wedding Day Disaster in Hawaii

Acciaroli - A Place to Live Forever

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Inspired by the sea and lived according to the seasons you'll find no glitz or bling in Acciaroli. They live longer too than just about anywhere else.

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Salerno - Gateway to the Amalfi Coast

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Need a great base to explore the Amalfi Coast? Salerno is often overlooked, That's a pity - in many ways Salerno is the best choice of all.

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Walks from Tellaro & Lerici

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Some of the most spectacular coastal walks in Italy where you have the trails to yourself. Unlike the Cinque Terre, walks from Tellaro are yet to be discovered.

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The Enchanting Island of Capri

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The Island of Capri may be famous and it may be crowded in summer, but don't let that put you off - this is one of the world's greatest destinations.

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Amalfi Coast Walks - From the Terrace of the Gods to Neptune's Sea

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From the moment you start this Amalfi Coast walk you realize just what an enchanting little world you've entered:

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The 4 Most Beautiful Coastal Cities in the World

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Phew, this was a hard list to create. We started with 15 cities. With much heated debate we got that down to six... then to 4.

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Happiest Countries in the World 2022

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1.Finland

2.Denmark

3.Switzerland

4.Iceland

5.Netherlands

6.Norway

7.Sweden

8.Luxembourg

9.New Zealand

10.Austria

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A glimpse of Ukraine's beauty

Beyond Amalfi.... The Cilento Coast

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Few tourists venture beyond the Amalfi Coast. Those intrepid souls who do discover one of Italy's seven wonders - a land of friendly people, huge welcomes...

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Where Americans Wish To Travel... AND... Where They Don't

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Americans are planning to travel again next year but certain countries appear to be off the radar of many Americans, at least for now and maybe forever. Top of that list is China with a huge drop of 75% - no surprises there. On the heels of China is Italy where experts fear there ever changing rules and country bans are putting off tourists for the foreseeable future.

So where do tourists want to go instead? Well, top of the list is Mexico with others like the Maldives, Dubai and Rio rising quickly up the list to replace old favorites like Italy. To see the whole list click below...

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The Essential Santorini Travel Guide

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The thing people always say when they first set foot upon Santorini is: "it's just how I've always dreamed Greece would be!" Now make your dreams come true...

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The Most Beautiful Islands on Earth - The Society Islands

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It's said that when dreams come true they look like the Society Islands and I'd have to agree with this.

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Tellaro - Perfect Italy

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Tellaro is the Italy you've dreamed of; a tiny town with cottages of pastel shades, bright geraniums fill window boxes, the scent of jasmine and lemon is...

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Where to Watch Surfing in Oahu - The Guide to the Best Beaches

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The north shore is THE place on Oahu to watch surfing. It is the epicenter of the sport and where the world champion is crowned December.

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Tropea on Calabria's Coast of Gods

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The Coast of the Gods is gorgeous. One of Italy's most spectacular coastlines and at the heart of it all is Tropea.

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Before The Quest 4 The Perfect Beach Begins

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There is nothing like a little beach therapy and perfect beach therapy needs peace of mind. Lock that in well before you step out upon the beach of your dreams with travel insurance tailored towards beach holidays

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The Wonderful Little Town of Amalfi

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They call the town of Amalfi the "Pearl of the Amalfi Coast". Here's why...

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Snorkeling on Oahu - Your Chance to See a Humuhumu

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Ever dreamed of gliding through crystal clear turquoise waters while schools of tiger fish or yellow tangs glide by? Or of throwing a shaka next to a turtle who smiles right back at you? Our guide to snorkeling on Oahu is where these experiences begin.

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The 5 Best Cape Town Beaches

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Beware of visiting any of the 5 best Cape Town beaches. There's a real danger that you may never want to leave. Prepared to risk it?

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World's shark-attack capital is...

Along the Amalfi Coast

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Along the Amalfi Coast - join us in exploring one of the world's most beautiful coastlines

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The Best Cape Town Beaches

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The Atlantic Coast in Cape Town offers the most spectacular coastline in Africa and the Cape Town beaches rank among the best in the world.

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Killarney: the jewel in the Ring of Kerry

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We tend to steer you a little differently. Often, that just means giving some common-sense advice about possibly THE hotspot on Ireland’s tourist itinerary…

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Grand Anse Beach - La Digue, Seychelles

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The biggest beach on this Seychelles island - a spectacular stretch of silver sand framed by granite rocks and waving palm trees called Grand Anse Beach

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Eastern Cape Beaches - Our Selection

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We love the Eastern Cape beaches. Completely different to those in the Cape Town area, they are wildly beautiful.

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