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Coastal Vacations | 4 Must-Have Features to Look For in Quality Boutique Accommodation

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Coastal Vacations | 4 Must-Have Features to Look For in Quality Boutique Accommodation

If you’re a beach lover, then the idea of a coastal vacation is extremely appealing. Finding good beachside accommodation for your next family vacation requires careful thought and planning, especially if you want to take away only good memories of your trip. While price is an important factor for choosing beachside boutique accommodation, you’ll also want to consider these other features to make your beachside vacation truly unforgettable.   Easy Beachside Access Perhaps the most important factor when it comes to finding coastal accommodation is an easy-access beach or beachfront setting. Having a beach at your disposal is likely to be on the top of your priority list, so you’ll want to find a place that provides you with easy access. Some beachfront properties may even provide you with access to a private beach, so you won’t have to worry about bustling crowds on your coastal vacation. Swimming Pool with Sunbeds and Umbrellas Besides easy beachside access, you’ll also want an in-ground swimming pool with sunbeds and umbrellas to relax when you’re not on the beach. A swimming pool is an essential fixture of any quality beachside accommodation, serving as an alternative entertainment spot for you and your family — especially if you’re not comfortable swimming in the sea. Accommodations equipped with swimming pools and additional features like Jacuzzis, hot tubs, sunbeds and beach umbrellas can make your vacation more enjoyable, so be sure to look out for these features. Beachside Amenities You’ll naturally want beachfront entertainment, whether you’re planning on surfing, snorkelling, swimming, boating or undertaking some other beachside activity. A quality beachside accommodation must be able to provide you with basic amenities, including snorkelling goggles, surfboards and kayaks — either through their own in-house services or through contacts with local beachside operators. Be sure to get in touch with the hotel before booking to find out about beachside amenities provided.  Quiet Location When you book coastal accommodation, chances are you’re looking for a relaxing time away from the bustle and noise of a major city centre. With this in mind, a quiet hotel location becomes supremely important for a good holiday. A quality beachside accommodation should be able to provide quiet solitude in their rooms and surrounding premises, so you can relax and unwind without the stress of loud noises. For example, you may want to book a room with a private ocean-facing balcony, rather than pool facing — this way you can enjoy the soothing beach waves, instead of children screaming around the pool area. Be sure to check the location of your hotel and room carefully before booking. Keep these must-have features in mind for booking a quality beachside...

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Tired of Uncomfortable Mattresses? 5 Tips to Make the Mattress in Your Furnished Apartment More Comfortable

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tired of Uncomfortable Mattresses? 5 Tips to Make the Mattress in Your Furnished Apartment More Comfortable

If you are staying in a furnished or serviced apartment, you have to sleep on a strange mattress. Unfortunately, even a high-quality mattress can be uncomfortable if it isn’t the type of mattress you prefer. However, there are ways to ensure the mattress in your furnished apartment is as comfortable as possible. Check out these five tips: 1. Test it If possible, before renting a furnished apartment, test out the bed. Don’t just look at the bedroom; go into the flat and lie down. If the mattress doesn’t seem immediately comfortable, ask the apartment manager if there are any other flats available with different mattresses. 2. Pad it If you cannot find a furnished apartment with a mattress that appeals to you, invest in padding. Depending on what you like, you can buy a range of pads that meet those needs. You can sink into a feather-filled pillow-esque mattress topper, or you can get a slightly more firm memory foam mattress topper. If affordability is a major consideration to you, check out egg crate mattress toppers. 3. Invest in pillows In addition to padding, look for pillows. You can buy a range of therapeutic pillows that make any mattress more comfortable. There are leg spacer pillows, leg wedge pillows, lumbar roll pillows and even full body pillows. Propped up by those, your body is sure to feel more comfortable, regardless of how the mattress is. 4. Use luxurious bedding If you rent a serviced apartment, bedding may be included, but if you don’t find it inviting, fold it up and stick it in the closet. Then, replace it with something that feels luxurious to you. Soft all cotton bedding, sheets with high thread counts and thick duvets may not alter your mattress, but they will change your sleeping experience and hopefully make it more comfortable. 5. Choose a serviced apartment with full service housekeeping Instead of just renting a furnished apartment, consider renting a full service flat. Full service rental units offer a range of amenities from housekeeping services to catering services to turn-down services for your bedroom. If you opt for the latter, you get the benefit of someone coming into your flat every day, taking your bedding, washing it and ensuring you have a comfortable and inviting place to rest at the end of the day. Technically, these services do not make your mattress more comfortable, but just by making your day more convenient and your bed more inviting, services like these can help to create the illusion that your bed is more comfortable. Learn more about your options by contacting companies like Executive...

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Making the Most Out of Your Trip: 3 Reasons to Book a Condo

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making the Most Out of Your Trip: 3 Reasons to Book a Condo

Australia is a fun vacation destination, as there are plenty of activities to do and plenty to see.  If you and your family are planning to have an adventure of your own, consider booking a condo instead of a hotel if you have children. Here are three reasons why. Enjoy More Privacy with Your Spouse or Partner A hotel room can be quite cramped, and you and your spouse may have a hard time enjoying each other’s company since the amount of privacy that you’ll have is limited. If you are sharing a bed with your children, you may also end up staying up all night due to their tossing and turning. Condos allow families to stay together in a single accommodation while everyone gets to have separate rooms. This allows for more privacy without compromising on safety, as some parents are concerned that their children may take advantage of their privileges if they are to get their own hotel room. A More Well-rounded Trip Unlike hotel and motel rooms, condos typically have kitchens that are equipped with all of the appliances that you’ll need. You and your family will have the freedom of being able to skip a meal or two while on vacation and spend time perhaps cooking at the condos. Preparing some of the meals at home, like a simple breakfast, can help you save a lot of money on your vacation that can be spent elsewhere. In fact, you can even enjoy the fresh and local ingredients that can be found in your area. You can pick up fresh fish and meat from the grocery store or market and prepare a home cooked meal. Additional Amenities Can Spice Up the Trip Although you may want to explore all of Australia as much as you can, you might still want to relax after a long day of adventures. Most condos also include additional amenities, like swimming pools, a Jacuzzi or even a collection of DVDs and video games for the children. In addition, you’ll be able to pack fewer clothes thanks to the built-in washers and dryers that are available. Condos can be quite affordable, and at times, even cheaper than booking hotel rooms for lengthy periods of time. They allow you to submerge yourself into Australia’s culture and make a home for yourself while on vacation for a more enjoyable stay. Before booking an accommodation, check out all your options like Bed & Breakfast Brisbane Kirkland House...

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Best Rest for the Night: How to Spontaneously Choose a Motel When Travelling

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Perhaps the main difference between staying in a motel instead of a hotel is that it’s often a spontaneous decision. A hotel is a place for a holiday or a business trip, and a motel is often more of a last moment choice when you’re travelling. You’re driving a long distance, you get tired, and you know it could be rather dangerous to keep going. You need a refreshing night of sleep before pressing on in the morning. But which one of those motels by the side of the road will offer the best night’s sleep in a clean and comfortable atmosphere? What sort of things should you consider when making a last minute decision about which motel will offer the best rest for your weary head? Choosing a Chain The safest way to know exactly what you’re getting is to stay in a chain motel. A chain motel will be more or less the same if you’re staying in one of their rooms in central Brisbane or in a small town in Poland. The business has a standard of service that exists across the chain, meaning that things such as cleanliness and facilities will be up to scratch. The downside is the price, which is often more expensive than an independent motel, since chains have higher operating costs than a motel that has an owner-operator. Investigate You’re probably amongst the 57% of Australians that now own a smartphone, meaning you can connect to the internet almost anywhere you might go. You could easily take advantage of this by searching for motels in your area and reading online reviews, as well as checking their facilities. While helpful, this information is not conclusive, and you still might need to consider a few other factors before making a decision. Car Park When choosing a restaurant, you’re more likely to opt for the place that is full of customers, instead of the place where the wait staff are standing around with nothing to do. Following the herd often means you’ll get a better product or service, since it’s usually popular for a reason. If the motel’s car park is mostly empty and you’ll be one of just a few guests, there might be a reason behind this. Look for a motel that has a vacancy, but also has a fairly full car park. Such a motel is likely to be of a high enough standard to warrant such popularity. Fill Your Stomach Staying in a motel while travelling is not really a holiday, and you probably won’t want to explore the surrounding area. Look for a place that is within easy reach of the businesses you’ll need. This could be as simple as finding a place that is within walking distance to somewhere you can eat. Perhaps the motel even has cooking facilities, allowing you to save even more money by hitting the supermarket and preparing your own meal. An Inspection Most hotels and motels will allow an indecisive customer to take a quick look at a room before making up their mind. If you think you’ve found the best place, it’s a great idea to ask to see a room. It’s particularly important for independent motels that might allow pets and even smoking, since this can greatly affect the quality of...

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Some Things To Remember When Staying In A Hotel With Your Children

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In order to feel secure about your children when staying in a hotel as a family, there are some things to remember. While it is obvious to never leave a child on a balcony unattended, or to play in the corridors, there are some other important factors to consider. This article examines how to make sure that you can enjoy staying at a hotel when you have your children with you. When Booking It is worthwhile to ask the hotel you intend to stay at if they have a room that has vacant rooms on either side of your own room; this means that your children can have a little freedom in the room and will not interrupt the guests next door. It also means that you won’t need to spend all of your time telling your children to be quiet. Adjacent And Adjoining Rooms Many people fail to properly understand the difference between these two types of rooms. Adjacent rooms are situated next to each other; this means that if you book two rooms, one for you and one for your kids, you will have to go out into the hallway to enter the children’s room. Adjoining simply means that there is a door from one room to the other, meaning that you do not have to go out into the hallway to enter their room. Safety Precautions If you have young children, it is a good idea to take safety covers for the electrical outlets in the room. It is surprising how many hotels do not have these; even expensive hotels can lack in this area. For peace of mind, take a few outlet covers with you, and install them when you first enter the room. Favoutite Toy Generally speaking, it is easy to lose one or two things as you leave the hotel after your stay. There have been many cases where a parent (or child) has lost or forgotten a favorite item, such as a toy, blanket or doll. This can cause heartbreak for the child, and sometimes the parent will be forced to travel back to the hotel (if this is possible) to collect the item. Leave such items at home, where they will be there for your child’s return. Children’s Menu It is also important to check if the hotel has a menu specifically for children. Many do, but even the ones that do not may be prepared to make up a half portion for your kids – be sure to ask for a discount if this is the case. Remembering these tips will help you to enjoy your own stay at the hotel when you have your children with you. For more information, contact a hotel like Windsor Lodge...

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