Those who love travelling light, those with a sense for adventure, those who love flexibility in their trips, those who like meeting locals and travelling slow and low… those are Flashbooking happy travellers!
Majorca, Spain’s largest island, is located in the Mediterranean Sea and part of the Balearic Islands archipelago.
Flashbooking chose to provide backpackers, students and families with a list of budget selected and independent accommodations worldwide, mostly run by locals, in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.
Like the other Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Formentera, and Minorca, the island is a popular tourist destination.
For this and other reasons Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online.
In Germany and the United Kingdom, where package tourism to the island started in May 1952, Majorca has remained a popular destination. Flashbooking cheap lodging solutions are all available for online bookings and divided by Countries. Travellers have free access to the updated list of Europe hostels and budget hotels, North and South America hostels, Caribbean and Central America hostels as well as for Asia cheap accommodations, Oceania youth hostels and Africa hostels.
Since the 1960s, it has also become a synonym for mass tourism. Flashbooking’s happy travellers can book their rooms and beds not only in cheap hotels or cheap hostel Mallorca but also consider other budget accommodations in Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouses, Campsites, apartments, farm houses and much more.
The name derives from Latin insula maior, “larger island” later Maiorica. Flashbooking accommodation database is easily available online and comes completed with all relevant information about youth hostel and hotel location and map, description, services, hostel contacts, customer ratings, six pictures and updated prices inclusive of taxes and services together with instant real availability.
The capital of the island, Palma, is also the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands. Having the reservation final price is also convenient as it does give the transparency our users pretend while booking. Having the final total amount of your booking means you do not have to worry about other extra surprises!
The Cabrera archipelago is administratively grouped with Majorca. The national anthem of Majorca is La Balanguera.
In general, Flashbooking guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.
In the Mallorca guide students, families and backpackers can get a large selection of cheap or low cost accommodation with plenty of low cost solutions in budget youth hostels, Bed and Breakfast, guesthouses, cheap hotel deals.
So mates, we are looking forward to finding you THE budget accommodation that meets your needs and pocket for your next trip! Last but not least, if you wish to help us, you can either give your personal ratings of some accommodations, lodgings, bed and breakfast Mallorca, youth hostels and budget small hotels where you stayed, or enlarging the hostel offer by reporting some new hostel contacts!
What drive people to choose villas for their holidays? Peace, serene, complete privacy and stay off the beaten track are the main reasons. Villas are situated in the countryside offer beautiful natural landscape around them as well. These tendencies involved the enchanting island of Bali in the late 90s.
The financial crisis in 1997 affected the whole of the Asia Pacific region – people didn’t want to spend money. But Bali had a mini building boom. This was largely thanks to a domestic market that saw the island as a safe haven – people started moving their businesses and families here, buying land and then building on it.
In this sense, the financial crisis played a part in kick-starting the villa movement. Bali’s built environment is changing. From concrete building condominiums-like owing planted tropical gardens to the serene, small resort villas style with its natural and friendly surroundings. It was in the late 90s that the concept really caught on, with a raft of boutique style properties springing up based on private accommodations with their own plunge pools and other amenities.
I worked as a tour guide for many years in Bali, and many guests asked me about places which offer serenity and complete privacy for a very restful vacation. I went around and checked out the island in order to gain a resort or villas which appeal to my guest’s desire. I found some nice resorts or villas are situated either in countryside or at coastal areas.
Many people seized the opportunity of the tourism booming in the 80s and 90s, and business of properties zoomed. Many hotels and villas were built, and one of the excellent hotel resorts is Santi Mandala Resort Spa.
Santi Mandala Resort Spa is situated on a secluded place at the bank of Panaraga Giri River makes it an evidence as a peaceful retreat in the natural environment of Batuan, just outskirt Ubud – Bali and just 45 minutes drive from Bali’s Int’l Airport. It’s built in the excellent blend of Balinese traditional architecture and international amenities standard, using most local materials as stones, soft fabrics, precious woods, bamboo and alang alang (the most popular grass for roof construction). There is a very good reason why grass is a favorite material for constructing roofs. It keeps out the tropical heat in a way that genteng (stone tiles) cannot. It also provides excellent protection from the tropical deluges that are common during the rainy season.
You will be amazed by the luxury bath room but in Balinese style and the marbles floor. Each luxurious villa (Garden Villas, Jacuzzi Villas and Private Pool Villas) offers complete privacy with private entrance and gardens and modern comforts as Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Hot and Cold Water, IDD phone lines, Satellite Television, Personal VCD CD Player, Radio Music Cassettes, Personal Mini Bar, Room Service and Complimentary seasonal fruits is provided upon arrival along with daily afternoon tea service, either in the rooms or at poolside.
Guests can enjoyed also the services and facilities of the resort as Restaurant, Swimming Pool, Laundry Dry Cleaning, 24 hours on call doctor, Shuttle Service to the center of Ubud, Money Changer, Rent Cars, Udaya Art Shop and Gallery, Library, Lila Mandala Open Stage, Saba Mandala Meeting Room and Dirga Saoca Spa. Resort Activities as Jogging Tracking, Cycling, Yoga and Meditation, Wedding Organizer.
Since few years ago I brought hundreds of guests to Santi Mandala Resort Spa and they leaved Bali with a very memorable holiday, because they enjoyed the excellent services performed by a strong team of friendly staffs.
The state slogan for Virginia is “Virginia is for lovers” and there are plenty of bed and breakfast locations to help lovers spend some quality time together in a peaceful, relaxing and special atmosphere that simply cannot be found in a hotel. As a result, if you live in Virginia or are simply passing through, consider a Virginia bed and breakfast for your accommodations and you will certainly enjoy your stay even more.
Virginia is a very diversified state in the fact that there are mountains, city, the beach, and everything in between. And, no matter where you find yourself in Virginia there will be a bed and breakfast to meet your needs. Of course, there are more bed and breakfast locations in the cities especially closer to Washington D.C., but there are so many bed and breakfast locations that you can truly find just what you are looking for no matter where you find yourself. It might be difficult to just happen across a bed and breakfast in Virginia however because they are generally houses with signs, but nothing to compete with the big lit signs of hotels. As a result, you should plan ahead and look for Virginia bed and breakfasts in one of the many bed and breakfast directories available. Doing this will allow you to find all the bed and breakfasts listed in Virginia and you can check out rates, amenities, and then contact the b and b to make a reservation. Having your stay planned in advance will make you rest easy.
A bed and breakfast in Virginia is really a great option because it is almost as if you are staying at home, but with someone preparing a full breakfast for you and willing to meet your every need and even whim. As a result, a bed and breakfast can be an enjoyable and very romantic place to stay. If you are planning a trip to Virginia, check out the bed and breakfast options and you will more than likely choose to stay in a bed and breakfast on your next trip to Virginia.
Of course Istanbul! With the strait of Bosporus in between, it’s itself divided by the Golden Horn (Halic) into the Old City to the south, and Beyoglu and other modern districts to the north. Istanbul throughout the year offers many events and entertainments to its visitors and citizens. Of course, if you’ve got limited time, the Old City is where you should go first as it features all the main sights of the city.
Here we would like to mention some of the most important for which is worthy to get a flight ticket right now and go!
In April the International Istanbul Film Festival features events and projections in many cinemas in Beyoglu. Almost 200 films running in competitive and no-competitive sections from fiction to documentary or animations will animate Istanbul and your nights!
In May and June if you happen to be around, don’t miss the exciting International Theatre Festival at its 16th edition organized by the istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Different venues will host international artists and various sections dedicated to French theatre also. Tickets can be easily purchased at the internet website Biletix. It is important to notice that tickets purchased on-line can be obtained upon presentation of the credit card at the venue at least two hours before the performance begins. Also, in order to avoid queues on the performance night it is advisable that customers get your tickets from one of the BILETIX retail outlets at least one day before the performance. Upon request, tickets can be delivered to address at the expenses of the addressee. You can also see the official website: iksvorg.
In the same period between May and June the Fujifilm World Music Days and the International Istanbul Puppet Festival are organized. This one in particular for 8 days at various venues hosts many famous national and international puppeteers from literally everywhere. Past editions saw puppeteers from Germany, Austria, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, Russia and Taiwan!
If you wish to combine entertainment, culture and a relaxing holiday on the Turkey’s splendid beaches, June is the perfect period away from the touristy season!! The International Istanbul Music Festival and the International Bosphorus Festival kick off in June. The three-day H2000 Festival is also held in June. If music is irresistible then Turkey summer season doesn’t have to be missed!!
The world renowned International Istanbul Jazz Festival is held every July attracting hundreds of renowned performing artists and musicians from all over the world! So the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival with a story of 10 years now, the intercultural Akbank International Jazz Festival and not least he Yapi Kredi Art Festival, featuring Rock and Roll, pop to classic music and jazz spread throughout the year!
Apart from summer season, where prices are relatively high, during other periods Turkey is very affordable. It won’t be hard to find cheap accommodations to meet all budgets especially if you are ok with a Youth hostel accommodation where they provide you with a bunk bed and a clean international friendly environment! There are many youth hostels for backpackers or travellers featuring Turkish interior designs, mosaics and Turkish baths at affordable prices. There are many on-line bookers also that will make your life much easier allowing you to compare prices, choose your destination, your lodging and book directly throu the web! We found some on this website (Flashbooking) where many hostels and hotels feature restaurant views over Istanbul Old City.
It’s hard to believe that a short 30-mile bus ride from the Spring-break haven of Cancun is one of the top-ranked hotels in Central America and an exotic, unrivaled tropical paradise. While it sounds like typical romance copy, we’re not just giving lip service …the Mayan Riviera is not your standard Mexican vacation destination nor is Maroma Resort a regular lodging establishment, having recently received the Conde Nast Travel Magazine Reader’s Choice Award as the #3 hotel in all of Central America. The local culture and natural resources are just some of the attractions that separate Riviera Maya from other popular destinations in Central America. For starters, the second largest barrier reef in the world is located here, providing unsurpassed water activities like snorkeling, wind-surfing, kayaking, sailing, diving, bottom fishing, deep sea and fly fishing. The unspoiled beach offers guests the utmost in privacy and unparalleled natural beauty.
Maroma Resort is a showcase for unique arts and crafts produced in each region of Mexico, including statues, hand-painted bathroom tiles, hand-loomed natural cotton bedspreads, and decorative pillows and throws and soft wool rugs. The rooms and public areas feature original art by Mexican and International artists and each room also has its own special objects. Maroma has 58 rooms and suites situated among lush gardens, cooled and shaded by coconut palms on one side, open to the warmth of the sun and sea on the other.
Relax in a king-sized bed, luxury bath with sunken tub, sparkling pool, or beachfront Jacuzzi-you decide what to do indulge in first. Afterward, let any remaining troubles melt away in the spa, where you can choose between massage, reflexology, Reiki, craniofacial, facials, whole-body treatments, mud, aromas, Ajurveda, yoga, meditation, rebirthing, crystal therapy, and the ancient art of the temazcal-the purifying and healing ritual of the Mayan steam bath.
While you’ll feel a world away from unnatural office lighting, congested freeways and the demands of everyday life, you have the choice of staying connected to the modern world. Maroma?s multi-media theater features a state-of-the-art sound and projection system with over 380 movies to choose from.
This article gives advice about places to visit, places to stay and places to eat in Scotland. Scotland is a superb country to visit and it is steeped in history. With famous cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scotland has plenty to offer for everyone.
Places to visit in Scotland
Edinburgh castle has been a focal point of the Edinburgh skyline for over eight hundred years.
It includes the Scottish National War Museum which lists all of Scotland’s war dead since 1914.
Adult admission to the castle is currently 8 and for children it is only 2.
Loch Ness and the Great Glen is a must. I am sure you have all heard of the loch ness monster, see if you can see him when you visit here. Many people have stated that they could!
The Glasgow science centre is the most recent major museum opened in Glasgow. This is a most impressive place which caters for all age groups. I have only ever heard positive comments from people who have visited this museum.
The National Gallery of Scotland has a wide range of paintings including works from Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Ramsay. Entrance is free apart from for special exhibitions.
Places to stay in Scotland
Balmoral is probably one of the best hotels in Edinburgh and is situated on Princes Street. It is also one of the most expensive hotels however.
Albany is a Georgian style hotel and is situated on Albany Street.
The Bonham is a contemporary style hotel with a European style restaurant and is situated in Drumsheugh Gardens.
Ingrams is more of a hotel/bed and breakfast. It is situated on Northumberland Street.
Glasgow Hilton is a top of the range hotel and is very modern. It is situated on William Street.
St Jude’s is a small hotel situated on Bath Street.
Langs has a special feature being a Japanese influenced Oshi spa.
Places to eat in Scotland
Inverlochy Castle has three dining rooms and has won many awards. If you can afford it, this is the one you want to visit.
Other places to eat:
Summer Isles Hotel
I hope this short guide is of use during your trip to Scotland. The above suggestions are only a few of many wonderful places to go.
Ever daydream of throwing off the nine-to-five rat race yolk, finding an exotic, sunny climate and opening a hotel, bar and restaurant where the palm trees sway and the snow never falls? Listen to the story of someone who did.
“The first six months were a nightmare. We had tiles falling off the roof on to cars in the street, we had to get permission to do everything-even to put trim around the doors. It took six months to get our cargo containers trough customs when it should have taken two,” said Ellen and Marco Snoek,
a Dutch couple from near Amsterdam.
What could have been done to prevent the nightmare?
Would they do it all over again?
Both has successful careers -he the director of an aluminum awning company, she in sales for Heineken- but long hours in the office left little time for each other. The idea to start a business somewhere with lots of sun had been born on their honeymoon. “Why do what people expect you to do?” they said.
So they began spending their vacation searching for their dream spot. First in Sri Lanka, then Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. “We love Asia but the cultures were too different,” the said. They tried Mexico, Peru and Ecuador, but nothing seemed just right. On their next trip to Central America they had hopes for Costa Rica,” but after five days we said no way. It was like a zoo-too many animals, including the people.” And there was the incessant rain. Then a friend told them about Nicaragua. They visited Granada and fell in love with it. “It was like another life, back in time, and there was sunshine,” they said.
They drove around with a realtor for three days until one big old house, built in 1869″ grabbed our hearts. It was like an old abandoned castle. We had to kick the door open for all the bat and pigeon droppings on the floor.” They made the down payment that day by credit card, signed the purchase paper in Spanish, of which they didn’t speak a word, went back to Holland and with no residency or place to live, shipped their possessions and the supplies needed to open their dream hotel.
A few days later the realtor called. The seller wanted to increase the asking price by 10 percent, even with the papers signed. “The dream is over I told Ellen.” But after consulting with a financial manager, they decided to go ahead. To this day, they don’t know how someone can ask for more money after the papers are signed. “
To begin construction, they simply opened the doors. “People just showed up offering to work.” Men pulled up with horse drawn wagon to haul off debris for 20 Cordoba’s a load. Masons, carpenters, electricians all knocked on the door offering their services. “We would hire them at a preliminary rate and then watch them. If they were competent we paid them more. If not, we would tell them to leave.”
The construction workers were “loyal and hardworking, but prankish they like making fun of us. I didn’t speak any Spanish, and now all I was learning were dirty words.” Marco would spray orange marker paint on the walls and floors where he wanted things to go, then point and gesture.
A lot went wrong “because of them and because of me, but I would tell them to tear it down and do it again. Labor here is so cheap.”
Inspectors from the city appeared daily. “We needed permission to do the smallest things. We were constantly getting 50-cordobas fines. One day the police came and tried to fine us, saying we were building to near a school, while pointing to a nearby bar.
So Marco went to fight city hall. “It was from one office to the next, back and fort. The architect couldn’t agree on anything. I had a meeting with the mayor with a translator and was yelling at the mayor in English. I found out later he understood.”
Ellen, meanwhile, handle customs. “We were using the 306 law which made importing supplies for a new business tax-exempt, but we hadn’t established a corporation yet so it was all in our name and they wouldn’t let it through.”
The twenty-foot sea container had traveled the 9,000 kilometers from Rotterdam, Holland, to Limon in Costa Rica, then on a tractor trailer to Managua-all in a month.
It would be five months longer to complete the final 45 kilometers to Granada. “I had my packing list and they made theirs. For example, we brought along boxes of pencils to donate to schools. I counted the number of boxes but they opened the boxes and counted the pencils.” Marco Said. The customs officials decided on a tariff of one Cordoba per pencil, which is more than they cost in Holland. Used electronic appliances were taxed at 45% of purchased value while “insurance companies at home would have said they were worthless.”
“They were polite and thorough, but had no respect for the property. Once, they laid paintings on the ground, then stood on them while they unloaded the rest.” The process was repeated three times before the final bill of entry was made.
“I cried three times: twice at customs, once at city hall” said Ellen.
But opening day finally came.
Ellen and Marco’s idea was patterned after a European Grand Cafe concept.
More a coffeehouse with a small hotel, upscale decor and limited menu.
But the first night 250 people came to the bar. We were going to close at ten, but we have a 12 o’ clock license…
What can you do?
The Grand Cafe became a thriving bar and restaurant business. They host theme parties, have a complete menu and opened eleven stylish hotel rooms.
Our dream business, El Club, is a success story.
And not every startup here is.
“Were here 80 to 100 hours a week, but we make our own schedules and we see each other all the time.”
Our advice? Make sure your marriage is solid, or it’s done.
Nicaragua is like quick sand!
Don’t fight, use your head and stay calm.