The demands of younger children are usually relatively simple once on holiday in Paphos, Cyprus . They look forward to the beach with much excitement, where they can swim, play ballgames or build sandcastles. No Barbie dolls or Tonka trucks needed here, but as with every child today, their curiosity for a new environment will be boundless and they will want to be amused and test their skills at new activities once you start showing them life outside their exciting Paphos holiday accommodation.I found some group activities that would appeal to all the family without breaking the budget. PAPHOS AQUARIUMA fabulous display of colourful fish from different parts of the globe housed in a re-creation of their natural environment. A perfect outing for the family and a little respite from the hot sun when everyone has sampled a little too much, too quickly. There is an excellent restaurant and a small gift shop within the complex.ITHAKI AMUSEMENT PARK AND MINI GOLFThis is a fun, inexpensive place for the whole family. Challenge each other to a game of mini golf or let off steam on the bumper cars. For the smaller kiddlywinks in the group there is a play area with swings and a slide and everyone can enjoy a cool drink in the bar on site.SNAKE GEORGES REPTILE PARKA small establishment run by Snake George, who is often called upon by members of the Paphos public to remove unwanted visitors from their houses or gardens. He has a fascinating display of snakes and lizards and is more than happy to show you around and tell you a few tails. The meager entrance fee is for the upkeep of the reptiles only and all kids will love the hands on experience at the end when, if you are one of the lucky ones, you may get to hold a small friendly snake.APHRODITE WATERPARKThe waterpark offers a wide and varied selection of rides for children of all ages. Lots of excitement and dont forget your swimmers. For younger children they have a kiddies pool, a pirate ship, a spraying elephant and much more. This is definitely an all day trip for the entire family. Plenty to do for everyone with relaxations areas and food outlets. PAFOS BIRD PARKAlthough there is a very large selection of birds to see, including exotic parrots, toucans, eagles and owls you will also come face to face with deer, raccoons, giant tortoises and wait for it GIRAFFES in Cyprus! Committed to breeding and conservation, the park offers a friendly environment with a childrens petting zoo, where they will meet kid goats and rabbits. The parrot show is sensational and not to be missed.
Pousadas can be found by the hundreds in Brazil. Especially close to water. Close to water means close to beaches, waterfalls, or the famous Pantanal, which is a swampy area where many scary aligators are waiting to entertain the tourists.You may wonder why they can be found especially in Brazil. The fact is that there are also many to be found in Portugal and it wouldn't be surprising that you can also find some in some other countries, especially in Africa. What do all these countries have in common?... Exactly, they all are portuguese speaking countries. The word pousada means nothing more than a family run hotel,.... you can also call it a house hotel, or if I am not mistaken, the english word is "inn".A building too big to be a normal house, or you can say it used to be a really big house, and at the same time,.. too small to be a hotel building. That is what you need to have a pousada. Generally a family runs it, though this does not always mean this family owns the pousada. In some cases a pousada is a bunch of very small houses on a piece of land. Small houses means: So small you can't live in it. Its more like a bungalow tent or a permanent caravan made of stone. But for vacation purposes one of the best ways to spend your free time.Talking about bungalow tents and permanent caravans (note, these are a lot smaller than a trailer),... The advantage of a pousada is that you can go to another one every weekend. Theres not obligation to every weekend go to the same old location where you know all your neighbor because they too never go anywhere else. I guess many people like "same old, same old" more than "something new"Beaches, if you love the beach, then a pousada at the beach is great. And this may be surprising, there is no such thing as a private beach in Brazil, so you never have to worry about only being able to look at the beach. All beaches are accessable for everybody. That doesn't mean all beaches are reachable though. But you can be sure that close to those beaches, you won't find many pousadas.Waterfalls,.. Some pousadas are placed close to waterfalls. And waterfalls can be found by the hundreds in Brazil. For example the island in front of the coast of the state of So Paulo, named Ilhabella (beautiful island) is maybe 30 by 40 miles big, but you can find over 300 waterfalls on this small island. It is over 2000 feet high so it is not strange that there are some waterfalls of upto 250 feet high.The Pantanal is a famous area in Brazil of which you can find a lot more information by searching in Google. Its too much to write about in detail in this article. But if you like the outdoor life, you should consider visiting this part of Brazil. Featured in programs on various channels like the Discovery Channel, the pantanal has many pousadas as home bases to discover the wild life in the Pantanal.Pousadas are the best places to stay when visiting Brazil, but it is not recommendable to go to these places without knowing the country. English is not commonly spoken, so you either need to speak (brazilian) portuguese or have a trustable guide to help you find your way.
The award-winning, five-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is one of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific. Located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation, the accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay. The acclaimed resort is an international favorite for romance, honeymoons and weddings; scuba diving; and families, who want to combine heavenly surroundings and exceptional dining with an unsurpassed range of eco-friendly activities.Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands resort is the only resort that employs a full-time marine biologist to help visitors appreciate the underwater world of Fiji.The award-winning, five-star "Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort" is one of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific. Located on the island of Vanua Levu on 17 acres of a coconut plantation, the accommodations overlook the peaceful waters of Savusavu Bay. The acclaimed resort is an international favorite for romance, honeymoons and weddings; scuba diving; and families, who want to combine heavenly surroundings and exceptional dining with an unsurpassed range of eco-friendly activities.Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands resort is the only resort that employs a full-time marine biologist to help visitors appreciate the underwater world of Fiji.The Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is an island resort, which means there are no televisions, phones, wireless internet access, etc.If you need these things to have a great vacation then choose another resort.On the other hand if you are happy in the company of friends and the wonderful people of Fiji, then this is the place for you.The layout and the accommodation at the resort were both upscale and luxurious, much better than the photographs led us to believe.We stayed in a garden bure, which was 30ft behind the Beach-front bure. The bure was large and breezy with an overhead fan. If you need air conditioning then you are in the wrong resort!! You will find a number of bug repellents in the bure, and you will need them for there is a mosquito problem.The bathroom was quite spacious and well supplied with thick towels. There was a mini-bar and all sorts of drinks that were replenished daily. There were also a coffee and tea makers with different varieties of tea.Id opt for a Garden Bure, if only because there isnt much of a beach at the beachfront, and it is a lot windier.If you're into beaches then go somewhere else.The beach is poor, in fact all you will find are rock pools and mangroves, and significantly the small beach there is did not have any sunbathers on it. It is more of a sandy strip full of shells that leads into a coral tide area. This tide pools are great for studying local wild life. The best entry into the water is from the pier.The staff were some of the best I've encountered and everyone was very friendly and accommodating.The food was exquisite and gourmet with lots of fresh fish, probably best described as light island fare.One could order a second helping of anything.Everyday brought a new menu both at lunch and dinner.There is a good wine list, but the wines by the glass were not so good.There was a wide choice at breakfast.There are two major shortfalls here, apart from the lack of beach in a Pacific Ocean Island paradise!!The facilities for small children are superb, with the all encompassing Bula Club, however if your children are slightly older but not old enough to scuba dive, there are all sorts of rules and regulations for them to keep them out of adult vision and hearing.The Childrens food was somewhat of the fast food variety, and I found it intolerable that children could not use the adult salt water pool at certain times.In addition the scuba diving was not all it might have been.Finally beware falling coconuts, you will be asked to sign a waiver clause in case you get hit!!
Little Good Harbour in Barbados would be one of the ideal vacation places in Barbados for anyone who is looking for a quaint secluded get-away from it all vacation.Little Good Harbour is a newly and tastefully converted coral stone warehouse with stunning views both up and down a deserted lovely beach. This is an absolute gemIt could easily be described as one of the best Barbados boutique hotels, and you could well find it on the best of Barbados 2006 list of hotels.On approaching the hotel the colourfully painted Bajan styled cottages are on the right hand side, but you really dont notice them because they are well camouflaged by the tropical vegetation that surrounds them.If you look to the left you will see the hotels waterside bar and restaurant called the Fish Pot. It would be fair to say it looks as it is, a classy restaurant, which boasts great service and food, accompanied by the sound of the sea crashing onto the beach below.Before I wax too lyrical, I have to admit, that the Little Good Harbour is my idea of paradise, it is in an idyllic location, and in many ways is a throw back to Barbados the way it used to be 20 years ago.My advice if you want to stay at Little Good Harbour, so eloquently described as a cluster of cottages around a swimming pool , is to try to get one of the elegant and comfortable rooms on the beach side of the road.From the balcony of your suite, you can watch the fishermen below - a reminder of a bygone era to match the colonial decor of your room. You choose whether to frolic on the beach or by the pool, but the real social scene happens at the Fish Pot, where everyone comes to sample the fabulous dishes.If you want to see photographs of Little Good Harbour go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/articles/5/1/Little-Good-Harbour-one-of-the-most-enchanting-hotels-in-Barbados/Page1.htmlI loved everything about Little Good Harbour especially the cottage with its large sitting area & kitchen, and the spacious room & bathroom.The pathways through the green foliage, and the sound of the birds will live with me for a long time.This is a great and well kept secret, and whilst the owners may wish otherwise, please dont tell anyone about it, just keep quiet!!
Everyone loves beach holidays! The little ones can dig in the sand and splash in the lapping waves. The older ones can swim, get a tan, or just relax. The inquisitive types can explore for sea life, tide pools, and drift wood. The warm breezes and natural beauty are invigorating and restorative. Any trip, however, can cause discomfort if you do not plan well. Here are things you can do to make your beach holidays easier, safer, and more meaningful.In many parts of the world, people head for their beach holidays in the family car. When planning a trip, it's always a good idea to give the car a good cleaning out first. This will give you more room for your luggage. Stock you glovebox, too, with a few first aid and comfort items, such as sunblock, acetominiphen for headaches, a roll of antacids, a few cough drops, and a few bandaids. Don't forget a couple of scrunchies or pony-tailers for long hair. Get the tires checked and replace any that are likely to go flat. Get an oil change if it's getting close. Road trips are not much fun when they include breakdowns. And whatever you do, make sure you have a map and a place to keep it handy.Travelling with kids is always a challenge. They may be particularly excited and impatient when they know they are going on beach holidays. Make sure they have cool water bottles and healthy snacks to munch. Try a simple car game to make the time pass. Many kids like looking for letters of the alphabet on signs. If several people get involved it can be quite fun.With beach holidays particularly, there is always a need to provide for skin safety. Be particularly careful about being in the sun for long stretches of time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Use a sunblock with a high SPF rating and replace it after getting wet or drying off with your towel. The towel you choose can make a difference too. Thick towels get heavy and tend to trap a lot of sand. You may find you like thin towels at the beach. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and some sort of foot protection to keep your feet from being burned on the hot sand.With a little preparation your beach holidays can be enjoyable and problem-free. When you arrive home you will be relaxed, refreshed, and ready for work. Take a minute to unpack and get your laundry going. It won't belong until the kids will be shouting, "When can we go on beach holidays again?"