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Goathland – North Yorkshire – The Village With a Famous Heartbeat

Goathland – North Yorkshire has become famous over the last fifteen years as the home of the fictional television series Heartbeat. People flock from all over to see the setting for the drama series and the steam railway. It is nestled in an isolated valley in the Moors National Park.

The area has attracted people who love walking and the countryside for hundreds of years and now it is attracting television fans too. You can take an organized Heartbeat tour of all the best sites from the programme or stroll around yourself. The village looks almost exactly like the fictional village Aidensfield from the series as a lot of filming is done on location. This means if you visit on a weekday you have a chance of seeing the actors during filming.

Film fans will also recognize the railway station at Goathland as it was used in the Harry Potter films. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a hugely popular tourist attraction as it runs through some stunning scenery and of course through Goathland. It operates nearly all year round and hosts special events.

The Moors National Park offers you the chance to explore history, geology, archaeology and culture in spectacular landscapes. Features in and around to Goathland include; the Mallayan Spout waterfall, a Roman road which you can follow on foot and Rosedale Abbey. The park has a great website for information about the many footpaths, cycle trails and hiking trails you can explore.

For its size the village has a lot of accommodation. There are quaint bed and breakfasts, a luxury spa, caravans and camping, hotels and cottages for hire. You can find somewhere with a wonderful view of the moors and sit back and relax.

Goathland – North Yorkshire is a beautiful village with an interesting heritage and some famous landmarks. The location in the moors makes is a perfect place to take a break.

Explore the Beauty of the Indonesian Islands by Staying in a Bali Hotel

Hotels on the beachfront of Nusa Dua, Nusa Lembongan Island, Sanur, Candi Dasa, Kuta, and Lovina attract tourists in droves. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing and bungee jumping are the most adventurous activities in Bali. Avail special discounts by making online bookings in advance. Surrounded by elegant beaches and tropical gardens, almost all rooms and villas in Bali hotels and Resorts are built in traditional Balinese style with International comforts and facilities. Trained and experienced Balinese staff ensures that your stay is delightful as well as memorable by catering to all your needs.

The rooms and villas in a Bali hotel or resort are spacious with the state of the art facilities such as private bath and shower, radio, satellite TV, safety lockers, controlled air conditioning, IDD telephone, mini bar and lots more. Swimming pool, conference room, childrens play area, drug store, bars and restaurants are available. Comfort is at your disposal with the Balinese hospitality in a Bali hotel. Enjoy your lunch buffet or an a la carte menu near the palm tree fringed beaches. International and Indonesian cuisines with cocktails and imported wines are available on the beach front. A romantic and fresh seafood dinner with the sound of the elegant waves on the long stretching white beaches marks a perfect evening.

Experience a true luxury by sailing in the Waka catamaran. After you board the catamaran, sit back and relax while the catamaran sails you on village tours and island trips. Fresh baked pastries and cocktails are served while you enjoy the view of the ocean and the serene and scenic surroundings. Enjoy an excellent BBQ buffet lunch and try your luck at troll fishing. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the traditional body massage therapy at the Spa at the Bali hotel.

‘Jamu’, a traditional welcome drink with a mixture of herbs and roots eases headaches and fatigues when you return to your room or villa at the Bali Hotel. The reviving and sensual body as well as foot massage will take you completely into a different world where you will have a heavenly feel and commune with nature. Regain your inner balance physically and spiritually with the herbs and healing oils. Relax yourself with the aromatic flower bath, foot massage and body scrub. Freshen up with the hot springs from the Jacuzzi.

Learn the Balinese way of cooking with fresh ingredients such as herbs and spices that make the Balinese dishes tasty and simply outstanding. Visit the various market places in Bali to purchase the ingredients required for your culinary class. Personal attention is given to you so that you get to try your hand at grinding the herbs and other spices required for the recipes. A step-by-step procedure is taught in a specially designed kitchen and upon successful completion of the classes certificates are given.

Apart from Staying in a luxurious villa at a Bali hotel, enjoying the ocean view and sunbathing on the beach, there are a lot of exciting things to do in Bali. Bali activities include Elephant riding, buggy tour, paint ball game, rafting, canyon tubing, jet skiing etc. There are fabulous sights for the tourists to see in Bali, which includes the Tirta Empul temple, Bali bats cave, Buddhist monastery and Yeh Ganga temple. Bali woodcarving, Bali batik, canvas, arts and crafts are the specialties of the rich heritage of Bali. You can enjoy and experience all this and more on your vacation to Bali, so book your room or villa at a Bali Hotel resort now.

Contemporary Hotel Construction – Magical Mystery in the Magic Kingdom or New Disney Timeshares?

True or False? The tower under construction next to Disney’s Contemporary Hotel will be a new Disney Vacation Club resort?

Imagine on your next vacation rolling out of bed, hopping on the monorail, and jumping off at dozens of fun resorts and exciting attractions. If rumors prove true, you may soon be able to do this at the Contemporary Hotel’s under-construction tower.

Disney is playing their information card close to the chest regarding the Contemporary Hotel addition. But the new tower has already soared to five stories and is expected to be completed in 2009.

The Tower is on 14 acres a little north of the resort’s icon; the A-frame Contemporary Hotel. This was only the second hotel at Disney World when it opened several months after the Big Mouse himself first welcomed guests on October 1, 1971.

Rumors persist, supported by growing evidence, that Disney plans to use the new tower for Disney Vacation Club timeshares. Rumors are speculation and hearsay, but consider the following factual evidence.

EVIDENCE: Building-permit applications filed with Reedy Creek Improvement District identify the owner of the property as a company called JMSRM Inc. State records show this as a fictitious name created in August 2006 by Celebration-based Disney Vacation Development, parent company of the Disney Vacation Club timeshare company.

EVIDENCE: In a pair of letters, an environmental consultant hired by Disney calls the new tower “a proposed Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort at the Contemporary Hotel.”

EVIDENCE: In a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Disney revealed that it has about 680 more timeshare units under construction at Disney World. Disney has publicly acknowledged only one ongoing timeshare construction project in Orlando: Kidani Village, an extension of the partially completed Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. That project is expected to have 340 units when finished in spring 2009, leaving another 340 or so unaccounted for. A magical mystery or Contemporary construction?

Construction records for the Contemporary expansion call for 295 three-bedroom suites. Some could be sold as separate two- and one-bedroom units by using a “lock-off” design often used in timeshare resorts.

But the Mouse remains mum about the Contemporary addition.

“We have plans to expand our Disney Vacation Club business both on Walt Disney World property and at other vacation destinations in the future. However, we don’t have anything formal to announce today,” a Disney Vacation Club spokesperson was reported to have said.

Reasons to Remain Quiet for Now

Expert industry analysts say Disney may have strategic reasons for not now releasing a Contemporary Hotel timeshare announcement.

Disney has invested deeply in the profitable timeshare business in recent years. Announcing future Disney timeshares in the Contemporary Hotel, which are likely to be very popular, given their jump-on-the-monorail and vacation location, could slow current sales at Animal Kingdom Villas and Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, both at Disney World.

Disney timeshare buyers [] must purchase Disney Vacation Club points from a “home” resort, and there are a limited number of points available at each DVC resort. Owners can be very picky about their home resort. They are given priority in making reservations at that particular resort when booking a vacation. Every owner has plenty of reasons for picking their home resort and then promoting and defending the delights of home.

“If you’re trying to make a sale at Saratoga Springs or the Animal Kingdom, and a potential buyer is aware that a year from now there’s going to be Disney timeshare available in the Contemporary Hotel; that might hurt your other sales,” say Disney timeshare marketing experts.

Disney could decide against marketing the Contemporary addition as timeshares. The new tower could just add more hotel suites to the Contemporary. Company executives reportedly said recently that Disney World hotels are averaging 90 percent occupancy. The Contemporary commands nightly rates as high as $1,310 a night for a one-bedroom suite.

Whatever the real and actual use, the Contemporary addition is sure to be lavish and posh. Records show the crescent-shaped tower will include a host of amenities, including a swimming pool and water-play area with an outdoor bar and a water slide; a spa; tennis courts; a barbecue pavilion; and a 499-person lounge on the 15th floor featuring a restaurant and bar. The new tower will be connected to the main building by a pedestrian bridge.

The Contemporary Hotel construction coincides with Disney’s major timeshare building efforts elsewhere. Last fall, Disney announced that it will build an 800-room resort in Hawaii where about half of the rooms will be Disney timeshares. Also, Disney will add 50 two-bedroom villas to Disneyland’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which will be the first timeshares at the Main Man Mickey’s original resort.