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Top Queensland Resorts and Hotels

Queensland has developed a plethora of accommodation choices for those looking to embark on Queensland holidays. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in complete luxury during their stay in the region. From all-inclusive island resorts to some of the most fascinating hotels in the city centers, you will be able to find comfort and style set to world class standards in Queensland resorts and hotels.

Queensland Accommodation Brisbane

As the capital of Queensland, Brisbane has some of the grandest accommodation choices to offer. Bribie Island – On the Bay Resort is one of the most highly rated resorts in this part of Queensland. The facility features 28 spacious luxury apartments each room having large slide back glass doors and spacious balconies offering sensational views of the bay. The resort has a 10 meter salt water lap pool, spa ledge, sun baking lounges, outdoor dining area and barbecue. Also on the facility is the award winning Blue Anchorage Restaurant.

Clear Mountain Lodge and Vineyard occupies a pristine location on the peak of Clear Mountain offering flabbergasting views of Brisbane City, Samsonvale Lakes, The Glasshouse Mountains as well as the Samford Valley.

Queensland Accommodation Gold Coast

As one of the most beautiful places to stay in Queensland, the Gold Coast is loaded with fine accommodation choices for tourists. The 19th Avenue On The Beach is an excellent Queensland accommodation opportunity located on Palm Beach. The absolute beachfront location makes this an unmatched place which promises plenty of lazy days to soak up the sun and enjoy magnificent views of the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean.

Aruba Sands Resort is a world class four star hotel located in the heart of Broadbeach. Although this place is known for its hustle and bustle this particular hotel is located in a quiet side street. It has a patrolled swimming area along with a Kurrawa Surf Club and the Oasis Shopping Centre located in the vicinity.

Whitesunday’s Accommodation

Whitesunday’s is one of the most favored places to stay in Queensland. It has a variety of world class hotels and resorts to offer to the tourists. Amongst the many world class accommodation choices in Whitesunday’s is Airlie Cove Resort & Van Park Drive. This brilliant resort is at a distance of 2 km from the Airlie Beach and provides the ideal mainland base from where you can embark on an exploration of the entire region.

Also located on Airlie Beach, Water’s Edge Resort is another brilliant resort set amidst lush tropical gardens. The hillside upon which it is located at a distance of 100 metres from the bustling cosmopolitan village of the region adding further value to the accommodation.

Above mentioned are just some of the brilliant Queensland resorts and hotels that you will have the opportunity to reside in during your trip to this popular tourist destination of Australia. Other regions that you might want to look at for suitable Queensland travel accommodation are Tropical North Queensland, Townsville, Mackay, Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast.

Stirling 4 Star Hotels

Stirling is a great place in which to take a vacation or to stay while you tour the city, surrounding area, nearby attractions and even the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. For some information about a few of the many Stirling visitor attractions take a read of my other articles here. In the following article I examine the question of 4 star hotel accommodation.

Stirling has a fair few hotels and guest houses but the vast majority are only 3 star and when you are looking for somewhere luxurious to stay 4 or 5 star is the only way. Unfortunately 4 star hotels in Stirling are few and far between, literally.

Adamo Stirling Osta

The 4 star Adamo is situated in the heart of the city, just a minute or two from the very centre. Rather than being a bland steel and glass monstrosity the Adamo has the most wonderful Georgian facade. Although the property has all the appearance of an historic stately building the interior has been totally refurbished to provide incredibly stylish and contemporary rooms with all the mod cons including free wireless internet.

Unfortunately the Adamo Stirling only has seven rooms and due to the growing popularity of this fine establishment it can sometimes be difficult to book a room so if you plan to stay there you should book your room at the very earliest opportunity.

Barcelo Stirling Highland Hotel

The 4 star Barcelo may not be as centrally located as the Adamo but it is another hotel with a fantastic facade. The nineteenth century building was previously the High School of Stirling. Thankfully some of the features of this establishment have remained and at the top of the building you can find some of the memorabilia from this period and a stunning fully working observatory.

The luxurious interior, spacious rooms with all modern facilities, is enhanced by the presence of an amazing leisure club which features the latest gadgets designed to give you the ultimate workout and facilities such as a sauna and steam room to help you unwind afterwards.

Adamo Bridge of Allan

The final 4 star hotel in Stirling I wish to introduce is actually in the beautiful village of Bridge of Allan but it is less than two and a half miles from the city centre, and closer than several other Stirling hotels. The 4 star Adamo (Bridge of Allan) is a stunning boutique hotel with unique bedrooms featuring top class facilities such as body jet showers and spa baths. If you want total luxury there is an exclusive penthouse available which has its own fully equipped kitchen area.

Worthy of a special mention is that the Adamo Bridge of Allan is extremely suitable for disabled visitors to Stirling. Along with disabled access bedrooms and disabled parking you will discover that much of the hotel is wheelchair accessible including the restaurant and bar.

Planning and Researching Your Holiday on Madeira

Madeira is an island of contrasts. Let’s divide the island into directional chunks? North, South, East and West. In broad brush-stroke description you have, in the North rugged, mountainous, very rural scenery. It is less populous than the south coast but now has good road systems, allowing touring in your rented car (easy to book online with major international companies). The colours are predominantly the green of the beautiful forested mountains, the black of the basalt columns and the clear turquoise blue waters of the Atlantic with crashing waves of white. If you like the idea of this colour combo go and visit Porto Moniz in Spring to watch the high seas from a friendly café? Or, swim the natural rock pools. You are more likely to experience rain in the north during the winter months than elsewhere on the island but that is why the BioSphere at Arco Sao Jorge is a World Heritage Site, so green and clean; giving you a sense of well-being just breathing the air.

There are less hotels in the north than in the south, where of course the capital city, Funchal sits at the foot of a range of majestic mountains. In Funchal you will find a range of activities and touring opportunities. Because it has a higher density of tourists you will find excursions on offer for less cost than elsewhere on the island. Taxis are there in high volume and quite inexpensive, but like other capital cities you need to negotiate and compare one drivers quote to another! There is a wide choice of hotel accommodation, easy access to the sea from concrete sunbathing decks and soon there is going to be a beach; this is being formed from the new development on the seafront, opposite the Cruise Liner Terminal. Funchal is a lively city offering a glimpse of local culture by way of the market selling predominantly flowers, fruit and fish – displayed in a quite unique way – stacked high in large colourful arrays you will find every and any fruit, many grown right here in Madeira in the sub tropical warm air on terraces that look impossible to reach let alone to cultivate.

The East of the island is dry and looks very different from everywhere else. There are spiky Agaves growing wild alongside the Madeiran Dragon Trees. The Sao Laurenco peninsular “drips” off the end of the island finishing in a small full-stop. The walk from the car park along the accessible paths, leading to the end of the island offers amazing views of both the north and south vistas. Machico is always worth a visit and is the largest town in the East. There is a yellow sand beach, cafes galore and has the loveliest fort to visit to survey the seas as the port authorities did 500 years ago!

All along the south coast there are villages offering village squares, access to walks, shops and café culture, from Santa Cruz to Ponta da Pargo there will be somewhere that you fall in love with. There is a range of activities on offer from deep-sea diving to paragliding (for the very brave of course!).

I haven’t mentioned the central area of the island – that too is amazing! Deep rift valleys bubbling up new clouds, tall mountains worn into strange and wonderful shapes, viewing platforms and interesting villages: As an example there is Nun’s Valley where the religious community fled from the pillaging pirates who invaded and once ruled in Funchal… Clearly pirates were not up to hill walking! But you don’t have to walk it; now there are regular buses, tourist buses and taxis to take you there to breath the mountain air, perhaps to have lunch at the hotel at Eirra do Serrado (great fish!) and look at the glorious views from their panoramic window in the main restaurant.

And on to my favourite; the West! Green and luxuriant in vegetation, mountains and beaches, restaurants and cafes, sugar production museums, rural life museums, walking and paragliding, whale-watching and just sitting and looking! The coastline is dramatic with the second highest sea cliff in the world at Cabot Girao. If that isn’t enough to take you breath away there is a glass platform to stand on to look at all below!

There is so much to see and do you will quickly realise that one trip to the island is not enough. Come again and perhaps stay in a contrasting location to the first trip?

In the West there are mostly small hotels and self-catering accommodation. There is however a large hotel on Calheta Beach and in 2015 the big new Spa hotel will be opening very near the Calheta beaches. Quinta hotels are available here, or you might describe them as Country House Hotels. There is a style for everyone.

These are my recommendations:

If you want noise, hustle, bustle, nightclubs and flashy entertainment, multi-story designer shopping? Don’t come to Madeira. BUT if you like the drama nature has on offer, can appreciate the simple life and want to actually meet local, Madeiran people – COME! If you like the challenge of driving up mountains, through tunnels and into scenery you have only previously seen in \urassic Park? COME. You will get a great welcome whichever direction you take when you land at our airport, just to the East of Funchal.