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The 3 Main Types of Malta Hotels

Malta Hotels are plentiful and varied.

It can safely be said that hotels in Malta come in all shapes and sizes. In some parts of the Maltese islands you will see lovely old townhouses that were transformed into modern hotels. These types of hotels are usually right at the centre of the town or village.

Malta and Gozo have no shortage of 3 star hotels. Most of these hotels are located right at the centre of popular seaside resorts on the Maltese islands. They offer basic forms of accommodation and a lot of them have pools.

During off peak season, you can usually find some incredible bargains on Malta hotel rates.

Then you have 4 star hotels. In addition to indoor and outdoor pools, these types of hotels would also be equipped with a few restaurants and bars.

Malta hotel rates obviously depend on their rating but rates usually range from Euro 20 to Euro 100 per person.

5 star hotels in Malta are the epitome of luxury, with lavish indoor and outdoor pools, multiple restaurants and relaxing and rejuvenating health spas. Perfect for an unforgettable holiday on the Maltese islands.

In general, most of the hotels in Malta are located in strategic spots in the centre of things.

However, if you’re looking for isolation, there are a few hotels that cater for you. These are usually situated in the Northern part of Malta. Since Malta is so small, these types of hotels manage to kill two birds with one stone.

This is because on the one hand, you can enjoy your privacy and isolation but on the other hand, you’re never too far off from all the major attractions on the island.

Gozo is much quieter than Malta. Hotels there are usually small family run businesses. You will also find a few large, luxurious hotels as well.

Then there’s Comino, the third and smallest inhabited island of the Maltese Islands. There’s only one hotel in Comino but it’s well equipped with all that visitors may require during their vacation.

What to See and Expect From the Pearl of Costa Rica, the South Pacific Coast

You have picked the most gorgeous part of Costa Rica to visit and stay, the “Pear of Costa Rica”, the South Coast. This part of Costa Rica is mostly unknown, even to many native Costa Ricans. It is only in the last 5 years that the coastal road was paved and only late last fall, 2010 that the coastal road was paved and opened between Quepos to Dominical. Prior to that, you had to drive over a very bumpy unpleasant road or drive the mountain route from San Jose to San Isidro and then to Dominical and further South.

Many people come to the South coast to visit the OSA Peninsula where more biodiversity has been expressed in plant and animal life than any other place on the planet. Sierpe, a fishing town on the OSA Peninsula is the departure point for many trips through the Mangroves to go fishing in the best fishing grounds off the coast, or to Cao Island to go snorkeling. Between Sierpe and Palmar Sur is where the new International airport is to be built. When? “Soon”, the say. Drake Bay is another interesting day trip out of Sierpe.

Driving north from the OSA Peninsula, the new Cortes Hospital was recently built near Cortes as well as a number of eco-building communities. One is OSA Mountain Village and the other is La Joya Perfecta. Just north of these two communities is a hardware store. The Mangroves are along the Pacific between Palmar Norte and Coronado. Just off the highway and north of the hardware store is San Buenas De Ventura. Here the owners have built the first Golf course in Southern Costa Rica. Just north of San Buenas the beautiful Costea Mountains begins to slip into and border the Pacific Ocean. At the entrance to Coronado the first bowling alley is about to be constructed. This is also the entrance to Tres Rios de Coronado.

The most southern hotel/villa Spa rental location is in Tres Rios de Coronado at the Mango Tree Spa. While Tres Rios is not on most maps it is a very special small pueblo with glorious mountains, jungle, the Coronado River running alongside the pueblo all the way out to sea at Punta Mala. Vergel has a camping hotel, a dog kennel and two wonderful Talapia Restaurants. Tres Rios and Vergel both offer many river adventures both for hiking and exploring.

North of here is a research marine biology station on the way down to the Isla de Tortugas. It was here that Hurricane Mitch changed the whole terrain of the Terraba River mouth. Before Hurricane Mitch large ships traveled up the river to Cortes. Back then it was approximately 60 feet deep. After Mitch the mouth of the river filled in and wiped out all the concession stands and huts on the beach. During low tide the river mouth and river are almost a sand bar. There is very little river left.

North of Playa Tortuga is the road into Ojochal, a very French and Canadian community with a few Americans. The area is gradually building with gorgeous homes spotting the mountain sides. There are three of the top restaurants in all of Costa Rica right here in Ojochal, Citrus (cosmopolitan), Exotica (French) and Ilang Ilang (Indonesian). Ojochal has a nice small grocery store and a couple of hotels. Just north is another progressing hardware store that now has many items not here 4 years ago. North of here is a liquor, gift, diving and grocery store. About a km. further north are more beaches: Ventanas and Pinuela. Ventanas is a must see with its two caves at low tide.

Before the next town north are two more hotels, Crystal Ballea and Mar y Selva. The next town (about 15 minutes driving North) is Uvita (grape in Spanish). This town is very Gringo with a number of start-up businesses that weren’t completed with the economic turn-around in 2008. Still, there is a vet, two excellent grocery stores, a small Saturday market and more beaches, Playa Ballena and Ballena Park with the Whales Tale beach. Here one can snorkel, but it is not as good as a trip to Cao Island through Sierpe. This is a wonderful long beach for hiking.

Going further north (about 20 minutes) are a couple of more hotels, La Casinga and Cuna de Angel, just off the highway. Finally, you will arrive at Dominical, a well developed seaside type of town with many young hippies, restaurants, hotels and potential drugs. This is a very young people’s town with an older presence. It was the beginning of the Southern corridor for many years before the road and development started to happen south of here. You have now reached the northern extension of the Costea Mountains where they no longer slip into the Pacific, but have moved back inland. Here the road splits for you to choose to drive north to Quepos and Jaco or turn toward San Isidro and the mountain route back to San Jose.

The total distance between Dominical to OSA is 1 hours to 2 hours depending how far down the Peninsula you might want to venture. Uvita is about 20 minutes South of Dominical and Coronado is about half way between Dominical and OSA. Depending on where and what you are planning to do, choose your vacation rental to optimize your driving time.

The Best In Quality Hawaii Hotels

Anyone who wants a unique vacation experience needs to travel to Hawaii. Most people who live in the United States choose to travel to Florida or the Caribbean when in search of a beautiful beach vacation. That’s also a good option, but what’s amazing about this is that most people travel to the Caribbean over and over again. It takes several trips for them to realize that all of the islands are very similar, which should come as no surprise considering they’re all in the same climate. Hawaii, on the other hand, is completely unique. It sits in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it has more uneven terrain and the types of beaches vary greatly. It’s possible to find black sand, tremendous waves and many other unique features. That being the case, if you truly want a special vacation, then you need to look at Hawaii hotels.

One of the most popular and highly rated Hawaii hotels is Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. It has a 4.5-star traveler rating, which is extraordinary. This is also the place to go if you’re traveling with family. Even though it has a family atmosphere, this hotel is all about luxury. From white sand beaches to superb golf, you’re going to be impressed. The standard amenities like a fitness center and outdoor pools are present, but you need to look beyond the ordinary in order to truly appreciate the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. For example, it’s nice that you get a balcony with ocean views, but you also get a private screen door with a lock. This is important because it allows you to hear and smell the fresh salt air as you sleep. Nothing could be more soothing. Don’t worry about the lock. That’s just for peace of mind. Nobody would ever attempt to enter your room uninvited on this property. Another nice amenity here is the concession stand on the beach, which has everything from fish tacos to shaved ices.

Another one of the top Hawaii hotels for families is Hilton Waikoloa Village. This property has a superb reputation for catering to families. It’s an oceanfront hotel on the Kohala Coast. The amenities seem nearly endless. An average day can consist of swimming with dolphins, racing down water slides, venturing under a pool waterfall and into a lagoon, relaxing at the spa and attending a luau. Needless to say, you’re going to have many opportunities to have fun.

One of the best Hawaii hotels for romance is The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii. This is a clean and quiet environment where you can dine on the beach and the people are friendly. It’s also recommended that you rent a cabana by the lagoon. Other activities include kayaking, snorkeling and shopping/dining at the little shops and restaurants just outside hotel property. If you’re a sushi lover, you will also be happy to know that they have a sushi bar.

And finally, don’t forget about the luxurious Aqua line of Hawaiian hotels and resorts. Aqua offers something special for every Hawaiian visitor with their chain of lovely resorts and even offer airfare packages too.

If you want a special vacation, choose from one of the Hawaii hotels listed above. Don’t think too hard about your decision. It’s impossible to go wrong.