Maya Resort Spa
Located in Ubud, Maya resort spa is spread across 10 hectares of tropical landscape. The luxury spa aims to capture the spirit of a traditional Balinese village. The spa offers fitness and yoga as well as an extensive list of treatments.
Four seasons - Sacred River Spa
The Sacred River Spa is immersed in lush jungle greenery within the Ayung River valley. Not only does the spa offer a variety of treatments but also holistic and rejuvenating experiences and ceremonies.
Permata Ayung Private Estate - The Bamboo Spa & Wellness Center
Designed by a famous bamboo architect, this private spa faces the river and offers a range of wellness and beauty treatments. The spa includes steam rooms, spa pools, natural stone pools and showers.
Komankeka at Bisma - Wana Jiwa Spa
This spa offers a mix between ancient Balinese techniques and western treatments, within the lush tropical surroundings. Guests experience the feeling of the forest rejuvenating their mind, body and soul.
The tranquil setting will provide a lasting sense of wellness through holistic healing and nurturing treatments. Located on the edge of a volcanic beach, amid rice fields and under the view of Mt Batukaru, this spa provides the perfect setting.
Perched on the cliff side in an isolated location, this spa offers a combination of Asian and European approaches. The traditional Balinese style of the spa allows for total relaxation and perfect harmony.
Museums are all about learning and appreciating our history from beautiful monuments and art to mysterious artifacts and the more dark side of mankind's past. Tripadvsior has just released their 2018 choices for the Top 25 Museums in the World and you will find everything from art, science, history and culture on this list.
1. Musee d'Orsay
One of the most beautiful museums, the Musee d'Orsay is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts Railway Station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture and photography.
3. The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
New York City, New York
One of the most devastating moments in American history, this Museum now stands in memory of all those who lost their lives during the attacks of September 11, 2001 which killed 2,977 people and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six.
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City, New York
One of the third most visited art museum in the world and the largest art museum in America, The Met, is filled with incredible collections of amazing art, furniture, armor, architecture and music.
4. The British Museum
London, United Kingdom
The British Museum houses one of the most amazing collections of artifacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern. It's dedicated to human history, art and culture and it's vast collection is free to view by all visitors.
5. Museo Nacional Del Prado
The Prado Museum is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century with over 1,300 works on display.
6. Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum is a must visit in Athens, with its focus purely on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The stunning museum houses every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
7. Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the World's largest art museum and you definitely need to put aside a day to completely explore this museum and historic monument. There is about 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century exhibited in the museum, attracting over 8.1 million visitors in the last year.
8. The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana
Formerly known as The National D-Day Museum, this military history museum is located in the CBD of New Orleans. With it's contemporary design this museum is filled with interactive exhibits and amazing shows all within an incredible layout.
9. National Museum of Anthropology
Mexico City, Mexico
The largest and most visited museum in Mexico, The National Museum of Athropology includes imposing architecture, sculptures, murals, carvings and artifacts. It contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico's pre-columbian heritage, such as the Stone of the Sun and Aztec Xochipilli Statue
10. War Remnants Museum
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Though this museum is a sad reminder and some of the exhibits are disturbing, it is a informative and important reminder of history. It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War involving the French colonialists.
11. National Gallery
London, United Kingdom
In central London this galley was founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. It is among the most visited art museums in the world and it's entry to the main collection is free of charge.
12. Vasa Museum
Located on the island of Djurgarden, the museum displays the only fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Varsa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. It's a stunning look into ship life and shipbuilding from a ship disaster 400 years ago.
13. Uffizi Galleries
Located in the Historic Centre of Florence this Italian museum is one of the largest and best known in the world, and holds a collection of priceless works, particularly from the period of the Italian Renaissance. The Uffizi is one of the first modern museums and has been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century until in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch National Museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam. It is located in an old-world building close to the Van Gogh Museum but has had a contemporary update and exhibits hundreds of old masters.
15. The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia
The State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The second-largest art museum in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Catherine the Great acquired an impressive collection of paintings from the Berlin merchant Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky.
16. Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. The Museum opened in the 70s and offers an exceptional view of not just his popular works but the man himself - the dedicated, hard-working but misunderstood artist.
17. The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually.
18. Egyptian Museum of Turin
The Egyptian Museum of Turin, or Museo Egizio, is an archaeological museum in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, specialising in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology. It's a fascinating collection and as well as being one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities, with more than 30,000 artefacts.
19. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa)
Wellington, New Zealand
Known as Te Papa or "Our Place," it opened in 1998 after the merging of the National Museum and the National Art Gallery. It showcases the natural and cultural history of New Zealand from art and culture to geography and fauna.
20. Museo Larco
Located on stunning grounds, The Museo Larco is a privately owned museum of pre-columbian art. Full of a range of artifacts the museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid.
21. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Pneh, chronicling the Cambodian genocide. The site is a former high school which was used as a Security Prison 21 by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979.
22. The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses
This museum is famous for housing the Terracotta Army which is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210-209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
23. Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
The Museum of Gold is a museum located in Bogota, Colombia and is one of the most visited touristic highlights in the country. The museum displays a selection of pre-Columbian gold and other metal alloys, such as Tumbaga, and contains the largest collection of gold artifacts in the world.
24. Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
Yad Vashem is Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honouring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
25. Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo, Brazil
The Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo is one of the most important art museums in Brazil and has a wide range of Brazilian art. Mainly noted for its vast assemblage of 19th century paintings and sculptures, one of the largest in the country, as well as for a number of iconic Brazilian Modernist artworks.
Croatia is a land of Vineyards, with more than 300 geographically defined wine regions in the country. Each wine region offers a number of vineyards with wine tours and tastings, which is the perfect way to taste your way through some of the country's best wines. Below we have listed some of the best wineries in the country for you to visit on your trip to Croatia.
This family owned vineyard is located on the peninsula of Istra. The winery offers a number of tours, wine tastings, food pairings and other wine experiences. Each tour or event is arranged by appointment and tailor made experiences can made made upon request. The winery offers stunning views with a relaxing atmosphere and high quality professional service.
Located in the village of Ponikve on the Peljesac peninsula, Milos Winery is the oldest family owned winery in the region. They specialize in high quality wines from organic grapes and also produce award winning olive oil. The winery offers tours of the vineyard, which educate guests on the family history of the winery and the process of making wine.
This winery provides guests with educational tours, tastings and cultural events and is located in the small coastal town of Orebic. The winery looks out over the picturesque Aegean Sea and provides guests with a first class experience. Visitors can enjoy dining at Korta Katarina or even staying in their newly established villa on the premises.
Located in Split, Putalj Winery offers visitors unlimited wine when they participate in a wine tour. The owner of the vineyard conducts the wine tours and provides guests with a knowledgeable experience as well as platters of local breads, cheeses and meats. The winery offers a pick up service from in and around Split, making this winery very easily accessible.
Situated in Smokvica, Toreta Winery is a small charming wine cellar which specializes in Posip, a local grape variety. The winery has spectacular views over the town and gives visitors the chance to look at the wine making equipment. The family run winery offers a combination of traditional and modern wine growing and making techniques which they explain through their wine tastings.
Some of the worlds most beautiful scenery is best viewed from train windows. Railway journeys bring romance and adventure and is one of the most cost effective, stress free and eco friendly ways to travel. Below we have put together some of the worlds best train journeys to think about for your next vacation.
The Ghan- Darwin to Adelaide
The Ghan offers the ultimate rail journey travelling through the heart of Australia covering 2979 km. Enjoy views of the stunning Australian outback and landscapes from coastal plains to desolate deserts and lush tropics. The train has three booking classes red, gold and platinum and also has options to add land tours and accommodation.
- Alice Springs
- Flinders Ranges
- Tennant Creek
Rocky Mountaineer - British Colombia, Alberta and Washington
The Rocky Mountaineer is the most luxurious way to travel through the Canadian Rockies. The all-daylight train operates from April to October and offers a range unique routes ranging from 1-4 night to 14+ night journeys. Routes offer overnight stays in accommodations as well as additional activities.
Glacier Express- Switzerland
Known as the slowest express train in the world, the relaxing Glacier Express travels through the Swiss Alps. The train passes through 91 tunnels and over 291 bridges, with panoramic windows that provide unobstructed views of the unique and scenic landscape.
- Mattertal Valley
Trans-Siberian Railway- Moscow- Vladivostok
This unforgettable train journey is one of the longest in the world. Although trains offering this route are very basic, they provide guests with an authentic service. Along the way visitors enjoy iconic sites, historic attractions and fascinating villages. Not to mention the incredible scenery and varying landscapes.
Eastern and Oriental Express - Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
Travelling between ancient wonders and cosmopolitan cities this journey combines adventure with total relaxation. This luxury train travels slowly through South East Asia and provides guests with an exotic experience. The train offers excursions at each stop and prides itself on world class accommodations and dining options.
Venice Simplon, Orient Express - London to Venice
Known as the gateway to the Orient, this iconic journey travels through French farmlands and Swiss Alpine valleys. The train provides elegant cabins, three stylish dining carts and first class service. With historic carriages and luxurious decor, this train will take you back in time to the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.
Arctic Circle Train - Sweden to Norway
The spectacular scenery includes stunning fjords, frozen glaciers, icy waterfalls and fairy tale villages. Visitors also enjoy the rural landscapes of Scandinavia and views of Lapland. The trains are simple and comfortable and travels to many exciting destinations between Sweden and Norway.
The Blue Train - South Africa
One of the most luxurious train journeys in the world, with butler service and 5 star carriage accommodation. The journey promises some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery the sub-continent has to offer. From the large picture windows, visitors see sites including mountain ranges, arid deserts and Savannah landscapes.
- Table Mountain
- African Wildlife
- Savannah Grasslands
Palace on Wheels - India
This train offers you a trip to the splendid forts and palaces of Rajasthan in just one week. The luxurious train offers state of the art amenities blended with tradition, offering a once in a lifetime experience. On board guests are treated like royalty and take part in a number of well-crafted tours and excursions.
- Taj Mahal
- Bahei Temple
- Gadisar Lake
- The City Palace
- Ranthambore National Park
- Hawa Mahal
Copper Canyon Trail (El Chepe) - Mexico
A scenic ride through Mexico's most rugged and beautiful scenery passes through 86 tunnels and over 37 bridges. Venture into the mountains, forests and historical sites along with other Mexican natural wonders. The train runs as a hop on hop off service giving guests the time to explore the various stops along the way.
- Septentrion Canyon
- Chinipas Bridge
- Los Mochis
Why not spend Christmas abroad this year and make the festive season one to remember. Experience the traditions of a white Christmas or jet off to a sunny paradise to break the habit of staying home each holiday period. Listed below are some of our favorite destinations to spend the Christmas season.
The Christmas carols at the St. Patrick's Cathedral are an annual Christmas highlight in Dublin. Don't miss the great Christmas shopping deals in retail stores, along with the wide variety of Christmas markets. A Dublin tradition is to watch Christmas movies screening during the Naughty or Nice season at the Lighthouse Cinema.
New York, United States of America
New York is magical during the holiday season with plenty of Christmas activities. Ice skating at the Rockefeller center and horse and carriage rides through the city are a must for those visiting in Winter. The city is decorated from head to toe in stunning light displays and there are a number of Christmas shows and performances throughout the city to enjoy.
Known as the true home of Santa Claus, Lapland opens up as Santa's village during the Christmas period. Enjoy riding through the snow with reindeer or snow dogs or visit Santa along with his elves in the workshop. With unique accommodation options and the chance to view the Northern Lights, this is a festive experience you would never forget.
Nuremberg's Christkindelsmarkt (Christmas market) is what makes Christmas in Nuremberg so special. The old market takes place in the central square of town alongside the beautiful Church of Our Lady. From here you will be able to purchase traditional Christmas delicacies and goods as well as experience enchanting light displays.
Christmas celebrations start in early November, despite the festive season falling in the summer months. Christmas in Sydney features many festivities on the beach as well as shopping department store decoration displays, choir concerts and the lighting of the Martin Place Christmas tree.
During December Zurich turns into a winter wonderland filled with Christmas markets, singing choirs, traditional foods and other festivities. The railway station is a central focus during the holiday season, as it is home to Europe's largest and most expensive indoor Christmas market.
Although Christmas is not celebrated by many in Japan, the city is still filled with over the top decorations. Winter illuminations light shows are a top attraction during the winter months allowing visitors to experience different festive themed light installations throughout the city.
Quebec City, Canada
The colonial French architecture gives this Canadian city a unique European feel. The city is lined with cobble streets and packed with quaint shops, small cafes and restaurants all decorated for the holiday season. Winter activities such as skiing, snow boarding and sledging are also popular during these times.
Celebrate a relaxed Christmas in the sun where your new Christmas traditions will become a swim in the ocean and a visit to the beach. Hawaii holds boat and land Christmas displays and the hotels, shops and restaurants present incredible Christmas decorations and displays. Also don't forget to catch a glimpse of Santa arriving on his surf board!
Vienna sparkles with festive spirit during the Christmas period as snow falls on the city and a glass of mulled wine and seasonal treats are available around every corner. Marching bands fill the streets along with the abundance of markets and festive activities.