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Palace Lounge in Gulf Hotel restaurant Bahrain

Bahrain is an Asian country located in the Middle East near the shores of the great Persian Gulf, covering a large surface mass of 55km long by 18km wide bordering Saudi Arabia to its west. Since 1783, this territory has been under the rule of Ahmed Bin Khalif’s family; thus the royal family owns a majority of palaces making them a reserve for royal leaders.

However, curious tourists have an opportunity to get a glimpse of the royal palaces and other public palaces. Bahrain is a country with both ancient and modern palaces that history attracts many tourists.

Al-Qudaibiya Palace

This is a royal palace centrally located in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. To its adjacent is the Bani Otbah Avenue and Al Fatih Highway, Al Fateh Grand Mosque to its west and Andalus Garden and Manama cemetery to the southwest. It features a magnificent architectural design with a light pink coloring with a pearl-colored, onion shaped dome. This palace is the major venue to most of Bahrain’s political and economic conferences. Besides that, A-Qudaibiya is a major tourist site attracting thousands of tourists who travel to experience the country’s ancient heritage.

 Al Sakhir Palace

Built in 1870, this is a palace located in a desert area near Zallaq in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is famous to tourists for its active environment featuring the Bahrain International Circuit opened in 2004 (home for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Motor GP among other sports), AI Areen Wildlife Park (the only natural reserve and zoo situated on land in the country), camp sites etc. there are a lot in store for tourists visiting the palace.

Beit Isa Ali Al Khalifa House

It was built in 1800, featuring one of the oldest palaces in Bahrain. It has a rich political history owing to the fact that it was built as the residence for the royal family, thus a hub for the Bahrain’s royal life of the 19th century. Beit Al Jasra Palace located to the west coast of Bahrain, Beit Al Jasra is open to the public. It is also rich in the country’s cultural heritage with a national museum preserved for local citizens as well as foreign tourists. It was initially built as a summer home and till to date it is still being visits by a large number of tourists.

The Ramada Palace

Ramada palace in BahrainA 10 minutes drive for Bahrain International Airport is the Ramada Palace; a luxurious complex facility centrally located in Bahrain’s capital Manama. It has a capacity of 84 luxurious rooms including 12 suites. Featuring state-of-the-art amenities, it offers the best experience to its customers ranging from recreational facilities such as swimming pool, well equipped gym, sauna and steam, to dining options, banqueting and conference facilities, among others, making it the best destination for business and leisure travelers.

The Palace Boutique Hotel

This is another award-winning and prestigious palace in Bahrain. It features high quality amenities that make its visitors experiences memorable moments. For instance, it’s well equipped gym and work-out center, unlimited internet access, well-stocked bar and restaurant, among other facilities guarantees a remarkable experience.

Taking a Bahrain Visa is just but the first step one needs to take for a breath-taking and memorable palace experience in Bahrain.

Ruby Andrew’s author bio

Ruby Andrew, a guest writer and blogger by profession lives in Bristol, UK. Since for a long time, she has a passion for writing and she could write on any topic. Her areas of interest includes travel, Health, fitness, Automobile, Fashion, technology and wedding. At present, she works as a guest blogger on behalf of Sri Lankan visas

 

Today I came across this great analysis by Neil Patel about differences in demographics on social media. Because vacation rental business is a very unique niche I thought it’s very important to understand where your prospective clients spend most of their time.

A couple of years ago I read another study about who is doing all the prep work for an upcoming vacation. Although in our family all travel planning is done by me I wasn’t surprised to learn that in most of the cases it’s actually the opposite. Women take care of this task.

The infographic below gives you a clear picture of the best channels to market your vacation rental. Well, as long as you know who your clients are:

Who is more active on social media? Men or Women?
Courtesy of: Quick Sprout

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Hoem automation remote control for your house

Wow your visitors – and keep them coming back!

If you haven’t heard, automation is the latest buzz in all the popular housekeeping journals and publications. Whether it’s a digital app, a physical appliance or just a new frame of mind, housekeepers are now looking for ways to automate their routines and – quite simply – make their lives a little easier on themselves.

It’s good news all around for Rentini. If you’re a traveler, what’s better after a long day on the go than walking into a home fully stocked with easy-to-use, hands-free appliances and electronics? And if you’re a homeowner, there’s no better way to attract patrons than by making your home as accessible as possible.

Here’re five quick and easy ways to automate your home and attract future vacationers:

  

Start with the light bulbs.

They’re the easiest appliances to replace, and there’s so much you can do with them. If you’re going for luxury, look into some of the high-end automated bulbs like the Philips Hue. If you’re looking for something cheaper, try something like the Insteon LED Bulb, which still lets you control your light fixture from your smartphone or tablet.

Tech up the kitchen.

It’s the subtle things that make your kitchen look next-gen. Forget about the gimmicky electronic can openers and wine re-corkers. How about leaving an iPad on the kitchen island for guests to use as they please? It can cost you a bit of change, but it’s well worth it for the traveler’s experience. Foreign cooking is so much easier when you’ve got an Internet connection handy. And if you’re worried about the cost, look into some more affordable options like the Amazon Kindle or Google Nexus.

Get a home security system.

These days, most home security systems are synonymous with home automation systems; the two go hand in hand. The name brand security companies almost always provide some form of video monitoring, digital keypads and even thermostat control. Take a look at what the providers are offering in your part of the country.

Go wireless.

Home life is easier when you can do everything remotely. Your vacationers will appreciate any remotes that allow them to change channels, toggle lights or turn on a fireplace. Plus, with fewer wires running around your floors and walls, you’ll only add to the sleek ambiance of your interior.

Do it yourself.

Not every piece of home automation has to be packaged and delivered to your door. Sometimes, the most effective automation comes from a few simple changes on your end. There are dozens of free online apps to help you automate your home right from your computer. And if you’re handy, there’re plenty of options for building a custom entertainment center.

Best of all? By helping you optimize energy usage, home automation can save money in the long run. Once you start saving on your electricity and utility bills, you’ll see the value over time. Get automated today!

Houseboating offers an exotic means of exploring the wonders of North America, and according to MSN, this means of travel can be surprisingly affordable—often costing less than $1,000 a month for ownership. Whether you own for year-round boating or choose to rent for a leisurely family-friendly getaway, North America offers a variety of exciting destinations for boating enthusiast. Here are the top three to explore.

Ontario, Canada: Hudson Bay and Lake Superior

Photo by Balcer via Wikimedia Commons

At first glance, Ontario might not seem like the most obvious houseboating destination, but the Canadian province offers several excellent boating opportunities dotting the coast of the Hudson Bay and Lake Superior. These bodies of water echo the vast feel of the ocean, while also offering great views of Ontario’s unique woodland scenery. Because of the occasionally volatile nature of Lake Superior, it’s important that anyone boating there maintains a thorough understanding of essential houseboat operations. Prior to stepping aboard, make sure you have taken the proper boater exams from BoaterExam.com, for example, and are familiar with the boating regulations specific to Ontario.

Florida’s IntraCoastal Waterway

Photo by Robert DeMeo via Wikimedia Commons

If you have time to spare for a longer houseboat vacation, you’ll want to consider navigating the Intracoastal Waterway. This 3,000 mile waterway runs along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, providing a safe alternative to the dangers typically encountered while boating on the open sea. Of course, few vacationers possess the time required to travel along the full length of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is why many choose to focus on the portion found along Florida’s coast. This condensed option offers access to both the Atlantic and the Gulf Coast, while also allowing boaters to enjoy sweeping views of Florida’s beaches and swamps. The state’s department of tourism recommends vigilantly watching for such potential hazards as bridges and deep waters, as both of these can create significant risks for distracted boaters.

New York’s Lake Champlain and Adirondack Park

Photo by Travisleehardin via Wikimedia Commons

Houseboat Magazine recommends Lake Champlain as the boating destination of choice for anyone on the hunt for a relaxed family vacation. Straddling Vermont, New York and Quebec, the expansive inland lake offers plenty of opportunities for mainland exploration to suit all ages. The section of the lake falling within the borders of New York is particularly beautiful, as much of it is part of the state’s famous Adirondack Park. Adirondack Park is the largest park and National Historic Area in the contiguous United States. It continuously draws in and enchants visitors with its intersection of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, according to the official Adirondack Park Agency. While you’re there, enjoy a leisurely boating excursion along Lake Champlain’s coast, then enjoy some time on land while hiking in the great Adirondacks.

Italian landscape
Photo by Angelo Amboldi on Flickr

Some places are best seen through the window of a train, on horseback or by hiking across their scenic countryside. However, Italy is a country that should be seen one way only – from the driver’s seat of an open topped sports car, preferably while wearing giant Audrey Hepburn sunglasses while your scarf whips out behind you. The country boasts incredible, diverse landscapes, winding roads, open fields and fantastic views.

So if you’re planning to drive across Italy, here are some of the routes you should be sure to check out.

The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise

NATIONAL PARK OF ABRUZZO

Photo by Loigi Re on Flickr

The regions of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise are relatively unknown, lying two hours rive to the east of Rome. However, come out here and you’ll see some of the most mind blowing countryside you’re likely to find in Italy.

As you drive into the park (Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo) you’ll find the road ascends quickly into mountains where you’ll be surrounded by grazing white cows and forests fully of winding hiking trails. Along the way you’ll pass many small, virtually untouched towns, however, no matter how tempting it is for the best trip just drive straight on until you reach the town of Vasto, where there are outstanding views off the Trabocchi coast.

The Italian Riviera

Portofino Harbor Italian Rivera

Photo by Stan Shebs Creative Commons license

The famous Italian Riviera starts at the French border and works its way past seaside towns, farmer’s markets and some truly top notch restaurants all the way down to Tuscany. Enjoy fantastic views and woosh through a series of tunnels just like you’re in one of those car adverts.

Tuscany

Tuscany near ancient Sienna

Photo by Norbert Nagel  licensed under the Creative Commons

But why stop at the end of the Riviera? Tuscany is home to the finest of Italy’s restaurants, vineyards and holiday villas, to the point where you’ll really struggle to find a bad place to eat.

Sicily

Sicily, Italy

For Sicily you want a fast car and two weeks to drive it. Don’t just go from one end of the island to the other. Drive right around the coast, stopping off to see the islands famous vineyards at Cerasuolo di Vitoria and Mount Etna. See the ancient Greek theatres and temples, or simply find some great beaches and soak up the sun! This is a great place to really take your car exploring. As Direct Ferries director Matt Davies says, “It’s really worth getting your car on a boat and bringing it over the Sicily with you. There’s nothing quite like speeding along with the Sicilian breeze rushing past.”

The Amalfi Coast

Beautiful Amalfi Coast

Not all the famous hotspots on Italy are ones you should be drawn to however. It seems every travel guide out there recommends the Amalfi coast, and it’s true it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, which is why the roads are clogged with tour buses and municipal coaches, usually with a tail of other holiday drivers honking their horns behind them. To make it worse, you’ll be dealing with this while riding round some extremely bendy roads, sometimes with a 200 foot drop on one side. We advise taking your car elsewhere.

By Sam Wright

Sam Wright is a journalist based in Norwich, Norfolk.

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