The weather is heating up, and now's the perfect time to go on vacation and explore other parts of the world. Whether you want to just lay out on the beach or explore a big city, there are so many travel options out there for you. Here are some summer travel tips to help you make the most of your travels.
Set up flight alerts
These will send you an email when the prices for flights are at their lowest or when airlines have a sale. By getting notifications, you'll find out about affordable flights that you might otherwise have missed.
Roll, don't fold
When packing, roll T-shirts, dresses, and underwear instead of folding them. They'll take up far less space, so you can take more essentials or just pack lighter.
Even if you're traveling somewhere warm, be sure to bring a few light layers in case you encounter some rain. You don't want to be stuck somewhere cold and not be able to warm up. It can also get chilly indoors on hot days, as many businesses will turn the air conditioning up. You should also make sure to bring closed-toed shoes for the same purpose.
Bring snacks with you on the plane
Airport food is always overpriced, and you can take food through security as long as it isn't liquid. Bringing a few of your favorite snacks from home can make a long flight more enjoyable.
Be open to unique accommodation
Sometimes the cheapest and most fun places to stay are small local hotels, rental houses, or hostels. Not only are these more affordable in many cases, but you will get to experience more of the local character, and your hosts or staff will likely be able to give great recommendations.
If you think summertime in Florida is a little too hot to handle, believe it or not, it can actually be the perfect time to visit. Here are four reasons to take a shine to the Sunshine State this summer.
1. It’s less crowded
If you hate crowds, you’ll love Naples in the summertime. While sightseers and snowbirds from all over the world flock to Florida in the winter, summer is the “off-season”. From May through October, hordes of tourists and long lines are few and far between in Naples. With the roads clearer, traffic jams are rare, and finding a parking spot is pretty much a cinch.
2. It’s cheaper
If you want a tropical paradise without paying full price, summer is the perfect time to go to Florida. Compared to peak season, you’ll get the best prices for hotel rooms in Naples in the summer. Florida is home to some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the country, including Naples. You will not have any problem finding an affordable place to stay or something to do for the entire family during the summer months -- at bargain rates.
3. You’ll love the beaches
Not only are Florida beaches less crowded in the summer, the water is warm and welcoming. A day at the beach in Naples is perfect for nourishing the soul. Take a dip in the clear turquoise waters, and dig your feet in sand as soft and white as powdered sugar. It might be balmy, but shady palm trees and refreshing sea breezes make it all worthwhile.
4. The sunsets are stunning
There’s no better way to end your day in Naples on the Florida coast than sipping a cool cocktail as you watch the sun melt below the watery horizon, turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of reds, purples, pinks and oranges.
For many people, a beach holiday is their annual luxury; two weeks in the sun, with long sandy beaches and a tranquil sea is their idea of a perfect trip away. It doesn't take much imagination to take a step further and turn that annual trip into a real experience by staying in a small, select hotel.
Beach resorts are one of the most ideal locations for boutique hotels. The idea of stepping out from your bedroom onto your own private beach area, or staying in an exclusive location just minutes' walk from the sea is an attractive one to many. No chic beach resort is like another, however, so it's worth taking a look at locations and hotels before you decide exactly what type of beach holiday is right for you.
There's plenty of opportunity for boutique accommodation in the world's island resorts. From the Maldives in the Indian Ocean to the always-popular Caribbean islands, the lure of white beaches, blue seas and a laid-back atmosphere attracts visitors from all over the world. Beach boutiques on the islands make the most of the natural environment, using colour and texture to bring the outdoors inside and creating relaxing surroundings that enable you to enjoy your beach holiday to the full. Examples of island boutiques include:
• Ostraco Suites, Mykonos, Greece
• Quilalea Island, Mozambique
• Elysian Bali Villas, Seminyak, Bali
• Montpelier Plantation Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis
• The Lone Star Hotel and Restaurant, Barbados
• Fundu Lagoon, Zanzibar
These are just some of the chic island retreats catering for guests who are looking for privacy and tranquility within a design- and service-led hotel.
It's not just the islands that have wonderful stretches of coastline. The larger countries and continents boast hundreds of popular resorts where a boutique hotel can make all the difference to your holiday. Try the Old Quay House in Cornwall, England, where a perfect location, an historic building and sympathetic architecture and design make for the perfect coastal retreat. If you're a lover of the Spanish coast, then take a look at the Beach House in Marbella, which is one of the coolest hotels in the country. Rio de Janeiro has a stunning coastline and a party atmosphere to match and you can make the most of both by staying at La Maison, which is hip, trendy and just a few minutes from the beach.
If you've never stayed in a boutique hotel before, here are some reasons why you should book one today. There are so many amazing hotels to stay in around the world that there's almost certainly one at your next holiday destination. If you are planning a vacation to Florida, try the Inn at Pelican Bay in Naples, FL.
Why choose boutique?
Boutique hotels are usually in enviable locations. A townhouse right in the middle of the city, a chateau in rural France or a stunning beach retreat in the Maldives, boutique hotels exist to provide you with the very best location for your holiday. City hotels are in prestigious shopping areas, next to great restaurants, within a stone's throw from the theatre or stumbling distance from the top nightspots. They provide a retreat in the middle of town where you can wind down, rest your weary feet and take advantage of the staff's outstanding local knowledge.
Alternatively, chill out on a private beach, where your bedroom doors fold open onto the sand and where you can snorkel without seeing another human being. Or just take in the countryside from a castle on top of a hill. The Inn at Pelican Bay in Naples, FL, offers many vacation options in one place. Enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, hang out around the pool, enjoy the many nearby excellent restaurants and shopping or visit a few local attractions.
If you want to experience real design, choose a boutique hotel. More than a few art-deco ornaments or modern art in the foyer, these hotels have design running through their core and it is a pleasure to stay somewhere that's been designed and decorated with an eye for detail and finish. From the accessories in the bathroom to the china in the restaurant, everything is design-led, without being design-conscious.
A grand entrance with a grand piano welcomes guests at the Inn at Pelican Bay. The boutique hotel offers luxury as well as casual comfort. Enjoy the beach or pool during the day and sit around the new fire pit at night enjoying the ambiance and maybe even making a few friends.
By their nature, boutique hotels are small. Even in large buildings, these hotel owners reduce the number of rooms available so that they can increase the size of the rooms and the public spaces and provide better service. The size of a hotel in this sector isn't based on how much floor space it has, but how many rooms it offers, because this affects the ambiance and the service.
Service is all-important in boutique hotels. Hotel staff is trained to ensure that guests want for nothing, and yet the service is discreet, so guests don't feel hassled or intimidated. The lower number of guests at each hotel means that the service can be impeccable, and it usually is.
The staff is always ready and eager to share entertainment or dining ideas. If you want to experience the local flavor, ask about festivals and other local community events. Check with the hotel ahead of time to see if there are any events you’d like to plan your vacation around.
The term "boutique hotels" may give the impression that these hotels are all expensive, but that's not the case. In fact, you may be surprised by how affordable many of them are. For the same price or very slightly more than you might pay for a very ordinary chain hotel, you could be staying somewhere with real atmosphere and real service. Whilst some of the boutique hotels are very exclusive and therefore very expensive, many of them are perfectly affordable.
When you plan your next vacation, try a boutique hotel at a great location and enjoy the superior service for a reasonable price.
The best gifts to show someone how much you care often involve the gift of time. You can’t add hours to the day but you can help your loved one to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life, if even just for a short time. In our hectic world, almost everyone appreciates time to relax, enjoy life and spend time with the people they love. For most parents, that’s probably at the top of their wish list.
Since Mother’s Day and Father’s Day just around the corner, you should consider giving your parents a break and give them a few nights in a boutique hotel in Naples, FL, the Inn at Pelican Bay. It’s a gift for all ages. It’s a gift you can enjoy as a family or give your parents some time alone. Whether it is your own mother or father or your spouse, give them a gift that truly makes them feel special.
One of the great things about the Inn at Pelican Bay is that there’s something for everyone. It’s quietly nestled in the middle of so many things to do. If you just want to relax around the pool, take a walk along the beach, enjoy local attractions, shop or enjoy fine dining, you can do it all!
A Special Mother’s Day
Some moms want to spend their day with family while others prefer some time away from their motherly duties. No matter how she likes to spend the day, consider giving mom a weekend or a week at the Inn at Pelican Bay. She can relax around the pool, enjoy nearby shopping and fine dining or just walk the beach.
A Special Father’s Day
Instead of tools, ties or after shave, try giving your dad or the father of your children, a getaway to the Inn at Pelican Bay. If a relaxing day around the pool at a boutique hotel isn't his idea of fun, there's so much to do in Naples — as a family or just the guys. He can rent some Jet Skis or a boat for a fun day on the Gulf, book a fishing charter or take in a round or two of golf at the nearby world-class courses.
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