Hot Spring Hotel – Hotel Rondinella http://hotelrondinella.com/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:28:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://hotelrondinella.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/hotelrondinella-icon.png Hot Spring Hotel – Hotel Rondinella http://hotelrondinella.com/ 32 32 The eight most Instagrammable spas in Yorkshire, including Swinton Estate, Grantley Hall and Titanic Spa https://hotelrondinella.com/the-eight-most-instagrammable-spas-in-yorkshire-including-swinton-estate-grantley-hall-and-titanic-spa/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:25:58 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/the-eight-most-instagrammable-spas-in-yorkshire-including-swinton-estate-grantley-hall-and-titanic-spa/ Many people want the luxury of a spa break and the perfect infinity pool without the price of travel too. If you’re looking for a gram-worthy local retreat, here are some of the most Instagrammable spas in Yorkshire. From a world-class luxury eco spa built in an old mill to a garden spa set in […]]]>

Many people want the luxury of a spa break and the perfect infinity pool without the price of travel too.

If you’re looking for a gram-worthy local retreat, here are some of the most Instagrammable spas in Yorkshire.

From a world-class luxury eco spa built in an old mill to a garden spa set in 375 acres with a golf course, there are plenty of perfect spas in Yorkshire.

As people take to social media to scroll through the best spas or post their favorite Instagram-worthy photos, here are some of the most Instagrammable spas in Yorkshire.

Rockcliffe Hall Hotel and Spa

Rockcliffe Room

At the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales stands the magnificent Rockliffe Hall Hotel and Spa. Golf carts escort guests around the 375-acre estate without the expense of decor, food, and spa facilities.

The 50,000 square foot spa at Rockcliffe Hall greets guests with a kaleidoscope of color gently radiating through beautiful stained glass windows by the indoor pool.

For an added touch of tranquility, the spa blends seamlessly both outdoors and indoors with its luxurious spa garden, where guests can soak in the panoramic views of the grounds while experiencing different pressures of hydrotherapeutic massage in the infinity pool. The spa garden experience is bookable and available for up to 20 spa users at a time, guaranteeing no-one shots.

Rockcliffe Hall Hotel and Spa

Swinton Estate

The Swinton Country Club and Spa, part of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate, combines contemporary design with a natural aesthetic and relies on the ‘natural elements of light and weather’.

Guests can soak up the tradition of spa baths and choose from one of four immersion experiences, all heated by eco-friendly, carbon-neutral biomass boilers.

The spa has an 18-metre indoor pool for swimming exercises and rest, while the hydrotherapy pool offers therapeutic relaxation with a choice of massages. For outdoor enjoyment, the spa garden is equipped with a 10-meter natural swimming pool, an eco-friendly swim in bio-filtered water and an open-air hot tub.

You can stay inside the Swinton Park Hotel at the Cookery School or experience off-the-grid glamping in the yurts or treehouses at Swinton Bivouac. All of the above guarantees Instagram-worthy photos.

Titanic Spa, which is located in a restored textile factory in the Linthwaite Valley near Huddersfield, has been named the world’s best luxury eco-friendly spa at the 2022 World Luxury Spa Awards. This is the second time the spa has won the price, choosing for the first time in 2018.

The ‘destination spa’ is the only Eco Spa in the UK thanks to its eco-friendly credentials.

Grantley Hall

The Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall Hotel, along with the ELITE luxury gym and executive wellness center combine spa and wellness facilities located at this five star hotel.

Three Graces Spa was founded on the wellness principle of creating a state of balance by restoring beauty and balance, through individual spa treatments and journeys personalized for each client by trained therapists. The experiences offered by Three Graces Spa revolve around Greek mythology, ancient Indian and Chinese therapeutic wisdom and practice.

From afternoon teas to poolside photos, there are plenty of vibrant photos to take.

Rudding Park

Rudding Park Spa captures Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural spring waters from the Rudding Park Estate, a private luxury hotel set in 300 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland.

The Rooftop Spa is a social space with a range of hydrotherapy and thermal experiences and the Escape Zone, a peaceful and serene space for guests having treatment, offering a range of visual and audio therapeutic experiences where guests can relax and absorb scenes of lapping waves, wildflower meadows and breathtaking mountain scenery on the video mood wall; and center the mind and body while listening to meditation and healing soundtracks through personal headsets.

Rudding Park’s rooftop spa features an 11m indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy infinity pool offering guests magnificent views of the gardens while enjoying volcanic hydrotherapy foot, leg massage and back and a swan neck massage. There is also a panoramic sauna; herbal steam bath; luxury hammam; relaxing foot spa; experience showers; sunlight therapy room and oxygen capsule.

Other facilities and treatments include a 17m indoor swimming pool (fed by Rudding Park’s natural waters, filtered by an ultraviolet system to provide crystal clear water); a juniper wood sauna; bucket shower; Mud Rasul (traditional Moorish mud treatment experience, which takes place in a private space for two to four people per session); nail and beauty salon and Horto Café.

Wellness in Alpamare

Their modern, state-of-the-art facilities can be enjoyed with exclusive Elemis treatments and products as well as a unique sauna experience that overlooks the sea.

You can also grab a cocktail and pose in the infinity pool at the water park downstairs.

Sawcliffe Manor

A milk bath is no longer reserved for the folk legend of Cleopatra. It is said that the Queen of Egypt took daily milk baths to keep her skin plump and youthful and she had a good point for bathing in milk with many healing properties.

Guests of Sawcliffe Manor can now indulge in their own royal ablutions with a milk bath treatment in Sawcliffe’s new Copper Bath Suite in the Natural Spa.

A giant copper bathtub has been installed in the Copper Bath Suite which is filled with cow’s milk and calendula for this unique experience.

All of these healing benefits aside, there’s nothing more picture-worthy than sitting in the milk bath and seeing the distinctive, ethereal feel of milk versus copper.

No.1 by GuestHouse, York

Featuring a pampering spa set under arches away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, guests are greeted with an instantly warm welcome and down-to-earth treatments. The luxurious spa was originally an air shelter for WWII and now offers rustic rooms for special shared rituals or treatments for isolated solo needs. The hotel offers a range of bespoke spa experiences by trained therapists to suit all needs.

The boutique hotel has huge dreamy sash windows, ceilings that are higher than they are high, a grand central staircase, and ivy around the doorway. Its grand yet friendly face is full of charm and provides the perfect base for a getaway away from home.

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Home Matters: Upcoming Events, Tours and Classes https://hotelrondinella.com/home-matters-upcoming-events-tours-and-classes/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:01:29 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/home-matters-upcoming-events-tours-and-classes/ November 19: An architectural historian will be the next speaker in the Friends of San Diego Architecture lecture series. Diane Kane will discuss “Looking Back, Moving Forward: San Diego’s Successes and Failures Since 1980,” which will be an overview of San Diego’s accomplishments over the past 40 years. Cost: suggested donation of $5; free students. […]]]>

November 19: An architectural historian will be the next speaker in the Friends of San Diego Architecture lecture series. Diane Kane will discuss “Looking Back, Moving Forward: San Diego’s Successes and Failures Since 1980,” which will be an overview of San Diego’s accomplishments over the past 40 years. Cost: suggested donation of $5; free students. When: 9:30 a.m. Where: NewSchool of Architecture & Design, 1249 F St., San Diego. For further information: (619) 224-8584 or friendsofsdarch.com/looking-back-going-forward-san-diegos-hits-and-misses-since-1980/

November 19: Do you want to make live vacation arrangements for your home? Armstrong Garden Centers staff will show workshop participants ways to decorate using holiday-inspired plants that could be placed throughout the home. The workshop will also cover plant care and how to transition arrangements into the New Year. No cost. When: 9am-10am Where: Check your local store. Info: eventbrite.com/e/living-holiday-arrangements-for-your-home-tickets-441276438707.

Nov. 19-20, 23, 25-27; 1-4, 8-11, 14-23, 26-31 Dec. ; January 1st : Lightscape, a new holiday event at the San Diego Botanical Garden, will light up the evenings with more than one million holiday lights in tunnels, a fire garden, sculptures and art installations throughout the garden. Average tour time along the 1-mile trail is 1.5 hours and there is no time limit. Tickets: from $27 for adults, $18 for children 3 to 12 years old and free for children under 2 years old. Discounts available for SDBG members as well as active and disabled military with ID; $10 parking in advance, $20 day of visit. When: Entry times are available every 15 minutes from 5-8:30 p.m. The garden closes at 10 p.m. Information: (760) 436-3036 or https://sdbg.org/lightscape/. (Melanie: The link didn’t work for me, even though it did before. Can you try with your computer, please?)

November 26: Want to fix a broken dish or cracked pottery with a touch of glam? The Japanese Friendship Garden will hold a class on ‘kintsugi’, also known as ‘kintsukuroi’, which is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer sprinkled or mixed with powdered gold, silver or platinum. Tickets: $75 JFG members; $80 non-members. The fee includes two small ceramic dishes and/or bowls and other materials. When: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Where: Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Road. E., Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232 – 2721 or niwa.org/kintsugi.

December 1 to 3: Homeowners can find tips and ideas for decorating holiday trees at the Festival of Trees event hosted by the San Diego Floral Association during December Nights, Balboa Park’s annual holiday event. The Flower Arrangers Guild of San Diego and other garden clubs will use the Welcome Back to Balboa Park theme to decorate trees Thursday. Cost: $5, free for children, Thursday night preview only; free, Friday and Saturday. When: 4-7 p.m. Thursday; 3-11 p.m. Friday; Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Where: Casa del Prado, room 101, Balboa Park. Information: (619) 232-5762 or sdfloral.org/festival-trees.htm.

December 5: Learn how to create ornaments in a workshop offered by the Timken Museum of Art. Participants will create heirloom-quality treasures in the style of original artists and San Diego residents Florence Hord and Elizabeth Schlappi. Timken Artist Teacher, Elizabeth Washburn, will guide participants as they use the artist-curated selection of shimmering gemstones, swirls of color and elaborate watermarks. Cost: $85 members; $95 non-members; includes materials for an ornament. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Where: Timken Museum of Art, 1500 El Prado, Balboa Park. Information: timkenmuseum.org/calendar/event/jewels-of-the-season-ornament-making-workshop-1/.

December 7: Invasive insects have recently had a significant impact on several tree species in Southern California. The “Southern California Invasive Wildland and Urban Tree Pests” virtual webinar aims to provide information on where pests such as the South American palm weevil appear and the management strategies taken to reduce the impacts of infestations. No cost. Time: 1-4:30 p.m. Where: Zoom. Information: (858) 822-7711 or survey.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=39311.

December 8: L. Frank Baum, best known for writing “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” wrote three books with a nod to Christmas while wintering at the Hotel del Coronado. You can hear Baum’s vacation stories and his relationship with Coronado in a talk by Bill Swank, the resident Santa Claus at Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion since 2002. Tickets: $15 member; $18 non-member. When: reception at 5:30 p.m., conference at 6 p.m. Where: Coronado Historical Association, 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado. Information: (619) 435-7242 or coronadohistory.org/calendar/event/wine-lecture-baums-christmas-memories-1/.

December 17-18: Tillandsias and other bromeliads will be featured at the San Diego Bromeliad Society’s Holiday Plant Sale. Experts will be available to answer questions, and tools and supplies can be purchased. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Casa del Prado, Room 101, Balboa Park. Information: sandiegobromeliadsociety.org/.

January 7-8, 2023: Branded as showcasing everything for, in and around your home, the San Diego Spring Home Show brings together professionals from multiple industries to answer questions about home projects big and small. There will also be the kitchen showcase and an exhibit on green solar energy on site. Cost: Free online passes; $10 at the door. When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Where: San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego. Information: homeshowsandiego.com/.

To post an event, send information to utcoastal@gmail.com.

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A flight to Mount Everest https://hotelrondinella.com/a-flight-to-mount-everest/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 06:41:52 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/a-flight-to-mount-everest/ Video Our helicopter (operated by Manang Air) was one of the first to take off at sunrise around 6:20 am from Kathmandu airport. There are many helicopter operators offering tours to see the majestic mountains of Nepal, but there is only a small window in the season to do so. I would recommend going in […]]]>

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Our helicopter (operated by Manang Air) was one of the first to take off at sunrise around 6:20 am from Kathmandu airport. There are many helicopter operators offering tours to see the majestic mountains of Nepal, but there is only a small window in the season to do so. I would recommend going in April or October when the weather is clearest and not that cold.

The first leg is from Kathmandu to Lukla, which took about 40 minutes of flight. On the way, we can see many mountain peaks in the distance, including GauriShanker, Mount Everest, and even Kanchenjunga.

Stop 1. Lukla (9,380ft / 2,860m)

Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest. There is no road so no car can get there. You can reach Lukla by trekking, STOL fixed-wing aircraft or helicopter. We got there at 7am.

Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
During our stop we were offered hot tea/coffee as it was cold before the sun came up the mountain. Captain Vijay Lama and Dr Andreas Hartmann joined me on this trip.

We took off again after refueling and headed up Mount Everest, passing Namche Bazar, Syangboche Airstrip, Khumbu Icefall…

Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft / 3,440 m)
Syangboche Airfield (12,402 ft / 3,780 m)
We continue to climb in the helicopter, as you can see on the GPS it’s red everywhere (terrain!)

Less than a 10 minute flight from Lukla, we got a close look at Mount Everest.

Depending on the angle of view, the mountains can look different and confusing. Some peaks can look even taller than Mount Everest from different angles.
Mount Everest (29,031ft / 8,849m) is the one with the sharp peak with snow blowing at the top.

We were almost at 20,000 feet but Mount Everest was standing really high from where our helicopter was. We were trying to climb to Camp 2 of Mount Everest which is the limit of our helicopter. Unfortunately there was a 20-25 knot gust of crosswind blowing so we couldn’t get anywhere higher than Camp 1.

We had an amazing view of the Khumbu Icefall. Watch my video for pictures. I asked where the Everest camps were but was told there were no camps set up in the fall as it was too cold to climb. The camp will be reset for the spring season.

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Stop 2. Kala Patthar (18,519 ft / 5,644 m)

We finally landed at Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m).
We finally landed at Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m).

I was taking pictures so frantically and became slightly disoriented. I started using the helicopter’s oxygen supply.

We spent 5 minutes outside while the helicopter kept its rotor on. It was the highest altitude I have ever set foot on.

Our next stop is pristine Gokyo Lake. Along the way we saw the highest glacier in the world, the Khumbu Glacier and we flew over the Cho La pass (17,782ft / 5,420m).

Khumbu Glacier – The highest glacier in the world

The helicopter pilot told me that the rule is to keep flying left to give way to other vehicles. As the valley is cleared, he flies right towards Gokyo Lake. I’m really amazed at how close we fly to such mountainous terrain. Watch all the flight action on my video.

Stop 3. Gokyo Ri (17,575ft / 5,357m)

Gokyo Ri (17,575 ft / 5,357 m)

After a brief stop on the lake, we head to the highest hotel in the world, the Everest view hotel for breakfast.

Stop 4. Hotel Everest View (12,729ft / 3,880m)

View of Everest from the hotel (12,729 ft / 3,880 m)

Stop 5. Lukla (9,380ft / 2,860m)

After breakfast, we flew to Lukla. The light on the Lukla track is excellent now. It was a totally clear day.

Helicopters not only bring in tourists, they also carry goods and bring sick and tired hikers down the mountain daily. Once the cargo arrives, donkeys are used to transport it to the mountain villages.

Planespotting at the most dangerous airport in the world;  Lukla
Planespotting at the most dangerous airport in the world; Lukla

The trip was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.

Our trip

After spending 40 minutes in Lukla, we returned to Kathmandu. There is nothing like it in the landscape.

There is no difficulty in doing this trip compared to several days of trekking. The helicopter is providing oxygen but we really stayed at 20,000 feet for a few minutes.

The whole trip took about 5 hours. The cost to do this is around $1200 per person sharing the helicopter. ($3300-$3500 per helicopter with 4 seats)

Way Point of our helicopter flight:

  1. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338 m)
  2. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
  3. Namche Bazaar (11,290 ft / 3,440 m)
  4. Syangboche (12,402 ft / 3,780 m)
  5. Khumbu Icefall (17,999 ft / 5,486 m)
  6. Mount Everest (29,031 ft / 8,849 m)
  7. Kala Patthar (18,519ft / 5,644m)
  8. Cho La Pass (17,782 ft / 5,420 m)
  9. Gokyo Ri (17,575 ft / 5,357 m)
  10. View of Everest from the hotel (12,729 ft / 3,880 m)
  11. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860 m)
  12. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338 m)

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Hottest spots and tips for the best vacation https://hotelrondinella.com/hottest-spots-and-tips-for-the-best-vacation/ Sat, 05 Nov 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/hottest-spots-and-tips-for-the-best-vacation/ Miami conjures up images of beautiful people in beautiful places, like the pools of art deco hotels, on wide sandy beaches along a sparkling blue ocean, in flashy nightclubs and in the boutiques along Tony Lincoln Road. It’s a happening place, no doubt, and with so much to see and do, tourists have plenty to […]]]>

Miami conjures up images of beautiful people in beautiful places, like the pools of art deco hotels, on wide sandy beaches along a sparkling blue ocean, in flashy nightclubs and in the boutiques along Tony Lincoln Road.


It’s a happening place, no doubt, and with so much to see and do, tourists have plenty to choose from. Most attractions must be booked in advance, online, in all seasons, due to the constant influx of tourists from all over the world.


Choose the best time to travel to Miami

The best time to visit Miami is after spring break, from late March to mid-May, when the weather is pleasant and the city isn’t completely overrun with visitors.

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It is usually very hot in summer, and winter is the main tourist season. Hotel and private accommodation rates will therefore be highest from December to mid-March.

South Florida remains warm year-round. Even in January, the average nighttime temperature hits 60 degrees Fahrenheit, perhaps calling for a light jacket.

By the time spring break rolls around in February, it’s definitely beach season, with a daytime temperature of 75 degrees.

  • Winter: None
  • Spring: January to May
  • Summer: june to september
  • To fall: October to December

Visit Amazing Miami Attractions

Miami’s Art Deco Historic District is a huge tourist draw. The buildings are painted in delightful pastel colors and feature the clean geometric lines that make art deco architecture so enchanting.

The neighborhood stretches between 5th Street and 23rd Street on Ocean Drive, Collins Avenue and Washington Avenue. Even the lifeguard stands on the art deco designs of the South Beach sport.

No visit to Miami is complete without a visit to the famous Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, an early 20th century estate reminiscent of the Gilded Age.

Located on Biscayne Bay, Miami’s historic estate features 10 acres of formal gardens and more than 2,000 antique pieces of art and furniture. Visitors visit 34 rooms in the grand Mediterranean-style mansion, which has a total of 70 rooms.

Related: Miami to Key West: The Ultimate 3-Day Travel Itinerary

The deep blue sea is always a priority for vacationers visiting Miami, as it is the backdrop for so much activity in this action-packed city.

That’s why a visit to the Miami Seaquarium is a must-do excursion, and one that allows tourists to have one-on-one interactive experiences with marine life. Visitors can choose between an encounter with the penguins and a swim with the seals, for example.

Choose from an abundance of beaches in Miami

Some are secluded and others are packed with locals and tourists, but one thing can be said about all Miami beaches: step inside, the water is good.

The popular South Beach, where the famous Muscle Beach is located, is a wide stretch of coast where even the aid stations are painted in art deco colors. Located along Ocean Drive, it offers easy access to cafes, bars and restaurants.

Muscle Beach offers exercise, weightlifting and gymnastics activities. Visitors also flock to Surfside Beach, located in Miami Beach between North Beach and Bal Harbour. There are scenic sand dunes and a raised dune path for joggers and walkers.

Head north to find calmer stretches of sandy coastline at Mid-Beach, North Beach and Bal Harbor Beach.

  • The best beaches in Miami: South Beach, Muscle Beach, Surfside Beach, North Beach, Bal Harbor Beach.

Enjoy good food at Miami restaurants

Travelers to Miami can choose from hundreds of restaurants across Miami, including many ethnic restaurants and seafood specialties.

Sample what the city has to offer at the Miami Food Festival, held annually at the German American Social Club of Greater Miami. Wine lovers will want to head to the Miami Wine Festival.

Related: Miami: How to Visit Florida’s Best City on a Budget

Other restaurants are, of course, open year-round for the enjoyment of visitors.

Best places for breakfast

  • Cozy Corner Diner, 90 Westward Dr, Miami Springs, Honey Uninhibited, 1777 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami.

Best places for lunch and dinner

  • Lulu, 3105 Commodore Plaza, Miami; Joia Beach, at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Jungle Island, Miami
  • Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish, at 398 NW North River Drive
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, at 151 NE 41st Street, Miami (two Michelin stars)

Best nightclubs

LIV, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; Space Club, 34 NE 11th Street, Miami; Brick, 187 NW 28th Street, Miami.

Choice of hotels from budget to luxury

Luxury hotels dot the beachfront along Miami’s waterfront, offering expansive outdoor recreation areas with pools, cabanas, hot tubs, and other high-end amenities. Budget hotels are not beachfront, but offer easy access to the ocean and area attractions.

Luxury hotels

Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove

  • Cost: $550 per night for 2 adults
  • Address: 3300 SW 27th Street, Miami
  • Approvals: Refined cuisine, a complete spa and a balcony in each room.

Four Seasons Hotel in Miami

  • Cost: $720 per night for 2 adults
  • Address: 1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami
  • Approvals: Overlooks Biscayne Bay, 2-acre pool with cabanas, hot tub

Related: 7-Day Itinerary to Explore the Best of Miami

Hotel Victor

  • Cost: $250 per night for 2 people
  • Address: 1144 Ocean Drive, South Beach
  • Approvals: Each bedroom has an ocean view.

Budget hotels

Hotel Chesterfield & Suites

  • Cost: $150 per night for 2 adults
  • Address: 855 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
  • Approvals: Charming property with ultra-modern interiors.

Hampton Inn Miami Dadeland

  • Cost: $118 per night for 2 adults
  • Address: 8200 SW 70th Avenue, Miami
  • Approvals: Fitness center, hot breakfast buffet

Vagabond Hotel

  • Cost: $189 per night for 2 adults
  • Address: 7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
  • Approvals: Outdoor pool, free parking

How to get around Miami

Tourists should arrive knowing that they don’t necessarily need to rent a car, as public transport is easily accessible and some of it is free.

The Miami Beach Trolley is a free, citywide service that operates daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., with stops along the route every 30 minutes.

The trolley operates four routes which include tourist destinations.

The South Beach Loop drops travelers off at many South Beach destinations, including hotels, museums, marinas, entertainment venues, and facilities such as the Miami Beach Convention Center and the popular Lincoln Road Mall.

The elevated people mover system, called Metromover, is a free service operating daily in Downtown Miami and the Omni and Brickell areas.

The city’s Metrobus serves all of Miami’s major shopping, entertainment and cultural districts. A one-way ticket costs $2.25.

The Miami Metrorail provides service between Miami International Airport and South Miami, Coral Gables and Downtown Miami, among other farther destinations. A one-way ticket costs $2.25.

It’s time to set your budget for a trip to Miami

Travelers can expect a 7-day vacation to Miami at a mid-priced hotel ($250 per night), with food and entrance fees to various attractions included, costing around $2,600 for a single traveler and around $5,000 for a couple.

Families with children may need multiple hotel rooms or can book a suite to accommodate the group.

How to Have a Perfect Day in Miami

Enjoy the morning with a trip to the Miami Seaquarium and spring for an animal interaction experience. Stop at the Art Deco Museum and see exhibits on the history of the city’s iconic architectural style.

After lunch, return to your hotel for swimwear and flip-flops, then head to South Beach to soak up the sun, swim, and people-watch.

Spend the evening shopping along Tony Lincoln Road and sipping a cocktail at one of the many outdoor cafes. Choose an elegant restaurant for dinner and end the day with a moonlit walk on the beach.

FAQs

Q: When is the best time to visit Miami?

To avoid the busiest season and the hottest weather, the best time to visit Miami is after spring break, from mid-March to mid-May. However, winter is also a good time to visit; Christmas can be fun in cities where it never snows.

Q: What are Miami’s top attractions?

The Art Deco Historic District and Art Deco Museum, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and Miami Seaquarium are worthy destinations. Also discover the Design District, where everything is photogenic and fascinating.

Q: Where is the best place to eat in Miami?

For breakfast, Honey Uninhibited at 1777 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami is a great place to visit. For lunch and dinner, restaurants like Lulu (3105 Commodore Plaza), Joia Beach (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Jungle Island), Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish (398 NW North River Drive, and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (151 NE 41st Street) are all excellent choices.

Miami nightlife also offers energizing options to feed you and hang out all night long.

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One of Nevada’s truly great ghost towns (and it’s near Bodie) https://hotelrondinella.com/one-of-nevadas-truly-great-ghost-towns-and-its-near-bodie/ Sun, 30 Oct 2022 18:30:00 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/one-of-nevadas-truly-great-ghost-towns-and-its-near-bodie/ California’s ghost town of Bodie is perhaps one of the most famous ghost towns in the country. But just beyond the Nevada state line is Aurora – a big ghost town. It is almost completely lost in history which few visit and few even know it is there. Aurora is located in Mineral County, Nevada, […]]]>

California’s ghost town of Bodie is perhaps one of the most famous ghost towns in the country. But just beyond the Nevada state line is Aurora – a big ghost town. It is almost completely lost in history which few visit and few even know it is there. Aurora is located in Mineral County, Nevada, about 22 miles southwest of Hawthorne and a stone’s throw (three miles) from the California border.


Today, little of the town survives – most of the old wooden buildings are gone, while many buildings were razed to the ground for their bricks after World War II. Not so far away in Nevada is the bustling ghost town of Virginia City, right next to the modern city of Reno, which is also well worth a visit.

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Boom Of Aurora And Its Most Famous Resident – Mark Twain

Aurora was founded in 1860 by James M. Cory, James M. Braly and ER Hicks. It is said that the city was named after the goddess of dawn.

Miners quickly began to settle in the town, attracted by reports of deposits in the area – especially after the Wide West Vein Rush of 1863. Aurora’s mines were so rich they attracted miners everywhere.

Aurora’s most famous resident was Mark Twain. He lived there briefly in 1862.

  • Maximum population: Maybe 10,000 people

In 1861 the population grew to 1,400 and the following year it had a newspaper – the Esmeralda Star. In 1864, the population reached 6,000 and peaked at around 10,000. By 1863, the booming town had 20 stores and 22 saloons. As was the case in mining boom towns, most of the population was male, with only a small number of women and children. This means it boomed during the Civil War years and was at its peak when Nevada was admitted to the Union in 1864.

At the time, Aurora was perhaps the largest city in Nevada. Nevada had only 6,857 inhabitants in 1860 and 42,491 in 1870.

Related: This Abandoned Smokies Ghost Town Is Easy To Navigate

Access challenges and Aurora’s decline

The remoteness and harsh climate made life difficult in Aurora. It was filled with brothels and gambling houses to serve its large male population. Chinese brothels sprang up on most public streets and it is believed that around half of the women in them were prostitutes. As a true Old West city, violence was a big problem and armed conflict was not uncommon.

Getting to Aurora was difficult. The Mono Trail and the Sonora Pass roads were the first major routes into the city. Later, the Esmerelda Toll Road was built to connect it to San Francisco. It was ruled by both Nevada and California until it was decided that it was located entirely in Nevada.

About as quickly as Aurora arose, she declined and disappeared. In 1864 the mines began to close and by 1870 half of the houses in the town were abandoned while many mills were dismantled. By 1870, gold and silver had been completely mined.

Aurora’s isolation and surrounding steep mountains made supplying it difficult. Clothing, tools, machinery, food, etc. were rare.

Related: Bodie Might Be A Ghost Town, But There’s Still Lots To Do There

Getting to Aurora and what’s left of the ghost town today

Aurora can be reached by 4×4 from Bodie through the hills or by a fairly well-maintained dirt road from Nevada that normal cars can drive (at least in good weather). This road has been significantly improved by the nearby mine which uses and maintains the road. Prior to this, it was very difficult to get to Aurora after winter snow and damaged roads from spring runoff.

  • Admission: Free
  • Opening hours: No application
  • To access: By Dirt Roads – 4WD is advised in wet weather

Today, travelers can cross the mountain track without realizing they are passing through a ghost town. One of the main things that remain of Aurora is the cemetery (although it has also suffered from vandalism over the years).

Stop and look around, and visitors can still find streets and the foundations of some buildings. But most of the buildings have long since been dismantled (and their materials reused in homes in California).

Aurora is best visited as part of a trip to Bodie (a ghost town currently preserved as a California state park). It’s fascinating to compare how different the two ghost towns are.

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Things to do, from hiking to viewing historic aircraft https://hotelrondinella.com/things-to-do-from-hiking-to-viewing-historic-aircraft/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 20:45:17 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/things-to-do-from-hiking-to-viewing-historic-aircraft/ Sponsored Agua Caliente Cultural Square 100 N. Indian Canyon Palm Springs844-772-2224visionaguacaliente.com Opening in 2023, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs will be a cultural heritage destination celebrating the history, culture, traditions and modern life of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. This 5.8-acre resort includes the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum with […]]]>
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Opening in 2023, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza in downtown Palm Springs will be a cultural heritage destination celebrating the history, culture, traditions and modern life of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

This 5.8-acre resort includes the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum with an educational garden and the Spa de Séc-he, a state-of-the-art spa powered by the ancient Agua Caliente hot mineral spring. They are joined by the running water-enabled Gathering Plaza and Oasis Trail, Filiferous Washingtonia palm trees (the only palm native to the California desert) and stunning rock formations that capture the essence of the Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente people.

The 48,000 square foot museum will feature exhibits and programs covering topics ranging from the history and culture of Agua Caliente to contemporary land stewardship and conservation. Galleries will focus on creation and migration stories, Indian canyons, Tahquitz Canyon, archeology and artistic expressions such as ollas and baskets. Many artifacts, including projectile points, were recovered from the site during construction in 2018 and will be displayed. Incredibly, some of the objects were radiocarbon dated and dated back over 8,000 years.

For the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, no site is more important than the hot mineral spring on their ancestral land, in what is now downtown Palm Springs. Its pure mineral water provided a place for ritual bathing, social activity, physical healing and spiritual connection. They called the spring dry-itthe Cahuilla term for “the sound of boiling water”, from the beginning.

The Agua Caliente people have been sharing the healing water with visitors for over 130 years, even before the turn of the 20th century, making it the premier tourist attraction in the valley.

With so many spaces to reflect, learn and experience aspects of Cahuilla’s heritage, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will be a peaceful space to reflect on where the Agua Caliente call home.

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Nayara Tented Camp redefines luxury ecotourism in Costa Rica https://hotelrondinella.com/nayara-tented-camp-redefines-luxury-ecotourism-in-costa-rica/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 20:49:44 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/nayara-tented-camp-redefines-luxury-ecotourism-in-costa-rica/ Courtesy of Nayara Tented Camp When I got in my car at San Jose International Airport, the driver, Ron, warned me of two things: Costa Rican “roller coasters” and boa constrictors – the first, a winding mountain pass which some passengers find troubling, the second, well, definitely troubling. The two hour drive proved to be […]]]>
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When I got in my car at San Jose International Airport, the driver, Ron, warned me of two things: Costa Rican “roller coasters” and boa constrictors – the first, a winding mountain pass which some passengers find troubling, the second, well, definitely troubling. The two hour drive proved to be perfectly enjoyable, with Ron enthusiastically pointing out the local plants, trees and birds along the way. The ride was a great taste of the famous “Pura Vida” Costa Rican hospitality to come.

While stopping at the Nayara Tented Camp in Fortuna, I spotted the breathtaking Arenal Volcano in the distance. It’s often obscured by thick cloud cover – the resort is deep in the Costa Rican rainforest, after all – so I was lucky enough to have such perfectly clear panoramic views. I found that the best time to get a chance to see the volcano was during the fall rainy season when I visited. This wonderful welcome was just the start of what turned out to be an unforgettable getaway.

Part of the Relais & Chateau portfolio, Nayara Tented Camp, which opened in late 2019 and recently launched its latest expansion, is split into three separate but connected experiences: Tented Camp, Nayara Gardens and Nayara Springs (the adult-only section of the complex). ) Guests are transported on golf carts so they can easily enjoy all that the 62-acre property has to offer, from the wonderful Mi Cafecito espresso bar for an early morning pick-me-up to lunch and dinner at the restaurants on seating and evening drinks in the cozy bars. For wellness needs, there are spa facilities, a fitness center, and an outdoor yoga pavilion.

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The Nayara Tented Camp team ensures that the entire operation is run in an environmentally friendly manner that respects both the resort’s natural environment and the rich Costa Rican culture. Inspired by luxury safaris offered in other parts of the world, the property reopened this summer with a host of new additions which includes a stunning party tent; a lobby bar, Henry’s; Ayla, the Mediterranean-influenced restaurant run by Israeli chef Yanir Elnasi; and a relaxing pool surrounded by cabanas and a fire pit.

The Tented Camp is the epitome of luxury ecotourism, with rooms and suites all featuring a private plunge pool filled with natural thermal water, private terraces (a great place to enjoy in-room breakfast) , indoor/outdoor showers and, of course, those magnificent unobstructed views of the volcano.

The two new private residences, Casa Paloma and Casa Diane, can comfortably accommodate eight adults and four small children and are equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, living room, large television, oversized swimming pool, a fire pit and an outdoor dining area with lounge chairs and umbrellas. A personal concierge is also on hand to help plan activities, make reservations, and organize special experiences.

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There is no shortage of things to do at Nayara Tented Camp. The property offers daily yoga and meditation sessions, and the tent camp’s selection of seven thermal pools nestled in the rainforest are the perfect setting for the bartender to whip up locally-inspired cocktails.

Guests who want to get out and about can choose from a coffee and chocolate tour, a mixology experience, a lava field walk, bird watching, horseback riding or even a nighttime wildlife watching tour. frogs. During a nature walk at nearby mystical suspension bridges, I traveled two miles over six suspension bridges stretched above the vibrant canopy of rainforest trees.

No trip to Costa Rica would be complete without at least a few wildlife sightings, and I’ve had plenty. I saw howler monkeys frolicking in the trees as well as a blue jean frog, more birds than I could count and, to my chagrin, a fuzzy tarantula hiding in a hollow tree trunk. For a less wild way to experience Nayara Tented Camp’s natural habitat, there’s an on-site armadillo sanctuary. And nature expert and “Sloth Concierge” Juan Carlos briefs guests on the whereabouts of the property’s 15 resident sloths that live in its 1,000 Cecropia trees.

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“We’re all about luxury and sustainability, and the overall experience, which I haven’t found anywhere else on the Latin American continent,” said owner Leo Ghitis. United States. “As a child I used to camp with my dad but it was really hard. I have traveled a lot through Africa and Asia and I love safaris and tented camps and I found it interesting that there is nothing like it in Latin America.”

To remedy the problem, Ghitis decided to bring his vision to life despite encountering big obstacles along the way.

“We came up with this concept based on these African and Asian experiences,” he says. “But these tents are typically built for dry climates, so we needed a product that would work in a rain forest with lots of rain and wind. We needed a consistent premium product.

Another hurdle was the land itself, which Ghitis said was purchased eight years ago for future use. “This whole mountain had been decimated by cattle herders and there was nothing but mud,” he recalls. “I wanted to cry – no butterflies, no birds, no sloths or monkeys, not even grass.”

But Ghitis had this “crazy dream” of bringing the region’s rainforest back to life. “At first we failed miserably. Then I found an Australian landscaper who is one of the world’s leading experts in reforestation. We needed green trees growing in the rainforest and ended up having to buy another piece of land just to grow them.

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Since the project began, nearly 40,000 new trees and plants have been added to land near Arenal Volcano National Park. “We were able to bring him back,” says Ghitis. “It’s not a mature rainforest, but it’s full of incredibly rewarding and important wildlife.”

However, this focus on eco-friendliness doesn’t mean foregoing the creature comforts of a five-star resort. Nayara Tented Camp goes above and beyond in service, thanks to the friendly staff, many of whom come from the immediate area.

“We hire a large majority, 99% of the employees, from the local community,” explains Ghitis. “Many have worked on farms or cattle ranches and come to Nayara with limited experience in the service sector. Many have never met anyone outside of the local community or outsiders. We therefore provide training, as well as growth opportunities for these employees and take care of the communities where we operate. »

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The hotel is still at full capacity thanks to these same employees, boasts Ghitis. “We have the best team in the world and we are very aware of that. We treat everyone like family and in return the hotel does very well.

In addition to Costa Rica, Nayara also has properties in Panama, Easter Island and Chile with more locations, including Nayara Residences, to come. As Nayara Tented Camp puts the finishing touches on this phase of the expansion, it’s clear that Ghitis and his dedicated team are on to something – uniting environmental stewardship and tourism at its best. “Nayara is a sustainability project,” says Ghitis. “If we humans make an effort, we can reverse the damage done for many years now.”

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Your guide to visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park https://hotelrondinella.com/your-guide-to-visiting-the-great-sand-dunes-national-park/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 20:04:22 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/your-guide-to-visiting-the-great-sand-dunes-national-park/ Mike Berenson/Colorado Captures/Getty Images ​​Things to do Think of the Great Sand Dunes as a giant sandbox for you and your family to explore. With its own adventure-packed vibe, the park is a fantastic place for multi-generational trips, and family members of different fitness levels can explore the sand at their own pace – whether […]]]>


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Think of the Great Sand Dunes as a giant sandbox for you and your family to explore. With its own adventure-packed vibe, the park is a fantastic place for multi-generational trips, and family members of different fitness levels can explore the sand at their own pace – whether that means climbing to the top of those giants or just spend a relaxing day at the “beach”.

Explore the dunes on foot: One of the first things you’ll notice about this park is the freedom you have over 30 square miles of dune fields, best accessed from a parking lot a mile beyond the visitor center . As there are no marked trails on the sand, you can climb any dune from any direction, but heed this warning: the sand can be scorching hot during the height of the day and storms can grow rapidly. Therefore, it is best to hike early in the morning or in the evening to avoid the risk of overheating or lightning.

Even people with reduced mobility can join in the fun. The park offers a limited number of sand wheelchairs with oversized inflatable tires that make them much easier than regular wheelchairs to push across the sand – easier, but not easy. They require muscle! Reserve one for free by calling the Visitor Center (719-378-6395).

​On the dunes, you’ll enjoy the unique sensations that make this place so special: the feel of your feet sinking into the sun-warmed sand, the chirping of birds singing, the gurgling of Medano Creek in the distance, and the smell of pine and juniper piñon. And listen to a phenomenon called “singing sands”. In the same way that our vocal cords produce sound using vibrations, sand emits a slight hum as air pushes through the moving grains, either as a result of natural avalanches or as a result of guests pushing sand down the slopes. The unique sound experience even inspired Bing Crosby’s song “The Singing Sands of Alamosa”.

Go sand sledding or sandboarding: Channel your inner child as you glide over the dunes on specially designed sandboards or sleds with extra-smooth wax-coated bases. (Note that sleds, skis, and snowboards designed for winter conditions will only work when the dunes are wet after rain or snow.) On its website, the park lists nearby outdoor retailers that rent equipment. The closest is the Oasis store, four miles from the visitor center on Route 150.

Splash around in Medano Creek: Did we mention the dunes can get hot? Cool off with a dip in the seasonal Medano Creek, a shallow creek created when the snow in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains begins to melt in April. Even in high season, the cove is only a few inches deep, but you might witness a unique phenomenon called “peak flow,” when underwater sand ridges cause small waves to flow. Even if the water is only ankle-deep, you will often see children passing on inflatable buoys. The creek meanders from the mountains along the west side of the dunes and is easily accessible on foot from the dune parking lot.

Note that the cove is popular with locals, turning these sands into something of a makeshift beach, often creating crowds on weekends in late May and early June.

Go star gazing: In 2019, the dunes were officially designated an International Dark Sky Park. Faz says one of his favorite things to do is “after-sunset hiking to experience the dunes when the sun goes down and the full moon or stars light up the sky.” From this vantage point, you can even observe the Milky Way, which looks like a creamy cloud stretching across the night sky. In spring, it can be seen before dawn; in the fall, it is visible in the evening.

If you venture into the sand after dark, be sure to bring your own light; a red one is best because it won’t impact your night vision. You may be lucky enough to spot nocturnal creatures like bobcats and salamanders, but you’re more likely to hear them as they begin their nocturnal symphony: the howls of coyotes, the hoots of owls, the croaks frogs and toads. And if you hear a faint rumble, it’s Ord’s kangaroo rats, stamping their feet to warn other kangaroo rats of danger.

Drive the Medano Pass: To see another side of the region, head to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the “unspoiled” part of the park. “Alpine lakes and high-altitude areas are less well-known, as they require more time and planning to access trailheads,” says Faz. One of the most scenic ways to explore this area is via the Medano Pass Primitive Road, a 22-mile stretch connecting the park to Wet Mountain Valley and State Route 69. Open only during the warmer months, this The route is reserved for expert drivers in four-wheel-drive-only vehicles – you’ll cross packed sand, streams and hollows, while dodging huge boulders. Rewards include bighorn sheep sightings and golden aspen leaves in the fall.

Or leave the driving to someone else by booking one of the guided jeep tours offered by Mountain Master Off-Road Tours; a three-hour tour costs $360 for one or two passengers. You will meet your driver at the Welcome Center.

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Hyatt Adds Hotel to Fuji Speedway https://hotelrondinella.com/hyatt-adds-hotel-to-fuji-speedway/ Wed, 12 Oct 2022 01:24:02 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/hyatt-adds-hotel-to-fuji-speedway/ The hotel also has a driving simulator and is home to the Fuji Motor Sports Museum, which features “historic-worthy and landmark racing cars from the late 19th century.” Hyatt launched The Unbound Collection in 2016which he describes as “a portfolio of new and existing high-end hotel properties, ranging from historic urban gems to contemporary trendsetters, […]]]>

The hotel also has a driving simulator and is home to the Fuji Motor Sports Museum, which features “historic-worthy and landmark racing cars from the late 19th century.”

Hyatt launched The Unbound Collection in 2016which he describes as “a portfolio of new and existing high-end hotel properties, ranging from historic urban gems to contemporary trendsetters, boutique properties to resorts and private accommodations”.

Recent additions include Hotel Tornabuoni in Florence, Hotel du Palais Biarritz, Magma Resort Santoriniand the La Zambra hotel on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

Hyatt Adds Unbound Collection Property to Malaga

Commenting on the news, David Udell, Asia Pacific Group President, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, said:

“We are truly honored that Toyota Fudosan Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of the Toyota Group, has chosen the Hyatt brand and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt as a key part of its Fuji Motorsports Forest project – the first hotel that Toyota has co-developed with Hyatt.

“With the highly anticipated reopening of Japan’s borders, Fuji Speedway Hotel will provide overseas visitors and local residents with a memorable and one-of-a-kind experience, blending the excitement of motorsports with the luxury of a boutique hotel in the beautiful countryside.”

Last month, Hyatt announced it had entered into a joint venture with Japanese company Kiraku that will see the opening of a collection of modern-style hot spring ryokans “set in breathtaking landscapes.”

Hyatt launches Japanese ryokan brand Atona in partnership with Kiraku

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Skiing after Covid: everything you need to know to find the slopes this year https://hotelrondinella.com/skiing-after-covid-everything-you-need-to-know-to-find-the-slopes-this-year/ Sat, 08 Oct 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://hotelrondinella.com/skiing-after-covid-everything-you-need-to-know-to-find-the-slopes-this-year/ Ski resort bosses are exploring ways to tackle the energy crisis this winter. At Selva Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, for example, station managers are exploring the idea of ​​adjusting the opening times of the ski lifts in order to save energy. valgardena.it In Serre Chevalier Briançon near Grenoble in France, a spokesperson says […]]]>

Ski resort bosses are exploring ways to tackle the energy crisis this winter.

At Selva Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, for example, station managers are exploring the idea of ​​adjusting the opening times of the ski lifts in order to save energy. valgardena.it

In Serre Chevalier Briançon near Grenoble in France, a spokesperson says the ski lifts could be slowed down slightly to save energy. This measure would add a barely perceptible moment to a 10-minute gondola ride. www.serre-chevalier.com

In the meantime, skiers can use their energy to explore the region’s hot springs and the charming old town of Briançon, which is linked to the ski slopes by a lift.

Conscious Skiing

From train to resorts (or at the very least shared airport shuttles) to renting ski equipment and choosing resorts that commit to environmental best practices, there are ways to ski green.

New UK company ecoski.fr recommends repairing ski gear or using used gear instead of buying new every few seasons. The website paves the way for ski wear rentals at affordable rates and says that if you need to buy new things, try buying “kit with a conscience” from companies like Patagonia, Picture, Icebreaker or Woolpower.

Another way to support the circular economy of skiing is to buy second-hand clothes from thrift stores. They are commonplace in American resorts like Aspen in Colorado, and are popping up in European resorts like Morzine in the Portes du Soleil.

The new face of skiing in Europe

Influential American ski company Vail Resorts has made its first foray into Europe by investing in the Swiss resort of Andermatt, known for its off-piste skiing, ancient business history and five-star Chedi hotel.

As Vail Resorts owns some of the most well-known resorts in America, all eyes are on how it will play out in central Switzerland and how the move could affect skiing at European resorts in the future. vailresorts.com; snow.com

European ski companies are not resting on their laurels either. In France, hotel group Les Etincelles has started buying up properties in Tignes during the Covid lockdown and is busy turning old properties into four- and five-star hotels. The company focuses on six high-altitude resorts in France and has recently purchased hotels in Val Thorens and Les Arcs. etincelles.com

The fun side

Festivals are back in the Alps this winter – from a double ski and rock festival in Soll, Austria in January and March 2023 to pure comedy in Les Gets, France. For the first time, the Montreux Comedy Festival will co-produce an event in Les Gets with French-speaking and English-speaking actors from January 14 to 21, 2023. skiwelt.at; lesgets.com

The Snowbombing Festival is also back in Mayrhofen, Austria, while Snowboxx returns to Avoriaz and Tomorrowland returns to Alpe d’Huez. snowbombing.com; snowboxx.com; tomorrowland.com

Another thing that is coming back to the Alps is karaoke. Whether you are staying at Richard Branson’s The Lodge in Verbier or at the new hotel Vous Vous in Tignes, shameless singing is on the agenda. virginlimitededition.com; do you-hotel.com

On the slopes, new activities include floating ice and moon biking – which involves riding an electric ski bike on circuits or in powder snow.

Rest those tired ski bones

If luxury accommodation is your style, some of the following hotels may interest you…

The five-star Alpin Garden in Ortisei in the Italian Dolomites is adults-only and has a 24-hour indoor pool. alpingarden.com

The five-star Jiva Hill hotel in Pays de Gex is just a 15-minute drive from Geneva (French side) and offers year-round golf and family-friendly ski-in/ski-out access. jivahill.com

In Saanen, near the Swiss resort of Gstaad, Hotel Huus has excellent conference facilities as well as a lounge-style lobby and bar. It’s a quick hop for celebrity spotting and relaxing in Gstaad. huusgstaad.com

If you have your eye on affordability, the Base Camp Lodge hotel and hostel in Bourg-Saint-Maurice offers a creative range of reasonable room options (from €30 for a dorm bed) with free access by funicular to Les Arcs and access to many other French Stations. hotel-basecamplodge.com

In Les Menuires, the Ho36 hostel offers contemporary and affordable accommodation, as does the Mont-Fort Swiss Lodge in Le Châble, linked to Verbier by gondola. ho36.com; montfortswisslodge.ch

Your Austrian solution

Austria remains the number one destination for Irish skiers and snowboarders. New this season is a 10-person gondola in Schladming-Dachstein, which Topflight started offering last winter. topflight.ie

In Bad Gastein, the chic new Hotel Comodo will open at the end of January 2023 and in Ischgl the highly anticipated Silvretta Spa will open its doors in December. In the Arlberg region, which includes St Anton, skiers can also now buy their lift pass online, saving time in resort. thecomodo.com; silvrettatherme.at

If you are exploring transport options or planning a multi-centre trip, there is also a new Ski Express train service from Amsterdam to the Austrian Alps.

Brave new worlds

One change Covid has brought to ski resorts is the “contactless chalet” concept offered by companies such as Ski France.

With 50 contactless chalets in French resorts, their concept means that all food – breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner – is prepared by local chefs or delicatessens, ready to be sautéed in the oven or on the hob.

Guests arrive to fridges stocked with cold beer and wine, beds made and firewood ready for nights of cabin fireside. The menus are of high quality and, mid-week, supplies are replenished. Prices are around €500 per person per week, and keep an eye out for flash sales. skifrance.fr

Best Irish Deals

Crystal Ski presents a new Slope Starters concept this season. From March 11, the company will take beginner skiers and snowboarders on a trip to Flaine, France, with virtually everything included, from flights and transfers, to half-board hotel accommodation, lessons, ski passes ski lifts, equipment rental and a busy week of activities. — from €1,299 pp. Crystal is also offering a “€150 off” offer on all destinations until October 17. crystalski.fr

Meanwhile, Topflight will offer a departure date of April 1 at the end of the season to coincide with the first week of the Easter holidays – a bonus for families looking for a spring ski holiday. They’ll also be offering a five-night Andorra option from January 3, a great choice if you’re missing a vacation. topflight.ie

Work it…

After Brexit, UK ski operators are clamoring for Irish staff, as there is far less red tape to hire them than UK workers. Tour operators like Inghams and Ski Famille are actively trying to recruit Irish people to work at the resort, with a range of jobs on offer. If you’re considering a gap year, keep an eye on the resort’s Facebook jobs page or contact tour operators directly – recruiters say you’ll be inundated with offers!

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