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From the deserts of the Middle East to the white sand beaches of a Maldivian island and lush tropical gardens in the North of Thailand, the global hospitality and leisure brand, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas recently celebrates 15 years of luxurious journeys and dedicated service since the opening of its first resort, Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa back in 2001. Several high profile guests attended the grand celebrations at its headquarters in Bangkok. A part of Minor Hotels, Anantara has become synonymous with luxury and bespoke experiences. Today, the International Hotel Group has a continuously growing portfolio which features 35 luxury resorts in a wide range of locations spanning across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Over the past 15 years, the brand has …

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“Divali”, or “Deepavali” is an amalgamation of two Sanskrit words, meaning “Row of Light”. As apparent by the name, Divali is celebrated to symbolize the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Mauritius, where 63% of the population is Indian, out of which 80% follow Hinduism, this festival of light is celebrated in grandeur, transforming the island into a glittering fairyland at night. An Indian festival in origin, Divali is celebrated in honour of Rama, the Prince of Ayodhya, returning home after his fourteen-year exile; the day also celebrated the victory of Rama over the devil king Ravana, as depicted in the epic “Ramayana”. However, the day is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s consort, Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, purity and light. Divali falls on …

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Vietnam is one of the touristy destinations that has sprung up in popularity in the recent years. There are plenty of attractions and activities in Vietnam that keep the tourist occupied. If you prefer to stay away from the city a perfect getaway would be to stay at a Hoi An River Resort.Even though a small town , one of the key attractions in Hoi An is the festival that takes place. Long Chu Festival is the highlight of tourist activity in the town. Long Chu festival is of high cultural and religious importance. It is celebrated to welcome the new season and to bid farewell to the previous one on the 15th day of lunar January and July.The climate remains uncertain in this period due …

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That rare moment when you almost touch the sky is what most nature aficionados would ache for. But that is no longer a dream if you visit Hua Hin between February and March. The balloon festival held during this time encourages a mass influx of tourists to Hua Hin. The skies and the weather are just perfect for the festival. The city of Hua Hin takes on a bright hue as the balloon festival slowly takes off. Starting as early as 7 am you will be travelling alongside three or four passengers along with the professional balloonist. The professional balloonist has no control over steering the balloon, which goes in the direction that it wants. Instead the balloonist only handles the balloon. Guests who want …

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For those travelling to the Republic of China in search of an authentic Chinese experience, the capital city of Shaanxi Province, Xi’an is a marvellous option. Not only does it provide its visitors with the opportunity to reside in comfortable and luxurious hotels such as Citadines Gaoxin Xi’an and much more, it also offers them the option of experiencing the multitude of cultural shows in the Province. While residing in Xian Serviced Apartments, tourists can enjoy the Xi’an ancient style march which is a ceremony that takes into account, and has designed the show, around the City Wall. As the darkness of the night falls upon the city of Xi’an, the City Wall finds itself lit up by neon lights for forty kilometres that make …

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                                The marvels of the island of Koh Samui extends far beyond its sun glazed beaches, lush canopies, and swaying palms. It is also a melting pot of cultures, bringing to life a rich concoction of colour, history, and life. From the famous Big Buddha shrine on the northern coast to the mummified monk Luang Pordaeng, sights to visit are plenty in Koh Samui for the culture-thirsty traveller. One can truly indulge themselves in this flowing grace of Thai culture if one selects the right accommodation among the numerous Koh Samui resorts. If one seeks more than sights and environment, plenty of cultural activities are available for the curious traveller …

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