Warm Travels

I love to snorkel, but don’t know how to scuba dive yet. At Poseidon Undersea Resort, I can stay dry and still get the scuba experience. The rooms are underwater where you can witness the sea life from the comfort of your bed. The resort opened in 2010 and is located in Fiji. This is a real resort with plenty of other things to do besides hang out in your room (although I’m not sure I’d leave my room) as they have restaurants, tennis courts and many ocean activities.

Check out the video on YouTube here.

If you have the budget, this is a once in a lifetime experience, especially if you can have your special event there…imagine the wedding photos! Send your company stars…it’ll only cost you $3 million.

Their official website is here.

beachAt only 75 square miles, Aruba is a very small island. The small, tourist focused island can provide a delightfully small town feeling from the time you arrive until the time you leave (if you leave). The landscape is dry and relatively barren except for resorts and man-made highlights. The ocean-side shore is pretty empty due to the heavy waves that prove to strong and rocky for swimming. This is an advantage for me though since you can get out for a long hike, climb on rocks and generally just enjoy the terrain without much interruption and with plenty of privacy. The natural parks have plenty of beaches and trails but also include caves to explore and beautiful sites like the recently collapsed natural bridge and nearby “other natural bridge”.

Natural Bridge    Other Bridge    Natural Pool

The resort side of the island includes Palm Beach and Eagle Beach. They are facing the mainland (Venezuela) only 17 miles away so the water is very calm, warm and enjoyable. Once you arrive at a resort, you can lose yourself in the activities or get out and about to see the island. There are plenty of rental car companies willing to come pick you up, tours willing to take you around the island and at only 21 miles long, you can cover a lot of ground anyway you choose.

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There are countless water activities to enjoy as well including going out on a catamaran, going snorkeling, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, etc. Here are some other fun places to see while your there:

  • Chapel of Alto Vista
  • Museum of Antiquities
  • Arikok National Park which takes up almost a fifth of the island
  • Tierra Del Sol Golf Course
  • Quadiriki Caves
  • Lourdes Grotto
  • California Lighthouse
  • Bushiribana and Balashi gold smelters
  • Ayo Rock Formations with plenty of old indian drawings on rocks

The US government has taken the flu pandemic seriously which is both comforting that they’re trying to do something and frightening that they feel like they have to do something. There are three strains of flu that you, the traveler should be concerned about: the seasonal flu, H1N1 (swine flu), and H5N1 (bird flu). The last one, which is the deadliest is currently being tracked overseas and is generally not a concern for travel within the United States. H1N1 is getting all the press and has become so widely spread that tests are no longer being run to distinguish between H1N1 and the seasonal flu. They are treated the same way and have the same symptoms so other than tracking purposes, there is no value in running expensive tests to determine which strain a patient has. A very high percentage of flu patients have the H1N1 strain since the seasonal flu hasn’t really arrived yet.

Flu.govSymptoms include fever, body aches, headaches, coughing, chills, fatique, runny nose and sore throat among others. If you’re feeling those symptoms and believe that you may have the flu, please do us all a favor and avoid getting on a plane and spreading the flu further.

To avoid getting the flu, the first and foremost tip would be to stay aware and cognizant that the flu is out there and many people around you probably have it. Remain mindful of where you put your hands and refrain from touching your face with your hands after you’ve been touching hand rails, doors, airplane seat belts, or anything else that a lot of other people come in contact with.
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Royal Caribbean has just taken delivery of the largest cruise ship on the planet, the Oasis Of The Seas. The boat took six years to build and will find its new home in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Deck Plan (from Royal Caribbean's website)

We’ve never seen such press and coverage of a cruise ship launch. They have setup a website at www.oasisoftheseas.com for the public to see images and videos including a captain’s log showing some behind the scenes views as the ship makes its way from the build site in Finland (STX) to its home port in Florida. You can even follow updates via Twitter by following @OasisandAllure. The chairman of Royal Caribbean even has a blog on the site where you can read about big moments in the process.

Oasis Of The Seas (from Royal Caribbean's website)It isn’t completely clear what the ship has for activities yet as they’re keeping those a bit of a secret for a lengthy unveiling. The press strategy includes a first look on the Good Morning America show and the naming ceremony ten days later including a charity fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

To get on the ship (an interior room) for a week-long cruise, it’ll set you back about $1,300. For those of you looking for a deluxe accomodation, there are $5,000 rooms as well.

The ship is scheduled to tour the eastern caribbean to ports in Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Philipsburg.

Our family has had the pleasure of visiting the Atlantis resort on several occasions and it never gets old. It is one of the best warm vacation spots and family travel destinations anywhere on the planet.


Atlantis is home to one of the biggest aquariums in the world and is perfectly integrated into the resort activities. You can watch the tranquil fish swim as you eat in their exquisite restaurant. You can tour their “Dig” which is an underground hallway where you’ll find plenty of discoveries from the sunken island while having the aquarium along your side the entire way. There are multiple tanks which house large sharks, dolphins, sea lions, huge manta rays, barracudas, and many many more.

You can even interact with the animals by being a trainer for a day, swimming with, feeding and petting the dolphins. There are even two slides that take you right through the shark tank. You’ll be safe, but you’ll feel like you’re dropping into the shark tank.

Water Park

There should be no excuse for boredom if you enjoy being in the pool. They have water slides, river rides, kid water playgrounds, waterfalls, and plenty of room to swim. As big as the resort is, there are enough pools that you will never feel crowded. There are seven major slides with plenty of smaller slides for the young ones. The lines are short and the rides are fast.

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The Occidental is located on Palm Beach in Aruba and can best be described as “Relaxing”. The location is one of my favorites due to its smooth sand and calm warm waters. The ocean water is as calm as I’ve ever seen it as if you’re walking into your backyard pool. The water temperature stays pretty constant throughout the year and is a perfect amount of refreshing mixed with the perfect amount of warmth so that you never flinch walking in and if anything, you want to go faster to immerse yourself in the comfortable water.

They have made some recent renovations that make the resort feel new including an on-site casino where you can lose (I mean gamble) as much as you’d like. The activities are numerous even within your all-inclusive rates and there are plenty more that you can pay extra for. Here is the list from their website:
All-inclusive activities include:

All-inclusive activities include:

  • Water polo
  • Water aerobics
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis courts
  • Sports and SCUBA clinics
  • Fitness room
  • Daily activities by the pool and beach areas

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Healthy travel is difficult because it is easy to struggle with fitness and a healthy diet while in different surroundings and unfamiliar areas. Indulging on food and drinks while on vacation is understandable, but it takes a toll on your body and your energy levels. Daily exercise can be reinvigorating and make your vacation more enjoyable. You’ll have more energy to be adventurous and you’ll feel happier with yourself which makes everything in our environment seem that much more pleasant.

Exercise in the Morning

There are plenty of options for exercising including going for a walk outside your hotel room, visiting their fitness center if they have one and doing in-room exercises that do not require weights. The last thing you want to do is carry barbells through an airport in your suitcase. Do exercises that use your own body weight like pushups, situps, squats, lunges, and suicides (start upright, drop down to do a pushup and hop back up to your feet). You can modify the resistance and difficulty be using a chair and raising your feet/arms as appropriate.

Give yourself plenty of time in the morning to get your exercise on, get a shower, get a healthy breakfast and you’ll launch yourself into a good mood bettering your entire day.

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The World by ResidenSea is basically a cruise boat where you can live full-time. Due to the clientele, everything about the service and products are aimed towards the affluent including the best food, wine, cigars, golf outings, ports of call, and so much more. As spoiled as you can be on a week-long cruise, the residents are constantly exposed to the best of life.

The boat is much like a cruiseliner with the types of food, emergency training, pools, and entertainment – just at a more expensive, better level.residensea

The ports of call include Alaska, California, Caribbean, South America, Australia, Europe and countless more. They even time their visits with special events like Monaco for the Grand Prix, Scotland for the British Open, Brazil for Carnival and … I think you get the idea.

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A new and exciting resort is being built in the Bahamas near the Eleuthera Cay and Harbor Island. It is a small island protected from the deep ocean on all sides by the surrounding cay and islands. The island is 35 acres and will be occupied by both a resort as well as forty five home sites. The home sites start at $1.2 million but if you’re one of the first few to purchase a site, then you’ll get a 35-65% discount. Order yours now! Oh, and that doesn’t include the actual house. Sorry.

If you don’t have the money to purchase your dream island home plot, then plan on visiting the resort when it is done in 2010. They have a 48 room hotel with villas and bungalows. You can enjoy the warm climate and sun on a secluded island and not feel guilty about your carbon footprint. They have built a self-sustainable island getaway including wind turbines, solar water heating, rain water harvesting, solar power panels, evaporative cooling and even geo-thermal heating. If you’re a geo-science geek, you’ll love this place for its innovation and negative footprint. Your non-geek significant other will enjoy the sun, sand, snorkeling and spa.

Satellite image from Google Maps

Satellite image from Google Maps

Their marina has outlets for electric motor charging, but no fuel. While there, you’ll be given some eco-friendly tips to incorporate into your life back at home and help save our planet.

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