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The Ascott Metropolis, Auckland 0

Posted on June 27, 2007 by dorisch

This is another top-class New Zealand hotel. Knowing that we don’t have a rental car in New Zealand this time around, it is only ideal to stay somewhere in the heart of the city. This is especially when I have saved all my shopping at my last destination. OK – here comes my favourite of the three New Zealand hotels! The Ascott Metropolis!

This is my preferred choice of luxury New Zealand accommodation. Why? Location, Location, Location! Right in the heart of the city yet not bothered by traffic noises. This New Zealand hotel, more known as a luxurious serviced apartment, is tucked at Courthouse Lane, near to the shopping district of High Street and Vulcan Lane. And if shopping is not your game, go for a gust of fresh air at Albert Park, which is just across the residence.

I like the elegance of The Ascott. The service is personalized and warm. I find the staff very helpful, attentive and friendly too (you can tell the minute you walk into the door). We booked a high floor studio apartment facing the harbour for our last two nights in Auckland, after returning from Christchurch. We enjoyed the views from our apartment. Our room is stylishly furnished, spacious, cosy and comfortable. With a fully-equipped designer kitchen, we could enjoy some home-cooked dinner too.

This New Zealand hotel is perfect for families (like us), business travelers and holiday makers. Travelling with little Clayton requires us to take short breaks in the room. The location makes it so convenient and easy. With Albert Park next door, Alex would sometimes take Clayton out for a stroll while mummy shops leisurely (a mum’s delight!) I must not forget to mention that The Ascott is near to many restaurants and cafes. With the Link Bus stop close by, you can visit many city attractions (hop up and down the bus, as often as you like) or just simply enjoy a city ride for free.

For those who like to do some grocery shopping in the city, Foodtown, a huge well-stocked supermarket is only 15mins walk away. This is great if you need to do some last minute shopping for families and friends back home. After a long day of shopping and sight-seeing, just head for the 22m indoor heated lap pool and simply watch the city lights at the balcony.

This is a wonderful place to have a vacation… relax and recharge in comfort and luxury.

The Sebel Suites, Auckland 0

Posted on June 24, 2007 by dorisch

I have been rather impressed with this suite-style hotel during my New Zealand hotel accommodation search. Other than the full kitchen, the main attraction for me is its location at the viaduct harbour. I have wanted to stay near the waterfront. The Sebel Suites is a new style of luxury New Zealand accommodation in the upmarket category.

Priced at $NZ200 onwards (depending on season and room choice), you can choose from the studio, executive or one bedroom suite, facing either the city or marina. Be prepared to pay more for marina views. We stayed in a one bedroom, marina view suite on the night returning from the Bay of Islands.

The room is spacious for the one bedroom suite. There is a designer kitchen, a cosy dining area and a comfortable living room that opens to the balcony. Our balcony overlooks a ‘partial’ marina view. If you like a superb view of the marina, you need to opt for the Deluxe Suite. This comes with a price too. If you are self-driving, there is no car-waiting area at The Sebel Suites. So you would need instructions from the reception to drive to the undercover parking.

The Duxton Hotel, Auckland 0

Posted on June 23, 2007 by dorisch

This is the first of New Zealand hotels we stayed in Auckland.

The unique feature about this small business hotel is that the rooms come with a fully-equipped kitchenette, which is why I am attracted to it. You can choose from a deluxe room to a two bedroom apartment. Rates for a Deluxe King Room is priced around $NZ150. The weekday rates is slightly cheaper than weekend rates.

Our room is cosy, nicely furnished with quality touches. It has a balcony that overlooks either the city or Myers Park. We were allotted a room at the second floor and unfortunately, it overlooks a public car park. I suppose that’s considered a ‘city’ view. So make sure you state your request clearly when checking in. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool and gymnasium which we did not have the time to utilize.

I managed to prepare some food for Clayton in the little kitchen. We had a good sleep on the comfortable king bed. On the overall, this is a good place to base yourself if you don’t like the hustle and bustle on city living. It’s about 5-10 minutes walk to Queen street though it is not close walking distance to the main attractions located in the city.

tips for a New Zealand Motoring Holiday 0

Posted on June 22, 2007 by dorisch

Here are 10 tips for a New Zealand Motoring Holiday, courtesy of Mike O Brien: Read the rest of this entry →

make your vacation a smooth one 0

Posted on June 20, 2007 by dorisch

Are you always in charge of planning for any family or group vacation? I am. And I enjoy it! Planning for a vacation can be real exciting and fun. And one of things I love most is to check out and decide on accommodation!

Since I completed our first family holiday site few months ago, I have also been an active forum contributor to some travel sites.

Contributing to the forum allows me to help others as well as offer my unbiased comments and feedback. Over the months, I also observed that most tourists/travelers tend to ask some common questions at the forum. Questions such as: Read the rest of this entry →

Bolton Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand 0

Posted on June 18, 2007 by dorisch

We are now at the southern end of the North Island. This is our last stop before moving on to the South Island. If you are a minimalist, you will fall in love with this New Zealand Hotel. This apartment-style hotel is elegant, contemporary, modern, stylish and professional. Read the rest of this entry →

how about Elba? 0

Posted on June 15, 2007 by dorisch

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I thought I would share about a beautiful family vacation destination that I came across this morning. This is the the Island of Elba which is the third largest Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia and in fact, the largest in the Tuscan Archipelago.

With an incredibly charming coastline, the scenery is fascinating with all that you need for the family break. I love the fact that the climate is mild and being a lover of crystal clear waters and blue skies, this is one place I would seriously look into in the near future. If you need to find out more about Elba Hotel & Travel Information, find out more here.

weather updates 0

Posted on June 13, 2007 by dorisch

One of the things I notice when I do my usual blog walking is the interesting and fun widgets on the sidebar on a blog. Somehow, blog interface is becoming like an artist’s palette, individual blogger tends to personalize blog with popular widgets including RSS reader, technorati, myBlogLog, flickr, plus other social community widgets that the blogger belongs to.

I haven’t come across many who use a weather widget and I think it may be a nice idea, to inform share with your visitors what’s the weather like for your city today. For some, it may be a good way to draw more visitors, in other words, increase the traffic to the site. For others, it can be just a fun widget to include. The widgets can be personalized to the theme of your choice, plus up to 3 million international locations, in English or Spanish. Adding the widget to your blog is easy. Just select the size, theme, location, language and that’s it, your customized weather widget is ready to be placed on your blog!

organic travels in New Zealand 0

Posted on June 10, 2007 by dorisch

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If you are an organic advocate like me, you may be keen to know that there are organic places to stay when you are on a vacation. I stumbled upon this finding when we were planning for our first New Zealand trip 2 years ago. These organic stays boast the use of organic or natural produce in their foods and cooking. Most of them are situated either in organic farms or near one. So out of curiosity, I picked Joya Garden and Villa Studios, a Bed and Breakfast located in Nelson in the South Island. The studio is surrounded by a nice garden of herbs and fruit trees. It was relaxing to walk around the garden and lazing at the gazebo.

Another one we stayed was Hapuku Lodge situated in Kaikoura, South Island. This one was a real treat for families, honeymooners and simply anyone who loved comforts in the natural surroundings. Hapuku has a cafe that serves organic and fresh produce. They are well known for their organic beers in the island.

A reliable car rental company is crucial if you are planning to see New Zealand on wheels. You can even save on rebates or get cash coupons when you book with car rental companies at EBates. With the wide selection of fleets, you can compare prices before deciding on the right one for your travel needs. For me, this is the best way to enjoy the scenic wonders of this land of the long white cloud.

bid for your travels 0

Posted on June 09, 2007 by dorisch

I found a cool way to travel luxuriously without having to burn a hole in the pocket. I first came to know about this in a travel magazine awhile back but had absolutely forgotten all about it. SkyAuction allows you to bid for your vacation deals from $1. Recalling from the article I read, many avid travelers and well knowned people are regulars of the luxury packages. Bid from your choice of destinations – Asia, Europe, Carribeans and Bahamas, Australia and South Pacific, Mexico, from hotels, cruises, flights and even dining. Now that I found the site again, I’ll be checking out on what’s up for bids before making my vacation booking. That’s one cool way to travel cheap. The only thing is most of the bids do not include tax which means that you will pay more than the bid price. Whatever it is, it is still an option to save 🙂



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