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Around The World In Eight Bites
5/25/2017
Around The World In Eight Bites

Food compliments travel perfectly, and if you are as adventurous with your palate as you are with your destinations, you are certain to find an extensive variety of dishes to try whenever you travel to a new city, region or country. There are so many cuisines out there to experience, but have you tried the following?

 

Mansaf, Jordan

The national dish of the Middle Eastern country, mansaf features lamb that is seasoned with lots of delicious herbs and spices, cooked in yoghurt and served on rice and flatbread, it is certainly an unforgettable meal. If you are staying at either Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, or Kempinski Hotel Amman you should definitely try this large sharing dish, perfect for ...

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China: The Four-Season Nation
5/23/2017
China: The Four-Season Nation

With its breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, China is home to a range of diverse environments. From towering mountain ranges to vast deserts to open grasslands rich in colour, China often experiences heavy rainfall, icy winds and bright sunshine throughout the nation.

Alongside this full spectrum of weather conditions, China offers visitors something different with every visit. This four-season nation is never dull, with its collection of incredible natural wonders and phenomenal architecture spread across a range of contrasting climates.

 

Into the desert

Scorching temperatures and sand dunes might not be the first image that comes to mind when you think of China, but the country is ...

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Watersports Hotspots with Kempinski
5/12/2017
Watersports Hotspots with Kempinski

Memorable holidays are all about having as many different experiences as possible and what better way to enjoy your trip than by trying out adrenaline-fuelled watersports abroad?

With a wide range of luxury properties located all over the world, we have hand-selected a few of our hotels in beautiful coastal destinations where you can experience the open sea and all it has to offer.

Aqaba, Jordan
As Jordan's only coastal city, Aqaba is well known for its watersports opportunities, particularly scuba diving. Based at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba that feeds into the Red Sea, the city's pristine coral reefs are renowned the world over.

SeaStar Water Sports are critically acclaimed ...

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What to See and Do in Aqaba
5/9/2017
What to See and Do in Aqaba

One of the most enjoyable and beautiful cities in Jordan, Aqaba has a lot to offer travellers looking to enjoy the best the Red Sea has to offer. As well as being home to a range of great sights, fun activities and a variety of excellent restaurants, the cosmopolitan holiday destination is a great starting point from which to explore the exciting things the surrounding region has to offer.

 

Coastal Aqaba

Situated on the Jordanian part of the Red Sea, life in Aqaba is heavily influenced by its coastal location. Whether you are strolling along one of the white sandy beaches, enjoying picturesque views of the sea and the surrounding mountains, or dining on freshly caught seafood, the ...

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Delightful Iftar Feasts during Ramadan
4/26/2017
Delightful Iftar Feasts during Ramadan

During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world will spend their days fasting to honour the first time Muhammad was visited by the archangel Gabriel and shown the Quran for the first time. From sunrise to sunset, followers must practice self-discipline and abstain from food and drink during certain hours and only dine before dawn, during suhur, or after dusk, at iftar.

Social feasts are a common occurrence of iftar; as it is a great time for friends and family to come together and enjoy delicious foods as one. If you are planning an iftar celebration, be sure to consider the following menus, each sourced from a distinct corner of the Islamic world.

 

Moroccan ...

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Celebrating… Saint Patrick's Day
2/22/2017
Celebrating… Saint Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick's Day, taking place on March 17, is one of the most famous Irish events around, but looking past the green hats and pints of Guinness, what is the history of the occasion and how is it celebrated across the world?

 

A patron saint

Most people know that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but there is lots more to the figure than you might realise. According to his works, he was the son of two Roman citizens living in Roman Wales or Scotland in the fourth century BC, who travelled to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Celtic pagans – the metaphorical snakes that the saint 'chased' from the country.

Saint Patrick is also supposedly behind the shamrock being the ...

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Southeast Asia off the beaten track
2/15/2017
Southeast Asia off the beaten track

With no threat of experiencing typhoons, warm temperatures and lots sunshine, February is a perfect time to visit a Southeast Asian destination. In recent decades, nations such as Thailand, India, the Philippines and Myanmar have become very popular with tourists. However, if you are a particularly adventurous traveller there are a range of wonderful places to visit that are still very much off the beaten track.

 

India

There are many places in India suited to getting away from it all. Take Majuli in the state of Assam. Here on the world's largest inhabited river island, you can enjoy life in a lush wonderland, riding bicycles and viewing monasteries by day and enjoying delicious local ...

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Spring traditions of the world
2/7/2017
Spring traditions of the world

Throughout the ages, spring has been seen as a time of renewal, new life and energy - the perfect contrast to the cold winter. It is because of this that cultures all across the world have, over time, attached all sorts of traditions to spring, read on to find out some of our favourites.

Holi
Celebrated by Hindus, Holi (also known as the Festival of Colour) takes place at the end of winter each year – in 2017 it falls on March 12th. Across the world, but particularly in India and Nepal, crowds of people come together to celebrate fertility, love and all things good.

The festival begins the night before with the event of Holika Dahan, when wood and dung are burnt on huge bonfires to ...

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Scorching Winter Escapes
1/10/2017
Scorching Winter Escapes

There are lots of travellers who adore the snowy landscapes and extreme sports that the winter brings, however there are plenty of others that want to escape the freezing temperatures with a trip to a destination full of long days, high temperatures and everything else great about summer.

 

Cuba

Enjoying an increase in tourism following the improvement in relations with the US, the Caribbean island of Cuba has much to offer winter travellers. Alongside the lively culture, beautiful Hispanic architecture and delicious cuisine of the capital Havana, there is much to be found in the way of beaches, scuba diving hotspots and tours through the nation's leafy interior. Stay in the heart of ...

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What to do and see in Shenzhen
1/6/2017
What to do and see in Shenzhen

A centre of wealth, opportunity and diversity, Shenzhen perfectly encapsulates the remarkable, relentless development experienced throughout China over the past few decades. The city's towering skyscrapers, busy markets, exciting theme parks and constantly developing cultural and entertainment scene make it a great place to visit for those that want to come face to face with a bolder, more modern China that doesn't conform to the traditional image.

Energetic Shenzhen
Home to over 10 million people from throughout China, located close to Hong Kong and a base for all kinds of industrial and commercial activities, Shenzhen has a character unlike the interior of China.

Firstly, due to the ...

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