AllWays Traveller

June 2009

Pass on your own travel tips and experiences

Welcome to the June issue of AllWays traveller.

From now on we will be combining the monthly issues of the travel newsletter with 'specials' focusing on particular destinations or travel pursuits.

Members of the International Travel Writers Alliance will continue to give you their tips on where to go. But we also want to hear from you.

If you have been somewhere that you think other AllWays travellers would enjoy, please email me brief details with the best web link.

We will publish these in future issues.

Ashely Gibbins
The International Travel Writers Alliance 

  AllWays Traveller  


Hawaii is a state in the United States, located on an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean southwest of the continental United States, southeast of Japan, and northeast of Australia.

There are primarily six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big island - each with its own distinct personality. Honolulu International Airport on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors.

Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 75˚-88˚ F) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (68˚-80˚ F). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. English is spoken throughout the islands.


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New lodge on the Serengeti

The Bilila Lodge Kempinski will open in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, in June.

Over a million traditional “chelewa” brooms have been used to create the thatched roof and the stone for the walls was sourced from nearby Mugumu. 

Bilila Lodge Kempinski can also be twinned with its sister property Zamani Zanzibar Kempinski for a two-centre holiday, combining the very best in safari and beach that Africa has to offer.

The Arctic

Expedition cruises


The Antarctic Dream is offering expedition cruises to the Arctic this summer.

The Arctic is the region around the North Pole and includes the Arctic Ocean and parts of Canada, Greenland, Russia, the United States (Alaska), Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

The Antarctic Dream, an ice-reinforced vessel, was completely refurbished in July 2005.

It features a spacious dining room, library, auditorium, gym, sauna, laundry, and boutique. Cabins all have private baths.


The Presidential Villa, Labriz

The Presidential Villa, Labriz is a five-star resort from Universal Resorts located on the mountainous Silhouette Island by a two km white beach.

Silhouette Island, the third largest largest island in the Seychelles, is situated within a Marine National Park and is dedicated to environmental protection.

It is one of the richest biodiversity hot-spots in the western Indian Ocean with many endemic and threatened plant and animal species.

The island has a large area of primeval forest.

It is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.



A rainless plateau

Tierra Atacama is an adventure spa located in the desert of Atacama, a virtually rainless plateau in South America, covering a strip of land on the Pacific coast of South America, west of the Andes mountains.

It claims to be the driest desert in the world and is 50 times drier than California's Death Valley.

With 32 rooms styled with atacameñan details and views of the Licancabur volcano, Tierra Atacama has an outdoor infinity pool and a heated indoor pool.


A valley cut by glaciers

Valais, is a long, narrow, L-shaped valley, which was cut by glaciers between two alpine mountain ranges.

The main cities in the region are along the river Rhone, which runs through the bottom of the valley, between its source at the Rhone glacier in the east and its temporary destination of Lake Geneva in the west.

The main tourist resorts and many small villages are in the side valleys to the north or the south.

Valais offers a diversity of landscapes. Within a few kilometres there are the highest glaciers and mountains of the Alps and almost subtropical places where even almond and pomegranate trees grow.

Some of the best spring skiing in the world is available in the Valais, at prices which although high beat the equivalent offerings in Colorado.


One of the Canaries

Lanzarote in the Atlantic Ocean is a Spanish island and the easternmost of the Canary Islands.

With the smaller islands of Alegranza, La Graciosa and Monta Clara, it is 125 kilometers off the coast of Africa.

Lanzarote is known for white sand beaches and clear waters and its dramatic volcanic landscape.

The year round warm climate and moderated winds allow for a wide variety of sports, especially scuba diving, sports fishing, sailing and parasailing and golf.


Riding with the gaucho's

Bailey Robinson arranges customised horse riding itineraries to Argentina.

Some of the country's best riding can be experienced in unspoilt Patagonia at the Estancia Huechahue near San Martin de los Andes.

This is a working cattle ranch with 6,700 hectares to explore in the company of an Argentine gaucho.

Guests also have the opportunity to help with cattle round ups or go on a pack trip with camping en route.

A riding alternative in northern Argentina is five-nights in the Ibera Marshlands on a trip specially designed for experienced riders who would enjoy galloping across Argentine Mesopotamia before rising to the challenge of crossing fast flowing rivers.


The Grand Hyatt is the first hotel to be built in Qatar, an Arab Emirate in the Middle East.

Situated in Doha's new West Bay Lagoon district, the hotel is located on 38 acres of beachfront.


Adventure tour operator Exodus is running a trip to witness the total solar eclipse from An Ji, China in July.

For six minutes and 39 seconds, the earth will slip into the moon's shadow and there will not be an eclipse of this length for another century.

Highlights of the trip will also include the monuments of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors, the mosques of Xi'an and the canals of Tongli.


British Columbia is famed for its natural beauty including the Coast Mountains and the waterways of the Inside Passage, a key destination for kayakers and canoeists from all over the world.

The mostly mountainous terrain is the place for outdoor adventure including hiking, camping, rock climbing and mountaineering or fishing.

There’s also white water rafting, kayaking, sailing and sail boarding.

British Virgin Islands

Peter Island Resort and Spa is surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Sir Francis Drake Channel.

Just four miles off Tortola, it occupies the fifth largest of 60 islands, quays, and exposed reefs that comprise the British Virgin Islands.

Accessible only by boat or by helicopter, Peter Island’s private location makes it a perfect destination for guests seeking a serene and calming getaway.


Pilrig House, Edinburgh, is a 17th century townhouse owned by Robert Louis Stevenson’s family for over 200 years and referred to in his novels Kidnapped and Catriona.


The Passenger Shipping Association has re-launched its Discover Cruises website.

This is a one stop shop for both newcomers and experienced cruisers to find out everything they need to know about cruising from the destinations, the itineraries and the types of ships.


The Rudyard Kipling Art Gallery at the JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India (the poets birthplace), reopens as an art gallery, housing contemporary works dating from 1850.

The original timber and stone cottage, built more than 100 years ago, also houses a collection of Kipling's poems and a bust of the English poet 


The first stage of Butterfly World, the largest butterfly walk-through exhibition in the world opens in June 2009 at Chiswell Green, St Albans, UK.

The £ 25m scheme is expected to become the world's leading dedicated butterfly centre, helping to protect endangered butterflies and provide an educational experience for schools, colleges, community groups and families.

The next stage will be completed by June 2010 and final stage opens 2011.


The Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival (16 to 29 July 2009) at Port of Halifax and various venues in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada features the Parade Of Sail (July 20) and the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge Race (which reaches Halifax July 16).


The Discovery Collection provides boutique breaks to North Cyprus, Turkey, Puglia, Sicily, Malta and Gozo. 


Celebrity Cruises’ new Celebrity Solstice has confirmed the ship will sail in the Caribbean year-round in 2010.

Six Celebrity Cruises ships – in addition to the year-round Celebrity Solstice – will ply the waters of the Caribbean on a seasonal basis in 2010-11, on a total of 155 sailings with visits to 43 ports.