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Etihad Airways: The World’s Best First Class Airlines

The famous Skytrax World Airline Awards publish the most prominent airline rankings in the world, taking into consideration the experiences of millions of business and leisure passengers in all classes. This year, Etihad Airways has been crowned the world’s best first class airline. The youngest airline with the fastest rise in the awards, Etihad first won a string of first class accolades back in 2010, and the airline’s commitment to providing perfect service has made it a consistent winner ever since.

PRIVATE SUITES WITH UNPARALLELED LUXURY:
Etihad Airways offers a blissfully comfortable flatbed seat in every private Diamond First Class suite. At the press of a button, the seat turns into a bed that is over six and a half feet in length. This flatbed seat is utterly customizable, so the seat’s dimensions can be adjusted to suit your preferences and body shape. A soft but supportive pillow and an inbuilt massager help to rest and rejuvenate tired muscles, and the suite is stylishly decorated with leather upholstery manufactured by Poltrona Frau (who also supply Ferrari’s interiors). You are provided with a mini-bar, your own convenient wardrobe, and a stunning 23 inch television screen that comes with noise-cancelling headphones and more than 600 hours of on-demand entertainment. Even the lighting conditions are customizable, and with a wide range of personal light settings at your disposal it is easy to set the perfect mood for everything from sleeping to a romantic dinner date. Finally, you can make your suite an entirely private and safe haven for work or relaxation by simply sliding your screen door shut and activating your ‘do not disturb’ sign.

FIVE-STAR CATERING:
Another particularly remarkable feature of Etihad Airways is its provision of five-star restaurant service in its Diamond First Class Cabins. An onboard chef is provided, and dishes are painstakingly produced to suit each passenger’s individual taste preferences. You can dine at the time that suits you, whether it is in the middle of the day or in the middle of the night. Further, you can even select the airline’s own delicious produce from the Organics Farm. The chefs and the food managers employed by Etihad Airways are all found and recruited from the very best restaurants and hotels all over the world, so you can rest assured that the quality of every meal is second to none.

When you fly first class with Etihad Airways, you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. A round-trip, first class ticket from New York to the airline’s hub in Abu Dhabi costs around $15,000.

By K. Ong

Spend your holiday vacation in the scenic island nation of Maldives, the smallest country in Asia. The Maldives Islands makes up for its small land area and population by hosting some of the most stunning atolls and five-star beach resorts in the world. 

In addition, the following five great Maldivian tourist attractions should be enough reasons for you to make the country your vacation destination this year.

Maldives National Museum

NATIONAL MUSEUM

Located in Male, the capital of Maldives, the National Museum should be one of your first stops. The museum is part of the gorgeous Sultan’s Park, another Maldivian tourist attraction. A varied collection of artifacts and memorabilia are housed in the museum, including the prized eleventh-century coral stone Lord Buddha. When you tour the National Museum, learn about the country’s rich history from its Buddhist-era heritage to its Islamic influences.

HUKURU MISKIIY OR OLD FRIDAY MOSQUE

After visiting the National Museum, take a quick trip to Hukuru Miskiiy, which is also located in Male. Hukuru Miskiiy, which dates back to the 1600s, is one of the oldest of its kind in Maldives. The historic architectural beauty has carved walls made of coral stone. Ancient tombs built in the memory of Maldivian notables surround Hukuru Miskiiy.

CONRAD MALDIVES RANGALI ISLAND RESORT AND SPA

Situated in the Alif Dhaal atoll, this spectacular luxury resort features Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, a one-of-a-kind underwater restaurant where you can dine in style and feast on spicy local cuisine. You can choose to stay in one of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s dreamy water villas or modern villas surrounded by tropical greenery. Complete your holiday vacation with a soothing spa treatment at the Spa Retreat.

MIRIHI ISLAND RESORT

At South Ari Atoll, this paradise of a tropical island resort basks in the middle of turquoise blue waters. From Male, take a thirty-minute ride on a seaplane to reach the picturesque Mirihi Island Resort. Take a walk along the white sandy beaches bordered by pine trees and catch a glimpse of stunning house-reefs.

NIYAMA RESORT

This Maldivian tourist spot and luxury beach resort is famous for serving as home to Subsix, the first underwater nightclub in the world. At Subsix, dance the night away and have the most memorable clubbing experience of your life. Niyama resort is relatively small, but it makes up for its compactness by offering breathtaking island views, glorious beaches, and sumptuous food. Go to Sub-Lime, and pamper yourself with a private spa relaxation treat. For foodies, try either Epicure or Tribal.

Although Mexico is best known for its all-inclusive resorts, colonial hill towns and European-inspired capital city, the best places to visit in Mexico are actually the country’s laid-back beach towns.  These towns are dotted along the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines and offer travelers unique ecotourism, cultural travel and budget travel experiences.  Clean, safe and welcoming, each of these Mexican beach towns has its own allure. 

SAYULITA

Twenty-five miles north of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s breathtaking Pacific Coast, Sayulita is one of the most picturesque beach towns in all of Mexico.  In 2015 it was awarded the <em>Pueblo Magico</em> (Magical Town) designation by Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, celebrating its charming central square and ecological biodiversity.  Sayulita’s narrow cobblestone streets are packed with surf shops, artisan boutiques and comfortable apartment rentals.  For the ultimate Sayulita experience, walk from the city center through the jungle to the town’s historic graveyard, then continue on the trail to one of the region’s smallest and most beautiful beaches.

SAN PANCHO

Keep heading past Sayulita for five miles and you’ll stumble across San Pancho, a traditional fishing village that has slowly been opening its doors to increasing numbers of foreign visitors.  San Pancho is home to an upscale polo club (the season runs from November to May) and hosts an annual music festival each February.  Visitors will also enjoy browsing through San Pancho’s independent gift and souvenir shops before stopping for lunch or dinner at one of the town’s organic restaurants.

 

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ZIPOLITE

Further south, on the coast of Oaxaca State, Zipolite still retains some of the charms that made it a hippie hotspot in the 1970s.  Perfect for travelers who want to get off the grid, Zipolite doesn’t have a bank or proper police station, and many of the beachfront hotels still use cold water showers.  Visitors who can make do with a little bit less will be rewarded with a friendly community atmosphere, home-cooked Mexican cuisine and a two-kilometer stretch of clean, clothing-optional beach. Beachgoers should pay attention to the warning flags posted along Zipolite’s beach. The town’s name comes from the local word for “beach of the dead”, accurately describing the strong current and undertow in several spots along the shore.

 

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MAZUNTE

Less than three miles up the road from Zipolite is Mazunte, another <em>Pueblo Magico</em> with its own unique charms.  Mazunte is much more developed than Zipolite and offers its visitors a more contemporary travel experience.  The highlight of any visit to this Oaxacan town is a visit to the National Turtle Center, where guests can learn about turtles, volunteer for local conservation efforts and assist with the moonlight release of baby sea turtles.  If you fall in love with Mazunte, it’s possible to spend a few months in the town while obtaining yoga teacher certification or studying Spanish.

TULUM

Travelers looking for white sand beaches and turquoise waters will want to cross over to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, which juts out into the Caribbean Sea.  The region’s most laid-back beach town, Tulum, rose in the shadows of historic waterfront Mayan ruins dating back to the thirteenth century.  The town of Tulum is also an easy home base for visitors who want to explore the nearby <em>cenotes</em>.  These underground rivers and caves are filled with fresh water, making for an unusual swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving experience.  Of course, nobody will judge you if you skip out on both and spend your entire holiday relaxing in a hammock on the beach. 

With most major currencies holding strong against the Mexican peso, there has never been a better time to book a trip to one of these laid-back beach towns.  Toss your towel, flip-flops and sunscreen in your suitcase and head south to the sunshine!