Seychelles capital named 3rd most romantic city in the world

December 7, 2012


CNN, one of the world’s leading news and information channels, has voted the Seychelles islands as the third most romantic city in the world after ranking New Orleans of the USA as the first one, followed by Moscow, Russia, in second place. The result of the most eight romantic cities was published on November 14, 2012, on the travel website of CNN America.

Others to have made it onto CNN’s list of the world’s eight most romantic cities are Buenos Aires, Argentina; Amsterdam, Holland; Havana, Cuba; Barcelona, Spain; and Paris, France.

Picking up on this good news is the Apple Daily News, the number one circulation in Hong Kong who reported on the eight cities to have as the most romantic in the world in its article, “New Orleans is the most romantic.”

“Paris does not rank 1st, instead New Orleans which has just been seriously destructed by Hurricane Katrina becomes the most romantic city,” remarked the article.

The article goes on to say that though Paris no longer ranks number one as the most romantic city it is, according to the research conducted by the World Tourism Organization the most popular tourism country.

As for Victoria, Seychelles, the article describes it as “a city with charming beaches, beautiful scenery, not densely populated, full of classical British architectural style, just like a paradise on Earth, average temperature is about 27c, all these make people become more passionate.”

The Seychelles Tourism Board received this news selection with great pride. Elsia Grandcourt, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, commented that this selection comes at an opportune time as great marketing efforts are being put on the Asian market visitors.

“Seychelles remains the idyllic destination, attractive not only for romance but an array of niche markets such as eco-tourism, sailing, wellness & spa, diving, snorkelling, and deep sea fishing to appeal to our visitors,” said Mrs. Elsia Grandcourt.

On a similar note, reporting on the voting results on the CNN travel website, journalist Jordan Burchette has described Victoria of Seychelles, saying: “There’s nothing more romantic than being as far from other people as possible, and no capital city offers this kind of isolation with this kind of beachfront.”

“Plus, the architecture of this former British colony often mimics that of its former empire. It’s like they put England somewhere good. The transcendence of its pristine beaches, the prehistoric beauty of Vallee de Mai (the reputed original Garden of Eden), the eroticism of moutya dancing, which increases as the rhythm quickens,” added Jordan Burchette.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture, said that CNN’s assessment of Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, reflected what our visitors say, “’A city with charming beaches, beautiful scenery, not densely populated,  full of classical British architectural style, just like a paradise on Earth, average temperature is about 27c, all these make people become more passionate,’ is a fair description of Victoria,” Minister St.Ange said.

Seychelles prides itself to be safe and clean and said the Minister, “We are a year-round tourism destination, because we have no winter – so our clean and white sandy beaches will offer unrivaled swimming in our clear and clean turquoise blue seas 365 days of the year.”

Seychelles is a founding member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).

Source: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Source: Global Travel News

Las Vegas Spa Retreats

February 21, 2012




What The Spa at The Mirage lacks in size, it makes up for in service. With only 17 treatment rooms, The Spa at The Mirage provides separate men’s and women’s wet areas including steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and relaxing meditation rooms.

“Guests can expect exceptional service, comfort and the ability to relax,” says Stephanie Doud, director of spa operations. “Being a smaller spa in comparison with other spas on the Strip, we provide a more intimate experience and we strive to create a one-on-one guest service.”

Further setting The Spa at The Mirage apart is its Yoga Among the Dolphins experience ($50), during which guests practice the downward dog in a room featuring panoramic views of the dolphin pool at The Mirage. “It’s a fantastic yoga class,” says Doud, “with dolphins floating by through the windows. I don’t know if the dolphins are more interested in the yoga poses or if the people are more interested in the dolphins.”

As far as treatment packages go, he says the Invigorate package provides the most luxurious experience. For $235 pp, it includes a stimulating Blueberry Bliss body treatment, featuring a blueberry soy slimming wrap to leave skin soft and silky, followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage, using light and medium pressure to release stress and tension. “Then if you’re going out for the evening, follow it with the Vibrance package, which includes a blow-dry and style, polish change, and make-up at the Kim Vo Salon ($150 pp).” Overnight rates at The Mirage start at $79 per night.

Vdara sees The Mirage’s dolphin encounter and raises it with a Snakeskin Pedicure at its Spa & Salon Vdara.

The treatment—easily the most untamed option at the spa—allows guests to take a walk on the wild side using actual skin naturally shed by snakes. To accomplish the look, nail technicians shape a piece of snakeskin to each nail and layer it between gel polish. Snakeskin options include a wide array of colors and designs, and guests who prefer not to have real snakeskin slither across their toes can opt for the faux version instead. Snakeskin Pedicures start at $200, or $150 for faux snakeskin. Overnight rates at Vdara start at $109 per night.

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