The room service arrived in a canoe and exotic fish frolicked just beneath the floor when Gary Leff spent his honeymoon in Bora Bora.
Life is good when you’re in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and even better when you’re staying in an overwater bungalow — that iconic, stilted, thatch-roofed symbol of a tropical paradise.
“It’s unique because there’s a million beachfront resorts in the world … but it’s much less common to have your room actually be [over] the water,” Leff said.
“There’s something neat to the story about climbing off your deck into the water, snorkeling right off your deck.”
You’ll probably have to travel far and open your wallet wide to stay at one of these exotic villas.
There are more than 90 overwater bungalow resorts in the world, but about two-thirds of them are in the Maldives, according to OverwaterBungalows.net, a website that tracks the properties.
The Caribbean has a few such resorts, but it doesn’t really lend itself to overwater construction because of hurricanes, said Terry McCabe, national director of leisure for Altour.
Read the full article, “Five spectacular overwater hut resorts“, over at CNN.
By: Holly Leber
The Global Business Travel Association is seeking input from its members regarding their involvement with and benefits received from local chapters. The poll is part of the association’s work on the Chapter of the Future initiative, a program introduced last year and designed to govern GBTA’s relationships with individual chapters.
In light of push back from some chapters regarding cost and timing concerns, GBTA established a task force to propose modifications to the plan. More recently, to become better informed on member needs, the association hired Mariner Management and its research partner Whorton Marketing & Research to conduct the survey, which closes Feb. 7.
She is meticulous to a fault, hums as she works, and travels light but also likes her creature comforts.
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Air travel has made the world a smaller place, but also a more complicated one. It’s great that we can eat breakfast in New York and be in London in time for tea, but with added access comes added security concerns and the endless miles of red tape that come with it. For frequent international travelers, this was simply a part of the process that couldn’t be avoided: a necessary evil. But new and expanded programs allow for simpler immigration procedures for trusted travelers.
Twenty years ago I walked into a dealership to buy a new car. A passionate young man and his cloud of cologne must have seen the overwhelmed look on my face instantly and instantly zeroed in on me. He was maybe too passionate, and certainly wore too much cologne, but he helped me put into words what it was I needed. I drove off the lot a happy customer.
To look at that car now is to see a very expensive box with an engine in it, but at the time it was quite a trendy purchase. This year, when it was time to move on from the box’s replacement, I walked in to a very similar situation. The salesman wore a tighter suit and his glasses that were twenty-years out of style twenty years ago but are now experiencing a renaissance. He wore far less cologne, and the rounded features of the ’91 model had given way to the precise angles of the ’12. But beyond being shown a GPS instead of power windows, the overall experience was largely the same. The way I bought a car had not fundamentally changed.
In some respects, the same cannot be said of Leisure Travel.