Here at Direct Traveller we like to offer holidays to the places our team know best. This way we can ensure that you're getting the most accurate information about where to go and what to see, as well as some great deals.
Two of our team members are the lovely Nilupa and Savidu, who are originally from Sri Lanka and therefore know it better than anyone! They agreed to let us pick their brains about the destination, which will hopefully give you a better idea of the varied attractions and scenery this beautiful country has in store for visitors.
What should those visiting for the first time do while in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is a diverse country. It has un-spoilt sandy beaches, history dating back to 3000 years, wildlife & nature, beautiful landscapes and a hospitable culture. So whatever your intentions in visiting Sri Lanka, you won’t be disappointed.
My recommendations would be the following:
1. Colombo city – Museum, Galle face (at night time), Old & new parliament and a Colombo city tour.
2. Kandy – Temple of the tooth, Ambecke & Gadaladeniya Temple, Peradeniya botanical garden and Kandy market.
3. Nuwaraeliya (Little England) - Haggala Gardens, Ohiya forest, Horten place, nuwaraeliya lake and nuwaraeliya gardens.
4. Sigiriya & Dambulla
5. Anuaradhapura & Polonnaruwa
6. National Parks: Yala, Udawalawa, Vilpathuwa, Wasgamuwa and the Singharaja forest.
7. Pinnawala elephant orphanage
8. Galle fort
9. Beaches: Unawatuna Beach, Mathara Polhena beach and Nigombo beach.
10.Trincomalee – the natural port and Nilaveli marble beach
What is the food like in Sri Lanka? Do you have any recommendations of meals or restaurants visitors should try?
Sri Lankan's like spicy food. Seafood is my favourite and I would recommend this to anyone. There are plenty of restaurants to try out where ever you go.
I am a food lover. I like to try foods from all over the country, as each area has its own special dishes.
My absolute favourite place would have to be my mom’s kitchen. She is all the time preparing different types of amazing Sri Lankan and International cuisine, although unfortunately, not everybody can eat here! So these are my recommendations for eating out in Sri Lanka:
- Colombo City – I am a Colombo boy and therefore whenever back in Sri Lanka, I am always visiting the local restaurants.
- Majestic City – Majestic city is a shopping mall. The ground floor is where the ‘Food court’ is, which sells amazing Sri Lankan and international foods. My favourites include biriyani, Sri Lankan hoppers and curry and rice, along with all the Thai, Mongolian and chains food options.
- Sought Indian food (Lunch or Dinner) – Srathwati Lough in Wellawatha (Colombo 4), Shanthi Vihara (Colmbo 3), Vanivilas (Colombo 14).
- Galle face (Dinner) – This place is near to the beach and specialises in serving BBQ foods such as grilled meat along with other options such as naan bread, prawns wadei, kottu roti, Sea food and some cool beers to wash it all down.
- Curry Leaf – best Indian food in sri lanka (Colombo 4 – Wellawaththa)
- Best Sri Lankan traditional food – Mount Lavinia Hotel restaurant (Chef – Mr Pabilis Silwa)
- Kaluthara – Blue Water Hotel is good for dinner or lunch (buffet style – Sri Lankan rice & curry).
Do you have a favourite hotel, and why?
As a nature lover, my personal preference is the Heritance Kandalama. This hotel is part of the landscape and overlooks the Kandalama Lake and Sigiriya Rock Fortress.If you like being part of the nature whilst enjoying luxury comforts this is one of the best places to be.
Some of my favourite Sri Lankan hotels are the following:
- Kandalama hotel – Relaxing atmosphere and very nice Sri Lankan food
- Sigiriya village
- Hunas Falls Hotel – Beautiful views and good service.
- Galle Lighthouse hotel – Best beach hotel.
- Tea factory hotel - I like the decorations and food here - great tea too!
- Vil Uyana – Relaxing & in a great location.
- Kitulgala rest house
- Miridiya – Anudhapura
- Earl’s regency Kandy – Near to Kandy City.
If visitors want to go shopping, whereabouts should they go?
Colombo, being the commercial capital of the island, is where many shopping centers can be found. Odel, Majestic City, House of Fashions are a few examples of popular shopping malls.
Definitely Colombo City! Including the Majestic City & liberty plaza shopping mall, House of Fashion and Odel. There are also many local supermarkets around.
Where is the best beach to go to for water sports?
Nilupa: Sri lanka has long stretchy sandy beaches throughout the island. Bentota & Hikkaduwa (South West coast) are the most popular beaches for water sports. Also, Passikudha & Nilawali beaches in the North East coast of the island is getting increasingly popular for snorkeling as well as whale watching. Savidu:There are a variety of beaches that are great for watersports, depending where you are situated. Near to Colombo, at Mount Lavinia Beach, Kaluthara Beach and Nigombo Beach you'll find plenty of activities to do in the sea. In the south there's also Galle Beach, Mathara, Polhena Beach, the Hekkaduwa coral sands and beach, and Tangalle Beach. In the east there's the Nilaveli, Trincomalee and Batticaloa beaches.
Where’s the best place to see the wild life?
For the wildlife enthusiast the Yala National park is the best place to find the big ‘Five’. The Elephants, Leopards, crocodiles. Sloth Bears & and the Blue Whales are common. However, the best time to visit ‘Yala’ is the dry season between November to April.
Also, the Udawala National Park & Minneriya National Parks are famous for large gatherings of Asian elephants in their hundreds yearly from June to September during the dry season. Situated in the central north of Sri Lanka this is one of the driest areas on the island and there are other hundreds of species of animal to be spotted, many endangered.
There are many places! Yala , Udawalawa, Kumana, Monaragala – hadapanagala, wilpatuwa, wasgamuwa,
sinjharaja entrance (rain forest) – and more!
Lastly, if you had to describe Sri Lanka in just one way, what would it be?
Sri Lanka ..A land like no other
For more information on holidays to Sri Lanka, visit our website at www.directtraveller.com, or get in touch directly through calling 0844 414 1694, or e-mailing: email@example.com.
Köfte is one of Turkey's best loved dishes and makes a delicious and filling meal for any occassion. Last week our sales and operation manager, Guner cooked this dish for the Direct Traveller office, and it left us all wishing that every Monday had such an exciting line up for lunch!
It was so tasty in fact that we've decided to share her recipe here with you. Hopefully making this will take you away from the grotty winter weather we've had here in the UK and transport you to the exoticisms of Turkey and its flavoursome cuisine.
450g/1lb minced beef or lamb
1 medium onion, grated
3 slices of stale bread, soaked in water and squeezed dry
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried mint
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup plain white flour
Sunflower oil for frying
Got everything at the ready? Here's what's next:
1. Get your bread and take off any crusts. Crumble what's left into a bowl before adding all of the above 'First' ingredients, excluding the flour, oil, and leaving half of the chopped parsley (you'll use this as a garnish later).
2. Next, start kneading it all until the dough turns soft enough to mould into finger like shapes that are about 2.5cm/1inch thick. Keep doing this until you've used up all the mixture and then cover them and store in the fridge.
3. Grab your sliced potatoes and fry them until they turn a tasty looking golden brown. Drain the oil from these after and then put to the side. Alternatively, you can put these in the oven as Guner did for a healthier method.
4. Go back to your meatballs and roll them in flour before frying/putting in the oven and turning until both sides look nice and crisp.
5. Grease an oven dish with butter before carefully layering your potatoes, meatballs, some aubergines and sliced tomatoes. As a final touch put your sliced green pepper on top and a sprinkling of salt and ground pepper.
6. Put the tomato paste into a cup of hot water and then pour over the top of the dish.
7. Cover and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
8. Finally - serve up while still very hot and garnish with some parsley. You'll be feeling warmed up in no time!
Extra: As a side consider a beetroot salad along with some bread and hummus. It works wonderfully!
Like this? What's your favourite Turkish dish?
A diverse island of varied and exotic habitats, Sri Lanka’s allure is obvious. If you’re still undecided about visiting though, then here are five good reasons why you shouldn't miss out on all that this beautiful country has to offer.
Tea is always a good incentive for anything. Us Brits especially love to have a chinwag over a freshly brewed cuppa, so imagine drinking it surrounded by the rolling green plantations it was sourced from.
Sri Lanka is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea, with its monsoon rainfalls and cooler air in the hills providing the perfect environment for it to grow in. Visitors can even help to pick the tea leaves if they wish, observing the industry and getting to make their very own cup from scratch. The only problem is that after such an experience, the next time you’re chucking a tea bag into a mug the whole process will feel very boring in comparison!
One of Sri Lanka’s most exciting attributes is its wildlife. It’s renowned for its elephants and leopards roaming the jungle, along with a striking array of birds flickering through the sky. The mixture of sanctuaries and National Parks such as Yala are the perfect places for catching a glimpse of some of the exotic and endangered species that inhabit this land, while the undisturbed nature that surrounds them is perfect for finding a sense of tranquility.
Good food is a route to the soul, and the mixture of vibrant flavours and international inspiration within Sri Lankan cuisine will have you feeling a connection to the country’s diverse regions and lively spirit.
Some favourites include hoppers, jackfruit and many different types of rice, meat and vegetable dishes that are infused with different flavours and spices. Coconut milk is also a popular ingredient for both mains and desserts.
One of the best things about the Sri Lankan food has to be how fresh it is though. Going shopping for fruit and vegetables in the markets is a must for getting into the community spirit and experiencing the difference in flavour of foods when they have only recently been picked.
Sri Lanka has much to offer in terms of varying temperatures and environments. If you travel up North you will be greeted by monsoons and lush greenery, while areas such as Kandy have the cool air of hills embellished in plantations. Colombo offers the bustle of a city, and national parks the seclusion and serenity of flora and fauna filled nature.
No luxurious getaway is quite complete without a beach though, and luckily there are also some of the world’s most beautiful beaches here too. Down South there are gloriously white sands and placid waters at beaches such as Unawatuna Beach. Bentota Beach is host to some very luxurious boutique hotels, while Pigeon Island, which is just by Nilaveli Beach on the East Coast, near Trincomalee is perfect for water sports.
The beaches in Sri Lanka are special, because each offers different opportunities, be it whale spotting, snorkeling, or just plain relaxing. The beaches are also far more peaceful than those that you find in overly populated beach tourist destinations. There’s a real sense of calm and escape through visiting the ones here.
Many places around the world have spectacular history to see, though few will have as much of an impact as the Cultural Triangle within Sri Lanka. This part of the country is sketched by the following areas: cultural capital Kandy, ancient capital Polonnaruwa and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura. Within the triangle there is also the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the rock temple caves of Dambulla and the Sri Lankan birthplace of Buddhism, Mihintale.
There is so much historical charm to be found here that you’ll feel as though you've travelled back in time while exploring it. There are a grand total of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which emphasises the magnificence of the area, while spectacular events such as The Festival of the Tooth bring a spiritual charisma to the seemingly endless greenery. The Cultural Triangle is somewhere to rejuvenate your senses and feel closer to Sri Lanka’s identity. It’s certain to provide an experience like no other.
For more information on holidays to Sri Lanka, visit our website at www.directtraveller.com, or get in touch directly through calling 0844 414 1694, or e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we’re not yet in an age of flying cars and alien meet ups, we do have ipads and self stirring mugs. Technology has made our lives better, lazier, and sometimes stranger.
As ridiculous and seemingly unnecessary as some gadgets might seem, especially many of those mentioned in the following list, they can still prove pretty helpful when it comes to things like travelling.
Let’s face it too, a holiday is the one time you want life to be made as easy as possible, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 handy/bizarre inventions that could help to give you a smooth journey and enhance your holiday experience. A lot of them will also make great conversation starters with the locals and fellow tourists!
1. The Ostrich Pillow
While it may look completely ridiculous, the Ostrich Pillow is actually a great idea for those moments where your flight has been delayed or you’re struggling to nap on the plane. It creates a completely isolated environment for the person wearing it to easily relax in and fall asleep. While you might get some funny looks, who cares? You’ll be happily hidden away in your very own nap palace.
2. Underwater Camera Mask
Scuba diving is a must for any beach escapists, with an exotic array of flora and fauna to be explored beneath the surface of coastal crystalline waters.
While waterproof cameras are all well and good for capturing the beauty of the underwater scenery, there’s always the worry that the deeper out you go, you might just drop your camera. Carrying a camera can disrupt the moment too, not allowing you to freely move your arms without clutching an extra object. It’s for this reason that the Underwater Camera Mask is a good idea, as you can simply click the button at the top of the mask and capture the very sights you’re witnessing.
3. Travel Money Belt
Money can be the biggest worry when travelling. It can be easy to misplace when distracted by the excitement of being somewhere new, or can be dangerous to carry around certain areas where there’s the risk of being pick pocketed. This is where the travel money belt comes in, helping to keep your finances, and your trousers secure. The only downside to this is that you’ll have to undo your belt every time you want to pay for something, which may look a little odd to the person at the till.
4. Waterproof Cases
It’s more than likely that you’ll be bringing a phone with you on holiday, which is always slightly risky business, especially when your destination has swimming pools and an alluring sea. Don’t fear though, as you can buy both waterproof cases for phones and ipads, meaning that if you do accidentally walk into the sea with your phone in your trunks pocket not all is lost.
5. TrakDot Luggage Tracker
Something that is always a cause for concern is losing your luggage. It’s a fear that sits in the back of many travellers minds along with worries over forgetting to do something vital like lock the front door (or bring your kid).
That moment where you step off the plane and stand amongst other jetlagged passengers; staring desperately into the hypnotic darkness of the luggage belt is intense. Then almost always there will be someone that has the same luggage as you, giving false hope and leaving you feeling embarrassed after almost trying to run off with another person’s stuff.
The TrakDot luggage tracker is here to give you peace of mind though, through sending you a text message after landing to let you know your luggage has arrived safe and sound.
6. Personal Air Purifier
Getting to your destination can involve a lot of sitting in stuffy public transport, and if the idea of this sparks nightmares of coughing, humidity and all the other hypochondriac thoughts that come with such an atmosphere, you might be interested in this personal air purifier.
The light Minimate AS150MM gadget is designed to hang around your neck or clip onto clothing and blow purified air in your direction so that you can stay stress and germ free in your own little purified air bubble.
7. The Mushroom Wall Charger
This nifty little charger is not only colourful and cute looking, but also environmentally friendly. It can charge a variety of devices while also saving on energy. The way in which its wire tucks discreetly around it also makes this a great portable item for travelling with.
8. Battery Powered Back Up Phone
We’ve all become so dependable on our mobile phones nowadays, though for this reason feel all the more lost when something happens to them. On day trips there’s always the possibility you might run out of battery, lose signal, or even lose your phone! Of course, you might not even want to bring your phone, not wanting to bother with paying the extra charges for using it abroad. Whatever the circumstance it’s always useful to have a backup way of contacting people, especially when in a foreign country. This is where the battery powered SpareOne phone is a big comfort.
Its single AA battery allows for up to ten hours of use, and can be used to make emergency calls despite having no SIM card. It can even sustain its charge for up to fifteen years if unused! So you won’t have to worry about it running out of battery anytime soon once purchased. It also comes with a waterproof bag and resistance to extreme weather conditions, meaning that no matter the situation, the SpareOne will have your back.
9. The Traveller's T Shirt
The Traveller’s T Shirt is such a simple idea, yet also very useful if you’re visiting destinations where not many of the residents speak your language. You can just point to the symbol of what it is you’re looking for! The only issue may be working out what their response is. The other dilemma is that you probably won’t want to wear this t shirt everywhere, but hey, it’s only a t shirt so still light enough to carry in a bag just in case.
10. The Bodum Coffee Maker Flask
Nothing brings a bit of home comfort like a nice cuppa tea or coffee, and for this reason taking a Bodum coffee maker flask away with you allows you to make your own tea or coffee and then keep it warm for the next few hours. This is especially great if you’re getting up early to take a transfer to somewhere or wandering around some historical sites and want some caffeine on hand to keep your fascination fuelled. A flask is always a good idea.
So there you have it, a list of some useful, and many rather ridiculous travel inspired gadgets. On one last note, if you’re quite happy to stick to the bare essentials when travelling, how about saving yourself a lot of money and just purchasing a funky pair of shades?
For more information on holidays to Sri Lanka, Oman, Dubai, Turkey or North Cyprus, get in touch with Direct Traveller through visiting our website at www.directtraveller.com, calling 0844 414 1694, or e-mailing: email@example.com.
As the world speedily gets smaller with the face of the online world and communication networks, traveller’s expectations are changing. No longer compelled to the boundaries of a glossy brochure, holiday makers are now doing their own research and staying at hotels and enjoying experiences that they desire themselves.
Travellers are moving away from the bucket and spade holidays, with a standard 7 and 14 night duration, at a fixed hotel of the tour operator’s choice. They are finding ways to add much more value to their holidays. This is not necessarily through price, but through added value of places visited, attractions seen, complexity of itineraries. People want more out of their holidays as they research what countries offer. Decades ago people were at the ransom of the tour operator or travel agent, supplying sufficient information about a destination. Nowadays, people can visit websites such as Wikipedia or websites such as Direct Traveller's specialist destinations
pages full of information about their chosen destinations.
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Travellers have the empowerment of information… this information not only makes them make the right choices for them, but encourages them to push the boundaries of traditional package holidays. With the increased interest of tailor made holidays, specialist tour operators such as Direct Traveller can deliver holidays to suite the very requirements of their travellers. With flexibility and a consumer focused outlook, Direct Traveller for example creates holidays for their clients, with the finest details tailored to their requirements. Whether staying a couple of nights in a 5 star hotel, moving on to a private villa, flying off to another city, joining a guided tour, and then moving on to a beach to relax for a few days before coming back to the UK.
It’s this level of service that cannot be found from many tour operators bound to their operational restrictions, but only a handful of specialists flourish with such a challenge. Delivering the very tailor-made holiday product their client requires fulfilling their travel bug created by the wealth of information available to them on the internet.
Tell us what you thin of this article? Do you feel you want more than just a simple beach holiday?
Homosexual relations are no longer a criminal offence in North Cyprus. A relic of British Colonial times, the outdated laws of homosexuality have been updated by the government of north Cyprus. It is no longer illegal to have homosexual relations in the Northern part of the island. Seen as a huge step for Gay rights as this was the last European state to update its laws according to the modern times. The outdated law was in section 171 of the criminal code, which actually punished up to 5 years imprisonment for homosexual relations, has now been changed.
|Gay Rights in North Cyprus|The law was voted in majority on Monday 27th January 2014, and is now waiting for the president of TRNC Dr. Dervis Eroglu to authorise the change, and make it new legislation. North Cyprus is ever changing, but always keeping its British connection in its history and present. Many British holidaymakers are choosing to hold in North Cyprus, for its slow pace of life, welcoming hospitality, abundance of history, and amazing beaches. North Cyprus welcomes you to enjoy its beauty. For details on holidays in North Cyprus contact Direct Traveller or visit the website www.directtraveller.com. What do you think of the new change in the law?
One of the best things about travelling is the insight it gives you about different ways of life. You notice little details that are completely alien, like weird food brands, strange toilets, or hilarious signs. Whether it’s a bad translation, double meaning symbol or just plain odd warning these never fail to be amusing.
We've compiled a list of some of the funniest that have been shared on the internet, so stick the kettle on and get ready to explain to your co-workers what’s so funny.
1. So, we should fall into the water?
2. Good, because nobody would want fake fake watches.
3. PLUS TAX?! 4. Thanks for clearing that up.5. Deer attack or deer dance party? 6. It’s slightly worrying that a sign is needed for this.
7. Does this mean we can go back to bed?8. *Feels around in the air* 9. Poor grass. 10. If you have to slip…
Choosing a hotel for your holiday is not always as simple as when you first start out to research your holiday. You may think you want luxury, but when you start looking at hotels, you realise you want something more down to earth; you may wish to be in the town centre but when you research you find the town centre of your destination too busy; you may wish to be on a beach, but find the hotels are too secluded for you to get the most out of your holiday.
Each hotel has its own benefits and ultimately is suitable for many travellers. Finding the right hotel is something you must answer yourself. For example Direct Traveller reservations team is often given the question “what’s the best hotel you offer in North Cyprus” or “what’s the best place to stay in Turkey”.
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What’s the best hotel you offer in North Cyprus?
The answer is always, this depends on what your criteria is for your holiday. Rightly so, the reservations team start talking through what it is you want for your holiday. You will often find when you start filtering down what your requirements are, its pretty obvious which hotel is best for you to stay at.
For example you may want a town centre hotel in Kyrenia, a hotel that has plenty of space, and large swimming pools, a nice bar, and good quality rooms. In this case The Pia Bella Hotel in Kyrenia
is the hotel of choice. It ticks all those boxes.
For a hotel near the town centre with its own swimming pool and its own private beach, then The Oscars resort hotel or Vuni Palace hotel are the ones to go for.. both with good room standards.
If you’re looking for a hotel with an amazing beach, a real summer vibe, excellent service and quality standards, The Denizkizi Hotel Resort is ideal... but what out for the walk down to the beach.
For a Famagusta hotel that offers luxury, an amazing beach, top service and standards, close to the town centre, then The Arkin Palm Beach is the hotel of choice. What an amazing sunset you will experience there too.
Luxury North Cyprus hotels include The Cratos Premium hotel with its grand design, its own beach and port, and a multiple of restaurants. You wont be disappointed. Other town centre hotels include the quality Colony Hotel and Rocks hotel, both offering luxury surroundings, and excellent service just steps away from the Venetian harbour.
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What’s the best place to stay in Turkey.
This is such a general question that we need to drill down what you are looking for in your holiday. As turkey is such a diverse holiday destination, discovery tours will give you a sense of adventure, Istanbul will be a true experience of history and culture, Antalya will give you access to some of the bet beaches and luxury hotels in the Med, along with Fethiye, Dalaman, which will give you a more boutique holiday experience. Kalkan and Kas offer amazing views from most hotels, and a quality boutique holiday experience.
Kusadasi is ideal for shoppers, as the endless windy street are filled with jewellers, leather shops, traditional souvenir shops and for those interested... imitation brands.
Holidays in Bitez, and Turgetreis are a good option for those looking to be at peace, with accessibility to the main resort town of Bodrum, while Oludeniz offers an amazing blue lagoon, something you won’t find elsewhere..
These are just a small selection of what Direct Traveller offers in North Cyprus and Turkey. Available as standalone holiday destinations or as twin centre holiday combinations
Have you visited North Cyprus or Turkey? What’s your favourite place to stay?
These days’ people are looking of unique places to get married, from beaches, to historic locations, and increasingly abroad. Well for those looking to marry aboard, North Cyprus seems to be on the map for many. The little gem, is proving popular for wedding planners... Scenery, charm, amazing food, accessibility and great value for money may have something to do with this!
Northern Cyprus is a relatively new tourist destination, so it is still untouched by the masses. It is for this reason many couples are choosing North Cyprus Weddings for their special day.
Popular for that something different, with scenic locations throughout the island, and at a fraction of the price of other locations. For small groups of family and friends, or a large banquets for many, there is so much choice on offer, at high standards.
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Direct Traveller has a number of beautiful places that couples can get married at and offer a selection of hotels for weddings. Couples can choose to get married on a beach or have a truly fairytale wedding and get married in a Castle overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, or the very popular Bellapais Abbey, with its unique charm.
Wedding events are tailor made to ensure your special day is as unique as you. If a North Cyprus Wedding is what you are looking for and want to find out how to arrange it, Direct Traveller has dedicated Weddings Coordinator to help you. The Wedding Coordinator can let you know what to expect and how to make your special day perfect. Direct Traveller can also let you know all about the legal requirements of getting married in North Cyprus.
Firstly marriages there are legally accepted as legitimate marriages worldwide meaning that if you are from the UK and Ireland you can legally get married in North Cyprus. Local law in is based on English law making the whole marriage process that much simpler to understand and also that wedding services and marriage documents are all in English.
Like any country legal requirements must be completed. First of all, for a wedding in Northern Cyprus to take place the bride and groom must have stayed in Northern Cyprus for at least 6 days prior to their wedding day and must bring the original copies of their birth certificates, decree absolute (if one or both parties have been married before then divorced) as well as their passports with them. Our wedding coordinators and local team will assist in arranging these for you and so ensuring the event runs smoothly, and tailored for you.
Direct Traveller has excellent experience in this field, as they have arranged so many successful weddings, for more information contact Direct Traveller on 0844 414 1684 or visit www.directtraveller.com
to find out more on how we can help make your dream wedding come true.
Are you planning a wedding abroad? Tell us below what do you think of North Cyprus for your wedding
Christmas and New year are celebrated in many ways around the world. In North Cyprus its also a huge celebration. Entering 2014 is a big event, and the Cypriots like to do this in style. A time for family and friends to get together, this is the perfect opportunity for this close community to socialise and make the most of the celebrations.
With a focus on a Kyrenia hotel, 5* Cratos Premium hotel, you can really get a taste of new year and Christmas while on your 2013 and 2014 holidays.
Here is a photo gallery to give you a feel of what you can experience on your winter holidays in the sun in North Cyprus
during the festive season.Merry Xmas and a Happy New year to all of our followers.
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|Cratos Premium Kyrenia entrance - 2014 New year celebrations|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia entrance with reindeer - 2014 New year celebrations|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia lobby with marzipan - 2014 New year celebrations|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia hotel grounds - 2014 New year celebrations with lights|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia Casino entrance - 2014 New year celebrations|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia stretch RangeRover for glamour - 2014 New year celebrations|
|Cratos Premium Kyrenia entrance with Premium Rolls Royce Car|
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Did you spend you New years eve or winter holidays in North Cyprus? tell us what you thought below
A landscape of desolate dunes may not sound like the most inviting of places, but once you enter the enchanting Omani Wahiba Sands you’ll feel very differently. There’s a contrast of senses that are aroused in such an environment, with a supreme serenity alongside the exhilaration of such open land that inspires a desire for adventure, reminiscent of famous desert roamers like Lawrence of Arabia.
There are a number of exciting opportunities to be found, though a classic has to be the camel ride. It’s something that completes any venture to the desert and will make you feel like a fully fledged explorer. For a much faster ride you’ll want to consider doing some dune bashing. This involves jumping in a 4 wheel drive and hitting the dusty slopes, watching sand sweep past the windows and challenging the horizons with this adrenaline fueled activity.
If the above seems a bit terrifying, don’t worry, as there are plenty of ways to enjoy the desert as a luxurious setting for relaxation and reflection. Desert camping is particularly popular, and there are a number hotel’s that are specifically based in this unusual location, such as the 1000 Nights Camp in Wahiba Sands
for example. This allows your camping experience to be as basic or exotic as you wish, with many places providing similar facilities to city or beach side based resorts, with a swimming pool and fancy restaurants along with comfortable rooms designed with mystical charm all settled amongst the natural and tranquil beauty of the Omani sands.
While some may choose to only stay one or two nights in the desert, others might want to stay for longer. Either way, this kind of holiday provides the perfect opportunity for catching the incredible views of the sunrise and sunset over the dunes, along with the promise of crystal clear star studded skies each night. Daytime activities can include going on treks or being treated to some delicious coffee and traditional hospitality by a Bedouin family. Those that are interested in photography will also find being in such a setting a dream for taking magnificent shots.
While Oman is a colourful bustle of historical culture and spiritual architecture, it is in its deserts that you’ll find the true essence of its character. These remain untouched, like pieces of frozen time that are free from the rush and pressures of modern day life. For this reason, a visit to the Omani desert is a must for anybody in search of unique experiences and a little bit of magic.
For more information on holidays to Oman and desert activities, visit our website at www.directtraveller.com
, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or give us a call on 0844 414 1694 to speak with one of our friendly in-house team members.
If you are thinking of Turkey holidays next year, then you will find these travel facts about Turkey interesting.
As the 6th most visited country in the world, you can see the cultural diversity, historic attractions, and beautiful coastline makes it an ideal holiday destination.
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This time of year, people are often thinking about Christmas.... and what presents to get our loved ones. Let’s be honest, we all love a gift under the tree. Some people are lucky enough to receive a holiday in their stocking this Christmas day.
often has requests from their clients looking to surprise their loved ones on this special day. This year is no exception with an Istanbul city break purchased as a gift, and a North Cyprus holiday purchased too.
We all love travelling... whether it’s to relax, or to take in the culture of a destination. Any travel gift is an ideal present... I know i wouldn't mind having a holiday away under my tree.
So if we are generous enough to purchase our loved ones a holiday to the sunshine, then what should we look out for in the holiday, and how can we ensure a real holiday deal
Firstly and importantly it’s not all about price. Of course competitively priced holidays is the way forward, but look out for those hidden extra costs within the package.
- A low price may sometimes be offset with low quality accommodation. Use a reputable company to arrange the holiday for you to ensure this is not the case. For example Direct Traveller hotels and holidays are all personally hand selected for their suitability and high standards within their class category.
- Is the price including your transfers, your in-flight meals, and even your baggage allowance? Many companies have hidden costs linked to their travel arrangements. The price you pay may be missing something that you would think is an obvious necessity for the holiday. Imagine flying without any clothes with you… well believe it or, many companies advertise their prices without your baggage allowance included.. .cheeky! All Direct Traveller holidays include your baggage allowance in the advertised prices. We even throw in free airport transfers for most of our holidays. Our policy is transparent pricing… and we will always keep it that way.
- Think conveniencewhen buying your parents or your uncle and aunt a getaway. The emphasis is that it’s meant to be a break... and not a trek 40 miles to the airport. The price might be tempting, but make sure you don’t force an extra cost onto your loved ones this Christmas with a heavy fee on taxi rides, or train journeys. Direct Traveller holidays are from 17 UK airports, to ensure complete convenience. Your dearest will be flying off to a great holiday from their close-by, local airport. Now that’s how to start a holiday!
- Check the small print is the key to the next point… did you know some companies call their flights direct, even when there are touchdowns involved! Just because you do not change aircraft, they describe the flight as direct... so ensure you ask for “non-stop direct flights” to your destination… Direct Traveller includes non-stop direct flights in all of their holidays as standard. If it’s not non-stop, we will stay where the flight is via... whether you get out of the aircraft or not.
- The final point to look out for is the protection of the holiday. You don’t want your money to go to waste if the supplier fails, so ensure your flight holiday is ATOL protected for your financial protection. Also ask for ABTA membership to ensure the holiday has certain standards that the company must meet. Direct Traveller holidays are both ABTA and ATOL protected for total protection.
If you’re looking for stocking fillers, or a real cracker of a present, then a holiday will definitely be remembered. In fact these tips should be remembered all year around. Whether you are shopping for your own summer holidays or winter holidays, or buying a gift for someone special.
Happy shopping, and have a very happy Christmas.
For many Istanbul is about its amazing views, the Bosphorus skyline, fresh fish and tasty kebabs. The hilly pathways and the amazing ambience of crossing the Bosphorus waters by ferry, the history, entertainment and of course the culture.
The culture in Istanbul is apparent everywhere.. and once thing that really sticks out is the culture of tea drinking. From the shopkeepers, to the shoe shiners, chestnut stalls, to the chic boutique shops.. Everyone, everywhere has one thing in common… they all drink tea.
|Turkish Tea on the Bosphorus|
Turkey produces over 6% of total tea production in the world. Not suprising considering how much Turks drink themselves. The main area of production for Turkish tea is Rize in the North Eastern area of Turkey.
The largest well known brand for Turkish tea production is Caykur, which is government owned and employs of 16.5 thousand people. You will mainly find this brand being served in many places, and the taste is the essence of Turkish tea.
Turkish tea ranges from the most popular black tea, which you find in most places to the more varied to apple tea, green tea, early grey and organic herbal tea which are available on request at most tea gardens and tea houses.
Loose leaf tea is used as a social element for day to day living in cafes, houses, and shops. The culture of offering tea to all guests, whether in a commercial environment or social environment still continues to this day.
Visit any street in Istanbul and you will sea the tea boy floating around from shop to shop, offering shop keepers and their guests’ fresh tea on request. Tea is seen as a sign of Turkish hospitality, and is a main social element of Turkish society. You can even have tea in local coffee houses around Turkey and there are even tea gardens, which are open gardens serving tea to locals.
So how do you serve your own Turkish tea?
- · You need a caydanlik which has two pots.
- · Stack them on top of each other.
- · Place the tea leaves with a dash of water on the top pot
- · Add water for boiling in the bottom.
- · Once the water is boiled, half fill a small glass cup with the top tea leaf water
- · Pour in the boiled water to the top of the glass.
- · Add sugar to taste.
- · Drink and refresh yourself.
If you kind find the tools to make a Turkish tea, then visit any Turkish restaurant, or coffee shop whether in Turkey or in the UK, and you will still be offered this refreshing drink. A symbol of Turkish hospitality worldwide..
I cant wait to visit Istanbul
again and have a hot cup of tea while on a ferry ride from Europe to Asia… such a simple thing, but something that has its own meaning to cultural diversity.. a pleasure we should all experience.
If you travel to North Cyprus & Turkey you’re likely to see a lot of these:
The circular blue amulets are known as ‘Evil Eyes’, and because of this can be pretty disconcerting to stare at. Don’t be discouraged though, the Nazar (as they are officially known) is actually a symbol of protection. In many Mediterranean cultures the name of this object refers to the belief that an evil look from someone can cause harm to a person’s soul or leave them with bad luck. The amulet is supposed to be a barrier to this, reflecting any negative auras back onto the person that gives them.
So, what brought about this seemingly strange superstition? Well, one idea is that it all goes back to a very stubborn rock. Belief has it that there was once a massive rock placed rather inconveniently by the sea that not even dynamite or a herd of determined muscled men could move. Luckily there was one man that lived near by who carried one of the evil eyes. The town people convinced him to come down and take a look and upon exclaiming, "What a big rock!" the rock suddenly cracked in half and that was that.
Nowadays the Cypriots use these for many things, although they are most prominently sold as souvenirs and jewellery. I’m not sure you’ll end up breaking rocks with one but the notion of spiritual power within these little trinkets still holds a very powerful significance to this day. They make a lovely gift for friends and family back home, as well as a memento to keep for yourself from North Cyprus and Turkey (and you might need it with all those jealous glances you'll be getting post holiday!)
You may have noticed that Direct Traveller
has this gem incorporated into their logo and this was no coincidence as it is considered to protect the Direct Traveller and those travelling with us.
If you enjoy nature and would like to capture what nature has to offer, then North Cyprus is your destination.
Many travellers look for places filled with natural beauty. Many would like to spend their holidays in such a tourist destination, where they can imbibe natural beauty in its full form. If you are also looking for outstandingly captivating beauty then look no further than Northern Cyprus.
|North Cyprus Walks|Discovering the exquisiteness on the island
How travellers would like to discover the beauty on the island is up to them as there are so many options for holidaymakers.
To discover natural beauty here on the med-island, travellers can go trekking in the safe forest areas. They can go hiking across nature trails, camping in the loveliest areas near Bellapais Village or in and around the Karpaz Peninsula, or on the gorgeous beaches in and around Kyrenia and Famagusta. Cycling through the labyrinth of lanes, by-lanes in Famagusta and Kyrenia Some holidaymakers enjoy cycling in North Cyprus for its independence and mobility on the island. Go across the network of lanes, by-lanes or alleys in your favorite town-like-cities such as Famagusta and Kyrenia. You can cycle through the labyrinth of routes which can lead you to the mountainous area in Kyrenia or to the most ancient villages in Kyrenia such as Monastic Village or Bellapais Abbey etc. Feel the essence of the beauty, cycling around the aromatic citrus groves or just simply go through busy market areas (And when you are tired of cycling then you can spend your time here on one of the beaches in Famagusta or in Kyrenia where you can feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun with a pinch of coldness in it).
- The beauty of this island in the Mediterranean region really offers a real escape.
- Richness in natural heritage on the island is just simply amazing.
- Wildlife flourishes here on the island.
- About 220 species of birds touch down on this island during their season of migration from one place to the other.
- This island is just simply fantastic for all those who love the outdoors.
- It is a place where you will not find crowd (65-70 people per square mile).
- It is free from pollution.
- About 240 miles of coastline, perfectly swathed in lush forests (Pine forests with maquis bush and cypress / provide a perfect sanctuary for the wildlife to flourish).
Don’t forget to talk the walk around the citrus groves (this island is just known for fragrant citrus groves). Don’t forget to catch the glimpses of the spectacular landscape of Famagusta or Kyrenia when you are here on your Northern Cyprus holidays.
|North Cyprus Landscape|
All about Natural Beauty in North Cyprus
Kantara Castle which you can reach even through Besparmak Mountains is the place you shall visit. It is a place known for springtime sanctuary where there can be many migrating birds. Visitors can also find here in this place the island’s most striking residents such as Buzzards, Falcons, Griffon Vultures etc. There are a large number of butterflies too (here are species which are peculiar of this island. Find here Cleopatra butterflies Festoon butterflies with colorful wings, reflecting the colors of sunshine).
Blooming into a rhapsody of colours
The climate is always perfect for exploring. Suitably warm climate on this island allows visitors to enjoy their holidays without any sort of trouble. Go through the open fields and mountains to find flowers blooming with all their beauty, spreading fragrance far and wide.
When you go through any hilly area then you can find golden-yellow oleanders which seem to bed the hills (Crocuses or multi-colored anemones appear during Christmas season). But it is during winter season or during spring season that the island blooms into a rhapsody of myriad hues with the island’s best known darkly red poppies, appearing here and there in bunches. Orchids come up in plenty too (known for their stunning rarity and unique beauty). There are about 32 species or sub-species of the wild orchid flora, many of them are known to show striking similarities with that of the European varieties which include but not limited to Autumn Lady Tresses Orchids (Some of the selected orchid species which are native to this island, northern Cyprus include Orchis collina, Orchis papilonacea, Neotinea maculate, Orchis simian, Orchis italic and Dactylorhiza romana etc). This island is simply famous for its olive and carob groves. It is known for its citrus groves (The Island is just totally infused with the citrus groves. The scent of the lemons, lime or oranges always drifts through the Mediterranean air). Fruit which are common or which grow in plenty here include pomegranate, strawberries and date palms.
|North Cyprus Butterflies|Visit Alevkaya Forest Station If you are interested in the plants on the island then we suggest you should visit Alevkaya Forest Station which is located near the mountain ridge between Degirmenlik and Esentepe. Here, visitors can come to know of a large number of things about the plant life on the island (There is a collection of the pressed plant specimens which can let you know more about plants present on the island. Here is a collection of plants which are endemic on the island). Information on each and every specimen is very much clear. Visitors will get to know all about where the plant is from, who discovered it or when it was discovered etc. There are about 1100 species at this forest station. The natural beauty that amazes and inspires Take a stroll during morning or evening hours to imbibe the beauty which drifts through the air or opt for a ride through the network of allies or lanes etc. Other things which the tourists can indulge in may include bird watching, mountain climbing, horse riding, camping etc. Book your holidays today. Fly from the UK, or connect a twin centre holiday with Istanbul, maybe taking an AtlasJet flight to North Cyprus from there. Packages are available near most attractions and there are over 35 hand selected hotels for you to stay in.
The World Travel Market is with us once again from the 4thto 7th of November 2013. Set in the grand Excel exhibition centre with its plethora of space, The travel exhibition is set to create a centre stage for worldwide tourism.
Notably the second largest tourism exhibition in Europe after the infamous Berlin show, World Travel Market (WTM) showcases a huge variety of worldwide destinations looking at promoting themselves to worldwide buyers.
The WTM exhibition is a powerful tool for connecting not only the UK to the world, but entirely Europe to the rest of the world. There is no exception here for North Cyprus holidays either...
Set with its own stand by the Turkey stand, (stand EM750) North Cyprus is ready for business. Boasting a range of hotels who have come all the way from the island, local travel agents and of course the backbone of the UK outbound tourism to North Cyprus... the UK based tour operators such as Direct Traveller.
The first day of the exhibition proved to be very popular, with a seemingly increased interest for North Cyprus.
Direct Traveller managing director, Ramadan Ozdemir says: “WTM has traditionally been a must attend exhibition, and this year is no exception. North Cyprus is proving to be popular with travel buyers, and this is further enforced by the prospective booking trends. 2014 holiday sales have started, and at a faster rate than previous years... giving a positive sign for Direct Traveller and North Cyprus overall.”
Direct Traveller is not only seeing increased interest in its 2014 North Cyprus holidays, but also its other key destinations of Turkey, Sri Lanka, Dubai and Oman. 2014 Holidays with increased interest range form beach holidays, city breaks, twin centre holidays and increasingly popular tours.
For full details of holidays visit the Direct Traveller
website or visit Direct Traveller at their stand number EM750 for friendly chat or a nice cup of Cypriot coffee.
Northern Cyprus holidays in Kyrenia There can be many things which holidaymakers may like to do when they are in Kyrenia. Often tourists consider this destination because they have the intention to enjoy their summer holidays. They come here with the intention to enjoy their beach holidays or to grasp the glimpses of the beautiful scenery in their cam. But, if you are looking for something more then we suggest you continue reading this article, because it talks about what more you can do on this island apart from just swimming, tasting delicacies, enjoying night life etc. There are really a plenty of things which the tourists can indulge in. Catching the beauty of the morning sun Well, Mediterranean morning is something to see here on this island. When you get up early in the morning then go for a walk on your favorite beach. You can feel the essence of the morning beauty on any of the beaches here. The coldness of the atmosphere slowly mingling with the warmth of the sun will surely rejuvenate your senses and you will feel the beauty of being here on the island in its full bloom. Do not forget to keep digital camera with you so that you can take pictures of the beautiful moments.
|Local Cypriot souvenir market|
Strolling in the nearby village areas
Kyrenia in Northern Cyprus always seems to be full of the tourists. Just like you, there can be many numbers of tourists who come here to enjoy their summer or winter holidays. If you are willing to find a peaceful place to spend your time in all privacy or away from the common crowd here then it is recommended that you shall visit one of those areas which are a bit away from the main centre of the city (or which can be much more suitable for you to spend your time with your family or friends etc). When you look for much calmer places here in Kyrenia then we suggest that you head towards one of the best village areas such as Bellapais Abbey or many of the smaller village areas across it.
Book Northern Cyprus holidays with Direct Traveller for the best deals to North Cyprus. They have over 35 hand selected hotels to suit any budget. Their exclusive North Cyprus hotel deals cannot be found elsewhere, making them the best option for North Cyrus holidays. From luxury North Cyprus hotels to All Inclusive hotels and family run hotels, Direct Traveller has it covered. Northern Cyprus – Now, one of the best all year round holiday destinations Northern Cyprus is now listed in the world’s best destinations for holidays. There has been noted an increase in number of the tourists who come here for their holidaymaker. Still relatively undiscovered.. Years back, it was not very known but now it claims to receive a large number of tourists not just from the UK but from various countries across the world. Why tourists are attracted to spending their holidays here in Northern Cyprus? There are many reasons which can be listed down here but some of the major reasons can be summarized as given below. Beaches– Some of the most amazing beach in the Mediterranean can be found in Northern Cyprus… Sandy bays and coves. Accessibility– North Cyprus is becoming more accessible by the day. Since the borders opened between North Cyprus and South Cyprus, then people have found it easier to travel on non-stop direct flights to Larnaca and go through the border crossings to visit north Cyprus. Also new airlines such as AtlasJet airlines and Pegasus Airlines have made it more desirable. Car rentals –Car hire in north Cyprus is very affordable compared to other destinations.
|Cypriot Life - Maras ice-cream at the Harbour|Accommodation– Hotels here in Northern Cyprus such as Pia bella hotel or Bellapais Monastery village hotel, and Arkin Palm Beach Hotel (or many other hotels) are good quality and value for money. Safety - Visitors can really have no trouble in North Cyprus. Their tour in Northern Cyprus will surely be very safe as there are some of the lowest crime levels in Europe. Cypriots are friendly– Cypriots are very friendly. They respect tourists. Tourists can really have a good time here. History– The is a large amount of history in North Cyprus, unfounded elsewhere Book your North Cyprus holiday with Direct Traveller to enjoy the benefits of North Cyprus
For golf lovers, finding that next game of golf is like an addiction.. and for those holiday making in North Cyprus or even on a business trip in North Cyprus, there is no reason to miss out on the fun. In fact North Cyprus actually accommodates an amazing 18 hole golf course, with international standards.
The Korineum golf course first opened its doors to residents and those on North Cyprus holidays in April 2007 and is an international standard 18 hole with a par 72. Women’s handicap is 36 and men’s is 28.
The golf course is maintained to the Royal and Ancient Best Course Policy Initiative, and is approximately 6230m². made of Paspalum grass playing surface, it has an assortment of specifically placed challenging undulating fairways, water hazards, 2 lakes, and sand bunkers made form white sand and crushed marble. Enough tto create a challenge yet, suitable for golfers of all ages and calibers. The average per green is 500m², making it a delight to play golf. There is an average of 5 Tees per hole which is approximately 600m²
The course was actually designed by David Hemstock and Peter Harradine was also involved in the consultancy of the construction. David is an experienced and qualified Designer, Agronomist and Soil & Water Engineer. His other projects include Punjab, Ukraine, Chennai, Lake District and many more international standard golf projects.
For the comfort of golfers, there are 44 golf cars with silent batteries on the course, however this is not actually a necessity as it’s a delight to walk the grounds. If you have forgotten your equipment, or didn’t have baggage allowance for it, you can rent clubs, shoes, and soft spikes. The golf shop also sells a range of quality equipment and outfits for you to fit in.
If you need to sharpen up your skills or you are a complete novice, then you can also go for the 30m driving range, with its 34 bays. There is also a large grass tea area for touch and feel shots. For further personal development you can also use the 2 putting greens, the chipping green and the dedicated bunker practice green. Without a handicap status you can utilize the Academy course with its full length par 4 and par 5 holes, and even a par 3 to warm your golfing skills up.
If you really wish to develop your skills, then take advantage of the qualified Pro for personal or group lessons.
If you are travelling to North Cyprus whether Kyrenia or Famagusta for your holidays, then you can take advantage of the Korineum golf course. Its located east of Kyrenia and is accessible easily by car. If you are in Cyprus you can ask one of the Direct Traveller representatives to book you in for a session, or you may prefer to pre-book your sessions before departure form the UK.
Direct Traveller has specialist golf packages for golfers and holidaymakers. We have the best rates of the course and you can stay at the Korineum Golf club house
of in one of our hand selected hotels. The course is generally busier from September to March where the weather is more manageable for golf; however the course I open all year round, with the year round sunshine. Direct Traveller is experienced with dealing with individuals needs and group bookings and events for golf holidays. contact us
to find out more.
Sri Lanka, once not so very popular, is now one of the most well-known tourist destinations which the tourists look for.
There can be myriad reasons for this but one of the most talked about reasons is related to its location. Yes, owing to its beautiful geographical location, this Asian country has managed to pull a large number of tourists towards itself. It has cities, village areas which are remarkable for their history, tourist attractions, beaches and other recreational spots. Anyone who comes here for holidays will truly fall in love with this beautiful tourist-country.Why book a tour package for holidays in Sri Lanka?
Only a few places in the world offer tourists a remarkably stunning combination of history and heritage, culture and tradition, captivating landscapes and pristine beaches etc. Only a few places are known to have created an effect that lasts forever. Certainly, Sri Lanka is one among them. It is a country which is a home to the world’s best heritage sites. It is a place which is known for beaches. It is a place which is the first choice of many of the travelers who look for holidays in Asia. This country, set in Indian Ocean towards the southernmost region of the Asian continental, is a country to be seen by everyone who is looking for quality and budget-friendly holidays in Sri Lanka
This country is a home to a number of national parks (there are about 15 national parks spread across the country in major tourist centers which flawlessly showcase wildlife), beautiful and breath-taking waterfalls (there are about 350 waterfalls, the highest of them all is Bambarakanda which is about 263 km in height), museums, ancient villages etc.
Tourist places in Colombo – Commercial but the liveliest capital of the country, Sri Lanka. Colombo has always been known as the best sea port which manages to attract a large number of holiday denizens. It is blessed with a large number of tourist places which are worth visiting. This flourishing sea port which is located on the west coast in Sri Lanka is exemplary for its old and new buildings, historical and modernized tourist sites.
This city is a city which has shopping malls or bazaars for tourists who are shopaholics, well-preserved historical sites for those who are looking forward to peek into the ancient history of this world. It has some of the finest structures, dating back to colonial rule here in the country. Everything here seems to be replica of real, livelier beauty and seems to be exuding so much of wonder that the tourists who come here become of this place forever. A mere visit to Colombo city can really enthrall you like anything.Where to stay in Colombo?
Many of the best hotels in Colombo are located centrally. Tourists who come here will have no trouble in finding a room of their choice in any hotel here. Visitors even have options to select any of the best hotels as per their budget. Here are star-class hotels, budget-hotels for tourists who are looking for some quality holidays. Choose a room which overlooks mountainous area, green lush gardens, or the oceanic water. The two of the best hotels here can be “Taj Samudra” and “Galle face Hotel.” Where to go in Colombo? What you shall see when you are in the capital of Sri Lanka?
When you are in Colombo then you can visit the best of the tourist places which will just mesmerize you like never before. You can go to places which are marked as the best here such as Beira Lake, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, Colombo Fort, Cargills and Millers etc. Pettah Bazaar, Railway Museum and National Museum are three other very famous places here where tourists often go. For those who are here on beach holidays in Colombo they can go to Sri Lanka’s best beaches such as Beach Waadiya and Lavinia Beach. These two are known for fun they may allow you to have. Visitors will have no sort of restrictions. They can indulge in any water-sport they would love to. So, just pack your bags and come here.
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Sri Lanka is known for many famous tourist destinations. When you are here then you can visit so many places which speak of its natural beauty. Each and every district has got something which may fascinate any tourist who comes here. Districts such as Anuradhapura, Rathnapura, Ampara, Kegalle, Gampaha, Kurunegala, Kandy etc have got something stored for anyone who comes here to enjoy their Sri Lanka holidays.
Beach holidays in Sri Lanka
If you enjoy spending your time on beaches then know this too that it has got some of the best beaches where you can spend your time in jolly way. It boasts of many of the pristine beaches with clear, aquamarine waters. Here are sandy beaches where you can enjoy doing the things you like the most. You can indulge in any water-sports you would like to by being here on any of the best beaches where you can expect to get even all of the facilities. When you are here in Sri Lanka beach holidays then do not forget to go to these beaches which are included here.
Beaches which are famous here in Sri Lanka include Unawatuna, Wadduwa, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Beruwela and Bentota, Tangalle, Dondra Head, Pasikuda and Kalkuda and Negombo etc.
Why tourist choose Sri Lanka is because they have the world’s best heritage sites.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
World’s Best Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
It will be of interest of the tourists to know this that this island is a home to eight of the best UNESCO heritage sites. It is an island which has got remarkable history and has got so many places which speak of its glorious past.
- Central Highlands
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress and city
- Dutch Fort, Galle
- The Golden Temple of Dambulla
- Sacred Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
This tropical island-country is just full of hotels. Visitors will have no trouble in getting a hotel room under their own expected price. Here are hotels which are situated in the most beautiful settings. Visitors can find a large number of hotels, resorts particularly near to the coastal areas, towards the south and the west. The best of the hotels here are: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, Earl's Regency Hotel, Cinnamon Lodge, Galadari Hotel, Heritance Ahungalle, Hilton-Colombo, Ceylon Continental Hotel, Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
Just simply select one of the best holiday packages and come here to enjoy your vacation.
You are going to have fun, and be inspired - guaranteed. ???
If you are looking forward to visit a place which is blessed with remarkably stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, unbelievably great history and the most captivating culture and heritage then you ought to visit Sri Lanka. Yes, this island nation is now one of the best destinations which comes first in the “list of the tourist destinations” by a majority of tourists who look for wonderful value for money holidays.
Why Sri Lanka for holidays?
Sri Lanka, situated closer to South Asia in Indian Ocean, is one of the best destinations where tourists can have a great time. This tropical island has got everything which can make any tourist busy throughout their stay. It may even not be wrong to say that tourists who come here will have fun anyhow. It is an island where natural beauty flourishes and is abundant and unspoiled.
- It has world’s best heritage sites - it has eight of the best UNESCO world heritage sites.
- Its coastline stretches up to 1,330 kilometres.
- Abundance in flora and fauna.
- Best of the national parks which are fifteen in number.
- 350 Waterfalls.
- 25,000 water bodies.
- Culture which is typical of the islanders here.
- Botanical gardens and lush tea estates.
- Deep sea fishing, Swimming, Scuba diving, Boating, Surfing, Canoeing etc.
- Whale water rafting, Dolphin watching.
- Rock climbing, Ballooning.
- Mountaineering, Hiking, Trekking
- Wild life photographing
- Skiing (paragliding or parasailing)
It is truly an island where any tourist can have a great time.
Sri Lanka Elephant Safari
What tourist can do when they are in Sri Lanka during their holidays?
Tourist can have the chance to indulge in lot many activities. They can have the chance to do whatever they would like. They can have so many choices to choose from. This typically tropical island is just for one and all. No matter what you are interested in, you can have great time here.
Turkey or in a Turkish language: Türkiye is one of those destinations which tourists love to explore. Many of the tourists from various parts of the world come here to enjoy their holidays. The reason why it has become one of the best destinations for holidays can be attributed to its own geographical location and its splendorous beauty which is inexplicable. There are many cities which are significantly marked as the tourist cities but out of all those cities there are a few cities which every tourist feels attracted to visit. They are Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Izmir, Bodrum, Fethiye etc.
|Istanbul Attractions|Many people do not consider Istanbul as a beach holiday destination. Its more about the hustle and bustle of the city and its cultural emphasis. However there is a growing trend of holiday makers visiting Istanbul for its beaches. Popular with locals, these elite beach clubs are becoming more popular with foreign tourists also. Three best beaches in Istanbul for beach lovers When you are here for your beach holidays in Istanbul then you can have the chance to spend your time in an entirely a different way. Istanbul is one of those places in Turkey which is replete in a number of beaches. You can have the choice to spend your time at one of the beaches which number up to twenty. You may certainly be not able to zero in on any one of the best beaches because each and every beach here is known for something or the other. You will certainly have a hard time picking one of the best among the best during your vacation here. Here in this article we have listed down a few of the best beaches which you shall visit if you are in Istanbul. If you do not visit at least these beaches then your holidays in Istanbul can’t be labeled as “complete” because these are the beaches which are worth visiting as these can let you get the real feel of the city, Istanbul. Visit any of these beaches to enjoy any of the beach activities you would love to. Beaches here are clean and hygienic and are categorized as family beaches, beaches for couples, and for children etc. Here entry to the most of the beaches is free but for some private beaches you will have to pay from 15-40 TL to get access to.
True Blue Beach
The first beach which tops our list of the beaches in Istanbul is True Blue Beach. Why? Well, because this beach has got such a good location which can allow you to get the most beautiful view of the sea (This beach truly looks like one of those beautiful Northern Cyprus beaches or Turkish Cyprus beaches).
|True Blue Beach Istanbul|Sitting here on the beach, you can enjoy nature’s beauty, the view of boats sailing from Marina or Kalamis etc. You can have the chance to capture the beauty of the sunset and sunrise as these are going to be rare moments which can fill excitement in you. You can have the chance to play your favorite game on this sandy beach too. Swimming pool is for small children within its premises. If you are hungry after swimming then you can have the chance to lie down in your favorite corner (Please, do not forget to bring your beach umbrella, as you may not be able to find vendors here who are often seen on some other beaches selling out the same). You can gobble down your favorite sea-food at one of the restaurants as well. There is a bar too in the middle of the garden where you can get your favorite cocktail or your drink. Summer is really the best time to visit as here in summer season, there can be live concerts or events.
The second best of the best beaches in Istanbul which you shall visit during your Turkey beach holidays is Dalia beach. Yes, this beach is for one and all. It is located on the Demircikoy Cove. This beach is truly for those tourists who would love to spend their time in a tranquil or a much calmer place, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. This is the beach which can let you get the real feel of peaceful life (much more like what the army of the Ulysses felt during their way back home from the Trojan War). This is big enough to provide space for the tourists who would love to spend their time in privacy. You can lie down under the shade anywhere and just simply listen to the sound of the water waves playing at the bank or away from the bank.
|Dalia Beach Istanbul|Even though it seems to be a quiet beach yet you can have the chance to play your favorite game if you would like to. Other tourists like you or the commoners can even join you. Here are areas which are specifically designated as the area for the boat lovers, paddlers, or the area for the trekkers etc. You can find a small restaurant or a beach stall within the walking distance. Just refresh yourself with a drink after swimming or take your favorite cocktail, sitting and enjoying your day here on this beach where beauty is calmer and much more inviting.
This is the last in our list here. Visit this beach if you are looking for something extra on your Turkey tour.
This beach which is located near to Rumelishisari is one of those beaches where you may find a large number of tourists like you. It looks much more beautiful because of its own ideal location (The Sea of Marmara meets The Black Sea). You can indulge in activities such as beach cricket, beach volleyball, rock climbing etc. You can find stalls near to you as well where you can refresh yourself a bit.
|Golden Beach Istanbul|You can surely spend your time in an entirely a different way if you opt for Turkey holidays in Istanbul. Just simply bag one of the best deals which can let you take Turkey tour with all convenience. Istanbul is a popular destination for culture, nightlife, sightseeing, and great food. Its also a destination for beach holidays, and twin centre holidays with other beach holiday destinations.
Northern Cyprus is an island which is renowned for its beaches. This med island is an island which is visited by a large number of tourists from various parts of the world who would love to spend their summer holidays here on the beaches. The best of the beaches on this island are present in Kyrenia and Famagusta.
Kyrenia for holidaymakers.
To really appreciate why Kyren is called an “island for beach holidays.” Its a must that they visit one of the beaches to the east and west of Kyrenia.
below is a list of the top five beaches which are in Kyrenia and which you shall visit to get the best out of your beach holidays in Kyrenia.
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Well, this beach can be the first beach here in Kyrenia which you shall visit. It is even popularly known as turtle beach (the reason is very simple. You can find turtles in a large number here, they lay eggs especially in the month of summer. Turtle watching is even regarded as one for the famous beach activities here. Those who are fond of photography can be seen here, taking pictures of the turtles). You can find this beach at a distance of some 10 miles, east of Kyrenia. This beach is perfect for the tourists who are coming here for their family holidays or couple holidays. This sandy beach with diamond-white waters, sparking in the sun will give you altogether a different kind of pleasure in swimming here. It is full of sweeping dunes and the water is shallow. There is a bar too where you can go after getting tired of swimming or to refresh yourself a bit.
If you are wondering where you can have the chance to play beach volley ball or beach cricket during your Northern Cyprus package holidays then just stop wondering. It is this beach where you can have the chance to indulge in any of your favorite games. It is true that tourists can enjoy playing their favorite water game on any of the beaches here in Kyrenia but playing or spending time here on escape beach can give anyone a very different kind of an experience. This place is always seemed to be bustling with a large number of activities. You will find tourists like you more in number. Common Cypriots too can be seen enjoying their weekends here. This beach which is located some 5 kilometers from Kyrenia is simply one of the best beaches with finer, golden sand and crystal clear waters. Apart from beach volley ball or cricket, you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, boating or even surfing throughout your Kyrenia holidays here. You can have great time at the beach club too.
Three - Acapulco Beach
Well, this can be the third famous beach here on this island. It is a beach where you can have fun and that is guaranteed. When you are coming here then it is not necessary that you bring your own sun loungers or your beach umbrellas. This beach provides all of the best facilities which you can expect. There is a bar nearer to this too where you can go to gobble down or drink down your favorite glass of beer. This shall also be mentioned that there is an undertow here (if you are here with your family and your children would like to swim then they should be watched over). Feel the fun of swimming in the most crystal clear waters of Acapulco beach here in Kyrenia which is nearer to Catalkoy. If you are just looking for something more then you can go for windsurfing here on this beach. Take a note of this too that you may have to pay a little amount to get access to the beaches described above. Entry may not be free. Take a note of this too that if you are really keen on spending time on one of the best beaches then we suggest that you look for a hotel which own a beach. There are many hotels here in Kyrenia which have got their own private beaches. If you select to stay at one of those hotels then you can get access to the beach anytime. You can spend time in all privacy with no disturbance at all. Other beaches which you can visit include: Horsehoe Bay– a pebble beach for all those who love water sports like snorkeling, sailing etc Altinkaya Beach– best for those who are here on family holidays. Mare Monte -it is a golden, sandy beach where you can time in privacy. Denizkizi Beach- best for those who are on family and couple holidays. Karakum Beach– this beach is for those who are looking forward to spend time somewhere in a quiet place, away from the noisy area, it can just be like Mare Monte. Lara beach- It is for you if you are looking for total relaxation. So, just simply pick one of the best North Cyprus packages and come here for real fun-holidays.
As winners of the British Travel Awards in 2012 as “Best tour operator to East and Southeast Europe”, Direct Traveller is delighted to be in a position to be able to boast about its customer service levels, its repeat client base, and ultimately its customer service levels.
The emphasis of its service not only is directly related to the team of reps heading Direct Traveller’s offices in North Cyprus, and the equally hard working team in the UK that aims to please. Customer service as we see it is a combination of all things good. Not just the emphasis of a good holiday, a satisfied customer on an individual basis, but an overall process that is developed to ensure the closest we can achieve to 100% customer satisfaction.
|The Colony, Kyrenia - Rooftop Terrace Pool|To do this we not only have rock solid procedures for all operational activities in North Cyprus and in the UK, but also have a framework that we work to in order to ensure the long standing commitment of our suppliers to our same ethos of 100% satisfaction.
One of the ways we do this is to personally hand select our hotels. We visit the hotels, discuss our past and future seasons, and ensure they are on the same wavelength as us. In order to be a featured hotel in our brochures, and website - whether in our North Cyprus hotels or in any of our other specialist destinations, the hotel must offer exactly what
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they say. We never over subscribe what a hotel has to offer, as we believe to reduce expectations is better than over rating them and not delivering. We are committed to delivering over our holidaymaker’s expectations at every stage of their holiday.
|Outdoor relaxing - Arkin Palm Beach Hotel|Many of our North Cyprus hotels are also in the same thought, and especially a long standing partners Arkin Palm Beach Hotel in Famagusta and The Colony hotel in Kyrenia.
The Colony Hotel is located in the Kyrenia town centre. The luxury Kyrenia hotel is a perfect example of great customer service combined with quality accommodation, and an excellent location. Within seconds of the Kyrenia harbour, nightlife, many historic attractions and the shopping facilities in Kyrenia it is a popular choice for holidaymakers. The main attraction is the rooftop pool, which gives amazing views of Kyrenia. The Colony as its name suggests is designed with the British Colonial era in mind, and so designs are high quality and feel uniquely of the Colonial British era
|Amazing Sandy Beach - Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Famagusta |The Arkin Palm Beach Hotel is also a luxury 5 star hotel with a unique Colonial feel, just reopened last year, it offers modern facilities in a charming location. Set on a beautiful sandy beach in Famagusta, near the old town, it is a firm favourite for those looking for a charismatic and boutique five star hotel with an amazing beach which renowmed for its gorgeous sunset views.
Here is our latest review from a loyal repeat client who has travelled with us on our North Cyprus holidays many times over the years, Mrs Carol Tweedale:
|Arkin Palm Beach Hotel Famagusta - lobby|“For years we have always gone to the Colony Hotel in Kyrenia, so what a wonderful surprise to find that some of the Colony management were at Palm Beach, and made us welcome. Jackie your rep was really helpful too. The hotel and interior design is of a high standard. We had a bedroom with a balcony overlooking the sea, and was a joy to pull back the drapes each morning, and greet another perfect day. The beach has really good sun-beds with 2 umbrellas to laze away the day.Food in the restaurant is plentiful with something for all tastes, we also attended the Cyprus Night which was great. We only spent a week here, and were very, very sad to leave when we were transferring for our second week at the Colony. The Colony hotel rooms are excellent, as always with plenty of room, and very cool with Air Conditioning, a must in July. The Maids are very good at keeping the rooms spotless, as is the whole of the hotel.
My favourite soup is Lentil, and the chefs were only too pleased to grant my request for this delicious soup. Food is excellent, and something for all tastes. I did really enjoy it more on one evening, when there was a function on the roof, we ate inside, and the food was warmer and the fare included Turkey Curry, Swordfish, and deserts to die for.
On our last day we were very sad to leave, especially when the Manager came over to shake our hands, and stated we were always welcome to our second home.
Thanks to Direct Traveller we had a fantastic holiday, and are looking forward to booking for next year.” For more details on Direct Traveller holidays, please visit the Direct Traveller website.