Rafting in the Rio Paquare, Costa Rica was an exhilirating, heart thumping experience

These two teenagers fighting were so amazingly close you could hear their tusks clanking

View from our Dorado Beach Hotel terrace.

Quechua ladies of Peru

I ticked off another destination on my bucket list and, in retrospect, am finding it hard to determine which vacation I loved more: the South African Safari http://singita.com/ or a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Aperitif on the beach at sunset, in Grand Cayman, is priceless

Art HK 15

Vernissage: March 23

ArtHK has become a success in a very short time. In 2011 they had more than 63,000 visitors coming to see exhibitions from galleries from Asia, Europe and USA. It was recently confirmed that Art Basel has bought a 60% stake in the Asian Art Fair, however, MCH Group said each art fair will retain its local flavor. ArtHK is on it's fourth year of success attracting high profile collectors from all over the world establishing itself as the leading international modern and contemporary art fair in Asia. map
















The Island Shangri-La has a counter at the airport to help you upon arrival and departure. It is located in the Main Arrivals Hall counter B8, opposit Exit B. If you have arranged for a hotel transfer, you will be met outside of customs and the driver will have a placard with your name. There is also taxi service, which will cost approximately HKD 380 for a 30 minute ride to the hotel. There is also an Airport Express Train which departs the Main Arrivals Hall every ten minutes and takes you to the Hong Kong Station in Central, the one way trip costs HKD 100. The nearest MTR station to the hotel is Admiralty Station.



Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

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The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, on Pacific Place, is a welcoming luxury hotel  retreat in the heart of the city, with 56 floors above Hong Kong's most prestigious shopping, cultural and business addresses, with memorable views of the Peak and Victoria Harbor. The hotel was honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in the world for dining. It offers a range of dining options, from the soaring views and grand cuisine of Restaurant Petrus to the friendly international ambience of Cafe Too, there is the Island Gourmet, the Lobster Bar and Grill, Nadaman, The summer Palace and the Waterside Terrace. Some of the services and facilities of the  hotel are:
- 24 hour Health Club and Room Service
-Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Business Center available 24 hours
-Complimentary Shoeshine
- Concierge Service
- Laundry
- Medical Service
- Safe Deposit Box
- Shopping Arcade
-Complimentary shuttle service to the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center (though it is only three blocks away from the hotel)
The Island Shangri-La comprises 531 spacious and luxurious guest rooms and 34 expansive suites. Exquisitely appointed with Asian-accented European furnishings, all rooms and suites command magnificent views of the city, the Peak or Victoria Harbour. 
Room features:
-Daily fresh fruit and newspaper selection
- Complimentary broadband internet access
- Executive desk with multi-plug sockets
- International Direct dial, voice mail
- Fax/Copier/Printer
- Flatscreen TV and DVD player
- Mini-bar
-Coffee/Tea making facilities
- Pillow menu
-Twice daily housekeeping service
Rates include buffet breakfast at Cafe TOO but do not include 10% service charge. A credit card is needed to reserve space, though a deposit will not be taken until February 19.
HKD 3,200 – Deluxe Peak View Single
HKD 3,500 – Deluxe Peak View Double
HKD 3,700 – Deluxe Harbor View Single
HKD 4,000 – Deluxe Harbor View Double

Cut off period for reservations is February 19, a deposit of one night will be taken at that time.  Cancelations after that, will  incurr a one night deposit penalty.

Reservations contact: Esty.Fruchter@altour.com

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