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If you want to visit a well kept secret vacation spot, Grenada West Indies is the right choice. This place is not among the over-crowded vacation places filled with tourists. In this island, you can see many unique antivities true to its culture. Grenada West Indies is not a high night island with activities that bring many tourists swarming. This place is quiet and quaint with picturesque beaches and small towns.

 

Grenada, West Indies is a mountainous island with rolling hills.  It is known for its unique fragrance.  Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, ginger and cocoa trees cover the island creating delicious and intoxicating smells throughout the entire island.  Grenada West Indies Island is a volcanic island filled with cascading waterfalls and lush rain forests.  Grenada features one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the world. 

 

This island nation consists of the island of Granada as well as six other small islands in the Southwestern Caribbean Sea.  The Capital of the Island is St George’s.  The city capital of St George’s is considered to be the most beautiful in the Caribbean.  The history over the ownership of this island displays much struggle and battle over their independence including violent coups.  In 1983, a communist regime took over Grenada West Indies and everyone on the island was informed that they must remain indoors or they would be shot.  President Reagan was concerned for 800 American students enrolled in medical school in St George’s.  The Unites States along with other nations such as RSS and Jamaica overthrew the regime.  The Grenadian Constitution was again put in authority and peace was restored.

 

Grenada, West Indies islands are each volcanic and have rich and healthy soil.  The flag has a nutmeg on it, demonstrating the industry of spices.  The climate is humid and hot during a rainy season and cooled by winds during the dry season.  Grenada is just beginning to focus on tourism.  The culture of the land can still be felt and tasted.  Enjoy the island’s world renowned, two mile long beach.  This beautiful island will take your breath away with its extraordinary beauty and grace.  Visit the Spice of the Caribbean and enjoy the intoxicating smell and beauty of Grenada West Indies.

 

Ken Stiles writes about the Caribbean and runs the http://www.caribbean-videos.com website where you can watch other people’s Caribbean videos to help you decide which Caribbean island destination you would like to visit.

When family budgets get tight one of the first things to go out the door are any yearly trips you might have taken. Just because money is tight (for pretty much everyone these days) doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your trips altogether! This is a great way for you to bond and reconnect. Everyday life is so busy, and disconnecting, making these trips all that much more important. There are affordable options out there, you just need to know where to look for ideas for inexpensive vacations for families on a budget.

Camping trips are always fun and affordable! You can camp near a lake, hiking trails–whatever activities you want to do together.

Plan a tour around your city, or one nearby. You can see your hometown area but do the touristy things that you wouldn’t have done before! End the trip with one of those mystery dinner theaters where you are trying to figure out which guest committed a murder for a fun, unique, experience.

Do you have a boat? Or does your friend/family member that you might be able to borrow one from? Or how much does it cost to rent one in your area? If you have access to a boat there are a lot of fun things you can do spending a day on the lake. One of the most fun ideas out there are towable tubes. These are inflatable tubes that you tow behind your boat that people can ride on. There are ones for one rider, or multiples up to a dozen. There are more expensive, usually bigger, ones that go up to a few thousand dollars, but there are also smaller ones that are under a hundred that are still tons of fun. The rider experiences a thrill similar to a roller coaster ride. All they have to do is hold on and have fun. Anyone not riding on the tube can ride in the boat. This is an exhilarating fun way to spend the day on the water.

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Let’s face it. Without the right skills, telecommuting can be lonely – stuck in your home office all day, not seeing another person face-to-face. Fortunately there’s lots of techniques and tricks to make sure you get a little human contact most days. However, even the career telecommuter who has all these skills down cold can suffer from loneliness during crunch time.

We all have our routines when work is “normal” – going to the gym at lunch for regular workouts, clearing out our overloaded inboxes once/month, etc. However we’ve all had periods of work that are just crazy too. Maybe your boss dumped a major project in your lap with a tight deadline and lots of visibility. Or maybe a coworker just left the company with little advance notice and you have to help cover their responsibilities until someone new can be hired (and trained). These crunch times can be as short as a week or as long as a few months (if they’re more than that, then I’d say that has become “normal” and it’s time to evaluate if you still enjoy your current job).

During these crunch times we tend to keep our heads down and get less human interaction. If you work from the corporate office you might be working through your lunches and taking less breaks to chit-chat with your coworkers. While this can leave you with less human interaction, just having your coworkers around you gives you enough so you probably don’t feel too lonely – and you probably do take short breaks (walking to the cafeteria with a coworker to grab some lunch to take back to the desk?) to chat with others.

But when you work from home things are different. During crunch time you’re probably handcuffing yourself to your desk all day. You’re not taking breaks, not getting out of the house, and not seeing anyone. You probably feel you don’t have time for all the techniques you’re used to using to get out of the house and see people.

If your crunch time is going to only last 1 week, you can probably just deal with that lack of face-to-face human contact. But if it’s going to be a long haul, you might just go crazy from loneliness before you reach the end of the project. So consider carving out just a little bit of time to make sure you get some human interaction.

If you’re used to going to the gym 2 or 3 times each week for a workout and to see other people, try to continue to go at least once/week. Block off an hour on your calendar on the least busy day of the week. Even if you only have time to do a ½ hour workout instead of your usual 1 hour workout, it’s more about getting out of the house than anything else.
Or if you don’t have the time to drive to the gym and back, see if any of your neighbors are around during the day and want to take a weekly walk with you. Even a 20 minute walk will give you some company, get the blood going, and break up an otherwise lonely day.
Perhaps you can take your laptop to a coffee shop once in a while and use their wireless access to continue working. You probably won’t talk to people much at the coffee shop (and we know you don’t have time for long conversations anyway) but you’ll be out of the house and around other people.
Can your spouse work from home occasionally? If so maybe now is the time to push him or her to try it one day/week. Again, you’ll be too busy to hang out with your spouse much (and make sure he/she knows that in advance) but just having another person in the house can take away that lonely feeling.
What about driving into the office once/week? Even if you can work from home every day, going into the office now and then will break up the monotony of working in an empty house week after week.

If you can just find a way to make sure at least a few days a week you see other people in one form or another you’ll find it much easier to bear a long crunch time without feeling too lonely.

Bottom Line? Experience huge gains in time, money, and stress reduction by telecommuting. You deserve it! But don’t dive in unprepared. Make sure you know how working from home differs from going into the office. I invite you to get your free copy of my “Top 10 Telecommuter Mistakes list” – to learn the wrong ways… and right ways… to get your telecommute career on track: http://avoidgoingtowork.com/free

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This is the age of technology. Life is made easier with the invention of appliances, gadgets, machines, and gizmos all suited to make it convenient for us to do things. These days all you have to do is to clap to switch on and off the lights at your living room. You can have a universal remote control that takes care of all the audio and video devices. You can even program your tivo to record your favourite television programs sans commercials. Heck, you don’t even need to read a roadmap these days to find your way as your GPS can easily do that for you. Life is good, or is it? Instead, we have become a lazy society that is overweight and to some, obese. Less physical activity in our daily chores meant that we became more sedentary. The rise of cardio related deaths has risen over the past twenty years and there is a national call to exercise and become more physically active. This has made big business in the dietary and wellness industry sectors. Billions of dollars are being spent by people in their quest to lose weight, be healthy, or feel and look young. One can go on a diet and purchase the diet meals of various diet plans in groceries and stores. One can go to the gym and join fellow members in workouts or be supervised by a personal trainer. One can even opt to do cosmetic surgery on parts of their bodies they feel can be enhanced, augmented or retouched. And if you are looking for something to make you feel young with the vitality, vim, pep and energy that you had in your twenties, there is a supplement that may cost you around 2 dollars a day which makes it not just inexpensive butCheap Sytropin.

Sytropin is a HGH supplement that aids in the replenishment of HGH levels so that your Human Growth Hormone continues to trigger your brain cells to reproduce new cells to replace your dead cells. This is important for people aged 40 and above since at that stage of your life, cellular reproduction is decreased because of low HGH levels. This is also the reason why at that age, you begin to” feel your age.” This is the time when it seems your metabolism slows down and you gain weight easily and find it hard to lose. This is the time when your muscles start to lose its mass and so you find it hard to recover from a workout. This is the time when memory starts to fade and bones begin to lose their strength. This all relates to the decrease of cellular regeneration. Sytropin is a HGH supplement that aids in the enhancement of HGH. As a supplement there is a caveat that it does not cure anything nor does it claim to do so. Still for two dollars a day, that is cheap. Sytropin is also an oral spray.

 

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Vacation season is here, and the Flip Mino-HD is a great camcorder to take with you:

It’s small enough to fit in your pants or shirt pocket
You can fire it up in just a few seconds, and shoot a moment that might otherwise be lost
You don’t have to mess with settings
It’s unobtrusive enough that you’re more likely to catch priceless candid moments
Going to Disney World or another theme park? Grab the terror in the eyes of your loved ones on those thrill rides.

The list goes on. This is a camcorder you can take with you and use in situations that you otherwise probably couldn’t or wouldn’t.

If you take along a laptop, you can download your clips in the hotel room, and recharge your Flip from the laptop (but see the notes below.)  You can look at the clips of the day, save the good ones on your computer, and toss the rest, clearing out the Flip’s memory for the next day’s adventures.

Here are some tips for making your vacation videos better:

Think about how to steady your shots. Plant your elbows against your chest, or steady the camera against a tree or fence post.
If you’re inclined to shoot video from the car (which is a tricky business, at best), shoot through a clean windshield, and avoid shooting out the side windows, which just gives you a lot of motion blur and very few usable shots.
Keep your imagination engaged with the story you’re telling. The story is about what happens, more than about what is.
On a two-week vacation, there may be only one or two shots that catch the essence of a day. Look for those shots.

There are a couple of accessories to consider taking along with you. To keep your Flip’s battery charged, consider one of these:
Whether you’re on a plane, in a car, or in a foreign country, you should be able to re-charge your Flip. From my own experience, charging from the USB port on a laptop doessn’t always work. There are many kinds of battery chargers available.
Mini-tripods can give you a steady shot from any flat surface — table top or car hood.
Collapsiple monopods are small and in the scale for use with a Flip.

For tips, articles, videos, DVD’s, tutorials, discussion, and resource links about Flip camcorders, accessories, and software, try http://FlipInFocus.com. You won’t find a more comprehensive resource.

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Weekend Gateway around Kolkata are found in aplenty and are ideal for a quick retreat to the caresses of Mother Nature. Away from the chaotic city life, these weekend getaways around the city of Kolkata are well connected with the main city and are great escapes. Their relaxed ambiance and serene scenery are captivating sights providing great opportunity to enjoy a vacation away from the melancholy of city life.

Here are some of the ideal weekend retreats around Kolkata

Sunder ban

The name itself means, “beautiful forest” and Sunder ban is accordingly one of the most serene jungles located in close proximity to Kolkata. The name of the park was derived from Sundari trees and the park is thus flanked by these trees mainly along with various other species of plantation. The forest was announced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its freshwater swamp forests and one of the three largest single tracts of mangrove forests in the world. The park is renowned for being home to the endangered species of tigers- Bengal tiger and other wild creatures such as crocodiles, snakes, rhinoceros, spotted deer and more. The park is situated on the feet of River Ganges and is covered with thick foliage ideal for an adventurous vacation in the jungle.

Shantiniketan

For a peaceful weekend break around Kolkata, one must visit this small town located about 180 kilometres away from Kolkata. The town of Nobel Prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore Shantiniketan is now a university town. The Vishva-Bharati University as the university is named by the legendary writer is one of a kind as it offers a fantastic foundation for learning Indian tradition under most modern ambiance. The idea is to study Indian literature and tradition while combining positive qualities of Western life. The region was made famous by his famous literary classics that were written here and had various influences on his work. Also, his former place of residence is of historical importance to the country and attracts thousands of lovers of literature to the region. While in the vicinity one must visit the highlight of the region- Tagore’s Ashrama, Rabindra Bhaban Museum, Kopai River and more.

Darjeeling

The beautiful town of tea gardens, Darjeeling is situated in West Bengal. The humble town is renowned for its tea estates, tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which has been honoured one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. This quaint town is located in the Lesser Himalayas providing it breath-taking views and soothing ambiance. Your  Weekend Gateway around Kolkata are incomplete without a visit to Darjeeling’s gorgeous vistas. Touring the city one must visit places such as Buddhist monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Mount Kanchenjunga. Observatory Hill is one of the spots one must visit to witness the awe inspiring natural splendour of the region. Also, the early morning view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill is gorgeous as it is the time the entire valley appears alive. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is popularly known as Toy Train connects Siliguri to Darjeeling and is admired for it passes through some of the most enchanting views of the region.

Travelmasti is a traveler who likes to share his experiences. All the articles published by him will help you understand India better and answer all your holiday queries regarding, Weekend Gateway around Kolkata, India tour Weekend Gateway around Mumbai, Find tourist info on travel packages, travel destination, Holiday Packages and much more.

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The thing about last minute weight loss, is the more last minute it is the least healthy it is.  Usually, you end up thinking you shouldn’t eat at all.  Food is not your enemy.  What seems pretty simple now, may end up with side effects. Starvation diets can leave you weak and with sleeping disorders.  You may have stomach problems as well. But these are just the physical problems. There are also psychological problems that ensue such as depression and anxiety.  The weight loss you experienced will turn into rapid weight gain once you start eating again. And even worse, you may end up with an eating disorder. There’s nothing that is worth all these problems.

There are people that even consider becoming bulimic as a solution to the weight loss problem. Throwing up or taking laxatives is an unhealthy solution.  I know how it feels to want to lose the fat around your belly and thighs.  I am overweight and am fighting the battle just as you want to do.  There’s no point in creating problems for your body in the future. There is another solution.

You can eat healthy and have fairly rapid weight loss as well. It all starts with your decision to lose weight. With that done you need to find a diet that is fairly easy to do because you will never keep up something that is difficult. For example, many pre-packaged diets cost up to $ 500 a month. I’m sorry, but how many people can afford to keep that up? Or being on a low-carb diet.  How practical is it to eat vegetables and meat? It is a short-term solution that doesn’t take into account the real world.  We eat bread, rice and potatoes in the real world.

You have to find something that would trigger you to eat less.  You should eat 5-6 small meals a day that include lean meats, vegetables, fruit and whole grains. Also, you have to eat foods you like, otherwise, it’s just a plan on a piece of paper.

You need to incorporate your exercise into your current schedule. To radically change your schedule to make room for exercise seems impractical. Why not do some lunges and squats while watching TV?  Why not take the stairs when you can or walk a little more on your lunch schedule?

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Though many in Austin consider themselves to be health conscious, there are still moments in each of their lives when a good hamburger sounds delicious. Austin is home to many burger joints, and some have been around for over half a century.

Hut’s Hamburgers has been around since 1939. Homer “Hut” Hutson opened his establishment originally on S. Congress Avenue. That same year, Sammie’s Drive-In opened on W. 6th Street. In 1959, Hut moved his burger joint to the current location of GSD&M’s Idea City on 6th, and a decade later bought the Sammie’s Drive-In lease. Though the Drive-In was no longer there, the dining rooms they added on were, and it’s from this location that Hut’s still stands, selling 20 different burger combinations, named after 50s legends such as the Buddy Holly burger, or the Wolfman Jack. In 1981, Hut’s survived the massive flood which devastated the surrounding Shoal Creek area, and their slogan, “God Bless Hut’s” was born.

The Frisco Shop, on Burnet Road in north Austin, was established in 1953 as part of the Night Hawk restaurant chain. Harry Akin, who served as mayor of Austin through the late 60s, ran the chain of restaurants, and was the first in Austin to integrate public dining facilities, and make them available to black and white patrons. Though the Night Hawk chain has gone away, the Frisco Shop still stands, serving up the “Frisco Burger”, with cheese, relish and Russian-style dressing. R. Harry Akin, nephew of Frisco’s original owner, bought the Frisco Shop in 1994, and currently co-owns the restaurant with two other partners.

Sandy’s Frozen Custard, located at 603 Barton Springs Rd., set up shop in 1947. Though obviously Sandy’s sells a variety of frozen treats, their hamburgers are not only delicious, but on Thursdays the lines form around the building to get their “Thursday Special”: a 1/4 lb. burger, fries and a drink come to a total of $ 3.19.

Dirty Martin’s Place (commonly referred to as just “Dirty’s”) is located just west of UT’s campus at 2808 Guadalupe St., and has been in business longer than many establishments in town. They opened their doors in 1926, and have been making the “Kum-Bak” burger longer than many of the surrounding university buildings have been standing. The price of the burger, hovering just over 2 dollars, brings in a large college crowd, as it has for over 80 years.

Though Casino El Camino has not been in business since the middle of the century, their burgers have been voted “Best in the City” in the Austin Chronicle more than once. Casino’s is located on 6th street, and has remained longer than most other neighboring establishments, and for good reason. Their burgers are topped with anything from bacon to avocado to blue cheese, and are 3/4 lb. and 1 inch thick. Though the atmosphere is very dark, literally and figuratively, it fits the rock and roll feel of the place, and the award-winning juke box is the perfect touch.

It seems that regardless of what part of town the hungry burger-lover is in, a good burger place will probably been a stone’s throw away.

Ki lives and works in Austin Texas. His company helps clients interested in Austin real estate. Potential buyers can start searching online using the Austin MLS. Ki also provides information about Austin on his Austin real estate blog.

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Adolescent years are a challenge. For everyone involved. Young individuals searching, yearning for their independence though not yet prepared to manage the cost/benefit scales of life. Crazed parents hurt by their child’s sudden rebuttals and scared by both their loss of control and their child’s inability to make consistent good choices. These years are typically speckled with yelling matches, sulking, door slamming, grounding and aren’t often remembered as the glory days. I’m sure we can all remember wishing we could just run away, with only the thought of living on the street and having no money keeping us home.

But children of divorce uniquely have another option. They have somewhere safe to run. Somewhere that is also considered home. Their other parent’s home. And almost every single child of divorce that I know, including myself has done the house hop. For the child, it’s a logical solution. Most likely it has been important to both parents for them to feel the other parent’s home was their home too. So if their current residence isn’t satisfactory, why not try the other? It’s certainly not as tumultuous as moving in with grandma or an aunt. Much better than living in a gutter somewhere. Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to live with a biological parent. Either one of them.

And so the question gets posed. Can I come live with you? But the answer can be tricky. A catch twenty two. For the other parent doesn’t want to say ‘no’. What would that say to their child? A rejection. It would say ‘no, I don’t want you. You don’t live with me and there’s a reason for that.’. But what does ‘yes’ say? It says ‘sure, don’t try to work out your relationship issues. Escape is a perfectly acceptable solution to conflict. So come live here instead.’. How can a parent win? How can the child?

Co-parenting. Pure and simple. Because teenagers are rash. Parents living with teenagers become overwhelmed. And that leaves only one role available to relieve the situation. The moderator. Decisions made out of anger or resentment are never wise and decisions made by teenagers are rarely well thought out. Someone needs to be the voice of reason. Someone not directly involved in the battle but who’s opinion is also valued. And the other biological parent is in the perfect position to take on the job. But as I’ve mentioned before, co-parenting isn’t easy.

And the role of moderator is difficult even by co-parenting standards. Made more difficult if relations with their ex spouse are tenuous or if they have an underlying self interest in custody. And the level of difficulty only increases if they have never had the experience of parenting, really parenting a teenager themselves. But moderating is vital to teaching the child how to positively deal with problems in relationships. Their sense of conflict resolution may already be based on a model of severance or withdrawal due their own view of their parent’s divorce. And it should be vital to any parent not to reinforce that. It’s a pattern they don’t want established. Once the crisis has been moderated between the child and parent, then both parents can discuss the custody agreement with each other. If both are in agreement, changes can be made. For although there is debate among professionals on this topic, I believe that custody issues should never rest on the shoulders of children.

I am still haunted by my own experience with doing the hop. Thirteen hundred miles and a complete breakdown in co-parenting escalated the situation to a level it never needed to go. But as I look around at my ACOD friends, it is rarely such a dramatic event. Just another strange reality in their line up of strange realities. I hopped twice. Once from my mom’s to my dad’s, then from my dad’s to my mom’s. I’ve seen some hop from just once. Others over and over; back and forth. I still carry the guilt of my hop with me. The typical child of divorce. Responsible for everything. Wondering if it was my job to be the moderator instead of the teenager.

House hopping will happen. As long as the decision isn’t made as a means of escape, I don’t really see the harm. Parents should understand that it’s not personal. Look past the pain and realize that it is simply a teenager finding one more way to exercise their independence. It may not be something that your peers with nuclear families have to endure, but your child doesn’t live in a nuclear family. So take solace in the knowledge that your child loves you. Will always love you. Even if they are a little house hopper. I mean really, why shouldn’t a child of divorce get to experience living with both of their parents? The other kids get to. They just don’t have to move to do it.

Carolyn is the founder and primary author of her website http://www.thegrownupchild.ca As a nearly lifelong child of divorce, she has a profound understanding of what it means to grow up with divorce as well as a gift for writing about her related feelings and experiences. With strong opinions regarding both how divorced parents should conduct themselves and what children of divorce need, she is always striving to provide insight to all involved.

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Live out your castaway fantasy – with mod cons and chic touches, of course – at these stylish island hideaways.

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WHY? This white cliff-top hideaway is Capri’s hippest boutique hotel. With only 22 rooms, it’s as intimate and relaxed as a luxurious, well-staffed private residence.

WHERE? A 45-minute hydrofoil ride from Naples, in the midst of a Roman settlement, overlooking the Marina Grande (harbour).

STAYING IN This handsome 19th-century villa has long been a hotel, but was recently transformed into this glamorous incarnation by Michele Bönan, the French architect responsible for the super-stylish Ferragamo-owned Lungarno hotels. Most rooms have sea views, but if you tire of gazing out at the azure blue, adjourn to the library for a flick through the coffee-table books, or head to the teak terrace and heated outdoor pool – taking in breathtaking views of the Amalfi coast and Mount Vesuvius. Lunch alfresco on the terrace at JKitchen, where the salad of buffalo mozzarella and local cherry tomatoes is the must-try dish – former guest Princess Caroline apparently took some mozzarella back to Monaco after her stay. At the end of a taxing day reading and wafting about in your kaftan like a Fifties screen siren, dress for dinner and sip Bellinis as the yachts twinkle below.

STYLE STEAL Achieve the nautical-meets-Ralph Lauren look with a blue-and-white palette, lacquered black floors, plump white couches and monochrome artworks.

OUT AND ABOUT Take the chairlift from Marina Grande up to the whitewashed town of Anacapri – at its best after the day-trippers have gone – or hop on the shuttle and browse Capri’s boutiques. Pack a polka-dot one-piece and Loren shades and spend a day out at lido-restaurant La Fontelina, situated on a rocky jetty in view of the Faraglioni rocks.

MORE INFO Double rooms cost from around £624 per night (+39 081 838 4001, jkcapri.com).

BELVEDERE

WHY? To check out this David Rockwell-designed hotel that’s all about sophisticated lounging against a rustic backdrop.

WHERE? In the School of Fine Arts quarter of Mykonos Town, where bougainvillea-covered white houses mix with full-throttle bars and nightclubs.

STAYING IN If you can resist the Mediterranean waves, everything you need is on hand. The rooms are a mix of traditional Greek colourways and state-of-the-art mod cons. It’s airy and floaty enough for you to feel like a Greek god/dess, but with the added bonus of being able to plug in your iPod. After a day by the pool, choose between Asian or modern Greek food in the hotel’s two restaurants, Matsuhisa and the new Belvedere Club. The former was set up by Nobu Matsuhisa, of Nobu restaurants fame, and serves up the same gorgeous Japanese food.

STYLE STEAL For slicker storage, try leather under-bed boxes with stitched corners, such as those at Store.

OUT AND ABOUT The winding alleyways are packed with glam boutiques, with Soho-Soho on Matogianni Street being one of the most popular – even SJP has flexed her plastic here. For seaside fun, Super Paradise Beach is partylicious, or head to unspoilt Lia, where a small taverna serves up fresh lobsters.

MORE INFO Standard double rooms cost from £357 per night (+30 228 902 5122, belvederehotel.com).

BARAZA

WHY? Endless sunshine and pristine beaches, to which the Baraza adds the perfect space for unadulterated relaxation.

WHERE? On the unspoilt east coast of Zanzibar – think talcum-powder sands, crystal sea and gently swaying palms – an island that lives up to the romantic connotations its name suggests.

STAYING IN Each villa has its own private terrace, complete with plunge pool, while the public areas offer plenty of shady nooks with bolsters, pouffes and scatter cushions. Arise from your slumber to sample menus inspired by Arabic, Indian, Persian, Asian and Swahili flavours, explore the grounds, or drop in on the spa – the essential oils, infused with local cinnamon, cloves and peppercorns (this is a spice island after all) work a particularly evocative magic. If they prompt a burst of energy, then diving, windsurfing and all kinds of aqua activities await on the beach.

STYLE STEAL Limit the beaten metallics and keep things neutral to ensure the look is more ‘rock the kasbah’ than ‘Aladdin’s cave’.

OUT AND ABOUT Head for Stone Town, the island’s cultural heart, and lose yourself in bustling bazaars and winding alleyways. Snap up spices to enliven your cooking, or jump on a dhow for a cruise round the outer islands.

MORE INFO Villas cost £768 per night, including meals, drinks and some activities (baraza-zanzibar.com).

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