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Cuba is a fascinating, beautiful and vibrant country which is now a viable holiday destination for many due to the easing relations with the USA. At the heart of all of this is the colourful and lively capital city of Havana. Situated on the north-west coast of the island, Havana is famed for its Spanish colonial architecture, old American muscle cars, dilapidated alleyways, an iconic promenade and an energetic and fun atmosphere.

Here are a few of the timeless and must-visit places in Cuba’s charming capital.

Habana Vieja

Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is the core of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage site area that mesmerises every visitor. Entering the old town feels like stepping back through time, as here you will find cobble-stoned plazas, 16th-Century streets and colonial architecture. There is also an incredible atmosphere with street performers and many inviting cafes and bars with live music.

Plaza de la Catedral

There are many great places to visit within Old Havana, but be sure to check out the breathtaking Plaza de la Catedral. This is a fantastic square which is enclosed by old mansions, with the epic grand baroque church being the centre point of the square. Plaza de Armas is also another charming and energetic plaza to visit in the area.

The Malecón

This is Havana’s amazing 4km-long seafront promenade that stretches from the Old Town to Vedado. Walking along here you will see many of the city’s highlights with the ocean as a backdrop, plus you can also see how the locals live as many people gather along the promenade either to fish or to simply hang out. This is a particularly enjoyable stroll in the evening where you can watch the sun go down.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

This magnificent and historic hotel has a beautiful art deco design and is a great place to visit during the day. In addition to the amazing interior, the palm tree lined gardens overlook the ocean and this is a great place for relaxing with a cocktail and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere.

These are just a few of the timeless places to visit in Havana which best showcase the fascinating history of the capital. This only scratches the surface of this amazing, vibrant and colourful city which has many hidden gems in addition to the main cultural attractions. You can discover all of this when you book a trip with a specialist agency, like Cuba Holidays. Any visitor is sure to be amazed by Havana’s distinctive charm and vibrant atmosphere.

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How to plan the best Ibiza party

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Ibiza is the party capital of the world. In the beautiful Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea, the island vibes and gorgeous weather has hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to the island every year ready to relax, unwind and in many cases party hard.

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This is why Ibiza is a fantastic place to host the event to end all events, but with so many parties to choose from on the island, how do you get people to yours? Here are some hints and tips to get you started when planning your first Ibiza event.

First things first – set a budget

Amazing parties do not just happen. They need time, a lot of effort and planning, and be prepared to invest a little money in the party.

It is important not to underestimate the budget you will need. Do your research in relation to how much everything will cost, from licences if you need them, staff to run security and provide drinks and food, a DJ, rental of important equipment and the hire of the venue itself.

It can soon add up. You should also allocate some funds towards marketing the event if you want people to book a ticket or simply turn up. Whether you are printing publicity material, or promoting via social media and online, it will cost money.

Choose a venue that will blow people away

For any Ibiza party planner the first thing you have to do is choose a venue, and the more spectacular or unusual the better. You want your guest to walk in an say wow, and be talking about it with all their friends for years afterwards.

When choosing a venue you need to consider the logistics first. First consider how many attendees you are expecting. If it is a more intimate gathering of around 20 to 50 people, then there are many gorgeous villas to choose from.

Or you might want something a little more grand if you are expecting several hundred like a beach party. Talk to the various venues available to hire. Make sure that they are open to your hosting a party at their location, and be conscious of local laws and the neighbours especially of you want to have live or amplified music at the party and the intention is to keep it going long into the night. Or even until the sunrises – this is Ibiza after all, the party capital of the world.

Also consider location in terms of accessibility. Is it easy to get to and find? How will people get home at the end of the night? Much of Ibiza is spread across the island so if taxis are involved you might need to let some of the taxi companies know that you will need a lot of taxis on the night you choose. Also consider other elements of the party. For example you can’t host a pool party without a pool, and if you are serving food, what facilities are there for preparing it.  

Get the sound and lighting right

Lighting can make a huge difference to the atmosphere of a party, particularly at night and especially if you are intending to have professional filming if you want to create promotional videos for future parties.

Think about the atmosphere you want to create, is it something subtle, or a lighting spectacular? The most simple space can be utterly transformed by lighting and this is no area to cut costs, it is likely you will need lighting equipment hire Ibiza, as buying it yourself really will blow the budget.

Are you thinking of pyrotechnics, LED displays, lasers or dry ice. Then the best option is to hire what you need for the event. A good hire company will also be able to provide all the rigging you will need too, delivered, installed and dismantled by professionals.

The second major piece of electronics that you have to get right is the sound system, especially for a music event. Consider sound system hire Ibiza for everything from PA systems to advanced mixing desks for live events and concerts.

Looking after your guests with the best service

You’ve gone to all the trouble of setting up the most amazing venue, the entertain is going to be fantastic, the marketing has got people to turn up – the last thing you want is for the event not to meet expectations.

You need to have a plan for how you will look after your guests after they arrive.

One of the most important aspects, especially for large crowds is the toilets. You do not want half your guests in a queue for the toilet all night. You also do not want those toilets to immediately become disgusting because you haven’t got enough for the number of people. So make sure you have that covered.

You also need to work out the bar, any VIP area and catering options if you are providing them. You want your guests to feel comfortable at all times, and not leaving because they are hungry or thirsty.

Finally, the most important aspect – the people. When you hire staff for the night, as security, runners, bar staff, cleaners, remember that they will be representing you and they need to have a positive attitude when it comes to looking after your guests. This can make all the difference between a smooth running amazing event, and one that very quickly turns into chaos.

It can sometimes feel a bit daunting when planning your first event, especially if you have never done it before. There are a lot of moving parts, and your organisational skills need to be incredible to avoid the pitfalls of a failed event. But don’t let that put you off. It might even be worth calling in a professional Ibiza event agency, so that you can have a little peace of mind in the planning and also rely on their expertise in event planning and the local area. You can then concentrate more on having a good time and enjoying the show rather than run yourself ragged on the night.

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New Luxury Resort at Playa Mujeres, Mexico – Discover The Unknown

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Playa Mujeres, located north of Cancun, is an ideal Caribbean escape for travelers in search of more seclusion.

Atelier de Hoteles has exactly what you need to experience luxury in Mexico: playa mujeres all inclusive resorts.

ATELIER de Hoteles®, the most innovative Mexican hotel chain, announced it will be soon be starting operations in its luxury ATELIER Playa Mujeres® hotel, programmed for April 15th, 2019.

This modern “All Suites” hotel is designed for adults (16 years of age and over) and is located to the north of Cancun. Offering a spectacular beachfront, it is inside the idyllic Playa Mujeres tourist complex which boasts a magnificent 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman.

“With ATELIER Playa Mujeres® we have revolutionized the concept of the hotel industry in Mexico. We celebrate contemporary Mexican art with a captivating architectural design and an authentic atmosphere that is reflected in every corner of our hotel. Our ‘Handmade hospitality’ is remarkable for offering first class, personalized service in a setting of relaxed luxury and vibrant gastronomy surrounding guests with a totally technological experience, generating extraordinary and memorable moments,” commented Oliver Reinhart, CEO of ATELIER de Hoteles®.

ATELIER Playa Mujeres® resort seeks to seduce its guests by offering them the opportunity to experience contemporary Mexican art, technological innovation and stylish architecture, with 431 suites in different categories offering spectacular views of the Mexican Caribbean and Isla Mujeres.

This new resort has reinvented VIP treatment with a particularly innovative, avant-garde concept under the slogan “Addictive Service® in its special INSPIRA® category. This combines luxurious interiors with select original works of art and the highest quality materials that are on a par with personalized services such as: private check-in, butler and golf concierge. There are also exclusive in suite amenities, as well as services such as Tablet on Demand, Pet-it® and Gourmet-to-Go®.

ATELIER Playa Mujeres® offers an extraordinary gastronomical experience with 8 restaurants and 8 bars. Among the culinary options guests can find flavors from Italy, contemporary Asian food, a health bar, fresh fish and seafood, a buffet restaurant that evokes the delicacies of a Mexican market, a South American restaurant with meat cuts, and even an authentic taco restaurant. Maria Dolores is the hotel’s outstanding flagship restaurant offering a menu of original dishes inspired by appetizing Mexican cuisine, created by the skilled hands of renowned Celebrity Chef Edgar Núñez, who is listed in the rankings of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” and “Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants”, in positions 64 and 11 respectively.

In order to pamper those who seek the best in events, the spectacular ATELIER Playa Mujeres® Convention Center offers 4,500 m2 of available space in different multi-purpose rooms, with a spacious air-conditioned foyer, fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as specialized services to ensure groups and conventions leave with an unforgettable experience.

The expert team of Wedding Planners satisfies the needs of those looking for a really momentous celebration, both in its rooms and the rest of the facilities. Similarly, the 3700 m2 of the NUUP Spa®, ATELIER Playa Mujeres® own brand, offers 18 individual and couples’ booths equipped with the latest massage beds for all kinds of treatments and services, multiple pools, extensive sauna and steam areas, hydrotherapy circuits, among other facilities, all geared to offering the highest level of well-being to those who want to pamper their body and mind.

Faithful to their cornerstone concept of “Surround Technology®”, the hotel will begin operations with one of the most innovative Apps in the hotel world, the first in Latin America that allows guests to use their smartphones as suite keys. This technology also offers television guides, activities, events, three dimensional maps and a direct line via their telephone or chat with the concierge department; it can also offer augmented reality tours and enable guests to consult information on restaurants and works of art in this Playa Mujeres luxury all-inclusive resort.

Both the opening of the ATELIER Playa Mujeres® and the inauguration of the ESTUDIO Playa Mujeres®, programmed for the first half of 2019, represent a fundamental step in the consolidation of ATELIER de Hoteles® as one of the most ground-breaking hotel chains in Cancun and Mexico.

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Top tips for renting a car in Malaga

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The Costa del Sol is a great choice of holiday destination. With many great places to see, absolutely glorious weather and a chance to enjoy the famous Mediterranean lifestyle it is perfect whether you are travelling with friends, as a couple or with a family.

Whether you are heading to Torremolinos, Marbella, Nerja or the city of Malaga, where the international airport is, the best way to make the most of your stay and give you the freedom to really explore the region is to rent a car. There is a lot of choice for car hire in Malaga airport, so here are some tips for getting the deal that is right for you.

Choose the right car for your group

Thinking about your budget, you can aim for a smaller car, such as the Toyota Aygo or the Fiat 500. Absolutely perfect for solo travel or as a couple.

However if you are travelling as a family, these smaller cars might not be right, especially when you have a lot of luggage to carry. But there are still some very good deals to be had on medium size cars like the Ford Focus or Nissan Juke.

However, if comfort is your top priority, and you want to drive around in style, then consider models like the BMW X5 or Range Rover Evoque.

Don’t forget the extras

You will need to be sure to add on any additional items you might need for the length of your hire. For example, if you would like more than one driver you will need to let the rental company know so that they can be included in the hire and therefore included in the insurance cover.

You should also be sure that you ask for child car seats, and that those car seats meet safety standards. It is often possible to hire a GPS loaded with local maps as well, that can be very handy when driving in a new country.

You should also double check the insurance details. The basic insurance might be great value, but it will usually only cover injury to passengers or theft of the vehicle, and won’t cover any damage. Event the theft cover will likely mean a very large excess will need to be paid. However opt for a package with full cover and excess protection and you will have far great peace of mind.

Book online for better deals and guaranteed availability

There is nothing worse than finally reaching your destination, queuing at passport control, waiting at the baggage collection point and then having to spend ages in a queue for car hire , when all you want to do is go and enjoy your holiday.

If you book online in advance you will not have to worry about all of that. You can simply head to the car pick up point, usually via a free shuttle bus that online takes a few minutes, and then be on your way to enjoying yourself.

Choose a car hire company with good service and 24 hour availability

This can make all the difference to your holiday. There are over 100 car hire companies at Malaga airport, however not all of them are able to offer good prices, good quality vehicles and excellent service.

Also if you are travelling at night, or your flight ends up delayed you want to be sure that this will not cause any problems for your rental. So be sure to choose a company that has a helpline telephone number open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

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