Archive for September, 2013

The Breakers - Hotel Review

September 22nd, 2013

When approaching The Breakers along the tree-lined boulevard, one gets the feeling that they have stepped back in time. A grand elegant European palace rises impressively before you with a spectacular backdrop of a shimmering private beach. Adding to the ambience are sumptuous grounds and a distinctly island feel. A walk through the classic arched entrance does nothing to dispel the sensation as you are presented with a huge lobby more akin to renaissance palace than a hotel.

The immaculate period furnishings further reinforce your belief of having stepped into a grander past. Built in 1926 in a classic Italian-Renaissance design on 140 acres of prime beach front, The Breakers is more an experience than a hotel. Few hotels in the world could boast to cater so well for so many different types of visitors so effectively, whether it is a romantic getaway, a family holiday or a work conference.

The Breakers must be one of best in the US, a fact not missed by the contingent of foreign guests who fill out their ESTA based on a desire to visit. The resort has recently completed a five-year, $80 million renovation and redesign of all guest rooms and it shows - the attention to detail is excellent. Elegantly furnished, guests have a choice of accommodations from lavishly-decorated classically-styled suites to beach-side bungalows fitted out with private baths, flat screen TVs, elegant sofas, ceiling fans, refrigerators and lounge chairs with umbrellas.

There are five outside swimming pools, all of them beautifully landscaped and lined with comfortable deck chairs and attentive waiters to bring you food or drinks. Lifeguards are also on hand should you have one margarita too many and try to swim. You can even treat yourself to an alfresco massage. The south pool in particular is spectacular with its views of the ocean. There is something nice about being able to jump from the pool to the ocean and back. If you are the active type you can try snorkeling off the beach or kite surfing.

The hotel has beautiful attended to golf course and several tennis courts but the atmosphere of the place is such that some guests just find themselves flopping on a quiet stretch of white sandy beach. It’s surprising how family friendly the resort without compromising on the experiences of other types of guests - it’s a very large property and you will catch yourself being struck with its renaissance grandeur often.

A new bar HMF lounge is impressively fitted out and is unique in that it provides an effective social space for social drinking or dining with a distinctly island feel. There are several excellent restaurant options to cater for different tastes including fine dining, Italian, Japanese, an incredible seafood bar, a steakhouse that will have your kids begging to return, you will not find yourself out of options for dining on or off site.

For kids the property has activity areas, playrooms, an arcade, aquariums other events. For health buffs there are at least two fitness centers in the main building, a salon and a plush rejuvenating spa. It really is difficult to fault the hotel’s opulence and it obviously comes at a price, but it is worth it. At all times during your experience at The Breakers you are attended to in a fashion you are unaccustomed to and won’t want to relinquish. A feast for your senses if ever there was one; this is a resort experience for your bucket list.

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Back to School After Amazing Vacation

September 8th, 2013

Back To School

Parents need to prepare their children well before returning back to school after a long holiday break. With some proper planning, your kids would be able to transition well both socially and mentally. Moreover, studies show that those who assist their young ones get back to school often get better results come end-semester. Discussed below are some ways this can be done:

  1. Help the student develop a study timetable 2 weeks prior to opening day. This would help him get prepared mentally for the hard work ahead. Furthermore, most schools tend to give assessment tests a few days after the students come back from holiday. Those who read before sitting for these exams stand a better chance of passing.
  2. Buy all supplies that would be needed in school. It’s appropriate to get them early enough to avoid the typical last minute rush. Also, make a list of all the things you require so as to avoid overspending. In most cases, students who are in boarding school would need more supplies than the day scholars. Apart from common study materials such as books, these students would also require living materials like foodstuff, new uniforms and personal hygiene products.
  3. Give your kids some time to socialize with friends and say a few last-minute wishes. Returning back to school may cut your kids off from seeing close buddies for a while. Therefore, allow them some time to mingle appropriately so that they can have some psychological peace once they go back to school.

Moving on, there are some college students who pursue their education in foreign countries. Such learners need a special plan on how they would start the semester. Below are some tips to consider when preparing for a new scholarly term.

  1. Check that your visa and passport documents have been renewed. This is very important since the host country cannot allow anyone into their territory unless these two items are provided. Students can get their documents by visiting the foreign country’s official embassy.
  2. Go for a professional health check-up. This would help you identify any minor illnesses that need to be treated before leaving the country. Remember that some nations actually require visitors to present a clean medical record before stepping into their land.
  3. Ensure your credit card is functional. You need enough money to survive as a student in any foreign country. Nevertheless, most people prefer using international cards for their transactions rather than carrying paper money. It’s also much safer to use them especially when handling big cash sums. Most Visa and MasterCard’s can be used to make transactions from international ATMs, so long as the teller machine is approved by either of these brands. The best thing about plastic money is that it can be used to make transactions in local currency, therefore saving the student time that could have otherwise been wasted visiting an exchange bureau.
  4. Book a cheap hostel before leaving the country. Nowadays this is possible with the help of internet connectivity, just compare the prices of different accommodations and choose one that best suits your needs. Moreover, ensure that there’s enough security where you would be staying. American students can also register for ESTA. This is a special visa waiver program that assesses the suitability of foreigners to visit US.

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