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Oahu, Hawaii, United States

SandSea, Inc. - beachfront vacation homes to rent on the north and south shores of Oahu - Travelers Digest Review  (updated Jan. 2008)

Hawaii Island, United States

Royal Kona Resort - The Royal Kona Resort overlooks Kailua Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Our resort has distinguished itself as Kailua Kona's premier resort hotel - Travelers Digest Review

Auckland, New Zealand

Peace And Plenty Inn  - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Paihia, New Zealand

Quality Hotel - includes restaurant and conference room - Travelers Digest Review

Coopers Beach, New Zealand

  • Beach Lodge - Is it the panoramic view, the architecturally designed chalets or the welcoming host? It must be the combination of all these qualities that makes Beach Lodge a Paradise overlooking the Pacific Ocean - We stayed a week with the remarkably welcoming lady that owns the lodge and over many cups of tea we shared each others tall tales and bathed in her genuine warmth. Travelers Digest Review! (updated Mar. 2008)
  • Paradise 4X4 Tours - The ultimate in tours for those who enjoy personalized service with tours tailored to your desires, and travel in air conditioned comfort - The touring crew of Travelers Digest enjoyed our personal and exciting tour of 90 mile beach and the rugged northern coastline of N. Zealand and highly recommend this business and the owner. Read Travelers Digest Review!

Whitianga, New Zealand

Mercury Bay Beachfront Resort - Absolute beach front with nothing between our guests and the inviting coastal waters of N. Zealand. Full equipped units for individuals, couples, families and groups. Ask us about our fishing trips. The crew of Travelers Digest stayed here during their recent World Tour. Read Travelers Digest 2002 Review!

Rotorua, New Zealand

Solitaire Lodge - lakeside lodge situated on a secluded peninsula on the shores of Lake Tarawera. Offers helicopter and floatplane rides and many other sporting activities - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

  • Mountain Air - Airplane adventure with informed commentary over pristine lakes, thermal and volcanic activity - While our crew was staying the below posted, Skotel Resort we had the fortune of flying over the jagged timeless and isolated peaks, and snow covered pristine lakes, and with the door of the plane removed, I, Mike Smith, with cameras in hands, held on for dear life while shooting countless photos of this phenomenal land. Travelers Digest 2002 Review
  • Skotel Alpine Resort - Breathe the fresh mountain air and enjoy the clear waters of the Tongariro National Park from your base at the Skotel - Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated Feb. 2008)

Wanganui, New Zealand

The Grand Hotel - Grand, prestigous and rich in history. The Grand Hotel and Function Centre is conveniently located just off the main street of Wanganui and adjacent to the Cooks Gardens Sporting Complex - 
Travelers Digest Choice!

Picton, New Zealand

Jasmine Court - Modern, self contained studio and family suites, all with private bathrooms and kitchenette, Non Smoking. Within walking distance of the Interisland Ferry Terminal - Travelers Digest 2002 Review
(updated Feb. 2008)

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Ocean View Chalets - The Ocean View Chalets, situated on a 50-acre farmlet, slightly elevated and nestled along the bushline offer panoramic seaviews towards the islands, Tasman Bay, Abel Tasman National Park and rural farmland - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Punaikaiki, New Zealand

Paparoa Park Motel - Overlooking the Punakaiki river, lagoon, beach, 
Pancake rock and blowhole areas - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Perth to Sydney, Australia

The Indian Pacific Railway - As the name implies, the Indian Pacific gives you two oceans on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. But most of your cruising will be across the vast continent of Australia. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor - Travelers Digest 2002 Review
(updated Jan. 2008)

Sydney, New South Wales , Australia

Read Travelers Digest Review of Sydney! (updated Jan. 2008)

Port Macquarie, New South Wales , Australia

Beachside Holiday Apartments - self contained apartments located opposite Flynn's Beach - 
Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Arts Factory Lodge - offers a funky accommodation experience. Offers bikes, a courtesy bus, kitchen, pool tables, Internet access, a volley ball court, and more - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Montego Sands Apartments - modern, low rise apartments - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

KINGSFORD RIVERSIDE INN - offers budget accommodation including breakfast -
  Travelers Digest 2002 Review! (updated Jan. 2008)

Queensland, Australia

  • Columboola Country - Welcome to Columboola Country! Our working farm and holiday centre is located approximately 300kms west of Brisbane in South West Queensland,  just off the well maintained Warrego Highway. Camping, caravanning, or cabin accommodation are all vacation options catered for here in our picturesque grounds - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Koala Beach Resort - Situated On The Beach, Koala Beach Resort is just 50m to all facilities including banks, post office, shops, bars and restaurants and offers the perfect base for any Fraser Island Adventure -
  Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village - offers all the amenities of a modern resort in the ecological system of World Heritage listed Fraser Island - Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated March 2008)

Queensland, Australia

Capricorn Caves - are a unique system of above ground caves located 20 kilometres north of Rockhampton. They are Australia's largest privately owned caves and have long been recognised as one of Central Queensland's leading attractions with visitors coming from around Australian and overseas - Travelers Digest Choice!

Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia

Koala Beach Resort - Situated in the very heart of Airlie Beach, opposite the beach and swimming lagoon and just 50m to all facilities Koalas is the perfect base for your Whitsunday experience - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Fantasea Cruises - operates day trips throughout the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef on high speed catamarans - Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Townsville, Queensland, Australia

The Beach House Motel - The Beach House Motel is located on the world class Strand in Townsville, North Queensland - an exciting and vibrant city, the gateway to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforests and outback life of North Queensland - Travelers Digest Choice!

Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

  • Arkies - Arkies is situated on Alma and Geoffrey Bays. Just 20 metres across from the best beach on Magnetic and consists of a Bistro & Bar, tropical backpacker accommodation style rooms, with the convenience of a news agency, dive shop and tour and travel centre all in the resort ground - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Beachside Palms Holiday Units - self-contained holiday units on Nelly Bay -
      Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated April. 2008)
  • Magnetic Island Tropical Resort - Magnetic Island Tropical Resort is a multi-award winning, affordable resort with a relaxed tropical atmosphere is set on 7 acres, just 200 metres from the beach. The resort features individual chalet style accommodation set among a combination of "Aussie Bush" and tropical vegetation - Travelers Digest 2002 Review  (updated April. 2008)
  • Tropical Topless - cars are so much fun!! Easy to drive and you get the thrill of the wind in your hair as you tour Magnetic Island at your leisure. Phone: 07 477851111 - Travelers Digest Choice!

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Seahorse Sail And Dive - Cairns - Visiting and enjoying the reefs is a personal exhilaration and should be enjoyed with a company that gives you personal attention. That company is "Seahorse Sail and Dive -
  Travelers Digest 2002 Review

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

  • Blazing Saddles - Blazing Saddles is an adventure company based 20min north of Cairns. We've been guiding half day adventure tours of the rainforest and bush on our property for almost six years and we've given thousands of tourists an experience of a lifetime. You have a choice of a Horse Riding or All Terrain Vehicle half day tour or our full day combination tour - Our crew had the time of their lives, riding horses, 4 wheelers, meeting lots of people and finishing the day chowing down on real open fire Bar-B-Que. Travelers Digest 2002 Review
  • Cairns Beach Resort - offers self-contained luxury apartments, swimming pool, spa, BBQ area, and undercover parking - Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated April. 2008)
  • Cairns Parasail & Jet Skis - Experience the RUSH as you get winched into the air behind our awesome parasail boat, the experience of soaring to heights over the Cairns Inlet will be one of the most memorable experiences of your holiday - Travelers Digest 2002 Review
  • Cairns Tiger Moth - You’ll never know the sheer joy of flying until you take a Tiger Moth flight. The scenery, the music of the wind in the wires, the sheer exhilaration and freedom! You’ll agree, it’s the only way to fly - Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated Jan. 2008)
  • Hot Air  - operates a special shaped balloon, the Koala, on daily tours from Cairns to Mareeba
    Travelers Digest 2002 Review
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway - One of the Worlds great train journeys. The historic Kuranda Railway travel up from Cairns to Kuranda through one of the most impressive stretches of track you'll ever see
    Travelers Digest 2002 Review
    (updated April. 2008)
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway - see the rainforest from the comfort of an enclosed sky tram
    Travelers Digest 2002 Review
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a magical, mystical world in Cairns dedicated to preserving and presenting authentic Aboriginal culture with the aid of technology - Definitely a one of a kind journey into the past of the remarkable natives of Australia. Travelers Digest 2002 Review. (updated April. 2008)

Picton, New South Wales, Australia

Mowbray Park - Take a journey back into time on a full service ranch and discover the way life was meant to be! The touring crew of Travelers Digest stayed for an entire week and highly recommend our ranch for all guests- Travelers Digest 2002 Review (updated April. 2008)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gateway Suites Melbourne  - only a short stroll to the best shopping areas of Melbourne -
  Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Bintan, Indonesia

Mana Mana Beach Club - This favourite week-end get away from Singapore is set on a beautiful bay, with an almost private beach. The resort has 50 rooms with restaurant, lounge and bar pavilions overlooking the beach. There is also a surf shop and a well equipped water sports centre, supervised by U.K. trained staff - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Maple Suite, The - You will be pleasantly surprised and delighted at the impeccable service, the full range of facilities and the sheer spaciousness of each suite - Travelers Digest 2003 Review (updated April. 2008)
  • Shangri-La Hotel - One of Malaysia’s most elegant hotels, the award-winning Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur is situated in the bustling capital. Set among lush gardens, it is just 5 minutes from the business and shopping districts - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Phuket, Thailand

Naka Wanna Villas - three fully staff Thai style villas with swimming pool. Includes breakfast and airport transfer services - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Oludeniz, Turkey

Travelers Digest Review of Turkey!

  • Focus Paragliding - Let us show you why thousands of people have enjoyed this adventure with altitude. Ölüdeniz / Turkey has one of the highest commercial take off sites in the world, at 6500ft, giving you the most spectacular flight of them all - Travelers Digest 2003 Review (updated April. 2008)
  • Hotel Meri - located directly on the beach of Oludeniz and surrounded by a garden with pine and olive trees, offers a serene holiday atmosphere. All rooms, breakfast terraces, swimming pool area have a wonderful view of the sea. There is a lift available between  the beach and the rooms - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Ios, Greece

  • Disco 69 - Unique in the world of sun & fun lovers, Ios style, Disco 69 is a celebration of the sensual, a provocative invitation to playful pleasure - Travelers Digest 2003 Review
  • Hotel Katerina - is perfectly situated at Mylopotas area in Ios Island overlooking the bay and offering stunning view of the beach. It is a complex of traditional architecture with stylish and spacious rooms to offer all comforts for a memorable holiday - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Santorini, Greece

  • Hotel Kalimera - is a small family-run hotel on the southern part of the island of Santorini. It is built close to the Caldera rim, at the outskirts of the village of Akrotiri which still retains its traditional character - Travelers Digest 2003 Review
  • Hotel Matina - On the island of dreams and love in Santorini and on the sandy beach of Kamari village, Hotel Matina can satisfy the needs of any visitor. The hotel is built and decorated according to the traditional style of the island, is situated in a tranquil and pleasant garden only 2 minutes walk from the beachTravelers Digest 2003 Review
  • Stelios Place - is an excellent accommodation choice, located just 50 meters away from the beautiful beach of Perissa. Their friendly staff, warm & hospitable environment and bargain prices, will make your dream vacation to the most beautiful island on earth, undoubtedly an unforgettable one - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Mykonos, Greece

Cavo Paradiso - club with a swimming pool, 2 bars, parking and large dance floor
Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Sofia, Bulgaria

Adventure and Special Interest Travel - specialize in hiking, mountaineering, biking, horse riding, and rural holidays and ecotourism in Bulgaria - Travelers Digest 2003 Review!

Moscow, Russia

Travelers Digest 2003 Moscow Review!

Luxury Homestay in The Hotel Ukraine Building - offers a room in luxurious apartment. Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with Jacuzzi plus separate shower unit - Travelers Digest 2003 Review  (updated April. 2008)

St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Helvetia Hotel Suites - Welcome to St. Petersburg, the city of the White Nights, luxurious palaces, austere granite embankments and bridges that open to let the ships through. Here we have fashioned a cozy little Helvetia for you whose doors are always open to those looking for an unforgettable experience in this lovely city - Travelers Digest 2003 Review  (updated April. 2008)
  • Monomax Ltd. - Since its foundation, Monomax Ltd. has managed over 400 significant conference events. We have professional experience encompassing every aspect of conference management, and we demonstrate our abilities by creating well-planned and successfully realized events. We are pleased to offer private tours for you and your family, or friends. Private tours offer the convenience of sightseeing at your own pace and the flexibility of selecting a tour with your own interests in mind - Travelers Digest 2003 Review

Stockholm, Sweden

Lydmar Hotel - All rooms have wide-screen TV, DVD-player, free movie channels, minibar, direct number and telephones with automatic voice mail, bath robes, alarm clock and hairdryer - Travelers Digest 2003 Review (updated April. 2008)

*Our Journey Into Norway!*

Review of the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Coastal Odyssey Sea Kayaking - Join us on a classic sea kayaking journey through the Lofoten Islands. Where idyllic islands look out on the open sea and white sand beaches meet the grassy flatlands - *Note, while we enjoyed our remarkable tour of these amazing islands, the above business is no longer a referred business!

Copenhagen, Denmark

Bed & Breakfast BONVIE - is located in a beautiful building in the center of Copenhagen on the famous walking street Frederiksberggade - Travelers Digest Choice!

Middelfart, Denmark

Hindsgavl Castle - exclusive hotel and conference center dating from 1784. Surroundings include park land, forests and a beach - Travelers Digest 2003 Review(updated April. 2008)

Innsbruck, Austria

Hotel Europe Tyrol - All rooms & suites are recently renovated within the last months and offer you the tradition of a classic Grand Hotel, a cozy atmosphere, paired with our professionalism to spoil our guests -
  Travelers Digest 2003 Review (updated April. 2008)

Review: Nice, France to Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Martingale House - three self-catering suites with kitchens, laundry and maid service, pool, and private patio or deck. Located in the valley of Hout Bay - Travelers Digest 2003 Review! (updated April. 2008)
  • Constantia Vista - offers self-catering suites with views of the forests, vineyards, mountains, and sea - Toured By Travelers Digest, Highly Recommended!

Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

Gorah Elephant Camp - The first private concession in a National Park, is a premier lodge set in the heart of the malaria-free Addo Elephant National Park - Travelers Digest 2003 Review!

Zululand, South Africa

Mkuze Falls Game Reserve & Lodge - offering raised thatched chalets overlooking a river and situated on a private reserve for wildlife viewing and safaris - Travelers Digest 2004 Review! (updated April. 2008)

Amakhosi Lodge - Amakhosi, Zulu for The Place of the Kings & while you're here, you'll feel like one! -
  Travelers Digest 2004 Review! (updated April. 2008)

  • Bonamanzi Game Park - a natural Heritage site & one of the largest private wildlife and birding parks in Zululand - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Kosi Bay Lodge - The Lodge is perfectly situated to really get the full benefit of what is on offer in this very special region. Just 500m from the water's edge - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Milimani - Milimani provides safari holidays in South Africa staying in luxurious safari lodge accommodation on a private safari game reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Kwazulu Natal.
  • Mvubu Game Lodge - "Mvubu" the Zulu word for Hippopotamus is the theme of this luxurious lodge catering for the discerning nature lover. The lodge is set on a ridge overlooking the Pongola River and the wildest part of the reserve with regular sightings of Hippo, Crocodile and many species of general game. Our crew spent several days here and had several river tours of close encounters of the Hippo kind! Recommended by Travelers Digest!
  • Sibaya Lake Lodge - In the heart of Maputaland lies Lake Sibaya, seventy square kilometres of Crystal clear water and over 130 kilometres of pristine shoreline. Our crew spent 5 days at this remote and sheer African lodge and savored it immensely.
  • Tembe Elephant Park - The largest African elephants in the world, along with rhino, buffalo, leopard, hippo and antelope species in a 190 sq. mi. park on the South Africa / Mozambique border. Excellent birding opportunities and scuba diving on the nearby Tongoland reefs. We spent several days here and it is highly recommended by Travelers Digest.
  • Thula Thula - Exclusive bush experience and absolute luxury in one of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa. *Highly referred by Travelers Digest, as we spent 10 days in the resort enjoying superior accommodations, fine dining and utterly amazing safaris. Great owners, numerous wildlife and great times. (updated April. 2008)
  • White Elephant Lodge - Offers accommodation in a Safari Lodge or Bush Camp in the Pongola Game Reserve. 

Nelspruit, South Africa

Old Vic Travellers Inn - excellent personal service in a relaxed, quiet and easy-going atmosphere -
Travelers Digest Choice!

Gauteng, South Africa

Karanga Exclusive Tours - Personal Service/ Knowledgable/ Expert Guides - Travelers Digest 2004 Review! - Travelers Digest Affiliate!

Northwest Province, South Africa

  • Golden Leopard Resorts - discover the treasures of Pilanesberg National Park -
     Travelers Digest 2004 Review!
    Our crew spent several days in this fine resort and highly refer it!!
  • Leopard Lodge - is an exclusive private game farm and eco-conference, training and special function venue - Travelers Digest 2004 Review! (updated April. 2008)
  • Bill Harrops Original Balloon Safaris - The unique experience of hot air ballooning is, essentially, a rather elegant, eccentric adventure in space & time, and promises an excitement all its own - Travelers Digest Choice! Our crew flew into the clouds on one of their balloons and had the experience of a hundred lifetimes over the S. African grasslands.
  • De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Center - South Africa's first successful cheetah research and breeding centre which has helped to bring this and other endangered African animals back from the brink of extinction - Travelers Digest Choice! *During our visit we were quite impressed at their diligence and care in saving these beautiful animals. We ask that all concerned animal lovers make contributions to their center by visiting their above linked website. (updated April. 2008)
  • Sun International South Africa - luxury resort, casino and golf complexes including Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town - Travelers Digest Choice  Our crew had the time of our trip in this one of a kind resort and with the assistance of their professional staff enjoyed each moment lounging in their giant pools. We also went on 2 open truck safaris to view up close natures most awesome wildlife. The resort is in the center of a huge and timeless volcanic game park. Click Here For Photos!
  • The Elephant Sanctuary - An unforgettable experience bringing Elephant and Man together in a unique and special way. Walk and interact with elephant, sleep next to elephant in an exclusive 12 bed indo-African lodge

Johannesburg, South Africa

Read Travelers Digest Review of Johannesburg! (updated April. 2008)

  • JMT Tours & Safaris - Travel in safety & comfort through Soweto with a professional guide. A past & present resident of Soweto, Joe Motsoqi was an active member in the revolution that founded democracy in South Africa - Travelers Digest Choice! - Our crew even stayed a few days and nights in the heart of the world's largest Ghetto, Soweto and savor the memories of being connected to this historical region and the brave people that fought for decades in ending Apartheid. Click Here For Photos!
  • Travel Decisions - Providing consultancy and travel advice, reservation of air, land & sea arrangements for transport, accommodation, adventure, leisure and business travel clients, and custom designed tours - Travelers Digest Affiliate!
  • Gold Reef City - Africa's Greatest Theme Park Created Around An Authentic 19th Century Gold Mine
  • Stay-A-While Guest House - Quaint B n’ B set in lush garden surroundings with a private covered patio off a private courtyard garden. Use of large private swimming pool and Victorian Gazebo for those warm, sunny days.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo - In every major city of the world, one hotel always stands out for its very special style and exceptional standards, complementing the energy and vibrancy of these pulsating and diverse cosmopolitan places. Grand Hyatt São Paulo, the first Hyatt hotel in Brazil is now part of this select group of hotels, setting new standards of luxury and service in São Paulo - Travelers Digest 2004 Review!

*Read Our Journey from Sao Sebastiao to Rio de Janeiro*

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

  • *Rio de Janeiro Apartments & Condos - These luxury and trendy apartments and condos, in various sizes and prices, are provided by Travelers Digest and our affiliated companies in Rio. Most are located either across or a short stroll from the beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. All are in safe secured buildings, close to shopping, nightlife, main downtown attractions and of course...the beach. From individuals, couples, families and large groups we can and will meet your accommodation, tours, excursions, personal guides, transportation and security needs. Don't miss out on the unforgettable Carnival. Book now to reserve! -  Travelers Digest 2004 Review(updated April. 2008) Our crew spent several months in this one of a kind tropical mega city made possible by the good people of Rio Apartments & Condos.

Buzios, Brazil

La Mandrágora - Buzios - Brazil has earned an enviable reputation for its warm and personal service which immediately makes it guests feel quite at home. In this special and stylish pousado a guest can fully enjoy its many comforts and amenities. The La Mandragora is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the perfect vacation...Buzios and the La Mandragora...a winning combination. - Travelers Digest 2004 Review!

Porto Belo, Brazil

Village Aquatic Land - Porto Belo - Porto Belo is a beautiful coastal town in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, located less than 60 kilometers north of Florianopolis. The Village Aquatic Land is less than 40 meters from a beautiful secluded beach, & provides a unique experience in Porto Belo. The village offers 10 guest chalets each one equipped with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & a television. - Travelers Digest Choice!

Florianopolis, Brazil

  • Costao do Santinho - The Costão do Santinho Resort & Spa is the most complete and luxurious tourist and residential complex in Southern Brazil. It unites complete facilities and international quality services with the natural beauty of one of Brazil's most seductive beaches - the Praia do Santinho. The resort is located 35 Km from the center of Florianópolis, on one of the world's most beautiful islands - Travelers Digest Choice! Our crew enjoyed 8 days and nights in this remarkable resort and highly refer it to everyone wanting and expecting the very best in lodging, dining, entertainment and activities, as well as oceanfront location.
  • Ingleses Praia Hotel - Ilha de Santa Catarina - A very nice hotel located directly on the beach in the seaside town of Ingleses (English) Beach - Recommended by Travelers Digest!

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

  • Hotel Taroba - Our hotels has been designed to make you as comfortable as possible. We have 84 rooms, with Color TV's, air-conditioning, phones and refrigerators, some rooms even have access to high speed internet. Breakfast is included in the price of your room. Our hotel facilities include a swimming pool, playground, meeting room, barbeque grill, Cable TV and a secure garage for your vehicle - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Recanto Park Hotel - With a convenient location and close proximity to visit the in Foz do Iguaçu, namely Iguacu Falls. Recanto Park Hotel is the right CHOICE, providing you superb service, comfort and every thing that you deserve - Travelers Digest Choice!

Posadas, Argentina

Hotel Continental - The premier choice for your stay in Posadas - Travelers Digest Choice!

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Travelers Digest 2004 City Review) Updated May 2007

Cambremon Hotel - The best alternative for your stay in Buenos Aires, whether on business or pleasure, this centrally located hotel can offer you the style & the comfort that you deserve - Travelers Digest 2004 Review!

Read Our Journey from Buenos Aires to Miami, Via Lima, Peru!

Miami / Fort Lauderdale, Florida

*La Casa Del Mar - serves a full American breakfast and hosts afternoon wine and cheese parties -
  Travelers Digest Choice!

*Miami River Inn - amenities include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and a croquet green - Travelers Digest Choice!

Hollywood, Florida

*Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hollywood Blvd - This Hollywood hotel is near beaches, golf courses and within walking distance from major shops and restaurants. The Fort Lauderdale International Airport is six miles from the hotel. High-speed Internet access in every room, Ethernet, & Wireless! - Travelers Digest Choice!

Key Largo, Florida

*Rock Reef Resort - This resort in Key Largo offers efficiencies, family apartments and beachfront cottages to accommodate singles, families and large groups on your visit to the Florida Keys...weddings, family reunions and business gatherings - Travelers Digest Choice!

Read Our 2005 Spring Review of New Orleans! (Before Hurricane Katrina)

Puerto Rico

*Charlie Car Rentals - Charlie Car Rental is committed to offering the best product at the best prices, always. Here you can make your online reservation on our fully automated reservation system - 
Travelers Digest 2005 Review
  (updated April. 2008)

Rincon, Puerto Rico

*Villa Tropical - The apartments are directly in front of what Windsurfer magazine has called the best wave-sailing in the Caribbean and what Skin Diver magazine has called the best snorkeling and diving in Puerto Rico. There is a good surf break directly in front, and to one side are more than two miles of open beach without a single house - Travelers Digest 2005 Review! (As of Jan. 2006 this business is no longer recommended by Travelers Digest)

Ceiba, Puerto Rico

*La Paloma Guest House - Discover breathtaking mountains rich in native history culture and blessed by the beauty of mother earth and the culture of the Taino Indians. A world of romance and adventure that can be found as easily as one tree lined country road. Located at the skirt of the El Yunque Rain Forest with a country walk to a lap swimming pool over looking the beautiful Caribbean Sea and only ten minutes to Roosevelt Road Naval Station Ceiba - Travelers Digest Choice!

United Kingdom

Driving From Manchester to Wales!

Read our review of Wales! 2005
(Review is based on our own experiences & does not reflect the country or it's people in general)

Glasgow, Scotland

*City Apartments & Lodging - We are specialists in serviced apartments in Glasgow, offering spacious one bedroom up to elegant three bedrooms apartments in some of Glasgow's finest locations. - Highly Recommended by Travelers Digest!


*West Coast Holiday Villages - Providing superb self catering holiday accommodation in Ireland that the discerning holiday maker will appreciate. All holiday accommodation is 4 star & each property is decorated to the highest standard with all modern conveniences - Travelers Digest 2005 Choice Business!
(updated April. 2008)


Read our adventure stories of Paris & beyond...

Amsterdam, Holland

Travelers Digest Amsterdam Review! (Updated May 2008)

*Amsterdam Luxury Apartment Spacious furnished apartment in city center. Short-terms lets and vacation rentals - Travelers Digest 2005 Review! On several different trips to this remarkable city our crew stayed in one of their luxury centralized apartments. Highly referred and a Choice Business. (updated April. 2008)

*De Dagtoertaxi - No-nonsense taxi (1-4 passengers) for private daytrips and low rate long distance taxi services on reservation - Travelers Digest 2005 Review! (Updated April 2007)

*Holland Specialty Travel - For all your tailor-made Luxury tours with your, qualified, professional guide, Rose-Marie Cannemeijer, is the best way to discover the Netherlands and its surrounding countries - 
Highly Recommended by Travelers Digest!

Reviews of our 2005 to 2007 adventures through E. Europe

Dresden, Germany Review

Prague, Czech Republic Review

Read Travelers Digest Review of the Terezin Concentration Camp!

Read Travelers Digest Review of the Balkans! The war had just ended, but it was far from a safe journey!

See our photos from our Balkans trip!

Komarna, Croatia

Apartment Tedo - Four two story houses of 60 square meters each. The houses lie 40 meters from the water a little up the mountain giving splendid unbroken views of the sea from the balconies at the front. All houses were completely renovated and re-furnished in the spring of 2003 and have air condition, satellite TV, washing machine, living room, two bedrooms (2 and 4 beds). At the back there is a large terrace providing shade in the afternoon and the possibility to BBQ at night. There are further two terraces at the back with orange trees - Travelers Digest Choice!!

Florence, Italy

Travel Advisory Warning for Villa Ulivi in Florence.  
Be advised to not book any accommodation with the very unscrupulous owner of the Ulivi Villa. The owner, Matteo and his very rude and contemptible Mother are most definitely people to stay far away from and his Villa is nothing short of a dungeon. His rooms do not have air conditioning, as advertised, and his rates vary on your country of origin. Our filming crew toured and stayed in one of their small dilapidated attic rooms with one small window, torn curtain, or no towels or soap, for 2 most horrific nights. During the day we spoke to several other guests that were just as unhappy as we were. Late on the second night, after a much heated argument with Matteo about his treatment of his guests and the lack of amenities, we called a taxi and fled to a centralized hotel. It was not only a lot cheaper, it was clean and had ice-cold air conditioning...crucial in the summer. The photos of the rooms posted on Villa Ulivi's website are priced at 3 times the advertised rates and only the most expensive suite has air conditioning. The villa is 3 kilometers from anything and a taxi to the train station is almost 20 Euros. Stay away!!! Contact us for excellent accommodation choices in Florence or anywhere in the world. We tour the world so our readers will know...before they go!

Advisory Warning for Mundo Tours in Florence, Italy!  
During our June & July tour of Florence, Italy we had the misfortune of contacting a Limo Touring Business, Mundo Tours. Even after 2 months of emailed contact, when we arrived by train, as scheduled, the owner, Marcello, nor anyone associated with his business was at the station to pick us up, as agreed. We spent several hours trying to call him on his mobile phone and each time a recording stated that the phone was switched off. When I finally did manage to contact him, he simply stated that he had decided not to drive into town. Prior to this incident, we had provided him with several clients wishing to tour Florence and the Tuscany region. On each occasion, he either took a week to reply or never replied at all. A disgusting way to run a business! Travelers Digest advises against making any contact with this rude and non professional man or using his services if you value your time and money! If you require such services while in Italy, please contact our staff and we will be glad to provide you with excellent choices. Contact Us!

Taormina, Sicily, Italy

Read Travelers Digest 2005 Review of Taormina!

Residence Schuler - A modern apartment house with garden and view of the sea and of Mount Etna. Only 2 minutes by walk to the shopping centre, 4 minutes walk to the main-street Corso Umberto (pedestrian area) - We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this region and our time spent in this beautiful village apartment home. Travelers Digest 2005 Review! (updated April. 2008)

Travelers Digest 2005 Review of Sicily

Catania, Sicily, Italy

*Hotel Mediterraneo 64 large, bright rooms, simply furnished with taste and fitted with every form of comfort... Travelers Digest 2005 Review!  (updated April. 2008)

Sliema, Malta

Travelers Digest 2005 Review of Malta

  • Marina Hotel - The Marina Hotel Sliema promises an enjoyable holiday enhanced by a friendly service and good value for money located in the Sliema seafront - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Metropole Hotel - Whether it's your first trip to Malta, or as a returning visitor, one thing you can be sure of is the friendly atmosphere of the Metropole Hotel, Malta and the willingness and caring attitude of our staff - Travelers Digest Choice!

Gozo, Malta

Villas de Malte - More than 600 holiday rentals, villas, & apartments on the islands of Gozo & Malta.
This company provides excellent services for travelers seeking the best in accommodations on these 2 stunning Mediterranean islands! During our Malta and Gozo tour our Travelers Digest crew spent several weeks in numerous well equipped and stunning villas.  A Travelers Digest 2005 Referred Business. (updated April. 2008)

Brussels, Belgium

*Hotel Belmont - All rooms come equipped with flat screen televisions, wireless internet access, air conditioning, & direct dial phones. We are centrally located in Brussels, close to the Grand Place, as well as the Gare du Nord - Travelers Digest 2005 Review! An excellent mid price hotel in the heart of a stunning city. Tell them we referred you and receive a discount. (updated April. 2008)

The United States

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North America's Most Stunning Locations, designating the very best locations to visit in N. America

Click here to read our; 2005 adventurous Journey across N. America! (Updated Dec. 2007)

Miami, Florida

*Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Miami-Hialeah is situated in the heart of Miami Lakes Hialeah and Medley exciting commercial and industrial district, just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport and within access to all Miami and Fort Lauderdale's major attractions and areas of interest - Travelers Digest 2005 Review!

Savannah, Georgia

*River Street Inn Five-story historic inn on Savannah's riverfront offers leisure and business travelers a taste of yesterday with all the modern conveniences - Travelers Digest Choice!

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • *How Suite It Is Weekly and monthly rentals of fully-furnished suites. Features tour, rates, online reservations, owner profile - We enjoyed our brief, but pleasant stay in this apartment and in the quaint and stunning city. Travelers Digest Referred Business!

Denver, Colorado

*The Gregory Inn - The Gregory Inn B&B takes Denver small hotel lodging to new levels of comfort, convenience, and hospitality. We offer our guests a friendly, cozy, classic Colorado Inn setting, with luxury accommodations, upscale furnishings, hearty food, and high technology for Internet access and home theatre viewing - Travelers Digest Choice Inn!

*Red Lion Hotel Denver Downtown - Full service hotel next to Invesco Field. Includes virtual tour, dining options, and reservations - Denver is one of our most popular American cities and the Red Lion Hotel is a Travelers Digest Choice! (updated April. 2008)

Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • *Comfort Inn - Come and experience this captivating historic city with three exotic cultures. Comfort Inn is the perfect place to headquarter during your visit to this culturally diverse and historically rich city - Travelers Digest Choice!

Reykjavik, Iceland

Read our review of the remarkable Iceland! Touring for a month in this amazingly beautiful and ancient country is by far one of our most unforgettable experiences. Our 2 month tour was in May 2005. (updated April. 2008)

  • Guesthouse Kriunes - Kríunes is situated in an unspoiled natural environment by a beautiful lake. Only 15 km from Reykjavík center - Travelers Digest Crew Stayed At This Hotel in June 2006 & highly refer it to our readers!
  • Hotel Plaza - The Plaza Hotel in Iceland provides the comfort and the location to enjoy Iceland to the fullest. Situated in the city center of Reykjavik the Plaza creates the perfect setting for your stay in in the city, excellent staff and services, as well as free high speed internet and a well stocked hotel bar. The Hotel Plaza is located in the heart of the old city, next to restaurants, shopping and nightlife *Travelers Digest 2006 Referred Hotel! We spent a week in the hotel. Click here to Book this Hotel on Travelers Digest!

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  • Arnanes Country Hotel - A country hotel with 16 rooms in five separate houses for 35 guests -
    Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) - The company Jökulsárlón offers exciting boat trips on the glacier lagoon. And you can sail among the hugh icebergs. It is really facinating. The ice from the glacier is over 1,000 years old. This is a very popular sightseeing attraction, widely regarded as the most picturesque scenery in all of south Iceland. The duration of the boat trip is approximately 60 minutes and we enjoyed every breath taking moment, especially drinking wine chilled from a piece of a million year old glacier. *Travelers Digest Choice!
  • Hotel Blafell - Hótel Bláfell in Breiðdalsvík has to offer 22 beautiful rooms. 10 rooms in new log house and 12 in the older part of the hotel. All rooms are double bedded, with bath, cabled TV and telephone - Travelers Digest Crew stayed at this hotel in June 2006!
  • Hotel Skaftafell - Hótel Skaftafell is sheltered by the vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland's most impressive glaciers: the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It turncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull. Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20. km away. Travelers Digest Crew Stayed at this hotel in June 2006!  (updated April. 2008)
  • Icelandic Farm Holidays - Icelandic Farm Holidays is a chain of 150 farmhouses, with total of 4000 beds around the country. The members are farmers who offer accommodation to travellers in their homes, guesthouses, country-hotels and cottages. The association was founded in 1980 and from 1990 Icelandic Farm Holidays has been a fully licensed Tour operator and a Travel agent - Travelers Digest Choice!
  • North Sailing - This season we offer up to 6 daily departures for our Whale Watching tour – NS1, and for those that want a bit more, we now offer 2 daily departures for the Whales, Puffins & Sails tour – NS2. This tour is the only one of its kind in Iceland, and offers an amazing experience that no one visiting the area should miss. As always North Sailing, caters for special groups offering everything from bird watching, to sea angling or sailing on Iceland's only schooner - Our crew sailed the Artic aboard their Queen ship,  breathing the bone chilling air of the North Sea while filming several close encounters of Sperm and the giant Blue Whales. One of the best experiences of my life! Travelers Digest Choice! View Our Photo Page for North Sailing!
  • Thorisstadir Countryhotel - A three star, family-operated hotel at a peaceful location in a beautiful environment, right by Road nr. 1, about 15 km east of Akureyri, in Eyjafjordur - Travelers Digest stayed at this hotel in May 2006!

Lake Myvatn, Iceland

  • ELDA Myvatn Guest House Accommodation - Are you planning a visit to Myvatn, Iceland? We offer comfortable guest house accommodation and personal service at reasonable prices. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable and we have more than 25 years experience in operating travel services and accommodation in the Mývatn area - Travelers Digest's crew stayed a week at this guest house, & highly recommend it!  (updated April. 2008)

    Hotel Reykjahlid by Lake Myvatn
    - Ideally located in the village Reykjahlid, on the banks of lake Myvatn. It is a family run hotel that offers comfortable rooms with a view. The atmosphere is relaxed and our fully licensed restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a good meal and personal service. We also operate exclusive excursions in modified 4x4 vehicles to places such as Askja, Dettifoss and Lofthellir lava cave - Travelers Digest's crew stayed at this hotel in 2006 & highly recommend it!  (updated April. 2008)
  • Myflug Air - Your choice in North Iceland. Mýflug Air has operated Charter & Sightseeing, as well as scheduled, flights in Iceland for close to twenty years. With a strong growth in Tourism in Iceland the company's focus has been shifted from scheduled flights towards a dedication to the tourist market - Our Travelers Digest crew flew over unspoiled and impassable mountains and the stunning waterfalls with this air tour company. Definitely a Travelers Digest Choice! View Our Photo Page for Myflug Air!  (updated April. 2008)
  • Reykjahlid Excursions - We offer tours to exciting and beautiful destinations in the rough wilderness of North East Iceland. Our modified 4x4 vehicles are well equipped and comfortable, even on the rugged mountain tracks. We employ experienced local driver/guides who share their knowledge with you so that your experience is a memorable one - *Travelers Digest toured with this company & was fortunate to have explored an ice cave, which was quite bizarre, as it was next to a volcano. Any tour with these special people is highly recommend! View Our Photo Page for Reykjahlid Excursions!

Amsterdam, Holland

  • Amsterdam Choice - Amsterdam Choice gives you unrivalled value for money. Now you can have your own short term apartment in the heart of Amsterdam with an abundance of facilities for less than the price of a decent hotel room. The apartment sleeps four in great comfort and additional beds can be added if required. Our rate is 100 Euro per night for single occupancy, 140 Euro per night for double occupancy, plus 45 Euro per night for each additional person - Travelers Digest Choice!

Vilnius, Lithuania

Read Travelers Digest 2006 Review of Lithuania!)

  • Vilnius-Rent - Apartments for short and long term rentals. If you plan to visit Vilnius just for several days, weeks or even months, we can offer you different apartments in the old town and city center for rent. From with studios if you're on a budget, to luxury two and three bedrooms apartments if you like to indulge yourself - Read Travelers Digest 2006 Review of Lithuania!


  • *Le Méridien Villon Resort & Convention Centre - The perfect choice for business or leisure travellers, located 20 minutes' drive from the city centre, in picturesque natural surroundings and with its own health spa and fitness centre, spacious guest bedrooms and impeccable service. The hotel is the leading conference, incentive and leisure resort in the Baltic States. Direct flights are available within two hours from London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan and within one hour from Warsaw, Moscow, Copenhagen and Stockholm - Travelers Digest 2006 Review(updated April. 2008)

Riga, Latvia

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  • *Hotel Bergs Offers 38 individually designed apartments and suites. Room descriptions and rates, dining and entertainment, conference facilities and online reservations - Travelers Digest Choice Hotel!
  • Hotel Valdemars - Welcome to Hotel Valdemars, a modern hotel in a historical building, right in the center of the vibrating city of Riga. Valdemars is a completely renovated family owned hotel within the beautiful shell of the 1901 Art Nouveau building - Our crew spent 2 weeks enjoying their large family suites and fine restaurant dining. *Travelers Digest 2008 highly referred Affiliate Hotel.

Warsaw, Poland

  • *Le Royal Méridien Bristol - The hotel combines 19th century ambience and charm with 21st century luxury and technology. It was built in 1899 and owned by famous Polish composer and Prime Minister Ignacy Paderewski. Located in the heart of the capital, Le Royal Méridien Bristol was Warsaw's leading hotel for business and leisure travellers and the meeting place for high society and international dignitaries for over a century - Travelers Digest spent 8 pampered days in this memorable hotel and highly refer it to our readers! Book this hotel on Travelers Digest and save $$ (updated April. 2008)

Read the Travelers Digest Review of Torun, Poland!

Auschwitz, Poland. (the locale of Hitler's main death camp in WW 11.

  • *Hotel Aros - The new AROS hotel in Tychy is a fully air-conditioned object offering high international standards of comfort and style - Travelers Digest Choice!

 Hong Kong, China

Read our Review of Hong Kong! (updated March 2008) Myself and Dakota have spent 2 years living in and out of this remarkable 21st century city and never had a bad day or experience. 

Read our Advisory for The Charms Hotel, Shanghai, China; Sept 26, 2008


Travelers Digest 2007 Review of Chiang Mai! (updated March 2008)


Read our 2007 Cambodia Review! (updated April. 2008)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • *Aspara Angkor Hotel - Build in the styles of Khmer, colonial architecture and decorated like the home of Khmers. Offers a unique charm of bygone Angkor era with the conveniences of today's livings that has all the comforts of home a way from home. Conveniently located on the way to International airport of 10 minutes drive from it, 5 minutes drive to Siem Reap downtown and 15 minutes to historic Angkorian complex - Travelers Digest Choice! Read our Cambodia Review! We enjoyed this fine hotel so much we actually revisited and spent another week in late 2007.

    Read our Sept. 2007 Angkor Wat Review!


Laos 2007 Travelers Digest Review

Hanoi, Vietnam

  • *Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel - Centrally located in Hanoi's French Quarter, the Hilton Hanoi Opera hotel is a stone's throw from Hanoi attractions and businesses - Travelers Digest Choice Hotel!

Halong Bay, Vietnam

  • *Ha Long Plaza Hotel - Our services and facilities will make you feel at home while relaxing or conducting business. The crew of Travelers Digest stayed at this fine resort in Feb. 07 and enjoyed our stay immensely - A Travelers Digest Choice!  (updated April. 2008)

Ho Chi  Minh City (formerly Saigon), Vietnam

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Beijing, China

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Guangzhou, China

Read Our; March 2008; Guangzhou, China Review

Shanghai, China

Read our Sept 26, 2008 Advisory for The Charms Hotel, Shanghai, China;

Osaka Japan

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Tokyo Japan

Tokyo Tourism Info

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Nepal Reviews

Read Our; April 2008; Katmandu, Nepal Review

Katmandu Tourism Info

Also Read Our May 2008; Pokhara, Nepal Review

Pokhara, Nepal Tourism Info. Myself and an associate crew member spent 3 entire months touring in the unforgettable Nepal. It is most assuredly "A Country that Time Forgot." I have never felt more mesmerized than when in Nepal.

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