Category: Island and Beach

Bringing The Beach Home

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Do you love the way you feel when you’re at the beach? Close your eyes for a moment and picture the water, sky and sand. Can you feel the breeze coming off the ocean and smell the salt scented air? If you’re like me you don’t get to spend as much time there as you’d like. My solution to that is creating the same feeling in my home with beach and tropical themed decor.

There are many different ways of using beach decor. Whether you prefer muted, soothing colors or brighter, tropical ones the possibilities are endless. For any beach or tropical decor you want to begin with the correct color on the walls. This will be your backdrop for everything else you put in the room.

* Neutral Tones: The beach is made up of a wide variety of neutral colors. Think of the sand (in both sun and shade), the color of the seashells, sticks and rocks. These are the colors that work great for your walls. Any neutral shade from light beige to the lightest gray will lend the relaxed feel that you’re looking for.

* Blues and Greens: Of course, these are colors that we think of when we picture the beach. The water ranging in color from the palest blue to aquamarine to almost green. The sand dunes covered in variegated shades of green and tan. The always changing sky with its range of color from cobalt to the faintest of blues. Using any of these colors would lend to the open, calm feeling that you want to achieve in your beach decor. Use the lighter end of the spectrum on your walls and save the deeper, more intense colors for your accessories.

* White: From the clouds in the sky to the water of the breaking surf white is always present at the coast. White walls work great with any shade of blue or green and even help to accentuate your neutral accessories. White paired with various shades of blue is a classic coastal or nautical look. Or, to bring a bit of crispness to the room, you can paint the trim of your neutral walls white.

Another way to bring the beach feel into your decor is through window treatments. Use sheer curtains out of light fabric to give your room a breezy feel. Just like when you’re at the beach you want some movement at the windows when you open them to let in the fresh air. A neutral color or a light pattern on the fabric works best.

The color of your walls and window treatments will give you the perfect setting in which to create your beach themed ambience. The accessories, artwork, fabrics and accents you add will complete the look. Remember to stop, close your eyes and feel the beach when you are choosing these items. Now, kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy bringing the beach home!

Andaman island tour packages – Enjoy every moment of life

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Andaman is beautiful island and a beautiful travel destination. It is one of the seven union territories of India and most visited destination in India. Being a small group of islands, still it is unspoiled and unexplored. It is a heaven for honeymoon lovers as well as nature lovers. This island is famous due to beautiful beaches blue lagoons, exciting wildlife and fun-filled excursions. Andaman is also known to be the native place of many tribal groups. Not only from India, travelers come here from entire world to see the beauty of nature. Since this is a famous travel destination, various types of Andaman Island Tour Packages are offered by travel companies and travel agents. If you are looking for Andaman Tour Packages make sure that you are dealing with the best one. The beauty of Andaman can be explored through tour packages. These tour packages are offered throughout the year because the Season is favorable throughout the year. The main attractions during the tour to this island are Cellular Jail, Chatnam Saw Mill, Gandhi Park, Ross Island, Nicobar Island, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Forest Museum, Mini Zoo, Science Center, Samdudrika Fisheries museum and water sports complex. Marine park, jogger’s park and then on to Sagarika Emporium are also the places to visit. The Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park gives a marvelous view of coral reefs, deep-sea animals and mangrove forests. Along with these places and natural beauty, tourists can also enjoy here adventures; sports and water activities like island Camping, Trekking, Beach Tours, Scuba Diving Creek Safari and many more. The Andaman Island is also famous for having beautiful beaches Corbyn’s cove beach, Radhanagar beach, Elephant beach, Red Skin Island beach and Vijaynagar beach. These beaches are very beautiful for deep blue magnificent water serenity as well as calm environment. There are many tour packages offered by Andaman tour and travel agents are family packages, honeymoon tour packages, and packages for meeting and conferences. A good tour package includes hotel accommodation, breakfast and car and taxi rental services to visit all famous places during tour. Hence if you are going to book tour and travel package for Andaman visit then try to choose that package which give facilities of all these things and enjoy the travel. Each and every moment of Andaman Tourism is full with fun and adventures. White sandy beaches circled with coconut trees give a beautiful look to this island. Hence visit Andaman through various tour packages and explore beauty of this island.

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Melia Bali beach resort The Ultimate Balinese experience in Nusa Dua

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If you are looking for a Bali beach resort for your holiday on this tropical island you are very likely to stumble upon Nusa Dua. Nusa Dua has a beautiful clean beach with clear water that is wonderful to swim in.

The village is aimed at tourism only which means that along its beach there is a large choice of beach resorts. Most of them are international hotel chains that also own many other resorts all over the world such as the Hyatt, Westin, Club Med, Conrad etc.

All these resorts have incorporated the Balinese beauty throughout their resorts’ premises. Well kept tropical gardens are found along the paths leading to the rooms which often have Balinese styled furniture and decorations while amazing statues, paintings and artifacts are found in the lobby.

But if you want to be sure to experience a truly Balinese feeling throughout your stay in one of Nusa Duas international beach resorts then you should definitely consider Melia Bali. At this Bali beach resort you will feel the Balinese atmosphere as soon as you set foot into the lobby.

The first thing you will notice when you walk into the semi-open lobby is their ceiling. Looking up you can see ceiling paintings that pictures Balinese life. Crossing through the lobby you will find yourself in their amazing tropical garden.

Melia Bali has placed a lot of effort in creating the garden which covers 70% of its premises. Tall trees, bright colorful flowers, ponds, Balinese statues and coconut trees not only make the resort look attractive but it makes your walk from your room to other parts of the resort very pleasant.

The Melia Bali beach resort has a massive lagoon style pool from where the beach is accessible as well. Here you can relax on one of the many sun loungers or romantic gazebos.

Melia Bali has many different types of rooms so you will easily find one that is suitable for you. First of all you have the Lagoon access suite, superior room, deluxe room garden view, deluxe suite, family room and junior suite.

If you really want to pamper yourself, experience their exclusive service and enjoy a pool that is limited to specific guests only then there is the Level Lagoon Access Suite and their Private Villas.

Other great facilities at Melia Bali are their 9 restaurants and bars and their YHI Spa. Here you can relax and treat yourself to all kinds of massages. The spa has private rooms but if you want to experience a massage with the sound of nature around you then you can even enjoy a body treatment outside.

Melia Bali beach resort is ideally located near the Bali Collection, the main shopping center of Nusa Dua where you can find shops and restaurants. On top of that the Nusa Dua Golf club is also just around the corner.

Orcas Island Vineyards

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For the adults in your group, spending a leisurely day exploring the regional vineyards can not only be fun, it can be quite educational as well. There are several vineyards on as well as on nearby Lopez Island that offer visitors tours and tasting events. Two of our favorites are the San Juan Vineyards in Friday Harbor and the Lopez Island Vineyards located on nearby Lopez Island.

San Juan Vineyards

The are situated on approximately 30 acres of land which is locally owned by Yvonne Swanberg, Tim Judkins and his daughter Madison. The property includes open and wooded areas with nearly 7 acres of planted vineyard. Because of the cool climate on the islands in Puget Sound, only certain varieties of grapes will ripen and the vineyard grows Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe. The vineyard also features an acre of Pinot Noir.

The vineyards features the Vineyard Tasting Room which is open for tasting and wine sales from 11 am to 5 pm Fridays through Mondays during the summer. In addition, the Vineyard offers the new Piano and Wine Tasting Room which is open in downtown Friday harbor from 1 pm to 5 pm on Thursdays, 11 am to 5 pm on Fridays through Sundays, and 11 am to 3 pm on Mondays.

Lopez Island Vineyards

The are located in the Puget Sound Appellation, which is a federally designated grape growing area. The vineyard features 6 acres of grapes specially selected for the particular climate of the Puget Sound area. The vineyard also uses organic growing practices and is certified Organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture and has been since 1989.

The tasting room for the Lopez Island Vineyards is located in Lopez Village. During June, it is open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon until 5 pm. During July, August, and September the tasting room is open from noon until 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays. In addition, the vineyard offers special events like the upcoming Shakespeare in the Vineyard Garden event on July 7th and 8th, featuring a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

If you are looking for some wonderful scenery mixed in with some excellent wine during your Orcas Island vacation, check out the San Juan Vineyards and the Lopez Island Vineyards. Both vineyards offer excellent wines and entertainment for visitors in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Choosing Decorations for Your Beach Home

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A beach home just isn’t a beach home without the proper decorations to match. Using nautical decor for your beach home can add to its flair and authentic feel. However, when it comes to nautical decorations for your home you’ll find that it’s hard to find a good selection of items for your theme in most stores. However, with the help of the internet you can find many sites that cater to people interested in beach and nautical themed rooms and homes.

So how do you start decorating your beach home? First, choose a color palate that reflects the colors of the beach. Do you prefer the greens and blues of the water, or do you love the neutral tones of a sandy beach? Do you want a soothing, relaxing retreat, a crisp nautical look, or do you prefer the bright colors of the tropics? You need to establish the tone of your project first in order to create harmony with your decorations and accent pieces.

After you have the backdrop established enhance the beach theme by choosing furniture made from natural materials such as rattan, bamboo, teak, or classic driftwood. Beach homes typically use furnishings that are more relaxed and less formal. Add to the effect with nautically themed accent furniture like boat shaped bookcases or nautical dcor tables. Next add a selection of beach and nautical accents.

There are many options for wall dcor and nautical accent pieces that will be a perfect fit for your taste. Wonderful choices include a ships wheel, anchors, seabirds, nautical clocks, lighthouses, a globe, nautical mirrors, portholes, life rings, ships bells, signal flags, or a model sailboat. Even nautical instruments such as a compass, telescope or barometer can make interesting decorative items.

Choose a beautiful painting, photograph or print with a sailboat, lighthouse or beach theme. Display your favorite shells found while combing the beach. How about a picture frame or mirror decorated with shells? Just remember, there is such a thing as overkill when it comes to home decoration and it’s something you want to try to avoid with theme rooms.

Another important aspect of the nautically themed beach home is the lighting. The right lighting can create the ambience needed to complete the whole look of your beach home. An anchor lamp, lighthouse lamp, or gimbal lantern can be the perfect accent to any room, without going overboard.

Finally, add a finishing touch to your living room, family room or bedroom with textiles. Create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere with nautical themed accent pillows or a throw blanket. There are also many different nautical and beach themed shower curtains and bathroom accessory sets available.

Again, decide on a color scheme and mood to create harmony with your dcor, and then carefully select decorative items to fit your theme. Focus your attention on what you love about the beach and sea, and before long you’ll have a stunning beach home.

Trapped on Mystery Island A Merryll Manning Mystery Novel

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Police sergeant Merryll Manning is on vacation on an island in the Florida Keys for a Murder Mystery weekend. The plan is to solve the mystery and win a cash prize of $5,000.00. Easier said than done. Merry has his teenage-looking girlfriend Susan Ford along for the trip. Susan isn’t above using her sexuality to keep Merryll flustered and under her thumb.

Merryll Manning: Trapped On Mystery Island by John Howard Reid was published more than twenty years ago in Australia. The first installment of the twelve part Merryll Mysteries made its American debut in the spring of 2008.

The game players are an eclectic group including a priest, lawyer, novelist, as well as several actors who may or may not be playing parts in the game. Merryll begins mingling with the players as only he can. His abrasive, eccentric style quickly puts him at odds with several of the gamers. Merry continuously aggravates the priest with religious debates; while Susan’s sexy and spunky charms push and pull Merryll’s concentration from the game.

Soon the first victim of the game falls as Merryll has predicted. The others have a problem with a policeman’s unfair advantage in the game. Others believe Susan is under-age and doubt Manning is a cop at all.

When blood is found, Merryll traces it to a real murder victim. The horrific bloody murder scene has a profound affect on Merryll. Another gamer disappears during a smoke break. With no way to contact the mainland, to leave the island, or to inform the police, Merryll takes over the investigation.

Author John Howard Reid has an undeniable skill for keeping the reader guessing who-dun-it. Reid points the finger of guilt, through Merryll, at many of the characters. The reader keeps turning pages to see who Merryll will infuriate next with his accusations and taunts. Tension, mistrust, suspense, and a quick pace keep the reader captivated to the final page.

Don’t mistake this as another self-published vanity project. John Howard Reid is a talented, experienced writer with more than 70 books to his credit. His dialogue is brilliant in the back-and-forth banter between Merryll and the priest, and Merryll and the novelist. He paints scenes so well that you expect to see Merryll and his suspect burst into your living room.

Books three and four in the series are scheduled for release in 2010 with Merryll Manning: Beachfront Holiday set for release in June. Merryll Manning is a wonderful, old-fashioned style mystery series. Start here with Trapped on Mystery Island and you’ll be hooked. Highly Recommended.

Lulu.com (June 24, 2008) 978-1435720855

By William Potter for Reader’s Choice Reviews.

Booking Your Ideal Long Beach Tee Times

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With ten golf courses located within Long Beach city limits and dozens more throughout the LA metro area finding your ideal Long Beach golf tee times in no problem. Whether you live in Long Beach or are simply passing through on a trip for business or pleasure, you wont have to go far in order to enjoy a few rounds at one of the many Long Beach golf courses.

Tee Time Costs

What you wind up paying for Long Beach tee times depends a lot on two factors:

-the day of the week -the time of day

Additionally, these greens fees can vary a great deal between private country clubs and public Long Beach golf courses. Tee time schedules that start on weekday mornings when many people are stuck at the office tend to be the cheapest. Long Beach golf tee times on the weekends and in the evening are in highest demand, and naturally cost more.

Long Beach Tee Times: Public or Private?

Because they are funded and maintained by the municipal tax revenue, youre liable to get the best deal at these facilities when booking your Long Beach golf tee time. On the other hand, when you book Long Beach golf tee times at one of the private country clubs, youll probably find that such facilities offer additional amenities such as fine dining as well as swimming, tennis and even on-site pro shop.

Of course, these private facilities can be pricey, and as often as not you’ll need a sponsorship from a current member in good standing in order to get in.

Long Beach Tee Times at Municipal Courses

Book a tee time in Long Beach at one of the public courses and you’ll pay a lot less and you won’t be locked into a long-term commitment as you would at a private country club. It’s quite easy to book your desired Long Beach tee time at one of these fine municipal courses, particularly in the middle of the week. This makes them ideal for visitors who want to get in a few rounds during their stay.

Making The Choice

When it’s time to book a tee time in Long Beach, the decision then is largely based on whether or not you are a permanent resident, how often you plan to play and your budget. If you live in Long Beach and are among the lucky 2% of Americans these days who has the leisure and resources to spend every day on the greens, a private country club will serve you well.

Don’t forget that you can book Long Beach tee times online as well.

Different Types Of Fashionable Beach Accessories

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Beach accessories

Heading to beach is certainly on the basis of what a person is wearing than your swimsuit. The Beach accessories need to be functional and stylish. Regardless of what you wish to purchases, there are plenty of options.

Importance

Beach is a right place for summer vacations, but is best enjoyed with other beach accessories such as sarong or wraps, beach hats, blankets or towels, sunglasses, flip flops and beach bags.

Beach Sarong

The beach accessories are known as pareos or sarong and come in fabrics such as rayon or cotton and other sheer fabrics. They come in floral prints, designs and patterns in tie-dye styles, bold colors and some come in beach scenery or sunset making it appropriate beachwear.

Sunglasses and Sunscreen

Beach accessories include sunscreen and sunglasses. Your upper body can be protected using sarong as a shawl. Sunscreen is also very important beach accessory so that you avoid sunburn on your skin.

The sunscreen is coupled with sunglasses. The sun glare gives headache and it is best to prevent using sunglasses. There are plenty of cheap sunglasses, but investing in uv protection glasses helps in the long run. There are sunglasses for kids as well.

Beach Towels and Beach Blankets

Beach blankets and beach towels are used to dry, however there are oversized towels available in beautiful designs and colors. They are one of the best beach accessories that can be carried in a bag and can be used to spread on the beachside to relax.

Beach Hats

Beach hats also are an integral part of beach accessories and the right choice of beach hats are the one that has big shade covering your face as well.
Flip Flops and Sandals

Beach accessories include from head to feet and choosing flip flop or sandals offers the required comfort. However, avoid high heels or close shoes.

Beach Chairs

Beach chairs with a bit recline offers the required option to lie down. This can be done by putting a blanket or towel on the beach chair so that you can lounge throughout the day comfortably.

Beach Bags

Beach bags are the key accessory as it is the one that carries all other things. The bag should be big enough to stuff all your beach accessories including beach towel, sun tan lotion, sunglasses, beach wear, beach hats, beach chairs, flip flops and sandals.

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