Perfect Weekend Getaway to South Lake Tahoe

One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Tahoe. For a perfect weekend getaway, I traveled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to always scenic, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The deep blue lake has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet or 1,897 meters. It has over 70 miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Lake Tahoe area is well known for world class skiing and snowboarding. In addition, enjoy countless hiking trails and water activities.

To get the most out of your perfect weekend getaway, be sure to plan ahead. Decide what you want to do and make your reservations. Lake Tahoe is popular all year with countless things to do. Glaciers contributed to carving out the bowl shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake. and Fallen Leaf Lake. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy the best nature offers and take in the stunning views, everywhere you look.

Emerald Bay State Park Lookout

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

A breathtaking view of alpine Lake Tahoe and majestic Emerald Bay. The views are picturesque and unbelievable. Then take the trail down to the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. There are numerous small waterfalls along the way. I feel it provide the best lookout around Lake Tahoe area. Due to its popularity, parking can be scarce so be prepared.

Hotel Azure

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

We stayed at the Hotel Azure, a 99-room property that is located across the road from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe. You are just a short five-minute drive from the famous Tahoe hotels and casinos, plus Heavenly Mountain Resort. All rooms at this boutique hotel are non-smoking and include balconies and many offer views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and offer microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. In addition, the larger suites feature full kitchens that comes with an oven, dishwasher and full-sized refrigerator.

Guests will enjoy complimentary wireless internet and cable programming for great TV watching entertainment. You can utilize their fitness facilities and have fun in the game room, plus receive complimentary parking. The hotel staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The heated pool and 20-person hot tub can be enjoyed year-round. Relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Staying at Hotel Azure is perfect for both family vacations and those wanting to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Enjoy year-end events at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. In the South Shore Room, concerts, shows, comedians and singers deliver top-notch entertainment value. During our stay, we were able to attend the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular show. It is an amazing, multi-media laser and light show that features the original master recordings of the iconic band – Pink Floyd. During the first half of the show, attendees listen to music from the Dark Side of the Moon and view the laser shows through 3-D glasses. During the second half, we put on prism glasses and rocked out to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It was a fun night of great music.

Sprouts Cafe

Sprouts Cafe Lake Tahoe

If you want to dine and be treated to delicious tasting, healthy food, then head to Sprouts Cafe. The friendly staff offers great service and serves outstanding meals. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, smoothies, juices, bagel and more! There is a variety of veggie and meat options. Their delish sandwiches include avocado, sprouts and carrots. Patrons can dine inside or enjoy the Tahoe area views from their great outdoor patio, along with relaxing music! The cafe is open 7 days a week and provides both dine-in and takeout service.

The Shops at Heavenly Village

Shops at Heavenly Village - Lake Tahoe

For the best shopping in South Lake Tahoe, visit the Shops at Heavenly Village. It is located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola and close walking distance to the major Tahoe hotels and casinos. You can stroll leisurely along cobblestone sidewalks and check-out over 40 shops and restaurants. You can shop for outdoor clothing, gear and accessories, resort wear, kids wear, toys, souvenirs, art, gifts and more! During the warmer months, there is miniature golf and during winter try the large ice skating rink.

Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante - Lake Tahoe

To cap off our perfect weekend getaway, we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food is very delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive. After our tasty appetizers, my wife had the “Fresh Salmon Scaloppine” and I chose the “Veal – Scaloppine Cut“. Both tasted great and cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the Hot Fudge Brownie – raspberry purée and vanilla ice cream and Tiramisu with espresso cream sauce. Both so delish! The next time we are back in Lake Tahoe, we will definitely return for another enjoyable dinner.

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12 New All-Inclusive Beach Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

The popularity of all-inclusive beach resorts amongst travelers continue to rise. The appeal of all-inclusive beach resorts is obvious. Typically the resort or hotel includes the room, all meals and snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and even some on-sight or local activities.

So by paying a set price, vacationers get just about everything included in your visit. Travelers are most often excited about getting all their meals and drinks included in the overall price. It’s piece of mind and minimizes the surprise of spending more than they budgeted for their dream vacation.

The Caribbean and Mexico continue to be two of the top luxury travel destinations in the world. With warm weather, white sand beaches and rich culture, the Caribbean and Mexico will provide a memorable travel experience. To help you plan your next luxury vacation, we want to share 12 new All-inclusive Beach Resorts to choose from.

All-inclusive Beach Resorts

Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This no-kids resort offers a sophisticated and modern setting. Head to the Feel Harmony Spa for therapeutic specialty treatments. Once there, join a spin class at the fitness center or go for a dip at one of the hotel’s seven pools. Opened February 2021.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The highlight of Nickelodeon’s first resort in Mexico is Aqua Nick. This six-acre water park features a lazy river, a faster-paced adventure river and over 20 water slides. Hence, guests will also enjoy “gourmet inclusive” experiences at six restaurants and three bars. Opened July 2021.

Hotel Xcaret Arte (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico — The luxury resort features 900 suites, seven restaurants and multiple pools. Also, this kids-free retreat pays tribute to great Mexican artists. Guests are encouraged to explore and engage in Mexican culture through activities. For example, weaving workshop, dance classes and cooking lessons. Plus, the resort offers the “All-Fun Inclusive” experience, where the upfront price includes unlimited access to the seven nature parks of Grupo Xcaret. Opened July 2021.

Dreams Bahia Mita Surf and Secrets Bahia Mita Surf (5 stars), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
These sister resorts are set on the beaches of Banderas Bay and surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains. Family-friendly Dreams offers five swimming pools, water slides and theme parties. Secrets is a no-kids haven, pampering guests with 24-hour room service, pool and beach wait service and elegant all-suite accommodations. It features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a luxury cenote-inspired spa. Opened August 2021.

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, this property offers nine pools, an oceanfront water park and a two-story spa. Participate in a wine tasting and dance to live music. In addition, indulge in delicious meals and drinks at the 17 restaurants and bars on site. Opened September 2021.

Hilton Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
12 restaurants, three bars, two infinity pools and a kids’ pool area and water park are highlights of this hotel. Sip a cool beverage poolside, take a yoga class or indulge in sweet treats at the Ice Cream and Churros Shop. Lastly, it is scheduled to open November 2021.

Secrets Impression Moxche Playa Del Carmen (5 stars), Mexico
This no-kids retreat offers activities like snorkeling, archery, tennis and dance and cocktail-making classes. For example, enjoy 24-hour concierge and room service, seven heated pools and three man-made cenotes. For example, Preferred Club guests have exclusive access to a rooftop pool. Scheduled to open February 2022.

Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This resort features 228 suites and 40 villas, including swim-up accommodations and rooms with private pools. At the heart of the resort is Gourmet Village, home to multiple performance venues, restaurants and bars. Also, relax at the swimming pool, grab a drink at Land Shark Brewery, join a pickle ball tournament or enjoy yoga on the beach. Scheduled to open November 2021.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera (5 stars), Mexico
All of the accommodations at this 444-room, no-kids hotel feature walk-in rainfall showers and private balconies or terraces overlooking the Pacific coast. Thus, relax at one of two infinity pools, grab a drink at a cocktail bar or enjoy the oceanfront Eforea Spa. Also, the resort also boasts 26,000 square feet of event space. Opened August 2021.

Breathless Cancun Soul (5 stars), Mexico
Two rooftop infinity pools, swim-up bars and a variety of trendy dining venues amid a kids-free setting are top draws of this property. Therefore, enjoy high-energy events and themed parties hosted by live DJs. Continuing, take in a tequila tasting or participate in water sports like windsurfing and sailing. Scheduled to open December 2021.

Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos (5 stars), Mexico
This intimate boutique hotel has just 60 rooms. All boast ocean views and private terraces. Next, guests can sign up for a complimentary wellness or fitness consultation or enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. In addition, join a yoga session or take a culinary class. Scheduled to open December 2021.

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Photo: Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana

Artist Christo Wraps the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The amazing art display titled “Wrapped” is now available to view in Paris, France. Famous artist Christo had the vision to complete the mega pop-up art installation over the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The final art display was completed by his team, due to Christo’s death last year.

“Wrapped” is a a temporary art work that will be on display starting today, Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The art exhibit was initially planned for last year. But due the COVID-19, it’s debut is a year later. The Arch of Triumph is carefully wrapped in over 269,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric. In addition, the exhibit uses almost 23,000 feet of bright red rope.

What most people don’t realize, is that Christo’s vision for wrapping actually began decades ago. In 1961, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude. Soon after, plans began with Christo making his first sketches and photo-montages in 1962 and 1963. In addition, Christo lives near the Arc de Triomphe, so it provides him a daily inspiration.

The impressive monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, from orders by Napoleon and inaugurated in 1836. The inauguration is based on the sixth anniversary of the Three Glories—Les Trois Glorieuses. The might arch is 50 meters high and 45 meters in width. In addition, it is 22 meters deep. For years, the monument was the largest triumphal arch in the world. The Paris monument’s design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

Arc de Triomphe art exbibit by artist Christo

Visitors to Paris will be happy to know is the Arc de Triomphe will remain open to the public all during the wrap exhibit. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is know all around the world and is located on the famous Champs-Élysées. The famous monument pays tribute to people who both fought and died for France, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Hence, visitors, can view names of all French victories and generals inscribed on the monument’s inner and outer surfaces.

The Eternal Flame is found in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s good to hear that the flame will continue to burn throughout Christo’s art exhibit. Beneath the arch’s vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from World War I.

Sadly, Christo did die on May 31, 2020. He is well known for his large-scale, environmental installations created around the world. Yet, his great project was approved last year by the National Monuments Center. The organization manages the famous Arc de Triomphe plus almost 100 other national monuments across France.

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Photo: Atout France

Explore Ecuador by Sea on the 128-Foot Private Yacht – M/S Wayra

Starting this month, Kontiki Expeditions introduces a safe and distinctive vacation alternative for exploring Ecuador by sea. The M/S Wayra is an amazing 128-foot private, luxury yacht. This luxury yacht will set forth on an exploration of the seldom-visited Ecuadorian coast. Thus, allowing for a rich cultural adventure and exclusive voyage. In addition, the voyage will adhere to a “neo luxury philosophy” of sustainability and giving back to communities visited.

The new M/S Wayra yacht is available for charter for up to 18 guests. There are nine luxurious staterooms. Plus, find a wealth of onboard amenities to enjoy during your excursion at sea. Kontiki Expeditions is proud to the first water-based member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Kontiki Expeditions are truly pioneers in conscious luxury travel. Therefore, they offer immersive and sustainable small-yacht expeditions. Enjoy a luxury vacation by sailing the untouristed Ecuadorian coast. The luxurious nine-stateroom Kontiki yachts introduce a maximum of 18 guests to fully enjoy the richesse of both the land and sea.

Guests can expect personalized service throughout the voyage. From a handcrafted cocktail to a bespoke excursion. Then to the final turndown at the end of a memorable day. Hence, a personalized itinerary allows for new experiences to meet guests’ interests in wellness, relaxation, gastronomy, adventure and more.

The M/S Wayra on-board crew includes a local chef, naturalist and wellness experts. Take the time to try these multi-stop itineraries. For example, snorkeling, hiking and meetings with locals. Also, experience in-depth cultural explorations, wellness activities and gastronomy.

Seven Reasons to Charter the Private Kontiki M/S Wayra Luxury Yahct:

1) Experience the freedom of an uncrowded, customized vacation. Leave the crowds and travel with your own “bubble” in your own private setting. An itinerary customized around your personal interests leads to new discoveries and lasting memories, all created “your way.”

2) Experience the pampering of a dedicated crew. The nearly 1:1 crew: guest ratio, combined with Kontiki’s intimate yacht atmosphere, ensures a high level of care and attention. They unpack your luggage and  keep your stateroom immaculate. In addition, they cook gourmet meals to your taste, and customizing the holiday experience down to the tiniest detail. As a result, it is all part of the personalized, luxury yacht charter experience.

3) Safety and attention are paramount on a private yacht. Your  your every concern is attended to. Health precautions are paramount for Kontiki Expeditions. The small group size allows for advance counsel and adherence to health protocols before boarding, on land and at sea. The Safe Travels accreditation by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) has been achieved for all sailings.

4) Size makes a difference. Inaccessible to larger ships, Kontiki Expeditions docks in remote ports. Here, locals invite you to share their rich culture, cuisine and indigenous flora and fauna. Island and inland areas are yours to explore. Discover blue-footed boobies and howler monkeys. Also, view silver rays, cuzumbos and hummingbirds abound.

5) Adherence to sustainability is a guarantee when size is controlled. Smaller vessels eliminate over-tourism. Thus, this allows navigation without disruption to the sensitive Ecuadorian waters and ecosystems. Environmental protection guidelines are strictly followed on Kontiki’s small yacht. In addition, they give back to the communities visited, as a priority.

6) Immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture. Under the tutelage of your own crew and guides, enjoy the pace that you determine.

7) Importantly, privacy, luxury and safety ensure a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Lastly, it is the ultimate goal of a memorable vacation or holiday.

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St. Barths Gourmet Festival – Foodies Rejoice!

Make your plans to visit tropical St. Barths in November. The popular St. Barths Gourmet Festival is an experience every foodie should have on their personal bucket list. Enjoy a delectable display of culinary prowess by Michelin-rated French chefs. Plus, experience a weeklong dive into the highly curated barrels of the world’s best rums. St. Barths has much to offer curious taste buds.

St. Barths Gourmet Festival is back to remind us why this French isle is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Since 2014, the St. Barths Gourmet Festival has highlighted the best of the best in French cooking. Top chefs fly in for four nights of multi-course tasting menu dinners. Next, these chefs each team up with local chefs and work in the kitchen of St. Barths’ top restaurants.

The patron chef this year is highly respected Pierre Gagnaire. He has been awarded three Michelin stars for 20 consecutive years. Hence, it is no wonder he was elected “the best-starred chef in the world” by his peers. As a result, Gagnaire has invited a “Dream Team” of chefs to St. Barths for the event.

Meet the Chefs

The invited chefs flying in to participate in the St. Barths Gourmet Festival event, represent the best of the best in the world of fine French dining. For example, several run the most revered restaurants in France. Plus are proud owners of multiple Michelin stars. Here is the list:

Pierre Gagnaire – Patron Chef and ambassador of the St. Barts Gourmet Festival and 3-Michelin star Chef at Pierre Gagnaire Paris
Eric Frechon – 3-Star Michelin Chef at Hotel Le Bristol Paris
Arnaud Lallement -3-Star Michelin Chef at L’Assiette Champenoise
Jean-Rémi Caillon – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Kintessence, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Sébastien Vauxion – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Sarkara Restaurant, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Dimitri Droisneau – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant La Villa Madie, Cassis
Nicolas Beaumann – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Maison Rostang
Marcel Ravin – 1-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Blue Bay, Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort, Monaco
Juan Arbelaez – Chef and Businessman, owner of 10 restaurants in Paris
Matthias Marc – Chef at restaurants Substance et Liquide
Jean Imbert – Chef at Hôtel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The Caribbean Rum Awards

The Caribbean Rum Awards has quickly become the Caribbean’s most exclusive celebration of rum. Each year, a team of judges from the Caribbean and around the world descends upon St. Barths. They judge a coveted selection of the Caribbean’s best rums. For example, try “Uber-Premium” categories of rum, such as Rhum agricole.

Now in its fourth year, this event gathers the most expensive rums on the market for an unparalleled competition. It is hosted in Gustavia, definitely the heart of St. Barths. The Caribbean Rum Awards packs a punch with nightly events ranging from tastings to workshops to exclusive gala events.

Reservations are required. Contact The Life of Luxury today. We can book all of your travel reservations for both the St. Barths Gourmet Festival and the Caribbean Rum Awards! Therefore, it reduces the hassle and stress, so you can enjoy yourself.

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Explore the Rich History and Historic Castles of Germany

Germany is blessed with countless, historic castles. Glucksburg Castle is a holiday home in a fairytale castle. Located in Germany, Glucksburg Castle is actually a moated castle. At times, a residence of the Danish royal family. In addition, it it is one of the most important Renaissance castles anywhere in northern Europe.

Upon seeing Glucksburg Castle for the first time, many visitors have the same first impression. It is a magnificent historical building, perfectly reflected in the water. Plus it is one of the most famous sights in Schleswig-Holstein. Holidaymakers can stay in apartments directly on the castle island in the former carriage house. Be welcomed by the surrounding lake, park and vast castle courtyard.

Glücksburg Castle, built between 1583 and 1587 belongs to the most significant complex of castles in Northern Europe. Under the Duke John the Younger (1545-1622), Castle Glucksburg is an architectural marvel and must be seen in person. In addition, the property is the ancestral home of of the Dukes of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg,

But, you don’t need to have noble blood glowing through your veins. Across Germany, there are a wide range of castle and palace accommodations in stay in. Anyone can dine and sleep in these historic dwellings, that were once the exclusive preserve of famous Knights, Princes and Kings. Visitors can choose between a youth hostel or even a luxury hotel.

Holiday home in a fairytale castle

There are numerous, historic castle hotels in the Saarland area. Each offers visitors a chance to get away from it all in a fairytale setting. One example is the amazing Berg Castle. Interestingly, it is now a five-star hotel nestled in a picturesque landscape of rolling vineyards.

Situated at the heart of the Saar-Hunsrück Nature Park, you will find the Baroque-style Münchweiler Castle. This castle has been owned by the same family for eight generations. It is now a hotel and café. The beautiful Ziegelberg Castle near Mettlach offers visitors a regal, holiday accommodation. Enjoy your stay in the heart of an ancient wooded park.

Historical accommodation by the Rhine and Elbe

A total of 35 historic castles and palaces in Germany offer budget youth hostel accommodations. Hence, they are ideal for children, young people, families and groups. For example, one of these historic castles is Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz. Is is situated high above the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle. As a result, visitors will enjoy impressive views over the city. In addition, explore this picturesque river landscape and its many hilltop castles on hiking trips or boat tours.

A river trip on the Elbe is the ideal start to a visit to Pillnitz Castle in Saxony. Steamboats are operated by Sächsische Dampfschifffahrt. Definitely, they are the most scenic way to arrive. Once leaving Dresden’s Old Town, the steamboat passes the historical Elbe castles of Albrechtsberg Palace, Lingnerschloss and Schloss Eckberg. Continuing, are the famous Loschwitz Bridge (the “Blue Wonder”). For a peaceful night’s rest, stay at the former summer residence of the Saxon Kings. Next, you will explore the extensive parklands around Pillnitz Castle. Plus, visitors can find exclusive holiday apartments in small, cozy buildings. Examples are the “Small Guard House” and the “Trumpeter’s House”.

Secret passageway to castle kitchens

Among Germany’s many historic castles is Wörlitz Castle in Saxony-Anhalt. This castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and regarded as the founding construction of German Classicism. In addition to the castle, the area includes the surrounding Wörlitz Park. Next, take guided tours and an opportunity to admire the very well preserved interior of the castle. It includes furniture and ceramics, as well as progressive features such as dumb waiters and concealed doors. Finally, the tour takes visitors through an underground passageway. Enjoy viewing the former kitchen building of the castle.

Nearby, visitors can also dine in regal style in Anholt Castle. It is one of the largest moated castles in all of the Münsterland region. Continuing, visitors will quickly notice the massive 12th-century tower. Now, Anholt Castle is a prestigious residential castle. Foodies will love a gourmet cuisine, accompanied by a view of the castle and park. Wasserpavillon restaurant is found in the middle of the palace pond.

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V-Health Passport Is a New Secure Health Passport by VST Enterprises

British cyber technology company VST Enterprises (VSTE) recently launched the world’s first public “FIT TO FLY” secure health passport. It is designed for air travel. The cross border platform called V-Health Passport™ can already be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Search for ‘VPassport’ or visit www.v-healthpassport.co.uk

V-Health Passport is the worlds first publicly available secure digital health passport that the public can download. Travelers can use it alongside any form of Covid 19 testing and vaccination that does NOT use unsecure bar codes and QR code technology. Hence, airlines and transport carriers can also download and use the system.

It comes at a time when security over the use of bar codes and QR codes in airline travel has come under intense scrutiny. This follows the cyber attack on the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot. The former PM had his Qantas airline boarding pass hacked. Details including his passport, mobile phone and messages between Qantas staff about him were intercepted. The wider threats of fake Covid 19 test certificates have also been prevalent. As a result, there is an alarming rise in the sales of fake Covid 19 certificates booming in Russia and the Middle East.

VST Enterprises is a Manchester based cyber security and technology firm. They are the first company in the world to have a fully functioning LIVE heath passport that can be used cross border and across all transport by air, land and sea.

The V-Health Passport™ is the worlds most secure health passport using next generation VCode® code scanning cyber security technology. Using the most advanced closed loop technology with end to end encryption, V-Health Passport™ has 2.2 Quintillion collision free combination codes. These decode based on geo location, time & date, device type and user login… meaning it cannot be hacked.

VSTE Enterprises CEO and inventor of the VCode technology and V-Health Passport™ Louis-James Davis said:
“We are the first technology company in the world to have developed a secure, multipurpose, cross corporate & cross government digital health passport that does not rely on using bar codes or QR codes as its authentication technology. Both bar codes and QR codes have huge potential security implications as they can be cloned and hacked with the latter being subject to a process called ‘Attagging’. Therefore any suggestion of using this type of technology in a health passport for air travel has very real security risks.

Not only is a citizen’s personal information at risk, but their Covid test status, vaccination records and also their credit card information. All of this can lead to the very real potential of a massive data breach and a persons personal information and data hacked and stolen. This is of particular concern when using a bar code or QR code technology designed for use to authenticate a persons Covid 19 testing and/or vaccinations records.”

It can provide airline passengers and airlines with a secure digital passport that validates the passenger’s identity, authenticates their Covid 19 test result and vaccination/immunization details in one secure app. The V-Health Passport™ also uniquely provides airline passengers and airlines with a contact tracing technology which uses anonymized data.

Unlike other health passports, V-Health Passport™ has been designed with a citizens privacy front and center. The technology does not track your live location and provides all data in a secure GDPR compliant framework giving citizens a unique ‘self sovereign identity’ style technology putting them in control of who, when and how they share their data.

With the alarming increase and black market trade in fake Covid 19 test certificates this also puts a very real threat and risk to passenger safety on airline carriers with the potential to infect and contaminate other passengers on what would be a Covid safe bubble onboard an aircraft.

It is well documented that bar codes and QR codes can be hacked so any airline who considers using a health passport for Covid 19 testing and vaccination using this method of authentication risks a serious potential breach of its passenger data. In 2018 British Airways was fined a record £20M for a data breach on 400,000 of its customers which affected their personal and credit card data.

Louis-James Davis went on to state that both bar codes and QR codes – which represent first and second generation technology – are unsecure and vulnerable to hacking.
“QR codes were originally developed as a scanning technology for close proximity car parts tracking, a world away from identity and banking use cases and now digital health passports. It was then used to skip the input of websites in marketing and promotional purposes. They were never designed with security or privacy in mind… they are simply not fit for purpose and should not be used at all in any form for delivery of sensitive information, travel or event tickets or health passport.

QR codes can be subject to a process called ‘Attagging’ or ‘cloning.’ The process of ‘Attagging’ is where a ‘genuine QR code’ is replaced by a ‘cloned QR code’ which then redirects the person scanning that code to a similar website where personal data can be intercepted and breached. The problem is that serious that in India alone there are over 1 BILLION fraudulent financial transactions each day using QR codes. As the scanning user journey is the same, it is only tech savvy individuals that may notice the domain name has changed.”

As reported by a recent Forbes Magazine investigation, it is predicted that over 11 Million households in the US alone will scan a QR code this year and the majority of them, some 71% of people who have interacted with a QR code will not know if it is the start of a malicious hack. It is envisaged that over 5.3 Billion QR codes will be redeemed this year making it one of the fastest growing tech scanning interactions and also posing one of the greatest cyber threats.

QR codes can be cloned and redirected to other information points or websites. Often criminals and hackers will exploit this by putting a fake QR code over a genuine QR code. So a QR code for example on scanning would link to the genuine website www.similardomain.com but a fake QR code can be made up printed off and placed over the genuine code to redirect to www.similar-domain.com at this point the member of the public is tricked into entering their personal information, private data and financial information. The rogue website looks and feels exactly like the genuine one and is made to mirror it precisely.

VCode® which is the ultra secure digital code which powers the V-Health Passport™ cannot be cloned. Even if it was printed off, or a photograph was taken and placed over a VCode® or V-Health Passport™ it simply wont scan as it works on a call and response system of information between the code and web platform to verify location of the code, user ID and time and date and much more.”

Louis-James Davis added:
“We developed and built the V-Health Passport and health wallet to be the most secure technology on the planet that you could use as a health passport where you could combine your test status, vaccination record, boarding pass, airline ticket, music or sports ticket all in one app. With V-Health Passport™ we wanted to provide functionality and greater mobility to allow citizens to return to work, be fit to fly or return to the sports stadiums. But at the heart of the technology was the ability to protect and respect data privacy of the individual.

The lack of engagement and interaction by the public with Government track and trace app/s over the pandemic was over privacy, security of data and the tracking of a persons live location. This is why we have built a unique system in the vein of ‘Self Sovereign ID’ with the ethics of privacy & security by design. The V-Health Passport™ puts the citizen in control in a way which they share information with who, when and where. “

V-Health Passport™ will help employers safely return their employees back to their offices, factories and warehouses. It will facilitate airlines to allow their passengers to be fit to fly and avoid the need for quarantine restrictions. At the same time it will ensure their airline ticket or boarding pass is secure and won’t be hacked.

A citizen will be able to share their health pass and confirm their Covid test status, or present their vaccination record. They will also be able to show their credit score, work permit or visa, scan their travel or event pass. At the heart of each interaction they will have peace of mind that their data and information is highly secure and ultimately, they control who sees what, who scans what, where and when.”

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Luxury Yasawa Island Resort & Spa in Fiji – 3 Night Buyout!

Now you can takeover the entire, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa in Fiji. Enjoy the ultimate “social distancing” with a 3 night buyout at this luxury resort in Fiji. For this reason, isolate in paradise as your friends and family can have the entire 7,000-Acre Island to yourself.

The luxury Yasawa Island Resort & Spa resort is located on a lush, 7,000-acre island with just a handful of small Fijian villagers as your neighbors. Enjoy 11 white sandy beaches, five-star dining, world-class diving, Fijian culture, plus a myriad of water sports. In addition, visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon caves. This location is where the Hollywood movie “Blue Lagoon” was filmed. It starred actress Brooke Shields. As a result, this unsurpassed vacation destination can be “exclusively yours.”

The Yasawa Island Resort & Spa in Fiji is tucked away in the lush Yasawa group of Islands off the coast of main Island of Viti Levu. This secluded, tropical haven boasts 18 authentically thatched luxury bungalows. Therefore, they are hidden among luscious tropical foliage. Hence, you will have the ultimate in privacy. To be sure, you will be only steps away from a pristine stretch of silky beachfront.

This luxury resort is found on one of the most remote and unspoiled islands in Fiji. For this reason, the tropical oasis attracts couples, singles, families and groups from all around the world. For example, celebrate a milestone birthday, special anniversary or seeking to recharge and relax with family and friends. Therefore, look no further than the idyllic Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji. Plus, it’s an amazing place and unsurpassed sanctuary for sun and fun.

Guests at this exclusive retreat in a tropical paradise will be treated to:

– Arrival flower lei, chilled towel, fresh fruit & welcome coconut drink upon arrival
– Accommodation in 18 Beachfront Bures
– All gourmet meals and snacks for up to 38 guests
– Non-alcoholic beverages
– Beachside seafood dinner
– Complimentary beach cocktail party featuring house red, white and sparkling wine, Fiji rum punch
– Private picnics on your choice of 11 white sand beaches
– All resort activities: snorkeling, sea kayaking, SUP, sailing, tennis, nature walks and more
– Resort excursions: boat snorkel trips, visits to the world- famous Blue Lagoon Caves
– Nightly entertainment and cultural activities
– A traditional Fijian Meke performance and Lovo Night and choir performance

Yasawa Island Resort & Spa

Foodies will simply love the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa. This all-inclusive resort boasts contemporary cuisine serving meals each day. For example, choose to dine at the new al fresco main dining complex with 180-degree view of the ocean, beachside, at the horizon pool or in the privacy of your very own beach hut. Importantly, the chef places an emphasis on “fresh” whether it is from the garden or ocean. In addition, the poolside Manasa’s Bar named after a long-time resort employee, serves signature cocktails from dawn to dusk.

If you desire a break from the craziness in the world, relax and enjoy life. A favorite pastime of many guests is a complimentary picnic on one of 11 white sandy beaches. Plus, visit Bukama Village where travelers can meet the chief and partake in a kava ceremony (the ceremonial drink of Fiji). Afterwards, enjoy the island’s culture by hearing the school choir sing. Lastly, partake in a lovo feast or witness a meke performance (the ceremonial dance of Fiji).

Outdoor enthusiasts will be treated to a variety of activities on land and at sea. Complimentary resort activities provide something for everyone. For example, guests can enjoy swimming in the crystal waters of the famous Sawa-I-Lau Caves or snorkeling among vivid corals and tropical fish. There is sea kayaking, boating on a catamaran and stand up paddle boarding and windsurfing. Back on shore, they enjoy tennis, volleyball, hiking and even rugby matches. Hence, the outdoor activities at Yasawa Island Resort & Spa in Fiji are endless.

So what is price for a 3 night stay in paradise? Overall, it is $14,000/night for a minimum three-night stay. The complete, Luxury Yasawa Island Resort & Spa buyout is valid for travel through March 31, 2022. So make your plans today.

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5 Popular All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica

Are you ready to start traveling again? You are not alone. Everyone seems to be. We wanted to share 5 Popular All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica to consider for your next, luxury travel destination.

2020 has been a crazy year, but help is on the way. Luckily, COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. As a result, vaccination rates will increase dramatically in the coming months. Operation Warp Speed is the U.S. government’s expedited search for development and delivery of a vaccine. The department’s Chief Science Advisor states that every American who wants a vaccine will be able to get one by June of 2021.

The vaccine rollout marks the turning point in the battle against COVID-19. Hence, the global travel industry is finally on a path to reopen once again. That reopening will take months to play out and will likely occur on a country-by-country basis.

Some tropical destinations that temporarily banned international visitors have already reopened. These countries are currently welcoming tourists. Mexico has a large number of top-selling all-inclusive destinations. They are now open.  In addition, tropical Costa Rica joins that coveted list.

We have highlighted five popular all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica that are open now. This incredible, Central American country is a haven for travelers who love nature and outdoor adventure. Interestingly, roughly a quarter of its territory is preserved as national parks or conservation areas. For example, see hummingbirds hover at hibiscus flowers and  howler monkeys bellow from the treetops. Plus, iguanas may lounge in the sun, not too far from your poolside chair.

Costa Rica - Arenal volcano

The All-Inclusive Resorts in Costa Rica listed below are in the northwest Pacific coast province of Guanacaste. Consider that upfront resort rate includes – meals, snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. In addition, entertainment and non-motorized water sports are also included.

Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica — This 5-star tropical retreat offers four swimming pools, a swim-up bar, gym, tennis, windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling. Other perks include 24-hour room service and an in-room beverage station. Also, the on-site dining scene includes specialty restaurants that focus on Italian, Japanese and other cuisines.

Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica — Lodging options include swimout suites with access to a river-like pool that winds through the 5-star property. The Explorer’s Club for ages 3 to 12 provides supervised activities, including a weekly beach campout. While Core Zone for ages 13 to 17 hosts bonfires and dance mixers. In addition, offsite excursions like ziplining and whitewater rafting can be arranged.

Planet Hollywood Costa Rica — As part of its “PHit” philosophy, this 4.5-star resort offers an extensive menu of fitness class and activities. Included are sunrise and sunset yoga, TRX training and kickboxing to boot camps, ab workouts and a beach obstacle course. In addition, restaurants include the So Cal Gourmet Food Emporium. They dish up Korean fusion delights, tacos and more.

Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica — Escape to this 5-star getaway for a no-kids vacation. There, you can book an evening “moon and stars” spa treatment, play tennis or snorkel. Plus, join a cooking or yoga class. In addition, dining options include the light and healthy cuisine of Aqua, Italian-inspired Portofino and more. Some suites have private plunge pools with views of Culebra Bay.

Hotel Riu Guanacaste — Between deep-green hills and the beach, is the 5-star Hotel Riu Guanacaste. This luxury resort has multiple dining venues and bars, a spa and a fitness center. For extra pampering, choose a Jacuzzi suite with an ocean-view hot tub on the terrace. Plus, the beautiful Guanacaste province has several national preserves. As a result, Riu’s helpful staff can book an excursion to Rincon de la Vieja, home to hot springs, sloths and spider monkeys.

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Welcome to the Czech Republic – Incredible Culture and Stunning Beauty

The Coronavirus has literally shut down the world. People in most countries are impacted by this virus. Czech Republic has also been impacted, but awaits for visitors to return again very soon.

It’s a sad time, but our hearts are with the world right now. We understand the importance of staying home and staying safe. We hope you enjoy some of the beautiful sights of the Czech Republic. We will all be traveling again. No worries. In the meantime, we are sending wishes of health and hope to all of you and your loved ones.

The Czech Republic is an amazing travel destination. There is so much to see and do. This former Eastern Bloc country has a lot to offer. Whether you want a simple, relaxing vacation or a luxury VIP experience, the Czech Republic has it all.

Highlights of the Czech Republic

Enjoy the bustling city streets of Prague or kayaking and visiting the castles in Český Krumlov. Next, observe the natural beauty of the Moravian Karst Punkva caves. Plus, stroll through the expansive elegance of the Lednice Chateau and gardens. In addition, indulge in the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary. Take to the outdoors and hike the hills of Hřensko, Bohemian Switzerland. Lastly, relive history by following the Royal Route through historic city of Prague.


Start planning your future trip with the goal of exploring the Czech Republic’s UNESCO sights. These include the gardens of Kroměříž and the Olomouc Astronomical Clock. In addition, see the pastel facades on the streets of Telč. Also, you can take a virtual tour of Brno’s famed architectural example of modern architecture. Plan ahead as it’s normally booked out several months in advance.

St Vitus Cathedral - Prague, Czech Republic

Monuments and Museums

The Prague Castle website is open for virtual tours including garden strolls and a crowd-free look at the golden glow inside St. Vitus Cathedral. Check out the 360-degree views from the top of both Charles Bridge Towers (Old Town and Lesser Town), see the bright colors and arched ceilings of the Ctěnice Chateau, and step inside the unassuming Podskalí Custom House at Výtoň.

Arts and Culture

Be sure to enjoy the legends of Czech Opera. This country is known for stunning plays and musical experiences. For example, see “Rusalka” by Antonin Dvořák, “The Bartered Bride” by Bedřich Smetana and “Jenůfa” by Leoš Janáček.

Wanderlust in Words

The Czech Republic has inspired numerous authors over the centuries. Examples are – Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, and Umberto Eco just to name a few. Dive into this collection of literary books to satisfy your love of stories. Now you can see the Czech Republic through vivid prose and imagination.

Does That Backdrop Look Familiar?

Hollywood location scouts and film crews love using the beauty of the Czech Republic as the backdrop. Think Prague (and Liberec) in Spiderman: Far From Home and the whimsical hills of North Bohemia in Amazon’s Carnival Row. In addition, the Czech capital stands in for historical France in Season 2 of Outlander. It’s time to bring a little bit of the Czech Republic into your life. Also, there are numerous other films and series shot on location across this great country.

The Flavors of Czech Easter

Since today is Easter, we want to bring a little piece of Czech Easter into your home, while you are practicing “Social Distancing.” There are many traditions that surround the Easter holiday in the Czech Republic. Some may be familiar, such as decorating colorful eggs> A few may seem unusual, including willow-tree whips. But this religious holiday is also filled with bright colors, aromas, and festive flavors..

Until you can begin to travel, keep the Czech Republic on your Bucket List. Wishing you all a Veselé Velikonoce – “Happy Easter”!

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Gorgeous Baros Maldives Resort Reopening is Near

The luxurious Baros Maldives had closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like many luxury resorts around the world, the Baros Maldives has worked hard to reopen. Customer safety is the top priority. The resort announced it will reopen its doors to travelers beginning on October 1, 2020.

In preparation for welcoming guests back to the island, Baros Maldives resort management has made significant upgrades to the health and sanitation protocols. As a result, these steps will ensure a safe and enjoyable vacation. In addition, the resort is offering unique experiences, enticing deals and a tribute to frontline workers across the globe.

Guests booking a stay between October and November 2020 will receive to a special rate starting at $502 (plus taxes and fees). This amazing price is for a Deluxe Villa, which will include breakfast for two. In addition, they will be invited to enjoy some special treats. Thus, to make sure their holiday is filled with spellbinding experiences and blissful moments to remember.

For Body and Mind

Guests will receive an exclusive Champagne Breakfast in the sanctuary of their private villa. At the same time, listen to the soothing sound of the waves and warm breeze from the ocean complete the scene. Thus, creating a truly beautiful memory of an extraordinary culinary experience. This enchanting start to the day on the tropical island of Baros will help soothe the cares of the uncertain times of the last few months.

As beautiful and bountiful are the natural surroundings of Baros, the more it means to give back. The goal is to help maintain and support the incredible underwater world. To help, Baros will sponsor a Coral Frame as part of the Coral Reef Rehabilitation Program in the name of every guest staying between October and November 2020. The resort program will be placed in the translucent lagoon ringing the resort. Hence, resort guests will receive regular updates on the progress of their Coral Frame. In addition guests will be able to get to know the inhabitants of their own little coral garden during subsequent visits.

Celebrating The Heroes

To celebrate the healthcare workers who continue to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic, Baros is offering extra benefits when booking a stay at the resort. Doctors and nurses will receive a complimentary couples massage at the island’s Serenity Spa. In addition, enjoy a private dinner for two on the beach a,nd champagne upon arrival. Plus choose a free scheduled excursion, with social distancing observed.

To commemorate the selfless dedication of health care workers, Baros is creating coral frames spelling out “THANK YOU, HEROES.” Therefore, these will be placed in the waters of the island’s lagoon so that the message of thanks will be permanent.

The Resort Manager of Baros, Ibrahim Shijah, states that “in spite of the unprecedented times the world has faced, Baros hopes to keep the positive consequences of the pandemic, of compassion, unity and kindness, remembered by this tribute.”

In order to receive these benefits, doctors and nurses must provide identification upon arrival at the resort.

Safety and Wellbeing

To ensure a safe and healthy environment, Baros has introduced extensive operational changes while preserving the blissful island ambience and seamless attention to detail and guests’ requirements that have made this award-winning resort a legend. The proximity to the International Airport in Male’ makes the holiday journey especially convenient for guests as they will reach the island by a short speedboat ride and will not be exposed to any congested areas once they have left the airport.

Baros will open its shores only to a limited number of guests so social distancing can be maintained effortlessly, as it is one of the smaller island resorts located in the Maldives.

Some of the new safety protocols at Baros Maldives Resort will include:

– Upon arrival to the Male airport, resort staff will escort guests straight to the private speedboat and will embark to Baros.

* Resort staff will provide hand sanitizer and will sanitize all luggage before entering the speedboat and the resort.
* All staff will take daily temperature checks and undergo daily contact tracing.
* Staff members will all be required to wear a face mask and gloves.
* Plus, staff will remain on the island unless they go on leave. Then they will need to undergo a two-week quarantine and provide a negative COVID-19 test before arriving back to the island.

– As one of the smaller resorts in the Maldives, Baros will have a limit the number of people on the island at any time.

* All villas will be completely disinfected prior to arrival, including air conditioning filters and private pools.
* Each villa will be vacant for 48 hours in between guest bookings.
* Check-in and check-out will be done in the guests’ villa with a designated Villa Host. Upon departure, guests will be provided a travel-size hand sanitizer and face masks.

* All common areas and restaurants will have automatic sanitation stations for guest use.
* All tables in restaurants will be arranged at a minimum of six feet apart in compliance with social distancing.
* In each restaurant and bar, guests will be allocated one server throughout the entire duration of the dining experience. This will limit exposure.
* In-villa dining will be available and only the designated Villa Host will be delivering food to and from the villa.
* The main pool and pool bar will be disinfected daily. All sun loungers and chairs will be arranged at least six feet apart.

* Resort activities and excursions will be available for private bookings. If travelers are with a group, these bookings will be limited to four or six. It will depend on the activity.
* All gym equipment and public areas will be disinfected every hour. Sanitation wipes will also be made available for guests after they use the equipment.
* Every spa treatment will take place in a private Serenity Spa Villa. All spa villas will be sanitized after each treatment. Finally, spa villas will be vacant for at least three hours in between treatments.

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