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January 06, 2012

Range Rover Evoque Named 2012 International Truck of the Year

2012 Range Rover Evoque Wins 2012 International Car of the Year from Road & Travel Magazine

Range Rover Evoque Named 2012 International Truck of the Year

by Martha Hindes

Dwayne Duff said it best when he first got up close and personal with the 2012 Range Rover Evoque a few weeks ago. "Wow!" pretty much said it all. After examining the sweeping lines, the aggressive face, the black and red leather interior and handsome gauges, the Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan resident was well on the way to a decision. When he turns in his leased Cadillac SRX crossover next year, he'll be ready for Land Rover's dramatic new baby sport utility vehicle.

Duff's response to a first look at the Evoque in person, after scouring the internet for photos, wasn't unusual. As Road & Travel Magazine testers drove it around, we found it brought thumbs up gestures of approval, wide grins, women abandoning their shopping carts to get a closer look and even hoots of excitement. The Evoque isn't just another of those cookie cutter crossover vehicles. It's just smack down galvanizing.

Range Rover Evoque Named 2012 International Truck of the Year - Road & Travel MagazineIf fact the impact of this feisty newcomer is such an undeniable "gotcha" that a dozen ICOTY jurors found it so irresistible they named it Road & Travel Magazine's "International Truck of the Year" for 2012. And Kim McCullough, who is Brand Vice President of Land Rover, understands why people can't resist this all new small SUV that launches from Land Rover's traditional enthusiast base. "The breakthrough design and confident handling are undeniable and have led to a new generation of modern-day Land Rover enthusiasts," said McCullough, adding the coveted award is "a great way for the Land Rover brand to start off the New Year."

Courtney Caldwell, who founded the International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) that honor the passion, presence and emotional punch that new vehicles can bring couldn't agree more. As the awards' executive producer and Road & Travel Magazine Publisher, she knows how such an emotional connection can win an unmatched sense of loyalty from consumers that few products can claim. Full Story

June 21, 2011

Asia's Top 10 Sacred Sites

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Asia’s Top Ten Sacred Sites

Temples, Devotees and Rituals Enrich Travel to Asia

From the holy city of Varanasi in India, to the world’s largest Buddhist monument in predominantly Muslim Indonesia, to the Emerald Buddha in Thailand, this divine list of the top ten temples, shrines and places of worship portrays Asia’s most intriguing sacred sites:

1. TAKTSHANG MONASTERY (Bhutan) - Easily Bhutan’s most iconic temple and the country’s most sacred spot, Tigers Nest monastery clings dramatically to a cliff almost 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley floor.  

2. VARANASI (India) - It is said that this holy city for Hindus rests on the trident of Lord Shiva and a ritual cleansing in the holy waters of the Ganges at Varanasi absolves the believer of all sins, enabling a higher birth in the next life. Millions of Hindus make their way here annually and so do travelers from around the world.

3. SHWEDAGON PAGODA (Myanmar/Burma) - Sheathed in gold plates and topped by a 76-carat diamond, the great golden dome that rises 322 feet above its base in Yangon is Burma’s most sacred site, visited by Buddhist worshippers and monks daily. You can perform a clockwise walk around the complex that is believed to have been constructed over 2,500 years ago, praying at various stations, to complete a personal pilgrimage. 

4. DAMBULLA (Sri Lanka) - The most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples, Dambulla is a World Heritage site consisting of five caves with over 6,000 square feet of painted walls and ceilings, creating the largest continuous series of paintings in the world.

[Visit Ful List of All 10 Sacred Sites Here]

June 07, 2011

Top 10 Spas in US and Canada

Top Spa Destinations in U.S., Canada, and Caribbean by Cheapflights.com

Top 10 Spa Destinations in US, Canada & Caribbean

From tropical sanctuaries in the Bahamas to cliff side retreats in British Columbia, this Top 10 Spa Destinations list covers all the bases for a luxurious spa getaway - the perfect gift for you, your mom, your best friend or perhaps all of you.

One & Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas - This exotic resort and spa is reminiscent of a Caribbean plantation along the white sand beaches of Paradise Island. Its vibrant décor and plush gardens are sure to make anyone feel like Bahamian royalty. Daily yoga on the beach is complimentary to all guests, and other activities are available like tennis and seaside golf. The One & Only Spa offers luxurious treatments including ocean detox bathing rituals, coconut rub and milk wraps, and ocean view massages, all from private open-air villas.

Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida  - The beautiful beaches of Florida have their fair share of destination spas and resorts, but Ponte Vedra Inn and Club seems to stick out from the rest. This spa is the largest in North Florida and boasts more than 100 blissful services and treatments from therapy grottos to indulgent espresso wraps. When guests aren’t pampering themselves, they’re horseback riding, taking long bicycle rides and shopping in the charming village of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Discover more spas here.

May 30, 2011

How to Fly First Class For No More Than Coach

First class Fly first class for no more than coach? Not only is it possible, such fares are available all the time, says Unpublished Airfare Analyst Matthew Bennett. Bennett, also known as "Mr. Upgrade," has launched a web site that posts free and low-cost upgrade deals on dozens of domestic and international airlinesfirstclassflyer.com. "Since first and business class travelers represent less than 20 percent of the total airline passenger market, not much has been done to identify these little-known offers," said Mr. Upgrade. "Our job at firstclassflyer.com is to continually research all those elusive specials. They're available — if you know where to look. If there's a deal out there that will get our subscribers an upgrade, we'll find it."

First Class Flyer's paid subscription service will have you sitting pretty, knowing you booked the best seats and value for your money.

For more air travel advice, visit RTM's Airline Rules Section.

August 01, 2010

RTM Launches 14th Annual Sexy Car Buyer's Guide

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Hello faithful RTM Blog readers... we appreciate the support you've sent our way since the RTM blog has been up and running and we look forward to entertaining and educating you even further with the relaunch of the RTM website. It never went away. In fact, RTM has been up and running for 22 years; however due to the recession and subsequent shortage of staff, we were challenged with keeping up two blogs and publishing new articles and covers in the RTM website until now.

That said, effective August 1, 2010, RTM is back on track with the relaunch of its new home page design, which leads with its 14th Annual Sexy Car Buyer's Guide. We'll be publishing all new articles and home pages on the 1st and 15th of every month. A link to each new issue will be posted in this blog for easy access, and as a reminder that all new content has been posted  for your viewing pleasure. Starting in 2011, RTM will return to its weekly format.

Thank you for your support as RTM enters into the this new chapter of its third decade. Courtney Caldwell, RTM Editor-in-Chief.

September 17, 2009

Why Visit Europe this Winter? Here's 9 Reasons

EUROPE It’s no secret that winter in Europe is stunning, and the key to ensuring the most memorable experience is to let the best people plan your trip. Here are several reasons why you should jump out of  hibernation and head to Europe on a Contiki tour this winter, along with a few tour suggestions:

  1. Crowds - The summer crowds are gone.  Fewer tourists mean you will get to experience cities as the locals do.  No standing in long lines to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris, or the Roman Forum and Colosseum in Rome.
  2. Authentic Experiences - You can’t get more authentic than the Christmas markets, festivals and carnivals that take place all around Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
  3. Entertainment - Opera, theater, and symphony seasons are in full effect.
  4. Adventure - For winter sports enthusiasts, it is prime snow season! Contiki offers seven and 14 day vacation packages to Hopfgarten, Austria where you can ski, snowboard, ice skate or take a sleigh ride through the beautiful countryside. 
  5. Hofbräuhaus - So, you couldn’t make it to Oktoberfest, but you can still enjoy the beer, the food and the Bavarian oompah band.  Munich is one of the many exciting stops on Contiki’s European Inspiration tour.
  6. Spanish Beauty - Spain comes alive in September.  From Barcelona, to Madrid, to Seville, winter is the best time for shopping and exploring.  If you’re looking to get a little spicy this winter, check out Contiki’s Spanish Spree tour.
  7. Time to Break Tradition - Dick Clark will be around for a few more years, so why not party it up with the locals in Dam Square in Amsterdam for New Year’s Eve!?  It is as big a celebration as Times Square in New York with the addition of fireworks.
  8. A Little Romance - Paris on Valentine’s Day- how much more romantic can you get!?
  9. The Shopping - Italy is always top of mind when it comes to shopping.  Milan is world renowned for design and fashion, and the entire area surrounding the famous Spanish Steps in Rome is a shopper’s dream come true.
  10. Packages - deals are a steal during this season.

Source: Contiki Vacations, the worldwide leader in unique travel packages for 18 to 35-year-olds. View Contiki’s Europe Winter 2009-2010 brochure here.

 

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August 26, 2009

Do the Private Island Math: Little Whale Cay

Little Whale Cay 044 Most people don't think about renting an entire island for that special occasion. It would be too expensive, out of the question. Well…not true. If a group of 10 to 12 rented the entire island of Little Whale Cay in the Bahamas, having it all to themselves for 5 nights, it's less expensive than you would think. Let's do the math.

What do you get? Little Whale Cay, a private island paradise set in the heart of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas, replete with accommodations, a superb main beach stretching endlessly, a marina with a flotilla of boats for sailing, cruising, fishing, water-skiing, off-island excursions, spa and gym facilities, sea-view infinity edged pool, tennis court, and even a chapel. Plus, a top notch chef and dedicated staff, whose job is to watch over the guests.

It accommodates up to 12 guests in 3 individual, elegant villas, privately set on 93 acres, skirted by white, unspoiled, sandy beaches. Villas are all air-conditioned, with flat screen TVs, DVD players, WiFi and telephones; Little Whale House, the main house and usually the popular gathering place, is equipped with a bar and satellite fed flat screen TV, 2 en-suite bedrooms, one double bedded and 1 king master suite, study with computer, spacious living room, dining room and terrace. Flamingo House has 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suite queen bedded rooms, one twin and 1 queen that share a bath, living room and terrace, and Peacock House with a king en-suite master bedroom, living room and terrace. Houses are connected by pathways but sheltered for privacy.

At first glance, the price of $9,500 per day for up to 12 with a minimum of 5 nights seems pretty scary. But, that is $3750 per person for a five night vacation on a private island including accommodations, food, drinks (including spirits and house wines), and the use of all island facilities, boats, fuel, telephone calls and WiFi Internet connection in each guest house. Now, if the group should book a hotel for 12 people for 5 nights, they would get rooms, not an island, for maybe $2,000 per person (at $400 per night) not including food, certainly not spirits, or sports, or boating.

Little Whale is truly a discovery for friends and families. There are few resorts, never mind private islands that offer luxury and privacy for such a price. It’s not the most practical destination, but it’s a lot more practical than you’d think.

(Source: Morano PR)

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August 10, 2009

Take a 90210-Flavored Trip

First season Planning to visit the Los Angeles area this summer?  There are many tourist attractions to choose from, but the adventures must include some celebrity hangouts from one of the area's television staples!  

With 90210: The Complete First Season making its DVD debut August 11th, it is time to plan the perfect vacation that includes all of the trendiest (and historic) places LA has to offer.  Whether its food, shopping, sight-seeing or just plain-old fun, the show has seen and featured it all - and here is the travel guide to live like the stars of 90210!

  • Rodeo Drive (Beverly Hills) - Live by the code with the most famous shopping street in California that spans three blocks and features more than 100 world-renowned boutiques and hotels.
  • Robertson Blvd. (West Hollywood - Beverly Hills) - A haven for celebrity dining and shopping, no trip to LA is complete without a meal at The Ivy and a visit to all the boutiques.
  • Lucky Strike Lanes (Hollywood) - A great place to have fun with the whole family or even just some friends, it's the trendiest bowling spot around.   
  • Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica) - Enjoy the beach, go surfing and then visit the pier for some great food and fun; a ride on the iconic ferris wheel is a must!    
  • Nobu (West Hollywood) - No trip to LA is complete without a meal at Nobu, where everything on the menu is great and the sushi bar is a favorite of Naomi's.

(Source: Courtney Dolliver, Bender/Helper Impact)

 

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July 28, 2009

Three of the World's Most Luxurious Resorts

Ventanas Las Ventanas (Los Cabos, Mexico): Since its opening in 1997, Las Ventanas has met critical acclaim as one of Mexico’s most exceptional resorts. Featuring 71 spacious suites that welcome guests with in-room tequila, fresh fruit, and personal butler service, Las Ventanas pampers until one’s heart is content.

Juluca Cap Juluca (Anguilla, West Indies): Situated on the southwest coast of Anguilla and overlooking Maundays Bay and the mountains of St. Maarten, Cap Juluca blends the flavors of Dutch and French St. Maarten – transcending simple tranquility with Moorish-style beachfront villas.  

Feltrinelli Villa Feltrinelli (Lake Garda, Italy):

The Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli’s distinctive guest rooms and suites are individually decorated and feature hand-printed Venetian paper, in-room music panel and heated marble bathroom floors. Tour the ancient home from the Library to the Salon, garnering dramatic views over Lake Garda.

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July 08, 2009

Top Five Over the Top Cool Hotel Pools

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From the world's largest in Chile to the most unexpected in New York to the most luxurious in Beverly Hills to the most Hollywood-esque in Barcelona, these pools are a pool-dwellers dream. If the first thing you check out following hotel check-in is the watery oasis that comes with your stay, you've gotta see these:  

 

San Alfonso Del Mar Resort, Chile: The Guiness World Record’s largest pool covers more than 20 acres of transparent ocean water so crystal clear you can see the bottom even in the 115-foot deep end. Hotel guests can even use kayaks and small boats to navigate its waters, which are filtered directly from the bordering Pacific Ocean.

SLS_PoolDeck_9404 Altitude at SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills: Situated on the sixth floor of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, these two whimsical pools are an oasis above the busy downtown L.A. scene. The first pool is a reflecting pool with chaise lounges resting in the shallow end, giving guests the look of floating over water.

 

The Pooldeck at The Empire Hotel, Manhattan: A hidden gem above busy Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, this bi-level Pooldeck is replete with linen curtains, day-beds, ceiling fans, LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, mini refrigerators, telephones and wireless internet access.

 

Angels & Kings Pooldeck, ME Barcelona: This picturesque location's pool has movie projections displayed over the water as well as through the waterfall feature in the center of the pool. During the evenings, the space turns into the city’s hottest nightspot, with a stage for impromptu karaoke battles. 

 

Grace 2 Room Mate Grace, New York: In the heart of Times Square, this hotel has the most unusual and unexpected pool in the city. As guests walk into the lobby of the property, they are greeted by a chic, brightly neon-colored pool with its very own swim up bar.

 

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