Hotel Amazing Mandalay is in the center of it all

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and the hub of Upper Myanmar. Entering the hotel guests are greeted with a cool, refreshing towel, and a welcome drink. There are only 16 rooms on two floors but there is a large spa ready to provide relaxing treatments.  

Hotel Amazing Mandalay is a lovely small hotel in the heart of historic Mandalay within walking distance of the Mandalay Palace and the railroad station.  Accommodations are a blend of traditional and modern Myanmar style providing all the comforts one expects from an Amazing Hotel property: complimentary water, coffee/tea service, writing desk, comfy chair, and free internet. The lovely
alfresco restaurant offers a wide variety of Myanmar and international selections. During dinner enjoy the wonderful traditional puppet and dance show. An expansive buffet breakfast with an egg station is served in the upstairs restaurant.

Mandalay has much to offer visitors including Mandalay Palace,
the historic teakwood Shwe Nan Daw Kyaung monastery, Mahamuni Pagoda, The Mustache Brothers, and visiting a gold leaf workshop. The helpful staff at Hotel Amazing Mandalay will make any necessary arrangements needed. And, yes, the name of the hotel is “Amazing.” It is just one of the wonderful hotels in the Amazing Hotels chain, www.amazing-hotels.com.

Ananda Resort in Mue Ni

For a perfect stay in Mue Ni book a sea view room at Ananda Resort. The hotel is located on a great beach… yes, a beach that is there all the time not just a low tide. There are 22 individual
bungalows most of which are in a lovely garden setting. The accommodations are a blend of Balinese and Vietnamese architectural features including a high, peaked interior ceiling with a roof of water coconut palms. Large windows and sliding glass door look out to the sea or the attractive gardens. 

Guests will find coffee/tea making available in their room along with free Wi-Fi throughout the property and cable TV with international channels. The extensive international breakfast is included. Besides the lovely infinity pool with a kiddy area, the hotel is home to a water sport center for kite boarding, jet skiing, SUP, and more.

 There are plenty of lounges and umbrellas on the beach for guest usage. Yoga and cooking classes are available on request. There is a selection of books and DVDs available in the Front Desk for guests to enjoy. Golfers will want to check out the Sea Links course which is only a five-minute drive from the hotel. 

Guest may dine at the hotel or explore the many restaurants just

steps from Ananda Hotel.  Staff will arrange tours to the Sand Dunes, the Fairy Stream, fishing village, plus there are bikes and motor bikes to rent so guests can explore on their own. For more information check www.ananda.vn. Book early as the hotel is often full during peak season, especially during Tet. 

The ParkRoyal, my home in Saigon

The ParkRoyal Hotel in Saigon it the perfect hotel for those who plan to stay in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh City) and also for those transferring to another destination. The property is a mere five to ten minutes from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport – depending on the traffic. And, the best part is, the airport transfer is gratis. From the ParkRoyal there is easy access to all the tourist spots in the area plus the Tan Binh Exhibition and Convention Center. Staff will help plan excursions. The property is within walking distance of a lovely park and a Military Museum. 

The ParkRoyal is offers tranquil luxury and excellent service for the business or leisure traveler.  All accommodations from Superior Rooms to the Executive Suites offer all the amenities travelers have come to expect from the ParkRoyal from pillow-top beds to modern amenities like a media hub and complimentary internet access.  There is a choice of bed size and guests can enjoy the executive work desk among other niceties. 

Looking for a quick bite or cocktails then head to the Lotus Bar where they have live music every night. The Lotus Bar serves a large range of libations, tapas, and light bites. The ParkRoyal’s Garden Brasserie overlooking the garden pool offers a wide international selection of culinary treats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner along with ala carte items.

Discerning guest will want to upgrade to the Orchid Club rooms where they will receive personalized checking, daily breakfast, and evening cocktails in the club lounge on the top floor plus complimentary laundry service. 

During leisure time guests can avail themselves with a workout in the gym or relaxing in and by the garden pool.  No visit is complete without a rejuvenating massage at St. Gregory’s Spa where there is a full menu of treatments. For more information check www.parkroyalhotels.com. Life is good at the ParkRoyal.

Vistamar: a reasonable all-inclusive resort in Nicaragua

Looking for an affordable all-inclusive hotel on a great beach? Look no further. Vistamar Hotel in Nicaragua is on Pochomil
Beach near the fishing town of Masachapa.  It is less than two hours from Managua on well-tended roads. Transport can be arranged for a fee.

The complex is comprised of 43 two-story sunny yellow bungalows in Key West Style. Almost all accommodations have a balcony or a patio. Rooms are large with air conditioning, satellite TV, and all the necessary
amenities for a comfortable stay.  The balcony and patios have Adirondack-style chairs and hammocks. Some bungalows have fully equipped kitchens. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with many of the trees labeled.  There is one large free-form pool and two smaller pools. Massages are
available in their Spa Texoxe. Meals are served in the enclosed, air-conditioned restaurant but guests are invited to dine around the pool or on the porch or balcony of their accommodation. 

Besides swimming in the pools and taking a dip in the Pacific Ocean, guests can enjoy a variety of other activities such as horseback riding on the beach or exploring the long beach by ATV.  Don’t expect a Sandals-style resort but, then again, you won’t find Sandals-style prices.  Vistamar Hotel is a lovely, laid-back resort on an amazing beach where the Pacific sunsets are always stunning. Contact www.vistamarhotel.com for more information. 


Xalli Hotel on Ometepe is a great choice

Xalli Hotel is on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua. It is a small boutique hotel on a low bluff above the beach basically on the isthmus between the two volcanoes.  The location is in close
proximity to all the major tourist attractions. The friendly helpful staff will arrange any tours plus they have bikes to rent so people can explore on their own. The beach is great and virtually deserted.  You are likely to see more horses than people. At one end of the beach is a kite boarding school.

The rooms at Xalli are large and modern with A/C.  They have room and laundry service. The restaurant and Lounge bar offer both indoor and outdoor seating.  The food, when every possible, is organic and locally produce.  You can see the local people delivering eggs, meat, and other produce so you know it is fresh. After a day of exploring take a refreshing dip in the lake (it is very shallow) or relax in one of their hammocks before dinner.

The hotel strives to be eco-friendly and sustainable. They serve and
sell Single Estate Organic Coffee grown on Ometepe and made from 100% Arabica beans following the principle of Fair Trade. They work closely with the local people knowing that success for one is success for all.  They not only accept major credit cards but also Bit Coins.For more information check  www.ometepebeachhotel.com,



Las Mercedes in Managua is a good airport hotel

Location! Location! Location! The Best Western Las Mercedes Hotel is located directly in front of Managua’s international airport. Really, it is walk able. The hotel is the perfect place to stay when arriving late or leaving early or transferring to another location.  Actually, it is not that far into the city center either so it is perfect for any stay… and the accommodation with breakfast is reasonable. Guests can also enjoy their spa and play racquet ball, tennis and volleyball.

The hotel has an interesting set up with rows of yellow wooden, one-story buildings which are united by a clear domed roof to keep the rain out.  There are 174 rooms offering a variety of configurations. All rooms feature air conditioning, telephones, cable TV other amenities including a large buffet breakfast. The hotel offers a free business center, secure parking and free transportation to/from the airport. Las Mercedes is a smoke-free hotel but pets are allowed.
The grounds are well landscaped with one tree worth noting – a huge Guanacaste tree near one of the two pools. Adjacent to the largest pool is Tanhinos Bar serving drinks and light fare and with a daily happy hour. The La Pergola Restaurant has an international and national buffet a well as ala carte items. The eco-friendly hotel offers the Best Western 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.  It is worthwhile to sign up for Best Western’s customer loyalty program where points can be accumulated for future free stays or credit to an airline.


Make the Residence Inn your home in Ann Arbor


One of the newest and best hotels in Ann Arbor, Michigan is Marriott’s Residence Inn, www.marriott.com.  The location in downtown Ann Arbor means that many of the attractions and most
of the fabulous restaurants are within walking distance. It is also in close proximity to the University of Michigan. Ann Arbor is not only home to the University of Michigan the vibrant city has many art galleries, unique shops, and a variety of events.
Arriving guests at the Residence Inn are greeted with a comfy
conversation area in front of a fireplace with the reception desk to the right and the breakfast room to the left. The complete breakfast can be enjoyed at a small table or in a multi-person banquette area. The all-suite hotel features a full kitchen, a free hot breakfast and free WiFi.  The accommodations cleverly designed for maximum use of space.  Walking in the room gives the impression of a roomy two-room suite.
After a busy day of work, sightseeing, or exploring get refreshed in
their pool and boost your energy level in the fitness center.  The hotel is smoke-free, pet friendly, with parking space, and meeting event space. Extended stays are welcomed. Everything you need is here. People who are not a member of the Marriott loyalty program should sign up… it is free. Accumulated points can be used for future stays.