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Airbus A380 Farnborough 2012

FARNBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW 2012 DEFIES GRAVITY AND REACHES SUB-ORBITAL LEVELS

US$72 billion of confirmed orders and commitments by airlines, leasing companies and manufacturers

At the end of a busy trade week, orders and commitments announced at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow have been confirmed at US$72 covering a total of 758 aircraft. The figures represent a 53% increase on the 2010 show and close to the 2008 figure when sales peaked at US$88billion. To add further weight to the shows success, 20% of exhibitors have already rebooked for the 2014 show.

 Airshow organisers, Farnborough International Ltd, can also confirm that over the five days of the show, the event attracted just over 107,000 trade visitors and over 1500 exhibitors with representation right across the supply chain. Over 70 military delegations from 46 countries attended with a further 13 delegations from the civil sector.  This event saw good engagement from decision-makers with the Prime Minister opening the show, a further 6 Cabinet members making keynote speeches, as well as senior ministers visiting from the UK and overseas.

Over 140 aircraft took part in the static and flying displays at the Farnborough Aerodrome in Hampshire including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which flew on the first three days of the show – a Boeing and FIA first – and the Airbus A380 in attendance for the full seven days. Flying display highlights included the Bell Boeing V22 Osprey, a Saab Gripen Fighter and the Korean T50 jet trainer.

bonus video:  Airbus A380 Farnborough 2012

The Airbus A380 (F-WWDD) does its validation display for Farnborough and then heads off to Fairford. Make sure you watch in HD.

Top 10 holiday destinations for 2012

by 101holidays.co.uk

1. Spain

Spain has long been a  favourite of British holidaymakers, and it remains our number one holiday destination. In particular, the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are perennial big-hitters (not forgetting Menorca), along with Canary Islands such as Tenerife, La Palma and the beautiful lesser-known La Gomera. Other great beach destinations include the Costa de la Luz andCatalonia.

Northern Spain is overlooked by most tourists, even though it combines magnificent empty beaches with rolling countryside, mountains, medieval towns and buzzing cities. It’s authentic, great value and the food is superb.

There’s a lot more to Spain than beaches. There are great walking holidays in the north andcycling in Catalonia. The rise of low-cost airlines has benefited city breaks in places like Palma andSeville – both of which are rich in culture. Meanwhile, lesser-known islands such as La Palma in the Canaries are well worth a visit.

For sporting holidays you can’t beat La Manga Club which has world-class tennis facilities and three championship golf courses. You can also explore Spain on a luxury rail holidays using the superb state-run trains such as the Transcantábrico and La Robla.

2. France

The relationship between the British and French may have had its ups and downs over the years, but our love of all things French shows no signs of abating. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are never short of new destinations to discover.

Among our favourite holidays in France are the beaches of Corsica and Ile de Ré. You can visitMonet’s Garden in Giverny, take a cycling holiday, a golfing holiday or a battlefield tour.

If you’re looking for an excuse to crack open a few bottles, take a wine tour or a champagne weekend. Or relax and watch the countryside roll by on a luxury hotel barge with gourmet meals, fine wines and excursions all included. Destinations include Burgundy, the Canal du Midi, Provenceand Gascony.

In the French Alps you can ski on a budget, or with a family, plus they make a great destination insummer.

You can visit Disneyland Paris with the kids or rent a French chateau.

Even in winter you’ll find long days of sunshine on the Cote d’Azur. Take a short break in Nice.

3. Great Britain

No list of holiday destinations for UK travellers would be complete without mentioning our own great country: not just England, but Wales, Scotland, Northern Island and some of our lesser known islands such as the Scilly Isles and the Isle of Wight.

The UK’s most popular tourist destinations include Devon and Cornwall, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Dorset, East Anglia and Scotland.

Britain offers many interesting holiday experiences. You can rent a lighthouse keeper’s cottage or sleep in a log cabin in a secluded forest or take a boating holiday on one of the UK’s many canals and rivers.

In the Highlands and Islands of Scotland you could take a whisky tour, ride a steam train on theWest Highland Line or take a tour of Mull where you can see minke whales, otters, seals and porpoises. Take a city break in Edinburgh or rent a big house in the countryside. You can even rent a Downton Abbey-style historic house sleeping 6 – 60 people. Perfect for birthdays or anniversaries.

4. Greece

Holidays in Greece are all about simplicity. Despite a recent proliferation of five-star hotels, it is the whitewashed villas, the friendly tavernas, the hot sun and blue seas that keep us coming back year after year. Even Greek food is a masterpiece of simplicity, both traditional and healthy.

It is the islands that attract the most visitors. Corfu’s villas never lose their appeal. If you’re looking the quintessential small Greek island, we recommend Paxos, which has no airport and is a great place for lazy days, boat trips and lovely villas.

If you fancy being slightly more active, the Lakitira Beach resort on Kos, just off the Turkish coast, offers a wide array of watersports. Or learn to sail in Greece.

Crete is the largest and arguably the most interesting of the islands. Steer away from the tacky resorts and stay at one of these stylish houses for rent or family villas.

Mainland Greece offers a wonderfully diverse range of holiday options. Relax by the pool at the beautiful Sani Asterias Suites.

And the recent economic crisis in Greece shows no sign of toppling the country as one of the best European holiday destinations.

Find more holiday ideas in Greece and our pick of the best Mediterranean holidays.

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10 must-see Islands

by Trip Advisor

10 must-see islands

Ko Phi Phi Don
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Bali, Indonesia
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Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
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Easter Island, Chile
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Ischia, Italy
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Santorini, Greece
Photo by Gisper
Madagascar, Africa
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Anguilla, Caribbean
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Maui, Hawaii
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Top Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the World

Top 25 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the World

bt Trip Advisor

BollAnt's im Park

A perfect retreat. Wish I had stayed much longer! Very friendly staff, great spa treatments, outstanding food.— Eva_Maria_10, Zurich, Switzerland
Adler Dolomiti Spa & Sport Resort
It is has everything just right…. Everything !

 

Jasmine Spa and Wellness Holistic Health
Love blossoms at Jasmine Spa and Wellness!
Erika
very confortable
Gaia Retreat & Spa
Pure bliss

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Top 10 Beach Destinations in Caribbean

by Trip Advisor

1Providenciales Turks and Caicos

Providenciales
What Caicos Dream Tours calls  Flamingo Tongue Grace Bay Beach at T & C Club Taylor Bay

What makes this little Caribbean island the Travelers’ Choice top beach destination for the second year in a row? Families love it for its uncrowded beaches at Taylor Bay and Grace Bay. Divers and snorkelers flock there to explore the bountiful barrier reef, including Smith’s Reef and its ocean floor walk. And newlyweds find it a perfectly romantic place for a honeymoon.
2Palm/Eagle Beach, Aruba
Inhabited since the year 1000, Aruba is an island rich in history and culture. Eagle Beach is an idyllic Caribbean beach, with white sands and turquoise waters, and is frequented by water sports enthusiasts. Palm Beach, on the island’s west side, offers perfect swimming conditions and powdery sand. Those more concerned with conditions under the waves won’t want to miss the wreck of the torpedoed tanker Pedernales, a popular diving site. Aruba is only 20 miles long, thus easily explored by bike or moped.
Sure, you can leave the sunny sands in favor of a crocodile watch or horseback ride, but when the main strand is called Seven Mile Beach, it’s clear what draws most visitors to Negril. Depending on how much sun you want, you’re welcome to go topless or even sunbathe in the buff in some places.
Amazing beach-Bury me there!
This is what Caribbean postcards are made of: 25 miles of white sand, swaying coconut trees and crystal-clear water. An affordable tropical getaway, Punta Cana is known for its many all-inclusive resorts. Long a getaway for European tourists, Americans are now catching on to this Dominican Republic hotspot.
Varadero city
Cuba’s top beach destination sits on a 13-mile-long peninsula with powder soft sands lapped by waters of the Kawama Channel. Resort hotels teem along the shore that U.S. celebrities and gangsters, including Al Capone, discovered in the 1920s. Sip a refreshing mojito to cool off from an all-day beach-baking session or deep sea fishing excursion.
6Cayo Coco, Cuba
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Treat yourself to the good life at a Cayo Coco luxury resort. Here in the islands called Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens), picture-perfect skies meet powder-white beaches and calm seas. Explore the beaches, plan a fishing trip, go horseback riding… it’s all here.
 
Just 10 miles east of La Romana lies the fishing town of Bayahibe. Bayahibe offers spectacular coral formations and three shipwrecks: the Atlantic Princess, St George and Coco. It’s no wonder diving is one of its most popular attractions! Snorkeling in the gorgeous, clear water is a must for viewing the abundant starfish. In the national park, nature enthusiasts will find lagoons and wildlife, including a variety of birds. There is much to do, but the inviting, soft white-sand beaches are perfect for the traveler seeking relaxation.
8Nassau, New Providence Island
Atlantis from cruise ship entering Nassau harbor
The gleaming beaches and vibrant coral reefs of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island draw vacationers from all over the world. Bahamian culture dictates a carefree atmosphere that extends from the flavorful nightlife to the powdery sands. With 17 beaches to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone, from the leisurely loungers to adventure-seeking divers, snorkelers, parasailers and windsurfers.
Low-key and relaxed, Mo-Bay (as the locals call it) offers sun, fun and tons of activities on the golden Jamaican sands or in the sparkling Caribbean waters. Swim and snorkel in water that sparkles every shade of blue at Doctor’s Cave and Fletcher Beach. Braver souls can dive in the ominously named Widowmaker’s Cave. The rewards are worth the risk; multicolored corals and schools of unusual tropical creatures.
10San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
The historic beaches of San Juan offer something for everyone, from families to laid-back vacationers to rum-scented party-hoppers. Popular Ocean Park Beach buzzes with activity—and plenty of locals. Kite-surf, toss a disc or enjoy an ice cream while strolling beneath swaying palm trees.

HondaJet, Advanced Private Jets of Luxury

HondaJets provide advanced private jets of luxury that are lightweight business aircraft offering an extra large cabin, high cruising speed and high fuel efficiency.

It is a luxury private jet and can achieve such a high performance thanks to an over the wing engine mount configuration. A natural laminar flow wind and flow fuselage nose was developed after extensive analysis and wind tunnel tests. The wind of the luxury jet is metal and has an integral machined skin which gives it a smooth upper surface needed for the natural laminar flow. The fuselage is designed entirely of composites with stiffened panels along with sandwich panels which reduce weight and cost.

The prototype of this private jet was designed and manufactured in the USA. It has undergone tests including structural proof tests, control system, system functions and ground vibration which it passed with flying colors. The first flight of the private jet took place in 2003.

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7 Beautiful Golf Courses

at the Very Best

Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand

bonus video : Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Bay of Islands – New Zealand 

Pacific Dunes, Oregon

Old Head Golf Links, Ireland

Pebble Beach Golf Links, California

Torrey Pines Golf Course, California

Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

 

Whistling Straits, Wisconsin

 

10 Fantastic Hotel Pools

at TripAdvisor

10 fantastic hotel pools
1. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek  Orlando, Florida, US

See more pool photos photo by SmishBish
2. Hansar Samui Resort Bophut, Thailand
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3. The Mirage Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, US

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4. Valentin Imperial Maya Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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5. Vencia Hotel Mykonos Town, Greece
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6. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa  Maui, Hawaii, US
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7. Hard Rock Hotel Bali  Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
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8. Riviera Resort & Spa, Palm Springs Palm Springs, California, US
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 9. Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island  Denarau Island, Fiji
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10. Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, Herradura, Costa Rica
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Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the World

by Trip Advisor

HERE Film by The Luxury Collection

Featuring the stunning Agyness Deyn, ‘HERE’ is the latest indie film offering from Lucas Guadagnino (Melissa P., I Am In Love), following a stunning young woman’s journey to the luxurious properties offered by The Luxury Collection.

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