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Travel Gallery - Spring 2016
 
(2016 - Spring Issue)

Writer: Cynthia David



Plan a luxurious couples’ getaway this spring to Nevis, one of the most romantic islands in the Caribbean. With its laid-back elegance, pristine secluded beaches, the freshest cuisine and gorgeous weather year-round, it is truly a lover’s paradise.. Luxury accommodation runs the gamut from all-inclusive packages and vacation villas to charming old-world plantation resorts such as Nisbet Plantation Beach Club with its cottage-style rooms. Enjoy candlelit dinners at the Montpelier Plantation & Beach or visit the luxurious spa at the Four Seasons Nevis, with its volcanic stone whirlpool, steam rooms and comfort massages in a private garden. nevisisland.com

India’s Ministry of Tourism is launching a toll-free tourist info line for tourists in India. It will be available 24/7 in 12 languages, including English, Hindi, Korean, Chinese and Spanish. Government officials say the service will provide tourists with travel information to ensure a hassle-free experience and assist callers in distress. Plans are also underway to launch an Incredible India mobile app and update the Incredible India website to make it more tourist-friendly. incredibleindia.org

Welcoming more than 42 million visitors a year, Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself. New entertainment venues include the 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena and the 5,000-seat Monte Carlo theatre. Tech-savvy millennials can access their room with their mobile phone and challenge themselves with new skill-based games. In the spa, boomers will find more high-tech anti-aging technology such as Aria’s LED bed for full-body treatments. When dining out, expect a return to classical dishes and tableside service for food and high-end spirits. On the lighter side, top Vegas chefs are serving more vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, while bartenders say mezcal cocktails are hot for 2016. LasVegas.com

No matter what your interests, Montréal's new Golden Square Mile Tourism Development Society has plenty to recommend. The city's newest neighbourhood, bounded by René-Levesque Blvd., Mount Royal Park, Côte-des-Neiges and University Street, contains some of Montréal's most splendid Victorian homes and tourist attractions such as the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts and the McCord Museum on Sherbrooke West. Ther's no shortage of places to stay either, from the Omni Mont-Royal to the Ritz-Carlton. Of course, being Montréal, the area also boast wonderful European-style shops, restaurants and cafes. goldenmontreal.com

Whistler Blackcomb is investing $8 million in projects on and off the mountains. Plans include opening up more beginner-friendly terrain on Whistler by regrading runs, and installing two new covered magic carpet lifts at Olympic Station. The Roundhouse Lodge glacier-view deck is getting a new upper and lower deck plus a heated “umbrella” bar with a collapsible roof. The Garibaldi Lift Company patio, meanwhile, will be expanded to accommodate 90 outdoor visitors year-round, warmed by heaters and fire pits. Several hiking trails on both mountains will be resurfaced and widened for summer visitors, and the popular Samsung Alpine Theatre is being expanded and moved to the lower level of Blackcomb’s Rendezvous Lodge. All projects should be completed by the start of the 2016–17 ski season. whistlerblackcomb.com

In celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday in 2016, a number of festivities are taking place in London in May and June. It promises to be a year of pomp and jubilation and Trafalgar is inviting travellers to celebrate the longest reign in British history with their guided vacations to the United Kingdom. Choose one of their many guided tours to the U.K. and partake in some of the birthday celebrations by planning a pre- or post-trip stay in London. trafalgar.com

Nikon Canada is introducing three new COOLPIX cameras, all designed to capture stunning images and 4K UHD (in select models) and HD video from up close or far away. The new COOLPIX B700 and COOLPIX B500 boast outstanding zoom capabilities ranging from 60x and 40x, respectively, while the compact, stylish COOLPIX A900 features a powerful 35x zoom lens. All provide superior performance and offer a new way to share photos wirelessly through Nikon SnapBridge. All models will be available in spring 2016, with prices ranging from $339.95 for the B500 to $579.95 for the B700. nikon.ca

Love Jazz? Then you don’t want to miss the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer, running from June 24 to July 3, when more than 1,500 musicians perform in more than 350 concerts. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the festival showcases a diverse range of genres, from bebop to swing, blues to fusion, Latin and more. This year’s headliners include Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, soul singer Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gregory Porter, Chick Corea, Sarah McLachlan, and many more. torontojazz.com

 
 
 
 
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