First Dive Broadcast Aired From Earth’s Least Explored Ecosystem

First underwater live video sent from Alphonse Island in the Seychelles Ocean.


The British-based Nekton Mission research vessel Ocean Zephyr made a broadcasting milestone in the Seychelles ocean of Alphonse Island. Its first live underwater video aired concurrently from two crewed submarines and remotely operated submersibles using innovative optical-transmission technology.

The first multi-camera live signal aired 18–20 March on Sky Atlantic and Sky News in full broadcast quality on SKY News and SKY Atlantic. Through the technology, images were transmitted via the waves using the blue region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The first transmission came from 60 meters (200 feet) below the water’s surface.

Scientists from over 40 organizations are studying this never-before-explored deep sea for seven weeks, mapping the sea floor and dropping sensors to depths reaching up to 2,000 meters in Seychelles’ waters.

The exploration of the Seychelles’ ocean territory will record the effects of global warming and discover the region’s uncharted marine life. The project will train local scientists and provide an educational platform through the live feed classroom.

Seychelles is carrying out groundbreaking environmental work in other areas, championing marine protection in the Commonwealth’s Blue Charter and protecting 30% of its ocean by 2020.

All-inclusive Cretan luxury does exist, and it’s called the Syntopia hotel

The adults-only heaven near Crete opens on 1 May

Get ready for the good life this summer in Crete, Greece.

New, hip and eccentrically charming, the Syntopia by Orion is a dare-to-be-different hotel with a sandy beach at its side. And it’s opening 15th May for its first season ever!

Stay at the Syntopia Hotel

Set minutes east of Rethymnon, the complex of 119 guestrooms welcomes adults only to glamorous island living. Stretch out in a swanky modern space facing the sea, pool or inland.

Free spirits will feel right at home with the refreshing sense of flair. Indoors and out, a fusion of wood, wicker and stone sets the hippie-chic vibe you’ve been waiting for.



Enjoy the Syntopia Experience

Experiences at Syntopia are meant to be as pleasurable as possible. Jump into action-packed events from ethnic music nights to a weekly pool party.

Whether it’s live international music, wine tasting, cheesemaking or cooking lessons, these events can be appreciated alone or in groups.

Take the fun to the beach a short stroll away or drop in for cross training, body pump, team running and other sports. Spa-goers can float their worries away in the hot tub, sauna and zen relaxation zone while yoga, meditation and tai chi offer mellow alternatives.

When you want to chill, make a beeline for the pool sunbeds or catch your fave flick under the stars. Grab a bag of popcorn and a fizzy pop. Then sit back and enjoy the show – the open cinema is part of your all-inclusive entertainment.

Live the Syntopia Life

What’s the best part about the Syntopia? Everything’s included! It’s all you can eat from 07:30–23:00, with alcoholic drinks from 10:30–23:00.

Dine at the main restaurant for a tasty buffet, and if you’re a real foodie, grab a hearty bite from the canteen, a unique project serving street food style chow from around the world. It’s a window into new cultures and cuisines, and all are worth taste.

Fancy a drink? Hurry to the lobby bar for fabulous cocktails. With laid-back moods and plenty of spots to unwind, it’s well worth a visit.

No matter if you’re into style, culture, cuisine or anything in between, you’ll be sure to love the Syntopia life.

Get a glimpse of the new website: www.thesyntopiahotel.gr

For enquiries, email hannah@prmediaco.com.

Step Away from the Screen: Why Seychelles is the Ideal Digital Detox Retreat

If you’re guilty of constantly checking your phone or device, you may be due for a digital detox.

Just imagine: You wake up to the soothing sound of the ocean. The sun is beaming through your blinds. As you open the curtains, you’re greeted with golden sand and palm trees swaying in the breeze. There’s no need to check your feed. Only a sense of calm is present. Is it a dream? Not in Seychelles! With direct flights and affordable accommodation, this could be you.

Stare at heavenly landscapes rather than your screen

Tired of seeing envy-inducing pics on Instagram? Once believed to be the biblical Garden of Eden, Praslin is full of natural beauty to feast your eyes on instead.

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site Vallée de Mai and see the legendary coco de mer palms found only in Praslin and Curieuse islands. You might spot one of the world’s rarest birds, the Seychelles Black Parrot, along the way.

Of course, a visit to Praslin isn’t complete without spending time in Anse Lazio, a top contender for the world’s most beautiful beach.

Slide into the sea instead of someone’s DMs

When it comes to fishing, sailing or watersports, this part of the Indian Ocean makes even the most obsessed social media users want to log off. That’s because Seychelles enjoys a ‘perpetual summer’ and warm water all year round.

Short sailing distances and safe moorings make it easy to hop around the inner islands. The virgin waters and ancient atolls of the outer islands are home to incredible snorkelling and diving opportunities, while the sea creatures and coral reefs beat anything that can be seen online.

Watch the birds instead of your followers

As the name suggests, Bird Island is best known for its rich birdlife. Watch sooty tern and brown noddy birds nesting and enjoy a pace as slow as the giant tortoises that inhabit the island.

This slice of paradise is privately-owned, has no cars and roads, and both phones and TVs are nowhere to be found in the chalets – just you in a pure, natural and beautiful environment.

To get there, catch a charter flight from Mahé to Bird Island. It operates daily, and you can arrange to get picked up in a helicopter. For details, visit birdislandseychelles.com/flights.

Hop around islands not profiles

Seychelles’ wide variety of islands is what makes it such a special destination – each one is unique in geography, character and history.

With regular air and sea transport out of Mahé, you can explore the different islands hassle-free. Choose from ferry services, domestic flights and even helicopter transfers that are all available daily.

After seeing the main islands, pop over to the peaceful outer islands such as Desroches and Alphonse. Privately owned, they remain part of the few untouched corners of the world. In Descroches, explore the forest, lighthouse, village and other sights on 15 km of bike trails. The raw beauty will make you forget you ever had a Facebook.

Learn more about the islands: seychelles.travel/en/discover/the-islands

Surf the waves instead of the web

Along with warm water and captivating scenery, you can expect uncrowded beaches in Seychelles. The most famous surfing spot is Grand Anse beach in La Digue. Aside from a beautiful shore, you’ll find great beach breaks.

Mahé is another popular choice offering pristine spots for different types of surfing and consistent waves on the east side of the island. Although you can hang ten throughout the year, the best time for surfing in Seychelles is April to September.

Play in an family paradise, not on ‘pads

Powdery sand to play with and crystal waters to paddle in are just the start of entertainment for the whole family. Zip-lining, horse riding, snorkelling, thriving nature reserves and hands-on workshops mean you never have to reach for the iPad games.

And it gets better: Seychelles is the tropics minus the vaccinations and dangerous animals and plants. A variety of family-friendly accommodation, easy travel and a children-loving culture give family holidays a new meaning.

hether you’re a serial Netflix binger, an office 9–5er or a casual computer and smartphone user, we could all do with some time away from the screens. If you’re ready to tune out, you won’t miss the gadgets in Seychelles.

But before you unplug, plan your getaway at seychelles.travel.

Why Everybody Loves Bassa Maina Villas and Suites (And You Will Too)

Greece’s southern Peloponnese is better than ever with BASSA MAINA Villas and Suites – a 4* boutique hotel tucked into the rolling countryside of Mani. From its rugged mountain surrounds to the exceptional services and amenities, here’s why everybody loves it (and you will too).

1.     Peaceful Location

In deep Mani, Bassa Maina rises from the middle of three peninsulas, far from the crowds and tourist traps of the southern Peloponnese. The location provides a great base for exploring the region’s untouched beauty, be it beautiful coves, laid-back villages or jaw-dropping sunsets.

The hotel is 15 minutes by car from Kelefa Castle, built in the 17th century by the Ottomans. Diros Cave – a natural underground cathedral – is 14 km away. Mavrovouni Beach is 23 km away, and Kalamata Airport is a 2-hour drive.

2.    Homey Accommodation

Nine independent, stone-built villas and suites make guests feel at ease. Each one features a unique layout, en-suite bathroom with rainfall shower, and a furnished balcony or patio.

Some villas are bigger than others. All have private entrances, windows all around, fully equipped kitchenettes and large sitting and dining areas. Some villas add a fireplace and almost all feature an outdoor heated Jacuzzi. Others have a hammock for guests to kick back and enjoy the view.

Everything from the linen to the lights is designed to create a warm, relaxed mood. 40-inch TVs with satellite channels provide entertainment, while free WiFi keeps you connected. Other conveniences include orthopaedic king-size beds, Nespresso machines, safes and desks.

3. Refined Wining and Dining

“CROCUS,” the new restaurant at BASSA MAINA Villas & Suites, is where you can dine al fresco and admire stunning views of the sea. Meanwhile, a cosy indoor lounge provides a homey and warm environment, ideal for those cooler days.

The head chef, a promising, intuitive, and creative young cook, has created an innovative dinner menu based on Peloponnesian ingredients and local recipes, using the very best locally sourced products. Every dish offers an unparalleled culinary experience as everything is cooked to perfection and can be paired with the best wine labels from the most renown Greek estates.

Breakfast consists of sweet and savoury dishes, different each day, served with a variety of bread and marmalades, all handmade with the best products from the Peloponnese. Have your eggs cooked to order, choosing from the 7 egg dishes available from the breakfast menu. Alternatively, choose from yogurt, fresh fruit, cereals, milk, coffee and tea also included on the menu. Special vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meals can be prepared upon request.

4.  Flawless Facilities

All villas and suites pay homage to the local traditional architecture and have been decorated and furnished with hand-picked items, rich fabrics and high-quality materials.

The boutique conference room holds up to 50 people and comes complete with projector, TV, sound system and an adjoining business centre. The restaurant’s outdoor patio is split into three levels and can be used for weddings, celebrations, parties and other memorable events.

Additional facilities and amenities include a home cinema, table tennis, a cosy lounge with reading area and library, a picnic area and a fitness centre with free weights, treadmills and TRX equipment.

5. Outstanding Service

Travellers can take advantage of services such as laundry, ironing, express check-in/check-out, 24h airport transfers (upon request), porter, luggage storage and concierge.

The multilingual staff are happy to accommodate special requests and provide information on the local area, attractions and activities to ensure you have the best stay possible.

The resident certified yoga instructor and masseuse of the hotel has created unique yoga courses and a range of massage sessions, which, in conjunction with the use of your private warm Jacuzzi and the serenity of the landscape, offer you the chance to de-stress and rediscover your inner balance.

Find more reasons to love Bassa Maina: www.bassamaina.com

5 Fresh Reasons to Enjoy Mykonos with Kouros Hotel & Suites

Kouros Hotel & Suites offers a new way to enjoy life, taking you on an exclusive, elegant and relaxing journey with a highly personal approach. The five-star boutique hotel is designed to give you the best seat in Mykonos, ensuring you experience the finest of the island.

  1. Refined Waterfront Living 

Just last year, the complex of 40 stone-built and whitewashed buildings had a makeover by renowned designer Fabienne Spahn. Its traditional Mykonian architecture connects with the rocky landscape while chic furniture and artistic detailing, as well as unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, ensure guests are consistently awed. Each room features large living areas, sleek bathrooms and modern amenities to meet all your needs. A unique luxury comfort, such as private balconies with outdoor hot tubs or pools, can be found in each suite.

  1. Swim, Sun, Spa 

Dip into your personal oasis, the large and inviting hotel pool. Relax by its side and soak up the Greek sun. Work up an appetite in the fitness and wellness centre. Choose from various training, sports, yoga and even dance courses. And then relax. Zoe Spa offers a holistic approach to wellness with organic brand Kos-Paris. Unwind and detox in the spa’s complete hydrotherapy area including a Jacuzzi, steam room and comfortable hammam.

  1. The VIP Treatment

 VIP treatment of all hotel guests is at the heart of Kouros. Staff are there to help 24/7, and every guest is treated to celebrity-style services. Like the sound of an in-room champagne breakfast? Check. Maybe you are celebrating a special occasion and want to travel by limousine, yacht or helicopter. Kouros will gladly arrange it all, promising an amazing stay.

  1. Dreamy Dining in a Superb Location

 Kouros presents a menu of traditional Greek tastes with a modern twist. Fine ingredients are handpicked from local markets. To complement the refined menu, Chef Dimitris Aidinis treats each plate like a work of art. A Cyclades sunset view over Mykonos town and the marina makes the poolside bar ultra-ambient.

  1. It’s Mykonos! (and you’re in a prime spot)

Not only is Kouros on the cosmopolitan island, but it’s also located on a cliff on Mykonos town’s doorstep with scenic views throughout the property. This means that you get the best of both worlds—a quiet location close to all the attractions. The boutique hotel is right in front of the new marina and only 500 m from the beach. The island’s hottest restaurants, bars, clubs and shops are a stone’s throw away. Mykonos Airport is just 7 km away, and the port is 1 km away.

Find out more at kouroshotelmykonos.gr.

A Match Made in Mexico: 10 Romantic Experiences in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Spend the perfect Valentine’s Day on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Full of intimate strolls, cinematic backdrops and atmospheric dining, Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, are two destinations couples don’t want to miss! With a high of 27°C throughout February, the resort cities are perfect for exploring the warmth of Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Whether you’re on a first date or have been loved up for years, you can’t go wrong with these romantic ideas.

1.    Find undiscovered beauty on the Banderas Bay

Feel like you have the whole place to yourselves in Yelapa and watch the sunrise on the beautifully bareboned beach. Then venture up and cool off in the waterfall. Visit intimate and cosy Colomitos Beach, which is ideal for swimming, kayaking, snorkelling and diving. Take a hike through the tropical jungle to get there and meet some animals along the way! Another off the beaten path beach is Quimixto Beach. Take a romantic horse rise to the beautiful waterfalls from there. The best hotels for couples in the area include Casitas Maraika and Hotelito Mio in Playa Caballo and Xinalani in Quimixto.

2.    Wine, dine and play in Zona Romántica

Playa Los Muertos is the most popular and most visited beach in Puerto Vallarta. It’s known for its assortment of bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy dinner for two along with a view of Los Muertos Pier. The shoreline offers ample opportunities to jetski, parasail and windsurf, as well as land sports such as volleyball. You can get there from many parts of Puerto Vallarta by buses and taxis or catch a ride directly from the airport. Just don’t forget your camera!

3.    Picnic at Las Amapas

This small beach is located a little south of Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, away from the crowds of the Old Town. There are no services at Las Amapas, so it’s an all-time favourite beach for couples seeking peace and privacy. Visit the original seahorse statue at Las Pilitas; then continue up past El Púlpito and have a picnic on the “hidden beach” of Las Amapas. Here, the waves are soft, gentle, and the sand a pale yellow. The beach itself is well-kept, and there are several palm trees offering shade to cuddle under.

4.    Take a romantic seaside stroll along El Malecón

El Malecón is a mile-long boardwalk and the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta. Walk along the waterfront promenade hand in hand and see the impressive statues, street artists and vendors. Go for a sunset stroll or get your party on when the promenade turns into a buzzing hotspot for nightlife. Pop into one of the lovely cafes, bars and restaurants along the way, serving everything from homestyle cooking to gourmet cuisine.

5.     Experience heart-pumping adventures

Enjoy both the famous Banderas Bay pink and gold sunset and deep blue Pacific ocean on a three-hour Private Sunset Sailing excursion. The French-made, luxury sailing yacht features plump deck cushions, a-list service, plenty of premium refreshments and hoers de oeuvres. Share the sight of the Sierra Madre jungle (and an adrenaline rush) from above. Catch an aerial view of Los Arcos Natural Preserve. Fly at high speeds on Mexico’s longest and fastest “Superman” zip line. You can book the Extreme Zip Line Canopy Tour with Vallarta Adventures or in Riviera Nayarit’s communities such as Punta de Mita, Sayulita and Lo de Marcos. Or explore jungles, beaches and towns on horseback or quadbike with Rancho Mi Chaparrita in Sayulita or San Pancho!

6.    Indulge in spa heaven

Spa experiences are all the rage in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, and there are many for couples to choose from. Enjoy the lavish wellness retreats alongside premier facilities, yoga, meditation workshops and nature. To enjoy a combination of the latest hydrotherapy technologies and traditional indigenous treatments head to Secrets Spa by Pevonia in central Puerto Vallarta. For eco-friendly treatments in Riviera Nayarit, the Four Seasons Apuane Spa incorporates nutrient-rich plants and healing mineral waters.

7.    Admire the art of Bucerías

Love is an emotion that goes hand in hand with art, and in Riviera Nayarit’s Bucerías is the place to find it. While you’re there, you’ll inevitably fall for its cobblestone streets, brightly coloured homes and tranquil beaches. For a special evening, check out the Art Walk Plaza along Lazaro Cardenas Avenue between 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursdays. The galleries open their doors each week, and some artists produce their work live.

8.    Spend the day on white sand beaches and turquoise waters

Explore one of Riviera Nayarit’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve islands, Las Islas Marietas by catamaran, snorkelling and swimming. From December to March, humpback whales come to Banderas Bay to mate and birth their young, while dolphin encounters are possible all year round. Many day trips depart from different locations in Banderas Bay, or you can take a shorter trip from Punta de Mita onboard a luxury yacht. Don’t miss “Lovers Beach”, a natural wonder hidden below the island’s surface.

For more information and to book, visit Punta Mita Expeditions.

9.    Soak up romantic vibes in Riviera Nayarit´s boho-chic towns

Many people visit to soak up the hippie vibes of love, peace and nature of Sayulita, but you’ll also find a cosmopolitan scene luring surfers from across the globe. Surfing is one of the main attractions of this traditional fishing village. After a couple’s surfing class you can go shopping for Valentines Days gifts followed by a romantic meal in Don Pedros. For an equally romantic experience, visit San Francisco, “cultural capital” of Riviera Nayarit. Bistro Organico of Cielo Rojo hotel and the Polo Brunch are the best for couple’s dining. Sayulita and San Francisco both have a wealth of villas, hotels, resorts and campsites to stay in.

10.   Explore Riviera Nayarit’s rich ecosystem

Cuddle up in a boat as you admire the beauty of Riviera Nayarit’s rivers, lagoons and marshes. You can book many different tours to learn all about the region’s diverse ecosystem. To discover it alongside rural towns and historic ruins, visit La Tovara River. Or take a trip to El Quelele Lagoon, a nature reserve where you can see crocodiles in their natural habitat and participate in turtle release programs.

Book a direct flight to Puerto Vallarta Airport here.

Available via TUI from London Gatwick and Manchester.

Alternatively, AeroMexico offers flights to Mexico City from London Heathrow.

 

Say ‘I do’ at Kensho Psarou, the most beloved hotel in Mykonos

Host unforgettable weddings and events on the famous Psarou beach.

Your big day should be as special as you imagine it to be. So make it one to remember at Kenshō Psarou. Amidst the brilliant blue of the Aegean Sea, Psarou is the most beloved hotel for weddings and events. The only thing you have to do is pick a date and leave every last detail to the hotel’s dedicated team.

A fairytale setting

Say ‘I do’ in a beautiful waterfront location. Kenshō Psarou is perched above the most coveted beach in Mykonos, Greece. The fairytale scenery of the Cyclades is marked by spectacular sunsets, whitewashed houses and rocky cliffs rising from cobalt waters – a fabulous backdrop for an intimate wedding.

The boutique hotel has a private chapel nearby, but you can be wed on the beach or a romantic roof terrace overlooking the sea. Whether you want a small reception or an exquisite ceremony surrounded by family and friends, your wedding in Mykonos will be treasured forever.

Service you’ve always dreamed of

Outstanding services take you and your guests from ordinary to extraordinary – guest transfers to and from the hotel, DJ, fireworks, lighting, photography, videography, floral and decoration set-up. From marriage licenses, music and food, reception to the ceremony and even honeymoon, the staff will make sure that everything runs without a hitch.

Dining to delight your senses

Combine the five-star service with dishes and desserts that tantalise your taste buds. Psarou’s head chef will create a menu to fulfil your deepest desires. The in-house pastry chef will help you design the wedding cake of your dreams, and you can sample an assortment of cigars, champagnes and wine labels from all over the world.

Luxury beyond your expectations

29 rooms and suites are the honeymoon hideaways for the newlyweds, and they each flaunt private terraces with plunge pools or a hot tub. Their tasteful blend of local stone, aged wood and glam design provide unmatched comfort and luxury. But it gets even better beyond the hotel. Spend the day aboard a luxury yacht or tour Mykonos Town from a helicopter. Either way, it’s nothing but bliss from here.

VIP treatment you deserve

The ethereal spa awaits to pamper you with sublime rituals, the loveliest way to start your new life together. Feel the healing properties of sand with the Psammo Concept. Float away in the Spa Water Pod. The couple’s treatment room with Spa Verandah is a relaxing treat for two.

Besides weddings, you can count on Kenshō Psarou for all your events. Celebrate private dinners, parties and get-togethers with excellent service, food and entertainment near the water’s edge. Whatever the occasion, you’re in for an awakening experience.

Kenshō Psarou opens 18 April.

BOOK IT: kenshomykonos.com/kensho-psarou

‘Hottest Hotel in Mykonos’ opens its doors this summer

Kenshō Psarou opens 18 April.

Proclaimed ‘the hottest hotel in Mykonos’, Kenshō Psarou opens 18 April. And it’s the first full season ever!

Set along Psarou Beach, where the rich and famous come to dock their yachts, this posh hotel draws on the best Mykonos Island has to offer.

Enter a world of stylish design, where 29 rooms and suites boast private terraces with plunge pools or a hot tub. Every room is characterised by an elegant touch, fitted with local stone, aged wood and bamboo accents. Just ask Paris Hilton, who stayed in her own villa last summer and loved it.

Enjoy the modern comforts

At Kenshō Psarou, posh interiors and glam beach atmosphere come together for an unforgettable stay. Rest easy in beautiful guestrooms sporting plush beds, minibars, espresso machines and luxurious bathrooms with waterfall showers. As an extra touch, a loaner iPad comes loaded with music playlists and handy apps. If you really want to splurge, the Panoramic Sea View Suite adds a private rooftop and outdoor hot tub overlooking the beach.

Taste the unexpected

Wake up to an à la carte breakfast fit for royalty every morning. Or head to the Psarou Lounge in the afternoon and evening for a feast of seafood, Mediterranean flavours and dashes of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines.  Just make sure to save room for an irresistible dessert, courtesy of the in-house pastry chef.

After your meal, stake your claim on a fluffy beach bed and watch the sun go down. Psarou is the coolest spot in town when the stars come out. The poolside bar serves signature cocktails, wine labels and spirits from all over the world while live events keep the party buzzing throughout the summer.

Host your dream wedding or event

When it comes to private events, it doesn’t get any better than this gorgeous waterfront location. Kenshō Psarou is a sure bet to host memorable weddings, parties, dinners and special occasions.

Be wed on a romantic rooftop setting above a golden stretch of Psarou beach. Say “I do” with the dazzling sea in full view. A helipad is steps away from the property, and the marina has yacht access for those who like to travel in style.

Get the celebrity treatment

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, pop into the spa and indulge in ultra-luxurious treatments like the Quartz Sand Spa Bed Experience or the Spa Verandah Water Pod Experience.

Want to take a piece of Mykonos wherever you go? The in-house boutique offers clothing, shoes and swimwear by the top Greek designers, and you can shop all kinds of jewellery, accessories, branded perfumes and candles.

Of course, a day trip to Mykonos Town brings even more high-end boutiques and stores. Aside from fashion, popular draws such as the windmills and Little Venice are less than four kilometres from Kenshō Psarou. Mykonos Airport is three kilometres away so you’re never far from where you need to go.

BOOK NOW at the Kenshō Psarou Mykonos official website.

www.kenshomykonos.com/kensho-psarou

 

Experience Ecotourism in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for an Eco-Friendly New Year

7 Eco-friendly Activities in Mexico’s Pacific Coast You Won’t Want to Miss

With sustainability being more important for travellers than ever and 2019 set to be the biggest year for ecotourism, you may be amongst those searching for the perfect eco-holiday! Puerto Vallarta, in the state of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit, in the state of Nayarit, have long been two beautiful destinations offering sustainable activities that explore the regions’ incredible eco-systems. Read on for 7 eco-friendly ways to discover the beauty of Mexico!

1. Help Baby Sea Turtles

Baby sea turtle releasing in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit has become a major tourist attraction. Turtle protection programs with turtle farms dedicated to the harvesting, hatching and releasing of baby sea turtles have been created by the Mexican government with marine biologists. As well as getting to see the beautiful creatures and enjoying an interactive and educational experience, you can help increase the survival rate of new turtle hatchlings!

2. Pay the Crocs a Visit

Riviera Nayarit has some great ecotours where you can visit and learn all about it’s rich ecosystem. If you want to explore it alongside rustic towns and historic ruins, head to the river of La Tovara. For those wanting to combine crocodiles and sea turtle release programs, you can visit El Quelele, a marshy lagoon where American Crocodiles exist in a protected environment.

3. Explore Vallarta Botanical Garden

Vallarta Botanical Garden is a nature reserve with botanical collections of more than 3,000 species and has an orchid nursery of 100 different species. After exploring the beautiful gardens you can swim in the Horcones River, do some bird watching or take a trail through the jungle!

4. Have a Whale of a Time in Banderas Bay

Banderas Bay is a sanctuary with an abundance of marine life. From December to March the majestic humpback whales arrive at the bay to mate and birth their young. You can experience this for yourself with various whale watching tours that are controlled, respectful and adhere to strict environmental and safety standards. You can also swim with the dolphins there!

5. Experience Life Underwater

Many water activities that can be enjoyed all year round! Jalisco and Nayarit are home to natural protected areas, bird sanctuaries and marine parks with impressive hill and rock formations that are great for snorkelling, diving, paddle boarding and kayaking. South of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find Los Arcos. Along the Riviera Nayarit coast are the Islas Marietas, home of the famous Hidden Beach, Isla del Coral and Isla Isabel.

6. Visit San Blas for Birdwatching

With over 300 bird species and over 80% of migratory birds flocking to San Blas during the winter months, the coastal village is home to some of the world’s best bird watching locations for vacationing birdwatchers, especially during the months of October through to March as the weather is very pleasant. True bird watching enthusiasts visit San Blas during Mexico’s Festival of Migratory Birds at the end of January or San Blas Christmas Bird Count in December.

7. Zoom Across Jungles and Coastal Views

Jungle canopy tours, or zip-line tours, are one of the most popular and eco-friendly options to explore Mexico’s emerald green Pacific Coast rainforests in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. You can book zip lining anywhere along the 200-mile stretch of the Riviera Nayarit in most major communities like Punta de Mita, Sayulita and Lo de Marcos. Puerto Vallarta also has many opportunities for zip-lining. Thrill-seekers can whizz along Mexico’s longest and fastest “Superman” zip line or get an aerial view of Los Arcos Natural Preserve.

Get Ready to Experience Santorini’s Number One Hotel this Season

Canaves Oia is a luxury hideaway just steps from Oia’s boutique-lined streets.

Looking for your next luxury hideaway in Greece? Canaves Oia is the number one spot in Santorini.

The collection is formed from an array of award-winning properties: Canaves Oia Hotel, Canaves Oia Suites, Canaves Oia Sunday Suites, Canaves Epitome and the luxe Canaves Oia Villa.

Get ready for complete privacy and attentive service in one of the world’s most beautiful surroundings this 2019.

Canaves Oia Hotel: For Those Insta-Famous Pool Pics

Instagram was created for places like Santorini, and if you’re prone to posting your holiday snaps, a trip to Canaves Oia is a must. Picture infinity pools, super luxurious suites with private verandas overlooking the caldera, gorgeous al fresco dining areas and enviable Aegean Sea views. With its whitewashed architecture and lux decor, Canaves Oia Hotel was shortlisted as the world’s Most Instagrammable hotel.

Canaves Oia Suites: For Nothing Less Than the Best

Canaves Oia Suites have proven to be a popular holiday draw, winning Hotel of the Year 2018 at the SLH Awards. And you’ll see why once you set your eyes on these pristine white buildings standing against the volcanic backdrop. The property also picked up Resort Hotel of the Year for its distinguished services and facilities, such as a luxury yacht for guests to explore the coast and an exceptional wine cellar.

Canaves Oia Santorini Villa: For Treating the Whole Family

If you want to treat the whole family, Canaves Villa is the perfect place. It has three bedrooms with king size beds that can be split into twins, two spacious verandas with an infinity pool, a private whirlpool Jacuzzi, and it’s only a stone’s throw away from the included facilities at Canaves Oia Suites and Canaves Oia Hotel.

Canaves Oia Sunday Suites: For Insane 360-Degree Views

Put this collection of eight sumptuous suites on your bucket list. Canaves Oia Sunday Suites are carved into the cliffside, perched in a serene location in the centre of Oia. Each suite is unique as the designer furniture is custom made, and every suite has an independent courtyard. The view from here is hard to beat, but if you really want to splurge, upgrade to the Master Suite with infinity pool – one of the best ways to soak up the scene in style.

Canaves Oia Epitome: For Heavenly Privacy

Making room for even more luxury, Canaves Oia Epitome was built above the picturesque fishing town of Ammoudi. The 24 luxury villas are a short walk away from black pebbled Katharos Beach. They guarantee privacy and a lovely lookout – Epitome is Santorini’s only hotel with both sea and sunset views from each room. Honeymoon suites are purpose-built for newlyweds and couples, but Epitome is also family-friendly.

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