Spain holidays: from Málaga airport to Puerto Banús and recommended hotels

Does the idea of a luxury holiday in Marbella, Spain, appeal to you? If the answer is yes and you would like to start planning your trip already, consider the Puerto Banús marina in the southwest as the area where you will be staying: its unparalleled offer of fine dining, seaside bars, world-class shopping, yachting and supercar gatherings guarantee that you will not regret your choice. As you might already know, the region known as Costa del Sol, which includes Marbella and other tourist areas, is served by Málaga International airport only. In order to get to Puerto Banús, you will need to fly from your origin airport in Europe or that in which you make your connection after flying from overseas to Málaga airport, then commuting by road to Puerto Banús.

How to go from Málaga airport to Puerto Banus (Marbella)

Depending on factors such as your travel budget, your available time upon landing, the number of bags you are carrying or the level of convenience you seek, you have several options to commute to Puerto Banús from Málaga – Costa del Sol airport.

Public buses to Puerto Banús: this commute takes a bit longer than one hour and costs between 12 and 18 euros in total, and its main disadvantage is that you will need to change buses upon arriving in central Marbella to resume your journey towards Puerto Banús. First, take line 601, 603, 604 or 606 heading to Portillo in Málaga airport and then catch the bus L-79 to Puerto Banus in the city centre.

If you have some extra time to spare, you may as well travel by train from Málaga airport to Fuengirola for just 4 euros, then transferring to bus line 302, 303, 304, 305, or 313 going from Fuengirola Terminal to Puerto Banus; this second journey costs around 8 euros.

Travelling by taxi from Málaga –Costa del Sol airport to Puerto Banus will take only forty minutes and you will be charged between 45 and 55 euros. Bear in mind that shared rides, executive transfers, limos and hotel shuttles are also available, giving you the chance to commute in style even when the fare will surely be higher.

For greater independence and especially if you plan to tour southern Spain by car, head over to the car hire offices in Málaga airport located inside the baggage claim hall.

Where to stay in Puerto Banús, Costa del Sol, in Spain

Would you also like to find a hotel in Puerto Banús? From 3-star to luxury ones, you can find the one that suits your travel needs best among our recommendations below.

3-star hotel in Marbella

The Pyr Marbella hotel has been rated with 3 stars and is located in the heart of Puerto Banús, within short walking distance of the beach. Featuring twin, double, triple and family occupancy, its rooms and suites include a kitchenette and a bathroom for private use along with a fully equipped terrace or balcony. While inside the facilities, guests may enjoy an onsite café, a daily breakfast buffet, free WiFi internet throughout and two swimming pools –one for adults and the other one for children. Golf is popular in this part of Marbella with over 50 courses in the neighbouring areas; confirmed guests get discounts to play and hire equipment.

4-star hotel in Marbella

The 4-star H10 Andalucía Plaza hotel in Marbella caters to the needs of holiday goers who look for a beach vacation and those wanting to stay poolside all day alike. Situated less than one kilometre away from Puerto Banús, it provides well-appointed guest rooms with mini fridge, flat-screen TV, adjustable temperature and pool views. During their stay, visitors can spend their time at the gym (at no extra cost), in its several restaurants and bars, being pampered at the spa (additional fees may apply) or in the adjacent casino.

Hotel near the beach in Puerto Banús

Staying at the BlueBay Banús Hotel in Marbella -Spain– means having easy access to Puerto Banús beach, which is just a short stroll away, to three outdoor swimming pools, to its onsite tropical gardens and to the fully equipped guest rooms that can accommodate couples, groups or families and feature balconies with stunning views. Aside from discovering the rich gastronomy of Southern Spain at the two restaurants inside the facilities that specialise in the best traditional dishes from Andalusia and have a refreshing drink at the poolside bar, travellers may purchase tickets for guided tours and events taking place in Marbella or hire cars or bicycles at the front desk any time of the day or night.

If you would rather stay somewhere else during your vacation in Spain, take a look at our recommended accommodation in Costa del Sol.


Trip to Monte Carlo: how to go from Nice airport to Monaco

If you are planning a trip to Monaco, you may probably be searching for the best way to travel to this charming principality between Italy and France. Due to its proximity to the French city of Nice, most travellers visiting Monte Carlo arrive by air through the international terminals of Nice Côte d’Azur airport, then using alternative transportation methods to cover the distance separating it from their final destination. The most frequently chosen transport options to travel from Nice airport to Monte Carlo include bus, train and helicopter.

A road journey from the passenger terminals of NCE to the principality takes about 35 minutes to be completed, the distance to be covered being almost 30 kilometres. However, should you want to add a bit of luxury to your trip, a helicopter ride will only take 7 minutes and will undoubtedly help create some fun and unforgettable memories. The staff at Nice Côte d’Azur airport will provide all the information and assistance you may need regarding this and other transportation means in any of its two buildings (T1, T2). In order to decide which one suits your needs best and to purchase tickets, head over to their different desks in the arrivals area; further details are explained later on in this post.

Flights to Nice in France

Although the listed below are not the only ones, we have gathered some of the main international and European airlines selling flights to Nice, either seasonally or regularly. Thus, you can travel to Monaco by flying to Nice first with:

Seasonal: Aegean Airlines (from Athens), Aer Lingus (Dublin), Air Baltic (Riga), Air Canada Rouge (Montreal), British Airways (London Stansted and Manchester), Delta (New York JFK), Finnair (Helsinki), SAS (Stavenger, Gothenburg), Tui Fly Belgium (Charleroi, Marrakech) and (Leeds).

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Regular: Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo), Air France (Paris Orly and Paris Charles de Gaulle), Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), British Airways (London City, Gatwick and Heathrow), Brussels Airlines (Brussels), Czech Airlines (Prague), Emirates (Dubai), Eurowings (Cologne, Dusseldorf and Stuttgart), HOP! (domestic destinations within France), Iberia (Madrid), KLM (Amsterdam Schiphol), LOT (Warsaw), Lufthansa (Frankfurt, Munich), Norwegian Air Shuttle (Copenhagen, Oslo Gardermoen and Stockholm Arlanda), Qatar Airways (Doha), Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca), Swiss International (Geneva, Zurich), Tap Air Portugal (Lisbon) and Vueling (Barcelona).

How to travel from Nice Côte d’Azur airport to Monaco

After landing in Nice airport, we have several options to get to Monte Carlo from the passenger terminals, and our commute will not be longer than the usual journey from any other airport in the world to the city centre.

Several companies offer rides so that arriving passengers can travel from Nice airport to Monte Carlo by helicopter. Aside from the obvious perks of this option and the views you will get while commuting, this sort of shuttle often gives you the opportunity to book packages that also entitle you to be taken from Monaco Heliport to your accommodation in Monte Carlo at no extra charge. One-way tickets start from 130 euros, even though you are advised to look out for promotions, especially if you book online and in advance.

If you would like to travel to Monaco by train, you will need to transfer to St Laurent du Var railway station, located 1,5 kilometres away from the NCE passenger terminals. There, take an SNCF train to Monaco-Montecarlo termini. Ticket fares range from 1 to 6 euros, and the journey takes 35 minutes approximately.

Bus line 110 (Monaco Express) is popular among travellers landing in Nice, enabling them to go from Côte d’Azur International airport to Monte Carlo as effectively as by rail. The last stop is Monaco Place d’Armes, and fares range from 20€ (one way) to 30€ (return); travellers under 26 years old can get discounts and you can also benefit from lower rates if you plan to commute frequently during your stay by purchasing multiple trips.

Lastly, a more expensive way to travel from Nice airport to Monaco yet still a convenient and quick one is to fly with the regional airline company Monacair, which connects the two points regularly.

Hotels in Monte Carlo – Monaco

Have you booked accommodation for your stay in Monaco yet? Take a look at our recommended hotels: the Novotel Monte Carlo and the Fairmont Monte Carlo.

Hotels near the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai

The impressive Burj Khalifa tower of Dubai is not just an iconic symbol of this city in the UAE, but most importantly a visionary architectural work in which science and design were combined to reach the highest levels of perfection. Travellers coming from all corners of the globe marvel at the sight of the tallest building ever built when it shines in the sun as much as when it gets illuminated at night. No other construction in the world has more floors, no lift travels longer distances than the ones inside it and no observation deck in the open air offers such breathtaking views elsewhere.

From virtually every spot in town you can look up and be amazed by its 828 metres tall; however, those who do not suffer from vertigo simply refuse to miss out on such a unique experience and book passes to the attraction known as “At the top-Burj Khalifa” thus being able to enjoy the views of Dubai’s skyline from inside the tallest skyscraper in the world, surrounded by the utmost luxury and even having a drink.

If you decide to stay in a hotel near the Burj Khalifa you will get –in addition- all the advantages of a central location like Downtown Dubai, a true paradise for shopping lovers, business travellers and adventure seekers. Below, you will find our recommended 5-star hotels in Dubai, all of which feature views of the highest tower in the planet.

The Taj Dubai hotel, an Indian inspired oasis

Strategically situated close to the world’s tallest building, the Taj Dubai lies within short walking distance of the financial district, the Dubai Opera, the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates complex, while DXB International airport is easily accessible by car or metro from this specific area. Both the Business Bay and the Burj Khalifa subway stations are less than one kilometre away from the hotel.

This 5-star hotel in downtown Dubai, which features among its numerous amenities an outdoor luxury pool, complimentary WiFi connection all throughout, a spa and fitness centre, a selection of onsite restaurants specialising in foreign cuisines and a night club known as the “Billionaire Mansion”, offers unparalleled panoramic views to the Burj Khalifa tower from its luxury rooms that can accommodate couples or families.

Shopping trip to Dubai: the Address Boulevard hotel

If one of the reasons why you will visit Dubai is its vast array of exclusive international brands and so want to spend lots of time at the shops, know that this hotel near the Burj Khalifa has direct access into the Dubai Mall from inside its own facilities. Other attractions within short walking distance include the Dubai Aquarium, and guests may request airport pick-up and drop-off service for an additional charge.

During their stay, guests are invited into exclusive luxury spaces such as the three swimming pools with stunning Dubai skyline views, the various onsite restaurants offering the finest international dining options, a spa centre, a shisha lounge and a gym. Each room is fully-equipped, provides a Nespresso coffee machine for personal use as well as technological features such as an iPad to adjust the lighting and temperature to one’s liking. Travellers who book a Club Room get complimentary limousine services, earlier check-in times and round-the-clock access to the lounge.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown Hotel

This 5-star hotel in central Dubai featuring views of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper boasts an enviable situation right by the main metro station in the area and only a stroll away from the Dubai Mall, the Business Bay and the City Walk. If you opt for hiring a vehicle to get around, you will be glad to find out that the Sofitel Dubai Downtown hotel provides confirmed guests with private parking spots.

The luxury suites and rooms of this hospitality establishment may feature views of the popular tower, the city or the coast, or include different packages that will entitle you to benefit from extras such as spa treatments, club access and meals. Among the varied choice of dining options on site we count Peruvian, Argentinean, Japanese, African, American and Australian. Furthermore, during your stay you can enrol in yoga classes, receive advice from a personal trainer, relax at the pool bar or plan your city tours at the information point in the reception.

Have you got everything sorted out for your trip already? Our post about how to get your tourist visa to Dubai might be of interest to you.

7 Hotels where famous actors and artists have lived

Would you fancy staying in a hotel where a celebrity has lived, feeling the glamour of sleeping in a room where they slept and finding out the juiciest gossip about them? This is far from being an outright unattainable dream when you visit big cities like Paris, Los Angeles, London or New York, since you always have the chance to book a room in a luxury hotel that used to serve as temporary home for big figures of cinema, music and arts, as has been the case with living celebrities such as Robert De Niro, John Travolta and Bob Dylan, or legends like Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Oscar Wilde and Coco Chanel. In today’s post, we provide a short list of hotels around the world that once had these icons as guests; if you are a fan, take good note and don’t hesitate to consider them for your next luxury trip.

Chateau Marmont (Robert De Niro)

There are two types of Robert De Niro fans: those who love comedies that he has starred in and the film buffs who started following him back in the times of Taxi Driver. But regardless of how you discovered his talent, if you love the Italian American actor and have a big travel budget, we recommend that you stay at the Chateau Marmont in Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles, California) at least for one night. Chances are that you will spot him or other Hollywood celebrities during your stay, because the hotel is known as a gathering point for famous people like models, rock stars and movie stars.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Marilyn Monroe)

Norma Jeane Mortenson lived for two years in room 229 of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California, right before she became the big movie star and blonde bombshell we know as Marilyn Monroe today. As a matter of fact, her first photoshoot as a professional model was carried out by the popular Tropicana Pool in this very establishment. This magical place to stay while in L.A. is superbly located within short walking distance of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and features well-appointed luxury rooms, exclusive guest amenities, five different onsite dining options, a massage garden and a gym.

Hotel Pink Beach Club (John Travolta)

Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston are regulars at the Hotel Pink Beach Club in Bermuda (they once stayed for almost an entire year). And it is no wonder that it took them so long to check out if we look at the services provided by this lovely resort. It is found in Tucker’s Town, a short drive from the airport, and offers guests ample suites with private balcony, and luxury ensuite bathrooms with robes, slippers and signature toiletries. Daily breakfast as well as the finest cuisine are served both in their Ocean Terrace and their onsite restaurant. And to top it all off, you will be surrounded by nature and get plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, fishing and water-skiing.

Hotel Bel-Air (Elizabeth Taylor)

In an unparalleled location amongst the Canyon Hills, 5 kilometers away from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, we found the Hotel Bel-Air, now part of the Dorchester Collection. The exclusiveness and quietness of the area attracted Liz Taylor back in the days of Hollywood’s Golden Era. As they celebrate their 75th anniversary, the hotel is pampering guests with special spa treatments, cocktails and other extras. Stay in any of their fully-equipped comfortable rooms and enjoy the garden views, spend some unwinding time at the garden or the pool and don’t leave without tasting the Mediterranean Fusion dishes served at their restaurant.

Hotel Chelsea (Bob Dylan)

The Chelsea hotel in New York City was designated a NYC landmark in 1966, and it appears on the National Register of Historic Places since 1977. Named after the Manhattan neighborhood where the building is situated, this hotel used to be the home of many musicians, actors, writers and actors, until long-term stays were no longer allowed. One of the most notorious ones staying here was poet, composer, musician and singer Bob Dylan. At this time, it is possible to stay at the Chelsea in Double, King or Queen rooms just a stroll away from Times Square and the Empire State Building.

Cumberland Hotel (Jimi Hendrix)

Seattle-born Jimi Hendrix, the best guitarist of all time according to many, spent a good amount of his time in London -UK- at the Cumberland Hotel (Great Cumberland Place), up to the point that they have a themed Jimi Hendrix Suite nowadays, available for bookings and ready for nostalgic fans who would like to emulate the rock star’s lifestyle. Conveniently located near Trafalgar Square, Picadilly Circus and Covent Garden, the 4-star establishment also features free WiFi, 24-hour front desk and spaces for events.

The Ritz Hotel (Coco Chanel)

For over three decades, French fashion designer Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel made a suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris her permanent residence; she even died there. Decorated by herself, affording stunning views over Place Vendome, and today incorporating drawings, photographs and works of art telling the story of Coco, the suite is now open for bookings from €7,500 per night.

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The most luxurious hotels in Singapore

Many expert travellers see Singapore as the ideal destination for a luxury escape, since this city in Southeast Asia is home to some of the most sought-after tourist attractions in the world and the most photographed landmarks: the Marina Bay Sands, the Gardens by the Bay and Singapore’s skyline itself, which you can admire from various observation decks or while taking a ride on the magical Singapore Flyer wheel. High-end shopping malls, state-of-the-art convention centres and sophisticated entertainment venues and an eclectic gastronomy offer complement this whole experience.

To top it all off, many hotels in Singapore are considered among the most exclusive ones in the globe, and thanks to the extraordinarily wide array of services provided, future guests are able to tailor or customise their stay according to their preferences and needs: hotel room amenities, views, capacity, onsite dining offer, wellness spaces and treatments, business facilities, front desk services, extras and entertainment. By specifying the type of room and extra amenities they will be using when they make a hotel reservation online, travellers make sure they will be paying a fair nightly rate or even saving money when booking their luxury vacation.

Hotels for a 5-star luxury trip to Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore 

Conveniently located in the Business District of the city, this hotel lies 20 kilometres from Changi International airport, comprises a Casino, features an observation deck on its 57th floor and is connected to the Gardens by the Bay, a shopping mall home to many international luxury brands and a museum. However, what made this 5-star hotel in Singapore truly popular is the fact that it houses the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool affording breathtaking skyline views. Guest rooms, which are fully equipped with every amenity you may wish for, fall into the following categories: lower floor units, city views, sky views, garden views, harbour views, premier suites and family studios. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the complex includes a spa, a dance club, three lounges and a tour desk; Suntec City lies 1,2 km away, and Universal Studios Singapore can be reached after a short drive by car or shuttle.

Grand Park City Hall hotel in Singapore

This hotel is superbly located within short walking distance of Raffles City, the MRT City Hall station, the National Gallery of Singapore and the Peninsula Plaza shopping mall. It features four onsite restaurants with European dining options as well as Asian specialties, a gym, an outdoor pool and rooms with courtesy high-speed WiFi and stunning harbour views, ensuite bathrooms with toiletries, satellite TV, coffee and tea facilities and mini bar. Room types in this luxury hotel in Singapore are divided into deluxe, premire, family, suites, executive and suites with in-room Jacuzzi. Guests are entitled to enjoy a breakfast buffet daily, and tickets for shows and rides on the Singapore Flyer Wheel can be purchased at the front desk.

The Swissotel the Stamford on the Esplanade

Situated inside the Raffles City complex and metres from the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and the MRT City Hall station, the Swissotel is located in one of the tallest buildings in Southeast Asia, thus affording arguably the best views of the city’s skyline, especially from its bar on the 72nd floor. Other allures of this 5-star hotel in Singapore are its popular happy hour (available for a fee but excellent value for money), its 24 hour room service and the extensive menu of concierge and guest services provided by the front desk. The multilingual staff, complimentary WiFi, wide breakfast selection and onsite fitness centre only add up to this first-class experience. The rooms may accommodate solo travellers, couples, groups and families and are categorised into signature, swiss, premier, suites and executive with or without king-size beds and harbour views.

The Fairmont hotel in Singapore

Also in the Raffles city area and located right on top of the MRT City Hall station, this world-class accommodation offers a dining choice of fifteen onsite restaurants, an open-air pool with poolside bar, complimentary WiFi internet all throughout and direct access to a convention centre and a shopping mall situated inside the same complex. Guest rooms are fully equipped and feature private balconies with views of the Marina Bay Sands area and Singapore’s skyline. The reception staff at this 5-star hotel in Singapore can provide top-notch services such as express laundry and arrangements to use the spa facilities, get sophisticated beauty treatments and massages, obtain a private parking spot or attend the hottest events in town. If you would rather spend the evening exploring the vicinity, the area features both local and international cafés and restaurants, and there is even a Costa Coffee outlet close to the hotel.

Are you departing Singapore early in the morning? Check out our tips and recommendations in case you need to spend the night at Changi International airport.

The best hotels in Tel Aviv, Israel

Do you need some good reasons to tick Israel off your bucket list in the near future? Other travellers who have already been there will surely tell you that it is a technological capital with a vibrant social life and beaches of unparalleled beauty, but actually the main aim of those currently searching for flights to Tel Aviv is to attend the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, of which it will be host city.

As a tourist, the safest and best area to stay in Tel Aviv is the beach strip spanning several kilometres along the coast and located less than 20 kilometres from Ben Gurion International airport. In fact, the majority of hotels are concentrated on this part of the city, locally known as the Tayelet, and you can choose among luxury establishments belonging to worldwide-renowned chains and others owned by Israeli hospitality companies. If you are looking for an urban escape combined with all the perks of the beach life, perhaps the greatest advantages of staying here will be waking up to sea views and being within short walking distance of the seashore.

Nevertheless, the Tayelet equally offers easy commutes to the main attractions and landmarks while ensuring that you will be in one of the most exclusive parts of town. Read below to find out more about our recommended hotels in Tel Aviv.

4-star hotel in Tel Aviv’s beachfront

Right next to the beach promenade, few metres from the Gordon, Frishman and Bograshov beaches and within short walking distance to the Tel Aviv Marina, the Prima hotel features beautiful sea views from its onsite restaurant and panoramic views of the entire area from some of its deluxe rooms. The units, which may accommodate solo travellers, couples or families travelling with kids, are arranged differently including single or twin beds, extra large double ones and even complementary sofas that can be converted into full-sized beds. Besides, guests enjoy in-room amenities such as satellite television channels, free WiFi and private bathroom with shower. The staff at the reception of this hotel in Tel Aviv -Israel– will gladly provide you with access to extras like bikes to get around, safety deposit boxes to use, admission to the sun terrace and tickets to attractions and tours, and assist you with any specific dietary requests you may have for your meals.

Dan Tel Aviv Hotel in Israel

This 5-star hospitality establishment offers airport transfers for a surcharge. Its exceptional location on the beachfront guarantees the most breathtaking Mediterranean views, especially the ones you will get from its rooftop swimming pool. All the well-appointed rooms and suites of this luxury hotel in Tel Aviv feature complimentary WiFi, en suite bathroom, cosy beds and amenities, and can be of single, double, triple or family occupancy. If you really want to disconnect and immerse yourself in this new destination, this is a great opportunity to indulge in their spa treatments, the traditional food served on site and the local businesses around. Hilton Beach and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are just a stroll away.

The Herods Herzliya Hotel

Also on the beachfront and part of the Leonardo Hotels hospitality chain, this 5-star establishment gives you a unique chance to combine business and leisure while in Israel. The Herzliya Marina, which gives it its name, is actually a small island strategically situated close to the main shopping sites and some renowned scuba diving centres. Confirmed guests get to enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast that may be included in the nightly rate, and their rooms are equipped with mini bar, cable TV, air conditioning, private bathroom, bathrobes and slippers. Furthermore, there are many other facilities and services they will be entitled to use during their stay at this hotel in Tel Aviv, among which we count an onsite fitness centre, a garden, an outdoor pool, a bar, a restaurant serving local specialties and a spa.

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