Stocking stuffers for jetsetters – DK Eyewitness Travel Guides‏

November 19, 2014 on 3:10 pm | In Adventure Travel, Books Guidebooks | Comments Off

For more than 20 years, travelers have trusted the details to DK’s Eyewitness Travel guides. This summer, adventure-seekers in iconic destinations like Italy, Ireland, London, Paris, and New York City will notice an upgrade to their trusty guides.

The series re-launch includes updated itineraries ranging from 2-14 days, new content, stunning images and improved usability with the same gold-standard integrity they are known and loved for. Key features include:

New itineraries based on lengths of stay, regional destinations, or themes
City guides with tailor-made daytrip and weekend itineraries
Country guide itineraries ranging from two to fourteen days
Brand-new hotel and restaurant listings

DK Choice listings highlighting special recommendations for dining and accommodations

Simplified price and cuisine categories, with photography throughout

Redrawn maps for improved readability

Restaurants plotted on maps and listed with adjacent sights

More detailed street maps, with subway stops and viewing points

DK is the bestselling and award-winning publisher known for informing, entertaining, and educating global audiences through beautifully designed content. DK publishes the Eyewitness series for children and Eyewitness Travel Guides. BradyGames, Alpha Books, and Rough Guides are also available from DK, a division of Penguin Random House.

30th Anniversary Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships Guide

November 5, 2014 on 1:09 pm | In Books Guidebooks, Cruise Boats | Comments Off

While 2015 Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships (to be published on 1st October 2014) reveals the top ranking ships, with Europa 2 and Europa remaining in pole position, this latest 30th anniversary edition introduces a broader focus on the star performers. New categories making their debut in the seafaring equivalent of the Oscars include Best in Class for: families, teenagers, water slides, most luxurious suites, spas, child-free cruising, foodies and the longest swimming pools. These categories make the guide the holy grail for would-be cruise-goers who know what they’re looking for, but don’t know where to start.

“Small used to be beautiful, but size doesn’t seem to matter anymore, with some high scores being awarded to all sizes, from boutique ships right up to the large resort ships,” comments author Douglas Ward, the man who introduced star ratings to cruise ships. What’s different about routes for the coming season? Ward explains, “Some of the cruise lines, like Princess, Celebrity and Carnival are adding longer journeys to their programmes for our winter, and sending their ships further afield, to destinations such as Australia and the Pacific Ocean. The South East Asian market is also a tempting one for the cruise lines because the yields are much higher than in the west.”

Family cruising is the major growth area, and there are increasing numbers of superb cruise ships available for families that represent great value for money. New kid on the block, Mein Schiff 3 (from rapidly-expanding cruise line, TUI Cruises) is one of the best new vessels for families and, with a 25-metre pool, it also receives the crown for longest swimming pool, plus the most highly rated large resort ship. What Ward describes as ‘gimmickery’ is another trend, such as robots that can make the drinks, as all the big resort ships try to outdo one another. Amusingly too, brochures of the major cruise lines now include behaviour sections on how to act appropriately on board – something that would not have been necessary in the earliest days of cruising.

Douglas Ward believes few operators can really deliver a ship, product, and crew worthy of the highest Berlitz star rating. For this 2015 edition, two ships, both from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, have achieved the score required for them to be awarded membership in the most exclusive ‘five-stars-plus’ club: Europa 2 (with 1,860 points out of a possible 2,000) and Europa (with a close 1,851 points). “Both are beautiful ships to sail aboard”, comments Ward, “with an outstanding amount of space per passenger, high ceilinged passageways, a superb range of dining venues and types of cuisine, and attentive, friendly, yet unobtrusive personal service. They’ve proven themselves to be unbeatable yet again.”


Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe 270 hard-hitting reviews in this eagerly awaited guide expose the best and worst scoring cruise ships using an internationally accepted rating system devised by Douglas Ward, its author and the most respected (and feared) critic in the business. The only source of independent star ratings for virtually all ocean-going cruise ships worldwide, the guide takes into account a remarkable 400 separate items based on personal cruises, visits and revisits to ships, as well as observations and comments from the author’s team.

Douglas Ward has completed over 6,000 days at sea, participated in more than 1,000 cruises, 158 transatlantic crossings, and countless Panama Canal transits, shipyard visits, ship-naming ceremonies and maiden voyages. Often described as a maritime Sherlock Holmes, he leaves no stone unturned.


5 Best Ships for Families – Chosen for family-friendly facilities, activities and entertainment:

Allure of the Seas/Oasis of the Seas; Disney Dream/Disney Fantasy; Mein Schiff 3, MSC Preziosa, Norwegian Breakaway/Norwegian Getaway.

5 Best Cruise Lines for Teenagers – Teenagers like space away from adults to hang out and meet others. Some ships get it, others don’t. These do:

Disney Cruise Line (Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy); Norwegian Cruise Line (Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway); Princess Cruises (Royal Princess, Regal Princess); Royal Caribbean International (Quantum of the Seas), TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff 3).

5 Best Water Slides – Children can’t wait to go for a ride once they are on board:

DrainPipe (Carnival Cruise Lines); Aquaduck (Disney Cruise Line); Vertigo (MSC Cruises); Epic Plunge (Norwegian Cruise Line); Parthenon Slide (Star Cruises).

5 Most Luxurious Suites – Suites are not just about size and space but also the furnishings, service and all the little details:

Royal Loft on Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International – Their upstairs/downstairs layout, baby grand piano, and huge glass wall together hit the spot;
Crystal Penthouse on Crystal Serenity (Crystal Cruises) – The master bathroom is wonderfully decadent, and it’s possible to eat Nobu sashimi and sushi in your own dining room;
Owner’s Suite on Europa 2 (Hapag-Lloyd Cruises) – The bathroom is simply stunning with a bath that could accommodate four, and a window-side day bed;
Owner’s Suite on Marina, Riviera (Oceania Cruises) – Ralph Lauren décor and fine furnishings, a baby grand piano, and a delightful outdoor balcony deck;
Sandringham Suite on Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line – An Art Deco apartment on two levels with a sweeping curved stairway, and an oversized balcony deck.

5 Best Cruise Ship Spas – Wellness and pampering on board have become major attractions:

AIDA Cruises (AIDAprima); Cunard Line (Queen Mary 2); Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (Europa 2); MSC Cruises (MSC Fantasia, MSC Preziosa, MSC Splendida); P&O Australia (Pacific Pearl).

5 Best ships for Child-free Cruising – One from each of five different cruise lines:

Adonia (P&O Cruises); Grande Mariner (Blount Small Ship Adventures); Island Sky (Noble Caledonia); Minerva (Swan Hellenic Cruises); Saga Sapphire (SAGA Cruises).

5 Best Cruise Lines for Foodies – chosen for the quality and variety of ingredients, their creativity and presentation:

Crystal Cruises; Hapag-Lloyd Cruises; Oceania Cruises; SeaDream Yacht Club; Silversea Cruises.

5 Longest Swimming Pools – Most cruise ship pools are small considering the size of the large resort ships today, but that’s because water can slosh around when the weather’s bad. Here are the longest:

Mein Schiff 3 (25.0 meters); Europa (17.3 meters); Europa 2 (14.0 meters); Asuka II (13.5 meters); Crystal Serenity/Crystal Symphony (13.5 meters).


The Top 3 Large Resort Ships (2,001–6,500 passengers) All 4-star Plus

1st Place: Mein Schiff 3

2nd Place: Queen Mary 2 (Grill Class)

3rd Place: Queen Elizabeth

The Top 3 Mid-size Ships (751–2,000 passengers)

1st Place: Crystal Serenity (5-star)

2nd Place: Crystal Symphony (5-star)

3rd Place: Riviera (4-star Plus)

The Top 3 Small Ships (251–750 passengers)

1st Place: Europa 2 (5-star Plus)

2nd Place: Europa (5-star Plus)

3rd Place: Silver Whisper (5-star)

The Top 3 Boutique Ships (50–250 passengers) – All 5-star

1st Place: Hanseatic

2nd Place: SeaDream I

3rd Place: SeaDream II

Fully updated and revised, Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2015 (£18.99, 704 pages, with hundreds of colour photographs) is published on October 1, 2014. Also forthcoming will be the guide in e-book format. For further information visit

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Official Travel Guide To Rugby World Cup 2015

November 5, 2014 on 9:36 am | In Books Guidebooks, London, Scotland, Sports Travel, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Publisher of Family Traveller Magazine and named as Official Licensee for Rugby World Cup 2015

Ardent Media Ltd, the publisher of Family Traveller Magazine and, has been named as an official licensee to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The London based media company will produce the Official Travel Guide to the tournament, which is scheduled to take place from 18 September to 31 October next year.

The eighth Rugby World Cup is expected to attract up to 500,000 inbound visitors to the UK as well as engaging the UK domestic audience. Matches will be played in 11 host cities across England plus Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The guide will be published in January 2015 and is expected to have a print run in excess of 100,000 copies. The guide will be available via international Official Travel Agencies as well as a domestic distribution.

It will provide an unrivalled opportunity for British businesses in the travel and leisure sector to target affluent rugby supporters from both home and abroad.

The guide will offer numerous editorial and advertising opportunities for businesses large and small to take advantage of another global sporting event which is set to boost British tourism.

“We are honoured to be a part of the Rugby World Cup 2015. It will be a fantastic tournament which will generate millions of visitor engagement opportunities across the UK. We hope that via our inspirational and practical content the Official Travel Guide will be an indispensable planning tool for all fans before and during the tournament,” said Andrew Dent, CEO of Ardent Media Ltd.

“Through our work on Family Traveller Magazine and we have great knowledge of the UK tourism market and we are excited about bringing our existing partners access to affluent rugby fans,” continued Dent.

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Singapore Crowned As Lonely Planet’s #1 Destination

November 2, 2014 on 3:56 pm | In Asia, Books Guidebooks, Singapore | Comments Off

The Singapore Tourism Board is delighted to announce that Singapore has topped the list of Lonely Planet’s 2015 Best in Travel Top 10 Countries, the first Southeast Asian country to be given this accolade.

Lonely Planet cites Singapore’s eclectic mix of heritage buildings, shopping malls, hawker centres, green spaces and other tourism highlights as having brought the country to new heights.

Sharon Lam, Area Director Oceania, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), commented: “We are humbled by this tremendous result and we’re honoured by the recognition of Singapore’s efforts not just in tourism, but also in heritage, culture, greenery, dining, arts and shopping, to name just a few.

“This serves as motivation for us to continue delivering innovative tourism concepts that can help Kiwis discover the real Singapore.”

With Kiwis seeking to experience a destination just like a local, Singapore’s many precincts allow visitors to immerse in cultural diversity and experience the best that the city has to offer. From Boon Tat Street’s mouth-watering satay under the stars, off the beaten track boutique shops on Tiong Bahru’s Yong Siak Street and an energetic nightlife on Club Street and Ann Siang Hill, Singapore is an unparalleled destination that offers New Zealanders a rich and colourful experience.

Commenting on behalf of Lonely Planet, Mr Chris Zeiher, Asia Pacific Sales & Marketing Director, said: “Lonely Planet is pleased to announce that Singapore has topped the list as the #1 country to visit in our much-anticipated Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015. Full of surprises, Singapore is set to delight visitors next year and is deserving of the number one spot.

This win is a welcome addition to a small but growing list of accolades for Singapore’s leisure experiences. Recently, users of popular travel review site TripAdvisor named Universal Studios Singapore as the top amusement park in Asia for 2014 and the Singapore Botanic Gardens as the top park in Asia.

For more information on the Singapore Tourism Board, please visit:  and

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Conde Nast Traveler Announces 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards‏

October 23, 2014 on 8:48 am | In Adventure Travel, Africa, Books Guidebooks, South Africa | Comments Off

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Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 76,600 dedicated readers cast votes for 7,721 hotels, 642 cities, 453 cruise ships, and 148 islands, in an average survey time of 16.5 minutes. The result? The 1,182 best travel experiences in the world.


· Top U.S. City: Charleston, S.C., is the #1 city in the U.S. for the fourth year in a row!

· Top Hotel in the U.S.: XV Beacon, Boston

· Top Resort in the U.S.: Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

· Top Island in the World: Palawan Island, The Philippines

· Top Hotel in Europe: Il Salviatino, Florence

· Top Hotel in Asia: Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Goddess Swimwear from Today Show· Top Hotel in South America: Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, Colombia

· Top Safari Camp: Londolozi, Sabi Sand, South Africa

· Top Airline in the World: Singapore Airlines

· Top Large Cruise Line: Disney

· Top Midsize Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises

· Top Small Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises

· Top River Cruise Line: Grand Circle Cruise Line

· Top Beach Resort in Mexico: Viceroy Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen

· Top Beach Resort in the Caribbean: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia


· Hall of Famers, iconic properties that more than withstand the test of time

· The Newcomers and the Comebacks, new and recently refreshed properties that are destined to become future classics


· What a man wants: A weekend getaway to Telluride or Las Vegas

· What a woman wants: The beach in The Hamptons or Cape May

· Top destination for 20-somethings: New England

· The 30- to 50-year-old set heads to: the Rocky Mountains

· 50-plus-year-old travelers are fascinated by: Alaska

· The most popular honeymoon destination: The Caribbean, followed by Hawaii

The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 28, 2014. The full list is published exclusively online, at

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Master the Culture, Language and Savoir Faire of French Cuisine‏

October 14, 2014 on 7:52 am | In Books Guidebooks, Dine Drink, France, French West Indies, Paris | Comments Off

Great fares to Europe and beyond.
Dine, drink, converse, and indulge à la Française.

Introducing “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook,” a new comprehensive language guide for food lovers that serves up the vital French expressions other books leave off the plate.

You’ll learn how to: navigate produce markets, charcuteries and pâtisseries; prepare meals the French way with delicious, authentic recipes; speak the lingo of Paris’s top restaurants and bistros; pair regional wines with delightful cheeses; and, master the proper table etiquette for dining at a friend’s house.

Whether you’re spending a semester in Paris, vacationing in the Riviera, dining at a local bistro or mastering the French culinary art in your own kitchen, “The Farm to Table French Phrasebook” opens a bountiful world of food you won’t find in any textbook or classroom.

You will come to appreciate a French meal to its fullest—and, perhaps, become a little bit French yourself!

This compact hardcover gift book is perfect for tucking into your knapsack for a day of sampling gourmet local specialties as well as a great present for the Francophile in your life.

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Moon Guides’ Autumn in Montana and Wyoming

September 7, 2014 on 2:59 pm | In Books Guidebooks, Rockies | Comments Off

As summer slips away, crowds of tourists and parades of Winnebagos give way to seas of yellowing aspens and flocks of honking geese. Fall in the West is short and ever-so-sweet. And it is a perfect time to explore this geographically blessed and naturally dynamic part of the world. For travelers looking for a quiet horseback riding experience, a cabin-by-the-lake weekend, or a long, winding drive to take in the subdued colors and raucous wildlife that define this region in the fall, Carter G. Walker, author of Moon Montana & Wyoming, shares 5 tips for enjoying this brief but magical season:

1. Watch the Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park:
There is no place better in the country to watch wildlife than inside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park, the largest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48. Although most visible when snow blankets the ground, they are never more active than in the fall, when the bison and elk do battle over great harems and the bears frantically fatten up for hibernation. Much of the action happens within eyeshot of the park roads, most of which stay open through November 2. Rooms in the park are easier to come by in the fall than during the summer. For visitors that appreciate a real insider’s view, the Yellowstone Association offers a host of fascinating educational tours all season long.

2. Be a Dude for a Weekend:
Fall is a great time to explore the region’s dude ranches, as rooms are more available and fewer guests means more options for shorter stays. At Eatons’ Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming, for example, summer guests are required to stay for seven days, but after Labor Day, a weekend getaway is as doable as it is delightful. Think leisurely horseback rides up into the Bighorn Mountains, lazy afternoons fly fishing on Wolf Creek, and sunsets that showcase the region’s purple mountain majesty.

3. Drive Over the Beartooth Highway:
Straddling Montana and Wyoming and running 68 miles from Red Lodge into the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park at Cooke City, the Beartooth Highway is a staggeringly beautiful road for a Sunday drive (or any day, for that matter). The road climbs to nearly 11,000 feet in elevation and weaves through prime recreation and wildlife territory. Bring a bike. Pack some boots. Even your skis! The weather determines when the Beartooth Highway closes, but it’s usually sometime in October. If this 3-hour trip isn’t enough, the nearby Chief Joseph Scenic Byway and the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway can pack an additional alpine punch.

4. Soak in Some Hot Springs:
The upside of living adjacent to the world’s largest supervolcano (a.k.a. Yellowstone National Park) is that the heat underneath the earth here makes for some outstanding hot springs, most of which are swimmable year-round, and best when the weather is cooler. There are undeveloped options for nature-lovers — the Boiling River by Yellowstone’s northern entrance is extraordinary — and commercial options for visitors who like a little rustic luxury with their hot water. Chico Hot Springs, just north of Yellowstone in Paradise Valley, is a good bet with beautiful water, sumptuous food and plenty of local culture. The entire town of Thermopolis, Wyoming, is built around the natural hot water that flows out of the ground and into developed pools.

5. Take in the Art at Rendezvous Royale or the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival:
Two of Wyoming’s best-loved towns shift their attention to art as soon as the air turns crisp. The Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival runs this year from September 3rd to the 14th and boasts more than 50 events — including auctions, gallery and studio tours, the Western Design Conference, art walks, and plenty of parties. On the fourth week in September, Rendezvous Royale in Cody celebrates Western art in all its forms with a fabulous art show and furniture exhibition, a fashion show, a quick draw, and a standing-room-only auction of contemporary works at the renowned Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

For more information on Moon Montana & Wyoming, visit

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Moon Travel Guides make independent travel and outdoor exploration fun and accessible. With expert writers delivering a mix of honest insight, first-rate strategic advice, and an essential dose of humor, Moon guidebooks ensure that travelers have an uncommon and entirely satisfying travel experience. Moon not only guides, Moon inspires. Based in Berkeley, California, Moon is published by Avalon Travel, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Visit Moon online at

The Savvy Bride’s Guide To The Spa

August 24, 2014 on 11:18 am | In Books Guidebooks, Spa Resorts, Weddings Honeymoons | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWeddings take some serious planning and looking your best is likely at the top of your to-do list. Brides have so much to plan – so we hope Spafinder Wellness 365′s Spa Guide for Brides takes some of the stress out of organising your special day. We recommend that you invest in a series of spa visits, starting four-six months before your wedding. Many spas have packages specifically for brides, so do your research, find your perfect spa and prepare to get gorgeous!


1 Plan ahead.

Make a list of your wellness and beauty priorities: if you have trouble skin, focus your time and resources on a series of facials. If you’re super stressed, regular massages will ease tension and give you soft skin. If your hair needs attention, choose a spa that can help you get luscious locks.

2 Get a body wrap.

There are body wraps designed for many purposes: detoxify your skin, lose a few inches, soothe aches and pains, get super-soft skin and more. Spafinder recommends booking a series of 4-6 body wraps for best results.

3 Take your fiancé.

Book a couples massage with your other half, or for a unique experience we highly recommend booking a Hammam experience together. Skin is exfoliated & cleansed with black soap and Rhassoul clay is applied to purify the skin. End the day with a relaxing visit to the sauna with your loved one.

4 Start body brushing.

Body brushing is a guaranteed route to glowing skin. You can do this at home every day with a body brush and compliment your regime with a lymphatic drainage massage at the spa. Body brushing improves circulation, softens skin, reduces cellulite and helps the body eliminate toxins.

5 Remember to enjoy it!

Savour your pampering time at the spa – use it to de-stress, unwind and calm your mind. You likely have a million things flying around in your head, from worrying about which poor soul to seat next to Uncle Jim to whether your bridesmaid’s gowns are the right shade. Use your time in the spa to quiet your mind and let your body relax, recharge and restore.


1 Get a facial a few days before your wedding.

Facials draw out impurities from the skin, which can cause breakouts and redness. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a facial no less than one week prior to your wedding For radiant skin, Spafinder Wellness 365 recommends a series of facials before your wedding (try once a month for 6 months).

2 Wax on the day of the wedding.

Similar to facials, waxing should be performed at least a week before your wedding. You want your wedding day skin to be glowing and smooth, not irritated and red!

3 Do a DIY fake tan!

We’re sure you’ve had horror stories about brides doing their own fake tan before their wedding. Don’t go there – it’s not worth it! If you want a fake tan, pay a professional, preferably one you’ve used before or someone recommended by a friend.

4 Stress about money.

We understand that it’s not possible for everyone to visit the spa each month in the run-up to your wedding. No matter what your budget, we want you to be able to enjoy the spa – you can even do this at home with our DIY spa tips. Give yourself a facial, enjoy a detoxifying bath and even make your own lip balm wedding favours!

5 Hesitate to ask for a discount.

If you’re booking a series of spa treatments, you will likely be entitled to a discount. Sometimes, though, if you don’t ask you won’t receive – so be sure to ask!

Did you know…

42% of UK weddings take place in July, August & September.1

If bronzed skin is on your wish list, book a series of sunless tanning appointments.

Hens love the spa.

A whopping 42% of wedding guests think that a spa weekend is the best kind of hen party. 2

Feeling stressed? Have a masage.Brides can suffer from a fair bit of stress, so book a massage if things get too much. Massage relieves anxiety, depression and significantly lowers the stress hormone cortisol. 3

1 Office for National Statistics

2 Phase Eight

3 Prevention, “Massage Away Depression and Anxiety”

Seychelles In Your Pocket – New map and guide book now available once again

July 10, 2014 on 7:35 am | In Africa, Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, Seychelles | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe new “Seychelles In Your Pocket” map and the latest edition of its tourist guide book have just come out.

The 10th edition of the map boasts of a cover with the slogan “Two steps from Heaven,” which illustrates the concept of Seychelles being “Paradise on Earth” and which will definitely lure potential visitors to quickly make their way towards these tropical islands.

This map once again provides accurate and recent details of all the most important places on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue and all their satellite islands.

It has the usual Help Card with all the emergency numbers in Seychelles, and also where the visitor can insert all his/her personal details, including his/her blood group, allergies, and any other medical conditions.

150,000 copies of the map have been produced, and these are distributed free of charge both locally and abroad.

The tourist guide book, which is its 22nd edition, also has an extraordinary cover, with a similar concept of escaping to a remote, peaceful island away from the turmoil of the outside troubled world.

The cover illustrates a potential visitor, who is dreaming of a tropical island in the sun, where he can completely forget all his daily woes. These paradise islands are, of course, no other than Seychelles.

It provides all the most recent and updated information, lavishly illustrated, including detailed maps for visitors, tourists, and even for residents, on all aspects of the Seychelles’ history, art and culture, tourism industry, economy, and investment possibilities, among others.

The small book, which can be easily carried in one’s pocket, is ideal for anyone wanting any information at all, including accurate contacts and locations, and on anything they want to do, any-where in Seychelles, from taking a taxi, to booking an excursion, from going out to eat in a restaurant, to finding a petrol station to refuel one’s car.

The book is available in two versions, Italian/English and French/German at the Antik Colony shop at the Pirates Arms arcade and also at local book shops, hotel boutiques, and duty-free shops.

Both documents are produced by the Seychellois company Antik Colony Pty. Ltd. at the Pirates Arms Arcade, Victoria, which can be contacted on 4321700 or emailed:

The map and guide book are indispensable tools for all visitors to the Seychelles to have in their pockets, so that they are very well-informed at all times, thus optimizing their most precious holiday time!

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Make Clean Eating Easy with Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook‏

July 9, 2014 on 4:46 am | In Books Guidebooks, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowRecent health and fitness conversations have seen an increase in dialogue about “clean eating” or “whole foods” diets. What started as a buzz word has transformed into a movement to change the way Americans eat and think about food. Unfortunately, getting started on a clean eating diet plan can seem like a daunting task for many. Where do you start? How do you eliminate processed foods and incorporate healthy recipes into your diet?

Luckily, Denise Hazime – creator of – offers an easy way to transition into a healthier lifestyle with her new book, Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. Countries located along the Mediterranean Sea have been implementing elements of a clean eating lifestyle into their diet for hundreds of years by avoiding processed foods, embracing nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats and limiting use of refined sugars, salt and unhealthy fats.

Recipes from Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook can be used to introduce clean eating concepts into every meal of the day:

Breakfast: Start your day off right with a Mediterranean-style Yogurt Bowl, full of protein-packed Greek yogurt, or a quick-and-easy Mediterranean Omelet, packed with fresh, flavorful vegetables.
Lunch: For lunch, dive into a bowl of Roasted Beet Salad or Quinoa Salad, or pack individual servings of Vegetable Grape Leaves for a quick work lunch.
Snack: At the beginning of the week, make a batch of Traditional Hummus or Baba Ganoush, recipes below. Divide into single servings for quick and healthy snacking with cut vegetables or whole-wheat pita.

Dinner: Sauté up some flavorful Chicken Shawarma and serve it alongside Pickled Persian Cucumbers and Bean Salad for a dinner full of healthy protein and fiber.

Dessert: Traditional favorites Date Balls and Halva combine ingredients such as dates, pistachios, coconut and tahini paste with natural sweeteners to end the day on a sweet note without using processed ingredients or refined sugars.

Hazime also offers recipes for staple ingredients such as Greek Yogurt, Tahini Paste, Harissa and Seven Spice Mix, allowing readers to better control what ingredients are being used in their homes.

To request a review copy, arrange an interview with the author, or get high-res images, recipes or additional story ideas, please contact Wilks Communications at, or 708-434-5006.

Traditional Hummus
Yield: 2 cups

1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ cup tahini paste
1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 fresh mint leaves

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, and salt for 2 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add Greek yogurt, tahini paste, and extra-virgin olive oil and blend for 1 minute or until creamy and well combined.

Add mint leaves, and pulse for 30 seconds or until you see little specks of green mint throughout.

Serve, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Baba Ganoush
Yield: 3 cups

2 large eggplants
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ medium red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
½ medium green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ teaspoon cayenne
3 medium radishes, finely diced
3 whole green onions, finely chopped

Preheat a grill top or grill to medium-low heat.

Place eggplants on the grill and roast on all sides for 40 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Immediately place eggplants on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, let cool for 15 minutes.

Remove eggplant stems, and peel off as much skin as possible. (It’s ok if it doesn’t all come off.)

In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, pulse eggplant 7 times. Transfer eggplant to a medium bowl.

In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil. Add white onion and sauté occasionally for 10 minutes. Add onions to eggplant.

Add garlic, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and parsley to eggplant and stir well.

Spread baba ganoush on a serving plate and drizzle remaining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over top. Sprinkle with cayenne, radishes, and green onions.

Serve cold or at room temperature.


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