Learning A Language Abroad

Languages are getting more and more important, especially in our fantastic world of economics and tourism. The best way to learn a language is to learn it there, where the language is spoken.

StudyLingua International Linguistics is a Swiss based company with a large number of language schools all over the world. StudyLingua offers more than 200 schools in 30 countries worldwide. Beside english for foreigner, the company offers spanish, italian, portuguese and french schools.

Furthermore they have language schools in China, Japan, Russia and Germany in their program. Every school is different and offers a various number of different language courses. So it is important to collect the right information first, before booking a language school abroad. Those language courses for adults can be booked from 2 to 12 weeks, long term courses up to 52 weeks. Adults can choose between standard / intensive courses, exam preparation or business courses.

StudyLingua offers a free counseling service, so everybody can easily get all the needed information directly from the company. New at StudyLingua’s program is a language course at teachers home; especially for professionals or for those who expect an intensive and high quality language course. There are teachers available all over the world for almost every language. The quality of leaving is quite high and StudyLingua is able to consider the most of students requests.

Language courses at teachers home is designed and built up on individual needs. Get more specific information about this program by contacting StudyLingua directly. Also juniors are very welcome: StudyLingua offers a large range of junior courses for 12 to 16 years during summer holidays. Together with a language course in the morning hours, the juniors will get a great activity and adventure program in the afternoon. So they could choose between several excursions, beach volleyball, soccer or water sports for example. All juniors / minors are supervised by well educated teachers, 24 hours a day! Juniors usually stay in a campus residence accommodation, some junior programs also offer accommodation in host families. StudyLingua is able to create specific programs for all needs and requests, so feel free to contact StudyLingua at any time.

Get more information about StudyLingua International Linguistics by visiting our websites:
www.studylingua-sprachaufenthalte.ch
www.studylingua-sprachreisen.de

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Award-winning Simon Stephens back at the National Theatre

Award-winning British playwright Simon Stephens continues to keep busy after a stellar 2012, with a revival of a 2002 play written about his hometown of Stockport.

The play won the Pearson Award on its debut in 2002, and just over 10 years later it is now being brought to the Lyttleton stage at the National Theatre, where it will run from 22nd January until 7th February.

2012 has been a busy year for Stephens, who had ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, ‘Morning’, ‘A Doll’s House’ and ‘Three Kingdoms’ all taking to the stage last year.

Talking of his play ‘Port’, Stephens acknowledged its roots in his own experiences growing up in the city, as well as taking material form numerous interviews conducted with women who had lived there all their lives.

The Lyttleton is one of the three theatres making up the National Theatre Complex. Essentially a proscenium arch set-up but with no poor sight-lines or pillars, it’s a very versatile easy-viewing space.

Theatre fans and Stephens aficionados will be sure to make a trip to the capital for this occasion – those who are interested should check out LondonTown.com for a great saving on a cheap London hotel of your choice.

The Holiday Inn Express London Southwark has doubles starting at £74 in this 3* property for the show’s opening weekend (25 th /26 th January); or why not try a deluxe twin at the Charing Cross – A Guoman Hotel, from £105.

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Let’s Do the Time Warp: Rocky Horror’s Back!

The world’s favourite comedy musical returns to the city which first spawned it this year, to celebrate its 40th anniversary in rocky and raucous fashion…

The Rocky Horror Show, created by Richard O’Brien, first debuted at the Royal Court Theatre in 1973, and ran for almost 3,000 performances before closing in 1980. A film and countless on-stage revivals later, the show is now back to celebrate its birthday with the 40 th Anniversary Tour.

The big bash will be kicked off at the New Wimbledon Theatre, running from January 21st -26th. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, it stars X Factor’s Rhydian as Rocky Horror, and Emmerdale’s Roxanne Pallett as mousy Janet, one half of the sweet couple who get caught in a storm and end up in Rocky’s house of horrors.

Featuring classic favourites like ‘Damn It, Janet’ and ‘Time Warp’, the show is sure to strike the right note with fans young and old. For those looking to make a special journey up to London for the event, check out LondonTown.com.

As well as providing excellent venue guides and ideas for restaurants and bars around the capital, LondonTown.com specializes in sourcing London hotels for visitors.

Stay at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa for £116 for a double room on January 25 th – a discount of over 80%. Alternatively, stay central at the Park Plaza Riverbank for just £77 – a 77% discount on 4* luxury, and a short walk over the river to the District line from Embankment.

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An immersive opera experience at London’s Docklands

A quiet dock in London’s borough of Tower Hamlets might be the last place you’d associate with classic Italian opera, but the team behind are looking to change all that, with another venture into site-specific, immersive opera.

Following great successes of Puccini’s La Boheme and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, both performed in the Old Vic Tunnels beneath Waterloo station, January 2013 sees Silent Opera return with its new project: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, performed at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London.

Telling the tragic story of Orpheus, who twice loses his beloved wife Eurydice, the opera tells of his journey to the underworld to attempt to save her from death.

Silent Opera, much like the silent disco concept, allows audience members to don a pair of wireless headphones, allowing them to wander freely through the performance space and thereby create their own immersive theatre experience.

Added innovations this year include the chance for one audience member per night to choose between two different endings. And for an additional £10 on 23rd and 25th of January, tickets will include a return boat ride from a pier in central London.

Opera and silent opera fans who want to travel up to the city for the event can find excellent deals on London hotels through LondonTown.com. Save 68% on the Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse, with doubles starting at £70.

Alternatively try the luxury 5* Town Hall Hotel &Apartments in Bethnal Green for a special treat, coming in at £174 for the night of the 23 rd January.

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Rowan Atkinson to return to West End theatre

Mr Bean and Jonny English star Rowan Atkinson is to return to the London stage with a role in Quartermaine’s Terms , a tragicomic play written by Simon Gray.

Set in a 1960s English language school, it tells a moving account of several years in the lives of a seven teachers, with the main focus on St John Quartermaine, an agreeable but hopeless teacher played by Atkinson, whose rubbery features and physical comedy have oft made him a favourite pathetic comic hero.

According to LondonTown.com, the quintessentially British drama takes a comical yet serious view at the teachers’ stories and their tendency to treat Quartermaine as an agony uncle. However, despite being part of the furniture, his job is put under threat after the arrival of a new school Principal.

Wyndhams Theatre, Soho, is one of the West End’s best-loved theatre spaces. Located on Charing Cross Road, it was opened on 16 th November 1899. More recently it was home to the hugely acclaimed West End run of Alan Bennet’s The History Boys.

West End theatre fans and Rowan Atkinson followers can look up great deals on hotels in London through LondonTown.com, the number one website for London, which sources great info and ideas on events, accommodation and eating and drinking.

During the run of Quartermaine’s Terms , from 23 rd January to 13 th April, there are many bargains to be had on West End hotels. Stay a short walk from the Wyndhams on the first weekend of February, with doubles at the 4* Trafalgar Hotel at £138 – a discount of 76%.

Or go 5* for £183 for a double, just a stone’s throw from the theatre, at the Hampshire Radisson Blu Edwardian, located right on the corner of Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road.

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2013 LPGA Kia Classic comes to Aviara Golf Club in San Diego

In celebration of the 2013 Kia Classic (March 18-24), Aviara Golf Club at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort announced today an exclusive stay-and-play package and opportunity to win a Grand Prize vacation that includes a Pro-Am spot at the 2014 Kia Classic. The “Play Where the Pros Play” package offers guests a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s best female golfers on the championship golf course and experience the AAA Five Diamond-rated resort’s world-class service, amenities and facilities, including four acclaimed on-site restaurants, full-service spa, swimming pool, tennis courts and fitness center.

“We’re thrilled to be the first Hyatt property to host a PGA Tour or LPGA Tour event and anticipate that the 2013 Kia Classic will be a tremendous success,” said Renny Brown, Director of Golf at Aviara Golf Club. “We’re equally excited to welcome golf fans to the resort and provide them a unique opportunity to play our Arnold Palmer-designed, championship course.”

Aviara’s “Play Where the Pros Play” package is offered now through the end of the year and is priced at a starting rate of $595. Guests who book the package will also be entered to win a Grand Prize vacation with roundtrip airfare for two, one night accommodations in a Park Suite, all meals throughout the resort’s four restaurants, a Pro-Am spot for two in the 2014 Kia Classic and more. The package includes:

• One night accommodations for two in a Park Suite
• Unlimited golf for two at Aviara Golf Club*
• Lunch at Argyle Steakhouse
• Aviara Golf Club/Kia Classic valuables pouch with two sleeves of logoed golf balls
• Entry into drawing to win Grand Prize vacation and entry for two in 2014 Kia Classic Pro-Am

*First round of golf may be booked 90 days prior to arrival, each additional round is to be booked on day of play of first round based on availability.

Named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America and the No.1 golf resort in San Diego according to the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Aviara Golf Club overlooks the beautiful Batiquitos Lagoon ecological reserve and is the only San Diego golf course designed by Arnold Palmer. Aviara features a memorable par 72 coastal layout that stretches 7,007 yards and is uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges. Hole after hole, Aviara golf stimulates the senses with colorful flowers and flora and then sneaks in an ocean view hole just to ensure you’ll never forget this magnificent Park Hyatt golf experience. The elegant two-story, 32,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial clubhouse features a bar, cozy lounge with fireplace and the adjoining Argyle Steakhouse with indoor and outdoor balcony seating. Showers, locker rooms, an upscale golf shop, driving range and an oversized practice putting green round out all the Aviara experience.

The Kia Classic will be played at Aviara Golf Club on March 18-24 and include a field of 144 of the top female golfers in the world, including Natalie Gulbis, Paula Creamer, Se Ri Pak and defending champion, Yani Tseng, competing for a $1.7 million purse. This is the first time a Hyatt property has hosted a PGA or LPGA event.

For more information on Aviara Golf Club or to book the “Play Like the Pros” package, visithttp://www.golfaviara.com/ or call Park Hyatt Aviara Resort at 760.448.1234.

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Tots Essential Kit Guarantee Launched By Award-Winning Family Holidays Company

Parents with toddlers and babies will be able to travel light to safe and relaxing family holidays this summer thanks to the Tots Essential Kit Guarantee, a new initiative launched today by award-winning family travel specialists Tots To Travel.

Instead of struggling to fit all the essential items little ones need into their luggage, and hauling it through customs on a fleet of baggage trolleys, parents can be sure of finding it all waiting for them at their holiday home.

Tots To Travel are the only company to offer this Tots Essential Kit Guarantee for all of their family holidays which covers over 20 items from pool safety and bulky furniture such as cots, high chairs and stair gates, to often overlooked essentials such as blackout blinds and a range of toys and easily forgotten items like night lights and a hand-held blender.

Tots To Travel owner Wendy Shand said: “It’s a real challenge for new parents trying to get all the kit they need to keep their baby safe and happy into their luggage. There are so many essential items from changing mats to travel cots, sterilisers and baby monitors that we take for granted at home.

“We have hundreds of calls and emails from anxious parents worried they won’t be able to take family holidays if they can’t be sure they have all these things. So we have compiled a list of the essential items and can now guarantee our holiday homes have all of them.”

Tots To Travel specialises in stylish, safe, fun holiday villas for the under fives and their families, and t he Tots Essential Kit Guarantee is another important element in their mission to ensure relaxing family holidays from start to finish.

They offer holiday homes from cottages to chateaux, and take extensive steps to ensure each is suitable. All properties are inspected and vetted by a special team of agents using a system developed with the Child Accident Prevention Trust to ensure they are all safe and genuinely family-friendly.

Tots To Travel also offer a free holiday planner pack . And t here is also a vast array of useful information on their website, on everything from “How far is the beach?” to “Where is the nearest hospital or supermarket?”.

The full Tots To Travel kit guarantee covers:

  • Pool barriers (enclosed by fence, hard cover or net)
  • At least one cot that meets EU standards
  • Good supply of cot linen
  • At least one high chair
  • Booster or junior seat (suitable for use at a dining table)
  • Baby monitor
  • At least one changing mat
  • Steriliser
  • Stair gates where needed
  • At least one potty
  • Child’s toilet seat
  • Child’s step
  • Baby and child cutlery, bowls, cups and plates
  • Bath toys and non-slip mat
  • Hand-held blender
  • At least one bed guard
  • Blackout blinds/curtains/shutters in child bedrooms
  • Children’s books, indoor and outdoor toys
  • DVD player and children’s DVDs
  • Microwave
  • Night light in children’s rooms

Unsurprisingly, pool safety comes top of the list, as Wendy Shand, a mother of three, set up the company after her little boy fell into an unenclosed swimming pool on a family holiday. That terrible accident was a turning point which led her to set up her holiday company to ensure safe family holidays for under 5s.

She said: “It felt there had to be a safer and more enjoyable way to holiday with small children. More to the point there must be plenty of parents just like me who need a safe, family-friendly holiday more than ever before.”

When Wendy couldn’t find a family-friendly holiday company to suit her needs, she decided to start her own – and quickly found its services in demand. “There’s something terribly motivating about having children. You suddenly have the drive to make life as you want it to be, rather than living by somebody else’s rules,” she said.

Tots To Travel is now a multi-award winning company, which Wendy runs with husband Rob, a former RAF fighter pilot.

The company’s success has been recognised with a range of prestigious awards including the Cisco Customer Kings Award for outstanding customer service (2010) and Woman of the Year Award from the Loved By Parents website (2011).

Notes to Editors

  1. For more information go to http://www.totstotravel.co.uk
  2. If you would like to speak with Wendy Shand or for all Tots To Travel media enquiries please contact Eleanor Treharne-Jones on
    07811 093648, eleanor@theconversationco.com or @EleanorTJ.
  3. Key statistics:
    • Tots To Travel launched with nine holiday homes in April 2006 and now feature more than 400 safe, family friendly properties
    • The company offers holiday homes in France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK
    • Tots To Travel have sent 1000s of families away of their holidays
    • They have developed a Blueprint For Lettings Success which helps holiday home owners to let their property more successfully in the family market

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La épica de “Onegin” regresa en 2013 a la Royal Opera House londinense

Una de las novelas rusas más famosas de todos los tiempos, adaptada en numerosas ocasiones al cine y a la ópera, vuelve una vez más a los escenarios de Londres en el 2013.

“Onegin”, basada en la obra de Alexander Pushkin de mismo título, cuenta la historia de un joven galán llamado Eugene Onegin y sus relaciones con Tatyana, su hermana Olga y el prometido de ésta. En 1952, el célebre bailarín y coreógrafo John Cranko incorporó la emoción y el sentimiento del ballet a la ópera de Tchaikovsky inspirada en la misma novela.

Representada por primera vez por la Stuttgart Ballet en 1965, la adaptación de Cranko ofrece una ecléctica variedad de bailes y danzas llenas de fuerza y emoción con el fin de retratar los dramáticos cambios en las relaciones entre los cuatro personajes.

En esta ocasión, la magnífica Royal Opera House en Covent Garden, (Londres) acogerá esta nueva versión de la obra. Este histórico edificio ha visto pasar por su escenario a históricas figuras de la música y la danza desde 1858. Si bien ha experimentado numerosos cambios estructurales, el recinto mantiene su belleza y grandiosidad.

Los fans del ballet y de la música clásica encontrarán en el portal LondonTown.comexcelentes ofertas y descuentos en un gran número de hoteles en Londres.

El Waldorf Hilton Hotel London, de cinco estrellas, ha reducido hasta un 67% sus precios para la noche del 1 de febrero, con habitaciones desde 140 libras. A tan sólo unos minutos andando de la Royal Opera House se encuentra el Radisson Blu Edwardian on Mercer Street, con habitaciones desde 127 libras, lo que supone un 64% de descuento con respecto a la tarifa habitual.

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Kris Martin to Exhibit at White Cube

Belgian conceptual artist Kris Martin is to have a new exhibition of his work at London’s White Cube gallery in Mason’s Yard. Martin’s show is set to run from January 18th until March 16th.

Martin’s sculptural work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, and in 2007 he brought the Frieze art fair to a standstill when he called for a minute’s silence to draw the crowd’s attention to the present moment. This move was typical of Martin’s conceptual work, in which he uses time as a framework within which he asks questions about chance, existence and desire.

Jay Jopling’s White Cube has been the spiritual home of the 90s Young British Artists movement from the outset. At the turn of the 21st Century, White Cube opened a new space on Hoxton Square however, at the heart of the YBA scene. The Hoxton Square gallery closed at the end of last year, and Kris Martin’s new exhibition is being shown at the Mason’s Yard space in St. James’s.

To coincide with the show, LondonTown.com has announced discounted rates on a number of hotels in London, all within easy walking distance of White Cube. The discounts are available when booking now through the website.

Among the deals on offer, Le Meridien Piccadilly is giving a 35% discount on double rooms, bringing the cost down to £249 per night. Le Meridien is, like most hotels in the area, a luxury, old English establishment and is less than five minutes walk from White Cube.

St. James’s Hotel & Club London on Park Place – also one of the most luxurious hotels in London – is offering double rooms from £324 – a 33% discount on the standard nightly rate. The hotel is also within five minutes walk of White Cube.

Visit LondonTown.com for more discounted hotels in London, and for more information on Kris Martin’s upcoming exhibition at White Cube.

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Epic Onegin back at the Royal Opera House in 2013

One of the most popular Russian novels of all time, which has been endlessly adapted for stage, film, opera and dance, once again finds itself on the London stage in 2013.

Onegin, based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel of the same name, tells the story of a young gallant Eugene Onegin and his relationships with Tatyana, her sister Olga and Olga’s fiancé. John Cranko, who first create dance to accompany Tchaikovsky’s opera of the same name in 1952, is the choreographer responsible for the ballet’s mixture of styles and emotions.

First created for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1965, Cranko’s piece uses a wide palette of powerful duets and an eclectic range of dance forms, such as folk, modern, ballroom and acrobatic to showcase the dramatically changing relationships between the four leads.

This new version will be staged at the magnificent Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, a building which has played its role as a key host to classical music stars and dancers since 1858. Whilst there have been many architectural redevelopments, the site retains its sense of grandeur.

Ballet fans making a special trip to the capital for the event can take a look atLondonTown.com for excellent deals and discounts on London hotels.

The Waldorf Hilton Hotel London has 67% off on Feb 1st, with double rooms at the 5* luxury hotel from £140. There’s also 64% off the Radisson Blu Edwardian on Mercer Street, a short walk from Onegin, with doubles from £127.

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Southbank Centre Takes Year-Long Look at 20th Century Music

On January 19th, The Southbank Centre embarks on one of its most ambitious classical music projects to date. ‘The Rest is Noise’ takes a chronological look at 20 th Century music, deploying the talents of a wide variety of celebrated musicians, film-makers, public speakers, music historians and performers.

The London Philharmonic forms the backbone of each show. More than thirty concerts will be performed over the course of the year. The idea is based on the 2007 book of the same title, written by Alex Ross, which told the story of the most important musical, political and social events of the 20th Century.

Artistic Director Jude Kelly describes the festival as a way to view music “through the prism of history, with its revolutions and counter-revolutions, its major moral and philosophical upheavals around race, gender, faith, political credo and pacifism, and its new relationship to technology and artistic democracy.”

The city’s top events and accommodation website is getting in on the act by offering reduced rates on hotels in London close to the Southbank Centre. Spanning the entirety of the year-long event, LondonTown.com is offering discounted rooms at hotels in London within walking distance of the Southbank Centre.

One of the deals on offer is the Charing Cross Guoman Hotel, which is offering a 44% discount on executive double rooms. The discounted rate brings the cost down to £195 per night. Situated on the famous Strand stretch of London, The Guoman is less than ten minutes walk from the Southbank Centre.

Closer still is the London Marriot Hotel County Hall, which is offering a 33% discount when booking now through LondonTown.com. Just five minutes walk from the Southbank Centre, the luxury Marriot’s reduced rate brings the cost of a night’s stay down to £225.

Visit LondonTown.com for more discounted hotels in London, and to see further information on ‘The Rest is Noise’ at the Southbank Centre.

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Cruzeiro-Safaris.com receives The certificate of Excellence award from Trip Advisor traveler

A really true testimony to our high standards, leaving nothing to chance.

We have just been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, come and find out why! As from 09 May – 14 May, 2013, we shall be having our annual Familiarization trip. (FAMTRIP2013).

Some of our last year’s Clients had this to say;

“Trip of a Lifetime!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2012

What a fantastic trip! Claudia and her staff arranged the perfect Kenyan trip with the ability to be flexible based on our wants and needs. There was so much to see and Claudia was able to “squeeze” a lot of sights in to a 6 day trip. Titus, our guide was also very knowledgeable of the parks and animal behavior allowing us to get up close and personal with many species. I highly recommend Cruzeiro and thank Claudia and Titus for an unforgettable experience.

“An amazing and unforgettable experience” Reviewed June 25, 2012

It has been over a month and the memories will last a life time. A dream come true for me, and the planning and care from Claudia and Titus made it even more special.

Claudia had the perfect itinerary with all important sites in Kenya. Accommodations were great and diverse.

We had the honour to have her with us and her knowledge and experience made our trip perfect. Titus as our driver was also very knowledgeable and a true champion on the road and finding wildlife in the parks.

Claudia & Titus….continuous success and be sure we will be back for more.

It was a pleasure to meet you and share the beauty of what Kenya has to offer.

I will for sure recommend your company and services to anyone, for business or pleasure.

Once again…Thank you very much.
Gabriel ; Visited May 2012

From only USD1299 per person for more details send your request to claudia@cruzeiro-safaris.com with the subject FAMKE2013

Our other safaris:

7 days safari with jeep

6 days Amboseli, Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara

4 days Lake Nakuru and Maasai Mara

3days Maasai Mara

2 days Aberdares National Park

1 day tour to the Lake Nakuru National Park

Consistent Excellent Service!!

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LIFESTYLE Los Cabos Ready to Capture Increased Traveler Demand with New Website, Free Travel App and Addition of New Luxury Villas

LIFESTYLE Los Cabos, leading luxury villa vacation rental provider and property and destination management company based in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, has entered into 2013 ready to satisfy the increasing demand of internet savvy travelers with a completely revamped website, a free Los Cabos travel app, and with new luxury vacation villas added to their inventory.

“90% of bookings today we receive on-line, 40% of those are our return customers, and 50% are new customers, who before making a reservation, make an on-line research about the destination, special offers, villas, and the provider itself. Many times travelers communicate with us on Twitter @LifestyleVillasFacebookPinterest and/or TripAdvisor, in order to see our villas and services, other customer’s feedback and that we are a trusted vacation rental provider to whom they are willing to trust planning their vacations in Mexico.”

In comparison to around 30% of reservations received by the phone 3 years ago, today only 10% of guests call in to reserve their stay, explains Alejandro. “We acknowledge the importance of internet in our everyday lives, that’s why our core upgrade in service offerings was to completely revamp our website, make it user friendly and with responsive web design. We created a Free Lifestyle Villas travel App as well, which gives any Los Cabos traveler all the information about Cabo San Lucas and neighboring towns, landmarks, restaurants, activities, and events, besides that the app gives our guests a handy tool to reach their concierge, see Villa amenities, order in-villa Private Chef services, spa treatments, order transportation and other services anytime they want, wherever they want.”

Besides technology aspect of their business, Lifestyle Villas added new exclusive private villa residences to their portfolio. Lifestyle Villas’s villa rental program consists of a carefully selection of stunning beachfront, ocean and golf view villas and condominiums in Los Cabos’s most prestigious developments which have been standardized & are complimented with added value services for guests. On the contrary to most local villa rental companies, Lifestyle manages their inventory directly, and with this is able to maintain superb quality standards in every property. Newly added villas are Villa Pacificaand Villa Buenaventura, both 5 bedroom ocean view villas in exclusive gated community Blue Sea, and Villa Pericu and Villa Guaycura, two 5 bedroom private villas located in the Punta Ballena luxury residential community, which is home of Esperanza, an Auberge Resort.

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London Hotels Announced for Gerard Byrne Exhibition

Irish artist Gerard Byrne is coming to London’s east end for a new show, entitled ‘A State of Neutral Pleasure’. The show will run at the Whitechapel Gallery from January 17th until March 18th. For travelling art fans looking for affordable accommodation during the show’s run, website LondonTown.com has announced special discounts on London hotels near the gallery.

Specializing in film installations, Byrne has been putting on large-scale exhibitions around the world for the past decade, including Boston, Copenhagen, Basel and Toronto. His work consists primarily of reconstructed imagery culled from popular magazines of the 60s, 70s and 80s. He represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.

‘A State of Neutral Pleasure’ sees Byrne explore our understanding of the modern world through a historical lens, referencing everything from sexual politics to the actual construction of his own installations. The show is free to enter.

LondonTown.com, the website devoted to accommodation and upcoming events in the capital, has announced discounted rates on a number of London hotels close to the Whitechapel Gallery. Available for the duration of Byrne’s exhibition, bookings must be made through the website directly in order to take advantage of the reduced rates.

Deals include double rooms at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel from £129 per night – a 57% discount on the standard rate. The Grange is less than 10 minutes walk from the Whitechapel Gallery.

The Ibis London City on Commercial Street is a two minute walk from the gallery, and is offering a 50% discount on double rooms, making the cost of a night’s stay only £77.

To take advantage of these deals on London hotels, and to learn more about Gerard Byrne: A State of Neutral Pleasure, visit LondonTown.com.

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Sinead O’Connor returns to the London stage

One of the last three decades’ most-loved and surprising singer-songwriters, Sinead O’Connor, is to come to London this January for a special concert at LSO St Luke’s in Clerkenwell on January 17th.

Raising money for the charity Mad Pride Ireland, the show is part of her Crazy Baldhead Tour, which finds the evocative singer playing with a new 7-piece band, showcasing material from her acclaimed new album as well as old favourites.

O’Connor’s latest album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You) as gained widespread praise from the music press, hailing a return to form in a career spanning 25 years. The Independent called it ‘feisty, fresh and confident’ and the BBC said it was her ‘best album in years’.

LSO St Luke’s is located on Old Street in Clerkenwell and is no stranger to big musical names. As well as working extensively with local residents and music groups, the building also puts on concerts from a wide range of artists, from its residents London Symphony Orchestra to big names in pop and rock.

O’Connor fans looking to make a journey up to the capital for these special concerts can take a look at LondonTown.com for offers and ideas on London hotels, including several in the trendy Clerkenwell/Shoreditch/Barbican areas.

The 3* Thistle City Barbican Hotel has doubles from £71 – a discount of over 60% – on January 17 th ; also a short walk away from St Luke’s is The ZetterHotel London on Clerkenwell Road, a 4* luxury hotel with doubles from £175.

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Outdoors Show Returns to ExCel Centre on January 17th

On January 17th, the twelfth annual ‘Outdoors Show’ will take place at London’s ExCel Centre. The capital’s vast exhibition space will showcase everything about outdoor living, from the latest in gear, gadgets and expert advice. To coincide with the event, which runs until January 13th, website LondonTown.com has announced details of cheap London hotel rooms close to the ExCel Centre.

Alongside talks by famous explorers, athletes and other experts, there will be plenty of interactive workshops and stages dedicated outdoor pursuits including climbing, walking, eco-tourism and a a greater understanding of the wilderness. The show also boasts The Food Lovers Britain Farmers Market and The Globe Taste Experience, so there will be no shortage of refreshments in between the activities.

The Outdoors Show is part of the same bundle of events that includes The London Bike Show, The Active Travel Show and The London Boat Show. Tickets for all events (taking place over the course of a week) are available, but for those interested solely in The Outdoors Show, entry costs £15-£20 on the door, and £13-£16 for advance bookings. The show opens between 10am and 6pm each day.

Adventure-seekers from outside the capital can keep their costs down by booking cheap London hotel rooms through website LondonTown.com, who have teamed up with various hotels close to the ExCel Centre to offer discounted nightly rates for the duration of The Outdoors Show.

Among the deals on offer, The Custom House Hotel is offering a 48% discount on standard rooms, making the cost of a night in a double room only £71. The Custom House is around three minutes’ walk from the ExCel Centre. Some four minutes from the ExCelCenter is the Novotel London Excel Hotel. The Novotel is offering double rooms from £103 per night – a 61% reduction on the standard rate.

Visit the LondonTown.com website for more information on The Outdoors Show 2012, and to view more cheap London hotel rooms.

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NBA London Live enfrentará a los Detroit Pistons y a los New York Knicks

El O2 Arena londinense acogerá este mes un partido oficial de la NBA entre los Detroit Pistons y los New York Knicks. Será la tercera vez en tres temporadas que la capital británica acoja un partido de la NBA, después de los encuentros entre los Toronto Raptors y los New Jersey Nets (ahora llamados Brooklyn Nets) que tuvieron lugar en el mismo escenario en 2010.

The Pistons, entrenados por Lawrence Frank, debutarán de este modo en suelo europeo ante los bicampeones de la NBA, los Knicks, que presumen de contar en sus filas con dos pesos pesados como Carmelo Anthony y Tyson Chandler, ambos ganadores del oro olímpico en los últimos Juegos.

Este partido será el decimoséptimo enfrentamiento oficial de la NBA en celebrarse fuera de los Estados Unidos y Canadá, siendo solamente el tercero en tener lugar en Europa. Previamente, países como Japón o México acogieron con asiduidad partidos de la NBA.

El partido dará comienzo a las 20:00 (hora británica) del 17 de enero y será retransmitido por NBA TV. El O2 Arena abrirá sus puertas a las 18:30. Las entradas oscilan entre las 35 y las 500 libras esterlinas y están disponibles a través del portal LondonTown.com. Esta página ha anunciado además descuentos en diversos hoteles en Londres, algunos de ellos en las proximidades del pabellón O2 Arena para todos aquellos aficionados al baloncesto que no quieran perderse este evento.

Entre los hoteles en Londres que forman parte de la oferta se encuentra el The Ibis London Docklands con habitaciones dobles desde 54 libras por noche, lo que supone un 61% más barato con respecto a la tarifa habitual. Este hotel se sitúa a unos quince minutos andando del pabellón O2 Arena.

Por su parte, el Holiday Inn Express London Greenwich ofrece descuentos de hasta un 24% en habitaciones dobles, con precios desde 121 libras por noche. Estos descuentos son exclusivos a LondonTown.com, portal que reúne además toda la información sobre NBA London Live y ofertas exclusivas en una gran variedad de hoteles en Londres.

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Sinead O’Connor regresa a los escenarios de Londres

Sinead O’ Connor, una de las cantautoras más queridas y controvertidas de los últimos 30 años, regresará a los escenarios este mes de enero con una actuación en el LSO St Luke de Clerkenwell, Londres, el día 17.

Esta actuación forma parte de la gira Crazy Baldhead Tour, en la que la provocativa cantante interpretará viejos y nuevos temas acompañada una banda de 7 músicos. Los fondos recaudados en el concierto estarán destinados a la organización benéfica Mad Pride Ireland.

El último álbum de O’Connor, “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)”, ha sido ampliamente aclamado por la prensa musical y supone el regreso en plena forma de una artista cuya carrera se expande durante 25 años. El diario británico The Independent ha calificado el disco de “enérgico y lleno de frescura” y la BBC afirma que se trata de “su mejor álbum en años”.

Situado en la zona de Old Street, concretamente en Clerkenwell (cerca de la City londinense), el LSO St Luke’s ha visto pasar por su escenario a grandes figuras de la música pop y rock, además de ser lugar de residencia de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Londres y colaborar habitualmente con la escena musical de la zona.

Los fans de O’Connor que tengan pensado visitar la capital con motivo de este concierto encontrarán en el portal LondonTown.com grandes ofertas e información sobre hoteles en Londres, algunos de ellos situados en las zonas de Clerkenwell, Shoreditch o Barbican.

El Thistle City Barbican Hotel ofrece habitaciones dobles para la noche del 17 de enero por 71 libras, lo que supone un descuento del 60%. También a sólo unos minutos del concierto se encuentra el The Zetter Hotel London, en Clerkenwell Road, un lujoso hotel de 4 estrellas con habitaciones dobles desde 175 libras.

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Regresa el Certamen Anual de Fotografía de la Royal Air Force

Como cada año, este mes de enero se expondrán las imágenes que forman parte del concurso de fotografía anual de la Royal Air Force (la Real Fuerza Aérea británica). Compuesto por instantáneas realizadas por miembros en servicio, esta muestra lleva ofreciendo una visión íntima y personal de la vida en la RAF desde hace 23 años, cuando empezó a celebrarse en el museo de la Royal Air Force, situado en la localidad londinense de Hendon.

Entre las imágenes ganadoras destacan dramáticas instantáneas de miembros de las fuerzas aéreas en servicio, amén de fotos más personales de su vida diaria. Junto a esta muestra fotográfica, el museo acoge la exposición “Milestones of Flight”, que explora el pasado y presente de la Real Fuerza Aérea británica desde sus comienzos como un organismo sólo para hombres hasta la institución multicultural que es hoy.

El Royal Air Force Museum, también conocido como National Museum of Aviation, recopila cientos de miles de objetos relacionados con la historia de la aviación en el Reino Unido. Todo tipo de artefactos, maquetas e insignias rememoran más de cien años de historia de la aviación. Uno de los grandes atractivos del museo son sus históricos hangares, que jugaron un papel muy importante en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y que hoy en día dan cobijo a más de 100 aeronaves diferentes.

La entrada al museo es gratuita. La muestra de fotografía de la Royal Air Force permanecerá abierta desde el 12 de enero hasta el 30 de abril del 2013, de 10 de la mañana a 6 de la tarde todos los días. El portal LondonTown.com ha anunciado descuentos en hoteles en Londres cercanos al museo. Entre ellos se encuentra The Pillar Hotel en Brent Street, a media hora andando del museo. Este hotel ofrece descuentos de hasta un 11% en habitaciones dobles, reduciendo el coste de una noche a 133 libras.

A menos de tres kilómetros de la exposición se encuentra el Holiday Inn Express London Golders Green. Este hotel ofrece habitaciones dobles o de matrimonio con desayuno incluido por 75 libras la noche, lo que supone un 65% más barato de la tarifa habitual.

No deje de visitor LondonTown.com para más ofertas en hotels en Londres y toda la información sobre el Royal Air Force Photographer of the Year.

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El 2013 arranca fuerte con la Feria de Arte de Londres

Aficionados al arte, coleccionistas y expertos se darán cita en el Business Design Centre de Islington (Londres) a partir del 16 de enero con motivo de la apertura de la Feria de Arte de Londres 2013.

Primer gran evento del Año Nuevo, la London Art Fair celebra este año su 25ª edición y continúa siendo una visita obligada para los interesados en arte contemporáneo. Tanto coleccionistas como curiosos podrán descubrir a las estrellas del futuro y adquirir obras a precios muy bajos.

La London Art Fair recopila bajo el mismo techo obras provenientes de más de 100 galerías londinenses. Es, sin duda, una de las ferias de artes más interesantes de la capital.

En la edición de este año la feria celebra dos exposiciones: “Art Projects”, representando galerías del Reino Unido, Nueva York, Alemania e Irlanda; y “Photo50”, una muestra de 50 fotografías contemporáneas de diversas galerías británicas e internacionales.

Para aquellos que planeen una visita a la capital británica, el portal LondonTown.comofrece una serie de descuentos para hacer la estancia en Londres hoteles más económica que nunca.

El Hilton Islington Hotel London, de cuatro estrellas y a tan sólo unos minutos andando de la feria, dispone de habitaciones dobles por tan sólo 90 libras la noche. Por su parte, elJurys Inn Islington Hotel ofrece alojamiento desde 129 libras por noche.

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