Instagram-Worthy Swimming Pools You Should Check Out

With the rising temperature, I’m sure everyone’s itching for a summer getaway. And if you’re like me who loves lounging by the pool, then here’s my personal list of Instagram-worthy swimming pools you should check out.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

You’ve probably seen it on TV a lot lately, and I totally get why it’s often featured.

This infinity pool within Loreland Resort boasts of sweeping views of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila

Bring your girl friends or your partner and avail of their spa services for the ultimate R&R.

Luljetta's Hanging Garden & Spa Infinity Pool

Hacienda Isabella

Another one that’s also just a couple of hours away from Manila is Hacienda Isabella.

It’s secluded so you’ll definitely get the downtime you deserve.

With its rustic flair and beach-like grounds, this swimming pool is Instagram-worthy in my book.

Bluewater Panglao

This lagoon-shaped pool will greet you upon your arrival at Bluewater Panglao!

By the way, I love that they didn’t use tiles for the pool’s flooring. It’s totally non-slip.

Who says you can’t get a tan while in the pool? Snap a photo here and you’ll surely get double-taps.

Be sure to check it out at night, too!

The Bellevue Resort Bohol

50 shades of blue!

View of the pool from our 1-Bedroom Deluxe Room at The Bellevue Resort Bohol 

The pool’s depth ranges from 2 feet to up to 12 feet (dive pool)!

The best time to take photo ops? Early in the morning while everyone’s having their breakfast. 😉

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa, Indonesia

While the color of the water might not look as inviting, I’m including Sheraton Mustika’s Taman Sari Water Castle-inspired pool because of its uniqueness.

They used natural green stones from Lombok for this pool, hence, the color.They also have an indoor pool at the spa.

Bird’s eye view of the pool

Alaya Resort Ubud, Bali

Probably my favorite on this list is Alaya Ubud’s pool because of its tropical vibe. 🙂

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The bamboo bridge

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They say the pool’s curves mirror the sloping contours of the surrounding landscape.

Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak

Courtyard by Marriott Seminyak’s main feature is their three-tiered pool.

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Atlantis the Palm, Dubai

It’s only fitting that a hotel as massive as Atlantis the Palm in Dubai have an equally massive pool exclusive for hotel guests, so it doesn’t get crowded. For the adrenaline junkies, there’s also Aquaventure Water Park within the compound.

The Royal Pool fronts the Royal Towers and looks out onto The Palm Jumeirah.
When the heat becomes unbearable, staff also hand out cold towels.

Do you know any Instagram-worthy swimming pools we should check out? Please leave a comment below.

Traveling the UAE in Style

When it comes to traveling, a lot of people think that it is best to set a meager budget and to stick to it. Although this is a good idea as traveling on a budget makes for a good experience and is an obvious way to save money for other traveling adventures, sometimes there is no harm in stretching the financial limit a bit further and going the whole hog. And where better place to go all out in regards to style and luxury than the United Arab Emirates?

The UAE is one of those places in the world that you can’t just travel to for a quick getaway: when you go there, you really have to go there. What this means is that, realistically, you can’t shirk on any expenses and you have to spend whatever it costs to be able to optimize fully your enjoyment whilst staying there. Continue reading “Traveling the UAE in Style”

Top Tips for Planning the Perfect History Tour of the USA

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When you consider historical holiday destinations, the USA probably isn’t the first country to come to mind, after all, it was only discovered by Westerners in 1492. But there is still plenty of history to discover – from the pueblos of the Amerindians in New Mexico and Arizona to the beautiful colonial architecture of New Orleans or New England.

Planning a holiday to take in particular historical sites is quite different to planning a trip to Orlando to visit Universal Studios and Disneyland – it requires a bit more personal planning and a whole lot more independence, but it can be really rewarding and totally fascinating. Here’s how to plan the perfect historical trip to the USA. Continue reading “Top Tips for Planning the Perfect History Tour of the USA”

Photo Essay: Salzburg Old Town

One of the downsides of traveling to Europe in autumn is that the weather can be unpredictable.

It was gloomy the whole time I was in Vienna as well as when I arrived in Salzburg.

My dorm mates said it rained the whole time the previous day, so I fervently wished that the skies would clear up the next day.

I guess Lady Luck was on my side because the sun was out the day I went to Salzburg’s Old Town (Altstadt).

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Autumn showing off

My hostel was just a few hundred meters from Salzburg Hauptbahnhof, so I decided to just walk to Salzburg Old Town. Actually, when I was in Europe, I would walk to get to my destination whenever I can.

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Hohensalzburg Castle in the distance as seen from Mirabell Gardens

Before heading to the Old Town, I spent some time at Mirabell Gardens admiring the fall foliage.

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Grand Tour of Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

My first cross-border train ride in Europe was from Prague to Vienna, so I was very excited.

The train was modern, clean, very comfortable, and even had WiFi on board which made the 4-hour journey bearable. The scenery along the way was pretty, too.

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It was drizzling when I arrived in Vienna, so I didn’t push through with my original plan of going to the Old Town. I just went around the Westbahnhof area.

Next day’s agenda consist of only one thing: Schonbrunn Palace – the former imperial summer residence of the Habsburgs.

I inquired with the hostel’s front desk about the best way to get to Schonbrunn Palace and the receptionist said I could walk. I looked at the free map provided, and it looked like it was just down Mariahilfer Straße…and it was, only it was more than a 2-kilometer walk.

Ten minutes in, and I already regretted the decision.

But then shortly before reaching the palace, I passed by Auer-Welsbach Park, and was mesmerized with the beautiful fall colors. I spent a few minutes watching kids play football, and even tried to chase some squirrels. LOL

The palace offers several types of tours – some you can do on your own with a free audio guide, some with a palace guide for an additional fee.

I chose a guided Grand Tour of Schonbrunn and paid €19.40. Some may find the price steep, but I don’t mind paying that amount for an hour of being cultured. :p

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