Las Vegas – Best Hotels and Resorts for a Fabulous Vacation, Yet Affordable

If money is no object you only have 3 choices of places to stay:

Bellagio, Palazzo (Venetian) or Encore (Wynn). The choice will depend on what you value most, such as casino (Wynn and Venetian have fabulous casinos, whilst Bellagio mostly caters to higher-rollers). We have stayed many times at these 3 resorts and we love them all, for different reasons. The Palazzo o Venetian suites are fabulous; the Encore rooms are fresh and modern; Bellagio does not have equally huge rooms (but of course you can always opt for a suite) but the service here is second to none. Amazing spa, amazing gym: you are amongst the elite here.

If you are on a budget – you can safely choose from the still very good MGM, Mirage (we stay at these two resorts very often), Treasure Island (but the rooms are small at TI, so beware, though it’s a very nice little place in every aspect, though the pool area is a little too small for us) or, if you really need to save as much as possible, Montecarlo (the pool area here is not that great, though, just small and incredibly noisy: you can barely here each other scream). Below these you will seriously compromise on comfort, atmosphere, smells, noise, cigarette smoke everywhere or just an overall-run-down atmosphere you can only overlook if you are drunk all the time. A note on cigarette smoking: of the super cheap resorts, the Circus Circus is the only one which, in terms of rooms, have a real policy of smoking and non-smoking: if you are a smoker Circus Circus will treat you well and, if you are a non-smoker, you will be equally respected and they will assure you that you will not stay in a room where you breath other people’s smoke. Out of the low budget resorts, in our extensive experience, Circus Circus is the only one with excellent security and every customer is treated truly equally in this respect. Maybe because they cater for families too and not only to crazy-partiers, but if we are on a strict budget and want to breathe in our own room we always go here.

Find Official Homepage of Hotels and Resorts in Phuket Thailand

There are many islands in the world, so why chose the tropical island Phuket in Thailand for your next vacation? Phuket island has been blessed by nature with the most extraordinary and varied beauty. From palm fringed beaches to hills covered with greenery, its varied landscape and climate makes Phuket one of the most bio-diverse islands of its size in the world.

A wide range of attractions combined with good infrastructure and convenient flights to Phuket, a deep sea port and good surfaced roads, schools and health services at international standards have made Phuket island extremely popular as a home of choice for many foreigners from many different countries. The Phuket experience is different for everyone. Whether you are looking for a quiet corner to enjoy a peaceful retreat at one of the many Phuket Beaches or an action packed place like Patong, with plenty of colourful nightlife, Phuket has it all.

The ocean facing west coast is lined with bays with white sandy beaches between two rocky points. Phuket’s fresh and tranquil beaches have made it a vacation haven suitable for Hollywood celebrities. In Phuket you still can find relatively intimate places rather than one big unbroken stretch of beach with high rise hotels packed with people. Each beach has its own character. Larger beach resorts like Patong, really come to life at night. While others offer quiet havens away from the crowds. In between, there are places like Kamala – only 15 minutes by car from Patong, yet far enough for some peaceful relaxation.

Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Hotel and Resort, Baden Baden – Gateway to Black Forest, Germany

During previous summer holiday, we had a short weekend break in Baden Baden, a German city located at the edge of the Black Forest. Since Baden Baden is famous of its spa and spring water, we deliberately searched for hotels that own a hot spring. Radisson Blu Hotel was one of the very few hotels that in fact own a spring pool in Baden Baden. We stayed there for 4 days and had great, relaxing time.

Resort Location (Satisfaction level 9 out of 10)

We drove from the Netherlands to Baden Baden with a GPS, so it was pretty easy to find the hotel.

We understood from the hotel’s website that it is located nearby city center, but it was actually almost in the city center!

When walking out from the main entrance and turn right, you are at the entrance of the main shopping street and restaurant area in less than 200 meters. If you turn left from the main entrance, there are multiple restaurants located within 5 minute’s walk. Getting to the touristic spots is also easy, approximately within 15-20 walking distance from the hotel.

Overall, we loved the location of the resort.

Room Quality & Price (Satisfaction level 7 out of 10)

We stayed in standard room with an early-bird price (which was around EUR 110). The hotel lobby is grand, with magnificent marble staircases connecting the main atrium to the floors. However, the interior decoration of our room is quite old, for instance you can clearly see that the hanging lamp is from the 70’s. The only renovated part is bathroom, where you can find modern facilities.

Since we are not always staying inside the room, we were quite happy about it, considering the price.

Resort Service (Satisfaction level 9 out of 10)

From our arrival at the car park, to storing keys by front desk when we visit the spa center, all staffs are very friendly and helpful. We arrived at 11am where our room was not yet ready, we were then led to a lounge room where we can store our languages and went directly to the spa center to use the facilities there.

Resort Facility (Satisfaction level 9 out of 10)

Swimming Pools and Spa Center

We were very pleased with the spa center and swimming pools. There are 3 pools in total, where 1 is an indoor pool at room-temperature, while the other 2 are connected pools, partly indoor and partly outdoor. The outdoor part is with hot spring water coming directly from Baden Baden’s nature hot spring, equipped with whirlpool Jacuzzi.

The Spa Center has several treatment and sauna rooms where you can just get in and relax. You can also have spa and beauty treatments there, but we went to another spa center outside of the hotel for a more bargaining price.

Towels and sun bed coversheets are always available, which is nice and handy as you don’t have to carry towels from your own room.


Our hotel rate included breakfast – which offered a wide range of choice, including local German delicacies. We did not had anything else than breakfast from the hotel’s restaurant, since there are plenty other restaurants in the city.


As we went there by car, we used the parking garage at the hotel during our visit, which is EUR13 per day, a very reasonable price in Europe.

Overall (Satisfaction level 8 out of 10)

After our holiday, we were absolutely relaxed – from the everyday spa, swimming, as well as good food from the city. If you are looking for a decent spa hotel in Germany, while you can explore an old spa city, this is a good choice.

I would recommend this hotel to couples looking for a long weekend break in an ancient city like Baden Baden.

I hope the info can help you in finding the right hotel in Baden Baden, Germany, and enjoy a nice Black Forest vacation.