26 February, 2013

The Wheatsheaf Inn

Today's featured accommodation was labelled 'the most chic new place to stay in the Cotswolds' by The Times. It was also listed as one of the 101 Best Hotels in the World by Tatler in 2012, so I thought it was worth taking a look at! 

The Wheatsheaf Inn is a coaching inn set in a typical Cotswold village, around 12 miles from Cheltenham. In years gone by, horses and coaches would be kept in the stables, while coachmen, and travellers would party the night away. Much of that might have changed, but it is still a superb example of a tradition inn.

It has 14 beautiful bedrooms, which are all individual in style. Some have a power showers, while others also have roll-top baths. There are luxury toiletries in the bathroom, and the rooms also have complimentary Sky TV, and wi-fi.

The meals here are also superb, featuring food sourced from the best suppliers in the area, and has a top notch wine list to boot. Some would say it's all you could hope for from an English pub, and when you think you only have to go to your room to sleep off the hearty food, it sounds like a perfect night away!
If you want more details, have a look a the official website here.

22 February, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: Sunshine & snow in Scotland

Today's photo comes from Harry Bloxham. It was taken on the Aonach Eagach ridge near Glencoe. For those who don't know, it's one of the most famous hillwalking challenges in Scotland. It's described as 'epic' by those brave enough to attempt the challenge in Winter, so well done Harry! 

If you've got a photo you'd like me to feature here, please get in touch. Details on my contact page.
Thanks in advance, and have a great weekend!

19 February, 2013

Life under the ocean wave...

Look at the photo below, and you might think I'm featuring a beach hotel on a stunning island somewhere. However today's featured location is something you won't ever have seen before.

When I tell you that it's called The Poseidon Undersea Resort, and you see the photo below, you may start to appreciate just how unusual this luxury hotel is, or will be when it opens (it's in the final stages)! It's the world's first seafloor resort, and the only place where you can spend the night in luxury, 40ft under the sea. It's in a beautiful lagoon off the shore of a private island in Fiji, and has just 25 underwater suites as well as a restaurant; bar, and gym.

The complex is accessed via an elevator from the shore of the island, but you don't have to spend all your time underwater! There are additional hotel rooms on the island itself if the underwater suites are too much for you. There is also a spa, tennis courts, and a nine-hole golf course. 

It's not yet open, but if you think it would be the sort of place for you, then click here and you can leave your details so the resort can contact you when they start taking bookings. Awesome!

15 February, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: A chilly sunset

Today's photo comes from Lee, and I think it's an absolutely stunning shot. Let's hear more about the dramatic shot. The photo was taken from Llanbedrog beach on the Llyn peninsula in North West Wales. It's National Trust owned, with nice clean crystal clear sea. It's ideal for families and there's a great bistro right on the beach. It's local to Abersoch, Aberdaron and Pwllheli.

Lee, thanks so much for the contribution. If you'd like to donate a photo to Travel Lightbulb, please get in touch via the email address on my contact page. Thanks in advance!

12 February, 2013

The View from The Shard - looking down on London

When you go to a big city, one of the first things many visitors want to do is to see the city from above. Think of the Empire State Building, or the Eiffel Tower. Well now those travelling to London can get that birds-eye view from the city's tallest tourist attraction - the View from The Shard.

© The View from The Shard.
The Shard skyscraper in London Bridge, is the highest vantage point provided by any building in Western Europe, and the visitor experience is a great introduction to the city as a whole. If you have vertigo, like me, you may even feel giddy at the photo below, but it gives you a real idea of how tiny everything looks from 800ft up!

© The View from The Shard.
It provides spectacular views over the city of London, with views just as exciting at night as they are during the day - I love how small Big Ben looks in the shot below! The lifts that take you to the viewing galleries are FAST - you go from level 0 - 68 in about 60 seconds - hold onto your tummies!

© The View from The Shard.
It's easy to get to - just get the tube, or bus to London Bridge. Entry is allowed on the hour and the half-hour, and you can stay as long as you want. It's cheaper to pre-book tickets, but a limited number of walk-up tickets are available each day. If you want more information, visit the official website here.

08 February, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: Chariots of Fire

I'll be interested to know if you can identify the location of today's photo. It comes from Peter Henry, so let's hear more about it....

This is one of the most famous views in the world - the 1st and 18th holes of the Old Course at St Andrews. Not only that, but to the right is the beach which featured in the opening scenes of the film, Chariots of Fire, as the British Olympic athletic team trained for the Paris games.

Thanks for the photo Peter - great view, and what a dramatic sky! If you'd like to contribute your own travel photo, then please get in touch at the address on my contact page. Happy Friday everyone!

05 February, 2013

The museum with a difference

I'm always looking for unusual things to feature on my blog, and today is certainly something very different! If you enjoy museums, then this could be for you......if you also enjoy diving or snorkelling, then it's definitely going to interest you!

In the clear waters off Cancun, is a museum with a difference. The Cancun Underwater Museum  (yes, I did say underwater!) will, in years to come, will be one of the largest underwater museums on the planet.

British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor is the main creator and artist of this site, and it's not only beautiful, but also little surreal! Divers and snorkelers have the opportunity to admire original sculptures like the Dream Collector in the photo above, or The Silent Evolution in the top photo in this post. It consists of 450 life sized sculptures. 

The museum is not only for the benefit of visitors - it will also hopefully promote the growth of new coral, which will form on the sculptures. The cast of a Volkswagen above was submerged in 2011, and is designed to allow for fish and marine life to enter the car - the perfect home for a lobster or two! What a fascinating idea, and a beautiful thing to discover when snorkelling in Cancun.  For more information, have a look at www.aquaworld.com.mx

01 February, 2013

Travel Photo Friday: Alternative travel!

If you've ever visited the Maldives, today's photo may be familiar to you! Depending on where you are staying, this colourful little sea plane may take you to your chosen island, and it's such a fun trip. I had never experienced anything like this before, and was surprised that the landing was so smooth. Maybe we just got lucky with out pilot....who flew the plane barefoot! Island style to the extreme - ha ha!

If you have a photo you'd like to see featured on Travel Lightbulb, please send it to me at the email address on my contact page. Have a great weekend!