Shangri-La Hotel, Hai Zhu District, Guangzhou, China

Shangri-La Hotel, is in the Hai Zhu District (new business and convention district), in Guangzhou, China. It’s a really luxury oasis in the city with 12 acres of landscaped gardens and fountains, overlooking China’s third longest ancient river, the Pearl River. The rooms are very spacious and there are floor to ceiling windows. The hotel has a business centre, conference facilities, non-smoking rooms, gym, swimming-pool, 5 restaurants, 2 bars, spa, parking, safe deposit box, buttler service in suites, shoeshine service, laundry, valet service, babysitting, florist, gift shop, travel agency, taxi or limousine service, car rental service, foreign exchange counter, wi-fi; in fact, everything you could need is there.

Tips

You can ask for the transfer from-to the airport booking your room.

If you want to use public transport, you have the East railway station shuttle.

If you go on a business trip, you have spetial staff to assist you at any time. You can also hire all the material needed like cellular phones, fax machine, equipement, etc.

You can also have translation service and secretaries if needed.

If you just want to relax, you have the beautiful gardens with the fountains to walk, the swimming-pool outdoor or simply the spa.

Kasbah Valentine, Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Kasbah Valentine is a guest house located in front of the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, 30 km from Ouarzazate. It has 10 air-conditioned rooms spacious enough, decorated in Berber style, with private bathrooms. There is plenty of natural light in all rooms. Upon arrival you will be welcomed in the traditional way with a mint tea and pastries. There is an onsite restaurant that serves the most typical Berber dishes: couscous, tagine, soup, salad, etc. The most valuable area of this house is the terrace from where you have a breathtaking view; it is also the ideal place to enjoy breakfast or a drink while watching the beautiful surroundings and of course with your camera in hand!

Tips

If you really want to be in a typical place, away from the big city, next to the Kasbah, this place is ideal. The owners will do everything to make your stay unforgettable.
It is best to make a reservation in advance because the house also welcomes groups who are visiting the country, whithout reservation, you might be forced to look elsewhere.
You also have an area next to the restaurant, where you can buy some crafts and even beautiful tagines.

The St. Antthony Hermitage, Bouchette Lake, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

The St. Anthony hermitage of  Bouchette Lake was founded by Father Elzéar Delamarre in 1907 with the construction of a second home and a chapel dedicated to St Anthony of Padua. The place became a pilgrimage site and the abbot was building a larger chapel to accommodate the visitors. In 1925 the site was taken in care by the Capuchin Minor Brothers who built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin. Today the place has also a hotel with a large dining-room with terrace overlooking the lake and an excellent gastronomic choice with local products and typical menu of the Lac St-Jean region as the famous pie called ‘tourtière’. There is also a wooden observation tower, a pedestrian path, a souvenir shop, a bakery, a camping area with parking for trailers and the warm welcome of the Brothers and staff who make of this place a beautiful option for a relaxing holiday, solo, with family, friends or couples. To see: the St. Anthony of Padua chapel (neo-Gothic country), the frescoes of the Quebec painter Charles Huot, the monastery (neo-Romanesque), the Marian Chapel, among others and of course the natural environment that is really beautiful!

Tips

You can book your accommodation with or without breakfast but it is good to take it even as the supper cause the site is in nature and there are no restaurants very near.

You have a small beach nearby, on the way to the village, and there are some games for children on the site next to the lake.

Taste the bread and buns baked at the bakery on site, it’s worth it.

There are many activities around Lac St-Jean; so staying at the monastery would be economical and comfortable to come and visit the area.