Club Med Columbus Isle, San Salvador Island, Bahamas

Club Med Columbus Isle is located in the Bahamas on the island of San Salvador, with blond sand and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The resort has 216 rooms in one-storey bungalows with colorful colonial architecture. There are two restaurants with sea views, the Christopher’s has a terrace for smokers and the Pinta Beach Lounge is open since 2017 and offers snacks throughout the day. There is also the swimming pool and the theater. The village welcomes families with children from 2 years old but the Junior Club Med has activities only for children and teenagers between 11 and 17 years old during the months of July and August only. There are several activities on site such as table tennis, sailing, beach volleyball, kayak, weight room, spa, etc.

Tips

The drinks package that is included in your stay, includes drinks by the glass and at the bar only: water, fruit juice, soda, hot drinks, cocktails with or without alcohol, branded alcoholic drinks local and / or international and wines. If you want champagne, cans, wines à la carte or some premium brands, you will have to pay them.

You can also enjoy to make some visits outside the village; for example, to see the statue of Christoph Columbus (who discovered this island) and the plaque that commemorates the 500 years of his discovery with a replica of the Santa Maria (name of the ship).

Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava, also historically known as Pressburg, is the capital (since 1993) and the largest city in Slovakia, located in the southwest of the country, just across the border with Austria and Hungary and near the border with the Czech Republic. The Carpathians begin on the territory of the city crossed by the Danube. There are medieval towers and even imposing buildings of the 20th century. Unfortunately, big changes began in the 21st century and classical baroque style buildings have been lost and modern buildings were built around the historic centre. There is still a little old, pedestrian centre with coloured houses, cobbled streets and baroque churches. There are also several universities, many museums, theatres and other cultural institutions with a multi-cultural past linked to the presence of ethnic people: German, Hungarian, Slovak and Jewish. To visit: the National Theatre, the National Museum, the National Gallery, the Museum of natural history, the Mirbach Palace, the Museum of watchmaking, the Gothic Cathedral of Saint-Martin, the Palace Grassalkovitch (residence of the president of the Slovak Republic), Bratislava castle, among others. There’s also the New Bridge on the Danube with its panoramic restaurant flying saucer shaped dating from the 20th century.

Tips

The visit of Bratislava is usually done in 1 day, given the proximity of Vienna, you mustn’t sleep there because apart the small old centre there’s no great thing to see.

If you’re there for a weekend, there are several bars, pubs and small restaurants in the historic centre but the atmosphere of bars and breweries is quite young. The panoramic restaurant is quite chic but there is also a pretty nice bar which will also allow you to have a beautiful view over the city without paying a fortune.

Another beautiful view you will have from the castle which is at the top of the city.

The Acclimatization Garden of La Orotava, Port de la Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Acclimatization Garden of La Orotava is located in Port de la Cruz, in the north of the island of Tenerife; also known as the Botanical Garden of Port de la Cruz. It was created by the Royal Order of King Carlos III, on August 17th , 1788, to be able to cultivate species from the tropics in a place of the Spanish territory. Two years later, the garden was already on site according to the original project and two years later new plantations were added. The garden enjoyed a moment of splendor thanks to the gardener Hermann Wildpret in the mid-nineteenth century. From 1941, the National Institute of Agricultural Research took the direction of the garden. You can find more than 3,000 species mostly exotic plants. One of the most popular species is the ficus with enormous roots dug up. You will also find orchids, Canary Islands dragon trees and palm trees among others. Several sculptures, streams and waterfalls also contribute to the beauty of the garden. The garden is open to the public throughout the year. There is also a library and a herbarium that you can visit and consult from Monday to Friday morning by appointment.

Tips

You can visit the garden from 09:00 to 18:00. On New Year’s Day, Easter Friday and Christmas Day, the garden is closed to the public.

Bring your camera to take beautiful pictures of this exuberant vegetation.

Wear comfortable shoes because it’s the perfect place to take a nice walk.