Maui, Hawaii, USA

Maui is the second largest island of the archipelago of Hawaii, a part of the State of Hawaii, in the United States and form the County of Maui with three other islands: Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. According to Hawaiian tradition, the name of the island is linked to the legend of Hawaii ‘ hawai’iloa, the Polynesian navigator who allegedly discovered the archipelago. Maui is also called ‘the Valley island’ from the very fertile isthmus between its two volcanoes: Haleakala and Mauna Kahalawai. It is a destination where stunning landscapes and peaceful coexist with luxury resorts. On the West Coast you will find resorts complexes where you can relax but the East Coast is less developed. One of the isolated cities worth the detour: Hana and its beautiful beaches. You will also find golf courses, waterfalls and historic sites. Due to its irregular topography, weather conditions are varied on time or quite short distances; for example, the Haleakala National Park has 7 different climate zones. Haleakala Crater, highest point of the volcano East Maui is at 3.055 meters above sea level.

Tips

If you want to visit the Haleakala Volcano, the largest sleeping volcano in the world, you must dedicate a whole day.
You can also visit Black Rock (Puu Kekaa), a sacred place in Hawaiian mythology where the souls of the dead crossed the realm of the spiritual.
If you like shopping, you will find a large open air market with dozens of shops and eclectic boutiques at Whalers Village.
You can also take a unique and beautiful trip by train to Lahaina.
If you’re attracted or interested in underwater life, visit the Maui Ocean Center; ideal to visit with children.
From December to April, you can also watch the whales.

French Guyana, South America, France

French Guyana is a region and a French overseas department of France, in South America. With an area of 83 846 km22, Guyana is the largest French department and region of France (more than 15% of the surface of the metropolitan France) and the least populated after Mayotte. It is also the Department more wooded, 96% of the territory is covered by Equatorial forest that remains the richest and least environmentally fragmented in the world.

Guyana is the only territory of Latin America which doesn’t constitute an independent state on the continent. It fits within the plateau of the Guyanas with part of the Venezuela, bordered by the Orinoco River, and northern Brazil, bounded by the Amazon. This Department is among the richest of the world because of the plant and animal biodiversity.

The Guyanese forest is a primary forest to very high level of the richest biodiversity forest in the world, protected by a new national park and six natural reserves. The International Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN) and the European Union (EU) will recommend special protection efforts.

5,500 plant species have been recorded, including more than a thousand trees, 700 species of birds, 177 species of mammals, more than 500 species of fish, of which 45% are endemic (‘silt’ fish and fish scales) and 109 species of amphibians. Microorganisms would be many more yet, in particular in the North that rivals the Amazon with Brazil, with Borneo and with Sumatra. This French Department alone has at least 98% of the vertebrate fauna and 96% of the vascular plants of France.

In 1964, general De Gaulle took the decision to build a spatial centre in Guyana, intended to replace the Saharan base in Algeria, and to develop the Guyanese economy. The position of the Department is privileged, near the Equator with a large opening on the ocean. The Guyana Space Centre, since the first rockets ‘Véronique’, widely developed over the years. Space port of Europe with launchers such as Ariane 4 and Ariane 5, which prove a commercial success worldwide, the Guiana Space Centre is also developing the Vega program, and a Soyuz launch base built in Sinnamary.

Tips

Visit the Amazon

For a weekend or a short stay, choose a cottage oin the Amazon and come and relax in the heart of the forest in one of the natural settings the wildest in the world. The camps accessible only by river, offer a full frame with guides, pirogues, personal hospitality and catering. In the program, hiking, fishing, swimming, initiation to life in the forest, panning for gold… and a surprising discovery and smooth natural environment.

Space Center

It is located 54 Km from Cayenne, in the commune of Kourou. Led by experienced guides, you will be attending the screening of a film retracing the history of the space base and discover Jupiter, all Ariane launch control centre where you can see an Ariane 5 launcher in his gigantic installations. The C.S.G. being an operational base launch. Circuits and visits schedules can be changed. All this information you will be confirmed during your reservation and registration for the visit. Camcorder and cameras’ shots are allowed on the entire site. The animals will be systematically refused. As a precaution, we recommend that you make your reservations several days in advance.

Carnival

The Carnival of Guyana, the longest in the world, is unique in its kind! The festivities will begin in the first week following Epiphany and ends on Wednesday of ash. Therefore, every Saturday night, “dance halls” are invaded by the mysterious touloulous, these fully disguised bridleways leading the ball until dawn. At daybreak, after so much effort and sways, your forces could be back by tasting the traditional “blaff», a court-bouillon of fish or shrimp subtly noted to the creole.

Incredible destination Guyana in summary: sea, rainforest, Carnival and Space Center.

Top 25 best all-inclusive resorts from Trip-advisor

TripAdvisor’s top 25 all-inclusive resorts around the world. The travel website’s award winners were based on its members’ reviews and opinions of all-inclusive resorts around the world over a period from August 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.

Here is the list :

1. Royalton Cayo Santa Maria, Villa Clara Province, Cuba

2. Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, Playa Paraiso, Mexico

3. Kurumba Maldives, the Maldives

4. Le Blanc Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico

5. Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun, Playa Maroma, Mexico

6. Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Don Pablo Collection, Samana Province, Dominican Republic

7. Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

8. Galley Bay Resort, St. John’s, Antigua

9. Rixos Sharm El Sheikh Resort, Nabq Bay, Egypt

10. Excellence Playa Mujeres, Playa Mujeres, Mexico

11. Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Rose Hall, Jamaica

12. Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Mexico

13. The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

14. Sultan Gardens Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

15. Salinas do Maragogi All Inclusive Resort, Maragogi, Brazil

16. Andilana Beach Resort, Nosy Be, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar

17. Live Aqua Cancun All Inclusive, Cancun, Mexico

18. Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa, White House, Jamaica

19. Cozumel Palace, Cozumel, Mexico

20. Melia Cayo Coco, Jardines del Rey, Cuba

21. Oceania Club, Nea Moudania, Greece

22. The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

23. Secrets the Vine Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun, Mexico

24. Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico

25. Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Bayahibe, Dominican Republic