Destinations for Valentine’s Day

valentine's day trip  Approximately 29,000 Romanians will go  on 13-15 February on a mini vacation for Valentine‘s Day, especially to local destinations where they will spend nearly 2 million euro, the most favourite local destination is Prahova Valley and abroad – Rome, Venice , Paris and Barcelona.The number of reservations made for Valentine’s Day is  approaching 28,500,  and the tourists will spend, on average, only for travel services (accommodation and meals), 300 lei per person. The total amount collected by tour operators is estimated at 8.5 million lei, according to a study of Romanian Tourism Employers Federation (FPTR).In addition, according to the Federation, about 500 Romanians will go abroad specifically to spend Valentine’s Day. The amounts allocated by them, the total amount of expenses for Valentine’s Day will reach nearly 2 million.

Many couples who have not planned a minivacation during Valentine’s Day will be spend in clubs or in a restaurant, mentioned representatives of FPTR.

Source: dailybusiness.ro
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The world’s most outrageous hotel pools

Whether towering over skyscrapers or slipping into the sea, the most outrageous hotel pools will make you want to pack a bag right now.

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Perivolas (Oia, Greece)

Perivolas is designed for rest and relaxation. From the cliff-edge infinity pool visitors can see stunning sunsets reflecting in the Aegean Sea.

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Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena (Ibiza, Spain)

The tiered pools on the Na Xamena cliff offer fantastic panoramas of the Mediterranean. The outdoor thalasso therapy circuit has several pools connected by waterfalls.

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The Cambrian (Adelboden, Switzerland)

This heated outdoor infinity pool has a bubbling massage bed.

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Velassaru Maldives

The gorgeous beach isn’t the only place to lounge. The oceanfront infinity pool has a sloping floor that makes you feel like you’re entering the ocean from the beach.

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InterContinental Dubai Festival City (United Arab Emirates)

The 26th-floor pool juts over the edge of the hotel, allowing swimmers to check out the street through the glass bottom.

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Four Seasons Shanghai Pudong

Infinity pools aren’t just for the outdoors. The Four Season’s 41st-floor pool overlooks Shanghai’s iconic skyline.

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LeCrans Hotel & Spa (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)

LeCrans’ heated outdoor pool offers stunning views of the surrounding Swiss Alps.

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo (Tremezzo, Italy)

The Water on the Water pool is exactly what it sounds like a floating swimming pool bobbing on the surface of Lake Como.

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Delamore Lodge (Waiheke Island, New Zealand)

Delamore Lodge’s heated infinity pool has stunning views overlooking Owhaneke Bay.

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Boscolo Milano (Milan, Italy)

Set in the most fashionable neighborhood in Milan, Boscolo Milano’s indoor pool is equally stylish. Kaleidoscopic spheres reflect in the pool and changing mood lights.

Photos: Tripadvisers

Source: http://travel.cnn.com/

 

World’s most expensive hotels

1. Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

US$65,000 per night

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The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson Hotel, which has panoramic views of Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc.

With bulletproof doors and windows, it’s the perfect safehouse for visiting heads of state, or privacy-conscious celebs.

Taking up the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite has its own private elevator to whisk guests to an apartment with 12 rooms, which hold a Steinway grand piano, billiard room, library and private fitness center.

2. The Presidential Suite, The Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur, India

US$45,000 per night

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This positively palatial suite was a former Maharaja’s residence. At nearly 1,500 square meters, the suite is one of the biggest in Asia, and comprises a four-floor apartment lavishly decorated in gold leaf, stucco, ivory and mirror work.

With a private roof terrace and swimming pool offering panoramic views of the pink city of Jaipur, and its own private museum, there seems little reason to leave.

3. Ty Warner Penthouse Suite, Four Seasons Hotel, New York

US$41,836 per night

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This 400-square-meter penthouse tops the entire top floor of this magnificent hotel, offering a 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline.

The nine-room suite is the brainchild of designer Peter Marino, architect IM Pei and the hotel’s owner Ty Warner (the billionaire creator of the Beanie Babies).

It sports fabrics woven with platinum and gold, an indoor-outdoor Zen garden, a stupendous chandelier, the services of a personal butler, personal trainer/therapist and private chauffeur.

4. Penthouse Suite, Hotel Martinez, Cannes, France

US$37,500 per night

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On the Croisette, Hotel Martinez has a Michelin-starred restaurant, piano bar and huge private beach.

Decked out in art deco style, you’ll have a sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms with hammam, shower, spa bath, dressing room and sauna at your disposal, as well as a huge terrace overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

5. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Palms Resort, Las Vegas

US$35,487 per night

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The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, high in the Palms’ Fantasy Tower, is fitted out with everything Playboy: racy artwork selected by Hef himself, a huge, rotating circular bed and an indoor pool, branded with the Bunny logo, leading to a hair- — and libido- — raising cantilevered spa bath high above the Strip.

This 836-square-meter, two-bedroom pad also includes an orgy-sized bathtub, bar and poker table and an indoor waterfall.

The eye-watering price doesn’t include breakfast — or Bunnies.

6. The Royal Villa, Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens

US$34,356 per night

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With a butler, private chef and pianist at your beck and call, there’s little need to lift a finger — except to sip martinis — when you stay at this three-bedroomed villa.

When you’re feeling more active you can also take advantage of an indoor pool, outdoor heated pool and gym, as well as a steam bath and massage room.

There’s also a nearby private marina and beach.

7. Presidential Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe, Sardinia, Italy

US$32,736 per night

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Perfect for sun-kissed networking, the Presidential Suite overlooks the sparkling brine of the Costa Smeralda. Billed as one of the most gorgeous suites in the world, this three-bedroom luxury pad stands above the rambling towers and pantile roofs of the luxury Porto Cervo resort.

An understated blend of Mediterranean style and sensational bay views, the suite also has its own pool on the private roof terrace, along with a wine cellar and outdoor gym.

8. Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome

US$30,000 per night

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For the ultimate in La Dolce Vita, check into the stunning Villa La Cupola suite in Rome’s Westin Excelsior.

One of the largest in Europe, the suite is inspired by ancient Rome, with extensive use of marble, stained glass and frescoes. There’s a gorgeous wraparound terrace where you can soak up the sun, a private spa with sauna, whirlpool and steam bath, as well as private cinema.

9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

US$26,300 per night

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At 300 square meters, the Ritz-Carlton Suite has many of the usual big suite highlights — Frette linen sheets, an oversized marble bathroom, huge beds, flat-screen TVs and individual rain shower booths.

The clincher is the fact that it tops the tallest skyscrapers in Tokyo and has proposal-worthy views over the Imperial Palace, Roppongi Hills and Mount Fuji.

10. Royal Towers Bridge Suite, Atlantis, Bahamas

US$25,000 per night

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This 10-room suite with gold sofas, cushions, gilt mirrors and chandeliers is enough to make minimalists break out in hives. This is shameless glamour.

The grand foyer dazzles the eye with an elaborate floor made of four kinds of marble. The 15-meter-long living room holds a baby grand piano. The vast entertainment center comes with a full-service bar.

Throw in the eye-popping balcony views, and a butler, and this is no ordinary pad.

Source: http://travel.cnn.com/

ANAT required 9% VAT to all the restaurants

ANAT required VAT to drop from 24% to 9% and to be applied to all the restaurants and not only to the touristic packages.

This measure would result in both lower prices and, especially, would make all restaurant owners to pay VAT in a sector where there is an evasion of 50%, according to ANAT.

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Starting with March 1, in case the seller refuses to issue and give receipts, the buyer might not pay the services, taking into account that an untaxed service is nothing but a violation of law. Therefore, the buyer can keep the good without paying it anymore if the trader refuses to issue receipts, according to the Ministry of Finance.

The government has recently reduced VAT on travel packages that include accommodation plus one or more meals a day, a decision that made the hoteliers promise to lower the prices. Burcea believe that if VAT would be reduced also to restaurants, the prices will be lower, and it would be more accessible to clients, including the Romanian and foreign tourists, on the other hand would have an effect of reducing the tax evasion.

Mega Mall will have a Food Court of 10,000 sq m

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 Food court area inside the future Mega Mall which will be inaugurated on 23rd April near National Arena, will occupy an impressive area of about 10,000 sq m and will host fast food restaurants and various fast-foods such as Pizza Hut, KFC, Steak Osho, WuXing, Salad Box and Subway, it is stated into a press release. Coffee shop area will include brands such as Paul, Brioche Doree and Manufaktura by Doncafe.
Mega Mall will host over 200 stores, and a varied entertainment area: a Cinema City multiplex with 14 rooms, a world class center features a semi-Olympic pool and a new concept of children’s playground.
Mega Mall will provide to its visitors a wide range of brands and ways of leisure. There will also be a casino opened non-stop.
The mall will also provide 3,000 parking spaces, 1,000 of them being on the roof of the building, which can be directly accessed from the street by a quick ramp.
Mega Mall is developed by NEPI which has in its portfolio from Romania shopping centers such as Promenada Mall in București, City Park Constanța, Ploiesti Shopping City, Braila Mall, Shopping City Târgu Jiu and some office buildings inBucharest and Cluj.
Source: horeca.ro