Best Couples Spa Packages in Asia for 2016

It is such bliss to enjoy more than your ordinary holiday, to take it to the next step and experience a truly relaxing time that you know you have earned. What’s more, to enjoy it with the person who means the world to you – the other half of you that equally deserves a great vacation – is absolutely amazing…

And that’s one of the things Sri Lanka is renowned for providing- couples spa vacations in the gorgeous island are just divine. They are sought after among the wellness packages in Asia, the continent that is known for its traditional healing therapies handed down from generation to generation, using natural ingredients and remedies that give its seekers, wholesome restorative properties.

One place where you are sure to be able to indulge in a wonderful couples’ spa package in Sri Lanka is at Saman Villas a picturesque location by the sea in the South West of the island. A truly heart-warming experience at an idyllic location perched atop an outcrop overlooking the beautifully blue Indian Ocean. There is no better place to rest and breathe in the fresh sea air and retreat into a haven of natural tranquility with your loved one. Enjoy each other’s company as you let yourself be pampered, revived and prepped to meet the demands of daily life.

Wake up to yoga sessions that cleanse the mind each day and then participate in meditation sessions together with your loved one. After a healthy breakfast prepared using only the best and freshest produce, sign up for a couples’ spa treatment that is unparalleled. Detox your body, exfoliate your skin and rub your cares away. Professional hands will guide you down a path of revival while the natural, traditional and authentic wraps and treatments will offer you a new lease of life.

And you don’t have to accept all this at face value… talk to the spa professionals at Saman Villas and reach a consensus on what’s best for the health of you and your better half. Choose a wellness package that suits both of you.

In the evenings, work up a sweat at the gym together and then enjoy a herbal drink as you put your feet up. And then, when you’re nice and rested, opt for a quiet sightseeing tour of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many other tourist destinations not far from the hotel that are sure to enthrall you. Whatever your need, the staff at Saman Villas is ready to make it happen…

Sri Lanka is a popular destination for sun, sand and surf, but is now increasingly becoming known for its superb wellness holidays as well. What a great place to enjoy your vacation with your sweetheart or spouse; it is guaranteed that you will have an unforgettable time. And it is indeed a bonus that you will both come out of it, relaxed, rested and ready for life! Many claim to offer their guests a taste of paradise, but you won’t know what you’re missing out on, until you’ve stepped onto the gorgeous shores of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Sunrise – 1 Year on From the ASIA Launch

Nearly a year has passed since Early Bird Sunrise registration began for the coveted new.asia domain extension, the Early Bird Sunrise period (SR2a) was the first opportunity for commercial entities to register a.asia extension. Prior to this, registration was limited to Asian governments wishing to submit their public bodies and culturally or economically important domains during the pre-Sunrise period.

Throughout the commercial Sunrise period, entry was limited to those companies with registered trademarks trading in on of the 72 Asian countries as defined by ICANN, the period was split into four sub-periods which ran consecutively with the entry requirements becoming less stringent over time, and finally closed for new registration on January 31 2008. On March 26 2008 the.asia Go Live registration period started allowing anyone around the world to buy a.asia domain, and prompted a wave of speculators to begin buying up cyber real-estate from web hosts in the hope that a few companies with sloppy marketing departments had missed the Sunrise window.

So why is the.asia extension so important, when the region has functioned perfectly well over the years with.com and the other Asian regional extensions?

Put simply.asia provides a unifying sense of economic identity for the region which has over 500 million internet users (compared with 315 million in Europe and 253 million in the USA) a number which is growing steadily all the time as the cost of technology decreases..asia also allows companies to demonstrate an online presence and expand in to a region with one of the fastest moving economies in the world. That said how many companies have taken advantage of their newly acquired domains and actually set up a live site, well fewer that you would expect, a search of the obvious key players (Pepsi, Ford etc) returned “error page not found messages” Toyota the third largest Asian company according to Business Week’s ‘Top 25 Asian Companies’ have not set up a.asia page, Sony the seventh largest Asian company’s site is “under construction” and 7eleven the mini-market of choice for the region has their domain ‘parked’ in fact of the well known international brands only Honda seems to have a fully functioning.asia domain. So why this reticence to embrace.asia? Do we expect to see a wealth of new.asia sites before the end of the year? Or, are the big players just happy with the fact that they have secured their plot and are now content to sit on the fence while the price of the cyber real estate rises around them?

On thing does seem certain – this area is bound to take off eventually, and although the transition is slow it is gradually happening, with millions of quality domain names still on offer it could be time to speculate and buy your company’s piece of.asia before somebody else does.

Girl to Girl Tips for Travelling in Southeast Asia

Talk to most backpacker lads and they’ll generally agree that as long as they’ve got a supply of decent T-shirts and a stash of cash, they’re good to go. Not so for us girlies. While we’re just as intrepid as the boys, there are unfortunately a few extra things that we need to consider. Here are some tips I wish someone had told me, girl to girl, before heading to Southeast Asia. Here I bequeath my wisdom to you, fellow backpacking ladies!

Laundry services in Southeast Asia are often excellent but they’re ruthless; your clothes will be scrubbed and thrashed within an inch of their lives. Leave your best threads at home and stock up at markets (in Thailand) or shopping malls (in Malaysia) and put together a backpack-specific wardrobe. Clothes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam tend to be more for locals than Westerners. Make the most of Bangkok while you’re there!

Most cosmetics in Asia will be packaged to look like the real thing, but they’re just low-quality copies of home brands. It’s difficult to find good quality make-up unless you go to retail outlets such as Boots in Thailand or a Revlon store in Cambodia.

If you’re on the pill, bring as much as you can from home. If you can only get a short supply, don’t panic – just bring the box and advice leaflet with you. Common brands such as Dianette are available over the counter under different names (Diane 35 or Sucee).

It’s difficult to find non-scented, lightweight moisturisers by makers such as Neutrogena or Simple. In Southeast Asia, old school cold creams and heavily scented whitening creams abound. If you’ve got sensitive skin, bring a supply of small throw-as-you-go bottles of your trusted products from home.

Fans of waxing take note: beauty salon experiences are very hit and miss. It’s impossible to buy waxing strips (I’ve spent eight months looking!) so unless you’re willing to take the risk with boiling wax and uncoordinated hands, switch to a decent brand of razor for your trip.

Sanitary towels are cheap and easy to find, but tampons are like gold dust in smaller towns. There’s no need to bring a supply from home, just stock up in major cities as you go.

Finally, my golden tip: underwear. (How I wish someone had warned me about this!) Asian ladies wear teeny tiny polyester bras and knickers, so if you’re anything above a 32-inch bra or hip size, bring at least three bras and lots of new cotton underwear from home. Hand wash any sexy look-at-me naughties or they’ll be lost/ruined/stolen before you know it!