ABU DHABI : Inside the New Warner Bros World Theme Park

Travellerczech was one of the lucky few, to preview the world’s newest theme park…Abu Dhabi’s Warner Bros World!

The entire 1.6 million sq ft park and all of its 29 attractions took 7 years to build and promises to deliver immersive experiences and unique rides.

The park itself is located right next to the Yas Island’s famous Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld. The opening of a third theme park makes Yas Island a multi-day destination filled with thrills, shopping, and culture in the nearby Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

Btw…the opening date was just announced! So, put 25th of July in to your diary 😉


I was hugely impressed with today’s ( 19th April ) sneak peek inside the huge golden structure. Every inch is immaculately themed and it’s not even completed! Love the “real sky” ceilings which makes you feel outdoor and lots of story-telling details.

Few rides were in testing mode and if this is only the first glimpse, we are in for a treat!

Park is divided into 6 Zones 

  • WARNER BROS. PLAZA – Expect Golden Age Hollywood Glamour, immersive environment and a wide offering of dining and shopping.
  • BEDROCK – Home of the Flinstones and one big wet adventure flume ride!
  • DYNAMITE GULCH – Watch for the Roadrunner and board Fast and Furry-ous inverted coaster in this crazy land!
  • CARTOON JUNCTION – Who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo! No less than five super fun rides are based on this cartoon themed area.
  • GOTHAM CITY – Batman is my all-time favorite superhero and he will take you for a ride of your life! Expect the unexpected on the signature Robotic arm coaster.
  • METROPOLIS – The city of superheroes, including Wonder Woman, Super Man and Green Lantern is filled with four unique immersive cinematic attractions. I think the xxx? will be my ultimate favorite.

COMPLETE LIST OF ALL ATTRACTIONS BELOW EACH ZONE GALLERY 


  • WARNER BROS. PLAZA

Attractions:
All-Star Spectacular – Theatrical lighting transforms the Plaza from daytime into evening for the All-Star Spectacular, a majestic symphonic celebration that uses projection mapping technology to bring the Warner Bros. film library to life. Hosted by no other than the infamous Bugs Bunny, this show is entertaining for the whole family.

Dining:
Guests in the mood for celebrity character-spotting can dine in style at The Starlight and look forward to a personal visit from all their favorite Warner Bros. and DC characters!
For an authentic taste of Italy, guests can head to Hollywood Trattoria.
Interested in visiting the Golden Age of Hollywood? Pop into Celebrity Scoop for a sweet indulgence.
Guests on-the-go can grab quick treats at Beverly Hills Boulangerie and Plaza Snacks.

Shops:
Guests can shop at Warner Bros. Studio Store and Superstar Souvenirs for an exclusive range of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi products including apparel, collectibles, and stationery.
Fans can pick-up t-shirts, accessories, and souvenirs featuring the world’s greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains at DC Super Heroes Store.
Those in the mood for fine art can visit Treasures of Hollywood – a gallery featuring works from various DC and Looney Tunes artists, as well as prop replicas, jewelry, watches and stationery.


  • BEDROCK

Rides & Attractions:
The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure – tucked away in the natural beauty of Bedrock’s Stonetrail Park, this star attraction invites passengers to embark on a scenic boat ride through stone-age wetlands, prehistoric neighborhoods and the city’s picturesque downtown area taking in the awesome sights and sounds of a day in the life of The Flintstones and The Rubbles. Guests should know that this isn’t just any day in Bedrock – it’s the town’s Centennial Parade! Rumor has it there’s Snorkasaurus-sized trouble in store when Dino is set loose to run amuck during the big celebration.

Dining:
Ravenous park-goers can satisfy their caveman cravings at Bronto Burgers and Ribs, where slabs of ribs and giant-sized Bronto Burgers will be served. Guests can dine in one of a row of prehistoric cars, or just stop for a photo opportunity and eat inside the diner.
When hunger strikes in downtown Bedrock, guests can choose from a variety of prehistoric pickings. For a quick stone-age snack, guests are invited to grab and go at Mammoth Munchies.


  • DYNAMITE GULCH

Rides & Attractions:
Fast & Furry-ous – this premier attraction invites passengers to climb onto Wile E. Coyote latest gadget – the ACME Road Rocket 9000 – for an exciting journey through the desert cactus and chasms joining Wile E. Coyote on yet another pursuit to catch the Road Runner. Beep! Beep!
Jetson’s Cosmic Orbiter – The Jetsons Cosmic allows guests to fly their own futuristic spaceship as they circle a space-age landing pad on a high-energy joyride.
Marvin The Martian Crater Crashers – Marvin the Martian: Crater Crashers – Marvin’s new recruits will smash the hovering space‐pods together to generate enough kinetic energy to power his broken rocket ship back into orbit —giving a whole new meaning to “kaboom!”

Shopping:
Guests can fill up on fun, and pick out their favorite cartoon merchandise at Yosemite Sam Rootin’ Tootin’ Gas; a kitschy, Route 66-themed shop filled with plush toys, drinkware, and ride souvenirs.


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  • CARTOON JUNCTION 

Rides & Attractions:
Ani-Mayhem – a visually immersive and interactive dark ride that takes guests on a rollicking mission to deliver their own cartoon chaos. Aim your “barcode scanners” to deliver ACME packages and accumulate the most points to become ACME Employee of the Month.
ACME Factory – features three kid-friendly rides like Daffy Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick, Ricochet Racin’ With Taz, and Tweety Wild Wockets.
Meet Bugs! (And Daffy) – Guests can immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind walkthrough attraction and join Bugs Bunny on stage.
Tom and Jerry Swiss Cheese Spin – a family‐friendly spinning coaster that careens guests throughout their house on a fast-moving chase full of twists and turns (and cheese)!
Scooby-Doo The Museum of Mysteries– a family-friendly dark ride that follows Scooby-Doo and the gang in search for clues through a spooky museum filled with laughs and frights.
Cartoon Junction Carousel – a colorful twist on a classic carousel that allows guests to ride along with their favorite Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters.
Daffy Jet-Propelled Pogo Stick – a vertical “jump” tower that bounces guests up and down with Daffy Duck as he tests ACME’s latest invention.
Tweety Wild Wockets – Tweety Wild Wockets lets kids spin “awound and awound” as they try to avoid Sylvester, that “bad ol’ puddy tat”.
Ricochet Racin’ with Taz – a giggle-inducing children’s car ride that whips racers around the track at Tasmanian Devil-like speeds.

Dining:
Guests can dig in at a variety of places in Cartoon Junction like the ACME Commissary where quick service food is served with ACME flair. Those in the mood for a sweet treat can frequent Huckleberry Hound Pies and Penelope Pitstop Cotton Candy, or cool off with a cone at Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Ice Cream.

Shopping:
Fans of beloved animated characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will want to visit ACME Company Store, while C.J. Mercantile, located in the town’s emporium, provides souvenirs from the wacky to the classic for all of Cartoon Junction’s colorful characters. Guests can shop at the Hare Salon for variety of hats, and fashion accessories, and Fudd Hardware for Looney Tunes toys, accessories and stationery. Guests can also enjoy sweet treats create their own jelly candy at a using the ACME Candy Creator at Daffy Snacks.


  • GOTHAM CITY 

Rides & Attractions:
Batman: Knight Flight – a highly exhilarating dark ride where guests help Batman patrol the skies of Gotham City in a one-of-a-kind robotically controlled flying Batwing vehicle capable of sudden maneuvers including drops, climbs, spins, and rolls. This ride combines a high-tech flight simulator with immersive scenery and state-of-the-art special effects for a thrillingly unforgettable experience.
The Riddler Revolution – a thrillingly roundabout ride where supervillain Edward Nigma lures guests into a run-down shipping warehouse for a thrilling nightmare. This rocking, spinning rollercoaster features dizzying movements as guests are caught at this fiendish contraption designed by The Riddler.
Scarecrow Scare Raid – a rousing flight experience with dramatic aerobatics and whirlwind barrel rolls that will rattle the cage of any bat or man. This ride blends wild interactive adventures with dizzying maneuvers from Scarecrow’s latest psychological experiments.
The Joker’s Funhouse –a villainous twist on the classic carnival walk-through experience featuring a series of physical and mental challenges conjured up by Batman’s biggest foes. The Joker’s Funhouse includes
a hall of mirrors, a shrinking corridor, a labyrinth, a hallucination hallway and moving carpets— among many other memorable encounters.
Rogues Gallery Games – A host of delightfully puzzling games also await park guests at Rogues Gallery Games. Ranging from the Hi-Striker, the Whac-A-Bat, and the Get-Away Car, to the Toxic Blast and the Bazooka Blast, guests will have a chance to use their skills to reclaim Gotham Pier— a once peaceful landmark now held hostage by The Joker and his henchmen.
Dining:
Hungry, law-abiding citizens can make their way to Gotham City’s Finest – Gotham City’s Police Department’s local watering hole. Those choosing to dine with the ‘who’s who’ of the underworld can do so at the Hall of Doom, and finally, guests can satisfy their sweet tooth with an ice-cold dessert at Mr. Freeze Ice Scream Truck.

Shopping:
Guests can commemorate their visit to Gotham City from souvenir shops filled to the brim with mementos and memorabilia from Park Row Pawn Shop and Monarch Theater Gifts. At Harlequin Confections by Harley Quinn, guests can indulge in upscale chocolate and confectionery. Cat’s Eye Jewelry offers ladies accessories and a purrrfect selection of shiny bobbles! The men of Gotham City can shop the finest in haberdashery at Cobblepott Formal Wear.


  • METROPOLIS

Rides & Attractions:
Superman 360: Battle for Metropolis – 360-degree action spectacular that pits the greatest comic book hero of all time against an alien menace threatening the city. Featuring the Man of Steel, this battle of good versus evil will decide the fate of Metropolis.
Justice League: Warworld Attacks – a thrilling dark ride featuring immersive theatre experience and special effects which will rapidly dart, swoop, and spin guests amid a colossal clash that teams them with the Justice League in an all-out battle to save the planet.
Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey – an awe-inspiring “flying theatre” experience that transports guests across the cosmos to extraordinary worlds, enriched with special and visual effects.
Teen Titans Training Academy – a multi-level play area featuring a zipline and other physical activities that invites up-and-coming heroes to showcase their skills alongside the legendary Teen Titans. Requires climbing, crawling, and navigating uneven walkways.
Dining:
Guests can dine at Bibbo Bibbowski’s quick service restaurant, Ace O’ Clubs, as well as Park Ridge Market.
Shops:
Guests can shop a wide range of souvenirs from Zatanna Books & Magical Curiosities and Justice League Hero Supply Co., feast on savory snacks from the Daily Planet Newsstand and visit Front Page Photos to appear on the front-page of the famed publication.


  • Tickets are on sale already on park’s website: wbworld.com from AED230

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DUBAI SAFARI : My Review of Dubai’s Latest Attraction!

It has been three months since the opening of Dubai’s newest attraction…the Dubai Safari Park.

I decided to delay my first visit to the park until the dust settled and it was worth the wait!  Even though the 120-hectare wildlife park in Al Warqa area is not fully finished, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Once fully complete, 2500 animals will call this place their home. I was happy to see spacious and nicely designed enclosures with the well-being of the animals kept in mind. They even have Air Conditioning to keep them cool ( if you travel to Dubai in summer you know what I mean 🙂 )

TIP: ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID QUEUES AND MID-DAY HEAT!


The entire park is divided into five zones.  One of them is the actual Safari tour and for this, you need to purchase a separate ticket or purchase combo ticket at the entrance ( see details at the end of this post ).

Transport between the different zones is serviced by buses and open trams.

ZONES :

  1. Arabian Village: Take a 15min ride on the open train through sand dunes and watch animals native to the Middle East region, such as Oryx, Gazelles, and Antelopes.
  2. Asian Village: Spot a Moon Bears, Gibbons or Komodo Dragons. The Sea Lion theatre is not open yet.
  3. African Village: Walk between massive Baobab trees, visit UAE largest Aviary and Reptile house in this self-walking zone filled with fun things to do and see. If you love Meerkats same as I do, this is the place for you 🙂
  4. Wadi Area: Beautifully landscaped valley with a river, walking paths and lush greenery. Perfect for a picnic or a nap under the trees.
  5. Safari Village: Exciting 40min Safari drive-through water and land. Watch carefully for White Rhinos, Tigers, Girrafes, and Crocodiles. Easily the highlight of the day!

ARABIAN VILLAGE 


ASIAN VILLAGE


AFRICAN VILLAGE 


WADI AREA


SAFARI VILLAGE 


The Good :

  • Beautifully landscaped park with a huge amount of greenery
  • Affordable entrance fee
  • Friendly staff
  • Large and very enjoyable Safari with a lot of animals
  • Two huge play areas for Kids

Not So Good :

  • It was dirty during my visit, buses full of rubbish, chewing gums etc. Hmmm
  • No restaurants are open yet, but they have food trucks.
  • Food trucks only accept cash ( except one )
  • The glass viewing panels into the animals enclosures were scratched and dirty, it was difficult to take a decent shot

Currently, the Spanish global park operator Parques Reunidos is taking over the Dubai Safari’s day-to-day operations, so we should see some improvements soon !


INFO :

  • Tickets: AED 50 / Kids 20 & Combo with Safari AED 85 / Kids AED 30
  • Open daily from 9am till 7pm
  • Accessible by car only – from Dubai Marina 40min / Dubai Downtown 20min
  • Area – Al Warqa / opposite Dragon Mart

VERDICT : 

Despite few “glitches”, I have really enjoyed my time in the park and spent more than four hours discovering all the different areas, exhibits and interactive experiences. It is a perfect place to escape the city, relax and have a fun day out for a very fair price!


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Warner World Theme Park Abu Dhabi Construction Photos Travellerczech

WB WORLD ABU DHABI : Construction Update Dec17


The highly anticipated WARNER BROS WORLD theme park on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is in its finishing stages of construction.

The yellow facade is completed, cartoon characters are being painted on walls and all rides are installed inside.

Also, the characteristic water tower is completed and lit up in the night.

The 1.65 million sq.feet indoor park will have a total of 29 rides, shows, and attractions. Rumors say, the opening will be in late summer 2018.

Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will feature six areas : 

  • Metropolis : Based on Batman’s Gotham City
  • Gotham City : Inspired by World of DC heroes
  • Cartoon Junction : Themed with a Bugs Bunny & Scooby-Doo
  • Bedrock : A prehistoric Flintstones world with birds and dinosaurs.
  • Dynamite Gulch : Area themed after animated brands of Looney Tunes, or Hanna-Barbera
  • Warner Bros. Plaza : Boulevard themed after old Hollywood


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PRAGUE : My stay at BoHo Hotel

BoHo Hotel Prague

Travellerczech’s Rating : 8 / 10


I love coming home to Prague. To walk across the Charles Bridge in the late afternoon, stroll around the Museum Kampa and watch amused tourists climb up onto the “Crawling Babies” sculptures from artist David Cerny. Another compulsory stop is for coffee and cake in one of the famous cafes with snooty service included ;), it’s all part of the experience…

Prague has so much to offer. It is an easily walkable city with cheap and efficient public transport, it is safe and looks fantastic on Instagram!

Don’t’ forget to visit other places in the Czech Republic, such as Cesky Krumlov, or Karlovy Vary...

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Planning trip to Prague? You should stay in a centrally located hotel to have an easy walkable access to all the sights. Make it easier for yourself and check my BoHo Hotel Prague review below…


OVERVIEW :

Elegant boutique hotel for travelers with discerning taste. There is something interesting to look on every corner and the entire place breaths contemporary design and attractive architectural details.

The hotel has 57 smoke-free rooms over five floors, a slick lobby and lovely Spa in the basement.

I have enjoyed the little exhibition of wooden Matryoshka dolls in the hallway…


LOCATION : 10 / 10

Simply the best! A few minutes away from Prague’s main attractions but tucked away in a quiet  Senovazna street.

  • Yellow line metro station Namesti Republiky – 5min walk
  • Airport by taxi – 40min ( 700CZK )
  • Old town Square – 15min walk
  • Prague Castle via Charles Bridge  – 60min walk

ROOMS : 9 / 10

The Junior Suite, I have been staying in, is very comfortable, spacious and as you would expect, with bespoke interiors and great attention to detail.

The living area contains a sofa, desk with Nespresso machine and comfy bed. Hallway includes an open wardrobe, safe and storage space and bathroom has a separate shower room and also a bathtub.

The entire room was immaculately clean and smelled nice. The view was into to the courtyard, so it was also very quiet. Wi-Fi is free and fast.

Nice little touch with the complimentary art book and yummy chocolate…


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SERVICE & FACILITIES : 7 / 10

I was slightly disappointed by the front desk staff during check-in and the entire stay. Bored, not interested and with no welcoming feels…

Facilities are nice, including a Spa with plunge pool, sauna, massages and fitness room with some basic equipment. Definitely, a pleasant place to unwind after long day of exploring Prague’s history.

The hotel also has a lounge with a library where you can relax and snack on some complimentary sweets.

All very aesthetically pleasing too 🙂


FOOD & DRINKS : 8 / 10

I have only used the hotel’s breakfast restaurant. Don’t’ expect a huge variety of food, but great quality and local produce. I was only missing some typical Czech pastries.

Lot’s of healthy options, beautifully presented with a pleasant service and smile, made me ready for the day…


VALUE FOR MONEY: 7 / 10

It’s a little bit pricey, but if do you compare similar hotels in London, or Paris, you are getting a decent value. Plus you have the location, design, and facilities.

I would definitely stay in BoHo Prague again!

  • at the time of writing this post, room rates start on AED1078 (USD294)/night incl. breakfast.

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Review The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana Hotel Amman Jordan

AMMAN : My stay at The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana

THE BOULEVARD ARJAAN by ROTANA

Travellerczech’s Rating: 7/10


Jordan is the ultimate destination for true adventurers and the capital city of Amman is the gateway to some of the world’s most breathtaking sights!

Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth, ancient Petra, sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum desert, or Amman’s historical Citadel…just to name a few…

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Amman and Jordan are the best to visit between October and April. Pleasant temperatures guarantee good traveling conditions but expect higher prices and more visitors. If you aren’t a big fan of crowds, travel outside the weekends, school and national holidays.


OVERVIEW :

Modern, luxurious and vibrant Boulevard complex is a home to four Arjaan Rotana hotel buildings.

That brings a bit of a challenge when you don’t know, in which one you staying. I recommend checking beforehand to avoid unnecessarily running around like I did.

Also, security is tight, so be patient with all the metal detectors, X-ray machines, and checkpoints.

The area, with its huge canopies and exposed architectural elements, reminded me of Parisien Centre Pompidou. It really is a pulsating promenade with yummy eateries, shops and covered shopping mall where the locals gather to be seen…

 


LOCATION : 9/10

The Boulevard is centrally located complex in close proximity to all points of interests. To discover everything Amman has to offer, jump into one of the many taxis outside.  In less than fifteen minutes drive, you can be dining in the fabulous Sufra restaurant, or discovering the historical Citadel.

Distances :

  • 45 minutes from/to Queen Alia Intl. Airport
  • 10 minutes to Rainbow street
  • 50 minutes to the Dead Sea
  • 4 hours to Aqaba
  • 3 hours to Petra
  • 4 hours to Wadi Rum

ROOMS : 6/10

“The Classic Suite” I was staying in, is a spacious 76sq-meter luxury apartment. It is fully equipped with living area & kitchenette, separate bedroom, a vast bathroom and balcony.

I have to mention the bed, one of the most comfortable eveeeeer … what a blissful sleep!

Despite the suite being so enjoyable, the Wi-Fi was continuously on and off and didn’t work in the bedroom.  There was also noise disturbance from the street and I had to use earplugs. Perhaps ask for a room facing the inner Boulevard.

There is enough, practically located sockets for charging devices and good selection of TV channels.

Main Classic Suite amenities  :

  • Kitchen with microwave, fridge & washing machine
  • Two flat TV’s
  • Deposit Box
  • Complimentary water
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A/C
  • Toiletries
  • Tea/Cofee Maker
  • Slippers and Iron

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SERVICE & FACILITIES : 7/10

  • Let’s look at the facilities first…

Both, the rooftop swimming pool and Bodylines health club are excellent! To dive into the pleasantly heated water after a hard gym session it’s just delightful.

Enjoy panoramic city views from the pool deck, accompanied by freshly made lemonade, or relax in the sauna and steam room. Massages are also available to book.

The gym is professionally equipped and includes two classrooms.

  • Now, the service…

I found the staff to be slightly standoff-ish, it was almost like they didn’t want to engage with the guests. English language knowledge could be also improved.  There is a definitely plenty of room for improvement.

The diamond amongst all the coal was Dalia, working at the Margaux cafĂ©. She couldn’t have been more helpful, friendly and engaging. The rest of the team could learn a lot from her!

 


FOOD & DRINKS : 8/10

Café Italia & Café Margaux are two restaurants serving the hungry hotel guests.

I can only comment on the French CafĂ© Margaux. This is all-day dining restaurant, serving anything from a buffet breakfast to the beautiful local crispy Chardonnay JR Classic…a MUST TRY 🙂

The restaurant has a cute French countryside inspired indoor seating and outdoor terrace, in case you want to watch the world passing by.

Breakfast is simply delicious. Fresh & local produce food accompanied by an exciting selection of fresh juices and hot beverages … the best way to start the day!


VALUE FOR MONEY : 8/10

The price for all this space and luxury is more than fair. Not to mention the attractive location, great breakfast and modern facilities. Service and Wi-Fi could be improved, but I would definitely choose to stay here again.


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YOGYAKARTA : My stay at Hyatt Regency Hotel

HYATT REGENCY / YOGYAKARTA / INDONESIA

Travellerczech’s Rating : 8/10


Yogyakarta is a bustling town and one of the most popular destinations on the Indonesian Island of Java. Surprisingly, almost unknown to foreign travelers, the Yogyakarta region offers unique historical monuments, beautiful nature and many thrilling activities to satisfy all adventurers!

I have spent seven days discovering this wonderful part of the planet and still haven’t explored all the places I was planning too. There is just so much to see…

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To find the ideal base for your travels is one of the most important tasks, to begin with. Let me make this easy for you! Check below my latest review of the superb Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta hotel!


OVERVIEW :

Just a quick left turn from Palagan street transports you into a lush Indonesian paradise. Wooden carved structures, ponds full of colourful fish, bubbling waterfalls and lava stone stupas. As far as the eye can see, lush gardens and tropical greenery becon you in, along with the smiles and genuine welcome by the friendly hotel staff.

I choose to stay in the Club room, where you can enjoy private Lounge access and special check-in with the help of Mrs. Yaoyon and Saraswati. They will also guide you through special amenities and added benefits that come with a Club room.

Consistently rated No 1 on Tripadvisor, the hotel itself is spreading over a vast 22ha of gardens, golf course and tropical pools with water slides. This beautiful setting will help you completely forget about the outside world.


LOCATION : 8/10

The hotel is only 30 minutes drive from Adisucipto International airport, just far enough away from the busy center, but easily reachable by taxi, or complimentary hotel shuttle within a few minutes drive. Also, the main shopping malls are a 15 minutes drive away.

  • Adisucipto airport is served by 14 Airlines ( Garuda, AirAsia, Silk Air, Lion Air, Citilink etc)

You can walk outside onto the Palagan street with many shops, restaurants, pharmacies and grocery stores. To be honest, except for my pre-planned tours, I have hardly felt the need to leave the resort. It is just so relaxing.


ROOMS : 7/10

I stayed in a Club room. It is 36sqm in size, with spacious hallway and bathroom. This type of room has complimentary access to the Club lounge, which also acts as a private check-in and concierge facility for club room guests.  I highly recommend this room option.

Club Room includes : 

  • access to club lounge with unlimited food and drinks from 5-7pm every evening
  • very comfortable beds
  • mini bar
  • fast complimentary Wi-fi ( I could stream movies online )
  • free bottled water
  • safe
  • bathrobe and slippers
  • ironing board
  • tea/coffee making facility
  • toiletries box
  • AC
  • bathtub and spacious shower corner

The rooms are a little bit old-fashioned, with a simple decor that could do with a little refresh. Having said that I found them to be clean and beds to be very comfortable.

There are enough sockets for re-charging all your devices.

There are four Room categories to choose from :

  • Standard & Deluxe Rooms – 30sqm (with outdoor patio on the ground floor)
  • Club Room – 36sqm (with Lounge access)
  • Suite – 144sqm (if you’d like to spoil yourself)
  • Presidential Suite – 150sqm (if you’d like to really really spoil yourself 🙂 )

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SERVICE & FACILITIES : 9/10

The sprawling resort has almost too many things to offer. Make sure you plan your tours with some time to spare, so you have time to enjoy the hotels facilities and unwind by one of it’s charming pools.

The service is superb and exceeded my expectations. Everyone is smiling, ready to help in a  friendly professional way. They have a cute little trick
during check-in, they take a photo of you which is logged on the system, and for the rest of your stay, everyone will greet you by name. It makes you feel like a very valued guest.

Hotels main facilities :

  • free-form pools with water slides, surrounded by manicured tropical gardens.
  • 9 hole golf course
  • jogging trail
  • spa including Jacuzzi, Sauna etc.
  • tennis courts
  • tour desk
  • batik store
  • club lounge
  • “secret garden” with statues and a tree house
  • small fitness room
  • complimentary shuttle to Downtown Yogyakarta

The only reason, I didn’t give top marks for the facilities is the underwhelming gym and not so comfy sun loungers.

GARDENS & POOL AREAS:

With water slides, stone bridges, and beautiful lush gardens, it is so easy to forget about the outside world. Small food kiosk with snacks and to order menu from the restaurant available.

SPA:

I’ve had the exceptional Javanese massage. The rooms are a bit dark, but the temperature was perfect, treatment great and little sweets at the end sooo good!

FITNESS ROOM :

Very small, with basic equipment.  I enjoy to workout during my trips but must have improvised a lot. At least there are some free weights. ( up to 20kg )

I found a gym about hundred meters away to the right from the street entrance if you are looking for something a bit better.


FOOD & DRINKS : 9/10

Kemangi Bistro is the epicentre of the hotel and serves  breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has indoor and outdoor areas, which is especially great for a breakfast overlooking the pool or sipping cocktails in the early evening.

There is also Bogey’s Terrace on the Golf course & Paseban Lounge in the lobby, serving snacks, coffee and cocktails.

Another place to recharge after a long day of exploring is the Club Lounge, as mentioned previously.

CLUB LOUNGE :

The best place to unwind for Club Rooms guests. Don’t’ miss the happy hours (5-7pm), when complimentary food and drinks are offered, together with a live cooking station, to sample some local delicacies.

KEMANGI BISTRO :

All day restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in the form of buffet or ĂĄ la carte.

I really appreciated the huge and ever-changing variety of international and local food. Every day was something new to taste and try.


VALUE FOR MONEY : 10/10

Simply excellent! Seriously, you get luxury accommodation in the best rated hotel in the region for far less than you would pay in Bali, Langkawi or Phuket!

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Motiongate Theme Park Dubai The Hunger Games Lionsgate Zone

MOTIONGATE : The Hunger Games “land” is now OPEN !


The world of Hunger Games, best selling novels and movie trilogy ( 2008-2010) is now become a reality.

You can experience the post-apocalyptic Panem at Motiongate theme park in Dubai. ” Labeled” as Phase 2 of the theme park expansion is due to be open officially soon, but both major rides are in technical rehearsal and intermittently available to park guests.

Mack manufactured launched roller coaster Capitol Bullet Train and 3D flight simulator Panem Aerial Tour are truly enjoyable, state-of-the-art attractions and will fully immerse you in the world of 12 Districts of Panem.


Let’s have a closer look at both rides :

  • Panem Aerial Tour

The ride queue starts with the infamous poisoned white roses as a direct reference to the evil President Snow. Movie music, together with displayed props, clothing and images work well and there is plenty to look at while waiting for your flight.

A safety video hosted by Effie Trinket is a nice introduction to the quirky world of Capitol city, before  proceeding to the waiting room with 5 doors. They lead to the loading room with ride vehicle consisting 5 rows/6 seats per row.

This vehicle moves forward to another room with a 360 circular shaped projection. Passengers get to go on a 3D flight tour of the Capitol, but of course, things doesn’t go as planned and there is wild chase through the city. The vehicle moves very smoothly and wind effects makes the experience much more realistic. The journey feels very immersive and well designed.

My only comments will be towards the sharpness of the projections, it should be more crisp and vivid. Hopefully this will be fixed as the ride is still in technical rehearsal.


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  • Capitol Bullet Train 

Motiongate’s 4th coaster is from German ride maker Mack. Train has 10 rows with 2 seats in each.

Safety lap bar makes the ride very comfortable and more exciting. After exiting the loading station, the entire train moves to the left when it joints to the actuals track.

At first, it gets slowly launched towards the main loop. It rises only half way up and rolls backwards onto the vertical part of the track, for some awesome air time ( the best seats are in the very last row ).

Right after, the train receives full power push from the lines induction motors and accelerates into the full loop and rest of the track. There is one more loop and air hill, but the ride is quickly over.

The ride could be bit longer and faster, but that’s just me 🙂


Few more photos from around the Lionsgate area


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DUBAI : 10 BEST NEW THINGS TO DO

Long gone are the times, when shopping was the only fun thing to do in Dubai!

New attractions are popping up in every corner of the city and there has never been a better selection of activities to make your vacation, weekend or evening unforgettable.

To make your choices a little bit more easier, I have put together list of TOP 10 NEW attractions you can enjoy in Dubai or close proximity.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER :

1. Ride Velociraptor at IMG World’s of Adventure !

World’s largest indoor theme park is a home to over 16 attractions within 5 zones, including Cartoon Network, Marvel, Lost Valley & IMG Boulevard.

Velociraptor, Predator, Thor & Spiderman rides are amongst the most thrilling ones, so don’t eat before you ride
eat after, the food in the park is very good 🙂

IMG WOA is located outside the city, near Global Village.

“CLICK HERE FOR 147 IMG WOA IMAGES & REVIEW HERE”

INFO : Tickets from Aed245 / daily 11am-9&10pm / Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road


2. Climb Tree Tops inside the Green Planet

Learning about the Earth, Eco systems and Nature it’s so much fun inside the big white building at City Walk Dubai. The Green Planet bio dome is accommodating more than 3000 plants and animals.

Walk under tropical rivers, lift-off on top of rain forest and discover animals you never knew they existed.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL POST ABOUT THE GREEN PLANET” 

INFO : Ticket from Aed95 ( buy 1 get 1 free with Entrainer voucher ) / daily 10am-10&12pm / City Walk Dubai


3. Walk around Dubai Canal 

New 3,2km “river” is now connecting Dubai Creek with Jumeirah Beach. Enjoy exciting views at the city, waterfall daily from 8-10pm and if your phone runs out of battery after all the selfies, easily re-charge from many stations along the Canal Boardwalk.

Don’t forget to cross all three interesting bridges to take the best photos.

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7  / bring your own food & drinks


4. Experience amazing at Dubai Parks & Resorts

Three theme parks and waterpark complex linked by dining & entertainment village called Riverland is now to be discovered at the outskirts of Dubai South towards Abu Dhabi.

Legoland, Bollywood and Motiongate parks presenting dozens of attractions and my favourite area is Dreamwork’s Zone inside Motiongate park. Don’t miss the magical Dragon Gliders coaster!

World’s first Hunger Games themed “land” is opening very soon ! Stay tuned.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL MY REVIEWS AND HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS” 

INFO : Tickets from 85Aed / daily from 10am-12pm  (openings vary/check online) / Sheik Zayed Road towards Abu Dhabi


5. Be amazed at Imagine show

Enjoy brand new Guinness World Records breaking show, full of light, water and fire effects in Dubai’s Festival City Mall.

Watch one, or all three 3 different shows, daily from 7.30pm to 11pm. Expect huge water screen projections, mapping videos on surrounding buildings and plenty of other tricks designed by Australian company Laservision.

INFO :  Admission Free / shows from 7.30pm / Festival City Mall Dubai


6. Take selfies with all the funky Street Art at City Walk 

One of my favourite areas of the city. Picturesque City Walk is only few minutes drive from Dubai Mall, but feels like another “planet”.

Restaurants, Art, Shopping, Exhibitions, Hub Zero Game Park and also the Green Planet are all located in here.

“LOOK INSIDE THE AMAZING HUB ZERO VIDEO GAME PARK”

Beautifully designed “streetscapes”, walkable distances with all the fantastic coffee shops makes this place the perfect weekend destination. Uh, did I mentioned the cool street art ?

INFO : Admission Free ( pay per attraction )  / Al Wasl Road


7. Catch a world class performance at Dubai Opera

Finally, Dubai has it’s own Opera House! 1901-seat, multi-format, performing arts centre is designed after the traditional Arabic vessel ..Dhow.

Expect the most flashy musicals, concerts and shows. This place is full every night and proved to be a big hit with locals and visitors alike.

Check the website for full program/tickets and PLEASE turn off your phones during the show!

INFO : Admission per show ( book online ) / you cannot enter without ticket / Sh.Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard – Dubai Downtown 


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8. Watch Ain Dubai Wheel growing bigger and bigger by the day!

The Beach at JBR Walk is the place to go, if you want to feel like being on vacation! Crowds of tourists, turquoise sea, busy promenade and 40+ dining places to choose from…

It doesn’t stop here, just opposite The Beach is growing Dubai’s biggest attraction…215m tall Ain Dubai Mega Wheel. It’s not finished just yet, but its hard not get impressed by its size already.

This place is perfect to visit at any time, any day.

INFO : Admission Free / Dubai Marina – JBR Walk / Paid Parking 


9. Take a day trip to Yas Island’s Ferrari World !

Want to escape the heat and make a little trip outside the city ? Yas Island is only 50min drive from Dubai Marina and is famous for its Ferrari World theme park, Yas F1 circuit, Yas Water World and Warner Brother Movie World ( opening 2018 )

The massive red roof of Ferrari World is hiding one of the best thrill rides in this part of the world.

Feel the speed on record breaking 240km/h Formula Rossa coaster, fly 52m high on twisted loops of Flying Aces or get “shot” through the park’s roof on newest Turbo Track ride…

CLICK HERE TO SEE TURBO TRACK’s OPENING NIGHT” 

INFO : Tickets from Aed275 / Daily 11am-8pm / Yas Island Abu Dhabi 


10. Have lunch stop at Last Exit ( on the way back from Yas Island )

Retro themed “food stop” on Sheikh Zayed highway on the way from Abu Dhabi is full of funky cars, food trucks and photo opportunities.

Pick some freshly cooked food from one of the 18 food trucks and enjoy it in a setting reminding me Disney movie Cars.

Second Last Exit on the opposite side of the road is opening soon !

INFO : Admission Free / open 24/7 / Sheikh Zayed Road from Abu Dhabi 


If all of this is not enough, just wait few more months for two more major openings – Dubai Safari and Al Habtoor La Perle show
stay tuned 🙂


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Review Merchants Crown Hotel Prague Review

PRAGUE : Stay at Merchant’s Crown Hotel / REVIEW

MERCHANT’S CROWN HOTEL PRAGUE

Travellerczech’s Rating : 6/10


Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cobblestone streets, churches, palaces and hidden renaissance gardens. Great food and beer, magnificent sights, together with affordable prices and safe environment.

It’s not easy to find the right location for your stay, so let me help to make your decisions a little bit easier. Czech my Merchant’s Crown Hotel review based on my personal experience and selection.


Location : 10/10

Unbeatable location, but little bit hiden inside Palac Koruna shopping arcade on a corner of Wenceslas Square and Na Prikope Street. Two main streets in Prague’s centre.

It takes 20 seconds to/from nearest Metro station ( Mustek ) and less than 10min to Old Town Square by foot.

Drive from the airport could be up to 40min, but keep in mind, the hotel is on pedestrian zone, so no car can access it. Better to use Metro/Bus, otherwise you need to walk 5min.

If you call UBER, it automatically directs you to the nearest pick-up point few minutes walk and wasn’t issue at all.

You will find endless choice of shopping, dining and sightseeing only stone throw away from the hotel.


Style : 4/10

The Palac Koruna building is a unique and beautiful Art Nouveau shopping arcade, but the reception of the hotel smacks of very “medium-density-fibreboard” cheapness.

Don’t get turn off by the reception. It gets better from here, as you will be escorted to another door few metres away with the lift. It takes you to the top floor, where the actual hotel rooms are.


Rooms : 7/10

The hotel has been open less than a year. Rooms are new, fresh and very clean. They include kitchenette and appeal like a small studio.

Rooms aren’t big as in other places, but have unusual angled walls, enough storage space, comfortable beds and handy sockets for charging your devices.

Bathroom includes basic toiletries, great shower room and Japanese style toilet with all the “spritzers” and heated seat
bliss…

Free Wi-Fi is fast. I have asked for courtyard facing room to enjoy quiet night, as the city can be quite noisy in the night and it was perfectly silent.


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Service & facilities : 7/10

Reception staff was friendly and efficient enough. They just need a bit more confidence to deal with the guests. We won’t bite you 🙂

Merchant’s Crown only offers Rooms on B&B bases and small private Spa with Sauna/Jacuzzi you can book/pay separately.


Food & drinks : 4/10

Some items ( incl. beer ) from the minibar are included in the room rate, which is very nice.
Buffet Breakfast is located in a restaurant inside the shopping part of the building and it wasn’t best experience.

The place itself is totally cold, soulless and the food 
 well, it’s ok. Perhaps it is not a problem with the selection, but the way how it looks isn’t very tempting. This really needs  improvement.

Also the staff was too busy chatting than serving the guests and hardly noticed my presence.


Value for money : 8/10

Room rates starts on AED550 ( USD149) which is a very fair price for such a location. It is the ideal place for walking and discovering the city on a budget. Modern and comfortable.

 


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Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague Review

PRAGUE : Stay at Art Nouveau Palace Hotel / REVIEW

Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague

Travellerczech Rating : 7/10


Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cobblestone streets, churches, palaces and hidden renaissance gardens. Great food and beer, magnificent sights, together with affordable prices and safe environment.

It’s not easy to find the right location for your stay, so let me help to make your decisions a little bit easier. Czech my Art Nouveau Palace Hotel review based on my personal experience and selection.


Location : 10/10

Location is arguably one of the best features of this 1909 historical hotel, which is only minutes away from the main Wenceslas Sq, Mustek Metro Station, shopping streets and the historical areas of the city.

Also, easily reachable from the Airport by Bus ( 119 ) + Metro or by taxi in less than 40min.

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Beautiful Viennese Art Nouveau style building is on the corner of Panska and Jindrisska street, so you can hardly miss it.


Style : 7/10

I was hoping for much more Art Nouveau ornamentation, but the interior appeals more of a mixture of styles with some rather revolting elements such as the lobby multi-level chandelier.

I am not an expert for 1900 century interiors, but I have had a slightly different expectations.

Anyway, its not bad, just not great either.


Rooms : 9/10

One word…Great! Very spacious with comfortable beds, AC, sofa and fast free Wi-Fi!

Choose the room with window facing the inner courtyard for a blissful sleep.

The only down point is lack of sockets to charge your devices and again, the artwork is soooo random.

I loved the bathroom with all the marble. Felt very luxurious and exceptionally clean.


Service & facilities : 5/10

Czech Republic is not famous for being the friendliest country in the world. That applies not just for hotels, but restaurants, shops and services alike.

Luke warm welcome, quick check-in with minimum conversation
off you go…

Other than couple of restaurants, hotel doesn’t offer any leisure facilities.


Food & drinks : 5/10

Hotel has two restaurants, I have only tried the one serving breakfast buffet, which was included in my room rate.

Again, the service is “so so”, but the food selection was sufficient. I was not jumping from excitement but my belly was full.

You can opt for egg dishes made to your liking and pick many items from the buffet tables.
I was really missing traditional Czech pastries such as koblihy, kolace and satecky s makem â˜ș