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Dive Into a Beach Summer Holiday in
Central America and the Dominican Republic

  • From surfing and kitesurfing to diving and snorkelling in crystal-clear waters.
  • Explore coral reefs, nature reserves and the rich biodiversity of each country.
  • Immerse in the vibrant cultures of local communities, uncover ancient archaeological sites, and embark on adventures in Central America and the Dominican Republic.

July 2024 – With guaranteed sunshine, stunning beaches, spectacular landscapes and an amazing array of wildlife, Central America and the Dominican Republic make the perfect destination for a summer holiday.

From swimming among sea turtles and diving in the famous 123-metre-deep Blue Hole in Belize to exploring some of the best surf spots in the world in El Salvador and discovering the tropical islands of San Blas in Panama, there’s something for everyone.

Explore the Rich Marine Biodiversity of Belize

Caye Caulker is a charming island 33 kilometres off the coast of Belize. With a length of 8 kilometres and a maximum width of one and a half kilometres, travelling by golf cart is essential due to the absence of roads, only sandy paths. Visitors especially appreciate the leisurely pace of life and relaxed atmosphere, as well as exploring the nearby seabed, home to the world’s second-largest coral reef and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, tourists can swim alongside rays and sea turtles and observe moray eels, barracuda, and multicoloured fish.

The famous Blue Hole is a must-visit for any diving enthusiast, an awe-inspiring 123-metre-deep underwater sinkhole. This natural wonder, described by legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites on the planet, is a symbol of Belize’s rich marine biodiversity.

Beaches with Volcanic Views on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala

Playa Las Cristalinas in Guatemala is located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, between the towns of San Pablo La Laguna and San Juan La Laguna. This fine white gravel beach offers views of the crystal-clear waters of the lake and a unique panorama of the three volcanoes surrounding the lake: Atitlán, San Pedro and Tolimán.

Guatemala also boasts fabulous beaches on the Pacific coast, such as Monterrico, near a nature reserve home to lush mangroves, a refuge for migratory birds and the birthplace of the paslama sea turtle species. There is also El Paredon Beach, considered one of the best surfing spots in Central America.

Surf’s Up in El Salvador

El Salvador, a haven for surfers, is renowned for its thrilling waves that draw enthusiasts from around the globe. It’s a place where international championships, like the ISA World Longboard Championship (WLC), are held annually. The Pacific coast of El Salvador, known as the Balsam Coast, is home to the best surfing beaches, stretching from La Libertad to Sihuapilapa.

The best-known beach is El Tunco, is the main beach tourist destination in El Salvador, with a lively and youthful atmosphere and El Sunzal has the highest and longest waves, ideal for longboarding. El Cuco, on the other hand, is home to Flores Beach, known as Oriente Salvaje, an almost hidden beach popular with surfers for its perfect waves and spectacular sunsets.

Island Castaway on Cayos Cochinos in Honduras

Cayos Cochinos, located in Honduras, is an archipelago declared a Protected Biological Reserve, boasting 13 small atolls and two larger islands, Cayo Mayor and Cayo Menor. Easily accessible by boat from La Ceiba, Cayos Cochinos is a rare, unspoiled gem in the Caribbean, teeming with diverse animal and plant species and home to an exquisite coral reef.

A visit to Cayos Cochinos offers the opportunity to marvel at the natural wonders of these islands and to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Garifuna, the local people of Honduras. Additionally, Honduras is an ideal destination for birdwatching, rafting, and exploring the Copán Archaeological Park.

Enjoy Beach Adventures on the Cayos Perlas in Nicaragua

The Cayos Perlas in Nicaragua offer the perfect Caribbean getaway with stunning turquoise seas and pristine white sandy beaches dotted with majestic coconut palms. These dozen islands are just a 35-kilometer boat ride from Pearl Lagoon on Nicaragua’s east coast. Whether you are exploring the larger islands with their lush palm groves and lagoons or the smaller ones like Cayo Granate, the Cayos Perlas are a haven for undisturbed turtle nesting sites, all of which are carefully protected by the local administration.

For adventure seekers, these islands are a paradise for snorkelling and scuba diving. Immerse yourself in the local culture by staying overnight in the homes of the friendly locals, descendants of the Miskitos, who hold a deep affection for their islands.

Discover the Tropical Islands of San Blas in Panama

With pristine coastlines and easily accessible islands, Panama offers an ideal destination for surfing, kitesurfing, diving, fishing, and beach relaxation. The San Blas archipelago, consisting of hundreds of tropical islands, is predominantly inhabited by the proud Guna people, the first indigenous group in Central America to gain governmental autonomy and form the Guna Yala comarca.

These islands boast white sandy beaches and turquoise waters with vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Unlike typical resorts, the accommodation here is simple and directly managed by the Guna, providing a unique cultural experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditions of this indigenous group.

Relax in the Natural Luxury of the Dominican Republic

The unspoiled Bahía de las Águilas in the Dominican Republic beach, located in the Jaragua National Park, is celebrated for its beauty and ecological significance. With its crystal-clear turquoise waters, it offers unparalleled opportunities for diving and marine life observation.

The surrounding protected national park preserves local biodiversity, including diverse bird and turtle species. Explore the rich marine life thriving in the bay’s mangroves and coral reefs or relax in the natural luxury of Bahía de las Águilas.

Central America and the Dominican Republic are unrivalled destinations for enjoying water activities, exploring natural wonders and immersing in unique local cultures. From the perfect waves of El Salvador and the pristine islands of Honduras to the paradisiacal cays of Nicaragua and the dreamy beaches of Panama and Guatemala, each country offers an unforgettable experience.

For more on Central America, visit https://www.visitcentroamerica.com/en/.

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DISCOVER THE WORLD’S MOST REMOTE COMMUNITY ON
SECRET ATLAS’ NEW EAST GREENLAND MICRO CRUISE TO SCORESBY SUND

June 2024 – Did you know Greenland is the largest island on the planet but only has a population of 56,000 inhabitants making it one of the most sparsely populated places on Earth?

The lucky few who visit Greenland, rarely make it to Scoresby Sund due to only being accessible from August – October and Secret Atlas has launched a new Expedition Micro Cruise to allow small intimate groups to explore the stunning fjord system, towering icebergs, elusive wildlife and the remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit.

With only 12 guests onboard, Secret Atlas promises an intimate experience with crowd-free expeditions and flexible itineraries led by world-class expedition leaders ensuring the best chance of seeing muskox, glaciers and the Northern Lights, which appear from September.

Setting sail onboard the MV Vikingfjord, the Expedition Micro Cruise spends eight days exploring the stunning landscapes of Scoresby Sund including as much time as possible spent off the ship on daily Zodiac cruises and onshore hikes.

Guests are in for a treat at the end of the expedition, sailing up the longest fjord on the planet and past the impressive ice giants of Scoresby Sund before visiting the small and remote community of Ittoqqortoormiit. Made up of only 400 Greenlandic people, Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated settlements in Greenland and a unique opportunity to learn about Inuit traditions.

East Greenland Explorer Fly & Cruise with Secret Atlas

The 10-Day East Greenland Explorer Fly & Cruise with Secret Atlas takes place from August – October and costs from £8,370 / $10,620 (€9,900) per person. Price includes bespoke meet and greet, welcome dinner with Secret Atlas team and eight days cruising onboard the MV Vikingfjord. The price excludes a mandatory exclusive charter flight from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Constable Point in Scoresbysund (CNP), and overnight accommodation at the Aurora Hotel on arrival and departure which costs an additional £2,115 / $2,680 (€2,500) per person. To book, visit https://www.secretatlas.com/tour/east-greenland-cruise/?utm_source=pr_press%2Brelease&utm_medium=referral.

Secret Atlas Co-Founder and enthusiast explorer Michele D’Agostino said, “When I first entered Scoresby Sund Fjord in July 2018, I immediately understood what a fascinating and unique part of the planet it was. We decided to launch the East Greenland micro cruise to allow a small group of guests the opportunity to experience this remote part of the world in an authentic and private way, but with minimal impact to the community, wildlife and environment.”

Discover more about Secret Atlas at www.secretatlas.com.  

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  • Image 1 – Explore in comfort on the MV Vikingfjord with on deck hot tub and sauna and a large guest lounge.
  • Image 2 – Visit the remote settlement of Ittoqqortoormiit, one of Greenland’s most remote villages.
  • Image 3 – Secret Atlas Greenland Cruise offers a chance of encountering the Northern Lights in the wilderness with zero light pollution on September expeditions.

High-res images can be downloaded from East Greenland Fly & Cruise – Google Drive

About Secret Atlas

Launched in 2019 and run by Explorers for Explorers, Secret Atlas trips are curated for people that want to enjoy the spirit of exploration and be a part of an intimate experience rather than joining an overcrowded commercial cruise. Secret Atlas pioneering Expedition Micro Cruises take the smallest group sizes in the Arctic (only 12 guests) and Antarctic (only 48 guests) offering guests an authentic, unrivalled experience free from the crowds of larger vessels. To find out more about Secret Atlas, visit www.secretatlas.com.

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For media enquiries, images and press trips contact:
Sarah Salord
GEC PR
020 3907 6824
[email protected]

WEST LONDON’S FILM AND TV INDUSTRY IS GLOBALLY SOUGHT-AFTER AND ACTIVELY GROWING THE UK ECONOMY

West London’s Film And TV Industry Is Globally Sought-After And Actively Growing The UK Economy

A new report looking into the economic viability of the film and TV industry reveals that West London is now firmly established as a global film and TV destination that is both building the West London local economy, and also demonstrating how other areas in the UK can learn from it to generate financial growth and local jobs.
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COASTAL SKIPPER ANNE GRACIE GUNN SHARES FIVE SAILING TRIPS THAT MAKE THE ISLE OF SKYE A SUMMER HOTSPOT

COASTAL SKIPPER ANNE GRACIE GUNN SHARES FIVE SAILING TRIPS THAT MAKE THE ISLE OF SKYE A SUMMER HOTSPOT

June 2023 – Sailing around the Isle of Skye is one of the best ways to explore West Scotland’s diverse coastline with over 44 uninhabited islands, countless sheltered coves and abundant quiet anchorages.

Skye is relatively unexplored by sailors and cruisers and local experienced Coastal Skipper Anne Gracie Gunn, owner of three luxury boutique properties on Skye each inspired by her love of the sea and island life, has shared her five top sailing trips to make the most of visiting the majestical North West Scotland’s coastline.

From mooring in Loch na Dal, Lat 57.09.500N, Long 05.47.700W on Skye’s southern Sleat Peninsula for a shower and spot of lunch at Anne’s award-winning property Duisdale House Hotel, to enjoying five-night trips exploring the world heritage site St Kilda Archipelago and the Island of Hirta, there’s a trip for all sailing enthusiasts, from beginners to more experienced sailors.

Day Trip – Islands of Rum, Canna and Eigg on the Small Isles
The Small Isles offer the perfect day trip, each one filled with its own character and places to explore. My favourite spots include anchoring at South Bay on Eigg, usually the first island from the South of Sleat and a great spot to jump ashore or exploring the beautiful beaches of Canna Island. On the return journey to Sleat, the island of Rum is a must-visit for a tour around Kinloch Castle and the village shop and perhaps a taste of the island’s own Askival Rum.

Overnight Trip – Inverie Village on the Knoydart Peninsula
Found on the northern side of Loch Nevis, Inverie is a truly magical place with around 100 residents and accessible only by boat. It’s known as one of the last wildernesses of Europe and is a great choice for a day’s sailing trip with peaceful overnight anchorage. A visit to the community-owned Old Forge, famous for being the most remote pub in the UK, is an absolute must and the coastal landscape is unforgettable.

Two-night Trip – Waternish Peninsula and Portree
For a longer route, I love heading round Neist Point and on to Waternish on the Northwestern tip of Skye which boasts one of Scotland’s best restaurants, Loch Bay and hopefully enjoy a sunset and star gazing, which can be viewed from the comfort of your boat. On the second night, Skye’s capital Portree is a great choice for overnight mooring.

Five-night Trip – Islands of St Kilda on the Outer Hebrides
For the more experienced sailor, Hirta, the largest of the St Kilda islands, is truly remote and a fantastic choice for unspoilt and wild coastline. Named a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s the perfect spot for wildlife spotting with the largest Gannet colony in the world. My ideal journey includes a first stop at Lochmaddy for an overnight stay at the pontoon and then sailing along the coast to approach the Sound of Harris, a shallow channel, then out to the wild open sea and the relatively long passage to the picturesque and historic Village Bay to drop anchor for the third night. For fantastic cliff scenery this whole area is breathtaking including the dramatic Boreray, and the sea stacks – Stac an Armin 196 mtr and Stac Lee 172 mtr are a must visit before sailing back via Rodel in Harris to Portree for the final night.

‘Ship Ashore’ Lunch or Dinner at Duisdale House Hotel on Sleat
Our very own luxury boutique property Duisdale House Hotel also has five sheltered yacht moorings in the bay, just 100m from the property in a beautiful, secluded and sheltered bay  and is the perfect choice to freshen up and enjoy our highland hospitality. We openly welcome visiting yachts to use our facilities including showers, a well-stocked, beautiful Chart Room Bar, free Wi-Fi and award-winning restaurant serving delicious locally sourced food. Moorings are £15 per night and use of shower facilities are £7.50 including fresh towels and toiletries, or if dining in our 2 AA rosette restaurant, then the mooring is offered free of charge. Further details available at https://skyehotel.co.uk/duisdale/moorings/.

Discover more about Sonas Collection here – https://skyehotel.co.uk/

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  • Image 1: Duisdale House Hotel on the Isle of Skye has five well maintained and sheltered yacht moorings in the bay just in front of the hotel.
  • Image 2: Coastal Skipper Anne Gracie Gunn sailing on the Isle of Skye. Credit Scene-it media.
  • Image 3: A view of Portree harbour, the capital town on the Isle of Skye. Credit Visit Scotland / Kenny Lam.
  • High-res images available at https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/yi3pbviqd1qq8o1zgzfd2/h?rlkey=16uok1la9gfg7q9pwgsrnyodc&dl=0

About The Sonas Collection
The Sonas Collection is made up of three stylish boutique hotels on the Isle of Skye including Toravaig House Hotel, Duisdale House Hotel and Skeabost House Hotel. Independently owned and run by award-winning hotelier Anne Gracie Gunn and her family, each hotel has its own individual personality. All are dedicated to providing chic bedrooms, delicious food with a local twist and most importantly deliver great Highland Hospitality.

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Sarah Salord, Company Director
GEC PR
020 3907 6824
[email protected]

Best Value Maldives All Inclusive Autumn Getaways That Avoid The School Holidays

Best Value Maldives All Inclusive Autumn Getaways That Avoid The School Holidays

28 July 2022 – While winter in the Maldives is the ultimate way to escape the cold and grey UK months, serenity and value for money beckons for holidaymakers who can travel to the Maldives this Autumn outside of school holidays.

Not only are flights more affordable and less busy once schools resume, resorts tend to be calmer too, ensuring couples, solo travellers or empty nesters can get the most out of their time away.

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APH.com Expands Partnership With World Land Trust To Support Landmark ‘Buy An Acre’ Programme

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For every airport parking booking made through www.aph.com/worldlandtrust from 1 August 2022, APH will donate up to 20% of the booking value to World Land Trust to put towards purchasing acres of habitat through its overseas partners.

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IS YOUR PROFILE PICTURE TARNISHING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND? SADIA BARLOW PHOTOGRAPHY SHARES 10 TIPS FOR THE PERFECT PHOTO

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