Flashy speedboats, sunset cruises and leisurely kayaking – to see the best of Miami you need to get out on the water, says Nigel Tisdall. Best for glamour Sleek, sexy and powerful, VanDutch luxury cruisers are the stretch limos of the sea. Available for a half or full-day charter, the vessels range from 30ft to 75ft, can take up to 25 passengers and reach a top speed of 36 knots. There’s plenty of space to party, and, with a 15ft beam, they’re so stable you won’t spill your champagne. Put on your best shades, turn up the music and enjoy. A VanDutch 40 with a skipper and up to 12 passengers costs from £2,345 for four hours. Book via the VanDutch Charter app. High-speed thrills Need for speed: The Thriller Miami hurtles through the water The 36-passenger Thriller Miami is billed as the world’s most exciting tour boat. This 55ft power catamaran comes with 1,000hp engines, a backing track of heavy rock and an agile crew who’ll take your … [Read more...] about A cruise in Miami is a real blast! But which boat tour is right for you?
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Reviews of Uno Astrolodge, a boutique new age-style hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, lean heavily on words such as “magic”, “paradise” and “peace”. When it opened in 2001, Uno Astrolodge was one of the first upscale hotels in the beach town of Tulum. Over the past decade, the once-sleepy town, 75 miles south of Cancún, has become the kind of spiritual oasis particularly favoured by the fashion industry and wealthy New Yorkers. Until recently, guests at Uno Astrolodge, set on an exclusive stretch of white sandy beach, paid up to $300 per night for a room in a candlelit bungalow with a view of the ocean. They showered under the trees in private outdoor bathrooms and ate fresh bread baked on site every morning. They could spend their time detoxing in Native American sweat lodge ceremonies or getting their Mayan astrology charts read. Wednesdays at the Astrolodge featured sound healing ceremonies; a “women’s circle” … [Read more...] about How rich hippies and developers went to war over Instagram’s favourite beach
A raccoon indulged in too much mulled wine at a Christmas market in central Germany on Saturday, amusing onlookers as the furry animal staggered about before passing out. Read more: The history of German Christmas markets The raccoon was "obviously intoxicated," a police spokesperson from the city of Erfurt said. "However, a breathalyzer test on the animal was not carried out," police said. Apparently, the unsuspecting raccoon had sipped mulled wine leftover from glasses, the mass daily Bild reported. Europe's most beautiful Christmas markets Vienna, Austria In addition to the popular Christkindlmarkt in front of the Vienna City Hall, visitors flock to the Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on the historic market square in front of the Schottenkirche. At 46 metres, there is the longest nativity scene in Austria and particularly high-quality handicrafts. The market was founded in 1987 with the idea of countering the commercialisation of the Christmas markets. Europe's … [Read more...] about Drunken raccoon staggers through German Christmas market, passes out
FROZEN is the most successful animated film of all time and now Disney fans are getting a sequel TODAY (November 22). Here's everything we know so far about the highly-anticipated Frozen 2... When will Frozen 2 be released? Frozen 2 has been released in cinemas across the UK TODAY (November 22, 2019). Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee directed the film again, with producer Peter Del Vecho. The first Frozen film came out in 2013 and raked in a whopping $1.219 billion (£950m) at the worldwide box office. You can watch the brand new trailer above.Who is in the cast of Frozen 2? All your favourite stars return for the sequel. Idina Menzel as Elsa Idina is well known for her incredible singing voice on TV and Broadway. She starred in musical drama TV series Glee from 2010-2013. Her song Let it Go, which featured in the first Frozen film, received Oscars and Grammy awards and ascended as high as number five in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.It peaked at No11 in the UK Singles Chart. Kristen … [Read more...] about Frozen 2 UK release date, trailer and who is in the cast?
Every year we hear the same horror story; that cinema is overrun by formulaic franchise fodder, with nothing but superheroes and sequels on display. Yet turn your attention away from the monotony of the multiplexes, where the dreary Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the disappointing Suicide Squad may rule the roost, and the picture is quite different. At independent cinemas around the UK, we are constantly reminded of the stunning breadth and scope of modern movies, thanks to films such as Peter Middleton and James Spinney’s electrifying Notes on Blindness, an exceptional sensory experience, based on the audiotape memoirs of theologian John M Hull. Notes on Blindness was just one of several superb homemade indie pics released in the UK this year. Other admirable oddities included Stephen Fingleton’s stripped-down Northern Ireland thriller The Survivalist; Joe Stephenson’s Kes-like Chicken; and Jane Gull’s My Feral Heart, with its brilliant central … [Read more...] about Mark Kermode: best films of 2016