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Top Maldives Over-Water Bungalows

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is set across a colourful, pristine coral reef and a clear, tranquil lagoon. Fifty superb over-water villas range from the merely luxurious to the outrageously sumptuous.

Lay back in a bath with spectacular ocean views, or relax back in your own Jacuzzi pool on your private deck. The resort offers a host of world-class dining experiences including the all-glass, underwater restaurant, an experience you’re never likely to forget.

Picture perfect sunsets, private butler, glass-floored living area, personal jet boat, rotating bed, private ocean pool – it’s all laid on for the luxury holiday of your dreams. Choose between the glass-floored over-ocean spa or drift away gazing through the glass-floored spa located directly over the coral reef.

On-shore, the resort’s landscaped gardens offer peace, tranquillity, and glorious swimming from the palm fringed beaches. Have fun in the sun with windsurfing and canoeing, wakeboarding, water cycling and sailing. Submerge into the magnificent world beneath the waves and scuba diving or snorkelling the unspoilt reefs. Bring the kids and let them enjoy this pristine environment at the themed children’s activities.

With multiple ‘Best Hotel in the World’ and ‘Best Resort’ awards, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island must be ranked on anyone’s ‘Before You Die’ list.

Cocoa Island Resort
Located near one of the best dive sites in the world, Kandooma Channel, Cocoa Island is a small private island and another idyllic Maldives resort encircled with magnificent beaches, brilliant coral reefs and a range of luxurious over-water bungalows.

Centre and renew yourself participating in relaxing yoga and soothing natural therapy sessions, massages and facials. Appreciate gourmet cuisine gazing over a serene cobalt sea, or feel the caress of balmy ocean breezes on a dolphin or sunset cruise.

To complete the perfect picture, dine on your private over-water bungalow deck with in-room butler service and candlelight, or relax and enjoy Southern India, Mediterranean and Asian inspired dishes beside the infinity-edged pool or in one of the tastefully chic restaurants or bars. But there’s also plenty to get you moving with deep-sea fishing, windsurfing and sailing.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Resort
With the glorious Maldives weather, you can enjoy the spacious indulgence and endless ocean views of the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Resort’s over-water bungalows year round.

Choose your favourite of two decks on your secluded over-water bungalow replete with private swimming platform. With take-your-breath-away 3600 ocean views, teak floors, air-conditioning, king sized beds and sumptuously deep bath with lagoon views, these palm-thatched bungalows are designed for total relaxation.

Kuda Huraa offers the intimacy of a private coral island village and unspoiled natural beauty. Cruise on the renowned Four Seasons Explorer, take to the sky parasailing, try your hand at banana boating, kayaking, and windsurfing or join the professional dive centre team.

Leave your cares behind as you sail in a traditional wooden dhoni, enjoy a restorative therapy massage or treatment in the over-water spa pavilions, or learn from a yoga master.

Only a short distance away, sister island Landaa Giraavaru, also offers the total tranquillity and peace of over-water bungalows, enhanced by traditional Maldivian showers, floating above a pristine lagoon, plus the indulgent luxury of over-water therapy spas and a range of water sports and restaurants.

Baros Resort
Elegantly designed, superbly appointed, Baros Resort captures the very essence of the Maldives and of romance, making it an ideal honeymoon location.

Best Luxury (Asia), Best Luxury (Worldwide) and Best for Romance (Asia) award winners, Baros Resort provides 30 intimate over-water bungalows, 4-poster king size beds draped in silk, private bar and espresso machine, in-villa safe and more convenience amenities.

Lay back in your beautifully appointed bath while you gaze over the turquoise sea, swim in the lagoon from your private deck, luxuriate in one of the long-relaxing spa treatments, and dine on the edge of the beautiful Indian Ocean or enjoy superb cuisine at any of the islands culinary venues.

Snorkel and scuba dive guided by the resident marine biologist, then get together with other underwater enthusiasts at the Marine Centre to compare experiences.

Kanuhara Resort
On a tiny, remote coral atoll, Kanuhara Resort affords casual island-style indulgence, beautiful cuisine and a blend of modern and traditional luxuries and facilities. Twenty over-water bungalows fitted out in beautifully crafted traditional materials afford stunning ocean views and private balconies adrift over the tranquil natural lagoon.

Kanuhara is built for beauty and relaxation. Dine on the beach or enjoy fine dining beneath candelabra style lighting and gently murmuring palms. Walk the shaded, orchid-fringed paths, drift lazily on a perfect sea as you snorkel or dive the reef or blow away the cobwebs from ‘another world’ as you windsurf or sail around the island.

And the best news is – all these top Maldives over-water bungalows are just a flight away.

Indianapolis Bragging Rights

You may have lived in the Circle City all your life or be relatively new to town. But have you ever really listened to what others say about Indianapolis? Two decades ago, it may have been, “Why do I have to spend my weekends here?” Indianapolis has been recognized as the amateur sports capitol of the world over the years; it has blossomed into much more.

Not only is Indianapolis the 13th largest city in the United States, but it’s a terrific place to live, work, play, eat, shop… and the list goes on and on. Most people who reside in Indianapolis are proud of their city, but may not know ALL the fun facts that can be shared with friends, relatives and visitors.

Consider this your Indianapolis “Brag Session.”

Brag about the culture

• Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is a world-class urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, Cultural Districts and entertainment amenities, and serves as the Downtown hub for the entire central Indiana greenway system. The eight-mile path allows users to pass by and through many destinations that make Indianapolis a recognized leader in the arts community. The trail will be completed by 2012.

• Indianapolis boasts The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, not only the largest museum of its kind in the world, but also rated “the best museum” by Child magazine. Among the interactive, hands-on attractions are the Dinosphere; featuring life-size, roaring dinosaur skeletons and simulated fossil digs. In 2006, the 43-foot Fireworks of Glass was installed, the largest permanent sculpture of blown glass ever created by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Since then, the museum has expanded even more, adding a fabulous new lobby, new exhibits and more.

• Indianapolis is home to the Madame Walker Theatre Center, which stands as a memorial to America’s first female self-made millionaire, Madam C. J. Walker.

• The Indianapolis Museum of Art was ranked by USA Today as one of the top 10 locations for marriage proposals — in front of the famous LOVE sculpture. Adjacent to the Museum and located on 100 acres that includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake is the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The park opened in June 2010 and is one of the largest museum art parks in the country, and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of site-specific artworks.

• The Indianapolis Zoo is the nation’s only accredited combined zoo, aquarium and botanical garden. The zoo’s Oceans exhibit features the world’s largest shark touch tank; while the Dolphin Adventure offers the world’s first totally submerged dolphin viewing experience. During summer 2010, the Indianapolis Zoo opened its newest exhibit – Cheetah: The Race for Survival.

• The Old National Centre (originally named the Murat Temple when it opened in 1910) is the largest Shrine temple in North America.

• The Indiana State Museum features art, science and culture. The museum not only has exhibits inside, but is an exhibit itself with its 92-county walk, Indiana material-made exterior and more. It will feature Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Sept. 25 – Jan. 16, 2011.

• Indianapolis houses the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, one of only two museums east of the Mississippi with both Native American and Western art. A NEW exhibit featuring replicas of national treasures, Jingle Rails, will be unveiled in November 2010. Every canyon, mesa, lodge, Mt. Rushmore and even the replica of Indianapolis’ own Soldiers and Sailors Monument-are made with natural materials by renowned-artist Paul Busse.

• Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials commemorating veterans.

• The 35th Running of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon takes place Saturday, May 7, 2011. The Mini has sold-out for the past nine years with 35,000 registrants, and an additional 4,000 participants in the Finish Line 500 Festival 5K. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the U.S., and overall, the sixth largest running event in America.

Anyone would agree there’s A LOT to do in Downtown Indianapolis. People of all ages can be entertained at numerous museums and historic sites, performing arts and theatres, memorials and parks, major sports venues and various unique attractions.

If you want to see what’s only in Indianapolis, discover Indianapolis’ Cultural Districts.

Indianapolis is bursting with pride over its six unique Cultural Districts: Broad Ripple Village, The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and Wholesale District. Four of the six districts have homes directly in Downtown Indianapolis, while Fountain Square is just a mile southeast and Broad Ripple Village nine miles northeast. The districts showcase distinct pockets of cultural opportunity thriving in the city. You’ll find delightful public art, unique galleries, inspiring museums, quaint shops and engaging recreation. Satisfy your appetite at exquisite restaurants, ethnic eateries and cafes. Laugh out loud or dance the night away at one of dozens of night clubs and theaters. The districts also have your ticket to professional sports and performances.

Downtown is home to baby elephants, Duckpin Bowling, a working indoor carousel, a world-class symphony orchestra, a 55-foot “Indiana” sculpture, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and so much more to explore.

In recent years, Indianapolis has continued its reputation for Amazingly Always New attractions such as Rhythm! Discovery Center in 2009, Cheetahs: Race for Survival at the Indianapolis Zoo in 2010 and plenty of new Downtown residences to be close to the action!

Brag about Downtown dining and shopping

• Circle Centre, Downtown’s world-renowned shopping and entertainment complex, is celebrating its 15-year anniversary in 2010.

• Indianapolis is home to the 1886 City Market, which has remained a ‘market’ ever since and is undergoing a makeover through spring 2011 to further enhance the market.

• Indianapolis’ Mass Ave, one of the few remaining diagonal streets on the original 1821 plat, is Downtown’s premier arts and entertainment district where people live, work and play in the same eight-block area.

• Downtown Indianapolis has nearly 300 eating and drinking establishments to enjoy.

The dining options are endless ranging from national eateries like Capital Grille, Fogo De Chao, Weber Grill, Palomino and Ruth’s Chris to the unique local hot spots such as Saffron Cafe, R bistro, Harry & Izzy’s and Bazbeaux pizza.

• St. Elmo Steak House’s infamous shrimp cocktail was named “World’s Spiciest Food” by Food critic and Travel Channel blogger Alison Stein Wellner in May 2009.

• The Slippery Noodle Inn is Indiana’s oldest, continually-operated bar (since 1850). It won the Keeping the Blues Alive – Blues Club of the Year from the Blues Foundation.

With more than 210 shops Downtown, residents and visitors can enjoy everything from the trendy, one-of-a-kind shops such as Windsor Jewelry Company or At Home in the City/Silver in the City, to the popular national chains like Nordstrom, Carson Pirie Scott, T.J. Maxx and Border’s.

The JW Marriot hotel will open its doors in 2011. This will be the largest JW Marriot in the world with 1,005 rooms and 145,000 square feet of meeting and event space. It will join more than 30 quality hotels and bed & breakfasts Downtown.

• TripAdvisor named Conrad Indianapolis a Top 25 U.S. Hotel from its 2010 Traveler’s Choice awards.

Brag about the sports

• Indianapolis is the only city to boast four professional sports teams, playing within a four-block radius, all in the heart of Downtown. (NBA Pacers, WNBA Fever, NFL Colts and Triple-A Indians)

• In 2012, Indianapolis will host Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. The spectacular new venue opened in 2008.

• Lucas Oil Stadium was named the Sports Facility of the Year in May 2009 by Street and Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal.

• Conseco Fieldhouse was ranked the best NBA arena by The Orange County Register.

• Indianapolis is home to a football team of world champion caliber. In 2010 the Indianapolis Colts returned to Super Bowl XLIV. In 2006, the Indianapolis Colts dominated the Chicago Bears for a Super Bowl XLI victory.

• Indianapolis is the only city to have hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four three times in a decade: 1991, 1997 and 2000. Downtown hosted again in 2006 and 2010 and is set for 2015 too. In 2005, the city hosted the NCAA Women’s Final Four for the first time and will again in 2011. (The Sporting News named Indianapolis as the “Best Final Four Host” stating “there’s no better basketball town than Indy.”)

• Indianapolis IS basketball in March. The city hosts the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments from 2008 – 2012. The Women’s Tourney also visited in 2007. Indianapolis hosted the World Basketball Championship, which is held every four years, in 2002. This was the first time in the event’s 52-year history that it had ever taken place in the United States.

• The Indianapolis 500 race is the largest, single-day sporting event in the world. Coincidentally, the second largest is the Brickyard 400.

• A national spotlight shone on Indianapolis as we hosted the 2005 VISA U.S.A Gymnastics National Championships at Conseco Fieldhouse. Circle of Stars Gymnastics Invitational will be in Indy January 2011.

• Indianapolis played host to the USA Swimming Nationals and ConocoPhillips Swimming Championships and World Championship Trials in July 2009. Indianapolis also welcomed the USA Diving Olympic Team Trials in 2008.

• The city hosted the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2006 and 2007 at the Indiana University Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium.

• Indianapolis ranked as the second best sports host city in the U.S. in May 2009 in The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live by Robert Tuchman

Of course, Indianapolis earned its bragging rights early as the amateur sports capital of the world. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has long been noted as the city’s icon. The addition of Victory Field, “the Best Minor League Ballpark in America” according to Sports Illustrated, as well as the state-of-the-art Conseco Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium, have furthered the city’s sporting image. In addition, the USHL Indiana Ice is a Tier I junior hockey team that entertains the Indianapolis community.

During any given season, sports fans are sure to find an Indianapolis team to rally or event to attend. From the annual Circle City Classic or Indiana High School Athletics Association championships to the Big Ten Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournaments, the action is non-stop.

What’s more, various national governing bodies either originated in or have moved their headquarters to Indianapolis including the Black Coaches Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, USA Gymnastics Federation, USA Track & Field, USA Diving, Inc., U.S. Synchronized Swimming and others.

Brag about the international competitions and awards

• The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for more than 25 years. Unique Fellowships, both classical and jazz, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each Fellowship is valued at more than $75,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities.

• The Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art program has awarded more than $1.5 million in unrestricted grants and art purchases and added more than 125 pieces of art by 35 Native American fine artists to its permanent collection over the last 10 years. This biennial program is one-of-a-kind in the world for Native Americans and first nations and has led to the distinction of having “the finest collection of Native contemporary art in the world.”

• The Indianapolis Prize, presented by the Indianapolis Zoo, is the largest individual monetary award ($100,000) for animal species conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen honoree. The Prize is given every other year to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts involving a single animal species or multiple species.

• The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis takes place every four years. Music lovers from all parts of the globe focus their attention on “The Indianapolis” – now regarded as one of the most respected music competitions in the world. The 17-day festival, Sept. 10 – 26 in 2010, features talented violinists from around the world.

Brag about the future

You may think that Downtown is complete. Not true. Development momentum remains steady with MORE THAN $3.3 billion of new construction to be completed by 2015. Since 1990, $7.9 billion have been invested in Downtown.

So, next time someone asks you about your town, you can quote Indianapolis native David Letterman. “I’m very, very proud of the fact that I was born and spent most of my life in that wonderful community of Indianapolis. It’s a great city.”

Thanks, Dave. We think Indianapolis is pretty wonderful too.

Tips For Selecting Dish Network Packages

When it comes to TV entertainment, no other provider can come close to Dish Network. This US based company is now offering its services in every part of the country. It offers some of the best programming packages to its viewers that no can other service provider of this platform can offer. Every programming packages are extremely affordable.

Dish Network offers plenty of programming choices to its viewers and this sometimes makes people very confused. Because of this confusion they are unable to make the perfect choice. So here are certain guidelines that you can follow while choosing the best programming package for you and for your family.

The first point that you need to know is about the various programming packages of dish network. So here is a quick review of the various entertainment channel packages of the second largest satellite TV provider in the United States.

The first package on your platter is America’s Top 120. In this pack you will be getting more then 120 satellite TV channels. Some of the channels that you will be getting in this dish TV pack are Cartoon Network, CNN, ESPN, Fox News, Food network, SYFY Channel, The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, USA network, E! Entertainment Television, VH1, Nickelodeon and many more.

The next pack is America’s Top 200. If you buy this pack, you will be eligible to watch over 200 satellite TV entertainment channels. This pack is also the most popular programming channel package of dish network. This channels package will offer you some of the finest sports, news, movie and children programming channels. Some of the popular channels of America’s Top 120 are included in this pack and along with that you are also getting more dish TV channels.

The next dish TV programming package of Dish Network is America’s Top 250. This pack consists of all the channels of the previous pack and other entertainment channels. So the number of satellite TV channels in this pack is more than 250. The new channels that are being added here are Comedy Central, Encore Action and many other regional sports channel such as Fox Sports Pittsburgh, Fox Sports Arizona, etc.

The last satellite TV channel pack of Dish Network is America’s “Everything” Pack. This is considered to be the “heavy weight” channel pack where all the popular dish TV channels are included. This channel is meant especially for true TV lovers. If you are a true TV lover this heavy weight channel pack is for you!

If you planning to buy Dish Network channels, all you need to do is to go through the list of channels and find out the pack that you would love to watch on your TV screen.