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A visit to Yogya's latest eco-friendly hotel

Designing a hotel that’s different is always a challenge — there are limited ways to assemble blocks of concrete cubicles and make them desirable. One Yogyakarta hotelier is going green to lure visitors. Peckish guests too drained by Yogyakarta’s delights to descend to the open-plan kitchen on Greenhost’s ground floor can nibble a lettuce or pluck a tomato growing just outside their door. But they’ll be unable to immediately lay their hands on a hairdryer, even though their lodgings have all the facilities expected in a modern hotel, like Wi-Fi and cable TV. “That’s because everything has been designed to use little energy,” said Arbiter Gerhard Sarumaha, general manager of the city’s newest hotel. “Guests may borrow a dryer, but the rooms are limited to 1,300 watts. If they try to boil a kettle at the same time, the circuit breaker will trip. “The vegetables they can savor will be grown in a vast hydroponic array using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes. The system could produce 1.4 tons of fresh produce if all 9,000 plants are harvested at the same time. Excess food will be sold.” The developers of the three-storey Greenhost, which opened in December, believe it’s the first hotel in Indonesia built using recycled materials and following conservation principles. They say their building is unique because it’s making serious attempts to be ecologically friendly, artistically creative, energy-frugal, productive – yet still make a commercial return. Every room has an original local painting, sculpture or mixed-media piece, while the foyer restaurant doubles as a gallery. “This is an art space that accidentally also happens to be a hotel,” quipped Arbiter. It’s billed as a “boutique” hotel, though 96 rooms stretches the limits of that term. Much of the timber has come from pallets originally used as fork-lift platforms for goods stacked in warehouses. Pine pallets have a rough life and die young, splintered and crushed, destined to depart as heat and smoke. Snatched from the flames, de-nailed and sanded smooth to reveal color and texture, the wood lives on in walls, lockers, furniture and shelves. Contrasting the refined interior is exterior cladding of lumpy multi-sided off-cuts from a furniture factory in nearby Surakarta. These have been fixed to panels so every façade is different. It’s the same in the dining area, where the square table tops were originally steel scrap from a fabrication plant, smelter feedstock before being rescued for a furniture future. Neither the galleries wrapped around the hotel’s rectangular core nor the restaurant have ceilings, so the hotel’s intestines are exposed. When your coffee companion starts to bore, lean back and study the entrails of electricity, the color-coded noodles of plumbing and wonder what’s been digested and where it’s heading. It’s too early to know whether this factory feel and fog grey décor will be softened by the vines cascading from above and sturdy trees in tubs below. Inevitably, concessions had to be made. One that will trouble many overseas guests — the hotel’s prime target — is the use of grid electricity mainly sourced from coal-fired generators. “We wanted to use solar power but the economics didn’t compute,” said the hotel’s founder, Surakarta businessman Paulus Mintarga, head of CV Tim Tiga, the company developing Greenhost. “In many Western countries, electricity is expensive so the capital cost of installing solar panels makes commercial sense. Inevitably, electricity prices will rise in Indonesia and photovoltaic cell prices come down. “When that happens we’ll convert, but at present it’s cheaper to buy electricity from [state-owned electricity monopoly-holder] PLN, even though it’s an unreliable supplier.” So the hotel has installed a big grumbling generator, which takes the edge off the ambience when PLN fails to deliver. Work on the Rp 40 billion (US$3.3 million) project started two years ago on a downtown site, a 15-minute drive from Yogyakarta’s Kraton (Sultan’s palace). Jl. Prawirotaman has long been backpacker central, but Arbiter claimed the area was changing, with beards and sandals yielding to designer batik as antique shops sprout and hostels morph into hotels. Greenhost’s Internet prices for mid January are Rp 500,000 [US$40] a night, including breakfast and tax — a dive from earlier quotes of Rp 850,000 [US$68]. That’s mid-range for regional city accommodation in Java, though the 19-square-meter rooms are more Singapore-size than Indonesian. “In the future we have to become more efficient and inventive,” said Paulus, who created an eco-guest house in Surakarta called Rumah Turi. “People are moving out of rural areas and into the cities. As populations grow, there’s a demand for more productive land. This isn’t just a hotel — it’s also a farm. The plants being grown hydroponically will all be food, not flowers. “I’m a structural engineer and a former contractor in Jakarta, though my friends are architects, the discipline I like most. But architecture is just a tool, a means to an end. “We need to take a holistic approach to development and recognize the spirit of the place where we want to build. “I’ve long been interested in designs that use waste. I’ve seen what has been done overseas, particularly in Japan, but we must do things our way, develop our own Indonesian ideas. I want to use local products. “I tend to start from the materials and then look at the possibilities rather than beginning with a concept. Because I haven’t been trained as an architect I have the freedom to think differently. “The challenge will be to get the staff to appreciate that we are driven by the principles of care and creativity, so we have to run our own hospitality school [The plan includes multi-tasking, so the person who makes your breakfast may also make your bed]. “This is a commercial venture, and not just motivated by idealism. We have to make money and we will at a rate equal to standard hotels. At the same time we must do what’s right. I hope others will see what’s possible and follow us. “The future is sustainability.” - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/how-green-is-my-valet-24YudqaJjvSw0sn1.html#sthash.CWxaGuaJ.dpuf
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Bandung's most popular desserts on Instagram
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Pompidou Think about pretty, elegant, and at the same time modern cakes or cupcakes, which upon eating will give you a lot of happiness for the soft and delicious texture combined with a satisfying creamy buttery icing. That's what Pompidou, a little cake shop at Jl. Ciliwung 14, is all about. Founded in 2009 by Irma and Arthy, the duo started out by receiving custom-order cupcakes for friends or family. Their interest in cakes and cupcakes began after reading a red velvet cake recipe in a Martha Stewart cookbook. Pompidou now offers cakes, cupcakes and pies, starting from Rp 18,000 per cupcake. Pompidou's chocomalt cake, red velvet and salted caramel cake, are among their best-sellers. Fat Bites Astrid and her partner have a passion for food and so the two often experiment to create new exciting dishes. The duo's exploration later resulted in an online-based business named Fat Bites which offers their product through an Instagram account. 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El paradisiaco Cancún
Es el principal destino turístico de México, eclipsando con creces el papel que alguna vez desempeñó Acapulco como la principal nación vacacional de América del Norte. Si las imágenes de playas de arena blanca, aguas cristalinas, motos acuáticas, buceo y descansar junto a la piscina no son lo suficientemente atractivas, agregue a esa imagen clubes nocturnos sensacionales con espectáculos más grandes que la vida y una plétora de antiguas ruinas mayas y tendrá una idea de lo que es la experiencia de Cancún. Cancún, que se adentra en el mar Caribe, se encuentra en la punta de la península de Yucatán, en una tierra que se usaba comúnmente como refugio para los piratas marinos. La ciudad turística se construyó a mediados de la década de 1970 muy cerca y, en algunos casos, encima de las preciadas ruinas mayas. La atracción principal es una serie de hermosos hoteles Art Deco y de gran altura seguidos de una serie de clubes nocturnos que van desde exclusivamente elegantes o industriales de fantasía hasta discotecas más cálidas e íntimas con su propio sabor local maravilloso. El servicio regular de taxis las 24 horas desde y hacia cualquier lugar de la ciudad hace que elegir su alojamiento sea casi tan simple como reservar su vuelo en cualquier lugar. Aunque la sola mención de Cancún evoca pensamientos de fiestas extravagantes y juergas de vacaciones de primavera, asegúrese de tomarlo con calma para que pueda disfrutar de un viaje de un día a las ruinas mayas de los alrededores con una mente clara y una actitud de agradecimiento. Las ruinas más famosas están en Chichén Itzá en el centro de la península. Habitadas desde el 445 a. C. hasta el 1204 d. C., luego misteriosamente abandonadas, estas ruinas se centran alrededor de una pirámide con escalones que culminan en cabezas de serpientes gigantes. Visite durante cualquiera de los equinoccios y las sombras aparecerán como si una serpiente gigante descendiera de la pirámide. Más cerca de Cancún, Tulum también es un popular destino maya con vistas a las aguas turquesas del Caribe. El Templo de los Frescos tiene un interior pintado ornamentalmente y el Templo del Dios Descendente está adornado con tallas en bajorrelieve notablemente intrincadas. Hay al menos otros diez sitios arqueológicos importantes accesibles desde Cancún por parte de los operadores turísticos, y que podrá incluir en sus paquetes vacacionales a Cancún. Si la playa, los deportes acuáticos y el paraíso en general lo ponen un poco inquieto, hay más que suficientes excursiones en Cancún para participar una vez que se encuentre en las playas de arena blanca de Cancún. Diariamente, guías experimentados llevan a los excursionistas entusiastas a la jungla para descubrir dónde viven las cosas salvajes. Además, los paseos a caballo están disponibles a lo largo de la costa y hacia el continente. A un corto viaje en ferry o avión se encuentra Cozumel, la isla caribeña más grande de México y uno de los mejores lugares del mundo para el buceo, sin mencionar que puedes encontrar algunas empresas privadas que ofrecen nadar con delfines. Si lo que buscas es un verdadero escape, Isla de Mujeres es tu respuesta. A quince minutos de Cancún en bote, este pequeño asilo tropical es un retiro pacífico de la vida turística en el continente. El ciclismo es muy popular en la isla, así como el snorquel y charlar con el pirata ocasional que pasa. Echa un vistazo a las misteriosas estatuillas de piedra de mujeres semidesnudas que dejaron los mayas. Cancún es claramente una opción número uno fácil para cualquier vacación en la playa. ¡Las familias, los solteros, las parejas y los adolescentes deben sentirse cómodos y como en casa en esta tierra de ensueño de la peninsula de Yucatán que México ha convertido en un entorno libre de preocupaciones que lo abarca todo, con todo incluido y con los deseos de los vacacionistas al alcance de su mano! No busque más la escapada perfecta, porque la ha encontrado cuando viaja a Cancún.
10 best new hotels of 2014
Over the last 12 months, many incredible hotels have opened around the world and HotelsCombined recently shared its favorites based on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service. The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders; including one in Bali. The Castle Hotel, Dalian, China Perched atop Lianhua Mountain and overlooking the Yellow Sea, this imposing chateau conveniently provides 292 guest rooms, a spa, fitness center, indoor pool, several restaurants and a “royal cellar” with a micro-brewery. For those really looking to splash out, the 6,674 square foot Presidential Suite has a marble entrance, a dining room for 10, a full-service pantry and a waterfront balcony. Shangri-La at the Shard, London Opened in May, this first UK property of Shangri-La is housed within the 34th to 52nd floors of London’s iconic Shard skyscraper - the tallest building in Europe - and thus offers spectacular city views. Other highlights include a champagne bar, an infinity sky pool on the 52nd floor and an enviable location in the heart of the London Bridge Quarter. citizenM Times Square, New York City Trendy and colorful, this US debut of the citizenM hotel chain is perfectly situated within walking distance of many famous New York sites, including the Rockefeller Centre, the theater district and Central Park. Other perks include the rooftop bar and free in-room screening of the latest movies. With starting price at US$199 per night, it is also a real bargain for Midtown Manhattan. Pikaia Lodge, Galapagos Islands Located on Santa Cruz Island, in the center of the Galapagos archipelago, Pikaia Lodge is an eco-friendly retreat set on top of an extinct volcano crater. Close to a number of major wildlife sites and pristine beaches, the property offers a range of guided excursions and its own private Tortoise Reserve, with facilities including a spa and an infinity pool. Cromlix House, Scotland Owned by tennis superstar Andy Murray, this elegant Victorian mansion provides a peaceful countryside escape. Evoking the grand estates of yesteryear, the manor is furnished in Scottish antiques and onsite activities in the sprawling grounds include tennis (naturally), clay pigeon shooting, fishing, falconry and archery. Sofitel So Singapore Housed in a heritage building near Raffles Place, the Sofitel So’s décor - which includes elements designed by Karl Lagerfield himself – features a 19th century French style with a contemporary twist. Special touches here include in-room iPad minis, a gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool and complimentary mini bar drinks. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman Nestled within the Al Hajar mountain range, this serene retreat is surrounded by a stunning natural landscape teeming with caves, valleys, flowers, fruit trees and heritage sites (including the UNESCO-protected Bahla Fort). Guests can take a dip in the heated outdoor infinity pool overlooking the breathtaking gorge below or, for those who prefer, the villas have private terraces with plunge pools. Ace Hotel, Los Angeles This funky new LA abode plays an important part in the city’s cultural legend – housed within the historic United Artists building, the tower was once a movie studio and theater hub for independent artists. Today, it’s a stylishly renovated getaway where an in-room extra perk might include an acoustic guitar. Yemaya Island Hideaway, Nicaragua A tropical getaway, Yemaya offers up to 16 eco-friendly cabanas. Visitors to this retreat on Little Corn Island are encouraged to laze about in a hammock, enjoy a relaxing yoga session, sip on a cocktail at the beachside bar, partake in a variety of water sports, tuck into an organic meal at the onsite restaurant, or simply enjoy indulgent spa treatment. The Sarasvati Luxury Collection Resort, Bali Located in the exotic Seminyak and vibrant Legian areas, this resort offers guests direct access to the beach and upscale retail shops. The sunsets are gorgeous and there are activities for everybody; try a round of golf, mountain biking, go skydiving or relax with some fishing. For first-time visitors, the sacred Sangeh Monkey Forest and the famous scenic drive to Lake Bratan are great options. - See more at: http://www.jakpost.travel/news/10-best-new-hotels-of-2014-Wcd9aZUTOg1VFnhp.html#sthash.l9pepRf9.dpuf
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These off-campus substitutes offer campus-like amenities and are located within walking distance of the city’s top institution of higher education. What makes Tallahassee so unique and attractive?  Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science: Located on museum drive, the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science is one of the best attractions and it involves an environmental science center, numerous historic buildings, and a beautiful habitat zoo. It is one of the best places to hang out if you have an interest in history or nature. Wildlife Florida is the best place to see different animals including bears, bobcats, deer, red wolves, and Florida panthers.   Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park: Located on Thomasville Road, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park is one of the botanical gardens and a historic site. It consists of 1,176 acres, the gardens are a U.S. Historic District known as Killearn Plantation Archeological and Historic Region. In this area, there are 8 historic buildings and four other structures, of interest.   St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: It was founded in the year 1931, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge in the nation. It is one of the best places to visit when you are in the city. It’s 68,000 acres of land that consists of a variety of coastal environments typical of the Gulf of Mexico, including estuaries, islands, marshes, and tidal creeks. There is a wide range of interesting structures in the refuge such as St. Marks Lighthouse, which is the second oldest lighthouse in the city.   Tallahassee Antique Car Museum: This unique museum is a car-themed museum situated on Mahan Drive. It was initiated in the year, 1996, the museum highlights collections that consist of donated items. The museum moved into its newest facility in the year 2007. The main building contains 1,00,000 square feet and exhibits mostly American-made cars as well as items that signify and rejoice in American culture.  Mission San Luis de Apalachee: It is situated on West Tennessee Street. Mission San Luis de Apalachee is a historic site situated west of downtown Tallahassee. This was built in the year 1633, it was a Spanish Franciscan Mission in the settlement of the Anhaica capital of the Apalachee Province.   Goodwood Museum and Gardens: Tallahassee is one of the best places for those who love going to Museums. The Goodwood Museum and Gardens is an exhilarating destination that features an outstanding 1830s plantation house sitting on 16 acres of remodeled lawns and gardens with old royal oaks and outbuildings. You can see the original art, glass, furniture, porcelain, textiles, and more.  Tallahassee is a mesmerizing city with oak-canopied roads, rolling hills, plantation homes, and great Southern hospitality. There are a lot of green spaces in the city such as the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, where you can find one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. The city offers an exuberant and growing food scene. You can come across some award-winning restaurants such as Cypress Restaurant and Food Glorious Food.  Student accommodation in Tallahassee  Tallahassee is a great city to live in especially for students who come from different parts of the globe. The student housing available in this city ranges from Governor’s Square Mall to different small and trendy boutiques. The nightlife of the city is also vibrant with many students flocking to different hangout spots. There are plenty of spots for students with different budgets and preferences. Students who get admission to the universities of Florida looking for a student room in the city itself. They should visit student accommodation websites to compare the wide range of options available and make a well-informed decision about the best student housing. These accommodations are built keeping in mind the comfort of students and offer a wide range of room types such as student flats, student apartments, and student studios as well as other options like shared and en-suite rooms. All these properties are well furnished and offer a wide range of modern amenities such as a common lounge area, game zone, television, card-operated laundry, fully-equipped gym, study room, swimming pool, and more.
Best Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in Kerala
Kerala is the very best honeymoon destination in India. Kerala Honeymoon Packages include genuine ayurvedic experiences to laid back houseboat rides and also these destinations include, Treehouse facing waterfalls in Athirappilly, Tea Gardens in Munnar, and also Houseboat Cruise in Alleppey, and more. Munnar The delectably wonderful slopes of Munnar are one of the most famous special honeymoon destinations in Kerala. Draw nearer to nature while meandering through the consistent region of tea estates, outlandish types of vegetation in Eravikulam National Park and wonderful falls at Pallivasal and Chinnakanal. Partake in your outing significantly more with a stay at the Windermere Estate. Alleppey A definitive heartfelt encounter out traveling to Kerala is being served a newly pre-arranged dinner as you partake in the rich plant life, unending paddy fields, far-off islands, and serene backwaters in a delightful Alleppey houseboat. Kovalam Assuming you have at any point seen a postcard of the state, quite possibly you have gone over the Kovalam ocean side with the milestone beacon behind the scenes. Remain at Kovalam for a casual ocean side occasion with your accomplice as it is one of the best honeymoon places in Kerala. Athirapally Situated a ways off of 60 kilometers from Thrissur city, Athirappally is known and admired for its awe-striking natural beauty. The Athirapally falls are viewed as the best feature of this town, making it one of the most outstanding spots to visit in Kerala for a honeymoon.
3 luxury sustainable spas in Bali
Bali has a lot of spas; in some areas, every third shop is a spa. All varieties of spas can be found as well -- from local to international award winning spas. In recent years, a lot of people have become more conscious of what they put on their skin. The skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it, so with increasing amounts of chemicals in many products, it can lead to allergies or worse. One way to avoid this is to choose a spa that uses naturally made products and takes an approach that is kind to your skin. Local Indonesian jamu (traditional medicine) methods have always done this but a few luxury spas in Bali not only use natural products but also take the spa experience to a new level of comfort. The Spa at Alila Soori Villas The Spa is housed in a sustainably built house with a view of the Indian Ocean in front. Entering this warm and opulent hideaway, the central spa area is dominated by a beautiful pool that instantly adds a sensuously relaxed atmosphere. The traditional Balinese Beauty Ritual is two hours of pure bliss. Balinese lulur is an ancient village remedy with its origins from the rice farmers of Bali that is recognized as traditional medicine. The treatment is believed to help warm the body, relieve aching joints and help in the recovery of troubled or loose skin. Locally sourced sandalwood, fennel seed, star aniseed, eaglewood and fenugreek are blended together to use during this healing remedy. It is a 60 minutes Balinese Massage, body scrub, body mask and mini facial. The massage uses natural oils and you can choose a beautiful aromatic blend to suit your mood. After the massage, you are gently scrubbed using the herbal warming mixture and then wrapped in a cocoon while the gently heated massage table ensures every pore is cleansed and every muscle relaxed. The therapist performs a revitalizing mini facial as you relax on this wave of warmth. Not only do you feel like you are floating on a cloud after the treatment, but you are also assured that only the most natural ingredients have been used during this process. If you loved the products used, there are a wide range of Alila Spa products for sale to take with you. A particular favorite is the Black Volcanic Soap that is made from Balinese volcanic lava. Ojas Spa, COMO Shambhala Estate This famed wellness retreat outside Ubud is the ultimate luxury hideaway in the forest with an ethos based around holistic principles. If you are not staying here, you can come and get pampered at the beautifully serene Ojas Spa. Ranges of treatments are offered here, including hydrotherapy and Ayurveda treatments. This Zen space is very soothing and, set among vast sounding grounds; it is a quiet retreat to indulge in a treatment. Signature massages are done using specially blended oils made on the estate, sourced from local products and 100 percent natural. The Shambhala signature massage is an hour-long treatment and uses innovative long strokes and medium pressure to both relax and revive spirit and mind. Set in a light airy room looking onto a garden, complemented by clean lines to leave the mind uncluttered, this deeply therapeutic technique performed by a highly skilled therapist feels more like a four handed massage thanks to the expertise of the therapist. This is a deeply relaxing and aromatic experience that leaves the skin smooth and supple. Facials are also available using a range of their homemade products called PURIFIES. These products are based on the principles of aromatherapy, incorporating only premium grade oils free of parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance and color. The PURIFY Holistic Facials are deeply calming and catered to your skin type using these products, along with steam and specialist massage techniques to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Not only are the products used at the Ojas Spa kind to your skin, but also to the surrounding environment. Fivelements Puri Ahmisa This healing hotel is located just outside Ubud in a scenic spot with the river flowing through. The spa is perched right along the riverbank so you hear the flow of water easing past as you are experiencing some incredibly therapeutic and natural treatments. This award-winning spa is unique in that not only does it have a wide variety of beauty treatments, but also healing rituals are on offer from Balinese healers and priests. This means that both body and soul can be nurtured naturally in this wonderful sustainably built bamboo spa. Acupressure with Pak Ketut is designed to trigger the body’s self-healing abilities and uses energy transfer to help heal. After starting with transference of energy, the ritual is designed to relieve both physical and mental strain. This can relieve deep-seated tension and trigger the healing process. The healing rituals harness the power of both natural herbal ingredients and energy. The beauty rituals use a wide variety of natural elements found throughout Bali. Probably one of the most healing plants is the coconut. Virgin coconut oil is one of the most healing oils, naturally antibacterial and nourishing. The Coconut Harmony treatment is a deep massage with this oil, followed by a moisturizing bath of coconut milk, the pure blended aromatic Shakti Oil and scattered with Frangipani flowers. A hewn rock bath gently sheltered by foliage looks over the flowing river below melding nature and the spa together. This wonderful bamboo structure is open meaning that it is a totally sensory experience within nature.
How to Cancel or Change United Airlines Flight
United flight change policy United Change Flight Policy is simple: You can make changes to your ticketed flight anytime before the flight's scheduled departure. You don't incur the fee if you change your flight within 24 hours of booking, or if you book your ticket at least 7 days in advance and you're flying domestically. But if you don't meet those requirements, United will charge you a change fee, which is $200 for domestic flights. The fee is higher for international travel, so check the United website for more details on that. So as long as you follow those rules, you shouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg to reschedule your flight. Change to a different flight on the same day Premier members If you're a Premier member, you can make changes to your flight reservation within 24 hours of departure and have the same flexibility as a First Class passenger. You may be able to confirm a seat on another flight for no cost at all.* If your original ticketed fare class isn’t available on the new flight, you can always stand by for free. If you have questions about this benefit or wish to make changes, please call united or visit their official website.. All other travelers If you’re a customer or MileagePlus member without Premier status and your flight is cancelled, you may be able to confirm a seat on another flight within 24 hours of your originally scheduled departure time. A fare difference may apply even if the same original fare class is available. And don’t forget — you can always stand by for free! Basic Economy Tickets If you're traveling on a Basic Economy ticket, you may only confirm changes to your flight within 24 hours of your original departure time. Once the 24 hour window has passed, you will not be able to change your flight. Once your new flight has been booked, it's always a good idea to check in online and print out your boarding pass before going to the airport. If you arrive at the airport with an electronic boarding pass and printed confirmation email, you can skip the check-in line and head straight to security! How to Cancel or Change United Airlines flight Canceling or Changing a flight with United Airlines can be relatively easy, though the details depend on whether you booked directly through the airline or through a third party, like a travel agent. If you booked directly with United Airlines, the first step is to determine if your ticket is refundable. If it is, you can cancel it and receive a refund by calling 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331). Be sure to have your confirmation number handy when you call. If your ticket is not refundable, you may still be able to make changes for a fee. To do so, call United Customer Service and request any of the following: Change in date Change in time Change in destination Change in origin United Cancellation Policy We understand that circumstances may arise that result in you needing to change your travel plans, and we're here to help! As per United Cancellation Policy, you can cancel your flight within 24-hours of booking your ticket. Just call us at 1-800-UNITED-1 and we'll refund the full value of your ticket. If you cancel your flight less than 24-hours after you've booked it and more than seven days before the day of the flight, we'll refund the cost of your ticket minus a $200 cancellation fee. If you cancel seven days or less before your trip and at least one hour before the scheduled departure time, we'll refund the cost of your ticket minus a $400 cancellation fee. Unfortunately, if you cancel within one hour of the scheduled departure time or miss your flight for any reason, we cannot provide a refund. If you need to change your trip, please call the United Customer Service as soon as possible to avoid any schedule changes resulting in additional fees. Canceling or changing United tickets during a travel waiver If you booked a flight on United Airlines and need to change or cancel it due to weather-related travel disruptions, there are no fees for doing so. For flights canceled or changed by United, customers can rebook in the original class of service or travel on standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair, subject to seat availability. Customers can also choose to apply the value of the ticket toward future travel, which must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued. If you purchased a refundable fare, you can request a full refund without penalty. If you purchased a nonrefundable fare, any applicable difference in fare will apply. To change or cancel your reservation online, visit United Airlines Official Website. For all other tickets that were not booked directly with United (including those booked through an online travel agency), please contact your original point of sale for assistance with your reservations. If you're a United Airlines frequent flyer, you may have noticed a travel waiver for weather or other events that sometimes ends up causing flight changes, cancellations, and delays. These waivers can make it difficult to reschedule your flights as normal, but we've got the tips you need to get your itinerary back on track. When an airline issues a waiver, they're letting passengers know that they will not be charged a fee to change their flights because of the conditions outlined in the waiver. These are usually issued in weather-related cases when it's possible that airports will shut down or flights will be delayed or canceled. Waivers impact both award tickets and revenue tickets. It's important to remember that while you aren't being charged the standard change fee to alter your flight plans, airline employees are still working under heavy constraints and uncertain schedules. They may not be able to rebook you on another flight immediately even if it seems like there should be seats available. If this happens, just wait until the next day—the system may be updated once more information is available about how flights are running now that it's daylight and/or airports have reopened. Sometimes travelers won't be able to change their flights online at all during an airline waiver period, so try to connect with United Customer Service. Changing or canceling paid United tickets If you paid for your ticket but are not a MileagePlus Premier member, you may cancel or change your reservation within 24 hours after purchase. If it has been more than 24 hours since you purchased your ticket, you can still cancel your reservation, but the airline will either collect a cancellation fee or will issue you a credit toward a future United flight. This credit is valid for one year from the date of issue. If you are a MileagePlus Premier member, you can still cancel or change your reservation within 24 hours after purchase with no penalty. If it has been more than 24 hours since you purchased your ticket, then instead of collecting a cancellation fee, United will issue a credit for the full amount of the original ticket purchase toward another United flight for use within one year from the date of issue. For more information about how to make changes to your booking once it has been completed, please contact our United Customer Care Team. If you need to change or cancel a United ticket, you can do so with no penalty. You can change or cancel your ticket within 24 hours of purchase for a refund for any reason, or within one hour of departure if you have a flexible ticket. If you need to make changes after that time, visit the Manage Reservations page on united.com and enter your information. To cancel a ticket, select "Cancel" from the dropdown menu next to the flight number and date of travel. You will receive an email confirmation when your request is processed by our Customer Care team. If you're eligible for a refund, it will be processed in 7-10 days. Changing or canceling United award tickets We understand that plans can change. We'll be happy to assist you with changing or canceling your award ticket. If you have a flexible award ticket, you can change or cancel your reservation online by going to Manage Trips at united.com. Sign in to your MileagePlus account and click on the Trip Details link for the trip you want to change or cancel. Then select Change/Cancel from the Actions drop-down list and follow the instructions. If you need further assistance, please contact the United Customer Contact Center. For details on fees, refer to our policy on changes and cancellations for award travel. If your ticket is not refundable and does not allow changes, it may be eligible for reinstatement as a MileagePlus award or travel certificate, depending on how recently it was issued. To request reinstatement of an award ticket or travel certificate, please contact the United Customer Contact Center. Refer to our policy on reinstating unused tickets and travel certificates for more information on this process and any applicable fees. Policies are subject to change. Changes or cancellations can be made on United.com. You're responsible for any difference in fare, and you may have to pay a service charge. If you're not able to cancel your reservation online, contact the United Customer Contact Center. Allow enough time before your flight if you need to make changes or cancellations. You can change or cancel your ticket: Within 24 hours of making a reservation without paying a service charge if we received your request at least 7 days before departure, and the reservation was made at least one week prior to travel; or Anytime without paying a service charge if we received your request at least 1 hour before departure and the reservation was made at least 1 hour prior to travel; or By contacting the United Customer Contact Center up to 4 hours after making your reservation or during the 24 hours following the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket, provided that the ticket was purchased at least 7 days prior to departure, and the scheduled time of departure for your first flight is at least 7 days from when you contacted us. Changing or canceling United tickets booked with credit card points If you book United tickets with your credit card points, you may have to pay a fee if you need to change or cancel the reservation. The charge for canceling your flight is $200, but if you used miles to pay for the flight, you can cancel it without paying the fee. You can call United and ask an agent to refund the miles used for your ticket back to your account. You will also be able to make changes to your reservation or request a full refund this way. However, you won't be able to make any changes to the number of award miles redeemed for a ticket. Once redeemed, these miles are nonrefundable. You can also cancel your reservation online by visiting united.com, logging in with your MileagePlus number and password, selecting My Trips from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the page, and following the prompts available on that page. The amount of the fee depends on how much time is left before departure and how far in advance you made the reservation. The fee can be as low as $50 or as high as $300. You can use your Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred cards to book flights on United — but there are some restrictions. You'll be charged a $75 fee for booking an award ticket through the Chase travel portal, which is waived for status holders and those with other premium credit cards. Changing or canceling United Airlines basic economy fares You have the option to change or cancel your United Airlines basic economy ticket. If you choose to change your flight, you can do so for a $200 fee. Alternatively, you can cancel and rebook your ticket at a later date for a $200 fee plus any price difference between the existing and new tickets. If changing flights is not an option, you may also choose to cancel your basic economy ticket and book a new one at any time without incurring the $200 fee. This option is only available for the original purchaser of the ticket, however, so transferrable tickets are excluded from this rule. Cancellations must be made within 24 hours of booking, but changes can be requested until 30 days before departure date. United Airlines standby policy United Airlines has a very strict standby policy. The airline will only allow you to check in as a standby passenger if there are available seats and your original flight is delayed. The airline does not accept standby bookings for flights that have been cancelled or overbooked. If you try to check in as a standby passenger on an overbooked flight, you'll be denied boarding and asked to rebook your trip on another flight. United also won't allow standby passengers to check in prior to their original departure time — even if they have an earlier connecting flight in their itinerary. In other words, if your original flight is delayed, it's best to wait until your new departure time before trying to check in again. How to get on the United Airlines standby list In order to get on the standby list for a United Airlines flight, you must be a traveler who has not yet purchased a ticket. If you have already booked a flight, you will need to cancel it and wait 24 hours before placing yourself on the standby list. I will show you how to get on the standby list for a United Airlines flight by following these steps: Call United or go to the United website and click "Contact Us" in the top right corner of the page. You can also visit your local airport's ticket desk for help. Tell the representative that you would like to be placed on standby for an upcoming flight. They will ask about your travel plans, including where and when you want to fly as well as whether or not you have checked luggage or carry-on items with which they can assist during boarding time. The representative will let you know if there are seats available on another flight. If not, they may suggest other options such as taking an earlier departure date or switching airlines altogether (for example, American Airlines). How do you change or cancel your United flight? If you need to change or cancel your United flight, you can do so online, by phone or at the airport. Before You Book Your Flight: If you have a nonrefundable ticket and wish to change or cancel your flight, you may be able to use that ticket on another flight. If not, there may be a fee for changing or canceling your ticket. Online: Log in to your MileagePlus account and select Manage Reservations from the My Trip section. Select Edit Reservations and then make any necessary changes. By Phone: Call 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) within 24 hours of booking your flight to request a change or cancellation.
Best Restaurants In Jammu For Delicious Food
Planning to make the most out of your Vacation in PatniTop, Jammu? Excited about the adventures of Patnitop tourism? Looking forward to experiencing the local cuisine at the best restaurants in Jammu? Don’t worry. Skyview by Empyrean has got your back. Skyview Empyrean Patnitop, Jammu boasts 25 elegantly equipped rooms with queen, family and luxury suite categories capturing the mesmerizing view of the Patnitop Valley, which only adds to the overall delightful staying experience throughout your Patnitop. Skyview Empyrean Hotel in Patnitop, Jammu is one of the best luxury hotels in Patnitop city and promises you an excellent staying experience worth every penny. You can cherish the following amenities at Skyview Empyrean Patnitop, Jammu if you decide to stay at the Patnitop, Jammu Branch of Skyview Empyrean. The guests get the option of free wifi, in-room dining, air conditioner, tea or coffee maker, Mini-refrigerator, and an LCD or LED TV with satellite connection to keep you entertained. Skyview Empyrean offers one of the best restaurants in Jammu so that the guests could enjoy the taste of all the top restaurants in Jammu at Skyview Empyrean itself. Skyview by Empyrean, located at Sanget-Patnitop in Jammu, Union Territory Jammu & Kashmir, is a best-in-class customized hospitality service provider for travelers and patrons looking forward to an escapade from their daily routine and experience a leisure getaway amidst the natural beauty of the Patnitop Mountain Hillside in Jammu and Kashmir. Skyview serves one of its unique kind holistic lodging experiences emphasizing the creative elegant amenities and the affection of Jammu and Kashmir’s rich culture and art showcased through the artistry in their rooms and suites, towering the beautiful Sanget valley with mesmerizing mountain views of the Shivalik mountain range. The quality of services and sojourning experience you will get in Skyview Empyrean is hard to get in other hotels offering the same amenities and leisure activities. Skyview Empyrean in Patnitop has everything to offer, from the Best cookeries to the best support, Skyview Empyrean renders all in your own budgeted Patnitop tour package. Skyview Empyrean with the label trust of FIL Industries has been consistently enhancing the quality of services, making Skyview Empyrean a deluxe hotel industry leader. So what else you can enjoy in Patnitop? Patnitop, Jammu offers a wide variety of best restaurants in Jammu for tourists to relish the flavor of Jammu whenever they visit Patnitop. Skyview Emprean offers one of the top restaurants in Jammu for its patrons so that they could relish all fun in one place. Skyview Empyrean is an Associate Member of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Grand Patron of Responsible Tourism Society of India (RTSOI), a respected associate of World Travel Mart (WTM), a significant part of “Leave no trace” and Indo French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI). The sort of Service quality and staying experience Provided at Empyrean Brand hotels is an experience of its own kind that too at the most cost-effective price. Skyview Empyrean Hotel in Patnitop is what you need on your traveling bucket list. Skyview Empyrean in Patnitop has everything to offer, from the Best cuisines to the best assistance, Skyview Empyrean renders all in your own budgeted Patnitop tour package. Skyview Empyrean with the label trust of FIL Industries has been consistently enhancing the quality of services, making Skyview Empyrean a luxurious hotel industry leader. For Empyrean Brand Hotels, every customer is crucial, and Empyrean works with the sole aim of providing an extraordinary service experience to all of its patrons. From the very moment you step into Skyview Empyrean property, you are been reassured of excellent services by every single staff and associate of Empyrean Brand hotel. What activities you can enjoy while staying in Skyview Empyrean? Skyview Empyrean adventure activities give you a unique experience of its kind. From thrilling zipline adventures to Hiking experiences in the Patnitop hillside, Skyview Empyrean has many things to offer for everyone. One of the main highlights of Empyrean is it’s one of the best gondola ropeway experiences it offers to its guests. Cablecar in India adventurous sports place is a method of naval lifting equipment used to carry people across rivers, hills, and valleys. It includes a carrier/gondola, slung between two sheers (ropes), one at both ends. The Patnitop ropeway is free to travel across the rope and hauled back and forth by electronic motors. Skyview Empyrean provides an enchanting experience of riding an excellent cablecar in India, featuring itself as the highest gondola ride provider. Skyview empyrean has the highest ropeway in terms of ground clearance, whose view is as enchanting as it sounds while riding the best gondola services in Patnitop hill station, known as gondola ropeway. Patnitop, Jammu city has a lot to offer, from business to entertainment, everything is at its finest in Patnitop, Jammu. With being one of the favored locations to enjoy Ropeway in India, Skyview by Empyrean is one of the best options you have to get the level best ropeway experience in India. Being the home to one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in India, the commuters seek leisurely experiences after a hard day of trekking in Patnitop, Jammu. So look nowhere else, Skyview Empyrean Patnitop, Jammu located near Village Sanget has all the luxuries you seek to offer. Many tourists visit Patnitop in the expectation to make the most out of their Patnitop Tourism, and we are proud to say that, none of them ever returned disappointed. We at Skyview Empyrean Patnitop, Jammu look forward to welcoming you soon.
Magnificent Madakaripura
If you don’t take a picture it never happened, or so it seems nowadays with the popularity of selfies and all and sundry owning a selfie stick. But with the popularity of most tourist sites it’s hard to get a composition that doesn’t include someone in the background. However, Madakaripura falls provides an all-natural backdrop without another soul for miles. Dubbed as the final meditation place of Gajah Mada, the elephant general of the Majapahit Empire, a visit to the misty, streaming falls is the ideal post-Mount Bromo excursion: It offers a much less strenuous experience than climbing up the 250 steps to the sulfur caldera. The falls are located roughly 35 kilometers from Bromo near a village called Sapih and can be reached via Jl. Raya Bromo to Lumbang on the way to Probolinggo. It is a pleasant ride — ideally on motorcycle — on which you will find yourself unconsciously pressing the brakes as the villages you pass on the snaking mountainous roads are enshrouded in lush and equally mesmerizing greenery. Five kilometers away from the waterfall’s parking lot a man will appear from what seems to be a bus stop and will charge the entrance fee of Rp 3,000 (3 US cent). A narrow dirt road flanked by banana and durian trees along with casuarina and some colorful apiaries will lead you to another “check point” which is unchecked and abandoned with a permanently raised barrier. From there, it is another kilometer to the stall-laden parking lot with a statue of the great Gajah Mada in the lotus position and an empty fountain sitting dryly right in the middle of it. Be assertive and be on your guard. No sooner than alighting and touts will hound you. The trail however is quite visible making the falls easily accessible. A guide is in fact not necessary but if you choose one — or passively allow one to latch on to you — the cost will range anywhere from Rp 100,000. There have been instances of groups being charged over Rp 400,000, an outrageous price especially for a local doing nothing more than hold your hand when crossing the river. Negotiating is as advisable as bringing common sense since the area is still wild and mildly challenging to get through. You may have to cross the river about five times in total so proper footwear is essential as some rocks are deceivingly slippery. En route you will also encounter a number of stalls selling fried bananas, kopi panas (hot coffee) and tempeh (fermented soya bean cake) as well as hawkers selling ponchos for the stretch of trail which is rained on by bigger streams of cold and refreshing water. Do bring your own raincoat, unless you don’t mind getting drenched and riding home using the wind as your natural blow dryer. After a kilometer trek you will find yourself wading anywhere from shin-deep ripples to a mid-chest pool before getting to the lagoon, the hidden reward for your hard work. This last step requires clambering over a crest of rocks. There, the 200 meter-high waterfalls reveals itself in full showing how the canyon is really like a special chamber of sorts of all things natural. Apart from the several waterfall cascades, when light pours in at the appropriate time of day it illuminates the basin making the cliff’s fauna even brighter and more vibrant in color. The rushing water makes it difficult to hear and the large boulders lining the river are reminiscent of dinosaur eggs. It isn’t recommended to visit during the wet season as the water gets pretty muddy and the risk of flooding and landslides are much greater. Though we didn’t see any macaque monkeys, I heard that in fact it’s a good thing—they sometimes toss rocks off the cliff’s edge. But don’t worry, helmets are not required and if they were, I’m sure there would be several hawkers renting them out for a nominal fee. Finding yourself away from the frenzy of shutter-pressing tourists will make you really appreciate the pristine waterfalls and the feeling of being like Indiana Jones trekking right into the heart of the jungle. Crossing barefoot a river and pushing through branches sticking out into the pathway, your only obstacle to good times and people-free selfies!