Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary (III)

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Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary (III)

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary: Hajós Alfréd Pool – Where the Olympians train

 

Despite being land-locked, Hungary is a land of water lover's, and champion swimmers and water polo players. This large swimming complex on Margaret Island is where they come to train, and often compete. It is also open to mere mortals who want to come swim laps. If you're around during a water polo tournament, don't miss the chance to come see a match.

 

There's plenty of green space for lounging around or sunbathing between laps, and there's a small children's pool in the shade. There are more pools inside, as well as a sauna (which usually closes about an hour before the pools close).

 

Be aware that opening hours can be erratic, and pools will occasionally close early if there is a sporting event or practice scheduled. In that case, wander a bit further down the island and try the Palatinus pools instead.

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary: Hajós Alfréd Pool – Transport

 

Tram: 4, 6 (to Margit híd)

Bus: 26 (to Hajós Alfréd Uszoda)

 

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary:  Palatinus Strand / Thermal Bath – Fun in the Sun

 

Palatinus, Budapest’s largest swimming complex, is more like a water park than a swimming pool. Located on the western side of Margaret Island, this is where Budapest comes to cool off during the summer. Its 11 different pools include water slides, an adventure pool, a wave pool, several swimming pools, and two open-air thermal pools. All pools are open-air, and the many shallow pools make it especially popular with families (as well as the young-at-heart).

 

There are playgrounds, plenty of grassy areas for sunbathing, and vendors selling beer and junk food. Water in the pools comes from the thermal springs on Margaret Island (though in all but the two warm thermal pools it is filtered, so it loses most of its mineral content). Expect long lines during the summer weekends, but come after 4pm on weekdays for the cheapest entry prices. For more serious swimming on the island, the nearby Hajós Alfréd pool, which has two lap pools, would be the best choice.

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary:  Palatinus Strand / Thermal Bath – Transport

 

Bus: 26, 134 (to Palatinus Strand)

 

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Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Creek Golf Club – Landmark club house and floodlit greens

 

The DCGC is best known for its landmark club house, while the Thomas Bjorn-designed championship course also boasts a superb Creekside setting and beautiful landscaping throughout – the Creek itself comes into play on at least four holes, while a number of other artificial water-features dot the course. 

 

The adjacent nine-hole par-3 course is good for beginners developing their basic skills and more experienced players who want to work on their short game; it’s also floodlit, meaning you can play after dark (daily until 10pm). The attached Golf Academy has an excellent array of training facilities including digital swing technology, plus driving range and chipping and bunker greens.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Tennis Championships – Top tennis players slug it out in Garhoud

 

Held at the homely little Dubai Tennis Stadium in Garhoud, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is a well-established fixture on the international ATP and WTA tennis calendar, offering the chance to see many of the world’s leading players in action. Past winners include Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic and four-time champion Roger Federer. 

 

The championships are staged over two weeks, with ladies singles and doubles held during the first week, followed by men during week two. Tickets are a bargain, from at little as 50dh for early rounds, rising to 250dh for the finals.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai World Cup – The world’s richest horse race

 

Now relocated to the spectacular new Meydan Racecourse, the Dubai World Cup is the climax of the city’s annual racing calendar and the world’s richest horse race, with a massive $10 million in prize money. 

 

World Cup race night is also one of the city’s biggest social events, attracting a lively crowd of dressed-up Emiratis and expats sporting unusual hats. There’s free admission to part of the grandstand, otherwise tickets cost around 350dh.

 

Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia (II)

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Zoo

 Get up close and personal with the only giant pandas in the southern hemisphere, Wang Wang and Funi, at the Adelaide Zoo. 

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Botanic Gardens of Adelaide

Explore the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide with stunning gardens, three architecturally significant glass houses (the Palm House, the Bicentennial Conservatory and the Amazon Waterlily Pavilion), the oldest avenue of Moreton Bay fig trees in Australia, a new kitchen garden, the Mediterranean Garden, the International Rose Garden, the Australian Native Garden, and the Garden of Health. Be sure and visit beautifully restored Museum of Economic Botany to see its stunning collection of 'useful' plants. Bookabee Tours runs a terrific walk that highlights how indigenous Australians used plants as a larder, medicine chest and tool kit.

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: The Jam Factory

Check out the studios, galleries and shops of The Jam Factory where the work of many of South Australia's creative artists can be found.

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Haigh’s Chocolate Factory

Visit the Haigh’s chocolate factory for free 20-minute tours plus a complimentary chocolate, tea and coffee at South Australia's iconic chocolate maker. 

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: South Australian Coopers Brewery

Take a tour of independently owned South Australian Coopers Brewery, which covers every step of the production process for both beer and homebrew. In the museum, aside from gaining an insight into the history of Coopers, enjoy tastings of Coopers ales, stouts and lagers.

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Bay Beaches

Spend the day at one of Adelaide’s relaxed bay beaches such as Glenelg, Henley Beach and West Beach. Temptation Sailing offers dolphin swimming and watching in Glenelg.

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Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Emirates Golf Club – Dubai’s most prestigious club

 

The oldest all-grass championship course in the Gulf, yet still the most prestigious, serves as the current home of the Dubai Desert Classic, one of the region’s major golfing events, as well as the Dubai Ladies Masters.

 

There are actually two courses here: The Majlis course (which is where the Dubai Desert Classic is held) and The Faldo course, both offering challenging, championship-standard golfing amidst beautifully landscapes, featuring plenty of indigenous flora and a string of fresh- and saltwater lakes. The Faldo course is floodlit throughout, making it the UAE’s only 18-hole championship-standard course which is playable after dark. 

 

Excellent leisure amenities are provided in the striking clubhouse, designed to resemble a postmodern cluster of Bedouin tents.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Ferrari World

 

Looking like an enormous bright red spaceship unexpectedly crash-landed on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi (just over an hour's drive down the coast from Dubai), Ferrari World is the blockbuster attraction at the shiny new Yas Island, sitting right next to Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 race track.

 

Billed as the “world’s biggest indoor theme park”, Ferrari World is heaven for petrol heads of all ages, with load of Ferrari-themed rides and displays likely to appeal both to kids and grown-ups.

 

Try your hand at driving an F1 simulator, take a ride aboard the Formula Rosso rollercoaster (the fastest in the world) or find out what F1 race-day acceleration really feels like in the G Force “tower of speed”.

 

There are plenty of gentler family-oriented rides as well, while motorsports enthusiasts will enjoy the various exhibitions, including a virtual tour of the firm’s famous Maranello factory and displays of vintage and contemporary Ferraris.

 

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• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: National Wine Centre of Australia

 

Visit the impressive National Wine Centre of Australia, which offers a terrific interactive wine discovery journey and exhibition as well as insights into the Australian wine industry. Taste an extensive selection of Australian wines in the Concourse Café, open daily for tastings, wine sales and lunches.

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Tour of the Adelaide Oval

 

Take a tour of the Adelaide Oval, widely regarded as the most picturesque test cricket ground in the world, with St Peter's Cathedral rising behind an elegant Edwardian scoreboard. (10am Mon to Fri, non-match days, starting from inside the Phil Ridings Gates at the southern end). Also check out the free Bradman Collection Museum that brings together the personal cricket memorabilia of the greatest batsman in the history of cricket, Sir Donald Bradman.

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: South Australian Museum

 

Explore the South Australian Museum, home to the world's largest collection of Australian Aboriginal cultural material, with over 3,000 artefacts on display, and the culturally significant Yuendumu Doors. The South Australian Biodiversity Gallery features the land and marine wildlife of South Australia while other galleries include Pacific Cultures, Megafauna, Opalised Fossils, and Mawson memorabilia. 

 

 

• Things to Do in Adelaide, Australia: Adelaide Central Market

 

Eat your way around the Adelaide Central Market (Tuesday to Saturday) with its 100 plus stalls offering fruit and veg, meat and poultry, seafood, bakery goods, cheeses, nuts, health foods. Some great places to check out include: T-Bar for fine teas, The Grind for great coffee, Say Cheese, Samtass Seafood, the Mushroom Man, Dough (for breads and pastries) Feast for Coorong Angus Beef, and lamb, pork and poultry from specialist breeders, the House of Organics, Jagger Fine Foods (for South Australian olives, dips and antipasti), and Wild Oz (for game and bush tucker condiments).

 

Surrounding the markets are Chinatown, the Market Plaza and the Market Arcade which offer a terrific range of dining options as does Gouger Street.

 

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Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Al Badia Golf Club – Breezy Creekside course at Festival City

 

Just south of the new Festival City development, this striking modern course, designed by Robert Trent Jones II, makes the most of its natural location close to the Creek, with lots of water features (including 11 lakes) and an environmentally sensitive use of modern shrubs and plants. 

 

The course itself incorporates a variety of teeing angles and hole lengths to suit both serious and recreational players (offering an overall course length of between 5398 and 7303 yards), while the various water features and sometimes windy conditions offer a further challenge. 

 

The eye-catching modern clubhouse is also home to various state-of-the-art practice facilities and specialized golfing clinics including the TaylorMade Performance Lab and SAM PuttLab.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Aquaventure – Watery thrills and spills at this state-of-the-art waterpark

 

Located at the vast Atlantis resort on Palm Jumeirah, the spectacular Aquaventure waterpark is the newest and most state-of-the-art in the city, featuring all sorts of unusual and exciting ways of getting wet. 

 

Centrepiece of the park is the dramatic “Ziggurat”, featuring the stomach-churning “Leap of Faith” waterslide, 27.5m tall and 61m long, at the bottom of which you're deposited into a transparent underwater tunnel surrounded by a lagoon full of sharks. Other attractions include assorted master-blasters, water-coasters, speed slides, inner-tube rides and power-jets, all guaranteed to get the heart pounding. 

 

Less adrenaline-hungry visitors will enjoy the park's assortment of gentler rivers and rapids, and there's also a well-equipped children’s play area. Entrance prices also include use of the impressive stretch of adjacent private beach. 

 

Admission costs 200dh (165dh for children under 1.2m; or 250/200dh adults / children including The Lost Chambers; free to in-house guests; plus exorbitant locker rental at 40dh).

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Sports and activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Abi Dhabi Desert Challenge – Rallying and racing in the desert

 

Formerly known as the UAE Desert Challenge, this is one of the Middle East’s leading motorsports events (doubling as the opening round of the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup), with rally drivers, bikers and quad-bikers racing through the deserts of Abu Dhabi emirate.

 

 

Sports and activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix

 

The single biggest event in the Middle Eastern sporting calendar, first held in 2009. The inaugural race was the first ever day–night race in F1 history, while the second race provided a dramatic conclusion to the F1 2010 season when Sebastian Vettel snatched victory in the drivers’ championship from Fernando Alonso.

 

The race is held at the spectacular new Yas Marina Circuit outside Abu Dhabi on the road to Dubai – a stunning location, although tickets are predictably expensive, from around US$400.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: DP World Tour Championship – European Tour's season-ending finale

 

First held in 2009, this is one of the world’s richest golfing events. The championships forms the grand finale to the season-long European Tour, with the tour’s sixty top players battling it out for $7.5 million in prize money at the spectacular new Greg Norman-designed “Earth” course in Dubailand. Lee Westwood won the inaugural championship in 2009, while Rory McIlroy won the 2012 event.

 

 

Sports and Activities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Els Golf Club – Something Els

 

Located in Dubai Sports City in Dubailand, this so-called “desert links” course was opened in 2008 to a design by Ernie Els. The course makes the most of its setting in the hinterlands of the city, with greens and fairways surrounded by rolling dunes and untouched desert scenery. The course features four different sets of teeing areas and hole lengths to suit different abilities, offering a total playing length of 7538 yards.

 

Glamping and more in Lebanon, Kentucky (I)

Glamping and more in Lebanon, Kentucky

 

Lebanon, Kentucky is your one-stop travel destination for history, bourbon heritage and unique outdoor recreational activities.

 

One of the newest outdoor attractions, Popes Creek Ranch, offers a place for visitors to enjoy the outdoors and have a place to relax and have fun. This 1,100 acre properly has over 25 miles of trails, for non-motorized use; hiking, biking and horseback riding.

 

Glamping and more in Lebanon, Kentucky

 

You can fish, do some bird and wildflower watching, and then catch a show in the Woodlands Amphitheater tucked into the trees. The 425-seat amphitheater can host concerts, debates, workshops and even weddings.

 

Spend the night in one of their authentic teepees with hardwood floors made from trees cut, dried and treated in Kentucky. Each teepee has a small porch and a stone fire pit.

 

If you don't want to "rough" it you can stay in one of their five glamping tents. All of the tents have hand built, Amish made beds. They also have a covered porch and the sides of the tents can roll up so you can enjoy nature while staying in bed.

 

Glamping and more in Lebanon, Kentucky

 

Hidden among the trees Popes Creek also offers visitors a chance to stay in the first local commercial adult sized tree house. Walk up the rustic path to couples tree house. The tree house has windows so you can look out and see the squirrels playing in the trees and a full sized bed along with table and chairs.

 

Popes Creek also has a honeymoon cabin that has a queen-sized bed and wood-burning stove tucked away in its own little meadow. "The Burley Shed" can be used as a reception/banquet hall. The shed was an old tobacco barn that was remodeled into an amazing dining facility. With large barn doors on both sides and two huge doom that open up to a massive porch, there is plenty of seating available tare large group. Popes Creek runs right in front of the Burly Shed so sitting outside is incredibly enjoyable and peaceful.

 

Glamping and more in Lebanon, Kentucky

 

Just down the road from Popes Creek, the hiking and biking enthusiasts will find the Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail with a 3.2 mile trek around Fagan Branch Reservoir with 43 bridges and a wide array of wildlife. The trail has picnic tables, benches and allows visitors to enjoy a great escape from the busy world.

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest, Hungary (II)

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest Hungary: Gellérth Bath House – Elegant Art Nouveau Bathing

 

The Secessionist-style Gellért, built in 1918, offers more pretty architectural details than the other bath houses, you can still expect the same gruff service and confusing entrance hurdles. Enter the bath house around the corner from the hotel (follow the sign that says “swimming pool”), and you’ll be dazed by the opulent surroundings: frescoed ceilings, intricate stone columns, tile mosaics, brass railings, statuettes, and domed ceilings. 

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest Hungary: Gellérth Bath House – Elegant Art Nouveau Bathing

 

There are three main sections, which hold a total of eight thermal pools, two Jacuzzis, and several saunas and steam rooms. There is a women’s thermal bath area and a separate men’s thermal bath area (where bathing suits are optional), and a co-ed area with a small thermal pool and a swimming pool surrounded by columns and balconies (which vies with the Széchenyi as one of the most frequent guidebook cover photos). On Sundays all pools open up for both men and women. The three outdoor pools (which include a very popular wave pool) are open seasonally, and the grassy grounds are wonderful for sunbathing.

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest Hungary: Gellérth Bath House – Elegant Art Nouveau Bathing

 

The Gellért is the city’s most expensive thermal bath, and the crowd consists of more tourists than locals. It’s connected to the Danubius Hotel Gellért, but the spa is run independently. Though the hotel and the bath house have seen better days, free entrance to the baths and pools is a definite perk for hotel guests. All of the usual bath house services are available here, including Thai massage and a variety of other massages, and a day hospital which offers medical treatments. The Gellért’s thermal water comes from its own spring inside of Gellért hill. 

 

Best Bath Houses & Pools in Budapest Hungary: Gellérth Bath House – How to get there

 

Tram: 18, 19, 41, 47, 49 (to Szent Gellért tér)

Bus: 7, 86, 173 (to Szent Gellért tér)