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Gay Travel: New York for free

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Gay travel to New York can be a costly affair, the hotels, the taxis, the shopping, so what is a gay guy or girl to do whilst in the Big Apple to keep the gay travel budget under control?

Here are five great things to see and do whilst in New York:

1. MOMA on a Friday. The Museum of Modern Art has a Target Free Friday in operation each and every week. This means that you can visit the gallery from Friday at 16.00 until 20.00 for no cost, all thanks to Target. You can’t reserve tickets in advance so you may have to queue, but you still get to see fantastic works of art from all over the world for free.

2. Central Park. A gay travel trip to New York would not be complete without a visit to the wonderful Central Park. Whatever the season you will find New Yorkers flocking to the park, to jog, to roller skate, to cycle or to simply sit and people watch. Visit the John Lennon tribute garden, take pictures of the beautiful buildings which surround the park and take it all in for free.

3. Brooklyn Bridge. Taking a walk over Brooklyn Bridge is a fantastic way to view the skyline of Manhattan. It can get quite windy on the bridge, but on a clear sunny day, you will struggle to find a better place to be. Watch out for locals who don’t like you stopping in the cycle lane while you take pictures.

4. Grand Central Terminal. A trip to Grand Central station will make gay travelers feel like they are in a film set, the station has been used as a location in many films in the past, and it is easy to see why. Take a moment to stand in the station (while New York hurries by) and gaze up at the magnificent architecture of this grand station.

5. Staten Island Ferry. It always surprises people to discover that the Staten Island Ferry is free. Take a trip on the ferry to get amazing views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. You will be joining millions of New York locals who rely on the ferry to transport them to and from Manhattan.

Gay Travel: Get ready for gay pride Miami

Monday, April 11th, 2011

For those finding themselves taking a gay travel trip to Miami this weekend are really in for a treat. Miami will host its 3rd annual gay pride parade this weekend, as locals and tourist welcome in the city’s largest single day gay event.

This has rapidly become a highlight in the gay and lesbian calendar for the area, and is also helping to boost gay travel to the area. The Miami gay pride event last year brought more than 35,000 people to Miami, with gay and lesbian tourists coming from all over the world.

The gay pride parade takes place on Saturday April 16th and starts at noon on 5th Street. Gay visitors will find numerous floats decorated to delight spectators along the route. A route which takes in many of the gay hotspots of Miami, traveling up Ocean Drive and making its way to its final destination 15th Street.

After the gay pride parade the party continues with the Gay Pride Festival at Lummus Park. Lumus Park can be found along Ocean Drive, just between 1th Street and 14th Street. Gay and lesbian visitors will find music, dancing, food and live performances.

For those who feel they want the party to keep going you may want to head to the Official Gay Pride Closing Party, this will be taking place at the Ice Palace on 71 NW 14th Street. This gay party starts at 10pm and will run into late the following morning.

Gay Travel: The Colonial House Inn, New York City

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Gay travel to New York offers many outstanding accommodation choices, from a night at the YMCA near Central Park for those on a strict budget, right up to those looking to splash the cash with a night or two in the W hotel.  For gay and lesbian travelers looking for more home comforts with an attractive price tag, check out the Colonial House Inn.

This gay guest house is situated in the gay friendly district of Chelsea on West 22nd Street.  Gay visitors to New York will find the guest house is nearby both subway and bus options, perfect for getting around the city.  You will also find you are a short walk away from many gay bars, gay clubs, restaurants and gay shops.

The hotel is a friendly place to stay, with helpful staff and each time I’ve stayed I have found other guests in the hotel to be very approachable, creating a very social attitude.  The hotel itself has been welcoming gay travelers since 1985, and they pride themselves on offering a home away from home.

The rooms are decorated well, and although they are quite compact (excluding the 2 luxury suites) they have everything a gay traveler needs.  Guest can also take advantage of the generous continental breakfast available each morning.

The staff at the hotel are very helpful, and more than happy to point you in the right direction for tourist sites in New York and gay attractions!

The hotel has recently introduced wi-fi throughout the hotel, with complimentary use for all guests.  On the top of the hotel you will find a terrace, which is a perfect place to spend sometime when the sun comes out in the city.  Clothing is optional on the terrace, although I never saw anyone nude on my visits (and believe me I looked!)


Click here to find out more about this gay guest house

Gay Travel: A secret bar in New York

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Gay travelers to New York have many great bars to choose from, and the nightlife options seem to change on a monthly basis.  Those taking a gay travel trip to New York have to check out Please Don’t Tell or PDT to its friends.  This cocktail lounge is a really cool find in the heart of New York City.

Located in the East Village, you gain access to the ’secret’ bar via a vintage phone booth, that you will find inside the Crif Dogs (hot dog stand) establishment. You will then be instructed on how to gain access to the bar, which makes for an exciting start to your evening.

Once inside gay and lesbian tourists will find a cozy environment and a sexy little bar. You feel like you are in a minority, and one of the few people who have discovered this bar.  The cocktails have to be seen (and tasted to be believed), and the bar has an extensive beer and wine list.

Add PDT to your New York to do list, its a fun place which will add to your gay travel experience to the Big Apple.

Gay Travel: Top 10 Hottest Summer Party Spots, North of the Equator

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

The Northern Hemisphere is getting ready for the sunshine months, which means parties are being planned and gay travel makers need to start planning when and where to go.  Well help is on its way, with the details from hotel site Hotels Combined who have named the top 10 hottest summer party spots in the area north of the equator.  We take a look at these and ask whether they are also hot summer party destinations for gay travel.

Here is the top 10:

1.   Ibiza, Spain.  For many years this has been labeled the party capital of the world.  Each summer the white island welcomes world class DJ’s and party people, who fill out the clubs throughout the season.  The island of Ibiza is no stranger to gay travelers, whilst 100% gay clubs are not the norm, many of the clubs on the island have a very relaxed atmosphere in which anything goes.  For gay bars Ibiza Town is the best option, and you will also find gay beaches nearby.

2. Ios, Greece.  Ios is the place to go for young party goers, a place which requires visitors to arrive with a whole lot of stamina if they wish to survive a holiday on the island.  Ios is party central in the Cyclades islands and the action is mostly found in Chora.  Here you will find the party action lasts until sunrise, and most party goers then find themselves a spot on one of the many beautiful beaches to sleep off their hangover and recharge their batteries to get ready to do it all again.  The island is not a haven for gay travel, although gay and lesbian travelers will not find it hostile, they will not find it to be a gay mecca.  Gay visitors will find a number of gay beaches on the island, but not gay beaches.

3. Las Vegas, Nevada.  Most people in the world recognize Las Vegas as a party location, remember what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, giving us all the freedom to really let our hair down when they visit.  Gamblers will love the casinos, if you like live shows then you have a whole lot of variety to choose from and nightclubs and bars are plentiful.  Gay travelers will find a thriving gay scene in just off the main drag and a organized gay pool parties throughout the year, including special events at the gay men only resort Blue Moon.

4. Berlin, Germany. The European city of Berlin continues to grow its reputation as one of the most exciting party capitals to visit.  For gay travel it is a huge struggle to find a better location to visit, not only will gay visitors find a huge amount of gay bars and gay clubs to visit, you will find they cater for many gay tastes.  Gay hotels are also plentiful in the city, giving great choice for gay travel makers to match budgets and tastes.

5. London, Engalnd  The capital of England, London continues to attract gay travelers from around the world, many visiting the city for its exciting and ever changing nightlife scene.  This is a city that knows how to party, and one which offers a whole lot of choices for gay and lesbian visitors.  The hottest gay scenes are found either in Soho or Vauxhall, where gay travelers will find places to party around the clock.

6. Miami, Florida.  Gay travel has been hot for Miami for many, many years, and this does not look like it is likely to cool down any time soon.  Gay travelers should choose to visit Miami if they want great beaches, hot bodies (in skimpy clothes) and nightlife scene that is envied throughout America.  Throughout the whole year you will find a number of huge gay parties planned and it is worth planning your vacation around one of these, if partying is your main reason for visiting Miami.

7. New York City, New York.  Gay travel fans do not need to be told about the wonders of New York and its open arms welcome to gay and lesbian travelers.  Famously this is the city that never sleeps, and gay party fans will find plenty to keep them amused, no matter what night of the week they find themselves in the city and in need of a full on party.  Nearby gay travelers will also find the gay retreat of Fire Island, giving you another reason (as if you needed one) to visit New York.

8. Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The party capital of the Netherlands is without question Amsterdam, a city famous for its relaxed attitude towards, sex, drugs and any kind of hedonistic behavior.  The summer months in Amsterdam sees party parade after party parade, a great excuse for gay travelers to visit and join the party.  One of these parties is the world famous Amsterdam Gay Pride Parade, which uses the canals of the city as it route.  Gay bars, gay clubs, gay saunas, and gay hotels are plentiful and you will be hard pressed to find a more relaxed city for gay travel.

9. Tel Aviv, Israel.  This is the most welcoming destination for gay travel in the whole of Israel.  Gay travelers join with other tourists who visit the city of Tel Aviv to sample its wonderful beaches and its hot nightlife scene.  Gay travelers will find designated gay beaches, gay bars and gay clubs in plentiful supply and gorgeous locals to mix and mingle with.

10.  Reykjavik, Iceland.  You may not naturally think of Iceland as a summer party hot spot, but I guarantee that this is worth a look.  Gay travelers will find Reykjavik offers 22 hours of daylight, so few hours in the day for nightlife adventures, which may be the reason why the locals make the most of the time.  The city of Reykjavik has a fantastic live music scene and a strong drinking culture.  Gay visitors will find a thriving gay scene in the city, with plenty of places to go.

It appears that the hottest party spots around the world have the fact that they are also gay travel hot spots in common, proof (if indeed it needed proving) that gay travelers know how to party!

Gay Travel: Gay Club Nights this Easter

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Easter is a popular time for gay travel and what better way to celebrate the holiday than a night at one of the best gay club nights around the globe.  Whilst your gay summer vacation may feel like a lifetime away, lets get ready to shake our thing this April.

Here is a short list of fantastic gay club nights that gay travelers can visit whilst traveling this Easter.

The first gay club night to temp to is in Manchester, England.  Manchester remains a popular destination for gay travel.  Here you will find all your party needs satisfied in and around the Canal Street area.  Just a short walk away you will find the nightclub Legends, which is actually legendary in Manchester.  Each month the club is taken over by the very popular Homoelectric, and April’s bash falls on Good Friday.  The special night ‘Homoelectric, The Queen is Dead, Long Live Homoelectric’, with resident DJ’s Master Jamie Bull, Sir William of Tramp and  Trash-O-Rama (The Duke & Duchess of Trash).  Tickets in advance are £11.

Next stop Brussels, and the ever popular La Demence.  The guys at the ultra gay club night La Demence have an Easter party weekend planned.  April 22nd is the date, and the location is K-Nal, with a gay club night which runs from 22.00 until 08.00 on the 23rd.  Entry is €20 unless you are under 26 – prove it and you will be charged €15.   DJ’s include Pagano, Chris Bekker and Dikky Vendetta.

One of the best gay travel destinations in the world has to be New York, and if gay travelers find themselves here over Easter weekend, you should certainly check out the F Word dance party at Splash Bar.  This is the ultimate place to party whilst in the big apple, a gay mecca.  Here you will find two floors for dancing and cruising, plus some of the cutest barmen in the state.

For those taking gay travel trips down under this Easter and finding themselves in Sydney, well first off you have a better chance than most of experiencing great weather.  Second you need to take your dancing ass along to the Midnight Shift.  Saturday nights sees the popular Controversy night taking place.  Here you will find the great and the glamorous of Sydney partying to great music and amazing drag queens.  This is a great show which gay travelers should not miss when in Sydney.

Gay Travel: Ninja Restaurant, New York

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Gay travelers visiting New York have an endless list of great places to eat, this is one of the culinary capitals of the world.  Whatever taste you are looking for, you are sure to find it in New York city.  For gay travelers who are looking to eat at a place which offers a unique experience as well as great food, then check out Ninja, New York.

Here you will find outstanding Japanese cuisine, served in a fantastically atmospheric restaurant.  Whether you are choosing the private dining rooms or the open restaurant, this will be an experience you will not forget.  Often when you read of a restaurant such as this, with a theme you worry that the food will be substandard, at Ninja, gay and lesbian visitors need not worry.  The food here is delicious and we guarantee you will have a night you wont forget in a hurry.

Check out the restaurant here

Gay Travel: A wild time in Washington DC

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

When gay travelers think of Washington it is hard not to think of the politics that provides the backbone of the place, and lets face it, the talk and the laws have done the gay community no favors!  Well the pumping heart of Washington is not found at the White House, it can be found in the large gay community of the place.

Gay visitors to the city will find a bubbling gay scene, which is largely centered around two main districts.  Gay tourists should check out the area around P Street and 17th Street.  Here you will find great gay bars with fine reputations, mixing with great places to eat and all attracting a lively gay and lesbian crowd most nights of the week.

It is also worth checking out the area around Logan Circle, which has been transformed into a new gay hot spot.  This once rundown area has seen a large influx of gay bars, and gay folk.

Gay Travel: A guide to honeymoon destinations all year round

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

With the increasing number of gay weddings and civil unions across the globe, gay and lesbian couples are looking for romantic holiday destinations to spend their honeymoon.  The gay travel market is starting to cater more and more for gay honeymooners and it is getting easier for gay couples to find places to visit.

We have created a list of the best gay travel destinations for gay couples to spend their honeymoons.  The gay friendly destinations are listed by month to make it easier for you to see which places would be best to visit at times which work well with the date of your gay wedding ceremony.

January:

Maldives are the perfect destination to visit in January and have been a popular location for honeymooners for a long time.  However homosexual sex is illegal.  So gay honeymooners visiting the resort will find that when doing so they will have to do so incognito.

For gay couples looking to honeymoon in January instead take a look at Cape Town, South Africa.  The weather will be perfect and you will find a warm welcome for gay and lesbian newly weds.  Gay visitors to Cape Town will find much to see and do in this exciting destination.  The destination has wonderful beaches, a vibrant gay nightlife scene and vineyards for you to visit and sample a glass or two at.  Gay travelers will find Cape Town to be a modern and cosmopolitan city.  It is the premiere destination in South Africa for gay travelers, a must visit destination.

Gay travelers should check out the Glen Boutique, a premiere boutique hotel in a the tropical paradise of Cape Town.  This 4 star gay hotel offers fifteen individually styled en-suite rooms, with a balcony or garden terrace offering views of the sea or the mountains.  The hotel also has a Spa on site, here you can choose to pamper each other or keep in shape. Relax in the Moroccan style steam room or the traditional Swedish sauna, take a dip in the jacuzzi or splash around in the outdoor pool.  For those looking to keep active, you can use the nearby Virgin Active gym, which is available to guests of this gay hotel.

February:

Sun is not always the order of the day, even for a honeymoon.  Gay travelers who would like to take to the slopes should check out Whistler in Canada.  The resort has dedicated gay ski weeks each year, which highlights it welcoming nature to gay and lesbian tourists.  Whistler in British Columbia is a popular ski resort with over 7000 acres of terrain for you and your partner to ski.  Here you will find more than 200 runs to enjoy.

Accommodation wise the Sundial Boutique hotel is a great choice for gay honeymooners, situated in the hear of the Whistler village resort you will find this 49 suite hotel is ready and waiting to welcome you.  The hotel is just moments away from both the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, a superb location for gay ski fans.  They pride themselves on the personal service they offer, all year round.  Inside the hotel you will find roomy one or two bedroom suites with full kitchens at hand, lounge areas and fireplaces for newly weds to warm each other up in front of.

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, enjoy fantastic mountain views from the Sundial’s rooftop hot tub or – better yet! – soak in one of the eight private hot tub suites. Dine in one of the Sundial’s four on-site restaurants or explore the shops, restaurants, and non-stop action of Whistler Village, just outside your door.  Whilst staying at the hotel don’t forget to check out the rooftop hot tub, an ideal spot after a day on the slopes.

March:

San Jose in Costa Rica has a great reputation for welcoming gay and lesbian travelers and March is a great time to explore this.  This Central American paradise has a great deal to offer gay and lesbian honeymooners.  San Jose is the most visible gay and lesbian destination in the country of Costa Rica, and visitor will find it a perfect base to explore the whole country.  San Jose has a wealth of gay and lesbian clubs and bars for newly wed gay couples to explore along with a number of great restaurants for you to enjoy.

Staying in San Jose gay couples will find many gay hotels and gay friendly hotels to choose from.  The Colours Oasis Resort offers an perfect home for gay travelers, and as they describe themselves this place is indeed a hidden gem.  When approaching the hotel it is hard to imagine the oasis that lies beyond the walls is this wonderful gay and lesbian resort.   This boutique hotel has everything a newly wed gay couple could want,  the terrace is a sun trap and the pool is heated by solar panels and you will also find a hot tub for you to enjoy in its own secluded spot.  The resort has its own bar and a restaurant on site, you will also find a mini gym (with the emphasis on mini, but who wants to workout when on honeymoon?).

April:

What could be more romantic than April in Paris, walking hand in hand with your partner through the historic and picturesque streets of the French capital.  Gay couples will find the weather starting to get warm in Paris at this time of year, and better still wont find it over crowded with tourist form all over the world who flock to the romantic destination.  Gay newly weds will find plenty to see and do in Paris, whether you like art (modern or classical), great food or romantic walks along the Seine.

A short taxi ride (or walk) from the Eurostar terminal you will find the Kube hotel, the perfect accommodation for gay or lesbian newlyweds who want to be at the heart of the action.  Check in via the glass ‘Kube’ in the hotels courtyard, once inside you will find a bar/ restaurant are which looks like its robbed a Muppet of its skin.  Upstairs the hotel has its own Ice Bar, an great place to either start of finish you evening.  The rooms in the hotel are beautifully set out, with every detail catered for.  The bathrooms are open to the room, giving you lots of opportunity for naughtiness with your new partner.

May:

Venice competes with Paris to be the ultimate romantic destination in Europe, and gay travelers will no doubt have one they like most.  Venice is a great city for a newly wed gay couple to visit, take a Gondola ride on the canals and be amazed at the architecture of this magical place.  If the water isn’t your thing, then I may politely suggest you go somewhere else.  For those who visit and feel they want to give the water a miss for a while, then wander on foot through the tiny streets of Venice.  Stop off at a local restaurant, or pay the hiked up tourist prices on St Marks Square – what better way to say I love you than with a drink four times the price of anywhere else in Venice.

For gay travelers choosing to honeymoon in Venice check out the Bauer Palladio Hotel, housed in a 16th century Renaissance palace, this place has romance written all over it!  The hotel is situated on Giudecca Island just 800 meters from the Bridge of Sighs, another great romantic location in Venice.  The hotel offers gay honeymooners wonderful accommodation and spa, where you can relax away from the tourist crowds that seem to always be around in Venice.

June

Although the saying is ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, this is not just a resort for single hedonists.  Gay and lesbian newly married couples will find plenty to amuse and entertain themselves in this party central.  Las Vegas has obvious attractions for those who love to gamble, but don’t be fooled into thinking that is all it has to offer.  Gay and lesbian couples will find a whole host of shows to entertain them, with productions which are envied the world over.  Whether you like comedy, music or dance you will still have a hard time choosing which shows to see.  Gay honeymooners should make sure they include a trip to the Grand Canyon on their holiday agenda.  A romantic helicopter ride, plus a picnic at the bottom of the Canyon is a great way to spend the day.

Gay newly weds choosing to stay in Las Vegas will be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation.  The hotels along the strip are some of the most amazing in the world, and certainly place you at the center of the action.  Most tourists find that they will travel in between most hotels, checking out their shows, playing games in their casinos and eating at their restaurants, so you could argue it is OK wherever you choose to stay.   The Wynn hotel in Las Vegas, is an hotel for gay and lesbian honeymooners who are seeking out a little bit of luxury.  This is a five star hotel, which has all the amenities you could want.  A fitness center, pool, cabanas, shopping arcades, a salon and a spa are just a few of the places.  This is a word within a world, a place to get comfortably lost and a place to really feel at home.

July

July is the mid summer mark for many European destinations, making the continent of Europe an ideal place for gay honeymoon couples to explore in July.  A very popular destination for gay travel makers is Tel Aviv, Israel.  the city competes with Eilat to be the most friendly and welcoming destination for gay and lesbian tourists.  Tel Aviv offers gay beaches for you to show some skin on and to feel safe showing affection for your new husband or wife, regardless of your sexuality.  The night life in the city is extremely lively, with most night clubs and bars offering gay and lesbian parties.  In the summer months a number of these gay parties are held on the beaches of Tel Aviv, what better way to spend the night.  Tel Aviv also offers world class restaurants, perfect for gay couples to visit for a romantic meal during their honeymoon.  Gay and lesbian tourists who base themselves in Tel Aviv will find this is a perfect place to explore both Bethlehem and Jersusalem from.

Staying in Tel Aviv, you will find a small number of gay hotels and a number of gay friendly hotels.  The ideal place for gay and lesbian honeymooners to stay is the Shalom Hotel in Tel Aviv.  Gay and lesbian newly weds will find this a relaxing hotel in heart of the city, with a beach house style.  From here you can enjoy the cool breeze from the ocean and witness the beautiful sun setting over the Mediterranean sea.  The hotel offers just over 50 rooms, and they are all designed with your pampering needs in mind.  Some rooms have bathrooms which look out to sea, check out the hotels unique romantic spa rooms, where you can spend some time in a Jacuzzi, whilst looking out at the wonderful view.  The most appealing part of this hotel has to be the rooftop lounge terrace, with its large Jacuzzi offering a perfect spot for some relaxation.

August

Greece has a very healthy homosexual past, and it has remained a great destination for gay and lesbian travelers.  The island of Mykonos has long been a gay travel mecca and this can make for an ideal destination for gay or lesbian honeymooners to travel to.  Here you will find plenty of gay bars and clubs to frequent, along with picture perfect beaches for you to perfect your tan on.  An alternative Greek destination for gay and lesbian newly married couples to get away from it all is Santorini.  This is a resort which is taking a number of gay tourists away from Mykonos.  Santorini is a peaceful oasis, ideal for gay honey moon couples to have no distractions just each other.  The island does have lots to do, but the best thing is simply admiring the beauty of this idyllic island.

For gay and lesbian couples looking to spend their honeymoon on the island of Santorini check out Heliotopos. This Boutique hotel will guarantee you spend your honeymoon in style.  This a totally gay friendly place to stay, in fact you can even arrange for a gay civil union ceremony to be held at the hotel.  The hotel offers excellent views of the island, located at the highest point of the crater top.  The hotel has won awards for being the most romantic hotel in Greece, which is reason enough for you to spend your once in a lifetime gay honeymoon at the hotel.

September:

What better place to spend a September honeymoon than New England, the beginning of the month sees the 3 day Labor Day holiday weekend, at time when you will find lots to do in New England.  The busy tourist season has just passed and gay and lesbian tourists will be able to enjoy the area with much more freedom.  September weather in New England is very good, with moderate temperatures and low chance of rain.  New England offers gay travelers the options of seaside resorts and mountain getaways, something to please all tastes.  The magnificently picturesque New England fall starts around mid September, offering a romantic setting for newly wed gay couples to walk in.  The fall season starts in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine them starts its spread south.

For gay honeymooners staying in New England you will find all locations offer great standards of accommodation to match all budgets. For gay newly weds visiting Vermont an ideal place to base yourself is at the Basin Harbor Club and Resort.  Here gay and lesbian tourists will find a unique destination on the shores of Lake Champlain, which has been attracting travelers for to their escape from the hectic world hotel for more than 125 years.  The hotel is set in a stunning location and offers unparalleled service and amenities to guests, you can even take your dog along.  This is a perfect resort for golf or tennis fans, or maybe you would like to partake in chocolate or wine classes (or both).  One thing is for sure your will feel well looked after at this Vermont resort, where gay and lesbian tourists will find nothing is too much trouble.

October:

The summer is just about to start in Rio, making it a great time to visit this Brazilian hot spot.  Rio has been a gay travel destination of choice for many years and gay and lesbian honeymooners will find plenty to see and do in this coastal city.  Beach wise you can choose from the excellent gay beaches at either Copacabana or Ipenema, where you can sit in the most perfect setting watching the world go gently by.  In Rio you will find a small number of gay bars and gay clubs, enough to keep you occupied whilst on your stay in Brazil.  Tourist sites are plentiful, and for a romantic day trip make sure you visit the statue of Christ the Redeemer, this offers excellent views of the city below.  Make sure you check the weather before your big climb, as the clouds seem to love the statue as much as the tourist and this is a fight you just wont win.

Rio offers many great places for gay and lesbian honeymooners to stay, most of the hotels are within easy walking distance of the beaches and close to fine restaurants and bars.  For gay or lesbian couples who are looking for a hotel which offers them the style they wish to be part of as they begin their married life together, check out the Copacabana Palace by Orient Express.  The hotel offers a great location (just across from the gay beach at Copacabana) and the most amazing setting.  the hotel takes prime position overlooking the sea, and is an iconic building in Rio, offering a welcome to the rich and famous (and you) since 1923.  Guest at the hotel have included Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers, as well as rock band The Rolling Stones.  Guests can lounge in the magnificent hotel pool, if the walk to the sea is simply too much!  Mix with Brazil’s ultra cool set in the hotel bar or simply soak up the sun on the terrace.

November:

This is a great time to visit New York, a destination that is perfect for a newly wed gay couple.  The city has a fine reputation for welcoming gay travelers and is also a romantic place to stay.  From walking hand in hand through Central Park (which is now smoke free!), or climbing to the top of the Empire State Building and recreating a gay version of Sleepless in Seattle, you can decide which one plays Tom Hanks and who plays Meg Ryan (I know who I want to be).  Visiting in November you will find the city in a festive mood, the Christmas decorations are up and Thanksgiving is on its way.  You will get the chance to skate at either Central Park or the Rockerfeller Center, or cuddle up close as the winter wind in November can be bitter.

If you want somewhere special to stay that is close to the action, check out the newly opened Mondrian Hotel in Soho.  The Mondrian already have a number of hotels in New York, all of which have fine reputations, this is the groups first move into Downtown New York.  The hotel offers 270 tastefully designed rooms, a seafood restaurant and two bars, so you may never need to leave your hotel – room service anyone?

December:

Gay honeymooners heading to Sydney, Australia will find the summer here in full swing.  This is a perfect destination for gay honeymooners who come from north of the equator.  Escaping your winter for a gay trip to the sunshine of Australia, knowing that your wedding guests will be freezing at home, if the perfect wedding gift to yourselves.  Sydney has a fantastic reputation for welcoming gay and lesbian couples and you will certainly find plenty to keep you occupied once in the city.  For the active you could choose to climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge or see it from a leisurely boat cruise, which will take in the Sydney Opera House too.  The beaches of Sydney are world famous and a trip to Bondi is a must, join locals and eat outdoors with your own BBQ.

Where to stay in Sydney can be a nightmare and at peak times you will need to book ahead as this is a very popular destination at this time of year.  For gay and lesbian honeymooners who are looking for comfort and style with a personal touch check out Morgans Boutique Hotel.  Here you will find serviced apartments in the heart of the cosmopolitan district of Darlinghurst.  This area offers many fine dinning options, and numerous bars and cafes for gay travelers to the city.  This area has the style your honeymoon deserves.   Morgans offers a great base for you to explore Sydney from, just a five minute ride to the majority of the major attractions in Sydney.  Make sure you check out the roof terrace at the hotel.

The setting is intimate and personalised… a great base from with to explore Sydney’s inner city and its charms.

Located in Darlinghurst, just minutes from the CBD, Morgans is in one of Sydney’s most popular inner eastern suburbs. The area is renowned for its vast array of bars, cafes and restaurants and vibrant bohemian atmosphere.

Morgans is centrally located within 100 metres of major public transport facilities and the Airport Express. Only five minutes ride to all of Sydney’s major attractions – Opera House, Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge. Only 30 minutes to the Domestic and International Airport Terminals.

Morgans of Sydney is an Art Deco boutique hotel and restaurant on the cafe strip in Victoria Street Darlinghurst. 26 suites with kitchens, ensuite bathrooms, free-to-air TV and Foxtel, air/cond and video intercom security. Roof terrace for the use of in-house guests offers views to Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Gay Travel: The Mondrian, Soho gets set to welcome you

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Does New York need another hotel?  Are gay travelers struggling to find a bed for the night?  Well the answer is yes and no.  Whilst New York has plenty of places for gay travelers to lay their weary heads, in terms of hip hotels they are few and far between.  The Mondrian hotel hopes to add itself to the short list of hotels offering both style and service.

The hotel, situated in the trendy Soho district will offer 270 rooms, designed by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, and opens its doors to welcome guests later this month.  This will be the third hotel fro the group in New York, but its first move into downtown.  This will be a stylish hotel, attracting hip gay and lesbian travelers to the state.  Inside the hotel you will find a seafood restaurant ‘Imperial No. 9′, which will be run by acclaimed chef Sam Talbot.  Take a drink in the signature cocktail bar or perhaps a drink in the outdoor bar is more your thing.

This will no doubt be a welcome addition to the hotel list in New York, and remember whilst the city doesn’t sleep, does not mean you don’t have to.