Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: CasaMel, Cozumel, Mexico

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Cozumel, Mexico

CasaMel, Cozumel, MexicoWelcome to CasaMel. The Unique architecture is the vision of Henry Domville and is a blend of Mexican and Caribbean influences with ocean views and sunsets from every terrace and balcony. This home boasts 4-Levels, 3 bedroom suites, 4 full and 2 half baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, gardens, zoned cooling, swimming pool and a jetted tub.

This premium property is in the heart of Cozumel. It is located one block from the ocean and only 3 blocks from the main plaza and the Ferry to Playa del Carmen.

Located downtown just one block from the ocean, the lovely streetscape invokes images of historic Cozumel, with a clean modern style just through the front door. Views amaze at every level. All Balconies & Terraces enjoy breathtaking views.

CasaMel offers 3 suites: (2) with King Beds and (1) with two Double beds. All three suites have a private bath and balcony. Each is air-conditioned and locked off for privacy. Rent one room or all three.

See the CasaMel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

The Davao Life

Author: , December 30th, 2011
by Josephine Daylo, Davao Condo rental, Davao, Philippines
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Davao, PhilippinesThe city of Davao is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It has a population of over 1,600,000 people. Which makes it the second largest city in the Philippines, second only to Manila.

It offers an international airport and its seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines. In recent years, Davao has developed into the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines.

Davao, Philippines - Times BeachIt ranks as the 87th fastest growing city in the world by the city Mayors Foundation and is listed by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”. In 2008, it was named as the Most Livable City in the Philippines by the Department of Tourism.

Davao has great beaches, diving spots and is close to mountains, including Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines.

Davao, Philippines - Mt. ApoEasy assimilation is an integral essence of multi-cultural Davao. It has grown appreciating differences in culture and tradition by numerous ethnic groups. Davao has a large number of churches, chapels, temples, mosques and other places of worship from numerous ethnic groups that integrate the city.

These many cultures have many celebrations wherein songs, dances and other forms of arts and merrymaking have evolved creatively in to the sights and sounds of Davao today. Such showcases point to its ultimate climax as the celebration of all celebrations – the weeklong Kadayawan sa Dabaw Festival.

Davao, Philippines

The Kadayawan Festival is celebrated every year as a way of thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest of Davao farms. It is also a way to honor the native tribes of Davao.

The city enjoys a weather that remains balmy all year round. It is characterized by a uniform distribution of rainfall, temperature, humidity, and air pressure. It has no pronounced wet or dry season and due to its location is typhoon-free. Weather predictability makes it highly conducive to agricultural production. Temperature ranges from 20 to 32 degrees Celsius.

Davao, PhilippinesThe city has a vibrant shopping scene with local brands competing with highly recognizable national and international brands. Any shopaholic will surely be delighted by shopping in our malls, thrift shops and seasonal bazaars and one not need spend a lot to do so.

One can find a wide array of souvenir shops in the city selling colorful ethnic-inspired clothing and fabrics, intricately-made crafts and trinkets, and many other products that depict the diversity of the city’s culture.

Davao, Philippines - China TownPasko Fiesta sa Davao is an integration of Festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing colorful lighting and array of decorations in public parks, roads and buildings, and a series of competitive performances showcasing the community’s creativity and talents while keeping alive Christmas traditions.

Davao, PhilippinesDuring this season, the city pulsates with exciting sights and sounds, barraged with mall sales, bazaars, food festivals, and night markets filled with wholesome entertainment night and days.

Davao is attracting more tourists because of its rich culture, abundant natural resources, forests, wildlife sanctuary and the imposing presence of Mt. Apo.
For the gourmet, Davao offers a large variety of local and international cuisines at very reasonable prices.

Davao is known for its fresh seafood, notably the grilled yellow fin tuna, barbeques, and other delightful specialties. Not to be missed is the Durian, the fruit that smells like hell but tastes like heaven!

Some more places of interest in the Davao area are:

  • Samal Island: unspoiled and pristine, the island pride itself on its white sand beaches with vacation facilities for different kinds of water sports.
  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort: once a real pearl farm, its white sand beach now makes it one of the top tourist attractions with cottages inspired by the Isamal native design.
  • Philippine Eagle National Center: where the endangered Philippine Eagle is bread and protected.
  • Davao, Philippines - Eden ParkEdens Nature Park: it is located 3000 feet above sea level giving it a cool and moderate climate. It is 95% man-made and covers hectares of developed land.
  • People’s Park: opened in 2007 it features a mini-forest and large sculptures many made by local artists.
  • River Rafting on Davao River: an hour trip for downtown, it is a 13-km stretch of white water adventure.
  • Davao Museum: houses artifacts of Davao’s indigenous tribes and photographs of the city’s historic events and history of its pioneering families.
  • Crocodile Farm: the only crocodile park in the region provides a home to locally bred crocodiles including the country’s biggest named “Pangil” (fangs) measuring over 18 feet in length. You can tour the park on foot or horseback and feed the young fierce crocodiles.
  • DECA Wakeboard Park: considered to be the biggest wakeboarding park in the Philippines offering the best venue for the extreme water sports, wakeboarding and water-ski. The park also offers a scenic view of Mt. Apo.Davao City is the premier city and hub of Mindanao. It has the greatest economic activity, population, urban build-up and modern amenities in Mindanao. It is the third most important urban center in the Philippines.

    Davao, Philippines - Tudays FallsCurrent revenue statics show Davao City to be the fifth richest city in the Philippines in terms of local income-the only city outside urban Manila in the top five. On the international front, the economy has been opened to global competition and private investments have Davao City’s economy steadily growing for the last two decades.

    Davao, Philippines - Pearl FarmThe city has shifted from counting investments in the millions in the 80’s to billions in the 90’s. The city is conducive to business, as evidenced by the presents of the country’s top 200 companies. Exports in the city is now a billion dollar industry with a growing niche market for its products.

    Davao City contributed in making the Philippines as the world’s top exporter of papaya, mangosteen, and even flowers. The city has also consistently maintained a single digit inflation rate since 1993.

    If you’re looking for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and pleasure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that is booming but yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.

    Davao Condo Rental - Davao, PhilippinesWhen you come to Davao why pay the high cost of a hotel, where you get nothing but a small room and bed, when you can be my guest at my beautiful fully furnished condo. For less than half the price of a hotel, I offer a two bedroom condo with living and dining room, completely equipped kitchen, linens, automatic washing machine, private enclosed patio, large flat-screen cable tv, dvd, and wifi.

    Located in one of the newest condo complex’s in Davao with all new facilities, including a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, large function room with pantry, music room, 24-hour security, on-site management and your own “concierge”. It is walking distance to the new SM City mall and close to shopping, transportation, restaurants, beach, hiking, the city center, casino, and the famous Paradise Island Park and Beach. There is no minimum night stay and no check-in time restrictions. You can see pictures at my website: http://Davaocondorental.weebly.com. It is like being at home and a five-star resort all at the same time. There is nothing like it anywhere
    in Davao. Please contact me at JoJo60607@live.com or 011-63-9183427835.

Vote in Gay Cities’ Favorite Pride City Poll

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Gay Cities' Gayest CitiesThe wait is over: The nominations are in for our sister site’s annual Best of GayCities poll–and this year the competition is fiercer than ever!

Today we’re looking at the out-and-proud nominees for the world’s best Pride city: Amsterdam, Atlanta, San Francisco, Sao Paolo, and Toronto. Who deserves top honors?

Amsterdam: The Dutch capital’s August Pride takes full advantage of the city’s glorious canal with a floating parade (above) that all of Amsterdam comes out to watch.

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Hawaii: Maui Hotels Expecting Boost From Civil Unions

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Maui Civil UnionsMaui hotels and resorts are gearing up to host same-sex couples in Hawaii to formalize their relationships starting New Year’s Day.

Industry insiders have said they expect that the law legalizing civil unions, which takes effect Jan. 1, will lead to a boost in tourism among same-sex visitors. Hotel executives said they’re actively reaching out to the gay and lesbian community with promotions and packages aimed at couples who are eager to make their commitment official.

“We’ve had 10 ceremonies booked so far,” said Chuck Spence, owner of the Maui Sunseeker LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) Resort in Kihei. “Already we’ve also seen an immediate boost in bookings, and not just because of civil unions, but because the law also opens up the perception by the gay and lesbian community that Hawaii is truly a welcoming state. We are aloha.”

Full Story from Maui News

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Argentina: Gay Cruise Cancelled After Disappointing Ticket Sales

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Gay CruiseSuccessfully establishing Out Now as an LGBT marketing agency in Australia two decades ago, and then taking it global, has taught me one very important lesson: what looks easy to others can often be fiendishly difficult to achieve in practice.

Marketing success that can appear effortless to outsiders usually has one bedrock ingredient – consistent, hard work. I have also learned by observation that many of the worst kinds of failures in the area of marketing to gays and lesbians tend to happen when the organizers of such initiatives start to believe their own publicity.

That seems to have happened this past week when a much discussed ‘first ever gay cruise in Latin America’ – planned by organizers to sail with around 2,000 gay passengers failed to depart as planned – when sales of tickets to gay paying passengers topped “barely” 100 berths.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Gay Owned Ace Hotels Expanding to Los Angeles

Author: , December 30th, 2011

The newest Ace Hotel will take shape in an 85-year-old Los Angeles theater and office tower built by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford.

The Ace chain, viewed as hip and urbane, was begun by three gay men in 1999. Alex Calderwood, Wade Weigel, and Doug Herrick successfully turned a Seattle halfway house into a destination hotel before opening properties in Portland, Ore., Manhattan, and Palm Springs. Many of the hotels are frequented by celebrities, media, and LGBT patrons.

Full Story from The Advocate

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New Gay Hotel Opens in Paris

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Jules et Jim Hotel, Paris, FranceAfter five years of research and construction kept under wraps, the new 23-room “straight-friendly” Jules et Jim hotel opened December 19, 2011 in the heart of Paris, a five minute walk from the Georges Pompidou Center.

Situated in the Marais, the hotel was conceived by Antoine Brault and Geoffroy Sciard, who have marketed their establishment as being particularly open to gay guests while welcoming all orientations. The theme pays homage to Francois Truffaut’s celebrated film, and aims to be, for guests, a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The rooms are spread out over three buildings, surrounding two cobblestone courtyards to give the feeling of a true break from city life. An eight-story building, combined with two houses, offers 23 custom-built rooms. Some rooms overlook the roofs of Paris, while others afford vantage points onto the interior courtyards of the hotel. Particular attention has been given to sound proofing, light filtering, privacy, and the highest quality of bedding.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Folsom Street Fair Date Changed for 2012

Author: , December 30th, 2011

Folsom Street FairAre public gay celebrations under attack? First came word that Chicago Pride was moving both the location and the time of its annual parade. Now producers of San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair have announced they’re changing the date of the infamous erotic free-for-all for the first time in two decades.

Traditionally held the final weekend of September, Folsom will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012–to avoid a scheduling conflict with Oracle OpenWorld, a massive telecom conference running September 30 through October 4.

It’s not so much that their guest list will overlap (though you never know) as it is that Folsom producers are worried there won’t be enough hotel rooms to accommodate everyone.

Full Story from Gay Cities

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Fabulosa, Puerto Vallarta

Author: , December 29th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Casa Fabulosa, Puerto VallartaThis special property is perched on the base of a beautiful green mountain in a quiet residential neighborhood, one half block off one of Puerto Vallarta’s most sought after beaches.

It boasts awesome ocean and mountain views directly over the building in front of it (which buffers it from much of the beach noise), and sweeping west-facing dramatic views of all of Banderas Bay. The sunsets are amazing, as is the view from two private balconies.

It is also a corner unit with great city night views from all rooms. There is a lushly landscaped patio with extra large sliding glass doors which open to the sea. There are constant breezes, great cross ventilation and the sound/lull of the waves crashing on the beach nearby.

It is within walking distance (four short flights of steps down to lower garden gate; two flights up to top entrance/arrival lobby/panoramic shared terrace and pool) to shops, restaurants, and nightclubs in the heart of Viejo Vallarta. Repeat guests keep coming back because of the special quiet location, the dramatic views, and romanticism.

See the Casa Fabulosa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve

Author: , December 29th, 2011

Gay Las VegasSin City is one of the hottest travel destinations for New Year’s Eve and ringing in 2012 is sure to be an over the top festivity. There are many different places to be and be seen in the city of Sin. Here is our guide to the hottest places to be on New Years Eve in Las Vegas

The World Famous Las Vegas Strip

Each year the Strip is closed off for the New Years festivities as revelers fill the street to count down to the new year. Several of the major casinos set off fireworks at midnight, and many temporary bars are opened on the street to add to the celebration. Sin City lives up to its name on the biggest party night of the year, so enjoy and SIN it up!

“Strip” Tip: If you are going to head to the Strip for NYE, plan ahead! The streets around the Strip get closed off to cars starting around 5:00pm. Remember to map out your route and parking plan in advance.

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