Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel – Balinese Royal Palace Hotel Design

Although it is the largest resort in Tuban, Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel fits quite harmoniously into this quiet community and offers its guests a full measure of Tuban’s convenience when it comes to airport access, shopping and many entertainment attractions.

The hotel’s vast lobby was designed to reflect the style of Balinese Palace. A majestic central chandelier is mirrored in the polished marble flooring below it. The carefully manicured grounds and gardens spreading out around the reception area add to the impression that rajas, potentates and various other royal personages would feel very much at home here.

Where would visiting royalty choose to stay? The choice at Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel includes 304 ocean-view guest rooms, which includes two President Suites (each of the latter with its very own swimming pool). The hotel also has 82 Balinese-style bungalows. All units at Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel have en suite bathrooms, direct-dial telephone, and safe deposit box, private balconies, and free wi-fi. The hotel stretches a full 525 meters (600 yards) along the Kuta ocean front.

Among the options for wining and dinning are Rejang Restaurant (offering local and international cuisine and open around the clock); Melati (for authentic Indonesian and Asian cuisine); Bamboo Garden (with a splendid Chinese menu); Segara (Italian specialties and ice cream treats); and Kakatua ( the ideal place to enjoy just grilled satays, salads and sunset).

The Kul Kul Bar on the pool terrace provides swim-up service. The Sunset Lounge which overlooks the pool and garden surrounding it, is ideal for cheek to cheek dancing, while the Bali Tavern Pub provides its patrons with food, drink and live musical entertainment nightly. Lively special theme nights feature cultural performance of Balinese dance and music at Rejang Terrace in the evening. The restaurant offers buffets featuring rijstafel, Asian specialties, barbeques and Western cuisine.

For guests who like to do more than just splash sun at either of the hotel’s two swimming pools, there is tennis on three floodlit courts, squash on two air-conditioned courts, a mini golf course, a jogging track, a full-facility fitness center with spa, sauna and massage and a full menu of water sport activities: windsurfing, skiing, sailing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and more. For the youngsters, there are playgrounds, children swimming pools and the hotel provides an extensive activities programs.

The hotel publishes its own monthly magazines full of activities that range from Balinese cooking lessons and dance classes to guided walks and cycle tour through surrounding villages to puppet shows and gamelan performances in celebration of Hindu holidays. It is also one of the few hotels around which offer its guests regular behind-the-scene tours explaining the operations of an elaborate full-facility resort.

Within the hotel’s arcade are boutiques selling handicrafts and tropical fashions, a drug store, a bank, a beauty parlor and a travel agent, Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel also houses convention facilities for group as large as 1000 people. Complimentary shuttle buses take guest to Kuta and airport.…

Visiting the Rockefeller Center in New York City

It’s pretty much impossible to miss the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Located in midtown Manhattan, the complex consists of 19 major buildings, the largest of which is the GE Building. Directly in front of this building is a large sunken outdoor plaza which doubles as an ice skating rink in winter and restaurant during the summer months.

During my spring 2008 visit to New York I often found myself in the vicinity of the Rockefeller Center and enjoyed passing the time admiring the skaters, people watching in general, and stopping for something to eat at one of the many restaurants and caf??s in the underground concourse beneath the GE building. For some reason I rarely went to the Center during my 2010 trip to New York City. Maybe it was because I had seen enough of the site previously to feel happy to overlook the area in favour of New York’s many other interesting locations.

Rockefeller Center, or Rockefeller Plaza covers an area encompassing 22 acres (89,000 m2), the borders of which are 48th and 51st streets, and Fifth Avenue to the east, and Sixth Avenue to the west. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the only son of his namesake and father, John D. Rockefeller Sr. the wealthy oil magnate. Rockefeller Jr., initially planned a syndicate to build an opera house for the Metropolitan Opera on the site, but changed his mind after the stock market crash of 1929 and the withdrawal of the Metropolitan from the project. Faced with the choice of abandoning the project completely or building and financing the Center himself, Rockefeller Jr., chose to build, turning the construction project into the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern history.

Of course, apart from ice skating and people watching and eating, one of the other reasons visitors flock to Rockefeller Center is to take the elevator rides to the ‘Top of The Rock’ as the visit to the observation decks is called. The views from the 70th floor are quite spectacular, as you might imagine, and you have the added advantage of getting great views (and photographs) of the Empire State Building which is near by.

Unlike most other Art Deco towers built during the 1930s, the GE Building was constructed with a flat roof. This is where the Center’s observation deck, the Top of the Rock is located.

In 2005, the Center’s owner completed a $75 million makeover of the observation area which now spans the 67th-70th floors and includes a multimedia exhibition exploring the history of the Center. On the 70th floor, there is a 20-foot (6.1 m) wide viewing area, allowing visitors an unobstructed 360-degree panoramic view of New York City.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Rockefeller Center, and can highly recommend the views from the top.…

How to Make Money As a Bulk REO Trader

Every day we hear more and more about how homes are in foreclosure and the failing markets, but there is money to by made. Familiarizing yourself with foreclosure and real estate laws can mean an opportunity to make money with properties in foreclosure.

There are three stages in regards to deal with a foreclosure. There is buying from a pre-foreclosure which is buying from the owner. If the owner can not sell the property it will next go to auction. When a property does not make it out of auction, it becomes bulk REO real estate owned foreclosure and can be purchased from the lender. Buying a real estate owned foreclosure has the least amount of risk when you are purchasing a foreclosure. A bulk REO tape will be a listing of several properties that a lender will want to sell.

Getting The Deal

One of the first ways to be able to get a deal is to develop relationships with banks and credit unions in your area. It will provide to be a good resource to have a relationship with one or two bankers in these types of institutions. It may take a while to develop this type of relationship but it is well worth to have someone you can work with. You will also need to have liquid funds that are easily accessible to prove to the lenders with the foreclosures that you are able to close on the deal at a moments notice. Bulk REO are very time critical real estate transactions.

Finding Buyers

The best way to find buyers is through referrals. Ask friends, neighbors, coworkers who their real estate agents were. If that agent doesn’t deal with a bulk REO they will know an agent who does.

Now is The Best Time To Invest in A Bulk REO’s

There is a record number of foreclosures in America at this time which opens the door for this remarkable opportunity.…

Surging Real Estate Scenario in India to Speed Up Building Projects

India is now turning out to be a lucrative destination for all kinds of businesses. Whether it is manufacturing, information technology, automobile or telecommunications, companies are gearing up to tap the potential in the market through newer strategies. Real estate business is not an exception. Actually, it is one sector that is least affected by the global recession. Property business in India is passing though a flourishing stage to open the door to unlimited possibilities for investment all over the country.

A recent surge in the prices of both residential and commercial properties in India has brought smiles in the faces of plot owners as well as builders. The majority of urban cities have witnessed a price rise of more than 250 percent in a matter of few years. A large number of commercial complexes, industrial parks, shopping centres and residential townships are being planned and established in all cities irrespective of their sizes.

Owning a house in Chennai is the dream of every Indian. As a result, many residential projects are coming up in this happening city. Egattur OMR (Old Mahabalipurum Road) project is going to give a tremendous facelift to the city of Chennai with the first large-scale integrated community hub. Spread over 110 acres of land, the project consists of residential as well as partly commercial buildings to satisfy wide-ranging requirements. Developed by Hiranandani Upscale, the state-of-the-art community is filled with all modern amenities strategically positioned at a walking distance.

The demand for properties in Hyderabad is not limited to a particular category, but has spread across many different categories such as separate residential houses, apartments with multiple floors and villas. The supply aspect is equally diversified with numerous choices in every segment like low-priced homes, premium housing and luxurious housing schemes. Mantri Developers is a prestigious player in the real estate industry here. Its various projects in and around Hyderabad have already tasted overwhelming success. The secret of its success lies in the adoption of simple philosophy.

The real estate scenario in Bangalore presents a rosy picture with an upward movement in commercial as well as residential properties. Builders in this part of the country are coming up with newer and newer projects to entice more and more buyers. The craze for owning a property is such that more space in the classified section is devoted to rent of houses and plots for sale. Many low-cost housing schemes are in the pipeline to encourage middle class working executives to own a dream house in this hi-tech city. Brigade Lakeview is a reputable property developer in this city with many projects of luxury apartments, office or software facilities and multiplexes.

Noida as a part of Delhi/NCR region has witnessed a record investment in the real estate market. As a result, the property prices are steadily increasing at a rate of 30 percent per annum. The majority of residential properties in Noida are generally in the form of plots, independent houses, condos, apartments and luxury villas. …

Los Angeles Estates & Luxury Homes – Location (1st in Series)

There seems to be growing international interest in Los Angeles’ luxury real estate market right now and asking prices have declined significantly since last year. Many prospective buyers may have only heard of the the famous communities like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or Malibu that they are considering making their new home. This first in a series of articles is an overview of where you can find the finest properties for sale in Los Angeles.

When it comes to finding estates and luxury homes in Los Angeles, the old real estate cliche in the title holds true. While you’ll certainly find extraordinary luxury homes in all of the areas that will be discussed here, you can also find fabulous listings for these throughout the city. The art of finding great estates with an amazing compound and usable acre or more is easier to define because there are fewer of these magnificent properties and they’re usually grouped in specific areas.

There are two main areas where you’ll find the majority of Los Angeles’ exclusive residential listings. The first is a broad band that includes much of the Hollywood Hills and surrounding communities along the north end of the L.A. Basin which extends for fifteen miles from Griffith Park by Downtown, west to the Pacific Ocean. Predictably enough, the other area includes the beach cities from Malibu to Palos Verdes.

Since true estate properties require a lot of land and privacy, the largest estates are found in and around the hills from Los Feliz to West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood and Pacific Palisades by the beach (Malibu is in a category by itself.) These luxury properties and full-blown estates are truly the epicenter of high end real estate in Southern California and there is no shortage of the spectacular, sweeping views from Downtown to the sea that Los Angeles is known for.

Opulent properties built during Hollywood’s Golden Era in the 1920’s & 30’s line the base of the hills and lower elevations, particularly in the older parts of town to the east around Griffith Park & Hollywood. This is also true of Beverly Hills and Bel Air, and there are several charming villages dating from the period along Sunset & San Vicente Boulevards to the west in Brentwood & Pacific Palisades.

Older styles of architecture found in these areas tend towards the Spanish and Mediterranean with a lot of other traditional styles from Chateau and Tudor, to Neo-Classical and Georgian mixed in.

Newer homes and estate properties which were built from the 1940’s and 50’s up to the present tend to dominate as you move farther west and up into the hills. More Ranch homes and cleaner modern and contemporary architectural styles tend to be found here, along with a generous helping of thematic eclecticism and over-the-top excess.

Mulholland Drive runs the length of the Hollywood Hills along the crest which separates these L.A. communities to the south, from the San Fernando Valley to the north. About 75% …