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Top Festivals Around the World in April

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Top Festivals Around the World in April

Songkran Water Festival

Bangkok, Thailand: 13th- 15th April 2019 (13-15th April 2018) The Thai New Year festival falls on some of the hottest days in Thailand, and people celebrate by throwing water on each other, using water guns, buckets, hoses and even elephants. Find out more.

Sant Jordi Festival

Barcelona, Catalonia 23rd Apil 2019 
(23rd April 2018) Roses, books and lovers: Barcelona is full of them on 23 April. In Catalonia, the World Book Day becomes an especially romantic festivity. The people in Catalonia celebrate the day of their patron saint, Sant Jordi, with a curious tradition. Find out More.

Koningsdag (King’s Day)

Amsterdam, Netherlands: 27th April 2019 (27th April 2018) King's Day festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year. Find out more.

Sandfest, Port Aransas

Texas, USA: 27th-29th April 2019
An amazing sand sculpture contest with live entertainment. wander through the incredibly unique artistic displays of the largest sand sculpting fest and competition in the nation, that brings over 100,000 guests to the beaches of Port Aransas. Find out More.

 

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Top Festivals Around the World in January

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Top Festivals Around the World in January

Edinburgh Hogmanay looney dook

Edinburgh, Scotland: 1st January 2019 
The Loony Dook takes place on the first day of each new year. Were thousands of brave people dress up in fancy dress and throw themselves into the freezing cold water of the Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, just a few miles out of the Scottish capital. This wonderful event brings an end to the amazing Edinburgh Hogmanay. Find out more
Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin, Heilongjiang, China: 5th January 2019 (February 5, 2018) People build incredible things out of ice and snow, decorating them with lights and lasers. Come to experience the world's largest ice festival in beautiful Harbin city. where sculptures and ice works of chilly art—all made from ice—are scattered throughout Harbin during this colourful two-month ice and snow sculpture festival each January and February. Find out more.

Sundance Film Festival

Park City, Utah, USA: 24th January - 3rd February 2019 The largest independent film festival in the US and a must for any film fan to Watch both feature-length films and shorts. Find out more.
Up Helly Aa Fire Festival

Lerwick, Scotland: 29th January 2019 
Torches, tar barreling, parties, flamboyant costumes, and the burning of a replica Viking ship make this an exciting festival. Find out more.

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Top Festivals Around the World in February

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Top Festivals Around the World in February

Chinese New Year 

Beijing, China: 5th February 2019
(February 16th, 2018) The biggest Chinese holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration, everywhere in China. Although Beijing isn’t the only place to celebrate the Chinese New Year it can be celebrated all over Asia. Find out more.


Carnival of Venice

Venice, Italy: 16th February 2019
(February 13, 2018) One of the most beautiful festivals in the world, people wear masks and elaborate costumes to hide differences among classes, and there are contests for the best costumes. Find out more.


Desert Festival of Jaisalmer


Jaisalmer, India: 17th-19th February 2019
(January 29th, 2018) A cultured festival of events such as camel racing, turban tying, and the longest moustache competition, this quirky Indian festival showcases the cultural wonders of Rajasthan. Find out more.

Pingxi Lantern Festival

Pingxi, Taiwan: 19th February 2019
(March 2nd, 2018). People write their wishes on fire lanterns and release them into the sky together, creating a beautiful spectacle of floating lights. Find out more.

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The Titanic Hotel - A Historic Hotel in the Heart of Belfast

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The Titanic Hotel - A Historic Hotel in the Heart of Belfast

The Titanic Hotel Belfast is located in the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff, builders of the Titanic, and provides the perfect destination for anyone travelling to the Titanic Quarter on business or for pleasure. 

The hotel's location really is exceptional, located just 10 metres from the Titanic Exhibition, 50 metres away from the HMS Caroline and 5 minutes walk from the exciting SSE Arena and W5. The location of the Titanic Hotel was a real drawing point for us as it was close enough to walk to Belfast City Centre, yet far enough away to relax and not have to worry about the hustle and bustle of the city. 

On arrival, we were greeted with the sheer beauty of the exceptionally historic building, almost like a museum than a hotel. It’s certainly a very aesthetically pleasing hotel with a clean open reception and open bar/ restaurant area.

Check in was a breeze, with the very kind lobby staff offering to show us to our room, on arrival to the room we were welcomed by a lovely array of macaroons, which really was the icing on the cake.

The room itself was very spacious and had a real historic feel to it, from the high ceilings to the old light fixtures and notable mirrors. Both the room and the hotel are very dark, although we like the relaxing dim lighting it may be an issue for some.

In the room were two large TV’s playing enjoyable documentaries and related videos of the Titanic, which was a lovely touch. Also, provided was all the important amenities; hair dryer, ironing board, air conditioning, complimentary bottled water, tea/coffee facilities, refrigerator on request, safe, bespoke bathrobes and slippers & very good WiFi.

The bathroom was very spacious for a city hotel with both a shower and a bath and two large couple sinks (although this differs from room to room), even the simplest of rooms have everything you need. In the bathroom, you'll also find a handful of Paul Costelloe toiletries, which we ended up taking for travelling (sorry Titanic Hotel).

The Titanic doesn’t just have amazing rooms though, it also offers some of the best food options we have seen in any hotel. We had both dinner and two days of breakfast and I couldn’t fault it. The Breakfast was plentiful with a wide variety of options ranging from cereals, pastries, yoghourts and a wide range of traditional Irish breakfast options, we recommended the Irish fry.


After you’ve tickled your taste buds with the plentiful breakfast options and have explored the tremendous titanic quarter, the Titanic’s Wolff Grill or the drawing office dinner will certainly make your trip that little bit more special. We aren’t what you would call ‘fine dining’ type of people but the Titanic really changed our opinion on ‘fine dining’ with large portions & flavours that we can’t really put into words how incredible they are. If you want something a bit more casual the Drawing-office lunch or dinner menu is prepared by the same kitchen so you will still be in for a treat.

Rating
Overall the Titanic Hotel is an excellent hotel experience with a brilliant location to the Titanic Quarter, set in history and with some incredible top class food options. It really could be a brilliant city getaway or if your coming to Belfast to visit the culture and history this hotel is perfect. Staff were extremely intentive and went above and beyond to get us extra amenities and when we left the room we arrived with the bed pre-made and chocolates on the pillows. Although not exactly a budget Hotel, keep an eye their website and social media as they run packages with breakfast/stay/dinner and for the perfect price this hotel could be the perfect getaway.

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Price: £120-180 a night
Address: 8 Queens Rd, Belfast BT3 9DT
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