Archive | January, 2018

Aqua Dome in Tyrol – a family friendly spa

The Aqua Dome in Tyrol is not only a thermal spa with indoor and outdoor pools. It’s a global concept to make the guest relax and enjoy his stay. While staying in the hotel next door one can use the spa free of charge. All other guests will pay a daily entrance fee to enjoy the mountain view, the hot water and the different amenities like sauna area and kids zone.

Families with young children have certain requirements. Very often it’s difficult to go swimming because the water is too cold, the pool is not safe enough or there aren’t enough lounger to relax.

Entering the Aqua Dome in Tyrol is like becoming part of a thermal spa designed by parents. After paying for the family ticket (86€ for 2 adults and 2 kids/per day, children below 3 are free of charge) you get your own changing room. There you can change yourself and leave your clothes until the end of your stay. If your toddler is still having a nap at noon simply take your stroller with you into the Aqua Dome.

The kids area is separated from the main thermal spa. It consists of an indoor playground with art area supervised by a nanny. She’ll take care of your 3+ year olds. If your children are younger you can use this area as well, but only under adult supervision.

The waterplayground is right opposite the indoor playground. Easy to keep all children in sight. We found the waterplayground perfect for 0-3 year olds. Simply have some toys (cups, watering cans, …) with you and let them play in a safe environment.

Right next to it is the childrens pool. It’s too deep to use without armbands (0-3 year olds). Sliding and playing with the water is so much fun, as it’s warm. A big advantage: the floor is exceptionally not slippery.

Aqua Dome Tyrol

For older ones one tube slide and a normal one are hidden behind the kids pool. You’ll find also adults there. Adrenaline rush at its finest.

After enjoying the water everyone gets hungry. The restaurant offers a kids buffet with drinks for only 6€. Spaghetti Blognese, chicken nuggets and french fries are only some examples. Parents might go for the huge variety of salad, austrian dishes or steaks.

Taking a nap on one of the loungers or simply let your children play.

Allover it has to be said that the Aqua Dome in Tyrol is amazing for families. Stop there, have a great day and leave relaxed.


Travel Guide for Rodrigues island

Many tourists complain about Mauritius not being the former, laid back and not developed island anymore. 15 years ago the island lacked of shopping centres, good cafes and restaurants. Nowadays one finds a good infrastructure, decent internet connection and many different cultures living there. Mauritius 15 years ago still exists: on Rodrigues.

Rodrigues is a small island belonging to Mauritius, but 580km. It’ll take you 1.5h to reach Rodrigues by plane. The island measures only 19km x 9km. Many Mauritian travel to Rodrigues for holiday, as it’s one of the closest islands (apart of La Reunion and the Seychelles). Air Mauritius departs several times per day. The prices vary from 170-200€ return.

Rodrigues itself is from volcanic origin and surrounded by a reef. Its climate is typical for an island: mostly sunny, not a lot of rain and with a constant breeze. Looking inland one will find many hills, a lot of banana trees and stunning seaview.

Best beaches on Rodrigues

Rodrigues has amazing beaches and you’ll be alone there. Enjoy turquoise water, white sand and blue sky. Pack a big bottle of sunscreen, water and good mood.

#1: Trou d’Argent

Trou d’Argent is on the east coast and rated one of the best beaches on Rodrigues. One can park at St. Francois and walk 10min through the forest. If you rented a scooter you could drive, but the path is too sandy and bumpy for cars. Surrounded by high cliffs the sea is visible and perfect to snorkel. There are no waves but colourful fishes and corals. Take thongs with you to not get in touch with sea urchins.

#2: Petit Gravier

The village Gravier on the south-east coast is well equipped: charming restaurants, small corner shops and an amazing abandoned beach. The tarred road ends in the center and goes on as sandy road. It’ll take you directly to the beach. The adventurous tourists might take a turn to the right direction  Hotel La Belle Rodriguaise. Just stop at one of the picnic tables and enjoy a cold beer.

#3: St.Francois

On your way to Trou D’Argent stop at St.Francois. Another breathtaking beach with volcanic rocks and sand.

Things to do on Rodrigues

#1. Suspension bridge

In eastern Rodrigues Tyrodrig Zip Lines offer a walk over the Pistachio Valley by suspension bridge. This adventure costs only 100rs (2,70€). 40m high one can enjoy the view, adrenaline and be happy to broaden ones horizon. Even for children 5 years and older this accompanied adventure is one of a lifetime.


#2: Cavern Patate

On the south west of Rodrigues the cavern patate is one of the main attractions. You can get your ticket directly there and follow the guide underground.