When a range as epic as the Southern Alps sits in your backyard, the possibility of good powder is strong – especially if you stay at Queenstown hotels. Welcome to the South Island of New Zealand, a most unusual and remarkable ski spot. (So remarkable, in fact, that they put it in the name. But more on that later.)
Thanks in no small part to the rise of China, India and the economic diversification of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia is on the move. More often than not, that movement is up, up, up, beyond any place heretofore thought possible.
From Dubai to Shanghai, Bangkok to Mumbai, more skyscrapers are in progress on the continent than ever before. The number of projects just completed and in future development is staggering and dwarfs anything being considered in the Americas, Europe and Oceania.
Height matters. It helps a footballer get on top of a phalanx of defenders to head the ball over a keeper’s flailing, outstretched arms. It helps an attacker spike a volleyball with effective velocity. And it can determine whether a basketball is crammed into the hoop or desperately chucked from 20 feet out.
We’ll refrain from pursuing more sports analogies to underscore the fundamental argument that height is a decided advantage. A rare frill even, especially where hotels are concerned.
With clear blue seas, huge expanses of coastline and thousands of islands, Asia is perfectly formed to provide some of the best diving experiences in the world. Indeed, the continent fulfils its potential and attracts divers from all over the globe. Make sure you don’t miss out on the top 5 best diving spots below.