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Three U.S. hotels make top 10 list for service



Published: Sat, June 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Three U.S. hotels make top 10 list for service

NEW YORK -- Hotels in South Carolina, Tennessee and California made it onto Travel + Leisure's list of the 10 hotels around the world with the best service.

The Woodlands Resort & amp; Inn in Summerville, S.C., came in at No. 5; the Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., was seventh; and the Peninsula in Beverly Hills, Calif., was eighth.

The top spot was taken by the Singita Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand, South Africa, followed by the Amandari in Bali, the Oriental in Bangkok and the Four Seasons Resort in Bali.

Also on the list were the Peninsula in Bangkok, the Mala Mala Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and the Parrot Cay Resort & amp; Como Shambhala Retreat in Turks and Caicos.

The list, based on an annual readers' survey, appears in the magazine's June issue.

Exploring sunken ships in the Caribbean waters

WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Sunken ships are popular dive sites for scuba fans, and the July issue of Caribbean Travel & amp; Life describes 15 of what it calls the best "ghost ships of the Caribbean."

The cabins, cargo holds and keels are fun to explore underwater, and the wrecks are typically teeming with sea life and filled with artifacts like cannons and anchors.

The Winter Park, Fla.-based magazine recommends the Roraima, which sank after a 1902 volcano off Martinique in St. Pierre Bay; the Sapona, which sits partly submerged in a mere 20 feet of water off Bimini in the Bahamas, where it was hit in a 1926 storm; and the Antilla, which was intentionally sunk in 1940 by its German captain as Dutch marines approached. The Superior Produce, overloaded with cargo, sank 500 yards off the shore of Curacao in 1977, and the Balboa was struck by a hurricane in 1932 while anchored in Grand Cayman's George Town Harbor.

Learn about aliens at Roswell's UFO Festival

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- They come in all shapes and sizes, these earthlings -- elaborately costumed or just curious -- for a chance to take part in what's become an annual tradition in southern New Mexico: Roswell's UFO Festival, planned for July 1 to 4. While some wander around in alien costumes and others defend their UFO research, the festival is generally aimed at providing food, entertainment and a little education.

It was 1947 when the so-called "Roswell Incident" drew attention to this desert town. A crash north of Roswell spawned decades of debate, which still continues: Was it merely a weather balloon, as the government claimed, or a UFO?

Visitors can check out the UFO Museum and Research Center or special festival events, like a parade, concerts, pony rides for kids -- and even a workshop on alien mind-control techniques.

Airline to offer flight from U.S. to Mexico

LINTHICUM, Md. -- Mexicana Airlines will begin offering one daily flight between Baltimore and Mexico City on Dec. 2, targeting business and student travelers and the region's growing Latino population.

Mexicana offered daily flights from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Cancun for five years starting in 1986, but stopped when the route proved unprofitable.

"Back then it was a leisure market, and things have changed since then tremendously," said Adolfo Crespo, Mexicana executive vice president of public affairs and customer service. "Now, we're targeting the business community, the student community and the very fast-growing Mexican-American community that has much more disposable income."

Mexicana joins six airlines that offer flights from BWI's $140 million international terminal.

Associated Press




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