GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VIII, NUMBER 6, June 2007

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Welcome to the June 2007 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for sending in their helpful personal experiences and insightful travel advice. Your input makes this zine possible. Thanks for sharing!

 

CONTENTS

 

1. LAS VEGAS: KUDOS TO THE BELLAGIO HOTEL

2. THAILAND: ORIENTAL KWAI RESORT

3. ITALY: VILLA MARIA ASSUNTA

4. HOME ABILITY SPAIN

5. TRY A SLICE
6. TALL SHIPS

7. ENGLAND: SOUTH WEST COAST PATH
8. TENNESSEE TRIP

 

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1. LAS VEGAS: KUDOS TO THE BELLAGIO HOTEL


Glen Hayes, of Ottawa, Ontario, sent us the following access comments about the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

 

Glen writes: “I recently traveled to Las Vegas and stayed at the luxurious Bellagio. They had outstanding wheelchair access and facilities. The wheelchair accessible room had a ceiling track lift over the bed and in the washroom. They provided the commode and I had a very nice roll-in shower in the room. All light switches and the peep hole were lowered. They had a push button remote for the drapes and curtains. This hotel is very expensive, but the service and facilities are very good. It truly was a worry-free stay.”

 

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2. THAILAND: ORIENTAL KWAI RESORT

 

Evelien Thongyoung wrote to share the news of the Oriental Kwai Resort, a new, small accessible resort at the famous River Kwai in Kanchanaburi Thailand. Thongyoung writes: The Oriental Kwai Resort has two of our ten cottages adapted for wheelchair travellers. We have sloped entrances at the restaurant and swimming pool and the paths are paved. The public toilets at the restaurant are also adapted.”

 

Editor’s note:

Their site states that they have a 2-person cottage and a 2-6 person cottage available and the cottages are reportedly suitable for wheelchair travelers and those who have a “small physical limitation.”

 

According to Thongyoung, their rooms have a sloped entrance and no thresholds or obstacles in the cottage. Doors are wide enough to pass with a wheelchair and there is a large bathroom with grip handles in the shower and by the toilet. However, disabled travelers know that wheelchair models vary in width, so query for details as necessary.

 

No photos are included on the site of the adapted cottage bathrooms, so it is essential that readers contact the resort to determine if the available access suits their particular needs. Thongyoung assured me that they would post bathroom photos to their site soon.

 

While the resort does not have a swimming pool hoist for wheelchair users yet, the management stated that they may install one in the future.

 

Visit their web site www.orientalkwai.com

 

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3. ITALY: VILLA MARIA ASSUNTA

 

Gabriele Nicotra, Hotel Manager of the Villa Maria Assunta in Cielo, Italy, announced the availability of Villa Maria Assunta in Cielo, a 3-star accessible hotel in Marina di Massa, Tuscany, 60km from Pisa International Airport.

 

Nicotra writes: “The 25 rooms in the main building are all equipped with a phone, and a TV. Almost all rooms have a balcony, particularly those with accessible bathrooms.

The hotel was renovated three years ago and is available for individuals and groups from June through September 15.  The lodging has a spacious garden, private parking, a large and bright dining room, a TV room, two meeting rooms, a chapel and a private beach. I have worked for years in the tourism, with experience in travel agencies and the tourist information office and can help plan accessible excursions.

 

We visit the cities of Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena, etc. and take alternative excursions, such as a boat trip to Portovenere or the Lake of Massaciuccoli. Other possible excursions include the marble quarries, accessible mountain paths and local wine and food tasting.”

 

To learn more, write Nicotra at Villa Maria Assunta in Cielo
via Magliano, 31
I-54039 Ronchi (MS)
Tel. +39 0585 245100
Fax +39 0585 861259
E-mail:
mare@aiaspistoia.it

 

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4. HOME ABILITY SPAIN

 

Colin Haines wrote to announce Home Ability Spain, their new business on the Costa del Sol. Based in Calahonda, midway between Fuengirola and Marbella, Home Ability Spain provides healthcare products, such as commodes, electric hoists, wheelchairs and air mattresses for elderly and disabled people, whether they are a resident in Spain or on holiday. They also supply and fit grab rails and drop down rails to bathrooms, along with other bathing and toileting aids. For more information, visit http://www.homeabilityspain.com/

 

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5. TRY A SLICE
 

Recently I had the opportunity to try out a couple of wheelchair packs from Wheelchair Gear that may prove useful to readers’ needs on both a daily basis or when they’re traveling. Both bags are available in black and camouflage colors and are lined and constructed with a durable, water-resistant fabric.

 

The Slice Wheelchair Backpack fit easily on both my power and manual wheelchairs and stayed secure. It is 13"W x 17.5"H and 6.5" deep.

 

The large interior compartment closes with two easy-to-pull zippers, which was a big plus for me. Inside the backpack is a large open area with a big expandable net pocket, which made it easy for me to keep items separated from each other. It also has a handy holder for a cell phone.

 

The Slice has two handy exterior compartments on the front, which are attendant friendly. The open top compartment (7.5") is ideal for tossing in small items. The 7.5" compartment below it has an easy-pull zipper. This part of the pack can easily hold a small notebook, cell, phone, medication and/or other small items. I found that my book, lightweight jacket and a water bottle fit easily inside the pack’s main compartment with plenty of room to spare.

 

The Slice Jr. Mini Pack is an ideal way to carry small items like a cell phone, camera, cash, keys, etc. in a zippered storage compartment on your wheelchair. The pack attaches to a manual wheelchair with two Velcro straps. A power chair user can attach the pack with provided hanging clips on an armrest. The pack’s main compartment is 6.5"W x 7.5"H and 3" deep. Its front zippered pocket is 3.5.” To learn more, see http://www.wheelchairgear.com/

 

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6. TALL SHIPS

 

Bill & Gerry Bryant shared their seaworthy experience of crewing on a Tall Ship in Britain. They write: “The Brits have two special-built tall ships that take handicapped people aboard as the crew. We have taken two trips on the Tenacious as "working crew/passengers" - no experience is required. The Tenacious has more elevators than most cruise ships and was really designed for the handicapped (One member of our watch was blind but steered the ship with a talking compass, Gerry requires a wheelchair and could steer with a joy-stick...). Everyone does as they can do and it is great fun. The Tall Ships travel around the U. K, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the U.S. Learn more at www.jst.org.uk ,which is operated by the charity Jubilee Sailing Trust.”

 

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7. ENGLAND: SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

 

Mark Owen, Path Development Officer for the South West Coast Path Team in Exeter, England, sent us the news about how his department has improved the access of various scenic coastal paths in South West, England.

 

The organization’s newly updated web site now features details about the most accessible sections of the South West coastal paths. Those essential access facts will help potential visitors determine the usability of the paths based on their own individual needs.

 

To learn more about the beautiful and historic paths of England’s South West coast, visit http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/main/useful_info/newsdetails.cfm?a_id=51
or write mark.owen@devon.gov.uk

 

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8. TENNESSEE TRIP

 

Syd and June Burns, of Penrith, England, enjoyed the best of Knoxville, Tennessee. From Dollywood to the Davy Crockett sites, the duo enjoyed old friends, regional cooking and music. Share their holiday at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/tenn07.htm

 

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