5 FABULOUS EUROPEAN ISLAND STAYS

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5 FABULOUS EUROPEAN ISLAND STAYS

LOCATION: FOLEGANDROS, GREECE
HOTEL: BLUE SAND HOTEL & SUITES

Blue Sand Hotel & Suites is a remote, seafront retreat on the small Cyclade island of Folegandros, Greece. Built on a rocky cliff, overlooking the Agali Bay - one of the nicest local beaches, the hotel is perfect for those who do not want to be found. The traditional Greek architecture is highlighted with modern design elements and thoughtful luxurious accents. All rooms come with unparalleled Mediterranean views and private balconies. Enjoy the warm hospitality that comes with the family-owned business. Soak in the sun on the private beach. Lounge on the terrace and watch the sun go down.  

 

LOCATION: IBIZA, SPAIN
HOTEL: CAN LLUC

Can Lluc is a rural boutique hotel in the heart of Ibiza, Spain, surrounded by carob trees and uncompromised sunshine. The family hideaway consists of 20 rooms and villas, including Can Jaume Curt - a private holiday home. Watch the sun set over San Antonio Bay from a private viewpoint. Cool down in the pool, following a long nap in one of the Balinese beds. You are here for peace and tranquility, yet close enough to the buzzing island nightlife. 

LOCATION: MALLORCA, SPAIN
HOTEL: CAP ROCAT

Cap Rocat is a boutique hotel on the sunny island of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Originally a military fort, the retreat blends into the rocky landscape and faces the clear Mediterranean waters of the bay of Palma. There is a select number of rooms with charming private patios and suites, carved into the rock, mixing old and new design. Relax on the panoramic terrace with a cool glass of cava. Swing on the hammock to the sound of the wind. Watch the white boats passing by. Cool off in the salt water infinity pool, and see the sky and water become one. 

LOCATION: PANTELLERIA, ITALY
HOTEL: SIKELIA LUXURY HOTEL

Sikelia is a boutique art hotel on the small and mysterious island of Pantelleria, located between Sicilian and African coasts. Here, barefoot luxury meets modern Mediterranean design and high-end local cuisine. All suites are built within ancient dammusi structures, with private terraces facing the countryside. Get lost in the Arabic garden. Experience an evening spa treatment under the starlit sky. Enjoy the silence of Pantelleria nights. 

LOCATION: FAVIGNANA, ITALY
HOTEL: DIMORA DELL'OLIVASTRO

Dimora dell'Olivastro is a special place that offers the luxury of a boutique hotel with a feeling of a personal villa. Enjoy the views of the sea and the island of Marettimo or a mysterious Mediterranean garden from your room.  Each room has been renovated and offers an outdoor space, whether it's a garden or a terrace. Wash off the sea salt in the stonework baths or in the outdoor showers under the olive trees. Wander through the grapevines, the fig and almond trees. Find the freshest herbs, filling up the air with scents of rosemary, mint, oregano, thyme and sage. The hens roam around freely through the orchards and produce fresh eggs daily. You will find an oasis of peace at Dimora dell'Olivastro.

 

 

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5 ROOM + WILD HOTELS CELEBRITIES LOVE

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5 ROOM + WILD HOTELS CELEBRITIES LOVE

Adrian Grenier

Bambu Indah, Bali, Indonesia

Bambu Indah, translating to "beautiful bamboo" is a unique place, combining antique design with modern green practices in a luxe and welcoming environment. The lodge sits across from the Ayung River and overlooks rice fields, surrounded by a large eco-pool with the purest water and stones from the mountains, where you can jump in from a swinging rope. Stay at one of the authentic Javanese teak wood houses, where you have plenty of choice depending on your style and size of the party. Udang House, or Shrimp House is one of the most unique accommodations in Bali. Sitting on top of a shrimp pond, the house's glass floor lets you get it on the action. Fall asleep to glistening water inside your bedroom. Wake up with morning yoga at Minang House -  a black bamboo construction, where no wall is straight. Each curve represents the rising full moon. The place is perfect for finding balance and peace. 

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada

You will find yourself at the most eastern part of Canada. Surrounded by jagged rocks and a powerful ocean, Fogo Island Inn is a perfect destination in itself. A beautifully designed hotel includes an award winning restaurant and twenty nine suites with floor to ceiling windows facing the North Atlantic Ocean. Most suites include wood stones and four-piece tubs. 

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Steve Aoki

The Slow, Bali, Indonesia

The Slow is a boutique hotel and culture hub of art, architecture, music and gastronomy on the coast of Canguu, Bali. Enjoy minimal, tropical design with locally made furniture.Choose The Slow Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up to the views of the village or Canggu beach; or the Pool Suite for a large private space with a plunge pool and lush garden surroundings. Enjoy the in-house restaurant and art gallery, as well as the cool, laid-back atmosphere. 

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Brody Jenner

Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia

Two surfers looking for the perfect break in 1988 is how Nihiwatu came to life. This very special, off-the-beaten path resort, is still considered a secret in the travellers' community. Located on the edge of Sumba, Nihiwatu is surrounded by tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, offering exquisite landscapes and breathtaking sanctuary. Choose between 12 beautiful private villas, each with a panoramic view. Rustic living at its finest, where the luxury is in the details. One of the most intriguing facts about Nihiwatu is that its own fuel is produced through harvested coconut meat. There is nothing quite possibly as tropical as that. When choosing to stay here you are contributing to the Sumba Foundation and providing humanitarian aid to the people of the island. The staff love Nihiwatu as much as you do and it shows. 

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Bella Hadid

The Rockhouse, Negril, Jamaica

Rooms and Villas’s sit atop a cliff-face hanging over lagoon-toned waters. A few stony steps from your room, a swimming ladder dips you into the ocean.  Play the Rockhouse way: Mondays are for Yoga + Tuesdays are a Spa Sensory Wellness day + Wednesdays you'll meet the managers for cocktails and hear stories + Thursdays why not head to the library in Negril + Friday drink a red stripe and fear leaving.

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THE INTROVERT AND EXTRAVERT GUIDE TO CANGGU, BALI

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THE INTROVERT AND EXTRAVERT GUIDE TO CANGGU, BALI

INTROVERT

Stay: Own Villa

Own Villa is an intimate riverside resort, surrounded by a lush tropical jungle and overlooking the rice fields of Bali, Indonesia. This place is perfect for anyone looking for the privacy of a villa with the hospitality of a boutique hotel. There are only four Sumatran-style open-air villas to choose from, complete with private terraces, gazebos, and rain showers. Enjoy the infinity pool, naturally blending into the environment or relax with traditional Balinese treatments. Own is available to be rented as a whole, making it a perfect retreat for a group of friends or the whole family, or any travellers craving complete privacy. 

Eat: Order a lunch to the villa and eat in a location of your choice. The staff make daily trips to the market, for fresh and local fair of your choosing. 

See: Take a trip to the Tanah Lot Temple. While it is beautiful at sunset, that's when it draws the biggest crowd. 

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EXTRAVERT

Stay: The Slow

The Slow is a boutique hotel and culture hub of art, architecture, music and gastronomy on the coast of Canguu, Bali. Enjoy minimal, tropical design with locally made furniture. Choose The Slow Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up to the views of the village or Canggu beach; or the Pool Suite for a large private space with a plunge pool and lush garden surroundings. Enjoy the in-house restaurant and art gallery, as well as the cool, laid-back atmosphere, all to the soundtrack of LA’s Reverberation Radio. 

Do: Go surfing at Batu Bolong or Echo Beach nearby.

Eat: Everything on the menu at The Slow's restaurant paired with masterfully mixed drinks and craft beer. Or, venture out to Motorcycle showroom / bar / restaurant / institution Deus Ex Machina.

Dance the night away: Hacienda Rooftop for late night house and techno or Da Maria for disco and interesting people watching. 

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THE CANGGU VIBE

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THE CANGGU VIBE

THE CANGGU VIBE

with ROOM+WILD, 

THE SLOW SUITES, PERMANENT VACATION, ACACIA SWIM, BEACHGOLD & VITALY

SASHA SEMENIOUGA creative director
NICHOLAS VALSAMIS photographer
SASHA MOROZ model

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5 NATURE-INSPIRED SPA HOTELS

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5 NATURE-INSPIRED SPA HOTELS

UXUA CASA HOTEL & SPA, TRANCOSO, BRAZIL

UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa is one of the reasons one should visit the Bahia State of Brazil. Enjoy barefoot luxury, one-of-a-kind sustainable design, and genuine warm hospitality. The 11 unique Casitas have been restored and designed by the Diesel creative director Wilbert Das, with help from local artists. Some Casitas date back as far as 500 years! Choose a one, two or three bedroom Casita or the Treehouse - all made from reclaimed materials. Visit the Beach Club, and see why UXUA's Beach Bar is named one of the best in the world. End the day at the spa, inspired by the natural Bahian elements - mangroves, rainforest, sea, and sand. Make sure to try the Almescar Tree Oil Massage, the hotel's signature. All spa products are hand-made from coconut oil, shea butter, Brazil nuts, and dark cocoa grown in the gardens on-site.

YEMAYA LITTLE CORN ISLAND HOTEL & SPA, NICARAGUA

Yemaya is a boutique beachfront hideaway on Little Corn Island, 50 miles east of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. Enjoy the luxury suites, steps away from the ocean, the picture-perfect coconut palms and the cool island vibe. Visit the hotel's wonderful spa, which stays authentic to the island's culture. Make sure to try the Chocolate Therapy Treatment or the Banana Sea Salt Scrub. Take part in one of the yoga or mindfulness retreats held at Yemaya. (Previous retreats have included hosts like Seane Corn, Meghan Currie, and Exhale Studio.)

KEEMALA LUXURY VILLAS, PHUKET, THAILAND

Keemala Villas are located on the west coast of Phuket, in Kamala Village, sitting on a hill and surrounded by a lush rainforest with views to the Andaman Sea. The Hotel celebrates the culture of four fictitious Phuket tribes - the Earth, the Wanderers, the Sky, and the Nest people. The 38 pool villa designs all reflect its mythical history and are connected together by jungle walkways. Choose one of the sixteen Clay Pool cottages with rainforest views. The seven Tent Pool villas resemble luxury tents, inspired by wildlife and wanderlust. The Tree Pool houses have a quirky cocoon-like design and sit high up off the ground.. Finally the 8 Bird's Nest Pool villas are covered by a woven birds nest and offer the largest villas at Keemala.

THE FARM AT SAN BENITO, LIPA CITY, BATANGA, THE PHILIPPINES

The Farm is a place to balance mind, body and spirit inside an eco-friendly vegan paradise. Take a healing journey and choose a wellness package or a customized detox treatment program or simply enjoy the stunning property. Visit the spa. Choose a tree hut or a villa, all inspired by nature and surrounded by streams and tropical gardens. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with small lakes, waterfalls, and meditation areas. You come to the Farm to enjoy the premises. Do yoga or join the fitness walks every morning. Learn how to do flower arrangements or take a vegan food preparation class. The detox cleanses and healing retreats are a must when staying at the Farm.  

TWO BUNCH PALMS RESORT, PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Two Bunch Palms is a historical hotel located in Desert Hot Springs, California and is one of the oldest spa resorts in the U.S. Open since the 1940’s, the resort was known as a secret hideaway for Hollywood celebrities and notorious gangsters. Today Two Bunch Palms is an oasis of peace and serenity for those seeking healing from its unique hot springs. Enjoy one of the 70 renovated rooms and suites, surrounded by palms and giant tamarisk trees. The vintage rooms are in the Grotto area near the spa. The Solstice rooms are located beyond the meditation lakes and designed with the outside/inside concept. Relax in the shade under one of the many trees and shrubs throughout the property or on your private patio. Discover the Grotto, featuring two mineral water pools, known for its therapeutic and mood-enhancing effects. Indulge in Watsu - a floating massage experience. Travel back in time to a more bohemian era, for a truly relaxing and mind-rebooting experience.

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4 SECRET MAINLAND GREECE RETREATS

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4 SECRET MAINLAND GREECE RETREATS

KINSTERNA HOTEL, MONEMVASIA

The Kinsterna Hotel is a Southern Greece hidden gem, surrounded  by olive groves, citrus trees, and vineyards with dreamy views of the Mediterranean and the castle rock of Monemvasia. The building dates back to the Byzantine times, and breathes history, luxury and magic. All rooms and suites are beautifully restored, combining old-world charm and contemporary comfort. Choose the Kinserna Suite for the ultimate luxury. Enjoy the premises to fullest - whether it's relaxing under a lemon tree or cooling down in the river-like swimming pool. Receive a bottle of wine and olive oil on departure as your memory of this boutique historic retreat. 

ARISTI MOUNTAIN RESORT AND VILLAS

Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is located in a traditional Greek village of Aristi, and surrounded by all the natural beauty Northern Greece has to offer: rivers, mountains, forests, alpine lakes and gorges. The resort is composed of a series of separate buildings, containing rooms, suites and villas, with views of the surrounding villages and the “Towers of Astraka” cliffs and built with stone and wood. Take advantage of the Spa with an indoor pool, a jacuzzi, sauna room, as well as a turkish steam bath - perfect to relax in after a day of hiking. 

TAINARON BLUE RETREAT, PELOPONNESE

Tainaron Blue Retreat is an intimate boutique hotel, inside a 19th-century stone tower, located on the slope of Taygetos mountain in Mani, Greece -  the southernmost point of mainland Europe. The three rooms are located inside the Tower, with its narrow staircases and wooden ladders, taking you on a journey to the past. Take in the unique ancient architecture, the panoramic views and the sea stretching out before you, as well as Olive Oil toiletries in every room.   

EUMELIA FARM AND GUESTHOUSE, GOUVES

Eumelia Farm and Guesthouse is located in southern mainland Greece, near the village of Gouves. The agricultural paradise is surrounded by olive groves, almond trees, herb fields, vineyards and mountains. All cottages are built with eco-friendly materials in a traditional Greek farmhouse style and designed to maximize the natural experience. Choose between the Olive Tree House, the Vineyard House, the Lavender House, the Almond Tree House or the Sunflower House - all complete with private gardens and nothing but vast plains in your view.

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5 WINTER RETREATS FOR SAUNA LOVERS

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5 WINTER RETREATS FOR SAUNA LOVERS

SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL, ALTA, NORWAY

Sorrisniva is an all year adventure retreat in Alta, Norway, whether you are coming in the winter to visit the famous Igloo Hotel or in the summer for salmon fishing or river tours. The Igloo Hotel consists of 30 rooms and suites (including the bridal suite), an ice gallery full of intricate sculptures, and the ice-chapel, perfect for a fairytale winter wedding. Everything is made of snow and ice and the hotel is rebuilt every year with a new theme. Next to the Igloo Hotel is the main Lodge, with all the necessary facilities; a living rooms with a fireplace, the restaurant and the sauna. 

TREEHOTEL, HARADS, SWEDEN

Treehotel combines great design, nature, sustainability and magic to create one of the most unique retreats in the world. Located in Northern Sweden, in the village of Harads, your long journey to get here will be worth it. Choose one of the 6 unique treehouses with the view of Lule River valley, surrounded by centuries-old pines and suspended 4-6 metres above the ground. Each treeroom has been created by some of Scandinavia’s best architects and everything from the rooms to the furniture has been custom designed. The Cabin Treeroom has amazing views of the Lule River valley and a large wooden deck. The Mirrorcube Treeroom perfectly blends into its surroundings and its six windows provide a panoramic view of the forest. The Bird's Nest's unique design speaks for itself. The Blue Cone Treehouse is accessible through a bridge from the nearby mountain and has 4 beds. Choose The UFO Treehouse for a truly out of this world experience, built for 5 people. The Dragonfly Treehouse is the largest and perfect for accommodating a large group. End your day at the Tree Sauna for a true Swedish experience. 

MAYA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, NAX, SWITZERLAND

The Maya’s mantra “Direct Contact With Nature” combined with the nearby region of Nax’s slogan “The Balcony of Heaven” assures that the land surrounding your room’s personal terrace is bound to be magnificent. Owned by an ecologically minded couple, the small hotel was created entirely of straw bale and 100% handmade & natural furniture. Oh, and their homemade floral pillows for sale are filled with chips of stone pine (later, feathers) and look just darling.

FOGO ISLAND INN, NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA

You will find yourself at the most eastern part of Canada. Surrounded by jagged rocks and a powerful ocean, Fogo Island Inn is a perfect destination in itself. A beautifully designed hotel includes an award winning restaurant and twenty nine suites with floor to ceiling windows facing the North Atlantic Ocean. Most suites include wood stones and four-piece tubs. 

HOTEL VILLA HONEGG, SWITZERLAND

Dining on the sunny Winter Terrace. Awe-inspiring view. Fur coats provided. Stay in the Main House fit for a king or the charming Garden House, offering more forgiving rates. Visit the spa for a Finnish sauna or a steam bath, complemented by a crushed-ice fountain. Indulge yourself with panoramic views of the Alps, while at the heated outdoor pool.

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4 ESSENTIAL NORTHERN COLOMBIA GETAWAYS

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4 ESSENTIAL NORTHERN COLOMBIA GETAWAYS

SEE: CARTAGENA
STAY: CASA PESTAGUA HOTEL BOUTIQUE SPA

With its cocaine days long gone, Colombian tropical city Cartagena is one of the most exciting destinations today. Welcome to Casa Pestagua - a boutique hotel known as "the most beautiful house in Cartagena" with its colonial architecture, exotic garden and lagoon pool. Enjoy 11 spacious rooms with elevated ceilings, featuring a mix of antique and modern décor with a romantic charm. Take in the old city, the churches and the ocean from the rooftop.

SEE: PLAYA BLANCA
STAY: PLAYA MANGLARES, ISLA BARU

It is hard to do Playa Manglares justice solely with words and images. You realize how special this place is once you step out of the cab and get a warm embrace from your host Olga. The feeling you get when at a family cottage mixed with wild outback lodging in a remote untouched paradise describes Playa Manglares best. The Eco-lodge is located on a bay surrounded by mangrove and palm trees and full of wildlife. There are 3 floors with a different beautifully designed room on each floor, suited for the needs of a family, a couple, or friends traveling together. Little touches like a hammock in the room overlooking the bay or intricately tiled outdoor shower amidst a lush jungle make Playa Manglares unforgettable.

SEE: TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK
STAY: JABA NIBUE, PLAYA GRANDE, TAGANGA, SANTA MARTA

Jaba Nibue is situated a short boat ride away from Taganga fishing village on the beautiful and remote Playa Grande. Built on the side of the mountain, the ecohabs follow an ancient design that is sustainable yet visually pleasing. The view from your personal ecohab is simply surreal with surrounding red mountains and emerald sea. The landscape is hard to pinpoint and constantly changing - looking one way you imagine eastern Africa - another way, the view is very Mediterranean. While there is a lot to see in this region, it is important to take a day to simply enjoy the scenery from your window. 

Jaba Nibue sits on the outskirts of Tayrona National Park - one of the most beautiful national parks in the world. The best way to explore it is arriving by bus or taxi and leaving by boat - the chariot is half the adventure. Once you enter the park, you are advised to ride a horse through the rainforest, before entering one of the most unique and breathtaking beaches - Cabo San Juan. Imagine lush jungle spilling out onto the perfect white sand, surrounded by large smooth rocks. You will leave Tayrona with unforgettable memories and photographs. Another great day trip is to Playa Christal - a deserted beach with the clearest water and a beautiful mountainscape.

SEE: THE ISLAND OF PROVIDENCIA
STAY: DEEP BLUE HOTEL

3 hours away from the Colombian island of San Andres, lays one of the last untouched Caribbean retreats - Providencia. Deep Blue is a boutique hotel with 12 spacious rooms and suites facing the mysterious Crab Caye Island. Enjoy casual luxury atmosphere, the tropical forest and turquoise sea, as well as the unparalleled view. Deep Blue is privileged to be sitting on the border of the McBean Lagoon National Park and is perfect for underwater exploration. Take advantage of the hotel’s free kayaks as well as scuba and snorkeling equipment. Kayak to Crab Caye Island. Explore the island on a golf kart ('Mule'). Go scuba diving through the world’s third longest barrier reef. Discover the caves and pristine coral at Tete's Place as well as the German tanker shipwreck Planchon. Take out Deep Blue’s 18 foot boat and explore Providencia and the neighbouring Santa Catalina Island. Arrange a picnic on a deserted beach. 

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5 PRIVATE ISLAND HOTELS YOU CAN AFFORD

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5 PRIVATE ISLAND HOTELS YOU CAN AFFORD

ISLETA EL ESPINO, NICARAGUA

Open water. Peace and beauty. Mango trees all around. Coffee from the local coffee farm. Waking up every morning to an amazing view of the Mombacho Volcano. 

Isleta El Espino is a boutique ecolodge, situated on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. The hideaway is owned by a brother and sister team and has a total of five rooms, including a treehouse. Everything on the property has been built by local designers and artisans. Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and mangoes falling from the trees. Turn on island mode. 

 

CALA MIA PACIFIC HOTEL, BOCA BRAVA ISLAND, PANAMA

Fresh breeze. Private island spa. Water world.
Located directly on the Pacific, only 8 degrees north of the equator, on the barely inhabited island of Boca Brava, Cala Mia is a Tiki lover's dream. You are surrounded by a tropical forest and beaches on all sides. Each bungalow is designed in a tiki home style by local artists with hammocks and lush vegetation around you. The Suites are only 10 meters from the sea, facing the ocean, with private beach access. Enjoy the freshwater infinity pool, while having a sundowner and watching the sunset. Visit the spa, located on its own small island - Cielo - connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge.
 

URRACA PRIVATE ISLAND, BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

Monkeys, fresh lobster and a cold glass of rum. Nature at your doorstep. Seeing coral from your porch during the day and bio-luminescent plankton at night.

Urraca Private Island is a magical ecolodge on a small mangrove island, 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro, Panama. As you arrive, you will be greeted by the island's owner Francine, as well as a gang of friendly monkeys - the main residents of the island, along with Quiso, the kinkajou. There are 5 bungalows, connected by wooden paths with nothing but water below your feet. Each bungalow has a private patio and an outdoor shower. Relax on the dock or on one of the hammocks and watch the distant blue horizon and the uninhabited Cayos Zapatilla Islands.

JICARO ISLAND ECOLODGE, LAKE NICARAGUA, ISLETAS DE GRANADA, NICARAGUA

Nicaraguan cottage vibes. Morning coffee deliveries. Breathtaking views of the Mombacho Volcano at sunset. Dinner on the floating dock.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is situated on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua and is one of the country's most well known eco resorts. Choose one of 9 private casitas, all made locally from Rainforest Alliance certified wood. Casitas are luxury two-floor bungalows, sitting above ground and surrounded by lush foliage, similar to a treehouse. Enjoy views of Mombacho Volcano with rich blue water on all sides. Relax on a hammock on your private deck, overlooking the lake. Take advantage of the morning coffee and afternoon "sundowner" delivery service. 

PUNTA CARACOL, BOCAS DEL TORO ISLAND, PANAMA

Water on all sides. Swinging in a hammock and watching dolphins beneath your feet.

Punta Caracol's concept is an Acqua-Lodge within a truly untouched environment. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, along the coral reef coast, sit the unique and rustic cabins, built on stilts over water and covered with a palm leaf roof. Natural materials such as leafs, bamboo, wild cane were used in construction and make you feel closer to nature than ever. Enjoy the sunset and dolphin watching from your private terrace. Choose the master suite for a spectacular panoramic view and personal hammocks.

 

 

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5 SECRET RETREATS OF THAILAND

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5 SECRET RETREATS OF THAILAND

KEEMALA LUXURY VILLAS, PHUKET

Keemala Villas are located on the west coast of Phuket, in Kamala Village, sitting on a hill and surrounded by a lush rainforest with views to the Andaman Sea. The Hotel celebrates the culture of four fictitious Phuket tribes - the Earth, the Wanderers, the Sky, and the Nest people. The 38 pool villa designs all reflect its mythical history and are connected together by jungle walkways.  Choose one of the sixteen Clay Pool cottages with rainforest views. The seven Tent Pool villas resemble luxury tents, inspired by wildlife and wanderlust. The Tree Pool houses have a quirky cocoon-like design and sit high up off the ground.. Finally the 8 Bird's Nest Pool villas are covered by a woven birds nest and offer the largest villas at Keemala.

RAYAVADEE, KRABI

Set within a coconut grove, Rayavadee is a resort built with two of the top beaches of Asia on either side. Everywhere you look there are awe-inspiring limestone cliffs, turquoise waters, beautiful plant life or monkeys. Your personal bungalow is set inside a lush tropical garden and includes complimentary beer and chocolates as well as a giant bed. Visit the Grotto bar in an open cave for an unforgettable meal. Learn the art of Thai cooking, flower garland weaving or fruit carving.

BAN SAINAI RESORT, KRABI

Ban Sainai is a peaceful eco-resort, located in Ao Nang village in Krabi, Thailand. There are 40 private Cottages available, all with large terraces and promising names, like the Coconut Cottage, the Grand Lake View or the Cliff View Cottage. The resort is hidden in a dense jungle, yet close to the village and all the main attractions one awaits at Krabi. Cool off in the salt water pool after a day of exploring. Relax in a hammock overlooking the lagoon with a good book and only sounds of birds around.

THE TUBKAAK KRABI BOUTIQUE RESORT

Tubkaak is a peaceful romantic hideaway in Krabi, Thailand. The beachfront hotel faces a group of stunning islands rising from the Andaman Sea and has the Hang Nak Mountain as its backdrop. Choose the Garden Room or the Seaview Room for a nature inspired design. The Haven or the Tubkaak Suites are perfect for a special occasion or a larger group - with a private beachfront pool, an outdoor bathtub and an open ceiling. Enjoy the sound of a natural stream running through the property from the mountains above into the ocean.  

SANTHIYA KOH YAO YAI RESORT & SPA, PHUNAI, KOH YAO

Welcome to Koh Yao - a beautiful island covered by mountains and rainforests, only 20 minutes away from Phuket. Santhiya is a luxury eco-lodge, where its photos really speak for themselves. Choose between 30 teakwood pool villas and 60 deluxe rooms offering a secluded beach front. Relax by the waterfall swimming pool or enjoy a traditional Thai spa treatment.

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UNIQUE HIDEAWAYS IN EVERY PART OF BALI

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UNIQUE HIDEAWAYS IN EVERY PART OF BALI

UBUD

ALILA UBUD

Alila Ubud is a peaceful hillside sanctuary, situated on the edge of the Ayung River Valley in Bali, Indonesia. The boutique hotel combines traditional Balinese design with modern materials and amenities, making it one of the most unique hotels in Ubud. Think modern geometry, open-air bathrooms, private gardens, and unparalleled jungle views. The hotel’s 56 rooms and 12 villas sit above the ravine on stilts, similar to treehouses and have panoramic views of the river and the volcanoes. Choose a Pool Villa, a Valley Villa or the Terrace Tree Villa for ultimate luxury and privacy.

BAMBU INDAH, UBUD, BALI

Bambu Indah, translating to "beautiful bamboo" is a unique place, combining antique design with modern green practices in a luxe and welcoming environment. The lodge sits across from the Ayung River and overlooks rice fields, surrounded by a large eco-pool with the purest water and stones from the mountains, where you can jump in from a swinging rope. Stay at one of the authentic Javanese teak wood houses, where you have plenty of choice depending on your style and size of the party. Udang House, or Shrimp House is one of the most unique accommodations in Bali. Sitting on top of a shrimp pond, the house's glass floor lets you get it on the action. Fall asleep to glistening water inside your bedroom. Wake up with morning yoga at Minang House -  a black bamboo construction, where no wall is straight. Each curve represents the rising full moon. The place is perfect for finding balance and peace. 

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ALILA VILLAS SOORI, BALI

Alila Villas Soori is a beachfront boutique hotel, located on the southwest coast of Bali, Indonesia. The stylish resort is set between a surreal volcanic black-sand beach and rice terraces with the mystical Mount Batukaru in the background. The hotel was designed by SCDA Architects, blending modern Asian design with the natural environment. Choose from a variety of villas, perfect for a couple or a family gathering. Take advantage of the high-end toiletries included in each room - facial mists, sun tanning oil, sun-screen and after-sun cooling gel.

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OWN VILLA, BALI

Own Villa is an intimate riverside resort, surrounded by a lush tropical jungle and overlooking the rice fields of Bali, Indonesia. This place is perfect for anyone looking for the privacy of a villa with the hospitality of a boutique hotel. There are only four Sumatran-style open-air villas to choose from, complete with private terraces, gazebos, and rain showers. Enjoy the infinity pool, naturally blending into the environment or visit the Spa and relax with traditional Balinese treatments. 

 

THE SLOW SUITES, CANGGU, BALI

The Slow is a boutique hotel and culture hub of art, architecture, music and gastronomy on the coast of Canguu, Bali. Enjoy minimal, tropical design with locally made furniture. Choose The Slow Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, opening up to the views of the village or Canggu beach; or the Pool Suite for a large private space with a plunge pool and lush garden surroundings. Enjoy the in-house restaurant and art gallery, as well as the cool, laid-back atmosphere. 

ULUWATU

ALILA VILLAS ULUWATU, BALI

Alila Villas Uluwatu is a boutique luxury hotel, perched up high up on the limestone cliffs of Bali's Bukit Peninsula. There are 65 one, two or three bedroom villas to choose from. Enjoy the modern open-air design with traditional Balinese accents, your private pool, outdoor rain shower and infinity Indian Ocean views. Relax with a ginger tea on the cliffside terrace with coastal views in front of you and lush green rainforest behind you.

 

SUARGA PADANG PADANG, ULUWATU

Suarga Padang Padang is a boutique eco hotel on the Bukit Peninsula of Bali, Indonesia. The unique cliffside location offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean, overlooking Padang Padang beach. There are 36 rooms and villas, decorated in a rustic chic style, to combine modern amenities with a traditional sustainable design. Choose the Muso Pentrooms, named after the largest species of bamboo or the larger Ulin Pavilions with their wooden floors and walls - both with a large terrace and a private outdoor space. There are a number of ocean view villas available as well, perfect for a family or friend gathering.  

SEMINYAK 

EQUILIBRIA, SEMINYAK, BALI

eqUILIBRIA is a boutique design hotel in the heart of the Seminyak neighbourhood in Bali, Indonesia. Enjoy the modern architecture and bespoke service. Your personal butler will help with anything from dinner reservations and activity planning to overcoming the language barrier when you are on your own through a special mobile app. There are three types of villas available: The Pool Villa, The Waterfall Villa and the two floor Signature Villa, surrounded by man-made waterfalls, infinity pools and bamboo gardens. End the day at the state-of-the-arts spa with a Bamboo face mask.

BATURITI

VILLAGE ABOVE THE CLOUDS, BALI

Village Above the Clouds is an eco-boutique hotel, located at the foot of Munduk Andong Kelod, one hour northwest of Ubud. Sitting on top of a velvet green valley and looking out into fields of flowers and rice, this is a perfect retreat for anyone looking for undiscovered Bali. Choose the Sunrise Suite and wake up with the sun to views of Munduk Andong going all the way to the ocean. Enjoy floor to ceiling windows, opening to the lush nature surrounding you. Late sleepers will love the Sunset Suite, also offering stunning views of the valley and the ocean. The two-story Bungalow is perfect for families and friends, offering the largest amount of space. Enjoy the indoor meditation space. Relax on the black bamboo outdoor terrace. End the day with one of the best massages you will ever have. 

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5 TRAVEL INSTAGRAMMERS WE LOVE

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5 TRAVEL INSTAGRAMMERS WE LOVE

Jessica Stein

@tuulavintage
Fashion and travel come together with stunning photos and wanderlust-worthy locations. 

Lauren Bullen + Jack Morris

@gypsea_lust + @doyoutravel
This couple's well curated gallery of adventures take us all over the world with a dreamy and visually appealing narrative. 

Logan Ly

@logeyly
Logan is an adventurer and a photographer with an eye for unusual compositions and a lust for exotic locations.

Teri Yeung

@teriaki
Design, food & adventure come together in Teri's colourful gallery. 

Fergie Cancade

@fergiecancade
Wilderness beautifully captured. 

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36 HOURS IN ICELAND

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36 HOURS IN ICELAND

36 Hours in Iceland

with ROOM+WILD, CHLOE HOLMES, ION ADVENTURE HOTEL, SILICA HOTEL, KIT AND ACE, VITALY, RAINS, & RETROSUPERFUTURE


I still don't know why, exactly, but I do think people can have a spiritual connection to landscape, and I certainly did in Iceland.

Hannah Kent

5am HIGHWAY 435

5am HIGHWAY 435

515am HIGHWAY 435

515am HIGHWAY 435

Chloe is wearing GIAGUARO FEMMENA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line Skirt by Kit and Ace, JERN X ANTIQUED STEEL Pendant by Vitaly

Chloe is wearing GIAGUARO FEMMENA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE
Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line Skirt by Kit and Ace, JERN X ANTIQUED STEEL Pendant by Vitaly

530am HIGHWAY 435

530am HIGHWAY 435

6AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

6AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

Chloe is wearing Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line Skirt by Kit and Ace, JERN X ANTIQUED STEEL Pendant + TREO X ANTIQUED STEEL Ring by Vitaly

Chloe is wearing Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line Skirt by Kit and Ace, JERN X ANTIQUED STEEL Pendant + TREO X ANTIQUED STEEL Ring by Vitaly

7AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

7AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

Chloe is wearing GIAGUARO FEMMENA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE, Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line SKIRT + Sleeveless Top by Kit and Ace, Runners Bag Backpack by RAINS

Chloe is wearing GIAGUARO FEMMENA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE, Cropped Flight Jacket + Front of a Line SKIRT + Sleeveless Top by Kit and Ace, Runners Bag Backpack by RAINS

9AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

9AM ION ADVENTURE HOTEL

11AM BLUE LAGOON

11AM BLUE LAGOON

1115AM SILICA HOTEL

1115AM SILICA HOTEL

Chloe is wearing GALS MARINA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE + Dress by Bowenero

Chloe is wearing GALS MARINA Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE + Dress by Bowenero

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1PM GEYSIR HOT SPRING Chloe is wearing CICCIO FRANCIS CRYSTAL Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE, Sleeveless Top by Kit and Ace

1PM GEYSIR HOT SPRING
Chloe is wearing CICCIO FRANCIS CRYSTAL Sunglasses by RETROSUPERFUTURE, Sleeveless Top by Kit and Ace

2PM GULLFOSS WATERfALL

2PM GULLFOSS WATERfALL

9PM SKOGAFOSS WATERfALL

9PM SKOGAFOSS WATERfALL

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5 UNEXPECTED DESTINATION WEDDING VENUES

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5 UNEXPECTED DESTINATION WEDDING VENUES

DESERT WEDDING

Camp Adounia, Morocco

Camp Adounia is a luxury glamping retreat in the Sahara desert and along the picturesque and secluded African beaches. Built to resemble old Moroccan desert tents where nomads stayed ages ago, this is a once in a lifetime adventure to truly connect with nature and share an unforgettable experience together. 

SAFARI WEDDING

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

Bushmans Kloof is an award-winning South African lodge, located at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains. The retreat offers unique luxury accommodation complete with an unparalleled wilderness experience. There are 16 rooms and suites to choose from, as well as a private villa for up to 10 guests - the Koro Lodge. Enjoy open plains, botanical gardens and ancient sandstone formations surrounding the area. Relax in the outdoor gazebo, dine anywhere on the vast property or simply take in this ecological oasis. 

MOUNTAIN WEDDING

Gocta Lodge, Peru

Gocta Lodge has one of the most beautiful views in all of Peru and is a perfect starting point to explore the region of the Chachapoya. Located in the small village of Cocachimba and situated at an altitude of 1,800 meters, Gocta is designed to have the best view and proximity to the Gocta Waterfalls. Every room you choose faces the Falls. Enjoy the surrounding gardens, infinity pool and terraces in a perfect spring weather setting.

RAINFOREST WEDDING

Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation

Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn is a coffee farm plantation and boutique hotel situated in the mountain highlands of Costa Rica. Almost all rooms include Jacuzzi baths and private terraces facing the green Central Valley and Costa Rican volcanoes in the distant highlands. No two rooms are alike with its unique decorations of rainforest themed murals, sculptures, and arches. If you are looking into destination weddings, Rosa Blanca offers a unique experience for up to 60 people for a "tropical fantasy wedding". End the day with a refreshing swim in the infinity pool or get an organic coffee, almond and chocolate scrub at the spa.

OLD CITY WEDDING

Casa Pestagua, Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena can satisfy anyone with its perfect mix of European history and charm and tropical Caribbean atmosphere. Welcome to Casa Pestagua - a boutique hotel known as "the most beautiful house in Cartagena" with its colonial architecture, exotic garden and lagoon pool. Enjoy 11 spacious rooms with elevated ceilings, featuring a mix of antique and modern décor with a romantic charm. Take in the old city, the churches and the ocean from the rooftop. 

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5 HOTELS FOR HISTORY LOVERS

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5 HOTELS FOR HISTORY LOVERS

HOTEL CAN MOSTATXINS, MALLORCA, SPAIN

Hotel Can Mostatxins is a beautifully restored boutique hotel dating back to the 15th century. It is located in the heart of Alcudia, a medieval walled town of Mallorca, Spain and surrounded by the Bay of Pollenca and Tramuntana Mountains. There are 8 bedrooms with exposed sandstone, renovated to combine the original Gothic style and modern design. The Tower Executive Room and the Tower Suite are accessed by a private glass walkway. Both have kept the low doorway and the medieval window and have a wonderful terrace with views across the whole city.  

RELAIS LA SUVERA, TUSCANY, ITALY

Relais La Suvera is a luxury historic hotel situated within the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy.  Each one of the 36 rooms and suites is different, combining antique charm with modern amenities. Stay in The Papal Villa, dedicated to the owners' historical families, perfect for celebrating a special occasion. The Farmhouse and the Stables building, come complete with private balconies and garden views. Take a walk around the vast grounds. Fall asleep surrounded by lemon trees. Relax in the medieval spa. If you are interested in having a Tuscan wedding - Relais La Suvera is the spot. 

KINSTERNA HOTEL, MONEMVASIA, GREECE

The Kinsterna Hotel is a Southern Greece hidden gem, surrounded  by olive groves, citrus trees, and vineyards with dreamy views of the Mediterranean and the castle rock of Monemvasia. The building dates back to the Byzantine times, and breathes history, luxury and magic. All rooms and suites are beautifully restored, combining old-world charm and contemporary comfort. Choose the Kinserna Suite for the ultimate luxury. Enjoy the premises to fullest - whether it's relaxing under a lemon tree or cooling down in the river-like swimming pool. Receive a bottle of wine and olive oil on departure as your memory of this boutique historic retreat. 

CASA PESTAGUA HOTEL BOUTIQUE SPA, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

Welcome to Casa Pestagua - a boutique hotel known as "the most beautiful house in Cartagena" with its colonial architecture, exotic garden and lagoon pool. Enjoy 11 spacious rooms with elevated ceilings, featuring a mix of antique and modern décor with a romantic charm. Take in the old city, the churches and the ocean from the rooftop. Cartagena can satisfy anyone with its perfect mix of European history and charm and tropical Caribbean atmosphere. Wander through the old city and travel back in time.


CHATEAU DE SAINT PATERNE, SAINT-PATERNE, FRANCE

Château de Saint Paterne, is a century old castle, located 2km from Alençon, between Loire and Normandy. Surrounded by its own park and frequented by King Henry IV in the past, this charming hotel is perfect for nature lovers and historians alike. The rooms are full of character, keeping the mysterious historic features with modern improvements. Stay in L'Orangerie for a special experience. The newest and largest suite is located 50 metres from the main house and offers the best views of the park and the Chateau. For something more remote, you can stay at La Datcha - built in the middle of the park with a private sauna and jacuzzi on an outdoor deck. This is perfect for an experience closest to nature yet with options to explore the Chateau.

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5 HONEYMOON RETREATS FOR EVERY BUDGET

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5 HONEYMOON RETREATS FOR EVERY BUDGET

Under $100/per night

KELEBEK CAVE HOTEL, CAPPADOCIA, GOREME, NEVSEHIR, TURKEY

Welcome to Cappadocia - a mysterious wonderland of soaring rock formations - peribacalari, or 'fairy chimneys' and magical underground cities. Kelebek Hotel is located in the old part of Goreme, and is the first cave hotel in the city. Stay inside a real cave, built to provide you with the most authentic Turkish comfort. Choose between 36 different rooms and suites - cave, arch, stone or Fairy Chimney. For a hammam basin, a terrace and a fireplace - go with a suite. While on the premises, indulge in a Turkish Bath (hammam) for a tradition dating back thousands of years. Cool off in the Kelebek swimming pool and explore the mosaics showing the world map of famous Turkish sailor Piri Reis. After a day full of adventure, rest in the garden with a tea and a book. 

Under $200/per night

URRACA PRIVATE ISLAND, BOCAS DEL TORO, PANAMA

Urraca Private Island is a magical ecolodge on a small mangrove island, 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro, Panama. As you arrive, you will be greeted by the island's owner Francine, as well as a gang of friendly monkeys - the main residents of the island, along with Quiso, the kinkajou. There are 5 bungalows, connected by wooden paths with nothing but water below your feet. Each bungalow has a private patio and an outdoor shower. Relax on the dock or on one of the hammocks and watch the distant blue horizon and the uninhabited Cayos Zapatilla Islands.

Under $400/per night

MI AMOR, TULUM, MEXICO

Built on a rocky coast, above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and surrounded with a lush jungle, Hotel Mi Amor really sets the tone for being one of the most romantic destinations in Tulum, Mexico. Choose one of the handful of suites the boutique hotel offers, complete with private balconies and plunge pools, where even the Garden Suite comes with a glimpse of the water. Enjoy a welcome massage as you are checking in. Relax on a floating daybed, surrounded by plants. 

Under $800/per night

PERIVOLAS HOTEL, SANTORINI, GREECE

Perivolas Hotel sits high above the Aegean Sea on the island of Santorini. The secluded location and the intimate size give Perivolas a feel of a private villa, with all the luxuries of a boutique hotel. Just a short walk away is Oia, one of the most well known and beautiful villages in the Mediterranean. All rooms are suites, carved out of the side of the cliff and built using local materials in a Cycladic style. Beds are built into the alcove, surrounded by whitewashed walls with a natural breeze coming from the windows and the skylights. Choose the Perivolas Suite for ultimate luxury, where your personal swimming pool flows out to the terrace. Enjoy a glass of cold Santorini wine on your private patio, while melting into the infinite blue horizons. Watch the vast star-speckled sky at night. Relax into the stillness. 

$800+

PER AQUUM HUVAFEN FUSHI, THE MALDIVES

Located in the middle of the Indian Ocean and belonging to the dreamy tropical nation of Maldives, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi is truly a remarkable place. The modern boutique feel as well as its underwater spa really make Huvafen Fushi stand out from the rest. Every room and bungalow is equipped with a private pool, with the ocean just a few steps away. Painted in pastel and earthy colours, the rooms have everything you need from oversized beds, Bose surround system, espresso machines, rainfall showers and all imaginable bath necessities. This place was created for peace, pleasure and comfort. If you are interested in getting married in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi organizes weddings in a coral cathedral, on paradise beaches or even underwater for a truly one of a kind experience.

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