Room + Wild Tulum Roundup

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Room + Wild Tulum Roundup

NOMADE, TULUM

Nomade is a beachfront boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico. Enjoy white sand beach, a backdrop of a lush jungle and true barefoot luxury. The accommodation choices includes Jungle Suites, Ocean Villas, Deluxe Tents, and Pool Villas. Relax on one of the nicest beaches in Tulum and enjoy the hippie chic vibe.

MI TULUM

Be Tulum Hotel is an image of Tulum, Mexico many have in their minds, that actually exists in reality. Set in the dense jungle, with a white sand beach as its backyard and close to the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, the boutique hotel is a near perfect tropical destination. There are 44 private suites between the jungle, the beach and the sea, all created with local materials and original designs. Choose the Ocean Front Suite for ultimate luxury, complete with a rooftop terrace, a pool and a sun bathing area. Visit the Yäan Wellness Energy Spa to relax with an organic treatment after a day full of adventure. 

LA ZEBRA, TULUM

La Zebra is located on one of the most perfect stretches of beach in Tulum and combines nature, design, and cuisine in a boutique tropical environment. Choose between one of the colourful classic cabanas or the contemporary suites. The jungle chic cabanas are only steps away from the ocean, complete with a palapa roof and the modern contemporary suites are every design lover's dream . Both come with A/C, private decks, and hammocks.

MI AMOR, TULUM

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. 

HOTEL ESENCIA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Hotel Esencia is a boutique Mexican hotel, located between Tulum and Playa del Carmen on a still untouched Xpu-Ha Bay. Originally, serving as a private villa of an Italian duchess, the beachfront oasis is surrounded by Yucatán jungle, and has been reimagined in 2014 with an arrival of a new owner. There are 29 tropical-chic suites and villas, with private terraces and personal touches like complimentary beach bags, snorkeling gear, and Havaiana sandals.

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5 HIDEAWAYS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER

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5 HIDEAWAYS FOR THE ADVENTUROUS TRAVELER

WHITEPOD HOTEL, SWITZERLAND

Whitepod is a eco-luxury hotel and Alpine experience in Valais, Switzerland, consisting of a village of pods, surrounded by private ski slopes and hike trails. A pod is a sphere composed only of triangles (using minimum materials), complete with all of the amenities of a traditional hotel room. Choose the Cozy Pod, The Family Pod, the Deluxe Pod or one of the newer Pod Suites. Choose the Swiss Pod Suite, complete with a large terrace and a bar with a selection of wines and vermouth, or the Forest Pod Suite with a hammock in the indoor trees and unparalleled views. All suites include a private sauna. By staying at Whitepod, you are contributing the hotel's sustainable lifestyle.

Both seasons offer a wide variety of unique and traditional outdoor activities. Enjoy access to 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts, dog sledding and snowshoe hiking the winter. Summer offers 25 km of hiking trails, as well as unique activities, like hiking-cooking trail, where you cook with the plants you’ve gathered or edu-trail hike, where you learn about the region's agriculture. Those looking for something with more adrenaline will love mountain biking or paragliding with a certified pilot. If you care tear yourself away from the property, take a day trip to Lavey-les-Bains Thermal Baths, Salt Mines of Bex, Fairies’ Cave, or the Jardin Zen – Aigle. End the day with a relaxing massage, available back at the hotel.

 

HOTEL PALACIO DE SAL, SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA

Palacio de Sal Hotel is located on the edge of the vast and mysterious Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia - the world’s largest salt flat. Mirroring its environment, everything from the walls to the furniture in the hotel is built entirely with salt. Choose one of 30 igloo-like rooms, built with salt blocks. Relax by the fireplace in the game room or have a drink at the bar after a long day of exploring. Take in your surroundings from Palacio de Sal's viewing room with a surreal 360 degree view.

You are here for Salar de Uyuni -  the largest salt flat in the world, covering an area of 12,000 square km, and sitting 3660 meters above sea level, visible from space. Created by a prehistoric lake going dry, Salar de Uyuni is a desertlike landscape of salt, rock formations and islands. Discover this other-worldly natural wander while staying at Palacio de Sal on foot or mountain bikes. Other Bolivian landmarks not to be missed are Árbol de Piedra ("stone tree") in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve; Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), a salt lake in the Sur Lípez Province, where you will also come across flamingoes; Laguna Celeste, another famous Bolivian lake and last but not least the Salvador Dalí Desert (Valle de Dalí), where landscapes resemble the artist's signature paintings.

 

LA FERME DE GEORGES, THE LENÇÓIS MARANHENSES NATIONAL PARK, BRAZIL

La Ferme de Georges is an eco hotel on the edge of the surreal sand dunes and lagoons of Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in the town of Atins, in northeastern Brazil. Built on a hill, and overlooking the river and the jungle, the lodge offers 7 casitas, appropriately named the Dune Chalet, the River Chalet, the Tree Chalet and the Park Chalet, after various natural elements in the area, and designed with local materials. Enjoy the many viewing points and hammocks throughout the property. Visit the organic garden. 

You are here to explore The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park - a unique protected area with freshwater turquoise lagoons and smooth surrealistic sand dunes. Trek the dunes on foot, horse back, or with a 4x4. Go Kite Boarding or Surfing. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the area. Find a unique way to document this heaven on earth.  

 

LONGITUDE 131°, ULURU-KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK, AUSTRALIA

Welcome to the raw majestic wilderness of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia. Longitude 131° is a luxury resort standing at the foot of Australia’s most recognizable natural sights - Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the sacred red mounts of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Choose one of the fifteen luxury tents on stilts, all with stunning views of Uluru, designed to keep you cool in summer and warm in the winter. Relax beneath the canopy roof, at the resort's library where you can read about ancient explorers after a day full of adventure. Cool off in your personal oasis in the outdoor swimming pool. This is the ultimate wilderness luxury experience.  

Explore the unique flora and fauna of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. See the desert come alive with a Sunrise Walk before dawn. Take a camel ride through the vast surroundings. Discover unique geology with Longitude's knowledgable guides. 

 

AWASI PATAGONIA, CHILE

Awasi Patagonia is located on the outskirts of Torres del Paine National Park inside a private reserve. Choose one of 12 hillside villas with panoramic views of Lake Sarmiento and horn-shaped peaks of Cuernos del Paine. Surrounded by a forest and pampas (lowlands), the area is perfect for wildlife sightings. The cottages are inspired by old patagonian shelters, providing privacy, yet open to observing the natural world. 

Awasi Patagonia offers tailor-made, private tours perfect for anyone wanting a luxurious wilderness experience. You will be assigned your own guide upon arrival, to built a custom itinerary - whether it's horseback riding, fishing, or hiking the unique Torres del Paine landscapes. Mountain bike or ride horses through the majestic plains to the lakes. Kayak through fjords and ancient glaciers. Hike through dense forests. Spot condors, pumas and flamingoes. Be one with the wild and discover one of the only places in the world that hasn't changed in centuries - Patagonia. 

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5 RETREATS WITH THE ULTIMATE VIEWS

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5 RETREATS WITH THE ULTIMATE VIEWS

POD HOTEL, CAMPS BAY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Camps Bay, a trendy suburb of Cape Town, sits between the majestic cliffs of Table Mountain and the navy blue Atlantic Ocean. POD Boutique Hotel is located directly across from Camps Bay Beach. Choose between 15 beautifully designed rooms, with modern live-edge wood and granite touches, and floor to ceiling glass windows. Three suites have private plunge pools, and the POD's wraparound pool terrace overlooks the ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of the water or the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, while sipping a Caipirinha.

 

TIGER MOUNTAIN POKHARA LODGE, POKHARA, NEPAL

Nestled 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley, among bamboo and fruit trees, with a surreal Himalayan backdrop, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is one of the most unforgettable places to stay in Nepal. Enjoy views of the famous Himalayan peaks - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu and the Annapurna Range from the terrace of your private cottage or the lodges' infinity pool. The clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. Inside you will find rich Tibetan rugs and handmade wood furniture. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails on the candle-lit terrace or after dinner aperitifs around the fire. Find a sense of living in a local village with luxury in this natural haven.

HOTEL HACIENDA NA XAMENA, IBIZA, SPAIN

Na Xamena sits on top of a majestic cliff, high above the Mediterranean and surrounded by a pine forest. If you are looking for privacy, luxury and relaxation - this place is for you. The property is a traditional white Ibiza-style villa in the midst of a preserved natural park. There are 77 rooms and suites to choose from as well as 4 restaurants, a bar, a spa and a sun terrace. The unique feature of Na Xamena are Cascadas Suspendidas - cascading therapeutic waterfalls, suspended at the top of the cliffs. The water circuit is made of several pools of heated sea water, with different depths and levels, connected by waterfalls. 

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL, MOROCCO

Kasbah du Toubkal is located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, at the base of Jbel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa, overlooking the village of Imlil. Set amongst walnut groves and restored with Berber craftsmanship and techniques, the hotel faces mountains, waterfalls, and lakes, offering an extraordinary experience and a chance to discover unseen Morocco. Choose between fourteen comfortable rooms, including three private apartment suites, with a balcony, a kitchen and unparalleled views of the High Atlas Mountains. Wake up to fresh mountain air and fall asleep to the crackling fireplace.

GOCTA ANDES LODGE, AMAZONAS, 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. You are here to experience the Gocta Waterfalls. Take a 2.5 hour hike to the base of the falls through farmlands and cloud forests. 

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WHICH GREEK ISLAND IS FOR YOU?

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WHICH GREEK ISLAND IS FOR YOU?

Mykonos

Personalities: Jetsetters. Nightlife lovers.  

STAYSAN GIORGIO HOTEL

San Giorgio is a beautifully designed boutique hotel, located seaside on the island of Mykonos. There are 32 rooms to choose from, with traditionally Greek white walls and handpicked wooden furniture and accessories. Choose the Basico room; Mare and Mare Plus rooms with balconies and Aegean views; the Veranda with a large bamboo-covered terrace and hammocks; or the Grande or Famosa Suites with a master bedroom, a living area and a spacious veranda for ultimate luxury. Tan on a wooden platform, disappearing into the water. Sleep the afternoon away in a hand-sewn hammock. Enjoy the beach clubs located nearby for a sunset adventure. San Giorgio is perfect for travellers looking to enjoy everything Mykonos has to offer: Mediterranean waters, bohemian vibes and vibrant nightlife. 

Santorini

Personalities: Lovers. Romantics with a taste for luxury. Ultimate loungers looking for a room with a view.   

STAY: KAPARI NATURAL RESORT

Kapari Natural Resort is a boutique hotel, located on the romantic Greek island of Santorini, in the quiet village of Imerovigli. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere, an infinity pool disappearing into the Mediterranean and majestic views of the caldera. There are only 14 rooms and suites, restored from the 300 year old complex of traditional houses and built into the cliff. The built-in furniture and the white modern design truly showcase the Santorini vibe. Choose the Vanilla Rooms for the beautiful views or one of the two-level Premium Rooms located close to the pool. For ultimate luxury, choose The Kapari Suite -  the largest of all rooms, offering a Cycladic style fireplace, a Jacuzzi and a steam bath. 

Zakynthos

Personalities: Sea Explorers. Lovers. Hikers.    

STAY: ZANTE MARIS SUITES, ZAKYNTHOS

Zante Maris Suites is a modern boutique hotel in Tsilivi, Zakynthos. Nestled hillside with panoramic views of Ionian Sea and surrounded by olive trees, the hotel is a perfect Greek Island oasis. Stay in one of the swim up suites, complete with sea views and a sun deck and surrounded by a pool. Relax in the lounge or the restaurant looking over the bay and the village. Enjoy live music with your dinner and the cool ambiance of this private retreat. 

Milos

Personalities: Photographers. Writers. Families. 

STAY Captain Zeppos

Captain Zeppos is a boutique seafront bed and breakfast on the beautiful Greek island of Milos. Located right on the sea in the centre of a Pollonia - a small picturesque fishing village on the northeast edge of the island, the retreat will become your home away from home. There are only 4 suites and one private villa, complete with kitchens for those who like to cook. Each suite is named with colours and decorated in a traditional Cycladic style, with subtle island luxury accents. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets over the Mediterranean from your own suite, complemented by Pollonia's landscapes. Lose yourself in a good book. Relax in the jacuzzi after dinner or have a sundowner in the lounge. 

Folegandros

Personalities: Escapists. Travellers looking for a remote and quiet island. 

STAY:  BLUE SAND HOTEL AND 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.  

Paros

Personalities: Kite and Wind surfers. Artists. Marble enthusiasts. 

STAY: Calme Boutique Hotel

Calme Boutique Hotel is a luxury hillside retreat on the Greek island of Paros. Located in the southeast, close to the village of Drios, where the land is covered with olive groves and vineyards, and one of the best beaches on the island, Chryssi Akti (The Golden Beach) is only 700 metres away. The bohemian Cycladic design is in everything from the stone walls to the unique room names, like Lavender, Thyme, and Basil or Mint and Aloe. There are only 14 suites, each featuring an outdoor space and a private pool.

Rhodes

Personalities: Lovers, friends and families looking to enjoy ancient history and unique natural surroundings.

STAY MELENOS LINDOS HOTEL

Welcome to Lindos - a charming white village, sitting under the ancient Acropolis on a small harbour of the Greek island of Rhodes. Melenos Lindos is a special hotel where history and nature come together as one. The hotel has been designed with a lot of attention to detail - mosaic floors, hand-painted ceramics, gorgeous plants, intricate antiques and romantic lighting at night. The twelve suites all have beautiful views of of the Aegean Sea and distant coastline. Each suite has a private terrace, decorated with pebble mosaics. Relax while watching the coastline or daydream in the intimate garden, among lavender, jasmine, and lush grape-vines.

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5 UNIQUE STAYS THROUGHOUT BRAZIL

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5 UNIQUE STAYS THROUGHOUT BRAZIL

KENOA HOTEL

Kenoa Beach Spa & Resort is a remote beachfront design hotel in Barra de Sao Miguel, 30 minutes away from Maceio, the capital of the state of Alagoas, just nine degrees south of the equator in northeast Brazil. Inspired by nature, the resort was designed and built using sustainable Brazilian materials in unexpected ways. There are 23 villa-style cabanas, complete with panoramic views of the Atlantic coast, interior gardens, terraces, a traditional Japanese ufuro tubs, and plunge pools in some. Relax under eucalyptus trees in Kenoa's many private outdoor areas. Watch the sun go down from the infinity pool. Visit the spa and try one of the Coffee Treatment.

UXUA CASA HOTEL & SPA, TRANCOSO

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.

CRISTALINO LODGE, AN AMAZON SANCTUARY, ALTA FLORESTA, MATO GROSSO STATE

The Cristalino Lodge is located in the Brazilian Amazon region inside a private forest reserve, sitting on the banks of Cristalino River. Choose one of the 18 wooden rooms or bungalows, carefully designed to blend into the environment and built using natural materials. Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys. Take the afternoon to read in a hammock on a private terrace. Watch the sunset on the floating dock and listen to the soothing sounds of the river. 

FELISSIMO HOTEL,  BALNEARIO CAMBORIU

At Felissimo you will find great design in the midst of a Brazilian rainforest. Hidden in a tropical garden, and only 500 metres from sea, the hotel consists of 9 suites and 2 private lofts. Relax in the turquoise mosaic pool or take in the sea view from your private terrace. Perfect for people who appreciate great design and secret gardens.

CHEZ GEORGES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Chez Georges is a luxury villa in the hills of Rio de Janeiro's Santa Teresa neighbourhood. Nestled between the golden beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, and the lush jungle that surrounds the city, Chez Georges is a unique private oasis, for anyone who appreciates architecture, music, and art. The villa can host up to 14 guests with it's 7 suites. The villa has been built and designed by a renowned architect Wladimir Alves de Souza, showcasing Brazilian Brutalism at its best. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of Sugarloaf Mountain, and Guanabara Bay; large wooden doors; floor to ceiling windows and white walls; complete with a refreshing 15 metre pool. The the most unique feature of Chez Georges is sound-proofed music studio, complete with a control room and recording room, facing the lush greens on the forest. 

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5 LAKESIDE RETREATS AROUND THE WORLD

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5 LAKESIDE RETREATS AROUND THE WORLD

IL SERENO HOTEL, LAKE COMO, ITALY

Il Sereno is a modern boutique hotel, located on the banks of the infamous Lake Como, in Italy. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and dark teal water, the intimate hotel brings fresh contemporary luxury to the area. The design is inspired by Lake Como's history and culture, with the vertical gardens and sculptures, inspired by the colours and the movement of the lake. (specially created by botanist Patrick Blanc). There are 30 lake front suites to choose from, complete with private terraces, lake views and floor to ceiling windows with plenty of natural light. Guests have a privete beach, a fresh water infinity pool stretching over the lake, a full-service spa, and 3 classic wooden boats designed by Ernesto Riva available for the use.

HOTEL PALAFITTE, NEUCHÂTEL, SWITZERLAND

Palafitte is built on piles on the lake of Neuchâtel with breathtaking views of the Alps. Choose between the Lake or Shore Pavillions. Each room has a private terrace, with direct access to the lake, as well as a jacuzzi. This is an outdoorsman's paradise! There is an array of activities from golf, mountain biking and hiking in the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Highlights include Creux du Van, a breathtaking cirque created from water and ice erosion and Saut-du-Doubs, a beautiful mineral and aquatic area to explore on foot or by boat. 

LAGUNA LODGE ECO-RESORT & NATURE RESERVE, GUATEMALA

Enter the Mayan world of The Laguna Lodge by boat, through the legendary Lake Atitlan. The structure of the hotel is naturally integrated into a mountain, providing beautiful views of crystal blue water and three dormant volcanoes. All 6 suites are created from volcanic stone, adobe and palm and inspired by natural surroundings. Step out on your private patio to a garden of coffee and banana trees. Have a candle-light dinner while listening to the sweeping lake, creating surreal ambience. Warm up by the river stone and jasper fire place.

GAL OYA LODGE, SRI LANKA

Gal Oya Lodge is located across beautiful Sri Lankan wilderness next to the Gal Oya National Park. Choose between nine eco-chic rooms with private verandas and ceiling glass windows. Design details such as table tops of sliced timber, the thatched roofs; coconut shells, bamboo and stone as bath accessories make the rooms one of a kind. For a special occasion or a larger group, choose the two bedroom villa perched at the highest point of the lodge, offering the best views. Enjoy the outdoor shower. Swim in the outdoor emerald pool, surrounded by mountains and cliffs. 

ISLETA EL ESPINO, NICARAGUA

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. 

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5 UNDISCOVERED INDONESIAN HIDEAWAYS

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5 UNDISCOVERED INDONESIAN HIDEAWAYS

CEMPEDAK PRIVATE ISLAND

Cempedak Private Island is a remote island retreat off the east coast of Bintan, Indonesia for anyone looking for a truly unspoilt paradise. Beach, ocean and nothing but deserted islands in your view, with a rich rainforest backdrop. The private villas all have unique bamboo architecture and iconic crescent shaped roofs, perfectly integrated into the environment, creating a natural breeze. Each villa is complete with a deck, sun loungers, plunge pool, and sea views. The owners work hard to protect the surrounding environment and have formed The Island Foundation to share their commitment with others. 

 

PULO CINTA ECO RESORT, GORONTALO

Pulo Cinta is an eco resort in the Gulf of Tomini, in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Surrounded by 23 inhabited islands, rich coral reef, and endless ocean, one can expect a total natural escape. There are 15 one, two or three bedroom villas - all built above the water surrounding a small heart-shaped island. Each villa runs on solar energy, and has 2 private terraces - for sunrise and sunset. Enjoy the water during the day, and the starry sky at night. 

 

SLOW, GILI AIR

Slow Gili Air is a boutique spa hotel consisting of 10 luxury villas in the jungle of Gili Air - a 2 km long, car-free Indonesian island. Slow was created by three Belgian friends (an architect, an ad man, and a dive instructor) and encompasses everything about the island lifestyle, with its approach to design, cuisine and day to day activities. Choose a one or a two bedroom villa with a private pool and a terrace, surrounded by a coconut garden. Make sure to visit the spa - one of the most unique corners of the resort. Designed to reflect the curves of the island, with bamboo walls and sky lights, the spa creates a peaceful ambiance. Try one of the signature treatments using fresh aloe vera, cultivated on-site or indulge your inner hippie by getting a henna tattoo. 

 

LA VILLA SOFIA, SUMATRA ISLAND

Surrounded by the Sumatran rainforest, Villa Sofia is a beautifully designed lodge with an atmosphere of comfort and adventure in a luxurious setting. Visit one of the nearby deserted islands. Hike through the jungle and find a hidden waterfall. Explore the Indian Ocean or go cliff diving. Enjoy tranquil sunsets after a day full of wandering and discovery. Drift away to a deserted island. Cool down in a secret lagoon.  

 

MUNDUK MODING PLANTATION NATURE RESORT & SPA, BALI

Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa is a hillside retreat and coffee plantation in Northern Bali, Indonesia. Enjoy panoramic views of rice fields, coffee trees, and mountains with the Javas volcano and the coastline in the distance. Relax in the 18 meter infinity pool - chosen as the world's third top Infinity Pool by Asia Spa. The boutique hotel offers 9 villas and 3 suites, designed by award winning Bali architect, Popo Danes. See traditional Balinese architecture married with modern design and amenities, private terraces, bathrobes, and luxury toiletries. 

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5 OVER-THE-WATER BUNGALOWS AROUND THE WORLD

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5 OVER-THE-WATER BUNGALOWS AROUND THE WORLD

MAITAI LAPITA VILLAGE, HUAHINE, FRENCH POLYNESIA

A hotel with Maitai in the name? It had me at Maitai. This traditional Polynesian hotel village is located on Huahine Island, one of the many intriguing “Society Islands” in French Polynesia. These magic destinations, famous for their mystery and an air of true tiki paradise, are every tropic-hoppers’ dream. Huahine, said to be a Garden of Eden in the South Sea Islands, is true blue beauty. The vibe: your hut is reminiscent of ancient Polynesian canoes, surrounded by fragrant tropical flower gardens, over-looking lily-padded lagoons, and inside it's adorned with authentic island pottery. Vivid green mountains are your backdrop with intoxicating lush vegetation all around you. Pale waters and swaying palms are steps away.  Staring into this gorgeous space, your brain will become slushier than your frosty drink.

 

MISOOL ECO RESORT, WEST PAPUA, INDONESIA

Misool Eco Resort is a remote dive destination and wildlife conservation centre in southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia, surrounded by crystal clear water, powder-white beaches, coral reefs, and uninhabited islands. If you have ever dreamed of an untouched tropical paradise - this is the place. The 8 Water Cottages are built on stilts over water with reclaimed hardwood and Balinese-style open-air bathrooms. If beaches and privacy is your thing, choose one of the North or South Lagoon Villas. Families and groups of friends will love Villa Utara, overlooking the Fiabacet dive site. Relax in the hammock on your private veranda with nothing but blue and green hues in your view. 

 

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.

PER AQUUM NIYAMA, THE MALDIVES

PER AQUUM Niyama is a boutique luxury hotel, 45 minutes away from the Maldivian capital Male by seaplane. Besides the postcard perfect views and high end meals cooked by Michelin star chefs, the hotel offers unparalleled hospitality one would receive from staying one a friend's private island. Choose a Beach Villa set on the white sand or Over the Water Villa floating in the warm Indian Ocean. 

 

SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND, KOH OUEN, SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA

Song Saa Private Island Resort is located in Cambodia's Koh Rong Archipelago, on the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, connected by a hanging bridge over a marine reserve. Choose the Over-Water, Jungle or Ocean-View villa, all built with local sustainable materials with bamboo roofs and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. Surrounded by virgin rainforests, coral reefs and white gold beaches, Song Saa is a truly untouched private retreat. The staff's hospitality is genuine, immediately making you feel like a part of the family. 

 

 

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5 UNUSUAL SUITES ACROSS THE WORLD

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5 UNUSUAL SUITES ACROSS THE WORLD

CAP ROCAT, MALLORCA, SPAIN
THE CAP ROCAT SUITE

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. 

BAMBU INDAH, UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA
UDANG HOUSE

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. 

LOISABA WILDERNESS, NANYUKI, KENYA
THE STARBED

Guests will see Africa, the way it used to be, at the beautiful Loisaba. Also serving as a cattle farm, you will be surrounded by untamed bush, landscaped gardens and a private swimming pool.  Choose a Loisaba Cottage for a comfortable and luxurious experience or spend the night under the stars in one of the two star beds for the true wild African atmosphere. The first starbed is located in one of the eastern valleys overlooking the 'Kiboko' waterhole. The second sits on the banks of the Ewaso N'giro River. Wake up at dawn and gaze at waves of elephants and grevy zebras in the distance. 

THE MANTA RESORT, PEMBA ISLAND, TANZANIA
THE UNDERWATER ROOM

Pemba is one of the top diving/snorkeling destinations in the world - with one of the healthiest coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and the water temperature averaging at 26ºC. It is the perfect place to start your adventure. At low tide, you can snorkel right off the resort in the house “Lagoon”. If you want to explore the island by foot, enjoy guided tours that range from walks to local villages to getting to know the ancient Ngezi Forest. We recommend staying at the Seafront or Garden Villas for the majority of your stay but exploring the Underwater Room for one night or day. The private floating island truly makes your experience at Manta unforgettable. 

ARGOS, UCHISAR CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY
THE CAVE ROOM

Argo’s slogan is “Wake Up To A Dream” and what a mystical world they’re describing. Situated on the site of an ancient monastery in the Old Uchisar Village, the panoramic views of Cappadocia will mystify you. Inside, you’ll find stunning décor and eco-conscious design. They’ve sourced the finest patterns, pottery and pillows to embellish their already elegant furniture. The rooms are a lovely blend of traditional and modern elements. On the cooler nights, find a fireplace tucked into the walls of your candlelit cave room, and for the warmer nights, wade into a private pool/grotto found just steps from your bed.

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5 RETREATS FOR ECO-CONSCIOUS HONEYMOONERS

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5 RETREATS FOR ECO-CONSCIOUS HONEYMOONERS

PLAYA MANGLARES, ISLA BARU, COLOMBIA

Perfect for: Curious Explorers, Hippies, Bird Enthusiasts, Beach Bums.
Vibes: Waking up with the roosters to the sunrise outside your window. Falling asleep to the soft calls of wildlife all around you. Colombian coffee with vanilla sunsets. Swinging in a hammock. Tingling from a day spent in the sun with a cool serene breeze on your skin.

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. Small details like a hammock in the room overlooking the bay or intricately tiled outdoor shower amidst a lush jungle make Playa Manglares unforgettable.

PLAYA VIVA, JULUCHUCA, MEXICO

Perfect for: People looking to spiritually recharge. Wildlife lovers. Yogies.
Vibes: Sustainability meets luxury. Staff that quickly become family. Whale sightings from your private beach. Untainted sand. Kayaking amongst the pelicans.

Playa Viva is a boutique beachfront ecolodge, located on Mexico's Pacific side with Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop. Enjoy the private stretch of beach, morning yoga, and the unique sustainable design. Choose one of 12 treehouses, eco casitas or suites - all open air and oceanfront. Wander the 200 acre property and discover an Aztec archeological site or a mangrove ecosystem - home to a variety of wildlife. The mix of public and private spaces help create the perfect vibe for meeting new people or finding yourself. Playa Viva runs on a 100% off-grid solar system and uses smart water conservation. The ecolodge also runs The Playa Viva Turtle Sanctuary, protecting turtles from predators and poachers.  

LAGUNA LODGE ECO-RESORT & NATURE RESERVE, GUATEMALA

Perfect for: Vegans. Couples looking for serenity and peace.
Vibes: Hammocks inside dense tree tops. Organic and handmade soaps in the bathroom. Tropical cottage. 

Enter the Mayan world of The Laguna Lodge by boat, through the legendary Lake Atitlan. The structure of the hotel is naturally integrated into a mountain, providing beautiful views of crystal blue water and three dormant volcanoes. All 6 suites are created from volcanic stone, adobe and palm and inspired by natural surroundings. Step out on your private patio to a garden of coffee and banana trees. Have a candle-light dinner while listening to the sweeping lake, creating surreal ambience. Warm up by the river stone and jasper fire place.

EUMELIA FARM AND GUESTHOUSE, GOUVES, GREECE

Perfect for: Friends and lovers looking for an authentic Greek agricultural experience. 
Vibes: Picking olives to make your own olive oil. Pressing grapes to make your own wine. Sleeping under an almond tree. 

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. All water is recycled and all buildings are heated and cooled with geothermal power. Eumelia practices homeodynamic & biodynamic agriculture.

AREIAS DO SEIXO CHARM HOTEL & RESIDENCES, PORTUGAL

Perfect for: Design lovers. Eco travellers. Lovers, families and friends looking for unique and remote corners of the world. 
Vibes: Sand dunes, cliffs and the sea. Wood and concrete accents. Outdoor showers. Custom fireplaces in every room. Private deck overlooking the Atlantic. The sounds of the waves. Savouring your time on earth.

Areias do Seixo is a destination hotel an hour outside of Lisbon, Portugal. Design, nature, and sustainability describe it best. The hotel is surrounded by pine trees and sand dunes, with the Atlantic in the distance, and is a perfect retreat for those looking to escape the world. Each room is different and tells a story. Choose one of Gold, Tree, Land or Love rooms, built with minimum impact to the environment and complete with log fireplaces, wooden patios, and views to the ocean, the dunes or the garden. Families and groups will love the villas and the townhouses available on the premises, with barbecues and outdoor swimming pools. Visit the spa for a dry sauna, or a turkish bath or therelaxation room and outdoor pool.

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7 Insider Honeymoon Tips from Room + Wild

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7 Insider Honeymoon Tips from Room + Wild

WHAT ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TRAVEL TRENDS?

Our generation is leaning towards placing value on experiences, rather than material goods. We see a lot more activity-specific travel - surfing, diving or yoga retreats. As well as a lot more eco-conscious travel. People want to support hotels that practice sustainability and give back to their community.

WHAT ARE SOME NEW DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN 2017?

Cooler climate destinations are becoming more popular due to the rise of "Adventure Travel" - think Iceland, Norway, Patagonia. Exotic places like Sri Lanka are gaining popularity for its culture and wildlife. Divers and tiki lovers should be looking into visiting Tanzania for its many unique eco hotels and undiscovered islands. Another hot destination today is Colombia - a perfect combination of cuisine (ceviche-everything), beautiful beaches, national parks and nightlife. Don't forget about classic honeymoon destinations like Greece, Tulum and Bali, still going strong and for a reason.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR HONEYMOON?

Hotels should be booked as far in advance as possible (6-8 months is recommended), since unlike airfare, you can usually cancel or modify your reservation at least 2 weeks beforehand. If you wait too long, you may still be able to reserve the hotel you desire, but the lowest rate rooms get booked up very fast.

WHAT KIND OF PLANNING CAN BE LEFT TO LAST MINUTE?

A lot of destination-specific activities are best to book while you are there. You never know if you will be hungover or just too exhausted to do a surf lesson or a 5am hot air balloon ride. Weather can also be a factor. (Snorkelling trip in a thunderstorm anyone?) Exclusions apply to activities like mountain climbing (There is a waiting list of a few months to climb Machu Picchu), or if your stay is not long enough to gamble with certain activities being booked up. 

WHAT ADVISE CAN YOU GIVE ON CHOOSING A HONEYMOON DESTINATION THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU?

Don't replicate someone else's honeymoon and be more open-minded when planning your own. Don’t be afraid to try new things - your honeymoon should be a time to see new places and discover something together. If possible, use this time to travel further than you normally would.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO LEAVE FOR YOUR HONEYMOON?

Leaving 2 to 6 months after the wedding is perfect - you will let the dust settle and get excited for your next adventure together. Just make sure you pick the right destination if you have a certain season in mind - places like Europe are best in the summer and South America or the Caribbean is where you want to be in the winter.

WHY USE THE HELP OF A TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL?

Using a travel professional's help will take out all the heavy lifting from planning your trip. We have a strong relationships with many hotels, and often have access to rooms that appear booked up as well as upgrades and extras. Our booking process starts with you filling out a questionnaire and answering questions on anything from how far you would like to travel to your food preference to whether you want to try diving or live on a secluded island. This will get things rollings in choosing a destination that's right for you.

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5 REMOTE RETREATS PERFECT A WEDDING

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5 REMOTE RETREATS PERFECT A WEDDING

HOTEL VILLA HONEGG, SWITZERLAND

Vibes: Dining on the sunny Winter Terrace. Awe-inspiring views. Fur coats provided.

Villa Honegg offers the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding - you can reserve a private floor or the entire hotel. 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. Discover Mount Bürgenberg on one of the hotel's Stromer electric bicycles, provided free of charge for guests. 

HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN IGLOO VILLAGE, FINLAND

Vibes: Northern Lights. The heat of the sauna following a refreshing cool plunge in the lake. Blue twilight. Crisp, bright snow. Summer midnight sun.

Welcome to the arctic circle. Hotel Kakslauttanen is located along the road to the Arctic Sea, close to Urho Kekkonen National Park in one of the cleanest natural environments you will ever visit. Get married in the Ice Chapel or the Pine Chapel, arriving on a reindeer carriage. For accommodation, choose a personal igloo - perhaps the most unique part of the Hotel where you can watch the Northern Lights through your glass ceiling. The rustic chic cabins are made from kelp pines and include a fireplace and a sauna - perfect for a bigger group. Looking for a true northerner adventure? Spend a night in one of the snow igloos.

ION HOTEL, THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, ICELAND

Vibes: Sitting in the outdoor hot pool, sipping a Brennivín (Iceland's signature distilled beverage) under the falling snow, while watching Aurora Borealis.

Ion is a luxury adventure hotel and is perfect for a unique winter wedding reception with the ceremony held at the charming 100 year old Úlfljótsvatn Church 30 minutes away. The Award-winning Northern Lights bar and the Lava Spa provides the atmosphere necessary to "recharge, reflect and rejoice". Ion's location by the “Golden Circle” route, makes it the perfect starting point from which to explore Iceland's rich heritage. Start with seeing the enormous geyser Strokkur (erupting every 5-7 minutes), following the scenic Gullfoss. Hike to the top of a dormant volcano, go glacier hiking, ice climbing and rafting, then sit in a thermal hot spring, or swim in the Blue Lagoon. The possibilities are endless in “the land of fire and ice”. 

MAYA BOUTIQUE HOTEL, NAX, SWITZERLAND

Vibes: Feeling decadent drinking red wine with cheese while the sun glides over mountains. Exploring the stunning Swiss countryside. The ultimate unforgettable deep sleeps.

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. The location is perfect for a small wedding, for couples looking for a hotel with a private villa feel.

SORRISNIVA IGLOO HOTEL, ALTA, NORWAY

Vibes: A world made of ice. Sleeping on reindeer skins. Walking on a frozen river and watching the changing colours of they sky. Warming up in the sauna after a day full of adventure.

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. 

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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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