People with a taste for retro safari, nostalgia, and remote corners of the world.
Watching elephant herds against a dramatic African sunset. Traces of Safari life of the 1920s. Candle lit meals. Views of the snow capped Kilimanjaro.
January and February or June through August.
Shu'mata means “above the clouds”. Perched on a hill with iconic African views of the Sinya Plains and Kilimanjaro, the camp of tents forms a line on a hill. Choose one of 5 luxury safari tents, equipped with bathrooms and an open air shower. The design echoes nostalgic Hemingway style with its bedside tray stands and a lockable trunk. Enjoy a personal veranda with safari chairs and night time fires at the base of Kilimanjaro.
Your game drive starts right away as you approach Shu'mata. The camp is surrounded with savannah bush and is alive with wildlife – herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeest, giraffes and gazelle. The area is also well known for birdwatching.
Hemingway whiskey. Avocado soup.
Take a flight form Arusha to Serengeti or Zanzibar or drive from Hatari Lodge.
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Hapuku Lodge, South Island
Hapuku Lodge, South Island
Honeymooners. Foodies. People looking for remote luxury and unparalleled natural experience.
Bedroom in the sky, surrounded by a deer farm. Childhood treehouse dream with modern luxury.
December to March.
Rooms overlooking the deer pastures, with stunning views to the mountains and the Pacific. Choose the Lodge Room for hotel-style accommodation. The suites have fireplaces, balconies, bathrooms with Japanese soaking tubs, and rain forest showers. Choose the Tree House with a modern but natural feel, filled with light and sitting above the ground in the canopy of a native Manuka grove, for a one of a kind lodging experience. Olive House is perfect for families.
The lodge is 10 minutes from the beach and overlooking its own deer farm. Kaikoura is known for its rich marine life. Discover world famous whale watching, dolphin and seal swimming, sea kayaking, and deep-sea fishing. Use the lodge's mountain bikes and explore the surrounding area. Observe Kaikoura’s night sky - something you will be genuinely in awe of. .
All food is created in Hapuku's kitchen and all the produce is sourced from its own herb and vegetable gardens. Try the crayfish and the venison with wild blackberries.
Fly into Wellington and take a short connect flight to Kaipura.
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People who want to truly relax in an environment made for mind, body and soul.
Sleeping under the stars on your private terrace. Daily sun and moon salutations. Feeling closer to yourself and your surroundings.
Fall and spring are the best times to come to Nepal.
Dwarika’s Resort is created for deep relaxation and getting in touch with your inner self and nature. There is a lot to see in Nepal and a stop at this Himalayan oasis will truly make your trip unforgettable. Dwarika's resort has been built with natural materials, such as wood and earth. Each suite has an air of serenity and positivity around it, along with mesmerizing views of the mountains and the Lang Tang Valley. The Executive Suite has a large rooftop terrace and a private garden, as well as a luxurious open bathroom. The Royal Suite is truly suited for a king, set at the resort's highest point, with an outdoor lounge and sleeping area, as well as a private chef on request. Relax by the infinity pool and make sure to visit The Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa, where you can find treatments and peace like nowhere else in the world, especially with onsite naturopaths, yoga and astrology masters and visiting monks. (Try the Himalayan rock salt treatment.) You are promised to leave Dwarika’s feeling restored and peaceful.
Dwarika’s Resort has everything you need for the ultimate relaxation and enlightenment. Practice meditation and yoga in a way you will rarely get to experience anywhere else. Explore the connectedness between nature, body, mind and soul. Take a pottery class, where working with earth connects you deeper to yourself. Visit The Garden of the Nine Planets, where the cosmic system is depicted through trees, and a consultation with an astrological master can take place. If you do want to venture out, explore the Himalayan foothills for the diverse flora and fauna or Dwarika's own organic farm, where you can pick up vegetables and herbs for your next meal.
Traditional five tastes eating experience (hot, sour, sweet, bitter and salty) combined with the five colours and five ways of cooking.
Fly into Kathmandu and arrange a transfer to Dhulikhel with the hotel. After climbing what seems like to heaven - you will feel like you are there.
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Artists, Writers, Photographers, People looking to enjoy nature's majestic beauty quietly.
Watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Range, with a fresh pot of coffee. Hot water bottle in the bed on a chilly night. Unparalled views and the freshest air.
Fall (September to November) and spring are the best times to come to 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.
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is ideal for guests starting or finishing their trek, or just wanting to relax in an authentic Nepalese rural setting. Enjoy bird watching and day hikes through villages and forests. Explore the beautiful lakeside or go paragliding against Annapurna’s backdrop if you are feeling adventurous. Soak up the mountain air and enjoy life away form the big cities.
Homemade breads, paneer, dahl.
This boutique lodge is just half an hour's drive from Pokhara in western Nepal.
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Rooms starting at $250 US per person per night with full board included.
People looking for adventure, magic, and romance.
Spectacular views of Cappadocia sunrise from a hot air balloon. Ancient stone chimneys rising from the earth. Feeling the history from the cave walls in your room.
April to October
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.
The most unforgettable and not to be missed experience at Cappadocia is a hot-air balloon ride over the magical fairy chimneys. Explore this ancient landscape from above in this once in a lifetime experience. Alternatively, explore the ancient valleys on horseback from below. Another great venture from Kelebek is visiting the owner's family farm for a traditional Turkish breakfast and sightseeing. Get picked up by a giant converted whiskey barrel pulled by a tractor and hike to the 'hidden' green valley, where you will indulge in a wonderful spread of home grown organic goods. Eat among the roaming free farm animals. Watch your bread and tea warmed up in a stone oven.
Traditional turkish cuisine. The sweetest fruit. Honey tray straight from the hive. Stone-over baked turkish bread.
Fly into Nevsehir or Kayseri airports. Kelebek Hotel will help arrange pickup. Another option is taking a bus to Goreme from anywhere in Turkey.
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Rooms starting at €55 Euro per night, with breakfast included.
Hippies, Romantics, Farmers, Earth Lovers.
Warm embrace of your hosts. Watching the sun set over the green valley. Smelling eucalyptus trees and honey. Stargazing on the sunroof. Hammocks everywhere.
March to October
Quinta do Coração's meaning really describes it best - "farm from the heart". Stay in a secret hideaway, surrounded by fruit trees and hills of Algarve, Portugal. Embracing traditional Portuguese style, the villa was rebuilt with all natural materials. Choose between one of the three charming rooms in the guesthouse or a personal cottage, which includes an open fireplace as well as a private balcony overlooking the hills. Sit on the terrace, while reading a book or having a sundowner, surrounded with a beautiful garden with ponds and waterfalls trickling nearby.
Just outside of your door adventure awaits. Explore the area through numerous beautiful hiking paths. Visit portuguese farm villages nearby and taste the freshest produce. Take a horseback riding adventure from the Quinta through the beautiful countryside. Beach is only 30 minutes away for a relaxing day by the water. Rent a boat and visit some the offshore islands.
Farm-fresh products from the owners' own vegetable garden. Freshly baked bread. Free range eggs.
Quinta do Coração is located 40 minutes from Faro. Rent a car and drive through one of Portugal's most breathtaking regions.
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Rooms starting at 65 Euro per night.
Families with a taste for luxury, Honeymooners, Foodies
Cool, brisk breeze. Salty air. Warm Irish spirit. Homemade whisky.
May to September for hikes and sailing; November to February for whale-watching.
The Cliff House Hotel, as you can guess from the name, is built into a cliff, with all the rooms, overlooking the navy blue sea of the beautiful Ardmore bay. The six floors flow down to the sea, with no interruption of the view. Ardmore Bay is an old-world fishing village and called Ireland's "gourmet heartland." The Cliff House has existed since the thirties and is the only five-star seaside hotel in Ireland. Here you will find a lot of history, rustic charm as well as contemporary Irish luxury. Enjoy modern, yet warm design of moss-covered roofs and limestone floors. Choose between 39 sea view rooms and suites, with a naturally inspired colour palette and design elements. You will see marine blue and sea green everywhere. Enjoy this dramatic coast from a private balcony.
Ardmore Bay is a perfect location for outdoor activity as well as a great starting point for the culture trail in southern Ireland. Enjoy the sandy beach and thatched cottages of Ardmore. November to February, be on a lookout for humpback whales. Fish in the Blackwater river. Visit Dungarvan for a seaside market and Lismore to see the famous Castle. The Waterford Garden Trail features 15 different garden attractions throughout the county. Finally, have a drink at the Henry Downes Bar in Waterford, open since 1759 and one of few establishments left in Ireland that bottles its own whiskey.
One Michelin-star hotel restaurant - The House Restaurant. Try the Bantry Bay Organic Salmon. Make sure to visit Dungarvan Farmers Market, a local farmers market held every Thursday, where you can taste Knockalara cheese.
Fly into Dublin and take a beautiful drive south to Ardmore. Enjoy traditional Irish green scenery for about 2.5 hours.
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Rooms starting at €190 Euro per night.
Moonriver Lodge, Cameron Highlands
Moonriver Lodge, Cameron Highlands
Environmental enthusiasts, gardener + farmer souls, whimsical types.
New kind-hearted farm friends. Unusual and willy-wonka-esque wildnerness. More magical green landscape than one can really handle.
February – April
You need only to read the first paragraph on their website to feel the experience they are providing. Moonriver Lodge is a family owned farmstay hideaway in a valley of the mountains of Sigar Highlands. With Webby the duck and Zorro the cat wandering the premises, butterflies and hummingbirds zipping by your hammock, and daily farming activities keeping you entertained and feeling healthy and alive – you might find you’ll be redefining what ‘creature comforts’ mean to you.
Cameron Highlands is a famous tourist spot dating back to colonial times when the British established tea plantations on the territory’s rolling hills. These magnificent stretches of green land are a sight to see. A must-visit is Mossy Forest. Be totally entranced by this misty and wild woodland, something straight out of a fairytale. The Moonriver Lodge will also take you on treks to see the second largest flower in the world, the Rafflesia Kerrii.
Eat fruits, herbs and vegetables from the lodge’s garden. Replenish the supply by participating and farming your very own food.
Shuttle bus or taxi from Kuala Lumpur
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Adventurous friends and couples looking for new landscapes and experiences. Waterfalls lovers. Ancient history buffs.
Sitting at the edge of the world. Spectacular show of fire and lava in the sky of the Tungurahua Volcano. Riding Tarabita (cable car) through the mountains and the jungle. Refreshing swims at the Inca waterfall.
Anytime of year. 17-25 Celsius all year round!
Luna Runtun Adventure SPA lays within Andean forest, on the edge of Tungurahua volcano and above the beautiful town of Baños. Surrounded by the Amazon rainforest as well as Sangay and Llanganates National Parks, the views here are simply breathtaking. The 30 themed and intricately decorated rooms are all one of a kind. Enjoy Eco-heated floor and a fireplace. Have a drink on a private terrace and watch the sunset.
Luna Runtun is an adventurer's dream! The hotel helps plan the perfect day trip for every kind of explorer. Visit the beautiful “Pailón del Diablo” waterfall - the world’s 10th highest water drop. Discover the lush forests and rich wildlife of the Llanganates National Park. Enter the Amazon Rainforest through "the Door to Heaven" - the longest tunnel in Ecuador. Climb the active Tungurahua Volcano to the infamous "Casa del Árbol" - The Tree House. For those looking for adrenaline and an unforgettable experience, try out the "Swing at the end of the world". The name speaks for itself, calling out all daredevils.
Visit Café del Cielo for 34 varieties of coffee. Try “Melcocha”, Ecuador’s most well known candy.
Luna Runtun is a 3 hours drive from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Once in Baños - hike, bike, horseback ride or zipline through the rainforest.
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Shakti Himalaya, Gurgaon
Shakti Himalaya, Gurgaon
Hardy explorers, the spiritual and the soulful.
Train ride to a mysterious and foreign land. Become hypnotized by the greenest valleys shadowed by the steepest mountains. Feel Godly in the most exquisite of abodes.
March to June and September to November.
This destination is a true blessing for adventurers. Situated among remote villages on the cusp of the Indian Himalayas, these beautiful alpine lodges are lined by rhododendron, pine and oak forests, surrounded by cloud mist. Inside, the atmospheres are cozy, with camp-fires and soft woolly nights. Shakti plans glorious day-to-day experiences for you with nights spent at their Kumaon, Sikkim, Ladakh, or Leti accommodations. Live life on the edges of the highest mountain range in the world - the Himalayas (75% of the mountains reside in Nepal, however this spot is in on the Indian side).
Hike through floral forests, dropping in on quaint villages or the lush terraced fields of Sikkim. Meet warm and generous people, dip your toes in a stream, try yoga and meditation sessions. For a spot so remote, you'll still find discoveries at every angle.
Samosas with Tamarind Chutney from the breath-taking Leti's dining room.
Fly to New Delhi and take a train to Kathgodam then a 3.5 hour car ride to Almora. Shakti offers itineraries and trekking experiences, you'll hop from one of their lodges to the next.
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Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
Down-to-earth-folk, honeymoon trekkers, adventurers.
Taking a Sri Lankan Tea Bath to cure life stresses. Camouflaging into the deep green landscape. Spying on birds. Hugging an elephant.
January - May are great months although in general this is a wonderfully eclectic climate.
"Monkeys climbing balconies as if they were trees" is how this unbelievably lush cliff-side fortress hotel is described. Built overlooking the eighth wonder of the world - the rock fortress of Sigiriya. This stunning spot sits in between five world heritage sites. It was constructed with a flat roof and timber pillars that support a screen of vegetation - attracting the most diverse of wildlife creatures. A truly one with nature escape.
Although this retreat is a hideaway, the activities are endless. Take a hot air balloon trip, a bird watching adventure, elephant rides, boat trips, heritage site visits, see cave temples, visit the national park or take a jungle trek. Explore the majestic beauty of Sri Lanka, it is a a place often overlooked - but one-of-a-kind.
Wonder of the Jack - A jackfruit stuffed with green lentils served with a croquette of jackseeds, tamarind marmalade and curry oil.
Fly to Colombo Airport and take a bus.
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Pure Riads - Dar Hanane, Marrakech
Pure Riads - Dar Hanane, Marrakech
Dreamers, lovers, explorers.
Tip-toeing across swinging bridges over the Ourika Valley river en route to a waterfall. Camel riding through the Atlas Mountains. Day-end orange sunsets on the Riad rooftop terrace.
September – November.
There are many spectacular Riads in Morocoo, but Dar Hanane is an escape in the sky above the busy streets of Marrakech. Relax with a cool drink and relaxing massage on the tented roof- top terrace. Spend your days exploring the busy sites and day-tripping to glorious scenery. When you return to The Riad, glide through a garden foyer and up to your “secret world of beauty, simplicity and tranquility”.
Saunter through the huge market square and meet a charismatic group of vendors. Explore galleries, the Saadian tombs, mosques and gardens. Take fabulous day trips to the seaside of the Essaouira and the High Atlas mountain territory.
Romantic traditional Moroccan feast at El Tobsil, Yacout Restaurant surrounded by candlelight and rose petals. The chicken tagine is a hit! Or for an ambient Moroccan garden courtyard meal, try La Trattoria.
Fly into Marrakech and take a taxi to the Place Du Moukef. Walk 200 m and you will arrive at the Riad.
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The Alm- & Wellness- Hotel Alpenhof
The Alm- & Wellness- Hotel Alpenhof
Skiers, Families, Lovers of fresh air, mountains and high altitude.
Breathing in the freshest air. Feeling at home in one of the most beautiful retreats in the world. Lazy snow days by the fireplace. Having a whiskey and pondering the passing day.
Anytime depending on summer or winter preference.
Situated near the German and Austrian border, the Alpenhof is a a family owned hotel offering the intimacy of a bed and breakfast and the luxury of a resort. Traditional Bavarian design gives that great chalet feel. Genuine service has made many guests return again and again. Enjoy the majestic yet cozy atmosphere anytime of year.
Alpenhof is the perfect starting point for hiking tours in the national park Berchtesgaden. Lake Königssee is only a few kilometres away. If you love clean air, beautiful views and untouched nature - this is the perfect place. Enclosed by the Alps, most outdoor activities are at your fingertips. Eagle’s Nest, The Salzberg Salt Mines, Ice cave Marktschellenberg, the Wittelsbacher castle and The Sharitzkehl-Alm are among a few not to be missed destinations just a short distance away.
Individual karaffes of coffee at breakfast. Sausages. Fresh baked pastries. Beer.
Fly into Munich, Germany or Salzburg, Austria and from there drive to Schwöb. Renting a car is a must - there are no speed limits in Germany and this will be the most picturesque drive you will ever take.
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Families, lovers and friends. Anyone who likes luxury within nature.
Dining on the sunny Winter Terrace. Awe-inspiring view. Fur coats provided.
All through the year, depending on seasonal preference.
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.
Discover Mount Bürgenberg on one of the hotel's Stromer electric bicycles, provided free of charge for guests.
Zurich International Airport is one hour drive away. Rent a car or reserve a pickup service.
Oscietra Caviar served in a black pearl. You only live once!
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Arenal Packpackers Resort
Arenal Packpackers Resort
Social and Adventurous Types. Perfect for solo travellers.
Swinging in a hammock, watching Arenal Volcano and planning your next adventure.
The dry season in Costa Rica runs from the end of November to the end of March. The rainy season generally runs April-mid November. The rainy season is becoming increasingly popular as it usually rains in the evenings and the days are mostly filled with sunshine - not to mention the reduced rates!
Arenal Hostel offers the perfect location, set against the backdrop of Arenal volcano, complete with a Large garden with hammocks and a beautiful swimming pool. Choose to stay in private rooms, safari tents or dorms, depending on your budget. Safari tents are campy chic and adventurous and VERY easy on your wallet.
You are in a perfect location to explore central Costa Rica - whether it is a volcano hike, a soak in the hot springs, white water rafting or the canopy tour.
A free "Welcome" drink.
Arenal can arrange transportation any time and anywhere within Costa Rica, including to and from the airport. If you choose to travel by bus, check the schedule here
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Young couples, workaholics seeking peace (and WiFi of course), novice-to-experienced skiers, outdoor activity enthusiasts.
Feeling decadent drinking red wine with cheese while the sun glides over mountains. Discover a town festival every Thursday in the summer. Exploring the stunning Swiss countryside. The ultimate unforgettable deep sleeps.
All year round, depending on desire for summer or winter.
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.
Spectacular scenery surrounds the Maya. In the town of Nax Mont Noble you’ll find snowshoeing, Ski-Joering (picture yourself on skis while a horse pulls you – oh the Swiss!) and in the summer enjoy picnic adventures and horse-rides. Take shuttles or drive anywhere to explore more of: The gorgeous City of Geneva, magical Montreaux on Lake Geneva, the famous city of Interlaken or snowboard haven’s Zerbatt and Verbier.
Meat, charcuterie, cheese & eggs from local farms. Try some of the Maya Boutique’s homemade marmalades with their wood-oven bread. End (or start) the day with regional wines.
Requires car rental/bike.
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If you are looking to meditate, get in touch with yourself and nature, or simply be silent and be still - this place is for you. 'Adore, Be Silent and Rejoice.'
Take in the views from the large 'meditation window' overlooking the meditation garden. Relax. Breathe.
Late spring to early fall.
Three hermitages are built on a hill, and one is on water. Centered around a sacred space, you are invited to connect with your inner self. Each building is open to the elements and dedicated to the theme of light. Enjoy a jacuzzi, heated floors and a fireplace, installed in each Hermitage. Wander through the Labyrinth, which is central to the new Meditation Garden inviting you to find peace.
Glencomeragh House is situated at the foot of the Comeragh Mountains, in a part of the hidden Ireland between Tipperary and Waterford bounded by mountains, woods and streams.
Communal dinners consisting of local cuisine.
Guests travel by Bus Éireann and get collected at Kilsheelan Village by a member of the House.
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Hikers, Mountain lovers, Photographers, Bikers.
Sitting on a terrace with a cup of tea, drinking in the view. Clean mountain air. Watercolour green and blue hues anywhere you look. Exchanging memories in front of an outdoor fireplace.
March to May is perfect for colourful flowers and green fields. September to November show the most sunshine. Visit after the Lunar New Year to admire the blossoming cherry trees.
While taking a scenic train ride along the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, you realize you will be visiting a special place. Topas Ecolodge is a unique, welcoming lodge, built with the environment and the local villages in mind. Choose between 25 rustic chic bungalows, each with a private balcony and an unparalleled view. Overlooking Ban Ho village to the south and with the Hoang Lien mountain range in the background are the 9 Deluxe Bungalows. Overlooking Thanh Kim village to the north, with the Hoang Lien mountain range are the 16 Executive Bungalows. The balcony looks out to mountains, rivers, countryside and rice paddies. The scenery is ever changing - one minute you could see the mountains the next everything is covered in a mysterious mist.
The lodge is located inside the Hoang Lien National Park, just outside Sapa town. The Park contains about 30 km2 of beautiful mountainous landscape, including Vietnam’s highest peak, Fansipan (3142m). The area is perfect for experiencing untouched nature by foot or on mountain bike, provided by the lodge. Explore the surroundings villages and rice paddy fields.
Traditional Vietnamese dishes - spring rolls, banana flower salad, morning glory, and steamed rice. Pho.
Take the Victoria night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Enjoy the magical scenery.
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Best friends, romantics, travel enthusiasts, hot-air balloon keeners.
Exploring nooks and crannies. Beauty captivating you both inside and outside of the hotel. Conquering a fear of heights while ballooning high above the rocky yet tranquil country-side.
April, May, mid-to late September.
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.
Cappadocia, known for its fairy chimneys (tall, thin spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland), is quite a site to be seen. Take a tour of Uchisar as well as the surrounding areas of Goreme and Urgup. See stunning frescos on the inside of cave walls. Fly above the amazing geological formations in rainbow-coloured hot-air balloons, check out the “underground cities” used since the Bronze age, head on a rafting tour, trek through this culturally and historically magnificent part of Turkey and embrace your inner cave-being.
Start with a Turkish meze platter (mini dishes consisting of an assortment of tastes including cheese, melon, hot pepper paste, salad, artichokes, meatballs, yogurts, the list goes on) at Siri Restaurant. Finish your meal with some Turkish coffee hot chocolate cake from Seki Restaurant as you watch hot-air balloons glide over your meal.
Travel by taxi, rent a car or join organized tours.
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Upscale backpackers. People looking for an undiscovered world full of adventure and tradition.
Tranquil sunsets after a day full of wandering and discovery. Drifting away to a deserted island. Cooling down in a secret lagoon.
Tropical climate all year round. December to February is characterized as the wet season.
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.
Family style dining of traditional Padang cuisine. Try Rendang, a "caramelized beef curry".
Take a car or a speed boat to Villa Sofia from Padang City. Climb 144 stairs of the "Stairway to Heaven" and you are there.
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Eco tourists. Travellers looking to discover unique Morocco.
Watching the stars at night. Moroccan "black" soap. Tea making demonstration. Very fresh water from the well on the property.
All year round! Keep in mind that nights are cool during the winter month and the summer months get very hot.
The Atlas Kasbah Ecolodge is located in the Argan Biosphere Reserve in the Atlas Mountains, yet still very close to the beaches of Agadir. Imagine the setting of a magical fortress, full of Moroccan authenticity and tradition. Choose one of 11 rooms or suites. Enjoy the terrace overlooking the hills or the pool. The Ecolodge is a timeless wonderland with spectacular views and authentic Moroccan hospitality. Don't be surprised if you see peacocks, chickens, turkeys or goats roaming the property!
Do a Moroccan pottery or cooking class. Enjoy Stargazing at night. Visit the beach for surfing or body boarding. Stay on land for hiking, biking or donkey rides. Relax at the Hammam or enjoy Moroccan Steam-baths. Take a day trip to Ait Baha or the mythical city of Marrakesh. Soush Massa National Park is also a must.
Chicken tagine cooking class. Mint tea with sugar. Beetroot jam.
Fly into Agadir Airport and take a taxi to the Lodge.
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Milia Mountain Retreat, Crete
Milia Mountain Retreat, Crete
Friends and couples looking to relax in an authentic Grecian paradise.
Waking up with the birds. Slow afternoons. Mountain air. A retreat that has a lot of soul.
All year but May to September are the warmest.
The 17th century mountain settlement has been transformed into a beautiful one-of-a-kind eco lodge, surrounded by chestnut trees, mountain tops and the purest mountain streams. Milia was rebuilt with local limestone and chestnut wood - all by hand! The owners are passionate about this retreat as well as the environment and it shows. Stay in a cozy stone cottage - most are complete with a fireplace and a terrace or a private garden.
Enjoy the surrounding area with one of many hike paths through the cedar forest. Visit the beautiful beaches of Gialiskari, Pahia Ammos and Kountoura. Travel to Balos to see a secret lagoon or visit the ancient ruins of Lissos. Do a bread making class or take an art lesson. Relax with morning yoga or simply enjoy Milia's peaceful atmosphere.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Wine made locally. Stuffed peppers. Olives from the surrounding olive trees. Cretan rusk bread. Braised lamb. Various mezedes (small tasty dishes). Raki - the local drink of choice.
Fly into Chania - Crete's second largest city. You can take a taxi, a bus or rent a car to get to Milia. Be prepared for an adventure!
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Tranquil Plantation Hideaway, Wyanad, Kerala
Tranquil Plantation Hideaway, Wyanad, Kerala
People looking for new landscapes and experiences. Dog lovers. Foodies.
Waking up and smelling coffee and vanilla in the air. Warm family environment. Luxury treehouse experience.
November to early March are perfect for seeing the nature and wildlife come alive.
Tranquil is a family lodge, situated within coffee, spices and vanilla plantations, where you will get the comfort and intimacy of staying in a guesthouse with a luxury and service of a hotel. Choose one of the garden rooms or a suite, closest to the pool of the main building. Choose the Treehouse for a truly unique experience. Nestled under the Gul Mohr Tree, 35 feet in the air, the Treehouse overlooks the coffee plantation. Relax on the large wraparound veranda and enjoy the breathtaking views.
If you are staying on the property, choose one of the 13 routes across the 400 acre plantation, for great hiking and bird watching. Tranquil's dogs will join you on your exploration. Looking to wander? Visit the The Edakkal Caves to see the ancient rock etchings. Half hour away is the Muthanga Game Sanctuary where you could see Elephant, Leopard, Bison, Bear, Wild Dog, Deer, Peacock and Tiger! Visit Pookote Lake up in the hills or The Banasura Sagar Dam - the largest earthen dam in India. The area is also perfect for hiking with picturesque views of the islands in the reservoir and the Banasura hills. Another great sight are the Meenmutty Falls, a 300 metre high three-tiered waterfall in one of the one most unspoiled natural settings. Hike through the jungle to get to each tier.
Kerala cuisine served on a banana leaf. Fresh breads from Tranquil's ovens with home-made jams and relishes. Hand-picked Arabica/Robusta coffee beans from the plantation. Garden fresh or high grown teas.
Tranquil is located 5.5 hours from Bangalore City, 2.5 hours from Mysore City or Kozhikode City. Kozhikode International Airport is around 3 hours away from Tranquil.
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Annapara Home Stay, Vythiri, Kalpetta
Annapara Home Stay, Vythiri, Kalpetta
Family reunions. Lovers looking for romantic retreats. Outdoor adventurers. Dog lovers. The lodge is pet friendly.
Waking up to birdsong. Early morning coffee brought to your terrace. Breathtaking view of Chembra Peak, the tallest in Wayanad. Wandering through Tea Gardens. Spice plantation scent in the air.
September to March
ANNAPARA, meaning Elephant Rock, is located in the middle of the tea, coffee and pepper fields with 5 charming rooms for you to choose from. Enjoy hammocks, a birdwatching platform, and an infinity pool with wonderful view of the surrounding valleys and tropical rain forests as well as Chembra peak, the tallest in Wayanad. Enjoy rustic ambiance and warm hospitality. Spend the day playing badminton or relaxing on the terrace or in the gazebo. End the evening with a bonfire and musicunder a dark starry sky.
Hike to a private hidden waterfall where you can swim in the Rock Pool. Go Speed Boating at Banasura Dam. Kayak at Pookote Lake. Enjoy the view at Thamaraserry and visit Edakkal Caves, with stone etchings from more than 3000 years ago. Take a jeep safari in the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary or visit Kuruwa Dweep island, where rivulets are crossed on rafts made of bamboo. For someone looking for more adventure, trek to Chembra Peak with an option to camp overnight. For an experience close to the lodge, tour the plantations.
Authentic Kerala cuisine. Plantain leaf service.
The lodge is 15 minutes from Lakkidi in Wayanad - up a narrow access road.
There is no electricity! A generator provides power until 10.30pm.
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Sarinbuana Bali Ecolodge, Mount Batukaru
Sarinbuana Bali Ecolodge, Mount Batukaru
Nature Lovers. Hikers. Bird Enthusiasts. Yogis.
Clean mountain air. Showers in the mountain spring water. Turtles swimming in the pond. Biking through rice paddies to a perfect beach. Experience being part of the Balinese culture.
Anytime! April to October is the dry season.
Sarinbuana Ecolodge is located on the slopes of Mount Batukaru in central Bali. Enjoy Indonesia in the most natural way. Choose the Orchid Bungalow or the Rumah Manis Bungalow, surrounded by a lush forest of cacao, coffee, and coconuts with a majestic mountain peak view. A Jungle Bungalow or Tree House Bungalow is perfect for family or friends with its unique 2 levels, made from local timbers & bamboo. Solo travellers will love the 80 year old hand carved Monkey Bungalow, with rescued monkeys Lilly & Rose as neighbours. Enjoy bamboo sheets & mirco fiber pillows. Do yoga in the new bamboo bale. Take an Indonesian cooking class. Get a massage by the pond.
Hikers will love the variety of trails available such as the Temple Walk, the Rainforest Walk or the Rice Walk. Take a day trip to the Natural Hot Springs, Butterfly Park or Soka and Balian Beaches. Visit Batukaru Temple & Tirta Holy Temple. Tanah Lot is a must for a combination of temple, beach, and sunset. Stay nearby and explore the local countryside by bikes, provided by the lodge.
Delicious Vegetarian/Raw/Gluten Free meals, salads & desserts. Try the desserts: passion fruit and coconut cheesecake, raw cacao no dairy mouse or coconut cream caramel.
The Denpasar Airport is 1.5 hours from the lodge. Arrange pickup with the lodge.
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Hotel Endemico. Ensenada
Hotel Endemico. Ensenada
Winos. Design Lovers.
Receiving a glass of wine at check in sets the tone for your stay. Simply enjoy the scenery while sipping the fragrant local product.
April to December.
You are here for the beautiful vast surroundings, the unique architecture and the wine. Enjoy 20 Luxury cabins sitting in the valley with wineries and green hills in the background, seamlessly blending into the environment. Relax on the pool terrace or watch the stars in jacuzzi at night. Light the Mexican kiva to stay warm on a private wooden terrace.
The unique landscape of Valle de Guadalupe houses some of Mexico's biggest wineries. Explore the vineyards and the restaurants in the area for a culinary adventure.
Gourmet local cuisine at the hotel. Visit Laja restaurant a short drive away. Eat under the stars overlooking the valley.
Fly into Tijuana and arrange a pickup with the hotel.
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Design lovers. Architects. People looking for a unique natural experience. Northern Lights chasers.
Sleeping amongst the tree-tops. Time traveling to the 1950’s. An enchanting and magical experience.
Anytime - whether your preference is for grass or snow.
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.
Discover all four seasons at the Treehotel. In the winter, dog sled through the white landscape, or take a snowshoe hike and chase the Northern Lights. Experience summer with horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking through the tranquil natural surroundings. Make sure to kayak through the Lule River in the fall. A fishing trip is a perfect activity any time of the year.
Meals served in a 1950’s setting. Try the smoked or fried Arctic Char, Caviar of Kalix, and Northern Norway salmon. Looking for something more gamey? Indulge in Reindeer or Moose.
Fly into Luleå Airport and arrange transport with the hotel for a scenic 1 hour drive.
All Treerooms are built in the natural environment, barely affecting the surroundings.
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People looking for undiscovered tropical Brazil. Beach Bums.
Down-to-earth luxury in a hidden paradise. Views of the water and thousands of palm trees from your shower window. Night beach walks with torches lining your path. Listening to the sounds of the nature. Unparalleled hospitality.
Boipeba is a charming traffic-free island, recently voted the best island in Brazil. Casa Bobo is a lovely Eco Lodge, located on top of a hill, with stunning views of long sandy deserted beaches and rows of palm trees. The owners, Myriam and Nilton, are the heart and soul of the lodge and enhance your experience in Boipeba in every way. There are 3 bungalows to choose from, open air living rooms, white hammocks hanging from the porch and flowers decorating the beds.
Boipeba is a perfect place for natural discovery. Have a picnic on one of many virgin beaches. Take a walk through the mangroves. Do a boat trip to Piscinas Naturales for great snorkelling. Visit the local village and watch capoeira and samba dancing. Watch the sunset with wild horses roaming the beach.
Homemade bread and fruit juices for breakfast. Fresh Bahian specialities for dinner. Eating oysters from a floating bar during a day trip. Açaí bowls. Coconuts
Fly into Salvador, Brazil and arrange transportation to Boipeba with the hotel.
Eco tourism at its best. Local produce. Natural breeze and cool showers.
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People looking for the slow island lifestyle. Divers. Historians.
Magnificent views. Azure water. Warm hospitality. Time slowing down.
May to September.
The Ferrieha Farmhouse is located on Gozo Island, an hour away from Malta. The Farmhouse combines the best of old and new to create a charming hillside retreat. There are 4 lovely rooms to choose from - all with stunning views of the Blue Lagoon, Camino and Malta in the distance. Cool down in the large pool, read in the garden or visit the wood heated sauna during some of the cooler nights.
Gozo island is a history and marine paradise. Visit the The Blue Lagoon on Comino Island. Explore Victoria, a medieval hilltop city. Discover Dwerja Bay and Azure Window - the famous stone arch of Gozo. Dive in the Blue Hole, a 10 meter wide inland sea pool or take a swim in the Inland Sea (known as Il-Qawra), a large seabed of shallow water down the coastline. For a beach day, visit Mgarr ix-Xini Beach, located in a picturesque bay and surrounded by cliffs.
Fly into Malta and take a 1 hour ferry to the Island of Gozo. Your host will be able to arrange the short transfer from the pier to the Guesthouse.
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Adventurers. People looking for unique experiences. Anyone not afraid of heights.
Sleeping under the stars. Waking up to the sun reflecting off the mountains. The magic of the mystery valley right in front of your eyes. Unobstructed moonlight.
June to mid-September show the least rain.
Welcome to Skylodge Adventure Suites - a luxury, air suspended lodge, located 1,200 feet above the floor of the Sacred Valley of Cusco, Peru. The transparent capsule allows for unobstructed, 300 degree view of the mystical valley, the ancient mountains and the river below. There are three exclusive weather-resistant capsules, with each suite including a dining area and a private bathroom. All light is powered by solar panels.
Your experience in the Sacred Valley starts with ascend by zip line hike or climbing via ferrata (with a safety system permanently installed). At the top, you will be briefed on how to use the Lodge while enjoying a hot drink, followed by dinner and one of the most memorable sleeps you will ever have. After waking up with the sun and having breakfast, you will begin your descent by rappelling or zip lining.
Gourmet dinner with wine. Breakfast over the Sacred Valley.
Fly into Lima and take another flight to Cusco.Transportation from your Cusco hotel is included.
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