Families and friends looking for a luxurious and authentic safari experience.
Being truly in the wild. Welcoming environment. Natural luxury.
Anytime! May to September is cooler, but wildlife is easier to spot.
Madikwe Safari Lodge is part of a family owned land of safari lodges across South Africa with a trademark of quality, luxury and authenticity. Choose between three lodges - Lelapa, Dithaba or Kopano. Lelapa Lodge is perfect for families. Kopano only has 4 suites and is perfect for a small gathering. For a remote experience with unparalleled views choose Dithaba Lodge, meaning "mountain".
You are situated right in the midst of wilderness inside the Madikwe Reserve. This is the best place to see white rhino and you will also have regular sightings of zebra, impala, wildebeest, giraffe, warthog, lion, wild dog, elephant, brown hyena, and spotted hyena. There are a maximum of 3 vehicles at a time for game viewing to keep it exclusive for the guests and safe for the animals.
Outdoor communal dinners. Fresh baked goods. South African wine.
Fly into cape Town or Johannesburg and arrange pickup with hotel.
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Honeymooners. People who enjoy the finer things in life.
Open air rooms. Views to die for. Warm Caribbean hospitality. Swinging over 1000 feet in the air.
December to April. Go July to experience the Carnival.
Ladera is located inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Soufriere Volcano. Enjoy the ultimate Caribbean luxury 1000 feet in the air surrounded by St. Lucia's signature twin volcanic Piton peaks. The boutique hotel is known for a unique design of its rooms. All 32 suites have an "open wall" – bringing you closer to the breathtaking view of the hillside paradise and the Caribbean blue sea. The suites are made with tropical hardwoods and decorated with local artwork. Most rooms have a private plunge pool and a wooden swing where you will ready feel on top of the world.
St. Lucia's is very different from other Caribbean islands with its green mountains and lush rainforest. Take a trip down to Sugar Beach for some salt water therapy or climb higher for some great nature trails. The Tet Paul Nature Trail offers the best views the twin hills and the neighbouring islands, Martinique and St. Vincent. Enjoy exotic fruit tree gardens on your way up. Travel to the heart of the island with the Rainforest Tour. You will visit the Edmund Forest Reserve, where you might see St. Lucia's rare national parrot, the Amazona Versicolour and swim in magical secret waterfalls.
Caribbean lamb salad. Roast conch with pickled vegetables. Plantain gratin with coconut rum sauce.
Fly into Hewanorra International Airport at Vieux Fort and arrange a pickup with the hotel.
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People who live for wildlife, undisrupted nature and sustainability.
Authentic local experience. Picking your breakfast at the organic farm. Barefoot luxury. Relaxing in a hammock under the palapa (thatched beach hut). Pacific sunsets.
December to April
Morgan’s Rock is located on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The 4,000 acre property sits on a jungle reserve, including an organic farm, a mangrove forest and a mile long private beach. Hidden in the jungle are 15 private ocean-view sustainably constructed bungalows. Each bungalow includes a terrace perfect for coffee in the morning and wine at sunset. You will be perched on a cliff across from a jungle suspension bridge, among the dense Nicaraguan jungle. Don't be surprised to hear or see spider, howler and capuchin monkeys!
Nicaragua is a land rich with natural landmarks. There are three excursions from Morgan Rock that are not to be missed. Take a trip Ometepe Island, meaning two hills, which is formed by two volcanoes, standing in the Lake Nicaragua. Stay up high in the jungle with a traditional Canopy Tour. Zip across the lush jungle and see fascinating views of the beach town and the ocean. And lastly, enjoy a sail on Morgan Rock's own 48 foot fishing boat, where you will likely encounter dolphins, tea turtles or whales!
Handmade tortillas. Morgan’s Rock sources most of its food products growing on the premises at its organic farm with livestock, fruit and vegetable gardens as well as a sustainable shrimp farm.
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Honeymooners with a taste for adventure, Jungle explorers, Hammock lovers.
Night sounds of the jungle. Daily new explorations. Nature in its original state.
April to June is the dry season. December to March is the hottest season.
La Cantera is located in the heart of an Argentinian jungle, and built among 400 year old Purging cassia trees, with the environment around it carefully preserved. Choose between a Forest room, a Tierra Room, a Superior Jungle Room with hammocks, or a Villa fit for a family or friends, featuring an outdoor Roman bathtub. All rooms have balconies and jungle view. Special touches include rental of mountain bikes, pillow menu, gourmet breakfast, lunch box for excursions, and all the help you need for trip planning.
La Cantera Jungle Lodge Iguazu is located within Iryapú Natural Reserve, 10 minutes away from Iguazu Falls. The best tours are the Parque Nacional Iguazú Classic Tour and the Gran Aventura Tour, where you can explore the jungle and the falls on terrain vehicles and a boat. Finish the day at Ice Bar Iguazu, where sculptors all over the country leave their mark on the various ice sculptures.
Argentinian wine cellar. Fresh fish.
Fly into Aeropuerto Foz do Iguacu Brasil or Puerto Iguazu, Argentina and take a taxi to La Cantera.
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Searchers of the perfect beach and corners of the world yet to be discovered.
Fresh breeze. Private island spa. Water world.
December to August. Avoid October and November, because of high precipitation.
Located directly on the Pacific, only 8 degrees north of the equator, on the barely inhabited island of Boca Brava, Cala Mia is a Tiki lover's dream. You are surrounded by a tropical forest and beaches on all sides. Each bungalow is designed in a tiki home style by local artists with hammocks and lush vegetation around you. The Suites are only 10 meters from the sea, facing the ocean, with private beach access. Enjoy the freshwater infinity pool, while having a sundowner and watching the sunset. Visit the spa, located on its own small island - Cielo - connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge.
Cala Mia is a part of the National Marine Park in the Gulf of Chiriqui, home to more than 100 islands (Islas Secas) with many secluded beaches to explore. The province of Chiriqum is a perfect place for eco-tourism offering rain-forest walks and volcano hikes, as well as premium bird-watching. Spend the day at Cala Mia and enjoy sailboarding, snorkelling or paddle boarding. Take a beach walk through the jungle trail or kayak through the mangroves. If you want to venture out, charter a sailboat and visit one of the isolated beaches nearby or go whale watching. For those looking for action, surf at Morro Negrito 45 minutes away, dive the submerged mountains of Los Ladronesun, or wake up with the sun for some world class deep-sea fishing.
Coco Loco cocktail made from coconuts growing on the beach. Fresh seafood.
Fly into Panama City and take a connecting flight to David, Panama. The Holel will help you arrange a transfer by car or by boat through mangroves and lagoons.
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Explorers, Hikers, Photographers, Riders, Astrologists.
"A place so vast, that time and direction seem to have no meaning". Deep desert silence. Feeling small and significant at the same time.
Anytime - each season has its own charm.
Welcome to the Atacama Desert - the driest place on Earth. Rising from the Pacific Ocean up to the base of the Andes, Explora Atacama is located in the Ayllu de Larache near the village of San Pedro de Atacama. You will find yourself in the oasis in the middle of the desert, 2500 above sea level. Choose between 50 beautiful rooms with views of the Salt Mountains, the desert landscape, or the countryside. Relax in one the hotel's four interconnected pools, among lush native vegetation. During the cooler months, enjoy the sauna and the steam room, or an open-air jacuzzi after a long hike. Atacama has some of the clearest skies in the world, so make sure to visit the Observatory for celestial explorations and stargazing.
You will feel like you are on a National Geographic expedition, with 37 different ways to discover Atacama offered at Explora. Choose a guided hike with your preferred level of difficulty. Explore on foot, horseback or bicycle. Inner journeys are encouraged as much as physical ones. The recommended explorations are the Puritama hot springs, Guatín-Puritama (half day hike) and Quebrada de Nacimiento (full day hike), Cerro Toco (half day high mountain ascent), Quebrada del Diablo (half day horseback ride), Piedra de la Coca (half day bike ride). Do not miss Salar de Atacama - the largest salt flat in Chile. Above the salt flat, sits Altiplano - vast open plaines filled with wetlands, salt lakes, and geysers - an unforgettable experience.
Chilean wine. Traditional BBQ in the old adobe house featuring spit-roasted-lamb, beef and fish.
From Santiago, take a 2-hour connecting flight to the city of Calama. A member of the Explora team will pick you up and drive you to Atacama, approximately one-hour away.
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Winos, Honeymooners, Photographers, Writers, Soul-Searchers.
Wandering through ancient vineyards. Michelin-star food beautifully paired with local wines. Reawakening your senses.
October to March
Angala Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of the Cape winelands, in the upper reaches of Vrede en Lust wine estate. Between mountains, near a lake, and surrounded by lush trees, you will find a personal oasis of peace and indulgence. Choose between a suite or a cottage, with views to the mountains or the valley. Look out onto a secluded garden or the pond from your balcony or a private veranda. Cool off during the day in the Eco Pool - where the ecosystem mimics the streams, rivers and ponds. Warm up by the fireplace in your private lounge once the sun goes down.
Make Angala your starting point for exploring the Cape winelands or Cape Town. Hop on a Wine Tram and discover Franschhoek Wine Route among other South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. Take a day trip to Cape Town's Table Mountain, the city's most famous icon, visible from 200km out at sea. Hike or take a cable car to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the city on the water. For a wild life lover, South Africa is the perfect destination. Take a whale watching tour, and don't be surprised when you encounter dolphins, seals and penguins along the way. If you are looking for extreme adrenaline, shark cage diving at Gansbaai is the ultimate experience.
Fresh gourmet food. Breakfast outside with fresh baked pastries. South African wine.
Fly into Cape Town and reach Angala by car or a pickup service.
*Photos property of ANGALA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Explorers, Hikers, Photographers, Riders.
Lodging at the tip of the world. Views as unique as they are breathtaking. Galloping across magnificent ice fields. Ever changing colours of the sky. Fresh air unlike anywhere else.
October to March
Welcome to a place that has been called the end of the world since the dawn of time. The Patagonia region has been cut off from the rest of the globe by sea, mountains and ice fields, creating a land that is magical and hypnotic. Explora Patagonia is located on the shores of Lake Pehoe, with breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. You will find yourself right in the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, in the heart of Patagonia, a declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The 49 rooms of Explora Patagonia are designed to take full advantage of the surrounding landscape. Choose Exploradores Suite or Cordillera Paine Room with views of Macizo del Paine, or Salto Chico Room for an amazing view of the Salto Chico waterfall. Don't expect to find TVs or Wi-Fi in your room, since Explora's mantra is disconnection from everyday routine and deep relaxation after a day full of activity. The design confirms the hotel's philosophy, with wood playing a fundamental role, and the essence of nature being as close as ever. Visit the hotel's pool and open-air jacuzzis with views of Pehoe Lake and Paine Massif to relax at the end of the day.
Just like the name suggest, being at Explora Patagonia is all about exploring, getting on your feet and seeing the world around you. Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America, with one of the smallest populations in the world. It is home to an extensive variety of plants and animals, and some of the most unique and untouched landscape. Each evening you choose the activities you want to do the following day. Explora believes that explorations are the most important aspect of the travel experience. Each hike will have a guide, where you can choose your level of difficulty and decide on a half or full day adventure. The recommended explorations are Mirador Cóndor and Mirador Ferrier (half day hikes), Sierra del Toro and Cuernos (full day hikes), and Donoso (full day on horseback ride). Explora breeds and trains its own horses, available for the travellers' expeditions.
Chilean wine. Packed lunches for full day hikes. Traditional South American BBQ.
Take a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas. From there the hotel will arrange a pickup to bring you to Torres del Paine, 4 hours away.
*Photos property of EXPLORA PATAGONIA
Winos and Foodies, Lovers of Architecture, Design Enthusiasts with a taste for luxury
Gazing into the clearest night sky from your bed. Tasting the fertile landscape of Alentejo in the full-bodies wine made on the premises.
May to October
L'AND Vineyards is a luxury boutique resort, set inside a vineyard in the heart of Alentejo. Enjoy views of a vine garden, a tranquil indigo lake and the Medieval castle of Montemor. The building houses the L'AND winery, as well as 22 modern suites, beautifully integrating design and nature, built with natural stone, slate and wood. Choose between Sky-View or L'and Suites. Both suites have a large outdoor terrace with fireplace and a private patio, creating a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The Sky-View suites allow the full opening of the bedroom ceiling, and include a private courtyard garden with a plunge pool. Sleep under the Alentejo night sky and take advantage of one the least polluted areas in Europe.
Alentejo is one of Europe’s not-to-be-missed destinations. Open space. Blue skies. History, culture, and wine. Indulge in some of the best wine Portugal has to offer, made on the premises of L'AND. Understand the winemaking process and learn how to appreciate it by colour, aroma and taste during daily complimentary tasting sessions. Take a short trip to the city of Évora, a unique tourist destination full of history, as well as a World Heritage site. For a taste of whimsical adventure, take a hot air balloon ride. Seeing Alentejo from the sky is an experience you will remember forever.
L'AND Restaurant is a one Michelin Star restaurant - so every dish is expected to be rich, indulgent and mind-blowing. Enjoy modern organic Portuguese cuisine. Drink grenadine coloured wine with hints of blackberry, mint, and spice.
Fly into Lisbon and take a beautiful 45 minute drive to Alentejo.
*Photos property of L'AND VINEYARDS
Lovers of the sea, places truly undiscovered, ancient history and quiet charm.
Wild-olive gardens. Endless horizon. Paint-worthy seascape.
April to October are the warmest and sunniest.
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.
Favignana's unique landscape can only be found between Sicily and Africa. The magic here has been described as “bare rock… one of those rocks that so abound the sea between Sicily and the flow of Africa”. The sea is the hero, following you wherever you go; in the turquoise and deep blue hues throughout the island, in its pastel reflections in the sky or in the salty fresh air. Explore the island by bike, scooter, donkey or boat. Visit the light house of Punta Sottil. Slow living is the essence of the land and the people here.
Traditional freshly baked bread, fruit picked from the trees around the Villa, In-house prepared aperitifs. Wildflower, thyme or thistle honey made by the owners.
To get to the most remote and beautiful locations, one has to be prepared for a lengthy journey. Fly into Falcone Borsellino Airport from most major European airports or drive through the country to port of Trapani to get here by water.
*Photos property of DIMORA DELL'OLIVASTRO
El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas
Creative campers, hippie chic travelers & ghost-town prowlers.
A hot outdoor shower while the sun sets over golden sand. Drinkin' beers and shootin' the breeze with real cowboys. Setting your spirit free.
Visit June through to October and prepare for hot days and quite cool nights. Book 6 months in advance or more.
Some of the things you might hear when staying at El Cosmico: "It's so chill here, it's crazy" or "It's the best place on earth". It's true, this is a place of simplicity, creativity and just plain coolness. Upon arrival you will toss your duffle bag into your own cute shiny red wagon and wheel it over to your teepee, safari tent or neon coloured trailer. Spend the afternoon swinging away in a hammock. Meet friendly new folks at a low-key outdoor BBQ. Curl up in a comfy duvet under the stars. You'll feel an energy so relaxed you won't want to leave this desert life.
Imagine a Prada store dropped in the middle of the desert as a pop art installation. Or a general store selling something called Bottled Rain Water. Dancing the night away to live music at an old glam West Texas bar. Or how about ripping around the desert in ATVS?
Fly to El Paso, rent a car and drive 2 hours to Marfa - explore beyond too as there is so much to see in Texas.
3$ craft beers. Old gas station turned gourmet pizzeria. Padres: the funeral home turned cocktail joint. The Food Shark's scrumptious food truck bites and late night grilled cheeses.
*Photos property of EL COSMICO
Cast aways & barefoot divas.
Eating a ripe papaya in your soft bed. The ocean mist. The ripples of the sand. The peacefulness & the music.
Visit year round or enjoy the warmest months from May - November
"The silence is only interrupted by the sounds of the wind and the sea." This charming seaside escape is the perfect spot for those looking for solace and reflection. Built to respect the land around it, this guesthouse is carefully integrated into the landscape in the most luxurious of ways. Float between the sky and the sand dunes in a hammock or sway to the soft beat of Cape Verdean music "Morna" before tip-toeing back to your pristine white canopy bed.
Boa Vista is located within an archipelago containing 10 islands off the coast of West Africa near Senegal. Cape Verde is an Island Country and is flat, sandy and dry which makes for wonderful activities like dune buggy rides, fishing trips and long beach walks. Other nearby islands are home to many beautiful volcanoes. Portuguese and Italian explorers discovered and colonized the islands so you'll find a unique and soothing combination of cultures adding to the afro-portuguese island charm. Creativity - as in poetry and art - are infused into daily life.
Cachupa -- the famous Cape Verde dish. A slow cooked stew made of corn, beans and local fish.
Fly a charter plane to Boa Vista, many flights leave from the UK.
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Curious Explorers, Hippies, Bird Enthusiasts, Beach Bums
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.
Anytime of year - you are almost on the equator!
It is hard to do Playa Manglares justice solely with words and images. You realize how special this place is once you step out of the cab and get a warm embrace from your host Olga. The feeling you get when at a family cottage mixed with wild outback lodging in a remote untouched paradise describes Playa Manglares best. The Eco-lodge is located on a bay surrounded by mangrove and palm trees and full of wildlife. There are 3 floors with a different beautifully designed room on each floor, suited for the needs of a family, a couple, or friends traveling together. Little touches like a hammock in the room overlooking the bay or intricately tiled outdoor shower amidst a lush jungle make Playa Manglares unforgettable.
A short motorcycle ride away is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - Playa Blanca. Be a beach bum for the day or take a boat trip to the nearby Rosario Islands, where you can snorkel and dive or simply enjoy having a private island to yourself. Once back at Playa Manglares, make sure to visit the Bird Sanctuary, and see why Colombia is one of the best places to bird-watch.
The juiciest and sweetest mango and papaya you will ever taste. Yucca and Cheese pastry. Guava coconut candy for dessert. Outdoor communal dinners with a different special everyday. You can count on it being fresh, local and organic.
Fly into Cartagena and take a 50 minute taxi to Baru Island. Get around the island on the back of the locals' motorcycle.
*Photos property of PLAYA MANGLARES
History-lovers, Design-purists, Romantics
Discover the rich history reborn. Feel the healing power of the hot springs. Visit an early twentieth century Chapel steps away. End the day above ground in a luxurious Tree House, where you couldn't be closer to nature.
May to August
Become part of history as you stay at Pedras Salgadas - a 100 year old park, which used to be a holiday destination for royalty. Today the fashionable spa town is an intriguing mix of old world glamour revitalized with modern and sustainable design. Larger groups and family reunions will feel at home at one of the seven Eco Houses, built with nature as their foundation. A more adventurous traveler can choose to stay at the Tree House - a lightweight, self-supporting structure, designed with landscape integration in mind. Wander the premises, discovering the power of water in the hot springs and the lake.
Welcome to the Northern Portugal region known as the "Marvellous Kingdom". Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro are surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys and offer an endless list of sights to see. Enjoy the protected areas of the region such as Azibo Lagoon, Peneda-Gerês National Park, and the Alvão, Douro International and Montesinho Natural Parks. Take in stunning architecture and history with surrounding castles, churches and bridges, with the famous Quintas of the Douro Valley and the gold mines of Trêsminas. Frequent Pena Aventura Park for a faster-paced holiday filled with adventure and adrenaline. Or slow your stride and take a tranquil and romantic boat ride through the Pedras Salgadas lake.
Port wine, olive oil and honey made in the region. Mirandesa and barrosã steaks.
Fly into Porto, Portugal. The Pedras Salgadas spa & nature park is only one hour away by car.
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Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal
Juvet Landscape Hotel, Valldal
Glam Hikers, Skiers, Design Enthusiasts, Photographers
Sunshine all year round. Bright summer nights. Long days. The magic of fresh and invigorating mountain water. Feeling alive.
Anytime. Juvet's four season approach is perfect, as it creates experiences for its guests throughout the year.
Welcome to the Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, Norway. Juvet is a unique hotel, incorporating pure Norwegian nature with modern, functional design. It sits in a beautiful valley, surrounded by majestic mountains and refreshing streams. The nine cubes on stilts are built individually into the landscape. No room is designed the same. The architect's vision of achieving a sense of well-being with minimal design comes through with floor to ceiling windows, letting light and nature in. See the mountains from your bed as soon as you open your eyes. For a more traditional accommodation choose the rooms in the mill house, the shed and the old farmhouse. Enjoy the steam room and the outdoor hot tub after a ski trip. Gather at the open fireplace to share stories of your daytime adventure.
Any time of year you visit Juvet, there is an array of activities to satisfy any nature lover. Experience the best skiing and winter adventures, and watch the snow light up the landscape in the winter. Spring is spectacular as you enjoy the lush green fields below and snow capped mountains up high - getting the best of both worlds. Raft through the salmon river or try canyoneering. In the summer, make sure to visit the famous Geiranger fjord, which is on UNESCO world heritage list. See the powerful waterfalls "The Seven Sisters", "Bridal Veil" and "The Friar". Visit Atlantic Ocean Park and get to know the rich life under the sea. Go fishing with Actin and Stein Magne, one of the most well-known fishing guides on the Norwegian coast. Bring your catch back to Juvet, and don't hesitate to ask to have it prepared. Enjoy the vibrant colours of the mountains in the fall and take unforgettable pictures.
Communal dinners in the cow barn. Old fashioned smoked salmon. Always the freshest bread and pastries from Nikka on the Myra, a 97-year old local celebrity. Apple juice from the valley. Famous strawberry cream cakes from Åse at the Jordbærstova.
Fly into Ålesund and drive 90 minutes to the northwest coast of Norway.
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Jungle Wanderers, Bird Enthusiasts, Mowglies
Thrilling jungle experience complemented with rainforest ambiance. Feeling the thirst for adventure, awakened by the raw surrounding wilderness.
December to March
Welcome to Sacha Lodge (“Sacha” is the Quichua Indian word meaning “forest”) - the true Ecuadorian Amazon, where the lodging is beautifully integrated with the lush environment. All the cabins are connected to the main lodge by boardwalks and include private shaded terraces. One of Sacha Lodge’s highlights is the 135-foot observation tower. Built around a giant kapok tree, the tower allows guests to see above the rainforest canopy and enjoy unforgettable sunsets and magnificent views of the surrounding wildlife.
Each day at Sacha Lodge brings a new adventure. The early risers can birdwatch on the canopy walk, or have the unforgettable experience of visiting one of Ecuador's largest butterfly farms. Take a quiet and mysterious canoe ride through the surrounding streams and lakes. Head downriver to the Yasuni Clay Lick to visit dozens of parrots. Refresh with a swim in the lagoon or spend the afternoon fishing for piranha along the river. For those seeking a little more thrill, fly through the forest on a zip-line or take a night walk to observe the mysterious nocturnal life of the Amazon.
Barbecue with fellow travellers
Getting to Sacha Lodge is half the experience. Fly into Quito - Ecuador’s capital city. From here a 25-minute flight will take you into the Amazon Region. Arrive at the town of Coca, where you embark on a magical two-hour canoe ride through Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia, bringing you to your final destination at last.
*Images property of SACHA LODGE
Le Pavillon de Galon, Cucuron, Luberon, Provence
Le Pavillon de Galon, Cucuron, Luberon, Provence
Lovebirds and gallivanting garden folk.
The sight of the gardens from your own private terrace. Wine, cheese, baguette picnic sitting in a wild sunlit garden. Poolside with a fresh lavender breeze.
The months of June and early July for lavender season.
Finding beauty in Provence isn't difficult, but come across Pavillion de Galon and you've just found a key to your own secret garden. A whimsical haven surrounded by lavender patches, vines, orchards and fresh fruits. Here, one is transported from reality to an elegant fantasy. Getting married? Imagine a dream-like experience - this spot holds 80 person garden weddings.
Wandering the gardens will be sure to keep you mesmerized as the hotel's property has been awarded the 'remarkable garden' award by the French Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Touring beyond the grounds, you will find the countryside villages of Provence to be beauty in abundance. Visit lavender or sunflower fields, enjoy festivals, try outdoor activities and dine at divine restaurants. See the stunning Mediterranean coastline.
Hocus Pocus, the precious regional wine produced from the Pavillion's own vine.
Fly to Marseille airport and rent a car to drive 45 minutes to Cucuron in Luberon National Park, Provence.
*Images property of LE PAVILLON DE GALON, CUCURON
Campers (or glampers), shutterbugs, forest gypsies, special occasion seekers.
Breathing in your surroundings. A blanket of stars. Feeling fresh. Nature and you.
May - September.
If you've never slept in a tent before, these stunning luxury tents situated in picturesque Canadian wildnerness offer an ideal first time experience. Imagine waking up in the most charmingly accessorized canvas tent, stepping outside to sink into your favourite adirondack chair with a cup of hot coffee. You watch as a bald eagle swoops into placid waters for his morning fish. This retreat is a place of quiet reflection, re-connecting with loved ones and living the natural life daily.
Explore this gorgeous setting alive with many activities. Take walks around the grounds to find your favourite remote hiding places. Experience whale watching, bear watching, mountain biking, climbing and zip-lining to just name a view. Relax in the healing grounds after a long and wild day.
Locally grown and raised products from the region of Cascadia. Try the grilled Clayoquot Sound oyster chowder.
Fly to Vancouver International Airport, head to Tofino and take a sea plane or boat transfer.
*Images property of CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RESORT
Posada Corazon B & B, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Posada Corazon B & B, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Artists, writers, photographers, walkers, dreamers and lovers.
Cantering through a cacti forest on a white horse named Pallomino. Afterwards, Tomas at Rancho Xotolar serves a fresh lunch of cheese, enchiladas, beans, corn tortillas, and pico de gallo from cacti – all grown on the farm (How fresh? You milked a cow when you arrived, and enjoyed that same cheese post riding).
The month of March is the best time to go as the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom.
San Miguel de Allende is a very popular spot with worldwide travelers and it is becoming increasingly hard to rent a casa or even find a hotel room. Book this quiet gem of a B & B early, and you will have landed a well-priced, zen-garden like setting amidst all of the town action. With fuchsia Bougainvillea dangling overhead while you sip a morning hot cocoa and nibble on marmalade toast, this lush garden escape is the perfect place to write a novel or paint a portrait.
The minute your bus turns the cliff entering San Miguel, you know you’re in for something special at this World Heritage site. The veil of garden that drapes over this city is mesmerizing. The pinks and purples of the flowering plants on every corner. Cypress trees touching the sky. Plump lemons ripe for picking. Shrubland all around. Twinkling city lights illuminated by the hot pink sunsets. Live this fairytale. There are many things to do in San Miguel de Allende. Eating, drinking, dancing, learning Spanish, yoga, creative writing classes, painting classes, walking through the parks and the Jardin, visiting the giant pink gothic cathedral “The Parroquia”. But, the best part of San Miguel is an energy you cannot explain without having visited.
The food scene in San Miguel is legendary. Try everything, but you must enjoy a tapas dinner paired with a cucumber cilantro + spiced salt margarita at La Mezcaleria.
*Tip* Refrain from drinking too much on your first night, you may experience altitude sickness – San Miguel is 1800 m above sea level. And remember to come with many Pesos and a bit of the Spanish language under your belt!
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Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier
Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier
Adventure seekers with a taste for indulgence.
Unwind by the open fire on the outside terrace before heading off for an unforgettable sleep. Choose your pillow from a personal pillow menu. Close your eyes and relive your adventure.
All year round. Remember - the seasons are in reverse! For the warmest and most settled weather visit February - March.
Te Waonui has been built to naturally blend in with its magical surroundings. The energy efficient architecture is hidden within a lush rainforest and encircled by majestic mountains. Get perfect sleep in the soundproofed rooms, complete with soft woollen underlays and plush down and wool duvets. Enjoy a private balcony or courtyard. Dine among the trees in ‘The Canopy’ restaurant.
Welcome to the Westland National Park, where glaciers collide with a rainforest in an area blessed with contrasting landscapes of lakes, rivers, ocean, forests and the snow capped mountains. Take part in Bike tours, Eco Rafting, and Glacier Country Kayaking or visit the Glacier hot pools. For the extreme adventurer, enjoy a Helicopter flight and take in spectacular views of the Franz, Fox and Tasman Glaciers as well as Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook. If this isn't enough adrenaline, experience sky-diving in a place with the most panoramic views of New Zealand - one of the only places in the world offering the highest jump of 18000ft.
A five course mouthwatering dinner from the freshest West Coast and South Island produce. Try the tea smoked, Te Waiponamu Scallops or the South Island Alpine Merino Lamb tenderloin. Or both.
Rent a car to take in the unspoiled landscapes. Greymouth Airport is about 2 hours away.
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Winos and foodies who love good design, culture and functional modern spaces.
Take a glass of Merlot to the desert and enjoy the sun going down, after a bike tour through the Bardenas Reales Natural Park.
Prime vegetable season is April to May - ideal for savoring the best vegetables of the restaurant. Visit July 24th to 30th for Festivals and Fairs of St. James and St. Ann.
"The future begins here " - The Times. Aire de Bardenas is set at the edge of a desert in the northern province of Navarre. Each room combines comfort and well being with simplicity and naturalness. The hotel offers special bungalows with views of Bardenas Reales. Other rooms have a private garden and/or a large outdoor bath. Aire de Bardenas has its own patio full of trees and a vegetable garden.
Aire de Bardenas is in the heart of Navarra, by Bardenas Reales Nature Reserve. The River Ebro and the Navarra Riviera as well as many wineries and monasteries are in the hotel's surroundings. Make sure to visit a twelfth-century Cathedral in nearby Tudela. Explore Bardenas Reales Natural Park on mountain bike; quad or simply walking.
End of July marks the Festivals and Fairs of St. James and St. Ann. Be ready for running of the bulls, bullfights; and the second “fiestas” of Navarre after San Fermin in Pamplona.
The hotel restaurant offers fresh vegetables from Tudela and the hotel’s own garden. Also try courgette strips fried with garlic (a Victoria Beckham favourite) followed by brioche bread toast caramelized with ice cream - the signature dessert in Aire de Bardenas. After the meal it is recommended to drink Patxaran the traditional digestive drink.
Aire de Bardenas is approximately a 1 hour drive from both Pamplona Airport and Zaragoza Airport. Rent a car to see the surroundings. Travel by foot and bike around the hotel.
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The Prairie in Roundtop, Texas
The Prairie in Roundtop, Texas
Wild-westers at heart & Thelma'n'Louises.
Loretta & Dolly on the stereo while you deal a hand of Gin Rummy to your gal pal on the porch. Sippin' iced tea in the prairie sun. Dancing around in pink cowboy boots. Stuffing your suitcase full of Shabby Chic memories.
Created by Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell, this fluffy feminine rustic chic ranch is the perfect spot to unwind with some wildflowers in your hair and your bell bottom blues on. Choose from a variety of mini houses - From the Cornflower Cottage to the Blue Bonnet Barn. Mainly constructed from recycled materials, the farm's 1800's charm has been highly preserved. Highlights are the "Marie Antoinette" decor, 46 beautiful acres, sweeping wisteria trees and a small wedding/events lodge - The Pearl Barn.
The grounds and surrounding area are enough to keep your sights occupied with farm animals roaming the beautiful plains. The quaint town of Roundtop and its neighbours invite visitors to many treasure-filled antique festivals, wineries, bee-keeping farms, galleries and mercantiles. Be sure to explore more of Texas if your stay is lengthy.
Local pie diner - Royers Pie Haven. Pecan please.
Car Rental. Consider a white convertible.
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Anyone looking to be a part of an unusual and dramatic landscape and a taste for luxury and great design.
This place really speaks for itself. Imagine location and architecture so perfect and in tune with its surroundings, that you are presented with a different world, removed and distilled from your everyday reality. Understated luxury at its finest.
High season is June to October and December to January. Low season is January to May. Spring and fall are characterized by mild days and cool nights, and the summer months from June through August show warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter is marked by crisp days and cold evenings, with occasional light snow fall.
Amangiri, meaning ‘peaceful mountain’ has been designed to blend into the landscape with natural hues, materials and textures. With unique features, such as the Campfire Pavilion, Desert Lounge, and the Gallery as well as a beautiful swimming pool and an award-winning spa, Amangiri is an experience rather than an accommodation.
Rates include guided group hikes, yoga classes, mat-based strength and stretch classes. Amangiri’s trail system and backcountry access allow guests to explore the region’s striking desert scenery on foot. Amangiri guides can arrange hikes into areas rarely visited by the general public. These hikes are customized to interests and fitness levels.
One of the natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon National Park is approximately two and a half hours away. Lake Powell, Zyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Antelope Slot Canyon are also easily accessible and not to be missed, while at Amangiri.
Walk-in Wine Cellar. A state-of-the-art wine dispenser offers guests the opportunity to experience unique wines by the glass.
Rates include complimentary airport transfers from Page Municipal Airport. Hiking is available in close proximity, reached by foot. Transportation to farther destinations is also offered.
Book months ahead! A minimum stay of three nights is required for July and August.
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Treat yourselfers and honeymooners.
The scents of Bali and the humid air warming your soul. Sinking into an aromatherapy flower bath. An afternoon visit to the Holy Temple for a traditional Balinese blessing. A secret romantic dinner for two complete with a special dessert activity - write your hopes and dreams on a leaf, tie leaf to floating paper lantern and release it into the river under the stars (this cannot be real).
One ride up the funicular (coolest of words), your intimate villa awaits. It sits perched over a dewy and lush landscape, overlooking emerald pools that jet out over a deep gorge. Swimming into the center of the rainforest, this swim feels more like a portal into Fern Gully.
Ubud is a spectacular yoga-infused village full of artists and monkeys. Stroll through the streets and find many restaurants offering stunning rice paddy field vistas. The greenness of these views is invigorating. Continue exploring and you'll find yourself at the entrance to the famous Sacred Monkey Forest. Clutch your belongings and don't make eye contact with the monkeys.
The most delicious watermelon juice, Indonesia's perfect national dish - nasi goreng (fried rice with spices and a fried egg atop), fresh fish and prawns.
You'll mainly explore on foot through Ubud. Venturing to neighbouring villages will require taxis.
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Nature and Wildlife Enthusiasts.
Sitting at the breakfast terrace, enjoying unspoiled views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Watching giraffes and buffalos at close range at the Momella clearing steps from the Lodge.
All throughout the year. April and May are the rainy months, however wildlife is most alive during this time. Bring a jacket for chilly mornings, but temperatures in the afternoon get up to 30 Celsius.
The lodge is situated on the northern edge of Arusha National Park. The ‘luxury bush hotel’ consists of three buildings situated in acacia woodland. Hatari Lodge offers nine rooms, individually designed to differ one from another, and decorated with local designs and materials, which are partly recycled. Take advantage of the personal fireplaces!
“Lakes, rolling green hills, Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and wildlife - Momella is a jewel. There is nothing more beautiful in East Africa.“ – Jim Mallory, 1961. Arusha National Park is undoubtedly one of the most stunning destinations in Tanzania with pink flamingoes at the Momella Lakes, largest giraffe population in Africa, forest elephants and leopards, as well as a large number of primates.
Home grown vegetables and fruits. Communal dinners. Sundowners.
Situated 60 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Hatari Lodge offers airport transfers.
This is the former private homes of actor Hardy Krüger and his farm manager, Jim Mallory.
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Posada Cavieres Wine Farm, Mendoza
Posada Cavieres Wine Farm, Mendoza