5 LODGES IN THE MOST REMOTE CORNERS OF THE WORLD

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5 LODGES IN THE MOST REMOTE CORNERS OF THE WORLD

Panorama Glass Lodge

ICELAND

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Panorama Glass Lodge is a one-of-a-kind seaside stay in Hvalfjörður (fjord of the whales), Iceland. The sole glass cabin igloo reflects true Scandinavian luxury and offers unparalleled privacy and views. Enjoy a glass ceiling, an outdoor hot pool, a fully equipped kitchen, a rainforest shower with a spa ambiance, and raw surrounding nature. Have the best sleep of your life with duvets from Böhmerwald Bavaria and linen from Schlafgut Germany. Look out for Northern Lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer; try and spot the seals or even whales out in the fjord. End a day of exploration in your private luxury cabin on the edge of the world.

Zero Real Estate Toggenburg

SWITZERLAND


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Zero Real Estate is a unique pop-up hotel in Toggenburg, Switzerland, inspired by the «Null Stern Hotel» art project by Swiss concept artists Frank and Patrik Riklin with their partner Daniel Charbonnier, truly embodying the Room + Wild spirit. The one-of-a-kind accommodation consists of three hotel rooms without walls, 1200m above sea level, on the awe-inspiring landscape of Toggenburg. The Burst Suite sits at the foot of the Alpstein mountain with a 270 degree panorama from the Rhine Valley to the Churfirsten mountain range. The tranquil Schwendi Suite overlooks the Schwendi lakes; and the Stump Suite sits under the canopy of giant trees.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

OMAN

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a remote canyon-edge hotel, 2,000 metres above sea level on top of Al Hajar mountains, in Oman. Enjoy a truly awe-inspiring setting at one of the world’s highest luxury resorts. There are 82 canyon view rooms and 33 private pool villas, including Oman’s most luxurious three-bedroom villa, designed in authentic Arabian and Omani style. Take in the jagged rock formations, the majestic mountains and cliffs from your private balcony or the infinity pool. Stand on the canyon view platform, made infamous by Princess Diana. End the day at one of the world’s highest luxury spas. (try the Rose Ritual, with Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s Damask roses)

Sikelia Hotel

ITALY

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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. 

Manshausen

NORWAY

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Manshausen is a resort and activity centre on a tiny Norwegian island by the same name, created by polar explorer Børge Ousland – the first person to visit the North Pole in a solo expedition. The unique retreat is made up of sustainable and modern seacabins, the main house, and the Expedition loft. The two bedroom seacabins are spread out along the stone jetty and the terrain, overlooking the place where the sea and the mountains meet through large floor to ceiling windows. created by architect Snorre Stinessen is the designer of the huts. Relax in the hot tub and watch the starry sky. Visit the newly renovated main house for a large open dining area as well as a fully stocked National Geographic library. Manshausen aims to soon be climate neutral and supports local food producers.

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5 NATURAL SPA RETREATS

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5 NATURAL SPA RETREATS

QC Termeroma Resort

ITALY

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QC Termeroma is a chic, wellness retreat amidst Italian countryside in Fiumicino, only 20 km from Rome. Surrounded by Trajan's natural park, ancient trees, and perfectly manicured gardens, the hotel is a hidden oasis to get lost and recharged. Choose the Romantic room with a private patio or the spacious and luxurious Caracalla Suite. Enjoy marble walls, historic fountains, and Roman-inspired architecture. Travel back in time of the Baths of Caracalla, of Diocletian or of Trajan. Take part in ancient water therapies at the resort's wellness farm with its  hydro massage seats, Japanese bath, infinity pool, hydro massage tubs, waterfalls,  bio-saunas, and sensorial relaxation rooms, all inspired by the surrounding nature. Do a unique treatment with mountain honey, salt and alpine herbs. 

7132 Hotel

ITALY

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7132 Hotel is a remote luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland. Surrounded by mountains, valleys, and trees, the retreat is a design haven, perfect for exploring Swiss nature and personal wellness. Stay in one of the unique rooms created by architects Ando, Kuma, Mayne and Zumthor; all with expansive views of the mountainscape. The Kengo Kuma Rooms are reminiscent of Japanese teahouses and the Mayne rooms are inspired by wood and stone, with the glass shower being the focal point of the room. The main draw of 7132 is the architectural masterpiece that are the thermal baths, made from 60,000 slabs of Vals quartzite and filled with 30° Celsius St. Peter’s spring. Enjoy the unique serene atmosphere; and hop between the fire pool, the ice pool, the blossom pool or the spring grotto.

Cliff House

IRELAND

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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.

Keemala Luxury Villas

THAILAND

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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.

Retreat at Blue Lagoon

ICELAND

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The Retreat is the official accommodation of the infamous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Luxurious, private, and complete with its own hot spring and an otherworldly spa, the hotel is a perfect destination for those looking to recharge and relax in unusual surroundings. Choose between the Moss Suite or the Lava Suite, facing moss-covered lava fields and the volcanic horizon or The Lagoon Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and your own private blue lagoon. The minimalist modern suites are designed to reflect the native Icelandic nature - charcoal tiles, lime green accents, warm-coloured wood. The surrounding lagoon and the spa is why you are here. Spend hours in mineral-rich waters, steam caves, and suspended nest chairs. Take part in geothermal seawater treatments — with silica, algae, and minerals.

 

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5 REMOTE ISLAND GETAWAYS

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5 REMOTE ISLAND GETAWAYS

Delamore Lodge

NEW ZEALAND

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Delamore Lodge is a boutique luxury hideaway on Waiheke Island of the Auckland region in New Zealand. Facing the secluded Owhanake Bay of and surrounded by lush hillside, the resort comes with unparalleled cliff top views of the Hauraki gulf, the surrounding islands, Little Barrier, Great Barrier and Coromandel. Choose one of the spacious nature-inspired suites - Awatea Suite (Dawn), Motu Suite (Island), Mahana Suite (Warmth), or Moana Suite (Ocean), complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, private patios,  rain showers landscaped gardens and never-ending views. Take it all in from the infinity pool. Relax in the cave-like Jacuzzi or the steam sauna. Wander through Delamore's extensive gardens filled with citrus and olive trees. 

Six Senses Zil Pasyon

SEYCHELLES

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Six Senses Zil Pasyon is a one-of-a-kind private island resort, located on Félicité - an Island in the Seychelles, encircled by Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Coco and Marianne Islands. There are 30 pool villas as well three- and four-bedroom residences, surrounded by the large iconic rocks rising out of the turquoise water, with panoramic views of Indian Ocean and dense lush foliage. It is the little details that make Six Senses Zil Pasyon special, like swings in the bathroom, architecture that is part of the environment, and the treehouse-like spa. Enjoy Tree Therapy, a health reboot known as forest bathing or book a session with one of the visiting practitioners - whether it is yoga or reiki. Watch a movie under the stars. Live like a castaway. 

Song Saa Private Island

CAMBODIA

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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. 

Soneva Kiri 

THAILAND

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Soneva Kiri is a luxury resort on a large yet barely inhabited island of Koh Kood, surrounded by white beaches and a lush rainforest. A place, where you will discover Thailand like it was back in the day. The all-villa resort is complete with infinity pools, personal electric buggies, and private butlers. Choose anything as intimate and as Beach Pool Villa Suite or as lavish as the 6 Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Reserve. The environmentally friendly design is seen throughout the property, blending in to its surroundings with minimal impact. Families will love the Den, a large bamboo playground, dedicated to learning through creative and meaningful experiences. The Spa is open for authentic Thai treatments, like mud massages, herbal baths, or a silk facials. End the night at the open air and jungle-enshrouded Cinema Paradiso or watch the night sky at the Observatory. 

The Brando

FRENCH POLYNESIA

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A short flight away from Tahiti, resides one of the most private and untouched French Polynesian islands - Tetiaroa. The sanctuary is home to The Brando - a vision developed by Marlon Brando for one of the first sustainable luxury retreats in the world. Tetiaroa is composed of many small islands surrounding a beautiful lagoon, which used to serve as a vacation destination of Tahitian royalty. The Brando offers 35 oceanfront villas, reflecting Polynesian culture. Choose a one, two or three bedroom villa, with inside and outside masterfully merged together. Relax in an outdoor bathtub or cool off in a private plunge pool. Everything in your stay is part of the price, including daily spa services and activities, as well as one diving session. 

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5 RETREATS WITHIN NATURAL WONDERS

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5 RETREATS WITHIN NATURAL WONDERS

Retreat at Blue Lagoon

ICELAND

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The Retreat is the official accommodation of the infamous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Luxurious, private, and complete with its own hot spring and an otherworldly spa, the hotel is a perfect destination for those looking to recharge and relax in unusual surroundings. Choose between the Moss Suite or the Lava Suite, facing moss-covered lava fields and the volcanic horizon or The Lagoon Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and your own private blue lagoon. The minimalist modern suites are designed to reflect the native Icelandic nature - charcoal tiles, lime green accents, warm-coloured wood. The surrounding lagoon and the spa is why you are here. Spend hours in mineral-rich waters, steam caves, and suspended nest chairs. Take part in geothermal seawater treatments — with silica, algae, and minerals.

Drive across the country. 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”. The Retreat is the perfect last stop after discovering Iceland's “Golden Circle” route.

Tierra Atacama

CHILE

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Tierra Atacama is a boutique desert hotel located 2,407 metres above sea level in Northern Chile. Enjoy views of the Andes mountain range nearby volcanoes, and the infinite desert. All the rooms are inspired by Atacama landscapes with nude and cocoa accents; include Tierra’s signature outdoor showers, and private terraces with stunning views of Licancabur Volcano or the Cordillera de Sal. The scenery is reflected in the indoor and outdoor design of the hotel for a true nature-inspired experience. Visit the Uma Spa for unique treatments, like Reiki & Crystal Massage, complimented with rica rica herbal tea or chilled cucumber water or spend the afternoon in a wicker hammock under ancient desert trees. 

Atacama Desert is every explorer's dream, where you can wander on foot, horseback, bike or 4x4. Hike Cordillera de la Sal through surreal moon-like landscapes and sand dunes of Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley). Take a rewarding soak in the hot springs of Puritama. Discover the colourful Rainbow Valley (Valle Arcoiris). Hike Licancabur Volcano, where you will stumble upon across flamingoes or llamas. Have lunch at Salar de Tala (salt flats). Take part in unique stargazing experiences in the place with the clearest sky in the world.

Tierra Patagonia

CHILE

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Tierra Patagonia Adventure and Spa Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, with Paine Massif in the background, just outside of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. The landscape hotel seamlessly blends into its surroundings and is built like it was "shaped by the wind", inspired by Patagonia. Light is a major part of the design, bringing the outside in, with large windows facing the lake and the mountains. The glass-paneled Uma Spa is one of the highlights, complete with an indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room, and an open-air hot tub, perfect for nightly stargazing. Tierra Patagonia is in association with the Chilean Tourist Board and Forestry Association, supporting the reforestation project, aiming to plant one million trees across Chilean Patagonia.

You are here to explore. Take a walk along the outer edges of Torres del Paine National Park, reserved especially for guests of Tierra Patagonia. Look out for sightings of eagles, foxes, ostrich (ñandú) and condors. Go horseback riding. Feel humbled by the Cordillera Paine and Sierra Baguales mountainscapes surrounding you. Take a photography tour to document the iconic peaks, glaciers, and mirror-glass lagoons. 

La Ferme de Georges

BRAZIL

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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.  

Chumbe Island

TANZANIA

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humbe Island is a private island retreat near Zanzibar, Tanzania. This unique tiki destination is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and a lush tropical jungle. Stay in one of seven eco bungalows, designed to provide both privacy and a sense of freedom of living in the open. The rooms are steps away from a pristine white sand beach, which you can see from your bed. Enjoy being able to stroll from your bungalow hammock to the warm tropical ocean in under 30 seconds.

Chumbe Island Coral Park is a private nature reserve that includes a protected coral reef sanctuary and a forest reserve. Besides the rich marine environment, there are multiple nature trails and historical ruins for you to discover. Swim with gentle gigantic sea turtles and colorful fish. Take a night nature walk to look for coconut crabs. Enjoy being stranded on this one of a kind tropical island.

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5 HOTELS TO VISIT FOR THE VIEWS

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5 HOTELS TO VISIT FOR THE VIEWS

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar

OMAN

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Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a remote canyon-edge hotel perched on top of Al Hajar mountains, 2,000 metres above sea level in Oman. Enjoy a truly awe-inspiring setting at one of the world’s highest luxury resorts. There are 82 canyon view rooms and 33 private pool villas, including Oman’s most luxurious three-bedroom pool villa, designer in an authentic Arabian and Omani style. Take in the jagged rock formations, the majestic mountains and cliffs from your private balcony or the infinity pool. Stand on the Canyon view platform, made infamous by Princess Diana. End the day at one of the world’s highest luxury spas. (try the Rose Ritual, with Al Jabal Al Akhdar’s Damask roses)

Tainaron Blue Retreat

GREECE

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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.   

Munduk Nature Resort

BALI

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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. 

Hacienda Na Xamena

IBIZA, SPAIN

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Hacienda 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. 

Hotel Encuentro

MEXICO

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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.

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5 STAYS WHERE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

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5 STAYS WHERE TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Manshausen

NORWAY

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Manshausen is a resort and activity centre on a tiny Norwegian island by the same name, created by polar explorer Børge Ousland – the first person to visit the North Pole in a solo expedition. The unique retreat is made up of sustainable and modern seacabins, the main house, and the Expedition loft. The two bedroom seacabins are spread out along the stone jetty and the terrain, overlooking the place where the sea and the mountains meet through large floor to ceiling windows. created by architect Snorre Stinessen is the designer of the huts. Relax in the hot tub and watch the starry sky. Visit the newly renovated main house for a large open dining area as well as a fully stocked National Geographic library. Manshausen aims to soon be climate neutral and supports local food producers.

Levin Iglut

FINLAND

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Levin Iglut is a magical winter retreat, comprised of glass igloos in Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region, with nothing but arctic wilderness surrounding you. The igloos are positioned along a slope with unobstructed views of the northern sky and snow covered trees. Choose a Superior or Premium Igloo, perfect for couples; or the Northern Lights House for larger groups of families, complete with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a hot tub on the private terrace. Enjoy panoramic views, a true winter wonderland, and being completely off the grid. 

Treehotel

SWEDEN

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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. 

Ion Hotel

ICELAND

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Ion is a luxury adventure hotel. 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”.

Sorrisniva Hotel

NORWAY

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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 HOTELS FOR WILDLIFE LOVERS

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5 HOTELS FOR WILDLIFE LOVERS

Tsala Treetop Lodge

SOUTH AFRICA

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Tsala is a luxury treetop lodge in the largest tract of natural forest in South Africa, located along the infamous Garden Route - a 300km stretch of the coast from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The retreat is surrounded by ancient indigenous trees, rolling valleys, and velvet hills. Stay in one of ten Treetop suites or one of six two-bedroom Treetop Villas, built into the canopy, and complete with wraparound verandahs and infinity plunge pools. Enjoy glass walls with views to the surrounding forest, free-standing tubs, and sun loungers. The design echoes natural fabrics, earthy colours, and raw textures, resembling stone and ebony. Tsala works hard to preserve the animals and the environment  within the property as well as support the local community.

Wander the property and learn about its many species of trees. Hike to the scenic Robberg Peninsula or through the Garden of Eden Forest. Go mountain biking along the Garden Route. Snorkel with African fur seals or go whale watching. Visit the free flight bird sanctuary or the world’s first free multi-specie primate sanctuary. Go Paddle Boarding through the peaceful Keurbooms River. Sail though the majestic Knysna Heads cliffs. Try surfing at the Plettenberg Bay. Go bungy jumping at Bloukrans - the World’s Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at 216m. Go cage dive diving with Great White Sharks - a truly once in a lifetime experience.

Cristalino Lodge

BRAZIL

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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. 

The Cristalino Lodge is perfect for wildlife lovers, and especially bird watchers (There are a total of about 586 bird species discovered in this region). Enjoying kayaking through the mysterious Cristalino river. Hike through numerous jungle trails. Visit the Lodge's own 50m observation towers. Take a guided flora & fauna boat safari. See spider and night monkeys, anteaters, sloths, otters, and have a possible encounter with a jaguar, a puma or a black panther. 

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

SRI LANKA

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a unique luxury camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean and next to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. The unique architecture was created by Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, using natural materials, and masterfully diminishing the line between man-made and nature. There are 28 luxury tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, in the shape and colour of the surrounding rock formations, and the aerial view of a leopard's paw print. Enjoy expedition chic design, complete with copper bathtubs and four-poster beds, views to the jungle or the ocean, and private plunge pools in some. Cool off in the pool after a day of exploring. Visit the Sanctuary Spa and get one of the traditional Sri Lankan treatments, using Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Yala National Park is famous for the highest leopard concentration in the world and is perfect for wildlife lovers. Enjoy daily safaris with expert naturalist guides, discovering exotic flora and fauna, various birds and mammals, including elephants and sloth bears. A day trip to some of the ancient Buddhist sites in the area is recommended as well. 

Bushmans Kloof

SOUTH AFRUCA

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

Travellers visiting Bushman's Kloof will be here to take in the spectacular surroundings and enjoy the personalized tours. Swim in secret waterfalls or kayak in the river, running through the reserve. Hike across the rock formations or roam the plains, where you may spot the elusive Cape Leopard, living in the nearby mountains. Other animals to look out for are Bat-Eared Fox, African Wildcat, Cape Fox, Caracal (African Lynx), Cape Clawless Otter, and Baboon to name a few.

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

SOUTH AFRICA

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Kagga Kamma is situated in the Cederberg mountain region among the red-brown textured sandstone formations. The accommodation choices are the reason that you are here. Choose the Outcrop Open Air Room to sleep under the stars, while listening to the sounds of the night on a remote rocky outcrop with a bedside fire. Another unique option are the Bushman Lodges. Choose one of five thatched rondavels or one of ten cave suites, built into the rock formations. Explore the formations closely from your private terrace. During the hot summer months, cool off in the swimming pool, seamlessly blending in between large rocks.

There is more than enough to keep the adventurous occupied at Kagga Kamma. Take a scenic ride around the area on a mountain bike or a 4x4. Enjoy the unique game viewing and see Cederberg's famous landscapes. History lovers will enjoy Ancient rock art sites nearby. Visit the Mini Observatory at the end of the day to see billions of stars and make a wish to come back.

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5 PERFECT MOUNTAIN HOTELS

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5 PERFECT MOUNTAIN HOTELS

7132 Hotel

SWITZERLAND

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7132 Hotel is a remote luxury hotel in Vals, Switzerland. Surrounded by mountains, valleys, and trees, the retreat is a design haven, perfect for exploring Swiss nature and personal wellness. Stay in one of the unique rooms created by architects Ando, Kuma, Mayne and Zumthor; all with expansive views of the mountainscape. The Kengo Kuma Rooms are reminiscent of Japanese teahouses and the Mayne rooms are inspired by wood and stone, with the glass shower being the focal point of the room. The main draw of 7132 is the architectural masterpiece that are the thermal baths, made from 60,000 slabs of Vals quartzite and filled with 30° Celsius St. Peter’s spring. Enjoy the unique serene atmosphere; and hop between the fire pool, the ice pool, the blossom pool or the spring grotto.

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge

NEPAL

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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.

Whitepod Hotel

SWITZERLAND

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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.

Hapuku Lodge

NEW ZEALAND

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Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary hotel close to Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. Enjoy rooms overlooking 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. 

Alpina Dolomites

ITALY

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The Alpina Dolomites Lodge is a wellness luxury retreat in the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perfect for every season throughout the year. Located on the Alpe di Suisi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau, the hotel offers an unparalleled mountain experience. Alpina's architecture is inspired by nature and built with a minimum impact on the environment. Created with wood, stone and glass, the interiors are cozy and elegant, with panaramic views of the Dolomites. Visit the Alpina Spa - one of the best in the country for detox treatments and water therapy. Relax in the indoor or the outdoor pools and the Finnish sauna after a day of hiking or skiing.  

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5 UNUSUAL SAFARI RETREATS

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5 UNUSUAL SAFARI RETREATS

Segera Retreat

KENYA

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Segera is a one-of-a-kind retreat in the heart of Laikipia, created by conservationist Jochen Zeitz in order to provide the most authentic and luxurious safari experience. Surrounded by true Kenyan wilderness with the majestic Mount Kenya to the east and Great Rift Valley to the west, this is a place where the most celebrated wildlife species roam free. Choose one of six villas, complete with private decks and panoramic views of African savannah or the botanical Sculpture Garden. The signature villa is the two-bedroom Segera House, featuring three indoor lounge areas; a private garden and a plunge pool. Villa Segera is a perfect luxury option, complete with private dining areas and a large salt-water swimming pool. A not-to-be-missed experience is a night at the Nay Palad Bird Nest - a 360 degree birds-eye-view treehouse, built alongside the river. Enjoy an open-air bed lit up with lanterns, an unforgettable sunset, and fall asleep under the star-studded African sky. 

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

SRI LANKA

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a unique luxury camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean and next to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. The unique architecture was created by Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, using natural materials, and masterfully diminishing the line between man-made and nature. There are 28 luxury tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, in the shape and colour of the surrounding rock formations, and the aerial view of a leopard's paw print. Enjoy expedition chic design, complete with copper bathtubs and four-poster beds, views to the jungle or the ocean, and private plunge pools in some. Cool off in the pool after a day of exploring. Visit the Sanctuary Spa and get one of the traditional Sri Lankan treatments, using Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Tongabezi Lodge

ZAMBIA

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Tongabezi is a luxury safari lodge on the banks of Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls in Zambia. Surrounded by ebony trees and set against the basalt rock bed, the retreat consists of five houses and four river cottages, inspired by nature and built into their surroundings. Stay at the Tree House surrounded by indoor and outdoor trees or one of the River Cottages, complete with private decks overlooking the river. The Dog House is elevated and is constructed from three connecting decks with the river running underneath. Choose the Bird House for open-air bathtubs and a personal terrace for dining under the stars. The Garden House is perfect for families and set farther back from the river. Complete your Tongabezi experience with a one night stay on the remote Sindabezi Island.

Loisaba Conservancy

KENYA

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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. 

Kagga Kamma

SOUTH AFRICA

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Kagga Kamma is situated in the Cederberg mountain region among the red-brown textured sandstone formations. The accommodation choices are the reason that you are here. Choose the Outcrop Open Air Room to sleep under the stars, while listening to the sounds of the night on a remote rocky outcrop with a bedside fire. Another unique option are the Bushman Lodges. Choose one of five thatched rondavels or one of ten cave suites, built into the rock formations. Explore the formations closely from your private terrace. During the hot summer months, cool off in the swimming pool, seamlessly blending in between large rocks. 

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5 HOTELS YOU WILL WANT TO PINTEREST

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5 HOTELS YOU WILL WANT TO PINTEREST

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.

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ASTARTE SUITES, SANTORINI, GREECE

Astarte consists of 9 beautiful luxury suites, overlooking the Aegean Sea’s blue waters and situated on a cliff. All suites have volcano and caldera views, and heated indoor or outdoor Jacuzzis. Do the Volcano tour and see why Santorini is the Pompeii of the Greek islands. Choose between Perissa (black), Red and White beaches. Visit Oia - most famous for its white-washed buildings hanging on the cliffs and the breathtaking sunsets or Akrotiri, an ancient city buried and preserved by volcanic ash.

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HOTEL AIRE DE BARDENAS, SPAIN

"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.

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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.

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OWN VILLA, BALI, INDONESIA

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

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5 REMOTE STAYS PERFECT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

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5 REMOTE STAYS PERFECT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Tierra Patagonia

CHILE

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Tierra Patagonia Adventure and Spa Hotel is located on the shores of Lake Sarmiento, with Paine Massif in the background, just outside of Torres del Paine National Park, Chile. The landscape hotel seamlessly blends into its surroundings and is built like it was "shaped by the wind", inspired by Patagonia. Light is a major part of the design, bringing the outside in, with large windows facing the lake and the mountains. The glass-paneled Uma Spa is one of the highlights, complete with an indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room, and an open-air hot tub, perfect for nightly stargazing. Tierra Patagonia is in association with the Chilean Tourist Board and Forestry Association, supporting the reforestation project, aiming to plant one million trees across Chilean Patagonia.

You are here to explore. Take a walk along the outer edges of Torres del Paine National Park, reserved especially for guests of Tierra Patagonia. Look out for sightings of eagles, foxes, ostrich (ñandú) and condors. Go horseback. Feel humbled by the Cordillera Paine and Sierra Baguales mountainscapes surrounding you. Take a photography tour to document the iconic peaks, glaciers, and mirror-glass lagoons. 

Tongabezi Lodge

ZAMBIA

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Tongabezi is a luxury safari lodge on the banks of Zambezi River, near Victoria Falls in Zambia. Surrounded by ebony trees and set against the basalt rock bed, the retreat consists of five houses and four river cottages, inspired by nature and built into their surroundings. Stay at the Tree House surrounded by indoor and outdoor trees or one of the River Cottages, complete with private decks overlooking the river. The Dog House is elevated and is constructed from three connecting decks with the river running underneath. Choose the Bird House for open-air bathtubs and a personal terrace for dining under the stars. The Garden House is perfect for families and set farther back from the river. Complete your Tongabezi experience with a one night stay on the remote Sindabezi Island.

Tongabezi is truly for explorers. The activities are unique and plentiful. Discover the majestic Victoria Falls from a bird's eye view. Adrenaline junkies can do the Falls bungee jump or swim in the infamous Devil's Pool. Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where you can walk across Knife Edge bridge over cascading water. Learn about Zambia's history with a trip to the Livingston museum. Meet the children from the Tongabezi Trust School. Take an early morning game drive or even a daytrip to Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Fogo Island Inn

CANADA

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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. Do winter well with coastal or inland snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and caribou safari. Enjoy bird watching. Take a photo expedition along photographers from National Geographic.

Topas Ecolodge

VIETNAM

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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. 

L'Alyana

VIETNAM

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L’Alyana is a luxury boutique resort on the Hon Heo peninsula in Nha Trang city in Vietnam. Surrounded by tropical woods, golden sand, clear blue sea and the picturesque Ninh Van bay, the hidden retreat is a perfect place to truly get away from it all. Enjoy 33 private pool villas, open to their surrounding environment, and mixing authentic Vietnamese architecture with contemporary eco design. Each villa is complete with a personal butler and views to the lagoon. Take advantage of the spa. Try a traditional Vietnamese detox treatment, using warmed glass cups. Or, choose a coconut, rice powder, or a green tea body scrub. L’Alyana has been named one of the best hotels in Asia in 2016 by TripAdvisor.

Visit Nha Trang (a short complimentary boat ride away) and discover the real Vietnam. Hike to the Yang Bay Water Fall or sail to the Monkey Island. Go snorkeling in Hon Mun Marine Park. Take a bike tour along rice paddies. Hike the Jungle Rock or the Mountain Trail.

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5 OUTSIDE THE BOX LUXURY HOTELS

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5 OUTSIDE THE BOX LUXURY HOTELS

Soneva Kiri

THAILAND

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Soneva Kiri is a luxury resort on a large yet barely inhabited island of Koh Kood, surrounded by white beaches and a lush rainforest. A place, where you will discover Thailand like it was back in the day. The all-villa resort is complete with infinity pools, personal electric buggies, and private butlers. Choose anything as intimate and as Beach Pool Villa Suite or as lavish as the 6 Bedroom Sunset Ocean View Reserve. The environmentally friendly design is seen throughout the property, blending in to its surroundings with minimal impact.Families will love the Den, a large bamboo playground, dedicated to learning through creative and meaningful experiences. The Spa is open for authentic Thai treatments, like mud massages, herbal baths, or a silk facials. End the night at the open air and jungle-enshrouded Cinema Paradiso or watch the night sky at the Observatory. 

Post Ranch Inn

CALIFORNIA

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Stay above the clouds along the luxurious California coastline at Post Ranch Inn. Mountains. Pacific Ocean, melting into the horizon. Redwoods. Unspoiled nature all around you. Choose between staying at the Cliff House, where you take in magnificent ocean views from a glass-walled free-standing structure. Pacific suites with a 180 degree view of the coastline. Peak house for a private mountain view. The Tree House, which sits on stilts nine feet of the forest floor and includes a skylight for nightly stargazing. Mountain House, echoing the shape of the Redwood trees and offering breathtaking views of the Santa Lucia Peaks and Ventana Wilderness. For a group larger than two, enjoy the Butterfly House or the South Coast House, where you will enjoy a private terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the Pacific. Enjoy morning yoga and meditation, afternoon hiking, whale watching and nightly stargazing. You don't have to wander far to explore what California nature has to offer at Post Ranch Inn. 

Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi

THE MALDIVES

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

Dedon Island

THE PHILIPPINES

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DEDON Island is a one of a kind luxury hideaway, located between two saltwater ecosystems on the island of Siargao in the Philippines. Surrounded by coconut groves and mangroves trees, the resort sits on a stunning private white sand beach. Imagine an untouched tropical environment seamlessly blending in with modern and whimsical design elements created by DEDON (a luxury outdoor living space company). Stay in one of nine Superior or Deluxe Villas with a private porch and an outdoor shower. Hide from the sun in one of the famous NestRest pods. Climb up in the Treehouse for a yoga class or destination dining. Relax in the gardens, surrounded with frangipani, orchids, and lilies. Dedon Island is all about taking off your shoes and embracing the island way of life. 

The Berkeley River Lodge

AUSTRALIA

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The Berkeley River Lodge is a true dream escape in one of the world’s finest natural settings. Luxury villas sit atop a 65 metre-high dune offering panoramic views spanning a gulf, gorges, river and an island. The hotel was designed to blend in with the coast allowing nature to do the talking in this most rich and vivid landscape. Described as “God’s Land”, you'll savour this divine and life-changing experience.

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5 HOTELS INSPIRED BY FILM

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5 HOTELS INSPIRED BY FILM

MOVIE: By The Sea
HOTEL: Don Ferrante, Monopoli, Italy

Don Ferrante is a boutique hotel in a small seaside town of Monopoli in southern Italy. The restored building was once an ancient fortress and is located in the town's charming historical centre with narrow streets, whitewashed houses and the Adriatic Sea through your window. Spend a lazy day by the pool and the evening in the jacuzzi. Visit the spa for a relaxing olive oil scrub and massage. Take advantage of the rooftop terrace for an unforgettable view.

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MOVIE: The Lobster
HOTEL: Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Ireland

Parknasilla Resort & Spa is a historic family-friendly hotel in Kerry, Ireland. Located on Kenmore Bay and surrounded by Kerry Mountains with blues and greens melting into the horizon - the hotel is a perfect destination to reconnect with nature. Couples will love the suites, while the self catering lodges are perfect for families. Enjoy the antique charm and the panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean. 

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MOVIE: Youth
HOTEL: Alpina Dolomites, Italy

The Alpina Dolomites Lodge is a wellness luxury retreat in the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perfect for every season throughout the year. Located on the Alpe di Suisi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau, the hotel offers an unparalleled mountain experience. Alpina's architecture is inspired by nature and built with a minimum impact on the environment. Created with wood, stone and glass, the interiors are cozy and elegant, with panaramic views of the Dolomites. Visit the Alpina Spa - one of the best in the country for detox treatments and water therapy. Relax in the indoor or the outdoor pools and the Finnish sauna after a day of hiking or skiing.  

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MOVIE: Call Me By Your Name
HOTEL: Monaci delle Terre Nere, Italy

Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a charming boutique hotel at the foothills of Mount Edna, the biggest active volcano of Europe. Surrounded by tranquil Sicilian countryside, with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. The hideaway has been converted from a 19th century monastery and vineyard. There are 20 individually designed rooms, throughout the property, combining traditional wooden and stone architecture and modern design, with of the walls are made from actual lava rock and the reception converted from an old grape pressing factory. Monaci is focussed on sustainability and organic produce and is one of only three certified Eco-Bio places in Sicily. Wander through the orchards, sleep under the olive trees, or visit the organic farm. Relax by a personal fireplace on the cooler nights, or take a dip in the infinity pool during the hot days. 

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MOVIE: A Bigger Splash
HOTEL: Sikelia Luxury Retreat 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. 

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5 WELLNESS RETREATS TO PUT ON YOUR LIST

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5 WELLNESS RETREATS TO PUT ON YOUR LIST

Alpina Dolomites

ITALY

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The Alpina Dolomites Lodge is a wellness luxury retreat in the Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, perfect for every season throughout the year. Located on the Alpe di Suisi, Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau, the hotel offers an unparalleled mountain experience. Alpina's architecture is inspired by nature and built with a minimum impact on the environment. Created with wood, stone and glass, the interiors are cozy and elegant, with panaramic views of the Dolomites. Visit the Alpina Spa - one of the best in the country for detox treatments and water therapy. Relax in the indoor or the outdoor pools and the Finnish sauna after a day of hiking or skiing.  

Kenoa Hotel

BRAZIL

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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.

Areias Do Seixo

PORTUGAL

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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.

Silica Hotel

ICELAND

Silica Hotel is the official accommodation of the infamous Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Luxurious, private, and complete with its own hot spring, the hotel is a perfect destination for those looking to recharge and relax in unusual surroundings. Silica has 35 rooms, including private verandas with views to the lava fields. A designer's dream, the hotel does an excellent job of integrating the inside and the outside, inviting the landscape to be a part of every guests's experience. Swim in the blue lagoon and indulge in a traditional silica mud mask. Enjoy one of the spa treatments offered onsite, one can only experience in Iceland. Look around and truly take in this otherworldly place.  

Unique Garden

BRAZIL

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Unique Garden Hotel and Spa is a 300 thousand square meter detox and spa retreat in Mairiporã, Brazil. Surrounding a lush Atlantic rainforest and Cantereira State Park, the sanctuary is home to many rescued animals, rare birds, and tropical plants, and a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and nature. Choose a Cottage in the Mediterranean Village - the most central, close to all restaurants, spa, gym, pools, and the area for conversations and contemplation by the renowned architect Ruy Ohtake. The Flowers Cottage offer panoramic views and include a winter garden and fireplaces. The Presidential Cottage is the most spacious and exclusive with a private entrance and a courtyard.

 

 

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5 SECRET EUROPEAN HIDEAWAYS

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5 SECRET EUROPEAN HIDEAWAYS

ThirtySeven Gozo

MALTA

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Thirty Seven Gozo is a converted 400 year-old farm house-turn-boutique hotel on a charming and sleepy island of Gozo, Malta. Enjoy 2 swimming pools, gardens of frangipanis and rose bushes, palm trees and cactus, and 2 very welcoming hosts. Stay in one of ten originally designed rooms and suites with views to the pool area, the valley, and the Mediterranean. Choose The Shanghai Junior Suite for ultimate privacy, with a separate poolside bungalow and a rooftop terrace or The Palm Room with a personal patio garden. Choose the Ghawdex Room for a cave-like romantic experience. Have a lazy day without leaving your day bed. Stargaze all night from your private terrace. Try painting or pottery. Write that novel you have been putting off.

Eco Del Mare

ITALY

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Eco Del Mare is a day/night club, restaurant and boutique hotel on a charming private bay in Poets' Gulf, Maramozza, Italy. The hidden retreat is 140 steps below street level, surrounded by nothing but picturesque cliffs and the sea. There are only six seafront rooms, each with a unique design and featuring one of a kind pieces by young Italian and international artists. Enjoy rustic luxury, being steps away from the beach, and an authentic Italian summer. 

Mediterraneo Kastellorizo

GREECE

Mediterraneo Kastelorizo is a boutique hotel steps away from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The bedrooms are bright and charming, beautifully decorated by the French owner, Marie, who fell in love with the island and never left. Stretch out on the sunbathing terrace beneath your window and enjoy the slow afternoons. Choose the master suite on the ground floor for a private sun deck. Swim across the bay to the island’s bar for a drink.

Can Xuxu

SPAIN

Can Xuxu, meaning ‘House of Darlings’ is a secret Ibiza paradise. The converted Colonial style Finca is hidden on a hillside in Cala Tarida. The owner, Alex, wanted to share his laid-back lifestyle with the world by making his villa accessible. Each of the 12 rooms is different and designed by Alex, who sources his materials from Asia. Japanese and Indonesian influence is evident in the unique decoration. Enjoy the swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens. Visit the sunset terrace for a proper sundowner cocktail. Private, lush and cool describes Can Xuxu best. 

Fazenda Nova

PORTUGAL

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Fazenda Nova is a luxury boutique retreat, converted from an 1830s farmhouse, and surrounded by rolling hills and olive gardens, in the heart of Algarve, Portugal. Enjoy one of ten private rooms, whether it is the Garden Suites, the Garden Apartments or the Terrace Suite, featuring a charming outdoor space and designed in a chic Portuguese country house style. Relax under almond or olive trees that grow on the property. Dip in the pool and escape the summer heat. Get lost in a secret garden.  

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5 MODERN RAINFOREST RETREATS

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5 MODERN RAINFOREST RETREATS

Unique Garden Hotel

BRAZIL

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Unique Garden Hotel and Spa is a 300 thousand square meter detox and spa retreat in Mairiporã, Brazil. Surrounding a lush Atlantic rainforest and Cantereira State Park, the sanctuary is home to many rescued animals, rare birds, and tropical plants, and a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and nature. Choose a Cottage in the Mediterranean Village - the most central, close to all restaurants, spa, gym, pools, and the area for conversations and contemplation by the renowned architect Ruy Ohtake. The Flowers Cottage offer panoramic views and include a winter garden and fireplaces. The Presidential Cottage is the most spacious and exclusive with a private entrance and a courtyard.

Mashpi Lodge

ECUADOR

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Mashpi Lodge is a luxury design hideaway 3 hours away from Quito, Ecuador. Sitting 950m above sea level between a rainforest and a cloud forest in the middle of a lush private reserve, the retreat is part of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World. With views to the surrounding jungle through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows and open-air terraces, you will experience nature and wildlife like never before. Stay in one of three spacious Yaku Suites (meaning "water"), located on the first floor and featuring king size beds and bathtubs-with-a-view or in one of twenty Wayra rooms (meaning "wind"). Visit the spa and receive a treatment to the sounds of hummingbirds. Practice yoga at the outdoor deck. Relax in an open-air hot tub after a day of exploring.

Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

AUSTRALIA

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The Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is located in the Tweed Valley between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. The Retreat is bordered on three sides by a World Heritage National Park, set among fern gullies and giant figs. Enjoy one of the 10 private bungalows, architect-designed in a perfect natural paradise. Each cottage is hidden inside an Australian rainforest for maximum privacy. Choose the Creekside Spa Cabins with exposed timber beams and a cozy atmosphere. The Tamarind Bungalow has a modern feel with a fireplace and a large deck. The Rainforest Canopy Bungalow and the Luxury Rainforest Lodge is a luxurious cabin accommodation with a spa and a fireplace. All cottages have floor-to-ceiling windows. The Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is equal parts luxury, magic and romance. 

Alila Ubud

INDONESIA

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

Keemala Luxury Villas

THAILAND

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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.

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5 HOTELS PERFECT FOR STARGAZING

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5 HOTELS PERFECT FOR STARGAZING

EXPLORA ATACAMA

CHILE

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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.

THE BERKELEY RIVER LODGE

AUSTRALIA

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The Berkeley River Lodge is a true dream escape in one of the world’s finest natural settings. Luxury villas sit atop a 65 metre-high dune offering panoramic views spanning a gulf, gorges, river and an island. The hotel was designed to blend in with the coast allowing nature to do the talking in this most rich and vivid landscape. Described as “God’s Land”, you'll savour this divine and life-changing experience, like a guided tour of the Kimberley night sky with the lodge’s Astronomer. 

L'AND VINEYARDS

PORTUGAL

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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.

HOTEL RANGA

ICELAND

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Hotel Rangá is a remote luxury hotel in southern Iceland, perfect for stargazing, chasing the Northern Lights and exploring the far corners of the country of fire and ice. There are 51 rooms, including suites designed after each of the seven continents, facing the East Rangá River or the Mt. Hekla volcano. Spend the night with the universe by looking through Ranga's high quality astronomical telescopes at their one of a kind observatory (A 14 inch Celestron Edge HD Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector and a TEC 160ED APO refractor on a Astrophysics 900 mount). Finish the day with a soak in the riverside hot tubs after a day full of discovery. 

FEYNAN ECOLODGE

JORDAN

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Feynan Ecolodge is located along the Dana Biosphere Reserve and is the first accommodation of its kind in Jordan. The ecolodge is completely solar powered and each of its 26 guest rooms is uniquely designed with internal courtyards, ambient candle lighting and solar-heated showers. Choose economy, standard or deluxe rooms or stay at the Lodge, which accommodates larger groups and/or families. Relax on the rooftop terrace with a 360 degree view of the desert during the day and a limitless lit up sky at night.

 

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6 MUST-STAY CAVE HOTELS

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6 MUST-STAY CAVE HOTELS

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve 

SOUTH AFRICA

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Kagga Kamma is situated in the Cederberg mountain region among the red-brown textured sandstone formations. The accommodation choices are the reason that you are here. Choose the Outcrop Open Air Room to sleep under the stars, while listening to the sounds of the night on a remote rocky outcrop with a bedside fire. Another unique option are the Bushman Lodges. Choose one of five thatched rondavels or one of ten cave suites, built into the rock formations. Explore the formations closely from your private terrace. During the hot summer months, cool off in the swimming pool, seamlessly blending in between large rocks. 

Eremito

ITALY

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Nature, peace and spirituality come together to form the unique retreat that is Eremito Hotelito del Alma, located in Umbrian valleys, 2 hours away from Rome, Italy. The restored eco-friendly building dates back to 14th century, and offers 14 rooms or “Celluzze” perfect for meditation. Enjoy The Relax Area, entirely dug out from rock. Take a steam bath on a cool night. Let the stillness inspire you. 

Adrere Amellal

EGYPT

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If you are planning on visiting the Siwa Oasis in Egypt - Adrère Amellal is your option for a true luxury setting. You will be taken care of from the start with all the meals and activities included.  The location is pure magic with the resort sitting on the edge of the "Sand Sea", with the "White Mountain" as a backdrop and a salt sea right in front of your eyes. Surrounded by date palms, the house is built from mud and salt. Each one of the 40 rooms are unique with mud walls, wood floor, and kilim rugs. There is no electricity and the rooms are intimately lit with homemade beeswax candles.

Can Mostatxins

SPAIN

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

Argos

TURKEY

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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.

Monaci Delle Terre Nere

SICILY

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Monaci Delle Terre Nere is a charming boutique hotel at the foothills of Mount Edna, the biggest active volcano of Europe. Surrounded by tranquil Sicilian countryside, with the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. The hideaway has been converted from a 19th century monastery and vineyard. There are 20 individually designed rooms, throughout the property, combining traditional wooden and stone architecture and modern design, with of the walls are made from actual lava rock and the reception converted from an old grape pressing factory. Monaci is focussed on sustainability and organic produce and is one of only three certified Eco-Bio places in Sicily. Wander through the orchards, sleep under the olive trees, or visit the organic farm. Relax by a personal fireplace on the cooler nights, or take a dip in the infinity pool during the hot days. 

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5 EXPERIENCE HOTELS WORTH THE TRIP

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5 EXPERIENCE HOTELS WORTH THE TRIP

Wild Coast Tented Lodge

SRI LANKA

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a unique luxury camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean and next to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. The unique architecture was created by Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers, using natural materials, and masterfully diminishing the line between man-made and nature. There are 28 luxury tents, called Cocoons & Urchins, in the shape and colour of the surrounding rock formations, and the aerial view of a leopard's paw print. Enjoy expedition chic design, complete with copper bathtubs and four-poster beds, views to the jungle or the ocean, and private plunge pools in some. Cool off in the pool after a day of exploring. Visit the Sanctuary Spa and get one of the traditional Sri Lankan treatments, using Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon.

Dar Ahlam

MOROCCO

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Dar Ahlam, known as "The House of Dreams" is a refurbished 200 year old kasbah, located 4 hours away from Marrakesh, Morocco, in the magical oasis of Skoura. Surrounded by palm groves and almond trees, and overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The retreat is what we call an experience hotel. There are only 14 individually decorated suits. Choose the "Bird" suite in the garden, with 3 fireplaces and a private terrace.  Enjoy the swimming pool and the hammam. Nap under a date tree. Dine in the gardens, created by the French landscape architect Louis Benech. Enjoy French hospitality, complete with Moroccan charm.  

Explora Patagonia

CHILE

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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.

Explora Atacama

CHILE

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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.

Resort Dhulikhel

NEPAL

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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.

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THE MEXICO YOU ARE YET TO DISCOVER.

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THE MEXICO YOU ARE YET TO DISCOVER.

Hotel Escondido

Oaxaca

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Escondido, means "hidden" and the name really speaks for itself. Located in the state of Oaxaca, Hotel Escondido sits on a secluded beach, not far away from Puerto Escondido, Mexico’s surf paradise. Choose one of the sixteen design palapas with individual pools and terraces, all facing the beach. Take a swim in the long infinity pool, built parallel to the coast. Visit the spa for traditional Mexican treatments and really enjoy being away from it all.

Hotel Azucar

Veracruz

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Azucar, a unique and authentic Mexican boutique hotel is located between Veracruz city and Poza Rica. The 21 white bungalows have palm-leaf roofs, a private terrace and hammocks. Rooms are modern and minimalist with indoor and outdoor shower interconnected.  Relax on the white pool deck with a Margarita with the beach directly in your view. Take a day trip to San Rafael. Visit El Tajin ruins or Papantla, the original home of the vanilla. Go rafting on the Philobobos river for the ultimate adventure. Explore the nearby mangroves by kayak or take a bike excursion along the beach.

Hotel Encuentro

Guadalupe

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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. 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.

La Casa Que Canta

Zihuatanejo Bay

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La Casa Que Canta is a luxury boutique hotel, facing Zihuatanejo Bay in Ixtapa, Mexico. There are 25 private oceanfront suites to choose from, complete with terraces, breathtaking views, and plunge pools, only minutes away from the famous La Ropa beach. Wander the property's lush gardens, cool off in the salt water infinity pool, take an afternoon nap in one of the hammocks, or simply enjoy the view in a place that was the setting for the film When a Man Loves a Woman. 

Playa Viva

Juluchuca

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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. 

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