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5 HOTELS WORTH VISITING SOUTH AFRICA FOR

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5 HOTELS WORTH VISITING SOUTH AFRICA FOR

POD Camps Bay

SOUTH AFRICA

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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.

Babylonstoren

SOUTH AFRICA

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Babylonstoren, originally a Cape Dutch farm, dating back to 1692, is a boutique hotel with an organic garden, a vineyard, and a well known farm-to-table restaurant today. The accommodation choices include one bedroom suites, one or two bedroom cottages and the newest addition - the Farmhouse suites. Enjoy cozy fireplaces, white walls and open design. Cool off in the pool during the summer or take a nap in one of the hammocks hidden in the trees. Visit the salt room or the sauna in the Spa during the cooler months. Enjoy an authentic farm experience.  

Tsala

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.

Angala Boutique Hotel

SOUTH AFRICA

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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. 

Lion Sands

SOUTH AFRICA

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Lion Sands is an award winning safari retreat in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The reserve consists of four lodges, built with their surroundings in mind, incorporating steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. Stay in the River Lodge, the only private reserve to have access to the Sabie River, with the rooms connected by wooden walkways, offering unparalleled game viewing. The ultra-lux and modern Ivory Lodge consists of 9 villas, complete with lounge areas and private swimming pools. Choose The Tinga Lodge for retro safari design and wooden viewing decks or the Narina Lodge, located under 100 year old trees and overlooking the Sabie River. For a once in a lifetime experience, spend the night under the stars in one of the Lion Sands’ Treehouses. Listen to wildlife come alive around you. Take in the views of the iconic African plains at dusk.

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5 HOTELS CREATED BY VISIONARIES

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5 HOTELS CREATED BY VISIONARIES

Uxua Casa

BRAZIL

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

Bambu Indah

BALI

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

The Slow

BALI

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

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.

Zuri Zanzibar

TANZANIA

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Zuri Zanzibar is a boutique design hotel on the Unguja island of the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania, just a few degrees away from the equator, created by entrepreneur Václav Dejčmar. With 300 metres of private beach, a stunning cliff backdrop, and a spice garden, you will find a truly unique escape. Stay in one of 55 Jestico + Whiles-designed bungalows, suites and beach villas, complete with thatched roofs, private terraces, hammocks, and modern-meets-traditional African design. Take an outdoor shower with nothing but the ocean in your view for a true inside/outside living experience. Relax and take in Zanzibar's unique atmosphere from Zuri's own Spice Garden - a lush oasis for your senses, which took over two years to create. 

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5 RETREATS FOR WINE LOVERS

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5 RETREATS FOR WINE LOVERS

The Douro41 Hotel and Spa

PORTUGAL

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The Douro41 Hotel & Spa is a modern retreat on the banks of the Douro River in Vista Alegre, Portugal. The architecture mimics and enhances the surrounding environment - with its slopes, valleys, and terraces. There are 55 rooms and 5 suites, with modern and minimalist design in neutral tones. The use of glass invites the outside nature in and fills the rooms with light. Stay in a Mountain View or a River View room, or splurge on the Panoramic Suite complete with 360 views of the Douro River, the anchorage site, the pool and the mountains, as well as a private garden. Enjoy the property. Wander through the gardens. Cool off in the panoramic outdoor pool. Visit the spa complete with a sauna, a turkish bath, and a Tepidarium.

Angala Boutique Hotel

SOUTH AFRICA

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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. 

Conti di San Bonifacio

ITALY

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The Conti di San Bonifacio Winery and Resort is a boutique country retreat in the Tuscan Hills of Italy, hidden between Maremma hills and the coast, with the views to their vineyards, olive groves, and the surrounding villages. The seven-room hotel is designed in a traditional Tuscan style, with chestnut beams, terracotta floors, and cowskin rugs. Stay in the Olive Grove suite with a rustic 4-poster and large private terrace with marble dining table and sun beds. Explore the hotel's award-winning winery and enjoy one of the most romantic destinations in the world. (Books written about the Counts of San Bonifacio inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.) 

Encuentro Guadalupe

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.

Les Sources de Caudalie

FRANCE

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Les Sources de Caudalie is a charming wellness retreat in Southwest France, surrounded by vineyards and forests, only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. The retreat has been created in mind with the French Paradox that French diet and lifestyle lead to good health, and built with recycled local materials, complimenting the surroundings. Choose one of 40 rooms, one of 7 suites, or one of 6 private cottages, named after regional heritage, and complete with unique antique designs and terraces facing the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s vineyard. For a unique experience, stay in “Le Village des Pêcheurs” (Fishermen’s village) - where each of 12 suites are on stilts around a small lake. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Vinothérapie® Spa. Treatments combine natural hot spring water from 540 meters beneath the earth, as well as grape and grapevine extractions. Take advantage of the steam room, relaxation rooms and the jet-stream. Try Crushed Cabernet scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, Barrel Bath, or Winemaker's Massage for an unforgettable experience.

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5 STAYS PERFECT FOR A CORPORATE RETREAT

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5 STAYS PERFECT FOR A CORPORATE RETREAT

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.

Compass Rose Suites

CANADA

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Compass Rose Suites is a boutique bed and breakfast in a stunning countryside that is Prince Edward County, Canada. Surrounded by gardens of wild flowers, meadows, and a mixed hardwood forest, the hotel is a perfect getaway for anyone looking to reconnect to their surroundings. The converted farmhouse combines traditional design of early Prince Edward County architecture with modern accents and is complimented by a beautifully landscaped garden. There are 3 spacious suites, a large kitchen, a dinning room, and a living room with a fireplace. The house comes with full access to the rustic barn and a glass greenhouse, perfect for private events and is also available to be rented as a whole. Choose the Mistral Suite in the North West wing of the house, opening up to the garden and overlooking the front meadow; the Sirocco Suite, a more spacious option with an oversized bathtub, and an herb garden right outside the door; or the luxurious Zephyr Suite, built as a multi-level loft, and complete with a private terrace.

ARRIVE

CALIFORNIA

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ARRIVE is a boutique design hotel in Palm Springs, California with the iconic mountains, palm trees, and golden desert sand backdrop. Designed with its surroundings in mind, the hotel offers a pool for the hot days, and fire pits for the cool nights, and is made up of wood and concrete. There are 32 guestrooms with views of the San Jacinto mountain range, offering outdoor patios complete with fireplaces and gardens. Your stay comes with the ability to text the concierge with any requests. ARRIVE serves as a neighbourhood hub with plenty to do onsite - pool parties, ping pong tournaments, outdoor movie nights.

Eumelia Farm

GREECE

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

Caballadas

CHILE

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Caballadas is a luxury riding retreat, located to the north of Lanín National Park, in the most remote and scenic part of Patagonia, Argentina. The private ranch is family owned and has been operating since 1908. Your experience here is divided between the main Valley Lodge and the campsite on the far end of the ranch, in the Caballadas Valley. The Lodge was built from native oak wood and stone and consists of 8 spacious bedrooms, a large living room with a fireplace, a dining room, as well as a playroom. Relax by the fire and take in breathtaking views of the entire valley as you recount your adventures. 

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5 LANDSCAPE-ENHANCED MINDFULNESS RETREATS

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5 LANDSCAPE-ENHANCED MINDFULNESS RETREATS

Santani Wellness Resort

SRI LANKA

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Santani Wellness Resort and Spa is a sustainable wellness retreat, 2,800 feet above sea level, surrounded by a lush tropical jungle of the Sri Lankan highlands - known as the country’s spiritual centre. The former tea plantation is a restorative destination spa, set among ancient Buddhist meditation caves, rice fields and the Hulu River - a place to pause and find peace. Stay in a Mountain View or a Garden View Chalet, designed with a modern and minimal aesthetic in mind, and facing out onto jungle valleys and the mountains, or rice paddies and tea plantations. Enjoy personally design wellness programs focussed on yoga, Ayurveda, detox, recovery, addiction, weight loss, and sleep to name a few. The tri-level spa’s architecture follows the landscape, and is complete with a steam room, a cedar wood sauna overlooking the rice fields and the Knuckles mountain range, as well as a salt soak pool.

The Farm at San Benito

THE PHILIPPINES

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The Farm is a place to balance mind, body and spirit inside an eco-friendly vegan paradise. Take a healing journey and choose a wellness package or a customized detox treatment program or simply enjoy the stunning property. Visit the spa. Choose a tree hut or a villa, all inspired by nature and surrounded by streams and tropical gardens. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with small lakes, waterfalls, and meditation areas.

Dwarika’s Resort

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.

Eremito Hotelito

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. 

Bambu Indah

INDONESIA

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

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5 ARCTIC RETREATS FOR A COMPLETE ESCAPE

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5 ARCTIC RETREATS FOR A COMPLETE ESCAPE

Kakslauttanen

FINLAND

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Welcome to Santa's Home, or to be precise - the arctic circle. Hotel Kakslauttanen is located along the road to the Arctic Sea, close to Urho Kekkonen National Park in one of the cleanest natural environments you will ever visit. Accommodation varies by size and design. Choose a personal glass igloo for 2 or 4 - perhaps the most unique part of  the Hotel. Watch the Northern Lights through your glass ceiling. A log cabin is great for a longer stay, fit for a family or a group of friends. The rustic chic house is made from kelp pines and includes a fireplace and a sauna! Looking for a true northerner adventure? Spend a night in one of the snow igloos for a truly unique experience.  

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. 

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. 

The Arctic Hideaway

NORWAY

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Fordypningsrommet Fleinvær (The Arctic Hideaway) is a remote retreat created by musician Håvard Lund. Located on the island of Sørvær in the Fleinvær archipelago outside of Bodø, Norway, the getaway is especially catered towards creatives looking for inspiration. Enjoy views of the Arctic Sea, mysterious islands and icy mountain peaks in the distance, all framed by large windows and cozy interiors. The Hideaway consists of a collection of 10 tiny houses, each created for sleeping, eating, and bathing. Enjoy a complete and total escape from everyday life, raw nature, and surreal landscapes. Creatives can apply to be the artist in residence and receive a complimentary stay.

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 MOST ROMANTIC HOTELS

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5 MOST ROMANTIC HOTELS

Sextantio Le Grott della Civita

ITALY

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The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita is a unique retreat in the historic village of Matera in southern Italy. Known as the Sassi quarters, and now A UNESCO World Heritage site, the village dates back to the stone age; a place, where ancient caves were turned into homes and churches. Le Grotte della Civita consists of 18 restored rooms with a church for a common area, and is located in the oldest part of town, facing Murgia park. Each cave room has been kept in its original shape, with real candles used for lighting. Sit back and enjoy the mysterious Murgia Materana landscape. Travel back in time and live like our ancestors did centuries ago.

Les Sources de Caudalie

FRANCE

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Les Sources de Caudalie is a charming wellness retreat in Southwest France, surrounded by vineyards and forests, only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. The retreat has been created in mind with the French Paradox that French diet and lifestyle lead to good health, and built with recycled local materials, complimenting the surroundings. Choose one of 40 rooms, one of 7 suites, or one of 6 private cottages, named after regional heritage, and complete with unique antique designs and terraces facing the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s vineyard. For a unique experience, stay in “Le Village des Pêcheurs” (Fishermen’s village) - where each of 12 suites are on stilts around a small lake. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Vinothérapie® Spa. Treatments combine natural hot spring water from 540 meters beneath the earth, as well as grape and grapevine extractions. Take advantage of the steam room, relaxation rooms and the jet-stream. Try Crushed Cabernet scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, Barrel Bath, or Winemaker's Massage for an unforgettable experience.

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.  

Conti di San Bonifacio

ITALY

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The Conti di San Bonifacio Winery and Resort is a boutique country retreat in the Tuscan Hills of Italy, hidden between Maremma hills and the coast, with the views to their vineyards, olive groves, and the surrounding villages. The seven-room hotel is designed in a traditional Tuscan style, with chestnut beams, terracotta floors, and cowskin rugs. Stay in the Olive Grove suite with a rustic 4-poster and large private terrace with marble dining table and sun beds. Explore the hotel's award-winning winery and enjoy one of the most romantic destinations in the world. (Books written about the Counts of San Bonifacio inspired Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.)

Villa Cimbrone

ITALY

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Villa Cimbrone is a one of a kind boutique hotel in Ravello, Italy. The restored 12th century villa has been a hub for royalty, artists and politicians throughout the years. (Think Virginia Woolf, Duke and Duchess of Kent, and the Clintons) Overlooking the Amalfi Coast from the highest point of Ravello and surrounded by surreally beautiful gardens, Villa Cimbrone offers a peaceful retreat complete with rich history and otherworldly views. Choose between a Standard or Deluxe Rooms or one of the Suites complete with Antique Vietri majolica flooring facing the sea or the gardens. All rooms use flowers rather than numbers as identifiers, to reinforce the garden theme. The white and blue Suites are complete with a marble fireplace, terrace with veranda, and a Jacuzzi tub. Wander the property and discover hidden corners or the gardens. Rest amidst Strawberry trees and sea-pines. Visit ‘La Veranda’ bar with an outdoor Tea Room and watch the sun go down.  

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5 REMOTE NATURE RETREATS

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5 REMOTE NATURE RETREATS

Santa Barbara Eco Beach Resort

SAO MIGUEL, PORTUGAL

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Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is a remote retreat located on the north coast of Sao Miguel, the largest of the Azore Islands, between the mountains and Santa Bárbara beach. Choose one of fourteen modern villas, designed with nature in mind, with dark concrete and driftwood accents, as well as Azores Islands volcanic rock. Enjoy views of the beach and the mountain range near Lagoa do Fogo. Relax in the saltwater infinity pool to the sound of the waves. Get a massage in front of the sea.

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.

BATU BATU

MALAYSIA

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BATU BATU is a private island hideaway on the small uninhabited island of Pulau Tengah, Malaysia in the South China Sea. The tropical retreat is a picture perfect view of coconut groves, white sand beaches and turquoise water. Designed in a style of traditional Malay village, there are 20 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom villas to choose from. Built in harmony with the environment, Batu Batu is committed to preserving and protecting Tengah Island.

La Sultana Oualidia

MOROCCO

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La Sultana Oualidia is a boutique luxury hotel in Oualidia, a small village on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Facing a salt water lagoon on the edge of the ocean, the area provides a unique climate with cool winters and a refreshing breeze in the summer. Enjoy grass-roofed cabanas, the lagoon and the infinite ocean. Each room has been designed with natural materials, reinforcing the hotel's surrounding landscape - stone walls, painted wood furniture, marble floors, including private terraces. Relax on the private beach, in a turquoise swimming pool or a seawater jacuzzi. Visit the hammam for a unique Moroccan treatment. Sit back and enjoy a truly perfect view. 

WHITE Exclusive Villas and Suites

SAO MIGUEL, PORTUGAL

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WHITE is a boutique seaside hotel on the south coast of São Miguel island, part the Portuguese Azores archipelago. Once a wine production estate, the retreat now consists of nine suites, beautifully integrated into the landscape, with volcanic stone accents. Stay in one of the Ocean Suites with unparalleled views of the Atlantic, or one of the Unique Suites reminiscent of the building’s original design - with its stone walls and arches. Larger groups will love the cliffside villas with large terraces and heated saltwater pools. Take part in yoga and sound baths meditations. Get an unforgettable massage to the sound of the waves. Enjoy the open-air restaurant, the peaceful ambiance, and the unique location.

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5 PORTUGUESE ESCAPE HOTELS WE LOVE

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5 PORTUGUESE ESCAPE HOTELS WE LOVE

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol

MADEIRA, PORTUGAL

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Estalagem da Ponta do Sol is a cliffside design hotel on Madeira, the main island of the Portuguese archipelago comprised of four islands off the coast of Africa. Enter the hotel by taking an elevator from ground-level to the lobby up on a cliff. Estalagem da Ponta do Sol has been converted from an old quinta and incorporates traditional architecture with modern minimalist design. Choose one of 54 seaview and gardenview rooms. Enjoy big panoramic glass windows. Take in the spectacular views from the infinity pool - with the village of Ponta do Sol below, and terrace hills, mountains and banana plantations in the distance. Stroll through the property’s gardens where you can enjoy live concerts. Relax at the spa in a panoramic hydro massage bath. Try volcanic clay massage. Fall asleep to the wind and the ocean. 

Furnas Lake Villas

SAO MIGUEL, PORTUGAL

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Furnas Lake Villas is a boutique retreat in São Miguel, the biggest island in the Portuguese Azores archipelago, surrounded by gardens, mountains, and forests in a volcanic basin that is Furnas. The 13 modern villas are built with local Japanese cedar wood, and sit on low concrete pillars over a man-made pond. The minimal Scandinavian design is complimented with neutral colours, floor-to-ceiling windows, a self-catering kitchen, and a fireplace. Stay in one of four Oak Studios or one of eight Japanese Villas, covered with locally grown wood called  ‘cryptomeria’ (meaning ´hidden parts´). Alternatively, choose the Chestnut House - a traditional house with a large private porch. Furnas Lake Villas are the perfect base to start and end your Azores adventure. Enjoy the property’s many hiking trails, the lake, fruit gardens, and the swimming pool. Fall asleep to complete silence.

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.

Sobreiras

PORTUGAL

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Sobreiras is a rural contemporary hotel in Alentejo, Portugal, perfect for peace, privacy, and uninterrupted nature time. All rooms have private terraces and views of the beautiful countryside, filled with pine and cork oak trees, inviting the landscape to be a part of your experience. Enjoy the clean raw timber design, the refreshing infinity pool, and the clearest starry nights. Wander the orchard. Take a nap in the hammock. Live simply.   

Pedras Salgadas

PORTUGAL

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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. 

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5 GOURMET RETREATS MADE FOR FOODIES

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5 GOURMET RETREATS MADE FOR FOODIES

Les Sources de Caudalie

FRANCE

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Les Sources de Caudalie is a charming wellness retreat in Southwest France, surrounded by vineyards and forests, only 20 minutes from Bordeaux. The retreat has been created in mind with the French Paradox that French diet and lifestyle lead to good health, and built with recycled local materials, complimenting the surroundings. Choose one of 40 rooms, one of 7 suites, or one of 6 private cottages, named after regional heritage, and complete with unique antique designs and terraces facing the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte’s vineyard. For a unique experience, stay in “Le Village des Pêcheurs” (Fishermen’s village) - where each of 12 suites are on stilts around a small lake. One of the main attractions of the hotel is the Vinothérapie® Spa. Treatments combine natural hot spring water from 540 meters beneath the earth, as well as grape and grapevine extractions. Take advantage of the steam room, relaxation rooms and the jet-stream. Try Crushed Cabernet scrub, Honey and Wine Wrap, Barrel Bath, or Winemaker's Massage for an unforgettable experience.

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Eat at the hotel’s two-star Michelin restaurant La Grand' Vigne. Partake in Chef Nicolas Masse’s private cooking lesson. Learn about Bordeaux’s finest at Rouge wine bar. Taste fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs from the onsite bee garden. Try Cadiot-Badie - Bordeaux’s best chocolates.

Babylonstoren

SOUTH AFRICA

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Babylonstoren, originally a Cape Dutch farm, dating back to 1692, is a boutique hotel with an organic garden, a vineyard, and a well known farm-to-table restaurant today. The accommodation choices include one bedroom suites, one or two bedroom cottages and the newest addition - the Farmhouse suites. Enjoy cozy fireplaces, white walls and open design. Cool off in the pool during the summer or take a nap in one of the hammocks hidden in the trees. Visit the salt room or the sauna in the Spa during the cooler months. Enjoy an authentic farm experience.  

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Organic food from the garden. Wine from 13 different grape varieties. Visit the Babel restaurant for contemporary, seasonal dishes. Take a piece of Babylonstoren home with you with something from their Cheese and Bread Shop. 

The 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.

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One Michelin-star hotel restaurant - The House Restaurant. Try the Bantry Bay Organic Salmon. Make sure to visit Dungarvan Farmers Market, a local farmers market held every Thursday, where you can taste Knockalara cheese.

Aire de Bardenas

SPAIN

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"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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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.

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.

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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.

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5 ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME STAYS

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5 ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME STAYS

Lion Sands Game Reserve

SOUTH AFRICA

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Lion Sands is an award winning safari retreat in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, on the edge of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The reserve consists of four lodges, built with their surroundings in mind, incorporating steel, wood, thatch, glass, water & sand. Stay in the River Lodge, the only private reserve to have access to the Sabie River, with the rooms connected by wooden walkways, offering unparalleled game viewing. The ultra-lux and modern Ivory Lodge consists of 9 villas, complete with lounge areas and private swimming pools. Choose The Tinga Lodge for retro safari design and wooden viewing decks or the Narina Lodge, located under 100 year old trees and overlooking the Sabie River. For a once in a lifetime experience, spend the night under the stars in one of the Lion Sands’ Treehouses. Listen to wildlife come alive around you. Take in the views of the iconic African plains at dusk.

Cape Weligama

SRI LANKA

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Cape Weligama is a beautiful coastal resort, along raw majestic cliffs and soaring Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka. Take in the sound of crashing waves, the surrounding lush jungle, and wild tropical flowers throughout the property at one of Sri Lanka’s most luxurious retreats. The layout of the resort resembles a traditional Sri Lankan village. Stay in one 39 large private abodes, designed by one of Asia's most well known architects, Lek Bunnag. Each room is named after an explorer on a Ceylon journey and is complete with terracotta-tiled rooftops, large terraces, Sonos wireless audio, steam rooms, and a stone bathtubs. Take in the view from the crescent-shaped infinity pool. Visit the spa and try a treatment with organic Sri Lankan spice scrubs made from clove, nutmeg, sweet orange and sandalwood, or Ceylon tea - a known antioxidant.

Longitude 131

AUSTRALIA


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

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. 

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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4 ADRIATIC SEA HOTELS WE LOVE

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Olea All Suite Hotel

ZAKYNTHOS, GREECE

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OLEA All Suite Hotel is a unique design hotel, set on the hills of Zakynthos, Greece; surrounded by olive and carob trees with the Ionian Sea sparkling in the distance. There are 93 suites facing the lush gardens, the sea, or the mountains; complete with terraces, sundecks and private pools in some. The rooms are spacious and beautifully designed with muted natural tones, echoing surrounding nature. Waking up here is truly paradise. Sit back and enjoy the views. Visit the spa for traditional Greek and modern treatments. Make sure to try the Tropical Storm Shower. OLEA practices sustainability in a number of ways.

Grand Villa Argentina

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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Villa Argentina sits on a dramatic cliff, surrounded by ancient walls, with a breath-taking view of Dubrovnik Old Town and the island of Lockrum. Take in the enclosing pine tree-clad mountains and the crystal emerald Adriatic sea. Villa Argentina, originally a private residence during early 20th century, was converted into a luxury hotel in the 1950s. 127 rooms and 4 suites keep the original architecture, with high ceilings and stone balconies, beautifully integrating the old with the new. Enjoy the old-world charm, the lush lemon and wild orange tree gardens; the rosemary, lavender and bay leaf plants. Breakfast on your private balcony with a historic backdrop. Dinner beneath the grapevines. 

Hotel Excelsior

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik is an iconic luxury hotel, residing seaside in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Overlooking the cobalt blue Adriatic sea and the mysterious Old Town, Excelsior combines years of history with modern luxury. Housed in a former 1913 royal villa, and facing Lokrum Island, the landmark hotel has welcomed guests luke Queen Elizabeth II and Elizabeth Taylor. There are 139 spacious rooms and 19 luxury suites designed with dark wood and natural shades, with touches of yellow and blue; located in the original 1913 section of the hotel (Villa Odak) and the more modern part – The Tower. Stroll through the gardens. Take in the sunshine in one of the sunniest places in the world. Spend the afternoon in the spa, with Jacuzzi whirlpools, or wander into the Turkish or Roman baths, or perhaps relax in the intense heat of the Finnish sauna. 

Don Ferrante

ITALY

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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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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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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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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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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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