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Village Beach Cottages in St. Lucia was a dream-come-true for our honeymoon. This charming, boutique facility lies right on the Caribbean and has been locally owned and operated for several generations. The owner greets each guest with a detailed orientation of the story of how his family first acquired the original buildings, as well as a fascinating overview of the area and the historical and economic challenges St. Lucia has experienced. Unlike the rowdier all-inclusives down the beach, we had a romantic, quiet stay at the Villa Beach cottages, and so enjoyed everything from the beautiful handmade furniture in the room, to the intimate pools and waterfalls, to the ocean kayak adventure to the uninhabited island across the water. The wonderful staff helped us figure out how to use the local transportation system, gave us directions to the best restaurants in the area, and helped us taste a genuine St. Lucian breakfast! Though neither of us had ever vacationed in the Caribbean previously, this heavenly experience made it hard to go home!
about 8 hours ago
Two hours outside of Kruger Park is one of the most geologically stunning areas in South Africa. Blyde River Canyon and the Panorama Route are a must for anyone in the area. The canyon itself -- the third largest in the world -- is so breathtaking in person, you have to blink several times to ensure it's real. Then you drive along the Panorama Route and experience more natural wonders, such as God's Window and Pinnacle Rock. If you're in the Mpumalanga area, it would be a shame to miss out on this beautiful region.
about 10 hours ago
I don't think there are enough words to describe how much my family and I enjoyed our experience at Gomo Gomo. From the moment we arrived -- to 10 elephants cooling down in the dam adjacent to the lodge -- we knew we were in for a treat. The lodge itself is rustic and comfortable, with a prime spot alongside the water. The rangers immediately make you feel at home and are experts at what they do. The food, particularly the boma dinner, is delicious, intimate and contributes to the general feeling of welcome that is present at Gomo Gomo. Since my return to New York, I've gone though withdrawals and often try to get updates from the lodge's Facebook page on which animals they've spotted recently. This is a lovely place that doesn't break the bank but still manages to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
about 10 hours ago
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