Dar Moha

Marrakesh
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Dar Moha, Marrakesh, Morocco
Top 10 Things to do in Marrakech
The weather is always gloriously sunny and there's plenty to do. This place is what Arabian night stories are made of – not quite the Middle East, but the rich culture and amazing colours and sounds make the stories come alive.
Top 10 Things to do in Marrakech

The Singular Patagonia Hotel

Natales
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The Singular Patagonia: Chilean Adventure Hotel
When Rodolfo Guzmán forages ingredients to use in his Santiago restaurant, Boragó, he likes to stay at the Singular, an adventure lodge on the outskirts of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Once a sheep-processing factory, the 57-room Singular underwent a decade-long restoration that kept the original brickwork and boilers on dis- play. The tannery was turned into a restaurant that serves king crab and Patagonian hare, and last year, the blacksmith shop became a second restaurant, El Asador, with a wood-burning grill. During the day, guests fly-fish, trek, kayak, and ride horses. Photo by David Hertog. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
The Singular Patagonia: Chilean Adventure Hotel

Inn At Blackberry Farm

Walland
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America's Dreamiest Farm Hotel, Blackberry Farm
At Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, you can watch cooking demos, tour the hotel’s new brewery, and hike the many trails on the 4,200- acre estate. Multi-course dinners are held in a beautiful barn and feature ingredients from the on-site bakery, butchery, salumeria, and creamery. Photo by Beall + Thomas. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
America's Dreamiest Farm Hotel, Blackberry Farm

76 Main - a Nantucket Boutique Hotel

Nantucket
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A Nantucket Retreat
Make the three-and-a-half-hour trip from Boston for seafood and salt air. Opened last year, this hotel in the heart of town has a whimsical preppy aesthetic. From $219. Photo courtesy of 76 Main.
A Nantucket Retreat

Coimbra

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Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Best full vista of Coimbra
Coimbra seems to be one of my favorite cities in Portugal and in Europe thanks to its academic character. The University of Coimbra is built on a hill, overlooking the city and the students' fraternities, called 'Republicas' which are all situated around and down the hill of the university. Walking around the university streets, passing from one colorful republica house to another and watching the students, wearing the typical black robe, made me feel as I was walking on the set of Harry Potter. When I've heard that JK Rowling was married to a Portuguese man before and used to live in Porto and visit Coimbra very often, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. The city is also known for its Fado music. 'Coimbra Fado' was adopted by the university students performed with the traditional Guitarra de Coimbra (a kind of Portuguese guitar originating in Coimbra). The old city of Coimbra is not that big and it can be done on foot. To have the best vista of the city, better cross the Cecil Belmond Bridge to see the city in its glory
Best full vista of Coimbra

QUINTA DAS LÁGRIMAS PALACE

Coimbra
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QUINTA DAS LÁGRIMAS PALACE, Coimbra, Portugal
Quinta das Lagrimas Palace Hotel
This hotel pays a tribute to the forbidden love story between Prince Pedro and his lover, Inês de Castro, in the 14th century. The legend says it was here, (the location of the hotel gardens) where Inês cried for the last time, while being pierced by the daggers of the killers sent by King Afonso, Pedro´s father. Her blood still colors the stone bed of the fountain and her tears gave the name for this romantic estate. Today this palace is converted into a 4 star luxury hotel in Coimbra. Its beautiful gardens are opened to the public, who visit mostly during the weekends. Due to its symbolic story, lots of engagements and wedding ceremonies are taking place in this hotel
Quinta das Lagrimas Palace Hotel

Huon Bush Retreats

Ranelagh
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Huon Bush Retreats, Ranelagh, Australia
Huon Valley Hideaway
Just about 50 minutes southwest of Hobart near the entrance to the Huon Valley, Huon Bush Retreats offers a carbon-positive (Green Globe–accredited) home base surrounded by native Tasmanian forest. Owner Paul Dimmick and his partner Michael Higgins initially bought the top of Mount Misery to protect from development. Today, the Mount Misery Habitat Reserve has grown to encompass nearly 13,000 acres of private land that's governed by strict environmental standards that show up in the form of sleek steel designs, solar-powered electricity, and composting toilets. Huon Bush Retreats features five secluded cabins, two teepees, and several camp sites surrounded by five kilometers of walking tracks that penetrate the acacia and eucalypt groves and lead to old growth forest, a waterfall, and the top of Mount Misery. Placards about aboriginal history, early European settlement, and sustainability guide and enlighten guests along the way. The property is located within a short drive from all the vineyards, cider tasting rooms, and artisan food purveyors of the Huon Valley. Drive along the Huon River by day, and return to your eco cabin in time for the resident wallabies and possums to greet you in the evening. Then curl up with a book and a bottle of Tassie wine in front of your wood-burning fireplace until the birds and nearby stream lull you to sleep. Photo courtesy of Huon Bush Retreats
Huon Valley Hideaway

Palacio Belmonte

Lisbon
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Palacio Belmonte, Lisbon, Portugal
A Palace to Call My Own
When traveling, certain places will claim a special place in your heart. Lisbon's Palacio Belmonte is one of those places. Next to the former royal castle, Palacio Belmonte was the home of the noble Belmonte family. The origins of the palace date from 1449 (but include Roman towers from 130 BC and Moorish towers from the 7th century). The current owner bought the palace from the Belmontes in 1995 and turned it into a luxury guest palace with ten suites. The palace gives visitors a sense of noble life in old Lisbon. Over 30,000 blue and white tiles from the 1700s cover the walls. A letter from the King of Portgual (found during the renovations) hangs framed. Terraces overlook the São Vicente da Fora monastery, the National Pantheon, and the Tagus River. When my family visited, we felt as if we had the entire palace to ourselves - we breathed in the living history of its walls and couldn't help but feel deeply connected to Portugeuse history. How unexpected that such a grand house could also be so warm, intimate and inviting - broken-in custom leather chairs, colorful rugs, a cozy library, antique furniture, gracious hosts, and more. And the breakfasts - served on the terrace with a breathtaking view - ranks as one of my all-time favorites. If you seek an off-the-beaten-path, romantic, and historic experience, this is the place for you.
A Palace to Call My Own

현대카드 Design Lab

Seoul
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현대카드 Design Lab, Seoul, South Korea
My daily trip
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My daily trip

Costa Nova do Prado

Gafanha da Encarnação
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Costa Nova do Prado, Gafanha da Encarnação, Portugal
The beautiful stripped houses of Costa Nova
A short driving distance from Aveiro toward the ocean, you can discover a typical beach where the charm of many wooden houses with colorful strips is quite exceptional. If you can plan your visit, make sure not to miss the sunset or sunrise over Costa Nova, when the colors of the houses are dramatically showing. Beside the 'haystacks' (the name for these wooden stripped houses) Costa Nova is also one of the great Portuguese beaches for water sports, windsurfing and kitesurfing Walking along these colorful houses felt as walking in a movie set for an urban/UTOPIA location. Bring your camera to have some picture-perfect spots
The beautiful stripped houses of Costa Nova

Hix Island House

Vieques
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Hix Island House, Vieques, Puerto Rico
Hix Island House: Zen-like Peace on Vieques
Let me start with a confession: Hix Island House is one of my favorite spots on the planet. Three out of the past four winters my husband and I have taken a puddle jumper from San Juan over to the nearby Vieques to enjoy the Zen-like peace of one of Hix’s 19 “eco-lofts.” What’s that, you might ask? Solar panels give a boost to electricity and hot water; the open-air lofts are cooled by the trade winds; and recycled “gray water” is delivered to fields of guavas, papayas, and lemons. As for the lofts themselves, they’re both elegant and rustic at the same time, most with outdoor showers and all with terraces or patios. Each unit has a full kitchen (with all the necessary provisions for a hearty DIY breakfast), not to mention Frette linens and robes -- and are but steps away from the chlorine-free pool – where I’ve spent many an hour reading, writing, and of course, swimming. After I take my morning class on the open-deck yoga studio, that is. But as much as we love it, Hix is not for everyone. First off, all guests must be at least 16. There are no TVs or phones in the lofts. Oh, and there’s no restaurant on the property (although there are several excellent choices within a few minutes’ drive and in Esperanza). If you consider any of those aspects as a problem, Hix is not for you. As for us, we can't wait to return to the 13-acre hilltop refuge with expansive views of the Caribbean below.
Hix Island House: Zen-like Peace on Vieques

Avinash Travels

Agra
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Avinash Travels, Agra, India
Taj Mahal Tour
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Taj Mahal Tour

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen
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Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
I was always scared to travel to Mexico! All the news coming out of the country was so negative and I had this preconceived notion that it was too dangerous to travel there. When a friend invited me on a trip to Playa Del Carmen on the Riviera Maya, I decided to go despite being worried about the violence that was occurring in the country and I ended up not regretting that decision. I arrived in Cancun and made the hour-long drive to my hotel in Play Del Carmen and immediately liked the place. The atmosphere was lively, the street was vibrant and the hotel I was staying in was cozy. A long, sandy beach was located only a two-minute walk from my hotel. I spent my mornings walking around the little town, mingling with the friendly locals, eating in the restaurants, sipping coffee on a stoop overlooking the street and browsing the little shops. Afternoons were spent on the beach sunbathing and swimming in the clear, warm waters of the lagoon. Evenings were spent sitting at the beach and watching the sun set with the sound of Spanish music and the smell of Mexican food permeating the air. The town had a relaxed feel to it like any other Caribbean destination. The other thing I really liked about Playa Del Carmen was the ease of getting around to nearby attractions. I found a bus station that offered rides to some Mayan ruins at a very cheap price and I did not, at any time, feel any danger during my time in the area. In fact, I have recommended it to many people since!
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

North Island Resort

Victoria
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North Island Resort, Victoria, Seychelles
Barefoot Luxury on North Island
Ready for a once in a lifetime tropical experience? Head to North Island, a private island resort in the Seychelles. The North Island Resort combines natural beauty with sheer luxury. More details at: http://www.GlobalAdventuress.com and http://goo.gl/Ejrjkx
Barefoot Luxury on North Island

Lime Wood Hotel

Lyndhurst
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Find Peace Outside of London at Lime Wood
Add a day to your next trip to London, and stay at Lime Wood, a hotel set within New Forest National Park. Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett and Lime Wood head chef Luke Holder set a menu driven by locally farmed and foraged ingredients, such as pork loin cured with lavender in the on-site smokehouse. Overnight options include a cozy room in the rafters of the original 13th-century hunting lodge. There’s also a family-friendly forest cabin with a kitchenette. The raw food restaurant at the Herb House Spa serves juices and snacks made with fresh fruits and herbs from the garden. From $419. This appeared in the March/April 2014 Issue. Photo courtesy of Lime Wood.
Find Peace Outside of London at Lime Wood

Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace

Ulaanbaatar
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Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
My favorite Mongolian hotel
The cons are that the Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace is in a slightly more random part of town than some of the other major hotels right in downtown and the room decor is a little on the plain side, but I can't say enough good things about the rest. The breakfast buffet is epic, the concierge can book you anything (I asked him to find me a shaman), and there's a really nice sauna in the gym. Perfect home away from home.
My favorite Mongolian hotel

Fig Tree Cottage

Greyton
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Fig Tree Cottage, Greyton, South Africa
Cape Weekend Getaway
A delightful weekend getaway from Cape Town, a mere hour and a half drive or good stopover between the Garden Route and Cape Town, is the charming village of Greyton. Nestled against the mountains in the Overberg, this is a delightful, tranquil part of the Cape. ‘Fig Tree Cottage’ on Vigne Lane, a quiet leafy street in Greyton offers tastefully decorated and hugely comfortable self-catering accommodation with every amenity you could wish for. The cottage accommodates up to four guests with spacious lounge and dining areas, in English Country House style, with its own large private garden. Good art, books, magazines, DVD library, open hearths and a very well equipped kitchen make this a great choice for any season. The active will enjoy hikes and horse riding, jogging or cycling or a drink, lunch or dinner at one of the quaint local venues, within walking distance.
Cape Weekend Getaway

Deer Lodge

Lake Louise
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Deer Lodge, Lake Louise, Canada
Soaking at the Deer Lodge
Whether it’s after a long summer hike or a winter day on the ski slopes, there is no better place to relax than the Deer Lodge rooftop hot tub. It has a clear view of the Victoria Glacier across Lake Louise. The hotel is gorgeous in a rustic way. It's built of hand-hewn logs, and the rooms are decorated in a way best described as old-world grandeur. There are no TVs, but it isn’t totally disconnected. There is Wi-Fi. The Deer Lodge restaurant, named the Mount Fairview Dining Room, brings past Canadian Rockies staples to a modern menu. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the Rocky Mountain Charcuterie Platter, which has air-dried buffalo, pepper duck breast, wild game pate, and elk salami. Rooms from $150. Contact 1-403-522-3991. Photo by PhotoJBartlett/The Adventure Freelancer.
Soaking at the Deer Lodge

Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown

Washington
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Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia
Festive Gingerbread Displays, Making Spirits Bright
Known for little more than several luxury hotels and its proximity to Georgetown, the West End neighborhood hides a wonderful treat for D.C. residents and tourists every winter: an impressive, magical gingerbread display. Each Christmas season, the Fairmont's pastry chef and culinary team work together to painstakingly construct a mesmerizing display in gingerbread. The team pores over every inch, achieving stunning detail in fondant, gingerbread, and sugar. Though the display is sometimes tucked away in an obscure corner of the lobby, the wafting scent of winter spices is unmistakable, and lures the curious. Past displays have included The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Christmas villages, but my favorite (pictured) brought together the claymation cast of characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. As a bonus, a stroll through the Fairmont's courtyard, laden in Christmas lights and light-up reindeer, makes for a delightful and festive nightcap.
Festive Gingerbread Displays, Making Spirits Bright

Casas Do Côro

Marialva
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Casas Do Côro, Marialva, Portugal
The Eco Suite in Casas do Coro
This beautiful country-houses hotel is located in the historical village of Marialva, only steps away from the castle. (in fact, if you want to visit the castle one of the hotel staff can hand you the keys). The hotel is situated in the middle of a wall-nut orchard and vineyards. The hotel has different types of rooms and also complete apartments, suitable for a family vacation or a romantic get-away. All designed and furnished in very high standards. There is a swimming pool, a new spa which will be opened very soon, an outdoor dining area (perfect for warm summer nights) but the highlight of the hotel is the Eco Suite, which is located across the street and a bit remote from the hotel. The eco suite has a king size bed, a private bathtub, living area and a beautiful terrace and garden with the view over the Historical Village Marialva and the castle. I found this suite perfect for a romantic vacation and the hotel can be such a great place for a wedding destination in central Portugal.
The Eco Suite in Casas do Coro

Sutro Baths

San Francisco
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Sutro Baths, San Francisco, California
Step back in time at the Sutro Baths
While hiking through the Lands End area of San Francisco I came across this gem. Built in the late 19th century as the world's largest indoor swimming pool complex, visitors could take a dip in one of the seven pools or take a stroll through a museum containing the eclectic artifacts collected by the Bath's owner and former mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro. The building burned down in a fire in 1966 and the area was abandoned, but it is still a very unique and photograph-worthy spot. I felt like I had been transported to some European ruin of an ancient bath house, momentarily forgetting that I was actually in California!
Step back in time at the Sutro Baths

The Inn at Dos Brisas

Brenham
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Texan Elegance at The Inn at Dos Brisas
Channel your inner cowboy at an elegant Spanish-style ranch, which features nine casitas an hour’s drive from Houston. From $450. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of the Inn at Dos Brisas.
Texan Elegance at The Inn at Dos Brisas

Tokyo

Ota
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Tokyo, Ota, Japan
Japan - Couchsurfing Culture
My first trip to Japan was made extra special because of the warmth and hospitality if Japanese people who generously shared their roof to us. The 2 weeks exploration consists of Tokyo, Kyoto, Shizuoka, Osaka, Nara and Kobe during the Golden Week holiday will have a special place in my heart. Will surely go back to explore more places in Japan. Read more of my trip report in the link provided.
Japan - Couchsurfing Culture

Galapagos

Galapagos
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Galapagos, Galapagos, Ecuador
Hiking in the Galapagos
Hiking and exploring the many islands of the Galapagos was an amazing experience. At every turn the wildlife takes your breath away. Each island has it's unique geography and beauty. We were lucky to have access to amazing naturalists and guides from national geographic/Lindblad expeditions.
Hiking in the Galapagos

Bangkok Tree House

Bang Kobua
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Bangkok Tree House, Bang Kobua, Thailand
A Bike Tour near Bangkok
This is the island of Khung Bang Krachao. The NY Times once called it “the Green Lungs of Bangkok.” It's about 20 minutes from downtown on the sky train (45 minutes in a cab) and it's a wild, lush, floating island, in a curve of the Chao Phraya. You can stay at a place called The Bangkok Tree House for approximately $130 per night and book a bike tour with local expat Paul Mueller. The bike tour is $30/3 hours and is exceptional. Read more about it here: http://saltwatercureseverything.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/pedaling-through-a-pigs-stomach/
A Bike Tour near Bangkok

Aveiro Rossio Hostel

Aveiro
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Aveiro Rossio Hostel, Aveiro, Portugal
Stay at the Aveiro Rossio Hostel
Hostels have always been an accommodation option among young travelers. However, in recent years not only do young travelers in their early 2oies are staying in hostels, but also older than that. Hostels have realized that not everyone can stay or willing to stay in a dorm type of accommodation and therefore offer the alternative of private rooms. Sometimes these private rooms are so well kept and designed that they can beat up some hotels. One of these European well designed hostels is Aveiro Rossio Hostel, located in the heart of Aveiro, close to the local restaurants and bars. Each room is designed in a different way (including the dorms), the living area is well equipped with comfortable sofas, music system, touristic info. The kitchen is colorful, cleaned, organized and well staffed. If you are a bit on the budget and want to share some space with locals, this is a great alternative in Aveiro.
Stay at the Aveiro Rossio Hostel

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Vancouver
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Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, Canada
Ocean View Relaxation in the Heart of the City
The Willow Stream Spa in Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim provides stunning ocean and mountain views with nine treatment areas, including a couples’ room with deep Japanese Zen tub. What makes this one of Canada's best spas though is the three lounges (two with fireplaces), outdoor spa terrace and a full fitness centre, three outdoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms. They have complimentary tea, juices and snacks and you can also have a healthy organic lunch brought up from the award winning Oru restaurant, making this a perfect place to spend the day. © David Brodie - travelin10.com
Ocean View Relaxation in the Heart of the City
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