Locanda Cipriani

Venice
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Locanda Cipriani, Venice, Italy
Locanda Cipriani
Chef Cristian Angiolin heads up the kitchen at this Venetian lagoon institution, which is open year round except for January and Tuesdays. The restaurant is no longer a part of the Cipriani franchise, which began in Venice and has since expanded to places like New York and Miami. What you come here for is the restaurant's garden, which is open from late spring to early autumn and is one of the best places in the lagoon to visit with large group of friends and celebrate into the evening. The bartenders make the best negronis and have an extensive wine list that includes pours from most regions on the Italian peninsula. If you don't want to be marooned on Torcello Island, come for lunch. But it's another one of those amazing dinning spots with rooms, so that if you do come for dinner and miss the last boat back to Venice, you can always check into the hotel.
Locanda Cipriani

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

Lodge SHL

Les Allues
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Luxury Lodging at SHL Méribel
The owners of the renowned French winery Château Smith Haut Lafitte opened this ski-in, ski-out chalet in the French Alps last December. Not surprisingly, the wine cellar is fully stocked with hard-to-find bottles. After a day on the slopes, you can swim in the indoor pool, warm up in the hammam, read a book by the fire, or watch a movie in the home theater. The lodge’s seven rooms sleep up to 15 people. Lest you think you have to lift a finger on vacation, the lodge comes with its own butler and chef. From $11,680. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo by Matthew Cellard/Lodge SHL.
Luxury Lodging at SHL Méribel

Maria Island

Rheban
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Maria Island, Rheban, Australia
Maria Island Magic
A national park off the east coast of Tasmania, Maria Island offers an unparalleled combination of wildlife, scenery, and history. The Maria Island Walk is the only outfitter that leads trips across the island and offers tent cabins and gourmet food and wine along the way. A private boat ferries guests from Triabunna to Cape des Tombeaux, known for aboriginal burial sites discovered by early European explorers. The landscape changes from Dr. Seuss–like rolling hills to the orange-and-white-striped Painted Cliffs (pictured) to the rugged peaks of Mount Maria, Bishop, and Clerk. By sunset, the island crawls with such animals as forester kangaroos, Bennett's wallabies, wombats, and spotted Cape Barren geese. There's also a new, albeit elusive, population of Tasmanian devils, free from the facial tumor disease that's plaguing the species on mainland Tasmania. Beyond hiking, Maria's car-free trails are great for mountain biking; ride through the UNESCO township of Darlington—which features a penitentiary that's been converted into a hostel—up to Fossil Cliffs and the surrounding coastline that's as wild and green as Scotland. The last night of the Maria Island Walk comes as a reward. Guests stay at the colonial Bernacchi House, outfitted with Victorian furniture and wood-burning stoves, and enjoy a comforting dinner of panko-encrusted salmon paired with local wines like Milton Point pinot gris. Inside, you feel warm and cushioned, but the wonders of Maria call from every window.
Maria Island Magic

Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast

Albuquerque
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Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feel at Home in Albuquerque
Nestled in the North Valley neighborhood, 2.5 miles from Old Town and Downtown Albuquerque, hides a friendly place to start and end your day. Adobe Nido's two owners are exactly the epitome of the friendly locals you'll meet in town. Provided are amenities you may have forgotten (sunscreen, snacks) as well as guidebooks and advice on where to best become familiar with the Duke City. Breakfast is made special each morning with a side of homemade yogurt and honey from their humble apiary in the backyard. Adobe Nido provides three suites: two are double occupancy and the third for larger parties up to six people. Our stay in the Wood Duck Nest was perfect and highlighted by the large jetted tub and complimentary limoncello. A sauna out back was a pleasant surprise and enjoyed even in the heat of the summer. We felt at home and plan on coming back for the great company and lively conversation with our hosts.
Feel at Home in Albuquerque

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

Namibia

Omaheke
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Namibia, Omaheke, Namibia
Namibia Breathes Beauty
Rugged, wild, pristine, soulful, vast are a few words to describe the “home” we all came from – Namibia. Here you will find deep rooted tribal cultures, desert-adapted wildlife, vast conservation areas, soulful landscapes, and the world’s tallest sand dunes in the oldest desert on earth. Namibia breathes beauty. More at: http://www.GlobalAdventuress.com and http://globaladventuress.com/namibia-breathes-beauty/
Namibia Breathes Beauty

The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

Beacon
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A Modern Boutique Experience in Beacon
A meal at Swift, the restaurant in this new hotel, is reason enough to make the train trip from New York City through the Hudson Valley. From $200. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo by Eric Laignel.
A Modern Boutique Experience in Beacon

Cotopaxi National Park

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Cotopaxi National Park
Horseback riding in the Andes
Magical is the only way to describe the setting of Hacienda El Porvenir and its location high in the Andes range with a view of Cotopaxi Volcano. We had an amazing 3 hour ride on the Haciendas healthy beautiful horses, that are set free in the evenings to roam and graze on the endless grassy hills beyond the property. Our guide was Angel (a Chagra-traditional Ecuadorian cowboy). We were dressed up in official ecuadorian cowboy attire, llama chaps and warm ponchos, we wandered the hills and took in the incredible views. I couldn't get over how peaceful it was out there, you could hear nothing more than the breath and footsteps of the horses and the gentle winds. The view of the Cotopaxi Volcano was incredible on this clear day and I was only sad we didn't have more time on this special property.
Horseback riding in the Andes

Cabo Surf Hotel

Los Cabos
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Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa: A Beach Getaway for Chef David Kinch
David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos, California, books surf getaways here: “What more do you need than comfortable rooms, an affordable spa, and great mezcal?” From $265. Photo courtesy of Cabo Surf Hotel. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
Cabo Surf Hotel & Spa: A Beach Getaway for Chef David Kinch

Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano

Milan
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Palazzo Parigi Hotel & Grand Spa Milano, Milan, Italy
Palazzo Parigi is all luxe
Luxe, luxe and more luxe. Palazzo Parigi is the latest luxury address in Milan, think marbles, gilding, chandeliers every visual and service opulence imaginable. Location is great- it is perfectly situated in within walking distance of Brera. Photo by Palazzo Parigi
Palazzo Parigi is all luxe

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

Galapagos

Quito
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Galapagos, Quito, Ecuador
Family fun in the Galapagos
The Galapagos islands are truly breathtaking, to experience all this magnificent wildlife up close and personal was took my breath away on many occasions. My son had so much fun observing the Iguanas, they were everywhere. They are quite docile as they bask in the sun you are able to observe all their unique character and beauty.
Family fun in the Galapagos

h2 Hotel

Healdsburg
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h2 Hotel: Eco-Lodging in Healdsburg
The 36-room h2 Hotel in Healdsburg is the perfect Sonoma base. Guests can explore the green roof, lounge by the creekside pool, or rent bikes for cycling to nearby wineries.
h2 Hotel: Eco-Lodging in Healdsburg

Rovinj Harbor

Rovinj
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Rovinj Harbor, Rovinj, Croatia
Rovinj
Highly recommend on a trip to Croatia, Slovenia or even Italy taking a stopover in Rovinj. This fishing village's Old Town is the place to go. You can get the sense of the place in about an hours walk ... However stay and enjoy the lovely sea views, food and people.
Rovinj

La Sultana Hotel

Marrakesh
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Surf and Stay in Marrakesh
The tiny coastal village of Oualidia’s low-key vibe makes it a popular retreat from Marrakech as well as the go-to spot for surfers—novice or otherwise. La Sultana, set against the flamingo-dotted Oualidia lagoon, has 11 rooms and suites that showcase Moroccan craftsmanship with marble floors, terra-cotta tile work, and sandstone ceilings. Last year the hotel added an ornate tree house that overlooks the lagoon. Spend the day lounging on the hotel’s private stretch of beach or at the pool. The lagoon’s famous oysters are a staple on the seafood-centric restaurant menu. From $355. This appeared in the March/April 2014 issue. Photo courtesy of Boutique Souk. La Sultana can be booked through Boutique Souk.
Surf and Stay in Marrakesh

Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper
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Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Canada
5 Million Stars at Jasper Park Lodge
While the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge may subscribe to Jasper’s claim of "Cabins, not Condos," the Fairmont Signature Cabins are much more luxurious than rustic. Rather than a simple 5-star rating, the Lodge sits beneath five million and it’s possible to learn about all of them during the lodge’s astronomy nights. As Jasper’s original hotel, Jasper Park Lodge dates back to the early 1900s when it was a Canadian Pacific Railway property called Tent City. The modern version is situated 7 km outside of town, but the Lodge still feels like its own little village. The hotel has three restaurants—Emerald Lounge and Patio, Cavell’s Restaurant and Terrace, and Oka Sushi—a world-class spa, and plenty of activities to keep the entire family busy. In the summer, it’s home to Canada’s number-one rated resort golf course. Canoe rentals are available on Lac Beauvert, and several hiking trails start right at the lodge’s front door. In the winter, Mildred Lake becomes a giant outdoor skating rink, with clear views of the surrounding Canadian Rockies. Jasper Park Lodge is open year-round, and rooms start at $199. Contact 1-780-852-3301. Photo by PhotoJBartlett/The Adventure Freelancer.
5 Million Stars at Jasper Park Lodge

Óbidos

Óbidos
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Óbidos, Óbidos, Portugal
Inside the fortified walls of Óbidos there is plenty to see
A former castle converted into a Pousada hotel, a Chocolate Festival and a Medieval Market plus a Literary Village and programs full of baroque music and opera...all to be found in Óbidos, an hours drive from Lisbon. This medieval town was built around the castle and has tremendous views, white washed painted houses and cobblestone pathways that lead you around the city. You can also go up and walk around the walls of this medieval village that is amazingly well preserved. In every café place, inside the walls, it is a tradition to have a chocolate cup of “ginjinha”, cherry liquor that you can drink with or without the cherries and then eat the chocolate cup. Taken back from the Arabs in 1148 by Portugal's first King D. Afonso Henriques, it has served as a palace for most of the Portuguese queens or as a strategic defense point for the Knights Templar. It is worth of a visit any time of year.
Inside the fortified walls of Óbidos there is plenty to see

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

Monte Verità

Ascona
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Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland
Seeking truth in Ascona
Mountains in Switzerland have long been an attraction for people seeking inspiration, energy and fresh air. One of those mountains, more of a hill really, put Canton Ticino on the map for theosophists, artists and free thinkers at the turn of the 20th century. They founded a reform-minded colony on the 'Mountain of Truth' in Ascona. My husband and I experienced that fresh air and energy during a weekend on the mountain, at Albergo Monte Verità. The hotel--built in the Bauhaus style in 1928--delivered on its promise of great views, good food and natural beauty. It is also Switzerland's only remaining 'Neues Bauen' hotel, a treat for architecture buffs. The property is now run by a Foundation, responsible for managing the legacy of the colony founded more than one hundred years ago. The hotel with its parkland is a splendid asset in a part of Switzerland already chock full of beauty. When you are hankering for a new view of Lago Maggiore, head up the hill to catch a glimpse of paradise from the heights of Monte Verità. Take a tour through the park, join a tea ceremony, or just chill out in a sling chair on the lawn. It's a sure-fire way to draw inspiration from a day, or a weekend, at this special place.
Seeking truth in Ascona

Paro

Paro
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Paro, Paro, Bhutan
Beautiful Paro River flowing along the velley
Bhutan has got plenty of Rivers flowing through steep slopes to foothills of India. One of them is Paro river, that passes through Paro town later merging with Thimphu river. Quite a peaceful holiday is waiting for you in Bhutan. Book your holiday with Chimorya Bhutan Travels and explore the himalayan kingdom.. Email us at info@cbhutantravels.com or visit us at www.cbhutantravels.com
Beautiful Paro River flowing along the velley

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

morocco

Merzouga
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morocco, Merzouga, Morocco
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek
( Nomadic life in the desert of Morocco ) organizing tours and excursions in Morocco and discovering the beauty of Morocco.Iin our tours, travelers are escorted to discover the charm that hides the desert to live and spend time with local people .
Desert Trekking By Camel Trek

Manhattan

New York
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Manhattan, New York, New York
The greatest city in the world
Your life will not be complete until you visit the greatest city in the world - NYC. There is so much to do there that you'll have to go back over and over again, unless you're lucky enough to live there or just across the river.
The greatest city in the world

The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel

Taipa
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The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Taipa, Macau
Truly Opulent ... But Quite Unnecessary
Back in 2011, I got a room here at a discounted MOP1,300+ per night without breakfast and gave it a go! The room is definitely very beautifully crafted, and details were attended to from the bed lighting, to the mini-living room, to the exceptionally big bathroom. Nonetheless, the features of this opulent hotel/resort were not isolated to the room, as the best part is actually in 'witnessing' a piece of faux-Venice, in Asia! One can easily enjoy The Venetian without having to book a room, which is what I would recommend to others looking forward to visiting this place. By the way shuttle rides from Cotai (where The Venetian is) to Macau downtown are free, just by crossing the street to The City of Dreams, where shuttle buses bring you to Hotel Sintra, which is just a few blocks away from Senado Square. Also, the gondola is now mechanized, while the gondolier is not Italian (but they have outstanding singing voices!) ... adult tickets are at MOP118, while children are at MOP88 ... and if you cannot fill the gondola, you have to share with another group.
Truly Opulent ... But Quite Unnecessary

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Burney
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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney, California
Weekend getaway to Mount Shasta and McCloud
The Mount Shasta and McCloud area is a great destination for a weekend getaway from the Bay Area. Home to several quaint bed and breakfasts, you will feel like you've stepped back in time at the cozy Victorian-themed McCloud River Inn. We stayed overnight at McCloud River Inn before heading out to explore the McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, just a 40 min drive south on Highway 89. The star of the state park is its namesake McArthur-Burney waterfall which is a glorious sight to behold. The views from the vista point are amazing, and it only gets better as you walk the 0.4 mile trail down to the base of the falls. The falls are breathtaking, but what I love most are the hundreds of tiny rivulets of water, flowing through moss and ferns, adding fragile beauty to the main waterfall. The rivulets are so delicate and transient, holding onto the barely-there moss and soil, gently cascading down the sides - it's mesmerizing to watch. You can also choose to hike the 1.2 mile loop trail to the top of the falls. Make sure to visit this lovely waterfall in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park on your next visit to McCloud and Mount Shasta!
Weekend getaway to Mount Shasta and McCloud

Casperia

Casperia
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Casperia, Casperia, Italy
Italy off the beaten path: Sabine hills
Some ten minutes’ drive from Capena, across the River Tiber, lies the start of La Sabina – the Sabine Hills region. The hills themselves can be seen as you drive down the hill towards the Tiberina. Many of the unsung towns and villages in the Sabina are beautifully kept and well worth a visit. The rolling hills and rugged countryside are remin­iscent of Yorkshire, but with good weather.The flora and fauna are very abundant and varied, and organic food production is also popular in the area. For more energetic visitors, the Sabine Hills are a good walking area with plenty of inter­esting places to visit.
Italy off the beaten path: Sabine hills
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