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18 Unique Hotels From Around the World

18 Unique Hotels From Around the World
Some travelers think that the place where you lay your head on the road is just that - a place to sleep, or change clothes. But there are some trips where the accommodations are the main attraction. To the more daring traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous globetrotter, here are 18 unique hotels from around the world. 1. Czech architect Karel Hubáček is responsible for the retro-futuristic tower rising over 300 ft (91m) above majestic Ještěd mountain. The tower was designed to naturally extend the silhouette of the mountain it tops, but isn't merely decorative. Built between 1966 and 1973, the Ještěd Tower was awarded the Perret Prize, an honor bestowed by the International Union of Architects. The view is one of the most breathtaking in all of the Czech Republic, looking out over parts of Germany and Poland, and the majority of Bohemia. 2. 5. 6. 9. 12. 13. 15. Related:  Traveltravel inspiration

Posts With its infamous glass igloos and log cabins, the Hotel Kakslauttanen offers an exclusive inside-while-outside winter experience. You know, so you can be immersed in the beauty of frozen forests and incredible winter auroras while simultaneously safe and comfortable inside your own private bubble of warmth.

Almost Untouched Nature - Waterfall Restaurant, Philippines Image credit Visiting this interesting Waterfall Restaurant located in San Pablo City, Philippines at the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort can be a truly unique and memorable experience. Visitors can enjoy in lunch served on bamboo dining tables while the crystalline running water flows under their feet. Besides enjoying the authentic local cuisine, you can enjoy the almost untouched nature of the region formerly occupied by a farm and coconut plantations. Image credit Also, guests have the opportunity to watch the Philippine Experience Show where the country’s rich culture comes to life, from its ethnic diversity to its colonial legacy. Image credit Image credit If you are admirer of bird watching this is the place for you. With close to 600 recorded bird species, 30% (181) found only in our islands, the Philippines has the highest rate of avifauna biodiversity per square kilometer in the world. Image credit Image credit Source: 1, 2, 3, 4

The Ten Most Beautiful Places in Portugal : Day Trips, Sightseeing, Things To Do, Top Attractions, Tours & Activities The walled town of Obidos. Image courtesy of hottholler on Flickr. Around 16 million holidaymakers each year can’t be wrong as they pour into Portugal from all over Europe; whether they are cruise passengers, avid sightseers here to check out the palaces and cathedrals, golfers or sun-worshippers both heading to the tawdry delights of the Algarve. And there are so many beautiful towns and regions it’s hard to pick ten most beautiful places in Portugal – here are my personal favorites. Fishing off the rock pools at Porto Moniz. Enchanting Lisbon You have to visit Lisbon. Despite the hills, Lisbon is easily small enough to navigate on foot, with plenty of museums and galleries to stop off in and just as many pastry shops and pavement cafés to relax in. The Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s best wine-growing regions. Lisbon wears its long history with pride and its best-loved monument is the ornate Belém Tower, which was built in 1519 and was once a military prison. Braga by night. Óbidos

27 Breathtaking places to visit in your lifetime... Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view. The Great Blue Hole in Belize The Great Blue Hole is a submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. Tulip fields in the Netherlands Many people often mistake Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, as the designated space of the tulip fields. The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam Son Doong is the world’s largest cave, created 2–5 million years ago. Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan The park is in full bloom during spring and tourists often visit to see 4.5 million “baby blue-eyes” flowers blossom. Source: Buzzfeed

Amazing Places To Experience Around The Globe (Part 1) Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Blue Caves - Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli - Iceland Plitvice Lakes – Croatia Crystalline Turquoise Lake, Jiuzhaigou National Park, China Four Seasons Hotel - Bora Bora Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. Marble Caves, Chile Chico, Chile The Gardens at Marqueyssac Ice Canyon - Greenland Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on the South Coast of Iceland Petra - Jordan (at night) Verdon, Provence, France Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia Norway Alesund Birdseye of City Benteng Chittorgarh, India Riomaggiore, Italy Keukenhof Gardens - Netherlands. Sky Lantern Festival - Taiwan. Mount Roraima - Venezuela. Seychelles East Iceland. Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. New York City.

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can’t Believe These Actually Exist On Earth… So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it. Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies. earthporm.com During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world's largest mirror. michaelyamashita.com These unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” niccolobonfadini.comniccolobonfadini.com These sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. apod.nasa.gov natureflip.com This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years. amusingplanet.com all-that-is-interesting.com Ice caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers. amusingplanet.com all-that-is-interesting.com This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. wikipedia.org jeffwongdesign.com independent.co.uk

Living with Giraffes at Nairobi's Giraffe Manor This luxury boutique hotel is not what you would expect from your standard vacation lodging! Located in Kenya, just about 12 miles outside of Nairobi, Giraffe Manor is 12 acres of private land and 140 acres of indigenous forest that is home to a herd of Rothschild Giraffe. The website explains that the Giraffe Center, located on the Giraffe Manor grounds “was set up by AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) as a breeding centre for the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, and has now evolved to operate conservation and educational programs for Kenyan school children. Giraffe Centre has preserved the original habitat intact for the giraffes and a variety of birds and animals including warthogs, hyenas and sometimes a leopard.” Built in 1932, the manor décor is a combination of traditional and modern, with a two-story entrance hall, majestic staircase, and immaculately furnished interiors. Giraffe Manor website via [Enpundit]

10 Historical Places Everyone Should See | The Equinest There are many places on the planet where we have the opportunity to walk into the past & learn about our ancestors. History and mystery are all around us, from the sentient Moai of Easter Island to the spiritual ruins of Maccu Piccu to the city of Petra, carved into the hills. What better way to enjoy these special places than through the lenses of talented photographers. I’m a firm believer in seeing the history of the human race through what they’ve left behind. Many of these places defy our logic and prove that perhaps ancient people were more advanced than we thought. Stonehenge – Wiltshire County, England Petra – Jordan Luxor – Egypt Angkor Wat – Cambodia Parthenon – Greece Easter Island or Rapa Nui – Chile Teotihuacan – Mexico Machu Picchu – Peru Taj Mahal – India Pompeii – Italy So Much History Which one is first on your list?

Amazing Festivals Around The World That You Should See Before You Die Tweet Once a year some of the countries around the world hold magical and outrageous festivals. Some like the Brazilian carnival and Spanish bull chase are famous world wide while others few people know about. So if you fancy living it up then check out our list of 20 of the most amazing festivals from around the world that we recommend you should see before you die. 1. Much like Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnevale in Venice, Canaval is a nonstop party, just with special addition of Brazilian flair. [SEE ALSO - 35 Clearest Waters In The World To Swim In Before You Die] 2. Though there are many smaller offshoots of Oktoberfest around the world, Munich’s original fair is the biggest beer festival in the world. 3. The Harbin festival is the largest snow and ice festival in the world, and it features carvings towering over 20 feet in height and full-size buildings made from gigantic blocks of ice. 4. 5. 6. Carnevale, or “Carnival,” has been a Venice tradition since the 13th century. 7. 8.

Most Beautiful Villages Around The World photo Popeye Village, is a group of rustic and ramshackle wooden buildings located at Anchor Bay in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. Photo by: Mosin Village on the bank of the Niger river, Mali. Hidden mountain village in Southern China. Mist over countryside in Southwest England. Hobbiton village – “Lord of the Rings” movie location in New Zealand. Riomaggiore is a village and comune in the province of La Spezia, situated in a small valley in the Liguria region of Italy. Mountain Village, Iran. Beautiful African sea side village. Hallstatt, Upper Austria, is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria with 946 inhabitants. Gásadalur village, Faroe Islands. Village located in Himalayas, Tibet. Fort Bourtange is a star fort located in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands.

10 little gems on the UK coastline | Travel Penmon Point, near Beaumaris, Anglesey Tucked away on the eastern tip of Anglesey, Penmon Point makes an ideal lunch stop as part of a coastal walk (the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path runs through it). The Pilot House cafe serves Welsh cream teas in its garden overlooking Puffin Island (half a mile offshore), the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. The Penmon lighthouse nearby sounds its melancholy fog bell every 30 seconds, an atmospheric soundtrack to a stroll along the award-winning pebble beach with its potential for porpoise and seal spotting. A short walk down the toll road (free for pedestrians) leads to the 13th-century Penmon Priory and holy well dedicated to Saint Seiriol, and an Elizabethan dovecote, all ancient, arcane and architecturally interesting. • For a longer stay, check into the Old Coastguard House; sleeps six from £895 a week in summer Lizard Point, Cornwall Rye Harbour, East Sussex Dengie peninsula, Essex Blakeney Point, Norfolk Seaham, County Durham Pittenweem, East Neuk, Fife

10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict Travel Article at Expatify Where would you be the safest if World War 3 broke out tomorrow? Perhaps it’s a grim subject, but safety and distance from world conflict can be a motivating factor in your choice to expatriate. At the very least, conflict around the world can weigh heavy on the soul, and it’s nice to know there are some places still left in the world where you might be left in peace. 10. Switzerland’s long history of neutrality and its tucked away location among the valleys of the Alps still make it a safe bet, even despite having a high number of bordering nations. 9. Costa Rica has a stable democracy, a disbanded military and a national policy of neutrality. 8. There are regions of Papua New Guinea that are still being discovered for the first time. 7. Canada is the second largest nation in the world, yet it only shares a land border with one other country– the U.S.A.– and it is a peaceful border. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Comments

9 Ridiculously Creepy Medical Museums Open to the Public The gruesome appeal of medical museums is twofold. While dissected cadavers, preserved parasites, and diseased organs fulfill the sick fascination for human oddity in all of us, the fact that it is a “museum” makes visiting them a commendable act of self-education. A real win-win! This dichotomy between repulsion and fascination for the human body is nothing new. The first “medical museums” were actually personal collections of medical oddities, and they’ve been incredibly popular since Renaissance Europe when aristocrats would create their own and charge for viewing. Whether they were called Cabinets of Wonder, Kunstkammer, or Wunderkammer, these collections fulfilled both private curiosities and played an important role in assisting medical professionals– they play a similar role in modern culture. Medical museums are unquestionably not for the squeamish, but there are a surprising number of them out there. 1. Image: Curious Expeditions/Flickr Solution? 2. 3. Image: C. Image: C. 4. 5.

www.adelto.co The luxury Dhigu Resort, Maldives Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa is encircled by mystic lagoons and unspoilt crystal shores, the resort is a heavenly sanctuary on a secluded paradise island, offering barefoot elegance in one of the world’s most celebrated tropical havens. Here the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean offer an endless horizon of aquatic allure and the evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design style. Anantara Dhigu is a luxurious five-star resort hidden on tropical terrain on Dhigufinolhu Island in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll, a mere 35 minute speedboat journey from the island nation’s international airport, or a scenic five minutes by private chartered seaplane. Male-based architect Mohamed Shafeeq from Group X Design Associates and Thailand-based interior design company, Abacus, headed by John Lightbody, have styled the resort’s distinctive environment as a creative complement to the natural beauty of the island. Anantara Dhigu, P.O.

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