Iceland’s most “SCENIC” hotels!

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ION POOL

ION HOTEL 1

ION HOTEL 3

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

HOTEL GLYMUR

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Hotel Glymur (Villas)

Hotel Buoir 1

Hotel buoir 3

hotel buoir 2

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Hotel Budir

Brimnes 3

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brimnes 4

Brimnes Hotel & Cabin

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Hotel Hellnar

Eat and Enjoy nature in Namibia

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A close friend of mine, Shauntay White recently travelled to Namibia.  Shauntay was nice enough to share one of her most special places she used to eat at in Namibia, ” it is a restaurant at the Okapuka Game Drive.  At the Drive, you can eat at a restaurant that overlooks the grounds.  It is not unusual to see animals out in the fields carelessly eating while you do the same. It is a very relaxing environment where you can truly appreciate nature and all of its wonders while enjoying a meal of your own.” 

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Simply a beautiful photograph capturing the hills on Namibia.

If you’d like to check out Shauntays personal blog, I’ve provided it below!

naturalbyshauntay.BlogSpot.com

Where can you take a car ride into the clouds?

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Guanabara Bay, (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil

This cable car ride provides magnificent views of Rio’s bay, city, and beaches. 

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“The Sugarloaf cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the world’s best known attractions, has received over 37 million visitors since its opening in 1912.

The ride is divided into two stages, each lasting 3 minutes. The first stage goes from Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) to Morro da Urca (Urca Hill), at an altitude of 220 meters. The second stage goes from Morro da Urca to Sugarloaf Mountain at an altitude of 528 meters. Cable car speed varies from 21 to 31 kilometers per hour. Each car has a capacity for 65 passengers.”

http://gobrazil.about.com/od/riodejaneiro/ss/sugarloafcablecar.htm

Every tourist attraction has a cost: Adults= $27 , Children ages 6-12= $16 , Children under 6= No charge

Where can you comfortably swim into snow-capped mountains?

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The Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

This heated pool is both beautiful by day and night with it’s magnificent location in the Swiss Alps.  While the outdoor pool features unique views where you feel as if you’re swimming into these snow-capped mountains, The Cambrian Hotel also offers an array of award winning spa services (among the top 20 swiss wellness hotels) that combine intriguing treatments like their mountain herb massage and blackberry wrap in conjunction with their relaxing atmosphere.  While the boutique hotel is fully loaded with all relaxation tools, you can escape outdoors to enjoy the more adventurous seasonal activities such as skiing (Winter), hiking, and biking (Summer).

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“We have 71 rooms altogether. All of them are en-suite and many of the suites have more than one shower or bathroom. Containing furniture from the likes of B&B Italia, Porada and Knoll International, as well as what was made locally, our bedrooms are the ultimate in comfort and style. All come with a flatscreen TV, DVD player and WiFi. The views from all our rooms are superb, particularly those facing south.”

If you’d like to learn more about The Cambrian Hotel take a look at their website – http://www.thecambrianadelboden.com/en/18/hotel.aspx

A unique & historic home rental in Italy

Civita di

town beauty

Located in Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy “a unique destination that is a pristine Medieval village on a promontory set in a vaste valley carved into volcanic rock by two rivers. Its only connection to the modern world is a footbridge by which you will travel the last half mile of your voyage into another world, virtually untouched by modern life”.

The home rental was designed by Studio F and is called Domus Civita.

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Studio F was careful to preserve the historic charm this house contained through careful renovation.  This 3 bedroom/ 3 bathroom rental home has all the essential amenities for one to feel extra comfortable and relaxed throughout their stay while also providing an aesthetically pleasing modern interior and a historic and beautifully decorated exterior.  Each bedroom has their own unique and beautiful views of the town and surrounding landscape for one to feel truly at peace.

If you’d like to check out some more pictures, or learn more about the rental check out their website http://domuscivita.com

3 (unique) things to do near Naples, Italy

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La Spiaggia dei 300 Scalini – The Beach of the 300 Steps

“This beach is about 1 ½ hours north of Naples and has white sand with crystal-clear water. The catch? You have to descend 300 steep steps to enjoy this little oasis. However, it’s well worth it! Summer weekends feature beach parties and camping.”

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Il Garum

“Il Garum is a small restaurant located in the heart of Naples’ historic district. They serve incredibly fresh seafood in a small piazza overlooking a busy street, so it’s great for people-watching. Their carpaccios are great as well as their eggplant, zucchini and mozarella-stuffed grilled squid. Yum!”

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The Island of Procida

“The island of Procida is a 1-hour ferry ride from Naples and is less famous than nearby Capri and Ischia – which means…less crowded! The best way to see the island is by boat or on foot. There are plenty of places to rent a small boat, great coves to swim in and small boutique shops with fun clothes and gifts for those not fortunate enough to travel with you to this beautiful island!”

All the pictures and information provided in this guest post was from a close friend whom I met in Tanzania, Bianca Hilary Kenworthy.

Bianca can speak Italian beautifully (fluently), and has been visiting family there since she was patiently waiting in her moms belly. Not only is she a Senior Account Executive at Auster Events but also runs an Italian Food blog that specializes in delicious homemade pastas.

Check out her blog!  http://www.pastificiodeicampi.it/blogs/linguina/

Where can you swim above a beautiful valley among the clouds?

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Denizli Provence in southwestern Turkey

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Okay, well not exactly swimming in the clouds, but close to it! This is a twist on your typical beach vacation; the views from the ‘cotton castle’ are of better quality than any pool or beach;  you can receive that sun kissed tan while staying toasty in the naturally warmed spa while also experiencing magnificent views of the valley below.

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You would also be relaxing/bathing in something historical, these travertine hot springs have been used as a spa since second century BC!

Where can you eat something delicious and be massaged by it too?!

Chocolate treatment

The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania!!

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This is a twist on your typical spa experience, The Hotel Hershey offers a variety of unique chocolate massages, facials, and wraps; who knew life could be so SWEET!

“Sink into a frothy Whipped Cocoa Bath, relax in the warm cocoon of our Chocolate Fondue Wrap, and inhale the rich chocolate aromas that differ from traditional spa treatments such as the Cocoa Facial Experience and the Cocoa Massage.”

Below I’ve provided a link to their website for pricing & and more depth information on the various spa activities!

http://www.chocolatespa.com/treatments/signature_collections.php

Where can you chill with PENGUINS on a BEAUTIFUL BEACH?!

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Boulders Beach, South Africa

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On the far left is a close friend, Alida Moore!  She has been living in South Africa for a few months.  Alida gave me a few recommendations of places/things to do/see while visiting South Africa.

Here is what Alida said about Boulders Beach, “A must see are the penguins at Boulder Beach in Simon’s Town (about a 45 minute train ride from Cape Town). The train goes right along the shore and if you time it just right, you can watch the sunset over the ocean. There are plenty of hostels in the area where you can stay the night and then the next morning head over to Boulder Beach to swim with the penguins! (It’s only 40 R to get in – about $5). On your way back from the beach you should stop at the Tibetan Tea House for delicious chai, a calming atmosphere, and great food.”

If you’re interested in checking out Alida’s adventures in South Africa then check out her blog!   http://alidalmoore.blogspot.com

Where can you view a historical region from above and spend the night in a CAVE HOTEL?!

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Cappadocia, Turkey!!

You can view this beautiful region from above by taking a hot air balloon ride!  Most of the balloon rides will provide you with beautiful views of the fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, and breathtaking views of the rippled ravines.

Yes, there are other ways to view Cappadocia from above like taking a helicopter or plane ride, but the closeness and lack of windows in a hot air balloon ride creates an openness that you could not experience otherwise.

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Kelebek Hotel offers these exclusive cave rooms to spend the night/nights in!!  There are 36 different rooms to choose from, all of which contrast from one another and are uniquely designed.  Also, Kelebek has a wonderful location, right in the heart of Goreme’s historic old village, with spectacular views looking out towards Uchisar and Cavusin.

http://www.kelebekhotel.com