In the air, under the sea, on the ice, in a tree: a look at some incredible hotels
Travel is meant to transport you — to other places, obviously, but also sometimes to other times, other worlds, other possibilities. These four utterly unique hotels are full of the magic, mystery, and wonder that travel embodies. These are places you might never want to leave!
The Taj Palace Resort, Lake Pichola, Rajasthan, India is for the person who’s ever wondered what it was like to see the world in the Golden Age of travel. This is the place (or palace) to get a glimpse of what it feels like to be royalty . Built in the middle of a lake, this huge marble resort features opulent 1930s rooms with intricately carved archways and rooms draped in sumptuous fabrics. You can dine al fresco with a view of the surrounding mountains and the warm lights of the shoreline, and then hop on a traditional sunset boat ride with your own personal oarsman.
If you’re a serious nature lover who also appreciates the finer things, then staying at one of the luxurious lodges on the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve will ignite your love of the natural world in a whole new way. Located in the mountainous jungles of Chile, not far from the Argentinian border, Huilo-Huilo features four main lodges on the property that are all intimately a part of the gorgeous natural surroundings — including one that’s built right into a mountain. Spacious rooms look out over lush green canopies, pristine rivers, and the bright, elaborate ecosystem of the Patagonia rainforest. Take advantage of spa facilities after a day of hiking and exploring, and enjoy 5-star meals that draw their inspiration from the surrounding jungle. Best of all, you get to be part of a sustainable tourist destination that’s committed to preservation and conservation of the world it
The Ice Hotel® in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden is a gorgeous, temporary palace of ice, located north of the Arctic Circle. Each year, the hotel commissions artists to create original masterwork rooms using snow and ice. Giant sculptures and huge vaulted rooms of carved snow surround fur-covered beds. Each room serves as a canvas for designers from all over the world. Get married in a church made entirely of ice, or spend a night watching the breathtaking aurora borealis from your room. But don’t wait too long: each Spring, the Ice Hotel® disappears
If cold weather isn’t your thing and you’re more into sandy beaches and mind-blowingly clear waters, then your dream resort might just be Cocoa Island by Como Maldives . This is a private island resort with 33 “overwater” suites. What that means is that you can literally walk out the door of your private villa and just slip into a warm turquoise lagoon for a swim. Each room has a personal terrace, with a view out onto the sea and of the sugar-white beaches nearby. Indulge in the holistic wellness treatments at the spa, take an incredible diving tour, and enjoy top-tier food prepared with a nod to the South Indian culinary influences.
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There are many things to do in Iceland, such as visiting volcanos, enjoying the hot springs, and has the northern lights which is one of the coolest things in the northern hemisphere. Hiking and whale watching/puffin watching are also things to do in Iceland as well as viewing all the amazing scenery and nature that Iceland has to offer. You can also do things like ice climbing, flyfishing, a coastal voyage, and super-jeep riding. Iceland has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as it has beautiful mountains and waterfalls. There are many different places to stay and things to do in Iceland, as it is one of the best places to travel to in the world. Iceland also has water rafting at the falls, which is a cool experience that you can do in Iceland. There are also many festivals you can attend as they are in April, May, and June. From cool glaciers to naturally heated hot springs, Iceland has something for everyone. Iceland is the perfect place to travel as it has beautiful landscapes and awe-inspiring nature.
Iceland has a national park and geysers to go check out as part of its incredible landscape. Iceland is a country in Europe that is an island on the Atlantic Ocean. June is the ideal time to visit Iceland as it gets close to 50 degrees Fahrenheit and there is only about three hours of night in June as you will be able to experience the famous midnight sun for many days in June. The best time to go to Iceland would be between May and September as those are the months with the most comfortable temperatures. There is a real benefit to visit Iceland during June as you get 21 hours of daylight, which means more time during the day to explore the country.
The average elevation in Iceland is 1640 feet above sea level as that is good. The total surface of Iceland is 103,00km2 and 1339km of that is coastal road. There are currently 360000 people inhabited the island of Iceland. It is mostly cold in Iceland because of where it is located but it is not too cold in the summer, which is the best time to go. The warm summer days in Iceland can get as hot as 77 degrees Fahrenheit and the coldest days are at 14 degrees Fahrenheit, making an ideal summer vacation location. There are plenty of mountains and active volcanoes in Iceland as there are natural hot springs and hiking trails for these big mountains.
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2020 was the year COVID-19 took us all by surprise and forced us to shelter in our homes for weeks on end but now it is our time to get back out there and enjoy all that the world has to offer and what better place to start than in our own backyard, Alaska. With a trip to the Last Frontier the great outdoors will be your home, and its boundless nature and wilderness will be your entertainment.
Of Alaska’s 365 million acres of land only 160,000 has been encroached by civilization, the rest of Alaska’s land is untouched wilderness waiting to be unlocked by you. Within those millions of acres of untouched wilderness live hundreds of thousands of unique wildlife native to Alaska, animals that included the bald eagle, polar bears, bison, whales and many more.
Alaska’s well-maintained and Instagram-worthy scenic highways make it the perfect way to experience all that Alaska has to offer. Touring Alaska by car gives you the freedom to take it slow or pack your itinerary with all the top Alaska tourist spots. While road tripping through Alaska you will come across vibrant and beautiful natural landmarks and can visit some of the small towns scattered throughout the state. You can take time to enjoy the local galleries and boutiques for authentic indigenous art, or fest on some of the locally owned restaurants and dine on fresh-caught Alaska seafood.
Picking the right time to visit Alaska is an important part when trying to take in all that Alaska has to enjoy. Alaska's weather and daylight varies drastically by region and season. In the summer you can enjoy short-sleeves and daytime temperatures of 55° - 70° F but feel warmer due to the long hours of direct sunlight. It is good to know that as summer progresses the weather gets rainier, from 7 rainy days in May in Southcentral to 17 rainy days in the Inside Passage. Alaska’s winter is roughly October through March, with ranging temperatures of -2° - 31° F and likely beautiful snowfall on your trip.
There is much to do in Alaska, one of which is Alaska’s guided adventures. While much of Alaska’s beauty can be seen from behind the wheel to get a better in-depth look of what Alaska is really like many experienced visitors will tell you to take part in the Denali Backcountry Adventure. This guided tour will take you deeper into the park than you could in your car and is jam packed with exploration into the state’s iconic national park. Local Denali guides will ensure you get the best opportunities to experience the park’s legendary landmarks, introduce you to a host of authentic Alaskan activities and a unique creek-side lunch at the Miner’s Day Lodge, and take you through the rugged habitats of bears, moose, caribou and more.
Alaska is just waiting for you to take in all its beauty. Visiting Alaska will be a trip you will never forget, make it your next vacation destination.
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Why bother with out-of-the-way airports, overbooked flights, taxis or expensive downtown parking? Take a train ride instead! Trains go right where you want to go, delivering you from the heart of one city to the heart of another. What could be more convenient? Save yourself the aggravation and give yourself more time for your business or fun things to do with the family. If you're looking for a new adventure, an exciting and different way to travel is by train. Train travel is increasingly attractive to travelers who want comfort and convenience, but are also budget-conscious. Plus, a scenic train ride can even be a vacation in itself. Need more reasons to take the train?
If you are looking for a weekend getaway, Amtrak tours are the perfect way to get a taste of a region. These packages last just a few days and include fantastic destinations like Chicago, Toronto, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and even national parks and Niagara Falls!
Why not experience the beauty of the great American West aboard the Southwest Chief, departing from Chicago and traveling through New Mexico and Arizona. Venture to the country’s perennially popular national parks, including Grand Canyon, Glacier and Yellowstone, via the railroad. Amtrak vacations aboard the California Zephyr offer a cross-country expedition from the Midwest to San Francisco. You even have the option to explore the historic and exciting destinations of the East Coast with a train trip aboard Amtrak’s Acela or Adirondack. Best of all, you can choose between different travel styles for your Amtrak train trips, including independent and escorted journeys.
When it comes to train traveling, Rocky Mountaineer brings an above and beyond experience to the tracks. Rocky Mountaineer plans to bring its luxury train journeys to a new route in the Southwest United States in 2021. An exciting new journey includes a tour from the Rockies to the Red Rocks, The Rockies to the Red Rocks route will be a two-day rail journey beginning in Denver, Colorado, an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and destination of Moab, Utah with views of canyons, inspiring deserts and natural archways. This Rocky Mountaineer rail route is filled with highlights best seen by train, including Ruby Canyon, Mount Logan and crossing the Continental Divide.
Day 1 of this luxury train trip begins on when you depart from Denver where you will be welcomed aboard and easily comforted by your hosts, enjoying breakfast and beverages while enjoying scenic views of the Gross Reservoir Dam. You'll soon after cross the Continental Divide and cut through 6.3 miles of mountain in Moffatt Tunnel!
You'll dine on a three-course, regionally-inspired lunch as hosts captivate you with stories of the region. You'll tour along the Colorado River through Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon before arriving in the beautiful Glenwood Springs for the night.
Day 2 begins with your departure relaxed and rested from Glenwood Springs to continue heading southwest for another day of extraordinary views, venturing towards colorful archways and amazing rock transformations. You'll enjoy a two-course hot breakfast with views of Parachute Creek and Mount Logan before basking in the beauty of the stunning red rock formations lining the cliffs in Ruby Canyon and Mount Garfield before you end your train journey in Moab!
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Amtrak has train tours that travel to many beautiful destinations in the United States. These include trips to National Parks, California, Canada, Midwestern United States, Northwestern United States, Southern United States and Western United States.
A fun Amtrak adventure is a roundtrip Grand Canyon Getaway visiting Williams, AZ along the way. This 6 day 3 destination includes 3 nights' hotel accommodations, roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon railway, a Grand Canyon Freedom Tour and 2 meals included.
If you're closer than Chicago, This trip is also available to start from Williams, Arizona! If you're looking for a shorter train trip, this is the trip for you. Save yourself the trouble and stay in Arizona by booking this 4 day 2 destination train journey to the Grand Canyon! This trip also includes 3 nights' hotel accommodations, roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway, a Grand Canyon freedom tour and 2 meals included!
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If you're looking for the ultimate train experience, the Grand Rail Experience on Amtrak is for you. This 14 day 5 destination train journey includes hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours of Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, California, and sightseeing tours of both New Orleans, Louisiana and Washington DC.
This trip comes with 7 nights' hotel accommodations, and 7 nights onboard Amtrak! It also come with roundtrip Coach accommodations from Chicago to Seattle; Seattle to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to New Orleans; New Orleans to Washington, DC; and Washington DC to Chicago onboard the Empire Builder®, Coast Starlight®, Sunset Limited®, Crescent®, and Capitol Limited® along with many choices for accommodation options.
Once on board, sit back and relax as you head west to begin your around-the-country adventure on the one and only Amtrak tour!
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Visiting a national park is not only for good health and great scenery, it offers the chance to be active if you take advantage of the many hiking, walking, kayaking and other active travel opportunities that are available.
The National Park system provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of vacations and tours. Well over 250,000,000 people visit these sites every year. From educational tours, back-to-nature experiences to relaxing seaside vacations, the plethora of opportunities for recreation at the National Parks is endless. Recreational activities available vary from park to park and season to season. At many parks, you can hike miles and miles of trails and paths on your own or participate an interpretive hike with a ranger; bike; swim; visit the visitor centers and museums and partake in events and interactive displays; ski; fish, and in some, even hunt. And of course, you can always just relax and enjoy the scenery!
At many parks there are special natural attractions to visit and watch. No one would visit Yellowstone National Park without watching Old Faithful erupt at least once!
Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are known as winter wonderlands with wildlife viewing opportunities, geysers and other thermal features shrouded in mist and fog, and majestic snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers, and streams laid out before you.
Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the Elk Refuge and see more than 5,000 elk when they migrate to a lower elevation during the winter near Grand Teton National Park. When visiting you can choose between a snowmobile or Snow Coach tour through Yellowstone National Park including stops at Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin.
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As we leave 2020 behind, there are many reasons to be optimistic and, dare I say it, start thinking about travel. If 2020 has taught us one thing, it must be that time is precious. If you love to travel, you’ll be keen to make up for what you have missed. Indeed, there’s a growing trend towards the bucket list travel destinations for 2021 to shake off the shackles of travel restrictions. Need some inspiration? Here are five destinations for an exceptional vacation this year.
If you feel like getting away from it all, you can’t get much further away than Tahiti. Officially known as French Polynesia this group of islands offers the quintessential island getaway. The beaches are idyllic, and you could spend your time relaxing and drinking in the view. If you love marine life, there are whales and dolphins. Snorkelers and scuba divers will be rewarded with some of the ocean’s richest waters. For dryland exploration, there are many trails to explore by foot or horseback. For pure island escapism, you can’t get much better. For a Virtual Tour of Tahiti click HERE
South Africa is a country of contrasts. Game parks and animal sanctuaries offer wildlife lovers a lot to explore. The county’s tumultuous struggles can be explored at Robben Island and District Six. Table Mountain is the backdrop for Cape Town, and whether you stand on top or admire it from afar, you can’t deny it makes Cape Town one of the most memorable cities you’ll visit. The country’s coastline offers some dramatic scenery; the 12 Apostles are part of the Table Mountain range and the views are incredible. Further to the east, The Garden Route is a 200km stretch of coastline that begs to be driven. Winelands, whales, penguins, fresh oysters, indigenous forest, lakes, beaches, wildlife and so much more await you. For a Virtual Tour of South Africa Click Here
To make you feel like a true castaway, there’s nothing quite like relaxing on a sun-drenched island that you can walk around in minutes. The Maldives is made up of over 1000 tiny islands and the holiday islands are mostly home to just one resort. With just a handful of rooms, the islands are never crowded and the resorts’ reputations for luxurious excellence are renowned. Water bungalows stretch out into the ocean's allowing you to swim from your balcony and the marine life is second to none. If you like swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, relaxing by the ocean, superb service, excellent food, and stunning weather, then there is no better place to go. For a Virtual Tour of the Maldives Click Here
Thailand’s cultural locations are show-stopping. Bangkok’s Royal Palace and it’s many wats and buddhas speak to a unique history. Its Center is also packed with shopping malls; whether you want clothes, electronics or Thai silk or gems, it’s available. Traditional floating markets and frenetic night markets are as much an experience as a shopping opportunity. You can explore the city by tuk-tuk (a sometimes hair-raising 3 wheeled vehicle) or river or take one of the cities many cycling tours exploring hidden Bangkok or street food. For a Virtual Tour of Thailand Click Here
A few days in Bangkok is often enough. Combine Bangkok with a trip north for a more laid-back rural life experience and ancient capitals and cooler climes. Then, you can choose one of Thailand’s palm-fringed islands or beaches to relax. Enjoy fresh coconuts, sparkling waters and an island pace of life to refresh you before you head home.
The frozen beauty of the most southern point of the globe is breath-taking. Expeditions and adventure cruises get you in amongst it. When you make land, you can wander through flocks of penguins and snoozing seals and hike to lookout points on immense glaciers. Nimble zodiac trips will offer a different perspective of glaciers and icebergs and get you closer to seals and whales. Some cruises offer the opportunity to kayak or paddleboard too.
Remember, whatever is on your bucket list, it’s worth contacting a travel agent to help you make your selection. We can help you select the best choice for you. For more information, check out our Antarctica and other travel Guides Here.
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People are always talking about taking their “dream vacation” — but largely what people mean when they say this is that every detail of the trip was planned flawlessly, everything went according to plan, and the service and food were stellar.
But what if the key to having the best vacations of your life has as much to do with how you approach traveling as it does with where you go and the number of stars on your hotel?
Here are 5 Traveler’s Resolutions you can make right now to make this the best year of travel yet:
A common thread among these resolutions is the ability to let go of anxiety, relax and enjoy yourself. Hiring a Travel Professional is one of the best ways to avoid the most stressful parts of travel altogether. I can do all the planning, handle all the details, and you get to enjoy. I will also be on call for you while you are on your trip to handle any complications or emergencies that may come up.
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Journalists are used to making a home anywhere. They often stay for days, weeks, or months in a place to report on a specific event. They stay in hotels and homes. They get to know language and locals. They walk the landscapes, eat the food, learn the transportation systems.
But what are the places that have so utterly captured them that they return, again and again, even when there’s no story going to print? Here are a few,
highlighted in a recent Guardian article.
If you’re the adventurous trekking type, consider the lesser-known but breathtaking mountains of the Jalori Pass in India You can book a fully-accompanied mountain treks — complete with air mattresses and ponies that carry all your gear — and costs include equipment, food, lodges, and expert guides. Take in the mountain vistas, forests, high meadow lakes, and centuries-old temples where pilgrims pray. It is a place, as journalist Emma Graham-Harrison says, that is “surprising, always beautiful, and entirely special.” In the vast landscape, taking it all in, passing few people along the way, she said she and her fellow travelers “were happy to be out of contact and suspended in time.”
The Seychelles are probably the most widely known African islands for romantic beach vacation. But like a sweet little secret in the Atlantic, the tiny twin-island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe sits peacefully tucked in the Gulf of Guinea. Known for its cocoa production, this place also attracts outdoor enthusiasts who come to enjoy the pristine bays and beaches, the heart-stopping beauty, the amazing cuisine, and the unique populations of rare birds and butterflies.
Very sparsely populated, the islands still boast a number of luxury hotels. With the interesting mix of African and Portuguese histories (the islands were formerly a Portuguese colony, and they are dotted with many now-defunct cocoa plantations), there’s an ease to the pace of life, and a fantastic, rich culture to enjoy. As a honeymoon destination, it rivals many of the more well-known islands — and it has the added advantage of not being overcrowded. As one traveler put it: “Between lunches of grilled red snapper on the jetty, I passed my days snorkeling amid shoals of tigery-looking fish, kayaking to distant beaches and falling asleep to the ebb of the tide on my own private beach. I was in danger of setting up shop here...”
Now that Cuba is on more people’s travel radars, it’s a great time to explore this lush, extraordinary place. Playa Bacunayagua, Cuba, is an absolutely charming location which sits quietly along the northern coast of Cuba. From any larger hotel in Havana, it’s easy to hire a guided car to take you to Bacunayagua. Along the way, you can stop by any number of roadside piña colada stands and enjoy a leisurely cocktail made from palm-fresh coconuts, cream, and pineapple.
On the way to the playa, you’ll cross the tallest bridge in Cuba — the Puente de Bacunayagua — which at over 1,000 feet long and over 300 feet above sea level, is rightly considered a marvel of civil engineering. The coastline, once a well-known pick-up point for boats smuggling Cubans to Florida, now holds plenty of undisturbed beaches that look out onto pristine, azure waters. It’s a perfect day trip and a wonderful way to see all that Cuba has to offer.
Are you looking for a perfect vacation that has all the thrill of a popular tourist destination, but that feels like a secret hideaway just for you? If that’s what you’re craving, I can help you get there! Together we can discover a place that you’ll want to return to again and again.
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