Category Archives: Leisure

Top Camper Vans: ‘The Den’ 2021 Yama Sprinter (Video)

Welcome to The Den! This 4×4 144WB Mercedes Sprinter van conversion features all the essentials needed for comfortable, off-grid living. This versatile layout includes a convertible murphy bed and standing desk set-up, over 11 feet of counter-space and the Yama Vans Signature CUBE wetroom.

This layout was configured to maximize the useable living space within the van while allowing it to remain open and inviting. The Den’s exterior set-up finds the perfect balance between off-grid, off-road capability with a clean and seamless finish. The Den provides cozy, comfortable living, but is ready to withstand even the wildest adventures.

Video Timeline: 0:00​ Welcome To The Den 1:05​ Living Space 1:53​ Kitchen 2:47​ The Finishings 3:34​ Sleeping & Workspace 4:27​ CUBE wetroom 5:49​ The Tech 6:55​ Climate Control 7:21​ Exterior Gear

Yama Vans is a premium sprinter van upfitter located in Calgary AB, the basecamp to the Canadian Rockies. Yama Vans are crafted using the highest quality, functional materials to ensure longevity and durability of your van. At Yama, our designers are committed to creating van conversions that are not only practical and functional, but also uphold an unmatched industry design standard.

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Tours: Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Lugano, Switzerland (Video)

Set on the shores of Lake Lugano, this magnificent 5-star resort is a property of immense charm, nestled within a private, subtropical park. Once the home of a noble Russian family, the impressive mansion was transformed into a hotel in 1885.

Vacation Views: ‘Miramar Boutique Hotel, Corsica’

Perfectly located between Ajaccio and Bonifacio in the region of Propriano-Sartene-Campomoro, the Miramar Corsica, surrounded by a two-acre garden, is only  minutes away from the unspoiled sandy beaches and crystal clear waters of Southern Corsica, its charming villages and fishing harbors.

Corsica, a mountainous Mediterranean island, presents a mix of stylish coastal towns, dense forest and craggy peaks (Monte Cinto is the highest). Nearly half the island falls within a park whose hiking trails include the challenging GR 20. Its beaches range from busy Pietracorbara to remote Saleccia and Rondinara. It’s been part of France since 1768, but retains a distinct Italian culture.

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Travel & Leisure: The Top 15 Island Paradises (Video)

The top 15 Island Paradises in the world:

  1. Necker Island – British Virgin Islands
  2. Niyama Islands – Maldives
  3. North Island – Seychelles
  4. Turtle Island – Fiji
  5. Denis Island – Seychelles
  6. Tsarabanjina Island – Madagascar
  7. Fernando de Noronha – Brazil
  8. Lord Howe Island – Australia
  9. Teti’aora Island – French Polynesia
  10. Voavah Island – Maldives
  11. Bawah Reserve – Indonesia
  12. COMO Parrot Cay – Turks & Caicos Islands
  13. Velaa Island – Maldives
  14. Pamalican Island – Philippines
  15. Laucala Island – Fiji

Travel & Leisure: ‘Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado’ (4K Video)

Great Sand Dunes National Park, located in South-Central Colorado is a remarkable place for massive sand dunes – join me as I climb to the highest peak and sled my way back down. Visited October 5, 2020.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is in southern Colorado. It’s known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. The backcountry Medano Pass Primitive Road winds through a canyon toward the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Trails lead to forests, wetlands and alpine lakes like Medano Lake, which is home to trout and tundra wildlife. 

Trailer: ‘The Last Cruise’ – Covid Nightmare On The Diamond Princess (Video)

Using intimate footage recorded by passengers and crew, The Last Cruise is a first-person account of the nightmare that transpired aboard the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, which set sail from Japan on the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HBO original documentary The Last Cruise premieres March 30 on HBOMax.

Vacation Views: ‘Waldorf Astoria Resort – Maldives Ithaafushi’ (Video)

Nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters, this elegant Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a 40-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport. Discover indulgent choices from 11 celebrated dining venues, a world-class lifestyle spa sanctuary, and a plethora of activities for all generations. Experience True Waldorf Astoria Service personalized to your every wish.

Set in a tropical paradise, the resort and the beach, reef and overwater villas span across three islands with a wealth of luxuries and experiences:

• 119 beach, reef and overwater villas with private pool, including the Ithaafushi Private Island
• 11 dining venues and bars including Terra, an elevated treetop restaurant, and The Ledge by Dave Pynt
• World-class lifestyle spa and wellness sanctuary
• A myriad of adventure and watersports activities

Maldives, officially the Republic of Maldives, is a small archipelagic state in South Asia, situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India, about 700 kilometres from the Asian continent’s mainland. 

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Travel & Hotel Books: ‘Great Escapes Greece’

Greece is the land of gods and scholars as well as the birthplace of democracy and Western philosophy. Completely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, it is also one of the most popular vacation destinations—and has much more to offer than just the blue and white islands of the Cyclades.

A voyage to the most beautiful hotels in Greece

Greece’s ancient art and culture form the cradle of Western civilization—numerous monuments and museums tell to this day of the country’s rich history. Greece is unique also by virtue of its breathtaking landscapes, the hospitality of its inhabitants, and its fabulous hotels, making it the dream destination of many travelers. The fresh and healthy cuisine, the crystal clear sea, and the canvas-worthy sunsets do the rest—a trip to Greece is pure delight.

Angelika Taschen travels from the mountains of Macedonia in the north to the Peloponnese with its mythical places like Corinth, Sparta, and Olympia, and to the larger and smaller groups of islands in the south. She opens the doors to some of the country’s most extraordinary hotels, including Imaret in Kavala, located in a former Ottoman complex; Tainaron Blue Retreat in a secluded former defense tower in the Mani; and The Windmill, a converted windmill on the island of Kimolos in the Cyclades. She invites readers to discover legendary luxury hotels, like Eagles Palace in Halkidiki or Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses, and takes them to enchanting B&Bs like Guesthouse Mazaraki in Mystras or Mèlisses on Andros, run by food blogger Allegra Pomilio.

Along her itinerary, she visits hotels on well-known picturesque islands—such as the Mystique on Santorini and the Soho Roc House on Mykonos—but also accommodations in remote places like the Mediterraneo on the island of Kastelorizo, which lies in the very southeast of Greece off the Turkish coast. In addition she shows interesting architectural and design concepts, such as The Rou Estate hotel village, a historic, carefully restored hamlet on Corfu; the minimalist Olea All Suite Hotel on Zakynthos; and Ammos on Crete, where no two pieces of furniture are alike and new eccentric pieces are added every year.

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Views: ‘Octola Lodge & Private Wilderness’ In Lapland, Finland (Video)

The Most Exclusive Lodge In Lapland

Having hunted for the right place to accommodate the discerning guests of our Luxury Action travel company, I eventually realized the the right property did not exists in the right location. That’s when I decided the only option was to build our very own log chalet. Traditionally, we have managed or rented private chalets in various locations around Lapland, then refurnished them to meet the individual standards of our guests.

As fun and instructive this concept has been, implementing interior design on a one-by-one basis is costly and time consuming. In addition, regardless of our efforts to upgrade the existing chalets in Lapland, although of excellent quality, tend to have very small rooms and only a few properties have en-suite bedrooms with shower and toilet. I felt it was time for a revolutionary change to provide exclusive accommodation in the Arctic that meets the needs of our experiential guests.

Top New Camper Vans: The ‘2021 Challenger’ (Video)

2060 – THE COMPACT INTEGRATED ONE WITH A UNIQUE SELLING POINT

The 2060 adopts the layout of the 260, our popular semi-integrated with a 160 cm wide electric fold-down bed that is accessible without a ladder. In addition, it impresses with its unbelievable spaciousness (living room, kitchen, bathroom, dressing room) with an exterior length of just 6.99 m.

3048XLB – ALL CURRENT TRENDS IN A SINGLE FLOOR PLAN

In addition to the large 160 cm wide middle bed and the height-adjustable garage, the fully integrated 3048 offers a bathroom with a double partition (for more space and better access) and a SMARTLOUNGE salon of the latest generation: A cozy salon that can easily be converted into two comfortable individual seats when you are out and about can. Certainly the most successful system on the market!

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