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Inside Views: Sweden’s Luxurious ‘ICEHOTEL’

Located in Sweden stands the world’s most luxurious ice hotel, made from two and a half thousand tonne blocks of pure ice. From beds to bars, artists carve the ice to form the interior of the hotel. But the hotel only stays standing for 4 months a year before it begins to melt away to nothing… Experience a spectacular aerial journey across Sweden with Europe From Above; stop by the restoration of Stockholm Palace, a frozen winter wonderland and a record-breaking wooden skyscraper.

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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Tropical Photography: ‘Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’ – Gray Malin (February 2021)

Inspired by the timeless and unique spirit of Hawai’i, Gray photographed this collection at the beloved Mauna Kea Beach Hotel.

Vintage props, striped beachside umbrellas, and more decorate eye-catching locations throughout the property celebrating the island lifestyle and transporting you to a tropical paradise.

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Walking Tour: ‘Las Vegas Strip – Nevada’ (4K Video)

Lined with upscale casino hotels, the neon-soaked Strip is quintessential Las Vegas. As well as gambling floors, the vast hotel complexes house a variety of shops, restaurants (ranging from mainstream to high-end), and performance venues for music, comedy and circus-style acts. Attractions like the soaring, choreographed Fountains of Bellagio and the High Roller observation wheel draw crowds. 

Recorded: February 2021

Video Timeline Links: 00:00​ – Las Vegas Strip Walking Tour Intro 06:23​ – Luxor 13:05​ – Excalibur 15:58​ – MGM Grand 16:41​ – New York-New York 26:18​ – Park MGM 31:33​ – Aria / The Crystals 41:39​ – The Cosmopolitan 44:17​ – Bellagio Hotel and Casino 44:34​ – Paris 52:23​ – Flamingo 53:40​ – Caesars Palace 56:58​ – The LINQ 58:35​ – The Forum Shops 01:02:22​ – The Mirage 01:07:00​ – The Venetian 01:13:31​ – Treasure Island 01:16:12​ – The Palazzo 01:18:39​ – Wynn 01:23:02​ – Fashion Show Mall

Travel: Switzerland’s ‘Castle Hotels’ (HD Video)

Gstaad Palace – A Fairy-tale-like Property in the Alps, the 115-year-old Gstaad Palace Was Built in the Swiss Chalet Style Architecture on a Hill Overlooking the Town of Gstaad. With It’s Amazing Historic Architecture, You Couldn’t Build a Hotel Like This in Gstaad Today, Given the Strict Architectural Code That Dictates a Chalet Style, the Gstaad Palace Effortlessly Combines Old World Sophistication and Glamour With Modern Convenience and Comfort Boasting Breathtaking Views of the Swiss Alps

The Dolder Grand – Towering Above Lake Zürich, Celebrating Its 120th Anniversary in 2019, Since Its Opening in 1899, the “dolder Grand Hotel & Curhaus” Soon Become the Destination for Relaxation and Rejuvenation, Although the Resort Looks Like a Centuries-old Castle, the Property is Fully Renovated and Also Offers Two Modernized, Tech-forward Wings, With Sporting Options Ranging From Golf and Tennis to Ice Skating, Ice Hockey, and Curling on the Property’s Own Rink.

Badrutt’s Palace – Opulence Reigns at Badrutt’s Palace, a Neo-gothic-style Architecture Castle Overlooking Lake Saint Moritz in the Engadin Valley. The Badrutt’s Palace is a Legendary Hotel Built at the Very Beginning of International Tourism in the Alps, With It’s Extravagant Décor and Fantastic Architecture It is the Defining Landmark in Saint Moritz and Host to Many of Its Most Iconic Events and Visitors, Don’t Expect Low-key Here, This is the Type of Place Where Guests Wear Their Best Furs and Stroll Through Le Grand Hall Dripping in Jewels.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof Pontresina – The Grand Hotel Kronenhof, a High End Luxury Hotel, the Neo-baroque Style Building is One of the Most Architectonically Important 19th Century Hotels in the Alps, Dating From 1848, the Hotel’s Status as Registered Landmark is Evident in Many Neo-baroque Details, Historic Architecture, Modern Light-flooded Rooms and Suites, One of the Best Spas in the World and the Prime Location in the Heart of the Swiss Alps – This Unique Mix Exuding of the Magic of a Bygone Era.

Beau-rivage Palace Lausanne – The Beau-rivage Palace Lausanne Has Been an Iconic Stay on the Sparkling Shores of Lake Geneva Since 1861, the Main Building Was Constructed in Art Nouveau and Neo-baroque Style Architecture in 1908. It is Registered in the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance. A Legacy of the Generous Architecture of the Late 19th Century, the Suites at the Beau-rivage Palace Are Notable for Their Spaciousness, Each One Has a Unique Colour Scheme and Its Own Particular Ambience.

Unique Travel: ‘Scattered Hotels’ In Italy – Designer Rooms In Medieval Towns

The ‘Albergo Diffuso’ is a concept of hospitality that was launched in Italy as an attempt to revive small, historic villages at risk of abandonment and historic buildings at risk of crumbling. 

A number of separate buildings make up an albergo diffuso, with a central unit corresponding to the reception within a 200-meter distance. They may feature rooms and apartments, with or without kitchen. There is also often a space for dining, and there may be other services and amenities as well, such as a pool. 

Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a fortified medieval village built in the mountains of Abruzzo at over 1250 meters above sea level, within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. 

The current urban configuration of the village was established in the middle of the Middle Ages when the phenomenon of fortification developed: high-altitude settlements, surrounded by a fortified wall perimeter that still remain today one of the most characteristic historical-topographical elements of the imaginary of the Italian landscape The integrity between territory and historical buildings has been residually preserved in some villages set in the Apennine mountains precisely because of their depopulation, in the more general context of impoverishment of the south, abandonment of the mountain and emigration of its people.

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Top Hotel Tours: ‘The St. Regis Venice’, Italy On The Grand Canal (Video)

The St. Regis Venice combines historic legacy with modern luxury in a privileged location beside the Grand Canal surrounded by views across some of Venice’s most iconic monuments. Avant-garde in outlook and revolutionary in design, the hotel is an expression of the cultural curiosity of Venice and the innovation of modern-day against a pedigreed backdrop.

Walking Tour: Coronado Island, San Diego (Video)

Gorgeous sunset walk from Coronado Beach to Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado Island, San Diego County, California. The Hotel’s Paseo Lawn has turned magical with it’s Christmas holiday decorations. Amazing views of the ocean from this popular destination in San Diego. Enjoy! Coronado is a resort city located in San Diego County, California, USA, across the San Diego Bay from downtown San Diego. Hotel del Coronado, also known as The Del and Hotel Del, is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States (after the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon) and was designated a California Historical Landmark in 1970 and a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

Top Hotel Tours: ‘Forestis Dolomites’ In Italy (Video)

Join me on a full tour of Forestis, an incredibly stylish and uber-luxurious 5-star hotel in the Italian Alps. Cool, tranquil and connected to its stunning setting, Forestis is a ski-in/ski-out, adults-only sanctuary in the Dolomites’ spectacular mountainscape, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hideaway

FORESTIS is located in a densely wooded area, 1,800 m above sea-level, with a view of the Dolomites. The area’s unique and outstanding natural character had already prompted the Austrian monarchy to establish a tuberculosis sanatorium at precisely this special site.

Architecture

The architecture of FORESTIS is inspired by the same natural features that were once decisive in establishing a sanatorium. The excellent water, air, sun and climate are reflected here in equally authentic materials. Stone, from which the spring emerges, glass, as clear as the air, warm materials that warm like the sun, and the wood that grows best in this climate. Outside and inside, these natural materials are in harmony with each other, just like nature itself.

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World’s Top Small Hotels: ‘Tainaron Blue Retreat’, Mani Peninsula, Greece

Surrounded by a beautiful landscape and breathtaking views, Tainaron Blue Retreat welcomes its guests offering excellent cuisine combined with impeccable service and warm hospitality. Unwind and rejuvenate in the midst of nature with a glass of wine, enjoying the unobstructed view in one of the most exciting locations in Greece.

Our intimate restaurant offers guests an authentic Maniot culinary experience during their stay. The rich culture of our region serves as an inspiration for our culinary consultant Chef George Samoilis and awarded Chef de cuisine Stavriani Zervakakou to create a fine menu based on traditional recipes. They transform the inspiration into a magical gastronomical journey full of flavour, aromas and Greece.

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