Tag Archives: Travel & Leisure

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: ‘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. 

Travel Books: ‘Stay Wild – Cabins, Rural Getaways & Sublime Solitude’ (2021)

Follow us deep into the woods on a journey that showcases new ways to escape into Europe’s vast and eclectic landscape. With an emphasis on environmentally-friendly travel, Stay Wild shines the light on places for curious, conscious travelers to rest and recharge.

From towering treehouses, compact cabins, houseboats, yurts, and mobile homes that let you cook your meals al fresco whilst the campfire flickers, this book showcases alternative travel’s astounding diversity and enriching qualities.

For the first time in decades, our worlds got smaller, but for many, travel limitations have fostered a newfound appreciation for regional vacations. Are you ready and willing to digitally detox? Leave the city behind you, switch off, reconnect with yourself and nature, and fall in love with the world again through the pages of Stay Wild.

Launched in 2010, Canopy & Stars is an online platform where people can book stays in weird and wonderful locations all over Europe. With authenticity, creativity and a connection to nature at its core, Canopy & Stars strive to facilitate meaningful experiences that have a positive impact on the environment.

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Top Small Motorhomes: 2021 McLouis Fusion 330

Introducing the brand new McLouis Fusion 330

For the 2021 season, Auto-Sleepers are exclusively introducing a sixth layout to the McLouis Fusion range, the all-new 330.

Featuring a spacious rear lounge, two drop-down beds for a perfect nights sleep and included as standard the LUX Pack. All based on the Fiat 140bhp Euro 6D engine.

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Rainforest Views: ‘Hotel Das Cataratas’ At Iguassu Falls In Brazil (HD Video)

Restored to its original 1950s charm, Hotel Das Cataratas hacienda-style exterior is matched by its warm, inviting interior design. Step outside and explore the sprawling, sculpted grounds. Spot a kaleidoscopic array of tropical flowers as howler monkeys call in the distance. Nestled in the center is an elegantly designed pool. Flanked by orchids, it’s the perfect spot for a refreshing dip after a day full of adventure.

Iguazú National Park covers an area of subtropical rainforest in Argentina’s Misiones province, on the border with Brazil. Within the park on the Iguazú River, the renowned Iguazú Falls encompasses many separate cascades, including the iconic Garganta del Diablo or “Devil’s Throat.” The surrounding park features diverse wildlife including coatis, jaguars and toucans, plus trails and viewing platforms. 

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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Travel & Leisure: ‘Santa Barbara, California’

If you’re looking for the perfect vacation well spent, you have come to the right place. Whether you prefer nature walks, sailing, wine tasting, or trying new foods, Santa Barbara is home to a plethora of exciting activities at various price points. So, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Check out these 6 incredible activities to try on your next trip to Santa Barbara, and start planning your vacation today.

Video timeline: 0:00​ Introduction 0:25​ Douglas Family Preserve 0:48​ Eat This, Shoot That! 1:47​ Self Guided Red Tile Walking Tour 2:13​ Los Padres Outfitters 3:16​ Municipal Winemakers 4:14​ Santa Barbara Sailing Center 4:48​ Conclusion

Santa Barbara is a city on the central California coast, with the Santa Ynez Mountains as dramatic backdrop. Downtown, Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs reflect the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. Upscale boutiques and restaurants offering local wines and seasonal fare line State Street. On a nearby hill, Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786, houses Franciscan friars and a museum. 

Compact Camping: ‘2021 Toyota TRD-Sport Trailer’ “All-In-One Convenience”

The TRD-Sport Trailer features a scissor-lift that raises an innovative rigid platform several feet out of the bed. There’s a Yakima four-person tent with an awning and fly fishing-pole holders, a custom-built toilet and trash can, a refrigerator, a hot water heater, a shower with curtain, a generator, an Optima Yellow Top battery, a 16-gallon fresh water reservoir tank, a 15-gallon grey water holding tank, and a slide-out sink and stove. And that’s just for starters!

Toyota, a brand known for its deep off-roading roots and rugged reliability, unveiled the TRD-Sport Trailer, a creative ‘basecamp’ solution concept vehicle allowing overlanding explorers to quickly set up camp and then continue on their remote adventure.

Overlanding is an extremely popular and growing trend, providing adventures in a year when many have faced challenges taking traditional vacations. The TRD-Sport Trailer’s inspiration began when Bob Kupina, Senior Program Manager, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development, saw a trailer made from a Toyota Tacoma at the Overland Expo WEST in Flagstaff, Arizona. Kupina and team got the ball rolling with a cool base concept, but then Toyota turned to Marty Schwerter and the team at Motorsports Garage to take the concept to the next level… and beyond.

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