We like to admire nature from afar, preferably from an antique velvet-upholstered chaise lounge. Here, 8 rustic-luxe hotels where it's all about the mountain-meets-modern interiors and farm-style gourmet meals.
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11 Hotels With the Most Charming Courtyards
While a courtyard may not be a make-or-break factor in booking a hotel, it certainly tips the scale. After all, these private outdoor spaces provide a place to relax after a long day of sightseeing. Some even turn on the charm full force, and house refreshing pools, romantic flowers, and quaint decor. See for yourself -- here are 11 of the most charming hotel courtyards we wouldn’t mind hiding out in.
83 Unreal Places You Thought Only Existed in Your Imagination
So what does it take to make it on the revered UNESCO World Heritage Site list? Aside from having to "be of outstanding universal value," a site must meet at least one of 10 additional criteria, ranging from representing a masterpiece of human creative genius, to containing superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance, to being outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history. It's not an easy feat to get inscribed to this…
It’s hard to go wrong on a trip to Italy, period -- pasta in Rome, the romantic canals of Venice, the Easter egg-tinged coast of Cinque Terre. But what about when you’ve done all that and are ready to step off the beaten path? Whether your interest is architecture, dining, or beach-going, Italy still has plenty of under-the-radar charms, free from hordes of fellow tourists. Here, we’ve rounded up six alternatives to Italy’s most popular tourist destinations.
Where to Go in Bali: Top Destinations for Every Type of Traveler
Choosing the best place to go in a paradise like Bali may seem a bit like going to heaven and demanding the finest table. Most destinations in Bali boast stunning sunsets, delectable food, and relaxing scenery. Some are more notable for their shopping and
8 Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Dubai
Recently named the seventh most visited city in the world, Dubai dazzled over 14 million visitors last year with its glittering skyline, man-made islands, massive shopping malls, and luxury hotels. While there are many reasons why you should choose Dubai for your next vacation (like ascending the Burj Khalifa or sky diving over the Palm Jumeriah, just to name a few), there are also some things that you should know before you visit. Here, we’ve rounded up eight of them.
Is there anything more bucket list–worthy than an overwater villa on the shores of a French Polynesian island? It’s not surprising that destinations like Bora Bora and Tahiti are popular honeymoon spots, but we think you don’t have to
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The cultural and natural treasures of mainland Italy could easily fill up a three-week travel itinerary, but there are some compelling reasons for venturing offshore to one (or several) of Italy's many islands, too. Top draws include swimming and snorkeling in blue waters, scuba diving to ancient Roman shipwrecks, and captaining your own motorboat to wild, uninhabited isles. Plus charming old towns, archeological landmarks, and fabulous food and wine.