15. January 2013

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Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Langenlois Austria

Loisium Wine & Spa Resort in Langenlois Austria is a unique concept for a hotel and spa, catering for the discerning for wine lovers with an outstanding architectural approach. Set amid rolling vineyards in Austria most popular white wine region and just opposite of the famous LOISIUM Wine World, which is built over an underground labyrinth of 900 year old wine cellars, the Loisium Hotel, designed by American architect Steven Holl, seems to float on pillars and glass.

The 82 guestrooms feature the wine theme and another widely used motif throughout the hotel: a map of the cellars. Airy rooms have large windows overlooking vineyards and the wonderfully rural lifestyle of the surrounding villages. The hotel has a lovely all-year heated outdoor swimming pool, and guests can indulge in a full array of Aveda spa treatments in an award-winning spa. They can also sample intriguing local treatments involving grape and wine products before settling down to a wine-themed meal in the spectacular restaurant. Another main attraction is a trip to the educational (and Holl-designed) wine center next door for individual wine tasting in the wine shop or participating in wine seminars. Don’t miss one of the trekking tours through the lovely surrounding vineyards or a visit of the Danube valley with its monasteries and old castles ( UNESCO world heritage area ).

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15. January 2013

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Augarten Hotel Art and Design Hotel

Augarten art and design hotel combines stunning contemporary architecture and art with a high level of comfort and service offering unique yet affordable accommodation not far from Graz city centre.

In this eclectically and strikingly designed glass and metal structure, open communication between the universe within and the environment without is the name of the game – literally. Architect Günter Domenig’s AugartenHotel Art & Design makes a unique statement for modernity in Graz – an Austrian city dominated by Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. To Domenig, good architecture is all about capacity, economy and stature. At the same time, Domenig is the “architect of the game,” meaning that AugartenHotel invites its guests to play.

In the guestrooms and apartments, straightforward streamlined furnishings and interiors by various designers provide striking accents throughout. The hotel also boasts a collection of over 400 original artworks by modern and contemporary masters, which adorn the rooms and public spaces. This fusion of design and art creates spaces that are conducive to work, contemplation and play. In fact, no space is overlooked as a creative and potentially inspiring venue: take, for example, the 24-hour bar and indoor pool.

Vibrant works by 200 different contemporary painters and sculptors are displayed in surprising places, such as the courtyard, stairwells, rooftop terrace – which offers magnificent views of the old city below – and Suite 601 overlooking the clock tower, equipped with fine art and design pieces.

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6. January 2013

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Carbon Hotel : Genk Belgium Hotels

The Carbon Hotel in Genk, Belgium invites you to come and experience the successful mix of design, luxury and originality that has been achieved in this stylish 4-star hotel, in the heart of Genk. One of the most important industrial cities in Flanders, Genk was the heart of the 19th-century coal-mining industry in the province of Limburg.

In the Carbon Style rooms, the key theme is ‘black gold’.  Deeply inspired.  The theme brought out the best in the Limburg designers.  So you can doze off in a bed designed by Stijn Helsen and enjoy every waking moment in the delightful furniture by Indera!

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6. January 2013

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Three Sisters Hotel : Tallinn Estonia Hotels

Tallinn’s design hotel The Three Sisters situated in the heart of Estonia’s Tallinn is ideally situated in the Old Town, just a few steps from the Town Hall Square. The Three Sisters hotel offers an intriguing nest of chambers, walkways, secret staircases and galleries, it is one-of-a-kind in every respect. Twenty-three rooms, each one unique in its furnishings and layout, are found in the three interconnecting, 14th-Century houses that form the hotel and give it its name.

The three merchant houses that comprise The Three Sisters Hotel stand near the end of Pikk Street, Tallinn’s main artery in the Middle Ages. First paved in the 15th century, lively Pikk Street was where spices, meats and grains were bartered and sold amidst the clatter of horses’ hooves and the banter of citizens.

The first record of The Three Sisters merchant houses comes from the year 1362, and we are able to trace all owners since that time. Among them were guild elders, town councilors and burgomasters, who often traveled to far-away lands and thus first started the buildings’ association with foreign countries. In their new incarnation, the “three sisters” continue the tradition by playing warm host to guests from around the world.

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5. January 2013

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Rosas and Xocolate Hotel : Merida Mexico Hotels

The Rosas & Xocolate Hotel based in Merida Mexico, named after the two most popular lovers gift items, is designed for guests who take romance seriously. Located in Merida, the capital of the state of Yucatan in Mexico, the all-natural boutique hotel lies in the rich area where long ago, the Mayan civilisation first discovered cocoa and offered it up to their gods.

Once made up of two colonial mansions, the haute-pueblo building was designed and restored by architect Salvador Reyes Rios and his partner Josefina Larrain. The duo perfectly melded the rustic elegance of the historic mansions with modern accoutrements, like state-of-the-art entertainment systems and dazzling open-sky bathtubs, for guests who desire the utmost in under-the-stars indulgence.

Upping the romance factor, fresh-cut roses have been placed liberally throughout the 17 rooms and suites, and chocolate-based spa treatments and sweet-smelling amenities were lovingly engineered by master chocolatier Mathieu Brees, who runs an in-hotel Belgian-Mexican fine chocolates boutique.

With its prime location on the prestigious Avenue Paseo Montejo and stylish use of local materials like hand-fabricated cement tiles and chucum stucco, guests to Rosas y Xocolate can fully experience the old-world charm of the Yucatan peninsula.

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5. January 2013

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Klaus K Hotel Helsinki Finland : Helsinki Finland Hotels

Klaus K hotel is situated in the centre of Helsinki, close to the famous Stockmann department store, the cruise ship harbour and the exclusive shopping boulevard Esplanadi.

Located in the late-19th-century Rake building, the hotel is inspired by Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala. This can be seen on an intimate human scale throughout the space. The hotel also has two strikingly unique restaurants. Toscanini serves delicious flavors from Tuscany and is inspired by the Finnish national painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela who spent time in Florence while studying the technique to paint frescos. The Ilmatar restaurant, named after the goddess of air is home to “The Best of Finland” breakfast celebrating hyper-pure Finnish products from around the country.

Events such as brunches and wine dinners are held in the restaurants, as well as in the small Ahjo Bar and Club. With space for up to 350 people, the club is a meeting place for guests and young urbanites who like good music and unique cocktails, served up in a welcoming atmosphere.

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17. December 2012

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Japan Holidays : Nachi Falls Nachikatsuura

When in Japan, it is definitely worth visiting Nachi Falls in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, is one of the best-known waterfalls in Japan. Nachi Falls has a clear drop of 133 m, it is often erroneously thought to be the country’s tallest. In fact, the tallest waterfall in Japan is however the Hannoki Falls, at 497 m.

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27. April 2012

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Worlds Biggest Water Slide : Insano Slide Waterpak Brazil

The Insano water slide in Brazil is the highest water slide in the world at 41 meters high or the equivalent of a 14 story building  as recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records.

As a consequence of its height and slope, this water slide provides an extremely rapid descent – taking between four and five seconds – at a speed of 105 km/h. Because of these characteristics, the Insano is considered the most extreme of this type of equipment on the planet.

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27. April 2012

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Beresheet Hotel Israel : Ramon Crater Hotel

The Beresheet Hotel in Israel has one of the most majestic views in not only Israel, but the world. It  is the latest addition to the Isrotel hotel family, The Beresheet is one of its few flagship hotels set high on a cliff top in the unique environs of the Ramon Crater.

The Beresheet hotel has been designed to fit in with its surrounding areas and gives back to the desert nature reserve it is situated in and features beautiful private swimming pools, a gourmet restaurant and the Carmel Forest Spa.

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27. April 2012

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Ezzahra Luxury Villa : Marocco Luxury Villas

Ezzahra is a luxury villa in the Palmeraie area of Marocco away from the hustle and bustle of Marakech’s busy business districts. Situated a mere 12 km from Marocco’s  Marrakech Menara Airport it is easily accessible and close to major routes.

The luxurious villa features a large swimming pool, gym, spa with three in-house therapists, a paddle tennis court, two screening rooms and a games room with a full size pool table. It sleeps 14 with a staff of 15 so it is ideal for families or groups of friends holidaying together or as a stylish and relaxing venue to celebrate an important milestone.

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