Saturday, 2 May 2015

10 Unique Hotels from around the World

Here are a list of ten incredible international hotels to visit on your travels!

1 Hotel Kakslauttanen - Finland

The Igloo village of Hotel Kakslauttanen offers 20 glass igloos allowing guests spectacular views of the Aurora Borealis from the warmth and comfort of their own room. The sparse trees and lack of light pollution means guests at this hotel have some of the best and most uninterrupted views of the incredible phenomenon. While temperatures outside can drop as low as -30 degrees Celsius; each igloo is fitted with thermal glass to ensure occupants are kept warm throughout their stay.

2. Hotel Conrad - Maldives 

 The resort is set across three palm fringed islands, linked by a 500m footbridge, and offers 3 different luxury experiences; thatch-roofed Water Villas perched on stilts over the shallow waters, beautifully furnished Beach Villas, or luxurious Retreat Water Villas, each with their own treatment room and jacuzzi. Set 5 metres below the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean is the Maldives first underwater restaurant

3. Giraffe Manor Hotel - Kenya

This incredible Kenyan hotel offers guests the opportunity to stay in one of Kenya's most beautiful reserves located among 150 acres of land. The real reason to visit this hotel are the herd of Rothschild Giraffes which reside in the hotels' grounds regularly coming up and sticking their heads through the windows hoping for treats.

4. Ice Hotel - Sweden

This architectural marvel requires yearly reconstruction to stay stable but offers guests a truly unique experience. With everything from walls, chairs and beds being constructed from ice blocks taken from the local Torne river, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi was the first of its kind. With famous artisist being approached to design rooms each year this ensures return visitors have a unique experience each time.

5. Mirrorcube Hotel - Sweden

Another example of Scandinavian innovation this incredible hotel consists of five cube rooms spread out among the Swedish forest in Harads. The Mirrorcube is a 4x4 dwelling coated in mirrors which reflect the surround woodlands causing the hotel to disappear into the beautiful surrounding landscape.

6.  Montana Magica Lodge - Chile

This man-made volcano hotel situated in the Chilean forests 'erputs' daily spewing water over the entire hotel. The 'Magic Mountain' retreat is so remote it is only accessible by foot and guests are required to negotiate a rope bridge to access the hotel.

7. Hanging Gardens Ubud - Bali, Indonesia

This beautiful hotel is located in the Indonesian rainforest and consists or private villas each with their own infinity pool overlooking the Ayung river.

8. Resort Taj Lake Palace - India

Floating on its own island in the middle of Lake Pichola, the Taj Lake Palace offer guests a royal experience. With beautiful panoramic views of the lake and full spa, cycling and hiking trails this hotel has plenty to keep guests entertained during their stay.

9. Katikies Hotel - Santorini, Greece

This luxury hotel boasts spectacular views of the sapphire waters of the surrounding Agean sea. The hotels crisp white walls and blue waters create an incredible calming atmosphere; and if that's not enough the hotel offers full spa services to ensure complete relaxation.

10. The Burj Al Arab - Dubai

Widely regarded as the world's most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab boasts the world's first seven star rating. The building itself is a landmark of the Dubai skyline; a sail emerging from the sea, the hotel has over 200 rooms, full spa, and dining experiences are on offer to guests.

Visited any of these amazing hotels or have your own to add? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Extreme Sports in Amazing locations

Most extreme sports can be experienced locally in some capacity. Often man made or indoor locations offer thrill seekers the chance to try out new and exciting activities. However for those willing to travel, the experience can be enhanced to an unforgettable adventure. Here are just a few locations to consider visiting to satisfy thrill seekers.

Skydive Dubai

Skydive Dubai offers extreme sports enthusiasts to experience the thrill of skydiving in a completely unique location. Described as 'the world's premium skydive location' neighbouring the infamous Palm Jumeirah Island and the Dubai marina, divers can expect spectacular views of one of the world's wealthiest and most beautiful cities.

Whitewater Rafting - Lochsa River, Idaho USA

The Lochsa River (Pronounced Lock-Saw) in Idaho offers some of the most continuous, explosive and challenging whitewater in the world. The river is recommended for intermediate to experienced rafters who will also be treated to the supreme mountain scenery and wildlife.

Kawarau Bridge Bungee Jumping - New Zealand

This 43-metre drop may not be the highest available, the Kawarau Bridge is widely considered one of the first extreme bungee jump locations in the world. Over 650, 000 people have tackled the drop from the historic suspension bridge, with many dipping their heads in the turquoise waters which run underneath.

Ziplining - Simatai, China

While most ziplines do not offer stunning views of one of the seven wonders of the world, the Simatai zipline offers just that. To get to the starting point, revelers first have to hike up the Great Wall itself. After your climb (or chairlift ride), you can explore the Simatai section of the wall, with its 35 watch towers and architecture from the 6th century.

Downhill Mountain Biking - Death Road, Bolivia

It begins at 15,400 feet and for an estimated 300 people a year ends in the loss of their life, yet Bolivia's North Yungus Road - better known as 'The Death Road' - is among the nation's biggest attractions for thrill-seeking tourists. The ride takes in the stunning views among the rolling hills of the Amazon rainforest, but come with the somewhat distracting - and for some terrifying -sheer drop into the canopy as two rubber tyres separate the rider from a narrow single-lane road with very little in the way of railings

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Top International Clubs to Visit while Travelling

Here's a list of the top clubs to stop in on during your travels. Visited any or more to add? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Row 14 - Barcelona

Tucked away about a 15 minute bus ride outside of the city, Row 14 is a hybrid indoor/outdoor club. The club boasts a retractable roof, and a mixture of house, techno and drum & bass DJs.

Social Club - Paris

Located in the centre of Paris, Social Club is decorated in a self-proclaimed "retrofuturist" style, painted completely black with strategically placed neon lights. The music ranges, but house, techno, disco, and electro.

AgeHa - Tokyo

Ageha is a nightclub located in Tokyo's Bay Area Shin Kiba. Opened in 2002 and outfitted with Octagon speakers, it's renowned for its sound. The main dance floor is called Area, and has a capacity of approximately 2,400. While the club holds extensive techno and electro nights on weekends, on weekdays the space is used as a live music venue under the name Studio Coast.

D-Edge - Sao Paulo, Brazil

D-EDGE is a landmark in Brazil's nightlife and a global stronghold for quality underground electronic music. We have created a revolution in the concept of nightclubs when syncing cutting-edge audio systems to floor-to-ceiling LED panels in the club's 4 rooms. The futuristic look architected by award-winning designer Muti Randolph provides a unique sensorial experience for the 20,000 people who visit club every month.

Cocorico - Riccione, Italy

A pyramid structure, which follows the idea of mystique ascension and transparent walls, which evoke a vision of infinity. The Cocorico club is and is never as it seems and is much more of what you remember: the evolution is its peculiar characteristic. Cocorico a symbol.

Trouw - Amsterdam

Trouw is a nightclub, music venue, event space and restaurant housed in the former newspaper printing facility of several national newspapers. Trouw combines food, music and the arts, and was the first nightclub to receive the 24-hour permit from the city of Amsterdam.

Paradise Club - Mykonos, Greece

The most popular club in Mykonos, with its modern décor, located by the water at the beautiful Paradise Beach is undoubtedly: ‘Paradise Club’ Mykonos, the phenomenal award winning club in Europe.

Lux Fragil - Lisbon, Portugal

One of Portugal’s biggest clubs, Lux Fragil is well worth a visit. Regularly featuring high profile guests that run the electronic gamut, Lux Fragil should definitely be your first choice if a variety of underground sounds is what you’re after. Previous headliners have included the likes of ApparatErol Alkan and Daniel Bell alongside the ‘Curated By’ nights, which feature a guest DJ choosing the line-up.

Sub Club - Glasgow, Scotland

Dimly-lit and powerfully-equipped with an immersive soundsystem, the underground room invites you to get lost for hours, surrounded on all sides by bodies locked in a groove. Oh, and there’s a Body Sonic dancefloor to get you further inside the music. An enduring fixture is the Subculture night led by resident tastemakers Harri and Domenic, two DJs with very deep record bags.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

The Coolest Bars in the World

Here are a selection of the coolest and quirkiest bars to visit on your travels, visited any of these bars or have any more to add? Leave us a comment with your favourite international bars!

Giger Bar - Chur, Switzerland 

Giger Bar is a bar themed and modelled by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger. The bar is modeled after the director Ridley Scott's infamous Alien film franchise.

Buza Bar - Dubrovnik, Croatia

Buza bar is one of the most beautiful bars in Dubrovnik which is hanged on the cliffs right above the sea, with an amazing panoramic views of the sea. Customers are also free to dive into the sea from the cliffs below the bar.

Ice Bar - London & Stockholm

Step into Icebar London, a cold sensory experience where the walls, bar, tables and even your own personal ice glass are made from crystal clear Torne River ice which is harvested from the pristine winter wonderland of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden. Bookings cover a 40 minute stay in the bar with the use of a thermal cape and gloves.

Monkey Bar - Berlin

The Monkey Bar overlooks the grand Berlin Zoological Gardens, meaning that there’s a good chance you’ll actually see a monkey, hence the name.

The Water and Wind Bar - Vietnam

Set among a flood plain, the bar appears to float on the water, with stepping stones allowing guests across the water.

Sky Bar - Bangkok

This Cocktail bar is located 63 stories above the streets of Bangkok, offering amazing panoramic views of the city.

The Clinic Bar - Singapore

This bizarre medical themed bar boast surgical chairs and wheelchairs for guests, with drinks served in IV and bloodbags.

Tiger Leaping Gorge Bar - China

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a world heritage site and this bar offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains,