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Buenos Aires Secret Boutique Gem

We’re huge fans of Argentina so when we came across a new boutique gem in the heart of Buenos Aires, we had to let our fine readers know.

 

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Palo Santo Hotel Pool

 

The Palo Santo Hotel, a contemporary gem, is a 26-room boutique hotel opened in the Palermo Hollywood district of Buenos Aires in October 2014 as Latin America’s first urban green hotel simultaneously featuring seamlessly intuitive personalized service, contemporary modern design, state-of-the-art technology and a rooftop terrace oasis with solarium, hot tub and pool. With vertical gardens and more than 900 plants covering facades, balconies, patios and the roof as well as several fountains streaming throughout the hotel – the largest being 20 meters high extending from the sixth floor to the lobby – Palo Santo Hotel is an architectural masterpiece designed by Mario Zito. Its green configuration features a metal structure throughout both facades in a grid-like fashion to sleekly guide the growth of vines, jasmine and trees, enveloping the property with enduring life and grace.

 

Buenos Aires Hotels

Palo Santo Outdoor Oasis

 

All rooms feature the best of contemporary modern style with lustrous materials and natural beauty woven throughout. For the ultimate indulgence, the Palo Santo Suite is a 700-square-foot oasis on the top floor with two private balconies with views of the stunning Palermo skyline (perfect for those looking for the ultimate privacy for a romantic getaway!). Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, Namida offers a contemporary Nikkei cuisine, combining Japanese techniques and dishes with typical ingredients and recipes from the Pacific including some of the best ceviches in town. The hotel offers selected wines from boutique vineyards and bodegas, and all hotel guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of Malbec during their stay.

Upon check-in, you’ll receive a digital restaurant guide created by the hotel with personal recommendations to the best restaurants throughout Palermo and Buenos Aires. In April 2017, the hotel added a sightseeing section to the digital guide with must-see cultural and architectural itineraries throughout the city. Additionally, the multilingual staff can arrange bicycles to tour around Palermo with the hotel’s newly instituted “borrow a bike” program (inaugurated on Earth Day 2017), car rentals, babysitter services and more.

So we want to know, in addition to getting your tango on, what are you waiting for?

From $127/night

http://www.palosantohotel.com

 

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Top 10 Eco Hotels

Fotografías Aereas; Hotel Explora Rapa Nui

Hotel Explora – Rapa Nui

Imagine yourself cocooned in a natural paradise. A pristine, untouched landscape stretches out before you; fresh, clean air invigorates your senses; beautiful birdsong awakens you every morning; each day is filled with authentic safari experiences or just pure relaxation. All this, and you can still contribute to sustainable environmental practices and do your bit to empower local communities.

Sounds like a dream come true?

By Bradley Yandell

Say hello to the Enchanting Top 10 resorts that exist in harmony with their local environment! Secluded, exclusive, and deliciously plush, these resorts spell perfect vacations for nature enthusiasts and luxury travelers alike. Come and live the experience!

SOUTH AMERICA

Tierra Chiloé

The uniquely designed Tierra Chiloé occupies pride of place in the mysterious Chiloé archipelago, offering breathtaking views of the islands from its 12 exclusive rooms. The hotel has been built to optimize the use of renewable resources, and benefit the local community through employment opportunities and low-impact tourism, while offering every conceivable luxury on your trip to Chile.

Enjoy leisurely boat rides through tranquil waterways, see a host of wildlife, and learn about local legends and customs from the expert Chilean staff.

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

Awasi Patagonia

To the nature enthusiast, it would seem that Awasi Patagonia was built around nature rather than being surrounded by it!

Glorious views of the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile await at your exclusive, private villa at Awasi Patagonia. Each villa is fashioned after traditional Patagonian outposts that are built on raised stilts. Spaciously constructed with local material, this is your ticket to luxurious living in wild Patagonia.

Venture into the vastness with your personal guide, go off the beaten path to observe animals in their natural environ, and enjoy the serenity on your private tour of Chile!

Explora Rapa Nui

Untouched nature and mysteries of a lost civilization await you in the midst of the Pacific. Explora Rapa Nui is a harmonious blend of luxurious comfort, modern architecture and ecological consideration.

Built with the philosophy of paying tribute to the past, appreciating the present and paving the way for a better future, the resort offers guests a chance to interact with raw nature and contribute towards conserving nature and the local community at the same time.

There is something for anyone who wants to experience adventure tours in Chile – from excellent opportunities for hiking, to cycling and snorkeling. Witness the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Moai statues that keep a silent vigil over this remote and carefully conserved island.

ASIA

Six Senses Koh Yao Noi

Rustic, tranquil and utterly luxurious, all 56 villas at Six Senses Koh Yao Noi in Thailand have been built amid a former rubber plantation. Today, the plantation is gone, but several of the glorious, giant trees remain. The vast gardens and landscape are specifically designed to preserve untouched native flora and fauna, and there is a dedicated sustainability policy for the entire resort focusing on community development and careful use of resources.

Whether you go exploring in the adjoining mango grove, snorkeling in the cobalt ocean or simply lounge in your private pool ensconced in lush greenery, incredible experiences await you!

Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

When it comes a secluded natural paradise, far away from the sea of humanity, Four Seasons’ Tented Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand, does not disappoint. From handcrafted furnishings to private encounters with friendly elephants and nature-inspired treatments in an open-air spa, the property offers many unique experiences.

Spacious and luxurious tents offer every modern comfort, while the digital detox of TV and radio ensures complete peace and quiet, punctuated only by the harmonious sounds of the forest. The tents are specifically designed for active adults with a penchant for adventure!

INDIA

Treehouse Hideaway

Live the real Jungle Book experience perched high above the treetops inside a popular tiger reserve – Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Spread over a large forested estate, Treehouse Hideaway strikes the perfect balance between rustic-chic and luxury, with high exposed beams framing the ceilings and plush furnishings to keep you comfortable. Each hideaway is built locally sourced materials that blend in effortlessly with the natural surroundings, quite literally placing you in the lap of nature!

All eight stilted rooms offer superb views of the landscape with plenty of wildlife to keep you company.Watch animals roam freely in the wild from your vantage point atop the machaan (platform).

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Grassroots Wayanad

Grassroots Wayanad

From your arrival at the foothills of the Vythiri Range in Kerala until your departure Grassroots in Wayanad will have you enchanted! Situated within a coffee plantation, each luxurious Swiss tent offers magical views of the tranquil landscape. Experience a healthy lifestyle vacation with delicious cuisine made from fresh, local produce while you immerse yourself in nature!

Your days will pass in a flurry of activity as you hike, trek or wander through the verdant forests, or pop into the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary nearby. Prepare to immerse yourself in nature during your visit to Kerala and return truly relaxed and rejuvenated!

AFRICA

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The Highlands

The Highlands

Exclusive, remote and utterly luxurious, The Highlands easily redefines the typical Ngorongoro experience in Tanzania. Each of the eight spacious tented camps are fitted with floor to ceiling bay windows that open up to spectacular views of diverse wildlife species roaming freely. The camp uses state-of-the-art technology, including solar power and rainwater harvesting, to minimize its footprint and invest in a conservation economy that sustains nature and people alike.

From exciting game drives, hikes through cattle trails in the forested mountains, excursions to see pink flamingoes at the soda lake and visits to local communities, there are many options when you travel to Ngorongoro Crater. Don’t miss the daily gossip from the resident researcher about the local lions’ latest relationship dramas!

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Nkwichi Lodge

Nkwichi Lodge

The pristine sandy beaches on the shores of the vast Lake Malawi in Mozambique, are a luxury unto themselves. Add to that the eco-friendly comfort of Nkwichi Lodge – a hidden paradise tucked far away from the madding crowd, and you have your perfect vacation! Nkwichi partners with the Manda Wilderness Project to help local communities with environmental conservation, and is dedicated to conserving the pristine shores of the lake and its surrounding wilderness.

Enjoy true tranquility by the Mozambican lakeshore as you stay in uniquely designed accommodation. For something extra special, settle into the unique Star Bed set on a secluded beach.

Camp Kalahari, Uncharted Africa

Camp Kalahari

Camp Kalahari

Set by the mysterious and timeless Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Camp Kalahari offers an ideal blend of adventure and comfort. Designed in the safari camp style of yore with a blend of colonial and traditional furnishings, this bush camp prides itself on its sensitive treatment towards its surroundings. The eco-friendly camp has initiated a long-term conservation project to protect the wetlands, its biodiversity, and local livelihoods.

During the wet seasons, its wildlife sightings are aplenty what with huge herds of zebra and wildebeest making their way through the salt pans and predators on the prowl. The surrounding area receives regular visits from curious meerkats who are determined to keep you company!

Unearth the magic of these top 10 eco hotels for yourself!

If you seek an eco adventure abroad, ask your personal travel consultant today what fairs and festivals are happening during your Enchanting Travels adventure. They focus on your interests to create a private and beautifully bespoke and Enchanting trip!

 

Sri Lanka’s Latest Villa Rentals

On Houses

A view from On Houses Weligama, Sri Lanka

Lately, Sri Lanka is really making the travel aficionado rounds as the next hot destination. As such, we came across On Houses Weligama, located on the beautiful south coast of Sri Lanka, and wanted to let our readers know about these luxury villa rentals. On Houses, Weligama is in a quiet and secluded bay five minutes away from Weligama Bay. With its four houses built into the hillside and each with uninterrupted ocean views and lush tropical gardens, On Houses, Weligama is the newest addition to the growing portfolio of luxury accommodation and travel options now available in Sri Lanka. 

Imagine awakening every morning on a tropical island, rich in culture and history, unrivaled in its natural beauty, facing the white sands and clear waters of the Indian Ocean, in a home that represents refined taste and tropical modern luxury.

On Houses

Take in the views of the ocean from your own private infinity pool

On Houses can be rented out as whole villa rentals, whether only 1 or all 5 bedrooms are being occupied. Each On House rental comes with an in house highly trained chef, as well as housekeeper, waiter, shared gardeners, pool attendant, and security.

Rental of an On House can be best booked and paid for through a variety of property rental services, such as Airbnb, Trip Advisor, Booking.com, Expedia, Vacation Rentals, and others.

On Houses

A room with a view…

Features of the On House include:

  • 5 en-suite bedrooms, each with direct ocean facing views
  • Handcrafted high quality finishes throughout
  • Private infinity edge pool with underwater music speakers
  • Generous terraces and verandahs
  • Spacious living and dining areas
  • Outdoor dining pavilion
  • Fully furnished
  • Private gym/ massage room
  • Enclosed garage
  • Separate two-bedroom staff quarters and laundry
  • Exquisite landscaping
  • On site management, including security, gardening, and maintenance
  • ON House rental program available through ON House management

 

 

5 Star Vietnam… on a 2 Star Budget

Vietnam Sightseeing with World Spree Tours

Vietnam Sightseeing with World Spree Tours

A 5-star experience… for a 2-star price?

We can’t complain about that.

This Worldspree Tour 9-night Amazing Vietnam tour, which starts at only $1,899 from Los Angeles and San Francisco ($200 more from New York), includes round-trip air on China Airlines, all intra-Vietnam transportation, 5-star hotel accommodations, private sightseeing tours with entrance fees, an overnight cruise on Halong Bay, nine American buffet breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, English-speaking tour guides in each city, taxes and fuel surcharge, and discounted optional tours.

The tour starts in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, with its parks, French colonial mansions and a fascinating Old Quarter of tiny shops and street vendors that dates back to the 13th century. Sightseeing here includes monuments associated with Ho Chi Minh and there’s an optional half-day tour of the Old Quarter, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison and a water puppet show. Overnights are in the resort-like Sheraton Hanoi, set in lush gardens with views of West Lake.

Vietnam's Halong Bay

Vietnam’s Halong Bay

Next comes a tour highlight: an overnight cruise on a luxe little cruise ship through the beautiful waters of Halong Bay, which is celebrated for its spectacular seascape of limestone outcrops and islets. The cruise includes a cooking lesson, a visit to a traditional floating village and a chance to explore enormous caves, take a swim or relax on a white sand beach.

A flight south to Da Nang and a short ride past China Beach brings the tour to Hoi An, a charming market town that retains much of its traditional architecture, with well-preserved temples and pagodas, not to mention shops that can produce a bargain-priced dress in 24 hours. There’s plenty of time for relaxation in the beautiful beachfront Golden Sand Resort and Spa.

On to Hue, the old imperial capital and its wealth of royal palaces, temples and gardens. Sightseeing here includes the impressive Citadel and its Forbidden City and there’s an optional cyclo excursion through the old town, ending with a sumptuous dinner in a delightful garden restaurant. Accommodations are in the luxurious Imperial Hotel, which offers views of the Perfume River.

And finally, the bustling metropolis called Saigon (officially Ho Chi Minh City), where skyscrapers are rising beside ancient temples and French colonial buildings. Here there are two not-to-be-missed optional excursions: the Mekong Delta, known as Vietnam’s “rice basket,” and the truly amazing Cu Chi Tunnels. The Saigon hotel is the splendid Renaissance Riverside with pool, gym and spa.

So what are you waiting for?

www.worldspree.com

Bonefishing in the Seychelles

Seychelles

Bonefishing in the Seychelles

Are you an avid adventurer with a love of island life and in the mood for something new? If so, Frontiers International Travel is excited to announce Astove Lodge, a new fishing destination slated to open its doors in February 2015. Astove is one of the most southerly islands in the Seychelles and a top fishing destination worldwide. The remote raised coral island measures 3.7 miles north to south and about 2.5 mi east to west. Its only settlement was abandoned in the 1980s. The new lodge includes six en-suite single occupancy bedrooms, allowing lucky anglers to spend six and a half full days fishing this remote atoll. The southernmost islands of the Seychelles have a reputation as perhaps the best bonefishing and trevally destinations in the world, yet only an elite group of anglers have wet their flies in these extremely rich waters.

Astove offers opportunities to catch giant trevally, bonefish, permit, barracuda, milkfish, Bluefin trevally, triggerfish, yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo, sailfish and marlin.

“Cosmoledo Atoll is known as the best giant trevally fishery in the world, but Astove is where anglers have caught more than 40 in a session,” said Mike Fitzgerald, President of Frontiers International Travel. “With this new lodge, six lucky anglers per week will have it all to themselves for some of the best fishing on earth.” 

The 7-night fishing package starts at USD $14,950 pp.

Contact Frontiers at 800-245-1950 for additional information or click here for a unique fishing experience in the Seychelles!

WinWin Living

Win Win Living

For those who care about their family, their pet and their planet, we spotted this new website, WinWin Living, that features dramatically discounted daily deals on the best of what your city has to offer. WinWin Living not only helps boost local business, but they also donate 10% of their deal proceeds to charity, proving life can be a WinWin. An online lifestyle guide and daily deal website for parents, pet-owners, and eco-enthusiasts who want the most from their city and the best for their planet, all at an unparalleled low price (50% to 90% off), each day WinWin Living features an amazing deal on family, pet, and eco-friendly dining, products, services, and entertainment. Subscribers purchase the deal on the spot, but can use it for an extended period of time, thus saving significantly while boosting local business. WinWin Living personally donates 10% of their revenue to charitable organizations that benefit animal services, children’s well-being, and green living and customers are also able to choose a nonprofit from a featured list on their website each time they make a purchase.

So yep… sounds pretty win win to me.

What do you think?

www.winwinliving.com

Ecover’s 30 under 30

Ecover's 30 Under 30 Contest

Ecover is Looking for 30 Under 30

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for working to improve the world and they’re under 30?

Yes, we wish this was us because then we’d be eligible to apply, but we’re (ehem) just a little bit over 30 (mini-gasp). No really, it’s okay.  We’re happy where we are and well… we’re still pretty young (when you look at those old dudes).

So check this awesome and practical contest: Ecover is seeking 30 people under the age of 30 who are protecting our planet. The best part? The winner will receive furniture from Environment— either a new bedroom or new dining set—and the top 30 entrants will receive Ecover Products for a year.

A year! That’s right. Good stuff.

This is to celebrate Ecover’s 30th anniversary. I can’t believe they’ve been around that long, can you? They were so ahead of the rest. So, with that in mind, wrangle up the people you know that are ahead of the rest too. That could even be you.

Submit your nomination here:

http://ecoverusblog.com/30-under-30-contest/

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