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Spending the night high up in the trees is an exciting prospect for anyone, regardless of age. And, with nature vacations becoming increasingly popular, we've compiled a list of eight jaw-dropping treehouses from around the world to add to your travel bucket list. There are a lot of beautiful places to hide away, from fancy hotels with candlelit jacuzzis to simple cabins in the woods with nothing but a mosquito net between you and the stars.

Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden
Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden
Tree Hotel – Harads, Sweden

Treehotel is a modern residence suspended high above the leafy canopies of Sweden's Harads forest. This fusion of contemporary architecture and whimsical fun is the ideal place to cosy up among the trees—and it's only 50 kilometres from the Arctic Circle.

Treehotel was conceived by entrepreneur Kent Lindvall and consists of four forest dwellings, each custom-designed by a different architect. Choose between the reflective Mirrorcube, the camouflaged Bird's Nest, the wooden cabin, and the otherworldly UFO as your lodging. These eco-friendly accommodations also include a sauna, hot tub, and swimming pool.

Tsala Treetop Lodge – Harkerville, South Africa
Tsala Treetop Lodge – Harkerville, South Africa
Tsala Treetop Lodge – Harkerville, South Africa

Tsala Treetop Lodge is located in the dramatic hinterlands of South Africa's Garden Route National Park, a relaxing private paradise to return to after a day exploring the park's rugged coastlines, ancient lakes, and evergreen forests.

This idyllic treetop retreat is ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway with plenty of comfort and atmosphere. Relax in your private infinity pool with a glass of champagne as the sun sets beyond a horizon of verdant mountains.

According to research, approximately 250 million people visit the world's top 100 museums and galleries annually. The majority of these visitors are tourists, and with good reason — these cultural hubs illustrate a city's zeitgeist, culture, and history. They provide a glimpse into our past and shed light on the city we're in.

Most of us are aware that one must visit the Louvre and the Uffizi when in Paris and Florence, respectively. However, there is currently a museum or gallery for every kind of cultural interest. These are some of the most interesting and unique museums and galleries in the world. They range from modern wine museums, where you can have a great drink, to modern art galleries, where the strange and wonderful meet.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
The Reina Sofía is home to Picasso’s Guernica

The Reina Sofía is home to Picasso’s Guernica

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofa, along with the Museo Del Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, completes Madrid's famed Golden Triangle of Art. This modern art museum is in a building that used to be a hospital. It has a beautiful collection of works by 20th-century Spanish artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

Picasso's Guernica, which depicts the destruction of the Basque village of Guernica by Hitler's air forces, is unquestionably the museum's crown jewel. This monumental black-and-white artwork is one of the most potent anti-war works ever created.

The remainder of the museum's collection is equally impressive. Explore chambers containing works by Surrealist maestro Salvador Dal that will test your imagination and meet face-to-face with the major opuses of the avant-garde. The café of the luxurious Hotel Paseo del Arte overlooks the Reina Sofa.

The National Gallery, London
With over 2,300 works of art, the National Gallery is heaven for art lovers

With almost 2,300 artworks, the London National Gallery is a paradise for art enthusiasts.

Fans of art will love the museum's huge collection of paintings and sculptures from more than 700 years ago.

Over 2,300 paintings are on display, including Van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait, Turner's The Fighting Temeraire, and Vermeer's Lady Standing at a Virginal. It is also one of the few spots in the world where you can view Van Gogh's Sunflowers, which he painted during his troubled final years in the southern French city of Arles.

From the Impressionists to the contemporary masters, a vast assortment of artworks from many artistic eras are displayed here. And every single space will be aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, the National Gallery provides daily guided tours of the museum's attractions for those who have difficulty distinguishing between Manet and Monet. The gallery's exceptional position in Trafalgar Square places London within easy reach. The Londoner features an indoor pool and contemporary accommodations.

The turquoise-tinted Lake Louise, Canada

The turquoise-tinted Lake Louise, Canada
The quaint town of Lake Louise serves as the entrance to the magnificent Canadian Rockies. This hamlet on the banks of the Bow River in Banff National Park's immense woodland wilderness is named after one of the numerous local glacier lakes. The turquoise-colored water is surrounded by snow-covered hills and slope spruce trees, which make a natural stage for the beauty of the area.

Canoeing on the lake

Canoeing on the lake

With over 1,600 kilometres of trails that offer breath-taking views, Lake Louise is the hiking capital of Canada. There are flat trails that loop around the pristine Moraine Lake, as well as trails with modest inclines that lead to Lake Agnes and its quaint teahouse. Those who choose the difficult Saddleback Pass are rewarded with breath-taking views of Mount Temple and Paradise Valley in widescreen.

The spectacular Valley of the Ten Peaks, a crisscrossing curtain of 3,000-meter-high peaks, will be the main attraction for photographers. Everyone travels to Lake Louise Ski Resort in the winter to snowboard, ski, and après-ski away the cold. There are many great places to stay in Lake Louise, from grand hotels to lodges to log cottages.
Lake Louise enjoys cool summers and snowy winters

Lake Louise enjoys cool summers and snowy winters

Lake Louise has temperate summers and snowy winters, with June to September and December to February being the busiest tourist months. You will find better deals if you book early or late in the season, and you will have more of the magnificent countryside to yourself.

 A bike allows you to view all of the landmarks while also allowing you to discover the city's hidden gems. It also allows you to quickly transform into a local, even if only for the weekend. Cycling city breaks are becoming increasingly enticing, with bike rental on the rise, bike-sharing applications gaining traction, and transportation operators now offering cheaper and easier solutions for carrying bikes as luggage.

For those who enjoy a good spin, here's a list of cycle-friendly cities.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto's streets are built out in a grid layout going North-South and East-West, similar to the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an, making it incredibly easy to navigate by bike. Despite the lack of bike-only lanes, the city has a reputation for being bike-friendly. If the roads are congested, certain 'pedestrian spaces' can be used, but only those with a sign declaring that this is permitted (and if you are, remember to weave your way through pedestrians carefully and respectfully). Most sites have a modest bicycle parking lot close to them, but if you're in the city center, you can utilize the larger ones, such as the WINGS Downtown parking lot or Kyoto Station.

Copenhagen, Denmark

In Copenhagen, the number of bikes officially surpassed the number of vehicles a few years ago. This is hardly surprising given the city's infrastructure, which includes bike lanes isolated from car traffic, traffic lights timed according to average cycling speed, and a network of Cycle Superhighways specifically created for commuters. Whether you're there to ride one of the world's oldest roller coasters at Tivoli Gardens, confront local counter culture in Christiania, or simply have a beer or a coffee by the seaside in Nyhavn, try it out for yourself by touring the city by bike. If you still have energy for a final sprint, visit the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers' eco-friendly gym.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Even the Dutch prime minister rides his bike around Amsterdam, and the Dutch are very proud of their bike culture. Renting an omafiets (Dutch-style bike) to zip around Amsterdam will provide you with a truly Dutch experience. Bike rentals are available at many hotels, including the Conscious Hotel, which is particularly eco-friendly. The hotel's sustainable features are explained on small tags or signs, and it's directly close to the gorgeous Vondelpark.

Life is busy. And if you have kids, even more so. Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine where you can fit in a break or two to just breathe. And with all the changes we are going through as of late, it can really start to feel like a break from the norm is exactly what we need.

The truth is we often overthink our vacations. If you are a family, then there’s that extra layer of planning that comes with any trip we want to take—heck, even going to the store can seem like a massive undertaking.

But we can also allow ourselves a bit more freedom and an extra dose of spontaneity. With a little creativity we can find escapes and create vacation moments, even if just for one day.

Here are some ideas for getaways that can reinvigorate your mind and soul.

Visit a state park or national forest

A lot of vacationers are planning bigger trips to larger national parks, which require a lot more planning than most people think. Sadly it also means many of the national parks can be overcrowded and booked. Instead of adding to the tourist numbers and the strain on natural resources, plan a visit to a state park. State parks vary in what each has to offer, but there’s usually a lot of beautiful landscapes to take in, endless opportunities to enjoy nature, and some even allow for overnight camping.

Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, NY

Road trip to a small or rural town off-season

Many small towns and rural areas are bustling during the summer and early fall months. But winter and late fall months tend to be a much quieter scene. Plan a visit off-season and prepare to take on some cold-weather activities often enjoyed by locals, such as snowshoeing or ice skating. This is also a better time to find great lodging prices.

Keuka Lake, NY courtesy of Pleasant Valley Winery

Book a hotel in the city on a weekday

If you live in the suburbs or outside of the city center, book a hotel in the city in the middle of the week. This is when the hotels are least crowded and offer better prices. Even if the stay is not that far from home, staying somewhere where you can get room service, a massage, or just don’t have to worry about making the beds, can feel like a wonderful retreat from everyday life.

CitizenM New York Times Square

Break the rules, take Monday off

We’ve all done it—called in sick on a Monday. But instead of calling in sick, just plan a day off from work! It’s okay to miss that one meeting, the company will survive without you. And while you’re at it, pull the kids out of school too. Live a little. Break the rules. Plan an easy day of anything from apple picking to sitting by the beach. And better still? Turn off your phones and completely disconnect.

Just go!

Sometimes just a weekend or even one day is enough to give you the energy to keep going. The other great thing to note about smaller trips or excursions is that they are easier to plan last-minute and incorporate into your life on a regular basis.

Make sure to gift yourself, and your family, vacation moments every now and then. You deserve it.

Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check government advisories before scheduling trips.

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Once again, it's time to drive or fly to your next big Summer vacation. And if you're eager to make a big splash with your family vacation, we've identified five of the country's (United States) best, largest, and most hospitable waterparks.

Noah’s Ark, Wisconsin Dells, WI

At the country's largest waterpark, the world's largest King Cobra rollercoaster, Black Anaconda, offers thrill-seekers a run for their money.

Noah's Ark features 70 acres of rides and slides, making it the largest waterpark in the United States. This gigantic waterpark, which stands out even in the Waterpark Capital of the World® – Wisconsin Dells, features everything from a 4-D "Dive-in" movie theatre to a looping waterslide. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the Black Anaconda, awarded America's Most Thrilling Water Coaster, while families will appreciate Noah's Ark's commitment to aquatic safety, which has been recognized year since 1995. Allow the fun to continue beyond Noah's Ark. Grand Marquis Waterpark Hotel & Suites is located less than two kilometres down the road. With more outdoor and indoor pools to select from, this Wisconsin Dells resort will never run out of possibilities to create lasting memories.

Kalahari Resort Pocono, Poconos Mountains, PA

At the nation's largest indoor waterpark, it's always summer.

The Kalahari Resort Pocono indoor waterpark, which is kept at 84° for 364 days a year, is the ideal place to escape the rain, snow, or everything in between. This resort, which is the largest indoor waterpark in the United States, offers much more than just water slides. Explore the world in a new manner with underwater virtual reality, or unwind at the spa following an action-packed day. This waterpark, located near excellent hiking in the Poconos Mountains, is ideal for anyone who does not want to choose between roughing it and resorting. Mountain Springs Lake Resort is the best spot to stay if you want to reconnect with nature following your waterpark excursion. Its cosy cabin vibe combined with the breathtaking vistas of the Poconos will ensure a relaxed evening. Alternatively, if the children are still brimming with vitality, take advantage of the on-site beach and hiking trails during the summer months, or hit the ski slopes during the winter.

Immerse yourself completely in Greek island life in an idyllic villa on the island of Santorini, where you can swim in a cobalt-blue sea, drive through tranquil whitewashed villages in search of your morning Spanakopita (spinach and feta pastry), and sunbathe in blazing sunshine when it's safe to do so. Your only issue will be determining the optimal vantage point from which to take in the island's dreamlike panoramas.

Continue reading to learn about Santorini's most popular flexible holiday houses, as assessed by global travellers.

Anemi House & Villas

The infinitely-instagrammable color palette of Anemi House & Villas

The infinitely-instagrammable colour palette of Anemi House & Villas

A traditional Santorini cave house painted pink, lilac, and blue, Anemi House & Villas is as photogenic as the caldera itself. It’s laid out like a rabbit warren, with gray stone stairs and private pockets of terrace punctuated by a plunge pool. Shaded by olive and palm trees beside overflowing flower pots, you’ll have a wide choice of places to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening sun. The house has everything you could ever want on vacation: An attentive but unobtrusive owner, Dimitris, beautiful monochrome suites varying from bright white to royal blue and hot pink, 360-degree views of the island from the rooftop, outdoor hot tubs, and lots of local markets.

Ikia Kriton

Have a glass of wine with a surreal Aegean Sea backdrop at Ikia Kriton

Have a glass of wine with a surreal Aegean Sea backdrop at Ikia Kriton

This historic stone house is perched on the cliffs above Santorini's caldera, a crater that was partially buried by the Aegean Sea following a volcanic eruption some 3,600 years ago. Views out onto this half-moon-shaped bay are widely sought after, and each year, hundreds of thousands of travellers flock here to see beautiful sunsets over whitewashed cottages, a sapphire blue sea, and maroon cliffs. The unobstructed view of the island from the expansive terrace of this property is a priceless asset and a lovely setting for an early morning coffee or a nightcap provided to you by welcome hosts Kriton and Eirini, a mother and son duo.

With the big event due to take place on February 13th 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles’ Inglewood district, those lucky enough to obtain a ticket will be clamouring for hot spots to stay nearby. We’ve picked up the top hotels in great locations for the football, to get ready for the occasion in style.

The Hoxton, Downtown LA

The Hoxton, Downtown LA

The Hoxton, Downtown LA

The Hoxton is located on Los Angeles' historic Broadway in the city's newly renovated, ten-story Railway Building, a stunning beaux-arts structure dating all the way back to 1922. Inside, a tranquil setting is created by muted sage and cream tones, wood and brass furnishings, and an abundance of plants. On the rooftop, there's a small but nicely built pool, an interesting Peruvian restaurant named Cabra, and panoramic views of Downtown Los Angeles. Additionally, it is located just 11 miles from SoFi Stadium, making it a 22-minute journey to the big event.

Just before the arrival of your little one, it’s a great idea to take some time to unwind, with many soon-to-be parents planning relaxing getaways – often called babymoons. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious retreat or a lowkey hideaway, we put together our top five locations to enjoy before your little bundle of joy makes its grand entrance.

Miami Beach, Florida

Soak up the sun by the swimming pool in Miami Beach.

Soak up the sun by the swimming pool in Miami Beach.

A babymoon should be all about letting go. Despite its party scene, Miami Beach is a surprisingly zen destination. Try the fresh and breezy rooms of 1 Hotel South Beach, where you can spend hours by one of their four swimming pools. Lay back on a lounge chair, sip a refreshing beverage, and take in the hotel’s jaw-dropping sea views. It’s also just a short drive away from glamorous shopping and dining locations if you decide to venture out during your stay.

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 Are you planning a vacation to a beachside, alone or with friends and family? how about a hotel with a beach located at the same location, an amazing safe stay. Here is the list of affordable beach hotels with the most charming view and a great relaxing feel.


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Nothing lifts the spirits in winter like a sunshine-filled holiday; add an element of luxury and you’ll be on cloud nine. Here are five of the ultimate luxury winter sun escapes.

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Mexico

Facing the Sea of Cortez, this palatial hotel provides private hot tubs and infinity pools bordered by cacti
Facing the Sea of Cortez, this palatial hotel provides private hot tubs and infinity pools bordered by cacti
Las Ventanas Al Paraiso is a palatial hotel set in the Los Cabos region at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, right on a beach of powder-fine white sand. Each suite is decked out in Mexican artisanry like mosaiced headboards and carved cedar wood screens. Feast on a Mexican breakfast spread on your private garden terrace, visit the state-of-the-art spa and be spoiled by the flawless service, with staff bringing you iced water, fresh fruit and other treats at any hour of the day.

Vantage Over Byron, Australia

Watch the sunset in Byron Bay, with 360-degree views of volcanic hinterland, rainforest and ocean
Watch the sunset in Byron Bay, with 360-degree views of the volcanic hinterland, rainforest and ocean
In the sun trap surf town of Byron Bay, the long, broad beach is lapped by royal blue, white-tipped waves and has a lighthouse on one end that marks Australia’s easternmost tip. The area's natural beauty and laid-back vibe are fiercely protected by strict rules against any high-rise buildings, so the fact that this villa’s rooftop infinity pool seems to tower over the treetops and neighbouring houses makes it a rare find. Wraparound wooden decking provides 360-degree views of the rainforest and volcanic hinterland in one direction and the curved, golden bay – which is only a few minutes’ walks away – in the other. Watch the sunset with a cocktail while reclining on a poolside cabana before enjoying some of the best stargazing in the southern hemisphere.

Chobe Water Villas, Namibia

Each villa has a private sundeck built above the water on the banks of the Chobe River
Each villa has a private sundeck built above the water on the banks of the Chobe River
At Chobe Water Villas, the teal-coloured infinity pool blends so seamlessly into the scenery that it's hard to tell where it ends and Namibia’s Chobe River begins. The individual villas exude a luxury that seems surreal given the remoteness of the property; private sundecks above the water even have their own telescope so that you can watch the elephants, buffalo and other wildlife roam the plains. Beyond the villas, you can go on game drives into the Chobe National Park where you’ll likely spot hippos, crocodiles and exotic birdlife, too.

The Oberoi, Mauritius

Stay in a beachside pavilion with private garden and private swimming pool on a white sandy beach at the Oberoi Mauritius
Stay in a beachside pavilion with private garden and private swimming pool on a white sandy beach at the Oberoi Mauritius
Enveloped by bright blue sea and sky, the island of Mauritius enjoys blazing sunshine during a northern hemisphere winter. Enjoy a five-star experience under a traditional Mauritian thatched roof at the Oberoi, where beachside pavilions are draped in embroidered fabrics, artwork and native flora. Wake up to views of the Indian Ocean and blindingly white sandy beaches, before snorkelling the coral reefs and relaxing by your private pool, surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens.

Ani Villas Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

This clifftop Sri Lankan retreat is a vision of calm
This clifftop Sri Lankan retreat is a vision of calm
Perched on a cliff above a beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast, Ani Villas boasts a pretty special location. But that’s not all, you’ll also get a tennis court bordered by pencil-thin palm trees, ocean-facing suites that open onto private pools, a spa with blissful massage treatments and a superb chef. Soak up some winter sun while snoozing by the infinity pool, broken up by yoga classes in the Villa Monara pavilion and bowls of fresh papaya and mango.

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Tulum also called Tulum Pueblo) is the largest community in the municipality of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is located on the Caribbean coast of the state, near the site of the archaeological ruins of Tulum. The community had a 2010 census population of 18,233 inhabitants. It is also the setting for Raymond Avery Bartlett's 2015 novel, Sunsets of Tulum.

Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city that served as a major port for Coba, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned. citation needed One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites, Tulum is today a popular site for tourists.

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