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Marina Bay Sands

ABOUT

Towering over the Marina Bay Harbor, Marina Bay Sands resort is quite the sight to see. The resort includes a casino and honestly is a mini one-stop-shop. There are restaurants, shopping spas, a theater, science and art exhibits, and more all within it’s grounds. Three towers are connected via a”sky park”, which is 1,120 feet long and has swimming pools, gardens, and a jogging path. Maybe the most infamous view from the resort, is atop the sky park at the infinity pool. While the resort may have everything you need there, be sure to explore the city of Singapore as well!

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AREA ATTRACTIONS

Infinity Pool

If you’re staying at Marina Bay Sands, you can’t not take a dip in the infinity pool! Fifty-seven floors high and overlooking the city, this is a simple experience that will create an incredible memory.

SkyPark Observation Deck

The SkyPark Observation Deck is where the infinity pool is located. Enjoy sweeping views of the city and the bay, and get a view from above of the unique SuperTree Grove. Enjoy dining, gardens, and a jogging track.

Sampan Rides

The sampan boat is a traditional Chinese and Malay boat. At Marina Bay Sands, you can take a ride along the canal that weaves through the shopping center at the resort.

ArtScience Museum

The ArtScience Museum is a melting pot for art, science, culture, and technology in Singapore. This state of the art (ha ha) museum boasts 21 gallery spaces. The museum itself is a sight to behold, designed by Moshe Safdie and inspire by the lotus flower.

The Gardens By the Bay

The Gardens By the Bay are adjacent to Marina Bay Sands, and “is an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing one of Asia’s foremost garden destinations”. The notable SuperTree Grove resides here, and in general the grounds are stunning with a plethora of vegetation.

China Town

Singapore’s China Town looks very different from the rest of the city. Traditional Chinese style buildings replace skyscrapers and you can find lots of souvenir shops, delicious food, temples, and more.

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ACCOMODATIONS

The following information regarding accommodations at Marina Bay Sands is taken directly from their website.

Deluxe Room

Take in the scenic views of the city, gardens or the harbour from your floor-to-ceiling windows as you relax in your own private sanctuary at Marina Bay Sands, surrounded by modern conveniences and elegant décor.

Premier Room

Relax in the contemporary comforts of your Premier Room, a bright and airy haven to uplift your body and spirit. Luxuriate in the deep-soaking bathtub, and relax with an array of convenient amenities including movies on demand and 24-hour room service. 

Bay Suite

Find a tranquil refuge in your Bay Suite, with two bedrooms as well as a beautifully appointed living room giving you all the space you need to rejuvenate in style. Sip on fresh-made Nespresso coffee as you enjoy calming views of Gardens by the Bay, or treat yourself to a long soak in your luxe bathroom. With check-in service available directly inside your suite, you can relax from the moment you arrive.

Sands Suite

Live like royalty in your palatial Sands Suite, with a team of dedicated butlers at your beck and call 24 hours a day. For your entertainment, the Sands Suite offers either a room with a pool table, or a media room. Your lavishly furnished living room with floor-to-ceiling windows is perfect for lounging and hosting visitors. On top of your private world of in-suite comforts and luxuries, you are also treated to complimentary breakfast at Adrift, and have access to an array of complimentary refreshments and leisure options at Club55.

Marina Suite

From your lavish Marina Suite on the 50th floor or above, drink in stunning views of Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Strait stretching to the horizon beyond. This sky-high retreat features a private gym room to recharge in, and your own private Jacuzzi spa.

Merlion Suite

Panoramic views of Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Strait await in your opulent Merlion Suite, set on the 50th floor and up. Apart from a private butler to heed your every need 24 hours daily, your experience includes a bespoke cocktail experience, complimentary massage for two, and a complimentary round-trip limousine ride. 

Straits Suite

Enjoy the ambience and intimacy of a refined personal residence, coupled with some of the best views in the city. Get the party started with karaoke in the media room and have the dedicated butler service cater to your every wish.

Presidential Suite

Extraordinary luxury awaits your stay in the Presidential Suite whether you’re indulging in a private massage and sauna, or toasting Champagne in grand style amidst a backdrop of the glittering city-skyline or the lush Gardens by the Bay.

Chairman Suite

Claim Singapore’s pinnacle luxury hotel experience as your own. The stately Chairman Suite includes two beautiful living rooms and all four bedrooms feature an ensuite bathroom with a rain shower and Jacuzzi, and a private balcony where you can wine and dine with the glittering city laid out at your feet. The 24-hour dedicated butler team at your service will also assist with customised dining and entertainment for your in-suite events. 

DINING

There is no shortage of dining at Marina Bay Sands. You’ll find fine dining, health food, Japanese, Indian, Italian…the list goes on and on. Here is a sample of their restaurants.

The following information regarding dining at Marina Bay Sands is taken directly from their website.

Black Tap

Feast on award-winning burgers, towering milkshakes, craft beers and cocktails at the first Asian flagship of this New York City institution. Black Tap brings a timeless NYC vibe to Singapore, rocking an old-school hip-hop soundtrack and a bespoke mural by local artist @has.j.

Ce La Vi

Enjoy Contemporary Asian cuisine and signature cocktails while drinking in views of the city skyline at CÉ LA VI Restaurant. The lunch and dinner menus feature mains such as Steamed Kuhlbarra Seabass and Cast Iron Roasted Rangers Valley Ribeye, while desserts include Mango Cheesecake and Triple Chocolate Sin.

Din Tai Fung

Savour world famous Steamed Pork Dumplings, ranked as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants by The New York Times. The Taiwanese restaurant also serves notable dishes such as Fried Rice with Shrimp and Eggs, Steamed Chicken Soup, and Special Braised Beef Noodle Soup with Beef Brisket.

Spago Dining Room

The first international offshoot of Wolfgang Puck’s renowned Beverly Hills restaurant, Spago offers an imaginative and seasonal menu of Californian cuisine with global accents, in a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Singapore Changi Airport, an experience in of itself. The airport may best known for the massive 40 meter high waterfall (The Rain Vortex) cascading from the ceiling into a botanical garden.

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HOW TO BOOK

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hotels North America

Azulik

ABOUT

Once a trading hub for the Mayans long, long ago, Tulum has become a hot spot for traveling in the past few years, and for good reason. It has a chill, modern boho vibe, sunny weather, delicious food, a up and coming art scene, and it is easy to get to (for North American’s, at least). One of the gems you can find in Tulum is located right along the coast and is called Azulik. This adult-only resort boasts some of the coolest architecture around- the villas are built out of natural materials and are reminiscent of treehouses. They limit the electricity in the villas, so as to create a place you can relax and get away from it all.

AREA ATTRACTIONS

Xel Ha

Xel Ha is a must-do activity when you’re in Tulum. It is essentially a natural water park and is fun as a couple or for the whole fam. Here you can go snorkeling, enjoy a lazy river, swim in a cave, cliff jump, swim in cenotes and more, all while taking in the beauty of the Rivera Maya! A bit further away is their sister park Xcaret- another place for a fun packed day!

Gran Cenote

What is a cenote- you might be asking? It is a pit created by collapsed limestone, and is filled with underground water that has now been exposed. The Gran Cenote is a bit of a tourist spectacle now, and there is an admission fee with the opportunity to rent snorkel equipment as well. There are multiple cenotes at it’s location to enjoy!

Tulum Archaeological Site

Get a taste of history and take in a breathtaking view of one of the most photographic spots in the area. Visit the ruins in Tulum, with these cliffside structures once serving as a fortress on the sea. The adjacent beach is boasted to be one of the prettiest in the area, so bring your swimsuit and take a dip while you’re there.

Chitzen Itza

Considered one of the “new” seven wonders of the world and definitely a tourist hub, Chitzen Itza is a day trip that you should take a chance on if seeing world wonders is your thing, or if you’re a history buff. This ancient city played an important role for the Mayans, and is quite a spectacular site (and sight).

Art With Me

Tulum has a budding art scene, and Art With Me is here to prove it. Art With Me is a festival supporting international and local artists, where they “host a collection of experiences that highlight artistic innovations across a variety of platforms…culinary, visual, cultural and experiential, all to draw attention to the  environmental issues that affect us locally and globally”

ACCOMODATIONS

Aztec Villa

“Located in the southern area of AZULIK Tulum, they are ideal for travelers who wish to experience the rejuvenating atmosphere of the elements. Their wooden deck is ideal for observing the jungle and the ocean. Their indoor and outdoor living spaces are places for rest and relaxation imbued with the magic of the jungle”.

Jungle Villa

“Located close to the House of Ancestral Medicine, the Mayan Spa and IKAL, our beauty sanctuary, it is equipped with extra-large bed and a wooden terrace with an outdoor tub”.

Mayan Villa

“The Mayan Villas offer a gorgeous view of the jungle that grows around them. Their wooden terrace is perfect for coexisting with nature while enjoying the outdoor hot tub”.

Aqua Villa

“Located in the most private area in AZULIK Tulum, its unforgettable decoration with indoor waterways, bejuco floors, elevated round bed and geometrical mirrors inspires all of its visitors. Take your shoes off and climb onto the resting net that faces the ocean. Explore the path that leads to a private terrace with an artisanal sea-facing hot tub, and lie down to receive the energy that comes from the east over the magnificence of the Caribbean Sea.”

Sea Villa

“Located right where the waves touch the coast, Sea Villas are the perfect spot to build intimate bonds with of nature. Their spectacular closeness and connection with the ocean make them one of the most iconic spots in AZULIK Tulum”.

Sky Villa

“Staying in one of the Sky Villas is an unforgettable experience. Standing gracefully on a cliff that faces the ocean of AZULIK Tulum, they were dreamed up for lovers of the sea who wish to contemplate its infinite beauty.Wake up to the rising sun over the Caribbean Sea, catch the healing power of the ocean wind as you relax on the hanging bed, and watch the stars from your private terrace as they appear to illuminate the night. Located on the second floor of our wooden ocean-front building, these villas are the definition of a getaway in complete communion with nature”.

Moon Villa

“Each one of its levels displays a new magical setting: a dreamlike chamber with an elegant round bed, a spherical sanctuary with translucent walls and a stone waterfall, and a private deck meant for rest while you contemplate the ocean, to name a few.

DINING

Kin Toh

Kin Toh is the creme de la creme of restaurants at Azulik. It is hyper fusion- with influence from native dishes and international fare. Ingredients are local and the flavors will amaze your senses.

Nest

Like the rest of Azulik’s architectural design- Nest is their treehouse restaurant. Dine above the treetops in your own private nest and sip on a bottle of wine from their expansive collection.

…from Eater.com

Eater has put together a list of their top picks for restaurants in the area. It includes small local spots and high end restaurants with world class cuisine. Read through to find your next meal in Tulum.

Matcha Mama

This cute roadside matcha and smoothie bar is the perfect place to grab some quick delicious and healthy fuel for your day! Matcha Mama has also got the cutest place to snap a quick instagram, so keep that in mind when you’re going.

GETTING THERE

Fly into Cancun International Airport. There is also an airport on Cozumel, but that is also an island and it won’t be as straightforward to get to the mainland where Tulum is.

HOW TO BOOK

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Africa hotels

Giraffe Manor

ABOUT

You’ve probably seen photos of these gentle giants peeking into hotel windows and sticking their big blue tongues out for a treat. Giraffe Manor is a wildly popular destination, and for good reason. Giraffe Manor is one of four properties by 4th generation Kenyans, Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley. The manor, located just outside of Nairobi, upholds a high standard of environmental and sustainable practices for conservation efforts in East Africa.

TO DO

Breakfast with Giraffes

This is a can’t-miss opportunity during your stay at Giraffe Manor. Reservations are required and are only available to overnight guests of the manor. Enjoy your morning fuel with giraffes poking in to say hello, and to grab a dried grass pellet treat.

Giraffe Center

The African Fund for Endangered Wildlife is a quick stroll across the front lawn. This center plays an important part in the conservation of the endangered Rothschild giraffe, which is the species at Giraffe Manor. The center plays a big part in educating schoolchildren and the public about Kenya’s wildlife and environment. You can get up close and personal, and feed the giraffes here.

Nairobi National Park

When in Africa, go on a safari! Take a visit to Nairobi National Park. While it is technically within city limits, feels like you are worlds away. Come here to catch glimpse of a diverse set of wildlife, such as lions, zebra, buffalo, loooots of species of birds, antelope, and more!

Horseriding

You might not think of it as something you would go to Africa to do- but horse riding through the Dagoretti forest is a must do activity for some awe-inspiring views. Book your ride with Malo Stables, here.

Shopping from Local Artisans

Go into town to visit souvenir markets where you can find locally crafted pieces. You’ll find beautiful pieces from carvings, jewelry, leather goods, and more that are each carefully crafted and one of a kind.

ACCOMODATIONS

Your stay at Giraffe Manor is going to be an intimate one- it is not a large resort, rather a cozy stay with six rooms in the main house and six more rooms in the garden manor. The manor has been restored, but maintains it’s 1930’s charm.

Superior Rooms

Superior Family Suite

Family Suite

GETTING THERE

Fly into Kenyatta International Airport for international flights, or Wilson Airport for domestic flights.

HOW TO BOOK

Click here for booking!

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

ABOUT

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a unique stay in the Finnish Lapland. This resort is located in Saariselkä, Finland where you can experience an Arctic Summer, Fall, or Winter in the comfort of your own personal igloo.

WHEN TO VISIT

If you’re looking for the snowy-igloo experience, then the late fall and winter is the time for you to visit Kakslauttanen. The days become short- much shorter than what you might be used to for winter days, but there will be snow aplenty.

Winter

  • Husky Safari
  • Reindeer Safari
  • Snowmobile Safari
  • Snow Tank Safari
  • Horse Riding, Sleigh Rides
  • Aurora Hunting
  • Ice Fishing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding
  • Icebreaker Cruise

Summer

  • Gold Panning
  • Husky Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Lemmenjoki River Cruise
  • Day trip to Inari
  • Midnight Sun
  • Northern Norway
  • Hiking
  • ATV Safari
  • Mushroom and Berry Foraging
  • Canoeing, Whitewater Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking

Autumn

  • Horse Safari
  • Gold Panning
  • Husky Hiking
  • Lemmenjoki River Cruise
  • Mushroom and Berry Foraging
  • ATV Safari
  • Canoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Aurora Hunting
ACCOMODATIONS

Glass Igloos
The glass igloos are the main attraction at Kakslauttanen. View the starry night skies (and hopefully the northern lights!) from the comfort of bed in a heated glass igloo. In two-person igloos, toilets are located in the igloo but showers and saunas are in nearby buildings. In four-person igloos, both toilet and shower are present. You can book your stay in one of these from August 24th until the end of April!

Kelo-Glass Igloos
These kel0-glass igloos are a combined log cabin and glass igloo. They sleep up to six people and come with amenities such as a sauna, fireplace, kitchenette, and bedroom.

Log Chalets
Cozy up in one of the log chalets at Kakslauttanen, which sleep 1-10 people and come with their own sauna. These chalets are made from kelo pines, which is a material exclusive to Lapland. The kelo pines are pinewood trees that have grown exceptionally slow due to the cold Arctic temperatures, and this causes an especially high timber density and are resistant to many environmental changes.

Snow Igloo
Forget the glass igloo- spend a night in an actual snow igloo!

Traditional House
Calling all history buffs: this is a chance to stay in a piece of Finnish war history. (Read more about the Traditional House’s history, here). This historic cabin is fully restored, sleeps two and has its own sauna.

Gold Digger’s Chalets
Stay down by the river in one of Kakslauttanen’s Gold Digger Chalets. It’s a bit further from the restaurant and activity sites than some of the other lodging accommodations, but there is a kick sled that will quickly get you to your destination.

DINING

Kelo Restaurant
West Village Aurora Restaurant
Santa Claus Celebration House (groups, book in advance)
Korsu “the Underground Restaurant” (groups, book in advance)
Smoke Sauna Restaurant (groups, book in advance)

So, if you find yourself seeking a remote location to thrust yourself into the elements while simultaneously enjoying luxury, Fogo Island Inn is just the place for you. To get a more in-depth view of what your stay could look like, browse through the inn’s website and watch their episode of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby on Netflix.

GETTING THERE

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort will provide transportation to and from Ivalo Airport- so long as you notify/book their transfer in advance!

HOW TO BOOK

Rates starting at € 313 Euros. Click here for booking!

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hotels North America

Fogo Island Inn

ABOUT

On the other side of the Hamilton Sound off the coast of Newfoundland is Fogo Island. Fogo Island is a small island, with a population of 2,244 people, with history rooted in that of their English and Irish ancestors. For a long time, fishing was the main industry. Slowly, tourism is solidifying it’s place on Fogo Island as well. Fun fact: the Flat Earth Society considers Fogo Island to be one of the four corners of the earth.

Fogo Island Inn is an architectural beauty to look at. Designed by Newfoundlander Todd Saunders, the 29-room inn sits upon a rocky outcrop right on the coast. Many buildings on Fogo Island are on stilts due to the rocky landscape, and Saunders paid homage to this by placing two levels of guest rooms atop a set of stilts which contributes to the inn’s breathtakingly unique appearance.

WHEN TO VISIT

With a self-declared seven seasons, there is no wrong time to visit Fogo Island. Spring, Trap Berth, Summer, Berry, Late Fall, Winter, and Pack Ice comprise the year, and there is no shortage of activities even on the coldest of days.

  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Art workshops
  • Boat Building
  • Guided Walks
  • Traditional Boil-Up
  • Music Festivals
  • Stargazing
  • Change Islands
  • Ice Skating
  • Caribou Watching
  • Seal Watching
  • Marine Encounters
  • Swimming
  • Geology Hikes
  • Seabird Watching
  • Harbor Rowing
  • Bicycling
  • Museums
  • Berry Picking
  • Hiking

The seven seasons also heavily contribute to your dining experience at the Fogo Island Inn- with the availability of local ingredients constantly changing.

“The Inn’s culinary team uses ingredients dictated by Fogo Island’s still-wild world to create dishes that are grounded in this place. Changing daily and
with our seven seasons, the dining menu reflects the region: perched in the Labrador current, our subarctic landscape is bounded on all sides by the
rich North Atlantic. Ingredients that most often find their way onto guests’ plates are those that are fished, farmed, and foraged right here: scallops
with parsnips and rhubarb jelly, salt cod and shaved turnip, roasted cabbage and bakeapples.”
{Fogo Island Inn}

DINING

50 Best, an online resource for top food and drink around the world states the dining experience at Fogo Island Inn as such:

“A rocky outcrop, more suited to seals than humans, is the setting for this destination restaurant, located in the Fogo Island Inn. Look out for
icebergs and sea birds on the horizon as you feast on contemporary plates representing Fogo Island’s subarctic setting in the Labrador Current.
Jonathan Gushue’s menus change daily but are always rooted in what’s fished, farmed and foraged locally. Snow crab imaginatively served with vanilla
and apples sits alongside roast caribou, while in winter you can expect the likes of marinated halibut with bakeapples (also known as cloudberries).”

{The World’s 50 Best]

So, if you find yourself seeking a remote location to thrust yourself into the elements while simultaneously enjoying luxury, Fogo Island Inn is just the place for you. To get a more in-depth view of what your stay could look like, browse through the inn’s website and watch their episode of Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby on Netflix.

HOW TO BOOK

Rates starting at $1975 CAD for the 2021 season. Contact Fogo Island Inn here to reserve your stay.