Ellerman House is the quintessential urban retreat for travellers wanting complete exclusivity and privacy in Cape Town. Located in Bantry Bay, it offers spectacular Atlantic Ocean views against the dramatic backdrop of Lion’s Head. Clifton’s beaches are within walking distance, while the best local attractions are 10 minutes by car. Originally a private residence, the historic Cape Edwardian-style mansion features 13 rooms and suites, two ultra-modern villas, the tranquil Ellerman House Spa, an extensive wine cellar and indigenous gardens. Modern cuisine that reflects the best of local and seasonal flavours, excellent wine pairings, generous-hearted hospitality and tailor-made excursions add up to a world-class guest experience that remains authentically South African.
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Nested in the heart of an orange grove, the Villa Mandarine marries comfort and hospitality. This rare place offers peaceful hideaways that have kept the charm of the old family home.
Surrounded by greenery, close to the prestigious Dar Es Salaam Golf Club, the Villa Mandarine is a home that was extended and reinvented into an exclusive hotel.
The Villa Mandarine is above all a garden. Over more than 3 acres, 700 orange trees and hundreds of varieties of flowers compete to dazzle the onlookers and entrance the visitors with their subtle perfumes. The plants try to invade the house at every opportunity.
Lounging around the heated pool is a must and lunch in the garden is possible every day with tables set under the trees. Kids’ padding pool too.
The house is comprised of a spacious living-room with a fireplace, a billard room, a bar, the intimate terraces shaded by the bougainvillea, datura and jasmine trees and a gift shop for a selection of local treasures.
Resting on the banks of the Mae Kok River, the Legend Chiang Rai delivers an authentic Lanna atmosphere with its blend of northern Thai architectural details, local artwork and hand-plastered white walls. Graced with 78 studios and villas, the room interiors are adorned with a generous-sized bed, teakwood furnishing and spacious open-air seating area. Villas make bigger and more inviting spaces for families as each comes with its own private pool and garden, ideal for relaxing by the river’s edge.
Moshi is the beautiful coffee producing centre of Tanzania but the main reason tourists come here is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, whose snow-capped peak towers over and clouds often blanket the little town. For those not wanting climb you can get a feel for the expeditions just by being there and short hikes and day-trips to tribes and villages are on offer.
Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp is situated on the north eastern shores of Lake Eyasi at an altitude of 3,400 feet (1,040M), with sweeping views toward the Rift. Across this seasonal soda lake, the Alipi escarpment wall rises 2,000 feet up into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area providing a stunning backdrop. The camp is beautifully set in a date palm and acacia forest and is part of 200-acre family-owned farm with a natural spring nearby which feeds into the lake. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
Sitting in a small forest of acacias on the edge of a spring the camp is designed to blend in with the natural environment. Constructed almost entirely with palms and trees from the family's property, each of Kisima Ngeda's seven tents are built on a permanent wooden platform with a palm thatched roof, a hand carved bed, and an enclosed bathroom and shower with hot water, the tents are carefully created to be low-impact, spacious, and totally comfortable, each has a stunning view of the lake.
A melting pot of culture, Kisima Ngeda offers a different experience from what you’ll find on a traditional safari. Here, you can actually get out of the car -- you can explore the trails around the lake, canoe along the shore, mountain bike by baobobs and acacias, walk through nearby tribal villages, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful lake views (especially at sunset on top of the rock). While it’s possible to see some wildlife, what makes Kisima Ngeda truly special is the opportunity to visit with the local tribes. The waDatoga are a pastoral group like the Maasai, and its interesting to visit their local blacksmith or a Datoga boma. It is also home to the Wahadzabe, an ancient, nomadic tribe of bushmen who are one of the last click-speaking hunter-gatherer tribes.
About 4 1/2 hours driving time from Arusha, the camp is 2 hours away from the Ngorongoro Crater and about a half day’s drive to the Serengeti
The Kasbah Bab Ourika stands on an exceptionally beautiful landscape in the Atlas Mountains, only 35 minutes from Marrakech’s International Airport. On its hilltop, at the apex of the Ourika valley, it looks down to the river, green fields and groves of olives, oranges and lemons, and up to the dazzling snowy mountain peaks.
With 360 degree panoramic views, Kasbah Bab Ourika receives warm sunlight all day, ending in spectacular sunsets. Guests can relax in individually decorated rooms with their own terraces or unwind by the secluded swimming pool.Meals are served in the gardens or in the colonnaded restaurant or can be taken privately in the rooms or suites. The restaurant serves food that is freshly supplied daily from the surrounding villages. The chef specialises in traditional Berber recipes as well as international cuisine.Above all the Kasbah offers peace and relaxation in spectacular surroundings, a memorable escape from the hustle of the Western World.
The Kasbah has fifteen rooms. All are individually decorated and have stunning views of the Atlas and the Valley of Ourika.
Honjin Hiranoya Kachoan is a traditional hotel in the historic center of Takayama, just steps from the morning market of Takayama, offering personalized attention, thermal baths and Japanese cuisine with carefully prepared Hida beef. There is free pickup in Takayama JR station is a 3-minute drive, and free WiFi throughout the hotel. The establishment has been awarded the TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice award Japan Top 25 in 2015. Rooms have a classic Japanese style and offer a relaxed atmosphere. They also have flat-screen TV, electric kettle, safe and private bathroom with shower and toiletries. Guests can choose from 800 yukata robes, for a fee. Kachoan Hiranoya Ryokan is located along the Miya River and 15 minutes by bus from the traditional village of Hida No Sato.Covered thermal baths offer cold water and toiletries for men and women. The property also offers bike rental service, free parking and souvenir shop. The establishment serves authentic Japanese cuisine for breakfast and dinner in the dining room or in the rooms.
Frances’ Lodge is a country guest home set on a hill across from Siena. Its unbelievable view looks out over the old walled city. The area called Santa Regina takes its name from a little church that was built as a small convent in the year 1200. This has always been one of the most beautiful parts of the countryside outlying Siena. It is here that, since the start of the 18th century, noble families of Siena kept their “villa”—the country house where they summered from May to November, to get away from the heat of the city and to watch over the harvests from their farm holdings: vegetables in late spring, fruit in early summer, grain in July, grapes picked in September, and olives in November. The villa, or at least its oldest part, was built in 1729 and has belonged to the same family for nearly three centuries.
Closely tied to nature, the rhythm of life back then was different from that of today’s world. It was this natural rhythm that first charmed Franco and Frances, the taste for savoring the “slow” life in a place that seemed too beautiful to be true. In the mid-1990s, they decided to restore the rooms of the country villa along with its enormous Limonaia—or Lemon House—facing a wondrous garden. They live in one portion of the house; the rest is open to their guests.
The commanding position of the house with its 360-degree panoramic views, the closeness to the city (only 1.8 km.—little more than a mile—as the crow flies), the silence and peace of being in the open countryside just outside the city walls… all of these features await you as soon as you pass through the gates, enter the lovely driveway, and behold the incredible view of Siena’s skyline amid vineyards, fruit orchards, and olive groves. You’ll be revived by sounds that busier parts of the world have forgotten: birds chirping, cicadas singing in summer, the wind blowing through the trees.
Upon your arrival, you’ll find the house’s owners awaiting you at the top of the hill, welcoming you with a smile. They’ll show you around this great house with its views towards the city of Siena or toward the Crete, the green Sienese countryside. You’ll see the peace of the garden and you’ll find yourself breathing easy, especially if you’ve arrived here from the bustle of some crowded metropolis.
The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is situated on the cusp of the dramatic Jamison Valley, in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park. It is located only one and a half hours drive west of Sydney. The panoramic Fairmont Resort is the pinnacle of luxury accommodation in Leura, a charming upper mountains village in Australia. With leisure facilities and conference venues, the Fairmont Resort is ideal for romantic getaways, family escapes from the city, stunning weddings, iconic dining and cutting edge business retreats.
Explora Atacama is located in the Ayllu de Larache near the village of San Pedro de Atacama. The 17-hectare grounds comprise 20 indigenous plots, some with timeworn pathways and buildings that Explora is committed to preserving out of a profound respect for the area’s original inhabitants.
Surrounded by foxtail plants and lush native vegetation are four, interconnected, ambient-temperature pools – ideal for relaxing, building back strength and enjoying the deep desert silence. Near the pools are sauna and steam bath facilities as well as open-air Jacuzzis.
Just a short walk from the lodge is Quincho – an inviting BBQ area that includes a renovated, old traditional adobe house and its patio. Here, two to three times a week, all guests can get together for a feast accompanied by Andean music, song and dance performances by accomplished local artists. There’s also the Explorer’s Bar stocked with liquor and Chilean wines, the bar is a popular meeting point for returning groups at nightfall.
The massage centre is located near the lodge, in a restored colonial adobe-straw building. Turi Puri, which in Kunza, the language of the area’s early inhabitants, means “House of Water,” invites visitors to discover a new level of inner peace, outer harmony, and revitalized energy. Also found at the Explora Atacama is a store selling all the items necessary for taking explorations, along with local artisanal goods and books of the area. Furthermore, the lodge hosts nightly star viewings, depending on weather conditions.