Daily Archives: July 9, 2009

Green & Chic ~ Mystique Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Mystique Hotel_Santorini_HOTELBuilt into the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea on Santorini Island in Greece, Mystique Hotel‘s 18 villas and suites take full advantage of the dramatic volcanic island setting. The hotel’s architect Frank Lefebvre designed the hotel using local materials and organic forms to a sinuous effect: sloping, cave-like walls, large, egg-shaped tables and chairs, window views that look like a mirage—can water really be that blue? There are no right angles here, it seems, just sunbaked, earthy serenity.

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Green & Chic ~ Coqui Coqui Resort & Spa, Tulum, Mexico

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Coqui Coqui is a charming little hideaway resort located on a long stretch of beautiful beach that’s away from the more crowded part of Tulum, south of Cancún in Yucatan Peninsula, and definitely aimed at those looking for peace and tranquility. The resort cleverly balances a mix of rustic beach charm with refined elegance.

The hotel is built of traditional Mayan stone and has a very different feel to the beach cabaña style resorts which are so typical of this area.

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Eco Rustic ~ Baja Camp, Baja California, Mexico

baja-camp-1327-mIn today’s hectic, overcrowded world, many people are coming to the conclusion that the true luxuries in life are space, time and a simple, stress-free lifestyle. If this is your philosophy, then Baja Camp will appeal.

A few hours from the busy Capes, the virtually uninhabited island of Espiritu Santo is home to the most luxurious of camp-hotels. Five safari-style tents lie on a pristine beach, with a maximum of ten people at any one time to share the starkly beautiful landscape, the spectacularly clear ocean and the breathtaking night sky. Add to this some of the finest cuisine you’ll find anywhere on the Baja peninsula and the most genuine warm hospitality and the result is close to perfection.

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Eco Rustic ~ Eco Paraiso Xixim, Yucatan, Mexico

Eco-Paraiso-XiximThe Yucatan peninsula is so rich in archaeological treasures and natural wonders that visitors who don’t venture far from the beach seriously miss out. On the other hand, those who shun the Caribbean’s busy resorts in search of the real cultural highlights run the risk of overheating as they pursue a demanding schedule of cities and ruins (especially if they have children in tow).
Eco Paraiso Xixim is the perfect antidote to both scenarios; a beach resort that is tranquil, ecologically sound, children-friendly, and close to some of the most spectacular attractions in the country.

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Derawan Island: Turtle Sanctuary off the Eastern Coast of Borneo

By Dian Hasan | July 9, 2009

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Photo: Cipto Aji Gunawan

As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia has long been on any diving aficionado’s must-do list. Home to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world, with a rich marine life to match. And considered by many to be the best place to see turtles, and experience your own personal close encounter with this sea creature that carries its dwelling with them wherever they go. Here’s a look at the prime turtle watching spot in Derawan Island, off the coast of eastern Kalimantan (Borneo).

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Panambungan Island: Makassar’s Best-Kept Secret

By Dian Hasan | July 9, 2009

Panambungan Island_Makassar_S Sulawesi_sp13-a_11As the world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia naturally has the world’s largest share of islands. Close to 14,000 islands are within her territory, however the vast majority are uninhabited islands, and the more famous ones are those that are known the world over – and still considered by many as exotic isles of majestic beauty and mystery. Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes, are just some of them. Continue reading

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Eco Rustic ~ Hotelito Desconocido, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

By Unique Travel Destinations | July 8, 2009

Hotelito Desconocido_MX_hcom_579204_12_bThe aptly-named Hotelito Desconocido is a charming little eco-oriented hotel located on a wetland estuary that is home to more than 150 types of birds. Desconocido means “hidden” in Spanish and they couldn’t have come up with a more appropriate moniker – as getting to the hotel is half the adventure – via a little dirt road from the one-horse, one-shop pueblo of La Cruz de Loreto, through the lush green landscapes to the unspoiled beaches of the estuary.

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