Daily Archives: August 23, 2009

Green & Chic ~ Blancaneaux’s Hollywood Connection

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Francis Ford Coppola had purchased an abandoned property in the remote highlands of western Cayo district, Belize. He opened Blancaneaux Lodge in 1993, without destroying the natural beauty in the process. The lodge cottages are private, with huge decks and mesh windows letting the night air circulate.

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Green & Chic ~ Maroma Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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The Maroma Resort is a top class resort, built in the style of the old Mexican haciendas. The hotel is made up of a series of huts with roofs made of palm leaves. The resort set along 25 acres of beachfront on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, just a 20 minute taxi ride from the Cancun airport.

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The Great Blue Hole in the middle of the ocean

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The Great Blue Hole is geographical phenomenon situated 60 miles off the mainland of Belize. There are numerous blue holes around the world but none as stunning as this one. The whole is part of the Lighthouse Reef System and lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. The centre of the hole is very large, almost perfect circular hole, approximately one quarter of mile (4km across). Inside the hole the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep.

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A European castle ruins in the Caribbean. You’ll never guess where.

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When you talk about images that don’t seem to fit a certain location, very few places on the planet will top this sight. A castle modeled after the classic European ones, even the setting’s the same, perched on a hilltop overlooking. From where the royals can oversee all their subjects. But one main difference, the castle overlooks… tropical canopies of the Caribbean. The castle ruin dates from early 1800s, in the most random country… Haiti! One of the poorest countries in the Caribbean. Welcome to a truly unique castle ruin, The Palace of Sans-Souci, not the famous one outside Potsdam in Germany, but the Haiti-version.

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Responsible Tourism Attitude at a Higher Altitude ~ 360° Leti, Ladakh, Uttaranchal, India

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Shakti has built its own private lodge – called 360° Leti – in Almora, in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. With only 4 exclusive cottages that are only open between October and May each year and, 360° Leti, which opened in 2007, consistently rates as one of the world’s top 100 hotels magazine reader surveys.

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