In my youth, occasional camping trips were a joy and the some times cold, rain-soaked, rough-ground-for-a-mattress-conditions were a requisite part of the fun. And I must admit I felt that those “camping” in luxury motor homes were missing the true essence of camping. Fast forward a couple of decades, and the tune I’m singing around the camp fire has changed. So it delights me to find the now-trendy alternative of glamorous camping, also known as glamping. Continue reading
This post is about a new hospitality innovation, rather than a new product per se, but don’t let that put you off. The PopUp hotel has enough cleverness and beauty to please every design junkie, even if you don’t like camping. The PopUp Hotel is a moving glamping experience that hosts guests in style at a wide range of temporary, rural and open-air events, from Glasto’ to Goodwood. Continue reading
The life of a shipping container is typically not glamorous. Packed to its gills, these containers travel across the globe among up to as many as 15,000 similar containers on a large ship. Once their cargo is unloaded, they’re most often left at the port where they arrived. In the case of Sleeping Around – a shipping container hotel along the river Schelde – that port is Antwerp, Belgium. Continue reading
If you find yourself in the lovely city of Copenhagen try out the unique design Hotel Fox in the Latin Quarter near City Hall. This boutique lifestyle hotel features an alternative edge, where a group of international artists, graphic designers, and illustrators were flown in to transform the hotel into a hospitable art gallery. Continue reading
If you have a taste for some outdoor adventure and find yourself in Iceland, you should check out the Ion – the first 4 star adventure hotel in “the land of fire and ice”. Continue reading
In Harads, Sweden there’s a very special hotel for nature lovers: Treehotel. An exquisite hotel experience is carefully spread between the forests in order to capture a frozen moment in time… Contemporary architecture was specially conceived to keep nature intact for a minimal environmental impact. A unique conceptual approach lead to a set of alternative solutions for the conventional hotel room: Scandinavia’s leading architects were invited to create five unique treerooms: the Cabin, the Mirrorcube, the Bird’s Nest, the Blue Cone and finally the UFO. Continue reading
Located at Toronto’s International airport, Hotel ALT is one of Canada’s chic hotels. Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down duvet covers, a spa-style shower with glass walls, and an iHome alarm clock are just a few of the pampering accessories offered for the lucky traveler to enjoy.
This is all good and well, however today I would like to focus on the unique wall mural, or should I say collective work of art, decorating this stylish hotel lobby. Oh, how I would love to have a wall like that in my living room… Continue reading
Have you heard about Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, Chile? It is a National Park with mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. Torres Del Paine is the peak of the mountain range, Cerro Paine reaching 3050 meters above the ocean level…We’re talking about one of the most natural places in the entire planet with its unique environment. So, how can an exclusive spot like this receive tourists without damaging its natural resources? EcoCamp Patagonia Domes is the Eco –friendly architectonic answer to this defying challenge. Continue reading
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Are you planning to visit any time soon? Then Hotel Droog, located in the historical city center of a -17th century building, should better be on your list! As for myself, after 5 visits to the city of canals, bicycles, and pretty houses, I still cannot get enough and I’m always looking forward to my next trip there. Hotel Droog makes me want to prepare all arrangements as soon as possible, cause this is a piece of experience I can’t wait to have! Continue reading
If there could exist a name for winter paradise, then Whitepod would undoubtedly be the perfect candidate. A resort located at 1400, in a private ski area in Switzerland, at the foot of the “Dents-du-Midi”, Whitepod was awarded with the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism in 2005.
Consisting of 15 luxurious and spacious ( 40 sq.m each) domes or else pods, this original concept offers a unique and unforgettable experience in a beautiful mountain environment, away from all urban nuisances. A unique ecological concept designed to be in total harmony with the surrounding environment, it couldn’t have been situated in a more idyllic location: above the picturesque village of Les Cerniers, with a fantastic view over the Lake Geneva. Continue reading