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Europe's 20 most beautiful hotels | CNN Travel

(CNN) — With so many iconic cities and diverse landscapes, beautiful hotels in Europe are commonplace. But some are, quite simply, more beautiful than others.<p>From clifftop luxury retreats on Italy's Amalfi Coast to art nouveau masterpieces in the heart of Budapest, we've handpicked Europe's 20 most …

European Travel

25 Reasons Connecticut Is Basically Heaven On Earth

Whether it's fall, winter, spring or summer, Connecticut is always picturesque. From its idyllic waterfront parks, to the quaint farms in the countryside, to the bustling urban centers, this state has something for everyone. Oh and did we mention it's home to the best pizza in America? NEED WE SAY …

New England

Secret Ski Towns

National Geographic Travel

The best ski resorts you've probably never heard of


23 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka celebrates 70 years of independence, we highlight 23 spectacular reasons to visit the country.<p>1. To get wild<p>Dive with blue whales in season or watch spinner dolphins leap about in Kalpitiya. Sri Lanka also has 5,800 wild elephants ambling about and the biggest concentration of leopards …

The best hotels for spa breaks in the UK

It wasn’t long ago that a “spa”, even in the flashiest of five-star hotels in Britain, meant a couple of pokey treatment rooms next to the lift shaft doing overpriced, mediocre massages and facials. Until recently, the UK lagged way behind the likes of Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary – …

National Geographic Travel

This nighttime routine will help you be more productive in the morning

This way you can get the rest you need, and you will be prepared for an energetic and focused tomorrow.<p>The Nightly Routine doesn't have to be as long as the morning  —  mine is only around 15 minutes or so; however, I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to crush the day.<p>After recently writing a …

Time Management

14 things successful people do before breakfast

Those among us who have managed to find professional success and eke out a life actively embrace this philosophy. They must set aside their first hours of the day to invest in their top-priority activities before other people's priorities come rushing in.<p>Science supports this strategy. Vanderkam …

Time Management

11 of the world's greatest travel experiences

They're big. They're life-affirming. They're bucket-list beauties. Warning: this list will cause instant wanderlust<p>Plunging into the wilderness, …

Sri Lanka

Checking In: Mandapa, Bali's Splendid New Jungle Resort

While many resorts are sequestered from their surroundings, Mandapa is fully connected to the life and culture of the island.<p>Luxury resorts are like …

Asia Travel

The best burgers in London

From a perfectly done cheeseburger to a patty that's been smothered in bacon jam, these burgers are catching the attention of London locals and tourists alike.<p>We've put together a list of 15 burgers you should make sure to try next time you're in London, based off of recommendations from Zagat, …


10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.<p>Zhangye Danxia Landform: Gansu, China<p>These striped, technicolor mountains are Mother Nature's answer to …

New Zealand

19 Of Hawaii's Most Epic Photo Ops

Hawaii is undeniably photogenic, but even in the Aloha state, some photo ops are better than others.<p>Vacations, after all, are as much about sharing your adventures with the folks back home as they are rest and relaxation.<p>Whether you’re a professional photographer, a selfie queen, or an amateur with …

Hiking Trail

A share thing: the best roasts in London to eat with a crowd

Autumn is the perfect time to get together a big group of mates and don your most forgiving trousers for a big, meaty, shareable main course. Nicola …

Six Great Fall Surf Road Trips

Fall is the perfect time to get in the car and find some waves. So pack a wetsuit and some boards then embark on one of the following quests for surf-induced happiness.<p>Central California<p><b>San Francisco to Big Sur</b><br>231 Miles, 3 to 5 Days<b><br>Best Season</b>: Summer, Fall, Winter<b><br>Bring</b>: 5/4 wetsuit, booties, …

New Jersey

World view: surfing in the Faroe islands – in pictures

The Faroes’ icy waves and breathtaking scenery are captured by filmmakers Ben Weiland and Chris Burkard in their documentary: Faroes: The Outpost Vol 02, which premieres at the 2015 London Surf Film Festival on Friday

Faroe Islands

Tag: Landscaping 101

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japanese Zen Masters<p>by Michelle Slatalla<p>Landscaping 101: Biodynamics for the Edible Garden<p>by Clare Coulson<p>Pink Grasses: …

Here's what a £22 million house on London's 'Billionaires Row' looks like on the inside

One house that the London native worked on is called "Fairways," and right now it's valued at around £22 million ($34 million), according to Glentree.<p>The property is located on "Billionaires Row" in The Bishops Avenue, North London, in one of the city's most expensive addresses.<p>The house measures …

Swimming Pools

The best spa hotels in the south of England

There are many hotels in the south of England that offer spas; but there is a subtle but definite distinction between ‘hotels with spa’ and ‘spa hotels’. The former offers spa facilities of some sort - often excellent - but it can’t be said that they are the main point of the hotel. The latter’s …

What Brazil's $10 billion Olympic venues look like one year before the games

Sixteen months later, 365 days before the Opening Ceremony, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced that all projects were on schedule.<p>"We are literally making a miracle happen here," he said.<p>Given what we saw at the Sochi Olympics (where hotels weren't finished by the start of the games) and the 2014 …


The world's 19 most staggeringly beautiful mountains

Climbing On Mount Denali

Isla Holbox: could this be Mexico’s new Tulum?

Frequented by celebrities and a regular in glossy magazine shoots, the beach resort of Tulum on Mexico’s east coast has become a victim of its own success. Price rises, a recently opened Starbucks and long restaurant queues make it a very different place from the hippy enclave that first attracted …


10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves is a rare chance to step into the heart of a glacier. The 12-mile-long stretch of ice (it is getting shorter every day, because of global warming) near Juneau …


National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

Looking for the Best Surf Photography? Hold Your Breath

Photographs of surfing always cause me to pause. I can feel the familiar movement of the wave, the cool, crisp water, and the nourishing sun. As a West Coast transplant living in D.C., I find myself browsing surf photography more than ever. Sarah Lee’s images recently awakened my California roots, …