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RANKED: The Best Smartphones In The World

So it's a good time to buy a new phone if you're ready for an upgrade. Below is our monthly ranking of the best phones you can buy.<p><i>Note: We update this list approximately once a month. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content</i> …

Phones

New Hotels In Way-Out-There Locations

<i>Originally posted on CNTraveler.com</i><p>You've heard of destination restaurants--places worth a trip unto themselves. But what about destination hotels? We picked three properties where the journey itself, often long and even arduous, is not only its own adventure but makes the joy of staying there all …

Condé Nast

Top 5 Most Romantic Caribbean Honeymoon Suites

<i>(Photo Courtesy of Jade Mountain)</i><p><i>By Djani Schafer</i><p>When in the Caribbean, breathtaking views and romantic resorts aren't hard to come by. Since most properties provide luxe amenities like state-of-the-art spas, gourmet restaurants and top-quality services, it takes a little something extra to create …

Going With the Flow: The Natural Beauty of "House on a Stream"

When building a new home, the site and location can matter as much as the structure itself. Some plots of land come with natural features that can greatly enhance the residence, like say, a tranquil stream flowing through the site. This is the setting that Architecture BRIO worked with when …

The Most Fabulous Houses Of 2014

Every year, the American Institute of Architects honors the best residential design in the U.S., recognizing, as the organization puts it, “good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource.”<p>Today, the organization announced its 2014 AIA Housing …

British Columbia

13 Reasons Why the Cyclades Are Basically Paradise

Paradise isn't on some far-flung, pricey South Pacific island; actually, it's in Europe. Greece, to be precise. The Cyclades islands have an amazing mix of culture, history, and cuisine, and a natural beauty to rival any of the world's exotic island getaways. Using the tips and photos of the minube …

House in Maleny, Australia by Bark Design Architects

Remarkable Architecture With A Strong Connection To The Landscape.<p>Bark Design Architects designed this beautiful glass house in Maleny, Australia. …

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

Paradise Without the Price Tag: Latin America's Top Beachside Stays Under $200 USD - Vagabondish

<i>Editor's note: This post comes to us courtesy of Kristen McKenzie, who works for HotelsCombined.com and specializes in hospitality industry trends.</i> …

National Geographic Travel

Top 10 glamorous A-list destinations

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the rich and famous on your next trip? Unfortunately for any aspiring celeb-spotter, those celebs are stealthy types and really aren't interested in being spotted, so while some getaway locales never change, new under-the-radar destinations keep popping up around the …

Top 10

National Geographic Travel

10 Best Hotels in the World, According to TripAdvisor Reviews

5 Cool Italy Travel Trends for 2014

While Italy is always a popular destination for travelers, 2014 is shaping up to be a very special year for travel to <i>la bel paese.</i> I've been reporting on Italy travel full-time for 11 years in my role as editor of <i>Dream of Italy</i>, and this year I've noticed a few new trends that are giving travelers …

Italy

National Geographic Travel

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

Veronica Beach House in Pucusana, Lima – Peru by Longhi Architects

The Luxurious Veronica Beach House.<p>The team of Longhi Architects has designed the luxurious Veronica Beach House in Pucusana, Lima – Peru. The house …

Baan Moom House in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated Field

Modern Architecture – The Baan Moom House.<p>The Baan Moom house in Bangkok, Thailand was designed by Integrated Field. This 3 storey family house …

A Livable Work of Art: A-Cero’s Sculptural Open Box House

Part powerful monolith, part sculpture-inspired work of art, the Open Box House from Spanish architects A-cero stands tall against the Madrid …

Étretat, France Is Probably The Closest Thing To A Screensaver We've Ever Seen

Ditch your desktop backgrounds, people. You ain't seen <i>nothin'</i> yet.<p>Étretat, France is a small coastal town with views so perfect, it's hard to believe they're real.<p>Étretat's population is just a little less than 2,000 people, which means you might be the only one on the roads and hiking paths above …

The House Hafner by Hornung and Jacobi Architecture

Outstanding Architecture Design.<p>Extravagant architecture design meets modern lifestyle as well as functionality. The Hamburg, Germany based …

Architecture

Singita: The best safari lodges in all of Africa

IN THE FALL of 2013, Matador traveled to South Africa to learn more about one of the most successful safari brands on the continent: Singita.<p>In …

Spectacular Casino Hotels

There is something unabashedly over-the-top about a casino -- even above and beyond it being a place where the brave risk losing a lot of money in hopes of gaining more. And as gaming culture becomes increasingly popular, the casino experience has grown into far more than blackjack and slots, often …

Las Vegas

National Geographic Travel

Compact Home Designed for Breathtaking Views of the Alps

Overlooking some of the best mountain views in Austria, this 45-square-meter house designed by Peter Jungmann is a fully-furnished and functional home set on a hillside in the village of Nussdorf just outside of Vienna. Playfully taking its name from a combination of the words ‘UFO' and ‘Vogel,' …

Architecture

7 Industrial-Chic Hotels

While there's plenty to be said in favor of the new, sometimes the best things stem from a solid original foundation. Industrial structures like warehouses and factories are finding new incarnations as luxury hotels, challenging designers to get creative with old bones and drawing in guests who …

Luxury Lifestyle