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Bear Grylls has survived places few would dare to go, now he is giving us a chance to learn some of the best techniques for surviving in the outdoors. The "Bear Grylls Survival Academy" offers several courses including the grueling 24 hour course and the intensive 5 day wildness survival course, Bear wanted this to be the most challenging but empowering survival course on the planet. Participants have to survive in demanding and challenging environments, learn to forage, identify animal runs and lay traps, skin and gut, navigate by day and night, build emergency shelters, rappel, climbing, knife skills…From hour one you will be lead into the wilderness with no tent, water or food!

Fan of Bear Grylls? check out is autobiography
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Red Bull is associated to most action sports, the brand sponsors many action packed events. The Red Bull Illume Photo Contest showcases the most exciting and creative action sports photography on the planet. Red Bull have given people the opportunity to showcase their photographic capabilities, and this year´s contest features some breathtaking entrants. The Image Quest 2013 is the 3rd edition of the competition, and from thousands of entries, 50 images in ten categories were chosen by international judges and photo editors from renowned publications. On the 29th of August 2013, the Top 50 Red Bull Illume finalists will be unveiled.

Check out more of this year’s entries at Red Bull Illume.
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In Fiji lies the tiny private retreat that is Laucala Island. The exclusive luxury resort is set amidst 3,500 acres of stunning lagoons, powder-sand beaches, coconut plantations and mountains covered in lush greenery, it has only 25 villas creating an intimate desert isle feel. Each features a private outdoor shower, pool, and stylish, natural furnishings. On the Island you can enjoy several activities including diving, rain forest tours, a quad bike adventure, or go naturally across the sands on horseback.
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The spectacular Kuramathi Island Resort is ideally located on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives. Kuramathi Resort offers 290 villas, all perfectly integrated into the vegetation of the island or in the turquoise waters. The luxury resort offers a spa, great recreation activities, and unlimited dining experiences from a variety of fine restaurants. Check out their website for more details.

Have a look at these other stunning Maldives retreats
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Less than an hour from Salvador in Bahia is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Brazilian coast, Praia do Forte. With exuberant nature, sun all year round, pleasant temperatures and 12 miles of exclusive beach this is a special place. The Tivoli Praia do Forte Ecoresidences was designed by one of the most prestigious architecture offices of Brazil, Bernardes-Jacobsen. The luxurious 5-star resort offers 42 homes with a social area upstairs and suites downstairs, also on the top floor you can enjoy a beautiful pool with stunning views of the surrounding nature. via
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Over the last couple of years we´ve shown you some cool and original experiences, remember the awesome Floating Cinema? and the crazy Dinner in the Sky? The Hot Tub Cinema concept combines relaxing hot tubs with good movies and cool places. You can book a hot tub together with your friends to bathe in while watching a movie! There are also individual tickets available to share a hot tub. The hot tubs are obviously cleaned, refilled and heated for every performance. The "jacuzzi cinema" appears in different places in London and other places in England, but the organizers have plans to tour in the near future internationally. The baths are located on roof terraces in central London giving you a bonus view of the beautiful city skyline. watch the video
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The Dunton Hot Springs Resort is located in the south west of Colorado burrowed deep into the San Juan Mountains. The unique resort is a quiet haven away from the busy metropolis, if you are looking for a tranquil sanctuary in Colorado, it doesn’t get much better than this. The luxury resort features 13 unique and authentically restored cabins scattered around the picturesque alpine valley making you feel like you were transported back in time to a vintage Wild West scenery. There is also a saloon, library and open-air chapel as well as six hot-spring-fed pools. Besides relaxing under sunset-streaked skies or sleeping in a summer tipi, you can also enjoy heart stopping adventures, like horseback riding and mountain biking in summer or heli-skiing and ice-climbing in the winter.
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Tucked into the side of a mountain in the Swiss Alps is a unique guest house called Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli. The 170-year-old dreamy hotel is in the most precarious position, clinging to the foot of a vertical cliff face and can only be accessed by a combination of cable car and hiking.

Website myswitzerland.com offers a hiking program with spectacular views of this fascinating hiking area and lunch at the hotel´s restaurant.

Other unique restaurants:
The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar 
Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines 
Tree Dining Pod at Soneva Kiri Resort Thailand
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Looking for an amazing retreat this summer? check out the impressive Native Eco Vila in Santorini - Greece. Located on the rim of the cliff at the village of Imerovigli, the villa offers spectacular views of one of the world´s most beautiful sceneries. The house is separated on 2 floors, has cave-like walls, vaulted ceilings and features 4 bedrooms all with their own bathroom. At the villa you can let your stress melt away in the 2 fluid shaped Jacuzzis.

You can rent the place from $1200 - $1600 per night, depending on the season.
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This amazing isolated house is located on the Drina River in Serbia. The tiny wooden house has been standing on an exposed rock in the middle of the Drina River for more than 40 years, it was built by a group of young boys back in 1968 that used the rock to sunbathe. Every time there is a flood the house is destroyed, but it is built again from ground up. via

photo credit: National Geographic

Also check out "The Rock Restaurant" in Zanzibar
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Coco Privé is located on Kuda Hithi Island, North Malé Atoll, Maldives. The new resort is the ultimate private island retreat, it offers sumptuous lodgings sleeping a total of 12 people and features one master residence and five luxury guest villas. The 13,000 square foot private island offers guests crystal clear water, pristine white beaches, lush vegetation and state of the art residences plus a personal chef and a stunning beach length infinity pool.
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Rolling Huts is the ultimate camping experience, the perfect stop for hikers, mountain bikers and cross-country skiers. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, the Huts are low-tech and low-impact in their design. Located in Washingtons Methow Valley, they feature giant wheels that lift the structures providing an unobstructed view into nature and the prospect of the surrounding mountains.
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Leopard Hills is a stunning retreat built on a hill with superb views overlooking Sabi Sand game reserve in South Africa. The luxury lodge consists of eight luxurious glass-fronted suites, complete with their own sun deck and rock plunge pool with breathtaking views of the African bush. The perfect escape from the urban jungle.

Also check out these amazing game reserves in South Africa:
- Londolozi Safari Resort
- Makanyane Safari Lodge
- Ulusaba Game Reserve
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Wilderness Collective is a new all-inclusive expedition company dedicated to men, it exists to reclaim masculinity through outdoor adventure. Their first trip (documented in the amazing video after the jump), was a 334 mile journey from Sequoia National Forest to the legendary Yosemite valley. The all-inclusive motorbike trip took 72 hours through 100 miles of pristine California wilderness. Upcoming adventures include: a 5 day horseback expedition in the Eastern Sierra, a 5 Day snowmobile ride along the famed Iditarod trail in Alaska, 12 Days of dual sport riding through Columbia from Bogota to Cartagena, and 3 Days of intense catamaran sailing in the Channel Islands. Check out their website for full details. Watch the video

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Velassaru is a spectacular luxury resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Located on a private Island in the Maldives, the incredible Velassaru offers several water bungalows, villas, and suites perched above the crystal clear lagoon, and features sand as white as sugar. A magic place to escape the crazy pace of everyday life.

Other amazing Maldives escapes:
Gili Lankanfushi
Dusit Thani
Velaa Private Island
Niyama Resort
Club Med Kani
Anantara Kihavah Resort
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If you´re in a mood to escape to some place remote and unique check out "The Singular", a hotel in the Chilean part of Patagonia, a region that has a mystique hard to find any other place in the world. The Singular Patagonia knows this, and engaged in the rehabilitation of a former industrial complex to provide tourists a unique experience. The boutique hotel features 57 suites all overlooking the fjords. The perfect setting for lovers of photography and nature.

Also check out these unique and remote retreats: The Amangri Resort-Utah, Hotel Endemico-Baja California, 4 Rivers Floating Eco Lodge-Cambodia
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Treehouse Point is a special and alternative retreat owned by Pete and Judy Nelson. Pete is a world renowned tree house builder and author, he has built the five amazing tree houses offered for accommodation, his wife Judy is an accomplished chef and hostess making sure you have a unique stay at this magical place. Check out their website for more information.
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What more could you ask for when looking for some real time out...The Edge is a little cliff top retreat overlooking Whitsand Bay in Cornwall, England. The eco-friendly luxury beach hut sleeps only two guests and features open plan sitting, dining and kitchen areas, ensuring uninterrupted views of the surroundings and enjoying truly breath-taking sunsets. This little marvel is available for rent! Click the "buy" link for more details. via

Also have a look at this amazing cliff top house in Chile
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