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We have featured some impressive properties for sale before, but none has impressed as much as this estate up for grabs in the British Virgin Islands. Named "Steele Point”, this unique property is perched upon a peninsula located on the very western tip of Tortola, an island surrounded by the most beautiful and crystal clear waters in the world. The structure is a dazzling triumph of architecture, it features several levels with patios, courtyards, indoor and alfresco dining areas, outdoor showers, balconies and docks, all scattered across the cliff, offering 360 degree unobstructed views of ocean and surrounding islands. It also includes a swimming pool and a private beach cove in the Cliffside.
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On the Portuguese coast (about an hour south of Lisbon) lies a hidden piece of paradise...Comporta. This beautiful region is known for the magnificent white sandy beaches, the wine, fresh fish and the beautiful rice paddies. Cabanas no Rio is a project by architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the same guy behind the "Casas na Areia”. The romantic hideaway is ideal to relax, recharge batteries and simply enjoy nature. The two recovered old fisherman huts have in total only 28 square meters of space, but are equipped with all you need for a unique stay: kitchen, a bathroom, two armchairs to relax, a comfortable four-poster bed, a terrace overlooking the Sado river and private small pontoon over the water with a canoe that is provided for guests. There is also free wi-fi and a iPod dock. You can stay at this idyllic place with a breathtaking view for $270 p/night. [thanks Gonza]
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The Manta Resort located in Zanzibar, Africa, is offering a truly special experience, the spectacular Manta Underwater Room is submerged beneath the Indian Ocean. This has to be the ultimate retreat, located off Pemba Island, the tiny floating island features three levels: a sun deck for working your tan and stargazing at night, a lounge, bathroom and dinning area on water level, and a submerged bedroom that sits 13ft (four meters) beneath the surface with windows on all sides and lights to illuminate the water at night for admiring the breathtaking tropical marine environment. Whilst staying at this floating bungalow you can also enjoy all the luxurious services the land resort has to offer. via

Photo: Jesper Anhede
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Bay of Many Coves is a 5-star luxury resort in New Zealand’s spectacular Marlborough Sounds. If you enjoy adventure but also want to relax, this is the perfect place, secluded in a pristine natural environment. The Marlborough Sounds is an adventurer’s paradise, you can enjoy several activities such as swimming with dolphins, kayaking, fishing trips, bird watching, trekking, mountain biking, and many more new things you’ve always dreamed of doing. When back at the resort, you can enjoy 5-star dining and soak in the cedar hot tub or heated outdoor pool whilst admiring the breathtaking natural environment.
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Feel like an adventure? check out ISAK, they offer modified Land Rover Defenders for individual rentals, as well as for guided convoy tours in Iceland. All the cars are modified and equipped with gear to tackle the demanding and challenging environments, including GPS navigation and mapping devices, special front bumper for ice, latches for Hi Lifts, spot lights, an engine mounted air compressor (to adjust the tyre pressure for different terrains), a VHF long range radio (enables communication between the cars), plus shovels, ropes and other tools. This is truly an amazing opportunity to traverse extreme terrains and tackle the tough Icelandic highland trails on the most iconic 4×4 vehicle. watch the video
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The beautiful Scarp Ridge Lodge is the perfect getaway from a busy city life. Located in the historic downtown Crested Butte in Colorado, the luxurious lodge was originally built in 1885 as a saloon and brothel for Croatian miners. After an impressive renovation, the unique Victorian building  preserved its original facade and is now a stunning seven-bedroom property with an indoor salt-water swimming pool, custom-designed kitchen, library, cinema, log-fire lounge, and childrens play room. At the lodge you can enjoy several adventures including back-country ski runs, trout fishing, rafting, paddle boarding, rock walks and horse rides, always surrounded by a breathtaking scenery. via
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Enjoy the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy, igloo-style dome. EcoCamp is tucked away in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile. Offering fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology, you can stay at one of the eco-friendly domes that range from standard to superior to plush suites. By day you can enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions through the beautiful Patagonian landscapes, at night you can relax and dine at one of the community domes, before falling asleep gazing at the spectacular starry sky through your dome ceiling.


Also check out:  Tubohotel Eco-friendly Hotel in Mexico, 4 Rivers Floating Eco Lodge in Cambodia
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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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