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Hotel Bikini Berlin by 25 hours, is Berlin’s newest contemporary upmarket hotel. The hotel showcases cosmopolitan Berlin and has an "urban jungle” theme, celebrating its city-meets-jungle concept with animal themes, vertical planting, hanging plants, and warm natural colors. 25hours Hotel Bikini´s highlight and "place to be” in Berlin is the Roof-top bar on the tenth floor, with breathtaking 360 degree views of the city and the zoo.
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Located in Southern California, RawHyde Adventures is a company dedicated to adventure touring on BMW GS motorcycles. The company organizes outstanding tours on a diversity of terrains and trails, from a 13-day Africa Adventure, to the Viking Run - a 15 day Adventure in Europe crossing 9 countries, to the Dakar rally! yes, you´ll actually follow the rally getting as close to the action as possible, riding more than 3500 miles in the timeframe of the rally from Peru to Chile. watch the video

4 wheels more you thing? then check out ISAK: 4x4 Defender tours in Iceland
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Wavegarden is a man-made surfing lagoon built deep in Spain´s Basque Country. Wavegarden features a patented technology, a hydrodynamic "wave foil” that runs along the bottom of the lagoon to create a swell, generating perfectly formed tubing waves that run for more than 220 m without losing power or shape. Designed with minimal environmental impact and energy output, Wavegarden generates 120 waves per hour, promising continual enjoyment for those far from the coastline. Wavegarden are looking to expand their innovative technology, this year many new Wave Gardens will be popping up all over the world, it can be applied to any size lagoon, bigger the lagoon, bigger the wave! watch the cool video
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Leobo Private Reserve features a luxury villa located in a nature reserve in the Limpopo Province in northern South Africa. The impressive villa is able to accommodate up to 26 guests, providing an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of wildlife in complete isolation from the outside world, without giving up modern amenities. Set within 12,000 acres of African wilderness, the private game reserve offers luxury accommodation, including butlers and a private chef, plus it is fantastically well equipped for fun, offering an array of activities including mountain biking, ATVs, motorcycles, riding, helicopter rides, shooting, fishing and even observation of the breathtaking night sky at the observatory tower. Yes, the house has a fully automated research-grade observatory tower!
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Glamping (glamorous camping) is a growing global phenomenon that combines camping with the luxury and amenities of a home or hotel. Paws Up Resort is the ultimate in the glamping experience, they offer all the elements of real camping, and at the same time a butler is at your beck and call! The 37,000-acre ranch features several luxury safari-style tents of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort, all with a private chef and butler that will take care of just about anything you can dream up. Located in Montana, Paws Up Resort also provides many ways to pump up the adrenaline for anyone who loves the outdoors, including rafting trips, bicycle tours, fishing, horseback riding, atv tours, hot air ballooning and many more. If camping is not your thing, the resort also offers luxury timber homes.
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Located on a rugged beach on the edge of a pine forest near the westernmost town of Tofino in Vancouver Island Canada, lies the spectacular Wickaninnish Inn. The multiple award winning retreat lets you experience nature at its wildest while enjoying the comfort of the world-class hotel. With a stunning natural setting and luxe amenities, the hotel is perfect for relaxing and recharging batteries, however if you feel like some action, the hotel offers activities such as surfing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking in the nearby Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and even bear and whale watching excursions.
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A new attraction for thrillseekers has just opened in the French Alps. Called "Step Into the Void”, this is the tallest attraction in Europe, it is located on the peak of Aiguille du Midi(Europes highest mountain peak). The death-defying attraction consists of a glass box suspended over the yawning void, 3,395 feet above the ground. It takes visitors almost 20 minutes to get to by cable car, but if you´re brave enough to enter the cube, you´ll be rewarded with one of the most breathtaking 360° views in all of the world - of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. via

Also check out The Edge Walk in Toronto, and The Ledge Skydeck in Chicago
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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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