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15 Amazing Hotels You’ll Regret Not Visiting in Your Lifetime

15 Amazing Hotels You’ll Regret Not Visiting in Your Lifetime

Every self-respecting traveler needs a dream-hotel bucket list. Here are a few adventurous options you can add to yours.

Ahwahnee Hotel – Yosemite National Park, United States

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    “The destination of queens and presidents alike,” this Four-Diamond hotel is sure to impress travelers who appreciate the great outdoors.

    Many Glacier Hotel – Glacier National Park, United States

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      Located in “the Switzerland of North America,” this charming hotel is famous for what it doesn’t have – TV or air conditioning. The low-distraction environment is great for reading, thinking, unwinding, and connecting with the people you love.

      The Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Canada

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        With golf in the summer and skiing in the winter, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a treat year-round.

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        In case the outdoors aren’t your idea of a dream vacation, here are two urban hotels that tower above the competition…

        Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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          Voted “the world’s most luxurious hotel,” the Burj Al Arab’s many amenities include “an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.”

          Shangri-La Hotel – London, England

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            Located in The Shard, London’s iconic glass tower, the Shangri-La Hotel is a classy way to holiday amidst the beautiful views of England’s capital city.

            If you’re scared of heights, those last two hotels could make for a stressful vacation. Perhaps one of these quirky vacation spots will strike your fancy…

            Hotel Unique – São Paulo, Brazil

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              “Known locally as the “Watermelon” for its striking crescent shape, Hotel Unique tries, and mostly succeeds, to be a combination of quirky and luxurious.” – NYTimes

              Kakslauttanen – Saariselkä, Finland

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                While many towering luxury hotels offer views of the ground below, the glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort turn your attention to the star-studded sky above.

                Bora Bora Four Seasons Resort – Leeward Islands, French Polynesia

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                  Relax ashore in a bungalow suite equipped with a private pool, or dare to spend your nights perched atop the turquoise waters of the lagoon.

                  Montaña Mágica Lodge – Southern Chile

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                    Tucked away in a native Chilean forest, this “Magic Mountain” hotel offers accommodations Smaug and Bilbo would both enjoy. The creative design consists of cave-like rooms nestled in a lonely mountain. Visit the hotel website for pictures of the fascinating exterior.

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                    ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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                      Ever stayed in a hotel that melts in the spring? Founded in 1989, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is “an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.”

                      If you’re craving more traditional luxury, these next few destinations are for you.

                      The Cliff Bay – Funchal Portugal

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                        Breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine, and an atmosphere primed for romance are just are few of the luxuries provided by this Five Star hotel.

                        Porto Bay Rio Internacional – Rio de Janeiro

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                          With the calming ocean on one side and the energizing city of Rio de Janeiro on the other, Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a versatile vacation destination.

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                          Ca’ Sagredo Hotel – Venice, Italy

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                            Live like royalty in the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, with rooms that feature magnificent Italian art and offer charming views of the Canal Grande. If Italy isn’t in the budget, you might try this next hotel.

                            The Venetian – Las Vegas, United States.

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                              Boasting a standard suite that’s “nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room,” the Venetian is a luxurious way to enjoy the city. While you’re in town, you might also want to spend a night at this next hotel.

                              The Bellagio – Las Vegas, United States

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                                With iconic fountains that served as a backdrop to Brad Pitt and George Clooney in the movie Ocean’s 11, this Five Diamond hotel is a vacation in itself.

                                Hopefully this list will inspire a trip or two for you. Happy trails!

                                Featured photo credit: Jon Rawlinson via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                1. Breathe

                                The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                2. Loosen up

                                After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                3. Chew slowly

                                Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                4. Let go

                                Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                It’s not. Promise.

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                                Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                5. Enjoy the journey

                                Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                6. Look at the big picture

                                The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                Will this matter to me…

                                • Next week?
                                • Next month?
                                • Next year?
                                • In 10 years?

                                Hint: No, it won’t.

                                I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                8. Practice patience every day

                                Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                Final thoughts

                                Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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