Dutch firm UNStudio has completed a mixed-use development in the Chinese city of Hangzhou that accommodates a hotel, offices, apartments and shops, within a pair of sinuous towers connected by a podium and landscaped plaza. Raffles City Hangzhou was designed by UNStudio for real estate company CapitaLand. Described by the studio as “a sustainable urban
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Italian studio Pedevilla Architects has completed an extension to a traditional Alpine hotel, comprising a monolithic blackened-timber volume with windows that jut from the walls and roof to optimise mountain views. Pedevilla Architects developed the six-storey extension for the Bühelwirt hotel, which is situated in the Ahrntal commune of northern Italy, just three kilometres from the Klausberg ski area.
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This white-concrete guest house in the Mexican resort of Tulum is surrounded by dense tropical foliage, which can be viewed from above thanks to a large roof terrace. Opening this month, Tulum Treehouse was designed by local firm CO-LAB Design Office as a five-bedroom private guest retreat nestled among the dense mangrove jungle and array
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White blocks containing guest accommodation appear to float on expansive reflecting pools at this minimalist Mexican hotel by Taller Aragonés. Hotel Mar Adentro sits on the coast of San José del Cabo, at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The popular resort has myriad accommodation options, including the Drift San Jose boutique hotel.
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London practice Baca Architects has designed a cocoa pod-shaped treehouse for an eco hotel located on a secluded Panama island, which is accessible only by boat. Baca Architects founder Richard Coutts was asked to design the treehouse as well as a larger residence for the Bíku Treehouse Retreat on the Bocas del Toro archipelago. The chain of islands in the Caribbean
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UK firm Beech Architects has converted a 125-year-old windmill stump in Suffolk, England, into a guest house topped with an elliptical zinc-clad pod. Once a prominent feature of the landscape, the 60-foot-tall (18-metre) converted windmill now houses two bedrooms, a kitchen-diner, a bathroom, and a viewing pod that offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside from
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Bedrooms inside this barn conversion extension in the English countryside are defined by the peaks of a sawtooth roof, which Blee Halligan Architects added during the building’s renovation. The Five Acre Barn is home to a bed and breakfast, and is set between the Suffolk seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Thropness in the East Anglia
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Bedrooms at this holiday villa in the Mexican resort of Tulum open onto expansive terraces overlooking the tropical forest and beach. Casa Xixim serves as a fully rentable guesthouse for large groups. It was squeezed onto a thin site by New York studio Specht Architects, which created a contemporary architectural aesthetic with white walls, timber
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Whitewashed walls provide backdrops for cacti and frame ocean views at this boutique hotel in Mexico, by Austin architecture firm Lake Flato and designer Liz Lambert. Hotel San Cristóbal Baja overlooks the white sand beach on the coast of Todos Santos, in Mexico’s Baja California Sur state. Located a three-mile bike ride from the town,
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Horny guests at New York’s newly opened hotel Public are ruffling the feathers of neighbours by leaving the curtains open while they have sex. Developed by legendary hotelier Ian Schrager and designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, the 28-storey building at 215 Chrystie Street has only been open for two months. But complaints
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Guests staying in the minimal rooms at this small hotel in Los Cabos, Mexico, can also dine from on-site food carts, sample local booze and shop products by Mexican designers. The Drift San Jose hotel sits in the historic centre of San José del Cabo, a resort town at the southern tip of the Baja
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Architecture firm Arcgency has turned an industrial coal crane in a Copenhagen harbour into a luxury two-person retreat. Located on the edge of Nordhavn, one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark’s capital, The Krane sits on the waterfront and accessed by a drawbridge-like staircase. The multi-tiered structure comprises a reception area on the
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Japanese retailer Muji is set to open hotels in Shenzhen, China and Tokyo, Japan, which will be styled with the minimalist brand’s furnishings and products. The first Muji Hotel will open in Shenzhen later this year, while the second has just broken ground in Tokyo’s Chūō City and is slated for completion in 2019. While details about both projects are currently vague, Business
San José-based practice Studio Saxe has designed this hotel in Costa Rica so that guests can perform yoga flows or rigorous boxing workouts in a studio surrounded by lush vegetation. Hotel Nalu-Nosara is located in Nosara – a beach town on the northern coast of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula village – which has become a popular destination for health, wellness and
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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed new visuals of its proposed 185-metre tower in Melbourne, which will be made up of four stacked blocks with white filigree facades. First unveiled by London-based ZHA back in 2015, the tower will be located on Collins Street, in the heart of the city’s central business district. It is expected to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel
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Hikers can stay overnight for free at this elevated shelter on the outskirts of Bordeaux, designed by London-based Studio Weave to reference the form and materiality of traditional water towers. Studio Weave was commissioned to design the shelter by arts and architecture collective Bruit du Frigo, which has established a series of shelters around the
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A prominent art dealer has turned an estate once owned by infamous drug baron Pablo Escobar into luxury accommodation filled with items from his collection. Located in the Mexican beach resort of Tulum, Casa Malca was renovated and turned into a hotel by New York-based Lio Malca – who deals contemporary works by the likes
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Architects are touting plant-covered tower blocks as a way to tackle air pollution and improve the quality of urban life. From one of the world’s tallest living walls to an entire “vertical forest” city in China, here are 10 examples showing the rise of verdant architecture. Rosewood Tower, Brazil, by Jean Nouvel Ateliers Jean Nouvel has recently
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Dezeen promotion: a cylindrical cultural centre designed by OMA, an old Mexican residence renovated with huge slatted wooden walls, and a boutique “micro hotel” with tiny rooms are among the winners of this year’s Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Americas. The AHEAD Americas 2017 awards recognises hotel and hospitality projects across the Americas, completed between September 2015 and December 2016. Entrants
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The Morgans Hotel in New York, which developer Ian Schrager turned into the world’s first boutique hotel, is being sold and converted into high-end micro apartments. Real-estate agency Kash Group and investment firm Shel Capital are finalising a $41 million deal for the 17-storey, 117-room hotel at 237 Madison Avenue, according to The Real Deal.
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Plants will spill out between the overlapping wooden blocks that make up the facade of this hotel, which Kengo Kuma & Associates has unveiled for a site on the left bank of Paris’ river Seine. Kengo Kuma’s wanted the design of the Eco-Luxury Hotel to bring an abundance of greenery to the development in the Paris Rive Gauche neighbourhood. In addition to the heavy
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Guests at an eco-hotel in Tulum, Mexico, can spend the night in a sculptural treehouse that overlooks expanses of green jungle and turquoise sea. The Treehouse suite is the latest addition to Papaya Playa Project – a resort operated by Design Hotels that stretches almost a kilometre along the Riviera Maya, between white sandy beach and
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Our Frank Lloyd Wright 150th anniversary series ends with the American architect’s best-known building in Asia, the now-demolished Imperial Hotel, where he combined his western design principles and a fascination with Japan. After travelling to Japan in 1905, Wright developed a keen interest in Japanese art and architecture. He was therefore keen to win the bid to
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Photographs of New York’s latest hotel Public, designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, have emerged following its opening last week. Public is the brainchild of legendary hotelier Ian Schrager, who opened the 367-room venture in the city’s Bowery neighbourhood in response to growing competition from Airbnb. He enlisted architecture firm Herzog & de
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Legendary New York hotelier Ian Schrager has unveiled Public, a hotel concept designed by Herzog & de Meuron to counter the threat of Airbnb. The hotel, located at 215 Chrystie Street in New York’s Bowery district, offers luxury without frills as well as an emphasis on social activity – an aspect that the home-sharing rival
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Ateliers Jean Nouvel has released new renderings for its plant-covered luxury hotel adjoining a former maternity hospital in São Paulo, which will feature interiors by Philippe Starck. Nouvel’s Paris-based firm teamed up with developer Alexandre Allard of Groupe Allard to create Cidade Matarazzo – a 550,000 square-metre complex of historic buildings being regenerated in the city’s centre, including the former Filomena
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This ring-shaped house threads between trees in a Catalonian forest, and is the second in a series of dream holiday homes designed by leading architects for the French developer Christian Bourdais. Brussels-based Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen designed the property for the development in the mountainous region of Matarraña, where Bourdais is planning to eventually build
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Swathes of aluminium tiles wrap around this sharply pointed tower by Amanda Levete’s studio AL_A, which is set in the former gardens of the British embassy in Bangkok. London-based AL_A worked with local architects Pi Design on the 37-storey tower named Central Embassy, which hosts a luxury shopping centre at podium-level and the five-star Park Hyatt hotel across its
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Architecture studio Bergmeisterwolf has applied vernacular log cladding to this group of holiday apartments, which extend around a courtyard in the Italian alps. Contained within angular volumes, the Twisted House apartments were designed for a hillside site in South Tyrol, close to Bergmeisterwolf’s studio in the town of Brixen. Five accommodation units are contained within a
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Australian architecture studio Carr has transformed a Federation cottage on the Mornington Peninsula into the Jackalope hotel, cladding the building’s exterior in charred timber and creating interiors based on an alchemist’s workshop. The Jackalope is located in a wine-growing region south of Melbourne that is famed for its production of pinot noir. Comprising both an
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Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has helped to revive a former farming village in the Alentejo region as a high-end hotel featuring whitewashed interiors and original vaulted ceilings. The monte, or village, is located at the heart of the 780-hectare São Lourenço do Barrocal estate, which has been owned by the same family for over
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With the AIA 2017 conference currently taking place in Orlando, we’ve reprised our series on postmodern architecture and design for a one-off special, spotlighting an iconic pair of buildings in the Florida city: Michael Graves’ colourful hotels for Disney World. New York and New Jersey-based Michael Graves Architecture & Design created the Dolphin and Swan hotels
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Tate Harmer has unveiled designed for a stone- and timber-covered hotel at the Eden Project ecological park in Cornwall, England. The London firm led by Jerry Tate and Rory Harmer has just received planning permission for the £8.5 million hotel, which will provide accommodation for some of the one million visitors the Eden Project receives each year. Slats of locally sourced timber and
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In our final movie from the AHEAD Asia awards last month, Australian architect Kerry Hill says he doesn’t believe in “plonk architecture” and instead approaches every building differently. Hill picked up the Outstanding Contribution Award at hospitality awards AHEAD Asia last month for his work on hotels and resorts across Asia. He believes that his success working
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Shenzhen studio Aether Architects has transformed a derelict residence in the city’s Guanwu district into a hotel and cultural centre that is wrapped in a latticed framework of white cubes. Aether Architects designed the ARTINN building for an organisation called Shenzhen Yingyu Creative Culture, which was looking to establish a creative hub for the local community as
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British photography studio Hufton + Crow has visited the Treehotel in northern Sweden to capture its seven unusually themed woodland suites. Among the themed cabins architectural photography duo Hufton + Crow shot is a flying saucer-shaped cabin and a mirror-covered box designed to reflects its forested setting. Husband-and-wife team Kent and Britta Lindvall set up Treehotel in 2010 to cater to tourists visiting the Arctic Circle in search
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High-end hotels and resorts are moving away from “gold, marble and chandeliers” to instead offer guests unique experiences, say AHEAD Asia jury members in this movie Dezeen produced for the hospitality awards scheme. The AHEAD Asia awards 2017, which took place earlier this month at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore, celebrated the best in hospitality
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Timber-clad rooms are stacked vertically and rotated around a spiral staircase to form this hotel in China’s Anhui province, treating guests to 360-degree views of the surrounding tree-covered mountains. Shanghai architecture office Bengo Studio designed the Qiyunshan Tree House hotel for a clearing in the Huangshan mountains. By setting the rooms one on top of the other rather than
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3Gatti Architecture Studio has unveiled a vision for an eco-resort in a Latvian forest, featuring pavilions topped with inflatable roofs that look like pine cones. The Shanghai- and Rome-based studio designed the Pinecones Resort for the Blue Country Spa competition, which asked for designs for a cost-effective and eco-friendly guesthouse and spa in Latvia’s Kurzeme region. The proposal didn’t win, but the architects are
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London-based architecture firm Tonkin Liu has revealed its plans for a family of fritted-glass skyscrapers, which will be arranged around a central plaza in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Five tapering towers scoop up from a podium surrounding a central garden, taking a form not dissimilar to the recent £1 billion tower complex Santiago Calatrava designed for London’s
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Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek and architect Iggie Dekkers have transformed a century-old barn in the Friesian village of Woudsend into a guesthouse designed to showcase an aged timber roof. Hein Eek and Dekkers, who run the studio Eek en Dekkers, began the renovation of the Omke Jan barn in 2014 – 110 years after its initial completion in 1904. The client wanted
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Threatened by construction of a major new reservoir, a forest of 10,000 trees and a collection of 50 historic houses have been transported 800 kilometres to Shanghai, where they are being transformed into a vast holiday resort. Chinese businessman Ma Dadong was so upset to discover that the forest of 2,000-year-old Camphor trees was set to be destroyed, he embarked
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Portuguese studio PROD has converted this 18th-century house and stables in northern Portugal into a 15-bedroom hotel, adding an elevated wooden bridge and a vaulted roof to the kitchen. The Paço de Vitorino estate comprises a three-storey residence on the eastern side of the plot, and two wings on the northern and southern side that were previously used as a warehouse
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American studio ASAP has conceived a new hotel for the urban core of Los Angeles that is meant to evoke a rock emerging from the landscape. The Spring Street Hotel is proposed for the core historic district in Downtown Los Angeles. The 28-storey building, which is now under construction, is meant to capitalise on the
Foster + Partners has won a competition for a complex of stepped towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, providing accommodation for pilgrims en route to the world’s largest mosque. Foster + Partner’s design will be located between the Haramain High-speed Rail Station and the Grand Mosque, making it a key part of the pilgrims’ journey towards the mosque’s Holy Kaaba building
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Seven Scandinavian architects have now built treehouses for Sweden’s Treehotel, including a bird’s nest, a mirrored cube and the charred timber cabin added earlier this month by Snøhetta. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta in 2010, the Treehotel offers themed lodgings for tourists venturing north of the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights.
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Sandstone blocks face into a central courtyard to create this fortress-like clubhouse by More Architecture and Aim Architecture, which is set on an island in Jiaxing. Shanghai-based More Architecture and Aim Architecture designed the 16,000-square-metre Jiaxing Island complex for a site on the edge of the city, which is set between Shanghai and Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province. Water surrounds
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Snøhetta has completed a treetop cabin for the Treehotel in northern Sweden, featuring charred-timber cladding and a suspended net for observing the Northern Lights. Set 10 metres above the forest floor in the crown of a tall pine tree and supported by 12 columns, The 7th Room provides views out over Swedish Lapland, to the Lule River and of
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Studio Fuksas has completed a convention centre and hotel complex in Rome, featuring an auditorium in a translucent fibreglass “cloud”, suspended within a huge glass box. According to the studio, which is led by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, the New Rome/EUR Convention Hall and Hotel is the largest building completed in the Italian capital in over
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A hotel designed by famed Brazilian modernist Oscar Niemeyer has reopened as a luxury resort in Rio de Janeiro, after being closed for over 20 years. Designed by the late Niemeyer in the late 1960s and completed in 1972, the 33-storey Hotel Nacional overlooks the beach from the city’s São Conrado neighbourhood. Cylindrical in form, the tower boasts panoramic views
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Greenery overflows from concrete planters set into the sandstone walls of this hotel, designed by Vo Trong Nghia’s firm for historic Vietnamese town Hoi An. Vietnam-based Vo Trong Nghia Architects designed the Atlas Hoi An Hotel for an irregular shaped plot in Hoi An’s Old Town. Made up of four raised volumes, it features 48 rooms, with views of greenery from both
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Brightly painted shipping containers are stacked one on top of the other to house bunk beds at this hostel in Nha Trang, which also features aerial bridges and giant communal hammocks. The Ccasa Hostel was designed by local studio TAK Architects for a site around three kilometres from the centre of the coastal resort city,
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A glazed panel in the base of this cantilevered swimming pool by architecture studio NOA gives bathers dramatic views of the South Tyrolean Dolomites. NOA created the 25-metre-long pool for Hotel Hubertus, a holiday resort for skiers and hikers in the Italian province of South Tyrol. It is located at the foot of Kronplatz mountain with impressive views of the surrounding Dolomites
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Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects has renovated and extended a former fort in West Flanders to create a home for an estate agent and his family. The Bruges-based practice was asked to extend the 1839 farmhouse – which was once a fort – to suit the client, his wife and their two children, and to transform the barn into a bed
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Six apartments stacked in pairs of rectangular concrete blocks make up this Caribbean guesthouse, designed by architect John Hix to be completely self sufficient. Casa Solaris is one of five guesthouses at the Hix Island House retreat on the Vieques Island, which is located off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico – an unincorporated US territory.
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Architect Rasem Kamal has proposed a network of burrow-like spaces that would sprawl out beneath a UNESCO-protected valley in the Jordan desert. Kamal, an architect and designer at the Basel office of Oppenheim Architecture, drew up plans for the 180,000-square-metre site for his thesis project at the Rice School of Architecture in Texas. His Wadi Rum Excavated Sanctuaries – a complex containing
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This charred-timber cabin by Snøhetta will be raised 10 metres above the forest floor and feature a “stargazing net” to allow guests to watch out for the Northern Lights. The cabin is the latest addition to Treehotel, a boutique hotel located in a pine forest in Swedish Lapland. Set up by Kent Lindvall and his wife Britta
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Lattices of dark blockwork wrap around a verdant courtyard and narrow swimming pool at this hotel in Mexico City, overhauled by local firm JSa. Located in the Mexican capital’s Cuauhtemoc neighbourhood, just off the Paseo de Reforma thoroughfare, the building first opened in the 1970s as the Hotel Jardin Amazonas. “We googled it right away
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These new photographs reveal a vast cultural complex by Zaha Hadid Architects, which is reaching its final stages of construction in the Chinese city Nanjing (+ slideshow). Singaporean photographer Khoo Guo Jie visited the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre ahead of its completion later this year. The 465,000-square-metre complex was designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) for the riverfront of Hexi New Town More
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A+Awards: the African armadillo influenced the curved, scale-covered form of this boutique safari lodge in Botswana – one of the winners at this year’s Architizer A+Awards. Designed by South African firm Nicholas Plewman Architects and UK studio Michaelis Boyd, the Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge sits in the heart of the Okavango Delta – a UNESCO More
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Construction has started on a digitally connected co-living and co-working retreat in the Himalayas, designed by Italian architect Carlo Ratti. Carlo Ratti Associati has teamed up with Turin-based architect Michele Bonino on the Pankhasari Retreat, a remote getaway where guests will be able to live and work like they would in a city. Despite its position in a valley in India’s Darjeeling region – surrounded More
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This remote “glamping” site in Antarctica features a series of igloo-like enclosures fitted with upscale decor like fur-covered chairs and bamboo headboards (+ slideshow). White Desert – billed as the “only luxury camp in the interior of Antarctica” – consists of heated, spherical pods made of fibreglass. Six are designated for sleeping, with each designed More
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