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Enjoy Your Room With More Than A View

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We just received a review from a guest recently returning from their custom Wildland Adventure in Patagonia. They couldn't get into the luxury Eolo Lodge by the time they planned their trip so we set them up at the all-inclusive Alta Vista, another one of our favorites near the Moreno Glacier in Argentina. She made the observation that they wish they had more time to enjoy Alta Vista..."it's expensive and it's beautiful, we wanted to experience it more." Hosteria Alta Vista is a small, authentic home and working estancia between Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park for your Patagonia vacation. This seven-room hosteriía was built by Yugoslav pioneers in 1920 as part of Estancia Anita, the area's largest working sheep farm. Its secluded setting in the Patagonian steppe is only 22 miles from El Calafate and a short drive to the spectacular Moreno Glacier. Like many of the estancias and boutique Argentine hosterias...
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Splurging in India

It may surprise you that India is one of the best places to splurge and to be treated like royalty for a day or a week! You can dine using gold-plated silverware at Taj Rambagh Palace (yes, a real palace!) in Jaipur or be serenaded by a flute-player while gazing over Udaipur city on your swing at Taj Lake Palace. You can journey to the Himalayas for a yoga retreat or down south on a boat sailing the waters of Kerala where all your meals are cooked fresh for from local produce. Or enjoy a private classical Indian concert at the home of local musicians. On some  trips to India , we westay at the Taj Lake Palace which is set in the middle of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, Rajasthan. It was built from 1743 – 1746 by the former Maharana Jagat Singh II as a royal summer palace. To reach...
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Friends With Cave Hotels

Having traveled to Cappadocia for over two decades, we have long-standing relationships with Turkish colleagues and friends who started adventure travel here like Haydar Haykir, the now 55-year old proprietor of Elkep Evi, our go-to boutique cave hotel. Haydar resides here, overseeing his small, personal hotel operation and reading philosophy from his cliff top, two-story cave dwelling. One night when the group went into town Anne and I stayed behind to have a quiet meal and catch up with him since the last time we visited. Twenty-three years ago Haydar’s was one of only three boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia—today there are over 300. “Everyone keeps trying to dig bigger and build better cave hotels with indoor pools, flat screen TVs and all the electronic gadgetry. I’m not going there…this is a cave after all,” Haydar insists. And that’s what we really like about him and using Elkep Evi for our...
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Tiger Lodges in India

At Kanha National Park, the Banjaar Tola Luxury Tent camp deck overlooks the river and forest below.  While there are many places to stay around Kanha and Bandavgarh National Parks, there are only a few that I would recommend. For luxury there are the & Beyond properties where I stayed when I was there in 2008 and they are spectacular lodges and tent camps.  Banjar Tola Camp  in Kanha features huge canvas tents hoisted high and stretched wide by massive ropes creating a vast open bedroom and double sink bathroom with a wide curving deck overlooking the river and the forest of the park.  Mahua Kothi Luxury Camp  is equally fabulous with 12 spacious suites designed as luxurious jungle huts connected by sinuous pathways through the forest leading to the spa, pool, and open dining hall looking out to a meadow.    Amit Sankhala, Managing Director of Kanha and Bandavgarh Jungle...
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