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15 Craziest Hotels Around The World - Huffington Post

15 Craziest Hotels Around The World - Huffington Post | Travel | Scoop.it
15 Craziest Hotels Around The World
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Not everyone wants the typical room service, continental breakfast, and double bed of a chain hotel.
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Oporto in Timelapse

Promotional video of AWE Pictures: Filmaking. Entirely made with a Canon 550D and a Canon 60D. Music: The Cinematic Orquestra - To Build a Home awepictures.c...

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Scents of Place | Aromatherapy as a brand identity for Hotels.

Scents of Place | Aromatherapy as a brand identity for Hotels. | Travel | Scoop.it
When Hans van Wees, general manager, Hotel Vermont in Burlington, set out to create the perfect welcome for guests, how the new boutique hotel should smell was one of the most debated decisions.
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Portugal as a Medical Spa Destination -

Portugal as a Medical Spa Destination - | Travel | Scoop.it
A welcoming country with a gentle climate and beautiful scenery, Portugal is a fantastic place to enjoy a break while you get the medical treatment you need. Its world class hospitals offer cutting edge medical procedures and afterwards you can ...
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Simply Sintra: magic and mystery on Portugal's Atlantic coast

Simply Sintra: magic and mystery on Portugal's Atlantic coast | Travel | Scoop.it
Sintra is often described as a Disneyland for grown-ups, but spend time exploring the surrounding beaches, seafood restaurants and woodlands, and you'll find there's much more to this historic town, writes Isabel Choat...
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The Beautique hotel - New at Praça de Figueira | Facebook

The Beautique hotel - New at Praça de Figueira | Facebook | Travel | Scoop.it

New Hotel Figueira and Honra Restaurant– A Unique Design and relaxing retreat in the heart of Lisbon.

The hotel has been designed by no other than Architect, and award-winning designer Nini Andrade e Silva, the creative mind behind most of the Boutique Design Hotels in Lisbon.

The concept is thus of the trunk of a tree. For this project, she literally shaped the walls and notched out niches, producing an organic effect resembling fig tree trunks, branches and leaves. The bold green and brown color scheme completes the forest effect. The hotel offer a rooftop spa, fitness room, sauna, Turkish bath, two treatment rooms and outstanding views of Lisbon, the Figueira Spa is a truly peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.

Figueria also features the cuisine of beloved Portuguese chef Olivier da Costa in the restaurant Honra by Olivier. The menu is pure Portuguese, offering the true taste of this beautiful country.

http://www.thebeautiquehotels.com/pt

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Food for Tourism: Travelers are hungry for food | Facebook

Food for Tourism: Travelers are hungry for food | Facebook | Travel | Scoop.it

Food tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors for the discerning traveler, focusing on the production and consumption of food. Large brand like whole foods are developing journeys of tasting around the world. Dedicated, wealthy, and discerning consumers are likely to salivate at the news and become the venture’s first customers.

According to the International Culinary Tourism Association, culinary tourism is defined as “the pursuit of unique and memorable eating and drinking experiences”. What this means is there is a particular audience of people who are willing to travel the world in order to sample and experience authentic international cuisines. And Portugal is one of those destinations.

Food and drink festivals constitute the sole instance where the decision to travel is taken solely on the grounds of the gastronomic experiences offered. These are becoming more prevalent, in particular in Europe. Whilst this segment is growing, at present there are estimated to be no more than one million international culinary tourists traveling each year.

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Few cities of the World can be compared to Lisbon, don't you think?

Few cities of the World can be compared to Lisbon, don't you think? | Travel | Scoop.it

Few cities of the World can be compared to Lisbon, don't you think? Show it to the rest of the World! photo by Nuno Trindade PhotographyLISBOA Live - ao vivo no faceb00k - Poucas cidades no Mundo se podem comparar com Lisboa, não acham? Mostrem-na ao Mundo! / Few cities of the World can be compared to Lisbon, don't you think? Show it to the rest of the World! Obrigado Nuno Trindade Photography por esta fotografia fantástica - www.facebook.com/LisboaLive.pt

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Travel Concierge – Make Your Trip Hassle Free And Unforgettable! | Facebook

Travel Concierge – Make Your Trip Hassle Free And Unforgettable! | Facebook | Travel | Scoop.it

In your busy lives, such as yours, what are your wishes, apart from making 24 hours a day converted into 36 (because even if it were possible it still wouldn't be enough to go by). So, what exactly do you wish for? Days of sunshine and laughter with your kids and partner, hanging with friends in private club parties, getting your hands on some of the things that have become antique or vintage, or anything that is on your wish list is granted, thanks to Concierge Etc. services.

 

Life has become so easy with our assistance that time actually seems available in abundance in which you can go whereever you want and do whatever you wish. And, for the later one also, Concierge Etc. travel services will leave you with absolutely no concern except for you to make the most of this time.

With all the pieces in place, Concierge Etc. would be working around the dates you have given to us. Also, catering bespoke experience on the journey and tour as a whole, we would do everything that you have shown your interest into. Concierge travel is all about freedom from everything that is considered too restricting and constricting.

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Call on Concierge Etc. for all your travel and lifestyle needs.

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Port wine tasting, a traditional and a modern approach - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal

Port wine tasting, a traditional and a modern approach - Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it
Two different ways of experiencing port wine in Porto. From the dusty traditional cellars of Real Companhia Velha to the shiny modern Espaço Porto Cruz.
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Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal

Real Life Flintstones House Lures Tourists in Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it

It's a bit of a shame that the easiest way to describe this magnificent structure requires reference to a cartoon from the 1960s, but the way in which it incorporates its natural setting defies most conventional description. Located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal, A Casa do Penedo, or "the House of Stone," was built between four large boulders found on the site. Although the house may seem rustic, it is not lacking in amenities, which include a fireplace and a swimming pool--carved out of one of the large rocks. But, as word has spread, the sleepy little house has had visitors venturing to see it in droves.


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A very rare and cool looking home here in Portugal.  Im very surprised to see this home here though.  I would think of many European countries that would have a home like this, especially somewhere in the United Kingdom.  But the portuguese people are usually very skilled in carpentry and take great pride in building certain styles of home.  Not that this is not an amazing feat to accomplish, it just seems out of charachter for the country.

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Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal

Living in 'An Extension of Nature': CasasNaAreia in Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it

CasasNaAreia is a gorgeous holiday retreat based on the transformation of old masonry buildings into new, contemporary structures.

 

The property is about the experience of living almost in an extension of the natural environment, especially in the kitchen/dining area – which is laid out with a carpet of fine sand. One of the two wooden volumes was converted into a two-bedroom pavilion and the other is employed for common and social areas.

Surrounded by rice paddies and umbrella pine forest, CasasNaAreia looks out onto the Sado estuary, famous for its stunning sunsets, salt pans, flamingos and flocks of dolphins...


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Food Pilgrimage: Casa Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal

Food Pilgrimage: Casa Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it
I'll get right to it. If you want to try the oldest egg tart in the world, then a food pilgrimage to Casa Pasteis de Belem in Lisbon, Portugal should definitely be on your to do lists. As much as I...
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Comporta, the Ibiza of Portugal -

Imagine a place where land meets water, a peninsula which separates the blue of an ocean and the green of a river.  White, sandy beaches and secret paths across wild sand dunes which lead you to enchanted enclaves.
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Comporta is the refugee of many famous personalities, attracted by the natural beauty and luxurious services of this beach of the Alentejo.

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Coelhos beach Arrábida

Coelhos beach   Arrábida | Travel | Scoop.it
Coelho’s beach on Arrábida, Setubal it’s a small cove paradise situated at the foot of the Natural Park of Arrábida, white sand, gentle and bathing transparent and peaceful. Very nice and quiet bea...

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Looks great!

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Is Lisbon to become the New French Riviera...

Is Lisbon to become the New French Riviera... | Travel | Scoop.it

The new St. Apolónia Cruising Terminal | shopping facilities.

The port of Lisbon authority has recently launched a public tender for cruise activity concession in Lisbon. The concession includes the existing cruise facilities in Lisbon Cruise Terminal, at Santa Apolónia, and the construction of the new terminal building, a project by the Portuguese architect Carrilho da Graça. with completion anticipated by the end of 2014, The new Terminal will host in its new retail space four fashion brands for those arriving in the city on a cruise — Calvin Klein, Hackett London, Pepe Jeans and Tommy Hilfiger. So who knows we might soon have a whole commercial center there.

The Port of Lisbon is the meeting point between the pleasure which the river inspires and the rhythms of the city. In addition to the important role which it assumes within the frame of national and international maritime transports, tourist cruises and recreational boating, the Port of Lisbon also assumes itself as an acknowledged centre of attraction of populations who live in or visit the city of Lisbon and the River Tagus. On both banks of the river, there are a variety of restaurants, bars, outdoor cafés and other types of offers which every day invite people to enjoy the tranquillity which the river promotes. According to a government plan the north bank of the Tagus will be used solely for cruising and recreational boating.

In addition to this project, the Executive decides now proceed with the construction of a second cruise terminal, as with the departure of the container terminal, Alcantara will be available with an area of 14 hectares and a front pier of 630 meters.

So given the many projects coming up in the future, the question is, will Lisbon become the new French Riviera...

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Waves of pleasure: Portugal's spectacular Costa da Prata is heaven for surfers

Waves of pleasure: Portugal's spectacular Costa da Prata is heaven for surfers | Travel | Scoop.it

It's home to some of the world's biggest waves but for surf enthusiast Guy Adams and his wife, Portugal's Silver Coast proved the perfect place for a short break.

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U.S. Business Traveler Falling in Love With Europe Again

U.S. Business Traveler Falling in Love With Europe Again | Travel | Scoop.it
Corporate travel planners in America remember September 2008 with dread. Lehman Brothers filed bankruptcy, signaling the beginning of global financial collapse. Then the AIG scandal broke when the insurance company rang up a $443,000 tab at the St.
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Praça Nelson Mandela in Lisbon, Portugal

Praça Nelson Mandela in Lisbon, Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it

A girl wearing a T-shirt with the number 466/64 (Prisoner number of Mandela) and a South African flag poses at Dom Pedro IV square, commonly known as Rossio, in downtown Lisbon on July 18, 2013. Lisbon joined the world wide celebrations of Nelson Mandela's 95th anniversary renaming... FRANCISCO LEONG , Getty Images

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Fashion Tourism - The Ultimate Epicure of Travel -

Fashion Tourism - The Ultimate Epicure of Travel - | Travel | Scoop.it
You will be thinking: “Fashion Tourism? You mean Shopping Tourism, right?”. And in a way we totally mean that, but Fashion Tourism goes a step forward. Fashion Tourism is defined as the phenomenon of people travelling to and staying in ...
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The Umbrella-Lined Streets of Agueda, Portugal

The Umbrella-Lined Streets of Agueda, Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it
  In select areas of the city of Águeda, Portugal, you will find streets lined with colourful umbrellas. The installation, known as the Umbrella Sky Project, is part of the local Agitagueda Ar...
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Portugal town gets first Torah scroll in 500 years

Portugal town gets first Torah scroll in 500 years | Travel | Scoop.it

For the first time in centuries, a Torah scroll will be installed in the northern Portuguese town of Trancoso, where many Jews lived before the 16th century.

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Flexible and Highly Original Eco-Resort in Portugal

Flexible and Highly Original Eco-Resort in Portugal | Travel | Scoop.it

Luis Rebelo de Andrade in collaboration with Diogo Aguiar completed the design for seven cozy accommodation units presently known as the “Eco-Resort” and located in Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal.

 

The original resort was especially envisioned as a serene place for guests to get away and experience nature in its purest form: “Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogs with the surrounding environment“.

The interiors of the resort are highly modern and pay tribute to the minimalist style. In other words, functionality is a key factor in the design, although the architecture also ranks high in aesthetics...


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 19, 2013 5:13 PM

Eco resorts, one subtrend of the major "sustainability on our houses and living" trend.

 

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In the lovely wooden landscapes of Northern Portugal, an Eco-Resort will get you to a lush, cool and upscale holiday

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LIsbon pre-1755 earthquake in Second Life

Presentation video for the virtual archeology project "City and Spectacle: A Vision of Pre-Earthquake Lisbon", which is implementing a recreation of Lisbon a...
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