Got some extra time left this summer, or do you just need some beautiful imagery to ease your stressful day? Check out these beautiful destinations all conviently found on planet earth.
Boracay Island, Philippines
Decades ago, Boracay Island was an almost possessively guarded secret so that only a few knew of its existence. Tourism only began to develop in the 1970s,when, it is said, a foreign movie crew accidentally “discovered” this island paradise. Others maintain that it was the German traveler, ‘Jens Peters’ book, which included rave reviews of Boracay that changed the island’s pace from that of being a quiet secret to eventually being voted as having the best beach in the world. Whichever story is true, it was around this time that Boracay Island slowly ceased to be a private hangout for travelers.
Goldeneye Hotel and Resort – Oracabessa, Jamaica
Goldeneye was originally built by Ian Fleming, who created the James Bond character and who wrote all of his Bond novels while living there. Fleming purchased 15 acres of land on a former donkey racetrack in 1946 after hearing about the property from a friend. The home was built based on a sketch by the author and incorporated features such as glassless windows, a position almost overhanging the sea and great simplicity. Thirteen years after Fleming’s death in August, 1964, Blackwell purchased the property from the Fleming family. For years Goldeneye was primarily used by Blackwell as a place to entertain his friends, and the property was used primarily for entertainment. Blackwell added to the original acreage in small parcels to reach a current total of 40 acres. In the late 1980s, Blackwell formed the Island Outpost Company and opened the property as a small hotel.
Not many cities have managed to retain their historic features quite as successfully as Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The old town of Bern has been entered in the list of UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites and thanks to its 6 kilometres of arcades (the locals refer to them as ‘Lauben’) as well as boasting one of the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe.
Benteng Chittorgarh, India
Chittorgarh Fort is considered as the largest fort in India and the best in the state of Rajasthan. The fort is built on a hilly 1.1 square mile plot of land. When it was built in the 7th century AD. it’s ruler, Iwan Fals Rawal has intended it to be a dowry for his daughter Solanki.
If you were ever wondering where the Holy Grail from Indian Jones and the Last Crusade was kept, this is it. Petra, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attractions it is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. The city served as an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Lower Lewis River Falls – Gifford Pinchot National Forest – Washington, USA
This beautiful and quite powerful waterfall actually looks better during lower water periods. When the water is high, a solid wall of water crashes into the large pool in spectacular fashion, but during low water periods, the falls look more graceful and calmer. Be careful in this area, the rim of the canyon is abrupt and the river is fed by glaciers on Mt. Adams. The falls have created a nice plunge pool, perfect for swimming in. Be sure to stay away from the falls!
Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich vegetation, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is unique in this region. Tourists can enjoy walking through the dense forests among thousand year old trees.
The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps. The city was tragically burned to the ground in a fire in 1904 but much to it’s advantage this gave a unique opportunity for the top German Architects of the time to work on a “blank slate” thus created the moving cityscape you see today.
4 Seasons Resort – Bora Bora, French Polynesia
A white-sand beach leads to the lagoon. Use of kayaks, windsurfing equipment, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and outrigger canoes is complimentary. The resort also features an inner lagoon sanctuary; a marine biologist leads sanctuary activities such as snorkeling tours and fish feeding. A wave-shaped infinity pool overlooks the ocean. At the full-service spa, treatments incorporate organic seaweed-based Osea products and French Polynesia botanicals. The spa also features an outdoor vitality pool, an aroma hammam, and separate relaxation areas for men and women. The resort has four restaurants. Dinner Experiences, such as romantic dinners for two on the beach, can also be arranged.
Polperro, Southeast Cornwall, United Kingdom
Polperro, with its narrow winding streets and cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour is everyone’s idea of a picturesque Cornish fishing village. A big hit with the locals and tourists alike, the village still boasts an old time feel and a slower pace of life for those seeking a little R&R.