Archive for the ‘Europe’ Category
Some of the most astonishing hotels can be found in Europe and some are unlike anything you have ever seen or will see. Whether it’s their luxury or innovative design that draws you in, the quality of these European hotels will blow you away. So, the next time you renew your E111 card and visit Europe, book a room at or visit one of these outstanding hotels:
Icehotel: Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
This hotel was one of the first of its kind and to this day is known as one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. Made entirely out of ice, the Icehotel is rebuilt every year and is known to be one of the most stunning sights in the world. Bring some heavy duty thermal clothing when you stay here though because the rooms are all kept at -5°C while outside temperatures can get as low as -45°C. Stay here to experience a night in a magnificent ice castle and try out husky sledding, snowmobiling, skiing, ice driving and much more.
Inntel Amsterdam Zaandamn: Amsterdam, Netherlands
This particular hotel is one of the most impressive architectural feats you will see in your lifetime. Imagine a huge stack of traditional Zaan houses all stacked on top of each other and mish-mashed together. It’s fascinating to look at and what goes on inside is just as impressive. It has luxury rooms, a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, a wellness club, a Finnish sauna and a gym. A stay in this hotel would be incredible for more than a few reasons.
Ballyfin Demesne: Laois, Ireland
If you’ve ever dreamed of being in a Jane Austen novel or have wanted to know what regal life is like then this hotel is where your wish will be granted. This restored Georgian country estate has 20 rooms and is the epitome of luxury. The décor will make you feel like you’ve just stepped into the shoes of a 19th aristocrat. There are four poster canopy beds, gilded mirrors, marble bathrooms, paintings, a grand piano, tapestries and a 2,000 year old Roman mosaic in the lobby. In this hotel you have 614 acres of secluded gardens at your disposal. You can go horseback riding, go clay pigeon shooting, learn archery or falconry, or you can get out on the 28-acre lake and go fishing or simply let the butler row the boat. While a stay at this unbelievable hotel is certainly not cheap, it is most definitely impressive.
Attrap’ Rêves: France
You’ll never think of camping the same way again after staying in this hotel. Designer Pierre Stephane Dumas took camping to a whole new level and created these amazing bubble-dwellings. In different locations in France you can sleep in an inflated bubble in the middle of a secluded glade and watch the stars. Each bubble is kept inflated by a silent blower that recycles air and inside you’ll find a comfy king-size bed, a table with chairs, a reading lamp and a bathroom with running water. The bubbles even have electricity. You can choose a completely transparent bubble or a tinted one if you want extra privacy, although the bubbles are always secluded, private and kept a safe distance apart, so there’s no worry over your privacy being invaded. You can get up close to nature in comfort and style while in the main building of the hotel, a short walk away from your bubble, you can relax in a Jacuzzi, dine in the restaurant and look through telescopes.
Having a honeymoon in Switzerland is your chance to experience the stunning alpine landscapes, beautiful towns and cultured cities! Switzerland is a blend of French, German and Italian cultures. Switzerland is a tranquil haven perfect for a romantic honeymoon.
St Anton in Austria is a world renowned skiing facility, positioned in the belt that is known as Austria’s skiing capital. Only 100 miles from Solden, and with Innsbruck and Otztal close by, visiting Austria on a skiing vacation could not get any easier, or more action-packed. The terrain is varied, and offers excellent opportunities for new skiers, experienced skiers and even snowboarding - that is on-the-up in this region. With 2 mountains, and a top of the range ski lift, skiers have no problems getting from A to B on the 30 000 feet slope. With views looking over the snowy hills and farmland, it is no wonder the area is a thriving hub for tourists, from around the world.
The Courchevel 1850 resort in France is one of the best ski resorts in the world if you happen to be a beginner. Yes, we were all beginners once, and no one knows better than the Courchevel 1850 resort, that if you get the beginners right, the intermediates and advanced will follow. With over 50% of all runs dedicated specifically to beginners, it is a haven for those learning to ski, or looking to refine their skills and expertise whilst on vacation.
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Skiing in Kopaonik, Serbia is becoming a growing trend for skiers looking to move away from the commercial skiing facilities of Central and Northern Europe in search of more naturally occurring skiing trails. With a snow range of 1770-2017 metres and a village positioned 5,000 feet above sea level Kopeonik in Serbia is seen as the answer to many skiers’ dreams. With a three hour journey from the nearest airport Kopaonik is surely worth the effort, having cross-country skiing, night skiing, skydiving, sleigh rides, ice-skating, indoor tennis and many other activities for the winter sports enthusiast to enjoy.
A Scottish honeymoon is your chance to experience the wild, unique, mysterious and romantic nature in this wonderful country! From its historic and cultured cities, to its stunning landscapes and enchanting islands, Scotland is a plainly unforgettable land.
LAAX in Switzerland stands over 30 000 feet high, with skiing and snowboarding facilities that suit everyone’s needs – from beginners to world champions. LAAX has hosted all the big events in snowboarding and skiing, welcoming thousands of tourists from around the globe each week. LAAX was one of the first major skiing locations to get on the map, when in the 70s skiing holidays started to rise in popularity for western travelers - LAAX was right their, waiting to ride the wave. Millions of visitors later, LAAX are renowned for their 3rd slalom known only as “Death Mountain” by some. With glaring views down the steep, tangling mountain-side it is no wonder “Death Mountain” scares even the most resilient of skier.
Many people would raise eyebrows if a vacation off to Turkey is mentioned. But, to those that are into adventure vacation, a trip to Turkey, especially in Gaziantep spells as a fun-filled ADVENTURE! This is because the place, the Gaziantep province, can be found at the southeast part of the country—which most tourist have not stepped foot onto.
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Eastern Europe is very different from its western counterpart. The region is a fascinating and very scenic honeymoon destination. Whether you choose to visit an island such as Crete or Cyprus! Or visit a historic nation like Poland, there are enormous amount s of activities to see and do!
The landscapes of these countries are extremely varied and different. Crete all has lovely coastlines with glorious golden beaches and aqua blue seas. The latter three are also home to stunning mountain ranges. For a different experience, you may choose to visit the great lakes of Poland, perhaps by bicycle, or explore the vineyards and citrus orchards of Crete. Read the rest of this entry »
Croatia, one of the new emerging European nations, has seen an amazing turnaround in fortunes over the last decade. Since it has become more involved with the European Union, and European integration, it has become distinctly more tourist friendly, and is a great place to vacation with your family on a budget. With a number of well positioned mountain resorts, Croatia is ideally suited for skiers of all abilities and ages, making it a great all-round holiday destination.