All of the Hawaiian Islands have complex and fragile ecosystems that are easily affected by outside influences. This is partly why Hawaii has the highest number of endangered and threatened native plant and animal species of any place on the planet. An important value for native Hawaiians and Hawaii locals is the idea of malama aina or to care for the land. There are many ways visitors can learn about the native traditions used to work the land—and help locals keep Hawaii more sustainable for generations to come. For travelers interested in eco-tourism experiences, there are a variety of farm and agricultural tours, botanical gardens and more that showcase the islands’ unique environments.
Take a farm tour in the beautiful, green Hanalei taro fields to see how kalo (taro), an important Hawaiian root starch, is cultivated. The South Shore of Kauai is also home to Kauai Coffee, a working coffee plantation. Some of Hawaii’s largest botanical gardens can also be found on Kauai; the National Tropical Botanical Garden has three sites here: Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden just west of Koloa, and Limahuli Garden on the North Shore. You can also opt for a whale-watching tour (December–May), or spot some of the 1,200 endangered Hawaiian monk seals swimming in Kauai’s waters on Poipu Beach.
Embark on a farm tour to learn about the farm-to-table processes that are such a vital part of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, and see Native Hawaiian plants and flowers at Honolulu Botanical Gardens’ five diverse sites on Oahu. From December through May, go whale watching off Oahu’s southern coast to greet humpback whales on their annual visit to Hawaii’s warm waters.
Besides the island’s resort areas, much of Lanai looks the way it did hundreds of years ago. Cook pines and what is left of pineapple fields remain in Central Lanai, but there are other off-the-beaten-path spots that can transport you back in time. Visit the Kanepuu Preserve for a self-guided tour featuring 48 species of endemic Hawaiian plants. Protected by the Nature Conservancy, learn how this fragile ecosystem continues to survive in Lanai today.
Take a drive to Upcountry Maui and stroll among fields of sweet lavender and vibrant protea in Kula. Or walk back in time through gardens of indigenous plants at the Kula Botanical Garden. Continue to the 30,000-foot summit of Haleakala and you just might meet our state bird, the endangered nene (Hawaiian goose), or stumble across a Haleakala silversword, a rare and beautiful succulent that shimmers in the early light.
Take a farm tour to see how locals work the land. Visit Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nut Farm for a fascinating tour. Hawaii is the world’s leading producer of macadamia nuts. Or, to really see environmental preservation in action at the Nature Conservancy’s two sites on Molokai: the Moomomi Preserve on the northwest coast and the Kamakou Preserve in the mountainous rainforests to the east.
Island of Hawaii
There are numerous ways to learn about the local ecosystem and experience the unique beauty of the island of Hawaii. At the Hawaii Wildlife Center's Hoopulauma Science and Discovery Center you can learn about efforts to protect and rehabilitate native bird species and other wildlife. At the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority campus there are a variety of tours focused on renewable energy, sustainability and emerging technology offered by the FRIENDS OF NELHA group. Or, help restore native flora on a tree planting tour with HAWAIIAN LEGACY TOURS, where you can help plant a Koa tree as part of the excursion.
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The entrance to the hotel is through a small flower filled conservatory which looks out towards Loch Linnhe and the mountains beyond. Here you can relax any time of the day and read or admire the view over a cup of coffee or enjoy a lunch watching 'life' go by. It is most popular for afternoon tea when it gets the best of the sun and for pre dinner drinks with the sun setting over the mountains.
Once through into the main hallway the atmosphere is one of a luxury country house. From here guests can step into the first of two lounges with the second beyond.
The intimacy of the smaller lounge encourages conversation, helped considerably by the gentle crackle of the log fire. The décor is bright with cream coloured wood paneling and brightly coloured sofas and chairs. Guests often relax here after breakfast and perhaps read the newspapers which are replenished every day.
The second larger lounge is a little more traditional in décor. However the large sofas and chairs all in a rich blend of colours and fabrics encourage guests to relax, perhaps by the fire reading over one of the many magazines or admiring the wide range of artwork on the walls.
The restaurant follows through with a relaxed and romantic atmosphere. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, guests can admire the stunning views of loch Linnhe and the mountains of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula beyond.
You could also enjoy a dram in the intimate setting of our whisky bar, purpose built for us in beautiful American Walnut.
In front of the hotel, across the lane, is our garden. This spacious area is a great place to enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea whilst admiring the beautiful views across the loch. For the slightly more energetic there is always a game of croquet to consider or perhaps a little putting to keep you in practice - all with that amazing view!
The hotel also has a number of special offers so please visit our special offers page.
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Highlights of Saxon Switzerland:
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A national garden and premier horticultural attraction for local and international visitors, Gardens by the Bay is a showpiece of horticulture and garden artistry that presents the plant kingdom in a whole new way, entertaining while educating visitors with plants seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from species in cool, temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats.
The garden entertains and educates visitors with horticultural species seldom seen in this part of the world, ranging from those that grow in cool, temperate climates to those native to tropical forests.
The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden, and Bay Central Garden. Bay South, masterfully planned by the UK landscape architecture firm Grant Associates, is the largest of the three. This lively and vibrant garden – with its iconic Supertrees – showcases the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry with a mass display of tropical flowers, colourful foliage and more. The soaring tree-like structures rise to heights of 25 and 50 metres, and are embedded with sustainable energy and water technologies.
These uniquely designed vertical gardens create a “wow” factor through their display of tropical flowering climbers, epiphytes and ferns. At night, the canopies come alive with lighting and projected media. Bay South also includes the Conservatory Complex, an architectural icon showcasing sustainable energy technology and comprising two beautiful glass biomes that display plants from Mediterranean and Tropical Montane regions – and two horticultural themed gardens: the Heritage Gardens and The Worlds of Plants. The Heritage Gardens reflect the history and culture of Singapore’s main ethnic groups as well as the city-state’s colonial heritage, while the World of Plants showcases the biodiversity of plant life on our planet.
Visit the Website: http://www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
Long grass blows in the wind, lone green trees adorn the vast landscape and springboks roam through the spectacular vistas. These are our surroundings.
We have two of the most exclusive lodges in this remote and unspoiled land. Our dimension is our strength: we guarantee top quality and tailor-made treatment. Make your choice, we are looking forward to welcome you.
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Treehotel offers a unique hotel experience: treerooms with contemporary design in the middle of unspoiled nature. Here you can forget about the time constraints of everyday life, enjoy the serenity, and rejuvenate in a sophisticated yet familiar environment.
Where is Treehotel?Treehotel is located in Harads, near the Lule river, about 100 kilometers from Luleå airport. The village has a population of about 600 and features a restaurant, shop and guest house. When you arrive at Treehotel, you check in at Britta’s Pensionat. Then it’s just a short stroll through the beautiful nature to your treeroom.
The most striking part of Harads is its magnificent surroundings. From Treehotel’s rooms you get a fantastic view of the Lule River valley, miles of forest and the powerful river.
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Located in the Triglav National Park, where fresh alpine winds meet warm Mediterranean breezes, Pristava Lepena combines the charm of traditional architecture with the comfort of contemporary living. The Trenta Valley, with the crystal-clear waters of the Soča River, creates a wonderful environment for holidays as well as organization of weddings, seminars and business meetings.
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Volcanoes National Park is situated in northwestern Rwanda and is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Since reopening in 1999, it has experienced a growing number of visitors each day, thanks in large part to its role as the world’s most popular mountain gorilla sanctuary. With fewer than 700 of this species left, tourists can catch a rare glimpse of the gorillas as they can nowhere else in the world. Beyond gorillas, however, Volcanoes National Park park is also able to offer some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and diverse vegetation. It is part of the Virunga Conservation Area and covers more than 125km2, including five extinct volcanoes: Muhabura, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Karisimbi and Bisoke. The latter two can be climbed during one or two-day treks.
Against this backdrop, tourists can hike through the lush bamboo and Hygenia rainforest, open grassland and swamp of the Volcanoes National Park to discover golden monkeys, bush duiker, buffalo and spotted hyenas. You will not have to listen too hard before you hear one of the 178 recorded bird species in the park. Look through the gaps in the dense forest canopy and you will also see the breathtaking peaks of the volcanoes standing tall at over 4,500m.
Volcanoes national park was become famous as the research base of the late American primatologist Dian Fossey and, subsequently, as the setting for the film Gorillas in the Mist. The park continues to uphold its reputation as a destination for unrivaled wildlife encounters and at the edges of Mt. Sabyinyo are also where you will find Fossey’s tomb, as she was buried among the gorillas she grew to love so dearly.
Experienced guides will take you through this impressive montane ecosystem, where you can witness the sights and sounds of the heart of Africa.
Visit the Website: www.volcanoesnationalpark.org
One&Only Nyungwe House is set on the edge of the Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda’s mountainous South West. Part of a working tea plantation, its roots are well-established, yet its offerings are distinctly modern with every comfort you could ever need or desire.
No one has walked in your shoes, nor dreamed your dreams, so we curate a completely bespoke itinerary to make your passions and interests come to life. With expert local guides and visiting international specialists, every discovery will be illuminated by a wealth of knowledge and fascinating first-hand stories.
Being at one with nature sits hand in hand with an ethos of personal wellness. Whether you wish to enhance your healthy lifestyle, or delve into a new world of spiritual and physical development, there’s no better place to practice wellness than here.
We believe the adventure begins on the journey itself. That’s why our transfers are so much more than transfers. Our charismatic hosts welcome you personally at Kigali Airport, and take you on a breath-taking journey in a luxury SUV, equipped with every creature-comfort. Stopping at unmissable points of interest along the way, with refreshments and a beautifully prepared picnic, remarkable surprises await before you’ve even touched down at the resort.
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Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge - more than the mesmerizing scenery and genuine promise of relaxation.
Earth and art come together at Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge to create the most unforgettable and picturesque stay in Basco, Batanes, Philippines. Set atop a lush hill and caught between the mountain, sea, and sky, the hotel offers the best spot to view the scenic landscape, the cultural and aesthetic heritage of the Ivatan people. Experience the true photographic beauty of Batanes right at the comforts of the hotel.
Once the home studio of internationally acclaimed artist Pacita Abad, pays homage to its creative roots with Ivatan-inspired rooms and suites. Resembling a gallery, each uniquely designed accommodation is adorned by artworks of both well-known and up-and-coming artists. Meanwhile, the ambience gives you the distinct and familiar feeling of being right at your very own home — the bed-and-breakfast warmth can be felt throughout. Essential assistance is provided by the hotel’s facilities that include airport and city transfers, room service, massage treatments and so much more.
More than the mesmerizing scenery and genuine promise of relaxation, staying in this destination hotel nurtures the artistic lifeblood of its community. Fundacion Pacita Batanes Nature Lodge supports the education of the Ivatan youth through projects initiated by The Jorge, Aurora, and Pacita Abad Memorial Foundation, Inc.
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In 1939, Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on a wild blackberry bramble while exploring the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills, and the name Blackberry Farm was born.
Thirty-nine years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site that has become their family home and lifelong passion.
Today, one of America's most celebrated intimate luxury hotels beckons discerning guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into a Blackberry state of mind. Situated on a pastoral 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry will show you the many reasons why it is one of the top rated properties in the world.
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The Peak is only two hours from Sydney yet an eternity away from the hustle and bustle.
Whether you are celebrating your anniversary, an escape from the kids, or simply because you need to get away from everything for a few days with your loved one, The Peak provides the perfect destination luxuriously appointed to simply escape and unwind.
Immerse yourself in peaceful relaxation
Relax on the balcony and share the spectacular views with native wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies and eagles. Weather permitting, take a picnic up to the trig point or a leisurely stroll around the 1.5km perimeter of the property.
Situated midway between Katoomba and Jenolan Caves.
North facing and boasting spectacular views across the Kanimbla Valley, Wallaby has an intimate setting, guarded by eucalyptus trees and a variety of Australian native flora. Wallabies and kangaroos are frequent afternoon visitors making this a popular option with international guests. . . and couples that want to simply hide away from the world.
Few places leave you with the feeling that you are at the top of the world. Perched on the highest point in the Kanimbla valley, with breathtaking panoramic views across to the Blue Mountains escarpment, Eagle is one of those truly special places.
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The Montafon is a valley: a valley between mountains, formed of glaciers, rising to the rear. But the Montafon is above all else: unique. For between the rugged peaks of the surrounding Alps, there is a concentration of lively village life, cultural and historical attractions and traditional customs. Intangibles like hospitality and zest for life also dwell here. And so the Montafon is a combination of many things. A valley that is more than the sum of its parts. A valley for every level. A whole.
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Almost 10 times the size of the Everglades and the world's largest freshwater wetland, the Pantanal serves as a lush reservoir which thousands of species of exotic plants and a highly concentrated, diverse mix of animals call home. Unlike in the Amazon, where the animals are hidden out of view, the Pantanal is positively busting with wildlife. With the biggest concentration of large animals in the New World, the Pantanal counts jaguars, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, hawks, Macaws, Marsh deer, Tapirs, egrets, herons, monkeys, and ibis as a few of its many species of inhabitants.
Heavy, seasonal rainfalls and flooding characterize the region and allow for the thriving growth of wildlife. And thrive it does; the Pantanal is home to over 700 species of birds (and is also an important migratory area for North American birds), 100 species of mammals, 260 species of fish and 80 reptile species. This environment sets the stage for one of the best bird and wildlife-spotting experiences imaginable.
Most flights connect from Sao Paulo to the most popular take off city, Cuiaba in the Southern Pantanal. This area remains very much so untouched, and so offers a great opportunity to experience the Pantanal wetlands. Nearby is also the Chupada dos Guimaraes that offers excellent hiking trails and beautiful views.
The second main destination is Campo Grande, in the Northern Pantanal. This area is a bit more developed, but does offer Bonito, an excellent stop for eco-tourists, the hard to reach and resultantly more pristine Corumba with various lodging options and great opportunities for the sports-fishermen.
One of the best ways to explore the Pantanal is just like the locals do: on horseback. There are very few roads that exist in the Pantanal, and horses can carry you into areas that otherwise couldn't be reached due to flooding and other conditions. Other methods of transportation are usually boats, four wheel drive trucks, and the occasional footpath.
An ideal stay in the Pantanal is a healthy 4-5 days; the longer you spend looking for wildlife, the better your chances of seeing it. At night there are tours available in which you can spot various night creatures including the seldom seen jaguars. The Transpantaneira, an abandoned roadway project that was meant to cross the Pantanal, now offers some of the greatest wildlife viewing spots.
When to Visit
The rain season is from November to the beginning of April. At this time, many areas become flooded; oftentimes roads accessible by car during the dry season now only become accessible by boats. From May to October the water levels slowly diminish, and by the end of October the large lakes become smaller ponds and even puddles. As fish get trapped in these small watering holes, this becomes feasting time for birds as well as for the eyes of those who have come especially for bird watching.
Terre Blanche is the ideal choice for travelers looking to get away from it all, living in harmony with nature, whilst enjoying luxurious facilities and services and being nearby all cultural sites of Provence Côte d’Azur.
Nestled in unspoilt lush nature and offering the best of authentic Provence, Terre Blanche resort is however easy to reach, a 35-minute drive from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice International airport. The five-star hotel is designed like a Provençal village on a hillside, with 115 Suites and Villas each with a private terrace and a unique view over the surrounding nature and landscape. The hotel infinity pool overlooks the resort, offering a breathtaking panorama of the hills and their perched villages. Four restaurants in season, including a Michelin-star one, will offer to gourmets delicious culinary experiences.
The multi-award winning Spa was imagined for those who seek intimacy, peacefulness and well-being: the promise of an unforgettable stay thanks to unique infrastructures and services. On the ground floor, the majestic indoor pool opens on to a warm outdoor vitality pool and fragrant peaceful garden, while on the first floor 14 massages and treatments rooms, including 2 Duo Suites with private terrace, will welcome you for even deeper relaxation moments.
Delivering the perfect combination of performance and enjoyment of the game, Terre Blanche Golf offers two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by ex-professional golfer and renowned golf course architect Dave Thomas: Le Château and Le Riou. The two golf courses are completed with the state-of-the-art Albatros Golf performance center, dedicated to golfers of all levels.
Limburg is a very special province in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, with Valkenburg and Maastricht attracting a great many visitors, but Limburg also has a lot more to offer!
In the North, you can find extensive areas of great natural beauty, offering a wide range of possibilities for hikers and cyclists. The central section of the province contains the ‘Maasplassen’lake area with a great many recreational opportunities for boating, sailing etc. This is also where the Designer Outlet in Roermond is located, the largest outlet of its kind in Europe. And in the south, you’ll come across Maastricht and Valkenburg, both located in the hill country so unique for the Netherlands.
At Hotel Føroyar we welcome everyone. Whether you are planning a short getaway, a longer stay or a family holiday at Hotel Føroyar. The modern atmosphere and comfortable rooms allow you and your family to enjoy a wonderful stay at our beautiful hotel.
The natural grass roof of this peaceful, design hotel matches the surrounding green countryside. All rooms overlook the Island Nólsoy and central Tórshavn, which is 2 km away.
We offer our guests free acess to our fitness room, free WiFi troughout the Hotel and free parking.
The rugged local landscape in the area around Hotel Føroyar is popular amongst hikers. Our neighbours offer hourseback riding.
We are a group of Bengalureans who take pride in helping residents as well as visitors experience heritage: human and natural, in and around this historic city.
From forts, colonial bungalows, centuries’ old gardens, places of worship and bazaars to diverse food and spiritualism, we help you explore the known and not-so-well-known facets of this part of world.
Konokono Beach Resort is located on the Michamvi Peninsula, on the South East Coast of Zanzibar - one of the most authentic and secluded places on the island - and overlooks the wonderful Chwaka Bay.
Several kilometres of white pristine beach face Konokono. The resort is a quiet paradise offering privacy and tranquility in the heart of nature. In this quiet surrounding you will find all the modern luxuries such as a beach bar, restaurant, pool and spa which were designed with your comfort in mind.
The equatorial geographical position is responsible for an average temperature of around 25 °C. There are two dry seasons - from December to March and from June to October, when temperatures can reach over 30 °C, and two rainy seasons - from mid-April to May and in November (“short rains month”).
The Konokono resort is open 12 months a year.
HOW TO REACH US
Flight: from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar 20 mins
Ferry: from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar port 2 hours
Car / Taxi: from Stone Town or Zanzibar airport 1 hour and 15 mins
we can arrange your transfers to and from the airport, just let us know your fllights details
Time Zone: 3 hours ahead of GMT
Electricity: 240 volts with 3 flat pronged plugs
WI-FI: available in all property
Flights and airports: Zanzibar Airport receives flights from all major East African Countries airports (Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Nairobi, Arusha, Mombasa) from which you can in turn connect with all major airline carriers to Europe, Asia and the US)
The following airlines fly directly to Zanzibar: Qatar Airways , Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Condor, Oman Air, Egypt air, Fly Dubai
Angola is blessed by nature and travel in this country is a wonderful experience. Stunning sights and friendly people are worth the trip alone.
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Oregon is known for its amazing landscape; dense green forests, majestic waterfalls, shimmering coasts and colorful deserts. Not only is Oregon stunningly beautiful, its scenery is some of the most wondrous in the world.
For instance, did you know that we have the largest sea lion cave in the country? We also have the largest living organism in the world, and some of the tallest mountains, highest waterfalls and deepest lakes around.