Alila Ubud
Located high above the Ayung River, Alila Ubud hotel is a beautiful Balinese hillside retreat. Smooth plaster walls meet thatched roofs; terrazzo tiles meet crushed rock; wood meets glass, making for a uniquely designed boutique hotel.

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Riad O2
Elegant, traditional architecture meets modern design in this peaceful oasis in Marrakech. Riad O2 is a serene and tranquil retreat that is decorated in a subtle blend of Moroccan and contemporary styles.

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Pietermaai Smal Apartments
The 40 boutique style apartments are all located in historic cottages in a newly renovated colonial quarter where you can still find parts of Curacao’s history combined with trendy facilities.

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Saint-Gery Garden Loft
The Saint-Gery Garden Loft is a really special place to stay in. Although located in the city centre, the residence features a green interior patio with a variety of plants, small trees and even a vertical garden.

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Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs.

From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for travellers. Lyrical landscapes carpet this sublime slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains – not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases – offer simple, breathtaking pleasures: night skies glistening in the thin air, and views over a fluffy cloudbank from the Tizi n’Test pass. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.

The varied terrain may inform your dreams, but it shapes the very lives of Morocco’s Berbers, Arabs and Saharawis. Despite encroaching modernity, with motorways joining mosques and kasbahs as man-made features of the landscape, Moroccan people remain closely connected to the environment. The nomadic southern ‘Blue Men’ brave the desert’s burning expanses in robes and turbans, with mobile phones in hand. Likewise, traditional life continues – with tweaks – in the techniques of Berber carpet makers, in date cooperatives, in medina spice trading, and in the lifestyles in mountain hamlets and ports like Essaouira.

Often exotic, sometimes overwhelming and always unexpected, the ancient medinas are bursting with Maghrebi mystique and madness: the perfect complement to the serene countryside. When you hit town and join the crowds, you follow a fine tradition of nomads and traders stretching back centuries. Unesco has bestowed World Heritage status on the Fez medina, the world’s largest living medieval Islamic city, and on the carnivalesque street-theatre of the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh.

Meeting the Moroccan people involves nothing more than sitting in a cafe and waiting for your mint tea to brew. The trick is to leave enough time to watch the world go by with the locals when there’s so much else to fit in: hiking up North Africa’s highest peak, learning to roll couscous, camel trekking, shopping in the souqs, getting lost in the medina, and sweating in the hammam. Between the activities, you can sleep in the famous riads, relax on panoramic terraces and grand squares, and mop up tajines flavoured with saffron and argan.

Source: Lonely Planet

 

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