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Death Valley’s Luxury Resort

I was curious to visit Death Valley during the government shut-down. Would all the sites be closed? I knew The Oasis at Death Valley was open and recently completed $100 million in renovations. Both The Inn and The Ranch at Death Valley are celebrating a renaissance in 2019. Located a little over four hours from Los Angeles or a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, is an oasis in the middle of the vast desert of Death Valley National Park. Driving from Los Angeles, we stopped at the Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station to pay our $30 entrance fee. We noticed the self-pay...

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Nature Takes Center Stage at These Southern Africa Wonders

I am both repelled and fascinated by crocodiles. Their fearsome reputation precedes them and the fact that they outlived the dinosaurs has given their species legendary respect. No one wants to mess with a croc, but many people will seize the opportunity to view one up close, particularly within its natural habitat. Prior to my trip to Botswana, I had only seen these primordial creatures in enclosed nature centers, where I felt removed from them. So, when the boat I was riding in started inching closer to the banks of the Chobe River, where a croc was sun bathing,...

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6 Must See Attractions When Touring Iceland

In 2017, the number of tourists visiting Iceland surpassed 2 million. If you are planning to join the millions of people visiting this beautiful country, then there are a few attractions you need to have on your must-see list. In addition to knowing the best attractions in this region, it’s also essential that you book with a reputable tour company, such as icelandtours.is. To help ensure you see all the best things Iceland offers, use some of the ideas on this list. Blue Lagoon This is an extremely popular, man-made geothermal spa full of crystal-clear water. It’s the only...

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Feliz Navidad From Isla Cozumel

Celebrating Christmas in the tropics promised to be a grand family adventure with no snow, no tree, no turkey, no stuffing and zero stress. During the traditional season of gift giving, Cozumel was the present we gave to ourselves! Cozumel’s Tormentos Reef “That was one of the best dives I’ve ever done!”, Kathryn proclaimed after surfacing at Cozumel’s Tormentos Reef. Comprised of coral pinnacles towering approximately 20 to 30 feet high and interspersed with wide, sandy areas. The colorful coral heads are adorned with purple and orange sponges, brain and whip corals. Tormentos is a veritable ocean garden where...

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Taos: The Soul of the Southwest

Nestled at the edge where the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico spread westward toward the sage brushed mesas and plains is a land of wide expanse and open skies. Here you’ll find the enchanting high desert town of Taos, a historic art colony and world-class outdoor recreation mecca. Visitors to Taos often remark on the magnetic-like pull the town seems to possess, drawing them back time and time again. They fall under the spell of the jagged peaks and sun-drenched landscape, and the almost spiritual vibes that this magical destination with its age-old traditions emits. History...

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Adventure Travel Rapidly Expanding, According to New Survey

According to a newly released survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group, one of the country’s largest travel agency companies, in partnership with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), adventure travel is not just for the under 40 set and experienced adventure enthusiasts anymore. The number of adventure travelers in the 29-40 age range differed by only one percentage point from the 41-50 age range, while a healthy 22 percent of adventure travelers falls into the 51-60 age bracket. Adventure travel is now a $683 billion industry. The survey also revealed the top 10 destinations for adventure travelers (Belize, Italy, Argentina, etc.)  and the top 10 types of adventure...

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Sri Lanka by Bike: Tea Plantations, Elephants & Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Grasshopper Adventures Announces Diverse Cycling Tour of Sri Lanka On this week-long cycling tour of Sri Lanka, guests will bike from the highlands to the coast, discovering the rich history, delicious cuisine, and welcoming people of this small but diverse country. Riders will weave through tea plantations, tour the city of Kandy and The Sacred Relic of the tooth of Buddha, explore Yala National Park (elephants, leopards, buffalo, and monkeys), hike the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve (UNESCO World Heritage Site), and relax on the southern coast. This trip covers 320 km by bicycle and starts at $2,300 USD per person.  For more...

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A Walk on the Wild Side in Wales

For many trekkers, hiking the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine is a bucket list accomplishment. It’s one of three long distance walks in the famed Triple Crown; the other two being the Pacific Crest and the Continental Divide Trails. Outside of the US, there’s a number of walks with similar bragging rights. Among them is the Wales Coast Path, an 870-mile route, spanning eight geographical areas, from Chepstow, Monmouthshire in the south to Queensferry, Flintshire in the north. Wales has the distinction of being the largest country in the world with a continuous trail around its entire...

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A Fish Called Emma: Bahamas Tiger Shark Diving

“Sharks are beautiful animals, and if you’re lucky enough to see lots of them, that means that you’re in a healthy ocean. You should be afraid if you are in the ocean and don’t see sharks.” ~ Sylvia Earle Last month, I said I would tell you about scuba diving with tiger sharks. Named for their tiger-like, black vertical stripes running along its body, tiger sharks are frequently implicated in fatal attacks on humans. In fact, they are considered to be among the world’s most dangerous sharks, coming in second only to the great white shark. It’s a known...

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Soneva To Launch the World’s First Fully Sustainable Surfing Program

Soneva, the world-leading luxury resort operator, has announced plans to launch the world’s first fully sustainable surf program, Soneva Surf, in May 2018. With the launch planned on the first day of the Maldivian surfing season, which spans May through to October, the program aims to tap into the growing interest in the Maldives as a surfing destination. Soneva Surf will be offered at both of Soneva’s Maldives properties, Soneva Fushi in the Baa Atoll and Soneva Jani in the Noonu Atoll. Soneva in Aqua, the resorts’ luxury charter yacht, will also offer a Surfing Charter within both atolls....

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Westworld Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa Package

Fans of HBO’s Westworld can get a taste of adventurous Western living, just in time for the release of season two premiering on April 22. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in Western Colorado has debuted a special, action-packed Westworld Package for super-fans of the popular HBO show. The cult TV series, filmed in the beautiful wild west of Colorado and Utah, features several scenes shot just miles away from the award-winning Noble House resort. Discover life in a Western amusement park of your very own with this adventurous package, which can be booked online. The Westworld Package includes: Amenity: Cigars and ingredients for...

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Adventure Destinations

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Adventure is out there”. Whether it’s scuba diving, rock climbing, or snow boarding, there’s something for everyone to be passionate about. Here are a few thrills that our writers at Luxe Beat enjoy for their adrenaline fixes. 1. Whitewater Rafting in Georgia “Oh my gosh, we had more than Mr. Toad on his famous wild ride as our raft bounced along, waves crashing in and over the sides. I screamed- but with delight, not fright. I momentarily thought we would flip, as the raft seemed to fold up in the middle.” -Debi Lander. Full article here… 2....

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