As the name suggests, “Barbie Café”, which has just opened in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, is designed around the original Barbie doll toy. Taiwan has been chosen as the restaurant’s location since and themed restaurants have proven to be successful in this landscape. Barbie’s manufacturers, US toy company Mattel, hope to promote Barbie as a fashion brand to the Asian market and the staff uniforms and décor of the restaurant all accentuate the iconic Barbie world that is predominantly pink and girly.
The luxury, five star, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an extravagant resort that spans two private islands and consists of 50 water villas, 79 beach bungalows and 21 spa villas. However, the most spectacular feature of the retreat is the underwater, glass restaurant that can also be converted into a suite serving dinner and breakfast in bed. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has twice won the “Best Hotel in the World” award and is the ultimate dream destination.
The world’s longest tree top walk can be found in the Bavarian Forest National Park in Neuschonua, Germany. The natural trail is a whopping 44 meters (144ft) high and 1 300 meters (0.8miles) long. The path winds up into a ‘tree tower’ and the wooden construction allows unspoiled views towards the Lusen and Rachel mountains. The tower also has an elevator, which allows wheelchair and pram access as well as information points at various stops along the path.
Situated in the chain of the Bahamas and north of Haiti in the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos Island Groups are well-known for the stunning resorts, beautiful beaches and as an offshore financial centre. The islands experience a dry and sunny, tropical climate with consistent temperatures year round. In summer the temperature rarely exceeds 33 ° C and in winter the temperature rarely falls below 18° C.
Armed with two bags of canned food, dry food, tools and fishing rods, these Norwegian friends decided to head to the Arctic to experience the holiday of a lifetime. They built their own shelter from planks and debris that washed onto the shore and spent all their leisure time fishing, hunting and surfing! Here are some of the stunning photos that captured their 9 month experience!
For nature lovers, the Treehotel in Luela, Sweden is a “must-visit” travel destination. Designed by Scandinavian architects, the concept behind the five uniquely designed ‘treerooms’ is to offer top class accommodation to visitors whilst ensuring that the hotel maintains a minimal ecological footprint. Open year round, guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities within a private and tranquil setting. The rooms all sleep two people and the price varies according to which room you choose to stay in, with the most expensive costing $650 per night for double occupancy.
The Concordia research station is located on the Antarctic Plateau and operates year round. It is over 500 kilometres from the nearest civilisation and is considered the most isolated human outpost on the planet. 3233 metres above sea level, Concordia is built atop a naturally occurring summit on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and experiences dry conditions with temperatures well below freezing. These conditions are ideal for the study of astronomy, which is one project conducted here along with the investigation into climate change.
Built on the man-made lake in the center of Dubai, this choreographed fountain is the engineering wonder of the world. The 275 m (902 ft.) long system of water jets illuminated by several thousand lights and 25 colored projectors shoots water 75 m (240 ft.) in the air in many different patterns accompanied by classical and contemporary music. The Fountain was designed by California-based company WET Design and its construction cost $218 million.
Ladera Resort located in Saint Lucia, a sovereign island country in Caribbean Sea, is a marvelous place to spend a vacation. Luxury villas built on a high forested ridge have one of their walls left open to provide stunning views of the mountains and the sea. The villas are built of timber and are decorated with local artwork. The Ladera has restaurants, spas and all the activities one would expect from a luxurious resort. The prices for a night’s stay here range from $400 to $1,425 depending on season.