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Shangri-La Springs Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida

  Visit Florida   Shangri-La Springs, which usually conjures up a fantastical paradise, is actually where the springs that give the city of Bonita Springs its name were first discovered by the Calusa Indians - the first mineral springs spa in North America.- and this 102-year-old hotel with just eight rooms on 8½ acres oozes history and healing inside and out. Asian art proliferates throughout the property, inside and out. It’s a boutique hotel impersonating an art gallery. Even the lobby…

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Staying at a "snow hotel" above Norway´s Arctic Circle

The Snowhotel Kirekenes, one of just a handful in the world (most of them, of course, in northern Europe, especially Scandinavia). The property´s centerpiece is a former barn turned complex, whose hallway is lined with an “ice bar” (above) and about a dozen rooms featuring snow sculptures depicting a range of images, from Vikings (like we had) to Arctic fauna to characters from Disney´s Frozen. That´s supplemented by the modern reception building (with some appealing Arctic art); 21 more…

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A Margaritaville state of mind in the Dominican Republic

    Set along a stretch of pure white-sand beach in Cap Cana, an exclusive enclave of the DR´s most popular resort area Punta Cana - and just 15 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport -  five-star all-inclusive property Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana., which opened a little over three years ago is one of just eight Cap Cana resorts. I visited not long after it opened, and found its “no worries,” tropical vibe spoke to me the moment we pulled up to the hotel entrance adorned…

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