The red rock, land of ice and heated sand
Ayers Rock, Australia
The southern part of the Northern Territory in the central Australia hides its natural beauty. Ayers Rock, or Uluru in Aboriginal language, is made of magnificent sand dunes which change colours as the different light strikes at a different time of the day. The scene is most impressive when Uluru turns to red. "The world was once a featureless place", starts the Aboriginal story. "None of the places we know existed until creator beings, in the forms of people, plants and animals, travelled widely across the land. Then, in a process of creation and destruction, they formed the landscape as we know it today."
Longitude 131°, a luxury 5-stars safari camp, found its place in the middle of that outstanding, almost "out of the Earth" scene. Longitude 131° has only 15 tents which make it a world class private camp where your only companion will be the peace, silence, and a view to an amazing sunset and to the magnificent dunes. The camp offers the private library and a lounge, a pool and a few amazing trips of which we recommend helicopter Uluru tour, a tour on Harley Davidson and a camel tour. Don't rely much on your photographic memory, take a camera with you.
Iceland is the least populated country of all European countries and Islanders describe themselves as the sons of Vikings, explaining that today they are just differently dressed and have much better ships. Their language didn't change for 1000 years and today any Islander can read every word written 1000 years ago. Another interesting fact is that Iceland lists its residents' phone numbers by their first names, and address and occupation in addition. So, welcome to the country of the proud people whose ancestors named it "Iceland" despite of the fact that it is exactly green and not so cold as its name implicates.
Iceland is known by fishing, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, mountains and wilderness. Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most popular Iceland attractions, and Dettifoss is Europe’s largest waterfall. Snaefellsnes Peninsula is the highest mountain with a glacier at its peak which Jules Verne described as "the gateway to the centre of the Earth". If you are not afraid of cold, visit the town of Husavik in the northeast Iceland and watch the whales jumping near to the boat. Or, do the opposite and visit Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik and enjoy bathing in the warm geothermal water.
San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
San Alfonso del Mar, a private resort in Chile situated in the central coast of Chile in Algarrobo, has the world's largest swimming pool nested just near to the Pacific Ocean. It is long more than one kilometre, covers the area of eight hectares, contains 250,000 cubic meters of crystal turquoise-blue coloured water and it is navigable in small boats. During the summer the lagoon maintains pleasant 26 Celsius degrees which is nine degrees more than the ocean's temperature.
Impressive complex of pyramid-like buildings offers spa, sauna, gym, amphitheatre, cafe and sushi lighthouse, supermarket and SubAqua Cafe which holds more than 60 Chilean species. There are two to five bedroom apartments with large balconies and a view over the sea and man-made lagoon. The resort also has heated sand and a beach with tempered water under the crystal pyramid. The duplex penthouse only has a large balcony of more than 100sqm and open air Jacuzzis. Since it is a private resort, most of the apartments are privately owned and only a small number is available to rent.
The team behind the San Alfonso del Mar Resort announced the new project. The city of Sharm el Sheik in Egypt will be the home of City of Stars, a complex with 12 giant lagoons, 30,000 luxury residences, several five-star hotels, golf courses, a museum and a shopping mall. ■