Some hotels are appealing because of their convenient location, others because of staff who go above and beyond to create a memorable stay. And then there are the beautiful hotels that take your breath away the moment you see them.
The World’s Most Beautiful Hotels
The following list features the most beautiful hotels around the globe, from a restored 11th-century palace in Italy to a mountain lodge in New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps.
Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy
It’s not easy for a hotel to live up to the beauty of Italy’s glittering Amalfi Coast, but the Belmond Hotel Caruso pulls it off. The hotel’s piece de resistance is the infinity pool, dramatically perched on a cliff’s edge high above the sea. First built as a palace in the 11th century, the hotel is surrounded by terraced gardens fragrant with roses, lemon trees, and herbs. Rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms and balconies overlooking the gardens or sea.
Image shows a truck driving along a road that has been washed out as Hurricane Michael comes ashore. (Alligator Point, FL, U.S., October 10, 2018)
Hurricane Michael just made landfall in Florida as the strongest hurricane to hit the US in 50 years, and the third strongest ever.
That’s according to measurements of the storm’s central pressure, which is a key indicator of the intensity of a storm. Michael’s pressure was 919 millibars when the storm’s eye reached the coast, making it more powerful than Hurricanes Katrina or Hurricane Andrew.
The storm’s wind speed puts it very close to a Category 5 hurricane.
Hurricane Michael has made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida.
A newer, now becoming mainstream, method of re-balancing energy flows by use of suction might sound like an unlikely healing technique, but it’s been used in Asia and northern Africa for thousands of years. Known as cupping, this form of therapy uses small cups made out of glass, ceramic, or even bamboo to increase blood flow in specific parts of the body. This is thought to change the way energy moves throughout the patient’s entire being, treating or even curing a wide range of conditions.
Floyd Mayweather is considered one of the hardest-working, most tactically brilliant and all-around great boxers of all time. However, quite possibly at the top of it all, at least according to his easy going, charismatic nature, he’s the highest-paid athlete in the world! And… He acts like it.
A photographer edits out mobile devices from everyday life images to show a lonely new world, quickly becoming reality, to illustrate how “Disconnected” we have become in such a technology rich society.
OUT OF HAND
Are you reading this on a handheld device? There’s a good chance you are. Now imagine how’d you look if that device suddenly disappeared. Lonely? Slightly crazy? Perhaps next to a person being ignored? As we are sucked in ever more by the screens we carry around, even in the company of friends and family, the hunched pose of the phone-absorbed seems increasingly normal.
Being with someone for a long time changes the way you see the world. It also changes you. Everything from how you act to the way you think shifts in ever-so-slight ways.
And according to Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of “Powers of Two,” these tiny shifts are also the catalyst for a different kind of thought process — a shared mind, so to speak — that allows couples (romantic or not) to come up with more creative solutions to problems than they’d ever think up on their own.