Located a quick 45-minuete drive from the capital city of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is located on vine-covered coastline of Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula.The acres of verdant vines are the perfect background for one of the world’s most environmentally sustainable wine regions which produces the largest quantity of biodynamic wines. Some of these green viticulture processes include GemTree’s commitments to use flocks of sheep to replace pesticides in weed management, ground quartz to prevent fungal infections, cow manure and recycled water as fertilizer, and a solar powered irrigation system. McLaren Vale is also home to the d’Arenberg wine cube (pictured). A five-story white and green checkered tasting room that is in designed to mimic a Rubik’s cube offering a handful of wine-driven sensory experiences.
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Hospitality and wellness converge at the Blue Lagoon Iceland, a geothermal spa named one of 25 wonders of the world by National Geographic. Visitors travel from all over the world to experience the lagoon’s majestic, healing geothermal seawater, which is enriched with silica, algae, and minerals. The Blue Lagoon is blue because of the way silica — the lagoon’s iconic and most abundant element — reflects visible light when suspended in water. The spa facilities and treatments are seamlessly integrated into the lagoon’s stunning landscape and healing minerals. Options include a face mask bar, sauna and steam cave, in-water bar, geothermal waterfall, and more. Day visits to the Blue Lagoon are available starting at $45 or guests can get complimentary, premium access by booking a stay at Silica Hotel – a hotel designed for wellbeing with 35 modern guest rooms that offer stunning views of the surrounding volcanic terrain. During certain months, guests can even see the Northern Lights.
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Australia’s ancient and beautiful landscape is home to incredible natural phenomena, including two pink lakes. Hutt Lagoon, located in Western Australia’s Coral Coast region about a 6-hour drive north from Perth, ranges from bubblegum pink to lilac and even red depending on the season. It’s the extremely high level of salinity that gives the lagoon its unusual hue. Further north, Lake Hillier offers visitors immaculate views during a scenic flight or cruise through the pristine wilderness of the Recherche Archipelago islands off the coast of Esperance. The strawberry milkshake-colored lake is juxtaposed with the dark blue waters of the Indian Ocean. For guests looking to see more of Western Australia, this 10-day trip will allow guests to see an entire rainbow of natural spectacles from the pink lakes to carpets of neon wildflowers and white sand beaches.
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Copenhagen is home to many colorful locations, most notably the Nyhavn Canal. Designed in the 17th century as a gateway from the sea to the King’s Square, the canal was initially used for cargo ships and fishing boats and became a playground for drunken sailors. It was also home to Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen, who resided at no. 20, where he wrote fairytales such as “The Princess and the Pea.” Today, the canal has become an iconic destination within Copenhagen as the colorful, old homes that line that canal have been renovated and now house restaurants, hotels, and some of the most expensive real estate in the city. A year-round destination, visitors will find the cobblestone sidewalks lined with musicians in the summer and the traditional Christmas markets in the winter.
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