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Wow, what a view at The Springs Resort and Spa at Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Courtesy of instagram user /Safarianne, the boutique hotel sits on a mountainside 1,000 feet above the Arenal. The tropical resort has 28 thermal spring pools with the highest quality mineral content in the area, the famous "Monkey Slide" at Perdidos Springs, and the Club Rio Outdoor Center set on one-mile of the Arenal River with on-site adventures such as water tubing, rock climbing, and horseback riding. There's also a wildlife sanctuary with more than 100 rescued animals including monkeys, deer, sloths, toucans, jungle cats, and crocodiles.
As you can see, guest rooms feature views of the volcano and surrounding valley, with hardwood floors and ceilings, carved wood furniture, marble bathrooms with dual sinks, and sitting areas.
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Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley bound by a river on the northeast and a coastal mountain range on the southwest. The range barricades the coastal flow, producing warmer valley days and cooler valley nights. The adjacent river and seasonal streams that cross this land abound with annual runs of 10-pound steelhead trout. The rolling hills are dotted with valley oaks and coast live oaks, many of which will live up to 300 years. The verdant glens and riverbanks, shadowed by the mountain backdrop, support healthy groves of western sycamores. Deer graze cautiously, fearing mountain lions, bears, and coyotes. Original inhabitants used this land for hunting and for gathering acorns and, most recently, for raising livestock.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ambassadors of the Environment is an educational program dedicated to engaging people of all ages with their natural and cultural environment. Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman can enjoy activities designed to deepen their appreciation for nature. Throughout these unique Caribbean eco-tours, the islands’ ecological resources become a natural classroom and living laboratory in which adults, families and kids learn while having fun at the same time. Each Grand Cayman Ambassadors of the Environment adventure begins upon arrival at Heritage House, a traditional island cottage showcasing Caymanian culture. The Ambassadors Naturalists can customize tours for groups of any size. There are customizable options geared towards kids, teens, adults, and the whole family.
Available Activities Include:
-Coral reef presentations
-Mangrove kayak adventures
-Sunset mangrove kayaks
-Underwater photography snorkels
-Underwater videography snorkel
-Fish frenzy snorkel
-Reef discovery snorkel
-Cayman snorkel odyssey
-Private guided telescope observations
-Seafloor submarine adventure
Guests at Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort choose from any of four restaurants for lunch.
During the summer season, guests are also treated to three weekly outdoor events: a Seafood Barbeque served at Alisal Lake on Monday nights, a Southwestern-style Barbecue served at the Rodeo Arena on Wednesday nights, and our traditional Western Barbecue served on the lawn adjacent to the pool on Saturday nights. The Monday and Wednesday affairs are optional, as the Ranch Dining Room is also open to guests on those evenings.
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Alto Calafate Hotel Patagonico is located 320 kilometers from Rio Gallegos and on the south bank of Lake Argentino, it is the city of El Calafat and a haven of peace and greenery. Considered one of the top tourist destinations in the Patagonia Argentina , has a modern infrastructure with all the services and amenities needed for a comfortable stay. This resort is considered the starting point for many excursions in Calafate both to the Glacier National Park and the town of El Chalten.
The great ice sheet known as Perito Moreno Glacier, located 80 kilometers from El Calafate, traps thousands of tourists who want to learn about the natural beauty of this large iceberg which has a front of 5 kilometers and a height of 60 meters above water level. Thus, in El Calafate it is today one of the world's most iconic destinations you should definitely visit on your next trip.
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The Hotel Quinta do Lago is situated in the Resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea, in the very heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. Hotel Quinta do Lago is the ideal place to discover nature.
Nature Activities and Adventures Include:
Horseback Riding-There are numerous stables near the hotel, from where one can enjoy the beauty of the Ria Formosa National Park on horseback.
Birdwatching-Quinta do Lago is a luxury destination for true bird watchers; here they have the opportunity to observe many different species in their natural habitat. The best location is besides the São Lourenço Lagoon, where a wooden shelter provides views over the water.
Seaside-Discover the unique beauty of the coast with its rock formations and caves. Take an exclusive cruise to relax, or have fun in the company of others on a group cruise.
Countryside-The inhabitants of Algarve's countryside maintain traditions of past centuries. Taste the traditional cuisine and enjoy the natural beauty of Algarve's best kept secret.
Beach-The Quinta do Lago beach is located a mere 300 meters from the hotel. You will find a vast array of water sports that will enliven your summer. You can also visit nearby beaches such as the Garrão beach and the Ancão or the Vale do Lobo beaches.
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