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Hotel De Orangerie makes it home in a former 15th-century convent. It was converted into a romantic luxury boutique hotel which overlooks the picturesque Den Dyver canal in the historic and cultural heart of Bruges.
The oldest part of the building that is now Alexander House Hotel dates back to the 17th Century, with a stone dating back to 1608 in the boundary wall.
The house is famed for its grandeur and connections to luminary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Oxley family who had connections with the city of London and the former Governor of the Bank of England who purchased the estate in 1909. In 1984 the mansion was meticulously restored and re-named Alexander House.
In 2002 Utopia Leisure purchased Alexander House and an 18-month redecoration process transformed Alexander House into the elegant, stylish, luxury hotel it is today.
Guests at Swissotel Buyuk Efes can dine underwater without getting wet. The Aquarium Restaurant features large porthole windows overlooking the swimming pool. A relaxed indoor and outdoor venue, the restaurant specialises in Greek and Mediterranean dishes and entertainment.
Hotel Lord Byron, named for the Romantic poet, has an impressive collection of art by Art Deco painters such as Maurice Paul Joron and Nihcolas Granger Taylor. All 32 rooms and suites are exquisitely restored to uniquely portray the eclectic Thirties Art-Déco style of design with original masterpieces inspired by the period’s luminary; Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
The largest swimming pool in the world is more than 3,000 feet long, with a deep end that descends 115 feet. So where is the Guinness-record holding pool?
It's at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Valparaiso, Chile. It holds 250 million liters of water. How big is that? It's the equivalent of 6,000 8 meter pool. Besides its gargantuan size, the water is an an impossible-to-believe clear turquoise. This has been made possible thanks to an advanced technology developed by the company Crystal Lagoons, which is able to collect ocean water and keep it in perfect condition. But this is not all that it is there: during summer, the lagoon further maintains a pleasant temperature that borders 26ºC, nine degrees more than the nearby sea temperature.
Hotel La Belle Juliette Parisis named for Jeanne Francoise Julie Adelaide Bernard, otherwise known as Juliette. She was 17th Century celebrity known throughout Europe, famous for her beauty and virtue. Daughter of sollicitor Jean Bernard, she was born in Lyon in 1777. At fifteen she married the well known banker Jacques Rose Récamier.
Juliette was also intelligent, well read and affectionate. A good dancer, she also sang and could play both the harp and the piano. Her beauty and kindness helped build her reputation as an exceptional woman. It was said that she was able to charm, entertain or dispense with the over ardent without making enemies.
At the Abbaye-aux-Bois, where she held her salons for over thirty years, her influence on literature and politics was well known.
The Westin Miyako Hotel Kyoto's three distinct on-site Japanese-style gardens soothe and refresh the mind with the tranquil sound of waterfalls. Both the Aoi-den and Kasui-en Japanese gardens have been designated as Kyoto City Cultural Assets.
Created in 1933 by the landscape architect Jihei Ogawa, Aoi-den Garden is highlighted by a three-level, 15-meter waterfall. Other carefully-chosen elements include clusters of maple trees and Japanese andromeda, and perfectly positioned stepping stones. The innovative design of Kasui-en Garden by Hakuyo Ogawa also incorporates water, which falls quietly over a large rock in the center against a backdrop of red pine trees. The newest garden—the Garden of Philosophy—is designed by the sculptor Bukichi Inoue and features cool, clear water flowing from the Eastern Mountains.