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How to make vanilla  cupcakes !

  
Follow this 10 simple steps for success every time.

Ingredients ( makes 12 ):

• 1/2 cup butter, softened or soft margarine.

• generous 1/2 cup superfine sugar.

• 2 eggs, lightly beaten.

•tsp vanilla extract 

• scant 1 cup self-rising flour.

• 1 tbsp milk.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ 180 degrees Celsius. Put 12 paper liners in a shallow muffin pan. 

Step 2

Put the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, beat together until the batter is pale, light, and fluffy.

Step 3 

Gradually beat in the eggs. Add about 1 tablespoonful at a time and beat throughly after each addition. 

Step 4

Bet in the vanilla extract. Using a large metal strainer or a sifter, sift the flour into the bowl. 

Step 5 

Using a metal spoon, gently fold the flour into the batter until throughly incorporated.

Step 6 

Add the milk and gently into the batter.

Step 7

The cupcake batter should have a smooth consistency and drop easily from the spoon if tapped on the side of the bowl. 

Step 8

Carefully spoon the batter into the paper liners, being careful not to overfill them.

Step 9 

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cupcakes are risen, golden, and just firm to touch.

Step 10 

Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Then you can eat them.

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Top 10 Most Expected Movies Of 2016

If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably already formulated some sort of schedule for which movies you want to see this year, but 2016 is looking pretty exciting too! Whether you’re looking to take your kids to see something fun and family-oriented, seeking out a tear-jerker, or trying to scare the crud out of yourself and your date, 2016 is shaping up to be an awesome year for the box office. Let’s take a look at ten of the most anticipated films coming to theaters next year.

Gambit

Marvel Studios has confirmed that a Gambit spinoff is coming out next year 2016.

It get’s even better — the movie will star none other than Channing Tatum! Now we’re sure movie theaters will be populated by both men and women come opening premiere.

Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass

Big stars Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter are set to reprise their roles as the Mad Hatter & Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass. This is the second installment of the Alice in Wonderland series by Disney.

The Purge 3

‘The Purge’ horror film franchise has enjoyed relative box office success in its first two movies, so the director James DeMonaco has come back to produce a third film.

The third installment of The Purge franchise, the plot in the movie actually takes place before the events of the first and second movie. Not much is still known about the plot but we’ll expect it will give us a different kind of scare this time.

Ghostbusters

A Ghostbusters reboot was announced in early 2015 which garnered mixed opinions from movie buffs and critics. Mostly because the reboot will have an all-female roster! Nonetheless, it is exciting to see a different take of the classic. The all-female cast include: Bridesmaids stars Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wig, and SNL breakouts Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Paul Fieg is set to direct the movie.

Inferno

Inferno is the fourth of Dan Brown’s novels, just as popular as Dan Brown’s other bestselling novels (Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code).

In Inferno, a man wakes up in an Italy hospital with amnesia. He later finds out that there are people out there trying to get rid of him. Typical of Dan Brown’s books, it is a plot filled with action, suspense and thrill.

Suicide Squad

Comic Con fan boys are rejoicing around the world when DC reveals a ‘Suicide Squad‘ movie is set to come out later next year.

Suicide Squad is a spinoff featuring the super villains in the superhero universe such as the Joker, his paramour Harley Quinn, Lex Luther and more.

It is rumored that it will have an all star cast including Will Smith, Cara de Levigne, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto. We can’t be more excitied!

Finding Dory

You’re never too old to enjoy the Disney and Pixar classic ‘Finding Nemo‘. One can’t help squeal with delight upon the news of a sequel entitled ‘Finding Dory‘. We can’t wait to see our beloved characters Nemo, Marlin, Nigel and Dory once again!

It’s bound to have an awesome voice over cast too, so take your kids to see this one! They’ll love it.

The BFG

Steven Spielberg is set to direct a classic Roald Dahl book entitled The BFG. The story revolves one Big Friendly Giant, who befriends a little child named Sophie. Unlike other giants in Giant Country, the BFG is a friendly one who doesn’t like to eat children. Spielberg is perfect for bringing the magic and drama from the beloved book and into the 2016 film!

Sausage Party

Seth Rogen is coming up with an adult humor animated film starring himself and a star-studded cast like James Franco, Michael Cera, etc.

The story revolves around a sausage looking for some meaning in life at a grocery store. Given the offbeat cast it’s going to be a funny film specifically for mature audiences.

Warcraft

The biggest game in history is now coming to the big screen. We can’t wait to see humans and orcs fight against each other (or for each other, we’re not entirely sure yet) set in the stunning and epic WoW landscapes.

10 SPECIES TO SEE IN HAWAII BEFORE CLIMATE CHANGE ELIMINATES THEM FOREVER

BECAUSE OF ITS TROPICAL LOCATION AND UNIQUE GEOGRAPHY, Hawaii is the most biodiverse state in the United States and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Unfortunately though, it also has the highest rate of extinction per square mile on Earth. With global climate change causing a rise in ocean and air temperatures, shifts in currents and weather patterns, and an increase in the formation of large storms in the Pacific, species are dying out faster than ever. Here are 10 species from Hawaii that may not be around much longer.

1. Corals

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When ocean temperatures rise corals expel their zooxanthellae, the photosynthetic algae they rely on for energy. This process, called bleaching, is deadly to corals if water temperatures remain high. Making matters worse, acidification of the ocean caused by the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide, prevents corals from building calcium carbonate skeletons. When corals cannot make and deposit calcium carbonate, reefs cannot grow and repair themselves. Scientists expect that Hawaii will suffer its worst run of coral bleaching this year, due to ocean temperatures around the Islands being between 3°F and 6°F higher than normal.

2. Hawaiian monk seal

Overfishing, disease, and drowning due to entanglement in fishing gear reduced the monk seal population to just over 1,000 individuals in 2010. Although strong conservation efforts by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) have helped increase monk seal populations in the main Hawaiian islands, warming ocean temperatures and sea level rise are a new threat to pupping beaches. The loss of corals further complicates matters. The fish that the monk seals depend on for food require a healthy reef ecosystem, which they no longer have.

3. Green sea turtle

Warmer air temperatures increase the temperature of the sand where turtles go to lay their eggs. This can lead to changes in the sex ratio of hatchling turtles threatening the ability of future generations to reproduce. Turtles also rely heavily on reef ecosystems for food, and like the monk seal, the loss of corals means the loss of the ecosystem that provides food for the turtles. Warmer waters also cause changes in currents, which can alter turtle migration paths and feeding patterns.

4. Hawksbill sea turtle

Found in waters off every main Hawaiian island, the hawksbill sea turtle nests on nine beaches on the Big Island, Moloka’i, and Maui. It is threatened by nesting habitat loss, predation, and poaching by jewelry makers who use their shell illegally. Like the green sea turtle, warming ocean temperatures complicate matters by threatening their food sources and migration patterns.

5. Silverswords

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There are five species of silverswords in the world and all of them live on Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala, the highest mountains in Hawaii. The beautiful silver plants thrive in dry, high-altitude locations by using fine hair-like structures to gather water from atmospheric moisture. Shifting weather patterns have created drier, warmer conditions and new seedlings are struggling to survive to reproductive age. Recent research provides strong evidence that climate change is the largest threat to these plants today.

6. Honeycreepers

Honeycreepers were once a group of more than forty unique species of songbirds, but today less than 15 species remain. Habitat loss due to ranching activities, predation by feral cats and mongoose, and the spread of avian malaria by non-native mosquitos all contribute to the endangered status of these birds. Warmer air temperatures and changing rainfall patterns currently threaten the plant species the birds rely on for food, making it nearly impossible for populations to recover. Critically endangered honeycreepers on the Big Island, Maui and Kaua’i include: Kiwikui (Maui), ‘Akohekohe (Maui), Pu’ouli (Hawai’i), Palila (Hawai’i), Akikiki (Kaua’i) and Akeke’e (Kaua’i).

On Hawaii’s most populated island, O’ahu, every single species of honeycreepers has gone extinct.

7. Pueo

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The pueo is a species of short-eared owl that lives between sea level and 7,000 feet on every Hawaiian island. Because they are ground nesting birds, their eggs and chicks are vulnerable to predation by non-native dogs, cats, rats and mongoose. Human activity has greatly reduced the number of available native food sources, so now the birds primarily eat disease and pesticide carrying mice and rats. The largest threats to pueo at this time are nest predation by non-native species, vehicle collision, and infectious disease.

8. Ma’o hau hele

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The ma’o ha hele is Hawaii’s state flower. It’s a hibiscus and is native to dry forest and shrub land from 400 to 2,600 feet above sea level. It blooms in spring through early summer and though rare, can still be found on all the main Hawaiian islands. Changing weather patterns and habitat loss threaten the species existence in the wild.

9. Anchialine pool shrimp

Found only on the Big Island of Hawai’i, this shrimp lives in landlocked bodies of water that have underground connections to the ocean. Siltation caused by development is harming the algae, bacteria, and small invertebrates the shrimp eats and thus threatening the survival of the shrimp.

10. Koki’o tree

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With only 10 individuals known to exist in the wild, the koki’o is highly endangered. Changes in rainfall and temperature due to warming ocean and air temperatures threaten the last remaining trees.

THE 15 MOST EXPENSIVE HOTELS IN THE WORLD

HERE’S SHOESTRING TRAVEL, THEN THERE’S budget travel, then there’s travel, then business travel, and then elite travel. Way, way, way up — way higher than any of those — is megarich travel. It’s the type of travel that only happens on private jets and with chauffeurs. It’s “I have a pet tiger and I could easily get away with feeding someone to it” travel.

Naturally, this level of travel requires a certain type of accommodation. There are no hostels, no shared bathrooms, no trips to the ice machine at this level of accommodation. This is Wolf of Wall Street lodging. This is “I need a place to spend the night while my manservant replenishes my yacht’s cocaine vaults” lodging.

You get the idea. These are the most expensive hotels in the world. Here’s what spending more than the majority of the world’s annual income is on a single night in a hotel room looks like.

1. The Apartment at the Hotel Connaught in London

At $23,500 a night, the Apartment offers a private butler and menus designed by Michelin-starred chef Helene Darroze. It has a wrap-around balcony overlooking London’s incredibly posh Mayfair area.

To get a good idea of just how over-the-top British blueblood opulent this place is, check out their interactive site regarding the Apartment — it includes stories of the butler flying to Paris after guests left to return the shoes they’d forgotten, and a guy who wanted to cook his wife a meal, and had a Michelin chef passing him tips behind a secret door. I mean, Christ.

2. The Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Italy

At $26,000 a night, the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia offers three bedrooms, a solarium, a private pool, and a fitness area.

Each of the three bathrooms has a jacuzzi, an “oversized shower,” and “dual vanities of Sardinian marble.”

3. The Shangri-La Suite at the Shangri-La Bosphorus in Istanbul

At a mere $26,385 a night, the Shangri-La Suite takes up the entire top floor of the Shangri-La hotel, overlooking the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul.

There’s a TV embedded in that bathroom mirror, by the way. The room has three private terraces that give you views of pretty much the entire Istanbul skyline.
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4. The Presidential Suite at the Mandarin Oriental in Shanghai

Located in spectacular, skyscraper-heavy Pudong, the best suite at the Mandarin Oriental is about $26,450 a night. It’s a two-bedroom apartment with its own wine cellar, and staggering 25th-floor views of the Shanghai skyline.

It, of course, has butler service, and they promise flexible check-in and check-out, saying you can enjoy your full 24 hours in the hotel. I should fucking hope so.

5. The Royal Suite at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris

The Royal Suite is the largest hotel room in Paris, with 450 square meters. It’s also $27,000 a night…$27,000 which totally couldn’t have gone towards paying off my student loans instead.

The suite includes televisions concealed behind the mirrors, and “all the embroidery is done with gold thread.” In large part, what you’re paying for in this suite is proximity to gold.

6. The St. Regis Villa at St. Regis Mauritius

The St. Regis Villa on Mauritius is the largest villa on the island and costs $30,000 a night.

It includes a Jacuzzi, a lounge, a bar, and a private chef. The best amenity listed on the site by far, though, is that they specialize in “discreetly addressing guests’ needs.”

7. The Royal Suite at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, in the United Arab Emirates

At $35,000 a night, the Royal Suite at St. Regis is the largest hotel room in the UAE. It has two floors, butler service, and a private theater.

It also has a swimming pool and a games room. The master bedroom takes up pretty much all of the bottom floor and looks out over the ocean.

8. The Royal Villa at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens

The Royal Villa, at $35,000 a night, once played host to Mel Gibson and Leonardo DiCaprio (I assume on separate occasions — you can only produce so much cocaine and booze on short notice). It has two master bedrooms, each with marble bathrooms with their own steam baths, as well as the butler’s quarters.

There’s also a private massage area, a heated pool, and a private deck overlooking the beach.

9. The Penthouse Suite at the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez

At a quaint $37,500 a night, the Penthouse Suite at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes offers views of the Bay of Cannes (from a terrace Jacuzzi, of course), and two king-size bedrooms.

Strangely, compared to the other suites on this list, the Grand Hyatt’s amenities list, rather than using the words “opulence,” “luxury,” and, “gold-leaf covered heated toilet seat,” lists things like “wireless internet,” “a bathrobe,” and “Windows that open.” Don’t let that understated description fool you, though — according to Billionaire.com it is the fourth most expensive hotel room in the world.

10. The Hilltop Estate Owner’s Accommodation at the Laucala Island Resort in Fiji

Not only is this villa $40,000 a night, but you can’t just book the room. You have to apply for the privilege of giving them enough money to pay the equivalent of most four-year in-state college tuitions over the course of a day.

The entire island is owned by Red Bull’s billionaire owner (I know what you’re thinking: Red Bull was a billion dollar idea?), and consists of 25 villas, but this is the best. It has panoramic views of the island, free massages, horse rides on the beach, and I imagine it allows you to hunt the deadliest game of all: man.

The webpage — which uses the word “opulent” like it’s a good thing — also says it provides a private cook, a chauffeur, and a private nanny. It will, and I quote, make your “undreamt of pleasures come true.” Which sounds like an underestimation of the weird pleasures people dream about.

11. The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons in New York

The Ty Warner Suite at the Four Seasons in New York will set you back a cool $45,000 a night. It’s the highest hotel room in New York, with a 360 view of the city, and it took 7 years and $50 million dollars to build. The room has its own art concierge and also a huge library. It only houses three — with accommodations for a child (and let’s be honest, the only child that will ever stay here is Prince George).

Here’s their website’s pathologically detailed description of the bathroom: “The master bathroom is entirely clad in custom slabs of rare Chinese onyx and includes sinks carved from solid blocks of rock crystal, underlit with LED lighting. Unwind in a chromatherapy infinity soak tub or an oversized Dornbracht steam rain shower with six body jets. Other features include a Toto Neorest toilet with wireless remote, sensors and heated seat, and floors with radiant heat. The walls, ceiling and sink in the jewel-like guest powder room are fashioned from semi-precious tiger’s eye stone.”

12. The Sky Villa at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas

At $40,000 a night, the Sky Villa offers a private glass elevator, a glass spa jutting out over the balcony with views of the strip, a dry sauna, and 24-hour butler service.

There are actually a few Sky Villas, but the most luxurious one is called the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa. Because it’s Vegas, so of course.

13. The Burj Al Arab in Dubai

No catalogue of the gaudily expensive would be complete without a mention of Dubai. While many of our other hotels on this list get a spot by merely having an absurdly expensive and luxurious suite, the Burj Al Arab gets on for having nothing but absurdly expensive luxury suites.

All of their suites are duplexes, and the cheapest of them is $2,000 a night. Not including taxes and fees. The most expensive is $12,000 (depending on the exchange rate). This may well be — overall — the most expensive hotel in the world.

The amenities? You can get around in their Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, and helicopter transfer services. Or take advantage of their personalized butlers. Also, you can go to their four swimming pools and private beach, or get free access to a nearby waterpark. It’s a great place to go to show your complete contempt for the concept of moderation.

14. The Shahi Mahal Suite at the Raj Palace Hotel in Jaipur, India

$45,000 US. For a night. It’s got 6 bedrooms, a private theater, a library, and a private kitchen staff, but again: It’s 45 grand a night. It’s a particularly good fit if you’re a Bond villain, royalty, or need a nice place to get together with some friends for an old-fashioned partition of a third-world country.

15. The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland

At 60,000 Swiss Francs a night — or about $68,000 US depending on the exchange rate — this is the most expensive hotel room in the world. The suite has hosted the likes of Bill Gates and Michael Douglas, and includes its own private elevator, gym, and pool table; it has maximum security, a Steinway Grand Piano, and a panoramic view of Lake Geneva.

The good news is that it sleeps up to 6 people (it has 12 bedrooms and bathrooms, but the site says it only sleeps 6). So you can split the price with your other comically rich friends.

25 EPIC DREAM HOTELS TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. The best hotel in the worst place, on the other hand, can be something of an oasis. Take the best hotels and put them in the best places, and you’ve got a private slice of the vacation you’ve always dreamed of.

Here are 48 absolutely epic dream hotels.

1. Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

Possibly the singular spot for your perfect Caribbean excursion, the Ladera Resort represents the intersection between design, luxury, and the ideal location. Amenities include a full spa, a host of excursion experiences, and the ability to swing straight from a bench into the pool.

2. Manta Resort, Tanzania

Ever wanted to be able to go down the stairs of your resort room, hoist the blinds, and be stared down by schools of fish? Can you get over the fact that in doing so, you’ll be painfully aware that your accommodations are anchored offshore? If you answered yes to both of those questions (as I have), then the photos of the Manta Resort have probably inspired you to add Tanzania’s Pemba Island to the bucket list.

Photographer: Jesper Anhede

3. Äscher Cliff, Switzerland

More of an inn and restaurant than a luxury resort, this getaway built right into an Ebenalp cliff is the best spot to take a breather on your trek up the northern Alps. The views here will keep you charged as you continue your trip through the Swiss mountains.

4. Giraffe Manor, Kenya

These images are not photoshopped. At Giraffe Manor, located in a suburb of Nairobi, giraffes belonging to the resident breeding and conservation program will join you for breakfast.

5. Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland

If you’ve never heard of this place, you’ve probably spent an enviably small amount of time on the internet. With its infamous glass igloos and log cabins, the Hotel Kakslauttanen offers an exclusive inside-while-outside winter experience. You know, so you can be immersed in the beauty of frozen forests and incredible winter auroras while simultaneously safe and comfortable inside your own private bubble of warmth.

6. Ubud Hanging Gardens, Bali

One part boutique hotel, one part epic infinity pool over the Ayung gorge, one part Payangan jungle, and one part architectural masterpiece combine to make one smooth cocktail of a resort. While the Ubud is known for its terraced tree villas, it’s really all about the award-winning pool. (Literally, this pool has won awards.)

7. Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

At the absolute top of my bucket list, the Icehotel is like living in an art installation. A very cold art installation. Though the ice accommodations are available for only one season a year (for what I hope are obvious reasons), the hotel also offers “warm accommodations” and a host of summer activities, including “art experiences with ice, and adventures in the surrounding wilderness under the midnight sun.”

8. Cocoa Island Resort, Maldives

Just a 40-minute speedboat ride from the archipelago’s main airport, Cocoa Island floats as a cluster of 33 over-water suites (straight out from those sweeping white sand beaches you’ve seen in every tropical island fantasy you’ve ever had). With two private diving reefs to explore, who’s got time for spa treatments?

9. Loisaba Star Beds, Kenya

Two sets of outdoor “star beds” can be found in the Kenyan wilderness — the “Kikobo” beds overlook the waterhole from which they take their name, and the “Koija” beds sit on stilts over the Ewaso N’giro river. Each “star bed” is partially sheltered and contains a “Mukokoteni” (a specialty handcrafted bed on wheels, for moving into and out of the shelter). Kenya is known for its wildlife, so you’re bound to see some amazing creatures in this outdoor getaway.

10. Burj Al Arab, Dubai

One of the tallest hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab sits on a private, manmade island 1,000 feet offshore and is connected to the mainland by a private bridge. Inside the tower (designed to look like the sail of a ship) are 202 double-story rooms, the largest of which covers 8,400 square feet and is the 12th most expensive hotel suite in the world.

11. Treehotel, Sweden

The multi-styled Swedish Treehotel comprises such rooms as: the Cabin, the Mirrorcube, the Bird’s Nest, the Blue Cone, the UFO, the Tree Sauna, and the Dragonfly. Though perhaps a little literal in the naming of the rooms, the architecture and execution at the Treehotel are pretty next-level and make for a unique experience in the Swedish forest.

12. Hotel Marques de Riscal, Spain

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, this luxury hotel is situated in the heart of Spanish wine country in the medieval town of Elciego. The property is famed for its Basque-Riojan cuisine and also has a rooftop library lounge with views of the Spanish countryside.

13. Dedon Island Resort, Philippines

According to the resort’s website, the property’s creators conceptualized Dedon Island as a “kind of laboratory” for realizing experiments in outdoor design, organic farming, and sustainability.

14. Phinda Homestead, South Africa

Small-scale and utterly luxurious, the Phinda Homestead is a family-size lodge situated on a private game reserve
within the KwaZulu-Natal region of South Africa. No one around but you, the lodge staff, and the wildlife.

15. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Managed by the Kempinski Group of hotels and resorts, this seven-star property is the second most expensive hotel ever built. Might as well play the part and arrive via the private marina or helipad.

16. Conrad Maldives Hotel

With its glass-bottomed bungalows and underwater rooms, the Conrad Maldives Hotel has serious appel. To reach it, you have to take a 30-minute private seaplane, but on arrival you can enjoy any of their 101 carefully curated cheeses and 20,000 wines, while being surrounded by whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, and “an excellent coral reef.”

17. Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

The Swiss ski village of Gstaad is one of the top resort areas in the Alps, and the Alpina is pretty much the top-of-the-line accommodations for those who have the scratch. The views from your room’s balcony couldn’t get much better.

18. Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada

The first (and only) true ice hotel in North America, Hotel de Glace opened in 2001 and has been rebuilt every December since. With a three-month lifespan, the features of this hotel are different each year, but it’s famous for its recurring chapel, bar, and grand ice slide.

19. Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Turkey

This recently renovated hotel, used since the Byzantine era as a monastic retreat, had been a getaway just outside of Ürgüp, in the Cappadocia region, for centuries before it was converted into a hotel for the public, which pretty much guarantees its awesomeness.

20. Katikies Hotel, Greece

On Santorini (with its signature white-and-blue color scheme), the Katikies Hotel lends further credence to the idea that not only is putting a pool on an island surrounded by water not redundant, but you can do so just about anywhere in Greece and still achieve a killer view.

21. Rayavadee Resort, Thailand

The mac-daddy of Thailand resorts, this place looks like the deserted jungle island you’ve always dreamed of waking up on after a bumpy flight to somewhere boring. To top it all off, after your day of lounging in the luxury hydro-pool your pavilion is outfitted with, you can catch the sunset from this sandy beachside cave restaurant.

22. Hotel Au Vieux Panier, France

Situated in the heart of Marseille, each room at the Au Vieux Panier has been individually decorated by an artist or graphic designer of worldwide acclaim (and the rooms change every year). Not only is there a rooftop terrace where you can look out over the city center, but also a hotel library, perfect for a relaxing night in.

23. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

The absolutely quintessential African safari resort, the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge acts as steward of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a wildlife reserve home to scores of rare and endangered species. It ranks #1 on TripAdvisor as “best stay in Tanzania.”

24. Panchoran Retreat, Bali

Carved out of the Balinese jungle by Irish designer Linda Garland in an ongoing project since the ‘70s, the Panchoran Retreat is a blend of art project, resort, and ecogarden. The retreat has been home to festivals, workshops, and generations of environmentalists conducting research year round.

25. Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

The Cambrian provides yet another option for luxury accommodations coupled with some extraordinary views of the Swiss Alps.