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casa del mar -- baja/cabo, mexico

Things change, but beauty remains down in Los Cabos

Is there serenity in the midst of the busy tip of Baja? There is, if you know where to find it.

The newish toll road from the Los Cabos airport to the Corridor is a marvelous shortcut past rolling hills covered in cactuses and boulders. During a recent quick getaway, I chatted happily with a fellow passenger and was merrily raving about the sushi at Nik-San when the road ended at the entrance to San José del Cabo.

"Goodness gracious, what in the world could that be?" I cried (a rough translation of my Spanish exclamation). We faced a massive, humongous brown building behind a vast black parking lot. I spotted a patch of blue sea beyond a sidewalk as we sped by. Commercial Mexicana, a grocery store chain, had claimed the prime entryway to the San José hotel zone. Ah yes, I was back in Los Cabos...

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why posted here? we're looking for possible vacation spots. this one's on the list. & comes with recommendations.

pretty, no? ; )~

Ice Hotels

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Ice Hotel in Quebec, Canada.

Ice hotels are temporary buildings made up entirely of snow and sculpted blocks of ice. They are built each year in the coldest regions of the world as a way to attract vacationers to resort areas. Heavily promoted by their sponsors, they have special features for travelers who are adventurous and interested in more unusual environments. Their lobbies are filled with ice sculptures and food and beverages such as vodka are especially chosen for the circumstances.

About 10 km East of Québec City, the first ice hotel in North America is erected each January. In its last iteration it had 85 beds, all made of ice but lined with deer furs and covered with mattresses and arctic sleeping bags. Only the bathrooms are heated, in a separate insulated structure. The hotel is usually made (architecture and size vary from season to season) with 4,750 tons of sculpted ice, forming arches over rooms with 16 foot (5 m) ceilings, two art galleries, a bar, a movie theater and a chapel where weddings are held. All of the furniture is made of ice, so are glasses and plates. $120-$180 USD/night, each room has Internet access. In its first 4 years of operation the hotel has had 220,000 visitors and 10,500 guests. In 2005 it will open on January 7 and close down on April 3rd. http://www.icehotel-canada.com/en/index.en.php

The Ice Hotel near the village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden was the first of its kind and is probably the most famous. With the exception of the beds, the entire hotel is made out of ice blocks. The hotel only exists between November and May. In its latest incarnation it will probably be over 30,000 square feet (3,000 m²) in size. The management boasts that each room is unique and that the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. http://www.icehotel.com/

The Alta Igloo ice hotel has been rebuilt yearly since 1998. It is Europe’s northernmost ice hotel. The hotel has 20 beds and it is decorated with numerous ice sculptures and furnishings, including lighting systems which enhance the different types of crystalline formations. The guests use sleeping bags covered on reindeer hides.http://www.alta-friluftspark.no/alta_friluftspark_eng/

The Mammut snow hotel is not an ice hotel per se as it is made entirely of snow. Many of its furnishings and decorations are made of ice. It is located within the walls of the Kemi snow castle. http://www.snowcastle.net/

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Kempinski Resort Saint John, Mykonos, Greece

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The Kempinski Resort Saint John on the Greek Island of Mykonos.

Hotels and villas of this kind can be found in many places around the Med but the pool area is quite unique so the Saint John's definitely deserves a closer look. Mykonos itself is beautiful, as most of the Greek Islands, and is said to have the best nightlife of the isles.

From the hotel's website:
The newly built Kempinski Resort Saint John is a 5-star deluxe complex of Superior rooms & Suites, Villas and Standard hotel rooms. The resort extends on 20,000 sqm of land in the area of Agios Ioannis, in one of the best locations on the island.

Saint John offers a variety of 136 rooms, 9 suites and 6 villas -equipped with their private swimming pool- to choose from. Among Saint John's prominent characteristics are the privately owned 200 meter long beach and the 2,000 sqm pool area which includes 600 sqm of swimming pools.

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