Tizzarouine Kasbah, Bulmane Dades, Moroc

Tizzarouine Kasbah is located in Bulmane Dades, on a plateau overlooking the desert Oued Dades. It is located 120 km from Ouarzazate Airport; 52 km from Tinghir, near the Gorges du Dadès, Todra and the Valley of the Roses. The facilities are modern, very comfortable and the atmosphere and the decoration have been treated to preserve the authenticity of the place and its surroundings. The place forms a tourist complex with the hotel, two restaurants, swimming pool, two terraces to admire the magnificent panorama, a tiny reading room where you can also have a nice view and plenty of space to walk, take a nice stroll or to walk in town. The whole complex has two hectares. The hotel is located in the center of the city.

Tips

If you want to live a different experience, the hotel has rooms in cellars (troglodyte rooms) and a permanent bivouac in Merzouga.

It is an ideal location for lovers of hiking and mountain biking.

Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a unique jungle getaway nested deep inside the enchanting and captivating Pacuare River and tropical forest. It is a recognized ecolodge completely surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state. Guests of the lodge experience the most coveted of travelers rewards, an opportunity to savor the spirit of the rainforest!

The lodge has been carefully designed for a perfect balance with its natural surroundings. It has been cited by World Tourism Organization for its model sustainable ecotourism practices, and was chosen by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 10 best adventure destinations in the world. The two-story lodge has 8 cozy wooden bungalows with thatched palm roofs that hide beneath giant tropical trees, a rustic dining area on the first floor, and an open-air lounge on the second floor with sitting areas and hammocks.

Tips

There are two ways to get there, by a jungle path or rafting, taking the raft could be the fun.

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The St. Antthony Hermitage, Bouchette Lake, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

The St. Anthony hermitage of  Bouchette Lake was founded by Father Elzéar Delamarre in 1907 with the construction of a second home and a chapel dedicated to St Anthony of Padua. The place became a pilgrimage site and the abbot was building a larger chapel to accommodate the visitors. In 1925 the site was taken in care by the Capuchin Minor Brothers who built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin. Today the place has also a hotel with a large dining-room with terrace overlooking the lake and an excellent gastronomic choice with local products and typical menu of the Lac St-Jean region as the famous pie called ‘tourtière’. There is also a wooden observation tower, a pedestrian path, a souvenir shop, a bakery, a camping area with parking for trailers and the warm welcome of the Brothers and staff who make of this place a beautiful option for a relaxing holiday, solo, with family, friends or couples. To see: the St. Anthony of Padua chapel (neo-Gothic country), the frescoes of the Quebec painter Charles Huot, the monastery (neo-Romanesque), the Marian Chapel, among others and of course the natural environment that is really beautiful!

Tips

You can book your accommodation with or without breakfast but it is good to take it even as the supper cause the site is in nature and there are no restaurants very near.

You have a small beach nearby, on the way to the village, and there are some games for children on the site next to the lake.

Taste the bread and buns baked at the bakery on site, it’s worth it.

There are many activities around Lac St-Jean; so staying at the monastery would be economical and comfortable to come and visit the area.