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Whether for relaxation or adventure, returning to the country where they were born, or visiting destinations rich with history, designers often find inspiration on their travels. We asked a number of fashion’s top names, including Sonia Rykiel, Brunello Cucinelli and Rona Pfeiffer, which destinations in the world have inspired their designs and how. What we got were personal photos and reflections on everything from recent trips to voyages that took place years ago. Noting different aspects of their collections that have been inspired by the things that they’ve seen and experienced along the way, these designers make it clear that travel has had a lasting impact on their lives and characters.
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We’re loving Trip Advisor’s review of Awe-inspiring places to visit (especially since Belize’s Blue Hole is also featured)! Commentaries are all real reviews from visitors to these places.
1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
“This is a photographer’s paradise. Pictures rarely do it justice.”
2. The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef, Ambergris Caye, Belize
“Here’s a great landmark… one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world.”
3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia
“The biggest and most stupendous of all the temples.”
4. Trolltunga, Odda, Norway
“Unbelievable… long hike, but once you get to the Troll’s tongue it is instant gratification.”
5. Golden Circle Route, Reykjavik, Iceland
“This scenic driving route through southwestern Iceland features excellent scenery and major sights.”
6. Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
“Spectacularly beautiful and the backdrop of the mountains makes it just stunning.”
7. Kyaikto (Golden Rock), Yangon, Myanmar
“Visiting the Golden Rock is an adventure… view from the mountain ridge is fantastic.”
8. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
“It’s amazing to walk in those red tunnels… it all feels ancient and magical”
9. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
“The sunrise/sunset and the way the rock changes color is just amazing…”
10. Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site, Sichuan, China
“It’s highly unlikely you will see landscapes like this anywhere else in the world.”
“Friends and family stayed here for my mother’s birthday. The place was simply THE best. The staff was amazing. Above and beyond anything we could have imagined. They created a special dinner for our group for her birthday evening (without us asking) and I do mean created. They made dishes they had never made before for us and it was outstanding. Not only that but we asked them if they could make her a birthday dessert, she is not a cake fan so I left it up to them, telling them only that she didn’t like cake but loved fruit. They made the most wonderful fruit tart, it was really a work of art. We almost hated to eat it…almost.
They do have spa, but we didn’t have time to make use of it but given everything else, I’m sure its awesome. The grounds are lovely and serene. The pool is nestled in the middle of the property surrounded by flora and fauna… Okay, I wanna go back…”
October 16, 2012 Review by Beth B. from Huntington Woods, Michigan.
“Didn’t want to leave!”
Reviewed August 31, 2012 by Linda O from Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
When we arrived at Ka’ana for our five night stay, we were greeted with friendly welcomes, smiles and a wonderful ginger and lime drink. (Onil, I would like the recipe!) Once refreshed from our travel, one of the concierges, Iera, met with us in the wine cellar. We conversed about everything from in town dining and shopping to tours. Once decided, she arranged our tours with a local tour company they use; awesome! Ka’ana staff took us to San Ignacio, then promptly picked us up with a local restaurant phone call to the resort. Our Balam room was always clean and every evening, our bed would be turned down, candles lit and yummy pastry was waiting for us! It was a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. The grounds were well kept and inviting. Special thanks to Onil, Iera, Melvin and all the Ka’ana staff! Thank you all for making our vacation un-Belize-able! We will remember you, always. Ka’ana is the place to stay if you want relaxation or adventure. You will love it and never forget it! It was beautiful!
Destination Wedding Belize: An Ancient Mayan Marriage
Choosing a destination wedding allows couples a level of freedom that just can’t be found when planning a traditional, hometown wedding. With the World to choose from, if you can dream it – it can become reality. We have the perfect example of a destination wedding experience ideal for adventurous couples at Ka’ana Belize. For those who may not know, Belize is an English-speaking country located in Central America and is easily accessible from most major U.S. airports. In this case, exotic doesn’t mean inconvenient.
Arguably the biggest perk of Belize as a destination wedding location is that it’s covered in Mayan ruins. Luckily for us, Ka’ana is located smack-dab in the middle of the ancient Maya civilization. Belize is the only country which allows wedding ceremonies to physically take place on Mayan ruins – offering the backdrop opportunity of a lifetime. As a result, Ka’ana offers couples everything from a ceremony for 30 guests at nearby Xunantunich (an ancient Mayan city one-and-a-half miles away from property), to a small, intimate wedding for two followed by an exclusive overnight stay on a ruin in a luxury tent complete with a traditional Mayan dinner cooked over a fire.
“Exceeds Great Expectations”
Reviewed July 10, 2012
My wife and I spent the first several days of our honeymoon at Ka’ana. This Boutique Resort is one of the most delightful places either of us have ever visited. Its accommodations were private and luxurious, outdone only by the personal service of the staff and the exquisite dining experience.
Each casita, though cleverly attached to one other, seemed isolated from the total of 10 that exist on this lush canopied property. They were beautifully decorated with local yet understated flair.The big bed was dressed with crisp clean cotton sheets and a snug-able down comforter which kept us warm in our climate controlled room. Each night the bed was turned down with a personal note and a special desert that seemed to be made just for us. The view from the hammock on our veranda greeted us with exotically colored birds, flowers and other fauna. From there we rarely saw another person, which made breakfast, outside in our provided robes, that much more enjoyable.
The staff at the resort all greeted us by name and with a smile. Their attention to us and our particular taste were never wanting and oftentimes executed behind the scene but never overdone. We felt as though we were welcomed, and appreciated. Everyone seemed to take pride in their jobs and in their culture. All of our questions were answered and all of our needs were met, and then some.
The food was out of this world. Breakfast was served in our room every morning to order, and from a wide selection. Lunch was usually what the kitchen had freshly prepared to order and sent with us in a basket for a picnic. The dinners were exceptional, definitively five star, served in the candle lit dining room, usually alone, by our very own waiter. Our last dinner was a romantic, fireside, five course meal.
The activities we decided to participate in were the nature hike, Mayan ruins, cave canoeing and waterfall picnic. Each was a mini adventure filled with once in a lifetime scenery. My Wife and I were led by our very own guide, Louis, who had an encyclopedic knowledge of the fauna and flora we passed on the way, and who knew answers to almost every question about the Mayan culture.
All in all we had great expectations for our honeymoon. I personally investigated countless resorts in at least 6 different countries on three different continents before deciding to take a chance on Ka’ana in Belize. Neither my wife nor I had ever been to Central America nor had we known anyone to have visited Belize. Needless to say, when I surprised her, at the airport I was a bit concerned, to say the least, about whether it was the best place to share the first days of our married life together. It exceeded my expectations! I know one thing, I will be back to Ka’ana.
Room Tip: Number 9 and Number 10 Casita are most exclusive
Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple