Portugal’s Pedras Salgadas feels something of an anachronism. A thermal spa dating from the 19th-century. Updated wtih 12 pre-fabricated eco-cabins, and 2 tree houses – winning Building of the Year award in 2012.
A 52-meter long floating ferry, converted into a Scandinavian style spa by Sid Lee Architecture, on the St. Lawrence River provides perfect views of Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67 and BuckyFuller’s geodesic dome; as well as a lovely place to grab a bit of hot and sun near old Montreal.
The Viceroy hotel near Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera is quite fab, a relaxing atmosphere; you are the star of the show, not the hotel. The patio restaurant used for breakfast and lunch, is about twenty meters off the sea. This was the perfect introduction to the fabled Mayan Riviera as we gazed into the blue blue waters and at the attractive clientele.
June 23, 2009 + Budapest
The Széchenyi Baths are the heart and soul of Budapest. Here one hears children giggling, lovers canoodling and old-men chatting. Truly a local hangout where you can be a part of the city, as opposed to a visitor to the city. Széchenyi is certainly one of the places not to miss when you travel to Budapest. Highest of our recommendations.