LOCATION: Africa

Live Out Your Most Unique Tropical Fantasies with a Stay at an Underwater Suite
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27038
VENUE:
The Manta Resort
LOCATION:
Pemba Island
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Underwater Room
Tropcial
Remote Island
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

 

We’ve all dreamed about life under the sea. Catchy Disney songs aside, we’ve grown up fantasizing about holding our breaths longer—or simply being able to breathe like a fish—so we could stay the cool wilderness of an underwater world. Such a power would give us the opportunity to explore deep sea caves, witness existence in the depths of the ocean, behold some of the most colorful wildlife on the planet, and meditate in an expansive, noiseless, and relaxing space. This week’s #BirthdayBucketList is about finally making good on that wild hope.

At The Manta Resort on Tanzania’s Pemba Island, you get the closest you ever will to your wish. Here, you can stay underwater for hours, days, or weeks! That's because off the coast is a breathtaking underwater room of windows with a very soft bed in it. Turquoise waves roll around the Swedish-engineered floating structure just above the reef floor, and you get to be a part of it. You get to live underwater without having to worry about oxygen levels. Simply put, it’s the hotel room we’ve always dreamed of, ever since we were kids.

 

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Birthday Bucket List of the Week: A Glamping Balloon Safari over the Serengeti
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 26807
VENUE:
Sabora Tented Camp
LOCATION:
Tanzania
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Birthday Bucket List
A Glamping Balloon Safari and Picnic Party!
Untouched Wilderness of Tanzania
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

This 'Birthday Bucket List of the Week' will take you to new heights, literally. Soar through the skies of the Serengeti with a balloon safari! 

 

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A Tradition-Filled Storm and Safari Wedding in Masai Mara, Kenya
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 26769
VENUE:
Governors’ Camp Masai Mara
LOCATION:
Masai Mara, Kenya
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Magical Masai Mara
Stormy & Stunning Safari
Plains of Kenya
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

"Some places stay with you forever. When wildlife photographer Nina and her Sebastian asked me to shoot their wedding in Masai Mara in Kenya, I didn’t know this land would touch me so deeply. It sung to me in a way I didn’t know possible, found new chords and played on strings I didn’t know I had inside me. The setting was like no other." - Jonas Peterson, photographer. 

 

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Where was Taylor Swifts controversial video 'wildest dreams' filmed?!
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 26795
VENUE:
San Camp
LOCATION:
The Makgadikgadi, Africa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Taylor Swift Sanctuous Safari Camp
1940's Luxe Safari-Style Glamping
The Very Edge of the Pans
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

If you were glued to the television for this past Sunday night’s VMAs, you saw Taylor Swift debut the video for her new song “Wildest Dreams." Since the debut it is already under fire for being a racially insensitive "fantasy" depiction of colonial Africa. The "Wildest Dreamsvideo was Directed by Joseph Kahn, and captures an old Hollywood Hemingway vibe. Featuring Taylor (of course) and Scott Eastwood (son of famous actor Clint Eastwood), the video tells a story between Swift and Eastwood, who both play 1940s-era movie stars.

The video has already been viewed almost 21 million times, and apart from the buzz and controversy, there is no denying the stunning film location. So where was Taylors highly controversial video shot? 

 

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A South African Farm Fresh Garden Getaway
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 20182
VENUE:
Babylonstoren
LOCATION:
Drakenstein Valley, South Africa
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Greenhouse Garden Party
Vineyards, Orchards, Gardens, oh my!
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

Inspired by the mythical gardens of Babylon, this farm hotel spanning eight acres, would make even Adam and Eve feel right at home. With over 300 plants, the fruit and vegetables are harvested for guests to munch on in the restaurant (there will be absolutely no need to count calories here.) You will find yourself meandering around the farm and discovering berries, bees, ducks, chickens, a prickly pear maze, a HUMAN size bird nest and even gravity fed waterways. Yep, the gardens are watered the same way they would have been 300 years ago. There is no need to reinvent the wheel right?!

 

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