• Rooftop Pool at Ohla Hotel in Barcelona, Spain

    Best Hotel Pools Around the Globe

    <h2>7 Best Hotel Pools for Whiling Away an Afternoon</h2>   <p>It’s no secret that we love walking tours. Every one of our Classic Journeys trips includes walking trips that get us out into the countryside of Provence or immersed in the culture of Cuba or rambling along the cobblestone streets of Tuscany. And while we enjoy this type of travel so much, we also enjoy some downtime. And what better way to while away an afternoon than lounging by an amazing pool with picturesque views. Here are some of our favorites:<br><br><img alt="Desert Pearl Inn" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002ox9" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale, Utah</b><br> </p> <p>After a day <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">exploring Zion</a>, there’s no better place to watch the sun set over the amazing rock formations than relaxing in the pool at the Desert Pearl Inn. The large, free-form pool is surrounded by a flagstone pool deck dotted with lounge chairs and umbrellas. Soak tired muscles in the hot tub while enjoying the trickle of the nearby waterfall. Lush, green vegetation encases the entire area — a beautiful contrast to the red rock cliffs surrounding the inn.<br><br><img alt="Ohla Barcelona" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxE" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Ohla Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain</b><br> </p> <p>Situated <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/barcelona-tours/" target="_blank">right in the heart of Barcelona</a>, the Ohla Barcelona is a modern marvel masked behind a grand and exquisite neoclassical façade. The “chill-out” terrace, as they call it, offers stunning views of the city with a glass-sided pool perched between an upper sunning deck and lower seating area filled with two-tops — perfect for watching a sunset, cocktail in hand.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Lone" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxJ" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia</b><br> </p> <p>At Hotel Lone, you can choose your pool — indoors or out. Indoors you can still enjoy the view of the gardens thanks to the glass wall enclosure. If you opt for al fresco, which we highly recommend, you’ll <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatia-tours/" target="_blank">enjoy views of the protected Zlatni rt forest park.</a> The area includes a sun bathing terraces (six levels!), a restaurant, a pool bar and a summer stage. The pool complex itself includes the relax pool, aqua-fun pool and a children’s pool with whirlpools, waterfalls, geysers and a swimming track — all filled with seawater. Be sure to enjoy the hydro-massage chairs available in both pools. If you’re lucky enough to stay in a Jazz Room, you’ll enjoy your own private infinity pool massage bathtub on the outside edge of you room’s patio — spectacular!<br><br><img alt="Jasper Park Lodge" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxO" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta, Canada</b><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/canada-tours/" target="_blank">Exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is a jaw-dropping experience.</a> With the opportunity to see grizzly bears, moose, caribou and more, combined with the awe-inspiring vistas, your senses will be overwhelmed. What better way than to relax and reflect on everything you’ve experienced than poolside under the star-filled night sky. On the shores of Lac Beauvert, you’re in the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve.<br><br><img alt="Hotel Sahrai" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxT" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Hotel Sahrai, Fez, Morocco</b><br> </p> <p>Enjoy <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/morocco-tours/" target="_blank">majestic views of Fez and the surrounding</a> area while soaking in the infinity pool at Hotel Sahrai on its magical hillside location. Stretch out in the afternoon sun on a daybed atop the teak pool deck. Hungry after a long day exploring the city? Grab a snack and refreshing drink from the poolside Arcades restaurant.<br><br><img alt="La Vista Boutique" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxY" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>La Vista Boutique Hotel &amp; Spa, Kusadasi, Turkey</b><br> </p> <p>It’s an endless blue vista from this luxury <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/turkey-tours/" target="_blank">infinity pool perched on the edge of the Aegean Sea</a> at the La Vista Hotel. Pick your lounge chair or sit at one of the many tables below the waterfall edge of the pool — both maximize this spectacular view. Be sure to catch a sunset and watch the cruise ships sail out to sea knowing you’ve got the best seat in the house.<br><br><img alt="Furama Resort" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lL&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002oxd" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><b>Furama Resort Danang, Da Nang City, Vietnam</b><br> </p> <p>You might be mingling with royalty, presidents and movie starts when you stay at Furama Resort Danang, a five-star favorite of the jetsetters. But all of this will fade away as you relax in the huge pool area bedecked with palm trees. The <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">infinity edge overlooks China Beach and out onto the East Vietnam Sea</a>. Even more enticing — check out the swimming lagoon. It’s like taking a swim through the jungle — overgrown with palms and other jungle plants — all with a nice tile blue bottom and clean, refreshing water.</p>

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  • Trinidad Countryside, Cuba

    Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2017

    <p>From trend-busting Iceland to eternally amazing Amalfi, our hand-picked Top 10 travel destinations for 2017 comes from the best crowd-source of all: our daily chats with avid travelers like you. Launch your 2017 vacation here. And let us know which of our 85 destinations deserves a spot on next year’s list.</p> <h3><b>#10 INDOCHINA</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/indochina-tours/" target="_blank">Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia tug at travelers</a> who crave the exotic and love to immerse themselves in culture and history. Add in some of the world’s best hotels and remarkable food, and it is no wonder Indochina makes the list.</p> <p><img alt="Indochina" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAj" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#9 BRYCE, GRAND CANYON &amp; ZION</b></h3> <p>How swell is it that these three <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/bryce-tours/" target="_blank">amazing National Park</a>s are practically neighbors? You don’t have to cross an ocean to feel your jaw drop at the red rock beauty, walk in slot canyons, go river tubing, and soak up a Grand Canyon sunset.<br><br><img alt="slot canyon" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAo" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#8 IRELAND</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ireland-tours/" target="_blank">Blarney plus beauty equals Irish charm.</a> Even if so many Americans didn’t have close family ties to Ireland, it would make the list. We love its people, its luxe country hotels, and its peat-cutters and shepherds. (The pubs don’t hurt either!)<br><br><img alt="Sheep grazing in Ireland" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAt" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#7 NOVA SCOTIA</b></h3> <p>Under the radar and over the top, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/nova-scotia-tours/" target="_blank">Nova Scotia is happening this year </a>because it’s near but feels very far away. Spectacular maritime scenery. Some of North America’s oldest towns. Awesome tides, huge whales and the very definition of quaint.<br><br><img alt="Whale fin" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rAy" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#6 PORTUGAL</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/portugal-tours/" target="_blank">The buzz about Portugal</a> is how easy it is to have a unique and complete cultural experience in Europe’s sunniest country. There are the port vineyards of the Douro Valley. Dramatic Atlantic beaches. The fab cities of Lisbon and Porto.<br><br><img alt="Duoro River" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rB3" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#5 PERU</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/peru-tours/" target="_blank">Machu Picchu is Peru’s marquee site.</a> (Our cultural and multisport family trips all spend part of three days there.) But other stars shine bright too: world-class cuisine, South America’s best hotels, and the cordial Quechua people.<br><br><img alt="Machu Picchu" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rB8" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#4 CUBA</b></h3> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/cuba/" target="_blank">Cuba is still the most talked-about, brag-worthy place </a>we know; from Havana to the Viñales Valley and the Bay of Pigs. To see Cuban life, to meet cigar rollers, farmers, classic car fanatics and others is unforgettable. Trips sell out fast. Reserve early!<br><br><img alt="Cuban with horse" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBD" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#3 AMALFI</b></h3> <p>Since Augustus built a palace on Capri, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/amalfi-tours/" target="_blank">Italy’s Amalfi Coast has been a magnet</a> for lovers of matchless scenery and sweet weather. Sip some limoncello, waken to a view of Positano, wander Pompeii, and you’ll see why its popularity never wanes.<br><br><img alt="Positano" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBI" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p> <p> </p> <h3><b>#2 ICELAND</b></h3> <p>Closer than you think…more other-worldly than you can imagine, <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Iceland is having it’s moment</a>. Blame it on the mix of glaciers and lava flows, puffins and whales, ancient history and hip culture. Iceland is the island of the year.<br><br><img alt="Iceland glacier" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBN" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br> </p> <h3><b>#1 THE GALAPAGOS</b></h3> <p>Baby sea lions. Giant tortoises. Snow-white beaches. Volcanoes. All of the above are <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/galapagos-tours/" target="_blank">the lure of the Galápagos.</a> Guests on our island-based trips stay in luxury boutique hotels instead of cramped cruise ship cabins. Even better, you can add a visit to the Andean highlands in mainland Ecuador.<br><br><img alt="Sea lions in the Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rBS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>

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  • Family Kayaking in Humpy Cove, Alaska

    Five Favorite Family Kayaking Trips

    <h2>Nothing says <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">summer vacation like a family kayaking trip</a>. If you love the water, but want a little more from your vacation, consider a trip with a kayaking component as part of a grander experience.</h2>   <p>Here are five <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/family/" target="_blank">family vacation destinations where you can immerse yourself in the culture</a> and get a bit of paddle time:<br><br><b>Costa Rica</b><br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Coast Rica" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002r0F" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></p>   <p>Probably the first place that comes to mind when you think of a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/costaricafamily/" target="_blank">family kayaking trip is Costa Rica</a> —us, too! (Along with all kinds of other multisport adventures such as ziplining, snorkeling and whitewater rafting.)  Kayaking in a Costa Rican tidal estuary amid the mangrove trees is scenic and serene. You’re likely to spot egrets, anteaters and basiliscus lizards. And you might even gain an extra passenger on your craft — one of the many howler monkeys living in the surrounding trees.</p> <p><b>Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia</b><br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Vietnam" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002r0K" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/vietnam/" target="_blank">Paddling around the serene waters of Halong Bay is magical</a>. The towering limestone islands jut out of the emerald waters in such a way, you wonder if they are real. While taking in this scenery is breathtaking, the way you got here is pretty cool, too.  Imagine being aboard a luxury junk boat skimming across the bay as you get a lesson in making spring rolls from a professional chef.</p> <p><b>Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast</b><br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Croatia" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002rEv" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Sometimes we enjoy kayaking as a means to an end. And nowhere is that more true than in Croatia. But an amazing “means” it is as you <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/croatiafamily/" target="_blank">paddle calm waters from the coast to Lokrum Island</a>. Skirt the shoreline to see many caves and beautiful rock beaches. And don’t forget to look down — the water here is clear to a depth of 30 feet or more. Perfect for an afternoon swim. Once you step on land, this uninhabited island is home to a nature reserve, botanical gardens and a fortress. As you make your way to the island’s private lake, you’re likely to come face-to-beak with a peacock who will happily show off for you.<br><br><b>Provence</b><br><br><img alt="Kayaking in Provence" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002r0U" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>The Pont-du-Gard is as much a technical masterpiece as it is a beautiful marker of Roman history and architecture. Built more than 2,000 years ago, the Roman aqueduct is more than 900 feet long and nearly 165 feet high. Despite those numbers, it’s hard to imagine the enormity of it until you are paddling through its archways on the Gardon River. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/provencefamily/" target="_blank">Enjoy a picnic on the banks and spend the afternoon paddling and exploring this lovely destination in southern France.</a></p> <p><b>The Galápagos Islands</b><br><br><img alt="Kayaking in the Galapagos" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001z7lU&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM500000002r0Z" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br> </p> <p>Another all-time favorite on the list of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/ecuadorfamily/" target="_blank">family kayaking trip destinations is the Galápagos Islands</a>. Visit the northern coast of San Cristóbal Island for calm-water kayaking — the most movement you’ll encounter here is from the baby sea lions playing and swimming alongside your kayak. Take a break from paddling to snorkel with prehistoric-looking marine iguanas. You’ll spot giant mantas, sea turtles and, of course, loads of fish. But the highlight of this show is the baby sea lions that will swim up, give you a kiss and then they’re off again.</p>

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