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Seeing the 7 Natural Wonders

Mother Nature is astonishing, to say the least. No artist or architect could compete with the flora, fauna and formations she’s dreamt up, so fittingly an alternative list to the classic, human-centric Seven Wonders of the World was created. From sky-high Mount Everest to the undersea Great Barrier Reef, herein are the best ways to see our blue and green globe’s most notable natural wonders.


Spotlight: Spain’s Cultural Cities and Towns

Spain draws swathes of sun worshippers, but as the homeland of Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudí and flamenco dancing, it’s also a cultural Mecca. The country has the world’s third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There’s also vibrant, cosmopolitan cities to explore, with Madrid’s matadors and Barcelona’s towering gothic cathedrals. We take a closer look at the destination and our stunning portfolio of hotels therein.

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The List: 10 Bike-Friendly Hotels

Inexpensive and good for both one’s health and the environment, cycling has never been hotter. The rise in ridership has lead to bike share programs and dedicated lanes, making many cities much easier to navigate on two wheels rather than four. In tune with the trend, innovative hotels are offering bike-friendly amenities and services to help guests better explore their surrounds—be it beach towns or wine country. Herein, we highlight ten.

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10 Questions: Wesley A. Joe, Loden Hotel

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Wesley A. Joe of the Loden Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.


The List: 8 UNESCO World Heritage Destinations

In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was created to identify and preserve culturally and naturally significant sites around the globe. Almost 40 years later, over 1,000 locales have been bestowed World Heritage status, creating the ultimate bucket list for experiential travelers. Herein, we highlight eight exceptional UNESCO sites close to some of Kiwi Collection’s most spectacular hotels.


Photo essay: 36 hours in Amsterdam

Choosing to take a lengthy layover in Amsterdam en route to Kenya is a ‘Dam good idea, I recently discovered. The Venice of the North does more than simply break up the monotony of 20-odd hours on planes and in airports; it winds you down and fills you up. There’s even a Dutch word for the feeling: gezellig. Easy to get around, on foot or by bicycle, the city makes a little time go a long way. Art, sightseeing, genever tasting, Michelin star meals—all in under 36 hours.


In need of some Vitamin Sea?

Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinski Institute came to the conclusion that avoiding the sun is actually as bad for you as smoking. According to their report, avid sunbathers enjoyed a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, with minimal additional risk as long as they kept the sunscreen topped up. This cheerful report got us dreaming of the beach.


The Itinerary: Robert Wright’s Miami, Part II

Between his previous gig as director of marketing at Soludos and his new one running his own brand inspired by global wanderings, New Yorker Robert Wright is seriously well traveled. We had the self-professed “escape artist” spill his Miami secrets, and he’s got so much intel, it wouldn’t fit into just one post. Spotlighting Wynwood’s charms, here’s part II.


The Itinerary: Robert Wright’s Miami, Part I

Robert Wright’s Instagram bio simply reads “escape artist,” and he’s good at it. His last gig as Soludos’ director of marketing took him ’round the world—India, Morocco, France, Portugal—and now that the New Yorker is running his own global wanderings-inspired brand, he’ll be racking up even more miles. A Miami, Florida regular, he dishes on all his fave places in the city (and there’s so much good stuff, we had to split it into two parts—more to come).

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Where to Go for all the Cherry Blossoms

Last week, as much of North America shivered under a blanket of snow, thoughts of spring seemed distant and remote. Fortunately, this was likely winter’s last blast and spring will soon make an appearance, bringing with it a pink and white welcome party in select cities.

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