10 Great smiles from around The World


GordonWiltsie@alpenimage.com
GordonWiltsie@alpenimage.com
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World India @brettcolephotography.com
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Balinese woman Photography by Rarindra Prakarsa
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Photography credit: Réhahn, French photographer based in Hoi Ann, Vietnam

 

Photo credit: Pankaj Trivedi via www.flickr.com
Photo credit: Pankaj Trivedi
Photo credit: Retlaw Snellac Photography
Photo credit: Retlaw Snellac Photography
Man from Libya Photo credit: unknown Source via pinterest
Man from Libya
Photo credit: unknown
Source via pinterest
Portrait of a Kalesh woman in Pakistan Photo credit: Gulraiz Ghouri
Portrait of a Kalesh woman in Pakistan
Photo credit: Gulraiz Ghouri
Akobima, Ghana Photo credit: www.dennisthern.com
Akobima, Ghana
Photo credit: http://www.dennisthern.com
Smiles from Oman Saved from photography mojo.com
Smiles from Oman
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8 ways to create an exotic outdoor space


Transform an outdoor space into an exotic retreat. Whether it’s a courtyard, a patio area or a balcony, we have some great ideas

  1. Use forged iron furniture, mixed with dark wooden tables to create an ethnic charm. The carved low level table adds authenticity to this setting

8 ways to create an exotic outdoor space

Create an ethnic charm using forged iron furniture and low level dining.
Create an ethnic charm using forged iron furniture and low level dining.

2. Create a bohemian feel with a splash of Moroccan flavour. Add jewels, use striking colours and add dazzle with sparkling glass and lanterns. Add interest with mosaic tiles.

Add Morrocan flavour with jewels, striking colours, dazzling glass and Morrocan tiles
Add Morrocan flavour with jewels, striking colours, dazzling glass and Morrocan tiles

3. Use rich colours and exotic fabrics to create a luxurious ambience

Rich colours
Rich colours

4. Mix vintage with modern. This daybed piled high with natural textures adds a modern feel to this outdoor retreat

Combine textures
Combine textures

5. Use colour to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to paint a wall with a striking colour. Bold colours will reflect the natural sunlight creating a stimulating courtyard.

Make a statement
Make a statement
Make your space stand out
Make your space stand out
Bright coloured pots sit well against a painted wall
Bright coloured pots sit well against a painted wall

6. Plant an abundance of succulents, evergreen shrubs and bouganville. To create an interest, group plants together en masse and pay attention to the design and beauty of the pots, as well as the planting.
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Group planting to create interest
Group planting to create interest

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7. Don’t forget to create a shaded area! In hot climates it is often more comfortable to place the seating areas in the shade.

A shaded area with a Morrocan flavour
A shaded area with a Morrocan touch. Cushions piled high for comfort . Note the layering of rugs for added texture and style.

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8. Add a fire pit for cooler evenings

Build your own fire pit
Build your own fire pit
Or add a stylish accessory
Or add a stylish accessory

8. Keep things simple for a super stylish retreat

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Or indulge your passion and create an exotic outdoor heaven!

Pure Heaven

Simple clean lines
Simple clean lines create a luxurious haven

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Resort Review: InterContinental Danang

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Da Nang, Vietnam

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort 

Embedded in the mythical hills of the famous Son Tra Peninsula in Vietnam, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula is surrounded by breathtaking jungle landscape with panoramic views of the East Sea. The uber luxurious 197 bedroom resort was designed by star architect Bill Bensley, and is firmly placed within our Alphabet Lifestyle Bucket List!

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Dinner with a view! Enjoy breakfast with panoramic ocean views over the East Sea.

From the moment we arrived at Danang Internataional Airport, we were pampered by the InterContinental’s personal service and the 30-minute airport collection service escorted us along the breath-taking coastal road to the resort ensuring a stress-free arrival – essential when travelling with 3 super-excited boys aged 1, 3 and 6 years old!

The Resort

The resort is split across 4 levels; Heaven, Sky, Earth & Sea, with an enchanting sky-line tram to transport you between each level. Within the grounds you will find Michelin 3-star Michel Roux’s La Maison 1888 (although no children are allowed, parents should note that you can book a complimentary child-minding service through the hotel’s concierge),  plus four additional restaurants offering breakfast-style buffet featuring every food imaginable! (Top tip: The Vietnamese Pho is a delicious local dish and an absolute must-try!)

View from the Citron restaurant

During the stay our inner fitness freaks made most of the gym facilities with free morning yoga and fun beach activities throughout the day…whilst also splurging in the evenings on the delicious 2-for-1 happy hour cocktails with optional free shisha and bar snacks. Not forgetting treating ourselves to the extra-special “World’s finest pedicure” at the award winning PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez to ensure that we were beach ready!

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Shisha and cocktails at The Long Bar

 

The Rooms

The chic rooms with Vietnamese inspired decor and contemporary design elements were to die for, and the rain shower, couple’s vanity basin, double granite bath (big enough for two) & over-sized bed promised a serene, relaxed stay.

Apologies as my shakey handheld video footage does the room no justice!

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Monkey spotting on the way to our room 🙂

Feel free to comment below if you have any further questions about the resort.