15 Tourist Destinations That Look Completely Different From What We Imagined

There are a number of seriously impressive places that are a big hit among tourists across the globe. Sometimes, it’s practically impossible to break through the crowd to get a closer look at them. As a result, your great expectations turn into bitter disappointment and frustration.

We at Wonderful Places put together a list of 15 magnificent attractions we don’t recommend visiting during the peak tourist season.

 

Manneken Pis in Brussels

 

Beaches in Goa

 

Disneyland Paris

 

 

Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset, Florence

 

 

 

Hollywood, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Beaches in the Dominican Republic

 

 

Szechenyi Thermal Bath in Budapest

 

 

The Palace of Festivals and Congress Hall — the venue for the Cannes Film Festival

 

 

“I amsterdam” sculpture in Amsterdam

 

 

The statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

 

 

 

Observation deck SkyWalk in Austria

 

 

The White House in Washington DC

 

 

Pyramids in Egypt

 

 

 

Trolltunga (Troll’s tongue) in Norway

 

 

Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro

 

 

 

15 Most Expensive Hotels in the World

For most of us choosing where to stay when we travel is a balance of budget, location and facilities. Imagine for a second that money was of no concern and allow yourself to follow us on a tour of accommodations that far surpass the term holiday rental.

Here are the 15 most expensive hotels you could choose to drop your bags, admire the view and roll around on bedsheets fit for a king.

1. The Grand Penthouse at The Mark, New York

The Grand Penthouse, The Mark

Designed by Jacques Grange and situated over the top 2 floors of The Mark Hotel in New York’s Upper East Side, this decadent sleek, and modern 12,000-foot square space will set you back close to US$100 000,- a night.

The suite boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a library lounge, two wet bars and a dining room in which you could host 24. The living space can be converted to a ballroom should you wish to invite more people over! City views don’t get much better than this either; gaze out over Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art and enjoy dining on the 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace.

Chef Jean-George is on hand to create menus to tantalise; Frederic Fekkai will tame your tresses and Bergdorf Goodman offers suit tailoring at any time you choose.

2. The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson, Geneva

TheRoyalPenthouseSuite, Hotel President Wilson

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TheRoyalPenthouseSuite, Hotel President Wilson

Purported to have hosted Bill Gates, Rihanna, Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Michael Douglas who no doubt enjoyed the security of bullet proof glass and the outstanding panoramic views of Lake Geneva that lie beyond them.

Twelve well-appointed bedrooms and their sumptuous marble bathrooms, a billiard room and dining or conference room, gym and jacuzzi and lavish living area fill the entire eighth floor of the Hotel President Wilson.

A huge Bang & Olufsen BeoVision flat-screen TV awaits when you tire of the view.

Tinkle at the keys of the Steinway grand piano and marvel at the artwork for US$60 000,- a night.

3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Season Hotel, New York

Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Season Hotel

52 storeys high and 700 feet above the ground, this opulently styled suite, makes the most of the skyline with floor to ceiling windows and glass balconies.

No expense has been spared styling the interior with artisan materials including Venetian velvet, Chinese onyx, Japanese silk, sinks fashioned from rock crystal and much more.

The suite has just one bedroom and was created by IM Pei and Peter Marino.

It took seven years to complete, costing over US$50 million to build.

A night here will set you back just under US$60 000,- a night and comes with a chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom service, personal trainer, spa treatments and unlimited caviar and champagne.

4. Delana Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island, Fiji

 

Delana Hilltop Estate, Laucala Island

You don’t need an invite to stay at this top-of-the-island nest, but you will need approving and be willing to pay the US$ 55 000,-  a night for a minimum of four nights stay.

The whole island was purchased by Red Bull co-founder Dietrich Mateschitz from the Forbes Media Estate to create a resort island get away.

Of course you can only stay when he isn’t there.

If you’re approved, you will be able to revel in the lush green panoramic views fringed by turquoise waters.

The palatial retreat boats over 120 thousand square feet of space which include guest residences, a panoramic swimming pool, private cook, chauffeur, nanny and the opportunity to scuba dive, hike or learn to ride horses.

If the high price tag isn’t in your summer holiday budget, try one of the luxury villas closer to sea level.

5. The Royal Villa, The Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athens

The Royal Villa, The Grand Resort Lagonissi

Although their website states that price is on application, the word on the street says you’ll pay around US$50 000,- a night to stay in this lap of luxury.

You’d be in good company too; Mel Gibson and Leonardo Di Caprio have stayed here.

Two master bedrooms complete with ensuite marble bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools as well as large airy living quarters that make the most of the spectacular views beyond.

6. The Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez, Cannes

The Penthouse Suite, Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez

Although today part of Hyatt Hotels this Art Deco hotel on the Boulevard de la Croisette was opened in 1929 by Emmanuel Michele Martinez.

The seventh-floor location commands stunning views over the bay from the terrace and Jacuzzi.

The suite can offer up to four king sized bedrooms and will set you back around US$40 000,- a night.

 

7. The Royal Suite at St. Regis Saadiyat Island, United Arab Emirates

 

The Royal Suite at St. Regis Saadiyat Island

The Royal Suite at The St Regis spans two floors and takes its design inspiration from oceanic elements.

Light, airy and spacious this suite sleeps 5 and has a private study, spa room, sauna, mini cinema, a billiard table, piano and stunning views from the poolside terrace and of course your very own butler.

For your US$35 000,- a night you can enjoy 2100 square meters of space where ocean views abound.

 

8. Shangri-La Suite, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

 

Shangri-La Suite, Shangri-La Bosphorus

 

The Shangri-La Suite boasts unparalleled views of the Bosphorus Strait and city skyline from its 6th-floor perch.

Each of the two bedrooms and the living area have their private terrace; their website likens the experience to being on the deck of a ship.

The bathrooms are marble with Bulgari toiletries; the linen has an 800 thread count, and there’s even a 19inch TV embedded in the vanity mirror.

Exchange rate fluctuations make this slice of luxury difficult to rank, but don’t expect change from US$ 30 000,- for one night.

 

9. Palms Casino Resort Hotel, Las Vegas

 

Palms Casino Resort Hotel

 

Vegas Baby! Let’s face it, if you’re going to do Vegas, you might as well do it right.

The Palms offers a dizzying array of suite options which boast basketball courts, bowling lanes, cantilevered pools, rotating beds with mirrored ceilings and stunning two storey glass fronted pads showcasing the strips dazzling lights below.

Love pink? No problem, the hot pink bachelorette pad even features corseted lace-up chairs.

Nightly rates rise to US$ 30 000,- a night.

 

10. Presidential Suite, St Regis, New 

Presidential Suite, St Regis

 

This two bedroom suite takes its design cues from contemporary and classic 5th Avenue Apartment chic.

Elizabeth Taylor has been known to stay here while in New York and most likely enjoyed the view over Central Park.

Of course, you have your own butler and private dining room and kitchen facilities where you can entertain up to 10 guests.

There’s a large walk-in closet and dressing room; if you don’t travel light, then you can have the second bedroom converted to a second walk-in dressing room too.

Again, don’t expect change from US$30 000 .

 

11. Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental, Shanghai

 

Presidential Suite, Mandarin Oriental

Due to currency fluctuations this suite now comes in at just under US$30 000,- a night making it Chinas most expensive suite.

Its 25th-floor station gives stunning views from its two private rooftop gardens on a smog-free day.

Expect a wine cellar and 3m long wine bar as well as a bathroom larger that most Hong Kong apartments.

Interior design is a modern oriental fusion both opulent and sleek.

 

12. Penthouse Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe in Porto Cervo, Italy

 

Penthouse Suite, Hotel Cala di Volpe

 

Porto Cervo has long been the playground of the rich so you might expect some beautiful accommodations.

Colourful Sardinian design melds seamlessly with the turquoise views beyond the sweeping terrace which of course comes complete with pool.

This three bedroomed luxury vacation spot incorporates beamed ceilings and terracotta finishes which evoke warm sunny days.

For a little under US$ 30 000,- a night you will enjoy your wine cellar and solarium within your vacation spot.

 

13. The Royal Penthouse, Corinthia Hotel, London

 

The Royal Penthouse, Corinthia Hotel

From this penthouse’s terrace you can see the sights of London, gaze down The Thames, watch The London Eye move almost imperceptibly and spot Nelsons Column and Big Ben too.

Two floors of opulence, which their website claims is delivered with dignity, include;- an oval 10 seater dining room featuring a Makassar ebony dining table, two bedrooms with bathrooms of honey onyx and Skyros marble, walk-in wine cellar, private spa, hidden den and the option of opening two extra bedrooms if you just need more space.

A snip at around US$ 28 000,- a night.

 

14. The Apartment at The Connaught Hotel, London

 

The Apartment at The Connaught Hotel

Down in London Town and just under US$25 000,- a night you can enjoy views over Mayfair from The Apartments wrap around balcony.

Designed by David Collins, the penthouse exudes understated finery which combined with an unsurpassed level of discreet service makes this hotel suite feel as close to home as you could imagine.

Their website has many interesting tales demonstrating the level of service one can expect when residing here.

 

15. The Royal Suite, Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris

 

The Royal Suite, Hotel Plaza Athenee

 

At just under US$25 000,- a night you can enjoy a romantic Parisian getaway like no other.

Decorated in French Regency style complemented with silk, damask, and gold thread embroidery this suite leaves you in no doubt that you are in France.

Walk onto the balcony and gaze at the Eiffel Tower for confirmation.

As well as a lavish amount of living space, there are four bedrooms, and you can even choose your pillow from the provided pillow menu.

 

Thank your for reading.

4 Surprising Facts About the Total Solar Eclipse

 

total solar eclipse will stop millions of Americans in their tracks on Monday when it crosses the country from coast to coast, shrouding states in sudden darkness.

The rare celestial spectacle on Aug. 21 has a trajectory exclusive to the U.S. for the first time since the nation’s birth in 1776. It’s also the first total eclipse of the sun that will be visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979.

As the once-in-a-lifetime event draws near, here are four things to know about the total solar eclipse:

You cannot race the 2017 total solar eclipse

Even the most dedicated eclipse chaser would not be able to keep up with the August eclipse as it makes its way across America. Someone would need to travel at roughly 2,400 mph to chase the moon’s shadow, according to Bill Kramer, a well-known expert in the eclipse chasing community. The upcoming eclipse first makes contact in Madras, Ore. at 9:06 a.m., PST reaching totality there at 10:19 a.m. Its path of totality ends near Columbia, S.C. at 2:44 p.m. EST, just about an hour and a half after the total eclipse began in Oregon. The total eclipse can be viewed widely in about 10 states, and totality typically lasts no longer than two minutes and 40 seconds.

NEXT: Watch the Whole Total Solar Eclipse in 4 Minutes

Snake-like figures can emerge in the shadows

Mysterious shadowy figures that wriggle like snakes have been known to appear on surfaces near the ground seconds before and after a total solar eclipse. The shadow bands — sometimes called shadow snakes — are thin and wavy lines that can be seen moving on plain-colored surfaces, like white cars. The faint, squiggly figures fluctuate in lightness and darkness and do not always show during solar eclipses. “They look like ripples of sunshine at the bottom of a swimming pool,” NASA says on its website. Scientists have been stumped by the rare and unpredictable phenomenon for at least a century. However, NASA said the “simplest explanation” is that they likely arise from “atmospheric turbulence,” or how light passes through different layers of the atmosphere. Renowned English astronomer George Airy wrote about shadow bands during a total eclipse in the early 1840s, according to the space agency. “As the totality approached, a strange fluctuation of light was seen upon the walls and the ground, so striking that in some places children ran after it and tried to catch it with their hands,” Airy said.

It will be one of history’s most widely documented eclipses

Google and the University of California, Berkeley have teamed up to create a “mega-movie” about the 2017 total solar eclipse that stitches together thousands of images captured and submitted by the public along the path of totality. The team said the “first-of-its-kind citizen science project” aims to serve as a reminder of the historic moment and also help scientists study the sun’s corona. The goal is to compile a “unique treasure-trove of information on how the corona changes over time.” The data gathered will be made available publicly, although the team did not specify how it would be viewed. Meanwhile, NASA will send high-altitude balloons up into the air, from more than 50 locations within the path of totality, to observe and capture live images and videos. The space agency said the balloons would ascend to 100,000 feet above Earth and would burst shortly after the eclipse is over.

Total solar eclipses won’t be around forever

There will be no more total solar eclipses in about 600 million years, scientists say. Because of the moon’s slowly increasing orbit, NASA believes the moon will have moved far enough away from Earth in that timeframe that it will no longer be big enough to entirely cover the sun. “It will be too small in the sky,” said Dr. C. Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The moon’s orbit is increasing by about 1.5 inches each year, Young added. The sun is also expected to expand slightly in the future but NASA has not yet seen a noticeable change, Young said. Partial eclipses will still exist in 600 million years.

The 10 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

It is disturbing the way of life that the richest people in this world, which only represent 1% of the world population today, beyond the money they possess is the unusual and strange of the properties that come to form with these riches , For them something everyday, but for us something so rare that certainly deserves to give it a revised

We will show you in this top the most incredible and exotic boats that only the richest people in this world are able to achieve.

10 – Superyacht A.

With a price of around 300 million dollars, this water wonder is considered by its creators as the water park for adults. This counts inside with 3 impressive pools and can hold up to 14 guests, well, this is the real luxury in its maximum splendor.

 

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9 – Epiphany. 

Although this is just a concept, with its about 427 feet (130 meters) could be considered in the future as one of the largest yachts in the world. Inside you can find a movie theater, an office for each of the members with jacuzzi included, as well as one of the most complete gyms and spa you can find.

 

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8 – Shaddai. 

On the outside, one of the most exotic yachts you can find, in which its only design defies everything traditional, and is that the center has a tower of 125 feet (38 meters) which has at the top a cabin equipped with a Bar, an area to eat as well as one of the already famous infinity pools, which as you can imagine, will give us a completely spectacular view and out of this world.

 

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7 – Maltese Falcon. Considered as a hybrid between what is a luxurious yacht and a racing boat, thanks to its triple mast that can detect the speed and wind direction, it turns it into a boat that can be navigated by a single person, and if Not convinced what I just mentioned, this beauty you can buy it for a weekend with a modest price of $ 400,000, you think.

 

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6 – The Streets of Monaco. A yacht concept that reaches the incredible and ridiculous amount close to a trillion dollars, and you wonder why it is so expensive, well, let me tell you that the name you have is because within the yacht you will find small replicas of tourist attractions in Monaco, Monte Carlo casino and its race track, to the Hotel de Paris, go, this is a luxury wherever you see it.

 

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5 – AZZAM. It had to come from one of the richest places in the world, the United Arab Emirates. In 2013 this super yacht was considered the largest in the world, and if it was not enough, it is also the fastest and most expensive, so it has its own military defense system, fully armed, and by itself You wondered who owns such a beauty, for he is the president of the UAE.

 

 

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4 – JAZZ. 

A unique concept in the world, which its design comes from marine ecosystems, and as we mentioned, despite being just a concept we will have to take a look because it can come to be considered in the future as one of the best.

 

Zha, Jazz

 

 

3 – Skyback. With its 262 feet (80 meters) inside it has modern architecture, and features amenities such as gym, spa and its own cinema, and on the outside has a retractable cover that can completely cover the boat, that is if you find In the pool and change the weather, you can cover the whole pool to continue enjoying 100, not really true.

 

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2 – Tropical Island Paradise. If what you have ever wanted in life is to have your own private and personal island, as this yacht will fulfill that dream, as literally this yacht is a floating island, in the background you will find a volcano that has a small waterfall that ends In the pool, and if you are not happy with that, you can go down and find small islands in miniature, go, what you have always dreamed of here you can have it.

 

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1 – History Supreme. This yacht is perhaps not considered the largest or tallest, all I can say is that it is covered with about 22,000 pounds of precious stones and metals, ranging from gold to stones that came directly from meteorites, amazing.

 

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Take me to Norway

The land of fiords, ice, and Northern Lights: Norway is a place for those who are looking for a truely different way to celebrate the holidays. Freezing temperatures, pathless woods, harsh Northern climate — this is, after all, where the legends of Vikings and Valkyries came from.

Echoes of this country’s rich history are scattered all over its territory, but the main attraction is it’s nature. Local fjords are among the most beautiful places on the planet: silent, mirror-like surfaces of water, breathtakingly bizarre cliffs, waterfalls, lighthouses — natural wonders back-to-back leave us wide-eyed and open-mouthed. Here, as a cherry on top of the local nature’s dessert, you can also catch a glimpse of something really special, namely, Northern Lights. And of course, let’s not forget the miniature Norwegian villages strewn across the country, with red, dollhouse-like buildings and reindeer pastures.

So, Wonderful Places officially recommends: if you are going to Norway, hold on to your camera. Trust us, you’re gonna need it.

Trolltunga (Troll’s tongue) — a rock ledge jutting horizontally out of a Skjeggedal mountain about 2 300 ft above the north side of the lake Ringedalsvatnet.

The White Nights at the Lofoten Islands in Norwegian Sea.

Northern Lights in the skies over Hammerfest.

The Atlantic Ocean Road.

The Seven Sisters Waterfall, Møre og Romsdal county.

Norwegian traditional costume.

 

The Storseisundet Bridge — bridge that makes up the road connection from the mainland Romsdal peninsula to the island of Averoya in Møre og Romsdal county.

The city of Alesund, Norway’s Western Fjord country.

Trollstigen (Troll’s Footpath) — a serpentine mountain road in Norway’s Vestlann region.

Lodalen Valley.

KjeragBolten — a pea-shaped boulder located in the Kjerag mountain.

Preikestolen cliff above Lysefjorden.

Tromsø city view

Hjørundfjord.

Lofoten Islands pier.

Kannesteinen Rock.

Innerdal National Park.

A frozen lake, Lofoten Islands, and a waterfall.

 

The Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, Norway.

“Sleeping dragon”, Vaeroy Island.

Hellesoy lighthouse.