Flatdogs Camp

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Flatdogs is, in this day of high-end safari lodges, a good and affordable alternative that will probably take you by complete surprise. Owner-managed, the camp overlooks the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park. With its choice of chalets, safari tents, and the exclusive Jackal-berry Treehouse, Flatdogs is ideal for many a traveler, from […]

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Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

Healthy Body in a Healthy Lodge

Started by London businesswoman Karen Emanuel after she saw a sign ‘Island for Sale’ when she was visiting Nicaragua in 2007 – and then she bought it! – Jicaro is barely a year old and is already attracting praise and awards. Located not far from the ocean on a private island in Lake Nicaragua, its […]

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Vamizi Island Lodge, Mozambique

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Vamizi Island is part of the idyllic Quirimbas Archipelago, in the far northern extreme of Mozambique. Opened in 2005, Vamizi Island Lodge is a collection of 13 one- or two-bedroom timber villas strung loosely along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on a slender coral island just off a remote coastline. With this being […]

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Adrère Amellal, Egypt

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Siwa Oasis, located about 70 kilometers east of the Libyan border, has been inhabited since 10,000 BC but was re-created just a few years ago by Environmental Quality International, an environmental consulting company.  EQI’s president, Mounir Neamtalla, first visited in 1996 and was so inspired by the beauty and spirituality of this remote corner of […]

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Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

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Richard Branson’s fabulous retreat in the Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Tamadot, has 24 bedrooms and suites, including 6 luxury Berber tented suites. All are individually decorated using traditional Moroccan furnishings and antiques, as well as items from the vast collection that belonged to Luciano Tempo, Kasbah Tamadot’s former owner. As a renowned antiques dealer and interior […]

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Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge, Nepal

On the Road to the Lodge

A thousand feet above the Pokhara Valley in western Nepal, Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is perched on a spectacular hilltop ridge overlooking not only the magnificent valley and Machhapuchhare but three of the highest Himalayan peaks. Just a half-hour drive from Pokhara, this unique hotel’s 19 hand-cut stone bungalows blend into the natural garden surroundings. Each […]

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Nihiwatu, Indonesia

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Lying northwest of Australia, across the Timor Sea, on the little-visited island of Sumba – once known as Sandalwood Island – Nihiwatu has seven luxury one-bedroom bungalows,  two family villas, and the extralarge Villa Haweri. Happily, that doesn’t make for a lot of guests to spend time with in this remote luxury destination, where the […]

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Tribal Textiles

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At A World Different we sometimes come across companies that are inextricably linked to tourism. They start because of tourism, and tourism and tourists become part of their lifeblood. A great example of this is Tribal Textiles in Mfuwe, Zambia. Established in 1991 by Gillie Lightfoot and a few local women, Tribal Textiles started making […]

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Casa Gangotena, Ecuador

A Luxury Suite at Casa Gangotena

Opened in late 2011 in Old Town Quito, the newly restored historic mansion Casa Gangotena overlooks the Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled square rich in history dating back to the days of the Inca.  Casa Gangotena is one of the grand old homes built on the southern edge of the plaza in the late 19th […]

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Ellerman House, Cape Town

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Possibly the most astonishing thing about Ellerman House – and there is plenty here to be amazed by – is that so few people know about it.  Now almost 20 years old, it has succeeded by being as under-the-radar as it has been reverentially consistent in luxury. The people who need to know about it, […]

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