The Hotel Book

Great Escapes South America

The Hotel Book

Continuing to seek out the world's most unique and inspiring hotels, Reiter takes on South America. This diverse selection of hotels, posadas, and haciendas highlights the most exceptional destinations on the continent, from the Chilean desert to the Amazon rain forest to a Patagonia natural reserve.

Great Escapes

Mediterranean

Great Escapes

The mythical Mediterranean: Where to get lost--in style and comfort The Mediterranean is a mythical place, with three continents - Europe, Africa and Asia - and 21 countries sharing its coastline. These disparate cultures are all blessed with its fine climate, luxuriant fauna and flora, and the intense blues of its sea. Angelika Taschen has discovered the very best of this legendary region. Included here are the glamorous Eden-Roc on the Côte d'Azur, the stylish Monte Carlo Beach created by India Mahdavi, the hotel Stella Maris north of Portofino - accessible only by boat or trekking - and of course the famous Amalfi Coast with its numerous beautiful hotels. Add to these the tiny hotel on the small Croatian island of Lopud, the exclusive Perivolas in Santorini, and last but not least, the new branch of the Hôtel Nord-Pinus in Tangier, looking out at the Straits of Gibraltar. Highlights include the Hôtel Le Corbusier in the "Cité Radieuse", a Le Corbusier building in the residential district of Marseille, built in 1952; Casadelmar on Corsica, set in beautiful gardens overlooking Porto Vecchio, where every room has a sea view; and the enchanting private rocky beach Cala Piccola of the remote hotel Torre di Cala Piccola on the little-known Tuscan island of Argentario, which takes you back to 1960s Italy. Other gems include the charming La Locanda del Barbablù (with only six rooms) on the mythical island of Stromboli, set in the shadow of its active volcano; the amazing hotels in the "masserie" of Apulia, such as the Borgo San Marco in Fasano; and the beautifully designed Orloff Resort near the Old Harbour of Spetses, a small Greek Island which relaxes the eyes and calms the mind. Text in English, French, and German

The Hotel Book

Great Escapes Africa

The Hotel Book

Who minds sleeping under a mosquito net when it's royally draped over the bed in a lush Kenyan, open-walled hut, fashioned from tree trunks and shielded from the sun by a sumptuous thatched roof? This selection of the most-splendid getaway havens nestled throughout the African continent is sure to please even the most finicky would-be voyagers. Photos.

Great Escapes

500 Unforgettable Travel Experiences

Great Escapes

Great Escapes unearths 500 of the world's most inspiring holidays, offering great ways to get off the beaten track and enjoy a more authentic kind of travel. Discover a wealth of new adventures from sleeping in houseboats in Kerala and witnessing the zebra migration in Botswana to taking the train-hotel from Paris to Madrid. Whether you fancy living like a local in a tipi with Native American Indians, riding with cowboys in Venezuela or staying in a bunkhouse barn in the Brecon Beacons, this guide is packed with the how, where and when to plan your next extraordinary trip. Authors Richard Hammond, former Green Travel correspondent for The Guardian, and Jeremy Smith, former Editor of The Ecologist Magazine, have hand picked the best hotels, resorts, and tours run by people who are passionate about what they do, assuring a spectacular choice of inspirational travel ideas without compromising on the quality of your holiday. Whether you wish to stay in an eco-chic hotel, experience a closer connection with local culture, or simply want to see the world in a new light; make your next trip a Great Escape.

Bell'Italia È Per Sempre

Bell'Italia È Per Sempre

The author brings to life some of Italy's most amazing landscapes, such as Venice, Lake Como, Florence, the Amalfi Coast and the Aeolian Islands. She explores legendary hotels in which novels have been set, movies made and love stories consummated.

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

When wildlife celebrities come to Bayport Elementary, Frank and Joe are soon on the case of a missing snake in this Hardy Brothers Secret Files adventure. Jumpin’ Jack and his son, Little Jim, have been on television for years, taming tigers and wrestling alligators, but now they’re bringing their traveling menagerie to schools—and Bayport Elementary is next! During the event, they show students a baby kangaroo, a boa constrictor, a flying squirrel and other exotic animals. Frank, Joe, and their friends are all having a great time, until they realize Bubba the Boa is missing! He’s not in his cage or in Jack’s giant van. Can they figure out what happened to this slippery snake before it’s too late?

The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

The Full Story of How 76 Allied Officers Carried Out World War II's Most Remarkable Mass Escape

The Great Escape from Stalag Luft III

The true story of one of the most heroic feats of World War II...the daring prison camp breakout that inspired the classic film The Great Escape Stalag Luft III was one of the Germans' "escape-proof" prison camps, specially built by Hermann Göring to hold Allied troops. But on March 24, 1944, in a courageous attempt by two hundred prisoners to break out through a series of tunnels, seventy-six Allied officers managed to evade capture -- and create havoc behind enemy lines in the months before the Normandy Invasion. This is the incredible story of these brave men who broke free from the supposedly impenetrable barbed wire and watchtowers of Stalag Luft III -- and who played an important role in Allied intelligence operations within occupied Europe. The prisoners developed an intricate espionage network, relaying details of military deployment, bombings, and raids. Some of them were involved in other daring escape attempts, including the famous Wooden Horse episode, also turned into a classic film, and the little-known Sachsenhausen breakout, engineered by five Great Escapers sent to die in the notorious concentration camp on Hitler's personal orders. Tragically, fifty of those involved in the Great Escape were murdered by the Gestapo. Others were recaptured; only a few made it all the way to freedom. This dramatic account of personal heroism is a testament to their ingenuity and achievement -- a stirring tribute to the men who never gave up fighting. Includes eight pages of photographs and illustrations, excerpts from Göring's testimony during postwar investigations, and a list of the men who escaped.

Fifty Great Escapes

A Global Guide to Creativity

Fifty Great Escapes

This unique travel book takes readers on a whistle-stop tour of the world, as seen through the eyes of writers, photographers, filmmakers, composers, painters, sculptors, and philosophers. The author has tracked down life-changing locations-from cities and remote deserts to gardens and cafés-and recounts their transformative power over some of the world's greatest artists. The result is a global and artistic odyssey that takes readers from the tropical paradise of Gauguin's Tahiti to the Beatles' hippie enclave in Rishikesh, and from the hashish dens of Paul Bowles' Morocco to the Wild West of Sergio Leone.Each entry features color photographs, practical travel advice, and information on exhibitions, festivals, and museums. The book also includes a global directory of twenty-first- century hotspots, allowing budding artists to experience a creative epiphany of their own. Travellers planning a trip around an intriguing location, aspiring artists looking for a retreat, and fans keen to explore the stories behind their favourite works will find this guide an entertaining and valuable resource. AUTHOR: Jonathan Lee is a contributor to the BBC, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Time Out and other travel-related and art publications. He is the author of 50 Great Adventures.