Pack Your Snow Boots—We're Going to the Tropics!

(Photos courtesy of Tropical Islands Resort)

Last month, we wrote about the most bizarre hotels in the world. If only we had known about this place then, it for sure would have made our list...

Tropical Islands, located 60 km south of Berlin, provides the best of warm worlds. Even though Germany is currently buried in snow, you can warm up in this former Soviet military hangar turned tropical paradise.

Inside the giant dome, there are sandy beaches, water slides, palm trees, and whirlpools. The resort is split into different spa zones, each based on a tropical region. Relax in a sauna or steam bath, or treat yourself to a massage. Children will surely enjoy the miniature golf and bumper boats.


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More Beach, Fewer Clams on the California Coast

Over at Condé Nast Traveler, the results of the 2012 Best in the World poll are in. This is one of the more reliable reader polls you’ll find in the industry. For example, their top resort in Southern California? The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach—pretty much spot on. It’s ridiculously beautiful. Sure, it might not be on the beach, but it’s got incredible ocean views, one of the most stunning pools on the West Coast, and rooms that feel like they belong in the home you wish you lived in. Of course, not everyone has $495 and up (a typical starting rate in November) to spend on living the good life. Here are two lower-priced options that don’t require you to spend a fortune to stay comfortably on the beach.


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