Photo Courtesy of Lewis Johnson
“For the 8th time in my career, I’ve witnessed the power of the Olympic spirit, not just on the field, but in the ability to unite people from across the globe. We come together, work together and find our common ground as humans, despite our language, culture, religion, etc. The fear, concern and safety of visiting Russia was replaced over the past couple weeks with smiles from thousands of volunteers, including one man I met when I first arrived, who said to me in broken English, “This is the new Russia and I hope you enjoy your visit. We are open to the world and we welcome you.” I felt that and I will be back to Russia. You should come see for yourself.
Cosmopolitan is a word that fits what I experienced here in the mountains above Sochi, Russia. I stayed in Krasnaya Polanya and it’s only a 5-minute walk away from Gorky Gorod Mall with more than 10 restaurants and bars. The mall is not only home to several brand name stores, but there is also an indoor beach on top floor with sands imported all the way from Dubai! You have to see the wave pool, water park and volleyball courts. It’s simply amazing!
Photography by Four Seasons Resorts and Hotels
Designed to evoke feelings of peace and serenity, the Andaman Sea retreat offers a unique mix of active and relaxing pleasures.
Photography by Hotel Marqués de Riscal
It’s well worth the drive into the Basque Country’s medieval village of Elciego when the purpose is a visit to the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Hotel Marques De Riscal.
Photography by Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom
Designed to mimic the Gothic architecture of the nearby St. Stephens Cathedral, the 5-star hotel was designed to marry historic glamour as well as modern style and comfort.
Red Fox Restaurant (Photo Courtesy of Lewis Johnson)
If someone dropped you off in the village of Rosa Khutor — in the Mountain Cluster of the Sochi Olympics — you get the feeling like you’re in western Europe. Everything is brand new. All of the village’s hotels, restaurants and nightlife were created for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The charm of this luxurious mountain ski village is amazing especially the panoramic views from a ski lift. You’ll love it!
So far, here are my 3 favorite spots to have a meal and a beverage, and chill with a nice mix of locals and fans of the Olympics.
Photography by Aqua Dome
Enjoy near panoramic views of the Otztal Alps from the outdoor Jacuzzis or on the grand lawn of the Aqua Dome Hotel.
Photography by One & Only Cape Town
At the One & Only Cape Town, on the Victoria and Albert Waterfront, the African influences have a decidedly urbane feel.
Photography by Barcelo La Bobadilla
Like the white-washed villages of Andalusia, which gleam amid the olive groves and oak forests of southern Spain, Barcelo La Bobadilla is a collection of snow white, Moorish-style, villa-like rooms that evoke an ancient palatial enclave.
Photography by The Stanley Hotel
Located 6 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Hotel makes an ideal base for hiking and fishing vacations in summer and skiing and sledding jaunts in winter.
Photography by Viceroy Hotels and Resorts
Water babies will want to splash about on the 15th floor, where a 300-foot infinity pool melds into Biscayne Bay.