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Travel Dupes around the World

"There's no place to be bored in a world as beautiful as this."

My travel dupes post was well-received, so I decided to do a second one. There are many popular places to visit, but sometimes there are places to visit that are just as beautiful and similar in culture, but with less crowds. I love traveling to places that are a bit off the beaten path, yet still offer plenty to do and see. In this post, I will show you dupes that will give you a similar trip experience to the more popular destinations.

Azores, Portugal (dupe for Hawaii)

Hawaii and the Azores Islands are both archipelagos located in the middle of vast oceanic expanses, offering stunning natural beauty, unique cultures, and diverse ecosystems.

Popular spot: Hawaii vs. Travel Dupe: Azores, Portugal

Islands located in the Pacific Ocean Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean

Tropical year-round Cooler temps

Beautiful beaches Rugged coastline

Indigenous culture Portuguese culture

Well-established tourism Newly developed

Diverse wildlife Haven for nature lovers

When to go to Azores: Spring or Fall

Where to stay:

Villa Sal

3-Star Hotel

Stepping feet in the magnificent work of Mother Nature, the land of the thousand-shades-of-green, São Miguel, Azores – no one can wish for a greater nest than the Villa Sal.

Located on the south coast of the island of São Miguel (only a fifteen-minutes-drive from the airport) right by the Atlantic Ocean, Villa Sal has been flawlessly renovated to a one-bedroom Villa and to a two-bedroom Villa. The spacious rooms have a lush ocean view and are super well decorated. Villa Sal is nothing if not photogenic. When designing the Villa, the integration of nature was indeed an ultimate goal; room windows facing the ocean, living plants, stone and wooden elements are dominating both in the rooms and dining areas.

On the first floor, both the living room and the main bedroom offer a stunning view, all with huge windows facing the ocean and balconies over the sea and they’re pleasing to more senses than just the visual — luxe contemporary comforts put you at ease.

Sul Vilas & Spa

4-Star Hotel

Sul Villas & Spa is a haven within the city! Next to the various points of interest in the city of Lagoa, on the south coast of São Miguel, Sul Villas & Spa has the sea as its central point.

Sul Villas & Spa has 14 Villas, with a capacity to host 30 adults and 7 children in total. With three different accommodation concepts, Sul Villas & Spa provides a remarkable experience in various aspects, whether it is a romantic moment or a family trip. Live an experience made of unique moments, in your home away from home!

Octant Ponta Delgada

5-Star Hotel

Octant · Ponta Delgada is where S. Miguel waves to world. From the marina, your eyes will wander through the deep blue — natural habitat of legendary whales and stories of seafarers. And in the blink of an eye, here we are in a green heartland, filled with exotic meadows, where you can experience all four seasons in a single day.

Things to do in Azores:

  • Explore São Miguel Island: São Miguel is the largest and most populous island in the Azores, known for its stunning landscapes, volcanic craters, and thermal hot springs. Don't miss attractions such as Sete Cidades, a volcanic crater lake with breathtaking views, and Furnas, famous for its geothermal hot springs and picturesque botanical gardens.

  • Whale Watching: The Azores is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. Join a guided boat tour from islands like Pico or São Miguel to spot a variety of cetacean species, including sperm whales, blue whales, fin whales, and dolphins, in their natural habitat.

  • Hiking and Outdoor Activities: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the Azores' network of scenic trails and walking paths. From easy coastal walks to challenging mountain hikes, the islands offer a variety of outdoor experiences for hikers of all levels. Popular hiking destinations include Faial, Flores, and São Jorge islands.

  • Visit Pico Island: Pico is known for its towering volcano, Mount Pico, the highest peak in Portugal. Take a guided hike to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding islands and Atlantic Ocean. Don't miss a visit to the UNESCO-listed Pico Vineyard Culture, where you can taste the island's renowned wines.

  • Relax in Thermal Springs: Indulge in relaxation and rejuvenation at the Azores' natural thermal springs and hot baths. Visit locations like Terra Nostra Park in Furnas, where you can soak in mineral-rich hot springs surrounded by lush botanical gardens.

  • Explore Angra do Heroísmo: Visit the historic city of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved colonial architecture, cobbled streets, and charming squares. Explore landmarks such as the São Sebastião Church and the Castle of São João Baptista.

  • Admire Caldeira Velha: Discover the enchanting natural beauty of Caldeira Velha on São Miguel Island. This geothermal area features hot springs, cascading waterfalls, and lush vegetation, creating a magical oasis in the heart of the Azores.

  • Go Scuba Diving: Explore the underwater world of the Azores by embarking on a scuba diving adventure. The islands offer excellent diving conditions, with clear waters, diverse marine life, and fascinating volcanic formations to discover.

  • Taste Local Cuisine: Sample the delicious flavors of Azorean cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, traditional stews (such as Cozido das Furnas), local cheeses, and sweet treats like queijadas and bolos lêvedos. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Azorean meal at a local restaurant or tavern.

  • Visit Lagoa do Fogo: Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake) is a stunning crater lake located in the center of São Miguel Island. Hike to viewpoints overlooking the lake or take a scenic drive along its shores to admire the breathtaking scenery and surrounding volcanic landscape.

Corvara, Italy (dupe for Zermatt, Switzerland)

Corvara in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland are both popular mountain resort destinations in the Alps, offering stunning scenery, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences.

Popular spot: Zermatt, Switzerland vs. Travel Dupe: Corvara, Italy

Located in the Swiss Alps Located in the northern Italian Alps

Known for world-class skiing Part of the Dolomiti Superski area

Summer paradise Summer activities galore

Charming village atmosphere, Rich cultural heritage of the Dolomites

When to go to Corvara: Summer or Winter

Where to stay:

Hotel Ciasa Soleil

4-Star Hotel

You can look forward to free continental breakfast, a grocery/convenience store, and a free daily manager's reception at Hotel Ciasa Soleil. Hit the slopes at this hotel offering ski-in/ski-out access, ski privileges, and ski storage. Treat yourself to a massage at the onsite spa. Enjoy the 24-hour health club, as well as activities like hiking/biking and ice skating. In addition to a rooftop terrace and designer stores on site, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.

Hotel Gran Ciasa

4-Star Hotel

Consider a stay at Hotel Gran Ciasa and take advantage of a free breakfast buffet, a terrace, and a garden. Hit the slopes at this hotel offering downhill skiing, ski passes, and ski storage. Indulge in reflexology, a Thai massage, and a body treatment at the onsite spa. Enjoy the gym, as well as activities like mountain biking and snowboarding. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with an arcade/game room and laundry facilities.

Hotel La Perla

5-Star Hotel

Stunning landscape nestled in the quiet cozy corner of Corvara village is Hotel La Perla, a family-run hotel renowned worldwide for its distinctive approach to hotel management and joyful and lasting guest relationships. Spacious and dreamy Romantik rooms and Comfort rooms oozing with class and style. Cuisine is a delight and four winter and five summer restaurants including a one Michelin-star make for an amazing culinary experience. Mahatma is the celebrated wine cellar. Summer and winter seasons as magnificent and different as one can imagine, the climate and recreation choice ensure an invigorating treat. The hotel also boasts an indoor pool and Spa offering natural holistic treatments. It is also right on the ski slopes in close proximity to lifts.

Things to do in Corvara:

  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Corvara is part of the Dolomiti Superski area, one of the largest ski resorts in the world. In the winter months, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports on the slopes of the Alta Badia ski area. The Sella Ronda ski circuit, a famous ski route around the Sella Massif, is accessible from Corvara.

  • Hiking and Mountain Biking: In the summer, Corvara transforms into a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the network of hiking trails that crisscross the surrounding mountains, offering breathtaking views of the Dolomite peaks and alpine meadows. Mountain biking is also popular, with trails suitable for all skill levels.

  • Via Ferrata: Experience the thrill of climbing via ferrata routes in the Dolomites. Via ferrata, or "iron paths," are protected climbing routes equipped with steel cables, ladders, and bridges. Guided tours are available for those wishing to explore these adrenaline-pumping routes.

  • Alpine Cuisine: Indulge in the delicious flavors of South Tyrolean cuisine at local restaurants and mountain huts. Try traditional dishes such as speck (smoked ham), kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake), canederli (dumplings), and hearty alpine stews. Don't forget to pair your meal with a glass of local wine or beer.

  • Alta Badia Golf Course: Tee off at the Alta Badia Golf Course, located just outside Corvara. This scenic 9-hole golf course offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, providing a unique golfing experience amidst alpine landscapes.

  • Wellness and Relaxation: Unwind and rejuvenate at one of Corvara's luxury spas or wellness centers. Treat yourself to a massage, sauna session, or other spa treatments after a day of outdoor activities.

  • Cultural Events and Festivals: Experience the rich culture and traditions of the South Tyrol region by attending local events and festivals in Corvara and neighboring villages. From traditional folk festivals to music concerts and culinary events, there's always something happening in the area.

  • Scenic Drives: Take a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside surrounding Corvara, exploring charming alpine villages, scenic mountain passes, and breathtaking viewpoints along the way. The Dolomite Road, winding through the Dolomites, offers spectacular views at every turn.

  • Shopping and Souvenirs: Browse local shops and boutiques in Corvara's town center for souvenirs, gifts, and artisanal products. Pick up traditional alpine crafts, handmade textiles, and locally-made food and wine to take home as mementos of your trip.

  • Guided Tours and Excursions: Join guided tours and excursions to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Dolomites. From guided hikes and mountain bike tours to wine tastings and cultural sightseeing, there are plenty of opportunities to discover all that Corvara and the surrounding region have to offer.

Curacao (dupe for St. Martin)

Curacao and St. Martin (also known as St. Maarten) are both popular Caribbean destinations, each offering its own unique blend of culture, scenery, and attractions. Both offer a diverse range of experiences for visitors to enjoy, from relaxing beach getaways to cultural immersion and outdoor adventures.

St. Martin vs. Curacao

Northeastern Caribbean Southern Caribbean

Blend of French and Dutch culture Dutch, African, Spanish, and Arawak people

Gourmet French and Creole cuisine Fusion of European, African, and Caribbean

Pristine beaches Beautiful beaches

Lively nightlife Vibrant nightlife

When to go: April through September

Where to stay:

Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites

3-Star Hotel

Nestled amidst lush gardens, this boutique hotel boasts 28 charming rooms and 11 suites, each tucked away within five meticulously restored monumental buildings—recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites! Capture Instagram-worthy moments as you admire the hotel's vibrant facades, renowned as some of the most photographed buildings on the island. Indulge in this oceanfront oasis, complete with a tranquil garden pool offering respite under shady palms, and a sun-drenched pool affording breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Savor delectable flavors at the restaurant & bar overlooking the ocean, recharge at the cozy coffee shop, or embark on thrilling underwater adventures with the onsite certified dive center.

Zoetry Curacao Resort & Spa

4-Star Hotel

Immerse in the lush paradise of Zoëtry® Curaçao Resort & Spa, a luxurious boutique resort on the unique island of Curaçao. Set in a beautiful tropical paradise, ground yourself as you reconnect with nature in this 124-luxury suite haven. Bask in harmony surrounded by a natural, calming motif and lush foliage just 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes to the colorful city center of Willemstad. Indulge in limitless locally influenced cuisine and specialty beverages and fine wines all served with highly attentive service. Plus, full access to the wealth of resort activities at Dreams® Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino is just a quick golf cart ride away.

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort

5-Star Hotel

Escape to the sun-kissed waters of the Southern Caribbean at the stylish, elegant Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort. Set on six oceanfront acres near Willemstad, this hotel offers the warm, dedicated hospitality for which the Caribbean is known. The ideal backdrop for your dream vacation in Curaçao, this tropical hotel oasis is a cultured paradise that creates magical memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy this ideal location only 15 minutes from Hato International Airport (CUR) and 5 minutes from historic Willemstad. Savor 4 dining concepts featuring decadent international cuisine. Lounge by one of two sparkling swimming pools: an adults-only pool and a large family pool. Hotel amenities include a kids club, snorkeling, catamaran trips, aquafari experiences, swimming with dolphins, diving and more. Fun adventures near our resort include ATV tours, buggy tours, two 18-hole golf courses, Shete Boka National Park and the Hato Caves.

Things to do in Curacao:

  • Willemstad: The capital city of Curacao, Willemstad, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its colorful Dutch colonial architecture, historic landmarks, and vibrant waterfront. Highlights include the iconic Handelskade waterfront promenade, the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, and the floating market where vendors sell fresh produce and seafood from boats.

  • Cultural Heritage: Curacao has a rich cultural heritage shaped by Dutch, African, Caribbean, and indigenous Arawak influences. Visitors can explore museums, galleries, and historic sites such as the Kura Hulanda Museum, which traces the island's history of slavery and African heritage, and the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Culinary Delights: Curacao offers a diverse culinary scene with influences from around the world. Visitors can sample traditional dishes such as keshi yena (stuffed cheese), stoba (stew), and funchi (cornmeal porridge), as well as international cuisine at restaurants and eateries across the island. Seafood is a prominent feature of Curacao's cuisine, with fresh fish, lobster, and shrimp readily available.

  • Outdoor Activities: Curacao offers a variety of outdoor activities for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Visitors can explore the island's diverse landscapes through hiking, biking, and off-road tours. The island's clear waters are perfect for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding, with coral reefs, underwater caves, and marine life to discover.

  • Nightlife and Entertainment: Curacao has a lively nightlife scene, particularly in Willemstad, where visitors can enjoy bars, clubs, and live music venues. The district of Pietermaai is known for its trendy bars and restaurants housed in restored historic buildings. Casinos offer entertainment and gaming options for those seeking a night out on the town.

  • Events and Festivals: Curacao hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating its cultural heritage, music, and cuisine. Highlights include Carnival, the island's biggest cultural celebration featuring colorful parades, music, and dancing, and the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, which attracts world-renowned musicians and performers.

  • Shopping: Visitors to Curacao can indulge in shopping at local markets, boutiques, and shopping malls. Willemstad's Punda district is a popular shopping destination, offering a variety of shops selling clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, and local crafts. The island is also known for its duty-free shopping, with opportunities to purchase electronics, perfumes, and luxury goods at discounted prices.

Ecuador (dupe for Costa Rica)

Costa Rica and Ecuador offer incredible experiences for travelers seeking adventure, nature, and cultural immersion. Whether you're exploring the rainforests of Costa Rica or the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, you're sure to be captivated by the natural beauty and cultural richness of these amazing countries.

Costa Rica vs. Ecuador

Located in Central America Located in South America

Tropical rainforests, beaches, and volcanoes Amazon rainforest, Andes Mountains, the Galapagos Islands

Spanish, African, and Caribbean cultures Spanish, and African influences

Ecotourism, adventure tourism, wellness retreats Luxury resorts to budget hostels

Tropical Climate Diverse Climate

Best time to visit Ecuador: December to May

Where to stay:

Galapagos Sunset

3-Star Hotel

Comfortable rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean and all of the amenities to ensure an unforgettable stay. This boutique hotel has a prime location on San Cristobal Island.

Royal Palm Galapagos

4-Star Hotel

Nestled in the Miconia Highland Forests, this tranquil location is ideally set within the area's beautiful landscape. Recognized as a Natural Heritage Site for Humanity, Galapagos boasts amazing natural beauty, as well as unique and endangered species. Royal Palm features the Island's most beautiful natural lava tunnels, turtle sightseeing, an infinity pool, firepits and more.

Pikaia Lodge

5-Star Hotel

Built using sustainable methods and materials, Pikaia Lodge is a model of elegance and ecology on the island of Santa Cruz in the heart of the Galapagos. Its rooms and suites, with their simple and refined design, all feature floor-to-ceiling windows with inimitable views of the lush coastal hills. Some even come with a private balcony and plunge pool, perfect for relaxing in complete privacy after a day of exploration. On the ground floor of the contemporary main building, discover two stylish spots to unwind. Opening onto a dreamy infinity pool, the Lobby Lounge is ideal for enjoying a drink while gazing at the sea. Or head to the Homo Sapiens Lounge to peruse its fine collection of books and films on the Galapagos Islands, as well as its temporary exhibitions on local history. Exploring this archipelago in an eco-responsible manner has never been so luxurious.

Things to do in Ecuador:

  • Visit the Galapagos Islands: Explore the unique biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its endemic species and diverse marine life. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, hiking, and wildlife watching, including encounters with giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies.

  • Discover Quito: Explore the historic center of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture, churches, and plazas. Highlights include the Basilica del Voto Nacional, Plaza de la Independencia, and the ornate Church of the Society of Jesus.

  • Climb Cotopaxi Volcano: Embark on an adventure to climb Cotopaxi, one of the world's highest active volcanoes, located in Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy stunning views of the Andes Mountains and surrounding landscapes as you hike to the summit or explore the park's trails on horseback or mountain bike.

  • Explore the Amazon Rainforest: Immerse yourself in the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest by taking a guided tour to one of Ecuador's Amazon lodges. Experience wildlife spotting, jungle hikes, canoe excursions, and visits to indigenous communities to learn about their culture and traditions.

  • Hike the Quilotoa Loop: Trek the Quilotoa Loop, a scenic trail that passes through indigenous villages, farmland, and stunning landscapes in the Andean highlands. The highlight of the loop is the Quilotoa Crater Lake, a turquoise-colored lake formed in the caldera of an extinct volcano.

  • Visit Otavalo Market: Explore the vibrant Otavalo Market, one of the largest indigenous markets in South America, known for its colorful textiles, handicrafts, and traditional Andean music. Shop for souvenirs, interact with local artisans, and experience the rich cultural heritage of the Andean region.

  • Relax in Baños: Unwind in the picturesque town of Baños, nestled in the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano. Enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and zip-lining, or soak in the thermal baths fed by natural hot springs.

  • Birdwatching in Mindo: Discover the cloud forests of Mindo, a paradise for birdwatchers with over 500 species of birds, including colorful toucans, hummingbirds, and tanagers. Take guided birdwatching tours, hike nature trails, and visit butterfly farms and orchid gardens.

  • Visit Cuenca: Explore the charming colonial city of Cuenca, another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its well-preserved architecture, cobblestone streets, and picturesque plazas. Highlights include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the El Cajas National Park, and the Museo del Banco Central.

  • Relax on the Coast: Enjoy sun, sea, and surf on Ecuador's Pacific coast. Visit beach towns like Montañita for lively nightlife and surfing, or relax on quieter beaches like Canoa or Puerto Lopez. Take whale-watching tours (seasonal) to spot humpback whales migrating along the coast.

Forte dei Marmi, Italy (dupe for Amalfi)

Forte dei Marmi and Amalfi offer stunning coastal settings, cultural experiences, and culinary delights, but each has its own distinct character and appeal. Whether you're seeking luxury and relaxation or adventure and exploration, both destinations promise unforgettable experiences along the beautiful Italian coastline.

Amalfi vs. Forte dei Marmi

Amalfi Coast in southern Italy   Tuscan coast in northern Italy

Panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea Views of the Apuan Alps

Pebble beaches Sandy beaches

Hidden coves nestled between cliffs Well-equipped beach clubs, sun loungers, and umbrellas

Luxury seaside resort Steeped in history and culture

Mediterranean cuisine A diverse culinary scene

When to go to Forte dei Marmi: April to October

Where to stay:

La Pineta Al Mare

3-Star Hotel

The Hotel La Pineta al Mare, in Forte dei Marmi since 1933, is located 80 meters from the sea and 400 meters from the center. The structure consists of a central building and three annexes, all surrounded by a pine forest where you can have breakfast or sip an aperitif.

Take advantage of our bicycle rental service, the Fortemarmino means of transport par excellence, with which you can get lost in the quiet of the villas. Nestled between the sea and the Apuan Alps, the hotel La Pineta al Mare offers 29 rooms, some of which have a sea view or a large terrace, all equipped with wi-fi.

Resort Miramonti

4-Star Hotel

The Resort Miramonti is located just 700 meters from the sea, less than 1km from the center, in the quiet of the prestigious area of Roma Imperiale. You will be welcomed in an enchanting structure, surrounded by 6000sqm of park with a large private covered parking and a wonderful swimming pool equipped with bar and relaxation area. The authentic welcome of a historical family management is the prelude to an unforgettable holiday in the name of silence, tranquility and the utmost attention that will be given to you by all the Staff.

After a day spent on the wonderful beaches of Forte dei Marmi, you can enjoy an excellent aperitif by the pool, waiting for dinner in the hotel's very popular restaurant.

Hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi

5-Star Hotel

Luxury boutique hotel on the waterfront, close to Forte dei Marmi Beach, Hotel Principe Forte dei Marmi provides free continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf, and a beach bar. Adventurous travelers may like the beach yoga and hiking/biking at this hotel. Indulge in a body scrub, a Thai massage, and aromatherapy at Egoista SPA, the onsite spa. At the 3 on-site restaurants, enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner, light fare, and Italian cuisine. Yoga classes are offered at the health club; other things to do include boat tours. In addition to a poolside bar and a rooftop terrace, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.

Things to do in Forte dei Marmi:

  • Relax on the Beaches: Spend a day soaking up the sun on Forte dei Marmi's beautiful sandy beaches. The town boasts several beach clubs and establishments where you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, enjoy refreshments, and partake in water sports activities like paddleboarding and kayaking.

  • Shop along Via Giuseppe Garibaldi: Explore the town's upscale shopping street, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, lined with designer boutiques, luxury fashion brands, and stylish shops. From high-end fashion to artisanal goods and souvenirs, there's something for every taste and budget.

  • Visit the Fortino di Forte dei Marmi: Explore the Fortino di Forte dei Marmi, an ancient fortress built in the 18th century to defend against pirate attacks. Today, the fortress serves as a cultural center and venue for art exhibitions, concerts, and events. Enjoy panoramic views of the town and coastline from its elevated position.

  • Stroll along the Promenade: Take a leisurely stroll along the town's elegant promenade, lined with palm trees, cafes, and gelaterias. Enjoy views of the Ligurian Sea and watch as yachts and sailboats come and go from the marina.

  • Dine at Waterfront Restaurants: Indulge in fresh seafood and Tuscan cuisine at waterfront restaurants overlooking the sea. Sample local specialties such as spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), fritto misto di mare (mixed seafood fry), and insalata di mare (seafood salad).

  • Bike or Walk in Versiliana Park: Explore Versiliana Park, a lush green space located just outside Forte dei Marmi's town center. Rent a bike or take a leisurely walk along its shaded pathways, admire the botanical gardens, and enjoy picnics under the trees.

  • Play Golf: Tee off at one of Forte dei Marmi's prestigious golf clubs, such as the Versilia Golf Club or the Forte dei Marmi Golf Club. Enjoy a round of golf amidst stunning scenery and well-maintained courses.

  • Attend Cultural Events: Check out the town's cultural events and festivals, which take place throughout the year. From art exhibitions and music concerts to food festivals and local celebrations, there's always something happening in Forte dei Marmi.

  • Explore Nearby Villages: Take day trips to nearby villages and towns in the Tuscan countryside, such as Pietrasanta, known for its art galleries and marble workshops, or Lucca, famous for its well-preserved medieval walls and historic center.

  • Relax at a Spa: Treat yourself to a pampering spa day at one of Forte dei Marmi's luxury spas and wellness centers. Enjoy massages, facials, and other treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Geneva, Switzerland (dupe for Quebec City)

Geneva and Quebec City offer distinct experiences shaped by their geographical locations, history, and cultural influences. Whether you're exploring the cosmopolitan charm of Geneva or the historic charm of Quebec City, both cities promise unforgettable experiences for travelers.

Quebec City vs. Geneva, Switzerland

Canada, along the Saint Lawrence River French-speaking region of Switzerland

French-speaking with strong French Canadian identity Multicultural city with a diverse population

Well-preserved colonial architecture Mix of historic and modern architecture

Walking tours and winter sports Cycling, boating and water sports

French Canadian cuisine Diverse culinary scene

When to visit Geneva: June to August

Where to stay:

Hôtel Edelweiss

3-Star Hotel

The 3-star superior Hotel Edelweiss offers a veritable mountain getaway – in the very centre of Geneva. The unique style of its decor along with its perfectly recreated Swiss chalet-style atmosphere, restaurant with a wide range of tasty dishes, and traditional instrumental band – all are completely authentic right down to the smiles of the staff who look forward to welcoming you. The subtle scent of wood, shades of natural colors and warm furnishings welcome you to each room. The "Made in Switzerland" cocooning spirit is an experience that does guests a power of good, sustainably.

Eastwest Hotel

4-Star Hotel

A few steps from the lake close to the business and shopping areas, Eastwest Hotel is the ideal home away from home to make the most of a stay in Geneva. The old town and the international organizations are a few minutes away. This distinctive hotel offers discreet luxury in the friendly and intimate atmosphere of a private residence. Behind the simple facade of a period building the contemporary interior is rich in contrasts between East and West. The open sky patio with its wall of running water surrounded by climbing plants is an oasis of tranquility. 41 elegant and comfortable rooms including two junior suites and two duplex apartments overlooking the patio. Browse the travel books in the library, take a sauna and workout. Stroll to the shore of Lake Geneva- only moments away. The Eastwest Hotel is a Small Luxury Hotels of the World property.

The Woodward

5-Star Hotel

The Woodward is located on the shores of Lake Geneva offering panoramic views of Mont Blanc. The hotel was originally built in 1901 by French architect Francois Durel. A historic transformation creates Geneva's first all-suite hotel designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon with restaurants by Michelin-starred L Atelier de Joel Robuchon and vegetable driven Le Jardinier by Alain Verzeroli, as well as a 1 200 square meter Spa by Maison Guerlain. Beyond The Woodward's historic facade guests will find classic meets contemporary interiors providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain views. Each of the 26 suites has been carefully curated to possess its own distinct character and individual design details with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. 21 of the suites have a full lake view. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia and the Royal Suite reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.

Things to do in Geneva:

  • Visit the Jet d'Eau: Admire Geneva's iconic Jet d'Eau, one of the tallest water fountains in the world. Located on Lake Geneva, this impressive fountain shoots water 140 meters into the air and is a symbol of the city.

  • Explore Old Town (Vieille Ville): Wander through the cobblestone streets of Geneva's Old Town, where you'll find historic buildings, charming cafes, and artisanal shops. Highlights include St. Peter's Cathedral, Place du Bourg-de-Four, and the Maison Tavel museum.

  • Tour the United Nations Office: Take a guided tour of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) to learn about its humanitarian work and global initiatives. Visitors can explore the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations, and see various conference rooms and exhibits.

  • Visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum: Discover the history and humanitarian efforts of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement at this interactive museum. Learn about the organization's mission, principles, and global impact through multimedia exhibits and displays.

  • Enjoy Lake Geneva: Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade of Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), relax on the shores, or take a scenic boat cruise. You can also rent paddleboats, go swimming, or enjoy picnics in designated areas.

  • Explore Museums and Cultural Institutions: Visit Geneva's diverse museums and cultural institutions, such as the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire (Art and History Museum), the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève (Ethnographic Museum), and the Patek Philippe Museum (dedicated to watchmaking).

  • Shop at Rue du Rhône: Discover luxury shopping along Rue du Rhône, one of Geneva's premier shopping streets. Here, you'll find designer boutiques, upscale fashion brands, and prestigious watch shops.

  • Take a Day Trip to Mont Blanc: Embark on a day trip to Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, located just a short drive from Geneva. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, go hiking, or take a scenic cable car ride.

  • Enjoy Swiss Cuisine: Indulge in Swiss cuisine at local restaurants and cafes, where you can sample traditional dishes such as fondue, raclette, and rosti. Don't forget to try Swiss chocolates and pastries for a sweet treat.

  • Attend Cultural Events: Check out Geneva's cultural events and festivals throughout the year, including the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), the Geneva Music Festival, and the Geneva Street Food Festival.

Lugano, Switzerland (dupe for Lake Como, Italy)

Lugano and Lake Como offer stunning natural beauty, cultural attractions, and recreational activities, making them popular destinations for travelers seeking relaxation and outdoor adventures amidst breathtaking scenery.

Lake Como vs Lugano

Lombardy region of northern Italy Italian-speaking region of Ticino, Switzerland

Third-largest lake in Italy On Lake Lugano surrounded by the Swiss Alps

Charming lakeside towns and villages City with Swiss efficiency and Italian charm

Best time to visit Lugano: March to October

Where to stay in Lugano:

Hotel Federale

3-Star Hotel

The charm of the history of the building and the owner family meets modern efficiency and friendliness. The Hotel Federale is a friendly 3-star hotel in Lugano. It became family-run in 1923 and has been constantly renewed ever since. The rooms and studios, all different in size and layout, are the result of the same philosophy: cleanliness of the premises, friendliness of the collaborators, continuity of family history. It is located at the entrance to the pedestrian area of Lugano, in the historic center of the city. Take a seat in the elegant dining room of the San Lorenzo restaurant, in the historic center of Lugano, where the scents and flavors of the territory come together to give you a gastronomic experience of excellence, ranging from traditional local and Mediterranean dishes to more creative ones inspired by new trends.

Novotel Lugano

4-Star Hotel

The 4-star Superiore Novotel Lugano Paradiso Hotel knows how to regenerate its guests with its elegant decor, soundproofed rooms, heated outdoor swimming pool (from May to September). Mediterranean cuisine and "dolce far niente" at the Novotel Lugano-Paradiso

Novotel Lugano Paradiso welcomes you just 200 meters from Lake Lugano and a 15-minute walk from the city center.

Villa Principe Leopoldo

5-Star Hotel

It is said that nothing can quite match a sunset in Ticino. The former residence of Prince Leopold von Hohenzollern, a member of the Austrian royal family, enjoys a stunning location overlooking the bay of Lake Lugano. This magnificent palace, reminiscent of a Greek theatre- boasts shady gardens, flower-filled terraces and sumptuous interiors affording a multitude of stunning vistas of forests and mountains. Savor the pleasures of passionate cuisine with southern flourishes, the unforgettable risotto and uncompromising classical delights.

Things to do in Lugano:

Explore the Old Town (Centro Storico): Wander through Lugano's charming Old Town, where you'll find narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and picturesque piazzas. Explore the medieval Santa Maria degli Angioli church and admire the frescoes inside.

  • Visit Parco Ciani: Relax in Parco Ciani, a beautiful lakeside park situated along the shores of Lake Lugano. Stroll through lush green gardens, enjoy scenic views of the lake and mountains, and take a leisurely walk along the promenade.

  • Take a Boat Cruise on Lake Lugano: Explore Lake Lugano by taking a scenic boat cruise. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakeside villages as you glide across the tranquil waters. Boat tours are available throughout the day, offering various routes and durations.

  • Ride the Monte Brè Funicular: Take a ride on the Monte Brè funicular, which transports visitors from Lugano to the summit of Monte Brè. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding Alps from the top, and explore hiking trails and mountain restaurants.

  • Visit the Hermann Hesse Museum: Discover the life and works of the famous German-Swiss writer Hermann Hesse at the Hermann Hesse Museum. Located in the Casa Camuzzi, the museum showcases Hesse's personal belongings, manuscripts, and memorabilia.

  • Explore the Swissminiatur Park: Experience Switzerland in miniature at the Swissminiatur Park, located in Melide near Lugano. Wander through beautifully landscaped gardens and admire detailed scale models of famous Swiss landmarks, cities, and landscapes.

  • Shop on Via Nassa: Explore Via Nassa, Lugano's main shopping street, lined with boutique shops, luxury brands, and specialty stores. Browse for Swiss watches, chocolates, clothing, and souvenirs, and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian-friendly street.

  • Take a Hike: Lace up your hiking boots and explore the surrounding hills and mountains of Lugano. There are numerous hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy walks to challenging mountain treks. Popular hiking destinations include Monte San Salvatore, Monte Brè, and Monte Generoso.

  • Visit the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura: Explore contemporary art and culture at the LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, a modern cultural center located near the lake. The center hosts art exhibitions, concerts, theater performances, and other cultural events throughout the year.

  • Indulge in Swiss Cuisine: Treat yourself to delicious Swiss cuisine at one of Lugano's many restaurants and cafes. Sample local specialties such as fondue, raclette, risotto, and artisanal cheeses, accompanied by fine Swiss wines.

Montenegro (dupe for Capri, Italy)

Capri and Montenegro offer distinct yet equally enchanting experiences, whether you're seeking natural beauty, cultural heritage, outdoor adventures, or culinary delights.

When to visit: Montenegro: Summer

Where to stay:

Vila Perast

3-Star Hotel

Vila Perast is a sustainable boutique hotel located in the heart of Perast, Montenegro. Vila Perast is a UNESCO protected 15th century palace with direct access to the sea. These dreamy rooms reveal the iconic view of Boka Bay and a clear view of the islets of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. The palazzo allows for our guests to take a closer look at the surrounding greenery and wisteria tree surrounding the palazzo. Each room, which has its own hand painted mural and furnishings, reflecting a modern beauty while preserving the elegance of the Venetian - Montenegrin history. Spacious bathrooms, comfortable closets and luxury amenities complete the scenery in order to give our guests a unique stay.

Iberostar Herceg Novi

4-Star Hotel

Iberostar Herceg Novi brings the unique and little-known country of Montenegro to you. The hotel was transformed in 2019 with the addition of private and direct access to the sea. It is located 26 kilometers from Dubrovnik airport and near to the main tourist villages of Kotor, Perast and Herceg Novi. Enjoy local and Mediterranean gastronomy and don’t miss out on the unforgettable views from the Rooftop Bar and the Beach Snack Bar overlooking the sea.

Heritage Grand Perast

5-Star Hotel

Heritage Grand Perast By Rixos is a stunning 5-star hotel in Montenegro seaside town of Perast. With bay and mountain views, it offers 130 luxurious rooms across 4 buildings, including a palace from the 18th century. Enjoy dining at Panoramic, Piazza, and Riva terraces and try some of the best Mediterranean cuisine. Indulge in the spa, gym, heated pool, and private beach dock. Experience Perast's beauty and history at Heritage Grand Perast By Rixos.

Things to do in Montenegro:

  • Explore Kotor: Wander through the charming streets of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its medieval architecture, including the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon and the ancient city walls.

  • Visit Budva: Relax on the beautiful beaches of Budva, known for its vibrant nightlife, historic old town, and Venetian-era walls.

  • Discover Durmitor National Park: Hike, bike, or simply enjoy the stunning scenery of Durmitor National Park, home to the Tara River Canyon, Europe's deepest canyon.

  • Climb Mount Lovćen: Take a scenic drive or hike up Mount Lovćen for panoramic views of the Bay of Kotor and visit the mausoleum of Montenegro's beloved poet and ruler, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

  • Enjoy Lake Skadar: Take a boat tour or kayak on Lake Skadar, one of Europe's largest freshwater lakes, renowned for its diverse birdlife and picturesque scenery.

  • Explore the Bay of Kotor: Take a boat tour around the Bay of Kotor to admire the coastal villages, medieval fortifications, and stunning landscapes.

  • Visit Ostrog Monastery: Discover the Ostrog Monastery, a breathtaking Serbian Orthodox monastery built into the cliffside, attracting pilgrims from around the world.

  • Experience the Tara River Rafting: Go white-water rafting on the Tara River, one of the most scenic and thrilling rafting destinations in Europe.

  • Sample Montenegrin Cuisine: Indulge in Montenegro's delicious cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, grilled meats, hearty stews, and local specialties like Njeguški pršut (smoked ham) and Kacamak (cornmeal porridge).

  • Relax on the Beaches: Soak up the sun on Montenegro's beautiful beaches, including Sveti Stefan, Mogren, and Jaz Beach

Malaga (dupe for Barcelona)

Barcelona and Malaga offer unique cultural experiences, historic attractions, delicious cuisine, and a high quality of life.

Barcelona vs. Malaga

Rich history, architecture, and vibrant culture Sunny climate, stunning coastline, and cultural attractions

One of Spain's top tourist destinations Increasingly popular with tourists

Diverse culinary scene (Catalan influence) Fresh seafood, traditional Andalusian dishes, and sweet wines

Cosmopolitan and dynamic lifestyle Laid-back and relaxed lifestyle

Best time to visit Malaga: March - October

Where to stay:

Soho Boutique Urban

3-Star Hotel

Urban, modern, elegant, quiet and full of charm. That's Malaga and that's the Soho Boutique Urban Hotel. In the heart of the city and waiting for you to live one of the best experiences of your life.

Amare Marbella Beach Hotel

4-Star Hotel

Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella is a unique hotel in the Costa del Sol that brings together the perfect ingredients for a delightful stay: it’s an Adults recommended hotel, located right on the promenade and only 5 minutes walking from Marbella’s old town. Amàre Beach Hotel Marbella has rooms specially created to provide everything you need to enjoy a relaxing adult only holiday in the sun. Its 236 well-lit rooms are fitted out with the latest technology and offer an unbeatable level of comfort.

Finca Cortesin

5-Star Hotel

Finca Cortesin is a spectacular independently owned hotel golf and spa resort set in the rolling hills between Marbella and Sotogrande flanked by the Casares Mountains and with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coastline. Acclaimed intricate interior design combined with impeccable service, superb food, exceptional spa, world class golf and prime real estate makes Finca Cortesin the epitome of refined yet relaxed Mediterranean living. The hotel's 67 suites are divided into Junior Executive and Pool categories and there is also the top level Cortesin Suite spanning 180m. Each suite is flooded with natural light and has been elegantly and individually designed with thoughtful touches throughout. There are three main restaurants to choose from El Jardin de Lutz for authentic Spanish cuisine, Rei Restaurant for a taste of Japan, and Don Giovanni for award winning Italian dishes. Set across a vast 532-acre estate, Finca Cortesin's magnificent 18-hole championship golf course is ranked as one of Spain's finest by prestigious Golf Digest magazine.

Things to do in Malaga:

Visit the Alcazaba: Explore this impressive Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century. The Alcazaba offers stunning views of the city and features beautiful gardens, fountains, and historical architecture.

  • Discover the Roman Theatre: Adjacent to the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre is one of Malaga's oldest monuments. Visitors can explore the ancient ruins and learn about Malaga's Roman past.

  • Explore the Picasso Museum: Located in the heart of Malaga's historic center, the Picasso Museum showcases the life and works of the famous artist, Pablo Picasso. The museum is housed in a beautiful 16th-century palace and features a diverse collection of Picasso's paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

  • Stroll along Calle Larios: Take a leisurely walk along Malaga's main shopping street, Calle Larios. Admire the beautiful architecture, shop at trendy boutiques, and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

  • Relax at Malagueta Beach: Spend a day soaking up the sun at Malagueta Beach, one of Malaga's most popular beaches. Relax on the golden sand, take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, or enjoy water sports such as paddleboarding and kayaking.

  • Visit the Malaga Cathedral: Marvel at the stunning architecture of Malaga Cathedral, also known as La Manquita (The One-Armed Lady). This magnificent Renaissance cathedral features intricate carvings, impressive domes, and a beautiful interior.

  • Explore the Old Town: Wander through Malaga's charming Old Town, known for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and lively plazas. Discover hidden gems such as the Plaza de la Merced, Plaza de la Constitución, and the Mercado de Atarazanas.

  • Enjoy tapas and local cuisine: Indulge in Malaga's delicious culinary scene by sampling traditional Andalusian dishes and tapas. Head to the Pedregalejo neighborhood for fresh seafood or visit a local tapas bar to try specialties like fried fish, gazpacho, and salmorejo.

  • Take a day trip to the Caminito del Rey: Embark on an adventure to the Caminito del Rey, a thrilling walkway suspended along the steep walls of the Gaitanes Gorge. Located just outside of Malaga, this scenic route offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

  • Experience the nightlife: Malaga comes alive at night with its vibrant nightlife scene. Enjoy live music, dance clubs, rooftop bars, and beachfront venues along the Paseo Marítimo and around the city center.

Bern, Switzerland (dupe for Zurich)

Zurich and Bern are both vibrant cities in Switzerland, they offer different experiences for visitors and residents alike. Zurich is a bustling global financial center with a modern urban vibe, while Bern is a charming medieval capital known for its historic architecture, cultural heritage, and relaxed lifestyle.

When to visit Bern: May - September

Where to stay:

Moxy Bern Expo

3-Star Hotel

The Swiss capital Bern has a UNESCO listed old town tucked into a long meander of the river Aare. A lot of the old core is from the 15th century and is laced with several kilometers of arcades covering stylish shops and eateries. Moxy Bern Expo is just a stone throw away located in the upcoming district with a lot of shopping and entertainment possibilities. Talking about fun - the Stade de Suisse stadium is just across the road, and besides being the home of the BSC Young Boys soccer club, it’s the most modern conference and event arena in Switzerland. With all the modern conveniences in our Moxy, you might be tempted to just chill out in one of our 130 rooms. But once the party starts, you'll find out that our crew is ready to turn the heat up. When it's time to crash, head back to your minimalistic, loft-inspired hotel room with ultra-modern furnishings, free WiFi and walk-in showers.

Bernardus Lodge

4-Star Hotel

Nestled among the oaks and vineyards of scenic Carmel Valley. Savor the gracious intimacy of a resort with epicurean flair. Feather beds, cozy fireplaces and oversized bathtubs for two. Enjoy a Vintage wine welcome, a wine grotto mini bar and the spas meditation garden warming room and soaking pool. Guests will enjoy dining at Lucia Restaurant and Bar.

Chateau de Berne

5-Star Hotel

Set in the middle of luxuriant vines, the Chateau de Berne enjoys a protected estate of 600 hectares where almost 500,000 bottles of wine are produced every year. A temple of wine growing that can flatter itself with a range of reputed, original wines, such as Cuvee Sauvage- a sparkling rose with the scents of raspberry and strawberry. Sleep in a delightful room with blue shutters overlooking the forest, vines, courtyards or gardens with their infinity pool. Maximum relaxation guaranteed between games of tennis umpired by the olive trees, all-terrain vehicle excursions, initiation to watercolors, creation of one's own perfume and meals on the terrace beneath the pergola.

Things to do in Bern:

  • Explore the Old Town: Wander through Bern's UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and sandstone buildings. Highlights include the Zytglogge clock tower, the Federal Palace, and the Bear Park.

  • Visit the Zytglogge: Marvel at the Zytglogge clock tower, one of Bern's most iconic landmarks. Dating back to the 13th century, the Zytglogge features an astronomical clock with moving figures that perform every hour.

  • See the Federal Palace: Take a guided tour of the Federal Palace, the seat of the Swiss Federal Assembly and the Federal Council. Learn about Switzerland's political system and admire the impressive architecture of this historic building.

  • Meet the Bears: Visit the Bear Park (Bärenpark) to see Bern's famous bears. The park is home to a family of brown bears, symbolizing the city's coat of arms. Visitors can observe the bears from viewing platforms and learn about their habitat and conservation efforts.

  • Admire the Rose Garden: Relax in the Rosengarten, a beautiful rose garden located on a hillside overlooking the city. Enjoy panoramic views of Bern's Old Town, stroll among the blooming roses, and take in the tranquil atmosphere.

  • Visit the Bern Historical Museum: Explore the Bern Historical Museum (Bernisches Historisches Museum), Switzerland's second-largest historical museum. Discover exhibits on Bernese history, culture, and art, including collections of medieval artifacts, Swiss folklore, and fine art.

  • Discover the Einstein Museum: Learn about the life and work of Albert Einstein at the Einstein Museum (Einsteinhaus). Located in the apartment where Einstein lived while working on his theory of relativity, the museum features exhibits, documents, and interactive displays.

  • Stroll along the Aare River: Take a leisurely walk along the banks of the Aare River, which flows through the heart of Bern. Enjoy scenic views of the city skyline, bridges, and surrounding hillsides, or relax on one of the riverfront terraces.

  • Shop at the Markets: Browse the local markets in Bern's Old Town, such as the weekly farmers' market at Bundesplatz or the crafts market at Münsterplatz. Sample Swiss delicacies, shop for souvenirs, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of these traditional markets.

  • Enjoy Swiss Cuisine: Indulge in Swiss cuisine at one of Bern's many restaurants, cafes, or traditional Swiss taverns (Beizen). Try local specialties such as cheese fondue, rösti (potato fritters), and Berner Platte (a hearty meat dish), accompanied by Swiss wines or beers.

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