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Last one in's a rotten egg! We're finding the best places in the world to stick our toes in this summer (or next winter) for our World's Coolest Pools map. Know of any pools we must check out? Let us know.
After seeing our Santa Barbara triple hop last week, a tipster writes in to up the ante. This pool with a view has a five-star resort around it, but that view's worth a million bucks.
The Amankila resort in Bali opened in 1992 to sell that view from its 34 suites (each an individual beach house) to vacationers craving something nice to look at. Acrophobics fret not, the beach below is also owned by the resort privately.
For better or worse, the media landscape is driven by images more than words. Here, Victor Ozols reflects on the significance of imagery in the world of travel, and how it influences our perceptions of places we've never been.
Like most of you, I often daydream about traveling to exotic, interesting places. These daydreams are informed by my own memories and experiences as well as the barrage of travel images I see on TV, in magazines, and on websites such as this one. The images get so deeply ingrained in my head that they begin to define places I've never been, places that probably bear little resemblance to their photo depictions. Maybe, by listing some of the visuals that are so often used to show what travel looks like today, we can give them the perspective they deserve.
Take, for example, the luxury travel category. What does luxury travel look like? According to the glossy magazines, sleek brochures, and travel shows, several elements are essential for a place to be luxurious, foremost being the infinity pool. I don't know what it is, but there's something about an unbroken sight line that goes from pool water to ocean water to sky that screams luxury.