If you dream of the perfect outdoor living space for relaxing with a good book in the shade, entertaining family in your outdoor kitchen, playing with the kids in the sunshine - or just breathing in the sights and sounds of nature in your own personal oasis - here are some tips to help kickstart the planning process when the time is right for you.
Modern landscaping and hardscaping offer limitless possibilities, so you can find the right solution to complement the way you live and your personal tastes. Whether you want a stylish lounge area for entertaining, a green-filled hideaway for connecting with nature, or a clean, minimal space for family fun and games, you can make it happen using a combination of pavers, walls, fire pits or even full outdoor kitchens.
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Blessed with incredible red and black sand beaches, ancient sites like Neolithic-Age Akrotiri, stunning architecture, vibrant cultural spaces and events and a multitude of activities to set your heart on, it’s no wonder that Santorini was described by Plato as the land where the Atlantis once existed.
The Ultimate SPA TREATMENT
TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR BATHROOM A RELAXATION STATION
THE MEDITATION GENERATION
The practice of meditation is of prehistoric origin, and is found throughout history
Staycation AT HOME
Ideas to sprinkle some fun into your responsible stay-at-home time. After all, we’ve earned a solid break from reality at this point, haven’t we?
MAKE YOUR ESCAPE
CREATE A PRIVATE BACKYARD RETREAT
Ten best RETREATS
Whether you’re flying solo in the Caribbean, partnered up or jetting off with the whole family in Europe, why not nip those winter woes in the bud and treat yourself to a wellness retreat for Christmas and New Year? These winter retreats ensure you get some much-needed recuperation and rejuvenation and provide you with the tools to sow the seeds for a positive, healthy new year. Give your mind and body the recuperation it needs with spectacular views and rejuvenating activities in one of our incredible destinations. From a festive fitness escape in the Andalusian mountains and a yuletide yoga retreat in the Caribbean, to a spa break in the snow-capped Dolomites and a joyful juice cleanse in Vietnam, each retreat provides personalised care and expert advice to give you the ultimate wellness experience.
THERE’S NO MIRAGE AT THESE LUXURIOUS DESERTHIDEAWAYS BOASTING A-LIST GLAMOUR ANDCAPTIVATING SANDSCAPES.
OH, THE PLACES WE’ D GO! - As lockdown restrictions in Europe begin to ease, these hotels are reopening and welcoming guests back with open arms.
Tips and tricks to make an Insta-worthy brunch at home.
Say goodbye to sagging skin! Technology and skincare have collided more than ever before and Dr. Kate Jameson, Cosmetic Physician and the Medical Director of Youth Lab, Australia’s premier medical aesthetics clinic, has everything you need to know about skin tightening.
FANCY and friendly
This place may be full of kids, but it's also packed with style.
With the mega successes of games such as Pandemic Legacy, Gloomhaven, and Sleeping Gods in recent years, the addition of in-depth storytelling and scenario-based experiences has taken hold in the hobby.
Catch Me if You Can
Chuck Berry brought poetry to pop and broke race barriers to become rock and roll's first guitar-playing frontman. As he recalled, it all began with some "hillbilly stuff' he revved into a rocker: "Maybellene."
13 Things Boredom-busting Facts About Board Games
We have been playing board games—in some cases, the same board games—for millennia.
The King's Gambit
Chess champion Fabiano Caruana has a winning strategy for keeping his head in the game.
WHY DO SOME QUESTIONS CONFUSE ROBOTS?
A COMPUTER can easily defeat a human at chess or even the quiz show Jeopardy. But questions that seem obvious trip them up. Read these three:
Kill a Plant.
Humans have unmatched power to alter natural landscapes. Let’s use it for good.
POPULAR PSEUDOMORPHS - More Common Varieties Enhance Any Collection
In part one of this two-part series, which appeared in the December 2020 issue of Rock & Gem, we explained pseudomorphs as minerals whose normal form has changed, so they may look like the original but are now another mineral.
Gridopolis is Major Fun!
MAJOR FUN INTERVIEW
GAMES & STORYTELLING
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