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Solar-Powered Finolhu Villas

Yes, these over-water bungalows actually exist, and can be found at the Finolhu Villas resort on Kaafu Atoll in The Maldives. They were designed by Yuji Yamazaki to have as little impact as possible on the pristine and breathtaking environment that surrounds it. The 5-star resort is not only set on a 13-acre island, but is entirely solar-powered. The panels generate about a megawatt of energy per day, with excess stored for inclement weather. The island also boasts a desalination tank that yields a self-sufficient water supply. Continue reading for an aerial drone video of the resort, more pictures and additional information.

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Swiss Alps Camping

Tired after a day of mountain climbing in the alps? Forget camping, and stay at the Refuge Gervasutti. It's basically a solar-powered hut that hangs precariously over the edge of a glacier. Built by Italian architects LEAPfactory, this shelter was flown in via helicopter, and features a living room, kitchen w/dining table, bunk beds, storage closets, touchscreen computer to keep you updated on current weather conditions, and a massive circular window to soak in the majestic views. Continue reading for a video showing the hike up to the tube and additional pictures.

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Stunning Wedding Photo

Photo credit: Hendra Lesmana / Cheese N Click Photography

There are normal wedding photos captured at chapels, and then these stunning images, which are all winners in Junebug Weddings "Top 50 Destination Photos" contest. They've been hosting photography contests for the past 7-years, and their second annual "Best of the Best Destination Photography" category brought in over 4,000 image submissions this year from photographers in over 40 different countries. Above, we have a beautiful photo from Bandung, Indonesia. Continue reading for more.

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Tiny Home 96-Square-Feet

Tiny homes have been a hot topic lately, but just how small can they get while remaining comfortable? The team at Shelter Wise shows us with their latest offering, the "Salsa Box." At just 96-square-feet, they easily attach to any trailer hook, and feature sufficient kitchen with storage, stainless steel counter, sleeping quarters, bath+shower combo, along with a bookcase. The integrate skylight and windows bathe the interior with sunlight during the day. How much? Pricing starts at under $25,000. Continue reading for a more in-depth video tour and additional pictures.

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Dismaland Disneyland Banksy

Photo credit: Chris Jacobson / Colossal via Laughing Squid

Ever wonder what Disneyland would look like after the zombie apocalypse (or in the Walking Dead), look no further than Banksy's latest installation: Dismaland. Constructed as a dysotopian interpretation of the happiest place on earth, and located in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, the "bemusement park," is touted as "an art show for the 99 percent." Featuring attractions and sights like Grim Reaper bumper cars, paparazzi snapping shots of a deceased Cinderella after a pumpkin-carriage crash, and even a butcher making lasagna out of carousel horses. Continue reading for another video tour and more pictures.

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Guy Treats Taxi Driver to Theme Park

Liam Murphy, a test engineer from Ireland in the UAE on business, discovered that a local taxi driver had never been to a theme park in his life, during a 2-hour ride to Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. So, he bought him the $61 admission ticket, and as you're about to see, it was money well spent. "Every time he drops passengers off he stays in the car for the day. I decided to bring him along for the laugh. He was great entertainment. I bought him some pizza on the way home. His family are in India and he said he sends money home each month. I felt sorry for him," said Murphy. Continue reading for more pictures and another video of the attractions at Ferrari World.

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Manta Resort Underwater Room

Not just any hotel room, the Manta Resort Underwater Hotel Room in Zanzibar, Africa comes complete with a rooftop deck, living space, bathroom / dining areas on the middle floor, and then fully-submersed lower level lined with windows for expansive views of the marine life. Yes, there's still room service, but you may have to wait a while. Depending on the season, you can book a one-night stay for as low as $1,000. Continue reading for more cool underwater hotel rooms.

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Treepod Dining

Now you live out your childhood Jungle Book dreams at the Soneva Kiri resort in Thailand, and their incredible Treepod Dining experience. Located on the remote Thai island of Kood, the resort offers 42 resort villa and 21 private residences spanning 150 acres of beach and tropical rainforest. Come meal time, diners are hoisted 26-feet off the ground into a bamboo pod in a eucalyptus tree, with servers ziplining in to bring mouth-watering dishes. Finish your meal early? Sit back and take in the panoramic shoreline and forest views. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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Keemala Resort Bird Nest Villas

At first glance, these look like giant bird nests, but they're just some of the villas you'll find at the Keemala Resort, located in a secluded hillside 40-minutes from Phuket, Thailand. Guests can choose between many different types of rooms, including: clay and straw cottages, tent villas, tree houses as well as the stunning birds nest villas that you see above. Each of these living spaces have outdoor bathtubs, rainfall showers, and private pool with breathtaking views of the lush green landscape. Continue reading for more images.

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Hanging Gardens Ubud

If nothing else, the Hanging Gardens Ubud Resort in Bali is a perfect blend of nature and luxury accommodations. Located within the forest's of Indonesia, Ubud boasts 38 luxury private infinity pool villas, all of which are surrounded by lush green landscape. Tired of the private villa pools? Check out their multi-tiered, mosaic-tile lined community infinity pool that was designed to mimic the shape of the surrounding hills. Or, you could just laze around on the deck, taking in stunning views of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple on the opposite hillside. Continue reading for a more in-depth video review and pictures.

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