They call the shared sleeping area of this beach-side guest house 'Stars', and it's not hard to see why. Swinging beds are open to the elements, set high on top of a cliff with the most magnificent views of the Pacific. All come with mosquito net, palm roof shade and locker. Waking up to watch the sunrise over the bay, complete with the sound of the waves is truly something magical. As an added bonus, you will be hard pressed to find a better view from the open bathrooms. If you don't fancy sleeping so close to nature, there are other room options - all just as lovely. The vibe is relaxed, and delicious food is served from the simple terrace cafeteria on the beach.
Calle Rinconcito, Mazunte, Mazunte 70946, Oaxaca, Mexico
Bus from Oaxaca City to Pochutla, then a taxi or 'collective' (shared van) to Mazunte.
$80-$100 per person per night, or $120-$160 for two people per night.
This incredible three mile cave system is set in the heart of a Belizean nature reserve. You enter straight in at the deep end, immersing yourself in water and squeezing between rocks. The cave houses artefacts and skeleton remains of Mayan sacrificial ceremonies, including 'The Crystal Maiden' - a calcified skeleton of a sacrificed teenage girl sparkling away like crystals. The cave has been left exactly how it was found, the ceramics are lying on the altars just as they were. The atmosphere is thick with magic, and the Belizean Tourist Board only permits small groups from a few select guides, making it feel as if you are discovering it for the very first time!
45 minute drive from San Ignacio, then a 45 minute trek.
Can be booked through selected guides in San Ignacio, Belize.
In terms of location, you really can't beat Bamburgh Castle. Set in a unique whinstone outcrop elevated above the sea by volcanic activity, it is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. It never fails to amaze both children and adults, with its stunning sea views of the Northumbrian coastline, atmosphere, legends, tales, ghosts and special events.
Om beach is a low key backpacker paradise, which has managed to remain undeveloped so far. Avoid the crowds with a beautiful quiet beach fringed by woodland, turquoise sea and great shack restaurants all along the shore. Yet, you can walk to the holy, buzzing town of Gokarna in 45 minutes over the stunning cliffs. Great people watching opportunities, before returning to laid back Om Beach to watch the sunset with a Kingfisher, and chat to new friends whilst eating delicious curry!
Om Beach, Gokarna, Karnataka, India
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A fantastic collection of witchcraft paraphernalia and artefacts - one of the largest in the world! Included are spells, dollies, cauldrons, chalices and broomsticks. Gives kids a great alternative view on religion and history. Very informative, and tons to keep them amused for ages. Don't be put off by the theme - it's not at all scary and spooky. Not much anyway!
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