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The Coolest Pool in Africa? Quite Possibly at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania

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Swim up bar… for elephants

Hotel pools are a huge draw for guests. #PoolPorn is a real thing. There are pools with lazy rivers and water slides for children. There are pools that overlook dramatic scenery. Some have swim-up bars. But the infinity pool at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti in Tanzania might be the most amazing hotel pool I’ve ever seen. Because it features swim-up bar for elephants and zebras instead of the human guests.

Time lapse of the watering hole at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge in the Serengeti

The Four Seasons Safari lodge pool overlooks a watering hole which is heavily used by herds of elephants and zebras and other wildlife in the area, much to the delight of guests who can watch the action from their lounge chairs or while in the water.

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The lazy man’s safari– complete with bathrobe at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge

There is separation in elevation so that guests swimming in the pool have a great vantage point but are still at a safe distance from the enormous animals.

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Infinity pool overlooking an elephant at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge

The pool and the surrounding area, including an outdoor restaurant, make for the ultimate lazy person’s safari. Many of the hotel rooms and suites also have views of the watering hole action from their windows or balconies.

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A thirsty herd of elephants headed towards the watering hole

The watering hole action is busiest during the dry season, when water is more scarce in the plains of the Serengeti.

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Zebras and elephants sharing the watering hole

While herds of zebras and elephants would use the watering hole at the same time, they did not mix. The zebras stuck together and so did the elephants.

A fawn non-plussed by the action at the watering hole

Pool porn is a competitive thing in the luxury hotel industry, and the Four Seasons Safari Lodge has gone seriously next level with it’s watering hole next to the pool design.

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A local elephant taking a dip

The watering hole is man made, but is more popular than the natural watering hole on the ground that can only be viewed from a few high end suites.

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Infinity pool + elephants = win

The hotel’s restaurant has seating outside near the pool, so guests can enjoy the view and poolside safari action throughout their stay. The friendly waitstaff has no problem bringing a cocktail to your lounge chair if you’d like to sip on a gin & tonic while watching the wildlife. It’s the ultimate passive safari for a day you need a break from the bumpy roads of Serengeti National Park.

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti

Central Serengeti, Serengeti National Park,

P.O. Box 14321 Arusha  Tanzania

Lodge Reservations +255 (0) 768 982 101/2

Front Desk +255 768 981 981

Reservations Manager +255 (0) 768 982 100

 

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iPhone 6 Time-Lapse Sunsets at the St. Regis in Punta Mita, Mexico

Purple sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

I recently went back to the St. Regis Punta Mita for a few days of fun and relaxation. My Life’s a Trip’s Ukraine-based social media manager, Anastasia Chernykh, joined me for the trip which was our corporate retreat. This was Anastasia’s first trip to Mexico, and she had not seen Punta Mita’s colorful sunsets anywhere but here on the blog .

We made a point of watching the sunsets together while enjoying margaritas and trying the time-lapse function on the new iPhone 6.

Happily Ever After Sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

The newlyweds added a nice bit of detail to the beach scene, but the iPhone 6 camera doesn’t seem to know where to focus with the waves moving in the background. I’m unclear is if this is user error on my part, or a quirk of the iPhone’s build in time-lapse function.

Beach Club Pool Sunset at the St. Regis Punta Mita

This was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen, even for Punta Mita. I wish I would have let the camera run a few minutes longer at the end. Much of the beauty of Punta Mita’s sunsets is the vividly colorful afterglow that comes after the sun has dipped below the horizon, and if you have the battery power and space, it’s always best to let the video shoot longer than you think you should. You can always trim the video before uploading and sharing.  The iPhone 6 time-lapse focus again concerns me, I tried to set it to a specific palm tree, but I have to take into account that I had a few margaritas before shooting this video.

Watching the sunset on the beach in Punta Mita, Mexico

Travel Tip: Punta Mita has the prettiest sunsets I’ve seen on the planet. Even if you’re not staying at the St. Regis, book dinner at the Mita Mary restaurant on the beach and check out the sunset view from the Beach Club infinity pool.

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort

Carretera Federal 200 km 19.5 Lote H-4,

Punta Mita, 63734 Punta Mita, NAY, Mexico

Phone:+52 329 291 5800

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When Travel Porn Collides With a Celebrity Sex Tape: Why I Broke Up With My Favorite Resort in Cabo

Westin Cabo LobbyI used to have a favorite resort in Cabo. It was my travel porn of choice – the happy place my mind went to when I needed a little bit of escapism. The margaritas were fantastic and my favorite room there was a hammock was in the shade in the balcony. Hammocks are one of my favorite amenities, and too few hotels have them. Not to mention Cabo is an easy flight from Los Angeles.  I loved that hotel. It was a special occasion sort of resort, an aspirational kind of place where I felt like a better, sexier, tanner more glamorous version of myself.

Then, unfortunately, Ray J make Kim Kardashian a superstar by filming part of their sex tape at that resort, which he described as “ballin.” It totally ruined it for me. Never mind the bad camera work or the fact that the Cabo segment of that video might be the most boring set of scenes in the entire celebrity sex tape genre.  Ray J is such a lame cameraman he even made the beautiful suite look common while describing it as “fly.” I suspect Ray J thought the tape would make him a famous swordsman, not win any awards for cinematography.

I think the moment that ruined it for me was when they make out in the infinity pool. I mean, who knows how often they change that water? Eeew. From then on, even my daydreams felt tainted. Note: there is a great clean transcription of the Cabo section of the tape on The Agony Booth.

When travel porn collides with the reality of a celebrity sex tape, I find myself unable to return to that hotel. I had to break up with my favorite resort. I even removed the resort’s Do Not Disturb sign (which I took from the hotel) from the door on my home office.

My sense of humor is generally a good coping mechanism for travel – but on occasion, it works against me. I’ve been known to drop a perfectly timed movie quote from time to time. I fear this skill, fueled by tequila-filled margaritas and gems of Ray’s terrible dialogue would be a disastrous combination – one that would for sure annoy my sweet and patient husband (who would never waste a second of his life saying the word “Kardashian”).

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The Beach in Cabo

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