Why This Luxury Resort Appeared in the Middle of the Mongolian Desert

The Desert Lotus Hotel doesn't seem like a particularly convenient place to vacation. Embedded in the rolling dunes of Inner Mongolia, the hotel is more than 500 miles west of Beijing, far from the coast or any major metropolitan centers. But it is close to one thing: Baotou, the Chinese city that mines more than… » 8/21/13 12:00pm 8/21/13 12:00pm

This is What a Resort Carved Into a Mountain Looks Like

What good is a resort that sticks out like a grotesque pimple in an otherwise gorgeous locale? No good, that's what. The designers of Wadi Rum Resort are taking the opposite approach by integrating the resort into a Jordanian mountainside, which they say has "nominal impact" on the surroundings. You'll be able to see… » 4/27/11 10:44pm 4/27/11 10:44pm