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Romantic Caribbean Island Hotel Promotes a Simpler Way of Life

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Has your hectic work, family and social schedule put ideas for a romantic vacation on hold for far too long? Are you looking to slow down and be able to appreciate the simple pleasures in life? Montpelier Plantation & Beach on Nevis Island might just be the place to do it. The hotel is located on a former 18th century sugar plantation, and sits comfortably 750 feet above the shore at the foot of Nevis Peak, just six miles from the beach. And while you might be getting "back to basics" so-to-speak, this Relais & Chateaux property still ensures five-star service and accommodations that are anything but.... Read More

Discover First-Hand What Makes Bordeaux Wines World Famous With Viking River Cruises

Dec 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

To be intrigued by this new luxury cruise itinerary from Viking River Cruises, all you have to do is one thing: enjoy drinking wine. Well, you also have to like traveling to Europe, touring beautiful French wine regions and learning how that little grape transforms into your adult beverage of choice. Dare I say, even if you aren’t a drinker you could still muster some pleasure in simply exploring a celebrated part of the country and its historical landmarks. Crazier things have happened.... Read More

First Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Americas Debuts in Puerto Rico

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

When Laurance Rockefeller opened the Caribbean’s first luxury eco-resort in 1958, the Dorado Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Puerto Rico, celebrities like John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Joan Crawford flocked to it. This week ushers in a new era of jet-setting at the legendary 1,400-acre property as it re-opens as the $342 million Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve—the first Reserve property in the Americas from the world famous hospitality brand.... Read More

Find Urban Solace at Shanghai's Newest Luxury Hotel Twelve at Hengshan

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai’s hottest cosmopolitan area, the Twelve at Hengshan is enveloped in cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and restored art-deco buildings. The building itself was designed by Mario Botta, who is also responsible for the iconic San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, using eco-friendly materials. The architecture stands out among the historic surroundings in its contemporary design, but Botta dressed the façade in natural terracotta, which is popular along the streets of Hengshan. The 171 luxury guest rooms encase a Chinese-style secret garden to promote Zen-like awareness of the environment.... Read More

Marco Island, Florida Beach Resort Spoils Guests With Unique Offerings

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Marco Beach Ocean Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond property located on the white sand beaches of Marco Island off the coast of South Florida. The all-suite resort contains 98 rooms with full kitchens, beautifully spacious bathrooms, and beachy Mediterranean decor. Offering interesting services like the ringing of a Captain’s Bell at sunset—which could be upsetting if you like to go to bed super early—the resort wants to provide an all-around experience, not just a place to rest your head.... Read More

Romantic Resort in Dominican Republic Where Nature Meets Modern Elegance

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Sublime Samana is a lovely seven-acre resort hidden in the tranquility of a hilly tropical jungle bordered by white sand beaches. Built around a series of canal pools, the property ensures that its guests feel they are one with the surrounding environment. Located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Sublime Samana boasts open-air spaces constructed using natural materials to further convince its temporary inhabitants of their harmonious existence.... Read More

Follow in Jack Hanna's Footsteps on This 11-Day African Safari

Dec 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

With one show airing for fifteen years, and another in its sixth season, American Zookeeper Jack Hanna is well loved by animals and people alike. His series Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild recently made an appearance in Africa, and Orient-Express Safaris wants others less fortunate than the world-traveler to relive the episodes through an 11-day journey into the “Heart of Africa with Jack Hanna.” The excursion allows wildlife-enthusiasts and thrill-seekers the opportunity to venture into the African wilderness without sacrificing the everyday luxuries of Western civilization.... Read More

Get Lost in the North Shore Lifestyle at Turtle Bay Resort

Dec 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

It’s hard to believe that the North Shore of Oahu and that Waikiki Beach are on the same island. Where crowds jam Waikiki Beach, the North Shore is a placid oasis of farms, mountains and beaches every bit as good—or better, for surfing at least—than those in the crowded Honolulu area.... Read More

Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam | Here to Free You From Your Cultural Prison

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Originally built in 1921 as a luxury hotel for Europeans migrating to South America on Royal Dutch Lloyd ships, the Lloyd Hotel sits comfortably on the Eastern Docklands waterfront in Amsterdam.... Read More

Luxury Hotel in the French Alps Puts Ski Runs at Your Feet

Dec 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Described as an “Alpine fairy tale come true,” the Hôtel de Charme Les Airelles employs a dedicated staff, whom, we are assured are concerned only with making hotel guests happy. During your stay, expect to be endlessly pampered and entertained. On major holidays the staff gets into character as the chefs and skilled decorators create memorable experiences for guests year after year.... Read More

Luxury Villa Near Athens Could Have Changed the Course of History

Nov 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Most people when they read Homer’s The Odyssey, think that the hero of the story perseveres in his journey to return to his faithful wife. Once you consider, however that he was a king and probably lived in a place similar to the Delenia Villa in Ewia, you will probably see things differently. Forget Penelope, the reason Odysseus didn’t dawdle with a goddess divine or throw hours away in friendly conversation with a Cyclops was because his home probably looked a lot like this luxury villa.... Read More

Travel to Turkey to Live Like a Sultan at The Four Seasons Istanbul

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in Sultanahmet, The Four Seasons Istanbul was originally an Ottoman Empire prison. Used to detain political prisoners, including famous Turkish poet and communist revolutionary Nazim Hikmet, the neoclassically designed jail was converted into a luxury hotel in 1996. Nestled in the heart of Istanbul’s "Old City," the building is only a stroll away from grand historical attractions like the 17th century Blue Mosque or the 6th century St. Sophia. The former penitentiary now houses 65 opulent guest rooms and suites run by over 200 dedicated multilingual staff.... Read More

Three New Mediterranean Ports a First for Crystal Cruises in 2013

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has announced their intent to take their passengers off-the-beaten-path during their Mediterranean Cruise season. Aside from the usual destinations, Crystal ships will, for the first time, be making stops in Canakkale, Turkey; La Spezia, Italy; and Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for the brand, Jack Anderson said, “After sailing for more than two decades, we’re thrilled to still be finding novel destinations for our guests to discover, and combine them with much beloved locales to which they also love returning, time and time again.”... Read More

A European Ski Vacation in the Heart of Vail Village at Sonnenalp Resort

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

The AAA Four Diamond Resort, Sonnenalp was opened by the Bavarian Faessler family, whose luxury hotel in the old country was known for personalized service and beautiful surroundings. The Vail location was opened in the late 1970s, but the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as the resort still promises impeccable service and beautiful views. Unlike its Bavarian parent property, the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail is an STI Eco-Certified Luxury Hotel, the first of its kind in the western United States. Long-term sustainable tourism is something that the resort strives to achieve, minimizing the impact of tourism on the local people and their environment.... Read More

Oceanfront Brazil Hotel Kenoa Exclusive Resort & Spa Will Awaken Your Senses

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Brazil is perhaps best known for its barely-there bikinis, but second on the list of Brazilian treasures would have to be its beautiful beaches. Kenoa Exclusive Beach Spa & Resort offers to help elite travelers make the best of that famed coastline with their state-of-the-art facilities. Instead of experiencing those beaches with other cooler-toting tourists stepping all over your tranquility, Kenoa promises to “expand your journey, while ensuring your privacy.” The Design Hotels resort was built with the surrounding natural environment in mind, using fragrant woods and calming colors to engage all of your senses in luxury.... Read More

Cinémoi Celebrates with Red Carpet Event at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel

Nov 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

Attending the recent red-carpeted Cinémoi launch party to celebrate the net’s arrival to North America gave me hope to a dawn of a new day for the better broadcasting we so desperately need. Cinémoi is “the first and only channel dedicated to film, fashion and lifestyle on DIRECTV.” Naturally, I am already a fan where on one station I’m able to watch... Read More

Where to Stay, Eat & Sightsee in Beijing | Guide to China's Capital

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Shanghai might have the fashion flair and Hong Kong has the finance factor, but don’t discount Beijing. The Chinese capital has to be one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations thanks to a history that dates back to ancient times, proximity to picturesque sections of the Great Wall, cutting-edge arts and architecture, and a steadily improving food and nightlife scene.... Read More

Take a Romantic Vacation to The Seven Stars Resort on Turks & Caicos Islands

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in the heart of Grace Bay, Providenciales, Seven Stars Resort is a vision of natural beauty, surrounded by swaying palms and turquoise water. The Resort’s 107 guestrooms are spread out over three sprawling oceanfront buildings, but remain within walking distance of the area's premier restaurants, shopping, and bars.... Read More

Exciting New Shore Excursions on Paul Gauguin Cruises' Caribbean & Panama Canal Voyages

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

As the longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, Paul Gauguin Cruises' flagship m/s Paul Gauguin has won a number of awards, including Porthole’s 2012 “Best South Pacific Itinerary.” Instead of making them cocky, as it had the potential to, it seems that this award, and others like it, have only encouraged the company to further their opulent offerings—specifically the addition of Paul Gauguin Cruises' newest ship Tere Moana back in July. 2 to 6... Read More

Make Christmas Memories in San Francisco During These Unforgettable Events

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Whether you live in San Francisco or will just be visiting for the holidays, make sure you check out these cheer-inducing events going on throughout the city. From Christmas show classics put on by the San Francisco Ballet to festivals and fairs, there’s a little something out for everyone. You may even get a smile out of that rather Grinch-like person in your family... Read More

Capella Pedregal Serves Up Fresh Ocean Fare at Crudo Bar

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

One of Cabo San Lucas’ most beautiful spa resorts, Capella Pedregal sits comfortably on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula featuring both mountain and oceanfront vistas. The private escape can only be reached through a tunnel that is carved through the center of a mountain, separating the town of Cabo... Read More

Windstar Cruises | 60% Increase in Bookings for 2013

Nov 16, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Windstar Cruises’ advanced bookings for 2013 sailings are up 60 percent compared to the same time last year. The company announced that it is on course for a fourth consecutive year of increased revenue. “We have an outstanding product today. We truly deliver a unique luxury cruise experience that feels like your own private yacht while immersing you in the destination,” said Hans Birkhoz, CEO of Windstar Cruises.... Read More

Where to Stay, Eat and Shop in Shanghai | Guide to China's Largest City

Oct 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Over the past decade, Shanghai has regained its stature as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan, fast-paced and connected cities. With world-class hotels catering to travelers of all stripes, unparalleled luxury shopping, and a nightlife scene that positively pulsates with energy, it’s quickly become one of the top destinations on every jetsetter’s list.... Read More

Five-Star Hotel in Ecuador, First and Only to Receive Prestigious Award

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While the quality of tourist facilities varies greatly in Ecuador, there’s no doubt that one of its finest five-star hotels is offering the best in service and accommodations—mostly because they have the awards to prove it. For the second year in a row, Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa has been recognized by Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism for helping to promote the country’s tourism and better the experience for travelers. During the ceremony at the San Francisco Plaza in Quito, the luxury resort also took home the Green Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Making this an even bigger achievement is the fact that Casa Ceibo is Ecuador’s first and only five-star resort to be given this recognition for two consecutive years. Since its opening in October 2009, the... Read More

Crystal Cruises Announces Itineraries for 2014 and Early 2015

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Crystal Cruises recently announced its full year of worldwide voyages for 2014, and its itineraries up to mid-April 2015. The cruising line is the early bird of the flock luxury liners, being the first to unveil its itineraries for that time frame so far in advance. There are new seven- and 10-day cruises available in 2014. There are 16 maiden calls among the 194 total ports that span 68 countries. "As a leader in luxury vacation experiences, we are constantly pushing ourselves to find new ways to show the world to savvy travelers," said Crystal's Jack Anderson, senior VP of marketing and sales at Crystal, in a prepared statement for the media. "Our 2014 to early 2015 calendar is especially exciting, with dozens of new routes and places to see, via one of the most pampering ways one can t... Read More

The Re-envisioned Blue Man Group Dives Into the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

For the first time in twenty years, the ever vibrant and always entertaining Blue Man Group has revamped the entirety of their show. The group, aerial trained by international partner Red Bull and the Red Bull Air Force, got the new show off with a bang, leaping from 7,000 feet and landing in front of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino—the Blue Man... Read More

Chef Matthew Kenney Takes a Raw Approach To Dining at M.A.K.E Restaurant

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Do you like it raw? Your food, that is. If you do, then you’ll love M.A.K.E, a Santa Monica restaurant dedicated to serving healthy, organic cuisine. Using peak-season produce and local fare, raw food expert and author Matthew Kenney is on a mission to bring... Read More

National Cruise Week Offers World's Largest Cruise Sale

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Cruise Line International Association’s World’s Largest Cruise Sale promotion is expected to have more than 5,000 travel industry professionals participating this year. The campaign, which runs from October 21-27, 2012, features more than 200 cruise ships offering amazing deals on their voyages.... Read More

Costa Rica Luxury Villas of Cala Luna Resort

Sep 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Having always dreamed of housing a luxury resort in an enchanted area, founders Antonia Pilurzu and Grietje and Els Depypere spent several months searching up and down the Pacific and Atlantic coasts searching for the perfect site for their new escape. They finally decided on the exotic beaches of Playa Langosta, Tamarindo as the destination for their resort, Hotel and Villas Cala Luna.... Read More

Bentley Signature Suite at St. Regis New York Debuts This Month

Sep 26, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Bentley Motors announced that it has a signature suite at the St. Regis Hotel New York effective in September. The designing of the suite is a collaborative effort between the deluxe hotelier and the vaulted British luxury carmaker.... Read More

Norwegian Breakaway to be Christened by Godmothers The Rockettes

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If Cinderella can get a Fairy Godmother, then why can’t a luxury cruise ship? Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Breakaway didn’t get just one old lady to watch over it, but multiple members of the beautiful and talented New York dance company, the Rockettes.... Read More

New Website Revolutionizes Travel Abroad for Volunteers

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Joseph Vasquez

Apparently people are climbing over one another these days to be a volunteer. Why? Many say it’s a life changing experience. I suppose that's reason enough. Unfortunately, traveling abroad can get expensive, so Volunteer Forever has developed a new platform to help those working for free who don’t have a lot of money, act like the next Mother Teresa, without breaking the bank or their spirit.... Read More

The First Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Tunisia to Open Late 2014

Sep 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Opening late 2014, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company’s newest addition, Ritz-Carlton Tunis, Carthage, will be quite the property. Located adjacent to the Presidential Palace and steps from Carthage’s ancient ruins, the location is prime for culture and luxury travel to converge on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.... Read More

Discover What $17 Million Dollars Tastes Like

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Dining options abound in Nevada’s most seductive city, but recently Las Vegas welcomed a $17 million dollar, all-you-can eat buffet at Caesar’s Palace. Bacchanal Buffet is set to open Monday, where guests can expect a feast of epic proportions. Chefs will be busy preparing more than 500... Read More

5 Unique Luxury Hotel Spas and Services

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

A visit to the spa tends to be at the top of many travelers’ lists when on vacation. While we know that some of the best hotel spas offer a calming environment, range of services and knowledgeable staff, the ones on this list are taking a day at the spa to a whole new level—these facilities feature igloos, use ancient remedies, employ former Surgeon Generals and master sommeliers, and span tens of thousands of square feet, make them among the most elaborate hotel spas in the world. So if you're interested in a run-of-the-mill massage or facial, you may want to look elsewhere.... Read More

New Miami Venue Takes a Sexy Spin on Luxury "HOUSE" Parties

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

From the talented design visionary Mark Lowe comes the industrial, art district of Miami, Wynwood’s, first nightclub. Following in the tradition of Miami’s popular night scene, HOUSE Nightclub will feature some of the most state-of-the-art... Read More

Swiss Ski Chalet a Part of Richard Branson's Virgin Limited Edition

Sep 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Whether we are ready to accept it or not, the summer is quickly coming to a close. It will soon be time to break out the boots and scarves and start looking toward some cold weather travel locales. We decided to bypass fall destinations for a moment to mention a luxury ski resort that caught our eye—and for good reason.... Read More

Eclectic Pet-Friendly Vacation Rental in San Francisco

Sep 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Most savvy travelers are familiar with airbnb by now. It is a service that allows individuals to list their personal abodes when they are not otherwise in use, giving guests access to unique vacation rentals around the world. If you’re looking to bypass the San Francisco luxury hotel stay, and prefer to shack up in a truly unconventional home instead, you'll want to check out this place.... Read More

Never-Before-Seen Amenities Coming to Princess Cruise Line's New Ship

Sep 6, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Heading to a port near you, come June 2013, is Princess Cruise Line's newest luxury cruise ship Royal Princess. It will be offering up to 3,600 passengers exciting amenities including an expanded atrium with entertainment and casual dining venues; a first-ever enclosed, glass floor walkway from the top deck to portside bar; adults-only upper deck pool with private cabanas; the largest top deck pool offered on a cruise ship; a nighttime water and light show; upgraded Movies Under the Stars screen; and balconies off all outside staterooms.... Read More

Timbaland Launches Kama Sutra-Inspired Liqueur

Sep 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

“Everything that I create is groundbreaking and LeSUTRA is no different,” said Grammy award-winning music producer Timbaland of his newly launched sparkling liqueur. LeSUTRA made its debut at luxury resort Fontainebleau Miami Beach during Labor Day weekend.... Read More

Forget What Your Mother Told You, Play With Your Food at Lab Store Paris

Sep 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Innovations in food science and design merge at the Lab Store Paris, a state-of-the-art store featuring some of the latest ways to enjoy your favorite flavors. Located on Rue du Bouloi, Lab Store Paris has, in addition to its storefront, a WikiBar, which focuses on the Lab Store’s new edible packaging... Read More

Experience The Chic Side of Boston During Tomorrow's Fashion Night Out

Sep 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Get your fashion groove on tomorrow night at Fashion Night Out in Boston. Kimpton Hotels is constructing a street-level lounge on Newbury Street, specifically for FNO’s Center Stage performances and fashion shows. The Lounge, which will be located... Read More

Discovering the Surprisingly Modern Side of Moscow

Sep 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

It is just over twenty years now since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and it is my very first time in Moscow. I have read about government reform and social advances, but it was my firsthand experience that amazed me of this new revitalized cosmopolitan city.... Read More

Exciting New Destination Added to Seabourn Cruise Itineraries

Aug 31, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Seabourn’s small-ship luxury cruises have been whisking guests away to top travel destinations, and hidden gems, around the world for nearly 25 years, but there’s one locale they haven’t hit until now: Antarctica.... Read More

How Did They Name That Town?

Aug 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Fact: There are 28 Springfields in the United States, according to the United States Census Bureau—and that’s not even the most-recurring place name in the country. But for every uninspired destination name, there’s one that’s so wacky, you might wonder whether some town official from way-back-when named it on a dare.... Read More

Surprises and Perks Around Every Corner at PUNTACANA's Tortuga Bay

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

You’ve heard there’s one chance to make a first impression and there’s no where better to illustrate this truism than PUNTACANA Resort & Club’s Tortuga Bay boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic.... Read More

Feast For Charity | Oyster Social Supports Citymeals-on-Wheels

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

Chef Charlie Palmer will host the first annual Oyster Social at One Bryant Park on Sunday, September 23 at his flagship restaurant, Aureole. The event will be a benefit for Citymeals-On-Wheels, a non-profit organization that delivers meals... Read More

Savor a Taste of Asia Inside Boston's New Restaurant & Lounge

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

The Empire strikes Boston! Not in a Darth Vader kind of way. More like The Great Wall of China, Dancing Geisha, Hot Night in Bangkok and Red Dragon sort of way. Meet Empire Asian Restaurant & Lounge, the funky new Feng Shui waterfront temple now open at the Fan Pier, brought to you compliments of Big Night... Read More

Luxury Villas That Cost Over $20,000 a Week

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

How much would you be willing to spend on a weeklong stay in a luxury villa? Keep in mind these properties are expansive (up to 12,000 square feet), completely private, fully staffed, located in top travel destinations around the world, and filled with the latest technology and comforts of home that you could expect from any five-star hotel.... Read More

Music & Art Paint The Town During Pop-Up Piano Miami

Aug 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Some of the country’s most talented musicians will be performing in pop-up concerts during the Pop-up Piano Miami event, which is returning during Art Basel week in Miami Beach. Luxury piano maker Steinway & Sons Miami is presenting... Read More

Luxury Shopping Aids Charity Inside Crystals at CityCenter

Aug 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Patricia Field, the luxury fashion designer responsible for the signature style of Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and The City and Meryl Streep’s character in the Devil Wears Prada is bringing her Emmy-Award winning visions... Read More

Celebrate the Art of Travel at Ellerman House Boutique Hotel in Cape Town

Aug 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

When it comes to travel incentives, hotels usually offer items like interesting dining options or special pillows. But what about the artwork that peppers many luxury hotels' walls these days? How about a specific travel package focused on that?... Read More

"Top Chef Restaurants" Add Some Heat To New Orleans' Dining Scene

Aug 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Music, culture, and cuisine are some of the staples of a rich New Orleanian experience. Next time you take a trip down South, make sure to savor a true taste of this vibrant city by visiting a few of these Top Chef worthy restaurants... Read More

Savor Innovative Italian Cuisine at New Downtown LA Restaurant

Aug 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Soleto Trattoria and Pizza Bar recently opened in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring cuisine prepared by Chef Sascha Lyon. The new restaurant which showcases a menu of Italian fare, has an Exhibition Pizza Bar, and outdoor patio... Read More

Stylish and Intimate Alila Villas Soori 3-Bedroom Residences in Bali

Aug 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Wedged between pristine rice paddies and black volcanic sand beaches, Alila Villas Soori offers guests an authentic Balinese experience. The luxury villas feature stunning views of the Indian Ocean and surrounding southwest coast of the beautiful island.... Read More

Times Square Goes Green! NY Hotel Achieves LEED Certification

Aug 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

Coming on the heels of its two year anniversary, the InterContinental New York Times Square has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status, and is the nation’s largest new-build hotel to do so. The certification, which is awarded by the US Green Building Council, is bestowed upon properties that meet... Read More

Exploring Urban and Rural Hotels and Attractions in Northwest Scotland

Aug 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Want to enjoy both a rural and an urban experience while on the northwest coast of Scotland? Then a few days at the luxury Inverness City Suites, followed by a few at Ramnee Hotel up the coast may be just the ticket. Owned by the Dinnes family, the first accommodation is located in the heart of Inverness, an expanding cultural city just ten minutes from the intriguing Loch Ness; the second is just beyond the village of Forres, further west along the Moray coast.... Read More

Napa Valley Wine Gala Raises Nearly $4 Million for Cancer Research

Aug 22, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

“Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up,” was the mantra that NC state basketball coach Jim Valvano left audiences with during a speech he gave in March of 1993, just a little more than a month before he lost his battle with cancer. In that speech Valvano passionately told the audience that if they could do just three things, everyday—laugh, think,... Read More

Caribbean Luxury Villa Rentals at Aquamare on Virgin Gorda

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Looking for a romantic place for a destination wedding, or to simply get getaway from the everyday hustle and bustle? The Caribbean's ultra-private Villa Aquamare Compound offers answers to both, with personalized service, opulent amenities and space for travel groups of all kinds.... Read More

"Top Chef Restaurants" Bring Flavor to Miami Dining

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

One of Miami's greatest pleasures, besides its pristine beaches and luxurious nightlife, is its diverse and colorful cuisine. Influences from everywhere including Spain, Cuba, and the Caribbean infuse flavor into dishes that are as vibrant as the locals. Next time you're visiting, be sure to check out... Read More

Boston Harbor Cruises Thrills With Codzilla Speed Ride

Aug 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Boston has kicked off summer in another big way this season with the return of Codzilla, a thrill ride on Boston Harbor! The ticket counter is located adjacent to the Long Wharf Marriott right near... Read More

Qatar Airways Announces New Chicago Route

Aug 20, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As a major hub for business and leisure travelers, Chicago is a city that will greatly benefit from the announcement from Qatar Airways that the city will be included in its USA route expansion. The carrier already operates out of Chicago twice... Read More

Island Creek Oysters | A Day in The Life of a Sea Farmer

Aug 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Ever wondered how an oyster farm works? Now is your chance to find out. Island Creek Oysters of Duxbury is hosting a limited number of farm tours this summer where you can see the start-to-finish farming process... Read More

"Top Chef Restaurants" in San Diego Combine Culinary Talent & Ambiance

Aug 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Aside from beaches and year-round temperate weather, San Diego has a few other charming traits. One of those being great food, and where there is great food there are always great chefs. San Diego’s vibrant offering of... Read More

Luxury Shopping Festival Along The Magnificent Mile Returns This August

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Magnificent Mile is the destination of one of the nation’s premiere luxury shopping festivals that is returning to Chicago between August 24 and September 6, 2012. Sponsored by MasterCard, the event occurs along a 13 mile block stretch that runs from Chicago’s... Read More

The St. Regis Princeville an Elegant Hawaiian Escape

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

As the first St. Regis resort in Hawaii, The St. Regis Princeville brings all the luxury service and standards of the world-class brand to the island setting. Located on Kauai, the resort gives guests a taste of tropical sophistication and superior service.... Read More

Washington DC Gallery Exhibits Art That Captures American Spirit

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Connersmith Gallery, located on Florida Avenue in Washington, DC, was founded in 1999 with the hopes of representing artists who “excel at communicating powerful concepts in diverse media.” The gallery promotes art by talented visionaries who use their medium as a way... Read More

Warm Weather U.S. Beach Resorts to Stay at This Fall

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

So you’ve been slaving behind a desk the entire summer while it seems like everyone else is on the beach perfecting their tans. You have vacation time to burn up come fall, but where can you go to experience the same summer fun after Labor Day has symbolically ended the season? You don't have to travel too far—plenty of hotels and resorts right here in the U.S. still keep the relaxed summer vibe alive with lounge chairs firmly planted in the sand and outdoor activities aplenty; and of course, you can sport your favorite white outfits all you want. Here are a few of the best luxury beach resorts that stay true to their tropical spirit well into the autumn months.... Read More

Creative Sweets Delight at Wicked Good Cupcakes

Aug 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Not all cupcakes are created equal and only a few are actually wicked good. Just ask mother-daughter Tracey Noonan and Danielle Desroches, the brain team behind Wicked Good Cupcakes, a sweet treat confectionary located in Cohasset, Massachusetts. The South Shore bakery has made a name for itself with their now... Read More

Audrina Patridge Hosts New Club Opening in San Diego Gaslamp District

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Reality star Audrina Patridge is set to help celebrate the opening of a brand new nightclub in San Diego. The Pussycat Dolls Dollhouse, located inside luxury boutique hotel, The Keating will debut it’s sexy new venue, complete with gorgeous... Read More

Hatfield's Los Angeles Restaurant Featured on MasterChef

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

If you tuned into MasterChef last night you may have seen, besides the typical food-fueled drama and infamous Gordon Ramsay rants, a bit of LA restaurant Hatfield’s. While perhaps not as well known across the country as it is in Southern California, Hatfield’s restaurant is a culinary force... Read More

Nightlife Venue & Luxury Suites Attract Celebrities to Aspen Sky Hotel

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Aspen is renowned for its swanky shopping, celebrity regulars, and out-of-this-world lodging. This destination hotspot is anything but lacking in the luxury category, and with new renovations to one of the town's favorite nightlife venues, the Sky Hotel is busy as ever.... Read More

James New York Hotel | A Cool Summertime Destination to Experience NYC Culture

Aug 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

This summer has proven to be excessively warm, and as temperatures continue to rise across the nation, travelers everywhere are in need of a cool respite. The James New York is known as one of the coolest hotels in New York, but did you know that the property also boasts one of the best hotel rooftop pool decks in the city?... Read More

The Sausalito Art Festival Kicks Off its 60th Anniversary Labor Day Weekend

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Sausalito Art Festival, now in its sixtieth year, is considered to be one of the oldest and most prestigious events of its kind in the United States. The event showcases some of the most talented concentration of artists, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, and craftsman found anywhere, and attracts thousands of visitors annually.... Read More

What's New on Board Windstar Luxury Cruise Ships

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Katie Smith

Summer’s not over just yet and Windstar Cruises is supplying a great option for a relaxing vacation before fall begins. This luxury cruise line has become even more lavish due to Windstar Cruises’ $18 million renovation to their three sailing yachts. This redesign brings a modern, casual elegance to the brand’s cruise experience.... Read More

Top 5 Things to See & Do in Door County, Wisconsin

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

May I introduce you to Door County? If "Where?" should be your response to this question, you are not in the minority. But should you overlook Door County, called the Cape Cod of the Midwest, you are making a mistake. First, let me tell you just where Door County is located. This region is the Wisconsin peninsula that juts into the water between Green Bay (to the west) and Lake Michigan (to the east).... Read More

Irish Castle Turned Five-Star Hotel on Belfast Lough | Culloden Estate & Spa

Aug 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing into the darkness past ivy-clad walls down a grassy knoll towards the twinkling lights of Belfast Lough while sipping a glass of wine, makes one think of resplendent evenings in private English clubs during the Victorian era. And indeed this well may have been the case here at the Culloden Estate & Spa more than a century ago; for one of Northern Ireland’s most prestigious five-star hotels was once the palace of the all-powerful bishops where private dinners and hush-hush tete-a-tetes were weekly, if not daily, affairs.... Read More

China & Italy Converge at 2012 Milano Fashion Summit

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The 2012 Milano Fashion Global Summit is bringing together two of the luxury fashion industry leaders most influential countries at a gathering that focuses on the importance of fashion and commerce. China and Italy will meet at this year’s gathering in Milan, where key personalities... Read More

Palm Springs Luxury Spa Resort a Celebrity Favorite | La Quinta Resort & Club

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Greta Garbo, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis—these were the Hollywood elite that flocked to La Quinta Resort & Club in the late 1920s, lured by the quiet retreat's desert mountain shelter from the celebrity lifestyle and movie-making demands. Some, like Oscar-winning director Frank Capra, made La Quinta Resort & Club a home, his own "Shangri-La of Screenwriting."... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana: A Favorite Culinary Destination in the Caribbean

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has recently announced the addition of a new restaurant by renowned Chef Kerry Simon. Slated to open at the end of 2012, Mansion by Simon will be the fifth restaurant from Kerry Simon, and the first international restaurant from the restaurateur.... Read More

Falling for Virginia

Aug 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

A true wine touring experience is not only what you sample, it’s about what you do, see, smell, and taste along the way. The beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia offers endless possibilities for exploration and discovery all year round—and harvest time is no exception when Virginia invites you to "Discover your Local Crush" during October, Virginia Wine month.... Read More

Disneyland Paris Fine Dining Experience

Aug 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Theme park food is notoriously mediocre, and sometimes, just downright bad. But if you happen to make a trip to the Paris edition of Disneyland, then a visit to Walt’s, An American Restaurant might make you change your mind about dining at amusement parks. This shouldn’t be surprising, since the city is known for its refined contributions to the culinary... Read More

Boston Harbor Hotel | Beautiful Waterfront Setting

Aug 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Location, location, location is what The Boston Harbor Hotel is all about. Situated directly across the street from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the waterfront hotel offers one of the best views in the city of Boston Harbor, Logan Airport, Seaport District, and beyond. You may know the architectural marvel from its dramatic archway and domed rotunda at Rowes Wharf... Read More

Alaska Cruise Itinerary for Extreme Adventure Travel Lovers

Aug 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

If you thought Alaska luxury cruises were all about relaxation and whale watching then you haven’t heard about Alaska Unleashed. Alaska Unleashed is an 8-day/7-night Southeast voyage cruising from Juneau to Ketckikan, or the reverse, Ketchikan to Juneau.... Read More

La Costa Resort & Spa | Picturesque Retreat in Carlsbad

Aug 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

La Costa Resort and Spa, situated just about thirty miles outside of downtown San Diego in Carlsbad, California, has operated as one of the country’s top spa resorts since 1965, and has recently received the honor of being... Read More

Napa Revisits an Older Time with Rooftop Lounge & Restaurant

Aug 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Wine, beautiful rolling countryside, gorgeous inns— what more can you ask from the Napa Valley? Well, nightlife might be one of them. Despite its beauty, Napa Valley is a rather subdued locale, attracting visitors who are wanting quiet and some sophisticated R&R.... Read More

What's New and Exciting in Entertainment, Nightlife & Dining at Mohegan Sun

Aug 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Looking around the colorfully mood-lit, cocktail-posh seating area of the Mohegan Sun’s brand-new luxury nightspot Vista Lounge the last Friday in July, it was hard to believe that summer flash floods were wreaking havoc outside.... Read More

Bali Villa Rental Near Seminyak Beach's Top Attractions | Villa Adasa

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Some of the world’s best luxury villas are located in Bali, Indonesia, and Villa Adasa in the fashionable and luxurious Seminyak Beach, is certainly holding its own against the competition. The ultra-exclusive Laksmana Villas Residential Estate is home to this quiet retreat, just steps from white sand beaches and the Indian Ocean, as well as many of the best restaurants, spas, hotels, and nightlife in the area.... Read More

Things To Do in Paris During Late Summer

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

What’s more romantic than Paris in the summer? If you happen to find yourself in this beautiful city during the end of the summer season and are looking for unique ways to enjoy yourself, take a look below to learn about some of Paris’ most loved summer activities.... Read More

Hank's Oyster Bar Offers Specialty Cocktails on Capitol Hill

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

What better combination is there to be had than handcrafted cocktails alongside oysters and lobster rolls? Hank’s Oyster Bar Capitol Hill location recently opened The Eddy, a brand new, specialty cocktail bar on Pennsylvania Avenue featuring... Read More

Glamping & Luxury Safaris in Kenya | Kichwa Tembo Tented Camps

Aug 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Glamping has become one of the hottest luxury travel trends over the past few years—up-scale tents nestled into the natural surroundings; eating meals under the stars; getting acquainted with the great outdoors and its indigenous wildlife. Thrill-seekers, families, couples and solo travelers alike have all gotten on board with this new fad. These types of resorts are located on nearly every continent, but if a trip to Africa (and a real safari that doesn't take place at an amusement park) is still on your bucket list, the tented camps of Kichwa Tembo, Kenya are a great place to cross it off.... Read More

Kodak Colorama | "World's Largest Photographs" Return to Grand Central Terminal

Aug 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

From 1950 to 1990, the Kodak company displayed what were described as “The World’s Largest Photographs,” on one of the balconies inside New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Measuring 18 feet tall by 60 feet wide, these iconic photographs served both as advertisements and as a series of frozen moments— a type of window into which viewers could peek into an idealized rendering of American society.... Read More

Two Luxury Hotels on Scotland's Isle of Skye | Toravaig & Duisdale

Aug 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With a wealth of experience gained from many years working in the hospitality industry, husband-and-wife team, Anne Gracie and Captain Ken Gunn, have opened not one but two luxury hotels—Toravaig House Hotel and Duisdale House Hotel—on the evocative Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland.... Read More

Luxury Paris Hotel Celebrating Art & Culture | Le Royal Monceau

Aug 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

When it originally opened in 1928, Le Royal Monceau was one of Paris’s grand palace hotels, situated just steps from the Arc de Triomphe along tony Avenue Hoche, which quickly became a gathering place of the artists and intellectuals of the day.... Read More

4 Private Jet Tours Flying Around the World This Fall

Aug 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Traveling to some of the world's most sought after, remote and exotic locations used to mean extensive research, weeks of planning and crammed airplanes...but not anymore. Now, under the care of private jet travel companies, all you have to do is choose your dream tour, relax in the comfort of your private plane, and know every last detail is taken care of. They offer some of the best luxury vacations with itineraries revolving around everything from extraordinary islands to the Golden Triangle, to UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here are a few of the once-in-a-lifetime educational and enriching trips taking place this fall.... Read More

The Slanted Door Wins "Best Restaurant Bar" in The United States

Aug 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail, held annually in New Orleans, showcases some of the world’s best mixologists and connoisseur of fine spirits for a total of five days. The event draws participants from around the globe for a series of competitions, seminars, dinners, tastings and more.... Read More

Fresh Dining Venues Open in San Diego This Summer

Aug 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

From Hillcrest to Downtown, San Diego offers a variety of dining options. But just in case you’ve gotten into a rut when choosing a place to eat, we’ve found a couple of new restaurant openings in the area that will help spice up your dining out rotation. Take a look below to see where these new eateries will be opening up shop.... Read More

Historic Hotel & Spa in Downtown Mobile, Alabama | Battle House Hotel

Aug 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

This eight-story, Beaux-Arts beauty first opened in 1852, on the site of Andrew Jackson's military headquarters during the war of 1812, which is now the heart of downtown Mobile. The Battle House has long been a favorite haunt of politicians (Stephen A. Douglas was a guest here the night that he lost the presidency to Abraham Lincoln) royalty, entertainment and sports legends and is now a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.... Read More

The Blue Moon Hotel All-Day Breakfast Fix

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Blue Moon Hotel in Miami’s South Beach is a spirited boutique hotel set in the area’s Art Deco District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property merges two former hotels, the Lafayette and the Mediterranean-style Les Suites by way of an arched breezeway, creating a chic... Read More

Enjoy British Tea Time Tradition While Visiting Las Vegas

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

With the 2012 Olympics in full swing, everyone has a little bit of British fever. But, I mean, what’s not to love? We have them to thank for Harry Potter, fish and chips, The Beatles, David Beckham, Prince William…Prince Harry, obsessive royal fashion inspiration, and of course, tea. Tea time is one of the most... Read More

Where to Stay, What to Do & Where to Dine in Monte Carlo

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

The Principality of Monaco is one of those mythical places that is featured as a necessary stopover in the summer months for movie stars, captains of industry and royalty alike. It is a place to be seen, to wear your best outfits and to put it all on black at the casino.... Read More

Luxury Villa Rental With a View in Santorini, Greece | Villa Fabrica

Aug 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Imagine polished white walls, arched ceilings and doorways, and minimalist furnishings highlighted by streaming natural sunlight and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean. No, you’re not dreaming; you’re at Villa Fabrica, one of the most simplistically stunning luxury villas in Greece, located on the island of Santorini.... Read More

Loudoun County Close-Up

Jul 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Loudoun Destination Restaurant Program restaurant whose menu features many estate-grown ingredients. There’s plenty to do on the property, and there’s always Middleburg and great wineries nearby.... Read More

All-Inclusive Resorts with the Best Food

Jul 31, 2012  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Budgeting for summer travel can be difficult. Extra expenses like meals, entertainment, and incidentals can quickly turn a planned bargain vacation into a bank-busting trip. So to avoid hidden fees and sticker shock, some savvy travelers are turning to all-inclusive vacations.... Read More

San Diego Date Night Rediscovers The Art of Romance

Jul 30, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

When’s the last time you had a date night or romantic luxury getaway? After years of dating or marriage, sometimes the spontaneity of new love and planning to do something out of the ordinary falls by the wayside. Terri McFarland, founder of Romantic Date Experiences, has created a high-end date program that lets couples rediscover the wonder they had in the beginning by... Read More

Four Seasons Milan Opens Luxury Spa Sanctuary

Jul 30, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Four Seasons Milan, a luxury hotel located inside Italy’s second largest city was once a 15th century convent. Today, this beautiful urban retreat, situated around a lovely garden setting, attracts visitors from all over the world... Read More

Shangri-La Paris | Asian Sophistication Blends with French Style

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

The past couple of years have been an exciting time on the Paris hotel scene with several new grand palace hotels either opening or undergoing revitalization projects (the Ritz and the Prince de Galles are both currently under renovation). One of the most hotly anticipated of these new hotels was the... Read More

One of the Trendiest Hotels in Australia | Tasmania's Henry Jones Art Hotel

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Way down in the southern hemisphere at the bottom of the world is a five-star hotel in Tasmania dedicated to showcasing the works of the area's finest artists. Located on the waterfront in Hobart, Australia’s smallest capital, the Henry Jones Art Hotel is an architectural success story—a story where old meets new, where history meets the present while paying homage to both.... Read More

Ocean Views Surround at Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

At the Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, travelers should count on staying in an ocean view room. Not because a garden view features unsightly overgrown landscaping and not because the hotel doles out complimentary upgrades to guests as generously as it hands out... Read More

Coolest New Stateroom on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Reflection

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Celebrity Cruises announced in April that their new 1,600-square-foot Reflection Suite aboard one of its Solstice Class ships, Celebrity Reflection, would include a very unique, all-glass shower. They weren’t kidding—the space ship looking feature actually juts out over the edge of the ship’s 14th deck. With so much talk surrounding this new amenity, the luxury cruise line decided to release some renderings so potential travelers could see what they’re in for.... Read More

Enjoy The Summer with a Seafood Feast on Spectacle Island

Jul 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

It’s time to make a spectacle of yourself. Again. On an island. But this time, it will be Spectacle Island to be exact. Take a quick 15-minute cruise aboard Boston’s Best Cruises departing from Long Wharf North and sail out to the beautifully preserved... Read More

Experience London Tradition in True English Style

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Without a doubt the Olympic Games are about tradition, from the lighting of the torch that ignites the host nation, to the signing of the national anthems. This year’s summer games, taking place in London, are no exception. Aside from the games, which themselves carry a long, rich history, it is the country that hosts the games that is also allowed to... Read More

One of the Best Places to Stay Near Downtown Melbourne | Crown Towers

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

As the second largest city in Australia (second only to Sydney), Melbourne is known for its vibrant coffee culture, multi-cultural culinary scene, avant-garde street art, and sophisticated hotels. It’s a beautiful city that was well-planned and artfully designed. As one guide put it, “Melbourne had the luxury of being a planned city since it was not a convict state.” And as far as svelte hotels go, the Crown Towers stands in a class of its own as arguably one the best, if not the best hotel in Melbourne.... Read More

Best Family Hotels in San Diego

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

With year-round beautiful weather, gorgeous beaches, trails, and outdoor activities, San Diego is a fantastic destination for couples and families alike. If you’re planning a family vacation this summer and sunny San Diego is your destination, take a look below to learn about a few of the area’s best family hotels.... Read More

Four Seasons Hotel in Thailand Where You Can Ride Elephants

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

While there are many luxury hotels in Thailand, where else but the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle can you be riding elephants in the jungle one minute and the next soaking in a hand-hammered copper bathtub in your own private deluxe tent?... Read More

Discover The Surprising Place Serving an All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib Feast

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

You overindulged in alcohol last weekend. So, next weekend you can make up for it on the food side—as in an all-you-can-eat prime rib feast all for under $20. Head over on Friday or Saturday night to Hancock’s at the Quincy Marriott where you will eat plate after plate of... Read More

Work Out Holistically at Hollywood's Firm Body Evolution Studio

Jul 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary

Once you experience it or even encounter the phrase “Holistic Gym,” it seems the only natural progression. Think about it, because it makes sense. Firm Body Evolution (“FBE”) in West Hollywood claims the first of its type in the country, infusing futuristic advances in muscle fitness and fat banishment. Meanwhile, applying the same types of technological efficiencies to holistic... Read More

Watch The 2012 Olympics From One of London's Coolest Pop-up Venues

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

With the countdown on for the London Olympics, revelers are looking for the suavest places to celebrate the Games. The Fringe 2012 is going to be top of the list for many. The exclusive pop-up private members’ club, which is due to open on July 20, will be set in a stunning... Read More

Where Celebrities Stay, Eat and Party in Los Cabos, Mexico

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

Los Cabos, which is situated at the southernmost tip of California’s Baja Peninsula, is the number one celebrity hotspot in Mexico, attracting A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and more.... Read More

Boutique Spa Hotel in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland | Silver Tassie

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

In terms of raw natural beauty, there are few places in Ireland more stunning than Donegal in the northwest and few places better for starting one’s journey of discovery than the Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa.... Read More

New On-Board Entertainment on Crystal Cruises | Magic Castle at Sea

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As one of the top luxury cruise lines, Crystal Cruises is always looking to enhance upon their already diverse and enriching on-board entertainment. And just like that, out of thin air, comes a new industry-first program called “Magic Castle at Sea.” Master Magician Rich Bloch, along with several other skilled magicians from the famous private magicians’ club in Hollywood, the Magic Castle, will be putting on one-of-a-kind shows that will stun and surprise.... Read More

Ferrari Opens Fashionable Bridgehampton Polo Season

Jul 25, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

This past Saturday marked the opening of the 16th annual Bridgehampton Polo season, widely regarded among Manhattan’s social set as one of the most important events of the summer. Whether to admire the sportsmanship or just to admire the glamorous crowd, fashionable Manhattanites flocked to the East End destination for... Read More

French Riviera Waterfront Hotel Where the Stars Stay | Cap Estel

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

You may have heard of Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Antibes, both exquisite destinations in the South of France, but not many will have heard of Cap Estel—and therein lies one of the French Riviera luxury hotel's many charms. Without any obvious signs or directions, with an imposing gate and visible high security, Cap Estel makes privacy and discretion a big priority, which might explain its A-list status on the Cote d’Azur.... Read More

How to Enjoy a Wine Country Vacation

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Thinking about a trip to Wine Country? Forget what the tourist guides say, and get the best memories—and best bottles—using these practical pointers from insiders. We asked a wine writer, wine region rep, and two estate professionals to help.... Read More

Barneys NY Announces New Campaign With Unveiling of Madison Ave. Shoe Floor

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

Leave it to Barneys New York to make a statement! The luxury brand unveiled its newly redesigned shoe floor this week at its Madison Avenue flagship and took the celebratory occasion to announce their support of marriage equality with the Perfect Pairs Campaign. For the first... Read More

2012 Olympics Light Up London With Torch Relay

Jul 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Londoners are gearing up to receive the Olympic Flame, which is heading to the capital on Saturday. Almost 1,000 people will carry the relay torch around 200 miles of the capital’s streets before its final journey down the River Thames on Her Majesty The Queen’s Rowbarge, Gloriana. The Flame will travel... Read More

Costa Rica Luxury Villa | Hacienda Santa Inés

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

If you’re looking for a luxury villa rental in Costa Rica that is so secluded most don’t even know about it, then you want to check out Hacienda Santa Inés. Located 5,000 feet above sea level and just 20 minutes outside of the capital city of San Jose, Santa Inés is great for family and friends or for the solo traveler looking to recharge and get back to nature.... Read More

Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Touring & Tasting

Bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, and the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, this region is scenic, historic, and dotted with wineries.... Read More

Scotland's Cameron House | Grace and Elegance Beside Loch Lomond

Jul 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Loch Lomond is one of the most popular Scottish tourism destinations and the De Vere Cameron House provides stately accommodations and a convenient base from which to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. The property is located 20 minutes from Glasgow International Airport and 40 minutes from Glasgow city center.... Read More

Morocco Travel | Where to Stay, Eat & Discover Hidden Gems

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Christine Kirk

Things are not always what they seem, and Morocco is a luxurious travel destination that has been branded in a way that doesn’t do it justice. Morocco is always billed as a destination with sand dunes as far as the eye can see, and camel rides to dinners in the desert. The Real Housewives TV show and The Sex and the City movie release did little to dispel such images—and instead, simply added Manolo Blahniks to the mix.... Read More

Bentley Opens Milan Dealership Location

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The city of Milan, which is renowned for being a world-leader in luxury brands, fashion, and high end lifestyle, will be the locale of the 39th European Bentley dealership. The luxury automobile company is looking... Read More

San Francisco to Napa Valley | Luxury Bay Area Retreats

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

New York City has the Hamptons. Los Angeles has Palm Springs. But San Francisco has Napa, the lush wine-filled "Tuscany" of America and the Bay Area escape for over 4 million visitors a year. Recently, I departed from the frenzy of San Fran's Union Square to one of Napa's largest retreats. Here are the highlights:... Read More

Banyan Tree Lang Co Transforms Former Fishing Village into Luxury Resort

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Once a quiet fishing village, the stunning stretch of beach along Lang Co Bay in central Vietnam has been transformed into a luxury resort, Banyan Tree Lang Co, due to open November 2012. For the adventure minded traveler, the new Banyan Tree resort is a destination to behold.... Read More

"World's Best Restaurant" To Open at Claridge's London Hotel

Jul 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

“The World’s Best Restaurant” is set to open a pop-up venue at the luxurious Claridge's hotel during the London 2012 Games. Noma, the Copenhagen eatery, which has been given the prestigious title by Restaurant magazine for the past three years, will serve a five-course lunch and dinner menu for... Read More

Crystal Cruises Begins $65 Million Renovation to Crystal Symphony

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises has just unveiled the newly renovated Crystal Symphony, the first step in completing a $65 million, five-year plan to redesign every room aboard the award-winning ship.... Read More

Tasmania's MONA Pavilions | Cutting-Edge Technology, Architecture & Art

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Once considered to be on the outskirts of civilization, Tasmania is still an island at the bottom of the world. But that hasn’t prevented Australia’s smallest and most remote state from taking center stage by being at the cutting edge of luxury hotels.... Read More

Qi Ultra Lounge Promises an "Aqua-Exotic" Escape

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Located on San Francisco’s Folsom Street, Qi Ultra Lounge is set to open its fluid, sensual venue to the public sometime this month, showcasing an ambiance that hints at ancient Eastern spirituality. The space was designed by Interior Passion Inc., a design and architecture company specializing in spaces that reflect a specific kind of energy.... Read More

Sheepskin's Knightsfield House in the Heart of Wales' Brecon Beacons

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret

Meaning 'field of the horse rider' in the original Welsh Caemarchog, Knightsfield has been in owner Steve Greenow's family for over 170 years and dates back further still to the late eighteenth century. Curling up on the distressed leather sofa beside the sitting room fire, with nothing but crackling logs and the sound of the wind against the drystone walls for company, it feels as though this quintessentially Welsh farmhouse has always stood here.... Read More

The Restaurant at Setai Offers a Comprehensive Taste of Asia

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Elegance, authenticity and excitement are the chief ingredients that make The Restaurant at the Setai a world class dining venue and a culinary tour de force. Imagine a restaurant that offers all of your favorite Southeast Asian dishes under one roof and prepares them so well that you leave saying you've never tasted better!... Read More

Sofitel Washington DC: French Hospitality in the Nation's Capital

Jul 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Around the corner from The White House, blocks from the historic monuments, and just a short Metro ride to the Georgetown shopping district sits a little piece of France in downtown Washington, DC. Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is tucked into the heart of the nation’s capital, offering four-star accommodations, fine dining, and impeccable service all with a modern French flair that the brand has become synonymous with.... Read More

St Tropez Five-Star Hotel | Villa Marie

Jul 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Plenty has been written about St Tropez over the years—a place where fame and money collide, remaining on the ‘It’ list by leisure travelers, celebrities and royalty alike since it was popularized in the 1950s. St Tropez can be rather manic in the peak of summer, therefore being 10 minutes away by car, on the way to the famous Pampelonne beaches, is a welcome retreat. Villa Marie is one of the luxury hotels in St Tropez that is close enough to indulge in all of the town’s glory, but far enough removed in its serene surroundings to encourage proper relaxation.... Read More

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa | Mountain Retreat in Northern Georgia

Jul 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Most people wouldn’t think of jetting off to the mountains of Northern Georgia for vacation, but Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is a Georgia luxury resort replete with relaxing activities to unwind and forget the stresses of everyday life. Surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the resort offers cozy accommodations, fine dining, championship golf, a spa, and a variety of outdoor recreation to suit every guest.... Read More

2012 Olympics Guide To Touring London

Jul 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

With just one week to go until the Olympic Games kicks off in London, thousands of tourists are beginning to flock to the capital. To celebrate all things 2012-related, London is showcasing its best restaurants, cafes, bars and museums, with Olympic-themed activities at every turn. Take a look at a few must-do activities in the capital.... Read More

Paul Gauguin Cruises Adds Tere Moana to its Fleet of Luxury Ships

Jul 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury cruise line Paul Gauguin Cruises just added another ship to its fleet, the Tere Moana, which will specialize in whisking travelers away to destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The new ship will complete a major multimillion-dollar renovation in November and set sail for its first voyage on December 29, 2012.... Read More

Punta Mita Villa Combines Artistry & Green Technology

Jul 16, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Built by a father-son team, luxury villa Casa Mataiza offers 40,000 square feet of gorgeous indoor and outdoor living space in Mexico’s scenic Punta Mita. The name “mataiza” lends itself from a regional tree found in the Kupuri and Careyeros area; one such tree was planted in the central plaza of the home from which three main walls branch out.... Read More

Villa Hacienda Caracol in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Jul 13, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

So you’re heading down to Mexico for a well deserved family vacation. You have the kids and their friends, the in-laws and the nanny all in tow. Finding a hotel that can accommodate the extensive needs of every traveler while all staying together and organized can be difficult. But what’s the alternative? Renting a luxury villa, of course. You get all the amenities and services of a five-star hotel but in a more intimate, private setting. It’s a win-win.... Read More

Al Maha Resort & Spa Gives Guests an Authentic Dubai Desert Experience

Jul 12, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury resorts in Dubai come in all shapes and sizes—sky-high towers in the heart of the city, expansive properties along the shoreline, and even boutique hotels set amidst lush green palms. However, Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa is showing guests a different side of Dubai, away from the bright lights and big city.... Read More

Luxury Penthouse Villas in Wailea, Maui

Jul 12, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Here’s one of the most interesting stories we’ve heard in our travels. We recently stayed in a penthouse suite at Tropical Villa Vacations in Wailea, Maui, which is adjacent to the acclaimed Grand Wailea Resort (which is known for its children’s activity pool). You know what some people who stay at Tropical Villa Vacations in Maui do?... Read More

Travel to Cartagena, Colombia | A Caribbean Crown Jewel in South America

Jul 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Faceted at the northern peak of South America and surrounded by the Caribbean Sea is the Colombian gem Cartagena. This historic city is as far from danger as any of the hot spots of the international glitterati. It's beaches, architectural charms and gourmet dining make it a "must-see" on the bucket list for the traveler in the know, as well as a popular port city for the luxury cruise ship crowd.... Read More

Three Cool Things To Do in Maui For Free

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

When many of us think about tropical vacations, the word “paradise,” or balmy, white sand beaches, one of the first places that comes to mind are the beautiful islands of Hawaii. It has almost become a cliché, however, the mixture of exotic terrain and eclectic cultural diversity found among... Read More

Road Trip to Hana One Of the Best Ways To Experience Maui

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Among the many treasures found in Maui, the road trip to Hana has consistently ranked as one of the top things to do while visiting. The eastern coastline of the island is bordered by rolling green mountains alongside the crystalline waters of the Pacific Ocean.... Read More

Kaanapali | Maui "Signature" Beach

Jul 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

All of Hawaii is known for its breath-taking beaches, and Maui is no exception. Kaanapali Beach, located in the Northwest region of the island, was voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2003, not only for its white sand and clear water, but for its unique cultural and geographic attractions. The beach is home to two championship golf courses... Read More

Villa Vals | Subterranean Luxury in Switzerland

Jul 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Usually when people think of luxury villas they think of pampering, relaxation, and maybe a flashy architectural appearance. Maybe they're in the heart of a famous city or off on a tropical island with sandy beaches, but the idea is usually the same. Sometimes you may want to deviate from the expected and stay somewhere that is a unique surprise.... Read More

Fiji's Vomo Private Island Resort Offers Romantic Luxury Getaways

Jul 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Vomo Private Island Resort is located in Vomo, Fiji, and is exactly what it sounds like: a 30-villa luxury beach resort on a private island in the Mamanuca Islands Group. Just a 15-minute helicopter transfer from Nadi International Airport, the resort is the only hotel on the 225 acre private island. With plenty of activities, great cuisine, and breathtaking views, what’s not to love?... Read More

Luxury Cruise Through Vietnam's Historic Halong Bay | Indochina Sails

Jul 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Indochina Sails, an extension of luxury cruise company Huong Hai Junks, boasts over ten years of experience, bringing guests from all over the world to the beauty of Halong Bay, Vietnam. Featuring tropical weather, guests aboard a cruise through the bay should expect warm, humid weather in the summer and cold, dry weather in the winters.... Read More

The Royal Hawaiian Offers Iconic Luxury on Waikiki Beach

Jul 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation, The Royal Hawaiian is setting new standards of luxury on the beautiful beaches of Waikiki on the island of Oahu. No longer just "The Pink Palace" The Royal Hawaiian is now a modern resort, with chic décor and unparalleled service.... Read More

Sofitel So Mauritius Lets Guests Escape to a Natural Island Oasis

Jul 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

For an exotic dream vacation away from the ordinary, head to the Sofitel So Mauritius. Located in the midst of a deep blue lagoon and enveloped by lush vegetation, there is no other place in the world quite like it.... Read More

Bayhouse Villa Brings Modern Design to the Caribbean

Jun 28, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Most people have a dream location for their perfect getaway and we'd be willing to bet that the Caribbean is on the top of everyone's list. It's one of those rare places where the dream of clear skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches is actually a reality. With incessant sunshine and beautiful beaches, guests are going to want a luxury villa to stay in and resting 42 feet above a private beach is the well-designed Bayhouse.... Read More

Palacio Nazarenas Offers Guests Luxury Accommodations in Peru

Jun 20, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Palacio Nazarenas is located in the heart of downtown Cuzco, Peru, and the luxury hotel strives to take advantage of its unique surroundings. Guests are situated between the city's central square, the Plaza de Armas, and the lively neighborhood of San Blas, in what was once the capital of the Inca Empire. With subtropical weather that mostly stays dry, except from November to March when showers are known to occur, visitors are met with warm sunshine and cool nights. With rich surrounding culture and warm inviting weather, Cuzco is a great choice for the luxury traveler... Read More

Silversea Extends Adventure Travel to Galapagos Islands on Newly Acquired Ship

Jun 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury cruise lines are sending passengers to some of the most exotic and sought after locations around the globe like Egypt, Tahiti, Tasmania and Madagascar to name a few; so why not add the Galapagos Islands to the list?... Read More

New Luxury Boutique Hotel Opening in Cartagena, Colombia | Casa San Agustín

Jun 15, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Three white washed colonial homes restored from the 17th century, make up one of the newest luxury hotels in Cartagena, Colombia, Casa San Agustín. The historic buildings have been combined to offer guests traveling through South America chic, locally inspired guestrooms and suites, fine dining, and proximity to the Caribbean Sea, beaches, nearby islands, and access to the rich culture of the walled city.... Read More

Boutique Villa Casas del Sol | Adventure Meets Luxury in Thailand

Jun 15, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Luxury boutique Casas del Sol, consisting of five villas, is fortunate enough be located on the beautiful island of Koh Tao, Thailand. Easy to reach by plane or ferry, Koh Tao has a lovely tropical climate that features high temperatures and high rainfall. While there are three very different seasons to choose from for your vacation, the dry season from December to February is often the best bet.... Read More

Paresa Luxury Hotel Thailand is a "Heavenly" Escape

Jun 14, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Paresa Phuket is a stunning luxury getaway on Thailand’s Andaman Sea. Situated on an oceanside cliff surrounded by tropical forests and some of the most picturesque vistas of sea in the area, it’s easy to see why Paresa translates to mean “Heaven of Heavens.”... Read More

Francis Ford Coppola's Italian Hotel | Palazzo Margherita

Jun 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

World famous director Francis Ford Coppola has officially opened his new luxury hotel Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy. Set in Southern Italy where his grandfather Agostino Coppola was born, Coppola's new charming hotel is a completely renovated authentic 19th century palazzo. Working with renowned French designer Jacques Grange, Coppola created a luxurious environment that exudes an Italian warmth.... Read More

Cruise Russia in Luxury Aboard Amakatarina

Jun 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Want to do something a little different than the standard cruise in the expected locations? The redesigned Amakatarina is the perfect introduction to the historic views of Russia, giving you an unexpected luxury cruise experience. With a guest allowance of 212 and exciting day excursions to some of Russia's oldest cities, Amakatarina strives to bring guests the unseen world of Russian culture and beauty.... Read More

The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba Offers a Carefree Caribbean Vacation

Jun 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Located amidst the beautiful ocean views and sandy beaches of Palm Beach, Aruba, The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba is ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. Relax by the pool, take in a round of golf, hit the blackjack table, or destress at the luxurious spa. Guests will find everything they need to enjoy a fun filled Caribbean getaway.... Read More

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge | Boutique Accommodations in Dominican Republic

Jun 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It seems that every month a new luxury vacation spot opens its doors to a more earth conscious approach in the name of being environmentally friendly, and we think that's fantastic. Family owned and operated, the small Casa Bonita is surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush greenery and prides itself on being a complete eco-lodge. Nestled in the heart of Barahona, an unspoiled natural haven in the southwest region of the Dominican Republic, and near the only biosphere in the country, Casa Bonita is a unique paradise that offers guests a rare ecological experience.... Read More

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa Satisfies All in South Carolina

Jun 7, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is an ultimate destination resort, with white sand beaches neighboring golf courses in the historic Port Royal Plantation. Enjoy Southern hospitality surrounded by the bright blue ocean and plenty of activities.... Read More

The St. Regis Atlanta | Urban Oasis of Southern Hospitality

Jun 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Although styled in a grand manor, The St. Regis Atlanta manages to be anything but imposing. Located in the residential neighborhood of Buckhead, the in-town hotel offers luxurious Southern hospitality to locals and visitors alike. Fashioned in a stately, yet timeless manner, the guestrooms contain custom furnishings and unique artworks to make guests feel more at home.... Read More

Regents Seven Seas Voyager Cruises Guests to Paradise

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Luxury cruises have always been the one-stop for all-encompassing entertainment, giving guests a complete sensory experience on the sea. With routes to Africa and India, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean, and Northern Europe, Regents' Seven Seas Voyager is the premier cruise experience that strictly houses suites, each with its own balcony. Massive in size but modest in guest allowances, the Seven Seas Voyager will give you everything you could ever want while soaring towards the horizon.... Read More

Vedema Resort Santorini Sets the Scene for Romance in Greece

Jun 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Surrounded by vineyards and the deep blue seas of the Aegean, Vedema Resort, offers a small haven of sunshine, rugged coastline and panoramic views. It comprises 45 coquette villas with a unique architecture. The whole resort is based on facility and simplicity. Thus, every aspect is pure, simple, but with a grand note of luxury.... Read More

Romantic Vacation Ideas Come Alive at Jumeriah's Burj Al Arab

May 31, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Jumeirah's Burj Al Arab has recently put its focus into giving couples the ultimate getaway, with the launch of a brand new website showcasing romantic vacation ideas to inspire them when traveling to Dubai.... Read More

Riviera Sets Sail as Oceania Cruises Newest Luxury Liner

May 31, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Oceana Cruises added another luxury cruise liner to its fleet with Riviera. The 1,250-guest ship set sail on its maiden voyage earlier this month from Venice to Athens on her 10-day Pearls of the Aegean excursion.... Read More

The St. Regis Monarch Beach Offers A Glamorous California Experience

May 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The St. Regis Monarch Beach offers every possible indulgence you could imagine from a luxury hotel and then some. Located near the shores of the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Dana Point, California, The St. Regis Monarch Beach.... Read More

Silversea Cruises' Silver Spirit Spa Named #1 by Conde Nast Traveler

May 22, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Of all the luxury spas aboard cruise ships sailing around the world, the spa on Silversea’s Silver Spirit was voted #1 by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in their U.S. edition’s 2012 Spa Poll.... Read More

A 17th Century Style Oasis at Ecuador's Hacienda Cusin

May 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

After an exhilarating but exhausting afternoon power shopping my way through the famed Otavalo handicraft market, I couldn't wait to hop a cab for the 10 minute ride back to my “oasis of calm,” the Hacienda Cusin. This restored 400-year-old Ecuadorian estate lies in an enchanted hodge-podge garden setting filled with a riotous display of color from the bauble-bright bougainvillea, roses and orchids, and painted, story-telling murals.... Read More

Westlake Village Inn Brings a Napa Vibe to Southern California

May 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Elise Edwards

Sipping a glass of Cabernet at a vineyard surrounded by mountains and bathed in the sounds of running water is an experience most equate with California’s wine country. Fortunately, a slice of Napa Valley can now be found in Westlake Village, a city 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. While in the past the suburb has not been known as a typical vacation spot, the introduction of The Four Seasons and the evolution of the Westlake Village Inn is about to change that reputation.... Read More

Top Chefs Pair With Le Cirque to Refine Cruise Ship Dining

May 14, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Cruise lines have long been celebrated for their all-encompassing entertainment opportunities. However, it is not only the luxury travel packages they offer, the exotic destinations they reach, or the stately suites and glamorous on-board shows that make for a well-rounded adventure. A large part of the pleasure taken from a cruise, or any vacation for that matter, is the culinary experience.... Read More

Zambezi Queen Safari Cruise Offers Wild, African Adventure

May 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Zambezi Queen from AmaWaterways is a luxury boat designed with specifications that make it perfect for cruising on the Chobe River in Botswana, Africa. This area of the country is the place to see regional wildlife and inspiring landscapes. The Zambezi Queen can hold 28 passengers, providing stately rooms and suites with luxury amenities.... Read More

Five-Star Marrakech Hotel an Exotic, Urban Oasis

May 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

We wind our way around one of the frenetic souks in Marrakech, sun rays beating down on our faces and traders in all directions wanting to tempt us into perusing their wares. My husband and I trek on, past the veiled women selling their henna designs, past the autumnal hued spices, and past the stalls bursting with magnificently decorated plates, glasses and teapots.... Read More

La Monnaie Art & Spa Hotel | An Art Lover's Escape in France

May 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

La Monnaie Art & Spa Hotel couldn’t be in a much better location for those wishing to soak up the picturesque, French Atlantic coastal town, La Rochelle. The recently-renovated centuries-old hotel, a former Royal mint in medieval days, lies along a narrow cobblestone street, just 200 yards from the town’s quaint horseshoe-shaped harbor and the many boats bobbing in its waters.... Read More

Indulgence for the Modern Traveler at Hotel Mira Hong Kong

May 2, 2012  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

For a stylish new hipster hotel, The Mira is surprisingly intimate, comfortable and user friendly. Fresh and smooth after a recent $65 million transformation, Tsimshatsui’s newest luxury lifestyle property is sporting the latest tech-savvy features, a variety of award-winning restaurants, and superb 18,000-square-foot spa and wellness center complete with a 25-meter indoor infinity-edge swimming pool.... Read More

La Sultana Oualidia is an Idyll of Tranquility in Morocco

Apr 26, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If it’s peace and tranquility you seek in Morocco — especially after the rambunctiousness of Marrakesh — then it’s hard to beat Oualidia and its stately, five-star La Sultana property.... Read More

W Retreat and Spa - Vieques Island Creates True Island Experiences

Apr 25, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With so many ways to indulge at W Retreat & Spa - Vieques Island, why not go ahead and treat yourself to all this luxury hotel has to offer? Surrounded by unspoiled beaches and lush landscapes, guests can experience true island life and discover the rich Puerto Rican culture among the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.... Read More

Unique Vietnam Luxury Cruise Experience

Apr 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

Au Co Gulf of Tonkin is a luxury cruise experience that features the stunning beauty of Vietnam’s coastal terrain. Au Co offers a unique route during the two and three day cruises, allowing guests to witness Halong Bay, the Bays of Lan Ha and Bai Tu Long, and Cat Ba Island. The trip includes multiple excursions and a variety of activities. The ship is built with state-of-the-art technology and design. Measuring at 55.29 meters in length and 10.43 meters in width, the ship has room for 32 roomy cabins, each with a private balcony or terrace.... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana | A Taste of the Good Life

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A thriving gaming and nightlife scene or a tranquil oceanfront escape? Decisions. Decisions. Who says you can't have it all? The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana delivers the perfect mix of style and bliss, serving discerning guests for 40 years and counting.... Read More

Fairmont Pacific Rim Brings a new Standard of Luxury to Vancouver

Apr 17, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

New to the Vancouver scene, Fairmont Pacific Rim has already made its mark among the top hotels in the city with its sophisticated yet contemporary style and five-star standards. Located in the heart of the historic port and financial district, the hotel boasts unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour. ... Read More

It's Cooler in Shade | Manhattan Beach's Only Luxury Boutique Hotel

Apr 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

I confess, until recently I was in the dark about the Manhattan Beach boutique hotel, Shade. Heading into the on-the-water, tony town, GPS guided the way — my anticipatory slate was blank, for I had no idea what to expect. The target was an intersection five miles south of LAX, two blocks west of the Pacific.... Read More

St. Regis Bal Harbour Opens With a Bang

Mar 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

On March 17 the regal new St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Florida officially opened with a festive fete complete with a fireworks display. John Baptiste of Jazz at Lincoln Center provided live entertainment to accompany cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.... Read More

 
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