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Abu Dhabi's Oasis Eco Resort: All the Sustainability & No Fun?

May 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sure, the new Oasis Eco Resort in Abu Dhabi looks cool, but what the heck are you supposed to do there for fun? The proposed development in the Liwa region of the United Arab Emirates is slated to open in 2020 and is being touted as “one of the greenest resorts in the world.” Designed by London-based Baharash Architecture, it will include sustainable features such as a zero-emission zone, wastewater recycling and a completely solar-paneled energy system.... Read More

Billionaire's Love Project Could Become World's Most Luxurious Hotel

May 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Macau is no stranger to glitz and glamour, and with the introduction of a The 13 hotel created by Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung, that reputation for extravagance isn’t going anywhere soon. Said to have cost investors $1.4 billion, the 200-villa property will open later this summer.... Read More

3 Michelin-Starred Chef Opening First U.K. Restaurant in London

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty big honor to be one of only seven female chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars, especially if you were the first woman to achieve that status. Awarded her stars in 2007, Anne-Sophie Pic is known for her inventive French cuisine with classic English twists. Come late 2016, the grande dame of French gastronomy will debut her newest venture inside the currently unopened Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.... Read More

6 Star-Powered Weddings to Inspire Your Own Nuptials

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to their own nuptials, Hollywood royalty knows how to throw one extravagant shindig. From barefoot-casual events to over-the-top million-dollar affairs, celebs have given us some serious wedding fever over the years. And although details of the “I Do’s” are typically private, we know that many take place at some of the world’s best hotels and resorts. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own big day, here are six celebrity weddings to recreate or get your own creative juices flowing:... Read More

SBE Set to Own 6,000 Keys by End of 2016

May 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Remember in March when seemingly-unknown (at that point) Chinese Insurance group Anbang tried to outbid Marriott to secure Starwood’s portfolio? The back-and-forth rally lasted 21 days, and at the end of it all, Starwood and Marriott signed papers and agreed upon a merger on April 8, 2016. This week we learned about another merger within the industry—albeit a little less edge-of-your seat exciting.... Read More

Shangri-La Takes to the Skies With New Private Jet Partnership

May 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

While private jet companies partnering with hotel is not a relatively new concept, it has taken awhile for it to really take flight (pun intended) across the globe. Four Seasons has their own private plane which took its first world journey in 2013, BlueStar Jets is in partnership with four different boutique hotels across the US and The Gansevoort Hotel Group selected JetFlite International as their exclusive private aviation provider.... Read More

The First Thermal Spa in Cantabria is Just As Alluring, 100 Years Later

May 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Established in the early 20th century, Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares became the first thermal spa in Cantabria, Spain during the Belle Epoque period. Now it is one of four properties in the Castilla Termal Hoteles’ collection of thermal-spa resorts. One hundred years after first opening and after careful remodeling which left its classic style intact, it stands nestled in a quiet setting in the midst of expansive gardens lined with trees at the edge of Solares, a sleepy little town about 12 miles from Santander.... Read More

 
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