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The James Chicago | Explore Luxury Redefined

Dec 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Marking its fifth anniversary as one of Chicago’s most distinguished hotels, The James Chicago has refreshed its look with updated furnishings and new environmentally-thoughtful services while continuing to offer an engaging alternative for the contemporary business or leisure traveler. ... Read More

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris and it's $26K a Night Presidential Suite

Dec 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

The latest and greatest addition to Paris, France in luxury hotel properties is the Mandarin Oriental, a modern Parisian hotel "that is infused with a subtle air of exoticism and romance." Yes, that grabbed my attention here as well. If not for those words, then a visit to their presidential suite would most certainly lure anyone.... Read More

Luxury Hotels in Paris | JustLuxe's Travel Guide

Dec 19, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Paris has long been the city where "it" began, from art to music and possibly most notably fashion. The entire world holds it breath to see what comes out Paris and then follows its architecture, cuisine, and other art forms. Divided into quarters, Paris' Right and Left Banks each have distinctive neighborhoods or arrondissements, that hold true to their historic roots even as the city moves ever forward. ... Read More

Waterford Castle | An Island Haven in Southeast Ireland

Dec 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  2 Comments

Standing one evening at the water’s edge down by the harbor, watching fishermen unloading bountiful baskets of herring, there was little doubt in our minds as to what we would be selecting for breakfast next morning.... Read More

Luxury Hotels in Las Vegas | JustLuxe's Travel Guide

Dec 14, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

No matter where you live, chances are you have heard a thing or two about Las Vegas. Often referred to as "Sin City," Las Vegas takes entertainment to a whole new level and offers more to see and do than one could possibly fit in their day. With more casinos per square foot and a population teetering at 600,000, Las Vegas is internationally renowned for its gaming and adult entertainment. However, Las Vegas is not all about late-night debauchery, as the city exudes opulence around every corner. Luxury lovers from near and far heard to the city to partake in its rich culture and refined offerings. The city that never sleeps has reinvented itself time and time again and has proven to be a lasting landmark in American history. ... Read More

Hotel del Coronado | A San Diego Icon

Dec 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Experience San Diego in style at Hotel del Coronado. Heralded as one of America’s most beautiful beach resorts, The Del provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic Southern California escape. The National Historic Landmark boasts iconic red turrets and Victorian splendor showcasing the enchanting ambiance of the hotel. As one of USA Today’s “top ten resorts in the world,” this award-wining resort is truly an icon in San Diego.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt Upholds Irish Traditions

Dec 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Smoked mashed potatoes and basil and lime sorbet; unlikely as it may seem, these were among the surprise delights of a recent short stay at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt just outside Dublin.... Read More

Son Brull | Boutique Hotel in the Hills of Mallorca, Spain

Dec 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Converted from a monastery of the 18th century with origins in the 1100s, Son Brull Hotel and Spa is a crown jewel of the island of Mallorca, Spain. The beautifully restored boutique hotel is the epitome of the Mediterranean lifestyle, an escape to truly relax, enjoy the sea breezes, and luxuriate in the chic property. Whether coming by plane, yacht, or event helicopter (Son Brull has its own GPS code for pilots) the stay will be one you never forget.... Read More

Luxury Hotels in Los Angeles | JustLuxe's Travel Guide

Dec 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Los Angeles is a geographically diverse city, known for the ability for visitors and natives alike to ski in the mountains and surf at the world famous beaches, all in the same sunny day. ... Read More

The Whiteface Lodge | A Timeless Mountain Resort

Nov 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Picture yourself driving through acres of mountain foliage draped in brilliant white snow as you pass by beautifully lit homes warmed by fireplaces within. In this setting sits the luxurious Whiteface Lodge, named one of Travel+Leisure's Top 500 Best Hotels in the World. Ranked first in Lake Placid, the Northeast, and New York State, T+L also named the lodge one of America's Best Mountain Resorts. At The Whiteface Lodge, a Lake Placid Resort, crisp, pine-scented mornings awaken the senses during the autumn months in the Adirondack Region of Northern New York.... Read More

Castle Grove Country Hotel and Restaurant Offers Warm Irish Welcome

Nov 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

What makes a vacation in Ireland memorable, some say, is the warmth and informal spontaneity of its people. If so, then those at Castle Grove Country House Hotel, nestled among the rolling hills of east Donegal, have mastered the art.... Read More

Houshi Inn of Japan and its 1,300-Year Legacy

Nov 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

Houshi Inn in Japan — at 1,300 years of age and 46 generations of ownership — is the oldest inn in the world as recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1994.... Read More

The Manhattan Club | Best NYC Attractions At Your Doorstep

Nov 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As plans for your New York vacation begin to unfold, consider accommodations at The Manhattan Club with its central location in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Its ideal location puts guests in the center of some of New York’s best attractions, restaurants, museums and theaters.... Read More

Shanghai Hotels | Around the World at The Peace Hotel's Nine Nations Suites

Oct 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Theme suites can be a mixed bag but the Nine Nations Suites in Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel are meant to be true expressions of some of the world's great nations and cultures. The Nine Nations Suites, several of which were a part of the original hotel—then known as The Cathay Hotel-- when it opened in 1929, were the creation of the founder Sir Victor Sassoon. Sassoon, a businessman from a famous banking family, was a bon vivant who lived in Shanghai and often hosted known figures such as Charlie Chaplin, Bernard Shaw, and Noel Coward, who wrote "Private Lives" while in residence. It was a heady time to live in Shanghai as the city rose to global prominence. The Cathay Hotel was conside... Read More

The St. Regis Bal Harbour | A New Icon

Oct 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

A new icon, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach, has arrived. Opening on January 19, 2012, the elegant oceanfront property boasts unwavering taste, anticipatory service and an exclusive location across from the Bal Harbour shops in South Beach. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and miles of quiet beaches, the exclusive island of only 3,300 people is a haven for Florida vacationers. ... Read More

Ireland Vacations | Luxurious Seclusion at Lough Eske Solis Castle

Oct 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

‘Secluded hideaway’ may be an understated phrase in describing the location and ambiance of the luxury-hotel-award-winning Lough Eske Solis Castle Hotel & Spa in the heart of one of Ireland’s most beautiful regions.... Read More

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana | Anything But Ordinary

Oct 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  2 Comments

Party like a rock star, experience the hottest Casino in the Dominican Republic and sleep in luxury accommodations infused with a legendary rock and roll vibe. With their grand opening in January 2011, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana has become the first all-inclusive Caribbean hotel and casino property. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana is anything but ordinary, providing the best in thrilling gaming action, exhilarating nightlife and tantalizing culinary options.... Read More

Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa | An Arizona Best

Sep 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sedona, Arizona is a city characterized by red rock formations, powerful energy and a Mecca for alternative healers. Sedona and the surrounding Red Rock Country is a world class destination for those who wish to explore their spirituality. The beauty of this unique city is brought to life at the luxurious AAA four-Diamond Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa. The hotel features distinctive Mediterranean design mixed with Spanish Andalusian décor for a setting unlike any other.... Read More

Le Meurice Hotel in Paris | Dedication to the Arts

Sep 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Steeped in history since it first opened its doors in 1835, Le Meurice majestically holds court on the Rue de Rivoli with the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, one of Paris’s most striking parks, directly opposite. With Place Vendôme and Rue Sainte-Honoré also mere minutes away, Le Meurice must surely be one of the most desired addresses in Paris.... Read More

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas | U.S. Virgin Islands Tropical Hideaway

Sep 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Set amongst miles of private beaches and hidden within the tropical hideaways of the palm-lined shores of Great Cruz Bay; The Westin St. John Resort & Villas offers pure relaxation. With no passport required, it's easy to enjoy year-round temperatures of 85 degrees await on this small island boasting vibrant culture, history, and a wealth of recreational activities. ... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, Denver Club Level Rooms Make For A Luxurious Experience

Sep 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Ritz-Carlton, Denver boasts the only Five-Diamond Hotel Accreditation in the Mile High City. Located downtown, this particular Ritz also offers one of the only full-service Club Level experiences in Denver. From snacks and appetizers to Bulgari products and complimentary cocktails all while overlooking the city, taking in the mountains, and luxuriating in the top-of-the-line lounge, the Club Level is a lavish experience not to be missed while in Colorado.... Read More

Four Seasons Hong Kong | Sky High Luxury Over Victoria Harbor

Aug 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Hong Kong is a city that can make your head spin. From its massive airport, where everyone seems to be speaking a different language - usually at top volume into their cell phones - to the trains and taxis whizzing hither and yon, to the glass-hulled shopping centers squatting over tiny, bustling restaurants and specialty merchants selling diamonds and dim-sum; it’s a bit much to process.... Read More

Dubrovnik, Croatia | Mystical Mediterranean Immersion

Aug 24, 2011  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Most of us still remember the conflicts which blighted the regions around Croatia, however we forget that this country offers some of the most stunning coastlines and historic cities in Europe. The golden walled city of Dubrovnik serves as an ideal destination for those seeking more than just a beautiful coastline. It attracts a large number of tourists from all over Europe and it is easy to see why: the beauty of the surroundings coupled with an old city that has been carefully restored. ... Read More

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa: Newly Reimagined

Aug 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Southern charm meets modern luxury at the newly reimagined Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, in the heart of the historic Savannah River District. Find personal renewal at Savannah's only AAA four-diamond resort. The resort is just 20 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and offers world-class Troon golf, a Heavenly Spa by Westin, and myriad other resort activities.... Read More

Sheraton Steamboat Springs | Luxury Lodging for Ski or Bike Vacations

Aug 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Steamboat Springs is one of Colorado’s hideaways. Four hours from Denver, or a quick flight into the Steamboat airport, the mountain town is a breeding ground for Olympians, out-of-the-limelight getaway for celebrities, and perfect summer or winter vacation spot for families and business travelers alike. At the foot of the slopes is the recently-renovated Sheraton Steamboat, offering a wide variety of leisure and business services year round. ... Read More

Dean Court Hotel | York, England's Trendiest Boutique Hotel

Aug 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Gilly Pickup

The Dean Court Hotel has an enviable position in the heart of the history book of a city that is York, England. Surrounded by a host of sights and delights to entertain the visitor, this boutique-style hotel is the ideal place to stay for business or leisure.... Read More

Le Blanc Spa Resort: World-Class Luxury

Aug 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Located on one of Mexico's most beautiful stretches of private beach, the elegant Le Blanc Spa Resort offers a world class experience like no other. The hotel boasts five international restaurants, three outdoor pools (including two infinity pools) and a luxury Apa for its guests. Inside you'll find sophisticated style, lavish personal attention, and uncompromising attention to detail.... Read More

St. Regis New York Unveils Tiffany Suite

Aug 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

The iconic St. Regis New York recently unveiled a one-of-a-kind Tiffany Suite in partnership with another famed Fifth Avenue landmark, Tiffany & Co. The sparkling suite on the 14th floor of the legendary hotel, which starts at $8,500 per night, is designed to be both whimsical and luxurious. The 1,700-square-foot suite features a "serene and sophisticated" palette of subtle neutral colors including whites, beiges, charcoal grey and silver, with the signature Tiffany blue as an accent throughout the space. The expansive living room is bright and airy, showcasing the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue with breathtaking views of Ce... Read More

Altira Macau: Five Stars Above Taipa

Aug 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Altira Macau gives new meaning to the term "quiet luxury." The high-rise hotel is a study in contemporary Asian elegance, from the simple yet striking flower arrangement in the lobby to the circular stone soaking tubs in each guest suite. However, what strikes you first and most constantly about the experience here is how hushed it is.... Read More

Charming Charleston Hotel: The Restoration at King

Aug 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi  |  1 Comment

When traveling to places like India and Mexico, it is not uncommon to find some hotels and private home fronts intentionally understated so as not to advertise interior opulence and wealth. In Charleston, South Carolina, The Restoration on King definitely fits into this category. With an unpretentious and nondescript facing that leads to the lobby, it is easy to miss the hidden treasures that lie within: unknown architectural treats, unexpected luxury boutique suites, and of course, uncompromising southern hospitality and service. ... Read More

Hilton Bentley: Sexy South Beach Hotel on Ocean Drive

Aug 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

One of the Hilton group's most surprising properties, the Bentley is a sexy little Latin package with big flavor...and big rooms. It sits on an iconic intersection that's seen many rises and downturns over the past half-century; along with Prime 112 across the street and DeVito's a couple doors down, it's pretty much created its own little mini-neighborhood.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel: Playful Approach to Luxury

Aug 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Escape to one the world's premier travel destinations, Laguna Beach, California for a luxury vacation at the alluring Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The hotel boasts the perfect getaway for the discerning guest and is proud to provide extraordinary service. Rejuvenate your spirit at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and explore Dana Point through eco-adventures, surf lessons and exceptional dining choices.... Read More

The Hilton Barbados: Caribbean Vacation at a Luxury Beachfront Property

Jul 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

Today's travel is brutal, which is why every traveler wants to wind down after enduring that ordeal, at a picture-perfect destination hotel. One with, say, two gorgeous beaches on the Caribbean Sea, lovely cascading pools, excellent restaurants, terrific gym, three tennis courts, an Executive Lounge, beautiful guest rooms - all with blue-ocean views - and a lot more. In other words, you want to arrive at the Hilton Barbados.... Read More

Scotland Travel: At Home at Inverlochy Castle

Jul 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Renata Parolari Fernandes

Inverlochy Castle Hotel was once the symbolic replacement to the ruined 13th century Inverlochy Castle, standing a short distance away. It was built in 1863 as a baronial mansion by Lord Abinger, as a family home. Since then, the castle was owned by very different people with different ideas, backgrounds and nationalities, maybe that's one of the reasons why it feels so incredibly welcoming to all.... Read More

Luxury London Hotel: The Cadogan Hotel

Jul 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Renata Parolari Fernandes

When we decided to review the Cadogan Hotel, we weren't sure what to expect. We had received positive reviews, we knew a little bit about its history and the place it has in the memory and imagination of Londoners, but we were not ready to be so pleasantly enchanted by its bewildering charm and character. That's when our job is the most rewarding. We went to review a luxury hotel but we ended up falling in love with a building that carries within itself a rich and exciting reverberating soul. ... Read More

The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa: An Arizona Sanctuary

Jul 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Picture your Arizona vacation: feeling the warmth of the bright sunshine, lounging by the pool, playing an afternoon of golf, enjoying a massage at the spa. Now imagine a staff dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience for you. This is your vacation at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.... Read More

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa: Florida's Refreshing Resort

Jul 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa offers a refreshing way to unwind. Relax amidst beachfront surf and sand surrounded by views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intracoastal Waterway. Cascading waterfalls welcome you as you approach the majestic 39-story towers.... Read More

Montage Beverly Hills: Step Into Hollywood's Golden Age

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Let me introduce you to Montage Beverly Hills. It's two blocks from Rodeo Drive, across from celebrity-magnet Spago restaurant and calls the Food Network's Last Cake Standing winner Richard Ruskell its executive pastry chef. And when Scarpetta opened in the hotel, Bruce Willis and Heidi Klum were among the restaurant's revelers welcoming legendary Chef Scott Conant's latest and greatest.... Read More

Anguilla Luxury Hotels: Cap Juluca and Viceroy Anguilla

Jul 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Anguilla is a part of the British West Indies, measuring only 16 miles long and three miles wide, with only 15,000 inhabitants who have built their lives around the travel and leisure industry. Anguilla is within close proximity to larger islands including Puerto Rico, St. Martin and Antigua, which are served by regular international commercial flights.... Read More

Woodlands Inn of South Carolina Delivers True Southern Hospitality

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

I arrive at the gate to Woodlands Inn in Summerville, South Carolina - a small yet sophisticated town close to many of the states much heralded gardens. An understated sign marks the entrance to the property - totally belying the opulence and grandeur that lies ahead. Pines, palmettos, magnolias and Spanish moss-covered live oaks set the scene: This is 42-acres of wooded bliss sheltering one of the finest small hotels in the world.... Read More

Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard: L.A.'s Ultimate Urban Retreat

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Nestled among seven lush garden estate acres in the heart of Los Angeles is the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard, Bel Air - an urban retreat where I savored my most recent respite.... Read More

The Breakers: An Iconic Oceanfront Destination

Jun 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

This summer, discerning travelers are vying for the most memorable vacation they can get for their investment at a convenient, stateside location. On the island of Palm Beach, Florida, The Breakers is that iconic oceanfront destination and ideal Florida escape.... Read More

Pera Palace Hotel: Historic Istanbul Landmark

Jun 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Rana Babac

King Edward VIII, Queen Elizabeth II, Emperor Franz Joseph, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sarah Bernhardt, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have strolled through the halls of this iconic hotel. Being the prominent symbol of Istanbul's urban culture for over a century, Pera Palace has always been the heart of cosmopolitan Istanbul, bringing together neo-classical, art nouveau and oriental styles in an elegant mix.... Read More

The Westin Resort and Casino, Aruba: One-of-a-Kind Hotel in Palm Beach

Jun 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Set amongst the warm sandy beaches and shimmering coastline of Palm Beach sits The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba. Combining the rich island culture with the unparalleled Westin service and accommodations, the resort offers a one-of-a-kind setting as unique as Aruba's history.... Read More

The Strater Hotel: Victorian Luxury in Durango, Colorado

Jun 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

In the late 1880s, Durango, Colorado was teetering on the edge of deciding whether to remain a rugged mining town, or become something grander. Henry Strater helped move the decision along when he put his money where his faith and vision were. He built his opulent, four-story hotel in the grand American Victorian architectural style right in the center of town.... Read More

Gansevoort Park Avenue: Urban Resort in Downtown NYC

Jun 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

In the ultra-posh, storied and stressful environs of Manhattan’s Park Avenue, where taxis are harder to come by than chauffeured Bentleys and trust fund debutantes stare in heavy-lidded disapproval from the doorways, the Gansevoort Park Avenue is an unexpected haven of colorful, multi-cultural charm.... Read More

The St. Regis Atlanta: Personalized Service with Southern Charm

Jun 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Located in the exquisite city of Buckhead on its charming streets, is the luxurious AAA Five Diamond awarded St. Regis Atlanta. With oak trees lining its quiet streets among stately Georgian, Tudor, Italianate and Greek Revival mansions, this Southern hotel boasts a residential feel mixed with the esteemed St. Regis hotel services.... Read More

The Four Seasons London at Park Lane Spa: Waking up to Hyde Park

Jun 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret

Pulling up outside the newly refurbished five-star Four Seasons London at Park Lane, my cab driver informs me it's good to be back. I'm his first fare since it closed for refurbishment just over two years ago he tells me, and it would seem he's as excited about it as I am.... Read More

THE US GRANT: Historic Hotel in San Diego's Premier Gaslamp Quarter

May 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego, California, with its warm temperatures, world-renowned beaches and world-famous golf courses, has been home to the historic and palatial US GRANT hotel since 1951. Located in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter, THE US GRANT is steps away from top shopping, dining and dazzling nightlife.... Read More

The Grand Del Mar: Your Grand Summer Escape Awaits

May 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Set amongst breathtaking views, underneath the warm Southern California sun and surrounded by Los Pe?asquitos Canyon Preserve, is a resort named one of Condé Nast Traveler's "World's Best Places To Stay." This elegant and stunningly beautiful resort with the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate brings together modern luxury and unparalleled service. The Grand Del Mar, a four-star resort, is one you'll never want to leave.... Read More

St. Regis Hotel, Mexico City: Five-Star Luxury in Latin America

May 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The St. Regis Mexico City is the seventeenth St. Regis Hotel in the world and the first St. Regis to be built in a major city in Latin America. It is 31 stories and contains 189 guestrooms, 35 suites and 108 private residences.... Read More

Hotel 41, London: Five-Star Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the City

May 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Emma Dance

This is a hotel where attention to every detail is the norm rather than the exception; where staff will remember not only your name but also your favorite drink; where nothing is too much trouble and where you will instantly feel at home. This is exactly what 41 in London manages to achieve, and more.... Read More

JW Marriott a Contemporary Stay in Denver's Cherry Creek

May 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  1 Comment

In the tree-lined streets of the desirable Cherry Creek North neighborhood is the JW Marriott Hotel. With art galleries, first-rate shopping and fine dining all within strolling distance, Cherry Creek is one of the premier areas of Denver and coveted by visitor and local alike.... Read More

Stockholm, Sweden: Travel to the Historic Grand Hotel for the Royal Treatment

May 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Emma Dance

If it's wall-to-wall luxury you're looking for there's only one place to stay in Stockholm: The Grand Hotel. It first opened in 1874 and since then has attracted high profile guests from across Europe.... Read More

Portland, Oregon Luxury Hotels: The Vintage Plaza and Hotel Monaco

May 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Something about Portland makes it odd, and delightfully so. One mural I spotted during a recent stay proclaimed, "KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD." It's a cosmopolitan city with an intense love for the outdoors, a commitment to keeping its cuisine quirky and inspiring, and a pride for its "crunchy" art scene.... Read More

The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City: Luxury at Your Fingertips

May 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Enjoy the warm Southern California sun on the streets of Beverly Hills, explore the historic Hollywood glamour of Century City or shop the upscale boutiques on Rodeo Drive all within minutes of your hotel. The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City is located near many tourist attractions, beaches and walking distance of 20th Century Fox Studios, MGM Tower, and just a quick drive to the Getty Center.... Read More

The Sawgrass Marriott: Award-Wining PGA Golf Courses and Family-Friendly Resort

May 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Retreat to a place where brilliant magnolias frame blue lagoons and moss-draped oaks rest among the warm sandy beaches. Break free from the day-to-day at the Sawgrass Marriott where your guests go to get pampered and leave refreshed and rejuvenated.... Read More

The Manhattan Club: The Best in Privacy and Convenience in NYC

May 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With a private club-like atmosphere, blending high-end amenities and located in one of New York City's most desirable locations, The Manhattan Club is the ideal resort to experience the city that never sleeps.... Read More

Vacation in Cologne, Germany: Excelsior Hotel Ernst

May 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Emma Dance

Excelsior Hotel Ernst is in just about the best location in the city of Cologne, Germany. But that's by no means the only good thing about it. This luxury hotel is something special.... Read More

W Fort Lauderdale: Hottest Hotel on the Block

Apr 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

W Fort Lauderdale located on Florida's sandy coastline, is the newest and hottest hotel on the block. With 23 miles of beachfront and five million square feet of luxury shopping and dining nearby, the hotel has emerged as the new "it" spot for the fun and fabulous. Known for its chic accommodations and celebrity guests, the W Fort Lauderdale is anything but ordinary.... Read More

Fairmont Kea Lani Maui: Hospitality at its Finest

Apr 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

It's one thing for a luxury hotel to go the extra mile - which the Fairmont Kea Lani on Maui is known for. It's quite another for a property to create not just an amazing, but an astounding experience that will forever be etched in the guest's mind.... Read More

The Landmark Inn: Gem of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Apr 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  2 Comments

Fragrant balsam forests, a virtual zoo of road-crossing wildlife, and majestic views of Lake Superior had me believing my visit to the western half of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was going to be all about the natural world. How wrong I was! My stay at Marquette, Michigan's Landmark Inn would give me a whole new perspective.... Read More

Riu Palace, Playa Del Carmen: A Five Star Mayan Vacation

Apr 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Bijan Bayne

The Riviera Maya boasts archaelogical treasures and glorious beaches and one need not be based in Cancun to enjoy them. Playa Del Carmen is home to sun-drenched coastlines, trendy shopping and just as accessible to attractions such as Tulum and nature park Xcaret.... Read More

Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive: The "Crowned Jewel" of Beverly Hills

Apr 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Facelifts are nothing new in Beverly Hills, but among the more stunning makeovers is the $15 million renovation of the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel - a distinctive destination in the center of Los Angeles' most exclusive enclave. This prime property is, in fact, the only hotel located on Rodeo Drive.... Read More

W New Orleans: A Place for the Trendy and Fashionable

Apr 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Take it easy in the Big Easy at the W New Orleans where "spicy" is about more than your meal at Zoë Restaurant and comfort is under the 350-thread-count sheets of a W Signature bed.... Read More

Sleep with Rolex & Patek Philippe at Florence's Luxe L'O - Hotel L'Orologio

Apr 11, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Under the patronage of new Italian luxury hotel group Whythebest, one of Florence's hippest and best-hidden boutique hotels is getting set to welcome the fashion crowd to the city this summer during the Pitti Uomo men's shows.... Read More

The Lodge at Doonbeg: Ireland's Five-Star Home Away From Home

Apr 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Set along the Atlantic shores in County Clare, The Lodge at Doonbeg is the only five-star luxury coastal resort in western Ireland with panoramic views of the fairway and pasturelands.... Read More

Maui Hotels: The Best Places to Stay on the Island

Apr 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

What's a vacation without a great hotel? Maui offers a wealth of terrific hotels and one of the hardest decisions you'll ever make is deciding which one to select. Based on your needs and wants, perhaps this mini guide will help.... Read More

The Pool District at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Offers Three Distinct Experiences

Apr 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Things are heating up at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. From a vibrant social scene to a pampering retreat, The Pool District, which boasts three distinct poolside experiences, offers something for just about everyone.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong: The World's Highest Hotel

Apr 1, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

With the main lobby of this hotel located on the 102nd floor of the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, the latest Ritz-Carlton destination in Asia gets high marks in both amenities and physical location.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park: An Oasis in NYC

Mar 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park overlooks the scenic vista to one of the most recognizable American icons - the Statue of Liberty.... Read More

W Atlanta - Buckhead: Sophisticated Elegance Meets Modern Luxury

Mar 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Set amongst the "Beverly Hills of the South," boasting two of the nation's 14 Mobil five-star restaurants and surrounded by more than 350 upscale boutiques, Buckhead's posh scene is filled with entertainment around every corner.... Read More

The Elysian Hotel Chicago: Fine Living and Dining in the Windy City

Mar 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

Architect Lucien Lagrange designed the newly-built 60-story and 188-room Elysian hotel, which opened in December 2009. With Chanel, Dior and Art Deco inspired design, Lagrange brought ultra-luxury and style to Chicago's fine dining and even finer living scene.... Read More

King Pacific Lodge: Luxury in the Wilderness of British Columbia

Mar 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Hansen

I usually cringe when I see the word "unique" in travel articles because it is rarely used correctly to describe something that is actually one-of-a-kind. Having said that, this story is about a unique luxury lodge my husband and I recently enjoyed in a remote area of Western Canada.... Read More

Palais de Chine: Taiwan's New "Six-Star" Property

Mar 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

New on the Taipei hotel scene, the Palais de Chine marks a new era in hotel luxury for abooming commercial capital.... Read More

Villa la Estancia: Ultra All-Inclusive Riviera Nayarit Property

Mar 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

Luxury Riviera Nayarit property Villa la Estancia tempts hedonists and woos honeymooners with its "ultra all-inclusive" offerings.... Read More

Villa le Maschere: Tuscan Villa Fit for Royalty

Mar 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Located deep within the Mugello Valley, surrounded by lush Italian countryside, authentic Tuscan art and culture, and near the sparkling Bilancino Lake, sits Villa le Maschere.... Read More

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center a Four-Diamond Experience in Downtown Denver

Mar 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

One of the most prominent and unique features of Denver's skyline is the Denver Convention Center, located in the heart of the city.... Read More

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi: A Perfect Southern Retreat

Mar 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi is mere steps from the main square in Santa Fe, NM. A crackling wood-burning fireplace greets guests alongside warm smiles from the reception desk.... Read More

The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa: Refined Rejuvenation

Mar 4, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Set amongst the white sandy beaches of Hilton Head, South Carolina and located on the Intracoastal Waterway is The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.... Read More

The Peabody Hotel: Ducks, a Duke and Decadence

Mar 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Few luxury hotels have had a roller coaster history to match The Peabody. Tempered by four closings and as many re-openings during its 142-year history, The Peabody is once again riding high as "The South's Grand Hotel."... Read More

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess: Historic Bermuda Beauty

Mar 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

As the winter months grow colder in New York City, only two hours away is the perfect mix of sun, sand and seclusion. The small island of Bermuda is poised gracefully in the North Atlantic Ocean and perfect for year-round getaways. Only 21 square miles long, the British influenced island is home to the Bloombergs, the Perots and the Douglas'.... Read More

$110 Million in Renovations at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Mar 1, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

After the recent $110 million makeover, the Outrigger Reef on the Beach has outdone itself and created an idyllic escape on Waikiki, Hawaii. Large in scope and accommodation, the property puts you at the center of Waikiki's lush beach landscape and at the heart of island entertainment.... Read More

Pet-Friendly Hotels Offer VIP Amenities

Feb 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

The Arizona Biltmore, the historic desert resort famous for hosting Ronald and Nancy Reagan's honeymoon, will find a new kind of VIP guest exploring the broad green lawns and airy fairways: the Very Important Pet.... Read More

The Luxe List: The Magic of Luxury at the Disneyland Hotel

Feb 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Dreams do come true at Disneyland for both kids and adults-not only in the infamous theme parks but in the three spectacular Disneyland Resort properties as well.... Read More

Monticello Transformed into Signature Southern Hotel: The Clifton Inn

Feb 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

You can picture First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy coming down to this unspoiled horse country to get away from the White House and ride.... Read More

The Surrey: Exceptional Service in Manhattan's Elite Neighborhood

Feb 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

New York is calling. High-end boutiques eagerly await your arrival; art galleries are ready to showcase their finest collections; and Manhattan's Upper East Side welcomes you with a stay at The Surrey hotel. It's time you answered the call.... Read More

Lime Wood Hotel & Herb House Spa: Nurture in Nature Just Outside London

Feb 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Melissa de Carteret  |  1 Comment

When they tell you it's in the woods-the magnificent setting of the 37,000-acre New Forest National Park to be exact-they mean it.... Read More

Historic Hotel Jerome Still a Luxury Destination

Feb 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Hotel Jerome has seen Aspen grow from a small community to the elegant and elite ski town it is today. Completed in 1889, the historic hotel is still the leader of the pack.... Read More

The W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island: Tropical Charm in Puerto Rico

Feb 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  3 Comments

Imagine your toes sinking into white warm sand leading into the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Make your way past swaying palm trees and local fishermen as you soak in the sunshine and breathtaking views. At the W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island, this is your reality as you discover a resort where time stands still and paradise is just steps outside your front door.... Read More

Old South Opulence and New World Charm Meet at Monmouth Plantation

Feb 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson  |  2 Comments

In less than 200 miles, the super-charged bustle of the French Quarter transformed dreamily into my mental image of The Old South. Approaching the magnificent Greek revival façade of Monmouth Plantation, I could imagine Melanie and Ashley Wilkes coming over from Twelve Oaks for a party under the elms.... Read More

Bordeaux Hotel's Le Pressoir D'Argent at The Regent Grand Hotel

Feb 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen  |  1 Comment

We love us some fancy kitchen equipment. Especially extremely rare, fancy kitchen equipment. So on a recent visit to Bordeaux, we were particularly appetized by the Regent Grand Hotel's big, shiny Pressoir D'Argent during a dinner in the hotel's restaurant of the same name.... Read More

Super Bowl Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas

Jan 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

It's game time at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas as the luxury hotel gears up for the Super Bowl with a series of luxe weekend offerings.... Read More

Fairmont Pittsburgh: Industry, History, Art & Eco-Innovation

Jan 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

More than just a luxury hotel in an underrated, but multi-faceted city, the new Fairmont Pittsburgh encapsulates two important themes in the civic identity: First, the "new" Pittsburgh economy, which has diversified beyond steel to education, banking, technology and lately, sustainable building. Second, the robust art scene which, for centuries, has been funded and furthered by the city’s largest fortunes.... Read More

The James New York: Luxury Liberated

Jan 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury Hotels: With unobstructed panoramic rooftop views of both the East and Hudson rivers, contemporary art work lining the walls, and a minimalistic style, The James New York, introduces Soho to luxury liberated. Similar to its neighborhood filled with art, culture and creativity, The James New York showcases pure opulence with artistic touches and locally inspired décor.... Read More

True Romance Awaits at The Pink Lady of La Jolla: La Valencia Hotel

Jan 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

How could I resist a stay at "The Pink Lady of La Jolla" this Valentine's season? The La Valencia Hotel, the iconic property of seaside La Jolla, still radiates with grace and elegant charm that makes any discerning traveler blush with delight.... Read More

The Athenaeum Hotel London: A Destination Hotel in an Ideal Location

Jan 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

Hotel Review: There are always plenty of wonderful hotels throughout a thriving city like London. Luxury chain hotels attract visitors through familiarity, others have ridden on the wave of fame that notable guests have left in their wake. Then there are those who have made a name for themselves by offering something unique: a prime location, a notable spa, restaurant or service. The Athenaeum boasts several reasons to call it home during your stay in this exceptional city.... Read More

Paris Hotel Le Bristol to Unveil One of World’s Most Expensive Suites

Jan 21, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury Hotels: Paris’s Hotel Le Bristol, located on the famed rue de Faubourg Saint Honoré, has been a celebrity haunt since its first opened in 1925. These days its high profile patrons include Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Natalia Vodianova.... Read More

The Huntley Hotel: Dramatically Designed for Santa Monica Trendsetters

Jan 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury Hotels: Santa Monica, California: famed beach town made popular by its warm climate, historic Carousel on its pier, and eclectic Third Street Promenade street performers. Of course, it's also home to the esteemed Huntley Hotel. With a Southern California beach vibe juxtaposed with dramatic design elements from designer Thomas Schoos, the Huntley is no ordinary luxury hotel.... Read More

Royal Palace Turned Luxury Hotel: Tivoli Palacio de Seteais, Portugal

Jan 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Luxury Hotels: With a year of renovations and unique design work complete, the Tivoli Palácio de Seteais in Sintra is reopening its palace doors once again. While it has brought in more modern comforts of the 21st century, the palace still maintains the elegance of the 18th century.... Read More

Florence Hotel Villa San Michele: A Blissful Retreat

Jan 12, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury Hotels: There are few places in Europe that are as beautiful as Florence in the springtime. Villa San Michele adds to this beauty in ways that are difficult to describe without seeing, smelling, and living it yourself (Although, I will give it my best shot).... Read More

Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Offers Unparalleled Views of Singapore

Jan 11, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury Hotels: That object you see stretching across the top of three 56-story skyscrapers is the Sands SkyPark in Singapore. It is approximately 656 feet high and more than 300 yards long. The cantilever, which is among the largest in the world, sits atop the Hotel at Marina Bay Sands. It has an observation deck with 11 viewpoints and, according to the renowned hotelier, the world's longest infinity pool at that height. The pool is approximately 492 feet, or 150 meters, in length.... Read More

Bedroom Suites Fit for a King at J.K. Place Firenze

Jan 10, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury Hotels: A beautiful, quiet hotel tucked away in the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, a short five minutewalk from the Florence train station, J.K. Place is tucked into a very inconspicuous part of the piazza, so much so that at first it was difficult to spot.... Read More

Bienville House: Boutique Hotel in New Orleans' French Quarter

Jan 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Luxury Hotel: I confess: my mental image of New Orleans had a lot to do with numerous visits to Disneyland’s New Orleans Square. The closest I’d ever been to a swamp or bayou was at the start of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. With 125 miles to go before NOLA, I found myself driving on the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway, 20-feet above the soggy habitat of alligators, turtles, snakes, birds, and deer.... Read More

 
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