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The Swiss Alps' Chedi Andermatt Opens as the Country's Only Year-Round Resort

Dec 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Large comfy chairs, big furry blankets, and beautifully designed fireplaces are a few of the offerings at the new five-star Chedi Andermatt hotel and residences in the Swiss Alps. Guests and owners coming in from the snowy slopes are welcomed into the property’s stylish wood paneling which creates an environment perfectly suited for a cozy Switzerland experience.... Read More

Ireland's Ashford Castle Recreates Prince of Wales' 1905 Hunting Party

Dec 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The prestigious Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, one of the United Kingdom’s most impressive historic estates, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as a luxury hotel. It did so by recreating a famed hunting party held for the Prince of Wales on the castle’s grounds in 1905. Now a five-star member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the castle was first built on the estate in 1228 by the Anglo-Norman family, House of Burke. It has been rebuilt several times over the decades and ultimately becoming a world-class hotel in 1939.... Read More

6 Hotels To Put You in the Holiday Spirit With Over-The-Top Displays

Dec 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The holidays are in full effect and everywhere you look are colorful displays of Christmas trees, the aroma of fresh baked cookies in the air and sparkling red and green lights donning homes and businesses. Hotels around the country are joining the festivities by putting their own unique twists and touches on decorations. Here are six of our favorites:... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Open New Property in Bali in 2015

Dec 13, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will open a Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort on the island of Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2015. "We are delighted to announce another exclusive Reserve project to the hand-selected portfolio. Bali is a well established destination for luxury travelers and we are confident that our resort in Ubud will raise the bar for style, service, and quality in the area," said Herve Humler, President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.... Read More

An African Hotel Where Friendly Giraffes Dine With Guests

Dec 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Many times, images are all the convincing you need when booking a hotel. Especially if those images are of giraffes in East Africa peeping through guest’s windows and casually hanging out on the property’s front lawn.... Read More

W Hotels Worldwide Opens Its First-Ever Ski Retreat in Switzerland

Dec 11, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

W Hotels Worldwide opened its 45th location with the W Verbier Hotel & Residences. This is a twofold first for the deluxe hotelier, as this is its only location in Switzerland and its first-ever ski resort.... Read More

One of NYC's Original Luxury Hotels is Set to Re-Open a Hundred Years Later

Dec 6, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

The Knickerbocker in Times Square, one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City, is slated to re-open as a luxury hotel in 2014, more than a hundred years after it was originally built by John Jacob Astor IV. Astor was one of the wealthiest people in the world at the time and a true renaissance man who also built the Waldorf Astoria and The St. Regis New York before he went down on the Titanic in 1912.... Read More

Meliá Hotels Takes Over Nassau Beach Resort For All-Inclusive Resort Development Project

Dec 4, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Baha Mar Ltd. and Meliá Hotels International recently signed an agreement for Meliá to take over the Nassau Beach Resort in Baha Mar, which is part of an all-inclusive resort development project being raised in the Bahamas.  ... Read More

Missoni Hotels' Designer Toiletries Line Now Available at Limited Luxury Hotels

Nov 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff  |  2 Comments

Don’t have travel plans to the Missoni Hotels in Edinburgh or Kuwait? No worries. You can now get a sample of the Missoni Hotels experience at dozens of luxury destinations that are the first to provide the designer’s hotel line of toiletries to their guests.  ... Read More

Sleep Inside a Tree at Nothofagus Hotel & Spa in the Patagonian Forest

Nov 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

One of the best things about being a travel writer is getting to sit at a desk all day scouring the internet to find the hottest new destination, the craziest hotels or the most thrilling adventures around the globe; all the while, adding favorites to our own personal travel bucket list. When a really intriguing hotel pops up, we can’t help but share it with you, since we’re guessing you’re as much of a travel junkie as us.... Read More

Dingle Skellig Hotel Wants to Welcome You to Ireland's Most Northwest Town

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Located on the scenic northwest side of Ireland’s peninsula in County Kerry, the 113-room Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa has the Atlantic Ocean in its backyard and the lively, quaint town of Dingle, a mere ten-minute walk away. ... Read More

The St. Regis Singapore Defines World-Class Accommodations With Every Stay

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The St. Regis brand is no stranger to world-class accommodations and top-notch quality service, and its Singapore destination has been winning awards since its opening in 2007; proving that the company knows luxury and does it extremely well.  Making Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List 2013 and making Travel + Leisure’s Top 500 list and World's Best 2013, it’s no wonder this five-star hotel is a favorite among travelers and locals alike.... Read More

Rome's Historic Hotel Hassler Roma Offers $48,000 Royal Penthouse Package

Nov 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern  |  1 Comment

Rome’s historic five-star Hotel Hassler Roma, built in 1885 atop the famed Spanish Steps, has just unveiled its new Penthouse Suite along with an epic package to inaugurate it. The 4,300-square-foot suite features four bathrooms, two panoramic terraces with incredible views of the iconic city, a fully equipped kitchen, large living room, separate dining area, and fully stocked cocktail bar.... Read More

The New York Palace Hotel Unveils Two $25,000 Nightly Specialty Triplex Suites

Nov 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

The New York Palace continues to evolve, from private residences in the 1800s to the hotel landmark it is today. The opulent offerings just keep coming, with the debut of two new 5,000-square-foot triplex suites. As a part of its $140 million renovation, the property has completed The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz and The Champagne Suite, located inside The Towers section of the hotel, 53 stories above the city skyline. Both accommodations are available at a rate of $25,000 per night and come with the use of private express elevators, maitre d'etage service, Maybach house car service, en-suite kitchens and Molton Brown bath products.... Read More

Ireland's Castlewood House Dingle Gets Personal Within its Four-Star Property

Nov 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Outside, a strawberry and cream-colored fishing boat bobs gently in the lapping waters of Dingle Bay; such is the picturesque southwest Ireland location of Castlewood House Dingle. Brian Heaton, an experienced Irish hotel manager, opened this charming guest house eight years ago with his wife, Helen, just outside the pretty Kerry town of Dingle. The couple met fresh out of college while working at the five-star Ashford Castle in County Mayo.... Read More

The St. Regis Bangkok: An Urban Hotel With Uncompromising Class & Elegance

Nov 13, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Treat yourself to an urban vacation at The St. Regis Bangkok situated right at the heart of this remarkable Thai city. Exquisite nearby restaurants, boutique shopping, and Bangkok's internationally renowned elite businesses, and delectable cuisine are mere moments away for guests.... Read More

8 Best NYC Hotels to Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The famed Macy’s Day Parade attracts hundreds of visitors each year to its festive celebration which started back in 1924. Instead of battling the crowds for the perfect spot along the parade route, watch the three-hour event directly from your hotel room. These properties provide the best views for watching the second oldest Thanksgiving procession in the U.S.... Read More

Le Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa: An Elegant West Indies-Style Retreat on the Island of Corsica

Nov 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Such is the discreet nature of its location — screened behind thick foliage of yucca, cypress, bamboo and bougainvillea — that we bypassed the entrance to the Le Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa, located in Porto Vecchio in southern French Island of Corsica.... Read More

Escape to the Charmingly-Chic Terre Blanche in France's Southeastern Region

Nov 1, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort, located in Eastern Provence, France and nearby Cannes and the French Riviera, provides European travelers with a premier European destination in Southeastern France. This five-star resort is consistently rated as one of the best getaways on the globe and offers beautiful scenery, luxurious comforts, and activities.Sitting atop rolling hills that overlook the valley around Provence, Terre Blanche has 750 acres of exclusive property brimming with things to see and do at every turn. As the resort itself is designed to appear as its own private Provençal village, the hotel is as pleasant as it is comfortable. Views from around the resort include verdant landscaping, majes... Read More

New Hampshire's Manor on Golden Pond Provides an Extra Touch of Local Character

Nov 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Sitting prominently hidden on a hillside above Route 3, Manor on Golden Pond was built in 1907 by wealthy Florida real estate investor Issac Van Horn. The hotel is named after the hit movie classic On Golden Pond starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. The cast and crew even stayed there during the 1981 filming, which was a huge PR boost for a village of only a few specialty shops and a marina on Squam Lake. Although monumental, this movie is but one event weaved into the much broader fabric of time in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. ... Read More

5 Fancy Felines Living It Up At Leading Hotels of the World

Oct 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Let's face it, the Internet loves cats. Whether you consider yourself an animal lover or not, we are going to guess that you have laughed at a funny kitty video or secretly smiled when you saw a cute one. Some people aren't afraid to admit their love: Jason Mraz consistently posts pictures of his furry friends on his Instagram, Katy Perry nightly snuggles with her kitty and James Franco regularly chats with his buds Zelda and Sammy.... Read More

5 Holiday Vacation Packages For a Festive Winter Break

Oct 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Holiday hotel packages are popping up everywhere, crowding in-boxes and social media feeds, making it harder to weed through and pick the right one for you. So we did some digging and put together a list of our five most exciting, festive or romantic packages for your December travels.... Read More

From Villa to Seaside Hotel: Les Mouettes Has Blossomed Into a Four-Star Experience

Oct 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

One of the best things about Hotel Les Mouettes (translated: The Seagulls) on Corsica’s jagged western coast, is its wonderful outdoor terrace overlooking the glistening clear waters of the bay, the maquis-draped mountains and the picturesque town of Porticcio.... Read More

Park City's Washington School House Makes Going Back to School Cool Again

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

This fall, I went back to school (sort of).  As September's crisp breezes brought the first fall of snow to Park City, Utah, I hunkered down in one of the town's newest boutique hotels, the Washington School House.... Read More

Willows Inn on Lummi Island Might Be Worth A Pilgrimage For Big Time Foodies

Oct 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

It was a sliver of the perfectly balanced sweet/salty, smoked reef-net salmon, simply presented on a cedar slab — I was a goner. Every nibble was unconsciously accompanied by a soulful ‘mmmm.’ I knew then that no matter how hard I tried to search out its equal, I would fall short, because each bite was absolute perfection.... Read More

Sea Crest Beach Hotel: 100 Years of History Preserved on Cape Cod's Shores

Oct 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Beach hotels in America tend to be built, enjoy a brief heyday, ease into a barely noticeable period of decline and then immediately be fully rehabbed or built again. The really loveable thing about the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Mass. is that it's a historic property that has seen many phases, and those phases mirror so many epochs in American history.... Read More

Schloss Fuschl: The Hills Are Alive at This Austrian Castle Turned Resort

Oct 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Louise Gaudern

A castle caressing the shore of a shimmering turquoise lake complete with mountain backdrop may sound like it belongs in a fairytale, but Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa is most certainly a reality ready to be enjoyed. Located nine miles away from the Austrian city of Salzburg — best known for being the filming location of The Sound of Music — Schloss Fuschl is hidden in the heart of the mountainous Salzkammergut countryside, while still being close enough to civilization to indulge in the occasional Salzburger Nockerl dessert or a spontaneous opera performance in the city.... Read More

Haute, Modern and Fashionable: 7 Hotels That Break the Mold

Sep 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s typical for four- and five-star hotels to offer the very best in luxe amenities, accommodations and services. More than likely when you’re a guest, you’re guaranteed the kind of upscale experience that you’ve grown accustomed to. But maybe, just maybe, instead of booking your normal go-to hotel on your next trip, maybe it’s time to get more creative with your stay. We’ll even get you started with our list of eye-catching hotels that range from fashionable designer-owned properties to incredibly decked out resorts and superbly inventive designs.... Read More

Portland's Hotel Lucia: An Artistic Property for Style-Seekers

Sep 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Initially, pulling up to the Hotel Lucia in Downtown Portland is much like pulling up to any urban luxury hotel. A doorman is there to greet you, take your bags, and guide you toward the lobby. The difference takes place once you step inside the hotel lobby.... Read More

Support a Doggone Good Cause at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's Diamond Ball

Sep 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel has been rolling out the red carpet for their four-legged guests for years. From the annual Yappy Hour cocktail party to pet-friendly amenities that include amenities that include hand-painted water dishes and plush doggie beds; this SoCal property loves to pamper pooches.... Read More

Is Kempinski's Hotel River Park the Best Hotel in Slovakia?

Sep 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

"It's considered the best property in the country," gushed my taxi driver. We were in route to the Kempinski Hotel River Park, just a ten-minute jaunt from the non-descript train station of Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. The best in the country? This piqued my interest. Was this hotel truly remarkable? This was my first visit to a Kempinski hotel, one of the group's 61 international sites, so I had to admit I was both curious and excited.... Read More

Relais & Châteaux Teams Up with Hertz For an Exclusive 3-Year Agreement

Sep 13, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Hertz Corporation has signed an exclusive three-year global partnership with Relais & Châteaux, an association of over 520 luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. The deal further enforces the successful relationship the firms forged from successful collaborative efforts in France.... Read More

Hotel deLuxe Portland Offers a Polished Vibe in a Casually-Cool City

Sep 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Whenever I visit Portland, I am immediately struck by the city’s laid-back, informal vibe. Even the restaurants that serve haute cuisine that — in any other city, would demand a dress code — have casual diners. Given that prior experience, stepping into Hotel deLuxe came as an unexpectedly upscale surprise.... Read More

We're Dreaming of Canada: 5 of our Favorite Toronto Hotels

Sep 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Everyone loves Canadians, right? (Or so the saying goes.) After a recent excursion through Canada, we can definitely say that they are some of the friendliest people around. And with the Toronto Film Fest underway, we can't help but be craving a visit to the CN Tower, some poutine and a Tim Horton's coffee. So we thought it highly appropriate to highlight our favorite hotels, and give everyone a leg up on making travel arrangements for next year:... Read More

Ride an Elephant in Dana Point at The St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort

Sep 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Babar and friends are marching on over to the beaches of Southern California this fall and taking up residence at the five-star St. Regis Monarch Beach. Elephant Parade®, a ten-week open-air art exhibition, is coming to the U.S. for the first time to raise money for the preservation of the Asian Elephant.... Read More

Elegant Ski Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado: Grand Lodge on Peak 7

Aug 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Flying high above the alpine scenery, the Breckenridge Connect Gondola is by far the most elegant way of traveling to and from my accommodations at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 in Breckenridge, Colorado. Moose graze in the wetlands below and a variety of Colorado wildlife can be seen from this airborne vantage point. Steps from the Lodge or downtown area, the gondola is one of the many luxurious appointments this property has to offer.... Read More

Hotels Get Super Creative with Specialty Programming

Aug 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

We’ve seen luxury, we’ve seen convenience and we’ve seen high tech in hotels. But the latest trend seems to suggest that even the busiest and wealthiest travelers still place a high premium on playfulness.... Read More

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle: A Techie's Dream in the Emerald City

Aug 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

It seems fitting that Seattle, the outdoor-enthused, tech-savvy and culturally-engaged Emerald City of the Northwest would be home to one of the nation's top green, tech and art focused hotels. In 2011, the Pan Pacific Hotel group opened its first US location in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. Amid the busy bike lanes, gliding sea planes and headquarters of super-star corporations Amazon and REI, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle blends seamlessly into South Lake Union's brimming scene of understated ‘hipness’. During a recent visit in Seattle, I stayed at the Pan Pacific to get a glimpse of this niche neighborhood and an appreciation for the property's perfect spot within it.... Read More

Sweden's ICEHOTEL: All the Cool Kids Are Doing It

Aug 19, 2013  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne

Every once and awhile you have the desire to stay at a hotel with a succeeding reputation. The world famous ICEHOTEL in northern Sweden is just one of those places, a hotel composed almost entirely of ice. It’s worth the jaunt too, to the Lapland Wilderness north of the Arctic Circle. From the moment we arrived by snowmobile, the encounters were otherworldly. At the original Ice Bar, the Champagne arrived on ice, literally. The suite I stayed in, Beam Me Up!, was a forest of icy evergreens, flying saucers and light beams — perfect for a professional space geek.... Read More

The Swoon-Worthy RIMBA Jimbaran Bali Set to Open in September 2013

Aug 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Bali, Indonesia. I’ll say it again, Bali, Indonesia. If you’re like most, pictures of tropical beaches, serene beauty or Balinese art probably flashed in your mind at the mere mention of the Indonesian province. Personally, I’ve pictured myself there a million times; of course I’m wearing a long white dress and…well, that’s another topic. Among its sandy shores, sits a plethora of four- and five-star hotels that equally compare in beauty and tranquility. Naturally, when we learned the Capella Hotel Group was opening a second property there in September, we were eager to see how the resort would compare to its competitors.... Read More

Not Your Grandma's Ritz-Carlton: How the Brand Is Taking Design To the Next Level

Aug 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

What part of your vacation makes the actual vacation? Is it the location, who you're with, the activities you do? What about your hotel accommodations, do they have the ability to transform a getaway based solely on their aesthetics? The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company thinks so. For the last decade, the team behind the brand’s designs have worked hard to make each new hotel unique to their location while keeping them consistent with the Ritz-Carlton design philosophy. This year they will be adding six more hotels to their collection in China, Israel, Kazakhstan, India and Aruba.... Read More

A Look at LA's Iconic Hotel Bel-Air

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Marjorie Hope Rothstein

Wouldn't you like to be a treasured guest in the palatial home of a royal? When Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of the Brunei Royal Family (Brunei Investment Agency, BIA) purchased the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, they closed it down for over two years to remodel the already posh property. And, Prince Bolkiah’s level of taste is beyond extravagant, so much so that today, even a true royal appreciates the warmth and ambiance of this secluded hideaway. As Prince Charles once described, “it’s like staying at a rich friend’s home.”... Read More

Four Seasons Expands its Collection in South Africa with New Johannesburg Hotel

Jul 31, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Luxury hotelier Four Seasons has a new destination in Africa. The firm just signed a long-term management agreement with the owners of The Westcliff hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa. The property is set on a cliffside garden estate in the northern suburbs of the city. It closed on June 30 to undergo significant enhancements including new construction and will reopen in the second quarter of 2014 as Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg.... Read More

Five-Star Ballyfin Mansion a Private Retreat Among Ireland's Countryside

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Ballyfin mansion in County Laois central Ireland, is a step back in time to the early 1800's when English Lords ruled over vast stretches of local countryside and built impressive homes to reflect their power and wealth. A ten-minute drive around Ballyfin's stonewall border indicates the sheer size of the property (around 640 acres). In 2001, Chicago businessman Fred Krehbiel purchased the run down mansion for a reputed $10 million dollars and invested much more (an estimated $40 million) to rehabilitate it.... Read More

Explore the Spanish Coast in a Chauffered Vintage Car with Hotel Arts Barcelona

Jul 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The luxurious, ultra-modern Hotel Arts Barcelona is offering guests a new way to explore the Spanish coast in style. The hotel’s new Vintage Car Excursions program offers the use of a chauffeured 1986 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Cabrio, a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, a 1963 Bentley S3 Continental or a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Cabrio for motoring tours to the area’s many scenic spots.... Read More

Five-Star Luxury Inside Killarney National Park: Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A tall, lean water sculpture composed of intricately interwoven gray slates from nearby Valentia Island is the first thing you’ll notice as you approach the front entrance of Muckross Park Hotel and Cloisters Spa. Immediately inside, a veritable feast of furnishings meets the eye: twin decorative Doric columns, Grecian urns, crimson armchairs, gilded mirrors, century-old oil paintings, an open fireplace with a varnished wood border and twin marble statues of dogs.... Read More

If Hogwarts Was a Five-Star Hotel: Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland

Jul 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nicknamed ‘The Shire’ (as in The Hobbit) or Hogwarts, Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland  is a quaint, village-like property of well-designed buildings on a vast undulating stretch of open land straddling the coast of Clare in western Ireland.... Read More

Art Pops Off The Walls of These 11 Creative Hotel Rooms

Jul 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Would your sleep be sweeter if you bedded down in this one-of-a-kind art room guarded by a Yakuza-style mural of Avanyu, the Tewa tribe’s deity of water? Or is original pop art by Warhol more to your taste? Or maybe, Victorian run amuk. Whether you’re an art connoisseur or not, these over-the-top art rooms will add color and excitement to your dreams.... Read More

Bar Harbor's West Street Hotel: An Authentic Taste of Seaside Maine

Jul 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Years ago, Bar Harbor, Maine served as an exclusive summer playground for the wealthy Vanderbilt and Astor families. Today, the popular summer destination attracts cruise ships, New Englanders looking to escape for a long weekend, and many Canadians due to its northern proximity.... Read More

Where to Stay in Northern Greece: 7 Luxury Hotels to Call Home

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

There are accommodations in every price range, offering every level of inclusion or abandon, at nearly every destination around the world. What makes a hotel stay outstanding instead of just good and fine is the level of attention to detail. At a macro level, these standout details are things like over-sized towels, spacious and uncluttered rooms, great wine and food, a multitude of amenities and, of course, an unbeatable location.... Read More

New Wine Club Launched by JW Marriott and Treasury Wine Estates

Jun 26, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts is rolling out its new JWM Wine Club for VIP guests. The gourmand-centric collaboration is a joint effort with Treasury Wine Estates. The purpose of the exclusive club is to add value to the experience for JW Marriott guests, complementing their passion for the grape with in-home tasting experiences. Many of the varietals come from several of California's most awarded luxury estates.... Read More

6 of Our Favorite Scandinavian Hotels

Jun 25, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While bound by the commonality of their rich heritage, culturally and linguistically, the countries of Scandinavia—Denmark, Norway and Sweden—each offer unique sights and sounds for travelers (Though some debate the inclusion of Finland and Iceland, we’re simply going with the historical context, rather than strictly geographical). With so much to see and do, it’s important to find the right accommodations in order to explore the area’s famous landmarks in the height of luxury. Here are six of our favorite Scandinavian hotels from which to take in these alluring countries and their capital cities.... Read More

Daring Dives: Hotel Swimming Pools That Will Make Your Heart Race

Jun 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Alexa Mangrum  |  1 Comment

Nothing quite says “summer” like going for a nice relaxing swim. But with these hotel pools, don't be too quick to jump in. Making a splash for their unique take on the classic swimming pool, from gravity-defying swim spots set atop skyscrapers to illusive infinity pools, prepare your inner daredevil for a dive as this list dips into some of the world's most insane hotel watering holes that are sure to keep you on your toes.... Read More

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake: Get Back to Nature With a Weekend in Maine

Jun 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Kellie K. Speed

Way up in the deep north woods of Maine lies a magical place where the state’s natural splendor and beauty abounds. It’s where stressed out travelers (and even celebrities) come to find solace and an escape from their hectic routines. After a near six-hour trek from Boston, we finally arrived at The Lodge at Moosehead Lake. We walked up to the massive front door and were quickly greeted by friendly innkeeper Linda Bortis, who runs the property along with her husband Dennis.... Read More

Hotel Montana: Art Deco Flair Overlooking Switzerland

Jun 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

High up on a hillside, perched in isolation, sweeping views overlook the waters of a silvery blue lake. Welcome to serene Montana—Hotel Montana, in Switzerland.... Read More

Eden Roc at Cap Cana: European Glamour in the Dominican Republic

Jun 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Multi-colored villas boasting large verandas with dipping pools; wicker chairs and soft lounge seating; lush vegetation and melliferous flowers; palm tree branches bowing elegantly over a small lagoon—this is the essence of Eden Roc at Cap Cana, a tranquil retreat on the far east coast of the Dominican Republic. Not just catering to individuals and families seeking a self-contained holiday, Eden Roc also boasts meeting and event space, suitable for destination weddings or corporate functions.... Read More

Hostal Nicolas de Ovando: Old World Santo Domingo With a French Twist

May 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If you’re seeking a sense of Old World history in the Caribbean, look no farther than Hostal Nicolas de Ovando, a renovated five-star Accor hotel built on the site of the home of (and thus named after) the first Spanish Governor of the Dominican Republic’s capital city, Santo Domingo.... Read More

Checking Into Russell Simmons' Top 5 Favorite Luxury Hotels

May 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

When price is no object, how do the super-rich choose which hotels to book? For music, fashion and media mogul Russell Simons, it comes down to location, location, location, and a simple matter of (vegetarian) taste. When you jet-set around the world, running multiple empires, it’s nice to know where to lay your head. “I know some good hotels,” says Simmons, putting it mildly.... Read More

The Raphael Hotel: Just Steps from Kansas City's Best Attractions

May 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

One of the highlights of any visit to Kansas City, Missouri is a leisurely stroll through the delightful area of fashionable restaurants, stores and ornate fountains known as the Spanish Plaza. The stucco architecture of its buildings are modeled after those in Seville, with whom it has a long-established sister city relationship. Located directly in front of the plaza is The Raphael Hotel, which has been voted as one of the 2013 Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels.... Read More

13th Century Ashford Castle: Irish Hospitality on Lake Corrib

May 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

A winding driveway through manicured lawns fronted by an imposing gatehouse with crenellated stone battlements—the first clues that something impressive lies beyond. But still, these elements ill-prepare one for the full splendor of the Ashford Castle, as the magnificent 13th century Irish edifice comes into view beyond the last gentle rise of land.... Read More

5 Eco-Friendly Hotels Going Under the Radar for the Greener Good

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Just because Earth Month is officially over doesn’t mean you should run right out and fuel up your private jet without a care in the world. But if you must, you can take solace in knowing that your luxury hotel of choice may have already adopted some pretty unassuming ways to care for both you and the environment during your stay. You might not even be aware it’s happening, which is great because you have tan lines and dinner reservations to worry about on vacation. In case you were curious though, here are some green hotels that are looking out for our planet while you sit back, relax and get pampered.... Read More

Westin Dawn Beach Offers the Big Brand Experience on Tiny St. Maarten

May 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Even amidst the colorful and culturally diverse islands of the Caribbean, the half-French, half-Dutch island of Sint Maarten/St. Martin holds a special multi-cultural place. It belongs to two European nations, and is split down the middle in its allegiance. The languages, currency, and atmosphere change markedly according to which side of the border you’re on; but whether tourists favor the shopping on the French side or the bar-hopping on the Dutch, they’re limited, lodging-wise.... Read More

Make Your South American Vacation Sizzle at W Santiago

Apr 30, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Calling all art lovers, trendsetters and even those of us who envy fashion from the sidelines, W Santiango is the idyllic setting for your Chilean vacation. The urban playground of Santiago is host to a growing fashion movement and home to many creative artists and designers.... Read More

Explore Exotic Panamá in Luxury at The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá

Apr 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Among Panama’s finest hotels, Westin Playa Bonita Panamá ranks high on the list of luxurious accommodations located alongside the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests and nearby to many tourist attractions, the resort boasts a prime locale for an intimate getaway or a sight-seeing filled vacation. Explore the area and visit sites such as Frank Gehry Biodiversity Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Panamá, Bridge of the Americas, or Panamá Old Cathedral. The best of the city is right outside your door!... Read More

citizenM Launches Guests into the Future with Tablet-Controlled Hotel

Apr 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The future has arrived. Okay, we realize that’s an oxymoron, but the future as seen in Sci-Fi thrillers about computers taking over the world – that future has arrived. citizenM hotel in London has scrapped the conventional concepts of hotel service, opting for a more modern approach through the use of Samsung Galaxy Tablets. Instead of face-to-face interactions with a concierge, the hotel has set-up said tablets for guests to actually check themselves in and out and manage other room amenities.... Read More

Coastal Retreat in the Heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea: L'Auberge Carmel

Apr 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Evoking a timeless elegance and a wistful allure, L’Auberge Carmel, a Relais & Chateaux property, takes guests back to an old Europe. A time when hours were spent under shaded sidewalk cafes and cellphones could not distract from the nature's beauty. Built in 1929, the resort has remained a picturesque retreat hailed as an artists’ colony. The three-story building features 20 rooms, and quaint details like a classic brick courtyard, tiered fountains, and flower boxes hanging from windows.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun: Not Your Average Spring Break Experience

Mar 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Cancun has some of the world's most beautiful beaches, and of course at certain times of year, some of the busiest. While its reputation conjures up images of spring breakers on a partying spree, there are definitely ways to enjoy Cancun's natural beauty and considerable attractions without encountering a single Jell-O shot.... Read More

Where to Stay in Mexico City: Two Luxury Hotels to Make Your Home Base

Mar 13, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

In Mexico City, which edges out New York in the list of the world’s largest cities, there are a plethora of hotel options. Two in particular stand out for offering elevated experiences to savvy travelers out on business or pleasure. The Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. is the property of choice for successful professionals looking for an elegant environment in which to spend their downtime or conduct meetings. Meanwhile, W Mexico City brings the hip, signature brand to town with a dash of local flair. Both also offer dining and entertainment options that are in themselves destinations for style-conscious city dwell... Read More

Highlights From a Weekend at Montage Beverly Hills

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

Beverly Hills, the epicenter of glamour and luxury on the west coast, is home to Montage Beverly Hills—a hotel exemplifying the same opulence and attention to detail that the city is known for. Its location—filled with frequent Hollywood high-society sightings, and just two blocks from Rodeo Drive’s chic shops—helps create an undeniable allure. As one of three Montage Hotels and Resorts properties, the Montage Beverly Hills is a distinct haven of "comfortable luxury." Here are a few of my favorite finds during a recent stay:... Read More

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego: Hotel Living on a Grand Scale

Mar 5, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Distinctively different, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is an urban-waterfront resort in the heart of San Diego that begs to be noticed. This full-service resort earned itself a 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award due to its stunning views, delicious dining options, and lavish accommodations.... Read More

JW Marriott Essex House New York: Your Gateway to the Best of The Big Apple

Mar 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The iconic JW Marriott Essex House New York has been serving patrons since 1931 in its Central Park location. Throughout the years, it has continued to provide exceptional experiences and uncompromised service its discerning guests. Located only minutes away from some of New York's best attractions, the Essex House has become a favorite base for exploring the city. Guests can easily visit The Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Columbus Circle, and Theater District, or do some world-class shopping along 5th Avenue.... Read More

The Only Luxury Boutique Cottage Hotel on Grand Cayman: Cotton Tree

Mar 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

It’s a tale of two sisters—both entrepreneurs and Caribbean girls. Cayman Islands natives with worldly backgrounds and an innate sense for hospitality, Heather Lockington and her sister turned a chunk of beachfront land on Grand Cayman into a lovely and serene luxury villa getaway. It’s sophisticated enough to satisfy the jaded “Please-I’ve-seen-everything-in-the-Caymans” crowd and comfortable enough to make guests feel right at home—whether they’re a honeymooning couple or a family with small children.... Read More

Stimulate All The Senses at Le Méridien Panama

Feb 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Along the charming streets of Panama City, in the heart of town sits Le Méridien Panama, where refined sophistication meets striking style. Nearby, nightlife thrives and the beautiful Pacific Ocean waters mesmerize. The hotel's awe-inspiring design features a double high ceiling lobby with an overturned glass pyramid, black granite and golden accents, and a 46-foot-high atrium.... Read More

The Modern Honolulu: Welcome to the New and Improved Waikiki

Feb 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It’s been awhile since Waikiki’s heyday as a port-of-call for the rich and famous looking for some R&R upon Hawaii’s sunny shores. Despite a temporary downtick in high-end tourism in the past few decades, Waikiki (and all of Oahu) has recently experienced a renaissance thanks to an influx of new luxury hotels, international fashion brands setting up shop, a reinvigorated food and dining scene, and reinvestment in the island’s natural and cultural treasures that have all begun to attract jetsetters back to the well-trod sands of Waikiki.... Read More

Strange Places to Stay: 5 Prisons Turned Luxury Hotels

Feb 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  3 Comments

Where you were once only allowed one phone call, a bologna sandwich and a rock hard bunk bed, you’re now pampered with concierge service, decadent dishes, and the coziest of accommodations. Gone are the dark days of detaining criminals, as today these former prisons are hosting travelers from around the world in their new life as luxury hotels. Some may downplay their past, while others proudly show off their rich history, but all are still looking for ways to keep their guests from escaping.... Read More

A Landmark of San Diego Luxury: Hotel del Coronado

Jan 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

“America’s Finest City” is also home to one of the finest hotels in California, Hotel del Coronado, where locals, travelers and celebrities have found a true SoCal gem within its walls. As a San Diego staple, the property has been serving the city since 1888 and continues to provide the utmost in service and accommodations. Celebrate its 125th birthday in 2013 with a stay at The Del during your next San Diego getaway.... Read More

Where to Stay in Venice for Carnival

Jan 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Carnival of Venice began small, as a series of celebrations in San Marco Square for a victory against Ulrico, the Patriarch of Aquileia, in 1162. Though the tradition died down a bit during the 18th century, it came back in a big way in 1979 when the Italian government decided to once again showcase the country's historical efforts and rich culture. This year, it starts on January 26 and ends on Mardi Gras, February 12, welcoming over three million tourists and locals to parade around in elaborate, themed costumes into all hours of the night. Tickets to the masquerade balls and hotel rooms tend to sell out during this magical time, so we offered up our picks for the best luxury hotels in Venice to st... Read More

The Grand Old Lady of Galway Welcomes Guests to Historic Eyre Square

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Known as ‘the grand old lady of the square,’ the elegant, old world charm of the Meyrick Hotel is a perfect passport into Ireland’s western city of Galway and the wild beauty of the Connemara region beyond. Located in the central, stately Eyre Square which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, the luxury hotel offers visitors a convenient location from which to walk leisurely through what is one of the most attractive downtown areas in Ireland. The hotel has a narrow off-road space in front where new arrivals can park and unload baggage, while regular parking is taken care of by valet, the lot being an easy, few hundred-yard walk around the corner.... Read More

W Fort Lauderdale is a Magical Oasis on the South Florida Coastline

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Known for its effortlessly hip hotels and even hotter locations, W Hotels continues to impress with its Fort Lauderdale property. Only four years old, W Fort Lauderdale has quickly become one of the most popular destinations in South Florida. A playground for fun and modern luxury, this world-class resort offers gourmet cuisines, exquisite shopping, and picture perfect beaches.... Read More

A Shining Gem in Western Ireland | Ballynahinch Castle

Jan 11, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Try as I might, it’s hard to imagine a more tranquil retreat than Ballynahinch Castle, tucked away among the hills, rocks, turf bogs, rivers, lakes and forest glades of central Connemara in western Ireland. Reached after an hour or so journey from Galway city, this 14th-century castle lies snug off the road behind wrought-iron black and gold gates, past several impressive chalk-white buildings and along a narrow driveway, bordered by boulders, that winds its way past a stone bridge and pleasant copses.... Read More

10 Best New Luxury Hotels in U.S. of 2012

Jan 8, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

2012 has been a big year for luxury hotel openings. All across the United States, the hottest cities have given rise to stunning and unique places for business and leisure travelers to rest their heads. From the gargantuan Hilton Conrad in New York City to the historical Inn at the Presidio in San Francisco, the past year has provided even more diverse and sophisticated options for discerning travelers worldwide.... Read More

Contemporary Hotel in a Quaint Irish Town | Westport Plaza Hotel

Jan 3, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

What began as a small family bed and breakfast operation in 1972 has now turned into not one, not two, but three hotels in and around the pretty coastal town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. All built by members of the Doran clan, the four-star, 87-room Westport Plaza is one of the three, located as it is in the downtown area of this once bustling port, now a thriving tourism center, a short 10-minute drive from the blustery Atlantic Ocean.... Read More

 
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