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Indigo Hotel Glasgow: A Landmark Building Transformed Into a Modern Gem

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Fashioned out of a landmark 19th century building, Indigo Hotel is a boutique luxury property conveniently positioned in the heart of Glasgow, a five-minute walk from central train station. Once housing the city’s first electric power station built in 1892, architects and interior designers at Ica deserve strong praise for their conversion efforts, which have created a nine-story contemporary hotel while preserving the listed building’s 1920’s plasterwork and ceramics.... Read More

Canyon Ranch in Tucson Offers Guests the Choice of an Intensely Active or Luxuriously Relaxing Stay

Oct 31, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Canyon Ranch properties are renowned for their industry-leading spa services and treatments. Award-winning Canyon Ranch health resort in Tucson, Arizona, focuses on health and well-being as well as exquisite pampering and leisure. In an atmosphere where healthy living encompasses a world of life-enhancing possibilities, it’s an environment of discovery, energy and empowerment.... Read More

Bring the Whole Family on a Caribbean Adventure at The Westin St. John Resort

Oct 15, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Westin St. John Resort and Villas is one of the best family destinations in the Caribbean and with recent renovations, it will undoubtedly keep that status. The property is situated on St. John's 1,200-foot-long, fine, near-white sand beach of Great Cruz Bay.... Read More

Mykonos Theoxenia Takes You Back to the ‘60s in Their Glam Boutique Hotel

Sep 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Highly rated by both critics and guests, Mykonos Theoxenia has consistently proven to be a jewel of Greek travel. The well-kept grounds, remarkable staff and comfortable accommodations all come together to create one of the area's premier vacation destinations. Centrally located in Mykonos Town, this outstanding hotel provides guests with everything needed to make the most of their vacations, and the hotel's remarkable reviews weave its tale of Mediterranean splendor.... Read More

The Royal Hawaiian's Pink Exterior is as Iconic as its Luxury Service and Accommodations

Sep 5, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Since it opened in 1927 The Royal Hawaiian's pink façade has become an iconic landmark on Waikiki Beach. Resting on ten acres of the best beachfront in Waikiki, this historic resort has been a home-away-from-home to many celebrities and dignitaries.... Read More

W Dallas – Victory is Effortlessly Cool & Stylishly Chic in the Heart of Texas

Sep 4, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

W Dallas - Victory brings the W brand's always-cool aesthetic to the charm and southern hospitality of Texas. Sleek guestrooms and an exciting nightlife scene offer guests one of the most modern and lively properties in the area. Situated in close proximity to the city's Turtle Creek, uptown, downtown, Design District and numerous events spaces, the hotel is situated within easy access of all Dallas has to offer.... Read More

There's a Reason Why Kauai's 5-Star St. Regis Princeville Resort is a Favorite Among Travelers...

Sep 3, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Situated in Kaua'i's Halele'a region, The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a picturesque island getaway in an area considered the Hawaiian Islands' most beautiful destination. When the sun dips low and the glistening blue waves lap gently against the white sand, you’ll quickly realize how lovely this location really is.... Read More

The Marker Hotel is a Modern Retreat in Dublin's Historical Docklands

Aug 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Providing a bridge in Ireland’s capital city between the old and new, the traditional and trendy, The Marker Hotel sits at the intersection of a historic housing district and a new development of luxury residential apartments, The Marker Residences owned by the hotel. In the past, the area served as a marker for the nearest point in which boats could visit Dublin, and now the hotel sits as an urban retreat for today’s modern traveler.... Read More

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa: A Small Island Getaway That's Big on Southern Charm

Aug 22, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Located in South Carolina and fresh off the heels of a $35 million renovation, the beautiful Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa offers guests a blissful island getaway. With its picturesque location, spacious accommodations and plethora of amenities, the hotel is the perfect escape for a truly southern vacation.... Read More

Le Méridien Panama's Chic Décor and Luxe Services Reflect its Cool, Urban Neighborhood

Aug 21, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In one of the hottest urban locations in Central America, Le Méridien Panama offers guests modern, stylish accommodations with easy access to the city’s best businesses, nightlife and entertainment areas, and is the perfect destination for travelers of any age.... Read More

The Quaint Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal Combines Modern-Chic with Historical Distinction

Jul 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Location, location, location — if what the property experts say is true, then the Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal on Rue Saint-Honoré in central Paris couldn’t be more well-placed. Standing on our narrow fifth-floor balcony, a delightful view of La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre can be seen to the right, and to the left, the Louvre. A short, three-minute walk brings one to the famed museum's glass pyramid, Comédie-Française and the banks of the Siene, and right into the heart of the fashion district.... Read More

W Fort Lauderdale: The Brand You’ve Grown to Love on Florida’s Sunny Coastline

Jul 23, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

A refreshing beachside breeze awaits guests of the undeniably cool W Fort Lauderdale where contemporary design and incredible comfort have come together to create one of Florida's best hotel experiences. As a W hotel, guests can expect swanky accommodations, savory meals, and inspiring nightlife all done in a truly W way.... Read More

Taipei's Chic HOTEL QUOTE in the Heart of the City is Anything But Average

Jul 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Chinese travelers are flocking to Taiwan. Since visas for them were allowed in 2008, Taiwan has been awash with affluent mainlanders and attracted 3.35 million Chinese tourists in 2013, up from 2.87 million in 2012, according to The Wall Street Journal.  Taiwan's capital, Taipei, has seen a particular growth. To increasingly cater to discerning tourists, chic hotels like HOTEL QUOTE have cropped up amid the city's metro overpasses and teeming night markets.... Read More

Chile's Hotel Scene Gets a Boho-Chic Boost With The Aubrey Santiago

Jul 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Boho-chic is best showcased in boutique hotels and is even better when such personality-packed properties are located in equally vivid neighborhoods. Chile's capital city is home to one such property, the brilliantly-bohemian Aubrey Santiago, located in the colorful neighborhood known as Bellavista.... Read More

Experience Cultural Immersion and Breathtaking Views at CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Jul 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

There is nothing quite like a vacation to an exotic foreign land, especially one that immerses you in the local culture so you can enjoy the essence of the region in an authentic way. The CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta delivers this in droves, offering guests the opportunity to partake in a bevy of genuine experiences that exemplify why Puerto Vallarta has become a very popular Mexican destination.... Read More

Discover Vancouver’s Only Forbes Four-Star Boutique Hotel With its Quirky & Artsy Motif

Jul 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

A favorite of locals and tourists alike, with easy access to many of the city’s attractions, Opus Hotel is the only boutique hotel in Vancouver to hold the coveted Forbes four-star rating as Personality Plus. Every element of the property has been selected to add character and charm to guests' experience. ... Read More

Renovations to the Historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia Rejuvenate the Iconic Vancouver Landmark

Jun 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Rosewood Hotel Group is noted for selecting iconic historical structures and restoring them to their splendor, while adding the modern amenities that discerning guests expect. After five years of painstaking renovation by Delta Land Development Group,Vancouver’s Hotel Georgia is back to its legendary status. ... Read More

W South Beach's Spacious Rooms, Dining Hot Spots and Stunning Ocean Views Are Just a Few Reasons to Love the Hotel

Jun 25, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

W South Beach lies at the heart of everything great about Miami. A contemporary haven of comfort and design, the hotel is mere steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and the warm sandy beach. It features an inspired artistic touch of modernity representative of its neighborhood, and a number of wonderful fixtures to keep guests entertained and satisfied through the course of a sunny Florida vacation.... Read More

The Vibrant W New Orleans - French Quarter Fuses Big Easy Fun With Louisiana Hospitality

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

By staying at W New Orleans - French Quarter,guests can feel like a part of the revelry of the legendary city it is named after, all the while receiving premium service and accommodations that have earned W Hotels its own recognition. While the hotel has the features and amenities to keep a guest well entertained, the sights and sounds of New Orleans culture are right outside the door and ready to serve up a voodoo-fueled adventure through the Big Easy.... Read More

Classical Elements and Award-Winning Cuisine Make The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa A Choice Vancouver Stay

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

When Vancouver is the destination, the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is often the property of choice for discerning travelers. This five-diamond award-winning property is a member of the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Group which is privately owned and operated by the Greek Skalbania family. The hotel combines the finest service, accommodations, amenities and surroundings to make for a personalized, professional stay, with the essence of intimate European traditions.... Read More

Pan Pacific Hotel’s Well-Guarded Guest Book Reads Like a Who’s Who of its Esteemed Clientele

Jun 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Anyone visiting Vancouver will recognize the iconic sails of Canada Place that herald the entry to the cruise port, convention center and the Pan Pacific Hotel. Those staying at the property will be wowed again and again by the breathtaking views of mountains, forests, islands, sailboats, seaplanes, sunsets and architectural landmarks all joined at this meeting point. The hotel is just minutes away from all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this vibrant city.... Read More

Chile's Palacio Astoreca Hotel is as Chic and Vibrant as the City of Valparaiso

Jun 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Once a palace, the Palacio Astoreca Hotel is now a whimsical and chic 23-room retreat that clings to the hillside of the hip neighborhood of Cerro Alegre. Without a doubt, the hotel is the prime pick in the city of Valparaiso, Chile's cultural hub which bubbles with vibrant restaurants, artisan boutiques, and quaint sidewalk cafes. ... Read More

Find Inner Peace Through Health and Wellness Programs at Canyon Ranch in Lenox

Jun 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

One of the few destination resorts in the world that focuses on health and well-being as much as comfort and leisure, Canyon Ranch offers vacations for guests looking to get on a healthier track while away from home. Offering a wide range of activities, classes and programs that promote an active lifestyle, Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, has become a favorite healthy getaway for travelers of all ages.... Read More

Once Home to Napoleon's Relative, Shangri-La Hotel Paris Remains a Symbol of Refinement and Class

Jun 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew Roland, Shangri-La Hotel Paris is as elegant a hotel property as you’re likely to find in the City of Lights. From its tall, impressive black cast iron gateway on Avenue d’Ilena, domed entryway and giant Ming dynasty-inspired porcelain vases to the intricately-ornate ceiling of the grand ballroom and perfectly-proportioned staircase leading to it, the 101-room (including 36 suites) Shangri-La oozes class.  ... Read More

W Retreat and Spa - Vieques Island Offers an Award-Winning Caribbean Experience Just Off Puerto Rico's Mainland

Jun 16, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Located on a small isle just a short hop from the Puerto Rican mainland, W Retreat and Spa – Vieques Island is an ideal destination for those who want to be just out of reach of throngs of tourists and a unique and memorable vacation.  ... Read More

Is Nicaragua on Your Travel List? If Not, Jicaro Island Ecolodge May Change That

Jun 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Nicaragua is one of those countries that has it all, lush rainforests framed by jolting volcanic mountains, vibrant colonial villages filled with docile locals, and a now-stable political situation, it's an enticing destination in Central America. The Jicaro Island Ecolodge, located on a speck of an island in Lake Nicaragua, is an incredible choice to experience the country Condé Nast listed as one of the ten destinations to watch in 2014.... Read More

Mingle With San Francisco's Hip & Trendy Movers and Shakers at the Hotel Zetta in SoMA

Jun 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

With yoga classes taught by international yoga stars, organic juice bars nearly as prevalent as Starbucks, and acoustic music sets by the newest indie band just about every evening, San Francisco has a lot of fun to offer. I made finding fun my mission on my latest visit to the city and settled in to the Hotel Zetta, a chic 116-room gem just across from Union Square in the increasingly trendy neighborhood of SoMa.... Read More

Play Like a Vegas High-Roller While Soaking Up the Caribbean Sun at The Westin Dawn Beach, St. Maarten

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As palm fronds sway in the courtyard and the calming ocean beckons guests during the day, the leisure and comfort of The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten offers a delightfully exciting contradiction to the peaceful shore with a Vegas-style casino to whisk nights away. Along with a wide variety of water activities and ways to truly unwind around the property and St. Maarten, this Westin resort is well worth considering for an upcoming getaway.... Read More

Find Desert Luxury & a Sense of Place at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa in Northern Chile

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

While Brazil has the Amazon, Northern Chile has Atacama — the expansive desert region in the north covering 40,000 square miles and filled with explosive geysers and throngs of flamingos. It is the arid equivalent of the Amazon, and just as remarkable. Within the Atacama, secluded on the outskirts of the local village of San Pedro, is a resort that matches the enchantment of the desert wonder, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.... Read More

Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort Is An All-Inclusive Adult-Only Playground in Playa Del Carmen

May 29, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As an exceptional member of the renowned Leading Hotels of the World, Royal Hideaway Playacar Resort in Playa del Carmen provides guests with one of the best all-inclusive vacation destinations in Mexico. Rivaling world-class Mexican locales like Los Cabos, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Playa del Carmen has an advantage in that it isn't flooded by massive crowds.... Read More

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Combines Oriental Serenity with Unmistakable Parisian Elegance

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing out through my sixth floor window at the inner garden courtyard of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Paris, I was intrigued to see several beehives on a ledge, their flighty inhabitants innocently at play. I later learned that the hotel hosts around 50,000 bees, which thrive in the pesticide-free Parisian environment and help pollinate the sweet-smelling flowers in the garden terrace (where the Camélia restaurant is housed). They also provide more than 30 kilos of delicious honey for chefs’ use in desserts and other dishes.... Read More

Enjoy the Laid-Back Luxury of St. Barth's In a Private Villa at Hotel Le Toiny

May 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Carolyn Hsu

St. Barth might have a reputation for glitz and glamour, but island devotees know that its real appeal lies in its unpretentious vibe, understated luxury, and utmost privacy. There’s no such thing as a bad spot on the island, but for accommodations, Hotel Le Toiny rises above as a favorite of celebrities, honeymooners, and island regulars who are just looking to get away.... Read More

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio Offers Cowgirls the Ultimate $19,000 Shop n' Shoot Package

May 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk, a luxury boutique hotel in San Antonio, Texas, is offering a girls getaway package featuring some of our favorite activities: shopping, shooting and sipping Champagne. The Shop n' Shoot Package, is perfect for a birthday celebration or bachelorette party. Starting at $19,000, the stay includes accommodation for 10 guests in the luxury Presidential Suite, quality time with a professional marksman, a pair of custom-made Lucchese cowboy boots, and a floating cocktail party on the San Antonio River.... Read More

Villa Spalletti Trivelli: A Discreet Boutique Hotel Away From the Urban Rush of Rome

May 16, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Luxury boutique hotels often offer some of the most alluring experiences due to their exceptional charm. The personal attention received from staff, fewer guests around the property and a welcoming atmosphere help make boutique hotels stand out. Along these lines, Villa Spalletti Trivelli is equipped with only 12 guestrooms and the exclusivity makes it one of Rome's top hotels on Trip Advisor.... Read More

Adventure, Relaxation and Family Fun at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach

May 15, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Inundated with magnificent beach-side activities, excellent amenities, and stunning guestrooms, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is ready to accommodate the most discerning guests. And with its location in the Caribbean, the soft white sands of Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands are yours for exploring and enjoying.... Read More

Walk the Halls That Were Once Home to 15th Century Monks at San Domenico Palace Hotel

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Converted into a luxury hotel from a former 15th century Dominican monastery, the San Domenico Palace Hotel in Sicily’s picturesque town of Taormina still retains much of its old world charm.... Read More

Grand Hotel Minareto Combines Just the Right Amount of Modern Design With Authentic Sicilian Character

May 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Situated along a narrow, secluded road just over three miles from Syracuse and Ortigia Island, the five-star Grand Hotel Minareto is a deluxe coastal resort in stunning Sicily. The property is a network of detached and semi-detached suites on circular roads, some villas with sea views, and all within a short walk of a large central swimming pool and the white-sand beach.... Read More

The Rustic Eremo Della Giubiliana Feels Authentically Sicilian & Steeped in Italian History

May 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Centuries ago, earthquakes devastated properties around southern Sicily, but the Eremo della Giubiliana miraculously escaped any damage. Now a relaxing sense of seclusion and tranquility pervades the staircases and corridors of this delightful sandstone-walled palazzo. Add to that the friendliness of the property's staff and you have a wonderfully hidden retreat away from the stresses of modern life.... Read More

Bask in the Mediterranean Climate and Enjoy World-Class Golf at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort

May 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Overlooking a sweeping stretch of the Ionian Sea, Rocco Forte Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is a luxury property encompassing 568 acres of gently undulating land in south-west Sicily. The five-star, multi-building property is comprised of 230 rooms and suites with Latin terracotta and ochre exteriors, and ecologically-friendly features such as solar energy and water-recycling. Costing around 140 million euro (about USD $195 million), the project is the brainchild of hospitality entrepreneur, Rocco Forte, and is designed by architect Flavio Albanese; it's complete with golf courses, sea sports, swimming pools and clay tennis courts among many ente... Read More

Travel Back to The Edwardian Era at the Grand Hotel Villa Igiea in Sicily

May 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Seated together outside our door were the Queen of Denmark and the King of Sweden and further up the corridor was Queen Maria of Romania — each caught in the eye of the photographic lens, indicating the type of clientele who once frequented Grand Hotel Villa Igiea. Steeped in history, this grand dame of hotel properties on the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily has hosted high financiers and royalty alike during its century-long, illustrious career. And it’s not difficult to understand why.... Read More

Helicopters, Spa Treatments, Yacht Outings & More Being Offered in One Extravagant Vacation Package

May 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

An idealized resort in a definitively magnificent setting, The St. Regis Bora Bora is the kind of location that dreams are made of. For those who've ever looked into Bora Bora as a vacation destination, the overwater villas of The St. Regis are generally the first visuals that come to mind when the area is mentioned. It's entirely understandable considering that seeing pictures of the property can itself feel like a vacation from a day's work.... Read More

The Stylishly Cool Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa & Conference Center is Heating Things Up in Arizona

May 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Nothing quite prepared me for the sophisticated luxury and superb fine dining at Tucson’s only four-star resort. The moment you check in to Casino Del Sol Resort you are greeted by friendly and professional employees, all with a genuine smile who are trained in the subtle ways of luxury service.... Read More

Bring Your Pearls and Pups to Celebrate The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel's 30th Birthday

Apr 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

The stretch of cliffside beaches and serene surf conditions along the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California's Dana Point and Laguna Beach areas weren't always a destination for the affluent traveler, but once The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel opened in 1984, 150 feet above the sand, the area began to flourish. Soon several opulent resort properties opened: The Monarch, The St. Regis, Pelican Hill and other resorts welcome thousands of guests each year to experience the sublime and casual Southern California lifestyle. ... Read More

The Riviera Palm Springs Resort & Spa is a Retro Oasis in the Middle of the California Desert

Apr 29, 2014  |   Contributor: AJ Jordan

Palm Springs has been a celebrity hotspot for generations, and the Riviera Palm Springs has maintained its historic glamorous appeal by blending old and new Hollywood together. The resort was a favorite haunt of Rat Pack icons like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., and continues to attract present day stars with its rich history and famed pool parties.... Read More

Chocolate Lovers Unite at the Decadent Four-Star Hotel Hershey and Spa

Apr 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Terri Marshall

The scent of chocolate permeates the air, avenues have names like Cocoa and Chocolate, and street lamps shaped like Hershey's Kisses light up the town.  This is Hershey, Pennsylvania known as Chocolate Town, USA - the sweetest place on ea... Read More

Stay At the Four Seasons Baltimore During the Star Spangled Banner Bicentennial Festivities

Apr 27, 2014  |   Contributor: AJ Jordan

This summer, Baltimore is preparing for the largest tourism event in the history of the city as our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, turns 200 this year. Festivities include civil war reenactments, fireworks, air shows and other events.  At the end of the day, a welcome respite from the crowds can be found at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.... Read More

Romance Packages and a Creekside Restaurant Are Just Part of the Splendor at L'Auberge de Sedona

Apr 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

L'Auberge de Sedona has lost count of how many marriage proposals have occurred at its property; the staff tells me it happens nearly as often as guests ask for directions. For more than 30 years, couples have been lured to the resort's stunning natural setting with the Sedona Red Rock horizon, the idyllic clear creek, and the understated luxurious cottages. Now that I've stayed at the property, it's easy to understand why this desert retreat remains one of the nation's most awarded luxury properties in media outlets such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure.... Read More

Vista Verde Ranch's "Plus One" Service Makes it a Prime Retreat During Any Season

Apr 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

"I've never seen so much snow," I told my travel companion. "Wow. Neither have I," she responded. Granted, we're two Southern California gals with little appreciation for 15 inches of fresh powder, but still, the beauty of Vista Verde Ranch seems to impress guests from every climate. A bucolic drive from Steamboat, Colorado leads guests to the luxury ranch, owned by the Throgmartin Family since 2006.... Read More

JW Marriott Hanoi: The New Hotel Already Making a Name for Itself in Vietnam

Apr 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Although most tourists hover around the Old Quarter — a place filled with people on motor bikes and shops that sell almost anything imaginable — the central business district of Hanoi is just as exciting and is becoming one of the city’s best locations.... Read More

Guayaquil's Hotel Oro Verde: A South American Hotel With European Service & Ecuadorian hospitality

Apr 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Karin Leperi

Even though Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city with over 3.75 million people in the metropolitan area, most Americans are probably more familiar with the capital: Quito. However, Guayaquil is a logical stop and overnight stay for anyone planning a trip to the Galapagos, or for those who would like to take a few more days to experience the intimate charm of Guayaquil.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey Reimagines its Waterfront Restaurant

Apr 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

After a makeover to its waterside eatery, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey’s reimagined restaurant Cast & Plow has opened this past March. Using fresh, local ingredients, including a collection of organic elements, it will offer traditional Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine with Californian flavors crafted by Chef Umit Kaygusuz and Executive Sous Chef Javier Bravo.... Read More

W South Beach's "Mega Flavors, Mega Suites" Package Puts You in the Chef's Seat

Apr 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Labeled as the Mega Flavors, Mega Suites package, the W South Beach in Miami Beach just recently unveiled a partnership with James Beard Award-winner Chef Andrew Carmellini to offer a whole new way to experience a luxuriously hearty in-room dining option.... Read More

The Westin Nova Scotian: A Premier Four-Star Hotel in the Historic City of Halifax

Mar 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Sitting in the historic city of Halifax, Canada, the AAA four-diamond Westin Nova Scotian is one of the city’s most desirable hotels. Situated close to the harbor, the property is a prime location for checking out Halifax’s attractions such as museums, historic buildings now filled with boutiques, and restaurants.... Read More

Find Southern Hospitality at The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio

Mar 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

You’ve heard of Southern hospitality and that everything is bigger in Texas? Of course you have. So it should come as no surprise then that The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio is warm and welcoming as well as wonderfully spacious with its 473 guestrooms, three dining options and its 760-square-foot Woodhouse Day Spa.... Read More

Palms Casino Resort Offers Full 24-Hour Check-Out Option

Mar 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The Palms Casino Resort is now offering its guests a full 24 hours before having to check out. As a Las Vegas hotel, there couldn't be a better place to offer this kind of program considering the proliferation of time lost and afternoons that suddenly turn into nights for travelers.... Read More

The St. Regis Houston: A Decidedly Upscale Hotel With Texas Sensibility

Mar 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Five-star luxury, impeccable service and high-end amenities are all the things you’ve come to expect at a St. Regis property. When you pair take those things with an address in Houston’s most exclusive residential neighborhood, the result is an exceptional hotel with a decidedly upscale Texas sensibility.... Read More

Charming Burmese Living at the Belmond Governor's Residence in Yangon

Mar 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Once home to the ruler of the southern states of Myanmar, this colonial-style mansion dates back to the 1920s and offers romance and lavishness in spades. Amenities offered at the Belmond Governor's Residence in Yangon include a jungle-surrounded swimming pool, boutique shop, in-room spa treatments and more.... Read More

Learn to Cook With Culinary Top Chefs at the InterContinental Hong Kong

Mar 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Guests of the InterContinental Hong Kong are getting an exciting opportunity to learn culinary tricks of the trade through their new "Cooking with the Culinary Stars" series. The program provides guests a chance to learn from Michelin-starred chefs like Alain Ducasse, Nobu, Jerome Husson and more.... Read More

Four Seasons Hotels Further Embraces Guest Personalization with New Customizable Beds

Mar 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

As the first of its kind in a hotel chain, Four Seasons has launched a new way to sleep while staying at their properties. The new beds, unceremoniously called "The Four Seasons Bed," allow guests to fully customize each one for a truly personalized experience. Partnered with manufacturer Simmons, beds have three mattress firmness settings available as well as a number of choices for amenities and types of pillows.... Read More

Winnipeg's Fort Garry Hotel: Cozy Rooms, A Little Historic Charm...and Polar Bears

Mar 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The Fort Garry in Winnipeg offers a number of things to do and see that would be hard to find anywhere in North America. One of the most notable of these is the polar bear migration that occurs every autumn across Churchill, Manitoba. Winnipeg, long considered to be the gateway to the Churchill area, is a prime location for tour companies to set up before and after the migration, with the two largest taking station at The Fort Garry, the capitol city's most luxurious hotel.... Read More

AKA Beverly Hills Tosses 30-Day Rule & Now Allows 7-Day Stays

Feb 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Coming March 21 to the AKA Beverly Hills is the chance for guests to stay at the hotel for seven days or more instead of the hotel's original 30-day requirement for the apartment-like hotel right in the middle of 90210. This transition is significant for a number of reasons.... Read More

$5,000 Heli-Skiing Trip Package Offered at The St. Regis Aspen Resort

Feb 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The St. Regis Aspen Resort has partnered with Telluride Helitrax to offer up a pretty incredible travel package that features a day heli-skiing, two days of skiing in Aspen and a four-night stay at the resort.... Read More

Lungarno Hotels Collection Unveils The New Portrait Firenze Hotel Opening in May

Feb 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

As the Lungarno Hotels Collection prepares its latest addition to open in Florence come May 2014, details about Portrait Firenze hotel have come forth. Designed by Michele Bonan, who has played a vital role in a number of the brand's properties, the theme throughout the rooms and suites at this Florence destination will have a storytelling element told through local photography.... Read More

The Beverly Hills Hotel Reaches Last Phase of Restorations

Feb 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Projected to be complete by the end of 2014, a number of the guestrooms at The Beverly Hills Hotel have been refurbished to add a feeling of modernity. Originally opened in 1912 and completely shut down for a redesign in 1992, the hotel's accommodations were due for some much-needed upgrades, which, led by Adam D. Tihany, has included integrating technology into them and adding more contemporary design elements.... Read More

Caesars Christens Vegas Strip's First Luxury Boutique Hotel The Cromwell

Feb 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Caesars Entertainment has been building this luxury boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip for a while now, but they only recently revealed its name: The Cromwell. Being touted as the first standalone luxury boutique hotel on the strip, its location means it has a lot of expectations to live up to. But, from what Caesars has announced so far, it doesn't look like the property will have any trouble with that.... Read More

Mandarin Oriental, Bali Opening in 2016 on Indonesia's Southern Bukit Peninsula

Feb 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is currently in progress on developing a luxurious hotel and resort in Bali that will offer guests an abundance of amenities including an adjacent 18-hole golf course, beach club, kids' club and breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. ... Read More

Whisky Tastings, Tech-Free Massages, & Art Tours Now Offered at Rocco Forte Hotels

Jan 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Rocco Forte Hotels recently released news concerning featured programs offered by a handful of their properties. Rather than adhering to the standard ideas of package deals and hotel perks, where traditionally they would offer things onsite or directly related to the hotel or brand, the group is putting a focus on unique experiences and cultural awareness.... Read More

Le Méridien Teams up with Tate Galleries for 8 Unlock Art Film Series

Jan 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts have teamed up with Tate, a family of four art galleries housing the UK's collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art, to create a series of short films titled Unlock Art. Available online, the four movies in the series released so far are: Frank Skinner on Performance Art, Sally Phillips on Shopping for Art, Alan Cumming on Pop Art and Where are the Women?  ... Read More

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Announces Seven New International Properties

Jan 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) announced late last week their intentions to expand to key international markets in 2014, including Russia, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia. These interna... Read More

Halekulani’s La Mer Continues to Top Hawaii's Best Restaurants Rankings

Jan 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

La Mer continues to be Hawaii’s number one restaurant, adding a 2014 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating to its list of accolades, including being the longest consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond eatery in Hawaii. Halekulani's Neoclassic restaurant features an acclaimed menu of dishes inspired by the south of France using local ingredients, along with an an award-winning wine list, impeccable fine dining service, and beautifully framed views of Diamond Head.... Read More

Four Seasons Toronto Only Canadian Hotel To Receive Top Ratings From Forbes Travel Guide and AAA

Jan 24, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Four Seasons Toronto may have only opened a year ago, but it has already made a very big impression on the travel industry. It is currently the first and only hotel in Canada to hold both the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating and the AAA Five Diamond award.... Read More

The Grand Del Mar Announces 2014 Culinary Events: Oscars Party, Salsa Night & More

Jan 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

A new year means a new schedule of foodie fun at one of San Diego’s most distinguished hotels, The Grand Del Mar. Named California’s #1 Resort in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards and #1 Hotel in the United States 2014 by TripAdvisor, this luxurious SoCal destination knows how to show its guests a good time, and its 2014 lineup of events should be no exception.... Read More

The Lodge At Torrey Pines Receives AAA Five Diamond Award for 12 Years Running

Jan 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Located on the 18th hole of the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, high up on the cliffs of La Jolla, is a SoCal resort like none other. The Lodge at Torrey Pines continues to garner attention not only for its stunning location and championship golf, but for its distinctive spa treatments, farm-to-table restaurants, wedding and meeting services, and luxury accommodations. Their dedication to excellence has earned them the 2014 AAA Five Diamond award.... Read More

Celebrate Chinese New Year With Special Offerings From InterContinental Hong Kong

Jan 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

January 31, 2014 marks the Chinese New Year and InterContinental Hong Kong wants to make sure guests get a truly authentic experience while ringing in the Year of the Horse. Customized culinary offerings at the hotel’s award-winning restaurants and special spa treatments for two at the luxurious I-Spa will be available throughout February.... Read More

Las Vegas Marriott Sets Sights on Millenials With $4.3 Million Renovation

Jan 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

While Sin City might attract people of all ages from all over the world, the Las Vegas Marriott is zeroing in on one demographic in particular: Millenials. The all-suite property recently completed a $4.3 million makeover to its 278 rooms in order to appeal to this younger audience in the sea of flashy, sexy hotels along the Strip.... Read More

The Epiphany Boutique Hotel To Open In The Heart of Downtown Palo Alto

Jan 16, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With neighbors like Stanford University, Facebook, and Silicon Valley’s most successful venture capital firms, The Epiphany Hotel is eager to make a name for itself among the area’s leading businesses. Joie de Vivre Hotels’ newest property in Palo Alto is currently taking reservations starting March 15, 2014.... Read More

Art Apart Fair 2014 Returns To Singapore's PARKROYAL on Pickering

Jan 15, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

From January 17-19, 2014, some of the world’s most promising emerging artists will have their work on display at Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Pickering. The hotel has partnered with Art Apart Fair for the third edition of the acclaimed exhibition which will take place on the entire 14th level, even going inside the 2,000-square-foot Presidential Suite and 33 guest rooms.... Read More

Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach Unveils New Premium Suites

Jan 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Taking the luxury factor up a notch, Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach has recently debuted new premium suites complete with contemporary furnishings, décor and amenities. The studio, one- and two-bedroom accommodations range from 640 to 1,952 square feet and feature beautiful garden or Pacific Ocean views, private lanais, spacious living areas, and full kitchens with top-of-the-line appliances and high-end cookware.... Read More

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Continues Global Growth With 74 New Openings in 2013

Jan 14, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In 2013 alone, Starwood Hotels & Resorts opened 74 new properties in 22 countries and signed 152 hotel agreements, continuing its rapid growth and expansion worldwide. This is the fourth consecutive year Starwood has increased signings and secured the most deals since 2007. Another solid year is expected for 2014, with contracts already made across all nine brands. Sixty percent of the new ventures were in fast-growing markets including Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia.... Read More

Loews Regency New York To Reopen Following $100 Million Renovation

Jan 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Reservations are now being accepted to be among the first to see the Loews Regency New York after its $100 million makeover. On January 16, 2014, Park Avenue will welcome back its flagship 379-room Midtown hotel after a year of redesigns. For 50 years, the property has been showing guests Big Apple hospitality through its contemporary aesthetic, well-appointed amenities, and convenient location.... Read More

Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Brings Guests Up Close and Personal With Humpback Whales

Jan 14, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

No matter what time of year you travel to Maui, you can count on the sun shining and the palm trees swaying in a light breeze; but not every time of year brings in hundreds of special guests to its shores. From December through May, 50-foot humpback whales migrate over 3,000 miles to birth and nurse their calves, and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is giving guests opportunities to experience these majestic creatures in their natural environment.... Read More

Greenwich Village's Hotel Marlton Opens New Restaurant Margaux

Jan 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

In September 2013, the historic hang out of legendary Beat Generation writers, like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, reopened after hotelier Sean MacPherson gave it a multi-million dollar makeover. Now, the Marlton Hotel has recently added a new dining option to the Greenwich Village property. ... Read More

Karl Lagerfeld To Design Two New "Grand Apartments" For Paris' Hôtel de Crillon

Jan 10, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Love him or hate him, Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion expertise always seems to be in demand. This time Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon is enlisting the help of the style icon to design two of its suites as the entire property undergoes an extensive renovation.... Read More

The Setai Miami Introduces New Menus To Two Signature Restaurants

Jan 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

You don’t get voted “Best Hotel in Miami” by Condé Nast Traveler readers by being complacent and boring. The Setai is constantly looking for ways to bring fresh and exciting experiences to guests and this season they’ve introduced completely new cuisine and menus at its signature restaurants in an attempt to do just that. The Restaurant at The Setai will now be serving Mediterranean dishes and The Setai Grill Asian-inspired options along with their selection of premium dry-aged beef.... Read More

Trump International Hotel Las Vegas Helps Guests Fulfill Healthy New Year's Resolutions

Jan 8, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In support of those guests resolving to get healthy in the New Year, Trump International Hotel Las Vegas added a total body fitness boot camp to its TRUMP® WELLNESS program. Men and women of all levels will be put to the test during the 60-minute session. ... Read More

Meet the Newest Kid on the Block: The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club

Jan 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Recently opened this month, The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club is located in the Playa Blanca area only minutes away from the airport. Surrounded by the white sand beaches and sparkling clear turquoise water of the Caribbean, the resort features everything for a relaxing getaway or an activity-filled vacation. With two championship golf courses, a spa, full service marina, aquatic playground, outdoor pool, nearby shopping and world class dining, time spent at and around the hotel can be as active or as peaceful as you want to be.... Read More

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