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Four Seasons Bora Bora | For the Amorous & the Adventurous

Dec 27, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  2 Comments

With its crystal-clear waters and surrounding islets, the island of Bora Bora is one of the most strikingly beautiful destinations in the world. The most popular of the French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands is an extraordinary place for both...... Read More

Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa | Bermuda's Premier Adults-Only Retreat

Nov 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you're looking for a remedy to your stress, away from the kids and the hustle and bustle of everyday life, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa in Bermuda is just the place to escape from it all.... Read More

The Waldorf Astoria Park City | New Amenities, New Dimensions

Nov 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

After traveling to The Waldorf Astoria Park City last week, I was reminded of an old Isaac Asimov quote: "Life is pleasant — death is peaceful — it’s the transition!" This saying returned to me as I saw so much of this resort in a positive transition.... Read More

Turtle Island, Fiji | Where Luxury Meets Romance in the South Pacific

Oct 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart  |  1 Comment

Cast away on a desert island, the story of a young and doe-eyed Brooke Shields had once captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. The incandescent waters of the Blue Lagoon brought a profound sense of wonder to the silverscreen, but the real essence of such beauty is one that travels well beyond the imagination.... Read More

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa | Renovating a Historic Landmark Hotel

Oct 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The task, to those of us who are not architects or interior designers, seems so daunting: to renovate a National Historic Register landmark hotel built in Sausalito on a hillside in 1886; the goal being to maintain its Victorian, yet seafaring essence, while carrying that essence into the 21st century. But that is what Kim Deetjen, ASID, Lead Designer, and her design partner, Matt Bushey, AIA, LEED AP, both of TruexCullins Architecture/Interior Design Firm, did in the redesign, renovation and restoration of the Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa, in Sausalito, California.... Read More

The Carneros Inn of Napa Valley | Locally Sourced Luxury

Oct 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Usually I can pick out a few great things to say about a particular luxury resort or hotel. For the Carneros Inn, however, a "few" would be a list of more than a dozen reasons why this retreat is so sublime. It is one thing to read about this serene, romantic destination, and quite another to experience it for yourself.... Read More

Travel to the Historic Quapaw Baths & Spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Oct 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell

People come from all over the world to Hot Springs, Arkansas to enjoy and relax in the legendary natural spring water that is some of the purest in the world. The most unique National Park in existence and the only one in an urban setting, Hot Springs has traditionally offered a one-of-a-kind historic experience to spa goers.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong | The Highest Hotel in the World

Sep 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver  |  3 Comments

You cannot fully appreciate the immensity of a building like Hong Kong’s ICC tower, until you view it from afar. Even from the windows at the top of the Ritz-Carlton, which occupies all of the utmost levels of the building, it takes a moment of studying the landscape: realizing that you can blot out cars and semi-trucks down below with the tip of your thumb.... Read More

The Palazzo Hotel's Canyon Ranch Spa Offers La Dolche Vita in Vegas

Sep 12, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

One does not usually “escape” to Las Vegas. The pinging of slot machines and the hoards of grotesque people standing in lines for all-you-can-eat seafood buffets is enough to dissuade me from the state of Nevada. But something recently wooed me back. Thanks to a truly tranquil and luxurious experience at the Palazzo and Venetian, I have a refreshed view of Las Vegas.... Read More

Oregon Resorts | The Brasada Ranch Renaissance

Sep 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

Mark Doty, a contemporary poet, writes of his being drawn into the orbit of a painting. I have a similar sense of being drawn into a positive, memorable orbit from my recent resort experience at Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon.... Read More

Marrakech Magic at Amanresorts' Amanjena

Sep 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Forget Casablanca. "Everyone goes to Marrakech," said international travelers I encountered. Accordingly, on my recent tour of Africa, I made Morocco’s Marrakech my first stop, and Amanjena my first resort. What a way to kick off one of my grandest international trips to date! What follows is my account of my stay at Amanjena, the "peaceful paradise," in the midst of Marrakech’s magic.... Read More

W Retreat Seminyak | Bali Bliss, W Style

Sep 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

The W Retreat Seminyak looks nothing like a W Hotel, and nothing like a Balinese hotel either. Regardless, it raises the bar in both categories, and is a triumph for parent company Starwood.... Read More

Uspa Travels From Australia to the Spa at The Broadmoor

Aug 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

From the land where eucalyptus permeates the air, tradition and ritual are steeped into the land itself, and where nature is still wild and free, Australia is sending some of its finest spa products to the United States.... Read More

The Residence Zanzibar: Exotic Luxury in The Indian Ocean

Aug 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

For those dreaming of distant and exotic adventures, The Residence Zanzibar is a new luxurious destination located on a remote southwest corner of the island of Zanzibar. Hospitality design firm HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates recently completed the design of this property which is the only member of the leading Hotels of the World in Tanzania.... Read More

New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge Re-Opens After a Makeover

Aug 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Otahuna Lodge, an elegant, historic country estate-turned-luxury hotel in the heart of New Zealand's Canterbury region, has reopened following a 10-month renovation project. This marks the latest effort in a six-year scheme to restore the 116-year-old property, part of the Relais & Chateaux collection, maintaining and preserving the Lodge's distinct heritage, as well as the property's status as an architectural gem. The seven-suite retreat combines prestigious luxury accommodation with exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an iconic, historical landmark in a breathtaking landscape. ... Read More

See the Pyramids in Egyptian Luxury | The Mena House Oberoi

Aug 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

“Would you like a view of this pyramid, or a view of this one?" This was the first time I ever heard a staff member of any resort in the world ask such a question. At the Mena House Oberoi, the question is a valid and equally baffling one. Here’s my account of staying at this magnificent property, Cairo’s most impressive historical property that rests right at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza. ... Read More

The Best Massage in Hawaii at Grand Wailea's Spa Grande

Aug 5, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Massage experiences will never be the same after enjoying the 20 Hands Duo Massage at the esteemed Spa Grande at Grand Wailea. The simultaneous 100-fingered massage will leave couples yearning for more amidst the tropical breezes and spoiling guests rotten who book the exclusive service. ... Read More

One&Only Palmilla: An Ideal Vacation Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico

Jul 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Suzanne Aaronson

This resort is all about enjoying the best bits of holiday living. Hit it in the right season, and the weather is sublime — very little humidity and a beautiful breeze at night. Spending mornings overlooking the brilliant shimmering sea, with just a breaching grey whale breaking the horizon; we know already we’ll return with our family next year.... Read More

Desert Hot Springs Spas

Jul 27, 2011  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky  |  1 Comment

Many times, Palm Springs and other affluent Coachella Valley enclaves in the Southern California desert get all the respect when it comes to spa getaways. But just a 15 minute drive north of I-10 lies the town of Desert Hot Springs with stunning San Jacinto Mountain views in every direction.... Read More

Sheraton Maui Resort: Spa, Seafood and a Splash

Jul 20, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is a great escape for a variety of reasons, but in our humble opinion, a big reason why is that it’s located on perhaps the best beach in Maui— Kaanapali Beach. Insiders refer to it as “Dig Me” Beach— and dig it you will. The Sheraton Maui is a home-away-from-home in every sense of the word, and it exudes the very spirit of aloha and charm.... Read More

Honua Kai Resort & Spa Gets Two New Towers on the Beach

Jul 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

The gorgeously impressive Honua Kai resort is the first new whole-ownership condominium resort to be built on Kaanapali Beach in more than 25 years. Its goal: to redefine the resort experience. And it has succeeded— stunningly. The Honua Kai achieves that by integrating all the services and amenities of a luxury resort hotel with spacious homes that blend indoor and outdoor living. The vision was to raise the bar, and set a new standard for resort living. Factor in its outstanding location on 38 acres on Kaanapali Beach, along with numerous pools (even some with aqua loungers), and you can see why honeymooners, families and business people are thrilled about Honua Kai.... Read More

The Sebastian: Vail's New Resort & Spa Featuring Block 16 Restaurant

Jul 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  1 Comment

Vail Village is known for its opulence, chic stores and restaurants, and celebrity sightings in this prestigious mountain city. The Sebastian Vail is a new addition to the well-known locale, a Timbers Resorts Hotel and Residence Club that is already creating a buzz since opening in November, 2010.... Read More

Spa Villagio: Exclusive Spa Suites & Treatments in California Wine Country

Jul 15, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

There are few things as equally indulgent and rewarding as a trip to a luxurious spa for some serious self-pampering. There are few places that will do this as well as the Spa Villagio in Yountville, California.... Read More

Four Seasons Spa in Vail Uses Sweet Mana Candles Heat Things Up

Jul 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Mana has a few meanings: essence of the soul, vital life force, and the ingredient that makes miracles happen. Jamie Tatreau, a massage therapist at Four Seasons Resort Vail, is making miracles happen with her own line of soy-based body candles in the Vail Valley.... Read More

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa: A French Polynesian Hideaway

Jul 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Jule Guaglardi

I don't think I will ever forget the look on my husband's face as the scene came into focus. The brilliant turquoise clarity of the water, and the topography of the land and surrounding islands were like nothing we had ever seen; sea life teeming just beneath the surface of the ocean and the luxuriously enchanting over-water bungalows that seemed to be part of the natural landscape. It was a combination of sheer disbelief accompanied by uncontrollable delight.... Read More

Kenwood Inn and Spa: True Luxury and Seclusion in Sonoma

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

There are few things more luxurious and relaxing than an exclusive resort tucked away into the lush hills of California wine country that lavishes its guests with amenities and complete peaceful privacy. The Kenwood Inn and Spa truly goes above and beyond to accomplish this.... Read More

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa: Ultimate Hawaiian Hospitality

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

If you're a reader of JustLuxe.com, chances are, you travel quite often - and in lavish style. That said, it's good to know that there are some properties where their goal, their mission, their raison d'etre, is simply to make dreams come true and offer spectacular, go-the-extra-mile service... Read More

Francis Ford Coppola Resorts: Committed to Ecotourism & Sustainable Travel

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Francis Ford Coppola's famed resorts in Belize, Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have further strengthened their commitment to ecotourism and sustainable travel by joining the Sustainable Tourism Program led by the Rainforest Alliance. They also became a part of Sustainable Travel International's global Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP), which represents the gold standard for companies striving to be environmentally innovative and socially responsible.... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Vail Spa Massage Therapist a 'Hitt'

Jul 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm  |  1 Comment

Kevin Hitt has been practicing his craft for 11 years. A massage therapist at the new Four Seasons Resort Vail Spa, this talented therapist is changing the face of his industry one client at a time. Originally from Dallas, Hitt has traveled the world picking up training and inspiration along the way which he pours into his clients with the kindness and compassion others only hope to achieve within their careers.... Read More

Spa Suites and the Stars Who Love Them

Jul 7, 2011  |   Contributor: The Daily Meal

Hanging out at the spa with Jennifer Aniston isn’t as much fun as you might think. For one thing, there’s the recognition issue. Instead of relaxing, enjoying the soothing New Age music, your mind is spinning, wondering, "Is it or isn’t it?"... Read More

The Paws Up Pinnacle Camp: A New Standard in Luxury Glamping

Jul 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen  |  2 Comments

Earlier this summer, we took you to the majestic forests of northwest Montana to visit one of North America's premier outdoor destinations, The Resort at Paws Up, which pioneered the concept of glamping, or glamorous camping, that has taken the luxury vacation world by storm.... Read More

The Harvest Inn: A Green Sanctuary in Napa Valley

Jul 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Unlike many hotels and resorts the traveler can see from the road, the Harvest Inn, in St. Helena, Napa Valley, is quite hidden. There is an entrance, but the grounds can't be seen from the road; so even some of the St. Helena natives know of the Harvest Inn, but have never actually experienced it.... Read More

Brush Creek Ranch: All-Inclusive Resort in Wyoming's Platte River Valley

Jul 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

All-inclusive vacations are often thought of as being south of the border, conjuring images of sandy beaches and crashing waves, cheap tequila and thin pi?a coladas. That is all about to change. Nestled between the Snowy Range and Sierra Madres in the breathtaking North Platte River Valley of Wyoming, is the band new Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, an all-inclusive luxury ranch.... Read More

Hotel Le Guanahani & Spa on St. Bart's

Jul 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

The Hotel Guanahani & Spa is the largest luxury hotel on the idyllic island of St. Bart's, the only one that offers a complete resort experience, but with only 68 rooms and suites, the hotel manages to retain a sense of intimacy and charm.... Read More

Montage Laguna Beach: A Slice of the Southern California Good Life

Jun 30, 2011  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

From the moment I rolled in, I felt special. As soon as my auto pulled into the circular drive bellmen swept from the double doors - one to take my car, one for the luggage and one to welcome me. Speaking softly into a mouthpiece (ala Secret Service agent), I overheard the announcement of my arrival.... Read More

Palace Resorts to Suit Any Mexico Vacation

Jun 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Ruth Mitchell

Hola! In Mexico you will always be greeted with a warm smile and friendly face; add to that the convenience and value of flying to Cancun in the heart of the Caribbean and you will find it all - a perfect destination for a convenient getaway.... Read More

Amanresorts' Amangani: Mountain Bliss in Wyoming

Jun 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

What's worthy in Wyoming, resort wise? There's but one answer for that: Amangani. As I've found at the handful of Aman properties I've explored, the Amanresort group makes an unimagined escape a blissful reality. Amangani has much to offer a weary Westerner or well-to-do vagabond. Here are my favorite aspects of Amangani, the "peaceful home."... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay

Jun 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Some things stay the same, some get better. Maui does both! It remains the number one favorite island destination in the world, and for good reason. The sun, sand, surf, ocean breezes, breathtaking vistas, endless activities, sumptuous food and lodging options and the aloha spirit are all irresistible.... Read More

Anguilla's Ani Villas: Remote Island Luxury in the British West Indies

Jun 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Jule Guaglardi  |  1 Comment

Nestled amid the Leeward islands of the Caribbean and positioned just northeast of the bustling island of St. Martin, the tiny 17 by three mile island of Anguilla rests gently among her sisters, quietly beckoning to travelers near and far, with her 30 beautiful beaches and understated demeanor.... Read More

Food and Wine at Meadowood Resort, Napa Valley

Jun 22, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Meadowood Resort is one of the few that has many diverse, curated dimensions. To some, it is remembered as a resort, a Relais & Chateaux hotel, a country inn, a spa, a private club, a hub for the activities of local winemakers and grape growers, a wine education center, a culinary destination with a Michelin Three Star restaurant, and/or a great golf/croquet or tennis haven. To others it is the yearly resort where the Napa Valley Wine Auction is held.... Read More

Mandarin Oriental Miami: Urban Oasis on Biscayne Bay

Jun 16, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Situated on one of Miami’s most prestigious residential areas in Brickell Key, the Mandarin Oriental Miami's waterfront location, welcome guests to experience a stay of luxurious bliss. Whether for business or pleasure, this hotel definitely raises the bar for five-star resorts in this city.... Read More

Enchantment Sedona Announces New Native American Advisory Group

Jun 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Michelle Winner

The experience at Enchantment in Sedona has always embraced the native cultures that visited this Southwest landscape and notably the surrounding red rock walls of Boynton Canyon. But a recent initiative announcement is remarkably well-timed and will provide guests with a most authentic experience.... Read More

Baltic Coastal Spa-ing at Resort-A-Rosa

Jun 16, 2011  |   Contributor: Matthew Graham

"Look, here's another one," I said to my wife Karen. She peered into the doorway of the darkly lit blue sauna. I walked a few feet further within the airy central fountain room of the Travemünde Grande A-Rosa Spa and opened the next door.... Read More

Kura Hulanda Resort, Curacao: Independent Lifestyle in the Caribbean

Jun 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Bijan Bayne

Last October, the island of Curaçao gained its independence from Holland. While the governmental transition will be gradual, this quiet, tropical resort maintains qualities that distinguish it from other Caribbean locales. To take in all Curaçao has to offer, Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino is an ideal destination.... Read More

Spa Anjali at Westin Riverfront in Beaver Creek Fosters Greatness

Jun 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Daron Spaulding didn't begin his career wanting to be a massage therapist; he was actually dating one. After experiencing the healing effects of massage therapy and the delight of helping people through the craft, he was hooked.... Read More

Grand Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui: Five-Star Hawaiian Hotel

May 31, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Located on the island of Maui, Grand Wailea is a testament to luxury resorts worldwide. With 780 rooms, including 52 suites, nine pools, easy beach access, phenomenal shopping at The Shops of Wailea, a world-class spa, and a wide variety of dining options, Grand Wailea is a premier resort destination for celebrities and families alike.... Read More

Balboa Bay Club & Resort: Newport Beach Members Club & Waterfront Hotel

May 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Long before Newport Beach, California was known for "Real Housewives" hijinks and giant luxury shopping malls, it was a sun-splashed, Pacific-edged swathe of pricey beach shacks and yachters’ hangouts.... Read More

Ravella at Lake Las Vegas: Luxury Hotel & Resort Right Off the Strip

May 26, 2011  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Go to Las Vegas for relaxation? Maybe not on the frenzied Strip, but, there is an alternative. Less than 20 quick miles to the east, the Italian influence infused into Ravella at Lake Las Vegas is stunning, luxurious and above all, riposante, restful.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Spa: Five-Star Hotel Spa in Maui

May 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a unique and stunning property, set on 54 acres and surrounded by a 23,000-acre resort. Undergoing an extensive transformation during 2008, the Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is not to be missed while visiting the Magic Isles.... Read More

St. Thomas Frenchman's Reef Resort's $48 Million Renovation

May 19, 2011  |   Contributor: Tim Cotroneo

For 37 years, the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort has delivered stunning views for guests seeking the ultimate Caribbean island experience. Sitting high on a cliff, the property delivers an expansive look at St. Thomas' Charlotte Amalie Harbour.... Read More

St. George, Utah Red Mountain Resort and Spa: Committed to Health and Wellness

May 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  3 Comments

Utah is one of my favorite States. I often think that if Mother Nature had a paintbrush, she made Utah her canvas. The small town of St. George, about a two-hour drive from Las Vegas, sits on the doorstep of Snow Canyon State Park.... Read More

Caribbean Beach Resort Nisbet Plantation on the Island of Nevis

May 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Susan Kohlback

Nisbet Plantation on the island of Nevis in the British West Indies is a very special resort. For the past two years, Nisbet Plantation has earned the coveted designation as the Number One Resort in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas, and Number Six in the world, as voted by readers of Travel & Leisure Magazine.... Read More

Grand Wailea's Spa Grande: A Unique Oasis in Maui

May 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Grand Wailea Resort on Maui is home to a 50,000-square-foot spa. Servicing up to 400 people a day while keeping a tranquil and uncrowded space is no sweat for this luxury spa, cultivating a unique concept of East meets West on the Shores of Hawaii with an extraordinary staff and assembly of talented therapists.... Read More

Vacation Ideas From the World's Coolest Luxury Escapes Book

Apr 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

German uber-luxury publisher teNeues has just anointed the most stylish luxury resorts on the planet in its massive new book Cool Escapes: Top of the World. Eighty of the globe's most glamorous getaways are featured in the voluptuous volume containing over 700 full color photographs.... Read More

Caleton Beach Club & Villas in Punta Cana: Make a Date With Eternity

Apr 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Tim Cotroneo

No sooner have you entered the gates of Cap Cana than you feel like someone has flipped a switch. During the one-mile drive leading up to the Caleton Beach Club & Villas, an unmistakable feeling of hushed anticipation will have you inching forward to the edge of your seat.... Read More

Kapalua Villas Offer Pure Paradise on Maui

Apr 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

We happily, and eagerly, returned to our Pacific playground in November to take advantage of the warm weather, clear skies, blue ocean and everything else that Maui offers. And it offers A LOT.... Read More

Rancho Mirage's Ultimate Palm Desert Oasis: Rancho Las Palmas

Apr 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Some resorts offer a few amenities and then there are resorts so full of offerings that you'd never want to leave the property. Rancho Las Palmas, the Coachella Valley's most alluring destination, is just such a resort.... Read More

Punta Espada Golf Course Ranked Number One in the Caribbean

Apr 13, 2011  |   Contributor: Tim Cotroneo

Imagine lush fairways, the bluest water you've ever seen and a course designed by the world's greatest living golfer. If your golf bucket-list didn't already include Punta Espada in Punta Cana, then keep reading.... Read More

Ritz-Carlton, Denver Home to Talented Massage Therapist

Apr 6, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Ritz-Carlton, Denver is the only Five-Diamond property in the city, thanks in large part to the phenomenal staff, beautiful amenities and downright remarkable customer service. Brian Hughes is a standout in this already elite crowd, a massage therapist at the Four-Star, Four-Diamond Spa at the Ritz-Carlton.... Read More

Hacienda Beach Club and Residences Muy Caliente

Apr 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Whether traveling for a holiday vacation, some much needed rest and relaxation, or looking for the beach, Cabo San Lucas is the perfect getaway for celebrities and families alike.... Read More

Westin Riverfront the Perfect Mountain Getaway

Mar 29, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Nestled in the beautiful Vail Valley at the foot of Beaver Creek Mountain lays the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa.... Read More

The Hermosa Inn: Humble, Historic and Ever Enchanting

Mar 25, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Not every hotel can be considered a boutique property. Like the finest leather bag I own, boutique properties are rich and worn, handcrafted for years by love and hard work. The Hermosa Inn is just this type of place, and the homage to its history makes it ever more endearing.... Read More

Silverado Resort and Spa: Immersed in Napa Valley Beauty

Mar 24, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Napa Valley has long been associated with the images of picturesque vineyards, clear Californian blue skies and flowing bottles of premium wines. Among all this West Coast beauty is one of the long-standing properties in the area, the Silverado Resort and Spa.... Read More

La Costa Resort and Spa: A Retreat for All Ages

Mar 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

The resort icon of Southern California lifestyle may very well be La Costa Resort and Spa, a 400-acre modern Mediterranean-style destination filled with boundless bougainvilleas and Birds of Paradise. The lure of luxury since the 1960s, La Costa Resort and Spa continues to attract discerning travelers and locals alike - myself included. Here are my favorite finds at the property on a recent visit.... Read More

Hotel Yountville: The French Countryside Comes to Napa Valley

Mar 18, 2011  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Napa Valley is one of our all-time favorite destinations: gorgeous hotels and resorts, top-tier restaurants, beautiful weather, indulgent spas and, of course, world-class wines, all in one place.... Read More

Maui: The Best Spas on the Island

Mar 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Debbi & William D. Kickham, Esq.

How can you possibly make a Maui experience any better? Well, Maui itself is so terrific that it's a hard act to follow, but a spa treatment can definitely add some zest and zip to your trip. Especially at these lovely spas. Take a look.... Read More

La Quinta Resort and Club: Land of the Eternal Sun

Mar 15, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Called the "Land of the Eternal Sun" by the Cahillia Indians, La Quinta's history dates all the way back to the 16th Century, when Captain Juan Batista D' Anza recognized La Quinta as the fifth base between Mexico and the San Gabriel Mission.... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Vail Spa: A Summit of Perfection

Mar 14, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Vail Valley is home to the newest Four Seasons property in the brand. Four Seasons Resort Vail has already been captivating guests and locals alike and will be celebrating its Grand Opening later this month.... Read More

St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai: Unsurpassed Island Excellence

Mar 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Kamran Razavi

Of the Hawaiian islands, it is hard to beat the lush scenery and organic beauty of Kauai. And no resort puts you in a better position to admire it than the St. Regis Princeville Resort.... Read More

Barnsley Gardens Resort: Historic Hotel Complete With Fairy Godmother

Mar 7, 2011  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

One hour north of Atlanta, way off on a back road lined with strangling kudzu and dotted with hardscrabble houses, there lies a secret garden.... Read More

St. Regis Bora Bora: Superior Island Luxury

Mar 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

The name St. Regis evokes an air of elegance, luxury and superior service, and the St. Regis Bora Bora is certainly no exception. You can't escape the island's stunning views from any part of the resort; whether you're relaxing in your oceanfront villa, drinking a cocktail at the Lagoon Restaurant or getting pampered at the serene Miri Miri Spa.... Read More

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa: Pure Southern Luxury

Mar 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

In the surprisingly cosmopolitan town of Birmingham, Alabama you can have a deluxe five-star vacation filled with down-home hospitality, beautiful scenery and amazing food while relaxing and rejuvenating your mind and body.... Read More

Sun Valley Resort, Idaho: Summertime Sanctuary

Feb 24, 2011  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

When someone mentions Sun Valley, Idaho you probably envision snow capped mountains, lush winter landscapes, and visions of lounging around the fire sipping on steaming hot cocoa.... Read More

Viceroy Anguilla: Sophisticated Island Luxury

Feb 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

Stunning sophistication maintains a casual island attitude at the Viceroy Anguilla. Everything about this resort screams high-end Caribbean luxury without the stuffy, pretentious vibe.... Read More

Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hotel & Resort: At The Top of Its Class

Feb 23, 2011  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Visitors and residents of Colorado alike have almost all heard of the Broadmoor and for good reason. Located in Colorado Springs and an icon of the industry, this spectacular hotel and resort remains at the top of its class.... Read More

Dubai Hotel Jumeirah The Meydan: Luxury Trackside Resort

Feb 17, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Leave it to Dubai to unfurl the world's first luxury "trackside hotel," a colossal resort that runs endlessly along Dubai's premier horse racetrack, the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.... Read More

Miami Beach Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa: Dedicated to Health and Wellness

Feb 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Miami offers a multitude of magnificent, luxury resorts, but none gives the experience of a more luxuriously healthy, calmer you than Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa Miami Beach.... Read More

Southeast Asia Hideaway: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam

Feb 4, 2011  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  3 Comments

When most people think of a luxurious, tropical vacation they often imagine Hawaii, Fiji or the Caribbean. I happened to be one of those people until I visited the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam and forgot all about those other island retreats.... Read More

Lose Yourself in Luxury at Taj Hotels & Resorts' Two Newly Revamped Properties

Feb 3, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

The Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces group has certainly been busy in the last few years. Operating 66 hotels in 42 regions of India, along with another 16 resorts across the world, this luxury hotel chain has advanced innovation in the hospitality industry since its birth in 1903.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota: Glorious Gulf Coast Relaxation

Feb 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Bijan Bayne

With its hospitable, attentive staff, stately restaurant Vernona, and generous views of the Gulf of Mexico, the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is the ideal base for visiting one of Florida's most traditional destinations.... Read More

The Oberoi Mumbai: Contemporary Elegance on the Arabian Sea

Jan 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Resorts & Spas: Mumbai, India's largest city, has an energy hardly contained by its high-rises, car and cow plugged streets and glittering Arabian Sea. On a recent trip to India, I stayed at The Oberoi, Mumbai, an oasis of elegance and relaxation. Here are my favorite aspects of the property:... Read More

Camping Grounds Reopen in Kenya's Masai Mara

Jan 11, 2011  |   Contributor: Gabriele Sappok-Klink  |  1 Comment

Luxury Resorts: Sala's Camp, The Safari Collection's seasonal tented camp in the Masai Mara, has recently re-opened and welcomes guests back into this enchanting environment.... Read More

Hotel del Coronado Beachfront Spa

Jan 10, 2011  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Luxury Resorts & Spas: As summer wound down, I felt the urge to take one more beach inspired spa escape where I could wiggle my toes in warm sand and listen to the waves splash on the shoreline. I ventured to the Hotel Del Coronado's spa, a Travel and Leisure Top 20 Hotel Spa, for reasons proven by this experience.... Read More

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