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Shangri-La Releases New Video Showcasing Tropical Paradise Surrounding Boracay Resort

Dec 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Boracay in the Philippines was voted #2 best island destination in the world by Travel + Leisure readers in 2013. Sitting among lush green foliage is Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa, a 219-room property that offers panoramic views of the Sibuyan Sea and luxury accommodations surrounded by natural beauty, of which you can see plenty in the newly released video above.  ... Read More

The Family-Owned Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Mexico is Extravagant, Authentic & Wild

Dec 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The first thing you should know is that I have never stayed at an Iberostar resort before. I had heard of the brand (as it is very well-known in Europe), and is one of the few that has a cruise ship, the Grand Amazon, that journeys down the Brazil side (in contrast to the Peru side) of the Amazon.... Read More

La Quinta Resort & Club's Multi-Million Dollar Restoration Offers New Reasons to Escape to the Desert

Nov 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When I was young, Palm Springs made me think of heat and the elderly—but that's only because I really had no experience with the area other than where my parents dragged me. Adolescent me had no idea what she was missing. As an adult, I associate the desert area with the gigantic Cabazon Dinosaurs, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Salton Sea, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, amazing thrift stores, Salvation Mountain, and of course, peaceful dessert nights. Now, after visiting La Quinta Res&... Read More

Secluded, Romantic & Lavish: Conrad Koh Samui is What Traveling Well is All About

Nov 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sometimes I wonder if I chose a life of traveling or if it chose me; the age-old “What came first?” question. At five it was El Salvador, at 16 it was all about Costa Rica, and later Spain sealed my love for the world. A plethora of destinations followed over the years. Twenty five years after that first overseas trip, Thailand brought me right back to that same place of awe and discovery.  ... Read More

Live the Rockstar Life at Eden Rock St Barths' 16,000-Square-Foot Villa

Nov 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Sarah Gilbert

Our puddle-jumper flew over pool-blue water and red-tiled rooftops before threading its way through two jagged, green peaks, and as I gave a sharp intake of breath, landed perfectly on the second shortest runway in the Caribbean. An equally short drive later and we were being greeted by our personal butler at the door to Eden Rock’s Villa Rockstar.... Read More

Miraval Resort & Spa: A Luxurious Approach to Creating a Life in Balance

Nov 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Christina Stewart

Imagine a place that is as serene as it is luxurious, and as rich in self-discovery as it is in world-class amenities. Miraval Resort & Spa located in Tucson, Arizona is a place unlike any other, dedicated to creating personal experiences that are both balanced and rewarding.... Read More

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is Looking for their Next Iconic Dish from Rising JBF Chefs

Nov 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Recently, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts launched a new global gastronomy-focused program in partnership with world-renowned culinary arts organizations such as the James Beard Foundation to reinforce the brand’s commitment to culinary excellence and create a platform for rising star chefs.... Read More

Take Your Practice Deeper With CorePower's Yoga on the Rocks and Blue Osa Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica

Nov 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Jennifer Chan

If you’ve been hankering for a rejuvenating experience unlike anything else, consider escaping on a yoga retreat for the ultimate getaway in mind, body and spirit. I recently had the privilege of doing just that on not one, but two yoga-centric trips this past summer, and I can say with confidence that they both changed me for the better.... Read More

Seven Years in the Making: The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage Finally Open

Nov 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When San Diegans want to take a mini-vacation from our ever-beautiful-sunshine-filled-tourist-destination (humble brag), we head to the desert. I know, this probably seems counter-productive, but sometimes we just need a little bit of peace and quiet from our constantly busy city. And, being only a three-hour drive away, Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley are just the places to do so.... Read More

Classy Cancun: Club Med is a Lavish Breath of Fresh Air for Vacationing Families & Couples

Oct 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

Cancun—the city of spring break, 24-hour nightclubs and more alcohol than a fraternity could down in a week—or at least that’s what I’ve always thought. Before last weekend I had never been there and its tales of rumpus frivolity and potentially illicit activities did not put it high on the list of places I needed to see before I die, but that was until I actually visited the coastal city.... Read More

Ka’anapali Beach Resort: Which Hotel to Choose for Your Hawaiian Vacation

Oct 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Michelle Winner  |  2 Comments

Think of Hawai'i and immediately you envision a wide, sun-kissed expanse of sparkling sand, gentle waves for surf riding and a dramatic ocean view. Ka’anapali Beach Resort has all of this, in fact it has consistently been named among the best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor and was named Best Beach in America by Dr. Beach in 2003.... Read More

Autumn Spa-ing at The Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Spa

Sep 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Marjorie Hope Rothstein

Remember the movie, Pretty Woman and its scenes from the world famous Rodeo Drive? Those same haute couture salons and ateliers are still just as fashionable and exclusive today as they were when the film was first released. And down the street in this mecca of wealth and glittering storefronts sits the swanky and  landmark Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and its prestigious spa.... Read More

The Southwest’s Best Spa Menu Treatments That Are Good Enough to Eat

Sep 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Hot rock massage? That’s so 10 years and 50 min. ago. Twenty-four karat gold facial? I’d rather wear it around my ring finger. Reiki? Really? As a dedicated spa connoisseur, I’ve experienced a wealth of treatments including classic, exotic, native, alternative, indulgent and downright ridiculous. ... Read More

7 Reasons to Choose Ibiza's Hacienda Na Xamena for Your Honeymoon

Sep 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher  |  4 Comments

Ibiza, the sexy bohemian land brings images of clubs, topless beaches and hedonism. But what does the island actually have to offer? Simple; whatever you want it to, including a romantic, private getaway. The perfect blend of nature and luxury, Ibiza has long been known for its wild nightlife and parties, but it is also a magical place to relax and regroup.... Read More

Go Heli-Fishing in the Middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia

Sep 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield  |  5 Comments

Have you ever been helicopter fishing? No, it doesn’t mean fishing for helicopters. It means having your own private helicopter with a pilot who is as good a fisherman and mountain guide as he is at piloting. Swooping up over 50,000 square feet of pristine rainforest, when his trained eye spots a river filled with jumping salmon, he will head straight down to land on a tiny piece of terrain at a riverbed noisy with the sound of the sparkling, spawning fish. Once there, you can throw in your line and pull them in to your heart’s content.... Read More

The Glittering Raffles Istanbul is Now Open & You're Going to Want to Stay Here

Sep 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

In 2013, it was all about Cape Town, South Africa and Rio de Janiero, Brazil (fùtbol fever) for best travel destinations in 2014. This year, more and more articles, photos and travel packages are coming across my desk with trips to Istanbul, Turkey. And in April, TripAdvisor ranked the Turkish city as the #1 Most Popular Travel Destination in the World.... Read More

Delano Las Vegas: Sin City's Newest Desert Oasis is Now Officially Open and Unlike Anything Else on The Strip

Sep 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

Today Sin City’s newest hotel Delano Las Vegas has opened. Formerly known as THEhotel, Delano is the result of a massive renovation, where nearly every dimension of the original resort has been re-imagined.  The 43-story property is operated through a partnership between MGM Resorts International and Morgan’s Hotel Group and is non-gaming and non-smoking.... Read More

Get Your Girlfriends Together & Spend a Day at The Resort at Pelican Hills' New Spa Suite

Sep 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

Something has changed at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Newport Beach's only five star resort, which sits above the rolling greens of its two internationally-acclaimed golf courses with a panorama of the Pacific Ocean, is now a tough reservation. It's bustling. On a recent stay at the resort, I happily observed the flutter of guests everywhere and throngs of attentive staff as the bellhop noted, "Why, yes, the world is well aware of Pelican Hill now."... Read More

4 Resorts Offering Farm-To-Massage-Table Treatments on the West Coast

Aug 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen  |  1 Comment

Though the farm-to-table movement has long been a fixture on the fine-dining scene, luxury spas across the country are heading into the garden as well to harvest healing plants and herbs and incorporate them in innovative new treatments. Here is how four West Coast spas are taking advantage of nature’s bounty to pamper their guests to the fullest.... Read More

Spa Treatments: Putting Your Best Bod Forward

Aug 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Miami Spa Month

With Miami Spa Month in full swing, we thought it’d be helpful to get a breakdown on some of the spa treatments available at most facilities. Once you learn how to get the best out of your spa day, look into pairing treatments together to put your best bod forward at the end of your session.... Read More

Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa is a Mountain Retreat Where You Can Get Lost in the Pines

Aug 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

After 2.5 hour drive from San Diego to Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, my wife and I were ready to escape the intensity of the sun and find our way to our suite. Though we had looked up weather for Lake Arrowhead prior to our trip, the fact that the lake and resort are located at such a high altitude must have played a psychological trick on us considering, even after reading the forecasts, neither of us were prepared for the heat.... Read More

Hotel Arts Barcelona Opens 43 The Spa With World-Renowned Natura Bissé Products

Aug 1, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The ever-so-cool Hotel Arts Barcelona is getting even better with the opening of 43 The Spa this month. Located on the 43rd floor of the property and offering panoramic views of the coastline, the facility will offer treatments by the luxury Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.... Read More

The New Hard Rock Ibiza Sets a Five-Star Standard on the Sunny, Sexy Isle

Jul 31, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Think of Ibiza and the mind conjures images of all-night dance parties on the beach, neo-hippies and modern bohemians indulging in too much sun, sand and libations. Think of the Hard Rock Hotel and you probably picture a pool party in Vegas, perhaps with the same spirit of carefree abandon but different clothes (or lack thereof), and music. Now the two have merged with the opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, an impressive beachfront development that brings a new dimension to Ibiza’s burgeoning luxury hospitality scene.... Read More

The Value of a $1,500 Skin Treatment Program: In Search Of The Gold Orchid at the Waldorf Astoria's Guerlain Spa

Jul 31, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

I am one of the lucky ones, as I was introduced to the Guerlain brand when I was about five, and could actually smell my mother’s Shalimar perfume before she entered the room. It was a heady scent, of vanilla and other things I couldn’t yet name. But I associated Guerlain with Shalimar and Shalimar with her, for years.... Read More

Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Throw the Party of the Year With Around the World Trip

Jul 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is throwing itself one helluva 20th birthday party. Being touted as a one-of-a-kind “journey of discovery” in celebration of their anniversary, the brand is offering an Around the World in 20 Ways package.... Read More

Six Senses Expands Into Europe With New Douro Valley Resort Opening in 2015

Jul 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I mean, c’mon, that view, that glistening pool, the cocktail that will undoubtedly be in your hand—don’t act like you’re not impressed by Six Senses’ first European property. Located in the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the well-known spa brand is expanding in the region's wine country with an opening slated for spring of 2015.... Read More

Event Recap: The Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara Resort & Spa

Jul 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Although there are many ways to enjoy a Santa Barbara getaway, none may be more deliciously educational than the annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, which was held at the Bacara Resort & Spa from June 6 to 8. Dedicated to the memory of longtime resident Julia Child, the weekend celebrates all that is local through a series of tasting events and seminars which introduce the public to the array of products, purveyors, chefs, and producers of outstanding nibbles and sips.... Read More

The Mulia Boutique Property is Breathing Fresh Life into the Bali Luxury Hotel Scene

Jul 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It has been a rough few years for Bali. Once the premier luxury Southeast Asian beach destination for jetsetters and backpackers alike, the island suffered a downturn after the 2002 bombings (Eat, Pray, Love popularity notwithstanding), and a raft of new competing destinations like the Maldives, Koh Samui in Thailand and Danang in Vietnam began to grow in popularity.... Read More

Luang Prabang's Amantaka Resort & Spa is Filled With Luxury, A Sense of Place & History

Jul 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It is rare to find a hotel that blends luxury, history and a unique sense of place under one roof, but travelers who venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, can find all three at Amantaka.... Read More

Four Seasons Ups the Ante With Exclusive Extraordinary Experiences Collection

Jun 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Always looking to add new and wonderfully luxurious perks to travelers who choose their hotels, Four Seasons has recently unveiled a new set of activities through a program called "Extraordinary Experiences." At numerous Four Seasons locations around the globe, guests have the chance to partake in truly marvelous adventures.... Read More

4 of the Best Traditional Spa Treatments in All of Asia

Jun 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Many of Asia’s cultures have a long history of healing techniques and traditional medicines. Some of the continent’s top luxury hotel spas now incorporate these treatments into their menus for the ultimate pampering experience. In my search for Asia’s best spa treatments, I came across four that stood out above the rest:... Read More

Azura on Benguerra Island: The African Beach Retreat Giving Back to its Community

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

Benguerra Island isn’t the easiest beach destination to reach in Africa, but once you arrive on the unspoiled island with a population of 2,000, it’s easy to realize that the trip was well worth it. Located off the coast of Vilanculos, Mozambique, Benguerra Island (pronounced Ben-gwer-a) is only accessible via helicopter or private plane, which is its own mini-adventure offering picturesque views of the Indian Ocean and small villages below during the short 15-minute flight.... Read More

Is This What You Had in Mind When You Requested 'Al Fresco' Dining?

Jun 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

When Soneva Kiri resort says “al fresco dining,” they really mean it; no seriously, like in a Swiss-Family-Robinson kind of way. Seated in a private bamboo pod, guests are invited to dine among Thailand’s rainforest while strung high above the ground with 360-degree views. In case that wasn’t enough, just wait until you watch your personal server deliver your meal via zip-line acrobatics.... Read More

Spontaneous, Eco-Conscious, Social & Other 2014 Wedding Trends As Seen at Top Hotels

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It’s nearly wedding season, so congratulations to all couples en route to their “I do” moment. We won’t say “en route to the altar,” because altars aren’t a necessary element anymore—and neither are white dresses, seating arrangements or shoes, for that matter. A luxury wedding in 2014 is all about creating maximum joy and meaningfulness for the couple and the guests. If traditions fit into the plan, great, if not, they get a reboot. Here are some of our favorite trends, sourced from wedding experts in top destinations.... Read More

Jamaica Gets Some Karisma With The Newly Renovated All-Inclusive Azul Sensatori Resort

May 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Chanize Thorpe  |  2 Comments

In the past, all-inclusive resorts weren’t considered a luxury vacation. The one-price-pays-all concept would consist of mediocre accommodations, watered down cocktails in plastic cups, and uninspired cuisine in buffet-style restaurants. Well, times have changed, and the proof is in the pudding at the new Azul Sensatori Jamaica, which officially welcomed guests in April 2014 after a super-quiet soft opening in December 2013. ... Read More

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Europe Unveil 4 New Auto Packages

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Four driving packages have recently become available at various Intercontinental Hotel & Resort locations throughout Europe. Looking to burn rubber in exotic vehicles while calling incredible resorts your base of operations? Check out one of these programs from InterContinental:... Read More

Four Seasons Resort Maui is Helping You Get in Shape Next Winter

Apr 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Every year since 2011, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea puts together a collection of instructional fantasy camps that center around athletic and culinary experiences. Called the Unforgettable Events Series, the programs focuses on building exploratory travel experiences that highlight both the array of activities available around the island and resort's amenities.... Read More

Balloon Rides, Tequila Tastings & Mexican Cuisine at San Miguel de Allende

Apr 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

There’s never been a better time to visit San Miguel de Allende. The historic town in the hills of the central highlands is renowned for its perfectly preserved Spanish colonial architecture (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and bustling arts scene. Around town, the large expat population makes the rounds appearing at endless openings, lectures and art classes. In this city, one of the country’s finest luxury hotels, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, opened near the town center in 2011 and has become a byword for elegant vacationing. ... Read More

Take a Last-Minute Family Trip to The French Alps Before Ski Season Ends

Apr 14, 2014  |   Contributor: AJ Jordan

The end of the ski season is fast approaching, and Club Med Valmorel is one of the last resorts in the French Alps to remain open in April. If you caught the ski bug this year and haven’t had the opportunity to break out the equipment, why not gather up the passports for a family trip to the French Alps?... Read More

The Renovated Inn at Rancho Santa Fe a Perfect Getaway for a Summer Vacation

Apr 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Last summer, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe underwent a $12 million restoration, and I recently took a trip to experience the hotel and some of its newest changes. With a tradition of guest serenity and personal attention, I found that the property's new spa and restaurant make for spectacular additions to its 12 acres of manicured grounds and pleasantly helpful staff.... Read More

The Renovated Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Adds a Contemporary Feel to the Classic Lodge

Apr 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has majestically held its place on the mountain in Beaver Creek for several years. Rustic, elegant design makes this larger-than-life lodge feel at home on the Colorado mountainside, but recent renovations have taken this AAA four-diamond property to the next level. Chic interior design updates, new lounge spaces and innovative fine dining abound at the new property.... Read More

Thief Hotel Opens New Cutting-Edge Spa in True Scandinavian Style

Mar 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When dealing with Scandinavian designers, you’re almost guaranteed a unique product and an aesthetic that is sleek and unconventional. Last year The Thief hotel in Olso, Norway opened its doors and impressed its visitors with its modern design, inspiring pieces from up-and-coming Norwegians and The Oslo Suite which offers a 360-degree panoramic view from its rooftop terrace.... Read More

Feel Good About a Stay at The D.R.'s Eco-Conscious Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge

Mar 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Since 1980, ecotourism been transforming the way the world viewed travel through a lens of sustainable and global ecological practices. Today, more and more hotels are taking steps to offer eco-friendly options or have chosen to become completely free of non-natural elements. Over the years, critics have come to question the benefit of ecotourism, even suggesting the term itself is an oxymoron. While the debate remains on whether it helps the environment, we’re happy to see the hotel industry looking for more ways to reduce their carbon footprints.... Read More

The Joule Hotel in Dallas Debuts New Artistic Look & $10,000 Nightly Penthouses

Mar 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

When Hollywood types head to Dallas, they make a beeline for the five-star Joule Hotel. Not only is it the chicest place to stay, but it’s owned by oil tycoon, real estate developer and movie mogul Tim Headington (The Departed, The Aviator, The Tourist and Hugo). ... Read More

ONDA Spa Opens at the New Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica

Mar 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Among the lush landscapes of Costa Rica, the newly opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is giving travelers another reason to visit its property, with the launch of their spa. Spread across 11,000 square feet, ONDA Spa offers treatments tailored to suit each patron’s individual skin types and needs.... Read More

Luxury Goes Au Naturel at Hidden Beach Nudist Resort in the Mexican Riviera

Feb 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Located in the tropical paradise of the Mexican Riviera is the Hidden Beach Resort. At the striking gated entryway as you walk past duo statues of stone frogs (symbolizing cleansing, renewal and transformation) and through massive solid wood doors, a different kind of luxury awaits.... Read More

Keep Warm This Winter With These 8 Spa Treatments Around the World

Feb 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

To those of you shivering through the latest snow emergency, we found eight spas that want to help you out by cocooning you in heated blankets, pampering you like a baby in crèche-like warming rooms, and maybe even wrapping you in tepid seaweed. We bet that by now, if it promises to lift the chill from your bones, you’ll be the first to sign up.... Read More

Can You Expect Miracles at Tucson's Miraval Resort & Spa?

Feb 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

“Expect Miracles,” states a sign about half a mile from Miraval Resort & Spa in Tuscon, Arizona, the destination spa that has nourished the souls of more than a quarter of a million guests since its opening in 1995. It surely sets an expectation for the resort, even though the sign isn’t affiliated with the property. Every time I run by this sign while out at Miraval though, I smile, finding how ideal a statement this is for the resort that has soothed and replenished guests for nearly two decades.... Read More

Charleston's Wild Dunes Resort: A Culinary Journey Through the South

Feb 21, 2014  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Spend a few days in Charleston South Carolina's Low Country and you'll either hear about Wild Dunes Resort or be staying there. An iconic beach getaway across the harbor from downtown Charleston in Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is a sanctuary from the everyday. And it’s culinary offerings are just as impressive.... Read More

Arizona's Mii amo Spa Lives Up to Its Laundry List of Accolades

Feb 20, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

As an avid spa-goer, visiting Mii amo Spa at Enchantment Resort, had been on my short list for quite some time. After all, you don’t rack up a laundry list of accolades ranging from the “#1 Destination Spa in the World” by Travel + Leisure, “10 Best Destination Spas” by Condé Nast Traveler, or recognition from big hitters such as Spa Finder, Andrew Harper, and the Travel Channel, if you’re not doing everything right.... Read More

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay: The Bay Area's Stunning Castle on a Cliff

Feb 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Crashing surf roars below the picturesque setting of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Atop a seaside cliff, the property feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco—pumpkin and Christmas tree farms speckle the landscape and a scenic oceanside drive sets the tone before even stepping foot on the property.... Read More

Natural Beauty, Captivating Cuisine and Laid Back Luxury on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

Feb 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

You could easily spend several years worth of winter vacations in Mexico without going beyond the confines of Cabo San Lucas, Cancun or the Riviera Maya. But to do so would be to miss out on some of the very best scenery the country has to offer. The Riviera Nayarit, stretching over some 200 miles of picture perfect Pacific coastline, arcs up over Puerto Vallarta—a convenient place to fly in to but best left to the cruise ship crowd. That includes over 190 miles of beaches and oceanic wonders, but also several lakes, rivers, mountains and rainforest well worth exploring.... Read More

Jamaica's Four-Star Hotel With Front Row Seats to Negril's Beautiful Caves

Feb 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Have you ever been asked to go spelunking? You know, that little activity that leads you deep into black caves with just a small flashlight on your head and a hope that you will come out alive in the end? Sure, you could be into that sort of thing (count me out), but instead of bonding with local bats and large insects, you could just as well book a room at The Caves Hotel & Spa for a different kind of caving experience.... Read More

Celebrate The Resort at Pelican Hill's 5-Year Anniversary With Epicurean Experiences

Feb 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Recently, I couldn’t resist revisiting the Resort at Pelican Hill resort, the opulent Mediterranean inspired property now celebrating its five-year anniversary. Since its opening, the quiet retreat has amassed dozens of elite travel accolades, from Andrew Harper's lists to Travel + Leisure’s best resorts of the world. The crown jewel of Irvine Company’s portfolio, The Resort at Pelican Hill has become quite the epicurean’s destination.... Read More

Capella Pedregal Resort Might Just Be Cabo San Lucas' Best Five-Star Hotel

Feb 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s a moment upon arrival—after you pass the larger-than-life steel entrance gates and continue on through the 1,000-foot torch-lit private tunnel—when it hits you, a quiet awareness of the beauty that lies ahead; a feeling that leaves you speechless. For those few seconds before exiting your chauffeured Escalade, Capella Pedregal hotel sits in front of you like a new crush that you can't stop admiring.... Read More

Retrace the Steps of European Royalty at India's Taj Falaknuma Palace

Jan 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Suzanne Weinstock Klein

Hyderabad, India is off the beaten path for tourists on the sub-continent. Jokingly called Cyberabad, the city is better known for its IT call centers than for its sightseeing. But drawn by reports of a palatial hotel, the Taj Falaknuma Palace, off to Hyderabad I went.... Read More

Take a Swim in Beer Barrels at the Unique Thermalbad & Spa Zurich

Jan 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

If you thought breweries were only good for beers, food and cool meet-up spots for friends and family, think again. Thanks to the creative thinking of the Swiss back in 2010, the building that once held barrels full of Hürlimann beer has been transformed into Thermalbad & Spa Zurich. Connected to Boutique Hotel + Spa Hürlimann-Areal and run by Aqua-Spa-Resorts AG, the retreat is spread over 10,800 square feet.... Read More

Six Senses Esentai Opens in Central Asia's Tallest Building

Jan 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Travelers visiting Kazakhstan in Central Asia in the coming months, will have a new option for a spa treatment with opening of Six Senses Spa at the 37-story Esentai Tower (the tallest in the region). Known for their luxurious accommodations and wellness centers, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is located around the world as well as in prestigious hotels. It is comprised of nine resorts and 28 spas.... Read More

Grand Velas Riviera Maya Makes the All-Inclusive Experience Even More Luxe

Jan 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

With a $250 million development situated on 80 acres with a 75,000-square-foot spa, 15 food and beverage options and a 3-to-1 staff to guest ratio—the numbers at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, one of the most luxurious beach resorts, prove truly inspiring. The AAA Five-Diamond resort blows other resorts out of the water by going one step further by re-defining the all-inclusive experience. ... Read More

Experience Exclusive Benefits With the Royal Service Sector of Paradisus Cancun

Jan 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

There are many, many resorts lining the beaches of Cancun (one of the world’s most beautiful locales), and navigating the various options and offerings can be a daunting task. For those seeking a truly luxurious sojourn, it is well worth looking at the resorts-within-a-resort that some of the newer all-inclusive properties offer. Among them, the adults-only Royal Service section of the Paradisus Cancun Resort is a standout.... Read More

Sleep in "The Center of the World" at Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa in Chile

Jan 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you zoom in just close enough on Google Maps, you may notice a small speck of a dot located 2,200 miles west of Chile. That mark is Isla de Pascua (Easter Island) and has a population of around 5,035 inhabitants on its 62-square-mile plot of land. It has been called "The Center of the World" and is considered the most remote inhabited island on the planet, with no other landmass being as isolated. ... Read More

Constance Moofushi: A Barefoot Elegance Resort Among the Maldives Islands

Jan 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

The seaplane I was traveling in glided effortlessly through the air, honing in on a small island in the middle of the glimmering Indian Ocean. It was a faultless landing, and smiling faces greeted passengers on a stretch of white sand beach. After the 30-minute flight from the capital, Male, I was taken to the five-star resort Constance Moofushi on the south-western edge of the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The view is breathtaking.... Read More

Snap Pics with a National Geographic Photographer at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

Jan 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there; while on vacation we’ve zoomed in on an exotic flower with our digital SLR’s and blurred the background to create (what we consider) an artistic effect. As impressive as the image is, there is still much to be learned about taking truly striking photographs of wildlife.... Read More

What's a $5,000 Per Night Price Tag When Paradise is on The Other End?

Jan 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Laucala, a private island refuge in the South Pacific, is home to 25 Fijian-styled luxury villas among dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches. Sitting on over 3,400 acres, the tropical hideaway is situated amid coconut plantations atop the island’s volcanic mountains.... Read More

 
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