Five-Star Hotel in Ecuador, First and Only to Receive Prestigious Award

Oct 22, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

While the quality of tourist facilities varies greatly in Ecuador, there’s no doubt that one of its finest five-star hotels is offering the best in service and accommodations—mostly because they have the awards to prove it. For the second year in a row, Casa Ceibo Boutique Hotel & Spa has been recognized by Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism for helping to promote the country’s tourism and better the experience for travelers. During the ceremony at the San Francisco Plaza in Quito, the luxury resort also took home the Green Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. Making this an even bigger achievement is the fact that Casa Ceibo is Ecuador’s first and only five-star resort to be given this recognition for two consecutive years. Since its opening in October 2009, the... Read More

American Artisans: Martha Stewart's Favorites & More

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

The Audience Choice Award for the inaugural Martha Stewart Presents American Made small business competition went to Brian Howell, who has kept his own beehives and operated Bee Man Candle Company since he was 13 years old. He intends to use his $10,000 cash prize to build educational installations in his New York State retail store.... Read More

Martha Stewart Presents American Made | A Salute to U.S. Artisans

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Independent artisans, cottage businesses and small-town U.S. entrepreneurs are having their day—actually, make it two days—in the spotlight October 17-18, 2012, with the inaugural Martha Stewart Presents American Made live event in Grand Central Station, Manhattan.... Read More

Luxury Furniture That Blends Eastern and Western Beauty

Oct 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

Some of our favorite things in life come from magnificent and dynamic duos (Dolce & Gabbana, Simon and Garfunkel, Mike & Ike’s) and eco-friendly boutique furniture company Mike Lam Design may just be the next team to join these elite twosomes. Mike Lam's artistic design combines with the superb craftsmanship of Steve Thompson to make luxury home décor that functions as furniture, while striving to emotionally connect with the owner.... Read More

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Partners with National Geographic for Responsible Business Week

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

To show its continued to commitment to year-round environmental responsibility, for the third annual Responsible Business Week, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has partnered with National Geographic. Since 2010 the initiative has attracted 250 events around the world wishing to support eco-tourism. According to the brand, "This year, UNESCO has joined the cause with the sustainable tourism initiative 'People Protecting Places' designed to protect and preserve the natural and cultural environments around the globe. To encourage environmental friendly practices for each individual property, IHG developed the online sustainability system Green Engage. The interactive software reached over 4,000 hotels worldwide to assist in managing hotel energy, waste, water, and consumption more effectiv... Read More

Fairmont Hotels Participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

In honor of California Coastal Cleanup Day, California Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, accompanied by friends, family members and recruits, helped clear and haul off everything from old love letters to debris from the most recent Japanese tsunami. “California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state’s largest volunteer event and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts of California is a proud (annual) sponsor of this effort”, says Tom Klein, Regional Vice-President of Operations and General Manager at The Fairmont San Francisco. “Fairmont colleagues in the Golden State clearly demonstrated their support for clean beaches and waterways by turning out in record numbers.... Read More

Ultimate Mountain Escape for Nature Lovers at Switzerland's Whitepod Resort

Oct 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris  |  1 Comment

Drive only an hour from Geneva Airport, to Dents du midi in the Swiss Alps and you will find an interesting place called The Whitepod Resort. There are 15 igloo-like domes each equipped with its own freestanding wood burner, king-sized beds dressed in organic bedding, and full service bathrooms. The side of each pod that is facing down the mountain is made of translucent material, making the view of the sunrise incredible. At this glamping resort, the pods' placement is focused on making guests feel like they are out in nature even as they lay cozy in bed.... Read More

Park Inside The Porsche Design Tower "Sky Garage"

Oct 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza  |  1 Comment

If parking your car in a “sky garage,” waking up to oceanfront views, and ascending to your luxury apartment in glass elevators is your kind of style, then the Porsche Design Tower located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach is where... Read More

Brighten Your Home Without Bulbs Using New LightDrive Lamps

Oct 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari

How many blondes does it take to screw in a light bulb? It takes two blondes – one to hold the light bulb and one to spin the ladder around (insert obligatory chuckle). Light bulb jokes have been a childhood staple for decades now, however, will this moment of comedic (or not so comedic) relief soon become obsolete due to electronic company Radast Design and their new unique and bulb-less lamp, LightDrive? We, for one, sure hope so.... Read More

Inspira Santa Marta First Hotel in Portugal to Earn Green Globe Re-certification

Oct 8, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon, Portugal has been granted a recertification for it's sustainable practices by Green Global. “We are very proud to be the first hotel in Portugal to earn the prestigious Green Globe re-certification and international recognition,” said Nicolas Roucos, General Manager at the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel in Lisbon.... Read More

New Eco-Friendly Designer Already a Hit in Hollywood

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

The Emmys last week officially marked the start of Awards Season— and with that, luxury designer name-dropping. After watching all the Red Carpet recaps last week, we realized there was one designer’s name that we kept hearing over and over again: Oliver Tolentino. And after doing a little research on the new designer, not only are we impressed with his resumé that is already sprinkled with big-name celebrities, but his unconventional approach to luxury women’s fashion is intriguing, as well.... Read More

Australian Sustainable Home

Oct 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sustainable homes are nothing new nowadays. In fact, it's more unusual now to find an architect firm that doesn't care about the environment…or at least doesn't pretend to. Many companies are showing that just because a home is environmentally-friendly doesn't mean it can't fall into the realm of luxury real estate. The Drew House of Queensland, Australia is pretty close to the Great Barrier Reef, which may be why the dwelling looks like a strange research facility from the outside.... Read More

Invade San Diego Homes with Dwell Home Tours

Sep 24, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

If you are a San Diegan, a fan of Modern architecture and have the weekend of November 9th free, then boy do I have an event for you. Get excited, because Dwell Home Tours is coming to grace your glorious city with their presence. Are you tired of touring depressingly empty modern homes? Dwell tours wants to introduce you to a whole new world of... Read More

World's First Living Wall at Sea Comes to Crystal Cruises' Ship

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar  |  1 Comment

Crystal Cruises is claiming an “industry’s first” with its self-contained, freestanding living wall at sea aboard the Crystal Symphony. The wall is the creation of UK-based ANS Group Europe. The company spent two days installing the wall, as the luxury cruise ship sailed from Portland to Dover to complete the 11-night themed-voyage, British Isle Brilliance.... Read More

Meera Sky Garden House Brings Nature Inside

Sep 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Meera Sky Garden House by Guz Architects is a beautiful, lush, eco-friendly house built on prime real estate on Sentosa Island, previously known as Palau Blakang Mati, in Singapore.... Read More

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