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Vietnam On the Rise Among Tourists, A Look at the Southeast Asian Country

Sep 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At Virtuoso Travel Week Conference in Las Vegas in 2015, we learned about the “Hot 10,” countries which have seen the biggest jump in year-over-year bookings. Southeast Asia, as a whole, is an emerging hotspot for travelers, and Vietnam tops the list as having seen a rise in tourism (up 270 percent from last year). This is in part due to more visitors seeking experiential travel rather than just a place to lay on the beach all day long.

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10 Years at Aman's Turks and Caicos Paradise

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

An anniversary is an excellent reason to stay at an Aman resort; not that anyone needs a particular celebratory excuse to visit one of the brand’s 31 properties. All its hotels boast beautiful views, uncanny locations, and a world-class staff. This year, Aman’s breathtaking Turks and Caicos property Amanyara, celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Dozens of so-called adamant fans of the Aman resort group, among many other devotees of this particular property, arrived for a week-long stay. If you weren’t there, don’t worry, the celebration continues for the remainder of 2016.

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6 of Our Favorite Resorts in Thailand

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Rudd

Thailand is well known for its white sand beaches and beautiful crystal clear blue waters, all set amongst lush tropical jungles. When it comes to accommodations, the country’s high-end hotels are renowned for their service and plethora of amenities including poolside retreats and exciting water sports. If you’ve ever had a Thai massage, then you’ll understand why it’s also a haven for spa lovers. With so great many options for resorts to choose from, here’s a list of our favorite properties scattered across Thailand.

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Shangri-La Toronto Shows Off Its Elegance in New Video

Jul 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The beauty of Shangri-La hotels is that no matter which city you’re in, you know that you can always count on a zen-like atmosphere within its doors. Pairing elegantly-modern furnishings and city-specific touches, each property is familiar yet unique. In the latest video for their Toronto hotel, you get that same sense of serenity from the moment it begins.

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AccorHotels Finalizes $2.7 Billion Fairmont Acquisition

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

AccorHotels has officially finalized its deal to purchase FRHI Hotels & Resorts for $2.7 billion yesterday. The acquisition consists of $480 million in cash and 46.7 million shares, adding 155 more properties to Accor’s portfolio.

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London's Victorian Grand Dame Hotel

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Built in 1865, and one of London's grandest hotels catering to tourists traveling there on the developing railway network, the five-star Langham sits directly across from the BBC, the company that owned it until 1965.

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This Dreamy Resort Opens in St. Barths This October

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you have yet to set a destination for your fall travel plans, you may want to consider St. Barths. Come October 1, Le Barthélemy hotel will open in the Bay of Grand Cul de Sac along a 600-foot beachfront location that is part of the Nature Reserve of Saint-Barthélemy. Created by designer Sybille de Margerie, its interiors feature natural materials, plenty of light and create a dreamy and understated vibe.

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Philly's Ritz-Carlton Pays Tribute to its Moneyed Past

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Leave it to one of the most well-respected luxury brands to design a hotel around the color of money. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, has revealed its yearlong, multi-million dollar renewal project featuring a new design based on the textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze. It’s a nod to the rich lifestyle within, and the building’s moneyed past. 

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Sardinia’s Forte Village is Packed With Kid-Friendly Entertainment

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With more than 30 restaurants and bars and 61 different room categories, it doesn't get much better than the Forte Village resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, 25 miles from Cagliari and its international airport. Making it even more attractive is the fact that the entire property has just undergone an estimated USD $33 million renovation and a new open-air theater seating 5,000 people is set to open this summer. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will be the venue’s first musical performance.

 

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Grand Velas' Billionaire's Wedding Package in Mexico

Jul 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We love a good over-the-top wedding, especially if it involves a warm, sunny and beachside destination. This year, Grand Velas in Mexico is giving couples a chance to celebrate in high style with their Billionaire’s Wedding Package.

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Could New Yorkers Be Living in the Waldorf Astoria Soon?

Jun 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Soon New Yorkers may be able to live at the Waldorf Astoria. Now owned by China-based Anbang Insurance Group, the hotel is in talks of turning 1,000 rooms into condos. In 2015, the group submitted plans to gut the 12th and 24th floors which look to potentially be for the new units.

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6 Luxury Hotels Doubling as Art Galleries

Jun 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Around the world, luxury hotels have become more than just a place to lay your head at night. With unique amenities such as complimentary Porches, in-room shopping sprees with a local designer, and custom tequila bottles left as a welcome amenity for guests in Mexico, properties are setting themselves apart through more than just their guestrooms. Another way they are doing so is by showcasing world-class artwork throughout the hotel. If you’re an art aficionado, check out these six hotels whose collections are just about as envy-inducing as any museum’s.

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These Destinations Will Get Your Teen Excited About Family Travel

Jun 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Teenagers are a great study in patience when traveling. Anyone who’s ever visited another city with a 15-year-old in tow knows that keeping them happy and entertained means a successful vacation for everyone. Even if luxury hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants are the backdrops to your ideal getaways, they may not be exactly what your minor wants to experience while away. Here are five destinations to visit that’ll ensure your teen comes home in high spirits:

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Four Seasons' New Private Island Retreat is a UNESCO Hideaway

Jun 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This month, Four Seasons unveiled the newest addition to its collection, a private island retreat located on a UNESCO hideaway located in a World Biosphere Reserve. Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah, Baa Atoll will open later this year on the five-acre archipelago and will be available to exclusive, whole-island bookings only.

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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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