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Follow the Path of HRH The Queen of England on This 12-Day Douro River Cruise

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I’ll be the first to admit that cruises typically aren’t my thing; but this 12-day, 11-night Douro River of Portugal getaway has my attention. I could say that it’s because of its interesting shore excursions or that the allure of Portugal drew me in, but let's be honest, it's because of HRH The Queen of England. Why you ask? Just take a gander at her in the below picture when two years ago, everyone's favorite long-living royal put her stamp of approval on the vessel, all the while dressed like vanilla soft serve (also a favorite).

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The New York Palace Offers Exclusive Rarities Reserve Experience With Private Sommelier

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The ultra-luxurious New York Palace hotel is a rare combination of beautifully-preserved Gilded Age architecture and dramatic modern design, pairing an 1882 mansion with a soaring glass tower in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Over 100-years ago prominent financier Henry Villard commissioned Stanford White to build a cluster of opulent Renaissance-style residences on Madison Ave. between 50th and 51st Streets. Later on the Villard Mansions became the foundation of the New York Palace in 1980 when the contemporary addition was constructed.

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InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Shines in One of the City's Swankiest Neighborhoods

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Maria Yates

Before 2015 rolled in, I took my yearly pilgrimage to Yorkville, which is, without a doubt, one of Toronto's swankiest areas. It's also my personal favorite city in the vicinity. Any time of the year Yorkville is trendy and glamorous, and maintains a small-village feel within a large metropolis. But during the month of December, with the extra twinkling of festive lights, it is especially attractive and romantic.

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Try a New Menu Each Month by One of Spain's Culinary Talents at The Table By

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Since its soft debut in late 2014, The Table By pop-up restaurant at URSO Hotel & Spa has been treating guests to a new kind of dining experience, one that features a new chef and different interiors each month. Celebrating some of Spain’s most renowned culinary talents, The Table By completely transforms itself at the arrival of each new chef, from its décor to the wine list.

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Defying Gravity at St. Regis Deer Valley: Trampoline Snowboarding, Elevated Cuisine and a Bear of a Spa Experience

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

I couldn’t resist the idea of joining an anniversary party, especially since this was the celebration of the high-altitude, high-end St. Regis Deer Valley. It is just 39 miles from Salt Lake International Airport and one mile from Park City’s historic Main Street. Being nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, I felt as if I were in another world; lighter, away from the pull of gravity.

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Singapore's Prestigious Fullerton Bay Hotel Offers Unicorn Fur Robes & a Modern High Tea

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

I love Singapore. This tiny island city-state is something of an enigma with its lack of obvious natural resources or sheer land-mass, yet it has fashioned itself as a powerhouse economy of Asia and continues to grow from strength to visionary-strength. It is no surprise that the luxury hotel scene in Singapore is strong.

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Renowned Chef José Andrés to Open Restaurant at new Trump Hotel in D.C.

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Building upon an already impressive portfolio, the Trump Hotel Collection will be opening a D.C. location in 2016 along with a signature restaurant by José Andrés. ThinkFoodGroup announced late last month that the forthcoming eatery will debut in the new property.

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Over 66 Years Later, Balboa Bay Resort Retains its Prestigious Status in Newport Beach

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Newport Beach doesn't actively promote Southern California as an area that has more than just yachts, year-round perfect weather, and stunning, tan residents; nonetheless, So-Cal’s international reputation may very well have started there.  If there's one place in Newport Beach that helped position the area's captivating esteem, it was the Balboa Bay Club.

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Start Planning Your 2016 Rio Summer Games Trip With VIP Tour Group

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s only been a few months since the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but many travelers and tour companies are already planning their trips for the 2016 Rio Summer Games. VIP Tour Group, specializing in unique experiences in South America, has put together a list of all inclusive packages for the world-renowned event.

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Conrad Dublin: A Mix of Friendly Service, a Central Location and Craft Beers

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Conrad Dublin displays a contemporary setting with a speckled marble lobby opening onto the Alex Cocktail Bar where clusters of people gather on soft, blue armchairs and creamy-colored leather sofas next to the baby piano at one end.

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Corinthia Hotel London: 5-Star Quality & the Best UK Spa in the City

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Stunning and almost surreal, in style and size, a stay at London’s Corinthia Hotel is well worth it, even if only for its superb spa spanning four floors. Close to the River Thames and on the doorstep of Trafalgar Square, Westminster and Covent Garden, this luxury property with a distinct contemporary palatial ambiance, opened four years ago.

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

Dec 31, 1969  |   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.  

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Phase One of Le Méridien New Orleans’ $29M Renovations Complete

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Starwood Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled phase one of their newly renovated Le Méridien New Orleans luxury hotel. The $29 million transformation boasts 410 redesigned guestrooms (including 22 suites), 1,600 square feet of meeting and event space, a destination restaurant called LMNO that serves New American cuisine, and Le Méridien Hub (which is a coffeehouse by day and a wine bar by night). 

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Watch the Fireworks Over the Bay at The St. Regis SF's Bubbles and Baubles NYE Bash

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you’re heading to the City by the Bay for December 31, The St. Regis San Francisco is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bubbles & Baubles bash. Teaming up with Shreve & Co and the acclaimed Waterbar restaurant, the hotel will be throwing a grand party complete with luxurious perks and amenities.

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Taking On China: 8 of the Country's Best Cities to Visit on Your Next Asian Adventure

Dec 31, 1969  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

The very thought of navigating through China and having to choose which cities to visit and which to avoid, can seem daunting. Yet, with its complicated past, iconic monuments, fascinating architecture and intriguing cuisine, the world’s most populous country has so much to offer travelers.

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