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Practice Wellness This June at Four Seasons in Santa Barbara

Jun 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The sophisticated coastal town of Santa Barbara has long been a picture-perfect outpost for the health-conscious California lifestyle, and the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore has always set the local standard. The historic resort will host a special four-day, three-night wellness retreat from June 26-29, focusing on health, fitness and well-being.

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Children Should be Seen and Not Heard? Luxury Hotels Beg to Differ

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Jessica Hines

Luxury hotels have long been advertised as chic destinations for affluent guests; places where kids are at worst not welcome, or at best must always be on their finest behavior. These days, however, the luxury market is becoming extremely child inclusive. Which is not surprising since the challenges that confront families are the same no matter what income-bracket you are in.

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Grand Velas Set to Open Los Cabos Resort in November

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Grand Velas Los Cabos is set to open in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula this November, and is touting itself as “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare.” Among its accommodations, a standout are the six two-level Wellness Suites. The spaces feature a spa concierge, Vitamin C sprinkler and crudité minibar. Or should you need a little extra room, the oversize designer suites boast ocean views, private terraces and plunge pools.

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The Suite Life: The Presidential and Ritz-Carlton Suites in San Francisco

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Traveling up Stockton Street in San Francisco, there’s building after building, all beautiful and historic. And then there's the Ritz-Carlton. It is a massive, white, seven ionic-columned, neo-classical building on Nob Hill. Winner of so many hospitality awards, it’s easy to lose count. Built in 1909, it was once the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Pacific Coast headquarters.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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The Low Down on Luxury Hotels & Private Jet Partnerships

Jun 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotel brands and private jet partnerships seem like a natural collaboration, yet the number of high-end properties partnering with aircrafts is pretty slim. Other than Las Vegas which has its fair share of jet alliances (makes complete sense), many of our favorite global brands have yet to jump on the trend.

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Peru: The Destination With a Little Bit of Everything

May 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

When we travel, we try to pack an entire life experience in the span of a week. Typically we seek out the best of both worlds: ocean breezes and mountain views, metropolitan cities with a deep sense of culture embedded into them, or a pampered visit that still allows us to still be active when we want. Peru is blessed with picturesque landscapes endowed with Pre-Columbian history, and is firmly placed on every experienced traveler’s bucket list.

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Billionaire's Love Project Could Become World's Most Luxurious Hotel

May 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Macau is no stranger to glitz and glamour, and with the introduction of a The 13 hotel created by Chinese billionaire Stephen Hung, that reputation for extravagance isn’t going anywhere soon. Said to have cost investors $1.4 billion, the 200-villa property will open later this summer.

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3 Michelin-Starred Chef Opening First U.K. Restaurant in London

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty big honor to be one of only seven female chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars, especially if you were the first woman to achieve that status. Awarded her stars in 2007, Anne-Sophie Pic is known for her inventive French cuisine with classic English twists. Come late 2016, the grande dame of French gastronomy will debut her newest venture inside the currently unopened Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.

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6 Star-Powered Weddings to Inspire Your Own Nuptials

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to their own nuptials, Hollywood royalty knows how to throw one extravagant shindig. From barefoot-casual events to over-the-top million-dollar affairs, celebs have given us some serious wedding fever over the years. And although details of the “I Do’s” are typically private, we know that many take place at some of the world’s best hotels and resorts. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own big day, here are six celebrity weddings to recreate or get your own creative juices flowing:

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Amanzoe's $16,000-A-Night Villa

May 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As if Greece’s Amanzoe wasn’t swoon-worthy enough, they went ahead and introduced a new standalone villa (alongside its already 38 free-standing pavilions) to make us crush even harder. The new residence, Villa 20, sprawls across four acres on a hillside overlooking The Aegean Sea and unfolds across six levels.

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How To Blow $100K in Cannes

May 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The Champagne is flowing, your tan is glowing, and the yacht is pulling into Port Le Vieux, Cannes—things are about to get a lot more exciting. It’s time to blow some dough in one of Europe’s most expensive cities and experience the most lavish French Riviera vacation you can imagine. If you’ve got funds to burn, there’s no better place than Cannes to do so, and we’ve got a guide on just exactly how to do it. 

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6 of Cabo's Best, Most Luxurious & Inviting Hotel Suites

May 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Los Cabos has gone through a tremendous transformation in the 1.5 years since Hurricane Odile. Not only have its resorts been rebuilt, but the area has emerged as an alluring hotspot for affluent travelers. Its spring break reputation is a thing of the past, and sun-seekers are heading to the region for a plethora of fine dining options, high-end art galleries and uber-luxurious accommodations—all while still getting an authentic sense of Mexico.

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Shangri-La Takes to the Skies With New Private Jet Partnership

May 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

While private jet companies partnering with hotel is not a relatively new concept, it has taken awhile for it to really take flight (pun intended) across the globe. Four Seasons has their own private plane which took its first world journey in 2013, BlueStar Jets is in partnership with four different boutique hotels across the US and The Gansevoort Hotel Group selected JetFlite International as their exclusive private aviation provider.

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Larry Ellison's Four Seasons Resort Might Be Hawaii's Best Hotel

Apr 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In 2012 tech billionaire Larry Ellison bought Lanai, an 88,000-acre, 140-square-mile island in Hawaii. And as such became the owner of two Four Seasons properties. After years of improvements and a complete seven-month shut down, the Four Seasons Resort Lanai has re-opened and is a far cry from its previously-outdated self.

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