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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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Get a Taste of Island Life at the French Polynesia's Le Taha'a

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

A stay at the five-star Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa begins long before your arrival to the property. Upon landing at Raiatea airport you are greeted by a hotel representative who will guide you to the resort’s boat shuttle to the island of Taha’a. Helicopter transfers are also available for a quick 14-minute flight from the airport.

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The Fragrant Value of Hotel Scent Branding

Jun 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I distinctly remember walking into The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba two years ago and smelling a sweet fragrance permeating throughout the property. It wasn’t overwhelming but made an immediate impression. Made specifically for the property, the signature scent—a mix of passionfruit and Hyacinth—is pumped through the air vents and creates as an additional sensory experience for guests.

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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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