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Dune Port Douglas Promises the Perfect Amount of Seclusion & Five-Star Amenities

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Just forty miles north of Cairns is one of Queensland’s most sought-after vacation destinations, and it’s quite possible you’ve never even heard of it. Known for its beautiful beaches, year-round tropical climate, golf courses and fine dining, Port Douglas attracts elite travelers looking for a true escape Down Under. It’s just far enough off-the-grid to keep the crowds at bay, but still within reach of the state’s most popular attractions, further increasing its quiet appeal.

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5 of the Most Lavish Luxury Ski Hotels & Resorts in the Alps

Mar 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Dan Frith

There’s a lot to be said for the independence and freedom that comes with hiring a luxury ski chalet when visiting the Alps. Other times, you may be wanting more of a true hotel experience. For those who prefer the latter, there are plenty of options in the area ranging from grand and elegant five-star luxury properties to intimate boutique-style establishments. Here are five beautiful hotels that have proved very popular with Swiss snow bunnies:

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Capella Singapore Reigns as One of the City-State's Best Five-Star Resorts

Mar 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Singapore shines with the brightest facets of a star-studded jewel. This remarkable island nation lit the galaxy of first world nations just 50 years ago and continues to sparkle with world-class offerings in every category from aquariums to zoos and accommodations to nightlife.

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Who Wouldn't Want to Stay in a French Estate on Their Saint-Tropez Vacation?

Mar 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Once a countryside estate involved in winemaking and silkworm farming, Mas de Chastelas a few miles outside Saint-Tropez, has been transformed into a five-star property attracting a diverse international clientele. It was here that the eyes of Gérard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve met hypnotically on-screen in the movie Je Vous Aime.

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Hey, Ritz, Stop Playing With Our Hearts in Paradise Valley

Mar 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

As of today, plans for a Ritz-Carlton property to be built in Paradise Valley have yet to be finalized, even though its original concept was approved in 2008. Following a forced referendum and 2009's economic recession, the project was put on hold until a later day. Seven years later, reports are beginning to spread again that the hotel’s plans have been revived.

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Iran as a Tourist Destination: Tips For Americans Visiting the Middle Eastern Country

Feb 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Last week, NPR broadcast a story entitled ‘You Are Invited’: Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists, which juxtaposed the revolution’s slogan, “Death to America,” with its current international tourism campaign inviting foreigners (even Westerners) to its land. Over the past couple of years, this urgency to attract tourists to Iran has been sprinkling through the news. But in the past few months, it seems to have picked up speed. Ever-curious about the world around us, we began looking into what it would look like for American travelers to visit in 2015.

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Mingle With Hollywood Starlets at the Longtime Celebrity Haunt The Beverly Hilton

Feb 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

I am convinced that there are two ways to feel famous; either simply by being the aforementioned type or by hanging out in Beverly Hills with said persons in the epicenter of the Hollywood elite. As it is award season in tinsel town, I thought the timing was ideal for a frolic among the sequin dripping and Oscar-carrying crowd at The Beverly Hilton

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Alila Ubud is an Exotic Surprise in Bali's Untouched Jungles

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

When a hotel's name means "surprise," my expectations surely rise; such was the case with Alila, whose Sanskrit name translates to just that. During my last trip to Malaysia and Indonesia, there was no greater sheer surprise than Alila Ubud, a modern marvel that rests on the floor of an untouched jungle in Bali.

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3 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year In and Around Los Angeles

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Chinese New Year is upon us, as is an active debate regarding 2015 being the official Year of The Ram, Sheep, Goat. Whether it’s a cultural disagreement or is simply lost in translation, we’re looking at it as an omen to celebrate the occasion any which way we prefer. Here are three events celebrating the holiday in and around The City of Angels:    

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Finally! Forbes Makes Chuan Spa at The Langham Chicago's First Five-Star Spa

Feb 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Chicago may have plenty of five-star restaurants and hotels, but they’ve never had a five-star spa. Until now. The Forbes Travel Guide 2015 list of Star Award Winners has brought Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago by giving it their prestigious star ranking. As the only Forbes addition this year (aside from the Windy City’s Arista Spa & Salon in Hotel Arista getting a four-star rating), Chuan Spa is definitely going to get an influx in reservations.  

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The Resort at Pedregal Finally Opens Following Ugly PR Nightmare

Feb 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve been following any of the petty recent news stories regarding the former Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, then like us, you’ve probably grown weary of any headline pertaining to the ownership debacle. Yet here we are again, bringing the Mexican hotel into the spotlight once more. After much finger-pointing and “he said/she said” debates, the new property opened on January 31 under its new name: The Resort at Pedregal.

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Forbes Adds New SD Hotel to Five Star List & California Garners Most Awards in Nation

Feb 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Not to brag, but California’s list of Forbes Five-Star rated hotels, restaurants and spas greatly outweighs New York’s (west coast, best coast!). Also, this year, the Golden state’s hotel selection grew by two with the addition of The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in our own backyard and Rosewood Sand Hill in the Silicon Valley.

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Help! Mystery Couple is Captured Mid-Proposal Under a Rainbow, Photographer Launches Search to Find Them

Feb 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s one of those days that you’ll remember forever, recalling the events leading up to it and which words were said; we’re of course, talking about your engagement day. If you propose in San Diego, you’re more than likely going to be treated to a pink and purple sunset as your backdrop.

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Is Four Seasons Looking to Expand in South America?

Feb 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’re thinking about a vacation to Colombia this year, consider waiting a few months until the two new Four Seasons are open in Bogota. Closed in 2014, both Hotel Casa Medina and Hotel Charleston Bogota were procured by the luxury hotelier to be rebranded and renovated within the year. This is also a big step for the brand as they currently operate 95 hotels and residences in 39 countries, but only two of those are located in South America.

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This Mexican "City on the Water" Blends in With Tropical Forests and Canals Along the Riviera

Feb 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

It has only been open less than 10 years, but Mayakoba, the eco-luxe development on Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, has already achieved a sort of legendary status among elite travelers. Its guests treasure their natural surroundings as much as any high-end amenities. Mayakoba, Mayan for "city on the water,” is all the more impressive because the tremendous effort that went into creating it remains mostly hidden from view.

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