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The May Fair's 80 Year History is Filled With Royalty, Celebs & Decadent Parties

Feb 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

It’s hard to find a more fashionable area of London than Mayfair, which is probably why The May Fair itself has been such a popular hotel ever since King George V and Queen Mary opened it with much royal fanfare in 1927. Since then, the 400-room, 12-suite property has undergone many changes and owners and is now part of the Edwardian Group London founded by Jasminder Singh. 

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Named Best Upscale Hotel Brand

Jan 30, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

On January 19, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was recognized as “Best Upscale Hotel Brand” during the annual Business Travel Awards in London. The highly-regarded awards event was attended by 1,300 people and celebrates the achievements of the travel industry's leading teams, individuals and businesses within a 12 month period.

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Baglioni Hotel London Brings a Little Bit of Italy to England's Capital City

Jan 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The impromptu master class in mixology, courtesy of award-winning mixologist Salvatore Maggio, proved to be one of the highlights of my stay at the glamorous and quintessentially-Italian Baglioni Hotel London opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens. Located near the Royal Albert Hall, this five-star property celebrates La Dolce Vita with black and white photographs honoring the stars of art, cinema and fashion such as Sophia Loren adorning a panel in the lobby, as well as on bedroom walls.

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This 1920's Celebrity Hotspot is Making its Grand Comeback in Berlin and Diane Von Furstenburg Approves

Jan 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Once the Grand Dame of Berlin and a celebrity haunt during the Roaring Twenties, the century-old Hotel Zoo has now undergone a two-year renovation (2012-2014) that is proving you really can teach an old (dame) new tricks. Playing host to Hollywood stars such as Grace Kelly and Sophie Loren, the old hotel was first constructed as a private residence before opening its doors to the public.

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

Jan 17, 2015  |   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

Jan 16, 2015  |   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

Jan 14, 2015  |   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

Jan 9, 2015  |   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

Jan 8, 2015  |   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

Jan 8, 2015  |   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.

Jan 6, 2015  |   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

Jan 6, 2015  |   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, 2014  |   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, 2014  |   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 24, 2014  |   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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