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Is Aruba the Caribbean Island For You? See What it Has to Offer Before Booking

Oct 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be traveling to Aruba in 2014, I wouldn’t have believed you. Don’t get me wrong, I travel frequently and have plans to explore every part of the world; but the small Caribbean island of Aruba? It was nowhere near the top of my list of excursions in the coming years.

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Yanqi Lake Kempinski Makes Its Debut in Beijing With Oval-Shaped Structure

Sep 30, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Hotels these days are getting pretty creative with their designs. Gone are the days of the traditional structures and carbon-copies of the brand’s other properties. Today’s buildings are just as much a part of the allure of the destination, as the city itself. And Beijing’s newest hotel, Yanqi Lake Kempinski, is no different.

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Autumn Spa-ing at The Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Spa

Sep 22, 2014  |   Contributor: Marjorie Hope Rothstein

Remember the movie, Pretty Woman and its scenes from the world famous Rodeo Drive? Those same haute couture salons and ateliers are still just as fashionable and exclusive today as they were when the film was first released. And down the street in this mecca of wealth and glittering storefronts sits the swanky and  landmark Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and its prestigious spa.

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Where Dreams and Reality Collide: Norway's Krystall Hotel to be a Floating Snowflake

Sep 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Possibly straight out of our childhood dreams, the upcoming 86-room Krystall Hotel shaped like a snowflake will be making its way onto the waters of the fjords of Tromsø, Norway come December 2016. Located in the arctic circle, the hotel will be the perfect viewing spot for the Aurora Borealis which can be viewed upward through rooms' glass ceilings.

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Gangety Goenpa Lodge is One of the Kingdom of Bhutan's Hottest Destinations

Sep 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The ancient Kingdom of Bhutan is like a woman that outwardly seems quiet and reserved, but whose eyes glimmer with a sense of adventure and excitement, the kind of person you can’t help but wonder about. You know the type. Bhutan is like this; seductively mysterious with the kind of urging that begs to be noticed, but only if you’re willing to take a closer look.

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The Southwest’s Best Spa Menu Treatments That Are Good Enough to Eat

Sep 18, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Hot rock massage? That’s so 10 years and 50 min. ago. Twenty-four karat gold facial? I’d rather wear it around my ring finger. Reiki? Really? As a dedicated spa connoisseur, I’ve experienced a wealth of treatments including classic, exotic, native, alternative, indulgent and downright ridiculous. 

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3 of Italy's Best Hotels for Avoiding the Crowds While Staying Near Top Attractions

Sep 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Ahhh, Italia! There is a reason Europe’s boot remains one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations; many, many reasons, in fact. From sprawling museums displaying art that spans several millennia to fabulous fashions, incomparable food and wine, dynamic cities and picturesque towns and not to mention friendly people, Italy truly is a traveler’s paradise.

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The Glittering Raffles Istanbul is Now Open & You're Going to Want to Stay Here

Sep 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

In 2013, it was all about Cape Town, South Africa and Rio de Janiero, Brazil (fùtbol fever) for best travel destinations in 2014. This year, more and more articles, photos and travel packages are coming across my desk with trips to Istanbul, Turkey. And in April, TripAdvisor ranked the Turkish city as the #1 Most Popular Travel Destination in the World.

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There's a Reason Why Kauai's 5-Star St. Regis Princeville Resort is a Favorite Among Travelers...

Sep 3, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Situated in Kaua'i's Halele'a region, The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a picturesque island getaway in an area considered the Hawaiian Islands' most beautiful destination. When the sun dips low and the glistening blue waves lap gently against the white sand, you’ll quickly realize how lovely this location really is.

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5 Destinations to Avoid Fall and Follow the Sunshine

Sep 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  4 Comments

There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye’s new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind). They welcome the cooler weather and layered clothing. Others live in sandals, love staying active outdoors and when the weather drops below 60 F, complain about the freezing temperatures. To the former, congrats, your time is now. To the latter looking to continue that never-ending summertime feeling, how about checking out these warm destinations for the changing seasons.

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Unveils New Worldwide Olfactory Experiences

Aug 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Delving into the notion that scent is the best trigger of memories, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is unveiling a new program to please the oft-neglected sense. With some of the world's best food, arts and comforts throughout the brand's world-renowned properties, the addition of custom fragrances allow guests an even deeper emotional connection to their travels.

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The Marker Hotel is a Modern Retreat in Dublin's Historical Docklands

Aug 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Providing a bridge in Ireland’s capital city between the old and new, the traditional and trendy, The Marker Hotel sits at the intersection of a historic housing district and a new development of luxury residential apartments, The Marker Residences owned by the hotel. In the past, the area served as a marker for the nearest point in which boats could visit Dublin, and now the hotel sits as an urban retreat for today’s modern traveler.

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4 of America's Most Luxurious Tennis Courts

Sep 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

Tennis enthusiasts don't need to travel to such renowned tennis resorts as La Manga in Spain or the Four Seasons in Nevis in order to experience top-notch tennis clubs. Numerous North American resorts offer both high-end accommodations and superb tennis facilities. The following resorts in the country stand out among the tennis crowd for their overall attention to detail and exquisite environment.

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3 Hotels Offering the Chance to Go Up, Up and Away on a 225-Horsepower Jet Pack

Aug 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri  |  2 Comments

Adventure-seekers who have seen the episode of the hit HBO series East Bound and Down where Kenny Powers propels above the water wearing what looks like a backpack have wondered, "What is that thing and where can I do that?" Well the thing on Powers’ back is a jet pack, the latest craze in watersports. The commonly-used JetLev pack boasts a 225-horsepower engine, creating 600-800 gallons per minute of thrust, propelling the brave user up to 30 feet above water.

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Make Sure They'll Say 'Yes!' With the New York Palace's Ultimate Proposal Package

Aug 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We’re all for quaint, intimate engagements between just two people but then again, we wouldn’t exactly turn down an over-the-top extravagant marriage proposal if the occasion should arise. For all you lovers out there looking to really surprise your beau with a ring this year, consider The New York Palace’s Ultimate Proposal Package.

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