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The Beverly Hilton Rolls Out the Red Carpet for the Holidays

Nov 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the holidays coming up, finding time to pamper yourself and reset your mind and body can seem difficult. For families looking to enjoy a quick escape this winter where the biggest problem you’ll encounter is which bottle of Champagne to open, The Beverly Hilton has just the package to check out.

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Ssshh...Don't Tell Anyone About Malta

Nov 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

Somewhere between Africa’s Northern coast of Tunisia and the Southern tip of Sicily, lies the most densely populated island in the world, Malta. This tiny landmass has long been the coveted possession of almost every major empire in world history, from the Phoenicians to the Normans, and most recently the British. Unlike France, Italy, and Germany, Malta is rarely listed on the inexperienced traveler’s bucket list, making it truly the hidden gem of Europe.

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One Visit to Montréal Will Begin Your Lifelong Love Affair With the Canadian City

Jul 6, 2015  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Many people fly into Montréal for business, or they are on a pre/post cruise trip in or near this island metropolis, but they often neglect making the Canadian destination a part of their journey. One of the most inviting, vibrant, diverse and stimulating cities in the world, if Montréal isn't on your travel list, it should  be. If it is, here are suggestions on where to stay, dine and go while there:

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Dine Inside a Real-Life Gingerbread House This Winter

Nov 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We all know the fairytale of Hansel & Gretal, and (under different circumstances) we’ve all grown up wishing to someday walk into a real-life house made of candy. If you’re visiting Tucson, Arizona this winter, now’s your chance to do just that.

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What it's Like to Host the Leader of the Free World

Feb 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Presidents travel, a lot. And when the Commander-in-Chief isn’t sleeping at the White House, he’s cozying up in hotel rooms just like the rest of us. Unlike us however, his check-in process takes a little more work than simply presenting a credit card at the front desk, and his visit is anything but ordinary. To get an idea of what a Presidential hotel stay is really like, we queried properties across the nation to gather insights into what it looks like to host the Leader of the Free World.

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Six Senses' Remote Island Resort is Giving Us Major Wanderlust

Oct 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Unless you know your geography very, very well, you may have no clue where Félicité Island is located. The small, granitic archipelago sits two miles east of La Digue Island in Seychelles, Africa and served as a coconut plantation in the early 1900s until the 1970s. At that time its population was around 50, but fast forward to 2016, and the remote destination is now the home of Six Senses’ newest resort Zil Pasyon.

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4 Amazing Luxury Hotels in the Once-Forgotten City of Yangon

May 12, 2015  |   Contributor: Bennett Stevens

During British colonial days before World War II and for a brief period in the 1950s, Burma was one of the greatest exotic luxury destinations on earth. And no wonder, with writers and poets like Rudyard Kipling and George Orwell helping to set traveler's imaginations alight through their writing. It is also home to the legendary Strand hotel, which is said to be one of the most luxurious in the entire British Empire, almost a destination in itself.

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Where to Stay in Northern Greece: 7 Luxury Hotels to Call Home

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

There are accommodations in every price range, offering every level of inclusion or abandon, at nearly every destination around the world. What makes a hotel stay outstanding instead of just good and fine is the level of attention to detail. At a macro level, these standout details are things like over-sized towels, spacious and uncluttered rooms, great wine and food, a multitude of amenities and, of course, an unbeatable location.

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A Guide to Paradise Island, Bahamas

Sep 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Michelle Farber Ross

From white sandy beaches to pristine turquoise waters, the Bahamas remain one of the world’s top destinations. Nestled off the coast of Florida, this tropical paradise is a charming refuge for people seeking a slower pace of life. Venture downtown to Nassau where small-scale pink, blue and yellow British colonial buildings line the streets to create a warm environment to shop for crafts and search the local boutiques for treasures. 

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Four Seasons Finds Wellness the Pura Vida Way

Sep 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

If the journey to living the good life is paved with wellness, the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will put you on the right path. Their goal is to infuse health and wellness principles and practices into every aspect of the guest experience. Costa Rica has long established a focus on biodiversity and eco-sustainability throughout the country. 

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Grand Velas Gives All-Inclusive the 5-Star Treatment

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before you even reach the lobby of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you are met by large, striking white walls on either side of a check-in booth. Fronted by a sparkling pond, the entrance is stunning and a good indication of the level of luxury you can expect behind its walls. As you make your way to your designated lobby—the property is separated into three distinct areas—you pass by lush manicured grounds on a palm-tree-lined street.

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Elephants, Glamping and Al Fresco Spa Treatments in Thailand

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Mena, a 35-year-old Indian elephant that was rescued from a Thai logging camp 10 years ago, was my ride for the afternoon. We waded into the Ruak River as my mahout (elephant trainer) barked his orders for her to turn, stop and sit down. The water was cold but we couldn’t care less, as we were having the most memorable experiences of our lives riding these amazing animals.This excursion is only part of what makes a stay at the Four Seasons Golden Triangle so great.

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The Emirates Palace: Abu Dhabi’s Icon of Opulence

Sep 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

The Emirates Palace is among the most expensive hotels in the world with a price tag of over $4.25 billion. Opened in 2005, it took 20,000 artisans three years to complete the project which is owned by the Abu Dhabi government (Royal Family) and managed by the Kempinski hotel chain. It was destined to become one of the world’s best hotels. Paris has the Ritz, New York has the Plaza and the Middle East has the Emirates Palace.

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Oman's Al Bustan Palace is Charmingly Traditional & Tastefully Opulent

Sep 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Cradled between the majestic Al Hajar Mountains and the blue waters of the Sea of Oman, Al Bustan Palace in Muscat, Oman is regarded as one of the top five-star hotels in the world. Even from afar, the property is impressive with its ornate exterior of Arabic geometric patterns. The property was originally developed by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos in order to accommodate visiting heads of state. It was subsequently renovated and then managed by the Ritz-Carlton.

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The Ritz-Carlton Celebrates 25 Years With $25K Fashion Package

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Set in a Neo-classical style landmark building in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood, The Ritz-Carlton has been a staple in the city for 25 years now. To celebrate its anniversary, the five-star hotel is offering a new $25,000 Ultimate Fashion Package.  

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