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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  |  3 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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The Value of a $1,500 Skin Treatment Program: In Search Of The Gold Orchid at the Waldorf Astoria's Guerlain Spa

Jul 31, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime  |  1 Comment

I am one of the lucky ones, as I was introduced to the Guerlain brand when I was about five, and could actually smell my mother’s Shalimar perfume before she entered the room. It was a heady scent, of vanilla and other things I couldn’t yet name. But I associated Guerlain with Shalimar and Shalimar with her, for years.

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Sneak a Peek at the New 237-Room Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Jul 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

There seems to be no end to the market for luxury properties in Dubai, especially along the glittering palm-tree shaped Jumeirah Beach peninsula, where Four Seasons has just announced it will open its newest property on November 1, 2014. For those who wish to be among the hotel’s first guests, reservations are now open for arrivals beginning December 1, 2014, with special offers available for stays between December 1 and February 28.

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The Quaint Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal Combines Modern-Chic with Historical Distinction

Jul 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Location, location, location — if what the property experts say is true, then the Grand Hotel Du Palais Royal on Rue Saint-Honoré in central Paris couldn’t be more well-placed. Standing on our narrow fifth-floor balcony, a delightful view of La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre can be seen to the right, and to the left, the Louvre. A short, three-minute walk brings one to the famed museum's glass pyramid, Comédie-Française and the banks of the Siene, and right into the heart of the fashion district.

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Six Senses Expands Into Europe With New Douro Valley Resort Opening in 2015

Jul 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I mean, c’mon, that view, that glistening pool, the cocktail that will undoubtedly be in your hand—don’t act like you’re not impressed by Six Senses’ first European property. Located in the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the well-known spa brand is expanding in the region's wine country with an opening slated for spring of 2015.

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5 of The Most Unique Hong Kong Luxury Hotel Amenities

Jul 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

As a major metropolis at the crossroads of China and the Pacific, Hong Kong has one of the highest per-capita numbers of luxury hotels in the world. With all that competition, some of the city’s top properties are providing a slew of unique amenities and offerings to separate themselves from the pack and to woo luxury travelers. Here are five Hong Kong hotels offering exclusive experiences you can expect on your next stay.

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The Mulia Boutique Property is Breathing Fresh Life into the Bali Luxury Hotel Scene

Jul 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It has been a rough few years for Bali. Once the premier luxury Southeast Asian beach destination for jetsetters and backpackers alike, the island suffered a downturn after the 2002 bombings (Eat, Pray, Love popularity notwithstanding), and a raft of new competing destinations like the Maldives, Koh Samui in Thailand and Danang in Vietnam began to grow in popularity.

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Luang Prabang's Amantaka Resort & Spa is Filled With Luxury, A Sense of Place & History

Jul 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It is rare to find a hotel that blends luxury, history and a unique sense of place under one roof, but travelers who venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, can find all three at Amantaka.

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Renovations to the Historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia Rejuvenate the Iconic Vancouver Landmark

Jun 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Rosewood Hotel Group is noted for selecting iconic historical structures and restoring them to their splendor, while adding the modern amenities that discerning guests expect. After five years of painstaking renovation by Delta Land Development Group,Vancouver’s Hotel Georgia is back to its legendary status. 

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What Exactly Does a 7-Star Hotel Offer? Burj Al Arab in Dubai Has An Answer

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s pretty hard to miss Burj Al Arab in Dubai; one, because it is the only structure sitting at the end of a curving causeway that connects it to the mainland, and two, because it is shaped like a sail off the Persian Gulf coast. While the building itself is stunning, the property is just as notable and is consistently voted one of the world's most luxurious hotels.

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