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4 of the Best Traditional Spa Treatments in All of Asia

Jun 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Many of Asia’s cultures have a long history of healing techniques and traditional medicines. Some of the continent’s top luxury hotel spas now incorporate these treatments into their menus for the ultimate pampering experience. In my search for Asia’s best spa treatments, I came across four that stood out above the rest:

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Does Temecula Valley's Wine Country Measure Up To Its Northern Neighbor, Napa Valley?

Jun 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the pull of a lever, puffs of fire shot up above our heads, warming the surrounding air and filling the checkered-rainbow hot air balloon as we rose higher and higher. Lofty Idea, as she is called, slowly moved farther and farther from the ground, quietly showing you how small you really are. On this crystal clear day the wind was tranquil, which meant the women piloting this Wizard-of-Oz vessel would have to heavily rely on finding just the right air space to cause the balloon to move right or left.

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Upstairs at the Kimberly Gives New Yorkers Another Reason to Enjoy Rooftop Lounging

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

When the weather in New York makes its long awaited shift from unbearably bitter cold to warm and sunny, you can actually feel the city come alive. New Yorkers are energized from their winter hibernation and waste no time partaking in their favorite summertime activities — for some it's running in the park or brunching al fresco, and for me, it's hitting up rooftop bars (and I have many, many allies in this).

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The First Bikini Debuted Here in '46 & Today This Hotel Looks to Return to its Glory Days

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you lived in Paris during the late ‘20s and early ‘30s, you may remember the Art Deco Piscine Molitor hotel in the 16th arrondissement, one of the most popular properties in the city at that time. It was opened by Olympic swimming champion and actor Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan in the 1930s and 1940s. But the hotel made its name for itself for another reason; it was there that the first bikini designed by Louis Réard was debuted at the pool in 1946.

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Azura on Benguerra Island: The African Beach Retreat Giving Back to its Community

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

Benguerra Island isn’t the easiest beach destination to reach in Africa, but once you arrive on the unspoiled island with a population of 2,000, it’s easy to realize that the trip was well worth it. Located off the coast of Vilanculos, Mozambique, Benguerra Island (pronounced Ben-gwer-a) is only accessible via helicopter or private plane, which is its own mini-adventure offering picturesque views of the Indian Ocean and small villages below during the short 15-minute flight.

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Find Desert Luxury & a Sense of Place at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa in Northern Chile

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

While Brazil has the Amazon, Northern Chile has Atacama — the expansive desert region in the north covering 40,000 square miles and filled with explosive geysers and throngs of flamingos. It is the arid equivalent of the Amazon, and just as remarkable. Within the Atacama, secluded on the outskirts of the local village of San Pedro, is a resort that matches the enchantment of the desert wonder, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.

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Sofitel So Singapore Steps Onto the Hotel Scene With Karl Lagerfeld Graphic Touches

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The head designer breathing life into the infamous Chanel brand, Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to work with the new Sofitel So Singapore to add his magic with stylish graphic touches positioned around the property. In addition to Lagerfeld's impressive fashion and aesthetic fixtures, the hotel teamed with MIAJA Design Group to decorate and design interior elements.

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Q&A: The Milestone's Head Concierge Takes a Look Back at His 15 Years of Hotel Service

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

"No request is too large, no detail too small,” is the motto of the dedicated staff of The Milestone Hotel, London’s extraordinary the Grade II-listed, luxury boutique hotel with 24-hour butler service. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the very best in London and that maxim has earned the Kensington landmark an avalanche of praise and a five-star ranking for exceptional service. In no small part, that's because of London-born Head Concierge, Jose Pauco, one of the hotel’s most charming ambassadors for the past 15 years.

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5 Towns in Sicily Worth Visiting on Your Next European Adventure

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

Lying between southern Italy and northern Africa, Sicily presents an attractive, all-year-round climate with which to indulge in its many activities. Following a recent 1,242-mile drive around its winding coastline and into its more mountainous territory, we discovered a few ways to enjoy Sicily’s many offerings.

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Four Seasons Service and Disney Fun Combine for Magical Adventures This August

May 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Slated to open August 3, 2014, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will be situated in the Disney-planned residential community of Golden Oak. This area offers guests a feeling of secluded restfulness while keeping a close proximity to everything an Orlando vacation offers. 

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Spontaneous, Eco-Conscious, Social & Other 2014 Wedding Trends As Seen at Top Hotels

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It’s nearly wedding season, so congratulations to all couples en route to their “I do” moment. We won’t say “en route to the altar,” because altars aren’t a necessary element anymore—and neither are white dresses, seating arrangements or shoes, for that matter. A luxury wedding in 2014 is all about creating maximum joy and meaningfulness for the couple and the guests. If traditions fit into the plan, great, if not, they get a reboot. Here are some of our favorite trends, sourced from wedding experts in top destinations.

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Palau: The Small, Young Island Nation With the World's Best Diving

May 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

While Palau is one of the youngest and smallest sovereign states in the world, it's a destination steeped in fascinating history and world conflict that has emerged as a tourism hotspot after receiving a boost in notoriety from the 2005 TV season of Survivor.

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Delano Las Vegas Brings Miami Beach-Chic to Sin City in September

May 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The brand new all-suite Delano Las Vegas, an outpost of the legendary Miami luxury resort, is set to open on September 1 in place of what had been THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. A partnership between Mandalay parent MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group, it represents the first extension of the Delano brand.

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Find Out How The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is Upping the Ante For Eco-Friendly Hotels

May 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Many hotels are making strides to go green with eco-friendly practices, but the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has always been a pioneer on the hospitality green scene. Having initiated its earth-friendly program in 2007 when it first opened, the property is well ahead of other hotels and resorts that are just dipping their toe into the social responsibility pool. Even so, this property continues to expand its cadre of eco-friendly features, raising the bar ever higher with the hope others will follow its lead.

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6 Word Wows: The Ritz-Carlton's CSMO Ed French Talks About Inspiring Guest Experiences

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

According to literary legend, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to tell a story in six words; the result was both simple and profound: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Clearly, Hemingway knew his way around a story and proved six words could be just as powerful as a novel. Taking a cue from the author, The Ritz-Carlton brand decided to share their guest experiences via their new 6 Word Wows campaign.

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