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Unwind Post Olympics At This New Wellness Resort Near Rio

Aug 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Located a couple of hours from Rio de Janeiro, in the picturesque town of Penedo, at the foot of the Mantiqueira Mountains, Rituaali is a blissful new getaway for those looking to unwind after the Olympics. Set amidst lush green hills, the resort is in one of Brazil’s best-kept secret regions, settled by Scandinavians many generations ago, and still retaining its Nordic influences. The wellness retreat like blends Nordic spa customs with indigenous Brazilian naturopathy.

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The 10,000-Room Abraj Kudai Will be the World's Largest Hotel

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Often times when a hotel is described as “the world's…best, biggest, coolest, most luxurious, etc.,” it’s a pretty subjective statement. But when the Abraj Kudai opens in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it will undeniably be the largest property in the world.

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Finding Restoration at The Home of Daya

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When we travel, we are on a journey in search of something. Possibly compelled by a desire to explore, to celebrate a loved one or to simply find peace and relaxation. I recently found that later in the countryside of Cebu, Philippines at a resort called Kandaya. Cebu is a large island within the country and the hotel sits in the north of it. 

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5 of Hawaii's Best Adults-Only Pools

Aug 2, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for family vacations, but sometimes there’s something to be said about spending a little good old fashioned adult time on a tropical island somewhere. One of our favorite destinations for a quick grown-up retreat are the beautiful islands of Hawaii. If you’re traveling in child-free mode, you’ll definitely want to look into hotels with adults-only pools. Let’s face it, you know that’s where you’ll post up for most of the trip. Here are five of Hawaii’s best resorts with pools designated for the 18 and over crowds:

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Coachella Valley's Newest Festival Brings Renowned Artists to the Desert

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Next year, Coachella Valley Music Festival will have an opening act before it kicks off its two-weekend run in April. Called Desert X 2017, the valley’s newest event will feature contemporary art exhibitions with a focus on creating location-specific art, engaging viewers, and narrowing in on the regions natural wonders.

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Spainís Largest Hotel Chain Opens Second US Location

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

New York City’s Restaurant Row has a stylish new eatery dressing up the recently-opened Riu Plaza in Times Square. "Fashion" is a chic breakfast, lunch and dinner spot for hotel guests and locals hungry for a pre-theater dinner or late-night bite. The $310 million Riu Plaza New York Times Square is RIU Hotels & Resorts’ first foray into NY, and Fashion’s menu is inspired by the hotel’s Spanish roots and global destinations. 

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Villa Vacationing in Vietnam

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Artists, music composers, and creative performers are constantly in pursuit of their perfect masterpiece. It is often unattainable but drives them each day to work that much harder to reach the pinnacle of their craft. It is often the same in other walks of life, designers seek to create a flawless dress, directors hope to create an acclaimed movie, and hoteliers look to craft an unforgettable vacation experience for their guests.

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An American Safari: Jackson Hole's Vast Terrain, Wildlife and Luxury Lodgings

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

One doesn't go to Wyoming to be sociable and surrounded by crowds of people; with only half a million residents, it gets the award for least populated state in America. Those who go to Wyoming go for its spectacular land filled with endless ski terrain, elk reserves, and two of the nation's most popular National Parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park. Earlier this fall, I visited Jackson Hole to enjoy the region at the turn of fall when elk, moose, and bears actively roam the land preparing for the bitter winter. Staying at sister properties Hotel Terra and the Teton Mountain Lodge in the Teton Village, I once again discovered my love for this great wilderness.

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A Guide to Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Siem Reap

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Even with all the photographs in the world and the plethora of guide books on Siem Reap, there’s a sense that nothing can really capture the beauty and intrigue of the destination without experiencing it firsthand. The stunning Cambodian city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a place where tuk tuks rule the streets, getting lost in the Old Market all afternoon is encouraged and striking temples serve as reminders of this city’s deeply religious history.

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Vietnam On the Rise Among Tourists, A Look at the Southeast Asian Country

Sep 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At Virtuoso Travel Week Conference in Las Vegas in 2015, we learned about the “Hot 10,” countries which have seen the biggest jump in year-over-year bookings. Southeast Asia, as a whole, is an emerging hotspot for travelers, and Vietnam tops the list as having seen a rise in tourism (up 270 percent from last year). This is in part due to more visitors seeking experiential travel rather than just a place to lay on the beach all day long.

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Paris Hilton to Open Hotels Apart From Family Moniker

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Following in her great grandfather’s footsteps, the heiress, reality TV star, designer and sometimes singer Paris Hilton will be launching a new brand of hotels under her name soon. The socialite will debut properties in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas.

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Stepping Back in Time at London's Milestone Hotel

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Stepping into London’s Milestone Hotel is like going back in time to a bygone era in England. Its molded ceilings, lattice windows and polished walnut wainscoting act as reminders that this property is more than 300 years old. The five-floor luxury hotel first opened in the ‘20s and was named after the old cast-iron milestone standing outside which consists of three elegant Victorian townhouses.

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6 of Our Favorite Resorts in Thailand

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Rudd

Thailand is well known for its white sand beaches and beautiful crystal clear blue waters, all set amongst lush tropical jungles. When it comes to accommodations, the country’s high-end hotels are renowned for their service and plethora of amenities including poolside retreats and exciting water sports. If you’ve ever had a Thai massage, then you’ll understand why it’s also a haven for spa lovers. With so great many options for resorts to choose from, here’s a list of our favorite properties scattered across Thailand.

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AccorHotels Finalizes $2.7 Billion Fairmont Acquisition

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

AccorHotels has officially finalized its deal to purchase FRHI Hotels & Resorts for $2.7 billion yesterday. The acquisition consists of $480 million in cash and 46.7 million shares, adding 155 more properties to Accor’s portfolio.

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Keeping it Cool in Barcelona

Jul 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Trendy, lively and bold, these adjectives sum up the gleaming W Barcelona hotel standing tall above the city’s crescent-shaped, two-mile beach and boardwalk. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill and shaped like a shimmering sail reminiscent of Dubai’s Burj al-Arab hotel, the five-star property sits at the end of the long Passeig Joan de Borbó—a part of the Catalan city that was rebuilt for the 1992 Olympics.

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