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Downtown LA is Tinseltown’s New Gem | Sponsored Content by JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Sep 14, 2016  |   Contributor: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

The sprawling City of Angeles has long been home to entertainment industry insiders and beach bums alike. The fabric of Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), by contrast, has been considered a dead zone when compared to areas like Venice Beach or West Hollywood. More recently, however, the locale (which incorporates Little Tokyo, the Arts District, the Fashion District, and the Historic Core neighborhoods, just to name a few) is engaging in a cultural renaissance which promises to make it the thriving heartbeat of a newly realized urban metropolis.

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Habtoor Grand Resort is The Scene for Dubai's Gitterati

Sep 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Among Dubai's many glittering hotels, the five-star Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa stands out as one of its best. The property is located on the legendary Jumeirah Beach, an area known for its restaurants, boutique shops and mile-long beach boardwalk with even more shops and eateries. 

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Taking on Mykonos in High Style

Sep 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

The natural beauty of the quaint island of Mykonos, spanning just 33 miles long, is known for having gorgeous sun-filled days, cool nights, a lively nightlife and enticing Mediterranean cuisine along the perfect sapphire-colored waters. When it comes to accommodations, the Mykonos Grand Hotel is a secret gem on the island and a stunning tiered property located on a cliffside.

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6 Hotels For Any Type of Family Getaway

Sep 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

More often than not, the notion of a family reunion trip is more appealing than the reality of it. Finding a place that appeals to everyone, is relatively easy to get to, and a destination that offers something for everyone in the group from toddlers to grandparents? It can be tiresome to plan. Throw in being able to enjoy that in a luxurious and sophisticated ambience only adds to the challenge. 

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Dying Here Will Grant You Eternal Life

Sep 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s been said that if you die in Varanasi you will attain salvation, no matter how you lived your earthly life. This holy land is considered one of the most sacred in the world and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. It’s regularly visited by religious pilgrims year-after-year to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters of the Ganges River or to cremate their loved ones. Situated on the southeastern Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, it is also one of the globe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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September Simmers In Ibiza

Sep 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

Boasting balmy temperatures well into September and easily accessible by air from most points in Europe, Ibiza is the perfect destination for the seasoned island hopper looking to add a few more beach days to their travel calendar. As summer winds down in the Mediterranean, so do peak crowds, making September an ideal time to enjoy the beauty and calm of this island paradise known as Ibiza.

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Aloft and Siri Team Up for Voice-Activated Hotel Rooms

Aug 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Hotels are getting a lot smarter nowadays, thanks to iPad check-ins, smartphone keyless entry, robot butlers and now, voice-activated rooms. Aloft has debuted two new properties that are utilizing voice commands to allow guests to ask Siri anything they’d like while in their rooms.

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The Gray Floats Into the Windy City

Aug 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Yesterday, Chicago welcomed a new property to the neighborhood with the opening of the 293-room Gray hotel. Located in the former New York Life Insurance Building, the Kimpton hotel features custom-made materials that pay homage to the city and original pieces of art made by locals.

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El Dorado Maroma: Riviera Maya's Romantic Adults-Only Retreat

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

In Mexico’s Cancun/Riviera Maya region, there are the vacationers who seek revelry and those who prefer stillness. After being among thousands of conference attendees for a week, the last thing I wanted was to throw myself into more hyper-social scenarios on my time off. No tequila-fueled partying this trip...seclusion was calling. I followed in the footsteps of serenity seekers, and checked into El Dorado Maroma, a mellow, all-inclusive resort known to deliver high-end beachfront R&R.

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A Road Trip Epiphany: Explore Nor-Cal in a BMW i8

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s not a proper summer without venturing out on a road trip, especially when it entails a $140,000 sports car. Partnering with BMW, the Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto and Carmel Valley Ranch are offering visitors the chance to experience Northern California behind the wheel of a BMW i8.

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The Colonnade: Boston's Homegrown Luxury Hotel

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

The Back Bay neighborhood is home to so much of what makes Boston a world class city. You're a quick walk from legendary Fenway Park, the seemingly endless blocks of Newbury Street's boutique shopping, the Skywalk Observatory atop Prudential Center, stunning emerald ribbons of parkland bordering the Charles River, and inventive dining helmed by a growing community of star chefs.

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Wyoming’s Luxury Red Reflet Ranch Expands With 12 New Homesteads

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Dude Ranches have been in existence in Wyoming for over 100 years. The word “dude” meant, for years, those who came from the east to enjoy the open space and deep color of the west. A place where they could lose themselves in the red rock canyons, the views that stretch for miles, blessed with sounds of coyotes and the soughing of pines, instead of the sounds of traffic and sirens. 

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5 Luxury Hotels With Fashion Designers Behind Their Runway-Chic Uniforms

Apr 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotels typically pull out all the stops when it comes to designing their property, deciding on which furnishings to use and what amenities to provide. But those looking to set themselves apart go even farther by hiring fashion designers to create their runway-style staff uniforms. 

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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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