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Children Should be Seen and Not Heard? Luxury Hotels Beg to Differ

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Jessica Hines

Luxury hotels have long been advertised as chic destinations for affluent guests; places where kids are at worst not welcome, or at best must always be on their finest behavior. These days, however, the luxury market is becoming extremely child inclusive. Which is not surprising since the challenges that confront families are the same no matter what income-bracket you are in.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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Enigmatic Istanbul in Winter

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

Sometimes the best travel experiences come from not following the crowds. In fact, in one of the world’s most lauded cities, avoiding the herd can result in a far more enriching experience. Istanbul is a destination that stirs the emotions of historians, culture lovers and travelers alike. If you are prepared to visit this enigmatic city out of peak season, some of its greatest treasures can be enjoyed (almost) all to yourself.

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The Low Down on Luxury Hotels & Private Jet Partnerships

Jun 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotel brands and private jet partnerships seem like a natural collaboration, yet the number of high-end properties partnering with aircrafts is pretty slim. Other than Las Vegas which has its fair share of jet alliances (makes complete sense), many of our favorite global brands have yet to jump on the trend.

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The Montage: Southern California's Beachside Retreat in Laguna

Jun 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

It doesn’t take too much foresight to build a superb resort in Southern California. Simply procure beachfront property and point the entire resort towards the expansive Pacific Ocean. The Montage Laguna Beach did just that and opened this resort on 30-acre plot of highly coveted, pristine oceanfront land in 2003. Thirteen years later, the resort remains a beloved destination for locals and well-heeled travelers from as far as China and Germany.

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Peru: The Destination With a Little Bit of Everything

May 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

When we travel, we try to pack an entire life experience in the span of a week. Typically we seek out the best of both worlds: ocean breezes and mountain views, metropolitan cities with a deep sense of culture embedded into them, or a pampered visit that still allows us to still be active when we want. Peru is blessed with picturesque landscapes endowed with Pre-Columbian history, and is firmly placed on every experienced traveler’s bucket list.

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Abu Dhabi's Oasis Eco Resort: All the Sustainability & No Fun?

May 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sure, the new Oasis Eco Resort in Abu Dhabi looks cool, but what the heck are you supposed to do there for fun? The proposed development in the Liwa region of the United Arab Emirates is slated to open in 2020 and is being touted as “one of the greenest resorts in the world.” Designed by London-based Baharash Architecture, it will include sustainable features such as a zero-emission zone, wastewater recycling and a completely solar-paneled energy system.

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3 Michelin-Starred Chef Opening First U.K. Restaurant in London

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty big honor to be one of only seven female chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars, especially if you were the first woman to achieve that status. Awarded her stars in 2007, Anne-Sophie Pic is known for her inventive French cuisine with classic English twists. Come late 2016, the grande dame of French gastronomy will debut her newest venture inside the currently unopened Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.

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6 Star-Powered Weddings to Inspire Your Own Nuptials

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to their own nuptials, Hollywood royalty knows how to throw one extravagant shindig. From barefoot-casual events to over-the-top million-dollar affairs, celebs have given us some serious wedding fever over the years. And although details of the “I Do’s” are typically private, we know that many take place at some of the world’s best hotels and resorts. If you’re looking for inspiration for your own big day, here are six celebrity weddings to recreate or get your own creative juices flowing:

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The Jamaican Brand of Cool: From Rockhouse to Miss Lily’s

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

When Melbourne-born Paul Salmon first visited his girlfriend in Negril in 1991, the Jamaican holiday hotspot was merely a fishing village, known by few others than backpackers, hippies and lovers of the island. “I went to visit my Australian girlfriend there in 1991, right before I moved to New York to work on Wall Street,” he remembered as we dined on fresh juices, patties, fried fish, spicy corn and jerk chicken sandwiches at Melvin’s Juice Box in the West Village. “We stayed in a roots bamboo shack on the beach in Negril and traveled the island in a minivan. I fell in love with it.”

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The Underwhelming Sale of Palms Resort Casino

May 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Is it just us or does it seem that hotels are being bought and sold like hot cakes lately? In yet another acquisition today, Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has been purchased by Station Casinos, an entity under parent company Red Rock Resorts, Inc. Paying $312.5 million in cash, the transaction is expected to close during the third quarter of 2016.

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SBE Set to Own 6,000 Keys by End of 2016

May 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Remember in March when seemingly-unknown (at that point) Chinese Insurance group Anbang tried to outbid Marriott to secure Starwood’s portfolio? The back-and-forth rally lasted 21 days, and at the end of it all, Starwood and Marriott signed papers and agreed upon a merger on April 8, 2016. This week we learned about another merger within the industry—albeit a little less edge-of-your seat exciting.

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Kingston: Jamaica's Charmed Musical Land

May 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

The lush, buoyant island of Jamaica has always drawn music professionals, fashion photographers, hospitality entrepreneurs and vacationers with a love for Reggae and tropical landscapes. It is a favorite escape for Drake, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Santigold, and its energy and style continue to radiate globally. Now with the stabilization of the political landscape and reduced crime rate, and the efforts of both the business and culture communities, Jamaica is emerging as one of the hottest destinations for travelers. It is ripe with potential and talent, from Kingston’s music studios, art galleries and dance parties to the elegant new resorts of the coast.

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6 of Cabo's Best, Most Luxurious & Inviting Hotel Suites

May 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Los Cabos has gone through a tremendous transformation in the 1.5 years since Hurricane Odile. Not only have its resorts been rebuilt, but the area has emerged as an alluring hotspot for affluent travelers. Its spring break reputation is a thing of the past, and sun-seekers are heading to the region for a plethora of fine dining options, high-end art galleries and uber-luxurious accommodations—all while still getting an authentic sense of Mexico.

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Shangri-La Takes to the Skies With New Private Jet Partnership

May 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

While private jet companies partnering with hotel is not a relatively new concept, it has taken awhile for it to really take flight (pun intended) across the globe. Four Seasons has their own private plane which took its first world journey in 2013, BlueStar Jets is in partnership with four different boutique hotels across the US and The Gansevoort Hotel Group selected JetFlite International as their exclusive private aviation provider.

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