An NYC Weekend Escape to Playa del Carmen

Jun 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

An easy weekend escape for New Yorkers, Playa del Carmen has been called “The Trendiest City on Mexico’s Eastern Coast.” The vibrant culture, luminous weather, strong American dollar and recent developments of luxury hotels, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife make it as easy choice for a fun weekend getaway. Whether you are seeking a quiet, rejuvenating visit, a look into the history and culture of Mexico or a foodie immersion, it can all be found in this diverse coastal resort town on the Caribbean Sea.

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Surf City USA Catches an Opulent New Wave

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

For the past 20 years, Hilton’s Waterfront Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa have been the only four-star resorts in town, with the uber-cool, surfer-chic Kimpton Shorebreak leading the boutique pack. But this month, Surf City USA catches a hip new wave with the grand opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach’s newest luxury beach resort.  

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The Fragrant Value of Hotel Scent Branding

Jun 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I distinctly remember walking into The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba two years ago and smelling a sweet fragrance permeating throughout the property. It wasn’t overwhelming but made an immediate impression. Made specifically for the property, the signature scent—a mix of passionfruit and Hyacinth—is pumped through the air vents and creates as an additional sensory experience for guests.

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Practice Wellness This June at Four Seasons in Santa Barbara

Jun 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The sophisticated coastal town of Santa Barbara has long been a picture-perfect outpost for the health-conscious California lifestyle, and the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore has always set the local standard. The historic resort will host a special four-day, three-night wellness retreat from June 26-29, focusing on health, fitness and well-being.

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Delano South Beach Launches Privileged Sundays Pool Party

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

The beginning of summer means poolside lounging and plenty of Instagramable moments. To ring in the new season, Delano South Beach launched Privileged Sundays, a weekly pool party featuring tasty bites, cocktails and live DJs. Taking place at the hotel’s chic 7,000-square-foot pool, the party kicks off at 2 p.m. and doesn’t stop until the sun goes down. 

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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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