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Waldorf Astoria's Stunning Mountain Retreat

Apr 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Californians love their fresh powder, especially when it comes to the slopes of Park City, Utah. The Golden state’s residents account for nearly a fourth of the historic town’s annual visitors. Add in the Sundance International Film Festival, the dozens of artisan culinary shops and restaurants that complement a few stunning resorts, and Park City becomes an alluring escape for any and all snow bunnies.

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The Scarlet: Singaporeís Naughty Boutique Hotel

Apr 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Singapore is a vibrant and exciting city that is both cosmopolitan and sophisticated as well as sexy and a little bit naughty. This dynamic personality can also be used to describe The Scarlet Singapore, an 80-room mischievous yet ultra-chic hotel in Lion City. Scarlet is the property’s fictional persona and muse—think maid in stilettos, fish nets and a garter belt. She is the concept which drives the hotel’s design, ethos and experience.

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Chileís Magical Rain Forest Reserve

Apr 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Richard Crawford

If you don’t believe the forest is a magical place, a stay at the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve in Chile’s Patagonian rain forest will likely change your mind. The reserve is home to eight hotels and lodges that differ based on the kind of experience you’d like to have.

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Mount Vernonís 19th Century Mansion Hotel

Apr 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Kurt Jacobson

When the boutique Ivy hotel opened in June 2015 it created quite a buzz. After four years of planning and extensive renovations, the former 19th century mansion in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore was finally revealed.

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This is How You Should Start Each Day at Coachella

Mar 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Coachella, the annual music and arts festival in Indio, California is considered one of the best in the country. It is also the fourth most-attended in the nation with around 180,000 people visiting each year. As a southern California resident, Coachella is my jam. I’ve been enough times to know that by the end the three-day weekend your body is exhausted (and a whole lot dustier). 

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Tahiti Who? Check Out Sandals Royal Caribbean's New Over-Water Suites

Mar 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sandals Royal Caribbean just stepped up their accommodations game with their new over-water suites. Located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, these five Tahitian-style bungalows rest on a floating deck connected by various walkways in a circular layout.  Above the turquoise sea, the villas boast king-sized beds, floating over-water hammocks, two outdoor showers, private infinity pools and hardwood floors.

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7 Very Grown Up Easter Egg Hunts

Mar 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Is it just us or did Easter sneak up on you too? With visions of Cadbury eggs, pastel color schemes and Champagne brunches filling our minds, it may have come early, but we’re definitely ready to celebrate. Across the globe, hotels are commemorating the holiday with plenty of activities for the little ones and festive dining options on Sunday. 

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5 of Ireland's Best Castles-Turned-Hotels

Mar 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s pretty safe to assume that as a child you had dreams of one day living in and owning your own castle (thanks, Disney). Although we may have grown out of our illusions of being royalty ourselves, there’s still a level of intrigue that comes with sleeping inside a place with so much history. 

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San Sebastian: European Cultural Capital 2016

Mar 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

There’s never been a better time to visit San Sebastian, the vibrant Atlantic-side enclave in the heart of Spain’s Basque country. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 brings a full schedule of events throughout the year, adding considerable excitement to what is already one of the top culinary and beach cities in the world.

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Be Batman For a Day With Your Own Personal Alfred

Mar 9, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

In just a few weeks, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters nationwide. Celebrating its release, The Keating hotel in San Diego has created a unique package for superhero lovers. The Live Like Bruce Wayne package includes a stay in the one-bedroom Macallan Suite along with a personal “Alfred” (butler) for your entire stay.

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Top Female Travel Execs Weigh in On Industry Trends

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Studies show that 80 percent of all travel decisions are made by women, and they control $15 trillion in spending power, according to the Harvard Business Review. Today’s female traveler is not only impacting the industry, but reshaping it. Yet, when we look behind the curtain of luxury brands in the hospitality sector, we find that many C-Suites are still being occupied by men. CNN Money reports that “only 14.2 percent of the top five leadership positions at the companies in the S&P 500 are held by women.”

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Authentic and Bio-Diverse Costa Rican Adventures

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

Costa Rica should never be billed as a “quick weekend getaway” hotspot, an easily-navigable locale, or budget-friendly travel option. Rather, it should be thought of as a place where wanderlusters can take their time to explore without being bound to time, location or an inflexible wallet. 

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An Alpine Experience with Chic Euro Style

Mar 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

To many, the Alps are the prime locations for snow sport excellence. Endless runs in pristine conditions, fabulous infrastructures and picturesque villages with a chic Euro style; it is ski heaven. The tiny Alpine town of Valmorel, set high in the French Alps, is transformed in the winter. Valmorel village may be small, but it punches above its weight in premium offerings. Some of the finest French cheese, wine and produce are from this region and the skiing is simply sublime.

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W Dallas - Victory Gets Stylish in The Lone Star State | Sponsored By W Dallas - Victory

Mar 1, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When travelers want to do Dallas in style, they stay at none other than the W Dallas - Victory. The first W hotel to come to Texas, the property is located just outside downtown near the Turtle Creek and Design District neighborhoods along with attractions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas World Aquarium, Winspear Opera House. 

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Can Hotels Keep Up With Millennial Travel Expectations?

Feb 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Millennials are a fascinating study of contrasts: creatures of habit and lovers of change; warriors for social consciousness and aficionados of self-promotion; innovators and philanthropists. Despite the group’s love of instant gratification and selfies, the discerning traveler subset is defining in-demand travel, seeking unique, life-enriching moments over flashy, superficial ones. 

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