The Pendry Hotel Solidifies a New, More Mature San Diego

Mar 6, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego is growing up. The oceanside locale with its cool, easy-going vibe has been steadily saying goodbye to its untethered self as it develops into a more refined entity. With world-class chefs like Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey and Melissa d'Arabian opening eateries within the city, the nation is beginning to take SD’s food scene more seriously. According to Bisnow, in 2016, San Diego County “ranked in the top 10 metro areas nationally for startups and fourth statewide—behind Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Francisco.” Even Google made the trek south from Silicon Valley to open an outpost in Sorrento Valley.

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A Refined Guide to Living Your Best Life in Las Vegas

Feb 14, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s no place like Las Vegas. Click your heels three times and you’ll enter a magical world where anything goes…literally. In your 20s, Sin City is all about over-the-top pool parties during the day and VIP tables in some of the world’s biggest nightclubs to hear your favorite DJs until the wee hours of the night. Enter your mid- to late 30s (and above), and you’re ready for a more refined version of the enchanted city; one filled with fine dining, chic spa days and spacious suites all to yourself.

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Sapientia Hotel Combines Heritage With Contemporary in the Heart of Historic Coimbra

Jan 15, 2018  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

As a bibliophile, imagine my delight upon seeing a mini-library as well as scrolls and a classic, old, manual typewriter adorning shelves in the foyer of the four-star Sapientia Hotel in Coimbra, in central Portugal.

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Montage Palmetto Bluff:
A Portrait of Southern Living, Luxury & History

Jan 4, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In all my years as a traveler, I’ve only heard of the deep South—read about it online, talked about it with friends and watched its slow-moving way of life portrayed in movies and TV. Southerners, I was told, were “just as much about their bourbon as they were their faith.” Sprinkle in some bluegrass and sweet tea on backyard porches at sunset and you’d have the perfect Southern portrait.

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Balboa Bay Resort at Newport Beach Offers Up the Quintessential Southern California Lifestyle

Oct 30, 2017  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Think quintessential Southern California, and Newport Beach comes to mind. From sun, surf, sand and water to yachts, cottages and mega-mansions, this small strip of pricey coastal real estate has something for everyone.

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If You're In-the-Know in Newport, You're Probably a Regular at This Hotel

Aug 14, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before the Island Hotel Newport Beach was what it is today, it was a Four Seasons property. Over the years, the city’s finest came out to spend weekends lounging by the pool, dining on five-course meals and discussing their next vacations. It was a place where affluent locals went to hobnob with each other; a proverbial country club, without the membership fees.

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Karisma Challenges the Non-Luxury Status of All-Inclusives at its Jamaican Resort

Aug 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

“Here, we have no problems,” my driver said as we took the two-hour drive from Montego Bay International Airport to the hotel. According to him, issues could easily be solved by popping open a Red Stripe and letting the situation sit overnight. “It’s the Jamaican way,” he proclaimed.

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L'Auberge Del Mar: Refined Luxury on San Diego's Coastline

May 18, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego is oftentimes overlooked as a luxury destination. Maybe it’s our laid-back style, love of cheap tacos or the fact that businessmen in suits can be seen riding skateboards into work, but our stigma as an untailored city isn’t quite so accurate. Although our neighbor to the north lays claim to more four- and five-star hotels and Michelin-starred eateries than SD, what America’s Finest City offers is refined luxury that is approachable and personal.

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Andaz Re-Positions Itself as One of SD's Best Luxury Hotels With $4M Renovation

May 1, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When you live in San Diego, you tend to feel like you’re on vacation 365 days a year. The weather is perfect, the beaches are only a 15-minute drive from most every neighborhood and our rooftop bars are the reason happy hours exist. Because of this, locals love their staycations since it means mixing up their daily routine while still enjoying the many benefits of SD.

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Celebrate Earth Day With These 5 Eco-Friendly Hotels

Apr 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This year marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a 24-hour period dedicated to spreading awareness of environmental concerns and how we can work to create more sustainable environments. 

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Iceland's Blue Lagoon Gets its First Luxury Hotel

Mar 27, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve been to Iceland, chances are you’ve visited the Blue Lagoon. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the geothermal spa gets around 700,000 visitors a year. Even celebrities can’t resist it’s healing powers. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates have all made their way to the natural pool.

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Atlantis Finally Confirms New Mega-Resort in Hawaii 11 Years After Conception

Mar 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For more than a decade, Atlantis Resorts has been in talks to open a new property on a parcel of land on the Diamond Head side of Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Last year, plans were again announced to move forward with the project after China Oceanwide bought the 26-acre development site in September for $280 million. 

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San Diego's Hottest Suite Will Make You Feel Like a Rock Star

Jan 26, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s pretty easy to consider never leaving your room when staying in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Multi-Platinum Suite. With 1,070 square feet of space, you might find yourself skipping a tour of the city to relax in your BainUltra air jet tub or sip on Champagne on one of two cozy L-shaped couches in the room. Had it not been my birthday weekend, you may have found me Neflix and chilling my whole stay instead of hitting the town. It’s that impressive.

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China's Newest Hotel Has Its Own Man-Made Ocean

Jan 25, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lest you call it “just another luxury hotel,” the new Sanya EDITION has one amenity you may not expect: its own man-made, five-acre private ocean. Headed by American hotelier Ian Schrager, the Marriott-branded property opened this past December in what China considers its answer to Hawaii, the city of Sanya on Hainan Island.

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Hotel Zelos: A Quirky & Trendy Property in the Heart of SF

Dec 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Francisco is undeniably a quirky city that marches to the beat of its own drum. When you visit, part of the fun of staying in SF is getting a sense of that same unique character within your hotel. Located in the heart of Union Square, Hotel Zelos is just the kind of property you’d expect to find in this charming destination.

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