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6 Reasons to Escape to the Sand, Sea & Serenity of the Emerald Coast

Mar 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Every now and then, you need to leave it all behind to refresh and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. There is no better place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life than to the beautiful beaches of South Walton, Florida. The 26 miles of white sand and turquoise-green waters are just the start of this destination’s treasures. The little-known area is a hidden gem of natural beauty, foodie delights and an outdoor explorer’s haven. Here are some ways to relax in the Sunshine State:

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6 Adult Easter Egg Hunts Around the World With Prizes You'll Definitely Want to Find

Mar 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When did someone decide that by growing up, we could no longer participate in the same holiday activities we did as a child? This Easter, instead of letting children have all the fun, we think it’s time adults got in on the action. 

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A Grand Ballroom Turned Presidential Suite Makes for an Unforgettable Stay

Mar 19, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

For over a century, THE US GRANT has been one of San Diego’s premier luxury hotels, attracting discerning travelers with its grandiose elegance and historic roots. The palatial property is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just a short walk to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment found within the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Seaport Village. One step inside its doors and you’ll begin to understand why it has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades, including the AAA Four Diamond Award for the past eight consecutive years.

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Hotel Ella Provides a Unique Alternative to Big-Branded Hotels in Austin

Mar 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Often times, guests can experience a more interesting and authentic stay at smaller boutique properties which don’t have to cater to big corporate clients or parent companies. On a recent visit to Texas we found just that kind of property, unsurprisingly part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, a group that prides itself on curating some of the coolest hotels around. Hotel Ella was once a Classical Revival mansion built between 1898 and 1900, and now is a boutique property open to guests visiting Austin.

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La Bastide de Marie: A Dreamy French Countryside Retreat in Menerbes

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Sitting down to breakfast at a flagstone terrace bathed in sunshine next to rows of succulent grapes is just one of the delights of a stay at the 15-room La Bastide de Marie in Luberon Regional Park. Located in the foothills of Ménerbes, this elegant 18th century residence is nestled among 57 acres of vines. It was also three miles away from here that Peter Mayle, wrote his best-selling memoir A Year in Provence.

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Mykonos or Santorini? Which Island Would You Choose for Your Greece Vacation?

Mar 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

Spring is right around the corner, and it can’t come quickly enough for those of us living in areas pummeled by snow and chilly winter temps. As travelers plan their upcoming vacations in search of warmer weather, many hotels, restaurants and bars on the Greek islands are opening for business after closing for the winter. The isles are one of the most popular European destinations this time of year, offering culture, delicious food, plenty of beautiful beaches and an overall respite from daily life.

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Casa Las Tortugas: Mexico's Hidden Gem is a Welcomed Break From the Crowds

Mar 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask an avid traveler whether they prefer the high-touristy destinations or the ones off the map, they’ll usually choose the latter. It’s exciting to visit a place that is untouched, especially if you really want your vacation to be an actual break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sitting off the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the 26-mile-long Holbox Island is one such destination.

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Kona Kai Introduces the SpaTerre As it Completes its Final Phase of Renovations

Mar 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In December 2013, Kona Kai Resort & Marina completed the first phase of its $22 million makeover. While the first cycle of improvements definitely enhanced the over 60-year-old property, it still had a ways to go before regaining its former elite status. With the help of Noble House Hotels & Resorts (who bought the property back in 2013), the second round of renovations have now been completed.

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3 Tech-Saavy Hotels Offering Great 21st Century Amenities

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

While many hotels struggle to move into the 21st century—some still withholding complimentary Wi-Fi service and others furnishing rooms with outdated digital capabilities—smart hoteliers are bravely leaping into the future with their tech offerings. Here's a look at three particularly innovative luxury hotels withr high-tech amenities and services.

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Never Sign a Check at Mexico's Royal Hideaway Playacar

Feb 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

It’s kind of a coming-of-age awakening when you first venture outside the hectic city of Cancun in search of a more grown up resort experience on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. And if you value classic luxury, service and style, you will most likely find yourself at the Royal Hideaway Playacar. Part of the Occidental Hotels and Resorts collection is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort.

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ME Brings an Aura Concierge, Celebrity Sparkle and a Youthful Classy Vibe to the Cancun Coastline

Feb 20, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Itís clear from first glance that the stylish ME Cancun by Melia is a cut above in the Mexican beach town known as the ultimate spring breakerís paradise. Part of the renowned Melia Hotels International, it is in fact the only all-inclusive ME resort in the world, no small distinction. And it also offers the upgraded ME+ Experience for a truly luxurious escape that succeeds at being unique. The resort works hard to fulfill the promise of its name and deliver an altogether more personal experience.

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Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Remasters Their Rooms With Some Serious Rock 'n' Roll Flair

Feb 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We always see before and after photos of renovation projects, but not often do we get to see the process. Always wanting to be a little cooler than everyone else, Hard Rock Hotels released the above video starring one of their guest rooms getting a rocking makeover in Universal Orlando.

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The Sebastian Gets a Much-Needed Makeover After Being Open Only 4 years

Feb 19, 2015  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

The Vail Valley is known for its fantastic slopes, walkable downtown district and luxury shopping. And its fine dining establishments, annual festivals and concerts bring a worldly crowd to this mountain oasis. In the hustle and bustle city, The Sebastian hotel debuted back in January 2011, and this year re-emerged as the a boutique hotel and private residence club.

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2015 Travel Trends: 5-Star Home Sharing, Millennials Are In Charge & Less Human Interaction

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard to remember a time when you couldn’t book, check-in and update your flight info right from the palm of your hand. Before a couple of years ago, no one threw around the word ‘Voluntourism,’ and now, it’s its own industry.

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Hyatt Enters the Realm of "Modern Traveler" Lifestyle Hotels With 15 New Properties in 2015

Feb 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This summer, Hyatt Hotels will debut a new brand in 15 locations geared toward the “modern traveler.” Hyatt Centric will be the hotelier’s sixth brand and is set to open in cities such as Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Paris and New York.

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