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5 Hotels That Lived Former Lives

Nov 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

It’s not that new, from-the-ground-up hotels are any less esteemed, it’s just that properties with a storied past are just more intriguing. Sometimes to really get a sense of place when traveling, the best suites are the ones found in historic properties that have been around for centuries. Long before these luxury destinations were welcoming guests, they were the residences of princes, the estates of Italian musicians and former prison cells. If their stories don’t impress you, their fine furnishings, list of amenities and scenic locations just might do the trick. Here are five historic properties that have been restored and turned into luxury hotels:

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Dying Here Will Grant You Eternal Life

Sep 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s been said that if you die in Varanasi you will attain salvation, no matter how you lived your earthly life. This holy land is considered one of the most sacred in the world and is regarded as one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities. It’s regularly visited by religious pilgrims year-after-year to wash away a lifetime of sins in the sacred waters of the Ganges River or to cremate their loved ones. Situated on the southeastern Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, it is also one of the globe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.

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A Royal Experience at Jaipur's Rajmahal Palace

Aug 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

What happens when you take a maharajah’s 18th century pleasure palace, open up the royal art collection and give a world-renowned designer the job of fixing it up? You get one of the world’s best-decorated new hotels: Jaipur’s Rajmahal Palace. Originally built in 1729, the Suján Rajmahal Palace is now one of India’s most stunning city hotels. And with just 14 rooms and suites (though more are planned) and round-the-clock service, staying there feels like a royal experience.

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6 Honeymoon Ideas for Avoiding the Typical Beach Getaway

May 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask most brides about what they’re looking forward to before their wedding, many will mention the honeymoon. With all the planning that goes into the big day, it’s not hard to see why brides are counting down the days until they are married and headed out on their first trip as Mr. & Mrs. As far as destinations go, beach locales usually top lists for the romantic getaway. 

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Fancy Tipples: Rarified Bars Around the Globe

May 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

If travel, for you, is an intoxicating blend of taste, spirit and the heady desires of the heart, then perhaps these bars will be just your style. These alluring bars are striking windows into the cultural fabric and social zeitgeist of some of the world's chicest cities.

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Iconic HMS Hermes to be Turned Into Five-Star Hotel

Mar 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Originally, the HMS Hermes aircraft carrier was part of the Royal Navy before becoming the flagship of the British military’s taskforce commissioned to recapture the Falkland Islands from Argentina in 1982. After its successful mission and almost 35 years later, the iconic carrier re-named Viraat will be decommissioned in June and turned into a 600-room, five-star hotel.

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Vibrant Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asia

Feb 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Most people are familiar with the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year. But what some may not realize is that between Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year is celebrated on different days and in various ways. This year, Chinese New Year fell on Monday, February 8, but in India they party it up for five days in October. Tibet's celebrations, which begin on February 22, include dough balls that will tell your loved ones (or enemies) exactly how you feel about them. 

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Taj Opens a New Property in Mumbai, The Brand's Fourth In Its Home City

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has opened Taj Santacruz, its fourth luxury hotel in Mumbai, the hotelier’s home city. Located near the Western Express Highway and regional airport, the property offers a strategic location near the city’s financial and entertainment centers.

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A Day in India Captures The Life, Culture & Fare of the South Asian Country in Under 4 Minutes

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When Slumdog Millionaire first came out in 2008, it was the first time I really began to consider traveling to India. For many of you, however, I’m sure the South Asian country crossed your mind long before Hollywood took ahold of it. But for those of you who still may need more convincing, this under four-minute video from The Perennial Plate might just do the trick.

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Retrace the Steps of European Royalty at India's Taj Falaknuma Palace

Jan 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Suzanne Weinstock Klein

Hyderabad, India is off the beaten path for tourists on the sub-continent. Jokingly called Cyberabad, the city is better known for its IT call centers than for its sightseeing. But drawn by reports of a palatial hotel, the Taj Falaknuma Palace, off to Hyderabad I went.

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Travel by Month: A Year's Guide to Following the Sunshine Around the World

Jan 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We love the start of a new year; and not just because all the “New Year, New You” hype, but more so because it means 365 days of potential travel ahead. For 2015, to assist you with your own travel plans, we thought we’d put together a list of some of our favorite destinations to visit by month. Keeping in mind that sightseeing is typically an outdoor activity, we chose each destination based on its sunniest and/or its most pleasant weather months. 

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6 Cruise Itineraries Across Asia That You Should Embark On in 2015

Nov 13, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the year coming to an end in just seven short weeks, we thought we’d get plans for 2015 started with a look at next year’s cruises through Asia. Pairing together places such as Singapore with Bali and Mynamar with Tokyo, we couldn’t get enough of all the offerings available next year. We handpicked six of our favorites to share to give you a little bit of wanderlust for the continent filled with ancient wonders, mouth-watering cuisine and a deeply spiritual heritage.

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Stop Dreaming & Let Black Tomato Finally Plan Out Your Bucket List Vacations

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Everyone has a bucket list, seriously, everyone. And somehow we’re always adding to them but rarely crossing things off…mostly because, who really has time to plan these things anyway? Well the good people at Black Tomato, a luxury lifestyle and travel service company, has made it easier to start checking off those boxes. Launching My Bucket List, the company has begun offering its clients a chance to fulfill their goals and finally take part in the experiences they’ve been dreaming about.

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W Hotel Delhi NCR Opening May 2017

Apr 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

India’s most up-and-coming commercial center is about to get a little more luxe when the W Delhi NCR opens in 2017. The hip hotel is set to become an integral part of the area's culture, offering residents and visitors the chance to indulge in spa... Read More

Make Like a Maharaja and Take a Million Dollar Tour of India

Apr 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

What to do with that million dollars burning a hole in your pocket. You could donate it to a worthy charitable cause. Buy your parents their dream home, and hey, why not throw in something shiny for yourself? Don't be silly, you're going on an extravagant tour of India! YOLO right?... Read More

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