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7 Hotels Offering Detox & Wellness Packages to Kickstart Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions

Dec 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The holidays can be rough on our bodies. Nevermind the stress of shopping in crowded malls, getting together with in-laws or heading to endless Christmas parties. The real reason we dread the season is because we know it means lots of unhealthy eating. Don’t get us wrong, we love a good sweet treat as much as the next guy. 

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6 Italian Restaurants Where Celebrity Sightings & Exquisite Fares Are Just Another Day on Lake Como

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With celebrities such as George Clooney, Robert De Niro and business magnate Richard Branson having vacation homes in the area, restaurants along Italy’s beautiful Lake Como serve up some very creative dishes. By far, the best way to enjoy this Italian gourmet tour is to rent a car and meander along the lake shoreline to stop off at the below leading restaurants.

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Franciacorta: The Under-the-Radar Destination is Rising to the Top of Italy's Best Wine Regions

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Courtney Cachet

When it comes to Italy and wine, you most likely think of Tuscany as one of the country’s best regions. But a little over an hour from Milan, tucked away in a tranquil corner of Lombardy, is a winemaking destination that you may not have heard of called Franciacorta. And it’s Italy’s next big thing.

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Sheraton Opens as the Only Luxury Chain Hotel on Lake Como

Dec 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nestled within a lush 118,403-square-foot park, the Sheraton Lake Como conveys the impression of rural seclusion even though it is only a 10-minute walk away from the town of Cernobbio and a 15-minute ferry ride to Como itself. Opened this spring, following a multi-million euro renovation under architect Ruggero Venelli, this 116-room property is the first international upscale hotel chain on the lake.

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100 Years Later, The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is Still the Jewel of Lake Como

Nov 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Twin sweeping stone entrance stairways hug either side of at Grand Hotel Tremezzo, and a vintage walnut-paneled elevator offers panoramic views over Lake Como, making your arrival to the five-star property nothing less than enchanting. The immediate sense of romantic, old world charm is fully realized as the elevator doors slide open on to the second floor lobby.

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Modern Yet Classic: Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto Offers the Best of Old & New Rome

Nov 19, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

With its prestigious address on Via Veneto, one of the most expensive and exclusive streets in Rome, Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto attracts elite travelers and celebrities year after year to its chic digs. The accommodations come courtesy of two 19th century villas combined to make one stunning property.

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Oliver Astrologo's 3-Minute Video Takes Us Through Rome Via a Local's Eyes, & It's Stunning

Nov 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Rome is an incredible city. With its layers of fascinating history, stunning architecture and eternal magnetism, it’s easy for the Italian destination to get under your skin as soon as you arrive. It’s difficult to really capture a sense of the city in just one trip (or even multiple visits, for that matter), but Photographer Oliver Astrologo set out to do just that in his short film simply entitled Roma

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The Best Part Comes After "I Do," These Resorts Will Make You Super Excited for the Honeymoon

Oct 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

A honeymoon is supposed to be the kind of vacation you’ll never forget, a trip of a lifetime. And of course, as your first excursion together as husband and wife, no expense should be spared. Sunset yacht cruise? Yes.

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Grand Amore Takes Guest Service to Another Level With Personalized Gifts, Framed Home Photos & Sweet Treats

Oct 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Blink, and it's easy to walk right past the Grand Amore Hotel & Spa, Florence's newest jewel of a property. There are no doormen, lines of luxury cars outside, or any of the other trappings of an upscale hotel. Instead, the slender entrance to Grand Amore is partially curtained, the hotel name engraved in small letters on the glass door. 

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Did You Catch These 6 Innovative Luxury Porto Cervo Pop-Ups Over the Summer?

Sep 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Daniela Aroche

Each year, as the hotter months roll around to awaken the European joie de vivre, thousands of wealthy tourists flock to idyllic destinations across the continent to shop and sunbathe. Few though, are more coveted, opulent and glamorous than the exclusive enclave of Porto Cervo.

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Visit the World's Top 5 Wine-Producing Regions With These Wine Tours

Sep 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Wine season is here (at least for the Northern Hemisphere)—so naturally, we’re enjoying a nice a full-bodied Cab at the moment (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere). Did you know that only 10 countries produce 80 percent of the earth’s wine? And, according to Wine Folly, “the top three wine regions in the world make enough wine to fill 5,127 Olympic-sized swimming pools.” 

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Tuscany's 37-Room Hotel Cala Del Porto Epitomizes a Quiet, Beachside Vacation

Sep 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Giant amphorae filled with multi-colored flowers greeted me upon entering the lobby of Hotel Cala Del Porto. Located amidst picturesque pine forests leading down to the Tyrrhenian Sea in the Maremma region of southern Tuscany, the hotel is an eclectic combination of rustic and modern furnishings with terracotta floors. 

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A Quick, 24-Hour Guide to Making Your Way Through Florence

Sep 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Florence is romantic, captivating and refined. Its streets are lined with decadent restaurants, upscale stores and historic attractions. It is also home to the fashion houses of Gucci, Pucci, and Ferragamo and boasts museums with world-class art. While spending one day in the Italian city might not seem like long enough, if you’re doing a European tour, you may only have one day to experience the locale. For those on a 24-hour schedule, here is a quick guide on what to experience: 

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Find Healing in the Thermal Baths of Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort

Aug 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

As you drive up to Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort in southwest Tuscany, you’ll see a large speckled building near a splashing waterfall, while at the same time smelling the faint aroma of rotten eggs. Welcome to the thermal baths of Maremma. Since ancient times, this region among the Grosseto hills has been home to numerous underground sulfurous hot springs lauded for their health-giving qualities for skin, respiration, blood circulation and rheumatic ailments.

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Get a Hands-On Experience Making, Eating & Learning About Italian Cuisine at Tenuta La Badiola Estate

Aug 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

If you have been hankering for authentic Italian food and have maybe even wondered how the real deal is cooked, the 1,235-acre Tenuta La Badiola Estate in Tuscany may be just the place. Home to La Villa and the Michelin-starred Trattoria Toscana (which is the only Alain Ducasse restaurant in Italy), the resort is one you will definitely want to visit. Found near the Castiglione della Pescaia coastline and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It houses the L'Andana hotel and Casa Badiola Golf House, an ESPA spa, tennis courts, indoor and open-air swimming pools, and a driving range. 

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