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10 Hotels Opening in 2017 That Are Calling Our Names

Feb 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Half the fun of any vacation is the hotel you stay in; and many of today’s properties are so chic that often times, they’re the sole reason for the trip itself. And in 2017, there are so many luxury hotels opening that we barely know where to begin when planning our next trip. If you love unique properties, high-end amenities and immersive experiences, be among the first to book one of these 10 properties opening this year:

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8 of the World's Best Heli-Skiing Destinations

Jan 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing like fresh, untouched powder when you’re heading out on a ski trip. But finding that perfect snow can be difficult, especially at crowded resorts where waiting in lift lines and battling less experienced skiers can get in the way of a good shred sesh. This is why ski enthusiasts look to heli-skiing for unbroken snow, more challenging topography and the kind of epic conditions you’re likely to only catch once a year. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, here are eight of the world’s best heli-skiing destinations to visit:

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8 of the World's Best Heli-Skiing Destinations

Jan 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing like fresh, untouched powder when you’re heading out on a ski trip. But finding that perfect snow can be difficult, especially at crowded resorts where waiting in lift lines and battling less experienced skiers can get in the way of a good shred sesh. This is why ski enthusiasts look to heli-skiing for unbroken snow, more challenging topography and the kind of epic conditions you’re likely to only catch once a year. If this sounds like your kind of adventure, here are eight of the world’s best heli-skiing destinations to visit:

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An Inside Look at One of World's Oldest, Family-Run Inns

Dec 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  3 Comments

While hotels nowadays are constantly evolving by getting bigger, grander and more technologically advanced, it’s rare to see a property do the opposite and remain true to its original form and traditions. Having been run by the same family since 718, the 1,300-year-old Houshi Ryokan is the oldest still-running family business in the world.

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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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Takashi Murakami’s Private Art Collection On Display

Feb 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

On display at the Yokohama Museum of Art through April 3 is Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection, an exhibition of the Japanese artist’s private holdings. Murakami has worked extensively as a curator and gallerist and like many before him, is an avid collector and has built an ever-growing collection as his career has progressed. 

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This 3-Min Video Will Leave You Dreaming of Sushi, Karaoke & Towering Skyscrapers in Tokyo

Oct 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

One of my all-time favorite movies is Lost in Translation directed by Sofia Coppola. The film takes places in Tokyo and captures it in a way that immediately makes you add it to your travel bucket list. I recently came across Lukas Backland’s three-minute video on the Japanese city and was immediately transported back to my initial excitement over the city. 

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Stay at The Upper House in Hong Kong & Walk Away With New Christian Louboutins

Aug 12, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The Upper House in Hong Kong knows what women really want: those little red soles. From now until October 31, guests staying two consecutive nights in the Upper Suites will get a pair of Christian Louboutin Air Loubi Flats. Plus, they’ll also enjoy a private consultation at the French fashion brand’s flagship store in Central on their bespoke embroidery service Tattoo Parlour.

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Behomm is the Premier Members-Only Home-Exchange Community Exclusively for Artists and Creatives

Jan 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With the success of Airbnb and home exchange programs, it was only a short time before companies began to get even more creative with their home-swap communities. Crafted as an exclusive membership for designers and visual artists such as architects, film makers, stylists, photographers, and interior designers, Behomm is an invitation-only home exchange program for those with a similar love of tasteful things and beautiful homes around the world.

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Have You Tasted the Gourmet Insects at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Mandarin Bar Yet?

Oct 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Damon M. Banks

While it’s not every day that you find yourself with the option of sampling of insects with your evening cocktail, it’s certainly possible at the Mandarin Bar at Tokyo’s luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Always curious to try new things, we were eager to learn more about these exotic bites. Thomas Combescot, Food & Beverage Director at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, was kind enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look at this culturally significant snack.

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Have You Eaten at One of the World's Most Expensive Restaurants? Find Out!

Sep 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Considering we already told you all about the world's most expensive foods (does $1,000 for an omelet ring a bell?), we figured we'd move on to the priciest restaurants out there today. Thankfully, Pennywell already put together this handy infographic that showcases eight of the best dining spots in the world. From Masa in New York (where the tasting menu costs around $450 and cancelling a reservation could get you a $200 per person fine) to Ithaa in the Maldives (where you dine on the $300 23-course meal from within a transparent acrylic tunnel under the sea), here are some of the fanciest restaurants you should make reservations for right now. 

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$50 Million Japanese Sleeper Train Slated for 2017 from Ferrari Designer Ken Okuyama

Jun 30, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Come spring 2017, a new Japanese luxury train will be unveiled from Ferrari Designer ken Okuyama with JR East called Cruise Train. The 34-passenger locomotive will include 10 cars including two lead cars with glass walls and observation areas, a dining car and a lounge car. 

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Live on a Suspended Cloud Overlooking the Yatsugatake Mountains

Jan 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

When it comes to my dream house, I want something overlooking the ocean or overlooking the mountains — either way, it has to be remote. Though I live in a big city now, I grew up in a small town and once you've experienced deathly silent nights and skies lit up by stars, you definitely miss it. 

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Inflatable Ark Nova Symphony Hall Brings Happiness to Tsunami-Ravaged Japan

Oct 16, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Not only is music great when you need to cut loose after a long day at work, it has the unbelievable ability to transcend societal boundaries and actually make you feel better on a chemical level. When terrible things happen, listening to music will get your brain to release dopamine (the feel-good chemical) and cause your blood vessels to actually relax — among a myriad of other effects.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto Slated to Open its Doors in February 2014

Sep 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Japan just got even better with the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Due to open in February 2014, the luxury property is an urban resort that pays tribute to the city's rich culture.... Read More

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