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5 Under-the-Radar Cities in South America Worth Skipping the Crowds For

Jul 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In 2014, all eyes were on Brazil for the World Cup and come 2016, it will again sit in the spotlight with the Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janiero. In any year, travelers heading to Peru typically plan on visiting Machu Picchu, while in Argentina, lovers seek out Buenos Aires for a romantic vacation. So what do these destinations have in common? They are some of South America’s most sought-after cities and are in turn, flooded with tourists from all over the world.

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Can BMT's Floating Villas Become a Reality or Will They Live Forever on Paper?

Jul 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If all goes as planned, soon you’ll be able to sleep with the fishes in whichever ocean you’d like. Developed by BMT Asia Pacific, SeaScape will be a new collection of floating villas available to travelers looking for a one-of-kind vacation experience. BMT’s concept was conceived to give hotel developers a flexible, readily-deployable offering for their guests.

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This Maldives Resort Has its Own Underwater Nightclub, After-Dark Spa & Fish Whisperer

Jul 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Unless you just really hate the ocean and relaxing in paradise, the Maldives are probably already on your travel bucket list. And for good reason. The 1,200 isles are scattered across 500 miles of Indian Ocean and boast white sand beaches, enchanting underwater worlds and high-end accommodations that are themselves, private island retreats.

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The More Tranquil Side of Bali: Alila Uluwatu is for Zen-Seekers

Jul 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

There is a reason that over three million travelers choose to visit Bali every year. For decades, Bali has consistently drawn holidaymakers from around the world by offering diverse experiences with a common theme of beauty, hospitality and authenticity. The island nation offers a wild night life, crowded markets and plenty of action, but not Uluwatu—which sums up why we visited. I have been to Bali more times than I can recall, but this last trip was a favorite.

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Exploring Riviera Nayarit From its Luxury Hotels to Artsy Towns & Fine Dining

Jun 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Parm Parmar

Situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the Riviera Nayarit, a vacationer’s paradise with nearly 200 miles of award-winning beaches and some of the finest resorts in the country. On a recent visit I stayed on the Punta Mita strip at the luxury Iberostar Playa Mita as well as Marival Residences in Nuevo Vallarta. Both offer a great stay for different reasons.

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8 of Hawaii's Most Extravagant, Luxurious & Stylish Villas

Jun 11, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We love hotels (obviously). But at the same time, it’s really hard for us to pass up villa living when visiting island destinations. For one, renting a private estate means more seclusion and less noisy neighbors disrupting an otherwise peaceful vacation. And, they are unique. You get to stay in a place that was stylishly-designed and unlike any other property around. 

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Party Like Leo DiCaprio and P. Diddy at Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace

May 21, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The bid to be top dog in Las Vegas’ glam hotel scene is a fierce competition. One property however, Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, seems to be clearly coming out on top, thanks to some celebrity devotees. P. Diddy parked himself at the ultra-luxe, $35,000-per-night Nobu Villa for the Mayweather–Pacquiao fight, and threw an after-party in the lavishly-appointed 10,300-square-foot space as well. Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus have also called the villa, part of Caesars' eye-popping Anthology Suites & Villas offerings, home on visits to Sin City. 

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BVI's Peter Island Resort is Filled with Swashbuckling History, Secluded Spaces & Exquisite Villas

May 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

Although Peter Island Resort & Spa is set on 1,800 acre of land, staying at the hotel still makes you feel like you you’re on your own private getaway. We recently stayed at the resort, and were pleasantly surprised to realize the property has its own complimentary ferry to transfer hotel guests back and forth between the islands.

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Pretty Beach House Reopens After 2-Year Remodel, The Results Are Stunning

May 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

If you’ve ever imagined your own personal retreat in Australia's New South Wales bushland, chances are your idyllic fantasy looks a lot like Pretty Beach House. The residence is an exclusive guest lodge offering butler service, stunning national parkland and shoreline views, and the utmost in privacy for a handful of guests. And it has just reopened after an extensive two-year remodel.   

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Villa Marie Promises the Glitz & Glamour of Saint Tropez Without the Crowds

Apr 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing from my terrace at Villa Marie with curlicues of ivy entwined around it, the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez seem a world away; yet, the twinkling lights along the streets below seem close enough to touch. That’s one of the many attractions of this five-star, 45-room Italian residence, one of several Maisons & Hotels Sibuet properties in Provence. 

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Aquamare's Heavenly Villas Are Sprawling Virgin Gorda Residences That Might Leave You Speechless

Apr 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Julie Hatfield

“What is the first word that people utter when they step inside this villa?” we asked our host William Matthews at Aquamare in Virgin Gorda. We were standing in the Great Room of what was to be our home for the next three days, and all we could think of was “WOW.” “They don’t utter any words at all,” he replied, “but their mouths are wide open in silent awe,” (ours were open in noisy awe).

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Dune Port Douglas Promises the Perfect Amount of Seclusion & Five-Star Amenities

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Just forty miles north of Cairns is one of Queensland’s most sought-after vacation destinations, and it’s quite possible you’ve never even heard of it. Known for its beautiful beaches, year-round tropical climate, golf courses and fine dining, Port Douglas attracts elite travelers looking for a true escape Down Under. It’s just far enough off-the-grid to keep the crowds at bay, but still within reach of the state’s most popular attractions, further increasing its quiet appeal.

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Villa Inle Resort & Spa Wins Us Over With Private Suites, Boating Trips & Burmese Delights

Mar 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

No trip to Myanmar would be complete without a visit to Inle Lake. In fact, if you only visit one place in the sovereign state, it should be this magical area. This lake, sitting 4,000-feet-above sea level, provides a microcosm of all of the delights you wish to experience in Myanmar without the hassle of traveling from village to village.

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Alila Ubud is an Exotic Surprise in Bali's Untouched Jungles

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

When a hotel's name means "surprise," my expectations surely rise; such was the case with Alila, whose Sanskrit name translates to just that. During my last trip to Malaysia and Indonesia, there was no greater sheer surprise than Alila Ubud, a modern marvel that rests on the floor of an untouched jungle in Bali.

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Vacationing at Casa Tres Soles Is Like Staying In Your Own Little Mexican Resort

Feb 12, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Mexico has its share of picturesque destinations and plenty of luxe hotels lining its shoreline. But it’s Casa Tres Soles that really has us dreaming of azure waters and fresh margs in Punta Mita. Sitting on a a secluded plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the nine-bedroom residence includes three master suites, four guestrooms and two Casita bedrooms.

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