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The Mulia Boutique Property is Breathing Fresh Life into the Bali Luxury Hotel Scene

Jul 7, 2014  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

It has been a rough few years for Bali. Once the premier luxury Southeast Asian beach destination for jetsetters and backpackers alike, the island suffered a downturn after the 2002 bombings (Eat, Pray, Love popularity notwithstanding), and a raft of new competing destinations like the Maldives, Koh Samui in Thailand and Danang in Vietnam began to grow in popularity.

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Is This What You Had in Mind When You Requested 'Al Fresco' Dining?

Jun 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

When Soneva Kiri resort says “al fresco dining,” they really mean it; no seriously, like in a Swiss-Family-Robinson kind of way. Seated in a private bamboo pod, guests are invited to dine among Thailand’s rainforest while strung high above the ground with 360-degree views. In case that wasn’t enough, just wait until you watch your personal server deliver your meal via zip-line acrobatics.

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One Look at The Spa House in Cape Town Will Have You Pulling Out Your Credit Card

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s renting a villa for your South African vacation, and then there’s really renting a villa. Let me be more clear. You could stay at any ‘ole private residence in Cape Town while visiting or you could book the kind of place that will make your friends jealous for years to come.

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Escape to the French Countryside & Stay in a Quintessential 17th Century Chateau

Apr 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

France is remarkable; a place known for its pastries, luxury shopping and storied past filled with artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Degas; and at one time was one of the most powerful countries in Europe. But there’s something to be said about the traveler who—instead of booking a hotel in the heart of Paris—looks to stay at a chateau hidden in the French countryside to really immerse themselves into the culture.

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Halaveli Heaven: Diving, Snorkeling & Relaxing on a Five-Star Island Resort in the Maldives

Jan 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Carol Driver

Jet skiing across the bumpy waves, the spray from the Indian Ocean would’ve obscured my vision if it wasn’t for my sunglasses. Even if I were to fall off, it couldn’t wipe the wide, maniacal grin from my face. My companions and I were heading away from Constance Halaveli—a stunningly luxurious resort in the North Ari Atoll in the Maldives— towards a small deserted sand bank in the middle of the bluest ocean I’d ever laid eyes on.

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What's a $5,000 Per Night Price Tag When Paradise is on The Other End?

Jan 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Laucala, a private island refuge in the South Pacific, is home to 25 Fijian-styled luxury villas among dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches. Sitting on over 3,400 acres, the tropical hideaway is situated amid coconut plantations atop the island’s volcanic mountains.

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South Africa's Singita Castleton Opens as Luxurious New Safari Lodge

Oct 24, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Singita, the South African safari company known for its collection of eco-friendly luxury lodges, has added an alluring new property to its portfolio. Singita Castleton, located in the heart of the 45,000-acre Sabi Sand Game Reserve, was formerly the private home of company founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather. The chic retreat, which consists of a main house and six individual cottages, may only be booked on an exclusive-use basis.

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Adriatic Luxury Hotels in Croatia Are Giving Neighboring European Countries a Run for Their Money

Oct 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Italy has some competition. Croatia, the slender post-Cold War country that sits just across the Adriatic Sea from the land that is home to pizzas and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is quietly luring the jet-setting class to its soil. In particular, the rugged coastal city of Dubrovnik offering unending views of the emerald sea and petite untouched islands is thriving with a surge of international guests. American couples and roving European families are quickly filling its medieval streets and winding coastal highways, and it is not a surprise to the Adriatic Luxury Hotels (ALH) group.

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5 New Signature Villas Unveiled at Viceroy Riviera Maya

Oct 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

The Viceroy Riviera Maya, one of the Caribbeanís most exclusive and romantic luxury resorts, is set to become even more luxurious with the debut of five newly built Signature Villas designed to appeal to celebrity and VIP clientele (for whom privacy and perfection are a must).... Read More

Own Your Vacation with Marriott Vacation Club's Fairway Villas

Sep 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

With over 50 luxurious resorts worldwide, owners with the Marriott Vacation Club (MVC) can walk the Great Wall of China, share the thrill of an African safari, cruise the azure waters of the Caribbean or savor refined wine tastings in Californiaís wine country.... Read More

$3.5 Billion Baha Mar Puts 284 Residences on Market in The Bahamas

Aug 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Nowadays it takes a little more than spas and golf courses to make a luxury resort impressive. Aside from the perfect location, an establishment needs something a little extra and Baha Mar thinks they have exactly that.... Read More

160-Year-Old Sicilian Villa Promises a Personal Touch to Your Italian Vacation

Jul 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Carol Driver  |  1 Comment

Owner Francesco Alessi is standing proudly in the lush garden of our grand Sicilian villa, Il Giardino di Isabella, holding in his outstretched right hand what appears to be a rusty spear. In broken English, he explains it was the very flagpole his great grandfather had used to claim the land on which we sit, after he had led the revolution against the Bourbon rule of Sicily about 160 years ago.... Read More

Billionaire's Private Estate Now Available for Exclusive Hire in Ireland

Jul 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the first time since its construction, the Straffan House, a private residence on the grounds of The K Club, Spa and Country Club will be available for exclusive hire. Sitting on 550 acres of idyllic Irish countryside, the property owned by billionaire Sir Michael Smurfit is an elegant 34,000-square-foot home inspired by the original structure of the same name. Built in 1832, the original resembled a French Chateau and is now being used as the K Club Hotel.... Read More

Red Frog Beach Rainforest Resort & Marina Opens in Panama with Private Villas

Aug 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Red Frog Beach Rainforest Resort & Marina in Bocas del Toro, Panama is ready to open and offering guests special deals to stay at the luxury resort.... Read More

$40,000 Fishing Trip: From the Rockies to Los Cabos

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Thereís something very peaceful about fly fishing ó standing there in the stillness, being one with nature ó itís a sport that teaches the beauty behind patience. Itís relaxing, and yet, exciting. While you may spend a few days at different lakes and rivers in the area, typically you arenít jumping from state to state on the same trip. However, Rawah Ranch and Villas Del Mar in Los Cabos have made exploring different waters a little easier with their River to Sea package.... Read More

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