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Bored by the Luxury Hotel Experience? Ritz-Carlton Might Have a Remedy for That

Feb 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Around the world, Ritz-Carlton resorts and hotels are known for the elegance, grandeur and exemplary service. But what may be lesser known is that their portfolio also includes a collection of prestigious villas and cottages in spectacular destinations. The brand has placed some of their most unique accommodations in Thailand, China, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Georgia and Puerto Rico. 

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Oil Nut Bay is a Secluded, Sustainable and Stunning Paradise Setting

Jan 14, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s nothing wrong with planning your vacation around tourist attractions and enlisting the help of Rick Steves' to guide your trip. But sometimes, our idea of a true vacation is doing nothing but lying on a warm beach somewhere secluded, away from all the chaos of our daily lives. If you’re of the latter group, Oil Nut Bay in the Caribbean might just be your type of getaway.

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All-Inclusive Chalet Pelerin Includes Heli-skiing on the French Alps

Feb 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Nestled cozily beside the French Alps’ hillside village of Le Miroir in Tarentaise valley is Eleven Experience’s new Chalet Pelerin—a year-round respite for nature-lovers all of ages. The recently opened villa straddles the French/Italian border and is only a two-hour drive from Geneva, welcoming skiers, hikers and bikers from across Europe and the world over.

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This $2M Villa Outside of Milan Boasts an Indoor Pool and Four Bedrooms

Dec 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

You might not have heard of Legnano, but if you love Milan, you may enjoy this quaint Italian town with around 60,000 inhabitants about 12 miles from the fashion capital. If the allure of Milan has you thinking of owning a home there but you’d prefer a location outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, you may want to consider Via Roma Legnano.

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Relish in Sustainable Luxury & 400 Acres of Organic Farmland on Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts

Dec 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Life in the Caribbean seems to be just a bit simpler and quieter than the ones we lead in the States. Maybe it’s those warm breezes and sparkling turquoise waters, or the easy-going vibe the locals give off, but no matter which island you’re on, you’re sure to feel relaxed. And stateside, we can’t help but be envious of the tranquil destination that is the Caribbean.

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Find Some Serious Zen at Thailand's Villa Mayavee

Dec 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

I've never met anyone who visited Thailand and didn't immediately fall in love with it. Whether you are the type to spend hours sunbathing on the beach or exploring tropical jungles, Thailand is where you should be doing it. Don't know where to go? Try Villa Mayavee on the island of Phuket, because…just look at it!

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Bring the Family to this Luxury Villa in Indonesia Mere Miles From an Active Volcano

Jan 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

For many people, vacationing with the in-laws is about as pleasant as pulling teeth. Villa Sapi in Lombok, Indonesia may be able to help ease some of the pain with intriguing amenities and distractingly serene surroundings. Created by Architect/Builder David Lombardi using many local materials, Villa Sapi’s two buildings are designed with functionality elevated above form. Lombardi designed the luxury villa to function in an eco-friendly manner, with solar water heating and lighting, as well as use of recycled rainwater.

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Ski the French Alps at the Private Chalet Princesse in Megeve, France

Oct 30, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Tucked away in the French Alps in the charming town of Megeve, Chalet Princesse is a historic villa dating back to 1897. Designed as a ski lodge, the chalet boasts a perfect snowy holiday destination or a relaxing summertime retreat.

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10 Global Designers & One Beach House: A Mastery of Contemporary Design in Thailand

Sep 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Boasting an impressive resume of 10 esteemed designers including Chris Jones, Joseph Walsh, A-Cero, Graham Lamb and the Campana Brothers, the all-inclusive Iniala Beach House located on Natai beach in Thailand will probably make you cry tears of joy upon arrival. Seriously, we wouldn’t lie to you. As the brain child of philanthropist Mark Weingard, the property is made up of three villas and a penthouse suite with a combined total of 10 bedrooms.

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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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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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