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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 Caribbean’s 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 California’s 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

There’s something very peaceful about fly fishing — standing there in the stillness, being one with nature — it’s a sport that teaches the beauty behind patience. It’s relaxing, and yet, exciting. While you may spend a few days at different lakes and rivers in the area, typically you aren’t 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

Casual Luxury in the Bahamas at Grand Isle Resort & Spa

Jul 18, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Picture yourself lying under the sun on a spacious towel while digging your toes into the sandy beaches of the Bahamas. Imagine hearing the soft hush of the ocean while looking behind you, where the resort you're staying at has mouth-watering food, a serene spa and access to recreational adventures you've only seen on nature programs. This isn't an unobtainable dream, the Grand Isle Resort & Spa in Great Exuma is primed and ready for you to enjoy a vacation worthy of all the hard work you put in.... Read More

Chapman Freeborn and ONE Authentic Properties Partner on All-Inclusive Travel Service

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Chapman Freeborn, the world's leading aircraft charter specialist, has partnered with ONE Authentic Properties, owner of France’s most exclusive villa rentals, on a new all-inclusive luxury travel service. Established in the UK in 1973, Chapman Freeborn pioneered the field of private aircraft charters and now has 35 offices in 25 countries offering unrivaled global coverage.... Read More

Experience a Tropical Oasis at Thailand's Award-Winning Naka Island, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket

Jul 17, 2013  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The Naka Island, Phuket may have only been around for a little over a year and a half, but it has quickly made a name for itself among serious luxury-seeking guests. The award-winning property offers everything one could ever want in a beach getaway and then some. Excellent cuisine, service, activities, and great amenities — none of which come at the expense of endangering the environment — can be found at the resort. The Naka Island maintains strict environmental ethics, ensuring the area's surrounding beauty will be around for generations to come. Located on Naka Yai Island, the property is truly an exceptional escape from the monotony and rigors of travelers' everyday lives.... Read More

Banyan Tree Seychelles Begins Soft Property Renovations

Jun 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Banyan Tree Seychelles has announced a "soft" renovation of the property, updating the resort's 60 private villas as well as common areas.... Read More

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