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A $22M New Look for an Old Celebrity Haunt: Kona Kai Resort & Marina

Dec 2, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Kona Kai Resort & Marina in San Diego is going through a bit of an identity crisis; one that is taking $22 million to fully realize. Currently, when you visit the property, you can see that it remembers what it once was, sees where it wants to be, and yet — still remains a forgotten resort that quietly rests on the shores of Shelter Island.

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Kimpton Opens Fourth Property in South Florida: The Angler's Hotel

Nov 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

In addition to EPIC, Surfcomber, and Vero Beach Hotel and Spa in sunny South Florida, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts has recently introduced its new property, The Angler’s Hotel. The boutique property was first built in 1931, restored in 2007 and reopened under the Kimpton brand on November 21, 2013. Spread out over four separate buildings, the pet-friendly Angler's has 48 rooms, 660 Restaurant serving Nuevo Latin Cuisine, indoor-outdoor meeting space, pool with cabanas, and seven spa suites. In 2014, a project to expand the new space will begin, adding 83 more rooms, a lobby lounge and rooftop pool.

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Dingle Skellig Hotel Wants to Welcome You to Ireland's Most Northwest Town

Nov 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Located on the scenic northwest side of Ireland’s peninsula in County Kerry, the 113-room Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa has the Atlantic Ocean in its backyard and the lively, quaint town of Dingle, a mere ten-minute walk away. 

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Ireland's Castlewood House Dingle Gets Personal Within its Four-Star Property

Nov 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Outside, a strawberry and cream-colored fishing boat bobs gently in the lapping waters of Dingle Bay; such is the picturesque southwest Ireland location of Castlewood House Dingle. Brian Heaton, an experienced Irish hotel manager, opened this charming guest house eight years ago with his wife, Helen, just outside the pretty Kerry town of Dingle. The couple met fresh out of college while working at the five-star Ashford Castle in County Mayo.

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Hotel La Villa: Quiet Corsican Retreat Amid France's Rolling Hills

Nov 14, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Perched high amid rambling hills, the location of northwest Corsica’s La Villa Hotel could hardly be more picturesque as it overlooks the ochre-colored citadel of Calvi and the sparkling bay waters of the Mediterranean far below. Sensitive architectural design of terracotta roof-tiles, a beige and ochre color scheme, traditional-style dwellings and natural stone pathways enables La Villa to merge seamlessly into the verdant host environment.

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A Guide to Calistoga: Northern Napa's Charming and Less Touristy Side

Nov 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

With all there is to see, do, sip and taste in Napa and Sonoma, you could easily overlook the pleasures of their neighboring Calistoga countryside. Located in the northernmost part of Napa County, this laid- back community is a treat to discover.

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New Hampshire's Manor on Golden Pond Provides an Extra Touch of Local Character

Nov 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Sitting prominently hidden on a hillside above Route 3, Manor on Golden Pond was built in 1907 by wealthy Florida real estate investor Issac Van Horn. The hotel is named after the hit movie classic On Golden Pond starring Katherine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. The cast and crew even stayed there during the 1981 filming, which was a huge PR boost for a village of only a few specialty shops and a marina on Squam Lake. Although monumental, this movie is but one event weaved into the much broader fabric of time in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. 

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Park City's Washington School House Makes Going Back to School Cool Again

Oct 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

This fall, I went back to school (sort of).  As September's crisp breezes brought the first fall of snow to Park City, Utah, I hunkered down in one of the town's newest boutique hotels, the Washington School House.

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Sea Crest Beach Hotel: 100 Years of History Preserved on Cape Cod's Shores

Oct 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Beach hotels in America tend to be built, enjoy a brief heyday, ease into a barely noticeable period of decline and then immediately be fully rehabbed or built again. The really loveable thing about the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Mass. is that it's a historic property that has seen many phases, and those phases mirror so many epochs in American history.

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NYC's House of Kooser Makes Travel Service Personal Again

Oct 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Relationship-building, brand integrity, appreciation for quality, and taking that extra effort to truly understand a client — these are the traits which seem to be disappearing in today's social-media hyper-driven world. From big chains, we expect it, but when boutique properties started to automate their outreach, it caused many a luxury traveler to sigh. 

 

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Historic Celebrity Haunt Reopens in the Heart of Greenwich Village

Oct 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The historic Marlton Hotel has reopened in Greenwich Village, thanks to the efforts of hotelier Sean MacPherson. Once a favorite with the Beat Generation, the hotel has been restored as an elegant 107-room “Baby Grand” boutique property with Parisian style and details.... Read More

New Mallorca Luxury Resort: Historic Hotel Castell Son Claret

Oct 1, 2013  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

The sunny Mediterranean isle of Mallorca has long been a favorite destination of European jetsetters and nightlife enthusiasts alike. To meet guests’ varying needs, hotels offer accommodations ranging from ultra-luxurious private enclaves to seaside huts. While most visitors tend to go for the beaches that fringe the island’s rugged coastline, there is another Mallorca that beckons.

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Portland's Hotel Lucia: An Artistic Property for Style-Seekers

Sep 25, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Initially, pulling up to the Hotel Lucia in Downtown Portland is much like pulling up to any urban luxury hotel. A doorman is there to greet you, take your bags, and guide you toward the lobby. The difference takes place once you step inside the hotel lobby.... Read More

Caneel Bay in The U.S. Virgin Islands Becomes an Independent Boutique Hotel

Sep 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Caneel Bay, a legendary resort founded by Laurence Rockefeller in the US Virgin Islands, is reopening on November 1 as an independent boutique hotel with new restaurants and amenities.... Read More

Relais & Châteaux Teams Up with Hertz For an Exclusive 3-Year Agreement

Sep 13, 2013  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

The Hertz Corporation has signed an exclusive three-year global partnership with Relais & Châteaux, an association of over 520 luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. The deal further enforces the successful relationship the firms forged from successful collaborative efforts in France.... Read More

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