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Highlights From a Weekend at Montage Beverly Hills

Mar 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

Beverly Hills, the epicenter of glamour and luxury on the west coast, is home to Montage Beverly Hills—a hotel exemplifying the same opulence and attention to detail that the city is known for. Its location—filled with frequent Hollywood high-society sightings, and just two blocks from Rodeo Drive’s chic shops—helps create an undeniable allure. As one of three Montage Hotels and Resorts properties, the Montage Beverly Hills is a distinct haven of "comfortable luxury." Here are a few of my favorite finds during a recent stay:... Read More

Eco-Friendly Event at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel This March

Feb 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Show you care in the comfort and luxury of the The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The hotel is hosting Stories of the Cosmos as a way to celebrate Earth Hour with guests and local residents. The complimentary event will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 on the Eco-Adventure Center’s Connect the Dots outdoor game board. Earth Hour is an international event that encourages awareness about climate change by having people and businesses around the world turn off their electronic devices at the same time. “By holding Stories of the Cosmos outside by candlelight, we are supporting the Earth Hour mission, as well as offering a fun, educational experience for guests of all ages,” said Eco-Adventure Center Director Lyn Evins.... Read More

Johnny Depp's Baby Mama is the New Face of H&M

Jan 23, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

H&M has brought in French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis as the face of its newest campaign for its Conscious collection. The fashion brand's new line is apparently more eco-friendly than anything they've done in the past, made completely from sustainable materials (like organic cotton and recycled polyester) and is filled with ruffles and optimistic floral prints.... Read More

A New Sensory Education | Karisma Hotels & Resorts Partners With Kendall-Jackson

Jan 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Usually, food and wine events are dazzling displays of culinary artistry and ability—events where theory and practice become one. And, paired with great wine, these events create sensual reciprocities of taste, texture, and color; one taste working with others, often creating a savory taste synergy, called Umami—a kind of taste perfection—a word coined by the Japanese. But rarely do food and wine events define these things, PLUS a dual brand evolution of both hotel and wine. Yet this event, The first Jackson Family Wine Culinary Series, by Karisma, did all three.... Read More

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.... Read More

Natural Beauty Alternatives Found in Your Own Kitchen

Jan 4, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh  |  1 Comment

These days, society seems to be all about healthy alternatives, whether that’s in your cooking pantry, your medicine cabinet, or your makeup bag. The organic and natural replacement fad has gained more attention in recent years, but those who are devoted to the practice have developed a slew of healthy and eco-friendly alternatives to mainstream luxury beauty products. Most of these all-star ingredients can be found in your own kitchen, so if you’ve been thinking about jumping on the all-natural bandwagon, gives these healthy choices a try!... Read More

First Ritz-Carlton Reserve in the Americas Debuts in Puerto Rico

Dec 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

When Laurance Rockefeller opened the Caribbean’s first luxury eco-resort in 1958, the Dorado Beach Hotel and Golf Club in Puerto Rico, celebrities like John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Joan Crawford flocked to it. This week ushers in a new era of jet-setting at the legendary 1,400-acre property as it re-opens as the $342 million Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve—the first Reserve property in the Americas from the world famous hospitality brand.... Read More

Find Urban Solace at Shanghai's Newest Luxury Hotel Twelve at Hengshan

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai’s hottest cosmopolitan area, the Twelve at Hengshan is enveloped in cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and restored art-deco buildings. The building itself was designed by Mario Botta, who is also responsible for the iconic San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, using eco-friendly materials. The architecture stands out among the historic surroundings in its contemporary design, but Botta dressed the façade in natural terracotta, which is popular along the streets of Hengshan. The 171 luxury guest rooms encase a Chinese-style secret garden to promote Zen-like awareness of the environment.... Read More

Hide Out in the Hills of Mexican Wine Country at Eco-Friendly Endémico

Dec 10, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Chopin said, "It is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art." It seems that partners in hospitality, Carlos Couturier and Moises Micha live and breathe that philosophy. The two are joint owners of Grupo Habita, a Mexico City-based hospitality brand, and have created a number of boutique hotels commended for their originality and aestheticism.... Read More

Argentario Golf Resort & Spa | A Protected Oasis in the Hills of Tuscany

Nov 29, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Between the beaches of the Mediterranean and Tuscany’s rolling hills sits the Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, offering panoramic views of the countryside to its distinguished guests. Boasting 18 championship holes and a driving range, the Argentario Golf Club is a golf enthusiast’s playground. With the Italian countryside as its backdrop, the hotel’s guestrooms provide stunning views and reflect the same beauty within their walls.... Read More

W Hotel San Francisco Partners With View in Search of Sustainability

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The W San Francisco has partnered with View to showcase Dynamic Glass that helps to improve guests experience as well as improve the hotel's efforts to go green. View Dynamic Glass will be introduced into its lobby and lounge areas, eliminating the need for shades, blinds, or other obstructive window treatments while maintaining the W's aesthetic. Dynamic Glass uses electrochromic technology to regulate the amount of heat and light that enters a building, making it perfect for commercial use by reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent, and HVAC peak load by 25 percent.... Read More

Haus am Weinberg Brings Luxury Living to Germany

Nov 20, 2012  |   Contributor: Tina Stewart

Danish architectural firm United Network Studio has completed a modern, minimalist residential space on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany. Commissioned by an undisclosed client, the luxury villa, penned The Haus am Weinberg, is designed to incorporate and utilize a central theme of movement, and also reflects the topography of the surrounding area.... Read More

Eco-Friendly Jewelry With an Indie Twist

Nov 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Luxury brand Mociun can best be described as a collection of aesthetically pleasing prints, jewelry, and garments. Its founder, Caitlin Mociun, strives to use recycled, organic and alternative materials, and the result is a stunning line of “arts and crafts,” as Mociun puts it. The New York City-based brand includes an impressive jewelry collection that is both understated and eye-catching, and we just have to share it with you.... Read More

Pippa Small Jewellery Inspires With Humanitarian Efforts

Nov 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

Pieces from luxury jewelry brand Pippa Small Jewellery may be stunning to look at, but it’s the designer’s motivation behind her brand that makes them even more inspiring and beautiful. Looking at the pieces, one is at once in awe of the sheer quality, size, and design of the stones— all of which are semi-precious and set in 14-22k gold. But when learning that these gorgeous gems are all ethically produced with fair-trade practices, it makes us commend the designer even more.... Read More

Elite Skincare Line Now Available at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Nov 5, 2012  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

If you’ve been fortunate enough to visit or live near beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, you may be familiar with its top-rated luxury resort, The Broadmoor. Ranked as the city’s #1 hotel on both TripAdvisor and The Five Star Alliance, the resort recently added luxury skincare products by Elite Therapeutics to its list of room amenities. But Elite Therapeutics isn’t just any old skincare line— these products were developed with the utmost care and a special attention given to the natural repairing ingredients they contain. I had the pleasure of speaking with the brand’s founder, Dr. Kevin Schewe, who gave me an insight to his polished skincare line.... Read More

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