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Experience Artistic Shock and Awe at Oslo's The Thief Hotel

Nov 17, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

If you haven’t been to Norway yet, put it on your must-do list for this year. The country is full of natural beauty with stunning fjords, crystal glacier lakes, charming coastal villages and endless cultural experiences.

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Historic Luxury, Northern Charm: Inside Swinton Park Hotel, Yorkshire

Nov 14, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

Deep in the North Yorkshire dales, set in 250 acres of forested parkland bordering the moors, is the Swinton Park Estate. As you drive through wrought-iron gates and catch a first glimpse of this striking ancestral home, complete with ivy-clad turrets and Gothic battlements, it’s easy to imagine you’ve stepped back in time.

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Diving in the Norway's Fjord Country at Solstrand Hotel & Bad

Nov 13, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

A couple, 30-something in age, leans over the infinity edge of the pool. They exchange glances between each other and the beautiful views of the fjords of western Norway. Steam from pool's warm water mixes with the brisk Norwegian air.

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Inside Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa in Wicklow, Ireland

Nov 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

Just a half hour drive from Dublin, Powerscourt Hotel is located in some of County Wicklow’s most beautiful countryside. Set among the spectacular Powerscourt Estate, this eponymous hotel looks out across a rolling, wooded valley onto the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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Exploring the Seas and Lands of the Vikings with Oceania Luxury Cruises

Nov 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Scandinavia and the Baltic region are lands of impressive fjords, vast seas and idyllic coastlines. The Vikings and Czars left their mark on these lands with opulent palaces as well as fortressed medieval villages. The Viking homeland is the focus

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Bucharest's Hotel Epoque Beckons Guests with Fine Dining, Tranquility and Location

Nov 9, 2017  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Inscribed on the wall outside its entrance door is a catchphrase that accurately sums up one of the prime attractions of the five-star Hotel Epoque in central Bucharest: "Retreat in the heart of the city."

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Your Next Great Ski Destination is France's Incredible New Club Med Samoens

Oct 31, 2017  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

After a massive $1.5 billion investment, 66-year-old Club Med is brand new again. The pioneer of all-inclusive vacations has become a brilliant luxury resort market leader for adventure travelers, having renovated many of its 68 best resorts around the world, with plans for an exciting collection of new grand openings from Asia to South America.

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From Aiyanna Ibiza To Barcelo Portinatx: The Essential Luxury Guide To Ibiza

Oct 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Selene Nelson

Thought it’s known most for its thumping nightlife, anyone who’s ever visited Ibiza knows there’s much more to this Spanish island than just partying. The season may be winding down but Ibiza is always in style, and whatever time of year you visit, the White Isle will draw you in with its unique and bewitching allure.

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Fall In Love With Greece In The Low Season

Oct 20, 2017  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

Year after year, the Greek Isles continue to top the list for sun-seeking jetsetters full of wanderlust and plenty of cash. Fortunately for last-minute travelers, the low season offers affordable lodging, thinner crowds and mild weather. October through May are the best times to visit Greece in the off season because shops, restaurants and hotels are open, ferry service is plentiful and it is not as chilly or wet as during the winter and early spring months.

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Switzerland's Canton of Vaud Has It All: Lakes, Mountains, Wines and Charlie Chaplin

Oct 6, 2017  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

With an arrival timed to Swiss National Day, a holiday that symbolizes the 1291 founding of the Federation around which Switzerland was formed, celebratory fireworks seem to shout: “Welcome to Vaud.”

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Spend the Night In Croatia's Uber Sexy Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

Oct 5, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

The Dalmatian coast is a captivating territory of emerald waters, rich cultures and the place where holiday-makers descend from March until September of each year. Croatia has the lion’s share of the Adriatic Sea's eastern coastline and plenty of tony vacation spots with its most popular being Dubrovnik.

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A Bon Voyage from Bucharest to Budapest: Uniworld's Danube River Cruise

Sep 29, 2017  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When most of us think of exotic travel, the first thought that comes to mind is a trip to a destination in South East Asia such as Cambodia, or perhaps a safari in Africa. Seldom do we think of Europe. However a visit to Eastern Europe is equally as exotic, with a rich culture and landmarks as well as vestiges of communism and the influences of the Soviet Union.

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Historic Hotel Eden Reopens in Rome This Spring

Mar 31, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On April 1, Hotel Eden will officially reopen following an 18-month restoration project overseen by architect and interior designers Bruno Moinard and Claire Betaille of 4BI & Associés and Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku from Jouin Manku. 

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Step Inside Paris' Chic Le Cinq Codet Hotel

Dec 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

For the discerning traveler who prefers a more intimate and customized experience, a luxury, boutique hotel is the way to go. Vying for a clientele with an unlimited budget, boutique hotels attract savvy guests by focusing on style, design, lighting, technology, music and personalized experiences. What began as a niche market in the 1980s, the boutique concept is now a global phenomenon that appeals to Millennials and Empty-Nesters alike. According to a recent boutique and lifestyle report conducted by Hotel Analyst, a growth in demand for boutique rooms is expected to exceed that of traditional hotel rooms by the end of 2017.

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A Christmas Markets Odyssey Down The Danube

Dec 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Chiaroscuro — the contrasting movement of light and dark, background and foreground — usually found in static paintings is present on Viking River Cruises' Christmas Markets tour. The moment-to-moment land and waterscape changes cruising down the Danube are defined across the wake of Central European history. Unlike most rivers, the Danube moves 1492 miles, from west to east originating in Germany's Black Forest, and cutting through ten countries, finally emptying into the Black Sea in Romania.

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