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El Dorado Maroma: Riviera Maya's Romantic Adults-Only Retreat

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

In Mexico’s Cancun/Riviera Maya region, there are the vacationers who seek revelry and those who prefer stillness. After being among thousands of conference attendees for a week, the last thing I wanted was to throw myself into more hyper-social scenarios on my time off. No tequila-fueled partying this trip...seclusion was calling. I followed in the footsteps of serenity seekers, and checked into El Dorado Maroma, a mellow, all-inclusive resort known to deliver high-end beachfront R&R.

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A Road Trip Epiphany: Explore Nor-Cal in a BMW i8

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s not a proper summer without venturing out on a road trip, especially when it entails a $140,000 sports car. Partnering with BMW, the Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto and Carmel Valley Ranch are offering visitors the chance to experience Northern California behind the wheel of a BMW i8.

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The Colonnade: Boston's Homegrown Luxury Hotel

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

The Back Bay neighborhood is home to so much of what makes Boston a world class city. You're a quick walk from legendary Fenway Park, the seemingly endless blocks of Newbury Street's boutique shopping, the Skywalk Observatory atop Prudential Center, stunning emerald ribbons of parkland bordering the Charles River, and inventive dining helmed by a growing community of star chefs.

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Wyoming’s Luxury Red Reflet Ranch Expands With 12 New Homesteads

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Dude Ranches have been in existence in Wyoming for over 100 years. The word “dude” meant, for years, those who came from the east to enjoy the open space and deep color of the west. A place where they could lose themselves in the red rock canyons, the views that stretch for miles, blessed with sounds of coyotes and the soughing of pines, instead of the sounds of traffic and sirens. 

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5 Luxury Hotels With Fashion Designers Behind Their Runway-Chic Uniforms

Apr 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotels typically pull out all the stops when it comes to designing their property, deciding on which furnishings to use and what amenities to provide. But those looking to set themselves apart go even farther by hiring fashion designers to create their runway-style staff uniforms. 

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Unwind Post Olympics At This New Wellness Resort Near Rio

Aug 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Located a couple of hours from Rio de Janeiro, in the picturesque town of Penedo, at the foot of the Mantiqueira Mountains, Rituaali is a blissful new getaway for those looking to unwind after the Olympics. Set amidst lush green hills, the resort is in one of Brazil’s best-kept secret regions, settled by Scandinavians many generations ago, and still retaining its Nordic influences. The wellness retreat like blends Nordic spa customs with indigenous Brazilian naturopathy.

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The 10,000-Room Abraj Kudai Will be the World's Largest Hotel

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Often times when a hotel is described as “the world's…best, biggest, coolest, most luxurious, etc.,” it’s a pretty subjective statement. But when the Abraj Kudai opens in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it will undeniably be the largest property in the world.

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Finding Restoration at The Home of Daya

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When we travel, we are on a journey in search of something. Possibly compelled by a desire to explore, to celebrate a loved one or to simply find peace and relaxation. I recently found that later in the countryside of Cebu, Philippines at a resort called Kandaya. Cebu is a large island within the country and the hotel sits in the north of it. 

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5 of Hawaii's Best Adults-Only Pools

Aug 2, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for family vacations, but sometimes there’s something to be said about spending a little good old fashioned adult time on a tropical island somewhere. One of our favorite destinations for a quick grown-up retreat are the beautiful islands of Hawaii. If you’re traveling in child-free mode, you’ll definitely want to look into hotels with adults-only pools. Let’s face it, you know that’s where you’ll post up for most of the trip. Here are five of Hawaii’s best resorts with pools designated for the 18 and over crowds:

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Coachella Valley's Newest Festival Brings Renowned Artists to the Desert

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Next year, Coachella Valley Music Festival will have an opening act before it kicks off its two-weekend run in April. Called Desert X 2017, the valley’s newest event will feature contemporary art exhibitions with a focus on creating location-specific art, engaging viewers, and narrowing in on the regions natural wonders.

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Spain’s Largest Hotel Chain Opens Second US Location

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

New York City’s Restaurant Row has a stylish new eatery dressing up the recently-opened Riu Plaza in Times Square. "Fashion" is a chic breakfast, lunch and dinner spot for hotel guests and locals hungry for a pre-theater dinner or late-night bite. The $310 million Riu Plaza New York Times Square is RIU Hotels & Resorts’ first foray into NY, and Fashion’s menu is inspired by the hotel’s Spanish roots and global destinations. 

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Villa Vacationing in Vietnam

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Artists, music composers, and creative performers are constantly in pursuit of their perfect masterpiece. It is often unattainable but drives them each day to work that much harder to reach the pinnacle of their craft. It is often the same in other walks of life, designers seek to create a flawless dress, directors hope to create an acclaimed movie, and hoteliers look to craft an unforgettable vacation experience for their guests.

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An American Safari: Jackson Hole's Vast Terrain, Wildlife and Luxury Lodgings

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

One doesn't go to Wyoming to be sociable and surrounded by crowds of people; with only half a million residents, it gets the award for least populated state in America. Those who go to Wyoming go for its spectacular land filled with endless ski terrain, elk reserves, and two of the nation's most popular National Parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park. Earlier this fall, I visited Jackson Hole to enjoy the region at the turn of fall when elk, moose, and bears actively roam the land preparing for the bitter winter. Staying at sister properties Hotel Terra and the Teton Mountain Lodge in the Teton Village, I once again discovered my love for this great wilderness.

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A Guide to Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Siem Reap

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Even with all the photographs in the world and the plethora of guide books on Siem Reap, there’s a sense that nothing can really capture the beauty and intrigue of the destination without experiencing it firsthand. The stunning Cambodian city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a place where tuk tuks rule the streets, getting lost in the Old Market all afternoon is encouraged and striking temples serve as reminders of this city’s deeply religious history.

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Vietnam On the Rise Among Tourists, A Look at the Southeast Asian Country

Sep 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At Virtuoso Travel Week Conference in Las Vegas in 2015, we learned about the “Hot 10,” countries which have seen the biggest jump in year-over-year bookings. Southeast Asia, as a whole, is an emerging hotspot for travelers, and Vietnam tops the list as having seen a rise in tourism (up 270 percent from last year). This is in part due to more visitors seeking experiential travel rather than just a place to lay on the beach all day long.

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