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L'Auberge Del Mar: Refined Luxury on San Diego's Coastline

May 18, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego is oftentimes overlooked as a luxury destination. Maybe it’s our laid-back style, love of cheap tacos or the fact that businessmen in suits can be seen riding skateboards into work, but our stigma as an untailored city isn’t quite so accurate. Although our neighbor to the north lays claim to more four- and five-star hotels and Michelin-starred eateries than SD, what America’s Finest City offers is refined luxury that is approachable and personal.

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Andaz Re-Positions Itself as One of SD's Best Luxury Hotels With $4M Renovation

May 1, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When you live in San Diego, you tend to feel like you’re on vacation 365 days a year. The weather is perfect, the beaches are only a 15-minute drive from most every neighborhood and our rooftop bars are the reason happy hours exist. Because of this, locals love their staycations since it means mixing up their daily routine while still enjoying the many benefits of SD.

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Celebrate Earth Day With These 5 Eco-Friendly Hotels

Apr 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This year marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a 24-hour period dedicated to spreading awareness of environmental concerns and how we can work to create more sustainable environments. 

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Iceland's Blue Lagoon Gets its First Luxury Hotel

Mar 27, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve been to Iceland, chances are you’ve visited the Blue Lagoon. One of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, the geothermal spa gets around 700,000 visitors a year. Even celebrities can’t resist it’s healing powers. Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates have all made their way to the natural pool.

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Atlantis Finally Confirms New Mega-Resort in Hawaii 11 Years After Conception

Mar 3, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For more than a decade, Atlantis Resorts has been in talks to open a new property on a parcel of land on the Diamond Head side of Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Last year, plans were again announced to move forward with the project after China Oceanwide bought the 26-acre development site in September for $280 million. 

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San Diego's Hottest Suite Will Make You Feel Like a Rock Star

Jan 26, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s pretty easy to consider never leaving your room when staying in the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Multi-Platinum Suite. With 1,070 square feet of space, you might find yourself skipping a tour of the city to relax in your BainUltra air jet tub or sip on Champagne on one of two cozy L-shaped couches in the room. Had it not been my birthday weekend, you may have found me Neflix and chilling my whole stay instead of hitting the town. It’s that impressive.

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China's Newest Hotel Has Its Own Man-Made Ocean

Jan 25, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Lest you call it “just another luxury hotel,” the new Sanya EDITION has one amenity you may not expect: its own man-made, five-acre private ocean. Headed by American hotelier Ian Schrager, the Marriott-branded property opened this past December in what China considers its answer to Hawaii, the city of Sanya on Hainan Island.

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Hotel Zelos: A Quirky & Trendy Property in the Heart of SF

Dec 29, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Francisco is undeniably a quirky city that marches to the beat of its own drum. When you visit, part of the fun of staying in SF is getting a sense of that same unique character within your hotel. Located in the heart of Union Square, Hotel Zelos is just the kind of property you’d expect to find in this charming destination.

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Loews Regency San Francisco is an Upscale Retreat With SF Spirit

Dec 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Standing on the large terrace of Loews Regency San Francisco’s Presidential Suite, it’s easy to see why so many people love this city. Called a “bridge to bridge” view, guests of the suite can not only get a bird’s eye view of SF, but can also catch a glimpse of both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. At night, SF looks almost magical with its twinkling lights shining across the bay, and through its soaring skyscrapers and iconic Victorian homes.

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Manhattan Sophistication at the Tuscany Hotel

Dec 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Nestled amidst the standard accoutrements of a hotel room—chocolate bars, salted nuts and bottles of water—is a pair of cardboard VR goggles found at The Tuscany in New York. Consider these the modern-day version of a guidebook. The idea is to slip on the goggles, download the hotel's app, and be immersed in micro-vignettes about the city, filmed by other guests, before venturing out. 

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Andaz Hotel Officially Opens in Scottsdale

Dec 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you live in Scottsdale, chances are that you’ve probably passed by the Andaz hotel without even realizing it. That’s because the luxury property is tucked away behind Enclave at Borgata, hidden from plain sight. This perk alone is one of the many reasons why the newly-opened hotel will do well with travelers who value discretion and privacy.

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The SLS South Beach: Miami's Most Seductive Hotel

Dec 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

There is a sexy crowd of models, business moguls, and artsy types gathering at Hyde Beach, Miami’s place to see and be seen in the SLS Miami Beach. The centerpiece of this orgy of colors, patterns, and sculpture is a 12-foot silver duck, reminiscent of the yellow ones found in baths. Anywhere else in the world it would be completely out of place, but not here. This is the SLS South Beach and this scene was created by one of the most renowned designers Philippe Starck.

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7 Festive Hotels Getting Guests Into the Holiday Spirit

Dec 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

In just a couple short weeks, Christmas will be here. And no matter where you are in the world, business, homes and cities are turning into colorful and festive displays for the holiday. If you need a little extra dose of holiday cheer this December, step into one of these eight hotels around the globe. With dazzling lights, decked out trees and intricate designs, these seven festive properties have just the right amount of spirit you’re looking for this winter.

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Kelly House: Martha's Vineyard's Charming 54-Room Inn

Dec 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Steps away from the Chappaquiddick ferry ensconced in the compact and pedestrian-friendly village of Edgartown in Martha's Vineyard, Kelley House stands as a testament to island life before tourists dominated the scene with beach umbrellas and sunscreen. Near the corner of North Water and Kelley Streets, the main 54-room historic inn was built in 1742 and now features an art gallery in the lobby with rotating exhibits showcasing local artists.

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Urban-Chic Boutique Hotel Opens in Madrid

Dec 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Celebrating its grand opening today, Only YOU Hotel Atocha made its debut on the streets of Madrid as the brand’s second-ever property. A part of the Palladium Hotel Group, Only YOU focuses on creating an innovative soace in the urban sector while targeting an international, cosmopolitan audience.

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