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Cameron Diaz & Wes Anderson Have Stayed at this Stylish NOLA House

Apr 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

“That's my favorite hotel in New Orleans,” responded friends when we mentioned we were staying at Soniat House, the historic boutique property in the French Quarter and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH). Architectural Digest calls it “the place to stay for visiting musicians, actors, politicians, and the generally stylish,” and after our visit it was easy to see why.

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Get Your Dose of Rustic Respite at the Whiteface Lodge in the Beautiful Adirondacks

Apr 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Nestled in the heart of the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and within walking distance to downtown Lake Placid, Whiteface Lodge looks remarkably historic for being built in 2005. Massive timbers still in the shape of tree trunks stand as support pillars buttressed by open wood beam framing. Much of this wood was milled on site, with construction inspired by the Adirondack Great Camp architecture that was popular across the region and in National Parks throughout the United States during the 19th century.

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High Class Las Vegas: This is Why Wynn Might Be the Ultimate Sin City Resort For the Elite Crowd

Apr 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Whenever I’m in Vegas, it seems as if time stops; as if the only world that exists is the one created in this Nevada bubble. For me, this “throwing-your-cares-to-the-wind” attitude is one of the city’s major draws (aside from its pool parties). I’m assuming that I’m not alone in this, which is why hotels like Wynn Las Vegas exist.

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Villa Marie Promises the Glitz & Glamour of Saint Tropez Without the Crowds

Apr 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Gazing from my terrace at Villa Marie with curlicues of ivy entwined around it, the glitz and glamour of Saint-Tropez seem a world away; yet, the twinkling lights along the streets below seem close enough to touch. That’s one of the many attractions of this five-star, 45-room Italian residence, one of several Maisons & Hotels Sibuet properties in Provence. 

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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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Hotel Triton Calls All Beer Lovers to San Francisco With This Hoppy Package

Mar 28, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

There’s one place in particular you need to visit if you want an insider look at San Francisco’s burgeoning craft brewery scene: the Hotel Triton. No, they’re not brewing the stuff up in the lobby, but the boutique property’s Triton On Tap package is like an all-access pass to the best of the Bay Area’s beer makers.

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6 Reasons to Escape to the Sand, Sea & Serenity of the Emerald Coast

Mar 27, 2015  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

Every now and then, you need to leave it all behind to refresh and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. There is no better place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life than to the beautiful beaches of South Walton, Florida. The 26 miles of white sand and turquoise-green waters are just the start of this destination’s treasures. The little-known area is a hidden gem of natural beauty, foodie delights and an outdoor explorer’s haven. Here are some ways to relax in the Sunshine State:

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6 Adult Easter Egg Hunts Around the World With Prizes You'll Definitely Want to Find

Mar 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When did someone decide that by growing up, we could no longer participate in the same holiday activities we did as a child? This Easter, instead of letting children have all the fun, we think it’s time adults got in on the action. 

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A Grand Ballroom Turned Presidential Suite Makes for an Unforgettable Stay

Mar 19, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

For over a century, THE US GRANT has been one of San Diego’s premier luxury hotels, attracting discerning travelers with its grandiose elegance and historic roots. The palatial property is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, just a short walk to some of the best shopping, dining and entertainment found within the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and Seaport Village. One step inside its doors and you’ll begin to understand why it has been the recipient of numerous honors and accolades, including the AAA Four Diamond Award for the past eight consecutive years.

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Hotel Ella Provides a Unique Alternative to Big-Branded Hotels in Austin

Mar 18, 2015  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Often times, guests can experience a more interesting and authentic stay at smaller boutique properties which don’t have to cater to big corporate clients or parent companies. On a recent visit to Texas we found just that kind of property, unsurprisingly part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection, a group that prides itself on curating some of the coolest hotels around. Hotel Ella was once a Classical Revival mansion built between 1898 and 1900, and now is a boutique property open to guests visiting Austin.

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La Bastide de Marie: A Dreamy French Countryside Retreat in Menerbes

Mar 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Sitting down to breakfast at a flagstone terrace bathed in sunshine next to rows of succulent grapes is just one of the delights of a stay at the 15-room La Bastide de Marie in Luberon Regional Park. Located in the foothills of Ménerbes, this elegant 18th century residence is nestled among 57 acres of vines. It was also three miles away from here that Peter Mayle, wrote his best-selling memoir A Year in Provence.

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Mykonos or Santorini? Which Island Would You Choose for Your Greece Vacation?

Mar 13, 2015  |   Contributor: Dorothy Cascerceri

Spring is right around the corner, and it can’t come quickly enough for those of us living in areas pummeled by snow and chilly winter temps. As travelers plan their upcoming vacations in search of warmer weather, many hotels, restaurants and bars on the Greek islands are opening for business after closing for the winter. The isles are one of the most popular European destinations this time of year, offering culture, delicious food, plenty of beautiful beaches and an overall respite from daily life.

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Casa Las Tortugas: Mexico's Hidden Gem is a Welcomed Break From the Crowds

Mar 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you ask an avid traveler whether they prefer the high-touristy destinations or the ones off the map, they’ll usually choose the latter. It’s exciting to visit a place that is untouched, especially if you really want your vacation to be an actual break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Sitting off the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the 26-mile-long Holbox Island is one such destination.

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Kona Kai Introduces the SpaTerre As it Completes its Final Phase of Renovations

Mar 5, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In December 2013, Kona Kai Resort & Marina completed the first phase of its $22 million makeover. While the first cycle of improvements definitely enhanced the over 60-year-old property, it still had a ways to go before regaining its former elite status. With the help of Noble House Hotels & Resorts (who bought the property back in 2013), the second round of renovations have now been completed.

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3 Tech-Saavy Hotels Offering Great 21st Century Amenities

Feb 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

While many hotels struggle to move into the 21st century—some still withholding complimentary Wi-Fi service and others furnishing rooms with outdated digital capabilities—smart hoteliers are bravely leaping into the future with their tech offerings. Here's a look at three particularly innovative luxury hotels withr high-tech amenities and services.

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