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The Renovated Inn at Rancho Santa Fe a Perfect Getaway for a Summer Vacation

Apr 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Last summer, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe underwent a $12 million restoration, and I recently took a trip to experience the hotel and some of its newest changes. With a tradition of guest serenity and personal attention, I found that the property's new spa and restaurant make for spectacular additions to its 12 acres of manicured grounds and pleasantly helpful staff.

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Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa Breaks up With Ritz-Carlton and Gets Even Sexier

Mar 19, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Luxury brands like Waldorf-Astoria and Ritz-Carlton have credibility with consumers. But sometimes, when being part of the pack works against you, striking out solo is a bold move that can pay back big time. Case in point: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. 

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2014 Travel Forecast: This Year is All About Fun, Fitness, Vodka and Cruising

Jan 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz  |  1 Comment

To kick off the New Year, experts in every industry are sounding off with trends reports and “official lists” of what to do/where to go/what’ll be hot in 2014. We’re seeing fresh takes on classic pursuits, or extra perks for the consumer dollar, plus some cool freebies at surprisingly posh places. From multiple hotels launching free Happy Hour offerings, to Royal Caribbean debuting a “virtual balcony” so all their cruise passengers see are sunny skies…one thing is clear across all verticals: fun. The public demanded it, and the travel-world obliged.

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Warm Up This Winter With a Desert Getaway at J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn

Jan 16, 2014  |   Contributor: Victor and Mary   |  1 Comment

“Take me back to Camelback,” has been our mantra ever since cruising home to Los Angeles after a recent visit to Scottsdale, Arizona. We recently enjoyed two relaxing nights at J.W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, and set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert in the affluent Paradise Valley.

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The Berkeley Hotel in London Opens Chic New Rooftop Spa

Dec 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

London’s luxurious Berkeley Hotel — a celebrity haunt with guests like Madonna, Gisele Bundchen and Leo DiCaprio — has just unveiled the Bamford Haybarn Spa on its 8th floor rooftop. The spa is designed to “bring the essence of the English countryside to the heart of the city,” and was created in partnership with Bamford Organic, the UK’s premier organic beauty brand. The spa will now be the focus of the hotel’s unique rooftop space which features a swimming pool, secret garden and state-of-the-art gym.

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The St. Regis Aspen Resort Launches Farm-to-Massage-Table Spa and Dining Package

Aug 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The farm-to-table trend is getting a relaxing new twist at the St. Regis Aspen Resort's Remède Spa. The program is a collaboration between Spa Director Julie Oliff and the St. Regis Aspen’s Executive Chef David Viviano.... Read More

Not Your Grandma's Ritz-Carlton: How the Brand Is Taking Design To the Next Level

Aug 12, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

What part of your vacation makes the actual vacation? Is it the location, who you're with, the activities you do? What about your hotel accommodations, do they have the ability to transform a getaway based solely on their aesthetics? The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company thinks so. For the last decade, the team behind the brand’s designs have worked hard to make each new hotel unique to their location while keeping them consistent with the Ritz-Carlton design philosophy. This year they will be adding six more hotels to their collection in China, Israel, Kazakhstan, India and Aruba.

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Aromatherapy Associates Partner with Westin Hotels & Resorts on Four Signature Treatments

Aug 7, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

Westin Hotels & Resorts and Aromatherapy Associates have partnered to make guest experiences smell just a little sweeter with special spa treatments at Heavenly Spas by Westin.... Read More

Cucumber Spa Treatments Offered at Fairmont Hotels Around the World

Jun 10, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The cucumber is a famously effective spa treatment and now the humble fruit is becoming a center attraction at Spas at Fairmont around the world.... Read More

The James Chicago: An Urban Hotel A Little On the Quirky Side

May 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Modern and quirky sums up The James Hotel in downtown Chicago. So quirky that the television in our room was not a normal screen, but a projection onto a corner wall with a flat lean-back seat as wide as the bed in front of it.... Read More

Luxury Spa Treatments for Two This Valentine's Day

Jan 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

If you're still looking for the perfect Valentine's Gift, why not go somewhere special for the holidays? From East to West and the Caribbean, many spas are offering special treatments just for the love in your life.... Read More

Find Romance in These Unusual "Hideouts" This Valentine's Day

Jan 28, 2013  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

If you are tired of all of those typical luxury hotel “romance packages” including but a few chocolate-covered pieces of fruit and a glass of champagne, you’re probably not alone. These days, most people want a unique and exciting Valentine's Day experience that creates memories to last a lifetime—especially when they are trying to pamper, impress, or connect with the one they love. To help inspire some out-of-the-box romance this February, we found some pretty special, intimate, quirky, and over-the-top "hideouts" around the world. You may just want to disappear together to one of these private and opulent retreats, or find a secluded spot to call your own for years to come.... Read More

Resolution Trips: Travel to a Better You in 2014

Jan 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

In 2014, we’re resolving to make New Year’s resolutions less of a chore checklist and more of a Choose Your Own Adventure with a marathon in Bhutan, SCUBA at the Cousteau Island retreat, or mediation atop a mountain. After all, they say self-improvement is all about the journey.

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First Guerlain Spa in UK to Open at The Caledonian Hotel Edinburgh

Sep 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Guerlain, a long-time leader in fragrance, skin care and makeup, has set up luxury spas in some of the biggest cities around the world, including Paris, Tokyo and New York City; soon, the first Guerlain Spa in the UK will debut inside the historic The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh.... Read More

5 Unique Luxury Hotel Spas and Services

Sep 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

A visit to the spa tends to be at the top of many travelers’ lists when on vacation. While we know that some of the best hotel spas offer a calming environment, range of services and knowledgeable staff, the ones on this list are taking a day at the spa to a whole new level—these facilities feature igloos, use ancient remedies, employ former Surgeon Generals and master sommeliers, and span tens of thousands of square feet, make them among the most elaborate hotel spas in the world. So if you're interested in a run-of-the-mill massage or facial, you may want to look elsewhere.... Read More

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