The Pendry Hotel Solidifies a New, More Mature San Diego

Mar 6, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

San Diego is growing up. The oceanside locale with its cool, easy-going vibe has been steadily saying goodbye to its untethered self as it develops into a more refined entity. With world-class chefs like Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, Brian Malarkey and Melissa d'Arabian opening eateries within the city, the nation is beginning to take SD’s food scene more seriously. According to Bisnow, in 2016, San Diego County “ranked in the top 10 metro areas nationally for startups and fourth statewide—behind Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Francisco.” Even Google made the trek south from Silicon Valley to open an outpost in Sorrento Valley.

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A Refined Guide to Living Your Best Life in Las Vegas

Feb 14, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s no place like Las Vegas. Click your heels three times and you’ll enter a magical world where anything goes…literally. In your 20s, Sin City is all about over-the-top pool parties during the day and VIP tables in some of the world’s biggest nightclubs to hear your favorite DJs until the wee hours of the night. Enter your mid- to late 30s (and above), and you’re ready for a more refined version of the enchanted city; one filled with fine dining, chic spa days and spacious suites all to yourself.

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Montage Palmetto Bluff:
A Portrait of Southern Living, Luxury & History

Jan 4, 2018  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In all my years as a traveler, I’ve only heard of the deep South—read about it online, talked about it with friends and watched its slow-moving way of life portrayed in movies and TV. Southerners, I was told, were “just as much about their bourbon as they were their faith.” Sprinkle in some bluegrass and sweet tea on backyard porches at sunset and you’d have the perfect Southern portrait.

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'Tis the Season to Be Pampered With These Holiday-Inspired Spa Treatments

Nov 21, 2017  |   Contributor: Paige Rosenthal

Sure, ‘tis the season to be jolly, but now, ‘tis also the season to be luxuriously pampered. Whether you are stress-eating candy canes to mentally prepare for crazy family reunions or surviving a near heat stroke from cooking a feast for 40, the most wonderful time of year can also be the most stressful.

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Ace Hotel: Palm Springs' Playground for the Cool Kids

Jul 24, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s a scene that takes place every weekend at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs. Trendy, 20- and 30-somethings descend from LA and SD to take over the retro-chic property in search of sun and poolside cocktails. Ask any bronzed beauty what they do for a living and chances are you’ll find yourself mingling with a fashion photographer, a young Hollywood starlet, or an aspiring screenwriter taking a break from the hectic city life.

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Refresh Your Sun-Kissed Skin at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

Jun 15, 2017  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

As much as we love a good day in the sun, summer can quickly take a toll on our skin. So of course, spa days are necessary, not only to counteract the elements but to keep us looking our best. And, since one of our favorite destinations for a spa getaway is the Palm Springs area, consider heading to the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa for a weekend pampering sesh.

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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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The 6 Best Rooftop Penthouse Suites in London

Feb 23, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We’re quickly heading into peak tourist season for London, with the best months to visit being between March and May. The beauty of a spring trip means that you’ll get to experience the city’s blossoming parks and gardens while at the same time avoiding its muggy summers and dreary winters. As you begin planning for your next British escape, we found the best ways for you to really enjoy the weather and crisp air this spring: rooftop penthouses. Across the city, these six hotels offer stunning suites on the top floor of their respective properties and all include private terraces sitting high above London.

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Italian Opulence in the Heart of Vietnam

Feb 17, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It's been said that luxury travel is more than just about over-the-top accommodations and glittery amenities. And while of course we agree, sometimes, it really is all about the extravagance and showy nature of a hotel that really gets us.

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10 Hotels Opening in 2017 That Are Calling Our Names

Feb 10, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Half the fun of any vacation is the hotel you stay in; and many of today’s properties are so chic that often times, they’re the sole reason for the trip itself. And in 2017, there are so many luxury hotels opening that we barely know where to begin when planning our next trip. If you love unique properties, high-end amenities and immersive experiences, be among the first to book one of these 10 properties opening this year:

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Amazing $10K+ Valentine's Day Packages to Spoil Your Loved One

Jan 27, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Each year, we round up some of the best over-the-top Valentine’s Day hotel packages from across the globe. With price tags of $10,000 and up, this year’s list had no shortage of elaborate offerings, and choosing only 10 proved to be difficult. But whether you want to surprise your darling with a trip to New York, hit the beaches of Anguilla or go snorkeling in Thailand, these offers have just about everything you’d need for the perfect V-Day. Starting from $10,000 and working our way up, here are the most extravagant packages to indulge in this lover’s holiday:

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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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Experiencing the Waters of Tuscany's Countryside Adler Thermae Spa Resort

Nov 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I recently completed a marvelous one-week Tuscan trekking trip with Hedonistic Hiking, and a luxury stay in an exclusive spa-hotel was a much-needed break following the excursion. My guest and I sought out the help of the five-star Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort, a wellness property in Tuscany, to help us revive our tired bones. The hotel is located next to the small hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, a town with a population of 35.

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Where to Stay in Northern Greece: 7 Luxury Hotels to Call Home

Jun 27, 2013  |   Contributor: Stefanie Payne  |  1 Comment

There are accommodations in every price range, offering every level of inclusion or abandon, at nearly every destination around the world. What makes a hotel stay outstanding instead of just good and fine is the level of attention to detail. At a macro level, these standout details are things like over-sized towels, spacious and uncluttered rooms, great wine and food, a multitude of amenities and, of course, an unbeatable location.

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MGM Bets on a Full House in DC

Oct 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s finally something to celebrate coming out of the Capital Region this winter—and it has nothing to do with the election. Bringing the first luxury gaming resort experience to the area, MGM National Harbour will open its doors on December 8. Minutes from DC on the banks of the Potomac River in Maryland, the $1.4 billion resort will feature a casino, celebrity-chef restaurants, nightlife, a 27,000-square-foot spa and retail shops.

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