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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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Finding Restoration at Sardinia's 5-Star Ma&Ma Grand Hotel & 8,600-Sq.-Ft. Spa

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nestled amidst more than 20 scattered Sardinian islands and islets that make up the Archipelago of La Maddalena along the Bonifacio Strait, Ma&Ma Grand Hotel Resort & Spa could hardly occupy a more scenic maritime corner. Owned by Manila Salvati and Mario Mela (whom the hotel is named after), this coastal property is comprised of 92 rooms, suites and villas, some in private ownership.

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An Inside Look at One of World's Oldest, Family-Run Inns

Dec 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  3 Comments

While hotels nowadays are constantly evolving by getting bigger, grander and more technologically advanced, it’s rare to see a property do the opposite and remain true to its original form and traditions. Having been run by the same family since 718, the 1,300-year-old Houshi Ryokan is the oldest still-running family business in the world.

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The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah: A U.A.E. Watering Hole for the Well-Heeled

Jul 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When you hear the name Waldorf Astoria, the image of a spectacular and grand hotel instantly comes to mind. A place of dapper gentlemen and regal ladies dashing about without a care in the world. One envisions men in tuxedos and tails and women in sequined dresses off to a gala as they did in 1900s when the Waldorf and the Astoria hotels opened in New York City.

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10 Years at Aman's Turks and Caicos Paradise

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

An anniversary is an excellent reason to stay at an Aman resort; not that anyone needs a particular celebratory excuse to visit one of the brand’s 31 properties. All its hotels boast beautiful views, uncanny locations, and a world-class staff. This year, Aman’s breathtaking Turks and Caicos property Amanyara, celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Dozens of so-called adamant fans of the Aman resort group, among many other devotees of this particular property, arrived for a week-long stay. If you weren’t there, don’t worry, the celebration continues for the remainder of 2016.

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Sardinia’s Forte Village is Packed With Kid-Friendly Entertainment

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With more than 30 restaurants and bars and 61 different room categories, it doesn't get much better than the Forte Village resort on the southern tip of Sardinia, 25 miles from Cagliari and its international airport. Making it even more attractive is the fact that the entire property has just undergone an estimated USD $33 million renovation and a new open-air theater seating 5,000 people is set to open this summer. Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will be the venue’s first musical performance.

 

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An NYC Weekend Escape to Playa del Carmen

Jun 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher Boone

An easy weekend escape for New Yorkers, Playa del Carmen has been called “The Trendiest City on Mexico’s Eastern Coast.” The vibrant culture, luminous weather, strong American dollar and recent developments of luxury hotels, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife make it as easy choice for a fun weekend getaway. Whether you are seeking a quiet, rejuvenating visit, a look into the history and culture of Mexico or a foodie immersion, it can all be found in this diverse coastal resort town on the Caribbean Sea.

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