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Miguel de Guzmán Transforms Madrid Pool Into a Mermaid's Paradise

Aug 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Step into this backyard in Madrid and you’ll immediately be blown away by the larger-than-life installation creating a backdrop at its pool. Originally created as a screen for privacy, the 49-foot-tall wall that sits behind the pool was designed by Manuel Ocaña. Recently, the installation got an updated look thanks to photographer and filmmaker Miguel de Guzmán and now resembles a mermaid's paradise.

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Italy Tops the List for Fall & Holiday Travel in 2016

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This week, hordes of travel agents, industry professionals, journalists and bloggers have descended upon Las Vegas for Virtuoso Travel Week. The yearly event is put on by the luxury travel network which is comprised of over 380 agencies with more than 11,400 elite travel advisors in 30 countries. With a few more days left, the by-invitation-only organization has released its findings for the upcoming travel season.

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Keeping it Cool in Barcelona

Jul 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Trendy, lively and bold, these adjectives sum up the gleaming W Barcelona hotel standing tall above the city’s crescent-shaped, two-mile beach and boardwalk. Designed by architect Ricardo Bofill and shaped like a shimmering sail reminiscent of Dubai’s Burj al-Arab hotel, the five-star property sits at the end of the long Passeig Joan de Borbó—a part of the Catalan city that was rebuilt for the 1992 Olympics.

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José Andrés Stares Down Michelin Recognition

Jun 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Spanish food is the latest trend in American dining and the United States is lucky to have a Spaniard of its very own, Chef José Andrés. He might be familiar to you if you’ve eaten in one of his many restaurants across the country or if you’re a television fan—he’s appeared on many different programs, and most notably is a recurring guest on Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows. He’s unmissable: effusive, passionate, knowledgeable and fun, José Andrés enthusiasm is impossible to not get on board with—so much so he was once named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” along with “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation. In fact, that Spanish tapas craze we mentio

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El Celler de Can Roca: Meet the Brothers Behind the Best Restaurant in the World

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Even after decades of accolades, including three Michelin stars and repeat appearances at number one on the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list, the three Roca brothers at the helm of El Celler de Can Roca place family at the heart of what they do. If Joan Roca i Fontané, the oldest brother and head chef of the legendary restaurant, had to define success, it would look like this: “Family, work, health, hospitality and generosity.” This isn’t a surprise, considering his two younger brothers, Josep, who is the sommelier, and Jordi, the pastry chef, are just as integral to the operation and success of their empire based out of Girona, Spain. All three of them refer to their indivi

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The First Thermal Spa in Cantabria is Just As Alluring, 100 Years Later

May 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Established in the early 20th century, Castilla Termal Balneario de Solares became the first thermal spa in Cantabria, Spain during the Belle Epoque period. Now it is one of four properties in the Castilla Termal Hoteles’ collection of thermal-spa resorts. One hundred years after first opening and after careful remodeling which left its classic style intact, it stands nestled in a quiet setting in the midst of expansive gardens lined with trees at the edge of Solares, a sleepy little town about 12 miles from Santander.

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San Sebastian: European Cultural Capital 2016

Mar 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

There’s never been a better time to visit San Sebastian, the vibrant Atlantic-side enclave in the heart of Spain’s Basque country. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 brings a full schedule of events throughout the year, adding considerable excitement to what is already one of the top culinary and beach cities in the world.

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The 7 All-Time Best Beaches in the World

Mar 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, travel sites all over release a list of the world’s best beaches. As we took a look at these selections and compared them with our own, we noticed that many of the same sandy locales show up time and again. In an effort to truly identify the best of the best, we looked at travel authorities from TripAdvisor to Condé Nast Traveler, on top of an array of other publications, to determine the clear cut winners who were consistently mentioned. 

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The 7 All-Time Best Beaches in the World

Mar 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, travel sites all over release a list of the world’s best beaches. As we took a look at these selections and compared them with our own, we noticed that many of the same sandy locales show up time and again. In an effort to truly identify the best of the best, we looked at travel authorities from TripAdvisor to Condé Nast Traveler, on top of an array of other publications, to determine the clear cut winners who were consistently mentioned. 

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Spain's Princess Cristina Faces Up to 8 Years in Prison

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a pretty bad time to be Spanish royalty. Spain's Princess Cristina is on trial for tax fraud, along with 16 other people, in relation to her husband’s business affairs. She is the first Spanish royal to sit in the defendant's dock, a damaging blow to the royal family’s image.

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5 Extraordinary Buildings Repurposed as Swanky New Hotels

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Every year, new hotels pop up across the globe; some are built from the ground up while others utilize the architecture that is already residing in a city. When developers and designers choose the latter, some pretty stunning properties can take shape. Restored from centuries-old structures, these hotels often times feature unique spaces, vaulted ceilings, original moldings, frescoes and even secret nooks. Of the many properties that debuted in 2015, here’s a look at our five favorite hotels that were conceived out of historic buildings.

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10 Buildings That Transformed From Historic Spaces Into Luxury Hotels

Jan 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

“If these walls could talk,” is never more true than when uttered in reference to hotels. Of course, if they could speak, we probably wouldn’t want to know all the spicy details of a traveler’s stay. But there are some properties whose stories begin long before they ever housed guests. These hotels once housed everyone from bankers to newspaper men and even prisoners, before being transformed into luxury properties across the globe. Here are 10 properties that went from historic spaces to four- and five-star accommodations:

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5 New Hotels Debuting in 2016 to Add To Your Travel Bucketlist

Jan 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Emyr Thomas

At the start of the year, my thoughts always turn to travel plans for the coming months. Personally, I'd like to visit Lisbon, Douro Valley, Santorini, St. Lucia and the Amalfi Coast. But if you're unlike me and are a having a hard time choosing which destinations to escape to, consider basing it around your hotel instead. Here are five new properties debuting in 2016 that should be added to your wanderlust itineraries:

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7 Reasons to Choose Ibiza's Hacienda Na Xamena for Your Honeymoon

Sep 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher  |  4 Comments

Ibiza, the sexy bohemian land brings images of clubs, topless beaches and hedonism. But what does the island actually have to offer? Simple; whatever you want it to, including a romantic, private getaway. The perfect blend of nature and luxury, Ibiza has long been known for its wild nightlife and parties, but it is also a magical place to relax and regroup.

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Own a Piece of Madrid With This 7-Bedroom, Moroccan-Inspired Home in Pozuelo De Alarcon

Nov 13, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

During the cold winter months we often dream of getting away to a warmer locale for a little rest and relaxation. Those looking for a more permanent relocation to a balmy climate might want to check out the Paradise estate in Pozuelo De Alarcon.

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