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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 Boone   |  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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Visit the World's Top 5 Wine-Producing Regions With These Wine Tours

Sep 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Wine season is here (at least for the Northern Hemisphere)—so naturally, we’re enjoying a nice a full-bodied Cab at the moment (it’s 5 o’clock somewhere). Did you know that only 10 countries produce 80 percent of the earth’s wine? And, according to Wine Folly, “the top three wine regions in the world make enough wine to fill 5,127 Olympic-sized swimming pools.” 

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8 Airport Restaurants With Michelin-Starred Chefs Behind Their Fine Dining Menus

Sep 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

One of the worst things about flying is having to sit at an airport during a layover or flight delay. Thankfully, over the past few years, airports have been really stepping up their games by making these in-between stops more comfortable and fun for passengers.

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Madrid Tops the List of Spain's Slowly Improving Real Estate Market

Jun 25, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

It seems that things are finally turning around for Spain’s real estate market. Buyers and investors had once shied away from the region because of low employment rates, unstable real estate values and a shaky bank economy due to the European debt crisis, but the market is now steadily rising.

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The Principal Madrid: First Five-Star Hotel on the Gran Vía is Already Talk of the Town

May 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Marissa Stempien

When Design Hotels planned the opening of their newest property, The Principal Madrid, they hoped it would be popular with its turn-of-the-century architecture, opulent suites and rooftop bar—but little did they know just how popular it would become.

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5 Beach Day Trips to Take Advantage of While Visiting Madrid

Apr 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Madrid may be in the middle of Spain, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend a relaxing day at the beach. The city does have the Manzanares river winding through it though, which allows for plenty of water-based activity opportunities (especially thanks to the revitalizing Madrid Rio project). But it’s just not the same as spending the day by the sea. 

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Why Spain and Portugal’s Iberian Peninsula Needs to Top Your Culinary Travel Wish List

Mar 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Some things are worth traveling around the world for; great sights, sounds, and experiences that engage all the senses. That’s why culinary tourism is such a growing trend. Great food and drink are always at the top of my list. One of the most prized foods in the world that any foodie visiting Spain must try is Jamon Iberico, a.k.a. iberico ham, the country’s most prized national delicacy. Costing $1,200 and up for a 15-pound leg, the highest grade is more pricey than Champagne and more esteemed than truffles or caviar.

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Platea Offers Not One or Two, But Six Michelin Stars to Madrid

Feb 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Plaza de Colón in the heart of the Salamanca district is known for its honoring of the famous explorer Christopher Columbus (there are even two statues of the man); so it’s no surprise that it’s where the unique gastronomic experience Platea Madrid can be found. Spanning two floors, Platea explores a variety of global regions (just like Columbus) with their array of international cuisine.

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