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6 of Our Favorite Resorts in Thailand

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Elizabeth Rudd

Thailand is well known for its white sand beaches and beautiful crystal clear blue waters, all set amongst lush tropical jungles. When it comes to accommodations, the country’s high-end hotels are renowned for their service and plethora of amenities including poolside retreats and exciting water sports. If you’ve ever had a Thai massage, then you’ll understand why it’s also a haven for spa lovers. With so great many options for resorts to choose from, here’s a list of our favorite properties scattered across Thailand.

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The Most Comfortable Way to Explore the Peruvian Amazon

Jul 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

By the time I’d stroked the thick, fuzzy abdomen of a wild tarantula from a local tracker’s hands in the jungle, I knew many travel “firsts” would be achieved in the coming three days. It’s not the norm to have fished for piranhas in a creek, have mischievous capuchins leap upon your group’s skiff as they help themselves to your banana supply or encounter the indigenous peoples of the Peruvian Amazon. Yet there was no retreating to some sweltering tent amongst creatures that hiss, but onto the Delfin II, a sleek, all-suite riverboat for travelers who prefer not to completely “rough it” in the world’s most spectacular rainforest region.

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Shangri-La Toronto Shows Off Its Elegance in New Video

Jul 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The beauty of Shangri-La hotels is that no matter which city you’re in, you know that you can always count on a zen-like atmosphere within its doors. Pairing elegantly-modern furnishings and city-specific touches, each property is familiar yet unique. In the latest video for their Toronto hotel, you get that same sense of serenity from the moment it begins.

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Goodbye, Millennials: Hello, Generation Z

Jul 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the past eight years, all eyes have been on Millennials. The year President Obama was first elected The Huffington Post wrote this of Gen X, “The 2008 election not only marked the election of America’s first African-American president, it also saw the strong and clear political emergence of a new, large and dynamic generation.” Since that time, we’ve watched them grow up, turn everything on its head that Baby Boomers worked so hard to create and have researched their habits in order to cater to their wants and needs.

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AccorHotels Finalizes $2.7 Billion Fairmont Acquisition

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

AccorHotels has officially finalized its deal to purchase FRHI Hotels & Resorts for $2.7 billion yesterday. The acquisition consists of $480 million in cash and 46.7 million shares, adding 155 more properties to Accor’s portfolio.

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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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The Wellesley: A Hyde Park Retreat in Knightsbridge

Jul 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Enjoying a complimentary drive through London in a gleaming Rolls-Royce or ordering a shot of 18th-century Cognac at the bar for a $5,000 dollars is just another day at The Wellesley hotel in Knightsbridge. Built on an abandoned metro station close to Hyde Park Corner, this five-star property designed by Fox Linton Associates opened four years ago and has enjoyed many previous lives. The boutique hotel has been everything from a townhouse to office block to pizza joint and jazz club venue.

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The Quintessentially English Haymarket Hotel

Jul 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Located in a renovated Regency-era building designed by John Nash in 1820 and next door to the Haymarket Theatre Roya, the Haymarket Hotel in London is the brainchild of British hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp. Compared to most hotels, and particularly those in London, this 50-room property has a much larger feel to it. Featuring pale oak flooring with a wide, open central space, the decorative centerpiece immediately catches your attention upon entering the lobby.

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The Best Instagram Travel Accounts That Inspire Wanderlust

Jan 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s no secret that we’re addicted to scrolling through our Instagram feeds daily, especially the Explore tab. If you’re like me, you’re constantly double-tapping exotic locales, scenic destinations and other wanderlust escapes that you’d like to visit one day. 

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Baccarat Celebrates 250 Years With $300K Around the World Trip

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In its 250 years of existence, Baccarat has made a name for itself in the crystal business, becoming one of the most respected and recognizable brands in the game. To celebrate their centuries-long success, the luxury label is offering a 12-day trip around the world starting off in New York.

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The Ultimate Proposal to Put All Others to Shame

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to proposing to your significant other, some men will keep it simple and intimate, while others want to pull out all the stops to show their love how much they mean to them. If you’re part of the latter group, World Of Diamonds and Cé La Vi have put together the most lavish way to pop the question. The companies are collaborating on a romantic dining experience for the buyer of the rare 2.08-carat Fancy Vivid Blue Jane Seymour diamond ring (US size 7).

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London's Victorian Grand Dame Hotel

Jul 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Built in 1865, and one of London's grandest hotels catering to tourists traveling there on the developing railway network, the five-star Langham sits directly across from the BBC, the company that owned it until 1965.

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This Dreamy Resort Opens in St. Barths This October

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you have yet to set a destination for your fall travel plans, you may want to consider St. Barths. Come October 1, Le Barthélemy hotel will open in the Bay of Grand Cul de Sac along a 600-foot beachfront location that is part of the Nature Reserve of Saint-Barthélemy. Created by designer Sybille de Margerie, its interiors feature natural materials, plenty of light and create a dreamy and understated vibe.

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Philly's Ritz-Carlton Pays Tribute to its Moneyed Past

Jul 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Leave it to one of the most well-respected luxury brands to design a hotel around the color of money. The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, has revealed its yearlong, multi-million dollar renewal project featuring a new design based on the textures and materials of money and currency, with pops of metallic and bronze. It’s a nod to the rich lifestyle within, and the building’s moneyed past. 

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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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