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5 Luxury Hotels With Fashion Designers Behind Their Runway-Chic Uniforms

Apr 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Luxury hotels typically pull out all the stops when it comes to designing their property, deciding on which furnishings to use and what amenities to provide. But those looking to set themselves apart go even farther by hiring fashion designers to create their runway-style staff uniforms. 

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Part 2: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

The Magnificent Mekong cruise starts and ends in Vietnam. During the first portion you'll make your way through Cambodia before venturing back through Vietnam. Once in Vietnam, you'll head to the French-conceived, former capital city of Hanoi which is filled with cultural sites, Buddhist temples, pagodas and a lively Old Quarter. 

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Waldorf Astoria Heads to the City by the Bay

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Come 2020, the City by the Bay will feel just a bit more sophisticated with the opening of a new Waldorf Astoria property. The Hilton brand announced it will be debuting its iconic hotel on Mission Street between Ecker and 1st streets. It will occupy the first 21 floors of a mixed-use development that will include entertainment, retail and office space near the Transbay Transit Center.

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Peninsula Beijing Offers the City's Largest Guestrooms Following $123M Remodel

Aug 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

To celebrate The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ 150th anniversary, the Peninsula Beijing is undergoing a $123 million transformation. Set for completion in February 2017, all guestrooms and public spaces have been redesigned, offering a combination of ancient and contemporary Chinese artistry.

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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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Part 1: Coasting Along the Mekong on Viking River Cruise's 15-Day Trip

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

In my years experiencing Viking River Cruises, my love affair with the brand and its itineraries has grown even stronger. And I’m not alone in my adoration. Among its laundry list of awards, Viking was recently awarded “Best Cruise Line for Luxury River Cruises” at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence.

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This Diamond Safari is Our Favorite Kind of Adventure

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We don’t know about you, but a diamond safari sounds right up our alley. This September, six lucky guests will get the chance to join Ellerman House in South Africa for a sparkling excursion filled with Benguela diamonds, a private jet, luxury accommodations and chef-prepared meals.

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Unwind Post Olympics At This New Wellness Resort Near Rio

Aug 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

Located a couple of hours from Rio de Janeiro, in the picturesque town of Penedo, at the foot of the Mantiqueira Mountains, Rituaali is a blissful new getaway for those looking to unwind after the Olympics. Set amidst lush green hills, the resort is in one of Brazil’s best-kept secret regions, settled by Scandinavians many generations ago, and still retaining its Nordic influences. The wellness retreat like blends Nordic spa customs with indigenous Brazilian naturopathy.

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Former Olympic Parks Actually Worth Visiting

Aug 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The 2016 Summer Olympics are officially underway (Go Team USA!). Although taking place in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, excitement for this year’s games have taken a back seat to all of the trouble surrounding Rio de Janeiro. Of course, when the medals have been given out, the crowds head home and news outlets move on, it’ll still top many traveler’s bucket lists. That’s because now, sojourners will have even more reasons to visit, since they'll get to see an up-close look at a then former Olympic village.

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The Perfect 5-Star Endless Summer Surf Trip

Aug 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When you see a surfer headed toward the beach, they’re typically running (not walking) to it, even if they’re a couple blocks away from the water. I’ve asked friends why this happens, and they’ve all separately said, “Because you’re that excited to get some good waves.” Simple as that.

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Montigo Resort Nongsa Showcases Stellar Service in the South China Sea

Aug 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

The Montigo Resort Nongsa is an impressive resort for the well-heeled traveler, offering breathtaking villas with panoramic views of the South China Sea and stellar service. Batam Island, Indonesia, where the hotel is located, is a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore. In fact, the city-state’s coastline is visible from the property and locals flock to the property on the weekends to join the throngs of international travelers that visit.

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Bellagio Hotel to Bring a Touch of Italy to Shanghai

Aug 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

MGM Hospitality has announced its plans for a 2017 grand opening for the brand's next luxury hotel in China, the Bellagio Shanghai. Its hip, urban location along the Bund in Shanghai, on the banks of the Suzhou River and next to the Waibaidu Bridge, will offer exceptional views of the Bund and the Lujiazui district.

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The 10,000-Room Abraj Kudai Will be the World's Largest Hotel

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Often times when a hotel is described as “the world's…best, biggest, coolest, most luxurious, etc.,” it’s a pretty subjective statement. But when the Abraj Kudai opens in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it will undeniably be the largest property in the world.

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DC's Century-Old Post Office Transformed Into a Trump Hotel

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On September 12, the iconic Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. will be reborn as the Trump International Hotel. The 127-year-old landmark underwent a $200 million restoration to be transformed into the 263-room property.

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Finding Restoration at The Home of Daya

Aug 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When we travel, we are on a journey in search of something. Possibly compelled by a desire to explore, to celebrate a loved one or to simply find peace and relaxation. I recently found that later in the countryside of Cebu, Philippines at a resort called Kandaya. Cebu is a large island within the country and the hotel sits in the north of it. 

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