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What's a $5,000 Per Night Price Tag When Paradise is on The Other End?

Jan 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

Laucala, a private island refuge in the South Pacific, is home to 25 Fijian-styled luxury villas among dramatic rainforest-laced landscapes and white sandy beaches. Sitting on over 3,400 acres, the tropical hideaway is situated amid coconut plantations atop the island’s volcanic mountains.

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A Look at Switzerland's Only Year-Round Resort

Dec 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Large comfy chairs, big furry blankets, and beautifully designed fireplaces are a few of the offerings at the five-star Chedi Andermatt hotel and residences in the Swiss Alps. Guests and owners coming in from the snowy slopes are welcomed into the property’s stylish wood paneling which creates an environment perfectly suited for a cozy Switzerland experience.

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Alain Ducasse & Dom Perignon Pair Up for Exclusive Champagne Dinners

Nov 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In September, renowned chef Alain Ducasse's Ore restaurant within the Palace of Versailles opened featuring a French-inspired menu. Recently, the Michelin-starred chef announced his partnership with Dom Pérignon to create intimate events for Champagne lovers at the new restaurant. Beginning in 2017, diners will have the chance to enjoy the Second Plénitude of the 1998 vintage alongside a 10-course meal.

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5 of the Most Expensive Vacation Rentals in Los Angeles

Nov 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Los Angeles is no stranger to luxury digs. Scattered along the coastline and throughout the hillsides, cities like Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Calabasas and the Pacific Palisades hold some of nation’s most expensive real estate. 

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Robert DeNiro & Billionaire James Packer's $250M Resort Green-Lighted

Nov 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At the end of 2014, the government of Antigua and Barbuda, along with investors Robert De Niro and billionaire James Packer, announced plans to transform the former K Club Resort and turn it into a $250 million hotel. After a year of battles with locals, the project is finally ready to get underway.

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Windstar Sailing: The Best of Yachting & Cruising

Nov 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

For those who need to vacation apart from crowds but still want to see the world’s iconic landmarks, sailing yacht cruises are the perfect way to explore and make friends. The ships offer something a little larger than a typical boat but are more private than a cruise liner. We ventured around the Mediterranean on one of Windstar Cruises’ classic sailing yachts.

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Our Favorite High-Adrenaline Excursions in Atlanta | Sponsored Content by The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

Nov 21, 2016  |   Contributor: The Westin Peachtree

Don’t let Atlanta’s Southern roots fool you—it is just as fast paced as any other urban center in America. The city is a booming metropolis with a slew of activities that will get even the biggest adrenaline junkie’s heart pumping. From high-flying experiences to discovering what lies in the depths of the ocean, Atlanta has something unique for every adventurer. 

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London Marriott County Hall Reopens With a Refreshed Look

Nov 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Jennifer Chan

When I checked into The London Marriott County Hall, I was immediately transported to another time, where British charm reigned and old world hospitality was not forgotten. As you wander through the wooden corridors of the hotel and up to the guestroom floors, you’ll notice that upstairs offers a whole other dynamic. The public spaces are more whimsical and offer a quirky vibe.

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Exploring One of Egypt's Most Important Archaeological Sites

Nov 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Maria Palacios

Egypt is home to awe-inspiring pyramids, thousands of years of preserved history and miles and miles of desert lands. Sitting within this remarkable country is Abydos (also called Abjdu) located about a 6.5 hour drive from Cairo. Abydos is one of the oldest cities in the country and is known as one of the most important archaeological sites of ancient Egypt. Its royal tombs and historic sites date back to 3000-2890 B.C.

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Cruising the Nile River Aboard the Oberoi Philae

Nov 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Egypt is a beautiful country full of historical importance, wonders of the world, and is one of the oldest civilizations on earth. In fact, 30 percent of the world’s ancient artifacts are found here. For centuries, we’ve heard stories about the Nile River, accounts of mythical gods, pharaohs that conquered lands and this magical body of water that was at the center of the dynasty. Although many travelers may have shied away from Egypt due to reports of civil unrest, the country is finally starting to see an uprising in tourism again.

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Vancouver: The Place to Relax, Rejuvenate and Participate

Nov 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

At first glance, things seem different in Vancouver—the sky is bluer, the harbor is livelier and the mountains are closer. Looking beyond these physical attributes is an additional appeal, best described as the “Vancouver vibe.” While the Canadian city is where to go to slow down, draw a deep breath and hit the pause button, it is also a destination for recharging your battery, renewing your interests and reinvigorating your lifestyle. In short, Vancouver represents just about everything to everybody.

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Branson's New Project Will Get You From NYC to London in 3.5 Hours

Nov 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sir Richard Branson seems to always have something up his sleeve. A couple of weeks ago we told you about his new cruise line called Virgin Voyages, and this week the innovator debuted the brand’s first 40-seat supersonic jet. The billionaire unveiled the protoype (nicknamed Baby Boom) during a private event at Centennial Airport in Denver yesterday.

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Hotel Bel Ami Makes Paris a Little More Accessible

Nov 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Carin von Berg

Located just around the corner from Paris’ famed Café de Flore in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés lies the chic Hotel Bel Ami. The hotel is perfectly situated among Paris’ hippest galleries, cafés and boutiques, making it the perfect choice for a timid traveler or a first-time visitor to Paris who may feel a bit overwhelmed or intimidated by the city’s expansive landscape.

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From Alligator Sausage to Late Night Jazz: A Quick Guide to Doing NOLA On Foot

Nov 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Courtney Driver

Fall is a lovely time to visit New Orleans, especially if you tie it into a Saints game. The Superdome is right in the middle of downtown, an easy walk or pedicab ride from the French Quarter. The city is lively as it is and when the fans come out in full force, it practically pulses with energy. Stack that on top of NOLA's colorful assortment of activities, architecture and history, and you have all of the ingredients for a fun getaway.

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Santa Barbara Hosts Next James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner

Nov 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On Monday, November 21, the Fess Parker hotel will host the James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner at 7 p.m. with host chef Kirk DeLong. The “Julia & James Dinner Celebration" begins with a cocktail reception followed by a multi-course dinner with premium wine pairings.

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