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The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah: A U.A.E. Watering Hole for the Well-Heeled

Jul 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

When you hear the name Waldorf Astoria, the image of a spectacular and grand hotel instantly comes to mind. A place of dapper gentlemen and regal ladies dashing about without a care in the world. One envisions men in tuxedos and tails and women in sequined dresses off to a gala as they did in 1900s when the Waldorf and the Astoria hotels opened in New York City.

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An American Safari: Jackson Hole's Vast Terrain, Wildlife and Luxury Lodgings

Nov 21, 2013  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond  |  1 Comment

One doesn't go to Wyoming to be sociable and surrounded by crowds of people; with only half a million residents, it gets the award for least populated state in America. Those who go to Wyoming go for its spectacular land filled with endless ski terrain, elk reserves, and two of the nation's most popular National Parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park. Earlier this fall, I visited Jackson Hole to enjoy the region at the turn of fall when elk, moose, and bears actively roam the land preparing for the bitter winter. Staying at sister properties Hotel Terra and the Teton Mountain Lodge in the Teton Village, I once again discovered my love for this great wilderness.

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Designer Vault Moves Into Carlsbad With 1,500 Pieces of Vintage Chanel

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If purchasing vintage Chanel is how you like to spend your Saturday afternoons, you may want to check out the Designer Vault in Carlsbad that opened this past spring. The upscale consignment shop boasts the largest collection of rare and vintage Chanel in the United States. Open Monday through Friday by appointment, the 300-square-foot store sells hard to find, like new and mint condition Chanel accessories, shoes, jewelry and bags.

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How to Have a Truly 5-Star Walt Disney World Experience

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Chad Chisholm

Usually associated with visions of enjoyable characters, feature length children’s films and a loveable mouse, Walt Disneyland and Disney World have become synonymous with the perfect family vacation. What is least expected, however, is a high-end, luxury experience at these parks. But if you know where to look, a lavish Walt Disney World Orlando trip is hidden just behind the curtain. The destination offers everything from fine dining and luxury accommodations to unforgettable experiences and jaw-dropping attention to detail. From the parks themselves, to the new luxury offerings, Disney has a whole new meaning in Florida.

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The Intimacy, Authenticity and 21st-Century Comfort of Tall Mast Sailing

Jul 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Cynthia Dial

Imagine pulling from port in Barcelona with a backdrop of the Spanish city’s twinkling night lights, all decks on hand as yards of sails unfurl to ascend the ship’s four masts with the Vangelis song 1492: Conquest of Paradise playing at departure. Then add to the scene top-of-the-deck passengers lifting their glasses in synchronized toasts to their upcoming venture. This scene is just another day aboard Star Clippers' Star Flyer.

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The World's Most Expensive Suite is Now Located in NYC

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When it comes to wanting the best of the best, how much would you pay for a stay in the world’s most expensive suite? The Mark Hotel in New York City thinks that number is $75,000 a night, at least that’s what they’re banking on. The property’s 12,000-square-foot suite takes first place among the globe’s most lavish accommodations. Previously the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Geneva in Switzerland was the most expensive with a price tag of $60,000 a night.

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A Guide to Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Siem Reap

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Even with all the photographs in the world and the plethora of guide books on Siem Reap, there’s a sense that nothing can really capture the beauty and intrigue of the destination without experiencing it firsthand. The stunning Cambodian city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a place where tuk tuks rule the streets, getting lost in the Old Market all afternoon is encouraged and striking temples serve as reminders of this city’s deeply religious history.

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History, Art, Music & Charming Squares in Aix-en-Provence

Jul 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Aix-en-Provence in southern France has an intriguing history, its name originating from the Latin word linked to water. This was the first town in the old region of Gaul to be colonized by the Romans, who remained for more than 500 years. While there are few remnants of that era still standing, the basement of the Granet Museum has some painstaking reconstructions of broken statuary and ceramics, as well as Celtic bracelets and other artifacts.

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Surfing the Perfect Arctic Wave

Jul 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

The meaning of luxury is expanding as time evolves; and the most recent shift has consumers craving experiential travel versus material possessions. They’re looking to see pink Dolphins on an Amazon river cruise, go diving in Fiji, or surfing in Unstad, a cold water area above the Arctic Circle, where you can actually surf under the midnight sun or Northern Lights.

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Vietnam On the Rise Among Tourists, A Look at the Southeast Asian Country

Sep 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

At Virtuoso Travel Week Conference in Las Vegas in 2015, we learned about the “Hot 10,” countries which have seen the biggest jump in year-over-year bookings. Southeast Asia, as a whole, is an emerging hotspot for travelers, and Vietnam tops the list as having seen a rise in tourism (up 270 percent from last year). This is in part due to more visitors seeking experiential travel rather than just a place to lay on the beach all day long.

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Paris Hilton to Open Hotels Apart From Family Moniker

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Following in her great grandfather’s footsteps, the heiress, reality TV star, designer and sometimes singer Paris Hilton will be launching a new brand of hotels under her name soon. The socialite will debut properties in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas.

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Top 4 Mountain Restaurants in Val d'Isere

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Danny Frith

In France, Val d’Isere is among the region’s best ski resorts. Along with terrific slopes, the destination is known for having some pretty great restaurants. And as avid ski bunnies know, one of the highlights of any ski day is your midday pit stop for lunch, especially if it’s enjoyed al fresco. There’s something about that fresh mountain air and scenic backdrop that makes any meal feel like an experience all on its own. If you’re headed to Val d’lsere for the upcoming ski season, here are four of our favorite eateries to drop into in between runs.

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Stepping Back in Time at London's Milestone Hotel

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Stepping into London’s Milestone Hotel is like going back in time to a bygone era in England. Its molded ceilings, lattice windows and polished walnut wainscoting act as reminders that this property is more than 300 years old. The five-floor luxury hotel first opened in the ‘20s and was named after the old cast-iron milestone standing outside which consists of three elegant Victorian townhouses.

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10 Years at Aman's Turks and Caicos Paradise

Jul 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

An anniversary is an excellent reason to stay at an Aman resort; not that anyone needs a particular celebratory excuse to visit one of the brand’s 31 properties. All its hotels boast beautiful views, uncanny locations, and a world-class staff. This year, Aman’s breathtaking Turks and Caicos property Amanyara, celebrated its 10 year anniversary. Dozens of so-called adamant fans of the Aman resort group, among many other devotees of this particular property, arrived for a week-long stay. If you weren’t there, don’t worry, the celebration continues for the remainder of 2016.

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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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