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6 Fatherís Day Gifts for the Cultured Dad

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

One of the reasons we love our fathers is that no one single dad is alike. They are perfect combinations of quirky, charismatic, fashionable yet rough-around-the-edges and wise. Today’s dad is also not just about sports and cars, they are more cultured, well-traveled and enjoy the finer things in life. This Father’s Day, instead of the typical baseball memorabilia and checkered ties, consider a gift that fits his distinguished personality. Here are six alternative gifts to give the guy in your life who will always be your number one man:

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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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Get a Taste of Island Life at the French Polynesia's Le Taha'a

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

A stay at the five-star Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa begins long before your arrival to the property. Upon landing at Raiatea airport you are greeted by a hotel representative who will guide you to the resort’s boat shuttle to the island of Taha’a. Helicopter transfers are also available for a quick 14-minute flight from the airport.

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Say Goodbye to the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas

Jun 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

One thing we know that definitely happens in Vegas is that the strip is an ever-changing work in progress. And the latest hotel to get a complete makeover is the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino which will soon be known as the MGM Park come late 2018. The new name is part of a $450 million renovation of the property that includes a complete overhaul of the guest suites and the addition of tons of new restaurants and shopping.

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Surf City USA Catches an Opulent New Wave

Jun 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

For the past 20 years, Hilton’s Waterfront Beach Resort and the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa have been the only four-star resorts in town, with the uber-cool, surfer-chic Kimpton Shorebreak leading the boutique pack. But this month, Surf City USA catches a hip new wave with the grand opening of Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach’s newest luxury beach resort.  

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The Fragrant Value of Hotel Scent Branding

Jun 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

I distinctly remember walking into The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba two years ago and smelling a sweet fragrance permeating throughout the property. It wasn’t overwhelming but made an immediate impression. Made specifically for the property, the signature scent—a mix of passionfruit and Hyacinth—is pumped through the air vents and creates as an additional sensory experience for guests.

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Practice Wellness This June at Four Seasons in Santa Barbara

Jun 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The sophisticated coastal town of Santa Barbara has long been a picture-perfect outpost for the health-conscious California lifestyle, and the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore has always set the local standard. The historic resort will host a special four-day, three-night wellness retreat from June 26-29, focusing on health, fitness and well-being.

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Delano South Beach Launches Privileged Sundays Pool Party

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

The beginning of summer means poolside lounging and plenty of Instagramable moments. To ring in the new season, Delano South Beach launched Privileged Sundays, a weekly pool party featuring tasty bites, cocktails and live DJs. Taking place at the hotel’s chic 7,000-square-foot pool, the party kicks off at 2 p.m. and doesn’t stop until the sun goes down. 

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Children Should be Seen and Not Heard? Luxury Hotels Beg to Differ

Jun 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Jessica Hines

Luxury hotels have long been advertised as chic destinations for affluent guests; places where kids are at worst not welcome, or at best must always be on their finest behavior. These days, however, the luxury market is becoming extremely child inclusive. Which is not surprising since the challenges that confront families are the same no matter what income-bracket you are in.

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Canada's Little Town of 30-Day Nights

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Fifty days out of the year, the summer sun stays put in Inuvik, Canada. And in the winter (between November and January), the sun remains tucked away for 30 days. The Northwest Territories in Canada cover almost six times the area of the United Kingdom. Among its 33 inhabited communities, Inuvik is its largest, with 3,625 residents calling it home. 

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Grand Velas Set to Open Los Cabos Resort in November

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Grand Velas Los Cabos is set to open in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula this November, and is touting itself as “Beyond All Inclusive, Beyond All Compare.” Among its accommodations, a standout are the six two-level Wellness Suites. The spaces feature a spa concierge, Vitamin C sprinkler and crudité minibar. Or should you need a little extra room, the oversize designer suites boast ocean views, private terraces and plunge pools.

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New York for the Untourist | Presented by The James New York

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: The James New York

With virtually endless things to see and do in NYC, it’s important to be strategic when planning your sightseeing—so many landmarks, so little time. The good news is: swapping out some of the major tourist traps for more local attractions means skipping the massive crowds, long lines and unnecessary stress that goes along with them. Here are five savvy suggestions for having a relaxing and authentic New York City experience:

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The Suite Life: The Presidential and Ritz-Carlton Suites in San Francisco

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Traveling up Stockton Street in San Francisco, there’s building after building, all beautiful and historic. And then there's the Ritz-Carlton. It is a massive, white, seven ionic-columned, neo-classical building on Nob Hill. Winner of so many hospitality awards, it’s easy to lose count. Built in 1909, it was once the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company’s Pacific Coast headquarters.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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Visas Waived for Summer Olympics in Brazil

Jun 6, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The 2016 Summer Olympics are right around the corner. And among other things to worry about—accommodations, tickets to specific events, packing lists, Zika virus—one thing you won’t have to fret over is acquiring a tourist Visa. Brazilian officials have stated that travelers with a US, Japan, Australia or Canadian passport, will not need the government document from June 1 through September 18.

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