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Mingle With San Francisco's Hip & Trendy Movers and Shakers at the Hotel Zetta in SoMA

Jun 12, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

With yoga classes taught by international yoga stars, organic juice bars nearly as prevalent as Starbucks, and acoustic music sets by the newest indie band just about every evening, San Francisco has a lot of fun to offer. I made finding fun my mission on my latest visit to the city and settled in to the Hotel Zetta, a chic 116-room gem just across from Union Square in the increasingly trendy neighborhood of SoMa.

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Upstairs at the Kimberly Gives New Yorkers Another Reason to Enjoy Rooftop Lounging

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore

When the weather in New York makes its long awaited shift from unbearably bitter cold to warm and sunny, you can actually feel the city come alive. New Yorkers are energized from their winter hibernation and waste no time partaking in their favorite summertime activities — for some it's running in the park or brunching al fresco, and for me, it's hitting up rooftop bars (and I have many, many allies in this).

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The First Bikini Debuted Here in '46 & Today This Hotel Looks to Return to its Glory Days

Jun 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you lived in Paris during the late ‘20s and early ‘30s, you may remember the Art Deco Piscine Molitor hotel in the 16th arrondissement, one of the most popular properties in the city at that time. It was opened by Olympic swimming champion and actor Johnny Weissmuller, who played Tarzan in the 1930s and 1940s. But the hotel made its name for itself for another reason; it was there that the first bikini designed by Louis Réard was debuted at the pool in 1946.

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On Hurtigrurten in February: A Norwegian Voyage Into The Mystic

Jun 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

"Hark, now hear the sailors cry/Smell the sea and feel the sky/Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic,” Van Morrison wrote these lyrics back in the 1970s, and those same words, “into the mystic,” followed me like a determined seagull on the Hurtigruten Midnatsol voyage I took this past February.

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Is This What You Had in Mind When You Requested 'Al Fresco' Dining?

Jun 6, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  1 Comment

When Soneva Kiri resort says “al fresco dining,” they really mean it; no seriously, like in a Swiss-Family-Robinson kind of way. Seated in a private bamboo pod, guests are invited to dine among Thailand’s rainforest while strung high above the ground with 360-degree views. In case that wasn’t enough, just wait until you watch your personal server deliver your meal via zip-line acrobatics.

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One Look at The Spa House in Cape Town Will Have You Pulling Out Your Credit Card

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

There’s renting a villa for your South African vacation, and then there’s really renting a villa. Let me be more clear. You could stay at any ‘ole private residence in Cape Town while visiting or you could book the kind of place that will make your friends jealous for years to come.

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Find Desert Luxury & a Sense of Place at Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa in Northern Chile

Jun 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

While Brazil has the Amazon, Northern Chile has Atacama — the expansive desert region in the north covering 40,000 square miles and filled with explosive geysers and throngs of flamingos. It is the arid equivalent of the Amazon, and just as remarkable. Within the Atacama, secluded on the outskirts of the local village of San Pedro, is a resort that matches the enchantment of the desert wonder, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.

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Sofitel So Singapore Steps Onto the Hotel Scene With Karl Lagerfeld Graphic Touches

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The head designer breathing life into the infamous Chanel brand, Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to work with the new Sofitel So Singapore to add his magic with stylish graphic touches positioned around the property. In addition to Lagerfeld's impressive fashion and aesthetic fixtures, the hotel teamed with MIAJA Design Group to decorate and design interior elements.

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Q&A: The Milestone's Head Concierge Takes a Look Back at His 15 Years of Hotel Service

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

"No request is too large, no detail too small,” is the motto of the dedicated staff of The Milestone Hotel, London’s extraordinary the Grade II-listed, luxury boutique hotel with 24-hour butler service. Readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the very best in London and that maxim has earned the Kensington landmark an avalanche of praise and a five-star ranking for exceptional service. In no small part, that's because of London-born Head Concierge, Jose Pauco, one of the hotel’s most charming ambassadors for the past 15 years.

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5 Towns in Sicily Worth Visiting on Your Next European Adventure

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen  |  1 Comment

Lying between southern Italy and northern Africa, Sicily presents an attractive, all-year-round climate with which to indulge in its many activities. Following a recent 1,242-mile drive around its winding coastline and into its more mountainous territory, we discovered a few ways to enjoy Sicily’s many offerings.

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The Sanctuary Hotel Opens Broadway's Newest Dining Venue: Tender NYC

Jun 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Kimberly Fisher

The Sanctuary Hotel's newest restaurant and lounge, Tender, officially opened its doors last month and is already garnering rave reviews. The midtown restaurant is the perfect combination of star-studded chefs, a gorgeous wait staff, delectable food and an intricate drink menu in a modern, comfortable setting.

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Get Outdoors This Summer in Venice and Enjoy Palladio Hotel & Spa's Lush Gardens

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

Free time is often filled these days with the buzz of TVs, the Internet, smartphones, tablets and video games, and many of the joys of life seem to have been swept under the rug. Whether intentional or not, Palladio Hotel & Spa by the Bauer Hotel group is combating the current focus on tech entertainment by offering its guests a reason to get outdoors this summer.

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The Grand Del Mar's Renowned Chef Bradley to Open Bijou French Bistro in La Jolla

May 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Donald Herrera-Fairbairn

The popular Chef William Bradley from Addison, The Grand Del Mar's five-diamond, five-star restaurant is offering up his expertise as a culinary director to the new French eatery slated to open this June in San Diego. Joining his team as Chef de Cuisine will be none other than Addison's sous chef Shaun Gethin.

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VisitLondon.com Discovers the City's Best Places & Hidden Gems Through the Eyes of its Locals

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

When it comes to where we live or even the places we visit, we all have a story to tell. Whether you’ve traveled many miles to see the world, or you’ve chosen to remain in the same place your whole life, there is always a unique narrative behind a destination; a magnetism that draws visitors in and keeps locals from leaving.

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Spontaneous, Eco-Conscious, Social & Other 2014 Wedding Trends As Seen at Top Hotels

May 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

It’s nearly wedding season, so congratulations to all couples en route to their “I do” moment. We won’t say “en route to the altar,” because altars aren’t a necessary element anymore—and neither are white dresses, seating arrangements or shoes, for that matter. A luxury wedding in 2014 is all about creating maximum joy and meaningfulness for the couple and the guests. If traditions fit into the plan, great, if not, they get a reboot. Here are some of our favorite trends, sourced from wedding experts in top destinations.

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