The Gray Floats Into the Windy City

Aug 25, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Yesterday, Chicago welcomed a new property to the neighborhood with the opening of the 293-room Gray hotel. Located in the former New York Life Insurance Building, the Kimpton hotel features custom-made materials that pay homage to the city and original pieces of art made by locals.

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Lake Como's Most-Anticipated Hotel Opens With Interiors by Patricia Urquiola

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Possibly one of the most buzzed about openings of 2016, Il Sereno Lago di Como has finally welcomed its first guests this month. The design hotel comes from the same owners as the Sereno in Saint Barthélemy and was designed by Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola, known as one of the best in the industry. Her products include collections for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat, B&B Italia, BMW and Moroso.

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El Dorado Maroma: Riviera Maya's Romantic Adults-Only Retreat

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Travis Levius

In Mexico’s Cancun/Riviera Maya region, there are the vacationers who seek revelry and those who prefer stillness. After being among thousands of conference attendees for a week, the last thing I wanted was to throw myself into more hyper-social scenarios on my time off. No tequila-fueled partying this trip...seclusion was calling. I followed in the footsteps of serenity seekers, and checked into El Dorado Maroma, a mellow, all-inclusive resort known to deliver high-end beachfront R&R.

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A Road Trip Epiphany: Explore Nor-Cal in a BMW i8

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s not a proper summer without venturing out on a road trip, especially when it entails a $140,000 sports car. Partnering with BMW, the Epiphany Hotel in Palo Alto and Carmel Valley Ranch are offering visitors the chance to experience Northern California behind the wheel of a BMW i8.

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7 of the Most Amazing Presidential Suites

Aug 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In only three short months, Americans will choose a new President to lead our country. While we wait to see who will sit in the Oval Office, we couldn’t help but think about some of our most favorite presidential suites around the world. From Paris to Tokyo, Mumbai and everything in between, here are seven extravagant retreats worthy of being named after our Commander-in-Chief.

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Cabo's Newest Beachfront Community Includes Golf Course & Pedestrian Village

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

In the past couple of years, Cabo San Lucas has transformed itself into a playground for affluent jetsetters. As the city continues to see growth in the form of luxury hotels and upscale restaurants, it would seem that now is a great time to purchase a second home in the area. Come 2017, the Solmar Group will open a new 834-acre residential community alongside its five-property portfolio.

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The 2 Resorts You Shouldn't Miss in the Dominican Republic

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

More than five million tourists flock to the Dominican Republic’s serene beaches, lush jungles, and pristine golf courses each year. Since 2014, the island destination has seen a 12 percent increase in visitors. The laid-back country is only a two-hour flight from Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, and Cuba, making it an easy stop on a Caribbean tour. I recently hopped over to the Dominican Republic to enjoy two of the nation’s most exquisite resorts.

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Finding Restoration at Sardinia's 5-Star Ma&Ma Grand Hotel & 8,600-Sq.-Ft. Spa

Aug 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Nestled amidst more than 20 scattered Sardinian islands and islets that make up the Archipelago of La Maddalena along the Bonifacio Strait, Ma&Ma Grand Hotel Resort & Spa could hardly occupy a more scenic maritime corner. Owned by Manila Salvati and Mario Mela (whom the hotel is named after), this coastal property is comprised of 92 rooms, suites and villas, some in private ownership.

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The Colonnade: Boston's Homegrown Luxury Hotel

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

The Back Bay neighborhood is home to so much of what makes Boston a world class city. You're a quick walk from legendary Fenway Park, the seemingly endless blocks of Newbury Street's boutique shopping, the Skywalk Observatory atop Prudential Center, stunning emerald ribbons of parkland bordering the Charles River, and inventive dining helmed by a growing community of star chefs.

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Wyoming’s Luxury Red Reflet Ranch Expands With 12 New Homesteads

Aug 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Dude Ranches have been in existence in Wyoming for over 100 years. The word “dude” meant, for years, those who came from the east to enjoy the open space and deep color of the west. A place where they could lose themselves in the red rock canyons, the views that stretch for miles, blessed with sounds of coyotes and the soughing of pines, instead of the sounds of traffic and sirens. 

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The Most Exclusive Shopping Experiences Available in Singapore

Aug 18, 2016  |   Contributor: The St. Regis Singapore

For those of you with a flair for ready-to-wear and a true eye for accessories, Singapore is the shopping haven you’ve been dreaming of—it actually looks like a fantasy come to life.

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An Inside Look at One of World's Oldest, Family-Run Inns

Dec 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico  |  3 Comments

While hotels nowadays are constantly evolving by getting bigger, grander and more technologically advanced, it’s rare to see a property do the opposite and remain true to its original form and traditions. Having been run by the same family since 718, the 1,300-year-old Houshi Ryokan is the oldest still-running family business in the world.

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James Taylor's Childhood Home Sold for $120K Over Asking Price

Aug 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Although Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter James Taylor’s childhood home sold in June, details of the sale have been kept closed until now. Purchased by James Keith “JK” Brown and Eric Diefenbach, major art benefactors from Manhattan, the seven-bedroom Chapel Hill house on Morgan Creek Road was bought for $1.66 million. 

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Finding a Perfect Parisian Vacation Rental

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

Our Parisian apartment was on the second floor of a residential building on the Left Bank, right around the corner from the picturesque open-air market on Rue Cler. Here, true Parisians shop for flowers, croissants and coffee on Sunday mornings, our greeter told us. We could also walk to the Eiffel Tower, or see the very tip of it from the living room window. 

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The Sophisticated Side of Oklahoma City

Aug 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Kavita Daswani

Exit Crosstown Boulevard off I-40 into Oklahoma City and the initial impression isn't great—boarded up businesses, abandoned warehouses and deserted streets. Venture a couple more miles in, however, and everything changes. Sophisticated restaurants pop into view and a juice bar and Pilates studio show signs of prosperity. Anchoring this new landscape is a handsome seven-story brick structure, reading “Osler Building” above the entrance.

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