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Where to Sleep Under the Stars Without Going Glamping

Mar 13, 2017  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

We’ve always enjoyed the idea of glamping because it gives us a chance to be in touch with our surroundings, while still having upscale amenities. But sometimes we’d like to take in the natural beauty around us in the comfort of a luxury hotel, and not in the middle of the wilderness.

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How to Plan Your Bachelorette Weekend in Aruba

Dec 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

He asked, you said yes. Obviously the next step is to go to some tiny island in the Caribbean, without your man to toast your upcoming nuptials. Jetting off to a beautiful beach far from the stress of wedding planning is a must for many brides-to-be.

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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 Mexico's First Overwater Bungalows

Sep 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Mexico is known for a great many things, but of all the reasons to visit, overwater bungalows probably never made it onto your list. Destinations like the Maldives, Fiji, Tahiti and Bora Bora have long been the go-to spots for those seeking that kind of accommodation, until now. On September 1, El Dorado Maroma in the Riviera Maya opened 30 new palafitos (stilt houses in Spanish) over the Caribbean Sea, marking the country’s first overwater bungalows.

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CHIC Punta Cana: Vegas-Style Fun & Caribbean Chill

Sep 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

With one portion of this tiny resort town facing the Caribbean and the other jutting into the Atlantic, Punta Cana was destined to become the Dominican Republic’s ultimate resort paradise. Forty years ago, this almost non-existent town, known as Punta Borrachon aka “Drunken Point,” had basically one hotel and became a local hangout for Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta. Along with singer Julio Iglesias, de la Renta became so enthralled with this tiny city with one hotel that they became investors, along with several others to develop the area.

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Villa Vacationing in Vietnam

Aug 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Glenn Harris

Artists, music composers, and creative performers are constantly in pursuit of their perfect masterpiece. It is often unattainable but drives them each day to work that much harder to reach the pinnacle of their craft. It is often the same in other walks of life, designers seek to create a flawless dress, directors hope to create an acclaimed movie, and hoteliers look to craft an unforgettable vacation experience for their guests.

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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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The Serene World of Club Med Finolhu in the Maldives

Jun 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

Sometimes, less is more. Fewer people, less noise, no interruptions, no crowds, no rush. This is especially true when looking for somewhere unique to reconnect with your significant other in unrivaled natural beauty and serenity. If this sounds like your kind of scene, Club Med’s newest premium resort Villas de Finolhu in the Maldives might just be the perfect place to experience the less is more vibe.

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11 Private Homes Turned Into Stunning Eco-Friendly Villas

Aug 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Originally meant to be 11 private homes in Bali for hosting their friends and family, Canadian-born jewelry designer John Hardy and his wife’s collection of antique Javanese houses are now used as an eco-friendly boutique hotel in Ubud. Bambu Indah, translated beautiful bamboo, celebrates Balinese culture and modern luxury through sustainable practices.

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Four Seasons is Flirting With Us With Their Newly-Renovated Villas & We Can't Help But Like It

Jan 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s hard to go wrong with a stay at a Four Seasons property. Known for its elegant accommodations, top-notch service and laundry list of accolades, the brand encompasses everything we love about luxury hotels. So when you add Bali into the mix, you’re already pretty much guaranteeing a great vacation.

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Sir Richard Branson's Newest Estate is Giving Necker Island a Run for Its Money

Dec 4, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Sir Richard Branson has a knack for knowing exactly how to create the kind of tropical-destination villas that wanderlust travelers dream about at night (we're looking at you, Necker Island). And with the opening of The Branson Estate on Moskito Island in 2016, it’s clear that our boy knows his audience.

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Friendly Planet Travel Promises Experiential Vacations Focused on Cultural Immersion Excursions

Nov 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Francesca Berchiolli

Recently, I was introduced to Friendly Planet Travel (FPT), a unique travel and tour operator offering customizable trips for individuals and groups. Unlike your average formulaic vacations, FPT manages to fully immerse you in whichever culture you visit. From day excursions to one-of-a-kind cultural activities and five-star accommodations, the agency is able to create any type of experience you wish.

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Ritz-Carlton Adds 2 New Resorts to Bali, Securing it as a Top Destination For Luxury Travelers

Oct 9, 2015  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Though times were tough for Bali following terrorist bombings in 2002, the Indonesian island slowly but surely reclaimed its place on the hot list as an international jet-set destination. 

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8 Holiday Destination Villas Perfect For Extended Families

Oct 9, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

When autumn hits, homes begin to fill up with scents of pumpkin, cinnamon and evergreens. Slowly fall décor begins to take over stores and restaurants. Some go-getters even get their holiday decorations out so early that before Halloween hits, their yards pay colorful homage to the upcoming yuletide season. They are planners by nature; and if you’re like them, you’ve probably had your holiday vacations booked since last year. But if you’re more the live-in-the-moment type, your plans may not have crossed your mind yet. To get you in the holiday spirit, here’s a list of the best family (and extended family) villa options to make the planning process a little bit easier.

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Seychelles' Original Five-Star Resort Is Still One of the Island Country’s Best

Sep 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Asia may have Bali and the Maldives, but Africa has the Seychelles. An archipelago just off the coast of Madagascar, the Seychelles are blessed with powder-white beaches, lush rainforest canopies, and winding roadways that hug unending picturesque coastlines. Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, the Aldabra, the once-dubbed “Garden of Eden,” and the Vallee de Mai, are major draws to this island with a population just over 90,000.

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