An upside-down metallic stag out front represents a most unexpected introduction to the Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port, but its relevance in terms of perspective, becomes clearer upon entering the five-star property. Located beside the Palais du Pharo, a 19th century imperial residence with widespread gardens, and the city’s 2,600-year-old horseshoe harbor a five-minute walk away, the Sofitel certainly offers visual and historical perspectives in abundance.
Laikipia, Africa, sitting east of the Great Rift Valley and west of Mount Kenya, is known for its conservation efforts and luxurious safari tourism. It has also long been a hotspot for wealthy travelers and is considered one of Kenya’s best safari regions. Hidden among the area’s woodlands, grasslands and riverbeds is Segera Retreat, a luxury lodge covering 50,000 acres of African wilderness.
Harvest time in Provence, France means a cornucopia of epicurean delights; so there’s strong reason to visit now to see its famed vineyards become a hive of colorful activity, avoid heavy summer tourist traffic and long lines at museums and restaurants.
After completing its second phase of renovations and resting in Panama for a month, Silver Galapagos made her first expedition voyage this month. Silversea Expeditions' all-suite ship underwent updates to its accommodations, corridors and the Explorer Lounge.
Last year, basketball god star Lebron James rented out the entire Grand Del Mar hotel for his wedding to his now wife, Savannah Brinson. If this kind of privacy is just the thing you want for your own nuptials, La Valencia in La Jolla, CA is offering a package just for you.
Truffles are the diamonds of the food world, coveted by chefs and foodies across the globe for their heavenly aroma and distinctly earthy flavor. Their rarity, seasonality and the special means of their discovery make European truffles particularly pricey and competitively fought over. After all, they’re wild things, growing underground at the base of particular trees in specific climates, and it takes specially trained dogs and pigs to find them.
A combination of Caribbean beauty and rich Central American culture, Belize is home to lush jungles, Mayan Pyramids and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Known for its fascinating underwater playground of more than 500 species of fish and 100 different kinds of coral, the country is a scuba diver’s dream.
Cancun—the city of spring break, 24-hour nightclubs and more alcohol than a fraternity could down in a week—or at least that’s what I’ve always thought. Before last weekend I had never been there and its tales of rumpus frivolity and potentially illicit activities did not put it high on the list of places I needed to see before I die, but that was until I actually visited the coastal city.
Sleeping with ghosts in America’s most haunted hotels is not for the faint of heart, but for many it’s an unforgettable adventure not to be missed, especially with Halloween approaching. And when specters have the good taste to haunt luxury lodges and charmingly intimate B&Bs, you might not even mind when they steal the 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets a little (as long as they don't cut eye-holes in them).
If all of the Ralph Lauren-designed rooms at Round Hill Hotel & Villa’s Pineapple House are booked, don’t be too bummed. There’s a chance his very own private villa will still be available to host your Jamaican getaway—that is, unless he’s already on vacation there. In fact, when any of the resort’s 27 oceanfront residences are vacant, visitors are welcome to stay, enjoy the world-class amenities, and be pampered by the dedicated staff.
It’s hard to believe that the North Shore of Oahu and that Waikiki Beach are on the same island. Where crowds jam Waikiki Beach, the North Shore is a placid oasis of farms, mountains and beaches every bit as good—or better, for surfing at least—than those in the crowded Honolulu area.
Featuring a five-night excursion to the Canadian Rockies filled with stops in Niagara Falls, Toronto and Vancouver, Uncommon Journeys has unveiled their exclusive, one-time only 13-day journey on the classic passenger train, the Canadian. Taking place from May 7-19, 2015, guests will travel by locomotive to experience the best of Canada with stays at deluxe hotels along the way.