I mean, c’mon, that view, that glistening pool, the cocktail that will undoubtedly be in your hand—don’t act like you’re not impressed by Six Senses’ first European property. Located in the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the well-known spa brand is expanding in the region's wine country with an opening slated for spring of 2015.
Often considered a turnaround moment in world history, the Berlin Wall's fall will see its 25th anniversary come November 9 this year. Kensington Tours is celebrating the occasion with an anniversary itinerary for history buffs of all stripes. Travelers will find themselves visiting and learning about locations centered on World War II, Prussian Kings and the city's division caused by the Cold War. In ensuring the quality of the information and locations toured, guides are German natives and extensively trained and educated on their history.
Scenic Cruises has put together a 15-day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise that takes guests from St. Petersburg to Moscow visiting picturesque architecture and experiencing guided tours. Guests will also enjoy accommodations aboard the brand's comfortably appointed Scenic Tsar cruise ship.
Istanbul is hot these days, and we're not just talking temperature. A slew of hotels, high-end boutiques and ritzy restaurants are opening left and right in both the old and modern sections of this ancient city. If you haven’t made it to the alluring land that connects Europe with Asia, now is the time to go.
Villa Lunada is a surfer’s dream vacation home. Resting on Punta Mita’s southernmost tip, the estate sits directly above the area’s most famous right-point break. The villa is designed as a retreat for the affluent individual who truly enjoys an active surfer lifestyle.
As a major metropolis at the crossroads of China and the Pacific, Hong Kong has one of the highest per-capita numbers of luxury hotels in the world. With all that competition, some of the city’s top properties are providing a slew of unique amenities and offerings to separate themselves from the pack and to woo luxury travelers. Here are five Hong Kong hotels offering exclusive experiences you can expect on your next stay.
Although there are many ways to enjoy a Santa Barbara getaway, none may be more deliciously educational than the annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, which was held at the Bacara Resort & Spa from June 6 to 8. Dedicated to the memory of longtime resident Julia Child, the weekend celebrates all that is local through a series of tasting events and seminars which introduce the public to the array of products, purveyors, chefs, and producers of outstanding nibbles and sips.
It has been a rough few years for Bali. Once the premier luxury Southeast Asian beach destination for jetsetters and backpackers alike, the island suffered a downturn after the 2002 bombings (Eat, Pray, Love popularity notwithstanding), and a raft of new competing destinations like the Maldives, Koh Samui in Thailand and Danang in Vietnam began to grow in popularity.
What’s the appeal of motorcycle travel that leads some people to leave their everyday lives behind in the 24/7 pursuit of it? Everything. Everything about the open road can be pushed to the extreme, and enjoyed that much more. With help from the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Expedition Portal, here are nine incredible motorcycle road trips, from domestic routes to the farthest-flung corners of the earth.
It is rare to find a hotel that blends luxury, history and a unique sense of place under one roof, but travelers who venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, can find all three at Amantaka.
From Disney to Weezer, these days it seems nearly everything is being turned into a themed cruise, and the latest addition to Crystal Cruise's lineup is no different. They are now offering a microbrew-themed luxury cruise, the Colonial Collection, from November 5-19. Personally, I think that this is the single-most genius move a cruiseline has made since Apple released the iPod (yes, I’m that excited). So let's delve into the details so we can all reserve a spot together.
Recently, Banyan Tree announced their latest project, a new brand called Cassia which will move the award-winning brand into the serviced apartment sector. Utilizing its expertise in design and innovation, Banyan Tree will now have three brands under its umbrella. Cassia will include one- and two-bedroom units aimed at upper middle-class travelers looking for extended-stay rentals.
As part of their Rosewood Curators program, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has added three new high-profile personalities to their roster: celebrated lifestyle expert India Hicks, professional tennis player Maria Sharapova, and retail entrepreneur Brian Bolke. Introduced in September 2013, the series chooses hand-picked people to share their favorite haunts and experiences in world-wide Rosewood destinations.
Come spring 2017, a new Japanese luxury train will be unveiled from Ferrari Designer ken Okuyama with JR East called Cruise Train. The 34-passenger locomotive will include 10 cars including two lead cars with glass walls and observation areas, a dining car and a lounge car.
Most of the time, when you hear the name Harrah’s tacked onto a hotel you begin to picture decent casinos, tasty buffets, and comfortable, standard rooms—but you wouldn’t necessarily throw the hotel brand into the luxury category. However, Harrah’s Resort Southern California’s latest $160 million, multi-phase renovation has us rethinking our traditional views of the Caesars-Entertainment-owned hotel chain.
Other than citrus fruits, much of our produce relies heavily on the natural work of bees to ensure proper pollination. Without these little black and yellow friends, our supermarket produce isles would look pretty grim, and lacking in some of our favorites like apples, peppers, strawberries, lemons, cashews and even walnuts among many others.
The five-star Aguas de Ibiza Lifestyle & Spa is a concept property. Light, water, and textures guide its design and features which all come together under an eco-friendly approach. The resort was constructed by local architect Juan de los Rios to integrate its surroundings into the building. Working with suppliers aligned with an earth-friendly philosophy, the hotel was built with a smart balance between stylishly-chic and respectably-eco-conscious.
While house parties are fun in the moment, there's no denying that cleanup is a chore that may have hosts second guessing throwing another. Solution? Throw your party elsewhere and let someone else do the dirty work. Villa Aquamare in the British Virgin Islands invites you to have the Ultimate House Party for up to 30 people on their private semi compound estate composed of three of the resort's villas.
Sometimes us guys just need to be guys, and a number of vacations offer ample opportunity to partake in activities that seem well-suited to the rougher-around-the-edges sex. We've searched around the globe to find some of the most enriching and men-approved vacations available today. And, while we're certain gents will find these excursions interesting, it doesn’t mean women wouldn’t have fun on these outings, we’re just all for bromance vacations.
It’s pretty hard to miss Burj Al Arab in Dubai; one, because it is the only structure sitting at the end of a curving causeway that connects it to the mainland, and two, because it is shaped like a sail off the Persian Gulf coast. While the building itself is stunning, the property is just as notable and is consistently voted one of the world's most luxurious hotels.
Norwegian Cruise Line is looking to make your next journey with them one to remember. To do so, they have invested over $250 million into multiple projects collectively called Norwegian NEXT, which will bring new enhancements, experiences and transformations to their fleet. They’ve also invested time into focusing on pre-cruise planning so that guests can design their sea-bound vacation.
It’s the perfect weather for sailing, and we’ve found some of the best vessels for your most indulgent seafaring fantasies. Whether you prefer a lavishly appointed tall ship, a set departure on a specialty small ship, a fully crewed charter, or to captain and crew your own boat, there’s a company to fit your needs and a suggested destination on where to set your coordinates.
Always looking to add new and wonderfully luxurious perks to travelers who choose their hotels, Four Seasons has recently unveiled a new set of activities through a program called "Extraordinary Experiences." At numerous Four Seasons locations around the globe, guests have the chance to partake in truly marvelous adventures.
As the free-spirited type who doesn’t enjoying planning (too much), I remember jumping onto a bus in Rome during a European backpacking adventure a few years ago without knowing exactly where to go. Turns out, the city is pretty large, and that first day, I missed a lot of attractions, including The Vatican which was closed the next day.
This fusion of technology and entertainment at Royal Caribbean’s new Two70SM space, is pretty dang cool. Created by architectural firm 5+design, the venue employed the help of robots (yes, you read that right) in its design of the metamorphic venue on the Quantum class.