Hotels these days are getting pretty creative with their designs. Gone are the days of the traditional structures and carbon-copies of the brand’s other properties. Today’s buildings are just as much a part of the allure of the destination, as the city itself. And Beijing’s newest hotel, Yanqi Lake Kempinski, is no different.
If you’re heading to Martha's Vineyard, the classic American getaway, consider staying at the historic Harbor View Hotel & Resort. Not only a vacation destination, but also a tradition for many, here are six reasons why you should book a room here on your next trip to the island.
You don't have to be a cognac lover to love spending a few days in Cognac, France, though it's quite probable you will become one by the end of your stay. From the breathtaking views of more than 170,000 acres of vineyards to the local cuisine to the historically rich cognac houses, this French city is a hidden gem in the countryside that delivers a much-needed break from the country’s overcrowded tourist attractions.
Situated less than an hour outside of Iceland's capital city Reykjavik, the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a four-star property where unique design meets gorgeous landscapes under the beauty of the glowing Northern Lights. On clear evenings, guests can step outside to view the sparkling spectacle, while during the days, rivers, glaciers and mountains stand ready for exploration and activities.
Last September I was beachside in Santorini, Greece soaking up the sun with a Mythos beer (and/or a mojito) in hand almost daily. The little island had me swooning from the moment we met and soon a full-fledged love story had grown between us. . Santorini is known as the romantic island of the Greek isles, but having gone with four of my girlfriends, it wasn’t the kind of chocolates-and-roses vacation that it is usually meant to be.
Considered one of the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans by the Luxury Institute based on exclusivity, quality and prestige, the Naples Winter Wine Festival is set to kick off on January 23, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.
Though more than a year away, Silversea Cruises' 2016 voyages are already slated to take place in 385 locations and will span across 177 voyages, and 19 of their port calls will be completely new to the cruiseline. These new additions to the luxury ocean-faring brand include stops in Asia, Europe and North America including Shimizu, Japan; Ullapool, Scotland; Kalmar, Sweden; and Summerside, Canada.
Remember the movie, Pretty Woman and its scenes from the world famous Rodeo Drive? Those same haute couture salons and ateliers are still just as fashionable and exclusive today as they were when the film was first released. And down the street in this mecca of wealth and glittering storefronts sits the swanky and landmark Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel) and its prestigious spa.
Possibly straight out of our childhood dreams, the upcoming 86-room Krystall Hotel shaped like a snowflake will be making its way onto the waters of the fjords of Tromsø, Norway come December 2016. Located in the arctic circle, the hotel will be the perfect viewing spot for the Aurora Borealis which can be viewed upward through rooms' glass ceilings.
Boasting an impressive resume of 10 esteemed designers including Chris Jones, Joseph Walsh, A-Cero, Graham Lamb and the Campana Brothers, the all-inclusive Iniala Beach House located on Natai beach in Thailand will probably make you cry tears of joy upon arrival. Seriously, we wouldn’t lie to you. As the brain child of philanthropist Mark Weingard, the property is made up of three villas and a penthouse suite with a combined total of 10 bedrooms.
The ancient Kingdom of Bhutan is like a woman that outwardly seems quiet and reserved, but whose eyes glimmer with a sense of adventure and excitement, the kind of person you can’t help but wonder about. You know the type. Bhutan is like this; seductively mysterious with the kind of urging that begs to be noticed, but only if you’re willing to take a closer look.
Hot rock massage? That’s so 10 years and 50 min. ago. Twenty-four karat gold facial? I’d rather wear it around my ring finger. Reiki? Really? As a dedicated spa connoisseur, I’ve experienced a wealth of treatments including classic, exotic, native, alternative, indulgent and downright ridiculous.