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.
For such a small country (it only has about five million people), Norway has a phenomenally robust arts heritage. That legacy dates back well before the filigreed jewelry and impressive ships of the Vikings that once farmed the land and roamed the waters to a cadre of world-famous masters in various artistic fields at the turn of the century who helped shaped the country into what it is today.
Ahhh, Italia! There is a reason Europe’s boot remains one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations; many, many reasons, in fact. From sprawling museums displaying art that spans several millennia to fabulous fashions, incomparable food and wine, dynamic cities and picturesque towns and not to mention friendly people, Italy truly is a traveler’s paradise.
When it comes to where we live or even the places we visit, we all have a story to tell. Whether you’ve traveled many miles to see the world, or you’ve chosen to remain in the same place your whole life, there is always a unique narrative behind a destination; a magnetism that draws visitors in and keeps locals from leaving.
With almost every corner of this beautiful property boasting floor-to-ceiling windows providing panoramic views across London, it’s not hard to see why Shangri-La’s debut London property is a hit with guests near and far. Completed in 2012, The Shard stands at 1,016-feet tall, making it Western Europe’s tallest building and Shangri-La at The Shard is the United Kingdom’s first elevated hotel.
Ibiza, the sexy bohemian land brings images of clubs, topless beaches and hedonism. But what does the island actually have to offer? Simple; whatever you want it to, including a romantic, private getaway. The perfect blend of nature and luxury, Ibiza has long been known for its wild nightlife and parties, but it is also a magical place to relax and regroup.
TCS Expeditions, a private jet travel company specializing amazing single-trip excursions, has put together a 17-day Experiences of a Lifetime adventure from October 31 to November 16, 2014. Travelers will visit seven unforgettable locations via a VIP-dedicated Boeing 757, making stops in London, Jordan, Jodhpur, the Taj Majal, The Maldives, Rwanda and Morocco.
Twenty nine is a pretty big number when referring to hotel openings, but Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, the legendary Asian brand started in Singapore in 1971, is opening that many properties within the next three years. At this pace, I surely won't be able to keep up unless I commit to seeing about one hotel a month! The rapid expansion is no less a testament to the Shangri-La's nearly five decade mastery of luxury hospitality the world over.