Meet Riviera Nayarit, a place where there are no rigid rules to follow, no rush hour, and no worries. You’re in Mexico and time slows down when you land in Puerto Vallarta and becomes even slower as you head 10 miles north into Mexico’s newest tourist destination, the region known as Riviera Nayarit.
The phrase “a table for two” has been the inspiration for songs, titles of masterpieces, and memories that are etched into couples’ indelible memories. From quiet settings along the beach or on the deck of a boat, to unique experiences with wildlife and the thunderous roar of majestic waterfalls, we bring you some of the most romantic spots around the globe for those memorable moments for two.
It’s al fresco dining season again, and hotels are getting creative with their outdoor setups. From a rustic-elegant set up overlooking the Spanish hillside, to a romantic beach tryst on a private South Sea island, here are 10 over-the-top open air set ups that take picnicking to a new level.
With a climate of year-round sun fused with cool sea breezes, it’s no surprise Santorini fosters a host of scrumptious delicacies that have become essential to locals, and adored by chefs and foodies the world over.
For many years now, one wine has become practically synonymous with Argentina: Malbec. This hardy red varietal has garnered fans across the globe thanks to its popular fruit-forward, robust qualities and affordable price point. Argentina’s wine industry has ridden its popularity to worldwide acclaim for about two decades.
We’ve covered a wide variety of luxury travel over the years—million dollar tours of India, women’s solo travel destinations, and extravagant private jet tours around the world; but we have yet to explore another popular way to stay: in the nude.
Located at one end of Duval Street in the heart of Key West’s bustling tourism center, the aptly-named Ocean Key Resort & Spa—a Nobel House property—makes for an easy walk to many of the area’s most historic landmarks, museums, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
The Viceroy Riviera Maya, one of the Caribbean’s finest and most romantic luxury resorts, is unique in combining an eco-friendly experience tailored to those who prefer quieter, private hideaways, while still being able to enjoy five-star services and amenities. With just 41 villas on an unspoiled six-acre sanctuary fronting a picture-perfect stretch of Mexico’s Playa del Carmen, the elegant oasis is a seductive escape designed to keep guests’ cares at bay.
Spring has sprung, warm weather has arrived, and golf fanatics migrated south to Augusta, Georgia for the start of the first majors tournament of the year, The Masters. Unfortunately, you didn’t get to go because your boss said you have to stay and finish those TPS reports (what a tyrant!). And while it would’ve been exciting to see that green jacket grace the shoulders of the first Australian winner, going on your own extravagant golf getaway is by far a better way to spend your hard earned vacation time. To help inspire this much deserve respite, here are five exceptional golf experiences from around the world that might even make Tiger a bit jealous.
What to do with that million dollars burning a hole in your pocket. You could donate it to a worthy charitable cause. Buy your parents their dream home, and hey, why not throw in something shiny for yourself? Don't be silly, you're going on an extravagant tour of India! YOLO right?
Dilemma: While you’re busy working, shopping, traveling, or whatever it is that keeps you occupied, your sprawling, gorgeously appointed second home sits empty elsewhere. You spent all that time and money on fancy fabrics, furniture and fine art and you barely get to appreciate it. It seems awfully unfair to a perfectly good house that did nothing to deserve such neglect.
Mayakoba, a retreat nestled on Mexico’s renowned Riviera Maya, is one of the world’s most enchanting destinations. Carefully nurtured by a team of biologists, architects and designers, it’s a natural wonder surrounded by picturesque lagoons fronting the ocean with a mile of stunning beachfront.
With less than two months to go till swimsuit season, it’s time to start thinking about working off that winter chub and getting back into trim, fit and fighting form. If it’s hard to force your body back into the standard “fit body” routine of regular five-mile runs and cross-training sessions at the gym, we recommend kick-starting your program with a “pre-vacation” at a luxury fitness retreat. Resorts and fitness companies are coming up with innovative, fun and unique programs that combine strength training, dance, hiking, biking, meditation and more.
With a blistery winter hitting most of the U.S., flowers blooming, birds chirping and clear blue skies start to feel like an impossibility. But soon enough the chill in the air will turn to warm breezes and spring will arrive—and with it comes European cruise season. Luxury cruise lines begin to roll out some great itineraries for exploring all corners of the continent, from medieval fortresses to UNESCO World Heritage Sites to former homes of dictators and emperors. Here are ten cruises to keep on your radar this spring when you're ready to trade the cold and snow for some culture and adventure.
Although often overlooked in favor of France’s more prominent wine regions like Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Loire Valley is fast gaining worldwide recognition for world-class wines and varietals; Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are attracting devoted followers around the world. Once the playground of the French monarchy, the area boasts imposing chateaux and quaint villages tucked among the rolling hills. Only a quick train ride from Paris, the region is a great place for a quick daytrip from the City of Lights or a leisurely jaunt in its own right.
With so many luxurious ways to get around these days, we shouldn’t forget the simple pleasure of hopping in the car and driving off into the distance—wind in your hair, music blasting, and nothing but open road ahead. Lots of travelers still embody the philosophy that ‘life is about the journey,’ appreciating that the destination is just a part of the adventure. We have mapped out a few routes around the U.S. that will have road trip junkies ready to get behind the wheel, take in magnificent scenery, learn local traditions, and get away from it all...even if just for a day.
If there still are people in the post-recession world who managed to get away on a luxury Valentine’s mid-week mini-break, we salute them. It’s not easy to justify that kind of romance-before-work attitude these days. For most of us, spring is the first opportunity to take that romantic getaway...but we begin dreaming about it long before.
Sri Panwa reminds me of Angelina Jolie in the sense that she’s gorgeous from every angle, so it's virtually impossible to take a bad picture of her. Because of that, it’s hardly surprising that just one of the property’s many awards is 'Hotel with the Best View in the World' from Beach Tomato. Before I tell you why I was so completely enamored with this family-owned hotel, however, let’s get the cons out of the way.
Imagine walking over charcoal black volcanic stone with miles of untouched landscape in front of you, while hand-in-hand with your sweetheart. Imagine gazing at the sky and seeing mass lights dance across the horizon in a rainbow of colors, then stealing a quick nose kiss. Nothing short of magical, this place really does exist.
Welcome to one of the most unique landscapes on earth. Welcome to Iceland.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) had some intriguing and exciting trends to report during its most recent State of the Industry Press Conference in New York this year. From brand-name entertainment to celebrity chef-driven cuisine to a focus on small-ship experiential cruising, the future of this waterborne form of travel is far more diverse and adventurous than it was in the past. And it’s moving toward less-charted waters, as well. Here are the trends we’re most excited about, and the cruise line that currently is setting the standard for each trend.
Bali has been called the island of the gods—and for good reason. The moment you set foot on this balmy Indonesian island you are enveloped in an aura unique to this place. The ubiquitous temples and sculptures, dressed in black and white checkered cloth, remind passersby of the balance between good and evil; offerings of flowers, rice and incense are placed at every doorway and threshold to appease the represented deities. Women in sarongs poise baskets on their heads, as motorcycles dart about like fireflies, flirting with the mass of vehicles, all in a congested contest to get to their respective destinations.
Crystal Cruises, a favorite luxury cruise line for many discerning travelers, is now offering yet another one-of-a-kind adventure. These Boutique Adventures are a way to expose Crystal passengers to exclusive cultural experiences that the ports-of-call have to offer.
Set amidst 2,200 acres of prime real estate near Montego Bay, The Tryall Club features 75 estate villas on the Caribbean waterfront. From the charming two-bedroom homes with classic Jamaican flair, to the modern eight-bedroom properties with private pools, the fully staffed luxury villas won’t soon be forgotten.
It’s sleeting, it’s freezing, it’s snowing...and we’re all tired of it. We want a cozy seat near a warm, crackling fire—preferably one with hot toddy service and some delicious desserts. Just in time for the Big Chill and Valentine’s Day around the corner, here’s a gallery of America’s coziest hotel and restaurant firesides—from the iconic Bowery Hotel in Manhattan to the snowy Rocky Mountain peaks.
With people like Joan R. Ginther running around Texas winning four (yes, four) multi-million-dollar lotto jackpots, one can’t help but wonder how to get in on the action. So we sought out a few charmed Asian destinations to visit that might just bring the good fortune you're in search of; and if you're really lucky, some once-in-a-lifetime memories to boot. Plus, as the Chinese New Year looms ever-nearer, its a fitting time to see what the propitious Orient has to offer for the year ahead.