Today Sin City’s newest hotel Delano Las Vegas has opened. Formerly known as THEhotel, Delano is the result of a massive renovation, where nearly every dimension of the original resort has been re-imagined. The 43-story property is operated through a partnership between MGM Resorts International and Morgan’s Hotel Group and is non-gaming and non-smoking.
Certain parts of the world are like sacred ground for oenophiles, namely France and Northern California. But a number of unexpected locales are also getting into the wine business and turning out vintages that are receiving a lot of attention.
The first thing that caught our eye about this event is its name: L'Eroica. Understandably, this had us imagining some kind of fetish affair that we most likely wouldn’t want to participate in. Luckily, we were wrong.
Something has changed at The Resort at Pelican Hill. Newport Beach's only five star resort, which sits above the rolling greens of its two internationally-acclaimed golf courses with a panorama of the Pacific Ocean, is now a tough reservation. It's bustling. On a recent stay at the resort, I happily observed the flutter of guests everywhere and throngs of attentive staff as the bellhop noted, "Why, yes, the world is well aware of Pelican Hill now."
It was my final day in Canada and I relaxed upon rattan palms at the entrance of Fairmont Chateau Whistler, which at 25 years of age is the village matriarch. As I awaited my transportation, I observed my surroundings. Encircled by the green of mountains and a blue sky above, the village to the left and spruce and cedars everywhere, it was a Christmas-perfect setting, one that it is best known for in the winter. But having gone in the summer, I discovered that Whistler is much more than just a winter destination.
I heard that each night, adorable puppies are delivered to your room before bed along with canteens of hot cocoa at the new Virgin Hotel Chicago. It’s also been said that every 1,000th guest receives a new Bentley as personal thank you from Richard Branson himself. It’s true, I heard it with my own ears. Okay, for those of you doubting me, there’s a slight chance that I could be wrong, unless I’m not (then you’ll really look silly).
There are some that count down the days until autumn, snatching up sweaters and cardigans, scouring Frye’s new line of boots and eagerly awaiting the return of pumpkin spiced lattes (signifying that fall is close behind). They welcome the cooler weather and layered clothing. Others live in sandals, love staying active outdoors and when the weather drops below 60 F, complain about the freezing temperatures. To the former, congrats, your time is now. To the latter looking to continue that never-ending summertime feeling, how about checking out these warm destinations for the changing seasons.
Sure, visiting conventions and trade shows can lead to some cool interactions with new technologies, but we rarely get to experience sincerely awesome gadgetry aboard cruise ships. In fact just a couple years ago we were impressed to find rentable iPhones aboard the Allure of the Seas, usable only to access a map, schedule of events and track our cruising buddies on the ship.
It’s almost September, which means many of you are probably looking forward to throwing on comfy sweaters, cute boots and cuddling up by a fire as summer turns into autumn. With orange and red foliage sprinkling the ground, cooler weather and the smell of apple spices filling the air, we can’t wait to head to some of our favorite fall destinations.
Since BBC documentary filmmaker Peter Sommer trekked 2,000 miles through Turkey in 1994, he has put together a number of inspiring tours led by archaeological experts. Come August 30, 2014, his travel company Peter Sommer Travels will be running four eight-day trips by gulet covering some of the Mediterranean Sea's most alluring ancient sites found amongst the Turkish shores.
Delving into the notion that scent is the best trigger of memories, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is unveiling a new program to please the oft-neglected sense. With some of the world's best food, arts and comforts throughout the brand's world-renowned properties, the addition of custom fragrances allow guests an even deeper emotional connection to their travels.
When you think of Cancun, Mexico, images of intoxicated spring breakers partying at Senor Frog's probably come to mind. But conveniently located only 15 minutes from the city’s airport in an exclusive area called Punta Nizuc, there is a very, very different grown-up, luxury experience available.