Like a lottery player who dreams of the beautiful things money could buy and finally hits the big number, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates revels in its wealth. Abu Dhabi has been on a mission to create a city of incredible architectural beauty ever since oil was found off its shores in 1958. It boasts cultural and educational institutions, healthcare, and luxury accommodations rarely seen these days in any other part of the world. Some call Abu Dhabi the “baby city” because it’s so new, having risen up out of the desert with stunning speed. High-rise buildings seem to appear on a daily basis.
Before arriving in Tuscany, I tried to imagine what the Italian countryside would look like in the fall: trees slowly shedding their yellow and orange leaves, rows off grapevines rolling down the hills, layers of lush green mountains sitting solemnly in the distance. Driving around the winding roads to my accommodations at Castello di Gabbiano, I quickly saw that my assumptions were correct. It was exactly as pictured, yet something about it was really surprising.
It’s no secret that when it comes to the Super Bowl, companies tend to go overboard with their advertising, in hopes of gaining immediate attention but also to connect in a way that secures longtime commitment from consumers. It should come as no surprise then that Anheuser-Busch — whose ads have included heart-warming tales of Clydesdale horses for Budwesier and last year’s creative Lucky Chair for Bud Light — is gearing up for another big advertising venture. This year, to promote their Bud Light brand, the company has their sights set on the high seas.
One doesn't go to Wyoming to be sociable and surrounded by crowds of people; with only half a million residents, it gets the award for least populated state in America. Those who go to Wyoming go for its spectacular land filled with endless ski terrain, elk reserves, and two of the nation's most popular National Parks: Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park. Earlier this fall, I visited Jackson Hole to enjoy the region at the turn of fall when elk, moose, and bears actively roam the land preparing for the bitter winter. Staying at sister properties Hotel Terra and the Teton Mountain Lodge in the Teton Village, I once again discovered my love for this great wilderness.
“Sleeping with the fishes” is taking on a new meaning at Manta Resort, and thankfully, a more enjoyable one at that. The African property located on Pemba Island, a Tanzanian destination, is giving travelers a new way to get up close and personal with the Indian Ocean’s marine life.
Nestled in the beautiful English countryside, Ashley House – a vacation rental – is a great retreat for friends and family looking to escape in the quiet village of Piddletrenthide, above the West Dorset Downs. Rented out courtesy of Sykes Cottages, Ashley House is a five-star residence with many of the same amenities as a small hotel.
It’s not every day that the President and CEO of a cruise line invites you to dinner, let alone a seven-night feast. But on July 26, that is exactly what Michael Bayley has in mind for Captain’s Club Members boarding Celebrity Equinox for a foodie adventure. Departing from Rome, the 2014 President's Cruise will feature a series of events designed for its Celebrity’s Captain’s Club loyalty program members. There will be a number of opportunities to choose from for exquisite dining experiences.
As an avid lover of films, I couldn’t be more excited about this trip — even to the point of considering how a three-month sabbatical from work would be feasible (it’s not). VeryFirstTo.com’s exclusive World’s Most Famous Film Locations – In One Blockbuster Trip is one of those adventures that will have travel enthusiasts immediately reaching for their credit cards.
Of all the reasons to visit the Maldives, now there’s one more; it’s home to the world’s largest deep-diving tourist submarine. Seating up to 50 people, the Whale Submarine descends to a depth of up to approximately 131 feet, offering a glimpse into underwater life without the need for a diving qualification. Guests can enjoy viewing the treasures of the Indian Ocean like looking at sunken shipwrecks or shark-feeding areas.
Singita, the South African safari company known for its collection of eco-friendly luxury lodges, has added an alluring new property to its portfolio. Singita Castleton, located in the heart of the 45,000-acre Sabi Sand Game Reserve, was formerly the private home of company founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather. The chic retreat, which consists of a main house and six individual cottages, may only be booked on an exclusive-use basis.
I am installed in understated and effortlessly chic Provençal style at the 6th century Relais & Château Hôtel Crillon le Brave, a sleepy cluster of seven elegantly rustic stone buildings in a tiny Roman hilltop hamlet overlook vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Rhône valley. In this stunning place I begin my truffle hunting for the earthy nuggets, the diamants noirs, so highly prized by gourmands. Leading the way is Provence's truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard and his exuberant, but expertly trained, truffle hound Mirette.
The holidays aren’t a competition, they’re all about love and giving and those Fa-la-la-la-las. But say for one second, that they WERE a competition. You’d want to win, right? It just so happens that Flexjetand Abercrombie & Kent really want you to come out on top as well by offering this year’s Ultimate Holiday Gift.
The Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny but beautiful country on the eastern end of the Himalayas, is home to a few exquisite luxury resorts; but it’s a little difficult to reach. Thanks to a new partnership between high-end COMO Hotels and Resorts and global aircraft charter specialist Chapman Freeborn, however, elite travelers can now easily arrive in style. COMO, which owns Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos as well as other five-star Bhutanese luxury lodges, has launched an exclusive seven-night trip with flights to and from the country via private jet.
There are some names that inspire hushed tones and looks of reverence. Coworth Park in Berkshire, which reopened in 2010, after untold millions in renovations and three years in the making, is one such name. Previously, the 18th century country house was a place where royalty, historic figures and American colonists would rest their heads. Set in 240 acres of undulating parkland, a gentle canter from Ascot and within sight of the house where John Lennon wrote Imagine, it is the only hotel in Britain with its own polo fields, where you can ride in Windsor Great Park on Grand Prix dressage horses (or your own).
Italy has some competition. Croatia, the slender post-Cold War country that sits just across the Adriatic Sea from the land that is home to pizzas and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is quietly luring the jet-setting class to its soil. In particular, the rugged coastal city of Dubrovnik offering unending views of the emerald sea and petite untouched islands is thriving with a surge of international guests. American couples and roving European families are quickly filling its medieval streets and winding coastal highways, and it is not a surprise to the Adriatic Luxury Hotels (ALH) group.
There's a chance that our crush on the Great House on Necker Island is quickly turning into a full-fledged love affair. That’s right, Branson, we’re not afraid to admit it publicly. Today, exclusive snapshots of the exteriors and interiors have been released, and since sharing is caring, we have them available for you right here.
When autumn hits, homes begin to fill up with scents of pumpkin, cinnamon and evergreens. Slowly fall décor begins to take over stores and restaurants. Some go-getters even get their holiday decorations out so early that before Halloween hits, their yards pay colorful homage to the upcoming yuletide season. They are planners by nature; and if you’re like them, you’ve probably had your holiday vacations booked since last year. But if you’re more the live-in-the-moment type, your plans may not have crossed your mind yet. To get you in the holiday spirit, here’s a list of the best family (and extended family) villa options to make the planning process a little bit easier.
In April we told you about the launch of Scenic Cruises’ Scenic Jewel into their lineup of eight new ‘Space-Ships,’ and now Scenic Gem is getting ready to make her debut. From July to October 2014, the luxury liner will begin its 11-day itinerary focusing on the history, culture and natural beauty of Northern France.
Along with releasing their 2014 Asia Boutique River Cruise and Tour brochure, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is also introducing a new 12-day Treasures of China & the Yangtze cruise/tour. The luxury itineraries throughout China, Vietnam and Cambodia allow for a more lavish option for discovering the country’s history and culture. Along with the cruise, the itineraries will consist of both land and cruising tours along the Yangtze and Mekong Rivers.
The Viceroy Riviera Maya, one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive and romantic luxury resorts, is set to become even more luxurious with the debut of five newly built Signature Villas designed to appeal to celebrity and VIP clientele (for whom privacy and perfection are a must).
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.
It was barely morning and all of us were tired, eyes heavy on the flight to Santorini. My friends and I had stayed out all night exploring Athens the night before, hoping to sleep at our hotel's pool once there. The sky was dark in Santorini when the plane landed, but within minutes pinks and purples filled the air. It was at that moment that the island became magical. A week later, we were in love, captivated by this surreal place.
I’ve always been intrigued by the thought that Iceland is green and Greenland is icy. If you’re anything like me, you may have the same curiosity guiding you to take a trip to either of the (confusing) countries to see this irony for yourselves. Now’s the time to start planning, as Hurtigruten cruises has recently announced a new, longer route in the north-west region of Greenland in the summer of 2014.
Ardent sporting enthusiasts demand vacations that match their passions. Skiers, golfers, hikers, scuba divers and other athletic travelers won't settle for a day by the pool whiling the hours away sipping mai tais. Their vacations mean action. So below are five resorts that offer activities for the active traveler.