Think of Ibiza and the mind conjures images of all-night dance parties on the beach, neo-hippies and modern bohemians indulging in too much sun, sand and libations. Think of the Hard Rock Hotel and you probably picture a pool party in Vegas, perhaps with the same spirit of carefree abandon but different clothes (or lack thereof), and music. Now the two have merged with the opening of the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, an impressive beachfront development that brings a new dimension to Ibiza’s burgeoning luxury hospitality scene.
I am one of the lucky ones, as I was introduced to the Guerlain brand when I was about five, and could actually smell my mother’s Shalimar perfume before she entered the room. It was a heady scent, of vanilla and other things I couldn’t yet name. But I associated Guerlain with Shalimar and Shalimar with her, for years.
What do you do when it’s pitch-perfect weather in San Diego? My choice was a bit unconventional, yet warmly rewarding. I headed 90 miles from home into the Anza-Borrego Desert for a stay at its most iconic and best known lodge, La Casa del Zorro. Upon arrival, our dash registered a temperature of 106 F, but I was not deterred.
For the past couple of years, Bicycle Tourism has seen a rise in popularity since its 1970s heydays. It is quickly becoming one of the preferred methods of seeing the world for active travelers. From organized trips to self-explored routes and trips for people of all ages, tourists are finding more reasons to use this environmentally-friendly approach to their vacations.
Horseracing is the sport of kings, so it’s only fitting that a privileged few (just 20, to be exact) should get the royal treatment by attending Italy’s most luxurious and greatest horse race. Your vantage point for the legendary Palio di Siena in Tuscany? The private balcony of an ideally located appartamento overlooking the sardine-packed crowds gathered for the thrilling Palio dell’Assunta main event.
The end of summer is quickly approaching and the start of the school year lingers in the air. While we’re still weeks away from sending our littlest family members off to another year of learning, the window to go on one more summer trip is clo
One of the pleasures of travel is the feeling of discovery. In a time when there is a proliferation of information and everyone is connected all the time, it is a joy to realize there are still unknowns—hidden gems to be shared with family and friends. Australia can sometimes seem so familiar, yet has so many destinations such as Byron Bay that deserve to be considered anew.
Last week, Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy in Moscow unveiled their new 2,927-square-foot Penthouse Suite on the 19th floor of the hotel. Offering views of Russia’s capital, the opulent suite is both elegant and comfortable.
It can’t be denied that one of the best ways to enjoy nature and its beautiful landscapes is by getting out from behind our computers and experiencing it outdoors, firsthand. While some may not immediately consider a bicycle excursion to be the preferred method of travel, TerraVelo Tours is inviting active explorers to get out into the open on two-wheels for seven-day tours of Utah, California and Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
Possibly one of the most difficult train routes to build, the railway that weaves through the Andean Mountains in Ecuador offer some of the most beautiful views of the countryside. Giving you a front row seat to the scenic route is Tren Crucero, a 19th century Baroque-style locomotive that was recently renovated in June of this year.
Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts is throwing itself one helluva 20th birthday party. Being touted as a one-of-a-kind “journey of discovery” in celebration of their anniversary, the brand is offering an Around the World in 20 Ways package.
For the first time, Rainforest Cruises will be offering its passengers the opportunity to experience the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon and branch out with a special cruise and Treehouse Lodge package tour. Rainforest Cruises, a boutique travel company specializing in traditional and authentic Amazon riverboat tours, is offering a new experiential package. The offer takes guests aboard the luxurious Cattleya riverboat on the Amazon River and provides overnight accommodations high into the rainforest’s treetops with a stay at the AmazonTreehouse Lodge.
The motto at Mango Bay Barbados is a simple one: "Nothing is a problem." When it comes to places to stay on the Caribbean island of Barbados, nicknamed "Little Britain" for its many British influences, you would be hard-pressed to find a resort where the personalized service meets or exceeds the Mango Bay experience.
Asilia Africa's latest glamping destination offers up an enriching safari that moves with the great migration through Tanzania in an outdoor experience that's embracing luxury living on the open Serengeti. Opened July 1, the Kimondo Migration Camp relocates to offer adventurous travelers the best access to wildlife herds year round.
I mean, c’mon, that view, that glistening pool, the cocktail that will undoubtedly be in your hand—don’t act like you’re not impressed by Six Senses’ first European property. Located in the Portuguese UNESCO World Heritage area of the Douro Valley, the well-known spa brand is expanding in the region's wine country with an opening slated for spring of 2015.
Often considered a turnaround moment in world history, the Berlin Wall's fall will see its 25th anniversary come November 9 this year. Kensington Tours is celebrating the occasion with an anniversary itinerary for history buffs of all stripes. Travelers will find themselves visiting and learning about locations centered on World War II, Prussian Kings and the city's division caused by the Cold War. In ensuring the quality of the information and locations toured, guides are German natives and extensively trained and educated on their history.
Scenic Cruises has put together a 15-day Imperial Jewels of Russia River Cruise that takes guests from St. Petersburg to Moscow visiting picturesque architecture and experiencing guided tours. Guests will also enjoy accommodations aboard the brand's comfortably appointed Scenic Tsar cruise ship.
Istanbul is hot these days, and we're not just talking temperature. A slew of hotels, high-end boutiques and ritzy restaurants are opening left and right in both the old and modern sections of this ancient city. If you haven’t made it to the alluring land that connects Europe with Asia, now is the time to go.
Villa Lunada is a surfer’s dream vacation home. Resting on Punta Mita’s southernmost tip, the estate sits directly above the area’s most famous right-point break. The villa is designed as a retreat for the affluent individual who truly enjoys an active surfer lifestyle.
As a major metropolis at the crossroads of China and the Pacific, Hong Kong has one of the highest per-capita numbers of luxury hotels in the world. With all that competition, some of the city’s top properties are providing a slew of unique amenities and offerings to separate themselves from the pack and to woo luxury travelers. Here are five Hong Kong hotels offering exclusive experiences you can expect on your next stay.
Although there are many ways to enjoy a Santa Barbara getaway, none may be more deliciously educational than the annual Santa Barbara Food & Wine Weekend, which was held at the Bacara Resort & Spa from June 6 to 8. Dedicated to the memory of longtime resident Julia Child, the weekend celebrates all that is local through a series of tasting events and seminars which introduce the public to the array of products, purveyors, chefs, and producers of outstanding nibbles and sips.
It has been a rough few years for Bali. Once the premier luxury Southeast Asian beach destination for jetsetters and backpackers alike, the island suffered a downturn after the 2002 bombings (Eat, Pray, Love popularity notwithstanding), and a raft of new competing destinations like the Maldives, Koh Samui in Thailand and Danang in Vietnam began to grow in popularity.
What’s the appeal of motorcycle travel that leads some people to leave their everyday lives behind in the 24/7 pursuit of it? Everything. Everything about the open road can be pushed to the extreme, and enjoyed that much more. With help from the Adventure Travel Trade Association and Expedition Portal, here are nine incredible motorcycle road trips, from domestic routes to the farthest-flung corners of the earth.
It is rare to find a hotel that blends luxury, history and a unique sense of place under one roof, but travelers who venture to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town of Luang Prabang, nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, can find all three at Amantaka.
From Disney to Weezer, these days it seems nearly everything is being turned into a themed cruise, and the latest addition to Crystal Cruise's lineup is no different. They are now offering a microbrew-themed luxury cruise, the Colonial Collection, from November 5-19. Personally, I think that this is the single-most genius move a cruiseline has made since Apple released the iPod (yes, I’m that excited). So let's delve into the details so we can all reserve a spot together.