Aqua Expeditions Branches Out Into New Waters with Aqua Mekong River Cruise

CRUISES | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Happy Birthday to Aqua Mekong! This month, luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions expanded into Asia with the addition of their new Vietnam and Cambodia river cruise. Previously, the brand’s vessels were only in Peru but Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro wanted to see his ships reach new waters by 2014.

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Constance Moofushi: A Barefoot Elegance Resort Among the Maldives Islands

RESORTS & SPAS | by: CAROL DRIVER

The seaplane I was traveling in glided effortlessly through the air, honing in on a small island in the middle of the glimmering Indian Ocean. It was a faultless landing, and smiling faces greeted passengers on a stretch of white sand beach. After the 30-minute flight from the capital, Male, I was taken to the five-star resort Constance Moofushi on the south-western edge of the South Ari Atoll in the Maldives. The view is breathtaking.

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Snap Pics with a National Geographic Photographer at Banyan Tree Mayakoba

RESORTS & SPAS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there; while on vacation we’ve zoomed in on an exotic flower with our digital SLR’s and blurred the background to create (what we consider) an artistic effect. As impressive as the image is, there is still much to be learned about taking truly striking photographs of wildlife.

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Here's a Look Back to 6 of Our Favorite New Hotels That Opened in 2013

HOTELS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

We’ve got a deep love for hotels; everything about them draws us in, tempting us with their stylish décor, impeccable service, modern architecture and swoon-worthy restaurants. So of course, over the past year, we’ve taken notice of 2013’s best new hotels and have gathered a list of ones that have made us giddy with excitement. Here are our top six favorite luxury properties that opened around the world last year (and believe us, this was no easy feat):

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San Diego's Own Grand Del Mar Hotel Stakes Its Claim as California's #1 Resort

RESORTS & SPAS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Those who know about The Grand Del Mar don’t stay at it to visit San Diego; they visit San Diego to go to the five-star property. It's just that kind of place. The hotel's commanding presence along the rolling Del Mar fairways is further defined by the tree-lined entrance that leads guests up to the resort. Every year since 2009 (two years after its opening), the hotel has received a AAA Five-Diamond Award and it earned a perfect score on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2009 Gold List for Best Service.

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Rovos Rail African Train Journeys Might Just Be the Ultimate Way to Safari

LUXURY VACATIONS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Go ahead, kick up your heels, lean back with cocktail in hand and watch the African countryside pass by inside your luxury rail car. Luxury train company Rovos Rail takes guests back to a simpler time, a time when railways ruled the travel industry and romantic locomotives regularly transported guests from location to location.

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Crystal Cruises Offers Travelers Extended Adventures Ashore on Asia Itineraries

CRUISES | by: JUSTLUXE TEAM

Jumping ashore to experience Asia’s culture and stunning historic buildings is now a part of Crystal Cruises’ new extended adventures itineraries for 2014 tours. From February to April, the luxury cruise line will be offering its guests a chance to get to know Asia through 15 one- and two-night optional, mid-cruise journeys on land. 

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The Swiss Alps' Chedi Andermatt Opens as the Country's Only Year-Round Resort

Chedi Andermatt
HOTELS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Large comfy chairs, big furry blankets, and beautifully designed fireplaces are a few of the offerings at the new five-star Chedi Andermatt hotel and residences in the Swiss Alps. Guests and owners coming in from the snowy slopes are welcomed into the property’s stylish wood paneling which creates an environment perfectly suited for a cozy Switzerland experience.

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A Christmas Markets Odyssey: A Viking River Cruise Down The Danube

Viking Longship
CRUISES | by: SUSAN KIME

Chiaroscuro — the contrasting movement of light and dark, background and foreground — usually found in static paintings is present on Viking River Cruises' Christmas Markets tour. The moment-to-moment land and waterscape changes cruising down the Danube are defined across the wake of Central European history. Unlike most rivers, the Danube moves 1492 miles, from west to east originating in Germany's Black Forest, and cutting through ten countries, finally emptying into the Black Sea in Romania.

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We're Dreaming of a Pink Christmas From Marrakesh to Hawaii

Royal Hawaiian lobby decorations
LUXURY VACATIONS | by: LENA KATZ

Had enough of White Christmas? Looking forward to a Radiant Orchid, the color of 2014? Apparently a few design tastemakers just can’t wait either. While red, green and snow continue to dominate the holiday scene; pink is the surprise choice for maverick Christmas elves and style mavens this year. 

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Find Some Serious Zen at Thailand's Villa Mayavee

Villa Mayavee Thailand  Phuket resort
LUXURY VILLAS | by: MILA PANTOVICH

I've never met anyone who visited Thailand and didn't immediately fall in love with it. Whether you are the type to spend hours sunbathing on the beach or exploring tropical jungles, Thailand is where you should be doing it. Don't know where to go? Try Villa Mayavee on the island of Phuket, because…just look at it!

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The Svalbard Arctic Eclipse Adventure: View a Solar Eclipse From the Top of the World

The Svalbard Arctic Eclipse Adventure
LUXURY VACATIONS | by: JAMES ROTHAAR

Discover Magazine, a periodical focusing on “Science for the Curious,” has partnered with TravelQuest to offer a small, select group of adventure travelers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: viewing a total solar eclipse from the top of the world.

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6 Hotels To Put You in the Holiday Spirit With Over-The-Top Displays

HOTELS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

The holidays are in full effect and everywhere you look are colorful displays of Christmas trees, the aroma of fresh baked cookies in the air and sparkling red and green lights donning homes and businesses. Hotels around the country are joining the festivities by putting their own unique twists and touches on decorations. Here are six of our favorites:

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Discovering the Best of French Influences in Switzerland's Countryside

Lake Geneva
LUXURY VACATIONS | by: CYNTHIA DIAL

A trip to Switzerland can be like visiting three separate countries—France, Germany and Italy—all uniquely distinctive, all wonderfully special, all within Switzerland. Constricted by time, I chose a French-style excursion through the country.

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The Ritz-Carlton Reserve to Open New Property in Bali in 2015

HOTELS | by: JAMES ROTHAAR

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will open a Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort on the island of Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2015. "We are delighted to announce another exclusive Reserve project to the hand-selected portfolio. Bali is a well established destination for luxury travelers and we are confident that our resort in Ubud will raise the bar for style, service, and quality in the area," said Herve Humler, President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

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An Elegant Villa Rental for Families Visiting the Southern Italian Countryside

villa controni lucca
LUXURY VILLAS | by: JUSTLUXE TEAM

With 11 bedrooms and bathrooms, views of the Tuscany countryside from its windows and elegant European furnishings, Villa Controni is a stunning 19th century vacation rental that will make any Italian vacation all the more exceptional. 

$30,900 p/week

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An African Hotel Where Friendly Giraffes Dine With Guests

HOTELS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

Many times, images are all the convincing you need when booking a hotel. Especially if those images are of giraffes in East Africa peeping through guest’s windows and casually hanging out on the property’s front lawn.

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California's Catalina Island Is a Cozy and Romantic Winter Destination

Catalina
LUXURY VACATIONS | by: MARISSA STEMPIEN

If you had told me a weekend adventure out to the Californian island of Catalina would have been a good winter trip, I would have immediately disagreed and planned a warm weekend of movie theaters and indoor shopping.

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W Hotels Worldwide Opens Its First-Ever Ski Retreat in Switzerland

W Verbier
HOTELS | by: JAMES ROTHAAR

W Hotels Worldwide opened its 45th location with the W Verbier Hotel & Residences. This is a twofold first for the deluxe hotelier, as this is its only location in Switzerland and its first-ever ski resort.

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Sleep Among the Hollywood Stars at Sunset Heights Vacation Rental

LUXURY VILLAS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

If you’re going to vacation in La-la-land for an extended period and want to get a feel for how Hollywood celebs live, you may as well do it right. You could rent a penthouse suite at The Peninsula Beverly Hills or choose a Sunset Heights four-bedroom vacation rental and really get a feel for California’s good life. The modern home comes fully furnished and features Oak hardwood floors, a spacious living room with 24' ceilings and fireplaces located both indoors and outdoors.

$2,000 p/night

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Abu Dhabi: UAE's Booming City Quickly Becoming a Desert Oasis of Luxury

LUXURY VACATIONS | by: JULIE HATFIELD

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.

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Visit a Tuscan Castle Where Michelangelo Sought Inspiration: Castello di Gabbiano

Castello di Gabbiano exterior
LUXURY VILLAS | by: TARA IMPERATORE

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.

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Bud Light Hotel To Take Over New Norwegian Luxury Liner For Super Bowl Weekend 2014

bud light
CRUISES | by: NICOLLE MONICO

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.

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Sleep Inside a Tree at Nothofagus Hotel & Spa in the Patagonian Forest

Nothofagus Hotel & Spa
HOTELS | by: NICOLLE MONICO

One of the best things about being a travel writer is getting to sit at a desk all day scouring the internet to find the hottest new destination, the craziest hotels or the most thrilling adventures around the globe; all the while, adding favorites to our own personal travel bucket list. When a really intriguing hotel pops up, we can’t help but share it with you, since we’re guessing you’re as much of a travel junkie as us.

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An American Safari: Jackson Hole's Vast Terrain, Wildlife and Luxury Lodgings

wyoming
LUXURY VACATIONS | by: KATHERINE BOND

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.

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