Experience a Luxury Getaway in India

If you plan to travel to India you’ll be visiting of the most beautiful and highly populated countries in the world. With luxurious, historical buildings throughout the region and arts and entertainment being an important element of the culture, there are plenty of ways to experience India to make your trip worthwhile. Enlighten your senses when you experience with the many luxurious destinations to make your Indian getaway a trip to remember.

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Agra

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is known for its architectural landmarks that will leave you in awe. If you stay at the beautiful Oberoi Amarvilas hotel, you’ll have a view of the Taj Mahal right from your room. Stop by Maikhana for a bite in the glamorous lounge setting to see and be seen. End your night in the Tajganj neighborhood at Club Rush for dancing and mingling with the energetic crowd.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Oberoi Amarvilas

Photo: Zocha Group – Taj Mahal

Mumbai

Head to the cosmopolitan hub of Mumbai to experience the largest city in India. The old-world style of the extravagant Taj Mahal Palace hotel will take your stay to the next level with marble, gold and crystal decorating the grand property. You can also indulge in relaxation by taking a workshop at The Yoga Institute to connect with your inner self. With a menu influenced by India’s Northwest frontier, Khyber will deliver a delicious culinary experience in an intimate atmosphere. For a night out on the town, you’ll want to head to Tryst nightclub to see eye-catching light shows or the chic hot spot Trilogy for a trendy crowd and sultry décor.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Mumbai, India

Photo: Khyber Mumbai

Delhi

Visit the capital to get exposed to the arts and culture of India in the country’s bustling metropolis. Stay in the modern Lodhi Hotel known for its culinary tastes and contemporary style, or try the lavish Leela Palace that lets you dive into New Delhi’s only rooftop infinity pool. Book a reservation at the award-winning Indian Accent restaurant for flavorful and inventive dishes. Wrap up your night at the chic and impressive club Lithiyum, or Kitty Su to party on a spacious dancefloor.

 

Photo: Lodhi Hotel

Photo: Leela Palace Delhi

Jaipur

This historical “Pink City” is home to a number of temples and shopping bazaars that will fully immerse you into the local culture. You’ll be staying at one of the most stylish hotels in India if you book your stay at the regal SUJAN Rajmahal Palace, known for its contemporary design and celebrity clientele. Travel back in time when you dine at 1135 AD, an opulent restaurant within Amber Fort that will let you taste some of the region’s oldest flavors. Spend the rest of your night exploring Jaipur’s burgeoning nightlife scene by visiting lounges like the opulent Bar Palladio or the lavish Aza. For a lively nightclub feel, head to Blackout for dancing and mingling on the rooftop beneath the stars.

 

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Photo: SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

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A Lavish Winter Retreat in Aspen

As the warm weather starts to fade, many are beginning to plan winter getaways in cities fit for skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the snow-covered scenery. A world-renowned destination for winter luxury is Aspen, Colorado—the perfect place to indulge with extravagant hotels, decadent restaurants, and a bustling nightlife scene to keep you warm. Head to Aspen to take in the city’s lavish culture during your winter vacation.

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Hotels

Book your stay in Aspen to experience world-class service in an unforgettable atmosphere. The Little Nell is rated as one of the best hotels in the city with rooms overlooking the Aspen Mountains and a ski concierge team to handle all your needs for the slopes. Your stay will be eco-friendly at the Limelight Hotel, offering up bike rentals to make your way through the village. The modern design is sure to impress with floor-to-ceiling windows and chic, mountain-inspired décor. The historic Hotel Jerome, built in 1889, boasts top notch service to make your stay exceptional. The on-site Auberge Spa, luxury car chauffeur and twice-daily maid service is just the tip of the iceberg in giving guests the luxury Aspen experience.

 

Photo: The Little Nell

Photo: Hotel Jerome

Restaurants

Aspen’s world-class cuisine is part of the draw as your taste buds will relish in the city’s array of fine dining experiences. A hot spot for a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian and Spanish dining, Bosq is a destination worth visiting for their worldly flavors. You’ll luck out if you’re staying at The Little Nell as their contemporary restaurant Element 47 is known for its creative dishes and outstanding wine program. Try out Colorado’s first venue from Chef Nobu at Matsuhisa, showcasing his famous Japanese dishes in an updated Victorian-style house. Jimmy’s is also a delicious choice for fine dining with its American fare that will make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Element 47

Photo: Matsuhisa

Nightlife

Known for its lively scene, Aspen will have you partying until dawn as you mix and mingle with the city’s other visitors. Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a hot spot for a night out with its sophisticated Western style and 100-year history. If you’re into live music, Belly Up is a necessity as they drawn in international artists to bring some energy to the town. If nightclubs are your thing, Escobar’s trendy vibe will keep you dancing all night long with DJs, dancing and bottle service right at your fingertips. Just like its LA predecessor, Bootsy Bellows in Aspen also ushers in a club element to your night in the city’s iconic Crystal Palace building.

 

Photo: Bootsy Bellows Aspen

Photo: Escobar

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The 2018 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

Necker Island is not only home to a beautiful resort, but it is also the site of the annual Necker Cup, a pro-am tennis tournament put on at the close of the tennis season. With a number of high profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

 

Photo: 2018 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

 

The 2018 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal, now in its seventh year, takes place November 24th – 29th and is expected to be the event of the season. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup trophy. Stars like Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Tommy Haas will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

Photo: Virgin Unlimited Edition

 

While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the island’s Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp presented by Metal. The three-day clinic, with instruction from professional coaches and players, lets you train with the best coaches of the game. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Legends Camp gives the full event experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. The 2018 Necker Cup will introduce a new element to the fun with access to the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.

 

Photo: Premier Live – Necker Island

 

The Necker Cup is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past six years has raised more than $4 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place on the final evening treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. Proceeds from the auction are donated to charities; with this year’s beneficiaries being The National Tennis Foundation and Virgin Unite. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, with this year’s entertainment including DJ Mehow, Kenny Chesney, and more.

 

Photo: Premier Live – Necker Cup

 

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Photo: Necker Island

 

High-Tech Hotels Taking Over the Market

Integrating technology into businesses has become a prime focus for many industries and is being especially embraced by the hospitality market. Hotels are getting creative in finding out new ways to give their guests the ultimate experience through integrating tech aspects into their stay. From smartphone check-ins to robot butlers, hotels around the world are breaking the norm of what a 21st Century hotel experience should be.

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The W Singapore – Sentosa, Singapore

Dive into the pool at The W in Singapore and it’ll be music to your ears as their underwater speakers make sure you never miss a beat. LED lighting throughout the property ushers in a party-friendly atmosphere, and if you spring for their signature Extreme WOW Suite, you’ll get a private DJ booth right in your room.

 

Photo: The W Singapore

Photo: The W Singapore – Extreme Wow Suite

Blow Up Hall 5050 – Poznan, Poland

No need to check into the front desk here—unlock the door to your room with a digital key sent via smartphone. Numerous digital, interactive art installations throughout the property make you feel like you’re a part of the artwork, including their “Blow Up” piece in the lobby that enlarges guests photos on a wall.

 

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

NH Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Holographic tech is the way to go at NH Hotel where a business meeting can be enhanced by projecting a person’s 3D image or work presentation in the conference space. If you’re feeling musical, you can also request a keyboard or guitar to be delivered to your room upon request.

 

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Aloft Cupertino – Cupertino, California

You’ll get a one-of-a-kind experience at the Aloft Cupertino pool, where a robotic butler called Botlr will hand deliver your towel. The friendly device also has the ability to take elevator rides and will be your own personal room service making deliveries right to your room.

 

Photo: Aloft Cupertino

Photo: Aloft Cupertino Robot Butler

Loews Hotel 1000 – Seattle, Washington

Taking “smart” to the next level, Loews Hotel 1000’s rooms come with sensors to detect body heat, ensuring that you’re never interrupted by housekeeping. The smart mini bar alerts the front desk when it needs a re-stock, and two virtual reality golf courses in the hotel will give you the illusion that you’re right on the green.

 

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

hub by Premier Inn – London, England

The hub’s smartphone app will be the answer to your prayers when you stay at this London destination. You can adjust the room’s lighting, TV, air conditioning, and turn on the door’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. A virtual reality element will even let you use your phone’s camera to show information about nearby restaurants and bars.

 

hub by Premier Inn London

Photo: hub by Premier Inn London

The Yotel – NYC, New York

This Manhattan property has its own stationed robotic arm, the Yobot, that stores luggage for guests in a wall of 150 lockers. To retrieve belongings, just type in a personal pin and see the Yobot work its magic knowing exactly where it’s stored. Their digital kiosk streamlines the check-in process and retractable motorized beds also easily help free up space in rooms.

 

Photo: Yotal NYC

Photo: Yobat at Yotal NYC

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10 of the Best Lounges in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for being a city filled with lively places to enjoy a night out on the town. From unique bars to energetic nightclubs, there’s something for everyone no matter your ideal style of revelry. For those who prefer a lounge to sip cocktails in an intimate setting, these are some of the best in the city to duck into for an intimate night out.

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Sunset & Vinyl

Hidden away above an 800 Degrees Pizza, Sunset & Vinyl’s vintage feels makes it a great destination for a cozy drink with close friends. The rotating soundtrack of old school hits coming through their record player gets you in a nostalgic mood while the shabby chic décor will make you feel right at home.

 

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Photo: Sunset & Vinyl

Warwick

This Hollywood staple caters to guests who appreciate a destination for good music and partying the night away. While the main level is home to a bustling crowd, head to the upstairs lounge to enjoy a more intimate experience overlooking the lively scene below.

 

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Bibo Ergo Sum

If you’re looking for a date night spot in Beverly Hills, consider stopping by Bibo Ergo Sum. Translating to “I drink, therefore I am,” this stylish lounge is perfect for having a good drink and a quality conversation. The modern décor and seating creates and environment for lounging that is sure to impress.

 

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum

Photo: Bibo Ergo Sum/Dylan + Jeni

Mama Lion

Experience this Koreatown hot spot for drinks, dancing and a great night out on the town. The bright and contemporary furnishings mixed with elegant décor create an inviting feel for you to settle in with a group of friends. Stop by on a weekend night when live DJs bring a party atmosphere to the welcoming space.

 

Photo: Mama Lion

Photo: Mama Lion

Employees Only

This Sunset Boulevard hot spot takes after its NYC counterpart with craft cocktails and a speakeasy style. The menu of delicious bites pairs perfectly with the quality drinks as you take some time to relax in the polished, West Hollywood space.

 

Photo: Employees Only LA

Photo: Employees Only LA

Harriets Rooftop

This new hot spot on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel is sure to give you an elegant experience with panoramic views of Los Angeles. Enjoy the handcrafted drinks or the delicious dining menu while mixing and mingling with the fashion forward, West Hollywood crowd.

 

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

The Mermaid

Head to Little Tokyo to enjoy this new addition to the cocktail lounge scene. The nautical-themed space mixes simplicity and style with a selection of wines from all over the world. Stop in for date night or bring a small group to catch up over quality drinks.

 

Photo: Mermaid Bar / Stephanie Breijo

Photo: Mermaid Bar

The Peppermint Club

Music lovers will have a ball at this sleek, West Hollywood lounge that features live music performances of local artists. Make a reservation for a seat to enjoy the melodies from talented musicians while you sip a cocktail creation in the modern, 60s-inspired space.

 

Photo: The Peppermint Club

Photo: The Peppermint Club

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Los Angeles’ Best Australian-Inspired Eats

If you’ve got a taste for an Australian meal then you’ll find a surprising number of places in Los Angeles to feed your craving. Australian restaurants, cafes and coffee shops have had an influx over the past decade in big cities across the country, including LA. If you want to try out a quality Aussie dish then head to any of these hot spots for a coastal menu that will hit the spot.

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Great White

This Australian-owned eatery new to the Venice restaurant landscape sits a block away from the beach making it the perfect sunny-day destination. You’ll find classics like avocado toast along with Australian sodas and coffee to complete your meal.

 

Photo: Great White Venice

Photo: Great White Venice

Maude / Gwen

These two restaurants were brought to LA by Chef Curtis Stone, originally from Melbourne. Both have menus focusing on seasonal ingredients with Maude’s menu featuring dishes perfect for pairing a glass of wine, and Gwen’s butcher shop style inspired by Australia’s livestock farming.

 

Photo: Gwen Los Angeles

Photo: Maude Los Angeles

Bondi Harvest

This unassuming café run by a staff of Aussies in Santa Monica ushers in a casual and welcoming feel to your day, reflecting the laid back Bondi Beach lifestyle. The locally sourced food menu brings freshness to the table along with quality coffee, tea and smoothies.

 

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

Photo: Bondi Harvest Santa Monica

E.P. & L.P.

A staple in the West Hollywood restaurant scene, E.P. & L.P. is the go-to for Aussie visitors who hear word about the Australian-run establishment. The rooftop bar LP echoes the relaxed nature of the culture with plenty of sun to brighten your outing. The Asian-fusion dining in EP, inspired by nearby island cuisine, puts an authentic touch on the experience.

 

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Photo: E.P. & L.P.

Little Ruby

Little Ruby is a beachy café that’s the first West Coast location of the East Coast brand, owned by the Australian-born Nick Mathers, who also was behind West Hollywood’s Eveleigh. From daytime “brekkie” (including vegemite toast) to nighttime dining, Little Ruby fits right into Santa Monica’s casual café scene.

 

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Photo: Little Ruby Santa Monica

Paramount Coffee Project

Originally starting in Sydney, Paramount Coffee Project has expanded to Los Angeles with a location on Fairfax and most recently, in Downtown Los Angeles. The Australian-inspired food menu is perfect for a daytime bite and complements the quality selection of coffee brewed with care.

 

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Photo: Paramount Coffee Project

Point Five

This daytime espresso bar in West Hollywood gives off a seasoned Los Angeles feel in spite of its Australia-inspired menu. The clean, mod aesthetic is perfect for catching up with a friend at the Melrose Avenue locale. The breakfast and lunch eats will enhance your lazy day, or try out their lattes, drip coffee and espresso to perk up your morning.

 

Photo: Point Five

Photo: Point Five

Pollen

Owned by a pair of Australian restaurateurs, this Echo Park neighborhood café serves up a handcrafted menu from Australian-born Chef Alison Trent. The menu is stocked with healthy and inviting dishes—some topped with their namesake creation, house made honey. LA diners are sure to enjoy the variety avocado dishes while taking in the breeze on their outdoor patio.

 

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

Photo: Pollen Echo Park

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5 of the Best Golf Resorts in the US

For golf lovers, a vacation isn’t complete without finding a place to try out their skills in a new city. Instead of tracking down a golf course to visit, consider staying right onsite at a golf resort made for indulging in your favorite pastime. These impressive resorts around the country offer up lavish amenities that will make your golfing getaway worthwhile.

 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Head to Hawaii’s big island to explore the tropical paradise of Mauna Kea. Overlooking the white sands of the Kauna’oa Beach, the resort’s award-winning championship golf course can’t be matched as it set the standard for golfing in Hawaii. Their over-the-ocean 3rd hole is a draw for many, but there are plenty of places off the course that also attract guests from around the world. Suites with panoramic ocean balcony views and restaurants with delectable island cuisine make it hard to leave when you stay at this breathtaking Pacific Ocean resort.

 

Photo: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – Zach Stovall

Photo: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Course

The Resort at Pelican Hill

Head to this luxurious California resort to be taken away into a Mediterranean-inspired ambiance. Boasting the largest circular pool in the world, Pelican Hill will be the perfect escape with its hillside villas that overlook the ocean. The beauty of the property is an added touch to your days spent golfing on either of their 18-hole seaside courses. With six restaurants and a lavish spa, this world-class resort experience will give you a one-of-a-kind golfing vacation.

 

Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill

Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill

The American Club

This historical 100-year-old building turned golf resort is an elegant representation of classic Wisconsin architecture paired with modern amenities that will make any golfer feel at home. The five-star and five-diamond hotel has four golf courses along with activities like canoeing, archery, and many more that will get you in touch with the great outdoors. You’ll be surrounded by scenery to take in a relaxing day when you stay at this iconic Midwest destination.

 

Photo: The American Club

Photo: The American Club

Pebble Beach Resorts

This well-known resort on California’s Monterey Peninsula is a dream come true for golfers that appreciate breathtaking scenery. The coastal location is home to four courses and three choices of lodging to cater to your every need. The Lodge has an elegant feel with views of the oceanside. The Inn at Spanish Bay overlooks the dunes creating a romantic escape. The Casa Palmero lodging boasts a Mediterranean look with the ultimate privacy for a hideaway stay.

 

Photo: Pebble Beach Resorts

Photo: Pebble Beach Resorts

Bandon Dunes

Explore the terrain at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon to get a taste of the Pacific. Their five unique courses attract golfers from around the world looking to experience the breezy weather and ocean views. Their choice of five lodging options and impeccable service will be just what you need after a long day of play. With terrain reminiscent of where golf originated along Scotland’s shores, golf lovers are sure to be in for a treat at this Northwest Pacific getaway.

 

Photo: Bandon Dunes

Photo: Bandon Dunes

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Walk on the Wild Side at a South African Luxury Safari Lodge

When planning a vacation to South Africa, your first instinct may be to choose from their wide selection of hotels throughout the country. But what better way to take advantage of such a unique region than to instead book your stay at a luxury safari lodge. Get the best of both worlds as you experience the native wildlife by day and retreat to a lavish resort by night.

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Sabi Sabi

Located in the Sabi Sand game reserve, this diverse area is home to the Big Five game animals along with almost 350 species of birds. The lodges on the property range from cozy and romantic to contemporary and family-friendly, with four types to choose from depending on the nature of your stay. A private terrace comes standard with each suite for you to view the area’s breathtaking prairie landscapes. Animals on the reserve are comfortable with visitors as your daytime or nighttime safari will give you an up close view of their day to day activities.

 

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Ulusaba

This private game reserve owned by Virgin’s Richard Branson is the location of a Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge in Sabi Sand. You’ll see plenty of game including the Big Five along with wild dogs, cheetahs and a menagerie of unique wildlife. The Rock Lodge is positioned on a summit with panoramic views that overlook the wild landscape beneath, while the Safari Lodge sits hidden in greenery by the dry Mabrak riverbank where animals often walk by on their way to drink at a nearby watering hole.

 

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

The contemporary design of this Lion Sands lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve creates a sophisticated atmosphere that mixes natural textures, modern décor and tribal accents. The eight exclusive villas are some of the Lion Sands’ favorites as each comes with a private pool and breathtaking view of the Sabie River. The game-rich area makes for an exciting safari as Lion Sands is home to one of just four master trackers in the world that are specially trained to help guests spot their favorite animals. Aside from the Ivory Lodge’s impressive ambiance, guests have the option to take their stay to the next level with a night under the stars in a luxury treehouse.

 

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Royal Malewane

Arguably South Africa’s best safari lodge, Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Game Reserve may also be one of the best hotels in the world. You’ll have an unforgettable experience as wildlife roam throughout the reserve with lions being especially in abundance. With just seven villas, the exclusive lodge is a favorite of celebrities and world leaders who come to experience the nostalgic, old-world ambiance of an African adventure. The Big Five game viewing is overseen by an expert team while guests can return to the camp for a spa treatment and dinner beneath the night sky.

 

Photo: Royal Malewane

Photo: Royal Malewane

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Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Royal Malewane