The Best Routes on The Yacht Week

Adventure-seekers are sure to live it up by booking a trip with The Yacht Week. This sailing expedition takes travelers on an exciting journey filled with sun, nightlife, and unforgettable memories. There are a number of routes to choose from, each with their own perks. Take a look to see which of the routes on The Yacht Week is the best for your ocean vacation.

 

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Croatia

The Original Croatian route, where The Yacht Week began, is packed with ways for you to make the most out of your getaway. The charming towns along with sparkling blue water will transport you to a dream getaway. For those that can appreciate a good party, Croatia is the best for nightlife lovers who want to spend their time dancing and partying until dawn on Hvar Island.

 

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BVIs

Emerge yourself into the tropical oasis of the British Virgin Islands. Become a part of the culture filled with lazy days on the white sandy beaches and floating in the blue ocean waters surrounded by plenty of palm trees and sunshine. Reggae fans will love the laid back nightlife while the locals will keep you entertained in their delicious restaurants and bars.

 

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Greece

You’ll get a little bit of everything when you take the Greece route. From shore side day parties and bottle service at nightlife events, you’ll get to live life to the fullest during this lavish route. Visit inexpensive restaurants on land for authentic Greek eats and explore the islands for an adventure with a view.

 

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Montenegro

It’ll be a feast for the eyes if you choose the Montenegro route, with beautiful landscapes that involve towering mountainsides and plenty of hidden caves to explore. Hike to the Sveti Ivan Fortress to see the ocean from amazing heights or attend a seaside yoga session to get in touch with your inner self. You’ll party surrounded by breathtaking views of the coastline and end your nights dancing under the stars.

 

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America 2020

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose these wellness spa retreats that are the best fit for your needs.

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Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The Amangiri Resort is an oasis among nature surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rock terrain. Its luxurious treatments utilize the landscape and culture with traditional Navajo healing techniques and Sedona clay to revitalize your body.

 

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Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.

 

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We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.

 

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Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous cleanse at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

 

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The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

 

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Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

 

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Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

 

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Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

 

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

 

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Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts & Tucson, Arizona

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace.

 

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Sundance 2020 Film Festival: Highlights & Party Guide

One of the film industry’s biggest occasions each year is the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Industry professionals, celebrities, and film buffs flock to the wintery event for 10 full days of appreciating the best independent film releases. With glamorous industry parties and A-list guest lists, the small town is transformed into a playground for Hollywood. The focus of the festival may be the films, but the party culture is a huge draw as dozens of celebrations go on throughout the week sponsored by big brands and industry players. Get the low down on some of the city’s biggest events where attendees will gather to mix and mingle in the snow.

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Sundance Film Festival 2020 Party Guide

Whether you have a Festival Pass to attend screenings as you please, or individual tickets for anticipated favorites, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the entertaining week. After receiving over 15,000 entries, 118 independent films were chosen to be a part of the legendary festival. In addition to attending premieres, festival goers will enjoy their time through visiting industry panels and mingling with the cinema-loving crowd. With categories like Midnight, late night screenings of burgeoning cult favorites, or New Frontier, films that challenge the boundaries of modern cinema, you’re sure to get a sneak peek of what’s hot in the industry with the variety of films being shown throughout the week.

 

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TAO Park City

Anyone who has attended TAO nightclubs in Las Vegas or New York City will know what to expect at this exclusive pop-up going on for its 12th year. Friday night will open with DJs Brody Jenner and Devin Lucien and continue with DJ Vice on Saturday and NVM on Sunday. The invite only party will be sponsored by Casamigos, Stella Artois and Chateau d’Esclans and is expected to draw a bevy of star-studded attendees. Partygoers in past years have been treated to special guest performances throughout the weekend from artists like Pharrell, Nas and Kaskade.

 

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MACRO Lounge

The MACRO Lounge comes back each year to host panels and events highlighting up-and-comers in the film industry. In past years, guests like Ava Duvernay, Michael B. Jordan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have attended the Lounge’s exciting events. The annual invitation-only Midnight Macro Party also occurs each Saturday for a late night destination for guests to party.

 

DIRECTV Lodge Presented by AT&T

A recurring sponsor for the festival, AT&T joins with DIRECTV each year to create a lively space for actors, tastemakers, and industry folk to mix and mingle. The lodge hosts a number of lunches, panels, and dinners for attendees making it a staple in the week’s events.

 

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Stella’s Film Lounge

Belgian beer brand Stella Artois hosts a lounge space each year on Main Street, bringing together filmmakers and stars who are making innovative moves in the industry. The Stella Artois Film Finishing Fund grant has been presented to its recipients in past years along with Women in Film at this exciting venue.

 

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Lyft Lounge

As one of the official rideshare sponsors of Sundance in the past, Lyft has had a lofty presence in the festival through providing rides for attendees alongside hosting a two-story lounge open to the public. With a photo booth and hot chocolate bar, it’s a go-to stop for film lovers taking a break between films. By night, the venue hosts a variety of events, dinners and cocktail parties.

 

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Canons Raise Your Glass to Cinematography Party

With Canon cameras being a primary choice of equipment for filmmakers, their annual Creative Studio pays tribute to filmmakers’ artistry with pop-up that features interactive displays, snacks and wifi, along with an invite-only Raise Your Glass cocktail party.

 

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Music Lodge: January 24th-26th, 2020

One of the most star-studded locales during the festival is the Music Lodge, originally created as a lounge for actors and musicians to take the stage and perform for their peers. This year, A-listers like Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Swift and Ben Stiller are on the guest list to enjoy the lounge throughout the weekend. A hosted bar from Heineken and brand product displays will be featured along with media partners doing live interviews with actors and filmmakers.

 

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Kia Telluride Supper Suite: January 25th-January 27th, 2020

Nearby in Telluride, The Kia Supper Suite will have events ongoing through the weekend honoring a variety of Sundance featured films. Saturday’s Creative Coalition Dinner will see guests like Olivia Munn and Brad Paisley. The suite will also have cocktail parties for the casts of a range of films like “I Carry You With Me” starring Michelle Rodriguez and “Tesla” starring Ethan Hawke.

 

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10 Best Activities for a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

When LA’s iconic sunny weather turns to a downpour, it may seem like staying inside all day is the only option. However there are plenty of exciting ways to spend your time in Los Angeles that don’t involve being drenched by the cloudy skies. To help you through LA’s drizzly season, here are 10 of the best activities to do to keep your spirits up.

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Visit a Museum

Los Angeles has an incredible number of world-class museums scattered throughout the city and beyond. Just about any neighborhood you visit, there’s a museum only a short drive away. Many of these museums take advantage of Los Angeles’ normally warm weather with indoor/outdoor designs, but if it’s cold and raining, there are plenty of indoor spots to check out like the Broad or MOCA.

 

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Visit the Griffith Observatory

As one of LA’s most popular attractions for locals and tourists alike, Griffith Observatory not only has great views of the city, but is also one of the country’s leaders in public astronomy education. Join a loved one or a few friends and head up Mt. Hollywood to view Griffith’s telescopes, astrological exhibits and beautiful grounds that are open to the public every day.

 

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Grab Some Vietnamese Pho

Pho is the ultimate rainy day food with soup, noodle and plenty of mix-ins to warm you up on a cold day. Places like Viet Noodle Bar will serve up a bowl of warmth in the city, or head to Alhambra for locations like Golden Deli that’s a staple for LA’s pho lovers. You’ll be able to grab some delicious Vietnamese stew to warm you up and make you forget about the stormy weather outside your window.

 

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Catch a Basketball Game

After loading up on a pho dinner, head over to the Staples Center in Downtown LA to catch a Lakers or a Clippers game. You’ll enjoy an exciting and warm indoor activity without being bothered by the rain–you won’t even hear it as you’re cheering along with 20,000 other screaming fans.

 

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Indoor Rock Climbing

If getting your heartrate up is more your speed, there are numerous indoor fitness options to give you a workout along with a fun, new experience. Rock climbing gyms like Rockreation in West LA offer huge indoor climbing walls that accommodate experts and novices alike.

 

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Hit the Spa

Need to relax after hitting the rock wall all afternoon? There are tons of spas and full treatment centers around the city, but one of the best is offered by the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown LA. With 8,000 square feet filled with steam rooms, massage tables, relaxation pools and more, it’s a definite must for anyone who likes to be pampered.

 

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Visit the Wilshire Grand Center

Marked as the tallest building this side of the Mississippi River, the Wilshire Grand Center in Downtown Los Angeles is a extraordinary landmark for locals and tourists alike. If you’re not squeamish with heights, you can go up to the 70th floor for free and take in the scene through the glass walls that offer a completely uninterrupted view of the city. There’s also a bar to have a drink and relax, and calm any nerves about the towering heights. Their bathrooms are also a notable sight as well, with panes of glass in the mens’ room offering a view straight down to the ground.

 

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Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

As one of the best and longest-operating aquariums in the Los Angeles region, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers a fun and educational indoor day to escape the frightful weather outside. The Cabrillo Aquarium has offered marine-related education for over 70 years, so you can be sure you’ll be enlightened by plenty of under the sea knowledge.

 

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Studio Tours and Show Tapings

If you know you’ll be in Los Angeles during the rainy season, consider planning ahead and snagging yourself some tickets for a studio tour or a show taping. Universal Studios well-known studio lot tour will give you an inside peek onto the sets of your favorite shows, and you might even be able to see one being created if you take a tour at Warner Brothers or Paramount Pictures.

 

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Go Shopping

We can’t forget about everybody’s favorite way to unwind–some good old fashioned retail therapy. LA has world-class shopping destinations such as Rodeo Drive, The Beverly Center and Melrose Ave. What’s more fun than taking some time for a little retail therapy?

 

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14 Valentines Day Dinners in LA

While Angelenos often love to explore their city for new restaurants, nightlife, and activities to do in their free time, Valentine’s Day isn’t just any other day in LA. Love is in the air and people throughout the city will be on the hunt for the best destination to impress their significant other. If you’re looking to create the perfect experience for someone special, reservations are quickly disappearing for these hot Valentines Day dinners in LA are great spots to cozy up to your date this February 14th.

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Delilah

One of h. wood Group’s favored venues is this chic lounge and restaurant with a sleek aesthetic that will add a touch of nostalgia to your night out. Popular with A-listers, it’s sure to draw in LA’s’ finest for an intimate evening of vintage vibes and specialty spirits.

 

Photo: Delilah Los Angeles

Photo: Delilah Los Angeles

TAO Los Angeles

For a hot spot to see and be seen, TAO in Hollywood may be the perfect place for you to show off your date in the massive, Asian-fusion restaurant. Take date night to the next level with artful design, chic furnishings and a grandiose atmosphere. With a regular menu full of appetizing plates, and a selection of one-night-only specials, there will be plenty of ways to make your dinner experience exceptional.

 

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Margot

The indoor-outdoor layout at Margot gives you the best of both worlds when you’re cozying up to your Valentine’s Day date. The panoramic views from the rooftop complement the menu of coastal Mediterranean cuisine. Love will be in the air in this romantic, modern spot ideal for a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner.

 

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BOA

A quality cut might just be the way to your valentine’s heart if you decide to dine at BOA Steakhouse. Their West Hollywood and Santa Monica locations both offer a sleek, contemporary design along with an appetizing variety of dishes to set the mood for your romantic night out.

 

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Nobu Malibu

You can never go wrong with an ocean view at this classic Malibu eatery. Whether you’re dining at the chef’s table or lounging on the patio, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to cuddle up next to your sweetheart as you enjoy Chef Nobu’s delectable dishes.

 

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Photo: Nobu Malibu

Norah

If you’re planning on a WeHo outing, you can take a seat in Norah’s marble-accented dining room to surround yourself with the bold, modern décor. Their seasonal drinks and dishes will keep your dinner experience fresh whether you’re a regular or a first-time diner.

 

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Photo: Norah

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Tesse

Head to West Hollywood to dine at Tesse, a French restaurant offering up thoughtful plates paired with exclusive wines. From refreshing salads to delectable desserts, Tesse brings flavor to your night in an approachable, modern setting. Expertly-designed craft cocktails will also hit the spot for a way to add a buzz of flavor to your Valentines Day outing.

 

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Photo: Tesse Los Angeles

Openaire

The greenhouse feel to this Koreatown restaurant located in The Line Hotel will give you a scenic backdrop with a view of the stars. Join your loved one poolside for a bite of their refreshing menu of seasonal, California ingredients prepared by Michelin starred-chefs. The indoor-outdoor space will create the perfect mood for a charming night.

 

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Photo: Openaire Los Angeles

Elephante

Take in a sparkling ocean view from one of Santa Monica’s hottest rooftop destinations. Elephante is known as a trendy place to dine among airy, African-inspired decor and toast to their deliciously fragrant cocktails. Join your partner and cozy up in the attractive, indoor-outdoor environment.

 

Photo: Elephante Beach House Santa Monica

Photo: Elephante Beach House Santa Monica

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Doubling as a dining destination and nightlife hotspot, you’ll have the best of both worlds if Hyde is your Valentine’s day choice. The iconic Sunset strip will be your backdrop as you sip craft cocktails with your beau, tucked away in the trendy, open-air venue.

 

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Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Photo: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

Toca Madera

For those looking to spice up their night with a DJ bumping a catchy playlist over tasty Mexican cuisine, Toca Madera may be just the spot. With sexy decor perfect for whispering sweet nothings, a Valentine’s date is sure to be impressed as their ambiance lures in Beverly Hills partygoers.

 

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Photo: Toca Madera

Photo: Toca Madera

71 Above

With unmatched, panoramic views of Los Angeles, you’ll dine in the clouds at 71Above, one of Downtown LA’s tallest buildings. You can do no wrong with their eclectic tasting menu and mouth-watering cocktails as you and your sweetheart share a romantic evening among the stars.

 

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Photo: 71 Above

Photo: 71 Above

Otium

Take advantage of Downtown’s Grand Avenue by dining at modern classic Otium. Their woodfired cuisine of shared plates is sure to impress along with wine pairings and a signature cocktail list to toast to a romantic evening.

 

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Photo: Otium

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Gwen

Known for its in-house butcher shop, love won’t be your only carnal desire for the evening as Gwen also serves up elegant feasts in their contemporary, luxurious dining room. Their focus on local farms and natural ingredients will keep you coming back for the refreshing culinary experience.

 

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Photo: Gwen

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The Perks of Investing in Experiences Instead of Things

In recent years, trends in consumer spending have leaned away from products and more towards experiences. Instead of investing in objects that may lose value with changing technology and styles, consumers are beginning to see the benefits of experiencing an exciting activity or new destination in interesting and unique ways. Taking another look at the benefits of investing in experiences that can make the most of your paycheck while allowing you to enjoy the variety of adventures the world has to offer.

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Escapism

In a fast-paced, modern world where many are never officially off the clock, it’s easy to make work a priority and put quality time with friends and loved ones to the side. Taking the time to experience something outside of the ordinary, day-to-day routine can give you a much-needed break. Indulging in a vacation may not be a wise choice if done too often, but setting aside some time to relax after working hard can be beneficial in quieting a buzzing world with a refreshing, dreamlike getaway.

 

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Irreplaceability

Whether it’s a new tech gadget, piece of jewelry or clothing trend, there will always be something fresh on the market to make you feel like what you already own isn’t good enough. “Keeping up with the Joneses” makes for a never-ending cycle of replacing items that are obsolete or no longer in style. When you instead direct your spending towards an experience, it won’t ever fall out of fashion or need replacing—the happiness you get from visiting an exciting destination is yours to keep forever.

 

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Memories

While opening gifts can be fun, the experience of spending time with loved ones can often be what we remember most. Looking back on meaningful events from the past helps us to define who we are in the present. Having a unique experience creates unforgettable memories that bring us joy when we recall them years later. From energetic nights out on the town to romantic, sunset dinners with significant others, memories are there to become a part of our life story.

 

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Personal Growth

Making progress with personal, financial or career goals can help us to feel more value in our day-to-day lives. When you opt for a new experience, you’re choosing to learn more about the world around you and in turn can learn more about yourself. Whether you’re spending a birthday racing Formula 1 cars at the racetrack, riding a donkey along the Greek hillsides, or parasailing in the Bahamas, you are sure learn more about your own likes and dislikes through trying something new. Meeting new people and being inspired by your world will only be beneficial in the long run. The things we experience present challenges for us to learn from helping to shape us into who we are.

 

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Explore a Desert Oasis with a Palm Springs Getaway Vacation

A favored piece of California history, Palm Springs is known for its signature mid-century modern architecture and design, along with being the preferred vacation spot for the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The city currently acts as a desert oasis for visitors seeking warm weather, shopping and a setting to relax as the palm trees sway in the breeze. Take in California’s desert sun with a worthy Palm Springs getaway vacation.

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Rent a Villa

To make the most of a Palm Springs stay, a private villa is essential to enjoy the architecture of the city and beautiful mountainous backdrops. Enter the Palm Yellow property to be swept away by vibrance in a modern atmosphere. A full glass wall opens into the backyard where entertaining is a breeze thanks to the pool, jacuzzi and lounge space. The Spanish influence of the Smokewood Palms brings a contemporary charm complemented by a rustic feel that extends into the lush backyard, complete with a private pool. It’ll be hard to leave the California Palms estate, with a quintessential mid-century look right out of a magazine. The bright and airy space is filled with plush furnishings and modern accents to create a world of luxury and style.

 

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Book a Hotel

If a hotel stay is preferred, the selection of resorts is unparalleled, offering lavish amenities that create the perfect desert retreat. L’Horizon Resort & Spa is a perfect example of how Palm Springs history joins with its present to create an unforgettable experience. Formerly a playground for Hollywood celebrities of the 1950s, it now stands as a departure into luxury with private bungalows for ultimate seclusion. The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs will also impress with a serene ambiance and beautiful sunset view from the rooftop pool terrace. The stylish furnishings and decor at Parker Palm Springs place guests in an atmosphere of artistry. Their well known drinking and dining outlets pair with beautifully-designed rooms to offer everything guests can dream of in a vacation.

 

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Wine & Dine

Pleasing the palate is a necessity while relaxing under the warm sunshine, and Palm Springs boasts a satisfying selection of restaurants for travelers to choose from. One of the favorites for locals and visitors alike, Workshop Kitchen + Bar sits in the Uptown Design District and has a James Beard-winning menu of refined dishes. 4 Saints is another favorite, being the only rooftop venue in the Coachella Valley. The location provides a dazzling view while delectable bites are served both indoors and outdoors. Guests also get an outdoor experience at Birba, an al fresco dining destination with handmade pastas and wood-fired pizzas that make it a go-to hot spot.

 

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Photo: 4 Saints Palm Springs

Photo: Birba Palm Springs

Experience Bars & Lounges

The city’s variety of bars and lounges provide just the right amount of nighttime buzz  for guests to mix and mingle under the starry skies. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is a popular destination with an artsy crowd of patrons enjoying The Amigo Room–a cavernous bar that connects to the hotel’s outdoor pool terrace. Have a speakeasy experience at Seymour’s, an upscale lounge hidden behind a nondescript door and serves up delicious craft cocktails. Dive into classic Palm Springs culture by visiting one of its many tiki bars, with Bootlegger Tiki, Tonga Hut and The Reef being popular choices that evoke an idyllic tropical ambiance.

 

Photo: Ace Hotel Palm Springs Amigo Room

Photo: Seymour’s Palm Springs

Photo: Tonga Hut Palm Springs

Explore the Desert

When guests aren’t swimming laps in the hotel pool or toasting drinks during an al fresco brunch, there are a bevy of activities to indulge in to create a well-rounded stay. Get ready for tee time with Escena Golf Club being ranked within the top ten golf courses in California. The stunning landscape of the San Jacinto Mountains surrounds each game providing a memorable golfing experience. Hit the shops along North Palm Canyon Drive to browse unique boutiques along with luxury and designer outlets. The Agua Caliente Casino is an attraction for those feeling lucky, while wellness lovers will enjoy visiting natural hot springs like Two Bunch Palms, home to a 600-year old mineral water spring.

 

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Coachella Parties 2020: A Guide to the Best Events of the Weekend

One of the best music festivals in the world is enhanced every year by a flurry of pop-ups, sponsored Coachella parties and branded events put on for the influx of festivalgoers in the area. Nearby cities like Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Thermal and Rancho Mirage act as the sites of these numerous unofficial Coachella parties 2020. Their own music lineups and attractions draw in partygoers looking to make the most of their time in the desert. Get an idea of what to expect for this year’s festivities along with an updated list of Coachella parties for 2020 as they’re announced.

COACHELLA PARTIES 2020 TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

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Neon Carnival: April 2020

Known as the best Coachella party of the weekend, the annual Neon Carnival has been one of the most highly-coveted wristbands as the guest list filled with actors, musicians, socialites and industry insiders is one where you can’t buy your way in. The exclusive, invite-only event put on by nightlife guru Brent Bolthouse has blossomed into a mini-festival itself, with carnival rides, a ferris wheel and world-renowned music acts taking the stage.

After moving to a larger location in 2018 to include an even bigger invite list, the party will be taking on multiple weekends for 2020 at the expansive HITS Desert Horse Park for its 10 year anniversary. The festivities will start off weekend one and pick up during the unofficial “weekend three” that coincides with Stagecoach Music Festival. This exclusive extravaganza will be sponsored by Levi’s as usual, along with Bondi Sands and the upcoming Pokemon Detective Pikachu movie.

 

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Poppy

2018 was the inaugural year for this pop-up of h. wood group’s exclusive Los Angeles nightclub known for its celebrity clientele. Partnering with Kylie Cosmetics, Beats 1 and BMW made for a Coachella party to remember with plenty of A-list sightings including Rihanna, Cardi B and Paris Hilton. Kendall Jenner took the stage to DJ opening up for Diplo and a full surprise set from Lil’ Wayne got the crowd dancing.

 

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Bootsy Bellows

Known for its exclusivity, an invite to the annual Bootsy Bellows party is hard to come by. The Los Angeles nightclub owned by h. wood group partners with McDonald’s each year for a pop-up event that attracts plenty of celebrities along with Los Angeles’ finest. The pool party fully stocked with musicians, models and actors digging into the selection of McDonald’s burgers makes for a day party dream in the sunny Rancho Mirage location.

 

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#REVOLVE Festival: April 2020

What started as an annual party has turned into its own La Quinta mini-festival that’s fit for fashion lovers, bloggers and influencers. A brand known for hosting events where their models hang out on luxury vacations, #REVOLVE Festival is no different with people like Chanel Iman, Sophia Richie and Emily Ratajkowski showing up to join in the weekend of pool parties and private events. Artists like Snoop Dogg, Migos, Rick Ross and ASAP Rocky have shown up in past years to entertain guests during the stylish weekend.

 

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Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club: April 2020

One of the more approachable parties of the weekend, The Ace Hotel’s Desert Gold event spans two weekends and is open for RSVPs in the weeks leading up to Coachella. DJs spin music all day long with the hotel pool open for drinks, food and taking a dip in the sparkling water. The go-to hangout spot in Palm Springs makes for a relaxing way to enjoy the desert sun.

 

Photo: Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Coachella

Hyde Sunset

One of sbe’s favored West Hollywood venues, Hyde has made its way into the Coachella party scene by partnering with brands like Republic Records and TRESemme to create exciting collaborative events. Last year’s Foray Oasis party at the Foray Estate in Rancho Mirage had guests enjoying a DJ set by Brody Jenner while 2017’s Hyde Away party saw a performance from Hailee Steinfeld and a DJ set by Joe Jonas.

 

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The Do-Over by Adidas Soundoff & Desert Sundays: April 11th, 14th & 21st

This roving international event shows up each year as a Sunday Coachella party that has been going on for years, continuing to be a great way to close out a weekend of fun. The Commune space at the Ace Hotel is taken over by photo booths, a food truck and Adidas merch while you hang out and dance to the sounds of the DJ. Take a dip to cool off as you round out your weekend with a relaxing day at the pool.

 

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Vestal Village: April 2020

This annual event held at an undisclosed location each year features live music and plenty of sponsored swag to keep up the good time. Past events have seen performances from Crystal Castles, Ariel Pink and Shiny Toy Guns along with hair and makeup makeover stations and sponsored drinks to fuel your buzz. DJs also take the stage in between sets to spin music while you cool off in the pool under the sun.

 

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T-Mobile & Pandora Indio Invasion: April 2020

You’ll have a great time at this party that decks out the Cree Estate in Palm Springs with food, drinks and music. You’ll be partying poolside with up-close-and personal performances from artists like Charli XCX and Dillon Francis. The complimentary drinks and swag make this party a lively daytime event that leaves plenty of time for you to catch the artists at the festival.

 

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VAMPPED Vacancy: April 2020

This social media talent and branding agency throws an influencer-filled bash each year alongside brands like BooHoo, L’Oreal Paris and Bumble. Guests travel to a private estate for a desert pool party with sponsored gifts and an open bar. Past parties have included attendees like Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Ratajkowski, and performances from celebrity DJs like Brody Jenner.

 

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DayClub Palm Springs

Head to the Palm Springs Hilton for a pool party extravaganza at DayClub Palm Springs. Each day features a new artist performing to a crowd of lively partygoers, with international acts like Diplo, Rufus du Sol and Dillon Francis taking the stage. Upgrade to a Cabana to have the best spot in the house for this dance party in the desert.

 

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TAO x Revolve Desert Nights: April 2020

The well-known nightlife brand TAO Group collaborates with Revolve for a warm, desert night of fashion, cocktails and partying. With past sponsors like Puma and Palms Resort, this highly-coveted event invite goes out to celebrities, influencers, models and fashion insiders aiming to have a good time in the Palm Desert locale. Past attendees have included G-Eazy, Halsey, Miguel, YG and performances from Marshmello.

 

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Cafe Mambo Ibiza: April 2020

You’ll get a taste of the Ibiza party scene at this event held at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. The Cafe Mambo bar is known for its iconic DJ performances and energetic crowd who get to party overlooking the Spanish sunset. This Palm Springs pop-up is sure to bring in house music lovers who want to experience the added touch to their Coachella weekend.

 

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ZOEasis: April 2020

Rachel Zoe’s fashion website The Zoe Report is throwing their annual ZOEasis event for its fifth year. The Parker Palm Springs hosts fashion’s biggest names for a light and airy outdoor soiree inspired by the Zoe Report brand. A-list attendees like Paris Hilton, Victoria Justice, and Whitney Cummings join models, influencers and Rachel Zoe herself to kickoff the weekend with style.

 

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Deep in the Desert: April 2020

This party put on by Deep Space Productions is known to be a hot destination for invited guests with an appreciation for EDM and dance music. DJ Erick Morillo will be headlining the party again this year at an expansive private estate in Bermuda Dunes. Past Deep in the Desert attendees include plenty of A-listers like Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

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Prism Boutique Desert House: April 2020

The Southern California fashion brand Prism Boutique brings its styling to the desert for a weekend of pampering and shopping to prep for your Coachella adventure. Stop by on Friday for mini makeovers and facials or come in on Saturday for hair styling and lashes. The cocktails and refreshments will keep guests happy at this oasis for indulgence.

 

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Lucky Brand Desert Jam: April 2020

Head to Arrive Hotel in Palm Springs to make a splash at this annual pool party event. Lucky Brand jeans and Rolling Stone Live come together to provide drinks, live music and gifts for a guest list of partygoers.

 

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Moschino Party: April 2020

This iconic late night event is a favorite for celebrities and fashion lovers looking for a way to end their weekend one Saturday with a bang. With this year’s sponsors like The Sims, Ciroc and Perrier, the party is sure to be an eclectic experience with legendary designer Jeremy Scott continuing to bring his unique aesthetic to the event. Last year’s guests included fashion-forward A-listers like Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid, Cardi B, and Paris Jackson.

 

Photo: Moschino Coachella Party / Gigi Hadid

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Best Gift Experiences For Loved Ones

The gift-giving season is upon us, and finding the perfect present for loved ones is at the top of to-do lists across the country. Shopping can be a daunting task when the person you’re buying for seems to have everything. Instead of browsing endless shopping malls and online stores, treating friends and family to an unforgettable experiences is a unique alternative to giving a gift they may not remember in a week. The possibilities are endless when you use the holidays as an excuse to enjoy a new adventure with the ones you love with our best gift experiences.

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Helicopter Ride

Take a trip above the landscapes of your favorite cities with a private helicopter tour. Whether you’re maneuvering New York City’s skyline or enjoying Malibu’s ocean shoreline, the view can’t get any better when you’re hovering miles above the Earth’s surface. Professionally-trained pilots treat you to an all-inclusive, scenic view, giving your loved ones a one-of-a-kind perspective among the clouds.

 

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Private Tasting

For those with a palate that’s hard to please, they can get into the holiday “spirit” by sipping on some unique potions during a private tasting. While wine is often a popular option, a step outside the box could have you and your loved one trying international whiskeys or rums that may have never crossed your path. Educated bartenders and mixologists will supply you with a breadth of background information while you partake in testing some new flavors.

 

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Front Row Tickets

After a year of ups and downs, everyone can enjoy great seats at a performance whether it be in front of a stage or on the court. Take the time to appreciate your friends and family by giving them the VIP experience at their favorite venue. Courtside tickets add energy to any basketball game, placing you right in the action. And there’s nothing like being at arm’s length in front of your favorite artist while they entertain you on a more intimate level. While many don’t remember what they received for the holidays a year ago, experiences like this make for memories that last a lifetime.

 

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Exotic Racing

We all have that one friend or family member who loves a good drive on an open road. Give them an upgrade this holiday season by granting them the experience of a lifetime in getting to test drive an Exotic race car. After a lesson from a licensed instructor, you can reach top speeds at the racetrack just like the pros. Any auto lover will jump at the chance to take the wheel at a professional speedway this holiday season.

 

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Yacht Charter

After living in any city for a while, it may start to seem like you’ve visited any and every restaurant in town. So what’s the best thing to do when you’re looking for a change of scenery? Consider chartering a private yacht for your own personal dinner party. Take a trip along the shore and enjoy drinks, dining, or even just the alluring view of the waterfront. Whether it’s a private date night with a romantic partner, or a group gathering for an intimate celebration, the gift of a beautiful landscape will always be priceless.

 

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Chefs Tasting Dining

Indulge in exclusivity by gifting a feast fit for royalty. Instead of simply visiting a highly-rated restaurant, take the next step and enjoy the chef’s private table for an elevated experience. Your table will have a prime location and most importantly, you’ll be greeted by the chef as they ensure that your meal is beyond compare. You can even request the chef’s tasting menu to truly get a feel for the range of dishes available at your fingertips. Any foodie will value the intimacy of being the chef’s VIP, making your gift one to reminisce for years to come.

 

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Nightlife Bottle Service

For the loved one who appreciates an exciting night on the town, nightclubs and lounges offer a lively habitat to experience an unforgettable party. Book a bottle service table at one of the best nightclubs in the city for a private space to enjoy the night’s exuberance. Dedicated cocktail waitresses keep the booze flowing all night and can even arrange for a bright show of sparkling lights to put all eyes on the guest of honor.

 

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Spa Day

At the end of a stressful holiday season, your loved one will appreciate a relaxing trip to the spa for a rejuvenating way to end the year. From massage treatments to facials, reserving a day for pampering will cleanse the mind, body and soul. Luxury offerings like steam rooms, private yoga sessions and body wraps are just a few of the ways to indulge your loved one in a lavish spa experience.

 

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Penthouse Hotel Suite

Make the ultimate upgrade when you invest in a luxury, Presidential Suite that offers stunning views from the highest floor of the building. Penthouse Suites are designed with extravagance in mind, offering spacious living areas along with impressive furnishings and unique amenities. Private transportation, dedicated butler service or private pool access are just a few of the possible perks your loved one will receive while experiencing their gift of an exclusive Penthouse accommodation.

 

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Festival Tickets

Music festivals are exciting events that make the perfect present to share with friends and family. Purchase tickets to listen, eat, drink and dance all day long as top artists take the stage for live performances. VIP tickets will often provide an even more exclusive experience, and can be the perfect touch in giving your loved one a gift to remember.

 

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Discover the Top 12 Most Luxurious Hotels in Paris

A city known for romance, Paris a place filled with elegance and awe-inspiring architectural history. Luxury is a necessity with five-star hotels across the city delivering world-class service, impeccable design and an extravagant place for rest and relaxation. Explore the stunning city with a lavish home away from home at any of these pristine, luxurious hotels in Paris.

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The Peninsula Paris

Oriented in the center of Paris, this 16th Arrondissement luxury hotel is located near world-famous monuments like the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll stay in one of 200 extravagant rooms with options for unique spaces like the beautiful Rooftop Garden Suite. With six onsite places to wine and dine, along with an expansive swimming pool, you’ll live in the lap of luxury at The Peninsula Paris.

 

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Photo: The Peninsula Paris

Shangri-La Paris

With 100 rooms and 37 luxury suites, the European and Asian influences of Shangri-La Paris provide an opulent design for a dreamlike stay. Located on the Avenue d’Iéna, the restored historic building now houses guests with an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower, and is one of the few named Palace hotels in Paris.

 

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Photo: Shangri-La Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V

The trendy 8th Arrondissement district is home to this lavish hotel that brings even more luxury and style to the Golden Triangle. From the moment you see their signature striking floral arrangements throughout the lobby, you’ll be swept away by elegance with Renaissance art, sparkling chandeliers and historic, Parisian accents. Three restaurants, sharing five Michelin stars between them, will make your dining experience unforgettable along with sipping wine from their 50,000-bottle cellar. 

 

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Photo: Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Le Bristol Paris

Almost a century’s worth of history gives Le Bristol Paris the experience to provide warm, personal service to its luxury clientele. The award-winning destination was the first French hotel to be distinguished as a Palace hotel, and lives up to the name through offering a unique stay with artistic events, informative workshops and indulgent amenities.

 

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Photo: Le Bristol Paris

Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

This luxury hotel is refined yet whimsical, created with the artistic traveller in mind. An onsite contemporary art gallery displays works alongside the hotel itself featuring unique details like drawings on furnishings, large photographs and mirrored walls. The bright and airy rooms call forth a chic ambiance where guests can revel in Parisian style.

 

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Photo: Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Hôtel Ritz Paris

After a day of shopping in the 1st Arrondissement, you’ll enter a dreamlike escape at this ornate hotel that was restored to pay tribute to its 19th Century historical significance. Some of its more prominent regular guests now have elements of the hotel named after them, such as the Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerland prestige suites, along with Bar Hemingway. The extravagant space is museum-like in opulence with a beautiful indoor swimming pool and many bars and restaurants.

 

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Photo: Hotel Ritz Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Recently awarded the official Palace distinction, this exclusive, five-star hotel is one of the most prestigious in Paris for its stunning vibrance and stylish design. With a prime location near the Louvre and some of the city’s best shopping boutiques, the Mandarian Oriental provides a central location for a luxurious Paris stay.

 

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Photo: Mandarin Oriental Paris

Hotel Plaza Athénée

A fashion-centric locale makes the Hotel Plaza Athénée a destination that has attracted artists, socialites and designers since its 1913 establishment. The grand display of timeless design along the famous Avenue Montaigne makes for an elegant visual along with attractive art deco-inspired rooms to lounge in luxury.

 

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Photo: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

InterContinental Paris le Grand

The City of Lights has been graced with the presence of the InterContinental Paris le Grand since its construction in 1862. Guests of today get to travel back in time through witnessing the exquisite architecture and stay in one of 470 rooms with a royal design. Four onsite restaurants offer intimate spaces with menus of French gastronomy that are sure to impress.

 

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Photo: InterContinental Paris le Grand

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

Situated in the stylish 8th Arrondissement, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg is a sophisticated and luxurious place for enjoying the quintessential French art de vivre. Rooms with high ceilings, elegant furnishings and artistic accents draw in guests to a prestigious stay made for a Paris getaway. A charming experience is in store for each guest who arrives to the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg, with the allure of fashion and style throughout the hotel creating a trendy atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

La Réserve Paris

This haven of luxury is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, boasting ultimate privacy with 10 refined suites discreetly tucked away off the  Champs-Elysées. Your own apartment suite provides a home away from home with an attentive butler, simplistic, modern furnishings and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The discreet setting draws guests to this subtly chic, destination perfect for an intimate getaway.

 

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Photo: La Réserve Paris

Le Meurice

Establishing itself as a “living work of art,” the luxury hotel Le Meurice has influenced artists like Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and continues to present itself as a welcome habitat for the artistry of Parisian heritage. Inspired by Versailles, the recently-restored Palace hotel mixes tradition with modernity with period-style furnishings and contemporary touches, surrounded by the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, and Place de la Concorde.

 

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Photo: Le Meurice Paris

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