Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

If you’re in the mood for a luxury vacation, head down under to visit one of Australia’s lavish resorts. With plenty of coastline to take advantage of, there are destinations all across the continent that provide beachside stays in tropical environments. With stunning views from every angle, book an Australian getaway for beautiful weather and natural landscapes that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

Overlooking a panoramic ocean view at the top of a secluded cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge mixes the shoreline with the wilderness in a clean, modern design. Each of the 21 suites offers views of Kangaroo Island’s beauty along with lavish furnishings that are built for rest and relaxation. The eco-friendly design with artwork from local artisans integrates the landscape of the destination with all the comforts of a luxury stay. The abundance of wildlife is sure to entertain while the rich soil of Southern Australia lends to fresh, organic ingredients incorporated into the resort’s dining menus.

 

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Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

Enjoy a tranquil escape when you visit this resort in the beautiful Uluru-Kata Tjuta. You’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the sacred Uluru mountain alongside the World Heritage-listed national park. Learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous Anangu Australians while exploring the terrain to get in touch with the natural environment. Guests can take in the elements by lounging on the balcony deck in each of the resort’s luxury suites to get the full experience of the outback.

 

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Photo: Longitude 131

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

The luxury suites and private pavilions at this resort will help you relax through taking in the views of Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning landscape of greenery and rolling hills will transport you to another place and time with modern architecture placing you in the middle of a contemporary escape. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking demonstrations, private guided hikes, or activities like kayaking and beach biking to keep your island adventure exciting.

 

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – New South Wales

This retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains is home to over 40 luxury villas that promise privacy and seclusion while you get in touch with the natural surroundings. Watch the sunrise on the veranda or take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of a the scenic valley. Situated in between two national parks, the resort only accounts for 1% of the expansive site boasting a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve. Enjoy elegant Australian cuisine at either of the onsite restaurants, and toast glasses at the intimate bar featuring a walk-in wine cellar.

 

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

With an unparalleled view of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia gives the ultimate luxury experience with a private location on Hamilton Island. Each of the resort’s 60 pavilions provides an escape into an elegant getaway with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, the only island championship golf course in the country, keeps guests entertained with dazzling views of the ocean as the backdrop to each round.

 

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Photo: Qualia Resort

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Yobat at Yotal NYC

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Bandon Dunes

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The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.

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Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.

 

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Photo: Olmsted NYC

Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.

 

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Photo: Alta NYC

Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

 

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Photo: Llama Inn NYC

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

 

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Photo: I Sodi NYC

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

 

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Photo: Oxomoco NYC

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

 

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Photo: The Grill NYC

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

 

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Photo: Lilia NYC

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

 

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Photo: Wildair NYC

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

 

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Photo: La Vara NYC

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

 

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Photo: Flora Bar NYC

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

 

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Photo: Win Son NYC

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

 

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Photo: Le Coucou NYC

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

 

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Photo: Aldea NYC

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

 

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Photo: Uncle Boons NYC

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

 

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Photo: The Pool

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1 Hotels: Where Hospitality Meets Sustainability

As the hospitality industry moves further into the 21st Century, bringing unique and forward-thinking elements to your brand means staying ahead of the game. At 1 Hotels, their message relies on transforming the industry into one that connects people through thoughtful design and sustainability. From New York City to Miami, and soon to include Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and more, the success of the brand stems from guests’ modern priorities of creativity and mindfulness.

Photo: 1 Hotel South Beach

 

Rooms

Each of the 1 Hotels properties provides an attractive location with rooms that embrace both comfort and style. Nature is brought into the space through the use of reclaimed wood accents, in-room greenery, and organic cotton sheets and mattresses. Each of the rooms have walk-in showers complete with a 5-minute sand timer to help you minimize your water consumption. The Brooklyn Bridge location features unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline while the Central Park location allots you an unmatched view of the iconic park. The South Beach property sits along the Atlantic Ocean and affords a breathtaking view of the waves.

 

1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: 1 Hotel South Beach

Sustainability

The brand takes a strong in-house stance on going green across the board. They pride themselves on utilizing energy saving initiatives, recycling and waste reduction, and low water usage. They also have dozens of partnerships with eco-friendly companies to fulfill the needs of the guest. The paper-free Pressreader technology is available for guests to digitally keep up with their favorite publications. The Tesla Model S acts as the complimentary house car for guests to use when they’re on the go. Even the smallest details are accounted for, like partnering with Ditto Hangers—a company that provides clothing hangers made of 100% recycled materials. They also make use of wooden room keys to reduce plastic consumption and make for a signature brand accent.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Dining

The mission of sustainability also extends into the kitchen with dining options in each hotel to satisfy guests’ craving for healthy and well-made meals. The Central Park Location boasts the food stylings of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman with a menu of California-inspired cuisine at Jams. Their Lobby Farmstand also provides seasonal fruits, nuts and granola for guests to snack on something fresh. The upcoming West Hollywood location is expected to have two venues run by hospitality mavens h. Wood Group. The first Chinese 1 Hotels property in Haitang Bay will include an onsite farm for organic ingredients to be used in the property’s various hospitality venues.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Amenities

The unique selection of 1 Hotels’ amenities reflects the needs of an urban and contemporary traveler. They embrace all members of the family with pet-friendly accommodations at the NYC properties, including a dog-friendly Concierge team to provide recommendations for your pup. If you’ll be travelling on two wheels in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a place to lock up with a bicycle valet to house your ride. From guided sunrise workouts on the roof of the Brooklyn Bridge property, to a Beach Social Club with premium benefits at the South Beach property, there are perks at each location to fulfill your every need.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America

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 the spa retreat that’s the best fit for your needs.

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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.

 

Photo: Mii Amo Spa

Photo: Mii Amo Spa

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.

 

Photo: We Care Spa – By Jim Dobson

Photo: We Care Spa

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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Photo: Red Mountain Resort

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.

 

Photo: The Ranch Malibu

Photo: The Ranch Malibu

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.

 

Photo: Lake Austin Spa Resort

Photo: Lake Austin Spa Resort

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.

 

Photo: Golden Door San Marcos

Photo: Golden Door San Marcos

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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Photo: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

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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Photo: Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts

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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Photo: Canyon Ranch

New Life Hiking Spa – Killington, Vermont

This well known destination spa is popular for those seeking to shed a few pounds during their cleansing getaway. The mountains of Vermont make for a scenic backdrop as hiking programs and outdoor workouts keep guests on track and in shape.

 

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Photo: New Life Hiking Spa

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10 of the Best Cocktail Bars in Downtown Los Angeles

People from all over the world are drawn to the bustling hub of Downtown Los Angeles for events at the Convention Center, Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and more. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, there are plenty of places to relax and grab a drink while you explore the vibrant neighborhood. Get a taste of the city as you join colleagues and friends to imbibe at these Downtown LA bars and lounges.

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Seven Grand

Whiskey fans unite at this sophisticated lounge that offers up an extensive collection of quality spirits. You can also make a reservation at their speakeasy, Bar Jackalope, to rev up your night and have a truly memorable experience.

 

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The Varnish

If you’re looking for somewhere private and intimate, the Varnish is there to impress as its speakeasy-style location inside of Cole’s French Dip allows you to duck in unseen. Talented bartenders will make you the perfect concoction for your mood in the dimly lit space.

 

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Library Bar

While you may not have expected reading to be a part of your night out, Library Bar has a wall of books ready for you to browse while you sip their classic cocktails. The cozy layout and weekend DJ makes for a great place to mix and mingle with the locals.

 

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The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel

One of the trendiest bars in the neighborhood, The Standard’s rooftop is a place to swim, drink and play. The stylish bar often features a live DJ to set the mood as partygoers mix and mingle with the lively crowd.

 

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71 Above

Ascend to the 71st floor to see an unparalleled view of the Los Angeles skyline. The panoramic perspective will take your breath away along with delicious cocktails at their reserved Sky Lounge escape.

 

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Broken Shaker

Sitting atop the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is the perfect to take in the breezy downtown weather. Take a splash in the pool during their daytime events or lounge poolside at night for a view of the stars.

 

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Broadway Bar

The elegant design of this multi-level lounge makes for the perfect place to sip their creative cocktails. Located in the historic Theater District, you can choose between the bar, the mezzanine, or smoking patio to toast drinks right next door to Downtown’s iconic Orpheum Theater.

 

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Perch

This Los Angeles favorite offers up delicious dining along with a rooftop bar for you to view the spectacular city skyline. Head there on a weekend night to socialize with the mixed crowd over your bird’s eye view.

 

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Everson Royce Bar

This award-winning watering hole brings a spacious outdoor patio to the Arts District. The satisfying cocktails complement the vibe with twinkling lights and wooden accents welcoming you to the space.

 

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Golden Gopher

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in Los Angeles, Golden Gopher is a veteran in the scene with a chic bar and tucked away outdoor patio. They also boast a to-go liquor window if you’re planning to bring the party back to your hotel.

 

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Savor a Sip at San Diego’s 10 Best Cocktail Bars

While San Diego is most known in the bar world for its brewery and craft beer scene, nightlife aficionados know that there’s also a draw for delicious cocktails at the city’s best bars and lounges. The ocean breeze adds to the atmosphere at bars with rooftop views, while hideaway hot spots make for the perfect intimate evening. These attractive spaces, each with their own delicious drinks, will have you buzzed and satisfied in any of San Diego’s many neighborhoods.

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Madison

For an upscale escape into a cozy modern space, Madison is the perfect date night. Their menu uses quality ingredients and spirits to complement the sleek, wooden design.

 

Photo: Madison San Diego

Sycamore Den

The ‘70s feeling is strong at this Normal Heights bar. The youthful clientele appreciate the throwback stone and panels that line the walls as they sip the selection of craft cocktails.

 

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Polite Provisions

This James Beard-nominated bar has a staff that acts more like medicine men than bartenders. Their drug store-inspired drinks will heal all your ailments with a touch of style.

 

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Kettner Exchange

This impressive space, inspired by San Diego’s founding father William Kettner, provides the perfect place for libations no matter your mood. Take a seat indoors or mingle at the outdoor patio bar for an energetic escape.

 

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Seven Grand

Just like its Los Angeles and Austin counterparts, Seven Grand offers up an extensive whiskey collection. Test out the variety of unique flavors in the classic, dimly lit hideaway.

 

Photo: Seven Grand

False Idol

Tucked inside the beloved Craft & Commerce bar is a festive tiki escape. Tropical rum drinks will have you feeling a buzz amongst their island-inspired décor.

 

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Kindred

This eclectic destination mixes edgy gothic elements with a vegan food menu to create a quirky getaway. Their creative cocktails will be the cherry on top when you take in this one-of-a-kind hot spot.

 

Photo: Kindred

Herb & Wood

The ever-thriving Little Italy neighborhood gets help from the chic style of Herb & Wood. Their herb-induced cocktails make for a refreshing touch as you lounge amidst the trendy crowd.

 

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You & Yours Distilling Co.

Breweries are a popular hangout, but You & Yours makes distilleries worth visiting with a world-class cocktail program. The female-run company uses their flagship vodka and gin to mix up a memorable experience.

 

Photo: You & Yours Distilling Co.

Noble Experiment

This speakeasy destination in the Gaslamp District keeps things hushed, hidden in the back of Neighborhood restaurant. The detail-oriented drinks are sure to impress as talented bartenders show off their skills of the trade.

 

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The Best Vegan Eats in LA

Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections.

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Mohawk Bend

This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

 

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Café Gratitude

A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

 

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Zinc Café

This vegetarian and vegan garden escape sits in the middle of Downtown LA’s arts district. The veggie dining and adjoining market provide everything you need for a healthy, meatless meal.

 

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Beelman’s

Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

 

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Real Food Daily

This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

 

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The Butcher’s Daughter

The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

 

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Gracias Madre

One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

 

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Bluebird Brasserie

This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

 

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Wild Living Foods

Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

 

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The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

 

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A Beachfront Getaway at The Thompson Cape

A Mexico vacation might be just what you need to indulge in rest and relaxation this summer. The Thompson Cape Hotel is a charming, beachside escape that will have you taking in the sun while falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves. With features like a rooftop bar, saltwater pool, and unforgettable Panoramic Suite, you’ll never experience Cabo in a more lavish way.

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

 

Style

Looking out at the calming El Arco and Baha Cabo San Lucas landscape will be the new normal when you stay at The Cape’s prime location. The Monuments Beach point break will act as your home away from home as the building’s architecture sits atop the popular surfing destination. The contemporary look inspired by 1960s Baja and Southern California leaves both the interior and exterior design to provide an inviting environment with unparalleled views.

 

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Stay

Floor-to-ceiling windows give you expansive views of the ocean below in each of The Cape’s luxurious, contemporary rooms. Private balconies and copper bathtubs are just a few of the unique features present in the resort’s dwellings. Upgrade to a stay in the Panoramic Suite where guests are afforded a private plunge pool, standing telescope, fully stocked craft cocktail bar and of course panoramic views of the surrounding beachside oasis. If you’re looking for the ultimate private experience, The Villas offer residential-style living away from the hotel’s center and come complete with a personal concierge dedicated to fulfill your every request.

 

Photo: Panoramic Suite at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Surfers Villa at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Amenities

Your stay will include plenty of lavish amenities like high-tech rain showers, a salt water pool, and transportation services. Guests also have access to the Currents Spa, which creates a tranquil experience in the middle of a natural rock formation onsite at the resort. The calming sound of the waves will help set the mood alongside a massage, steam room and cabanas with an ocean view.

 

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Eat & Drink

The menu of Pacific seafood cuisine at The Cape’s restaurant Manta uses local ingredients to create a flavorful selection of traditional Baja dining. Named after the Spanish word for “blanket,” Manta promises comfort as guests have an authentic meal overlooking the ocean. After dinner, guests can head six stories up to one of the hotel’s four bars, The Rooftop—also the only rooftop bar and lounge in Cabos San Lucas. The unforgettable sunsets on the twinkling garden patio are sure to set the mood for romance.

 

Photo: Manta at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: The Rooftop at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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