The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

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Experience NYC Dining

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.




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.




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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aldea

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

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.

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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Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives for a Tropical Resort Escape

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Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

One of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world is the Maldives, a nation made up of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean. Known for their sandy white beaches, dreamlike weather and plentiful marine wildlife, the Maldives makes for a one-of-a-kind vacation filled with lavish resorts and five-star service. Book your stay at these tropical properties to explore the top luxury hotels in the Maldives.




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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The natural beauty of the Maldives can be experienced from this stunning resort filled with amenities and accommodations to surpass your expectations. Dine at one of the 11 onsite venues and visit the world-class spa for soothing treatments to put you in the mood for island relaxation. The overwater villas make for indulgent habitats where you’ll leave the troubles of home behind.




St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Enjoy the Maldives’ beautiful Indian Ocean backdrop from the private terrace of your villa at St Regis Maldives Vommuli. Sandy beaches surround the extravagant property that brings a contemporary spirit to your tropical adventure. Six different dining venues offer something for everyone as you enjoy fine dining, butler service and watersports to round out your trip.




Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa

Take a luxury catamaran to this private island resort set on lush terrain and surrounded by endless ocean waves. With unparalleled surf, wild turtles swimming the seas and multiple pools, you’ll never run out of activities to appreciate on this beautiful island. One of the best luxury hotels in the Maldives, a stay at the Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa will make for a vacation to remember.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

The suites and villas at Jumeirah will allow you to disappear into a tropical paradise. You’ll enjoy picturesque views with your own private beach space, or live perched above the ocean with your own infinity pool and waterslide into the seas. Jumeirah’s amenities include yoga sessions, fitness training and spa therapies to revitalize your mind, body and soul.

One&Only Reethi Rah

A visit to One&Only Reethi Rah will have you experiencing one of the most luxurious hotels in the Maldives. This resort delivers sophistication and serenity for guests to be whisked away into a dreamlike escape. Spacious villas above the water are spaced out over more than three miles of coastline, making it a secluded favorite for high profile visitors.

Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa’s sister property, the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru, is an equally-impressive destination thanks to its lavish villas and sumptuous, beachside amenities. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this resort provides excellent service in making sure each guest is given a phenomenal stay.

Constance Halaveli Maldives

With dozens of villas in a private island atmosphere, Constance Halaveli provides everything you’ll need for an unforgettable vacation. A plunge pool and terrace in every villa lets you get in touch with the region’s beautiful weather. Numerous onsite restaurants and bars–along with a deluxe spa–create a world of relaxation in a tropical oasis.

Kanuhura Maldives

The vibrance of Kanuhura will transport you to a light and airy setting with a picturesque view above the sparkling seas below. Stay in a water villa surrounded by lush gardens where you can dive into the water or take a stroll along the soft sand of the shoreline. Experience playful sophistication at an alluring property filled with adventure.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

The sparkling clear waters beneath your bungalow will make for an unmatched view with sea life swimming by at this dreamlike resort. Watch the sunset from your room or over dinner with a loved one and create lifelong memories of the unforgettable locale. One of the best resorts in the Maldives, Anantara Veli delivers luxury with a tropical touch during your island escape.

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Stroll the serene beaches of this private island resort when you book a villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli, an exclusive destination perfect for a departure into extravagance. The property’s stylish design creates a tranquil environment where guests can discover the calming air of luxury Maldives living.

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The Most Eye-Catching Spaces for your LA Wedding

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LA Wedding Venues

Los Angeles is an unrivaled destination to spend your special day with its perfect weather, lavish surroundings, and numerous resources to cater to your every wedding need. There are plenty of breathtaking hotels ready to help you create a picturesque ceremony and countless hospitality venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Walk down the aisle in style at one of these eye-catching spaces for your LA wedding.




Calamigos Ranch

Surround yourself with lush landscape in this breathtaking environment. The ceremony and reception can be held in one of their many outdoor garden courtyards for a tranquil event.




Cielo Farm

Take in expansive views at this highly sought after space featuring a vineyard and greenery to create the perfect backdrop for your special day.




City View Penthouse & Skydeck

Plan your wedding at the South Park Center’s Penthouse for breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles from a bird’s eye view. Outdoor seating on the SkyDeck will give your guests a breath of fresh air as they take in the city.




Four Seasons Los Angeles

Indulge in a luxury experience at the Four Seasons’ event space that will create an elegant atmosphere for your dream event. Their terraces, balconies and radiant garden make for an unforgettable wedding experience.

Terranea Resort

You’ll have unparalleled ocean views if you walk down the aisle at this beautiful destination. With multiple Ballrooms to choose from, this oceanfront resort will make your special day one to remember.

Saddlerock Ranch

Surround yourself with greenery at this 1,000 acre locale that shares its home with exotic safari animals. Your guests will be in for a treat with your event doubling as a one-of-a-kind nature experience.

Hotel Bel-Air

Excitement awaits as you tie the knot at this luxurious destination hidden in the Hollywood Hills. The peaceful setting fit for a celebration of romance creates a classic atmosphere of airy sophistication.

The Houdini Estate

Magic will be in the air when you make the Houdini Mansion your choice for an outdoor event. The private estate formerly home to Harry Houdini lends an element of grandeur to your special day.

Kimpton La Peer

Their sophisticated spaces offer a sleek touch to your soiree with modern décor and views of the Hollywood Hills. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and the big event can all be held with style at this West Hollywood locale.

Malibu Rocky Oaks

This scenic escape gives you breezy, vineyard views as you tie the knot at its spacious Tuscan Villa. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, you’ll feel like royalty perched above the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Paramour Estate

Book your special day at this eclectic domain in the artsy Silver Lake hills. Shabby chic meets bohemian in the fully furnished estate perfect for colorful photos and a cozy place to get ready.

Alexandria Ballrooms

This historic Downtown event space will put a vintage touch on your wedding with its classic feel and air of sophistication. The spacious ballrooms make for a grand presentation that is sure to ‘wow’ your guests.

SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

This luxury hotel might be perfect for your soiree with floor to ceiling drape details and chic décor. Have a gathering on the patio of The Bazaar by Jose Andres for a private airy environment.

The Athenaeum

This stately property at the California Institute of Technology boasts elegant Mediterranean-style architecture. Romance is sure to be in the air with the breathtaking atmosphere setting a lavish tone for the event.

The London West Hollywood

With a variety of venues featured within the hotel, you’ll have your pick of unforgettable spaces for your special day. From a glamorous ballroom to a private rooftop, your vision will come to life no matter the size or style.

Triunfo Creek Vineyards

Escape to this green landscape surrounded by vineyards for a rustic environment perfect for an unforgettable day. The picturesque scenery will make for elegant photos and an idyllic atmosphere.

Vibiana

This grand, Downtown event space boasts historical relevance as previously being the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, built in 1878. Your 21st Century event will be sure to impress as the opulent design is unlike any other Los Angeles destination.

Nobu Malibu

This beachside location has private rooms for your party to have an intimate experience on the ocean. The world-renowned cuisine will make your experience unforgettable alongside a perfect view of the shore.

Villa Sancti Malibu

Nestled in the heart of Malibu, this Tuscany and France-inspired locale creates a picturesque setting for you to walk down the aisle. The ocean views add a touch of enchantment to the lush, landscaped environment.

The Millwick

Enter through the garden at this grand event venue. With modern accents and plenty of nooks for your guest to explore, tying the knot at the Millwick will provide something for everyone to enjoy.

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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

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Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-owned hospitality businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.




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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.




Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.




Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

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The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Best Vegan Restaurants 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 at the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.




Crossroads Kitchen

This meat-free spot in West Hollywood is one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, having offered quality Mediterranean-inspired dishes for years. Guests stay satisfied by the unassuming plant-based menu alongside a noteworthy cocktail program.




Shojin

Head to Shojin for a welcoming restaurant with a focus on sharing organic, natural ingredients with the community. With locations in Culver City and Downtown LA, this vegan and gluten-free restaurant embraces alternatives to create soulful, Japanese cuisine.




Nics On Beverly

Nic’s on Beverly lets guests escape the busy city to enjoy a plant-based meal in an inviting setting. The fusion of Californian dishes offers something for everyone whether you’re searching for brunch, happy hour or dinner at one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

Double Zero

This delicious vegan outpost began in NYC but spread to Venice Beach bringing meatless dishes to the Westside. Mouth-watering pizzas and classic pastas give guests a delectable dining experience no matter their diet plan.

Plant Food + Wine

One of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, the local ingredients at Venice’s Plant Food + Wine make for a satisfying meal with thoughtful steps taken to ensure eco-friendly sourcing. Just as much attention is paid to the wine, with a curated list that embraces bottles produced through biodynamic farming.

Pura Vita

Boasting the title of the first plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the country, Pura Vita has much to be proud of with a menu of enticing dishes adapted from known classics. Sustainable ingredients will bring flavor to your palate at this West Hollywood go-to.

SunCafe Organic

With a menu of dishes all made from scratch, SunCafe’s worldly cuisine of plant-based, dairy-free meals will impress any diner. Ingredients like cheese, mayo and butter are all made in-house to add freshness to your plate in this Studio City eatery.

Burgerlords

While this burger join accommodates both plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike, their meatless patties are unforgettable with delicious flavors taking your tastebuds on an adventure. They also offer vegan milkshakes to give guests the full American diner experience in a dairy-free way with locations in Chinatown and Highland Park.

Montys Good Burger

The meat-free comfort food at Monty’s Good Burger uses an Impossible patty coupled with homemade sauces for an artisanal burger at one of the best vegan restaurants in LA. Head to their locations in Echo Park and Koreatown to get a taste of their appetizing, plant-based options.  

Sage Vegan Bistro

You’ll only find locally-sourced produce in the ingredients for dishes at Sage Vegan Bistro, a restaurant with farm-grown, organic eats in Echo Park, West LA and Pasadena. Taste the freshness from their healthy menu of items like Loaded Nachos, Orange Chicken and Pizza–all completely plant-based.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kitchen Mouse

The bustling cafe Kitchen Mouse offers thoughtful plates of vegetarian and vegan dishes made to serve a diversity of diets without the need to add dairy and meat products. The eye-catching space is the perfect place for a vegan brunch in Highland Park.

Doomie’s Home Cookin

Visit Doomie’s in Culver City to experience a casual meal made with fresh, appetizing ingredients. The vegan chicken and waffles, burgers and desserts are all dairy-free and meatless making guests do a double take when chowing down in their delicious bites.

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.

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.

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.

Beelmans

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.

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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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

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Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.




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The NoMad Bar

Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.




Katana Kitten

This eccentric cocktail bar in Greenwich Village takes on a Japanese izakaya style, and has been awarded as one of the 50 Best Bars in the Country. Lounge in the more relaxed setting upstairs or toast drinks after work downstairs holding one of their signature high balls or unique cocktails. The whimsical feel will put you in the mood for socializing at this West Village go-to.




Clover Club

This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

Death & Co.

A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

Dear Irving

Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

Maison Premiere

The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

Pegu Club

Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

Amor y Amargo

Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

Attaboy

Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

Bar Goto

From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

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A Tropical Island Getaway at the Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts in Bali

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Best Hotels & Resorts in Bali

The Indonesian island paradise of Bali has long been a traveler’s bucket list destination with pristine beaches, unparalleled hiking, and an overall sense of slow-paced relaxation and luxury. An air of reverence and serenity surround the Hindu island that has attracted visitors from all around the world for decades. Along with breathtaking landscapes, Bali also holds a rich culture that’s just waiting to be explored by guests. With no shortage of luxury villas and suites to enhance your stay, these lavish luxury hotels and resorts in Bali will give an added touch to your next vacation.




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Amandari Bali

Located in the hills of the northern highlands of Bali is the breathtaking and serene Amandari Bali. Guests travel from all over the world to experience the unrivaled beauty and tranquility of the resort and stay at Amandari’s 31 individual villas and suites, designed in a traditional Balinese style. The wide variety of amenities includes a completely organic and local restaurant menu, a Balinese purification spa ritual, a historic Hindu shrine with a guarding stone tiger, and a 105-foot infinity pool.




Viceroy Bali

Experience the best that Bali has to offer when you stay at Viceroy Bali Luxury Resort. This luxury hotel and resort serves as the island’s premier provider of romance and luxury, with a uniquely crafted array of experiences that brings the timeless traditions and cultures of Bali right to guests. Set out on an adventure-filled tour of the Balinese countryside, or sit poolside and catch a tan. The options are truly endless at Viceroy Bali.




Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan dots along the verdant hills that surround the arts capital of Ubud. Connected by suspended walkways, the guest villas create the illusion of being suspended above the trees of the forest below and allow for some of the best views of the Balinese countryside that one will be able to find when visiting the island paradise. When visiting the Four Seasons at Sayan, enjoy complimentary yoga classes and a 106-foot Skytop pool that allows for ultimate relaxation and leisure.

Bulgari Resort Bali

Traditional Balinese design and Italian high style blend together perfectly at the Bulgari Resort Bali. Set 500 feet atop a cliff overlooking the Indian ocean, the resort pays homage to Bali’s tranquil respect of nature while at the same time maintaining an ultra-exclusive but welcoming and warm atmosphere. Many of the 59 rooms are one-bedroom of 1,000 square feet with a private, walled garden and plunge pool.

COMO Shambhala Estate

This serene wellness center focuses on a slow and holistic pace for guests to ensure ultimate relaxation. Guests from all around come to strengthen their bodies and minds and absorb the tranquility that Balinese culture and nature have to offer. Located near Ubud in the mystic jungle near the sacred Ayung River, the 36 rooms, including villas and suites, are the height of luxury and relaxation.

The St. Regis Bali Resort

Along the panoramic beach of Nusa Dua lies The St. Regis Bali Resort that embodies the essence of ‘barefoot elegance’. Both high-class sophistication and relaxation can be found within the resort’s traditionally styled Balinese villas and suites, which include amenities such as an award-winning spa, expertly led beach yoga, and pool and lagoon complex.

AYANA Resort and Spa

With locations all around Bali, AYANA Resort and Spa caters to guests no matter where they prefer to vacation on the island. Every location is expertly crafted and designed to make sure guests receive only the very best treatment when visiting the island paradise, and include amenities such as luxury restaurants, infinity pools that overlook Bali’s lush green forests, and even daily boat tours and leisure cruises.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

A stone-lined lagoon built around a historic Hindu shrine serves as the centerpiece for the immaculate Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali resort that brings the true essence of Balinese living to all that visit. Guest villas are decorated with breathtaking Balinese teakwood and silk brocade, with bathrooms that closely resemble personal spas. Multiple restaurants, a beach with wifi, and a dazzling 164-foot pool can all be enjoyed by guests staying at the Fairmont Sanur.

The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

This tranquil surfside escape lies within close proximity to Seminyak Beach, a world-renowned surf spot. Along with surfing, guests also enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. The resort, designed after a traditional Balinese village, includes 14 luxury villas set among tropical gardens and stone walkways. With the beautiful scenery also comes a full-time wait staff that can deliver a menu of second-to-none pan-Asian cuisine right to your room.

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Enjoy these Luxury Villa Rentals in California

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Best Luxury Rentals in California

California is known around the world as a place of beauty, luxury, and culture. With popular cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, California receives an influx of travelers each year who want to soak up the sun and excitement. With so many beautiful and unique areas in the state, you’ll have plenty of options to choose which spot is best for you to take your next vacation. Take a look at these luxury villa rentals in California for your next relaxing getaway.




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Hollywood Hills

This renowned neighborhood in Los Angeles is home to some of the most beautiful homes in the city, featuring eye-catching architecture and unmatched privacy. The neighborhood’s luxurious home designs make it the perfect place to relax hidden among scenic landscapes of foliage and unparalleled sunset views. Just a short drive to West Hollywood restaurants and nightlife, this locale is ideal for experiencing a truly lavish getaway.




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Beverly Hills

World-recognized shopping and luxury living are just a few of the many things the 90210 is known for. Home to many celebrities and other high profile residents, Beverly Hills caters to individuals who appreciate a stylish hideaway in a prime location. You’ll be in close proximity to internationally known restaurants, unparalleled shopping on Rodeo Drive and the hustle and bustle of the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.




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West Hollywood

West Hollywood is known for its busy nightlife scene and famed Sunset Boulevard, but there is plenty more to experience in this area of Los Angeles. Visit an art exhibit or a museum, go shopping on Melrose Avenue, or check out the array of fine dining with world-famous chefs to make your visit one to remember.

 

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Malibu

Located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu serves as a luxurious hideaway for some of the area’s most well-known citizens. The variety of high-end shopping and dining, combined with endless outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking, makes it an attractive destination for anyone to enjoy. You’ll still be in close proximity to Los Angeles’ many neighborhoods making Malibu the perfect place to vacation.

 

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Laguna Beach

A small coastal town in Orange County, Laguna Beach is a luxurious area known for their many art museums, beaches, coves, and an abundance of well-kept gardens. There are also plenty of well-known areas for surfing and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking. Laguna Beach is world-renowned for being a pristine community with some of the most beautiful landscapes in California.

 

 

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La Jolla

The chic city of La Jolla is known for its rugged coastline and beautiful, lush landscapes. Visit its two world-renowned golf courses at Torrey Pines Golf Course that sit right above the ocean, or take a bike ride on the many trails that wind around the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. For dinner, check out some of the internationally known restaurants such as The Lot or Duke’s. The abundance of beauty to be discovered in and around La Jolla make it an ideal vacation destination.

 

Lake Tahoe

On the border of California and Nevada is where you’ll find the pristine and beautiful Lake Tahoe. With three million guests annually, this is a hotspot for vacationers all over the country. Water skiing, kayaking, biking, and golf are all on the agenda for a vacation spent away with a private home at Lake Tahoe.

 

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Palm Springs

Located in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California, Palm Springs is widely regarded as a popular vacation spot where Los Angeles citizens love to get away. The city’s mid-century modern architecture makes for stylish rental properties, along with natural hot springs and a variety of spas, golf courses, and shopping centers at the core of what makes Palm Springs such a desirable location. Walk down Palm Canyon Drive to discover vintage boutiques and delicious restaurants, or head out of town a short way to enjoy miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

 

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s biggest draw is the weather, with 300 days of sunshine each year. Stay in a traditional Spanish-styled villa and go whale watching or explore the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Santa Barbara also has a multitude of wineries within driving distance for a relaxing afternoon out, or find a rental with a private pool for a stunning way to take in the coast.

 

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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Experience Santa Monica at The Fairmont

Santa Monica is a picturesque city with palm tree-lined streets, flawless weather, and an ocean shoreline perfect for a beach vacation. When it comes time to choose your stay for business or pleasure, Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows lets you take advantage of the city’s offerings along with its own quality amenities that will make you feel right at home.




Experience the Rooms

Step into a space built for relaxation as the casually elegant atmosphere of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel provides you a warm welcome to Southern California. The 302-room hotel features luxurious suites, traditional rooms, and 32 garden bungalows for you to choose the perfect accommodations fit for your trip. The contemporary design elements mixed with a touch of tropical refinement are just a few of the reasons guests continue to retreat to this beachfront paradise.




Experience FIG

A sophisticated dining experience is guaranteed at the hotel’s renowned FIG restaurant. Guests are treated to a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with a wood burning oven and grill. Organic, seasonal ingredients are a part of the prep as the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market provides fresh options to be incorporated into flavorful dishes.




Experience Exhale Mind Body Spa

The on-site Exhale Spa helps you reach the pinnacle of relaxation through mind body programs to elevate your senses. Unwind through therapeutic massages, energy therapies, and more in this sanctuary for positive transformation. Book an appointment to escape your everyday travel stresses through their variety of elegant spa services.

Lloyds Barbershop

Searching for a quality haircut in a new city can often be a challenge. The Fairmont Miramar has a simple solution with Lloyd’s—their premiere men’s barbershop on the ground floor of the hotel. Stop in to be pampered with a complimentary Bourbon, Cognac, or Scotch as your grooming experience rises above expectations, leaving you prepared to tackle any meeting or gathering with a fresh cut.

Glam&Go

The ladies also have their own on-site hair solution with the Glam&Go blow dry bar. Hotel guests and locals drop in for their signature 30-minute blowouts and trendy styling options for both business and vacation looks. One of ten locations across the US, you’ll get a glamorous, luxury experience without ever having to leave your hotel.

The Bungalow

A local hot spot for drinks and lounging, The Bungalow Santa Monica bar is connected to the Fairmont Miramar with just a short walk away. No need to hunt for a place to grab a cocktail when one of the best bars in Santa Monica is right in your own backyard. The Bungalow boasts a kitschy, cabin feel with an outdoor patio that overlooks the Santa Monica shoreline. Live performances and DJs stop in to help the trendy crowd mix and mingle at this bustling locale. With ping pong, billiards, and TV screens during big sports games, The Bungalow offers something for everyone, satisfying all your entertainment needs.

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Finest Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles

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Outdoor Dining in LA

Los Angeles is well known for its sunny skies and breezy afternoons that create the perfect atmosphere for being out and about. If you’re on the hunt for a destination fit for taking advantage of LA’s unparalleled weather, look no further than the many al fresco dining options scattered throughout the city. Whether you’re toasting to Sunday brunch, or enjoying a romantic night under the stars, these outdoor dining restaurants in Los Angeles each have an outdoor space perfect for an unforgettable dining experience.




Avra

With a thriving NYC location, Avra is expected to be a go-to for Greek cuisine in Beverly Hills. Their plentiful outdoor seating is sure to be a favorite as guests dine from their fresh seafood menu.




Perch

Take in unobstructed views of Downtown LA’s skyline at this rooftop favorite. Their French-inspired menu makes use of seasonal ingredients that will satisfy your senses as their fireplaces and landscaping help set the mood.




Viviane

Cozy up by the pool at this intimate, West Hollywood outdoor space. This eatery inside the Avalon Hotel offers up European and American cuisine with a California twist.

Gracias Madre

Enjoy a refreshing plant-based meal on Gracias Madre’s outdoor terrace. Umbrellas and greenery provide shade while you feast on delicious plates made with organic ingredients.

The Rose Café

This iconic Venice destination poses a refreshing escape into their garden-style, open-air dining. The artsy setting pairs with a menu of Southern California cuisine to complement the atmosphere.

The Henry

Stop by this West Hollywood eatery for a meal that’s sure to satisfy. Sit on the outdoor terrace while you enjoy an American-inspired menu and people watch in the Robertson Boulevard neighborhood.

Salazar

The minimalist patio seating in this artsy, Southwest-inspired taco spot makes it easy to enjoy the little things. Their mouth-watering menu will keep you satisfied as you take in the Silver Lake sun.

The Malibu Café

An ideal Sunday funday destination, The Malibu Café at Calamigos Ranch surrounds you with nature as you enjoy their “noveau barbeque” dining and take a relaxing walk on the lake.

Rays and Stark Bar

Stop by to dine at this Mid-Wilshire lounge space on the LACMA property. Their delectable pizzas and pastas are sure to keep you coming back for more than just the art.

Sunny Spot

Pop in to this colorful Venice eatery for a bite on the open-air patio. This lively, neighborhood hot spot will revitalize your mood as you choose from their diverse American menu.

The Highlight Room

With unmatched landscape views of the Hollywood Hills, The Highlight Room is the perfect escape for Californian cuisine atop the rooftop of The Dream Hotel.

Alcove

The garden patio setting makes for a delicious, breezy brunch at this Los Feliz favorite. Their menu of quality, American classics will have you feeling right at home.

Idle Hour

This North Hollywood historical building is one-of-a-kind in its architecture, and a go-to for an outdoor meal. The vintage feel will put you in the mood to chow down on the variety of classic, American dishes.

Barbrix

Head to this cozy Silver Lake hideaway for an intimate spot to take in a sunny LA day. The outdoor patio is great for catching up with friends with mimosas and Mediterranean-inspired plates.

Electric Owl

Duck into this Hollywood neighborhood spot for a nostalgic setting that serves up Californian cuisine with global flavors. The vintage, train station décor will take your palate on a journey in their outdoor space.

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