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.

 

Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

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.

 

Photo: Longitude 131

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.

 

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

NH Hotel – Berlin, Germany

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

 

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Aloft Cupertino – Cupertino, California

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

 

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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.

 

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

hub by Premier Inn – London, England

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

 

hub by Premier Inn London

Photo: hub by Premier Inn London

The Yotel – NYC, New York

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

 

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Photo: Yobat at Yotal NYC

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

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

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Sabi Sabi

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

 

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Ulusaba

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

 

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

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

 

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Royal Malewane

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

 

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Photo: Royal Malewane

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Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Royal Malewane

 

A Luxury Stay in Los Cabos

No matter where you’re coming from, a destination with a sparkling blue ocean, tropical scenery and luxury accommodations sounds like a dream vacation. That dream becomes a reality when you visit the lush paradise of Los Cabos, Mexico. Their lavish hotels are the epitome of relaxation with the nearby ocean waves letting you drift off into the serene landscape. Los Cabos’ best resorts will have you feeling right at home as you settle into your Mexico getaway.

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

 

One&Only Palmilla

No other resort in Los Cabos measures up to One&Only Palmilla, located in San Jose del Cabo. Every aspect of the hotel has been given the utmost attention to place you right in the lap of luxury. Each of the four restaurants offers an elegant dining experience with award-winning chefs to create flavorful dishes. The two refreshing swimming pools and stone-carved spa create a dreamlike escape into the picturesque surroundings. The luxurious rooms are decorated with a mix of modern and traditional Mexican details paired with unique accommodations such as aromatherapy, fresh fruit delivery, and luggage unpacking services.

 

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Thompson Cape

This contemporary, upscale destination provides a scenic experience with a view of the point break and rooms to overlook the El Arco and Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. A surfer’s paradise, the secluded hotel sits right on the beach but also has two pools for guests to take a dip. The renowned Los Cabos hotel has over 160 rooms along with multiple restaurants and bars that each present a different view of the luxurious property. Inside the rooms, guests are treated to a private cocktail bar, hot tub and balcony for their own unique vantage point of the shores below.

 

Photo: Panoramic Corner Suite at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Surfers Villa at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Marquis Los Cabos

This all-inclusive resort at the southern tip of the Baja peninsula brings forth beautiful desert and ocean landscapes that come together to create an atmosphere of serenity. Suites at the Marquis come complete with balcony views of Mar de Cortes that you can view from your private plunge pool. You’ll have no problem filling your days as the three swimming pools, full-service spa and activities like archery and live entertainment will round out your vacation. The five restaurants and hotel bar act as the ultimate treat where you can indulge in quality Los Cabos cuisine with a spectacular view of the sparkling ocean.

 

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Esperanza

The welcoming atmosphere of Esperanza can’t be beat as the mix of intimate and modern makes for a romantic getaway. The scenic location will have you mesmerized as the soft ocean waves are picture-perfect from the open view in your living space. The thoughtful décor and rustic accents create an ambiance of serenity throughout the property. A spacious infinity pool is the star of the resort as it seems to disappear into the ocean in the distance. The hotel restaurant La Palapa is well-known for its fresh ingredients and authentic taste of Mexican cuisine. With activities such as tequila tasting, yoga classes and a weekly fiesta on the patio, you’re sure to enjoy the diversity of elegant amenities Esperanza has to offer.

 

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

Chileno Bay Resort

Positioned on a protected cove, Los Cabos’ Chileno Bay stands as a lavish and modern hotel experience for you to embrace relaxation. The natural surroundings inspire the décor with a seaside touch to the property’s aesthetic. Rooms come complete with floor-to-ceiling windows to relish in the breathtaking views of the ocean, along with a deep soaking tub for ultimate relaxation. Their dining venues include a restaurant, bar and café that each take care of your every need with menus of impeccable dishes made with local ingredients. You can also take a break from life’s stresses with a visit the spa to unwind and rejuvenate in the salt room, reflexology pool or ice fountain.

 

Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

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Photo: Chileno Bay Resort

 

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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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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10 of the Best NYC Rooftop Bars

There’s no better way to spend the breezy days of summer than by enjoying a cocktail with a rooftop view. Head to New York City to take in the sights and sounds atop one of the city’s many sky-high buildings. Toast to the sunny days of summer as you grab a drink at these go-to NYC rooftop destinations.

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Gallow Green at The McKittrick Hotel

This stylish garden escape lets you get lost in the lush greenery as you sip your drink in the midst of an abandoned train car. The surrealism of the space lends a magical element that will have you cozying up to enjoy the whimsical rooftop garden party.

 

Photo: Gallow Green

Photo: Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel

Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Head to the 15th floor to take in the scene at this Lower East Side spot with a 360-degree view. You’ll come for the drinks but stay for the fish tacos at this eclectic hangout spot perfect for watching the sunset.

 

Photo: Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Photo: Mr. Purple at The Hotel Indigo

Jimmy at the James New York

Manhattan never looked better from atop the glamorous James New York hotel, where you can lounge by the pool with a craft cocktail in hand. Bring a swimsuit to cool off along with a glass of frosé to make the most of the summer heat.

 

Photo: Jimmy at the James New York

Photo: Jimmy at the James New York

The Jane Hotel Rooftop

This West village hideaway provides an elegant rooftop escape with its vintage feel taking you back to its 20th Century luxury train and ship inspiration. The indoor bar and outdoor terrace evoke feelings of nostalgia as you sip your drink overlooking the Hudson River.

 

Photo: The Jane Hotel Rooftop

Photo: The Jane Hotel Rooftop

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel

You’ll find plenty of patrons lined up for this sleek hot spot that boasts one-of-a-kind views of the East River and Manhattan. The classic cocktails will complement the summer sunsets as you mix and mingle with the stylish crowd.

 

Photo: The Ides at the Wythe Hotel

Photo: The Ides at the Wythe Hotel

Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

With an atrium-style glass enclosure on the panoramic rooftop, Westlight is a quality destination perched at the top of the 22-story, tallest building in Greenpoint. Unobstructed views of Manhattan’s skyline make the elegant, industrial space worth a visit.

 

Photo: Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

Photo: Westlight at The William Vale Hotel

Azul at Hotel Hugo

Escape to Cuba at this Old Havana-inspired rooftop oasis perfect for a night out under the stars. Live music and rustic décor will keep you entertained as you toast to the colorful environment.

 

Photo: Azul at Hotel Hugo

Photo: Azul at Hotel Hugo

The Roof at the PUBLIC Hotel

The breathtaking NYC view is all yours when you visit this sleek rooftop lounge. Sip your Manhattan cocktail from a bottle with plenty of creative touches making the open terrace space a relaxing sky-high getaway.

 

Photo: The Roof at the PUBLIC Hotel

Photo: The Roof at the PUBLIC Hotel

Ophelia

The Roaring Twenties are back in action with Ophelia’s speakeasy atmosphere transporting you to a modern version of a vintage feel. Atop the 26th floor, the decadent space puts you inside a jewelry box capping the Midtown East’s historical Beekman Tower.

 

Photo: Ophelia Bar NYC

Photo: Ophelia Bar NYC

The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Head to Chinatown to enjoy this modern rooftop bar that offers up unrivaled views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. With a cocktail menu inspired by Asian influences, this intimate hot spot gives you a sip of something tasty at either of their two 21st floor patios.

 

Photo: The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

Photo: The Crown at Hotel 50 Bowery

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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.

Photo: Santa Monica by Christian Horan

 

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.

 

Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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.

 

Photo: FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by Christian Horan

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.

 

Photo: Exhale Spa at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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.

 

Photo: Lloyd’s Barbershop at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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.

 

Photo: Glam&Go at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

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Photo: Zocha Group – Santa Monica

Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

The Suite Life: The Best of Luxury Hotel Living

When booking a hotel for business or pleasure, comfort becomes a top priority in order to get the most out of your home away from home. Hotels in major cities across the country offer unparalleled luxury suites that allow guests to live like royalty. With spacious rooms, extravagant décor, and breathtaking views, these luxury hotel suites create the perfect escape into a world of lavish relaxation.

Photo: Presidential Bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel

 

Los Angeles

One of Los Angeles’ newest luxury hotels, the Waldorf Astoria sits in the heart of Beverly Hills with easy access to shopping, theaters, and fine dining. Their impressive design and impeccable service draws in guests from all over the world to live the lifestyle of the highly acclaimed brand. Their Presidential Penthouse Suite offers some of the best views of the city, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the signature California sunshine. With a mini-gym, home theater, private terrace, and fully-stocked kitchen, everything you need will be right at your fingertips as you live amongst the clouds.

 

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Presidential Penthouse Suite

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Presidential Penthouse Suite

San Francisco

For a stay in the Bay, the Fairmont Hotel is world-renowned for exuding luxury. Its centrally located neighborhood makes getting around the city a breeze, as it’s the only place in San Francisco where each of the cable car lines meet. The historical three-bedroom Presidential Suite was designed in the 1920s and has been restored to an opulent, 6,000 square foot living space. A billiard room, dining room that seats 60 guests, and a library with a secret passageway are just some of the many perks to booking a stay in this glamourous suite.

 

Photo: Fairmont San Francisco Presidential Suite

Photo: Fairmont San Francisco Presidential Suite

Chicago

The Windy City will never feel the same after staying in the Ritz-Carlton’s Presidential Suite in Downtown Chicago. The two-story space features a spiral staircase, media room, and a baby grand piano for their more musical guests to enjoy. Wake up to a view of Navy Pier and get ready for your day in one of the suite’s three marble bathrooms. Lounge on the modern, luxurious decor as you watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Chicago Penthouse

Photo: Ritz Carlton Chicago Penthouse

New York City

In a city with a sky-high cost of living, hotel suites are especially extravagant for those wishing to live in luxury. The Mark Hotel boasts one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with its two-story, 12,000 square foot Penthouse Suite. Cozy up by one of the four fireplaces and enjoy the decor designed by master architect Jacques Grange. With five bedrooms and a breathtaking view of Central Park, this opulent space is fit to make any guest swoon.

 

Photo: Mark Hotel Penthouse Suite

Photo: Mark Hotel Penthouse Suite

Miami

Take a trip to the perfect city for a beachside escape and fall in love with The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. There’s nothing but glamour in the Penthouse Suite, which overlooks the sparkling, Atlantic shoreline. The art-deco style, designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, embraces animal prints, velvet, and gold details to bring an eccentric feel to the extravagant space. With four bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, media room and an elevator, guests can explore the grand layout with an oceanfront view.

 

Photo: Faena Hotel Penthouse Suite

Photo: Faena Hotel Penthouse Suite

Vegas

With a reputation for lavish nightlife and hotels, Las Vegas is the place to go for a luxurious getaway. Booking a stay at the Nobu Villa will have you living large. The three-bedroom, rooftop suite has a serene, Japanese design perfect for rest and relaxation. Outdoor entertainment will be a breeze with the sky deck offering a full bar, barbecue pit, and Zen Garden. Your private view of the strip will be one-of-a-kind as you enjoy a lavish stay on the 83rd floor.

 

Photo: Nobu Villa Las Vegas

Photo: Nobu Villa Las Vegas

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The Perks of Modern Day Travel Agencies

In a 21st Century world of apps and automation, planning a trip seems to be easier than ever before. However with the time-consuming task of fielding through unlimited choices of hotels, flights, and activities, the process can become overwhelming to handle alongside a busy work and home schedule. For many, the solution is to simply go back to basics and hire a travel agency. Taking a more traditional approach in allowing an expert to tackle the task of planning your business trip or vacation may just be the answer to all your travel troubles.

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Why Travel Agencies?

Travel agencies began to pop up around the US following the commercial aviation boom of the 1920s. As the years progressed, suddenly travel agencies became a necessity, as the average person didn’t have the access or know-how to arrange for their own accommodations. Almost one-hundred years later, consumers have gotten used to the idea of booking their own accommodations by way of websites or apps that suggest handling the arrangements yourself is the easiest way to go. While being a viable solution for some, the travel agent alternative still proves to be an option worth exploring. There is still a growing market for travel agencies, despite the competition from self-booking technology. MMGY Global conducted research in 2015 showing that 34% of Millennial travelers used an offline travel agency, and 39% said they would do so again in the near future. So what could be continuing this demand for a travel representative in the face of supposedly easier technology solutions?

 

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Knowledge

The answer involves many reasons, most revolving around convenience. Since travel agents need to stay competitive in the industry, the cost of hiring their services has dropped tremendously. Technological aspects of booking have not only impacted consumers, but also agents. They too have acquired better resources which help reduce the cost of running their businesses. Travel agency fees are much more reasonable in recent years, making the decision to hire a middle-man all the more feasible. In addition to affordability, another reason the industry is thriving ironically stems from the same element trying to overtake it. The information age has ushered in an endless amount of reviews, testimonials, and ratings for each and every type of accommodation one can imagine. Attempting to sift through this flurry of information for relevance can be an inundating task. Travel agents are certified to be knowledgeable about the locations they work with, and only profit from their clients enjoying their trips. Their first-hand recommendations can be a great way to enjoy your destination without having to do dozens of hours of research. This is especially helpful for complicated trips with multiple destinations, where structuring departures, arrivals, and check-ins can involve a great deal of time and energy.

 

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Access

The travel agent industry also has a symbiotic relationship with the locations they work with, where deals and VIP perks are available to pass along to their clients. Agents are able to send business to these destinations in exchange for their guests getting exclusive treatment. This has also shown to be especially valuable for destinations affected by a natural disaster. While many guests are quick to reconsider travel to these regions, thinking the area won’t be conducive to travelling, agents are able to provide realistic details like recent photos or live webcam links to their resort, helping re-build clients’ confidence in their trip. Travel agents working with Caribbean destinations are credited with helping tourism return after Hurricanes Maria and Irma, drawing well-needed business to the area.

 

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Human Connections

The human connection between client and agent seems to be the main reason travel agency businesses continue to flourish. The convenience of being able to speak with an expert face-to-face seems to outweigh that of being able to book through technological means. Whether it’s a quick business trip or an extended family vacation, the industry savvy of a travel agent may just be the perfect way to ensure a flawless travel experience.

 

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