Escape the City at The Hamptons’ Most Luxurious Hotels

Every summer, New Yorkers trade in one island for another, giving up their natural concrete jungle for the sun-kissed beaches and windswept lawns of the Hamptons. The Hamptons has long served as a warm-weather getaway for the New York elite, and as such has gained a reputation for hosting some iconic hotel and restaurant hotspots that cater to a more sophisticated palette. When hunting down your ideal lodging situation, consider some of these havens of relaxation for your next journey to the Hamptons.

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Topping Rose House

Housed inside a fully restored 1842 Greek revival mansion, Topping Rose House combines the old with the new in a design concept that offers a feast for the senses. Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, the Hampton’s first luxury hotel brings guests 22 pristine rooms along with a selection of freestanding cottages. From the art to the cuisine, everything has been given top tier consideration and care at Topping Rose House.

 

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Photo: Topping Rose House

The Baker House 1650

For a taste of historic luxury in the Hamptons, consider staying at The Baker House 1650. Built in the 17th century by one of the area’s founders, this bed and breakfast has beautifully preserved many of the original details such as the cast-iron staircase and exposed wood-beam ceilings. There are plenty of ways to relax at The Baker House as well; take a stroll through the gardens or spend an afternoon at the beach.

 

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Photo: The Baker House 1650

Gurneys Montauk Resort

While vacationers searching for a lively stay might enjoy Ruschmeyers or The Surf Lodge, those searching for a quieter escape take shelter at the iconic hotel and beach club Gurney’s Montauk Resort. First opened in 1926 along 2,000 feet of private beach, Gurney’s has undergone some massive renovations and promises everything a modern Hampton vacationer could want. Floor to ceiling windows with great views of the ocean, rain showers, and a full spa are just a few of the features that make Gurney’s such a lovely place to stay.

 

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Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Inn at Windmill Lane

Hidden away behind meticulously manicured hedges lies Amagansett’s Inn at Windmill Lane. With all the charm of a bed and breakfast mixed with the luxury of a 5-star hotel, a stay at the Inn feels like a dream. Choose between any of the seven private rooms, three cottages, and a four-bedroom guest house that all include full room service. The Inn also provides guests a fleet of SUVs as a shuttle service to and from the nearby Indian Wells Beach.

 

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Photo: Inn at Windmill Lane

The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

Staying at The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant feels like staying at a dear friend’s home. The owners of the inn have adorned the walls and tables with art and antiques gathered during their travels around the world. At the restaurant, guests can get a taste of the monthly rotating menu that highlights foods at the height of their season, all produced by chef Brian Szostak.

 

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Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

The Hedges Inn

If you’re looking to start off your summer season with total relaxation, nothing beats watching the swans glide across the East Hampton village pond from the Hedges Inn’s white clapboard porch. Continuing inside, the 19th-century boarding house overflows with tranquility and historic charm. Guest rooms feature white-washed brick with blue and green accents to create a coastal, chic atmosphere that is sure to put you in the perfect summer mood.

 

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Photo: The Hedges Inn

The Maidstone Hotel

The Maidstone Hotel offers a splash of color in the traditionally neutral-toned neighborhoods of the Hamptons. The 16 rooms and three private cottages take design inspiration from Scandinavian heritage, bringing a variety of unique designs to the space. With a personal beach parking permit included with every stay, the ocean will always be within your reach at this classic, boutique vacation spot.

 

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Photo: The Maidstone Hotel

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The Best Hotel Pools in Los Angeles

In an area with scorching summers and perpetual, year-round sunshine, Los Angeles proves to be the perfect city for relaxation and leisure by the pool. When choosing a hotel to stay in during your time in the City of Angels, it’s important to consider the hotel pool, as it can serve as a fabulous place to spend an afternoon or two getting a tan or swimming some laps. Many of the city’s hotel pools also serve as nightlife hotspots for locals with live DJs and world-class cocktail bars. To help make your next hotel decision a little bit easier, take a dive into this list of the very best hotel pools around the city.

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Upstairs at the Ace Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel brings guests and visitors one of the most sought after pool experiences in the city. The rooftop pool and bar provide spectacular panoramic views of the city and serve as a great spot to grab some rays during the day. At night, the rooftop transforms into a vibrant pool party with a craft cocktail menu and the lights of Downtown creating an unforgettable experience.

 

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Freehand Los Angeles

Located at 8th and Olive in the former Commercial Exchange building, The Freehand Hotel was accepted with instant acclaim for its hotel/hostel combination with modern boho-chic designs. Head upstairs and you’ll find the stunning rooftop pool deck, as well as the award-winning bar Broken Shaker. When you’re done soaking up the sunshine poolside, weekend nights bring a live DJ and crowds of nightlife enthusiasts.

 

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The London West Hollywood

Located in the heart of the city, this rooftop pool offers sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. Along with breathtaking views, The London offers guests a wide range of upscale amenities such as handcrafted cocktails and an unparalleled menu of meal options that will leave you with a smile on your face. If you prefer a bit of privacy, consider renting out a cabana for a stylish shade from the LA sunshine.

 

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WET Deck at the W Hollywood

The WET Deck at the W Hollywood sits right above the iconic Hollywood and Vine intersection, offering visitors breathtaking views of the neighborhood as they lounge by the pool in this laid-back experience. If you prefer a bit more privacy, reserve your own luxury cabana with bottle service for an exclusive touch. As the sun sets the WET Deck transforms into a high-energy pool party that you won’t want to miss.

 

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

This David Hockney-designed pool is the epitome of Hollywood culture and history. Surrounded by sultry palm trees and the Tropicana Bar, the pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel proves to be the ideal place to catch a tan, and maybe even see a celebrity or two. Tasty drinks and choice music are always on the menu at the Roosevelt.

 

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The Standard Downtown LA

Voted as one of the top 10 hotel pools in the world by Travel + Leisure, The Standard’s pool exudes relaxation. Vibrating water beds, a full cocktail lounge, and pristine blue water have taken this swimming masterpiece to the next level. They also host fun nighttime activities, such as bringing in live DJs and playing movies over a projector.

 

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Altitude Pool at SLS Beverly Hills

Enjoy dedicated poolside service as you relax with some of the best views of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles when you visit Altitude Pool. Weekend DJs make Altitude an all-out pool party, including delicious drinks and the option to reserve a private cabana. If you’re looking for somewhere to lay out and soak up some sun in peace, don’t worry. Weekdays are all about relaxation and stress-free living.

 

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Veranda at Hotel Figueroa

Downtown’s remodeled Hotel Figueroa brings guests open and spacious terrace dining and a poolside experience that takes relaxation and luxury to new heights. Veranda offers visitors a view of their unique, coffin-shaped pool, a full outdoor dining menu and drinks from world-class cocktail bar Rick’s. If you’re looking for a serene escape during your Downtown LA stay, the Hotel Figueroa pool is the perfect place to unwind.

 

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Viceroy Santa Monica Poolside Cabanas and Patio

Dive into relaxation at Viceroy Santa Monica. Kick back on the patio, rest up in a private cabana, or take a dip in the pristine waters of this top tier pool. Cabanas are perfect for families or groups of friends looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and the patio is inviting for all who seek a leisurely day in the sun.

 

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Beachside Hotels Perfect for a California Surfing Vacation

Beautiful beaches are one of California’s biggest attractions, and with those come great opportunities to catch some waves. Surfing has been a popular activity for Californians since the early sixties, and for good reason. If you’re interested in catching some of these world-famous waves, take a look at the best luxury hotels to stay in while you search for your next monster wave on some of the most picturesque private beaches in the world.

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Post Ranch Inn

Even though Big Sur’s biggest attraction is the beautiful nature, you don’t need to rough it camping to enjoy the inviting landscape. Post Ranch Inn offers guests ultra-luxurious rooms and private houses carved into the cliffs, a top tier spa, and world-class dining within walking distance. After a full day of ripping waves, you’ll feel perfectly relaxed and at home in the Post Ranch Inn.

 

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Photo: Post Ranch Inn

Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

If you drive an hour south of San Francisco, you’ll be met with immense luxury and privacy in the form of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay. Private, gated beaches and constant waves create the perfect spot to bring the board out and experience the ocean in a unique way. When you’re finished on the water, swim inland to try out one of the hotel restaurant’s many same-day catch dishes like roasted local black cod.

 

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Photo: Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Stately and elegant, The Lodge at Pebble Beach greets guests with views overlooking some of California’s most pristine private beaches. It also has a view of and one of golf’s most famous landmarks, the oceanfront 18th green on the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Head inside and get ready to be truly pampered. Fireplaces in every room along with huge picture windows overlooking the ocean, a private spa, and restaurants serving up the day’s catch are just a few perks guests can take advantage of.

 

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Photo: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

Malibu Beach Inn

Located on a stretch of oceanfront property known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” the Malibu Beach Inn is situated alongside a bevy of high rent real estate. Take a quick walk to Carbon Beach or Surfrider Beach to catch some unforgettable waves. Malibu and Santa Monica sit just 20 minutes away if you feel like hanging up your wetsuit and experiencing some of California’s coolest beachside cities.

 

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Photo: Malibu Beach Inn

Hotel Del Coronado

If you’re looking to get away for an oceanside escape, check out the small island paradise known as Coronado, that’s just a stone’s throw off the coast of San Diego. Sitting atop it all is the island’s crown jewel, the Hotel Del Coronado. You might think you’ve walked into an old war fort, but you’ll soon find yourself being treated in one of the most luxurious hotels in California. Check out the beaches that surround the whole landmass, or rent a bike and explore the charming community.

 

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Photo: Hotel Del Coronado

Elk Cove Inn & Spa

Drive a bit north of San Francisco and you’ll stumble upon a tucked away bed-and-breakfast in the small community of Elk. Known for its privacy and luxury, Elk Cove Inn & Spa sits just above some beautiful stretches of beaches that give surfers great opportunities to catch the perfect wave. If you look carefully enough, you might even catch a group of migrating whales or sunbathing sea otters.

 

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Photo: Elk Cove Inn

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Experience Elegance at NYC’s Most Luxurious Hotels

New York City has a history of helping to define modern fashion, business, and luxury. You’ll have plenty of activities to do and places to see in this bustling metropolis, and a luxury hotel stay will make for an elegant experience during your visit. To help you choose the best of the best during your next trip to the Big Apple, take a look at how to vacation in style at the most luxurious hotels in New York City.

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The St. Regis in New York

Located at the heart of midtown Manhattan, The St. Regis in New York is one of the top-rated hotels in the city, and for good reason. The St. Regis prides itself on their sophisticated setting, friendly staff, great views of the skyline and a large variety of guest amenities. If you’re looking to indulge in a lavish stay, the St. Regis is sure to surpass your expectations.

 

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Photo: The St. Regis New York

Baccarat Hotel New York

Whether you prefer old or new, Paris or New York, you’ll find it all at the Baccarat Hotel New York located right next to Central Park. The hotel, which opened in 2015, includes French and modern-American architecture and design blended together in perfect harmony to create a dreamlike atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Baccarat Hotel New York

The Peninsula New York

The Peninsula New York has often been referred to as a “cocoon of peace and quiet” among the everyday hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue. With an award-winning spa and health club, a beautiful rooftop terrace and elegant rooms, it’s easy to see why critics rave about this top hotel destination.

 

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Photo: The Peninsula New York

Mandarin Oriental, New York

This Asian-inspired luxury hotel can be found on the 35th floor of the Time Warner building, and offers 244 rooms, each with an incredible view of a different part of the city. The Mandarin Oriental hotel can be described only as luxury in the sky, with high-end accommodations such as Italian linens and an incredible spa. Spanning 14,500 square feet, it includes everything from a lap pool to full body natural spa treatments.

 

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Photo: Mandarin Oriental New York

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

The Ritz in New York City sits right along the south side of Central Park placing you in the middle of one of the most highly-coveted locations in the city. The views of the park alone are enough to attract most guests, but you’ll also be impressed by this 5-star luxury hotel offering perks like deep-soaking tubs, a wonderfully tasty bistro and a full luxury spa.

 

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Photo: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Park Hyatt New York

As a part of the towering One57 building, Park Hyatt New York has views that would put the highrises of Dubai to shame. This hotel brings a whole new meaning to the word luxury with espresso makers in every room and unique furniture and decor. They have embraced the latest in luxury hospitality technology to include televisions in the bathroom mirrors and relaxing rain showers giving you a tranquil break from exploring the city during your Park Hyatt stay.

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt New York

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

This Midtown East icon of luxury living offers incredible views of the city, guest services that go above and beyond, ample accommodations and much more. The hotel’s prime location means Rockefeller Center and Times Square are just a brief walk away. Fireplaces in each room, a 24-hour gym and spa and full butler service are also perks you can expect when you stay at The Towers.

 

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Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come with even more elegant and trendy hotels preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip will never be the same after the opening of 1 Hotel, sitting right across from the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand is establishing its nationwide influence with its first location on the West Coast. Thoughtfully designed rooms with an already buzzed about rooftop lounge, Harriets, the space will draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic backdrop as a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. The Thompson will redefine a boutique hotel experience through sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets that will live up to the dazzling Hollywood locale.

 

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Photo: Thompson Hollywood

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new addition to Century City aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop bar, the Fairmont is bringing forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

 

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Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

Revamping a historical Downtown building constructed in 1926, the new Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms and two restaurants in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. The expansive meeting spaces and rooftop restaurant, bar and pool will satisfy its guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

 

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Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

 

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Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles will have a new stylish hotel with the Hoxton opening up in a historic Broadway building. The classic yet modern design will mix with LA’s trendy culture with a lobby restaurant and bar and a rooftop pool—the first for the brand’s collection of properties.

 

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Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

 

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Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood

W Los Angeles Downtown

This massive undertaking Downtown is slated to have two towers and 300 rooms overlooking their across-the-street neighbors LA Live and the Staples Center. Being the first hotel in the neighborhood from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the new property will be sure to draw in trendsetters with its youthful and chic branding.

 

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Photo: W Hotel DTLA

West Hollywood EDITION

The new EDITION hotel sits on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

 

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Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming soon to Downtown Los Angeles, the sophisticated design of this luxury hotel will lure you in to experience an elegant stay in a bustling neighborhood. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and service under the Park Hyatt name.

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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

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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.

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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: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Photo: Marquis Los Cabos

Photo: Esperanza Resort, Cabo

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.

 

Photo: 1 Hotel South Beach

Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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