L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.

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The Horizon

Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.

 

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Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

In the Heart of the Desert

Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.

 

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The Bungalows

The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs Bungalows

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

The Residence

One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Peaceful Ambiance

Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

The Location

Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

 

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Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

A Winter Holiday in Courchevel

Summer isn’t the only season for travel as winter months bring blankets of snow to the French Alps—one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The Courchevel ski resort holds true to France’s romantic reputation as many flock to enjoy the breathtaking views, fine dining, and world class skiing. If you’re planning to take advantage of the fresh powder this winter, Courchevel could be the perfect destination for your next getaway.

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Luxury Hotels

At each of Courchevel’s villages, named after the four altitude levels of the resort, you can enjoy the comforts of luxury living. But at the highest altitude, Courchevel 1850, the palatial hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants keep you living the high life. The five-star L’Apogée hotel boasts a chic, trendy ambiance with spacious rooms overlooking views of the valley. The new Barrière Les Neiges Hotel sits on the slope of the Bellecôte mountain, allowing skiers easy access to glide down to the lifts right from the heated outdoor terrace. There are also multiple chalet options like the Shemshak Lodge, which features a pool, steam room, and gym to enhance your stay. Stay at the intimate Cheval Blanc Courchevel to find elegant and inviting suites with ski-in-ski-out access to the slopes.

 

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Fine Dining

In between trips down the slopes, you’ll be able to feast on decadent cuisine assembled by world-renowned chefs. At Azimut, you can taste local delicacies by Chef and owner François Mouraux, who creates accessible dishes with upscale quality. One of the resort’s favorites is Le Chabichou, a two-Michelin Star eatery with elegant gourmet dining to complement the traditional décor. To see and be seen, Les Verdons is the place be with its extravagant menu and relaxed, social atmosphere.

 

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Skiing

The main attraction of Courchevel is its unparalleled skiing for recreational skiers and experts alike. One of the largest lift-linked places to ski in the world, the Les Trois Vallées has over 170 lifts with Courchevel visitors calling the Saint-Bon valley home during their stay. Travelers get to enjoy the landscapes while coasting the local slopes, like the Courchevel 1300 ski jumping hill built for the 1992 Olympics.

 

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Photo: Courchevel

With the numerous reasons to explore all that Courchevel has to offer, the winter season will be packed with visitors looking to live in the lap of luxury while they embrace the fresh powder. Events like the the impressive International Festival of Pyrotechnic Arts and the 3 Vallées Enduro competition will also draw in hundreds looking for entertainment during their holiday. As the weather in France keeps the snow falling, Courchevel may be the best place to embrace the cold during your next winter vacation.

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Best Luxury Hotel Spas in Los Angeles to Revitalize Your Getaway

Traveling can often be a stressful experience, but a relaxing spa day can add a special touch to your Los Angeles getaway. From massage treatments to facials to steam rooms, destinations around the city offer luxury spa amenities that create a serene escape in the convenience of your own hotel. Visit these relaxing domains for a place to rejuvenate during your next stay in LA.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa

The massage therapists at The Beverly Hills Hotel will help you escape through facials, body treatments and yoga sessions. Detox in the sauna after a workout and continue your pampering with a makeover at the Beauty Salon.

 

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Montage Beverly Hills – Spa Montage

Experience the best in wellness with body treatments from Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L. Raphael. The Mineral Pool will transport you to another world along with their spa cabanas allowing for the perfect place to unwind.

 

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The Waldorf Astoria – La Prairie Spa

Spend a day in the lap of luxury at this Forbes rated 5-star retreat. Rejuvenate your senses through indulging in their signature treatments made to revitalize you from the inside out.

 

Photo: La Prairie Spa, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Surrender yourself to a blissful escape with a massage at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. You’ll be luminous after their signature DNA Facial that infuses your skin with a natural glow.

 

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The SLS Hotel – Ciel Spa

This stylish, dreamlike escape is known for its customized treatments in an environment of ultra-modern furnishings. The lavish atmosphere comes with music therapy technology and herbal steam rooms for a unique experience.

 

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The Beverly Wilshire Spa

 

Their one-of-a-kind body treatments unite technology and skincare to restore your skin. Their use of light therapy and exclusive black diamond non-surgical face lift are just a few of the unique wellness offerings the Beverly Wilshire Spa provides.

 

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Fairmont Miramar – Exhale

 

Exhale prioritizes complete relaxation with a focus on cleansing your mind and body. Mixing fitness classes with spa treatments, the in-depth spa provides everything you could ask for in a peaceful sanctuary.

 

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The W Hollywood – Bliss Spa

 

This two-floor spa is home to seven treatment rooms where you can invigorate your life in a trendy atmosphere. With a nail lounge and signature brownie buffet, you’ll never want this luxurious spa experience to end.

 

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Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles Spa

 

Indulge in extravagance and sophistication with a glass of Champagne at the Ritz-Carlton Spa. The space offers eucalyptus steam rooms, crystal therapies and a signature scrub made from ingredients grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden.

 

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Hotel Bel-Air Spa

 

Enter a transformative domain at the Hotel Bel-Air Spa where science and nature blend together to recharge your mind and body. The elegant space helps guests achieve powerful results through treatments like jet lag recovery, energy rituals and spring water facials.

 

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Where to Eat, Drink and Stay for Fashion Week 2019

From New York City to Milan, each fashion week event is known to draw the most stylish guests on the planet to attend designer runway shows featuring up-and-coming trends. Each city sees an influx of celebrities, tastemakers and key players in the industry seeking a fun week of fashion along with experiencing the best of the city. From elegant restaurants to lavish hotels, each fashion week event will bring you a chic experience to remember.

Fashion Week 2019

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New York City: February 8th-16th

Head to the epicenter of fashion in the US for an exciting experience in the city where Fashion Week began over 75 years ago. Once you’ve got your fill of taking in artistic pieces from around the world, head to industry favorite Dante for casual cocktails and small plates in Greenwich Village. The Osprey at 1 Hotel is also a great option with a healthy take on comfort food. The hotel’s rooftop bar, Brooklyn Heights Social Club, acts as the perfect post-dining destination with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. For a more energetic night, 1OAK is the place for popping bottles all night, or get ready to dance at Mailroom where you can blow off some steam in the sleek, ‘50s-inspired space.

 

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Photo: Brooklyn Heights Social Club

London: February 15th-19th

London has been a fashionable destination for decades and Fashion Week guests are always in for a treat. While in the area, start your day with breakfast at The Wolseley to join the clientele of high profile guests or go to dinner at the classic Chiltern Firehouse for an A-list dining experience. A bevy of esteemed Fashion Week attendees will be sure to stop by the newly re-imagined Annabel’s nightclub for an exclusive members only experience. For a more laid back night out, stop into Quaglino’s for jazz and champagne at the nostalgic hotspot. You can also make your trip worthwhile by staying at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, centrally located in a buzzworthy locale.

 

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Photo: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Milan: February 19th-25th

Fashion Week in Milan is known to be an elegant experience with Europe’s finest style icons visiting the city to enjoy the extravagant affair. If you decide to stay at Bulgari Milano, your stay will surpass expectations as it is known to be the social hub of Fashion Week attendees. The hotel’s newest restaurant Il Ristorante Niko Romito, is a highly-rated option for fine dining, or head to the casual Bar Luce—an eclectic cafe designed by filmmaker Wes Anderson. For nightlife, you’ll have to stop by Bar Principe at the Principe di Savoia hotel, known to be a bustling industry hangout during Fashion Week each year.

 

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Photo: Bulgari Milano

Paris: February 25th- March 5th

Paris has established itself as the fashion capital of the world with the industry exploding in the 19th and 20th Century, bringing forth brands like Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and plenty more. When designers, editors, and models are in town for Paris Fashion Week, the go-to place to stay is Hôtel National, complete with a rooftop bar for mingling with industry insiders. For a chic spot for sushi and cocktails, le Bar des Prés draws in a glamorous clientele during Fashion Week, along with hotspot Chez LouLou, a locale perfect for lunch with a view in the gardens of the Louvre. You’ll want to end your night partying at Le Comptoir Général, an inconspicuous bar that attracts A-listers with its under-the-radar style.

 

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Photo: Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

New York City: September 5th-13th

Returning to the Big Apple for the kickoff of Fall Fashion Week, there’s even more to explore around the bustling city. Take in the last bit of summer in style at Jimmy at The James Hotel, an inviting rooftop bar with a 360-degree view from its Soho neighborhood. Dine near the action at Le CouCou, a lavish destination for a menu of French classics and sweet desserts. Book your stay at the luxurious Soho Grand to mix and mingle with Fashion Week regulars. The hotel is known for hosting models and designers who party into the morning thanks to DJs spinning in the Club Room, a popular after party destination.

 

Fashion Week

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Soho Grand NYC

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A Luxury Shopping Experience at Palisades Village by Caruso

Pacific Palisades is one of Southern California’s most beautiful coastal cities known for its celebrity citizens, luxury homes and proximity to the ocean. The area is enhanced by local shopping destinations like Palisades Village by Caruso, which offers a curated variety of boutiques, eateries and entertainment for the community. The refined marketplace brings together a bespoke collection of retailers for an elevated shopping experience. Spend a day at Palisades Village to explore a relaxing escape in the city.

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Shopping & Dining

With a selection of handpicked shops, the unique retailers at Palisades Village offer high quality and luxury wares that include clothing, jewelry, beauty products and more. Well-known brands like Sephora Studio, Brandy Melville and Amazon Books join up-and-coming designers and boutiques to offer a diverse collection of stores. Dining outlets like Alfred Coffee and popular grocer Erewhon provide delicious options for bites and beverages during your day of perusing the village.

 

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Entertainment

Palisades Village offers up a variety of ways to entertain shoppers throughout their visit. The reimagined Bay Theatre by Cinepolis screens the latest film releases with comfortable seating and full food and bar service. For families, a weekly Kids Club and regular schedule of kid-friendly events provide fun ways to enjoy the space. You can also experience shopping parties, fitness classes and live music events that bring a unique touch of entertainment to the atmosphere.

 

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Residences

It’s easy to live a quintessential, Southern California lifestyle at The Residences at Palisades Village, which offers modern, sophisticated apartments featuring private terraces and hotel-like amenities. Open floor plans with one-to-three bedrooms create a living space fit for relaxation. Luxury is a priority with residents getting access to a members-only lounge, a private fitness studio and concierge services. The spacious residences are in the heart of the city and make for easy access to a quality shopping experience.

 

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Amenities

Residents aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the Palisades Village perks, with many luxury services open to all guests to enhance the shopping experience. With benefits like valet parking, wi-fi, gift wrapping, shoe shine and on-site car washes, you’ll be able to upgrade your visit with numerous touches of comfort. You can also enjoy house accounts, same-day delivery and reservations managed by the onsite concierge team. Palisades Village by Caruso will fulfill your every wish to ensure your shopping visit includes a unique, personalized experience.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known worldwide as a glamorous creative hub filled with unlimited ways to eat, drink and be merry. From Santa Monica to Downtown LA, you’ll find a city full of people indulging in the good life underneath the Southern California sun. Celebrity chefs, top performing artists and unparalleled nightlife locales are all a part of the city’s one-of-a-kind landscape.  If you’re looking to experience the best destinations to see and be seen, embrace the trendy culture of LA with these selections for how to have the ultimate Los Angeles vacation.

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Business Hotels

You’ll find plenty of hotels in Los Angeles that will provide everything you need for a relaxing stay. If the focus of your trip is strictly business, places like the modern, elegant Kimpton La Peer Hotel will meet your needs with its ideal West Hollywood location bordering Beverly Hills. The 1 Hotel West Hollywood sits in a prime location on Sunset Strip, offering a scenic domain to retreat to after a day of meetings. In Downtown LA, consider the Italy-inspired Nomad Hotel, boasting sleek furnishings and sits just minutes from the popular LA Live entertainment complex.

 

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Photo: Nomad Los Angeles

Lifestyle Hotels

For the pleasure-seekers of the world traveling to Los Angeles to soak up the city’s lively atmosphere, consider choosing a hotel like The Mondrian that places you right in the center of the action. Relish in the unparalleled views from their Skybar pool deck, or head to one of the many nightlife venues in the area nearby. You’ll also be walking distance to the action when you stay at the chic Dream Hotel, positioned right next door to some of the hottest nightlife spots in Hollywood. The artsy Freehand Hotel in Downtown LA is also in a great area for a night on the town, with their rooftop bar Broken Shaker being the perfect place to start your evening.

 

Photo: Dream Hollywood

Photo: Mondrian Los Angeles – Skybar Pool

Restaurants for Meetings

Food lovers are sure to enjoy their time in Los Angeles with the spectrum of restaurants available for you to taste your way through the city. Those in town for business may be in need of a dining location that can also act as a professional setting. You can’t go wrong with Nobu Los Angeles or Malibu for Japanese cuisine in a trendy setting. Craig’s in West Hollywood is known for its celebrity sightings, but also acts as a refined place for conversation with colleagues. Gracias Madre’s light and airy environment also makes for a great place to meet as you enjoy their delicious menu of plant-based, Mexican fare.

 

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Photo: Gracias Madre

Restaurants for Fun

Los Angeles may not be the city that never sleeps, but it sure knows how to party even when it comes to dining. If you’re preparing to head out for a night of fun, you may want to make a reservation for Hollywood’s Beauty & Essex—a stylish fine dining locale with an upscale pawn shop speakeasy entrance. You also can’t go wrong starting your night with bites at Harriet’s Rooftop in West Hollywood, located at the top of 1 Hotel. The view of LA’s skyline acts as the perfect backdrop for toasting glasses to a night on the town. Toca Madera is also a go-to hot spot with Mexican eats and an upbeat lounge vibe that will have you kicking your evening off right.

 

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Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop

Restaurants for Brunch

Locals consider brunch a necessity in Los Angeles, with restaurants just as busy during daylight hours as they are for the dinner rush. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with brunch at EP & LP, a West Hollywood restaurant offering up bottomless mimosas along with a rooftop bar where you can continue your Sunday fun-day with a perfect view of the Hollywood Hills. For a sophisticated hot spot, Republique in Mid City serves up French-inspired dishes to start your day with a bevy of delicious flavors.  Santa Monica’s Elephante is also a quality selection for a weekend brunch, with a simplistic, beachy atmosphere overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Locals are also a fan of brunch at Sqirl in East Hollywood, a daytime-only destination with a variety of appetizing dishes in a cozy atmosphere.

 

Photo: Elephante

Photo: Republique

Best Dining Experiences

Sometimes the best part of your dining experience is the experience itself, with ambiance and style adding elements of creativity to your meal. The Los Angeles outpost of Tao will have you in awe from the grand, layered seating style and larger-than-life Asian-inspired artwork. You’re sure to also have a magical experience at The Bazaar, a West Hollywood classic created by Nobel Prize nominee Chef Jose Andres, where innovative dishes and whimsical cocktails continue to bring guests back for more. See the city from great heights when you book a reservation at 71Above, the Downtown LA restaurant that offers up an unparalleled dinner view from the 71st floor.

 

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Photo: 71 Above

Best Cocktail Bars

With Los Angeles being the entertainment capital of the world, the city’s bars take hints from the entertainment industry with impressive venues that ushering you into a new world of wines and spirits. If you’re looking for the best cocktails in the city, look no further than Melrose Umbrella Company—a neighborhood drinkery known for its warm hospitality and palate-pleasing mixtures. You’ll also get the best of the best at Everson Royce Bar, a cool venue with an inviting outdoor patio along with a “Big Book of Spirits” filled with an endless selection of booze. You can also head to Koreatown to duck into The Walker Inn, an award-winning hidden bar within The Normandie Club that serves handcrafted cocktails to sip and savor.

 

Photo: Melrose Umbrella Co.

Photo: The Walker Inn

Best Date Night Bars

If you’re visiting the city hand-in-hand with a loved one, certain bars will be better than others in making the most of your intimate night on the town. Start your night at Bibo Ergo Sum in Beverly Hills to clink glasses in the stylish, art deco space. You’ll be able to cozy up for drinks at The Nice Guy in West Hollywood with vintage décor and dim lighting to set the mood. Employees Only is another great option for having a great conversation while enjoying a laid back crowd and late night DJ.

 

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Photo: Employees Only LA

Hottest Bars

You may be coming to Los Angeles searching for the hottest bars to mix and mingle with beautiful crowds. If meeting new people and dancing the night away is your goal, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s is a go-to for locals in looking for a lively night. The 1970s-themed bar is a known favorite with an old school playlist and living room feel complete with a backyard-style patio. You can also head to the Eastside for dancing at Tenants of the Trees, a Silver Lake destination with an indoor-outdoor setting and multiple DJs playing something for everyone. One of Hollywood’s most theatrical bars, No Vacancy, will also entertain you from start to finish with its speakeasy entrance and burlesque performances throughout the night.

 

Photo: Good Times at Davey Wayne’s

Photo: No Vacancy

Best Bar Experience

Aside from dancing and great drinks, sometimes the atmosphere of the bar itself is enough to keep patrons coming back for more. The Bungalow in Santa Monica has proved itself to be a staple in the city with an indoor-outdoor location allowing you to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Hollywood’s rooftop bar Mama Shelter is also a great sunset destination, with vibrant furnishings complementing the Southern California sunshine. You’ll also have a one-of-a-kind experience at East Hollywood’s La Descarga, a Havana-themed lounge filled with salsa dancing, live music and a smokey cigar room out back.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: La Descarga

Nightlife Experiences

LA is known for its exclusive nightlife venues that draw in some of the world’s biggest performing artists to take the stage in energetic, glamorous settings. If you’re looking for a club with a great dance floor, head to West Hollywood to visit Nightingale, a venue filled with neon lights and modern décor. The nearby Doheny Room is also a prime location for dancing as their upstairs lounge fills with partygoers and a live DJ in the old-Hollywood inspired hotspot. 1OAK is also an exclusive spot for revelry with space to dance along with impressive performances from hip hop’s finest.

 

Photo: Doheny Room

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Best For Bottle Service

If you’d rather go out with a group for bottle service, head to Warwick in Hollywood, known for its rotating theme of extravagant furnishings and also its celebrity clientele. Bootsy Bellows also has a reputation for a star-studded guest list with live performances in a chic, Palm Springs-inspired setting. Another worthy venue for bottle service is Poppy, the whimsical garden space with a built in lounge to give you the best of both worlds. Avenue’s Los Angeles outpost mixes a garden lounge with a spacious interior fit for partying in the heart Hollywood.

 

Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Poppy

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Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

After a day of celebrating your new life together, honeymoons are the cherry on top of wedded bliss with newlyweds traveling the world in the name of love. From rich landscapes to exotic locales, honeymoon destinations take romance to new levels surrounding couples with captivating scenery and luxury pampering. Whether you’re planning a spring celebration or a winter wonderland, diverse habitats around the world can offer the perfect getaway no matter the season. Elevate your romantic escape with these honeymoon destinations sure to sweep you off your feet.

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Spring

A spring wedding means plenty of budding flowers and greenery as you dive into marriage surrounded by nature’s beauty. During March, April and May you’ll find destinations like Belize to be an alluring choice. With the rainy season beginning in June, you’ll experience great weather with warm waters fit for swimming and whale watching. Japan’s world famous cherry blossoms bloom the first week of April, making places like Kyoto or Osaka perfect for witnessing the eye-catching occurrence. If the Caribbean is more your style, enjoy Jamaica at a luxury resort like Half Moon for a relaxing stay with impeccable views of the ocean.

 

Japan Cherry Blossoms

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Photo: Great Blue Hole – Belize

Summer

Summertime is the season known for sunshine which means a bright, natural escape might be just what your honeymoon needs. Travel to Indonesia’s Samaya Ubud Hotel in Bali to experience an unforgettable retreat surrounded by lush scenery. You also won’t go wrong visiting Greece’s famed city of Mykonos for the perfect mix of pampering and dining along the water. Croatia is another option that offers up a one-of-a-kind European experience with crystal-clear waterfalls and vast mountain ranges as the backdrop to your romantic getaway.

 

Mykonos Greece

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Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Photo: Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Autumn

While the leaves fall at home, take in a breath of fresh air at worldwide destinations ideal for a fall honeymoon. With sunny skies and 80-degree weather, Cancun is a great option with resorts like Excellence Riviera Cancun offering up a beachside stay with lavish amenities. You’ll also enjoy Italy’s breathtaking atmosphere vacationing amongst Florence’s beautiful architecture and culturally rich setting. If you’re looking for the perfect domestic location, Napa Valley in the fall is an unforgettable sight with acres of vineyards that will have you sipping your way through the world-famous wine region during harvesting season.

 

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Photo: Napa / Zocha Group

Winter

A winter wedding doesn’t mean you need to give in to the cold when you travel to one of the many warm destinations around the world during December, January and February. Places like New Zealand experience their summer season during winter in the States, making it an ideal destination for lounging on the beach in a comfortable environment. Fly to an island in French Polynesia to experience a honeymoon to remember, with resorts like Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa offering up luxurious bungalows over the water for a dreamlike stay. Brazil is also a prime destination for an exciting trip when you honeymoon in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A February honeymoon will offer up the opportunity to visit Carnival in this cultural hub of South America.

 

Le Taha'a Island Resort

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Photo: Rio De Janeiro

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The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Travel

Before arriving in Tokyo, it’s nearly impossible to grasp the sheer size and density of the city or the depth of the culture. As one of the largest conurbations on the planet, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do during your time there with the landscape of attractions constantly changing and evolving. Whether you are interested in seeing the historical and deeply traditional side of the city, or the ultra-modern and opulent, you will never run out of things to do in the bustling Japanese capital. Explore a city of excitement with hotels, restaurants and nightlife that will make your stay worthwhile.

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HOTELS

Shangri-La Hotel – Tokyo

Named after the legendary land from James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo captures the serenity and harmony for which the brand is known for around the world. The hotel is located on the top 11 floors of the 37-floor Marunouchi Trust Tower, and is just minutes away from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has been presented with a number of prestigious awards and is truly one of the best hotels in the country.

 

Shangri-La Tokyo

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Shangri-La Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

Located on the top floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo serves as a sanctuary for guests but also as a grand monument to the modern Japanese capital of Tokyo and all that the city stands for, such as a strong affinity towards ancestral traditions. Guests can expect ultra-modern and sleek ryokan-style rooms that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living. Along with a multitude of high-end amenities, guests can take advantage of the Aman’s spa, which is one of the largest and highest-rated in the city.

 

Aman Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

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The Prince Park Tower – Tokyo

As the flagship location for the prestigious Prince hotel chain, The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo has been outfitted with all the modern luxuries that one could ask for when staying at such a lavish location. Sitting 33 stories above Tokyo, the Prince Park Tower is a sophisticated tower that overlooks one of the city’s largest green spaces, Shiba Koen. Along with breathtaking views of the cityscape, the interior design blends ultra-modern elements with traditional Japanese elegance which creates an unbelievable stay. Everything from bowling alleys to a boulangerie is available to guests along with world-class client services.

 

Prince Park Tower

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Prince Park Tower

Photo: The Prince Park Tower

DINING

Ginza Kojyu

Regarded as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, Ginza Kojyu is led by head chef Toro Okuda and focuses on a multi-course kaiseki menu inside a Zen-like dining area. Okuda and his team do a magnificent job of showcasing modern Japanese haute cuisine through their use of ultra-fresh seasonal ingredients and expression of enhanced natural flavors.

 

Ginza Kojyu

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Ginza Kojyu

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Narisawa

Narisawa is a Tokyo staple and is world-renowned for its unique style of innovative “Satoyama cuisine,” a term coined by head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. Chef Narisawa takes inspiration from his Japanese ancestors’ intimate relationship with the forest and sea that surrounded them, an inspiration that can be seen in his dishes.

 

Narisawa

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Narisawa

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Sukiyabashi Jiro

Acclaimed chef Jiro Ono brings Tokyo ultra-fresh sushi at his Chuo City restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The menu changes constantly and is based upon which fish may be in season or what could be found that morning at the fish market. Sukiyabashi Jiro has a strict reservation list, as the intimate dining area only seats 10. If you’re looking forward to trying some authentic sushi during your time in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro should be number one on your list.

 

Sukiyabashi Jiro

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Sukiyabashi Jiro

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NIGHTLIFE

1OAK Tokyo

Just like its counterparts in some of the best cities in the US, 1OAK Tokyo is an exclusive destination for hosting top acts from around the world to perform in an energetic nightlife environment. The exclusive club sees long lines of partygoers hoping to get into the stylishly-designed hot spot. 1OAK’s signature sultry decor and sleek furnishings create a mood of luxury in the heart of Tokyo.

 

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1OAK Tokyo

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Oath

Oath is known around the city as being one of the most energetic and fun night clubs in all of Tokyo. A mix of local and international DJs frequent the club which creates a constantly changing dynamic. With a regular closing time of 8am on weekends, you’ll need all the stamina you can muster to enjoy the night until they shut it down.

 

Oath Tokyo

Photo: Oath Tokyo

Oath Tokyo

Photo: Oath Tokyo

PLUSTOKYO

PLUSTOKYO perfectly combines elements of art, food, drinks, entertainment, and music. The venue itself is located on the top floor and roof of the Kirarito shopping complex and includes a nightclub, three bars, a cafe and an art gallery. It really is a one-stop shop for everything you could ask for in a night out in Tokyo.

 

Plustokyo

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Photo: Plustokyo

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The Secret Life of Modern Speakeasies

One of the hottest nightlife trends in recent years is the resurrection of the secretive speakeasy bar. Made popular during the 1920s prohibition era, hidden craft cocktail lounges are making a comeback all around the U.S. From New York to LA, these intriguing establishments channel the aesthetic of America’s historical 13-year dry spell with contemporary (and legal) takes on the drinking atmosphere. The lack of advertisement and a sign out front means you may need to be ‘in the know’ to know these destinations even exist. So what exactly is going on behind the doors of these modern, covert hot spots?

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Los Angeles

If you’ve spent time out on the town in Los Angeles, you may have heard some buzz about at least one bar under the Houston Hospitality umbrella. Each of their ten speakeasy locations boasts a whimsical theme allowing patrons to step into another place and time. A visit to No Vacancy will take you back to the roaring 20s in a vintage houseparty environment. La Descarga acts as an homage to Havana, Cuba, with impressive performances matching the detailed cultural décor, and an even more secretive cigar room. If the 80s is your preferred era, you can stop by the group’s most recent venture, Break Room 86. With a wall of retro TV sets, fully-functioning arcade games, and karaoke rooms hidden beyond secret doors, the speakeasy concept is brought into the 21st century with a touch of nostalgia. Each location is preceded by a mysterious and theatrical entrance that’s sure to make a lasting impression on your night out.

 

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Chicago

The Windy City is fully-stocked with exclusive underground hot spots for you to duck into during your visit. The Walk In boasts a unique cooler door entrance where a live DJ keeps the vibe flowing on weekend nights. Keep an eye out for Three Dots and a Dash, where you can find an upbeat Tiki bar at the end of an alley. With strong tropical drinks and servers adorned in Hawaiian dresses, you’ll completely forget you’re in the middle of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. You can also head to the nearby Blind Barber, known for its barbershop storefront, to party all night in the secretive lounge hidden away by an unmarked door. For a truly exclusive experience, you can head to Room 13, a members-only speakeasy located beneath The Old Chicago Inn. Complete with an ever-changing password and strict dress code, a membership grants you live jazz music to go along with the 1920s-style craft cocktails.

 

Photo: Three Dots and a Dash

Phoenix

If your travels lead you to Phoenix, you’ll have a number of hidden watering holes to choose from—if you can find them. To get to Honor Amongst Thieves you’ll have to head up a back staircase where a door with a peephole awaits. Knowledgeable bartenders help you choose your evening spirit with guests enjoying the seductive velvet seating. Just outside of Phoenix, you can visit Kazimierz World Wine Bar in downtown Scottsdale. To get a taste of one of the over 1,800 selections from their wine list, your only clue to the entrance is to look out for a sign with the prophetic message, “The Truth Is Inside.”  For a bit of exclusivity, you can head to Phoenix’s former red light district and journey into the basement of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel to find Melinda’s Alley. With a maximum capacity of only 45 guests, this cash-only tavern will have you feeling like a lawless VIP in the middle of prohibition.

 

Photo: Honor Amongst Thieves

New York City

New York State, once home to 100,000 of the nation’s speakeasies during the 1920s, has brought the trend full-circle in the 21st century. Tucked behind a coffee shop’s storefront, Bathtub Gin is easy to miss but worth the find to taste the elaborate, Victorian cocktails or take a photo in the copper bathtub decor piece. You’ll receive a dash of insight with your cocktail at Employees Only, a West Village hot spot with a glowing “Psychic” sign out front hinting at its presence. The house psychic will forecast your future as the eclectic food and drink menu keep you satisfied ‘til dawn. To live out a truly authentic night, you can visit former prohibition-operated speakeasy the Back Room. Don’t let the “Lower East Side Toy Company” sign distract you, this bar hides beyond a gate and down a flight of stairs—the original entrance used by law-breaking patrons almost 100 years ago.

 

Photo: Employees Only

Experience a Modern Speakeasy

As this vintage form of nightlife finds a resurgence in the coming years, there are sure to be more unique speakeasy locales showing up on your city’s radar. The concept has even garnered an international appeal with new American-style hideaways popping up in Paris, London, Rome, and Amsterdam. Whether you’re looking for a seductive night-cap, a unique craft drink, or an energetic dance floor, the endless possibilities for creativity allow the speakeasy concept to thrive. So keep your eyes and ears open the next time you pass by what seems to be a simple barber shop, storage room, or furniture store, because it might just be the doorway to your next favorite hot spot.

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Photo: Houston Hospitality

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The Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

Anyone who has heard of The Yacht Week knows to expect wild parties, beautiful views of the sea and an exciting group of international travelers looking to have the time of their lives. The Greece Route is a favorite among Yacht Week attendees due to its perfect mix of partying and sunbathing, along with a dash of culture from the selection of Greek islands included in the visit. For anyone considering hopping aboard for the classic, Mediterranean voyage, learn more about what to expect when you set sail on The Yacht Week Greece route.

Yacht Week Greece Nikki Beac

Photo: Yacht Week Greece Nikki Beach – Oliver Sjostrom

 

Greece Route Details

This mid-paced route will be an unforgettable experience as you spend seven days on the Aegean Sea visiting Greece’s most beautiful locales including the islands of Poros, Spetses and Dokos. With between 20-30 yachts joining your voyage, you’re sure to make plenty of new friends in Europe’s sunniest country. The Greece Route runs from June through September, with July and August being the most coveted months due to the region’s enticing 80-degree weather. The Greece Route is known as the Croatia Route’s “little sister,” in that the fair amount of organized parties will keep you dancing all day and all night, but with long sailing days to give you a bit of rest and relaxation.

 

Yacht Week Greece overview

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Assembling a Crew

On each yacht is a crew of 6-12 people living in 3-5 cabins, all ready to spend their week partying on the water. If you don’t have a full boat, the process of filling your crew is made easy by TYW’s crew finder tool. The mandatory equal gender balance also ensures that there’s a variety of travelers to mix and mingle with. Additionally, you have the ability to hire a skipper if your group isn’t sailing savvy, or a host to take on the task of making freshly prepared meals each day. These two upgrades are considered necessities for most Yacht Week attendees who want to treat their adventure like a true vacation.

 

Yacht Week Greece

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Booking a Yacht

With the Greek sunshine beaming down on you for the week, you’ll want to make sure you choose a boat that will be comfortable for you and your friends to enjoy. With Standard, Premium and Premium Plus yacht options, you can decide on your preferred boat with Premium Plus offering up the best amenities like spacious cabins, quality bathrooms, air conditioning, and a first-class experience. The Greece Route has minimal port fees compared to other routes, but you will find higher fuel costs due to the long days of sailing between locations.

 

Lagoon 42 Yacht Sailing

Photo: Lagoon 42 The Yacht Week

What to Pack

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime by bringing necessities that will enhance your trip in ways you wouldn’t expect. Things like swimsuits, sunscreen and lightweight clothing may be a given, but to have the most fun during TYW, you’ll want to add a few more items to your shopping list. Inflatable floaties are great for lounging on during the line and circle rafts where you’ll splash around in the sea. Also bring your country’s flag to represent home along with fun costumes and toys to enhance your crew’s look during the regatta. More practical items like battery-powered fans, an auxiliary cord or portable speaker, and a water-proof camera will also come in handy to make your trip more pleasant. Don’t forget to include an all-white outfit for the Riviera Chic party, which is often one of the best celebrations of the week.

 

Yacht Week Floaties

Photo: The Yacht Week / Michael Vanarey

Schedule

The itinerary for each route will vary slightly, as there are two options of a starting marina and activities are scheduled around weather. You’ll find out your exact schedule a few weeks before you depart for your adventure, but here’s an example of what your trip might look like.

Alimos or Lavrio Marina

You’ll begin the week in Athens when you check in at your assigned marina. You’ll meet up with the rest of the Yacht Week crews at a restaurant where you’ll get your first taste of Greek cuisine. An after party usually follows and you’ll crash on your docked boat to prepare for tomorrow’s departure.

 

Photo: Alimos Marina Greece

Poros

You’ll set sail to this small island and get a chance to explore the great shopping and amazing restaurants. The midday Tropical Retro Party at Love Bay will have you dressed in Hawaiian shirts while sipping pineapple drinks and playing a game of beach volleyball as the sun sets. After a delicious dinner, you might also enjoy partying at the nearby club Malibu Bar to finish off your day.

 

Yacht Week Greece Love Bay

Photo: Yacht Week Greece Love Bay

Porto Heli

One of the most fun days of the Greece route is when you visit Nikki Beach for a lively day party. Attendees often book a room at the Nikki Beach Hotel for a place to freshen up and get ready for the festivities. Bottle service is a must with luxurious daybeds helping you soak up the sun as you celebrate. There also may be an after party at the Nikki Beach Pearl Rooftop for you to keep the party going after dinner.

 

Nikki Beach Porto Heli

Photo: Nikki Beach Porto Heli – The Blonde Abroad

Natural Bay & Dokos

The peak of every Yacht Week trip is regatta day—a boat race with each crew dressed up in themed costumes. Awards are given to crews who have the best outfits, sailing skills and enthusiasm, so make sure your group is ready to bring a good time. After the regatta at Natural Bay, you’ll end near the island of Dokos for a line raft. All the boats are tied together for yacht party hopping and lounging on floaties. You can also explore the secluded island with a hike or spend the rest of the day enjoying the views of the sea.

 

Yacht Week Greece Dokos

Photo: Yacht Week Greece Dokos

Ermioni

One of the most memorable days of the week, you’ll attend the freshly themed Riviera Chic party where all white attire is required. Bottle service will give an added touch to make the most of the festivities. Dinner is a necessity after the event with a few late night restaurants open that your skipper or host will be happy to recommend to you.

 

Photo: Yacht Week Greece White Party

Hydra

You’ll get to spend your day exploring the beautiful island of Hydra and spend some time shopping the local boutiques. Ride a donkey along the cobblestone streets and taste authentic Greek cuisine at one of the island’s many delicious restaurants. The warm weather will likely coax you into booking a hotel room where you can freshen up before dinner at the Sunset Restaurant. Breathtaking views of the sunset will be your backdrop as you wine and dine with all the crews. The after party at the nearby Omilos is an easy walk and is a great place for bottle service.

 

Hydra Greece

Photo: Hydra Greece

Final Day

You’ll wake up on your last day of fun to sailing back to the port where you arrived in Athens. If you’d like to check out of the boat early, you can book a hotel for some R&R before the final party of the week. You’ll head to Yabanaki Beach to celebrate at the popular Varkiza Resort for your last hurrah and to say your goodbyes to your new friends.

 

Varkiza Resort

Photo: Varkiza Resort, Yabanaki beach

Helpful Tips

Keep in mind some of these helpful tips to ensure your Greece Yacht Week vacation reaches its full potential:

  • With such a beautiful city right at your fingertips, flying out a day before or after your Yacht Week excursion is a great way to maximize your time and explore Athens.
  • You’ll want to buy all your groceries for the week on Day 1 while you’re docked at the marina, and will accompany your host for shopping if you have one. Stock up on jugs of water along with snacks for munching and booze for boat partying. You should also get things like shampoo, trash bags and toilet paper that will be essentials throughout the week.
  • If your boat doesn’t have a shower, keep in mind that the only places to shower are the Nikki Beach Hotel in Porto Heli, hotels in Hydra, or a secret spot inside a restaurant in Ermioni—ask your skipper for the inside scoop.
  • Don’t forget to tip your skipper and host for all their hard work during your week of revelry.
  • Get cash out while you’re still in Athens on Day 1 as many of the Greek restaurants are cash only, or will only accept a limited number of credit cards for the table.
  • Decide on a regatta day theme beforehand and include your host and skipper in the festivities by bringing costumes for them too.

 

Yacht Week

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece

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