Roam Free at Italy’s Finest Coastal Cities

When traveling to Italy, many people feel Milan, Venice, or Pompeii are some of the best options. Not everyone considers the abundance of picture-perfect coastal towns and cities that Italy has to offer. The colorful and unique architecture, unrivaled views of the ocean, and the cliff-covered landscape that surrounds the towns are enough to spark romance inside of your heart. Whether you’re looking to do some shopping, A-list dining, or outdoor activities, you can find it all and more within some of Italy’s best coastal cities.

Italy Coastal Cities

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Amalfi

Located at the mouth of a deep ravine and the foot of Monte Cerreto, Amalfi is a small but world-renowned city known for sun-filled piazzas, historic architecture, and luxury vacations. If you’re thinking about booking a trip to Amalfi, consider staying at the Santa Caterina Hotel, set in a hilltop villa on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The upscale hotel presents beautiful views of the water as well as two delicious restaurants and no shortage of amenities for guests.

 

Amalfi, Italy

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Santa Caterina Hotel Amalfi

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Manarola

As a part of the Cinque Terre National Park, Manarola is known for being the ‘most colorful’ city in the world. The buildings resemble an artist’s palette, tightly placed together along a cliff overlooking the ocean. Manarola is one of five towns that make up the Cinque Terre National Park, and every year visitors flock to the park to hike and take in everything Manarola has to offer. On your next trip to Manarola, consider staying at La Torretta Lodge, a unique luxury hotel that boasts a modernized medieval tower and contemporary art-filled rooms that offer breathtaking views over the water.

 

Manarola Italy

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Manarola, Italy

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Positano

You will never find a shortage of photo opportunities when visiting Italy’s most picturesque city with quaint homes, rustic hotels, and the most luxurious resorts on the Amalfi coast including the Il San Pietro di Positano. Positano’s location gives visitors the opportunity to travel by boat to Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo. Enjoy laying out on the beach, hiking the foothills that lie behind the coastal paradise, or feasting on authentic Mediterranean cuisine at restaurants like Ristorante Il Capitano that provide gorgeous views of the sea.

 

Positano, Italy

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Le Sirenuse Positano

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Portofino

Portofino has become popular with US travelers in recent decades due to its opulence and picturesque scenery. The distinctive half-moon harbor now houses superyachts year-round, and new resorts like Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendid Mare have sprung up ensuring that guests receive the best treatment possible. The Belmond is all about elegance and refinement, not overtaking the natural charm of the Riviera, but adding to it.

 

Portofino, Italy

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Belmond Hotel Splendido

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Sorrento

Where the mountains meet the sea and where deep valleys transition into beautiful citrus plantations is where you’ll find the enchanting Italian city of Sorrento. Located in the province of Naples, Sorrento is set on a truly unbelievable landscape. Enjoy sipping fine wines in the Piazza Tasso square, or check out the rolling countryside that leads into the Amalfi coast. After a day of exploring, retire to your room at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, a 19th-century grand dame located on a cliff right above the port.

 

Sorrento, Italy

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

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Polignano a Mare

The historic old town of Polignano a Mare is thought to be one of the most charming as well as the most important towns in the south of Italy. The city is perched upon limestone cliffs overlooking the rich blue Adriatic Sea, creating a perfect location for cliff diving. Consider staying at the Borgobianco Resort & Spa Mgallery by Sofitel, renowned for its friendly service and ultra relaxing atmosphere.

 

Polignano a Mare

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Borgobianco Resort and Spa

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Atrani

Atrani has long been the escape for the most powerful families of Amalfi. The city still maintains a small fishing village feel even after incorporating a variety of high-end conveniences and places to stay. The town has traditionally designed homes climbing up cliffsides to offer stunning views over the water, and there is a maze of tightly packed alleys and colorful gardens that run throughout. Here, the Belmond Hotel Caruso serves as the height of extravagance and sophistication. Set on a cliff overlooking the coast, this 11th-century palace is in a central location for all the activities you could ask for when vacationing on the coast.

 

Altrani, Italy

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Belmond Caruso

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Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the largest and most easterly city located within the Cinque Terre National Park. The city is placed upon the unspoiled blue waters of the Gulf of Genoa and is known for their Sciacchetra sweet wine which is fermented from Bosco, Fermentino, and Albarola grapes. The colorful homes create a backsplash of elegance against the natural, beautifully rough landscape. While roaming Riomaggiore and the rest of the Cinque Terre Park, consider resting your head at the Restaurant Hotel Porto Roca, the welcoming and down to earth hillside slice of paradise.

 

Riomaggiore, Italy

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Riomaggiore, Italy

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Enjoy a Summer Sunset at The Bungalow Santa Monica’s Night Market

The Bungalow is known to Santa Monica citizens as one of the most populated bars on the Westside. Its brand built on surf culture, Baja California and a quality sunset over the Pacific leads locals and visitors alike to keep coming back to the inviting venue attached to the Fairmont Hotel. With summer just around the corner, The Bungalow has a new draw with the launch of their Night Market—a weekly event featuring a selection of LA’s best food trucks. Learn more about The Bungalow’s plans for a bustling, beachside summer event.

The Bungalow Santa Monica Night Market

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Night Market Launches May 16th

For those looking to get their weekend started early, Thursday nights at The Bungalow are the place to be with their Night Market launching on May 16th and running through fall. The free KCRW-sponsored event will stake its claim on what is currently the Bungalow’s parking lot, which normally houses valet cars along with a line of people that snakes through the space on weekends. The unstoppable Bungalow crowds are sure to appreciate a new reason to stop by and take advantage of an additional space to hang out along the iconic Ocean Boulevard.

 

 

The Bungalow Santa Monica Night Market

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Street Eats & Casual Bites

Running each week from 5-10pm, the Night Market will take on a different tone than the bar to attract foodies of all ages craving street eats and families searching for a fun summer activity. Picnic tables will be set up throughout as guests can try different tastes from some of the best food trucks in the city. Buzzed about Mexican food favorite Tacos 1986 will be a part of the menu along with popular vegan food truck ManEatingPlant. Opening night will include a special acoustic performance by Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray, with further live music performances expected to be announced in the future. DJs from KCRW’s schedule will also be playing hits as guests enjoy casual bites in front of an LA sunset.

 

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Brent Bolthouse & The Bungalow

Bungalow visionary Brent Bolthouse joined designers Studio Collective to open up the now iconic indoor-outdoor space in the summer of 2012. Since then, the beloved brand has expanded to include another location in Huntington Beach with additional venues in La Jolla and Long Beach scheduled to open by the end of the year. Guests flock to both of the current locations to take in the quintessentially Californian vibe while sipping drinks in a welcoming, beachy environment.

Bolthouse is also known for creating exciting events and is recently coming off the heels of the success of the annual Neon Carnival Coachella after party. The 2019 event included an encore with a second round of festivities occurring after Goldenvoice’s other desert festival, Stagecoach. Bolthouse plans to make Night Market a staple in the Santa Monica summer scene alongside the first ever Santa Monica LGBT Pride festival arriving in June and the return of the Santa Monica Pier Twilight Concerts in August.

 

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The all ages Bungalow Night Market is free and open to the public each Thursday evening from 5-10pm beginning on May 16th, 2019, and will last through the end of the summer.

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A Summer Experience at Rosé Day LA

As an elegant kickoff to summer, the 2nd annual Rosé Day LA event will bring together thousands of Rosé fans during a daytime picnic with a touch of luxury. Curated cuisine and DJs keep guests happy as they sip their blush-colored cocktails in the Malibu sunshine. Whether you’re a Rosé aficionado, or just looking for a way to take in a stunning landscape, National Rosé Day won’t be spent better than making this event your weekend destination.

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National Rosé Day

With National Rosé Day only recently being created in 2015, the new and flourishing “holiday” has excited Rosé fans every year on the second Saturday in June. While there are official celebrations held by its founders, a group of well-established LA hospitality veterans have stepped up to bring a one-of-a-kind celebration to life in Los Angeles, now in its second year.

 

Photo: Anastasia Mikhailuk and Gina Zhel – Rose Day LA Launch

Food & Drinks

The Rosé itself is the star of the event with numerous sponsors like Perrier-Jouët’s Rosé Champagne, Domaine Bertaud Belieu’s Rosé wine and Svedka Rosé Vodka all on the menu for a variety of tastes to excite your palate. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the event’s co-charity partners Charity: Water, an organization bringing clean drinking water to developing countries and Art of Elysium, an art-based non-profit.

While the beloved pink drink will be the focus, Chef Marc Forgione of Iron Chef will be selecting his favorite gourmet food truck vendors to serve up their best dishes along with collaborating with them to create his own Rosé-inspired cuisine to complement the beverage.

 

Photo: Moët Rosé Impérial

VIP Access

Live DJ performances by artists like Brody Jenner will keep the energy going as guests sip on pink cocktails in a dress code of “summer chic” pastels and whites. Guests will find leisure games and activities to play in the open landscape along with browsing the available art and luxury brand activations for some summer shopping.
Alongside a General Admission option, the VIP Garden upgrade allows for access to a private lounge space and complimentary meal, dedicated bars serving Rosé-inspired cocktails, private restrooms and expedited shuttle service and entry for a streamlined experience.

The event created by the team behind LA’s own Warwick nightclub, Horse and Carriage Hospitality, celebrates the second year of a Rosé Day event commemorating the fun, national holiday. Acting as a kickstart to Los Angeles’ summer day party season, you won’t want to miss out on this classic, summer experience.

 

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The Rosé Day LA event will take place Saturday, June 8th at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA from 12:00pm-8:00pm.

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known to be a hot destination for anyone celebrating a big life event, including the rite-of-passage of a 21st birthday. With the newfound ability to order a drink on your own, the possibilities are endless for how to spend your time in a city known for its world-renowned reputation of revelry. Narrow down your options with a rundown of how to take your Vegas birthday adventure to the next level.

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Hotels

Your choice of hotel will make all the difference in the world, so why not splurge on your once-in-a-lifetime 21st birthday adventure? The Cosmopolitan is known for its sleek and sexy atmosphere that will have you feeling sophisticated during your entrance into adulthood. The Wynn and Encore towers will also give a luxurious feel to your stay with a classic style and beautiful views. The extravagant Venetian Resort will also put a lavish touch on your stay with spacious suites and opulent Italian decor. For a great stay just off the strip, the newly renovated Palms will have you feeling like a rockstar with a chic, contemporary design and one-of-a-kind specialty suites.

 

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Activities

Once you step foot onto the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll feel the energy of the city with people from all over the world thrill seeking in the lively, neon setting. You’re sure to get your heart-rate pumping on your 21st birthday by taking a few laps around the track driving a luxury sports car at Exotics Racing. If seeing the city from great heights is more your style, take a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip for unparalleled views of the night’s sparkling lights. You’ll also get an adrenaline-filled view from the top of the Stratosphere–the tallest observation tower in the country that also includes multiple thrill rides that dangle you over the bustling city below.

 

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Dining

Make the most of your Vegas 21st birthday trip by indulging in some of the world’s finest cuisine featured up and down the Strip. The SLS Hotel is home to Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, an imaginative culinary experience that is known to put an innovative twist on traditional Spanish dishes. Enjoy dinner at Catch at Aria for a trendy, eye-catching destination with an Asian-influenced menu. You won’t go wrong at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, where the celebrity chef has created a menu of mouth-watering American cuisine at The Bellagio. Hakkasan isn’t just a nightclub, but also a luxurious restaurant with a Cantonese-inspired menu that makes for an unforgettable dining experience in a stylish atmosphere.

 

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Dayclubs

One of the best parts of Las Vegas weather is being able to take advantage of it through attending sun-filled day parties where you can celebrate your 21st birthday poolside [link to Best Pools Blog] while hearing your favorite artists. Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is a known favorite where DJs like The Chainsmokers, Diplo and Kygo show off their talents to energized crowds. Head to a Drai’s pool party atop the Cromwell Hotel where hip hop’s finest, including Snoop Dogg, Migos and Future, are known to take the stage. Wet Republic is a go-to for fans of EDM DJs like Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Zedd while at Daylight at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Morgan Page, Rick Ross and Duke Dumont. The new Kaos Dayclub at the Palms Hotel is also a hot destination boasting residencies for Marshmello, Eric Prydz and Kaskade.

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Shows

A city made for entertainment wouldn’t be complete without a lineup of shows and music acts to dazzle you during your 21st birthday experience. Lovers of pop music will have plenty of talented stars to choose from with Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Janet Jackson all putting on regular performances in the city throughout the year. You’ll also find bands like Lady Antebellum, Aerosmith and Def Leppard taking their place on stage at hotels along the Strip. You can also take in one of the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows like O Show or Zumanity, or see Absinthe for a vintage circus and cabaret experience.

 

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Photo: “O” show by Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Lady Gaga / LA Times

Nightclubs

It wouldn’t be a 21st birthday in Vegas without taking advantage of the overabundance of nightclubs along the iconic Strip. One of the newest and most buzzed about destinations is Kaos, which brings stars like Cardi B, G-Eazy and Deadmau5 to the stage regularly. You’ll be feeling the energy at XS with performers like Drake, Alesso and Marshmello entertaining crowds in the indoor-outdoor space. You’ll also get a unique experience at Encore Night Swimone of the few nighttime pool parties on the Strip, featuring acts like Anna Lunoe, Disclosure, Galantis and Rufus Du Sol. The Wynn’s other nightclub, Intrigue, will have you dancing to RL Grime, Diplo and Dillon Francis while Marquee at The Cosmopolitan puts on shows from dance music legends like Benny Benassi and Fedde Le Grand. Aria is home to Jewel nightclub, which features EDM and hip hop acts like Tyga, Nicky Romero and Party Favor.

 

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Photo: Cardi B / KAOS Nightclub

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Bars & Lounges

If you’re narrowing down a place to buy your first drink and kick off your 21st birthday night, the best way to go is to stop into one of Vegas’ hottest lounges for an enhanced pre-party experience. Start your night off at Hyde in the Bellagio with bites and drinks on their terrace overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountain. Head to the Waldorf Astoria to enjoy the sleek SkyBar for signature cocktails and an unparalleled floor-to-ceiling view from the 23rd floor. You’ll also enjoy the view at the elegant Chandelier lounge in The Cosmopolitan, with three levels to take in the sparkling crystal decor. For a vintage-inspired hideaway, The MGM’s new On the Record speakeasy experience is a unique destination with an impressive record store theme.

 

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Photo: Skybar at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

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Your Guide to the Perfect Yacht Week

Adventure is just around the corner for those planning to take an excursion through the seas with The Yacht Week. Whether you’re booked for Italy, Montenegro, Greece, or any of their other enticing route options, there’s plenty to prepare for as you embark on the week-long yacht party. Know what to expect with some helpful tips for making your Yacht Week adventure the experience of a lifetime.

 

The Yacht Week – Fabian Webster

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As you plan your journey, there’s a lot to keep in mind in preparation for a week of excitement. Gather a crew of friends who are fun, responsible, and ready to live like a family for a week in close quarters on your boat. Don’t forget to also book a skipper so that you’ll have an expert navigator for those long days of boozy fun. Keep the trip silly by bringing costumes, floaties, face paint, and plenty of props to make your photo stream memorable. Pack only necessary items to save space on your yacht—a waterproof phone case, non-slip shoes, and an AUX cord are just a few essentials to make your excursion perfect. Each of The Yacht Week’s routes have their own unique experience to offer, with a few standing out as favorites among attendees.

 

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Croatia

For those with an affinity for a wild party, Croatia may be the destination for you. One of the most popular of all the routes, the Croatia experience will have you partying at beautiful Fort George or dancing it out to EDM mixes at Club Vanilla. The Croatian coast is one-of-a-kind and you’ll get to join as many as 50 other boats of travelers ready to thrill seek alongside you. Put some money aside for port fees and bottle service to ensure you’re all set for expenses throughout the week. Shorter sailing days on this route leave plenty of time to focus on letting loose as you make lifelong friends on the Croatian waters.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week Croatia – Adam Bertalan

Greece

There’s something for everyone when you take in a week of Greek culture during this stunning route. Treat yourself to bottle service at one of their many nightlife and day party events throughout the week—Ermioni Island’s White Party is a classic that will have you decked out in your brightest whites to sip drinks on the ocean. With plenty of activities to do on land, explore each island and experience both tourist and local culture for an added bonus to your sea excursion. Port fees are a breeze on the Greek route, so use the extra cash for fuel during the long sailing days.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece

British Virgin Islands

Sail through the tropics during the Caribbean BVI route, fit for a relaxing escape into the sparkling blue waters. Become one with the ocean by snorkeling, exploring the natural baths or getting lost in the numerous underwater caves. Locals will have you loving life with their deliciously made rum drinks and fresh seafood right at your fingertips. With more availability for a catamaran on this route, splurge on the upgrade to take advantage of the extra space and make the most of your trip. You’ll also want to set aside a hefty shopping fund for this destination, but beautiful ocean views will make up for the island prices. Day parties will be the peak of your journey as you dance in the sand under the clear, blue Caribbean sky.

 

Photo: Jost Van Dyke, BVI – Soggy Dollar Bar

 

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Tropical U.S. Destinations for Your Next Island Getaway

When you think of a vacation, you might imagine sitting on a white sand beach in a far off country with a drink in hand. While many of these destinations may seem exotic, there are plenty of US territories around the world that don’t even require a passport for your visit. Making your way to a beachside oasis has never been easier. Get your fix of luxury and relaxation when you visit these US tropical vacation destinations.

Tropical U.S. Destinations

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St. Thomas – U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Thomas serves as the gateway isle into the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Though it is only 32 square miles, the small island has an unending list of activities for you to do. There is no shortage of small coves and inlets to explore along with a world-renowned golf course, beaches that compete with the best in the world and an energetic nightlife scene.

 

Photo: St. Thomas / U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

American Samoa

A next-door neighbor of Fiji, the American Samoa islands are just a 13-hour flight from Los Angeles to the southwest, past Hawaii and nearby to New Zealand. It is this prime location that gives the islands a distinct feel from any other area of the U.S. or her territories. Enjoy hiking the volcanic mountains or scuba diving in crystal blue waters off of a white sand beach. There is also no shortage of high-end dining and residences that offer visitors a truly luxurious stay.

 

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Guam

For a tropical vacation that feels worlds away from the U.S. mainland, consider booking a trip out to Guam–a U.S. island located south of the Philippines. The remote island has become a vacation hotspot for U.S. elites in the last couple of decades, attracted by the unique cuisine, beautiful landscapes, and waters perfect for snorkeling or diving. Shipwrecks off the coast serve as great spots to explore while scuba diving, or lounge at their impressive hotels like the Dusit Thani Guam Resort for a bit of rest and relaxation.

 

Guam

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Isabela – Puerto Rico

If the energetic nightlife and touristy shopping of San Juan isn’t quite your scene, consider heading west on a two-hour drive to the relatively undiscovered town of Isabela. The town carries a slower and more peaceful feel, and visitors make the most of this attitude by taking in everything the town has to offer like pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets. If you do decide to make the trip to Isabela, you won’t be completely in the woods. There are still options for high-end accommodations like the breathtaking Royal Isabela and fine dining like The Eclipse restaurant.

 

Photo: Royal Isabela Golf Course

The Florida Keys

This chain of islands off the southern coast of Florida is the most Caribbean you can get without leaving the mainland. The colorful and unique architecture along with the tropical climate makes the Keys feel like you’ve truly left the States. Head to Key West for snorkeling, fine dining, an active nightlife scene.

 

The Florida Keys

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Kauai – Hawaii

The most beautiful and least developed island in Hawaii, Kauai offers visitors lush mountainscapes, breathtaking shores, and a rich culture to explore. The otherworldly island has been the backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies and T.V. shows, so cinephiles will enjoy exploring some recognizable locations.

 

Kauai, Hawaii

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Only a three-hour flight from New York, San Juan feels worlds away from the U.S. which makes the seaside paradise the perfect tropical vacation spot for anyone looking to get away from the hustle of city life. San Juan is Puerto Rico’s largest city, serving as its capital. Visit the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and gaze on the colorful Spanish architecture, still alive from the old world. After checking out some of the historical sites that the city houses, head to one of the fine dining restaurants dotted all around San Juan like the beachside Oceana that features upscale Caribbean cuisine.

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Set Sail at the World’s Best Yachting Destinations

There are few modes of travel that can measure up to the leisure and luxury of a yacht with the ocean breeze giving an added touch to your journey. The freedom you’ll experience out on the open water is unparalleled, and the designs and features that many yachts incorporate are second to none. Unlike cruise lines that set destinations for you, a private vessel gives you free rein when it comes to choosing where to drop anchor. If you’re itching to feel the wind in your hair and the spray of the sea on your face this summer, consider taking your journey to some of the world’s best yachting destinations.

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St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

The steady winds, naturally deep Charlotte Amalie Harbour, and calm winds make St. Thomas the perfect place to visit on your next yachting trip. The island’s topography becomes immediately apparent when you arrive, and visitors can expect to find fine dining and lavish shopping. The island paradise also serves as a haven for those seeking world-class snorkeling, kitesurfing and other enjoyable water activities.

 

Photo: St. Thomas / U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

Monaco

Monaco, which is synonymous with luxury and fine dining, creates a flawless environment to dock your yacht the next time you’re sailing the seven seas. World-class nightlife and the Monaco Grand Prix, which happens in May, add to the overall experience of extravagance that guests can expect when visiting the small, independent French city-state.

 

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French Riviera

As one of the most glamorous destinations in all of Europe, the French Riviera has it all. Consider a yachting vacation visiting the white sand beaches of Nice, the indescribable nightlife of Monte-Carlo, or the peaceful island of Porquerolles off the western coastline of Saint-Tropez. There are special events hosted year-round in the French Riviera, such as the Cannes Film Festival, that make it the perfect area to stop in and rest up before your next adventure.

 

Photo: French Riviera / Zeepod

Sardinia, Italy

Located off the coast of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia serves as an isolated getaway for those in search of peace and quiet. Amazing hiking trails and nuraghi stones make the island a wondrous place to explore, and the beautiful beaches are a great spot for catching a tan.

 

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St. Georges Parish, Bermuda

Local culture and leisure lifestyle abound at St. George’s Parish, a town on the Bermudian island of St. George. Every year, between the months of March and November, the world’s most elite sailing teams congregate at St. George’s Parish to compete in regattas that are hosted by Bermuda’s multitude of sailing clubs. Along with the races, the local culture and luxurious dining and shopping options make for the perfect area for relaxing on your private yacht.

 

Photo: St. Georges Parish, Bermuda

Greece

In an area that’s surrounded by multiple seas that are dotted with thousands of islands, Greece has served as a haven for luxury mariners for centuries. The natural beauty that flows from the whole country, as well as the cosmopolitan nightlife and globally-renowned dining and shopping, make Greece one of the most interesting places to visit in Europe. Visit Crete, Greece’s largest island, Athens, a city that overflows with history and culture, or Mykonos, an area known around the world for marvelous nightlife and leisure.

 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod sits the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. The picture-perfect New England colony is best known for its windswept beaches, quaint but luxurious cottages, and protected inlets. Nantucket originally made its fortune from the whaling trade, as made popular by the novel Moby Dick. Today, whaling ships have been replaced by luxurious superyachts as the world’s elite come together to experience the ultimate vacation destination.

 

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in LA

21st birthdays are a rite of passage for young people ready to explore the variety of fun venues Los Angeles has to offer. With such an exciting celebration to plan, narrowing down the right places to go can be difficult when checking out venues beforehand may not be an option. Coming up with a creative 21st birthday idea for yourself or your loved one can make all the difference in kicking off the year to a lively start.

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Hotels

Your hotel choice will be the cherry on top of your 21st birthday weekend when you book a destination fit for rest and relaxation. The Mondrian is centrally located on Sunset Strip and has an iconic pool with infinite views of the city. The trendy W Hotel is a bustling Hollywood Boulevard hotspot that places you right in the center of the action. If you stay at The London West Hollywood, you’ll be in the lap of luxury with the hotel’s glamorous feel and beautiful views. The elegant design of the Kimpton La Peer hotel makes for a photo-worthy experience and has a prime location right off of the iconic Melrose Boulevard. The stylish Dream Hollywood is also a coveted destination due its location and variety of sister nightlife properties right next door.

 

Photo: Dream Hollywood

Photo: Kimpton La Peer

Photo: The London West Hollywood

Activities

A newfound taste for wine is sure to develop after a 21st birthday visit to the Tasting Room at Malibu Wines. The rustic destination will let you and your group try out their variety of selections along with enjoying live music and events on the weekend. For a more adrenaline-fueled birthday event, Exotics Racing lets you experience some of the fastest cars on the planet at their private speedway. Sit in with a professional driver during a drifting thrill ride or take the wheel yourself for a high-octane escape. If laid back fun is more of your b-day style, book a lane at the trendy Highland Park Bowl for beers with friends, or reserve a karaoke room with bottle service at the speakeasy destination Break Room 86. Video game fans will have a blast at Button Mash, a “barcade” with a variety of vintage arcade games along with an extensive beer selection. Take your birthday to new heights with a helicopter tour of Los Angeles that will give you a bird’s eye view of the City of Angels.

 

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Break Room 86 – Karaoke Room

Photo: Exotics Racing

Dining

A chic 21st birthday dinner can create the best memories and in Los Angeles, you can choose from any of the thriving selection of hot spots to make the moment special. Dine at Catch for a beautiful rooftop location with a stylish crowd to match. For an intimate hideaway, reserve a table at Delilah in their vintage-inspired setting fit with burlesque dancers and the occasional live jazz performance. If the West side is more your speed, head to rooftop spot Elephante to take in the sunset while enjoying the Californian and Southern Italian menu of delicious eats. Tao is one of the city’s most trendy dining destinations with an expansive layout and Asian-inspired dishes that attract an A-list clientele to its Hollywood location. After a weekend of partying, check out Gracias Madre for brunch to indulge in their plant-based menu that satisfies vegans and meat lovers alike.

 

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Elephante Santa Monica

Photo: TAO Los Angeles

Day Partying

Sometimes celebrating during the day is the answer, and LA’s unbeatable weather will ensure a perfect 21st birthday atmosphere. Head to EP & LP and book Frankie’s Private Bar to ring in the day with all your closest friends, or lounge at their open seating patio for a casual toast under the sun. Santa Monica’s neighborhood favorite The Bungalow is a great destination for a birthday with plenty of tables to reserve for your special day. The colorful Hollywood rooftop spot Mama Shelter also makes for an Instagram-worthy celebration, or book a poolside room at The Roosevelt Hotel to have a prime location at their weekend pool parties without even leaving your hotel room. You can also rise to the top of the Dream Hotel to visit The Highlight Room, a rooftop destination perfect for taking in some poolside sunshine while dancing to tunes from a live DJ.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

Photo: EP & LP

Photo: The Highlight Room

Nightclubs

The best part of any 21st birthday is showing your newly legal ID at the hottest nightclubs in town. Warwick is a go to for a birthday bash with their large space and extravagant décor creating the perfect backdrop to your night. Try out Avenue and experience their modern indoor space connected to a vibrant atrium garden. One of the most exclusive spots in the city is the A-list favorite Poppy, boasting DJs and world-renowned musical performances in the whimsical setting. The newly revitalized nightclub Bootsy Bellows has an elegant, Palm Springs-inspired look for you to party the night away in style. Music lovers will appreciate the vibe at The Peppermint Club, known for its live performances and energetic weekend atmosphere.

 

Photo: Warwick Hollywood

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

Photo: Poppy LA

Bars & Speakeasies

Gathering with friends at a bar is a great way to have a 21st birthday with a little something for everyone. The most recent Houston Hospitality venue Madame Siam will have you dancing the night away in their energetic circus-themed space. Silver Lake’s Tenants of the Trees is also a prime option for laid back dancing with their hip hop room and main room blasting a mix of throwback selections. For those who prefer games over a dance floor, Casey’s Irish Pub lets you try their Irish whiskey and beer selections while practicing your skills in skee ball, ping pong, pool and plenty more. You’ll love the tiki theme at Lono, a spacious bar on Hollywood Boulevard known for its tropical drinks and vibrant crowd. If you’re in Downtown LA, Clifton’s is a historic bar with five separate levels of dancing and drinking along with a speakeasy hidden behind a secret door. Karaoke fans will love Tramp Stamp Granny’s, a chic, Hollywood piano bar where a live pianist leads the crowd in singing top hits for a one-of-a-kind experience.

 

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Lono Hollywood

Photo: Tenants of the Trees

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Photo: Malibu Wines – See Shop Eat Do

Photo: Highland Park Bowl

Photo: Catch LA

Photo: Warwick LA

Photo: Madame Siam

Photo: Avenue LA

Photo: Casey’s Irish Pub

 

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.

 

Photo: Ace Hotel pool

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.

 

Photo: Freehand Los Angeles pool

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.

 

Photo: The London West Hollywood

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.

 

Photo: WET Deck at W Hollywood

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.

 

Photo: Roosevelt Hollywood pool

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.

 

Photo: The Standard DTLA

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.

 

Photo: SLS Beverly Hills Altitude Pool

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.

 

Photo: Hotel Figueroa Pool

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.

 

Photo: Viceroy Santa Monica pool

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10 LA Villa Rentals for an Escape to Luxury

People visit Los Angeles from all over the world looking to indulge in the creative culture, beautiful weather, and lavish surroundings. Splurging on a luxurious hotel room is one way to dive into the perks of the city, but an estate rental may also take your trip to the next level of extravagance. Your LA vacation will be one to remember when you see what it’s like to live in one of these breathtaking rentals.

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Sunset Hideaway

An acre of land North of Sunset Boulevard will be yours if you rent this modern, Beverly Hills property. The designer kitchen is perfect for cooking up a meal with a view of the swimming pool and jacuzzi out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. The gated entry and lush landscaping create an air of privacy for you and your guests to enjoy your luxury hideaway.

 

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Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Sunset Hideaway – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate

You’ll have everything you need when you rent this impressive property with an elegant, modern design. Large enough for eight guests, the picturesque pool deck offers a breathtaking view of Los Angeles making this Hollywood Hills space a great place for al fresco group entertainment. With palm trees dotting the property, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the terrace, you’ll have a classic LA getaway at this luxury escape.

 

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Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Crest Estate – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria

You’ll live in the lap of luxury in this four-bedroom estate overlooking the Los Angeles skyline in the heart of Bel Air. The expansive backyard comes complete with an infinity pool, spa and multiple shaded seating areas that create the perfect setting for an evening under the stars. The modern furnishings, dramatic ceilings and natural sunlight will keep you satisfied in this stylish and welcoming space.

 

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Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Villa Alexandria – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa

This Tuscan-inspired villa will be the secret to a relaxing vacation with its crystal clear views of the Pacific. Take in the Malibu sunshine with a private swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit and outdoor kitchen that creates the perfect entertainment space. Move the party inside to find a wet bar, billiard table and walk-in wine cave in the bright, airy environment.

 

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Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Oceanside Malibu Villa – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Zen Oasis

Relaxation is inevitable in this artsy, Beverly Hills estate located in the Trousdale community. The décor boasts a mix of modern and traditional with an array of eccentric design elements. Take a dip in the expansive swimming pool or lounge in the spacious, indoor living areas with help from a personal housekeeper to cater to your every need.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Mockingbird Estate

Get lost in paradise at this stunning property with unobstructed views that span from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. Located at the top of a bluff in the Hollywood Hills, the Italian-inspired home is full of elaborate details such as a sun deck, poolside cabana, and sculptures by well-established artists. You’ll never want to leave this 67,000 square foot lot that acts as the perfect stay for up to 14 of your closest friends.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Nusa Dua Resort

Escape to an ocean paradise in this Bali-inspired, beachfront estate. The outdoors are just a button away as the glass walls can be opened to bring nature right into your home. The smart home amenities, top-of-the-line kitchen and access to a private beach cove make this five-bedroom rental one of the best on the water.

 

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Laurel Grand

Head to the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles to live in this modern work of art with an unparalleled space for entertainment. The bright furnishings and opulent decor create a lavish atmosphere where you’ll spend your time in the private movie theater, eye-catching kitchen, and private backyard space perfect for a gathering. The breathtaking outdoor living space will keep guests entertained as you dive into the pool on a sunny LA day.

 

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Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Laurel Grand – Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Trousdale

This newly remodeled estate brings elements of warmth and style to the prime, Beverly Hills location. The private, gated entry gives way to a 12,000 square foot property complete with a screening room, state-of-the-art appliances and an elevator to move easily between floors. Head outside to enjoy the customized swimming pool and see stunning views of the hillside as the backdrop to your stay.

 

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Contact concierge@zochagroup.com for pricing and availability.

Hollywood Vista Estate

You’ll live like a star at this exclusive estate in the Hollywood Hills’ OutPost Estates. You’ll get two homes in one at this property which features lavish furnishings, a game room, and two heated pools. The sweeping views of the city create a serene atmosphere as you settle into your own private oasis.

 

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