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

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

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Amandari Bali

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

 

Amandari Bali

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Amandari Bali

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Viceroy Bali

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

 

VIceroy Bali

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VIceroy Bali

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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

 

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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Bulgari Resort Bali

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

 

Bulgari Resort Bali

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Bulgari Resort Bali

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COMO Shambhala Estate

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

 

COMO Shambhala

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COMO Shambhala

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The St. Regis Bali Resort

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

 

St Regis Bali Resort

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St Regis Bali Resort

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AYANA Resort and Spa

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

 

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

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AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

AYANA Resort and Spa

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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

 

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

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

 

Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

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Top Tips for a Luxury Coachella Experience

One of the hottest festivals in the country, The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, is known for its internationally-acclaimed lineup, fashionable attendees, and summery location in the Coachella Valley desert of Southern California. If you’re planning to attend this world-renowned event, there are plenty of things to keep in mind to make the most of your musical getaway. Prepare for a weekend to remember through following these tips to making your luxury Coachella experience magical.

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Rent a Private Home

With such a limited number of hotels in the area, people often book their Coachella stay at least a year in advance. Rather than having a typical hotel experience, renting a luxury Coachella villa or home is a great way to maximize your fun with a group of friends. Palm Springs is known for its mid-century design elements that will give your lavish stay a unique atmosphere.

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Hire a Chauffeur

Those who live within driving distance to the area often prefer to hit the road instead of worrying about the hassle of flying. If driving is more your speed, consider hiring a private chauffeur for the weekend to lead you to wherever your adventure takes you. You won’t have to skip out on toasting glasses with friends and you can enjoy some much needed R&R during the ride.

 

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Attend the Exclusive Parties

While Coachella may be a big party on its own, the number of branded and sponsored events that occur throughout the weekend grows each year. Some are more exclusive than others, and if you know the right person, you can get your name on the list for the hottest events of the season. From the annual Neon Carnival to the Bootsy Bellows Pop-Up event, A-listers are known to show up to these VIP extravaganzas.

 

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Arrive in a Helicopter or Private Jet

For those who prefer to arrive to the area quickly, consider taking a helicopter trip to Palm Springs. You’ll get a beautiful scenic view of Southern California on your way, and won’t have to worry about traffic clogging up your good time. A private jet will also get you to the desert in no time and the comfortable seating will be well worth it.

 

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Shop Til You Drop

With a reputation for being one of the most fashionable events of the year, you’ll want to make sure you curate your look to be exactly your style. Palm Springs is known for its variety of shopping outlets, and you’ll have a great time adding finishing touches to your outfits at their many designer boutiques. Take a pit stop in the area and indulge in a few new pieces to make your weekend wardrobe festival-ready.

 

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Hire a Private Chef

As much as you may believe you’ll have time to cook during the weekend, a private chef will make your experience far more enjoyable. Having a chef make a few meals at your private home leaves you and your group free to truly relax when you’re not at the festival. A home cooked meal is just what you’ll need to stay energized for all those wild days in the summery heat.

 

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Road Trip in a Luxury Car

Some people may enjoy the scenic tour through Southern California and would prefer to drive on their own. If that’s the case, consider renting a luxury car to take your road trip to the next level. You’ll get to experience the open road along with arriving in style to kick off your lively Coachella Weekend.

 

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Hit the Slopes at The Best Ski Resorts in the World

Ski season means booking a flight to the nearest snow-capped mountain range to indulge in a winter wonderland on the slopes. Luxury ski resorts around the world offer first class accommodations where guests can experience the ultimate domain of relaxation after each vigorous day of skiing. Explore some of the best ski resorts in the world and find out how to make the most of your skiing vacation.

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Auberge Residences at Element 52 – Tulluride, Colorado

Envelope yourself in the Telluride lifestyle by booking a stay at Auberge Residences at Element 52. The contemporary design mixed with a lavish cabin feel welcomes you into a private stay where you can escape the ordinary. Ski-in ski-out access means you’ll have no problem hitting the slopes while enjoying a snow-covered view of Colorado’s signature red rock mountains.

 

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Photo: Element 52, Auberge Resorts

CERVO Zermatt – Zermatt, Switzerland

Check into CERVO Zermatt, one of the most highly-coveted luxury resorts in Zermatt, to experience one of the best ski resorts in the country. Being the only ski-in ski-out destination that boasts a five-star ambiance, this boutique hotel allows guests to unwind with a private, outdoor hot tub for every suite. The onsite dining is also noteworthy, offering guests an unforgettable view of the Swiss Alps over expertly-crafted dishes.

 

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Photo: CERVO Zermatt

Aman Le Mélézin – Courchevel, France

Avid skiers know that Courchevel 1850 is home to some of the best ski resorts on the planet, with luxury accommodations throughout to transport visitors to a lavish, winter escape. Views from Aman Le Mélézin are unparalleled, along with superior service and amenities like Thai massages, ski butlers, childcare and ski-in ski-out access. A visit to this impressive hotel is sure to exceed expectations, nestled in the pristine Les Trois Vallées region of Courchevel.

 

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St Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado

One of the most popular ski destinations in America, Aspen is a go-to for anyone looking to enjoy the fresh powder in an ideal climate. The St Regis Aspen Resort will provide everything you need to take your ski vacation to the next level. Their award-winning Remede Spa will be the perfect place for recovering after an active morning as well as a daily champagne hour for apres-ski celebration.

 

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Photo: St. Regis Aspen

Carlton Hotel – St Moritz, Switzerland

This century-old hotel has kept up with the times through continuing to attract elite clientele to enjoy their beautiful suites. With a majestic view of the Swiss Alps and the St Moritz lake, guests experience some of the best skiing in the world and return to the resort for two acclaimed restaurants, a spa and impeccable, five-star service.

 

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Photo: Carlton Hotel Switzerland

Montage Deer Valley – Park City, Utah

This renowned hotel is known as one of the best ski resorts in the world, offering elegance and prestige in a contemporary setting. The five-star comforts of this charming resort give guests a revitalizing winter getaway with ski-in ski-out access, spa treatments and entertainment. Luxury suites and even onsite residences offer privacy and seclusion after a long day on the slopes.

 

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Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Whistler-Blackcomb, British Columbia

With both luxury suites and private residences, this stunning destination is guaranteed to impress, nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or stay in to enjoy lavish in-room amenities with a view of the picturesque mountains. Private chef and butler accommodations are also available to transform your ski resort stay into a luxe escape.

 

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Photo: Four Seasons Whistler

Almhof Schneider Resort – Lech, Austria

No list of the best ski resorts in the world is complete without including Almhof Schneider Resort, one of Austria’s top destinations for luxury winter travel. This historic property has transitioned through the years to include every amenity guests can imagine, with meals and even childcare included in the booking for each of their 53 regal suites.

 

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Photo: Almhof Schneider Resort

Niseko – Hokkaido, Japan

Head to the Japanese island of Hokkaido to experience a one-of-a-kind skiing adventure at the collection of four ski resorts known as Niseko. While each of the resorts are worth visiting, and can be visited with just one pass, Niseko Grand Hirafu is the most bustling of the group with beautiful slopes, a busy apres-ski scene and trendy nightlife.

 

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Cortina d Ampezzot – Cortina d Ampezzo, Italy

This luxury resort and Italian village is known to be one of the best ski resorts in Italy to see and be seen. Guests searching to mix and mingle with the Italian elite venture to Cortina for delectable dining, cozy wine bars and a dazzling view of the Dolomites. Spend your days hitting the slopes or shopping the boutiques of the village in this charming and fashionable ski destination.

 

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Luxury Lifestyle Concierge Services: Making the Impossible Possible

Have you ever wondered how some people manage to do it all? From snagging a last minute table for a client dinner at the hottest restaurant in town, to popping champagne at an exclusive new nightclub, to enjoying a helicopter tour overlooking their favorite vacation spot, how is it that some seem to possess all the time in the world to manage both business and pleasure? Many may not realize the answer to that question lies in luxury lifestyle concierge services—the best kept secret in the world of those who do it all.

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Making the Impossible Possible

The idea of ‘concierge’ may initially bring up images of someone standing at a desk in the lobby of a hotel. But what if you could have all the benefits of concierge assistance every day without having to check in? Luxury concierge companies are able to offer some of the best experiences available in whichever city is on your itinerary. You can avoid all the hassles of making tedious arrangements and instead truly relax knowing that the details of your adventure are taken care of by professionals who live to ‘make it happen.’

The key to success for many luxury lifestyle concierge services companies often comes from personal relationships that are crucial to obtaining access to exclusive opportunities. Clients may not know who to contact in order to rent a private island for a weekend-long party, but when a personal concierge is on your side, they can make the impossible possible. No matter how extraordinary the request, a combination of customer service and an expansive network of connections allow clients to enjoy experiences that surpass their expectations.

 

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Maintain an Efficient Travel Agenda

Concierge companies aren’t just limited to personal endeavors, and can be an essential element to facilitating corporate requests. If you’re out to impress a client in their hometown, you can’t just take them to a spot they’ve been to a million times before. And if you’re introducing a team to the perks of a city they’re unfamiliar with, you have the burden of doing all the research to find out what makes that city the place to be. Instead of going through the meticulous process of becoming an expert in every locale you visit, a concierge service can be the insider you need to successfully wine and dine your clients.

Companies like these have personal connections with the locations they work with, which means you may even get the added touch of the chef stopping by your table to say hello, or the property owner joining you for a private tour. Whether you’re in charge of booking a series of hotel rooms, securing a conference room for your colleagues, or arranging a tee time that works with everyone’s schedule, having a professional on your side allows your business to maintain an efficient travel agenda without overspending.

 

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Receive Access to Experiences

When travelling to a new place, or even taking a staycation in your own city, you may not know about the variety of experiences available for you to enjoy. Finding event tickets, dining reservations or access to exclusive nightlife is only a call away when you have a luxury concierge service to organize your entry. A personalized itinerary filled with exciting things to do is a major perk when you’re working with a company focused on ensuring your travel experience exceeds expectations. Whether you’re sitting at the private chef’s table, in a premium seat for your favorite artist, or at a wine tasting with a breathtaking view, your personal concierge can create a custom schedule for your trip, leaving you with nothing to do but enjoy the adventure.

With luxury lifestyle concierge services functioning as a secret weapon for many, the industry is booming with requests as simple as a Sunday brunch reservation and as extravagant as chartering a private jet to South Beach in the next 4 hours. No matter the request, these companies employ the brightest in the business to ensure that your arrangements are taken care of with integrity and style.

 

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The Necker Cup 2020: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

The luxurious and completely private Necker Island is home to not only a lavish resort, but is also the site of the annual Manuka Doctor Necker Cup 2020—a pro-am tennis tournament put on to close out tennis season. With a number of high-profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup 2020 is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

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The 2020 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

The 74-acre Necker Island stands as a luxurious vacation destination for celebrities and world leaders such as President Barack Obama, along with being the site of numerous events. The 2020 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal is now in its eighth year on the island, taking place November 16th-21st, 2020. The Necker Cup is expected to be the event of the season for those with a ticket to the exclusive tournament. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup. Stars like Martina Navratilova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sir Richard Branson will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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A Week of Excitement

While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp. The three-day clinic with instruction from professional coaches and players lets you train with the best in preparation for the big tournament. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Camp gives the full experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. Guests can also start the experience three days early with the Dream @ Sea aboard the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.

 

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End of the World Beach Party

The event is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past seven years has raised more than $3 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place during the week treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. One-hundred percent of proceeds are donated to charities like The National Tennis Foundation and several other player charities. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Beach Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, Kenny Chesney and more.

 

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Explore South African Luxury From Land to Sea

Explore South African luxury this winter and take a vacation to remember by experiencing one of the many alluring and adventurous cities in South Africa. With their summer occurring during America’s winter months, escape the snow to enjoy stunning landscapes and the shores of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The country’s sandy beaches and untouched forests will leave you in awe of the natural scenery as you explore one of the best destinations in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Cape Town

One of the most popular regions in South Africa is Cape Town, a port city located on the southwest coast. With open views of the mountains and a bustling harbor, there’s plenty to fall in love with during your stay. The award-winning 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa will impress with colorful, glamorous décor to complement their state-of-the-art facilities. The Ellerman House promises scenic views of the ocean along with intimate villas to make you feel right at home. Nearby in Constantia, the Cape’s oldest wine valley, a stay at The Last Word puts you right in the center of the country’s top wine estates and world-renowned restaurants. Cape Town is home to a number of fine dining options including GINJA, a chic, artisanal restaurant along the harbor. La Colombe exceeds expectations bringing a French flair to a contemporary vineyard style eatery.

 

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Photo: The Last Word

Johannesburg

This flourishing South African metropolis is home to a number of sophisticated spots for travelers to get a taste of the high life while just stopping by or taking in an extended stay. The Saxon Hotel is a boutique property featuring picturesque gardens and their signature ‘Sound Therapy’ treatment for relaxation. Get a taste of Johannesburg’s best cuisine at DW Eleven – 13, a fine dining spot highlighting global dishes with an experimental twist. For an eclectic flair, a visit to award-winning Carnivore will heighten the senses with meats cooked over an open fire in the midst of African accented décor. Pigalle at the Melrose Arch Piazza brings a refreshing atmosphere to the city as private balconies and a glass wine cellar promote an elegant and modern dining experience.

 

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Photo: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Photo: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

KwaZulu-Natal

For an adventurous experience in the natural wilderness of sub-tropical forests and historic Zulu battlefields, the province of KwaZulu-Natal gives you a South African experience you’ll never forget. The Oyster Box is a luxury hotel that stands as a colonial landmark on the edge of the coast. With nostalgic charm combined with modern amenities, their beachfront suites and villas are complemented by a 24-seat movie theater and various health and wellness treatments. To take a walk on the wild side, travelers can visit the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary known for its diversity of ecosystems and lush environment. Their Forest Lodge allows eco-conscious adventurers to live in private “Zulu Zen” suites, each complete with a personal bar and plunge pool. To dine at the city’s best, visitors can try a South African spin on Cuban cuisine at Little Havana, a stylish restaurant voted the Best Steakhouse in South Africa.

 

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Photo: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Garden Route

One of the country’s best kept secrets is the Garden Route, stretching from Cape Town to Mossel Bay. Running along the south-eastern coast, visitors can discover a variety of outdoor activities such as dolphin and whale watching, golfing, bungee jumping, and canopy tours. The Views Boutique Hotel & Spa features 18 suites that sit right along the ocean in the heart of Garden Route. Remotely located, visitors can enjoy a private, intimate experience that’s also easily accessible to the nearby George Airport. In the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg offers unmatched views with individually decorated rooms for guests to take in their own unique perspective. A must-try restaurant along the route is Serendipity, a waterfront establishment that utilizes sustainable sources to bring fresh, organic ingredients to the dinner table.

 

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Photo: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

 

Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives for a Tropical Resort Escape

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

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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

 

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Photo: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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

 

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Photo: St. Regis Maldives – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa

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

 

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Photo: Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

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

 

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Photo: Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah

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

 

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Photo: One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru

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

 

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli Maldives

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

 

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Photo: Constance Halaveli Maldives

Kanuhura Maldives

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

 

Photo: Kanuhura Maldives

Photo: Kanuhura Maldives

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

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

 

Photo: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Photo: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli

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

 

Photo: Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives – Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

Photo: Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives

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Where to Eat, Drink and Stay for Fashion Week 2020

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, these fashion week 2020 events will bring you a chic experience to remember.

Photo: Zocha Group – Fashion Week 2020

 

New York Fashion Week 2020: February 6th-9th


February 6th-9th


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, Harriet’s Rooftop, 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 Dirty French, a post-show hangout with a reputation for seeing well known partygoers throughout the night.

 

Photo: New York Fashion Week / Alba Vigaray / EPA

Photo: Harriet’s Rooftop 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

London Fashion Week 2020: February 14th-18th

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 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.

 

Photo: London Fashion Week / Insignia-lb

Photo: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Milan Fashion Week 2020: February 18th-24th

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. Within the hotel, 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.

 

Photo: Milan Fashion Week / Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

Photo: Bulgari Milano

Paris Fashion Week 2020: February 24th- March 3rd

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.

 

Photo: Paris Fashion Week / Daniele Venturelli/WireImage

Photo: Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

New York Fashion Week: To Be Announced

Returning to the Big Apple for the kickoff of Spring / Summer 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

Photo: Fashion Week / Angela Weiss – AFP

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Photo: Soho Grand NYC

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Creating Unique Spaces with Some of the Best Hospitality Designers

Skilled architects and interior designers often spend years contributing their talents to crafting dazzling hospitality spaces for guests to dine, drink and stay. Designing a unique hospitality atmosphere is a valued artform that joins ambiance with functionality. Some of the industry’s best hospitality designers are pros at producing innovative concepts that keep guests coming back to experience the details of each space. Dive into the interiors of some of the most accomplished hospitality design teams in the business.

Photo: Rockwell Group – Cathédrale – Best Hospitality Designers

 

Rockwell Group

With such an expansive portfolio of hospitality venues, Rockwell Group has made its mark on properties around the world delivering originality and innovation to every project. They joined with Tao Group to create the design for Tao Downtown in NYC and Tao LA continuing the brand’s signature look in new markets. Once just a restaurant, the Nobu empire extended to places like Miami Beach and Las Vegas in the form of a hotel, both with Rockwell’s designs. The group has designed multiple other Vegas locales such as Chef José Andrés’ renowned Jaleo, as well as nightclub hot spots Jewel and Omnia. Virgin Hotels Chicago has also gotten the Rockwell Group treatment in uniting with mogul Richard Branson to open the first Virgin Hotels location.

 

Photo: David Rockwell – Rockwell Group

Photo: Rockwell Group – Chicas Restaurant

Photo: Rockwell Group – Cathédrale restaurant Moxy

Studio Collective

The team at Studio Collective is well known for their original designs, offering a level of detail that creates a signature ambiance for each space. Having worked with icons like Ian Schrager, Frank Gehry and Philppe Starck, the Studio Collective team brings seasoned expertise to the hospitality design industry. Santa Monica and Huntington Beach’s The Bungalow are both known for their kitschy, eclectic ambiance, made up of hundreds of pieces that come together to transport guests to a beachside escape. Studio Collective also designed Hyde Lounge at the Staples Center, with leather seating, glimmering chandeliers and sleek marble to elevate the typical concert or sporting event experience with a sophisticated touch. They are also known for their designs of Los Angeles’ Hotel Figueroa, Crossroads Kitchen, In Sheep’s Clothing, and The Spare Room.

 

Photo: Studio Collective – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

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Photo: In Sheeps Clothing

Kelly Wearstler

The Kelly Wearstler Studio has built a name in hospitality design through crafting creative and unique environments using architecture, interiors and products that complement each other in innovative ways. The firm’s focus on storytelling and building collaborative designs can be seen in their countless projects, such as the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica, which uses earth tones and mixed textures to draw guests into the brand’s aesthetic. Along with the Proper Hotel in San Francisco, the firm designed its rooftop bar Charmaine’s, known for its beautiful views and eclectic mix of patterned decor. The Viceroy Santa Monica was also designed by Kelly Wearstler, with bold lines and vintage inspiration creating a clean, modern feel.

 

Photo: Kelly Wearstler – Graham Walzer – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: Proper Santa Monica – Kelly Wearstler

Photo: Charmaine’s Proper San Francisco

Spacecraft

Restaurant design is in the spotlight at Spacecraft, a design group based in Los Angeles that has brought forth concepts for some of the city’s local favorite destinations. Silver Lake’s Mohawk Bend brings a touch of modernity to a gastropub setting, while fresh and rustic elements make up the aesthetic of restaurant Salt’s Cure. The Wellesbourne in Santa Monica was created in the image of a 19th century British Pub, with bookcases lining the walls in the intimate hideaway.

 

Photo: Spacecraft Group Design – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: Spacecraft Group Design

Photo: Spacecraft Group Design – Wellesbourne

Ian Schrager Company

An illustrious icon of American nightlife, Ian Schrager made a name for himself as one of the founders of storied New York City nightclub Studio 54. He later moved on to work on hotel concepts such as The Mondrian Los Angeles, Delano South Beach and Hudson New York. Currently, his Edition Hotels in places like Barcelona, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi bring glamour and style to their cities along with chic nightclub outlets onsite such as Basement in Miami, Sunset at The Edition in West Hollywood and The Paradise Club in Times Square.

 

Photo: Ian Schrager

Photo: West Hollywood EDITION

Photo: Basement Miami

AvroKO

This innovative design firm prides themselves on quality concepts and style, focusing on giving guests an emotional connection to their hospitality experience. The team has designed projects in 22 countries around the world, being recognized by the renowned James Beard Foundation for their craftsmanship. They designed Imperial Western, a bar within Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, and have made their mark on New York City with their concepts for 1Hotel Central Park and glamorous hot spot Beauty & Essex.

 

Photo: AvroKO – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: 1 Hotel Central Park

Photo: Beauty & Essex NYC

Schoos Design

The hotel and restaurant concepts that have come out of Schoos Design evoke a range of brand personalities, earning them numerous awards for their buzzworthy work. They brought adventurous design to Tao restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas, uniting traditional Asian accents with sleek, contemporary furnishings. They have also produced expressive restaurant designs for Margot, Norah and Herringbone in Los Angeles.

 

Photo: Schoos Design – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: Schoos Design – Margot Culver City

Photo: TAO Uptown NYC

Built, Inc.

The designers at Built, Inc. have established an impressive presence in the Los Angeles nightlife scene, joining with key players like h. wood Group to conceive, construct and brand numerous properties known for LA glamour. Built Inc. has created all-encompassing worlds in spaces like the whimsical nightclub Poppy or the chic karaoke bar Blind Dragon. With mid-century modern influences, guests can visit Delilah, The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows and a range of other hot spots to be whisked away into a world of compelling hospitality design.

 

Photo: Built, Inc – Best Hospitality Designers

Photo: Poppy LA

Photo: Bootsy Bellows

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Best Gift Experiences For Loved Ones

The gift-giving season is upon us, and finding the perfect present for loved ones is at the top of to-do lists across the country. Shopping can be a daunting task when the person you’re buying for seems to have everything. Instead of browsing endless shopping malls and online stores, treating friends and family to an unforgettable experiences is a unique alternative to giving a gift they may not remember in a week. The possibilities are endless when you use the holidays as an excuse to enjoy a new adventure with the ones you love with our best gift experiences.

Photo: Zocha Group – Experiences Gift

 

Helicopter Ride

Take a trip above the landscapes of your favorite cities with a private helicopter tour. Whether you’re maneuvering New York City’s skyline or enjoying Malibu’s ocean shoreline, the view can’t get any better when you’re hovering miles above the Earth’s surface. Professionally-trained pilots treat you to an all-inclusive, scenic view, giving your loved ones a one-of-a-kind perspective among the clouds.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Experiences Gift

Private Tasting

For those with a palate that’s hard to please, they can get into the holiday “spirit” by sipping on some unique potions during a private tasting. While wine is often a popular option, a step outside the box could have you and your loved one trying international whiskeys or rums that may have never crossed your path. Educated bartenders and mixologists will supply you with a breadth of background information while you partake in testing some new flavors.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Experiences Gift

Front Row Tickets

After a year of ups and downs, everyone can enjoy great seats at a performance whether it be in front of a stage or on the court. Take the time to appreciate your friends and family by giving them the VIP experience at their favorite venue. Courtside tickets add energy to any basketball game, placing you right in the action. And there’s nothing like being at arm’s length in front of your favorite artist while they entertain you on a more intimate level. While many don’t remember what they received for the holidays a year ago, experiences like this make for memories that last a lifetime.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Experiences Gift

Exotic Racing

We all have that one friend or family member who loves a good drive on an open road. Give them an upgrade this holiday season by granting them the experience of a lifetime in getting to test drive an Exotic race car. After a lesson from a licensed instructor, you can reach top speeds at the racetrack just like the pros. Any auto lover will jump at the chance to take the wheel at a professional speedway this holiday season.

 

Photo: Exotics Racing – Experiences

Yacht Charter

After living in any city for a while, it may start to seem like you’ve visited any and every restaurant in town. So what’s the best thing to do when you’re looking for a change of scenery? Consider chartering a private yacht for your own personal dinner party. Take a trip along the shore and enjoy drinks, dining, or even just the alluring view of the waterfront. Whether it’s a private date night with a romantic partner, or a group gathering for an intimate celebration, the gift of a beautiful landscape will always be priceless.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Experiences

Chefs Tasting Dining

Indulge in exclusivity by gifting a feast fit for royalty. Instead of simply visiting a highly-rated restaurant, take the next step and enjoy the chef’s private table for an elevated experience. Your table will have a prime location and most importantly, you’ll be greeted by the chef as they ensure that your meal is beyond compare. You can even request the chef’s tasting menu to truly get a feel for the range of dishes available at your fingertips. Any foodie will value the intimacy of being the chef’s VIP, making your gift one to reminisce for years to come.

 

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Nightlife Bottle Service

For the loved one who appreciates an exciting night on the town, nightclubs and lounges offer a lively habitat to experience an unforgettable party. Book a bottle service table at one of the best nightclubs in the city for a private space to enjoy the night’s exuberance. Dedicated cocktail waitresses keep the booze flowing all night and can even arrange for a bright show of sparkling lights to put all eyes on the guest of honor.

 

Photo: 1OAK Los Angeles – Experiences

Spa Day

At the end of a stressful holiday season, your loved one will appreciate a relaxing trip to the spa for a rejuvenating way to end the year. From massage treatments to facials, reserving a day for pampering will cleanse the mind, body and soul. Luxury offerings like steam rooms, private yoga sessions and body wraps are just a few of the ways to indulge your loved one in a lavish spa experience.

 

Photo: The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa – Experiences

Penthouse Hotel Suite

Make the ultimate upgrade when you invest in a luxury, Presidential Suite that offers stunning views from the highest floor of the building. Penthouse Suites are designed with extravagance in mind, offering spacious living areas along with impressive furnishings and unique amenities. Private transportation, dedicated butler service or private pool access are just a few of the possible perks your loved one will receive while experiencing their gift of an exclusive Penthouse accommodation.

 

Photo: Mark Hotel Penthouse Suite

Festival Tickets

Music festivals are exciting events that make the perfect present to share with friends and family. Purchase tickets to listen, eat, drink and dance all day long as top artists take the stage for live performances. VIP tickets will often provide an even more exclusive experience, and can be the perfect touch in giving your loved one a gift to remember.

 

Photo: Coachella Music Festival

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