Summer Guide to the Hamptons

One of the hottest annual destinations for an East Coast getaway is The Hamptons, where visitors venture into a luxurious and sophisticated summer vacation. With picturesque seaside resorts, extravagant shopping, and plenty of wining and dining, this East End locale is one of the best places to go to escape the city and enjoy some much-needed R&R. With new, trendy restaurants and activities arriving to the shores each summer, there are a number of ways to keep your Hamptons experience fresh during your lavish summer holiday.

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Southampton

If summer sports excite you, the Southampton Inn will have all your needs met with amenities like shuffleboard, tennis courts, croquet and complimentary bike rentals available for guests. The Inn’s new indoor/outdoor eatery Claude’s is also a great place to grab a delicious bite of their seafood specials in between workouts. The Capri Hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant Oreya will also be a hot spot this summer after recently re-opening with a redesign of the dining room, patio lounge, bar and pool. Night owls can get a taste of the luxurious Hamptons’ nightlife scene at the Southampton Social Club, a restaurant and cocktail lounge where guests come to party alongside live DJ sets and fine dining. Another lively nightclub experience, AM Southampton boasts music lineups with a variety of celebrity guests each weekend.

 

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Sag Harbor

Baron’s Cove is the place to be when it comes to booking a sophisticated Sag Harbor stay. Live music is a common occurrence, along with a saltwater pool and a delectable attached surf-and-turf restaurant so that you’ll never have to venture too far for your entertainment needs. You can also try out Marc Rowan’s new lounge, Main Street eatery Lulu Kitchen & Bar, which features a wood burning oven for delicious wood-fired pizzas. Seafood lovers will also appreciate the bistro’s all-you-can-eat mussels option to get in the seaside spirit. The former Meeting House has been revamped into Wölffer Kitchen, a new hot spot featuring enticing dishes like lobster Cobb and tuna tacos, created with locally sourced ingredients. Their extensive wine list is one of a kind, with 60 percent of the selection being from Long Island wineries. Nightlife in Sag Harbor is limited, but for a trendy place to watch the sunset, Beacon’s beer and wine list will satisfy your craving for a refreshing drink.

 

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East Hampton

You’ll feel the fresh and airy ambiance when you book your stay at The Maidstone Hotel, a Scandinavian-inspired destination with a cozy, comfortable style. It wouldn’t be an East Hampton stay without booking a reservation at Nick & Toni’s–the local mainstay that’s been serving up delicious Mediterranean cuisine for decades. Made popular by its Sag Harbor location, Dopo La Spiaggi in East Hampton is also a great option that offers up a vibrant array of signature, Italian flavors. For a change of scenery, you can take a quick trip to nearby Amagansett to visit Hamptons’ classic venue Stephen Talkhouse. You’ll enjoy a laid back night of notable live music acts while mixing and mingling with visitors and locals alike.

 

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Montauk

Book a room at Gurney’s to take indulge in some R&R at this luxurious spa resort where your days will be filled with massages and aromatherapy as you overlook the water. You’ll want to stop in for brunch at South Edison for hearty, local seafood and a delicious raw bar from Chef Todd Mitgang. At the end of Lake Montauk, you’ll be able to watch the sunset from your dinner at The Crow’s Nest–a hot spot that mixes a refined menu with a relaxed, beachside location. Nightlife lovers will have to stop by Ruschmeyer’s, which is filled with locals and visitors enjoying the indoor-outdoor space and partying the night away on a bustling dance floor. For those looking to rub elbows with A-listers, Surf Lodge is a classic celebrity hotspot overlooking Fort Pond. The venue draws in plenty of travelers looking to enjoy their many live music performances and events.

 

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Africa’s Best Luxury Travel Destinations

Africa is one of the most beautiful and diverse continents on earth, with 54 countries and thousands of subcultures that are all drastically unique, both culturally and topographically. Often referred to as the ‘Mother Continent,’ it is widely believed that Africa is the center and starting point for mankind, which makes it the most historically intriguing area on earth. Adventure is the main attraction for travelers coming to Africa, a figure that has grown exponentially in recent years. From overnight safaris on the plains of the Serengeti to luxury shopping in some of the world’s best shopping centers, Africa is truly diverse and holds something unique for everybody who visits. To get a better idea of what parts of Africa appeal to you, take a look at this list of the best vacation areas in Africa and what they offer visitors.

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, the sprawling capital of Egypt, was built right along the bank of the Nile River. At the heart of Cairo, you can find Tahrir Square and the massive Egyptian Museum which holds a multitude of Egyptian antiquities and King Tutankhamun artifacts. Just a short drive away you can gaze upon the grandeur of the great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. At the end of your adventure, consider stopping in for a bite at one of Cairo’s many extravagant restaurants, such as Zitouni located in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. From moussaka to tabbouleh, Zitouni is sure to serve up some of the best traditional Egyptian cuisine in all of Cairo. After grabbing some quality grub, head upstairs to your Hotel Cairo room that features modern luxury and some of the best views of the Nile and the Citadel in all of Egypt.

 

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Seychelles

Travel to one of the many Seychelles islands in the Archipelago to uncover a tropical destination made up of beaches, wildlife and sparkling blue ocean views. You’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind luxury getaway when you stay at the unparalleled MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa on Mahé. Situated on one of the oldest islands in the world, this peninsula locale boasts dozens of private villas with infinity pools, butler service and spa treatments that place you in the lap of luxury. Known as one of the best restaurants in the Archipelago, La Plaine St. André in southern Mahé elevates Seychelles dining to include traditional and contemporary Creole cuisine in a historic plantation house setting. While the Seychelles is a more relaxed environment for nightlife, guests still enjoy toasting drinks at places like the Beach Bar at the Constance Lemuria Praslin Seychelles–an inviting hotel lounge where you can sip cocktails while overlooking a breathtaking view of the ocean.

 

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Photo: Constance Lemuria Praslin Seychelles

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Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is globally known as one of the most vibrant and beautiful countries in North East Africa. Each city turns the page to a new chapter of your adventure. Consider visiting the Red City of Marrakech, where visitors can wander through the exotic Majorelle Gardens, explore the sprawling Saadian Tombs, or stare up at the grand Koutoubia Mosque. You can also walk down to the Jemaa al Fna Square, where bright stalls selling handmade goods are always eager to sell to travelers. At the end of the day, head back to your private villa at the Mandarin Oriental Marrakech to unwind and enjoy your plunge pool on the terrace with expansive views of the city.

 

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Photo: Koutoubia Mosque Courtyard

Photo: Mandarin Oriental Marrakech

Tanzania

If you’re more interested in connecting with the nature and culture of the places you visit, consider booking a flight to Tanzania. With Mount Kilimanjaro in the north and the picture-perfect white sand beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago to the east, Tanzania is truly one of the most beautiful countries on earth. If you don’t fancy hiking or laying out on the beach, Tanzania also holds the Serengeti National Park, where guests can embark on a wide range of all-inclusive safaris, or take a hot air balloon ride over the park. To the west of the Serengeti National Park lies Lake Victoria, one of the Great African Lakes. Head inland towards some of the towns and cities, such as Arusha or Stone Town, Zanzibar. In Zanzibar consider grabbing a bite to eat at Tea House at the Emerson Spice Hotel, one of the highest-rated restaurants in the country for their creative and mouth watering takes on traditional African dining, based around fresh seafood. Next, dive into the rich culture and history of this magnificent portion of Western Africa with a variety of tours and museums. When your day is done, head back to the Park Hyatt Zanzibar to return to refined luxury with chic suites and incredible ocean views.

 

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Photo: Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo: Tanzania

Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg has quickly become the economic powerhouse of South Africa, which has understandably driven up the demand for high-end hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. During the day, visitors can roam about numerous museums dedicated to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Visitors can also check out the Johannesburg Zoo, which boasts an albino lion exhibit. If you don’t mind traveling a short way outside of the city, you can seek out the Cradle of Humankind, a world-famous paleoanthropological site, or the Lion & Safari Park, which takes guests on guided tours of a game reserve with a variety of live animals on display in a more natural habitat then a zoo. When the sun begins to set, head back into the city and stop by The Little Fox, a cocktail bar that specializes in unique gin-based drinks. After drinks, make your way to DW Eleven-13 to grab a bite of the best seasonal menu in Joburg. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, they have a wonderful dessert menu. When you’re properly unwound from riding along lions all day, catch a quick taxi ride to the Four Seasons Hotel, Westcliff Johannesburg where you will be greeted with nothing but the utmost quality and respect in an impressive hillside location overlooking the city below.

 

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Photo: Cradle of Humankind / Sterkfontein Caves

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Escape the City at The Hamptons’ Most Luxurious Hotels

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

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Topping Rose House

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

 

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Photo: Topping Rose House

The Baker House 1650

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

 

Photo: The Baker House 1650

Photo: The Baker House 1650

Gurneys Montauk Resort

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

 

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Photo: Gurney’s Montauk Resort

Inn at Windmill Lane

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

 

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Photo: Inn at Windmill Lane

The Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

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

 

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

Photo: The Bridgehampton Inn

The Hedges Inn

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

 

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Photo: The Hedges Inn

The Maidstone Hotel

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

 

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Photo: The Maidstone Hotel

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Savor the Flavor at the Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.

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The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.

 

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

The Test Kitchen

An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.

 

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La Colombe

La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.

 

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Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

 

Photo: The Orient – Restaurant Mosaic

Wolfgat

Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

 

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The Camphors at Vergelegen

This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

 

Photo: The Camphors at Vergelegen

Greenhouse

Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

 

Photo: Greenhouse at The Cellars Hohenort

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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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Lifestyle Services

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 concierge 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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Corporate Lifestyle

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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With luxury 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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Experience Elegance at NYC’s Most Luxurious Hotels

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

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The St. Regis in New York

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

 

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Photo: The St. Regis New York

Baccarat Hotel New York

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

 

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Photo: Baccarat Hotel New York

The Peninsula New York

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

 

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Photo: The Peninsula New York

Mandarin Oriental, New York

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

 

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Photo: Mandarin Oriental New York

The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

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

 

Photo: The Ritz Carlton New York

Photo: The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park

Park Hyatt New York

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

 

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Photo: Park Hyatt New York

The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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

 

Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

Photo: The Towers at Lotte New York Palace

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Top Tips for a Luxury Coachella Adventure

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

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

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1 Hotel West Hollywood

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

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Thompson Hollywood

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

 

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Photo: Thompson Hollywood

Fairmont Century Plaza

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

 

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Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

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

 

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Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

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

 

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Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

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

 

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Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

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

 

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Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood

W Los Angeles Downtown

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

 

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Photo: W Hotel DTLA

West Hollywood EDITION

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

 

Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Photo: West Hollywood Edition

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

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

 

Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

Photo: Park Hyatt DTLA

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Dine, Sip and Sleep in Style for Fashion Week 2019

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

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New York City: February 8th-16th

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

 

Photo: New York Fashion Week / Alba Vigaray / EPA

Photo: Brooklyn Heights Social Club

London: February 15th-19th

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

 

Photo: London Fashion Week / Insignia-lb

Photo: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Milan: February 19th-25th

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

 

Photo: Milan Fashion Week / Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty

Photo: Bulgari Milano

Paris: February 25th- March 5th

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

 

Photo: Paris Fashion Week / Daniele Venturelli/WireImage

Photo: Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

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Experience a Luxury Getaway in India

If you plan to travel to India you’ll be visiting of the most beautiful and highly populated countries in the world. With luxurious, historical buildings throughout the region and arts and entertainment being an important element of the culture, there are plenty of ways to experience India to make your trip worthwhile. Enlighten your senses when you experience with the many luxurious destinations to make your Indian getaway a trip to remember.

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Agra

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is known for its architectural landmarks that will leave you in awe. If you stay at the beautiful Oberoi Amarvilas hotel, you’ll have a view of the Taj Mahal right from your room. Stop by Maikhana for a bite in the glamorous lounge setting to see and be seen. End your night in the Tajganj neighborhood at Club Rush for dancing and mingling with the energetic crowd.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Oberoi Amarvilas

Photo: Zocha Group – Taj Mahal

Mumbai

Head to the cosmopolitan hub of Mumbai to experience the largest city in India. The old-world style of the extravagant Taj Mahal Palace hotel will take your stay to the next level with marble, gold and crystal decorating the grand property. You can also indulge in relaxation by taking a workshop at The Yoga Institute to connect with your inner self. With a menu influenced by India’s Northwest frontier, Khyber will deliver a delicious culinary experience in an intimate atmosphere. For a night out on the town, you’ll want to head to Tryst nightclub to see eye-catching light shows or the chic hot spot Trilogy for a trendy crowd and sultry décor.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Mumbai, India

Photo: Khyber Mumbai

Delhi

Visit the capital to get exposed to the arts and culture of India in the country’s bustling metropolis. Stay in the modern Lodhi Hotel known for its culinary tastes and contemporary style, or try the lavish Leela Palace that lets you dive into New Delhi’s only rooftop infinity pool. Book a reservation at the award-winning Indian Accent restaurant for flavorful and inventive dishes. Wrap up your night at the chic and impressive club Lithiyum, or Kitty Su to party on a spacious dancefloor.

 

Photo: Lodhi Hotel

Photo: Leela Palace Delhi

Jaipur

This historical “Pink City” is home to a number of temples and shopping bazaars that will fully immerse you into the local culture. You’ll be staying at one of the most stylish hotels in India if you book your stay at the regal SUJAN Rajmahal Palace, known for its contemporary design and celebrity clientele. Travel back in time when you dine at 1135 AD, an opulent restaurant within Amber Fort that will let you taste some of the region’s oldest flavors. Spend the rest of your night exploring Jaipur’s burgeoning nightlife scene by visiting lounges like the opulent Bar Palladio or the lavish Aza. For a lively nightclub feel, head to Blackout for dancing and mingling on the rooftop beneath the stars.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Jaipur, India

Photo: SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

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