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.

 

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Photo: SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

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The 2018 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

Necker Island is not only home to a beautiful resort, but it is also the site of the annual Necker Cup, a pro-am tennis tournament put on at the close of the tennis season. With a number of high profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

 

Photo: 2018 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

 

The 2018 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal, now in its seventh year, takes place November 24th – 29th and is expected to be the event of the season. 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 trophy. Stars like Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Tommy Haas will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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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 island’s Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp presented by Metal. The three-day clinic, with instruction from professional coaches and players, lets you train with the best coaches of the game. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Legends Camp gives the full event experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. The 2018 Necker Cup will introduce a new element to the fun with access to 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.

 

Photo: Premier Live – Necker Island

 

The Necker Cup is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past six years has raised more than $4 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place on the final evening treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. Proceeds from the auction are donated to charities; with this year’s beneficiaries being The National Tennis Foundation and Virgin Unite. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, with this year’s entertainment including DJ Mehow, Kenny Chesney, and more.

 

Photo: Premier Live – Necker Cup

 

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Photo: Necker Island

 

Walk on the Wild Side at a South African Luxury Safari Lodge

When planning a vacation to South Africa, your first instinct may be to choose from their wide selection of hotels throughout the country. But what better way to take advantage of such a unique region than to instead book your stay at a luxury safari lodge. Get the best of both worlds as you experience the native wildlife by day and retreat to a lavish resort by night.

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Sabi Sabi

Located in the Sabi Sand game reserve, this diverse area is home to the Big Five game animals along with almost 350 species of birds. The lodges on the property range from cozy and romantic to contemporary and family-friendly, with four types to choose from depending on the nature of your stay. A private terrace comes standard with each suite for you to view the area’s breathtaking prairie landscapes. Animals on the reserve are comfortable with visitors as your daytime or nighttime safari will give you an up close view of their day to day activities.

 

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Ulusaba

This private game reserve owned by Virgin’s Richard Branson is the location of a Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge in Sabi Sand. You’ll see plenty of game including the Big Five along with wild dogs, cheetahs and a menagerie of unique wildlife. The Rock Lodge is positioned on a summit with panoramic views that overlook the wild landscape beneath, while the Safari Lodge sits hidden in greenery by the dry Mabrak riverbank where animals often walk by on their way to drink at a nearby watering hole.

 

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

The contemporary design of this Lion Sands lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve creates a sophisticated atmosphere that mixes natural textures, modern décor and tribal accents. The eight exclusive villas are some of the Lion Sands’ favorites as each comes with a private pool and breathtaking view of the Sabie River. The game-rich area makes for an exciting safari as Lion Sands is home to one of just four master trackers in the world that are specially trained to help guests spot their favorite animals. Aside from the Ivory Lodge’s impressive ambiance, guests have the option to take their stay to the next level with a night under the stars in a luxury treehouse.

 

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Royal Malewane

Arguably South Africa’s best safari lodge, Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Game Reserve may also be one of the best hotels in the world. You’ll have an unforgettable experience as wildlife roam throughout the reserve with lions being especially in abundance. With just seven villas, the exclusive lodge is a favorite of celebrities and world leaders who come to experience the nostalgic, old-world ambiance of an African adventure. The Big Five game viewing is overseen by an expert team while guests can return to the camp for a spa treatment and dinner beneath the night sky.

 

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Photo: Royal Malewane

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Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Royal Malewane

 

The 10 Best Restaurants for Fine Dining in Las Vegas

While the ever-popular nightlife scene in Las Vegas will always be what the city is known for, those with a refined appetite will have a blast dining at the city’s selection of extravagant restaurants. From lavish French cuisine to sophisticated steakhouses, there are a variety of ways to splurge on a luxury Vegas dining experience. Make a reservation to wine and dine at these hot spots and indulge in a palate-pleasing meal in Sin City.

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Joël Robuchon

This elaborate destination is the picture of opulence with a space where renowned “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon presents the best of French cuisine. The many elegant dining rooms create an aesthetic of 1930s Paris as guests are spoiled by Chef Robuchon’s culinary works of art.

 

Photo: Joël Robuchon

Photo: Joël Robuchon Vegas

SW Steakhouse

The Wynn is home to Chef David Walzog’s restaurant for unparalleled American steakhouse dishes. The terrace overlooking the Lake of Dreams gives guests a spectacular view as they dine on seasonal and sometimes exotic ingredients brought to life through the Chef’s decadent menu.

 

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Photo: SW Steakhouse

Yui Adomae

For an upscale sushi experience to remember, Yui Adomae is a fine dining destination with a modest setting but offers fresh seafood flown in directly from Japan. The omakase meal takes a minimalist perspective to ensure you savor each flavor of the specially-crafted menu.

 

Photo: Yui Edomae

Photo: Yui Edomae

Picasso

Inspired by the artist himself, this two-Michelin star French and Spanish menu by Executive Chef Julian Serrano will give you the once-in-a-lifetime experience of dining surrounded by Pablo Picasso’s original artwork. The patio view of the Bellagio’s fountain will be the cherry on top when you make a reservation for this innovative Vegas destination.

 

Photo: Picasso

Photo: Picasso

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

One of the best steakhouses in the city, CUT offers up a variety of menu options that are sure to please your palate. From American and Japanese Wagyu to prime corn-fed steaks, there’s something for everyone at this Wolfgang Puck hot spot.

 

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Photo: CUT by Wolfgang Puck Las Vegas

Twist

Three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire brings his talents to Las Vegas to take classical French dining and give it a modern “twist.” Overlooking the Strip from the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the stunning space filled with floor-to-ceiling windows serves innovative dishes made with seasonal ingredients that are sure to impress.

 

Photo: Twist Vegas

Photo: Twist Vegas

é by José Andrés

This ultra exclusive eight-seat fine dining experience inside Jaleo will have you buzzing with delight at the rotating menu of delicately-crafted dishes. The library-themed space boasts a tasting menu of whimsical Spanish plates bursting with vibrant flavors.

 

Photo: é by José Andrés

Photo: é by José Andrés

Restaurant Guy Savoy

A reflection of its Parisian sister location, Restaurant Guy Savoy brings French tastes to Vegas through delectable, traditional cuisine made for any true food enthusiast to enjoy. The sophisticated style and rich flavors surpass expectations while offering guests beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip in a luxurious, modern space.

 

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Photo: Restaurant Guy Savoy

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Bazaar Meat isn’t your ordinary steakhouse with its lavish setting and José Andrés’ signature innovation in breaking the mold of Spanish dining. From ceviche and tartares to foie gras and real Kobe beef, any meat lover will be right at home at this SLS Las Vegas hot spot.

 

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Photo: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

Le Cirque

Take a trip to “the circus” for French fine dining from Chef Wilfried Bergerhausen. The inventive plates of both classic and modern French fare are served in a playfully sophisticated space themed like a colorful circus that overlooks the Bellagio fountain.

 

Photo: Le Cirque

Photo: Le Cirque

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Vacation in Monaco for a Mediterranean Escape

Your travel craving will be satisfied when you plan your next luxury vacation for Monaco, a small city-state off the Mediterranean French coastline. World-renowned for its picturesque architecture and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll achieve relaxation alongside enjoying the vibrant social scene. Get the full French Riviera experience by visiting this lavish, seaside destination.

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Hotels

There are plenty of places to book your stay where you’ll be able to take in the sun and seas. You’ll get the full Monaco experience by booking a room at the beautiful Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The ornate rooms filled with marble details and crystal chandeliers create a glamorous experience alongside the hotel’s prime location. Try the boutique Hôtel Port Palace for a view of the harbor and a modern style of luxury. The Monaco shoreline is enhanced by the Fairmont Monte Carloe, which features a range of amenities and a heated swimming pool with uninterrupted views of dazzling, seaside sunsets.

 

Photo: Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Photo: Fairmont Monte Carlo

Restaurants

People are drawn from around the world to experience Monaco’s unparalleled fine dining. Get a reservation on the terrace at Blue Bay for a view of the water as you dine from their exquisite chef’s menu. The well-respected three Michelin-star Le Louis XV serves fresh seafood dishes with authentic Mediterranean flavors. For a dash of something different, Yoshi brings Japanese cuisine to the Riviera with a chic, artistic environment for you to enjoy an elegant dining experience.

 

Photo: Blue Bay

Photo: Blue Bay

Nightlife

Monaco has a reputation for embracing lavish nightlife with a host of nightclubs and bars to keep you partying all night long. It won’t be a trip to Monaco without visiting Jimmyz, the legendary hot spot with a Japanese garden ambiance and exclusive door. For a sophisticated outing, The Living Room is open late for drinks and bites with a decadent environment and beautiful crowd. You also won’t regret stopping by the intimate Le Bar Américain for a speakeasy-inspired night filled with live jazz sounds and a stylish, 1920s vibe.

 

Photo: Jimmyz

Photo: Jimmyz

Experiences

Guests flood to Monaco each year for their variety of one-of-a-kind attractions and events. The most prevalent among them is the Formula 1 Grand Prix, a prestigious and historical racing event that has brought celebrities and luxury travelers to the area since its start in 1950. The region is also known for its iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, an elegant destination for gambling and entertainment, prominently featured in the James Bond franchise. The Princier de Monaco is also a notable sight to see as it acts as the royal residence of the current Prince of Monaco.

 

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica is a picturesque city with palm tree-lined streets, flawless weather, and an ocean shoreline perfect for a beach vacation. When it comes time to choose your stay for business or pleasure, Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows lets you take advantage of the city’s offerings along with its own quality amenities that will make you feel right at home.

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Rooms

Step into a space built for relaxation as the casually elegant atmosphere of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel provides you a warm welcome to Southern California. The 302-room hotel features luxurious suites, traditional rooms, and 32 garden bungalows for you to choose the perfect accommodations fit for your trip. The contemporary design elements mixed with a touch of tropical refinement are just a few of the reasons guests continue to retreat to this beachfront paradise.

 

Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

FIG

A sophisticated dining experience is guaranteed at the hotel’s renowned FIG restaurant. Guests are treated to a menu of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine made with a wood burning oven and grill. Organic, seasonal ingredients are a part of the prep as the local Santa Monica Farmer’s Market provides fresh options to be incorporated into flavorful dishes.

 

Photo: FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by Christian Horan

Exhale Mind Body Spa

The on-site Exhale Spa helps you reach the pinnacle of relaxation through mind body programs to elevate your senses. Unwind through therapeutic massages, energy therapies, and more in this sanctuary for positive transformation. Book an appointment to escape your everyday travel stresses through their variety of elegant spa services.

 

Photo: Exhale Spa at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Lloyds Barbershop

Searching for a quality haircut in a new city can often be a challenge. The Fairmont Miramar has a simple solution with Lloyd’s—their premiere men’s barbershop on the ground floor of the hotel. Stop in to be pampered with a complimentary Bourbon, Cognac, or Scotch as your grooming experience rises above expectations, leaving you prepared to tackle any meeting or gathering with a fresh cut.

 

Photo: Lloyd’s Barbershop at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Glam&Go

The ladies also have their own on-site hair solution with the Glam&Go blow dry bar. Hotel guests and locals drop in for their signature 30-minute blowouts and trendy styling options for both business and vacation looks. One of ten locations across the US, you’ll get a glamorous, luxury experience without ever having to leave your hotel.

 

Photo: Glam&Go at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

The Bungalow

A local hot spot for drinks and lounging, The Bungalow Santa Monica bar is connected to the Fairmont Miramar with just a short walk away. No need to hunt for a place to grab a cocktail when one of the best bars in Santa Monica is right in your own backyard. The Bungalow boasts a kitschy, cabin feel with an outdoor patio that overlooks the Santa Monica shoreline. Live performances and DJs stop in to help the trendy crowd mix and mingle at this bustling locale. With ping pong, billiards, and TV screens during big sports games, The Bungalow offers something for everyone, satisfying all your entertainment needs.

 

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

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Photo: Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Photo: The Bungalow Santa Monica

 

The Suite Life: The Best of Luxury Hotel Living

When booking a hotel for business or pleasure, comfort becomes a top priority in order to get the most out of your home away from home. Hotels in major cities across the country offer unparalleled luxury suites that allow guests to live like royalty. With spacious rooms, extravagant décor, and breathtaking views, these luxury hotel suites create the perfect escape into a world of lavish relaxation.

Photo: Presidential Bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel

 

Los Angeles

One of Los Angeles’ newest luxury hotels, the Waldorf Astoria sits in the heart of Beverly Hills with easy access to shopping, theaters, and fine dining. Their impressive design and impeccable service draws in guests from all over the world to live the lifestyle of the highly acclaimed brand. Their Presidential Penthouse Suite offers some of the best views of the city, with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in the signature California sunshine. With a mini-gym, home theater, private terrace, and fully-stocked kitchen, everything you need will be right at your fingertips as you live amongst the clouds.

 

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Presidential Penthouse Suite

Photo: Waldorf Astoria Presidential Penthouse Suite

San Francisco

For a stay in the Bay, the Fairmont Hotel is world-renowned for exuding luxury. Its centrally located neighborhood makes getting around the city a breeze, as it’s the only place in San Francisco where each of the cable car lines meet. The historical three-bedroom Presidential Suite was designed in the 1920s and has been restored to an opulent, 6,000 square foot living space. A billiard room, dining room that seats 60 guests, and a library with a secret passageway are just some of the many perks to booking a stay in this glamourous suite.

 

Photo: Fairmont San Francisco Presidential Suite

Photo: Fairmont San Francisco Presidential Suite

Chicago

The Windy City will never feel the same after staying in the Ritz-Carlton’s Presidential Suite in Downtown Chicago. The two-story space features a spiral staircase, media room, and a baby grand piano for their more musical guests to enjoy. Wake up to a view of Navy Pier and get ready for your day in one of the suite’s three marble bathrooms. Lounge on the modern, luxurious decor as you watch the sunset over Lake Michigan.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Chicago Penthouse

Photo: Ritz Carlton Chicago Penthouse

New York City

In a city with a sky-high cost of living, hotel suites are especially extravagant for those wishing to live in luxury. The Mark Hotel boasts one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the world with its two-story, 12,000 square foot Penthouse Suite. Cozy up by one of the four fireplaces and enjoy the decor designed by master architect Jacques Grange. With five bedrooms and a breathtaking view of Central Park, this opulent space is fit to make any guest swoon.

 

Photo: Mark Hotel Penthouse Suite

Photo: Mark Hotel Penthouse Suite

Miami

Take a trip to the perfect city for a beachside escape and fall in love with The Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. There’s nothing but glamour in the Penthouse Suite, which overlooks the sparkling, Atlantic shoreline. The art-deco style, designed by filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his wife, embraces animal prints, velvet, and gold details to bring an eccentric feel to the extravagant space. With four bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, media room and an elevator, guests can explore the grand layout with an oceanfront view.

 

Photo: Faena Hotel Penthouse Suite

Photo: Faena Hotel Penthouse Suite

Vegas

With a reputation for lavish nightlife and hotels, Las Vegas is the place to go for a luxurious getaway. Booking a stay at the Nobu Villa will have you living large. The three-bedroom, rooftop suite has a serene, Japanese design perfect for rest and relaxation. Outdoor entertainment will be a breeze with the sky deck offering a full bar, barbecue pit, and Zen Garden. Your private view of the strip will be one-of-a-kind as you enjoy a lavish stay on the 83rd floor.

 

Photo: Nobu Villa Las Vegas

Photo: Nobu Villa Las Vegas

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Summer 2017 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.

Photo: Gurney’s Resorts

 

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.

 

Photo: Oreya

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 loungey, 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.

 

Photo: Baron’s Cove

East Hampton

Gaining popularity from its Sag Harbor location, Dopo La Spiaggi has also opened its doors in East Hampton, ushering in signature, vibrant Italian flavors. To indulge in their cravings, guests can stop by on their Monday Pasta Night for a dinner special that includes appetizers and wine. Another must-have reservation is EMP Summer House, which will be opening mid-June to feature a casual tasting menu by Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara. With indoor and outdoor seating available, the American seafood-fare has reservations available requiring an American Express card. 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.

 

Photo: Dopo La Spiaggia

Montauk

From those that brought Bay Kitchen Bar to the area, Flagship is set to be the next seafood-inspired success for Eric and Adam Miller, with their All-American small plates menu being served in the former Dave’s Grill venue. Nightlife lovers will have to stop by the brand new Regent Cocktail Club, which will feature cocktails designed by bar director Julio Cabrera, with live DJ sets on the weekends. Montauk Beach House also stays trendy each year with fashion shows and well-known DJs stopping by to liven up the space. For those looking to rub elbows with a-listers, The Surf Lodge is a classic celebrity hotspot overlooking Fort Pond. The hot spot draws in travelers looking to enjoy their many live music performances and nightlife events.

 

Photo: Surf Lodge

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Photo: Wölffer Kitchen

Photo: Surf Lodge

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Explore South African Luxury From Land to Sea

This winter 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.

Photo: South Africa

 

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.

 

Photo: 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Photo: The Last Word

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.

 

Photo: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Photo: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

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.

 

Photo: The Oyster Box

Photo: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

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.

 

Photo: Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Photo: Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

Photo: Views Boutique Hotel & Spa

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Photo: The Last Word

Photo: The Last Word

Photo: The Oyster Box

Photo: The Oyster Box

Photo: The Ellerman House

Photo: The Ellerman House

Photo: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Photo: &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

 

A Winter Holiday in Courchevel

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

Photo: Courchevel 1850

 

Luxury Hotels

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

 

Photo: L’Apogée

Fine Dining

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

 

Photo: Azimut

Skiing

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

 

Photo: Courchevel

Photo: Courchevel

 

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

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For information on booking a stay in Courchevel, please contact concierge@zochagroup.com.

 

Photo: Barrière Les Neiges

Photo: Zocha Group

Photo: Zocha Group

Photo: Courchevel

Photo: Courchevel

Photo: L’Apogée

Photo: Azimut