Artsy Vacation Spots for an Inspired Escape

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Experience an Artsy Vacation Spot

For lovers of all things artistic, travelling can be the perfect way to spark your inspiration as you indulge in the life of another culture. While more popular vacation destinations can be fun, sometimes taking the road less traveled will lead you to enlightening adventures in artistic expression. Take a unique trip to an art-centric locale to gain some inspiration on your next getaway at these artsy vacation spots.




Sedona, Arizona

While many tourists head to the Grand Canyon, only those in the know will travel south to stop by Sedona for a retreat into a rich history of indigenous American artistry paired with a breathtaking landscape of natural red sandstone rock formations.




Berlin, Germany

This city’s mix of old world masterpieces and contemporary creations makes it the perfect place to take in the urban landscape of street art, murals, museums, and a signature alternative music scene.




Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A rugged city perfect for a winter escape, Jackson Hole is worth visiting for its ski resorts, art and performance venues, and a National Museum of Wildlife Art home to pieces by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.




Havana, Cuba

Havana’s rich culture has been left untouched for decades and is now a hot spot for those looking to learn about Cuba’s colorful history through museums, architecture, and murals found throughout the city.

Portland, Oregon

A hub for all things ‘weird,’ Portland boasts an eccentric identity tied to its population of creatives that have cultivated a lively art, music, and theater scene in addition to a growing craft beer and coffee industry.

Tulum, Mexico

The bohemian vibe of Tulum draws in visitors who aim to experience the serene landscapes and chic social scene. The hippie-inspired boutiques, creative restaurants and nearby ancient Mayan ruins will have you living in paradise in this cultural getaway.

Sumba Island, Indonesia

While many jet setters flock to Bali for an escape, the up-and-coming sister destination of Sumba Island offers beautiful landscapes and picturesque beaches alongside villagers who create a range of crafts such as handwoven ikat clothing.

Lund, Sweden

The university town of Lund is vibrant with culture as its rustic, cobblestone streets lead to kitschy cafes, open-air museums and contemporary art galleries along with a burgeoning performing arts scene.

Marfa, Texas

This unassuming town with less than 2,000 residents may not seem like much, but with world-renowned art installations, multiple galleries and an annual Marfa Myths Music Festival, there’s plenty to see and do in this Texas desert destination.

Seville, Spain

You’ll have a rich cultural experience as you walk the streets of Seville with its classical baroque and Gothic architecture mixing with a vibrant nightlife scene that highlights the city’s history of flamenco music.

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Eden Rock St Barths: Experience A Modern Island Oasis

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Eden Rock St Barths

Enter into an island paradise at Eden Rock St Barths, a newly-reinvented property filled with luxurious amenities and relaxing island culture. Known for drawing Hollywood glamour to the island in the 1950s and ‘60s, Eden Rock played host to Howard Hughes and Greta Garbo, and was originally owned by Rémy de Haenen–the first pilot to land on St Barths. After completing a two-year renovation in recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the property is now welcoming reservations for guests to experience the new and improved retreat in the Caribbean.




Welcome

Arriving to the village of St Jean, whether it be by ferry, private boat charter or private air charter to the Rémy de Haenen Airport, you’ll be swept away by ocean views from the quaint island town. After a short drive you’ll enter Eden Rock, greeted by the award-winning Eden Rock Guestcare team who are ready to assist you in embarking on a world-class, luxury Caribbean getaway.




Design

The newly-reimagined design of Eden Rock has brought forth a beautifully-renovated style fit for a St Barths escape. View the variety of artwork and decor throughout the property featuring local artisans, European-sourced antiques and curated pieces in collaboration with various international galleries, including the New York Academy of Art’s Graduate School of Art. The collection of over 400 pieces contribute to an unexpected yet elegant atmosphere filled with vibrance as you peruse the lobby on the way to your suite.




Luxury Rooms

The range of luxury experiences at Eden Rock St Barths is endless, and when you walk through the doors of your private, oceanfront domain, you’ll be swept away by comfort and sophistication. The 37 Eden Rock hotel room suites cover four different layouts, each with their own benefits and all providing a sumptuous stay. The Eden Rooms offer a private terrace above the Sand Bar Restaurant, the Plantation Rooms are ground-floor suites with beachside gardens, the Beach Rooms give you an unparalleled shoreline view, and the Rock Rooms sit right above the glimmering sea. Each space is furnished with fine art, libraries and luxury amenities to revitalize your mind, body and soul. Embrace earthy sophistication in your luxury room dotted with natural textures and fabrics to complement the relaxed spirit of St Barths.

Luxury Villas

Your St Barths experience can also rise to the next level with a Villa Rental, providing luxury, privacy and exceptional service from the Eden Rock St Barths team. Over 125 properties are available for an elite getaway providing the pampering of a hotel with the seclusion of a private home. Wake up each day to an airy, ocean escape in spaces filled with contemporary decor and cutting edge amenities. As a guest of the Deluxe, Prestige or Ultraluxe Villas, you’ll receive attentive service including a dedicated butler, chef or private driver as needed.

Surroundings

Situated on a point overlooking the white sand beaches of St Jean Bay, Eden Rock offers a dazzling, panoramic view of the clear ocean below. Eden Rock Beach is an easy place to relax, with the Eden Rock Beach Team at your service to deliver anything from sunscreen to cocktails while you lounge along the water, or in your own private cabana. Stunning coral reefs are teeming with sea life and are a delight to explore during any clear, sunny day in the Caribbean.

Dining

Lovers of food and drink will have plenty of reasons to indulge as Eden Rock St Barths boasts a selection of remarkable restaurants and bars. Remodeled to be even larger than its previous size, the new Sand Bar Restaurant serves up beachy cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients. You’ll be in for a treat as dishes created by Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, known for his work in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, will please your palate with flavorful tastes and savory spices. From truffle pizza to caramelized foie-gras, you’ll be dazzled with each bite at the oceanside eatery located in the convenience of your own hotel. The brand new Rémy Bar will welcome you to a world of delicious spirits, signature cocktail creations and appetizing bites in a British-colonial-inspired space. Named as a tribute to Eden Rock’s original owner, the beachy, sophisticated outpost will sweep you away with a treat for your senses. The island ambiance will continue to flow through you as you step out into the Eden Rock Beach Bar, located on the exemplary St Jean Beach. The bar’s new redesign encompasses a shaded sundeck with a view of the sparkling blue water. Swim out to the Eden Rock inflatable raft to float on your own buoyant island, or stay on land to enjoy an expertly-prepared cocktail while lounging in the sand.

Experiences

In between relaxing on the beach and tasting culinary classics, Eden Rock St Barths offers an array of amenities and experiences to enhance your stay. Dive into an underwater adventure with snorkeling, paddleboards, kayaks and even sea toys available for use at Eden Rock Beach. Ask the Eden Rock Guestcare team to arrange for day and night dives along with scuba courses and deep-sea fishing expeditions. You’ll also get in touch with the ocean with a sailing trip to nearby islands of Shell, Anguilla or Colombier. On land, there are plenty of ways to experience Eden Rock with solo, group and family-friendly activities offered during your getaway. Stay active in mind and body with a yoga or meditation class, or get your heart pumping with an expert personal trainer to guide you through dance, aquatic and fitness courses. After an active morning, the brand new Eden Spa will whisk you away into the lap of luxury with treatments and massages using the local Ligne St Barths natural products, produced exclusively on the island. The yacht theme will complement your lavish experience as knowledgeable experts spoil you with soothing techniques. Request to have your massage beachside and take in the sounds of the ocean waves in the distance.

Neighborhood

In your time away from Eden Rock, you’ll be able to discover all that St Barths has to offer. Get to know the 13 miles of land and 14 different beaches, along with with beautiful architecture and French-influenced culture. Explore the town of Gustavia for designer shopping, museums and the popular nightlife locale Le Ti St Barths. Visit the hidden away Colombier Beach for swimming and a picnic. Taste a world-famous burger from historical, charming eatery Paradise Select–a favorite of former St Barths resident Jimmy Buffet. Cool off at the sealife-filled lagoon at Grand-Cul-de-Sac, a natural reserve that’s the perfect spot for an afternoon of paddleboarding or kite surfing. Plan your vacation during the St Barths Music Festival, Mardi Gras or Bastille Day to celebrate alongside the locals during your tropical getaway.

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Discover the Top 12 Most Luxurious Hotels in Paris

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Experience Luxury in Paris

A city known for romance, Paris a place filled with elegance and awe-inspiring architectural history. Luxury is a necessity with five-star hotels across the city delivering world-class service, impeccable design and an extravagant place for rest and relaxation. Explore the stunning city with a lavish home away from home at any of these pristine, luxurious hotels in Paris.




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The Peninsula Paris

Oriented in the center of Paris, this 16th Arrondissement luxury hotel is located near world-famous monuments like the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll stay in one of 200 extravagant rooms with options for unique spaces like the beautiful Rooftop Garden Suite. With six onsite places to wine and dine, along with an expansive swimming pool, you’ll live in the lap of luxury at The Peninsula Paris.




Shangri-La Paris

With 100 rooms and 37 luxury suites, the European and Asian influences of Shangri-La Paris provide an opulent design for a dreamlike stay. Located on the Avenue d’Iéna, the restored historic building now houses guests with an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower, and is one of the few named Palace hotels in Paris.




Four Seasons Hotel George V

The trendy 8th Arrondissement district is home to this lavish hotel that brings even more luxury and style to the Golden Triangle. From the moment you see their signature striking floral arrangements throughout the lobby, you’ll be swept away by elegance with Renaissance art, sparkling chandeliers and historic, Parisian accents. Three restaurants, sharing five Michelin stars between them, will make your dining experience unforgettable along with sipping wine from their 50,000-bottle cellar. 

Le Bristol Paris

Almost a century’s worth of history gives Le Bristol Paris the experience to provide warm, personal service to its luxury clientele. The award-winning destination was the first French hotel to be distinguished as a Palace hotel, and lives up to the name through offering a unique stay with artistic events, informative workshops and indulgent amenities.

Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

This luxury hotel is refined yet whimsical, created with the artistic traveller in mind. An onsite contemporary art gallery displays works alongside the hotel itself featuring unique details like drawings on furnishings, large photographs and mirrored walls. The bright and airy rooms call forth a chic ambiance where guests can revel in Parisian style.

Hôtel Ritz Paris

After a day of shopping in the 1st Arrondissement, you’ll enter a dreamlike escape at this ornate hotel that was restored to pay tribute to its 19th Century historical significance. Some of its more prominent regular guests now have elements of the hotel named after them, such as the Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerland prestige suites, along with Bar Hemingway. The extravagant space is museum-like in opulence with a beautiful indoor swimming pool and many bars and restaurants.

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Recently awarded the official Palace distinction, this exclusive, five-star hotel is one of the most prestigious in Paris for its stunning vibrance and stylish design. With a prime location near the Louvre and some of the city’s best shopping boutiques, the Mandarian Oriental provides a central location for a luxurious Paris stay.

Hotel Plaza Athénée

A fashion-centric locale makes the Hotel Plaza Athénée a destination that has attracted artists, socialites and designers since its 1913 establishment. The grand display of timeless design along the famous Avenue Montaigne makes for an elegant visual along with attractive art deco-inspired rooms to lounge in luxury.

InterContinental Paris le Grand

The City of Lights has been graced with the presence of the InterContinental Paris le Grand since its construction in 1862. Guests of today get to travel back in time through witnessing the exquisite architecture and stay in one of 470 rooms with a royal design. Four onsite restaurants offer intimate spaces with menus of French gastronomy that are sure to impress.

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

Situated in the stylish 8th Arrondissement, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg is a sophisticated and luxurious place for enjoying the quintessential French art de vivre. Rooms with high ceilings, elegant furnishings and artistic accents draw in guests to a prestigious stay made for a Paris getaway. A charming experience is in store for each guest who arrives to the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg, with the allure of fashion and style throughout the hotel creating a trendy atmosphere.

La Réserve Paris

This haven of luxury is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, boasting ultimate privacy with 10 refined suites discreetly tucked away off the  Champs-Elysées. Your own apartment suite provides a home away from home with an attentive butler, simplistic, modern furnishings and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The discreet setting draws guests to this subtly chic, destination perfect for an intimate getaway.

Le Meurice

Establishing itself as a “living work of art,” the luxury hotel Le Meurice has influenced artists like Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and continues to present itself as a welcome habitat for the artistry of Parisian heritage. Inspired by Versailles, the recently-restored Palace hotel mixes tradition with modernity with period-style furnishings and contemporary touches, surrounded by the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, and Place de la Concorde.

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The Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats in the World

The Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats in the World

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Most Beautiful Health & Wellness Retreats

Enter into a dreamlike oasis of relaxation when you indulge in a luxury spa and wellness getaway. Properties around the globe showcase awe-inspiring architecture and unparalleled views to surround guests in a habitat of serenity. Explore some of the most beautiful health and wellness retreats in the world to learn how to pamper yourself in an environment of extravagance.




Como Shambhala Estate – Bali, Indonesia

This award-winning estate is known as one of the best health and wellness retreats in the world. Reach all your personal goals on this 23-acre property surrounded by tropical forest, with custom activities like hydrotherapy, stress management and reflexology available depending on your needs.




SHA Wellness Clinic – Alicante, Spain

With short-term suites and long-term residences available, you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at SHA Wellness Clinic. Their focus on a combination of Western and Eastern medical treatments set guests on the right path to health with detox, fitness and overall lifestyle improvement in a breathtaking setting overlooking the Mediterranean.




Amanpuri – Phuket, Thailand

Whether you’re aiming to shed some pounds or seeking a mindfulness reset, Amanpuri surrounds guests in a beautiful scene of palm trees, a sparkling swimming pool and an unmatched view of Phuket’s west coastline. Disappear into luxury while embracing calming treatments like private therapy and meditation sessions.

Kinkara – Santa Elena, Costa Rica

Succumb to the natural beauty of Costa Rica at this luxury camping and wellness destination. The stunning layout of the property includes a Mandala Garden with sustainable food grown onsite. Trained healers perform traditional wellness ceremonies along with hikes, tours and culinary experiences creating a one-of-a-kind stay.

AmanZoe – Kranidi, Greece

The Greek Hippocratic view of holistic health is what makes AmanZoe one of the best wellness retreats in the world. The beautiful and exclusive setting overlooking the Aegean Sea sweeps you away into a fantasy destination complete with fitness sessions, spa treatments and natural baths in the glimmering waters.

Belmond Cap Juluca – Maundays Bay, Anguilla

Situated along one of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, Belmond Cap Juluca is a resort with an awe-inspiring design to complement the sand and sun that surrounds. Take in a breath of fresh air with self-care retreats held on the property ensuring an education on wellness amidst the airy landscape of serenity.

Mii Amo – Arizona, United States

One of the best health and wellness retreats in the United States, Mii Amo Spa is renowned for its location among the red rock of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. The stone structure of Mii Amo makes it a natural escape during your wellness journey led by experts who guide you through your revitalizing stay.

Rosewood – Phuket, Thailand

Head to one of the most remarkable sites for lush landscapes and experience Rosewood–71 villas situated on 2,0000 ft. of beachfront property. The surrounding banyan trees and blue skies will make your stay blissful, along with their Asaya wellness program consisting of activities like volcanic clay wraps, sound therapy and mindful movement workshops.

LUX* Grand Gaube – Mauritius

The East African island nation of Mauritius draws visitors from around the world to experience the exclusive, five-star property LUX* Grand Gaube. This hidden gem boasts everything guests can imagine in a spa retreat, including three swimming pools, two beaches and 11 spa treatment rooms for the ultimate luxury experience.

7132 Hotel – Vals, Switzerland

This beautiful health and wellness resort in Switzerland will get your life back on track with their signature thermal baths that have helped it become an award-winning property, along with its sensational architecture that complements the green, mountainous landscape.

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7 Beautiful Island Countries for a Tropical Escape

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Beautiful Island Countries

Some of the most enchanting countries in the world are located right in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by an endless soundtrack of ocean waves and breathtaking views from every angle. If you’re choosing a tropical getaway, these countries make for the perfect destination as you can not only enjoy the plentiful sandy beaches, but also get to experience the nation’s history and culture. Plan your next destination at any of these beautiful island countries for an unforgettable tropical getaway.




Bahamas

This country in the Caribbean is home to over 700 individual islands that make up a beautiful nation of relaxing beaches and amazing weather. With plenty of shopping at local marketplaces and historical cultural monuments to visit, you’ll have an enlightening getaway at this island nation.




Fiji

Get in touch with nature surrounded by Fiji’s beautiful scenery making it the perfect environment for your beachy vacation. Set sail and take a cruise to tour the island or dive in and snorkel for a view under the sea. Enjoy fresh seafood on the romantic island at one of the nation’s most popular fine dining restaurants, Wicked Walu.




Indonesia

You’ll have plenty of choices for where to stay when you visit one of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia. Experience world-renowned diving at the Coral Triangle or get in touch with the country’s spirituality through visiting the Borobudur Buddhist temple.

Cuba

With visits to Cuba now open to the US, tourism has skyrocketed as anyone can now experience the vibrancy of this Northern Caribbean island. Support local restaurants and businesses with your stay while gaining a cultural education in this history-rich nation.

Maldives

This tropical paradise is one of a kind with sparkling blue beaches perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and taking in the ocean breeze. The Maldives is known for its marine life and having dozens of activities to make the most of your getaway. Splurge on a luxury stay at the Soneva Jani resort for a private overwater villa unlike any other.

St. Lucia

This Caribbean country is perfect for a little R&R along with a tropical adventure. Rent a boat to go sailing or explore the lush, green habitat on land. You’ll also get a taste of the culture when you pass through one of the fishing villages or take a tour of the Pitons, known for being the world’s only “drive-in” volcano.

Jamaica

Experience Mother Nature by venturing through the tropical forests of Jamaica, with hiking trails that lead you past exotic plants and animals. You can also get to know the country’s culture by visiting Kingston’s dancehall nightclubs or by eating freshly caught seafood on the island’s beautiful beaches.

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

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Best Hotels & 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.




Viceroy Bali

Experience the best that Bali has to offer when you stay at Viceroy Bali Luxury Resort. This luxury hotel and 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.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Enjoy these Luxury Villa Rentals in California

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Best Luxury Rentals in California

California is known around the world as a place of beauty, luxury, and culture. With popular cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, California receives an influx of travelers each year who want to soak up the sun and excitement. With so many beautiful and unique areas in the state, you’ll have plenty of options to choose which spot is best for you to take your next vacation. Take a look at these luxury villa rentals in California for your next relaxing getaway.




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Hollywood Hills

This renowned neighborhood in Los Angeles is home to some of the most beautiful homes in the city, featuring eye-catching architecture and unmatched privacy. The neighborhood’s luxurious home designs make it the perfect place to relax hidden among scenic landscapes of foliage and unparalleled sunset views. Just a short drive to West Hollywood restaurants and nightlife, this locale is ideal for experiencing a truly lavish getaway.




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Beverly Hills

World-recognized shopping and luxury living are just a few of the many things the 90210 is known for. Home to many celebrities and other high profile residents, Beverly Hills caters to individuals who appreciate a stylish hideaway in a prime location. You’ll be in close proximity to internationally known restaurants, unparalleled shopping on Rodeo Drive and the hustle and bustle of the adjacent West Hollywood neighborhood.




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West Hollywood

West Hollywood is known for its busy nightlife scene and famed Sunset Boulevard, but there is plenty more to experience in this area of Los Angeles. Visit an art exhibit or a museum, go shopping on Melrose Avenue, or check out the array of fine dining with world-famous chefs to make your visit one to remember.

 

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Malibu

Located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles, Malibu serves as a luxurious hideaway for some of the area’s most well-known citizens. The variety of high-end shopping and dining, combined with endless outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking, makes it an attractive destination for anyone to enjoy. You’ll still be in close proximity to Los Angeles’ many neighborhoods making Malibu the perfect place to vacation.

 

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Laguna Beach

A small coastal town in Orange County, Laguna Beach is a luxurious area known for their many art museums, beaches, coves, and an abundance of well-kept gardens. There are also plenty of well-known areas for surfing and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking. Laguna Beach is world-renowned for being a pristine community with some of the most beautiful landscapes in California.

 

 

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La Jolla

The chic city of La Jolla is known for its rugged coastline and beautiful, lush landscapes. Visit its two world-renowned golf courses at Torrey Pines Golf Course that sit right above the ocean, or take a bike ride on the many trails that wind around the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. For dinner, check out some of the internationally known restaurants such as The Lot or Duke’s. The abundance of beauty to be discovered in and around La Jolla make it an ideal vacation destination.

 

Lake Tahoe

On the border of California and Nevada is where you’ll find the pristine and beautiful Lake Tahoe. With three million guests annually, this is a hotspot for vacationers all over the country. Water skiing, kayaking, biking, and golf are all on the agenda for a vacation spent away with a private home at Lake Tahoe.

 

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Palm Springs

Located in the Sonoran Desert of Southern California, Palm Springs is widely regarded as a popular vacation spot where Los Angeles citizens love to get away. The city’s mid-century modern architecture makes for stylish rental properties, along with natural hot springs and a variety of spas, golf courses, and shopping centers at the core of what makes Palm Springs such a desirable location. Walk down Palm Canyon Drive to discover vintage boutiques and delicious restaurants, or head out of town a short way to enjoy miles of hiking and horseback riding trails.

 

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Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s biggest draw is the weather, with 300 days of sunshine each year. Stay in a traditional Spanish-styled villa and go whale watching or explore the Coronado Butterfly Preserve. Santa Barbara also has a multitude of wineries within driving distance for a relaxing afternoon out, or find a rental with a private pool for a stunning way to take in the coast.

 

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The Suite Life: Best Luxury Hotel Suites

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Experience the Best Luxury Hotel Suites

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 are the best luxury hotel suites create the perfect escape into a world of lavish relaxation.




Los Angeles

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.

Stay at the largest penthouse suite in Los Angeles when you book The Penthouse at The London West Hollywood. With 11,000 square feet of space, this impressive suite was styled by renowned designer Vivienne Westwood. A chic, neutral palette of modern accents creates a sophisticated labyrinth of luxury living space. You’ll have no problem entertaining a group thanks to the 5,000 square foot private rooftop deck complete with a kitchen, fireplace and 360-degree view of Los Angeles.




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.

San Francisco’s Proper Hotel is also worth booking with a stylish design that sets it apart from its more business-oriented counterparts. Their Premier Suite is filled with eye-catching textures and patterns along with fashionable modern furnishings. The apartment-style suite will make you feel right at home with a spacious living area and luxury bathroom amenities. You’ll also be in the center of the action with rooftop bar Charmaine’s perched at the top of this chic luxury hotel.




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.

The loft-style Penthouse Suite at The Thompson Hotel will also whisk you away into extravagance with their chic, modern accommodations. Views of either the lake or the city mean you’ll have a stunning backdrop no matter where you look. A pool table and soaking tub are just a few of the perks you can expect when you book this suite in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood.

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.

The Four Seasons New York offers an unforgettable luxury experience, with their Ty Warner Penthouse also being one of the world’s most expensive hotel suites, along with being the highest in the city. The elegantly-crafted design is filled with antiques and artwork, as well as furnishings made from fabrics imported from all over the world. The four separate glass balconies are sure to impress as you look out onto unobstructed panoramic views of New York City.

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.

Book the Sorrento Penthouse at Fontainebleau Miami Beach for a vacation you’ll never want to leave. The crisp, clean styling is the perfect setting for taking in the ocean breeze with almost 10,000 square feet of space for you and your guests to make yourselves at home. Five bedrooms, a private pool and jacuzzi mean that your entire group will get to enjoy the good life among stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Las 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.

You can also indulge in a lavish stay when you book the Penthouse Suite at The Bellagio. The vibrant interior overlooks The Bellagio’s iconic fountain displaying a continuous water show throughout your stay.  His and hers bathrooms are perfect for pampering, offering spa-like features like a steam shower and spa jet bath. The living space comes complete with a wet bar for you and your guests to toast drinks before a night on the town.

Dubai

Dubai is well-known for extravagant living which means luxury hotels in the area reach beyond the ordinary. The largest hotel suite in Dubai can be found at The Waldorf Astoria. Their palatial Royal Suite spans almost 17,000 square feet, taking up the full top floor of this luxury hotel. Take in beautiful views of the skyline from the private terrace or lounge in the indoor living space with butler service for a lavish experience.

The Four Seasons Jumeirah has its own Royal Suite where you’ll be pampered by marble floors, stoic columns and a baby grand piano for an added touch. This impressive, fifth-floor suite brings an airy ambiance to an expansive living space. The master bedroom overlooks stunning views of the gulf from two separate balconies, and guests can also take in the view from the furnished terrace.

London

No discussion of luxury suites would be complete without The Rosewood London’s Manor House Wing, the only suite in the world to have its own dedicated postcode. Enter through a private entrance to experience this seven-bedroom habitat filled with sophisticated furnishings in an expansive layout. This elegant destination allows guests to reside in comfort with a lounge, library and soaking tub all contributing to an unprecedented luxury experience.

With just the right amount of glitz and glamour, the Shangri-La Suite at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard will whisk you away into a world of refined prestige. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a breathtaking view of the London skyline from the 39th floor, while the spacious interior makes this luxury suite the perfect site for entertaining. Marble accents, a private elevator and dedicated butler service all allow you to indulge during your world-class London stay.

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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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Experience Santa Monica at The Fairmont

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.




Experience the 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.




Experience 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.




Experience 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Take the Scenic Route at these California Road Trip Destinations

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Experience California

California has always been the pinnacle of United States travel with its sandy beaches, expansive deserts, snowy mountains and lush forests. People flock from all over the world to experience the diversity of landscapes available for exploring during every season. For those that live in California and want to escape for a long weekend, or travelers looking to take the scenic route through The Golden State, these California road trip destinations are one of the best ways to appreciate the beautiful variety of surroundings that California has to offer.




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Santa Barbara

Just a few hours outside of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara makes for an effortless weekend escape. The fresh air is easy to get used to as you picnic at Arroyo Burro Beach or take a walk through Stearns Wharf, a historical pier with calming ocean views. You’ll also get a dose of California history by visiting Mission Santa Barbara, a Spanish mission built with colonial architecture. Spend the night at the Belmond El Encanto Resort for a private, luxury experience with picturesque views of the city. Stop in to Yoichi’s for a Japanese, seafood dinner or The Lark if you’re craving artisanal, American eats.




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Big Sur

Make your way up to this Central Coast destination to get in touch with Mother Earth. Go for a hike at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which has plenty of trails and local wildlife to see along the way. Stop off at McWay Falls to witness the 80-foot waterfall that’s sure to make for an iconic photo op. You can also head to the Carmel River Sate Beach to soak up the sun and scuba dive in the natural lagoon. As for your stay, you’ll feel on top of the world if you book at the Post Ranch Inn, which features dramatic views of the endless ocean horizon. Dine at their award-winning Sierra Mar restaurant, or reserve a table at Nepenthe for relaxing, oceanside cuisine.




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San Francisco

A bustling tech hub in Northern California, San Francisco is a destination worth visiting for its food, activities, and culture as one of the state’s biggest landmarks. Head to the Conservatory of Flowers to see the thousands of blossoms in the museum-like greenhouse. Haight-Ashbury is the perfect shopping destination for vintage finds, while Mission Dolores Park gives you a destination to enjoy the breezy weather with the locals. Retreat to Nob Hill and try the Scarlet Huntington hotel for an eclectic stay, or the Fairmont for an elegant experience. If Italian food is on your mind, SPQR will hit the spot with handmade pastas that will astound your senses.

 

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Napa

Just over six hours from Los Angeles, and one hour North of San Francisco, Napa is world-renowned for its wine country as hundreds of vineyards populate the city’s rolling hills. Since the 1970s, countless wineries have sprouted up throughout the area with the region providing the perfect soil and climate for rich, quality flavors. Wineries all over the city offer tours and tastings for you to sip from your new favorite label. You won’t be able to leave Napa Valley without experiencing the tasting menu at legendary restaurant The French Laundry. But if you have a taste for classic Japanese dishes, Miminashi might be a hot spot worth trying.

 

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