10 Ways to Spend Your LA Family Vacation

If you’re escaping to Los Angeles for a family getaway, there are plenty of sights to see that are great for children and parents alike. With a reputation for fun and entertainment, LA offers up a variety of activities that are sure to create long lasting memories for you and your family. Bring the kids along to experience any of these exciting LA experiences.

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Universal Studios

Doubling as a fully-operational film and television studio along with a theme park, you’ll get an exciting Los Angeles experience at Universal Studios in Universal City. Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, or The Simpsons, Universal Studios has unique film and TV-inspired attractions that you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget to take the iconic studio tour for a behind the scenes peek of the back lot.

 

Photo: Universal Studios

Santa Monica Pier

Take advantage of Los Angeles’ perfect weather by visiting the Santa Monica Pier. About 40 minutes from Hollywood, Santa Monica is a famed destination known for its beautiful beaches and California casual living. Take the family to ride the ferris wheel and play carnival games on the pier while enjoying the scenic view overlooking the Pacific ocean.

 

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The Grove

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, take the family along to The Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax neighborhood. With shops like the American Girl Place and kids outlets of J. Crew and Pottery Barn, you can freshen up the whole family with a new wardrobe. Catch a movie at the Pacific Theatres or grab a bite at the Farmer’s Market, offering up a diversity of dishes to satisfy your cravings.   

 

Photo: The Grove

Hollywood Walk of Fame

It won’t be a true Los Angeles vacation without a waltz down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching from Gower to La Brea and running up and down Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll see your favorite entertainers lining the streets with their names emblazoned on the iconic stars. Along the way, visit the Chinese Theater to see the A-list handprints in the pavement out front, or the Madame Tussads wax museum for uncanny sculptures of your favorite celebrities.

 

Photo: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Olvera Street

Experience a part of Los Angeles’ cultural history by visiting Downtown’s Olvera Street. Channeling the early roads of a city built by Spanish settlers, the Olvera Street marketplace has a variety of vibrant, handcrafted goods for sale including artwork, clothes and jewelry. Tasting the authentic Mexican food from the outdoor cafes is also a must while listening to Mariachi singers evoke the sounds of LA culture.

 

Photo: Olvera Street – Discover California

California Science Center

Take the family to an interactive destination by visiting the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The enlightening exhibits are sure to be a learning experience with hands-on ways for kids to learn something new. From nature to technology to space travel, everyone in the family will get an education at this fun museum.

 

Photo: California Science Center / NASA/Bill Ingalls

Venice Beach Boardwalk

An iconic part of LA culture, visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a trip down the quirky and exciting beachfront walkway. With a diversity of vendors selling artwork, clothing and décor, you’re sure to find a quality souvenir for the kids to take home. Performers are also a part of the Venice Beach experience with musicians, roller skaters, dancers, and one-of-a-kind acts always impressing crowds with their unique talents.

 

Photo: Venice Beach Boardwalk

Griffith Observatory

One of the best places to get a great view of the Hollywood sign is from the Griffith Observatory. Enter from the Los Feliz neighborhood to drive up to the scenic peak with a view of the whole city. This memorable Los Angeles landmark (famously featured in James Dean’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause,”) is home to a planetarium with educational information about the stars, along with telescopes to see out into the skyline.

 

Photo: Griffith Observatory

The Getty Center

The Getty museum houses thousands of priceless works of art at the top of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains off the 405 freeway. With a breathtaking view of the city, this site is a landmark all on its own with a modern design that’s a feast for the eyes. With plenty of free events for kids, and a Family Room for parents to learn and play alongside their children, the expansive center is a fun environment for adults and children alike.

 

Photo: The Getty Center

Knotts Berry Farm

Take a day trip to Buena Park to visit Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. An hour drive from Hollywood, this classic Peanuts cartoon-themed destination offers up fun for the whole family. With roller coasters and rides for both younger children and teens, everyone will get a thrill out of the exciting destination.

 

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Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

If you’re in the mood for a luxury vacation, head down under to visit one of Australia’s lavish resorts. With plenty of coastline to take advantage of, there are destinations all across the continent that provide beachside stays in tropical environments. With stunning views from every angle, book an Australian getaway for beautiful weather and natural landscapes that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

Overlooking a panoramic ocean view at the top of a secluded cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge mixes the shoreline with the wilderness in a clean, modern design. Each of the 21 suites offers views of Kangaroo Island’s beauty along with lavish furnishings that are built for rest and relaxation. The eco-friendly design with artwork from local artisans integrates the landscape of the destination with all the comforts of a luxury stay. The abundance of wildlife is sure to entertain while the rich soil of Southern Australia lends to fresh, organic ingredients incorporated into the resort’s dining menus.

 

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Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

Enjoy a tranquil escape when you visit this resort in the beautiful Uluru-Kata Tjuta. You’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the sacred Uluru mountain alongside the World Heritage-listed national park. Learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous Anangu Australians while exploring the terrain to get in touch with the natural environment. Guests can take in the elements by lounging on the balcony deck in each of the resort’s luxury suites to get the full experience of the outback.

 

Photo: Longitude 131

Photo: Longitude 131

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

The luxury suites and private pavilions at this resort will help you relax through taking in the views of Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning landscape of greenery and rolling hills will transport you to another place and time with modern architecture placing you in the middle of a contemporary escape. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking demonstrations, private guided hikes, or activities like kayaking and beach biking to keep your island adventure exciting.

 

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – New South Wales

This retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains is home to over 40 luxury villas that promise privacy and seclusion while you get in touch with the natural surroundings. Watch the sunrise on the veranda or take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of a the scenic valley. Situated in between two national parks, the resort only accounts for 1% of the expansive site boasting a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve. Enjoy elegant Australian cuisine at either of the onsite restaurants, and toast glasses at the intimate bar featuring a walk-in wine cellar.

 

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

With an unparalleled view of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia gives the ultimate luxury experience with a private location on Hamilton Island. Each of the resort’s 60 pavilions provides an escape into an elegant getaway with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, the only island championship golf course in the country, keeps guests entertained with dazzling views of the ocean as the backdrop to each round.

 

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Photo: Qualia Resort

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7 Travel Destinations for a Winter Getaway

Winter travel season is one of the best with snow-capped mountains and cozy luxury hideaways making for a perfect vacation. Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for an active trip, or get away to a place where winter months are filled with sunshine, you can take advantage of your vacation time by booking a trip for a change of scenery.

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Belize

Who needs freezing cold temperatures when you can book a stay on this beautiful Caribbean Island? Sandy, white beaches are guaranteed with the weather perfect for diving into the sparkling blue ocean. Explore Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins or hike through lush jungles for an adventurous trip to remember.

 

Photo: Belize

St. Barts

Head to this French West Indies Island for boating, kayaking, and numerous other ways to enjoy their sunny winter days. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the ocean with 14 public beaches to choose from for your preferred place to lounge. The historical island has museums and 17th century architecture that will let you take in some culture alongside your time relaxing.

 

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Colombia

Explore beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, and bustling marketplaces when you visit Colombia. Their busy season starts in December and lasts throughout the winter with many travelling from all over the world to take in the picturesque landscapes. If you’re a fan of nightlife, head to the capital city of Bogota for a night out on the town in this exciting South American country.

 

Photo: Colombia

Rome

While it doesn’t offer warm weather or ocean waves, visiting Rome during winter means you can avoid maneuvering the crowds to make the most out of your travel time. Experience Rome’s rich culture through visiting the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and all the city’s best landmarks while indulging in authentic Italian cuisine that’s sure to make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Rome

New Zealand

If you’re looking to avoid any hint of winter during your vacation, New Zealand is the place for you. With opposite seasons to North America, their summery months beginning in December will keep you nice and warm enjoying their bright, sunny days. The breathtaking scenery throughout the country is unmatched with rainforests and gardens to natural coves providing a feast for your eyes.

 

Photo: New Zealand

Moscow

For those who want to embrace winter wholeheartedly, try visiting Moscow for an unexpectedly perfect place to have a great winter experience. With weather similar to U.S. cities during the winter, you’ll appreciate the change of scenery with palatial buildings as a backdrop and a tourist-free experience. Winter is the height of Moscow’s theater season, allowing you to take in some cultural Eastern European entertainment.

 

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Costa Rica

Try your luck in this coastal getaway that ranges from dry to rainy during North American winter months. This tourist hot spot will be all yours with beautiful shorelines ready for surfing and a one-of-a-kind selection of wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. The vibrant greenery will make its mark as you take in the sights of this Central American locale.

 

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7 Romantic Escapes for an Intimate Getaway

When you want to do something special for a significant other, sometimes indulging in a romantic getaway is the perfect way to show you care. There are cities around the world for you to take in breathtaking scenery, expansive landscapes, and cozy experiences that will bring you closer together during your vacation. Take your relationship to the next level when you journey to any of these romantic destinations.

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Napa

Head to the world-famous California wine region to sip some of nature’s nectar throughout your private escape. The magnificent, wine country scenery is sure to put you in the mood whether it’s a special day or just a weekend alone. Dine at Napa’s chic restaurants and take a wine tour to get the most out of your trip.

 

Photo: Castello di Amorosa

Photo: Napa – Zocha Group

St. Lucia

Explore this intimate Caribbean island with abundant greenery and breathtaking views of the coastline. Book a luxury stay at Sugar Beach Resort to reserve a piece of paradise all to yourself. Windsurfing and sailing will keep you busy as you spend some time with your significant other taking in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

Photo: Sugar Beach St. Lucia

Photo: St. Lucia – Grace Ormonde

Los Cabos

The many luxurious resorts in this Mexican city give you plenty of options as you and your loved one enjoy the warm weather and sandy beaches. You’ll have a perfect view of the ocean to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales by day, while spending your nights enjoying fresh seafood on the water with the sound of the waves behind you.

 

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Photo: Sea Esta Cabo

Bora Bora

You’ll have your own private bungalow above the Polynesian ocean when you stay at the iconic Four Seasons in Bora Bora. You’ll spend your days snorkeling and jet skiing on the crystal clear water and your nights looking up at the stars over a candlelight dinner. The unique environment of caves, lagoons and volcanoes is sure to transport you into a sea of romance.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Buenos Aires

The bohemian air of the city will free your mind of stress when you and your loved one wander the cobblestone streets to admire the historic cultural atmosphere. Stay in the palatial hotels for a luxury retreat in the vibrant, Argentinean city overflowing with culture.

 

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palm Springs

This Southern California getaway outside of Los Angeles is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The year round warm weather means you can dive into a pool at any time in the luxury resorts or private home rentals in the area. There’s plenty of shopping in the downtown area or stay active through hiking the desert trails nearby.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Photo: Palm Springs

Bali

Take a trip to this up-and-coming destination to lounge in paradise. With some of the most romantic hotels in the world, you’ll get a view of the Indian Ocean no matter where you stay on this Indonesian island hideaway. Traditional Kecak fire dances may be just what you need to light a spark during your private vacation.

 

Photo: Viceroy Bali

Photo: Kecak Fire Dance by Joel Santos

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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.

 

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Photo: SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

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A Lavish Winter Retreat in Aspen

As the warm weather starts to fade, many are beginning to plan winter getaways in cities fit for skiing, snowboarding and enjoying the snow-covered scenery. A world-renowned destination for winter luxury is Aspen, Colorado—the perfect place to indulge with extravagant hotels, decadent restaurants, and a bustling nightlife scene to keep you warm. Head to Aspen to take in the city’s lavish culture during your winter vacation.

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Hotels

Book your stay in Aspen to experience world-class service in an unforgettable atmosphere. The Little Nell is rated as one of the best hotels in the city with rooms overlooking the Aspen Mountains and a ski concierge team to handle all your needs for the slopes. Your stay will be eco-friendly at the Limelight Hotel, offering up bike rentals to make your way through the village. The modern design is sure to impress with floor-to-ceiling windows and chic, mountain-inspired décor. The historic Hotel Jerome, built in 1889, boasts top notch service to make your stay exceptional. The on-site Auberge Spa, luxury car chauffeur and twice-daily maid service is just the tip of the iceberg in giving guests the luxury Aspen experience.

 

Photo: The Little Nell

Photo: Hotel Jerome

Restaurants

Aspen’s world-class cuisine is part of the draw as your taste buds will relish in the city’s array of fine dining experiences. A hot spot for a fusion of Mediterranean, Asian and Spanish dining, Bosq is a destination worth visiting for their worldly flavors. You’ll luck out if you’re staying at The Little Nell as their contemporary restaurant Element 47 is known for its creative dishes and outstanding wine program. Try out Colorado’s first venue from Chef Nobu at Matsuhisa, showcasing his famous Japanese dishes in an updated Victorian-style house. Jimmy’s is also a delicious choice for fine dining with its American fare that will make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Element 47

Photo: Matsuhisa

Nightlife

Known for its lively scene, Aspen will have you partying until dawn as you mix and mingle with the city’s other visitors. Hotel Jerome’s J-Bar is a hot spot for a night out with its sophisticated Western style and 100-year history. If you’re into live music, Belly Up is a necessity as they drawn in international artists to bring some energy to the town. If nightclubs are your thing, Escobar’s trendy vibe will keep you dancing all night long with DJs, dancing and bottle service right at your fingertips. Just like its LA predecessor, Bootsy Bellows in Aspen also ushers in a club element to your night in the city’s iconic Crystal Palace building.

 

Photo: Bootsy Bellows Aspen

Photo: Escobar

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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: Virgin Unlimited Edition

Photo: Necker Island

 

High-Tech Hotels Taking Over the Market

Integrating technology into businesses has become a prime focus for many industries and is being especially embraced by the hospitality market. Hotels are getting creative in finding out new ways to give their guests the ultimate experience through integrating tech aspects into their stay. From smartphone check-ins to robot butlers, hotels around the world are breaking the norm of what a 21st Century hotel experience should be.

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The W Singapore – Sentosa, Singapore

Dive into the pool at The W in Singapore and it’ll be music to your ears as their underwater speakers make sure you never miss a beat. LED lighting throughout the property ushers in a party-friendly atmosphere, and if you spring for their signature Extreme WOW Suite, you’ll get a private DJ booth right in your room.

 

Photo: The W Singapore

Photo: The W Singapore – Extreme Wow Suite

Blow Up Hall 5050 – Poznan, Poland

No need to check into the front desk here—unlock the door to your room with a digital key sent via smartphone. Numerous digital, interactive art installations throughout the property make you feel like you’re a part of the artwork, including their “Blow Up” piece in the lobby that enlarges guests photos on a wall.

 

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

Photo: Blow Up Hall 5050

NH Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Holographic tech is the way to go at NH Hotel where a business meeting can be enhanced by projecting a person’s 3D image or work presentation in the conference space. If you’re feeling musical, you can also request a keyboard or guitar to be delivered to your room upon request.

 

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Photo: NH Hotel Berlin

Aloft Cupertino – Cupertino, California

You’ll get a one-of-a-kind experience at the Aloft Cupertino pool, where a robotic butler called Botlr will hand deliver your towel. The friendly device also has the ability to take elevator rides and will be your own personal room service making deliveries right to your room.

 

Photo: Aloft Cupertino

Photo: Aloft Cupertino Robot Butler

Loews Hotel 1000 – Seattle, Washington

Taking “smart” to the next level, Loews Hotel 1000’s rooms come with sensors to detect body heat, ensuring that you’re never interrupted by housekeeping. The smart mini bar alerts the front desk when it needs a re-stock, and two virtual reality golf courses in the hotel will give you the illusion that you’re right on the green.

 

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

Photo: Loews Hotel 1000 Seattle

hub by Premier Inn – London, England

The hub’s smartphone app will be the answer to your prayers when you stay at this London destination. You can adjust the room’s lighting, TV, air conditioning, and turn on the door’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. A virtual reality element will even let you use your phone’s camera to show information about nearby restaurants and bars.

 

hub by Premier Inn London

Photo: hub by Premier Inn London

The Yotel – NYC, New York

This Manhattan property has its own stationed robotic arm, the Yobot, that stores luggage for guests in a wall of 150 lockers. To retrieve belongings, just type in a personal pin and see the Yobot work its magic knowing exactly where it’s stored. Their digital kiosk streamlines the check-in process and retractable motorized beds also easily help free up space in rooms.

 

Photo: Yotal NYC

Photo: Yobat at Yotal NYC

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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.

 

Photo: Royal Malewane

Photo: Royal Malewane

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Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Photo: Ulusaba Rock Lodge

Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Photo: Royal Malewane

 

Hit the Winter Slopes with The Ski Week

From the same people that brought you The Yacht Week, there’s a new adventure to experience with The Ski Week. Snow lovers will have a blast snowboarding and skiing the slopes alongside partying with their fellow travelers during the week-long excursion. Whether you’ve chosen Japan, Canada, Austria or Aspen, know what to expect on your trip with some helpful tips for The Ski Week.

Photo: The Ski Week

 

Destinations

Each of the four routes for The Ski Week is different, but they are all chosen for their picturesque mountainsides packed with fresh powder ready to be carved up by visitors. The Austrian route will take you to Obertauern, a city with breathtaking landscapes and a party-friendly atmosphere where your ski boots will double as dancing shoes. Sign on to explore Niskeo and experience some world-renowned, fresh powder at Japan’s number one skiing locale. The peaks of Colorado will be your home for the three-day Aspen route where you can experience one of the best winter destinations in the US. If you’re a fan of being on the move, get a tour of British Columbia on the Canadian route that travels by RV through some of the coolest resorts in the region.

 

Photo: The Ski Week Austria

Recommendations

There are plenty of details to keep in mind when preparing for an exciting Ski Week. The friends you bring along on your adventure will be the key to having an exciting excursion on the slopes. The Ski Week requires an equal gender ratio for the week so check out their website to see how many guys and girls you’ll need in your group. You’ll have three options of booking your stay depending on which Ski Week you choose. Book a Room or Flat to mix and mingle with your own friends and other attendees, or pile your friends into a Ski Week RV for the rugged Canadian experience. If you’re in need of a few extra friends to fill your crew, the Ski Week Crew Finder will do the trick in matching you up to fill your open spots.

 

Photo: The Ski Week

Activities

Each of the routes has a different set of events to look forward to that will make your trip worthwhile. In Japan you’ll be able to do things like ice fishing and a snowshoe hike through the Japanese magic forest. The Austrian route comes complete with a 270-person mountain banquet dinner and partying as the sun sets in a man-made Snow Fort bar. The slopeside pool party in Aspen will definitely be an Instagram-worthy occasion along with the torchlight ride where travelers descend down the mountain lighting the way with burning torches. The variety of Canadian activities are sure to keep you entertained from line dancing, ice hockey competitions and heli-skiing drop-ins from a helicopter above the clouds.

 

Photo: The Ski Week

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Photo: The Ski Week – Fabian Webster

Photo: The Ski Week

Photo: The Ski Week

Photo: The Ski Week