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.

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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. Stay at the intimate Cheval Blanc Courchevel to find elegant and inviting suites with ski-in-ski-out access to the slopes.

 

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 Le Chabichou, a two-Michelin Star eatery with elegant gourmet dining to complement the traditional décor. To see and be seen, Les Verdons is the place be with its extravagant menu and relaxed, social atmosphere.

 

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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.

 

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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 the impressive International Festival of Pyrotechnic Arts 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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The 2019 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

The luxurious and completely private Necker Island is home to not only a lavish resort, but is also the site of the annual Manuka Doctor Necker Cup—a pro-am tennis tournament put on to close out 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.

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The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

The 74-acre Necker Island stands as a luxurious vacation destination for celebrities and world leaders such as President Barack Obama, along with being the site of numerous events. The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal is now in its eighth year on the island, taking place December 4th-9th. The Necker Cup is expected to be the event of the season for those with a ticket to the exclusive tournament. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup. Stars like Martina Navratilova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sir Richard Branson will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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A Week of Excitement

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

 

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End of the World Beach Party

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

 

Photo: Premier Live – Necker Cup

 

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The Newest Features in International Luxury Air Travel

For more than a century, passengers have enjoyed air travel in making way to their destination quickly and comfortably. In recent years, airline amenities have reached new heights with business and first class features rising above past expectations to take on a truly luxury experience. With new technologies and modes of relaxation continuously being incorporated into premium travel, first and business class international flights are more lavish than ever and are expected to continue to evolve in coming years. Get to know some of the air travel industry’s most extravagant features that deliver passengers to their destination in style.

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Boeing 777-300ER

Known for its luxury flights, Emirates recently introduced the world’s first enclosed cabin suite featured on an aircraft. The Boeing 777-300ER allows passengers to enjoy 40 feet of their own private space with a sleek look inspired by Mercedes Benz. The aircraft, offering flights out of Dubai, has a series of features to pamper passengers for the ultimate travel experience. They’ll take in entertainment on the biggest widescreen touch TV on any airplane in the world, lounging on “zero gravity” seats perfectly measured to reach the peak of comfort. Mood lighting and temperature control personalize the experience, and virtual windows with a live video feed of the terrain below make sure every passenger has a window seat.

 

Photo: Emirates Boeing 777

Etihad A380

While not technically fully-enclosed, a Residence cabin on the Etihad A380 gives Emirates a run for its money by offering the world’s only three-room air travel apartment in the sky. Complete with a living room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom with a shower, luxury is an understatement for guests flying out of Abu Dhabi to NYC, London, Paris or Sydney. A personal butler serves Residence passengers custom, gourmet meals in their spacious living room before they retire to the bedroom, fit with a double bed and additional entertainment system. The bathroom with a full-height shower provides a way to refresh on the long flights, complete with a vanity and luxury robes.

 

Photo: Etihad A380 Residence Cabin

Air France La Premiere 777-300ER

While none reach the level of extravagance these top-tier cabins provide, other airlines around the world are aiming to upgrade their first and business class services in a variety of ways. The Air France La Premiere 777-300ER provides a notable raised side partition and floor-to-ceiling closed-curtains allowing for an elevated level of privacy. Seats that are made into full beds offer a quality night’s rest with premium bedding. The exceptional experience is topped off with some of the best airline dining in the world. Seven-course meals of caviar, lobster and steak designed by a Michelin-star chef place Air France above all in air dining excellence.

 

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Zodiac Aerospace

With growing expectations of enhanced comfort and tech in flying experiences, the near future of air travel is projected to include an array of heightened luxuries that continue to take passengers into the next era of first and business class flight. Airbus is partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop interchangeable sleeping modules on the lower deck of the Airbus A330. The modular design, expected to be an aircraft catalog option in 2020, will also allow for other uses such as a kids’ zone, medical center, lounge or conference room.

 

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Panasonic Avionics

Panasonic Avionics is also well on their way to making improvements in premium air travel. Their innovative Nanoe air filtration system, a service planned to launch in 2021, suppresses bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pollutants that improve air quality for first and business class passengers. Panasonic is also developing Active Noise Control technology to reduce aircraft noise and replace it with the passenger’s choice of ambient sound or music.

 

Photo: Panasonic Nanoe

Boom Supersonic

An ambitious project by Boom Supersonic aims to deliver passengers from Tokyo to San Francisco in under six hours on a supersonic jet travelling more than double the speed of sound. With testing beginning in 2019, these ultra-fast flights have an expected release date of 2025 with prices comparable to today’s business class seats.

 

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Perks of Flying First and Business Class

For travelers around the world, flying with premium seating is a necessity to ensure a comfortable trip to their destination. Whether its business class or first class, these upgraded options give passengers an elevated experience that includes plenty of in-flight perks and higher standards of service. A luxury seating upgrade can make all the difference between a stressful trip and a pleasant passage. Leave coach behind and experience the ultimate comfort during your sky-high travels by considering these premium seating perks.

 

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Pre-Flight Access

Your travel experience begins the second you step foot into the airport, and when you’re holding a premium class ticket, you can expect only the best. Oftentimes first and business class riders are able to skip long TSA lines for the priority check line, where your first task in boarding is streamlined and stress-free. Once inside, you’re afforded lounge access that provides a comfortable place to rest with bites or cocktails before boarding your flight. Checking your bags may also be free with premium class tickets, making the upgraded ticket even more worthwhile.

 

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Convenience

You’ll be able to take your time in the airport lounge as a premium class ticket includes priority seating. Breeze past the boarding line before economy ticketholders and settle into your seat at the head of the plane. Additional room in overhead bins also promises no worries about your carry-on needing to be checked for a lack of space. De-planing in first class and business class is always a quick process with the upfront location allowing you to be the first group to exit to your destination.

 

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Comfort

With economy seating becoming smaller each year due to airlines’ attempts in maximizing square footage, you have all the more reason to treat yourself to a comfortable flight in a premium seat. The spacious layout often allows for exiting directly to the aisle without bothering nearby passengers. Enhanced seats on longer international flights often include the ability to lie flat, allowing you a premium seat in a quieter and more peaceful setting. Some planes offer dividers between seats creating a private, pod-like domain to call your own.

 

Emirates First Class

Photo: Emirates First Class

Quality

During your flight, you’ll enjoy a higher quality of amenities across the board. Better food options are often available along with real silverware to enjoy plastic-free dining. Complimentary alcoholic beverages will ease any flying jitters in first and business class, bringing a blissful buzz to your adventure. Upgraded technology is also a part of the package with larger viewing screens and noise-cancelling headphones to immerse you into your on-flight entertainment. Longer, international flights may also include complimentary toiletries, pajamas, or even showers to make you feel right at home in the air. While flight attendants will cater to each guest, they are known to go over and above for premium class passengers to make your travel experience perfect.

 

Emirates First Class

Photo: Emirates First Class

Productivity

Business travelers may know the struggle of attempting to work in the cramped quarters of economy. Ensure your next business trip is productive with premium seating to act as an in-flight office space. Dedicated outlets and free wifi mean that your devices are charged and ready so that you won’t have to worry about being off the grid while you’re in the air. You’ll likely be surrounded by like-minded professionals who may have an interest in your work, which also makes premium seating an ideal environment for networking. Once you’ve landed, the premium class benefits continue as you’ll be well-rested and full of energy with valuable, new contacts in your phone. Whether it’s an important meeting or a vacation itinerary, you’ll be able to tackle your travel plans head-on with an upgraded first class or business class ticket.

 

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Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

After a day of celebrating your new life together, honeymoons are the cherry on top of wedded bliss with newlyweds traveling the world in the name of love. From rich landscapes to exotic locales, honeymoon destinations take romance to new levels surrounding couples with captivating scenery and luxury pampering. Whether you’re planning a spring celebration or a winter wonderland, diverse habitats around the world can offer the perfect getaway no matter the season. Elevate your romantic escape with these honeymoon destinations sure to sweep you off your feet.

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Spring

A spring wedding means plenty of budding flowers and greenery as you dive into marriage surrounded by nature’s beauty. During March, April and May you’ll find destinations like Belize to be an alluring choice. With the rainy season beginning in June, you’ll experience great weather with warm waters fit for swimming and whale watching. Japan’s world famous cherry blossoms bloom the first week of April, making places like Kyoto or Osaka perfect for witnessing the eye-catching occurrence. If the Caribbean is more your style, enjoy Jamaica at a luxury resort like Half Moon for a relaxing stay with impeccable views of the ocean.

 

Japan Cherry Blossoms

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Photo: Great Blue Hole – Belize

Summer

Summertime is the season known for sunshine which means a bright, natural escape might be just what your honeymoon needs. Travel to Indonesia’s Samaya Ubud Hotel in Bali to experience an unforgettable retreat surrounded by lush scenery. You also won’t go wrong visiting Greece’s famed city of Mykonos for the perfect mix of pampering and dining along the water. Croatia is another option that offers up a one-of-a-kind European experience with crystal-clear waterfalls and vast mountain ranges as the backdrop to your romantic getaway.

 

Mykonos Greece

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Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Photo: Plitvice Lakes Croatia

Autumn

While the leaves fall at home, take in a breath of fresh air at worldwide destinations ideal for a fall honeymoon. With sunny skies and 80-degree weather, Cancun is a great option with resorts like Excellence Riviera Cancun offering up a beachside stay with lavish amenities. You’ll also enjoy Italy’s breathtaking atmosphere vacationing amongst Florence’s beautiful architecture and culturally rich setting. If you’re looking for the perfect domestic location, Napa Valley in the fall is an unforgettable sight with acres of vineyards that will have you sipping your way through the world-famous wine region during harvesting season.

 

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Winter

A winter wedding doesn’t mean you need to give in to the cold when you travel to one of the many warm destinations around the world during December, January and February. Places like New Zealand experience their summer season during winter in the States, making it an ideal destination for lounging on the beach in a comfortable environment. Fly to an island in French Polynesia to experience a honeymoon to remember, with resorts like Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa offering up luxurious bungalows over the water for a dreamlike stay. Brazil is also a prime destination for an exciting trip when you honeymoon in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. A February honeymoon will offer up the opportunity to visit Carnival in this cultural hub of South America.

 

Le Taha'a Island Resort

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Enjoy California Living with a Luxury Private Villa Rental

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 the best areas of California to book a private villa rental for your next relaxing getaway.

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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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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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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.

 

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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 Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Travel

Before arriving in Tokyo, it’s nearly impossible to grasp the sheer size and density of the city or the depth of the culture. As one of the largest conurbations on the planet, there is a never-ending list of things to see and do during your time there with the landscape of attractions constantly changing and evolving. Whether you are interested in seeing the historical and deeply traditional side of the city, or the ultra-modern and opulent, you will never run out of things to do in the bustling Japanese capital. Explore a city of excitement with hotels, restaurants and nightlife that will make your stay worthwhile.

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HOTELS

Shangri-La Hotel – Tokyo

Named after the legendary land from James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon, the Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo captures the serenity and harmony for which the brand is known for around the world. The hotel is located on the top 11 floors of the 37-floor Marunouchi Trust Tower, and is just minutes away from Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace. The Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo has been presented with a number of prestigious awards and is truly one of the best hotels in the country.

 

Shangri-La Tokyo

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Shangri-La Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

Located on the top floors of the Otemachi Tower, Aman Tokyo serves as a sanctuary for guests but also as a grand monument to the modern Japanese capital of Tokyo and all that the city stands for, such as a strong affinity towards ancestral traditions. Guests can expect ultra-modern and sleek ryokan-style rooms that seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor living. Along with a multitude of high-end amenities, guests can take advantage of the Aman’s spa, which is one of the largest and highest-rated in the city.

 

Aman Tokyo

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Aman Tokyo

Photo: Aman Tokyo

The Prince Park Tower – Tokyo

As the flagship location for the prestigious Prince hotel chain, The Prince Park Tower, Tokyo has been outfitted with all the modern luxuries that one could ask for when staying at such a lavish location. Sitting 33 stories above Tokyo, the Prince Park Tower is a sophisticated tower that overlooks one of the city’s largest green spaces, Shiba Koen. Along with breathtaking views of the cityscape, the interior design blends ultra-modern elements with traditional Japanese elegance which creates an unbelievable stay. Everything from bowling alleys to a boulangerie is available to guests along with world-class client services.

 

Prince Park Tower

Photo: The Prince Park Tower

Prince Park Tower

Photo: The Prince Park Tower

DINING

Ginza Kojyu

Regarded as one of the 50 best restaurants in the world, Ginza Kojyu is led by head chef Toro Okuda and focuses on a multi-course kaiseki menu inside a Zen-like dining area. Okuda and his team do a magnificent job of showcasing modern Japanese haute cuisine through their use of ultra-fresh seasonal ingredients and expression of enhanced natural flavors.

 

Ginza Kojyu

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Ginza Kojyu

Photo: Ginza Kojyu

Narisawa

Narisawa is a Tokyo staple and is world-renowned for its unique style of innovative “Satoyama cuisine,” a term coined by head chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. Chef Narisawa takes inspiration from his Japanese ancestors’ intimate relationship with the forest and sea that surrounded them, an inspiration that can be seen in his dishes.

 

Narisawa

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Narisawa

Photo: Narisawa

Sukiyabashi Jiro

Acclaimed chef Jiro Ono brings Tokyo ultra-fresh sushi at his Chuo City restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The menu changes constantly and is based upon which fish may be in season or what could be found that morning at the fish market. Sukiyabashi Jiro has a strict reservation list, as the intimate dining area only seats 10. If you’re looking forward to trying some authentic sushi during your time in Tokyo, Sukiyabashi Jiro should be number one on your list.

 

Sukiyabashi Jiro

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Sukiyabashi Jiro

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NIGHTLIFE

1OAK Tokyo

Just like its counterparts in some of the best cities in the US, 1OAK Tokyo is an exclusive destination for hosting top acts from around the world to perform in an energetic nightlife environment. The exclusive club sees long lines of partygoers hoping to get into the stylishly-designed hot spot. 1OAK’s signature sultry decor and sleek furnishings create a mood of luxury in the heart of Tokyo.

 

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1OAK Tokyo

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Oath

Oath is known around the city as being one of the most energetic and fun night clubs in all of Tokyo. A mix of local and international DJs frequent the club which creates a constantly changing dynamic. With a regular closing time of 8am on weekends, you’ll need all the stamina you can muster to enjoy the night until they shut it down.

 

Oath Tokyo

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Oath Tokyo

Photo: Oath Tokyo

PLUSTOKYO

PLUSTOKYO perfectly combines elements of art, food, drinks, entertainment, and music. The venue itself is located on the top floor and roof of the Kirarito shopping complex and includes a nightclub, three bars, a cafe and an art gallery. It really is a one-stop shop for everything you could ask for in a night out in Tokyo.

 

Plustokyo

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Photo: Plustokyo

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The Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

Anyone who has heard of The Yacht Week knows to expect wild parties, beautiful views of the sea and an exciting group of international travelers looking to have the time of their lives. The Greece Route is a favorite among Yacht Week attendees due to its perfect mix of partying and sunbathing, along with a dash of culture from the selection of Greek islands included in the visit. For anyone considering hopping aboard for the classic, Mediterranean voyage, learn more about what to expect when you set sail on The Yacht Week Greece route.

Yacht Week Greece Nikki Beac

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Greece Route Details

This mid-paced route will be an unforgettable experience as you spend seven days on the Aegean Sea visiting Greece’s most beautiful locales including the islands of Poros, Spetses and Dokos. With between 20-30 yachts joining your voyage, you’re sure to make plenty of new friends in Europe’s sunniest country. The Greece Route runs from June through September, with July and August being the most coveted months due to the region’s enticing 80-degree weather. The Greece Route is known as the Croatia Route’s “little sister,” in that the fair amount of organized parties will keep you dancing all day and all night, but with long sailing days to give you a bit of rest and relaxation.

 

Yacht Week Greece overview

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Assembling a Crew

On each yacht is a crew of 6-12 people living in 3-5 cabins, all ready to spend their week partying on the water. If you don’t have a full boat, the process of filling your crew is made easy by TYW’s crew finder tool. The mandatory equal gender balance also ensures that there’s a variety of travelers to mix and mingle with. Additionally, you have the ability to hire a skipper if your group isn’t sailing savvy, or a host to take on the task of making freshly prepared meals each day. These two upgrades are considered necessities for most Yacht Week attendees who want to treat their adventure like a true vacation.

 

Yacht Week Greece

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Booking a Yacht

With the Greek sunshine beaming down on you for the week, you’ll want to make sure you choose a boat that will be comfortable for you and your friends to enjoy. With Standard, Premium and Premium Plus yacht options, you can decide on your preferred boat with Premium Plus offering up the best amenities like spacious cabins, quality bathrooms, air conditioning, and a first-class experience. The Greece Route has minimal port fees compared to other routes, but you will find higher fuel costs due to the long days of sailing between locations.

 

Lagoon 42 Yacht Sailing

Photo: Lagoon 42 The Yacht Week

What to Pack

Prepare for the trip of a lifetime by bringing necessities that will enhance your trip in ways you wouldn’t expect. Things like swimsuits, sunscreen and lightweight clothing may be a given, but to have the most fun during TYW, you’ll want to add a few more items to your shopping list. Inflatable floaties are great for lounging on during the line and circle rafts where you’ll splash around in the sea. Also bring your country’s flag to represent home along with fun costumes and toys to enhance your crew’s look during the regatta. More practical items like battery-powered fans, an auxiliary cord or portable speaker, and a water-proof camera will also come in handy to make your trip more pleasant. Don’t forget to include an all-white outfit for the Riviera Chic party, which is often one of the best celebrations of the week.

 

Yacht Week Floaties

Photo: The Yacht Week / Michael Vanarey

Schedule

The itinerary for each route will vary slightly, as there are two options of a starting marina and activities are scheduled around weather. You’ll find out your exact schedule a few weeks before you depart for your adventure, but here’s an example of what your trip might look like.

Alimos or Lavrio Marina

You’ll begin the week in Athens when you check in at your assigned marina. You’ll meet up with the rest of the Yacht Week crews at a restaurant where you’ll get your first taste of Greek cuisine. An after party usually follows and you’ll crash on your docked boat to prepare for tomorrow’s departure.

 

Photo: Alimos Marina Greece

Poros

You’ll set sail to this small island and get a chance to explore the great shopping and amazing restaurants. The midday Tropical Retro Party at Love Bay will have you dressed in Hawaiian shirts while sipping pineapple drinks and playing a game of beach volleyball as the sun sets. After a delicious dinner, you might also enjoy partying at the nearby club Malibu Bar to finish off your day.

 

Yacht Week Greece Love Bay

Photo: Yacht Week Greece Love Bay

Porto Heli

One of the most fun days of the Greece route is when you visit Nikki Beach for a lively day party. Attendees often book a room at the Nikki Beach Hotel for a place to freshen up and get ready for the festivities. Bottle service is a must with luxurious daybeds helping you soak up the sun as you celebrate. There also may be an after party at the Nikki Beach Pearl Rooftop for you to keep the party going after dinner.

 

Nikki Beach Porto Heli

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Natural Bay & Dokos

The peak of every Yacht Week trip is regatta day—a boat race with each crew dressed up in themed costumes. Awards are given to crews who have the best outfits, sailing skills and enthusiasm, so make sure your group is ready to bring a good time. After the regatta at Natural Bay, you’ll end near the island of Dokos for a line raft. All the boats are tied together for yacht party hopping and lounging on floaties. You can also explore the secluded island with a hike or spend the rest of the day enjoying the views of the sea.

 

Yacht Week Greece Dokos

Photo: Yacht Week Greece Dokos

Ermioni

One of the most memorable days of the week, you’ll attend the freshly themed Riviera Chic party where all white attire is required. Bottle service will give an added touch to make the most of the festivities. Dinner is a necessity after the event with a few late night restaurants open that your skipper or host will be happy to recommend to you.

 

Photo: Yacht Week Greece White Party

Hydra

You’ll get to spend your day exploring the beautiful island of Hydra and spend some time shopping the local boutiques. Ride a donkey along the cobblestone streets and taste authentic Greek cuisine at one of the island’s many delicious restaurants. The warm weather will likely coax you into booking a hotel room where you can freshen up before dinner at the Sunset Restaurant. Breathtaking views of the sunset will be your backdrop as you wine and dine with all the crews. The after party at the nearby Omilos is an easy walk and is a great place for bottle service.

 

Hydra Greece

Photo: Hydra Greece

Final Day

You’ll wake up on your last day of fun to sailing back to the port where you arrived in Athens. If you’d like to check out of the boat early, you can book a hotel for some R&R before the final party of the week. You’ll head to Yabanaki Beach to celebrate at the popular Varkiza Resort for your last hurrah and to say your goodbyes to your new friends.

 

Varkiza Resort

Photo: Varkiza Resort, Yabanaki beach

Helpful Tips

Keep in mind some of these helpful tips to ensure your Greece Yacht Week vacation reaches its full potential:

  • With such a beautiful city right at your fingertips, flying out a day before or after your Yacht Week excursion is a great way to maximize your time and explore Athens.
  • You’ll want to buy all your groceries for the week on Day 1 while you’re docked at the marina, and will accompany your host for shopping if you have one. Stock up on jugs of water along with snacks for munching and booze for boat partying. You should also get things like shampoo, trash bags and toilet paper that will be essentials throughout the week.
  • If your boat doesn’t have a shower, keep in mind that the only places to shower are the Nikki Beach Hotel in Porto Heli, hotels in Hydra, or a secret spot inside a restaurant in Ermioni—ask your skipper for the inside scoop.
  • Don’t forget to tip your skipper and host for all their hard work during your week of revelry.
  • Get cash out while you’re still in Athens on Day 1 as many of the Greek restaurants are cash only, or will only accept a limited number of credit cards for the table.
  • Decide on a regatta day theme beforehand and include your host and skipper in the festivities by bringing costumes for them too.

 

Yacht Week

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A Tropical Island Getaway at Bali’s Most Luxurious Hotels and Resorts

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 island hideaways will give an added touch to your next Bali vacation.

Luxury Hotels Resorts Bali

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Amandari Bali

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

 

Amandari Bali

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Amandari Bali

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Viceroy Bali

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

 

VIceroy Bali

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VIceroy Bali

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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

 

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

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Bulgari Resort Bali

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

 

Bulgari Resort Bali

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Bulgari Resort Bali

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COMO Shambhala Estate

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

 

COMO Shambhala

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COMO Shambhala

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The St. Regis Bali Resort

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

 

St Regis Bali Resort

Photo: The St. Regis Bali Resort

St Regis Bali Resort

Photo: The St. Regis Bali Resort

AYANA Resort and Spa

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

 

AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

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AYANA Resort and Spa Bali

AYANA Resort and Spa

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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

 

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali

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The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

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

 

Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

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The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali

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Roam Free at Italy’s Finest Coastal Cities

When traveling to Italy, many people feel Milan, Venice, or Pompeii are some of the best options. Not everyone considers the abundance of picture-perfect coastal towns and cities that Italy has to offer. The colorful and unique architecture, unrivaled views of the ocean, and the cliff-covered landscape that surrounds the towns are enough to spark romance inside of your heart. Whether you’re looking to do some shopping, A-list dining, or outdoor activities, you can find it all and more within some of Italy’s best coastal cities.

Italy Coastal Cities

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Amalfi

Located at the mouth of a deep ravine and the foot of Monte Cerreto, Amalfi is a small but world-renowned city known for sun-filled piazzas, historic architecture, and luxury vacations. If you’re thinking about booking a trip to Amalfi, consider staying at the Santa Caterina Hotel, set in a hilltop villa on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The upscale hotel presents beautiful views of the water as well as two delicious restaurants and no shortage of amenities for guests.

 

Amalfi, Italy

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Santa Caterina Hotel Amalfi

Photo: Santa Caterina Hotel

Manarola

As a part of the Cinque Terre National Park, Manarola is known for being the ‘most colorful’ city in the world. The buildings resemble an artist’s palette, tightly placed together along a cliff overlooking the ocean. Manarola is one of five towns that make up the Cinque Terre National Park, and every year visitors flock to the park to hike and take in everything Manarola has to offer. On your next trip to Manarola, consider staying at La Torretta Lodge, a unique luxury hotel that boasts a modernized medieval tower and contemporary art-filled rooms that offer breathtaking views over the water.

 

Manarola Italy

Photo Manarola Italy

Manarola, Italy

Photo: Manarola, Italy

Positano

You will never find a shortage of photo opportunities when visiting Italy’s most picturesque city with quaint homes, rustic hotels, and the most luxurious resorts on the Amalfi coast including the Il San Pietro di Positano. Positano’s location gives visitors the opportunity to travel by boat to Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo. Enjoy laying out on the beach, hiking the foothills that lie behind the coastal paradise, or feasting on authentic Mediterranean cuisine at restaurants like Ristorante Il Capitano that provide gorgeous views of the sea.

 

Positano, Italy

Photo: Positano, Italy

Le Sirenuse Positano

Photo: Le Sirenuse Positano

Portofino

Portofino has become popular with US travelers in recent decades due to its opulence and picturesque scenery. The distinctive half-moon harbor now houses superyachts year-round, and new resorts like Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendid Mare have sprung up ensuring that guests receive the best treatment possible. The Belmond is all about elegance and refinement, not overtaking the natural charm of the Riviera, but adding to it.

 

Portofino, Italy

Photo: Portofino, Italy

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Photo: Belmond Splendido

Sorrento

Where the mountains meet the sea and where deep valleys transition into beautiful citrus plantations is where you’ll find the enchanting Italian city of Sorrento. Located in the province of Naples, Sorrento is set on a truly unbelievable landscape. Enjoy sipping fine wines in the Piazza Tasso square, or check out the rolling countryside that leads into the Amalfi coast. After a day of exploring, retire to your room at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, a 19th-century grand dame located on a cliff right above the port.

 

Sorrento, Italy

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Photo: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Polignano a Mare

The historic old town of Polignano a Mare is thought to be one of the most charming as well as the most important towns in the south of Italy. The city is perched upon limestone cliffs overlooking the rich blue Adriatic Sea, creating a perfect location for cliff diving. Consider staying at the Borgobianco Resort & Spa Mgallery by Sofitel, renowned for its friendly service and ultra relaxing atmosphere.

 

Polignano a Mare

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Borgobianco Resort and Spa

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Atrani

Atrani has long been the escape for the most powerful families of Amalfi. The city still maintains a small fishing village feel even after incorporating a variety of high-end conveniences and places to stay. The town has traditionally designed homes climbing up cliffsides to offer stunning views over the water, and there is a maze of tightly packed alleys and colorful gardens that run throughout. Here, the Belmond Hotel Caruso serves as the height of extravagance and sophistication. Set on a cliff overlooking the coast, this 11th-century palace is in a central location for all the activities you could ask for when vacationing on the coast.

 

Altrani, Italy

Photo: Altrani, Italy

Belmond Caruso

Photo: Belmond Caruso

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the largest and most easterly city located within the Cinque Terre National Park. The city is placed upon the unspoiled blue waters of the Gulf of Genoa and is known for their Sciacchetra sweet wine which is fermented from Bosco, Fermentino, and Albarola grapes. The colorful homes create a backsplash of elegance against the natural, beautifully rough landscape. While roaming Riomaggiore and the rest of the Cinque Terre Park, consider resting your head at the Restaurant Hotel Porto Roca, the welcoming and down to earth hillside slice of paradise.

 

Riomaggiore, Italy

Photo: Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy

Riomaggiore, Italy / Hotel Porto Roca

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