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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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The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

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Experience NYC Dining

New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.




Olmsted

The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.




Alta

The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.




Llama Inn

Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

I Sodi

For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

Oxomoco

The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

The Grill

The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

Lilia

A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

Wildair

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

La Vara

Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

Flora Bar

After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

Win Son

With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

Le Coucou

A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

Aldea

This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

Uncle Boons

Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

The Pool

The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

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Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives for a Tropical Resort Escape

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Top Luxury Hotels in the Maldives

One of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world is the Maldives, a nation made up of over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean. Known for their sandy white beaches, dreamlike weather and plentiful marine wildlife, the Maldives makes for a one-of-a-kind vacation filled with lavish resorts and five-star service. Book your stay at these tropical properties to explore the top luxury hotels in the Maldives.




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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The natural beauty of the Maldives can be experienced from this stunning resort filled with amenities and accommodations to surpass your expectations. Dine at one of the 11 onsite venues and visit the world-class spa for soothing treatments to put you in the mood for island relaxation. The overwater villas make for indulgent habitats where you’ll leave the troubles of home behind.




St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Enjoy the Maldives’ beautiful Indian Ocean backdrop from the private terrace of your villa at St Regis Maldives Vommuli. Sandy beaches surround the extravagant property that brings a contemporary spirit to your tropical adventure. Six different dining venues offer something for everyone as you enjoy fine dining, butler service and watersports to round out your trip.




Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa

Take a luxury catamaran to this private island resort set on lush terrain and surrounded by endless ocean waves. With unparalleled surf, wild turtles swimming the seas and multiple pools, you’ll never run out of activities to appreciate on this beautiful island. One of the best luxury hotels in the Maldives, a stay at the Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa will make for a vacation to remember.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

The suites and villas at Jumeirah will allow you to disappear into a tropical paradise. You’ll enjoy picturesque views with your own private beach space, or live perched above the ocean with your own infinity pool and waterslide into the seas. Jumeirah’s amenities include yoga sessions, fitness training and spa therapies to revitalize your mind, body and soul.

One&Only Reethi Rah

A visit to One&Only Reethi Rah will have you experiencing one of the most luxurious hotels in the Maldives. This resort delivers sophistication and serenity for guests to be whisked away into a dreamlike escape. Spacious villas above the water are spaced out over more than three miles of coastline, making it a secluded favorite for high profile visitors.

Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa’s sister property, the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru, is an equally-impressive destination thanks to its lavish villas and sumptuous, beachside amenities. Whether you’re visiting for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, this resort provides excellent service in making sure each guest is given a phenomenal stay.

Constance Halaveli Maldives

With dozens of villas in a private island atmosphere, Constance Halaveli provides everything you’ll need for an unforgettable vacation. A plunge pool and terrace in every villa lets you get in touch with the region’s beautiful weather. Numerous onsite restaurants and bars–along with a deluxe spa–create a world of relaxation in a tropical oasis.

Kanuhura Maldives

The vibrance of Kanuhura will transport you to a light and airy setting with a picturesque view above the sparkling seas below. Stay in a water villa surrounded by lush gardens where you can dive into the water or take a stroll along the soft sand of the shoreline. Experience playful sophistication at an alluring property filled with adventure.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

The sparkling clear waters beneath your bungalow will make for an unmatched view with sea life swimming by at this dreamlike resort. Watch the sunset from your room or over dinner with a loved one and create lifelong memories of the unforgettable locale. One of the best resorts in the Maldives, Anantara Veli delivers luxury with a tropical touch during your island escape.

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Stroll the serene beaches of this private island resort when you book a villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli, an exclusive destination perfect for a departure into extravagance. The property’s stylish design creates a tranquil environment where guests can discover the calming air of luxury Maldives living.

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The Most Eye-Catching Spaces for your LA Wedding

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LA Wedding Venues

Los Angeles is an unrivaled destination to spend your special day with its perfect weather, lavish surroundings, and numerous resources to cater to your every wedding need. There are plenty of breathtaking hotels ready to help you create a picturesque ceremony and countless hospitality venues for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and receptions. Walk down the aisle in style at one of these eye-catching spaces for your LA wedding.




Calamigos Ranch

Surround yourself with lush landscape in this breathtaking environment. The ceremony and reception can be held in one of their many outdoor garden courtyards for a tranquil event.




Cielo Farm

Take in expansive views at this highly sought after space featuring a vineyard and greenery to create the perfect backdrop for your special day.




City View Penthouse & Skydeck

Plan your wedding at the South Park Center’s Penthouse for breathtaking views of Downtown Los Angeles from a bird’s eye view. Outdoor seating on the SkyDeck will give your guests a breath of fresh air as they take in the city.




Four Seasons Los Angeles

Indulge in a luxury experience at the Four Seasons’ event space that will create an elegant atmosphere for your dream event. Their terraces, balconies and radiant garden make for an unforgettable wedding experience.

Terranea Resort

You’ll have unparalleled ocean views if you walk down the aisle at this beautiful destination. With multiple Ballrooms to choose from, this oceanfront resort will make your special day one to remember.

Saddlerock Ranch

Surround yourself with greenery at this 1,000 acre locale that shares its home with exotic safari animals. Your guests will be in for a treat with your event doubling as a one-of-a-kind nature experience.

Hotel Bel-Air

Excitement awaits as you tie the knot at this luxurious destination hidden in the Hollywood Hills. The peaceful setting fit for a celebration of romance creates a classic atmosphere of airy sophistication.

The Houdini Estate

Magic will be in the air when you make the Houdini Mansion your choice for an outdoor event. The private estate formerly home to Harry Houdini lends an element of grandeur to your special day.

Kimpton La Peer

Their sophisticated spaces offer a sleek touch to your soiree with modern décor and views of the Hollywood Hills. Bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and the big event can all be held with style at this West Hollywood locale.

Malibu Rocky Oaks

This scenic escape gives you breezy, vineyard views as you tie the knot at its spacious Tuscan Villa. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, you’ll feel like royalty perched above the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Paramour Estate

Book your special day at this eclectic domain in the artsy Silver Lake hills. Shabby chic meets bohemian in the fully furnished estate perfect for colorful photos and a cozy place to get ready.

Alexandria Ballrooms

This historic Downtown event space will put a vintage touch on your wedding with its classic feel and air of sophistication. The spacious ballrooms make for a grand presentation that is sure to ‘wow’ your guests.

SLS Hotel Beverly Hills

This luxury hotel might be perfect for your soiree with floor to ceiling drape details and chic décor. Have a gathering on the patio of The Bazaar by Jose Andres for a private airy environment.

The Athenaeum

This stately property at the California Institute of Technology boasts elegant Mediterranean-style architecture. Romance is sure to be in the air with the breathtaking atmosphere setting a lavish tone for the event.

The London West Hollywood

With a variety of venues featured within the hotel, you’ll have your pick of unforgettable spaces for your special day. From a glamorous ballroom to a private rooftop, your vision will come to life no matter the size or style.

Triunfo Creek Vineyards

Escape to this green landscape surrounded by vineyards for a rustic environment perfect for an unforgettable day. The picturesque scenery will make for elegant photos and an idyllic atmosphere.

Vibiana

This grand, Downtown event space boasts historical relevance as previously being the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, built in 1878. Your 21st Century event will be sure to impress as the opulent design is unlike any other Los Angeles destination.

Nobu Malibu

This beachside location has private rooms for your party to have an intimate experience on the ocean. The world-renowned cuisine will make your experience unforgettable alongside a perfect view of the shore.

Villa Sancti Malibu

Nestled in the heart of Malibu, this Tuscany and France-inspired locale creates a picturesque setting for you to walk down the aisle. The ocean views add a touch of enchantment to the lush, landscaped environment.

The Millwick

Enter through the garden at this grand event venue. With modern accents and plenty of nooks for your guest to explore, tying the knot at the Millwick will provide something for everyone to enjoy.

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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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Get a Taste of LA with the Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

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Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

One of the best developments in Los Angeles’ restaurant industry over the past decade is the emergence of food trucks–and they are everywhere. Food trucks are a fun and convenient way to enjoy a quick meal in the fast-paced city as they offer creative dishes that would put even your favorite restaurants to shame. Since they’re so popular, you’ll have plenty of options to embrace a taste from these unique mobile menus. Take a bite of our choices of the very best food trucks rolling around Los Angeles.




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Tacos 1986

This up-and-coming taco stall is the perfect way to get your siesta on after a long day or start your fiesta for a really good night. Tacos 1986 offers perfectly crafted, authentic tacos with homemade tortillas and a side of sweet and smooth horchata. With a revolving location that has called Hollywood, Koreatown and Venice home, you’ll never go wrong tracking down this mouth-watering menu.




The Lobos Truck LA

Offering a truly mouth-watering variety of California-style comfort foods, The Lobos Truck LA is a hot spot for Angelinos looking for a top tier, quality meal. Along with a full menu of tasty lunch and dinner options, they also offer a full line of their very own sauces including BBQ sauce, hot sauces, and ranch-based sauces.




Gs Taco Spot on Wheels

G’s Taco Spot on Wheels continually attracts customers from far and wide who are dying to try this renowned food truck’s traditional gourmet Mexican cuisine. With everything from whopping breakfast burritos to plenty of vegan dinner options, this food truck is sure to give you the perfect Mexican food experience.

Richeeze

The only thing better than the food at Richeeze is the smile you’ll have on your face for the rest of the day. Richeeze, which operates all over Downtown LA, creates some of the cheesiest and delectable dishes in the city. Fresh ingredients and experts behind the grill make Richeeze one of the best places to get your favorite childhood sandwich.

Hustle N Dough

Hustle N Dough is a Santa Monica-based donut shop on wheels that would give the famous Voodoo Donuts a run for their money. Crazy concoctions like sweet lavender, vanilla, and honey make Hustle N Dough a perfect place to start off your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth.

Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Saban Lomac joined forces in 2012 to bring their vision of owning a restaurant to reality. Seven years later, and the pair are bringing the country some of the freshest Maine lobster you’ll ever taste. They have 21 food truck locations in 15 states, with three here in Southern California. Seafood-loving Angelinos know to head to Cousins Maine Lobster for a delectable dinner.

Hungry Nomad

If you ever find yourself lucky enough to stumble upon the Hungry Nomad food truck, you’ll find yourself treated to some of the best Lebanese/Armenian street food you may ever have in your life. The recipes Hungry Nomad uses have been passed down through generations of family chefs and are largely influenced by their family-owned and operated bakery, which has been open for over 50 years.

Mariscos Jalisco

Known to Eastsiders as a local favorite, this taco truck has steadily built its reputation with almost twenty years serving up Mexican eats in Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the mood for ceviche, shrimp tacos or the perfect tostada, your Mexican seafood craving is sure to be satisfied when you stop by this LA institution.

Ragin Cajun

Tantalize your taste buds with some of the best spicy Southern food in all of Los Angeles. Ragin’ Cajun creates the perfect blend of spicy and savory that will transport you right to Bourbon Street and satisfy the rumble in your stomach. With their large menu packed with great options,  you’ll enjoy bringing some heat to your food truck dining experience.

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