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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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8 of LA’s Best Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

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Women-Owned Hospitality Businesses

Women’s contribution to the hospitality industry has skyrocketed through the years with numerous bars, restaurants and hotels being run by impressive female owners who bring their expertise to the business. With International Women’s Day being celebrated each year, we’re highlighting some of the best women-owned hospitality businesses bringing diversity and promoting gender equality in the city of Los Angeles.




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Coolhaus

Locals of the Los Angeles area will recognize the name Coolhaus as some of the best ice cream you can get in the city. Started in 2008 by Natasha Case and Freya Estreller, the creamery quickly gained popularity prompting the owners to expand to another building and several ice cream trucks.




Vinovore

This East Hollywood wine shop features wines made by female winemakers and caters to a female clientele. Founder Coly Den Haan is a certified Sommelier that started Vinovore in hopes to further women’s role in the wine community. She has played a large part in starting multiple wine loving women’s groups that regularly connect to learn more about the industry.




Genever

Genever, started by Red Capiz Partners, is one of the only bars owned by a group of women in Los Angeles. Located in Filipinotown, Genever is an intimate escape that highlights gin-related cocktails, but also serves wine and beer as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Genever prides itself on the use of local produce, syrups and shrubs made in the Los Angeles area.

Kismet

Kismet is an inviting Mediterranean restaurant that does more than just make food. Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer are dedicated to creating opportunities and positive influences within the East Hollywood community. Their wine list of small producers and ingredients sourced from local farmers helps to support other small businesses in the LA area.

Sqirl

Head chef Jessica Koslow is an inventive and well-rounded chef whose food has become a staple among Los Angeles’ trendy crowds. You’ll always find a line stretching out the door of Sqirl in East Hollywood as people crave their well-known breakfasts and brunches.

Lucques

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, the head chefs and owners of Lucques, dish out taste and sophistication with their Mediterranean-focused cuisine. Great wine, a warm atmosphere, and wonderful food are always on the menu at this West Hollywood locale.

Bar Franca

Bar Franca has made waves as a refined and elegant cocktail bar located on Main Street in Downtown Los Angeles. The drinks are world-class with an atmosphere that transports you to a charming, French hideaway. Owner Rachel Thomas’ vision for a laid back but sophisticated cocktail bar that would fit right in with the historic core of Downtown came to life in this dimly lit escape.

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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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The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

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Best Cocktail Bars in NYC

New York City is known for enlisting some of the most talented bartenders in the world to create innovative cocktails in impressively-designed spaces throughout the city. With nationwide trends like mixology, the speakeasy resurgence and craft mocktails citing NYC as their epicenter, the odds of finding a delicious drink are in your favor. During your next stay in the Big Apple, stop by any of these lauded establishments to experience a quality concoction in the best cocktail bars in New York City.




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The NoMad Bar

Created by a James Beard Award-winning group, The NoMad Bar is known for its knowledgeable staff pouring rare spirits in Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. Catering to a crowd of hotel guests, finance professionals and cocktail connoisseurs, this upscale pub unites extravagance with authenticity for a unique bar experience. Order one of their large-format drinks with your group and warm up near the fireplace in this notable lounge.




Katana Kitten

This eccentric cocktail bar in Greenwich Village takes on a Japanese izakaya style, and has been awarded as one of the 50 Best Bars in the Country. Lounge in the more relaxed setting upstairs or toast drinks after work downstairs holding one of their signature high balls or unique cocktails. The whimsical feel will put you in the mood for socializing at this West Village go-to.




Clover Club

This elegant Brooklyn bar serves up a detailed menu of classic and contemporary cocktails in a venue filled with vintage accents. Marble, leather and mahogany fill the regal space along with the occasional sounds of live jazz and a bustling weekend brunch. Built with conversation in mind, catching up with friends or loved ones will be a breeze in this laid back location.

Death & Co.

A pioneer of the nation’s craft cocktail movement, Death & Co. brings innovative drinks to the East Village, setting the standard for cocktail trends around the country. Their rotating menu of detail-oriented creations are some of the best in New York City, which guests enjoy in the sophisticated, dimly lit dwelling. Slip through the speakeasy entrance to experience the brooding interior with highly limited seating reserved for dedicated imbibers.

Dear Irving

Travel throughout some of history’s greatest moments at this Gramercy lounge inspired by the film Midnight in Paris. From the Roaring ‘20s to the Victorian era, each room features a new point on the timeline with elaborate decor where you can sip from the range of cocktails to suit any palate.

Maison Premiere

The dramatic, vintage decor of this Williamsburg staple will transport you to pre-war New Orleans the second you step up to the marble horseshoe bar. With a commendable cocktail program run by experienced bar talent, Maison Premiere boasts an absinthe drip to fuel their dedicated absinthe cocktail menu along with tableside martinis that are sure to impress. Seafood towers also complement juleps and locally-sourced beer whether you’re seated indoors amongst the beautiful crowd or in the lush garden out back.

Pegu Club

Stylized with a British colonial feel, Pegu Club is named after a 19th Century Burmese locale of the same name, bringing forth English tastes to its SoHo neighborhood. The polished domain features detailed drinks like their popular Gin Gin Mule and MarTEAni, made to be sipped in the sleek, second-floor space situated above Houston Street.

Amor y Amargo

Don’t be fooled by the tiny layout, this intimate bar is an industry favorite known for its specialty of amari liqueur and other bitters stirred into delicious cocktails. Order a flight or sip a signature concoction in the colorful space with limited seating, a local go-to in spite of its standing room only exclusivity.

Attaboy

Springing up in the former Milk & Honey space, the speakeasy feel lives on at Attaboy–an intimate sphere of cocktail enthusiasts both behind the bar and in front of it. Veteran barkeeps mix bespoke cocktails without a menu to be seen as a playlist of retro music sets the mood. Ring the doorbell to be let into this walk-ins-only venue focused on serving up personalized cocktails to the Lower East Side.

Bar Goto

From the mind of a Pegu Club alum, the Lower East Side has a refined place to escape the bustle of Houston Street at sleek, Japanese-inspired Bar Goto. The space is intimate and sophisticated, offering plates of Japanese comfort food like miso chicken wings and some of the best okonomiyaki in the city. Pair bites with a handcrafted highball or martini in this minimalist habitat perfect for cocktail devotees.

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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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Embrace Elegance at The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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Experience Santa Monica at The Fairmont

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




Experience the Rooms

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




Experience FIG

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




Experience Exhale Mind Body Spa

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

Lloyds Barbershop

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

Glam&Go

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

The Bungalow

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

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The 10 Best Detox & Wellness Spa Retreats in America 2020

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Experience a Wellness Retreat

When the time comes to begin a new chapter in your personal health, booking a retreat for rest and relaxation is just what the body needs. Every year guests rejuvenate their mind, body and soul while receiving expert care at luxury spa retreats across the country. Dive into the amenities that each has to offer and choose these wellness spa retreats that are the best fit for your needs.

 

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Amangiri – Canyon Point, Utah

The Amangiri Resort is a detox retreat oasis surrounded by Utah’s beautiful red rock terrain. Its luxurious treatments utilize the landscape and culture with traditional Navajo healing techniques and Sedona clay to revitalize your body.




Mii Amo Spa – Sedona, Arizona

Simplicity is key at the Mii Amo Spa located in the spiritual city of Sedona. A clay wrap will draw out all your toxins while psychic massages and even hypnosis tap into the subconscious of open-minded guests.




We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California

Spend as many as eight days at this desert oasis detox vacation where lymphatic massages, an infrared sauna and specialized beverages are made to help you sustain your serenity. Mud wraps complement your liquid diet along with yoga, dance classes and meditation to round out your stay.




Red Mountain Resort – Ivans, Utah

A more adventurous detox vacation at Red Mountain might be for you if activities like hiking and kayaking sound like a peaceful escape. Their trained outdoor guides will deliver their expertise in nature while the resort itself is a picture of Southwestern beauty.

The Ranch – Malibu, California

Well-known for its celebrity clientele, The Ranch is the perfect place to detox and clear your mind of bad habits during an up to ten-day stay. Fitness classes and hikes keep you active while a specialized meal plan and medical testing ensure that the rejuvenation process is unfolding.

Lake Austin Spa Resort – Austin, Texas

This intimate retreat boasts a lakefront locale with lavish detox spa treatments to set your mind free. Their dining options are both healthy and delicious, with cooking classes available to teach you how to live and eat holistically.

Golden Door – San Marcos, California

Mostly a women’s-only destination, this luxurious Southern California detox spa retreat takes its inspiration from Japan with serene gardens and wooden accents throughout the space. Detoxing is key with hikes, fitness classes and fresh, local cuisine to help you de-stress.

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa – Vista, California

You’ll get a customized wellness program from a nutritionist if you decide to visit this elegant spa destination North of San Diego. After just one week, you’ll undergo a number of spa treatments to help you relax you as you enjoy the well-kept European-style hideaway.

Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa – Catalina, Arizona

Escape to the foothills of the Catalina mountains with your own adobe-style casita at Miraval Arizona, one of the best detox spa retreats in the USA. With hot stone massages, horseback riding and botany tours, there’s something for everyone whether you’re exploring alone or with a group.

Canyon Ranch – Lenox, Massachusetts & Tucson, Arizona

The Canyon Ranch experience uses cutting edge medical wellness programs to transform your mind, body and spirit. You’ll have exercise therapists, energy healers, and spiritual counselors all at your fingertips to help you unearth your inner peace at this detox retreat.

A detox spa retreat can be just what you need to release your day-to-day stresses. Whether you’re just stopping by for a detox retreat, or planning a full luxury detox vacation, there are destinations around the country dedicated to pampering and rejuvenating your wellness throughout your stay.

Book at some of the best detox and best wellness retreats in the USA for a luxury spa experience you’ll never forget.

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