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The Best Ways to De-Stress During the COVID-19 Quarantine

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Relax & De-Stress

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way people live with state and local governments requiring businesses to close and urging people to stay indoors. While these are stressful times for people all over the world, there are still a number of ways you can calm your nerves in your own home. Take a deep breath and relax with these easy ways to de-stress during COVID-19 quarantine.

 

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Cooking

One of the best ways to take your mind off of day-to-day life is to cook up a new recipe. Staying at home can mean that you have extra time to put together a quality meal. Cooking both a simple recipe or a complicated dinner can be a relaxing project to help pass the time. Trying a new type of cuisine or cooking method can also give you skills that will outlast the quarantine.

Studies show that foods like salmon, dark chocolate, chamomile, and green tea can all help to reduce anxiety, so integrating these foods into your diet may also give you an extra dose of relaxation.




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Travel Inspiration

While the travel industry has shut down in many areas of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic won’t last forever. Now is a great time to begin planning trips for when the world re-opens for travel and hospitality experiences. Tropical beaches, bustling cities and serene landscapes will soon be re-populated with tourism in the coming year as the current limitations of the pandemic subside.

The Zocha Group Insider’s Guide, Instagram and Pinterest are all great places to start to narrow down your future travel goals. From essential restaurant destinations to go-to nightlife hot spots, now’s the time to research the details for your next vacation.




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Self-Care

The idea of regularly practicing self-care has gained attention over recent years, and becomes even more important with the impact of the COVID-19 virus. There are numerous ways you can spend time tending to your needs to help ease the anxiety of the crisis. Taking a hot bath is a great way to physically relax your muscles with bath bombs and candles adding an extra touch.

Meditation helps to clear your mind and reset at the beginning or end of your day. Things like detoxifying face masks and hair treatments can also be relaxing ways to take care of yourself during a stressful time. While you should focus on staying home as much as possible, an occasional walk to get some fresh air can also help to clear your head.

 

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CBD

In recent years, CBD products have become a popular way to de-stress through the health benefits of reducing anxiety and increasing relaxation. Companies like Cheef Botanicals offer oils, topical rubs and edibles that are all made to deliver calming effects without the psychoactive properties of marijuana.

Cheef Botanicals aims to provide healthy, plant-based cannabis products as an alternative that can ease the discomfort of various conditions. Their CBD Bath Bomb is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a revitalizing aromatherapy experience, or add drops of their Full Spectrum CBD Oil to your favorite drink to absorb the benefits with each sip. The possibilities are endless for how you can use CBD to sit back, relax and enjoy a stress-relieving experience.

 

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Exercise

With gyms, hiking trails, and even beaches closed during the pandemic, it can be difficult to stay both active and safe. Exercising at home is a great way to release stress with there being plenty of at-home workouts you can try. Whether you have equipment or you’re just working with body weight, staying at home on quarantine doesn’t have to mean getting out of shape.

The endorphins released through exercise can also help to set your mind at ease. Getting fresh air in a safe way is also an option, through going for a jog in your neighborhood while taking all the necessary precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Best Luxury Hotel Spas in Los Angeles to Revitalize Your Getaway

Traveling can often be a stressful experience, but a relaxing spa day can add a special touch to your Los Angeles getaway. From massage treatments to facials to steam rooms, destinations around the city offer luxury spa amenities that create a serene escape in the convenience of your own hotel. Visit these relaxing luxury hotel spas in Los Angeles for a place to rejuvenate during your next stay.

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The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa

The massage therapists at The Beverly Hills Hotel will help you escape through facials, body treatments and yoga sessions. Detox in the sauna after a workout and continue your pampering with a makeover at the Beauty Salon.

 

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Experience the best in wellness with body treatments from Spa Montage Beverly Hills featuring L. Raphael. The Mineral Pool will transport you to another world along with their spa cabanas allowing for the perfect place to unwind.

 

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The Waldorf Astoria – La Prairie Spa

Spend a day in the lap of luxury at this Forbes rated 5-star retreat. Rejuvenate your senses through indulging in their signature treatments made to revitalize you from the inside out.

 

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Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Surrender yourself to a blissful escape with a massage at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. You’ll be luminous after their signature DNA Facial that infuses your skin with a natural glow.

 

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The SLS Hotel – Ciel Spa

This stylish, dreamlike escape is known for its customized treatments in an environment of ultra-modern furnishings. The lavish atmosphere comes with music therapy technology and herbal steam rooms for a unique experience.

 

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The Beverly Wilshire Spa

 

Their one-of-a-kind body treatments unite technology and skincare to restore your skin. Their use of light therapy and exclusive black diamond non-surgical face lift are just a few of the unique wellness offerings the Beverly Wilshire Spa provides.

 

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Fairmont Miramar – Exhale

 

Exhale prioritizes complete relaxation with a focus on cleansing your mind and body. Mixing fitness classes with spa treatments, the in-depth spa provides everything you could ask for in a peaceful sanctuary.

 

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The W Hollywood – Bliss Spa

 

This two-floor spa is home to seven treatment rooms where you can invigorate your life in a trendy atmosphere. With a nail lounge and signature brownie buffet, you’ll never want this luxurious spa experience to end.

 

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Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles Spa

 

Indulge in extravagance and sophistication with a glass of Champagne at the Ritz-Carlton Spa. The space offers eucalyptus steam rooms, crystal therapies and a signature scrub made from ingredients grown on the hotel’s rooftop garden.

 

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Hotel Bel-Air Spa

 

Enter a transformative domain at the Hotel Bel-Air Spa where science and nature blend together to recharge your mind and body. The elegant space helps guests achieve powerful results through treatments like jet lag recovery, energy rituals and spring water facials.

 

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7 Unique Honeymoon Destinations for an Adventurous Experience

After tying the knot, it’s a long held tradition for couples to hop on a plane and begin their marriage with a trip to a romantic destination. Many locations are popular for newlyweds due to idyllic weather or a relaxing atmosphere, but for more adventurous couples, exploring a little-known locale is the key to kicking off an exciting marriage. Explore any of these unique honeymoon destinations that will be an experience to remember for your adventurous getaway.

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Giraffe Manor – Nairobi, Kenya

Animal lover couples will be right at home when honeymooning at this picturesque sanctuary for one of Kenya’s most extraordinary animals. If you’ve ever wanted a giraffe to peek its head into your bedroom window, you’ll be living the dream as the elegant animals peruse the property to mingle with guests.

 

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Makepeace Island – Noosa North Shore, Queensland, Australia

You’ll have a private, heart-shaped island all to yourself when you reserve the Australian home of Virgin mogul Richard Branson. The secluded space combines nature and luxury to give you a serene atmosphere where you’re sure to enjoy newlywed life.

 

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Amangiri – Salt Lake City, Utah

The unforgettable desert landscape surrounding Amangiri will put you in a romantic mood as you get a view of some of the most majestic rock formations in the country. With opportunities to kayak, take a hot air balloon tour, or a guided horseback ride, adventure awaits on this couples retreat to remember.

 

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Pangkor Laut Resort – Negeri Perak, Malaysia

Spend a tropical honeymoon in Malaysia and book the Sea Villa at Pangkor Laut for a romantic paradise in a bungalow built on stilts above the water. The exotic wildlife and delicious cuisine are the cherry on top of the intimate destination perfect for you and your beau.

 

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Skylodge Adventure Suites – Urubamba, Peru

Only the most adrenaline-seeking couples book their honeymoon this sky lodge suspended by metal cables 1,200 feet in the air. You’ll have an exhilarating view overlooking the valley below through the glass construction. Camping will never be the same after daring to begin married life with the thrill of a cliffside stay.

 

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Bran Castle – Bran, Romania

For those who appreciate historic architecture in a mythical environment, Bran Castle may be the right choice for you. Its inspiration for the setting of Count Dracula (giving it the nickname Dracula’s Castle) brings a mysterious element to the property that will make your stay one for the storybooks.

 

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Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel – Coquimbo Region, Chile

The stars are at your fingertips when you stay in the dome-shaped rooms at Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel. With dwellings complete with a living room and outer terrace, the retractable roof will let you and your sweetheart find constellations in the night sky and can even get educated during an astronomy tour.

 

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A Luxury Shopping Experience at Palisades Village by Caruso

Pacific Palisades is one of Southern California’s most beautiful coastal cities known for its celebrity citizens, luxury homes and proximity to the ocean. The area is enhanced by local shopping destinations like Palisades Village by Caruso, which offers a curated variety of boutiques, eateries and entertainment for the community. The refined marketplace brings together a bespoke collection of retailers for an elevated shopping experience. Spend a day at Palisades Village to explore a relaxing escape in the city.

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Shopping & Dining

With a selection of handpicked shops, the unique retailers at Palisades Village offer high quality and luxury wares that include clothing, jewelry, beauty products and more. Well-known brands like Sephora Studio, Brandy Melville and Amazon Books join up-and-coming designers and boutiques to offer a diverse collection of stores. Dining outlets like Alfred Coffee and popular grocer Erewhon provide delicious options for bites and beverages during your day of perusing the village.

 

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Entertainment

Palisades Village offers up a variety of ways to entertain shoppers throughout their visit. The reimagined Bay Theatre by Cinepolis screens the latest film releases with comfortable seating and full food and bar service. For families, a weekly Kids Club and regular schedule of kid-friendly events provide fun ways to enjoy the space. You can also experience shopping parties, fitness classes and live music events that bring a unique touch of entertainment to the atmosphere.

 

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Residences

It’s easy to live a quintessential, Southern California lifestyle at The Residences, which offers modern, sophisticated apartments featuring private terraces and hotel-like amenities. Open floor plans with one-to-three bedrooms create a living space fit for relaxation. Luxury is a priority with residents getting access to a members-only lounge, a private fitness studio and concierge services. The spacious residences are in the heart of the city and make for easy access to a quality shopping experience.

 

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Amenities

Residents aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the perks, with many luxury services open to all guests to enhance the shopping experience. With benefits like valet parking, wi-fi, gift wrapping, shoe shine and on-site car washes, you’ll be able to upgrade your visit with numerous touches of comfort. You can also enjoy house accounts, same-day delivery and reservations managed by the onsite concierge team. Palisades Village by Caruso will fulfill your every wish to ensure your shopping visit includes a unique, personalized experience.

 

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in New York City

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Celebrate your 21st Birthday in NYC

The City that Never Sleeps is the perfect description of a destination fit for a 21st birthday. New York City is packed with adventure with trendy hotels, inviting restaurants and unparalleled nightlife that will turn your birthday plans into the trip of a lifetime. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy the best venues when you spend your 21st birthday in New York City at these cool, party-ready destinations.

 

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Book Your Hotel Room

Reserve a room for you and your friends to indulge in the high life at a luxury hotel with a dazzling view for your NYC 21st birthday. The Dream Hotel will be your playground with a stylish design and vibrant social scene to match the trendy rooms with portholes looking out onto the city. An expansive view of the Manhattan skyline will be the backdrop to your vacation when you stay at 1Hotel Brooklyn, known for its signature organic feel.

A former clock tower, the Times Square EDITION places you right in the middle of the hustle and bustle while offering a lavish retreat into birthday pampering. The Sixty LES is filled with eye-catching design including a Warhol filmstrip pool, a lush rooftop hot spot Make Believe, and crisp room stylings that are sure to impress.




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21st Birthday New York City

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21st Birthday New York City

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Birthday Experiences

There is an endless amount of activities worth exploring in New York City, and your 21st birthday getaway will be the perfect time to explore each nook and cranny of the vivacious metropolis. See the entirety of Manhattan from a bird’s eye view with a helicopter tour over the island. NYC is known worldwide for its Broadway performances, with a variety of plays to choose from each week bringing supremely talented actors to the stage.

You can also take in some entertainment by seeing an intimate music performance at Gramercy Theater or Irving Plaza, or joining a sea of sports fans at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden. Take in a spirited experience at SPiN, a ping pong social club, or head to Magic Hour rooftop bar for a game of their mini golf at Foreplay.




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21st Birthday New York City

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Dine at the Best Restaurants

Celebrate the kickoff to your 21st birthday in New York City with a reservation at some of the hottest havens for lively dining. The world-renowned Tao has an awe-inspiring design with an expansive layout filled with Chinese accents. Vandal’s graffiti artwork creates a vibrant backdrop to a menu of global creations, and boasts a matching nightclub for post-dinner partying.

The same goes for LAVO, with their Italian menu offering flavorful eats before heading to the underground club. The attractive nightspot Catch is known for its crowd of socialites who dine at the seafood restaurant before hitting the town for a night out. 




21st Birthday New York City

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21st Birthday New York City

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Day Partying

New York City may not have as much sunshine as Los Angeles, but it does still come out on top for the sheer amount of quality rooftop bars to sip a drink on your 21st birthday with a view of the skyline. Mr. Purple is one of the city’s favorites at the top of Hotel Indigo with a lively social scene and a stylish atmosphere. Head to Le Bain in the Meatpacking District for an unparalleled penthouse view with quirky, artistic interiors and plenty of seating.

If you get a room at the Dream Hotel, you’ll have the perk of being just below the luxurious PH-D Rooftop Lounge, a spot with a youthful crowd that embraces the day drinking lifestyle. Westlight is also an attractive daytime destination for Brooklyn, where you can watch the sunset while enjoying the start to your evening on the expansive rooftop.

| Read More: 10 Best NYC Rooftop Bars |

 

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Bars & Lounges

Start your NYC 21st birthday night with your first drink at one of the city’s many bars and lounges offering sophisticated places to imbibe. Learn what an expertly-crafted cocktail tastes like at The Nomad Bar, an industry favorite with an award-winning bar program. The 360-degree view at Fleur Room makes for the perfect backdrop for a 21st birthday photoshoot at the top of the Moxy Chelsea.

Head to the speakeasy Blind Barber to enter through a barbershop and dance with the crowd in this lively bar. Head to the exclusive bar at the Jane Hotel Ballroom to be entertained by the mix of vintage decor and a dancey crowd. Bathtub Gin is known for its speakeasy vibe and iconic bathtub in the middle of the room, while you’ll be partying in a hair salon when you visit the historic Beauty Bar.

 

21st Birthday New York City

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21st Birthday New York City

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Party at the Best Nightclubs

Enjoying your first nightclub experience is a must, with New York City being the site of some of the world’s best nightlife destinations. Book 21st birthday bottle service at 1OAK to experience a buzzworthy night at one of the most exclusive hot spots in the city. Avenue can also be the site of a lively 21st birthday in the multi-level space with a celebrity clientele.

Party the night away at Up&Down in a flashy domain with plenty of live performances by internationally-known artists. Take things up a notch by visiting House of Yes, a cabaret-inspired nightlife spot known for entertaining dancers and vibrant performances in Brooklyn. You’ll also have the experience of a lifetime at Marquee, a haven with sky-high ceilings, entertaining musical guests and a bold design.

 

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Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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Which Season is for You?

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.




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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.




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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.

 

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The Ultimate Guide to Tokyo Travel

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Ultimate Guide to Tokyo

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 with our ultimate guide to Tokyo travel.




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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.




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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.




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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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Take the Scenic Route at these California Road Trip Destinations

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Experience California

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




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Santa Barbara

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




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Photo: Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara – California Road Trip Destinations

Big Sur

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




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Photo: Post Ranch Inn – California Road Trip Destinations

San Francisco

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

 

san francisco golden gate bridge at sunset

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Napa

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

 

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The Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

The Yacht Week Greece Nikki Beach

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece – Oliver Sjostrom – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

 

The Yacht Week Greece

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 with our ultimate guide to The Yacht Week Greece.




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Photo: The Yacht Week – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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.




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Photo: The Yacht Week Greece – Oliver Sjostrom / Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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 during the yacht week

Photo: Lagoon 42 The Yacht Week – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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.

 

The Yacht Week pizza Floaties

Photo: The Yacht Week / Michael Vanarey – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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.

 

the yacht week food spread

Photo: The Yacht Week – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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.

 

alimos marina greece with boats

Photo: Alimos Marina Greece – Greek Marinas

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.

 

the Yacht Week Greece Love Bay

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece Love Bay – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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 view

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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.

 

the Yacht Week Greece Dokos

Photo: The 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.

 

the yacht week greece white party

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece White Party – Ultimate Guide to The Yacht Week Greece Route

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 aerial view the yacht week

Photo: The Yacht Week – Pablo OriolValls

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 greece

Photo: Varkiza Resort, Yabanaki beach – Greek Vacations

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.

 

the Yacht Week greece hydra marina

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece – Adam Bertalan

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Greece Summer Destinations for a Holiday Getaway

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Experience Summer in Greece

Your dream vacation awaits in a country of picturesque waterfront hideaways, bright white architecture, and clear blue skies to match your view of the Mediterranean Seas. Greece is an ideal getaway made up of thousands of islands that come together to create a summer in paradise. No matter your city of choice, you’re bound to wine and dine without a care in this beloved Southern European locale at these Greece summer destinations.

 

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Photo: Zocha Group – Greece Summer Destinations for a Holiday Getaway

Mykonos

This island in the Aegean Sea is one of Greece’s most popular destinations—a seaside oasis perfect for a luxurious escape. Sandy beaches and tantalizing nightlife help to draw in visitors looking for a lavish place to spend the summer. Make yourself at home in the lap of luxury by booking at the famous Belvedere Hotel, or stay at Mykonos Blu for a five-star experience.

Mykonos dining proves to be some of the greatest in the country with talented chefs plating signature Greek cuisine. Scorpios boasts gourmet Mediterranean dishes with an open-air space and communal seating fit for socializing. Integrate a bit of revelry into your meal with Nammos’ dazzling day parties and concerts to complement their exquisite seafood dining.

 

Photo: Mykonos Blu

Photo: Nammos Mykonos

Santorini

Head to the Cyclades island of Santorini to see Greece’s iconic, whitewashed buildings that sit perched cliffside above the sparkling ocean. Indulge in a romantic stay at Mystique to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with ultimate relaxation, or book at the exclusive Grace Hotel to lose yourself in the breathtaking views and buzzed about luxury stay. The local cuisine will have you savoring each bite with authentic dishes featuring unmatched, quality ingredients.

Head to Pyrgos Village to enjoy the intimate terrace dining at Selene and take in an award-winning, gastronomic experience. The cozy balcony of Koukoumavlos in Fira is also an option that will have you enjoying gourmet cuisine overlooking a stunning landscape view. End your night with a celebration at the famous Koo Club where you’ll be able to dance your heart out indoors and party beneath the night sky on the open lounge.

 

Photo: Mystique Santorini

Photo: Grace Hotel

Athens

The capital might be your new favorite Greek destination with its numerous ancient landmarks and beloved cultural attractions. Dive into Athenian history by staying at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Syntagma Square for unparalleled views of classical architecture in the heart of the city. The Electra Palace in Plaka also has an ideal location with a beautiful design that’s sure to impress. Being the largest city in Greece, there are plenty of diverse dining options that are sure to leave you satisfied.

If taking a cable car to dine atop the highest point in the city is your style, try Orizontes for an outdoor terrace view to remember. Stop by the one-of-a-kind Spondi to taste from a world-renowned menu boasting two Michelin stars and a unique, fine dining experience. As the sun goes down, you’ll want to visit Island nightclub on the Athens Riviera for an entertaining party destination with delicious cocktails.

 

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Photo: Athens, Greece

Photo: GB Rooftop Garden at Hotel Grande Bretagne Athens

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