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Experience a Luxury South African Safari Lodge

When planning a vacation to South Africa, your first instinct may be to choose from their wide selection of hotels throughout the country. But what better way to take advantage of such a unique region than to instead book your stay at a luxury South African safari lodge. Get the best of both worlds as you experience the native wildlife by day and retreat to a lavish resort by night.

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Sabi Sabi

Located in the Sabi Sand game reserve, this diverse area is home to the Big Five game animals along with almost 350 species of birds. The lodges on the property range from cozy and romantic to contemporary and family-friendly, with four types to choose from depending on the nature of your stay. A private terrace comes standard with each suite for you to view the area’s breathtaking prairie landscapes. Animals on the reserve are comfortable with visitors as your daytime or nighttime safari will give you an up close view of their day to day activities.

 

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Photo: Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Ulusaba

This private game reserve owned by Virgin’s Richard Branson is the location of a Rock Lodge and Safari Lodge in Sabi Sand. You’ll see plenty of game including the Big Five along with wild dogs, cheetahs and a menagerie of unique wildlife. The Rock Lodge is positioned on a summit with panoramic views that overlook the wild landscape beneath, while the Safari Lodge sits hidden in greenery by the dry Mabrak riverbank where animals often walk by on their way to drink at a nearby watering hole.

 

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Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

The contemporary design of this Lion Sands lodge in the Sabi Sands game reserve creates a sophisticated atmosphere that mixes natural textures, modern décor and tribal accents. The eight exclusive villas are some of the Lion Sands’ favorites as each comes with a private pool and breathtaking view of the Sabie River. The game-rich area makes for an exciting safari as Lion Sands is home to one of just four master trackers in the world that are specially trained to help guests spot their favorite animals. Aside from the Ivory Lodge’s impressive ambiance, guests have the option to take their stay to the next level with a night under the stars in a luxury treehouse.

 

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Photo: Ivory Lodge Lion Sands

Royal Malewane

Arguably South Africa’s best safari lodge, Royal Malewane in the Thornybush Game Reserve may also be one of the best hotels in the world. You’ll have an unforgettable experience as wildlife roam throughout the reserve with lions being especially in abundance. With just seven villas, the exclusive lodge is a favorite of celebrities and world leaders who come to experience the nostalgic, old-world ambiance of an African adventure. The Big Five game viewing is overseen by an expert team while guests can return to the camp for a spa treatment and dinner beneath the night sky.

 

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Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

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

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

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

 

Luxury Australian Resort

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Luxury Australian Resort

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Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

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

 

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Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

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

 

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

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

 

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Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

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

 

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Luxury Australian Resort

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The Newest Features in International Luxury Air Travel

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

Luxury Air Travel

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Boeing 777-300ER

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

 

Luxury Air Travel

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Etihad A380

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

 

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Air France La Premiere 777-300ER

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

 

Luxury Air Travel

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Zodiac Aerospace

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

 

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Panasonic Avionics

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

 

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Boom Supersonic

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

 

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Artsy Vacation Spots for an Inspired Escape

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.

 

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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.




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Photo: Sedona, Arizona – Zocha Group

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.




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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.




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Photo: National Museum of Wildlife Art – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Artsy Vacation Spots for an Inspired Escape

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.

 

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Photo: Havana, Cuba – Zocha Group

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.

 

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Photo: Portland, Oregon – Zocha Group – Artsy Vacation Spots for an Inspired Escape

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Photo: Seville, Spain

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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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Photo: Giraffe Manor

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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Photo: Makepeace Island

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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1 Hotels: Where Hospitality Meets Sustainability

As the hospitality industry moves further into the 21st Century, bringing unique and forward-thinking elements to your brand means staying ahead of the game. At 1 Hotels, their message relies on transforming the industry into one that connects people through thoughtful design and sustainability. From New York City to Miami, and soon to include Los Angeles, Cabo San Lucas and more, the success of the brand stems from guests’ modern priorities of creativity and mindfulness.

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Rooms

Each of the 1 Hotels properties provides an attractive location with rooms that embrace both comfort and style. Nature is brought into the space through the use of reclaimed wood accents, in-room greenery, and organic cotton sheets and mattresses. Each of the rooms have walk-in showers complete with a 5-minute sand timer to help you minimize your water consumption. The Brooklyn Bridge location features unobstructed views of the Manhattan Skyline while the Central Park location allots you an unmatched view of the iconic park. The South Beach property sits along the Atlantic Ocean and affords a breathtaking view of the waves.

 

1 Hotel Central Park

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Sustainability

The brand takes a strong in-house stance on going green across the board. They pride themselves on utilizing energy saving initiatives, recycling and waste reduction, and low water usage. They also have dozens of partnerships with eco-friendly companies to fulfill the needs of the guest. The paper-free Pressreader technology is available for guests to digitally keep up with their favorite publications. The Tesla Model S acts as the complimentary house car for guests to use when they’re on the go. Even the smallest details are accounted for, like partnering with Ditto Hangers—a company that provides clothing hangers made of 100% recycled materials. They also make use of wooden room keys to reduce plastic consumption and make for a signature brand accent.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Dining

The mission of sustainability also extends into the kitchen with dining options in each hotel to satisfy guests’ craving for healthy and well-made meals. The Central Park Location boasts the food stylings of James Beard Award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman with a menu of California-inspired cuisine at Jams. Their Lobby Farmstand also provides seasonal fruits, nuts and granola for guests to snack on something fresh. The upcoming West Hollywood location is expected to have two venues run by hospitality mavens h. Wood Group. The first Chinese 1 Hotels property in Haitang Bay will include an onsite farm for organic ingredients to be used in the property’s various hospitality venues.

 

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Amenities

The unique selection of 1 Hotels’ amenities reflects the needs of an urban and contemporary traveler. They embrace all members of the family with pet-friendly accommodations at the NYC properties, including a dog-friendly Concierge team to provide recommendations for your pup. If you’ll be travelling on two wheels in the city, you’ll have no problem finding a place to lock up with a bicycle valet to house your ride. From guided sunrise workouts on the roof of the Brooklyn Bridge property, to a Beach Social Club with premium benefits at the South Beach property, there are perks at each location to fulfill your every need.

 

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How to Spend a 21st Birthday in New York City

21st Birthday 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.




21st Birthday New York City

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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.




21st Birthday New York City

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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. 




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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.

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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.

 

21st Birthday New York City

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Vacation in Monaco for a Mediterranean Escape

Your travel craving will be satisfied when you plan your next luxury vacation in Monaco, a small city-state off the Mediterranean French coastline. World-renowned for its picturesque architecture and spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll achieve relaxation alongside enjoying the vibrant social scene. Get the full French Riviera experience by visiting this lavish, seaside destination.

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Hotels

There are plenty of places to book your stay where you’ll be able to take in the sun and seas. You’ll get the full Monaco experience by booking a room at the beautiful Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Located in the heart of Monte-Carlo on the world-famous Place du Casino, the Hôtel de Paris has been serving guests the very definition of luxury for over a century and a half. The grand lobby exudes extravagance with crystal chandeliers, marble colonnades, and opulent low-relief sculptures. Moving into the guest rooms, visitors are welcomed with an immaculate and elevated interior that is fit for royalty. When dinner time rolls around, head down to Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse, a temple of modern gastronomy that holds a three-Michelin star rating, then head to the Monte Carlo Beach Club for a variety of fun activities like water skiing or beach volleyball.

Charm and refined elegance are just a few of the many words that have been used to describe Hermitage. This Belle Epoque historical site is just a brief walk from the Casino de Monte-Carlo and is connected to the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo. As one of the most exquisite palaces in the world, the Hermitage holds 280 rooms total, with 20 of those being suites–15 junior suites and eight Monte-Carlo Diamond Suites that offer breathtaking views of Monaco’s Port Hercules and the Prince’s Palace.

You can also visit the boutique Hôtel Port Palace for a view of the harbor and a modern style of luxury. The Monaco shoreline is enhanced by the Fairmont Monte Carlo, which features a range of amenities and a heated swimming pool with uninterrupted views of dazzling, seaside sunsets.s.

 

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Photo: Fairmont Monte Carlo

Restaurants

People are drawn from around the world to experience Monaco’s unparalleled fine dining. Located in the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Blue Bay serves as one of the top fine dining experiences in all of Monaco. The Michelin star-holding head Chef Marcel Ravin offers a bold repertoire of Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisines. The panoramic outdoor terrace gives guests a stunning view of the coastline and looking inward the open air concept allows for views of the kitchen and staff. The gourmet smells that surround the restaurant are practically enough to lift you up and carry you inside.

Set in the exquisite Hôtel Métropole, Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo focuses on expertly crafting dishes that reflect the tastes of the sun-drenched Mediterranean that surrounds. As with all of the late Joël Robuchon’s restaurants, the design radiates luxury in the most tasteful ways. Executive Chef Christophe Cussac’s culinary creations will have you booking a flight back to Monaco in no time.

The well-respected three Michelin-star Le Louis XV also serves fresh seafood dishes with authentic Mediterranean flavors, or for a dash of something different, Yoshi brings Japanese cuisine to the Riviera with a chic, artistic environment for you to enjoy an elegant dining experience.

 

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Photo: Blue Bay

Nightlife

Monaco has a reputation for embracing lavish nightlife with a host of nightclubs and bars to keep you partying all night long. It won’t be a trip to Monaco without visiting Jimmyz, the legendary hot spot with a Japanese garden ambiance and exclusive door. For a sophisticated outing, The Living Room is open late for drinks and bites with a decadent environment and beautiful crowd. You also won’t regret stopping by the intimate Le Bar Américain for a speakeasy-inspired night filled with live jazz sounds and a stylish, 1920s vibe.

 

Photo: Jimmyz – Vacation in Monaco for a Mediterranean Escape

Photo: Jimmyz

Experiences

Guests flood to Monaco each year for their variety of one-of-a-kind attractions and events. The most prevalent among them is the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, a prestigious and historical racing event that has brought celebrities and luxury travelers to the area since its start in 1950. The Monaco Grand Prix is known to be the most difficult Formula 1 racing event out of all the World Championship races. It is also the most prestigious motor race in the world, making it the perfect reason to buy a ticket to Monaco. Held annually at the end of May, the race lands right in the sweet spot for vacationers looking to escape to this Western European paradise. If you’re looking to experience the race in comfort and sophistication, you can reserve a private terrace with full food and drink services to view the race from above the crowds.

Head down to Monaco’s Fontvieille Harbour and climb aboard your private yacht for an unparalleled sailing tour up the French Riviera. On the way, you’ll pass some of the most charming towns in Western Europe, sun-soaked beaches, and beautiful little islands. You’ll be able to see Menton, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap’d’Ail and Beaulieu from the boat as you sip champagne and work on your tan. If you’re looking for something a little more romantic, you might consider a sunset cruise to take in views of the water.

The region is also known for its iconic Casino de Monte-Carlo, an elegant destination for gambling and entertainment, prominently featured in the James Bond franchise. The Princier de Monaco is also a notable sight to see as it acts as the royal residence of the current Prince of Monaco.

 

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix – Vacation in Monaco for a Mediterranean Escape

Photo: Monaco Grand Prix

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Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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Photo: Zocha Group – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

 

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.




Krka National Park Croatia waterfalls honeymoon destinations

Photo: Krka National Park Croatia

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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Photo: Belize – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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Photo: Japan Cherry Blossoms – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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.




Photo: Mykonos, Greece

Plitvice Lakes Croatia waterfalls honeymoon destination

Photo: Plitvice Lakes Croatia – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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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Photo: Florence Italy – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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Photo: Napa / Zocha Group

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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Photo: Zocha Group – Rio De Janeiro

Le Taha'a Island Resort french Polynesia honeymoon destination

Photo: Le Taha’a Island Resort – Explore the Perfect Honeymoon Destinations for Each Season

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Perks of Flying First and Business Class

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Photo: Zocha Group – Perks of Flying First and Business Class

 

Sky-High Travels

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




Pre-Flight Access

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




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Photo: Qantas Lounge – Owen Raggett – Perks of Flying First and Business Class

Convenience

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




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Photo: Lufthansa – Perks of Flying First and Business Class

Comfort

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

 

emirates first class seats

Photo: Emirates First Class – Perks of Flying First and Business Class

Quality

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

 

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Photo: Emirates First Class – Perks of Flying First and Business Class

Productivity

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

 

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Photo: Business Class Dining

 

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