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The Skydeck at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California

The Skydeck at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California


Made in the Shade

In the summer of 2005, downtown Manhattan Beach’s first hotel opened its doors to the picturesque beachfront community in Southern California. Adjacent to dining and shopping destination Metlox Plaza (a former pottery factory that produced the ceramic sign for Pantages Theater in Hollywood), Shade Hotel is an upscale property conveniently located within walking distance of the pier and beach, and just fifteen minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. The area is known for its beauty – it’s even nicknamed the “Pearl of the South Bay” and has been used as a filming location for numerous movies and television shows, including “Jerry Maguire,” “Point Break,” “The O.C.” and “90210.”

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A guest room at Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez

A guest room at Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez

There are many good reasons to visit Saint-Tropez: the seaside glamour, the star-spotting, the hot nightlife and now the Hôtel de Paris Saint-Tropez. Discover the new luxury property coming to southeastern France with the hotel’s Grand Opening special.

Be the first to experience one of its 90 rooms and suites, Le Suffren Café by Georges, Spa My Blend by Clarins and rooftop terrace with clear-bottom pool suspended above the atrium. The décor is contemporary design with a palette of warm Mediterranean tones and bright accent colors inspired by the surrounding village. Bonus amenities include free Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public spaces, iPod stations, a pillow menu and terraces overlooking the landscaped patio.

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The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

In addition to holding records for the world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa, 2,723 feet) and largest shopping mall (The Dubai Mall), Dubai is now home to the world’s tallest hotel – the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, which opened February 26. At 1,164 feet tall, the hotel took the Guinness World Record from its Dubai neighbor, the 1,093 foot Rose Tower.

The hotel comprises 72 floors, 684 rooms, 120 suites, 24 meeting rooms and 55,488 square feet of meeting space. Its fourteen dining venues run the gamut of cuisines, from Indian and Thai to French and Japanese. Room rates begin at $326 per person, per night.

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La Concha, A Renaissance Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico

La Concha, A Renaissance Resort in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Eco-kayaking, Horseback Riding and Other Adventures in Puerto Rico

Skip the cleaning this spring and escape to the Caribbean with the My Puerto Rico Experience Package from La Concha, A Renaissance Resort. Recently renovated to the tune of $220 million, this beachfront resort in San Juan comprises 483 rooms (including 226 suites), a casino, lobby bar and five on-site restaurants, including Perla, a floating seashell restaurant.

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Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah

Romantic Winter Wonderland Escape

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, you’ll need to get your romantic plans in order — and fast. The Sky Lodge in Park City, Utah, is here to help with its Couples Ski Retreat package.

Located in the center of Park City’s historic Old Town, The Sky Lodge is walking distance to more than 40 restaurants, as well as nightlife, museums, theatre, galleries and boutique shopping. Just steps from Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift, the hotel also provides easy ski-in/ski-out access, making your romantic ski vacation that much easier.

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The BMW 750i is available for chauffeur service at all Fairmont Hotels in the United States and Canada

The BMW 750i is available for chauffeur service at all Fairmont Hotels in the United States and Canada

BMW recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, offering complimentary local shuttle service at all U.S. properties. Already available at Canadian locations, the service will be available to all Fairmont President’s Club members, and will feature both the BMW 750i sedan and the X5 SUV. For those looking to experience their surroundings at a somewhat slower pace, Fairmont also offers complimentary usage of BMW Cruise Bikes. Designed for frequent Fairmont guests, the President’s Club is free to join, and includes additional benefits such as high-speed wireless internet, expedited check-in and check-out, and athletic apparel by Reebok.

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New Life Hiking Spa hotel

New Life Hiking Spa retreat

Who knew relaxation, diet and exercise could go so well together? Jimmy LeSage, the founder of New Life Hiking Spa in Killington, Vermont, put his money on the idea 35 years ago, and it’s still paying off — for his guests, that is.

To coincide with your New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get toned, New Life is offering celebratory rates for their 35 years of service for those wanting to shed pounds while on vacation.

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Skiing on the Diavolezza mountain in Switzerland

Skiing on the Diavolezza mountain in Switzerland

Winter sports purists seeking the ultimate skiing experience are unabashedly drawn to St. Moritz, Switzerland, the “birthplace of winter sports.” And now the experience is all the more enticing: guests receive a free ski pass when they book a stay of two or more nights at the luxurious Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

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Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel

Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Su Casa hotel

You’ve always wanted to live like a Rockefeller — and now you can. Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotel has just opened on the former Laurance Rockefeller estate in Puerto Rico.

This 1,400-acre property, boasting 100 guest rooms and fourteen beach suites, offers a unique mix of luxury, nature and culture in a one-of-a-kind, open-air enclave for the most discerning of travelers. The indoor space blends seamlessly with its surroundings, melding well-appointed accommodations with an immersive natural experience.

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Mehdi Eftekari - Marines - Sophie Gayot

Marines with general manager Mehdi Eftekari & Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

It is that time of the year when Mehdi Eftekari, the general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, organizes an evening to collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The foundation then distributes them as Christmas gifts to needy children. Last week, I joined hundreds of other guests bearing unwrapped toys to enter the worthwhile event.

“This fund-raiser and charity are very personal to me, and I am committed to putting smiles on children’s faces as long as I can. I appreciate all of the support that friends and clients have given to me in order to achieve my goal,” said Eftekari.

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