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The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Pretty in Pink, Blue, White and Green Suites

by Alain Gayot

Princes are graduating to kings thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills‘ recently remodeled suites. The year-long renovation transformed 193 guest rooms of the hotel, including luxurious villas and four individually designed suites – The Peninsula Suite, The Royal Patio Suite, The Grand Deluxe Suite (all three designed by Forchielli Glynn) and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine. Each features its own color palette and style – The Peninsula Suite, or The Green Suite, has an “East-meets-West” feel; The Royal Patio Suite is nicknamed The White Suite for its cream-toned backgrounds and drapery; The Grand Deluxe Suite is also called The Pink Suite; and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine, or The Blue Suite, showcases an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream and white, as well as Corzine’s signature line of furniture, textiles and lighting designs. Reservations begin at $6,000 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Pink Suite), $6,795 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Blue Suite), $7,000 for the The Peninsula Suite (Green Suite), $8,000 for The Royal Patio Suite (White Suite) and $9,700 for The Peninsula Villa.

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The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort

Enjoy the Treasures of Hawaii at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Big Island

Treasure hunters, rejoice! With the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa‘s Island Treasure package, you’re invited to seek out savings in the way that best suits your holiday style.

Designed to allow Big Island’s Kohala Coast travelers to customize their vacation spending, the four-night Island Treasure package features daily breakfast for two, plus a $300 credit to be applied toward any of the following Continue reading “Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Travel Special” »

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The view from the Andaz West Hollywood

With the launch of the Andaz Liverpool Street London in 2007, a new Hyatt brand was born. And slowly but surely, it began staking claims around the globe, from Shanghai to Wall Street to West Hollywood, where it took over the iconic “Hyatt Riot House” and turned it once again into a West Coast mecca for pretty party people. Now, with the announcement that it will rebrand two Avia hotels (one in Napa and one in Savannah) this summer, Andaz is kicking its expansion into high gear. Continue reading “Andaz Hotels Accelerates Its Expansion Around the Globe – Travel News” »

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Discover the "splendors of Italy" with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Experience La Dolce Vita with Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

With the launch of a new Italian river cruise in the spring of 2013, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises invites sophisticated travelers to experience the culture, cuisine and romance of Italy.

The thirteen-day “Splendors of Italy” itinerary will combine a seven-night river cruise on the River Countess along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon, with an additional two-night land stay in Florence and three-night land stay in Rome. Following are just a few of the unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed during this voyage Continue reading “Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Splendors of Italy – Travel Special” »

Hawaii’s Best

on March 20th, 2012
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Manele Bay on Lanai, one of our Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii

2012 Hawaii Newsletter Published

by Jeff Hoyt

Sure, spring is starting to appear, but wouldn’t you rather be in Hawaii right now? Let us be your guide!

We just published our annual Hawaii Newsletter that can work as a blueprint for your island getaway. We proudly present the Top 10 Beaches in Hawaii, offering readers ten great spots from Maui to Molokai for surfing, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The issue also boasts a perfect five-day itinerary for tackling the islands with kids. Besides this family-friendly guide, travelers can find savvy escapes such as Kauai Honeymoon, Hawaii’s Volcanoes, Hawaii 101 for first-time visitors and Historic Hawaii.

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Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony in Sydney

Cruise Like a Rock Star

Modern-day air travel has become a series of frustrating security policies and endless crowds. But for those passengers traveling on a Crystal Cruises’ voyage, flying the friendly skies just got better. The new Crystal VIP Airport Service is the first of its kind from a cruise line, featuring door-to-gate porter service, fast-track processes and entry to restricted-access VIP/Business Class lounges where available. This personalized, 24/7 luxury service can be purchased internationally by all Crystal cruisers, providing a hassle-free airport experience for guests traveling to and from their Crystal ships. Continue reading “Crystal Cruises Introduces VIP Airport Service – Travel News” »



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Jaguar Suite living room at 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences in London

The Night of the Jaguar

by André Gayot

Undoubtedly, we are a car civilization. The automobile is an ordinary object in our spoiled world, a dream in the barren parts of the planet and a nightmare at a quarter to nine a.m. on the 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles. We find cars a convenient instrument to go to the stores and take back home the stuff of which probably we bought too large a quantity at our local Costco. A car is more practical than a backpack and a bicycle, but more polluting — as we are told by ecology — and more expensive, as we can see by the price soaring at the pump.

OK, it’s our way of life. But some of us are in love with automobiles. They admire the beautiful machines, their engineering, their design and their power, regardless of the speeding tickets and hefty insurance premiums they may have to face.

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Set Sail for Hawaii

on December 27th, 2011
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The beach at Lihue, Kauai

by Jeff Hoyt

We think anytime is a great time to visit Hawaii, but we appreciate The Aloha State the most when winter hits the mainland. Fun in the sun is so much more so when you know your neighbors back home are knee deep in snow.

If you want to put sunscreen on your neck instead of a scarf, we recommend a trip to Kauai. As more and more people discover this once-remote island, developers are making over the pristine landscape. Although we’d like to stop this wave of “progress,” one advantage is that there are more top places to stay, and more top toques to satisfy your appetite. Our Kauai travel guide will tell you where to book reservations for hotels and restaurants while you’re in search of volcanoes.

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by Sophie Gayot

When Gordon “Butch” Stewart purchased his first hotel in Montego Bay in Jamaica in 1981, I am not sure he knew what he was about to start. He sure knew what he wanted to do, but did he envision how successful he would be thirty years later? Stewart is now the chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, the privately-owned Jamaican-based parent company to Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, totaling 23 Caribbean properties. Sandals caters exclusively to couples while the others are for families as well.

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Help for Hopeless Romantics

on February 07th, 2011
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Plan a romantic dinner for two this Valentine's Day

by Jeff Hoyt

Lovers, unite! With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday this year, you have many choices of dates to celebrate with your significant other. Enjoy a romantic meal and gift-giving this Friday, Saturday, Sunday or the Monday itself. Or, wait until the following Friday and take your partner away for a three-day weekend if you have President’s Day off. offers both the best Valentine’s Day restaurants and the most romantic restaurants. We’ve even got the top 10 romantic restaurants and the top 10 places to kiss in the country, as well as the sexiest restaurants in certain cities. If you want to do it yourself, we feature a selection of romantic cookbook reviews, and your meal can be accompanied by one of our top 10 Valentine’s Day wines or top 10 romantic wines. Or, you can try one of our fine chocolates or aphrodisiacs!

Don’t forget our romantic spas, romantic hotels, and sexy hotels near you. We’ve even got the top 10 Valentine’s Day gifts, but we also recommend a couples massage. That way you’re getting as well as giving!

May you enjoy a LOVE-ly holiday.

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