Author: luxebeat

6 Hard-to-Leave Hotel Lobbies

Share: The lowly hotel lobby. All too often, they’re the means to an end, a passageway to hurry through. Lovely, yes, but where’s my room? Today, hotels are rethinking the lobby as much more than a setting for a front desk transaction or an easy rendezvous point. It is a property’s signature space, the stage setter. When done right, it establishes a tone and a clear sense of arrival. Below are six hotels with lobbies that are hard to leave … Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit – Thailand Forgive yourself if you experience a sense of destination discombobulation upon entering this...

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The Literal Translation of Places in Canada & the United States

Share: What’s in a name? A noun, a sense of identity, a form of identification. The discovery of the “New World” has been written about extensively but what can sometimes be forgotten is how states and areas became known for what they are now. Many derive from indigenous languages of the Americas. Alaska for example is derived from the Yupik word, “Alyeska”, an idiom from the Aleut people and Kansas comes from the Native American Sioux language. Others come from an individual person — Georgia from King George II and Louisiana from King Louis XIV. We’ve taken the names...

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Exclusive Haus Alkire Designer Luncheon

Share: On May 2, Bay Area fashion luminaires and notables gathered at W San Francisco as W Hotels Worldwide, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), and celebrity stylist and owner of MGK Style Mary Gonsalves Kinney welcomed guests to an intimate designer showcase featuring the designs of Haus Alkire – named “Ones to Watch” by Bazaar magazine and “Top Picks from New York Fashion Week Designers on the Rise” by Vogue magazine.         Guests had the opportunity to preview and shop the collection of the celebrated womenswear designers, Jason and Julie Alkire, in the...

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Beach Cocktails

Share: If you’re celebrating this weekend a new cocktail recipe book Beach Cocktails might put a spin in your cocktail shaker. From Cinco de Mayo fiestas to The Kentucky Derby, these recipes will get you in the mood for beach season and beyond. Matador Pineapple juice infuses this tequila tipple with true tropical flavor. Serves 1 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) white tequila 1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened pineapple juice 1/2 teaspoon (about 1/16 ounce) Simple Syrup (below) Garnishes: pineapple chunk, lime wedge Combine the first 3 ingredients and, if desired, the...

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Street Art

Share: Street Art is a rising trend in the travel industry. Artists around the world are creating unique cultural pieces, via public art initiatives. From Montreal to Tauranga to Johannesburg, art fairs will be plentiful this summer. The public art initiatives serve as the city’s outdoor museums, allowing visitors to experience the cultural heritage of these countries, often functioning as a catalyst into the underlying cultural, social or political landscape. Montreal, Quebec MURAL International Public Art Festival, June 8-18, 2017 The 5th edition of the MURAL International Public Art Festival will be held from June 8 – 18, 2017 in Montreal,...

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