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The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley

There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms...

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Trending: Spectacular Shopping at Sea

  Starboard Cruise Services creates spectacular shopping at sea on new ships Miami-based Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company, is the premier retail company that designs and curates retail boutiques for Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and other iconic global brands aboard the world’s most famous cruise lines (including the top 10). The company has launched a next-level shopping experience aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, the Celebrity Edge. The ship began her maiden sailing on December 9th from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL The ship’s godmother, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Malala unveiled the custom Malala...

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Rio de Janeiro Has Views That Will Boost Your Instagram Likes

Gone are the days when tourists would only evaluate accommodation and flight prices before booking a trip. A survey conducted by British insurance company Schofields Insurance confirmed a trend that is clearly seen every day in the feed of thousands of Instagram users: being in scenarios that yield spectacular photos is a priority for travelers. According to the survey, which interviewed 1,000 Britons aged 18-33, 40% of people prioritize how “Instagram worthy” is the destination they will visit. The photographic aesthetic for social networks outweighs items such as cost, local cuisine and whether alcohol is sold at low prices...

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6 Ways to Keep Safe Abroad

Traveling is a wonderful experience; seeing the world and experiencing cultures different to your own can be educational and a transforming experience. Nowadays many young people are looking to travel the world before university or after, while those who have retired wish to relax and enjoy their time in countries wide and far. Traveling is all so exciting, but that doesn’t mean it is safe. When traveling, you need to be aware of your surroundings and realize that there are certain countries that has high crime rates. Insurance is, of course, a must, but there are many ways you...

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Ultimate Southern California Luxury Gift

If you’re looking to treat your special someone to a luxury weekend getaway this Valentine’s Day, or simply just because…head to southern California! The ultimate luxury gift is a President’s Weekend getaway filled with Champagne, luxury accommodations, decadent meals, polo matches and meeting polo legend Guillermo “Memo” Gracida Jr. This four-day and three-night experience starts in Beverly Hills at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, then moves on to being transported on a private charter BLADE helicopter to Empire Polo Club. Check in on Friday, February 15, 2019 before enjoying an 8-course chef’s tasting menu for two at Jean-Georges Beverly Hills before staying overnight...

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Cabo’s Most Elegant Wedding Destination

My Quivira Los Cabos vacation started two days before my trip to the luxurious, adult-only Pueblo Bonito Pacifica. My personal butler, Leopoldo, emailed me, introducing himself and welcoming me before my arrival. In the email he asked if I had any dietary restrictions and what time my flight landed. Once my airport shuttle arrived at Pueblo Bonito (Beautiful Village in English) Pacifica, Leopoldo, dressed in uniform, was awaiting my arrival at the entrance of the lobby. After greeting me with a refreshing beverage, he escorted me to my room and pointed out highlights at the resort. Checking into The...

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Nature Takes Center Stage at These Southern Africa Wonders

I am both repelled and fascinated by crocodiles. Their fearsome reputation precedes them and the fact that they outlived the dinosaurs has given their species legendary respect. No one wants to mess with a croc, but many people will seize the opportunity to view one up close, particularly within its natural habitat. Prior to my trip to Botswana, I had only seen these primordial creatures in enclosed nature centers, where I felt removed from them. So, when the boat I was riding in started inching closer to the banks of the Chobe River, where a croc was sun bathing,...

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11 Extravagant Travel Experiences for 2019 Curated by The Blackstone

Luxe Beat focuses on the most luxurious experiences. We wanted to share with our readers The Blackstone hotel’s extravagant guide. It features 11 exclusive experiences ranging from $1,800 to $25,000 for the most astute traveler throughout Chicago and one in Iceland, such as: Guests can start their trip at The Blackstone and end at Iceland’s famed black sand beaches (package starts at $4,700) The hotel will recreate The Untouchables set filmed in its Crystal Ballroom with a lavish feast and more (package starts at $25,000) Work with KOVAL Distillery to create a one-of-a-kind barrel of bourbon (package starts at $10,000) Guests can purchase any of the extravagant offers through January 31, 2019 and book...

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Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste. Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake. Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also,...

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Maison Vivienne Opens In NYC

Maison Vivienne announced the opening of its elegantly modern Manhattan-based flagship restaurant, located at 116 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side. Maison Vivienne, which has a second location designed to cater to guests who frequent Southampton, offers a contemporary interpretation of French Provencal Mediterranean classics, all created with sustainable and local ingredients when possible. Residing in a traditional townhouse property, the 4,000 square foot plus space can seat up to 160 guests at any given time. Featuring an inviting  long bar at street level, the design, created by Paris K Studio, draws inspiration from the historic building through the use of the...

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Sparkling Wine and Spirits Gift & Cocktail Ideas for the Holidays

Holiday parties and celebrations are all around! Sparkling wine, spirits and cocktails are a must when entertaining. Here are some holiday cocktail recipes you won’t want to miss! Best buys are included below. Cheers!  Simple sparkling wine and spirits cocktails recipes for single-serves and crowds. Sparkling Holiday Punch   A bubbly and festive addition to all holiday festivities. 8 oz. Chambord Liqueur 8 oz. Cranberry Juice 2 chilled bottles Korbel Brut Cranberries Pour ingredients into a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir. Top with raspberries or cranberries. Herbarium Holiday Pitcher A refreshing and light break from heavy holiday indulgences. 4...

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Global Etiquette: Holiday Gifting/Re-Gifting

It’s the time of year that can be challenging for most of us—who, what and how much to gift for the holidays. I’ve many of my own thoughts, but I came across Sharon Schweitzer’s list of 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette and she makes excellent points covering most situations. Sharon, is an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Access to Culture. When discussing gift etiquette opinions are all over the place. For me, it is important to stick to a budget and choose gifts for the individual, not by the dollars you spend. Most people discover...

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