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Influencers Helping During Isolation

It’s fair to say that globally these are strange times, and every single person has been affected. With tougher self-isolation conditions, the internet has been our link to the outside, and helped keep us connected in disconnected times. Here are our favourite influencers offering tips on health, fitness, recipes, schooling, and all-round entertainment to help keep you motivated in the unknown days that lie ahead. Fitness influencers to follow It can be easy to sit lie on the sofa endlessly binging on Netflix box sets, but getting up and moving really will help both your mind and body in these quarantine times. And thanks to the Bodycoach – Joe Wicks, you and your kids can enjoy a 9am PE lesson livestreamed straight to your living room, and get fit along with the other million people taking part. Similarly, head over to Instagram to take part in Laura ‘Biceps’ Hoggins ‘Stay Strong Workout Series’. Leading live bodyweight workouts from her home, @laurabiceps can help you stay fit, without any gym equipment. Promoting the power of positivity We all know that a positive mind can have a powerful impact on your mental well-being. The fashion brand Radley has recently launched their Women of Spirit Wednesday blog. Designed to inspire, the blog speaks with women who are shining examples of women leading their field and bring to light the power of positivity....

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Ideas to help reluctant armchair travelers satisfy their wanderlust from the comfort and safety of home

As the coronavirus outbreak grounds global adventurers, we’ve gathered a few ideas to help reluctant armchair travelers satisfy their wanderlust from the comfort and safety of home. Tip 1: Revisit favorite vacation settings through books and movies. Leading Irish tour operator CIE Tours has hit “pause” on its guided vacations, but Ireland’s rich literary legacy will keep travelers endlessly inspired until they can visit again. C.S. Lewis based much of his fantasy land in “The Chronicles of Narnia” on County Down’s Mourne Mountains, while James Joyce captured Dublin life in “Ulysses” and “Dubliners.” Film buffs can revel in spectacular Irish scenery...

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Spring Fling at Les Cactus in Palm Springs

Centrally located in the welcoming Warm Sands neighborhood in Palm Springs,  LA-based hotelier Matthew Kurtz refreshed a historic 1930’s one-story motel with local hoteliers Richard Crisman and Jeff Brock. Together they created a cheerful adult-only boutique hotel with hip design elements, in a private, quiet and comfortable setting. The soothing design interior rooms, and plenty of outdoor serene space allowing guests to relax, unwind and soak up the Palm Springs sunshine. Guests will instantly feel at ease while checking-in at the cheerful lobby, and are offered a Modelo beer or glass of wine with their room assignment. The area...

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Photo Essay: Discover Auberge Du Soleil Spa, Experience True Zen, Inside And Out

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas Located in the heart of California wine country, Auberge du Soleil features some of Napa Valley’s most luxurious, decadent accommodations, spectacular view of the valley, and has recently been named as a recipient of Forbes Travel Guide’s prestigious Five Star Award for the seventh year in a row. In addition to its incredible resort offering, Auberge du Soleil is home to the exclusive Auberge du Soleil Spa. This incredible and indulgent spa is the perfect setting for that long-awaited romantic getaway. A long-time member of Relais & Château, an...

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7 Key Steps For Planning A Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding is incredibly fun, but it can also be a challenge. You may have a limited budget, a huge guest list, and about 1,000 places you want to be married at. How do you plan a great destination wedding that you’ll always remember? What are the first steps you should take in the planning process? If you want to plan a destination wedding, here are seven key steps you must take. Step 1: Set Your Budget Before you plan any part of your destination wedding, you must set a budget. It’s crucial to know how much...

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American Queen to Launch Fourth Ship in April

American Queen Steamboat Company’s new ship, the American Countess completed its second successful sea trial on February 19, 2020. She will be christened in New Orleans on April 4, 2020 ahead of its inaugural sailing from New Orleans to Memphis April 5-13, 2020. The 245-passenger riverboat will join the American Queen and American Duchess on the Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio and Cumberland rivers. On Wednesday, February 19, the American Countess navigated through a section of the Intracoastal waterway in Houma, LA en route to Morgan City, LA as part of an extensive river trial completing several key tests and simulations...

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Journey Through the Depths of Mordor

“It’s the last push,” shouts our guide, Connor, with annoyingly, over-the-top enthusiasm. I don’t believe him. And neither does anyone else in our group of six hikers. We’ve all learned by now that Connor’s using what I refer to as “guide speak” – the rah-rah efforts that guides employ to motivate their groups to keep moving when the going gets tough. Basically, if you think it’s the final push, you’ll muster up the energy to make it to the finish line, convinced that it’s just around the bend or over that hill. You want to trust the guide, you...

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Travel to France Like a VIP

Explore VIP-Style–Without Crowds With its capital Paris nicknamed the city of love, France itself is no stranger to a little romance. From the romantic allure of its idyllic villages to its charming coastlines and candlelit bistros, this iconic destination seduces at every turn. To explore La Belle France like a VIP, consider Luxury Gold’s French Vogue journey. VIP access to the Eiffel Tower No trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. A delightfully cliché trip for lovers, it has been the backdrop for many amorous declarations and proposals. With Luxury Gold, skip the line...

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Faire La Fête the Official Bubbly of Mardi Gras — “The Original Champagne”

Faire La Fête Brut, the most exciting Champagne-alternative that you’ve never heard of (yet) and the only sparkling wine with historical roots in the world’s original Mardi Gras festival—coming up on February 25th. Master Sommeliers from around the country have been quietly touting Faire La Fête’s complex character and delicate mousse, but all wine lovers can appreciate its quality/price ratio: For under $20 (SRP $19), this stands up with the best of your average Champagne—often outperforming its $50+ peers. That’s likely because, at a mere six grams per liter, Faire La Fête has 30 percent less residual sugar than the leading Champagne brands....

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Dramatic Waterfall in Madrid is Inside a Hotel and Has No Water

Starting February 26th, Madrid will be filled with the finest international art as part of the new edition of ARCO, the main contemporary art fair on the international circuit. Travelers flocking into the city can also experience one of the tallest and most complex interior sculptures in Europe created by artist and engineer Pere Gifre (Figueres, 1974). Housed in VP Plaza España Design, the impressive waterfall sculpture is a great example of impressive innovation. Inspired by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, the sculptural designer was able to find the forms and volumes of water by playing with the density of water, achieving...

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Designer Reveals What Makes Sandals Resorts So Romantic

In 1995, Sarah Hartman was hired to join one other interior designer working on the Sandals Resorts portfolio of eight Caribbean properties. Today Hartman serves as the Director of Interior Design for Sandals Resorts International’s billion-dollar operation that includes 23 hotels located on 7 Caribbean islands. Hartman has the enviable task of bringing out the best in resorts perched on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The question is, “Will Hartman share the secret ingredients as to what makes Sandals synonymous with the word romance?” When she’s not conjuring new design ideas from her Miami-based office,...

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Explore a Mystical Lunar Landscape at Craters of the Moon

I’m in an otherworldly place that looks like somewhere the lunar lander would have been roaming around on a research mission. Pitch-black lava fragments are scattered amid a sea of cinders, mini volcanoes rise up from the barren terrain and dark, forbidding craters combine to create an eerie and starkly beautiful environment. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a unique landscape that was shaped during a series of major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. One of four national parks in Idaho, it encompasses over 1,100 square miles, which is about the size of...

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