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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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Dreaming of Some Sun in the Dreary Weather? Here are 2019’s Top Holiday Destinations

If you live in the northern hemisphere then you’re likely looking towards the warmer months, to a time when scarves will be a thing of the past and your nose doesn’t go numb when you step out of the door. In the meantime, it can feel cold at home and booking a winter vacation might be your only answer to getting through the colder weather. Whether you’re on a budget or have a bit more to spend, there are plenty of destination vacations to cure your winter blues. 1. Cancun Cancun has been a vacation destination for the well...

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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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Santa Monica’s Sexy Shangri-La

Built 1939, Santa Monica’s Hotel Shangri-La offers a unique elegant streamlined art deco design that resembles a luxury ocean liner, especially when you stand outside in the renovated multi-level courtyard deck. This property is known to locals as the hottest outdoor rooftop bar in Santa Monica. ONYX is a modern ’70s theme space-age lounge, decorated in sexy black, white, purple and gold colors. During sunset, this area is filled with people enjoying views of Malibu to Palos Verdes. In the evening, the changing colors on the giant ferris wheel at the nearby Santa Monica pier are an exciting backdrop....

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Morro Bay’s Secret Season Brings Epic Sunsets Perfect for Harvest, Wine and Weddings

Recently named one of the Best Small Towns in CA by Country Living Magazine, Morro Bay is an Instagramers dream, especially in October and November, aka Morro Bay’s Secret Season. With miles of beaches and an unavoidably beautiful 576-foot tall volcanic rock sitting at the front of a bustling harbor of sailboats, kayakers, otters, pelicans and sea lions, Morro Bay is the place to stay this time of year. Morro Bay’s Secret Season also coincides with Central Coast wine harvest found in nearby award-winning wine country. Fall harvest day tours are easily accessible from Morro Bay and many wine touring companies will pick up customers in front of their hotels. In celebration of the...

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Hawaiian Luxury: The Four Seasons Oahu in Ko Olina

Two years ago the JW Marriott in Ko Olina became the Four Seasons Oahu. Set among green lawns and a dramatic coastline with the Waianae Mountains in the background, the Four Seasons connected with designer Mary Philpotts and invested millions of dollars to transform the 17-story property into the most luxurious resort in the area. I had the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the resort’s Waterman Lounge and Bar with Yvonne Hunter, the Director of Public Relations and Joy Goto, with Stryker Weiner & Yokota. Meeting them at a table next to a circular pool, I mentioned how it’s much...

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5 Luxury Hotels in Cape May

A few holidays back, my siblings and I decided to send our parents on trip and we chose the picturesque Victorian town of Cape May, New Jersey. Researching this Garden State destination was my first introduction to this idyllic seaside town and I’ve been sharing this little gem with friends ever since. I spent several weeks up and down the Jersey Shore some summers ago and cannot wait to make my way back! There is something unique about Jersey beaches that just leaves you wanting more. Cape May is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a...

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The Most Luxurious Rooms in Mazatlán

Mazatlán, the “Pearl of the Pacific,” long known for its endless beaches, deep sea fishing and mass-market accommodation now offers secluded luxury quarters. Sumptuous rooms may be hidden away in modernized historic landmarks or secreted to the top of 15-storey towers, positioned for memorable Mexican sunsets. With a little insider knowledge, those who prefer to be outside the limelight yet demand luxurious lodgings can be satiated. While some with a penchant for luxury come for the Angela Peralta Theater’s internationally acclaimed opera and theater, all will come back for Mazatlan’s smiling, topnotch service and charming vibe. Casa Lucila Boutique...

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A Lake District Winter Birdwatching Guide

Article and infographic republished with permission, originally published at http://www.craigmanor.co.uk/. We are lucky enough to have many birdwatchers stay with us at Craig Manor. So, this winter we decided to put together this guide to some of the best birdwatching spots in the Lake District. We start at Winderemere, which isn’t far from Craig Manor and is a great place to see birds all year round. Wintering Goldeneye join Great Crested Grebes and Red-Breasted Merganser’s on the lake. In fact, the number of waterfowl on Lake Windermere doubles over the winter. Dramatic Haweswater Nature Reserve is a fantastic place...

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Tallest Skyscraper West of the Mississippi in Los Angeles

Sitting in a booth eating sushi at the Sora restaurant located on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand, I commented to my friend about the magnificent views of Los Angeles. Located inside the newly opened Wilshire Grand, this upscale, world-class and state-of-the-art 73-story high-rise, offers multiple dining options in the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Inside the office building is the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, with 889 guest rooms on the 31st to 68th floors. Everywhere you look are million-dollar views. The lobby on the first floor is not the registration area for the hotel; instead hotel...

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The Most Luxurious Rental in Los Angeles

Oh the parties you will have at the sprawling four-bedroom, ten-bathroom penthouse that sits atop downtown Los Angeles’ luxury LEVEL high-rise on the 34th and 35th floors. Professionally designed by Robert Bailey, you and your guests will gaze out the 13-ft floor to ceiling windows offering 360-degree views of Los Angeles and beyond. From the minute you exit the security elevator on the 34th floor into the elegant entry, one notices the opulent natural limestone flooring that continues through the kitchen, living and dining areas, as well as outdoor terraces. Warm woods include walnut, ash, and oak. The expansive window walls...

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