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The Luxe Life in Las Vegas at Vdara Hotel

Checking into the Vdara Hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to walk into the lobby and not smell cigarette smoke. Vdara is one of the few hotels on the Strip that has no casino and is a non-smoking hotel. As I unlocked the door to my Vdara’s Studio Parlor suite, I noticed a large kitchenette and three spacious rooms. With floor to ceiling windows, the suite has million-dollar views of Vegas and the surrounding Red Rock mountains. What is appealing is the dividing wall separating the living room and bedroom with a comfortable king-size, pillow-top bed. There are two 42″...

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Four Seasons Westlake: So Near, Yet So Far From LA

The Southern California Four Seasons Westlake is a great halfway spot between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. From Los Angeles it’s about a 40-minute drive north, if you time the traffic right. Owner billionaire American businessman and philanthropist David Murdock built the resort was after losing his mother and later his wife Gabriele to cancer. Murdock focused on helping researchers find a cure for the disease, while extending life through wellness and nutrition. He  established the Dole Nutrition Institute, and in 2006 opened the California Health and Longevity Institute and Four Seasons Westlake. Walking inside, one feels as if they...

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New Ice Cream Craze in Los Angeles

Somi Somi has become a recent Instagram favorite “like,” appealing to millennials and foodies for its unique cone and colorful swirling colors. Located on the second floor of the interior of Madang Mall plaza in Koreatown, Somi Somi is about a ten-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. They only sell Korean-style “Ah-Boong,” a very popular street food treat in South Korea. Usually there is a line of people seeking this cool, creamy and colorful treat in a taiyaki cone. Locals and tourist are given the option to fill a golden Japanese carp fish-shaped cone with red bean paste (sweetened...

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Jamaica Offers Pampering Resort Wellness and Retreats with Local Flavor

With palm ferns rustling in the wind, the hypnotic sound of lapping waves and balmy ocean breezes to chase away the heavy, hot air, Jamaica is like a Hollywood stage set for wellness. The only challenge is to script and cast your perfect escape. Jamaica offers pampering resort wellness and retreats with local flavor.  Resort-Hopping If you like your Namaste to come with added niceties, then a resort wellness getaway featuring pampering and Pranayama is the way to go. I start my island wellness tour at one of Negril’s newest properties, The Cliff Hotel. As the name suggests, the...

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Switzerland is Bursting With Countrywide Wellness Experiences

With its crisp mountain air, focus on outdoor sports and overall healthy lifestyle, Switzerland is bursting with wellness experiences. In a country slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey, there are a whopping nine designated wellness areas in this alpine paradise. My first stop is to explore the Weggis Vitnau Rigi region, which has six wellness hotels including my hotel, the Park Weggis, a member of the prestigious Swiss Deluxe Hotel network. The five-star Art Nouveau hotel is located on the shores of iconic Lake Lucerne and has private access to a park and beach. The 52-room...

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Glamorous Old Hollywood Tour

In the 1910s people flocked to Hollywood, CA to find fame, fortune and success. It was similar to the 1840s Gold Rush when people from all over streamed into San Francisco to get rich panning for gold. “Unfortunately, there were too many people coming into Hollywood and not enough movies being made to accommodate all the people,” said our stylish tour guide April Brooks Clemmer, while enjoying an Old Hollywood Walking Tour. We learned from Clemmer that some of the first founders of Hollywood were H. J. Whitley and H. H. and Daeida Wilcox. They bought land and built beautiful...

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Sunset Key to Offer Cuba Day Trips

Cuba, Curated: a Sunset Key Cottages Luxury Day Trip, Available beginning June 1, 2017 Starting next month on June 1st, Sunset Key Cottages, the charming little island resort just off Key West, will offer brand new–and unique–luxury getaways: day trips to Cuba. As far as I can see, no one is offering day trips to Cuba from the United States. These luxury excursions feature a full day of tours led by local experts who provide an insider’s perspective and behind-the-scenes access to the local culture, and return to Sunset Key in time for dinner. The itinerary is presented here; however,...

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From Tokyo to Paris: 4 Continents, 4 cities, 300 objects

A city is made of many things. When you dream of Paris you think croissants, good wine and the Moulin Rouge. When you fantasise Tokyo you visualise sushi, technology and paper lanterns. Photographic Poster Artist, Jordan Bolton based in Manchester, England, has done just that and designed for us, four unique posters depicting four iconic cities: San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Tokyo.       Through extensive research, he selected objects that represent the life, soul and heartbeat of these vibrant cities. Using white plasticine, he made miniature versions of the objects and painted each one. Placing...

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Phil Mickelson Looks to Develop Another Arizona Golf Course

Recently, Phil Mickelson and his agent Steve Loy, along with his brother Tim and Arizona Valley developer Spike Lawrence announced they were looking to invest in another luxury golf course; this time Chandler, Arizona’s Ocotillo Golf Club. The 27-hole course will be the group’s eighth course in the area. As many people know, the 46-year-old Mickelson operates an exclusive membership club, limited to 50 partners every year, simply known as Mickelson Private Golf. These private affiliates receive 200 round certificates annually, in which they can use at any of these Arizona courses including the McDowell Mountain Golf Club in...

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Las Vegas Winning Meal at Mandarin Oriental

After winning at the roulette table at the ARIA Resort & Casino, my friend and I celebrated at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel with a decadent lunch at MOzen Bistro before flying back to LA. Walking into the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, we immediately noticed a pleasing aroma of citrus tea notes, instead of cigarette smoke. The purifying air system filters the essence of orange, tea and cypress through the lobby and corridors of guest room floors. We learned the older hotels in Las Vegas just don’t have the updated air purifiers. Since the 47 stories high Mandarin Oriental...

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Outrigger Waikiki Signature Experience

Sitting outside of the new Voyager 47 Club Lounge, guests at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach can watch surfers and paddleboarders catching waves. The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort debuts a new exclusive Voyager 47 Club concierge experience for guests staying in the oceanfront and ocean view guest rooms. This special lounge offers morning espresso and premium coffee, charcuterie, pastries, and a variety of island baked breads that include cranberry walnut, Hawaiian sweet bread, purple taro bread, and guava bread. Guests enjoy topping them with pineapple, strawberry guava and mango curds. At the lounge guests return after a day...

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McEvoy Ranch Launches New Program for Corporate and Special Events

McEvoy Ranch, one of the largest U.S. producers of estate-grown, certified organic extra virgin olive oil, has launched a new program, welcoming outside companies and groups to host corporate and special events for the first time ever. The 550-acre ranch set in the rolling hills of Marin County offers six unique and customizable indoor and outdoor venues providing the perfect backdrop for rustic country weddings, social events, and corporate meetings.  Guests can also choose from a variety of unique breakout activities including hosted wine and olive oil tastings; yoga; cooking classes; hiking; bird watching; aromatherapy, wreath-making, and floral arrangement...

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