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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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Spring Break 7 Alternatives

As spring brings warmer temperatures, it’s time to get out and explore beyond the beach – from mountain biking down a volcano in Ecuador, to touring formal gardens in Russia or visiting remote birding sites in Iceland. Farther south, you can spring forward all the way to fall, when the fishing is great in Patagonia. Here are seven alternative spring breaks: Mountain bike Cotopaxi: The Andes highland region of Ecuador sees spring-like weather all year, making a mountain biking tour of the foothills around Cotopaxi National Park with Adventure Life ideal. Ride to waterfalls, lakes and Inca ruins during...

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Best Cigar and Whiskey Bars in Beverly Hills

The city of Beverly Hills offers five different club lounges designed for true cigar and whiskey aficionados. Here are five of the best bars to visit when in Southern California, to ignite a cigar, draw in the flavors and hold a snifter of whiskey in your other hand: £10 at Montage Beverly Hills Inside one of the most elegant hotels in Beverly Hills is a club bar tucked away discreetly above the recently launched Georgie restaurant. By reservation only, this lounge is one of the most exclusive in the world. £10 is dark, private and intimate with the finest handcrafted...

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SVATMA (Tanjavur): History Gets Hip in Tamil Nadu’s 1000-Year-Old Chola Capital!

A bharatnatyam dancer swirled her uncle’s 150-year-old heritage home into 2016’s cunningest boutique hotel. It’s about art. Resolutely, Tamil Nadu’s age-old arts. Svatma chicly disposes Mahabalipuram rock sculptures, Swamimalai bronzes, Chettinadu woodcraft, Kumbakonam brass lamps, bejewelled Tanjavur paintings and hand-crafted old musical veenas. If you don’t know what any of this is, you will at Svatma. For you should know that Mahabalipuram sculptures and Swamimalai bronzes are millennial art forms that predate most things you’ve seen at the Louvre, the Uffizi and the Prado. As for Tanjavur, if you didn’t know about this ancient capital of the Cholas, shockingly...

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Luxury and History: Two Historic Seaside Hotels

Oceanfront hotels are a dime a dozen along the East Coast seaboard, but it’s a real treat to find two that have survived decades and still exist as stunning destinations. Their unique stories are woven into a tapestry of Southern charm and hospitality. I recently had the opportunity to visit the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort located on St. Simons Island, GA, and The Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. Both have fascinating histories and offer unique oceanfront experiences. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort This legendary hotel, a member of the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America, is located on one of the barrier islands that make up Georgia’s coast. It first opened in 1935 as a seaside dance club. Six years later, the main hotel building opened to the public as the King and Prince Hotel. During World War II, the hotel served as a naval coast-watching and training facility. The center of radar operations was housed at the King and Prince, which also provided officers’ quarters and classrooms. The bar at the hotel was an after-hours gathering spot for soldiers, their wives and members of the local Civil Air Patrol. The hotel’s current restaurant “Echo” pays tribute to the hotel’s crucial part in the island’s naval history. As radar sent its electromagnetic waves...

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Spectacular San Diego Spas

The Ocean Crest Spa in Carlsbad Driving up to the coastal inspired three-story Cape Rey Carlsbad, you can see the 215-room hotel is directly across the street from the legendary Ponto surf break and Pacific Ocean. This elegant property attracts families, girls getaways, weddings and surfers. The Ocean Crest Spa offers 5,700 sq. ft of serene spa experiences, including a spacious couples suite with a tub and private outdoor relaxation area. There are separate men’s and women’s locker rooms. Across from the spa is a 24-hour fitness center with views of the pool and ocean. The spa decor features...

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Amsterdam’s Canals of the Rich and Famous

A line of Teslas pull up to the taxi stand outside the Amsterdam airport, with a few Mercedes Benz sprinkled in between. We hopped in a Tesla for a ride to the Ambassade Hotel in Amsterdam, located along the Herengracht canal. This street is one of the most prestigious in the Netherlands and home to the rich and famous. During the 17th century, the wealthiest merchants, mayors and most influential people in Amsterdam had a home on this canal street. Amsterdam was founded 1275, and the first multi-level home with a beautiful step gable roofline was built in 1590...

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