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The Magnificent Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort

Recently I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the oceanfront Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Celebrity actor Rob Lowe sat in front of me, and later walked up to the podium to thank entrepreneur and developer Rick Caruso for building this exquisite addition to the community. As a spokesman for the affluent village of Montecito, Lowe told approximately 150 invited guests, “We are so happy to have this resort up and running, to have place where we can create the kind of memories, that I had at the old Miramar, in the train car, having milkshakes, walking...

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Barceló Karima is a “10”

Actress Bo Derek running on the beach in Blake Edwards movie “10” instantly put Manzanillo, Mexico as one of the most popular vacation destinations. This trend-setting film in 1997 was one of the biggest box-office hits. Near this beach is Barceló Karmina, an all-inclusive 324-room resort, that has earned  a 5-star and distinguished 4-diamond AAA resort. The Mayan inspired designed lobby offers a soaring ceiling with an impressive wall of glass windows. Looking out one sees tropical gardens, pools interconnected by waterfalls and a private beach.  It’s a 2.5 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Manzanillo. Arriving at the small...

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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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Inspirato and Lumière provides luxury residences, high-touch service, and incredible ski access in Telluride

The Lumière Hotel in Telluride is getting a facelift this season—and a new name. Lumière with Inspirato is a new collaboration between the award-winning property and the leading luxury hospitality company known for the highest standards in residential vacations. All Lumière with Inspirato guests will enjoy the pinnacle of first-class service that both brands deliver, with special benefits for Inspirato club members. With an unbeatable ski-in, ski-out location in the heart of Telluride’s Mountain Village, Lumière with Inspirato offers a boutique collection of one- to five-bedroom residences that meet the high standards of all Inspirato properties, designed with the discerning traveler in mind. Guests...

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SLOW Cosmetics at Aleenta Hua Hin, Thailand

The first single-use plastic free hotel group in Asia, the AKARYN Hotel group is extending its forward-thinking approach to organic beauty. As the SLOW beauty movement sweeps the world, Aleenta Hua Hin, located on the golden sand stretch of Pak Nampran Bay, Thailand has embraced this trend with the introduction of their SLOW (Sustainable, Local, Organic and Wellness) cosmetics philosophy. Using a true ‘farm-to-facial’ approach to wellness, Aleenta Hua Hin now relies on completely natural and organic ingredients, many of which are grown on their own farm – in everything from the cosmetics used in the Ayurah Spa to...

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Yappy Hour at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

As the sun sets at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, guests bring their dogs out of their dog-friendly guest rooms and walk along the paved and grassy golf course paths, to socialize with other guests during “Yappy Hour.” The Westin Mission Hills is an upscale dog-friendly resort that caters to canine guests year-round.  Dogs up to 50 pounds are welcome to stay in guest rooms for no additional fee. Upon check-in, the resort will collect a refundable $100 deposit in case of damage to the room. Dogs have the opportunity to sleep in a signature Westin...

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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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Camelback Inn Resort and Spa Scottsdale Epitomizes Southwest Hospitality

As one of America’s premier hospitality hotbeds, the city of Scottsdale hosts as many as 4.5 million overnight U.S. visitors in a given year with as many as 3.1 million of those visitor nights spent in area hotels, according to a Scottsdale Visitor Statistics Tourism Study published in January 2018. Not surprisingly, the region is rich in luxury resorts,all vying for those tourism dollars and an array of impressive accommodation options certainly abound. However, there’s one property in particular with a preeminent pedigree that has forged its own formidable place in the city’s history: the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa....

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Find Refuge at the Emerson Resort & Spa

Summertime is right around the corner and is one of the best times to escape the city, the Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskill Mountains and located a two-hour drive from NYC is announcing a number of new offerings for all guests to experience. From select outdoor summer music performances when guests can enjoy cocktails al fresco, exclusive access to tennis courts at the private Wiltwyck Golf Club, a new partnership with Hudson River Cruises, a special offering with the upcoming launch of Rail Explorers’ Catskills Division, and new experiences for the whole family, there are now new ways to find refuge...

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Casa de Campo Offers Outstanding Summer and Fall Golf Getaway 

Features Unlimited Play on Three Pete Dye Gems Including Teeth of the Dog Casa de Campo Resort & Villas – home to the Caribbean’s premier, luxury golf experiences, including the iconic Teeth of the Dog course – announces an outstanding summer and fall offer for its “Unlimited Teeth of the Dog with Breakfast” package. Through Oct. 31, the value-laden stay-and-play starts at $399 for two people, per night. Most notably, the package is highlighted by the opportunity for unlimited rounds on the Pete Dye-designed Teeth of the Dog, widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean. Guests can also tee it...

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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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