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PHOTO ESSAY: Italian Opulence On the Las Vegas Strip

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas There’s no question that Las Vegas is a mecca of luxury and opulence in the Nevada desert. But with so many elegant resorts to choose from, how can you decide where to stay? The Palazzo at the Venetian Resort could be your winner. The updated and modernized twin to The Venetian, The Palazzo offers a modern color palette and sleek, resplendent decor, catering to a hip and fashionable crowd. Romantic, Ethereal Entryway and Opulent Rooms The Palazzo’s lobby and atrium are full of elegant touches: waterfalls and flower gardens,...

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Elevate your Fashion Island Hotel Experience

Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach transports guests to a tropical paradise that reminds one of a luxury Hawaiian hotel, yet it’s only 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.Guests staying at the stylish Orange County resort can renew, repair and rejuvenate during their vacation by upgrading to the Island Club up on the 20th floor. Enter with your key card into a comfortable lounge offering various flat screen televisions, dining tables, iMac computer work area, a variety of nerwspapers, and a wall of windows looking out to the Fashion Island Shopping and Entertainment Center, Balboa Island and Pacific Ocean...

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Girlfriends Getaway at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone. Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a swim up bar, restaurants and spacious cabanas. Next door is a world-class spa facility, and fitness center. Recently, Pechanga recently completed a $300 million expansion, nearly doubling its guest-rooms. The new luxury Pechanga’s Tower offers spacious Junior Suites. The bedroom offers a king or two queen...

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The Springs Resort and Spa, A Unique Luxury Getaway In The San Juan Mountains

My husband and I don’t have what you would call a traditional family life. After all, as a musician that frequently travels for work, I’m gone a lot performing and travelling to auditions all over country. We got married on a Thursday, and by Monday morning I was back at work in Kentucky while he stayed at his work in Florida. Needless to say, we ended up having to skip a traditional honeymoon. Finally, just this past July, my husband and I decided to take a long weekend and call that our honeymoon. We live in beautiful, colorful Colorado,...

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Photo Essay: Luxurious Desert Getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

All photography ©Dale Sanders 2019, article written by Christine Sallas   Relax and Recharge If you’re looking for a luxurious escape that truly connects you back to mother nature, look no further than the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Located in the Sonoran Desert near Pinnacle Peak, this western, adobe style property blends in perfectly with the beautiful mountains and desert of the surrounding landscape. Rooms in the resort are spread out across Southwestern style casitas, all with stunning views of the desert and the unique formations of Pinnacle Peak. You can enjoy Scottsdale’s 330 days of...

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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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