All posts by Laurel Angrist

Laurel Angrist, Associate Producer at ShermansTravel Media, is constantly on the lookout for new places to explore. A native of New York's crowded streets, Laurel loves to strike out for far-flung and remote locations across the globe, but still savors a warm summer day spent at Coney Island with friends. Among her many travel-related obsessions are mountains, street food and local art, and although she's a lousy driver she's always up for a road trip. No matter where Laurel's adventures take her, her favorite place on earth will always be New York.

SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Situated within the historic Mitte district, the five-star Regent Berlin has 195 lavish suites and guestrooms with marble bathrooms, deep-soaking tubs, and twice-daily housekeeping. Overlooking Gendarmenmarkt Square, the hotel’s two-star Fischers Fritz restaurant (pictured) specializes in seafood and creative New German cuisine, but don’t miss afternoon... Read More

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The Luxury The 5-star Grand Velas Resort occupies a premier location on the golden sands of Banderas Bay, only 15 minutes by car from sunny Puerto Vallarta. Unwind beside the resort’s 23,600-square-foot infinity pool, or indulge in one of 80 lavish massages, body scrubs and bath treatments at the... Read More


The Luxury Surrounded by the wide-open plains of Chilean Patagonia, the Remota Hotel has 72 spacious rooms with private baths and panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. This plush outpost in Puerto Natales operates 27 different excursions to nearby Torres del Paine National Park and beyond, all led... Read More


SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Australia’s northern Queensland is one of world’s top ecotourism destinations and it’s easy to see why. The spectacular region around Daintree and Cape Tribulation encompasses one of the world’s oldest surviving rainforests. Offshore, the Great Barrier Reef contains over 1,500 species of colorful tropical fish. ... Read More

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California’s Golden Gate State Park encompasses 59 square miles of dense forests and gorgeous mountain peaks in the scenic San Francisco Bay Area. At the scenic Cavallo Point Lodge near Sausalito, guests enjoy access to over 80,000 acres of diverse outdoor terrain. Escape for day hikes and mountain biking... Read More


The Luxury Beachgoers hoping to avoid over crowded shores can experience this under-the-radar resort just 30 minutes’ drive away by car from Cape Town. As the buzz over chic designer hotels in Cape Town continues to surge, the award-winning Long Beach Resort offers a quieter retreat on nearly 5... Read More


The Luxury Rising high above the city’s bustling Marunouchi district, the 36-floor Peninsula Tokyo hotel combines an ultramodern decor with impeccable service. Spacious guest rooms and suites offer views of the gardens and downtown Tokyo, along with plasma flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms with rain showers, and fingertip controls for... Read More


This fall or winter, travelers can save big on vacations to the Dominican Republic, Cancun, Jamaica, Aruba and more, thanks to Case in point: Consider an air-inclusive 5-night escape to sunny Mexico for $499, where you’ll stay at the deluxe NH Riviera Cancun, complete with 550... Read More


Just one and a half hours by car from Boston, the vibrant old port city of Portland, Maine welcomes visitors with an enticing mix of historic shipyard buildings, a thriving arts district, and many sophisticated seafood restaurants. At the newly renovated Portland Marriott, Top 25 subscribers can take advantage... Read More


The Luxury W Hotels Worldwide has unveiled its first property in Latin America. Surrounded by the snowcapped Andes, the 196-room W Santiago sits within the El Golf district on the south bank of the Mapocho River. Near Providencia’s upscale art galleries, Bella Vista’s bohemian cafés, and the museums around... Read More


The Luxury Today the Waldorf Astoria Orlando debuts as the first extension of the legendary 78-year-old New York City landmark. The new resort has 497 guest rooms with Italian marble baths, 42-inch high-definition LCD TVs, and twice-a-day housekeeping. Winding through wetlands and stately pine and cypress groves, the hotel’s... Read More

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Situated on New Hampshire’s stunning seacoast, the tiny island port community of New Castle has a breathtakingly beautiful marina, fine oceanfront restaurants, and one of the country’s oldest historic forts. At the south end of the island, the century-old Wentworth By the Sea resort offers 161 beautifully restored... Read More


The area around Lake Placid is a top destination for lovers of the outdoors, with miles of thrilling rapids, crystal clear ponds, and many spectacular nature trails. At the High Peaks Resort on Mirror Lake, guests enjoy lake-view accommodations just a few minutes away from scenic Whiteface Mountain.... Read More


The Luxury Just outside Siena in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, a new luxury retreat opened in July inside an 11th-century medieval village, Monastero d’Ombrone. Once home to Italian nobility, Castel Monastero (pictured) comprises 76 guest rooms and suites with high, beamed ceilings and views of vineyards and... Read More

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From the spectacular sea cliffs of the Napali Coast to the natural lava caves and lush jungles along the Wailua River, Kauai has some of the most dramatic scenery of all the Hawaiian Islands. Situated on world-renowned Poipu beach on the island’s southern shore, the Ko’a Kea Hotel and... Read More