Tailored service and personal butlers ensure everything is exactly how you like it at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, located on the corner of the Champs Elysees in Paris – and we’re talking every single detail. Before I even arrived in Paris, I filled out the hotel’s “Favorites” form via email... Read More

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Situated upon the fashionable shopping boulevard of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the legendary Hotel Bristol provides stylish accommodations just steps from the city’s renowned antique dealers, art galleries, and world-class museums. With the recent addition of a new 7-story wing, the hotel now offers 45 lavish guestrooms and... Read More


The dollar’s exchange rate against the euro and pound is sliding again, so that classic European summer getaway may seem out of reach. But, luckily, many European hotels are offering lower rates and incentives to help ease the burden for Americans traveling abroad. Just steps from the sprawling Jardin... Read More


Celebrate the arrival of summer with a sumptuous picnic in an exotic locale or a special spot closer to home. From now through August 31, guests who book the “Chic Picnic” package at participating Sofitel properties will enjoy a tasty meal in a basket, to be enjoyed at your... Read More

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The upscale landmark Hotel Saint-Lazare is less than a 15-minute walk from top Paris cultural sites and attractions like Place de la Concorde, the Musée d’Orsay, and the world-renowned Louvre Museum. Hotel highlights include 266 warmly decorated guestrooms and suites, outfitted in traditional Parisian décor and an elegant café... Read More

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Not that we needed another reason to visit Paris‘ super-swank, five-star Hotel Fouquet Barriere–but when we heard there was a complimentary gourmet chocolate making workshop–let’s just say it sweetened the deal. In celebration of Easter, on April 13th, Pastry Chef Jean-Luc Labat will share his methods of molding and... Read More

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For those of you who begrudgingly missed out on a hop across the pond in ’08, chin up – the new year is looking refreshingly encouraging for travelers in search of an Old World fix. A perfect mix of stabilized jet fuel prices and a European economy hungry for... Read More

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Wxyz bar at Aloft hotel

Ian Schrager may have sparked a flame in 1984 with the Morgans hotel in New York City, but the watershed for the boutique hotel genre wasn’t until 1998, when Starwood launched its hip W brand. The boutique model – design-conscious, intimate, unique to its location – took off, and... Read More

By: Ariana Speyer Welcome to the era of the underground supper club, a kind of professional dinner party masterminded by a talented (and often amateur) chef bringing together a group of strangers, usually in a private home. Long common in Hong Kong and Cuba, a few started bubbling to the... Read More

Jim's Journal Paris

No matter how many times I visit Paris, there is always reason to come back – which is a sign of a true world capital. Fall may be the perfect time to visit, too, as the stultifying summer heat is gone, Parisians have returned from their holidays, and the... Read More

By: Elissa Richard Ahhhhhh, que la vie est belle à Paris. You’re sure to be uttering words much like these (ahhhh, isn’t life beautiful in Paris) after visiting this fabled European city that has inspired and mesmerized starry-eyed lovers, writers, artists, dreamers, and schemers for centuries. Inherently designed for romance... Read More

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The Louvre in Paris, one of the world's best art cities
PunchstockA masterpiece in itself, Paris – and its famous Louvre – is among the world’s best cities for art lovers.

Vacations aren’t always about getting some R&R. In fact, visiting a city with a vibrant arts scene can be just as rejuvenating. Our top cities for art lovers are bound to stimulate even the most blasé of world travelers, as they’re home to dozens of world-class institutions with influential... Read More

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iStock InternationalFlowers, birds, and verdant hues define these spring destinations

Balmy weather, pretty flowers, and reasonable prices make spring one of the best times of the year to travel. Our 10 favorite spring destinations will help you make the most of the season, with three destinations picked for their flora at this time of year; four more proposing terrific... Read More