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With expanses of blue ocean everywhere, you wouldn’t think that Hawaii would need man-made swimming lagoons. But the ones at Ko Olina, on Oahu’s southwest coast, achieve something improbable on this naturally picture-perfect island: they’re beautiful.
We’re kicking off this week with a little daydreaming: When money is no object, the airport experience can actually be pretty sweet. Every large carrier offers rather luxurious perks to top-tier passengers, ranging from private check-in to car service to your plane on the tarmac, most often found at the airline’s hub or home airports. Here, seven of the ultimate airport VIP experiences to add to your bucket list of dream travel experiences.
Doha, a burgeoning Middle Eastern city with a glittering skyline, barely existed 30 years ago. Today, with oil money fueling the eye-popping expansion in Qatar and in the entire Gulf region, this destination is inching its way onto more and more American travelers’ bucket lists. Whether you’re there for a conference or a sporting event, or you’re stopping by on your way to Asia or even Africa, the venerable Four Seasons makes for a comfortable — to say the least — homebase. And it’s not as expensive as you might think.
Glamorous camping — or glamping — may have started out as a niche for extremely wealthy travelers or hardcore adventurists. But ever since safaris became all the rage a few years back, this mode of luxury tenting has been broadening and becoming a stronger force than ever. Most recently, we’re noticing a daredevil streak in the world of glamping, too. Here’s a look at the phenomenon on the rise, including who’s doing it, why they’re doing it, and the latest trends.
The principality of Monaco gets quite a rep for flashy cars and luxe landmarks like the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the backdrop for many Bond films. But the three-mile-long country (which ranks second-smallest in the world after Vatican City) is more affordable than events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix make it out to be. In less than an hour, you can walk from one side to the next discovering some of the more tucked-away treasures the country has to offer — and spend no more than you would on a trip to the Caribbean. Here’s how to make your dollar go the extra mile in Monaco, with or without the American dollar’s current strength against the Euro.
Big Cedar Lodge is situated in the Ozark Mountains — Ridgedale, Missouri, to be precise. The area is a nature lover’s paradise, replete with swaths of dense forest, overlooking 43,000-acres of Table Rock Lake’s blue-green waters. It’s is billed as “a wilderness resort,” founded by Johnny Morris, the owner of Bass Pro Shops. It makes perfect sense that this would be a haven for the outdoor aficionados. We checked in at Big Cedar Lodge, and here’s what we loved most. Read more
Traveling to JFK can take less time than waiting in line for your morning cup of coffee. Seriously.
Polo is considered the sport of kings, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t indulge in this spectacle steeped in tradition at everyday prices. One of the oldest team sports in history — and one of the most dangerous in the world — polo combines the skillful mastery of eight horses galloping down the field at 30 miles per hour, along with an excuse to drink copious amounts of champagne and wear frilly hats.
When your energy has been depleted by stress, seek out a healthy way to decompress in the comfort of a destination spa resort. Spa treatments, fitness classes, and health coaching can revive your spirits and reclaim your energy — and many of these activities are included in the cost. So power down your cell phone and power up on a retreat that will help you reconnect with your well-being.
Finding a luxury hotel in New Delhi isn’t difficult. The city is peppered with old heritage properties that are outfitted with the finest of amenities. But finding a trendy, modern boutique hotel can be a challenge. Enter The Lodhi: New Delhi’s five-star stunner located on the edge of Lutyen’s Delhi, offering the chicest of accommodations at very reasonable prices. The best part? The hotel features a handsome cigar lounge, a myriad of restaurants, and each room boasts magnificent balconies and a private plunge pool. Here, a peek into this premier property.
You might think that it would cost a fortune to stay in the former studio of a famous artist. As it turns out, you can do just that for about $183 per night.
Tired of the same old Caribbean resorts, however lovely? Let a newly opened property in St. Kitts inspire you. In a unique twist, Kittitian Hill has just unveiled its working organic Belle Mont Farm accommodations, in the first chapter of its luxury sustainable development. The property encompasses a collection of 84 one-bedroom guesthouses and seven four-bedroom farmhouses, all set on an organic farm.
Yes, lodging in Istanbul is incredibly inexpensive in the winter, with plenty of hotels offering rates under $100. But if you’re willing to make a small splurge in low season, you’ll enjoy luxury that’s leaps ahead of what your dollars will get you elsewhere.
The Midwest’s newest luxury hotel is now open: The Edgewater, in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, along Lake Mendota and a few blocks to hip State Street (lined with shops selling eclectic holiday gifts), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Fresh off a $100 million renovation, practically everything at the hotel is brand-new, including a destination spa, four restaurants, and an ice rink.
Tourists shouldn’t discount staying in the Financial District when visiting New York City. In fact, we’d encourage it. There are plenty of sites to see, loads of accessible public transportation options, and you’ll never fight with the crowds. For those who appreciate stunning design and top-notch service, Gild Hall, A Thompson Hotel that’s nestled along the colonial-era streets of Lower Manhattan, is a spot-on choice.
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