Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat in ST. LUCIA

The Bed: Ladera, St. Lucia We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books… The majestic Pitons mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lord over St. Lucia seemingly protecting it from harm.  Hidden bays with tropical fish, bobbing sailboats and dark, delicious local rum make this lush island a lover's paradise. … [Read more...]

Full Moon Adventures Around the Globe

The following properties celebrate the lunar cycle with unique Full Moon adventures. From moonlit dinners in Thailand, moon bathing in Turks and Caicos or moon light swimming in Dubai, the celestial glowing orb is a wonder to behold in any destination. Paresa Resort- Phuket, Thailand A hideaway-style luxury pool villa and suite resort perched on the cliffs of Kamala, amongst a lush … [Read more...]

AMSTERDAM By Design

In Amsterdam, historic and modern buildings coexist in harmony. Daring additions enhance storied landmarks and modern architecture pops up in surprising ways throughout the city. There’s a spectacular new atrium to accommodate the crowds that flock to see the Rembrandts and Vermeers in the Rijksmuseum, and many of the galleries have been redesigned to enhance the collection of medieval and … [Read more...]

100 Days of Music Around the WORLD

Aloft Hotels’ global music initiative 100 Days of Music was recently launched, in celebration of the brand’s 100th hotel opening early next year. It features 100 emerging artists and bands performing in Aloft hotels across the globe, over the course of 100 days. The kick-off event for 100 Days of Music took place in late September with special performance events by Better Than Ezra at Aloft … [Read more...]

Modern Meets Classic in OAXACA

Situated in the historic Oaxaca City in Mexico, Azul de Oaxaca is the perfect medley of old and new. This contemporary boutique hotel sits inside a beautifully preserved colonial shell and is only blocks away from the city’s downtown cathedral. The hotel is a gallery in its own right, displaying the magnificent art works of its collaborations with renowned Oaxacan artists and sculptors such as … [Read more...]

Beds & Books: A Novel Retreat In ICELAND

The Bed: Hotel Budir, Iceland We have personally laid our heads on these beds, and cozied up with these books... A volcanic wonderland with fluorescent green moss draped over black lava fields surrounded by snowcapped glaciers and ubiquitous waterfalls, the west coast of Iceland is an escape into nature unlike any other. Two hours from Reykjavik, perched on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, the … [Read more...]

Harvest on the Harbor: MAINE’S Mecca for Foodies

Writer David Jenison dishes out the details on one of New England's finest culinary affairs---Harvest on the Harbor in Portland, Maine. Traditional Maine cuisine conjures up images of fresh lobster, clambakes and blueberries, while rumor has it that Amato’s restaurant in Portland may have invented the Italian submarine sandwich. Although these foods are still New England standards, the Pine Tree … [Read more...]

Local Color: Urban Art in OAHU

A new generation of local artists, chefs and designers are expressing their vision of modern Hawaiian culture in exciting ways. In O‘ahu, you get the best of both worlds: a tropical island rooted in a diverse culture and native Hawaiian traditions, contrasted by the pulsating city of Honolulu with contemporary art, world-class restaurants and the urban amenities of big city living. This … [Read more...]

Art and Beyond in BASEL

Kristina Foster discovers what makes Basel such a magnet for art lovers and cultural connoisseurs.  Basel is Switzerland's brainy city of culture and design. Densely packed with art and history, there are almost 40 museums scattered across the timeworn town; the highest number of museums per capita in the world. In addition to quantity, Basel picks up its arty reputation by glamorously … [Read more...]

Go Big: Inspired Adventures in ALASKA

Cynthia Kane explores Alaska's vast, rugged terrain navigating rivers and epic trails in America's Last Frontier “Inspired by greatness” is a phrase I’ve come across all my life. A phrase that when I first heard it -- I was inspired to find the source. Since then, I’ve traveled around the world and seen beautiful sites that have marked me, and I’ve hiked in locations where the views have … [Read more...]