Golden Temples and Floating Markets in BANGKOK

From majestic palaces, to open-air markets and elephant rides, Bangkok offers a myriad of ways for visitors to experience Thailand’s unique culture. As the capital of Thailand, Bangkok serves as the country’s cultural, spiritual and culinary center. With more than 10 million inhabitants, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the city has to offer. Our suggestion is to sample the best of … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Fast and Fabulous in VANCOUVER

Three Days In British Columbia’s Eco-Friendly Capital of Cool. Savvy travelers already knew about Vancouver’s appeal long before the 2010 Winter Olympics. But since the winter games, the city’s cachet has gone truly global. With something for nature lovers and urbanites alike, the city is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea, surrounded by water and natural beauty but also … [Read more...]

Social Good Travel Site ROOOMR says “Book a room, change a life”

Curated travel booking sites are trending like pop-up restaurants and movie sequels , they’re everywhere. That’s why when we heard about Rooomr, we sat up and took notice. Firstly, most of the current sites come in two flavors: budget or bling-fest. What if you’re way past hostels and sketchy three-stars but you’re not a trust-funder either? By contrast Rooomr has sought out a collection of … [Read more...]

HOTEL BUZZ: Borgo Egnazia in ITALY

  Nestled amid a 250-acre private estate beside the Adriatic, Borgo Egnazia offers visitors the opportunity to experience living in a Puglia village with posh five-star amenities. The architecture is influenced by Puglia's multiple invaders and includes a Moorish style palace with modern interiors and private villas. Comprised of 63 rooms, the village was constructed using only … [Read more...]

RELAIS & CHATEAUX: A Legacy of Extraordinary Hospitality

Stéphane Junca, R&C's Director of Member Services, Asia Pacific, tells us what makes this association of hotels and restaurants so unique and why the next time you plan a trip, you should look them up. Long before Zagat’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Luxe, there was the much coveted Relais & Chateaux Guide, which any sophisticated world traveler worth their salt wouldn’t … [Read more...]

DEAL BUZZ: The Acanto, Playa del Carmen

The new Acanto hotel has a prime location just one block from the beach and a half block from bustling 5th Avenue in the sexy seaside town of Playa del Carmen. Located in the Riviera Maya of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula about 40 miles south of Cancun, "Playa" has managed to retain its small-town charm with pedestrian streets and scenic beachside restaurants despite its growing popularity. The … [Read more...]

BEIJING’S Temple Hotel A Sanctuary For Art, Culture And Cuisine

Mirroring the enigmatic city of Beijing, the Temple Hotel is a heady mix of art gallery, restaurant, hotel and cultural curiosity that can't be quite defined, like the Chinese capital itself. Beijing’s Temple Hotel is not a hotel in the traditional sense. In fact, it's not quite a hotel yet as the Temple is just now preparing to host its first guests. What it does contain behind its … [Read more...]