Author: C.C.

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Let’s Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort – A Splash of Romance Under The Sun

Let’s Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort is a magic destination that defies the idea that the longest journeys are the most rewarding. A two-and-half hour drive from Bangkok in the seaside town of Hua Hin, Let’s Sea is an easy to reach beach resort where every detail has been carefully planned and considered to maximize your leisure and pleasure. This chic eco-resort is nestled on a striking stretch of white sand overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand close enough to Hua Hin town to make a visit practical, but far enough away to remain peaceful.

An African village-meets-Bauhaus architecture sets the tone for the design. The ground-floor lobby and dining areas housed in open pavilions feature wicker and rich wood. Stone floors, polished concrete and colourful soft furnishing set the mood in the lobby lounge. The rooftop spa offers both a breeze and wonderful views. All of the guestrooms spill out onto the 120-meter lagoon pool that stretches through the resort creating unique water world atmosphere. The rooms designed by Architects Gaia and Agaligo are spectacular in their mix of traditional Thai style and modern comfort.

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Each bedroom of the resort is filled with comfort and luxury, giving you a sense of holiday and relaxation.

The 20 Studios have private poolside terraces, while the Moon Deck Duplex Suites offers 68 square meters and easy access to the pool. The bathroom is terrazzo and outfitted with oversized tub and separate rain showers big enough for two and all rooms have a Bose iPod dock so you can chill in the tub to your favorite tunes. One of the biggest reasons to stay at the hotel is its Beach Restaurant. With Thai and international dishes and a well-considered wine list, it’s an ideal place for sunrise or star watching.

Perfection is in the details and Let’s Sea has an enchanting spa, 24-hour in-room dining, breakfast-in-bed room service, an out-door gym, Internet, mood lighting, DVD/VCD players, a large flat-screen TV and a stocked refrigerator with a complimentary Btlll bar credit.

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How To Make Cartagena The Time Of Your Life

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HOTEL BOUTIQUE CASA PESTAGUA – It’s the immense scale that hits you upon entering this high-ceilinged palacio, one of three originally owned by the 18th-century Count of Pestagua. With louvered window shutters, a muted palette, and heat-resistant corolina stone flooring, the 11 rooms are designed for Cartagena’s steamy climate. We love the generous breakfast of tropical fruit, stuffed yuca fritters, and arepas served in the palm-filled courtyard.

CHARLESTON SANTA TERESA CARTAGENA – While most hotels in the old town open onto narrow streets, the Charleston commands uninterrupted views over the 16th-century ramparts to the Caribbean Sea, with an open-air bar that spills out onto a large plaza. A new restaurant run by chef Harry Sasson, owner of Bogota’s Club Colombia and Harry’s Bar, opened in November and has already become a local hot spot.

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The Charleston Santa Teresa Cartagena Hotel is the ultimate destination for anyone who wants to relax in a luxurious, comfortable and beautiful environment.

SOFITEL LEGEND SANTA CLARA – The restored Santa Clara is carved from the shell of a 17th-century convent in the quiet neighborhood of San Diego. You’ll still find a chapel nave and confessional windows, along with an elaborate wrought-iron entrance gate and a crypt inside the perennially packed bar. Upstairs, there’s an easy tropical feel in both the suites of the Colonial wing and the 106 minimalist rooms in the contemporary wing.

CASA SAN AGUSTIN – Hidden among the houses of the old town, the 30-room Casa San Agustin was created by merging three smaller properties. An L-shaped pool passes pleasingly through the cutout wall of a former aqueduct, and rooms are tucked into a maze of alcoves, turrets, and mezzanines. Each is furnished with tables made of Congolese wenge wood and has a bathroom with intricate Mexican tiling. Room to book: 102, with a private plunge pool.

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Living The Life At Trump Hotel Collection

Why stay at a hotel when you can live at a Trump Hotel Collection™ destination? From New York and Toronto to Panama, Miami, and Waikiki, each Trump Hotel Collection destination offers a lifestyle where you can do more, experience more, and live life without boundaries, limits, or compromise.

Choose from nine distinct destinations around the world (with three more slated to open in 2016), each renowned for its location and architecture. No detail has been overlooked and no expense spared in creating a personalized experience that was designed to exceed your expectations. Think oversize residential-like suites; rare vintage wines at award-winning restaurants; and Natura Bisse skin-care products at namesake spas.

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The Trump Hotel Collection luxury rooms are the perfect way of relaxing with an incredible view.

Immerse yourself in an aura of exclusivity at each Trump Hotel Collection destination. The signature Trump Attache service, available to any hotel guest 24 hours a day, offers everything from personal and business assistance to custom-stocked kitchens. More than a concierge or butler, an Attache is the very definition of sophistication without pretension, attention without intrusion, and service without boundaries. For even more exclusive extras, join the TRUMP CARD® privileges program, where everything is handcrafted to your preferences.

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COUPLES RESORTS: ALL-INCLUSIVE CARIBBEAN BLISS

Discover a luxurious Caribbean getaway at Couples Resorts, where the inclusions are practically limitless—from fabulous accommodations and cuisine to exceptional activities and excursions. Here, it’s all included and it’s all inspired by you.

Transform your Caribbean vacation into a romantic escape at one of four boutique all-inclusive Couples Resorts, where world-class amenities blend effortlessly with Jamaica’s idyllic beaches and local charm. Enjoy an exceptional range of inclusions: nightly entertainment; water sports with instruction; enriching classes; off-site excursions; gourmet meals; unlimited golf and tennis. Create your own schedule, and do what you want, when you want. It’s an unforgettable experience that also happens to be a fantastic value—so you can put away your wallet and open your mind to endless possibilities.

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Idyllic beaches, sapphire seas and swashbuckling tales make the Caribbean a warm-weather wonderland.

COUPLES SANS SOUCI – Perched high on the cliffs of Ocho Rios, Couples Sans Souci energizes body, mind, and spirit. Dive into a pristine mineral pool, climb the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls, or unwind in the award-winning spa.

COUPLES TOWER ISLE – Set on 19 beachfront acres with a private island, Couples Tower Isle promises the perfect getaway. Take a dip in one of four swimming pools, indulge in au naturel sunbathing, or tee off at the Upton Golf & Country Club.

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A midcentury island playground for Hollywood’s most famous celebrities, this tropical oasis continues to delight romantics of every age.

COUPLES SWEPT AWAY – Find your ideal hideaway at Couples Swept Away, where every room and suite boasts a private balcony or veranda. Work up a sweat at the 10-acre fitness complex, take a trip to the popular Sunset Bar, or enjoy a shopping tour of the island’s crafts markets.

COUPLES NEGRIL – Designed as a beachfront playground, Couples Negril sits on 18 acres of pure white sand. Go water skiing, paddle boarding, or take a snorkeling tour; play tennis or unlimited golf; and don’t miss the Party Bus to the iconic Margaritaville on Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach.

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Jewel Of DC: The Jefferson

Boutique Beauty – Elegance and history infuse all 95 rooms and suites—vet the hotel’s amenities are 100 percent modern. Complimentary amenities include Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public spaces; bottled water; local and international calls; and garment pressing (one item per guest, per stay). The hotel also features a sizeable collection of antiques and original, signed documents encouraging guests to escape the fast pace of the modern world or connect with it as they choose.

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The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.

Sublime Tastes – On site, savor the creations of DC’s only Forbes five-star restaurant – Plume, with dishes inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s kitchen gardens at Monticello. Plume’s wine list of over 1,300 labels spans more than a dozen nationalities and dates back to a rare 1720 Borges Madeira. Dine fireside here, or enjoy the pleasures of 24-hour in-room dining. The flavors continue with breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea at The Greenhouse, house-made cocktails at Quill, and unique vino therapy treatments at The Petite Spa.

Bellagio – A Las Vegas Icon

Inspired Design – Inspired by the picturesque villages of Europe, AAA Five Diamond Bellagio greets you upon arrival with a sparkling lake in which fountains perform a magnificent ballet to music and lights. Once inside, the lobby impresses with its 18-foot ceiling featuring renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s extraordinary glass masterpiece, Fiori di Como.

In Bellagio’s elegantly appointed accommodations, you can relax amidst sweeping vistas of the Las Vegas skyline, the resort’s lake, or the surrounding mountains. (Book a Penthouse suite to enjoy perks like access to the Chairman’s Lounge featuring private registration and a VIP concierge experience.) In 2011, the resort began a $165 million renovation of all its rooms and suites—a project that will culminate with the unveiling of 403 suites in the Bellagio Tower.

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The spectacular view from Bellagio turns a dinner in Las Vegas into an unforgettable experience.

Diamond Dining – Book a table at AAA Five Diamond Award-winning restaurants Le Cirque and Picasso, or at an eatery overseen by one of four James Beard Awardwinning chefs. New this March is Lago, chef Julian Serrano’s first Italian restaurant. Designed to encourage social dining, Lago will offer small plates and a sophisticated mixology program, all backed by spectacular views of the resort’s lake and fountains.

Luxury on The Strip – Luxury shopping abounds at Bellagio. From Armani and Prada to Hermes, Chanel, and Dior, you’ll find all the top names in fashion along shopping promenade Via Bellagio. Be sure to save time for pampering at Bellagio’s sumptuous spa and salon, viewing the world-class art gallery, and strolling through the lush Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. In the evening, be mesmerized by Cirque du Soleil®’s stunning “O™”, check out the nightlife at The Bank, Hyde Bellagio, and Lily Bar & Lounge, or try your luck at the elegant casino. It’s all part of the singular, iconic experience that is Bellagio.

The NORTHWESTERN YUNNAN ROUTE

CHUXIONG – Located in central Yunnan, Chuxiong is home to the Yi people, who are known for their friendly, yet understated, nature. In Heijing Ancient Town of Lufeng County, customs that have been preserved for centuries are still practised yet, downtown, you’ll find the burgeoning hotspot of Yi. The region bursts into colour in springtime when its vibrant pomegranate flowers are in season.

DALI – Spend the day climbing mountains or explore the magical valleys in the spot where Yunnan civilisation first began. Drive around Lake Erhai and visit towns like Xizhou along the way, while in Wase and Haidong you can meet the Bai people and experience their culture.

LIJIANG – During the Naxi Kingdom, Lijiang was a prosperous royal city with horse-mounted merchants riding along its stone paths. Today, peek into its grand history by walking through its deep vales and seeing women in traditional Naxi dress, then get a bird’s-eye view of the ancient town by journeying up Shizi Mountain.

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The Lijiang bridge offers a fairytale-like view towards the mountain, as well as the water.

DIQING – In Diqing you’ll find Niru, known as the ‘last secret area of Shangri-La’, and ideal for hiking, camping and stargazing. Travel onwards to Yubeng village in the west and visit the beautiful peak of Kawabego; then, in Cizhong, sip a cup of wine brewed with the rose honey grapes exclusive to the region, while relaxing in a hot spring.

NUJIANG RIVER – Standing at an altitude that tops 3,000m, here you’ll see three great rivers intersecting and sketching out the borders of magnificent gorges. Spend a day or two hiking this area to uncover more of its natural wonders. Beyond this, the Bingchacha hiking route in the Nujiang River’s Grand Canyon will take you all the way to the edge of Tibet.

The southeast is known as the garden of the Yunnan people, a fertile and vibrant area. The Kunming-Hanoi Railway leads directly to the borders, taking you onward to your next destination

YUXI – Once known for its production of tobacco leaves, Yuxi remains of significance in the Chinese Republic as the birthplace of Nie Er, composer of the national anthem. Visit the monument dedicated to him in town before travelling into the countryside to see Fuxian Lake and the Yudai River. Villagers here love to have some Tonghai bean powder candy as a treat, so sample this sweet while you’re in the area.

HONGHE – The Hani people have cultivated the terraced fields of this land for generations and its scenery is extremely popular with photographers looking to capture the essence of the province. Visit the Yuanyang Rice Terraces from November to April to see their earthy-red autumnal glory, or watch them transform into vivid green fields over summer. Local landmarks include the imposing Jianshui and Qufu Confucian temples, focal points of the town’s heritage that play a central role in its relatively tolerant and easygoing culture.

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The hills of Honghe are perfectly arranged by workers, creating the illusion of hundreds of stairs.

WENSHAN – Wenshan is colloquially called the Valley of Eternal Spring, known to travellers for its sweeping countryside views that are exemplified by the mountains and rivers of Puzhehei. Go boating on the waters to see lotus flowers close up, or venture to the mountains and explore the limestone caves carved into their rock faces. Locals cook with vegetables they have grown themselves and fish that have been caught from the vast lakes, so you can be assured the dish of the day is always fresh.

VIETNAM – Opened at the end of 2014, the new Kunming-Hanoi railway route can take you to Hekou on the China-Vietnam border within six hours. Passing over a bridge, you’ll be able to see for yourself the difference between Yunnan and its longstanding neighbour, Vietnam.

Rustic charm, native bird species and stunning views abound on this route, which can be covered swiftly thanks to the Chongqing-Kunming Highway.

QUJING – The seemingly endless fields of rapeseed flowers provide Luoping County with a captivating golden colour. Drive to Baiwu Village in Nagu Town to stroll among ancient buildings, then herd sheep and camp on the grassy hill of Dahai. In winter on Nian Lake, you can quietly observe graceful black-necked cranes in their natural habitat.

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Quijing offers tourists a beautiful view from above between the trees.

ZHAOTONG – Connecting northwestern Yunnan with Sichuan, this area offers exquisite views in all seasons. Jigong Mountain will appeal to adventurers, while in Dashanbao you’ll observe massed flocks of birds flying overhead in migration season.

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8 Reasons Why You Will Love Yunnan

1.WHATEVER TIME OF YEAR YOU GO, THE WEATHER WILL BE GREAT – As you’d expect from a geographic gateway leading into South and Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province benefits from a pleasant climate all year round. Even in winter, it averages 20°C. A typical altitude of 2,000m shields it from the climatic influences of the Pacific and Indian oceans, and the further south you journey the more you’ll be able to enjoy the reliable sunshine that enables an abundance of flora and fauna to thrive.

2. YUNNAN HAS AN EXCEPTIONAL HISTORY FOR YOU TO UNCOVER – For millennia, Yunnan has played an important part in the development of Chinese culture. In 279 BC, as the Western world was preparing for the rise of the Roman Empire, Yunnan’s oldest recorded civilisation – the Dian Kingdom – was established beside the grand Dianchi Lake. The sophistication of the tribes there meant that during the era of the Dali Kingdom, founded in 937 AD, the province was able to establish diplomatic relations with the Song Dynasty. It was also a significant stop-off point on the Silk Road – the ancient trading route that spanned from China to the Mediterranean.

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3. THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE LANDSCAPES IS UNSURPASSED – Mountains account for 94% of Yunnan’s surface, making it one of the most visually arresting provinces in China. The scenery is split by the grandeur of the Lancang River, which flows continuously through Yunnan on its journey to the South China Sea. Crystal-clear lakes also provide a contrast to craggy views, with expanses of water such as Erhai, Lugu and Fuxian lakes offsetting the untamed landscape. There’s no shortage of vistas for keen photographers to capture.

4. IT’S THE PROVINCE WITH THE MOST BIODIVERSITY IN CHINA – With a terrain that ranges from 76 to 6,740m above sea level, Yunnan is able support a wide range of plants and animals. Alpine meadows and pine trees give way to palm-fringed pastures and large root trees, while snow-capped mountain peaks lead all the way down to the troughs of hot and humid valleys. You’ll also spot an array of wildlife including the elegant black-necked crane, the full-lipped Yunnan golden monkey, the majestic Asian elephant and the showy peacock. During migration season, the sky is filled with further exotic birdlife.

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Hotel Éclat Beijing: The Chinese Art Of Luxury

WHAT IS ITS AESTHETIC APPEAL? The tagline says it all – “Art of Luxury, Luxury of Art”. Hotel Eclat Beijing is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside, its gleaming glass pyramid exterior housing an astounding collection of contemporary art, including works by Salvador Dali, Pierre Matter, and Andy Warhol, as well as more prominent local artists such as Zeng Fangzhi, Zhang Guolang, Chen Wen Ling, Gao Xiao Wu, Zou Liang and more. Painfully hip and fashionably chic with its modular-style furniture and futuristic lighting installations, the hotel’s 100 rooms are generously spacious, with many of them boasting private pools.

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BEYOND ITS BEAUTIFUL WALLS? The hotel is located within the landmark Parkview Green, a massive development in the heart of Beijing’s CBD that offers a plethora of shopping, dining, and entertainment options that will occupy you for hours. Famed local landmarks such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Temple of Heaven Park are within a 30-minute radius.

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M Social Singapore: Contemporary Design And Luxury Everywhere

WHAT IS ITS AESTHETIC APPEAL? For M Social Singapore, the element of design is not only embodied in its use of opulent materials and contemporary style – it forms the very core of the hotel’s concept and ideology. A new kid on the block that only opened its doors in May 2016, this loft-style accommodation was designed by Philippe Starck, and debuts the concept of “democratic design”. Emphasis is placed on communal spaces that are “snuggish” and relaxed to coax guests out of their rooms and into common areas to encourage mingling, an attempt to bring the delights of in-person socialisation back into an increasingly digital, isolated world. In terms of custom design, look out for the two massive bronze peanut sculptures at the entrance, and generous chandeliers spilling over colourful psychedelic tiles.

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BEYOND ITS BEAUTIFUL WALLS? They say Singapore is a city that never stops eating, and Robertson Quay is a hotbed of bustling brunch spots and breezy riverside watering holes. Check out local favourite Toby’s Estate for brunch, slake your thirst for coffee at Common Man Coffee Roasters (which serves a killer Ethiopian drip), grab a casual charcoal-smoked izakaya experience at Shunjuu, or indulge your inner carnivore at Argentinean restaurant Bochinche (a regular star is the 300g ribeye steak with chimichurri).