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9 Most Luxurious Hotel Amenities Ever

Even in the world of luxury travel, some hotels offer pretty average amenities. But then there are others with extravagant extras that amp up the wow factor till it's totally over-the-top (and if you know us at Oyster, you know we love a little over-the-top-ness). So here we've rounded up nine of …


8 Super Romantic Spas in Europe

A spa day is a relatively romantic endeavor on its own, but move that spa day to Europe and it's nearly guaranteed to spark some l'amour. Our expert hotel investigators have been busily traveling through Europe visiting tons of hotels, and along the way they've found a handful with some pretty epic …

Luxury Lifestyle

EccentriCities: Horchaterias, the Holy Grail and Hemingway in Valencia

If good things really do come in threes, then Valencia -- Spain's third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona -- perfectly completes the trifecta. Nestled comfortably on the Mediterranean western coast, Valencia is the perfect mix of classic and contemporary that has come to define some of …


Starbucks’s Disneyland Store Is Surprisingly Classy

Starbucks and Disney have partnered to bring the Seattle coffee chain onto Disney’s worldwide properties. Sorry kids, no teacup rides here.<p>For its new Disneyland outpost, Starbucks had every opportunity to trot out gimmicks. Just imagine: a store façade made to look like a castle, teacups instead …


National Geographic Travel

Four ways to explore Chefchaouen, Morocco's blue city

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. As well as its distinctive palette of blue and white buildings, a striking contrast with the arid setting, this popular town has plenty to offer. Embark on strenuous hillside hikes or idle strolls, bathe in mountain streams, …


2014 Travel Awards: Best New Hotel

Winner: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland<p>This 35,000-square-foot, year-old inn looks like a wooden space cruiser, with sleek rows of windows cantilevered above 420-million-year-old rock. The 29 modern suites were built with the goal of keeping the region’s economy alive (most of the wares inside are …

Best in Show: Spring 2014

See the ten chicest moments from outside the catwalks<p>See the ten chicest moments captured by Diego Zuko outside the catwalks