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Hotel companies are expanding the number of brand names, adding to travelers' confusion

NEW YORK – Today's traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. Want to stay at a Hyatt? Take your pick. There's Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and, coming soon, Hyatt Centric.

Vacationers once relied on big-name …

Hotels

How The Internet Created The Superstar Travel Agent

The Internet, experts said, was going to kill travel agents. In the nineties, airline and hotel executives gleefully dreamed of cutting out the middleman, saving on commissions, and creating direct relationships with their customers. Instead they got OTAs (online travel agents), whose dominance has …

Luxury Lifestyle

ICH Hongkong teaches guests to recreate Michelin Star dishes

You will always have to option of experiencing and enjoying fine cuisine at Michelin starred restaurants, but to be able to make those fancy dishes …

It’s Missoni month at One & Only’s Reethi Rah resort in Maldives!

One & Only Resorts have announced a cool new capsule collection created in collaboration with Italian fashion house – Missoni. Consisting of a bikini …

Here are the 10 most anticipated luxury hotel openings in Europe for 2015

The hotel industry has always been a booming one, and after covering the most anticipated luxury hotels opening in Asia, it was about time we covered …

8 Hip Chain Hotels You've (Probably) Never Heard Of -- But Will Love

Chain hotels often get a bad rap. Admittedly, some of them, with uninspired beige decor, industrial carpeting and airline-quality breakfasts, have …

Hotels

The luxury travel industry is now catering to kids - Feb. 26, 2015

Get used to hearing babies crying in First Class or seeing toddlers at the check-in desk at high-end hotels.

From perks like organic baby food and child-sized bathrobes to larger hotel suites and more kid-focused activities, the luxury travel market is catering to much younger travelers.

In the past …

Luxury Lifestyle

The 10 Most Luxurious Island Resorts On The Planet

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While city breaks, cruises and camping trips are all very well, some like to indulge in getaways that are a …

Check Into Miami's Hottest New Hotels

In addition to these spots and others like Hotel Croydon and Circa 39, 2015 promises to be a year of spectacular openings. The two best to watch are Faena’s Deco gem The Saxony and the very green 1 Hotel in the former Gansevoort space. Happy Miami. It’s going to be a hot winter.

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The best restaurant in every state

Good food is everywhere, but some restaurants truly stand out as great.

To find the best restaurant each state has to offer, we sifted through our list of the Best Restaurants in America, The Daily Meal's 101 Best Restaurants in America list, James Beard award nominations, expert reviews, and local …

2015's Most Anticipated Hotel Openings

Nothing sparks the desire to travel like an exciting new place to stay, whether it's a cutting-edge property in a familiar destination or a jaw-dropping resort somewhere you've never been before. This year, travelers have a lot to look forward to all around the world, from Morocco to Indonesia to …

Hotels

Here Are the 7 Best Hotels for Fitness-Obsessed Travelers

Take your workout on the road.

As hotels become more aware of the desire for luxury fitness facilities, many have transformed their gyms into the property's most covetable amenity. From indoor boxing rings to outdoor rock-climbing walls, these recently opened hotels provide equipment and extras that …

Interview: Ritz-Carlton COO on Adapting to Luxury Travelers’ Expectations

Ritz-Carlton COO Herve Humler. The Ritz-Carlton
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The Ritz-Carlton is one of the most iconic luxury brands on the market today, but Humler …

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The Best Places For Afternoon Tea In London

In the run up to the festive season, what could be better than a spot of afternoon tea? Here's our pick of the top eight in the capital.

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England

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Zaha Hadid unveils plans for world's largest airport terminal

China currently boasts the world's largest building, could soon be home to the world's tallest pair of towers, and according to Zaha Hadid Architects …

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10 Best Hotel Restaurants in America

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Some of the best hotel restaurants in America are located in New York City, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles

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10 great reasons for a golf vacation to Ireland

Overshadowed by golf crazy Scotland, Ireland has its own special appeal and has emerged as one of the game's great golf travel destinations. …

Top Hotel Trends to Watch in 2015

Hotels have long been an integral part of travel, whether they're booked for business trips, family vacations or anything in between. In fact, the hotel industry generated $163 billion in revenue in 2013, up nearly 6 percent from 2012, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association's 2014 …

Hotels

‘Pretty Woman’ Hotel Package: Spend $100,000 To Live As Everyone’s Favorite Prostitute For A Day

For the most part you would assume that high-end hotels would want to distance themselves from any so-called ladies of the night. So it might sound a …

Hotels

Luxury cruise features $10,000 per night suite as large as a house

A new cruise ship set to hit the high seas in 2016 will feature a luxury suite that's as large as house and costs as much as five-week vacation in New York City.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled plans for the Seven Seas Explorer, a new ship it’s calling the “most luxurious ever.”

But its …

New York

France Using New Michelin Guide to Remind Tourists It’s a Dining Destination

French chefs Rene, left, and his son Maxime Meilleur, center, who run La Bouitte restaurant in the French Alps, and Yannick Alleno, who runs Le …

France

Cunard revives tradition of grill lounge amenities for suite passengers

To mark the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line's first transatlantic crossing, its luxury ships recently rolled out some extra goodies. The British line is offering daily dining credit, free bottles of wine and other extras for suite passengers.

It's called the Grills Suites Inclusive Package …

The Best California Weekend Road Trips

There is something really harsh about the beginning of a new year. We all need something to look forward to. Are you ready to get out of town? While you may not be able to take time off from work, there's always the weekend. Hop in the car, put on your favorite music playlist and drive to one of …

California

24 Hours in Vancouver

When winter super-storm Juno hit the East Coast, I was in British Columbia with my soon-to-be husband, at Whistler/Blackcomb, where we were experiencing record-high temps and some of the shittiest ski conditions the mountain has ever seen. We'd come for the snow (of which there was none) and when …

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World's Most Romantic Hotels (PHOTOS)

A good hotel, much like a good relationship, has that perfect alchemy of comfort and excitement, intrigue and indulgence. The trick is in finding your match.

Fancy a heart-pounding hike followed by a hot mud bath? California's Calistoga Ranch may be your hotel soul mate. If frozen margaritas in a …

Europe Travel

Fourteen weird and wonderful family hotels

If family holidays are starting to make you yawn then why not put the vroom into your room by booking something more unusual?

The big wide world has dreamed up a range of weird and wonderful overnight experiences for all the family; here are 14 of the best.

1. Bizarre bedrooms in Propeller Island …

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24 Clever Ideas Inside Virgin's New Hotel

It's the little things.

It’s the little things, and anyone who’s flown Virgin America knows it: the calming purple mood lighting, the food and drink orders you can place electronically from your seats, the entertaining safety video, the ticket stubs that are 50% smaller than the obnoxious industry …

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