A Cultural Spring Break

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Millennials have earned scorn for their impact on a number of institutions. They’re killing soap, they’re disinterested in The Olympics, and they’re even guilty for declining fabric softener sales. While these accusations may or may not be true, this generation has also been earning plaudits for their love of experiential travel, a trend reflected in their eschewing of the stereotypical hard-drinking Spring Break vacation.

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Proust Travel Questionnaire: Jon Brown, Virgin Limited Edition

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As managing director of Virgin Limited Edition — Sir Richard Branson’s extra special collection of hotels — Jon Brown is well traveled (24 countries so far). That’s not to say there hasn’t been the occasional snag, including one solo sail that resulted in a high-speed capsize, dislocated shoulder and 40-minute float a mile offshore. Herein, he recounts the good, the bad and the ugly of his life on the road.

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Stays Inspired by: 2017 Oscars’ Best Picture Nominees

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Time again to transport ourselves to an array of times and places via the Oscars’ Best Picture category. The settings of this year’s contenders span the globe from Beantown to Down Under. Review the nine nominees and take away some travel inspo.

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The Chef’s 8: Arturo Dalhuisen, The White Room

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In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf wrote “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” In that spirit, we’re picking the brains of those who make the latter happen: chefs. Next in our series is Arturo Dalhuisen of The White Room at NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

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The List: 7 Dreamy Private Plunge Pools

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Once the preserve of cloistered Penthouse Suites and their lucky guests, private plunge pools are becoming ubiquitous in hotels of all shapes and sizes. Despite this increasing presence they still represent the utmost in comfort, providing a decadent perch for relaxation and romance. With some of the world’s best hotels among our roster, we’ve donned our bathing suits to take a deep dive into seven of Kiwi Collection’s dreamiest private plunge pools.

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Allow a Little Hygge Into Your Life

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Each year, staff at the Oxford Dictionary sift through the cultural morass to deliver their shortlist for Word of the Year. 2016’s lineup reflected a tumultuous period globally, with nomenclature like Alt-Right, Brexiteer, and Woke front and center. Somewhat cheerier, the word Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) was also present on the shortlist, and it’s a term that came roaring into fashion in 2016.

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Fashion Week 2017: Where The Locals Shop

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Over the next four weeks, the world’s elite fashion houses occupy New York, London, Paris, and Milan to exhibit their designs for the coming year. For attendees, looking the part is a must, and actress Bo Derek had the right idea when she remarked, “Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” In this week’s blog, we take her words to heart as we look at where the locals shop in each of the Fashion Week destinations, alongside some hotel inspiration.

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10 Questions: Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser, The Sukhothai Bangkok

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In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Thomas Schmitt-Glaeser of The Sukhothai Bangkok.

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Photo Essay: Palm Springs

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After vacating the White House and before vacationing on Necker Island, Barack Obama enjoyed three days in Palm Springs. And who can blame the man formerly known as President for making a desert pit stop—the city is an oasis of arts and leisure. Lazing by the pool is a typical and perfectly acceptable modus operandi, but on a recent weekend getaway I discovered six side activities to complement the sun and chlorine.

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The List: 10 Hotels to Cleanse and Renew

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Whether you’ve steadfastly maintained those resolutions or they’ve been consigned to the scrap heap, 2017 can still be the year to affect positive change. One of the most effective ways to kick start this process is a wellness vacation. Once considered niche, this industry has boomed over the last decade to encompass holistic spas, hiking getaways, weight management programs and even spiritual retreats. We take a look at 10 hotels that help guests cleanse and renew to work toward a new ending.

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