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Independence Day Celebrations Across the Globe

As the annual Fourth of July celebrations recede in a haze of firework smoke and backyard BBQs, it left us feeling a little patriotic. The revelry may have become something of an art form in America, but nations around the globe celebrate their independence in a variety of fascinating and often quirky ways. Read on as we take a closer look at some of the larger celebrations, providing a little hotel inspiration along the way.

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Stays Inspired by: #Hiddleswift Love Tour

The romance between Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston has been, well, swift. But they’ve already logged an impressive few thousand miles in their two week courtship. Whether you think it’s some kind of performance art or the real deal, their itinerary is top-notch. Inspired by the twitterpated pair, we retrace their steps and chart a similar course. Hey, even if you go it alone, there’s lots to love.

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A Guide to Summer’s Offbeat Festivals

You’ve probably heard of Coachella, Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, but it’s a big world out there and it contains a wealth of slightly more unconventional festivals. We’re firm believers in trying anything once, and all that’s required to enjoy the events herein is an open mind and a sense of adventure. Oh, and a great place to stay doesn’t hurt either.

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The Chef’s 8: Daniel Quintero, China World Summit Wing

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 Daniel Quintero of Grill 79 at Shangri-La China World Summit Wing.

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The List: 10 Unique Hotel Experiences

It was once the case that hotels would attempt to dazzle with a list of in-room amenities as long as a guest’s arm. However, today’s increasingly savvy traveler expects a little more than lotions and potions underneath the bathroom vanity. This demand is being met in a plethora of ways, but perhaps the most welcome one is the rise of unique experiences that immerse guests in the local environment. Several Kiwi Collection hotels have crafted particularly noteworthy offerings, and we take a closer look at ten.

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Photo Essay: Milling about Milan

She doesn’t draw the tourists like Venice and Rome do, but that’s part of Milan’s charm. Like those sister cities, she offers history—with the gothic Duomo at her heart—but as Italy’s money, fashion and design Mecca, she’s molto moderno.

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10 Questions: Pierre Zreik, The Allison Inn & Spa

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Pierre Zreik, of The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon.

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The Hidden History of Hotels

From rowdy rock stars letting off a little steam to the birth of a secret agent, every hotel has a story to tell. While most of us never give this a second thought when picking somewhere to stay, this history is often fascinating and worth taking a closer look at. We’ve blown the cobwebs off our history books to examine 10 of the most interesting stories behind Kiwi Collection hotels.

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The Chef’s 8: Franz J. Estermann, Vana Belle

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 Franz J. Estermann of Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort in Thailand.

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The List: Copa America 2016 Destination Guide

A veritable galaxy of soccer stars takes to fields across the United States this summer for a unique tournament to find the best team in the Americas. The Copa America is usually contested between South American sides. As 2016 marks the centenary of the competition, a special, one-off tournament will be held that includes the best sides from North, Central and South America. Tournament games will take place across 10 host cities, so we’re taking a look at the venues and cities and sharing a little inspiration on where to stay along the way.

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