Stays Inspired by: #Hiddleswift Love Tour

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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

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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

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

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The List: 10 Unique Hotel Experiences

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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

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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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The List: The Golden Bear’s Golf Courses

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For decades, Jack Nicklaus ruled the roost on the PGA Tour, amassing an unrivalled collection of 18 major championships. In retirement, “The Golden Bear” has perhaps been even more prolific, parlaying his on-course career into a lucrative sideline as the world’s eminent golf course designer.

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10 Questions: Pierre Zreik, The Allison Inn & Spa

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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 Pierre Zreik, of The Allison Inn & Spa in Oregon.

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The List: 10 Hotels with Amazing Kids’ Clubs

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Anyone who’s traveled with children can attest: if the kids aren’t having fun, no one’s having fun. Also, securing a little parental quiet time on a family vacation is often the difference between coming home rested, and coming home in need of another getaway. Kids’ clubs achieve both aims. Luckily, these clubs are now ubiquitous, so finding a suitably impressive one is easier than ever. Read on as we take a look at some of the more spectacular options out there.

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Father’s Day Getaways Inspired by Iconic Film Characters

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Lots of dads make sacrifices to give their kids the best life possible. A large number opted not to be CIA assassins or treasure hunters, because it would take them away from home too much and stress out their spouse. To thank them for not living the wild lives of the movie characters they love—Jason Bourne and Indiana Jones, for example—take them on an great escape befitting their idol. Herein, five famous ones to spark a dad-bonding sojourn.

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Spotlight: Turkey delights

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It’s easy to fall into the lazy cliché of Turkey as a place where “East meets West,” but to do so would be a great disservice to the enchanting country. A far more apt analogy is of Turkey as the world’s first great melting pot, where mosques co-exist with churches, and Roman monuments are as common as crumbling Hittite ruins.

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