Spring into Italy

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At Kiwi Collection, Italy perennially places near the top of our most popular destination list. It doesn’t take an anthropologist to unpack the reasons, as it’s hard to beat the blend of culture, climate and cuisine that permeates its every corner.

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Photo Essay: Park City

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A spotlight shines on Park City, Utah every January when celebs and film execs clog its quaint streets for the Sundance Film Festival, but the ski town doesn’t need star power to entice visitors. Just 45-minutes from the Salt Lake, it’s one easiest ski destinations to reach from an international airport. That leaves more time for skiing, obviously, but also all the other good stuff, such as whisky tasting, boot shopping and hot tubing. Herein, I recount my winter weekend itinerary.

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10 Questions: Valeriya Savchuk, Grand Pigalle Hotel

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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 Valeriya Savchuk of Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris, France.

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Hotels that Feel like Home Away From Home

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Gathering 800,000 properties in 33,000 cities across 192 countries, Airbnb’s growth has been staggering—add to that a recent valuation of $16 billion US dollars. This meteoric rise has sent ripples through the hospitality industry, and hotels are scrambling for a method to combat the noisy newcomer.

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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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