10 Questions: Wesley A. Joe, Loden 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 Wesley A. Joe of the Loden Hotel in Vancouver, Canada.

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The List: 8 UNESCO World Heritage Destinations

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In 1978, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was created to identify and preserve culturally and naturally significant sites around the globe. Almost 40 years later, over 1,000 locales have been bestowed World Heritage status, creating the ultimate bucket list for experiential travelers. Herein, we highlight eight exceptional UNESCO sites close to some of Kiwi Collection’s most spectacular hotels.

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Photo Essay: 36 hours in Amsterdam

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Choosing to take a lengthy layover in Amsterdam en route to Kenya is a ‘Dam good idea, I recently discovered. The Venice of the North does more than simply break up the monotony of 20-odd hours on planes and in airports; it winds you down and fills you up. There’s even a Dutch word for the feeling: gezellig. Easy to get around, on foot or by bicycle, the city makes a little time go a long way. Art, sightseeing, genever tasting, Michelin star meals—all in under 36 hours.

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In need of some Vitamin Sea?

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Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinski Institute came to the conclusion that avoiding the sun is actually as bad for you as smoking. According to their report, avid sunbathers enjoyed a significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, with minimal additional risk as long as they kept the sunscreen topped up. This cheerful report got us dreaming of the beach.

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The Itinerary: Robert Wright’s Miami, Part II

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Between his previous gig as director of marketing at Soludos and his new one running his own brand inspired by global wanderings, New Yorker Robert Wright is seriously well traveled. We had the self-professed “escape artist” spill his Miami secrets, and he’s got so much intel, it wouldn’t fit into just one post. Spotlighting Wynwood’s charms, here’s part II.

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The Itinerary: Robert Wright’s Miami, Part I

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Robert Wright’s Instagram bio simply reads “escape artist,” and he’s good at it. His last gig as Soludos’ director of marketing took him ’round the world—India, Morocco, France, Portugal—and now that the New Yorker is running his own global wanderings-inspired brand, he’ll be racking up even more miles. A Miami, Florida regular, he dishes on all his fave places in the city (and there’s so much good stuff, we had to split it into two parts—more to come).

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Where to Go for all the Cherry Blossoms

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Last week, as much of North America shivered under a blanket of snow, thoughts of spring seemed distant and remote. Fortunately, this was likely winter’s last blast and spring will soon make an appearance, bringing with it a pink and white welcome party in select cities.

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Not Your Average All-Inclusive

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With value never going out of fashion, all-inclusive resorts remain eternally popular with savvy travelers. There’s an undeniably comfort in knowing you can kick back, relax, and have everything taken care of with no sticker shock at a trip’s conclusion. With a plethora of options in the all-inclusive sphere, hotels and resorts have upped the ante when it comes to added value. We take a closer look at all-inclusive resorts going the extra mile for guests.

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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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