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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Spotlight: Dubai’s Oasis of Luxury in the Desert

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As recently as 1968, Dubai’s meager infrastructure had to accommodate a fleet of just 13 cars. The city’s oil boom had yet to make its mark, and it could generously have been described as a provincial backwater. Its transformation since then is staggering, going from parched outpost to one of the world’s premier cities for leisure, business and shopping. As the glass skyscrapers and man-made islands rose in the desert, so too did a thirst for tourism, birthing some of the world’s most extravagant hotels and experiences. We take a closer look at six properties providing that above-and-beyond guest experience.

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The Chef’s 8: Vincenzo Esposito, Villa Franca

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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 Vincenzo Esposito of Li Galli Restaurant at Villa Franca.

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The List: 7 Hotels For a Slower Pace of Life

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January has arrived with its associated resolutions. Right now, the only trip most of us are considering is a guilt trip directly to the nearest gym. However, a new year also provides an opportunity to reassess and improve one’s quality of life. One such avenue to explore is embarking on a slower pace of life—not unlike the takeaway from children’s story The Tortoise and the Hare. We take a look at seven hotels where a slower pace isn’t just encouraged, it’s impossible to avoid.

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The List: 2016’s Hottest Vacation Destinations

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As 2016 draws to a close, there’s no better time of year for indulging in a little nostalgia. December is known for many things, but its the annual “best of” lists that make the month so enjoyable. It was a year in which some lesser known gems finally received widespread acclaim, while a smattering of old favorites came roaring back into vogue. Herein, 11 of 2016’s hottest vacation destinations, and some of the hotels that helped make them special.

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The List: Holiday Traditions Around the World

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To most, Christmas dinner at KFC doesn’t sound particularly appealing, but it’s a holiday tradition dating back several generations in Japan. In this week’s blog, we’ve clad ourselves in the tackiest of festive sweaters to take a look at fascinating folklore and holiday traditions around the globe, as well as where to stay along the way.

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The List: 7 Ways to Ring in the New Year

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No matter how low the bar is set, having zero expectations for New Year’s Eve is a near-impossible feat. But, good news, science (more like personal trial-and-error) has concluded that the greatest equation for NYE happiness is to get out of town, because going somewhere new is innately exciting. Now, where to go? Easy, herein, seven atypical experiences to celebrate another calendar year.

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