The venerable game of golf originated on the rugged links of Scotland, but nowadays over 50% of the world’s courses are located in the United States, and there are courses set in diverse locales such as deserts, mountain passes and tropical rainforests. With such a buffet of options, it can be difficult to hone in on the best venue, but we hone in on ten hotels where spectacular golf is central to the guest experience.
In a career that spans almost 60 years, Japanese-Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake has played a pivotal role in shaping the cityscape of his native Sao Paulo, counting more than 300 projects in the city alone. When Ohtake was handed the brief for Hotel Unique he faced one of his career’s greatest challenges: craft a design that will become a landmark.
As crime and austerity swept through the Big Apple in the early 1970s, New York City’s Mayor John Lindsay took to a podium to declare a “War on Graffiti.” During this time, the city’s subway system was creaking at the seams, barely functioning and covered in graffiti tags from the city’s burgeoning street art scene. Over the coming years, New York City Hall spent an estimated $300 million in an attempt to keep subway trains and stations free of graffiti, forcing artists to work under the cover of darkness while creating ever more elaborate works.
Spain draws swathes of sun worshippers, but as the homeland of Pablo Picasso, Antonio Gaudí and flamenco dancing, it’s also a cultural Mecca. The country has the world’s third-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There’s also vibrant, cosmopolitan cities to explore, with Madrid’s matadors and Barcelona’s towering gothic cathedrals. We take a closer look at the destination and our stunning portfolio of hotels therein.
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.
Instead, this week-long rite of passage is undergoing a renaissance, bolstered by the desire for more substantial vacations in more culturally rewarding locales. We’re all for this development, and this week on the blog we’re taking a look at seven destinations for a cultural Spring Break getaway.