Category: Luxury


The Top Five San Francisco Bay Area Hotels for Super Bowl 50 [SLIDESHOW]

Rebekah Bell
On February 7 the NFL’s two best teams will clash at Super Bowl 50 in Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., to vie for the world champions title. And while most of the country will be gathered around their TVs, a lucky few will travel to the San Francisco Bay Area to experience the much-anticipated event up close and personal. To ensure time spent outside the stadium is as memorable as the game itself, has rounded up five of the best San Francisco hotels for those who want to take a…


This Is Central America’s Most Exciting and Authentic New Luxury Resort

Alberto Esquivel had intended to build a family home in the foothills of Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains, a modest country abode where his children could ride Andalusian horses among grazing cattle. Five years after breaking ground, the Costa Rican native has instead created Hacienda AltaGracia, Central America’s most exciting and authentic new luxury resort. Opened last June—and operated since July by Auberge Resorts—the 860-acre property offers a true taste of Costa Rica with morning hikes to see sloths and…


Mandarin Oriental Opens Its First Hotel in Africa and the Results Are Stunning

Tadelakt plaster walls, handwoven rugs, and zellige mosaics are nothing new in the Red City. But at the Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, which opened in October, such traditional touches form only part of the picture. Infused with Mandarin Oriental’s high-gloss style in a sleek black-and-white palette, the hotel’s 63 suites and villas strike an intricate balance between historic Morocco and modern-day minimalism. The harmonious blend extends to the kitchen, where the Moroccan chef Meryem Cherkaoui (formerly of Pa…


Damien Hirst, Baz Luhrmann, and Others Helped Build This New Posh Miami Hotel

The new Faena Hotel Miami Beach is an extravagance even by South Florida standards. Opened in November, just in time to welcome the stylish Art Basel crowds, the posh property overlooking Miami Beach is the most recent addition to the Faena District development taking shape along six blocks of Collins Avenue. As part of this ambitious undertaking, the Argentine developer Alan Faena has transformed the 1940s-era Saxony Hotel with the help of a who’s who of the art world, from Damien Hirst (whose sculpture Golde…


Mozambique’s andBeyond Benguerra Island Is a Paradisiacal Island Retreat

Stepping out of the helicopter that brings you to andBeyond Benguerra Island, you trade one whirling bird for a cast of thousands. The resort, which reopened in June after a multimillion-dollar renovation by the safari company andBeyond, occupies a sandy beach on Mozambique’s Benguerra Island, where the more than 140 avian species range from kingfishers to flamingos. Each morning, the feathered locals provide a melodic soundtrack for the property’s 13 thatched cabanas and casinhas, which feature swinging daybe…


Billionaire Larry Ellison Is Finalizing What May Be the Perfect Hawaiian Getaway

Since acquiring Lanai from his fellow mogul David Murdock in 2012, Larry Ellison has tinkered constantly with the Hawaiian island’s only beach resort. He redesigned its lobby three times in three years, opened a Nobu restaurant on the property—only to renovate and reopen it a few months later—and shut down an entire wing of the resort to re-create it to his contemporary-Hawaiian tastes. Eventually, last June, Ellison shuttered the Four Seasons Resort Lanai to finalize its multimillion-dollar transformation, ov…


Make a Quick Ski Getaway to the Snow-Capped Mountains of Vermont

Nestled in the snow-capped mountains of Stowe, Vt., Topnotch Resort is a popular ski-in, ski-out lodge with posh guest rooms, two restaurants, and a 35,000-square-foot spa. The idyllic winter retreat has partnered with private air-charter company Tradewind Aviation to create the Sky Is Not the Limit.

The vacation package includes round-trip charter flights from Westchester County Airport in New York to Morrisville–Stowe State Airport in Vermont, round-trip airport transfers, and overnight accommodations…


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at New York City’s Best Hotel Parties [SLIDESHOW]

Rebekah Bell
Within a matter of days, people from around the globe will come together to bid adieu to 2015 and welcome 2016. And while there are a wealth of ways to celebrate, New York City has long been recognized as home to some of the most magical New Year’s Eve parties on the planet. From posh rooftop parties to sophisticated sit-down dinners, we have rounded up 10 of the best ways to ring in the New Year in the Big Apple.


Sneak Peek: Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, Morocco

Here’s looking at you, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca.

Why Go: When in North Africa, Casablanca—Morocco’s largest city—is a convenient point of transfer. In addition to being Morocco’s chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent, its Mohammed V International Airport accommodates far more direct international flights than Marrakech—a 2.5-hour drive south. Marrakech remains the mecca for vacationers, however, with sprawling luxury resorts and a splendid medina, and the busy busines…