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Utah luxury: 7 high-end travel experiences you won’t believe!

February 13, 2015 1. Hiding out at Amangiri in Canyon Point Like a water-filled uber-minimalist mirage, Amangiri blends right in with itsdesert surroundings near the Arizona-Utah border. Hidden among ancient mesas and rock formations, the 600-acre property is so secluded and so focused on relaxation that you don’t have much of a choice but to sit back and allow yourself to slip into a state of near-constant meditation. Each room at Amangiri has its own private courtyard entry, furnishings that elicit overuse of the word “zen,” and massive glass doors that open onto an outdoor living space with resting mattresses, a fireplace, and a human-free view of the surrounding wilderness. The grounds have several marked trails for hiking, plus a few naturalists and archaeology/geology experts on hand to help you understand what you’re looking at as you go. Multiple guided via ferrata routes access summit views that aren’t available to hikers, as long as you’re willing to strap on a harness and clip and navigate a series of fixed cables, rungs, and pegs sticking straight …

From Resident to Tourist: Negril DREAM WEEKEND 2015 DESTINATION!!!!

  Wah Gwan vacationers galore! Coming from a Caribbean upbringing with strong West Indian traditions I have always traveled back and forth to my parents home in Jamaica and our home in the U.S. However, people always ask me how amazing it must be and how it must be a never ending vacation when I go to the island but it’s the exact opposite!!! Not in the way that I dislike Jamaica or that it’s this struggling third World Country that select news and media play it out to be but more of how it’s this beautiful haven away from your troubles that resort commercials and the travel network boast it up to be. I’ve NEVER had that experience. Before I knew better I thought that maybe I had been ungrateful or looking at it in the wrong way but as I grew older and wiser I realized that it’s because I always go as a resident. I was young, naïve, and could only enjoy what children do. My parents made trips to Jamaica feel as a home away …

Conde Nast Traveler Names 15 Best Florida Hotels

January 30, 2014 I don’t know about you but, after reading through the list, I am eager to visit a couple of these properties! Especially the hand-crafted cocktail rooftop bar!! ~Hospitality Shero Of the 15 best hotels in Florida named by the 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, Central Florida and South Florida hotels take the cake. Heading up the list is The Pearl in Rosemary Beach, a staff favorite here at Florida Travel + Life, and just along the scenic highway 30A, which runs from Destin to Panama City Beach, full of top-notch eateries, great golf, and kitschy antiqueing. Next, The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, just outside Orlando. The Alfond was recently the site of the James Beard Award nominees’ showcase dinner, and just walking distance from picturesque Park Avenue. It’s owned by Rollins College, located across the street, and is designed in the same Spanish style adobe and tile architecture of the college. A gorgeous modern art gallery can be found inside. Third, the Epicurean in Tampa — a fully food-themed …

Travelers Beware—These Airports Have the Most Laptop Thefts

November 21, 2014 If you’re flying through Atlanta, you might want to keep both hands on your laptop. According to data gathered by Code 42, a backup/data management company, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson has the highest frequency of laptop thefts in the U.S. Miami International airport came in 2nd, followed by Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. This is bad news for the millions of Americans who travel with their laptops. Seriously, how are you supposed to get through a long layover if you can’t watch “Frozen?” And it looks like a stolen laptop stays gone. Code 42 concluded that 97% of stolen laptops will never be found. How depressing. Keep your laptop close to you while flying this holiday season. (Thinkstock) The study also found that a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. That translates to 1,600 stolen laptops a day and countless stolen data. In fact, the average consumer stands to lose $342 on replenishing multimedia purchases alone if their laptop is stolen. So, what do you do? First, and this goes without saying, don’t leave your laptop …

And the World’s 50 Best Bars Are…

November 14, 2014 Boy oh boy, do we have a TREAT for you bar lovers! For starters, check out the ones that made the top 20 below:   Sure, it’s a great feeling when you randomly stumble on a fantastic new bar while you’re out exploring a city. But when you’re there for only a few days, you sometimes want a guarantee that you’re going to be getting a well-made drink in a venue with character and style. That’s where this 2014 list of the world’s 50 best bars comes in. Announced by Drinks International magazine during a recent ceremony in London, the list is based on the votes of more than 330 international industry experts. The 2014 winners include bars from 27 cities in 14 countries, with 14 new entries. “Overall, Europe appears to be the international epicenter for good drinking as it led the regions’ ranking with 21 of its bars included within the 50 best list,” says Drinks International in a release. For the third year in a row, London’s Artesian has …

18 Unique Hotels From Around the World

November 6, 2014 Wow. We thought the post on the coolest hotels in each state (see here) was amazing, but boy, oh boy! You are in for a TREAT! Some travelers think that the place where you lay your head on the road is just that – a place to sleep, or change clothes. But there are some trips where the accommodations are the main attraction. To the more daring traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous globetrotter, here are 18 unique hotels from around the world. Check these hotels out and be prepared to be blown away: 1. Hotel Ještěd, Czech Republic link Czech architect Karel Hubáček is responsible for the retro-futuristic tower rising over 300 ft (91m) above majestic Ještěd mountain. The building itself has a futuristic flare (or at least “the future” according to the 60s) both inside and out. link The tower was designed to naturally extend the silhouette of the mountain it tops, but isn’t merely …

Hotels for Food Lovers

October 24, 2014 With artisanal picnic baskets, foraging tours and lobby vending machines that sell Pinot Noir (not Pringles), the best hotels have upped their food game. Here, Food & Wine names fabulous hotels for food lovers. Check out the lineup by clicking on each picture to read a brief highlight: So, are these hotels worthy of the list? Would you stay at any of these hotels simply to sample the foods? Know of any others that would have been a good candidate for the list? Let us know! We don’t know about you, but reading through the list sure made us hungry! Until next time… ~Hospitality Shero