Situated just outside of Modena, in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, is the luxurious Casa Maria Luigia, a stunning country inn surrounded by picturesque gardens, lovely fountains and art sculptures. But what makes this bed and breakfast so special isn’t just the gorgeous countryside and the artsy, posh ambiance.
The newly refurbished Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki exudes a cool, casual vibe. Open, airy and light-filled, the lobby of this recently renovated property welcomes guests with a fresh ambience enhanced with ocean breezes and bright Hawaiian artwork.
If you are lucky enough to visit Barcelona, Spain, during a city-wide festival, staying at a luxury hotel overlooking the Catalan capitol’s main square, Placa de Catalunya, is certainly an unparalleled spot for viewing (and easily accessing) the celebrations.
Situated in the picturesque Austin, Texas, hill country and adjacent to the Balconies Canyonlands nature preserve, Lake Austin Spa Resort is a rustically elegant destination with 40 luxuriously designed guest rooms overlooking the scenic landscape. With private porches and waterfront views, all rooms are mere steps away from the 25,000-square-foot LakeHouse Spa, which offers more than 100 diverse services and treatments that combine traditional and modern techniques.
Most travelers will agree that there’s no better antidote to winter chill than an escape to a sun-soaked Caribbean island. Not surprisingly, I was overjoyed to be flying to Grand Cayman in last month, and even more ecstatic to be staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Unless you’ve been to Hawaii, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of poi. One of the Aloha State’s most traditional ingredients, poi has always been much loved by Hawaiians, but it wasn’t until recently that it’s started to make appearances in innovative dishes at restaurants across Hawaii, from fine dining restaurants to casual cafés and even bakeries.
When entering the breezy, open-air lobby of the new Holiday Inn Express Waikiki, clients can’t help but feel enveloped by the proverbial aloha spirit. With a waterfall, a koi pond, plenty of light and comfortable seating, the laid-back lobby emits a relaxed vibe, and modern decor invites travelers to soak in the casually understated Hawaiian ambiance. Ideal for those seeking a centrally located, budget-friendly option, Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is an easy three-block walk from iconic Waikiki Beach and steps away from major shops, bars and restaurants.
With a signature architectural style, classic mid-century modern hotels emerged throughout the U.S. from the 1940s through the 1960s. This design movement was characterized by minimalist structures and clean lines, accented by simple décor in vibrant colors. Instantly recognizable, mid-century hotels are popular both with nostalgic travelers and with millennials who admire the timeless modern design and the casual ambiance it embodies.