Featured Destination: Florence, Italy

Featured Destination: Florence, Italy

Florence is home to masterpieces like Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia and many Botticellis at the Uffizi. Revel in views of its Romanesque, Renaissance, and Gothic buildings atop the Duomo and at Boboli Gardens or Piazzale Michelangelo, where you can savor the sunset with Prosecco in hand. For Florentine souvenirs, peruse the boutiques lining the Ponte Vecchio and the shops of Oltrarno...

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Featured Destination: Brussels, Belgium

Featured Destination: Brussels, Belgium

From Brussels’ magnificent Grand Palace to the Flemish art showcased at the Groeninge Museum, architectural and visual masterpieces are splashed across the country.  With tasty ales running freely from nearly 200 breweries and 21 Michelin-starred restaurants boasting the region’s finest dining, Belgium is also at the heart of the beer and culinary world. The country is idyllic for river cruising, with its beautiful port city of Antwerp, as well as the charming canals and picturesque Medieval architecture of Bruges and Ghent...

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Featured Destination: Santa Barbara, California

Featured Destination: Santa Barbara, California

Boutique wineries, coastal sailing trips, polo matches: there’s a vast array of things to do in Santa Barbara. Catch your favorite band just moments away from Belmond El Encanto at Santa Barbara Bowl, a famed outdoor amphitheater offering a superb line-up of spring, summer and fall concerts for music lovers. Spend the afternoon exploring Santa Barbara’s Urban Wine Trail via a series of nearby tasting rooms, or journey to Santa Ynez Valley, just a 30-minute drive away, where you will find 270 wineries producing regional favorites...

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Featured Destination: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Featured Destination: San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Spend the morning hiking Mombacho Crater with its neat biodiversity and exquisite views, then head to Granada, the oldest city in Nicaragua, rich in history and culture. Explore the stunning landscape of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, and Ometepe Island, a surprising oasis surrounded by lush forest, formed by two volcanoes that emerged from the waters of Lake Nicaragua...

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Featured Destination: Paradise Island, Bahamas

Featured Destination: Paradise Island, Bahamas

If a world-renowned family vacation destination consisting of five miles of beautiful beaches, a world-class marine habitat, championship golf and celebrity chef dining sounds like your kind of vacation, The Cove Atlantis will provide all of this while simultaneously creating the feeling of being cast away on a private, oceanfront sanctuary...

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Featured Destination: Bali

Featured Destination: Bali

Fringed by many coral reefs, the white beaches are an idyllic setting for snorkeling, kayaking and sailing. Golfers will find paradise here, playing at one of Asia’s best courses. When the day is coming to a close, watch the breathtaking sunset from Uluwatu, an 11th century sea temple perched on a limestone outcrop. A tropical retreat like no other awaits you in Bali, with opportunities for insight, discovery and relaxation...

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Featured Destination: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Featured Destination: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Located a couple of hours from Venice, Cortina d'Ampezzo is surrounded by the Dolomites in the southern part of the Alps, a destination so beautiful that it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A place for the jet-set and aristocrats, the area’s seasonal activities attract skiers, golfers, families, gourmets, and shoppers. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a true paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, offering skiers some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and exciting terrain... 

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Featured Destination: Marrakech

Featured Destination: Marrakech

With the Atlas Mountains as a backdrop and a series of serene ponds as a centerpiece, Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech lies nestled in an abundance of olive groves and landscaped gardens, beautifully scented with jasmine, night-blooming cestrum and over 100,000 fragrant roses. Only 10 minutes from the city’s famous Medina, this elegant, contemporary resort feels a world away in terms of serenity...

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Featured Destination: Punta Mita

Featured Destination: Punta Mita

The embodiment of the Spanish expression for “gateway to paradise,” Punta Mita is an enchanting 1,500-acre beach village set at the edge of Banderas Bay, and home to some of Mexico’s finest seascape, lush gardens and picturesque mountains. Pleasant days and breezy evenings are blessed by temperatures ranging from 85 degrees during the summer months to winter “lows” of 75...

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Featured Destination: Prague

Featured Destination: Prague

Prague is the perfect winter getaway: concerts, exhibitions, roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and, of course, Christmas Markets – all centered on the historically beautiful Old Town with its cobbled streets, fairy-tale spires and picturesque buildings. In this magical city, jazz and blues thrive in a cadre of cozy cellar clubs. If architecture puts a bounce in your step, do not miss Prague Castle...

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Featured Destination: Newport

Featured Destination: Newport

A major 18th century port city, Newport, Rhode Island is now best known as a delightful fall retreat and home to the famous Newport Mansions. Fall is the perfect time to visit, while Rhode Island is showing its brightest colors. Newport's greenery transforms into bursting autumnal colors, providing breathtaking views of the iconic New England fall foliage.

Upcoming festivals include the Newport Mansions Food & Wine Festival (September 21 - September 24), Bowen's Wharf Seafood Festival (October 14 & October 15) and Newport Restaurant Week (November 3 – November 12). 

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Featured Destination: Dublin

Featured Destination: Dublin

A mere crossroads more than a millennium ago, Dublin never anticipated becoming one of Europe's most enchanting and cosmopolitan cities. Today, the rich variety of galleries, shops, and coffeehouses counterpoint innumerable examples of the city’s storied past. You’ll find great “craic”—the Irish term for fun—in Temple Bar, where music and laughter enliven plentiful pubs. Learn to pull the perfect pint at the Guinness Storehouse, or get in the spirit at the Old Jameson Distillery. 

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Featured Destination: New Zealand

Featured Destination: New Zealand

Experience the very best of New Zealand - The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri Lodge - with one special family of properties. Three unique lodges in three stunning locations, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers & Matakauri Lodge collectively provide guests with the very best New Zealand has to offer. Set on over 6,500 acres near Matauri Bay, Kauri Cliffs is just a 45 minute flight from Auckland and enjoys a commanding position with spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking the championship golf course, Golf Digest naming it #1 International in its World’s 50 Best Golf Hotels.

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Featured Destination: Lisbon

Featured Destination: Lisbon

With its century-old tram system and dusky pink evening hues, Lisbon is a monumental city blessed with a feeling of measured serenity. But underneath the brightly tiled exteriors of its traditional azulejos façade is a city bursting with the ideas and initiative of a forward-looking generation. Colorful and charming, undulating and eclectic, Lisbon is a collection of bairros (districts) spread across seven hills.

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Featured Destination: Merida

Featured Destination: Merida

Merida is the largest city on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula; a place where city cool meets colonial Mexican charm. Its enduring Mayan traditions and distinctive architecture, which draws on Renaissance, baroque, Moorish, and Gothic styles, evoke Mexico’s colonial towns, while the large student population lends the town a vibrant urban energy. Mérida is also a great base from which to explore the ruins of Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, and Dzibilchaltún, or the quiet beaches of the Flamingo Coast, named for the pink flamingos that inhabit its lagoons.

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Featured Destination: Mauritius

Featured Destination: Mauritius

A melting pot in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is home to stunning beaches, natural attractions, and some of the rarest plants and animals around. Fill your days with activities like sailing a catamaran to a snorkeling spot, kayaking through lagoons, exploring ancient caves, touring colonial plantation homes and Hindu temples, browsing local markets, and sampling Creole-inspired cuisine. Or simply kick back, relax, and soak up the sand and surf.

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Featured Destination: Singapore

Featured Destination: Singapore

Singapore is a commercial hub filled with true beauty and ethnic enclaves. The shopping and dining are world-class (visit The White Rabbit, just off the Dempsey area), and the nightlife is too (Zouk is one of the most popular nightclubs in Asia). But the true beauty and ethnic heritage of the country, from the Botanic Gardens to China, make it truly stand out.

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