The Azure Qiantang is ideally positioned alongside the Qiantang River, The Azure Qiantang overlooks the world's largest tidal bore. This dramatic vista combines with a premier location near the West Lake, offering access to the airport and train station, to ensure an extraordinary stay in Hangzhou.
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Hotel Monteleone, the quintessential New Orleans hotel, is looking to make history in a whole different way. Fittingly, the piece will be made out of Mardi Gras beads, bottle caps, and wine corks. It will depict Life in the French Quarter. Over the next year, Wanger will be traveling with the piece to schools and community centers statewide to work with volunteers on placing more than four million Mardi Gras beads on the art work. The piece will return to the Hotel Monteleone in summer 2015.
The massive art piece titled “Life in the French Quarter” is the latest project of local bead artist Stephan Wanger’s Bead Town initiative. The inspiration behind “Life in the French Quarter” is to translate everything that makes New Orleans great into art. Wanger’s vision of the piece features a background of iconic New Orleans scenery and a second line of famous local movers and shakers from the past and present including Lena and Louis Prima, Robin Barnes, Tennessee Williams and many more. The free standing 16-panel plywood canvas measures 96 feet wide by 8 feet tall and will be made entirely out of Mardi Gras Beads along with bottle caps and wine corks. Wanger started to prep the canvas by sketching out his vision for the piece in July 2014 and he projects it will take a year to add over four million Mardi Gras beads to complete the project by August 2015.
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Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a private getaway in the heart of Napa Valley. Each of the 12 rooms is distinctively designed in chic yet comfortable decor, with painstaking attention given to even the smallest details. Hidden away on three verdant acres, the luxury boutique hotel has a spa, special winery tour packages, and views of the Napa River.
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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a remote island wilderness that offers a sophisticated and innovative choice of recreation, escapism, and conservation.
August 13, 2014
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August 12, 2014
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Located in Queensland, 15 minutes from Airlie Beach, Daydream Island Resort and Spa is a superbly appointed four and a half star resort. With two stunning outdoor ceremony locations and an elegant wedding chapel overlooking the Whitsunday passage, Daydream Island is the perfect setting for a special day. It also has the only chapel in the Whitsundays with the capability to broadcast a wedding live via a satellite broadband connection.
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August 11, 2014
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Dhevatara Beach Hotel is located on the island of Praslin, one of the 115 granitic islands in The Seychelles archipelago and the second largest island in the country, Praslin is home to the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a haven for the endemic Seychelles Black parrot as well as a multitude of exotic beaches such as Anse Lazio and Cote D’or.
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If you've got a kid obsessed with American Girl dolls, you'll want to check out the American Girl Packages at The Talbott Hotel Chicago. The hotel blends the charms of a gracious bygone era with opulent accommodations, impeccable service, and unexpected delights. The Talbott Hotel is located walking distance from Michigan Avenue and the Magnificent Mile. Built in 1927 and recently renovated, the AAA Four Diamond, European-style Talbott Hotel provides everything one expects from large, world-class brands along with everything desirable about an independent boutique hotel—streamlined check-in and check-out, top-of-the-line amenities, a welcoming staff that takes personal pride in delivering unequaled service and behind-the-scenes hotel technologies that ensure guest security and comfort.
Located at the nearby Water Tower Place, the Chicago American Girl Place features specialty shops, private dining, and more. The in-house cafe offers brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and parties. Children can pose for a picture at the Photo Studio and take home a souvenir issue of American Girl® magazine with their face on the cover. Dolls can even get a makeover at the Doll Hair Salon.
The Talbott Hotel has three different American Girl packages to choose from.
American Girl Dream Package
With the American Girl Place Dream Package, guests wake up to breakfast in bed for two. After a long day of shopping at the Water Tower Place, children come back to the hotel and receive a personalized pink twin sized blanket. There's also guaranteed late check-out of 3pm.
American Girl Spirit Package
This package embodies everything that American Girl Place has to offer. Amenities include a personalized welcome letter, keepsake American Girl Place fold-out doll bed, access to the girl blog @ the talbott, a $15 Breakfast Credit per person at Little Market Brasserie for a maximum of two people, and one entry into the American Girl Place quarterly drawing for a doll. The two Sprinkles cupcakes and milk at turndown provides a perfect ending to a perfect stay at The Talbott Hotel.
American Girl Imagine Package
Imagine an American Girl Place experience that will last a lifetime. The Imagine package offers everything from the Spirit package, but also includes personalized Talbott Hotel stationary,
personalized guest room keycard, six personalized photo postcards by the fireplace, and a personalized room service menu.
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In the early '30s, fashion icon Coco Chanel moved into the Hotel Ritz Paris. She not only brought her luggage, she also brought her own furniture, including a beige suite settee and a chinoiserie folding screen. The suite where she lived for more than 35 years still exists. The 1,670-square-foot Coco Chanel Suite has two bedrooms and a living room and features Coromandel lacquers, Chinese furniture, baroque mirrors, and over-sized sofas with quilting created by Chanel.
But Madame Coco wasn't the only celebrity of the time to call the hotel home. Ernest Hemingway also lived there, and one of the bars is fittingly named in his honor.
The hotel is currently closed for extensive renovations, but is expected to re-open in late 2014 or early 2015.
August 6, 2014
By: Five Star Alliance
Mount Cinnamon's open-air restaurant Savvy's is bright and airy for breakfast and romanticly candlelit for dinner with every table taking advantage of the far-reaching sea views.
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