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ARIZONA

Native Care at Radisson Fort McDowell Hotel & Casino - The rugged and colorful terrain leaves its wonder on spectacular mountain growths, rock formations — and even the vegetation. Arizona is a true masterpiece overflowing with gorgeous sunsets and bright starry nights to no end.

Hiltons Tuck You In - In Phoenix The Hilton Hotel's have you covered in Phoenix, America's 6th largest city. From business to resorts, to horseback riding to golf. Get a Valley of the Sun massage and do business from your e-stage station. This report digs up the best in cactus country for all your dining, and hostelry needs by the premier chain. The stagestop never looked so great.

The Historic San Carlos Hotel It is the 75th birthday for the downtown Phoenix landmark, and we are there to bring you back a historical trip down memory lane, at one of the most venerable hotels in Arizona. Plus a sidestop at the Police Museum!

Frank Lloyd Wright's Last Dream Hotel — It must be a summer of historical stays at luxurious and celebrated hotels. The Arizona Biltmore is one of the classic structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who had a home in Phoeniz, called Talliesen West, not far from the AB. Talliesen means "House On The Brow (hill)" in Welsh, and from his home Wright created masterpieces that still endure - such as the Arizona Biltmore.


COLORADO

Step Back to the Old West at Durango's Strater - There is only one place to stay in Durango , the town's grandest living icon — the Strater. Just keep in mind that you may never be satisfied with any other hotel after staying here. The Strater has been hailed down the ages as Durango 's "home away from home". I am willing to give up my home and live here . . .!

FLORIDA

Florida Beach Resorts at Beachbooker.com

Tampa Tennis Tuneup - If you’re ready to spend all day on the courts exposed to demanding drills, best bet might be Saddlebrook Resort, where the fitness principles of Harry Hopman, former Australian Davis Cup captain, remain the basis of a rigorous program. 

Epic Elegance in Miami - No problem picking the hotel.  I book us into the Epic, a new Kimpton property in downtown Miami.  Nestled among skyscrapers with fabulous views of the harbor, the Epic appears to be fast earning a rep as one of the glamor spots in town.

Changes in Latitudes, Atitudes at Hollywood Beach Marriott -
Hollywood has produced many unique, campy, and fun beach movies during the past century of celluloid, but no beach movie matches Hollywood Beach – not the tinsel town Hollywood, but Hollywood, Florida.

Where The Boy's Aren't - Fort Lauderdale Sheds Its Spring Break Skin — Back in the 1960s the beach flicks starring Frankie Avalon (who still tours on a regular basis and now has his own ski lotion company) and Annette Funicello were making waves in "Where The Boys Are", shot in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since those days the spring break party has moved on to other exotic locales, but now Fort Lauderdale shows its genteel side on the Atlantic Ocean

Oasis In Orlando - The Peabody -
Picture an oasis. You have seen the movies. A handsome stranger rides through the harsh dust storm carrying a beautiful maiden.  Winds howl like fiends and before the death knell the riders crest a hill and there it is.  Palm trees sway in the wind around the shimmering water. 

HAWAII

Hawaii Beach Resorts at Beachbooker.com

Hawaii Beach Resort Features -

ILLINOIS

Windy City Westins - The Westin O'Hare is the only four-star, four-diamond hotel that is just five minutes (and a complimentary shuttle ride) from O'Hare. The hotel is ideal for corporate meetings, special events, and social occasions because you don’t have to go into the city, just have the executives fly in from all points of the world, and confer in comfort on the VIP floor. Plus, two other Chicago Westins.

MISSOURI

Branson's New Hits, The Hiltons - the globally-known Hilton family, recognized for its full-service hospitality and world class sophistication. Her name is the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel and she has already achieved a new height of opulence as she is Branson’s most towering addition with twelve glass stories. 

NEVADA

Westin Luxury Near The Vegas Rail Depot - The new 825-guestroom Westin Casuarina is the sister property to the Westin Casuarina Grand Cayman, and it is built around the eko-skeleton of the former Maxim Hotel, but you won't recognized the dramatic and expensive and expansive design changes of the Asian owned and Sheraton branded Westin across the street from the new Vegas monorail.

J.W. Marriott - Classy Golf Destination - The J.W. Marriott in Summerlin, Las Vegas, offers some of the best in desert golf, and with classic Mediterranean style rooms and suites, your duffing will be upgraded a notch or two. And then you can check out a real Irish Pub on site, learn to dance a jig, swell some Harp, yell some limericks.

High Sierra Cabin Emcampment — Zephyr Cove operates the largest snowmobile tour operation in the United States. Beginners are welcome, although there are tour options for more experienced riders. A shuttle runs from many of the nearby resorts, but the resort has winterized cabins.

NEW ENGLAND

Boston Boutiques - The Kimptons - impton Boutique Hotels with FlairThere is nothing more satisfying than waking up refreshed, to the point of being exhilarated. I enjoyed just such an uplifting experience when I stayed at two of Boston’s Kimpton Boutique Hotels: Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, and the Onyx, located in the heart of the downtown financial district.

The Palette of Provence Painted in New England -
Provence is a place both real and imagined and the Home Hill French Inn & Restaurant in Plainfield, New Hampshire easily embraces this idea. A real dream-come-true for owners Victoria and Stephane du Roure, it's a feast for the imagination of their international clientele.

The Berkshires - 24 Hours on Cultural Cloud 9 -
The Berkshires is so chock full of cultural and historic attractions that a few years back the official visitor’s bureau began billing these pastoral hills of western Massachusetts as “ America ’s Premier Cultural Resort.” It’s a moniker that appears to fit. Packed within this roughly 25 x 50 mile rectangular county (bordered by New York, Connecticut, and Vermont) are Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Williamstown Theatre, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Clark Art Institute, and MASS MoCA.

Edwardian Elegance - The Charlotte Inn on Martha's Vineyard -
The tranquility we observe does not happen by chance, but rather by a conscious effort to make the inn a place where guests’ desire for privacy and quietude comes first. In fact, the inn does not accept groups of any sort, nor children under 14, and as such, is not a place for everyone. The typical guest is a well-to-do, discriminating traveler who expects to be accommodated in a place that is an exemplar of elegance, refinement, and romance.

The Wauwinet - Nantucket's Most Intimate Hideaway
The Wauwinet is a Relaise & Chateau located on a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay, tucked in next to a bird sanctuary. It is itself a sanctuary from the often frantic pace of the island's center and is the last commercial property on the road to Great Point Lighthouse and the nature preserve that surrounds it.

Boston's Literary Hotel - Omni Park House -
Founded by Henry D. Parker in 1855, the Omni Parker House (then known as simply The Parker House) has been a Boston resident for over 150 years, and one of the oldest of Boston's elegant inns. and the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States. It was here that the brightest lights of America's Golden Age of Literature—writers like Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Longfellow, regularly met for conversation in the legendary nineteenth century Saturday Club.

Sea Escapes at Boston Harbor's SeaPort Hotel —I was on my own tea party - at one of Boston's most prestigious hotels in the newly renovated Old Boston Harbor area. The Seaport Hotel is ranked as one of the best places to stay according to readers who placed it on the Gold List in the 2003 Condé Naste Traveler Magazine poll.

Rocklands Old Granite Inn —The Rockland ferry terminal is across Main Street from the best place to stay in town — the historic Old Granite Inn, a Colonial Federalist architectural sculpture hewn from tons of St. George, Maine artisan-dressed granite.

NEW MEXICO

Lodge Poles & Adobe - Hotel Santa Fe and Hacienda - A herringbone brick entry adorned with native southwestern bushes, pine trees, vines, and wildflowers. Thick carved pine lodgepoles and smooth, sand-colored adobe walls.

Just about all structures in Santa Fe, New Mexico, have an adobe look and feel, so from the outside, the Hotel Santa Fe was right in style. But it was what's inside that gave us the delightful gift of surprise.

NEW YORK

Ready for Landing, the Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel - JFK International Airport sees the arrival and departures of nearly every flag carrier in the world. The JFK complex is so huge, there are eight different terminals (T1 to T8) for domestic and international flights. JFK, also known as Kennedy Airport, is an ever changing or evolving landscape of services.

Start Spreadin' The News about the Dylan in NYC - the center of the universe. It’s a concrete jungle lined with aisles of towering corporate sky scrapers. It’s a hustle and bustle town where the idea of jaywalking doesn’t seem to exist. A place where people have horns, and will not hesitate to use them. It’s a grid where streets go east and west, and avenues go north and south. Still though, thousands of tourists flutter about, overwhelmed by the breathtaking views, lost in their gigantic maps.

Comfy Beds In NYC's Bedford Hotel — It is an unfortunate fact that the lengths a traveler goes to experience new places often leaves them exhausted and returning to their rooms in search of nothing more than the comforts of home. Fortunately there are some hotels that specialize in just these comforts.

New Life Midtown At The San Carlos Hotel The San Carlos is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at 150 East 50th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues. Area attractions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Guggenheim, The Theatre District, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the UN, Radio City Music Hall, the MoMA..

TENNESSEE

Pillow Menus at Hotel Preston - These days it seems as if the comforts of home are not achievable on the road. Most hotels are cold, and utilitarian, but there are exceptions.  Hotel Preton is a new hotel (opened just over a year) with fresh ideas and concepts and it is all the rage in Music City USA.  Hotel Preston, a convenient two mile jaunt from the Nashville International Airport, boasts 196 large guest rooms and are priced at reasonable rates starting at around US$86/night. 

UTAH

Spa Break at Cedar Breaks Lodge - The Cedar Breaks Lodge is a year round resort with 200 hotel rooms as well as time-share accommodations.

VIRGINA

Mr. Jefferson's Land - Keswick Hall - There are any number of choices for lodging in Charlottesville, from bed and breakfasts to modern motels and hotels. On my last visit, however, I decided to spend a few days being pampered at the beautiful Keswick Hall, close to downtown Charlottesville and just a few minutes’ drive from Monticello.

WASHINTON STATE

Hot Stones and the Moon People - We arrive at the Salish Lodge & Spa, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest, just in time for afternoon tea in the Asahel Curtis Library. With its oak plank floor, overstuffed leather loveseats, games tables, and heap of logs next to the stone hearth, the library is a peaceful respite.

The Pan Pacific Hotels of the Pacific Northwest -
Seattle and Vancouver often get billed as two peas in a pod, but anyone curious about urban textures in the Pacific Northwest would do well to visit both.

Raid the Pantry at Woodmark Hotel on Lake Washington -
Entering the lobby of the Woodmark Hotel is like entering the home of a friend whose décor is mahogany and bamboo, white orchids and natural light spilling from an overhead skylight.

Happier Hour at the Willow Lodge -
Five landscaped acres bordering the Sammamish River in Western Washington make up the Willows Lodge, a rural and rustic Northwest-style lodge surrounded by woodlands and wineries.

First on First Avenue, Hotel 1000 -
The moment we enter Hotel 1000 we notice quiet—a striking difference from busy First Avenue outside. While checking in we’re offered mint infused tea, served during the summer in the lobby.


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AFRICA - ASIA - CANADA
EUROPE - MEXICO
SOUTH PACIFIC
BED AND BREAKFAST INNS

AFRICA

South Africa

Luxury On The Half Shell , Oyster Box Hotel and Spa - Oysters are a health food and with modern refrigeration they can be eaten year around.  But for truly fresh oysters check yourself into the Oyster Box Hotel and Spa on Lighthouse Road above the Umhlanga Rocks 15 miles east of downtown Durban, South Africa.

Leading Luxury Indicator - The Saxon Hotel Spa and Villas -
There will be no argument from me — as a luxury indicator The Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas, and Spa in Johannesburg is leading the way to superb suburbian relaxation; the resort has been voted the world's leading boutique hotel every year since 2001, and it is a member of the elite Leading Small Hotels of the World.

Carte Blanche in Capetown at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa - If there had been 13 Apostles God would have had to add an additional peak to the World Heritage Site  of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa would have to change its appellation to 13A.

MOROCCO

Berber Bargains in Fes, Morocco at Jnan Palace - My bus pulled up to the Jnan Palace, passing through an enormous pishtaq, (vaulted archway) built of blocks with massive wooden doors.  The arches are a ubiquitous motif found in Islam and are found not just in architecture but also in everything from furniture to interior décor to fabric patterns. 

ASIA

INDONESIA

Isle Meridian - Le Meridien Resort Bali - I was on my way by car from the eastern Balinese village of Manggis to the western village of Tabanan for my final days of adventure at the Le Meridien Nirwana, Golf and Spa Resort. 

East Meets West at Alila Manggis Resort Bali - Our guide, Yessy,  said it would be an hour’s drive by car from the peaceful village of Sayan in Ubud to the gentle and slightly off-the-beaten path  to the Balinese village of Manggis (pronounced Mangeese).

Bali's Cinnamon Private Villas - Kayumanis - We were assigned a team of butlers to assist us with any needs during our stay, INyoman (3rd born) Subagia took us down a cobblestone path and within seconds we found ourselves at the grand entrance to our lodging, otherwise known as the Villa Sandat.

Sheraton Senggigi Resort and Spa, Lombok - Our ground floor room had sliding glass doors that opened up to the Indian Ocean breezes.  I eyed the modern furniture and famous Sheraton “Sweet Sleeper” bed. 

Plush and Lush at Laguna Resort and Spa -
Entering Nusa Dua you could see right away that it is a master planned resort area.  There are many properties in this area including The Laguna Resort and Spa-Nusa Dua.

Kuta Kool at Harris Hotel, Bali -
This hotel had a different vibe than the other resorts we had stayed at prior to in Bali and Lombok.  The staff  had a young, hip, and casual flair.  The décor of the lobby was minimalist and modern; mostly white with accents of the Harris signature orange. 

THAILAND

Luxury Mantra at Sukhothai Bangkok - For the award-winning Sukhothai service begins, not at the hotel, but upon arrival at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi International airport. As you clear customs a hotel escort greets you warmly with a wai (pronounced “why”) the traditional Thai greeting done by pressing your hands together and bowing slightly. He swoops in to take your luggage and lead you to your car, a Mercedes S320 CDI, one of eighteen identically-equipped limos in the hotel’s luxury fleet staffed by 27 full-time drivers.

Thai Tusker Trek at Anantara Golden Triangle - At dinner with John Roberts, Director of Elephants, we learn how the camp and the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant foundation were formed. Born from a desire to provide safe haven for elephants that are abused or cannot work, and to help protect the last of Thailand’s wild herd.

Thai Zen at Chedi Chiang Mai - Arrival at the Chedi Chiang Mai in the mountains of Thailand, an hour’s flight north of Bangkok, brings about a physical transformation. As one enters the lobby, set in a landscaped courtyard with a large reflecting pool, one feels the travel and big-city pressures dissipate. In the moments between check-in and room set-up, the sense of calm taking hold of your body cannot be ignored.

CANADA

Unique Inns of Victoria, Canada - Victoria is a place whose name speaks its character, recalling an imperial Britain reminiscent of old fashioned virtues.  Well-ordered towns & gardens populated by ruddy folk whose habits include the vigorous seaside walk followed by a proper afternoon tea with warm scones and jam.

The Pan Pacific Hotels of the Pacific Northwest - Seattle and Vancouver often get billed as two peas in a pod, but anyone curious about urban textures in the Pacific Northwest would do well to visit both.

Chill Out At The Ice Hotel -
“Beautiful.  And frigid”.  That’s the comment left by one guest at Canada’s Ice Hotel on the shores of Lac St.-Joseph, about 20 minutes west of Quebec City.  And it gets its name, not surprisingly, from the fact that nearly everything in the hotel is made of frozen water.  That includes the walls, ceilings, beds, furniture, chandeliers—even the glasses you drink from at the bar.

Superior Rooms, Views and Service at Prince Arthur Hotel and Suites - When in Thunder Bay, Canada, there is no choice where to stay, the historic Prince Arthur Hotel near the Marina and the old train station, central to everything the city has to offer. The only thing the hotel overlooks is the Lake Superior waterfront.

Niagara Falls For Love! There is no suite more romantic than the Sheraton-On-The-Falls overlooking the massive mountain of water. Joel Campbell chronicles from the Maid of the Mist to the top of the observation tower, complete with dining options. Bring your rain gear and a dozen red roses for your special someone.


MEXICO

Puerto Vallarta

Viva Villa Verano - "Verano”, the Spanish word for “summer”, aptly describes this secluded hideaway, for here it’s summer year-round. This is a fully-staffed private estate in Conchas Chinas, the most elite residential neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Yucatan, Cancun,
Tulum, R
iviera Maya, Cozumel

Selva and Seadocast at Paraiso de la Bonita - A member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World, Virtuoso, and the only five-diamond resort in the Riviera Maya, the Paraiso de la Bonita Resort & Thalasso Spa has been home away from home for celebrities.

Chichen Itza Adventure at Mayaland Hotel -
All 93 rooms and suites at the Mayaland Hotel and Bungalows have air-conditioning, ceiling fans, Servibars and satellite color TV.

Fun, Food, Fiesta at Hotel Flamingo - September is off-season in Cozumel. One reason is the heat.  But with the ocean only a few yards away, and shops and hotels well air-conditioned, heat is not a reason to stay away.

Beach Buffed at Coral Princess Cozumel - Dolphins.  They’re everywhere.  Flying over the Coral Princess Resort lobby in a graceful arch.  Skimming the bottom of the pool.  Mosaiced into a small table in Chyrlobyrlos, the lobby bar. Guarding the web site.  Why dolphins? Why not! You are, after all, in a world where dolphins visit.  There is even a national park on Cozumel — Chankanaab — a few miles down the road where you can actually swim with them.

Villablanca - Cozumel's Garden Hotel - Villablanca is on the road about a mile south from San Miguel.  It is just across the road from the sea and not too far from a public swimming beach and the lighthouse.  You notice first the lush tropical hibiscus hedges surrounding the gleaming white walls that front it. There's a huge white shark watching over the reception area. Every time I drove by I murmured a wish to stay there. 

Fun Added at Hotel Cozumel and Resort - In the heart of it all, one mile from downtown and three miles from the airport, nestles the Hotel Cozumel and Resort at Carretera Costera Sur Km 1.7, Cozumel , Mexico 77600. This means that you are near everything and will save mucho dinero on transportation costs.  It’s Cozumel ’s favorite hotel for divers and a great have-it-all resort for families.

Make It Soon To the Ritz Cancun - If you combine courtesy, efficiency, elegance, and impeccable service and professionalism you would come to the inescapable conclusion that these are the hallmarks of the Ritz Carlton Cancun, located in the heart of Mexico's Yucatan playground.

THE PACIFIC

NEW ZEALAND

The Remarkables Matakauri Lodge in Queenstown - Be forewarned. When you drive up to the luxurious Matakauri Lodge south of Queenstown, New Zealand, drive a car with a low-roof. Why? Because the Matakauri is so private and exclusive, that you have to drive through the forest to get to their front door.

The Hub - Heritage Christchurch Hotel -
It's a 15-hour flight from San Francisco to New Zealand, so we were really happy that our first stop was the Heritage Christchurch Hotel in the heart of the city. Reception was cheerful, and it was clear that they were used to pampering people who had experienced a little too much jetting and setting.

BED AND BREAKFAST INNS

Old Fashion Relaxation at 5 Ojo Inn, Eureka Springs, Arkansas - I scheduled myself some double getaway time in Eureka Springs, a historical town known as a historical, elegant bed ad breakfast retreat for all seasons, at the tucked-away-alone- on-its-own street — 5 Ojo Street.

Romance at Fleur de Lys Mansion -
Nestled in historical south St. Louis, Missouri, the Fleur-de-Lys Mansion is a pleasant and luxurious surprise, a true jewel harbored by the beauty of parks and national landmarks.

Ocean City Beach Swain — The Atlantis Inn —
The award-winning Atlantis Inn, Ocean City, New Jersey's only luxury bed and breakfast, recently celebrated their first year in operation. Originally built in 1905 by James E. Lake, one of the founders of Ocean City, the historic guesthouse has been transformed into an upscale, luxury seaside inn by ex-corporate types, Kristina and Bob Doliszny.

Last Minute TravelGourmet Beach Queen — The Victorian Inn — The Victoria House, a romantic bed and breakfast for all seasons, offers historical Victorian charm and delicious gourmet breakfasts in Spring Lake, New Jersey. In its third year of operation, the inn is constantly upgrading its amenities for guests.

Live Like A Lord And Lady At Gramercy Manor — The stunning Gramercy Mansion, situated on 45 acres of wooded grounds near Baltimore, offers a truly unique and luxurious bed and breakfast experience. As we drove off the bustling highways and suburban streets, we pulled up a windy path to the magnificent Tudor mansion, and entered another era of timeless beauty. The mansion, rich in history, was built as a wedding present from owner of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Alessander Cassatt. The mansion once housed the descendents of Benjamin Franklin and the predecessors of the Peace Corps.