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Though over the top destinations seem expensive and almost forbidding, I often find they pack in the maximum value in their bid to make it exclusive. I am handpicking some experiences/destinations I think pack in that punch and make it a truly endearing memory. I welcome your suggestions. Thank you for stopping by.
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TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels, 2013 - a Twitter List

TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels, 2013 - a Twitter List | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
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Nothing quite to beat the traveler's insight and rating when it comes to chosing your next hotel.

 

Find the 2013 TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels in the WORLD in a concise Twitter list. A ready reckoner of what is going on in these hotels (festivities, discounts, deals) and when would it be a good time for you to plan your visit.Hear it all first-hand from the htoels.

 

Not all hotels have a Twitter account, so here is the list of the hotels:

 

1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (Historic Ka’upulehu, Hawaii)

2. Cape Grace (Cape Town Central, South Africa)

3. Onyria Marinha Edition Hotel & Thalasso (Cascais, Portugal)

4. Rudding Park Hotel (Harrogate, United Kingdom)

5. The Upper House (Hong Kong)

6. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius (Anahita, Beau Champ, Mauritius)

7. The Samaya Bali (Seminyak, Indonesia)

8. Baros Maldives (North Male Atoll, Maldives)

9. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (Istanbul, Turkey)

10. Aria Hotel (Prague, Czech Republic)

11. Hotel Belvedere (Riccione, Italy)

12. La Residence Phou Vao by Orient-Express (Luang Prabang, Laos)

13. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong (Hong Kong) 

14. An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas (Nha Trang, Vietnam)

15. Veligandu Island Resort (North Ari Atoll, Maldives)

16. Al Maha Desert Resort (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

17. Four Seasons Resort Maldives (Kuda Huraa, North Male Atoll, Maldives)

18. L'Hermitage Hotel (Vancouver, British Columbia)

19. Hotel Alpenhof Hintertux (Hintertux, Austria)

20. The Oberoi Mauritius (Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius)

21. Neorion Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)

22. The Oberoi Udaivilas (Udaipur, India)

23. Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace (Budapest, Hungary)

24. The Milestone Hotel (London, United Kingdom)

25. Sol & Luna Lodge & Spa (Urubamba, Peru)

 

And here is the list on TripAdvisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cTop-g1

 

Bon Voyage!

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Best Boutique Hotels in Austin

Best Boutique Hotels in Austin | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Austin’s range of hotels reflect the different facets of the city, from the swanky, to the musical, to the rustic, to just plain historic. There’s a place to stay for everyone.
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Luxury holiday rentals come with price tags higher than most people’s mortgages

Luxury holiday rentals come with price tags higher than most people’s mortgages | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
FAMILIES desperate for a break away from the daily grind are forking out up to $40,000 a week to stay in some of Australia’s most exclusive holiday rentals houses.
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ION Luxury Adventure Hotel: Truly Icelandic

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel: Truly Icelandic | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Iceland seems like an entire planet away but this little speck on the map is well worth visiting for the sights, sounds and a splendid hotel
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Mark Bellissimo and Sheila C. Johnson announce Tryon Resort: America's Newest Equestrian Lifestyle Destination | Nassau News Live

Mark Bellissimo and Sheila C. Johnson announce Tryon Resort: America's Newest Equestrian Lifestyle Destination | Nassau News Live | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
TRYON, N.C., June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Tryon Equestrian Partners, today announced plans to create the most significant new equestrian lifestyle destination in the world, as well as engage Sheila C. Johnson's Salamander Hotels & Resorts – one of the country's top luxury hotel management companies – to assist with the development and management of hospitality and golf operations.The world-class Tryon Resort is a 1,400-acre retreat which features the brand-new Tryon International Equestrian Center. Located in the rolling, picturesque foothills of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountain Range and surrounded by numerous year-round activities, the project has already created hundreds of new construction jobs, and will contribute hundreds of permanent jobs and tens of millions of dollars to the local economy and tax base.Tryon Equestrian Partners, which commenced the project in January 2014, employed over 500 people to move 1.6 million cubic yards of earth, build five riding arenas with world-class footing, erect 500 permanent stables, and build several homes in the resort's new Log Cabin Village."Our goal is to create a special place that focuses on the passion and love for both horses and horse sport," said Mark Bellissimo. "We intend for individuals and families, whether they are participants or spectators, to enjoy a broad range of activities while also maintaining the area's rural character and honoring its long-standing equestrian tradition. We believe the Resort will be a major job engine and contribute to the community's economic recovery. Working with Salamander Hotels & Resorts, we aim to create a destination that equestrian, leisure, and group travelers from all over the world will visit."Tryon Resort is only an hour west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 40 minutes from the South Carolina region of Greenville and Spartanburg, and the same distance from North Carolina's highly acclaimed City of Asheville. Tryon features a broad and deep history of equestrian culture and sport that spans over 100 years, and the historic area is also home to a variety of cultural experiences, including vineyards, art festivals and charming villages. There is also nearby archery, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and climbing, white water rafting, sporting clays, tennis, ropes courses, a zip line park, kayaking, water- and jet skiing, and five recreational lakes within 25 miles of the Resort.Tryon Equestrian Partners' founding shareholders are Mark and Katherine Bellissimo; Roger and Jennifer Smith; Gwen and Howard Dvorkin; Lisa Lourie; Diana and Jenji Mercer; and Joe and Cindy Mitchell. Roger Smith, a founding partner of the venture, added: "We want to thank the Polk County Commissioners for having the vision and foresight to support this effort, which we all believe will have a great economic impact on all members of the community." Some of the Tryon Equestrian Partners are also principals in the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home of the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival, which is the largest and longest-running equestrian festival in the world. The Festival generates close to 100,000 room nights for the area from January to March, as well attracting over 6,000 horses from 50 states and 33 countries. Bellissimo believes the Tryon Resort will be a significant contributor to the tourism industries of North Carolina and South Carolina, the border of which is only seven miles away.Beginning on July 2, the Tryon International Equestrian Center will host the first of numerous multi-day, international-level equestrian competitions across several disciplines in collaboration with the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club. These events will complement the Tryon Horse Show, which is the third oldest horse show in the country. When fully completed, the equestrian facility will feature up to 10 riding arenas (including one with stadium seating for 6,000), 1,000 permanent stalls, elevated and shaded viewing decks, a large covered riding facility and the Tryon Sports Complex, which will include a health club, game room, kid's camp, sports bar, children's playground, tennis courts, mountain bike park, climbing walls, basketball court, and a large pool.Located on and adjacent to the former White Oak Community, Tryon Resort features numerous accommodations for guests, competitors and spectators. The Log Cabin Village includes brand-new 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom vacation rental cabins, while the new Tryon RV Park offers motorhome hooks ups for water, sewer, electric and cable TV, a reception cabin with private bathrooms, laundry facilities, grills and picnic tables. The resort also offers private, multiple-bedroom, luxury homes available for rent.Perched above the equestrian show grounds and scheduled to open in 2016 is an architecturally stunning 150-room hotel being developed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and designed by AW Architects. Built into the natural gradient of the land, and overlooking the mountain tops, it will feature numerous, spacious suites, a restaurant and bar with spectacular views, retail shops, market, indoor and outdoor heated pools, fitness center, beautiful event space for weddings and meetings, sweeping stone terraces, and a 5,000-square-foot entertainment pavilion with panoramic views of the countryside.Additional plans call for a luxurious resort featuring a world-class, nature-inspired spa, and spectacular dining and conference space set atop a panoramic vista; the completion of the Resort's Arnold Palmer Signature Design golf course; and construction of new luxury homes – available for purchase and participation in the resort's rental program. Each of these components will be managed by Salamander, which will also serve as the resort's design architects.Extensive knowledge of luxury hotels and resort operations, equestrian culture and golf course management is what led Tryon Equestrian Partners to select Salamander Hotels & Resorts to manage the hospitality components of the Resort. In August 2013, Salamander launched one of the most anticipated hospitality projects in recent memory: the equestrian-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, which is the historic heart of Virginia's horse and wine country. Acclaimed as one of last year's top hotel openings in the world, the 168-room property features an on-site equestrian center, miles of riding trails, spectacular spa and dining options, and is located just one hour from Washington, D.C."There is tremendous synergy between our Middleburg resort and Tryon Resort, which provides Salamander another unique opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the luxury resort market," said Sheila C. Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. "I am grateful to the Bellissimos, whom I have known and respected for many years, and Tryon Equestrian Partners for choosing Salamander to manage this exciting and multifaceted development. We look forward to delivering on their extraordinary vision of a world-class resort in Tryon."Tryon Resort becomes the newest member of Salamander Hotels & Resorts' growing portfolio. In 2005, Johnson founded Salamander Hotels & Resorts and appointed long-time and visionary hospitality executive Prem Devadas as its president. They have put together a team of executives which has opened and operated numerous Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated properties. In addition to Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, the company also manages three renowned golf and family resorts in Florida: Innisbrook in Tampa Bay, Reunion in Orlando and Hammock Beach in Palm Coast. Well known as one of America's top entrepreneurs and the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), Johnson is also a partner and vice chair of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the NBA's Washington Wizards, the WNBA's Washington Mystics and the NHL's Washington Capitals.For more information: visit www.TryonResort.com or www.TryonHorseShows.com.   Continue reading
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14 Services For The Super Rich You Never Knew Existed

14 Services For The Super Rich You Never Knew Existed | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Reddit tells us just how fabulous rich peoples' lives can be.
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Bali Villas - Seminyak Bali Villas

Bali Villas - Seminyak Bali Villas | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Pulau Tenang Seminyak Bali Villas provides both small and large groups private and luxury bali villas only minutes away from Seminyak and Oberoi.
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serene, exclusive, zen-like.

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Style and Dom Pérignon in another luxury Abu Dhabi hotel

Style and Dom Pérignon in another luxury Abu Dhabi hotel | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Style and Dom Pérignon in another luxury Abu Dhabi hotel
There are elevators that are strictly utilitarian – no names mentioned – and there are those that are items of beauty.
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How to book the ultimate luxury London weekend

How to book the ultimate luxury London weekend | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
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While London might be in the midst of one of Europe's most enduring recessions, it's still ironically a top destination for total luxury.
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How the richest households in the US like to travel

How the richest households in the US like to travel | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Sipping and eating through wine country in Bordeaux has emerged as the most popular types of luxury travel desired among the richest households in the US.
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Culinary Options Abound at Luxurious Pocono Resorts

Culinary Options Abound at Luxurious Pocono Resorts | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Once known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World,” the Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania encompass 2,400 square miles of rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands, and 170 miles of winding rivers.
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The evolution of boutique hotel design

The evolution of boutique hotel design | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Boutique hotel design is no longer just about luxury, with Generation Y’s and young professionals looking for high-design properties that offer a lower price point with modern amenities and the right 'vibe'.
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Summer Aspen-Style, Where Adventure Meets Luxury

Summer Aspen-Style, Where Adventure Meets Luxury | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Aspen's unrivaled slate of top luxury hotels have been competing to offer more and better summer activities and adventures, and it's the visitor who wins.
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QDF offers an exclusive dining experience | Travel Daily ME

QDF offers an exclusive dining experience | Travel Daily ME | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Qatar Duty Free (QDF) recently unveiled a selection of food and beverage outlets for passengers travelling…
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The new home: Former boutique hotel has five-star appeal - Independent.ie

The new home: Former boutique hotel has five-star appeal - Independent.ie | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Sinead Ryan on some of the new developments around the country
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2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons Announces Gala, Opening Day and Exclusive Charity Sale | LongIsland.com

2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons Announces Gala, Opening Day and Exclusive Charity Sale | LongIsland.com | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
The 2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons, a Decorators Showhouse to Benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is Presented by HC&G
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Select Italy Introduces Exclusive Guided Tour of Siena Cathedral

Select Italy Introduces Exclusive Guided Tour of Siena Cathedral | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Web-based travel company, Select Italy, announces a brand new guided tour of the famous Siena Cathedral. After 700 years, tourists can now find themselves exploring multiple once-restricted areas of this incredible structure.
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Visit never before accessed areas of Siena Cathedral, Italy

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“Myspace For Millionaires” ASMALLWORLD Pivots Into A $105-A-Year VIP Travel Club

“Myspace For Millionaires” ASMALLWORLD Pivots Into A $105-A-Year VIP Travel Club | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
ASMALLWORLD launched its invite-only social network for the rich and famous in 2004.
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Holiday ideas: a luxury Cornish break, al-fresco film screenings and deals of the week

Holiday ideas: a luxury Cornish break, al-fresco film screenings and deals of the week | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
A glamorous cottage in St Ives, and outdoor cinema events for summer (RT @GuardianTravel: Holiday ideas: a luxury Cornish break, al-fresco film screenings and deals of the week http://t.co/AiFWhmARnJ)...
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A beautiful lodge in Guatemala …

A beautiful lodge in Guatemala … | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Plus Claude Monet's bedroom, a writing festival with Guardian journos, a big family celebration on the Danube Express luxury train, and a beach towel to annoy German touristsBank holiday and half-term days outFolly Farm in Pembrokeshire welcomes 24...
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Pool-Bordered Penthouse Suites - The Conrad Koh Samui Resort’s Oceanview Villa is Breathtaking

Pool-Bordered Penthouse Suites - The Conrad Koh Samui Resort’s Oceanview Villa is Breathtaking | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
(TrendHunter.com) Thai resort Conrad Koh Samui’s new Oceanview Villa is luxury at its finest. This villa not only features a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Thailand but also a rectangular pool that runs the length of...
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Frankfurt’s sensational luxury Jumeirah hotel

Frankfurt’s sensational luxury Jumeirah hotel | Luxury Destinations | Scoop.it
Frankfurt’s sensational luxury Jumeirah hotel
Restaurants that are different create memories.
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