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This week’s moment of bliss comes from the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, a small Caribbean island known for its chill vibe. And although the gorgeous rooms may be the highlight — they’re equipped massive bathrooms, Ralph Lauren-like decor, and large flat-screen TVs — we’re lusting after a spot on one of these lounge chairs, and, naturally, a dip in the calm ocean waters. On-site amenities are bountiful here, but who really needs tennis courts, 18-hole golf course, or three stunning pools when we’ve got a beach like this to lie on? So as we say every week, sit back, take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the goodness that is the Four Seasons Resort Nevis.

The waters in Nevis are remarkably calm -- and kind of feel like a bathtub.

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It seems that every week a new tablet device has launched or a new robot is being introduced to do the work of a person — and hotels that know what’s up have made sure to stock up on new technologies. While some spots have simply added Kindle rentals to their amenity checklist (not that we’re complaining, Four Seasons Maui), others have gone above and beyond in terms of incorporating modern technologies into every day hospitality. And although vacation is traditionally a time to “get away,” more and more travelers are looking to be connected — virtually speaking, of course — no matter how far off the grid they’ve gone. Get inspired by these top-notch tech spots and incorporate them into your own space ASAP.

The Technology: Yobot

Found At: Yotel — New York City

The Yobot at NYC's Yotel helps handle your luggage -- literally.

If this futuristic hotel wasn’t cool enough, the folks beyond Yotel in New York City took their technology to new heights by introducing Yobot, a 15-foot automated luggage handler. Essentially, the robot selects and moves luggage from a very large luggage rack in order to organize all of the pieces received each day during check-in. And since the hotel is just so hip, what better way to introduce Yobot than through a hilarious Funny or Die video?
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Decked out in its signature pink, the Sandy Lane in Western Barbados is the creme-da-le-creme of luxury hotels around the world. While its superb service and long list of amenities are all top-notch (there’s even a Rolls Royce available to chauffeur you), Sandy Lane’s highlight is no doubt its white-sand strip of beach. So pretend you’re in one of those lounge chairs — with a matching fruity cocktail — take a deep breath, relax, and soak in the Monday morning goodness that is the beach at Sandy Lane.

Beach at Sandy Lane; Barbados

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It is SO freaking hot in New York today! I’m talking nearing 3-digit temperatures. (Or at least it feels like it.) So rather than sit in an air-conditioned office, we figured we’d take a dip at one of these six refreshing NYC hotel pools. And if you’re not in New York — well, these pools should get you there now.

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The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.

Dubbed the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is famous for its rich revolution-era history, its architecture (modern landmark skyscrapers and historic brick buildings sit side-by-side), and its truly fanatic sports fans (the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and Eagles all play here). And although plenty of tourists flock here to taste a slice of Americana, Philadelphia’s residents may be eager to escape — even if just to another metropolis. So pack your bags, crank up the A/C, and hop in the car — we’ve got some miles to cover.

Road Trip #1: Philadelphia to Atlantic City, NJ

  • Total Driving Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes
  • Distance Covered: 61.9 miles
  • Take This Trip If: You’ve got cash to spend — and not a clue where to start spending it.

Casinos are arguably AC's biggest draw. (Pun intended.)

The (aptly-named) Water Club at the Borgata offers several serene indoor havens like this.

Resorts has an Art Deco vibe -- which we find to be very chic.

Unlike other Northeastern beach destinations like the Hamptons and Cape Cod, Atlantic City (located on the Jersey Shore) is described as the Las Vegas of the East Coast, and with bright flashing lights dotting the boardwalk, big events (concerts, boxing matches), big gambling options, and boozed-up visitors, it’s clear the reputation is deserved. During the warmer months, expect to see guests soaking up the sun beachside during the day, then mingling over chic cocktails or gambling during the evening. Make sure to stroll the boardwalk and pick up some salt-water taffy, too — the city’s most celebrated treat. Stay in a resort along the oceanfront boardwalk to be closest to the action, or in the marina if you’re looking to feel a bit more secluded. A fantastic luxury option is the Water Club at the Borgata, an 800-room modern and exclusive escape from the bustle of Atlantic City. Guests have access to the casino, restaurants, and nightlife of the attached Borgata Hotel — but have their own exclusive amenities, too, including five adults-only heated pools and the serene two-story Immersion spa. For those looking to spend more green on gambling than on room rates, check out the Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City, which has its very own “Roaring Twenties” vibe — thanks in large part to the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Rooms here lack modern amenities such as duvet covers and flat-screen TVs, but there is an indoor/outdoor pool, and nightlife options — including Prohibition, the city’s first gay club — which are all pretty solid.

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This morning’s mini-break comes courtesy of Villa Montana Beach Resort, in the Puerto Rican town of Aguadilla. Although it doesn’t have the glitz that hotels on the Condado in San Juan may share, it offers an incredible stretch of secluded beach, several gorgeous outdoor pools with bars, and a more romantic, quiet vibe. Who needs nightlife when you can hang out one of those amazing, coral lounge chairs — sunrise, all day, and well past sunset. So as we always say, take a deep breath, sit back, relax and soak in the goodness that is Villa Montana’s beach.

The beach in Aguadilla is way quieter than some of Puerto Rico's more party-oriented hotels located in San Juan.

 

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Yesterday we showed off six bumping-but-kinda-gross pool parties that are ripe for participation — and today, we’ve got six more. While we may not be sweating as much as yesterday, we’re still thinking about putting on our bikini, grabbing a frozen drink, and letting loose at one of these raunchy fests. Pick your favorite hotel, then tell us in the comments section below why you wanna get wet and wild there now!

Moorea Beach Club Pool at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

Moore Pool at the Mandalay Bay's sexy sister property, THEHotel, offers a raucous good time.

Although we just heard from our friends at HotelChatter that THEHotel at Mandalay Bay will be converted into a Delano property, for now it remains the sleek, urban sophisticate sister to its giant Vegas sibling, the Mandalay Bay. And even though you’ll have access to the Mandalay Bay’s pools at THEHotel, we recommend staying on-site for a raging good time at the Moorea Beach Pool. Rent a sexy daybed, lay topless, and even have poolside spa services upon request. While entry prices are steeper — $10 for women; $50 for men — you can’t really put a price on nudity, can you?

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Dream Inn Daytona Florida Front Desk

Ummm....yeah. Photo: Courtesy of Travel Channel

Ugh, you guys: Hotel Impossible Season 1 is officially over. (Tear.) It’s been a great season for Anthony, Blanche and the HI team as they’ve renovated, retched, and then righted thirteen properties along the way. And while each property had its own unique challenges, no hotel proved to be more in need of a straight up redesign and internal restructuring than the Dream Inn in Daytona, Florida.  Owned by two Southern families attempting to “live the dream,” the Dream Inn was far from celestial — even the hotel’s GM, the owner’s son Jody, was unable to make any decisions due to the family drama. But when Anthony comes in, we know he’s going to save the day. And for the Dream Inn, the HI team pulled out all the stops to fix the delapidated rooms, disgusting yellow exterior, and the over accessorizing with dolphins. Wanna know what we loved the most? Read on for more.

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You guys, it is hot outside. I’m talking seriously steaming. (Has anyone tried to fry an egg on the sidewalk yet?) And nothing cools us off quite like a dip in the pool, amirite? And even though swimming means your hair may look subpar, your cohorts will likely forget if you’re attending one of these wet and wild hotel pool parties. So before summer slips through your fingers, take an end-of-the-season vacay and get your party hats on — and perhaps your top off.

Rehab Sundays at the Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Sunday Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

Sunday Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas

If there were only one infamous pool party, it would have to be the Sunday Rehab affair held at the Hard Rock Hotel — nine years in the making, this wet fest features oil-slathered tan bodies, a scantily-clad waitstaff and what we imagine are tons of bodily fluids floating around those waters. (TMI? But we’ve seen them exchanged.)  The grotto pool features two sandy beaches and will cost you a pretty penny for entrance alone: $100 for the boys, $50 for the girls. Staying at the Hard Rock? You’re in for free — but don’t think that doesn’t mean you won’t have to wait in the (oftentimes quite long) entrance line. But once you’re in, the party is known to bring in renowned DJs from across the globe including Tiesto (who kicked off the party’s 2012 season), Paul Oakenfold, and Bad Boy Bill.

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Perhaps one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the sandy stretch at Turks and Caicos’s Grace Bay Club is practically unparalleled. The pale blue sky, that bright, clear, aquamarine ocean, and the dotted umbrellas along the shore make us yearn for a weekend getaway. Or is just helping us get through this gray Monday. So as we say every Monday, sit back, relax, and soak in the a.m.  goodness that is Grace Bay Club.

Hi, ocean. We'd really like to splash in you right now.

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