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True, we’re taking this photo of the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa out of context. But this group exercise makes captioning way too easy.

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Beach Activities at the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Don’t worry: If you’ve been hearing a “mmmcha, mmmcha, mmmcha,” beat  growing steadily louder, you’re not going crazy. It’s just the approach of the ULTRA Music Festival, which kicks off in Miami in less than two weeks. Electronic music fans from around the world will be flocking to Bayfront Park for DJ sets from the likes of Tiesto, Justice, Duck Sauce, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, and even the pioneers of electronic music themselves, Kraftwerk. Luckily for festival goers, Miami serves as a perfect backdrop, providing plenty of ways to keep the parties going late into the night (and in many cases right on through to the next). Our guide to the ULTRA Festival should help you book the perfect room to fit your personality.

The Outdoor Pool at The Setai; Miami, FL

If you’ve hired David Guetta to play one of your parties, consider…

The Setai

Miami is known for many things, but subtle flaunting of one’s wealth has never been one of them. The Setai is the epitome of this crowd, where gorgeous design meets massive rooms (they start at 600 square feet) and a killer location on a posh stretch of Collins Avenue. You can expect to pay out the nose for the luxury, of course, but if you’re looking to be surrounded by the members of the 1% who also love electronic music, it’s almost impossible to do better.

Our pro tip: The on-site restaurants might look pretty, but the food is actually so-so at best. Luckily, most of Miami’s best restaurants are just half a block away.

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Foto Friday: Cheers To That

by Zach on March 9, 2012

California wine country has come a long way in a short time. Ever since the famous Judgement of Paris turned the wine world on its head in 1976, the wine making industry in Napa and Sonoma has blossomed. But it’s not just the impressive wines that come out of the region that make it special: the natural beauty, incredible culinary scene, and laid back attitude make it a truly awesome corner of America. Hotels, like the Meritage Resort and Spa pictured here, offer couples and wine lovers a calm getaway surrounded by vines.

Vineyard at The Meritage Resort and Spa

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We understand the precautions pregnant women must take, but we still think the Punta Cana Hotel may have watched the Aliens trilogy one too many times.

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The Hotel at the Punta Cana Hotel; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

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Ah, Spring Break: Those booze-fueled glory days you spent partying in Cancun, Panama City, and Lake Powell feel like they were just yesterday. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to convince yourself (and those around you) that someone beyond the age of 22 should still be hitting the beaches with throngs of college kids. Luckily, there are plenty of places for the mature, modern man to take a spring break of his own without feeling like a seventh-year senior. These party spots offer more than just shooter girls and wet t-shirt contests.

Palm Springs, California

The Swim Club Pool at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club; Palm Springs, CA

Not so long ago, Palm Springs was a sleepy desert town that catered to geriatrics. Then a little festival called Coachella was born and the scene hasn’t been the same since. The cool kids flocking from L.A. on the weekends have supported the rise of an awesome nightlife scene in a town that caters to everyone from dirty hipster to rock god.

Hotels to Check Out: Just like at its sister properties, the parties at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club are the stuff of legends. The two pools host music events each weekend (usually with well-known DJs), and rooms are decked out with amenities like turntables and iPod docks.


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The thing about Amsterdam is that the outside world has it all wrong. Of course, there are the coffee shops filled with stoned tourists and the live sex shows of the Red Light District that give the city a hedonistic reputation. But that side of of the city is simply an overhyped niche, a carnal circus of overindulgence in a place that’s steeped with history, art, and culture. Locals take offense to visitors who miss the true creative spirit of Amsterdam, and after out visit, we think rightfully so. This view from the Ambassade Hotel is proof that despite what you may have heard, the city is great a place to relax, hop on a bike, and explore the winding streets and canals.

Views at The Senior Suite at the Ambassade Hotel; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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WTF Wednesday: Caption This Photo

by Zach on February 29, 2012

Depending on where you travel, you might find some interesting hotel crashers. In the case of the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas, they’re of the reptilian variety. Luckily, these guys are harmless (unless you happen to be a strawberry), and kids tend to love seeing them. Check out our caption after the jump, then add your own in the comments section below!

The Pool at the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

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Foto Friday: Into Africa

by Zach on February 24, 2012

When it comes to natural beauty, the entire African continent is worlds apart from anywhere else on Earth. That’s why we had such a hard time putting down our cameras when we visited Botswana: the super remote & Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp provided some of the best scenery we’ve ever seen from start to finish (reaching the resort is an adventure in itself). Sure, beaches can be gorgeous, but watching the sunset over the African wilderness is an entirely different kind of breathtaking.

Grounds at the &Beyond Xaranna Okavango Delta Camp; Botswana

 

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WTF Wednesday: Caption This Photo

by Zach on February 22, 2012

The Oyster team appreciates modern design as much as the next guy. But when we saw some of the dining room decor in the Peninsula, one of our favorite hotels in Hong Kong, we have to admit we chuckled a little bit. Well, maybe a lot. Check out our caption after the jump, then add your own in the comments section below!

Felix at The Peninsula Hong Kong; Hong Kong, PRC

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Hipster culture is something that has been mocked since mainstream culture became aware of its rise during the 2000s. In fact, making fun of someone’s flannel shirt, skinny jeans, or preference of PBR has become so commonplace, it’s practically passé. But all of this attention hasn’t deterred the culture from working its way into hotels around the world. So put down your second-hand paperback, throw on your favorite vinyl record, and take a look at some of our favorite “hipster-style” hotel amenities.

The Ace Hotel and Swim ClubPalm Springs, CA

 

The Swim Club Pool at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club; Palm Springs, CA

The Ace Hotel and Swim Club has a way of wooing the residents of Silver Lake and Echo Park away from their Intelligentsia coffees for weekends in the desert. There’s an undeniable party vibe at the hotel: like its sister properties, weekends are host to music events (especially well known DJs), where the two pools become lined with chest tattoos and vintage sunglasses. Rooms have retro touches like radios, record players and vinyl. And even though the nearby Coachella music festival is way too mainstream to be considered a hipster party anymore, the bands that play it are just as likely to end up on a Gorilla vs. Bear post as anyone. Just make sure you don’t forget to hit up the photo booth in the lobby before you head back to LA.

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