The times, oh they are a-changing. Credit: iStockPhoto
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most celebrated cultural centers thanks to dozens of museums, picturesque canals, and an overall friendly atmosphere. But the city is also known for its Red Light district — filled with XXX-type entertainment — and its lax stance on marijuana. With more than 200 legal dispensaries, Amsterdam uses these laid-back laws as a means of subduing the black market drug trade and keeping crime rates low – keeping things soooo mellow, if you will. But this coming January, The Netherlands will vote on whether or not non-natives can buy pot at their infamous “brown cafes.” To locals, the initiative would mean residents would have to register as “users,” which would then be verified by a dispensary owner. But since we’re not Dutch, we figured we needed to pack our bags ASAP while we can still get legally stoned. After scrounging the city, we found some of the best cafes — plus hotels where you can rest your head — in Europe’s Hemp Heaven.
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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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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
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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Are you tuning in to the opening ceremonies?
It may seem like all they do is train, train, and train some more, but Olympians have to sleep at some point. And when they do, they often crash at some of the nicest hotels around the world. We here at Oyster have found out where some of our favorite (and one of our not-so-favorite) Olympians — past and present — have rested their heads when on the road. In honor of the games’ opening ceremony, beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT on NBC (check your local listings for stations), get inspired by photos of the incredible hotels where Olympians have slept, celebrated, and even thrown a few punches!
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Visiting London for the Olympics is all about watching in awe as the world’s top athletes compete — and simultaneously zoning out the crowds, because you certainly won’t be the only person hopping across the pond to cheer for your country. Over half a million spectators are expected at the games this summer, and you know what that means: There’s bound to be a celebrity or two in the crowd. So if you don’t mind having your eye wander off the events just a bit, you may have a star sighting. How do you increase your chances of running into a celeb in the flesh? Stay at a hotel frequented by them, of course. We’ve found four of the best London hotels for the best chance of gawking at your favorite stars. And even if you don’t spot one on your visit, you can at least say you’ve stayed at a hotel with a celebrity’s stamp of approval.
Previous Celebrity Guests: Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey, Kanye West
The Lanesborough Suite at The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel
Why They Love It: The Lanesborough is a luxurious property overlooking Hyde Park in Knightsbridge. The 93 rooms have palatial bathrooms, big flat-screen TVs, and free butler service. Stately decor is inspired by the early 19th century, and free Wi-Fi and laptops are available in every room. Hotel highlights include fine dining at the Michelin-rated restaurant Apsleys, a ground floor piano bar, and traditional afternoon tea, but celebs really love this spot’s discretion: Stars are often put up in the Royal Suite, which has an undisclosed location within the hotel. Even very few Lanesborough employees know where to find it in order to ensure the utmost privacy.
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Deluxe Room at the Shutters On The Beach; Santa Monica, CA
1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The beach bags designed by Kate Spade for the Shutters On The Beach costs the same as spending a night in a Deluxe Room in the hotel.
2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The building that now houses the W New York Times Square used to be a popular nightclub in the 90s, especially for its Sunday drag parties.
3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has decided to stop offering valet parking after receiving hundreds of complaints about long waits.
4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Palais Namaskar in Morocco has a private jet that can be rented to fly from any airport in the world directly to Marrakech, where the hotel is located.
5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? All Hyatt hotels in North America will introduce a healthy kids’ menu designed by children ages 5 to 12.
Check out the answers 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.
Los Angeles is awesome whichever way you look at it. Despite its reputation of having few attractions for tourists and huge distances to cover to get to any of them, L.A. has plenty to offer with top-notch restaurants, world-class museums, a vibrant nightlife scene, and wonderful beaches that attract millions of visitors every year. But it’s good to take a break from all the buzz sometimes and head somewhere new, be it a more relaxed spot for some serious R&R, or the perfect stretch of sand for surfing. So whether you’re in town visiting and want to mix it up a bit, or you’re a resident and want to get away from it all, start packing and hit the road! We’ve got the perfect nearby spots that are just a short drive away.
Road Trip #1: Los Angeles to Orange County, CA
- Total Driving Time:1 hour
- Distance Covered:51 miles
- Take This Trip If: You’re ready for some pampering
It'a all about fun in the sun and easy living here in the O.C.
Don't you just want to take a dip in the Coliseum Pool at the Pelican Hill?
Have lunch with a view at the Montage Laguna Beach
Orange County is known for its well-heeled residents and high prices, but if you want to get some serious R&R, it’s the place to be. This string of uncrowded beaches is a good pick for families, but the area is popular among couples as well for its bucolic landscape and unparalleled sunsets. The beaches (and the waves) are definitely the main draw. If you’re planning a trip with the family, the ultra-luxe Pelican Hill is a wonderful choice. The property boasts two great golf courses, along with a plethora of other amenities, such as two gorgeous pools, a world-class spa, a fitness center, and a top-notch kids’ club. If it’s just you and your significant other, the Montage Laguna Beach is great for spending some quality time together. It offers an excellent spa, impeccable grounds, and beautiful rooms with breathtaking views.
- Top Driving Tip: The fastest and shortest way to get there is the Santa Ana Freeway, but if you’ve got some time to spare, Cabrillo Highway (SR 1) is the most scenic. Along the way you’ll see gorgeous beaches and rolling hills.
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At this point in the summer, every city in the U.S. is gearing up to the 4th of July celebrations with plans for parades, fireworks, performances, and street fairs. But few can match what New York has up its sleeve this year to mark Independence Day. The Macy’s “Ignite the Night” show will feature 40,000 fireworks in a 25-minute extravaganza, and performances by Katy Perry (YES!) and Kenny Chesney. With the most impressive and famous fireworks nationwide, and gorgeous rooftop bars from where to watch them, the Big Apple is the place to be this Independence Day. Finding the best spot to watch them live is never an easy task — so head to one of these sexy, sky-high rooftop bars to celebrate your independence and watch what’s bound to be an epic light show.
Press Lounge at the Ink48
With its one-of-a-kind views of Midtown Manhattan and the Hudson River, Press Lounge at Ink 48 has quickly established itself amongst the ranks of best rooftop bars in New York City. Featuring a wrap-around terrace, indoor seating, a reflecting pool, and even a hot tub, Press Lounge encourages late-night partying in style. The venue is ready for a full-on party on the 4th of July, with an open bar from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., food platters and desserts for $325 per person. If you have some extra bucks in your pocket and want to enjoy the fireworks from your own room, there are at least two packages you should check out before booking: the Party Like a President at Ink48’s Penthouse, and the Hudson River Suites special.
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Summer’s in full swing — can’t you just hear the beach calling your name? But while some of us are happy with just a patch of sand and a salty sea breeze, others hit the beach with a little something specific in mind. Maybe you want to go surfing, indulge in some late-night partying, or take full advantage of a clothing-optional zone. So no matter the kind of beach scene you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list to find the beach that suites your style this summer. Get ready to hit the sand!
If You’re Looking For: A Crazy Party
Hit This Beach: Medano Beach; Cabo San Lucas
Medano Beach at the Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa
Why Partiers Love It: It’s Cabo, baby! The infamous line associated with the town of Cabo San Lucas reflects its hard-partying atmosphere which makes it a popular choice among college-aged spring breakers. But Medano Beach has something for revelers of all ages — as long as you’re down to get in on the fun, of course. The soft, sandy beach is lined by bars — everything from inexpensive dives to upscale cocktail lounges. And no shirt, no problem!
Where to Stay: Almost all 142 units of the Cabo Villas are romantic, airy and bright — with modern décor, stylish fixtures, and spacious balconies with stunning views. The ocean-side location is convenient for party people — Medano Beach’s shores may be teeming with vendors and tourists, yet guests can find a bit of a reprieve (if they choose) at the hotel’s beach bar and sushi joint, Baja Cantina.
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When we travel, we like to let loose — after all, isn’t a vacation all about leisure? Whether you like dancing on a nightclub’s tables or swimming in a pool full of….errr…bodily fluids, we’ve got a hotel for the party animal in every single one of you. Get ready to rage!