July 2011

Stay Cool

by Hilary on July 22, 2011

Let’s just accept that it’s impossible to stay cool lately. Here are 5 ways to try to chill off.

Pool Day
Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City
Plunge, a bar at the Gansevoort, has an outdoor heated pool with views of Empire State Building.

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

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We just returned from Toronto, where we explored the largest city in Canada and discovered the ins and outs of the best hotels. We gazed at the CN Tower from our window in The Fairmont Royal York and walked steps to the hip area of Bloor Street at the luxurious Hazelton Hotel. At The Drake Hotel, a nightlife and dining hot spot, we sipped cocktails at the rooftop patio bar. And, because we’re Oyster, we’ve got photos of it all.

We’re excited to help you plan your own Toronto adventure, and look forward to sharing many more beautiful places with you in the coming year.

Go ahead — get inspired!

Toronto

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Last night we celebrated the launch of our new photo-powered search engine, Oyster Shots, at the Dream Hotel Downtown. Guests enjoyed theme-fitting oyster shots and lush cocktails. Tunes for the night were provided by Rostam of Vampire Weekend.

Dream Downtown Hotel

Dream Downtown Hotel

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Work Out Like a Local

by Hilary on July 21, 2011

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to give up everything you’ve worked for. Leading a healthy lifestyle takes commitment, and showing it off on your next vacation is the cherry on top of your fit sundae. Find out which areas to work on according to which travel itch you’re having.

Traveling to: South Beach
Focus on: Belly
Where to stay: The Setai

South Beach is all about the bikinis, so having a toned tummy is ideal when strolling on the beach. The Setai, one of Miami’s most luxurious beach hotels, has three pools — each a different temperature — and a prime beachside location. To get those toned abs that’ll turn heads, try planking, side crunching, The Hundred (an amazing Pilates move), and bicycle abs. Watch your 6-pack form in no time!

The Setai, Miami

The Setai, Miami

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Drinks for two: $45.
Dinner for four: $210.
Lunch poolside: $95.
Putting away your wallet when you step off the plane: priceless.

We’ve rounded up the 8 best all-inclusive Caribbean beach resorts so you can sit back, relax, and leave your wallet in the room.

Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Located on top of a cliff and in the middle of acres and acres of soon-to-be-developed land, the Sanctuary is in an indisputably beautiful location with a beautiful white-sand beach.

Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana

Secrets Sanctuary Cap Cana, Punta Cana

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Let’s tackle a problem we all face: the travel lull. Airports, busses, taxis, subways… everyone knows that travelling can be taxing – especially on your waistline. In all our angst over arranging the big trip, sometimes we forget to schedule time for ourselves and our bodies. Well for those of you travelling to New York, problem solved! With the help of SELF, we’ve found the top five hotels with fantastic gyms in New York City. Read on to find out where to book your next stay!

Affinia Dumont, Gramercy and Murray Hill
Want to be sure to work out while away? Well, this motivational atmosphere won’t take no for an answer! This hotel is completely fitness themed, with fitness tips on the TV sets in the elevator, a complementary “Experience Kit” in every room, equipped with a yoga mat and videos, and a concierge who is also a personal trainer! The gym has LifeFitness equipment, weight machines, cardio machines with personal televisions – the whole nine yards.

Affinia Dumont New York

Affinia Dumont New York

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Terranea Resort, CA

Terranea Resort, CA

  • JET
    Not that we need to be reminded, but sometimes it’s nice to dazzle. This NY Times piece, called Why We Travel, displays some of the most breathtaking shots from coveted areas around the world. Yeah, that’s why. [New York Times]

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Want to know the genius behind our website? You got it. Introducing Oyster’s Tech Blog.

Algorithms, insights, and a few lines of code from Oyster.com’s engineering team.

Go ahead, get smart!

 

Oyster's Tech Blog

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Foto Friday

by Hilary on July 15, 2011

Rub-a-dub-dub. I’m in a tub. Looking out of floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The Corner Studio at the Westin Phoenix Downtown

Corner Studio at the Westin Phoenix Downtown

Corner Studio at the Westin Phoenix Downtown

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5 Fantasy Hotels

by Hilary on July 14, 2011

We know, it’s been eight whole months since Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. We haven’t been counting down the days, minutes, and seconds or anything…

In celebration of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, we’ve rounded up the most fantastical hotels that will make the reenactment of your favorite Harry Potter scene seem normal (not that we’re saying it’s abnormal…).

The Mirage, Las Vegas
The trademark attraction here is the kid-friendly man-made volcano at the entrance. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat is also popular with families.

The Mirage, Las Vegas

The Mirage, Las Vegas

The Mirage, Las Vegas

The Mirage, Las Vegas

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