March 2012

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Ahhh, the WWE — a true testament to the uniqueness of “sports entertainment,” with its Superstars, Divas, and complete and utter cheesiness. But for some reason, millions of fans tune into the organization’s biggest event of the year on Pay-Per-View (and spend the fifty bucks, too): Wrestlemania. This year’s event, being held at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, should not disappoint fans, as all of the major faces are expected, along with Hall-of-Fame inductee Mike Tyson as well as Shaq, on Sunday, April 1. Regardless of who you’re rooting for, we’ve found the perfect hotel for you. Find your favorite wrestler matched to his ideal hotel. 

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Credit: Norman Scott/startraksphoto.com; Tony DiMaio/startraksphoto.com; Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com; Norman Scott/startraksphoto.com

Credit: Norman Scott/startraksphoto.com; Tony DiMaio/startraksphoto.com; Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com; Norman Scott/startraksphoto.com

Sure, there have been some celebrity breakups that have devastated us — but there’s not just bad news coming from Tinsel Town. In fact, some of our favorite celebs have recently gotten engaged. Declaring their undying love — and their belief that “this time it’ll work” — stars including Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears, Halle Berry and Kristen Bell have all vowed to say “I do.” And we couldn’t be more thrilled — we want to celebrate with them! So we figured if we did the legwork of finding the perfect spot to play host to each of the celebs’ bachelorette parties, then they’d have to send us an invite, right? Even if we don’t snag a coveted offer from one of the ladies, at least we’ll have some inspiration for planning our own fetes.

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Foto Friday: Drink It In

by Rachel on March 30, 2012

This week’s Foto Friday couldn’t help but be inspired by the announcement of Anchorman 2, a film sequel we’ve been waiting about a decade for now. Set in San Diego, the original Anchorman follows a local news team through their triumphs and their plights — with a ton of laughs along the way. But our favorite line in the first flick had to have been when star Will Ferrell, playing Ron Burgundy, likens his city to a whale’s, errrr, lady parts, then reminds us to soak up the city’s scenery. Or as he says, “Drink it in.” Thanks Will, we’ll do just that.

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The view from a suite at the Hotel Del Coronado; San Diego, CA

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Guide at the Selinda Canoe Trail -- Botswana

Guide at the Selinda Canoe Trail -- Botswana

The Selinda Canoe Trail is a four-day, three-night trip that takes place along the Selinda Spillway in Botswana, offered from May to October. Camp is set up each night in secluded spots along the water — far from modern conveniences such as electricity and flushing toilets, but as luxe as camping can get, with great meals and an attentive staff that does all of the setting up and packing up for you. Plus, our guide Cliffy was top-notch; he does an excellent job leading this “safari-on-water.” The trip’s highlights happen during the day, when you’ll be able to spot incredible animals including elephants, hippos, and giraffes. But winding down under the stars, cocktail in hand, with the sound of Africa all around you, is pretty hard to beat as well. To schedule a trip, e-mail Cliffy at clintonphillips@live.comCheck out more amazing photos of what a day on the trail is like after the jump or read our full review here >>    

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This week, we’re headed down south to the Riviera Maya in Mexico (in honor of Spring Break, natch) — and we couldn’t stop staring at the Chac Chi Hotel and Suites‘s solarium entrance. Reminiscent of a little Zeppelin, no? Check out our caption after the jump, and then enter your own in the comments section below!

Solarium at the Chac Chi Hotel & Suites; Cancun, Mexico

Solarium at the Chac Chi Hotel & Suites; Cancun, Mexico

 

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9 Dizzingly High Hotels

by Jane Reynolds on March 27, 2012

View from the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons New York

View from the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons New York

You’ve seen our shots of gorgeous ocean views and stomach-dropping hotels on the edge, but we’ve yet to show off our staggering shots from crazy high hotels. And by staggering we don’t just mean staggeringly beautiful cityscapes (although some of them are) — we mean super-high views that’ll make you feel dizzy just looking at the photos. Whether they be in New York City or Hong Kong, taken from the penthouse or the elegant top-floor restaurant, these hotel views are jaw-dropping — and sometimes nausea-inducing! Check out nine breath-taking views from hotels around the world.

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We already shared the scoop on vacations that could maybe, kinda kill you, but we have a brand-new batch of spots that practically scream danger. And while not typical of a “relaxing vacay,” these retreats are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Catch up on your thrills by visiting one of these terrifying (but beautiful!) destinations.

Dive Off a Cliff

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Cliff Diving at the Caves Hotel, Jamaica

  • Where to Do It: The Caves, Jamaica
  • Why It’s Killer: Set along Negril’s western-edge, The Caves’ multitude of natural rock formations are perfect for cliff diving — at three or thirty feet. Arguably Jamaica’s most romantic escape (for adults only), the Caves’ 11 unique, private cottages and suites are tucked along lush garden paths and dramatic seaside cliffs (there’s no beach). So sit back, relax, and let loose!

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The Penthouse Roof at The Maritime Hotel; New York, NY

The Penthouse Roof at The Maritime Hotel; New York, NY

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT: The Maritime Hotel in New York used to be a rehab shelter and educational facility for runaways.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Element Hotels give us one more reason to shed that extra pound: You can now use energy created while working out to charge your laptop’s battery.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Kim Kardashian had a bag of flour tossed on her by Kris Humphries’ sister during an event for her latest fragrance’s launch at The London West Hollywood.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Chef Daniel Boulud made a three-foot ham sandwich for Jerry Lewis on his 86th birthday and delivered to the Hotel Plaza Athenee New York.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas boasts the world’s tallest chocolate fountain.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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Matzoh for Passover

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Passover means the Jewish population is ditching bread — or anything leavened with yeast — for eight days starting next week. And for many, this requires completely cleaning out one’s kitchen, or, spending a week away from their non-Kosher-for-Passover home in favor of a holiday-friendly hotel. Luckily, some seriously luxurious spots are offering Parve fare along with a week’s worth of R&R. Check out our choices for Passover vacations after the jump!

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Monday Morning Ahhhh

by Rachel on March 26, 2012

This morning’s virtual deep breath comes from one of our favorite beach spots in the world — Aruba, of course. Despite the oft-crowded resort scene, the island has fantastic weather and an inviting culture that always makes visitors feel right at home. Right now, we’re pretty jealous we’re not curling our toes beneath that incredibly soft sand. So as we say every Monday morning, sit down, take a deep breath, and soak in the goodness that is the Radisson Aruba‘s soft strip of beach. 

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Beach at the Radisson Aruba Resort Casino Spa

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