March 2012

Man and woman flirting by pool

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Bros, this one’s for you. Are you traveling with the guys and looking for some female company while on vacation (and perhaps beyond)? These hotel hot spots make it easy to find a new lady friend. What’s hotter than a hotel hook-up, anyway? We found five perfect places to use your most valued pick-up lines. But we can only point you in the right direction — so you better practice your moves ASAP.

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Foto Friday: Loungin’

by Zach on March 23, 2012

Sometimes it feels like moments of calm are impossible to come by at large resorts. This shot of the Radisson Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas shows that that’s  not always the case.

The Pool at the Radisson Grand Lucayan; Bahamas

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Most people associate springtime travel with crazy parties like spring break, but these five cities are perfect for visiting this season — and will leave you without the boozy side effects. These our some of our top cities to poke around in while the weather warms up.

NEW ORLEANS

Bienville House in New Orleans, LA

Bienville House; New Orleans, LA

Mark Twain once said “In America, there is New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.” In what’s arguably one of the most culturally unique cities in the country, it’s easy to see what he meant. Of course, it’s the birthplace of Jazz and home of epic Mardi Gras celebrations, but the city itself has much more depth than that, including legendary cuisine, historic architecture, and a buzzing nightlife. Spring is one of the best times to make your way to NoLa, not only so you can avoid the sweltering summer temperatures, but also so you can take advantage of the New Orleans Jazz Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Bayou Boogaloo.

Editor’s Pick: Bienville House

Check out our other favorite springtime cities after the jump.

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Every so often, our editors curate the best of the best — or as Oyster likes to call ‘em, our Half Dozen. (Ed note: We obviously couldn’t resist that one.) Now that beach season is around the corner, it’s time to start busting our butts into bikini-approved shape. And while travel is an easy excuse for skipping a workout, we found six incredible hotels that’ll keep you fit until you fly home. Watch the video above, and check out more of Oyster on TV now for an inside peek into the Hotel Tell-All’s favorite spots.

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iPadAppWe already told you guys about our incredible new iPad app — you know, the one with interactive maps, tons of destinations, and collections with vacation ideas ripe for picking. But with the launch of Apple’s latest iPad — which already sold over 3 million units in its first weekend on shelves – we had to quickly make some improvements to make our app iPad3-ready. Curious how we souped it up in time for the iPad3′s release? A lot of coffee, nail biting, and well, tons of work. Check out the improvements we made after the jump!

Update: Our latest version was so impressive that the App Store asked to feature it — which we did. The best part? Having a “featured” app can increase our site’s organic traffic by three or four times as much!

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Perhaps we’re taking a little bit of liberty when we caption this photo, taken at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino‘s Oxygen Bar in Las Vegas. However, we can’t help but think that the bar is a bit reminiscent of heavier substances. Check out our caption after the jump, then add your own in the comments section below!

Oxygen Bar at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino; Las Vegas, NV

Oxygen Bar at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino; Las Vegas, NV

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Photo by Sandra Lee Schubert/FCC


Every March, Washington D.C.’s historical Tidal Basin area is filled with blooming cherry trees
— and hoards of tourists coming to take pictures of the breathtaking flowers. Today, in fact, marks the kick-off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs only through April 27 — so you only have a small window to catch the flowers in all their glory. According to the Festival, the average bloom’s peak date is April 4 — a week and a half away, so get on booking one of these super-luxe spots or their cost-friendly alternatives ASAP. Browse our fave options after the jump!

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After months of chilly, blustery weather — it’s official: Spring has sprung! We can literally smell it in the air. To celebrate the shedding of our heavy coats, shearling boots, and bulky sweaters, we found vacation spots that literally bring the outside in — as in, they’re missing the (non-proverbial) fourth wall. Check out our favorite open-air spots after the jump, then tell us: How do you celebrate the arrival of spring?

Jamaica Inn — Ochos Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica Inn Balcony

A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury — a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with open walls, oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. This is not the place to party, as the resort totally shuts down around midnight — but who needs late night entertainment when you’ve got nature at your own fingertips?

Check out more amazing open-air hotel rooms after the jump>>

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The Beach Palace; Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico

The Beach Palace; Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Snooki and J-Woww (of Jersey Shore fame) have chosen the Beach Palace in Cancun for some days of R&R while shooting their new reality show “Snooki and J-Woww vs. The World.”

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Rutherford’s Auberge Du Soleil has opened a pop-up shop selling several varieties of Girl Scout cookies until late June.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Actor Jonah Hill has gone to bed in his hotel room wearing boxers and T-shirt, and woken up in a dress shirt, socks, shoes, tie… and no pants or underwear — on several occasions.

4. FACT OF FAKEOUT: Lufthansa has partnered with Mandarin Oriental New York chef Toni Robertson to helm up the Economy Class menu on flights out of the U.S. to Germany during the months of March and April.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Room service at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas now offers sexy items from the resort’s erotic Love Jones boutique.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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Miami Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday, and while other cities like New York and Milan focus on the coming sesason’s ready-to-wear, Miami’s Fashion Week celebrates swimwear. (And really, are you surprised?) And if you’re flying South to check out the latest ready-to-swim styles, you’ll need to pack a few that you already own. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be skimpy. We’ve picked out the best hotels to, errr, suit your style. [Ed. note: We couldn't help ourselves with that one, it was just too easy.] Check out the best hotels (for every style) for Miami Fashion Week!

If you wear a stylish monokini, stay at the W South Beach

Credit: iStock Photo; The Pool at the W South Beach

Credit: iStock Photo (woman); The Pool at the W South Beach

The upscale W South Beach has a sleek, modern vibe that attracts a beautiful crowd more focused on lounging in the sun than partying or forced family fun. Dense palms, colorful cushions set along the grass, and sexy wood-latticed cabanas (that cost extra, of course) surround the pool. There’s no club-minded DJ, but rather ambient spa sounds and mellow, remixed classic rock floating through the speakers. But the large, meticulously-designed rooms, with white ceramic floors with a wood-grain finish, metal-studded doors, and rock-and-roll photography, the W rooms rival the best in South Beach, especially given every room’s ocean-angled terrace.

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