June 2012

Lobby at the Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; Lanai, HI

Lobby at the Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; Lanai, HI

1. FACT OF FAKEOUT? Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has agreed to buy 98% (including the much-lauded Four Seasons, natch) of the Hawaiian island of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas won’t be celebrating the 4th of July this year with its signature fireworks show due to its falling on a Wednesday.

3. FACT OF FAKEOUT? Etihad Airways has purchased 200 hens and three beehives as part of a project to boost sales by appealing to customers’ palates.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Bermuda’s Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa is now offering a package that includes exploring a seventeenth-century shipwreck.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Hotel Solamar San Diego has temporarily stopped serving beer after a guest complained about it not being locally brewed.

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The Beach at Casa De Campo

The Beach at Casa De Campo

Every season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians seems to require at least one drama-filled family vacay and last night’s episode brought viewers just that. The star-studded fam packed their bags and headed to the Dominican Republic — the destination of Kim’s choosing (go figure — after all, she is the one who put the fam on the map with her sex tape talent) – for some fun in the sun. Staying at the luxurious Casa De Campo, the Kardashians took full advantage of the resort’s many amenities: From the beach to the golf course to the gorgeous villa, no spot was safe from the posse’s drama. Check out where it all went down after the jump!

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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 Ink48

Press Lounge at the Ink48

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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It’s the first official summer Friday, and while temperatures outside are soaring above the 90s, here at Oyster HQ we’re using the power of our imaginations (and our Oyster Shots!) to transport ourselves to some cooler beach-side glamour. In particular, the exclusive La Samanna resort on the French side of St. Maarten has captured our eye with it’s fabulous beach and bohemian bar, Baie Long. Offering a sophisticated setting for cooling off on a hot day, this Moroccan-themed bar is even celeb-approved: Famed guests such as Jackie O (could you find ANYONE chicer?) have sipped cocktails in this bright, airy lounge. So what are you waiting for? Order up a strong one and start your weekend off right!

Baie Long Bar at the La Samanna

Baie Long Bar at the La Samanna

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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.

Houston has just about everything Texans could want right at their fingertips. The Lonestar State’s biggest city also has some of the biggest attractions including the famed Museum and Theater districts as well as NASA’s Johnson Space Center (as in, “Houston, we have a problem”). But one of Space City’s greatest assets is its mere proximity to some of the other most unique and cultured cities. So saddle up for a true taste of Texas goodness, from beaches and rock ‘n roll; from water parks to oil rigs. Let’s hit the road!

Road Trip #1: Houston to Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi is the best beachside locale in Texas.

  • Total Driving Time: 3 hours, 51 minutes
  • Distance Covered: 222 miles
  • Take This Trip If: You need a much-needed day at the beach.

The rooftop restaurant at the Omni Corpus Christi lets us enjoy miles of the Gulf.

The fishing dock at the Lighthouse Inn is perfect for enjoy the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sitting pretty on the Gulf of Mexico’s crystal blue coast, Corpus Christi really does live up to its “sparkling city by the sea” nickname. With more than 131 miles of beaches, the city’s main shores of Corpus Christi and McGee beaches draw large summer crowds. The city’s sand helped earn Corpus Christi a “Best Restored Beach “award from the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association last year, one of only seven cities in the nation to receive the honor.  For some of the best views of the beach, the waterfront Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay can’t be beat, especially when looking out from on-site fishing dock and private balconies with rocking chairs. And a slightly more affordable option is the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel Bayfront Tower. The hotel also has incredible views from the rooftop lounge, and is within walking distance of many other downtown attractions.

  • Top Driving Tip: Weedhaven was once a tiny bustling village settled by wealthy businessman J.F. Weed, about halfway between the two cities. His store, cafe, and inn may have closed, but the Wild West remains of Weedhaven make it a popular roadside stop along the route.

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Come on, you know it: We all have a secret soft spot for those kitschy red, white and blue decorations folks tend to resurface during the summer — especially around July 4th. But while we give a wink to plastic flags, what we truly love is some rustic, genuine American décor; from pieces that look straight out of Betsy Ross’s Philadelphia home to more desert-inspired styles reminiscent of the Westward Expansion. And hotels across the country are happy to oblige to these decor styles year round. Since Independence day is on the horizon, enjoy our favorite spots for all the plaid, wood and warmth that typical American décor is so famous for.

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Public Restroom at the Hotel Constanza Barcelona

Public Restroom at the Hotel Constanza Barcelona

Who hasn’t ducked into a hotel to make use of a clean public restroom while on vacation? While hotels across the board often have nicer public bathrooms than, say, the local gas station, some hotels’ bathrooms go beyond just clean. Whether employing attractive streamlined design or antique decor, hotels are upping the ante when it comes to their public bathrooms, and we at Oyster have seen the best of the best. Check out our ten favorites in this slideshow.

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Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe, California

It’s true that the ocean is awesome — but reaching it can be a trek for many travelers. And even for those who live close to the beach, there comes a point in the summer when you get sick of sand getting stuck between your toes. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite spots for freshwater fun; these beautiful lakes and rivers are an active traveler’s dream, offering activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, nearby hiking, and more. Check out our trip options suited to a range of tastes — whether you prefer picnicking on Tahoe’s shores or cave tubing along the Macal River in Belize.

 

 

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Only in Texas could you walk into a hotel fitness center and see a genuine cowhide mechanical bull casually placed between the elliptical machines and the free weights. Along with our new friend Brutus the Bull, the Travaasa Austin also offers two-step dance classes and a Road-Rules-style challenge course in an effort to give guests the Lone Star experience. If only the hotel came with a saloon full of cowboys, we’d be all set for summer.

Brutus at the Fitness Center at the Travaasa Austin

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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

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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