August 2012

Foto Friday: Caption This Photo!

by Devon on August 24, 2012

Boudin Bakery is one of San Francisco’s most famous foodie spots, known for making some of the best sourdough bread on the West Coast since 1849. The bakery is especially popular among tourists looking to try one of the whimsical seasonal loaves: Breads are molded into all kinds of shapes, from turkeys and snowmen, to adorable sea creatures such as crabs and this precious turtle. They’re almost too cute to eat! (Almost.)

Adorable eats from San Francisco's legendary Boudin Bakery

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Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La

Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La

Hong Kong has long been called the “World’s Fair of Food” — and with good reason. It seems you can’t take two steps in this bustling city without tripping over a Michelin star or two. Cuisine here is a complex fusion of Cantonese cooking, Japanese flavors, Southeast Asian flair, and even Western overtures due to its history as a British colony. The city’s hotels have been quick to up the ante when it comes to cuisine, battling each other for prominence in an industry where the food is just as important as the rooms. Check out our best of the bunch, and with our favorite menu picks to boot.

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The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The hotel's al fresco bar Lantern is a hotspot among locals and guests.

The upscale Fullerton Bay Hotel opened in 2010 and is one of the newest — and hottest – hotels on the Marina Bay waterfront. It’s intimate by Singapore hotel standards (100 rooms), and with its top-notch service and wonderful amenities, the property feels exclusive and private. Spacious rooms have masculine decor, with dark colors and wood accents, and come equipped with high-end amenities, including Egyptian cotton linens, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso coffeemakers, and iPod docks. Double-glazed floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning bay and skyline views. The vistas can also be enjoyed from the balconies and the deep soaking tubs (note that the glass walls between the tubs and the rooms do have privacy shades). The stylish rooftop bar, the huge pool, and the great dining options round out the experience at this gorgeous boutique. See more incredible photos after the jump or read our full review now»

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Two-Bedroom Mesa Suite Lockoff at the Sedona Summit Resort; Sedona, AZ The Sedona Summit Resort is already making us wanna take a snooze — how comfy does it look?

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Sedona Summit Resort is looking to “redefine the guest sleep experience” with custom-made, three-pound pillows for each guest.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A jury has ordered the owner of Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica to pay over $1 million to a group of Jewish customers for discrimination.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Hotel Casa Del Mar is trying to improve the lobby bar service with a gadget that reads the guest’s mind and sends orders to a computer used by the bartenders.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? No need to fret if the Mandalay Bay’s wedding chapel is booked up and you just need to tie the knot — Sin City now boasts the Wedding Wagon, which is a van that drives around the city and can marry couples on the spot.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The teen concierge at all Omni Hotels will double as a babysitter and tour guide, and take your kids out while you relax (or do just about anything else).

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Float along a lazy river in Myrtle Beach -- a sure wya to feel like you're on vacation!

Float along a lazy river in Myrtle Beach -- a sure way to feel like you're on vacation!

Continually ranked as one of America’s best family beach destinations, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina offers visitors plenty to do. For families, there are activities such as mini-golf, an aquarium, and funky novelty shops and museums, while couples and young adults can indulge in the lively (if a bit cheesy) nightlife and plethora of inexpensive restaurants and bars. And of course, its 60 miles of sandy shoreline adds to the city’s appeal. We’ve come up with a guide to the must-do activities in Myrtle Beach, and where to stay when you’re there. Get inspired and soak up these last few weeks of summer in this beachy town.

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Decked out in its signature pink, the Sandy Lane in Western Barbados is the creme-da-le-creme of luxury hotels around the world. While its superb service and long list of amenities are all top-notch (there’s even a Rolls Royce available to chauffeur you), Sandy Lane’s highlight is no doubt its white-sand strip of beach. So pretend you’re in one of those lounge chairs — with a matching fruity cocktail — take a deep breath, relax, and soak in the Monday morning goodness that is the beach at Sandy Lane.

Beach at Sandy Lane; Barbados

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Bubble Bath Vistas at the Thunderbird Hotels Pardo

Bubble Bath Vistas at the Thunderbird Hotels Pardo

Though often overlooked as a vacation destination, Lima has a lot to offer visitors, including surf-worthy beaches, a rich history, diverse cuisine, lush parks, and excellent shopping (particularly for silver and gold jewelry). And at the end of a long day of sightseeing and experiencing Peruvian nightlife, the best place to relax is in one of these luxurious bathrooms featuring everything from Jacuzzi tubs with expansive views to private saunas.

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It is SO freaking hot in New York today! I’m talking nearing 3-digit temperatures. (Or at least it feels like it.) So rather than sit in an air-conditioned office, we figured we’d take a dip at one of these six refreshing NYC hotel pools. And if you’re not in New York — well, these pools should get you there now.

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Foto Friday: Caption This Photo!

by Devon on August 17, 2012

No, it’s not an ad for The Expendables 2 — although these guys do look like they’re ready to get in on the action. It’s actually just a group of goofy old men (oh, you could tell?) hanging poolside at the Iberostar Dominicana Hotel in the Dominican Republic, showing off to all the goofy ladies taking a dip nearby. With all this prime on-site entertainment, you won’t even need to leave the hotel to get your kicks!

Poolside Entertainment at the Iberostar Dominicana Hotel

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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.

Dubbed the “City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is famous for its rich revolution-era history, its architecture (modern landmark skyscrapers and historic brick buildings sit side-by-side), and its truly fanatic sports fans (the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, and Eagles all play here). And although plenty of tourists flock here to taste a slice of Americana, Philadelphia’s residents may be eager to escape — even if just to another metropolis. So pack your bags, crank up the A/C, and hop in the car — we’ve got some miles to cover.

Road Trip #1: Philadelphia to Atlantic City, NJ

  • Total Driving Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes
  • Distance Covered: 61.9 miles
  • Take This Trip If: You’ve got cash to spend — and not a clue where to start spending it.

Casinos are arguably AC's biggest draw. (Pun intended.)

The (aptly-named) Water Club at the Borgata offers several serene indoor havens like this.

Resorts has an Art Deco vibe -- which we find to be very chic.

Unlike other Northeastern beach destinations like the Hamptons and Cape Cod, Atlantic City (located on the Jersey Shore) is described as the Las Vegas of the East Coast, and with bright flashing lights dotting the boardwalk, big events (concerts, boxing matches), big gambling options, and boozed-up visitors, it’s clear the reputation is deserved. During the warmer months, expect to see guests soaking up the sun beachside during the day, then mingling over chic cocktails or gambling during the evening. Make sure to stroll the boardwalk and pick up some salt-water taffy, too — the city’s most celebrated treat. Stay in a resort along the oceanfront boardwalk to be closest to the action, or in the marina if you’re looking to feel a bit more secluded. A fantastic luxury option is the Water Club at the Borgata, an 800-room modern and exclusive escape from the bustle of Atlantic City. Guests have access to the casino, restaurants, and nightlife of the attached Borgata Hotel — but have their own exclusive amenities, too, including five adults-only heated pools and the serene two-story Immersion spa. For those looking to spend more green on gambling than on room rates, check out the Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City, which has its very own “Roaring Twenties” vibe — thanks in large part to the hit HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Rooms here lack modern amenities such as duvet covers and flat-screen TVs, but there is an indoor/outdoor pool, and nightlife options — including Prohibition, the city’s first gay club — which are all pretty solid.

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