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BulgariHotelDubai-001In the hotel landscape of Dubai, luxury tends to take on a whole new meaning. Top brands have pushed the boundaries when it comes to gorgeous designs and stellar amenities here, where the best of the best seems to be expected at all times. Continuing this tradition, it was announced last week that another jewel would be added to the Emirate’s startling hotelier crown: Italian fashion house — and designer hotel extraordinaire — Bulgari has plans to open a new hotel in Dubai in 2018. Read up on more details after the jump. [Hotel Chatter]

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Spring break is fast approaching — thank goodness! We’re ready to say “goodbye” to the blizzards, tornadoes, you name it, of this winter and “hello” to fun in the sun. Well, plenty of fun in the sun can be found in Miami, where thousands of college spring breakers choose to spend their week off. But whether you’re a crazy co-ed, or of a more sophisticated crowd, there’s a spot for you in scene-y Miami. And why visit Miami if you’re not going to stay in South Beach? [Ed. note: There are actually plenty of reasons why one would choose to stay somewhere like Coral Gables or Fisher Island instead, but Spring Break in South Beach has a nice ring to it, right?] So we’ve hand-picked hotels for every kind of spring breaker: Want a 90%* chance of spotting a celeb? Want to party all night and sleep all day? Want to bring the whole family along? We have a spot for you.

Our Pick for Celebrity Sightings: Delano Hotel

Catch Bradley's eye at the Delano Hotel.

It’s harder to think of celebs who haven’t stayed at the Delano than those who have. Everyone from George Clooney to Beyonce, Sandra Bullock to Matthew McConaughey, Chris Rock to Justin Timberlake have all called the Delano home, at least for a night or two. The most recent sightings to add to the roster? Less than two weeks ago, Gerard Butler (sigh), Leonardo DiCaprio (double sigh), Bradley Cooper (triple sigh), and even Mel Gibson (uh, not so much) were spotted dining together at the hotel’s Bianca restaurant before heading downstairs to the FDR nightclub.

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Welcome to the Nobu Hotel.

It’s a hotel within a hotel. On Monday, the first-ever Nobu Hotel — yes, from the same team behind the uber-popular Nobu restaurants — opened in the Centurion Tower at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. This luxe 181-room hotel, situated next to the also newly-opened Nobu restaurant, is all about the details. It may not have many on-site amenities (although guests are granted free access to Caesars’s facilities such as the fitness center and PURE Nightclub), but it does offer special perks such as 24-hour room service from Nobu (only open to non-guests for lunch and dinner) and in-room hot tea upon arrival. The luxe rooms, designed by renowned hotel designer David Rockwell, are in keeping with the Japanese theme: Floorplans exhibit feng shui, and minibars are stocked with Japanese beer and sake. But take a look for yourself after the jump!

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