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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. Today, we’re bring you our top six picks for kid-friendly hotels. From massive water parks to on-site zoos, from trapeze lessons from circus performers to roller coasters, these hotels are sure to keep the kids happy.

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Dreaming of spring break in Hawaii? If our gorgeous photos of the 50th state don’t already have you packing your cutest bikini and flip-flops, get inspired by our Oyster half-dozen video, which tells you the best things to do and best places to stay!

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There’s really nothing more English than afternoon tea, so we’ve rounded up our six favorite spots to indulge in London. We found scones, clotted cream, and smoked salmon finger sandwiches, of course, but a few surprises as well — from poetry tea readings to a tea made specially for chocolate lovers. Pinkies up, please!

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Seattle may be known for its rain (among many other things — Starbucks, anyone?) but that shouldn’t stop you from getting out and exploring all the city has to offer. Fortunately, our “What to See in Seattle” half-dozen video includes outdoor and indoor fun just in case the clouds get too ominous. Whether you want to hit up the major tourist sights or do as the locals do, we have an activity for you, and a hotel that’s convenient for each.

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Starting today through January 25th, SELF Magazine is sponsoring a Google + hangout series on “Resolutions for a Better 2013,” with topics ranging from career advice to love, health to travel. To kick off the series, our Editorial Director Kelsey was invited to be part of a panel of travel experts weighing in on the “Best Places to Travel in 2013.” The discussion took place earlier this afternoon but if you missed the hangout, don’t worry! Here’s the full video, where Kelsey, along with participants from Jetsetter, Frommers, and Atlas Sliced, discussed the hottest travel stories and dished out travel advice for 2013.

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Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we visit properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look (and a listen) at our six favorite romantic hotels in Los Cabos, and get inspired!

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The 21st century, if nothing else, has done one thing to mankind: We’ve become obsessed with technology and being “kept in the loop,” even while not at office — and even when we’re on vacation. So if you can’t part with your iPad, BlackBerry, Galaxy, or just a huge flat-screen TV, know that you’re not alone — and that you can take a break from work while still being totally connected.

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We’ve already waxed poetic about our love of all beach hotels. After all, there aren’t many feelings much better than cool sand between your toes, sun on your shoulders, and an ocean breeze through your hair. The hard part, is, naturally, finding that great beach. Thankfully, we’ve done the research for you and found six of the greatest hotel beaches around the globe.

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When we travel, we like to let loose — after all, isn’t a vacation all about leisure? Whether you like dancing on a nightclub’s tables or swimming in a pool full of….errr…bodily fluids, we’ve got a hotel for the party animal in every single one of you. Get ready to rage!

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We love home decor, interior design, and architecture here at Oyster — after all, aren’t they all huge parts of a hotel stay experience? Our staffer Jen sought out the six most beautiful spots to soak in some gorgeous interior design. Check it out below, then tell us: Where would you want to stay the most?

 

 

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