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Top Travel Destinations in 2022: Las Vegas, South Florida, Los Cabos

2021 is winding down and the holiday season is upon us. What will be the top travel destinations in 2022? Of course, there are many to choose from all around the world. COVID-19 is still gripping the travel industry, as most countries battle this ongoing pandemic.

We want to share three top travel destinations in 2022: Las Vegas, South Florida, Los Cabos

Las Vegas, Nevada

Slated to open its doors in early 2022, Illuminarium Experiences, a breakthrough global experiential entertainment company created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations. They will open its second Illuminarium at AREA15, Las Vegas’ newest immersive events and entertainment district.

The 33,000 square-foot, purpose-built building will be on the western side of the main AREA15 complex. Audiences will be transported to spectacles unlike any other, while participating in a shared and connected experience. In addition to the opening of Illuminarium, the first new hotel on the Strip in more than a decade recently opened. Plus, there are renovations at others properties: The Las Vegas Hilton, The Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords

South Florida

From Miami’s current beginnings of a dining golden era to West Palm Beach’s expansion of endless cultural venues and museums, South Florida is as busy as ever. As of November, getting around the tropical destination has also never been easier. Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in America, is back in service after a 19-month hiatus. It runs between its Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach stations.

Brightline has relaunched with multiple service enhancements and investments. For example, its new fully integrated, door-to-door booking service Brightline+ which is powered by its app and supported by a new fleet of Brightline branded vehicles. In addition, they offer upgraded food and beverage options. Also relaunching with Brightline is Citizens, a new 26,000 SF culinary center by C3. They are the leading global food tech platform. They will house C3 by sbe’s restaurant offerings that are inspired by globally renowned chefs. For example: “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto, Chef Katsuya Uechi,  Michelin Starred chef Dani García and Chef Dario Cecchini.

 

Los Cabos, Mexico

Coming out to the pandemic, Los Cabos is reporting a huge spike in tourism numbers. Cabo is Mexico’s leading tourism destination. Airline seats are expected to increase by 45 percent from the U.S. from November 2021 to April 2022 compared to the same periods in 2019 and 2020.

After undergoing a $10 million renovation, one of the destination’s leading hotels ME Cabo has reopened its doors. The luxury hotel will be a completely transformed resort. Every aspect of the property has been reimagined from guest rooms and lounges to food and beverage partnerships. As part of the Me by Meliá collection, ME Cabo embraces its beautiful location in Cabo San Lucas, overlooking the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Hotel guests will find a new bold and contemporary design that will enrich each guest’s experiences. All 170 guest rooms have been remodeled to embrace traditional Mexican design. They all boast an eclectic feel, mixing rustic wood furnishings with bright and vivid colors. In addition, rooms range from 425 to 3,000 square feet and feature a private, furnished balcony or terrace with garden or ocean views. Plus other amenities include: rainfall showers, fully stocked Maxibar, integrated room technologies and bath amenities by C.O. Bigelow.

The luxury Los Cabos hotel partnered with popular Mexican restaurant group Grupo Rosa Negra. Hence, they will to debut four new culinary hotspots: Confessions Skybar & Tapas, Taboo Beach Club & Restaurant, Funky Geisha, and Mamazzita Mexican Soul. The new culinary concepts are dedicated to serving locally sourced produce and ingredients that explore Latin American cuisine.

What top travel destinations do you want to visit next year? Please share your thoughts. The Life of Luxury offers luxury travel services to meet all of your travel needs. Please contact us today!

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Perfect Weekend Getaway to South Lake Tahoe

One of my favorite places to visit is Lake Tahoe. For a perfect weekend getaway, I traveled into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to always scenic, Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. The deep blue lake has a surface elevation of 6,225 feet or 1,897 meters. It has over 70 miles of gorgeous shoreline. The Lake Tahoe area is well known for world class skiing and snowboarding. In addition, enjoy countless hiking trails and water activities.

To get the most out of your perfect weekend getaway, be sure to plan ahead. Decide what you want to do and make your reservations. Lake Tahoe is popular all year with countless things to do. Glaciers contributed to carving out the bowl shaped valleys of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake. and Fallen Leaf Lake. There is so much to see and do. Enjoy the best nature offers and take in the stunning views, everywhere you look.

Emerald Bay State Park Lookout

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

A breathtaking view of alpine Lake Tahoe and majestic Emerald Bay. The views are picturesque and unbelievable. Then take the trail down to the Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. There are numerous small waterfalls along the way. I feel it provide the best lookout around Lake Tahoe area. Due to its popularity, parking can be scarce so be prepared.

Hotel Azure

Hotel Azure Lake Tahoe

We stayed at the Hotel Azure, a 99-room property that is located across the road from the scenic shores of Lake Tahoe. You are just a short five-minute drive from the famous Tahoe hotels and casinos, plus Heavenly Mountain Resort. All rooms at this boutique hotel are non-smoking and include balconies and many offer views of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and offer microwaves, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. In addition, the larger suites feature full kitchens that comes with an oven, dishwasher and full-sized refrigerator.

Guests will enjoy complimentary wireless internet and cable programming for great TV watching entertainment. You can utilize their fitness facilities and have fun in the game room, plus receive complimentary parking. The hotel staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The heated pool and 20-person hot tub can be enjoyed year-round. Relax and take in the surrounding scenery. Staying at Hotel Azure is perfect for both family vacations and those wanting to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities that Lake Tahoe offers.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular - Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Enjoy year-end events at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino. In the South Shore Room, concerts, shows, comedians and singers deliver top-notch entertainment value. During our stay, we were able to attend the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular show. It is an amazing, multi-media laser and light show that features the original master recordings of the iconic band – Pink Floyd. During the first half of the show, attendees listen to music from the Dark Side of the Moon and view the laser shows through 3-D glasses. During the second half, we put on prism glasses and rocked out to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. It was a fun night of great music.

Sprouts Cafe

Sprouts Cafe Lake Tahoe

If you want to dine and be treated to delicious tasting, healthy food, then head to Sprouts Cafe. The friendly staff offers great service and serves outstanding meals. Choose from a wide selection of sandwiches, smoothies, juices, bagel and more! There is a variety of veggie and meat options. Their delish sandwiches include avocado, sprouts and carrots. Patrons can dine inside or enjoy the Tahoe area views from their great outdoor patio, along with relaxing music! The cafe is open 7 days a week and provides both dine-in and takeout service.

The Shops at Heavenly Village

Shops at Heavenly Village - Lake Tahoe

For the best shopping in South Lake Tahoe, visit the Shops at Heavenly Village. It is located at the base of the Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola and close walking distance to the major Tahoe hotels and casinos. You can stroll leisurely along cobblestone sidewalks and check-out over 40 shops and restaurants. You can shop for outdoor clothing, gear and accessories, resort wear, kids wear, toys, souvenirs, art, gifts and more! During the warmer months, there is miniature golf and during winter try the large ice skating rink.

Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante - Lake Tahoe

To cap off our perfect weekend getaway, we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner at Scusa Italian Ristorante. The food is very delicious and the staff is friendly and attentive. After our tasty appetizers, my wife had the “Fresh Salmon Scaloppine” and I chose the “Veal – Scaloppine Cut“. Both tasted great and cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the Hot Fudge Brownie – raspberry purée and vanilla ice cream and Tiramisu with espresso cream sauce. Both so delish! The next time we are back in Lake Tahoe, we will definitely return for another enjoyable dinner.

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12 New All-Inclusive Beach Resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico

The popularity of all-inclusive beach resorts amongst travelers continue to rise. The appeal of all-inclusive beach resorts is obvious. Typically the resort or hotel includes the room, all meals and snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and even some on-sight or local activities.

So by paying a set price, vacationers get just about everything included in your visit. Travelers are most often excited about getting all their meals and drinks included in the overall price. It’s piece of mind and minimizes the surprise of spending more than they budgeted for their dream vacation.

The Caribbean and Mexico continue to be two of the top luxury travel destinations in the world. With warm weather, white sand beaches and rich culture, the Caribbean and Mexico will provide a memorable travel experience. To help you plan your next luxury vacation, we want to share 12 new All-inclusive Beach Resorts to choose from.

All-inclusive Beach Resorts

Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This no-kids resort offers a sophisticated and modern setting. Head to the Feel Harmony Spa for therapeutic specialty treatments. Once there, join a spin class at the fitness center or go for a dip at one of the hotel’s seven pools. Opened February 2021.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The highlight of Nickelodeon’s first resort in Mexico is Aqua Nick. This six-acre water park features a lazy river, a faster-paced adventure river and over 20 water slides. Hence, guests will also enjoy “gourmet inclusive” experiences at six restaurants and three bars. Opened July 2021.

Hotel Xcaret Arte (5 stars), Playa del Carmen, Mexico — The luxury resort features 900 suites, seven restaurants and multiple pools. Also, this kids-free retreat pays tribute to great Mexican artists. Guests are encouraged to explore and engage in Mexican culture through activities. For example, weaving workshop, dance classes and cooking lessons. Plus, the resort offers the “All-Fun Inclusive” experience, where the upfront price includes unlimited access to the seven nature parks of Grupo Xcaret. Opened July 2021.

Dreams Bahia Mita Surf and Secrets Bahia Mita Surf (5 stars), Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
These sister resorts are set on the beaches of Banderas Bay and surrounded by the Sierra Madre mountains. Family-friendly Dreams offers five swimming pools, water slides and theme parties. Secrets is a no-kids haven, pampering guests with 24-hour room service, pool and beach wait service and elegant all-suite accommodations. It features an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a luxury cenote-inspired spa. Opened August 2021.

Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, this property offers nine pools, an oceanfront water park and a two-story spa. Participate in a wine tasting and dance to live music. In addition, indulge in delicious meals and drinks at the 17 restaurants and bars on site. Opened September 2021.

Hilton Cancun (5 stars), Mexico
12 restaurants, three bars, two infinity pools and a kids’ pool area and water park are highlights of this hotel. Sip a cool beverage poolside, take a yoga class or indulge in sweet treats at the Ice Cream and Churros Shop. Lastly, it is scheduled to open November 2021.

Secrets Impression Moxche Playa Del Carmen (5 stars), Mexico
This no-kids retreat offers activities like snorkeling, archery, tennis and dance and cocktail-making classes. For example, enjoy 24-hour concierge and room service, seven heated pools and three man-made cenotes. For example, Preferred Club guests have exclusive access to a rooftop pool. Scheduled to open February 2022.

Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana (5 stars), Dominican Republic
This resort features 228 suites and 40 villas, including swim-up accommodations and rooms with private pools. At the heart of the resort is Gourmet Village, home to multiple performance venues, restaurants and bars. Also, relax at the swimming pool, grab a drink at Land Shark Brewery, join a pickle ball tournament or enjoy yoga on the beach. Scheduled to open November 2021.

Hilton Vallarta Riviera (5 stars), Mexico
All of the accommodations at this 444-room, no-kids hotel feature walk-in rainfall showers and private balconies or terraces overlooking the Pacific coast. Thus, relax at one of two infinity pools, grab a drink at a cocktail bar or enjoy the oceanfront Eforea Spa. Also, the resort also boasts 26,000 square feet of event space. Opened August 2021.

Breathless Cancun Soul (5 stars), Mexico
Two rooftop infinity pools, swim-up bars and a variety of trendy dining venues amid a kids-free setting are top draws of this property. Therefore, enjoy high-energy events and themed parties hosted by live DJs. Continuing, take in a tequila tasting or participate in water sports like windsurfing and sailing. Scheduled to open December 2021.

Zoetry Casa del Mar Los Cabos (5 stars), Mexico
This intimate boutique hotel has just 60 rooms. All boast ocean views and private terraces. Next, guests can sign up for a complimentary wellness or fitness consultation or enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment. In addition, join a yoga session or take a culinary class. Scheduled to open December 2021.

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Photo: Live Aqua Beach Resort Punta Cana




Artist Christo Wraps the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France

The amazing art display titled “Wrapped” is now available to view in Paris, France. Famous artist Christo had the vision to complete the mega pop-up art installation over the iconic Arc de Triomphe. The final art display was completed by his team, due to Christo’s death last year.

“Wrapped” is a a temporary art work that will be on display starting today, Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021. The art exhibit was initially planned for last year. But due the COVID-19, it’s debut is a year later. The Arch of Triumph is carefully wrapped in over 269,000 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric. In addition, the exhibit uses almost 23,000 feet of bright red rope.

What most people don’t realize, is that Christo’s vision for wrapping actually began decades ago. In 1961, Christo met his wife Jeanne-Claude. Soon after, plans began with Christo making his first sketches and photo-montages in 1962 and 1963. In addition, Christo lives near the Arc de Triomphe, so it provides him a daily inspiration.

The impressive monument was designed by Jean Chalgrin in 1806, from orders by Napoleon and inaugurated in 1836. The inauguration is based on the sixth anniversary of the Three Glories—Les Trois Glorieuses. The might arch is 50 meters high and 45 meters in width. In addition, it is 22 meters deep. For years, the monument was the largest triumphal arch in the world. The Paris monument’s design was inspired by the Roman Arch of Titus.

Arc de Triomphe art exbibit by artist Christo

Visitors to Paris will be happy to know is the Arc de Triomphe will remain open to the public all during the wrap exhibit. Of course, the Arc de Triomphe is know all around the world and is located on the famous Champs-Élysées. The famous monument pays tribute to people who both fought and died for France, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Hence, visitors, can view names of all French victories and generals inscribed on the monument’s inner and outer surfaces.

The Eternal Flame is found in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s good to hear that the flame will continue to burn throughout Christo’s art exhibit. Beneath the arch’s vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, from World War I.

Sadly, Christo did die on May 31, 2020. He is well known for his large-scale, environmental installations created around the world. Yet, his great project was approved last year by the National Monuments Center. The organization manages the famous Arc de Triomphe plus almost 100 other national monuments across France.

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Photo: Atout France




A Sustainable Wellness Hotel is in High Demand for Travelers

The phrase “sustainable wellness hotel” is a popular one in the luxury travel industry. An increasing number of hotels are trying to attract customers with this catch phrase. So what does sustainable wellness mean and what characteristics does a sustainable wellness hotel provide its guests?

Sustainably thinking and acting hotels take the upmost care and responsibility for the environment. They do this in a variety of ways. First, it can be in their selection of food and products or energy generation. Next, it is waste management, regional value creation or the support for social projects. Therefore, the ultimate goal is a holistic concept that blends the sustainable theme into all areas of the hotel. In addition, the hotel’s wellness and spa area are also included.

We want to share two sustainable wellness hotels that offer sustainability into their oases of relaxation and well-being. They deliver sustainability in a number of ways. Each finds their niche and discover how to implement their holistic concepts. These properties have a commitment to sustainability and closely work with partners who share our own values.

In Germany’s Black Forest, Beauty Lies in Nature

The Hotel Schwarzwald Panorama in Germany has implemented sustainable action across almost 100% of the value chain. In addition, it applies to the 850 square meter spa area. Guests can enjoy their mineral thermal swimming pool and saunas. The hotel’s spa team only uses natural cosmetics that are made from organic, plant-based ingredients. These are utilized in all spa treatments.

The goal is to strengthen the skin’s own natural processes and protect it from external influence. Schwarzwald Panorama features the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care treatment concept and offers selected medicinal plants. The spa’s facial and body treatments follow the Pharmos Natur method. In addition, the treatment uses a fresh aloe vera leaf and can be booked as a relaxing massage. Lastly, try a stimulating detox or anti-stress treatment.

Wellness in Zermatt – Utilizing Potent Elixirs of Local Fruits

At the new Ashram SPA of the CERVO Mountain Resort, only natural cosmetics and care products are used. The soothing and moisturizing energy of the aloe vera plant is magical. In addition, the healing and invigorating effects of alpine herbs are popular too. Plus, experience the full power of the Valais apricot.

“Over centuries, we have refined how to use the power of nature in different cultures. The insights serve as the basis for the holistic program of treatments and rituals we offer guests at CERVO.”

All products used at the Zermatt in Switzerland are free of animal testing, gluten and silicone. Hence, they are also both vegan and non-comedogenic. The beautiful, open spa area is designed with natural materials. For example, you will find plenty of space for self-discovery and deep relaxation. Simply relax and stroll through the alpine herb garden. Be pampered with a Bhutanese hot stone bath or a Tibetan honey treatment. In the end, everyone finds peace, relaxation and mindfulness in their own way, at this luxurious northern European sauna landscape.

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Photo: Hotel Schwarzwald Panorama




Outlandish VIP Celebrations and Glamorous Champagne Christenings for Over 70 New Cruise Ships

There are currently over 70 new cruise ships scheduled to debut from 2021 to 2027. A luxury cruise creates long lasting memories. The ability to travel the world on one of the 70 new cruise ships, provides passengers the ability to enjoy a VIP experience. From eating the finest cuisine, participating in endless activities and stopping at most intimate ports around the world. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to bask in pure luxury.

When one hears the phrase – “inaugural cruise”, many thoughts come to mind. For example, the exclusive nature of glamorous champagne christenings, celebrity godmothers and brand-new ship features and amenities. Avid cruisers routinely add these voyages to the top of their vacation list. Why? Due to the many perks and bonuses of these luxurious sailings.

Another popular choice is going with an “all-inclusive” package cost. You will pay an upfront all-inclusive fare for the things you’ll want to enjoy. Onboard—alcoholic beverages, Wi-Fi, and specialty dining. In addition, gratuities for the staff and crew, plus free transfers to and from the ship and airport,

Everyone is aware that the cruise ship industry was directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sailing options are now increasing as pent-up travel demand increases. The most popular cruise names offer all-inclusive pricing. These small-and-medium-size ships include: Regent, Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal, Windstar, Oceania, Viking, Azamara, and SeaDream.

7 Things to Experience and Love Aboard an Inaugural Cruise

An Immaculate, Sparkling Environment
– Just like a new house or car, there’s a certain appeal to being on a brand-new ship. As a example, accommodations have no wear and tear, and there’s no sign of the passengers who have come before. Every part of the ship is in untouched condition. The rooms are pristine, the carpets spotless, and every dish, sheet and towel has never been used. Is there such a thing as a new-ship smell? There’s only one way to find out, but definitely yes

The VIP Feeling of Exclusivity
– You’ve been written into a page of history. You become a member of the “elite” group of passengers present for the very first sailing of a new ship. Not to mention, there are some serious bragging rights. Feel proud and say, “I was on the maiden voyage of that beautiful ship“.

A Memorable Voyage
– New cruise ships frequently offer mementos to passengers of a maiden voyage. When Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 launched, she offered “Limited Edition” QM2 maiden-voyage commemorative items. They included t-shirts, playing cards, cups and saucers, stamps, baseball caps and key chains. Even painted ostrich eggs! These small souvenirs are a tangible way to remember your voyage. Sometimes the lines even go a bit further. The cruise lines will give each cabin a very special present. It is usually customized and worth $50 or more.

Global Celebrations
Depending on the significance of the ship, there may be a very impressive pomp-and-circumstance inaugural ceremony. May may join esteemed guests from all over the world. Then, too, the arrival of a new ship in port may be cause for local celebrations all along the voyage. Along with festivities in several cities, during the course of the itinerary.

Introductory Pricing
– To create interest in the ship, some maiden voyages offer rates on an itinerary that will be priced significantly higher in the future. Since public opinion has not yet been formed and the cruise lines are eager to put their best foot forward. Therefore, the inaugural sailing of a ship can sometimes translate to a steal on cruise fares.

Customized Services
– Because the shipboard routine is still fluid, the ship’s staff tends to be quite flexible. Things like menus, seating options and the scheduling of on-board activities are a top priority. In addition, there is an accommodating flow in areas that won’t be possible on later cruises as schedules solidify.

Beyond Special Amenities
– Positive word of mouth is the key to better booking for future sailings. Hence, the new cruise ships may offer extra special food options, entertainment and activities. Passengers on a maiden voyage can take advantage of perks that may not exist on future sailings.

There is unquestionably something special about being on board a cruise ship during the inaugural cruise. Be are that these voyages do fill up early. Please do your research of upcoming maiden voyages. You can contact The Life of Luxury to help you plan that perfect luxury cruise.

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Explore Ecuador by Sea on the 128-Foot Private Yacht – M/S Wayra

Starting this month, Kontiki Expeditions introduces a safe and distinctive vacation alternative for exploring Ecuador by sea. The M/S Wayra is an amazing 128-foot private, luxury yacht. This luxury yacht will set forth on an exploration of the seldom-visited Ecuadorian coast. Thus, allowing for a rich cultural adventure and exclusive voyage. In addition, the voyage will adhere to a “neo luxury philosophy” of sustainability and giving back to communities visited.

The new M/S Wayra yacht is available for charter for up to 18 guests. There are nine luxurious staterooms. Plus, find a wealth of onboard amenities to enjoy during your excursion at sea. Kontiki Expeditions is proud to the first water-based member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Kontiki Expeditions are truly pioneers in conscious luxury travel. Therefore, they offer immersive and sustainable small-yacht expeditions. Enjoy a luxury vacation by sailing the untouristed Ecuadorian coast. The luxurious nine-stateroom Kontiki yachts introduce a maximum of 18 guests to fully enjoy the richesse of both the land and sea.

Guests can expect personalized service throughout the voyage. From a handcrafted cocktail to a bespoke excursion. Then to the final turndown at the end of a memorable day. Hence, a personalized itinerary allows for new experiences to meet guests’ interests in wellness, relaxation, gastronomy, adventure and more.

The M/S Wayra on-board crew includes a local chef, naturalist and wellness experts. Take the time to try these multi-stop itineraries. For example, snorkeling, hiking and meetings with locals. Also, experience in-depth cultural explorations, wellness activities and gastronomy.

Seven Reasons to Charter the Private Kontiki M/S Wayra Luxury Yahct:

1) Experience the freedom of an uncrowded, customized vacation. Leave the crowds and travel with your own “bubble” in your own private setting. An itinerary customized around your personal interests leads to new discoveries and lasting memories, all created “your way.”

2) Experience the pampering of a dedicated crew. The nearly 1:1 crew: guest ratio, combined with Kontiki’s intimate yacht atmosphere, ensures a high level of care and attention. They unpack your luggage and  keep your stateroom immaculate. In addition, they cook gourmet meals to your taste, and customizing the holiday experience down to the tiniest detail. As a result, it is all part of the personalized, luxury yacht charter experience.

3) Safety and attention are paramount on a private yacht. Your  your every concern is attended to. Health precautions are paramount for Kontiki Expeditions. The small group size allows for advance counsel and adherence to health protocols before boarding, on land and at sea. The Safe Travels accreditation by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) has been achieved for all sailings.

4) Size makes a difference. Inaccessible to larger ships, Kontiki Expeditions docks in remote ports. Here, locals invite you to share their rich culture, cuisine and indigenous flora and fauna. Island and inland areas are yours to explore. Discover blue-footed boobies and howler monkeys. Also, view silver rays, cuzumbos and hummingbirds abound.

5) Adherence to sustainability is a guarantee when size is controlled. Smaller vessels eliminate over-tourism. Thus, this allows navigation without disruption to the sensitive Ecuadorian waters and ecosystems. Environmental protection guidelines are strictly followed on Kontiki’s small yacht. In addition, they give back to the communities visited, as a priority.

6) Immerse yourself in the Ecuadorian culture. Under the tutelage of your own crew and guides, enjoy the pace that you determine.

7) Importantly, privacy, luxury and safety ensure a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Lastly, it is the ultimate goal of a memorable vacation or holiday.

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Photo: Kontiki Expeditions




St. Barths Gourmet Festival – Foodies Rejoice!

Make your plans to visit tropical St. Barths in November. The popular St. Barths Gourmet Festival is an experience every foodie should have on their personal bucket list. Enjoy a delectable display of culinary prowess by Michelin-rated French chefs. Plus, experience a weeklong dive into the highly curated barrels of the world’s best rums. St. Barths has much to offer curious taste buds.

St. Barths Gourmet Festival is back to remind us why this French isle is the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Since 2014, the St. Barths Gourmet Festival has highlighted the best of the best in French cooking. Top chefs fly in for four nights of multi-course tasting menu dinners. Next, these chefs each team up with local chefs and work in the kitchen of St. Barths’ top restaurants.

The patron chef this year is highly respected Pierre Gagnaire. He has been awarded three Michelin stars for 20 consecutive years. Hence, it is no wonder he was elected “the best-starred chef in the world” by his peers. As a result, Gagnaire has invited a “Dream Team” of chefs to St. Barths for the event.

Meet the Chefs

The invited chefs flying in to participate in the St. Barths Gourmet Festival event, represent the best of the best in the world of fine French dining. For example, several run the most revered restaurants in France. Plus are proud owners of multiple Michelin stars. Here is the list:

Pierre Gagnaire – Patron Chef and ambassador of the St. Barts Gourmet Festival and 3-Michelin star Chef at Pierre Gagnaire Paris
Eric Frechon – 3-Star Michelin Chef at Hotel Le Bristol Paris
Arnaud Lallement -3-Star Michelin Chef at L’Assiette Champenoise
Jean-Rémi Caillon – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Kintessence, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Sébastien Vauxion – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Sarkara Restaurant, K2 Palace, Courchevel
Dimitri Droisneau – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant La Villa Madie, Cassis
Nicolas Beaumann – 2-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Maison Rostang
Marcel Ravin – 1-Star Michelin Chef at Restaurant Blue Bay, Monte-Carlo Bay Hôtel & Resort, Monaco
Juan Arbelaez – Chef and Businessman, owner of 10 restaurants in Paris
Matthias Marc – Chef at restaurants Substance et Liquide
Jean Imbert – Chef at Hôtel Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

The Caribbean Rum Awards

The Caribbean Rum Awards has quickly become the Caribbean’s most exclusive celebration of rum. Each year, a team of judges from the Caribbean and around the world descends upon St. Barths. They judge a coveted selection of the Caribbean’s best rums. For example, try “Uber-Premium” categories of rum, such as Rhum agricole.

Now in its fourth year, this event gathers the most expensive rums on the market for an unparalleled competition. It is hosted in Gustavia, definitely the heart of St. Barths. The Caribbean Rum Awards packs a punch with nightly events ranging from tastings to workshops to exclusive gala events.

Reservations are required. Contact The Life of Luxury today. We can book all of your travel reservations for both the St. Barths Gourmet Festival and the Caribbean Rum Awards! Therefore, it reduces the hassle and stress, so you can enjoy yourself.

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Photo: St. Barths Gourmet Festival




Ultimate Travel Guide: 24 Hours in the Miami Design District

Miami, Florida is one of the top luxury travel destinations in the world. Be sure to add the famous Miami Design District to your to-do list. The Miami Design District (MDD) is a booming neighborhood plus a popular shopping destination. The area features art, innovative fashion, architecture, design and fine dining.

The Miami Design District is one of the most historically, iconic destinations anywhere Florida. One of the Miami Design District’s biggest draws is how it seamlessly combines four of the city’s principal pillars – art, culture, dining, and fashion. Hence it’s a one-stop-shop, neighborhood haven. Visitors will enjoy a variety of creative experiences. Plus, there are many hidden architectural gems around every corner.

So what are you waiting for? Plan to visit Miami, Florida soon and spend a day in the incredible Miami Design District. See it for yourself. Here is an ultimate travel guide, to allow you to enjoy your south Florida experience.

A Rewarding Day in the Miami Design District

9:00AM | FIRST STOP: BREAKFAST
Fuel your day’s adventures at local’s favorite neighborhood breakfast spot…

Pura Vida
Pura Vida is South Florida’s go-to wellness eatery and all-day café. It offers a balance of nutritious and delectable dishes, sourced using local and organic ingredients. The eatery serves as the utmost perfect place to kickstart your day in MDD. Plus, the neighborhood favorite provides an extensive menu that showcases an all-day breakfast menu. For example, enjoy a wide range of raw, organic açai bowls, freshly squeezed juices, superfood smoothies, fresh salads, wraps, bowls, and so much more.
3818 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33137

10:00AM-11:30AM | ART IN THE DISTRICT
Take a tour through the Miami Design District’s profound art exhibitions and experiential galleries

Emmett Moore’s Grotto Lounge
Immerse yourself in this extraordinary installation comprised of faux coral boulders sculpted into a secluded lounge. Emmett Moore’s Grotto is inspired by coral rock quarries and the mythology surrounding the fictional identities that form around these places. The Grotto is part pavilion, part folly, where one can escape from everyday life. Plus, it is part of Moore’s In an ongoing investigation into the relationship between art, architectural systems and human representation of the natural world.

Here, Moore handcrafts each piece with an intricate attention to detail. They imbed each piece with coral rock and everyday objects such as cellphones, car keys, and lighters. Plus contemporary fossils of items, one might lose while communing amongst the boulders.
3920 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137

Apollo Projects | “Landed”
Apollo ‘Landed’ is the initial iteration of the first plant exhibition to take place in Miami Design District. All artists involved were invited to create, with nature as collaborator and muse. It brings attention to a living, shifting climate and all her inhabitants. From May to July, this pop-up will be hosting activations and installations. They focus is on reconnecting with the environments around us, where locals are invited to create art, with nature as their muse.
151 Northeast 41st Street, Suite 12, Miami, FL 3313

Jade Alley Films: 2021
A collaborative year-long art video feature, Jade Alley Film: 2021 Series features four artist video selections by the District’s key institutions. You will find Locust Projects, de la Cruz Collection and ICA Miami. From April 1 to June 30, the Miami Design District will feature ‘Outage’ by Philadelphia-based artists: Jennifer Levonian and Eva Wylie.

Originally commissioned and premiered by Locust Projects in 2019, Outage is a video that utilizes Levonian’s signature cut paper animation technique. Hence, it incorporates deftly rendered watercolors into short films that wryly depict prescient social narratives. You will also notice Eva Wylie’s unique printmaking techniques. The single-channel animation was made from over 3,000 frames and more than 275 screens were used to create pieces for the animation.
Garden Building Lobby in Jade Alley, Miami, FL 33137

Special Sunset Public Art Tour
Immerse yourself in the Miami Design District’s rich art and architecture. Experience the neighborhood like never before alongside resident expert Thom Wheeler Castillo. Visit Emmett Moore’s The Grotto, Apollo Projects ‘Landed’, April Bey’s Fringe Project installation, and more. Miami Design District’s Special Sunset Public Art Tours take place the first and last Sunday of every month at 6PM
Palm Court Plaza 140 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art. In addition, it wants to exchange art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions, programs and its collections, ICA Miami provides an important international platform. You will find the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.
61 NE 41 St. Miami, FL 33137

11:30PM-1:30PM | FASHION IN THE DISTRICT

Explore some of the biggest and most exciting names in the world of fashion in the Miami Design District neighborhood.

From Luxury Picks…
Louis Vuitton | Gucci | Hermes | Fendi | Versace | Dior | Cartier | Christian Louboutin | Valentino | Balenciaga

…to New District Favorites:

THE KINGDOM
Featuring exclusive selections of shoes, handbags, ready-to-wear and accessories. The Kingdom offers the most renowned luxury fashion houses, including Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Gucci and Fendi. In addition, Christian Louboutin, Givenchy, Balmain, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Golden Goose and Amina Muaddi. Also, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo, The Attico, Mugler, Paco Rabanne, and more.
140 NE 39th St. Suite 105, Miami, FL 33137

John Elliott
Focusing on custom fabric development, John Elliott creates functional and modern fits that are designed to build the core of a wardrobe. Known for carefully considered choices of materials and details, this minimalistic approach to luxury draws inspiration from the city of Los Angeles. That is where the brand is based. Miami is the second flagship store, following Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood.
119 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137

GANNI
From Copenhagen, GANNI is a contemporary, global fashion brand owned and led by husband-and-wife team, Ditte Reffstrup and Nicolaj Reffstrup. Inspired by the women that wear the brand, their mission is to create confident designs for the everyday. GANNI is ‘Scandi style 2.0’ – a new era of Scandinavian style full of unexpected details and personality. Its attractive designs reflect the laid-back attitude of Copenhagen, one that eschews trends, and celebrates individual style.
3906 NE 1st Ave. Miami, FL 33137

Chrome Hearts
Chrome Hearts, the luxury accessories, leather, and furniture company renowned for its sophisticated life-inspired designs. Since 1988, fashion & art’s place in contemporary culture has changed radically. Chrome Hearts Miami is a space where the retail “experience” as it’s been known is unhinged. The constant interplay between artists, designers and artisans under one roof will take center stage. The space is home to both emerging and established artists & designers handpicked to create pieces exclusively for this location.
4025 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Balenciaga Men’s
Balenciaga is pleased to announce the opening of its Men’s Pop Up in the Miami Design District. With an eye-catching bright green storefront going two stories high, the industrial and utilitarian interior provides a refreshing contrast. The interior decoration has been created by Crosby Studios. They recently showed their designs in Art Basel 2019. The open floor plan allows for a seamless experience of the full Men’s 2021 collection, from accessories to Ready to Wear.
140 NE 39th St, Suite 117, Miami, FL 33137

1:30PM-2:45PM | LUNCH BREAK

Indulge in a multitude of chef-driven experiences, from a roster of exciting young purveyors and restaurateurs.

Mia Market
All that shopping’s definitely worked up an appetite! Mia Market. The chef-driven food hall platform features a thoughtfully curated mix of local food and beverage talent. Plus, an ever so perfect pit-stop to refuel before your MDD explorations continue. Offering an elevated food hall experience that encourages the exploration of shareable dishes in beautiful, inviting, and communal spaces.

Mia Market fosters a spirit of exploration by connecting people through food. Vendors include: The Bar at Mia Market, Coop, Dal Plin, Hot Lime, Foirette, Ruby Dee’s, Jaffa, Sabal Coffee, Tran An, Yasu Tanaka, and more coming soon.
140 NE 39th St. Suite 241, Miami, FL 33137

2:45PM-5:30PM | BEAUTY IN THE DISTRICT

Because you deserve a little pampering after all.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Boutique & Spa
Globally recognized German aesthetics doctor, Dr. Barbara Sturm just brought her groundbreaking anti-inflammatory philosophy. In addition, her non-surgical anti-aging skin treatments are available to the Miami Design District neighborhood. Also, she recently opens her first Miami boutique and spa outpost. Therefore, the brand-new Spa serves as a place of skincare education and advanced scientific innovations.

Relax and enjoy the full range of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s most renowned treatments. So pop in and get pampered with one of her ‘Summer Facial’ treatments. They are exclusive to Miami and LA, or opt for a personalized consultation to find out what your skin really needs!
140 NE 39th Street, Suite 111, Miami, Florida 33137

IGK Salon
The pampering shouldn’t stop there when the future of hairdressing awaits. At IGK Salon, French stylists Frank and Leo Izquierdo specialize in framing customers’ faces with expertly crafted haircuts and color trends. The 3,500-square-foot space features a uniquely artsy decor and bustling playlists. Also be treated to cheerful staffers, and a regular stream of locals, models, and celebrity DJs. Last, choose from over 20 stylists to tend to your locks and refresh your look from color and cuts, to styling and blow-outs.
3930 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137

The Fuel Stop
The Fuel Stop is a fast-track regeneration center offering advanced European technologies for immediate results and long-term benefits. Therefore, customers can treat their brains and bodies with advanced, cutting-edge services. These are typically reserved for professional athletes and ageless celebrities. Also, Mila J. teamed up with Bio-Age Clinic of Dr.Paukman, and their Fast-Track Regeneration concept. It provides all necessary tools for holistic regeneration. From extensive blood testing and bio-identical hormone replacement to advanced detoxification. In addition, enjoy anti-inflammatory, and immune-building customized treatments.
140 NE 39th Street, Suite 207, Miami, FL 33137

5:30PM | AFTERNOON PICK-ME-UP

Love logos and all things caffeinated? Oh do we have the spots for you in the Miami Design District.

Fendi Caffé @ OTL
From now until July 5th, you can partake in what seems to be causing the most buzz in the neighborhood. Be sure to visit the new Fendi Caffé takeover of OTL! Dressed with psychedelic yellow walls and multicolored FF Vertigo logos. Revisited through a Seventies’ filter and inspired by the FENDI Summer 2021 Capsule.

The cafe includes a fusion of local and Italian favorite bites and beverages. Enjoy a signature FF logo cappuccino served in porcelain cups. They are decorated with FENDI’s signature Pequin striped motif. Last, your mid-afternoon pick-me-up has never looked so glamorous. Therefore, you will definitely never wanted to take a picture of it more.
160 NE 40th St. Miami, FL 33137

Baccarat Boutique B Bar & Lounge
Baccarat invites you to live the unique experience of sipping a coffee, tea or cappuccino. You must enjoy a bubbling coupe of champagne, a glass of wine, or discover their signature cocktails. Also taste their delicious bites. All served in Baccarat, surrounded by Baccarat’s beautiful and colorful crystal.
140 NE 39th St., Suite 210, Miami, FL 33137

7:30PM-9:30PM | DINNER-TIME

And last, but most certainly not least, it’s dinner-time in the Miami Design District!

ZZ’s Club
Located in the heart of the Miami Design District, ZZ’s Club is a two-story Japanese restaurant and membership club. It’s helmed by critically acclaimed global restaurant company, Major Food Group (MFG). Within the heart of the first-floor dining area lies a 14-seat marble sushi counter. Interestingly, it presides over by two of New York City’s most revered and beloved sushi chefs – Masa Ito and Kevin Kim.

Upstairs, a second level of uninhibited decadence boasts exclusive amenities with an outdoor cigar lounge, backgammon terrace, and subterranean cocktail bar. A true architectural wonder, opulently designed by the renowned Ken Fulk. ZZ’s Club reflects a playful yet glamorous environment. Hence, it offers the highest caliber of cuisine, personalized hospitality, and unmatched amenities, all under one roof.
151 NE 41st St. Suite 117 Miami, Florida 33137

COTE
COTE, the Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-nominated KOREAN STEAKHOUSE™ is the vision of proprietor Simon Kim. The fine dining restaurant emulates its flagship, high-energy New York City-based locale. It marries the fun and fire of Korean Barbeque with the hallmarks of a classic, regal American Steakhouse. As a result, it’s a unique and convivial atmosphere. It infuses a fine dining experience with world-class ingredients and service complemented with a show-stopping beverage program.
3900 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137

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West Bohemia Spa Triangle- A Famous Spa Region in the Czech Republic

West Bohemia Spa Triangle is a region in the Czech Republic that is filled with charm and provides visitors a chance to dig deeper into Czech culture. Bohemia is both the westernmost and largest historical region of what is today called the Czech Republic. The area is located West and south-west of Prague. In addition, this area is a well-known spa region.

The West Bohemia Spa Triangle area includes many beautiful towns, all surrounded by green hills and thick forests. In spite of tourism that draws people from around the world, it’s a relatively quiet area. Simply enjoy a leisurely atmosphere and get pampered. As a result, be treated to a VIP experience and indulge in curative springs and luxury spa treatments.

Here is a tourist video about the West Bohemia Spa Triangle.

The West Bohemia Spa Triangle includes the largest concentration of spa centers in all of the Czech Republic. Czech Republic spa care is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Therefore, the region has rightfully earned a much earned reputation, as one of the best spa areas in the world.

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One of many travel benefits is usually a chance to relax and escape day-to-day stress. The “Spa Triangle” of West Bohemia is only two hours west of Prague. It includes three cities that are all about health and wellness:

Karlovy Vary – the well-known wellness destination of free-flowing mineral springs, founded by King Charles IV, and popular with world leaders and celebrities ever since

Mariánské Lázně – fifty mineral springs and a singing fountain surrounded by pastel facades, spas, and a quieter vibe

Františkovy Lázně – the undiscovered darling of the spa triangle, including a namesake statue connected to a legend of fertility
Get a quick video glimpse of these gorgeous towns here.

While dreaming of your visit, you might take inspiration from some of the Czech spa treatments. Hence, they go beyond the usual manicures and massages. For example, think bathing in beer, or half an hour of breathing deeply in a relaxing salt cave to open up the lungs.

Some Czech spas are even offering personalized COVID rehab packages. They include respiratory therapies, stress and sleep management. Plus, receive nutritional advice to help long-termers on the road to recovery.

The Life of Luxury can help you plan and book your luxury spa getaway trip to the Czech Republic.

Visit the West Bohemia Spa Triangle for the ultimate, luxury spa experience. Therefore, you can make your dream a reality and experience all the Czech Republic has to offer.



Hakkasan Las Vegas – Premier Nightlife Inside the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip

Another nightlife destination in Las Vegas is about to re-open. Hakkasan Las Vegas inside MGM Grand is owned by Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group. This nightclub is located on the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

Due COVID-19 restrictions, Hakkasan Nightclub will make a change and resume operations as a lounge. But nightclub reservations are required for hotel and non-hotel guests. Also, no general admission is permitted under current, Nevada restrictions.

Due to health and safety protocols at the forefront, the venue has moved to a touchless menu system. Access is available via a scannable QR code from cell phones. In addition, VIP tables will be separated. Therefore, this allows for physical distancing. Plus, strict cleaning plans will be fully implemented.

Derek Silberstein is the Executive Vice President of Food & Beverage at Hakkasan Group. He states, “This is a very positive first step in returning to normal business operations and bringing additional staff back to work. The re-opening of OMNIA’s Terrace and Wet Republic on March 5 was a great start.”

He continues, “With Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA reopening March 12, then Hakkasan Nightclub’s reopening and our latest restaurant offering, Casa Calavera’s grand opening in Virgin Hotels Las Vegas towards the end of March. Hakkasan Group will have welcomed back over 350 colleagues to Las Vegas’s hospitality sector this month alone. We look forward to announcing further re-openings in the near future that will equate to additional jobs for our industry.”

Hakkasan Las Vegas

Located at MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Reservations: 702-891-3838 or concierge@HakkasanGroup.com
Guests must be 21 years or older to enter.

Hakkasan Las Vegas is a 10,000-square-foot experience located in the heart of the nightlife mecca of Las Vegas. Hence, this nightclub is located just steps above the main dining room, on the third level. Continuing, the dining room features soothing blue hues, along with with a stunning custom LED media ribbon. It wraps the perimeter of the ceiling to create an electrifying and breathtaking space.

Guests will find a custom DJ booth and two bars of illuminated blue glass and steel. Together, it all adds up to its sense of edge and style. In addition, the club exudes a modern flow that’s truly enhanced with 26 private seating areas, sprawled across the room. Finally, it’s the perfect to place to unwind, socialize and enjoy the company of friends and family.

Hakkasan Las Vegas is open Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 p.m. until late. For reservations, visit hakkasannightclub.com or call 702-891-3838. Guests must be 21 years or older.

The Life of Luxury can help you plan and book your next trip to Las Vegas. Sin City is a popular travel destination for non-stop fun and amazing nightlife.

We hope you consider visiting Hakkasan Las Vegas nightclub, while staying in Las Vegas. Be sure to stop by and check out future travel stories on our popular luxury blog.

Photo: Hakkasan Las Vegas