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Culture, Glamour and Non-Stop Fun – 24 Hours in the Miami Design District

Miami is a magical city. From amazing sunsets over the downtown skyline, to sun drenched fun on a white sand beach, Miami has it all. The Miami nightlife is always electric and fine dining options are everywhere. Sultry Miami is a top luxury travel destination, including the Miami Design District.

It doesn’t matter if you are a Florida resident or not. Searching for new and creative ways to play tourist in your backyard or traveling to Miami is a must. Trying a get-a-way to the Magic City is always a fabulous idea. For a VIP experience, visit the Miami Design District. Thus, it’s the perfect destination for a day. Packed with fine and casual dining, shopping, rich cultural experiences and more.

The Miami Design District is a one-of-a-kind open-air, pedestrian friendly neighborhood. The area fuses all-encompassing shopping, art galleries, museums, design showrooms, restaurants and major art and design installations. All simply found within an architecturally significant context. Enjoy a quick bite at any of the neighborhood’s well-renowned restaurants. Plus, stroll through Paseo Ponti and even treat yourself to shopping. As a result, there’s always something to enjoy and admire in this trendy Miami neighborhood.

Whether you’re a frequent visitor of the neighborhood or have yet to stop by, below are a few ideas on how to spend your day in the Miami Design District:

RETAIL

If retail therapy is what you need, you can find the top names in luxury right here. Recently debuted brands in the neighborhood include highly-anticipated trendy streetwear line by Virgil Abloh Off-White. In addition, find edgy UK luxury brand Alexander McQueen, and French luxury brand Kenzo Kids. Minimal luxury footwear and apparel line TKEES also opened up earlier in the year. While Danish womenswear brand GANNI, and Italian luxury brands Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta, and direct-to-consumer giant Warby Parker opened last year. For example, other unique stores include: TheArsenale, Tighemi, Anine Bing, Baccarat Boutique B Bar and Lounge, and Montce swimwear to name a few.

ART

Miami Design District’s art culture is characterized by world-class art museums, fine art galleries, and public art exhibits. Recently joining the neighborhood’s cultural happenings is Pepe Mar Summer Studio. They feature colorful and psychedelic mixed media collages, sculptures and installations. Art lovers can visit Peréz Art Museum Miami’s pop-up boutique. Additionally, beginning August 10th, visitors can stop by Gavin Perry’s solo exhibition – History Lesson-Part 2. As a result, enjoy new sculptures and paintings ideated by the esteemed Miami artist.

Visit the area’s numerous museums and art galleries, such as Maman Fine Art. In addition, try The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) or the de la Cruz Collection with impressive collections of art from a wide array of artists.

Reserve a free Public Art Tour of the Miami Design District, and choose from the Art Site Tour. While there, you’ll get to explore all the architecture and check out the numerous public art displays. View the likes of Rirkrit Tiravanja, Matthew Ritchie, John Baldessari, and Urs Fischer to name a few, Plus, the Curated Projects Tour, where guests can visit all the local galleries and exhibits.

In addition, The Sun Pours Daylong presented by the Sunny Project, a physical exhibition running alongside an online print sale of Florida photos by 22 Florida photographers. Interestingly, 100 percent of the proceeds goes to charity. Coming soon on October 17th, the Miami Design District will be collaborating with the nationally recognized project For Freedoms. Hence they will produce a billboard by artist and DASH graduate Adler Guerrier as a creative response to supporting racial equality.

ARCHITECTURE

As you take a stroll through the neighborhood, don’t forget to pay close attention to your surroundings. Miami Design District features award-winning architecture by esteemed architects, such as Zaha Hadid and Frei Otto. In addition – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Sol Lewitt, Sou Fujimoto, Gaetano Pesce and Marc Newson to name a few. Standout projects located in the area include: Museum Garage.

Conceptualized by architect and curator Terence Riley, it’s a seven-story mixed-use structure featuring multi-dimensional façades. A one-of-a-kind work from world-class architects. Fly’s Eye Dome is designed by Buckminster Fuller, built using state-of-the-art materials, intelligence and techniques. It is now a main landmark within the neighborhood. Last, the architecture showcased throughout the Miami Design District has been thoughtfully designed to capture audiences and pack an experience with every step you take!

DINING

If you are looking for world-class dining or simply a casual bite, Miami Design District has it all. Home to Groot Hospitality’s David Grutman and Pharrell Williams’s hot-spot Swan. For example, an ideal place to see and be seen, where you are sure to run into a celebrity. Also, Instagram-worthy food lovers can head over to Old Greg’s Pizza pop-up in the neighborhood for Miami’s first naturally leavened pizza. It is definitely worth all the hype.

For those looking to be transported to the Greek Islands, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, is the perfect spot to enjoy lunch. Dine in their Mediterranean outdoor terrace and indulge in their Greek and Turkish dishes and famed white wine sangria. Looking for more of a healthier option, check out Pura Vida. Enjoy a fresh space that provides both quality and health with every bite.

Time for a coffee break? Stop by neighborhood hot-spot OTL for delicious drinks, pastries and more in this Instagram-worthy atmosphere. For dinner, dine alfresco at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink’s outdoor courtyard. While there, you will feast on classic homemade dishes by award-winning chef/owner Michael Schwartz. When you’re ready to wrap up your day, make sure to stop by Japow, Night Owl Cookies or Meli Gourmet Greek Donuts to enjoy some sweet treats.

FOR THE KIDS

The Miami Design District recently debuted a new dog park for families to enjoy with their favorite furry friends. The dog park is designed by Island Planning Corporation, located behind Jokester 2 by Paula Crown. As a result, the business provides plenty of space and features for dogs. Additionally, stop by and hang out at State of Kid. The most sought-after retail brands and greatest instructors are found here. They meet under one roof to provide the latest in fashion for your kids. In addition, have fun and try interactive activities spanning art, dance, science and more up to age five!

Kids can also explore the magical world of animation this summer with ICA Miami’s Family Day Animation Film Festival. In collaboration with the Miami Design District, enjoy a non-competitive celebration of unconventional family-friendly storytelling. Filmmaking happens the third Sunday of every month. However, kids of all ages are also fascinated by the neighborhood’s various art installations found throughout the walkable space.

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Get Rid of Your COVID-19 Anxiety with “To Let It Out” in Iceland

You’ve been through a lot this year. All we hear from the liberal media is the world is ending due to COVID-19. “To Let It Out” is here to help us all relieve our stress. What we need is the perfect place to let our frustrations out. Somewhere big, vast and untouched. It looks like you need Iceland.

“To Let It Out” is a new way to record your scream and release it into the beautiful, wide-open spaces of Iceland.

It may sound strange, but you’ll feel better. Trust us. Therefore, when you are ready, come let it out for real. You will definitely feel much better. Take back your life. Social Distancing will end soon enough. Until then, have fun and don;t let COVID-19 ruin your life.

Inspired by Iceland” just unveiled a major new multimarket campaign. They invite people from all around the world to let out their frustrations. But do it in a creative way. Scream into the vast and beautiful landscapes of Iceland, to relieve tensions and feel renewed.

For the next week, people worldwide can visit https://lookslikeyouneediceland.com to let it all out. As a result, enjoy Iceland’s uniquely spacious surroundings and seemingly endless landscapes. Therefore, the only noises the world will have to compete with are a nearby waterfall and the crashing waves of the ocean.
Let It All Out Now!

‘Looks like you need to let it all out’, which aims to position Iceland as a desirable destination. In addition, the campaign should make it top-of-mind as people start to book vacations and holidays once again. The program was developed in partnership with creative agency M&C Saatchi Group. Hence, it’s the first work to launch since Promote Iceland appointed them earlier this year. The marketing campaign will run across the US, UK, Germany, Canada and Denmark.

Inspired by the practice of ‘scream therapy’, Let It Out will capture screams, yells and shouts from anyone, anywhere in the world. Then the recordings will be release them through speakers located in seven stunning and remote locations across the island.

Enjoy the peak of Festarfjall in Reykjanes Peninsula and the tranquil shores of Djúpivogur in East Iceland. Next, the roaring Skógarfoss waterfall in the south. Participants can choose from seven stunning locations in Iceland. Finally, their scream is released before seeing and hearing it in real time via a live stream of screams.

Sigríður Dögg Guðmundsdóttir is the Head of Visit Iceland. He said: “Across the world, people have been through a lot in the last few months. We empathise and want to do what we can to help people relieve their frustrations. In Iceland, we are lucky enough to have vast open spaces and beautiful nature that is the perfect place to let out frustrations. We feel this is just what the world needs. And when people are ready to resume traveling, they can come and experience it for themselves”

Are you concerned about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic? Iceland began welcoming visitors to the country from June 15. All EU and Schengen countries and the UK have the option to pay ISK 9,000/£50 GBP/ 60 Euros to get tested for coronavirus. As a result, no need for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Furthermore, as of July 16, travellers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Germany will be removed from the list of high-risk countries. As a result, they will be exempt from the quarantine and screening requirements. Plus, The Faroe Islands and Greenland have already received exemption.

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Ultimate Luxury Cruise on the Sky Princess or Enchanted Princess

Is one of the items on your Bucket List to sail on a luxury cruise ship? Consider the new Sky Princess from Princess Cruises. The new Sky Princess will sail Caribbean voyages from Fort Lauderdale through early April. In addition, it will be calling on the stunning islands as St. Maarten, Cozumel and St. Thomas.

Its sister ship is the Enchanted Princess. This luxury cruise ship launches in June and will cruise in the Mediterranean until the fall. Net, Then it repositions to the Caribbean in November.

Princess Cruises:

Last year, Princess Cruises celebrated 50 years of Alaska. Most of the cruise line’s itineraries include a day of sailing around Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Therefore, you might spot humpback whales, harbor seals and even bears.

Alaska cruise and land tours provide a more in-depth exploration. They combine a coastal sailing with escorted touring and hotel stays in destinations, such as Denali National Park and Preserve.

Both of the new vessels, the Sky Princess and Enchanted Princess offer a no-kids Sanctuary retreat. The new cruise ships provide more private cabanas than previous Princess liners. In addition, enjoy infinity-style pools at the aft and top-deck Sky Suites that accommodate up to five guests.

Onboard activities include culinary demonstrations, outdoor movies shown on a giant poolside screen. There is supervised fun for kids and stargazing sessions. Plus, dining venues range from main restaurants serving multicourse meals and pizzerias to specialty restaurants. For example, try Sabatini’s for Italian cuisine and Share by Curtis Stone, a six-course fine dining experience.

The Princess Cruises MedallionClass program provides more personalized service thanks to Princess’ OceanMedallion technology. For example, the wearable OceanMedallion device is about the size of a quarter. It performs an array of useful functions during your cruise. First, it unlocks your cabin as you approach the door. Next, it allows you to order beverages on demand and have them delivered anywhere on the ship. Now that is a VIP experience.

MedallionClass is currently offered on the Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess. The cruise loyalty program will be rolled out to the Ruby Princess this month. Continuing, five more vessels will offer it throughout 2020. In 2021, the Discovery Princess debuts next year.

Princess offers tropical Caribbean sailings nearly year-round. Many of the cruises spend time at Princess Cays. This private 40-acre beach retreat is surrounded by translucent blue water. Outdoor lovers can snorkel or paddle a clear-bottom kayak. You can even try surf fishing for Nassau grouper or snapper. Plus, cruise ship passengers can join a dune buggy or bicycling tour. For an unforgettable experience, interact with stingrays at the isle’s private stingray habitat.

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Eight Amazing Tropical Beach Getaway Vacations

For many people, winter has arrived with a flurry. The winter chill has already come to visit a few times this season. Spring can’t come soon enough, right? So it’s time to makes plans for a tropical beach getaway.

Snow and other wintry weather aren’t always welcome. At this time of year, many people opt to head toward balmy breezes in tropical locales. But you can do something about it. Therefore, take charge and book a tropical beach getaway vacation.

Below are eight great destinations to consider for a tropical beach getaway. Each one has all-inclusive resorts that are easy to book for winter escapes. Since you know your upfront rate, these all-inclusive resorts include your room, meals, drinks and many activities.

Luxury Beach Destinations:

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
On the Yucatan Peninsula about 34 miles south of Cancun International Airport, Playa has a laid-back ambience. The mood is reflected in its low-rise hotels. Relax on white-sand beaches, play championship golf courses and stroll Fifth Avenue. Stroll down pedestrian streets lined with shops and eateries. At Xcaret Park you can float along underground rivers. Plus, explore a re-created ancient Mayan village and visit habitats for manatees and jaguars.

Los Cabos, Mexico
Historic San Jose del Cabo and lively Cabo San Lucas bracket the 20-mile coastal area known as Los Cabos. It’s found at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. Among the draws are challenging golf courses, superb sport fishing and horseback riding. In addition, desert landscapes that can be explored by all-terrain vehicle. Prime whale-watching season runs from December through March. Hene, you can snap a photo of iconic El Arco, a natural stone arch that stands where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Palm Beach, Aruba
On the northwestern coast of Aruba, 2-mile-long Palm Beach offers powdery sand and calm, clear waters. In addition to big-name hotel brands, it offers beach bars, restaurants and lively nightlife. Water-sports concessions can arrange parasailing, WaveRunner rentals, diving excursions and more. The Butterfly Farm cares for brightly colored winged creatures in a tropical garden. Be sure to go early in the morning and you may catch one emerging from its chrysalis.

Nassau and Paradise Island, Bahamas
Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas and home to 18th-century fortresses. It includes the pink colonial buildings of Parliament Square. It’s connected to Paradise Island. The site of the sprawling Atlantis resort connects by a pair of 600-foot-long bridges. Both offer beautiful beaches and many leisure opportunities. For example, try catamaran sailing, fishing and diving at coral reefs and shipwreck sites. Seek souvenirs at Nassau’s famous Bay Street straw market. Lasty, explore the shopping stalls of the Bahamas Craft Centre on Paradise Island.

Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad is the capital of this Dutch Caribbean island. It’s well-preserved historic districts dating to the 17th century earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Colorful gable-roofed buildings make a great photo op, especially from the Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Sample local cuisine at the food stalls of the Old Market. Then head to the revitalized Pietermaai district for its music clubs.

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport provides easy access to this resort destination on the northwestern coast. Floating down the Martha Brae River on a 30-foot-long bamboo raft has long been a favorite activity, while championship courses like Cinnamon Hill lure golfers. Chukka’s Montpelier Jungle Outpost, on the grounds of an 18th-century sugar plantation, offers hikes up to a waterfall and tubing on the Great River.

Gros Islet, St. Lucia
At the northern end of St. Lucia, is the fishing village of Gros Islet. Also nearby is Rodney Bay, which has emerged as one of the island’s prime vacation spots. Gros Islet hosts a famed Friday night street party, or “jump up.” Here, residents and visitors alike gather for music, dancing and food. Enjoy barbecue, seafood and local rum and beer. Rodney Bay is home to two shopping malls. There are international and local restaurants and Splash Island Water Park. In addition, try an inflatable aqua obstacle course with a trampoline, climbing wall, hurdles and other features.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
At the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, is Punta Cana. This tropical area boasts a 30-mile, white-sand coastline. The area is inviting and perfect for vacationers to swim, snorkel, kayak and fish. Explore the countryside on an off-road adventure. Plus, learn to ride the waves at Macao Surf Camp or head to Scape Park. You can swim in underground caves or splash down in the water after ziplining through the trees. Last, at the Ojo Indigenos nature reserve, hiking trails wind through a rainforest to a dozen freshwater lagoons.

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Enjoy These Top Rated, All-Inclusive Resorts in Jamaica

Jamaica invites you with sun, sand and fun. Top rated all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica await, for you to enjoy. Located in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Jamaica offers visitors addictive reggae rhythms, plus expansive all-inclusive resorts.

This tropical paradise is well suited to couples looking for romance or an adult-only getaway. As a result, you can look forward a stress-free beach break from life’s crazy pace. Be treated sugar white sand beaches and luxury hotels. The island of Jamaica’s strong African connection makes it a Caribbean destination that is very unique.

We’d like to highlight three of top rated all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. Jamaica is a Caribbean playground of pristine beaches, lush forests, fertile valleys and green mountains. Thus, top activities include riding a bobsled at Mystic Mountain, gliding down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft and exploring the Green Grotto Caves. In addition, don’t miss out on climbing Dunn’s River Falls, a series of terraced cascades and lagoons.

The upfront rate for an all-inclusive stay includes accommodations, meals, beverages, entertainment, activities and non-motorized water sports. There are over 60 all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica. Therefore, you have choices but we want to assist with your travel decision.

Top Luxury Resorts:

Hotel Riu Palace Tropical Bay
This 4.5-star beach resort in Negril has pools that face the sea, a spa and a kids club. Plus daily activities and entertainment include group fitness sessions, live music, beach volleyball, snorkeling and kayaking. For meals, choose from buffets, Japanese and Italian specialty restaurants and Jamaican barbecue by the beach. In addition, the spacious 400 rooms come with beverage dispensers and a balcony or terrace.

Iberostar Grand Rose Hall
A no-kids setting and butler service are among the perks at this 5-star escape in Montego Bay. Also, the huge infinity-edge pool has a swim-up bar, padded loungers and serene views of the Caribbean. In addition, Superior Suites are the closest rooms to both the beach and the pools, while swim-out suites are among the most private accommodations.

Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa
Begin your day at this 4.5-star Montego Bay retreat. Start with with kayaking or snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. Then cool off in the afternoon at the pool, one of the largest on the island. Net, ease into the evening on the expansive veranda of the ocean-view Infinity Bar. Finally, enjoy dining at one of several restaurants, including Jamaican, Indian and Italian options. Resort rooms start at 538 square feet and have whirlpool tubs and balconies.

It’s time you begin planning your next luxury getaway to Jamaica. This island paradis is much more than a list of Caribbean clichés. This beautiful sunny island bustles with friendly people, plus stunning natural beauty. The Life of Luxury can assist you with all your luxury travel needs.

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Celebrate Halloween and Visit the Most Haunted Places

With Halloween only a week away, many of us love the fear factor of ghosts and spirits. Now you should plan a visit to some of the most haunted places.

Enjoy a memorable travel experience and stay, eat and play at bone-chilling haunted destinations. We love scary movies but it’s one thing to sit in a safe theater and acting all tough and brave. It’s quite different to spend the night in a haunted hotel. Do you dare try?

There are some terrific travel deals this year for the spooky Halloween weekend. Each year, more people want to experience a haunted experience. The thrill of terror draws many to face their fears head on.

So take advantage of visit the most haunted places some holiday getaways this year. Here’s a Halloween travel list, courtesy of Gogobot, who is changing travel planning by utilizing its own personalized tribe-based approach.

Maybe you’ll get a Chance to take a selfie with the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, or famous house known for stairs that go nowhere. Can you handle visiting or even staying in any of the most haunted places?

Enjoy some of the most haunted places and spookiest Halloween destinations:

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
The Hollywood Roosevelt is known for hosting many of LA’s most glamorous celebrities… both living and dead. Room 928 was where actor Montgomery Clift stayed while filming a movie in 1952, and where he still hangs his ghostly hat today. It’s also said Marilyn Monroe’s reflection can be seen in a mirror near the lower level elevator – perfect for an epic selfie if you can catch her in your shot.

The Drake – Chicago, IL
The “Woman in Red” is the ghost you should be on the lookout for at the Drake Hotel. According to legend, she ended her life here while attending a gala on New Year’s Eve 1920 after discovering her fiance in the arms of another woman. Her ghost is said to haunt all of the places she passed through that night: the Gold Coast Room where the gala was taking place, the Palm Court parlor where she discovered her fiance’s affair, and the roof from which she made her final jump.

Spaghetti Warehouse – Houston, TX
There’s no such thing as eating alone at the Spaghetti Warehouse. This restaurant is packed with both antiques (like eerie stained glass windows and a staircase from a European castle) and ghosts, including that of woman who who died of a “broken heart” after her husband fell to his death down an elevator shaft on the property, as well as a man who is said to pace a downstairs bathroom. If the stories are true, you may even feel a ghost tapping you on the shoulder while you dine – sit upstairs for a better chance of finding a spectral dinner date.

Peyton Randolph House – Williamsburg, VA
There have been over 30 mysterious and unfortunate deaths in this historic Colonial Williamsburg home since it was first constructed in the late 1700s, which means there are lots of angry ghosts hanging around waiting to totally creep out visitors.

Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn – Tampa, FL
Before it became a hotel in 1980, Tampa’s boutique Don Vincente Inn was a hospital for nearly a century. That means hundreds of people died on the site, many of whom have stuck around in spirit form. We hear room 305 is a favorite for the long-departed.

The Horton Grand Hotel – San Diego, CA
The Horton Grand is actually comprised of two former buildings that were once located in different parts of town, dismantled, and rebuilt as one hotel on the current site in the 1980s. The ghostly inhabitants include the (purportedly) friendly Ida Bailey, the owner of a brothel that once occupied the site, and Roger Whitaker, the ghost of room 309, who was reportedly shot – either by the father of his lover or by a creditor who had bankrolled his gambling habit – and killed in room 309 of one of the old buildings, and simply moved to the new location with the rest of the bricks and furniture.

Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, CA
See that stairway that leads to the ceiling? Or that door that opens onto a wall? The Winchester Mystery House is the product of the paranoia suffered by the widow of the inventor of the Winchester rifle. She feared the ghosts of those killed by the rifle would haunt her, so her building plan was designed to both appease and confuse these spirits. Visitors still report strange hauntings – we’d suggest hiding in the room with hidden doors to escape any ghosts you may encounter.

Lafayette Square – Washington, D.C.
Ghosts don’t appear exclusively in eerie spaces – some prefer to take in a little fresh air. It’s said President Andrew Jackson still takes up residence at the White House. When the mood strikes, he likes to get outdoors to take strolls through this park across the street.

Hotel Indigo San Antonio At The Alamo – San Antonio, TX
Located across from the Alamo, it should come as no surprise that the Hotel Indigo has some haunted history. The basement, where conference rooms and the gym are now located, was where a number of Alamo-era cannons were found during construction. In addition, it’s where, it is said, many ghosts still lurk.

Granary Burying Ground – Boston, MA
If you want to find ghosts, heading to a cemetery is a no-brainer. But with the number of burying grounds in Boston, you can afford to be picky. The Granary has been collecting bodies and their lost souls for nearly four centuries. Therefore if you’ve ever dreamed of “meeting” some of the most important figures in American history – from John Hancock and Samuel Adams to Paul Revere and his horse – this is the spot to come.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa – Eureka Springs, AR
This creepy building has been, at times, a resort for the rich and famous. Also a college, a hospital run by Norman Baker, a man named with no medical training, and, since the 1990s, a hotel. The ghosts at the self-proclaimed “Most Haunted Hotel” in America include a man who died during the building’s construction. This cancer patient roams the halls looking for her room key, two men in top hats, and a cat. You might also find yourself face to (ghostly) face with Baker himself. Plus, it’s probably best not to ask him for medical advice.

Restaurant 1833 – Monterey, CA
The building that now houses one of Monterey’s best restaurants was once the home of James Stokes. He  was a doctor who accidentally caused the death of a California governor because of a misdiagnosis.  As an investigation would later reveal, he turned out to not really be a doctor at all. Perhaps because of some unfinished business left on earth, or because of the new restaurant’s stellar food and apothecary-themed bar menu (inspired by the mad “doctor” himself). Finally,  Stokes never quite managed to leave his former residence and is available for consultations from beyond the grave.

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Ultimate Caribbean Luxury Getaway at a Private Island Resort

Staying at a private island resort offers a level of privacy and service that’s hard to match. Expect VIP transfer to the private island in either a private boat charter or a helicopter. Stay in intimate contemporary private villas for two to six people. Each with a faux-rustic charm. Enjoy private swimming pools and staffing that is at once always available while being nearly invisible.

Welcome to your own private island resort, VIP experience. Make your next luxury getaway a bucket list vacation. Here are some of our favorite private island resorts in the Caribbean offered by Wimco Villas:

Eustatia Island (photo above)
Eustatia Island is a 35-acre island in the North Sound area of the BVI with beautiful white sand beaches. Enjoy unique and inviting villas and a focus on self-sustainability. Plus, guests can access it via a private boat charter from Trellis Bay on Tortola or Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda. There are four private villas on the island of Eustatia with a total of seven bedrooms. In addition, each villa has its own personality and own kitchen and outdoor lounge area.

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
A private island vacation experience at Necker Island is like no other in terms of the services and amenities guests can enjoy. The resort sits on an idyllic island amidst the archipelago of small tropical islands. In other words, they make up the North Sound area of the British Virgin Islands.

Villa Bali Lo is a three-tiered Balinese house in the middle of Necker island. It features a ground floor lounge, a bedroom located on the middle level and a cushioned relaxation area on the top floor. In addition, Villas Bali Lo, Bali Buah and Bali Kukila all share a gorgeous swimming pool.

Rooms in the Necker Island Great House all boast spectacular sea views with private balconies. Therefore each bedroom in the Great House comes with a large balcony with views out to sea or across Necker Island. Plus, all rooms feature an en-suite bathroom with a shower and wooden screens which can be opened for interrupted views through the bedroom. All rooms have a King-size bed and most can be twinned on request. Lastly, interconnecting rooms are available for families traveling together.

Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Islands
This 3 mile long private island resort is one of the most secluded and exclusive resort islands in the Caribbean. However, it is just 35 minutes by boat from Providenciales. Parrot Cay beckons with over 1,000 acres of pristine white-sand beaches and lush tropical landscapes. Much more than a resort, Parrot Cay is a sanctuary. In the end, it’s a mystical place in which to renew your spirit and discover your bliss.

For guests seeking the ultimate escape with luxury and service, you are in luck. Six private beachfront villas offer inspiring ocean views, spectacular sunsets and private butler service. In addition, the amenities are designed to meet every need for an island getaway like none other. Parrot Cay’s Shambhala Spa offers Asian Inspired holistic therapies. For foodies, Lotus restaurant provides the ideal setting for a candle lit waterfront dinner for two. Rates villas on this private island start at $1,900 per night in peak season.

Wimco can also provide getaway weekends or week-long vacations at several other private island resorts:

– Musha Cay at Copperfield Bay in the Exuma Chain in the southern Bahamas. This exclusive private-island resort in the Bahamas has luxurious villas that can accommodate up to 24 guests. Interestingly, it is owned by illusionist David Copperfield. You will find Musha Cay only 85 miles southeast of Nassau.

– Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands, features a marina, two restaurants and a dozen private villas. It offers an idyllic quarter mile long private beach with a beach bar and pool that will make it awfully hard to leave. Plus this amazing private island is just a 10 minute ferry ride from Tortola.

– Calivigny Island is a private island resort not far from Grenada. This 80 acre island has a Great House and several private villas that together can accommodate up to 50 guests. Above all, when you vacation on Calivigny Island, you will have complimentary access to a fleet of boats. After that, enjoy private chefs, guided snorkel and scuba trips and much more.

– Pine Cay is an 800-acre private island resort that features the 13 bedroom Meridian Club. In addition, there are a dozen private villas for rent by the week. For example, the main beach on the island is over 2 miles long, and you often have it all to yourself. Guests on the island scoop about on electric golf carts and bicycles. Pine Cay island is in the Turks & Caicos islands. In summary, it is easily accessed by private boat charter from a dock in the Leeward area of Providenciales.

Mustique is the ultimate, private island resort. It offers 80 private villas to rent by the week. In addition, you will find a luxury hotel (The Cotton House), and the celebrated watering hole Basils Bar. For instance, guests here enjoy full staffed villas, private chefs who can cater a lunch on the beach. Get pampered at the celebrated spa, and a tennis center with world class pros.

The Life of Luxury is available to make your travel dreams come true. One of our travel specialists can help arrange your private island resort vacation. We can coordinate your international and local flights, plus a private boat charter and VIP welcome service.

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Photo: Wimco Villas




LABOTESSA – 17th-Century Congressional Church Turned Luxury Hotel in Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa is an amazing luxury travel destination. For those looking for a unique VIP experience, consider the new LABOTESSA hotel. Originally built in the early 1700’s, this amazing seven-room property is one of the oldest buildings anywhere in South Africa

The new hotel opened last month in Cape Town, South Africa. LABOTESSA is a 17th-century congressional church turned lifestyle hotel, in one of the oldest buildings in South Africa. LABOTESSA will be the only lifestyle hotel of its caliber to open in the city’s Central Business District. In addition, it’s the first hotel planned for the new LABOTESSA brand.

The seven room property is owned and designed by first-time hoteliers and childhood friends, Johan Du Plessis and Jan Fourie. After spending more than 15 years in the hospitality industry, Johan finally returned home to Cape Town to open the property.

Johan du Plessis, LABOTESSA Founder and Owner was quoted, “We are delighted to begin our foray into hotel ownership with one of South Africa’s oldest buildings. It’s really a true testament to the country’s rich history and heritage. LABOTESSA is a culmination of our affinity for exceptional design, relaxed hospitality, and our connection to the city of Cape Town.”

Johan’s childhood friend Jan felt the city needed unprecedented luxury in the city center. The South African founders were inspired by the opportunity to meld heritage and old-world elegance with visionary new world design.

Two unique elements include the hotel’s Governor Suite (one of Cape Town’s largest penthouses) and the first city outcrop of beloved local restaurant Starling’s on the hotel’s ground floor. Therefore, locals and guests alike can peruse the hotel’s Boutique at LABOTESSA. In addition, it is the first high-end fragrance boutique in South Africa that’s not a department store.

As mentioned, LABOTESSA is home to one of Cape Town’s largest presidential suites: The Governor Suite. The three-bedroom Governor Suite is named after Simon Van der Stel. He was the first Governor of the Cape. The massive 3,230 square-feet suite covers two floors with breathtaking views of Church Square, Signal Hill, plus Table Mountain.

The Governor Suite is a completely new build on the hotel’s top floor. It features distinctly modern touches such as a floating staircase. Plus find a private plunge pool looking out through the balcony’s glass walls.

Ideal for friends, families, and groups traveling together, the Governor Suite has a full kitchen equipped with SMEG appliances, a 10-person dining table and two lounge areas. The modern fireplace is flanked by a padded leather window seat, lending the hotel’s signature sense of comfort to the space. Lastly, in the bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs overlook the city of Cape Town.

Every room has direct elevator access and iconic views of Table Mountain. Rates will start at $340 USD per night for the signature suites and $2,508 for the Governor Suite.

Are you ready to vacation in incredible Cape Town, South Africa? Enjoy a VIP experience at the stunning LABOTESSA Hotel. The Life of Luxury can help you plan and book your South African stay.

Photo: LABOTESSA




Awesome Travel Ideas for Hotels, Restaurants and Bars

Summer is quickly winding down. Labor Day is next Monday, kids are starting school again and family vacations are ending. We want to offer some trendy, travel ideas for you to consider. In addition, the door is fast closing on the great outdoors.

But there are some places you will want to visit anytime of the year. Here’s a list of awesome ideas for hotels, restaurants and bars. Even the most ardent TV & Pop Culture lovers will want to put down their remotes. Get off the couch and see the world! Take advantage of these travel ideas.

Hamilton Hotel: VEEP
“I’m the Vice President of the United States, you stupid little f–ckers!”.

Vacation like the ultimate TV star this Fall in Hamilton Hotel’s Selina Meyer Presidential VEEP Suite in Washington DC. In collaboration with HBO, the hotel designed this unique, one-of-a-kind Presidential suite. It commemorates the network’s Emmy award-winning series “VEEP.” Curated in conjunction with set designers and prop masters from the series’ production and HBO. Implemented by Terri Jannes Interiors, the experience includes iconic original props like the Presidential Resolute Desk. In addition, find a presidential seal area rug, a grandfather clock, an oversized portrait of Selina, and other marquee photographs, art and decorative objects.

Mister Paradise: The Shining & A Clockwork Orange
“Here’s Johnny!” – Jack Torrance

Mister Paradise brings the highest quality bar experience without the austere to the East Village. The cocktails are named after a piece of pop culture ephemera, such as the Dr. Angel Face and Cafe Disco. Even Stanley Kubrick enthusiasts will enjoy the subtle hints to the director’s iconic films. As a result, all green bathrooms are inspired by the nightmarish Room 237 from the infamous 1980 film, The Shining (sans the womanly spectre). Further, the restaurant’s Red Room, primarily used for private events, pays homage to the set designs of A Clockwork Orange.

The Resort at Pelican Hill: The O.C.
“You’re A Cohen Now, Welcome To A Life Of Insecurity And Paralyzing Self-Doubt”

Take a trip down memory lane with the The O.C’s infamous couple, Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood. Head to Newport Beach and hit all the fan favorite spots in the beloved O.C. It’s the perfect way to experience life like the Cohen’s and Cooper’s. While you are in town, head over to The Resort at Pelican Hill for the ultimate vacation in Newport Beach. This luxury resort is set on 504 acres by the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach.  The Resort at Pelican Hill® features: 128 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas with magnificent coastal views and an unparalleled array of appointments. It immerses guests in the absolute finest of everything. In addition, there are 204 luxuriously appointed bungalow guest rooms and suites with private terraces. Plus, a rejuvenating Five-Star spa; an iconic “Coliseum Pool,” one of the largest circular pools anywhere with tiered decks and luxurious cabanas. Finally, golfers can enjoy the Pelican Hill Golf Club with 36 dramatic holes by Tom Fazio, nearly all with ocean panoramas.

The Ledge: Mean Girls
“On Wednesdays, we wear pink”

The Ledge is a monochromatic pink bar that channels the California swinger bars of the 1970’s. Here, guests can feel like the ultimate mean girl, Regina George. Also, you will bask in the splendor of the pink tiered bar, pink wallpaper and pink tiled floor – similar to Regina’s own pink decorated bedroom. While Amy Pohler won’t be serving mocktails, guests can order the Watermelon Spritz for an all-pink moment, and there is happy hour every day from 5-9!

Peppi’s Cellar: The Sopranos

Located underneath the Italian restaurant Gran Tivoli, Peppi’s Cellar is accessible only via winding staircase and through the restaurant’s working wine cellar, creating a secluded subterranean space that channels an old-school bar in Rome and appears to be straight out of an episode of the Sopranos. Therefore you can eat and drink like Tony Soprano. Seat at one of the room’s numerous candlelit tables and if necessary, in true Tony Soprano fashion, speaking in hushed tones at one of the bar’s several private booths. Regardless of where you sit, expect to indulge on upscale Italian bar fare. Try your choice of drink from Peppi’s massive spirits collection. Here’s cheers to hoping your night at Peppi’s goes smoother than most of Tony’s did.

JJ’s Hideaway: Saturday Night Fever
“She can dance, you know that? She got the wrong partner of course, but she can dance” – Tony Manero

Opened this month, JJ’s Hideaway is a post-punk dystopia that pays homage to the bars/club scenes of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. The venue is complete with hot pink neon signage, reclaimed pews from a local church and the pièce de résistance – a light-up, disco dance floor so visitors can do their best John Travolta impersonation. Lastly, there will also be a roster of DJs to get guests grooving to the latest hits as well as the classics (so yes, you can anticipate the Bee Gee’s Night Fever and Stayin’ Alive).

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Photo: Hamilton Hotel




It’s Summer Tee Time at Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club

Although the excitement of the 2019 PGA Tournament at nearby Bethpage has reached its climax, the ideal family getaway awaits at the world-class Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club. This amazing golf course also features two DecoTurf cushioned tennis courts, plus a state-of-the-art children’s playground.

It can be found only 90-minutes outside of New York City, in the Northwest corner of Westhampton Beach, NY. Situated on a 2,000-acre pine and oak tree preserve, Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club offers even more facilities for the family to enjoy.

Recent additions include two tennis courts constructed with the most well-regarded hardcourt surface. DecoTurf is specially selected for the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

Play like a pro or learn the basics from a specialized tennis instructor offering members, of any skill level, complimentary tennis lessons. Completing the Hampton Hills family experience is the children’s playground designed with swing sets, slides, kids putting green and an outdoor patio.

Located centrally on the Golf course, members can enjoy a casual meal either inside the clubhouse or on the patio. The stunning view overlooking the 18th green from the Hampton Hills Clubhouse will be a memory the entire family can treasure.

Hampton Hills’s course rating is a 74.6, which is 3.4 shots above the courses par, according to the United States Golf Association (USGA). The course also boasts a slope of 148 out of a maximum 155 for a most difficult course according to USGA’s standard. The club has a full-service pro shop on the premises and PGA and LPGA teaching professionals.

Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club is respected as one of the more challenging courses in the Hamptons. This masterfully designed golf and country club promise exciting activities for the entire family.

The Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club’s peaceful, wooded setting allows club members to escape the pace of city life. Enjoy the surroundings and participate in friendly competition against a challenging Par-71 – 148 slope golf course featuring dramatic elevation changes.

About Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club:
Hampton Hills is a members-only club. This location may be exclusive, but it’s hardly unknown. When you pick up a club at Hampton Hills, you will join the ranks of such celebrity golfers as Rudy Giuliani, Tommy Hilfiger, Russell Simmons, Kelsey Grammer, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, Willie Mosconi, Michael J. Fox, John Starks, FOX’s Bill Hemmer, and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets.

Jack McGown has been the Hampton Hills director of golf and giving lessons for the past 35 seasons. Jack’s dominance of the course evidences his knowledge of golf and understanding of the terrain. As such, he holds numerous course records, including two tournament wins on the same day.

Hampton Hills’ LPGA teaching professional is Patricia Baxter-Johnson who has held that position for the past seven years. A Dr. Rick Jensen Certified Golf Coach and Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Patricia has had the honor of working with some of the game’s greatest instructors, including Chuck Cook and Todd Anderson.

Prior to joining the Hampton Hills’s staff, Patricia played on LPGA circuit and participated in several U.S. Women’s Opens, the Women’s British Open, and the LPGA Championship. She has competed against the likes of Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, and Michele Wie.

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Photo: Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club




Vacation VIP Style At These New Luxury Beach Resorts

Summer is here! People are traveling all around the world and staying at new luxury beach resorts. Relax and enjoy white sand beaches and warm sunny days. It’s the perfect recipe for a wonderful summer getaway.

But how do you find those new luxury beach resorts? Looking to visit Mexico? Many times it’s difficult for a new resort to get the word out. There are lots of choices out there. So how do you decide which luxury resort to choose from in Mexico?

So check out the below list of new luxury beach resorts. Happy vacationing in Mexico!

Paradisus Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
– This 5-star resort offers an all-inclusive vacation with seven specialty restaurants, six bars and day-to-night entertainment. A spa, two fitness centers and the Kids Zone round out the on-site amenities. The no-kids Royal Service and Family Concierge sections offer upgraded amenities. Opening November 2019.

Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico
– Japanese minimalism meets Los Cabos’ laid-back vibe at this 5-star traditional hotel (it is not all-inclusive). You’ll find clean lines, custom-made furniture, teak and stone throughout this casually elegant resort. Dine at beachfront Nobu and Malibu Farm, a farm-to-table eatery showcasing healthy fare. Opened April 2019.

Royalton Suites Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico
– Features of this 5-star, all-inclusive getaway include a rooftop pool and lounge, a spa and activities for kids like dance classes, sports and trivia competitions. Among restaurants is Agave, which combines Mesoamerican cooking with Old World Spanish recipes. Opened January 2019.

ATELIER Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
– This 5-star, all-inclusive resort for guests ages 16 and up sports a look that’s both contemporary and warm, from the marble and wood accents of the suites to the palm-lined, 14,639-square-foot pool with sea views. Its signature restaurant is Maria Dolores, specializing in fresh Mexican cuisine using seasonal ingredients. Opened May 2019.

Royalton Suites Cancun Resort & Spa, Mexico
– Features of this 5-star, all-inclusive getaway include a rooftop pool and lounge, a spa and activities for kids like dance classes, sports and trivia competitions. Among restaurants is Agave, which combines Mesoamerican cooking with Old World Spanish recipes. Opened January 2019.

Royalton Antigua, St. John’s
– Unwind at this 5-star, all-inclusive property overlooking the turquoise waters of Deep Bay. Go kayaking, play tennis or join a match of beach volleyball, and indulge in a variety of restaurants, from buffets to a chef’s table to a sports pub. Rooms feature Royalton’s signature DreamBeds. Opened May 2019.

Now Emerald Cancun, Mexico
– This 5-star resort offers an all-inclusive getaway in Cancun’s hotel zone, and it’s only 8 miles from the airport. It boasts eight restaurants, eight bars, a spa and clubs for young children and older kids. Preferred Club Junior Suites come with private pools as well as extra perks like an exclusive lounge. Opening late June 2019.

Now Natura Riviera Cancun, Mexico
– This 5-star all-inclusive on a white-sand beach encompasses a lazy river, waterfalls and a grotto bar; the spa is designed to resemble the region’s cenotes, natural freshwater sinkholes. A Rollglider aerial ride is in the plans for this resort, along with four pools and diverse dining that ranges from an ice cream parlor and buffets to French and Pan-Asian restaurants. Opening December 2019.

Palmaia Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
– Set where the jungle meets the beach, this 5-star, all-inclusive retreat preserves the surrounding environment and offers oceanfront suites and personalized service. Three restaurants serve Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian fare, and guests can enjoy infinity pools, a beach bar and alfresco spa treatments. Opening September 2019.

Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico
– The latest 5-star all-inclusive from this rock ‘n’ roll brand features the Rock Spa, with music-centric “Rhythm and Motion” treatments, and the complimentary Sound of Your Stay program, which provides amenities like Fender guitar loans with headphones and in-room video lessons and free downloadable playlists. Opening July 2019.

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Photo: Paradisus Playa Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico