Category Archives: Hotels & Resorts

Diamonds in the Desert

Set into the hills overlooking Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage enjoys gorgeous views of Coachella Valley and the Santa Rosa Mountains and provides a desert escape for many of the same stars and VIPs that hide away in the Hollywood hills. By September, Brad Pitt and friends (and your next executive group) will be able to…

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Start Your Wining

With a polished display of élan, he presents the selected bottle, deftly pries out the cork, trickles a few ounces of wine into your glass and patiently awaits your response. As you bring the glass to your lips, you notice the table has gone quiet. All eyes are on you—are you prepared to show your…

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Rise and Shine

You re-emerge into the world feeling younger, fresher and just itching to get out there and turn some heads. It’s no different for hotels, especially when they appear from the shop with not only a whiter smile but also some brand-new accessories. For the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, it’s…

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There’s No Place Like Home

Hotels strive to create a feeling of comfort and safety for their guests. Endeavoring to be your home away from home, they go out of their way—with in-room laptop safes, key card-access elevators and the timeless “do not disturb” signs—to make you feel as private and secure as you need to be. Yet, in this…

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Turning Doughnuts into Do-Nots

Themed restaurants can pull families with small children right off the freeway, but might keep more discerning restaurant diners at bay. Themed cocktail parties are a major hit if planned right, but if done wrong can be cheesy and even annoying.   It is hard to go wrong with themed meeting breaks, however, as breaks are…

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

You’re exhausted. And the rest of your group looks pretty beat as well, huddled together over at that coffee stand. The last thing you want to do right now is round up the troops, file onto the shuttle bus and crawl down the winding road into town to your hotel.   Enter the Capella Telluride,…

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Sleep (Environmentally) Soundly

Venues look to save significant amounts of money from energy reduction as well as help curb global warming—and customers are driving this demand as they begin seeking out the best “green” businesses.   The Orchard Garden Hotel, a new 86-room boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco, lets you appease your conscience as well as give…

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On The Road

Those lucky enough to have traveled along the legendary Maui Highway know the difficulty of imagining anything civilized exists at the end of this 52-mile zigzag. The two-lane road snakes and twists its way along the high cliffs of Maui's northern coast, crossing 66 one-lane bridges, brushing against countless waterfalls and making you feel that…

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Anime Style

ANIMÉ-STYLE Staying at Hotel Tomo, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Japantown, is like going to a slumber party at your best friend’s house as a kid—you know, the one you always envied for her fantastic bedroom. Everything seemed to match, captivating murals spanned the wall, and then there was that big playroom down…

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Work Hard, Play Hard

WORK HARD, PLAY HARD If you’re a prime-time TV buff, you might recognize Pacific Palms Conference Resort as a backdrop for such shows as Heroes, where the kitchen played a significant role, and Las Vegas, which transformed the hotel’s entire lobby and entrance into the glamorous “Montecito Hotel.” (It also starred in films like American…

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