Langham Place, New York, Fifth Avenue – New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

 

Historic museums, legendary attractions, celebrated entertainment, and award-winning dining establishments. There’s a reason why New York City is the city that never sleeps.

Nestled in the city’s most coveted district, Midtown Manhattan, a limestone tower that soars 57 stories into the sky. Located between Bryant Park and the Empire State Building, discover sharp metropolitan style that embodies the dynamic spirit of the city.

The lobby sets the scene: a sprawling, carpeted, open-plan lounge in royal blue tones, with modern sofas by the street-side windows, and a swanky bar, Measure, at the far end. The drawback is that the glossy finish makes it feel slightly corporate – how a Wall Street banker or Manhattan real estate mogul might decorate their residence.

Accommodation

Contemporary luxury. Urban sophistication. 214 residentially-styled guest rooms and suites designed to relax, inspire, and surprise. Each furnished with indulgent amenities such as Swedish Duxiana beds and large marble-clad bathrooms with rainfall showers. Many  highlighted by views of the iconic Manhattan skyline that is framed by the oversized glass windows.

Dining

A chic setting with Riviera inspired cuisine and an artisanal cocktail bar, Altamarea Group’s Michelin-starred Ai Fiori, translated to “among the flowers”, offers a menu of Italian and French Riviera-inspired cuisine.

Enjoy an elegant fine dining experience inside the main dining room or relax with an artisanal cocktail at Ai Fiori’s contemporary bar.

New York, NY, United States 🇺🇸

Epicenter of the arts. Dining and shopping capital. Trendsetter. New York City wears many crowns, and spreads an irresistible feast for all.

Nexus of the Arts

The Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim are just the beginning of a dizzying list of art-world icons. You’ll find museums devoted to everything from fin de siècle Vienna to immigrant life in the Lower East Side, and sprawling galleries filled with Japanese sculpture, postmodern American painting, Himalayan textiles and New York City lore. For a glimpse of current and future greats, delve into the cutting-edge galleries of Chelsea and the Lower East Side, with their myriad exhibition spaces and festive opening-night parties (usually Thursday night if you want to join in).

The Night Is Young

When the sun sinks slowly beyond the Hudson and luminous skyscrapers light up the night, New York transforms into one grand stage. Well-known actors take to the legendary theaters of Broadway as world-class soloists, dancers and musicians perform at venues large and small across town. Whether high culture or low, New York embraces it all: in-your-face rock shows at Williamsburgdives, lavish opera productions at the Lincoln Center, and everything in between. This is a city of experimental theater, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet, poetry readings, burlesque, world music, jazz and so much more. If you can dream it up, it’s probably happening in NYC.

Culinary Capital

There’s never been a better time to dine in New York. The city has become a hotbed of seasonal and locally sourced cuisine – with restaurants growing vegetables on roof gardens or their own upstate farms, sourcing meats and seafood from sustainable outfits nearby, and embracing artisanal everything – from coffee roasting and whiskey distilling to chocolate- and cheese-making. Bars have also taken creativity to new heights, with pre-Prohibition-era cocktails served alongside delectable small plates – indeed gastropubs are some of the most creative places to get a meal these days. Of course you can also hit the gourmet food-truck scene or dine more traditionally at one of NYC’s 20,000-plus sit-down restaurants.

Urban Wanderers

With its compact size and streets packed with eye-candy of all sorts – architectural treasures, Old World cafés, atmospheric booksellers and curio shops – NYC is an urban wanderer’s delight. Crossing continents is as easy as walking over a few avenues in this jumbled city of 200-plus nationalities. You can lose yourself in the crowds of Chinatown amid brightly painted Buddhist temples, steaming noodle shops and fragrant fishmongers, then stroll up to Nolita for enticing boutiques and coffee-tasting among the craft-minded scenesters. Every neighborhood offers a dramatically different version of New York City – from the 100-year-old Jewish delis of the Upper West Side to the meandering cobblestone lanes of Greenwich Village. And the best way to experience this city is to walk its streets.

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The Hay-Adams – Washington, DC – United States 🇺🇸

 

Steeped in rich history and surrounded by the most iconic institutions of our nation, The Hay-Adams is the discreetly luxurious hotel destination for discerning guests. Enveloped by views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and the scenic Lafayette Park, the 5-star accommodations at The Hay-Adams are the embodiment of refined residence. Marked by Washington, DC’s most accommodating amenities and dedicated services, The Hay-Adams is the boutique hotel of choice for the modern luxury traveler.

The Hay-Adams has, hands down, the best White House views of any Washington, D.C. property (in fact, its rooftop is a local favorite for private events). Housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was built in 1928, the hotel is genteel and dignified in the best sense. It’s grand enough for political bigwigs, yet welcoming and down-to-earth for travelers seeking an impeccably elegant base for their visit. The hotel’s 80-plus-year history can still be seen in original details such as ornate plaster moldings, high ceilings and the walnut-paneling in the lobby.

Accommodations

The luxury accommodations at The Hay-Adams embody the rich culture and history of Washington, DC, with elegant furnishings, timeless décor, and the unparalleled comfort of your own personal residence. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, allow us to be your home away from home in Washington, DC.

Guest rooms are modern, with custom Italian linens, Etro bath amenities and Bose sound systems. The hotel’s age may imply a sophisticated clientele, but families are made to feel welcome, and children receive nightly turn-down service with milk and cookies.

Dining: Lafayette Room

Savor refined contemporary American cuisine overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House at the hotel’s exceptional destination restaurant. Featuring elegant chandeliers, folding French doors and milky shades of cream and white, the light-filled dining room offers a stately setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

More than just a hotel, The Hay-Adams is a Downtown destination recognized as one of the Nation’s Capital’s top choices for fine dining and elegant entertainment near the White House and The National Mall. With a longstanding reputation as the go-to place for exquisite cuisine in Washington, D.C.  The sophisticated ambiance creates the perfect backdrop for business meals. The historic setting is also a favorite for gathering among family and friends.

Washington, DC – United States 🇺🇸

The USA’s capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power where visionaries and demagogues roam.

Museums & Monuments

Thanks, James Smithson, you eccentric antimonarchist Englishman. That $508,318 gift you willed to the USA back in 1829 to create a ‘diffusion of knowledge’ paid off big time. There’s nothing quite like the Smithsonian Institution, a collection of 19 behemoth, artifact-stuffed museums, many lined up in a row along the Mall. The National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, Freer-Sackler Museums of Asian Art – all here, all free, always.

Alongside the museums, Washington’s monuments bear tribute to both the beauty and the horror of years past. They’re potent symbols of the American narrative, from the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial to the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the stirring Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

Arts & Culture

Washington is the showcase of American arts, home to such prestigious venues as the National Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Folger Theatre. Jazz music has a storied history here. In the early 20th century, locals such as Duke Ellington climbed on stages along U St NW, where atmospheric clubs still operate.

History

A lot of history is concentrated within DC’s relatively small confines. In a single day, you could gawp at the Declaration of Independence, the real, live parchment with John Hancock’s, er, John Hancock scrawled across it at the National Archives; stand where Martin Luther King Jr gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps; prowl around the Watergate building that got Nixon into trouble; see the flag that inspired the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the National Museum of American History; and be an arm’s length from where Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre.

Political Life

The president, Congress and the Supreme Court are here, the three pillars of US government. In their orbit float the Pentagon, State Department, World Bank and embassies from most corners of the globe. If you hadn’t got the idea, power is why Washington exerts such a palpable buzz.

As a visitor, there’s a thrill in seeing the action up close – to walk inside the White House, to sit in the Capitol chamber while senators argue about Arctic drilling, and to drink in a bar alongside congresspeople likely determining your newest tax hike over their single-malt Scotch.

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Hotel Casa del Mar – Santa Monica, California, United States 🇺🇸

 

Tucked into a discrete cul-de-sac, away from the boardwalk and embraced by Santa Monica Bay, lies the classic splendor that is Hotel Casa del Mar.

Once an exclusive beach club in the 1920’s, the lobby’s original soaring ceiling and dramatic windows remain, overlooking the surf. The lobby lounge is the most sought after place to unwind after a day in the California sunshine. Choose Catch Restaurant for an end-of-business cocktail, or try the wine bar for inspired pouring.

Guestrooms have been updated for state-of-the-art comfort, and the new Sea Wellness Spa is a paragon of design. With the most picturesque setting in LA and enchanting amenities, Casa del Mar will remind you just what it’s like to live well again.

Dining

Catch Restaurant offers an idyllic slice of coastal California. Enjoy sweeping views of the golden sand and sparkling Pacific Ocean as you sample fresh oysters, daily fish specials, juicy steaks and farmer`s market vegetables.

An extensive wine list completes the experience.

Spa

With its Eco-friendly design, revitalizing atmosphere, health-benefiting spa treatments and variety of programs for mind and body, Sea Wellness Spa is one of the leading spa and wellness retreats in Santa Monica. Choose from an impressive array of massages, body treatments and anti-aging and hydrating skin care therapies incorporating Kerstin Florian and emerginC Scientific Organics skincare products.

The beautiful and serene space offers four treatment rooms, one couples room, a yoga studio and fitness room.

Santa Monica, California, United States 🇺🇸

Santa Monica is LA’s cute, alluring, hippie-chic little sister, its karmic counterbalance and, to many, its salvation. Surrounded by LA on three sides and the Pacific on the fourth, SaMo is a place where real-life Lebowskis sip white Russians next to martini-swilling Hollywood producers, celebrity chefs dine at family-owned taquerias, and soccer moms and career bachelors shop at abundant farmers markets. All the while, kids, out-of-towners and those who love them flock to wide beaches and the pier, where the landmark Ferris wheel and roller coaster welcome one and all.

California, United States 🇺🇸

From misty Northern California redwood forests to sun-kissed Southern California beaches, the enchanted Golden State makes Disneyland seem normal.

Natural Beauty

Don’t be fooled by its perpetually fresh outlook and adventurous attitude: California is older than it seems. Coastal bluffs and snowy peaks were created over millennia of tectonic upheavals that threatened to shake California right off the continent. After 19th-century mining, logging and oil-drilling threatened the state’s natural splendors, California’s pioneering environmentalists rescued old-growth trees, reclaimed rivers and cleaned the beaches. Thanks to the leadership of Californian conservationist John Muir and his Sierra Club, California’s national and state parks continue to astound visitors today.

From Hollywood to Silicon Valley

Through booms and busts, California has gotten by on its wits and charm. Hollywood still makes most of the world’s movies and TV shows, and launches new talents nightly on stages statewide. But California dreams don’t begin with moguls in office towers – they’re invented by California’s artists, adventurers and resident weirdos in their own backyards. Wild schemes started at psychedelic music festivals and in San Jose garages have gone mainstream – perhaps you’ve heard of smartphones, streaming video and Burning Man? – but there are plenty of outlandish ideas here still awaiting discovery. Hang out at California galleries, cafes, bars and festivals, and you may actually see the future coming.

City Lights

California’s cities hit maximum dazzle as the sun sets over the Pacific, and lights twinkle across golden hillsides. Lamps illuminate San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Hollywood sign glows bright as the moon over LA, and Bay Bridge lights welcome San Francisco arrivals with a wink and a shimmy. Consider this your invitation to come out and play, and join the crowds at LA’s star-studded nightclubs and movie palaces, San Francisco’s historic LGBT hot spots, Santa Barbara’s swanky beach bars and San Diego’s booming brewpubs. Tomorrow there will be neighborhoods, beaches, spas and boutiques to explore – but tonight is a night on the town like no other.

Fabulous Food & Drink

Without California, America’s menu would be drab and predictable: the Golden State produces most of the country’s fresh produce and kicks off nationwide food trends. Every time they sit down to eat, Californians take a stand on food issues: would you like that salad certified organic or spray-free, your toast with farm-to-table jam or urban-beehive honey, and your burger vegan or with humanely raised grass-fed meat? No matter what you order, it’s bound to be local and creative – and it had better be good. For a chaser, California produces over 90% of the nation’s wine-making grapes, and has twice as many breweries as any other state.

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Waldorf Astoria – Chicago, Illinois, United States 🇺🇸

 

Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighbourhood, the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award-winning Waldorf Astoria Chicago routinely tops the list for Chicago’s best uberluxury hotel. It models itself on 1920s Parisian glamour and, we gotta say, it delivers.

Rooms are large – they have to be, to hold the fireplaces, the bars, the marble soaking tubs, the beds with 460-thread-count sheets and the fully wired work spaces and other techno gadgets.

There’s a fancy gym with a lap pool, a high-rolling bar and a couple of spiffy restaurants.

Situated in the stylish Gold Coast neighborhood of downtown Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Chicago offers easy access to all the city has to offer.

The hotel also offers:

• Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club with indoor pool, fitness center, and customized treatments
• Two Michael Mina Signature Restaurants: Petit Margeaux and Margeaux Brasserie
• Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel

A stunning setting for meetings, weddings, and events, Waldorf Astoria Chicago features a 2,294 sq. ft. ballroom and eight meeting rooms.

For the ultimate experience, select one of the private dining rooms and allow the experienced meeting and event staff to customize menus to suit your occasion and tastes.

Chicago, Illinois, United States 🇺🇸

Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness.

Sports Fanatics

Chicago is a maniacal sports town, with a pro team for every season (two teams, in baseball’s case). Watching a game is a local rite of passage, whether you slather on the blue-and-orange body paint for a Bears football game, join the raucous baseball crowd in Wrigley Field’s bleachers, or plop down on a bar stool at the neighborhood tavern for whatever match is on TV. Count on making lots of spirited new friends. Should the excitement rub off and inspire you to get active yourself, the city’s 26 beaches and 580 parks offer a huge array of play options.

Chowhounds’ Delight

Loosen your belt – you’ve got a lot of eating to do. On the menu: peanut-butter-and-banana-topped waffles for breakfast (at Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat), a chicken, apple and cranberry hot dog for lunch (at Hot G Dog), and 20 courses of centrifuged, encapsulated molecular gastronomy for dinner (at Grant Achatz’ Alinea). You can also chow down on a superb range of ethnic eats from Vietnamese pho to Mexican carnitas, Polish pierogi and Macanese fat rice. Still hungry? Order a late-night deep-dish pizza.

Art & Architecture

It’s hard to know what to gawp at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry’s swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there’s an abstract Picasso statue that’s not only cool to look at, but you’re allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.

Rollicking Festivals

Chicago knows how to rock a festival. Between March and September it throws around 200 shindigs. The specialty is music. Blues Fest brings half a million people to Millennium Park to hear guitar notes slide and bass lines roll, all for free. During the four-day Lollapalooza mega-party, rock bands thrash while the audience dances in an arm-flailing frenzy. Smaller, barbecue-scented street fests take place in the neighborhoods each weekend – though some rival downtown for star power on their stages (oh, hey, Olivia Newton-John at Northalsted Market Days).

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The St. Regis Aspen Resort – Aspen, Colorado, United States 🇺🇸

 

Nestled at the base of Aspen mountain you’ll find the quintessential Aspen ski resort.

A contemporary version of a Gilded Age mountainside manor which provides an uncompromising base for arbiters of fine food and wine, connoisseurs of culture and adventure seekers. Located just steps from Aspen’s signature slopes and featuring premier amenities and St. Regis service, welcome to The St. Regis Aspen Resort.

Accomodations

The St. Regis Aspen Resort offers superior accommodations from classic guest rooms to our Presidential Suite and Residence Club. Rooms are outfitted with custom furnishings including a leather bed and desk designed by Ralph Lauren. Exquisite marble bathrooms offer double vanities, bathrobes and Remède bath amenities.

Dining

Enjoy epicurean experiences at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, featuring intimate lounges, outdoor dining by the pool, Chefs Club, and more.

Guests and locals alike crave the epicurean adventures they receive at The St. Regis Aspen Resort. Enjoy a cocktail on our Fountain Terrace as you gaze up at the majestic Aspen Mountain. Indulge fireside at Shadow Mountain Lounge for Afternoon Tea or the St. Regis Champagne Sabering, an event not to miss.

The Spa

Personal service and signature touches are just steps from your door.

From champagne to luxurious throws and customized treatments; the goal is to surpass all expectations and to help you escape to a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation. Spa guests enjoy complimentary access to all Remède areas including a newly refreshed oxygen lounge, steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, fitness center, and Confluence waterfall.

Aspen Experience

Exceptional accommodations notwithstanding, Aspen’s unrivaled beauty is itself reason enough to make the journey. Perched high in the Elk Mountains branch of the Rockies, Aspen and its sister town of Snowmass Village boast four major ski areas, the highest concentration in all of Colorado.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort is ideally located at the base of Aspen Mountain, in perfect proximity to the area’s primary ski lifts as well as walking distance to all of Aspen’s shopping, dining and entertainment. The resort is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Aspen Airport, eight minutes from Aspen Golf Course, 12 minutes from Aspen Highlands Ski Area, 10 minutes from Buttermilk Ski Area, 15 minutes from the Snowmass Golf Course, 20 minutes from Snowmass Ski Area and 25 minutes from the scenic Maroon Bells.

Aspen, Colorado, United States 🇺🇸

Here’s a unique town, unlike any place else in the American West. It’s a cocktail of cowboy grit, Euro panache, Hollywood glam, Ivy League brains, fresh powder, live music and lots of money. It’s the kind of place where no matter the season you can bring on a head rush in countless ways. Perhaps you dropped into an extreme vertical run, or stomped to the crest of Buckskin Pass in under three hours? It could also come while relaxing at the local music festival, peering down into the bowl of a superpipe or climbing an ice wall. It’s possible the horse-drawn sleigh took off too fast for you while you were peering over at yet another $10 million estate, or that cycling to the top of Independence Pass has left you exhausted but smiling. Then again it may have been that way-brainy conversation with a slurring but extraordinarily literate barfly.

Whatever and whomever you’ve seen, heard or done, there is a common Aspen cure-all. One that has served every Olympic champion, gonzo journalist, world-class musician, thinker, artist or actor that has ever arrived in this athletic, cultural, intellectual, artistic, absurd ski town. Simply take your body to the frothing hot tub under the stars and leave the head behind. But do bring the bottle. After all, Aspen is nothing if not a place of excellence, extravagance and, most of all, indulgence. Just remember, whatever you do, don’t stand up too fast.

Colorado, United States 🇺🇸

Spectacular vistas, endless powder runs and mountain towns with echoes of the Old West. Colorado is a place that has forever beckoned people to adventure.

Culture Dose

In the hulking shadow of the Rockies, Colorado’s urban culture is vibrant and progressive. Industries like high tech, communications and education propel a robust economy. Former cow town Denver boasts iconic sports arenas, a revitalized downtown and plenty of bike routes, breweries and hipster hangouts. Nearby university towns of Boulder and Fort Collins pair stunning natural settings with progressive vibes. Even Aspen is known almost as much for its summer music festival and think-tank intellect as its adventure opportunities. South of the Arkansas River, Colorado was once Mexico, and pockets of Hispanic culture still thrive. Native American culture persists in the Ute Mountain and Southern Ute Indian Reservations in southwest Colorado.

Rocky Mountain High

The best known of the Rocky Mountain states, with the highest concentration of peaks above 14,000ft, Colorado owes its public adoration to the mountainous backbone that rises and rolls from the Front Range westward. But there are also mesas, desert canyons and sagebrush hills. Some 300-plus sunny days per year contribute to hiking, biking, river running and rock climbing that’s unrivaled anywhere in the US West. Even during the peak summer season, when millions of tourists flood the state, visitors can still find solitude at a remote mountain lake or meadow, or atop a craggy summit. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the state’s premier attraction, there are dozens of backcountry hikes and campsites that see few visitors – unless you count that moose or family of foxes that wandered by.

Ski Country USA

With heavy snowfalls and light powder, the long winters of the Colorado high country are the stuff of legend. Hares and mountain lions leave white tracks, boarders and skiers weave through pine forests and open bowls, and hearth fires roar in mountain lodges. With the longest ski run in the USA (Vail), some of the highest snowfall (Wolf Creek), and legendary ski-parking-lot BBQs (Arapahoe Basin), Colorado may have the best downhill skiing on earth. Remarkable cross-country and backcountry terrain bring a whole other dimension to winter – one where lift lines don’t exist. If you’re among the hard core, you can make turns from Halloween until early June. Iconic resorts like Aspen, Vail and Telluride attract visitors in droves, and after the last lift, parties kick into gear.

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Lava Flow Meets the Ocean – Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Big Island, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

 

Take to the air for an unforgettable private charter of Hawaii Island’s majestic convergences of earth, fire and water during an adventure offered exclusively by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Lifting off from the Resort’s golf course, you’ll ascend to new heights on a flight over the northern Kohala Mountains to see skyscraper-high waterfalls, hidden valleys, black-sand beaches and working ranches. Land in an exclusive-access area for a secluded catered picnic lunch beside one of the cascades, and then head south for a guided hike to Kamokuna, the point inside Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park where more than a million gallons of lava flow into the ocean every hour, expanding the island of Hawaii along its southeast coast.

One of the world’s leading volcanologists will join your group after the hike for the next leg of your trip over Kilauea Volcano, one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in the world. From 1,000 to 5,000 feet (305 to 1524 metres) above ground level, you’ll see lava actively flowing and hear stories about how this volcano – erupting continuously since 1983 – has affected the land, towns and people in the area.

After landing near the volcano, you’ll meet your dedicated Four Seasons Volcano Ambassador, who’ll chauffeur you via luxury SUV to your home away from home for the evening: the Four Seasons Rainforest Cottage Hideaway. The 1,800-square-foot (167-square-metre), two-level Cottage with fireplace, a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, and an outdoor sauna house, whirlpool and showers is specially outfitted and staffed by Four Seasons just for your adventure. Sip handcrafted cocktails while enjoying a pre-dinner show of live Hawaiian music and hula dancing. After you dine on a personalized meal prepared by Four Seasons chefs, retreat to the lanai for s’mores. Close out the evening with a night visit to the Kilauea Caldera overlook with your Volcano Ambassador to witness the volcano’s glowing lava against the dark backdrop of volcanic rock fields.

The next morning, awake to the sounds of exotic rainforest birds and to a chef-prepared breakfast. Afterwards, you’ll lift off for another helicopter excursion of the Kau Coast. You’ll see the southernmost point of the United States, coastal communities, the Kona coffee district, the volcano rift zone and, from approximately December to May, humpback whales. Before returning to the rain forest’s edge and Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, touch down on an expanse of secluded beach that’s hard to reach except by helicopter and spend a few hours relaxing, snorkelling and sipping mimosas.

Big Island, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

Indulge your spirit of adventure on the biggest Hawaiian island. It’s still a vast frontier, full of unexpected wonders.

Island Diversity

We doubt that it’s possible to get ‘island fever’ on Hawaiʻi. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways – and, better yet, byways – to explore. Eight of the world’s 13 climate zones exist here, adding sensory variety as you circumnavigate the island. Gaze at vivid emerald cliffs, swaths of black-, white- and even green-sand beaches, majestic volcanic mountains (possibly snowcapped!), stark lava desert, rolling pastureland and misty valleys, weathered by rain, waves and time. Hawaiʻi is twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, and its dramatic terrain is ever fascinating.

Ancient History & Modern Multiculturalism

Ancient history looms large on Hawaiʻi, a place of powerful mana (spiritual essence). The first Polynesians landed at Ka Lae, the windswept southern tip, still raw and undeveloped today. Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands, was born in Kohala and died in Kailua-Kona. Hula and oli (chant) are deep-rooted here, and Miloli‘i on the Kona Coast is perhaps the last Hawaiian fishing village. During the sugarcane era, traditional ways became intertwined with those of immigrant cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese and more. This legacy is palpable in the mix of languages, foods and festivals. The most striking element of this multiculturalism is the pidgin vernacular.

Roads Less Traveled

Thanks to its sheer size, Hawaiʻi has lots of legroom. Enjoy the delicious freedom of the open road, where the journey becomes the main attraction. From east to west, the island has multiple personalities, and it’s worthwhile experiencing them all. While the ‘Gold Coast’ – South Kohala to Kailua-Kona – caters to travelers en masse, most island towns are rural and exist primarily for residents. Even the capital seat, Hilo, is a former plantation town that’s still slow-paced and populated by kamaʻaina (people born and raised here). Ultimately this down-home localness marks the real Hawai‘i. Don’t miss it.

Volcanic Wonders

Less than a million years old, Hawaiʻi is a baby in geological terms. Here you’ll find the Hawaiian Islands’ tallest, largest and only active volcanic mountains. Kilauea, on the eastern side, is the world’s most active volcano, spewing molten lava continuously since 1983. If you see glowing, red-hot lava, you are witnessing Earth in the making, a thrilling and humbling experience. At 33,000ft tall when measured from the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain, and its significance cannot be overstated – as a sacred place to Hawaiians and a top astronomical site to scientists.

Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.

Island Style

Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland. Spam, shave ice, surfing, ukulele and slack key guitar music, hula, pidgin, aloha shirts, ‘rubbah slippah’ (flip-flops) – these are just some of the touchstones of everyday life, island style. Pretty much everything here feels easygoing, low-key and casual, bursting with genuine aloha and fun. You’ll be equally welcome whether you’re a globe-trotting surf bum, a beaming couple of fresh-faced honeymooners or a big, multigenerational family with rambunctious kids.

Modern Multiculturalism

Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on Oʻahu. On these Hawaiian Islands, the descendants of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. What’s remarkable about contemporary Hawaii is that harmonious multiculturalism is the rule, not the exception. Boisterous arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, from Hawaiian outrigger canoe races to Japanese taiko drumming. Come here to see what the future of the USA could be.

Play Outside

Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with the ʻohana (extended family and friends), encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.

Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii’s cowboys.

Natural Beauty

Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves, such as atop Haleakalā volcano on Maui. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn’t be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn’t always cheap. But whether you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you’re looking for here.

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Big Island, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

 

Housed in intimate two-storey bungalows, the 243 guest rooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai exude authentic Hawaiian luxury. A peerless collection of native Hawaiian art complements expansive, open-air living spaces and island-inspired décor at this Kona, Hawaii luxury resort on the Big Island.

This luxury resort earns its accolades with top-flight service and lavish attention to details like fresh orchids in every room, embracing lush gardens and an oceanview infinity pool. Some poolside rooms have rejuvenating lava-rock garden outdoor showers. The golf course and spa are both outstanding, or snorkel with 75 species of tropical fish in the King’s Pond.

In Hawaiian legend, Hawai’i Loa discovered the Islands and was their first king – with Hualalai as his queen. In kingly fashion, the majestic three-bedroom villa that bears his name is set apart, right on the oceanfront. Watch the sun set over the Pacific, or catch the seasonal migration of humpback whales.

Hawai’i Loa Presidential Villa

Displayed in the villa, feather work by indigenous artist Natalie Mahina Jensen-Oomittuk reflects the feather cloaks, capes, helmets and kahilis (wands) worn by Hawaiian ali’i (royalty) to represent their ancestors’ spiritual essence.

Enjoy the dedicated service of a Suite Concierge to customize your entire stay to assist with reservations for all meals, arranging exclusive dinners, unique Island experiences, and much more.

Dining

Choose from three restaurants and two ocean-side lounges at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, with creative menus that reflect the changing of the seasons and the bounty of Hawaii’s farms and coasts. Enjoy tempting variety throughout the week, from Tuscan cucina rustica and beachfront barbecues to Asian-Pacific cuisine and Polynesian pupus (appetizers).

Spa

A legendary spirit lives in the land of Hualalai; powerful and inspiring. The island kupuna (elders) call it ‘uhane (spirit). At the Hualalai Spa, you’ll find a uniquely Hawaiian experience that embraces ‘uhane to refresh, restore and renew your sense of health and well-being.

The 28,000-square-foot (2,600-square-metre) Hualalai Spa integrates tropical gardens with cool interior spaces and feels distinctly Hawaiian. Enjoy relaxing by a quiet stream in the open-air Waiea (Water of Life) garden. Savour the lap pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and cold plunges, all set amidst lush greenery. Your choice of massage and body treatments may be enjoyed outdoors in our exotic new hales, secluded for privacy.

Golf

Like all the other splendid amenities of the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualalai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land.  Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. After an exhilarating game, relax in the clubhouse where tropical refreshments, ocean views and a club-away-from-home experience await you.

Unique Experience

Lava flow meets the ocean: Take to the air for an unforgettable private charter of Hawaii Island’s majestic convergences of earth, fire and water during an adventure offered exclusively by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Big Island, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

Indulge your spirit of adventure on the biggest Hawaiian island. It’s still a vast frontier, full of unexpected wonders.

Island Diversity

We doubt that it’s possible to get ‘island fever’ on Hawaiʻi. The aptly named Big Island is fantastically diverse, with miles of highways – and, better yet, byways – to explore. Eight of the world’s 13 climate zones exist here, adding sensory variety as you circumnavigate the island. Gaze at vivid emerald cliffs, swaths of black-, white- and even green-sand beaches, majestic volcanic mountains (possibly snowcapped!), stark lava desert, rolling pastureland and misty valleys, weathered by rain, waves and time. Hawaiʻi is twice as big as the other Hawaiian Islands combined, and its dramatic terrain is ever fascinating.

Ancient History & Modern Multiculturalism

Ancient history looms large on Hawaiʻi, a place of powerful mana (spiritual essence). The first Polynesians landed at Ka Lae, the windswept southern tip, still raw and undeveloped today. Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands, was born in Kohala and died in Kailua-Kona. Hula and oli (chant) are deep-rooted here, and Miloli‘i on the Kona Coast is perhaps the last Hawaiian fishing village. During the sugarcane era, traditional ways became intertwined with those of immigrant cultures: Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese and more. This legacy is palpable in the mix of languages, foods and festivals. The most striking element of this multiculturalism is the pidgin vernacular.

Roads Less Traveled

Thanks to its sheer size, Hawaiʻi has lots of legroom. Enjoy the delicious freedom of the open road, where the journey becomes the main attraction. From east to west, the island has multiple personalities, and it’s worthwhile experiencing them all. While the ‘Gold Coast’ – South Kohala to Kailua-Kona – caters to travelers en masse, most island towns are rural and exist primarily for residents. Even the capital seat, Hilo, is a former plantation town that’s still slow-paced and populated by kamaʻaina (people born and raised here). Ultimately this down-home localness marks the real Hawai‘i. Don’t miss it.

Volcanic Wonders

Less than a million years old, Hawaiʻi is a baby in geological terms. Here you’ll find the Hawaiian Islands’ tallest, largest and only active volcanic mountains. Kilauea, on the eastern side, is the world’s most active volcano, spewing molten lava continuously since 1983. If you see glowing, red-hot lava, you are witnessing Earth in the making, a thrilling and humbling experience. At 33,000ft tall when measured from the ocean floor, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain, and its significance cannot be overstated – as a sacred place to Hawaiians and a top astronomical site to scientists.

Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.

Island Style

Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland. Spam, shave ice, surfing, ukulele and slack key guitar music, hula, pidgin, aloha shirts, ‘rubbah slippah’ (flip-flops) – these are just some of the touchstones of everyday life, island style. Pretty much everything here feels easygoing, low-key and casual, bursting with genuine aloha and fun. You’ll be equally welcome whether you’re a globe-trotting surf bum, a beaming couple of fresh-faced honeymooners or a big, multigenerational family with rambunctious kids.

Modern Multiculturalism

Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on Oʻahu. On these Hawaiian Islands, the descendants of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. What’s remarkable about contemporary Hawaii is that harmonious multiculturalism is the rule, not the exception. Boisterous arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, from Hawaiian outrigger canoe races to Japanese taiko drumming. Come here to see what the future of the USA could be.

Play Outside

Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with the ʻohana (extended family and friends), encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.

Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii’s cowboys.

Natural Beauty

Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves, such as atop Haleakalā volcano on Maui. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn’t be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn’t always cheap. But whether you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you’re looking for here.

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The St. Regis Princeville Resort – Kauai, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

 

St. Regis Princeville marks the legendary brand’s first resort in Hawai’i and introduces an unparalleled level of sophistication and serene luxury to one of the most remarkable destinations in the world. Located in the 9,000 acre resort community of Princeville at Hanalei, this luxury resort on Kauai resides on the northern shore of the “Garden Island” and provides visitors all the amenities expected from an island destination considered to be one of the most spectacular in Hawai’i. Guests of this Kauai resort reside in a bastion of tropical sophistication featuring cuisine that celebrates local flavors along with an array of diverse activities.

The St. Regis Princeville provides everything needed for an unforgettable stay, including a spacious outdoor swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar. Guests can also enjoy lush tropical surroundings as well as modern fitness facilities and spacious guestrooms.

While staying at the Princeville St. Regis, guests can enjoy fresh local seafood at the on-site Kauai Grill or classic Hawaiian cuisine at Makana Terrace. The Nalu Kai Grill and Bar is also located on-site and features a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

The St. Regis in Princeville, Hawaii offers instant access to an endless variety of recreational activities, including horseback riding, sailing and helicopter tours. The knowledgeable concierge staff can also arrange kayaking tours, scuba diving and much more.

Dining

Kaua’i is an island nearly as famous for its tastes as its sights. The piquant, floral zing of hand-picked mango. The crispy, peppery bite of fresh lemon grass. The delicate flavor and texture of ocean-caught Opakapaka. Such are the flavors of Kaua’i and the building blocks of The St. Regis Princeville Resort menus. Presided over by an award-winning culinary team, the 5 star restaurants are dens of masterful culinary creativity-utilizing ingredients farmed or produced on Kaua’i to create meals of striking originality. Whether you prefer candlelit private dining or the understated elegance of five dining venues, every meal becomes a memorable occasion.

  • Hawaiian-inspired restaurant with outdoor terrace, serving breakfast and dinner.
  • Poolside restaurant and oceanfront bar overlooking Hanalei Bay.
  • Intimate cocktail lounge offering club style service and live entertainment.

Golf

The renowned Makai Golf Club at The St. Regis Princeville Resort is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, which opened in 1971 and was redesigned and reopened in 2010.  The Makai Course winds its way around serene lakes, native woodlands and the spectacular coastline with views of Bali Hai and Hanalei Bay.  The course plays to a par 72 with four different sets of tees that can be stretched to more than 7,200 yards from the tips.

The renovation by Robert Trent Jones Jr. features the introduction of Seashore Paspalum turf grass on to all fairways and greens, providing spectacular playing surfaces for golfers of all skill levels.  Additional improvements include the reconfiguring greens complexes and green surrounds, as well as bold reshaping of all bunkers.  The signature 7th hole on the Makai Course plays to 213 yards from the back tees.  It consists of a challenging tee shot over scenic cliffs, onto to a green which is surrounded by brilliant white bunkers and surreal views of the mountains and Pacific Ocean.

Kauai, Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

Emerald mountains, weeping waterfalls, red-rock canyons, jaw-dropping beaches, clear seas and big waves. Kaua‘i’s natural gifts are unparalleled in Hawaii, the USA, the world.

Outdoor Adventure

With an astonishing list of outdoor adventures, Kauaʻi will puncture your resort bubble. Here you can soar over and settle into tropical valleys in a helicopter, zip through treetops on a cable, navigate narrow single tracks to the shoulders of a sleeping giant or down deep into a grand canyon. You can paddle a sacred river or motor into sea caves, wander isolated beaches, drop in and get barrelled on a point break, or drift with sea turtles in coves saturated in that perfect blue. Each new experience merges unforgettably with the island’s majesty.

Locally Grown

A locals only ethos that flowered from surf culture and permeated the Hawaiian Islands influences social, political and commercial life on Kaua‘i too. Happily, of late it has also influenced chefs, supermarkets and restaurants island-wide. Anywhere you eat on Kaua‘i, from the fast food of Bubba’s Burgers to JO2, the latest restaurant from renowned chef Jean Marie Josselin, you are likely to be feasting on sustainably grown meat and vegetables cultivated on the island by local farmers, or fish caught by local anglers just offshore. That freshness brings flavor you’ll love, and it nourishes the local economy too.

Island Way of Life

You can’t help admiring the way that Kauaʻi has preserved itself in the face of the 21st century. Here, no town surpasses 10,000 people. By law, no building is taller than a coconut tree, and it is impossible to circumnavigate the coast by car. When a multimillion-dollar ferry arrived to begin service to neighboring islands, Kaua‘i residents, concerned over environmental and other issues, blocked its path. It never returned. Visitors do, however. That doesn’t mean Kaua‘i lacks challenges. Conflicts continue on the Westside over the dominance of big agriculture, but on the whole the island projects harmony.

Feel the Mana

The island inspires inward explorations too. On Kauaʻi, the mana (spiritual essence) of the ʻaina (land) is palpable, because the values of the ancient Hawaiians are alive and well, and rooted in a holistic understanding of the natural world. You will encounter this in simple ways, such as when someone gives you directions mauka (inland) or makai (seaward), or in a passing shaka (Hawaii hand greeting sign) when you yield on a one-lane bridge. Hawaiian culture is built on moderation, balance, fairness and unity, producing a gentle pace of life, strong families and legendary hospitality.

Hawaii, USA 🇺🇸

It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at these sugary beaches, Technicolor coral reefs and volcanoes beckoning adventurous spirits.

Island Style

Floating all by itself in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii proudly maintains its own distinct identity apart from the US mainland. Spam, shave ice, surfing, ukulele and slack key guitar music, hula, pidgin, aloha shirts, ‘rubbah slippah’ (flip-flops) – these are just some of the touchstones of everyday life, island style. Pretty much everything here feels easygoing, low-key and casual, bursting with genuine aloha and fun. You’ll be equally welcome whether you’re a globe-trotting surf bum, a beaming couple of fresh-faced honeymooners or a big, multigenerational family with rambunctious kids.

Modern Multiculturalism

Hawaii is as proud of its multicultural heritage as it is of former US President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu on Oʻahu. On these Hawaiian Islands, the descendants of ancient Polynesians, European explorers, American missionaries and Asian plantation immigrants mix and mingle. What’s remarkable about contemporary Hawaii is that harmonious multiculturalism is the rule, not the exception. Boisterous arts and cultural festivals keep diverse community traditions alive, from Hawaiian outrigger canoe races to Japanese taiko drumming. Come here to see what the future of the USA could be.

Play Outside

Just as in days of old, life in Hawaii is lived outdoors. Whether it’s surfing, swimming, fishing or picnicking with the ʻohana (extended family and friends), encounters with nature are infused with the traditional Hawaiian value of aloha ʻaina – love and respect for the land.

Go hiking across ancient lava flows and down fluted pali (sea cliffs). Learn to surf, the ancient Hawaiian sport of ‘wave sliding,’ and then snorkel or dive with giant manta rays and sea turtles. Kayak to a deserted offshore island or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise. Back on land, ride horseback with paniolo, Hawaii’s cowboys.

Natural Beauty

Snapshots of these islands scattered in the cobalt blue Pacific Ocean are heavenly, without the need for any embellishment by tourist brochures. Sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular that they’re cause for celebration all by themselves, such as atop Haleakalā volcano on Maui. As tropical getaways go, Hawaii couldn’t be easier or more worth the trip, though be aware that visiting these Polynesian isles isn’t always cheap. But whether you’re dreaming of swimming in crystal waterfall pools or lazing on golden-sand beaches, you can find what you’re looking for here.

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The Setai, Miami Beach – Miami, Florida, United States 🇺🇸

 

The ocean-front The Setai, Miami Beach is an integral part of Miami Beach’s social, cultural and architectural heritage that combines the destination’s sleek Art Deco style with a serene Far Eastern aesthetic. The façade of the 1938 Dempsey-Vanderbilt hotel was meticulously restored, its interiors enhanced with Burmese teak, Indonesian bronze and dark gray bricks salvaged from historic Shanghai buildings. Counterpoint to the original building is the new adjacent 40-story glass residential tower, which houses some of the hotel’s suites. With three pools, three acclaimed restaurants and a dedicated concierge team, The Setai leaves no request unfulfilled.

In 2017, the Hotel will observe the 80th Anniversary of its landmark Art Deco Building, with a number of 80th Anniversary property-wide celebrations including Setai Vintage.

Adjacent to the Art Deco Building is The Setai’s 40-story glass residential tower featuring The Ocean Suites surpassing all around it in elevation, views, and design with 1-4 bedroom suites and complimentary services.

In this paradise of pools and palms, the waters at The Setai, Miami Beach inspire repose. You’ll find three magnificent azure, temperature-controlled pools, and the beachfront property is poised just steps from the white sand and turquoise waters of South Beach.

Dining

Jaya, which means ‘victory’ in Sanskrit, was chosen to honor The Setai’s renowned interior designer Jaya Ibrahim and the hotel’s first decade of successful Asian-inspired hospitality. Executive Chef Mathias Gervais and Executive Sous Chef Vijayudu Veena have collaborated to create standout dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China and Japan.

The Spa

The Setai proudly introduces a re-imagined spa experience: The Spa at The Setai by THÉMAÉ.

The luxury hotel’s new spa experience offers specially formulated THÉMAÉ treatments and products curated from four types of teas: red (rooibos), white, green and black teas.

The Spa features four private spa suites, all with room for up to two guests, ocean and pool views, a private bath and steam room. For an even more private experience, select spa treatments are available to enjoy in the comfort of your guest suite for a nominal fee, upon request.

Miami, Florida, United States 🇺🇸

Sun-kissed beaches and art-deco beauties make an alluring backdrop to Miami’s other charms – a burgeoning arts scene, creative cuisine and blazing nightlife.

Nights in the City

When the sun sets and the brilliant colors of a South Florida sunset fill the sky, that’s when the best part of the day begins for Miami’s party people. By moonlight, all the magic of the city unfolds, in its salsa-filled dance halls, swanky candlelit lounges, and rooftop bars with sweeping views over Biscayne Bay and the glittering city skyline. While there’s plenty of bling on display, Miami has something for all, from backyard bars full of indie rockers to hidden dens of debauchery concealed behind neon-lit taco stands.

Creativity, Miami Style

Chalk it up to Miami’s diverse population, or perhaps its love of always being on the cutting-edge. Whatever the reason, creativity is one of the great hallmarks of this city. From art and design to global cuisine, Miami remains ever on the search for bold new ideas, which manifest themselves in surprising ways. You’ll find brilliantly inventive chefs blending Eastern and Western cooking styles, sustainably designed buildings inspired by South Florida ecosystems and open-air galleries where museum-quality artwork covers once derelict warehouses. The one constant in Miami is its uncanny ability to astonish.

The Great Outdoors

Few cities are as blessed as Miami when it comes to natural beauty. Sparkling shores lapped by aquamarine waters set the stage for a memorable array of adventures, from sunrise strolls along peaceful stretches of Mid-Beach to scenic paddles in search of manatees off Virginia Key. You can look for colorful bird species while walking the trails of Oleta River State Park, or simply enjoy some downtown greenery while lounging in Bayfront Park. With year-round sunshine, and a love for celebration, the open-air is also where Miami’s biggest parties unfold – whether at massive music and dance festivals or the neighborhood fiestas that pack Miami’s cultural calendar.

Architectural Jewel Box

Even if there was no beach, Miami would still have undeniable allure. The gorgeous 1930s hotels lining Ocean Dr are part of the world’s greatest collection of art-deco buildings. Tropical motifs, whimsical nautical elements and those iconic pastel shades create a cinematic backdrop for exploring the streets of Miami Beach. Of course, you don’t have to see these architectural beauties at arm’s length. Lavishly restored, Miami’s art-deco and mid-century modern hotels are also the playground for locals and out-of-towners alike, with sunny poolside terraces, artfully designed dining rooms and plush nightclubs.

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Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Miami, Florida, United States 🇺🇸

 

Situated on oceanfront Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach, Florida. Its iconic design is a spectacular blend of Miami’s glamorous golden era and stylish modern luxury. A revered Miami Beach landmark for more than half a century, Morris Lapidus’ emblematic curvilinear building sets a new standard for business and pleasure. The 22-acre oceanfront Miami Beach hotel features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a two-story spa, a virtually endless poolscape, miles of pristine beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. Even before it opened in 1954, Fontainebleau had a rich history shaped by the rapid expansion of the Miami area and its popularity with celebrities. That same persona lingers on and we have no intention of changing it.

Envisioning the creation of one of the most opulent and magnificent hotels in the world, hotelier Ben Novack purchased the Firestone Mansion, home of auto tire magnate Harvey Firestone in 1952 for $2.3 million. He tapped Morris Lapidus, who was known for his modernist sensibilities and flair for theatrical spaces, to be the hotel’s project architect. When it opened in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach was the largest and most luxurious hotel in South Florida. Located on the oceanfront in the heart of Millionaire’s Row, Fontainebleau Miami Beach is one of the most historically and architecturally significant hotels on Miami Beach. Its signature features included a 17,000-square-foot lobby with the now-legendary “Stairway to Nowhere,” six acres of formal gardens designed to replicate Versailles and thousands of dollars in antique furnishings to authentically convey the hotel’s French period theme.

Through the 1950s and 1960s, the hotel reigned as Miami’s leading resort and Lapidus’ gently curving façade came to symbolize the very essence of glamorous Miami Beach. For nearly 25 years, the Miami Beach hotel was so well-known that no sign was necessary to identify it. Celebrities and entertainers, ranging from Elvis Presley and Bob Hope to Lucille Ball and Judy Garland, made the hotel so popular that Novack was once forced to post armed guards to bar non-guests from entering.

Over the years, the Miami Beach oceanfront hotel has costarred in numerous major Hollywood productions including, Goldfinger, The Bellboy, Scarface, The Specialist and The Bodyguard.

In 2005, Fontainebleau Miami Beach closed its doors, kicking off a 2½ year, $1.0 billion renovation and expansion, which was completed in Fall of 2008, and reopened with rave reviews and an A-list celebrity-attended grand opening bash featuring the Victoria Secret Fashion Show and performances by Usher, Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke.

In 2012, American Institute of Architects granted Fontainebleau the award for the Top Building in Florida, after more than 2.4 million votes cast in the “100 Years. 100 Places.” competition.

Fontainebleau’s iconic features—striking design, headlining music, impeccable service, contemporary art, fashion and technology—have become so established and recognized that they’ve evolved from a hotel on Collins Avenue Miami into a brand. While never a primary intention at the outset in 1954, growing our brand of a vibrant new kind of immersive guest experience will launch a new generation of preferred international resorts. Fontainebleau is poised for an extraordinary period of expansion and global recognition that enriches its proud heritage and represents an exceptional opportunity for developers.

Miami, Florida, United States 🇺🇸

Sun-kissed beaches and art-deco beauties make an alluring backdrop to Miami’s other charms – a burgeoning arts scene, creative cuisine and blazing nightlife.

Nights in the City

When the sun sets and the brilliant colors of a South Florida sunset fill the sky, that’s when the best part of the day begins for Miami’s party people. By moonlight, all the magic of the city unfolds, in its salsa-filled dance halls, swanky candlelit lounges, and rooftop bars with sweeping views over Biscayne Bay and the glittering city skyline. While there’s plenty of bling on display, Miami has something for all, from backyard bars full of indie rockers to hidden dens of debauchery concealed behind neon-lit taco stands.

Creativity, Miami Style

Chalk it up to Miami’s diverse population, or perhaps its love of always being on the cutting-edge. Whatever the reason, creativity is one of the great hallmarks of this city. From art and design to global cuisine, Miami remains ever on the search for bold new ideas, which manifest themselves in surprising ways. You’ll find brilliantly inventive chefs blending Eastern and Western cooking styles, sustainably designed buildings inspired by South Florida ecosystems and open-air galleries where museum-quality artwork covers once derelict warehouses. The one constant in Miami is its uncanny ability to astonish.

The Great Outdoors

Few cities are as blessed as Miami when it comes to natural beauty. Sparkling shores lapped by aquamarine waters set the stage for a memorable array of adventures, from sunrise strolls along peaceful stretches of Mid-Beach to scenic paddles in search of manatees off Virginia Key. You can look for colorful bird species while walking the trails of Oleta River State Park, or simply enjoy some downtown greenery while lounging in Bayfront Park. With year-round sunshine, and a love for celebration, the open-air is also where Miami’s biggest parties unfold – whether at massive music and dance festivals or the neighborhood fiestas that pack Miami’s cultural calendar.

Architectural Jewel Box

Even if there was no beach, Miami would still have undeniable allure. The gorgeous 1930s hotels lining Ocean Dr are part of the world’s greatest collection of art-deco buildings. Tropical motifs, whimsical nautical elements and those iconic pastel shades create a cinematic backdrop for exploring the streets of Miami Beach. Of course, you don’t have to see these architectural beauties at arm’s length. Lavishly restored, Miami’s art-deco and mid-century modern hotels are also the playground for locals and out-of-towners alike, with sunny poolside terraces, artfully designed dining rooms and plush nightclubs.

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https://fontainebleau.com

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