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How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions?

How Does Music Affect Your Hotel Decisions? Aug 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Library of Congress Music is becoming common on hotel websites, but does it really make us want to book a room? A scientific study has come up with the answer: yeah, kinda. The journal Psychology of Music has published an article titled, "Congruency between instrumental background music and behavior on a website." As the author states in the abstract: "Instrumental music (jazz and djembe)...

Couples Can Celebrate The End Of DOMA On Australia's Hamilton Island

Couples Can Celebrate The End Of DOMA On Australia's Hamilton Island Jun 30th, 2013 at 8:00AM: qualia Resort When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision that ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) a few days back it was met with jubilation across the country. The ruling is seen as a dramatic advancement of gay rights while also providing for the equal treatment of same-sex marriages moving forward. The 5-4 decision has such far-reaching consequences in fact that...

Hertz Launches Dream Car Rental Service For Those Who Just Can't Drive 55

Hertz Launches Dream Car Rental Service For Those Who Just Can't Drive 55 Jun 20th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Courtesy of Aston Martin Yesterday, Hertz, one of the largest rental car companies in the world, announced the launch of their new Dream Cars service in the U.S. This new offering allows customers to rent exotic sports cars and high-end luxury models that typically haven't been available from the company in the past, granting travelers an opportunity to explore their destination in head-turning...

Hotel News We Noted: June 14, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: June 14, 2013 Jun 14th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Rancho Las Palmas Image Courtesy of Omni Hotels Happy Friday, "Hotel News We Noted" readers. Summer is heating up, and that means that the hotel world is in full swing, promoting summer travel, touting new resort openings and even launching new initiatives. This column brings you the best, the weirdest and the most interesting news of note from the hospitality world each week. Have a tip, comment...

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks

Summer Travel: Luxe Hotels In Or Near National Parks Jun 5th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Flickr user YoTut Planning a trip this summer? Why not make it family friendly with at trip to a national park? While we love spending our days hiking, biking or riding the river, we're not always about camping out or grabbing the nearest roadside motel after a long day outside. Here are some of our favorite luxe hotels in or near national parks: Budget Tip: Time it right by visiting a National...

Hotel News We Noted: May 18, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: May 18, 2013 May 18th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Courtesy of Hotel Pain Dei Palais Are you ready for the weekend, "Hotel News We Noted" readers? We sure are – and we can't believe that it's almost the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day! This week is jam packed with your usual hotel news, plus a special addition in some of our favorite packages, promotions and last-minute deals for the long weekend. If you're a new fan, "Hotel News...

Bushtracks Expeditions Lets You Build Your Own Safari From Scratch

Bushtracks Expeditions Lets You Build Your Own Safari From Scratch May 15th, 2013 at 8:00AM: For more than 20 years Bushtracks Expeditions has been helping travelers visit Africa to experience the classic safari to its fullest. After two decades in the business, it is safe to say that they've learned a few things about organizing an unforgettable excursion into the remote corners of the continent. Now, they've taken all of that knowledge and experience and placed it online in a new tool...

What Does A $100,000 Vacation Look Like?

What Does A $100,000 Vacation Look Like? May 14th, 2013 at 5:00PM: If your summer travel budget is feeling a little skimpy at the moment, then indulge your fantasies for a minute and imagine you've got $100K to blow on your upcoming vacation. What does it look like? Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is giving 50 travelers the chance to find out. The company, which offers high-end travel services to those with deep pockets, recently relaunched their...

Hotel News We Noted: May 11, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: May 11, 2013 May 11th, 2013 at 12:00PM: It's the weekend, and you know that that means – it's time for "Hotel News We Noted," your annual wrap up of the best, wackiest and downright odd hotel news of the week. Spring has sprung in the hotel world, and we're seeing tons of openings from major brands and boutique properties alike, as well as a slew of packages, many of which incentivize travelers to book early for summer stays. Time...

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style

Northern Lights Best Viewed At Sea, On A Yacht, French Style May 4th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Considering a trip to see the Northern Lights? This year may very well be the best time to go. 2013 is the height of the 11-year solar cycle. September and October offer peak activity. They can be seen in Alaska, Norway, Finland and Canada on a clear night. Better yet, try viewing on a ship at sea. Common tips for viewing the Northern Lights say to go North, inside the Arctic circle, bring...

Go On A 'Beach Safari' In Tanzania

Go On A 'Beach Safari' In Tanzania May 4th, 2013 at 9:00AM: Sanctuary Retreats, a company that deftly mixes both adventure and luxury travel, has announced that it is adding two new lodges to its already impressive portfolio. Starting June 1, the company will offer guests the chance to stay at either the Sanctuary Saadani River Lodge or the Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge, both located in Tanzania. These two new destinations will offer guests a wonderful...

Luxury Travel: Abercrombie & Kent's New Lifestyle Club Gives Travelers A Taste Of The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous

Luxury Travel: Abercrombie & Kent's New Lifestyle Club Gives Travelers A Taste Of The Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous Apr 27th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Despite a lagging economy, the growth of the ultra luxury sector in the travel and hotel market is hotter than ever. Travelers are increasingly seeking personalized, customized experiences and high-touch service above and beyond what traditional luxury hotels can provide. As a result, many companies have new or improved specialized programs to cater to this new breed of traveler. One of the...

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel?

Jetsetter Purchased By TripAdvisor, What Does This Mean For Flash Sales And Travel? Apr 12th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Flash sale site Gilt Groupe has unloaded its lagging travel brand Jetsetter, which was quickly snapped up by TripAdvisor, news outlets reported this week. Despite offering a well-respected reputation in the industry for decent flash sale deals for consumers interested in luxury travel experiences and recent advancements in its mobile application with tonight-only deals, Jetsetter has not been a...

Hotel News We Noted: April 5, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: April 5, 2013 Apr 5th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Hola and buenos tardes from sunny and warm Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, "Hotel News We Noted" readers. This week, as always, we round up the best, the worst and the most interesting news in the hotel industry, tracking resort openings, pampering packages and other reportings from our travels. Stay tuned next week for a special edition, including a full recap of our Cabo exploration. We welcome your...

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Cabo San Lucas

#OnTheRoad On Instagram: Cabo San Lucas Apr 2nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Greetings, everyone! This week I'll be taking over the Gadling Instagram feed (find it here) as I head to the sunny shores of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. You'll get an inside glimpse at my travels, including a tequila school, sunset horseback rides along the beach and lots of spa scouting. It's a hard life, but someone has to do it. Cabo San Lucas is known as a celebrity paradise, and this trip...

Luxury Travel: Four Seasons Announces 2014 Private Jet Around The World Itineraries

Luxury Travel: Four Seasons Announces 2014 Private Jet Around The World Itineraries Mar 29th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, a name already synonymous with luxury, has kicked things up a notch with the unveiling this week of their 2014 "Around the World" programs. The private jet tour takes lucky (read: rich) jetsetters on a month-long journey to between seven and ten destinations across the globe on a private Boeing 757 outfitted for just 56 guests. The destinations? Bucket-list...

Two Queens Hook Up In California

Two Queens Hook Up In California Mar 19th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Not even close to what the headline could be misconstrued as, two queens from Cunard Line, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary met for a historic Cunard Royal Rendezvous. What's significant is that one is now a hotel while the other is a cruise ship. Thousands of travelers from all over the world were on hand for the event and fireworks ensued. Fans of Cunard Line (called Cunarders) and maritime...

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013

Hotel News We Noted: March 8, 2013 Mar 8th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Welcome to this week's edition of "Hotel News We Noted," where we round up the week's best, most interesting and just downright odd news of note in the hospitality world. Have a tip? Send us a note or leave a comment below. The hotel world has been buzzing this winter with new and planned openings, extreme amenities and packages galore. Here's our take on what you need to know this week: ...

Florblanca: Rock Star Luxury In Costa Rica

Florblanca: Rock Star Luxury In Costa Rica Mar 1st, 2013 at 1:00PM: I was lying in a hammock with my two little boys, getting ready to sleep off lunch. We could hear the melodic, crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean on the golden beach at our backs and were enveloped in the luxurious shade provided by soaring trees on a perfectly toasty February afternoon. An invigorating breeze tempered the afternoon sun and my typical urge to habitually check my email had...

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook'

Book Review: 'The Food Traveler's Handbook' Feb 22nd, 2013 at 2:00PM: Full disclosure: I know Jodi Ettenberg, author of "The Food Traveler's Handbook." I've eaten with Jodi and explored cities with her; she's even inspected the spices in my Istanbul sublet apartment. Rather than let my friendship with her just guarantee a great review of her book, I will use it to vouch for the fact that she's the perfect person to write a food guide for travelers: intrepid,...

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