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4/27/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas, a 7,000-acre hotel, resort and residential community in La Romana, on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, is a hot spot for A-listers looking for privacy while they get some R&R.

Jennifer Lopez and her new beau Alex Rodriguez were spotted last week staying at one of the property’s private villas, while pop and R&B star Drake posted pictures of himself there this week. It’s previously hosted the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Rihanna.

Drake posted a photo of himself at the resort on Instagram.

The luxury oceanfront villas – costing a cool $10,000 a night – have six bedrooms, an infinity pool, a gazebo and a state-of-the-art kitchen, plus dedicated staff, concierges and private maid service.

4/26/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Hong Kong Disneyland will open its third – and largest – hotel next week, with the 750-room Disney Explorers Lodge.

Disney Explorers Lodge, which will begin welcoming guests April 30, offers "an exotic theme and immersive storytelling.” More than 1,000 artifacts from around the world will be on display throughout the hotel. The new-build property offers an outdoor pool overlooking the South China Sea, free WiFi and three restaurants, including Chinese, international and cafe-style eateries.

Four gardens surrounding the hotel will each be named after a popular disney character: a South American-themed “Kevin” Garden named after the giant bird in “Up,” an Oceania-themed “Little Squirt” Garden named after the turtle in “Finding Nemo,” an Asian themed “Hathi Jr.“ Garden named after an elephant in “The Jungle Book,” and an African themed “Rafiki“ Garden named from the mandrill in “The Lion King.”

Along with the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hollywood Hotel at the theme park, the park’s on-site room inventory will now increase to 1,750.

4/25/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Condé Nast Traveler’s May issue includes the annual “Hot List” of top new hotels and resorts across the globe, from the California coast to islands in the Indian Ocean.

This year’s list shows a definite trend toward boutique, with more than half of the winners having fewer than 50 guest rooms.

Here are the top 10 in North America, the Carribbean and Europe.

United States and Canada:
11 Howard, New York, NY
Ace Hotel New Orleans, La
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, AZ
The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, NY
Brentwood, Saratoga Springs, NY
Casa Grande at Vermejo Park Ranch, NM
Casa Laguna Hotel & Spa, Laguna Beach, CA
The Dewberry Charleston, SC
EAST, Miami, FL
Four Seasons Resor Lanai, HI

Caribbean and Mexico:
Zemi Beach House,Anguilla
The Other Side, Harbour Island, Bahamas
Mar Adentro, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Chablé Resort, Yucatan, Mexico
Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barts
Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barts
Villa Marie Saint-Barth, St. Barts
The Shore Club Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Hôtel Panache, Paris, France
Le Roch Hôtel & Spa, Paris, France
Ritz Paris, France
Il Sereno, Lake Como, Italy
Villa Pliniana, Lake Como, Italy
Sikelia, Pantelleria, Italy
Palazzo Venart, Venice, Italy
Casa Bonay, Barcelona, Spain
Soho House Barcelona, Spain
The PIG at Combe, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Killiehuntly Farmhouse & Cottage, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom

For the full list, go here.

4/25/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Lourdes Berho is leaving as CEO of Mexico Tourism Board, less than a year after assuming the role.

Berho will return to Alchemia, a marketing communications company she founded focusing on tourism, innovation and sustainability.

Hector Flores Santana will serve as her replacement, effective May 1. Santana was previously office head at Sectur, Mexico's tourism ministry, and as undersecretary of tourism development.

Tourism secretary Enrique de la Madrid thanked Berho for leading high-profile events such as Tianguis Turistico expo last month in Acapulco and the National Football League's return to Mexico City last fall.

4/24/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Luxury and cultural immersion combine in a booming market for North American travelers – and travel agents are the key to selling it, tour operators say.

4/24/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Officials were on deck Friday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Baha Mar, officially opening the long-delayed beach resort in the Bahamas.

The $4.2 billon integrated resort  will open in two phases. Phase one includes the preview of The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar; Baha Mar Casino – the Caribbean's largest at 100,000 square feet; the Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center; the Peter Burwash International tennis courts and facilities; and multiple restaurants, bars and lounges.

The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar has 1,800 rooms, five resort pools, dramatic fountain shows and a Royal Blue Golf Club. It’s now taking reservations for stays beginning May 29.

Once fully opened next year, the resort also will include a 300-room SLS Lux hotel near its eastern end and a 200-room Rosewood property.

Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook Enterprises acquired the resort late last year, investing about $200 million. It was originally scheduled to open in 2015, but was delayed due to conflicts between the first developer and the Bahamian and Chinese governments.

4/20/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Running a cruise line may indeed be as complicated as rocket science. But who knew Viking chairman Torstein Hagen really was a physicist?

4/20/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Another incident in another tourist area has Europe on alert.

4/20/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Paris shooting occured just days ahead of a tense presidential election. 

4/19/2017  |  by Jessica Montevago

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has added six new boutique properties to its portfolio.  

Among the new additions are the bayside Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa in Sausalito, CA; the akyra Beach Club Phuket, a beachfront retreat in Thailand with 58 luxury suites and stand-alone villas; a cool contemporary beach club in Phuket, the Cape Kudu Hotel; the new 137 Pillars Suites and Residences in Chiang Mai and akyra Thonglor Bangkok, both in Thailand.

The sixth new property is its first hotel in Utah, the Stein Eriksen Residences, situated directly off the Last Chance ski run. Each of the 14 residences offers wrap-around windows, wood and gas burning fireplaces in master suites and living rooms, a hot tub and ski in/ski out access from a private trail. The property also houses a New American concept restaurant and bar, an outdoor lounge with fire pits, a heated indoor/outdoor infinity pool, hot tubs, private ski lockers, an on-site spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

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