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Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

Checkout 8 of the Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens in North America

OCTOBER 21, 2018 10:40 PM

by Adetoun AA

Glenmere Mansion in Chester, New York

Photo: David Engelhardt / Courtesy of Rizzoli

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Whether you’re an avid gardener or just love to stop and smell the roses, the gardens in Rizzoli International’s latest book will inevitably rouse inspiration for future travels. The Art of the Garden features enchanting greenery from North American Relais & Châteaux (an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs) properties, photographed by David Engelhardt. But it’s not all pretty pictures: the 240 pages of horticulture are accompanied by recipes from each of the properties showcased, and how-to sidebars on the design process.

Below, 8 flora-filled properties to start you planning your next stateside getaway.

Photo: David Engelhardt / Courtesy of Rizzoli

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The Little Nell

Situated in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, The Little Nell celebrates the beauty of the state by infusing the property with native plants (yarrows, daisies, and blue columbine to name a few) at every turn. The Aspen inn offers al fresco dining at 11,212 feet (pictured above) or near the pool with views of a living wall of flowers, unarguably the retreat’s pièce de résistance. Garden designer Arabella Thoyts-Beavers used native grasses among the plantings, drawing inspiration from Piet Oudolf, the innovator behind New York City’s High Line. The ground’s gardens aren’t just for browsing: they produce ingredients for the restaurant as well as herbs for the spa.

Photo: David Engelhardt / Courtesy of Rizzoli

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Glenmere Mansion

Just a little over an hour away from Manhattan, Glenmere Mansion hosts vibrant gardens that you will never want to leave. Reimagined and beautified by the legendary American landscape designer Beatrix Farrand in 1911, guests will see the mix of formal French and Italian panterres mixed with “more carefree” English plantings. The current owners, Dan DeSimone and Alan Stenberg, have painstakingly restored the estate, sticking to most of Farrand’s original plans (some of Farrand’s original trees and peonies have survived). Terracotta is frequently used throughout the space since it looks as elegant as stone, but can survive a Northeastern winter.

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Auberge du Soleil

Come for the wine and stay for the gardens at Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil. Guests can enjoy sweeping views of the olive groves, vineyards, and mountains during their time at the California-meets-South of France escape. The gardens also feature one hundred sculptural artworks (many made by California artists). The property is even taking their fitness program outside, offering more qigong and yoga in the fresh air.

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Lake Placid Lodge

In true Adirondack fashion, Lake Placid Lodge seamlessly mixes rugged and regal. The lakeside destination was originally a private summer residence and fishing camp, built in 1882 for the titans of New York (the Roosevelt, Vanderbilt, and Guggenheim families enjoyed their time away from the city here). The summers are green, lush, and full of flowers, which are displayed throughout the property in breathtaking arrangements. When the temperatures drop, guests can experience nature from the inside out via iconic live-bark wood beams, twig furnishings, and the constant, comforting smell of wood fires.

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The Charlotte Inn

The Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard is an Edwardian retreat blooming with vibrant flowers, perfectly displayed throughout the dense and dreamy gardens. Plant stands, stone finials, and fountains decorate green spaces that guests will want to get lost in. Gery and Paula Conover have owned the property for the last 47 years, and they pay homage to their love of England through their plantings. The Inn is situated just a half block from Main Street—close enough to the action, yet secluded enough for true R&R.

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Rancho Valencia

Located in one of San Diego’s loveliest suburbs, Rancho Valencia is worth a visit for anyone craving sunshine. Designed in the Spanish colonial style with lush and colorful gardens, the property is a tropical oasis that doesn’t require a passport to get to. Hibiscus flowers, Mexican sage, eucalyptus trees, honeybee hives, and palm trees are abundant on the premises (which includes a walking trail through the 45 acres). Guests can also enjoy an indoor-outdoor experience through private patios and outdoor fireplaces. “Even the walk-in closets have opening windows,” general manager Coni Thornburg says.

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Ocean House

The gardens of Ocean House were actually designed to optimize the seaside views. Built in 1868 and restored in 2010, the Rhode Island escape boasts a variety of outdoor spots to browse, both grassy and sandy. The upper garden (the inn’s most formal), filled with traditional New England flowers like roses and hydrangeas, is worth exploring on foot, while fresh herbs can be experienced in the restaurant, and rose petals in the award-winning spa.

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Old Edwards Inn and Spa

Nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn and Spa operates bountiful gardens, including the kitchen garden, which is filled with over 300 varieties planted according to color. Flower lovers will find refuge in this Appalachian retreat, even when the snow begins to fall: the inn’s flower shop, where “local dahlia aficionados love to gather to discuss the latest varietals,” is open year-round. Before your dinner of freshly harvested fare, sip on “The Gin and Tonic,” made from local organic gin and juniper berries picked at the peak of freshness from, of course, the garden.

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Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro

Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro

September 15, 2018 3:32 PM

Editor by, Adetoun Adeyemo.

As if it needs to be said, the full bush is back. But the au naturale look is far more than a fad or trend resurrected from the ’70s. For many women in 2018, body hair has inherent social implications that run the gamut from more newfound self-love to fighting the patriarchy.

While Lillian Tung and Laura Schubert, cofounders of the pubic hair and skin company Fur, firmly believe that how much or little hair a women chooses to keep down there—or anywhere else—is a personal decision, they do agree that online platforms such as Instagram are furthering the conversation around letting it grow out. “With the rise of social media as a ‘filterless’ platform, women are becoming more comfortable discussing [their] body hair,” they explain. And Bea Feliu-Espada, founder of feminine-care brand The Honey Pot, also sees a correlation with shifting beauty ideals. “I think the strong movement towards body acceptance and positivity that has been swelling up for the past few years includes embracing your pubic hair in its natural state,” says Feliu-Espada.

It’s a pivotal shift that New York City–based holistic ob-gyn Dr. Eden Fromberg, who has observed fuller hair down below in her patients over the past few years, believes is a long time coming. “Women are becoming increasingly aware that our bodies are a lot more than the visual or sexual playthings that past cultural norms implied,” she says. “We want to express our diversity and power, live our preferences, and feel comfortable in our own bodies without judgement.” And just as important to Fromberg as shattering stereotypes is getting the point across that pubic hair isn’t dirty or unhygienic. “Pubic hair exists to protect our delicate areas and encourages a diverse and often quite healthy microbiome, which keeps us in balance while preventing infection,” she continues.

And while forgoing regular waxing or shaving for the first time in a long time can be liberating, it can also be uncharted territory for many women. From minimal grooming to gentle cleansing, here the experts weigh in on how to maintain the natural look.

 

Invest in Trimmer Scissors

While a buzzer for your bikini line can be handy, Fromberg recommends cutting pubic hair with small trimming scissors (“Not a scissor that you use to cut paper or things in the kitchen!” she cautions), as well as sterilizing the blades beforehand with alcohol. For better results, use a magnifying mirror, and if the hair is long enough, a fine-tooth comb can help hold it in place as you trim. If you prefer to shave simply to neaten the area, do so with a natural shaving cream, like Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shaving Soap, and be sure to disinfect the blade with a toner infused with witch hazel afterwards.

Exfoliate to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hairs

Ingrown hairs can be par for the course no matter how you wear your pubic hair. “When it comes to keeping ingrowns at bay, exfoliation in the shower works wonders,” say Tung and Schubert. Fur’s Ingrown Concentrate is infused with moisturizing coconut oil and antibacterial tea tree oil to help banish bumps; it comes with an exfoliating finger mitt to help lift dead skin and trapped oil in special spots. For extra care outside of the shower, you can also massage the area with Cap Beauty’s Bikini Dry Brush to boost circulation and speed up any needed healing.

Cleanse Gently—But Not Too Much

“When you grow out your pubic hair, a healthy cleansing regimen is important as you may have more issues with sweating and hair can trap odor and bacteria,” says Feliu-Espada. She advises using a gentle pH-balanced feminine wash free of artificial fragrance, parabens, and sulfates, such as The Honey Pot’s Feminine Wash Sensitive. “Avoid soaping up your vulva, labia, or inside your vagina, which can cause drying and irritation,” says Fromberg.

Nourish and Soften the Hair

“Cutting and shaving pubic hair will make the ends feel more scratchy and bristly in texture, so [one of] the benefits of leaving pubic hair long is that it feels soft,” says Fromberg. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the texture even silkier. Fur Oil is a cult favorite among many women—including Emma Watson—with its quick-drying grape seed, anti-inflammatory clary sage seed, and strand-softening jojoba oils, as well as its light citrus scent.

Let the Area Breathe

Another benefit of pubic hair is that it protects the skin against irritation from uncomfortable fabrics. That said, airing it out is important too. “Avoid tight clothing and let your pubic area breathe after a long day or sweaty workouts,” says Fromberg. And to that end, stay away from moisture-retaining synthetic fabrics and opt for organic cotton underwear, such as Skin’s organic cotton boy short briefs. A few adjustments to your regimen aside, you’ll find: The more pubic hair, the less to worry about.

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Find out the New Breast Cancer Detection Device Can Identify Tumor Tissue in Under 5 Minutes

Find out the New Breast Cancer Detection Device Can Identify Tumor Tissue in Under 5 Minutes

By Adetoun Adeyemo. September 11, 2018 9:00Am

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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide with an estimated 1.7 million new diagnoses each year, according to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A global health emergency, it’s that much more acute in developing countries where the majority of cases are identified in late stages. Which is why a new weapon in prevention is causing a global fervor. Known as iBreastExam, the FDA-cleared wireless handheld device can detect tumor tissue using new tactile sensing technology in under five minutes without causing pain or emitting harmful radiation.

As highlighted by The New York Times, the revolutionary tool is the brainchild of computer engineer and developer Mihir Shah, who recognized a dire need for early detection in India, where for every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, one will die. There, and in other developing nations across the world, the lack of access to early detection often comes down to the dearth of mammograms (attributed to their high cost) and a shortage of trained radiologists. And while incorporating iBreastExam technology into routine checkups globally could help the medical community zero in on the women that need it most, it could also play a pivotal role in early detection for countries at the forefront of breast cancer research, like the United States.

While Ari D. Brooks, M.D. and director of the Integrated Breast Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, underlines that the iBreastExam isn’t meant to replace or compete with mammograms, which remain the standard of care in the field, he acknowledges that it could serve as a more thorough precautionary measure in routine physical exams for women of all ages, especially those under 40 who are not eligible for screening. “If placed in primary care and ob-gyn offices, it could help document and augment the physician’s exam of a patient’s breast,” he explains, adding that it might also identify more women with findings worth sending on for mammogram and ultrasound evaluation. Additionally, this technology may help women and their doctors feel more comfortable during in-office breast exams. “Many women feel [lumps, but] they aren’t comfortable with their own self-exam,” explains Dr. Brooks. “Using the iBreastExam in the doctor’s office may help them feel confident that they do or do not feel something.”

And while Dr. Brooks acknowledges that on the flip side, it’s possible iBreastExam could lead to more “false alarms,” that is, use of ultrasound and biopsies for evaluation of benign conditions, he also cities the importance of a 2016 study published by the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, which concluded that the the tool demonstrated excellent sensitivity when identifying significant lesions that warranted further evaluation with diagnostic imaging.

Whether or not the iBreastExam becomes a doctor’s-office mainstay or not, there’s no denying that the technology is already having a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer, not just by making early detection easier for those who need it most, but by creating more awareness in how women can be more proactive in lowering their risk—and offering one more tool in the fight against this crucial disease.

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All You Need to Know About Traveling During the Holidays

By Editor Adetoun Adeyemo, Dec 20, 2017

Tips for dodging headaches and hassles during the busy holiday travel season.

We’ve all been there. Bulging bags. Flight delays. Grumpy kids. Inclement weather conditions. Unfortunately, holiday travel can make Grinches out of the best of us. But fret not: We sought guidance from travel insiders to help make holiday travel feel more bearable. Whether your idea of the perfect winter wonderland involves piña coladas and sea breezes, hot chocolate and ski slopes or a roaring fire in the family hearth, follow the advice below and plan ahead to make the best out of your time in transit this season. From last-minute deals to family travel advice to packing tips, U.S. News has you covered.

 

Well, for some people, a lot. Along with the parties and holiday cheer, there are pressures, expectations and other mental health-related issues that can make this time of year less holly and jolly.

There are ways to manage this stress so it doesn’t get in the way of enjoying your celebrations. We chatted with a few wellness experts about how to make sure you actually have fun over the holidays and handle the anxiety that a whole month of celebrating, eating and entertaining can create.

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According to AAA, 107.3 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, the highest year-end volume on record, with 97.4 Americans projected to travel by car, 6.4 million by air and 3.6 million by bus, train and cruise ship.

When considering more traditional destinations like those in the Caribbean, editor points out that most of the islands are open for business, despite this year’s damaging hurricane season. According to Poirot, travelers may be able to find deals to unscathed islands such as “Aruba, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Nevis the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago and even Turks and Caicos,” which she says “have already reopened, despite receiving hurricane damage.” On the other hand, sit was advice waiting to visit Puerto Rico, St. Marten, St. Barth’s and the Virgin Islands, “as they will be rebuilding for several months.”

 

Keep the Kids Happy on Long Trips

Many people also find themselves defending their life choices to meddling relatives during the holidays. You could be grilled on how to start the plans on traveling with the kids or be asked if you really need that extra piece of cake. My advice I recommend is staying clam and by setting boundaries, so as to achieve your goals.

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When taking a holiday road trip,  makes sure each child has their own portable phone charger to avoid arguments over the one in the car. For long airplane rides, “everyone needs their own backpack with their own distractions, kit.  “Don’t count on domestic flights to have movies your kids will love. Have them downloaded ahead of time on their iPads. For teens and adults, it recommends downloading favorite Netflix series ahead of time. “Last time my flight was delayed, I watched four episodes of three movies, it was relaxing. When her boys were younger, sometimes I will carry some toys to keep the kids occupied in case of airport delays.

 

Avoid Holiday Hassles at the Airport

Things I do to stacks the deck in with my family’s favor at the airport by following a few simple rules. First, I check in online to avoid lengthy lines. Then, I and my family arrive at the airport extra early. “Three hours prior to flight time is a safe bet,” You have to keep important documents in an easily accessible place to avoid having to dig through her bag at security.

Signing up for TSA PreCheck, the government program which allows pre-qualified U.S. citizens expedited passage through security, is worth it. That way, you can avoid having to take off shoes and remove computers from bags at security. If one parent has TSA PreCheck, kids age 12 and under will get it on their boarding passes. It is also recommended downloading the airline’s app ahead of time and signing up for text alerts “to stay informed about any changes to the flight.”


These accommodations offer added convenience and comfort while away from home for the holidays.


Navigate Weather Delays and Disruptions with Ease

“Unfortunately, winter weather delays are often unavoidable, “Choosing drive-to locations of direct flights can help eliminate some of the stress, but if you’ve discovered you will be delayed, don’t allow this to ruin your vacation.” Instead, i suggests taking advantage of airport services like salons that offer massages or sit-down restaurants to kill time before your next flight.

If your flight is canceled, it is much more effective to call the airline from the airport instead of waiting in-person to talk to a reservations agent. By calling, “you will get through quicker and they can help accommodate you on a new flight, and help you find seats together and confirm them.” Also cautions against attempting to travel on standby. “If you attempt to fly standby, you forfeit any seats you have confirmed and are subject to the availability of a flight. When traveling with young children, it is best to confirm your seats to avoid being separated.

Pack Strategically for the Holidays

As CEO of high-end luggage purveyor Briggs & Riley, Richard Krulik is an expert on all things packing. His top advice during the holidays is to avoid checking bags if possible. “Pick a carry-on bag that offers some extra packing room,” he says. Also, familiarize yourself with TSA requirements and ensure you don’t bring more than the allotted quart-size bag of liquids, gels and pastes under 3.4 ounces. “Either fill small travel bottles with your own products or buy the travel size at your local drugstore,” he says.

 

To ensure wrinkle-free clothes upon arrival, It recommends three different packing methods. The Interweave Method is his favorite way to pack. “First, place the longest items, like dresses and pants, in the bottom of the suitcase, with the ends draping over the suitcase edges. Then, fill the suitcase with folded shirts and rolled items, before laying the draping garment edges over the top.” The Rolling Method, he says, works for garments like sweaters, pajamas and jeans. “Secure the rolled items with a rubber band so they say in a roll,” he says. If you want to pack by outfit, Krulik suggests bundling longer outfit items around the smaller ones.

 


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Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir Luxury wedding worth of $1.7 Million in Miami

Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir Luxury wedding worth of $1.7 Million in Miami

By DCWLifestyle October 17th, 2017

Gucci Mane Marries Keyshia Ka’oir in Lavish Miami Ceremony
The big day has finally come: Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir have walked down the aisle

Ka’oir stayed with Mane throughout his most recent stint in prison, for a highly publicized murder charge which was eventually dropped. In his book The Autobiography of Gucci Mane, he wrote that after he went back to prison, he got sober because he “wanted to be able to go on tour and have the energy to put on a show for my fans…I wanted Keyshia to lose her mind when she came to pick me up.”

 The big day has finally come: Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir have walked down the aisle.
 The pair were married Tuesday evening at the Four Seasons in Miami, Doublecrown confirms.

Ka’oir, who walked down an elevated aisle, shared a photo of her bedazzled wedding dress and jeweled headpiece on Instagram and Twitter along with the caption: “Mrs. Davis #1017.”

A who’s who of hip-hop and Atlanta’s social scene gathered for the ceremony which cost a staggering $1.7 million.

Guests included Sean “Diddy” CombsReal Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, Karrueche Tran, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Monica, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko.

The couple chronicles the road to their extravagant wedding in Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event, — a 10-part special premiering on BET at 10 p.m. — in which fans will get an up-close look at all that went into crafting the nuptials.

“I want a royal wedding!” Ka’oir, 32, declared in a PEOPLE exclusive clip ahead of the show“All white with diamonds and crystals.”

Along with her excitement, Ka’oir also expressed some frustration in the clip, saying, “I don’t know if it’s the wedding. I don’t know if it’s the fame … I don’t know if it’s because who my husband is gonna be. Everybody going coco-loco on me.”

Earlier this week, the lovebirds shared sweet photos of their wedding rehearsal, with the rapper, 37, surprising his leading lady with a new car.

“His and Hers Guwop bought his wife a Wraith!” Mane captioned an Instagram photoof himself and Ka’oir posing in front of cars.

He also shared a photo of himself sporting a wide smile in a red and black suit, writing, “Waiting on my bride!!! #KeyshiaAndGucciWeddingRehearsal.”

Mane popped the question in November 2016 during an Atlanta Hawks game — and the NBA shared the sweet moment on Twitter for the world to see.

 In the video, Mane and Ka’oir can be seen on the “Kiss Cam” before the rapper presents a shocked Ka’oir with a huge sparkler. The team’s mascot, Harry the Hawk, was also on hand to congratulate the couple, giving Ka’oir a bouquet of roses.

After the proposal, Mane shared several photos of the happy couple on Instagram. “She said yessssss!!!!!!!!!!! Lucky me,” Mane captioned one photo, alongside a pair of Santa emojis.

In a separate post, he showed off a close-up view of Ka’oir’s stunning diamond ring. “She deserve it!! My bride to be!!#Wopsters luv you my baby,” the Atlanta-native captioned the video.

 

 

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KEVIN HART’S #HURRICANEHARVEYRELIEFCHALLENGE RAISES $1 MILLION IN 2 DAYS

Kevin Hart initiated the #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge, urging many powerful figures to donate to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Many people quickly began making generous donations including Chris Brown, The Rock, Diddy, Fat Joe, and the list goes on.In about no time, Hart reached his million dollar goal, and he took to Instagram to thank all the donators for their contributions regardless of the size. Despite receiving criticism from Master P about pressuring people to donate, Kevin Hart did a wonderful thing that is bound to repair a lot of lives.

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The 7 Most Luxury Facials to Try in Miami

The 7 Most High-Tech Facials to Try in Miami

Lapis Spa

Martha Stewart stamps this as “the most beautiful spa in America,” so if you’re gonna book a treatment at Lapis Spa, then you might as well go big and reserve the Bleau private spa suite. There are two treatment beds, a jetted tub and a private bathroom and shower that accompany your oceanside view. Oh, and once you’re done with your Aroma Detox therapy, you can bequest a personal bath butler to cater to your bubbling needs. If you’re on a budget like most, though, check online for Lapis’s many monthly specials, which include access to the spa’s myriad water journey rooms.

The sun, sand, beautiful beaches and tons of nightlife options make Miami a vibrant, barely-sleep city, but the spa and wellness spots are equally as prevalent, providing serene sanctuaries where you can take in some serious skin-saving facials.You May Also Like: The 5 Best Spa Treatments to Try in New York City

CACI Ultimate Lift Facial at Mandarin Oriental

The magic of microcurrent in this totally customizable treatment takes on puffiness, sagginess and all other signs of lackluster skin to leave your face looking completely revitalized.

Original Beauty Facial Treatment at The Setai

Combining a peel, serious facial massage and traditional Japanese and Thai tools that are said to stimulate circulation, this powerful facial not only makes skin look immediately better, but also has the ability to decrease the appearance of pigmentation and sun spots.

Oxygen Facial By Luzern at The Spa at Thompson Miami Beach

Perfect for anyone who wants to fight signs of aging without any downtime, this walk-right-out-with-an-immediate-glow facial fights fine lines and wrinkles and makes anyone look more refreshed and rested in 80 minutes.

Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial at Acqualina Resort

A trio of microdermabrasion, microcurrent and LED light therapy all meet in this device-driven lifting, toning and firming facial. The result: Skin looks smoother, more radiant and more nourished, and stays that way for days after.

Alpha Beta Facial, Cowshed Spa at Soho Beach House

This 90-minute medical-grade facial features glycolic, mandelic, salicylic and lactic acid exfoliators to treat acne, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation.

 

 

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A LUXURY (AND FULL-SENSORY) ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE: “Love Hotels”

A LUXURY (AND FULL-SENSORY) ROMANTIC EXPERIENCE: “Love Hotels”

From lust to narcissism, each room has a theme.

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Wu Qingshan

Here’s a travel trend hopeless romantics can get behind: love hotels. Don’t worry, these aren’t the cringe-y pay-per-hour motels you’re picturing! They’re clandestine, luxury lodges designed for some amorous QT with your lover.

Japan has been at the forefront of the trend for decades, according to The Guardian, with an estimated 30,000 love hotels across the country, but more recently China has caught the love bug. Hundreds of these luxury lodges have popped up in recent years, using high-design and a sultry atmosphere to make for a weekend (or however long!) of fun and relaxation in total privacy.

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The latest love hotel is the Mylines Hotel in Hangzhou, China. A collaboration between LYCS Architecture and Chun Shui Tang, the largest e-commerce sex toy company in China, this romantic spot is a design study on primal human desires. Each of their 33 rooms thematically falls under one of these six categories: narcissism, long-cherished lust, fantasy, exposure, sadomasochism, and romance.

Pick your poison and see what each of the stylish rooms has in store.

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A Narcissism Room.

Hu Xianjuan

Narcissism

Throughout the Narcissism rooms, mirrors are an instrumental part of the decor. From the ceiling to the walls, you and your lover will be reflected all over the space. The lustful, red lighting and illuminated icons make for an exciting and self-indulgent energy, designed to focus on yourself…but, together.

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A Long-Cherished Lust Room.

Wu Qingshan

Long-Cherished Lust

Distance does make the heart grow fonder, after all. This room is all about replicating the feelings of finally fulfilling that long-awaited love affair you’ve been yearning for. The usual flow of a hotel room, from the bedroom area to the shower, is elongated and made to prolong (and revel in) every experience. The juxtaposition of roughness and refinement that can be found in this kind of mental state is brought to life with the materials used throughout the room, from exposed brick walls to plush furniture.

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A Fantasy Room

Xiong Wei

Fantasy

As the name insinuates, Fantasy rooms are for fulfilling your inner most desires, which the space propels forward with a surreal environment. The white ceilings, floors, and wallscreate an ethereal sanctuary, whereas the glass planes, sunken bed, and otherworldly lighting add an element of mystery.

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An Exposure Room.

Xiong Wei

Exposure

Be transparent with your partner in an Exposure room. These suites are strictly found on the periphery of the building, with floor-to-ceiling windows that put you closest to the outdoor world. Aside from the entryway and bathing areas, the entire room is divided up by one-way glass walls, that allow you and your love to peer outward, but still have total privacy.

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A Sadomasochism Room.

Xiong Wei

Sadomasochism

From rugged surfaces to metal meshwork, this S&M-inspired room feels just like a secret chamber waiting to be explored. What you choose to do with the various sexual props around the room is up to you and your partner.

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A Romance Room.

Xiong Wei
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10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2017

10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2017

Pack your bags and explore our editors’ list of adventures for the wine obsessed.
 From the classic climes of Provence, London and the Rheingau to wild and dramatic vino-adventures in Salta, Sicily and Bulgaria, our roundup of top spots offers something for everyone with a passport and a will to explore beyond the glass. You’ve got the list, so get out and do some trailblazing before the crowds set in.

Cafayate | ArgentinaBodega Piatelli

A high-altitude enclave in Argentina, Cafayate is home to some of the world’s most exciting Malbec, magical scenery, local crafts and unique gastronomy.

Thracian Lowlands | BulgariaGrand Hotel Plovdiv Novotel

Bounded by the Black Sea to the east and Greece to the south, Bulgaria’s Thracian Valley combines archaeological wonders with modern wines.

Canary Islands | SpainThe island of Lanzarote of the Canary Islands, Spain

A windswept volcanic archipelago off the coast of Africa, wine from the Canary Islands has been held in high esteem since at least the time of Shakespeare.

Marlborough | New ZealandJason Flowerday plunging at Te Whare Ra

The heartbeat of the region? Marlborough’s many cellar doors. Travel into the countryside and explore small corners of wineries to expansive restaurants.

Provence | FranceMont Sainte-Victoire / Photo by Sophie Spitéri

A sun-kissed region in Southeastern France, Provence conjures up visions of dry rosés, olive tree groves, lavender fields and the glistening sea.

London | United KingdomDishoom, King's Cross

A vibrant center for art and culture, London is a city where you can find wine from every country. Don’t miss trying England’s sparkling wines, either.

Calistoga | U.S.A.Calistoga Ranch

Healing hot springs, mud baths, world-class resorts, restaurants and wineries are all available in Napa Valley’s northern anchor, Calistoga.

Sicily | ItalyCottanera

Sitting just off the tip of the boot shaped peninsula of Italy, Sicily offers beaches, volcanoes, ancient ruins and great wine and food.

Rheingau | GermanyZum Krug

Less than half an hour from Frankfurt, the villages of Rheingau dot the banks of the Rhine with historic vineyards, charming towns and wine discoveries.

Hood River | U.S.A.Dog River Coffee

Overlooking the Columbia River, Hood River is an adventure sport travel destination with access to wineries, brewpubs, cider houses and distilleries

 

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9 Wellness Trips to Take to When You Have a Summer Friday

9 Wellness Trips to Take to When You Have a Summer Friday

Photo Credits: Blue Waters Resort

Tis the season for vacation, but between time moving too fast and sky-high temps, it’s also a series of months where you have to make some moves quickly before they get away from you (yes, fall, we see you sneaking up on us). Here are the best get-back-in balance places to go when you have 2.5 days and want to do wellness right.

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Destination: Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Poor Cancun. After the Spring Break years, we sort of threw you to the sidelines. Yet, you have beautiful beaches, so much sun and you never break the bank. And no spa does it better than the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun for those of us who are well beyond college-age and appreciate a show-stopping spa. Gorgeous rooms, all-inclusive amenities and very large water and pool features make you A-plus in our book; private steam, pool and yoga areas, bonus features like tequila tasting (yes, there’s even classes that will tell the tales of its benefits!) and serious seven-step massage offerings at the impressive Gem Spa make you a destination where we wouldn’t dream of going off-property.

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Destination: Blue Waters Resort

If you need to lose five pounds and only have a weekend, head on down to Blue Waters Resort in Antigua. This summer through October, the paradise-perched hotel is pairing up with Living Retreats, a no-nonsense under-$100-per-day wellness camp that takes no prisoners. Yes, you’ll work out, you’ll sweat and you’ll have moments where you would do anything to be sipping a frozen drink instead, but you’ll also get some very serious results and better food and fitness habits come Monday.

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Destination: JW Marriott Chicago

Chicago is breaking into the beauty scene this summer, with stores like Credo and the newly opened natural beauty emporium Lena Rose claiming their stake to a city that’s very proud of its “green” footprint. JW Marriott Chicago is also making some new moves, reinventing itself as a “spa-cation” destination and introducing a very serious (and reasonably priced at $10 a class) Nike Master Trainer program for guests. The workouts are semiprivate and aren’t a walk in the park; luckily, the nearby spa has a ton of facials, massages, signature treatments and luxe packages to help you recoup afterward.

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Destination: Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

Full disclosure: St. Barts is not super easy to get to. You have your choice of boat or tiny plane as your mode of transportation, a method that’s not far mileage-wise, yet not easy for most to handle. Luckily, once you’re there, serious splurging and sitting on a beach chair awaits. New to the island is the very spa-oriented Le Barthélemy, an exclusive enclave that has one of the first La Mer spas in the Caribbean, a spacious area that can only be described as an “enclave.” There’s a soon-to-open hammam, a really cool fitness studio, and so many places to relax that, once you arrive, you’ll either never want to leave or do everything you can to make the trek back the very next weekend. Bonus: Through mid-August, the hotel is offering  “Raise the Gaze” Summer Camp Yoga Challenge, which includes complimentary wellness-focused activities like beach yoga, cooking classes and meditation workshops.

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Destination: Terranea Resort

It’s only about 30 minutes from LAX (and, in LA traffic, that’s actually saying something for the speed factor), yet this impressive oceanfront property feels so far from everything. Take a few of your girlfriends for the weekend, book one of the spa bungalows and sign up for an early spin class. (Pro tip: Get the front row so you can have an unobstructed view of the Pacific.) Whether you wake up in time or not—there’s also workout gear in your room if you decide to rest—the mere motion of being by the ocean will have you feeling like you took some time out.

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Destination: Allison Inn & Spa

Wine lovers will be amazed by this off-the-radar property that’s so quiet, yet does it up big. It’s not a far drive from Portland, but once you get there, you honestly won’t remember how long the journey took. Everything is eco-friendly (even the water bottles in the rooms are made of glass and can be recycled), there’s a greenhouse on-site that fuels the very good food the restaurant serves, and the natural brand of Naturopathica takes center-stage in the spa, a small testament to how serious the space takes the environment.

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Destination: Gurney’s Montauk

The Hamptons can be a hot bed of a whole lot of non-relaxation in the summer; Gurney’s Montauk effectively delivers visitors some peace and quiet in the form of a massive spa with a very in-depth spa menu, while also giving them the option of participating in the nearby nightlife. If you aren’t up for the summer scene, the hotel also does fall/winter wellness very, very well.

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Destination: Peninsula Beverly Hills

Another nod to the never-ending California wellness offerings, this posh hotel is a place where you can retreat and relax. The rooms give off a clean-white vibe, the location makes it possible to walk everywhere—yes, you can do it even though it’s LA!—and the lavish spa, a secret adjunct off the rooftop, dishes out some really high-end facials by brands like Biologique Recherche. There’s also the pool—a place that needs no introduction but deserves a look, and if time allows, a long lounge.

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Destination: Monarch Beach Resort

There’s the famous Miraval Life in Balance Spa, a Drybar, a Deborah Lippmann nail salon, so many spa treatments and a café that serves up the best green juices on the coast. There’s not much more anyone could want in a weekend.

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