Opulence At Versailles’s Ultra Luxe Hotel Le Grand Contrôle

It is indeed a rare occasion when humble citizens such as ourselves get an opportunity to live like royalty and wake up to views that would accommodate the lavish tastes of Louis XIV, King of France. France’s Palace of Versailles, the definition and benchmark for European 18th-century splendour, is set to witness the opening of Le Grand Contrôle – an ultra-luxe boutique property with 14 rooms & suites, Haute-gastronomy restaurant, Valmont spa and 49-foot indoor swimming pool within the famous grounds very soon. Le Grand Contrôle will take up three buildings of the Palace section designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart, a French Baroque architect and builder whose monumental work was intended to glorify the reign of Louis XIV of France. Le

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What to Do and See in NYC

Editor’s Note: We’re all dreaming of travel ahead. Here’s some inspiration for future adventures. We share places, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. View from the Empire State Building. Photo by Kelsey Nelson New York City is buzzing any time of the year, but it takes on a magical (though certainly not muted) quality in the winter. If you have a short amount of time, it helps to plan out your activities so you aren’t wandering around in the cold or trying to go to a show that’s sold out. Guide to NYC in the Winter The cold weather doesn’t need to stop you from enjoying

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The best tours of Scandinavia

Scandinavia is easy to travel around, but booking trains, buses and hotels can be a chore and can end up working out more expensive than doing an organized tour. You may be short of time and want to fit in seeing as much of the region as possible in a few days. Pic: Srvora (CC) Or maybe you fancy a bucket-list trip exploring the wilderness, hunting for the northern lights, or spotting whales with expert guides? Whichever type of itinerary suits your trip, we’ve picked some of the best tours of Scandinavia that you can find. Three countries in under a week If you’re short of time and want to cram in the highlights of three countries in under a

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Travel in Cancun and Playa del Carmen: Mexico’s Top Destinations

Editor’s Note: We’re all dreaming of travel ahead. Here’s some inspiration for future adventures. We share places, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. Sunset at the Gran Caribe Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Photo courtesy Gran Caribe The Most Visited Destination in Mexico Cancun has been Mexico’s go-to since the 1970s, when it was carved out of the Yucatan jungle, specifically designed and built to be just what it became, the most visited destination in Mexico. As a very young Director of Public Relations at the now-defunct Cancun Sheraton, I was able to experience the area in its infancy, in 1980, when just seven hotels dotted the

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The 8 Most Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we can’t think of anything more romantic than breaking with routine and taking a trip. We know that some of these destinations remain out of reach this year, given the ongoing coronavirus situation, but there’s no harm in indulging our juiciest travel fantasies! It’s impossible to pick just one place on Earth for that perfect Valentine’s Day, so we did our best to narrow it down. No matter where you want to go in the world, if you visit one of these spots, you’re guaranteed to dial up the romance and fall in love all over again. Top 8 Most Romantic Destinations for Valentine’s Day Amalfi Coast, Italy A favorite honeymoon spot

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Social Distancing on Mt. Kilimanjaro Just What the Doctor Ordered

Editor’s Note: We’re all dreaming of travel ahead. Here’s some inspiration for future adventures. We share places, products and activities we recommend. If you make a purchase using a link on our site, we may earn a commission. I didn’t know what was a crazier idea — going to Tanzania and attempting a world-class climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro or just going to Tanzania during a worldwide pandemic in the first place? How about both? Looking back, the global virus — which had kept us all locked up at home — was a catalyst that fueled me to do whatever I could to go anywhere, far away and as soon as possible. And what better way to isolate and break the boredom

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The Complete Guide to Mt Cook

Mt Cook for Budget Travellers Lace-up your hiking shoes because a budget trip to Mt Cook means a whole lot of walking! Among the glacier valleys and towering peaks of New Zealand’s highest mountains, the walks are among some of the most memorable in the country. Visitors can also enjoy the local visitor centre for free, which is more like a museum and art gallery. While there are cheap places to stay in Mt Cook, the downside is that they’re limited. Check out our budget tips and advice in The Guide to Mt Cook on a Budget to start planning your trip. Budget Activities in Mt Cook Hike the Hooker Valley Track Visit the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Visitor

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