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Aqua Expeditions Branches Out Into New Waters with Aqua Mekong River Cruise

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Happy Birthday to Aqua Mekong! This month, luxury cruise line Aqua Expeditions expanded into Asia with the addition of their new Vietnam and Cambodia river cruise. Previously, the brand’s vessels were only in Peru but Founder and CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro wanted to see his ships reach new waters by 2014.

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“It has always been my dream to offer a similar experience to what captures the imaginations of our guests on the Peruvian Amazon. When I traveled the Mekong between Vietnam and Cambodia I found the next world-class destination I was looking for,” said Zugaro. “I sat with Buddhist monks in their remote villages who will welcome our guests to their gilded temples; I mapped out bike paths along the scenic backwater canals of Vietnam; and explored out-of-the-way river banks in Cambodia where our guests can enjoy private moments away from the Mekong’s bustling life.”

Plans for Aqua Mekong began at the end of 2012 and Saigon-based British architect David Hodkinson of Noor Design took on the project to create the 205-foot luxury cruise liner. Hodkinson is known for his work on five-star hotels and used that expertise to craft the boat with the same high-quality accommodations, public spaces and details that are seen in high-end properties.

With the use of local sustainable materials and artisanal touches, the vessel’s interiors display Mekong’s multifaceted cultures. Home to 20 suites, the first and second decks offer 320-foot accommodations with floor-to-ceiling windows and eight with private balconies. Dual sinks and a large walk-in shower accompany the bathrooms with eco-sensitive technology and natural bath amenities.

Not only is it the first five-star small luxury ship to travel between the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and the Kingdom of Cambodia, but it is also Southeast Asia’s only boat to also offer a library, screening room, fitness center, and observation deck. The social areas are decorated with fresh tropical flowers against the polished wood floors, plump couches, and air-conditioning flows freely (an amenity we’re thankful for). And since only 40 guests including crew are allowed per expedition, the staff can remain extremely attentive to passenger’s needs with a 1:1 ratio.

Providing the menus for the ship, Michelin starred Executive Chef David Thompson of Bangkok’s Nam restaurant, incorporate Southeast Asia’s timeless flavors and ancient ingredients amidst tables laden with fine china and sommeliers nearby. Enjoy the day’s catch, the market’s freshest produce, chilies and Thai basil, or simply go straight for the good stuff: Vietnamese artisanal chocolate fondant.

The Cambodia, Vietnam & Mekong cruise starts at USD $3,000 (per person/night) and ranges from a three- to seven-night adventure. The itinerary takes passengers through Khmer temples of Angkor Wat, Ho Chi Minh City and into the waters of China Beach among other destinations for deeper insight into both country’s cultures, history and natural landscapes.


This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

Abadia, a spa in a former monasteryhu856789[i (Photo: Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine/Facebook)

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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This Week in Travel: a $35 Jamaica Hotel, a Hot New River Cruise, and More

At a moment when all people can talk about is Ebola, it’s comforting to know that there there are still wonderful experiences to be had in the travel world. Here are some of this week’s most exciting developments, on land and on sea.

This shade of pink was invented just for the hotel. (Photo: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France)

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France, in Saint Bart’s, reopened as Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, the third hotel in the LVMH Hotel Management portfolio. Talk about a pedigree — LVMH owns Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari and a host of other drool-worthy fashion and beauty brands. Thanks to these luxury holdings, the hotel has the onlyGuerlain spa in the Caribbean, rooms will be stocked with custom Leanor Greyl nourishing hair products, and LVMH created a unique blush pink color just for the property (not available in the Pantone collection). Also new are The White Bar, a poolside lounge, and fresh tailor-made guest experiences like the Big Blue Escape, a full day yacht-tour with a catered lobster lunch on the beach.

Funky details in a guest room at Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack (Photo: Jakes Hotel)

At the opposite end of the spectrum is Jamaica’s new Jack Sprat Shack, with rates starting at $35 a night. Opened by the owners of Jakes Hotel in the quiet coastal town of Treasure Beach , the chic 20-room hostel has two dorms, each with 20 bunk beds and shared baths. It’s not for everyone, but it’s got more style than your average hostel, with a n eco-conscious sensibility and a gorgeous white-sand beach just across the street.

Fall is pine honey season in Faralya, Turkey (Photo: Thinkstock)

Get a taste of autumn at Mandarin Boutique Hotel in Faralya, Turkey. In October, that means it’s pine-honey season. The clear, aromatic honey gets its flavor from the fragrant forests around Faralya, which become a “hive” of activity. Local beekeepers extract it in the traditional way, and it’s processed in small temporary tents put up alongside the hives. During Mandarin Boutique Hotel’s special walking weeks, you can pass these hives and if you’re interested, pop into one of the tents to watch. Locally-sourced honey is one of the key components of Mandarin’s traditional Turkish breakfasts, and is also used to sweeten some of the cakes and pastries that we serve as part of our complimentary afternoon tea, and the desserts at the end of our five-course dinners. They’ll even let you steal the recipes.

A view from Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid. (Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort/Facebook)

Hotel Deal of the Week: Lower rates, fewer crowds, and unwavering beauty — that’s what shoulder season at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid offers from mid-October through early November in the heart of the Adirondack Park. As part of the fall travel special, guests can save up to 70 percent. And for diehard skiers and boarders who are already planning for powder, the Golden Arrow is also offering a special package available for booking until October 31 called The Early Bird Winter Package.

A rendering of the Aqua Mekong (Photo: Aqua Mekong)

It’s been a long wait, but the Aqua Mekong finally set sail this week on the Mekong, plying the waters of Vietnam and Cambodia. The Peru-based Aqua Expeditions is bringing luxury to the world’s most amazing rivers, including the Amazon, where the brand launched. Look for food from Michelin-starred chef David Thompson and the kind of rooms you’d usually find in a high-end boutique hotel.

Cruise to the Caribbean — for free! (Photo: MSC Cruises/Facebook)

Cruise Deal of the Week: The MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean this May, and if you book your trip before the end of October, you get the mother of all cruise deals — a free seven-night Caribbean cruise in a balcony stateroom that can be taken on select dates in November. Bonus? The Caribbean cruise is transferrable, so you can give it to family or friends. We call this the best early holiday gift ever.

Check out the poster, which is just a hint of what’s to come at the Big Brew Festival. (Photo: Houston Big Brew/Facebook)

Houston isn’t just about oil — now the city has its very own Big Brew Festival (Oct. 20-26). The multi-day event showcases Houston’s burgeoning craft beer scene by putting out 1,000 beers for public sampling. Another highlight is The Great Match on Oct. 23 where Houston’s top chefs will pair dishes with award winning craft beers for “a taste bud blowout.”

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Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine abbey hotel and winery in Sardón de Duero, Spain is coining the term “spa sommelier” at its new spa. What is a spa sommelier you ask? According to the people at Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, he is “a highly specialized professional who will deliver … customization based on a bespoke vinotherapy method.” The spa sommelier will conduct a tasting ritual for each guest (smelling a selection of oils and tasting several wines) and then analyze the guest’s palette and aroma preferences and recommend spa experiences based on the results. The spa will open summer 2015.

Tara Stiles, “the Yoga Rebel.” (Photo: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island/Facebook)

W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island — less than eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico — has launched Energize by Tara Stiles (aka, “the Yoga Rebel”), as part of the resort’s new Fit Retreat program. The program is customized to each guest’s needs and will include a variety of experiences that are based on Stiles’s Strala Yoga philosophy, incorporating yoga sessions, nature escapes, and healthy meals. The three-night Energize by Tara Stiles program starts at $609 per night, per person, and there is also a five-night stay available.

Restaurants

Yummy Boqueria tapas (Photo: Boqueria/Facebook)

One of our favorite Spanish tapas restaurants, Boqueria, has opened its latest outpost this month on New York City’s Upper East Side. The new UES location has the same look, feel, and flavor as its Flatiron and Soho counterparts, with several additions including the launch of full-service breakfast and outdoor seating. It’s open for lunch and dinner and will be open for brunch soon. Named for Barcelona’s renowned food market, El Mercado de la Boqueria, the restaurant features a seasonally inspired menu of authentic tapas courtesy of Spanish chef and Barcelona native Marc Vidal.

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