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Historic Luxury Resort Reborn in Arizona

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/13/2018, 9:30 PM

For several decades starting in 1896, a remote Arizona resort located about 50 miles north of Phoenix played host to a steady stream of well-to-do vacationers, including Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, Roosevelts, and other Gilded Age muckety-mucks.  They were drawn to Castle Hot Springs for the seclusion, sunny weather, Southwestern pursuits like horseback riding, and the supposed restorative propert...

Mexican Mansion of Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar Turned Into Luxury Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/10/2017, 4:00 AM

A mansion that once belonged to '80s drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been turned into a luxury hotel in Tulum, Mexico.  After sitting vacant for the last 14 years, the 35-room property has been renovated and transformed into the Casa Malca, an elegant inn set next to a beach on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The place is filled with contemporary art from the collection of its new owner, Lio La...

Private Luxury Terminal Opens at LAX

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/22/2017, 4:00 AM

The rich and famous can now make use of their own private luxury terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.  Dubbed the Private Suite ("Let-Them-Eat-Cake Terminal" must have been too long for the signs), the facility, which opened last week, has an exclusive entrance blocked by gates to keep paparazzi at bay, a no-lines security screening process, and lounges with daybeds, private bath...

Underwater Tours of Titanic Shipwreck Coming in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2017, 4:00 AM

Underwater tours of the Titanic shipwreck site will begin heading beneath the waves in May 2018. And just like a first-class ticket aboard the doomed ship's first and only sailing in 1912, the price is obscenely high. Operated by UK tour company Blue Marble Private, the eight-day voyage—which takes passengers from Newfoundland to 2 miles below the Atlantic Ocean and back—costs an incredibl...

Mexico Resort Now Selling a $25,000 Taco

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/06/2017, 5:00 AM

For those of you who find the idea of paying $10 for a taco beyond the pale, prepare to be about 2,500 times more outraged. The Grand Velas Los Cabos resort in Mexico has created a taco going for the truly obscene price of $25,000.   The tortilla comes stuffed with Kobe beef, caviar, gold leaf, lobster, and brie infused with black truffles—an orgy of expensive ingredients that, frankly...

Best Hotels in North America Rankings

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/06/2017, 5:00 AM

The best hotels in North America have been named in U.S. News & World Report's seventh annual rankings.  Taking top honors: Chicago's posh the Langham, which opened in 2013 in a 52-story modernist tower alongside the Chicago River. Runners-up include two hotels in Hawaii—the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (#2) and the Montage Kapalua Bay (#4)—as well as the Jefferson in Washington, D.C. ...

Over-the-Top Holiday Offerings at Luxury Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/18/2016, 5:00 AM

For travelers with deep pockets and an overabundance of holiday spirit, several luxury hotels across the country are offering over-the-top Yule-themed packages. Here are three of the most ridiculously extravagant options we've come across so far (we'll update the list as we encounter more): * At the Schofield Hotel in Cleveland, you can stay in a suite designed to look just like Ralphie's ...

Luxury Travel Service Offers Chance to Meet Pope Francis—for $25,000

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/24/2016, 4:00 AM

Pope Francis (photo: Aleteia Image Department/Flickr) There are vacation packages that come with free WiFi and water-park tickets. And then there are apparently vacation packages that include a meet-and-greet with Pope Francis. That's the highlight of a showstopping offering from luxury travel service If Only—part of a trip to Italy that will set you back $25,000 (well, actually, ...

Indoor Rainforest Coming to Dubai Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico (photo: FreeImages/sue anna joe) The latest over-the-top luxury hotel planned for Dubai is for all those who have found themselves in a rainforest and wondered, Where are the robot baggage handlers? Planned for the United Arab Emirates city's Al Thanyah district, the 448-room, 1-million-square-foot Rosemont Hotel and Residence will feat...

Hotel Satisfaction Nearing Plateau as Perks Become Expected

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/14/2016, 12:15 PM

J.D. Power's annual study measuring hotel guest satisfaction was released this week. The takeaway: while overall satisfaction increased, it appears to be reaching a plateau as certain perks become de rigueur. Offerings like free WiFi and breakfast, which used to be seen as special by hotel guests, are now taken as the norm—and that's one reason, analysts say, why the satisfaction uptick was muc...

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