Hotel Review: The Phoenician, Scottsdale, Arizona

Located at the base of landmark Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician is set in a ruggedly beautiful landscape softened by verdant golf courses, ponds and swimming pools and punctuated with palm trees and tall Saguaro cacti – the green exclamation points of the Sonoran Desert.

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Review: Ocean Club Resort, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

According to the resort’s original owners, their strategy in locating the hotel was based on providing for its guests optimal views of the Turks and Caicos sunsets.

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Hotel Review: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a luxuriant, AAA 5 Diamond city resort spread over manicured grounds. The property is tucked into the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale, near where 15 Major League Baseball teams warm up for the regular season.

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Review: Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London

Occupying 19 floors in The Shard, a 1,016-foot-high skyscraper on the south bank of the Thames near London Bridge, the 5-star Shangri-La, which opened in May 2014, is the highest hotel in town.

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Review: Hotel Café Royal, London

Since opening its doors in 1865, the Café Royal has been a fixture of upmarket London social life, first as a long-lived, celebrity-haunted restaurant and bar, then as a nightclub and now as a stylish 5-star hotel that smartly enfolds the old café space.

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Review: Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

The Chinzanso, while it inhabits a post-war building complete with a thrusting, 14-story tower, evokes an older, serene, nuanced style refined long ago in Japan. Some of that has to do with the Chinzanso’s location, far removed from central Tokyo and bordering a historic botanical garden.

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The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is part of a welcome trend – the advent of decent-to-excellent hotels in or near major international airports – that has ramped-up globally over the past decade or so. The hotel, in fact, helped start that trend when it opened its doors in 1999.

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A day before its delivery flight, I went onboard Air New Zealand’s first Boeing 787-9 – the first 787-9 delivered to any customer and also the first long-haul jet painted in Air New Zealand’s glossy black ‘All Black’ theme livery – to see for myself the innovative new cabin-interior features the airline had installed.

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The Regent Taipei, ensconced in a high-rise building above the posh Regent Galleria shopping mall on Zhong Shang North Road, is also the flagship property of the reconstituted Regent Hotels & Resorts.

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Located in the huge ‘groundscraper’ known as The Squaire, the recently opened Hilton Frankfurt Airport and the HIlton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport right next door are steps away from the airport’s inter-city rail station and about a 10-minute indoor walk from the airport’s Terminal 1.

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EVA Air is a serious, emerging competitor, not just to older, larger China Airlines, but to other players in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market, as well.

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Holman Ranch is a cultivated venue for corporate retreats, weddings, meetings and reunions. It is not a public, full-service hotel. But this posh, well-run operation is open to diverse private groups and to members of the affiliated Holman Ranch Vineyards Wine Club.

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Rare Leonardo da Vinci Notebook on the ‘Flight of Birds’ on Display in the U.S.

Through October 22, at The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a special treat is in store for visitors: a rarely seen, five-centuries-old notebook written and illustrated by Leonardo da Vinci that demonstrates his absolute fascination with flight.

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The American A319 Main Cabin definitely has a modern-day feel overall. American expects this feel to remain rather timeless. While each Main Cabin seat only has 30 inches of legroom, it feels like there is much more.

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All told, I found Icelandair’s Saga Class on-board product roughly equivalent to U.S. domestic first-class or premium economy on leading global carriers. Nothing special, but it gets the job done. Most importantly, the airline got us safely and usually smoothly to Reykjavik

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Quirky, wacky, zany, idiosyncratic: any of these words could be used accurately to describe various aspects of the architecture, fittings, furniture and facilities of the Hotel Maya on the shore of Long Beach Harbor in California. But the sum of the parts adds up to a most enjoyable, comfortable hotel.

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Blossoming beside the Pacific Ocean on the Kohala Coast, in the northwest corner of the Big Island, the Orchid is a beautiful, comfortable base from which to explore.

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The city of Long Beach in Southern California has plenty to entice the visitor: really terrific restaurants, superb attractions, an enormous beach and excellent weather most of the time. I had a blast visiting Long Beach in December 2012. I’m sure I’ll go back there to explore the city further and I hope it happens soon.

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The Kea Lani – which opened as a Ritz-Carlton in 1991 – has 413 rooms. Every room in the landmark hotel is actually a one-bedroom suite. Outside, on the lush 22-acre grounds, stand 13 posh two- and three-bedroom villas.

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