Bonjour! Rumor has it you’re looking to plan a trip to my city. As a W Hotel Insider, I can safely say there’s no place like Montreal during the holidays. Filled with old-world charm and trimmed with sparkling lights, the city has something for everyone. Here are a few top spots to visit when winter comes around – just don’t forget your jacket and some extra cozy mittens.

W Montreal
Where to Stay
Located in heart of downtown, the W Montréal is the place to be. Treat yourself to a day at the Away Spa, sip a one-of-a-kind cocktail in the multilevel lounge, Wunderbar, or simply relax atop luxe feather and down pillows.

Where to Go
Lauréa: Need to duck in from the cold? Make a reservation to dine at this acclaimed eatery on Laurier Street. Not only will its contemporary French cuisine fuel your adventures, it will wow you with standout (read: Instagram-friendly) presentation.

TELUS Fire on Ice: No holiday trip to Montreal is complete without catching this fireworks show in the Old Port. Held every December, it’s a spectacular sight set to music.

Saint Catherine Street: If you’re in the mood for wandering and old-fashioned people watching, head here. Be sure to stop at La Maison OGILVY and admire the holiday windows, aptly named The Enchanted Village.

Have other travel plans? There’s an Insider in every W city who can help you make the most of your trip. Plus, you can visit our W Hotels The Store Boutique opening Wednesday, November 4, at 3PM ET to gear up on all the five-star essentials.

November 4, 2015

It’s the height of summer, and we’ve definitely caught the travel bug. Sure, we’re stuck deskside, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming of destinations worthy of jet-setting. Here are four W Hotels hot spots currently topping our list.

W-Hotel_MaldivesFirst stop, an overwater bungalow at the W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. There are white-sand beaches. Turquoise lagoons. Breathtaking reefs. And did we mention it’s on its own private island? Enough said.

W-Hotel_SeoulPerched on the slope of Mount Acha with views of the Han river, W Seoul – Walkerhill fuses the city’s energy with a cool, laid-back vibe. Exhibit A: the color-splashed WET deck where relaxation meets pop art.

W Hotel AmsterdamW Amsterdam may not be opening until September 21, but we’re beyond excited. Partygoers (and human chess pieces) around the globe have already started celebrating. Plus, we can’t wait for signature cocktails with views of Dam Square.

W-Hotel_LALast stop, W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. We’ll leave the passports at home and check in to this newly renovated hotel to unwind. Daytime agenda = a private cabana, poolside (with a selfie or two to commemorate). Nighttime agenda = DJ beats and the Sunset Strip.

Can’t make it to one of these locations but want a piece of the lifestyle? Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opens Thursday, August 6, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas Waters, Associate Content Editor

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August 6, 2015

A beach is a beach is a beach, right? Wrong. Here, we scoped out five of the best, so instead of researching the perfect location, you can focus on choosing the perfect bikini to wear.

World's Best BeachesElafonisi Beach, Greece
Pink sand. You read that right. In certain lights, this Greek beach has a rose-colored hue, thanks to a mix of fine red coral. The contrast of the pink to clear blue water is beyond majestic. What more could a girl want?

World's Best BeachesAnse Source d’Argent, Seychelles
With towering granite boulders and tranquil turquoise water, this whole archipelago (made up of 115 islands) gets top honors. After all, National Geographic ranked its shores number one in the world – that’s no joke.

World's Best BeachesBioluminescent Beach, Maldives
Picture thousands of glowing specks spanning an entire coastline. The cause? Small organisms that light up when the water breaks. Fun fact: Scenes from Life of Pi were filmed here.

World's Best BeachesHidden Beach, Mexico
Yes, it truly is hidden. In fact, you have to snorkel through a 40-foot tunnel just to get there. But this beach isn’t exactly natural. Turns out, the idyllic spot is a result of bomb testing in the early 20th century.

World's Best BeachesGlass Beach, United States
From trash to treasure. Over the past 50 years in California, a coastline of dazzling sea glass formed from landfill debris. Though the dump site – just north of the area – closed in 1967, its remnants still wash ashore.

Make a splash in our Swimwear & Cover-Ups for the Final Cannonball Boutique, which opens Tuesday, August 11, at 11AM ET.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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July 21, 2015

We get it. You don’t want to waste precious luggage space by packing sneakers. Turns out, W Hotels and yoga guru Tara Stiles are on board with that. Which is why they teamed up to roll out FIT with Tara Stiles at the 45 (and counting) W locations worldwide. 

W Hotels Tara Stiles Yoga

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April 23, 2015

The concept of a build-your-own-salad is one our tastebuds support. And with spring break on the horizon, we suggest applying that same logic to packing your carry-on. Choose items from each of the four categories below to avoid checked-baggage fees. That well-organized suitcase? It’s only a few steps away.

Carry-On Checklist

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March 13, 2015

Sandy dunes. Historic cobblestone. Fresh seafood. Just a quick trip from New York and New England, Nantucket is the quintessential summer getaway. Haven’t walked its world-renowned shores yet? Let us guide you to one of four sought-after destinations for a tailor-made island stay.

How Do You Nantucket?

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March 3, 2015

Ah, luxury hotel living. There’s the big cushy bed. Unlimited fluffy white towels. Service at the touch of a button. But a stay at any of the W’s 46 worldwide locations (like the just-opened W Bogota Hotel and W Beijing – Chang’an) goes beyond all that. Here’s what’s in store.

W Hotel Dallas Bed

10AM: Wake up wrapped in silky-soft cotton sheets and a down blanket in your plush W Hotels bed.

10:15AM: Sink a little deeper into the pillows and revel in utter comfort before you take on the day.

11AM: Shower. The scent of Bliss Lemon + Sage products is eye-opening. Slip on a W robe when you’re done.

W Hotels Yoga

12PM: Head to yoga. You’re going to want to keep this whole Zen vibe going. Hoping for something more intense? Get your sweat on at FIT – the W’s solution to making the gym more fun, it’ll be the chicest workout space you’ve ever seen.

3PM: Put that energy to good use. Dress to the nines and claim a seat at a fashion show.

W Hotels DJ

8PM: Kick off the evening with dinner. Indulge in room service while you freshen up or hit the hotel’s eatery to see and be seen.

11PM: It’s time for drinks and dancing – music will be flowing all night at the W Hotels & Burn Studios DJ Lab.

2AM: Snuggle into your W Hotels bed and pull the down duvet over your head. You’ve earned some shut-eye.

10AM: Wake up refreshed. Repeat.

Bring that luxe W Hotels lifestyle home. Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opened Friday, January 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 30, 2015

Every year, Art Basel, a week-long international art show, overflows from its Miami Beach Convention Center home base and permeates every inch of the area. Outdoor artworks are displayed in nearby parks. Music acts flock to the area. Performances spring up in random spots. Below, we’ve highlighted every Miami Beach must-do during Art Basel Week 2014 (including where to grab a little R&R away from the excitement).

Art Basel

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October 21, 2014

Looking for a luxurious vacation? How about a vacation packed with adventure? Whatever you’re seeking – it’s all right here. That’s the beauty of Freestyle Cruising® from Norwegian Cruise Line. Every ship in its modern fleet is thoughtfully designed from the anchor up, offering you the ability to do what you want, when you want. Check out the cruising styles below, pack a bag, and get ready for your best vacation ever.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Luxe Traveler
Sail to: The turquoise waters of the Caribbean aboard Miami’s Ultimate Ship™, Norwegian Getaway.
Check out: The Haven by Norwegian®. With elegant villas and 24-hour butlers, it’s pure paradise.

The Cultured Traveler
Sail to: Bermuda, the Caribbean, or the Bahamas and Florida from New York City aboard Norwegian Breakaway.
Check out: Up to 29 dining experiences on board, including celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s renowned cuisine at Ocean Blue.

The Adventurous Traveler
Sail to: Four Hawaiian islands in seven days with overnight stays in Maui and Kauai aboard Norwegian’s Pride of America.
Check out: Kilauea – the most active volcano in the world – and the breathtaking Nā Pali coast from your balcony stateroom.

Can’t decide from all these amazing choices? No need to worry. The great thing about Freestyle Cruising® is that you can truly have it all. Visit to learn more.

Our High-Seas Style Presented by Norwegian Cruise Line Boutique opens Monday, October 6, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 6, 2014

Think about it: days on end without a single email notification or text message. Nothing but you, your travel buddy, and clear-blue skies. Sounds peaceful, right? Well, you’re in luck. Zero-technology getaways – or “digital detoxes” as they’ve been dubbed by some – are on the rise. And we’re all for them.

Zero-Technology Getaways

Digital-detox retreats come in a range of intensities and locations. Below, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of your options.

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August 5, 2014