Today’s Wanderlust: The SPA Retreat in Jamaica

Calling all escape junkies. This travel eye candy might just inspire you to book the next flight to the tropics.Jamaica Vacations

The spot:

The SPA Retreat in Negril, Jamaica.

Why we love it: 

There is absolutely nothing generic about this adults-only escape – from the 18 handcrafted stone cottages you’ll call home base to the seawater pool and exotic grey cliffs. (And yes, you read that right, no kids.) 

On the to-do list: 

Order a cocktail at the poolside bar. Nap under a shaded cabana. Then take a ladder down to the ocean for some snorkeling in the property’s coral reef. After it all? Try sunset yoga or Pilates at the open-air SPA pavilion, followed by some cliffside farm-to-table dining

Ready to jet? Our The SPA Retreat – Jamaica Boutique opens Thursday, May 8, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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May 8, 2014

How to Eat Your Way Through Abruzzo, Italy

Before I traveled to Italy, I was told: Understand how the food works. In Southern Italy, you’ll eat red sauce and olive oil. In the north? Butter. Parmesan cheese. Maybe some truffles. Despite the fact that the country is no bigger than half of Texas, there is no one way to cook Italian. Everything’s completely regional. And if you want to eat through Italy right, you have to know what to get where.

This can be tricky, considering Italy has 20 regions. Rome’s Lazio, Milan’s Lombardia, and Toscana (or Tuscany, as we know it) are some of the most familiar. So, let’s start small – with one of the country’s lesser-known, but no less picturesque, regions: Abruzzo.

What to Eat in Abruzzo, Italy

Tucked east of touristy Lazio, quieter Abruzzo seems to have it all. Rugged mountains. Forested national parks. The Adriatic Sea. And with its diverse landscape comes a huge range of cuisine.

Here are a few of the items Abruzzo does best:
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April 24, 2014

3 Reasons to Love Austin Right Now

Hot off the heels of South by Southwest, we’re not the only ones with our eyes on Texas’s music-happy city. Here’s why you should get into the mix.

Reasons to Visit Austin

Image via Lexie Moreland for WWD

#1. The music scene rocks. And not just because of this month’s ten-day SXSW music festival. Grab your cowboy boots and check out the Broken Spoke, the last authentic honky-tonk dance hall in Texas (and, in the words of the New York Times, “arguably the greatest honky-tonk of all time.”)

#2. Austin is a foodie town. Topping your to-eat list? Brisket at Franklin Barbecue. Just be prepared to show up at 8:30 and wait in line with 400 others until the hole-in-the-wall opens at 11. (It’s consistently named the best BBQ in America, so we’d say it’s worth it.)

#3. The street style rivals Brooklyn. Think that perfect mix of hipster and grunge. The style at SXSW is proof that the city’s famous “Keep Austin Weird” slogan applies to more than small businesses.

Ready to jet and need a place to stay? Settle in at Lone Star Court, a new retro-chic boutique hotel that epitomizes Austin and Texas Hill Country, then head out and explore.

Our Lone Star Court Boutique opened Wednesday, March 19, at 11AM ET

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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March 20, 2014

Your Ideal Unwind: Escapes for Every Personality

Let’s play a game of would you rather. Would you rather jog on the beach or hike through pine-crested mountains? Get a luxurious massage or learn how to prepare a gourmet meal? Escape to quaint New England or buzzing Las Vegas?

Have your answers? Good. Now make it all happen with the help of Canyon Ranch® – a 35-year-strong health and wellness pioneer. Here’s your guide.

Canyon Ranch Escapes

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March 11, 2014

Pack Your Baguette: Karl Lagerfeld Hotel to Open in 2017

It’s difficult to imagine the design genius behind two of the most innovative fashion houses falling behind where trends are concerned. Well, I’m here to inform you that the impossible has happened. Between Palazzo Versace in Australia and Armani Hotel Dubai, hotels designed by fashion bigwigs is hardly a new idea. But, as of earlier this month, Karl Lagerfeld has agreed to follow in his peers’ footsteps. That’s right – the Karl Lagerfeld Hotel, a 270-room, 20-story high-rise, is set to open in Macau, China in 2017.

Karl Lagerfeld's New Hotel

Image via vogue.co.uk

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March 7, 2014

Beyond the Runways: A Fashion Week–Inspired Guide

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week descended upon New York City this past Thursday. And, yes, guilty – our eyes have been glued to the runways. But there’s far more to Fashion Week than the fashion itself. Here, a look at a few of the city’s most glamorous outside-the-tents haunts.

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February 10, 2014

5 Things You May Not Know About the Sochi Winter Games

Come February 6, athletes from all over the world will descend upon Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Games. And I, like millions of other viewers, will be riveted to the TV screen watching skiing, figure skating, curling, and more. If history is any indication, I’ll also be shedding a tear or two when I get overwhelmed by the incredible triumphs that are playing out before me. But there’s still a few days to go – so to hold us all over until then, here are five things you may not know about the Winter Games this year.

5 Facts About the 2014 Sochi Winter Games

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February 1, 2014

3 Vacations That Won’t Wreck Your Fitness Resolution

Few things can ruin those “get fit” resolutions quite like a vacation. Which is funny, considering all the time you spend slaving away at the gym in preparation for it. But this year, we’re here to prove that this doesn’t have to be the case. Behold, three alternatives to your typical willpower-wrecking escape.

Lake Austin Spa Resort

1. Jet off to a fitness and wellness resort like Texas’s award-winning Lake Austin Spa Resort. You can dabble in outdoor Sun Salutations, ease sore muscles with a River Rock Massage, and stay nourished with Bon Appétit–approved low-calorie cuisine – all while thoroughly enjoying yourself.

2. Book an exotic trek. Hike the Inca Trail (there have been rumors about Machu Picchu closing for years – the time to go is now) or escape to the rainforest. Puerto Rico’s Carole’s Rainforest Villas offers hikers respite between the El Yunque National Forest’s 18 trails. And you don’t even need your passport.

3. Cruise. Yes, seriously. Where else can you find wave pools, zip lines, rock-climbing walls, mini golf, and indoor ice-skating rinks all within your reach? Today’s cruises are breaking that eat-all-day stereotype, fast. Try Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, which actually lets you skydive on board.

Ready to book a fitness-friendly escape? Check out our Lake Austin Spa Resort Boutique, which opened January 22 at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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January 23, 2014

4 Reasons You’d Be Happier in the Tropics Today

(As if this picture wasn't reason enough)

Why You Should Head to the Tropics

  1. It’s barely January, and you’ve already turned cozy into a verb. Cozify (v): To snuggle oneself away for winter. Think hibernation, but with more emails.
  2. You’re crazy cold. See: Cozify, above. Nearly half of the country (that’s 140 million people) will be hanging out in zero or subzero weather by Wednesday. Poor North Dakota recently dipped to 30 below, with windchill pushing negative 50.
  3. It’s – wait for it – currently 82 degrees on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.
  4. Also on the North Coast? Some of the longest stretches of unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean. All fringed by palm trees. Which have never, ever seen snow.

 
Ready to thaw? Make a beeline for the Dominican Republic (where you can sleep with your windows as open as you’d like) and wait this winter out.

Our Balaji Palace at Playa Grande Boutique opened Monday, January 6, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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January 6, 2014

The Big Apple of Our Eye: Our More Is More. The Sweepstakes. Winner

Taxicabs. Glittering city lights. Festive shop windows. This must be the New York, New York Sinatra crooned about. And it’s here we’re sending Danyelle Hunt of Plano, IL – the very lucky winner of More is More. The Sweepstakes.

Printable New York Map

She’ll dine at the Palm, recharge at New York’s quintessential hotel The Quin, and have her run of the concrete jungle. And to help her make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime trip, we created a little map of all the city’s best hotspots and hidden gems.

Headed to New York, too? Just click the map above, print, and take it out on the town.

By Marissa Dubin, Staff Writer

Tweet us your favorite NYC spot during the holidays at @ruelala. And don’t forget to add a #MoreIsMore hashtag.

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December 5, 2013