Songs for Angels

Songs for Angels

August 1, 2019

Playing Live has the intimacy of gentle sex,” says singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan. “You’re emotionally wide open up there on stage, and when it’s good—when the audience is giving back—you feel part of something much bigger.” Speaking from her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, McLachlan chuckles with mild embarrassment at her admission, but it explains her sense of excitement heading into her tour this summer in support of Shine On, her first album in four years. 

For fans of the singer, the album and the tour can’t come soon enough. For McLachlan, though, the timing is perfect. “I started writing songs for this album three years ago,” she says. “But I had some big distractions: revamping and running an afterschool music program at an inner-city school in Vancouver; being a parent to two kids. By the time I got back to those songs, I realized I was a different person.

My father had passed away as well, and I recognized that life was so much bigger than what those songs were about.” McLachlan started fresh, fueled partly by the loss of her father, partly by the changing perspectives that come from being a parent to her daughters, now 12- and 7-years-old (Of parenthood, she says, “It’s a terrifying and joyously beautiful responsibility”). Many of the songs on the new album are about mourning a loss, but she explains that because of her children, she found herself dwelling less on the past and more on moving forward in a meaningful way. Finding solace through her music, McLachlan uses the songwriting process to work through her own demons and issues. “It’s very therapeutic,” she says. “If I’m feeling wound up and frustrated, I’ll go settle down at the piano and noodle around. If I like something, I’ll record it on my iPhone and keep going.” 

Eventually those therapy sessions turn into melodies that become songs. “There’s nothing sharp about the process,” she says. “It happens when it happens.” Her lyrics come after the melody, and she’s learned in her 25 years as a professional to jot down those snippets immediately or lose them forever. In the studio, the melody and lyrics come together to form a song that she’ll perform for the rest of her life. With more than an estimated 40 million records sold in her career and Grammy awards for songs on her 1997 album Surfacing, McLachlan brings her emotionally powerful voice to cities across North America this summer.  

When asked how she knows whether a song will work live or not, she replies, “If a song works while singing solo and playing a single instrument, then you know it’s strong.” Exhibit A: “Angel,” her smash-hit song from Surfacing that features McLachlan, her piano and nothing else. She enjoys summer tours for the chance to play outside.  

The first half of the show is under the fading light of day, when she feels surrounded by the audience and embraces the casual atmosphere. Then for the second half, darkness sets in and the dramatic stage lighting takes over. For this tour, she gave herself plenty of time to line up venues she loves that allow her to do just this: Red Rocks in Denver, the Santa Barbara Bowl and Berkeley’s Greek Theatre, among them. But beyond the venues, a summer tour schedule means that her children can come with her on their summer break from school. “It’s a big camping trip and road trip for them, and it’s wonderful to show them new places and new cities,” she says. “I’ve been to many children’s museums and science and natural history museums. It’s all about exploration with the kids. Everything looks new again through their eyes,” she says. “If we have time, I do like to seek out nature. I get a truer sense of place from the landscape—the trees, mountains or the ocean—than I do from the downtown streets where our hotels are usually located.”  

Two weeks after she finished recording Shine On, and mere days after returning from a well-deserved Hawaiian vacation, McLachlan sounds ready to open herself to an audience on a nightly basis, revisiting heartache and triumph through songs old and new, and recharged by the presence of her children and fans, many who’ve already snapped up the tour’s VIP tickets months ahead of her opening night. “It’s comforting to know that those people are there, and they care about what I do.” 

The Best Balcony Views in Cabo

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The Best Balcony Views in Cabo

August 20, 2018

On the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, visitors will find the gorgeous Los Cabos region hiding away. Lush jungles and outdoor activities await the most adventurous travelers, while serene beaches and waterfront resorts await the relaxation seekers. It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for—this beautiful region has it. There’s a reason this area that was little-known only a few decades ago is booming in popularity today.

And while most travelers plan to explore outside of their hotel rooms and rental homes, most agree that views from their accommodations are a must. If stellar balcony views are a must for your next vacation, check out the resorts and home in the slideshow below for your best options.

Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, Cabo Balcony Views

Ocean view from Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, a Forbes Five Star Award-winning boutique resort.

The Cape, Cabo Balcony Views

The balcony view from Cabo's trendiest escape, The Cape.

Costero, Cabo Balcony Views

Stunning view from Costero, a $5M oceanfront home.

Casa Las Palmas, Cabo Balcony Views

Casa Las Palmas has a stunning first-floor view of Cabo's lush landscape.

Auberge Private Residences, Cabo Balcony Views

Some of Cabo's best balcony views can be found at the Auberge Private Residences.

Casa Colina Cresta, Cabo Balcony Views

Casa Cresta is a grand Mexican-style hacienda with incredible Sea of Cortez views.

Casa Miraflores, Cabo Balcony Views

This penthouse suite, Casa Miraflores, has gorgeous balcony views.

Joya del Mar, Cabo Balcony Views

This balcony view comes from Joya del Mar, a $9.9M oceanfront villa.

Villa Dos Mares, Cabo Balcony Views

Villa Dos Mares is located in one of Cabo's most exclusive enclaves with wide open ocean views.

One and Only Palmilla, Cabo Balcony Views

Balconies at the One&Only Palmilla Resort have views of the Sea of Cortez on the Baja Peninsula.

Villa Buenaventura, Cabo Balcony Views

Villa Buenaventura is a $6M oceanfront home with stunning views.

Villa Oasis, Cabo Balcony Views

This view comes from Villa Oasis, a 3,000-square-foot home within Palmilla.

One&Only Palmilla, Cabo Balcony Views 2

One&Only Palmilla offers guests gorgeous views and modern hacienda charm on the Baja Coast.

The first featured image comes from Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a luxury oceanfront boutique resort. This elegant option is perfect for honeymooners and scuba divers alike, and it allows travelers to experience authentic Mexico in an upscale environment. The slideshow also features standalone homes like Costero, a 3,300-square-foot home with two infinity pools that can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time, and Joya del Mar, a 6,700-square-foot home that can accommodate up to 16 at a time.

One&Only Palmilla, Cabo Balcony Views

The balconies featured from the One&Only Palmilla, like the one above, have unique views of the Sea of Cortez and a high-end design. The resort is ideal for couples, families and golfers, and the interiors are described as “Contemporary Mexican with traditional touches.”

The image below comes from The Cape, a modern resort with Cabo’s only rooftop bar. Travelers will love Monuments Beach, a haven for surfers and swimmers, that also has views of El Arco. This trendy getaway has a robust nightlife as well as 161 rooms, suites, and villas to choose from. The Cape was designed by Javier Sánchez, a renowned architect, making it one of the most desirable Thompson Hotels to visit. The design marries old world tradition and modern architecture, so it’s perfect for travelers of all ages.

The Cape, Cabo Balcony Views

Anyone who’s traveled to Cabo understands the one-of-a-kind serenity that awaits. Views of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez highlight the natural beauty that surrounds its homes and hotels. Want to rent one of these balconies in Cabo? Visit Inspirato.com to learn how.

The Most Beautiful Balcony Views of the Ocean

The Most Beautiful Balcony Views of the Ocean

August 6, 2018

With Americans spending over $100 billion dollars on vacations in 2017 alone, the desire to run away to a beautiful place is stronger now than it’s ever been. Thankfully, vacation rental companies like Inspirato are making the escape as easy as clicking “Book,” but travelers still have to decide where to go. 

Between metropolitan, mountain and oceanfront destinations, many summer vacationers opt for the sound of waves and breathing in the salty ocean air. And what’s better than lounging Oceanside and feeling the breeze? Relaxing on your private balcony with a panoramic ocean view, like the one pictured above taken at the award winning Le Sereno resort in the Caribbean.

Ocean Balcony, Batu Villa, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

View from the balcony at Batu Villa on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.

Ocean, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Views of the ocean and lush mountains from Six Senses Ninh Van Bay on Vietnam.

Ocean Balcony, Makana, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Stunning views of the Hawaiian sunset from Makana in Wailea, Maui.

Ocean Balcony, Copa Caneel, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Gorgeous views from Copa Caneel on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Ocean Balcony, Casa de Bravo, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

The view from the balcony at Casa de Bravo in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Ocean Balcony, Six Senses Zil Payson, Seychelles

Sunset views from the balcony at Six Senses Zil Payson in Seychelles.

Ocean Balcony, Le Sereno, St. Barts, French West Indies

Balcony views from the window at Le Sereno on St. Barts in the French West Indies.

Ocean Balcony, Shorebreak, San Diego

Pacific ocean views from Shorebreak in San Diego, California.

Ocean Balcony, Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice, Italy

Evening ocean views from the Baglioni Hotel Luna in Venice, Italy.

Ocean, Amanera, Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

Views of the wide open ocean from Amanera in Playa Grande, Dominican Republic.

Copa Caneel, pictured below, is a flawless beachfront villa on the small island treasure of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands that’s only steps from the sand. Nestled into a lush acre of land, travelers can relax on their expansive deck or in their private pool and enjoy the ocean views. With over 5,200 square feet of space and five bedrooms, up to ten people can be accommodated at a time.

Ocean Balcony, Copa Caneel, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Shorebreak is an impressive rental that’s closer to home. Designed for world travelers and beach lovers alike, this 4,000 square foot La Jolla beach house is just a three-minute walk from the water with unbeatable hillside and ocean views. Up to twelve people can comfortably stay in Shorebreak’s five bedrooms, and the wraparound balcony allows guests to ocean gaze in luxury.

Ocean Balcony, Shorebreak, San Diego

Americans have never spent more on vacations, so now more than ever, it’s important that they know their best location and rental options. For the ocean lover, there are salty-aired escapes all around the world, but in order to fully take in its beauty, a balcony view is a must.

Gorgeous Natural Destinations for Adventurous Travelers

Gorgeous Natural Destinations for Adventurous Travelers

June 6, 2018

There are two types of travelers: the adventurer and the comfort-seeker. Neither type is right or wrong, they’re merely matters of preference, but some destinations are simply not cut out for the comfort-seeker. The gorgeous natural destinations featured in the slideshow below are for adventurous travelers only.

Only the most adventurous of travelers will take a chance on the beauty of Antartica.

Drive the winding roads of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.

Natural Destinations, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Watch the sunset at Amanyara, a hotel in Turks and Caicos that's built into its natural surroundings.

Natural Destination, Xhale Villa, St. Lucia

The lush mountains of St. Lucia are the perfect setting for relaxation and meditation.

Beaver Creek, CO Westin Riverfront Hotel

Excitement and serenity await those kayaking down the legendary Beaver Creek in Colorado.

Natural Destination, Gstaad, Switzerland

Walk the winding paths among summertime greenery and mountains in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Natural Destination, Copa Caneel,St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Lounge in the hammock at Copa Caneel on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Natural Destination, Telluride, Colorado

Traverse the pink-hued fields at sunset in Telluride, a gorgeous mountain town in Colorado.

Natural Destination, Mykonos, Greece

Soak up the fresh, ocean air in the beautiful coastal town of Mykonos in Greece.

Natural Destinations, Big Sur, California

Cruise along California's coastline and stop in at Big Sur, one of the state's most beautiful destinations.

Natural Destination, Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana is one of America's best kept secrets and a must-see for nature lovers.

Natural Destinations, Vancouver, British Columbia

Walk the hazy hiking trails of Vancouver, British Columbia in the springtime.

Natural Destination, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Wailea is one of the most beautifully treacherous places in Maui.

Natural Destinations, Zermatt, Switzerland

Explore the stunning mountain scenery in Zermatt, Switzerland.

When the two types of travelers go on vacation, they are each searching for drastically different things. The comfort-seeker prefers destinations with predictability, easy transportation, and a large variety of places to lounge on site. On the other hand, the adventurer prefers to be surprised, even challenged, every step of the way.

Adventurers love when their destinations require multiple forms of transportation to get there, i.e. a flight to a ferry ride to horseback, while comfort-seekers might request a pre-paid car to meet them at the airport the minute they land. Comfort-seekers like to know what they’re getting into before they arrive, while adventurous travelers prefer the road less traveled. Predictability is what sets these two types of travelers apart.

Caribbean Adventurous Travelers

There are plenty of island destinations in the Caribbean that are perfect for the comfort-seeker. Jamaica, The Bahamas, even Turks and Caicos are ideal for travelers seeking predictable transportation, resorts, and languages.

Some islands in the West Indies are less predictable, like St. Kitts and Nevis, a 100 square-mile area with less than 60,000 residents known for it’s expert-level hikes, winding roads, and untouched beauty. And while the crime rate is still a conversation topic, if travelers don’t walk alone at night in urban areas, there should be nothing to worry about…although carrying around a can of pepper spray couldn’t hurt.

Another destination only the most adventurous of travelers would enjoy is Antarctica. Crossing Drake’s Passage, the world’s most tumultuous body of water, is only one of the discomforts Antarctic adventurers will have to endure. Staying on board is your first task.

Of course, once sailors reach the peninsula, the seas are about as calm as they come. As Antarctica’s tourism scene grows, the ships get bigger and the amenities get richer, making this adventure less dangerous (and way less uncomfortable) than it’s ever been.

Antartica Adventurous Travelers

There are two types of travelers, meaning there are two types of destinations: those for the comfort-seeker and those for the adventurer. Thankfully, there are plenty of travelers that fall on both sides of the spectrum, so no destination will ever go untraveled or unloved. If you’re not sure which end you fall on, perhaps you might give one of the adventurous destinations above a try to figure it out. 

Awe-Inspiring Hotels to Consider for Your Next Vacation

Awe-Inspiring Hotels to Consider for Your Next Vacation

June 6, 2018

Planning a vacation can be an overwhelming process. When you’re planning a trip, you’re bombarded with questions: Where will you stay? What will you do? How much will you need to save for the trip? Next, you’ll have to balance the opinion of the people going with you. Will you go to the mountains or the beach? Do you want to share a suite or get multiple rooms? Should you spend more on a luxury hotel even though you’ll have to shorten your stay?  When there’s too much to decide, go with one of the hotels described below.

Arenal Nayara Hotel in Arenal, Costa Rica.

Hotel, Gansevoort, Turks and Caicos

The pool at Gansevoort in Turks and Caicos.

Alila Seminyak Hotel in Bali, Indonesia.

Rosewood Baha Mar Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas.

Das Stue Hotel, Berlin, Germany

Das Stue Hotel in Berlin, Germany.

The Archer Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

Alpina Gstaad Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Hotel Majestic, Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Majestic in Barcelona, Spain.

Hotel, Cliff House, Maine

The lobby at Cliff House in Coastal Maine.

Sommerset on Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos

Sommerset on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos.

Hotel, Ocean House Resort, Watch Hill, Rhode Island

The Ocean House Resort in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Hotel, Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Exterior view from the Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman.

Hotel, 1 Hotel Central Park, New York, New York

1 Hotel Central Park in New York, New York.

Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, BC

Rather than spending valuable vacation-planning time researching hotels, the slideshow above has an extensive list of awe-inspiring hotels for you to consider for your next vacation. One great option is featured in the photo below, the sleek, eco-friendly Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Hotel, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia

Nayara Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica

Nayara Springs in Arenal, Costa Rica, featured in the slideshow above, ranks Ranks #2 on Travel + Leisure’s list of World’s Best Hotels, and it’s located in the middle of Arenal Volcano National Park. This adults-only property connects sixteen villas with treetop pedestrian bridges through the rainforest, making it a unique experience that will last a lifetime. Guests will feel surrounded by nature even indoors since natural light is able to flood every nook of the gorgeous open floor plans.

Hotel, The Dominick, New York, New York

Other Hotels To Consider

In the photo above, travelers will get a full view of New York City from The Dominick. Archer Austin is another metro option that’s central enough for guests to enjoy the pleasures of the city while being contained enough for privacy and relaxation. The hotel restaurant, Second Bar + Kitchen, is overseen by world renowned Chef David Bull, offering guests the ultimate dining experience. The stunning interior of this hotel has an unconventional look, rustic yet refined.

Planning a vacation is hard enough—don’t hesitate to leave it to the experts when it comes to the best hotel options.

Best Balcony Views from Across the Globe

Best Balcony Views from Across the Globe

June 6, 2018

According to 88% of travelers, it doesn’t matter how awesome the hotel or rental property is if it lacks one very important element—a good view. And if you’re going to spend all that money traveling to a new place and you don’t have a balcony, you better at least have a window view.

 Before it’s time to plan your next vacation, check out the slideshow below for the best balcony views across the globe.

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Sunset view from Villa Vientos on the Cacique Peninsula in Costa Rica.

Balcony Views, Gansevoort Villas, Turks and Caicos

The view from the Gansevoort Villas in Turks and Caicos.

Balcony, Villa L'ancienne, Mougins, French Riviera, France

Balcony View from the Villa L'ancienne in Mougins on the French Riviera.

Rooftop Terrace, Hotel Majestic, Barcelona, Spain

Rooftop terrace view from the Hotel Majestic in Barcelona, Spain.

Balcony View, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Balcony View from Amanyara at sunset in Turks and Caicos.

Balcony, Frenchman's Paradise, Tortola

Sunset view from the balcony at Frenchman's Paradise on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Nighttime View from the Terrace at Foresteria Firenze in Florence, Italy.

Balcony, Montage Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Sunset View from the Montage Kapalua Hotel on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Terrace, Joya del Mar, Los Cabos

Terrace view at Joya del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Balcony, Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

Daytime Balcony View from the Alpina Gstaad in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Balcony, Villa Pliniana, Lake Como, Italy

Gorgeous Views from Villa Pliniana on the notorious Lake Como in Italy.

It takes months to plan a vacation, weeks to prepare for it, and, more often than not, hours to travel to the destination. Going on vacation, albeit rewarding, is not a small feat. And by the time travelers arrive at their accommodations, spirits and expectations are high. The space should feel inviting, there should be plenty of room to relax, and it should be easy for travelers to make themselves right at home.

Ocean Views 

Views truly can make or break the likeability of an accommodation. At Villa Vientos, a standalone home on the Cacique Peninsula in Costa Rica, the gorgeous ocean views are the highlight. Even though guests are a five-minute drive from the beach, the villa feels like it’s in the heart of the ocean. Not only can guests see the water from the expansive balcony and terrace spaces, but inside, oversized windows provide a similar feel in almost every room of the home.

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River & Mountain Views

Another featured example is the Foresteria Firenze in Florence, Italy. This 3,000-square-foot penthouse is located in a palazzo with views of the city and the Arno River. Florence’s most famous landmarks are visible from Foresteria Firenze’s rooftop terrace, making it an ideal accommodation for those traveling through Europe who are looking to soak up local culture. Pictured below is the stunning balcony view from the Alpina Gstaad Hotel in Switzerland. Guests travel from all over the world to soak up the views of the Swiss Alps from their balcony chairs and hot tubs.

Balcony Views, Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

A lot of time is spent planning and preparing for a vacation, so when travelers make their way to an accommodation, a stunning view really isn’t much to ask for. The gorgeous homes featured in this article come from all around the world, but they have one thing in common—they provide travelers with a good view, an element up to 88% of travelers call an accommodation necessity.

Hotel and Resort Balcony Views

If you want to check out these balcony views for yourself, here’s a list of the homes and hotels featured above: Villa Vientos in Costa Rica, Gansevoort Villas in Turks and Caicos, Villa L’ancienne Poste Telegraphe on the French Riviera, The Majestic Hotel & Spa in Barcelona, Amanyara in the British West Indies, Frenchman’s Paradise in the British Virgin Islands, Foresteria Firenze in Florence, Montage Kapalua Bay in Maui, Joya del Mar in Los Cabos, The Alpina Gstaad Hotel in Switzerland, and Villa Pliniana on Lake Como.

Breathtaking Master Bathrooms Travelers Will Love

Breathtaking Master Bathrooms Travelers Will Love

June 6, 2018

When travelers are researching hotels and rental homes, the master bathroom might not be the first thing on their mind, but if they’re looking forward to cleaning up and relaxing in luxury, a high-end bathroom is a necessity. The slideshow below features breathtaking master bathrooms that travelers will love.

Master Bathroom from Swift Landing in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Bathroom, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Master Bathroom at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos.

Bathroom, Costero, Los Cabos

Master Bathroom at Costero in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Bathroom, Gansevoort Villas, Turks and Caicos

Master Bathroom at the Gansevoort Villas in Turks and Caicos.

Bathroom, Joya del Mar, Los Cabos

Master Bathroom at Joya del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Master Bathroom in Emerald Cottage on Rosemary Beach, Florida.

Bathroom, Morningstar, Big Sky, Montana

Master Bathroom at Morningstar in Big Sky, Montana.

Bathroom, Hale Kalea, Kohala-Coast_Hawaii

Master Bathroom at Hale Kalea on the Kohala Coast in Hawaii.

Bathroom, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

Master Bathroom at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos.

Master Bathroom, Villa Oasis, Los Cabos

Master Bathroom at Villa Oasis in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Bathroom, Villa Ladera, Mallorca, Spain

Master Bathroom at Villa Ladera in Mallorca, Spain.

Bathroom at The Peninsula Paris, France

Master Bathroom at The Peninsula in Paris, France.

Bathroom, Six Senses Zil Payson, Seychelles

Master Bathroom at Six Senses Zil Payson in Seychelles.

Bathroom, Chateau en Blanc, Whistler, British Columbia

Master Bathroom in the Chateau en Blanc in Whistler, British Columbia.

Bathroom, The Dominick, New York, New York

Master Bathroom at The Dominick in New York, New York.

Bathroom, One and Only Palmilla, Cabo, Mexico

Master Bathroom at the One and Only Palmilla in Cabo, Mexico.

Bathroom, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Master Bathroom at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam.

Bathroom, Park Hyatt Zurich, Switzerland

Master Bathroom at the Park Hyatt in Zurich, Switzerland.

The master bathroom featured above from Rosemary Beach, Florida is located in Emerald Cottage, a $2.5M home that’s just steps away from the sand. And while the master bathroom isn’t necessarily the most luxurious thing about this three-story beach home, it’s definitely a good start. 200-year-old hand-hewn beams are accented by a bright, modern interior that includes marble countertops. The oversized steam shower and bathroom décor make it one of the most pleasant rooms in the home. 

In the photo below, you’ll see another stunning bathroom with panoramic views at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, British Columbia. This sleek, eco-friendly Vancouver hotel is ideal for urban explorers and business travelers and was voted one of the Best Hotels in Canada by U.S. News and World Report in 2016.

Bathroom, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver, British Columbia

Swift Landing is a premier mountainside home in Breckenridge, Colorado with two master bathrooms that are designed for luxury. Both are outfitted with large, freestanding bathtubs, gorgeous mountain views, and steam showers so that guests can unwind after a long day of skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer. One of the most unique features is the tub that fills from a faucet located on the ceiling. The modern bathroom from the The Cape hotel in Cabo is equally as impressive and can be seen in the photo below.

Bathroom, The Cape, Cabo, Mexico

Ahead of the bathroom in importance, there’s the master bedroom, the kitchen, and the living room, then somewhere toward the end of the ranks, there’s the master bathroom. But what if travelers were able to vet accommodations according to the grandeur of the master bathroom? If they were promised oversized bathtubs and steam showers, would it change their choice of hotel or home? Absolutely. Master bathrooms aren’t always the highlight of a hotel room or rental property, but for the spaces featured in the slideshow above, it is certainly a much-loved perk.

Soak In These Dreamy High-End Hot Tubs

Soak In These Dreamy High-End Hot Tubs

June 6, 2018

An evening in the hot tub is the epitome of relaxation for many. Where else can one sit and enjoy roaring jets, calming bubbles and water at the perfect temperature? For some travelers, a hot tub is a pleasant amenity, but for others, it’s a necessity. The slideshow below features accommodations with the most dreamy, high-end hot tubs from hotels and homes around the world.

Hot Tub 2, Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

Bask in the snowy mountain view in the hot tub at the Alpina Gstaad Hotel in the Swiss Alps.

Nestled in the jungle, the hot tub at Arenal Nayara Hotel in Arenal, Costa Rica is truly one-of-a-kind.

This custom-built hot tub at Swift Landing in Breckenridge, Colorado can hold up to 20 people.

Hot Tub, Sonora, Scottsdale, Arizona

As the desert temperatures drop, the hot tub at Sonora in Scottsdale is the perfect temperature.

Hot Tub, Buenaventura, Los Cabos, Mexico

The hot tub at Buenaventura is seated right on the rocky coastline of Los Cabos in Mexico.

Hot Tub, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Ultimate relaxation awaits travelers at the indoor hot tub at Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya.

Hot Tub, Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

Summertime views from the hot tub in the Alpina Gstaad Hotel are just as stunning as the winter views.

Hot Tub, High Alpine Lodge, Snowmass Village, Colorado

Watch the sun fall over the Rocky Mountains in the hot tub at the High Alpine Lodge in Colorado.

Hot Tub, Casa Romana, Marbella, Spain

Views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea await travelers at Casa Romana in Marbella, Spain.

Hot Tub, Eua Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

Guests will love the unique ceiling filler at the indoor hot tub in the Eua Palm Beach in Florida.

Panoramic views and a luxury design are two things that most of these high-end hot tubs have in common. At the Alpina Gstaad Hotel in the Swiss Alps, the mountain views are just as dreamy during the winter and the summer. 

The High Alpine Lodge in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado has a similar appeal, although the mountain sunsets in this hot tub are one-of-a-kind. There is one mountain hot tub that stands out among the rest, and that’s the custom-built, oversized hot tub at Swift Landing in Breckenridge that can hold up to 20 people at a time.

Hot Tub, Park Hyatt Vienna, Austria

Pictured above, you’ll see the sprawling hot tub at the Park Hyatt Vienna in Austria. At the Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the indoor hot tub offers ultimate relaxation in a soothing setting, while the indoor hot tub at Eua Palm Beach in Florida offers a unique from-the-ceiling filler travelers rarely see. 

If travelers prefer to soak oceanside, the modern hot tub (pictured below) at Villa Bagua in Punta Cana is the perfect option. the Across the pond, the balcony hot tub at Casa Romana in Marbella, Spain offers guests views of the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Hot Tub, Villa Bagua, Punta Cana, Dominican Replublic

Some of the more unique options include the hot tubs at the Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens in Costa Rica, a tub cozily nestled in the jungle, and the hot tub seated on the rocky coastline of Los Cabos at Villa Buenaventura in Mexico. And when evening comes and the desert temperatures drop, the hot tub at Sonora in Scottsdale, Arizona is warm and welcoming for travelers.

Unforgettable Destinations You Have to Visit At Least Once

Unforgettable Destinations You Have to Visit At Least Once

June 6, 2018

The world isn’t lacking in desirable destinations for travelers to explore. When it comes time to think about the next vacation, it’s easy for planners to get overwhelmed by the question, “Where to next?” The slideshow below features unforgettable destinations travelers have to visit at least once, making that questions a little bit easier to answer.

Destination, Llao Llao, Bariloche, Argentina

The Llao Llao Hotel surrounded by lakes and mountains in Bariloche, Argentina.

The Infinity Pool at Alila Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos, Exterior

Open-air villas at Amanyara in Turks and Caicos.

Casa Romana, Marbella, Spain

The indoor pool at Casa Romana in Marbella, Spain.

Destination Xhale Villa, St. Lucia

The views from the balcony at St. Lucia's most luxurious home, Xhale Villa.

Unforgettable Destinations, Big Sky, MNontana

Wide open sunsets in beautiful Big Sky, Montana.

Destination, Gansevoort Villas, Turks and Caicos

The Gansevoort Villas on the rocky coastline in Turks and Caicos.

Destinations, Alpina Gstaad Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland

Cozy accommodations at the Alpina Gstaad Hotel in the Swiss Alps.

Destination Austin, Texas

The historic Pennybacker Bridge in Austin, Texas.

Unforgettable Desinations, Hale Kalea, Kohala Coast_Hawaii

The Hale Kalea estate sits above the crashing waves on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii.

Unforgettable Destinations, Chateau Mondeau, Whistler, British Columbia

The beautifully eerie and enchanting Chateau Mondeau in Whistler, British Columbia.

These unforgettable destinations can be found all around the world. The Llao Llao Hotel in Bariloche is a little known treasure surrounded by natural beauty in the Argentine Patagonia, and from the balcony at Xhale Villa in St. Lucia, the views of the West Indies and the Caribbean can’t be beat. 

For travelers who want to experience a fairy tale, the Chateau Mondeau in Whistler, British Columbia is a must-visit. This multi-million dollar mountain chalet offers gorgeous views in the summer and direct ski access in the winter.

Unforgettable Destinations, Chateau Mondeau, Whistler, British Columbia

But if travelers are looking to travel far into the Pacific, the striking infinity pool at Alila Ubud in Bali is nestled into the smoky mountains. Although, if travelers are looking for indoor marvels, the indoor pool at Casa Romana in Marbella, Spain is stunning.

Travelers will never be able to forget the unique, open-air villas at Amanyara or the luxurious Gansevoort Villas located on the rocky coast of Turks and Caicos. For mountain-lovers, the Alpina Gstaad hotel (pictured below) in the Swiss Alps has the perfect accommodations to relax and unwind. 

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The historic Pennybacker Bridge in Austin is another must-see destination, but if travelers prefer to head north in the summertime, wide-open sunsets contribute to their namesake in Big Sky, Montana. And if travelers are able to see all of the destinations listed in the slideshow above, they don’t need to fret—there are countless other vacation experiences to explore.