Tobira Onsen Myojinkan

Posted on October 16, 2012 Under Travel

Nestled away above Matusumoto city in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan, Tobira Onsen Myojinkan, or Myojinkan for short is one of the most unique Ryokan experiences I've had in Japan. Sitting high up in the "Alps of Japan" as many…

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Four Seasons Jackson Hole

Posted on February 6, 2012 Under Travel

French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte once said a picture is worth a thousand words. But not even a thousand pictures could give you the feeling of spending time in Jackson Hole, WY at the Four Seasons. The views, the clean…

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Posted on January 25, 2012 Under Art

A bizarre but interesting short by Italian film makerLuca Guadagnino for Starwood Hotel's Luxury Collection. Thanks Richard!

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Gion Hatanaka: Kyoto, Japan

Posted on November 13, 2011 Under Travel

Situated in the wonderful Gion District of Kyoto, Gion Hatanaka is easily one of the best city Ryokan experiences I've had in all of Japan. To begin, Gion is a magical part of Kyoto– the setting of the novel Memoirs…

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Hotel Villa San Michele: Florence, Italy

Posted on September 6, 2011 Under Travel

I never thought I'd like living in a 16th Century monastery until I visited Florence. In fact, if I had it my way, I would have moved into Hotel Villa San Michele for the whole summer. I pulled up in…

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Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Tanzania

Posted on May 14, 2011 Under Travel

On one of my trips to Africa last year I had the distinct opportunity to visit and stay at one of the most remote and incredible places: The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.   Perched into the side of the craters wall, it's…

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The Halkin Hotel: London

Posted on November 8, 2010 Under Travel

I've spent literally months of my life in London, shacked up at every hotel known to man, but I'm rarely truly satisfied. The nicest five star places in town are usually full of fanfare and an explosion of luxury cars…

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Ksar Char-Bagh: Marrakech

Posted on November 8, 2010 Under Travel

A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure visit to Ksar Char-Bagh in Marrakech courtesy of my friends at Mr and Mrs Smith. Truthfully, calling it a hotel would be like calling your best friends palace a hotel. Your…

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The Standard's Manneken Pis

Posted on December 10, 2009 Under Design

Hilarious: The Standard hotel in Miami had these great little replica's of the famous Belgian bronze fountain sculptures– but this time they're, well, in the spa. While the micturating statue certainly imbues the spa with a sense of humor, it…

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The Opus Hotel: Vancouver

Posted on May 1, 2009 Under Life

On my last night in Vancouver I had the opportunity (really, the pleasure) to stay at The Opus Hotel, located in the up-and-coming Yaletown district. I've stayed at hundreds of boutique hotels around the world and was really quite surprised…

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