Formerly the home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew Roland, Shangri-La Hotel Paris is as elegant a hotel property as you’re likely to find in the City of Lights. From its tall, impressive black cast iron gateway on Avenue d’Ilena, domed entryway and giant Ming dynasty-inspired porcelain vases to the intricately-ornate ceiling of the grand ballroom and perfectly-proportioned staircase leading to it, the 101-room (including 36 suites) Shangri-La oozes class.
With yoga classes taught by international yoga stars, organic juice bars nearly as prevalent as Starbucks, and acoustic music sets by the newest indie band just about every evening, San Francisco has a lot of fun to offer. I made finding fun my mission on my latest visit to the city and settled in to the Hotel Zetta, a chic 116-room gem just across from Union Square in the increasingly trendy neighborhood of SoMa.[READ MORE]
While Brazil has the Amazon, Northern Chile has Atacama — the expansive desert region in the north covering 40,000 square miles and filled with explosive geysers and throngs of flamingos. It is the arid equivalent of the Amazon, and just as remarkable. Within the Atacama, secluded on the outskirts of the local village of San Pedro, is a resort that matches the enchantment of the desert wonder, the Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa.[READ MORE]