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Tuscany's Principe di Piemonte Wants To Gift You The Med

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  Site Where: Piazza Puccini 1, Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy, 55049
July 23, 2014 at 8:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Does getting free access to the beach at your beach hotel sound like it should be a given? You obviously haven’t been to Italy. Il bel paese is also the land of privatized sand, and even when your hotel owns a strip of it, there’s no guarantee it’ll include access in the room rate.

Which is why the summer deal just announced by the Principe di Piemonte in Viareggio, on the Tuscan coast, is actually a good one. Viareggio has a spectacular beach, but it’s practically all private. Not even the Principe – the best hotel in town – has its own beach, though it does have access to one, and normally charges each guest €35 ($47) per day to enter.

From today until 31 August, though, if you stay for at least three nights, they’ll cover the beach cost: entry, one sunshade, two deckchairs and one sunlounger. You also get access to a seawater pool, but why would you need that when the Mediterranean is right there, sparkling at you?

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Meet The Coachella Valley Hotel With Its Own Waterpark

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  Site Where: 41-000 BOB HOPE DRIVE, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270
July 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we were writing about Palm Springs all last week, we were trying to stick to hotels in Palm Springs itself. But as well as the 10 in town that we already mentioned, there’s another desert pool that deserves a mention: that of the Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage.

We say pool – but actually, it’s a waterpark. Yes, a hotel with its own waterpark. Splashtopia Water Playground is 2 acres of family-friendliness, with a sandy beach, 100-foot waterslides, a 450ft ‘lazy river’ (traversable by inner tube), a ‘cliffside’ Jacuzzi, water play zones with sprinklers and fountains, as well as an adults-only pool, Azure. As if that wasn’t enough, they also have ‘dive-in movies’ every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, featuring animated family-friendly films, like Frozen and Despicable Me 2.

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10 Essential Palm Springs Hotel Pools

July 16, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (4)


The adult pool at the Parker

Palm Springs: a place so good we’re devoting an entire week to it. To celebrate summer in the desert, longtime Palm Springs lover juliab will be sharing tips for the perfect PS stay all week.

First we told you how to get there on the cheap. Then came your must-stay hotels. Today, let’s move onto the pool scene.

Pools are difficult, of course, because everyone wants something different from them. I want to do a bit of swimming. You want to tread water under the sun wearing your brand new fedora. He wants to read by it. She wants to drink so much that she vomits on it. And that couple – you know there’s always that couple – wants to dry-hump in it. Is there one Palm Springs pool to rule them all? Not really. But here are 10 that might get you what you want.

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Topnotch Resort Brings Hamptons-Style Pool Parties to...Vermont?

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  Site Where: 4000 Mountain Rd. [map], Stowe, VT, United States, 05672
July 15, 2014 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

Skiing is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Stowe, Vermont. (And quite possibly Anywhere, Vermont.) But non-New Englanders might not realize it’s quite the summer resort too. There are towering Green Mountain views, and it’s only 45 minutes away from big, blue Lake Champlain.

And bringing a little extra bump and grind to the pastoral land of bed and breakfasts is Topnotch Resort and Spa, which reopened last summer after a major renovation that turned it into a sleek, almost citified destination that appeals to well-heeled thirty-something crowds that want craft beer scenes and tiered patio pools, not crocheted couch slipcovers. And this season they’ve upped the ante with “Topnotch Summer,” a so-dubbed series of pulse-quickening programs.

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McCarren Hotel & Pool in Brooklyn Has a New Look (And New Poolside Passes)

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  Site Where: 160 North 12th Street [map], Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11249
July 15, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Views of the Manhattan skyline from the new rooftop lounge, Sheltering Sky, are truly incredible - and your hair style remains relatively intact

Only a couple months into the launch of Chelsea Hotels, a family of five New York hotels, things are moving along swimmingly for the Brooklyn resident, McCarren Hotel & Pool (formerly Hotel Williamsburg.) The hotel wraps up its latest renovations and unwraps a new lobby, revamped rooftop lounge, and plenty of outdoor summer fun.

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Colonnade Boston Hotel Raises Its Rooftop Pool Game

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  Site Where: 120 Huntington Ave. [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02116
June 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s a tale as old as time: You get a pool. Your neighbor gets a pool. You add a hot tub. Your neighbor adds a bigger hot tub and builds a deck. You build a bigger deck, add a grill the size of a Buick, and throw a massive summer block party that becomes the talk of the neighborhood for generations hence. Your children’s children will tell tales of these kebabs.

Pool Wars: Suburbia Edition.

City hotels aren’t immune from wanting to keep up with the Joneses. So we can't help but wonder if last summer’s rollout of Rooftop @ Revere, the Revere Hotel Boston Common’s swanky seventh-floor hangout for sipping, sunning and swimming, was a contributing factor to the Colonnade Boston Hotel's splashy redo of its rooftop pool.

This summer’s heightened Colonnade experience still boasts the city’s only outdoor roof top pool. (The Revere’s pool is in a glass-enclosed annex to the terrace.) But added to the scene are billowing white cabanas available for private rental, a 12-seat full service bar, and plenty of chic new lounging areas set upon oh-so-tropical bamboo flooring.

You’ll be able to tipple pitcher cocktails with your fellow sun worshippers, and nibble on a new rooftop food menu that includes spicy rubbed swordfish tacos and Regina Pizzeria pies. (At this point, presumably, you’re already bathing suit-ready.)

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The Best Rooms to Book at Harrah's Southern California are The Newest Ones

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  Site Where: 777 Harrah's Rincon Way [map], Valley Center, CA , United States
May 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Harrah's Resort Southern California, an all-encompassing Vegas-style gaming resort just north of San Diego, has not only undergone a name change (it used to be Harrah's Rincon) but it also added an entirely new tower to its property.

Called The Resort Tower North, the 403-room tower joins the resort's two existing towers and bump up the total room count to 1,065 rooms. But these new tower rooms are clearly the ones you want to book with their modern furniture and decor and upgraded amenities. (Rooms in the older towers are very outdated.)

And if you really want to splurge, book one of Resort Tower North's 48 suites which have a killer views of the neighboring mountains. Check out two of the suite types below!

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Guess the Hotel with the Blue Staircase and Blue Pool

May 5, 2014 at 2:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

We’ve just left a hotel we’ve been meaning to check out for a while now, and while a full rundown is coming soon, we’re starting things off with a Guess the Hotel: you’ll find a few hints below, and you tell us where you think we’ve just spent the night.

· a shade of blue is where it all starts, and isn’t just a coincidence – showing up both inside in the twisting staircase above, as well as in the outdoor pool below

· inside the guestrooms, our expectations for pretty things – from funky design to quirky features – were high

· set in an up and coming neighborhood in this vibrant city, the hotel cuts a slim silhouette, but will have to throw its weight around to make a dent in the massively competitive hotel game out here

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The Palms in Las Vegas Will Now Have a Bikini Concierge on Hand

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  Site Where: 4321 West Flamingo Road [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89103
April 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last month we looked at a range of niche hotel butlers, from fireside butlers to tanning butlers and even camping butlers. We've also documented some of the more unusual specialty concierges out there (Spice Concierge, anyone?)

Today, The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas tells us of another hotel service we didn't know we needed--bikini concierge.

The Palms Pool & Dayclub has partnered up with Bikini.com for the weekly pool party, Ditch Fridays, which begins again on May 2. The bikini concierge will help gals shop for bikinis at the poolside pop-up shop which will be open on Friday and Saturday afternoons. The bikini concierge also promises to deliver bikinis to guests on property within 60 minutes.

Some of the styles on display in the shop include monokinis and two-piece styles from brands like Mikoh, Luli Fama, Bettinis, MinkPink and Solkissed. As you could probably already tell, this won't be the place to shop for modest aka Mom swimsuits. This is Vegas baby, Vegas. Let it all hang out.

Rooms at The Palms are going for $239 on May 2, but they are sold-out for Saturday, May 3. Rates drop back down to $129 on Sunday, May 4.

[Photo via Palms/Facebook]

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There's a New Water Slide in Town at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Studios

March 31, 2014 at 4:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we told you last fall, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Studios would be opening on March 31st and today, the property lived up to its promise as the resort's first guests began checking in.

You can learn more about what the guest rooms have to offer here but for now, check out this dive tower water slide that drops you out into the 10,000-sq.ft. zero entry pool in the Cabana Courtyard ("Castaway" is the name of one of the guest room towers.)

The hotel will also unveil a lazy river experience, a first for the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, on June 16th (along with Hideaway Bar and Grill, the Tower family suites and standard rooms.)

Right now the hotel is offering a special opening offer for a family suite at a standard room rate. Rooms were sold-out this weekend but we did find a family suite for $239 a night next weekend. That room can sleep up to six people (it is kind of cramped, you've been warned) and it gives the family early access to Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, along with a few other benefits.

[Photo: Cabana Bay Beach Resort]

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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Joins the Shortlist of London Hotels With Pools

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  Site Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London, United Kingdom, SW1X 7LA
March 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

As long as the list of London hotels is, there aren’t that many that come with a proper pool, and between space restrictions and historic buildings, it’s not that easy to just add one in. The solution? Dig down, which is what Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park did to accommodate a new 17-meter (56 foot) twin-lane, stainless-steel pool, fitness centre and changing areas.

Like we’ve seen at Piccadilly, the busy streets of Knightsbridge give little away of what lies underneath. As you step into the marble-filled lobby of the hotel, take the stairs on the left towards the spa, where down the long corridor, the elevator can now take you a level further into the ground, provided you have a guest key to activate it (or have one of the limited and rather expensive memberships). Rather than having the hotel above you, it’s the palatial apartments of One Hyde Park, the Candy & Candy development that arrived a few years ago amid much publicity and more than a little bit of controversy as the symbol of what real estate in the city has come to.

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8 Côte d’Azur Hotel Pools That Will Make You Wish For Summer

February 18, 2014 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our recent reminiscing about a French Riviera killer view, combined with the – quite literally – cold reality of winter in large parts of North America and Europe, has us dreaming of long summer days, bright blue skies, fragrant air, and a lot of lazy pool-side lounging, Côte d’Azur-style.

Join us for a few minutes of escapism as we look at 8 Côte d’Azur hotel pools that will make you seriously wish summer was here – and that you’ve won the lottery to fund a few weeks of leisurely living in the Mediterranean sun.

1. Cap Estel: a small hotel (just 28 rooms and suites) between Monaco and Cap Ferrat on its own private peninsula, with right at the tip a gorgeous pool for swimming while surrounded by the sea on three sides.

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