Hotel Art Hidden Treasures in Las Vegas Resorts

Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and James Turrell. Each a master of art, and all on display on the Las Vegas Strip. Priceless art can be found throughout many Las Vegas resorts – think lobbies, award-winning restaurants and even within guest rooms and suites.

Below are a few examples of the breathtaking art located at Bellagio, ARIA and Mandalay Bay. This is just a sampling of art available to encounter at MGM Resorts.

Welcome to Las Vegas

Guests are treated to four of Peter Lik’s spectacular landscape images while checking in at Mandalay Bay. Featuring exotic sights and locations, the images welcome guests to their much-anticipated vacation. From a quiet forest that resembles Shark Reef’s tropical paradise to a clear blue open ocean that reminds guests of the sunny Mandalay Bay Beach, these “welcome signs” entice guests to leave their worldly troubles behind and embrace the peaceful and relaxing moments that await. These remarkable photos are changed four times a year for a customized seasonal greeting.

Fashion and Fine Art

High-end fashion isn’t the only window shopping available inside The Shops at Crystals; shoppers can also enjoy two new art installations by James Turrell, one of the hottest contemporary

What to pack for your honeymoon in Italy

You’ve set the date, the arrangements are covered, and you’re ready for the big day… But what about the romantic Italian honeymoon that follows?

You want it to be as wonderful and stress-free as the wedding itself, naturally. For a little guidance, Exsus has compiled the top 10 things to consider when packing for a honeymoon in Italy:

1. Read Italian fiction

A romantic novel set in Italy is the perfect book to read on your honeymoon. Ensconce yourself in Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, with its vivid descriptions of Italian countryside living. Or there’s Anthony Capella’s The Wedding Officer, Italy’s answer to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin which captures the enduring passion for romance and Italian cooking in Naples.

2. Shoes, shoes, shoes

Italians are the experts when it comes to shoes, so bring your best designer heels for glamorous nights out. Don’t forget sandals to go from beach to bar, comfy sneakers for sightseeing, and hiking boots if you’re climbing volcanoes in the Aeolian Islands. Just make sure you’ve worn in new shoes beforehand!<yle< b=””>

Channel Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday with your refined yet relaxed city wardrobe, as you enjoy site-seeing in style. For the beach,

Where to Play Golf Eco-Style…at The Breakers Resort!

Revered as one of the world’s most iconic resort destinations, The Breakers located in storied and glamorous Palm Beach, FL, USA, boasts a rich history rivaled only by its own penchant for constant reinvention.

Fusing the relaxed formality of the French Riviera and seaside charm of the Italian coast with the timeless grace of Palm Beach, The Breakers is now entering its second century of enlightened family ownership. A pioneer in the luxury hotel segment, The Breakers invests an unrivaled $25 million each year in its ongoing revitalization and renewal, including the implementation of a number of ecologically-friendly practices to conserve resources and protect the environment. The Breakers continues the tradition of excellence begun by its founder, Henry Morrison Flagler, in 1896.
Ocean Course. Photo Credit: Nile Young Jr.Ushering in a new era of casual sophistication, The Breakers’ innovative, eco-minded initiatives have permeated not only the guest experience, but also its workplace. Long before “going green” became mainstream in the hospitality industry, The Breakers initiated a formal policy requiring its 2,000 associates to sign off on sustained guidelines to cover waste management, energy use reduction and water conservation. As a pioneer in the luxury

10 Luxury Hotels on the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches

The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon 30 miles northeast of Tahiti.

The Brando offers carefree luxury in the midst of pristine nature. With access to the island by private plane, the resort features 35 villas on white-sand beaches frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds. The resort was designed to reflect Polynesian lifestyles and culture. http://thebrando.com/
Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda

Lighthouse Bay on the western coast of the island of Barbuda is very likely the most beautiful beach in the Caribbean and may be the most amazing combination of sand, sea and sun, ever created by nature. Words are inadequate for this Barbuda Resort, a hidden gem in a quiet corner of the Caribbean. Pictures can only begin to convey that Nature has made Barbuda so remote, peaceful, and breathtakingly beautiful. Videos are spellbinding but there is nothing quite like the awe that naturally overwhelms you when you are standing on the beach on this island paradise that runs for miles in both directions. Visit this Barbuda Resort where the natural, pristine coastline glistens in an

Turkish Delight in Istanbul The Witt Suites

This delightful boutique hotel boasts 18 rooms that feel more like small apartments which are the perfect retreat in the hustle and bustle of Istanbul.

Spacious and stylish the large rooms feature marble kitchenettes equipped with a Nespresso machine, microwave and various utensils. It was perfect for an early coffee before breakfast or popping open an early evening bottle of wine. The interiors and decor were incredibly thought out and interesting from the birdcage like tables to the soft furnishings and the contrasting mirrored tiled walls. The Ross Lovegrove bathrooms feature clean designs and quite honestly I could have spent hours under the 5 head rain shower, it was simply divine. The King and Queen Panoramic rooms with terraces are an absolute must if you are visiting in the warmer months to enable sitting outside, sipping a Turkish tea and taking in the view.

Whilst the view of the city is stunning, the location of the hotel does have its pros and cons. It is set away from the busy tourist trap centre which for us was perfect as it is an incredibly short walk to the nearest tram station which whisks you to the culture hotspot of Sultanahmet, home to

Amazing Arushi Villa in Anguilla

On Anguilla’s most private piece of Rendezvous Bay oceanfront sits the ultra-luxurious Arushi Villa. This marbled-white five-bedroom residence features 15 distinct vantage points showcasing epic views of the neighboring island of St. Maarten.

Within seconds upon entering the villa’s Mediterranean-style living area, breathtaking million dollar views start coming at you in waves. Arushi Villa is oceanfront living at its finest. Your villa’s Olympic-sized pool, Eden-like garden, and uber-private beachfront are the only things between you and the Caribbean Sea.

When faced with the choice between constructing everything one could hope for in an island dream home versus choosing the perfect ocean setting, the owner threw caution to the trade winds before declaring, “In the case of Arushi Villa, why not enjoy the best of both worlds?”

Remarkable Views of the Caribbean Sea

Anguilla’s world-class reputation for beaches was not lost on the Villa Arushi grand plan. An obsession with the color turquoise is evident every time you glance outward beyond the miles of glass standing between you and Arushi’s air conditioned interior. The kitchen, dining room, and living area combine custom comfort with ever-present ocean views. A flowing floor plan accented with Caribbean elegance makes the Arushi Villa main level a cohesive gathering

Ultimate Toes in the Sand Dining at Resorts Worldwide

Whether you’re hours away from a coastline or steps away from golden sand, there’s nothing more alluring than the thought of wiggling your toes in the sand while enjoying views of the ocean, sun and delectable seafood options.

Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best toes-in-the-sand dining experiences at beachfront resorts around the world.

Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort (Key West, FL)

Held directly on the resort’s 1,100 feet of private beach, the largest in Key West, guests can indulge in the signature “toes-in-the-sand” dining experience at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. Featuring a refined menu of daily fresh catch specials, the candle-lit dinner is casual yet elegant while overlooking the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s culinary team creates a unique menu of classic Key West preparations, showcasing the freshest seafood and locally grown produce, such as Blackened Grouper with Mango-Jalapeno Salsa and Coconut-Key Lime Jasmine Rice. Diners can enjoy the sun set over white-sand shores while feeling the warm flames of the tiki torches nearby. For more information, please visit www.casamarinaresort.com.

Casa Velas (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Immersed within the rolling greens of the Marina Vallarta golf course in Puerto Vallarta, gourmet dining is one of the highlights

Top 5 Pools with a View on African Safari

The best game viewing on a luxury safari takes place in the early morning and evening when the wildlife is most active.

During the heat of the day the animals like to relax, and so you also get some down time. Most luxury safari camps and lodges will have a pool but it is those with the most spectacular pools in Africa we’d like to bring to your attention. There is nothing quite like lounging in an infinity pool in the heat of the day, watching the wildlife amble about below you, while swallows dip in and out of the crystal clear water you’re relaxing in. We all know Africa is special, but little touches like this make it even more so.

Saruni Samburu – Kenya (pictured above)

A stunning lodge built into rocks and with 95,000 hectares of private reserve surrounding it. Guests will love relaxing after game drives in the infinity pool, which has stunning views over the wild bush land all the way to Mount Kenya.

From $3,062pp for four nights all inclusive (excluding international flights)

Singita Sasakwa – Tanzania

An old colonial home located in Grumeti Reserves, which boasts 10 villas of varying size, each with their own plunge pool, but

Island of Reasons to Love the Four Seasons Resort Nevis

The Four Seasons Nevis team rolls out the red carpet long before guests check into their cottage or private villa. Upon receiving your bags at the neighboring St. Kitts airport, you’re whisked away by the personable Four Seasons attendants.

Your first VIP moment occurs during the 30-minute private boat ride via the The Spirit of Nevis. Each Four Seasons guest is given a cold towel and offered complimentary rum punch. Air travel tension soon gives way to the anticipation of your Nevis getaway.

Upon setting foot on the Four Seasons paradise-like property, there’s no need to stand in line at the front desk. Instead, guests are escorted to their luxurious Caribbean accommodations by a member of the Four Seasons staff. The staff member explains that registration comes after you’ve had a chance to unpack and settle into your accommodations. This step seems so minor, but after a long day of travel, it’s greatly appreciated.

The real fun begins after absorbing your new surroundings and the awesome views you’ll wake up to during your vacation. Guests will discover the Four Seasons wrote the book on five-star service. To enjoy this royal treatment in a Garden of Eden-like setting translates into a one-of-a-kind Nevis

From Art Dealers To Pet Dogs WestHouse Offers A Grand Luxury Stay for All

New York City, home to 245 hotels, ranging from chic boutique spots to The Plaza, is filled with luxury options for visitors. In fact, more than any one person could possibly sample, though we would relish the opportunity.

Champagne arrivals, personalized drivers, and express check-ins are all standard-issue amenities, but what about the affluent traveler who’s journeying with a range of companions in tow? We’re thinking in particular of those busy souls staying in the city for work who also want to see that their assistants, spouses, children and even pets have a great stay. WestHouse Hotel, located on a tranquil sliver just off Times Square, offers just that and more. From business-friendly accommodations (like an in-hotel 24-7 business center) to unique partnerships with fashion and art brands, to child and doggy day care, every single member of your caravan gets the deluxe treatment.

The accommodations–which range from the palatial Presidential Suite to more low-key rooms patterned on luxury apartments–have been decorated to invoke an elegant, early 20th-century bohemian townhouse. This has made the hotel increasingly popular with those visiting the city for work, vacation, or even a weekend getaway. This demographic also includes influential art curators and gallerists that often

In Istanbul A Luxurious Cocktail Of East And West Thrills The Senses

For centuries Istanbul was one of the most pivotal trading ports in the world, connecting Europe and Asia and acting as an incubator for everything from fashion to innovative political thought.

Today the city of spires still retains this bustle and energy, even as planes have replaced boats, and the international glitterati becomes a more common sight than Ottoman royalty.

Divided by the Bosporus into Asian and European neighborhoods, Istanbul straddles these dual cultural heritages with destinations ranging from traditional spice markets to Parisian-inspired haute couture boutiques. Istanbul has also recently become home to a thriving art scene, with over 117 galleries, multiple art fairs, and countless cultural offerings year-round. One of the most famous is the Istanbul Arts + Culture Festival, a three-day celebration of film, fashion, art, design, music, and cross-continental exchanges, which recently finished its 6th iteration. The event, which brought hundreds of creatives and big name artists to the city, featured screenings by TED Prize winning artist JR, panels and workshops at the futuristic Vakko Fashion Center, and a tea ceremony held by Wes Anderson film star Waris Ahluwalia in the lobby of a grand palace by the water. Istanbul, over the last decade, has become a

10 Reasons to Visit London this Fall According to Frank Laino

en reasons to visit London in the fall according ‎to Frank Laino, executive head concierge The Stafford London (pictured) who loves and knows his town inside out through all seasons.

    1. Rugby World Cup – The world’s third largest sporting event is taking place in London from Sept. 19 – Oct. 31. This exciting event brings together 20 teams from across the globe, all of which will be vying for the William Webb Ellis Cup. Matches will also take place across ten other cities in England and Cardiff. For more information, visit: http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/
    1. Frieze Art Fair – FriezeLondon is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs and features works from over 150 of the most exciting galleries in the world. This year’s festival will bring together some of London’s best-loved restaurants, bars and cafés with the return of many favourites, including Caravan and Locanda Locatelli; and new partners The Arts Club, Ibérica and Petersham Nurseries, among others. More information is available on the Frieze Art Festival website: http://www.frieze.com/
    1. Goya Portraits – The National Gallery will be presenting Goya: The Portraits from Oct.7 –Jan.10. The exhibit will showcase around 70 of the artist’s most striking and unforgiving works, derived from

The Perfect Week On Curacao

The ABC islands, part of the greater Dutch Antilles, hover just above South America on a sunny stretch of the Caribbean miraculously outside the region’s Hurricane belt.

They are composed of Aruba, the most popular (and populous) island, Bonaire, and Curacao—an unspoiled gem that boasts world-class diving, pristine natural beaches, and colorful, UNESCO-listed Dutch colonial architecture. Despite its cosmopolitan hotels, secluded beaches, and exotic food—which range from traditional Dutch street fare to haute Afro-Cuban fusion—Curacao still remains somewhat of a secret to even the travel-savvy set. That’s about to change, however, as JetBlue recently unveiled direct flights from JFK to Curacao. In just four hours, tired and weary city-dwellers can find themselves snorkeling in the vibrant blue waves of the Playa Knip or enjoying palm frites as they stroll down the historic district of Willemstad.

With so many options on the island to choose from, we’ve culled together a list below of the perfect week (with a little delicious slice of everything).

Saturday

Unfortunately for now JetBlue only flies to Curacao on Saturdays and Tuesdays, so we recommend leaving on a Saturday for a no-stress, weekend-maximizing arrival.

If you’re on a romantic retreat, we recommend the Papagayo Hotel and Resort—one of the island’s newest

Adventure Meets Luxury at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Highway 41 from Fresno-Yosemite International Airport is our route to Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, just two miles from Yosemite National Park’s south entrance.

The one-hour drive transitions from level farmland to undulating hills of olive groves and vineyards, and then ascends through the Sierra National Forest to emerge at the doorstep of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite at an elevation of 5,288 feet — over a mile high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

We’ve never been to Yosemite and are excited to take a peek, so we decide to continue past the lodge into the park. The crescendo of our climb is Tunnel View. Nothing prepares for the epic beauty of this iconic vista — I imagine the entrance to heaven! We look across at the towering granite cliffs of El Capitan (the world’s largest rock monolith), Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks and Bridalveil Fall. I’ve been around the world and can’t remember a more majestic sight.
Tenaya Lodge Contemporary Suite living room

My husband and I have come seeking a romantic weekend in a natural setting. This year, on its 25th anniversary, Tenaya Lodge is undergoing a complete room renovation and has introduced a tranquil, adults-only area with Garden

Your Hotel’s 3Bs Better Business Blogging

Look at any women’s fashion publication, and you’ll see that the Bohemian look is coming back into vogue. This year’s fashion trends are also touting ’70 style jeans with vintage-inspired “repair and restitched” detailing. Hot shoe trends include “flatforms” and blocked heels. And the prognosticators at Pantone tell us that “an eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times…remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of wellbeing.” So who cares? Business cares. And they care because what’s new and different (even if it is a throw-back) sells.

Just as fashion has its own look, every industry has its own language that periodically interjects new words into its lexicon. Buzzwords that insiders use to make what they do sound as though it is something new and mysterious. Why? If I were cynical, I would say to sound important; to sell product or services. If I were honest, I’d say the same thing. Computer gurus talk about RAMs, WANs, and gigabytes. Financial experts tout SmallCaps, IPOs, and Leaps. Hoteliers banter back and forth about OTAs, REVPAR, and revenue

Aligning Pricing and Operations for Personalization

Many hotel companies are beginning efforts towards personalizing the guest experience. Hoteliers are banking on personalized treatment being the differentiator that will drive guests to interact directly with the hotel, bypassing third party distributors and their expensive commissions. For most companies this means they plan to use guest’s expressed needs and preferences as well as their behavior to create individualized communications, offers or experiences. From the website through pre-stay planning, on-property activities and post-stay communications, guests should be treated as though the hotel “knows” them. Presumably, information gathered about their reactions to this treatment will be than used to improve the guest experience for future stays.

While on the surface, personalization seems to be strictly in the domain of marketing, when you dig in, it will clearly require a cross-functional effort to properly execute. It would be very easy for marketing, without access to crucial information about demand patterns and operational conditions, to over incentivize guests, put unreasonable pressures on operations, or dilute revenue through excessive discounting. Personalized offers and experiences must not only be relevant and meaningful to the guest, but they have to be profitable for the company. Without a view to demand patterns and pricing opportunities delivered by

Increase Your Brand Reputation by Listening to Social Content

Your brand reputation translates directly into higher revenue, and nowhere is brand reputation influenced more than online. What is important to understand is that reviews are only one place where brand and experiences are being shared.Get too focused on them, and you miss the off-the-cuff tweet about a great meal, or a complaint to friends about a bed that’s too hard, or a pool that needs some work.

This social currency, online reputation, directly influences a hotelier’s sales volume: good reputation, higher sales — poor reputation, lower sales. The upshot is that in the hospitality industry, increasing your reputation (and revenue) means listening to social content and basing your business decisions on the feedback you receive from guests. And I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but remember that good reputation isn’t just for high-end establishments. There’s a lot to be said for value for money, and smaller, more modest establishments can often gain the most from careful management of their online reputation.

An article recently featured on Customer Experience Report encourages a focus on Return on Experience, rather than Return on Investment. This customer-centric viewpoint represents an excellent perspective to adopt; the genesis of any revenue increase is found in

Coaching vs. Managing in the Age of the Millennial

Already outnumbering boomers in the general population, millennials are set to represent the largest segment of the U.S. workforce by 2018. And when they do, the mindset of this tech-savvy, feedback-hungry generation will require a fundamental change in the way hotel managers interact with, motivate, and evaluate the performance of their workers.

It all points to a shift from traditional top-down management to a coaching approach.

In sports, managers look at the big picture and make in-game decisions while coaches focus on optimizing individual performance. When a pitcher is having challenges mid-game, the pitching coach goes out to the mound to get the player back on track. But if the problems continue, the manager pulls that pitcher in an effort to turn the game around.

In the hotel industry, managers historically have tried to play both roles. As more millennials enter the workforce, however, managers will need to shift their focus and concentrate more on the coaching aspect (mentoring) of their job. Their primary focus: to remove impediments to individual success, provide feedback that will drive performance and engagement, and create better job enrichment approaches for their workers.

Mobile tools now put the equivalent of an athletic coach’s courtside view literally into the

A Fun Birthday Celebration Suggestion

If your son or daughter is having their birthday party soon, you should propose a Karaoke Party. They’re going to definitely have an excellent time singing alongside all their good friends and everybody is actually going to like the get together.

This could be a wonderful party for any age group and just about all you’ll need to have is a Music Player and also a space for you to prepare. After the visitors get started arriving in, they’re able to select music they would like to perform plus have a good time singing together with everyone else. You may even have fun playing a number of tracks that anyone can sing as a group to completely make certain everyone is having an excellent time. Snack foods and also sweets can be more than just pizza as well as soft drinks. You’ll be able to include things like music note molded cookies or food items which are brought up within some of the songs they might sing. In order to take it even further, every little one may even wear a costume as their most favorite artist so that they are able to love their time period in the limelight

Indicators You Are in an Unhealthy Relationship

Discovering out almost all of the particular signs associated with an unhealthy relationship can easily be difficult to deal with. If might ever already been in the relationship in which is steady and amazing and after that move in order to a connection that is actually unhealthy, that might always be easier, however if detrimental relationships are generally all you have ever recognized, you may possibly not know just just how great some sort of stable partnership can end up being. Ladies, in this article are the actual top indications of a good unhealthy romantic relationship that a person should seem for. In the end, all of us allneed healthy and also well-adjusted romantic relationships, right? Therefore, let’s take a look at the indications of a unsafe connection so that will you can easily see in the event that you tend to be in 1.

1 of typically the clearest indicators of a great toxic relationship is in which you regularly are having your companion for given. Do anyone just presume that he or she is heading to keep with a person? Do anyone assume that will your girl is proceeding to group your lunch break every day time? These