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Six of the hottest new hotels to check out—and into— for April

Sunnier times are ahead, and what better way to welcome spring (and look forward to summer) than dreaming up your next holiday. Fortunately, we’ve sought out some of the hottest new hotels to kickstart your planning – from a ruggedly handsome Aegean retreat to a reimagined Roman palace.   Nomad Mykonos MYKONOS, GREECE A hillside hideout far from the Mykonos

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Meet the fifth generation Hawaiian family who are changing chocolate

“I’d like to introduce you to a dear friend of mine. He’s very intelligent, he’s highly evolved, he’s handsome and delicious and very shy,” tour guide Alexandria Webster said mischievously. “Friends, this is Theo.” Partially expecting an eligible bachelor to come sauntering around the foliage of the 46-acre Lydgate Farms in Kapaa, Kaua’i, we quickly learn that Theo is short

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A glamping retreat with a country store just opened in Texas

Outdoorsy Hill Country is a new luxury glamping retreat set in Hill Country, Texas. Surrounded by rolling hills, the retreat, set on 32 acres, offers guests access to 22 all-season canvas glamping tents, a cafe and bar, a country store, an events lodge and a network of trails through nearby Fredericksburg.  A large spring-fed watering hole is a centerpiece of

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This luxury tour operator just added Africa to its travel portfolio

Classic Vacations, a global luxury travel company, is expanding its portfolio to include luxury offerings on a new continent: Africa. Classic’s Africa portfolio launches with a range of carefully crafted itineraries designed to highlight southern Africa’s most iconic destinations and hidden gems. Whether travellers are seeking adventure in the wilderness, cultural immersion in vibrant cities, or just relaxation, there will be a tour to

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Here’s what it’s like diving with whale sharks in La Paz, Mexico

As the boat skimmed across the water, a massive shadow rose from the depths below. “Shark! Shark!” Cristian yelled, and cut the engine. Moments later, an ominous, black dorsal fin sliced through the surface. Seated on the edge of the boat, I fumbled for my mouthpiece and adjusted my snorkel mask. Then, taking a final shaky breath, I jumped. At

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Five of the prettiest European flower festivals to visit this spring

Europe is home to some of the world’s most beautiful flower festivals. These festivals not only celebrate the ephemeral beauty of flowers but also serve as cultural showcases, enticing travelers from around the world to immerse themselves in the splendor of Europe’s floral heritage. Here are our five top picks to attend this spring! Maderia’s Flower Festival From May 2

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Inside the Italian town that gave us Parmesan cheese

On a trip to the grocery store the other day, I found myself standing in the pasta aisle. Stocked between the packages of linguine and penne, rigatoni and fusilli, and hovering above exorbitant rows of pre-mixed jars of pasta sauce, were an army of plastic shakers, crammed with Parmesan cheese. Grabbing one, I rolled the container over and skimmed the

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Stats say Canadians are ready to spend big on their next vacation

American Express Travel released its 2024 Global Travel Trends Report, highlighting the inspiration and trends driving global travel bookings this year. The report reveals that Canadians rank as the second highest global market for anticipated average trip spend and are prioritizing spontaneous, bucket list, and once-in-a-lifetime vacations. A summary of the Canadian findings from the American Express Travel 2024 Global

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Luxury motels are trending—but should you book a stay?

Boutique motels, with their modest room count, old school hospitality and all-around affordability are an ideal choice for travellers from all walks of life. A few years ago, if you’d told me that I would be willingly spending my weekend at a motel, I probably would have laughed. If countless road trips across Canada—and one too many reruns of Alfred

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A Four Seasons resort is coming to Los Cabos this May

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol is open for reservations and will begin welcoming guests as of May 1, 2024. Ideally located on the southern coast of the Baja in the heart of the Los Cabos Golden Corridor, the luxury resort community of Cabo Del Sol is home to a vibrant, Riviera-style village that includes the new Four

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30 female-led tours that celebrate International Women’s Day

According to data from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) data, women in tourism comprise a significant portion of the sector’s workforce, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of the total employment. This marks a substantial increase from 2010 to 2019, highlighting a 24 per cent surge in direct female employment within the sector, increasing from 38.6 million to

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Eurail is adding more routes for those who crave “slow travel”

Eurail has partnered with its rail network to offer customers new cross-border routes, new partnerships with rail carriers, and new itineraries to explore. In 2023, Eurail sold more than 1,000,000 passes for the first time in the company’s history. For travellers looking for an authentic, slow travel experience, Eurail is an increasingly popular choice. Highlights for 2024 Some timely highlights

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Cayman Islands answers Canadian demand with more flights

As travel continues to rebound following the pandemic, the Cayman Islands continues to steadily climb back to 2019’s arrival levels and market share. Last year the destination saw record-breaking arrivals including the destination’s best Q1 and best ever March on record for Canadian visitation. The steady increase in Canadian visitation has also led to an increase in airlift to five

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Contiki launches island-hopping trip to the Philippines

Contiki recently launched its first trip to the Philippines. The new nine-day and 13-day Island Hopping tour visits some of the country’s most famous tourist hotspots and unique hidden gems on the Palawan Island.  The nine-day version goes to Puerto Princesa, Port Barton, and El Nido, and includes many island adventures. Some of these include a boat ride through the

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Winter Haven Miami Beach shows off new art deco rooms

Winter Haven Hotel Miami Beach, an iconic 70-room Art Deco boutique hotel, ideally located along Ocean Drive, has unveiled a renovation with fully re-imagined guest rooms. The newly revamped hotel exudes retro charm and classic elegance, drawing inspiration from the 50s-style representation of leisure destinations and its iconic oceanfront location. Elevated by a warm palette with a predominance of pink

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