Weekend getaway: Escape to a luxury ranch resort 3 hours from Austin – Entertainment & Life – Austin American-Statesman

It’s not every day you lead a horse to water. The phrase rolls across my mind, making me smile, as I ride a dappled Appaloosa named Van Gogh straight into the middle of a pond. Saddled atop Van Gogh, cowgirl-boot deep in the cool water, my smile breaks into laughter watching this gentle giant gleefully stomp and splash beneath the blazing Texas sun.

I’ll admit I have absolutely no idea what I am doing, but I feel confident under the adept guidance of equine expert Jon Joseph, who leads the one-of-a-kind equestrian experiences that unfold at The JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa. Joseph assures me, shouting from the shoreline, that Van Gogh is relishing his refreshing dip — an impromptu diversion on our hot and dusty, cactus-riddled trail ride. And truth be told, I am, too.

RELATED: Texas beach escape: 5 ideas for fun while social distancing in Port

Read More

Pick up a luxury luggage deal with Amazon Prime Day and be set for that travel bubble

While travel doesn’t appear to be on the horizon for many Australians just yet, there’s no harm in preparing yourself for when the glorious time comes.

You’ll also save a few dollars if you plan in advance — why leave your travel purchases until the last minute when you can save on luggage now and be ready to go at a moment’s notice?

As part of Amazon Prime Day 2020, Amazon is heavily reducing prices across a range of luxury luggage brands, giving you the perfect opportunity to get ahead.

Here are some of the best deals running from now until the sale finishes at 11.59pm October 14 AEDT:

Samsonite 69cm Cosmolite 3 Spinner Hardside Luggage – $429.00 (RRP $799.00)

Samsonite 75cm Prodigy Hard Spinner – $299.00 (RRP $599.00)

Samsonite 71cm Base Boost 2 Spinner Expandable Suitcase – $149.00 (RRP $379.00)

Knomo 15” Brompton Classic Dale Leather Tote Backpack –

Read More

Minor International and Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels exude luxury with its beachfront abodes and lush oasis outdoors

One of Malaysia’s most ambitious resort launches in recent years finally welcomed its first residents earlier this year in what is arguably the country’s fastest evolving tourist destination.

The result of a joint venture between Minor International and local firm Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd (a subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional Bhd,), Anantara Desaru Coast Residences is the first Malaysia-based investment by the Thai hospitality giant and is another major step towards placing Desaru Coast firmly on the radar of both global tourists and affluent homeowners. The JV’s landmark project, which is already generating a considerable buzz in the Johor Bahru region, now looks set to reach a much greater audience with its recent success at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (Malaysia) in September. 

The exclusive 20-unit residential project, which is operated as part of the wider 123-key Anantara Desaru Resort & Villas was awarded two of the

Read More

The Best New (and Newly Updated) Luxury Hotels to Visit in New England This Fall

The world may feel like a very different place than it did last autumn, but thankfully nothing has changed the changing of the seasons. Fall still brings the colorful kaleidoscope of transforming foliage, best experienced in New England, the country’s leaf-peeping capital. This season, several new (and newly updated) topflight hotels are beckoning sophisticated travelers to their stylish suites, luxe spas, locavore restaurants, expansive grounds and the autumnal views that accompany them.

In the Berkshires, wellness-resort brand Miraval has opened its third outpost on the 380 acres of the former Cranwell destination spa in Western Massachusetts. In addition to the 44 rooms and suites at the property’s Wyndhurst Manor & Club—including the original, Tudor-style Mansion—Miraval Berkshires impresses with a series of classic white-clapboard cottages with accommodations for 100 (the best are the spacious king suites) as well as a 29,000-square-foot spa. Its hundreds of offerings, encompassing spa treatments, fitness classes

Read More

A luxury travel guide to Ensenada, a beautiful coastal city on Mexico’s Pacific Coast

Dreaming of a luxurious sunshine getaway in 2021? Then look no further than Ensenada – a pretty and diverse city that is located just 108 miles from the border with the USA, and hailed as the cosmopolitan cousin of hedonistic Tijuana. Here, you might feel as if you’re stuck somewhere between two countries, with English menus in US dollars a common site – but make no mistake, this culturally rich destination has got plenty to offer, and attracts everyone from cruise ship passengers and drive-by tourists from California, to mainland visitors, who mix seamlessly with the seasoned locals.

But while Mexican cuisine and culture is still evident here, you can also expect to find everything from authentic French food to tasteless American t-shirts at the many shops, cafes and restaurants that line the streets. Filled with unique landmarks and people from all walks of life, it’s a foodies’ delight, with

Read More

Bereft Of Jet Set, NY Luxury Hotels Welcome Last-minute Locals

John Farrell and his wife booked a $1,000 room in the morning and were in New York hours later for their one-night stay.

The couple is part of a new local and last-minute clientele keeping the lights on at the city’s most luxurious hotels now that the coronavirus has chased off the international jet set.

The yellow taxis and limousines that used to pile in front of swanky hotel The Pierre are gone. So are the crowds of foreigners mingling in the lobby.

A security officer sits in the lobby of The Pierre hotel, a shadow of its former self amid the coronavirus pandemic A security officer sits in the lobby of The Pierre hotel, a shadow of its former self amid the coronavirus pandemic Photo: AFP / Angela Weiss

The Central Park hotel once hosted galas and welcomed celebrities — everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to, more recently, Lady Gaga.

But with the coronavirus pandemic in full swing it is a shadow of its former self: Following six

Read More

Cabo luxury resort offers some of the best food in Mexico

In western Mexico where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, the coastline’s beauty is truly mesmerizing. Here in Los Cabos, many luxury resorts attract travelers throughout the year with gorgeous ocean views, upscale facilities and, of course, stunning beachfront locations on golden sand.

The recently-opened Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal is the luxury brand’s first resort in Mexico and it was created to fit in perfectly with the dramatic, surrounding natural landscape. Formerly operating as the renowned Resort at Pedregal (an award-winning ten-year-old property), this new Waldorf Astoria unveiled its new name in late 2019 and has taken luxury accommodations to an elevated level.

An impressive retreat in every sense of the word, this unique resort provides an elegant yet casual, beachy ambiance throughout the expansive property.

Pool at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos PedregalPool at Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal — Photo courtesy of Marla Cimini

From the moment of arrival at the outdoor

Read More

Luxury Thai Hotels Opening in Pandemic Bet on 5-Star Quarantine

(Bloomberg) — A slew of luxury hotels opening in Thailand amid the Covid-19 pandemic are pinning their hopes on a government plan to lure high-spending tourists, betting those seeking five-star quarantine will help cushion the devastation wrought on the travel industry.

About half-a-dozen luxury hotels that opened in Bangkok during the pandemic, or will open soon, from Four Seasons, Kempinski and Capella are likely to benefit from a new visa aimed at attracting long-stay visitors, high-spenders and medical travelers to put the economy back on a growth track.

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace

© Bloomberg

The main entrance at Lebua at State Tower on Oct. 1.

Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

While Thailand has weathered the virus outbreak better than most other Southeast Asia nations, it is faced with one of its worst recessions on record because of the loss of tourists, who in 2019 pumped $62 billion into the economy.

Targeting luxury travelers who stay longer

Read More

Luxury Vacation Rentals, Flight Attendant Travel Hacks, REAL ID Driver’s Licenses And More

Why Vacation Rentals Are Ideal for Remote Workers

Need to get away this fall but aren’t ready to stay at a hotel or resort just yet? For those who can work from home through the end of the year, a long-term rental property may be just the answer. From Arizona to South Carolina, here are vacation homes that offer luxurious amenities—and seclusion.

These Countries Will Grant Citizenship Based on Ancestry

If you don’t want to buy citizenship (and a second passport) by investing a large amount in another country, many nations will grant it to descendants. Americans with at least one parent who was an Irish citizen at the time of their birth, for instance, are automatically considered Irish citizens. Italy and Poland have similar lineage rules. Here’s a guide to countries that will grant citizenship based on ancestry.

A TikTok-Famous Flight Shares 13

Read More

Luxury hotels are offering ‘school-cation’ packages’ with tutors and poolside classrooms

Luxury hotels across the US, Mexico and Caribbean are now offering ‘school-cation’ packages that offer poolside cabana classrooms, in-person tutors, and cultural art classes to entice guests amid the pandemic.

In Pittsburgh the Kimpton Hotel is offering a virtual learning package that includes an on-site Chief Virtual Officer to help kids set up their virtual learning platforms, supply snacks and school supplies.

The Kimpton Field Trip package also allows parents to purchase a second room for extra space for an additional $99, with one night stays in suites starting around $300.

The new ‘school-cation’ trend is offering new ways to help kids with their schooling through tutoring, entertainment for ‘recess’, and pool swims or fly-fishing as an option for gym.  

In Pittsburgh the Kimpton Hotel is offering a virtual learning package that includes an on-site Chief Virtual Officer to help kids set up their virtual learning platforms, supply snacks and

Read More