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Thanks to the success of the FX series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” there’s been renewed interest in the famed Italian fashion designer.
Fortunately for those who want additional insight into the life and times of Versace, they can vacation in his home, stay in his bedroom – and even sleep in his bed – at The Villa Casa Casuarina.
Excited whispers and the click of camera shutters told me we were getting close.
Sure enough, across expansive golden fields, I spotted the monument in the distance, looming above the horizon like a fortress.
Despite our group’s anticipation, I imagined that the early pilgrims who trekked to France’s Mont-Saint-Michel, a tidal island crowned by a medieval monastery, felt our excitement tenfold. After all, many had walked miles to reach this, one of the top pilgrimage sites in Christendom, bra...
To say it’s been a rough few years for Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is a gross understatement. The private island resort, consecutively ranked World’s Best by Travel + Leisure and consistently featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. A $34 million restoration process followed, during which new amenities and design elements were added while staples of the property were retained.
Life in the Florida Keys is all about simple pleasures: the joy of a perfect sunset, a cold beer, a perfectly fried fish sandwich, a good tune. Now, a new resort is elevating that traditional Keys experience with a luxurious, all-inclusive approach. Opened this winter, the Bungalows Key Largo is an adults-only enclave by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, comprising 135 private bungalows on 12 tropical acres. It’s the first all-inclusive resort in the Keys.
We may have stunning sunrises here on the east coast of Florida, but the Gulf Coast has us beat when it comes to sunsets. Over there, it’s an evening ritual to watch the sun set over the water with a drink in hand, surrounded by good company. That tradition is alive and well in Naples, and one of the most popular spots for a sunset tipple is HB’s on the Gulf at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, the only restaurant in town directly on the beach.
If you’re seeking some history and a slice of Old Florida in the Sunshine State, the First Coast – home to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the nation – is the place to be.
Likewise, if you’re looking for an Old Florida-style vacation spot with heritage, charm and an easygoing pace, you’ll find it there – at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in the picturesque seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach.
It’s water, water everywhere at Haven Riviera Cancun. From the two expansive pools to the private beach to the impressive hydrotherapy circuit in the spa, there are endless ways to chill out and revel in the lap of luxury at this adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort.
Opened in late 2018, the 333-room property – all of which are suites – is situated on 250 lush acres and was designed with a horizontal orientation to maximize ocean views from guest rooms as well as public spaces.
As summer approaches, many are facing the fact that highly anticipated vacation plans will need to be postponed or canceled altogether. Nobody knows with certainty what the future will bring for the travel industry. But we turned to Stacey Fugere, travel advisor with Boca Express Travel in Boca Raton, for her thoughts on traveling now and later.
How are you adapting to the pandemic’s effects on travel?
It’s hard to believe that, less than 100 years ago, it was considered inappropriate for women to dine in restaurants — let alone run them. Now, female chefs are helming successful kitchens across the country, and there are nearly 20 Michelin-starred female chefs in the United States today. But when it comes to gender equality in the restaurant industry, there’s still a long way to go.
The annals of entertainment history are full of famous good-cop, bad-cop duos, from Starsky and Hutch to Cagney and Lacey to Crockett and Tubbs. Now, one of the most dynamic duos of this kind can be found in an unlikely place: The Great British Baking Show.
As judges of the BBC reality show, which is also on Netflix, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood have jurisdiction over the big white tent where amateur bakers from throughout the United Kingdom put their skills to the test.
Since starting his relief organization, World Central Kitchen, 10 years ago, Chef José Andrés has helped serve more than 50 million meals to people impacted by natural disasters around the globe, from hurricanes and earthquakes to wildfires and even a volcanic eruption. But in 2020, the group faced a disaster of a different kind: a global pandemic.
When Covid struck the United States last year, it affected people and institutions much differently than a natural disaster would have.
For Halle Berry, 1989 was a major turning point both personally and professionally — specifically, her role as Emily Franklin on the ABC series Living Dolls. Not only does the Oscar and Emmy winner consider it her breakthrough role, but it was also a pivotal moment for her health. One day, while taping the show, Berry, then 32, suddenly fell into a coma. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
If you’re getting in line for a latte each time your favorite coffee chain adds a new plant-based milk to its menu, you’re not alone. These dairy alternatives are more popular than ever, and the global market for non-dairy milk is expected to reach more than $38 billion by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of more than 14 percent from 2018 to 2024, according to a March 2019 report by Arizton Advisory and Intelligence.