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Oman resort

Princely Luxury Package Sells upon Omani Shores 

Located at the secluded end of Six Senses Zighy Bay on its own stretch of private beach, the Private Reserve may be the perfect answer to family resort vacations in secluded luxury and remote exotic surroundings. Read more »

Travel by Age Tiers: Profiles of Who Wants What

Travel by Age
Travel by age does matter. Each age group has its own methods and wants when it comes to travel. Count on Virtuoso to chisel the persona of each generation and illuminate just what each age group seeks in travel.

This week Virtuoso shared findings at its annual Symposium, being held this week in Hong Kong, before an audience of 485 top travel executives from 42 countries, all partners of the esteemed network.

Tapping into transactional data from its U.S. and Canadian-based agency members and culling more than six years of information and travel totaling more (U.S.) $35 billion, Virtuoso analyzed travel by age groups by the spending habits of these generation. It layered this information with input from focus groups, interviews with travel advisors, and studies from research partner Wealth Engine.  Read more »

Future Travel Experiences Will See Serious Segues

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Future travel experiences tomorrow may not look like what they are today. What motivates travel today may not be the thing that gets us going ten years from now. In fact, future travelers and future travel experiences may be so radically different that number crunchers of today are in a frenzy to pull in data from surveys and data centers to create a blueprint for what kinds of experiences travelers will be craving during the decades to come. Read more »

Wyoming Guest Ranch has all the Luxury and Wows

Brush Creek Ranch

When seeking a Wyoming guest ranch experience, one of the first things guests should ask is what can you do there. At the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch — top on Condé Nast’s Reader’s Choice awards list — the answer is actually a question: how fast can you go?

An ultra-luxury Wyoming guest ranch hideaway in the rocky southern foothills of the state, the Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch makes it possible to go fast and far, whether on the back of a spirited paint pony through stunning chaparral, down the currents of a fast river, on a racing mountain bike down a backcountry trail or by foot through shady forest paths, or through inner journeys enabled with onsite yoga and wellness opportunities.

The casual cowboy comeliness of this Wyoming guest ranch makes an art of pleasing the range of guests in need of space, sky, slow time and some easy ranch hospitality. That means families get the welcome mat, as do honeymooners, girlfriends on retreat, busy executives bent on some disappearing time, and active outdoor vacationers. The ranch’s 30,000 acres provides plenty of space for those who want to be lone on the range, and lots of social time for guests who would rather be home on the range. Cattle, horses, deer and wildlife wildly outnumber the humans. Guest residents at the ranch are spread out amongst lodge or cabin accommodations for up to 150 guests at a time.

Time here, however, is measured in experiences rather than hours. The Lodge also accommodates with a certain luxury, well deserved at the end of a long and adventurous day. There are 13 Trailhead Lodge rooms, 10 two- and three-bedroom Log Cabin Residences, and nine cabin rooms and suites. And if it’s an exclusive group, the Magee Homestead is ready with its private and secluded complex of seven historically restored cabins on a separate, but nearby, area of the ranch.

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New Shanghai Museum Shows New Force of Nature

Shanghai Museum

A new Shanghai museum is grabbing attention. As the Shanghai Natural History Museum reopens, the new home for the venerable collection may be as much an attraction of architecture as it is for the artifacts themselves.

The Shanghai Natural History Museum is the work of Perkins+Will’s Global Design, whose work is seen all over the world, including such icons as the San Francisco Ferry Building restoration.

The original Shanghai museum was established in 1956 in the former Shanghai Cotton Exchange Building in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The new 479,180 square foot museum location in the Huangpu District of Shanghai offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world through the display of more than 10,000 artifacts from all seven continents. The new Shanghai museum includes exhibit spaces, a 4D theater, an outdoor exhibit garden, and a 30-meter tall atrium that welcomes visitors with an abundance of natural light filtered through a striking glass wall inspired by the cellular structure of plants and animals. Read more »

Pre-Wedding Bashes Can Cause Pre-Wedding Woes

pre-wedding in las vegas

Pre-wedding celebrations, such as bachelor and bachelorette parties, can put a big gash in wedding party plans. Possibly the quickest way for bridesmaids to be to lose their BFF status with the bride is to decline to shell out big bucks to attend a friend’s bachelor or bachelorette getaway.  In a new survey from priceline.com, approximately 15 percent of Americans polled said they had been kicked out of the wedding party for not attending the pre-wedding occasion due to costs. Read more »

Portugal Pops to Life with Hidden Discoveries

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Portugal Story and Photos by Susan McKee

Portugal is full of surprises. Among them: assorted “hidden” communities of Jews, unusual confection creations called ovos moles, and the oldest university in Europe.

That university — established in 1290 — is in Coimbra, an ancient city on the banks of the River Mondego that was the capital of Portugal in the High Middle Ages. Tourists are attracted by the intricately detailed Manueline doorway of the University Chapel and the sumptuous University Library. On its gilded shelves are some 250,000 books on civil and canon law, theology and philosophy, dating from the 12th to the 19th centuries.   Read more »