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  • Happy Spring: 5 Spots that Bring the Outdoors Inside

    After months of chilly, blustery weather -- it's official: Spring has sprung! We can literally smell it in the air. To celebrate the shedding of our heavy coats, shearling boots, and bulky sweaters, we found vacation spots that literally bring the outside in -- as in, they're missing the (non-proverbial) fourth wall. Check out our favorite open-air spots after the jump, then tell us: How do you celebrate the arrival of spring?

    Jamaica Inn -- Ochos Rios, Jamaica

    Jamaica Inn BalconyJamaica Inn Balcony

    A small, romantic resort that once drew Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, the Jamaica Inn is about quiet luxury -- a single thatch-roofed bar, a small pool, and beautiful rooms with open walls, oversize terraces and soft, colonial décor. This is not the place to party, as the resort totally shuts down around midnight -- but who needs late night entertainment when you've got nature at your own fingertips?

    Jade Mountain Resort -- St. Lucia

    Jade Mountain Resort St. LuciaJade Mountain Resort St. Lucia

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  • The Beach Palace; Hotel Zone, Cancun, MexicoThe Beach Palace; Hotel Zone, Cancun, Mexico

    1. FACT OR FAKEOUT: Snooki and J-Woww (of Jersey Shore fame) have chosen the Beach Palace in Cancun for some days of R&R while shooting their new reality show "Snooki and J-Woww vs. The World."

    Rutherford's Auberge Du Soleil has opened a pop-up shop selling several varieties of Girl Scout cookies until late June.

    Actor Jonah Hill has gone to bed in his hotel room wearing boxers and T-shirt, and woken up in a dress shirt, socks, shoes, tie… and no pants or underwear -- on several occasions.

    Lufthansa has partnered with Mandarin Oriental New York chef Toni Robertson to helm up the Economy Class menu on flights out of the U.S. to Germany during the months of March and April.

    Room service at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas now offers sexy items from the resort's erotic Love Jones boutique.

    Check out the answers here!

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  • The Hottest Hotels for Miami Fashion Week

    Miami Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday, and while other cities like New York and Milan focus on the coming sesason's ready-to-wear, Miami's Fashion Week celebrates swimwear. (And really, are you surprised?) And if you're flying South to check out the latest ready-to-swim styles, you'll need to pack a few that you already own. But don't worry, it doesn't have to be skimpy. We've picked out the best hotels to, errr, suit your style. [Ed. note: We couldn't help ourselves with that one, it was just too easy.] Check out the best hotels (for every style) for Miami Fashion Week!

    If you wear a stylish monokini, stay at the W South Beach

    Credit: iStock Photo; The Pool at the W South BeachCredit: iStock Photo; The Pool at the W South BeachThe upscale W South Beach has a sleek, modern vibe that attracts a beautiful crowd more focused on lounging in the sun than partying or forced family fun. Dense palms, colorful cushions set along the grass, and sexy wood-latticed cabanas (that cost extra, of course) surround the pool. There's no club-minded DJ, but rather ambient spa sounds and mellow,Read More »from The Hottest Hotels for Miami Fashion Week
  • Take an Inside Look at the Hotels from Prince Harry’s Jubilee Tour

    Credit: Michael Dunlea/startraksphoto.comCredit: Michael Dunlea/startraksphoto.comby Jane Reynolds, staff writer at

    In celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the back-up heir to the throne Prince Harry embarked on a 10-day tour of the Caribbean to spread British good will. And it seems he succeeded; Harry charmed locals and participated in charity work in the Bahamas, Belize, Jamaica, and Brazil in honor of his grandmother's 60 years on the throne. Though most of the celebrations will take place in London this June, Harry's tour helped to kick off the festivities and it apparently had quite an effect on the young prince, who claimed he got "choked up a little bit every now and then" at the locals' welcoming reception and love for his "Granny." And of course, it couldn't hurt that he stayed in accommodations fit for a king, errrr, prince. Get an inside look at Harry's luxe digs!

    First Stop: The Lodge at Chaa Creek -- Belize

    The Macal Cottage at The Lodge at Chaa Creek; BelizeThe Macal Cottage at The Lodge at Chaa Creek; Belize

    Prince Harry kicked off his tour in beautiful Belize, where he sipped on rum (it's no secret the prince likes to party) Read More »from Take an Inside Look at the Hotels from Prince Harry’s Jubilee Tour
  • The Best Cities to Visit This Spring

    Springtime is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: warm weather, beautiful flowers, and travel inspiration. If you're feeling that travel itch like we are, these cities are the best places to see and be seen at this spring. Take a look!

    The Driskill Hotel, Austin, TexasThe Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas
    The capital city of the Lone Star State has a youthful, hip reputation that tends to precede it. Sure, there's the massive SXSW Festival that brings the tech, film, and music industries to the city in droves, but once the crowds have departed, a thriving local community remains. Artists and the creative community are heavily supported, which has led many galleries, live music venues, and art events to spring up all over the city. Avid outdoorsmen appreciate the easily accessible nature, including miles of 193 miles of scenic walking trails. Of course, the city's awesome restaurant, nightlife, and coffee pub scene fall right in with the locals' jeans-and-T-shirt mentality. Timing your visit before the city becomes sweltering

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  • 5 Best Cities to Visit in the Rain This Spring

    Paris in the rainParis in the rain
    As much as everyone looks forward to spring after a long winter, the truth is these months are often rainy and wet, in cities all across the globe (or at least the ones in the northern hemisphere). But that shouldn't put a damper on your vacation fun; plenty of cities are at their most beautiful in the rain, and offer plenty of interesting indoor activities. Lovers of art and culture in particular will have no cause to fret. Below, find out which cities are the best to visit in the rain, and what to do when you get there.


    The Deluxe Room at the Saint James ParisThe Deluxe Room at the Saint James Paris
    There's really no better city to visit in the rain than Paris. So many songs and poems have been written about Paris in the rain that it's become a cliché -- one that recently resurfaced in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. Check out our favorite Paris activities for when it's drizzly and gray below.

    Visit the Louvre.
    No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Louvre Museum, and luckily, this is an activity that can be enjoyed in any weather.

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  • iStock_000017864785XSmalliStockSome hotels aren't interested in catering to the baby-toting crowd, and we're totally OK with that. In fact, we think it's quite sexy that some resorts require their guests to be above the age of 18 -- at least you know there's no pee in the pool, right? (Well, let's just assume.) Great for couples, empty nesters, or groups of friends looking for a quieter getaway, these five amazing adults-only vacations are sure to make even the lifelong 17-year-old in you crawl back into his bedroom for good.

    THE HOTEL: Secrets Marquis Los Cabos - Los Cabos, Mexico
    The Infinity-Edge Pool at the Secrets Marquis Los Cabos; Los Cabos, MexicoThe Infinity-Edge Pool at the Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

    • Why We Love It: With its sleek, hacienda-style rooms, giant soaking tubs and serene vibe, the Secrets Marquis is ideal for those looking to get some relaxing 'we' time with their significant other. Stressful jobs and the bustle of daily life will feel a world away in the hotel's three pools, oceanfront spa and gorgeous beach.
    • Favorite Adult Feature: You won't have to worry about kids running around -- let alone peeing-- in
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  • Oyster.Com's Best Hotel Beds EVER

    It doesn't matter if you stay in a cheap motel or at an uber-luxe hotel overlooking Central Park -- if the mattress isn't comfortable, it can ruin your entire vacation. And as you know, you can't return a bad vacation. So we at sleep on the job. You've read that correctly; we test out hotel mattresses around the globe so we can give you the low-down on which mattresses will help you catch some serious zzz's. No more counting sheep! These hotel mattresses will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

    The Mattress: Tempur-Pedic

    The Regular King Room at the Hotel On Rivington; New York City, NYThe Regular King Room at the Hotel On Rivington; New York City, NY
    • You'll love it because: Tempur-Pedic mattresses -- in every room at the Hotel on Rivington -- are like form-fitting, weight-distributing sponges created just for you. Not only are these mattresses designed to adjust with your movement -- whether you sleep on your side, stomach, back, or all three -- in order to maintain proper spinal alignment, but they are also designed to relieve pain at key
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  • Oyster’s Hotel Fact or Fakeout

    Rather than dish out our travel news in standard form, we're going to be doing it in true Oyster fashion: by presenting the latest hotel happenings in a unique, fun and 'lil bit freaky way. Every week we'll make a synopsis of goings on in our hotel collection, with crazy facts and fun stories that you'll have to try to guess if they're facts or true Oyster fakeouts. Take your chances, answer the questions, and check out the results -- you may be surprised to find out what you learn!

    The Presidential Suite at The St. Regis New York; New York, NYThe Presidential Suite at The St. Regis New York; New York, NY

    The St. Regis New York's Presidential Suite can hold 68 of The Jane Hotel's smallest rooms.

    The most expensive item on the Bryant Park Hotel's sex toy menu tops the NYC spot's nightly room rates.

    The Inn at Palmetto Bluff (in Carolina's Lowcountry) offers Alligator Tracking as part of its Adventure Program.

    SPOILER ALERT: Answers below!

    1. FACT! The Presidential Suite is 3,400 square feet, and the Bunk Bed Cabins at New York's Jane Hotel Read More »from Oyster’s Hotel Fact or Fakeout
  • Vacations that Could (Maybe, Kind Of) Kill You

    Consider yourself an adrenaline junkie? Feel the need for speed? Well, you're definitely not alone -- and lots of folks seek their thrills out when traveling or on vacation (because flying on a trapeze is way cooler when you're 3,000 miles away from home ). Before you sign your life away on one of these amazing adventures, check out all of our favorite places to get high, the natural way, of course.

    Trapeze Lessons


    • WHERE TO DO IT: The Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace Resort; Dominican Republic
    • WHY IT'S KILLER: Soar through the air (albeit while tethered to security wires) for free at this Dominican party spot. Actual circus performers teach guests how to hang upside-down by their knees while swinging 25 feet the air. While you won't be in the next Ringling Brothers show, we can guarantee that you'll get a rush from the lesson. Wind down on one of the hotel's pristine beaches, some of the best on all of the island.



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