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November 30, 2013
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is truly majestic. This all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has something for everyone, but upgrade to the adults-only section and you will not be disappointed. With the upgrade you have an assigned butler 24/7 as well as two private swimming pools with Bali beds and numerous restaurant choices. The grounds are immaculate, and every employee has a smile. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana; (809) 221-9898, http://www.majestic-resorts.com Lynette Baker Santa Barbara
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Snow levels dropped across the Southland on Friday, transforming some the higher elevations into a winter wonderland. Weather officials on Friday said they've had reports of snow as low as 3,800 feet and are expecting the snow level to drop even lower.  "We've had reports of 3 to 4 inches at elevations above 5,000 feet and we've also had a report of snow as low as 3,800 feet as early as 7:30 a.m. this morning," said meteorologist Scott Sukup...
HEALTH
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight. There is, however, the possibility of an alternative performance; we'll call it "Biggest Loser" lite. The setting? The hills above Malibu. The Biggest Loser Resort is definitely a resort, with lots of wood and glass in the main building nestled among tall evergreens, a hot tub, delicious spa food served by waiters and other amenities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 | By Scott Gold
AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Pretty regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay and dreadful down in Pismo, but here, the hills cut through the fog and leave a little circle of sunshine. It's a microclimate, technically. But locals like to think of it as a halo. Things often seem to just happen here, whether it's a feeding frenzy of humpback whales in the bay or a nude volleyball game over at Pirate's Cove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Those pressed to defend John Wayne's legacy in Newport Beach are quick to point to the evidence that his name still stands strong in the seaside town: He's buried here, his old boat still bobs in the water, and the county airport is named in his memory. But Wayne's burial place remained unmarked for nearly 20 years. His boat has been sold off. And the airport has been a source of annoyance to his old neighbors for decades. Now another, smaller piece of Wayne's legacy is being erased in the city where he once lived and partied.
NEWS
October 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Weekend visitors to Las Vegas seeking a less-frenetic experience may want to grab this bargain: an all-inclusive stay at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, overlooking a beautiful lake about 40 minutes east of the Strip. The deal: The All-Inclusive Weekend Package  is priced at $199 per couple per night. The special rate, which the hotel says represents a 44% savings, includes a breakfast buffet, plus lunch and dinner in Rick's Café. All non-alcoholic drinks are also included.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Maurice Lyons, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians during the construction of a sprawling casino-resort that was a $250-million gamble to pursue more of the self-sufficiency for the tribe he'd long advocated, died Wednesday. He was 63. Lyons died at his home on the Morongo Reservation, said Michael Fisher, a tribal spokesman. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lyons was elected tribal chairman in 2001 and stepped down in 2006, citing an illness that forced him to reduce his responsibilities.
NEWS
October 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
There's a new entry in the ever-evolving hotel scene in Hawaii, and it has a desirable oceanfront location in posh south Maui. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa becomes the 10th property to bear Hyatt's intimate Andaz brand and the first at a resort destination. After passing over an entry footbridge spanning an infinity pool, guests are invited to slip off their shoes and wiggle their toes in a sandpit that's right in the lobby. Tablet-carrying hosts eliminate the need for the traditional check-in desk.  Lodging choices include 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxurious villas boasting two to four bedrooms each.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs is discounting rooms by 20% for those who visit at least two nights through the end of the year. Fall and winter are the best times to see California's deserts - and you might even decide to plan a holiday stay. The deal: The Autumn Sale discounts room rates by 20% for two nights and 30% for three nights or more. Use the code "AHSALE" when making a reservation online or by phone. The hotel has 530 nonsmoking rooms, all with balconies or patios.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Fitness and wellness will be the watchwords of an upcoming, four-day experience at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua amid the lush setting of the northwest shore of Maui. “E malama kou kino” (“Care for Your Body”) will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 at the AAA five-diamond resort . A variety of workout sessions and interactive seminars are planned. Among the experts leading the sessions will be Robert Ferguson of Diet Free Life , Beth Shaw and her team from YogaFit , and strength and conditioning coach Nick Tumminello of “ Performance University .”  The daytime events are complimentary for overnight hotel guests.
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