June 30, 2013 |
Glamour plus camping equals "glamping. " Thanks to this website, you'll never have to pitch a tent. Name: Glamping.com What it does: Sources glamorous camping options the world over - from floating lodges in Cambodia to luxe treehouses in Italy. What's hot: The site defines different glamping opportunities. I liked that it organized them both by destination and by categories, such as tents, villas and huts; cubes and eco-pods; yurts and tepees; and more. I found tented suites in Kenya, a Four Seasons tented camp in Thailand, solar-powered tents in Australia; and luxury yurts in Britain.
June 27, 2013 |
The Fountains of Bellagio are America's top tourist attraction, according to TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards . Since opening in 1998, the shimmering, dancing fountains - about 1,200 in all - have delighted visitors to the Las Vegas Strip with more than 190,000 performances. The displays are choreographed by WET Design of Los Angeles, the fountains' creators. The latest additions to the musical repertoire - “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” by the Beatles, “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, and “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller - highlight the range of tunes to which the fountains dance.
June 14, 2013 |
The most and least expensive summer destinations in the U.S. both offer lots of sand, sun and palm trees. Honolulu was ranked the most expensive summer destination on an annual ranking by the travel website TripAdvisor. Las Vegas was ranked as the cheapest vacation spot. Los Angeles came in as the sixth most expensive, largely because hotel prices have jumped nearly 30% in the last year. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The ranking was based on the total cost of a one night stay at a four-star hotel, drinks and dinner for two and a round-trip taxi ride.
January 29, 2013 |
When it comes to top luxury hotels in the U.S., the West seems to be a favorite with the TripAdvisor crowd. More than half of the top 25 U.S. luxury hotels in the Travelers' Choice 2013 picks are located in Hawaii, California, Arizona and other western states. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island was the big winner as No. 1 as the best luxury hotel and the top hotel in the U.S. and the world. In the luxury hotel category, it's followed by the private residence-turned-hotel Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, S.C., at No. 2. Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where eight wine-tasting rooms in the Napa Valley are within walking distance of the hotel, came in No. 3. Other luxury hotels in the West include: - Four Seasons Seattle at No. 4; - The Grand Del Mar in San Diego at No. 5; - Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele in Lanai City, Lanai, Hawaii, at No. 7; - Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur at No. 8; - Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Ore., at No. 9; Among hotels in the United States, the Hotel California in Palm Springs was named best hotel for service, the Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M., as the top small hotel; the Point Clear Cottages in Fairhope, Ala., as the best B&B; and SeaCoast Inn in Hyannis, Mass., as best bargain hotel.
January 10, 2013 |
Travelers love relaxing at spas, and spa hotels in California and Las Vegas ranked in the top 10 places to unwind in the United States, according to TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions . Four Seasons Resort/The Biltmore in Santa Barbara (average price, $436 a night), Ojai Valley Inn and Spa in Ojai (average price, $317 a night) Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village in Westlake Village (average price, $230 a night) and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas won high marks from travelers as the best blissful retreats.
December 11, 2012 |
Media mogul John Malone's Liberty Interactive Corp. has acquired a controlling stake in TripAdvisor, the popular travel website, from Barry Diller and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation. Liberty Interactive is spending $300 million for 4.8 million shares of TripAdvisor at $62.50 per share. Liberty will now hold nearly 60% of voting stock and more than 20% of the company's total equity. The purchase price represents a premium of more than 60%. After news of the change of control was announced Tuesday, TripAdvisor stock was up more than 20% from its Monday close of $38.39.