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Westin Launches Sleep Sensor Lending Program

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It’s been a full fifteen years since Westin introduced the Heavenly bed—an icon so popular it’s since been adopted by Delta and sold to consumers worldwide. To mark the occasion, the brand is now introducing a sleep sensor lending program in collaboration with wearables company Lark Technologies—the latest in a series of wellness-related innovations by the Starwood brand.

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Video Tour of New York’s Tribeca Neighborhood



New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, often affectionately called “Hollywood East,” is one of the city's most dynamic neighborhoods. Follow our T+L guide and you’ll do it right.

Many attribute much of the transformation of Tribeca—a former no-man's land now filled with cool shops and hip restaurants—to Robert De Niro, who is the owner of the handsome, 88-room Greenwich Hotel. During the star-studded Tribeca Film Festival, this is his home base.

To get a taste of the pseudo-casual yet super hip restaurant scene now led by of-the-moment chefs like Matt Abramcyk, try his unassuming yet undeniably cool bar Smith & Mills, in a design-forward space on North Moore Street. Keep an eye on this restaurateur; he turns out new projects almost every year.

Like Tribeca itself, Aire Ancient Baths retains its old Manhattan roots but has a shiny, new veneer. The Roman-style bathhouse, formerly a 19th-century textile factory, is furnished with wooden benches made from scaffolds of the city’s Triborough Bridge. Visit for a soak and forget all about the hustle outside.

For more quick travel tips, visit travelandleisure.com/video.


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The Sleeper Scarf: Weird Mash-up or Necessary Object?

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Seemingly every day, we hear about the new “must-have travel accessory.” Sometimes they’re brilliant—Power solutions! Noise cancelling earbuds!—and some just miss the mark. Then somewhere in the middle are items we debate about furiously—like this Sleeper Scarf. Designed by a self-proclaimed frequent flier, the loop-style scarf (which comes in any of four colors) has a U-shaped neck pillow tucked into a hidden pocket. Blow it up and deflate it easily with a few breaths, or take it out of the scarf to cut the excess bulk.

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Hotel Spas to Visit Now: U Spa Barrière Shiseido

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U Spa Barrière Shiseido at the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière

In a world-class city like Paris, great hotels—and great hotel spas—are everywhere you turn. The hardest part is choosing which to visit first—a task that just got more challenging with the addition of U Spa Barrière Shiseido at the Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, located on the posh avenue George V, in the 2nd arrondissement.

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Next Great Neighborhood: Paris's South Pigalle (Video)



South Pigalle is a stylish, family-friendly, and authentic area in the ninth arrondissement of Paris that’s truly up-and-coming. Shops, boutiques, and cocktail bars lie hidden just around the corner from Montemartre and Sacré-Cœur. Sarah Spagnolo shows how to spend a day in “So-Pi."

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What are Sting's Top Hotels? We Talked Travel with the Musical Icon


Sting relived his past as a cruise ship entertainer with an intimate performance aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 earlier this week. The show took place just two days after the Broadway debut of his first-ever musical, The Last Ship, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre.

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Sniffing Out Alba's Truffle Festival


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Even more precious than the Tuber Magnatum is the dog on the scent of a truffle. In Roddi, Italy, an area just a few miles away from Alba's Truffle Fair, Daisy (a Lagotto Romagnolo) shows off how quickly she can find the precious tuber.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Holiday Travel Planning

If you missed T+L's Twitter Chat on Holiday Travel Planning, check out the best tips and tricks from the experts below:


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Ludlow Street Redux: The New New Renaissance on New York's Lower East Side

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I still remember the thrill of walking into the old Max Fish when I first moved to New York in 2007. The Ludlow Street indie rock bar was one of the last remaining holdouts of a fabled era on the Lower East Side, one marked by edgy music venues, Velvet Underground burnouts, and downtown hipsters before hipster was a look sold in SoHo retail windows. Heaps of trash and roving dope dealers still gave the block an authenticity that was under siege from frat bros and cheesy lounges—hallmarks of the modern LES. Inside, Max Fish was far removed from its '90s heyday, but vestiges of its bohemian glory remained, like the legendary jukebox and graffitied bathrooms. It smelled of stale beer, cigarettes, and sweat. It was gritty. It was perfect.

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Paris Bistros: Old and New (Video)



Paris: a beautiful, stylish destination that is on everyone’s list. But the bigger question once you’re there: where to eat? Sarah Spagnolo shares her spots for great French fare. 

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How to Shop a Paris Flea Market (Video)



Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt is an ideal Paris day trip for antiques collectors and travelers looking for great finds. Sarah Spagnolo shares how to shop in the popular Paris flea market.

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Plans for Family Booths and Couple Pods on Thomson Airways

201410-hd-thomson-family-seatingjpgWhen I traveled with my parents as a child, it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in entirely separate cabins—let alone sit together in a row.

If, however, you’re eager for maximum face-time with the kids during the annual family getaway, then Thomson Airways’ new dinner-table configuration might be your ticket.

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Q+A with Francis Mallmann: Argentina's Grillmaster

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South America’s celebrated chef and grillmaster, Francis Mallmann, just released his second English-language cookbook—a follow up to the instant classic Seven FiresMallmann on Fire, written with Peter Kaminsky, is far more than the sum of its 100 live-fire recipes. It takes us on a vibrant culinary journey around the world and into the heart of a gentleman gaucho with a peripatetic soul.

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Is Airline Elite Status Becoming Pointless?

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The global economy is up and business travelers are back in airplane cabins. Most major airlines are posting healthy profits and airlines are scrambling to score lucrative premium-cabin travelers. Just look at JFK-LAX: lie-flat beds in business class are the norm and even JetBlue is getting in on the action with its new Mint service. (I'm actually writing this post from a Mint seat with blazing fast Wi-Fi!)

So with the cash rolling in, airlines are getting stingier when it comes to leisure travelers and the perks bestowed by elite status. Starting January 1, 2015 Delta and United will stop awarding miles based on how far you fly—it’s now all about how much you spend. 

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5 New York City Songs that are Better than Taylor Swift’s


As much as we love and respect Taylor Swift as an artist and human (so much heartbreak at such a young age, yet she perseveres), as New Yorkers we’re not entirely on board with the news that she’s been selected as NYC & Company’s new ambassador for tourism. It’s not that she’s not a great representative. She’s savvy, ambitious, and articulate—like all of us. It’s just that the song that she wrote for the campaign, “Welcome to New York,” is just so…well…bland. In NYC and Co’s new promo video she rightly describes the city as bold and bright and loud. Shouldn’t the song be the same?
 
So without being too presumptuous, we’d like to nominate a few alternative tracks for the official New York City theme song.

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New App Reserve is the Uber for Restaurant Reservations


The founders of Uber have already disrupted the taxi industry worldwide—now they’re taking on the restaurant space with standalone app Reserve. The debut product by start up studio Expa (created by Uber founder Garrett Camp), launches today with service in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston. Here’s how it works.

The Basics:
Reserve will be the everyman’s digital concierge. Plug in basic parameters such as the time, date, and party size for your reservation, and it will offer a curated list of vetted restaurants that may fit the bill. Select the ones that interest you, and it will seek out tables on your behalf, updating you by text message along the way. 

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November Vacation Deals

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Florida: 61% off from Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village

Sunset Getaway package includes:
• Two nights in a Traditional room.
• Spot dolphins on a 90-minute sunset boat tour.
• Free upgrade based on availability.

Cost: $398 ($199 per night), double. November 1–December 31.

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Holiday Travel Planning Twitter Chat on Tuesday, October 28

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Have you made holiday travel plans yet? Whether you prefer the sand or snow, we're discussing travel tips and the best holiday getaways in our Twitter chat on Tuesday, October 28th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for advice!

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4 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Travel

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Wondering how you'll save big on travel this season? Travel + Leisure's Mark Orwoll gives the details on saving money during your holiday excursions.


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Tips and Trends for Holiday Travel 2014

Lower oil prices means higher profits for airlines, but what does it mean for travelers? Travel + Leisure's news editor, Amy Farley, addresses price hikes for flights during the holidays, and trends for fares during the winter season.

For more travel videos, go to travelandleisure.com/video.


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World’s Best Islands 2014 Video

Wide, white-sand beaches? Check. Photo-worthy wildlife? Check. These three islands are some of our readers’ favorites.

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Apartment Therapy’s Maxwell Ryan’s Favorite Hotels

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This post comes from our editorial partners at Oyster.com.

Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy, knows a thing or two about turning up interior charm. He started out his career as an “apartment therapist,” transforming homes into beautiful, organized, and healthy-to-live-in spaces. You could say he’s a bit of a hybrid—part interior designer and part life coach. His style is about comfort, simplicity, and a lack of clutter. Today, his website has become the go-to site for design inspiration. Since our main decor interest here at Oyster.com is hotel-focused, we asked Maxwell to turn his creative eye towards hotel design. We couldn’t wait to hear of his favorite hotel spots around the globe.

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Governor Offers $500,000 to Design Better NYC Airports

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Who can fix New York City’s crumbling airports? State governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping someone will, and recently announced a $500,000 design competition for JFK and LaGuardia in tandem with an $8 billion overhaul of the region’s international airports.

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Chefs Team Up For Taste of Waldorf Astoria

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Eggs benedict, red velvet cake, Waldorf salad, Thousand Island dressing—the world is a better place thanks to these foodstuffs. Seriously, red velvet cake could end wars. And eggs benny? Sunday might just be Monday-like without it. All four were born at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Now, thanks to a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the hotel brand hopes to bequeath civilization with another culinary hit—or at least something super delicious. Five young James Beard-nominated chefs will be dispatched to properties around the globe, partnering with master chefs with Michelin chops to cook up a new recipe for the Taste of Waldorf Astoria.

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W Hotels and Jennifer Hudson Ask Americans to "Turn It Up For Change"

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It’s not every day you see an Academy Award-winning actress, a Top Chef, a hardcore punk singer, and a drag queen sitting at the same table watching two transgendered dancers battle it out in heels.
 
But that’s what happened at the W New York Union Square this week, when Jennifer Hudson, joined by Padma Lakshmi, Courtney Love, and Lady Bunny, among others, judged a voguing dance-off.
 
It was the city’s first look at Turn It Up For Change, a new initiative from W Hotels and the Human Rights Campaign, with Jennifer Hudson as the program’s ambassador. Each month, W hotels across the country will host concerts and DJ parties promoting marriage equality in the United States.

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The Coolest Hotel in Every State

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This post comes from our editorial partners at Thrillist.

Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it’s hard to define the word "cool". And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter with a full-service bar... in your room!

But since we're not above doing hard work, we tried to figure out just how each state would define cool, and then applied that spirit to their hotels. In the end, we came up with what we think is each state's coolest, most emblematic hotel. Or we were wildly off. You decide.

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Dancing on the Great Barrier Reef

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These days, it is not unusual for dance companies to perform on beautiful open-air stages, especially in the summer.  Some venues are well-established: Jacob's Pillow in the Berkshires, the Saratoga Center for the Performing Arts in upstate New York, the Vail International Dance Festival in the spectacular setting of the Vail Valley, the Avignon Festival in Provence, but there is no spot quite like the seaside setting at Qualia, the luxury resort on the northern-most point of Hamilton Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, where the Australian Ballet performs on an specially constructed stage, with the particular blue-green waters of the Whitsunday Islands as background.

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International Airlines Make a Push for the U.S. with New Nonstop Routes

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Another week, another nonstop international flight. Over the last year—and into 2015—many overseas airlines, including Etihad, Emirates, Korean Air, and Cathay Pacific, are enhancing their presence in the U.S. market, launching new routes to and from hubs around the world. One of the latest comes from Qantas, whose new nonstop between Dallas and Sydney is now the world’s longest flight, at 8,500 miles and almost 16 hours.

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Twitter Chat Recap: Family Travel

If you missed T+L's latest Twitter Chat on Family Travel, check out the day's highlights here:


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In Time for Picasso's Birthday, His Paris Museum Is Reborn

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Following on the heels of the re-opening of the Peninsula Paris, which recently debuted in a grandly restored 19th century manse, the Musée Picasso Paris is (finally!) set to reopen in the 17th-century Hôtel Salé. With all the delays and debate surrounding the 43 million-euro renovation, we’re thrilled to get a first look at the sleek new space that marries the building’s historic character with a clean, streamlined interior.

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