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Of Herbs and Smoke: Peru's Payment to the Earth Ritual

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When Anibal Clavijo Ubaldo and his family acquired a Peruvian plot of land from the local Andean community in Aguas Calientes, they called upon the local shaman Willko Apasa to bless the property before building the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.

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Dana Point Brightens Holiday Nights in SoCal

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The Southern California community of Dana Point, just a few miles down the road from Laguna Beach, is putting on a massive, radiant display of holiday light sculptures.

Dana Point's Illuminocean features 18 oversized sea-life sculptures as well as moving light tunnels. Altogether the show has over 500,000 LED bulbs to enjoy, and is free for the public—travelers and locals alike—to view through January 4th, 2015.

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Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC Launches In-Room "Glamour Bar"

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I’m a notorious over-packer. And when it comes to filling my suitcase, an extra pair of heels always seems to take precedence over a hair dryer. Problem is, I immediately regret this decision when I get to the hotel, check in, and find that ubiquitous, awful, 80s-style dryer that hangs in many a guest room. You know, the one that that leaves your locks parched and lifeless. One hotel that’s solving this packing problem: Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, the first luxury hotel to outfit guest rooms with a “Glamour Bar,” starting today.

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Cyber Monday Deals

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Who doesn't love a great travel offer? Here, a few Cyber Monday deals to keep the travel spirit alive through the holidays and into 2015.

New York:

The Westin New York at Times Square:
The deal:
 Up to 20% off with rates starting from just $199 per night (based on availability and excluding taxes)
Available:
until 12/7/14
Valid for stays through Feb. 1, 2015
For reservations, click here.

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Hot Cocoa Cart Pops Up at the Mark

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The Mark Hotel is at it again. After its quirky pedi-cab service in the summer, the hotel is launching a special holiday treat, just in time for Thanksgiving. The Mark Cocoa Kiosk will offer a special recipe with Jean-Georges Cocoa, no less, with a dollop of whipped cream and Valrhona dark chocolate shavings, complimentary to hotel guests.

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Exclusive First Look: Thompson Miami Beach

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The countdown is finally over: today, the Thompson Miami Beach opens in the heart of SoBe, bringing just the right mix of sophisticated design and up-all-night fun to Ocean Drive. And we're not the only ones who are excited—as the new flagship for Thompson Hotels, it's a big move for a brand on the rise. Here, five things we can't wait to check out.

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December Vacation Deals

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Sicily: 30% from villa specialist Italian Rentals4U

Sun Break package includes:
• Seven nights at the three-bedroom Villa Rita, in the town of Cefalù.
• Learn to make traditional Sicilian pastas and desserts during two private cooking classes with a local chef.
• A wine tasting at a local winery
• A guided tour of Cefalù, a medieval-walled port town

Cost: $2,145 ($306 per night), for six guests; book by January 31.
Booking details: Valid for travel from March 1–May 30. Use code L&TIT4U

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Uruguay's New Art Hotel, Bahia Vik

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On the southeastern coast of Uruguay, cultural connoisseurs are rubbing elbows with the beach-and-polo set, thanks to a string of art-centric hotels by international collectors Alex and Carrie Vik. Their latest: Bahia Vik, 37 rooms hidden among the windswept dunes of boho-chic José Ignacio. The couple, who filled their nearby Playa and Estancia properties with works by big-name South American artists, has commissioned pieces from the likes of Juan Burgos and Marcelo Daglio. “One of our goals has been to create hotels that celebrate the rich culture of their locale,” Carrie says. Case in point: the mixed-media sculpture by Montevideo-born Javier Abdala, which faces a horizon-stretching view of the South Atlantic.

Shane Mitchell is T+L's lifestyle correspondent.

Photo by Yadid Levy


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Book Now for Hotel Week LA and NYC

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Always dreamed of staying in a city's “it” hotel? You're in luck: Hotel Week is coming, and it's slated to be bigger than ever before. Created in 2010, the traditionally NYC-based program delivers discounts on luxe accomodations to help boost hotel occupancy post-holidays. This year, the West Coast is getting something to shout about as Hotel Week debuts in Los Angeles, offering access to the city's trendiest hotels for a fraction of the price.

Hotel Week LAis scheduled to last from Nov. 29-Dec. 14, 2014. New York's version will take place Jan. 3-18, 2015. We've picked our favorite hotels on offer—all you have to do is mark your calendar.

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How a New Luxury Resort Is Transforming St. Kitts

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On a Sunday night in Basseterre, the capital of St. Kitts, the Jamaica Tallawahs batted against the Barbados Tridents at Warner Park during a Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament. The wicket ignited with an LED flash as a bail tumbled; the crowd, which included the prime minister, roared with approval. A Mexican Wave swept through the nosebleed seats. The Jumbotron projected a close-up of the El Dorado Rum girls shaking their spangled booties. Since when, I thought to myself, did cricket have the sex appeal of Carnival?

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