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Bahamas News: Baha Mar, By the Numbers

Baha Mar

We’ve already introduced you to Baha Mar, the massive-scale resort that’s set to reinvigorate the Bahamian Riviera later this year. But if the $3.5-billion, five-brand hotel and casino has you thinking Vegas, think again: despite being the biggest destination project in the western hemisphere, Baha Mar is surprisingly tapped in to the island’s cultural and natural assets. Here, a by the numbers look:

34: the number of football fields it would take to hold all the sand that’s been brought in to re-nourish the beach at Baha Mar.

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Luxury Travel Experiences with Mr. Aristotle

Mr. Aristotle

Boutique travel company, Mr. Aristotle, is known for showcasing unique global experiences, which are hand-selected by an expert team and are personalized for the traveler.

Several of unique Mr. Aristotle experiences have recently been nominated for inclusion within HSBC’s Home & Away Privilege loyalty programme. Operating in 39 global markets, travelers will have the chance to access the offers from around the world. 

Excursions include options like a surf weekend getaway in Australia, or an epicurean journey in Barcelona. Whether travelers are retreating to a beach cottage near Sydney to master the waves or creating a traditional Catalonian meal in a private cooking class, the luxury experiences are tailored and unique to the destination.

Gabrielle Blitz is Associate Social Media Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Aristotle

Cool Hotel Amenities

Cool Hotel Amenities: Burberry trench coat

Why stop at Nespresso machines and turndown chocolates? When it comes to services and perks, some brands are taking things to the next level. Here, a few of our favorites.

Before: The hotel umbrella
After: Burberry trenches in every suite
Seen At: Maybourne Hotel Group

Before: Welcome wishbones
After: Puppies as concierges
Seen At: Kimpton

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Experience a Food-Lover’s Provence with T+L and Cox & Kings

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In this special installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, readers can join Luke Barr, Travel + Leisure Features Director and author of PROVENCE, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste, for a once-in-a-lifetime epicurean journey to Provence, France.

In his new book, Barr—the grand-nephew of legendary food writer M.F.K. Fisher—tells the behind-the-scenes story of a seminal moment in the history of American gastronomy.

The Highlights:

• A tour of the farmer's markets, bakeries, and charcuteries described in the book, including those where Julia Child once shopped; a visit to the Fragonard perfume workshop; and a historical tour of Nice

• A visit to La Roquette village, lunch in Moulin de Mougins garden, admission to the Picasso Museum, and a cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef in Nice

• A visit to Saint Paul de Vence, the Matisse Museum, and a 14th-century wine cellar in Vence; a Provençal cooking class at La Pitchoune, on Simone Beck's former estate, in Nice

• Tastings at two vineyards, including Domaine Tempier, followed by a sommelier-led wine dinner in Aix-en-Provence

• Olive oil and wine tastings, a tour of Roman sites and the Les Halles market, and dinner at the iconic Hiely Lucullus, in Arles

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Orient-Express Claims a New Name in Luxury: Belmond Hotels

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To me, the phrase “Orient-Express” is synonymous with luxury travel: train rides through the Veneto, 16th-century retreats in Cusco, exotic cruises along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River. That's why I was so surprised to see that the company of the same name, which counts 45 alluring hotels, rail lines, and river cruises in its collection, is changing its moniker to Belmond starting March 10. According to the group, the decision was made in order to “strengthen our brand architecture” and “increase consumer recognition in the marketplace.” The ultimate reason? They never actually owned the name. The trademark had been licensed through SNCF, France’s national railway company, and the group felt that having a name they could call their own might lure more property owners to invest in the brand. Following the change, only the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train will keep its title.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Rome; Scandinavia

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Welcome to the latest installment of T+L's promotional partnership with luxury adventure operator Cox & Kings, where booking a trip to a destination featured in T+L is easier than ever. Here's how it works:

• Every month, T+L editors work with Cox & Kings to develop two trips inspired by destinations we love.
• Each itinerary is designed to offer insider access and unique experiences—whether it's a stay at an exclusive hotel, a behind-the-scenes tour, or dinner in a private residence.
• For a limited time, T+L readers can take advantage of exclusive savings on this month's featured trips.

February Specials

Rome
The Highlights: Spend an afternoon strolling the fashionable Via Condotti and nearby Spanish Steps; browse Dolce & Gabbana, Cavalli, and Ferragamo with a personal shopper during a private half-day shopping tour (a T+L reader exclusive) before enjoying lunch at a café housed in the former studio of renowned Neoclassical sculptors Antonio Canova and Adamo Tadolini; skip the lines to gaze upon Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City; base your stay at Rome's stylish new J.K. Place Roma hotel.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $5,750 per person.**

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Luxury Rental Clubs Inspirato and Portico Combine

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Big news in the world of destination clubs: former competitors Inspirato and Portico have recently become one, operating under the name Inspirato with American Express. The combined club—perhaps best described as Inspirato’s absorption of Portico—will give all members access to 500-plus luxury properties in more than 100 destinations, 34 of which will be new to Inspirato’s portfolio (including Bora Bora, London, Jackson Hole, and Kauai).

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A Business Traveler's Favorite Hotel Amenities

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This past summer, my fiancée and I stayed at a bed and breakfast. It was charming and had a great ocean view. But when she hopped out of the shower the first time, she discovered our room lacked a hair dryer.

As a frequent traveler, I was shocked. I’ve come to expect basic things from hotels: soap, shampoo, conditioner, and a hair dryer. Maybe I shouldn’t. Either way, this week I’m taking a look at some of my favorite hotel perks and some amenities that I think all lodgings should have.

Let’s start with the good ones.

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Travel Trends from Day Two of ILTM Summit in Cannes

Day Two of the International Luxury Travel Market was a busy one for the almost 3,000 exhibitors and attendees roaming the Palais des Festivals, in Cannes. We checked in with a handful of industry leaders, including A-List agent Jack Ezon of Ovation Vacations and T+L's editor-in-chief, Nancy Novogrod, for their thoughts on this year's travel trends.

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Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

Insider Travel News From Day One of the ILTM Summit

This week, travel industry leaders descend on Cannes, France for the International Luxury Travel Marketplace (ILTM). The networking event is one of the largest of the year for the travel market; it's estimated that more than 57,000 meetings will take place between hotel groups, destinations, tour operators, travel agents and the media, including Travel + Leisure editors. In the interview chair? Jill Taylor and Lindsey Woodcock of Jet Set World Travel and Royal Monceau Raffles Paris general manager Omer Acar.

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 Sarah Spagnolo is special correspondent & new media editor at Travel + Leisure.

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