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The Ritz-Carlton's Plan for World Domination

Ritz Carlton Almaty

By now, we’re used to hearing the big news that Trip Advisor has acquired some smaller company—it seems to happen about once a week. But the past couple months, we’ve also been hearing big news almost every week from a very different type of company: the Ritz-Carlton.

The luxury hotel company has unleashed a flurry of new properties on the world in the past couple months, opening three in October (Chendgu and Tianjin in China, and Bangalore, India) and two in November (Almaty, Kazakhstan and Aruba), with another on the way mid-December (Herzliya, Israel).

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Morocco; South Africa

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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.

December Specials

Morocco
The Highlights: Tour the historic sites of Fez's Old Town, from the 14th-century Al-Attarine Madrasa to the mosaics of Nejjarine Square; browse the stalls in Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh's main square, full of fire-eaters and snake-charmers, before exploring the late Yves Saint Laurent's Majorelle Garden by horse-drawn calèche; sunbathe by the pool or take a dip in the blue lagoon at La Sultana Oualidia, a seaside resort on Morocco's Atlantic Coast.
The Details: 9 days and 8 nights, from $6,195 per person.**

Optional Extensions: Agafay Desert or the Atlas Mountains
The Highlights: Bask beneath the sun at an Agafay desert camp or Richard Branson's Kasbah Tamadot resort in the Atlas Mountains. Available activities may include 4 x 4 excursions, village visits, camel rides, and more.
The Details: Agafay Desert, 3 days and 2 nights, from $850 per person.** Atlas Mountains, 3 days and 2 nights, from $1,095 per person.**

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HomeAway Launches Luxury Rentals

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Culling the inventory for a high-end getaway on HomeAway—a vacation rental company that lists more than 775,000 properties in 171 countries—just got a little less overwhelming. The Austin-based company has launched Luxury Rentals from HomeAway, a curated collection of villas, estates, and the like geared to customers looking for a more deluxe experience.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Finland; India

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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.

November Specials

Finland
The Highlights: Tour Helsinki's historic sites, from the Senate Square and Parliament House to Uspenski Cathedral and the Finnish National Opera House; browse the city's retro-inspired boutiques and design stores; take a full-day excursion to Fiskars, a late-1600's village on the banks of the Fiskars River; base yourself at the opulent Hotel Kämp.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,650 per person**

Optional Extension: Tallinn, Estonia
The Highlights: Walk along the winding, cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town; visit Saint Catherine's Passageway and its collection of artisan workshops; view works of socialist realism and pop art at the Kumu Art Museum.
The Details: 3 days and 2 nights, from $1,150 per person**

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: China; Russia

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Welcome to the fifth 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.

October Specials

China
The Highlights: Sail in a traditional sampan boat along the fishing harbor of Aberdeen, in Hong Kong; visit punti dwellings along Hong Kong’s Ping Shan Heritage Trail; browse fresh produce at Tai Po’s local market; base yourself at the venerable Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $3,490 per person**

Optional Extension: Hangzhou
The Highlights: Feast on lotus-wrapped chicken at Louwailou restaurant; shop at the city’s silk market; visit the Lingyin Temple, where Buddhist monks still live and pray.
The Details: 4 days and 3 nights, from $3,295 per person**

Optional Extension: Vietnam
The Highlights: A one-night cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay; whip up regional dishes at the Red Bridge Cooking School in Hoi An.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $3,285 per person**

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Uruguay; Jordan

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Welcome to the fourth 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.

September Specials

Uruguay
The Highlights: Lunch with chef Julián Olivares at Mesón de la Plaza, one of Uruguay's finest restaurants; a private polo lesson in Carmelo; a curator-led tour of the museum Casapueblo (pictured, top), the former home of Uruguayan artist Carlos Páez Vilaró; a visit to the olive plantation Colina de Garzón followed by a traditional barbecue with local gauchos.
The Details: 7 days and 6 nights, from $4,955 per person**

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Kenya; Ukraine

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Welcome to the third 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.

August Specials

Kenya
The Highlights: Enjoy intimate, luxurious camps and wildlife viewing at Kenya's best private concessions; personalize each day with game drives, walking safaris, bush meals, and cultural visits to Masai villages; witness the Samburu warrior tradition of the singing wells near Sarara Camp; interact with baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
The Details:11 days and 10 nights, from $12,990 per person—including internal airfare**

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Hertz Launches New Uber-Luxury Car Fleet

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When it comes to choosing a rental car, I'm always spinning my wheels, trying to balance comfort and price, and always ending up with something as sensible (read: boring) as a Chevy Aveo or Nissan Versa. Yeesh! What am I—a bank examiner or something? Now I have every reason, if not necessarily the funds, to don a pair of Tod's Gommino driving shoes and Brooks Brothers deerskin driving gloves (and perhaps a rueful smirk) and step behind the wheel of a real mean machine, thanks to Hertz's new DreamCar program, which launched this week.

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T+L Trips with Sponsor Cox & Kings: Singapore + Malaysia and Borneo; Peru

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Welcome to the second 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.

July Specials

Singapore + Malaysia and Borneo
The Highlights: Private full-butler dining in the Singapore Flyer; enjoying tea with a Malay family in Kuching; kayaking through the Borneo rainforest; and visiting the colorful Iban tribe in a traditional longhouse.
The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $5,900 per person—includes intra-tour airfare**

Peru
The Highlights: Tasting rare Tunki coffee and Peruvian ceviche in colonial Lima; observing sea lions and sea birds, such as the blue-footed booby, on the Ballestas Islands; and following in the steps of Hiram Bingham as you navigate the ruins of Machu Picchu
The Details: 10 days and 9 nights, from $4,995 per person**.

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2 New European Palace Hotels

Palace Hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Two historic European buildings are being reborn as luxury hotels. Which becomes a legend most?

Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna
Auspicious Origins:
A hotel built for the 1873 World Exhibition.
Humdrum Later Tenants: Police HQ (1875 to 1945) and Health Department (1941 to 1997).
Surprise Visitors: Ladies of the evening, who frequented the Health Department for checkups.
Design Flourishes: New custom bird’s-eye-maple furniture gives the neo-Renaissance building some Art Deco flair.
Best View: Roomy third-floor balconies overlook the chestnut trees on the Ringstrasse.
Ask the Concierge To... Arrange a tour of hidden vineyards within the city.
Vital Statistics: 152 rooms; opened March 2013. $$$

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