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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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Cool Hotel Flower Shops

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Hot-ticket restaurants? Check. Ultra-luxe bedding? Check. The latest battleground in the hotel wars: flower shops run by star petal-pushers. Guests at the Hotel Savoy ($$$$), in Florence, can jazz up their rooms with Sebastian Bierings’s modernist “sushi flower” arrangements (Lady Gaga and Elton John are fans). New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel ($$$$) recently welcomed a branch of the 100-year-old Gramercy Park Flower Shop, whose monochromatic, leaf-wrapped bouquets make perfect hostess gifts. In Menlo Park, California, Aili Ice has opened her first brick-and-mortar location at Rosewood Sand Hill ($$$$), showcasing designs that incorporate reclaimed wood. No wonder she’s the go-to florist of Silicon Valley VIP’s.

Illustration by Michael Hoeweler

Cool Hotel Amenity: A Set of Wheels

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Included in your room rate at these hotels? The chance to borrow a cool set of wheels.

Lake Placid Lodge, New York: Lexus RX 450h

Little Nell, Aspen: Audi Q7 TDI

St. Regis San Francisco: 2013 Bentley Mulsanne

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Hotel & Residences, London: Jaguar XJ

Hotel Arts Barcelona: Smart Electric Drive

Regent Berlin: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with gull-wing doors

Illustration by Michael Hoeweler

High-End Boat Hotels

Boat Hotels: Alila Purnama

High-end hotels are taking to the water, deploying luxury yachts to give guests a taste of the sailing life. In Indonesia, the 151-foot, five-cabin Alila Purnama (pictured; $54,000 a week for up to 10 people) joins Alila’s two terra-firma properties in Bali. The teak-and-rattan phinisi carries guests to neighboring islands for snorkeling and massages on deserted beaches. This winter, Soneva Resorts will launch Soneva in Aqua (from $4,375 a day for up to four people) in the Maldives—the sleek, two-cabin seaborne villa will come complete with a chef, dive master, spa therapist, and 24/7 butler, and will cruise to less-explored atolls and reefs. Also on the horizon: La Sultana Yacht (nine days from $7,545 per person), a sister to hotels in Marrakesh and Oualidia, Morocco. The former Soviet spy ship is getting a serious upgrade and will have seven James Bond–worthy Moorish-style rooms.

Photo courtesy of Alila Hotels

"Inspire, Educate, Raise Awareness, and Transform": Q&A with the Founders of Epic Road

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Mark Lakin and Marc Chafiian believe that travel can not only change a person, but the world. Longtime friends and world travelers, Lakin and Chafiian saw a major hole in the luxury travel market: High end packages that combine philanthropy with luxury. Together, they created Epic Road, a New York City-based luxury travel boutique that creates customized holidays combining adventure travel with charity and conservation work in Africa and the Arctic.

We sat down with the Lakin and Chafiian in their photography-filled gallery in Greenwich Village to talk about distributing solar powered lights to locals in Africa, transformative travel, and running from wild elephants.

What makes Epic Road different from other travel boutiques?
We try to blend experiences. Our clients will go on an incredible safari, and then on top of it they’ll have a humanitarian or conservation experience that’s meaningful for all parties. We find that people get very excited about it. Our real hope is that our clients' trips become a catalyst  for understanding, for empathy, and that we can create a movement for the issues we’re addressing when clients come home. Our thing is about positivity. It’s about going into a place and having fun, having an adventure.

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