Dobrina Zhekova

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Dobrina Zhekova is a lifestyle journalist based in Alexandria, Virginia. She moved to New York City from her native Bulgaria in 2010, and after completing her master’s degree in journalism, she started her career at She has over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in Europe and the U.S. Her writing has appeared on,,,,,, and more. Dobrina is an expert on all things luxury travel, art, architecture, and design—from the newest 5-star resort in Bora Bora to the latest immersive exhibition in Paris. Dobrina has also extensively written about fashion, tech, and shopping, such as reviewing products that help you stay chic while traveling.

• Articles highlighted in The Los Angeles Times and Smithsonian
• Co-produced a multimedia project that won the Society of Professional Journalists’ National Mark of Excellence Award for Online In-Depth Reporting in 2013
• Received a master’s degree in journalism from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

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Latest from Dobrina Zhekova
Pool with mountain views at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Italy
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Velvet green couches and small wooden cocktail tables and luxury carpet at Vesper Bar
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A lounge area during the morning time at Solaz, A Luxury Collection Resort in Cabo, Mexico
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A wood cabin in Cades Cove on the fall colored Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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Aerial view of homes on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia
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Aerial view of Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort
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Pool and cabanas in the golden hour light
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Private pool suite seen from the exterior at Andaz Pattaya Jomtien Beach
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Rome skyline and Piazza Navona at sunset seen from above, Lazio, Italy
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Rendering of racquet court at Shell Bay resort property in Miami
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Exterior front view of Wildflower Cabin near Palm Springs, California at sunset
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Aerial view of lakes and trees in autumn color near Brainerd, Minnesota
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The exterior of Casa Rosalie on the water
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City scape of St. George, Utah. A city in and the county seat of Washington County
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Scenic view of Mohonk Mountain House and Mohonk Lake, located in New Paltz, upstate New York.
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Sunset at the Jade Mountain Resort in St Lucia
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A lakeside home on Lake Tulloch in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Copperopolis, California
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The courtyard at The Darwin Hotel
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Tranquil view of Wallowa Lake by mountains against cloudy sky
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