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Hot Properties

New places we’d stay like to stay... if we had the vacation days

The Ritz-Carlton Vienna, Austria

The Ritz-Carlton
Vienna, Austria
Good ol’ Ritz-Carl just opened its 80th property in a 19th-century building on the Ringstrasse, with a rooftop bar ideal for enjoying a sunset cocktail.

The Modern, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Modern
Honolulu, Hawaii
Opened last year, this contemporary beauty with a no-shoes policy invites you to “experience barefoot luxury,” where “stilettos are welcome. And so are flip-flops.” You had us at “barefoot.”

The Outlook Lodge, Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

The Outlook Lodge
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado
Built in 1889, this six-roomer will open as a luxury lodge November 1. Filled with modern art, it’s a unique retreat in a quaint town. outlookgmf.com

Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii

Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Maui, Hawaii
Snag a Ka’anapali Beach residence and have a private luau at one of the property’s Viking gourmet grills. honuakai.com

Portico preoperty in Southern Tuscany

Il Saliceto, a Portico Property, sleeps 14 in Southern Tuscany

Rent a villa, get a valet

A new service will hook you up with concierge, housekeeping, and a discount

One of the drawbacks of renting a villa or private home on vacay is that you don’t get the service you would at a five-star resort. Enter new travel biz Portico Club—its agents will book your digs, customize an itinerary, and arrange for personal concierge, daily housekeeping, and more at 150-plus properties. They also coordinate vacays at certain resorts and hotels, like the Viceroy Anguilla and Cabo’s Esperanza. Perhaps the best part, though, is the discount, as Portico secures rates that typically save members $400 per night. Launched in January 2012, it plans to have 300 properties in 100 destinations by the end of this year. porticoclub.com

Lusso bag

A Carry-on with a Cause: LUSSO

Designed by San Diegan Nicole Lombardo, these fair trade, eco-friendly bags are made by women in Kolkata, India, who escaped the sex trade in order to become seamstresses for Freeset, a fair trade business. 

Saguaro in Scottsdale, pool

Saguaro in Scottsdale

Tweet and Win

Six Joie de Vivre boutique hotels in the Southwest are running a Ditch Campaign—pick one of their hotels, like the Pacific Edge in Laguna Beach or the Saguaro in Scottsdale, and an event happening nearby, then tweet it as your best excuse to ditch SD. Most creative wins a free two-night stay. Now through November. ditchcampaign.com


National Cruise Vacation Week

October 21–27
Cruise Lines International Association calls it “The World’s Largest Cruise Sale.” What it means for you: major savings, if you book through one of their sites. cruising.org


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