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Sip Champagne from a private hotel balcony overlooking the ocean, enjoy butler service in your sprawling suite or let sparks fly during a romantic private dinner — it's all in the name of luxury travel. Discover the finest resorts, Michelin-starred restaurants and a wealth of spas in the world's finest destinations.

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, resort, Samana, Dominican Republic
Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

The Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado is the only resort with its own private island in the Dominican Republic. Soak up the sun at the scenic beaches and beautiful pools, and relax in the luxurious rooms with private whirlpool tubs. 960 1280

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Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado (Samana, Dominican Republic)

Located on the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic, the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado has 2 gorgeous pools with bars nearby and plenty of lounge chairs, and both are exceptionally clean. The snack bar at the beach pool offers a basic buffet with hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, salad and selected entrees. 960 1280

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Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Relax in the hammocks on the quiet beach at Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, a charming but no-frills property on Oahu's picturesque North Shore. Oahu's most famous surfing spots are just down the street. 960 1280

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows  

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (Oahu, HI)

Location trumps luxury at these 11 beachfront bungalows. The lodgings are modest, with few amenities and minimal service, but a beautiful beach is just steps away.   960 1280

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Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana (Maui, HI)

Travaasa Hana has incredible service, a top-notch spa, excellent food and 77 rooms on acres of property. It may be hard to reach, but it's worth the trip. 960 1280

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Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

Hotel Hana-Maui (Maui, HI)

The Travaasa Hana delivers rustic luxury in the middle of Maui's lush and secluded east coast. It's not directly on the beach, but it has 2 beautiful pools.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a member of Island Outpost, Jamaica's trendiest hotel group. Guests come to unplug — there's no phone, internet or TV in the cottages.   960 1280

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Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's (South Coast, Jamaica)

Jake's is a particular favorite because of the on-site painting and yoga classes, the excellent food and the Driftwood Spa. The spa has several open-air treatment rooms that are built into cliffs overlooking the ocean.   960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The setting of the Geejam is gorgeous, the service is extraordinary, and one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches is only 10 minutes away. The hotel offers guests peaceful isolation, but one of its drawbacks is that there are no pool or spa facilities. 960 1280

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Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

Geejam (Port Antonio, Jamaica)

The Geejam is made up of only 5 private, high-tech cottages in the lush foothills of Port Antonio. Modern electronics in the rooms include 42-inch flat-screens, AppleTV, iPod docks and free Wi-Fi.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay sits on 170 acres of a protected national park, dotted with 7 remote beaches. The largest beach also attracts non-resort guests, but the other beaches on the property are much more secluded.   960 1280

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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort (St. John, US Virgin Islands)

Caneel's attentive service and gorgeous setting make it one of the Caribbean's best secluded resorts. The most notable of the hotel's 4 restaurants is Equator, which was built inside and on top of an 18th-century sugar mill.   960 1280

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LSX92 Motor Yacht
LSX92 Motor Yacht

LSX92 Motor Yacht

Lazzara, a builder that brings the mega yacht feel to the motor yacht class, designs a whole new model called the LSX92. 960 1280

  

Sabre 48 Yacht

Sabre 48 Yacht

A rear view of the classically designed Sabre 48 in San Diego. 960 1280

  

Catalina 445 yacht

Catalina 445 yacht

The dining area inside the luxurious cabin of a Catalina 445. 960 1280

  

Catalina 445 yacht

Catalina 445 yacht

A view from stern to bow of the award-winning Catalina 445. 960 1280

  

Hatteras H2OME motor yacht

Hatteras H2OME motor yacht

A starboard view of the 80-foot Hatteras H2OME motor yacht. 960 1280

  

Sunseeker Hero yacht

Sunseeker Hero yacht

The Sunseeker Hero yacht prides itself on more than 100 feet of luxury living. 960 1280

  

Authentic Yacht's Fireboat

Authentic Yacht's Fireboat

Authentic Yacht's Fireboat sits docked in their Florida harbor. 960 1280

  

Bluenose II

Bluenose II

The Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance restored the elegant Bluenose II in Nova Scotia. 960 1280

  

Completed Marquis Yacht

Completed Marquis Yacht

A front view of the completed Marquis yacht before it goes out onto the water. 960 1280

  

Northern Marine Trawler

Northern Marine Trawler

The Northern Marine trawler bar and salon area. 960 1280

  

150-ft. Richmond Yacht

150-ft. Richmond Yacht

The exterior of the 150-ft. Richmond yacht sitting at the dock in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 960 1280

  

The Main Salon

The Main Salon

The main salon of the Richmond yacht. 960 1280

  

Two Northern Marine Trawlers

Two Northern Marine Trawlers

A shot of 2 Northern Marine trawlers from the aft deck of a third trawler. 960 1280

  

The Viking Yacht

The Viking Yacht

The Viking yacht out on the water. 960 1280

  

Macatawa Bay Boats

Macatawa Bay Boats

The guys of Macatawa Bay Boat Works get ready to install an engine on another boat they have in their shop. 960 1280

  

AllSeas Yacht

AllSeas Yacht

Exterior shot of the massive, completed AllSeas yacht. 960 1280

  

Marquis Yacht Employees

Marquis Yacht Employees

Many of the Marquis yacht employees polish the inside of one of the molds of the hull. 960 1280

  

AllSeas Employee

AllSeas Employee

An AllSeas employee works by one of the rudders of the AllSeas build. 960 1280

  

Chris Rodgerson, Tartan 4000

Chris Rodgerson, Tartan 4000

Chris Rodgerson stands by the completed Tartan 4000 at its dock in Marina del Rey, CA. 960 1280

  

The Lounge, Tartan 4000

The Lounge, Tartan 4000

The lounge area of the Tartan 4000. 960 1280

  

The Viking Fleet

The Viking Fleet

Some of the Viking fleet sit at the dock in the water. 960 1280

  

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The Gramercy Park Hotel
The Gramercy Park Hotel is a choice hangout for the hip, beautiful, and famous, and its velvet-heavy Rose Bar is currently the epicenter of the New York bar scene. Our reporter glimpsed Sting during his stay. The week before Janet Jackson was spotted admiring the artwork in the Rose Bar; Kid Rock was seen outside smoking a cigarette; and Chace Crawford was there having a business meeting.
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The Bowery Hotel
Ashley Olsen, Blake Lively, and Rachel Bilson have all reportedly stayed at The Bowery Hotel, and Keifer Sutherland was snapped by the paparazzi as he stumbled into the hotel in the wee hours of the morning. Our reporter shared an elevator with comedienne Sarah Silverman, who told her she always stays here when visiting from L.A.
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The Mercer Hotel
The Mercer's 75 loft-style guest rooms, beautiful staff, personalized service and swanky SoHo location make it a go-to choice for celebrities -- from Leonardo DiCaprio, to fashion designer Calvin Klein, to oddball rock star Marilyn Manson, to Russell Crowe (who made headlines in 2005 for allegedly throwing a telephone at a Mercer check-in clerk). The engineer who installed our reporter's DVD player said he'd recently fixed the electronics in the room of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
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The Hotel on Rivington
The Hotel on Rivington is a secretive hot spot for well-heeled travelers who like their neighborhoods cool and their thread counts high. This monied group inevitably includes celebs; the bellman told our reporter that just the week before her visit, Jay-Z held a star-studded birthday party for rapper Fabolous in the three-level penthouse. Demi Moore, hubby Ashton Kutcher, and Edward Norton have also visited the hotel for parties.
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Chateau Marmont
Chateau Marmont, a discreet movie star hideaway since it opened in 1929, attracts celebrities to its popular Bar Marmont, see-and-be-seen restaurant, and private guest bungalows. An Oyster reporter spotted both Stevie Wonder and Radiohead's Thom Yorke at coveted patio tables. Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson spent the night together at the hotel, while unlikely friends Tila Tequila and Meghan McCain were spotted having lunch.
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Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas
Rock stars have been flocking to the Sunset Marquis since it opened in 1963 as a cheap hotel for musicians playing at the nearby House of Blues, Roxy, and Viper Room. There is even a recording studio in the basement where Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Green Day, Lil Wayne and Faith Hill have all recorded. During our two-night stay, we spotted Lars Ulrich of Metallica, Joss Stone, and former Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen.
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L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
Hidden away in a quiet residential section of Beverly Hills, this hotel has earned a reputation as a place where stars can recover from their plastic surgery in private -- Michael Jackson and Liz Taylor have been among them. Angelina Jolie has conducted interviews from the hotel, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes celebrated her birthday here, and part of Jennifer Lopez's "Jenny from the Block" video was filmed on site, as were scenes in the Julia Roberts movie Full Frontal.
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The Beverly Hills Hotel
Most celebs come to this elegant and dignified 1912 hotel with 12 acres of gardens to hide away in one of the secluded bungalows. But head to the Polo Lounge and you might see Hollywood execs closing a deal, or spot Paris Hilton, as we did. Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, and John Mayer have also been spotted here recently. Other stars who have been spotted at the Polo Lounge include Nicole Kidman, Johnny Depp, Vince Vaughn, and Nicolas Cage.
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Caesars Palace
Caesars is the hotel of choice for the ultimate international A-lister, Barack Obama. The President slept among the imperial statues at Caesars Palace several times during his presidential campaign. More recently, Obama and his family checked in to a 22,000-square-foot suite with its own private pool while in town for a fundraiser. There have also been a slew of B-lister b-day bashes that have been hosted at Caesars' Pure Nightclub (Khloe Kardashian, Perez Hilton, and Nicky Hilton, to name a few).
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
In February 2009, paps went wild when Brad Pitt checked in with his two sons, Pax and Maddox, for a boys' getaway. A month later, Paris Hilton announced that she would be headquartered in the hotel while shooting the second season of her MTV reality-TV show, My New BFF. Chris Brown was spotted post-domestic-violence-conviction at the ironically named club, Rehab.
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Delano Hotel
This Miami hotel's nightclub, the Florida Room, was designed by Lenny Kravitz, and its Lucite piano's keys have been tickled by both Kravitz and Jamie Foxx. Queen Latifah, Sean Paul, Ludacris, Wyclef and Grace Jones have performed here as well. George Clooney reportedly stayed at the hotel in the spring of 2009 while filming Up in the Air, and Justin Timberlake is also said to have laid his fair head down at the Delano. Players on the Miami Heat have been known to grab a drink at the Rose Bar.
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The Fairmont
The regal old San Francisco Fairmont has hosted an impressive list of U.S. presidents, international royalty and heads of state, and A-list celebrities (a list that the hotel proudly displays on its website). President Barack Obama has been a guest here, as was Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and JFK, among others. The long line of celebrity guests includes greats like Fred Astaire, James Brown, and Ernest Hemingway, plus Hollywood stars of today including David Duchovny, Harrison Ford, Uma Thurman, Courtney Cox, Katie Holmes, and Mischa Barton.
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Four Seasons Maui
We found this hotel to be the most luxurious in Hawaii, so it's not surprising that it's a popular celebrity haunt. Oprah, John Stamos, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Pamela Anderson, and Tommy Lee have all reportedly been guests, as were Britney Spears and K-Fed back when they were a couple. More recently, Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt were spotted at the Four Seasons in March 2009.
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The 24 sanctuaries at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia each have an infinity pool, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor. 960 1280

Jade Mountain  

The Auberge du Soleil in Napa is widely known for its "responsible" luxury. 960 1280

Hotel Auberge du Soleil  

The view from the pool at the Auberge du Soleil. 960 1280

Hotel Auberge du Soleil  

At the Twelve Apostles, guests can take in the views of the Cape Town coast. 960 1280

The Twelve Apostles  

The Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in British Columbia offers luxury camping. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The Clayoquot overlooks the Bedwell River in British Columbia. 960 1280

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort  

The One Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is aptly named: It has only one luxurious suite. 960 1280

The One Hotel Angkor  

The single suite at The One Hotel can be customized to meet specific needs. 960 1280

The One Hotel Angkor  

The Old Course hotel in Scotland is located on one of the most famous holes in golf, the 17th at St. Andrews. 960 1280

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Guests at the Ritz in Paris have 3 personal staff members assigned to them at all times. 960 1280

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