A Guide to Japanese Onsen Etiquette

Planning business travel to Japan? If you spend much time with Japanese colleagues there may come a time when you are invited to an onsen, a traditional natural-spring bathhouse. While Switzerland has its “terme baden”, Hungary its “furdo”, and Iceland its “hotpots”, Japan is home to the omnipresent onsen, soothing hot spring baths scattered across…

Affordable Hawaii

Explore the most beautiful State in the Union, without spending a small fortune. Affordable Hawaii is in your future and what better place to start than Maui, the land of white sand beaches, lush tropical gardens and endless opportunities for fun!  Take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the summit of Maui’s dormant Haleakalā volcano,…

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Relaunches Loyalty Program

Small Luxury Hotels of the World has launched an evolved loyalty program – INVITED. The free-to-join program replaces The Club of SLH and offers all members access to exclusive rates, guaranteed benefits and ‘Small Luxuries’ right from their first stay at any of its 500 small, independently minded hotels worldwide. INVITED is the result of…

W Hotels at 20: Focusing on Brand Identity

As W Hotels approaches its 20th year, the luxury-lifestyle brand may be going through something akin to a midlife crisis. Acquired by Marriott International last September along with the rest of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the W brand continues to add a handful of hotels a year, but it has fallen in guest-satisfaction polls, highlighting…

The Best Way To See Europe

Designed for discerning travelers, Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. The Viking Difference is providing guests with extraordinarily well-designed cruises that bring them closer to the cultures of the world. Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with less time spent traveling between cities and…