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5 Must-Visit Southwest Vacation Destinations

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5 Must-Visit Southwest Vacation Destinations

Whether for a stress-relieving holiday getaway or vacation in the New Year, or for experiential gift-giving targeted to those on your “nice list,” travel is top of mind for many this time of year. With that in mind, I wanted to share a collection of my top travel picks of late in the American southwest that are all tried-and-true…by yours truly. I can personally attest that these are five locales you’re sure to love.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa (ResortKonaKai.com)
First, I hope you can make it over to San Diego, as America’s Finest City boasts some extraordinary properties. This most certainly includes the recently-expanded Kona Kai Resort and Spa, a Noble House resort that I recently experienced. Located on the tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island, it offers a range of amenities and experiences unique to its beautiful waterfront location and rich history. The property has 170 luxurious guest rooms, including 41 brand new suites that feature contemporary island-inspired decor, deep soaking tubs and oversized balconies. The new suite I stayed in had an elegant and dramatic glass fireplace with lighting that can be set to the color of your choice. I love Kona Kai because it’s intimate, especially with décor touches like this, yet all-encompassing.

The resort boasts its very own private beach replete with multiple cozy gas fire pits where you can make s’mores each evening (with kits the hotel offers) as well as multiple swimming pools, waterfront restaurants, an award-winning spa, a superbly picturesque 500-slip marina, and the renowned private Kona Kai club. For groups, there are 55,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor event space.

You can sip and savor at the Paloma pool and bar, Kona Kai’s new and exclusive adults-only pool area allowing guests to enjoy poolside craft cocktails and California coastal cuisine while overlooking the marina and some of the region’s most breathtaking sunsets just beyond. Take advantage of their bicycle program and take a refreshing cruise along the sparkling bay in front of the resort, which is replete with impressive sea craft.

The property is also extremely well-situated in the city, located just minutes away from San Diego International Airport, the historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter and all of the area’s top attractions. In all, Kona Kai Resort and Spa is a prime destination for both locals and visitors, and a perfect choice for families and couples looking for a convenient getaway.

Parq Restaurant & Nightclub (Parqsd.com)
Next, for fun-loving gastro travelers heading to San Diego, consider planning a night full of dinner and dancing at Parq, a venue offering an unparalleled nightlife experience in the city’s famed Gaslamp district. Its restaurant offers superb chef-driven cuisine and delectable craft cocktails in a chic and trendy dining space. After dinner, hit the adjacent Parq nightclub boasting the latest technologies and advances in entertainment, premium VIP services, and ongoing live shows featuring top artists. Plus, live DJs will have you dancing all night long!

Parq is definitely a venue like none other in San Diego, making it a stellar venue for an exciting night out on the town. It’s also the perfect locale for celebratory occasions like milestone birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, as well as large guest events like receptions and other private group events seeking a customizable menu and kinetic atmosphere.

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel (LuxeHotels.com/Hotels/Rodeo)
Head north a bit and land at the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel—the only hotel on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive. A blend of modern style, relaxed southern California spirit and the elegance of Beverly Hills, this boutique hotel features inspired spaces from famed designer Vicente Wolf and genuine hospitality from a dedicated staff.

Revel in unmatched access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment even just steps from the front door. You’ll also enjoy partaking in the hotel’s exclusive Luxe Club amenities. Like a home-away-from-home, the hotel’s Luxe Club benefits include delicious breakfasts, light lunches, evening tastings with happy hour house wines and cocktails. The happy hour, in particular, is a fun, lively and communal atmosphere among guests, and there’s plenty of affable staffers on hand to ensure every craving and necessity is met.

This hotel also features complimentary bicycle rentals, a second-floor outdoor mezzanine and a 360-degree rooftop view that provides incredible sights of the Los Angeles hills and skyline. That fresh outdoor space also hosts the fitness center and weekend “cinema under the stars” events. Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is certainly a premier choice for an immersive visit to Beverly Hills.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa (CamelbackInn.com)
For those who love a southwest desert-chic ambiance is the legendary JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Nestled on 125 acres, this AAA Four Diamond resort’s tranquil setting, private hiking trails, world-class amenities, and dynamic interior and exterior architecture offer an authentic Arizona getaway.

It features 453 pet-friendly casita-style accommodations and suites with private patios, seven restaurants, a 32,000 square foot award-winning spa, two championship golf courses, tennis courts and sparkling pools. It even offers a myriad of outdoor hiking and biking adventures.  It’s only minutes away from downtown Scottsdale, and just a 20-minute drive to both downtown Phoenix and the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

If you’re a gastro-traveler like myself, food and beverage is a downright essential part of a vacation experience and, fortunately, Camelback Inn delivers on this front as well with seven eateries at your disposal. Their signature on-site restaurant—Lincoln, a JW Steakhouse—is unequivocally one to not be missed. It offers a traditional steakhouse concept with modern touches, including decadent dishes and processes that exemplify culinary ingenuity. The resort also houses Rita’s Kitchen for fabulous breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner either indoors or al fresco, as well as Sprouts at the Spa and the pool-side Hoppin’ Jacks, which offers casual options such as pizza and sandwiches. In addition to the dining options on the main property, Acacia at Camelback Golf Club has an open-air lounge with an outdoor fireplace where patrons can partake in American style fare.

In addition to its unique setting and fabulous amenities, the resort is known for its impeccable customer service, which workers credit to the company’s philosophy that taking care of its employees will result in an enhanced ability to best care for customers. The satisfaction among staffers is exuded in every touch-point throughout a guest’s experience, throughout which smiles and “above and beyond” service abound.

For more than 82 years, this destination has maintained a legacy and standard of excellence by welcoming generations of guests, Hollywood celebrities and U.S. Presidents since its opening in 1936. It’s a favorite vacation spot for the Marriott family, and myself, to this day!

iPic Theaters Scottsdale (iPic.com)
For a fun night out while in Scottsdale or Phoenix check out iPic Theaters. This premier luxury restaurant-and-theater brand, with locations throughout the U.S., is a pioneer of the dine-in theater concept. iPic Scottsdale provides chef-driven culinary and mixology offerings inside premium movie theaters as well as an artisanal Italian on-site bar and restaurant called Tanzy. Be sure to order the mozzarella appetizer prepared tableside!

At iPic, guests enjoy an elevated entertainment experience with plush, fully reclining leather chairs encapsulated within their own private viewing pod, which also come furnished with courtesy pillows, blankets and unlimited popcorn. Premium plus seating pods harness revolutionary acoustic technology for superior sound. Each pod has a swivel dining table and seat-side service call button. Relax and enjoy a movie while savoring cuisine from a signature menu designed by a three-time James Beard award-winning chef. Now that’s entertainment!

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.

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Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

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Although a whole new year is waiving already, the influence of the previous decade still sways in various aspects, particularly in the home interior as well as architecture. However, the same as the recent decades’ interior designs will always have its faults at some point. These complications lead some industries to produce better and improved schemes each year. The idea brings up the demand for bathroom remodeling.

Some of the new exemplars may please your eye; some can also be brought you regrets leading to additional expenses. Not having the most excellent partner to help out in remodeling your bathroom can cause you various complications, one of which is an improper remodeling plan. While it will help you a lot in saving, doing the work on your potential trouble waits for you, such as budget shortage to poor quality and mediocre designs. Working with a professional contractor can help you with the best and affordable products and designs; moreover, they will rest assure you that everything would go in your way.

Not regarding extra space for storage is also one of the common mistakes by some homeowners when having a bathroom renovation. Together with the proper remodeling plan is maintaining balance in designs and spaces.

Being minimalist isn’t bad at all since simple looking designs bring up elegance and sophistication. However, while some focus on compromising spaces to push through with this design, other vital factors to indicate are being left behind, particularly for storage place. Next to space shortage is improper stationing, which regards the toilet placement. While previous designs make the toilet as the first thing to be seen inside the bathroom, applying this idea in your next bathroom, remodeling is not a good idea. This aspect can affect the refinement and modishness of the design.

Enhance your bathroom by placing your toilet bowl distant to the door and keeping it behind a wall as much as possible for better aesthetics and cultivation.

Above proper spacing and placement, looking after an adequate ventilation plan is also being neglected. Since your ventilation is the one responsible for taking care of all the possible unwanted odor inside your bathroom, it is imperative to give a little effort into choosing the right spot and suitable ventilator. Moreover, better ask for professional assistance from your contractor to avoid further mistakes and fund shortage.

Read further from the infographic below as we have gathered all the top mistakes to avoid when remodeling your bathroom.

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The 5 Damages the Sun Can Do to Your Car

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There’s no doubt that sunshine may be risky to the skin – the ultraviolet (UV) emitted by means of the solar is carcinogenic. However, being exposed to the solar in moderation nonetheless brings benefits to the health – it strengthens the bones, improves sleep, mood, and immune system. Hence, it’s safe to mention that sunshine is a mixed blessing – folks that continue to live far away from the sunlight or maybe disclose their skin with sunscreen still leave out on such benefits. As exposure to the sun remains to show benefits, many specialists are having second thoughts on their sun-avoidance advice.

Vitamin D synthesis is thought to be the quality advantage from sun exposure; it occurs in the pores and skin in response to the UVB rays – making vitamin D an important nutrient. According to Clifford Rosen, M.D., an osteoporosis researcher on the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough:

“It’s absolutely vital to promote absorption of calcium, the mineral that helps preserve bones strong,”

Based on an observe in 2008, with the aid of wearing a swimsuit for 30 minutes, humans will make the subsequent vitamin D levels:

  • 50,000 international units (IUs) in maximum Caucasian people
  • 20,000 to 30,000 IUs in tanned humans
  • 8,000 to 10,000 IUs in dark-skinned humans

Furthermore, exposure to sunlight may additionally growth the brain’s launch of serotonin – a hormone associated with boosting the mood and making the frame calm and focused. At night, darker lights trigger the brain. As a result, melatonin is released – a hormone to assist people sleep. Lack of sun exposure may dip the serotonin level – growing the threat of major depression with a seasonal pattern, a form of despair resulting from the converting of seasons.

However, despite the proven advantages that the sun can deliver to humans, it can no longer continually be useful for human properties, particularly for motors. The sun substances warmth, daylight, and renewable energy; however, a car’s outside and interior can also enjoy drying and improved deterioration, particularly on a hot day in July. Hence, no longer handiest a human’s pores and skin is susceptible to sunlight, but vehicles as well. If an owner isn’t always careful, a car’s appearance gets damaged – it will fade, crack, develop unsightly spots, and other consequences from the sun’s strength.

Once a vehicle parks outside on an ordinary summer time day, it becomes like an over – the metal shell absorbs warmness and traps hot air inside – reaching 140 tiers or more. Plus, the interior elements of the car, along with vinyl, plastic, and leather, end up prone to direct sunlight – in the end getting damaged by the solar’s harmful rays. During the summer, pollens and other dangerous air debris are floating around. Moreover, droppings from birds and insects get splattered on a vehicle’s paint. Once the auto gets uncovered to the solar, these kinds of external factors gets baked into the end and may additionally cause stains – inflicting discoloration. Nevertheless, there are plenty of approaches to shield the car from dangerous UV rays. But before that, one should know how to identify precise damages added with the aid of the solar. Here are five damages the solar can do to your vehicle, introduced to you through Global Tint USA.

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Top 10 Craziest Escape Rooms Around The World

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Who wouldn’t want to see their friends screaming for help when they’re trapped in an escape room? As much fascinating as it sounds, you wouldn’t want to get trapped in one of these rooms by yourself too. Escape rooms are a great way to spend your time in leisure, fun, and adventure.

And when it comes to adventure, humans truly go to new lengths to give people a thrilling experience that they’ve never had. Here are top 10 craziest escape rooms around the world that will surely give you the kick for adventure you need:

1.     The Basement

This escape game room is situated in Los Angles, and as illustrated by its name, the game comprises of an escape game in the basement. The scenario comprises of four different rooms, beautifully and artistically crafted like movie sets, each requiring your cognitive abilities to escape.

Another compelling element is that it resembles the movie “Saw;” making you trapped in the basement of a cannibalistic serial killer who is testing your abilities to live. Hence, it’s a thrilling horror adventure, definitely not for the faint hearted.

2.     Sherlocked

Build in Amsterdam, Netherlands, this escape is deemed the best in the country for its thrilling themed experience that occurs in the basement of the two historic buildings. The Vault and Architect are the two experiences that wait for adventure seekers. Be courageous as The Vault was deemed the best escape room for 2018, praised for its challenging experience.

3.     The Mr. X Puzzle House

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Comprising of weird gothic stuff, artifacts, props, and different rooms, this escape room is situated in Shanghai, China. The experience is definitely worth it since each room opens up to different dimensions. One should be experienced and witty in order to solve its mysteries.

4.     Escape Hunt

As evident from its name, this plot gives the chance for the customers to become old age detectives, leaning in the character of Sir Arthur Doyle, the writer of Sherlock Holmes. The Victorian style decorated rooms accompanied by narratives is surely a worth experience. Time to awake the inner detective, and visit Paris to participate in this escape room.

5.     Trapped In A Room With A Zombie

The hugely popular zombie escape game room is highly regarded by adventure enthusiasts all around the globe. The scenario as evident from its name is simple, you are trapped with a live zombie in a room that involves a number of mysteries and puzzles to solve.

Though the zombie is chained to the wall, the thrilling twist comes with the zombie’s chains getting loose with every five minutes. This thrilling experience has been originally created by Room Escape Adventures and is now popular in the entire world.

6.     The Escape Game

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The Escape Game is popular in the US, earning the spot on the list because of its exciting and thrilling experience, filled with engaging puzzles and themes. One can opt for a variety of experiences, from being a detective to surviving the Titanic to being a Contagion, the participants are given a number of scenarios that they can pick depending on their thirst for adventure.

7.     Claustrophobia Escape Rooms

This escape room is definitely for those that are in taking up roles, and playing their part as they proceed. Situated at various locations in Russia, it has ov

er 100 escape rooms, each filled with ambient theming and décor.

The team behind this escape room are continuously pushing in their ideas in terms of improving the narratives, themes, décor, and experiences to give the participants an even more challenging and engaging scenarios.

8.     Bogeyman Trap Door

We all remember the bogeyman from our childhood stories. Well now it’s time to experience one of the best horror escape games by yourself. As obvious from the name, the experience comprises of tunnel like maze that has potential scare in every corner, not recommended for faint hearted. The thrill of lurking bogeyman alongside exciting puzzles is surely not something to miss.

9.    5 Wits

The goal-oriented escape room, situated in various locations of the US, holds a teamwork play filled with a high-tech themed experience that one should surely try. The architecture overall is crafted amazingly and gives an enthralling experience to those seeking to quench for adventure and excitement.

10.Team Escape Hamburg

Situated in Hamburg, Germany, this escape has been rated 5 out of 5 stars with over 750 reviews on TripAdvisor. Comprising of 8 different rooms spread in two locations, the escape room involves the use of witty conscience and problem-solving skills.

The challenging atmosphere especially from Hoffman Formula and The Gallery are truly engaging and gives the customers complex narratives with a clock ticking down. An adventure appealing escape room is surely worth the try.

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Why you Always Need the Best Web Development Company

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The word “BEST” is the success mantra for your online business to go up and scale. Website is a must, and the best web development company you choose gives you possible outcome and choices too.

A website is the freshest and the most proficient type of e showcasing through which an individual or business association gets an opportunity to depict themselves in the manners they need to be seen and manufacture a stage to adequately advertise their items as well as services. What’s more, a great site makes a business increasingly dependable whenever spoke to in a legitimate manner.

One of the most significant elements of website advancement is that they ought to be put among the highest point of the web indexes. The site designers have the devices that would assist the sites with being noticeable in the web indexes. They additionally help to make the sites good with all the internet browsers. There exists the group of SEO experts and substance scholars who attempt to draw in more rush hour gridlock to the locales by composing meta depictions and other valuable substance utilizing the most looked through watchwords in this area.

It is not only that web development agency makes the difference I by creating your website. The development agency does lot of other things too. The agency can also help you to improve your search engine rankings. In fact, if you are expecting a legitimate technical SEO, let the best web development agency do its job. Of course, they are the best.

Think of giving a shape to your business on internet. You need an amazing looking website. And this is where you should look for the best web development company in India, because India offers the reliable and lucrative options in website designing. More importantly, the web development company in India provides advanced website design solutions.

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Top SEO Benefits of Responsive Web Design

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Now a day’s competitive digital world, responsive website design is not a big deal, it’s a essential part of web. Smart Phone has emerged as a fragile factor for web browsing and online world, with over 63% of enquiry within search engines coming from mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. Some website owner without optimized website they want to get higher ranking in search engine. If you want to get higher ranking in search engine result page (SERP), optimize your web design mobile friendly. Keep follow these steps for SEO Benefits of Responsive Web Design:

Mobile First Indexing

Responsive design has become a first priority as SEO, and unique content. As of Google algorithm update, It has apply the use of mobile and tablets as a ranking factor and has been coming with their step to a mobile first index. That means if your website is not design mobile friendly, it will work properly, but your website wouldn’t get high ranking in Search engine result page.

User-Friendliness

One of the main factor why audience don’t stay more time on your website, because they unable to navigate all web pages properly. Therefore, the time audience stay on your web pages is used by Search Engine to determine a website or web pages quality or value.  If you have developed a responsive website, then audience can easily navigate your website. This necessitate that if your visitor experience is good, visitor will visit again and again on your website.

Evict Duplicate Content

When discus about web designing, remove duplicate content is a main benefit for getting high rank. one of the important things we can express gratitude to responsive website design for is that it will stop you from creating various websites for different device.

Not only that, various websites for desktop and smart phone devices will make search engine algorithm look then as they are it means duplicate website with the copy content. This will create to rigorous Google penalization.  If all your website content is on one domain search engine can easily find, crawl, index and manage your content efficiently.

Lower Bounce Rate

Whenever a client exits your website after only stay couple of seconds or they exit instantly after open your web page is called bounce rate. It is based to time on website, and Search engine review the visit and exit time of user whenever they are ranking sites.

If search engine notices that your website is not able to get high number of bounce rate, then it will genuinely impact your rankings because search engine consider that website is not related to any user’s subject and not able to provide answer the user’s query

If you will create mobile responsive design, it will not only help you have a attractive design, but it will also help you provide your content in managed way, easy to understand, and completely fair page.

Page Load Time

Do you know that one factor, search engine evaluate when ranking websites are your web page load time- the faster it is the best it will best for your ranking. If you know about SEO(Search Engine Optimization), it is your task to build the site load as fast a  possible to assist your website be ranked top position.

Websites that are too responsive will basically load faster rather than those website unresponsive. This will provide very effective visitor experience and a increase in rankings. Google show the first priority which website have fast page load times, so it would not be deleterious for you to develop it for faster page load time.

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