Infused with the legacy of the Spanish heritage, Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia's Caribbean coast, with beautiful beaches and breathtaking colonial architecture. The historic old town is a popular port of call for cruise ships, boasting a lively marketplace full of traditional Colombian artisans and yummy treats. These days, 200 years after Colombian independence, anyone can stroll the mighty ramparts. Visitors poke their heads through the cannon slots for picturesque views of the Caribbean. Cartagena was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and remained remarkably undamaged during the drug wars that plagued Colombia in the eighties and...

We took EV readers on a journey through some of our favorite historical and culinary treats with The Ultimate Jamaica Bucket List: 5 Activities That Can’t Be Missed, but there's so much more to see! Here are our next 5 recommendations for an unforgettable time in sunny Jamaica:   DOLPHIN COVE Dolphin Cove is a marine park which allows visitors to swim with dolphins and other marine life in their natural environment. Have the experience of a lifetime as you get up close and personal with these beautiful, amazing animals. Included are mini-boat rides, glass-bottom kayaking, snorkeling with stingrays, watching shark shows and...

It's no secret that Barcelona is one of the hottest (and most fun) European destinations, which makes it so much harder to decide on the best accommodations. Out of the hundreds of choices in Barcelona hotels, we've handpicked three top-notch selections for your next trip. If I were you, between the amazing architecture, the luxurious accommodations, and the decadent food, I would make an effort to visit all three on your next adventure. MAKE SURE TO READ: Barcelona e Bona! 5 Reasons to Rank this European Gem High on Your Bucket List   w barcelona Designed by the highly recognized architect Ricardo Bofill, the W Barcelona is...

The beautiful, rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy are as alive with history and culture as they are with flora and fauna. In the heart of the region, in the area between Florence, Pisa and Siena, is an 800-year-old estate dominated by an ancient castle: once home to the Medici family, this beautiful but neglected corner of Italy has been thoughtfully redeveloped and reborn as Toscana Resort Castelfalfi. In the 1960s, the 11,000-hectare estate was abandoned by all but five of its residents in a countrywide rural exodus. Then in 2007, TUI AG, one of world’s leading travel groups, came across...

China has become one of the most prevalent destinations for travelers. While most focus on China’s rapid transformation, China is still a country full of tradition, extraordinary treasures, and stunning sceneries. It is also a great place to eat, shop and find peace of mind. Due to China’s size and significant legacy, it’s no surprise that embarking on a trip there can be a daunting step for inexperienced travelers. To help guide you, here are our top five suggestions of cities to visit during your next trip to China. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” - Confucius   Xi’an Xi’an is one of...

Jamaica is probably synonymous to most with white beaches, a fruity drink, and delicious Caribbean food, but this tropical haven has so much more to offer! Full of unique adventures, Jamaica is a place for sightseeing expeditions, vibrant culture, history and natural wonders. If your bucket list includes amazing food, great music and unforgettable activities, heart-racing Jamaica is a must!   With sandy beaches, rainforests and everything in between, Jamaica’s natural treasures are as varied as their thrilling tourist attractions.   LUNCH AT DEVON HOUSE Located in the heart of Kingston and conveniently around the corner from the Bob Marley Museum, this stunning heritage site...

EV is proud to bring you the amazing work of renowned Austin-based interior designer Rachel Horn. She traveled to San Miguel de Allende to give us a glimpse of Mexico’s gorgeous culture and history through her work at La Casa Dragones.   At the epicenter of Mexico’s silver trade in the late 1700s, San Miguel was home to the Dragones, an elite cavalry led by General Ignacio Allende, responsible for one of the movements that eventually led to the Independence of Mexico. Today, La Casa Dragones still stands on a narrow cobbled street and serves as the spiritual house for the eponymous...

Pack your bags, eclectics. EV is taking you to the gorgeous City of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Colorful, lively and historic, Cartagena is a perfect destination for elite tourists looking for sunny weather, tropical lush greenery and some pretty exquisite venues. Cartagena is a gorgeous fishing village on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, with excellent beaches, a historic old town (that’s entirely walkable) and beautiful colonial architecture. It’s also one of the safest places in the country, so it’s no wonder it’s a popular port of call for cruise ships. Need a break from exploring the cobblestone streets? Stop at an outdoor...

Whether it’s a seaside affair, a unique culinary experience or a world-class sports event you’re looking for, this European hotspot is sure to deliver all the thrills your heart desires. Barcelona is a city of breathtaking sites and endless leisure, with its top-notch luxury hotels, exquisite art venues and incredible eateries. It is the most important city in the Catalonia region in Spain, recognized worldwide as a cosmopolitan and beautifully diverse destination. It has become synonymous with culture, design, architecture, fashion, food and awesome weather. 1. Beaches for days One of the wonders of Barcelona is its scrumptious shoreline. Get your collection...

In just under 10 hours, Austin can enter a new wing of the world just beyond the sliding doors of bustling Heathrow. Traveling on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, passengers in route are treated to impeccable service and amenities including multi-course meals and special cabin features that control the lighting, filter the air to provide moisture and help avoid jetlag and post flight headaches. Landing in London at approximately 10am, rested and ready to go, there is so much to see and do! Yes, you can jump on a tour bus with a 1-day pass for £25.50 ($39 USD) and see all...

Jet chartering from your smart phone is now easier with Jet Smarter, the app (for iOS or Android) that connects aircraft operators with fliers in real time. Founder Sergey Petrossov designed the app to give flyers access to the largest private jet marketplace in the world right from their mobile device. “Our application democratizes the private jet market by decreasing the entry price for consumers and helping air carriers gain more market exposure,” explains Petrossov. “Such transparency allows us to build a highly engaged audience of influential users who trust us to get the best deals when flying private.” FROM THE...

Trade in less-than-ideal-weather for a chic and sunny setting. Lovely primaries contrast with a gorgeous story of black and white perfection. Pack your bags, eclectics; here's a taste of impeccable style for jet-setters.   TALENTS: Fashion Director / Photographer: Tania Quintanilla Wardrobe: Robert Mitchell Hair: Robert L Grimes Makeup: Kelsey James Model: Breanna Young from Campbell Agency Dress by Alexander McQueen ($4,395; Neiman Marcus). White handbag by Prada ($3,700; Saks Fifth Avenue). Striped crop sweater by Milly ($260; Julian Gold). Black shorts by Stella McCartney ($1,495; Neiman Marcus). Earrings by Aqua Howlite ($195; Valentine’s Too). Dress by Stella McCartney ($1,355; Neiman Marcus). Wedges by Marni ($830; By George). Sunglasses by...

Imagine a luxury suite in the middle of the woods, where the air incessantly smells of lavender and dreams. Imagine sitting down at a fine restaurant floating on water, covered in lush greenery, where your cell phone won’t even get a signal. Imagine detaching from it all and getting lost in yourself and (if you’re in good company) someone whose visit invigorates and restores you. We found out that it’s quite simple to achieve all this: Stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort. Nestled along the shores of scenic Lake Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers...

I was introduced to this sport by my friends at The Elephant Story, a wonderful and whimsical venue in Comfort, Texas dedicated to wildlife preservation and whose owners are deeply driven by their love of animals. They are so passionate, in fact, that the store is the only The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) was formed in 1982 at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge, in the Chitwan National Park in southwest Nepal. The first games were played on a grass airfield in Meghauly, located on the edge of the National Park. The co-founders, James Manclark, a Scottish landowner and former Olympic toboggan...

During the chilly winter months, the biggest treat for most is escaping to the sunny beaches of a tropical oasis. Located 179 miles from the coast of Florida, you will find a grand version of just that on Paradise Island. Imagine descending upon the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to Nassau, Bahamas where your personal boat captain greets you on the docks and ushers you over to your private, fully furnished seaside villa. Highly regarded as one of North America’s premier builders, Brennan Custom Homes teamed up with Sterling Financial Group to construct five exquisite villa homes which have recently...

Located in the heart of Toronto’s most popular district, King West, you will find the cool, luxurious Thompson Toronto Hotel. This upscale venue opened in 2010 features works by renowned artists along with an exceptional rooftop lounge that has the best, breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the city. It’s a popular place for celebrities, tourists looking to get a taste of the local culture and a top choice for Toronto Film Festival and Fashion Week attendees who want to be close to the action. Whether you are in town for business or for pleasure, the Thompson Toronto Hotel offers some great...

Jet Set Candy captures the spirit of favorite destinations and far-flung places. The collection includes over 100 whimsical original charms, representing six continents and 33 countries, meticulously crafted in sterling silver, vermeil and 14k gold. Each piece in their collectible, destination-specific range is thoughtfully designed...

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. After Cyclone Ita devastated this petite Great Barrier Reef Island in April 2014, it was hard to imagine the property reemerge as such a beautiful haven for relaxation. Almost 12 months down the track, and following a massive rebuild and remodeling effort, the isle and its resort are a natural, luxurious wonder. Lizard Island is set apart by its understated, barefoot luxury, with new resort additions including a standalone two-bedroom suite. The Villa comes with its own plunge pool, wraparound deck, and views of the Coral Sea. The Pavilion now features...

Even from above, Grand Junction, Colorado is truly something spectacular to behold. Once you reach your destination, you will discover the gateway to stunning sceneries, the craziest adventures and extravagant accommodations, Welcome to Gateway Canyons!   Voted #1 in the state and #12 in the world by Conde Nast Traveler, Gateway Canyons sure delivered unexpected thrills. During our recent visit, EV was swept away by the natural wonders and the rustic luxuries awaiting to be uncovered...

These top-notch travel spots in Northern Territory have managed to unite the luxuries that elite jet-setters expect from the world’s best leisure destinations, with the majestic natural wonders of the Australian outback. Here are top picks for luxury hotels in Northern Territory, Australia:     BANUBANU WILDERNESS RETREAT (BREMER ISLAND, NT) The perfect antidote for those looking to break out of the stress, crowds, and complexities of modern life, this exclusive resort on Bremer Island is the perfect escape. The facilities at Banubanu are described by the owners as ‘simple but comprehensive’, carefully designed to maintain a minimal ecological footprint in one of Australia’s...

I had an unforgettable opportunity to visit with world-famous rocker Bret Michaels at the unveiling of his themed suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Here's some more fun and exploring in the area, for those wanting to make a quick escape to this Mexican beachside gem. DINING WITH FLARE Hard Rock Hotel offers a variety of restaurants with endless menu choices. I had the opportunity to taste a truly unique experience, with exceptional fine dining menus as well as more casual in-room eating in. The first day I was transported to Italy for Lunch at the Ciao restaurant. The paintings...

When I was asked to cover the unveiling of the Bret Michaels suite at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Riviera Maya, the hardest choice was deciding what swimsuit to bring. Sandy beaches, an out-of-this-world resort, and an international celebrity? I was so ready to get the star treatment (rock star treatment, that is); I jumped on the plane the next day and was at the doorstep of heaven in just hours. Greeted by a lovely staff, I quickly found myself sipping on cucumber lemonade, invigorated with a small wet towel as I waited to check in. Decked with an impressive...