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Say No to Jewelry and Yes to Private Pool Villas for Valentine's Day

February 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

Do yourself a favor this Valentine's Day and skip the expensive dinner, skip the diamond engagement ring. Instead, put airline tickets in the hands of your love, and give the gift of an experience. All this week, we'll be sharing a few of our own recommendations for some of the most romantic travel ideas in this world.

Idea #1: A night or two in a private pool villa, for skinny-dipping.

Now, skinny-dipping here and there doesn't make you a nudist, but it does impart some spontaneous edge and prove you're more than a little comfortable in your own skin. Sleep naked, and wake up before coffee by walking straight from bed into the deep end.

Unlike an overwater bungalow, the confines of a private pool ensure there'll be no sharks or jellyfish lurking below. Here's our three favorite hotels with villas whose pools are ultra-private:

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Nude Resorts: Are They Really As Fun As They Sound?

February 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (11)

According to the American Association of Nude Recreation (which apparently exists), many of the mental cues that tie us to our everyday cares slip away as the clothes come off.

And get this: Clothing-optional tourism is a $440-million-per-year industry, according to AANR, including everything from cruises, organized tours, and more than 250 resorts and clubs nationwide. Not surprising, there are twice as many male nudists as females, typically 35 years or older with a college education and a higher-than-average household income.

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The 25 Greatest Celebrity Travel Aliases of All Time

January 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrities have to be creative when it comes to staying one step ahead of their fans and the paparazzi. This even extends right down to the name they use when booking a hotel, renting a yacht, or even reserving an entire island.

Here are 25 of the best celebrity aliases, ever:

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The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Staying at a Hostel

January 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Whether you're a frequent flyer or an armchair traveler, there are certain details it's nice to review before making plans for that next big trip. Every week, we'll squeeze our mindgrapes and share tips to make sure you're the best informed flyer in seat 1A...or 38K.

This Week: The 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before Staying at a Hostel or Budget Hotel

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The Trick to Hacking Your Hotel Room Thermostat is a Little Thing Called 'VIP Mode'

November 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

A glance at Jaunted's section on travel hacks shows that we don't do these write-ups very often (unless you count posts about how to evade parts of TSA's laughingly awful security as "travel hacks," which we don't, and also stop trying to get us in trouble). Sometimes though, there's a trick that's sufficiently clever, evil, and obscure - we prefer it be all three - that we feel the need to pass it on. Because we're humanitarians.

Today's tip comes courtesy of travel uber-blog View from the Wing. It has to do with how travelers can override the safeguards that hotels build into their rooms to contain costs and conserve energy. Like we said, we're humanitarians.

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You'll Never Want to Stay in a Hotel Again After Seeing These 'Oldboy' Promos

September 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Spike Lee recently completed his remake of the Korean cult classic Oldboy, and now FilmDistrict has released a number of hotel-themed promos in anticipation of the movie's Thanksgiving Day release.

The new ad campaign, with the tagline Hotel Oldboy: Preparing Your Stay, will probably make you think long and hard before you book your next hotel room.

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LeBron James Stretched His Wedding Over Three Days in San Diego

September 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

LeBron James finally tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson in San Diego on Saturday.

The couple, who have been together for more than ten years and have two kids, decided one day wasn't enough to celebrate their nuptials so they planned a whole weekend's worth of activities.

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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So Maybe There Won't Be a TWA Hotel at JFK After All

August 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a photo shoot set, an exhibit and, most recently, a villain's lair, but there's one thing the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport won't be and that's a hotel...any time soon.

It's been over two years since any news on the possible future of the iconic architectural landmark, designed for TWA by Eero Saarinen. The will-it-or-won't-it continues, as hotel developer André Balazs goes head-to-head with JFK Airport over his proposed design for a 150-room property.

Page Six reports that "Differing opinions over the design have become a sticking point in the negotiations." This definitely isn't the most positive endorsement of whatever blueprints Balazs has rolled out. We stick by our pronouncement from two years ago, that a hotel is a nice idea, provided the design is respected, but likely won't happen at all.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Where to Stay When You Leave...And Have The Kids With You

August 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Traveling solo or with a partner or even a group of friends is easy compared to traveling with little kids. This week we'll be posting some insights and tips from the family travelers of the Jaunted crew. Next up is our sister site, HotelChatter.com who lists some of the best hotels for families.

Families make up 30 percent of the adult leisure travel market, according to US Travel Association. Breaking that down further, the Family Travel Network says 100 million to 115 million trips per year involve children. But where will they all stay once they survive the plane flight (or car ride or train trip)? We, of course, have a few suggestions. Here are some hotels that have wow-ed us in the past year with their kid and family-friendly amenities and services.

· For breastfeeding moms: The Hard Rock Chicago has released a Nursing Mothers Amenity Program in partnership with Medela, a well-known brand to new moms and moms-to-be alike. For an extra $30 a night, nursing moms can use hospital grade Symphony breastpumps and Medela accessory starter kits which include the Quick Clean™ Micro Steam™ Bags, Quick Clean Wipes, Pump and Save™ Bags and Disposable Bra Pads. The guestrooms will also be specially prepped for mama and baby with microwaves, mini-refrigerators, ice packs for transportation and mini-cooler bags. (Just remember, never heat the breastmilk in the microwave!) Room rates start around $229 a night.

· For the fashion-conscious parents: The stylish Mark Hotel on NYC's Upper East Side has paired up with MacLaren strollers to create The Mark Hotel Baby Stroller that's done up in the hotel's signature black and white stripes. There's no cost to borrow the stroller for your shopping jaunts but do know that rooms start at around $550 a night.

· For when you forget the tear-free shampoo: Last year, Fairmont Hotels introduced Ollie, their toiletry mascot and their complimentary kids toiletries which include complimentary amenity kits that include an Ollie the Otter stuffed animal, no-tears hair wash, cleansing soap, toothbrush & paste, bubble bath and gentle lotion. Most Fairmont Hotels, if not all, can easily accommodate family requests from cribs to strollers, diaper pails and babysitting services.

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Is There a Such Thing as a Perfect Airbnb Property?

July 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comment (1)

We've found the perfect vacation rental. Not a hotel room and not a time-share, but an honest-to-goodness home let out on Airbnb.com. After numerous stays in everything from boat cabins to futons in high-rise studios, we finally hit the jackpot with a ranch house* in Palm Springs, CA.

Now, Palm Springs may not be your cup of tea, but our slice of heaven in an unassuming neighborhood serves as a blueprint for successful vacation rentals everywhere, and all because it has these six things going for it:

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Video Interlude: Cute Bunnies in Hotel Beds

July 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jaunted writers have for many years availed ourselves of Ibis hotels. The buildings are often well-placed, clustering around airports and city centers. The rooms are usually fairly affordable, with the hotels being somewhere above budget and below luxury. Last fall the chain even unveiled "Sweet Beds," and put out an accompanying video showing how the beds were built and why they were so comfortable.

Apparently publishing the technical specs of a bed on YouTube doesn't really inspire people to rave about how awesome it is. So the good people at Ibis circled back again, and approached London advertising firm BETC. The creatives over at BETC sat around a table and brainstormed for a while, before coming to what should have been the obvious conclusion: cute bunnies.

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