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Hotel de Russie Roma, Italy

The Hotel de Russie is a part of Rocco Forte Hotels – Most famous 5 star hotel in Rome – 122 rooms and suites in elegant contemporary Italian style – Unique location between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo – Private internal garden and terraces – Outdoor Restaurant and Bar seating The Hotel de Russie is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the Eternal City – close to the most fashionable boutiques.

Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie suite view
Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie suite view

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Aruba a Beautiful Island

Aruba is unique in the region for many reasons. At every turn, it defies the stereotypes of what a Caribbean destination should be, yet remains quintessentially Caribbean at heart. If this appeals to you, an Arubian vacation may be just what you’re looking for.

Aruba beaches
Aruba beaches

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Shutters on the Beach Santa Monica California

Shutters on the Beach is the only luxury hotel in Los Angeles right on the beach. Consisting of a total of 186 gracious rooms and 12 suites, Shutters on the Beach recalls the colorful architecture of the historic beach resorts and cottages characteristics of the southern California coast during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The lobby boasts two large wood fireplaces, intimate conversation areas and a large balcony overlooks the ocean.

Shutters on the Beach exterior
Shutters on the Beach exterior

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Galley Bay Resort & Spa All Inclusive Antigua

Galley Bay Resort & Spa All Inclusive  Overlooking Galley Bay along the Caribbean coast, this all-inclusive, beachfront resort surrounded by tropical greenery is 7 km from Cedar Valley Golf Club, and 8 km from Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa exterior view

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The Confidante Art Deco Hotel Miami Beach

Upscale beachfront hotel with spa, near Indian Beach Park Beachfront Art Deco hotel with classic bar and rooftop spa Mid-Beach, Pinetree Park. This Hyatt hotel places you in the Mid-Beach section of Miami Beach, steps from the sand and the Atlantic Ocean and a 10-minute stroll from Pinetree Park. A taxi ride takes you to Miami Beach Golf Club in 5 minutes, and Miami Beach Convention Center is also a 5-minute drive.
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Jumby Bay Resort Antigua and Barbuda

Jumby Bay heightened the guest experience with the enhancement of 40 Guest Rooms comprised of 28 new and 12 updated suites. Interior design by Miami-based IDC captures the spirit of a tropical hideaway, with casual elegance and romantic British Colonial style. New suite categories include: Beach side Courtyard, Ocean View Pool and Estate Suites that all rest just steps from Jumby Bay Beach, each offering spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea.

Jumby-Bay Dock

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The five star Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach

The Ritz-Carlton  Bal Harbour Resort, Miami Beach, awarded the coveted Forbes five-star and AAA five-diamond awards for 2014, is a peerless haven of oceanfront elegance, quiet unwavering taste, anticipatory service and seductive amenities. This exclusive Miami Beach enclave is directly across from the celebrated Bal Harbour Shops and mere minutes from the whirlwind energy of South Beach, Miami, and the area’s premier events such as the world-renowned Art Basel.

The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour exterior
The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour exterior

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Abruzzo Italy

If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider visiting the Abruzzi region of central Italy. Depending on your interests, this beautiful area might be an ideal vacation spot. You can see scads of churches, lots of Roman ruins, engage in winter sports, simply enjoy nature and much more. Abruzzi is definitely off the beaten path, despite the fact that it is fairly close to Rome. We start our tour of eastern Abruzzi in the small city of Sulmona. Then we head north to Chieti and northwest to Pescara on the Adriatic Sea. Be sure to read the companion articles in this series that present western Abruzzi and the fabulous Gran Sasso National Park.
ITALY Abruzzo
ITALY Abruzzo

Sulmona is a city of about twenty-five thousand. You may choose to start your tour at the Cattedrale di San Panfilo built on the site of a Roman temple. From the Cathedral you can stroll down “main street”, Corso Ovido, named for the great poet Ovid and enjoy the arcades, palaces, churches, and shops. The Fifteenth Century Palazzo dell’Annunziata houses the Museo Civico (Municipal Museum). Sadly the church of San Francesco della Scarpa was destroyed by an earthquake leaving only a Romanesque doorway. Across the way you will see a lovely Fifteenth Century Renaissance fountain fed by an even older aqueduct with many arches still standing.

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