Stories written by Colleen McNamara
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Off the Hook: The World’s Most Exclusive Private Islands

Ever since we were kids, we knew that having our own secluded little paradise was something special. From the blanket fort in the living room to the backyard treehouse, we learned early on that an area all to ourselves was a valuable asset.  Now imagine a lush, tropical terrain rimmed by powdery beaches and unbelievably […]

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The High Life: 5 Dazzling Hollywood Homes

Ever wanted to live like a movie star? The first thing you need to play the part is a beautiful mansion. And there’s no better spot for it than high up in the Hollywood Hills, looking over L.A., the city of people trying to make it, and those who really have. You may not be […]

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The Costa Rica Beach Guide

With its lush tropical landscape and picture-perfect beaches, Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast draws travelers of all ages. Whether you’re a surfer, snorkeler or sunset-chaser, these four beautiful stretches of sand will have you reaching for your passport in seconds flat. Playa Avellanas Situated along the so-called ‘Golden Coast’ is Playa Avellanas, a true surfers’ paradise. […]

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Notes From… A Family Getaway to St. Martin

Ever since Matt de Graff began working at Luxury Retreats nearly 10 years ago, he promised his Mom he would bring the family on a vacation. Finally, the stars aligned and 2016 was the year the ultimate family trip could take place. St Martin was the spot of choice, because, as Matt puts it, “it’s one […]

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Pretty in Pink: 5 Koh Samui Sunsets

So, you have Koh Samui on your radar. You’ve seen the photos, you’ve heard the rave reviews, and you’re well aware that it has a few star qualities that make it the ideal destination for relaxation. After a hard day of chilling out – yoga? Private yacht? – these sunsets are just the dessert you’re […]

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24 hours in Tulum, Mexico

The secret is out. Tulum, Mexico, a charming town that was once known only for its Mayan ruins, is fast becoming a must-visit spot for savvy travelers. Go there today and you’ll experience incredible food, entertainment and activities, not to mention luxurious accommodations. But rest assured, this isn’t at the expense of what brought us […]

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Notes From… A Honeymoon in Whistler, Canada

Wedding planning is stressful. While the ‘big day’ always turns out to be magical, oftentimes the newlyweds are in some serious need of R&R afterward. Which is why taking an immediate, quiet honeymoon to a remote location is just what the doctor ordered for Villa Specialist Sarah Rose Walder and her husband Nick after their nuptials. Immediately after the wedding […]

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5 Stunning Bedroom Designs

Scientists say we spend about a third of our life asleep. Which is why when it’s time to count sheep, you should do it in a special sanctuary — one that’s as pretty as it is totally peaceful. Whether your style is chic and simple with ocean views, or cozy and elegant deep within the […]