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While many East Coast additions were welcomed to our family including the entire City of New York and the State of Rhode Island, for our West Coast readers, I have compiled some of the most luxurious travel destinations from across the globe for your consideration. It is my New Year’s wish that you take the opportunity to experience these first-class venues in the coming year.

Providing the option between breathtaking pine forest view rooms and serene sea view rooms is just one of the many reasons why the Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat is recognized as a leader in hospitality. The entire hotel has been refurbished by Pierre-Yves Rochon who designed a new wing, the “Residence,” created by the Nicean architect Luc Svetchine, which includes a luxurious new spa. The spa offers a wide range of treatments including selections specifically designed for the great outdoors, administered in the five outdoor pavilions. With its awe-inspiring location in the Côte d’Azur, a concierge is on hand to guide guests towards all of the highlights of the area. The hotel will be reopening its Michelin-star restaurant, Le Cap, in April 2010, where Chef Didier Anies offers inventive gourmet cuisine showcasing top-quality seasonal produce.

Grand Hotel Du Cap-Ferrat
71 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle
06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
+33 (0)4 93 76 50 50

Located just five miles from Rome Urbe Airport, and 15 miles from Rome Ciampino International Airport, the Grand Hotel Via Veneto makes every stylish arrival in Italy easy and memorable. Awarded five Star Diamonds in April 2009, the property features luxurious presidential suites, studio suites, junior suites, and 27 private rooms outfitted with Carrara marble baths and that same vibrant, off-beat Art Deco style that made the 20s roar. The hotel also includes a Royal Suite where VIP guests can fully embrace la dolce vita from the private terrace that measures more than 2,000 square feet with a private Turkish bath overlooking the via, a roof garden, and Bulgari amenities. On site, there are seafood and Italian restaurants, the Wine Bar, and Sky Bar & Grill, located above the via on the rooftop, meaning that not only will you never go hungry, but your palate will be satiated with Italy’s finest fare.

Grand Hotel Via Veneto
Via Veneto, 155-00187
Rome, Italy

Tunisia may not be one of the first destinations that pops up on radar screens for many luxury travelers, but the development of Kélibia la blanche is giving us all a reason to recognize this Mediterranean land as a locale of choice. Billed as the haute couture of real estate, this property encompasses more than 100 acres along the coast of El Mansourah and is the ideal investment for international lifestyle property purchasers. The development has demonstrated its dedication to world-class standards to such a degree that The Academy has recognized Kélibia la blanche as one of the finest environmentally friendly developments worldwide.

Kélibia la blanche
4, rue Achtart Nord Hilton
1002 Tunis, Tunisia