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15 hotels that go all-out for Christmas

(CNN) — Twinkling lights, glitter and gourmet menus galore — without a single dish to wash or tree to trim. Spending Christmas at a hotel does hold a certain travel allure. Whether you stay for a week or drop in for tea, these 15 properties go to great lengths to …

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Mayakoba: A relaxing vacation realized

Playa del Carmen, Mexico (CNN) — I wanted to take my family on a relaxing vacation. Note that I didn’t say an exciting vacation, or a mind-broadening one. I just wanted something easy. We live in New Jersey, where it’s been rainy and snowy and cold for about 37 years …

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The world’s best boutique hotels for 2018

(CNN) — Sipping Champagne in the Chrysler from the airport. Being greeted with garlands, dining underneath frangipani trees while being served the best in Balinese, Western and Chinese cuisine, then slipping into the plunge pool with spectacular waterfall feature. In a lavish ceremony at London’s Merchant Taylors’ Hall on Thursday …

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Ski down the roof of this new Swiss hotel

(CNN) — Until now, skiing off hotel roofs has been an exploit reserved for James Bond stunt doubles and drunken fools with a penchant for plaster casts. That’s going to change when the Audemars Piguet Hôtel des Horlogers opens its doors. At this new hotel, due to open 2020, guests …

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World’s first quarry hotel opens in Shanghai, China

(CNN) — After a decade of construction, the mostly subterranean InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland has opened inside a formerly abandoned quarry about 20 miles southwest of Shanghai. Yes, you read that correctly — subterranean. While the idea of a semi-underwater hotel isn’t novel — the recent underwater suite at the Conrad …

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