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Travel + Leisure names Honolulu in Top 15 U.S. Cities

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Photo: Jack Tyrrell and Company, Inc.

Notable publication Travel + Leisure has named Honolulu as the 6th best City in the U.S. Honolulu has the privilege of having both the Pacific Ocean and its mountains that offer endless outdoor adventure. However, with areas like Waikiki and Ward Village continuing to develop, opportunities for music, art, and shopping can now be found here like never before. Read T + F's article, below:

From New York to Santa Fe, Honolulu to Nashville, American cities represent some of the world’s most thriving hubs for art, culture, music, and incredible regional cuisine.

When we asked T+L readers what urban centers stood out from the pack, they had one clear answer: Southern crowd-pleasers. Eight out of the top 15 cities this year hailed from that region, and the list included iconic weekend getaway destinations like Nashville, San Antonio, and Asheville, North Carolina. “Asheville is a booming city with much to see and do,” said reader Sandra Billings.  Other readers noted that the food and drink scene was booming. “The expanding craft beer scene is amazing,” noted Chloe Todd. “The breweries are fun to experience, and the downtown strip has cool, local shops.”

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

Another common theme among the winners: they all play host to marquee festivals. Austin has been drawing a steady stream of visitors to its annual SXSW Festival, which has become a must-do for actors, musicians, and thought leaders, while New Orleans may be our country’s reigning capital when it comes to celebrating. Beyond Mardi Gras, there’s the French Quarter Festivals, Jazz Fest, New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, and Tales of the Cocktail, a celebration of craft mixology. It also has some of the most inventive chefs in the country right now — including Zachary Engel, the chef de cuisine at Israeli restaurant Shaya. Engel was recently named Rising Star Chef of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. “If you don’t like to eat, dance, or listen to the best homegrown music in America, well then, I guess New Orleans isn’t for you,” said one reader.

Original article by Jacqueline Gifford, published July 11, 2017 here.

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Hollywood's Hot Hawaiian Getaways: An Island-by-Island Guide

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes Corporation

Photo: Ward Village, Howard Hughes Corporation

The Hollywood Reporter published an island-by-island guide on some of the most luxurious experiences A-listers flock to when they visit the Hawaiian islands. From adventure experiences like zip-lining to outdoor beach activities to the most luxurious accommodations, the article is a short, succinct list of must-sees. Featured in the article is Ward Village's Waiea 36th-Floor Penthouse:

In Honolulu's Ward Village community, a new 36th-floor penthouse is on the market for $36 million and boasts more than 10,000 square feet of interiors and a private rooftop infinity pool. Owners can order room service from Nobu Honolulu on the ground floor. "A lot of my clients or their money managers are inquiring," says Burns. "The pool pours over the top of the building — going in it is nuts."

Ward Village continues to get international and national attention and press, and for good reason. With its prime location in urban Honolulu and within dynamic Ward Village, Waiea continues to be one of my favorite real estate investments in Honolulu right now.

Regarding the island of Oahu, the article adds,

Barack Obama's childhood home and the occasional residence of Brian Grazer and Dwayne Johnson — also has hosted Iger, Will Smith, Emma Stone, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. The Pacific Beach Hotel's $115 million reimagining is transforming the iconic Waikiki Beach property into Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (the presidential suite costs $979 a night) for a fall opening and will feature a pair of restaurants from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto.

The Ritz Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach claims the only four-bedroom suite in Waikiki (up to $12,000 a night) and the exclusive 10-seat omakase restaurant by Tokyo’s acclaimed sushi chef Keiji Nakazawa ($300/person excluding beverages). “Old Hollywood loves that Waikiki/Kahala area because you wake up and see Diamond Head as your backdrop — that postcard view in front of your windows every day,” says Burns.

The Obamas and Zuckerberg have checked out Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club (room rates go up to $500), which recently opened and has "a lot of experiential takeaways," such as a music series, says Christian Schulz, co-founder of L.A. design firm Studio Collective (projects include The Bungalow Santa Monica). After the former POTUS and FLOTUS dined at its Mahina & Sun's restaurant from acclaimed chef Ed Kenney and ordered a Grey Goose martini — shaken with extra olives — the Presidential Martini ($14) was added to the menu.

The 2016 opening of Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina brought attention to the west side of the island, which marketing director Nelson Hilton says is gaining prominence in the film industry, with Marvel filming down the road at the old Naval airport Kalaeloa. The Snatched crew, including Amy Schumer, enjoyed the pool and private sections during shooting. Hilton admits that Kourtney Kardashian's spring visit challenged discretion: "It's obvious when you have bodyguards surrounding you." The reality star stayed in the 17th floor's three-bedroom penthouse suite ($18,000 a night), where, from the roof, one can watch whales jumping.

Enjoying a surge is the North Shore, a sleepy surf town known for having some of the best swells on the planet and where sports stars and tech players are buying oceanfront estates for $3 million to $15 million. “I find a lot of our friends in the entertainment industry are drawn to the North Shore," with its "horses on the side of the road, acres of lush grass, rolling hillsides and crystal clear blue water with shell-lined shores,” says Oleema Miller, creative director and co-founder of MIKOH, which Jessica Alba wears on her Hawaiian vacations. Celine, Chanel and numerous restaurants are just one hour away in Waikiki, but she’s usually on the sand at Ehukai: “The stretch of beach is incredible — houses from Ke Iki beach to Sunset Beach are all stunning.” 

A popular elite venue for weddings, wellness retreats and private dinners is Sunset Ranch Hawaii, which has hosted several films, castmembers from Hawaii Five-0, Jack Johnson and most recently Hailey Baldwin. With its helipad, the 27-acre property gets guests making the hop from other islands.

Burns has rented to Bradley Cooper (Aloha); rentals now hit $10,000 a night. Grazer surfs the Banzai Pipeline, and Hawaii Five-O's Scott Caan grabs takeout with his family at Waialua Bakery or Storto's Deli for a beach day, which includes a visit to the tide pools at Shark's Cove and drinks at Haleiwa Joe's — "the jam," says Caan. He also likes Pupukea Grill for "some of the best food on the island." For cold coconuts and local treats, stop at the fruit stands at Kahuku; insiders also adore Hamachi Ponzu at Banzai Sushi and Elephant Thai, a food truck across from Shark's Cove. Payne's favorite lunch in Hawaii is the all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet at ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple near Honolulu. "It's exquisitely clean food in a tranquil spot," the director says. "A friend turned me on to it."

Read the full article on the Hollywood Reporter here.

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A day at Hawaii Polo!

Mahalo to our friends at Howard Hughes and Ward Village for inviting us to last weekend's 2015 Hawaii Polo Life Soiree at the Honolulu Polo Club, Waimanalo Field. the event featured top polo players from the USA, Argentina, and Hawaii, plus a fashion display by Porsche. Make sure to check out the polo field in beautiful Waimanalo for a match when you visit Hawaii next! See their event schedule here: http://honolulupolo.com/

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