Chateau de Villette is French manor home that costs $270,000 a week

Chateau de Villette is more than a French manor house — it’s a walk through history. Built in the late 17th century with the help of Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Andre Le Notre,  both of whom were instrumental in building the world-renowned Palace of Versailles, the chateau features seven suites in the main house, each extravagantly … Read more

See inside one of the world’s best hotels

Few hotels are as synonymous with old world grandeur and colonial architecture as the Raffles Hotel Singapore — the hotel of choice for the city-state’s visiting elite since it first opened in 1887. Guests from Rudyard Kipling to Catherine, Princess of Wales have graced its hallways, which like the rest of the hotel were revamped … Read more

The most expensive hotel rooms in the world: Paris’ Hotel de Crillon

There are 78 rooms at Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, but only two “Les Grand Appartements.” The apartments can be combined, along with an adjoining room, to make a three-bedroom mega-suite that covers 335 square meters (3,606 square feet) of the hotel’s fourth floor. Famed fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld designed the interiors down to the smallest of … Read more

Who is the chef at Odette, one of Singapore’s best restaurants

Odette is named after a revered matriach in Chef Julien Royer’s life: his grandmother. “She is really someone very important to me, and the person that actually showed me how much passion, pleasure, happiness and emotion you can give to people through food,” he told CNBC. Originally from central France, Royer rose to the top … Read more

Here are the world’s top 25 airlines, according to AirlineRatings.com

Qatar Airways is 2024’s “Airline of the Year,” according to AirlineRatings.com. The Doha-based airline is back on top, after falling to No. 2, behind Air New Zealand, in 2023. The list combines major safety and government audits with 12 key criteria, from product ratings and passenger reviews to safety, fleet age and incident reports, according … Read more

Gens Zs are traveling this summer and going into debt to pay for trips

Move over family travelers. Gen Zs are set to make the biggest splash this summer, with surveys showing they are upping their vacation plans and spending more than older travelers. No longer satisfied with road trips to their parents’ homes, Gens Z are planning international trips at higher rates than other generations, according to a … Read more

Best things to do in Africa beyond safaris: Cruises, wine tours, hikes

Africa is blessed with some of the rarest and most beautiful animals in the world — a fact that entices tourists to book safaris year-round. But safaris only scratch the surface of what the continent has to offer.   From wine tours to vibrant coastal cities, other experiences await those who are willing to go … Read more

Bhutan introduces Gross National Happiness 2.0 to help economic crisis

Bhutan’s governing philosophy of “Gross National Happiness” has been heralded the world over for balancing economic growth with the well-being of its citizens. But recent discussions of “Gross National Happiness 2.0” by its newly elected Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay suggest that change on some level is underway as the country struggles with an economic crisis … Read more

Fallout between Maldives and India ‘absolutely’ benefiting Sri Lanka

Calls for Indian travelers to boycott the Maldives is “absolutely” helping Sri Lanka’s travel industry, the country’s Tourism Minister Harin Fernando said Thursday. “The Maldives issue is … helping us,” Fernando told CNBC, referencing a social media row in January that resulted in a sharp drop in Indian visitors to the Maldives this year. India … Read more

All-inclusive resorts add services to attract more luxury travelers

All-inclusive hotels are making a big play for luxury travelers. In the wake of the pandemic, demand for all-inclusive resorts skyrocketed, according to a report by JLL Research Hotels & Hospitality. Travelers — suddenly and en masse — wanted vacations that were stress-free and easy to plan, ideally with a wellness component, according to the … Read more