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If a visit to the kingdom of Jordan is not on your to-do list, it should be. The superb hospitality of the people and the beautiful natural and historical treasures you can experience in this peaceful country are more than worth the trip. However, I have one more reason to add; the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. Video produced and presented by Richard Crawford Luxury Rich Ancient Heritage and Palatial Façade Taking its cue from Jordan’s rich ancient heritage and abundance of well-preserved antiquities, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea borrows the inspiration for its palatial façade and lush hanging gardens from the ancient kingdom of Babylon. Set right on the shore of the Dead Sea, the hotel’s terraced gardens and many pools not only evoke the epitome of ancient sophistication, these features also enhance the experience of the spectacular natural setting. A Majestic Modern Five-Star Hotel This majestic hotel,…

There is so much to do and enjoy in Dubai that you would have a hard time listing all of it. However, you can find a sampling of all of it in one hotel, the Fairmont The Palm Dubai. This large five-star resort hotel is located on “trunk” of the iconic Palm Jumeirah development, right on the Arabian Gulf and with beautiful views of the city skyline. If the hotel’s only amenities were the oasis-like pool area, featuring three individual pools to ensure that families, children and couples without children can each enjoy a custom atmosphere, and the vast private beach, it would already be very inviting. However, the Fairmont The Palm offers so much more. In a city that is synonymous with luxury experiences, the Fairmont The Palm provides guests with a sampling of all that makes Dubai special, without having to leave the property. For fine dining, enjoy fresh…

Located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood right in the center of Rome and across the street from the famous gardens of the Villa Borghese, the family-run Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is an exquisite luxury hotel convenient to all that Rome has to offer and yet secluded, spacious and private. Built in the 19th Century as a luxurious, ivory colored villa, the hotel still maintains the elegant look of days gone by in its marble floors, carved wood panels, chandeliers and draperies. More importantly, the Aldrovandi Villa Borghese is updated to the highest modern standards of hospitality and luxury. Perhaps the most striking and unique feature of this special property is the extensive garden and pool area which provides guests with a half-acre of beautifully maintained outdoor space complete with shade trees, flowers, palms and plenty of comfortable seating for enjoying the serene setting. A large pool in a sunny corner of…

The magical interplay of rock, water and time has given rise to a host of hauntingly beautiful geological features that draw visitors to the American southwest. The winding canyons and steep cliffs of Zion National Park, located in the southwest of the U.S. state of Utah, a little under an hour’s drive from the easy-going and active city of St. George, offer visitors a glimpse into both the deep geological past and the cultural history of the Native American people who inhabited the region for several thousand years. The environment you will find today in Zion National Park is a testament to change and I guarantee a visit to this beautiful place will leave you changed as well. Zion National Park was established in 1909 and has now grown to encompass 229 square miles of sandstone and desert where erosion continues to shape the land and uncover the buried secrets…

Few locations evoke images of elegance and luxury like the French court of Versailles in the 17th and 18th centuries. From the reign of the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, in the late 17th century to the time of the French Revolution in 1789, the palace of Versailles was the epitome of style, both in the gardens and furnishings of the exquisite palace and the elaborate clothing worn by the hundreds of courtiers who served the French royalty of the period, including the famous queen, Marie Antoinette. While those days of opulence and power are now long gone, their memory lives on to this day and I was excited to learn that the glow that illuminated this legendary moment in history is still available from the candle maker, Cire Trudon, candle supplier to the French kings of this opulent period and later to the splendid court of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.…