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The Most Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings of 2020 @EliteTraveler

12th December 2019 // By Alex Martin

Take a look at our selection of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings 2020 / ©One&Only

Find out where you should be heading this year to experience the latest in luxury travel. From an eco-tourist’s paradise in the British Virgin Islands to one of the world’s deepest underground hotels in London, Elite Traveler takes you through its pick of the most anticipated luxury hotel openings 2020.

Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands

Opening: January

Rosewood Little Dix Bay is set inside an idyllic cove / ©Rosewood

Rosewood Little Dix Bay opens in January following a four-year closure and a huge restoration project. It returns with the same big emphasis on eco-tourism. In fact, in many ways, this region gave birth to the booming travel trend. The site was originally developed by conservationist Laurance Rockefeller over half a century ago and has set the standard for conservation ever since. Located on half-mile crescent bay over 500 acres, the resort’s rooms and suites are set just steps from the beach, with 24-hour butler service. Highlights include a cliffside Sense Spa and hilltop yoga platform with panoramic views – and the hexagonal-shaped Tree House Suites, perched on stilts in the lush gardens, with wrap-around terraces for an elevated perspective.

rosewoodhotels.com

Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Puglia, Italy

Opening: February

Each of Paragon 700’s 11 rooms has been individually designed / ©Paragon

There has never been a better time to visit the hill-top city of Ostuni, set in Italy’s charming southern region of Puglia. Its winding cobbled walkways and whitewash buildings are an Instagrammer’s dream. There is only room for boutique hotels here, and Paragon 700 will in February become the latest luxury offering that Ostuni has to offer. Set in a quintessential Puglian property, the hotel is being meticulously restored to boast 11 individually curated rooms with a cosmopolitan soul. In contrast to the whitewashed buildings of Ostuni, Paragon 700’s red brick façade cocoons a lush garden and swimming pool, a rare green space in the heart of the city, offering a tranquil and exclusive oasis just five-minutes from Ostuni’s main square.

paragon700.com

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, Chao Phraya River

Opening: February

Four Seasons Bangkok will boast beautiful riverside views / ©Four Seasons

Bangkok’s coveted riverside is already home to a number of luxury resorts, but Four Seasons Bangkok will be aiming to set a new standard when it opens in February. With 299 guest rooms including a number of suites, the hotel will sit amongst galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. It will also have its own collection of restaurants and bars as well as a stunning courtyard and an outdoor infinity pool boasting lovely views across the river.

fourseasons.com/bangkok

Pendry West Hollywood

Opening: Spring

Pendry West Hollywood has 149 luxury guestrooms and suites, and 40 residences / ©Montage

Whether its chic boutiques or modern fine dining, there are few hotter places than West Hollywood right now. The ultra-modern Pendry West Hollywood will slot perfectly into this fashionable district with interiors designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. The hotel will have 149 luxury guestrooms and suites, and 40 Pendry Residences with full access to the hotel’s services and amenities. Most excitingly of all, the hotel will also be home to a new restaurant from the famed Los Angeles chef Wolfgang Puck. There will also be a private membership club for the city’s elite.

pendry.com/west-hollywood

Cheval Blanc Paris, France

Opening: Spring

Arnaud Donckele will be in charge of Cheval Blanc Paris’s food offering / ©Cheval Blanc

Located in the heart of Paris, on the edge of the River Seine and mere yards from the Louvre, Cheval Blanc Paris will combine historical, cultural and contemporary features inspired by the City of Light. The hotel will be the fifth under the Cheval Blanc brand after Courchevel, Randheli in the Maldives, St-Barth Isle de France and St-Tropez. The Maison will be a residential haven for guests with meticulous French craftsmanship championed wherever possible. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the 36 rooms and 36 suites will offer views of famed landmarks and city life. There will also be a new gourmet experience from the three-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Donckele. The restaurant will be located on the seventh floor and will have a large terrace offering unrivaled views. Donckele, who has earned the accolade of a 19/20 rating in the Gault Millau guide, is currently in charge of La Vague d’Or restaurant at Cheval Blanc St-Tropez.

chevalblanc.com

Six Senses, New York

Opening: Spring

Six Senses New York will cut a striking image in the banks of the Hudson / ©Xi

A Six Senses property in North America has been a long time coming, but it looks as though it will be worth the wait. Six Senses New York will be housed in two unique, twisting towers designed by world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels in an unparalleled location in between Manhattan’s Hudson River and The High Line. The hotel will have two restaurants that will fall in line with the brand’s approach to health and wellness. They will offer fresh and wholesome dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. The rooms and suites are designed by Parisian firm Gilles & Boissier to embody contemporary, modern city living wedded to a calm ambiance.

sixsenses.comnew-york

One&Only Mandarina, Mexico

Opening: June

The property has been designed to blend in with the surrounding environment / ©One&Only

The Dubai-based hotel chain One&Only will add to its collection in June with a new property worthy of its ultra-luxury reputation. One&Only Mandarina is being built on a previously undeveloped stretch of coastline along the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico. Its spectacular cliff-side setting overlooks the Pacific Ocean and sits on top of the surrounding rainforest. The hotel will be made up of 104 free-standing villas that float above the treetops or perch against the cliffs. The property has been designed to blend in with the surrounding environment and botany experts have been consulted to minimize the impact on the existing natural landscapes.

oneandonlyresorts.com

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Fun Christmas Card Ideas With Dogs @Shutterfly

Written by Shutterfly Last Updated: Dec 11, 2019

When it comes to sending Season’s Greetings, the best Christmas cards include the furry family members. And, as if it wasn’t hard enough to get everyone together for your holiday photo, including your pets adds even more of a challenge. Whether they’re full of energy, need to stay on a leash, or they see a squirrel, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to capture a picture-perfect moment. Although you may be unsure about wrangling your dog into the Christmas portrait this year, once you get the shot, you’ll realize all the slobbery licks to the face were worth it. As you gear up for the holidays, use these Christmas card ideas with dogs along with our top tips and tricks to get the paws-itively perfect family Christmas photos.

Dog Christmas Card Ideas And Tips

Taking a Christmas card photo with adults is one thing, but throwing kids and dogs into the mix can make things much more difficult. However, there are plenty of ways to capture festive photos of your tail-waggers. You just have to get creative. Including everything from outfit ideas, photoshoot locations and tips for getting and keeping your dog’s attention, these are some of the best solutions for taking family photos with your dog.

1. Wear Comfy And Coordinated Clothes. 

Happy family with dog labrador retriever are waiting for the New Year in Santa Claus hats while sitting near beautiful Christmas tree at home.

Before you pose for the camera, you should plan out what your family will be wearing for your Christmas photos. First and foremost, make sure that everyone is wearing clothes that they’re comfortable in and that they don’t mind getting a little dirty. Chances are someone will have to wrangle the dog at some point so just make sure that your outfits aren’t ones that need to be dry cleaned.  There’s something about color coordinating outfits that really ties everything together. If your family is planning on wearing similar colors or patterns, get the same colored accessory for your dog. Even if it’s just a bow or bandana, adding a festive piece to your dog’s attire will make for a very cute touch.

2. Dress Fido For The Occasion. 

If you feel like only adding an accessory isn’t going to do the trick, you can also dress your dog up for the photos. Make sure you avoid putting your dog in something that might harm them or cause any sort of discomfort. Play it safe with reindeer antlers, a Santa hat, or an ugly Christmas sweater, if they’re comfortable with it. Just remember that if your puppy isn’t comfortable there is no way you’ll get the shot. You should also avoid wrapping your dog in Christmas lights or putting him or her in a stocking.

3. Stick Close To Home. 

Cat and dog under a Christmas tree. Pets under plaid for a Holiday card.

On a day that’s filled with capturing special moments and a whole lot of love, a destination photoshoot location may sound appealing. Although, when you’re including your four-legged friends in your photos it can be beneficial to stay closer to home. Your dog is used to his or her daily routine and sticking to where there are familiar smells and surroundings will make it easier for your pup to listen to your commands. Plus, you may even be able to take some shots of your dog off the leash, which will be sure to unleash a whole lot of holiday cheer.

4. Get Your Dog Tired Before The Shoot. 

No matter how calm your puppy may be, it’s still going to be difficult to get him or her to stand still with everyone gathered around. Dogs are a smart breed and will most likely pick up on all of the excitement. With everyone all in one place, it could be easy for your dog to mistake the Christmas photoshoot for playtime. Before you take your Christmas card photo, wear your dog out by going for a walk or playing a game of tug-o-war.

5. How To Get And Keep Fido’s Attention. 

Gay Couple Celebrating Christmas at Home With Their Pets, Dog and Cat.

Consider your dog’s personality when it comes to getting him or her to look at the camera. Having a squeaky toy or something that they want on set could be the perfect distraction for your dog. Most dogs are food-driven so it won’t hurt to keep a couple of extra treats in your pocket. You know your dog better than anyone else so go with what you think will work best. If you’re unsure, set up a trial run and see what you can do to keep your puppy’s attention.

  • If you have someone behind the camera it will make it easier to get your dog to look at the camera lens. Just have the photographer keep a toy or treat near the lens.
  • If you are using a tripod to get your Christmas card shot, designate someone to be in charge of getting your dog’s pose ready while everyone else says cheese.

6. Don’t Forget To Take Breaks. 

Don’t put the toys or tug-o-war rope away after the pre-photoshoot playtime and don’t expect your dog to keep full attention for a whole hour. If you get to take photos for ten minutes, you’re doing great. Set up the shot with praise and treats and after you take a couple of frames, let your dog go crazy. Dogs will be dogs, so remember to have patience.

7. Be Prepared To Take Lots Of Photos. 

Christmas photoshoot with family dog.

Have your photographer take as many photos as possible. Or, if you’re taking your Christmas photos yourself, make sure to set the self-timer a handful of times. You never know which click may end up with the perfect candid shot and most of the time, the best photos are the ones that aren’t posed.

Family Christmas Card Picture Ideas With Dogs

There are many different ways to incorporate your dog into the family Christmas card this year. Use the following Christmas card picture ideas with dogs to help you get the perfect photo. When it comes to your family holiday card photo, if there’s one thing that’s for sure, it is that your furry friend needs to be included. Use the following photo ideas to help you decide how you will incorporate Fido in the family holiday photos.

8. Ready For A Close-Up.

If you have a small dog, pick up your pooch and take advantage of getting warm and snuggly with him or her. On the other hand, if you have a 100 pound Labrador Retriever, don’t attempt to pick him or her up instead, just lean down and get close.

9. Have Your Dog On A Leash With The Family.

If your dog is a little more on the hyper side or if you are taking your Christmas photos at a location that your dog isn’t used to, then it is a good idea to keep him or her on a leash.

10. Use His Or Her Natural Habitat As A Backdrop. 

Taking your photos somewhere your four-legged friend is used to will surely make your pup more comfortable with the camera and all of the excitement. When it comes to location, think backyard, inside the house or a nearby park you frequent often.

11. Use All The Photos You Can Fit.

Holiday card ideas with dogs.

Choose a dog Christmas card that allows you to add multiple photos. If you already have the perfect solo shot of your pup you would like to include in your custom Christmas card then select a card that features multiple photos. This way, you’ll be able to add the family photos you took and also solo shots of the furriest member.

12. Try For An Action Shot In The Snow. 

Nothing says, “Happy Holidays!” quite like a dog dashing through the snow. Action shots can sometimes be the easiest to get since you aren’t trying to keep your dog’s attention or get him or her to sit still and look at the camera. If you live in an area where it doesn’t snow, try out the sand. There’s nothing quite like a beach-themed Christmas card.

13. Have Your Pooch Represent The Whole Family. 

Christmas pug dog with Santa's hat and tie.

If for some reason your family can’t all be in the same place at once to get a Holiday photo, you can send a photo of your dog from everyone.

14. Try A Unique Angle.

Try taking the photo from a new and interesting angle. For example, taking a photo from above to showcase ta Christmas wrapping covered floor would make an excellent holiday card idea. Or get down to their level and take a dog’s eye view photo.

15. Present Them With A New Toy.

Cute golden retriever dog playing with ball at Christmastime.

Highlight the Christmas spirit in your dog’s eyes by giving them a new toy. Take the photo right as the see the gift or as they begin to play with it. Your pup is sure to show some serious gratitude, making it the perfect Christmas photo.

16. Give Them A Sign.

For an extra cute prop, give your pooch a sign to hold up. Whether it says “Merry Christmas!” or “Time to fetch some presents,” your loved ones are sure to love receiving the photos as a Christmas card.

17. Get Silly.

Holiday portrait of a Pitbull and a Sphynx cat in Christmas sweaters with blue snow flake background.

Don’t be afraid to show off the silly side of your pooch. Dress them in an ugly Christmas sweater, pose them in an old-fashioned photoshoot, and capture all the funny expressions they’re sure to make.

Dog Christmas Card Sayings

If you are including your dog in your Christmas card photo you can also go one step further and top of your Christmas messages off with a few dog Christmas card sayings. These are some of the cutest and funniest Christmas card messages that all of your recipients will appreciate. Mix and match these dog-friendly greetings with a few of your own words for a very hairy Christmas sentiment. 

  • We Woof You a Hairy Christmas!
  • Merry Christmas from our Pack to your Pack.
  • Have a fetching Christmas!
  • Unleash the holiday cheer this Christmas!
  • Have a paws-itively amazing Christmas.
  • Sending you pugs and kisses this Christmas
  • Canine I just say…you’re the best!
  • Paws a moment this Christmas to reflect on what the season is all about!
  • Merry Christmas. Hope it’s not too ruff!
  • Hounding you to have a Merry Christmas!
  • Dog bless you this Christmas!
  • Sending you all our puppy love this Christmas!
  • Happy howlidays! Hope Santa Paws brings you lots of treats.
  • Santa’s little yelper wants to wish you a Merry Christmas.
  • Have a warm and fuzzy holiday!
  • Wishing you Peace, Love, and Licks!
  • Johnson Family Tails of 2016
  • Have a Doggone Christmas!
  • I’ll do anything for a Cookie.
  • Deck the Paws.
  • Wreck the Halls!
  • Fur you, From us.
  • Feliz Navidog.
  • Yappy Holidays and a Happy New Year
  • It’s never chew late to wish you a Happy Holidays.

Resources Related To Dog Christmas Cards

Pets are a special part of your family and your holiday cards should reflect that. These pet Christmas card ideas and tips will not only help you make your Christmas card unique but also make it a lot easier to achieve the Christmas photos you envisioned. Once you’ve got the perfect shot, send out your perfect Christmas card to show off your furry friend for all to see. 

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The Patio of the Hôtel de Paris is transformed into a “Christmas village” @LaGazetteDeMonaco

For parties, the mythical palace welcomes in its Patio a festive space in the colours of Christmas where mingle among the fir trees, luxury and tradition, gourmet and crafts, shopping and entertainment until January 5th, 2020, from 10am to 7pm with night-time on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm.

Fun and friendly workshops lasting 2 hours will be offered to visitors. They will address various themes such as cooking (preparation of sweet or savoury specialties), floral art, illustration, perfume or the making of Christmas decorations. And a personal creation per participant is key for each animation!

In the evening, every Saturday, artistic performances will amaze the senses of the visitors.

From 6pm an electro jazz vibe will echo in the Patio, followed by the show Aile Emoi by the Compagnie Rêverie Danse Verticale, at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.

Visitors will also be tempted by the gourmet greenhouse and its Christmas delights, to enjoy on the spot or take away.

And at nightfall, the greenhouse will become an ephemeral restaurant where visitors can dine under the stars and in the heart of the Hôtel de Paris.

The entire programme is available here.

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Gift Ideas for Pets ! @TandCmag

Because our four-legged family members like presents too!

By Lauren Hubbard, Nov 8, 2019

Does your pet really need a luxury bed or perfectly festive sweater? Probably not. But when it comes to gift-giving, even your pet (or should we say especially your pet) deserves a lavish show of your love. Here, we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite gifts to treat your dog or cat.

Thermo-Snuggly Sleeper Heated Pet Bed

COURTESY K&H Pet Product
amazon.com $63.65

Give your favorite pup a warm place to rest their head with this cozy heated bed. 

Embroidered Velvet Pet Stocking

Sudha Pennathur
saksfifthavenue.com $30,00

We’re sure you won’t find a lump of coal in these precious velvet stockings.

Holiday Gingerbread House Cat Scratcher

Companion Gear
chewy.com $13.99

This cozy gingerbread house scratcher doubles as holiday decor. 

Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo

Kiehl’s
$24.00

Keep them looking shiny and silky with this luxe dog shampoo.

Santa Mouse and Reindeer Cat Toy

OurPets
chewy.com $7.99

Look out Rudolf! These plush cat toys will keep your feline friend entertained all season.  

Isabella Blush Pet Bed

Haute House
$1 399,00

For the pet who accepts nothing less than the best. 

Dog DNA Test

Embark
$199.00 $129.00 (35% off)

If you’ve ever wondered about Fido’s pedigree, this DNA test can help you figure out your furry friend’s heritage.

Gingerbread House Hide & Seek Plush Dog Toy

Frisco
chewy.com $13.99

Some cute holiday themed toys are just what your pup needs to get into the seasonal spirit. 

Puppy Uppers Treat Canister

Jonathan Adler
$138.00

This elegant striped canister is one treat container you won’t mind displaying.  

Ambush Interactive Cat Toy

PetFusion
amazon.com $22.95

Make your indoor cat feel like a master hunter with a toy that keeps them guessing , like this one which sends an enticing feather popping out of its openings at random intervals—like a kitty version of Whack A Mole.

Cornelia Dog Sofa

Archie & Oscar
wayfair.com $196.99

Doesn’t your four-legged family deserve a sofa as beautiful as yours? 

Rugged Quilted Dog Blanket

L.L.Bean $49.95

It may be cold outside, but your dog won’t be with this ultra-plush quilted blanket. 

Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer and Town & Country contributor who covers beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine, and cocktails. Read the full article by Town & Country here

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End-of-Decade-Worthy New Year’s Eve Experiences Around the World @RobbReport

These over-the-top celebrations from New York to the Maldives will have you toasting 2020 with proper fanfare.

By Devorah Lev-Tov ON DECEMBER 2, 2019

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah Dubai New Year's Eve
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It’s the end of a decade, the end of an era. As 2019 comes to a close and we prepare to welcome 2020 with hopeful hearts, it only makes sense to send off the last year—and last ten years—in style. A simple soiree won’t do this time around. Instead, think bigger: We’re talking two celebrations in two time zones via private jet, an epic house party at one of London’s toniest hotels, and a private party in Dubai for you and 49 of your closest friends. Here are 11 New Year’s Eve celebrations at luxury hotels worth splurging on—after all, how many times do you get to don your finest duds, pop the bubbly, and send off a decade?

Private Fly Package, Sydney, Australia, to Honolulu, Hawaii

fireworks New Year's Eve Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Since a decade New Year’s only comes along once every ten years, may as well celebrate twice, right? Private Fly’s New Year’s Eve Twice Package will fly up to eight people from Sydney, Australia to Honolulu, Hawaii in a Gulfstream G650ER, the world’s fastest flying private charter jet. Start off in Sydney, where you can catch the fireworks bursting over the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight. Then depart Sydney at 2am on the jet—which will be stocked with whatever food and drinks you request—and arrive in Honolulu at 8:30pm, ready to party all over again. From $275,000 for eight passengers.

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, Dubai

Burj Al Arab Jumeriah Dubai New Year's Eve
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Want to ring in the new decade with 49 of your closest friends and family? Rent Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s outdoor private event space, Palm Garden, for a little over $81,000, and the space is yours for the night. Celebrate with up to 50 people, including cocktails, a sit-down dinner, a countdown with Champagne, and incredible views of Dubai’s fireworks display from one of the highest points in the world. Dance under the stars as DJ performances and live entertainment continue into the early hours for 2020. Starting at $81,000; call the hotel to book.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Whitsunday Islands

Inter Continental Hayman Island Resort Australia New Year's Eve
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Ring in 2020 alongside Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, home to some of the whitest sand in the world. The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort’s New Year’s Eve experience for two  begins with a sunset helicopter trip to picture-perfect Whitehaven Beach where a bottle of Champagne awaits. Chopper back to the resort and settle into one of four private cabanas for live entertainment, indulgent seafood, loads more drinks, and front-row seats to stunning fireworks lighting up the star-filled dark sky. $1,350 per adult; just four packages for two people each are available.

The Little Nell, Aspen

The Little Nell, Aspen New Year's Eve
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A legendary luxury hotel in snowy Aspen, The Little Nell is known for its epic New Year’s parties, and this year they’ll be going all out for their 30th anniversary. For those who want to be surrounded by other party-goers, the Dom Pérignon Party will transform the hotel into a chic circus with musical acts, dancers, and acrobats. Mingle in the Hennessy Lounge to the sounds of All That Jazz Sextet and dance to DJ Cyn in the Belvedere Lounge. The Dom Pérignon Lounge will host dueling DJs Niiko and Swae, while an Ice Bar will serve shots of Hennessy Cognac paired with freshly made donuts. Count down to midnight with a fire show leading up to sparkling fireworks over Aspen Mountain. From $650 per person, including bottomless Dom Pérignon, access to top-shelf liquor, canapés, oysters, and a cheese bar.

For a more private affair, book the VIP Cliquot Cats experience, either for the 8pm or midnight fireworks show. Arrive to a private Veuve Clicquot lounge in the Silver Queen Gondola Building with a DJ and drinks. Next, board your private snowcat (one of three available) to be driven to an exclusive seating area overlooking Aspen, complete with chairs, plush blankets, and a glowing fire pit. Here, you’ll be greeted by your dedicated host, who will serve Champagne, caviar, and blinis while you enjoy your front row seats to the fireworks show over Aspen Mountain. Rates are $12,000 per snowcat, which seats 12; drinks and food included.

Faena, Miami Beach

COURTESY OF FAENA, MIAMI BEACH

Miami is never a bad choice for a party, and the over-the-top Faena doesn’t skimp on celebrations. This year’s New Year’s Eve party theme is Tropical Baroque, combining the drama and glamour of Europe’s Baroque period with South American romance. The festivities begin at the hotel’s gilded Cathedral, where guests are greeted with Champagne and cocktails along with live performances. A decadent multi-course feast awaits at your choice of restaurants (pre-fixe dinner from $650 per person); choose Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos and indulge in black truffle and artichoke carpaccio, Osetra caviar and Hanging A5 Wagyu tenderloin, or dine at Pao on the ocean view terrace to savor dishes like Alaskan King Crab with trout roe and white truffle and smoked kama congee. After dinner, head to the Living Room or Tree of Life (tables from $500) and dance the night away. As the clock counts down to midnight, meet at Damien Hirst’s Golden Mammoth sculpture on the beach for exciting live musical performances (from Keba and the Usual Suspects, Jahzel Dotell, and Cimafunk), a dazzling fireworks display, and a few surprises along the way. Tickets from $250.

Palais Coburg, Vienna

Palais Coburg Vienna New Year's Eve
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Ring in the new year like the royalty you are at this palace hotel in Old World Vienna. Palais Coburg will adopt a Golden Twenties theme for the 2020 party, beginning with a gala dinner at either Clementine Im Glashaus ($325 for a seven-course meal with wine, a Champagne toast at midnight, and party admission) or in the Staterooms with star chef Silvio Nickel, who will share his best creations from 2019 ($875 for nine courses with Champagne toast, additional $770 for rare wine pairing, inclusive of Champagne toast and party admission.). At midnight, head to the Grand Portico Terrace for Champagne and fireworks to the sounds of the Blue Danube Waltz and the bells of Stephen’s Cathedral. Afterward, the party continues in the lobby with a specially choreographed performance by members of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Keep celebrating into the early hours at the Golden Twenties main party, featuring two bars, visual effects, and a DJ. Starting to flag? Not to worry: The hotel keeps with Austrian tradition, offering sausages and goulash in the early hours to boost energy levels.

The Knickerbocker, New York City

The Knickerbocker New York City New Year's Eve rooftop Times Square
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The Knickerbocker is renowned for its epic New Year’s Eve party, which always offers the best and closest (just 150 feet away) view of the Ball Drop in Times Square, but is still pleasantly away from the fray. In addition to the party on its St. Cloud rooftop, the hotel offers a $150,000 New Year’s Eve Experience that gets you more than bragging rights. The VIP experience includes luxury accommodations in one of the hotel’s four Tribute Suites, dinner at Charlie Palmer, VIP access to the New Year’s Eve party atop Times Square on the St. Cloud rooftop (with reserved seating in a private, illuminated Sky Pod), a dedicated butler for any food and beverage service, premium bottle service and top-shelf libations, personal luxury velour throws and hand warmers to keep you warm, a Champagne toast at midnight, and live entertainment all night long. Package starts at $150,000.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, Maldives

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas New Year's Eve
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If you want to get away from it all but still party until the fish come home, book a stay at one of the over-water villas at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas over New Year’s. To mark the occasion, a Moulin Rouge themed party will bring cabaret performances, live music, and fireworks to the idyllic island. Start the night with craft cocktails and a gala dinner in the company of stilt walkers, contortionists, fire shows and aerial acrobatics. After dinner, head to the party at SKY and count down under the millions of stars as fireworks light up the sky. Tickets $850 per adult and $425 per child.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Kona Hawaii New Year's Eve
COURTESY FOUR SEASONS RESORT HUALALAI

Get ready to hula you way into the next decade at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The Kona hotel is hosting a Havana Nights New Year’s Eve Gala, complete with a rum bar, vintage cars for Cuban street vibes, and a cigar roller. Tasty Cuban bites include Cuban tamales, yuca frita, ceviche, lomo saltado, camaronep, Paella de langosta, pollo asada, flan de coco, and arroz con leche. The party, which is held at the grand entrance of the resort overlooking the signature pool and the ocean, will also feature live music by the band Impulse and a poem composer who types custom poems on the spot on a vintage typewriter. Stick around for the private fireworks show at midnight. From $395 per person.

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel Cabo San Lucas Mexico New Year's Eve
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The New Year’s Eve party at The Cape is ideal for foodies and music lovers who also appreciate epic ocean views. The evening starts with a lavish dinner ($268 per person) prepared by multi-award-winning Chef Enrique Olvera at his restaurant on property, Manta. This year, he’s bringing the spirit of his famous restaurant Pujol for a one-night-only mash-up menu of both dining hotspots. After dinner, head to the rooftop party for musical performances by Breakbot & Irfane, Yuksek, and Aeroplane. while El Arco loom in the background. The morning after, The Cape is hosting The Cure Day, a poolside barbecue. Entrance to party from $225 per person, $450 per person for private cabana.

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Which Thanksgiving Foods Are Safe to Share With Your Dog? @TheCut

By Kelly Conaboy @kellyconaboy

Thanksgiving is a time to relax and reflect, to be with family, and to tell the Dog god how grateful we are for Her wonderful gift. (Dogs.)

It makes sense, then, that we might want to share some of our Thanksgiving spoils with our dogs, even if we do not normally allow them “people” food. (Though I personally allow my dog certain “people” foods fairly regularly, unless you think that is bad, in which case I abstain from taking a stance on the subject.)

But is our whole Thanksgiving plate up for grabs — the turkey, the stuffing, the thing your family makes as part of a cherished but ultimately disgusting tradition — or are there certain foods we should avoid giving them? I reached out to Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of the American Kennel Club, to see if he could offer us some Thanksgiving guidelines.

Moderation Is Key

“Whatever it is, we have to realize that we have to do it in moderation,” Klein said. Even if you feel like he or she might deserve it, spoiling a dog with food is never a particularly kind thing for a human caretaker to do. “Whenever there’s a change in diet for a dog, they can have a problem with things like vomiting and diarrhea.” Even though some dogs might seem like they can eat anything including literal trash, you can never really predict how a dog is going to react. “So we want to make sure, when we talk about dangers, not to overdo it on even the safe-to-eat foods.”ADVERTISEMENT

Look Out for Insidious Raisins and Grapes

“Under all conditions, and in any amount, we know that raisins and grapes can cause kidney issues in dogs, and this will warrant a trip to the emergency room.” But it’s not just the obvious boxes of raisins (or slightly more pleasant boxes of Raisinettes) that we need to look out for.

“Raisins and grapes can be insidious over the holidays,” Klein said, “popping up in places we might not remember.” That is, various kinds of cookies, trail-mix bars, certain dressings, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Raisins are sneaky little demons, and we have to be on the lookout and vigilant at all times.

No Leeks, Onion, or Garlic

Although they’re not as dangerous as raisins and grapes, onions and garlic can cause hemolytic anemia in dogs — particularly raw onions and garlic. “So we have to be very careful about not allowing our dogs to have anything with onions or garlic, because they can cause problems — as tasty as they are,” Klein said. And it’s true — they are tasty.

NO BONES!!!

“We want to stay away from any cooked poultry bones, turkey or chicken, because they become very brittle after they’re cooked.” Bones, when eaten, can lead to choking and severe internal damage. Klein says to make sure you keep an eye on where you’re disposing your cooked poultry bones, make sure your trash can is covered, and “make sure everyone’s paying attention. Don’t forget about our friendly little Fido the crook.”

Watch Out for Fatty or Spicy Foods

“When we talk about stomach issues, we talk about two things: the obvious gastroenteritis, which is when a dog eats something that doesn’t agree with him and the next thing you know there’s vomit and diarrhea all over the house, and pancreatitis, which is an inflammation of the organ called the pancreas.” Some dogs are sensitive to very fatty (or spicy) foods, and this danger tends to pop up in things like ham and gravy around the holidays.

“What you’ll see in certain dogs that have a tendency to have pancreatitis is that they won’t immediately show signs — sometimes for a couple of days — and then they’ll get quite, quite ill and need to be hospitalized.” Pancreatitis can be triggered by a number of factors, Klein said, but if you know your dog has a predisposition for it, you shouldn’t alter their diet too much, and you certainly don’t want to give them anything fatty or spicy.

Keep Your Medication Out of Reach

Dr. Klein also shared a danger that might not immediately come to mind, from his days as an emergency-room veterinarian. “On Thanksgiving and Christmas, friends and family come to visit and they bring suitcases, and purses, and within them they bring Zip-Lock bags of anti-anxiety medications, or sleeping pills, or marijuana. And they don’t always leave them closed.”

He said he’s seen many a sick animal after they ingested an unknown amount of pills that were kept, for travel, in an unsealed and unlabeled Zip-Lock bag. “And they come into the emergency room and we don’t know how many, what, or when.” He recommends keeping all medication out of reach of children and animals, and always labeling your travel Zip-Locks. Even if it’s marijuana? you’re wondering. Yes!

The Safe Options, Finally

Oh my God, can we give our sweet friends anything on Thanksgiving?! Yes! “Turkey itself is quite safe,” Klein said, “especially the white meat, and especially in moderation.” Not the skin, though, which can be full of things like butter, salt, and sometimes garlic powder — don’t give that — “but the white meat is perfectly fine to give.”

Cranberries are safe, too, but we need to be careful when they’re used in a (typically sugar-heavy) sauce or dressing. A little can go a long way, in that case, and again we have to look out for those insidious raisins which can sometimes find themselves in cranberry-sauce incarnations.

Steamed vegetables are fine, too (string beans, asparagus, sweet potatoes), but not vegetables cooked in any sort of cream or butter sauce, or cooked with a lot of sugar and fat. Perhaps steam some vegetables for your dog friend and put them aside? He doesn’t have to know what he isn’t getting.

And While We’re Here

Dr. Klein says he assumes you know dogs can’t eat chocolate, but he’s seen many holiday mishaps occur when chocolate is left out on a dining-room table; so watch out. (Ditto cocktails.) And make sure your dog isn’t too stressed about the party atmosphere. “It’s asking a lot of a dog to understand the workings of a large family gathering. Most of them are fine with it, but we can’t assume that every dog will be.” True. Or every person!

Read the full article from The Cut here

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