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In the Spotlight: Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

View from Grand Hotel Saigon’s Rooftop Cafe So far this year, Oyster has significantly upped its coverage of Asia. We’ve added luxury hotels in Phuket, and cheap treehouse digs in Chiang Mai. We’ve visited all-inclusives in the Maldives, and the world’s most over-the-top resort in Dubai. And now, we’re fresh from a trip to Vietnam’s…

Inside the #1 Rated Hotel in New York City

Home to popular sites like the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Times Square, New York City is a must-visit for people all over the world. Already the most populous city in the United States, the Big Apple saw a record 56.4 million visitors in 2014. To accommodate all those tourists, the city is filled…

First Look: The Newly Renovated Akumal Bay Beach Resort in Mexico

Just a 15-minute beachside walk south of Akumal’s hustle and bustle, the 324-room Akumal Bay Beach and Wellness Resort is a luxury all-inclusive with a long, beautiful beach. After undergoing a massive revamp in late 2014, this property has added a handful of spots to eat and grab a drink; a rustic wellness center with…

You’ll Moon Over Mexico’s Moon Palace Resort

Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is a gigantic, all-inclusive, luxury resort along Cancun’s Mayan Riviera. With 2,433 rooms across three resort sections — each with their own decor, design, amenities, and appeal — it’s no shock that this is the largest Palace property in the world. From Sunrise’s larger-than-life pool and Flowrider machine, to…

Is This a Hobbit Hole or a Hotel?

Mount Hartman Bay Estate is a unique, 11-room luxury boutique hotel in Grenada, with truly eye-catching undulating design. We’ve seen plenty of avant-garde hotel architecture in our travels, but this hotel is up there with among the strangest we’ve seen. It reminds us a whole lot of a Hobbit hole from “Lord of the Rings.”…

The Most Peaceful Spot in Barbados

Spa at the Coral Reef Club With 12 acres and 88 rooms, and a location reached by a long, tree-lined driveway, the upscale Coral Reef Club is incredibly tranquil. It has a lot to offer on the competitive and ritzy west coast, including two pools, a scenic beachfront with plenty of lounges, a huge open…

What a Sweet Stay on Antigua Looks Like: Sugar Ridge

This property is NEW on Oyster! One of the newer properties on the island, this chic 60-room boutique resort was built in 2009 and feels modern and fresh. The entire hotel has a spa-like ambience to it, with clean lines and soft lounge music — and the spa itself, with Aveda brand products, is an…

What an Affordable Boutique on Spain’s San Jose Bay Looks Like…

Step inside… The 32-room Hotel MC San Jose is a chic boutique (NEW on Oyster) with stylish details and plenty of friendly warmth and personality from the small staff. A pretty selection of cacti, palms, and shrubs makes the entrance to the hotel even more inviting, and it backs onto a cheerful garden, full of…