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by Team Gentedimontagna
Freehand New York City's newest boutique hotel, the Freehand New York. Photo by Adrian Gaut.

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Trips to Book

The Caribbean: Set sail on your very own yacht charter with . Through the month of February, the bareboat and flotilla yacht company is offering travelers 15% off on BVI, Antigua, St. Martin, and Tahiti journeys.

U.S. West: Snowboarders and skiiers are buzzing about the new , which gives riders the opportunity to access nearly 50,000 acres of unique terrain across nine states and three Canadian provinces (and Maine and Vermont, too). Set to be the new gold standard for season passes, Alterra Mountain Company partnered with 23 destinations (from Deer Valley to Jackson Hole to Sugar Loaf to Tremblant) and is available this spring for the winter 2018/2019 season.

Los Angeles: Live like Hollywood royalty in the redesigned suites at The Beverly Hills Hotel. includes new luxurious suite accommodations, $75 daily breakfast credit, complimentary valet parking, and late checkout. Reserve now through February 28, 2018, for stays through March 31, 2018. Suites from $2,200 per night.

Darby, Montana: Saddle up at the posh Triple Creek Ranch for  from April 19-22, 2018. Guests will learn the tradition art of roping and other equestrian 101 essentials from seasoned wranglers before tucking into a hard-earned, celebratory barbeque. Lessons are included in the nightly, all-inclusive rate of $1,050 per cabin, based on double occupancy.

Greenport, Long Island: New York City creatives looking for an inexpensive midweek retreat can book a stay at , the North Fork's coolest seaside resort and cultural hub. The $75/night rate is available Sunday-Thursday using code FNFM through March 31, 2018.

Japan: Through March 31, 2018, Hoshino Resorts’ KAI brand is making it a whole lot cheaper for millennials to visit one of . Twentysomethings can enjoy a one-night, two-meal stay at any of the KAI locations for $170 per night by booking the “Traveling 20’s Package.”

Peru, Cambodia, and the Rest of the World: More deals for millennials from , the small group tour company for 18-29 year-olds from Intrepid. Book one of many global trips before February 28, 2018, to get 20% off. 

Antarctica: Elevate your photographic prowess aboard Silversea Cruises’ . The spacious and comfortable luxury expedition cruise ship has a new photo program and studio, ideal for capturing once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Where We've Been

Earlier this month, I toured the Roman and Williams-designed , a 395-room boutique hotel housed in New York City’s former George Washington Hotel. The abundant plant situation on the second floor lobby is not to be missed, nor are the two restaurants by restaurateur Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard and Bar Sardine. Rooms start as low as $129 per night through spring, which feels like a steal for New York City. – Berit, senior editor

Hotel Intelligent

We compiled a list of the , the knockouts, gorgeous retreats, and hideaways that will make you stop in your tracks.

Sugar Beach, the Viceroy luxury resort in Saint Lucia (and a ), has debuted , two stunning new four-bedroom villas to its offerings. If you really love them, you can even buy them.

Inspired by the philosophy of “less, but better,” the studio behind Ace Hotels is launching a new brand called . The first outpost, a 200-room hotel, will open this fall in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Just 90 minutes north of Melbourne, in the Victorian countryside near Nagambie, the Mitchelton Winery Estate has added an elegant 58-room boutique hotel called .

Come May, travelers to New York City will be able to sleep under the stars with a stunning view of both the Statue of Liberty and the iconic New York Skyline at the newest outpost of on Governors Island.

Skiing in the Rockies
This could be you. Photo courtesy Madeline Hotel and Residences, an Auberge Resort.

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Trips to Book

London: Feeling impromptu? Go to London this weekend to see it become the other city of lights for . In honor of the show right outside its doors, , one of , is offering a £382 per night rate.

Colorado: Wishing you had booked a ski getaway? There's still time. is offering a fourth night free at in Aspen, a fourth or fifth night free at their newest resort, in Telluride, and a complimentary upgrade on three, four, or five-bedroom residences at  in Telluride.

Dolomites, Italy: The Ranch Malibu's famous wellness and fitness program is taking their show on the road this summer with from August 19 - September 29.

South Africa: Experience the best of Africa with The Royal Portfolio's , a ten-night affair showcasing the country's varied terrain and four of its most prestigious hotels, including luxury safari lodge Royal Malewane and design hotel The Silo. From $9,245 per person sharing.

Hudson Valley, NY: Mohonk Mountain House, a grand Victorian hotel, has all kinds of fun winter getaway weekend promotions (ballroom dancing, jazz on the mountain), but we have our eye on the March 22-25 . Making a cozy sweater by an even cozier fire? We're in.

Where We've Been

Over the holidays, I finally got a chance to visit a few of the charming upstate New York towns we’re always covering on Gentedimontagna. Thanks to a killer deal on , I spent two days at , a cozy 18th-century Dutch Colonial mansion-turned-B&B with a farm-to-table restaurant. Highlights of my trip included all-day-breakfast spot , a snowy walk to the uber photogenic Saugerties Lighthouse, and drinks at natural wine bar . - Berit, senior editor

I also went upstate over New Year’s to , the newly revamped resort that we covered last month. I loved it — the roaring fires in the common areas, our cozy suite (#6) with the bathtub on a sunlit patio, the terrific restaurant (have the lobster soup!), and the rich cultural history the attentive team is rightfully proud to share (in our room: a framed letter from Martin Luther King, Jr.). I can’t wait to see how they grow and continue the humanist tradition. - Pavia, CEO

I spent the last few weeks of 2017 in paradise. First leg: Sydney, where we split six beach days between Tamarama and Avalon north of the city. (Swimming, sunbathing, smoothies, and dinners in Surrey Hills were the norm.) Then we went to Singapore, where I ate chicken rice more than thrice and stayed in the hip Tiong Bahru neighborhood. To cap it all off, we spent three days in buzzy Hanoi. The highlight: A and drinking past the 12:30 a.m. curfew in a bar that had shut its front gate to avoid getting in hot water with patrolling cops. - Daniel, editor

Spending New Year's weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, was cool and chill — even with our gang of little kids in tow. The high-altitude town is colorful, crafty, and festive; there are outdoor markets, horse-riding charros, and just enough New World touches (i.e.: cortados, bone broth) to keep one from going on chips-and-guac overload. I found wonderful Mexican home goods at , cosmic cow skulls at , and wildly delicious handmade honey chocolate at . My toddler came back with fiesta garland for her bedroom and a newfound love of mariachi music. - Jeralyn, editorial director

Hotel Intelligent

Did you see our (extensive!) roundup of the ? If you're a hotel obsessive like some of us, it will be the cheat sheet you return to again and again.

On our radar for 2019: The new will open on 188 acres at the edge of Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, a prime area for gorilla trekking.

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