David Duran

David Duran

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Freelance Journalist/Writer Travel-Culinary-Hospitality-Outdoor/Adventure. News. Business. Tech. LGBT. Music. Fashion. Film. Interviews. Profiles. Reviews. Blog Content.

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We Found Your Hawaii Honeymoon Hotel: Maui's Grand Wailea

The Grand Wailea on Maui's South Shore is the ultimate Hawaii experience for new couples — or singles who need a break from the stressful mainland.

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Touring Southern Bohemia

There’s an element of mystery to all the castles and beauty of their individual stories. Royal families and the elite would live within an outrageously extravagant confinement of castle walls, while commoners would only dream of what was beyond the fortifications that kept them out.

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Sydney Mardi Gras: A Gay Post-Mortem

By 1989, the numbers of revelers reached 200,000, and in 1993 the number skyrocketed to 500,000. At this point in time, New South Wales was receiving over $38 million for their economy from the Mardi Gras festivities. Now, Mardi Gras is a combination of approximately 100 different art events, a 70,000 person daytime picnic, the parade, and the post-parade party.

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Flying High With Legendary Air Hostess Pam Ann

World traveler David Duran yukked it up with Pam Ann, née Caroline Reid, to discuss her upcoming performances at Sydney Mardi Gras and in-flight disasters.

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the spa at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona

Located in the center
everything within one of the
most beautiful and illustrious
cities in Europe, the 4-year
old property has a secret
weapon hidden below their lobby level. The moment you exit the elevators and enter The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, a sense of tranquility is immediately felt.

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A Guide To Drinking Through Valentine's Day

It’s that time of year again, the one day where we are either happy in love, or not so much. Luckily, either way, it’s a good excuse to have a few cocktails. Below are some perfect cocktails for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are celebrating with your sweetheart, or wanting to eat your feelings away, enjoy and drink responsibly.

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Dream Destination Abu Dhabi: Where East Meets West

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE, the largest of seven member Emirates, and the second largest in population of the seven, in addition to being the financial capital of the Emirates. It has modern buildings and surroundings similar to Dubai, but at a much smaller and more controlled level.

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More Than Just Jazz

The Japanese owned and inspired hotel turned 40 this year, and although it has been a landmark property to residents on Park Avenue for decades, this once mostly business traveler hotel, is excited to show off all it has to offer to every type of Manhattan visitor.

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Chops & Boxer

The menu is presented in categories such as Starters, Rarely Celebrated, Top Chops & Steaks, Steak Frites, Entrees, and Sides. Starters include selections from the raw bar such as local oysters and classics such as Fluke Ceviche and Steak Tartare.

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Fashion + Architecture = Timeless Glamour

Inside the lobby, a brilliant 8-foot chandelier, inspired by Coco Chanel’s vintage brooch adorns the slim elegant lobby. The chandelier is completely encrusted in Austrian glass crystals and resembles a sunburst. The design group didn’t stop there. Their desired theme of “timeless glamour” is seen throughout the property from the lobby, to guest rooms to the spa and ballrooms.

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The Secret to Skin Regeneration is in the Spa

In 1939, Guerlain opened its first “Institut de Beauté” at 68 Avenue de Champs Elysées and invented an exclusive facial massage technique. Today, that facial massage technique remains just as unique and exclusive as it was the day it was created. The Guerlain name dominates the spa industry and in New York City, one of their best locations is within another iconic name, The Waldorf Astoria.

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The Crescent of Beverly Hills

Ah, Beverly Hills, the place where the rich and famous live. The beautifully manicured streets, lined with high-end shopping and obnoxious tour busses passing by, trying to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. We’ve all seen it on television and on the big screen, but most of us have not ventured to actually visit and stay the night.

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Vegas Faves: Hotels, Bars & Buffet Lines

When planning a Vegas trip, it’s easy to be completely dependent on the hotel property you choose to stay with. They might offer you shows, food and even free play, and although they might all be great offers, don’t be afraid to step outside and check out some other Vegas top spots.

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Alabama's Seaport City - Mobile

I didn’t venture further out into Alabama, and not sure I am ready to just yet, but Mobile did win me over. It’s completely unexpected and beautiful. The food scene has already taken off, and gems like Panini Pete’s serve up some kick-ass food. The antique shops are plentiful and the boutiques full of local artists make it worthwhile.

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New York to Middle East on the World's Most Luxurious Airline

Etihad Airway is the premier airline for all flights in and out of Abu Dhabi. With direct flights from NYC and recently announced Los Angeles and Dallas, with more to come, the company is making sure that they stand out above the rest, providing a level of service that is incomparable to others.