David Duran

David Duran

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Connextions Magazine

Travel Experts From Around The World Share Their Secrets - David Duran

Connextions Magazine catches up with gay travel expert David Duran.

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Four LA Hotels That Will Make You Want To Book a Trip Now

With so many hotel options in Los Angeles, where is one to stay? In LA, it’s all about location and being in the midst of everything. When we travel to LA, we imagine sophistication, a hip vibe and a fun scene to take in. There are a ton of hotels all throughout Los Angeles to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites.

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Dining at "the World's Most Expensive Restaurant"

Ok, so it might not be the most expensive, but it’s on the list for sure. The difference here is that I really wouldn’t consider this place to be in the same category as restaurants, only because it’s so much more than that. I knew when I was headed to Ibiza that I was going to indulge. I mean, the parties, the yachts, the people…the options were limitless. What I didn’t think I would be doing was carving out a chunk of my evening to be a part of a dining experience so exclusive that it requires reservations well in advance.

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Fort Lauderdale - Hello Sunny!

After sleeping in the next morning and then enjoying breakfast in the Club Lounge of the hotel, I met up with a friend anddrove out to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat ride with a reptile expert. We went, we saw, we spun in circles drifting in an airboat and then we returned back to the park. Our guide wanted to show us a few of the animals up close and when I saw the big yellow Britney Spears boa constrictor, I knew that this was my opportunity to recreate a classic music video.

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More Than Yachts – The Palm Beaches Are Calling

Have you ever seen that movie, Heartbreakers, with Jennifer
Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver? You know, the one where they are in Palm Beach
and trying to con their way into fortunes by marrying rich billionaires who live in the area. So basically, that was my only reference of Palm Beach I had when I decided to fly down for the Gay Polo League’s 7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament.

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The PInk Lady Gets a Facelift

The modernization of classic hotel properties can come with a price because at times, the integrity of the architecture or décor can be compromised when updates take place, but today, luxury travelers are not only wanting, but expecting even the most historic hotels to fully up to date with every modern convenience on could ever need. And who can blame them? With so many choices for travelers, even the most classics need a facelift. La Valencia Hotel, affectionately referred to as the “Pink Lady” or “La V” by many who have stayed there, is located in the heart of La Jolla, overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Maui is For Foodies

The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier destination event in the Pacific. The festival took place over two weeks on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamahuchi and Alan Wong, the festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.

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Sexy Beach Tasty Secrets : Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita

What caught our attention besides their newly renovated "sexy beach" project, new shack bar overlooking the ocean, amphibious pool servers that cater to all your needs, and the stunning vistas...were the drinks.

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Westin Hilton Head

The Westin brand has taken a major turn in the past
few years by introducing a healthier concept. With
focus on the mind, body and spirit through different
initiatives, they are truly making the guest experience
with their resorts and properties a more welcoming
one

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Aloha From Paradise

Having had taken a Un-Cruise Adventure in Alaska last year, I
knew they would be the right partner to indulge my Hawaiian
curiosities.The
Hawaii Un-Cruise I opted for was a 7 night outdoor adventure
based, 36-passenger luxury yacht cruise, something radically
different from the larger cruise ships.

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Music History Hotel

Sunset Boulevard, the hippest and most desired rooftop pool in LA, and one serious connection to music are three very important factors of what makes the Andaz West Hollywood one of, if not the coolest hotel in Los Angeles.

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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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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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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.