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Duane Wells
International Luxury Travel & Lifestyle Expert Duane Wells has traveled the world and back again seeking out the best destinations and the best those destinations have to offer -- from hotels and spas to restaurants, nightlife and local tourist attractions. Duane's motto is "living well" and each week he reveals his insider tips and finds to encourage readers to pack for the most extraordinary vacations of a lifetime.

A resident of Los Angeles when he isn’t globetrotting or stalking his next celebrity profile, Duane is also a committed Anglophile and as such spends a good deal of time in London (which by the way, he says is home to the best martini ever at The Egerton House Hotel.) Over the last 15 years, Duane has written about travel, lifestyle and entertainment for a clutch of distinguished publications around the world including Homefront, Passport,TimeOut, Advocate, Instinct and Out . In the course of his work, Duane has visited nearly every corner of the globe and interviewed celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Tony Bennett to Jackie Collins, Eva Longoria-Parker and Chris Cornell to name a few.

Using his background as the former managing editor of a digital publication and host of "Here's The Thing," an hour-long daily travel radio program, Duane has launched his own home on the web at Additionally, as a leading travel expert, Duane has also been a featured speaker at key travel industry trade shows. Prior to becoming a luxury travel guru, Duane worked in both the fashion and modeling businesses.

In the few rare times that Duane stays put at home, he gets back to work on completing his first novel, "Heaven or Hell, Darling?," as well as continuing a collection of short essays entitled, "One Day I Woke Up and Everybody was Wearing Culottes!"

Entries by Duane Wells

Caught a Chill? Five Luxuriously Warm Winter Getaways

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Though the dog days of winter may well be almost fully upon us, a slew of new properties and hotels in veritable hotspots around the globe have either recently debuted or will soon be opening to help chase away the winter blues. Here are but five of the more luxurious...

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On Location With Leonie Prendergast -- 'Jimi: All is By My Side'

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 5:40 PM


His meteoric rise to fame in 1967, underwritten by the performance during which he literally set his guitar alight on stage and co-signed by his premature death at the age of 27 in 1970, secured an iconic place of honor for Jimi Hendrix...

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Cécile zu Hohenlohe: The Princess and her Traveling Jewels

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:18 PM

"Wherever I lay my jewels, I lay my head."
-- HSH Princess Cécile zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg


It was on one of those stereotypically crisp, sunny late afternoons that are so emblematic of springtime in the City of Angels that I first met HSH...

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Catalina Dreamin'

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 4:06 PM


There is at least one place in Los Angeles County where cars are scarce, the pace is slow and wild buffalo, rather than paparazzi, roam free. It is about 22 miles off the coast of Southern California and accessible primarily by boat or...

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Gilded Newport: Monuments to America's Fortunes

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:54 PM


"Newport, Rhode Island, that breeding place--that stud farm, so to speak--of aristocracy; aristocracy of the American type."
-- Mark Twain


More than a few movies and books have been written about it. Just as more than a few American...

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Element Lifestyle: The Personal Concierge to the A-List

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:02 PM


Dream maker, dream maker, make me a dream.

Ever wondered how the celebrated glitterati of our time manage the fantastically dreamy lives that are, on a weekly basis, splashed across the covers of those glossy periodicals and sensational tabloids that paper newsstands at...

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The Biggest Name in Luxury You've Probably Never Heard of...

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:31 PM


I was first introduced to work of Marc Marmel by Gay L. Harwin, who is, in addition to being one of the most influential attorneys in Los Angeles, one of the chicest women I know. Over lunch one day, I took a particular...

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Chatting Up Stephen Collins: Palm Springs' Man About Modernism

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 4:41 PM

You probably know Stephen Collins as the irrepressibly dashing and undeniably urbane host of Bravo's Property Envy, the panel talk show he presided over alongside property expert Jeff Lewis, interior designer Mary McDonald, and Chicago-based real estate guru Brandie Malay. However, I first met the Renaissance man in his pre-television...

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Cozying Up to History at London's Criterion Restaurant

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Standing proudly in the thriving heart of lively Piccadilly Circus since 1874, The Criterion Restaurant in London hasn't simply stood the test of time, it has aced it. In an age where so many restaurants are hot today and forgotten tomorrow, The Criterion Restaurant has earned the designation 'timeless' not...

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More | London: By Appointment

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Once safely (and royally) ensconced in my accommodations at The Queen's favorite hotel, the Goring, I set off to explore a few of the other more interesting names on the roster of Royal Warrant Holders, that grand coalition of people and companies whose products and services buttress the...

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London: By Appointment

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Who says you need a tiara to live like a royal?

Sure... royalty may be to London, as Wall Street is to New York, or as Hollywood is to Los Angeles, but it does not necessarily follow that one needs either a crown or a royal bloodline in order to...

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Rollin' on the (L.A.) River

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 1:05 AM

Me, a kayak and a river... in truth, it should never have happened. I am, after all, the luxury travel guy, not Bear Grylls. But, alas, happen it did on a warm, sunny afternoon just a few weeks ago. It was pure Man (Me) vs. River (LA).

In spite of...

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Remembering Normandy: Let Us Never Forget

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:19 PM

For years I honestly didn't understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. The fact that the former honors the brave men and women who have died during military service, while the latter recognizes all veterans of the armed forces, living or dead, was a distinction that had always...

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Glamping Debuts in Downtown Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 3:59 AM

When Andy Warhol famously said "I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic," he was obviously referring to the City of Angels' longstanding fascination with artifice. So is it any surprise that in the city where everything is...

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On a Power Trip With Jackie Collins

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 7:01 PM

There are days when even I think I've picked a pretty good gig in this life -- this is definitely one of those days. I am contemplating what a journey life can be. It really is sort of a, well, trip, when you think about it.

When I was barely...

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Why The Thompson Became Beverly Hills' Hippest Address

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 7:00 AM

Though Beverly Hills has its fair share of grande dame hotels whose histories come embroidered with tales of scandalous celebrity romances, lavish soirees and all sorts of shenanigans, time marches on, bringing with it a slate of new faces and hotspots. At this particular moment, there is no brighter star...

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Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's Manager, Saved My Trip To Phoenix

(9) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 7:00 AM

It started off as a bad day. In fact, it started it off as a very bad day that I didn't imagine could possibly end up involving Justin Bieber.

A week of calamities including a car accident and the end of a long-distance romantic liaison culminated in my arrival at...

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For The Love Of Spain: Me, Madonna And A Town Called Ronda

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 4:30 PM


Okay so before I begin to wax poetic about my love affair with Spain, here's a little truth. Yes, I have broken a limb and been hospitalized in Madrid for nine days (and yes the limp is finally gone thank you very much). And yes, it is...

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