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Melanie Nayer
Melanie Nayer is a hotels reporter with a focus on luxury travel. She has been at the forefront of hotel news for the industry covering all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the latest in luxury travel. Previously, Melanie was a business and political reporter for leading newspapers and has contributed articles to magazines and online publications including Fortune Magazine, The Boston Globe and She is a contributing writer to various publications and her work can be seen in The Boston Globe and, USA Today, 4Hoteliers, Wine Enthusiast, Hotel News Now, Destinations Travel Magazine, Prevue Magazine and Women's Health. Find out more about Melanie and read her other published articles at

Entries by Melanie Nayer

The Prettiest Newport Mansions You Can Now Stay In

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:15 AM

Newport, Rhode Island, is home to some of the country's most majestic mansions, built during a time when greed and compromise didn't matter, and martinis flowed from fountains like something out of F. Scott Fitzgerald's books.

Many of these mansions were built for military stays - places to seek...

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Hooked on Healthy Travel

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 4:01 PM


Don't drink too much on flights. Don't load up on fried or salty foods while traveling. Drink plenty of water. These "healthy travel tips" have been circulating for years, and they're dead-on accurate: bloating occurs at 35,000 feet, so if you...

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Hotels Get Into the Holiday Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 6:25 AM

It's that time of year, again - time to take a look at how hotels are decorating for the holiday season.

From designer trees in London to trees made solely of French macaroons, and lobbies turned into gingerbread villages, we rounded up the most festive, fun and spirited displays from...

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Beyond America's Cup: Sailing in New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 7:25 AM


"There's nothing in the world -- and no place in world -- like sailing in the South Pacific," said Warren Douglas, head of communications for Emirates Team New Zealand team.

San Francisco is playing host to the world's most prestigious sailing competition, the 34th...

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Boston: Open For Business

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 8:09 AM


This morning I woke up, laced up my running shoes and set out for a run. Like many others in Boston today, nothing was going to break my stride.

I've spent years running along the Boston Esplanade, walking the Freedom Trail, and...

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Forbes Travel Guide Releases 2013 Star Award Winners

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 8:00 AM

The prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Star Award Winners (which recognizes exceptional hotels, restaurants and spas all over the world) are out, and according to Forbes editors this is the biggest list to date (it also includes Forbes Travel Guide recommendations in various cities). These hotels, restaurant and spas...

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The Judgement Of Paris Reenacted For Luxury Travelers

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 7:00 AM

If 2012 was the year of conceptualizing the hotel experience, 2013 will be the year those experiences actually come to life. In an effort to appeal to more luxury travelers, hotels will continue to invent the extraordinary for their guests. We've seen everything from deep sea dining to sky-high spas,...

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Hotels Dress Up For The Holidays

(5) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 6:30 AM

It's that wonderful time of the year, where no matter where you travel to you'll be guided by thousands of twinkling lights and fueled through gingerbread cookies and hot cocoa. It's the holidays, and to celebrate the season hotels around the world are greeting guests with some magical displays and...

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5 Hotel Gift Shops Perfect For Holiday Shopping (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 7:10 AM

Plan to do your holiday shopping from a hotel gift shop? Only if your friends are really into shot glasses, horribly tacky t-shirts and tiny packets of Advil. Or, unless you plan to be at some of the best hotels in the world (as seen below), whose shops double as...

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Diane Von Furstenberg Adorns Australia's Luxury Island With A Touch Of High-Fashion (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Cashmere linings, organic cotton linens, specially-printed drapery, personal art collections -- when fashion designers work with luxury hotels, the end result is an experience worth indulging in. "Wearing" a room connects a guest with a designer, allowing a deeper look into how luxury weaves palettes of color into experiential stays....

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Virgin America, Banana Republic Team Up to Bring Fashion Back to Flying

(43) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 8:10 AM

There once was a time when the fashion industry's most significant runway was at 35,000-feet and enclosed in a metal tube. Pill hats, go-go boots, designer scarfs and dresses designed by haute couture fashion houses were just some of looks that graced the in-flight crew on board the nation's top...

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Duchess For A Day: Lismore Castle, Ireland (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 7:15 AM

When your world centers around a 750-square-foot hardwood bolt hole in a major city, it's hard to imagine what you would do with an acre of land, let alone a 23-room castle full of priceless artwork and history. That's the quandary I faced when I arrived in Waterford County, Ireland,...

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Local Flavors Of The Dominican Republic With Chef Martin Berasategui (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 7:45 AM

In 4:23 seconds, and without speaking a single syllable, Chef Martín Berasategui whipped up a plate of lobster, yucca, plantains and fresh fruit marinade that did more for the taste buds than it did for the English language. It needed no words, just some utensils and a clean palate perfect...

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Style Tips From Virgin Atlantic's RUNWAY Magazine (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 7:56 AM

If you've ever sat cramped, in a middle seat in coach, on a red-eye flight, you likely understand the swollen feet, baggy eyes, pale skin, crumpled clothes and general feeling of discomfort and dishevelment that results when you finally arrive at your destination. On the contrary, if you're in business...

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From Cell Service To Sanctuary: A Moment Of Clarity In Sedona

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Can a tech-addict who always travels with extra battery packs for her laptop and phone survive seven days in the desert with no cell service and limited Wi-Fi access? I honestly didn't know.

I packed up and embarked on one of Mii amo's "journeys," a seven-day excursion (or...

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Hotel Holiday Spirit: Decorations From Around The World (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 11:30 AM

The holiday season is officially underway, and there's no place better to see some of the best seasonal displays that at hotels. Properties around the world deck the halls with everything from crystal ornaments to life-like Santas, ushering in an ambiance that inspires visions of sugar-plum fairies and candy-land dreams....

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Luxury Travel Gifts For Your Wandering Loved Ones

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 6:47 AM

'Tis the season for shopping and, for the those with a little extra to spend, 'tis the season to make a grand impression.

Here's a little tip holiday shoppers: Frequent travelers want luxury, comfort and convenience when it comes to gifts. There's no extra room in our luggage for...

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Forbes Travel Guide Announces 54th Annual Five- and Four-Star Awards

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 10:43 AM

Frette linens, canopy beds, Michelin-star restaurants, serene spas and world class service are just a few of the essentials that make luxury travel worth the experience. But when hotels take things to the next level, the stars really shine.

Known for its excellence in defining the extraordinary, Forbes Travel...

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Hyatt Regency New Orleans Re-Opens After Katrina (PHOTOS)

(29) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 7:44 AM

It's been six years since Hurricane Katrina battered the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, but it's hard to forget the images: blown-out windows, glass shattered, torn curtains, a shredded American flag blowing in the wind from what was the hotel's front entrance. The shattered building served as a place...

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9/11 Anniversary: 10 Years Later, Tourists Check-in To Lower Manhattan (PHOTOS)

(13) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 7:29 AM

2011-09-07-RitzCarltonNYCexterior300.jpg The words "rebirth," "re-energize" and "revival" are commonly spoken when referring to Lower Manhattan. But, 10 years after the horror experienced on September 11, 2001, the words have taken on more than just a somber and emotional element.

Since 2001, hotel...

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