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Americans flock to Miami for its beautiful weather and robust cultural scene.

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With a stunning array of culinary options and outdoor actives year-round, Miami represents a dream destination for tourists across the world. 

Savoy Hotel

Just steps from the world-famous Art Deco strip on Ocean Drive in South Beach lies this intriguing boutique Savoy Hotel. The oceanfront complex features 31 refined suites designed to match the tropical charm of the beachside as well as two outdoor pools. It is here that sophisticated foodies will find great satisfaction in some of the most sweeping views they could ever imagine paired with The Savoy’s renowned service and attention to detail. 

Sitting on over 200 linear feet of beachfront with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean, guests can relax tableside taking in all South Beach has to offer. With the robust culture heritage influenced by the large Latin American population, The Savoy Hotel is the perfect environment for enjoying Latin American cuisine, from fresh ceviche to exotic tropical fruits in a refined setting. 

The hallmark restaurant at the Savory is the Sandbar by Georgios. Featuring a menu consisting of homemade Asian and internal fusion bites, and signature cocktails, this is truly an oasis for foodies. Unparalleled visits set the tone that is helmed by the legendary Miami restaurateur.

Georgios Vogiatzis

As president of Georgios Hospitality, Georgios Vogiatzis is known as the man with the Midas touch, making a name for himself in the South Beach food scene. One of his other locations, Santorini by Georgios quickly became one of the highest-rated destinations on South Beach. Locals and tourists alike reveled at the hotspot in person and online as the business continues to thrive today. 

In 2020, Georgios was given the opportunity by the successful real estate investor and developer Eric Hadar to manage dining operations at the Savoy Hotel & Beach Club. 

Eric Hadar

Eric Hader is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Allied Partners, a private real estate investment, development and management company based in NY with offices in Miami.  He is also the co-owner of Brown Harris Stevens and Halstead Property. Current projects include hotel, residential, retail, private aircraft, fashion including his latest project, Ivanna Farms Hotel- which was formerly Breawold Farm in Bedford Corners, NY.

Additionally, Allied Partners has recently invested in a fleet of luxury chartered aircrafts as part of their luxury concierge service. Holistically, Hadar oversees a real estate powerhouse catered towards the New York City and Miami metropolitan areas. With their expanding portfolio of offerings Georgios has continuous support while maintaining creative freedom in the overhaul of the Savoy Hotel on South Beach.

Georgios believes the people gravitate to Miami for the tropical environment and unique food scene. He compares the lifestyle and attraction for foodies to be similar to what he sees from his homebred roots in Greece. The South Florida restaurant and hotel business has continued to shine because of the attraction to the beach setting coupled with top-notch hospitality.  

Savoy Hotel

“When you come from a loving place you know that working in this industry is just like being with your family,” Georgios states. “We have loyalty and that loyalty helps build a great business.”

The Savoy Hotel & Beach Club’s embracing nature stands out among hotels on South Beach and represents the pinnacle to hospitality and refinement. This is the main reason even local food lovers flock to the resort and sink their teeth into exquisite cuisine on any given day. https://www.savoy-miami.com/en/

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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The Perfect Travel and Summer Sandal

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Ipanema sandals are based in Brazil, and the sandal is named after one of the most famous beaches worldwide. Ipanema sandals are made with a durable Flexpand 100% recyclable plastic and use at least 30% recycled materials, while 99% of all factory waste is recycled or reused.

I Turkey this summer. Last year I really needed a sandal that looked great but handled well in water. Have you ever notice that a lot of summer shoes slip and slide when it rains? Also the beaches of the Mediterian  They take up no room in suitcase or a purse, are incredibly light being that they are all made of rubber. It feels like you are wearing nothing at all, yet are sturdy. These are perfect and you will not need another pair of sandals for anything.

I got the Ipanema Women’s Class Edge Glow Sandals ($32). The Ipanema Shimmer sandals are so soft, and feel great. They are silent when you walk in them, with no noise on the ground and no noise of anything hitting your foot. They also have a section on top that connects to the band around your ankle; this is the shimmer part. The strap is adjustable and o nce adjusted you do not need to undo it each time, making them very easy to slip on since the material is so stretchy.

I will definitely be ordering more.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps and Hampton Events For May

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The Hampton’s summer kicked off with a Kentucky Derby Party at Blu Mar Southampton With Victoria Schneps. T2C’s friend and contributor Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene had invited me but I was quadruple booked.

Roger Sichel and his wife Ilene

Zac Erdem Restaurant owner of Blu Mar

Phil Boyle President and CEO of OTB Suffolk County

guests

 

Fascinato -istic Dan and Vickie

All pics are thanks to Roger Sichel.

 

The 13th Annual Montauk Music Festival happens May 16th – 19th at the Montauk Yacht Club. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit Lucia’s Angels & East End Coalition for Women’s Cancers. For up-to-date schedules, artists, and venue information…. click here.[We know there are a few tech issues which we are working on fixing before the festival.

 

On May 19th Farm 2 Fork, an immersive food experience of the High Country taking you on a taste sensation journey. Your day begins with a fun-filled farm trail, visiting three of the High Country’s most acclaimed local producers, followed by a delicious long-table lunch prepared by much-loved celebrity chef and raconteur Alastair McLeod (Channel 7’s Weekender). At 9am from Chapman Park, Hampton, you board a coach that will take you to a mystery farm for a meet-and-greet tour, before moving on to the second and third farms. Your fourth and final destination will be a magnificent venue where you’ll sip a signature cocktail from Pechey Distilling on arrivalThen it’s time for the mouth-watering four-course meal, prepared by Chef Alastair. The menu will showcase fine local ingredients and be matched with wonderful wines from award-winning Rosalie House.

On May 26th the Hamptons kickoff event of the summer on Memorial Day weekend the Rosé Soirée Presented by Wilmington Trust. Celebrate with the seasons unofficial drink….rosé! Enjoy flowing rosé wine from around the world and on the East End. Eats from top chefs around the NY area including exclusive opportunities to taste from private chefs and Emmy nominated chefs as they join the best restaurant cuisine.

Tickets include tastings from over twenty rosé wines sourced from the best wineries throughout the South Fork, North Fork and top wine regions from across the world, as well as over fifteen top chefs offering up their best bites. Plus enjoy a full bar of craft beers, speciality cocktails, DJs, live music and lots of fun.

Tickets include all food, rosés, drinks and entertainment

General Admission enjoys the party from 6:30-9PM

VIP enjoys early entry to the party along with an exclusive Hampton Water afterparty 6-10:30PM

 

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Journey to the Clouds: Discovering the Mystique of Machu Picchu

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A trip is something other than investigating new areas; Taking in the character, culture, and history of a place that has stood the test of time is the only thing that matters. One of the most perplexing and well-known tourist destinations in the world is Machu Picchu, an ancient Incan city in the Peruvian Andes.

Unveiling the Wonder of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” is not merely a tourist spot; it’s a journey into the past, a trek through the clouds, and an exploration of an ancient world. Hidden from the outside world until its rediscovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, this UNESCO World Heritage site has captivated historians, archaeologists, and travelers alike with its intriguing history and breathtaking landscapes.

The Journey to Machu Picchu

The adventure to Machu Picchu begins long before you reach the ruins. The journey is as mesmerizing as the destination itself. Most travelers start their journey in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco, with its blend of Inca and Spanish colonial architecture, serves as the perfect prologue to the Machu Picchu experience.

From Cusco, you can take the scenic train route to Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. The train journey is an experience in itself, offering panoramic views of the Sacred Valley and the Urubamba River, set against the backdrop of the rugged Andean mountains. For the more adventurous, the four-day Inca Trail trek is a popular choice, offering a challenging yet rewarding hike through lush cloud forests, past ancient Incan sites, and over high mountain passes, culminating in the iconic Sun Gate view of Machu Picchu at sunrise.

Exploring the Mysteries of Machu Picchu

Arriving at Machu Picchu, you’re greeted by a spectacular sight – a city of intricate stone structures, terraced fields, and awe-inspiring engineering, all harmoniously blended into the mountainous landscape. As you wander through the ruins, you can’t help but wonder about the people who once inhabited this city. Machu Picchu served as a royal estate for Inca emperors and nobles, a center of worship, and an astronomical observatory.

Key sites within Machu Picchu include the Intihuatana stone, believed to be an ancient sundial; the Temple of the Sun, offering a view of the first rays of the sun during the summer solstice; and the Room of the Three Windows, symbolizing the Incan cosmology of the world’s three planes: the sky, the earth, and the underworld.

Connecting with Nature and Culture

Machu Picchu is not only about the ruins. It’s also about the stunning natural environment that surrounds it. The site is nestled in the lush Peruvian cloud forest, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Orchids, butterflies, and rare bird species add to the magical aura of the place.

Moreover, the local culture adds another layer to the Machu Picchu experience. Interacting with the descendants of the Incas, the Quechua-speaking people, offers insight into the living heritage of this ancient civilization. The colorful markets, traditional textiles, and local cuisine provide a taste of the Andean culture that is as vibrant today as it was centuries ago.

Preserving the Legacy

The allure of Machu Picchu has not waned over the centuries, but its popularity comes with challenges. Conservation efforts are crucial to preserving this archaeological gem for future generations. As travelers, it’s important to respect the site, adhere to designated paths, and follow the guidelines set by the authorities to minimize environmental impact.

Planning Your Visit

Visiting Machu Picchu requires planning, especially since the number of daily visitors is limited to protect the site. Booking in advance is essential, and working with a reputable travel company can ensure a seamless experience. For more information and to plan your visit to this awe-inspiring site, check out Machu Picchu Tours by Metropolitan Touring.

Machu Picchu stands as an emblem of the rich cultural heritage and architectural brilliance of the ancient Incan civilization. Perched high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, this awe-inspiring citadel whispers tales of a bygone era, inviting travelers to delve into its mysteries and marvel at its splendor.

For history enthusiasts, Machu Picchu is a treasure trove of ancient secrets waiting to be uncovered. Its intricate stone structures, terraced fields, and ceremonial plazas offer glimpses into the daily lives and religious practices of the Inca people. Walking through its labyrinthine streets, visitors can’t help but feel a profound connection to the past, as if stepping back in time to witness the glory days of a once-thriving empire.

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Get Ready for New Island-Hopping Vacations

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New island-hopping vacations are around every corner: Royal Caribbean International has revealed the next in its lineup of 2025-2026 adventures. For the summer and winter, seven favorites will cruise from seven U.S. cities in Florida, Northeast, Puerto Rico and Texas on 5-to 12-night vacations.

The highlights in store for every type of family and adventurer include Odyssey of the Seas’ second consecutive winter season in the New York area and game-changing Oasis Class vacations to the eastern and western Caribbean with Allure of the Seas from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Galveston, Texas, as well as Symphony of the Seas from Bayonne, New Jersey, and Miami. Plus, travelers looking for more time in the picturesque northern Atlantic coast can have their pick from Brilliance, Jewel, Liberty and Vision of the Seas across a combination of Boston; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bayonne; and Baltimore, and Maryland.

From the pristine shorelines to turquoise waters and vibrant cultures in the southern, eastern, and western Caribbean, and The Bahamas, the tropical destinations on the horizon have adventures of all kinds. Vacationers can island hop to spots like Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Cozumel, Mexico; Castries, St. Lucia; St. Johns, Antigua; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Royal Caribbean’s marquee private destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas and Labadee, Haiti. With thrill and chill at Perfect Day at CocoCay’s two towers of adrenaline-pumping waterslides and the island’s first adults-only oasis, Hideaway Beach, plus Labadee’s five stunning shorelines, a vibrant local artisan’s market and the world’s longest overwater zip line, everyone can make memories in more ways than one. And for

adventurers looking to venture up the East Coast, there are memorable destinations to explore in New England and Canada, including Portland, Maine; Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada; and more.

Bold Quantum Class Experiences

With a bold lineup of thrilling experiences and signature adventures that vacationers know and love, Odyssey features experiences for all ages, including the deck-defying RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator, the North Star all-glass observation capsule, and a vibrant resort-style pool deck inspired by the Caribbean. Plus, there are more than 25 restaurants, bars and lounges like Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Teppanyaki and Wonderland; as well as one-of-a-kind entertainment in high-tech venues like Two70 and the Royal Theater.

Odyssey of the Seas – From Bayonne

Following its second consecutive summer in Europe, Odyssey will call the New York area home once again. Vacationers looking to beat the winter blues can escape on 7-night vacations to The Bahamas, including the top-rated Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Oasis Class Adventures for the Whole Family

The original game-changers, Oasis Class ships feature a combination of ways to make memories across signature neighborhoods. Popular experiences include the 10-story Ultimate Abyss dry slide, The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, full-scale entertainment across four stages: air, ice, water and theater; a nine-deck-high zip line, twin FlowRider surf simulators; and more than 40 restaurants, bars and lounges – from American steakhouse Chops Grille to Izumi, with Japanese-inspired flavors and more.

Symphony of the Seas – From Bayonne and Miami

This Oasis Class favorite is back in the Northeast for the summer to visit Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida, and Perfect Day at CocoCay ahead of returning to Miami in October 2025. On 7-night eastern and western Caribbean vacations, travelers can island hop from Royal

Caribbean’s private destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay and Labadee; Falmouth, Jamaica; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and more.

Allure of the Seas – From Fort Lauderdale and Galveston

Vacationers looking for winter getaways from Fort Lauderdale can choose from alternating 6- and 8-night eastern and western Caribbean adventures to Charlotte Amalie, San Juan and The Bahamas’ historic capital of Nassau, plus each eastern Caribbean getaway will visit Perfect Day at CocoCay. To close out the adventure-packed season, Allure will return to Royal Caribbean’s first zero-energy terminal in the Lone Star State for 7-night getaways to the western Caribbean, which will visit Roatan, Honduras, and Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

More ways to see and explore the Caribbean will be revealed. Vacationers can book the new and upcoming adventures by visiting Royal Caribbean’s website.

 

 

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The Most Exclusive Casino Venues/Resorts In The World

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Casinos are all across the world and have millions of people looking to enjoy the many items they offer. But when it comes to casino venues/resorts, there is a tier dynamic. Some are more exclusive than others and attract people who may be ready to wager millions of dollars and enjoy the many accommodations these locations offer. These casinos are open to everyone, but wealthy individuals are some of the most prominent visitors. These casinos are known to provide the best entertainment and fun for those inside their building and have an atmosphere that these online casino sites could only dream of.

Below, we will look at some of the most exclusive casino venues/resorts worldwide.

Exclusive casino venues/resorts

Here are some well-known casinos from various parts of the world

  1. Venetian Macao Resort, Macau – China – Macau is one of the top locations all across the world when it comes to luxurious casinos. Having been in operation since 2007, this casino is a mirror image of the casino in Las Vegas bearing the same name. Being 376,000 square feet, it also holds the honor of being the tallest casino in the world. But what makes it stand out is the variety of options inside. Whether you want to indulge in their 3,400 slot machines or grab something to eat at over 150 restaurants, this casino has everything you could desire. They even go as far as to offer a swimming pool, fitness center, and several live events.
  2. Sun City Resort, South Africa – For some, South Africa does not stand out for its massive casino industry. However, Sun City Resort is attempting to change that perception. Not only do they offer traditional games and slot machines, but they also look to enhance your experience by emphasizing their nightlife features. They provide cocktail bars, live concerts, and nightclubs known to feature some of the top entertainers worldwide. If this does not meet your needs and you wish to dine on exquisite cuisine, they offer food from many different places worldwide that will keep you coming back for more.
  3. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco – The extravagant interior design attracts many to Casino De Monte Carlo. The flashing lights and beautiful artwork keep people mesmerized before they ever step into a slot machine. This casino has developed global recognition for playing host to one leg of the Poker Star European Poker Tour. But it has also gained recognition for its cuisine, which emphasizes Mediterranean food.
  4. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore – The Marina Bay Sands casino and resort stands out for its exterior design. When you drive up to this building, you will be amazed at this incredible structure. It is a tall building with a boat-shaped design, making it simple to spend hours taking pictures without going inside. But once you go inside, the magic only continues as they offer not only the classic games for regular players but, if you want a more high-stakes game, there are plenty of them scattered across the building. Then, once you have gambled, you can lounge around in their spa or dive into their infinity pool. From the moment you arrive, the Marina Bay Sands catches your attention, and it seeks to maintain your attention throughout your stay.

Every year, casinos try to figure out how to be the best and most luxurious on the market. They invest millions of dollars into their games, entertainment, exterior, and interior design. They do not wish to be simply a casino providing simple games and food but want to create an experience. They aim to attract the most people and ensure they have the best possible time during their stay.

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