Best known for its advanced fitness trackers, Fitbit also makes an impressive smartwatch. The Ionic can track a variety of different workouts thanks to a selection of algorithms, as well as offering best-in-class GPS performance and more than four days of battery life. Combining the best fitness tracking features with a well-designed smartwatch means Fitbit is on to a winner. $269.95
Bluetooth speakers have quickly become a must-have for many travelers, and this model from Ultimate Ears boasts a full IP67 waterproofing rating for safe use by the pool or on the beach. The manufacturer claims you can fully submerge the speaker in water with no ill effects, but you’ll probably have more fun listening to its top-notch audio above water. Choose from blue, red or black models, and download the accompanying app for easy controls. $199.99.
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Add a touch of classic sophistication to your home stereo system with this all-inone turntable from Pro-Ject. Connect it to a pair of speakers and make yourself a complete audio system with vinyl playback and Bluetooth connectivity so you can play tunes from your other devices. If you want to play records without getting caught up in a super-complicated hi-fi setup with separate amplifiers, the Juke Box E makes a great choice. $499.
Business travel often involves taking valuable gadgets along for the ride, as well as some security worries. Solgaard came up with an anti-theft backpack for great peace of mind. The Lifepack features an anti-theft lock, secret pockets for vital documents and a drop-proof laptop compartment, as well as a solar charger and battery pack so you will never run out of juice. Plus, it’s water-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your stuff if you get caught in the rain. $179.
Once an abandoned 1923 constructed warehouse in Asheville, North Carolina, it took a creative group of designers, artists, musicians, chefs and business folks to transform a neglected, 100-year-old structure into one of Asheville’s most interesting and daring hotel projects.
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Early on, pickleball had something to do with pickles. Pickles the dog, that is. In one story, the game was named for a family dog that ran off with the ball between sets.
JW Marriott Hotel Mexico City Polanco recently completed renovations of its entrances, lobby, culinary concepts and meeting space. This marks the final stage of the renovation, which began in 2021 with the revitalization of its 269 guestrooms and 45 suites.
Nashville’s once-modest skyline continues to evolve as its luxury market grows. Lavish hotel properties are added to the landscape while acclaimed chefs stake claim in the robust culinary scene and premier cultural offerings round out the city’s repertoire.
You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.