Some may be jealous of their clothes, their fame, their money, but here at Travel Channel, we’re jealous of the Kardashian family’s epic family vacations. Maybe we’ll never be able to keep up with their globetrotting ways … but that isn’t going to stop us from gushing over their photos of luxurious white stucco villas overlooking the glistening Aegean Sea. As expected, the Kardashian-Jenner clan’s April Grecian getaway was about as over-the-top as their reality show — think: private villas, fish pedicures, and cruising the islands on a yacht worthy of the gods. Curious as to what they did, where they stayed … and how much it cost? We’ve got all the details.
When in the Greek Islands, rent a 162-foot yacht. At least that’s what America’s favorite love-to-hate-them reality family did. You’ll need $195,000 per week, though. The 7-bedroom O’ceanos Yacht features a large Jacuzzi and multiple bars and spacious dining areas — overall, O’ceanos is the perfect backdrop for taking bikini-clad “selfies” for your various social media outlets. Like it so much you could live there? It’s your lucky day! For a mere $22,238,449, the yacht could be yours!
Kris, Bruce, Kendall, Kylie, Brody, Brandon, Leah, Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Scott, Mason and baby Penelope took over the 3 drop-dead gorgeous villas that make up the Mykonos Retreat, located in the quiet southwestern tip of the island known as Aleomandra. The white stucco villas are built into the hillside with stunning views of the Aegean Sea and feature expansive stone terraces, infinity pools and crisp white décor. With amenities like a private chef and “superior travel assistance” including arranging “private planes, yachts, speed boats, helicopters and luxury cars” — you’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason to ever leave this private Grecian enclave. Unless, like Khloe, you’d rather go horseback-riding on Mykonos’ Fokos beach. So, what’ll your stay at the Mykonos Retreat cost you? Each villa ranges from approximately $15,000-25,000 per week, depending on the time of year.
After their jaunt in Mykonos, the Kardashians headed to nearby Santorini, another island in the Cyclades. They stayed at one of the Volcano View Hotel’s private villas, perched high on a cliff, overlooking the Santorini caldera and the sparkling-blue Aegean Sea. With film crews in tow, the family enjoyed a traditional Greek feast, complete with plate-smashing, “Opa!”-shouting and Zeimpekiko-dancing. While in Santorini, little sister Kendall and Kourtney’s baby-daddy Scott experienced a fish pedicure, and Kourtney toured (and shopped, of course) in the picturesque town of Oia — known for having one of the most breathtaking sunsets in Europe.
Oh, and there was plenty of drama, of course, but we’ll leave that to the gossip blogs!
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Tonight at 7|6c, an all-new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks hits Atlantic City, NJ — once home to notorious gangsters — and Hollywood Beach, FL — home to plenty of alligators. Each boardwalk offers it’s own type of bite … it’s up to you to decide which one you want to try.
Atlantic City, NJ
The Basile family has been slinging subs made with prime cuts of meat to the visitors of White House Sub Shop since 1946, and more likely than not, their patrons have included a few gangsters.
Steel Pier was the venue for the Miss America pageant from 1935 through 1938, and it’s been described as “An Amusement City at Sea.” Today, it features more than 25 adrenaline-pumping rides – all jutting right out over the ocean.
Hollywood Beach, FL
The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland where you can rent kayaks or canoes to go exploring. Who knows, you might spot one of the threatened or endangered species that calls this reserve home.
Located right on the Intercoastal Waterway, the Le Tub Saloon was noted by GQ Magazine as having the best hamburger. Plus, in the home of the key lime, you can’t go wrong with their key lime pie made fresh on the premises.
Which beach would you rather visit? Tune in tonight at 7|6c to get the lowdown on each spot, then let us know!
In August, Vans will be hosting the 51st Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, VA. But as part of the celebration in the days leading up to the surfing exhibition, there’s another exhibition of sorts heating up the boardwalk: Miss Coastal Edge 2013.
Tonight at 7|6c, get a preview of what’s to come when a new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks checks out last year’s Miss Coastal Edge bikini contest. Tonight’s episode also visits Santa Cruz, CA, to see if their boardwalk has what it takes to compete with Virginia’s heat.
Which boardwalk is more your style? The island feel of Santa Cruz or the summer-long party at Virginia Beach? Maybe these highlights can help you decide:
Santa Cruz, CA
Marini’s Candies has been slinging boardwalk treats since 1915. Today, you can find anything to satisfy your sweet tooth, from candied apples to caramel corn.
The Santa Cruz coastline is recognized as a World Surfing Reserve, and the city celebrates their rich history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.
Virginia Beach, VA
Rockafeller’s Restaurant encompasses Southern hospitality and local flavor with sustainable seafood and a menu full of dishes made in-house daily.
Whether you want to serenely explore the waters of the Atlantic or test your balance and strength with floating yoga, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle offers everything you need from lessons to rentals.
Welcome to the battle that never ends: West Coast vs. East Coast. Everyone has their own opinion on which coast has the best beaches, and tonight at 7|6c, we weigh in on a new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks. From the capital of beach fun, Rehoboth Beach, DE, to the bohemian mecca, Venice Beach, CA, find out what makes these boardwalks top summertime destinations.
Which boardwalk would you rather visit? Maybe these beachside hotspots will help you decide:
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Take a tour of Dogfish Head Brewery, and try some samples of their tasty brews, before hitting up their restaurant for a little brewpub fare that perfectly complements their ever-changing beers on tap.
In 1963, Grotto Pizza opened in Rehoboth, and has been a staple on the Eastern Shore ever since. Plus, what stroll down the boardwalk is complete without pizza?
Venice Beach, CA
In the birthplace of skateboarding, it would be a sin not to visit one of the skate shops, especially Arbor Skate Shop, which has been handcrafting environmentally sustainable, high-performance surf, skate and snowboards since 1995.
One of the prime activities of Venice Beach is people watching, and thank goodness the Venice Ale House has patio seating, so you can enjoy the view with your cocktails.
You’ve got to admit, you can’t beat a stroll down a boardwalk on a summer day. From the tasty treats to the thrilling rides, take a tour of these sizzling beachside boardwalks — from Coney Island to Mission Beach — starting tonight, July 7 at 7|6c!
But until then, let us help you decide which boardwalk you need to see, and what stops along the boards can’t be missed:
Coney Island, NY
Nathan’s Famous opened in 1916 in Coney Island, and they have been serving their famous all-beef hot dogs ever since. Just don’t follow Joey Chestnut’s lead, and try limiting yourself to 1 … or 2.
The Coney Island Circus Sideshow — with its 10 acts ranging from snake-charming to sword-swallowing — is one of the last bastions of old-school vaudeville.
For 3 generations, Mack’s Pizza has been serving their Jersey take on the classic Neapolitan pizza. Chase it down with a birch beer!
Morey’s Piers has been family-owned and operated since 1969, and is comprised of 3 amusement parks and 2 waterparks.
Mission Beach, San Diego, CA
At Sandbar, enjoy a “Sandbargarita” along with a San Diego staple — fish tacos — as you take in the sunset from the beachfront bar.
If you’re feeling brave, hit the always perfect barrels at Wave House San Diego, or just come to watch the pros do their thing.
Ocean City, MD
You may have to wait in line for a hot donut from Fractured Prune, but with flavors like banana nut bread and creamsicle, it’s well worth it.
In Ocean City, it’s hard to be bored, especially with the 6 differently themed Jolly Roger Amusement Parks at your disposal. Go-karts? Mini golf? Waterslides? Take your pick!
And tune in next Sunday for even more coast-to-coast boardwalk action!
Most seasoned travelers have probably heard of (and dreamt about) the amazing train ride through the Tijuca Rainforest to see the 125-foot Christ the Redeemer statue high atop Corcovado Mountain. And who hasn’t heard the gossip about the Brazilians’ buff beach bodies and the droves of scantily-clad women who sunbathe on the world-famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.
Well now, you can get your chance to see Rio de Janeiro – free of charge! Enter to win a trip for 2 to the Marvelous City and see why it’s such a hot vacation destination. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that tourists are flocking to the tropical city not only for its beaches, but also because it will host both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
See Rio for yourself! Explore this Brazilian city and its secret treasures like Leblon, Rio’s most affluent neighborhood with a beautiful beach that’s known for being much quieter than Ipanema or Copacabana. See Rio from above and go hang-gliding off Sugarloaf Mountain, or just lay low and spend the day on Paqueta Island, where it’s not uncommon to see a horse-drawn carriage.
Nicaragua is still a diamond in the rough, but it offers many of the same splendors that draw travelers to its neighbor to the south, Costa Rica — lush rainforest, beautiful white-sand beaches, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. Other draws? The great surfing, charming Spanish Colonial towns, enormous lakes, low crime rates, and friendly locals. With the opening of the rustic-luxe Aqua Wellness Resort in 2011 and the uber-luxuriousMukul earlier this year, the country is poised to become the next tourism hot spot. The country is already popular with the backpacker and adventure travel crowd, just as Costa Rica was before it saw an explosion of resort development.
Those planning a getaway to Central America should note that there are a few advantages to traveling to Nicaragua over Costa Rica. Nicaragua has much more Spanish Colonial history and charm, with historic churches and plazas in the towns of Granada and Leon. Because it is relatively undiscovered compared to Costa Rica, it also offers a more authentic experience — visitors might see locals riding horses and carts through the streets, fruit stands selling unripe mangoes and jocotes (tart snacks popular among the Nicaraguans), and one of the country’s many lively street festivals. Plus, prices for just about everything, including food and transportation, tend to be far cheaper.
- Oyster.com Staff
This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and with that comes the unofficial start to bathing suit season. Whether that gives you cause for excitement or dred, it’s the time of the year to bare it all. To kick off the start of bathing suit season, we took a look back at how this article of clothing (in more recent times, a very itty-bitty, teeny-weeny article of clothing) has caused such a stir throughout history.
If the swimsuit has caused such a stir, then the bikini has caused a cannon-ball-sized splash. The first bikini debuted at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris in 1946. The bikini’s designer, Louis Reard, a French automobile engineer, named the 2-piece sensation after the Bikini Atoll where the US had recently conducted nuclear tests. The model, a 19 year-old dancer, forever changed swimsuit history that summer day by donning the original bikini, made from 30 inches of newsprint fabric.
Over 65 years after the original bikini debuted, another important swimsuit moment occurred this year: The Sports Illustrated 50th Swimsuit issue. Every year fans eagerly anticipate SI’s swimsuit issue to see what bikini babe will grace the cover, and this year was no exception. Travel Channel was there as SI combed all 7 continents, crisscrossing the globe from Easter Island to Africa to find the most exotic and sexiest shoot locations. This year’s anniversary issue also included another first — the first fashion shoot on ice-covered Antarctica. Who would have thought the snow-covered beaches of Antarctica would be steamy enough to grace the anniversary’s iconic cover? We imagine model Kate Upton’s physique had something to do with heating up the icy cover shot, too.
So whether you’re ready for bikini season or not, dive back into history with us as we look at Swimsuits Through the Years.
As the weather starts to warm up, we thought we’d do a quick round up of the best pools around the world to take a dip in. Yes, it might be an expensive journey to swim a few laps in a pool located in Santorini or the Maldives, but we’re all about inspiring people to travel.
Take a few minutes to imagine yourself and someone special on a Spring Fling at the Ubud Hanging Gardens’ pool in Bali, surrounded by a lush rainforest, or image yourself hugging the edge of InterContinental Hotel’s infinity pool overlooking Hong Kong’s harbor. Get your feet wet and submerge yourself into our collection of perfect pools.