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Maldives

Last week, it appears that our Pinterest fans were wanderlusting after the glassy, cool water of a private pool at one of the 130 secluded villas at the One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. Looking at the photo, it’s hard not to imagine yourself standing there, at the edge of the pool, set against the backdrop of powdery white sand, lush green palm trees and the clear water of the Indian Ocean.

Unfortunately, you better break open that piggy bank and book your trip soon — if sea levels continue to rise, the Republic of Maldives will be the first country to disappear into the ocean. In fact, that’s exactly why a luxurious visit to this chain of islands and atolls was my pick for our TravelChannel.com editors’ bucket list.

Anthony is hitting the beaches of New Jersey in an attempt to revamp the Cape May’s Periwinkle Inn. Although the grounds seem to be in tip-top shape, other parts of the struggling 50-room inn are in major need of some adjustments.

Along with HGTV’s Casey Noble, Anthony and his crew spend some time with the owners of the hotel in order to decide how to redesign the lobby. After removing what looks like bulletproof glass from the front desk, Anthony puts Casey to work in an attempt to make the hotel’s guests feel more comfortable at check-in.

One of the owners, Claudia — dubbed “Miss Excuse” by Anthony — takes Anthony’s criticism the wrong way and leaves the hotel for the day. Saving a hotel is no easy task; tempers flare, name-calling ensues and sometimes the owners need to take some time to cool off.Will Claudia return with a more positive outlook? Will Anthony be able to put the struggling inn back on the map? Find out tonight, Jan. 28 at 10|9c on an all-new Hotel Impossible.

Plus, don’t forget to check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Anthony and Casey

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation and stay where one of your favorite movies was filmed? If Anthony can help renovate and rebrand the Triangle T Ranch in Dragoon, AZ, site of the 1957 Glenn Ford flick 3:10 to Yuma, that dream could become reality.

However, Anthony is not alone in his quest to restore the Triangle T Ranch to its former glory. Special guest interior designer, Casey Noble from HGTV, has taken time out of her busy schedule to help renovate the lobby and guest rooms of the Arizona-based resort.

After it takes Anthony over 15 minutes to find what he thinks is the lobby, he discovers that the trailer is an abandoned mess with trash and broken phones lying on the counter. As he walks back to his car, he notices broken lampposts, cobwebs, trash littered on the ground and rancid port-o-potties. Needless to say, the Triangle T Ranch is in very poor shape upon Anthony’s arrival and in serious danger of going under.

Will Anthony and Casey be able to return the Triangle T back to prominence? Can sales and marketing expert Cindy Lew rebrand the entire resort before the ranch tanks? Find out on an all-new episode of Hotel Impossible, tonight @ 10|9c.

See Casey Noble’s Design Corner tips and tricks for the Triangle T Ranch renovation here.

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from this episode.

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Anthony Melchiorri is back tonight at 10|9c with an all-new season of Travel Channel’s hit series, Hotel Impossible.

This week Anthony takes his hotel-fixing skills to the Caribe Playa Beach Resort in Patillas, Puerto Rico, where owner George Engel is struggling to turn a profit … and hasn’t since 2006.

When Anthony arrives, he finds trash littered across the beaches adjacent to the hotel, a cluttered front desk and guest rooms that lack décor. Plus, George’s wife Francis (the hotel’s current general manager) seems to be contributing to the resort’s financial problems.

After he comes up with a plan to restore the Caribe Playa to a top-earning, high-end resort, Anthony enlists interior designer Blanche Garcia to help overhaul the appearance of the resort’s main lobby, as well as the guest rooms.

While Blanche takes care of the hotel’s interior, Anthony heads out back to the pool deck where the hotel owners have been completely neglecting their biggest asset: the view. Will Anthony and Blanche be able to make over the resort and return it back to prominence, or will Anthony’s arrival be too late to revive the failing hotel?

See behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Hard Rock Cancun

Hard Rock International recently opened a brand-spanking-new Hard Rock Hotel in the warm-weather getaway of Cancun. One of only 3 all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, the Cancun addition has more than 600 rooms, 5 restaurants, 5 bars, 12 stories, Rock Star Suites and, of course, an extensive collection of authentic music memorabilia.

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Driskill Hotel

We’ve been doing a lot of daydreaming about what it would be like to travel like a president and where all that money goes on the campaign trail, but with tonight’s presidential town-hall debate approaching so close to Halloween, we can’t help but wonder: where would the ghosts of former presidents hang out, if they felt so inclined?

Check out these hotels that have hosted a number of US presidents, and who knows – maybe you’ll encounter a long-gone commander-in-chief.

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Munich

From luxurious dining in hotels and on the street to the rocking good times of Oktoberfest, travel bloggers have it made. Get a glimpse of their adventures when we share our favorite picks from this week’s travel blogs.

2Backpackers explore Buenos Aires and unexpectedly spot many unique Asian-Argentinian fusions of culture due to a major wave of Asian immigrants in the 1980’s. From Chinese empanadas to Japanese pop music shops, you might forget you’re in South America.

A $5,000 burger?! Oysterblog finds the hotel meals with the biggest price tags for those who really want to splurge on an extravagant vacation.

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With the first presidential debate happening tonight and the election coming down to the wire, now is as good a time as ever to plan a getaway inspired by your favorite candidate. Luckily, luxury hotels are making it possible with these presidential packages.

Palm Beach, FL

At the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach, FL, the “Presidential Pampering” package includes everything from “motorcade” transportation and a copy of Mitt Romney’s No Apology or Barack Obama’s Audacity of Hope, to patriotic chocolate-dipped strawberries and facials at the Frederic Fekkai Salon & Spa for a camera-ready glow. Starting at $2,159/night, book now through November 30.

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By Oyster.com Staff

Paris

Paris is the “city of light,” the most romantic city in the world, the art and fashion capital of the world — no wonder it is also the most visited city in the world. As France’s capital, Paris boasts a plethora of museums, monuments, and astounding examples of architecture, ranging from the iconic Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, to the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors often stroll along the Seine to take in the many sites, or walk down the Champs-Elysee, lined by high-end shops and crowned by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is very walkable and tourists are never at a want for things to do. READ MORE

By Oyster.com Staff

Palm Springs, smack-dab in the middle of the California desert, has long had a reputation as a retirement community. But gradual changes — such as a burgeoning art and music scene, and a recent influx of fine-dining restaurants — have morphed this resort city into a relaxing getaway for a new crowd. Nowadays, many young and middle-aged professionals flock here for some quality R&R. After all, the city boasts a handful of luxury spas, as well as top-notch golf courses and beautiful vistas. READ MORE

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