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Secret Bay in Dominica 

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Raffles Singapore is planning a major renovation. This is a big deal; the hotel originally opened in 1887 and is an iconic national monument. The first phase of the refit will deal with the Raffles Hotel Arcade. The second phase is set to begin in mid-2017. This part of the renovation will touch the main building, lobby, and some suites. The third phase is set to be complete in the second quarter of 2018. This last phase will focus on the technology of the resort. And as a final touch, award-winning designer Alexandra Champalimaud will create the interiors. Take a look at all the details, here.

Travelers headed to the Big Apple this season will want to read this fall guide for New York City. For those who want to leaf gaze, head to Central Park for a relaxing stroll. Guests can even rent a boat to explore the small lake, gliding under bridges. For more fun in the natural landscape, families should visit the Queens County Farm Museum, which is complete with a corn maze that covers three acres. There is also a pumpkin patch for some shopping right before Halloween. Get the full guide, here.

Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa has opened its renovated villas and poolside bar. As for what guests can expect, the new villas will retain the architecture of the original design but new custom furniture, French limestone flooring, a gourmet kitchen and more will spruce the space. The renovated poolside bar, which opened in late summer, provides some fun at the adults-only pool. Guests can sip handcrafted cocktails and bites inspired with healthy living in mind. Take a look, here

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We are taking a look at family travel to the Caribbean. Some of the resorts well suited for families include Secret Bay in Dominica, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla and Domaine des Fonds Blancs in Martinique. If you’re considering visiting the Caribbean with your family this winter, we have all the inside details, here.