7 Reasons To Consider Rocky Mountaineer

Like a magic carpet ride, the scenery slips by the bi-level glass-domed windows, as you unplug and spend quality time with your significant other. Railway journeys have a way of tugging at your heartstrings by getting you to relax and unwind. You can move comfortably about the cabins, dive into quality executive chef cuisines, and even possibly spot a bear, a moose, a bald eagle

2019-07-30T21:44:31-07:00

Hyatt Zilara Cancun: A Relaxing Getaway For Adults

Everybody needs a little time away from their busy and stressful lives. Sometimes trips that can get you into vacation mode fast are needed, but rarely booked. So I have a quick trip recommendation ready for you. Booking a trip to Cancun, Mexico is easy from many places on the East and West Coast, as well as Arizona and Texas and that allows you to

2018-11-27T11:33:11-07:00

Palawan, Philippines: El Nido Resorts

Palawan is an archipelago made up of almost 1800 islands in the western part of the Philippines. On a map, it looks like an arm sticking out from the Philippines to Borneo! Palawan has the most number of islands, however, it is the most sparsely populated region in the country. Which is great for me, as I was on my way there! This province is

2020-08-13T12:14:24-07:00

Journeys Canada: Canadian Rockies Train

The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxurious way to visit Canada with all of its impeccable beauty. So forget about jam-packing your SUV for a long Canadian road trip and let the Rocky Mountaineer train take the wheel, literally. The Rocky Mountaineer gives travelers the opportunity to travel to “forbidden” places that are inaccessible by car. Although the below-freezing temperatures of the winter season can diminish

2019-12-07T08:53:43-07:00

Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta: Luxury Boutique Hotel

Along the Pacific Ocean, the resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico invites you to stay at its luxurious Casas en Puerto Vallarta: the boutique Casa Velas. This typically warm weather resort city entices adults to skip out on their usual work day and spend some time under the fiery Mexican sun! Guests of what the Mexicans call "Casas en Puerto Vallarta" are given a special

2020-08-05T09:55:08-07:00

Positano Beach, Italy: Bellisimo! This Place is Gorgeous!

Positano Beach: There is so much to say about the beloved Positano Beach, and yet nothing you can say that will give you the true essence to explain what Positano is all about. It speaks for itself, without superfluous words. It is so stunning that it makes you hunger for more. I can say that I absolutely loved the amazing drive we took down the

2020-08-04T21:01:33-07:00

How to be a Queen for the Night

Sometimes I think about what it would be like if I were a Queen, and not just any old Queen, but the Queen of France!  How everything I could ever want would be at my beckoned call. How if I said it, it would just happen.  Now fast forward to today, when I am selecting a hotel for my upcoming trip to Paris.  I want

2020-07-11T19:06:11-07:00

A Luxury Getaway at the Hotel Cesenatico in Italy

Cesenatico is a port city located on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is in the province of Forlì-Cesena, which is in the region of Emilia-Romagna, south of Ravenna. If you have not had a chance to visit the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, then have I got a treat for you! It's called Cesenatico and I had a chance to stay at the gorgeous Hotel

2020-03-31T11:16:44-07:00

Palace on Wheels Train – THE Definitive Guide You Need

Palace on Wheels is one of the luxury trains in India that travels through the majestic landscapes of Rajasthan within India’s Golden Triangle. Powered by a traditional steam engine, the Palace on Wheels train made its inaugural journey in 1982. It was THIS train that started the era of luxury trains in India. This train has given rise to other luxury trains, such as the

2020-01-04T11:15:13-07:00

Chico Hot Springs – A Slice of Paradise in Montana

Chico Hot Springs, a quintessential Montana resort sits in Paradise Valley, midway between the historic railroad town of Livingston, Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Chico is flanked by the Absaroka Mountains to the south and the almighty Yellowstone River to the north which is the longest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states. Not too far from Pray, Montana, the ambiance of Chico is a

2019-08-24T10:49:23-07:00

Monaco Spa: Thermes de Spa Is Not To Miss!

Monaco Spa: Thermes de Spa Whatever your quest is in your health, things like anti-aging, detoxification, slimming down, or deep relaxation, then this Monaco spa known as the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is the exact place for you. It lies somewhere between technological worlds and a few islands of tranquility but either way, it is perfection. Read on for one amazing experience! Thermes de Spa

2020-03-27T19:50:55-07:00

How to Plan an Authentic Italian Vacation in Tuscany

Italian Luxury Hamlet in Tuscany Just as the sun was beginning to peek into my 18th-century room at a luxury hamlet in Tuscany, I begin to wake out of one of the deepest nights of sleep I had been in for a while. The glow of the sun tossed shadows on to the whitewashed walls and hardwood floors and I was curled up in a

2019-12-07T08:53:39-07:00

Rocky Mountaineer Train: Enjoy The Ride!

Quietly, I sat alone in the brightly lit train station waiting to board the Rocky Mountaineer Train. I had arrived too early and had plenty of time to wait. Slowly I put my head back and with my eyes closed, I imagined the majestic train rolling into the station. Train travel had always been fascinating to me and this was my chance to ride on

2019-08-19T10:08:30-07:00

6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to Miss

Travelocity Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about my some of my latest travel experiences. I was a travel ambassador for Travelocity and this is an excerpt from those stories. ... Spending a day relaxing at a luxury spa is a moment every traveler dreams of relishing during their journeys. I’ve been lucky enough to

2019-11-01T13:24:22-07:00

Things to do in the Scottsdale, AZ Area

She flies over long distances in a precise migratory pattern and is known as ‘the wanderer’ in Australia.  But here in the United States, we call her the Monarch butterfly. Flying overhead in search of nectar plants and basking in the sun, this week I felt like a butterfly as I explored the City of Scottsdale, AZ calling it the Scottsdale Invasion! Invasion of the

2020-07-13T15:00:05-07:00

How to Spend An Epic Week in the Maldives!

The Republic of the Maldives is known for that iconic image of over-the-water bungalows where the rich and famous frolic in the golden sun and turquoise waters. Where Maldives All-Inclusive resorts are the name of the game and you never have to lift a finger (oh, except to call on your butler for another cocktail!) That image has been carefully crafted by these stunningly beautiful

2020-08-14T13:38:37-07:00

Exploring Champagne Houses in Reims And The Nearby Region

The Champagne region of France is like no other wine region in the world. The nearest vineyards are only an hour from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) on the fast TGV train to Reims. Reims is a perfect justification for a tour of the Champagne Houses in Reims, but don’t forget to walk around the city and enjoy its Gothic Cathedral, a UNESCO world

2020-07-11T19:07:12-07:00

W SCOTTSDALE – WOW! Suite Review

Wow W Scottsdale How many times in your life have you been WOW’ed? WOW!  That is what they call it here at the W Scottsdale. When I say that word, sometimes I say it with almost a silent whisper. WOW! (this is me whispering!). My brain gets overwhelmed by my enthusiasm for what my visual senses can’t quite get wrapped around and my words, even as

2020-08-16T09:27:35-07:00

MS Europa 2 – The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship in the World

  MS Europa 2: An Introduction I have heard and learned about many impressive amenities and services on a ship, but never had I seen the total package put together like the MS Europa 2 by Haplag-Lloyd Cruises, a German-owned company. No wonder Berlitz Cruise Guide gave the MS Europa 2, the highest point combination possible in their most recent visit on MS Europa2 in

2018-11-27T12:05:09-07:00

The Golden Door Experience

My Golden Door Experience It was love at first sight, the minute I stepped out of the black BMW luxury transport and took a look at the Japanese lanterns and those "golden doors". I knew my lavish love affair had begun. I was greeted quickly by an attendant and my luggage was whisked away into my Asian-inspired upstairs suite overlooking the swimming pool. Somehow an

2020-07-09T10:18:05-07:00

Dive into Dominican Culture at Casas del XVI

For Dominican culture, food, drinks, and plenty of things to do, look beyond the beach resorts and head to the colonial city of Santo Domingo... while beautiful beach resorts may be the Dominican Republic’s calling card, there are plenty of other riches to be found on the island. Dominican Republic Culture I had wandered these streets before and knew that a return trip was inevitable.

2019-09-26T13:13:23-07:00

Come Join Me at Half Moon Jamaica

  Half Moon Jamaica Far up ahead, I could see the majestic black wrought iron gates that would soon open up into a wealthy man’s grand tropical paradise: Half Moon Jamaica. I only wanted some downtime to relax having already visited 12 countries this year at that point (and it was only May when I arrived in Jamaica). I knew I needed a break from

2020-07-13T16:47:30-07:00

A Trip of a Lifetime – Riding the Rocky Mountaineer

How does a travel experience of a lifetime begin?  It starts by making an iconic trip, such as Rocky Mountaineer, a priority in your life as a top life experience. When you come to the realization that the only scarce commodity that we all have in this world is TIME, then that changes the urgency in your life. Why not spend some time educating yourself

2019-06-08T16:02:44-07:00

Luxury Firenze Hotel: IL Salviatino – Florence, Italy

Luxury Firenze Hotel: IL Salviatino - Florence, Italy Exhausted from my overnight flight to Rome from the USA, and then my train ride to Florence, I was bound and determined to make it to my Firenze hotel to find my suite with a king-sized bed soon. It was not exactly in the center of  Florence, but in a neighborhood on a hill overlooking Florence known

2020-07-09T14:05:42-07:00

French River Cruises: A Southern France Tour

  French River Cruises - My Viking Journey This is my Viking journey. The Rhone River in Southern France has taken a long journey to get here. It started its prolonged journey as a glacier high up in the Swiss Alps before making its way down to the Chaîne des Alpilles, a small range of low mountains in Provence. It flowed through Lake Geneva before arriving

2020-07-04T22:29:48-07:00

Hotel Adler Spa in Tuscany, Italy for Your Mind and Soul

Hotel Adler, otherwise known as the Adler Thermae Spa and Relax Resort in Tuscany, Italy We had arrived in this tiny little town in Italy in the middle of Tuscany and were anxious to see what was meant by this Italian “relax spa” called Hotel Adler. I had heard Italians relax differently than Americans, so I was ready to find out the differences at Hotel Adler.

2020-07-09T10:18:18-07:00

Isn’t value luxury worth it? The Devil is in the Details

What is value or smart luxury?  It is basically staying in high-end or boutique hotels, an amazing bed and breakfasts, charming apartments,  rentals cottages or anything that is considered in the luxury market at discount prices, for great price points or using your points in a loyalty program.  Getting more bang for your buck with the same luxury stays, but just at discount pricing.  Vacations

2018-11-27T12:14:34-07:00

The Ranch at Rock Creek – A Slice of Heaven

  In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t be spending three nights at The Ranch at Rock Creek, located off the Pintler Veteran’s Memorial Scenic Highway 1 in southwest Montana.  Don’t get me wrong, being treated like the most important person to ever walk through their front door and being delightfully pampered is out of this world.   Problem is, I don’t want to leave.  Not now.  Not

2020-07-09T14:56:37-07:00

The Stunning Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Malaysia

After a 1 1/2-hour bus ride from Penang, Malaysia we had finally arrived at the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh. Weary and worn, I was overwhelmed with joy as we approached the lush entrance of this breathtaking tropical retreat and meditation center in Ipoh.  I had never seen anything like it and I was ecstatic to be there.  What a stunning place!  The 17-acre hot

2020-08-13T12:17:06-07:00

Swanky Library Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

Swanky Library Hotel Coming off a week of touring in Europe, I needed a place to relax. I know, there is no feeling sorry for me, the “non-stop traveler” by choice, but it is harder than you think at times! I wanted nothing to do with any cheap or rundown airport hotel but instead wanted upscale and hip. Either “smart luxury” or “splurge” and at

2020-07-09T10:17:59-07:00

Authentic Italian Recipes for the Soul

Authenticity in food is a very fluid concept, especially when looking for authentic food from a specific country. Authentic Italian food to the baker on the corner in Tuscany could be different to the pastry chef down the street, much less the difference in different regions of Italy. In fact, the same recipe can taste different from chef to chef and all of them will

2020-07-22T20:55:48-07:00

The Golden Age of Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort

When I stepped on the grounds of the Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort on the island of Penang, Malaysia, I felt like I had walked into the nostalgic good times of the 1920's. Old-style, romantic, and unassuming, this resort is like stepping back in the time of the 1920’s world of bourgeoisie and old money. Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang, Malaysia Shangri

2018-11-27T12:17:47-07:00

Living it up at the Hotel California

  “Ain't it funny, rumors fly, And I know you heard about me.” - Taylor Swift Have you heard? I’ve been living it up at the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico… with “mirrors on the ceiling” and “the pink champagne on ice”… I was dangling my feet in the refreshingly cold swimming pool of the Hotel California in Baja Mexico on a hot, late-fall

2018-11-27T12:18:33-07:00

Radisson Blu Chicago Review

As a Club Carlson Ambassador, I am delighted to create a quick getaway itinerary for the sparkling and wavy 81-story icon Aqua Tower Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago! Radisson Blu is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s highest-end product and has amazing selections of hotels in Europe that I outlined in Four Reasons to visit a Club Carlson in France and in I've Got the French Blues. This Chicago hotel

2019-11-06T17:20:00-07:00
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