Hotel Arts Barcelona – A Hotel Review

A quick jaunt over to the Hotel Arts Barcelona, had me excited about all the hype I had been hearing regarding this 5 star Hotel. Someone even told me it was the most luxurious hotel in all of Europe! I was ready to find out if Hotel Barcelona was the one! Arriving via ground transportation on the bottom floor, they quickly had me up the

2018-11-27T12:22:49-07:00

Viking Star: Things to Know Before You Go

A typical objective when choosing a cruise is to get the best “bang for your buck” or to get the best value out of the cruise. I wrote earlier about “Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise” and ‘value and pricing" was, of course, the first thing mentioned. Most people want to think that they got a great deal and got

2020-07-05T08:46:03-07:00

9 Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise

One of the main things I write about besides adventure and culture is value luxury or let’s call it something we can all understand: smart luxury. Viking Ocean Cruise (better known for their river cruising) has developed a product that could not better describe what smart luxury is: the Romantic Mediterranean aboard the Viking Star from Barcelona to Rome. I even wrote an article called:

2020-07-13T14:59:35-07:00

Grand Velas: Raising The Bar on All-Inclusives

Raise the Bar: Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation ~Jack Nicklaus I was on my way to the Grand  Velas in the jungles of Mexico. I was hired to photograph the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Life and Death (Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead) for Experiences Xcaret. I couldn’t be more excited

2018-11-27T12:24:19-07:00

Salamanca Spain and its Small Luxury Hotel: Hacienda Zorita

Small Luxury Hotel in Spain The beauty - Photo courtesy of Kerwin McKenzie On my recent visit to Salamanca, Spain in the Castile Y León region, I was fortunate enough to have lunch at the famed restaurant, Zorita’s Kitchen. It is located on the property of the Hacienda Zorita Hotel, a small luxury hotel. This was a perfect stop after touring the University of Salamanca, which

2020-07-11T20:58:19-07:00

Great Railway Journeys – Rocky Mountaineer

A Train Ride Across Canada, Is it right for you? The answer for me: YES! Earlier this year, I was the eager guest of Rocky Mountaineer, one of the World’s greatest railway journeys. I was on board their route from Vancouver to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. There are many different train routes to choose from, but I am told this one was a fairly typical

2019-08-24T18:57:29-07:00

Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain

If there is one thing I love about my travels, it is the architecture that I get to see in different countries. I love to see the shape and form of places and how families live within them. I am fascinated by texture and old world looks, with peeling paint, fauxed walls (whether intentional or not), old doors and the vines growing up the walls.

2020-04-09T13:34:52-07:00

A Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia

A Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia A Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia By Cacinda Maloney Built into the existing facade from the 13th century, I found my medieval gem at the Schlossle Hotel's "cave room" and immediately got into relaxation mode. As I swung open the heavy door, I was able to find paradise waiting inside after my long

2018-11-27T12:30:52-07:00

Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart

  Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart Nestled in the foothills of the High Sonoran Desert, yet tucked up near the trails of the Pinnacle Peak Mountain lies the Four Seasons Scottsdale, which is "deep in the heart" of Scottsdale. During the drive up to the Seasons, you realize that the environment has slowly changed. The elevation begins to increase, the

2020-07-09T10:16:35-07:00

Pure Bliss: Kurumba, Maldives

By Cacinda Maloney The airport was scarce as I looked around at the almost empty room for the late night flight and I think there was only myself and one other American couple in the blindingly white light airport waiting room with my ticket to paradise sweating in the palm of my hand. Finally they called my flight and soon enough I was on the

2018-11-27T12:33:51-07:00

Spa Break for Two!

All of us have felt like we’ve lost control over our lives at some point. Last year, USA Today reported that 35% of Americans feel their lives have become more stressful than the previous year. Whether it’s from work, relationships, or changing family life, taking some time away from your cares is a tonic for us all, and if you’re looking to give yourself some real self-care, a

2020-04-17T16:05:47-07:00

Hyatt Scottsdale, AZ: Wine me, Dine me and Spa

Living in a resort town, I know that when I am home I sure enjoy a “staycation” to relax from all the traveling that I do. I am lucky in that I have so many great choices to choose from here in the Scottsdale/Phoenix metroplex. Recently, I had a chance to try out one of the most amazing spa’s here in town, the Spa Avania.

2018-11-27T12:35:03-07:00

Native American Wisdom – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

If there is one thing you need to know about Arizona, it's that it is beautiful. Not Italy beautiful, but desert beautiful… beauty in its own way. The purple hue of the mountains against the colors of the desert makes for a landscape all its own, one that reminds you of the past, the beauty of the people of the desert who lived here long before

2020-07-09T10:09:15-07:00

Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

By Cacinda Maloney Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize Ambergris Caye, Belize The perfect tropical beach paradise is hard to find.  And believe me, I have been searching for a very long time.  As my Western concept of time blurs, a faint song emerges through the serenity when I think of this beach island.  One thing I can say for certain, Belize does

2018-11-27T12:36:13-07:00

Belizean ‘Value Luxury’ Resort: Victoria House

By Cacinda Maloney Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Hot and sweaty after coming off a whirlwind Cessna plane ride from Belize City to the island of Ambergris Caye,  having flown over night, I was ready to "get my vacation on".  The taxi driver was waiting for us at the airstrip and it could not have gone

2018-11-27T12:37:18-07:00

Luxury Tuscany, Italy: A Journey for the Soul

Luxury Tuscany, Italy:  A Journey for the Soul Montestigliano is a place for the soul, a place of rest, a place of comfort. It is not just a trip you take, but a journey that takes you. A journey to see how others live, how life functions, not in your own country; but in a completely different way of life. Here, there is life like

2020-08-03T19:08:12-07:00

Jade Bar – Sanctuary’s Camelback Mountain – Scottsdale, AZ

Shhh!  I need to let you in on a little secret!  Even though I travel around the world at the drop of a hat, I know about a place that is so spectacular that even I thought about canceling my travel plans when I received the invitation to try out the newly transformed Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.  It is

2020-04-19T08:21:31-07:00

The Magnificent Masselina Estate and Their Gentle Women of Faenza, Italy

  I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a winery while on my visit to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.  It still amazes me, even today, that a woman, Ruenza Santandrea, is the “Presidente” of Gruppo Cevico vini Romagnoli, the company that owns the winery in the area of Castel Bolognese called Tenuta Masselina. Since I was fascinated by the ceramic logo on the wine bottles

2019-08-19T10:12:15-07:00

Spoil Yourself at Chuflay Restaurant in Portofino Italy

  Chuflay Restaurant, Portofino, Italy Shoo fly!  Shoo fly!  ChuFlay! Fly, fly away… not once did I have to shoo a fly away from here!  Not here at the ChuFlay Bar and Restaurant in Portofino, Italy!  Here they had fine Italian waiters in snow-white uniforms to do it for me, if, in fact, there was even a fly within 1000 meters of our

2020-08-03T09:53:28-07:00

Genoa, Italy and the BW City Hotel

  Genoa, Italy Piazza de Ferrari Genoa, I return to you, like a long lost friend, you have become a welcoming sight.  So few Americans make their way into the trap of your charm, your beauty, and of course, your pesto.  Yet soon, I believe your region of Liguria will make it into the hearts of tourists worldwide, but secretly I wish they

2019-08-19T10:43:00-07:00

Canada’s Prettiest Little Town: Niagara-On-The-Lake

Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada's best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit this charming town of Niagara on the Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada Niagara Falls, Canada side

2020-07-11T18:56:34-07:00

The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined

By Cacinda Maloney The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway As soon as I walked in the door and saw the eclectic purple furniture with the flowing Calla Lillies, I knew I was going to like this place. Between the purple leather sofa, the tall, purple and silver chairs, and the chandelier, it was a hip joint. Clarion Collection,Bergen, Norway

2018-11-27T12:42:49-07:00

Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy: Absolutely Splendid!

We started our way down a long and windy outdoor walking path.  Not even realizing what we would find at the end. Portofino, Italy We had hopped off the bus from Santa Margherita and found the walking path to Portofino and then up to Hotel Splendido.  Hotel Splendido is on a hillside overlooking the picturesque harbor of Portofino with its luxury yachts bobbing in the

2019-08-24T08:16:43-07:00

Charming Medieval Villages along Costa Brava, Spain: Peratalada to Pals

Spain, Costa Brava Peratalada and Pals By Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava:  Spain’s Northeast Coast, getting there Post#2: Girona, Spain:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend Post #3:  So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside LEstartit Post #4:  Medieval villages along the Costa Brava of Spain -Begur Post

2020-07-13T14:41:51-07:00
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