Maldives Resorts: One & Only Reethi Rah

Maldives Resorts: One & Only Reethi Rah

Vibe: Maldivian culture everywhere. This was the largest of the resorts I visited with 800 staff on property. 7 restaurants and 12 different beaches around the resort. Considered a 6 star resort.

All the restaurants are unique and very different. There was so many options. I loved Tapasake for Japanese cuisine. If you go in the evening you will spot sharks right next to your table! Also Botanica is the organic option with fresh vegetables grown right there! It was incredible to see!

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Maldives Resorts: Cheval Blanc

Maldives Resorts: Cheval Blanc

Vibe: When you think of ultimate and discerning luxury this is what you should think of… This resort has been on my radar ever since I became an agent and knew I had to get here! I was the most excited about this property and let me tell you - was I impressed! It’s appropriate that Cheval Blanc Randheli is part of the hotel brand by LVMH Hotel Management, which owns Céline , Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Pucci, Berluti, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, De Beers, and a whole lot more!

Made up of 5 islands, one being exclusively for the Guerlain spa (the most luxurious spa I’ve ever seen!). This hotel is for the elite and I mean elite. But it’s also very private. 

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Maldives Resorts: Velaa Private Island

Maldives Resorts: Velaa Private Island

Vibe: Self-Described as a “beyond luxury”, The Owner is a billionaire from Czech Republic. It was his dream to have a resort of his own so years ago he bought an island. He wanted all his friends and guests to experience it. The resort is still family run, and the GM Michael, is his brother. The owner frequents often. He was there while I was visiting. The resort itself is in the shape of a turtle and you will see turtle features throughout the resort. 

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Maldives Resorts: Kudadoo

Maldives Resorts: Kudadoo

I love the “Anything. Anywhere. Anytime Experience”… meaning you could do multiple spa treatments a day, pick the top shelf liquor or wine and nothing is charged additional like other resorts calling them selves all inclusive.  A personal butler will meet your every need, bespoke cuisine will satisfy your every craving, private experiences on sea or land will bring out your inner adventurer and the blissful wellness retreat will rejuvenate your senses.- literally everything is included. 

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Maldives Resorts: Hurawalhi

Maldives Resorts: Hurawalhi

Vibe: Plan to have your shoes off the whole stay.Number of Rooms: 90 Villas all come with breathtaking ocean or Beach views 

The Rooms: You can select from over-water villas or beach villas, both equally amazing! I also know the best room number here so I’ll be able to book you in the best room in the resort- but of course I’m keeping this a secret for my clients ☺ All rooms have pools with a large walk in/out shower and bed views of the ocean!

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How to Make the Best Out of Your Trip to Vancouver & Whistler Canada

How to Make the Best Out of Your Trip to Vancouver & Whistler Canada

As soon as you land and step off the plane you will notice the difference in the air. The coast, mountains and the surrounding waterways make everything naturally beautiful in landscape. I was also amazed by the city itself and how easily it is to explore. Close by is Whistler a world famous ski destination and a short drive from Vancouver to make it the perfect combo of a trip! I visited in the fall and the beautiful colors made for such a stunning surrounding and the perfect temperature in both locations.

A Quick Taste of Europe: Why You'll LOVE the Set Hotels

The Set Hotels stay true to a beautiful message for the operation of their three hotels:

“These are places people love, want to return to and to tell others about. Simply put, they are the modern grand hotels of our time.”

On my recent trip to Europe I had the opportunity  to experience 2 out of the 3 hotels they have. I did a quick stopover in Amsterdam and Paris. I was truly impressed with both of them.

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I had heard so much about this hotel that I couldn’t wait to get off the plane to experience it. Located in the Museum Square district, the true heart of the city of Amsterdam, the Conservatorium is an architectural dream that combines a landmark heritage building that was once a bank with a contemporary design.

The masterpiece of this hotel is the open entryway where the front desk and main restaurant is located. I loved being surrounded by the contemporary  design drinking my morning coffee and enjoying breakfast.  

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The room design has a very unique and modern design to it.  You will find 40% of the 129 rooms/suites are a duplex with stairs that lead to the bedroom area. I loved that these rooms had 2 bathrooms, one having a large shower that you could dance in!

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Throughout the hotel you will find symbols left behind reminding you of it’s historical bank days like bee’s on tile and a collection of piggy banks. The have a really cool bar that was the first Gin & tonic Bar in Amsterdam. Lastly the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center/ Spa was breathtaking and the ideal place to take a step back to relax. 

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Paris- Lutetia

I was really anticipating my stay here since it was newly renovated  and reopened about 3 weeks before I arrived.

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Located in the Left bank it’s a well known landmark and the only luxury grand hotel in the area. Originally opened in 1910 and quickly became a place where the anonymous could be found alongside the famous, where art, philosophy, science and politics were continually created, discreetly and without ostentation. Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Picasso, Matisse and Josephine Baker where among regular visitors to the hotel. 

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It recently reopened July 2018 with a mixture of the original hotel and a new modern twist with highlights of white marble everywhere. This is a great place to stay if you have already been to Paris a few times and want to stay in an area that isn't full of tourists. You will feel the local vibe all around this area which I loved. It has a hip scene that now features an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and lounges throughout the historical ground floor.

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They have added on a 6 treatment-room Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Center/ Spa with a beautiful swimming pool and gorgeous marble treatment rooms. 

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The halls leading up to the guest rooms feel as if you are on a big ship and as you enter the room it has tones of dark navy blue with white marble giving it a luxurious feel. I recommend a room with a balcony that faces the Eiffel tower. All the bath amenities are Hermes which is especially picked for this hotel since the flagship Hermes store is located right next door!  

 

 

London- Hotel Café Royal

The 3rd hotel in this “Set” is Hotel Café Royal in London which will be the next on my list when I visit London! This luxury hotel is located on Regent Street steps from Piccadilly.  It's where history, culture, business and the stage are just steps away. 


As always, booking your trip through me has the perks you want (good for All hotels): 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay

  • 100 EUR Hotel Credit to be utilized during stay for food, beverage, or spa

  • Welcome amenities upon arrival

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Choice of a 'return airport transfer' or an exclusive tour of Saint Germain des Prés area when booking Deluxe room or higher (Paris Luteti Perk)

  • One way airport transfer when booking the Concerto 2-Bedroom Suite or I Love Amsterdam Suite, or return transfer when booking The Penthouse (Amsterdam- Conservatorium Perk)


All the Photos from My Experience at Paris- Luteti:

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BEST Hotel in Las Vegas for a Bachelorette Weekend

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There's a seemingly unending selection of hotels in Vegas, so when you're planning a Bachelorette trip, it can feel a little daunting. Let me make this simple for you:

The Palazzo is the BEST Choice for your girls weekend, here's why: 

  • All rooms are suites. I recommend getting the Belle Suite with 2 queen beds. It also has a pull out couch so essentially it’s 3 beds in a 720 Square foot space. If you have a larger party you can get a connecting room with the same layout which will give you a total of 6 beds. It has a separate split area with a large couch and table. It’s the perfect area for playing those bachelorette games like 'never have I ever' or the embarrassing ones about the Bride's relationship!

  • The location on the strip is pretty ideal. It’s connected to the Venetian and next to the Wynn. The offerings are endless from the celebrity chef sceneto the world class Canyon Ranch Spa which you have access to including the work out facility.

  • For nightlife, you have options ranging from TAO nightclub, to The Dorsey, and Rosina. Rosina is a cocktail retreat that celebrates the classic cocktail in an intimate setting. 

  • There are so many pools to choose from including an adult pool and also the party pool, Tao Beach Club (TAO Beach is a high-energy poolside experience with resident DJs, Asian-inspired daybeds and cabanas and dining). Because you are considered Prestige Preferred when you book via Jetset & Travel you can reserve special seating if you call the day prior which I highly recommend since it gets so busy!

  • The #1 reason why I love sending all my bachelorette parties here is because of the Prestige lounge access I can get my clients included in their stay! This gives 2 people per room access to the Lounge ($50 per day per person if additional people are in the room). Includes Breakfast daily – and I mean FULL breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, pastries, yogurt bar, fruit station, smoothies, ect. Additionally everyday for 5:00pm-7:00pm they have delicious appetizers and unlimited drinks.. yes I said unlimited drinks (fancy cocktails too!). They also have desert  from 7pm-8pm and throughout the day it’s open at all times for coffee, water, fruit and snacks if needed. It will save you a ton of money on food during your stay!

  • Additionally being Prestige puts you on the top of the list for an upgrade, you have your own special check in on the 23rd floor where they provide you a glass of champagne at arrival.. who is fancy now!? Also you have concierge access during your stay to the VIP concierge.

Click Here for the FULL list of offering with Prestige

Combine this with Vegas Girls Night Out shows, dinners and Limo experience and you will have the best bachelorette weekend for the Bride to be! (I use them because it’s women planning for women and they know everything about entertainment in vegas!)

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This can only be added on when booking through a verified travel advisor like myself. Please reach out to book your next bachelorette party to include all the special perks!

Four Seasons Surfside: A New Era of Elegance & Glamour

I'm beyond excited to share my recent visit to the Four Seasons Surfside.

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This Resort has so much history and it’s bringing a fresh new era of glamour, elevated with chic Italian dining and a world class Spa! It first opened it’s doors on New Year’s Eve 1930 (Can you even imagine how amazing that grand opening party would have been?!).  

The Surf Club was the place to be and the place to be seen as it hosted so many stars including Liz Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Winston Churchill among others. They did such a great job combining the new with the old, allowing the unique spirit of this classic members-only "surf club" shine while maintaining the level of service that Four Seasons always has!

Why I Love This Property:

The Ocean View rooms are worth splurging on when staying here or even the Bayside rooms which have a partial view of the ocean combined with the city view. The Ocean View Rooms overlook the ocean hence the name with floor to ceiling glass walls with a large patio that hangs in the sky!. The rooms are perfectly designed by Prize Winning architect Richard Meir who put so much thought into every detail, complete with a full marble bathrooms. When you walk into the room you will be gasping every time as the lights turn on and the curtains automatically open so you see that beautiful view as you walk in! There is a ipad that is yours during the stay to control the room, order food to your bed or ask for more bubble bath! 

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You can dine at Le Sirenuse for breakfast, lunch and dinner and if that name sounds familiar to you that’s because it is! It’s the same restaurant as  the one in the Amalfi coast, it comes with all the Italian staff as well! Additionally another loved name is opening a restaurant soon Thomas Keller of The French Laundry.

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My favorite part of the resort (besides the rooms) is the Le Sirenuse Champagne Bar which once was the ballroom where some of the 20th century’s most talked about parties were held. It has Miami’s largest selection of fine champagnes and also serves light Mediterranean dishes. 

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This world class spa is designed like a dream full bathroom! Everything down to the patterns of the tile and the marble of the relaxation area will put you at peace. They even have the robes in your locker to fit in with the whole style of the spa. I honestly wanted to take it home! They have a beautiful large marble Hamman where you can do a scrub on yourself at any time included! 

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The surroundings of the resort consist of lush beachfront gardens and 2 pools one for familes with a thoughtful shaded area and an adult only pool. They are also right on the walking and bike path which is great for a morning jog or taking one of their bikes for a ride! The beach is narrow but if you want your salt water fix it’s there for you including butler service for all of your needs. (I must warn you though.. bring your own sunscreen. The sunscreen they provide is thick and organic, it will make you white as a ghost). 

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Details:

Hotel rooms: 100 rooms with 150 residences

Spa:  Beautiful 7 treatment rooms with a full amenity area of steam, sauna and a Hammam

Great for:  Families and Couples

Added amenities when booking through Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests

  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full) 

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

All my fav photos from my visit to Four Seasons Surfside 





 

Acqualina Resort, Miami Elegance on The Beach

 

The minute you step foot at Acqualina Resort, you feel as though you’ve been transported to a Mediterranean villa. This beautiful resort sits on Sunny Isles Beach, surrounded with powdery white sand that seems to stretch on for miles. The contrast of the red outdoor furniture against a beautiful backdrop of green grass makes everything feel so alive!
 

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Reasons why I love this resort and it’s a common top pick in Miami:

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  • The resort is host to  4 pools, 2 for families, an adult only, and a smaller one dedicated to the spa. You can snag a cabana for the day or head out on to the white sand and be closer to the ocean.

  • With so many activites each day of the week, including an aquamarine program, it’s fantastic for families.

  • I participated in the Sunday painting class and had a blast! Other activities include: Basketball, soccer, giant chess, foosball, ping pong, swimming lessons, paddle boarding, the sea turtle program, and special monthly activities like yoga with the CEO and more!

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  • I was truly WOW’d by the thoughtful bedside reading program.  Each month the novels change out and you will always find 3 best selling books on your nightstand to read during your stay, either in the room, by the pool or beach… but the best part about this is you can take the books home with you-totally complimentary-as it’s included in your stay! All 3 books are going home with me!

  • The Spa is beautiful and anyone who is a luxury spa lover like myself must experience it. It was the first branded ESPA in the US.  If you’re looking for a couple’s massage you have to get one here! They have a Royal Spa Suite, featuring a private oceanfront balcony, sexy steam shower for two all designed by Fendi!

  • If you’re all about the suite life and traveling with multiple people, the beautiful 5 bedroom penthouse on the 46th floor sleeps 12 people and is absolutely stunning! It has magical views of the ocean with a wrap around balcony, your very own salt water plunge pool, the most stunning master bathroom you have ever seen and it all comes with your personal butler! This 7725 square foot elevated masterpiece is about 20k per night!

Details:

Hotel rooms: 98 rooms with 188 lavish residences

Spa:  11 treatment rooms with full steam, sauna, ice room and relaxation area with an outdoor spa pool.

Great for:  families and couples

Added amenities when booking through Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests

  • $100 USD Equivalent Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full) 

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability 

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

All the photos from my trip: 

Southern California Staycation Tips

If you consider yourself a local in Southern California, and desire an easy getaway, look at all the places around you! I partnered with CBS LA to speak with them on the best local staycations. If you missed the travel segment I have reviewed it here!

In my opinion, you don’t always have to look very far to discover the best destinations, and Southern California is no exception. What’s better than an easy drive to ultimate relaxation!

Top two reasons to love this idea:

1) Instant money saved since you won’t be buying flights

2) Pack as much as you want! So much stress eliminated!

Oh, and don’t forget, Southern California is a hotspot with great weather 365 days a year!

Below I’ve listed the best getaways to look into for your staycation. You’ll also see some hidden specials you’ll only receive when booking with a travel advisor (Let’s chat!). And I’ve listed some top tips to consider before you book that trip!

The Best Southern California Getaways

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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The perfect staycation for a spa getaway, golf trip, honeymoon, babymoon or any journey you are looking for. The Resort and town are 100% back up and running. Located 90 minutes north of LA.  Right now is the best time to book and to stay. Its Pixie Season (similar to oranges). They have a pixie themed package which includes Breakfast, Pixie inspired cocktails, and 50minute Pixie body polish in the spa good between now and the end of this month- book by using code PIXIE. Best times to book for lowest prices is November 1- March 30th (excluding holidays).

Hidden secrets: daily breakfast, $100 resort credit year round.

Carlsbad / San Diego- La Costa Resort and Spa

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I have so many local families that love La Costa and keep going back. They kick off their summer programing like waterslide races, mermaid experiences, kid crafts, limbo competitions and more. They also have  8 sparking pools and an award winning spa. Located just north of San Diego in Carlsbad and its in easy reach of the beaches as well as the main attractions in San Diego. They currently have a Splash, Dine & Stay package which includes breakfast, $100 resort credit, Kids club for two hours per child and one meal and a kids welcome bag!

Hidden Secret: Breakfast for 2 daily and complimentary valet parking- $90 per day value. 

Palm Desert – Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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Looking for the old school Hollywood glamour ..look no further than Palm Spring. This has become the coolest hotspot  in California. Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage is right outside the main area and gives you access to more than 100 world class golf courses, great restaurants or stay on property to enjoy their relaxing spa!  Best time to visit is between January and May when the weather isn’t super hot, although you will find the best rates in the middle of the summer! Hidden Secret: Daily Breakfast, $100 resort credit.

 

LA/ Santa Monica- Shutters on the Beach  

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Comfortable and luxurious. The lobby feels like you are sitting in your fancy aunt's living room overlooking the ocean. Its the perfect spot to grab a glass of rose and watch the sunset in the evenings as you explore the city during the day This hotel and its sister property Casa Del Mar are the only hotels in the Los Angeles area that actually sit on the sand, which mean you can cruise the boardwalk minutes from your room. Believe it or not December holidays are the best kept secret in terms of pricing at Shutters!  

Hidden secret: Breakfast included, $100 spa credit

 

Orange County- Montage Laguna Beach 

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Talk about the ultimate staycation, you don’t have to leave this gorgeous resort since they have 4 restaurants, 2 pools, an award winning spa and its right on the beach! Hidden secret: Booking with a travel advisor you get breakfast included, $100 spa credit/ $200 if you are staying in a suite 2 or more nights, roundtrip private transfers to shopping, and upgrade at booking (if available) 

 

Insider booking tips:

- Although the weather is always perfect between June through September think about the “off seasons” when the tourist haven’t taken over yet and the prices are lower than you will see during the summer months.

- To get the best rates. Look at Mid week stays and avoid major holidays like Christmas and long holiday weekends as well as spring break.

- Festive/ Holiday bookings need to be booked way in advance as hotels sell out fast!

-Booking within the month of your stay will most likely be the highest rates as availability lessens and rates go up based on demand.

-Booking with a travel advisor will give you the best value and rates (note the hidden secrets which you can only get when booking with a travel advisor).  We have hidden specials and can also provide extra perks like breakfast, resort credits, and upgrades. Additionally booking with an agent gives you the highest chance to get that upgrade everyone wants.

- Also most travel advisors will give you updates via email on what hotels are having specials. I personally send one out quarterly with the best deals coming up (4th night free for an example). If you're not on my email list make sure to message me to get on it! abell@smartflyer.com

Difference Between The Wynn & Encore in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its wonderfully LARGE casinos and resorts making it difficult to choose where to stay. One the most common questions I'm asked: "what luxury hotel should I stay in on The Strip?".

 I’ll do a separate blog about my top picks, but on the top of my list is the Wynn & Encore-both of which hold the most Forbes Five-Star awards than any other casino resort in the world!

Since it's such a common question, I'm going to breakdown the difference between these two sister properties to help both my clients and any one headed to The Strip. 

Next time you want to stay at either the Wynn or Encore, be sure to reach out to me before you book. I can get you additional perks that are not available when you book yourself.

See the extra perks below! 

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WYNN

 

 
  • If you're looking for a quiet room, Wynn be more suitable for you as the day and night club is located on the Encore side and can tend to be noisy. 
  •  The room decor and style has a bright luxury feel to it, with white and gold tones, similar to Bellagio and very elegant.
  • The rooms are slightly smaller than Encore, typically measuring 640 square feet for the smallest room type.
  • Wynn has more restaurants and is in general a bigger resort with more guest rooms. 
  •  You don’t have access to the Encore pool (but encore guests can use Wynn’s pool).

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  • The club is on this side so the hotel can get busier at night and you can hear the music at times. Also the day club pool party is on this side so the younger crowd tends to be around constantly. 
  • This side was built in 2018, 3 years after the Wynn side and is more masculine with a  Modern Contemporary feel. I love the big black doors and hallways.
  • Every room is a suite, typically measuring 745 square feet for the standard room which is a little larger than the rooms over on the Wynn side.
  • This is in genera a smaller hotel, with fewer restaurants and casino. It’s all connected though, accessible by a short walk.
  • There is no breakfast location in Encore itself, however, you can do in-room dining. The Breakfast credit is good for any breakfast location in Wynn but again, via a short walk.
  • Getting to The Strip is a bit more of a walk than Wynn.
  • You have access to ALL the pools includin the pool at Wynn.

Although it's 2 separate resorts, it feels like you are in the same one with different towers that are about a 5 minute walk to the other side. The rates are typically pretty similar so it really just depends on what side / vibe you prefer! 

I do highly recommend you stay in the Tower suites section on either side, since this has a more elevated and  personalized feel. Below I have listed what the tower suites offer: 

Tower Suites

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  • Each has an exclusive area with their own check in desk. 
  • They have their own private pool, only for tower guests. (It’s right below the Wynn rooms, but the Encore rooms have access-it’s just a bit of a walk).
  • You can avoid the casino since it has it’s own entrance and feels more like a private hotel.  
  • Private Lobby Bar
  • Evening turn down service 

 

Extra Added Benefits you get when booking with Jetset & Travel: 

$50.00 USD Resort Credit (once during stay)

$50.00 USD Spa Credit (once during stay)

Daily Breakfast (max value $60.00 USD) 

Early Check-in / Late Check-out (subject to availability)

Upgrade at check in (based on availability)

 

 

Top Babymoon Destination Ideas

Lindsey Simon Gurk of @thenomisniche on her babymoon in Southern California

Lindsey Simon Gurk of @thenomisniche on her babymoon in Southern California

 

For a couple expecting their first child, the future is filled with obvious but exciting change. The freshest trend for modern day couples is to take one last vacation together before life becomes so hectic with all that a baby brings. It’s now just as popular to take a ‘Babymoon’ as it is to go on a Honeymoon!

It’s a common travel request I get, and one I really love. The joy of vacation planning levels up when you add the happiness of soon to be new parents!

I partnered with The Nomis Niche Blog and Las Vegas Now Show on Channel 8 to speak with them on my top picks + tips to help you decide where to take your Babymoon:

  1. Avoid anywhere with Zika - I can help you with finding locations that are risk free.

  2. Think of a place that is relaxing because you need to soak in relaxation NOW

  3. A place where it will be easy to access. You don’t want to have a crazy flight layover and a long travel day while pregnant.

  4. Travel within the 2nd trimester. The safest time to travel is 18-24 weeks.

Ojai – Just a short 2 hour drive from LAX and you'll arrive in a charming small town where you can relax with good food, shop around the little town, relaxing spa treatments, casual bike cruising and more! 

Bahamas- The Cove Eleuthera- They have 2 beaches and lots of hammocks for relaxing. Food is great and if you want the tropical feel its an easy destination to get to!

Rosewood Bahamas- The new Hot Spot in the Bahamas opening soon. This luxury resort will be elevated with the best service and local vibes mixed in.  

San diego- Rancho Valencia- Located in Del Mar These rooms are luxurious and large with your own plunge pool and fireplace outside. They also have an  award winning spa and plenty of activities to do!

Andaz in Maui – Great way to find the tropical feel but stay in the states. So much to do in Maui and this resort is trendy, beautiful and relaxing with great food.

Oahu- Four Seasons – Another location in Hawaii but a different island. This resort is stunning with a fantastic adult pool and spa!

Montage Laguna Beach – The best resort in Southern California with the best adult pool and spa you will find!

I would love to help you plan the perfect Babymoon getaway! Please send me a message and let's get you ready to relax! 

 

Dream Bahamas Vacation Awaits at Baha Mar

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The Bahamas are made up of 700 islands all with sparkling crystal clear turquoise waters with the majority of the year the sun shining down to get the perfect tan lines. This country is the perfect place for beach lovers who want some fun in the sun and also be surrounded by entertainment, relaxation and a well designed oasis. I was completely blown away with the complexity of this complex and how well they have designed this exciting vacation spot!

I have broken it down to the 3 resorts that make up the Baha Mar resorts. Each resort caters to different types of guests and their personal vacation preferences. You will find your perfect vacation experience once you read the below about of these resorts. Let me know which resort is calling your name!

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Overview of the complex:

  • The grounds are beaming with pastel colors and lush greens with adorable features everywhere you look. I was even surprised by their individual restrooms throughout the beach area that are striped little huts.. I mean when the bathroom is cute, that says a lot! 
  • This playground of a resort will make your hardest decision each day whether to get in beach time or to lay poolside at one of the 11 pools the complex has.  They even have a pool with a cave where you can jump off into the water and a aquarium you can view the fish from the above sanctuary. This whole area is just so amazing for families. The water sanctuary has sharks, sting rays and sea turtles! Such a great way to explore with the kids and its all included! The beach has the best raft options I have seen as well as kayaks, paddle boards, and snorkel gear-again all included. It also has Pier jutting out into the ocean which surrounds you in all the turquoise perfect for a middle of the day stroll or to immerse yourself in the sunrise and sunsets.

  • Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more fantastic, upon exploring the grounds, you will find colorful food trucks which are made from cute airstreams. They have tacos, poke bowls, and even a conch salad bar and gourmet hot dog options! This is a great 'grab and go' choice for your day on the beach or the pool. They even serve daiquiris and great margaritas! They're SO cute and the tropical vibe make you feel as if you just landed on a movie set in paradise! 

  • The three main restaurants are Cleo, Katsuya, and Fi’ Lia. At Cleo, which is a Mediterranean style restaurant, I highly recommend the “Spicy Cigars” as a starter, and the pappardelle. This also is the morning breakfast buffet on the SLS side with an impressive spread of fruits, an omelet station, pancakes and waffles, chai puddings and mimosas. It was so nice to come relax here each morning before the day started.  Katsuya is an upscale Asian restaurant with some amazing sushi options to choose from and special drinks! Here I recommend the rock shrimp and the Katsuya Fresh for a cocktail. Fi’ Lia, the Italian restaurant, will make you think you’re in Italy! The salads are freshly prepared right at your table. They have many other casual restaurants and pub style options, like The Swimming Pig, which has a local feel that will bring the sports bar type of atmosphere right to you. They have multiple bars around the resort, The Monkey Bar being my favorite and great for a pre-dinner cocktail.

  • For adults that want a good time or to let loose, they have a 24 hour casino that resembles the feel and look of the Wynn in Las Vegas with a sports bar. They also have a night club called BOND that also resembles Las Vegas and goes into the late hours of the morning. The first night I arrived I went all out and I kept thinking I was in Vegas. If you’re still looking to let loose but not looking for the nightclub feel they have the swanky cigar bar T2, which is owned by Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods. Here you'll find fun drinks and a full menu of cigar options great for the outside tropical vibe.

  • It’s not a vacation unless you take some time to SPA! They have a beautiful 30,000 square- foot ESPA branded spa with complimentary access for all 3 resorts to enjoy the amenites (steam, sauna and relaxation areas). The marble accents of the spa continue the luxurious experience. The cute boutique area has some of my favorite brands including ESPA, COOLA, Mala and Mantra.

Where you'll rest your head:

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SLS

Portrays style, luxury and a hip Bahamian boutique feel throughout the resort. The guest rooms are every tone of white with the fun pops of gray and turquoise. The hotel itself is pink with the surrounding pool areas consisting of multiple pastels.  

You have the option of the 2 pools here: 

-Adults only  Privilege Pool “party pool”: The daybeds in the water and bottle service will have you immediately feeling like you escaped the family feel of the other parts of the Baha Mar Resorts. It has an impressive resemblance to Las Vegas with the  day beds, cabanas and ladies who deliver your bottles with sparklers. Bungalow Pool: While the bungalow pool still has music (not as loud)  and a more relaxed feel, you can come to this pool as a family and relax in the sun.  They even have a fun large turquoise “rubber ducky” that screams the fun vibe! Both of these pools have great lunch options (try the mango shrimp salad and avocado fries!).

The Ideal Guest for SLS: hip, trendy couples that want a little more of the party vibe and feel. Also great for bachelorette parties, Birthdays and groups of friends traveling together. It has that NY/Miami/LA feel.

Extra Perks when booking with Jetset & travel:

Breakfast included

$75 resort credit

Upgrade if available


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The largest of the 3 resorts with 1800 rooms and suites with 4 different styles, almost making it feel like 4 different hotels in one hotel. Originally, it was intended be divided into 2 hotels (there is 2 towers). You will find that this hotel has the lowest rates of them all. The rooms have a modern tropical feel with local art and tones of red and blue. They have your standard rooms all the way up to the Reserve level which is considered their luxury wing. This area resembles more of a nautical feel how a yacht would look.  Of the 11 pools they host the majority of them (6), with all family options, as well as kids programs.

The Ideal Guest for the Grand Hyatt: Great for families, and couples or groups of friends that want a more low key atmosphere and a comfortable feel.

Extra Perks when booking with Jetset & travel:

* $100 Resort Credit

* Daily Complimentary Breakfast for two per room

* Room Upgrade Upon Arrival (Subject to Availability)


Rosewood 

Opening SOON! I was most excited to see this property and it truly won’t disappoint. I got a sneak peak tour as they are in the process of pre-opening. The rooms are all beautifully setup with every detail down to the customizable mini bar’s and butlers in every room. They will also have Villas which will be perfect for families that want to be right on the beach. The Rosewood brand is known for their impeccable service and this will be without a doubt the most luxurious resort in Baha Mar.

The Ideal Guest for Rosewood:  Guests who appreciate the best of the best, and the highest level of service. Great for families who want more privacy and the personalized service. It's perfect for couples who are looking for a relaxing, luxurious getaway, but still desire the option to venture into the nightlife and action.

Extra Perks when booking with Jetset & travel:

* $125 Resort Credit - are one-time per stay - per accommodation

* Daily Complimentary Breakfast for two per room

* Room Upgrade Upon Arrival (Subject to Availability)

*Stay three nights and receive the fourth night free during select dates from June 1 – October 31, 2018.

 

Reach out to abell@smartflyer.com if you are interested in staying at one of the resorts at Baha Mar and receiving the extra perks! 

Favorite Photos from my trip: 

 

 

 

Four Days of Ultimate Wellness at Canyon Ranch

If you are into spa experiences at all, you have most likely heard of Canyon Ranch, famous for their wellness programs. They have locations currently in Tucson AZ, Lenox MA, and Las Vegas NV.

I headed to Tucson Arizona to finally experience a place I have heard about for years. I come from a spa background, and so naturally, I wanted to learn more about what they offer so I could share and better inform my clients.

This place is so unique - a stark contrast when compared to a standard “Vacation”. It’s a place to learn about YOU - to truly get in touch with your inner self. 

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I feel the best way for me to bring you my experience there, is to share my personal itinerary from the 4 days. I do recommend staying for at least least 4 days,  show up with an intention, and take advantage of all the educational offerings. There is so much more than incredible spa treatments!  Step out of your comfort zone to get the benefits of the experience.  This is a safe place to transform your life or discover a guided path to lead your best life.

Everything is customizable for what you are looking for but can be very intimidating just looking at the website. I  recommend booking with a canyon ranch ambassador like myself who has gone and can explain to you what to expect and fully prepare you for this transformable experience.  I also have a highlight reel on my Jetsetandtravels insta stories with a full recap of my stay as I went that you can view. Everything is for customizable for what you are looking for but can be very intimidating just looking at the website.

Important Notes:

  • This is an all inclusive resort. your room and food is included along with 100’s of complimentary classes and workshops. You also get a $126 credit per day to spend towards additional services such as specialty offerings and treatments. Also, all gratuities are included, so no TIPPING here.

  • This is a alcohol free resort but if you really feel that it will add to your experience, you can bring a bottle of your favorite wine with you from home and drink it in your room ☺

  • The Spa is not your typical high end luxury spa with beautiful decor... I will admit, it needs a facelift, which they have planned in the near future, as well as room renovations. Remember, the intention for this place is not focused on the resort experience as much as it is about enhancing your life. 

Onto My Itinerary:
 

Day 1

  • If it’s your first time here I highly recommend a tour of the resort. They have scheduled tours daily to show you around. Do this within the first few hours of arriving to get the lay of the land (you will still get lost till around day 3 but it will help!)

  • Have you ever been star gazing!? This is a fascinating viewing the atmosphere with a telescopes and feeling  like you are standing on the moon it looks so close!

Day 2

Tea Bags from my massage

Tea Bags from my massage

  • I took a barre class for long and lean muscles, which I selected over the simultaneously scheduled ropes course (I didn't have enough courage to challenge my fear of heights just yet!) People love this particular experience, and the feeling accomplishment is such a high… maybe next time I'll accept the challenge! ☺

  • If you have difficulty sleeping, this next course would be highly beneficial. We learned from Dr. Param Dedhia about how important sleep is in your life and tips to sleep better and discover longer sleep patterns.

  • They offer some pretty spectacular services and I decided I wanted more than just a “normal massage”. I recommend that everyone try new experiences here, so I decided to lead by example. My first treatment was a 80 minute "Muscle Melt Warrior Massage" which incorporates herbal bags from Thailand that are heated and super super hot. The therapist starts by pounding them into your body and as they cool down, she does some additional movements. This is followed by a massage with the therapists hands all over each section of your body! It's such a relaxing service and get deep into the muscles which is good for active people.

  • Astrology! You provide your birthday, location and time and the astrologist will analyze your life path and why you are the way you are and what to expect for the future. Even if you're not that into existentialism "per se",  this is definitely an enlightening experience!

 
Day 3

Early Morning Hike

Early Morning Hike

  • Wake up early for a morning Hike. I recommend you do this at least once during your stay. They have different intensity levels to select from. The hike I chose was about 10 minutes away from the ranch and 5.5 miles of actual hiking. It was challenging but such a great workout with an absolutely beautiful view of the desert.

  • Are you attached to technology? It was great to hear about digital detoxing to be mindful about technology and finding (and keeping!) in balance.

  • My next treatment was such a treat. It was called the "Slice of Heaven" massage which is 2 therapists at once working on you. One works on your upper body while the other your is working on your lower. Opposite sides so when one is on your right arm the other is working on your left arm so you are getting double the work! Its so relaxing because it confuses your brain.

  • I had a full review of my DNA results to assess the genes I have and how it can affect weight loss.  Just to know what your genes are, and why you like certain foods can help provide clarity in your health and fitness journey. I learned I need to incorporate a plant based diet to balance with my genes. Something I have never even thought of! This was just SO eye-opening!

Day 4

Underwater Treadmills! 

Underwater Treadmills! 

  • Why not do a 6am boot camp on a Saturday morning?! I'll be honest, it was challenging to get up at such an early time for me on a Saturday but it was WELL worth it. To work out hard and than enjoy a healthy breakfast in the sunshine gives you the best feelings and the best natural high.

  • If you're new to Meditation or don’t practice, it this is a safe and comfortable place to try it out. They have 30 minute meditation classes to lead you though this. It’s still hard for me to stop my brain from racing but this provided practice. 

  • Brain Health Education: It's fascinating to hear about brain health and what you need to do for yourself to keep your brain functioning at a level to live your best life. This class reviews ways that work best for you personally to practice this in your everyday life.

  • Specialty Exercise Options: They have seriously thought of everything here. They have underwater treadmills. This is great for your knees for a low pressure workout.

  • Facials: It had been awhile since having  a deep cleansing facial so I had just that – they have so many different types of facials,  but since I was getting a medical type procedure done right after I needed to go gentle on my face.

  • I have been wanting to get Micro needling done for the last few months now but have been nervous about the pain, what it actual does and how to find someone I felt comfortable with. Canyon Ranch recently added on an medical esthetics department that offers botox, peels, dermapeel, micro needling and more. They have a fantastic nurse, Amy who is so incredible with explaining everything to you to ensure you feel 100% comfortable. It was an easy service and painless! So happy I got this done here.

  • To go along with my DNA genetics results, I wanted to pair it with an exercise science offering to bring it all together. The "Bod Pod" measures your fat, muscle and density. This information allows them to conclude what your ideal weight should be, and guide you with how to achieve my goals with food and exercise.  I love that they provided me with a realistic path that I could see more clearly. 

I could keep on going about this experience, but there is just too much to explain. If you are looking for a place to transform yourself, and provide a clearer path so you can lead your best life I recommend a place like Canyon Ranch. If you are interested in an experience here, please contact me so I can educate you on the best location.

Please keep an eye open for a blog on the difference of Miraval and Canyon ranch- the question I get the most!

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