Simple Packing Tips


Packing can definitely become an ominous chore, but as you can imagine, I've become a packing pro. Often times challenging myself to fit it all in a carry on!

If you're on your way to a trip, here's a few helpful tips:

  • The week prior start putting pieces in the front of your closet that you would want to wear on your trip that way when it comes down to the night of packing you already have some of the main pieces.

  • Make sure to always look at the weather in the destination you are going. If there is rain in the forecast you need to be prepared.

  • I always like to pinterest the area I am going and also search #hashtags on insta to get some fashion Inspiration and see what others are wearing this time of year (I also get some photo inspiration ideas at the same time).

  • Write out your plans, for each day... just a general guideline (cocktail party, boat ride, walking around the city) this way you know what types of outfits you need each day.

  • I personally plan out my outfits down to the shoes, jackets and scarves that way I’m not worried about my outfit while on the trip.

  • For your toiletries I have a separate bag used for all my travels and I make sure to review it each time before I travel to make sure I have everything. I always have backup contacts, my toothpaste is filled, you know. The important stuff.

  • I lay everything out on the bed and make sure everything is accounted for including underwear and bras that will go with everything.

  • Try rolling all your clothes as it will fit better. I also love to use spacepak bags since you can fit so much more using cubes to compress the clothes. Plus it has a dirty side so while I’m on a trip it stays separate once dirty.

  • I typically go with a theme of colors so you can match the belts and shoes. I always pack scarves and lipstick to easily change up an outfit.

  • The night before I take off I make a running list, for example: curling iron, phone charger, computer, passport etc... these items HAVE to make it in my travel bag before I leave the house.

Happy Travels!

Top Luxury Hotels in Toronto

I just returned from a trip to Toronto… I know what you’re thinking: “Toronto in the middle of February?!” It doesn’t sound ideal. But, believe it or not, I was more than impressed! They have so many luxury hotels in this booming Canadian city. I was even there during the week and every night had packed & entertaining nightlife and the restaurants were filled! My personal favorite area is Yorkville. I found the town completely adorable.

If you’re here to enjoy the city, watch a hockey game or  baseball game (the Blue Jays!) or go close by to visit Niagara falls. Here is the scoop on the best places to stay and eat.

Here in Toronto, I’m breaking down the top hotels for you! Lucky for you I have relationships with them and can get you extra perks at ALL of them! Be sure to let me know when you plan to take a business or personal trip here!


Toronto is the where Four Seasons the brand originates from, and the corporate offices are close by (I got a behind the scenes tour while I was there). It is also the best option in my opinion out of all the luxury hotels. The original building was down the street and was built in the 1960’s but this new building is still new- opened in 2012. This also has to be the best spa in Toronto! It’s about 10 minutes from the downtown area and in a quite chic area of - the town of Yorkville which is filled with art galleries and designer luxury brands.

Extra Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests

  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

  • not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in

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The first St. Regis in Canada, and it’s all about the glam luxury here including the signature butler St. regis service in each room. . Very modern rooms that offer the largest entry level guestroom size starting at 550 sqft  with bold black crystal chandeliers and bold accents of black and gold. The beautiful restaurant and bar reminisces a whisky bottle and has a scene during the weekend. The 2 bedroom suite is spectacular and a great spot to stay in the city.

Extra Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Breakfast credit of $30 CAD per person per day, guests can choose Continental breakfast OR use $30 CAD pp as dining credit at Hotel Restaurant

  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Located in the heart of downtown, and great for business travelers in the financial district. Multiple restaurant and bar options and during season they even have a great outdoor patio with a scene! They will be going through a large renovation this year on rooms and the spa and everything will have a modern feel and look to it! They also have the only cheese cave room in Canada which features the best cheeses in Canada and international. You can also sit at what looks like a hole in the wall chefs table ☺

Extra Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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

  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay

Shangri - La


Located in the heart of downtown with live music 7 days a week in what they like to call Toronto’s urban Living Room, you can see designer fashionable dresses on display and the beautiful spa including a hammam and multiple couples rooms. What I love is the lululemon yoga mat in each room and also a work out video on your TV designed to go with the type of room you are in!

Extra Perks:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excludes Specialty Suites)

  • Full Breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests, served in restaurant

  • $100 USD equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (excluding Momofuku Restaurant, and Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Has that “members only” boutique vibe going for it and feels more like an apartment than a hotel room. Located in the chic town of Yorkville and walking distance to museums, art galleries and shopping. It’s been here for years and still remains one of the city’s iconic landmarks.

Extra Perks

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Complimentary full breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay

  • $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

Bisha Hotel

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Located in the entertainment district. This has the cool vibe written all over it. Even some of the suites are inspired by Lenny Kravitz himself and has a sexy lobby with a bunch of Warhol prints through the hotel. If you’re looking for a rooftop restaurant, you will also find one here!

Extra Perks

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability 

  • Complimentary full breakfast in our Kost Restaurant for two daily for duration of the stay (value $60) 

  • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full) 

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For top restaurants and local activities, Check out the full Toronto City Guide from SmartFlyer as we explored the city together!

All the pics from my fabulous visit in Toronto :)


Disney Cruise: A Client Review

I recently had a client take a Disney Cruise over the holidays and they wrote a whole blog all about their experience!  If you're interested in a Disney cruise for your family you’ll want to read this!

Of course, I’m here to book the journey for you and I’ll throw in some extra of my own perks for you too!

Click here to read the blog :)

A few cute photos from their experience:

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!

Read the full post for all the highlights…

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. 

Read the full post for all the highlights…

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. 

Read the full post for all the highlights…

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. 

Read the full post for all the highlights…

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!

Read the full post for all the highlights…

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’ve 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. 

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!  

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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:

All Photos from my experience at Amsterdam- Conservatorium :

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!)


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! 


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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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!


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


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


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


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  


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 


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!