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).

ENCORE 

  • 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!

All Photos from my visit to Canyon Ranch:

What a Full Spa Day at the Montage Deer Valley Looks Like

Montage Deer Valley is the perfect spa to really relax and have a FULL day of pampering which will include some champagne and even some sweets! This 35,000 square oasis will have you wanting to have a spa day often! 

I joined LIVE LOVE SPA for a fun filled relaxing Spa Day!! 

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  • Start with a work out in their state of the art fitness studio or take a class lead by a trained professional for $20 where they have the signature Eligna Bar class taught by Owner Faye which utilizes a light weight bar that assists in targeting core stabilization muscles while brining awareness to posture. I loved this class! They also have a daily Morning Mountain Stretch at 7:15 which is always complimentary!
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  • Get a treatment! Anything from their Elements of Wellness signature services which is preformed by experienced master therapists who go though hundreds of hours of specialized education to truly customize the service. Or relax with a facial, massage, mani or pedi!

 

  • Relax by the beautiful indoor pool or use the steam, sauna, cold shower and take advantage of the Art of Spa which combines hot and cold bodies of water which you submerge your body in and it will help with circulation and a multitude of health benefits! You feel so good after!
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  • Order some food by the pool from the spa menu and eat it in your robe!

 

  • More steam, sauna, hot tub

 

  • Shower with their Kerstin Florian signature products and get ready! (they have everything like hair dryer and all). OR get a blowout in the Kim Vo Salon - ask for Whitney! 

 

 

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  • Make it out to the Veuve Clicquot yurt by 4pm (it closes at 4pm) get a glass of champagne - because you deserve it!

 

  • Head over to S’mores at 4:30- 5:30 for complimentary delicious s’mores with homemade marshmallows.

 

  • Go inside the Vista lounge and listen to live music

 

  • Grab some dinner and one of the many resturants on property! 

 

{When booking via me you receive a $100 spa credit so you might as well take advantage of it! Contact me for additional questions!}

 

The Top Reasons Why Four Seasons Oahu is the Perfect Luxe Oceanside Vacation

The Top Reasons Why Four Seasons Oahu is the Perfect Luxe Oceanside Vacation

I recently visited the beautiful Four Seasons Oahu, and I'm convinced it's the perfect place to relax in beach side luxury - Hawaii Style. 

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Located on the “sunny side” of the Oahu, and conveniently close to Honolulu, Waikiki beach and the North Shore it's a dreamy spot to experience on a honeymoon, couples trip, or even to bring the whole family!

Here are my top reasons why Four Seasons is on my "yes list" for places to return:

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  • The rooms are chic and bright with that refreshing new hotel feel. I recommend getting an ocean view room because waking up with this view or relaxing on your patio will make the stay that much better. Who wants to come to Hawaii to have views of a parking lot?  I stayed in a Ocean view Jr suite and loved it. This room had a little sitting area to hang out in, and the couch also doubles as a pull out bed so it's a great option for families. I also viewed another suite that is on the first floor with a door separating the bedroom and living room. Its has prime ocean front views and a private pool- inside scoop: The movie Snatched with Amy Schumer was filmed in this room! So fun!  (Also is it strange that I really like the toto toilets in the room.. I mean there is something about that warm toilet seat!) I also liked the two separate sinks on either side to get ready in the Jr. Suite. 

 

  • The Adult Pool is where it is at! This is where I spent most of my time. They will come by throughout the day with refreshing cold towels, fruit and I even got a free “doctors order” Mai Tai.. which was exactly what I needed since I was working with laptop in hand all day. I also recommend the Coconut vodka drink- first option on menu. Its so delicious. This is the perfect place to watch the sunset. They also have main resort pool, and family pool as well as the spa pool.. so there is multiple options especially for the family, oh and the beautiful beach, of course ☺ (You can leave your sunscreen at home and use the complimentary Sun Bum products) 
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  • The Spa and wellness center are fantastic. They have a full cardio room, separate weights room with everything you could need and also multiple tennis courts. The Spa uses local indigenous practices in their treatments which are preformed in, indoor and outdoor treatment rooms. If you want a peaceful relaxing day it also has its own pool, jungle relaxation area, steam, sauna, indoor relaxation area. I was even impressed with all the family options.. including treatments for kids! 

 

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  • All beach activities are included (i.e., paddle boarding). It is a shared beach with Aulina resort but if you keep to the Four Seasons side it is much more manicured. They also host  themed local workshops: "Cultivate, Create, and Curate" to give you a true locals flavor. The activities are great and include bamboo wood carving, haku lei making (see picture to the right), lauhala weaving, ancient healing practices and sarong dying, just to name a few. I think the lei making class is so special and something so fun to do! Of course, you can golf and it's Hawaii - there'so much to do! 

 

  • The FOOD! There is plenty of food options at the resort starting with a large breakfast buffet in the morning at La Hiki Kitchen that has everything from omelet station, waffles, French toast, full pastry spread, fruits, Hawaiian themed breakfast items and even a gluten free section! (I’ll include this in to your stay for 2 people). They also newly opened a Michael Mina seafood restaurant and have an Italian inspired cuisine, Noe. You can also enjoy light lunches and sunset cocktails at Watermans  

 

  • They really make an amazing effort on focusing on families and there were quite a few there but even if you are a couple going it's not over bearing and I think it’s a good play ground for both type of travelers. For Families, there is so much to keep the kids entertained and exploring:  Build sandcastles on the white-sand beaches, watch your kids learn how to hula dance, splash around in the Family Pool, or even treat your little ones to a kid-friendly spa treatment while you indulge in a little pampering of your own. 

 

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  • The technology at Four Seasons has reached another level: From the Ipad by the bed where you can request anything right to your room and view menus, spa treatments, weather etc,  they also now have an app on your phone where its basically a personal butler and you can ask them to have a drink ready for you in a room and they will respond within 3 minutes- LOVE THIS! 

 

  • If you want to head off property to dinner right across the street is monkey pod that has great happy hour and live music! $10 pizzas, half off apps and low priced drinks! There is other options as well but this is the top pick. 

As always, booking your trip through me has the perks you want: 

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary continental breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay, served in restaurant
  • $100 USD Spa credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
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My Fav photos from my trip to Four Seasons Oahu:

Park City's Top 8 Coffee Spots

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Heading to one of my favorite Mountain Towns for a getaway? Need a refresher for Utah's Favorite Staycation Destination?  Be sure to head to my favorite hot spots to grab a coffee and quick lunch in Park City:


Go grab a friend and cozy up in one of these places (or get it to go if you're hitting up Silver King Coffee).

  • Riverhorse Provisions- Owned by my favorite Park City restaurant Riverhorse but up Main Street. They serve light lunches and you can grab a juice to go with it!

 

  • Harvest- Charmingly small, but a great stop to grab a coffee or a golden Mylk (my favorite) with some avocado toast!
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  • Ritual Chocolate- Super hidden but its known for its chocolate but their coffee and cookies and brownies are just amazing!
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  • Silver King Coffee- This is all about convenience.. you can drive up and get your coffee plus believe it or not: they serve warm breakfast burritos! I also love that they put a chocolate covered espresso bean on top of your coffee!

 

  • Atticus Coffee- books and teahouse- It’s a little hipster bookstore with really good breakfast sandwich’s and every kind of coffee and tea.  It’s a local's favorite!

 

 

  • Windy Ridge Café- Great salads and also have homemade bread and comfort food.. we also call their bread- crack bread!

 

  • Stoked Coffee- Brand New: “The Official Coffee of the Outdoors” Located on Main Street and it’s a great place to bring your laptop and work while you watch the scene of park city!
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 Park City is full of treasures... these are just a few of my favorites. Stay tuned, I'll be sprinkling in more Park City hot spots! 

Park City is full of treasures... these are just a few of my favorites. Stay tuned, I'll be sprinkling in more Park City hot spots! 

Gurney's Resort in Montauk: Your New Favorite Place (and Mine!)

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Let me tell you the reasons why Gurney's in Montauk just became one of my favorite places to take a trip:

Situated on Montauk's most pristine beach, Gurney's is a Hamptons Icon and the only year round resort on Montauk.

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  • It's right on the beach and within a few steps from your room your feet will touch the sand. Some rooms have walk out balconies that put you right on the beach!

 

  • Its open year round, and even when you think the winter wouldn’t be an ideal time to visit- think again my friend, it totally is! It's so cozy and in the evenings they have fire pits going, its just so relaxing - and so so comforting.

 

  • The Spa Seawater is located right on the beach and has everything you need for a perfect spa day.. they are even renovating it and it will have a whole new face lift come 2019 - I really can’t wait to see this. They also have weekly work out classes.

 

  • From elegant seasonal cuisine and award winning pasta at Scarpetta to casual fare and craft cocktails the food is outstanding.
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  • This is the SPOT TO be in the summer so if you want to stay here during prime season, you need to book far in advance. I highly recommend the extra splurge for the Ocean front rooms. They're incredible.
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  • It's great for families as they have daily kids activities (they had cookie decorating and arts and crafts while I was here).

 

  • If you do want to bring your family you can reserve on the the new 1-5 bedroom residences. They're perfect for extra space and entertaining! They are absolutely beautiful and everything you could want in a beach house!

 

  •  It’s about 3 hours from NYC- I would ideally combine with a trip to the city for relaxation after city life or, if you are already an east coaster this is just a great getaway year round and winter prices are great!

Ps. They just opened a property in Newport Rhode Island (where I am from) I can’t wait to check this out!

 

(Also if booked via Jetset & Travel you will receive extra exclusive amenities you can't book if you book on your own- contact me to inquiry!)

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Dream Paris Itinerary: VIP Airport Assistance is a MUST!

One of my most important Travel to Paris Tips:


VIP airport assistance service:

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I truly can’t recommend this enough.

Even if you don’t fly private, you can get treated like you do as you step foot of the plane.  Its extra to set this up but totally worth it to skip the custom long lines and security as you arrive and depart.

You’ll be greeted at the aircraft door  (not by baggage claim) and escorted  the quickest way through the airport. Its so nice to have a guide to just follow since you will be half asleep still and you don't have tothink about anything.

They will lead you in a separate line through customs and all the way to get your bags and right to your driver. When you depart they will also take you step by step all the way to your gate.

The day I was departing the security line was about an hour long and having this service was worth it to skip that line.

If you're interested in this service for Paris or other destinations please let me know.

This service is available in different airports and is different for each one but inquire for more information.

Dream Paris Itinerary: Activities

My recent trip to Paris proved yet again that you don't necessarily need to have a preplanned itinerary, because adventure always awaits. However, I am a firm believer in at least having some insight on activities that are unique to my travel destinations... and Paris with all it's history, is no exception. Here's a few things that absolutely should be on your list of "must do's": 

Activites:

Seine Cruise: 

Take a private boat along the canal with unparalleled views of the eiffel tower. This is accompanied with wine, champagne, snacks and lots of memorable moments. See below as its on the list for one of the best ways to view the Eiffel Tower. 

 

Sidecar

I didn’t understand what this was till I saw the side car’s myself. At first look its terrifying but it was so much fun and a way to explore Paris differently! Four Seasons set this up for us and can be booked easily anywhere you stay. Retro Tour is the best company to use for this. 

 

Tourist Attractions:

Eiffel tower:

You can see this from all over paris and I love seeing it in every different angle. But for me seeing it at night is the BEST! Make sure to catch it sparking and take a boomarang snap :)

Few Eiffel Tower tips:

  • Some of the best ways to view the Eiffel Tower is not right at it. Here are a few of my favorite spots to view it. Climb the Montparnasse tower or the 284 steps of the Arc de Triomphe to view spectacular views at both. Also Printemps shopping center, Post de Bir-Hakeim, and Rue Saint Dominique all have great views of it. As mentioned above my favorite way to view was getting on a boat and viewing it from the water. 
  • I recommend seeing it in daylight early morning when there isn't crowds and also  shortly before twilight, so you can experience it at sunset and also after dark.
  • If you are like me and want exercise on your trip.. climb the stairs! Great exercise and you're skip the lines for the elevator. 

Shopping:

Lets get one thing straight.. Parisians know a thing or two about fashion and just walking down the street will feel like you're flipping through a page of Vogue. Here are a few of the best shopping spots in Paris:

  • The Marais- known for its little boutique stores. Think jewelry and fine art!
  • Louvre and Tuileries District- High end designers like Versace and Hermes.
  • Les Halles and Rue de Rivoli- Charming shops and very trendy
  • Boulevard Haussmann and the Grand Boulevards- Department stores
  • Champs E’Lysees- Very touristy so wouldn't be my first pick for shopping  but if you want, just enjoy the street scene, and avoid the major shops - but do pop into the little boutiques unique to Paris and buy yourself a little French treasure. Laduree is on this street and it’s a touristy paris must, though I prefer Carette Paris for great Macarons located at Trocadero and The Place des Vosges. 

Major Sites: 

The Louvre- Buy the 15 euro and go see the Mona Lisa... You're in Paris after all,  and its a MUST for a first time visitor.

Notre-Dame Cathedral- One of the great Parisian icon cathedrals located along the Seine River and is absolutely beautiful

Versailles Palace - Located 14 miles southwest of paris and during the summer the gardens outside are Beautiful.

Arc de Triomphe- Climb to the top and get 360 views of paris ( 8 euros for the climb)

 

Dream Paris Itinerary: Restaurant Report

Dream Paris Itinerary: Restaurant Report

Going to Paris is as much about the sights as it is about the food. If you're a major foodie... you might even go so far as to say it's number one on the list of priorities. 

I loved my trip to Paris and I'm still dreaming of the amazing dining experiences. I can't wait to go back for more. But in the meantime - here's my list of must visits:

Le Stresa- It’s a small little Italian restaurant with the tables almost on top of each other but the food is absolutely amazing! A MUST in Paris. The pizza, burrata and carbonara pasta are incredible.

Frenchie- One of the best dining experiences I have ever had. It’s hard to get a reservation and you need to book in advance. It’s a pre-set menu (you pick from 2 options in each course) and it changes seasonally. Highly recommend!

L’ Avenue - This is the hot spot and if you are going to spot a celebrity it will be here. We were sitting next to some well known Parisian fashion designer and the  Vogue editor without even knowing it. Also the desert is Ahhh-Mazing get the flourless cake, cheesecake and apple tart.

My Favorite Moments from Frenchie:

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Other foodie Hot Spots:

Cinq Mars- It's a small cozy and very unpretentious but the food is SO good!

Mama Shelter- Has one of the best rooftops in paris and tasty brunch on Sundays

Apicius- It’ s a chateau in the center of Paris and its a place to get dressed up and spend some money at a fancy dinner.

Cafe Shirvan- lots of different spices and a blend of cuisines great for sharing with friends and having a real experience.

Chez George- Delicious and chic, great for Dinner.

Titty Twister- Yes that's the name! This is for the nightlife scene and you're guaranteed to have a good time.

Andy Wahloo - Has lots of neon and bright lights making for a bright night! The menu has plenty to choose from a hot trendy choice!

Derriere- A cheeky eatery that resembles eating in a friends home (you actually sit in a home)

Lavomatic- They have a great menu of fun cocktails!

Prescription Cocktail Club- Another great cocktail list

Dream Paris Itinerary: Hotel Report

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Going to Paris is ALWAYS a good idea...

...Going to Paris during the holiday season is an ESPECIALLY good idea.

I had only been to Paris one other time and it was in the summer. Visiting in the winter I gained a new perspective on Paris. It was completely different and I would pick the winter over and over again. Hands down. 

The goal of my trip was to see the best hotels in the city but I also got to experience so much more which I’m looking forward to sharing with you. 

I've broken up my trip report into three sections: Hotels, Dining, and Activities.

First up: The Hotels:

Four Seasons George V 

If it’s your first time in Paris it’s an absolute must to stay at this beautiful Palace in the Golden Triangle. I honestly didn’t want to leave when it was time to check out.

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Why do I love this hotel so much? Let me tell you: 

  • It's extraordinary floral display designed by Jeff Latham consumes the main areas and they have stationed a fun rose mirror display you can go take pictures in (major photo op!). It’s just so well decorated.

  • The three Michelin star restaurants won’t disappoint either. I dined at La George and my taste buds were in Four Seasons heaven… the french onion with parmesan ice cream is divine. Also  Breakfast was a major highlight of the trip. The french toast is the BEST french toast you will ever have! The breakfast isn’t cheap but if you book with me, I’ll get it included for you!

  • They have a a wine cellar 45 feet below ground with 50,000 bottle of wine and is on of the true historic hidden treasures in the city.  The oldest bottle is a 1792 Madeira, and the most expensive is a magnum Petrus 1964, ringing in at 40,000 euros. They offer complimentary tasting 3 times a week that I would love to set up for you. Talk about amazing experience! 

  • They can setup tours for you as they did for me. We went on a Sidecar (a motorcycle with a sidecar attached) adventure throughout Paris. It was such a blast and they pick you up right at the resort and take you around. 

  • They have a pop up spa but come May 2018 their new spa will be ready and believe me when I say it's going to be unbelievable-- I was treated to a sneak peak at the pool and let me just say:WOW.  

  • The suites are where it's at (budget allowing of course!). Each is beautifully decorated and the penthouse has exceptional views 0f the Eiffel Tower.

  • Overall the service was by far the best of all I experienced in Paris. This is my first choice to send clients.

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Additional Amenities when booking via Jetset & Travel:

  • Save 15% when booking a month in advance

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)

  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay

  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in

  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites


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I was absolutely blown away by this hotel and the more time I spent exploring it the more I wanted to see! It is newly reopened after a major renovation and every single detail was taken into consideration. Top reasons why I love this place:

  • Every room comes with tailor made 24/7 butler service (sign me up!).

  • The rooms are beautifully decorated with unique art pieces and details you won’t find at any other hotels. For example: a Hermes leather coffee maker (I mean is this real?!)

  • Location Location Location!  Talk about walking distance to the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and minutes away from other major & historical attractions in Paris.

  • The Sense Spa is absolutely breathtaking. The pool itself makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale! (Stay tuned for a post on the best Spas in Paris!)

  • They are host to a Karl Lagerfeld designed Grand Apartment that will blow your mind. It even has a bookcase that opens to reveal a secret huge closet.  It also has a separate room just for his cat! So adorable and I would personally just stay in this room to be at this hotel (it's more than nice!)

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Additional Amenities when booking via Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, based on availability

  • Complimentary Continental Breakfast for two daily, either in room or in restaurant, for duration of stay

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

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi


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This boutique property in the left bank feels like you're walking into your Aunts house. It's so cozy, inviting and perfect for those looking for a boutique property. Why I LOVE it:

  • With just 48 rooms and suites the thoughtfully decorated rooms are both charming and comfortable even down the the pillows on each bed are specially picked for that specific room.

  • The lobby/ great room is so well designed and doubles as the breakfast nook. You just want to sit here and read a book by the fireplace. For a very long time.

  • The Spa’s main room is filled with guerlain perfumes as if it was your personal pampering room.

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Additional Amenities when booking via Jetset & Travel:

  • Full breakfast included

  • Special VIP welcome  


La Reserve Apartments

This is not your typical hotel. It's as comfortable as if you're staying at a friend's apartment in Paris - but all the amenities one expects at a hotel. I surprisingly LOVED it. Reasons why:

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  • The location is right outside of the Eiffel Tower and I mean right outside. You can see it from the patio which has amazing views at sunrise and sunset.  If you’re like me and enjoy getting a run in while on vacation than you’ll love this morning run. You can see the Eiffel tower with no crowds! Amazing! 

  • If you have a multi-generation family or a group of friends this setup is so ideal. We had a 3 bedroom plus a 2 bedroom and it was all together on the same floor so the doors could remain open and it’s one big condo! Just hanging out all together in the living room is a priceless experience.

  • Also my favorite part was having breakfast each morning together and having a personal butler come in and make you everything right in your PJ’s. You just can’t get this in a hotel. They even taught us how to make french eggs! They also setup a lovely dinner party in the evening

  • If you want a massage just snap your fingers and it can be set up for you! We were able to  experience this one of the perfect mornings. Do it! 

  • It's SUPER private with NO signs on the door so you have no idea its located where it is.. If you're a celebrity with Paparazzi or want to go incognito… this is the spot.. I know a few celebs that will stay here while in Paris ;)

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Additional Amenities when booking via Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Continental breakfast daily, freshly prepared and served by dedicated maid in guest apartment

  • A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, per room, once during stay

  • Welcome bottle of Michel Reybier Champagne

  • For any stay of 2 nights or more - complimentary roundtrip airport transfers

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

I went to multiple hotels but if I had to pick my top, it would be the above. Other hotels that are on the top of my list that were also visited:

 

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Le Saint

Super cute boutique style hotel, located in the Saint Germain area. You can pick your flowers from the lobby to bring to your room!

 

 

Le Royal Monceau

Super trendy and stylish with veuve gondolas on display in the courtyard with fake snow they also have a large movie theater with movies continuously playing.  It’s a similar SLS hotel vibe.

 

Hotel Ritz Paris

Very traditional Paris hotel - this is where you'll find the  famous Hemingway Bar!
Also I can get you the VIP airport service complimentary with your stay!

 

Saint James

 This colorful country estate is great for travelers that want to think outside the box and want a something fun and a little wild (they even have a cheetah room).

 

Le Pavillon

 Boutique hotel in a great location for walking to the main attractions

 

Le Meurice

Absolutely LOVE the restaurant for breakfast- might be the best breakfast atmosphere in all of paris. Very classic feel and a grand spa. 

 

La Reserve

Small boutique hotel, luxe but cozy design featuring lots of romantic red tones. Love the living room bar to just sit and enjoy a cocktail. This was previously an old home that they renovated into a hotel.  La Reserve recently won best hotel in the world.

 

Peninsula

 Very fresh and traditional and they have the cutest christmas market currently outside the hotel which I loved!

Mandarin Oriental

 Very modern, clean and sleek with lots of White toned decor including a goose- down bedding.

 

If there is any hotel you're curious about that's not on this list, or you want to know more about the hotels that are, don't hesitate to contact me! Stay tuned-my next post is all about my favorite restaurants from this trip! 

Guide to Traveling the Amalfi Coast

What a piece of heaven!!

First off- I would NOT recommend driving anywhere in the Amalfi coast.

It’s only one road and it’s VERY VERY narrow. I heard about this but didn’t believe how small it really was. I highly suggest you get a private driver -  it’s well worth the money. If you can avoid the summer months like JUNE I would- it’s overly populated and super Hot!!

Since we're talking about the weather: It’s very common for you to wake up and have it be cloudy (it’s the marine layer but it will burn off around 12 and the sun will come out!

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The easiest way to get to Amalfi is via Naples airport you can either get a taxi, train or ferry to any of the places in Amalfi coast. This destination is more of a lay on the beach, rent a boat, drink wine, spritz and champagne, over eat good italian food, and  repeat.  

I visited Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello and Capri - which I'm excited to divulge about each below, BUT I think my favorite part of Amalfi was Capri though for those asking so I’ll start with this one first.


 The water was the most beautifully clear and undescribably blue color. 

The water was the most beautifully clear and undescribably blue color. 

Capri

It's so picturesque with pastel colors everywhere.  It's an absolute must to take a boat tour around the island and also go in the blue grotto- it's a fun experience!

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Also there are 2 “sides” to the island:

Capri, the main town where most of the hotels and restaurants are, and Anacapri.

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Anacapri is actually the top of the island. There are some cute shops and restaurants up there. Also Lemon Spritz are a MUST. during the day its really busy from all the tourist coming in from the cruises and just to check it out but it really becomes magical when they all leave and its much calmer. Ideal to stay over! I personally missed this since it closed 2 days earlier but I was DYING to go to the beach club Fontelina- its suppose to be “heaven on earth”. You have to make a reservation but put it on the list. Its a reason for me to come back!

 

Restaurants:

  • De Paolino: A total MUST while in capri. It's a lemon orchard turned family owned restaurant. Their tagline is 'Dining under a sky of Lemons'. Of couse, theirs is the best Lemoncello in all of Capri. Oh, and you must have the lemon ravioli- so good! 

  • Giorgio al Cucciolo:  This is a classic place. This restaurant is located in Anacapri, on the top of the island, and requires special transportation. Be sure to make an advance reservation. Amazing panoramic views and gorgeous sunset. They also have live music a plus!

  • Buonocore: Hands Down, the BEST gelato I’ve ever had. Because they make their cones fresh on the spot, the entire road smells like a bakery. It's heavenly. You'll find yourself unable to resist a gelato each time you pass by. Don't resist.

  • Da Gelsomina: Food comes from their gardens and wine from their vineyards. Known for their ravioli capresi.

  • Aurora: This is a really fun (and beautiful) place to dine. It's considered a celebrity hot spot and you’ll see photos of all the celebrities on the wall as you're eating.

  • J K KITCHEN Restaurant & Lounge Bar:  A charming restaurant that serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with its large panoramic terrace (uh, hello mesmerizing views). 

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Best Hotels:

J.K. Place Capri- a dazzling white villa on the cliffs above Marina Grande on the island of Capri. The hotel is set in manicured gardens with astounding views over the Bay of Naples.

  J.K. Place Capri  Pool. One of the best views in Capri.

J.K. Place Capri Pool. One of the best views in Capri.

The Capri Palace Located in Anacapri, the most exclusive and unspoiled part of Italy’s island of Capri, it stands way above sea level, overlooking the open Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Naples.

Quisisana Hotel- The traditional Italian decor and architecture is breathtaking. located right in the heart of Capri, just steps of the Piazzetta.

Caesar Augustus- Perched on the cliff edge, a thousand feet above the sea surrounding Capri, it was originally built in the 1850s as the private residence of a wealthy German businessman and now is one of italy’s finest luxury hotels.


Sorrento

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This is a very central place in Amalfi and isn’t as common as the other towns although its bigger and has a lot more shopping than the others. They are  known for leather sandals, leathers, limoncello, endless streets to get lost in.

I felt it wasn’t as expensive as the others as well. Since it has a ferry port to all the other locations, tourists will just stay here and do day trips to the other places. Also the train goes straight to Naples from here and also Pompeii for a day trip! The hotels weren’t spectacular but it was just fine!

 

Side note: Day trip to Pompeii- I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Old roman town that was ruined by volcanic and still stands. Did a walking tour 2 hours 14 euro and 13 euro to get in. About 20 min train ride from Sorrento and 2 Euros each way. Be warned, all school kids travel on this train, so getting a driver is ideal to avoid the influx of children heading to and from school. 

 

Restaurants:

  • Terrazza Bosquet at Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento:  It’s One Michelin star and gorgeous views of the Bay of Naples.

  • Antico Franceschiello:  It is one of the few Historical Restaurants in Italy. It boasts 100 years of experience. You'll enjoy a warm ambience, and breathtaking views on Capri. It proposes a genuine and delicious menu with a particular attention to high quality products.

  • O’ Parrucchiano:  A traditional restaurant "The Museum of Hospitality" open since 1868.  It's located in the historical centre of Sorrento, just a few steps from the Cathedral.

  • L’Antico Frantoio: It offers a rustic and airy ambiance with a wonderful terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento. It offers a typical local cuisine: Seafood combined with genuine local products and it will be the right place to taste a good pizza as well.

Hotels:

La Favorita:  Experience a charmingly older feel with ceramic floors but still a great hotel.  Breakfast was wonderful with a delish omelet station.  The Sax bar upstairs us a highlight and it's in a location in the heart of Sorrento.

The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria: This is a family-friendly luxury destination resort located in the town centre of Sorrento. The building is secluded from the main square by private gardens with citrus groves.

Bellevue Syrene:  You'll love this romantic, luxury hotel perched on a cliff in Sorrento.

 


Positano

This is the place that comes to mind when you think of the Amalfi coast: The architectural buildings and homes built all the way into the hills and the landscape just  filled with beautiful colors. 

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Arriving up to it on a boat, its beauty took my breath away. It's much smaller than I thought it would be and it's filled with STEEP hills (bring your walking shoes). Commonly unknown is there is an entire other side you need to see. Explore behind the Puppeto Hotel and follow the steps for a much more calm vibe. 

Another highlight is going to Le Sirenuse Hotel. Even if you're not staying there you have to go sip cocktails, its pure Italian  glamour here and the views are THE views! I really enjoyed the live DJ and the great drinks. The beaches in front with the fun and colorful umbrellas really are a fun sight too! You need a whole day just to relax under the umbrellas!  

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If you have the time my personal highlight in Positano was a 15min drive away to Praiano which is a smaller version of Positano and that's where you'll find Casa Angelina.  It's super modern as discussed below but it's a must for drinks or lunch if you're not staying there.  If you want some great nightlife try out On The Rocks, its a club built into the rocks but it's a late night grotto club when it gets busy!

 

Restaurants:

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  • Le Sireneuse: Absolutely amazing views, amazing drinks, enough said.

  • Rada:  Modern Italian, with gourmet cooking and great ambiance. You'll find this restaurant above the nightclub built into the rocks.

  • Chez Black:  Positano’s first and oldest restaurants, very classic. . It’s one of those iconic places on the beach that you must try. Try the seafood!

  • Da Adolfo: A place you simply must go for lunch. You can take a boat from the Positano dock for added fun!

  • La Cambusa: Great Seafood, add to your list!

 

 

Hotels:

Le Sireneuse: located in the heart of Positano. All the rooms are full of light and decorated with a combination of antique and contemporary furniture, contrasting cool whitewashed walls. The floors are covered with colourful tiles from Vietri. Most rooms have a balcony or terrace overlooking the azure sea where at night the gentle sound of waves can be heard.

 A Room at the Casa Angelino, Positano Italy

A Room at the Casa Angelino, Positano Italy

Casa Angelina- Chic and secluded boutique hotel that is more of a lifestyle.Cut into the Amalfi coastline in charming Praiano. With a clean, refreshing aesthetic and touches of refined Italian elegance, tranquillity is the theme at this cliff-side boutique hotel. It has its own beach club just nearby and its away from the crowds.

lI San Pietro: The most high end and most classic Italian hotel in ALL of Italy, but a very pretty price tag and the majority of the time you need to book out a year in advance (especially in the summer months). It  overlooks the bay of Positano, surrounded by scented gardens


Amalfi

I honestly expected so much more from Amalfi, I don’t know if it's because it was one of the last stops on my list and maybe everything seemed to blend together? I'm can't put my finger on it, though maybe it is because it is on the smaller side-you can see the entire town just by going on a 1 hour walk!  I just thought this town would be the best so I expected much more.   It's still fantastic, I just enjoyed the other towns much more. 

 

Restaurants:

 

Hotels:

 Amazing Pool at  Santa Caterina , Amalfi 

Amazing Pool at Santa Caterina, Amalfi 

Santa Caterina- I stayed here and thought it was wonderful! Just outside Amalfi proper and a 3min shuttle ride in. The pool is made right into the rocks and was just SO cool that you could jump right into the ocean from it as well.


Ravello

This place was adorable! People had always told me to go here, so of course it was on my list.  I just so happened to go on a beautiful day and was wearing a sundress. The weather took a turn and on the way up about 20 minutes from Amalfi the sky got cloudy and it NO JOKE starting hailing and was freezing cold. I had no sweater or anything! 

 As soon as I arrived I walked into a little shop and bought a beautiful cashmere sweater! But the shops and little coffee shops are so cute! Totally worth a trip up there and if you want to escape the crowds and get in some relaxation stay up there!

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Restaurants:

Hotels:

Belmond Hotel Caruso- Set into the cliff edge, around 350m above sea level over tiered groves of lemons and olive vines, it’s your private balcony over the Mediterranean. The infinity pool and pool area is pure relaxation and stunning with the views.

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My favorite photos from my experience on the Amalfi Coast: 

Guide to Traveling Rome, Italy

Rome was the least desired place on this Italy trip agenda due to all the history, which I am not personally a fan of but I was actually pleasantly surprised and it wasn’t what I expected.

I do have to say out of the places I visited it's still the last on this list but I need to give it way more credit than I had originally planned.

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Two of my favorite activities during my trip were in Rome which I will describe below. Walking around is surprisingly easy and there is so much to see. I did notice the most tourists here.

I also thought all the hotels I went to were wonderful and I would recommend them all. I also threw money in the Trevi Fountain so that means I will return... right?

 

 

 

Hotels:

I stayed at 3 different hotels in Rome! Yes, lots of moving around but I wanted to see them all! 

Palazzo Dama

This modern boutique hotel is in the city center with only 29 rooms. It’s a very old building that held parties for the elite Romans in the 18th-century and is now transformed into a hip, minimalist style hotel.

The bar and restaurant are glittering and lavish with Blue velvet chairs, gold and white pieces with large fashion coffee books everywhere.

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 It overlooks the outdoor garden Patio with a Pool (this is the only hotel with a pool in the city center of Rome). They even have a night club Raspoutine that’s open Friday and Saturday nights.

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I arrived starving and believe this was the only meal of the trip that wasn’t Italian food but it was an amazing mix of asian and pacific coastal cuisine  with items such as dim sum, fish and ceviche. I stayed in the Jr. Suite and the bathroom was ALL marble- hello bathroom dreams.

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The only "negative" about the hotel was the internet was very weak, so don't count on getting any work done here quickly due to the slow connection. 

 

Hotel DOM

The street that this boutique hotel is on is very charming but I did find it interesting that it’s across the street from Rome’s Anti-mafia headquarters. So this means at all times there are 2 men standing outside with large guns. I guess you know that no one will be breaking into your hotel room since it's always guarded.

If you're a non-ganster this hotel is adorable, including the little rooftop terrace with a bar! It has a sexy, chic feel to it.  It was built in the 17th century and the walls in the rooms are the brick which I loved!

The bar at the entrance was pretty busy for this little hotel and it's very speakeasy feel-Cool vibes.  I do have to mention the rooms facing the street aren’t quiet and you can hear people at all times outside of the anti-Mafia building. The staff was incredible and so accomodating!

 Rooftop Bar at The Domo in Rome, Italy

Rooftop Bar at The Domo in Rome, Italy

 Bar / Lounge at The Domo in Rome, Italy

Bar / Lounge at The Domo in Rome, Italy

 Bar / Lounge at The Domo in Rome, Italy

Bar / Lounge at The Domo in Rome, Italy

The First Hotel

Yes this is the name of the hotel and it does get confusing especially if you stay at multiple hotels. It’s another boutique hotel with 29 rooms and in the heart of Rome.

It’s very elegant and  modern with contemporary art throughout the entire hotel made by Italian artists and your room is your very own gallery experience during your stay.  Their goal is “To be aesthetically luxurious while giving you the delightful sensation of feeling completely at home.”

They did a great job of this from the very beginning at check in. They also have fantastic rooftop terrace with a bar and stunning views of the city.  I can’t forget the 2 Michelin star dinner which is a must if you're staying there.

Other Hotels: 

Hotel del Russia -Great location at Lionardo devinci location (Piazza del Popola). The Dining spot for lunch is fantastic in the courtyard garden in the middle of the hotel.

 Rooftop View of the Le Jardin de Russie

Rooftop View of the Le Jardin de Russie

 Dining Patio in the Le Jardin de Russie

Dining Patio in the Le Jardin de Russie

Also, they have a beautiful spa:

 The Spa at Hotel del Russia in Rome, Italy

The Spa at Hotel del Russia in Rome, Italy

 

Portrait Roma

Super little with only 14 rooms and I loved that it was owned by the Ferragamo family (the designer) they had fashion and shoe quotes elegantly placed through the hotel. The rooftop views were absolutely stellar!

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Jk Place Roma

As soon as you walk in you feel like you're in a extravagant living room! I really love the bright and modern feel of this boutique hotel and the service is out of this world!

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Travel:

There is a train to Rome from almost everywhere in Italy. Also the airport is one of the main hubs for incoming  flights.  I came from Milan and jumped on a flight that was only an hour but you can also take the train.

Food: 

Pierluigi

This restaurant has been around since 1938. You'll find great Italian Seafood here and it has a great wine room downstairs that can be turned into a private dining room

Dal Bolognese 

This is the spot for great people watching and great food.  

Casina Valadier

This is more romantic and they have terrace that has panoramic views of the city.

Edy

Tons of Italian classics flavors here and outdoor seating is lovely.

Lian Club

This waterfront bar and has live music and great vibes.

II Pagliaccio is very nice with an extravagant 10-course meal

 

Food Activities- Because why stop at just eating food!  

Rimessa Roscioli  Wine and Food Tasting Experience  

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This was so fantastic and only 65 Euros per person. They do it every night at 8pm but you need to book a reservation ahead of time. Learn the origins, history and stories of Italy’s wine, regions and foods while tasting through the flavors of the best artisan producers of Italy in a group setting where you meet people from all over the world and get to enjoy dinner with them while being guided by a professional sommelier.  

 

 

 

 

Cooking Class

Have you ever wanted to fly to Italy and learn to make pasta!? Well I always have and I absolutely think it should be on everyone's list.

I found the perfect class to take, it was as if you're in a house cooking lunch overlooking an Italian square with live street music- because it’s all of this and more!  

What I loved was we began at the market, decided what we were going to make, bought all the materials and went back to cook it!  We made fresh Gnocchi with homemade tomato sauce, the best mushrooms I have ever had, veal and finally this incredible Italian dessert.

If you want to know how to sign up for this just ask me and I’ll get you booked for this amazing experience! 

Sightseeing:

Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, The Vatican, and Spanish Steps.

There are definitely more but those are the main ones!

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Favorite Photos from Rome:

Guide to Traveling Lake Como / Bellagio, Italy

Whenever I think of Lake Como I think of the elite crowd of villa owners,  successful businessmen and women from around the globe and of course George Clooney!

I wanted to be a part of this luxury town and see what it was all about so this was on the top of my list for this Italy trip!

Located just below the Southern border of Switzerland, Lake Como is basically as far North as one can go in Italy. If you have time I would also put Switzerland on your list, even if you pop over for a day trip while staying in Lake Como.

The best way to get to Lake Como is by train from Milan and then snag a driver from the train station to your hotel. Or if you want to skip the train, take a driver all the way up.

No matter what you don’t take the bus from the train station. It will take forever and apparently its the public transportation for the school kids as well- you won’t have a seat and these kids don’t move.

I recommend at least 3 days up in this area as there is 3 main areas to see Bellagio, Como and  Varenna. I also recommend taking a day to just hang out and relax at your hotel.

Hotels:

GRAND TREMEZZO :

Arriving at the Grand Tremezzo literally took my breath away as I looked up from the street to the left and on the right side was the lake with a bar, beach and floating pool.