Booking Flights and Air Canada Dreamliner Experience

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Did you know I can also book you your flights? I work with a fantastic flight specialist who can find the best pricing and routes for your travel when you fly Premium economy, Business or first class internationally. In fact, it’s common that we can even find fares lower than published rates. The service also includes VIP service, for an example  if there is an issue with your flight day of or ahead of time, we work with the right people to fix issues ASAP with your tickets so you don’t have to wait on hold forever with the airline.

Booking Service Fee: Subject to a $50 per person (at times this can be waived depending on destinations and airlines). I can also book economy domestic and international but most often prices will be same online and the service fee is additional.

I recently flew Air Canada Business Class from Newark to Vancouver on the Dreamliner 787 800

and let me tell you-I was impressed. Here is what to expect:

 
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  • It looks and feels brand new. Your individual seat pod is perfectly setup with a large down comforter, sound proof headphone, toiletry kit and a pillow. There are 20 cabins in the business class section. service and they will greet you by name once you sit down with a glass of champagne…  I liked this personal touch!

  • They begin the process of meals with a light snack of salted peanuts. Next, they’ll continue with 4 courses. This is a flexible meal option, you can choose one of the main courses to be served with bread or mixed greens. For my main course, I chose the salmon skewers over salad and it was good (not great, but remember this is airline food, and so good is GOOD). Of course, you’ll select your beverage, and for me, it was red wine and sparkling water!

  • The seats completely lay flat and there is plenty of space for your feet at the front of the seat (another built in luxury-I LOVE to stretch out on a flight!).

  • Large flat screen TV with multiple movie choices, games and an interactive moving map of the flight all on a touch screen technology.

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

Dream Itinerary: 3 Nights Vancouver + 2 Nights Whistler

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While you’re arriving into Vancouver from your window seat on the flight over, you can see below the Nature of Vancouver from afar! I was lucky enough to be at the front of the plane in business class on Air Canada flying in comfort into Vancouver. (Blog coming soon all about Air Canada’s Dreamliner)

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.

I put together some of the best activities, restaurants and hotels in a day by day itinerary to make your trip memorable.

(Don’t forget to book your hotel with me to get the best experience in your stay)

Day 1

Arrive into Vancouver Airport | A meet and greet will be arranged with a private transfer to your hotel.

Check into your hotel | Stay at one of the three area 5 Star Hotels listed below – All suitable for different clients and reasons

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Shangri La Vancouver – A urban sanctuary perfectly located in the heart of downtown with a sophisticated mixture of wood furnishing and comfortable atmosphere. Great for families and business travelers.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia – A historic retreat with a mixture of tones from the roaring 20’s and a contemporary design. They are known for their luxurious black marble bathrooms with amazing white tubs. If you want the  true Forbes 5-star experience in a meticulously restored hotel, stay here!

Fairmont Pacific Rim- Known for it’s art, fashion and music with a lively feel in the lobby and live music daily. If you want great bay views, this is the place to stay.

*I can provide you EXTRA VIP perks at all of this Luxury hotels in the city that include: ($100 resort credit, Daily Breakfast for 2, Upgrade if available, early check in/ late check out if available, wifi and more)

Depending on what time you arrive, I highly suggest taking some time to explore the city. Everything is in walking distance from your hotel. Did you know LuLuLemon started in Vancouver? Their flagship store is right downtown!

Dinner | Cardero’s on the water  

Bar | Botanist at the Fairmont

Day 2


FlyOver Canada Experience | FlyOver Canada utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight. Great way to welcome you to Canada and see the beautiful nature across this country. The experience is about 30 minutes long total.

Tour of Stanley Park and Totem Poles | Stanley Park is a 405-hectare public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Rent a bike and bike around to explore.

Gastronomic Granville Island Tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours- for lunch | Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. The peninsula was once an industrial manufacturing area, but today it is a hotspot for Vancouver tourism and entertainment. The area has received much acclaim in recent years for its buildings and shopping experience. The area was named after Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville. This walking tour will take you through the Market and locals restaurants to experience some delicious food in Vancouver.

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Dinner Experience | Nightingale Restaurant  The best meal in all of Vancouver- Absolute MUST

Bar | Prohibition at the Hotel Georgia Rosewood

Day 3

Sky Helicopter Experience | TOUR INCLUDES: 30-minute helicopter flight and Tour narrative provided by your pilot. See one of the crown jewels of BC—the beautiful North Shore and famous Sea to Sky. This tour will lift off from Vancouver Harbour and fly up past the majestic North Shore Mountains. Take in the scenic views of Georgia Strait and the Sea to Sky corridor before returning past the Lions Gate Bridge and Stanley Park to the Downtown City Centre.

Lunch | Teahouse on water

Capilano Suspension Bridge | The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The current bridge is 140 metres (460 ft)[1] long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. It is part of a private facility with an admission fee, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year.


Dinner | Flying Pig (Gastown)

Bar | The Diamond in Gastown

Day 4

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Transfer Departs for Whistler | Takes an hour a 45 minutes and is a stunning ride up the mountain with beautiful views

Check into your hotel | Stay at one of these 2 luxury hotels:

Fairmont Chateau Whistler- A classic ambiance with a modern alpine setting, located right on the base of Blackcomb Mountain.

Four Seasons Whistler – Located right next to the Fairmont with intimate lodge feeling and host to the largest guest rooms and suites in all of Whistler.


Lunch
| Mallard Lounge Fairmont Chateau

Dinner | Quarttro

Day 5


ATV Adventure Canadian Wilderness Adventures- ATV Tour OR Audain Art Museum OR Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.
ATV Adventure with Canadian Wilderness Adventures departs Discover Blackcomb Mountain the ‘Canadian’ way on our most popular ATV Whistler adventure. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Whistler Valley and snowcapped peaks of the Coast Mountain Range. Test your skills in our single track terrain park (optional) while you explore a network of wide mountain trails ascending to Blackcomb’s beautiful alpine. A great mix of exploring, sightseeing, and adventure; don’t forget your camera!

For those who do not want to ATV you can enjoy a visit to the Audain Art Museum OR Squamish Lillooet Cultural Centre.

Lunch | Caramba

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Scandinavian Spa Whistler | Return from your ATV Adventure and enjoy a
Visit to Scandinavian Spa Whistler. A nice way to warm up and freshen up after your outdoor ATV Adventure Tour. Set within a peaceful spruce and cedar forest and overlooking Whistler’s mountain vistas, this 25,000 square foot outdoor day spa is a Nordic-inspired oasis of calm which offers the experience of hydrotherapy in the heart of nature. Allow a few hours to follow the cycle to soothe tired muscles, eliminate toxins and improve circulation. Warm your body in the eucalyptus steam room, hot baths or wood-burning Finnish sauna and then cool down in the refreshing Nordic waterfalls, cold plunges or outdoor shower. Finally, relax in the solariums, hammocks, on a terrace or beside an outdoor fireplace to unwind completely. An age-old Scandinavian tradition, this cycle promotes the release of endorphins,

Dinner | Araxi  



Day 6

Transfer back down to the Vancouver airport to depart in the afternoon.

Enjoy some Pictures from my experience:























8 Things To Do for a TRUE New York City Experience!

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I just returned from a recent trip to New York City. I visit multiple times a year and don’t often play tourist, but this time, I visited with a friend who had never been and wanted to give him the REAL NYC experience. We stayed at the Park Hyatt as well as the Baccarat. I will briefly go into why I love both of these properties below, but first, I wanted to point out some of the highlights that I consider the REAL New York City Experience that you should plan to hit on your next NYC trip.

1. If you’re taking the red eye or arriving early morning, I advise my clients to try and check into their hotel but if it’s between 7am-11am, go explore the live taping of the Today Show! Go to the corner of Rockefeller and 49th street. Make a sign, meet Al, and have some fun. Don’t forget to tell your mom to watch! If you don’t do this the day you arrive, plan to do it another day, it’s fun!

2. Go see a Broadway Show! If you go to the TKTS Center (Times Square), on the day of the show, starting at 3pm you can access tickets discounted for that evening and it will be the best price for any of the shows. However, if it’s a big headliner show don’t expect them to be here, I recommend booking in advance. They do have shows like Kinky Boots, Chicago, School of Rock, The Book of Mormon and many more.

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3. Be sure to see a comedy show! Every time I’m in NYC, I always have to see a comedy… it’s just how I think of the city. I honestly just find  people on the side of the street selling tickets for cheap tickets. The most you should pay is about $15 per person. Don’t forget to negotiate them down. Once you get to the show, they will require you to buy 2 drinks. My favorites are Broadway Comedy and Greenwich Comedy.

4. Walk around Central Park and grab a sandwich from the food hall across the street at the bottom of the Plaza (it’s massive and has every option). Get your food to go and sit in the park! During the winter, they have ice skating!

5. Take a walk on 5th Avenue and shop, or at least window shop! Stop into the One Central Park for a drink…

6. Be sure to go to a rooftop for drinks… my personal favorites are The Upstairs at the Kimberly, Viceroy, Bowery 50 but I’ve heard these are also great… Roof at Park South, Broken Shaker, 1 Rooftop Bar Brooklyn Heights.

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7. Eat New York Pizza and get Cheesecake. If you’re a big pizza lover like myself, take the 3 hour pizza tour:  Scott’s Pizza Tour (make sure you let Scott know Addie with Jetset & Travel Referred you!)

8. Go to Greenwich Village and have lunch at Eataly… sit at the pasta bar and watch them make pasta in front of you… it’s just as good as being in Italy-I promise. Also: make sure to get a cannoli before you leave.

(of course you can do the very touristy things like the statue of liberty, Time Square, Empire State building, etc but they are all filled with tourists and the above list is just my preference to make for a really fun weekend in the city).

Park Hyatt New York- Luxury in the Heart of Midtown

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It might possible be the best spa in the City. The views from the 25th floor are breathtaking and the purple, moody Gem tones make for a beautiful relaxing oasis. This couple’s room has a gorgeous marble tub, made especially for this spa from Italy. They also have an indoor pool on the same level. The Fitness Studio has state of the art equipment and a Peloton.

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  • The guest rooms are not your standard tiny room so common in NYC. They are very spacious, with modern decor and have plenty of room to relax. Guest rooms are incredibly comfortable, with plus robes that make it hard to leave the room.

  • You really can’t beat the location and the amazing staff that will go above and beyond for you.

  • The food is spectacular, including a French Pressed coffee for breakfast and don’t forget about the $700 breakfast for 2 that includes a bottle of Dom and your choice of eggs Florentine or Beef Saygu.

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Book with me and receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full Breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests (available in The Living Room or in-room dining)

  • $100 USD Hotel credit to be utilized during stay,

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

  • For bookings in Park Executive Suites and above, guests additionally receive Round Trip Sedan transfers between JFK, LGA, EWR and Park Hyatt New York

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Baccarat New York – Parisian Style Luxury in Manhattan

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The minute you check into this hotel, you’re greeted with champagne and you’re able to relax in the adjacent living room.  At every turn, guests are delighted by the 17 gorgeous chandeliers that sparkle throughout the gorgeous Baccarat.

  • The Spa is an intimate oasis, featuring La Mer products and a 55 foot marble swimming pool… absolutely drool worthy.

  • The Bar is known as one of the best in NYC, and I have to agree. It’s filled with mirrors, artwork, a gorgeous vaulted ceiling and a glittering red chandelier. Be sure to get champagne served in a Baccarat crystal glass.

Book with me and receive:

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (up to Prestige)

  • Continental Breakfast for up to 2 in-room guests, in the Grand Salon

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Desert Relaxation at Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage Palm Desert

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Sometimes I think I should be a professional relaxer and just test out Spa’s all over the world.. it might be a really hard job but I think I know what it takes! Once I decided this job was for me.. I booked a trip to Ritz Carlton Palm Desert Rancho Mirage and knew the perfect person to take was professional Spa goer herself Lisa Michaelis, CEO of Live Love Spa to see if this spa getaway would make the list.

The final score was an A + for relaxation!

Palm Desert is approximately 2 hours from Orange County, San Diego and LA making it a great and easy weekend trip to escape and just relax! It’s located high up in the valley giving you the best views of the desert and sits on perfectly landscaped gardens and grounds.

I love the rooms with the cozy fire pits but if your preference is the fantastic views, we can accommodate you in these rooms instead. They have 2 pools available for guests- a family pool and an adults-only pool, providing you with a kid free super relaxing vibe if that’s what you’re looking for.

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The Spa is truly amazing with 15 treatment rooms, full steam, sauna and cold showers with an outdoor whirlpool and also a co-ed area that has a waterfall coming out of  the rocks. Even the showers are scented with lavender, mango, and Jasmine.

They have crystals throughout the space which keep you grounded and make it aesthetically beautiful.

I loved getting ready in the lounge since they had everything you needed. After your treatment concludes they present you with champagne and we got an extra special treat of chocolates ☺


Besides the spa, what we think made the trip was the Club lounge.. maybe that’s because we are foodies as well. If you have stayed at other Ritz properties you are probably familiar with their lounges. This one is seasonally and happened to open the day we arrived (normally it’s opened September – May). The staff is incredible attentive to all your needs. We were in and out constantly. The dishes were amazing! Let me tell you.. it’s well worth the extra cost. Below is what it includes.

  • A dedicated Concierge tends to your individual needs

  • Five culinary offerings presented throughout the day

  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, cordials and selected beverages

  • A relaxed environment with separate sitting areas

I definitely recommend for a relaxing desert oasis book your next trip at Ritz Rancho. Relax poolside, enjoy the spa, play some corn hole, read the newspaper in the morning over looking the desert and roast smores by the fire pit in the evening. Don’t forget to star gaze in the evening (I got to see Saturn!) and end the night enjoying a glass of wine in the lounge while enjoying some decadent desserts in the desert.

Details:

Hotel rooms: 244 rooms 

Spa:  15 treatment rooms with full steam, sauna, whirlpools, relaxation rooms, co-ed area and adult pool close by.

Great for:  families, couples, and girlfriend getaways, spa trips

Added amenities when booking through Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full breakfast daily for up to two in-room guests, served in restaurant (up to $70 per room per day)

  • $100 USD 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

All the pics from my trip:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Paris- Lutetia

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

London- Hotel Café Royal

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


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

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary  Breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay 
  • 100 EUR Hotel Credit to be utilized during stay for food, beverage, or spa 
  • Welcome amenities upon arrival
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Choice of a 'return airport transfer' or an exclusive tour of Saint Germain des Prés area when booking Deluxe room or higher (Paris Luteti Perk)
  • One way airport transfer when booking the Concerto 2-Bedroom Suite or I Love Amsterdam Suite, or return transfer when booking The Penthouse (Amsterdam- Conservatorium Perk)

All the Photos from My Experience at Paris- Luteti:

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!)

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

Four Seasons Surfside: A New Era of Elegance & Glamour

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

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

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

Why I Love This Property:

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

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

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

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

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

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Details:

Hotel rooms: 100 rooms with 150 residences

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

Great for:  Families and Couples

Added amenities when booking through Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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

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

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

All my fav photos from my visit to Four Seasons Surfside 





 

Acqualina Resort, Miami Elegance on The Beach

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Details:

Hotel rooms: 98 rooms with 188 lavish residences

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

Great for:  families and couples

Added amenities when booking through Jetset & Travel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

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

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

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

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Southern California Staycation Tips

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

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

Top two reasons to love this idea:

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

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

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

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

The Best Southern California Getaways

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

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

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

Carlsbad / San Diego- La Costa Resort and Spa

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

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

Palm Desert – Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

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

 

LA/ Santa Monica- Shutters on the Beach  

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

Hidden secret: Breakfast included, $100 spa credit

 

Orange County- Montage Laguna Beach 

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

 

Insider booking tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Difference Between The Wynn & Encore in Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

See the extra perks below! 

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WYNN

 

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

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

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  • 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)

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!