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Palace Resorts Mexico: Cozumel Palace and The Grand at Moon Palace, world apart and beautifully unique @palaceresorts



Cozumel Palace is a unique resort and is a diver’s dream. A coral reef sits right beyond the property in the warm blue waters where guests can grab complimentary snorkel gear and jump right in. The fish is plentiful and there is a lifeguard that overseas snorkelers. Fun for the entire family and highly recommended. SCUBA diving excursions are available as are night dives.


The intimate resort has 169 suites, each with a double whirlpool tub and balcony. Traveling with the family as we were, we stayed in a loft suite which offers two floors with a bedroom with double beds upstairs and a full bath and a king size bed and full bath downstairs. 



The resort is truly all inclusive with top shelf liquor available throughout the resort including an ensuite bar, in our case 2 bars, one on each floor! The dining options are plentiful and the cuisine is refined, a pleasant surprise as one doesn’t always find that in an all- inclusive. MOMO, the Pan-Asian restaurant was our favorite with teppanyaki cooking and fresh sushi, the kind us New Yorkers are used to and rarely find when traveling in the caribbean. Bugambilia’s serves authentic mexican cuisine in a laid back environment and the staff can make a mean margarita. For casual dining try Turquesa for breakfast and lunch buffets and for a-la carte Italian dining. Room service is available for breakfast in bed or cozy romantic dinner on the balcony.


Mexican Show Cozumel Palace

After dinner there is nightly entertainment for the entire family. From live music, singing and dancing to authentic Mexican shows. The lobby bar is open late for a night cap and was the hot spot for drinking and mingling each evening.

The spa is there to pamper the guests, the knowledgable staff is there to plan your dream destination wedding and/or honeymoon and the concierge is there to plan your offsite excursion. Cozumel Palace is a unique and special resort for the entire family.

Getting there: Guests fly into Cancun International airport and take a 40 minute ferry to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, resort is a 10 minute walk or a very short taxi ride away. The resort helps arrange transfers for guests.

Moon Palace in Cancun has been a mainstay as one of the grandest all-inclusives in Cancun, however with the most recent opening of the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun All-Inclusive  everything about this Palace Resort is elevated to new levels. 

The accommodations are luxe from grand swimup suites, family suites, garden view suites and the massive Presidential suites.

The dining options are endless with a fine dining middle eastern restaurant Habibi, Cielito Lindo Mexican restaurant, Tavola, an italian trattoria, Jade, a fusion asian restaurant, Le Chateau, an elegant adults only french restaurant, JC Steakhouse, a prime steakhouse requiring reservations and is highly recommended, a Tapas & Vino bar, Boulangerie, a quaint coffee shop, Caribeno, an authentic caribbean eatery, Cusco, a Peruvian restaurant along with food & drink choices at the adults only Unique Day Club, Beach club and much more.

The Grand section alone is a huge property with transport by open air shuttle being the most popular option, especially down to the beach club or if one wishes to venture to another section of moon palace to perhaps experience The Flowrider, a manmade surfing machine.

There is a waterpark at the Grand with thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river, tube rides, kids club and of course a bar serving tropical cocktails. Wired a teen club open till midnight with the newest arcade games, video games, and a snack and ice-cream bar. A disco for late night revelers, an adults only pool club with food & bar and DJ pumping music throughout the day as well as a bowling alley. Lounging by a different pool every day was no problem with 9 pools available, many with swim up bars.


Nightly shows are Vegas Style, rivaling many you actually see stateside in Vegas. A huge theatre with bar and snacks service offering everything from trapeze acts, contortionists, gymnasts and a Michael Jackson experience show.

The Grand offers a pampering spa, golf, conference rooms, wedding preparations, offsite excursions. Everything is grander at the Grand Moon Palace Cancun.


Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa: Unlimited Adults Only Luxury in The Dominican Republic @secretscapcana #secretscapcana

Secrets Cap Cana  is located in an exclusive gated community 15 minutes away from Punta Cana airport. A gorgeous resort on acres of property facing the Caribbean sea. Everything is included so no need to ever take out a wallet; Gourmet meals, premium liquors, non -motorized waterspouts, wifi, gratuities and if staying in the preferred section even a butler. 

Adults -only with couples and honeymooners in mind, romance is on the menu. Couples can opt for a romantic dinner on the beach or ensuite, indulge in a couples massage in the spa, or even get married with a variety of wedding packages available through a knowledgeable and creative wedding specialist on property.

Accomodations range from junior suites and go all the way up to preferred club presidential suites. Each has elegant tropical decor, flatscreen tv’s, lux bathroom amenities, in-room liquor dispensers, mini bars, and many have swimout pools.

The dining options are endless with 7 a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a late night snack bar, and of course room service. We liked how they are so convienently located in the middle of the resort and reservations are never required. Staying in the preferred section guests can dine in their own restaurant adjacent to the pool. El Patio, Himitsu, and Oceana were our favorites.

Daytime activities obviously include lounging by the pool or beach with cocktail in hand, while the more adventurous guests can venture to try many available watersports activities, water aerobics, scuba lessons and snorkeling.

Guests who want to leave the hotel and go on an excursion can purchase a tour in the main lobby or have the butler arrange it for them. Golf can also be arranged with three nearby courses including Punta Espada which is ranked #1 in Mexico and the Caribbean by Golfweek.

Nighty shows are actually quite good, our favorite was the Michael Jackson show. The Caribbean show was lots of fun with singers and dancers performing to local caribbean music.


As always Jet Blue is our go to when traveling to the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic. Daily nonstop flights out of the northeast and connections from the remaining United States. Good legroom, can be upgraded for a very affordable fee to even more space. Complimentary snacks, entertainment, and free wifi when available and friendly staff is why we are loyal to Jetblue.

The Sofitel Tony Awards Suite and VIP experience: Bucket list worthy for a true Tony’s fan.



The Sofitel in NYC is located in the heart of midtown only steps away from where the Tony awards are presented every June. Known as the official hotel of the Tony’s, the week leading up to the awards show, there is a whirlwind of events the hotel hosts from nominee lunches to evening cocktail parties.

For a true VIP experience the hotel offers the $100k Tony Awards package where you will feel like a celebrity in your own right. This package includes 7 nights in a gorgeously appointed suite with of course official Tony’s memorabilia, two VIP tickets to the Tony Awards at Radio City Hall, Styling by Christian Siriano, Hair & Makeup by Nomi Beauty, After Party tickets, and two tickets to any three of the nominated plays. Sofitel also donates $50,000 to the Broadway League and The American Theatre wing when this package is purchased. 

The suite is tastefully decorated with loads of curated Tony’s memorabilia with most glorious being the 600 square foot terrace with a view of the Chrysler Building. The terrace is big enough to host your own Tony’s soiree. The suite is available year round for about 2K a night.

Every Tony’s aficionado must eat, so a meal or two in Sofitel’s french brasserie Gaby is a must. The french staff is very outgoing and knowledgable about the dishes served. Our favorites during the Sunday brunch were the homemade croissants and pastries, the authentic french onion soup and the classic eggs benedict. The Steak & Eggs looked delicious, a few neighboring guests were enjoying them. A full cocktail and wine list is available. 

For more info on Sofitel New York (45 west 44th street New York, NY 10036) visit

Cruising The BVI’s on the S/V Mandalay with Sail Windjammer @SailWindjammer1


The S/V Mandalay was built in 1923 for E.F. Hutton as a gift for his wife. She sailed many oceans doing work as a research vessel, patrolling waters for the coast guard before being meticulously refurbished and regaining the waters as a cruising yacht. The S/V Mandalay can accommodate 58 passengers comfortably and a crew of 24.

Based in Grenada The S/V Mandalay sails the Caribbean on 6 night or 13 night cruises year round. Captain Sly commands a crew whose main responsibility is to welcome guests into a new found family and treat them to a cruising experience unlike any other.

The Sails are raised by hand each time she sails with the sound of Amazing Grace. There are traditional sailing traditions like afternoon rum swizzles, crab races, late night deck parties under the stars. Captain Sly, a decorated Captain overseas every aspect of the cruise from safety and island talks to being the entertainment at the Passenger and Crew costume party.

Our cruising adventure began in Tortola. We flew from JFK to San Juan and on to St.Thomas on JetBlue and then took a high speed ferry to Tortola. JetBlue is our favorite airline to the Caribbean with a positive and cheerful crew as well as comfortable aircraft with direct tv, free wifi, and complimentary snacks. Once in Tortola we were greeted at the dock and transported to the sailing ship by boat. Greeted by the staff with rum swizzles it was time to get kick back and relax and enjoy a week of sailing the blue waters of the British Virgin Islands.

The BVI’s were hit hard last year by hurricane Irma and are still in the midst of recovery. The locals are proud of their homes and are working hard to restore them back to their former glory and improve on them as well.

Our ports of call included Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Yost Van Dyke, Anguilla, and St. Maarten. Captain Sly likes to keep the daily itinerary a surprise until Captain Story time, and will sometimes go where the wind conditions are favorable.

Each port is a beautiful beach or cove with beach bars, restaurants, shops and activities like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba, and a tour to the Baths in Virgin Gorda. Every morning a tender brings guests to shore for beach time with tender service available throughout the day to and from the ship.

The ship itself is elegant with rich teak wood throughout and cabins outfitted with comfortable amenities. Cabin categories range from standard below deck to a suite complete with a King Sized bed. We stayed in a Admiral Suite on the main deck outfitted with a full-size bed, an upper pullman, ample storage, and central AC.

Each day the chef prepares three meals and a variety of snacks. The variety is limited, but the food quality is top notch, and he does take in allergy and vegetarian requests. There is also a daily afternoon snack hour, paired with rum swizzles of course!!!

We had a fantastic time exploring the islands with Sail Windjammer and look forward to trying out the Grenadine itinerary in the near future. For more info and to book your cruise visit:

Families are welcome on the Mandalay with specialty cruises available during the summer months. We do recommend this cruise for older kids as there are no nannies or kids club aboard.

Getting There:


JetBlue serves many of the Caribbean islands with nonstop service from the New York Area, with convenient connections from the rest of the US and beyond. The clear leader in modern amenities with free Wifi, Direct TV, Complimentary movies when Direct TV is not available, and a good selection of healthy snacks, meals for purchase, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. To book your next flight visit:

Travel: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 Pueblo Bonito has eight all- inclusive properties throughout Mexico with five in the Cabo San Lucas area. Divided into family friendly properties and those reserved for for adults only offering relaxation, pampering, and romance. 

The Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resort located 3 miles southwest of downtown Cabo San Lucas is a luxury all- inclusive designed for the ultimate in Romance & Relaxation especially with the debut of  The Towers at Pacifica. The two new towers with 47 rooms and suites, all with private terraces affording sweeping oceanview views, 6 with private plunge pools and a massive 3200 square foot Presidential Suite. Sleek decor, high- end amenities and the 24/7 service of a butler certified by The British Butler Institute, make for an unforgettable vacation or honeymoon. A VIP lounge in a third tower, accessible only to Towers guests offers breakfast, daily VIP tastings at sunset, the sushi and sashimi tasting rivaled top restaurants in NYC. Premium liquor and Champagne options, premium teas an coffees and an oceanfront balcony complete with binoculars, it is whale watching season after all!


Daytime activities focus on the two gorgeous oceanfront heated pools and hot tub with bar service. Lunch is offered poolside with fresh seafood, ceviche, and healthy organic Mexican specialties. Ocean swimming due to dangerous currents is not permitted, but private cabanas, complimentary for Towers guests, allow guests to admire the view and relax with sipping a cocktail or two. Fire pits are lit at sunset nightly.

Dining is a special occasion at Pueblo with a variety of casual and more elegant options available. Fresh sushi and sashimi at Pescados, regional Baha specialties at Peninsula, Mediterranean fare with a Mexican flare at Siempre and poolside dining and drinking at Aire Restaurant & Aqua Bar. Chefs use only the highest quality ingredients, many sourced locally with a focus on fresh seafood from the region.


 Armonia is a full service spa offering wellness massages, body treatments, a wet area, a hair salon, couples treatments as well as outdoor beachside treatment options. A fitness center with the newest equipment is available for all guests to enjoy.


Weddings are big business at Pueblo Pacifica and rightfully so. With a gorgeous landscape and personalized attention to detail destination Weddings are customized to satisfy every whim. The Sunset Beach ,a sister family resort next door allows for an inclusive family experience while the bride & groom enjoys their privacy next door. 

The Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nichlaus Signature design course, with panoramic views of the Pacific is exclusive to Pueblo Bonito Resorts guests and guests of Quivira Los Cabos. The Oasis and The Clubhouse provide guests dining and drink options before and after play.

An onsite concierge organizes excursions to all that Cabo San Lucas has to offer with various daytime and nighttime options. Favorites include excursions to El Arco, Ziplining, Shopping and experiencing Cabo nightlife. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to all guests to Sunset Beach and the two sister properties in Cabo San Lucas.

Murrells Inlet & Pawley’s Island South Carolina: Vacation Destination on the Hammock Coast

South Carolina offers hundreds of miles of coastline with beautiful beaches and waterfront communities that make for a great vacation destination and also a popular retirement destination from the north with favorable real estate prices and warmer weather year round.

The Hammock Coast comprises of of several areas with Georgetown being the city center and Murrells Inlet, Pawley’s Island, Garden City and Litchfield Beach dotting the coastline. 

We flew into Myrtle Beach about a 20 minute drive from Murrells Inlet. Spirit offer nonstop service and both Delta and American offers convenient flights from the Northeast.


The newest and most comfortable property in Murrells Inlet is The Inlet Sports Lodge.  A boutique property with luxurious touches and a real homey feel. Located only a mile north of Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and Marina, the dining and entertainment capital of the area as well as a starting point for boat rides, fishing expeditions as well as water sports rentals. Rooms range from deluxe studios to luxury suites. All rooms feature kitchenettes with full size refrigerators, cooking utensils, and a sleeper sofa. These rooms are perfect for families or a group of friends sleeping 4 comfortably. Luxury suites are identical to studio suites with an adjoining room. 

Coming from New York City and often writing about food we are pretty jaded when we travel about what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised with the burgeoning foodie scene with many top notch eateries offering everything from local seafood, which is fresh and delicious, to Italian cuisine and beyond. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants:

The Wicked Tuna: A massive multi-floor waterfront restaurant overlooking the marsh walk. The menu is seafood based with the freshest sushi in the area. Specialties include just caught “Catch of the Day”, varies nightly, a raw bar, fresh crab and for meat lovers there are various Steak and Ribs options. The must have dessert is the S’more’s Baked Alaska, Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate marshmallow gelato, covered in toasted Italian meringue. Served with chocolate ganache and graham cracker crumble. On many evenings there is live music played in front on the marsh walk. 4123 Highway Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 651-9987

Inlet Crab house and RawBar: Family owned and operated in Murrells Inlet since 1992. The Crab House is the only Captain and family owned eatery in the area. As the name suggests the menu is seafood based with crab being the obvious specialty. The She Crab Soup is world famous. The crab cakes are huge filled with fresh crabmeat and the Crabhouse Steam Pots let you try a bunch of items including clams, mussels, spicy shrimp, oysters, crab legs, sausage, corn and potatoes. Servings are plentiful and most definitely can be shared. Cocktails offered are frozen creations with locally themed names like “Inlet Freeze”: Pina Colada, Raspberry, and Rum. 3572 Highway 17 Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651- 8452

Costa Coastal Kitchen & Bar: Located Adjacent to the Inlet Sports Lodge. A real find with excellent fare. Classic Italian favorites created by Chef Jimmy. Shrimp Olivia and Crab Stuffed mushrooms are a must for appetizers and The Zuppa de Pesce and the Chicken Marsala are delicious main courses. A wonderful wine list is available to pair with the meal. 46-06 US 17 Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 299- 1970 

Bistro 217 in Pawley’s Island offers a refined American Menu with lots of seafood and meat dishes. Co- owned by Anne Hardee and Chef Adam Kirby both with over 20 years in the restaurant business. Painted brick walls, wrought iron tables and cozy booths and banquets. Bistro 217 is perfect for date night or a business lunch/dinner. 10707 Ocean Highway Pawley’s Island, SC 29585 (843) 235-8217


Things to do In Murrells Inlet: 

Huntington Beach State Park offers sandy pet friendly beaches, picnic tables, bird watching and alligator viewing.  

Brookgreen Gardens 9100 acres of manicured landscaped gardens, exquisite sculpture gardens, a zoo with many species local to the region. Offers several tour daily, workshops, classes. Weekly passes available.

Black River Outdoors offers guided eco-tours through the salt marsh, on the Waccamaw River, swamp tours, and bird watching tours. Extremely experienced, family friendly and knowledgeable guides will teach guests about the area, look for wildlife, and will provide both adults and kids an authentic nature filled kayaking experience.


Jamaica: An island with luxury resorts, reggae music, and beaches @VisitJamaicaNow


Traveling to Jamaica is always exciting but never more than when the nation was celebrating its 55th independence with a week’s worth of emancipation activities islandwide and the London 2017 IAAF World Championships taking place with hometown hero Usain Bolt ,the frontrunner competing in what inevitably became his last race.

Jamaica has many luxury resorts and fantastic tourist activities, but what sets this island nation apart from other caribbean islands is the people. The Jamaicans intelligence and pride of it’s people and heritage make it uniquely special. On a particular sunday when Usain Bolt was about to race his final race, the island practically froze to a standstill, young and old glued to their televisions and phones nervously cheering and expressing pride in their man.

The perfect trip to Jamaica should explore all the wonderful things the island has to offer and should ideally include a few cities starting with Kingston, the capital. 

Devon House built in 1881 was the home of Jamaica’s first black millionaire. Lovingly restored the house offers tours to the public. Filled with antique furniture, ornate ceilings and grand staircases, this great house offers an insight into the lifestyles of the wealthy during the 1800’s. Within the Devon House Estate there is hugely popular ice cream parlor, voted third best ice cream in the world. Devon House Ice Cream offers huge servings of the freshest tastiest dessert in a multitude of flavors. Devon Stout is the house favorite, with a guinness taste, if that’s your thing. The property also houses a very modern chic recently opened Greek restaurant Opa, and The Reggae Mill Bar, playing reggae music exclusively.

The Bob Marley Museum, the former home of Bob Marley is one of the most popular attractions in Kingston, showcasing his personal and professional memorabilia and treasures. Considered to be one of the preeminent fathers of reggae, instrumental in developing the music culture of Jamaica and spreading Reggae love around the world. The outside is filled with photos and murals of the music legend. 

Opened last year is the Peter Tosh museum paying tribute to another music icon. The museum holds his memorabilia including his custom built M16 guitar and the blood splattered on the book he was reading the night he was gunned down.

The majestic blue mountains surrounding Kingston produce some of the world’s best coffee. Authentic Blue Mountain coffee is grown exclusively in this region. A visit to the Craighton plantation is a must to learn how Blue Mountain coffee is grown and what makes it so special. Visitors can purchase coffee by the pound at the end of the tour.

Strawberry Hill, a luxury boutique property in the Blue Mountains owned by legendary music producer Chris Blackwell is a great weekend escape with 13 rooms, an infinity pool, spa, and a highly touted restaurant overlooking Kingston, famous for it’s Sunday brunch by visitors and locals.

Our visit to Kingston during emancipation week concluded with the World Reggae Dance Championships. Taking place in the Emancipation Village, filled with local food, drinks, and wares for sale. Reggae Dance groups from around the world travel from as far as Australia and Poland to try and win this title.

Heading towards Montego Bay by way of Ocho Rios, a popular resort destination and cruise port we stopped at Mystic Mountain. Built and run by the Rainforest Adventure Foundation, they have locations in other locals as well, these tourist parks are built with respect for nature and surroundings in mind. Start with an aerial lift 700 feet to get a panoramic view of Ocho Rios, Once on top activities offered include ziplining, the infamous bobsled through the rainforest, waterslide, an eatery offering local cuisine, and a gift shop selling souvenirs and local rums.

One of the most important aspects of organizing a trip around the island is finding a responsible and knowledgable driver and tour operator. We were driven by Mike ,owner of  His group of drivers are experienced in planning an authentic Jamaican experience according to budget, length of stay, and interests. During our week long island tour Mike shared tons of insight, dining recommendations, and even the best local bar for a rum punch to watch Usain Bolt compete. (more…)

Costa Rica: Land of Natural Beauty, Eco- Tourism, and Luxury Resorts

Costa Rica is a Central American country bordered by Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the Southeast. One of only a handful of nations that can claim the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and The Caribbean Sea on the east. A rugged and rich interior with the Arenal Volcano and large rainforests, Costa Rica is a prime eco- tourism destination with hundreds of animal, plant, and flower species, many exclusive to the area. The climate is diverse with the coastlines offering sunny beach days, while the interiors are cooler located within the rainforests.

We toured a few properties in Guanacaste on the west coast and these are our recommendations of where to stay for a family, friends, or solo vacation or to plan a destination wedding and honeymoon.

 The Riu Palace in Guanacaste is a 5 star all-inclusive located on the edge of Matapalo Beach. A family friendly resort with 4 pools, beachfront location, multiple dining options, Renova Spa, and quality nightly entertainment for kids and adults. 

Room categories range from Jr. Suites with garden views to Jacuzzi Suites, perfect for honeymooners to 2 bedroom family suites big enough to accommodate a larger family. 

The hotels offers beach activities like snorkeling, diving, fishing, volleyball, kayaks, windsurfing and sailing. The very friendly staff was very eager to make guests happy and encouraged participation in daily and nightly activities.

The hotel offers a varied amount of excursions to eco-parks, volcanoes, rainforests, and golf near by. 

For more info and to book click here: Reserve your stay

The Occidental Papagayo is an Adults-Only 5 star all inclusive also located on the Guanacaste Coast that caters to adults who want a more relaxing experience with a focus on romance and honeymooners. Set on the dramatic Gulf Of Papagayo the views are magical and the lush natural surroundings are true to Costa Rica.  

The all inclusive program allows guests to choose from 2 a la carte restaurants as well as an international buffet and snack bar.

Rooms vary from deluxe modern standard rooms with all needed amenities to Premium level luxury concierge rooms, where specialized customer service will make the most discerning customers feel special.

Activities offered include diving, cycling, kayaks, outside excursions or just lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand. A relaxing spa and fitness are available for guests to enjoy.

The dedicated hotel Wedding department can help prepare the special day from A to Z so that guests can start their honeymoon early and leave all the worries behind.

For more info and to book your stay click here: Occidental Papagayo

One of the most highly recommended activities when visiting the Guanacaste coast is a visit to Diamante Eco- Adventure Park.

Located about 10 minutes away from The Riu Palace this park offers the longest dual zipline in the country, horseback riding on the beach, and ATV Rentals. The “Superman” zipline is a mile long course over looking the ocean ending with with a free fall and the Tarzan swing. The guides are highly trained with quality equipment and top safety standards to make this a safe enjoyable experience for guests with any amount of experience.

The Diamante Animal Sanctuary is the largest on the Guanacaste coast. Conservation is very important to the park and the region. There are species of sloths, monkeys, jaguars, pumas, crocodiles, and toucans along with a wild cat habitat. The animals are rescued and brought to Diamante by MINAE, The Costa Rica Ministry of Wildlife.

Getting to Costa Rica:

AeroMexico 737-800 air to air

AeroMexico 737-800 

While many think that only US airlines offer convenient daily service to Costa Rica, we were pleasantly surprised that Aeromexico offers daily service from JFK and other US cities to San Jose, Costa Rica through its Mexico City Hub. We always prefer the gracious service and staff of international airlines, like Aeromexico with full meal service and complimentary alcoholic beverages even in Economy. Class Premier offers an enhanced flight experience with top notch cuisine and on board entertainment.

The recently renovated Salon Premier in Mexico City Airport provides passengers a comfortable VIP experience while waiting for their connecting flights. Offering a variety of food, drinks, WIFI, satellite TV and reading options the enhanced space now has greater capacity, private relaxation spaces, spa, and showers in the international salon. An experienced staff caters to guests who expect the best from their airline when they travel either for business or leisure. Aeromexico premier lounges are located in 10 airports within Mexico.

St. Lucia: Nature and Luxury in the Caribbean @Ladera_Resort @Eastwindshotel @Windjammerstl

St. Lucia is an island located in the Southern Caribbean that is blessed with 2 completely unique sides, making it a 2 for 1 destination for travelers. The South of the Island has the majestic Pitons as it’s backdrop with old plantations and beautiful hidden beaches dotted around the town of Soufriere. Sulphur Springs (Soufriere Volcano) is considered to be the only drive-in volcano in the world. Lush vegetation and very little commercialism make Soufriere and it’s surrounding regions a perfect destination for vacationers and honeymooners who want to connect with nature and completely relax.

Ladera Resort, is a luxurious, eco- friendly, romantic hideaway set in between The Pitons overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It was one of the first resorts to build rooms with only 3 walls leaving the fourth open to allow glorious vistas from your bedroom. Wooden decor with impressionist art, four poster beds with mosquito netting and colorful mosaic tiles in the bathrooms make Ladera a resort with all the luxuries while capturing the natural and authentic feel of the area. 

All rooms at Ladera have plunge pools, some are cold and some are heated. The newest rooms are located at Paradise Ridge and these are the largest and most luxurious accommodations that include butler service and airport transfers. Free Wifi is available throughout the resort but there are no TV’s in the room. 

The property features a pool, a spa, baths and while there is no beach on-site the resort offers complimentary shuttle service several times daily to Sugar Beach below where guests can obtain lounge chairs and are offered room charging privileges to purchase food and drinks.

Dasheene, the open air laid back restaurant is the main dining venue offering breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on Caribbean fare and daily specials along with live music and a weekly Caribbean themed night. The bar is open late with cocktail specialties, local beers and a diverse wine list. Many guests choose room service in the privacy of their guest rooms.

Ladera specializes in weddings and honeymoons with an experienced wedding planner onsite that can help plan a dream wedding and honeymoon. All-Inclusive packages are available and can be customized based on budget and group size. A concierge is on call to organize activities and excursions.

To book your stay or for more info visit: Ladera Resort


Spring Saunders: Young Entrepreneur to Watch Founder/CEO New York Jet Club

It is always a pleasure to write about a young, strong and fearless female entrepreneur who’s making headways in the previously largely male dominant aviation industry. Spring Saunders, Founder/CEO of New York Jet Club, an exclusive pay one price fly all you want jet sharing company, featuring top of the line GIV Falcon 900 or Global 6000 Jets.

Born in Japan and raised in Brazil, Europe, and China Spring has always had travel in her blood. An entrepreneur from a very early age when she founded a dance studio as a teen in China. This venture paid her way through Shandong University school of business & technology. Fluent in Mandarin, English, and Portuguese Ms. Saunders relocated to Los Angeles in 2014 and launched Empire Concierge, a company that catered to upscale Chinese Travelers. Using her knowledge and experience of what these discerning customers require, and her work in the service industry led to alliances with private jet companies, hence New York Jet Club was born.

New York Jet Club offers an exclusive membership to flying private to the most in demand global business routes on top of the line jets, with door to door service via car or helicopter, gourmet meals, free WIFI, and concierge services at your fingertips upon arrival. Paying one comprehensive annual fee depending on route, everything is included from start to finish. Current routes include New York/LA & NY/London with NY/Dubai and NY/Shanghai slated to begin later this year.

We will follow this growing company closely and will follow up with a full review in the months ahead.

Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Great Moments Puerto Vallarta, Mexico @buenaventurahtl #PVPressTrip #PuertoVallarta @Aeromexico


Mexico is a vacationer’s dream. With so many destinations featuring gorgeous beaches, cultural experiences and an immense variety of hotel/resort choices in every price range, a trip to Mexico truly offers something for everyone.

Based in New York City our team has visited Cancun and the Riviera Maya on several occasions with a short 3.5 hour flight, making a long weekend an easy reality. This time we decided to venture to Puerto Vallarta, on the western coast of Mexico to experience what it has to offer.

Puerto Vallarta has been a go to for west coasters for decades as well as midwesterners and Canadians due to convenient direct flights and charters. From NYC there are many convenient connections to Puerto Vallarta VIA Mexico City on Aeromexico, more details on that below.

When choosing a resort to discover in Puerto Vallarta, we wanted to experience a family all- inclusive traveling with a 10 year old, but also wanted to pamper ourselves, relax, and experience the authenticity and charm of Puerto Vallarta. The Buenaventura Grand & Great Moments is centrally located about 15 minutes from the airport and a short stroll from the famous seaside boardwalk know as “The Malecon” featuring many cafes, shops, outdoor clubs and entertainment.

A beachfront property on The Bay of Banderas, the resort offers three pool areas including an adults only area along a beach bar where friendly bartenders mix refreshing cocktails with daily specials and remember guests drink choices by the second day. 


The resort is going through a gradual renovation that began in 2016 with all the rooms eventually being transformed to include flat screen tv’s and visually pleasing decor and modern luxuries. The main restaurant Frutas Y Flores and the specialty restaurant Sunset were also renovated late last year along with the resort’s kitchen. Both restaurants feature regional specialties along with an international menu and offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten free options.

The resort offers daily activities, a kids club and nightly entertainment including a weekly themed “Mexican Night” featuring local cuisine and an authentic Mexican Show.

The parent company also owns The Villa Premiere right next door, an adults-only, all suites, premiere all-inclusive, boutique resort that is perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.

Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta:

The hotel concierge can arrange many types of adventures throughout Puerto Vallarta. Here are our favorites:

Dolphin Discovery offers several swimming with the dolphins packages that allow an unforgettable experience for the entire family. These smart and adorable mammals love to interact with guests while trainers teach participants about them. Located in Aquaventuras Park, featuring 10 waterslides, a lazy river, zipline, and a climbing wall challenge. An area dedicated to little ones is also available. Open daily 10 to 5. The park offers a variety of packages, some that include food & beverages.

Vallarta Adventures excursion to YELAPA & MAJAHUITAS. The full day excursion begins with a breakfast onboard a catamaran that departs from marina vallarta. Sailing south along the Puerto Vallarta coast to the peaceful cove of Majahuitas, the catamaran stops in this isolated cove for 1.5 hours of snorkeling and kayaking. A tasty lunch follows as well as an open bar. The afternoon is spent in Yelapa where guests can choose to be beachside on lounge chairs or climb the Yelapa waterfall before hitting the beach. On the way back the bar is once again open and there is rock show on board. As a bonus we saw Whales, not guaranteed!

A few other suggestions are: Vallarta Food Tours Taco Tour, Canopy River’s River Expedition, San Sebastian and Artwalk.

Getting There:

Aeromexico offers daily service to Puerto Vallarta from several cities via Mexico City. The airline recently introduced daily service from JFK to Mexico City aboard The 787 Dreamliner. This state of the art aircraft offers a modern cabin with more oxygen, LED lighting, noise reduction technology and a much smoother ride. The aircraft is also environmentally efficient with a 20% reduction in fuel consumption and thus leaving a 20% smaller footprint. Inflight service includes full meal and beverage service and entertainment options at every seat featuring the latest movies, Netflix, and WIFI.

For the ultimate in comfort and a first class experience book a ticket in Clase Premier, which offers fully flat seats aboard The 787 Dreamliner and comfortable wide reclining seats aboard the 737-800. Enhanced meal and beverage service, priority boarding and the use of VIP lounges and partner Skyteam lounges globally.



Spice Island Beach Resort: A Slice of Paradise In Grenada @SpiceResort


Spice Island Beach Resort is not your typical all- inclusive. While it is wonderful to know that all the extras are included, such as premium top shelf liquor, both in the outdoor areas and ensuite, room service, water sports, and unlimited dining, what separates Spice Island from the rest is the attentive staff, the attention to detail, and the five star service throughout the resort.

Spice Island is truly a family operation. Headed by longtime hotelier and former Grenada Tourist Board executive Sir Roy Hopkin, Lady Hopkin, Ryan Hopkin, and the heir apparent Miss Janelle Hopkin, along with long time general manager Brian Hardy. The close knit Spice Island family work together meticulously to ensure a guest experience worthy of the coveted AAA Diamond Award, only granted to six other resorts in the Caribbean and 118 resorts worldwide. in 2014, 2015 and in 2016, Spice island was awarded the Six Star Diamond award from The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and has been ranked the #1 property in the Caribbean by TripAdvisor reviews. Spice Island is also a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).


Upon arrival guests are greeted by friendly staff with a cold drink in hand to assist with check in. The airport is less than a 10 minute ride from the resort. A big plus for guests trying to maximize vacation time without a long trek from the airport. Once checked in guests are taken to their suite  and the holiday begins.

Spice Island’s 64 suites range from the 620 square foot Oleander Garden Suites to the ultra- lux Cinnamon and  Saffron Suites, measuring 1440 square feet located directly on Grande Anse Beach, just a few feet from the water.

Our party was fortunate to be given a trio of suites to discover. My suite was the Seagrape Beach Suite (pic above), the resort’s most popular requested accommodations. Either King Size or Queen Bedrooms ideal for couples, honeymooners or families, these beachfront rooms complete with hammocks and lounge chairs, are the go- to if waking up to an ocean breeze and waves are your idea of paradise.


Luxury Almond Pool Suite

For a more private, Villa- like experience, the Pool Suites fit the bill. The Anthurium Pool Suites measure 1200 square feet, amidst personal gardens and a plunge pool. The Luxury Almond Pool Suites are 1500 square feet in size and feature a large private pool and outdoor terraces for sunbathing and dining. The most luxurious pool suites, fit for a prince or a sheik, are the Royal Collection Pool Suites, 1500 square feet, 16’X20 pool with private cedar saunas.


Windstar Cruises: Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland James Beard Culinary Cruise @WindstarCruises @Beardfoundation #WindstarCruises

Star Legend

Windstar Cruises is a luxury cruise line with a fleet of six yachts, three of which are their signature sailing yachts, and the other three, the newly refurbished motor yachts (Star Legend above) to the tune of $8.5 million dollars each. This year Windstar partnered with The James Beard Foundation to offer three voyages throughout Europe and Northern Africa with award winning Chefs and Sommeliers providing rich culinary experiences in each destination.

The yachts fit 210 people in luxurious suites, many with balconies, bathtubs, and walk-in closets. Small enough to enter rivers and ports where larger ships cannot go, but big enough to provide amenities like pools, jacuzzis, full-service spas, gym,multiple dining options and entertainment venues.

Our voyage began in Lisbon, Portugal a coastal city with old world charm that is seeing a huge growth as a premier destination with a growing foodie and art scene. Fashion Week in Lisbon is now drawing designers from all over Europe and abroad twice a year. 

Our first port of call was Porto, Portugal (Day 1). A coastal city in Northwest Portugal known mostly for the many bridges ,and for the producers of Port Wine. Being on a culinary cruise with daily wine tastings, the Sommelier, William Davis, went into Porto and shopped for favorites to introduce to guests that evening. Windstar provides two complimentary culinary excursions on each sailing. Guests can choose which port of call to attend these immersive activities. Wines offered during nighly wine tastings are complimentary during event and at dinner.

The next two ports of call( Day 2 & 3) were in El Ferrol and Gijon, Spain. Two old cities in the Province of A Coruna on the Atlantic Coast, and in Austurias, respectively. El Ferrol is known to be major naval shipbuilding center for Spain and Northern Europe. Gijon is located on the Bay of Biscay. Gijon is mostly recognized these days for having one of the best International Film Festivals in Spain.

Days 4 & 5 We were docked in beautiful Bordeaux, France. Windstar offers overnight stays in cities where most cruise lines only stay for the day. Part of the Windstar program is a complimentary excursion to a French Chateau (Chateau Kirwan) and Vineyard. A catered cocktail party awaits the guests with delicious food, wines from the vineyard and live music.

Day 6 We were in La Rochelle, France. A coastal city in southwestern France. A busting marina with tons of outdoor cafes and shops. Renaissance architecture mixed with colorful hillside homes. Many Europeans venture here for weekend stays and boating activities during the summer months.

Day 7 was the first of two enrichment days at sea. A time to unwind and enjoy activities on board including cooking demonstrations with James Beard award winning chef Maria Hines. Guests can also arrange galley tours and lectures with Sommelier William Davis.

Day 8 was spent in  Saint- Malo, France. A coastal city in Brittany with the downtown located in a Walled City and the Saint-Malo cathedral as the centerpoint. A popular Windstar excursion is the Oysters of Cancale tour. Driving through the countryside until you reach the Oyster farm, a family run business producing some of the freshest oysters that are sold locally and exported worldwide.

Another highlight of the cruise was the extravagant deck BBQ, well more like an enormous variety of Seafood, Meats, Paella, Salads, BBQ, Desserts and more. Combined with live music involving the ship’s crew, who have way more unlisted talents then you would imagine in their job description.

Day 9 was another relaxing enrichment day and the final day to indulge in spa services, learn about wine, or work -out after nine days of James Beard inspired eating and drinking.

Day 10 Arrival in Dublin, Ireland. Windstar offers post-cruise packages as well as daily excursions for guests with late flights.

One of the highlights of the cruise was a chance to dine with James Beard COO/CFO Marilyn Platzer and her husband Kenneth who was on board as well. We discussed how the James Beard institute raised over 6.5 million dollars in scholarship money to aspiring chefs to build careers in the culinary arts. The institute funds research in sustainability, environment, and the growth of the food industry.

TAP Portugal offers daily nonstop flights out of Newark to Lisbon and offers connections throughout Europe. TAP Executive Business Class offers premium seating, dining, and entertainment options.

Weekend Getaway: Menla, a Catskills Spirituality and Health Resort @Menla


 This past August we were invited to a Hiking R & R in the glorious Catskill Mountains, specifically to a mountain retreat known as Menla, A Retreat- Resort and a Spa. Only a 2 hour hour drive north of New York City, but a million miles away, when it comes to the peace and relaxation the retreat offers for mind and body.

Menla is owned and operated by Tibet House, located in New York City. The goal of both centers is to teach Tibetan culture, practices, and healing methods to the western world.

Nena Thurman is the director of the retreat and is also the Mahasukha Spa designer, where Tibetan treatments and massage are the focus and the staff is expertly trained in administering them. The Spiritual Leader of Menla is Robert Thurman, an acclaimed author, Columbia University Professor, proclaimed authority on Tibetan Buddism, being the first American ordained as a Tibetan monk in 1964. Nena and Robert also happen to be parents to actress Uma Thurman.

Throughout the year Menla offers several packages and getaways. The Hiking R & R and Yoga are quite popular,as are the retreats that include workshops with Robert Thurman and special guests. As a bonus, the weekend we were there, Mark Epstein M.D. and Robert Thurman held a retreat dealing with Anxiety, Depression and Addiction: Buddhist Psychological Insights for Mental and Spiritual Health in the modern world.

The weekend itinerary includes workshops with lectures by both Robert and Mark, along with meditation sessions, and Q & A’s drew an inspired group, many whom are loyal to both men’s work in their respective fields ,and some making the trek just to hear them speak. The Yoga (Art of Iyenger Asana) retreat was happening simultaneously headed by Carolyn Christie.

Set on 325 green lush acres surrounded by Mountains the retreat is a healing center, a spa, a resort and a meeting center for small like- minded groups and organizations. Menla also welcomes individuals and couples looking for a weekend getaway  (2 night minimum), and includes gourmet vegetarian cuisine throughout the stay with the option to book spa treatments, guided hikes, and a multitude of healing treatments without having to partake in group classes. High- Speed Free Wifi is included throughout the retreat as phone reception is limited. It is highly encouraged to disconnect for a few days to fully experience the healing benefits of Menla.

 Hiking R & R Retreat : Activities and Times Vary Based on type of retreat and time of year. This was for our 4 day/ 3 night Hiking Retreat.


3-8pm Check In

4-8 (Optional Spa Services/Relaxation Time

6-7 Dinner

7:30 Evening Program


7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Beginners Hike or

free time for Spa, Tennis, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool)

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free Time for Spa Services, Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities


7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9-12pm Intermediate Hike

12-1pm Lunch

1-4pm Free time Spa, Swimming (Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Sauna, Steam Room

4:30-5:30 Mindfulness Meditation

6-7pm Dinner

7:30 Evening Activities


7-8am Morning Yoga

8-9am Breakfast

9 to 12pm Free time Swimming( Seasonal Outdoor Pool), Hiking, Tennis

10-2pm Spa Services

12-1pm Lunch and Check Out

Menla:  375 Pantherkill Road Phoenicia, NY 12464 (845) 688-6897










The Lighthouse Suite at Saybrook Point Inn: Old Saybrook, CT @Saybrookptinn


 Say brook Point Inn & Spa has been a favorite New England weekend getaway for some time now, so in recent months when they debuted the Lighthouse Suite we were anxious to check it out. Located on the Long Island Sound on a marina, where we witnessed Mega yachts docked alongside fishing boats on a typical warm and crowded summer weekend.

The Lighthouse Suite has a an ample living area, bedroom, kitchen and a small balcony where it is highly recommended to sit outside, with wine in hand, and watch the boats go by. The sunrises are not to be missed as well. The elegant nautical decor of the suite adds to the ambiance and is a private getaway, within a larger hotel property that offers indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, The Sanno Spa, and the top rated Fresh Salt Restaurant and Marina Bar. Perfect for Honeymooners or just a romantic weekend getaway.

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa has been certified Connecticut’s first green hotel. Committed to protecting the environment the property has an herb garden, which Fresh Salt Chefs use, eco-friendly cleaning products, solar panels, clean cooling systems and free electric car charging stations. Free loaner bikes are available to guests to explore the surrounding area.

Fresh Salt is an award winning restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as an amazing Sunday brunch. Outdoor tables and large windows ,and this year an expanded marina bar and seating along with a fire pit complete the look and feel of a proper upscale New England restaurant.

Saybrook Point Inn & Spa is open year round and hosts several events in the fall and winter around Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s for the entire family. For more info and to book your stay please visit:

2 Bridge Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 (860) 265-1792

Hotel Review: Sublime Samana Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic @SublimeSamana


Located in the Northeastern part of the Dominican Republic the town of  Samana remains an unspoiled gem that is not yet dominated by all- inclusive chains and it’s tourism focuses on luxury and eco-tourism. January through March, Samana is primarily known for it’s whale watching with thousands of Humpback whales migrating annually from the cold Atlantic Ocean to the warm waters of the Caribbean.

Sublime Samana is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and with only 26 Suites and Casitas the goal is to provide guests with a luxury experience in a warm and friendly setting where the staff knows the guests by first name. The 18 suites are spacious with terraces and full kitchens with top of the line appliances and are large enough to entertain families. The eight 2 and 3 bedroom casitas are huge and perfect for girlfriend getaways, families, and multi-generational travel. One even has a rooftop jacuzzi on the massive outdoor deck.


Fathom: A New way to Cruise has arrived @fathomtravel #traveldeep

April 2016 was historic in the cruising industry for several reasons including a finalization of a cruise ship, The Adonia ,to be the first cruise ship sailing out of a US port to dock in Cuba. However, In mid- April we were fortunate to be part of a group of journalists to be invited to sail on a week long inaugural cruise to Amber Cove, a $85 million dollar port built by Carnival Cruise lines, the parent company of Fathom Impact Travel and to experience a different type of travel that will socially and financially impact the local communities in Puerto Plata, on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic.

The Brainchild behind this vision is Entrepeneur Tara Russell along with support from Donald Arnold, CEO of Carnival Corporation and plc., and a team of devoted personnel who plan on adding a social and environmental aspect to the cruising industry. With over 20 years in the public and private sector , Tara understands that in today’s global climate, giving back and making a difference is crucial and that the billion dollar cruise line industry needs to partake.

The Adonia is a 740 passenger cruise ship acquired by Carnival from Renaissance Cruises and has recently sailed as part of the UK  P & O group. Having gone into dry dock and refurbished, this vessel is designed for cultural immersion travel with many locations on board for meetings, classes, discussions, and a few salsa and merengue classes as well. For trips to the Dominican Republic, a Dominican chef was hired to create a menu with regional dishes to accentuate the experience and the same will be done on the Cuba cruises. Regional cocktails like the Cuba Libre, my favorite, and the Mojito are prepared by the friendly bartenders on board. A note to Carnival, a beverage plan like the ones available on your other ships would help us enjoy many of these specialties at an affordable rate. Cabins are comfortable, pretty spacious and are based on double occupancy. Some can accommodate a third guest and are either inside, outside or featuring a balcony. A few suites are available as well.

The Adonia sails from The Port of Miami and spends one full day at sea, allowing  passengers to enjoy regular cruise ship amenities , but the schedule is jam packed with many immersion and learning activities to prepare for the days ahead in port. Amber Cove, alone is a destination in itself and serves as a perfect jumping point to the Social Impact activities. With a huge resort style pool complete with waterslides, a swim-up bar, luxury cabanas that can be rented for the day, and many retail shops it is a great place to unwind after a day spent in the local communities of Puerto Plata.

Some of the Social Impact activities include teaching English to the families in the surrounding towns,  Reforestation and visiting a local Cocoa Coop, where along with the local women chocolate is made and wrapped and put out for sale. These social impact activities are vital to the economic development and self sufficiency of the local people. Families are encouraged to bring children along on this cruise, because as I witnessed personally with my colleague’s daughter she got as much education and a genuine respect for giving back as the families she read English to! Snorkeling and Beach excursions are available at an additional cost.

For more info on Fathom Impact Travel and to Book your cruise visit #TravelDeep

Poconos Weekend Getaway:Mount Airy Casino & Resort @MountAiryCasino

mount-airy-casino-resort-1280.jpg In the 1960’s and 1970’s The Mount Airy Lodge was the epitome of cool with a huge year round resort known to be “The honeymoon getaway” with first class entertainment with the likes of Bob Hope and Milton Berle and many more.

Like every destination it is difficult to keep that hype alive so when the 1980’s saw an economic downturn and East Coasters discovered other weekend destinations such as The Hamptons and weekend getaways to Las Vegas and beyond ,Mount Airy lost its stride and officially closed in 2001. in 2004 developer Louis DeNaples realized the huge potential  of this huge and beautiful piece of land so his company tore down the aging property and rebuilt The Mount Airy Casino in 2007.

Throughout the last few years and a total redesign of the rooms, outdoor spaces, and the opening of the indoor/outdoor pool and entertainment center called “Get Wet” a new era was born in the Poconos that brings in a younger and trendier demographic to the region without losing it’s appeal to the customer base that made Mount Airy what is is today.


Hotel Review: Camelback Resort and Waterpark Poconos, Pa @camelbacklodge #Familytravel

Brand new in 2015 Camelback Resort and Aquatopia Waterpark delivered a high end family resort to the Poconos that promises tons of fun for kids and is also a playground for adults with spa, dining, swim up bar, and ski options. 90 minutes from NYC located at the foot of Camelback mountain this year round resort is a perfect weekend getaway for the entire family.

Aquatopia is billed as the largest indoor waterpark in the northeast with 84 degree pool temperature year around and lives up to the hype with a huge wave pool, lazy river,  waterslides and coasters for every age group, an indoor outdoor hot tub where relaxing outdoors in January snow is a very cool experience. Adults have a private heated pool with a swim up bar that serves tropical drinks, has tv’s showing sporting events, and has full view of the waterpark so that the kiddies are never out of sight.


Torrey Pines: A Treasure for Nature and Golf Enthusiasts @lodgetorreypine

The Lodge at Torrey Pines has been considered San Diego’s top hotel since opening in 2002 and is a golfer’s paradise with two renowned 18 hole championship courses and is home to PGA’s Farmer’s Insurance Open every January. Located in upscale La Holla, close to some of San Diego’s best beaches and to Torrey Pines State Park the rustic yet luxurious lodge offers nature and outdoors enthusiasts tons of activities on the grounds and in the vicinity.

the Lodge has 170 rooms and suites with fireplaces ensuite, rich dark decor, and huge bathrooms with high end amenities. A heated year round pool with underwater music and a hot tub add to the relaxation factor. In mid January when there was a cold spell in San Diego and temperatures fell into the 50’s we still witnessed guests in the pool!

The lodge has two dining options, however the highlight of our stay was bar none our dining experience at A.R. Valentine. Executive Chef Jeff Jackson brings the best cuisine California has to offer with a farm to table experience and a seasonal menu based on produce that is in season and available at the local farmers markets and from small growers. The wine list complements the menu and the service is first class all the way.


To book your stay visit. or to reserve your A.R Valentien dining experience visit



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