16Aug

Sorrento, Italy

Also on my wish-list… Sorrento is a beautiful town in Campania, Italy, near Naples and Pompeii. From the beautiful coast you can see Naples, Vesuvius, and even the Isle of Capri from the right spot. I can imagine driving down Amalfi Drive through the cliffs down to the beach, where I would relax and drink limoncello!

Sorrento, Italy

The coast of Sorrento, Italy

Sailing in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Sailing

Sunset in Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento Sunset

Roofdeck in Sorrento, Italy

The perfect spot for dinner!

 

Lounge chairs overlooking the Sorrento Coast

Evening cocktails overlooking the Sorrento Marina

Parco Dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento, Italy

Parco Dei Principi Hotel Restaurant

Sorrento Coast and Marina

Sorrento Coast and Marina

Sorrento Ruins

Sightseeing at the Sorrento Ruins

11May

Top 10 Luxury Honeymoon Destinations

Mystique Santorini is a great honeymoon destination in Greece.

Mystique Santorini

1. Santorini, Greece
This amazing destination was created from a volcanic caldera, whose rim now hosts luxury hotels. From this elevated point you can view spectacular sunsets and views of the Aegean Sea. If you head down the cliff you will find shopping, amazing beaches, delicious food, and local wineries. Don’t forget to explore the Akrotini, a prehistoric settlement preserved under volcanic lava.

 

Where to Stay: Mystique Santorini

Mystique is perched on the rim of the caldera and has an incredible infinity pool, luxurious cave-like rooms carved into the cliff, and relaxing neutral tones.

 

 

The Palais Amani is a beautiful hotel in Fez, Morocco.

Palais Amani, Fez, Morocco

2. Fez, Morocco

 

Fez is Morocco’s second largest city and is bustling with bazaars and shopping opportunities. In the town center you will even find snake charmers and fortune tellers! Go to Old Medina of Marrakech for rugs, leather goods, and other travel souvenirs.

Where to Stay: Palais Amani

Palais Amani underwent a 3 1/2 year restoration that brought its existing features back to life and added work from local artisans. The spa offers massages in a room overlooking the hotel’s garden, and the rooftop bar has great views of the city below. Each room has embroidered linens, luxurious bathrobes, and complimentary embroidered slippers.

The Cap-Est Lagoon Resort & Spa is a luxury resort in Martinique.

Cap-Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

3. Martinique

 

This unique island can be considered the Paris of the Caribbean. It’s upscale and has over 150 restaurants. The locals close shop at noon for lunch and always eat out, which has led to the development of so many restaurants. Their cuisine is a delicious blend of French and Creole dishes. There is also a good nightlife, shopping, and sightseeing.

Where to Stay: Cap-Est Lagoon Resort & Spa

This resort has contemporary villas with Franco-Caribbean design. The soft, minimalist decor and lagoon views create a super relaxing and tropical vibe!

Villa San Michele is one of the most luxurious hotels in Florence.

Villa San Michele, Florence

4. Florence

 

Italian food, wine, Renaissance art & architecture, just enough sightseeing, and Italian fashion – need I say more?

Where to stay: Villa San Michele

This facade of this amazing hotel was designed by Michelangelo. If that isn’t cool enough, it’s also located on top of the hill of Fiesole so it has views of Florence and the Chianti countryside. The hotel amenities have great views, too. The heated pool and the open air restaurant, Loggia, look out over the city.

The Shangri-La Hotel Paris was once the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte.

Shangri-la Hotel Paris

5. Paris

 

A pretty obvious choice, but a great one nonetheless! Amazing food, sightseeing, entertainment, shopping, and opulent hotels sound like a pretty great way to spend a honeymoon.

Where to Stay: Shangri-La Hotel Paris

The building that is now the Shangri-La Hotel Paris was once Prince Roland Bonaparte’s home (Napoleon’s nephew). It was recently resorted to its former glamour and offers some of the largest rooms and suites among luxury Paris hotels. Most rooms have Eiffel Tower, Seine River, or the Louvre views.

The Gansevoort Turcks and Caicos brings urban luxury to the tropical environment.

Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

6. Turks and Caicos

 

This is one of the most underdeveloped islands in the Caribbean, and the tourism industry mostly caters to an upscale clientele. They have some of the most beautiful beaches and several luxury resorts to choose from.

Where to Stay: Gansevoort Turks and Caicos

Experience modern urban luxury in a tropical setting. The 7000 square foot infinity edge pool is one of the hotel’s best features, and they also have the famous Bagatelle Bistrot.

 

The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh is a luxury hotel that incorporates Missoni's eclectic modern style.

Missoni Hotel Edinburgh

7. Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Edinburgh is a beautiful destination, offering rolling Scottish hills, castles, vibrant theater scene, hiking, and sightseeing.

Where to Stay: Missoni Hotel Edinburgh

This hotel is exactly what you would expect from the Italian fashion house. The hotel was designed with distinctive use of color, pattern, and textiles.

The Viceroy Bali offers luxurious accommodations just minutes from Ubud.

Vicory Bali

8. Bali, Indonesia

 

Bali is an amazing place with tropical beaches, forests, cliffs, museums, historical towns and temples. The resorts promote spiritual health and well being, and there is a general aura of tranquility. Definitely a place to get away from it all!

Where to Stay: Viceroy Bali

The Viceroy consists of 25 villas on a secluded ridge of the Pentau river, just minutes from Ubud, one of Southeast Asia’s most charming villages. The villas are super luxurious and offer everything you could need, including espresso machines and private pools.

The St. Regis Resort Princeville offers luxurious accommodations on one of the most beautiful Hawaiian islands.

St. Regis Resort Princeville

9. Kauai, Hawaii

 

Kauai has everything a couple who loves the outdoors could need – tropical beaches, hiking on the Na Pali coast, and kayaking on the Wailua River.

Where to Stay: St. Regis Resort Princeville

Relax in the infinity pool overlooking Hanalei Bay, lay out at the private Pu’u Po’a Beach, or golf at their 2 courses.

The Anantara resort in the Maldives offer luxurious overwater villas.

Anantara, Kihavah, Maldives

10. Maldives

 

Experience white sand beaches, remote location, privacy, and delicious tropical food. The islands are located along the trading route of the Indian Ocean, resulting in an interesting mix of cultures.

Where to Stay: Anantara, Kihavah, Maldives

These overwater villas offer the ultimate tropical getaway surrounded by white sand, coconut palms, and reef waters full of marine life. The famous underwater restaurant is a once in a lifetime experience!

 

28Apr

Haute Hotel: Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman is one of the best Caribbean resorts.

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

The acclaimed Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman is a sprawling resort that covers the entire width of the island, about 145 acres. It is by far the best resort on the Cayman Islands! When you finally arrive, you’ll be served delicious lemonade in a tropical tiki hut. Then they will whisk you away to your guest room…

I recommend staying in one of the newly refurbished guest rooms, which now feature chic and modern design. These rooms are closer to the pool and offer stunning ocean views. The Ritz has thoughtfully scattered the ocean with fun toys, rafts, and even floating bars! I wish I was floating on a raft on the Caribbean with a cocktail in my hand right now

This European style resort is meticulously manicured and designed with marble, stone, and luxurious woods everywhere. The resort is split into two buildings, connected by a climate controlled catwalk that overlooks West Bay Street.

As an island resort, there are a variety of fun water activities to choose from, like snorkeling, sailing,and water rafting. You can explore the island and check out the Cayman Turtle Farm, where you’ll get to touch and swim with green sea turtles.

The Silver Rain Spa at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman is a La Prairie Spa.

Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Silver Rain Spa

Taking in a treatment at the Silver Rain Spa, a La Prairie Spa, is a great way to relax. The Silver Rain Spa incorporates pure and rare ingredients and offers massages, body and facial treatments, hydrotherapies, and La Prairie anti-aging formulas.

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman’s premier restaurant, Blue by Eric Ripert, celebrates epicurean artistry in the grand tradition of Le Bernadin. The menu features seafood locally caught by Cayman fishermen. The wine cellar offers over 650 selections from all around the world.

Periwinkle is an elegantly casual restaurant that features a terrace and lagoon views. The menu offers simply prepared seafood, homemade pasta, pizza, and Mediterranean style cuisine. 7 Prime Cuts and Sunsets is a steakhouse and seafood & raw bar. 7 Prime also features a Cuban Cigar assortment and Sunday Prime Rib Dinner.

The golf course at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman was designed by Greg Norman. This 9 hole course features 8 holes on the water and a final island green. Caddie concierge service and golf  instruction is available.

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman implements an Ambassadors of the Environment program, which offers eco tours for kids, youth, adults and families.

Conclusion: Great for honeymoons, girls getaways, and family vacations! Beware of children.

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28Apr

Haute Hotel: Four Seasons George V Paris

The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

The Four Seasons George V Paris is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Located just steps from the Champs Elyees, it features restored and replicated 18th century furnishings and interior design.

The Four Seasons George V Paris offers stunning guest rooms.

Four Seaons George V Paris - Guest Room

The 244 guest rooms, designed in the style of Louis XIV, are available in a variety of sizes. About 25% of the guest rooms are suites, and many have spectacular Eiffel Tower views. The basic rooms – if you can call them basic – feature city or courtyard views, crystal chandeliers, and full marble bathrooms. The larger suites, such as the Empire suite, include sculptures dedicated to Napoleon and Josephine. You’ll be able to see the Eiffel Tower quite clearly from your private terrace, which faces this world famous landmark directly. There is also a living room, dining room, green marble bathroom, and guest powder room.

The Four Seasons George V Paris features a beautiful pool in the spa and fitness center.

Four Seasons George V Paris - Pool

The Four Seasons George V pool offers the ultimate experience in chic pool relaxation. The pool, located at the spa and health club, is decorated with trompe l’oeil murals of the garden of Versailles. The spa itself features muted tones with 18th century prints. The VIP treatment room includes its own whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and 2 massage beds. This spa is know as the best hotel spa in Paris!

The Four Seasons George V Paris features Le Galerie, a beautiful lounge featuring 19th century paintings and Flemish tapestries.

Four Seasons George V Paris - Le Galerie

Le Galerie is an elegant, peaceful lounge, decorated with Flemish tapestries, 19th century paintings and furniture. Le Bar overlooks the Avenue George V and features a beautiful mahogany and wood bar.

Fine French dining is available at Le Cinq, which offers incredible views of the hotel gardens and courtyard. The restaurant serves classic French cuisine and has won 2 Michelin stars.

The husband can play golf at the nearby Albatros course, which has hosted 8 French Open Tournaments and is an acclaimed European golf course.

Conclusion: The Four Seasons George V Paris is superior in its elegance, decor, and romantic atmosphere, right in the heart of Paris!

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23Apr

Haute Hotel: Ritz Carlton Moscow

The Ritz Carlton Moscow is one of the capital's finest hotels.

Ritz Carlton Moscow

The Ritz Carlton Moscow is located right off Red Square, on the city’s main avenue, Tverskaya Street. This Ritz features true Russian glamour and a few distinct services and amenities inspired by its region – like the Lobby Lounge’s vodka sommelier!

The hotel offers 334 spacious guest rooms (the smallest is 450 sq ft), and they will cost you…standard rates, depending on the season, are upwards of $1000 per night.

The Ritz Carlton Moscow offers a chic lounge, O2 Lounge, which offers amazing views of the city.

The O2 Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Moscow

The O2 Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Moscow features Faberge inspired lounge chairs.

The Faberge chairs at the Ritz Carlton Moscow's O2 Lounge

The Ritz Carlton Moscow’s O2 Lounge features views of the Kremlin, a sushi bar, oxygen bar, “Faberge” chairs, and chic design.

The premier restaurant at the Ritz Moscow is Caviarterra, whose menu incorporates the local culture. Enjoy Russian classics like caviar, borsch, chicken kiev, and beef stroganoff. The Petrus wine room has a collection of over 800 wines from around the world!

The ESPA Spa at the Ritz Carlton Moscow features a pool with an ice fountain.

Ritz Carlton Moscow ESPA Spa Pool with ice fountain

The ESPA Spa is a gorgeous facility that includes a pool with lounge chairs and ice fountain. Treatments utilize the latest scientific discoveries and effective European therapies.

10Jan

Christmas in Las Vegas

Last year, I spent Christmas in Las Vegas instead of going home to freezing cold New York. My boyfriend and I stayed at the Bellagio, and it was beautiful! Very festive and fun. There were lots of Christmas decorations and families – I was kind of surprised to see how family oriented Las Vegas was, but maybe it was due to the season? The restaurants were definitely less “happening” which was nice, in a way. Although the nightlife didn’t have its usual busy vibe, at least I didn’t have to spend the night trying not to spill my drink because people are bumping into me!

The Bellagio in Las Vegas decorated the hotel for Christmas.

Bellagio Las Vegas - Christmas Tree

The Bellagio in Las Vegas decorated the hotel for Christmas with polar bears made of flowers.

Bellagio Las Vegas - Christmas Decorations - Polar Bear

The Polar Bears were actually made out of white flowers, and the tree was huge. Living in California where it never feels like Christmas, I appreciated the fact that they went all out with the decorations! I really loved staying at the Bellagio. The rooms were huge, and I’ve seen some hotel rooms that weren’t as big as that bathroom.

The Mirage has a zoo that features lots of exotic animals, like these white tigers.

Mirage - White Tigers

We went to the zoo at the Mirage, where they feature lots of exotic animals, like these white tigers. They also had this adorable baby cub, who the trainer fed with a bottle. So cute!

The zoo at the Mirage has a white tiger cub.

Mirage - White Tiger Cub

We wanted to go somewhere with an amazing view of the strip, so we decided to go to The Hotel’s Mix Lounge, which I believe is on the 69th floor. It was totally empty, but the design was really cool and I could tell during high season it’s a great time. They have some tables outside the glass on the patio that are probably awesome during the summer. The Mix Lounge is adjacent to the restaurant Mix, which is all white and looks gorgeous.

The Hotel's Mix Lounge rises 69 stories above Las Vegas and offers an amazing view of the strip.

The Hotel - Mix Lounge

The Hotel's Mix Lounge features amazing views of the Las Vegas strip.

The Hotel - View of the Las Vegas strip from Mix Lounge

I was kind of disappointed by the new CityCenter – I had heard that it was supposed to be a mini city that had apartments, a hospital, and a school, but apparently they went bankrupt building it and now it’s just a mall.  However, it is a great mall! Love the sparkly Louis Vuitton…

CityCenter in Las Vegas has an amazing Louis Vuitton store.

Louis Vuitton at CityCenter in Las Vegas

8Nov

10 Most Romantic Spa Getaways

- Hotel Guanahini & Spa
St. Barth’s

Hotel Guanahani & Spa is a luxury spa in St. Barth's

Hotel Guanahani & Spa

This European style Clarins and Frederic Fekkai spa has 11 treatment rooms (each emphasizing a different French technique), steam room and rejuvenation packages. The spa is located on the northeast part of the island, in the middle of a tropical garden.

- CINQ MONDES Spa at the Beau Rivage Palace
Lausanne, Switzerland

CINQ MONDES Spa at the Beau Rivage Palace is a luxury spa in Switzerland.

CINQ MONDES Spa at the Beau Rivage Palace

CINQ MONDES Spa at the Beau Rivage Palace is a luxury resort spa in Switzerland.

CINQ MONDES Spa - Beau Rivage Palace

CINQ MONDES Spa at the Beau Rivage Palace is a luxury resort spa in Switzerland.

CINQ MONDES Spa - Beau Rivage Palace

This Swiss spa overlooking Lake Geneva uses the prestigious Parisian brand CINQ MONDES. There are indoor and outdoor pools with views of the Alps, 8 treatment rooms featuring techniques from Japan, India, North Africa, China and Bali, and a private spa suite with a Japanese bath, private Hammam, and garden.

- Las Ventanas al Paraiso
Los Cabos, Mexico

Las Ventanas al Paraiso Spa is a luxury resort spa in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Las Ventanas al Paraiso Spa

Las Ventanas al Paraiso is one of the first and most luxurious resorts in Los Cabos. Spa treatments performed en suite are very common at this resort. The spa offers a variety of restorative treatments, holistic therapies, healing rituals, organic products, and native remedies from Baja California and Mexico. The Director of Romance is available for couples and honeymooners who want exotic massages and romantic treatments together.

- Oasis Spa at Couples Isle Tower
Jamaica

Couples Tower Isle is a couples only luxury resort spa in Jamaica.

Couples Tower Isle Jamaica

Couples Tower Isle is an all-inclusive, couples only resort on 19 acres of beachfront property. They offer wedding and honeymoon packages, as well as full salon services and spa services that include body wraps and scrubs, massages, facials, and aromatherapy.

- LeSpa at Sofitel
Los Angeles, California

LeSpa at the Sofitel is a luxury hotel spa in  Los Angeles.

LeSpa Sofitel Los Angeles

LeSpa Sofitel Los Angeles

LeSpa Sofitel Los Angeles

LeSpa is a luxury Los Angeles spa that features 5,000 square feet of dark wood and candlelight that create a tranquil ambiance. There are 2 VIP suites, 6 luxury treatment rooms, an outdoor cabana, serenity lounge, individual tea service, and a complimentary foot soak. Try the Touch of Love with your partner and learn techniques from a masseuse and then practice on each other during a 60 or 80 minute session.

- Spa at Mandarin Oriental
New York City, New York

Mandarin Oriental Spa is a luxury hotel spa in New York City.

Mandarin Oriental Spa - Spa Relaxation Room

Mandarin Oriental Spa is a luxury hotel spa in New York City.

Mandarin Oriental Spa - VIP Spa Suite

Mandarin Oriental Spa is a luxury hotel spa in New York City.

Mandarin Oriental Spa - Vitality Pool

The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental is a luxurious New York City spa, perfect for couples. There are 6 treatment rooms with private showers, amethyst crystal steam rooms, a 75-foot naturally lit lap pool, Thai Yoga Suite with deep soaking tub, VIP Spa Suite with fireplace and private steam and shower, Oriental Tea Lounge, and vitality pool. There are separate lockers and showers for men and women.

- The Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel
Barbados

Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel is a luxurious hotel spa in Barbados.

Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados

Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel is a luxury resort spa in Barbados.

Spa at Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados

The  Sandy Lane Hotel is a  luxurious, Old World resort and spa in the Caribbean. The lavish spa is 47,000 square feet and features 14 treatement rooms, a full menu of spa treatments (herbal wraps, hot stone, chakra therapies, Ayurvedi massage, facials, etc.), VIP treatment suite with private landscaped gardens and hydrotherapy pools. The Rhassoul is an Oriental steam bath that begins with an application of Pink Kaolin clay from the neck down. Dry heat is applied first to extract impurities, followed by an herbal steam to soften clay and moisturize skin. Warm cascading water is applied to finish.

- Lanna Spa at Four Seasons Resort
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is a luxury resort spa.

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is a luxury resort spa.

Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

This luxurious resort spa features seven treatment suites offering total privacy for couples, outdoor showers, private herbal steam rooms and outdoor soaking tubs. Two of the suites have tropical rainshower massage tables. The Lann Chang Suite has a sunken bath with views of the mountains, and the Prae Garden Suite has Thai massage style beds next to a fireplace and private pool.

Spa Hayman, Hayman Island Resort
Queensland, Australia

Spa at Hayman Island Resort is a luxury resort spa on Haymand Island, off the coast of Australia.

Spa at Hayman Island Resort Australia

Spa at Hayman Island Resort is a luxury resort spa on Hayman Island off the coast of Australia.

Spa at Hayman Island Resort Australia

The Hayman Island Resort is located on Hayman Island, a private island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is only accessible via boat, sea plane, or helicopter from Hamilton Island. The Spa at the Hayman Island Resort features 13 private treatment rooms, including a romantic couple’s room, hydorotherapy tubs, vichy, sauna, steam rooms, and one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest pools. The Spa has many unique treatments, like the famous Guerlain Methode 90 minute facial, Caviar & Pearl Rejuvenation Facial, Tropical Papaya & Pineapple De-Aging Body Wrap, Balneotherapy, fitness class + massage, and Volcanic Body Wrap.

- Marù Spa at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort
French Polynesia

Maru Spa at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort is a luxury resort spa, and the only treetop spa, in French Polynesia.

Maru Spa at Bora Bora Lagoon Resort

Marù Spa is the only tree top spa in Polynesia, located in one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons, surrounded by waterfalls, white sand beaches, and tropical flora and fauna. Their wooden treatment rooms are located high up in two giant Banyan trees. On the ground floor of the spa guests will find a quartzite bath of coconut milk and fresh local flowers. The spa also offers couples massage rooms and rain showers and several signature treatments.

15Oct

Best Luxury Cruise Ships

Luxury Cruises

Luxury Cruises

There are a variety of cruise ship options out there for every kind of traveler. These particular cruise ships are all luxurious, but some might be more traditional, more modern, resemble a yacht or have different types of activities.

Best Glamour: Silver Wind or Silver Cloud by Silver Sea Cruises 

- These are twin sister ships that provide plenty of on-board activities, delicious gourmet cuisine, open bar, and all inclusive wine!
- Spacious suite-like staterooms, decks of balconied staterooms, elegant decor.

    Best Extravagant Variety: Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity by Crystal

    - Enjoy the company’s “never say no” motto: best service, over-the-top guest rooms, suits and penthouses
    - Floating Caesar’s Palace, Feng Shui Spa, exclusive collection of boutique restaurants, like Prego by Valentino, Nobu Matsuhisu’s Silk Road

    Best Privacy: SeaDream I and SeaDream II by SeaDream Yacht Club

    - 110 passenger yachts that are a little smaller and very private.
    - All inclusive – cocktails, gratuities, watersports and even caviar!
    - Asian influenced spa

    Best Tropical Elegance: Paul Gauguin by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    - 304-passenger ship that sails year-round in French Polynesia
    - Casual elegance, romantic, great for honeymoons

    Best Trendy Atmosphere: Seven Seas Voyager by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    - Boutique hotel vibes, all suites come with butler service
    - Theatrical restaurants

    Best Casual Elegance: Wind Spirit, Wind Star or Wind Surf by Windstar

    - Sporty, preppy crowd
    - Travel to exotic destinations without sacrificing comfort or style

    Best Traditional Luxury: Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit and Seabourn Legend by Seabourn

    - 204 passenger luxury liners
    - Flawless service, delicious gourmet cuisine, complimentary wine
    - Farewell beach party with caviar and champagne!

    14Oct

    Top 10 Romantic Getaways

    Ten of the best places to have a romantic getaway:

    1. New York City, NY. A classic romantic vacation destination. Try staying at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo. This 86-room hotel will make you feel at home with its unique interior design style. Each guest room and suite looks like a luxurious bedroom.

    Romantic Getaways at the Crosby Street Hotel, NYC

    Romantic Getaways - Crosby Street Hotel, NYC

    Enjoy one of the many romantic activities New York City has to offer, like walking by the lighted fountains at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, having dinner in Central Park followed by a carriage ride, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, going to the Roof Gardens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or going to the top of the Empire State Building .

    2. Paris, France. Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world. Try staying at the Four Seasons George V, just steps from the Champs-Elysees, where you can enjoy a private dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower from your guest room or suite terrace.

    Four Seasons George V is perfect for romantic getaways

    Romantic Getaways - Four Seasons George V

    A great couples activity to do in Paris is to take cooking classes at Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse from top French chefs, such as Romain Corbiere, the former Executive Chef of Ducasse’s le Relais du Parc. Classes consist of going to the farmer’s market to pick out the best ingredients, and then heading back to get a hands-on lesson on how to prepare it.

    3. Beaver Creek, Colorado. Beaver Creek is one of the world’s premier ski destinations. Try apres-ski for two at Zach’s Cabin, accessible only by a private sleigh ride, or Ritz Carlton’s Spago by Wolfgang Puck. During the summer months, take a hot air balloon ride over the Rockies and drink champagne as you take in the beautiful views! Stay at the Ritz Carlton Residence Club in Beaver Creek, where you can rent a luxury condo and have all the benefits of the hotel, such as maid service, room service, and concierge.

    The Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Colorado is perfect for romantic getaways/

    Romantic Getaways - Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Colorado

    4. Venice, Italy. Eat amazing Italian food, take romantic gondola rides, and enjoy the history of one of the oldest cities in the world. The Palazzina Grassi is a 22-room boutique hotel located on the Canal Grand, just steps away from Campo Santo Stefano. This artsy hotel has a modernist glass collection in a sparkling space designed by Phillipe Starck.

    Romantic Getaways at the Palazzina Grassi

    Romantic Getaways - Palazzina Grassi

    5. St. Moritz, Switzerland. While staying at the Diavolezza, the best of the five St. Mortiz ski areas, a tram will drop you at the 10,000 foot summit at night to go moonlight skiing. Ski down the mountain in the blue moonlight and take in views of the glacial Bernina Range. Then, take the ski lift back to the top for dinner at Berghaus Diavolezza Restaurant. Enjoy classic Swiss cuisine such as Bundnerfleisch, Rosti potatoes, and cheese fondue.

    Romantic Getaways in St. Mortiz, Switzerland

    Romantic Getaways - St. Mortiz, Switzerland

    6. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stay at the Algodon Mansion overlooking the Recoleta neighborhood. This hotel only has 10 beautiful suites, so you’re sure to receive amazing service. Each suite has limestone and marble bathrooms, ebony floors, and views of the hotel’s central atrium and two story waterfall. You can have delicious dinners, walk through the city, and arrange for a romantic sunset tango lesson for two through the hotel. The rooftop pool features tea decks and lounge chairs, and hosts chic cocktail pool parties in the evenings.

    Romantic Getaways - Buenos Aires, Argentena at the Algodon Mansion

    Romantic Getaways - Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Algodon Mansion

    7. Bali, Indonesia. Enjoy a private villa at Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay. Villas include separate sleeping, bathing and living pavilions as well as a plunge pool. On Tuesday and Saturday nights, the Four Seasons has a Beds on Beach night, where they lay out 20 silk canopied beds and candles along the beach. They play jazz music and serve Asian tapas and cocktails while you watch the sunset across the Indian Ocean.

    Romantic Getaways at the Four Seasons Resort Bali Jimbaran Bay

    Romantic Getaways - Four Seasons Resort Bali - Jimbaran Bay

    8. Cook Islands. The Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa is the only resort on the Cooks Islands, located on its own island and one of the prettiest lagoons. Enjoy some serious R&R and lay on the beach, take naps in a hammock, enjoy the spa, or go snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and motu walking.

    Romantic Getaways at the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa

    Romantic Getaways - Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa

    9. Zanzibar, Tanzania. The Kilindi resort in Tanzania is a picturesque assortment of pavilions, “cascading rain-water pools, lush tropical gardens and domed private spaces of rest, indulgence and well-being” along the coast of Northern Zanzibar. Kilindi is a sustainable resort that uses solar power and has its own state-of-the-art water treatment plant. Enjoy the spa, where East African therapists use traditional techniques that incorporate herbs, oil and honey. Kilindi is definitely a place to get away from it all and relax with your significant other.

    Romantic Getaways at the Kilindi Resort in Tanzania

    Romantic Getaways - Kilindi Resort in Tanzania

    10. Bogota, Colombia. The Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia is a 102-room luxury hotel located in the Zona Rosa district, near the art galleries. Visit La Candelaria, a historic district with a romantic, bohemian vibe. There are many cafes, art galleries, and restaurants there, such as the Fernando Botero Museum and El Museo del Oro, home to a 6,500 piece collection of pre-Columbian gold coins and other art.

    Romantic Getaways in Bogota

    Romantic Getaways - Bogota

    Zona T is a pedestrian street where you can sit at cafes, drink wine, and people watch. Try Pravda, where they have excellent martinis, or Juan Valdez, for some of the best coffee in the world. For Sunday lunch, go to Andres Carne de Res, just outside of the city. They have great food and a special transportation service to accommodate patrons. On Friday nights you can go there to have drinks and party.

    Recommended romantic restaurants are Astrid y Gaston, Harry’s Bar, Club Columbia, Nasce, and Watakushi.

    15Sep

    Travel Europe: Amalfi Coast

    The Amalfi Coast is on the Southern coast of Italy and is known for its scenic beauty and picturesque villages. Visit if you love the sun, want go to fabulous parties in Positano, or explore the hilltop gardens of Ravello. Amalfi Drive is a scenic stretch that runs along the cliff, stretching from the Bay of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno.

    The Amalfi Coast has a long history of luxury. It was originally developed by Roman aristocracy, who built luxury villas there, leading to the refined development of Amalfi’s neighboring villages.

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Campania

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Campania

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy

    There are many hotels perched on the cliffs, overlooking the harbor. The Palazzo Sasso is a 5-star hotel in Ravello that overlooks the Mediterranean and the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages.

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso

    Travel Europe - Amalfi Coast, Italy - Palazzo Sasso