A look inside the luxurious Meliá Braco Village, an exclusive all-inclusive island resort located off the coast of Jamaica. Continue Reading →
At seven am the phone rings lifting me out of a food-induced sleep. Day five of my luxury getaway on the Mayan Riviera is dawning and I am beyond irritated to receive an early morning phone call during my fancy-lady escape from reality. My opulent room comes into focus through my one opened eye. Face glued to the pillow, I reach for the phone, clear my throat and prepare to mutter, “No,” and hang up. Continue Reading →
When you’re looking for a luxurious and affordable stay in Hogtown, the Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto has you covered. A member of the of the Langhorn hotel group, this place is at once the largest hotel in Canada and the only Chelsea in the country. Continue Reading →
A look inside the famed Hughson Hall, a former Hollywood filming location turned luxury B&B in Stratford, Ontario. Continue Reading →
A look inside The Ivy at Verity, an incredible European-inspired boutique hotel in Toronto that also houses an award-winning hotel and luxurious spa. Continue Reading →
Beyond the rushing falls and flashing casinos lay Ontario’s only 56-kilometer outdoor adventure museum. A collection of parks, gardens, cycling and hiking trails; Niagara Parks is changing the way visitors experience the historic and picturesque region.
With its gorgeous scenery, top notch eats, outdoor adventures, and of course natural wonders, Niagara is the perfect getaway for active travellers. This trip turned from wine sipping and wax museums to unexplored wonders all skipped on my 8th grade class trip. Continue Reading →
Tequila tastings, white sand, a full-service spa, sublime sunsets, and…(wait for it) child-free! One writer escapes with her squad to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun in Mexico. Relaxation and shenanigans ensue! Continue Reading →
Looking for a place to collapse after wandering the French Quarter all day? Hotel Mazarin in New Orleans is the right blend of southern hospitality and spoiled rottenness. Continue Reading →
Profiling extraordinary hotels around the world. A look inside the private villas at Windjammer Landing Resort, St. Lucia. Continue Reading →
It’s 6am and I suddenly wake up to the wind blowing lightly on my face. Then I hear the ocean waves lapping against the shore and I start smiling. I am not sure if it’s a dream or it’s really happening because it is just that awesome. I look to my left and see my son Noah sleeping soundly wrapped in a white comforter in the big cozy bed next to mine. I sleepily look to my right and immediately freeze.
It’s definitely real! I am in paradise, otherwise known as the Melia Nassau Beach. Continue Reading →
On the island of Rhodes, Greece sits a luxurious boutique hotel. It rests beautifully beneath the ancient Byzantine temple Athena (circa 10th century BC) overlooking the Aegean Sea. Melenos is a collection of exclusive suites and villas where guests can experience serene sophistication lovingly conceptualized and meticulously curated by owner and collector Michalis Melenos. A collector of art and ancient artifacts, Michalis built Melenos to so guests from around the world could enjoy his pieces discovered during his many journeys of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Continue Reading →
In the heart of the Sonoran Desert is an expansive Spanish colonial oasis, just outside of McDowell Mountain Regional Parktucked in North Scottsdale.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, one of only four AAA 5-diamond hotels in Arizona, lives up to its name in every way: I felt a bit like royalty in my Deluxe King room with one of the best views in the hotel. Continue Reading →
As a long time traveller to far-flung places, I’ve had few occasions to stay in a proper bed-and-breakfast. Tents, cabins and the homes of welcoming locals are all forms of shelter used by those of us who wander the lonely edges of the world. Traditional B&B’s, especially those of the Little House on the Prairie variety, seldom materialize on such journeys.
But on a recent foray into the overgrown fringes of Quebec’s Eastern townships, I stumbled upon one. And it was hard to avert my gaze from Au Vaillantbourg B&B. Continue Reading →
In a past life, the ritzy Conrad New York City was once a budget hotel.
It’s certainly hard to tell today. In 2012, this luxurious Lower Manhattan Hilton hotel was renovated into contemporary glass building with 463 sleek and chic suites. Stepping inside, it feels downright sexy and stylish. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a striking lobby atrium that soars 16-storeys high and glows luminescent blue and purple. Talk about dramatic entrances. Continue Reading →
When picturing a historic hotel, most people don’t envision a 55-storey modern skyscraper.
But that’s exactly what New York City’s Millenium Hilton Hotel is – historic. Continue Reading →
Quick, what’s your best memory of Montreal? Come on, we all have one. Whether it’s the joy of the Just for Laughs Festival, the thrush of Osheaga or the fantasy of Bal en Blanc, Montreal is home to many of our favourite memories. But between bouts of dancing and smoked meat sandwiches, you’ll need a place to stay. Continue Reading →
Most newlyweds say the best part of their wedding was the honeymoon. After the chaos of hosting a nuptial extravaganza, couples are ready to flee from expectations, drunken speeches and bad dancing. After my own wedding one year ago, my husband and I basked in newly wedded bliss in a very special way: living in … Continue Reading →
Any city dweller knows that too much time spent in an ultra urban setting can drive you a bit mad. Even the most hardcore city-mice have to escape the concrete jungle once in a while. A nearby destination that offers access to nature, fine dining, beautiful grounds and spa services is just what us city … Continue Reading →
With warm weather on the horizon, many Canadians have already booked a big fat summer vacation — they may even be rubbing it in your face. But if you haven’t booked some time away because of expensive plane rides or a lack vacation time, you’re not out of the game just yet. Get ready to … Continue Reading →