Swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida

A manatee photo bomb in Crystal River!

A tiny town on the Gulf coast of Florida is the only U.S. destination where you can legally swim with manatees in the wild. That is why I was at the Plantation on Crystal River dressed only in a wetsuit before dawn on the coldest day of the year in Florida, when ice crystals were actually starting to […]

Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]

Iberia Airlines’ New Business Plus Cabin

Iberia Business Plus Seat

Iberia Airlines recently debuted a redesigned Business Class on their new Airbus A330 aircraft. Known as Business Plus, the rehabbed cabins offer more amenities on long haul flights to Spain. Rollout of Business Plus has been staggered since its introduction in Spring 2013. On a recent trip to Madrid, I had the opportunity to experience […]

Healthy Retreat: Canyon Ranch Miami Beach

Tuna wraps served poolside

In the midst of excessive partying and glittering displays of beautiful people parading around Miami Beach, Florida, the Canyon Ranch Hotel and Spa is a bit of an enigma. At this resort, you won’t find a dance club pulsing ’til the wee hours of the night, a raucous bar full of drunk twenty-somethings, or cabana boys […]