Travel Contests: Week of July 2, 2014

Granite Gear

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Cross-Trek 22” Wheeled Carry-On Duffel from Granite Gear! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win two tickets to Berlin in the “Fall of the Wall” giveaway Win a customizable trip for two to Brazil plus a $1,000 Shop Latitude Shopping Spree Win a trip to Norway and other Norway prizes from Visit Norway (on […]

5 ways to get hot and chill down at The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona

After chilling in my tipi

“Ummm, are those desert boars a part of our villa?” I half-heartedly joked with the transportation gentlemen as he pulled up to our Pueblo Villa at the The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Carefree, Arizona. Five allegedly friendly wild Havalinas were our official welcoming committee to the Sonoran Desert. I leaned back in the passenger […]

A Massage I Will Never Forget — Club Med Opio in France

Club Med Opio spa receptionists

In 2007 I was invited to Club Med Opio, which is 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Nice airport, high in the hills above Cannes, in a truly delightful corner of Provence. I quickly learned one of the most popular places is the spa, complete with a mosaic-tiled Hammam steam bath and sauna. Like most spas, this one offers a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Spa in Budapest

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest Spa June 2013 -001

When I arrived in Budapest, I was worried I might have contracted malaria because I had just come in from Africa and had developed a fever. I wasn’t even staying at the Four Seasons but a couple of friends, (Stacy Small and Laura Fairweather) informed the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace to contact me to […]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Montage Beverly Hills

Montage Beverly Hills

My wife Natalie was in LA this past week and since she was on assignment for Style at Home and for her blog OhTravelissima.com, I got to tag along with her while she lived the good life at the Montage Beverly Hills. The hotel was so incredible and if you haven’t been, you should consider […]

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Hotel Monaco San Francisco

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1. Stylish, Hip, Gorgeous Decor The Hotel Monaco has been recently renovated thanks to the inspiration of the Founder Bill Kimpton. This luxurious boutique hotel is one of my favorite places to stay. The four star hotel has a whimsical and bold design which is evident throughout the building straight to your bedroom. The rooms have […]