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


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 […]

Four Seasons Weekend Getaway Contest

Four Seasons

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past year and a half at the Four Seasons’ newly opened flag ship in Toronto. I toured it while still under construction for my Travel Channel show, Hot Spots 2012, and then I was lucky enough to be a guest earlier this year. It’s truly an exceptional […]

Fall Specials at Georgia’s Reynolds Plantation

Ritz-Carlton Lodge at night2

Unique campfire inspired spa treatments. Leaves turning vibrant red, yellow and orange. Pumpkins and unlimited ice skating. That pretty much sums up fall at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee, Georgia. Just 75 miles from Atlanta, Lake Oconee embodies tranquility with Georgia pines towering overhead. This luxury resort provides guests with everything they’d […]

W Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico – A Destination In Itself


W Retreat & Spa- Vieques Island opened its doors on March 25, 2010 as the first W Retreat & Spa in North America with 30 acres of beachfront property. It is the second W Retreat & Spa after the successful opening of another one in the Maldives in 2006. Other recent new W Retreats include […]