Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Haute Mexican Escape

There’s nothing better than a haute escape to the tropical paradise of the Mexican Caribbean. When planning your cares behind and check into the luxurious Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort located in the exclusive area of Playa del Carmen. It’s paradise at its best.

The resort offers 539 designer-like suites in three distinct areas, Grand Class, Zen Jungle and Ambassador. But, it’s the adults only Grand Class suites that are exceptional for this writer offering a roomy sleep/living area, dreamy spa bath and private terrace with a plunge pool set against the backdrop of a spectacular ocean view. It’s a perfect place to leave the hustle and bustle of city life far behind. 

Exclusive services such as a dedicated personal concierge remain at your disposal during your stay. All the comforts of home and a few extras are there for you to enjoy such as complimentary Wi-Fi and a fully stocked minibar with wine, snacks and the finest Tequila around. 

When you venture out of your suite, the powdery white sand beach and cozy oceanfront cabanas sitting near the shoreline of beautiful azure water will start to call your name. A friendly beach attendant will make sure that you’re cozy and comfortable with a tropical drink in hand to toast living your dream life. Waves crashing against the shore will lull you into a state of bliss turning days into weeks in the blink of an eye.

When you want to find your center and indulge in a bit of pampering then head over to the Grand Velas Riviera Maya Spa. The 40-room spa offers holistic body treatments, rejuvenating facials and hydrotherapy surrounded by the natural beauty of the Yucatan jungle. When your spa journey is complete, you’ll emerge feeling completely relaxed, renewed and restored.

If you’re interested in adventure, try an Eco-Park tour, explore must-see Mayan ruins or head to the beach for water sports to add a little more fun to your getaway. But if you prefer to hit a few balls, a nearby golf course will inspire you to improve your swing.

The resort also features six gourmet restaurants, in addition to other delicious favorites like the Bistro offering French-inspired dishes with an assorted selection of international wines. When it comes to Mexican food with a modern twist then look no further than Frida celebrating the legacy of painter Frida Kahlo.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya offers an amazing escape for those who want to unwind and detox from the digital world that consumes us. Once you pass through the gates, you’ll discover fabulous accommodations and great amenities with beautiful ocean views and lots of fun in the sun. There’s nothing like a tropical vacation in the middle of winter to warm you up.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Allure of Cannes

The glitz and glam that makes Cannes a hot spot for wealthy jetsetters and movie stars makes it the perfect place to unwind for the luxury traveler. The small French resort town along the Cote d'Azur is best known for its annual Festival De Cannes. But the spotlight also shines on some of Cannes most iconic hotels, however, there is none quite like the exclusive Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez. It is a crown jewel that sits along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette exuding sophistication and star power.

The Martinez has 409 guestrooms and 27 suites. It's also home to one of the largest penthouse suites in Europe attracting luxury watch and jewelry house Chopard during the film festival. The hotel also has the largest private beach on the Croisette and the areas only two star Michelin Restaurant, the Palme d' Or with a view overlooking the Bay of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea.

When I checked into this magnificent hotel, I quickly discovered why celebrities like Eva Longoria love it. Hollywood starlets frequently request the art deco-inspired deluxe sea view rooms with fashionable furnishings, beautiful art, marble bath and balcony that greets the sea. There's something magical about waking up in a place that's timeless and elegant.

While in Cannes, there are many leisurely things to do such as lounge poolside with Champagne in hand or stroll the boulevard where famous designer boutiques such as Chanel, Hermes and Fendi inspire a shopping spree like no other place in the world. But your day doesn't have to end there, spending time at sea on a luxury yacht or driving along the coast in a Bentley provides the ultimate rendezvous with  your wildest dream.

Jetsetters know it's not only where you stay but also where you dine on the French Riviera. The Martinez's Le Relais Restaurant offers an amazing Sunday Brunch in a relaxed setting with starters like Oysters on the half shell, followed by short ribs, dessert and cheese plates. The restaurant also offers an impressive wine selection.

When in Cannes, it doesn't matter who you are but how you shine amongst the stars. A trip to this "haute" resort town is your gateway to the most iconic holiday that you could have ever imagined. There's never a dull moment in Cannes, it's always a great idea.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Le Bar 8 at the Mandarin Oriental Paris is Haute!

Le Bar 8 at the Mandarin Oriental in Paris is haute. I met one of my super cool friends for a glass of Champagne and gourmet tapas on the outdoor patio. The soft music, great service and girl talk made this evening in Paris one to remember.

The atmosphere is intimate, exclusive and tres chic! The bar is designed with a little dramatic lighting Lalique crystals inside the wall and an incredible marble bar that literally takes your breath away. It's stunning! 

Soft music in the background and great conversation is what Paris nights are made of for the grown and sophisticated crowd. It's now one of my new favorite haute spots in Paris!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Art Basel in Miami is HAUTE!

This year, I finally made it to Miami for Art Basel. The international art show brings art lovers, galleries and collectors from all over the world including Asia, Africa and Latin America to the USA.

My friends at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami invited me to an invitation-only VIP reception for the distinguished Artist Antonio Dominguez de Haro. The new canvases, inspired by the sea and the artist's scuba diving adventures, were beautiful; the exhibit of 17 underwater paintings was absolutely amazing.

Throughout the evening, glasses of wine were flowing as well as Hors d' oeuvres, including my favorite, the mini lobster rolls. 

The crowd included a mix of Miami socialites, celebrities, businessmen and women. The next Art Basel takes place in Hong Kong in March.