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. 

Haute Cocktails at The Hyatt Regency in Nice!

When in the South of France, you must have a fashionable cocktail. There's no better place than the Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Mediterranee to experience a custom-made cocktail.

On my recent visit, I decided to have a tranquil moment on the terrace to soak up the sun with a lovely specialty drink in hand.

The mixologist at the Hyatt Regency in Nice has created three cocktails that you must try when you spend your holiday on the French Riviera. It's like dessert in a glass!

Tomorrow, I'll reveal the names of the three cocktails... stay tuned! 

Rainy Day in Paris

What happens when you're strolling through Paris in the rain? A photographer comes along and takes your picture. There's something about the City of Light, even in the rain, it's amazing! 

The Creme de la Mer Facial Exclusively at The Park Hyatt Paris

My luxury spa day began at Le Spa tucked inside the exclusive Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome Hotel. I was invited to try the exclusive Crème de la Mer Facial. The two super brands have partnered to offer guests an indulgent but refreshing escape.

Inspired by the healing powers of the sea, Crème de la Mer offers products designed to heal, nurture and transform the skin. My facial included more than half dozen products from the line, including a hydrating moisturizer.

After cleansing, steaming, and hydrating during the 75 minute treatment, my skin became softer and more radiant. The regenerating powers of Crème de la Mer were clearly at work and my skin benefited tremendously.

The signature facial at The Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is worthy of the splurge, after all, you’re in Paris. It’s definitely Haute Travels approved.