Thursday, May 25, 2017

Haute Spot: The Park Hyatt Milan

Stay tuned! I will tell you all about my stay at the Park Hyatt Milano! It's amazing! Here's a look inside my Junior Suite.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Haute Water Villa in the Maldives

On a recent trip to the Maldives, I stayed at the amazing Shangri La Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives. It was beautiful and everything that I could have imagined it would be. 

The elite private villas are so dreamy. I prefer the water villas, perhaps because I love the energy of the sea, but the treehouse villa and the beach villa are also lovely. It's really about your individual taste and comfort.

So here's a look inside my luxurious home away from home... I had to treat myself to paradise!

My Haute Dream Trip to the Maldives

In my dreams, I’m relaxing in my private water villa over the Indian Ocean. The sun is shining, my skin is glowing and life is good. The waves are crashing against the shores of the white sand beach in the distance. It’s intoxicating to say the least. Suddenly, I wake up and the dream has manifested. I am relaxing on the deck of my beautiful villa over the Indian Ocean, sipping green tea and thanking God for my blessings. I’m surrounded by peace and clarity putting everything into perspective.

I finally made it to the other side of the world. The beautiful coral reef islands that make up the Maldives could be seen from the air as my Maldivian Airlines flight made its way from Male across the equator to Gan followed by a speed boat to the luxurious Shangri La Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives.

Every morning, I was greeted by the breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean’s aquamarine water with rippling waves moving around my bungalow. I could literally feel the energy of this sacred space bringing me to a state of bliss. The locals believe the crystal-clear water has healing properties.

An afternoon on the white sand beach with sun-kissed skin was part of my daily routine unless a light rain shower moved in. 

While the breakfast buffet satisfied me throughout the day, I was rarely hungry during the afternoon, opting instead for an early dinner.   I literally had brunch every day.

Dinner at one of four restaurants nightly allowed me to sample cuisine from many different places.  One of my friends loved the Indian food at Dr. Ali’s. It was clearly an epicurean adventure from the Indian Ocean, South China Sea to the Arabian Gulf. My favorite meal of the day was always breakfast. The buffet was amazing! I especially loved the garlic meatballs.

Each evening an intimate spa bath or shower under the moonlight made everything alright. A glass of Champagne before turning in allows for celebration every step of the way. When I fell asleep, I know that when I woke up, I got to do this all over again.

Being in the Maldives was truly a dream come true.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Haute Travels Travel Tips!

The New Year is underway and there is no time like to the present to plan a getaway. When it comes to where to go and what to do, there are many options. But before you get to your destination of choice, there are a few things to keep in mind that may impact your wallet.

Here are 3 things to know about 2017 travel:

-Airfare is going down but keep in mind that some airlines like United are adding fees for things like the overhead compartment.

-Skipping hotels for Airbnb is an option for many because of the price point. But if you want to get more for your money in the long run consider hotel membership programs… hotels and resorts offer member benefits such as lower rates, free WIFI, free upgrades, and free nights, etc.

-The US dollar is finally making a comeback and there’s no better time to visit places like Europe than now. There are also a host of other places where you will get more for your money.

If there is a destination that you’ve been dreaming about, then put it on your travel manifestation board and pick a date! Start planning now for the year and make it happen! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Haute Spot: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

If you’re looking for poolside chic and luxury living, then look no further than The Four Seasons Los
Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Royal families from the Middle East, screenwriters, actors, and CEOs call this 5-star property home this time of year… and so does this Haute Travels girl.  This glamourous oasis sits in the heart of Beverly Hills offering stunning views of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

A day in my life at The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills starts with meditation on the balcony overlooking the pool and palm trees with a cup of herbal tea. Once my day gets underway, I head downstairs to the house car for a girlfriend meetup at one my favorite breakfast spots like at Joan’s on Third. 

The rest of my day is spent shopping on Rodeo Drive, The Grove and Melrose with lunch at Urth Caffe. When the driver picks me up and takes me back to the hotel, it's time for a spa pedicure and a glass of Champagne. Life is good!

When it’s time to unwind, it’s always by the pool.  One of my lounge chair neighbors and I had a lively discussion about her new business venture with former Jimmy Choo CEO Tamara Mellon. Their new luxury shoe company is going to be haute! I can’t wait for the launch party!

On other days, I had a chat about screenwriting from a six-time filmmaker who has a famous actor as his writing partner. He advised me to just write a page a day and in 60 days, my dream will be on paper. He’s right!

Dinner at Culina’s with an old friend was amazing! The service is exceptional and the vibe is nothing short of a scene out of a Hollywood movie. The food is outstanding; I even loved the vegan ice cream.

When it’s time to relax for the evening, the spa bath in my beautiful room was always calling my name. The Four Seasons Los Angeles in Beverly Hills is my new summer home away from home. There’s simply no other place to be.