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.

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.