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St. Barths’: France, with sand and palm trees

Ah… St. Barth’s. It’s France transplanted to the Caribbean: long white beaches and impossibly blue waters…croissants, cheeses, and fabulous wine…infinity pools at villas high in the hills and elegant oceanfront hotel rooms…gourmet meals with your feet in the sand…fashion shows and handsome waiters with French accents… Je suis enchante! Here is my rep...

10 reasons why I love Costa Rica for families

1.  Nature!  Costa Rica has a very rich offering of biodiversity with several national parks featuring native and unique creatures and habitats such as beaches, jungles and cloud forests.  One of our favorite experiences was a night walk with lots of very loud frogs.  Our guide could “converse” with one of them!   2.  Ease […]

Punta Islita in Costa Rica

Set on a lush hillside canyon in a remote oceanfront location, with much of the surrounding land a part of the property, Punta Islita is an opportunity to experience a more authentic version of Costa Rica, but still enjoy luxury accommodations, gourmet fresh, local cuisine, stunning views, a beautiful spa, and several on-property or nearby […]

Turks & Caicos Islands

Beach, spa and watersports lovers:  these islands are for you!  I recently traveled to the Turks & Caicos archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, just south of the Bahamas and on the edge of the Caribbean, to see for myself the incredibly blue water and long, white sand beaches, indulgent spas, and secluded getaways frequented by […]

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

I adored this small, casually elegant resort on the south shore of Antigua on its own beautiful u-shaped bay primarily frequented by UK guests with a growing American fan base.  Its greatest asset is that it is smack-dab on the beach.  You step out of the main open-air restaurant pavilion right onto the sand, and the […]

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Disney has done a wonderful job of creating a resort designed to reflect authentic Hawaiian culture and history, minimizing the more generic “polynesian” theme that can pervade the islands.  The lobby is stunning and features a beautiful mural depicting the history of the state.  The rooms here are pricey, but quite nice.  All food and […]

The Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach

This 1927 flagship Honolulu hotel on Waikiki Beach, lovingly called the Pink Palace of the Pacific, is very elegant and tranquil and attracts an international crowd.  The hotel closed in 2008 for a complete renovation, and reopened in 2009 as a member of The Luxury Collection under the Starwood brand.  In 2010, an extensive renovation of […]