Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Unbound Collection by Hyatt

Hyatt has introduced it's new selection of luxury hotels, known as the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. Providing venues with unique qualities including historic value, exclusive locations, architecture and award-winning dining, currently there are only 4 hotels meeting their upscale Unbound standards. Let's take a look!

The Driskill, Austin, TX
Historic 1886 hotel with luxe rooms & dining - Google

Hotel du Louvre, Paris
A 5-star hotel located in central Paris, near the Louvre, and ideal for both business and leisure travellers. - Hyatt

Carmelo Resort & Spa, Uruguay
Rustic-chic lodging with refined dining - Google

Coco Palms, Kauai (set to re-open spring 2018)
Visited by numerous movie stars and also the scene of Elvis Presley's film Blue Hawaii. The resort has been closed since being hit by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It is scheduled to be restored and reopened as a Hyatt resort in 2017 - Wikipedia

For more information or to make your reservation, visit Unbound Collection by Hyatt.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

L’Horizon, Palm Springs, California

L’Horizon in Palm Springs, California, is a 1950s midcentury modern hotel that recently made Travel+Leisure's It List 2016: The Best New Hotels on the Planet. Once a celebrity hang-out for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Ronald Reagan, L'Horizon was designed by renowned architect, William F. Cody.

A former private residence with 20 guesthouses, what's old is new again at L'Horizon thanks to chic updates to the luxury 3-acre property by notable designer-to-the-stars, Steve Hermann - think glass walls, copper-decorated fireplaces, outdoor showers and picture-perfect mountain views.

Amenities at the stylish retro L'Horizon include a bar, an upscale alfresco restaurant, a full-service spa and an outdoor pool. Per night rates start at around USD $600.

While you're in Palm Springs, be sure to check out top-rated things to do such as hiking through Indian Canyons, taking in a ride and the epic views from Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, shopping along trendy Palm Canyon Drive, as well as golfing at any of the area's premier courses, or the sights and sounds at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, held annually each April.

For more information or to make your reservation, visit L'Horizon Palm Springs.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cruising in 2016

As you've heard me say before, my favorite vacation is going on a cruise. Why? For the value, variety of destinations, fun and endless pampering - a cruise can't be beat! 

I love cruising so much so that I became an Accredited Cruise Counsellor with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Let's take a look at some of the interesting cruise industry statistics CLIA has offered:

(Make your own infographic by visiting www.easel.ly)

What makes cruising today's best vacation value?

Let's look at what's included in a cruise:
  • your stateroom or cabin in a floating hotel which visits different destinations
  • all-you-can-eat dining in the buffet and main dining rooms
  • beverages such as basic coffee, tea and juices
  • entertainment including broadway-type shows and comedians
  • use of the fitness enter, swimming pools, mini golf, basketball
  • supervised children's programs & activities on many ships
The biggest thing that sets cruising apart for me is the level of pampering on board the ship, and the fact that you're not stuck in one destination for an entire vacation. Isn't traveling about exploring the world? So why not cruise and visit different countries along the way? You just may find that one (or two!) countries you want to go back and visit longer. Think of a cruise as a sampler vacation!

I think it's time you join the estimated 24 million cruisers this year, don't you??! ;)

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: SwaggerTags

Add a little swagger to your luggage with SwaggerTag!

Review: SwaggerTags

Recently, I had the chance to check out award-winning SwaggerTag luggage tags, which were featured on CNN as one of the Summer's Hottest Travel Gadgets!

I love the personalization aspect of these fashionable luggage tags. It's fun to check out their selection of free SwaggerTag window art in their online library. 

I also loved the that fact that while my personal information was readily accessible, it wasn't readily visible to anyone passing by. 

This provided me with a feeling of security over the average luggage tag which displays your information for the world to see - not very comforting when you're a female traveling alone :(

SwaggerTags have a thick, pliable strap that's durably made to last - and they're impact, weather and water resistant! As a mom, I'm happy to report SwaggerTags are made with food-grade materials and are BPA-free, as well as featuring environmentally friendly packaging.

Based in Canada, brightly-colored SwaggerTags are affordable at only CAD $5.99 and are listed on Amazon in U.S. dollars for any U.S.-based customers. They're also available in money saving 3- and 6-packs (US $14.99 & 24.99). 

Attach SwaggerTags to your luggage, sports gear bags (hockey, ski, soccer, golf and more!), backpacks, or whatever you need to safeguard and easily identify. SwaggerTags would be perfect for a group traveling together, for corporate give-aways, or as custom branding for your small business.

My SwaggerTags have successfully traveled cross-country, then on to Mexico, and survived a hockey tournament with bags being thrown haphazardly about in a team bus. And they're still securely attached and ready to go for my next trip.

While they're definitely not just for kids, I can see SwaggerTags being a great hit at a birthday party as each child could personalize a tag for their school bag. 

SwaggerTags would also make a great gift! I highly recommend these eye-catching, easy-to-use luggage tags.

For more information, check them out at SwaggerTags

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