As self-imposed exiles go, this one is exquisite, sexy, opulent and indulgent.My wife, Kerry, and I are holed up in one of the new, sumptuous over-the-water bungalow at Sandals South Coast Resort in Jamaica, and, we don't want to leave. So, we don't. We sequester ourselves in a four-day cocoon of over-water coupledom to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
It will become my wife, Kerry, and I's mantra during a long weekend of self-regulated revelry in West Hollywood. For every drink sipped at the rooftop pool of The London West Hollywood Hotel there will be an hour of cycling in Beverly Hills spying the mansions of the rich and famous. The morning after a wine-paired dinner at Lucques on Melrose Avenue, an hour at the trendy urban sweat lodge is de rigueur. Another dinner at Sunset Boulevard hotspot Tesse requires next-morning jogging in the Hollywood Hills. Yet, the indulgence of playing with The London's real-life bulldog mascot, Winston, requires no repentance at all. He's just so cute and cuddly.
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For the record, Switzerland does not have a royal family and is actually as close as you get to a direct democracy in this day and age. But these are just details. If there was a Swiss royal family, I imagine they would live in a modern castle like The Dolder Grand, with Warhol and Dalí paintings hanging casually on the wall.
The "wonderfood" of the future? Are you a food lover? Mexico City is famous for its tasty food, history, color, and crowds.
“Huerto Roma Verde” in the heart of México City, in Colonia Roma Sur, hosts “El Bonito Tianguis”. A highlight of the fast-growing annual event is “Insect Feast Festival 2018” each June to enlighten people about pre-Hispanic food through entomophagy gastronomy or insect-eating.
Sometime between being shot out of the waterslide like a cannon ball and jumping off the top deck into shimmering Shuswap Lake, we declare houseboating our new favourite way to vacation.
But, of course, there will also be simple lounging in the sunshine, awe-inspiring vistas around every bend, soaking in the top-deck hot tub, barbecuing on the front deck, outdoor showers on the back deck, wine at twilight and sleeping like a baby as the water gentle laps against the boat.
Mangoes are beloved in Nevis, but nobody buys them. They don't have to. Nearly ever Nevisian has a mango tree or three in their backyard and even if you don't have one, in the summer it literally rains mangoes and people can't give them away fast enough. There are officially 44 different kinds of mangoes in Nevis; the Amory Polly, Julie and Long mangoes are just a few of the most prized. Known throughout the Caribbean as St. Kitts' smaller, more luxurious sister island, Nevis has the laid-back luxury you'll crave after tiring of the ritz and glamour of St. Barts. Here you can chase monkeys barefoot or sit by the pool sipping an iced almond milk latte. Just one road circles the whole island, an easy 45-minute drive to circumnavigate.
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is a new adults-only, all-inclusive hotel with 374 guest rooms and suites that range from 760 to 1,400, sq. ft. Each room features an ocean view. Distinction beyond its dining, spa, and recreational essentials expect personal butler service, nightly aromatherapy menus, a pillow menu, CHI blow dryers and flatirons and BVLGARI personal grooming products, Apple TV and Lavazza coffee makers.
Admittedly, I’ve never heard of Lo-Wei, a unique exercise class that combines yoga, strength training and flexibility that stretched my body in ways my mind never thought possible. But it is only one of almost three dozen fitness classes, all part of the dawn-to-dusk workout, weight loss and education focus of the one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa in East Stroudsburg, PA where my friend Kathy and I spent three nights recently.
The Surgeons' Hall Museums in Edinburgh is one of the oldest museums in Scotland. Lots of history to be found here: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505. The collection of medical oddities and surgical equipment began in 1699.
Minneapolis, Minnesota has some of the best cycling trails in the United States. And this isn't according to Minneapolis Cycling Magazine. (If such a magazine existed in reality.) I spent Memorial Day Weekend - exploring all there is to be had about the Twin Cities bike trails. I went north. I went south. I went to the outskirts of the western suburbs and did a few laps around Carver Park. Minneapolis has 83 miles of off-street trails, 44 miles of bike lanes, and an extensive bike rental system.
Riding north from Rome through southern Tuscany means Apennine Mountain climbs, Emilia Romagna views, Po Valley bends and Piedmont wine trail detours. Thirteen days and 600 miles later, you arrive in Turin. Quiet roads, small villages, imposing medieval and renaissance castles meet fine Italian regional wines and traditional food.