Author: Merilee Kern

7 Ways Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort Ups the Luxe All-Inclusive Ante

The newest property in Grand Velas Resorts’ esteemed portfolio is Grand Velas Los Cabos—an all-inclusive spa resort with stunning ocean views and a wide variety of amenities and activities for guests of all ages. No ordinary destination, Grand Velas Los Cabos has pulled out all the stops in its readily apparent quest to provide an unrivaled luxury vacation experience for guests at every touch point. Having stayed on-site to see for myself what all of the buzz was about, I can convey with full conviction that this resort proffers what would surely be one of the most impressive and...

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Royal Blues Hotel: An Elegant Oceanside Enclave

Just south of Palm Beach, along Florida’s eastern coast, lies scenic Deerfield Beach, a city well known for its pristine and clean coastline and the recreational water activities delighting both residents and tourists.  Here, world-class boating, fishing, diving, boarding and more are all within close range. Other nearby attractions include golf courses, polo clubs and the famous Quiet Waters Park—the 430-acre R&R zone that’s home to many campgrounds, skate parks, the “Splash Adventure” attraction and the longest cable ski course in the nation. Even as it continues to grow in popularity, Deerfield Beach is a small community, one that...

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Anatomy of a Grand Weekend Getaway at Boulders Resort and Spa Arizona

Amid my hectic work schedule and family life where there’s nary a moment to spare, let alone full weeks (or more) to take extended trips, I’ve become a master of the “micro-vacations”—those long weekend getaways that strike just the right balance of relaxation, adventure and indulgence to satisfy my wanderlust. A recent micro-jaunt took me to Phoenix, Arizona, America’s sixth-largest city, where cowboys continue to roam and the red rock-laden topography is peppered with the kind of cactus some only see in cartoons. The city’s enduring Southwestern backdrop is not only a draw for me, but also for 16...

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The Ambrose Hotel Santa Monica Mastering Boutique Hospitality

There’s just something about a boutique hotel. Maybe it’s the quaint locales or the stylish upscale accommodations. Perhaps it’s the extraordinarily personalized level of service or the charming and unexpected touches that make it abundantly clear you’re not at a cookie-cutter chain operation.  It’s these things and more that draw me to boutique properties time and time again, especially when I’m in a baroque beach town like Santa Monica—Los Angeles’ beachfront haven of fun and fabulosity. Well known for serving as the backdrop for hundreds of movies and a hub for all sorts of creative media companies that are...

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Enchantment Aboard the Spirit of New York Dinner Cruise

Whether you’re a tourist seeking adventure in the Big Apple or are a long-standing resident of New York City celebrating a special occasion—or just looking for a fabulous night out, the Spirit of New York dinner cruise along the New York Harbor offers a truly memorable experience afloat. The frivolity starts the moment you arrive at Chelsea Pier and step on board the vessel—a three-deck, climate-controlled party yacht that can accommodate up to 600 guests year-round. Although spring and summer cruises are always popular, the specialty holiday season cruises like the “Holiday Lights Dinner Cruise” that I recently experienced...

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