Author: Jill Weinlein

Flying in a luxury United Airlines Polaris Business Class seat

Recently I was invited to travel from Los Angeles to Brazil for a six day action packed trip while staying at two Marriott International hotels, Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel and Resort and Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, and visiting some of most iconic sights in both cities. I wanted to be refreshed after a long flight to see the beautiful beaches, stand next to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, enjoy the colorful street art and appreciate the culinary delights, so I upgraded my flight to United Airlines Polaris Business Class. My host purchased an Economy seat on...

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Luxe Art by 47 Artisans at Japan House Los Angeles

When d47 MUSEUM opened in Shibuya, Tokyo, it also included a restaurant and a store displaying beautiful handmade items from 47 prefectures in Japan. Japan’s four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, have prefectures that were created in the early Meiji Period to replace the old feudal domains. Prefectures are akin to other country’s states. Now at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA, the JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles celebrates the diversity of Japan’s prefectures through a collection of art, crafts, and design with JAPAN 47 ARTISANS. This exhibit will be in the Los Angeles location until January 5, 2020. Visitors...

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Cruising the Cyclades on Variety Cruises

Sailing to multiple Greek Islands on the small motorized sailing ship Galileo, passengers have the opportunity to visit some of the most well known islands in the Cyclades including Mykonos and Santorini, as well as less populated islands steeped in Greek history. Boarding the 157-foot, 49 passenger wooden ship from Marina Zeas in Athens, Greece, for an 8-day ‘Jewels of the Cyclades’ cruise passengers are welcomed by the Greek Captain and his crew of 16, as they receive their stateroom key. The four level ship has portholes in each tastefully decorated cabin. Twin beds are either separated or pushed...

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Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort – Jazz. Swim. Spa.

Weekends at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa begin on Friday nights with glasses of complimentary sangria and light bites during the weekly ‘Hello Weekend Reception’. Guests gather outside overlooking the Las Brisas pool and golf course to transform into a relaxing vacation vibe. Prime time to visit the The Westin Mission Hills is from November 2019 through March 2020, when the resort hosts world-class jazz talent once a month during Grooves @ The Westin concerts. Kickoff of the first concert is the weekend of Friday, Nov. 22 with musical guests Ron King and vocalist Barbara Morrison. King...

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Rah-Rah for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas

Right now Lady Gaga and her world-class 30 piece band perform two different shows – Enigma and Jazz & Piano through May 2020, inside the Park MGM Theater in Las Vegas. Music brings joy to Gaga’s heart, and throughout her Jazz & Piano show, she shares stories about the century old songs discovered inside The Great American Songbook, and some of her contemporary hits. Her other show Enigma is more theatrical highlighting many of her award winning songs. A few years ago when Tony Bennett approached Gaga to sing a collaborative jazz album together, she jumped at the opportunity...

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Four Seasons Chef Fest on the Big Island of Hawaii

  One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests begin their luxury moment as soon as they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalized lounge including snacks, blankets...

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Luxe Epicurean ‘Cookie Good’ Delights

You know that feeling when you receive a package and unwrap it? Well what if inside the package is a stack of beautifully colored cookies. You take your first bite of a perfectly baked cookie and you detect a slight crunch through that crisp exterior and then enjoy the chewy center. It’s that little buttery essence with slightly sweet and salty notes that tantalize your taste buds and make you take a second and third bite. This sensation floods your brain with happiness and feeds your soul, putting an instant smile on your face. This is what the founders...

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Walk in the footsteps of Hawaiian Royalty at Oahu’s Gunstock Ranch

According to the United Nations aviation division, carbon emissions from air travel are on track to triple by 2050 if no action is taken. Travelers are becoming more aware of this responsibility and are seeking experiences to become better citizens of the world. Hilton Hotels in Hawaii offer a list of ecotourism activities to help guests give back to the islands. Many are located at farms and ranches located about one hour from Waikiki Beach. Either rent a car of hire Charley’s Taxi Charter to drive through the center of the third largest Hawaiian Island, to see a more exotic...

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Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island,” because every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for every budget. One of the most iconic luxury vacation destinations is the Rainbow Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach. Set on 22 acres, the beachfront rooms and suites are located near tropical swimming pools, a salt-water lagoon, 20 restaurants and bars and...

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Suite-Life on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Walking onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner before it set sail from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal to Miami, each guest received a flute of sparkling wine before receiving their suite key card. The Seven Seas Mariner was constructed as the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2002. During the summer months, she sails along the coast of Alaska in comfort and style. Other months, she takes guests on longer sailings to some of the most fascinating ports in the world. With over 350 suites, measuring from 301 to 2,002 sq. ft., guests sleep European king-size Slumber Bed with a padded...

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The Re-Imagined InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

There are three ways to arrive to the newly re-opened InterContinental Hayman Island Resort: by helicopter, seaplane or onboard a luxury yacht sipping flutes of sparkling wine, while enjoying light canapés. Fly into Sydney Airport and connect to Hamilton Island Airport. Each mode of transportation immerses guest in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Whitsundays, part of the Cumberland Islands, located off the coast of Queensland. Guest have a choice of staying in a luxury room, suite or villa located in one of three wings located at the beach, lagoon or pool. One of the most stunning accommodations is the three...

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Harvest Wine and Culinary Tour Through Temecula

During Harvest season, winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores wake up before colorful hot air balloons fly right over their grapevines at the boutique Carter Estate Winery and Resort in Temecula Valley. In mid to late September they wake up around 2:30 a.m., when it’s cool and crisp, to select and collect their finest grapes to make their award winning wines. Temecula Valley offers more than 40 boutique to grand estate wineries, 9 different breweries, and some extraordinary artisan restaurants and shops. Located about 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the days are warm in the summer and cooler in the...

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