Category: North America

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Special feature: Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, UK (and Legoland Windsor!)

Last week we stayed at the thousand year old Stoke Park estate in Buckinghamshire. The estate has an illustrious history with prestigious owners that have included Elizabeth I in the late 16th Century and the Penn family in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Thomas Penn, son of William Penn (who founded Pennsylvania) purchased [...]

Racing the wind at Laguna Seca

Racing the wind at Laguna Seca

Sliding into the stripped-down, souped-up Mazda MX-5 Cup at Laguna Seca racecourse this past Spring, my heart was beating wildly, my foot itching to stomp on the gas pedal. I wanted nothing more than to begin tearing around the 2.24-mile-long course, world renowned for its scary corkscrew at Turn 8. Clothed in standard racecar driver [...]

Sleep soundly: Vancouver’s beautiful boutique hotels

Sleep soundly: Vancouver’s beautiful boutique hotels

Vancouver is a multi-cultural city that brims with all of life’s little luxuries from glamorous art galleries to chic cafes. And when it comes to staying in style, it is clear that Vancouver knows best. Home to some of the most unique, quirky and beautiful boutiques throughout all of British Columbia, you can sleep safe [...]

The Peninsula New York’s Sun Terrace

The Peninsula New York’s Sun Terrace

The re-opening this summer of the wrap-around, 2, 700 sq. ft., outdoor Sun Terrace at the Peninsula New York, herald’s the arrival of New York’s next great urban oasis. The re-opened Sun Terrace, located between the 21st and 22nd floors of the hotel, features amazing views of the skyline and is on the mezzanine level of The [...]

Walt Disney World’s latest attraction: Star Tours 3D

Walt Disney World’s latest attraction: Star Tours 3D

A cast of hundreds of Star Wars characters and performers – including Anthony Daniels, who has played the golden droid C-3PO since the first film debuted in 1977 – converged on Disney’s Hollywood Studios last month for the launch of the attraction destined to send millions of guests on virtual journeys throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Star [...]

Siesta Key wins the ‘Beach Oscars’

Siesta Key wins the ‘Beach Oscars’

Dr. Beach, otherwise known as Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, named Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, ‘America’s Best Beach’ as part of his annual list of America’s top 10 beaches. According to his website, ‘His annual list of America’s Top 10 Beaches is to the travel and tourism industry what the Oscar is to the movie industry.’ [...]

The beaches of Georgia

The beaches of Georgia

Golden sand, fewer crowds, movie status and a new seaside destination for lovers of American holidays searching for a new spot to pitch sunbeds and towels need look no further than the state of Georgia. This southern state, renowned for Gone With the Wind memorabilia, the 1996 Olympic Games and its soulful music, offers close [...]

Suite of the week: Suite ME, ME by Melia Cancun, Mexico

Suite of the week: Suite ME, ME by Melia Cancun, Mexico

Suite name: Suite ME Hotel: ME by Melia Cancun, Mexico Size of accommodation: 9,757 sq ft Cost per night: 65,740.32 MXN Who’s stayed there? The cast of MTV’s Real World Cancun. What makes it special? Suite ME is the largest Suite in Cancun and was home to the Cast of MTV’s Real World Cancun during the show’s filming in 2009. A 9,757 square foot, bi-level suite, Suite ME was home to the cast of the 22nd season of The Real [...]

The Capital Grille, Las Vegas

The Capital Grille, Las Vegas

I don’t know if it was the incredible view, the impeccable service or the melt-in-your-mouth delicious food that made me think The Capital Grille was going to be our best restaurant experience in all of Las Vegas. But whichever one it was, I was correct. Perched on the third floor of the Fashion Show Mall [...]

Taking sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Taking sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Some 20 miles outside of Charleston — and yet seemingly a world away — sits the infinite charms and unmatched natural beauty of Kiawah Island. A barrier island of the South Carolina coast, Kiawah has a long and storied ancient history marked by magnificent Native American culture, European conquest, sprawling agricultural pursuits, and more. But [...]

Suite of the week: The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, USA

Suite of the week: The Ritz-Carlton Suite, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, USA

Suite name: The Ritz-Carlton Suite Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, USA Size of accommodation: 3,000 sq ft Cost per night: $7,500 Who’s stayed there? International presidents, movie starts and entertainers. Celebrities spotted at the hotel have included Nicki Minaj, Will Smith, Will I. Am (Black Eyed Peas), Matt Damon, Usher and Jennifer Lopez. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is unable [...]

Pleasantly surprised by the Paris Las Vegas Hotel

Pleasantly surprised by the Paris Las Vegas Hotel

It was deja vu all over again. We had visited Paris in November and now here we were at the Paris Hotel in Vegas, marveling at the fact that the Eiffel Tower looked exactly like the one we had just seen, albeit a trifle smaller. My expectations were honestly pretty low when it came to [...]

A day of simple luxury at Tassajara

A day of simple luxury at Tassajara

“Simple luxury”: it sounds like a contradiction in terms. And yet, luxury comes in myriad forms, each wholly interpreted by the individual. For some perhaps it’s an exceptionally soft bed; a gastronomic feast; or merely the perfect day spent with the family. On my own travels simple luxuries seem to appear around every corner; an [...]

Revving your engine at Quail Lodge

Revving your engine at Quail Lodge

I love motorcycle shows. Nothing beats walking past row upon row of new, classic, and custom bikes on a beautiful sunny day, marveling at the magnificent chrome details, leather accouterments, and personal touches that add that extra bit of finesse. From Harley-Davidson gatherings fueled by Budweiser and Jack Daniels to sport bike shows frequented by [...]

The best spas in North America and the Caribbean

The best spas in North America and the Caribbean

Now in its 21st year, the Condé Nast Traveler Spa Poll has revealed its readers’ favourite spas on the US mainland, in Canada, Hawaii, Mexico and Central America, the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and even those at sea. Here are the top 10 for each category they cover – the number indicates the average score [...]

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

The 10 most romantic restaurants in the world

Looking for somewhere really special to take your partner out for dinner? Tripadvisor have announced their 10 most romantic restaurants and for once there’s a good geographic spread with not one country represented more than once. Here’s the list they came up with, but please tell us your favourites that didn’t make the list but [...]

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