Beach of Sol Cayo Santa Maria

Hotel Sol Cayo Santa Maria is located on the island Cayo Santa Maria, in the Bahia de Buenavista ecosystem, declared by UNESCO as a “Biosphere Reserve”; in a setting rich with endemic species protected by a beach of incomparable beauty, with more than ten kilometers of fine white sand andContinue Reading

Beach front resort Villa Tropico

Ask a random sample of travellers, across a range of ages, what places are on their “Top Five Must Visit” lists and chances are most will say Cuba – unless they’ve already been, in which case they’ll probably say that they want to go back. It is one of theContinue Reading

Deck and swimming pool at one of the private villas in thePavilions Phuket

Dominated by mountain ranges and lush rainforests, flanked by golden beaches and the blue ocean, Phuket is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth. With an almost unmatched range of outdoor activities, high-end dining, friendly, hospitable people, and the subtle charm of an essentially rustic lifestyle all combine toContinue Reading

Infinity beach at Belmond La Sammana

I sort of felt like a French billionaire as I was driven toward Belmond La Samanna on serpentine roads through lush vegetation and fragrant blossoms. Once driven through the iron-black gates into the world of La Samanna, I knew I was in heaven on earth. I arrive at the open-airContinue Reading

Lounge at the Spa My Blend by Clarins, The Ritz-Carlton Toronto

Contrary to popular belief that spas are flowery, effeminate hubs, more guys are getting pampered to look and feel their best. I absolutely love getting pampered which is why last year I’ve visited three of Toronto’s finest urban retreats. My most recent visit was to Spa My Blend by Clarins atContinue Reading

Swimming pool of the Fours Seasons Toront, Spa.

Out of the many spectacular things Toronto has to offer its residents and visitors is its luxurious spas located in the heart of the city.  Most of Toronto’s top relaxation destinations are situated in high-end hotels around the downtown core – appropriate, given the deluxe surroundings and often-elaborate treatments on theContinue Reading

A photo of the outisde of BrannCliff Inn Bed and Breakfast

In a perfect world, the term “hidden gem” would be set aside exclusively for gems as wonderful as BranCliff Inn. This elegant Georgian manor is tucked away on Platoff Street, in the National Historic District of Old Town. Beautiful enough to look at from the outside, the real joy startsContinue Reading

Front lobby of the Miraj Hamma Spa by Claudalie Paris

Synonymous with sophistication, the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is notorious for creating extraordinary luxury experiences in the heart of downtown Toronto. This stylish hotel is home to a relaxing oasis boasting all the amenities needed for a rejuvenating treatment. Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie Paris is situated on the fifth floorContinue Reading

A large swimming pool with palm trees in the background.

In 2008, Bahia Principe added Bahia Principe Ambar, a new, adults only hotel, to the same property. It is a luxurious 5 star all-inclusive hotel with a private pool, gorgeous rooms and 24 hour room service. I had a wonderful one week vacation at this resort back in November 2010Continue Reading

Every winter, the flock of snowbirds heading to Cuba for the winter grows slightly, as the idea of leaving behind the ice and snow in favor of beaches, sun, and the sea appeals to more and more Canadians, and very soon to even more U.S. Americans. Cuba is very close to openingContinue Reading