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10 Unplugged Getaways to Recharge Your Batteries… No Batteries Required






Relaxing on vacation can be hard for high-powered, hooked-up 21st century workers!   Checking one’s i-Phone on a minute by minute basis has become a way of life for the now generation.  But the beach is no place to be checking ones i-Phone for  texts and messages. Whether you have trouble letting go of your of your tech-powered world, or are itching to escape it, below is a list of  unplugged getaways help you recharge your batteries — with no batteries required.

  • Tensing Pen, Negril, Jamaica
  • Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cabarete and Sosua, Dominican Republic
  • Travaasa, Hana, Maui
  • The Caves, Negril, Jamaica
  • Caneel Bay Resort, Saint John, US Virgin Islands
  • Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa, South Coast, Jamaica
  • Jamaica Inn, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Si Como No Resort, Spa & Wildlife Refuge, Manuel Antonia, Costa Rica
  • Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica


~Oyster.com,  The Hotel Tell-All~

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Less IS more! Back to basics in luxury travel…


Pumulani08_146Ever want to simply ‘forget it all’?    Get away from high tech amenities?   Escape the fast paced media barrage?!

In the new age world of high tech glitz,   these hotels have adopted the back to basic approach according to Food and Wine Magazine.   

St. John,  USVI:   In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Caneel Bay recently removed TVs and telephones from its 166 rooms.

Papoose Creek, Montana:   The new Lodge at Sun Ranch offers luxuriously refurbished homesteader cabins in a spectacular setting. 

Lake Malawi,  Africa:   And at Malawi’s new Pumulani resort, guests can avoid motorized transport by exploring Lake Malawi on a wooden dhow, a traditional African sailboat handcrafted by local builders.

And to add to this list:

Taupo,  New Zealand:    True retreats in every sense, the rooms at the Huka Lodge at Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand are harmonious and deliberately simple in approach. Designed to allow the beauty of the landscape to dominate while providing soft light and layers of well appointed luxury.    Luxuriously  sleep under a mesh canopy bed  in your private cabin alongside the Taupo River.     All that is missing is… Brad Pitt…

In British Columbia,  Canada,   Canadian Mountain Holidays will fly you to a remote lodge where you will enjoy nothing but wonderful food, friends and champagne powder ….  with the occasional massage and hot tub thrown in.    Better than fantastic…

Get back to basics …

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Is May Day a lost tradition?…. The World’s Most Decadent Parties.


When I was a young girl, every year on the first of May a hanging basket filled with flowers was magically bestowed upon the doorknob of our front door.   It was always a beautiful sight after a long winter, and always a surprise.  As it turned out, there was an elderly woman living next door who was the ‘May Day fairy’ adorning our home and many of our neighbors homes with these heartwarming baskets.The first of May also happens to be my son’s birthday.   It was a  very happy event 18 years ago…. and it is hard to believe that today he will be eighteen.  So many memories packed into those years and the first of May continues to be a wonderfully happy day in this household.

 So when Forbes published it’s article entitled  ‘In Pictures: World’s Most Decadent Parties’ identifying  these around the world global extravaganzas, I decided that –  in the spirit my son’s eighteenth birthday and the wonderful tradition of May Day – this would be an appropriate time to write about these Most Glamorous Events.   Trade in those winter blues for dancing shoes!  These are the places to see and to be seen, offering glamor, glitz and a year full of memories.    Mark your calendars!!!

New Years Eve, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA                                          Dec 31-Jan1

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil                                                            Feb 2 – Feb 5

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA                                        Feb 2 – Feb 5

Gay Pride Parade,  San Francisco, CA USA                                        June 28- June 29

The Running of the Bulls,  Pamplona, Spain                                        July 6 – July14

Bastille Day, Paris, France                                                                     July 14

The Love Parade,  Dortmund, Germany                                             Aug 25 – Sep 1

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany                                                            Sept 20 – Oct. 5


One more ‘Not-to-be-Missed’  in the eyes of the author, is LA’s ‘Grammy’ Celebrations.   Typically the second Sunday in February, Los Angeles hosts this diamond and star-studded event.  The red carpet is adorned with beautiful people and beautiful fashion.  Only outdone by pinnacle musical performances  by the world’s leading musical artists.  

And where is May Day celebrated in fashion?    Please post your comments….

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Meet the Incredibles…Incredible air travel, incredible possibilities.


istock_000005563415xsmall.jpgThe Private Jet.    With the advent of  LuxuryAir Jets NetJets, and Skyline Jets ,  more and more people are adopting the habit of private air travel to facilitate air travel between resort home and business destinations.

TheStyleGroup identifies what it believes to be the ‘top 10 Private Luxury Jets’.  Number One is the Boeing Business Jet.  With 91 sold today, this 807 sq foot interior aircraft can be decorated to look like a private home.   For your next birthday celebration?

The list:

1.  Boeing Business Jet

2.  Bombadier Challenger 604

3.  Gulfstream V

4.  Embraer Legacy

5.  Citation X

6.  LearJet 60

7.  Hawker 800 XP

8.  Citation V

9.  Beech Jet 400A

10.  LeerJet 31A/35



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In Search of Seclusion; World’s 10 Most Romantic Hotels


TowelsWhy, oh why, do I love Paris….. Though ranked number 2, L’Hotel, located in the heart of Paris, is seductive and an experience not to be missed. In the City of Romance.

Not to be outdone by nine others.  Read Read the rest of this entry »

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And the Oscar goes to… The top 100 Golf Courses in the World


Cap Cana I don’t know about you, but I am always searching for the best.  The best restaurant, the best cup of coffee, the best fallen chocolate cake.   I read, I travel and I surf the net.  And I strive to be the best…or perhaps better to say that I strive to do my best at whatever I do.  Whether it is in the office,  on the tennis court,  on the fairway.   I work hard and continually try to improve.


If you are a golfer (which I like to pretend I am), you will enjoy reading through and visualizing these top 100 golf courses around the world.  I like to mentally play the holes as I visualize the layout and make my own list of the courses that one day I would truly love to play.  And I was surprised to realize how many of these courses I actually had played…Cypress Point, St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Ballybunion,  Turnberry, Pinehurst,  The Country Club and Muirfield in the top 40.  Not bad for a novice. 


But the Oscar in my view goes to the Dominican Republic.  Well known for Casa de Campo and the famous ‘Teeth of the Dog’ (with a bark as well as a bite!),  this has often been referred to as ‘the Carribean’s most complete resort’.  Now,  neighboring Casa de Campo to the South is luxurious Cap Cana.  A spectacular links course designed by Jack Nicklaus,  this course will bring even the most experienced golfer to his knees.  Nothing that can’t be cured by the spas, dark rum and white sand beaches which await you at the 19th hole.


Luxurious.  Decadent.  Beautiful and Spectacular.



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Faceshots and Champagne…Sinfully Nice!!!


HeliskiingEleven skiers, One guide.  Endless blankets of freshly fallen snow.  The sounds of silence.  An infinity of mountains.

You drop off a small cliff into a pillow of untracked snow beneath you. And another. And another.  Snow brushes past your face and flies into your mouth.   Powder.  Champagne powder.

This is heli-skiing.  Adventure skiing at it’s finest.

Miles from where you started, the helicopter skirts you to new terrain.  Untracked glaciers, flumes, chutes and bowls.  3000 foot verticle descents.  And that’s only one run.

After a week with Canadian Mountain Holidays,  the world’s largest and finest helicopter ski company, you may be honored to have earned your name etched in gold on a placque on the wall.  That’s for the 200,000 foot super-achievers.  200,000 feet skied in one week.

And the ‘Million-foot’ club?   That’s right.  Once you have skied 1,000,000 feet you are honored with a free (depending on how you look at it!) Bogner ski suit.   And if you are lucky, a bottle of Dom (or two) will be uncorked as well.

I remember saying on my first trip, “If I die doing this,   it  was worth it”.   That was 8 trips ago.  And I am still saying it.

Sinfully fun.   Simply the best.

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