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Hotels, International, Obsessions, TravelThe Caves

My newest obsession is more of a luxurious paradise — the Caves resort in Negril, Jamaica, located in the West End, and known for its limestone cliffs and the caves that lay beneath them. When I was planning my vacation to Jamaica months ago, this was the only place I wanted to stay in Negril. I was traveling with my boyfriend and looking for somewhere private, romantic, and breathtaking. The Caves is all of this and more, and much of it is also due to the spectacular level of service. It’s a small property with only 11 cliff-side cottages, and it has an air of exclusivity without any pretentiousness at all. The hotel employees are friendly, kind, and always helpful. We were welcomed with a Cliffhanger, their signature drink made with fresh watermelon juice, a touch of ginger, and Blackwell rum.  I felt right at home.

We stayed in the Blue Dolphin, a first floor, one bedroom cottage. Each cottage has its own distinct character and feel, and the interiors  are uniquely decorated with lovely, almost rustic, island colors. I really began to feel like Blue Dolphin was our cozy home away from home. The Caves is an all-inclusive property, so our cottage was stocked with fine liquors and snacks. Much of them were left untouched though, because we ate delicious, authentic Jamaican meals every day. Say goodbye to the yucky buffet foods at most all-inclusives — the Caves cooks to order, and will even make specific meals to your taste. This was never even an issue for us, as we enjoyed every meal on the menu. The dining areas have amazing views, and we even had dinner inside a secluded, candlelit cave. Hearing the waves crash against the rocks and sitting by dozens of candles and flowers was like something out of a dream. There are 2 private caves available for dining, and you can only reserve them once you have checked in. It’s definitely a must-do! READ MORE

Accessories, Home, Hotels, International, Lust List, Shoes, TravelLust List: May 2009

International, TravelAcapulco Anyone?

Mexico is just can’t catch a break these days. Acapulco has been on my radar to visit since I was like 12 and learned that it was the most glamorous holiday spot for all the Hollywood starlets back in the 1950s. Even the Kennedys honeymooned there.

It’s obvious that the city is trying to bring back its once legendary status. I’ve been seeing features pop up in numerous travel magazines and learned that just last week, they newly formed an Acapulco Destination Marketing Office to raise awareness for potential travelers.  Despite worries about safety in Mexico, I put the city on my shortlist of places to visit. Plus, the travel gurus over at The Jet Set Girls assured us that it was safe.

But now, I’m worried enough about this swine flu situation in New York City- never mind have any desire to head to the source of the troubles. Then news just broke a couple hours ago that Acapulco was rocked by a 6.0 earthquake. Pretty quickly, the city went from my A list to..not.

Mexico certainly has a slight PR crisis on its hands right now. What do you think? Would you travel there? Have you been recently and have any recommendations? I’ll be honest- Acapulco has fallen off my list for 2009, but hopefully next year will be better for them!

Dining & Nightlife, Food, Hotels, International, TravelBahamas? Bermuda? Barbados!

Is Barbados the new hot vacation spot for 2009?  I feel sooo ahead of the game having traveled there a few weeks ago since now a whole barrage of celebs seem to be following suit.

Apparently anticipating the influx of travelers to the gem of an island, both JetBlue (Oct 09) and Air Jamaica (summer 09) announced new flight routes from JFK to Bridgetown today.  Rihanna is back there this week and has brought gal pal Katy Perry with her,  setting off every gossip rag trying to figure out if they’re new BFFs. And according to her twitter, New York’s favorite Voguette/fashionista/socialite Lauren Santo Domingo is also on the island and with a bag full of S/S Proenza Schouler.  We’re sure she’ll be the most stylish on the beach.

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Hotels, International, TravelA Trip to Shangri-La

The recession’s got you planning a staycation? Sure a trip to St. Barth may have to move down a few notches on your 2009 to-do list but that doesn’t mean you have to kiss travel good bye this year. Consider Asia, where the combination of the exchange rate, a heavy dependence on tourism and the weak economy means you can do five star luxury travel for shockingly cheap.

I just got back from a whirlwind week in China, and TDO editor Kathleen is currently spending time in Taiwan. We figured that if we are to do Asia right, then we can’t miss one of the most iconic Asian hotel and resort brands: The Shangri-La. Simply saying the name evokes decadence, as it is derived from the fictional location set in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon and has since become synonymous with paradise on earth. The Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts certainly deliver on this mythical ideal with some of the most luxurious properties in the world. But what I found to be a true shocker is when I went to look at rates, expecting something astronomical in the $500+/night range and came up with prices for under $150. READ MORE

Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, International, Obsessions, TravelThe Beauty of Barbados

Somewhere between listening to the Caribbean waves lap outside my seaside villa, admiring the artwork in some of the island’s grand plantations, and tasting some of the freshest cuisine in the world, I fell in love with Barbados, an island that had previously been neither here nor there on my list of places to travel to. A longtime holiday destination for the British, Barbados, or “Little England” still attracts a majority of European visitors, but it’s slowly making its way onto the shortlists of many American vacationers. I had the pleasure to visit the island as a guest of the Barbados Tourism Authority, and my greatest regret during my four day stay was having to leave early to catch another trip the following day. READ MORE

Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, International, TravelParis on my Mind

It’s no secret that us ladies of TDO love doing travel research, whether it’s planning a real upcoming trip or fantasizing about going to great places via our Lust Lists.  I can click around the Internet for hours searching for hotels and restaurants and places I’d love to try.

During the spring, Paris always tops my list.  The one and only time I’ve been there, I was a recently graduated backpacker so I didn’t have the means to stay at the hotels of the rich and famous.  When I return (hopefully with someone rich and/or famous), I’d love to stay at the InterContinental Paris Le-Grand.  It’s elegant, opulent and Parisian in the most mythical sense.  Plus, it’s the home of one of Paris’ most legendary restaurants: Café de la Paix.  Instead of being at the office right now, I could be on that bustling street corner nibbling on a pastry and sipping espresso, while people watching arguably the world’s finest fashion show.  Or I could dig up my favorite ball gown for a little pre-Opera dinner instead of say – hitting up the Irish pub down the street from my apartment tonight.   Really, I’m convinced that I would’ve done quite well as part of the Belle Epoque Café Society. READ MORE

International, New York, TravelBerlin Comes to NYC

I was inspired by my friends over at the Jet Set Girls to set annual travel resolutions in the same style that they do.  To start, I resolved to hit up more places that begin with the letter ‘A’  in 2009, but since I was just invited on a last minute trip to Barbados, decided to go for the ‘B’s’ instead.  I’m excited to leave for the island on April 1, but also sad that I’m missing the few days that another ‘B’  place I’ve been dying to visit – Berlin – comes to New York City.

To kick-off a global celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and mark two decades of change and creativity, the city of Berlin will bring its top fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians and artists to New York. From March 31- April 2, New York will be the first global city to host the “Be Berlin” campaign and “20 Years of Change: Berlin Days in New York City.” READ MORE

Fitness & Health, International, TravelWaves Up in Costa Rica

Ever since I watched Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush, I have harbored this small fantasy of being a surfer chick.  I already love the look of beach hair – so looking fierce, tanned and mastering the waves was obviously the next natural step.  And I got my first taste of the life of a surfer girl (for two hours anyway) during a trip to Playa Jaco in Costa Rica.

About two hours away from San Jose, Playa Jaco is just one of the many renowned surfer towns in Costa Rica and one of the closest.  Because of its proximity to San Jose, hardcore surfers can often de-plane and surf on the same day if they head to Playa Jaco. READ MORE

Bridal, International, TravelMy Big Fat Indian Wedding

In my next life, I decided that I wanted to come back reincarnated as an Indian princess…and if that isn’t possible, I think I would settle for having an Indian wedding in this lifetime.  Being a bride or groom at an Indian wedding is probably the closest a person can ever get to feeling like a Maharaja and Maharani in current times, since Indian weddings are known for being a three day extravaganza of grandeur and opulence.  The wedding I attended a month ago in Jaipur was no different.  With three nights of parties going from evening to past midnight and different outfits for each one, I wondered why anyone would ever want to have a traditional non-Indian wedding.  Elizabeth Hurley, who wedded Indian textile businessman, Arun Nayar last year (see picture left) clearly sees herself the benefits of having an Indian wedding.  She held not just one, but two weddings, including a Western one and a traditional Indian one. READ MORE

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