Thursday, April 20, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017
These past few weeks, I've been island-hopping, and this past weekend I visited an island that I've always wanted to visit- Aruba. Aruba is called "The Happy Island" and I totally see why after visiting! Aruba is truly magical and stunning. The sunsets are the prettiest I've ever seen in the Caribbean, and lucky for me, I got to see it three nights in a row from my ocean front suite thanks to, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba is one of the most unique Caribbean resorts I've ever stayed at, and I've stayed in numerous resorts.
The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba sits just steps from the powdery white sands of Aruba’s famed Palm Beach. With it's exclusive location, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, is one of the newest Aruba luxury hotels. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers four amazing restaurants, a beautiful spa, two swimming pools, a fitness center, various shops, and a 24-hour casino. If you want to explore outside of the resort, there is a selection of nearby shopping venues, eclectic dining options, and night life.
|Headed to lunch. But first, champagne and chocolates!|
After a short two and a half hour flight from Miami, I landed in Aruba around 2:30pm, and arrived at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba shorty after. Luckily, the airport is only 25 minutes away from the hotel. After check in, I enjoyed champagne and chocolates in my cute ocean front room before heading to lunch by the beach at Madero Latin Grill.
|Trying to decide what to eat first. Everything was so delicious!|
|My Madero Salad had the most amazing papaya dressing, I ate this salad three days in a row.|
After lunch, and a walk along the beach, it was time to get ready for my sunset dinner on the beach. This was such a special dinner, and definitely a first for me. I have never actually eaten dinner on the beach before. This was one of the most beautiful dinners I have ever had. Dinner on the beach is offered to guests by special request, and I highly recommend this experience.
Watching the sun set right in front of you with bellinis in hand, and a delicious appetizer of bread, olives, and prosciutto, while secluded in a private area on the beach covered by trees, is one of the most relaxing and beautiful things you will ever do. I had the most tentative and kindest server, Ria. Ria catered to my every need, and she was so great, I requested her the next evening for dinner at the Italian restaurant, Solanio.
|Dress from Lulu's.|
On my second day, I woke up and ate a very filling and delicious breakfast in my room. Thankfully, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba offers 24-hour in room dinning. I spent most of the day relaxing at the beach in my beach cabana. The water is shallow on the beach, allowing you to walk far into the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The water is so clear, you can see right down to the bottom. Palm Beach is one of my favorite beaches because the water is so calm and perfect for taking photos (and several swims) in.
After spending the day at the beach, I enjoyed a snack in The Club Lounge, before heading to a wonderful 50 minute massage at the Spa. The 15,000-square-foot luxury spa in features 13 tranquil treatment rooms with a complete range of island and herbal-inspired natural body and facial treatments; and massage therapies. A state-of-the-art fitness center offers a variety of daily fitness classes, including yoga.
|Waking up to a gorgeous view!|
|Walking along the gorgeous beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba.|
|Dress by Ellejay Swim.|
|Bikini by Tosh Swimwear.|
On my third, and last day, The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba arranged a day- visit for me to visit Renaissance Island. Renaissance Island is located at the Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino, and is exclusive to Renaissance guests only. Renaissance Island is a private island that you can only get to by water taxi, provided by the hotel every 15 minutes from 7am-7pm. Renaissance Island is a 40-acre oasis where you will experience pure relaxation on Aruba's only private beaches.
One of the most famous spots on Renaissance Island is adult-only beach, Flamingo Beach. I have always wanted to visit Flamingo Beach, and I am so thankful I got to experience it. The flamingos are so friendly, and so used to humans. They eat a daily diet of shrimp so they can maintain their beautiful pink color. People can also hand feed them dry food, and they eat right out of your hand. At times, the flamingos leave the ocean to walk around with all of the humans, or to take fresh-water baths in a special area for them to bathe. They are adorable!
You also have the option of visiting Iguana Beach, where you can find dozens of iguanas soaking up the sun. I definitely recommend visiting Renaissance Island on your trip to Aruba. Stroll along the beach, swim in the calm blue water, and enjoy a nice lunch and cocktails at Papagayo Bar and Grill.
I want to thank The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba so much for this amazing Caribbean Getaway. I had an unforgettable time, and would like to spread the word to my readers and encourage everyone to visit Aruba, The Happy Island, at least once in their lifetime.
Friday, March 17, 2017
This month, I visited Turks & Caicos for the very first time. I have always wanted to visit, I've heard such amazing things! I stayed at the luxury resort, The Shore Club. The Shore Club is located on Long Bay Beach, and is a true serene paradise. One of Condé Nast Traveler “10 Best Island Beaches around the World,” Long Bay Beach welcomes guests into a pristine, tranquil, turquoise-blue paradise. One of the most exclusive sections of Providenciales, its shallow, wave-less beach feels especially secluded—despite being minutes from the town center and airport.
I stayed in room number 1410, which is a large apartment-like suite. Pretty much a chic beach home away from home. I highly recommend renting rooms 1410-1412 for the ultimate vacation experience with ocean views from every room. Defined by a spirit of relaxed luxury, healthy indulgence, and exclusive accessibility, The Shore Club is a place where you can do exactly what you desire- a place to write your own story.
|Everything you could want for breakfast in the morning is available at The Shore Club.|
|The spacious island in the kitchen is perfect for eating meals. Breakfast and afternoon tea is complimentary.|
|Adam, our very nice and helpful butler attended to our every need. He even helped us with our mimosas in the mornings.|
My ocean front apartment was probably the biggest hotel suite I've ever stayed in on an island. It for sure exceeded my expectations. The kitchen was fully functional, with a large fridge full of beverages, and cabinets full of dishes and everything you need to cook full meals. Sadly, I only stayed for three nights, but I can imagine how amazing it would be to stay here a full week, or even two!
|The whole apartment's decor was beach-chic. I especially loved this window seat with views of the turquoise ocean.|
|The view from the dining room and kitchen is a gorgeous!|
With three restaurants and three bars, The Shore Club offers a variety of culinary adventures and atmospheres. On the first night, I indulged in a candle-lit dinner at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, an ingenious take on Asian and Peruvian influences. I ordered a delicious chicken teriyaki with vegetables, and the chocolate surprise for dessert!
On the rest of my trip, I spent every minute I could soaking up the sun between the hotel's Adult-Only Pool, and the hotel's private beach. With beach and poolside restaurants and bars, you don’t have to change out of your swimsuit to grab a bite or beverage. What could be better than being served delicious food and drinks beach and poolside?
|The Adult-Only Pool. Coverup by Lilly Pulitzer. Sunglasses by Versace.|
|If you know me, you know this picture pretty sums up one of my favorite meals. Champagne and chicken tacos. I highly recommend the chicken and fish tacos on the lunch menu, they are soo good!|
|Hanging out by the Adult Only Pool. Bikini by Beach Bunny Swimwear.|
Friday, March 10, 2017
This week, I traveled to one of my favorite countries, Mexico! I stayed at the luxury resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun embodies the vibrant yet quaint charm of Cancun set along one of the finest beaches in Mexico. At the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, you can really escape, relax while not worrying about anything at all, enhanced by Mexican hospitality.
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun is proudly known as Mexico’s most awarded resort, and after my visit, I can totally see why! With two award-winning restaurants, Fantino and The Club Grill, a total of nine dining outlets, an amazing spa, a club lounge, two swimming pools, a private beach, a fitness center, multiple sand so much more, you couldn't possibly need anything else on your vacation. The culinary experiences, Mayan-inspired spa treatments, and the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea is enough to make anyone's trip amazing and full of great memories.
My ocean front room exceeded my expectations, with a balcony overlooking a fabulous view of the the turquoise blue Caribbean Sea. The ocean front rooms are residence-like, with Mexican-inspired décor and accents. The bathroom has a large marble bath and a separate rain-shower. The beautiful marble in the bathrooms, can be found throughout the entire hotel, and really adds a chic touch. The hospitality is truly amazing at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun! There is always someone to help you with your every need. My room was located on the 8th floor, which is like a hotel within a hotel.
|The best welcome gift!|
Upon arrival, I was greeted with an exception chocolate display. It had everything from macaroons, to chocolate cookies, to white chocolate sticks, to chocolate sauce, to milk chocolate truffles. The tray was even dipped in chocolate, and there were chocolate bars holding it up! I must say, I hate half of it before leaving my room to explore the hotel. It was amazing. One thing I love about Ritz-Carlton resorts, is that when it comes to culinary experiences, they will never let you down. They have some of the best chefs and pastry chefs in the world. Hands down, the best desserts I've ever had.
|The appetizers in my private beach cabana were mouth watering delicious! Fresh corn tortilla chips, guacamole, salsa, and fresh fruit. |
On my second day, it rained all morning, but eventually it got sunny in the afternoon. In Cancun, they say to never go by what the weather channel says, because the weather is always changing. In this case, they were right. I spent my first full day at the beach, in and out of my beach-front private cabana. The food was wonderful, as usual. I especially loved the chicken tacos and fresh fruit.
Located in the northern region of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun has become one of the Caribbean’s top destinations for travel, food enthusiasts, and more. The water in Cancun is exceptionally beautiful, I couldn't help myself and took many photos along the beach.
Cancun is also a gateway to historic archaeological treasures and colonial cities. The Ritz-Carlton concierge can help you organize day tours to visit these impressive Mayan sites at Tulum, Cobá, and other legendary locations. People love Cancun for so many reasons including its endless beaches, vibrant nightlife, and endless sunshine. The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun offers leisurely pastimes at the resort that will have you never wanting to leave.
Besides the dining, one of my favorite experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun was my spa experience. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Cancun invites you to leave all of your cares at the door, as the spa staff is so tentative, I felt like I was the only person there. I received an 80 minute massage right on the beach in a private area. It was so relaxing, and much needed!