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Saturday, 01 May 2021 17:37


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The Berkshires

Karen Holly Berliner

Let’s face it; we all long to get back to going out and about. Dining, flying, traveling; all of it.
And we all also deserve a splurge.

Enjoy both “Rags” AND Riches

When you visit some places, you are greeted with endless possibilities in splurging and spoils for the senses and the soul. The Berkshires region can be counted among them, as this area is spectacular in scenery all by itself, with its old rustic barns and silos, rough non-manicured landscapes, its pretty sunrises and sunsets, all seemingly sprinkled with fairy dust at every turn.

Located in Western Massachusetts and originally an exclusive playground for the affluent New York City dwellers during the Gilded Age, this region is comprised of 32 separate towns, which now open up their magical doors in welcoming all who choose to travel here. From the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (most temporarily virtual), the Norman Rockwell Museum, MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and more, there are endless things to do and places to see, stocked with historic landmarks, museums and performing arts venues. Perhaps do an antiquing crawl throughout the region or enjoy their treasure trove of culture, a variety of top quality dining spots or maybe chance upon a piece of untouched land and have a delightful impromptu picnic at the dozens of picturesque parks and gardens here.

Enter Blantyre Country Estate, the first United States hotel to become a member of Relais & Châteaux. This sprawling estate is set amidst 110 acres of lush lawns and woods. Arrive and take in this Tudor Style House built in 1902, transporting you to an era of grandeur and opulence. Blantyre’s 24 elegant accommodations are located in the Manor House, the Carriage House and four Hammock
charming, well-appointed cottages. Featuring New England’s most extensive wine cellar with a private tasting room and thousands of bottles of wine, this in itself beckons an unparalleled visit, while The Spa at Blantyre- the Potting Shed, provides a calming respite for those who seek rejuvenation, itself featuring 5 treatment rooms, including a water suite and a private shower, guests can relax and indulge in a sauna or a Eucalyptus steam room, a peaceful relaxation lounge, a vitality bar, a fitness center and a spa cuisine menu. Services include massage, facial and body treatment therapies (Temporarily closed due to COVID 19 restrictions). A heated pool, tennis courts and manicured croquet lawns along with impeccably decorated rooms warmed up by luxury fabrics and wallpapering, fresh flowers, antique appointments and endless shelves of books beckon you back to centuries past, if even for a stolen moment in time.
This Relais & Châteaux Forbes Five Star resort has refreshed New England travel with brand new offerings and exclusive guest amenities, including the region’s premier dining experience, Café Boulud at Blantyre.

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Café Boulud at Blantyre

Since its debut in July of 2020, and under the helm of Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud, Café Boulud New York at Blantyre has established itself as the area’s most sought after and treasured dining destination. This pop-up offers the flavors of the original award-winning Café Boulud on New York’s Upper East Side to the Berkshires, featuring inventive seasonal French cuisine, enjoyed in a more accessible and casual café vibe. Using fresh and local ingredients in an authentic farm to table manner, French classics are featured with a whimsical freshness, a distinct signature seen woven throughout each menu. For perfect pairings, Blantyre’s wine collection provides endless premier and rare bottles of wine, and has enjoyed distinction and international acclaim such as the much revered Wine Spectator Grand Award. Their wine-by-the-glass list, allows for tasting and creative pairing throughout the meal. Beer is graciously offered as well.

Starters such as the pumpkin soup with a rich gruyère espuma, spiced croutons and lingonberry or the popular Spanish octopus with sunchoke skordalia, pickled ahi-dulce peppers, marcona almond and nasturtium whet the appetite, and the Scottish sea trout gravlax with marinated beets, horseradish crème fraîche, pumpernickel also entice. A favorite, duck pâté en croûte with dried figs, gem lettuce and a whole grain mustard Chantilly is consistently divine. Main courses such as the Branzino "Cha Cha" with vermicelli noodles, turmeric, scallions, peanuts, fish sauce and lime seasoning satisfies discerning palates. The grilled lobster tail with littleneck clams, fingerling potatoes, bacon, celery root and chowder sauce is a hit for seafood lovers. The Crescent Farm duck breast with wild rice, quince, fennel, duck leg pastilla and anise scented jus is both classic and refreshed. For lighter fare, the Frenchie Burger confit pork belly with morbier cheese, tomato, onion jam, cornichon, pommes frites, mesclun salad and sides such as sautéed spinach, garlic and fried shallots or roasted cauliflower vadvouvan yogurt, parsley, make for a perfectly rounded meal.
House Cocktails such as the Ernest at Sea; Hendricks’s gin, fresh grapefruit and hibiscus syrup, or the Cooler Than Yesterday; Elijah Craig bourbon, Szechuan peppercorn, Fino sherry, lemon, plum compote and apple cider among other mixology masterpieces, add sparkle and celebration to the meal.
Meal service throughout the property is offered in complete compliance with state and CDC
Requests for private events and intimate celebrations will also be accommodated. Guests of Blantyre can enjoy topnotch culinary moments throughout the estate, including gilded-age picnics amidst the 110-acre grounds.
Dinner service Wednesday through Sunday, weekend brunch and private parties at Blantyre, this Relais and Châteaux property.

Saturday, 01 May 2021 16:51

Grace Hotel

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Auberge Resorts Collection

Santorini. Greece

Karen Holly Berliner


It means many things to many people, but how does it translate universally?

It’s a noun and it’s a verb in its action, simple elegance or refinement, elegance, stylishness, poise, finesse and charm.

Universally, it is Grace Hotel, a spectacular resort plunked majestically atop the Caldera.

Visit and take in the luxurious rooms, suites and villa here, from intimate to sprawling in size, resplendent in natural materials, encompassing Santorini’s seaside splendor, all with expansive indoor-outdoor spaces featuring heated plunge pools, some with an authentic hammam bath and spacious terraces, opening to sweeping views of Santorini’s sparkling caldera.

The Villa

Perfect for an extended stay or a luxury escape, the 400-square-meter luxury villa offers space and privacy with top notch amenities such as a full kitchen, dining area, swimming pool, and sprawling outdoor terrace, either to be used as a one-bedroom honeymoon suite or as a two-bedroom suite.

It’s your choice.

Enjoy your very own Dedicated Villa Manager, a Dedicated “Personal Explorer” concierge service with 24-hour access, a private spa treatment room, Hammam area and your private heated indoor plunge pool with seamless, direct access from your master suite. Take a swim in your private heated swimming pool or enjoy personal upscale dining with your own personal chef. Afterward, retire to your wine and cigar bar and open-format kitchen, which comes pre-stocked and with the best culinary amenities.

Grace 5Ready to dine out?

Santoro restaurant is perched atop the striking cliffs of Santorini onsite at the Grace Hotel, overlooking the bay’s caldera and the ancient fortress of Skaros Rock. Enter this candlelit space surrounded by an extensive infinity pool and enjoy the cuisine, featuring ancestral recipes fused with contemporary Mediterranean fare, courtesy of their consultant Executive Chef, Jean-Charles Métayer and Head Chef, Giannis Koutsoperakis.

For a sublime spa experience, the Grace Hotel is inspired by this volcanic island’s natural surroundings and rich history, the waters of the Aegean Sea and the black and red sandy beaches of its coastline. Holistic spa treatments done in the privacy of your room, combines the power of healing traditions with modern techniques.

The fitness studio is available with the same glorious views, along with the private yoga and pilates facility.

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strPVRXRex 286144 Beach View High2We have all been struggling with difficulties these days. As things have begun to return to some semblance of normal, we are craving love, happiness and yes, travel; to break free from the confines of our spaces and venture out.

Why not celebrate with a trip to a lush and tropical place, close enough to home to feel willing, and far enough from home to feel away. Perfect for finding, falling or being in love.

Can you just imagine?

Located on 22 scenic acres on a tranquil piece of land hugged by azure waters on both sides, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers guests a very private and intimate feel, perfect for escaping life’s clamor. The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort is on one of the world's most alluring beaches on the Pacific coast of Mexico, offering appeal to all. The area of Punta Mita itself (which means "gateway to paradise") is located at the Riviera Nayarit and is a 1500-acre resort and residential community. Parallel with the latitude of Hawaii, Punta Mita is comfortable all year round, with the average summer temperature being 85 degrees and 75 degrees during winter months.

At this luxury resort, enter the grand Altamira Lobby (named after the Marquis of Altamira, who cultivated and established the world’s first mezcal distillery and tavern in 1600) and take it all in; antique French chandeliers, handcrafted accessories made by local artisans and a selection of vibrant furnishings imported from Belgium and Spain, all opening up to spectacular ocean and pool views. The spaces and rooms throughout maintain the ambiance, from an ocean front suite all the way to a luxury villa.

The resort offers butler service also available via email and 24 hours a day, with signature services such as beverage services, the unpacking, packing and storage of your luggage and other renderings.

Remède Spa at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort creates a much needed sanctuary devoted to relaxation and revitalization of your mind, body and spirit. The 10,000 square-foot spa showcases the natural scenery of Punta Mita and offers access to the sauna, steam room, fitness center, salon, Jacuzzi, cold plunge pools and relaxation gardens as well as outdoor treatment options under shady canopies. With nine private treatment rooms and the Remède Luxury Suite for the ultimate experience, the spa offers a variety of treatments and options.

If you are craving a safe return to the green, The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort features 36 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf, set on 380 acres of peninsula, with a clubhouse, golf shop and clubhouse restaurant. St. Regis Punta Mita Resort invites you to immerse yourself in local culture through educational and recreational activities. A complimentary schedule of activities await you daily with choices like energizing yoga, a fishing clinic, and stand up paddle board. (SUP)

Getting hungry?

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The resort offers a mouthwatering selection of restaurants and bars, from dining on al fresco terraces that overlook the ocean, to the signature restaurant Carolina, providing the exclusive Five Diamond experience. For a more informal dining option, Sea Breeze Restaurant & Bar, features light fare such as ceviche and fish tacos. A vegan menu is available at the Avocado Vegan Bar as well. For lovers looking to stay put for a while, in-room dining service is available.

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Celebrating love?

The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort offers an array of possibilities be it in the sprawling ballroom, on an oceanfront terrace or on the pristine white sandy beach. For ceremonies and receptions by the sea, the planners onsite will decorate the beach with seating, tent, torches and all that your mind and heart can conjure.

Can you just imagine?

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Note: As part of Marriott International, this company has recently launched their Global Cleanliness Council including experts from the field of medicine and public health to assure the utmost in health and safety protocols. In addition, they closely monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) statements regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the latest guidance from these agencies as well as local health authorities.

St. Regis Punta Mita Rituals

1. Champagne Sabering Ritual
The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort continues a tradition started by John Jacob Astor IV when he founded the first St. Regis Hotel in New York, circa 1904. Guests gather for a ceremonial champagne sabering to celebrate the transition from the day into night. Experience the St. Regis tradition at sunset every Friday at about 6:00 pm during the winter season and 7:00 pm during the summer season.

2. Bloody Mary
In 1934, Fernand Petiot became a bartender at The St. Regis New York Hotel, bringing with him the “Bloody Mary”, a vodka and tomato juice drink he started making in Paris. It was in the St. Regis King Cole bar that Petiot perfected his original formula, adding salt, pepper, lemon, Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce to create the drink that is beloved today. Following Fernand Petiot’s tradition, every St. Regis in the world has created their signature Bloody Mary by adding a special hint, so The St. Regis Punta Mita created the “Mita Mary” prepared with white tequila instead and other local ingredients. Enjoy the Mita Mary as a teaser for breakfast in all of the restaurants, as well as a Bloody Mary menu that includes all recipes from St. Regis hotels around the world.

3. Tea Ritual
For the Astor’s, afternoon tea was a hallowed tradition and the opportunity to host intimate gatherings with her closest associates – a dignified prelude to her more noteworthy social events. Today, afternoon tea remains a treasured fixture of the St. Regis experience. Enjoy the Tea Ritual at the Altamira Lobby every Tuesday and Saturday at 3:00 pm or enjoy our tea selection at any of their restaurants.

4.Catch of the Day Ritual
Every Friday at 11:30 am at Sea Breeze Beach, guests are invited to meet the Chef to choose your very own Catch of the Day. Local fishermen deliver the bay’s freshest fish and guests may select the day’s lunch or dinner directly with the Executive Chef. This specialty meal may be prepared in any of our restaurants or private in room dining.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 19:38

The Townhouse Mykonos

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Karen Holly Berliner

Following a thorough and intricate three year renovation and restoration project, led by London-based architect and interior designer Nader Gebran, the once historic Mykonos Mayor’s office, a UNESCO Heritage site, is now The Townhouse Mykonos, a brand new five-star luxury adults only boutique hotel in the center of  the island of Mykonos’ town center.

Originally an 18th century aristocratic manor house in Manto Square and a stone’s throw from the island’s iconic windmills, this hotel features 19 rooms and suites, the 54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge and the premium fitness center, Pump Gym. Combining the building’s original neoclassical design with modern furnishings, high-tech comforts and top shelf personalized service and accoutrements, this property exceeds modern day expectations while preserving its original charm.

The choices are endless when planning your stay; you can take over all 19 rooms as a “private” home or perhaps a family holiday retreat, or stay in one of the seven different room categories (Superior Chic, Classic, Duplex, Junior and Sunset Suites, Luxury Town House Villa and Mykonian Suite), here expect to enjoy stylish Greek elegance and hospitality at every turn.

Townhouse guests have complimentary access to Pump Gym, Mykonos’ newest, full- service gym and only one located in the heart of town.  Come the winter/holiday season, The Townhouse and Pump Gym will be offering a Winter Detox & Fitness Bootcamp program focusing on detox, weightless and nutrition, a perfect way to bring in the holidays.



The Townhouse picLooking for a decadent cocktail in breathtaking ambiance?

The 54 Cocktail Bar & Sunset Lounge on site offers handcrafted cocktails, strains of great eclectic music and spectacular sunset views.

Getting restless?

Mykonos has cultivated a reputation as a most glamorous international destination. Known as a playground for the super affluent, it is the perfect destination hot spot for those looking to indulge in every possible luxury. Explore Mykonos easily, as The Townhouse is centrally located in the heart of the historic town across from the waterfront adjacent to Little Venice. Stroll about the town, with its winding stone footpaths, and step into one of the many dining spots offering authentic Greek cuisine.

The Townhouse Mykonos also makes for a perfect wedding venue as all 19 rooms can be booked on an exclusive basis. Enjoy the event of a lifetime at this hotel, resplendent with its rooftop terrace overlooking the aqua blue and foamy white Aegean Sea, itself a backdrop for the ancient settlements and properties about the land.

Exclusively sold through the Elegant Hotel Collection, guests can book directly via the website or direct any inquiries to:

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The Town House is also a member of Best Loved Hotels, one of the world’s pre-eminent collections of unique and authentic independent luxury hotels worldwide ranging from exclusive island resorts, historic castles, luxe urban city hotels and countryside hideaways.

The Townhouse is open from February through November, so come visit and stay awhile.

After all, sometimes don’t you just want to be swept off of your feet?


Friday, 24 July 2020 20:32


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Travel to GreecePanoptis Escape, Mykonos, Greece

13 rooms start from USD4,760 per night including breakfast

Overlooking the idyllic Elia Beach in Mykonos, Panoptis Escape is an ensemble of boutique villas that offers a 360-degree view of the Aegean Sea. From its exclusive, hilltop position, surrounded by the wild, natural beauty of Mykonos, everything about Panoptis Escape is the definition of ‘less is more’, using imaginative contemporary architecture, minimalist styling and artisan craftsmanship. Each villa features its own outdoor spa Jacuzzi or private infinity pool, individual design as well as different room concepts. Inspired by its namesake, Zeus, the king of the Ancient Greek gods, Panoptis Escape aims to elevate the hospitality experience to divine standards – and the experienced team of staff are here to take care of guests’ every whim from private helicopter to yacht charters. The resort operates from 15 May to 15 October 2020.

SLH Insider Tip: Be right at home at Panoptis Escape with their groceries shopping and in-house chef services.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 14:26

Marriott Stanton South Beach Gladys

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… Is it a lovely stroll in vibrant lush greenery or a colorful garden, or a fabulous meal with a perfectly paired bottle of wine? Is it complete silence or the opposite--getting lost in the clamor of a perfectly busy day? Is it maybe gazing at the moon and the stars or raking your feet through the warm sand of a pristine beach?

Or Is it perhaps, all the above?

If so, visit Marriot Stanton in South Beach and dig in. With direct beach access, the Marriott Stanton South Beach checks all the boxes. Located in the posh and exclusive South of Fifth District of Miami Beach, this 224-room resort offers the serenity of the ocean and its renderings while being scant steps from the bustling city portion of the region. With a beachy and chill vibe, enter and take in the midcentury modern décor fused with South Beach’s signature Art Deco flare, again yin and yang.
Enjoy the sprawling Stanton Spa, overlooking the adjacent park with an ocean backdrop, nodding to the sea, enjoy its furnishings resplendent in natural earthy tones and textures with body treatments curated by Aroma Therapy Associates and THALGO, a leading skin care company. Relax and indulge is a massage, facial, scrub or wrap treatment such as their unique Hot Seashell Therapy; a massage using lava shells or the Alpha Beta Firming Peel; a facial using LED light therapy from celebrity dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross. The treatment rooms are designed to bring the beach feel inside from the outside, with appointments such as textured jute rugs and a nautical color palette. The Fitness Center next to the spa, offers targeted services geared toward custom weightloss, sports conditioning, strength training and all-around good health, with personal trainers on site. Scheduled group fitness classes like yoga and boxing are available and best of all, are conducted on the beach or the sun deck. Take a dip in the pool as Stanton features two pools and a chic ocean terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with quick and direct beach access with cabanas and lounge chairs for rent. Looking for a snack to take the edge off? The street-accessible Starbucks attached, allows resort guests and locals alike, convenient access to the brand’s signature brews, artisanal pastries, fresh juices and more.

As for dining options, Lolo’s Surf Cantina, their onsite park side Mexican restaurant, features breakfast, lunch and dinner serving authentic dishes created by Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia, a Mexico City native. Enjoy such classic street food specialties like Queso fundido; molten chihuahua cheese, Oaxaca cheese, pico de gallo with chorizo and pork carnitas or for a lighter fresher option, Salmon ceviche with pico de gallo, mango, radish, fennel, cucumber, capers, cilantro, red onions with a citrus vinaigrette and plantain chips. For a vegetarian option, roasted heirloom cauliflower with mashed avocado, salsa roja, queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seed is delightful.

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South Beach Stanton Marriot3This in-house dining is truly their pièce de résistance. Azabu Miami Beach, conceived by Plan Do See’s Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu, New York, offers an authentic Japanese dining experience with a variety of gourmet selections. Helmed by Chef Masatsugu Kubo (Chef Masa) and Kenichi (Ken) Fujimoto, Azabu Miami Beach offers a full-service dining room with 80 seats, an 11-seat hidden sushi counter; The Den, where Tokyo-trained chefs serve Omakase exclusively and Bar Azabu, a classic cocktail bar featuring sakes and more than 40 imported whiskies. Enjoy the experience to its fullest and order a variety of sharable dishes like Robata-grilled Yakitori, Japanese friedrice served tableside on a sizzling Tobanyaki grill and other traditional fare. Also featured is a large, open format kitchenwhere guestscan observe and enjoy chefs preparing dishesusing the customary Japanese cooking method Robata.

Finish your dining experience here, with desert, the trendingJapanese Raindrop Cake; a jelly cake made with Pearl Agarserved with dried soybeans and Japanese brown sugar syrup.

Talk about a perfect ending!

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 14:05

Romantic Travel-Gladys Style

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When you approach the threshold of the Excellence Beloved, Playa Mujeres relax and allow your breath to be stolen away. Forgive yourself as you should, the complete and shameless abandon of your daily bustle. Drop your stress off at the Cancun airport, which is just minutes away from this dreamy paradise and allow yourself to be captured. Stroll into the grand vestibule and submit if you will, to the sights and fragrances about you, as you feel your senses heighten, ready to take in every drop of Beloved’s wonder. Take in the powdered sugar beach front stretching endlessly, peppered throughout with lazy hemp hammocks and swaying palm trees and gardens, accented in blue by pristine swimming pools. Poke a toe into the aquamarine bath warm ocean. From the meticulously prepared gourmet fare offered in a diversity of cuisines to all the luxury accoutrements, you will feel treated and romanced for the duration of your stay. With 109 suites, 4 restaurants, 6 bars and a lounge, 3 Swimming pools with 1 located beach front, a marina, 4 outdoor jacuzzies, guests staying at Beloved Playa Mujeres will enjoy 24-hour boutique all-inclusive service.

Beloved is proud to specialize in offer a romantic escape, showcasing any couple’s fantasy getaway, from honeymoon or vow renewals to anniversaries. Blue waters warmed by a glistening sun provide the ideal backdrop to your story as a couple. Every detail is curated with a couple’s unique love and romance in mind. Take a look at the honeymoon and anniversary packages available at Beloved Playa Mujeres and put yourself in the best of hands. Besides the formal celebrating, Beloved features private beachfront candlelight dinners or a beautiful breakfast in bed service, delivered first thing in the morning with finesse. There is a state-of-the-art discothèque for dancing till well into the night, and several drink spots to keep the party going. Beloved Playa Mujeres has complimentary honeymoon or anniversary packages, with specially prepared amenities like a turndown service and a champagne breakfast in bed. Also available is an Excellence Package upgrade, which includes a couple’s spa treatment and a private beachfront dinner.

At Beloved, you will find luxurious rooms and suites, many with both indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi’s, a walk-in shower room appointed with teak wood benches and rose petals sprinkled playfully atop white towel doves on your bed. Enjoy champagne chilling for a romantic toast, and a top shelf stocked bar for a last night cocktail.

The sky is the limit.

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Visit the Excellence Spa at Beloved and treat yourself to their signature hydrotherapy in the pool Aqua Viva, perhaps a Swedish sauna or a deep tissue massage. Enjoy the Mediterranean hydrothermal therapies including crystal steam Hammam, Roman Caldarium, and a Swedish Sauna as well as an ice glacier room, five sensations showers, heated lounge beds, plunge basins, contrast walk pools, swan neck massage jets, cervical cascade jets, water massage lounges and water ab stations, all treatments guided by a thermal valet. Add a lavish treatment or two such as a therapeutic massage, traditional Mexican healing rituals, full-body cocoons in heated beds, aromatherapy, seaweed treatments, facial and various signature massages. In keeping fit, Beloved Playa Mujeres fitness facilities includes an extensive state-of-the-art gym with a weight training area featuring the latest Technogym equipment, including the new EXCITE collection with individual TV screens and Personal Kinesis movement systems. Partake in a yoga or pilates session or perhaps sign up for a personal trainingsession.

At Beloved Playa Mujeres, the restaurants each offer healthy choices among their menus, including special vegetarian menus so you can enjoy wellness without comprising flavor.

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Le Bisou

This French influenced dining spot offers breakfast and dinner,with an ample and sumptuous buffet to start your day off right. Enjoy a variety of homemade breads, omelets, tropical fruits and juices and more. For dinner, Le Bisou serves traditional French fare in an elegant setting. Enjoy such tasty courses like escargot with potato confit in cream and parsley or clams and vegetables is short broth with garlic and cilantro. Beef loin in green pepper sauce, potatoes juice reduction and caramelized carrots is an example of a delicious meat option. Al dente asparagus with quail eggs in a vinegar reduction satisfies the vegetarian and all diners.

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Enjoy appetizers, pizzas, grilled fish and fresh seafood while you soak up the magnificent views.

La Isla Trattoria

Located poolside, La Isla Trattoria offers an open-air setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Beloved Playa Mujeres. Some favorites on the menu are bruschetta with ham, basil and olive oil or smoked salmon salad with vinaigrette dressing.

Lupita Steakhouse

A sublime à la carte experience is here, where an array of premium cuts of meat are their shining stars such as the flank steak, ribeye and New York strip. Pork, chicken and variety of pasta dishes costar and are just as popular.

Looking to add a little adventure?

With the marina right next door, set out by boat on a guided tour to nearby islands just off the Playa Mujeres coast, like a day trip to Isla Mujeres or the protected nature reserve of Isla Contoy. Looking to venture further? Explore the hidden wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula together with guided tours to ancient Mayan cities like Tulum or Chichen Itza.

Looking to shop a little? Beloved Playa Mujeres is within easy reach of the Cancun Hotel Zone, where you can spend a day of luxury shopping at malls like Kukulcan Plaza, La Isla Shopping Village, and Puerto Cancun.


Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:16

Out of this World Love!

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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (Jupiter, Florida that is)

Karen Holly Berliner

Most people know Jupiter as the fifth planet from the sun, but the town of Jupiter is under the very same sun; a small and upscale coastal town in northern Palm Beach County.

Located here, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa offers 168 rooms (36 suites) plus 4 luxury penthouse suites on pristine oceanfront property, resplendent with a limestone reef shoreline. Stay here and enjoy all that the resort has to offer. Take a leisurely swim in the oceanfront pool, complemented by a Jacuzzi, hammocks and an awaiting fire pit on the dune overlooking the ocean, perfect for those snuggly brisk nights. Sunbathe for hours on end or take a lovely beach walk.

Enjoy a Happy Hour at the Square Grouper Tiki Bar and be entertained by live music while sipping a cocktail prepared to order. Dine at Sinclairs Ocean Grill, Jupiter’s only oceanfront restaurant, which has enjoyed a complete transformation in adding a beautiful bar and expanded seating area that can accommodate up to 100 people. This beachfront restaurant overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and offers an intimate tropical setting with indoor and outdoor seating. With gourmet seafood dishes such as Sautéed Florida Keys Yellowtail Snapper, an extensive wine list, and signature cocktails, the restaurant showcases this towns signature casual elegance. The restaurant’s adjoining Sinclairs Lounge offers a cozy ambience with coastal designer furnishings and artistic accents of taupe, cream and sea glass green making for a well thought out backdrop. Dine on fabulous custom prepared dishes on the menu with signature dishes that include braised pork shank, seared sushi grade tuna and fresh ceviche made with yellowtail snapper and juicy white coastal shrimp. For a more casual vibe, The Sandbar is the resort’s poolside bar and restaurant, which offers breakfast, lunch, and noshes, fresh-pressed cocktails, and a kid-friendly menu portion for the children. Be sure to order the “Jupiter Dare Burger,’ a flame-grilled Angus patty with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized red onion, jalapeño, creamy peanut butter, grape jelly on a toasted brioche bun.

Can you beat that combo?

The outdoor dining area offers a hot tub, hammocks to swing on leisurely and sublime ocean views.

The Spa at Jupiter Beach Resort aims to pamper and offers signature treatments such as The OPAL Signature Ritual, which combines Body Renewal, Signature Ocean Facial, and the Ocean Manicure and Pedicure. Afterwards, sip an organic tea or a glass of the spa’s signature drinkable, smooth decadent dark chocolate.


jupiter beach resort sinclairs terraceWhen Jupiter (Florida) Aligns With Mars!

Step outside the resort and feast your senses on these!

Jupiter, Florida was originally named for the Hobe tribe of Native Americans, “Hobe” written in Spanish as “Jobe,” and then mistranslated by a mapmaker as “Jove” – which is the Latin translation of the Roman god's name Jupiter, “king of the gods.”

--Quite a circuitous route to the a most suitable name.

As for routes, why not venture a few and experience what this super town has to offer:

After all, Coastal Living magazine named Jupiter as one of the Top 10 Happiest Seaside Towns in the USA.

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center

This 30-year-old organization rescues injured sea turtles and nurses them back to health before releasing them back into the ocean. Visit this center, and be sure to pack plenty of tissues for sentiment sake, as you get up close and personal with the rescued turtles here who live in huge open-air tanks, with the turtles’ names posted, their individual back stories, ailments and updates as well. Experience Loggerhead Marinelife Center via public or private guided tours, and venture behind the gates of their outdoor sea turtle hospital with their sea turtle patients, featuring a surgical suite, x-ray room, blood work lab, and endoscope and ultrasound units. From rescue to release, watch these precious creatures revitalize; maybe even participate in their “Adopt a Sea Turtle” program and become part of the solution.jupiter beach resort sincalirs ocean grill


Lazy Loggerhead Café

This comfortable and fresh café is located in Carlin Park within walking distance of the Jupiter Beach Resort. Named after the loggerhead turtle, which nests regularly on the beaches in south Florida, enjoy lovingly prepared soups, salads, sandwiches and light bites. Wash it down with a well paired glass of wine or a crisp iced tea!


Bluelife Surf & Paddle Co.

Take the 90-minute stand up paddle-boarding or kayaking eco-tour to explore the fascinating

wildlife of the Intracoastal. Along with renting your own stand-up paddleboard or kayak, eco tours are offered here as well as stand-up paddle boarding lessons, yoga on the water classes and the hosting of parties or events.



jupiterbeachresort poolGuanabanas offers fresh and inventive seafood dishes, other options for the landlubber, iced cold cocktails, waterfront views and nightly live music. This open air restaurant and bar features authentic tiki huts and banyan trees for the perfect ambiance. Enjoy their signature cocktail the  Mango Beach Break; Flor de Cana 4year old rum, Florida orange infused triple sec, mango puree, pineapple juice and Orchid Island orange juice or  the Lime in the Coconut-Absolut lime vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice and a dash of pina colada. Floridian Fritters-local shrimp fritters served with sweet jalapeno mustard sauce is a must to munch on.


DuBois Park

A shallow lagoon style beach with a “lazy river”, this large park sits smack dab at the mouth of Jupiter Inlet, with perfect views of the Jupiter Lighthouse. Jet skiers and boaters can start their trip through the Intracoastal Waterway or out to sea, right from the marina slips. Canoe and kayak adventurers can paddle to the Loxahatchee River, one of only two national Wild & Scenic Rivers in Florida.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 21:06

Dos Mexican Hermanas!

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Dos Mexican Hermanas!

Allegro Playacar Cancun and Cozumel

Karen Holly Berliner

Cancun Article pic2When you step through the threshold of the Allegro Playacar, relax and allow your breath to be stolen away. Forgive yourself as you should, the complete and shameless abandon of your daily bustle. Drop your woes, iPods, Fit bits and iPads at the Cancun airport, just scant minutes away from this dreamy paradise. Simply allow yourself to be captured.

Stroll into their grand entry and submit if you will to the sights, fragrances and sounds about you, as you feel your senses heighten, ready to inhale every drop of this resort’s wonder in grand elegance and lush tropical splendor. Poke a toe into the aquamarine bath warm ocean, itself as vivid as a masterpiece painting. Be greedy for the first time in ages, as you see hear taste and smell absolutely everything and all for yourself, from the meticulously prepared gourmet fare offered here, to the lot of sun kissed beach here. Come lap in Allegro Playacar’ s signature luxury, as it fast dispels the myth of the cliché all-inclusive resorts, we all of us have come to expect.

Cancun Article pic3The Allegro Playacar resort is all about quality, not quantity. Visit these sister properties and experience them in the spirit of a romantic getaway. While romance is as diverse as the hearts that beat it, Allegra Playacar manages to offer every universal aspect of it, showcasing any given couple’s fantasy getaway, from honeymoon or vow renewals, to anniversaries and beach front weddings, themselves choreographed from start to finish on either of these destination resorts.

Discover all-inclusive luxury right next to the Caribbean Sea at Allegro Playacar. The hotel offers unlimited delicious meals, snacks and beverages at any of their 4 restaurants and three bars plus a swim-up bar for pool soakers who refuse to get out. This program allows guests to enjoy meals, drinks, snacks and beverages at any of the hotel’s bars and restaurants. The cuisine ranges from Mexican, Italian, American, breakfast and dinner buffets.

Feel like taking a swim?

There are 2 magnificent swimming pools available with both an area filled with sun loungers and a zone with activities scheduled for the whole family. The little ones can also enjoy the hotel’s Kids Club while the parents can sunbathe at the beach. 

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Feeling restless?

Sports and water activities such as kayaking, beach volleyball and catamaran are offered here, complete with state-of-the-art equipment. In addition, there are 2 tennis courts, a basketball court, a volleyball court and an entertainment center with a ping-pong table and darts and billiards. Scuba diving experts as well as scuba newbies will find a full range of services at the Allegro Playacar. This includes scuba diving expeditions as well as guided courses with certifications issued, equipment rental, trips and an excellent PADI 5-star dive shop.

Cancun Article pic5Cancun Article pic6If culture is your passion and you wish to step out a bit, Playa del Carmen allows for visits to areas like the archeological ruins of Tulum.

Its sibling in Cozumel is also a tropical dream destination, settled on fresh untapped Mexican sand and soil. As a result, pampered guests get captured by both and why not visit both? 

Cancun’s sister property, the all-inclusive Allegro Cozumel offers luxurious  accommodations on Playa San Francisco, one of the most sought after beaches in Cozumel. Featuring 305 rooms adorned in tropical design and décor, and an assortment of five restaurants, this property provides various leisure and entertainment options as well such as a spa, a waterpark and a vibrant sports bar. The all-inclusive Allegro Cozumel offers guests who care to dive, the “Ultimate Dive Experience” where you can dive and see some of the greatest coral reefs in the world. The kid’s club and water park here allows families with children, the option to enjoy kid friendly fun. The hotel also has a fully equipped fitness center, a wellness center complete with sauna, a steam bath, massage cubicles and a hot tub. This property has 5 pools, one of which is an aquatic park for children. Also featured are 2 tennis courts and a court for basketball or volleyball. Wind surfing, body boarding, sailing, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking complete their vast activity profile.

Feeling hungry? Allegro Cozumel offers 5 restaurants and 5 bars with cuisines ranging from Italian, Asian, Mexican, breakfast and dinner buffets and various bars around the property including the pool bar located between the relaxation pool and sports pool.

Be a guest at either or both of the Allegra Playacar locations.

After all, sometimes don’t you just want to be swept off your feet?

Friday, 01 November 2019 17:36

A Holiday Haven Haven Riviera Cancun

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By Karen Holly Berliner

This holiday season rather than saying yes to make your family and friends happy, why not run away from home and make yourself happy? ---And run away to riviera Cancun, if you do.

To Haven.
Picture this: You escape the usual holiday madness as you fly towards Cancun Mexico, your chosen tropical destination in paradise. You are truly longing for this; you can almost feel the sun on your back and hear the crunch of the sand between your toes like finely ground sugar. You daydream without inhibition, of dancing in the moonlight to salsa and Mariachi strains. You can just about taste the Mexican mixology drinks and tall fruity cocktails, generously laced with tequila if you please.

holiday02Before long, you will begin to make out the scenery below the clouds. Situated on the coast of Mexico, between Cancun and riviera Maya, an adults-only haven awaits you. Haven riviera Cancun is a mem- ber of Preferred Hotels and resorts L.V.X. Collection - a collection of high end properties featuring fine accommodations hosting with top notch personal service.

With 333 guestrooms, 88 swim-out suites, all with ocean views from private terraces, king-size beds, a personalized mini-bar, Nespresso machines, concierge services and 24-hour room and butler service, picture décor throughout the resort, rich in modern Mexican design, complimented with pops of vibrant color and fabric. to take it up a notch further, upgrade to Haven’s Serenity Club and enjoy an expedited check-in, exclusive lounge areas, an in-room aromatherapy menu, mini bar, premium pillow menu, sleep well kit, and daily alfresco à la carte breakfast options. Add complimentary access to the water journey experience at the on-site spa and pool circuit and one complimentary snorkel tour per person and you have it all at your disposal.

If you crave a little holiday pampering, MySenses Spa is their onsite sprawling sanctuary offering tranquility, wellness and the promotion of experiences with finely honed and custom therapies mindful of Ma- yan healing philosophies which all combine to create a unique experience of well being.

The water journey experience is a must, featuring a sauna, a high-density Hamman style steam room with a Herbarium Sensation shower, a luxurious ice fountain, a cold mist shower, a pressure shower for chromotherapy, a refreshing cold water plunge pool and a whirlpool Jacuzzi.

Spend the day at the pool and on the beach. Go for a refreshing swim in the infinity swimming pool, with ocean views and a swim up bar or the other large lake like pool, also with a swim up bar and loads of swimming and relax- ing space. Located at the resort’s expansive pools, both feature swim-up seat- ing as well as shaded outdoor seating and serves tall icy drinks, beer and wine.

Indulge at the on-site eateries and find everything from fine-dining overlook- ing ocean views to light bite casual fare. With a variety of international dining spots, restaurants ranging from fine dining experiences to a Beach Stand, the restaurants at Haven riviera Cancun pay homage to the Mexican Caribbean and the in international dining scene.
Acclaimed among the best golf courses in Latin America Cancun Country Club and its El tinto golf course, just ten minutes from Haven riviera Can- cun, tee times are subject to availability and must be arranged with the Golf Concierge at the hotel.

Feeling restless?
Venture to nearby destinations like Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres or Cozumel. Enjoy activities such as tennis, yoga, beach volleyball, ping- pong and water aerobics. Explore mangrove natural walkways, jogging and bike trails.

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Gladys Dines at Haven Riviera Cancun

FLAVOURS Enter this delightful indoor/outdoor dining spot and find an extravagant and tasty buffet in a casual, unique and comfortable setting. Enjoy stations overflowing with seafood, meat, poultry, vegetable dishes, fruits, cheeses and an authentic Tortillery to add Mexican spice. Pair with a wide selection of wines and decadent desserts. Make sure to sample the massive mountain of seafood on ice. Decadent!

AGUA BENDITA A contemporary blend of traditional Mexican cuisine with a classic steak house twist, showcasing steaks, chops and specialty cuts along with the bold flavors of Mexico, such as the signature hand- made tortillas. The Cowboy Ribeye makes for a feast!


OLIOS A fine Mediterranean restaurant with an emphasis on the land and the sea, this restaurant offers special Chef’s Tables dishes, featuring a gourmet tasting menu, thanks to the mega talented chef at the helm.

VORA MAR As you enter this dining spot, you’ll be immediately awed by the Basque charcoal grill and a Baja Med Kitchen, offering a perfect fusion of Mediterranean and Baja California dishes. If you’re crav- ing something that isn’t from the grill, the cold kitchen is for you. Fresh fish and seafood is on display with clams, oysters, scallops, mussels and crab - all prepared to order. Dig in.

SATSU This Asian Fusion restaurant hosts from an open kitchen format, featuring, sushi and sashimi, its Robata Grill offering charcoal-grilled small plates, aromatic Thai dishes and a traditional Teppanyaki station showcasing of Japanese food.

VISTAS SNACK BAR Enjoy a casual poolside meal, featuring contemporary small plates.

MISTRAL Perfect for beach or poolside dining, Mistral is the casual spot to dine and take in the sights and sounds of the Mexican Carib- bean, an all sensory experience

MOCACCINO Mocaccino Deli offers casual snacks such as fresh handmade ice-cream, specialty coffee concoctions and sweet and savory pastries.

LIMES An American-style bar, choose from wide variety of international and local beers, wines and spirits and contemporary finger food. This bar features indoor and outdoor seating and is located next to the Agua Bendita Restaurant. While there, catch the perfect sunset, offered up by Mother Nature.

HAVENS LOUNGE The perfect place to start your evening or take a break from the midday sun, Havens Lounge serves refreshing beverages throughout the day and evening with a choice of comfortable indoor or outdoor seating.

MOONS This nightclub is a great night finale, offering cocktails and entertainment in a vibrant, neon-infused, cabaret comes, 5 nights a week with electrifying stage shows, live music and comedians to name a few. Stay after and dance to select music via the DJ. For special occasions Moons also features two fully private VIP areas with personalized service.


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