Stay : The Crane Residential Resort in Barbados

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Flashback! I stayed at this gorgeous property at the invitation of my friend Ava whom I met in Paris at the Alliance Francais

What I loved … 

  • Our large room had a full kitchen, 2 bedrooms and baths and balcony with a jacuzzi on it.
  • Location, location, location.  This traditional, pool-heavy property overlooks the award winning Crane Beach – known for its pink sand.
  • Pools, pools, pools.  I absolutely LOVE when I can lay by a pool, gazing at gorgeous blue skies while overlooking a blue ocean.  It’s my favorite thing.   There were lagoon style pools to classic infinity pools.  A top a sort of private bar area, there was one that even reminded me of something from Greece.
  • Service.  The ratio of staff to guests ensures that you never want for anything.

Ambiance …

This hotel has been around a long time … since 1887 and it has a traditional feel.   It has been restored and the rooms are larger.  I didn’t have a chance to take a peek at the villas – but the pools are literally EVERYWHERE.  Even some of the rooms of themselves.  It could be appropriate for families, romance or for friends that just want a quiet, elegant type of vacay.

Eat … 

There are four options on the proeprty.

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We had a lovely dinner at Zen which overlooks the ocean.  Here’s a pic of me at that dinner (above)

Must do:

One day, a group of us rented a catamaran and cruised around the island.  We snorkled with sea turtles and other serious wildlife and when we whipped around to the other side of the island, some locals pulled up alongside our boat with jetskis for rent (like $20 for an hour).

It brought out my inner Laura Croft when I jumped off the side of the boat, with my $20 tucked into my bathing suit top and handed it to the guy.  He invited me to get on the back at which point I had to let him know that I wanted to ride that jetski solo next to the catamaran full of my friends in that hot Baijan sun and gorgeous Caribbean Ocean …

Here’s a fun little article about Simon Cowell and Carmen Elektra (did anyone see that coming?) jetskiing in Barbados …

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Stay: Lady Sarojin Resort in Khao Lak Thailand

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This was one of the coolest parts of our Thailand sojourn. The opportunity to ride, feed and swim with elephants is definitely on my Top 10 Jetset experiences thus far. Check out my friend Mary Anne’s account on JetsetExtra (I make a couple of guest appearances in her article as she often does in mine, lol).

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What about you?  What was your favorite experience in Thailand?  Please share it with us!

xoxo

@VanityGirl

Eat :: The restaurant at Chateau Marmont

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Exalted and celebrated for decades for its see and be seen allure, Chateau Marmont is decadent, private and glamorous. Saturday night we celebrated Mylene’s birthday here with friends from San Francisco to San Diego with wine, food and lots of laughter. We sat outside on the patio bathed in candlelight and shared each other’s dishes which included paella, steak, salmon, shephard’s pie and a tres leche desert. If you make it to WeHo, this spot is a must-do.

Last time I lunched here I spotted Selma Blair, and the last soiree I attended Brangelina had just left. GQ’s Man-of-the-Year likes this location for some of their haute soirees … talk about beautiful!

Stay :: San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA

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This was simply one of the most romantic getaways I’ve ever experienced. Whisked away for the Christmas holidays, the glass ornament trees and cozy fireplaces took me back in time. The proximity to the ocean and abundance of hiking trails reminded me of everything beautiful about the California Coast.

The Kennedy’s honeymooned here – as in Jackie O and JFK so it was certainly good enough for me.

Stay :: Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand

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One of my favorite things in the world, is when an infinity pool overlooks the ocean high on a cliff with the sky as a backdrop. It’s a study in blue. And when you add a bathtub, overlooking the infinity pool in your own private villa? Now you have a piece of heaven that is called Paresa.

Special thanks to the Thailand Tourism Authority and Paresa Resorts

 Check out my Pinterest Board: 12 Days in Thailand 

Flashback: The Hudson Hotel NYC

This is a great, very design – forward hotel. It’s central location (near Central Park, Midtown and the Upper West Side) means that you have a good portion of NYC at your fingertips. Even though we opted for a suite on that trip, the room was still on the small side but hey, it’s New York and hopefully you won’t be spending a ton of time in your room anyway. I really love the common spaces, like the 15th-floor Sky Terrace (complete with sweeping views of the Hudson River) and the restaurant with the communal table was a lot of fun. It’s amazing the conversations you can start simply because you are bumping elbows with strangers. The lobby is also impressive with 40-foot ceilings and real life greenery contrasting against the glass walls.

Be on notice though – the energy is high here and feels like a nightclub which as a West Hollywood girl, I don’t mind at all but I know some people prefer a little more peace and quiet.

Tip:  One of my favorite things to do to really get into the nooks and crannies of a city is take a walking tour.  Here is some video of one I did with JetsetExtra and Big Onion Tours in NYC.