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Eastern Europe: 6 Hidden Gems for Families
The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn is a fusion of medieval and Soviet styles, making it a must-see for any architectural enthusiast. Known as the silicon valley of Eastern Europe, Estonia is the birthplace of many technologies, such as Skype. The revenues and investments attracted by these new businesses make Estonia the hot new place to visit in Europe.
Best hotel: Hotel Telegraaf
Fitting in with the medieval feel of the city, this five star hotel was named in the top ten of the Travellers Choice 2011 awards.
Inspiring works such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the medieval features of this Romanian province make it a must-visit.
With various castles dotted about, including the infamous Bran Castle, aka Castle Dracula, Transylvania is rich in both folklore and history.
Best hotel: Conacul Archia
A perfect choice for families, this hotel offers peace and quiet, located just outside of the main tourist areas.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
The clear blue glacial waters and beautiful scenery of Lake Bled make it the perfect place to relax. With a small alpine village nearby and Castle Bled situated on its banks, Lake Bled is one of the hidden gems of Eastern Europe.
Best hotel: Hotel Golf
Situated close to the lake and offering an impressive spa and pool areas. This hotel even has a water slide to keep the kids entertained.
Offering the densest population of clubs and bars in the world, it is easy to forget that there is much more to Krakow. This city has a long and rich history, boasting castles, market squares and museums. With many attractions close by, Krakow has lots to offer, even for the teetotal amongst you.
Best hotel: Sheraton
Located in the heart of Krakow and just a ten minute walk away from the old town, this five star hotel has an amazing restaurant, specialising in Polish food.
The capital and largest city in Belarus, Minsk is almost one thousand years old. Rebuilt by the Soviets after World War Two, Minsk is considered one of the best examples of Soviet city planning and architecture within the former USSR. Boasting beautiful cafes and street lighting, Minsk is a must-visit, even in wintertime.
Best hotel: Crown Plaza
Boasting unique architecture, this hotel looks as good outside as it does inside. Located just opposite the city stadium, everything in Minsk is within a short distance of the front door.
A vibrant city with a medieval feel, Zagreb is quickly becoming one of the hot-to-visit locations in Europe.
Zagreb has many attractions, most notably its churches, with spectacular architecture and panoramic city views to be had from the top of their towers.
Divided into an older upper town and newer lower town, Zagreb really does have something for everyone.
Best hotel: Esplanade
Offering luxury rooms and marble bathrooms, this hotel is perfect for those looking for a relaxing holiday.
This piece was written by Mark Enright, a keen traveller and writer for Cruise Nation, the cruise specialists.
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/05 at 12:43 PM
Fab Friday: Labor Day Weekend is Here!
It’s Friday. The last weekend of the month. And basically the last real days of summer. You know what that means… Labor Day Weekend has arrived! An epic time for travel every year. Oh the travel possibilities…
Where are you headed this Labor Day Weekend? By car? Plane? Staycation? Share in the comments below!
Time to get fabulous…
Just hanging out in a Kardashian’s fave spot while in NY. (See photo above and on Facebook.) You just can’t go wrong with the Gansevoort.
34.1 million Americans are traveling this weekend. Cray! Be safe and respect your fellow travelers are you get to your desination. We have some last minute suggestions if you’re starting to get a case of the FOMO.
When you think of an amazing spa experience, can you see outside the sanctuary walls? Check out these 10 amazing locales with the spa experience you’ve been dreaming of.
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/30 at 07:55 AM
10 Luxury Spa Break Locations for Singles and Couples
A spa break is one of those luxurious treats when you want to give yourself completely to a short spell of total rest and relaxation. Whilst there is a growing trend for both hens and stags to go to a spa for their last blast of freedom before their nuptials, couples and singles are a fast growing target market. Let’s review just a few of the most suitable, and luxurious, spas to head off to if you are a single or going as a couple.
1. Grand Hotel Des Barromees, Lake Maggiore
It is impossible not to feel rejuvenated after spending time at this 5 star spa hotel on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Italy. Situated close to the picturesque town of Stresa, home to the stunning 18th century Villa Pallavicino, the views out over the lake are more than sufficient to soothe the soul. The full service health spa offers everything you could want in the way of pampering and therapeutic treatments as well as manicures, pedicures and facials.
2. Pierre Loti Hotel, Instanbul
The Pierre Loti offers spa breaks that are both affordable and traditional, and perfect for both singles and couples. This hotel is a veritable oasis in the heart of the Sultanahmet district and some of the best sites of Istanbul are on your doorstep to explore when you aren’t being pampered. All the expected treatments are here for your enjoyment, but no Turkish spa would be complete without the salt scrub then wash within a traditional Hamman. Start with a bask in a sauna then lie back and let yourself be scrubbed, then washed and finally massaged in the time honoured Turkish style.
3. Le Meurice hotel, Paris
Is there a more perfect place for a spa break as a couple than the undisputed city of love? Le Meurice is the jewel in the Parisian palace hotels crown, and the luxurious spa is an elegant as the rest of the establishment. In a collaboration with Valmont, the luxury Swiss cosmetics brand, they have created the Spa Valmont to run alongside the usual top end treatments they have a whole range of beauty treatments using only the exclusive Valmont products.
4. Rome Cavalieri Hotel
This opulent spa hotel sits majestically atop of Monte Mario, the hill that overlooks Rome and dominates the skyline. This is a haven of peace and tranquillity that nestles in 15 ac of beautiful parkland. The Rome Cavalieri is Europe’s first hotel to join the highly exclusive group known as Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts and thus, the Grand Spa has secured its reputation as one of the best amongst spa aficionados across the globe. With 4 swimming pools, whirlpools, a Turkish bath and every treatment and therapy you can imagine, this is a top drawer luxury spa break.
5. The Savoy Hotel, London
Closer to home but nonetheless opulent, the elegant Savoy is very hard to beat for the perfect spa break. Following a £210m facelift, this landmark hotel looks better than ever and it is easy to shed the calories consumed in Gordon Ramsey’s Savoy Grill with the outstanding beauty, fitness and spa facilities. Whether you want to swim, have a workout or just retire to the spa for its huge range of therapies, you will leave the Savoy with a new spring in your step.
6. Mandarin Oriental Madrid
Set in the very heart of Gaudi’s magnificent city, on the exclusive Passeig de Gracia, the Mandarin Oriental boast glamorous guest rooms, Michelin star restaurant, rooftop pool and a spa that is literally dripping with luxury. With 8 private treatment rooms and a herbal steam room, as well as a full gym, every treatment and therapy you could ever want is at your disposal at this outstanding spa hotel.
7. San Clemente Palace, Venice
The 5 star San Clemente Palace hotel sits on a private island just a short hop from San Marco across the lagoon. The spa here is not only pure luxury, but also offers a tranquil retreat from the madness of Venice. The wellness spa, complete with sauna, Turkish bath, solarium, Jacuzzis, gym and hair salon is the last word when it comes to treatments that will pamper, soothe, relax and detoxify. There are also a range of treatments for weight loss, anti-ageing and cellulite busting using only products from Phytomer, the world renowned brand who are famous for their marine treatments.
8. Corinthia Hotel Prague
Combine the best of luxury spas with one of the most beautiful cities in Europe at the Corinthia Hotel. This is the perfect place to unwind and unravel those knots whilst at the same time soaking up stunning views of Vyšehrad Citadel with its baroque spires. If you don’t want to break sweat in the top of the range gym there is a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and suite of treatment rooms for top to toe pampering if you prefer the R&R element of a luxury spa.
9. The Weinmeister Berlin
Fashionistas flock to the Weinmeister not only for its superb location in the swanky Mitte area of the city, but also the spa that has been designed with one word in mind; relaxation. The comprehensive menu of treatments and massages reads like a user’s guide to top spas, with everything from head massages to pedicures available. You can even have an airbrush tan to complete the new you.
10. InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
This hotel is well known locally as the Grand Old Lady of Amsterdam and enjoys a fantastic location at the southern end of the area known as the Canal Belt. A haunt of royalty and the rich and famous, the opulence of the spa is second to none. An expert team of masseuses and beauticians are on hand to take care of your every whim and with an indoor, Roman style heated pool, Turkish bath and top end sauna; you won’t want to drag yourself away to do any sightseeing.
While there are numerous spa breaks available across the globe, the ten mentioned above are outstanding examples in Europe of those that are particularly suitable for couples and singles. They all have glorious settings in some of the best cities our continent has to offer so instead of being stuck in a spa hotel in the middle of nowhere, you literally have the best of both worlds.
This guest post was written by Sam Jones who is a travel writer for Columbus Direct.
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/29 at 11:38 AM
34.1 Million Americans Traveling for Labor Day—Are You?
According to AAA, Labor Day travel will be up 5% from last year with a whopping 34.1 Million Americans traveling to celebrate the end of summer.
85% of travelers will be driving to their destination. Hello, Clark Griswold!
Haven’t made any plans? No worries, there are still steals and deals to be found.
Stay with Omni Hotels & Resorts for your last summer getaway and you’ll save up to 30% off best available rates. Destination: relaxation! Trade your hectic routine for an escape to one of Omni’s many properties in the US or Mexico. We love Omni Bedford Springs and Omni Mt. Washington.
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is offering exclusive rates from $189 per night that includes their family-focused Enchanted Evenings celebrations now through Labor Day. Activities include: poolside activities, nightly live entertainment, horse & carriage rides, kids’ club, family s’mores and games.
Minutes from downtown Palm Springs, The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa is offering a 525-square-foot guest room with a private patio or balcony for $119-$149 per night many dates through September. The resort features two 18-hole championship golf courses, three pools (one family pool with a big water slide and one for adults only) and seven tennis courts.
Orient-Express’ Inn at Perry Cabin in historic St. Michael’s, Maryland, is offering a “Summer Inn St. Michaels” Labor Day package. The package includes luxurious accommodations, a sail along the Miles River, access to resort activities including garden tours and wine tasting and a $100 resort credit per stay Summer package available through Sept. 5th.
Travel guru Peter Greenberg has also rounded up some fab travel deals including Dominican Republic, Jackson Hole, Miami and St. Barths.
Are you traveling this weekend??
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/27 at 04:20 PM
Fab Friday: New Posh Pick!
The kids might be heading back to school, but travel never goes out of season! Check out all the goodies we have for you this week.
New Posh Pick! Check out Yosemite Grand in Palm Springs
Elizabeth Thorp shared her tips with FlipKey.com along with other travel experts of how you can reduce stress when traveling with the brood
Thinking about visiting North Wales? Here is a great list of things to check out!
Our featured traveler this week is Annie Fitzsimmons! Check out her travel profile!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/23 at 12:11 PM
Poshbrood’s Featured Traveler: Annie Fitzsimmons!
We’re super excited to feature Annie Fitzsimmons as this week’s Posh Traveler! She is so fabulous she even has her own cartoon!
Annie Fitzsimmons travels the world and tells stories as National Geographic’s Urban Insider. She loves working at the intersection of where travel and media meet. Annie lives in New York City with her longtime beau, Andy, and rescue dog, Rocco.
Name: Annie Fitzsimmons
What do you do for a living? Travel and tell stories
Affiliated websites: http://www.anniefitzsimmons.com and www.nationalgeographic.com/urbaninsider
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Current city: New York, New York
How often do you travel? On average, about two weeks every month.
What is your favorite airline and why? I’ll never forget my amazing Qatar Airways experience on the way to India.
Aisle or window seat? Aisle. I feel trapped otherwise.
How many countries have you been to? Over 30
What was your worst travel experience? Getting stuck in the Frankfurt airport for 3 days during an airline strike. Told them I was getting married to get home or I would have been there several days longer!
Favorite US cities: New York, Los Angeles, Scottsdale
Favorite foreign city: London
Favorite American hotel: The Sagamore on Lake George, The Sanctuary on Kiawah, Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica
Favorite beach: Georgica Beach, East Hampton
Favorite island destination: Nevis
Favorite Posh restaurant: Gramercy Tavern or The River Cafe, NYC
Favorite restaurant where kids are welcomed: Otto, NYC
Best vacation you’ve ever had for 1.) romance or 2.) family/kids or 3.) Girlfriend getaways:
1) Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil 2) Kiawah 3) Buenos Aires
Favorite movies: Good Will Hunting, Apollo 13, Jerry Maguire
Favorite books: The Alchemist, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Confessions of a Shopaholic
What are your 5- Must have travel items? iPad mini, Bose headphones, my own food (peanut butter & protein bars), David Kirsch super charged greens packets, trashy magazines
What’s your go-to travel outfit? Black leggings or jeans, black boots, oversized cardigan
Favorite apps for travel and entertainment: Instagram, Foursquare, OpenTable, GOOP, Uber.
What’s on the top of your bucket list? Africa, Japan
Favorite travel websites: Poshbrood of course! Also love Indagare
Best travel tips: Curate your own guidebook. Research continuously, save tweets & blogs, and find personalities you love and trust for recommendations.
Where are you off to next? Arizona and then somewhere overseas as we celebrate our elopement!
Congrats Annie & Andy!!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/23 at 09:18 AM
Top 10 Places to Visit in North Wales
When people generally think of Wales they think of its gorgeous landscape; its stunning mountain ranges, lively seaside towns, peaceful forests and beautiful castles. With a wonderfully diverse plethora of activities for all ages, North Wales is a fabulous place for a short break or a family holiday.
It’s been incredibly tough narrowing down my favourite Welsh destinations, but, with feedback from my two boys, I’ve done it!
1. Zip Wire, Bethesda
I only tried this earlier this month with my husband and a group of friends, but it is one of the most fun adventure experiences I’ve had, and one I can’t wait to repeat as soon as I can! It opened in Bethesda earlier this year and is officially the longest and fastest zip wire in Europe; it reaches speeds of over 100mph, is a mile long and is 500ft above the quarry lake you’ll be travelling above – if you’ve ever wanted to know what flying feels like, this is it.
Llanberis is a great place to visit if you’re looking to embrace the rural side of Wales. Llanberis itself is a great base for tackling Mount Snowdon from a variety of routes, and is also where – if you want to cheat (!) – you can catch the train straight to the summit.
Llanberis is also home to two lakes, Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris, which are ideal locations for a quiet country walk, or, if you’re feeling more energetic, a great place to hire kayaks for. If water isn’t your thing, you can also hire a bike and make the most of the numerous cycling trails in the area.
Llanberis is also home to Electric Mountain and the Welsh slate mines, if you’re in the mood for an educational day trip.
Don’t miss out on Pete’s Eats in the village for some hearty grub!
3. The Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay
The perfect destination for a family day out! The zoo is nestled in the heart of the hills of Colwyn Bay; as well as a range of lively and interesting animals, it also offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas. My personal favourite event at the zoo is “Sealions Rock”, whilst my boys love the Chimp Encounter show.
Llandudno is a lively seaside town on the coast of North Wales, and boasts a range of activities to keep everyone happy. The cable car up the Great Orme will give you a bird’s eye view of the town and surrounding area; the Great Orme itself provides lovely walks, grassy areas to picnic in, and a family golf course.
When I was younger, my granddad used to take my brother and me to Llandudno’s dry sky slope and toboggan run, and we could have happily played there for hours! My boys are still a little too young for the ski slope, but the LOVE the toboggan run!
Another of my boys’ favourite activities at Llandudno is the pier; or, more specifically, the penny machines! The pier is like any other; lively, noisy, colourful and great FUN!
Kids driving you mad? Need some retail therapy? Llandudno is great for shopping, and you’ll find all the major high street stores either in the centre of the town, or on the nearby retail park.
5. Rhyl Sun Centre
Recently revamped, this is one of Rhyl’s main attractions. The Sun Centre has a great range of water slides, the most exciting of which include the Buzz and Black Thunder slides! Other highlights for your kids to brave include the tropical storm pool and surf pool, and for your little ones, the children’s area and monorail. The Sun Centre is great fun for the whole family and I would highly recommend it.
6. Moel Famau
Moel Famau is a very large hill, and one that’s well worth the climb! There’s a range of routes to the top, rendering it suitable for the whole family. Once at the peak of Moel Famau you’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic views; on a good, clear day you can see Liverpool, Bangor, and even as far as Ireland and Blackpool! Jubilee Tower sits on the summit, and there you’ll find information on what you can see in each direction.
7. High Ropes Course
OK, so these aren’t indigenous to North Wales, but if you’re taking a trip there and are feeling like a real physical and mental challenge, factor this into your itinerary! I’d recommend the Get Wet course (don’t be confused by the name!) that lies between Bala and Corwen, the Tree Top Adventure course in Betws-y-Coed, and the Ropes and Ladders course in Llanberis. Arguably the best for family fun is the Ropes and Ladders course, as it caters for children from age 4 up, but I suggest you look at each on their individual websites first.
Beware: the harder courses aren’t for the faint-hearted, and even if you’re fine with heights, 21 meters is incredibly high when you’re up there! My husband was cursing without restraint all the way round, so you may want to bear that in mind when you’re taking younger children!
8. Llandegla Mountain Biking Trail
I LOVE this place! It’s quite a challenge cycling up the trail to reach a part where you can rocket down, but well worth the physical effort. You can rent a bike and helmet from the site, and they have a great café as well for the bite to eat you’ll need to regain your strength after your cycle. The routes and their difficulties are clearly signposted, but even the easiest route provides an adrenaline-filled, immensely fast trip down! I recommend you arrive early on a weekend or during school holidays as the car-park packs out quickly – a testament to the popularity of the trail!
9. Newborough Forest and Beach
This is my own little heaven. To me, the beach is idyllic, with soft golden sand it’s the absolute best place for sunbathing, reading, relaxing or, if you’re wanting to burn some energy, beach games. I love taking a book there just to sit and read listening to the waves.
As well as the beach, there is also the Llanddwyn Island to explore on your visit. The island is St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, was supposed to have spent time on the island, which is one of the reasons Newborough draws in tourists. It’s definitely worth exploring the island and its collection of dilapidated cottages, the lighthouse and church.
This quaint little village is another of North Wales’ rural gems. The surrounding area boasts lakes, mountains and forests aplenty, and renting a bike can enhance your experience.
Most people Beddgelert to see the grave of the valiant and noble dog, Gelert, who died tragically and mistakenly at the hands of the master he loyally served; after his horrendous, erroneous murder of his faithful companion, Gelert’s master, according to the legend, never smiled again. It’s a legend well worth Googling!
I recommend you add the tunnels and caves of Sygun copper mine to your agenda if you’re heading to the area, and you can’t miss out on an award-winning ice cream at Glaslyn Ices!
About the Author:
This article was written by Ella Rose West, author of the Selfish Mum parenting blog – Ella posts about all things travel and home related, and believes passionately in mums living life to the full!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/20 at 12:14 PM
Reduce Stress in Family Travel: 10 Expert Weigh In
Head Posh Mom Elizabeth Thorp was asked to chime in as a travel expert on Flipkey.com, a Tripadvisor company, about how to reduce stress when traveling with the brood.
Check out the article here and find out what she said along with 9 other amazing travel gurus!
How do you keep your stress down when you travel with the family? Leave a comment!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/15 at 01:02 PM
Fab Friday: Last Chance to Vote for Posh!
Share your road trip photos with us! Hashtag #FriFotos on Twitter!
Check out this awesome guest post of beautiful sights in Sorrento for your family
Congrats to Rebecca Penovich! The winner of the Wellie!
Elizabeth shared 5 reasons to take a family vacation in Beverly Hills on the the Four Seasons blog
Last chance to vote for Poshbrood for Best Travel Blog of the Red Tryke Awards! Pretty please?
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/09 at 11:29 AM
And the winner of the Wellie is…
It’s time to announce the lucky winner of the Wellie Overnight Bag from Oughton Limited!
Congratulations to Rebecca Penovich from Kensington, Maryland!
Rebecca, please send an email to elizabeth [at] poshbrood.com to redeem your prize!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the drawing. Stay tuned for more posh travel giveaways for your next opportunity! Leave a comment below and tell us what you would love to win and add to your travel collection!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/06 at 02:30 PM
Beautiful Sights in Sorrento for the Family
There are places in our world so rich in beautiful sights and experiences that one visit is never enough, and Sorrento is one of them. Your Sorrento holidays could be more special if you would just prepare for your vacations as early as possible. Here is a quick guide to some must-see spots in this beautiful Italian destination. They are all worth your time and will make the family happy!
Starting at the town square is always a good choice. The tourist train and the sightseeing bus take off from there and offer your whole family the chance to enjoy a ride around Sorrento with a professional guide. Apart from that, the square is home to many shops, from souvenirs to fashion, and restaurants. Take a picture with the statue of Signor Tasso and try out the local favorite “espresso crema”!
Il Vallone dei Mulini
Unexpectedly close to Piazza Tasso, you will find “the Valley of the Mills”: a gorge covered in greenery which houses the ruins of an old windmill. Head down the steep street for an adventure trip and do not forget your camera. Looking down is hypnotizing - just hold on to the railings!
Chiesa di San Francesco
Going up to the splendid old church Chiesa di San Francesco will pay off immediately as you enter the spacious temple and soak in the cool calmness of the place on a hot summer day. The murals and statues inside will impress old and young alike. The nearby piazza offers a magnificent view of the legendary Mount Vesuvius and the bay.
Antico Borgo Marinaro
Sorrento’s marina is a mere ten-minute walk from the town center. It is ripe with cafes and fish restaurants frequented by many locals. The area retains that old-town feel, so head there for an authentic taste of Sorrento’s history as well as some traditional seafood. The marina also hosts one of the most beautiful beaches in town. Bring a towel and sunscreen along, just in case!
Punta del Capo
This is the ultimate photo opportunity and stunning view of Sorrento! Make it a hike along the shaded road, or simply take the bus. The bay in its full majesty lies at your feet, and the rocks house secluded spots with crystal-clear waters you can enjoy away from the tourist hustle-bustle. The nearby village of Puolo offers a hidden gem of a beach, too!
About the Author: Andrew Wilbourne is an accomplished travel writer/editor who loves to go to different countries and experience the culture as well as the sights that they offer. In addition to being a passionate writer and a family man, he is an adventure junkie of sorts who makes it a point to test himself each time the opportunity presents itself. Andrew simply loves the outdoors and makes it a point to try something new each time he visits a particular destination. He has travelled extensively and is probably doing so as you read his blog post.
photo credit: wenzday01 via photopin cc
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/05 at 12:33 PM
Show Us Your #RoadTrip Photos! Poshbrood Co-Hosting #FriFotos Today with Rick Griffin
Three kids, a fat old dog, bikes, coolers, iPads, books, movies, snacks, endless gear and lots of traffic?
Yup, this is how we Road Trip.
Join the conversation—post your “Road Trip” photos on Twitter with hashtag #FriFotos!
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/02 at 10:29 AM
Poshbrood’s Featured Traveler: McLean Robbins
Today we’re launching a new weekly feature on Poshbrood.com, a profile of a well-traveled person we like and admire.
Our first Poshbrood Featured Traveler is….McLean Robbins!
McLean is a luxury lifestyle writer and editor for leading magazines and publications worldwide. When she’s not traveling the world on assignment for Forbes Travel Guide, AOL or Robb Report, you’ll find her consulting with leading hotel brands on content marketing and strategy in her hometown of Washington, DC. (She’s practically Poshbrood’s next door neighbor!) She’s always on the hunt for the next great spa treatment, the coolest hotel opening or the latest and greatest travel app.
Here’s the travel scoop on McLean…We think she’s the bees knees—we have the same “Bucket List.”
Name: McLean Robbins
What do you do for a living?
I’m a luxury lifestyle writer and editor and consult with leading hotel brands on content strategy and marketing for a large digital agency in DC.
How often do you travel?
I try to take one short trip and one long trip per month.
What is your favorite airline and why?
Air France. Business Class (first would be lovely, but let’s face it – nobody can afford it!) … the food is great and the service divine.
Aisle or window seat?
Window. Unless I’m in coach. Then it’s definitely aisle.
How many countries have you been to?
15 or so…
What was your worst travel experience?
I’m not sure that “worst” really applies. I’ve learned something great from just about every place I’ve been. I’ve had bad airport experiences and bad hotel stays and all-around travel tragedies, but generally speaking, something always redeems the trip.
Favorite US city:
It’s hard to say. I love Las Vegas time and again for travel. But I love Boston, New York, San Francisco and Chicago for big cities, and places like Easthampton and Newport, Rhode Island for vacation.
Favorite foreign city:
Lake Como, Italy or Los Cabos, Mexico.
Casta Diva Resort, Lake Como
Favorite American hotel:
Anything Four Seasons or Relais & Chateaux.
Favorite island destination:
Bermuda – it’s easy to get to and the sand is PINK!
Favorite posh restaurant:
Cocina Del Mar, Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos
Favorite restaurant where kids are welcomed:
Elote Cafe, Sedona
Best vacation you’ve ever had for 1.) romance or 2.) family/kids or 3.) Girlfriend getaways:
1) Los Cabos (Romance)
2) Family. I grew up going to Pinehurst for a golf trip and renting homes in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.
3) Toronto, Las Vegas or New York for a girlfriend getaway. Unless of course you’re talking spa. I’ll take a week at Canyon Ranch anytime!
Gone with the Wind, When Harry Met Sally, An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing
I read trashy romance novels like it’s my job.
What are your five must-have travel items?
My iPad, a giant bottle of water, my cashmere travel blanket, a great travel purse (I alternate between Louis Vuitton and Marc by Marc Jacobs) and my Nikon D-90 camera.
What’s your go-to travel outfit?
Black skinny pants or leggings, a white tunic top, and a colorful scarf or statement necklace. Sunglasses. Black Prada flats that I can wear all day and go with everything.
Favorite apps for travel and entertainment:
Netflix and Amazon Prime are great for long trips. Uber for getting around. Gate Guru for planning my airport adventure, and HotelTonight for booking on the fly. When I’m bored, I have a sad, sad addiction to Candy Crush Saga.
What’s on the top of your bucket list?
Tuscany. An African Safari. The Maldives. A Villa in Mustique. The list goes on.
Favorite travel websites:
Other than Poshbrood?! I love Pursuitist, ForbesTravelGuide.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Gadling, and Fathom.
Best travel tips:
—Book a great airfare if you see it (I use Airfarewatchdog) and then figure out the hotel. The latter part is easy, and there’s something to love about most any destination.
—Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Nothing ruins a trip more than a massive dehydration headache.
—I keep a makeup bag pre-packed in my carry-on with miniatures of my favorite products and an old set of brushes. It’s a great time to test new face creams and products from your Glossybox or Birchbox too!
—Pay more to fly direct. Layovers are never a fun time.
Where are you off to next?
The Inn at Perry Cabin next week, followed by a long trip to Austin for a wedding and a few fun assignments.
Posted by Elizabeth on 08/01 at 05:05 PM
Fab Friday: Hey Dude. Can I get a vote?
New Posh Pick! Have you ever heard of a luxury dude ranch? You must see Smith Fork Ranch!
We’re so pleased to be up for a Red Tryke award! Please take a moment to give us your vote!
And why wouldn’t you vote for us when we’re trying to giveaway an amazeballs Oughton Bag for your travel collection? There’s still time to enter!
Posted by Elizabeth on 07/26 at 12:55 PM
Best Family Spas Around The World
While family vacations are meant for you to spend quality time bonding with your children, sometimes it can be difficult to find something that both you and your child will enjoy. Water sports, hiking and a few other outdoors sports are all fun activities that meet those criteria—but what if you’re looking for something a little more relaxing?
Spa treatments in luxe spas and hotels around the world are a great way to fit in some rejuvenation while bonding with the family. While spas were once the providence of the wealthy individual, spas are becoming increasingly family-friendly as the health benefits of spa treatments are becoming increasingly better known.
Massages, aromatherapy and a long session in the sauna can help ease your aching joints and muscles from traveling (as well as that tension headache from being around bickering children 24/7), while children get to experience their first taste of pampering. Girls will love their pedicure and manicure treatments, while teenagers of both genders will benefit from acne facials.
The spas below offer kid-friendly options on their service menus alongside their more luxurious treatments for the weary adult:
Wintergreen Resort (Wintergreen, Virginia)
Perfect for those who love outdoor sports, Wintergreen Resort offers skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and hiking, tennis, fly-fishing and golf during the summer. Relax after a long day of activity with some pampering at their child-friendly spa.
Mom and daughter can bond over a Diva Day package with pedicures and massages. Teens can choose from a Bye Bye Blemishes facial to Make-Up Art 101, which teaches them how to properly apply makeup. The Spa is open to children aged 9 to 14 (15 and up is considered an adult).
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)
Children and parents alike can fully relax at this an all-inclusive luxury resort known for spacious rooms, surprisingly good food (especially for an all-inclusive) and excellent spas. The recent addition of their Kids Spa is open to children that are 4 and older, and there’s even a treatment for toddlers aged 1 to 3 (Sunrise “massage”).
The Kids Spa offers treatments like the Tarzan and Jane massage or the Flower Shower massage, strawberry or vanilla flavored malt baths and sparkly manicures. Best of all—protective parents can keep an eye on the proceedings as all treatments take place poolside or inside your family suite.
Nickelodeon Suites Resort (Orlando, Florida).
Kid-themed resorts and hotels are perfect for finding spa treatments suitable for the younger set. Nickelodeon Suites Resorts is a giant playground for the young and young-at-heart, boasting a miniature golf course, the usual theme park shows, karaoke, and a daily trademark green sliming session.
The Kid’s Spa offers off-the-beaten path “beauty treatments” to boys and girls alike, allowing them to channel their inner rebel with airbrushed temporary tattoos and funky hair braids and wraps (adventurous moms and dads can get the same treatment as well).
Bellezza Spa (Miami, Florida)
If hair wraps and temporary tattoos aren’t the spa experience you’re looking for, take a quick detour to the day spas in Miami. Renowned for its luxurious European skin care products and exclusive body peels and scrubs, Bellezza is a Miami spa and salon that offers relaxing massage therapy, alongside modern skincare treatments, like Botox and Juvederm, so that you can look as refreshed as you feel.
While you’re enjoying these rejuvenating experiences, your little ones can delight in a Princess Facial, or a Chocoluscious Manicure and Pedicure— sure to appeal to anyone with a sweet tooth.
Four Seasons Resorts (various locations around the world)
With a reputation for luxurious rooms and impeccable service, Four Seasons is also very family-friendly. Not only do most locations offer kids’ meals, baby amenities and special pricing and programs for those traveling with children, but tweens and teens (12 and up) are welcome to get treatments at the resort’s spa.
While the services offered vary from resort to resort, there are at least a few treatments available to children on every spa menu. Siblings and friends can get side-by-side facials or massages in Costa Rica. Acne facials for teens with problem skin are available in Nevis. Four Season Maldives has a spa designed specially for kids (Kuda Spa for Kids and Teens), with treatments ranging from glitter manicures to a massage using clam shells.
Finding something that is healthy, fun and enjoyable for the whole family, especially during a trip, can be challenging. A day at the spa might be exactly what you and your children needed to unwind after hours on the road and days spent playing hard in the sun. Relax and rejuvenate with your kids at these kid-friendly spa options.
Marcela De Vivo is a health and beauty writer, yoga enthusiast and mother of three who loves traveling around the world with her family, especially to day spas that will pamper the entire family. Follow her on Facebook today!
Posted by Elizabeth on 07/24 at 10:27 AM