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The Best Virtuoso Amenity of 2014!

What says welcome to Santorini better than a 5-hour sailing tour in a Catamaran Yacht?

CollageOne of the best ways to really get to explore the Santorini area, this fun in the sun trip is definitely a special treat! All guests staying 4 nights or more at Canaves Oia Hotel are offered this exclusive Virtuoso amenity! This amazing tour starts with a roundtrip transfer from and provided by Canaves Oia Hotel.

Starting your journey from Ammoudi Bay, the yacht takes you towards the hot springs, located in a small bay in the “Palea Kameni”. The Palea Kameni is one of the two volcanic islands located in the Caldera. Baths in the water are heated by what remains of the volcano for an unforgettable hot springs experience!

The next stop on this fantastic tour begins by sailing close to Aspronissi and Akrotiri on your way to White Beach for an hour of leisurely swimming, snorkeling and lunch on 2

Right after your White Beach fun, the yacht will take you to the Red Beach for 30 minutes of swimming and snorkeling in another gorgeous part of Santorini. Your yacht tour then finishes in Vlychada and their private transfers will take you back to the hotel.

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I was fortunate enough to experience Canaves Oia Hotel’s exclusive virtuoso amenity while visiting Santorini and ended up being extremely pleased with the crew and the level of service Sunset Oia provides. Nothing describes 5 star service better than a wonderful tour with marvelous service!

For 2014, Virtuoso Rate Includes:
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
• American champagne buffet or room service breakfast daily
• Welcome gift: bottle of local Santorinian wine & fresh fruit
• Euro 80 Food & Beverage credit per room, per stay (not combinable, not valid towards room rate, no cash value if not redeemed)
• For Stays of 4 or more nights: Choice of 80 euro Food & Beverage credit per room OR one catamaran sunset tour any day during the stay

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Best Pools in Las Vegas

Where are the best pools in Las Vegas?? I just got back from almost 2 weeks there. While it is a strange way to spend your August – I have to admit I really love it! And nothing is better than the pool scene. You can find anything from elegant to trashy….and everything in between. I split my time between the Bellagio and The Cosmopolitan – and checked out a few others along the way…

For the sheer size I have to give the Bellagio credit. The pool area is so expansive with so much space and hidden nooks and crannies you can always find a chair – which in this town is a real challenge.


For craziest pool scene it has to go to Marquee at the Cosmopolitan. People line up at 10am for the chance to fight for each square inch of space – only VIPs or people who shell out a LOT of cash can get a chair or gasp…cabana with plunge pool. The pool is so packed you can barely see the water (which might be a good thing)…but the music is fun and the frozen sweet tea vodkas are delicious. You can’t help but have a good time.

The main pool at the Cosmopolitan is almost as loud — just not nearly as much fun….I recommend the Bamboo Pool for a relaxing and chic experience.

The pool at the Four Seasons has the best cashew chicken salad I have ever tasted. I actually dreamed about it and ran back for seconds the next day. The pool is very good for kids and families, but I think the grounds could use a face lift.

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental is an interesting scene. The whole point of the hotel seems to be “being in Vegas without being in Vegas” …but if you are in Vegas, don’t you want to feel like you are part of it??? I guess that debate doesn’t really matter since the pool (and the whole hotel for that matter) is beautiful and probably the most sophisticated you could ever hope to find in Vegas…a true oasis in this desert.

Which is the place for you??


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Good Morning from the Guanahani

I moved over to the Hotel Guanahani and Spa and the view from my room is almost as nice as at the Isle de France. The private pool definitely helps!

The Hotel Guanahani is comprised of quirky cabins sprinkled along a forested hillside, heading right down to the sea. It is not uncommon to see a turtle crossing the road or to find a giant iguana on your doorstep. This hotel definitely has a more traditional Caribbean feel and a campy vibe. I am excited to see more!


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Isle de France, St Barts

If you love the beach and you are heading to St Barts don’t look further than Isle de France. This boutique 39 room hotel is a collection of beach front rooms in the main building and a collection of garden bungalows, suites and villas in the back.

The best feature (aside from the incredible service and helpful staff) is the beautiful beach. The sand is so soft and gently slopes toward the sea – you have no choice but to go into the bright blue sea. And don’t forget the great lunches! Enjoy a delicious tuna tartar with your feet in the sand as you watch a fashion show displaying the gorgeous sundries from the boutique.

This is the view from my room – I could stare at this all day!

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