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It’s Bermuda Time!

Fairmont Hamilton Princess Infinity Pool

Fairmont Hamilton Princess Infinity Pool

It’s Bermuda time! For some reason I never think to recommend Bermuda as a weekend getaway.  But that is about to change.  It is just a 90 minute flight from New York and customs are even handled there so when you arrive back into the USA you don’t need to wait in a line. The island is friendly and clean with gorgeous beaches and incredible snorkeling and diving.  Plus some of the best golf in the world. In fact it might be better to stay for a week!

Not to mention all of the great hotels. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess has just undergone a major renovation with a new beach club and Marcus Samuelsson restaurant about to open.  And Rosewood Tucker’s Point has always been a favorite. As the weather is (hopefully) turning warmer, it is time to think about Bermuda!

 

 

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Feel Like You are With Family at Le Sereno in St. Barts

Le Sereno

Le Sereno

Just got back from the most fantastic trip to St. Barts! I am completely in love with Le Sereno.  General Manager, Samy Ghachem does everything possible to make each guest feel special and your stay is more like visiting a warm friend than being at a hotel. Starting with the complimentary VIP Service at the St. Martin airport and ending with your personal goodbye, every aspect of this hotel is absolute perfection.

When we landed in St. Martin, someone was waiting for us at the gate.  He took our passports to get stamped and handed us our boarding passes for the flight to St. Barts.  We got drinks in the bar while he gathered our suitcases and went through customs for us…. I never waited in one line…it was a dream. And Le Sereno provides this service free of charge!

The design of the hotel is simply breathtaking – lots of wood and natural colors with the beautiful pool overlooking the lagoon, both the same shade of vibrant blue.  Designer Christian Liaigre has created the perfect setting for couples or families. The minimalist design is simple but sophisticated and allows the natural beauty of the surroundings shine though.

The restaurant serves the most delicious granola I have ever tasted (feeling in serious withdrawal now) and the eggplant chips with tzatziki sauce are completely addicting. My son played with the hotel cat, Cookie and a large group of guests and staff even went out together dancing in Gustavia on Friday night.

I can’t think of a better place to relax and enjoy some fun in the sun.

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The Viceroy Deserves all the Hype

Viceroy Anguilla

View from the Sunset Lounge at the Viceroy Anguilla

The Viceroy Anguilla is the “it” destination in the Caribbean now. I have been staying here for the past few days and this hotel deserves all the hype and praise it has been generating.

The rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable. My only complaint is that the balconies don’t have lights. My husband and I put our son to bed and wanted to hang out on the balcony, but it was pitch black out there!

But the common areas are beautiful. I love every pool and the beach is great too (I had heard it was lacking). I always prefer the beach over a pool and this one is very nice and the water is perfect for swimming.

The best part is the food. I don’t go to the Caribbean for food and I am usually happy to find mediocre eats. But at the Viceroy the food is delicious. The breakfast buffet is large and varied. The Bamboo Bar for lunch has the best burger I have had in awhile and their shrimp sandwich has inspired some daydreams. We even had sushi for dinner tonight that was fresh and tasty. All in all this place is a must visit!

My photo is the view from the Sunset Lounge – the perfect way to end your day.

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Breakfast at La Samanna – Aaaaah…

La Samanna HotelLa Samanna is a classic Caribbean resort and it is still going strong. The renovated rooms are fresh and modern, the service is great and the villas are unbelievably gorgeous!

The lobby and main restaurant are being renovated this summer/fall and by the holiday season this hotel will be in top form. But let’s not kid ourselves…the best part of this place is the beach. It is perfect! Tons of soft sand and the water is clear blue, calm and warm.

There is nothing better than eating breakfast with this view!

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