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Phoenix at The Phoenician

I recently returned form a wonderful trip to Phoenix, Arizona and had the chance to check out The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale. The location could not have been more perfect. Situated on Camelback Mountain, it is an easy drive to shopping areas and the Old Town.

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When first arriving, you are greeted by a winding entrance through the 250 acre property leading up the mountain. The golf course and casitas entice the view until you reach the main resort. You are greeted by the valet who escorts you into the main lobby with expansive views of the surrounding area from the balcony.

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All of the 538 rooms have been recently renovated to a calming contemporary style with large bathrooms containing both a separate tub and shower. Depending on your view from the balcony, you could have the pool view or the mountain view. Either are breathtaking.

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A local favorite dining option is at their J&G Steakhouse, an award-winning restaurant inspired by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It is perched atop the main building with again, expansive views of the destination. There are also private dining rooms available for groups and small functions.

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Further exploring the resort, we came across shops on site which included a cute little ice cream shop that served Sweet Republic Ice Cream, a local artisan creamery. Their custom “Phoenicain Crunch” was wonderful! They even can put together a picnic basket if you would prefer to enjoy the outdoors.

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Along the back of the property, there is a fantastic cactus garden. Guests can explore many of the different varieties of local flora and fauna as they walk the paths. There are guided tours if you would like a more in depth exploration but there are also signs by many of the cacti. One of the holes of the golf course will send the players through this area as well.

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Adjacent to the main property, there are also the Canyon Suites. This is an exclusive 60-room boutique hotel located at The Phoenician, providing guests with a Five-star experience from arrival to departure. There is private check-in and hotel amenities although you are also welcome to use the main resort areas as well. There are also great meeting spaces here overlooking the mountain. It is even possible to have the mountain lit if you are having an evening event. Guests also have the opportunity to test drive one of six available Porsche luxury vehicles for a period of time up to two hours.

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The golf course is a favorite, not just of travelers but locals as well. This championship course has 27 holes for the most discerning golfer. Views range from sweeping skyline to mountain landscape. Golf Digest has even ranked them in the top 75 courses in North America! Designed by Ted Robinson, Sr. and Homer Flint, The Phoenician’s three diverse nine-hole courses create 18-hole combinations for the challenge and fun any golf enthusiast will crave.

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Moving on to their spa…. “Absolutely Incredible” is the first term that comes to mind. With 24 treatment rooms and 22,000 square feet, this space is dedicated to a peaceful retreat for your mind, body and soul. Along with many, many treatment options, there is a guided meditation every day at noon in these unbelievably comfortable, leather gravity chairs. Unfortunately, I just missed this experience but did get a chance to experience their comfort.

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Last but certainly not least is the pool area. This large centerpiece of the resort has many different areas which makes it feel a bit like intimate spaces rather than one large swimming area. There is even a children’s splash pad complete with a water slide and cabanas for parents to relax in close proximity.

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Overall, this spectacular resort is truly an oasis in the Phoenix sun. From the newly renovated rooms to the plethora of resort amenities, this property has a bit of something for anyone’s enjoyment.

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Hanging Out in Huatulco, Mexico #travel

Nine bays, no limits.

Huatulco (wah-tool-co) is one of Mexico’s most relaxed tourist destinations, located on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast at the edge of the Sierra Madre Mountains in the state of Oaxaca. 22-miles of picturesque beaches dot the nearly virgin Pacific coastline while nine bays make Huatulco a watersports lover’s dream. Be sure to take a trip around Huatulco’s nine bays to discover the stunning surroundings, hidden beaches, and flora and fauna. Deluxe modern resorts are set amidst a natural unspoiled setting on Tangolunda Bay. Peaceful and romantic Conejos Bay offers golden sand beaches and sapphire waters. The hemisphere’s first eco-tourism resort, EarthCheck certification has been awarded to Huatulco for its high environmental standards.

Some of our favorite resorts

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Conejos Bay, with its golden sand, beautiful rock formations and sapphire waters, welcomes Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, a AAA 4 Diamond Award Winner and part of the Secrets brand, voted Best Hotel Chain by Apple Vacationers. This spectacular adults only (18+) resort is gently carved into the natural landscape to give all rooms a magnificent view. The exclusive amenities of Unlimited-Luxury® start with endless meals, snacks and premium beverages, pool and beach wait service, and 24-hour room and concierge service – all without the wristband that many resorts require. Suites offer a daily refreshed premium mini bar and spectacular views, while select accommodations provide a furnished patio, balcony, terrace Jacuzzi, or swim-out pool access. Enjoy unlimited activities, including windsurfing and snorkeling, and live nightly entertainment. Guests will indulge in some of the finest international fare at any of the seven gourmet á la carte restaurants, a buffet, and more – all without reservations. Enjoy nearby golf at Campo de Golf Tangolunda or pamper yourself at the world-class Secrets Spa by Pevonia with tranquil treatments.

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa

Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa, perfectly placed on Tangolunda Bay, one of the largest and most beautiful bays, is a sanctuary of both leisure and adventure for families, couples, singles, and friends. Enjoy endless day and night activities and all the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury where everything is included.

All rooms and suites boast amazing views, elegant design, and comfort. Amenities include a private terrace, satellite TV, DVD player, complimentary daily refreshed mini bar with soft drinks, juices, bottled water, and beer, 24-hour room service, and other lavish luxuries. Upgrade to a Preferred Club room and receive exceptional services and world-class amenities.

 

Quinta Real Huatulco

Bask in warmth and luxury in an exquisite Mexican atmosphere in beautiful Huatulco. Quinta Real Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 13 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco.

Double Moorish domed buildings mark this romantic and relaxing hotel. The small clusters of suites are integrated into the sloping hill near Tangolunda Bay and offer spectacular views of the Tangolunda Golf Course and Pacific Ocean.

Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco

Experience a spectacular vacation on a private beach on Tangolunda Bay. Camino Real Zaashila Huatulco is located in Huatulco, Mexico, about 14 miles east of Bahias de Huatulco International Airport.

One of the most exclusive resorts in the Bays of Huatulco, this shimmering sanctuary combines Mexican and Mediterranean architectural styles with 27 acres of gardens, fountains and waterfalls. Its unique, stacked design is submerged in a breathtaking natural setting, featuring a monumental, 120-meter length swimming pool, sculpted in front of the complex with a view over the Bay and endless crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Barcelo Huatulco Beach Resort

Barcelo Huatulco Beach rests upon a shimmering beach at the head of Tangolunda Bay, the largest of the nine secluded bays of Huatulco. Built in a contemporary Mexican style, this is a prestigious resort in Huatulco, known for its luxury and green sustainability. A distinctive resort where you’ll enjoy a variety of land and water sports, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful grounds, the swimming pool, or just go for a stroll along the sapphire waves of the Pacific Ocean, as they are all just a few steps from your room.

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Sun in St. Croix #travel

Paradise found…

St. Croix, the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (no passports needed for USA Citizens), offers a tranquil tropical destination for vacationers, honeymooners, scuba divers, and more. Rich in cultural diversity, St. Croix has a past filled with a fascinating history. Experience the unique culture of St. Croix through its arts, crafts, music, and more during a variety of festivals and cultural events throughout the year. St. Croix provides gorgeous beaches, world-class recreational activities, fine dining, casino action, and golf. Although only 22.7 miles long and 8 miles at its widest point, the landscape of St. Croix is surprisingly diverse. Visiting just the two main towns of Saint Croix will give you a glimpse of the island’s incredible history, from regal 18th and 19th-century homes in Christiansted to a tropical rain forest in Frederiksted.

Some of our favorite resorts:

Divi Carina Bay Resort

Divi Carina Bay All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Casino is a lively retreat nestled on the secluded eastern shoreline of beautiful St. Croix. The resort, 25 miles from the airport, lies along a 1000-foot stretch of white sand on Grapetree Beach. The clear waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands beckon travelers to take a dip, while hammocks stretched under swaying palms provide opportunities to dry-off and relax. The Vegas-style casino accommodates adventurous gamers looking to try their luck.

Enjoy modern beachfront guestrooms, poolside dining, watersports, live entertainment, and the value that comes with an all-inclusive package.

The Buccaneer

Treat yourself to a spectacular getaway at The Buccaneer, a luxurious beach resort that encompasses all the best St. Croix has to offer. Situated on 300 tropical acres, The Buccaneer is less than a five-minute drive from the historic town of Christiansted, where guests can enjoy a fine variety of shopping, dining, and sightseeing. This amazing resort hotel was founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations.

Renaissance St. Croix

Lush green mountains, unspoiled white sands, and crystal-clear waters await the discerning traveler at Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa. Nestled among the tropical scenery of Davis Bay, seven miles north of the airport, the resort offers 151 beautiful air-conditioned rooms, the convenience of Carambola Golf Course, and unparalleled snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Golfers will find the lavish fairways of the adjacent Carambola Golf Course surpass their expectations. Designed by Robert Jones, Sr., the course works its way through 6,843-yards of verdant, tropical terrain and houses 94 bunkers, along with its renowned par-three holes. On site, guests have their pick of four complimentary outdoor tennis courts, fishing, scuba and snorkeling services, and a jogging trail perfect for taking in the scenery while maintaining exercise habits. There is also a full-service spa and fitness center.

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St. Kitts – An experience like no other…

Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and white sandy beaches combine to make St. Kitts one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean. St. Kitts is uncrowded and unspoiled, famous around the world for excellent preservation of its ecosystems. Nature lovers will want to wander through the lava formations, tropical forests, and seaside lagoons. This tranquil island full of natural beauty boasts exotic black and white sand beaches and an emerald-green rain forest. Hike to Mt. Liamuiga, a dormant volcano on the northeast coast.

Resorts we love

St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Casino

St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino captivates you from the moment you first gaze upon it, immersing you in the culture and atmosphere of this relaxing and romantic Caribbean island. Located in the very heart of Frigate Bay, a special area set aside for resorts and luxury homes, this hotel is surrounded by the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course and is intertwined with the exuberant tropical foliage and exquisite Lake Zuliani. This spectacular resort rests in a natural beauty that promises an unparalleled island vacation experience.

Ocean Terrace Inn

Located atop a magnificently landscaped plot of land overlooking the natural beauty of Basseterre Bay and Nevis, the newly-renovated Ocean Terrace Inn offers vacationers with all the nuanced tropical charm one could hope to find in a Caribbean getaway. The tranquil gardens and private atmosphere of Ocean Terrace Inn provide the perfect environment for honeymooners, and the clear waters of nearby Turtle Beach meet the horizon in mesmerizing arrays of color at every romantic sunset.

Timothy Beach Resort

Timothy Beach Resort is the only hotel in the Frigate Bay area that sits directly on the calm, Caribbean beach. Set on a half mile stretch of golden sand, this resort lies three miles from the airport and less than a mile from the capital city of Basseterre. Lush tropical landscapes and breathtaking oceanfront views frame this cozy hideaway. A lovely tiled pool overlooks St. Kitts’ azure waters and newly constructed seaside decks provide easy access to snorkeling and the beach. Timothy Beach Resort is perfect for families. 60 air-conditioned rooms ensure supreme comfort.

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#Golf In Scotland – Play the Old Course, St. Andrews – #travel

For golf enthusiasts, St. Andrews is a golfing mecca. It’s every golfers dream to make the pilgrimage to play here. With a personalized tee time to play the Old Course, and a private links lesson beforehand, we will help you chip the perfect bump-and-run. You’ll also get to play your choice of other amazing Championship courses in St Andrews. Coupled with your own private car and expert guide, we will create a ‘bucket-list’ trip of a lifetime to one of the best golf destinations in the World.

3 Nights, Golf In Scotland – Play the Old Course, St. Andrews

What’s Included

  • Enjoy an above-par stay at the Old Course Hotel
  • Get tips from a local on how to play the Old Course’s infamous HellBunker while crossing its 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge
  • Perfect your bump-and-run chip with an hour-long private lesson
  • Virtuoso Exclusive Amenity: Complimentary in-room amenity from Elysian Golf

Available April Through November 2015

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