Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

On My Travel Radar: Seven Secrets Resort & Wellness Retreat

I don’t know what I was googling or even the topic I was researching, because once I laid eyes on the Seven Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat in Lombak, Indonesia all common sense went out of my head. I mean, really? All I could think of was white sandy beaches, yoga, delicious and healthy food, plus luxury. Luxury. All. Damn. Day. I’m a goner. A wellness retreat in this setting. Bring it. I seriously suggest you take a gander and look at these photos.

You know you want to go, right?

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Destination Hotels: Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop Pool

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I recently had the pleasure to visit the remodeled The Embassy Row Hotel and enjoy their rooftop pool for the day. The hotel has gone under a major renovation and from what I had seen before and not feels like two completely different properties.

The hotel now offers a brunch. Most people know I’m not really a brunch person. I wake up way to early to wait until midday to eat so breakfast is usually my thing. The day I tried the brunch I had walked 5 miles, then took yoga on the hotel’s rooftop and was practically starving by 10:00 am. Thank goodness their brunch starts early. It set the tone for the day. I definitely plan on going back to the hotel to enjoy the pool one more time before summer ends.

The hotel still has events at the pool, including happy hour, and morning in partnership with EPIC Yoga. I hope they continue to have events once summer is over. If feels like a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Also, I couldn’t hear any traffic or sirens which made the time at the people enjoyable. My one caveat? I hope next summer they get one of those margarita machines because I love an icy libation by a pool.

The Embassy Row Rooftop Pool is a must in the summer. I already have plans to return in 2016 on my calendar. Yes, summer is my favorite season.

Here are few upcoming events at the hotel.

Pope Party – September 22

The Embassy Row Hotel is celebrating Pope Francis’ visit to Washington D.C. with a Pope-centric party on The Rooftop on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  Eat like the Pope, indulging in some of his favorite foods including an assortment of cheeses, breads, meats, empanadas and dulce de leche all while watching his journey throughout the city. Tickets are priced at $25 and include food, a glass of Malbec and live DJ entertainment. All proceeds benefit So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E), an organization that works to meet the needs of the poor and homeless through immediate services such as food, clothing and medical care.

KLEEN Event – September 24

Jump start the day with a morning rave on The Rooftop hosted by KLEEN City on Thursday, September 24. Beginning at 6:00am, relax with a morning yoga class accompanied by a live DJ and followed by a heart pumping dance party and bootcamp. The event concludes at 9:00am, just in time for guests to dance their way to work. $25 entry.

Art All Night – September 26

Serving as the artistic hub of Dupont Circle, The Embassy Row Hotel will be featuring different art installations, paintings and films on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  Fire performer, Kyle Virvelfind, will illuminate the night sky alongside the beats of the DJs from One Love Massive.  Walk up the stairwell to find art from John Marc’s live art painting and installation. On The Rooftop, participate in Black Knight Events’ neon black light party or enjoy innovative motion picture screenings, including Parallel Film Collective’s short films accompanied by DJ Ausar. Make your way to the Garage Room to view Tim McLoraine’s ‘ miraculous Mandarin’ installation. ‘Art All Night’ is FREE for all looking to heighten their creative senses and experience a whirlwind of art.

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{Brunch was so good I need to a return trip}

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 {I could get used to this view}

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Global Wellness Day with Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC


I hope everyone had a glorious weekend. It was hot here in the DMV and I loved every single minute of it. On Saturday, I spent time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC to celebrate Global Wellness Day. Global Wellness Day is just what it says – a day to celebrate wellness in various forms. It was also great to meet new local bloggers in real life instead of just on the Internet. For me, wellness is sleep, great food, and working out.

The Four Seasons Washington, DC is a true luxury destination and as a one of the invited media it was great to see the hotel participate in making wellness global. The hotel is situated in Georgetown, a popular area in DC and perfect for runners. The hotel’s spa is one of the best in the area for relaxation and rejuvenation.

The morning started with yoga (my personal favorite) outside with local instructor Christina Popescu. I normally practice in a studio and outside can always present challenges. Bugs, heat, uneven terrain, but the best thing about it is I have to focus on my breath and each posture.

{Yoga outside. I could get used to this.}


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By the time, we sweated it out and finished with savasana I was so relaxed. Savasana takes on a different meaning outside listening to the birds and babbling canal water. After yoga is was a post-yoga green juice (Green Goddess) and superfood muffins (I need the recipe).

{Green Goddess Juice & Superfood Muffins}


The snack was a great preparation for breakfast. The hotel created the Green Machine omelette in honor of Global Wellness Day. I never have delicious Huevos Rancheros therefore I did my Texas duty and devoured mine. After lunch, it was time to relax in the spa area and because I never met a sauna or steam room I didn’t like I treated my body to a sweaty detox session.

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{Huevos Rancheros}


{Spa treatment room}

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I finished the day with a makeup session with local makeup artist Gavin Hebert using Jane Iredale products which I loved. I’m usually not a mineral makeup fan, but Gavin changed my mind.

{My before and after. My face felt light all day.}


If you want to see how other Four Seasons around the world celebrated Global Wellness Day search the hashtag #FSWellness. Thank you to everyone at the Four Seasons for such a lovely day. Ladies, let’s make wellness an everyday event.

Travel Diary: Dining in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I had heard the food in Fort Lauderdale and as a girl who loves a good meal. I was hyped. I enjoy experiencing a new city through their cuisine. I believe it’s one of the best ways to understand the culture, cuisine, and history of an area. Also, I am enthusiastic to discover what resources the chefs use in their dishes.

We first had brunch at Beauty + the Feast at The Atlantic Hotel. The restaurant is located directly across the beach and sitting outside with a water view wasn’t bad. The restaurant was a nice size and the dishes were meant to be shared – tapas style. I’m normally not a fan of tapas-style for dinner, but for breakfast and brunch it works perfectly. The restaurant also has a Bloody Mary bar in which you can add various toppings such as extra horseradish, bacon and blue-cheese stuffed olives.

Beauty + the Feast is one of those restaurants I would return to again and again while visiting Fort Lauderdale.

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For dinner, we feasted at the Diplomat Prime at the Diplomat Hotel is a Wine Spectator “Best of” award winner and that made this steak and wine lover happy.

We started our meal with an amuse bouche. This is a small dish of the chef’s choosing to cleanse the palette. I never turn down a good steak and a great red wine at a high-end restaurant. The two have to go together. My steak was perfectly cooked that the knife slid through it like butter.

The restaurant is an impressive stand-alone to the hotel. I have found that many in-house steak restaurants don’t live up to the hype. I will put the Diplomat Prime against any top steakhouse in New York or Texas.


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Travel Diary: Curio Collection’s Diplomat Resort & Spa – Hollywood, FL





If you tell someone you are traveling to South Florida there is only one city that comes to mind – Miami. It seems Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood don’t get the love that their sexy big sister Miami gets, but you should still pay them a visit. Why? South Florida has great cities to visit, play, and relax. The beaches are equally as beautiful, less crowded, and in my opinion more relaxing.

I brought my best friend and cousin Cassy along to explore the beach, the food scene, and relax. Plus, Cassy and have traveled so much together we are like a well-oiled machine. We know each others quirks and every trip must be relaxing and fun. Plus, she’s game to eat anything too.

We stayed at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Hollywood is close to Fort Lauderdale, shopping, and eating. It’s a large conference hotel, but because it is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection it is more upscale than traditional Hilton hotels. Our room was a beautiful corner suite with ocean views and a wrap around balcony which we put to great use. It was perfect for having our morning cup of coffee and charting our day.

The Diplomat has two towers and due to its size it may seem massive. In actuality, it seems cozy, with a warm and friendly staff, great restaurants, and an indulgent spa. We always like to spend the day at the hotel property to recover from early travels and that meant one thing to us: the beach. We are totally beach girls. We can layout all day if you let us. We headed to the beach to relax, drink a few cocktails and then relax before a night out watching boxing.

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Destination Hotels + Nest Fragrances Collaboration

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Two of my favorite brands are partnering together. Beauty and travel are what I live for and I’m so happy now because Destination Hotels has partnered with Nest Fragrances for their amenities. I’m a fan of both of the brands. Trust me, you need to go stay at Terranea in California. It is still one of my favorite hotels ever. Read my reviews here and here. These are the hotel amenities you really want take home with you. Trust me.

Travel Radar: Four Seasons Johannesburg, South Africa

JBG_057_aspect16x9I haven’t been back to Africa since my epic trip in 2010 and now le husband and I are itching and ready to travel back. We have so many family obligations this year, but we are planning for 2016 and I am so excited. When we visited before for the World Cup we didn’t make it Johannesburg (Jo’burg) because we didn’t have tickets for any games in the city. Now we plan to hit up Jo’burg, a safari and Ghana. Yes, we like to do Africa big.

I am so excited to know that my luxury will get its must-have fix at the newly opened Four Seasons Johannesburg. First, can we discuss how gorgeous the property is and the fact I want to dive deep into the rooms and definitely the bath rooms. After a day touring the city I’m going to need a respite, an oasis to escape and the spa with nine treatment rooms and two pools will be the perfect place to relax.

The hotel sits over the Johannesburg zoo and is a lush urban escape. The hotel has five dining options and I know the food will be delicious since the chef is from a three-starred Michelin French restaurant.

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 {I don’t play golf, but I would love to walk these grounds}

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{A gorgeous place for cocktails}



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{Let’s take a dip, shall we?}


{I want to sit on this couch and read multiple books on adventures}


{Can we have a moment of silence for this bathroom}

JBG_038_aspect16x9Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff
67 Jan Smuts Avenue
P.O. Box 2700, Saxonwold 2132
Johannesburg, South Africa


Travel Diary: Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa

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I wanted to start your new year with one of my favorite travel diaries from the Sofitel Biarritz. After the Paris Beauty 2014, we headed to Biarritz via Rail Europe, in the South of France to experience true thalassotherapy. Thalassotherapy is the use of sea water as therapy. Since the Sofitel Biarritz le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa is located on the sea it was a great place to start the journey.

In France spas are considered a part of wellness. It’s not just for a birthday or mother’s day present. It is as essential as going to the doctor for a regular checkup. It helps lower blood pressure, rejuvenate and reinvigorate. The hotel is located on the cusp of Basque country. It’s only a 30 minute drive to Spain. The hotel is one of the luxury hotels in the area with sea views from every room. It boasts a spa obviously, salon, fitness center, bar and restaurants. The property is small and intimate and it is a getaway. This hotel is luxury personified.

The luxury hotel by the sea was a great introduction in the world of thalassotherapy. Stay tuned for posts on my fabulous spa treatments.

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Sofitel Biarritz
13 rue Louison Bobet
64200 Biarritz

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Atout France – France Tourism Development Agency and Sofitel Biarritz. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty and Luxe Beauty Journeys.


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