Monday, July 30, 2012

JustLuxe: Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris


My final Paris luxury hotel review for JustLuxe is about a property I've been dreaming about staying at since I just poked my head into the lobby over a year ago on my last visit to the city.

Le Royal Monceau is one of Paris's historic palais hotels, and though it had a bit of a downturn in recent decades, it's back with a new lease on life thanks to an infusion from Raffles and some designer love from Philippe Starck. No wonder Paris's glitterati have been drawn there. You will be too after reading my review of the rooms, the restaurants, the amenities like a private screening room and a Spa My Blend by Clarins, and the artwork carefully scattered all around the building.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/hotel/feature-1806704.php

Friday, July 27, 2012

JustLuxe: Shangri-La Paris Hotel Review


During my recent month-long stay in the City of Lights, I got to experience several new luxury hotels including the first European property for Asia-based deluxe chain, Shangri-La, which is in a historic palace in the 16th arrondisement, with jaw-dropping views of the Eiffel Tower.

I can't say nearly enough about this phenomenal property, or the mouthwatering dinner I was served in its two Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Abeille, so I'll just let you read my JustLuxe piece on it instead: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/paris-news__1788267.php

The Points Guy Destination of the Week: London

 We caught Olympics fever over at The Points Guy this week, so we decided to cover the host city of the games, jolly old London.

I went a bit more in depth in this one, so in addition to the myriad ways to get there (sorry, you still have to pay high fuel surcharges and taxes) and the plethora of points properties to stay at - plus a gaggle of Visa Signature and Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts with tons of extra perks - you get some of my picks for what to see, do and eat in this world-class destination.

Talley ho! Link: http://thepointsguy.com/2012/07/destination-of-the-week-london/

Monday, July 23, 2012

JustLuxe: Mandarin Oriental Paris Hotel Review


My next Paris dispatch for JustLuxe was about the second luxury property I was able to experience during my month-long sojourn in one of my favorite cities. The Mandarin Oriental also recently opened there - well, last summer, right around my birthday - but reviews of it are still scarce, and I got to enjoy not only an overnight stay, but a meal at its restaurant and a spa treatment as well.

Read all about the wonderful day I spent there in this JustLuxe piece: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/paris-news__1801064.php

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Metrosource Magazine: Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air

My first full restaurant review for Metrosource Magazine appeared in the current issue and is of Wolfgang Puck's restaurant at the Hotel Bel-Air.

I've had the opportunity to eat there several times since it opened back in November, and I look forward to my meals there each and every time. You can find out why when you read my review at the link below!

Link: http://metrosource.com.s123317.gridserver.com/2012/07/13/puck%E2%80%99s-return/

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Points Guy Destination of the Week: Cape Town South Africa


Yet again, we visit another destination on the top of my wishlist for our next Destination of the Week on The Points Guy: Cape Town, South Africa.

While many folks might have been inspired to go there thanks to a recent The Bachelor finale, I've had my eye on this exotic destination for quite a while thanks to several other journalists I've met from there, some intoxicating (both in a literal and figurative sense) wines I've been able to sample, as well as my interest in glamping.

Little did I know how many points hotels there were there - not to mention Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts and Visa Signature Hotels, and how many ways to get there using my hard-earned miles. Benefit from my research and plan your own trip there after reading this post: http://thepointsguy.com/2012/07/destination-of-the-week-cape-town-south-africa/

Monday, July 9, 2012

JustLuxe: Los Angeles Summer Restaurant Week

Even by itself Restaurant Week in Los Angeles is a good reason to get excited, but the news this time around is that dineLA has organized the first-ever summer Restaurant Week in Los Angeles with tons of new participating restaurants including A-Frame, Blue Cow Kitchen & Bar, Farmshop, Mo-chica, Post & Beam, Tortilla Republic and Wirtshaus among others.

Find out all about how it's going to go down this time, and have a look at the menus, dates and times in my piece on JustLuxe at the link below.

Link: http://www.justluxe.com/travel/los-angeles-news__1789381.php

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Points Guy Destination of the Week: Fiji


For today's Destination of the Week on The Points Guy, we head to one of my personal dream destinations, the tropical islands of Fiji, where travelers can partake of aspirational accommodations like overwater bungalows and secluded jungle hillside villas, not to mention using their points to do so, and miles to get there.

Find out all the wonderful things that await in our piece this week: http://thepointsguy.com/2012/07/destination-of-the-week-fiji/