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Carmel Valley Ranch - Paradise in the Hills of Carmel California

In October of this year, I took my family to this unique resort with our two young children and it's left us relishing in the experience with our kids chatting up the pool, the garden, and the wild turkeys.  The layout of the property creates a peaceful atmosphere whether you travel as a family or a couple. The nearby village of Carmel By The Sea is a gem to be explored with the beach at the base of the village - great shopping and restaurants.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this great resort! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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Adult Pool at the Main Lodge

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Maui Revealed

maui-revealed6In Vancouver, from January to March I get a craving for sunshine and warmth something only a sunny destination can satisfy. I went to Maui for a dose of sunshine and a hit of adventure.  As soon as I arrived I smelled Maui’s sweet, nourishing air and was in bliss driving with the windows down all the way to my home for the next 10 days in Haiku. Haiku is the spiritual hub of Maui where the ex-pats fuse with the locals in the jungle surroundings.

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Roadtrip to the Canadian Rockies

After a few weeks of working at Renshaw Travel as an intern from Germany, it was time for my first adventure in Canada outside the beautiful city of Vancouver. When looking at the highlights of Canada in brochures, websites and other platforms you are always confronted with the beautiful landscapes and lakes of the Canadian Rockies, especially in the National Parks of Banff and Jasper. So it was obvious for me and my girlfriend Carla, who studies for one semester at Capilano University in Vancouver, which place in Canada we want to visit first. Another aspect of travelling to the Rockies as soon as possible was the pressure of the incoming winter, which obviously would mean a lot of snow on the roads and in the parks, and limited access to the natural sights.

TruckEventually, after the plans were made we picked up our rental car in Surrey on a Thursday evening in September, and were quite surprised when we realized with what kind of car we had to drive the nine hours into the province of Alberta. Instead of a small Toyota Yaris which we had actually booked, we were presented a Dodge Ram truck, beautiful to look at, but as high in its fuel consumption as you would imagine when looking at it. We didn't bother and started our adventure into the mountais good-tempered. 

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ECUADOR - the jewel of the equator

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Ecuador is a jewel of a country located on the middle of the Earth. This country, about the size of the state of Oregon, is home to 14 million people, 25,000 species of plants and 1663 species of birds. As seen in its name Ecuador (Equator) is host to the closest point to the sun which is located at the top of Chimborazo Volcano. Ecuador is made up of 4 distinct regions. They are the Amazon, the Andes, Pacific Coast and Galapagos Islands. All areas are distinctly different and are special in their own way.

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JOURNEY THROUGH THE CLOUDS - A Western Canada Tour

canada-tourWhen I travel abroad I always come home to Vancouver with a greater appreciation for my city and Canada as a whole. However, this trip I was able to be a tourist in my backyard, Western Canada. I travelled with my sister and we took a 7 day trip from Vancouver to Calgary and return. The first 5 days were part of a Rocky Mountain Trip. We spent the first night in Vancouver at Fairmont’s Heritage Property Hotel Vancouver. This castle in the city was built in 1939 and is located in the heart of the shopping, business and entertainment district in downtown Vancouver. The next morning we boarded the Rocky Mountaineer train in elegant fashion. The Rocky Mountaineer allows you to be taken back to a time where train travel was all that existed!

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Yacht Club Experience on MSC Cruises

 

MSC Yacht Club LogoEarlier this year, I received the opportunity to experience MSC Cruises and their Yacht Club. MSC Cruises is a European cruise line offering European Charm with modern Elegance. With a high European guest ratio, anyone looking for a different experience would like to give MSC a try!
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MSC builds large ships! With guest capacities of over 3,000 people, I would only recommend booking yourself into the MSC Yacht Club. Available onboard MSC Prezioza, MSC Divina, MSC Spendida and MSC Fantasia, with accommodation for only 150 guests, not only to you have access to all amenities the whole ship has to offer, you will have exclusive access to the Yacht Club Private areas of The One Pool and Sun Deck, Private Concierge and Library, Top Sail Lounge and exclusive open seating Dining Room.

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THE MANY FACES OF THE UNITED KINGDOM - Jessica Renshaw

london-trip-jessica-renshawCarly and I recently attended the Inaugural ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Spa Conference in London. This was the first event of its kind to bring together VIP buyers who specialize in health/wellness travel with destination spa and wellness resort suppliers from around the world. Carly and I flew Virgin Atlantic direct from Vancouver to London and return. On the way to London we flew in the economy class of service. That was the smallest/squishiest economy seat I experienced thus far. My knees were touching the seat in front of me. The man beside me was 6’4” and he didn’t look very comfortable either. Despite the small quarters I was able to rest my head on his shoulder got some shut eye. On our return flight to Vancouver from London we flew Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy service. I highly recommend this class of service. It is spacious, the service is of higher quality and it is great value. The 10 hour flight passed quickly as the other passengers on board were also in high spirits and excited to talk to their neighbours.

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AMAZING ARIZONA - Sun all day every day

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Arizona is the perfect getaway in the middle of winter for us Vancouverites. I escaped Vancouver just before a rainfall warning hit the westcoast. After a quick 3 hour flight I arrived to Phoenix, a destination with 330 days of sunshine a year! I rented a car for the week and travelled around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and then headed north into the areas of Jerome, Carefree and Sedona. The Scottsdale area is home to many luxury resorts and I was able to visit 7 Virtuoso Properties.

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DETOX IN THE TREES at Chewton Glen, England

chewton-glenCarly and I recently experienced a Detox in the Trees at Chewton Glen. Chewton Glen is an English original luxury country house and Spa hotel. It is set in 130 acres of Hampshire Countryside and located on the edge of the New Forest and just a few minutes to the sea. This tranquil location was an inspiration for the hotel to build 6 contemporary Treehouses with 12 suites, in a secluded valley just a 5 minute walk to the main house and spa.

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