Typically, I’m not one for Winter sports. I don’t ski. I don’t snowboard. In fact, I don’t really even like to go outside when it’s snowing. What I do love about the Winter is cuddling up with the boo, sipping on spiked hot chocolate & getting it in with Netflix. Movies all day. Although I’d probably opt for somewhere warm to avoid the New York City Winters, I’ve always wanted to get a bunch of my friends together & rent a ski lounge somewhere Upstate. I’d dabble in a few snow sports, but I’m really all in it for lounging in the lodge.
I came across The Villa Ski Lounge which is part of the exquisite Copperhill Mountain Lodge in the Åre ski region of Sweden. The Villa is a private ski lodge that offers exclusive accommodations for up to 16 people. The services provided at The Villa are tailored to your stay and can include helicopter transfers, private ski tuition, mountain guides, catering.. and of course, spa treatments. This private chalet oozes glamourous alpine charm, without losing anything in terms of comfort and intimacy. With the stylish furnishings and sophisticated interior design by Anemone Wille Våge, it’s no wonder this place can cost you approximately 45000 SEKS (appx $6900 USD) a week. Definitely a splurge trip to save for with friends.
I’m always looking for an escape out New York City.
I yearn for quiet places with beautiful spaces. Earlier this Summer, my boyfriend & I took a trip to a lake house in the Catskills and it was absolutely magnificent. I live for the days where I can just disconnect from the world and be at peace with nature. Speaking of being at peace with nature, I recently stumbled upon the beautiful Villa Extramuros located in Arraiolos, a small town just outside Evora, in the middle of Portugal, and had to share.
Villa Extramuros provides plenty of great experiences that you’d want while in the rural areas of Southern Europe from picnicking in olive fields to dipping into a crisp clear pool. The ground is surrounded only by meadows, olive fields, oak forests, ecologically protected, where sheep flocks grow. Diverse sports, wellness or cultural activities can be organised for you on site or nearby, such as massage, gym with a personal trainer, visits to wineries and farms cross country bicycle rides, horse and carriage rides and boat trips and aquatic sports. And we must talk about the interior design. Simply breathtaking.
A French couple who opened Villa Extramuros after their own move from Paris to Portugal describes it as “a mix between a hotel and a country guest-house.” Furnishings comprise a mixture of designer pieces and traditional local textiles and objects. The warm woods and cowhides soften the bold color contrasts and the tasteful artwork and sculptures add personality to a clean space.
For the first time in like ever.. I’m planning to vacate to a warmer climate for Christmas. Although I love Christmas in New York City, I absolutely hate being cold. I’ve never been to Mexico, mainly because of all the craziness going on down there with drug lords and all, but it’s definitely a trip I’d love to take. Christmas in Mexico has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
The Mister & I would pack up our things and head down to the beautiful Rosewood Maykoba Riviera Maya resort in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Surrounded by emerald jungle and pristine white beaches, Rosewood Mayakoba is a Riviera Maya resort that defines a private world of rare luxury and refined beauty with its own signature restaurant, exclusive spa sanctuary and no less than 130 exquisite suites. The resort’s refined design combines natural elements such as limestone, rich wood and water with contemporary décor and fittings, creating a sophisticated but unpretentious atmosphere. As a result, each suite is a unique and stylish refuge with high-quality finishes, modern comforts and delightful outdoor features.
This is definitely another one of those splurge trips since rooms cost anywhere from $475-$1200 a night ($8500 if you’d like to ball out of control with the Presidential Suite).. but look at this place, it’s so worth it.
today we go to koh samui, thailand where you’ll find some of the most captivating beachfront pool villas at the mandalay beach resort. there are seven beachfront pool villas all with their own private courtyard. surround by lush palm stands, the villas face the sandy white stretch of laem noi beach. this is definitely one of those ‘livin’ it up’ type of trips as the cost to stay in these villas is anywhere from $800-$1200 a night. but hey, yolo right?
i’d say this would definitely be a fun couple’s trip.. by couples i mean like a good two or three couple friends. all fly out to thailand and chill on this private resort together. for a trip like this it’s all about the bathing suits and evening dresses or whatever for dinner.
september is a few days away. most college students have moved back into their dorms. some kids have already started school. ugh, summer is officially over. just because the warm weather is leaving new york, it doesn’t mean i can’t at least dream about it.
today we are going to make our way over to cape town, south africa to the discrete and elegant POD boutique hotel. the hotel is conveniently positioned so that all of its 15 rooms have extensive views over one or two of the following landmarks: camps bay beach, table mountain, lions head or the 12 apostles. each room is defined by an open space layout, with a color palette deriving from materials such as slate, timber and granite. surprisingly, the rates for the POD boutique hotel are reasonable ranging anywhere from $230-$793 a night. not bad. not bad all all.
this is would definitely be a nice fall trip for just the mister + i since we both haven’t been to africa yet. and apparently during the months of october and november there are wonderful flowers blooming, the beaches are relatively empty and hotels give some the best deals of the season. as you can see from above, as a lover of prints i would go HAM when traveling to africa. i’d make sure to pack mostly beautiful prints as well as african inspired jewelry.