Sneak peak at Boston’s Godfrey Hotel, due this fall




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Boston, MA — The Godfrey Hotel is due to open this fall in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood.This historic area was once home to corset, hat, and millinery shops where fashionable ladies in the 1800s would shop. By the 1960s, it was part of the Combat Zone, a city-sanctioned red light district that ripped the heart out of the area well into the 1990s. This century, Downtown Crossing has slowly clawed it’s way back to stand as part of Boston’s colorful history. The Godfrey is part of a wonderful renaissance, which includes rehabilitation of the Paramount Theater and the Burnham Building, and it’s steps away from the beautiful rococo Opera House and Boston Common.

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Eco-friendly sunscreens are a win-win for travelers



We’re hearing a lot more about coral reef destruction and efforts by dedicated conservationists to grow new coral. It’s a difficult and painstaking process. One that will be helped by swimmers and snorkelers adopting coral-friendly sunscreen. These hotels are helping guests make better choices with organic and eco-friendly sunscreens, which won’t harm coral, mussels, and phytoplankton, among other wildlife. Also, if it’s less toxic to the environment, and preserves the coral reefs we love to snorkel through, it’s also less toxic to you: Win-win!

  • Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives has partnered with skincare company Aethic to sell Sôvée in the property’s boutique. Sôvée is a certified marine positive sunscreen with eco-compatible ingredients that do not damage the environment.
  • UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa in Trancoso, Brazil recently launched UXUA Beach Balm, which is 100% organic and made with raw ingredients from the hotel’s garden. Made on property, the sunscreen is a carefully concocted mixture of shea butter, extra virgin green coconut oil, frankincense and myrrh, as well as Ylang Ylang, grape seed, and buriti essential oils.


Photo courtesy of Cocoa Island

Charles Hotel offers Pi Day flash sale


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Cambridge, MA — It’s not exactly a national holiday, but Pi Day, if there be such a day, occurs on March 14. Math types get it already, but for the rest of us, pi is approximately 3.14, which is why March 14 — 3-14 — is Pi Day.

Suitably, given it’s proximity to Harvard University, and being a favorite haunt with local and visiting academics, the Charles Hotel, whose punning motto is ‘the smart place to stay’,  has a flash sale taking place the day before, March 13. The hotel website will take 31.4% off the best available rates across all rooms categories. The sale will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m and is available for travel dates: March 14th 2015 (Pi Day) – May 1st 2015.
For more info: Charles Hotel

Nine-Zero Hotel offers birds-eye view of New England Patriots’ victory parade




Boston, MA — Boston closed down on February 4, but not because of snow, this time. The city stopped for the New England Patriots victory parade, which wound its way through the Back Bay, past Nine-Zero Hotel on Tremont Street.

As usual, the football team was introduced by musket fire from re-enactors dressed in early 1700s militia garb.


And there was the truck bearing beaming cheerleaders.


However, Julian Edelman, the Patriot’s wide receiver and punt returner, stole the show. Early on in the parade, he ripped off his hoodie, and then danced and prowled atop the moving duck boat like a superstar, all the way to City Hall Plaza.



In a New England winter where record snow and more to come has frozen the area in more ways than one, Edelman and the Patriots warmed-up Boston, if only for a day.




Ti Kaye welcomes new Executive Chef




Saint Lucia, West Indies — Ti Kaye Resort welcomes Ed Boncich as its new executive chef. A Croatian native raised in New York City, Boncich earned his culinary degree at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and worked Chef Bobby Flay at his flagship Mesa Grill. He was also the personal chef to Miami Heat Coach and President Pat Riley. Moving on to the hotel industry, he worked at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, and with Four Seasons Hotels both in Miami and on the island of Nevis. He fell in love with Nevis and helped open the Riviere House restaurant where his food garnered acclaim. Ed went onto helm the kitchens at the Pink Sands Resort in the Bahamas. His adopted cooking style is  contemporary Creole fusion, using local island ingredients and flavors, accented by Chef Ed’s Mediterranean roots.

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For more info: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa


Photo credit: Ti Kaye/Hotel Junkie


The Grand Amore Hotel and Spa opens in Florence



Florence, Italy — Located just steps from the city’s iconic Il Duomo, the 11-room The Grand Amore Hotel joins the newly launched, family-owned Ricci Hotel Collection, which also includes the Be ONE Art & Luxury Home in Florence.

Seeking to provide each guest with a fully customized experience, the hotel offers first-timers a brief pre-check-in questionnaire so staff can glean their preferences, from their favorite flower to their nightcap of choice and even how firm or soft they like their mattresses. Hotel staff then go all-out to create the perfect home-away-from-home that’s their own mix of luxury, comfort, familiarity and aspiration.

All of the Grand Amore’s furniture is designed and crafted in Italy, and the artwork reflects the Florence’s history via a modern, sexy edge. Black and white vintage photographs line the walls, complementing the ivory, crimson and gray color scheme. Over-sized, hand-tufted headboards make a bold statement in guest rooms.  And, the hotel spa offers an extensive menu of face and body treatments, including a hammam. Cuore Café Bistrot features a raw bar alongside lighter fare and Italian wines.

For more info:

Grand Amore Hotel & Spa

Photo credit: The Ricci Hotel Collection

Charles Hotel joins up for Hotel Week Boston, again

Boston, MA — One of the Boston area’s best hotels, the Four Diamond awarded Charles Hotel, will take part in the second annual Hotel Week Boston, February 15 – 22. The promotion offers a 30% discount on a hotel’s best available rate along with a value added amenity. For more details:
Photo credit: Hotel Junkie/Charles Hotel

Anse Chastanet’s Piton pool suite debuts

Soufriere, St. Lucia – This winter, Anse Chastanet adds the newly made-over Casuarina suite, which boasts a 160 square-foot pool on a private deck overlooking the island’s iconic Piton mountains.

The spacious bedroom with walk-in closet opens to a 420-square foot open walled patio-living room area. The grand bathroom, also with a Piton view, features a “Couples Shower” with “His” and “Hers” rain shower heads. Coralina stone tiles and handcrafted furniture made from sustainably culled tropical hardwoods decorate the interior.

Three similar suites should be ready by the summer.

For more info: 1 800 223-1108,
Photo credit: Anse Chastanet

Miami’s Hotel Croydon marks its first snowbird season




Miami, FL — Hotel Croydon is experiencing its first snowbird season. Co-owners, father and son team Alan and Nathan Lieberman of the South Beach Group added the “Wunder Mile” property to their portfolio last July. Here are some of the guest bonuses:

  • Every night that Hotel Croydon’s penthouse is unoccupied, one lucky guest is upgraded to the PH at no additional charge.
  • The Tavern at Hotel Croydon is the only 24-hour restaurant in the Mid Beach area (and serves breakfast all day…just yes)
  • Croydon Rose Spa has an innovative holistic menu.
  • Wanderlista, located in Hotel Croydon’s lobby, is a boutique store carrying emerging designers.
  • Hotel Croydon’s rooftop sundeck has 360 degree views of the Magic City skyline.
  • Complimentary daily happy hour for guests from 7-8 p.m.
  • Every Friday enjoy live jazz on the rooftop with happy hour from 5-6 p.m. On the last Friday of every month the hotel will offer a jazz/yoga class to follow on the rooftop from 7-8 p.m.


Photo credit: Hotel Croydon


Spoke & Steele opens in Indianapolis with bespoke cocktails and a tribute to Steve McQueen


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Indianapolis, IN — Located in a 1928 building on South Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis, Spoke & Steele opened in December, introducing a new kind of bottle service. Not only are barrel-aged in-house made cocktails served, but Spoke & Steele’s custom cocktail club allows members to enjoy a rotating house-made seasonally changing cocktail in their own personalized bottle.

The 160-seat AvroKO designed restaurant, includes a spacious dining room, bar, a private dining room, and a specialty drinking room. Chef Tyson Peterson heads the kitchen, keeping ingredients locally sourced and sustainable produced where possible. Spoke & Steele will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

And, yes, that is a mural depicting Steve McQueen in the 1971 Formula One racing movie, Le Mans. Indianapolis is, after all, a car racing kind of town.



Photo credit: Spoke & Steele

This could be you (or me) having a really happy new year…


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Soufriere, Saint Lucia — Ti Kaye Resort‘s Koko Spa, you, hot stones, blue-blue sea lapping in the cove below. Heavenly New Year.


Photo credit: Ti Kaye Resort

The Park Hotels India to debut its new ZONE




In January, The Park Hotels India is set to debut the new ZONE by The Park brand in Coimbatore and Jaipur. The Park calls itself a design-led brand and the new ZONE hotels are set to follow. Design is by London-based Project Orange, which is behind such places as the Hoxton Hotel, London.


Yotel announces global expansion



Yotel is to expand in key city centers and international airports in Asia, Europe and North America. More than 3,000 cabins are scheduled to open by 2018, including Yotel hotels in Singapore, Paris, Miami, San Francisco, and a second property in New York City.

Yotel offers minimal cabins and suites, each providing everything for a guest but in a compact space.   In addition to New York, Miami and San Francisco, Yotel hopes to open new properties in Boston, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto. Outside North America, the company is actively pursuing opportunities in Europe and Asia Pacific, in particular Dubai, London, Milan, Barcelona, Sydney and Hong Kong. Currently, the company operates three airport properties at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol and one city center hotel in New York City.

For more info:

Photo credit: Yotel

Last minute Christmas plans? Book into the Carlton


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New York, NY — The Carlton hotel, situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s trendy NoMad neighborhood, offers an Ultimate Holiday in NYC Travel Package. This package includes accommodations in the Carlton’s lauded New Yorker Suite, which will be decked out for the season in a Winter Wonderland theme.  Guests will find their own in-room Christmas tree with gifts underneath, including:

  • 2 Cocktails at the gorgeous L’Age D’Or style Millesime restaurant
  • Dinner for two at Millesime –dinner  includes either 2 cocktails or 2 glasses of wine (room service not included)
  • In-Room Massages by Oasis Day Spa:  60-minute In-room Swedish massage for 2
  • $200 gift card that can be used for a Bespoke NYC Shopping Experience:  As an alternative to the crowded department stores and 5th Avenue Shops,   “gift card” can be used at one of a selection of local NYC designers.  Included is a car service for 2 hours.
  • Ice Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (complimentary skate rentals for two)

Guests will also receive a bottle of Prosecco and holiday cookies upon arrival, as well as full American breakfast for two daily.  This package is available until December30with a minimum of two nights stay. Cost: $3,650 plus tax. For more info: the Carlton



Sofitel New York’s New Year’s Eve fête celebrates twice



New York, NY —  Cozy up for an intimate New Year’s Eve in Sofitel New York… Or, take advantage of the hotel’s New Year’s Eve fête held at the hotel’s highly reputed Gaby Brasserie Française, which celebrates the date in two-time zones. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with a DJ, followed by a 5:30 p.m. screening of TV Monde 5 coverage of fireworks in Paris and a Champagne toast as the New Year arrives there, six hours ahead of the U.S. There will be two seatings for lavish dinner, which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne and an amuse bouche of prosciutto, goat cheese and raisin roulade. A choice of appetizers entrées, including Chilean Sea Bass with truffle butter or Beef Wellington, and Chocolate à la Francaise follow. A wine pairing with the dinner is offered for an additional cost. There are choices of small bite plates and a Laurent Perrier bottle special available the entire evening until the Times Square Ball Drop, which will be screened from 11:30 p.m. The party continues until 2 a.m. For reservations, call 212-782-3091. For more info: Sofitel New York




Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, Anse La Raye, St. Lucia, West Indies





Location  Nestled among lavish rainforest on Saint Lucia’s Caribbean side, high above a small horseshoe bay called Anse Cochon, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa’s location is sublime. Far below the resort, a white sandy beach edges those magical blue waters, which, because all beaches in Saint Lucia are public, can soon fill with noisy visiting tourists and private boaters. In the morning, locals with a more pressing agenda can been seen swiftly riding the water with nets in hand, capturing the day’s fish catch. Don’t be surprised if one of those ugly monstrous cruise ships appears on the horizon, completely ruining the view! Still, the bay is safe from those hordes because it is simply too small and shallow to accommodate cruise liners. Anse Cochon is a designated marine preserve, one of the few in Saint Lucia, which is why the bay offers some of the island’s best snorkeling. The resort’s onsite dive center is conveniently located on Anse Cochon. The roadway up from the colorful town of Soufrière is a long, winding, and often bumpy one, but Ti Kaye’s seclusion is part of its charm. There is little of the usual commercial trappings around Ti Kaye Resort and regular life of shopping and consuming must be swapped for a peaceful, less harried existence. (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of pleasurable indulgences to be had.) Saint Lucia’s high season is January through March and the wet season is June through November.



Lodgings This privately owned resort opened in 2001 and comprises 33 tropical bungalows, each with a private entry gate leading to the shrub shrouded verandah. They are dotted throughout 15 acres of tropical plantings, which are wonderful to wander. Watch your step in the wet season though: the pathways often have steep slopes. There is Complimentary jump-on WiFi throughout the resort. Some cottages have adjoining balconies, some are private and completely detached, and some have private plunge pools. each has a Creole name. Don’t take it personally if you are given kankannez, which means trouble or troublemaker (or maybe you should?). Accessed by 160 steps, the beach below offers beach activities, including snorkeling. Just off the main lodge, there is a small pool and beautiful sun garden with comfy loungers.



View of a Room: K (Kankannez) Located off a steep sloping path, and accessed by its own private keyed doorway, there’s no trouble (yes, a pun) feeling at home in Kankannez. Spacious throughout, there’s a closet large enough to be called a dressing room, and a bathroom with an outdoor shower filled with plants and open to the sky. It feels very private and is a wonderful experience. There’s a line to hang wet bathing suits, or even wring out an item of clothing or two. The bathing area has large refillable bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion, cutting plastic waste. These excellent products are locally made. An armoire is loaded with a kettle, a cafetière, tea bags, milk (in a cute reusable glass bottle), and a jar of ground coffee. The latter – in keeping with the hotel’s keen environmental awareness – also cuts down on packaging and landfill waste. (Saint Lucia does not recycle.)  There’s a full ‘fridge. The four-poster bed is decked out with a mosquito net, which looks beautiful and romantic, until you realize you need it! Perhaps the best part is having a spacious balcony with a coffee table and rocking chairs, as well as a really comfy hammock.


Restaurants and Bars It’s worth considering the cocktail hour as 5 p.m. That way, you can take in the view and sunset (at 5:46 p.m. each day—Saint Lucia wisely doesn’t change its clocks) at the spectacular Kai Manje cliff side bar. The view of Anse Cochon below rainforest-lined cliffs from the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows is nothing short of breathtaking. Try what is probably the Caribbean’s best rum punch – made with Saint Lucian made Chairmans and not sticky sweet: More fruity and with a nice kick. Ti Manje and the first floor Kai Manje restaurant both serve indigenous Caribbean dishes and utilize local produce. There’s a focus on locally caught fish. Kai Manje restaurant was awarded Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence in 2013 and 2014. The Ti Kave wine cellar, which was added to the resort in 2011, is one of the largest underground wine cellars in the Caribbean, offering a choice of over 3,000 bottles. It is used for wine tastings and wine dinners, and the cool dark interior gives considerable contrast to the outside heat and humidity. There is also a beach side bar, accessed by those 160 steps, which plays host for a weekly five-course dinner, which turns the tables on its usual casual style.

Breakfast is served in Kai Manje and includes a build-you-own granola bar including local ingredients — nuts, dried fruit, yoghurt, and honey. The source of each is shown on a map of the island. IMG_3041 

Fitness and Spa In 2010, among other tasteful expansions, the resort added the beautiful cliff side Kai Koko Spa, which has a relaxation room and Jacuzzi, plus a couples and singles treatment rooms. This also looks over the bay and to take advantage of its heavenly views, mirrors are places under the head cradles on treatment beds. So instead of looking at the floor, you can see the blue-blue sky and sea.


The same natural, locally made products are used alongside natural essential oils.  As far as fitness, who needs a Spinning class when there’s those 160 steps! The spa has won awards — and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s both unique and  first-class.



Should those 160 steps not be enough exercise, there is a fitness center.




Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

Anse Cochon


St. Lucia

Tel: 758 456 8101

Does it get any cuddlier or cozier than this?




Boston, MA — Children, dogs, birthday cake — both human and dog — and a good story. How about that for non electronic, good old fashioned hanging out? This was the scene at Catie and Carly’s joint birthday bash at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. You can’t digitize warm and fuzzy.

Framed: special offer for Hotel Junkie readers




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Conrad New York hosts Santa’s Winter Workshop



New York, New York — Of all the places to Santa spot this season, the futuristic Mod Conrad New York is probably the hippest. The Children’s Museum of the Arts New York hosts its second-annual Santa’s Winter Workshop at the hotel, from 2:30-4:30pm, Dec. 6 ($30 for children, $15 for adults).  The afternoon will feature a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy including:

  • Pictures with Santa and ornament decorating
  • Mr. Snowman hot chocolate bar to create your own hot chocolate using fun topping like candy canes, crystallized ginger, and crushed ginger bread crumbs.
  • Tea sandwiches, cookies and holiday treats

The Conrad New York is a contemporary all-suite luxury hotel located in the heart of Battery Park City, near the Hudson River water bank.


Photo credit: The Conrad New York

The Old Inn on the Green adds new “old” bar



New Marlborough, Massachusetts — Horse-drawn coaches carrying travelers from Hartford to Albany in the mid-1700s often paused their journey at an inn on New Marlborough’s town green  for a whiskey and a good night’s sleep. These days the inn is rightfully named The Old Inn on the Green and travelers and guests can stop in for a drink in the inn’s newly renovated taproom.


The renovated taproom features a bar top crafted from locally mined schist, custom-designed pine shelving, paneling, and cabinetry, and handmade bar stools fashioned from local ash trees and hickory. Thanks to the work of a historic preservation architect, a local master cabinetmaker, and a seasoned builder, the bar fits seamlessly into the circa 1760 built inn.

Classic cocktails, local draught and bottled beer, and an extensive wine list make the intimate seven-seat taproom a welcoming perch for drinks, aperitifs, or even an after dinner snifter.  Open seven days a week.


For more info


Photo credit: Hotel Junkie/Old Inn on the Green





Bambara re-emerges as a sleek tavern




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Cambridge, MA — Hotel Marlowe in east Cambridge shuttered its restaurant, Bambara, for two months this summer, allowing for a top to toe redesign and reboot as a more casual eatery and bar… Bambara Kitchen and Bar.

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Teal blue paint and grey tweedy upholstery give a library meets modern tavern look. Lots of comfy booths provide seclusion and break up the large split-level room. Eat local with Massachusetts oysters such as First Lights from Mashpee, courtesy of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, or Sunken Meadow from Eastham, each accompanied by a pungent mignonette. Wash down with Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Mimi chardonnay, a ferny, woody wine, which compliments the sea creatures’ mineral flavor. Chef Jay Silva also prepares hearty skirt steak with mushroom pilaf and braised cod on a chorizo succotash and accompanied by Red Bliss potatoes, and snacks like flatbreads and chick pea fries with aioli.

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Hotel Marlowe is part of the Kimpton Hotel Group and is located directly opposite the MGH area of Boston, not too far from the Museum of Science. It’s also handy for Kendall Square and MIT. And let’s not forget its proximity to the River Charles, which always provides a nice backdrop.

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The Langham, Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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Location  The Langham, Boston is located in the city’s Financial District. The hotel overlooks the design award-winning Norman B. Leventhal Park and Post Office Square. Leventhal believed the city should have beautiful green space’s for everyone to enjoy and tucked a hideous parking garage underground and put the park on top of it. It proved a great idea, because it adds a pretty, natural element to what can be a cold feeling part of town — it does deal with capitalism and corporate America after all. But, it’s an area packed with history: walk to the Old State House and hear about the Boston massacre; or head to the Tea Party Museum for the lowdown on that famous Boston Tea Party. A short walk away lies the South Boston Waterfront, which is newly filled with bars and restaurants. Faneuil Hall  and Quincy Market are steps away. As is Downtown Crossing, ith the Boston Common and Public Gardens just a little further west.


The Hotel It’s not everyday one gets to sleep in a Federal Reserve Bank, but that’s precisely what the building  now housing The Langham, Boston once was. Built in 1922, the building became a hotel in the early 1980s and then became part of The Langham Hotel Group in the mid-2000s. Because the building is on the National Historic Register, development of the hotel meant working with preexisting design conditions, or rather restrictions, and building a new addition to provide an adequate amount of guest rooms and working spaces. This explains the rather strange low ceiling in the lobby, but the beautiful new atrium more than makes up for that quirk.


View of a Room: 243 This two-story loft suite is in the old bank and retains the giant arched windows overlooking the street. Being split-level, there is ultimate privacy for sleeping in the cozy upstairs bedroom, which has a lavish, marble bathroom, TV, and lots of wardrobe space. Within steps of the bed, there is a coffee maker as well as kettle for tea. Perfect for the early morning caffeine fix.




The distinctive, high ceilinged living room has a queen sized sleeper sofa, desk, and armchair with ottoman.



Every bedroom should have a valet stand like the one in room 243. It is such attention to detail, even basic simple additions like this, which set the hotel apart.


The suite has a powder room on the lower level and full bathroom upstairs. which is thoughtfully fully stocked with everything you need, including an elegant amenity box with shaving kit, dental kit, cotton buds and pads, nail kit, sewing kit, and shower cap complete with hair tie. It’s filled with useful bits and bobs that it makes a perfect traveling case — which why they’re for sale in the lobby! Bathroom products are from the hotel’s Chaun Spa range and includes a body scrub along with the usual trio of shampoo, conditional, and body lotion.




Restaurants and bars The Reserve Lounge in the lobby is open morning till night and serves breakfast, lunch, a bar menu, and a wonderful Tiffin Tea, every afternoon. Champagne is a nice addition to that! Bond is a sleek bar and, on weekends, it’s a late night club with DJs. Note: the name and decor pays homage to the building’s banking past. Cafe Fleuri is a large airy atrium restaurant, where, among other meals, the hotel’s famous Chocolate Bar brunch takes place every Saturday, September through June.


Fitness, spa, and pool The hotel’s fitness room is augmented by a heated pool. Chaun Spa, which is rooted in Chinese medicine and natural healing, is one of Boston’s best spas.


Langham, Boston

250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110, USA

T (+1) 617 451 1900

F (+1) 617 423 2844



Three things you must do in Saint Lucia


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Saint Lucia, West Indies — Sure, there’s much to enjoy on this beautiful island, but there are three things you must do before you leave:

Get a massage: Head to The BodyHoliday, an all-inclusive resort (it includes one spa treatment daily for every guest) near Castries, and, among a lengthy menu of treatments, enjoy an Ayurvedic massage. This massage is best for people who don’t like deep tissue and prefer short strokes and lots of oil.

Get a massage: Head to Boucan by Hotel Chocolat on the Rabot Estate near Jalousle for an aromatherapy massage that you won’t forget. Choose an oil, say rose or peppermint, and soak in the tranquil environment, right on this working cocoa plantation. Unlike many aromatherapy massages, where the oil is a faint whiff, Boucan uses top quality all-natural essential oils. Heavenly scent!

Get a massage: Lastly, but not least, it is well worth the trek to Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, up in the hills above Anse Cochon. Not only does this amazing spa space look over the cove and the sea, and use locally made all natural products, but their masseuses have magic hands, guaranteed to untie knotted muscles.  It’s a top rate spa experience, quite unlike any other.


Photo credit: Ti Kaye Resort and Spa

Fairmont Copley Plaza throws cutest party of the season


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Boston, MA – It’s THAT time of year again. No, not THAT time of year. It’s Catie Copley’s birthday. On Saturday, December 6 at 1 p.m., the Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a birthday party for its canine ambassadors, Catie and Carly Copley. Catie will celebrate her 13th birthday and Carly her fourth with a reading from the book all about her adventures, Catie Copley,which will be followed by birthday cake (for humans) and special snacks for Catie and Carly’s canine friends. The reading and birthday party are free and open to the public. In lieu of gifts for the hotel’s adorable pooches, the Fairmont Coley Plaza invites guests to bring a donation of towels, blankets, or toys for the dogs and cats at the Animal Rescue League’s Boston Shelter.

For more info: 617-267-5300,  Fairmont Copley Plaza


Photo credit: Fairmont Copley Plaza

Boston Harbor Hotel brings back Winter on the Wharf


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Boston, MA  — It’s getting a bit nippy in the northeastern corner of the US — well, not just the northeastern corner. Embracing the winter season, the Boston Harbor Hotel announced the return of its Winter on the Wharf festivities, including a picturesque ice-skating rink, located under the hotel’s iconic archway, overlooking Boston Harbor.  From November 22 through March 15, 2015, it’s open to all and will debut with a special celebration Saturday, November 22.  From 3 p.m. ’till  5 p.m., the Rotunda Rink will open to the public for complimentary skating, winter warming treats, and an appearance by Citi Performing Art Center’s Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. There will also be festive winter crafts and cookie decorating, face-painting, balloon animals, raffle prizes, holiday music, movies and more. Normal rates are: Adults: $10, Children: $5, Children under 5 years old: Complimentary. Rentals:  Adults: $10 | Children: $8

For more info: or



Photo credit: Boston Harbor Hotel

Head to New Hampshire for a Thanksgiving break




New Hampshire — Take advantage of special hotel packages and promotions for a Thanksgiving break in the Granite State.

Wentworth By the Sea Hotel- New Castle, New Hampshire

Thanksgiving Celebration in New Hampshire Package

Visitors can experience a Historic Thanksgiving Celebration in New Hampshire with Dinner at Wentworth by the Sea. On Thursday, November 27th, guests will be given two options for a Thanksgiving dinner.  A traditional dinner at SALT, the hotel’s reimagined dining room, served 11:00am – 10:00pm, or the festive Thanksgiving Day Buffet in the Wentworth Ballroom, served 11:00am – 5:00pm. Pricing is as follows: adults $49.95, and children under 12 $19.95 each. Guests can also extend the Thanksgiving holiday with a Thanksgiving Package (online booking code TD1), rates starting at $439 which will include deluxe accommodations for two, Thanksgiving Day dinner and buffet breakfast.

Contact: Call 603-373-6566 or visit for more information.


The Inn at East Hill Farm- Troy, New Hampshire

Farm stays for Thanksgiving

Guests will experience a true Thanksgiving on the farm at The Inn at East Hill Farm. The itinerary includes collecting eggs for breakfast, milking cows and goats, and enjoying a morning guided hike on Gap Mountain along with pony rides for the kids. The complimentary Thanksgiving meal at the inn includes post-dinner folk music and seasonal entertainment by Shamus and Eileen, The Musicmakers. Rates start at $128 for this experience and all meals/activities are included.

Contact: Call 603-242-6495 or visit for more information.


Appalachian Mountain Club- Gorham, New Hampshire

AMC Highland Center Thanksgiving Weekend    

The AMC Highland Center is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet and lodging accommodations – AMC Highland Center has a full weekend of Thanksgiving celebrations. The Thanksgiving Buffet is offered from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pricing is as follows: $23 (members) and $28 (non-members) for adults and $20 (member) and $24 (non-member) for children. The Joe Dodge Lodge is offering a three-night lodging special, including dinners, breakfasts, and programming, starting at $194 for member adults and $231 for non-members adult for those interested in a full weekend of celebrations.

Contact: Call 603-278-4453 or visit for more information.


Purity Spring Resort- East Madison, New Hampshire

Purity Spring Resort Thanksgiving Day 5K 

On Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. starting at the Main Lodge, the Purity Spring Resort will hold their annual resort sponsored 5K run. Guests are offered the opportunity to give back while getting a good run in before a full Thanksgiving meal. Registration begins between 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and race proceeds benefit the Kennett High School Cross Country and Track and Field programs.

Contact: Call (603) 367-8896 or visit for more information. Guests can register for the link online at


Coppertoppe Inn & Retreat Center- Hebron, New Hampshire

Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner Package

Guests can share a fully catered five-course gourmet Thanksgiving dinner with a family-style experience.  A minimum of eight adults is required and an HD football viewing room is an option with dinner or a separate viewing space is available on request. This wine and dinner pairing package start at $65 per adult for dinner and an additional discounted price of $189 per room per night. Each room sleeps up to six adults. Vegan, gluten-free or allergy-free menus available and pets are welcome.

Contact: Call 603-744-3636 or visit for more information.


The Bernerhof Inn Bed & Breakfast– Glen, New Hampshire

Inn Made Pilgrim Feast Package

This boutique bed and breakfast is offering a two-night stay for the holiday of feasting with a complimentary homemade Thanksgiving dinner. This package also includes a history of Thanksgiving novel, complimentary cooked to order gourmet breakfast for two each morning, and post Black Friday shopping gift wrapping is offered on site. The Bernerhof Inn Bed & Breakfast also offers amenities such as the Serenity Wellness Studio, The Black Bear Pub & Martini Bar, and The Taste of the Mountains Cooking School to compliment your stay. Room rates start at $149 per night.

Contact: Call 603-383-4200 or visit for more information.


Rosewood Country Inn- Bradford, New Hampshire

Harvest Home Thanksgiving Package

Guests can indulge in a full country breakfast each morning during their four night stay at the Rosewood Country Inn. Thanksgiving Dinner will be at the nearby Millstone at 74 Main Restaurant where guests will have a $75 gift certificate for a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Post black Friday shopping, wrapping supplies will be provided along with hot mulled cider and light hors d’oeuvres. Rates are starting at $556 for this package.

Contact: Call (603) 938-5253 or visit for more information.


Photo credit: Inn at East Hill Farms.

A Perfect Circle at The Landings





Saint Lucia, West Indies — Saturday afternoon and its time for doughnuts – water doughnuts. Forget the parking lot, doing a doughnut in Saint Lucia is a whole other world – and quite an art. This speedboat artist is taking a turn in front of The Landings in the Cap Estate district in the northern part of the island. A perfect circle?


Postcards from Saint Lucia’s The Landings




Saint Lucia, West Indies — Firstly, above, we have the sunrise view of the beach where The Landings Resort sits awaiting yet another sunshine filled day. People make a fuss over sunsets, but sunrises are filled with hope and promise. Promise of sun drenched sand and sea, as exampled in these next scenes.



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OMG: Double Rainbow at Ti Kaye Resort in Saint Lucia





Saint Lucia, West Indies — It’s the rainy season; it’s 7 a.m. It’s a Double Rainbow. Remember Double Rainbow Guy on YouTube? Well, his awestruck commentary was not unfounded. These colorful banners are righting front of my porch at Ti Kaye Resort and Spa. I am calling these fleeting beautiful entities Bertie and Barney… And now they’re fading… And, yes, it was an OMG moment.