Articles by Christine Gray

Paradise Lost?  Not Here

Paradise Lost? Not Here

Pristine beaches. Untouched beauty. Will the private Caribbean island of Barbuda provide the vacation paradise so often promised, but rarely delivered? It's time to find out.

Weekend Away: Bal Harbour

Weekend Away: Bal Harbour

Looking for a beach getaway with the WOW factor? High rise and high style, ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa in the exclusive enclave of Bal Harbour, Florida delivers the ultimate "room with a view".

Weekend Away: Downtown L.A.

Weekend Away: Downtown L.A.

Considering Los Angeles for a weekend escape? Downtown L.A. is the latest hotspot for the arts, entertainment, sports, dining, shopping and, of course, nightlife. With the opening of the dazzling new Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, your accommodation will be another of the many pleasures that await.

A Luxurious Home Away From Home in Maui

A Luxurious Home Away From Home in Maui

The towering volcanoes of Maui and the Big Island pierce the clouds. As we descend, the dramatic black seacoast and emerald landscape of Hana on the eastern side of the island appear. Lush rainforests punctuated with towering waterfalls span below us. We've yet to land on Maui and the island is already working its enchantment.

For Your Eyes Only...An Escape to Brazil's Emerald Coast

For Your Eyes Only...An Escape to Brazil's Emerald Coast

We arrive at Ponta Dos Ganchos, an idyllic resort in Brazil's southern state of Santa Catarina...and step into a dream. The fatigue of our lengthy flight vanishes. Romance and exotic landscapes beckon.

Las Alamandas...Wildly Romantic

Las Alamandas...Wildly Romantic

"Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies"… Arriving at Las Alamandas reminded me of the Beatles' song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds because it is a kaleidoscope of colors and a place of happiness on Mexico's Costalegre "Coast of Joy" with a river running through the sprawling 1,500-acre oceanfront estate.

Weekend Away: Missouri's Stonewater Cove Resort

Weekend Away: Missouri's Stonewater Cove Resort

Stonewater Cove Resort & Club is tucked away in a remote, tranquil corner of Table Rock Lake amidst the majestic splendor of the Ozarks and Mark Twain National Forest.

Imagine Yourself in the Galapagos

Imagine Yourself in the Galapagos

"The Galapagos is the jewel in Ecuador's crown," observed a fellow traveler. So how should one best view this marvel of nature? For us, the answer was to board the luxury yacht, Isabela II, and allow its gracious crew and knowledgeable naturalists to introduce us.

An Intercontinental Girlfriend's Getaway: Paris & London

An Intercontinental Girlfriend's Getaway: Paris & London

Paris and London...what better destinations for the ultimate girlfriend's getaway! Our goal is to recreate the glamour days of travel. Culture, shopping, haute-cuisine and luxury spa treatments are all part of the plan, so the first important choice is our selection of where to stay.

Ultimate Luxury Hotels: Castles, Palaces and Mansions

Ultimate Luxury Hotels: Castles, Palaces and Mansions

A hotel experience can define an entire trip. So, forget about the obvious choices. There are castles, palaces and manors that elevate a mere trip to a luxury travel experience.

Discover Ultimate Charm on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Discover Ultimate Charm on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Anna Maria Island Florida offers a wonderful setting for family vacations. Stay in private villas that offer a "laid back" luxury travel experience.

Go Green at these World's Best Eco Luxury Resorts

Go Green at these World's Best Eco Luxury Resorts

From British Columbia to the Maldives and Brazil to Upstate New York, these eco-friendly luxury lodgings offer the most spectacular locations for rejuvenation...

10 Luxury Hotels for Tea Lovers

10 Luxury Hotels for Tea Lovers

The great teas of the world come from just a handful of countries; China - Formosa (Taiwan) - Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - Japan and India.

Time Travel: Exploring the Land of the Pharaohs

Time Travel: Exploring the Land of the Pharaohs

Travelers as far back as the Greek Herodotus (c. 450 B.C.) have journeyed to the banks of the Nile, drawn by its mysteries, fascinated by its concept of eternity...

Mayakoba: The Riviera Maya's Chic Eco-Hideaway

Mayakoba: The Riviera Maya's Chic Eco-Hideaway

The Riviera Maya is as idyllic and exotic as it sounds. Nestled on Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, this region characterized by powdery white sand beaches, turquoise waters...