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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.