Naples, Florida is perhaps one of the most overlooked paradise destinations.
“Relaxing” by reputation, this location has been given a modern face-lift of new restaurants, bars, hotels and hot spots that have added pep into the step of this once quiet coastal town.
The Old Town in Naples, boasts 5th Avenue; a street of lit with stores and dining variation, as well as several bars and cafes. A perfect getaway to Naples wouldn’t be complete without a night or two at The Inn On 5th, located right there on the high street.
Elegant, yet fresh and modern, the hotel boasts both club level suits and spacious rooms overlooking the avenue. At club level, expect an array of complimentary drinks and horderves served throughout the day, as well as a private rooftop jacuzzi.
The hotel’s swanky restaurant, Avenue 5, is also not to miss, serving exceptional cuisine from the local waters and land. Recommendations include the scallops and succotash, as well as the mussels served in a creamy coconut broth. Seal the deal with a smooth glass of their Malbec, and you are good to go.
If you take a boat to Naples, be sure to explore the area’s beautiful white sandy beaches, bejeweled with shells and sea- life alike, that stretch for miles along tropical blue waters. If you prefer to stay on land, the public beach is located directly down the avenue, and makes a magical spot to view perhaps Naples most famous site – the sunset.
For most travelers, when you say Orlando, the thought of Disney and Universal comes to mind. However, I decided to take a different path on my travels through this city. Whether passing through for a romantic weekend away, or taking a family vacation, there are plenty of places to discover.
Not just for kids, Seaworld is a great option, when looking for a theme park that doesn’t daunt you in size, but still provides that “Orlando” experience you seek. The park itself is easy to walk around, enjoyable both for those who like rollercaosters and those who just want to be entertained. The educational aspect of the park is also unique, and much of the sea life you come in contact with is impossible to see anywhere else. The live shows around the park are incredibly exciting to watch, and on weekends there is live music and bbq served by the park’s centrally located lake. The best part of it all, is that lines aren’t even half as long as those you will experience at Disney or Universal, and yet you will leave just as entertained!
A unique and quaint spot, tucked away from the bustle of larger Disney resorts, Celebration provides a wonderful spot to rest your head after a day out and about. Located on a lush lake, the hotel is situated amongst cafes and restaurants and charming residential properties that are reminiscent of a seaside town. The hotel itself is beautifully decorated in a modern theme that pays tribute to its downtown counterpart, The Grand Bohemian, but classically stylized with images throughout of old Florida and Seminal Tribal artifacts.
The Grand Bohemian in Downtown Orlando is not only famous for its lavish and modern decor, but also its decadent brunch spread, which unveils itself every Sunday. Included in the pre-set buffet is a unique blend of regular breakfast items, such as custom omelettes, alongside fresh mahi and lobster. The bloody mary’s are punchy and the crab cakes to die for. This spot is defiantly one worth reserving ahead of time.
If the endless playground of runs and 300 days of sunshine aren’t enough, Mammoth Ski Resort is true to its name; gigantic in both size and satsifaction for any snowboarder. The best part is that many of these visitors hitting the snow are fellow women! Beginners, intermediate and advanced snowboarders with find plenty to ride between perfectly groomed mountain faces and powder filled tree runs. Those of you still looking to lay down some tricks, will find an endless array of rails, halfpipes and kickers to keep you busy. The Mammoth Inn, loacted accross from Main Lodge, serves as a perfect jump off point to begin and end one’s day, that features more than comfotable accomodation in a cozy wooden setting that features both a pool and jacuzzi (when the mountain chill sets in). After a day on the mountain, Tusks is the place to grab that icy beer and listen to some live music, before heading to the village for a bite to eat in one of the many options that Mammoth holds. GWS recommends checking out Sushi Siem, known for their sensational truffle infused sushi and great saki happy hour. Follow this up with a stop into Whiskey Creek and grab a local brew. Dont feel like flying with your equipment? No problem; Mammoth has a great selection of the latest demo/rental boards, boots and skis to suit all. Epic snow, epic views and a guarenteed epic vacation in California’s greatest ski resort. Get riding ladies! For more information or to book your trip go www.mammothmountain.com
No one loves a hairy fairy! That’s why this month I decided to venture over to Strip Salon to see what all the fuss was about. Was I found was a whole lot more than your standard waxing salon. Each room is specifically designed to suit the type of hot wax you choose (lavender room is features a lavender wax/ chocolate colored room, a chocolate wax.) As if the boudoir treatment rooms aren’t enough, the procedures themselves are almost pain free (thanks to the combination of shrink rap oils, hot to dry wax and a seriously well trained beauticians.) All in all, by far the most professional and long lasting wax I’ve had yet. My only complaint; I wish I got longer in those luxurious little chambers!
Renowned for creating some of the best polishes on the market, OPI IS still going strong. Perhaps less well known than the polish itself, is the OPI mail salon in Selfridges. Newly refurbished and tucked away next to Miss Selfridge, you will find a mini pit stop in your shopping day. Simple, modern, clean and express you will find one of the best mani/pedis you can get in town without dropping a weighty sum on your wallet. If that wasn’t enough, you also have every OPI color in the rainbow to choose from….then again this rainbow seems ever growing still (OPI is constantly coming up with new ways to wonder us!)
Better brows in 5 minutes flat. If you haven’t tried Blink already – go. The original trend-setters of threading, puts Blink brow bars at the best of the best when it comes to eyebrow maintenance and shaping. Painless (as much as the procedure can be) professional and practical, Blink is still my top choice of eyebrow salons. Take yourself to one of the many bars popping up in London, and see for yourself why Blink is still so popular. It really does change the whole shape of your face for the better.
THE ILLUMINATA SPA
Tucked into the busy Mayfair business district, one will find a spa to top all spas; The Illuminata. If the marbled classical interior and heavenly slippers aren’t enough, be transported to ancient relaxation in a decadent shapire tiled steam room. The ‘Jasmine Steam’ is an incredibly luxurious experience, which involves being bathed in lemon salts, before being left to ‘steam’ in a chamber of jasmine aromas. After a warm shower, one feels buttery soft and truly like a Goddess.
For a real treat, let yourself be escourted into a treatement room where one can choose from an array of different facials and massages. Recommended to me was the ‘Aromoplasty Decleor Facial;’ a 50 minute process of essential oils, masks and facial massaging that deeply purifies and nourishes the skin, whilst sweeping away sighns of winter fatigue. This facial in particular is fantastic for skin of all ages, being both anti aging and aging preventative. Moreover it does great justice to the Decleor range of skincare products available on the market such as Decleor’s ‘Neroli Essential Oil.’