Florida’s Pelican Grand Beach Resort

As winter weather gets the best of us and we dream of sunshine and palm trees, others are living the dream visiting destinations like South Florida. Accessible and easy to fly into from most East (and West) coast destinations, Fort Lauderdale provides gorgeous beaches, beautiful waterways, fabulous restaurants and sunshine year. One spot in particular however stands out as one of the few beachfront resorts in the area, with true Florida style and all the amenities of a vacationer’s paradise – The Pelican Grand Beach Resort.

If the views alone don’t get your attention, the breezy big rooms, fresh sea food and elegant coastal decor will. Pass the day basking in the sun and swimming in the ocean (complimentary chairs and umbrellas provided,) pamper yourself in their Pure Spa, or take a ride along their lazy river pool. Those who like to eat al freso can also enjoy beachfront dining at their OCEAN2000, where you will find some noteworthy seafood dishes! Perhaps the biggest highlight is their charming veranda set with relaxing rocking chairs to watch the waves lap upon the sandy shoreline from sunrise to sunset. The resort is also know for featuring a fabulous kids club, watersports options (paddleboards provided onsite) and shuttles to downtown Fort Lauderdale – a playground of its own for shopping and dining.

If your’e looking for winter or springtime sun, and want a real Florida vibe, this might just be your best bet! And they also happen to have some great deals running too…..

The Royal Sonesta, Boston, MA

Set along the scenic Charles River in Boston, this newly renovated, modern hotel provides a relaxing place to lay one’s head when visiting the city.

Furnishings are slick, clean and fresh; a mirror of the waters on which the hotel overlooks, complimented by modern artworks from local artists. Amenities include the sophisticated yet relaxed, ArtBar or Dante, where you can grab a cocktail, lunch, dinner or delicious brunch on the weekend.

The Studio coffee shop can also be found on site, which brews up a large menu of coffee and tea varieties served with house made pastries and sandwiches (perfect for those who need to grab and go.) For those feeling active, our fitness facilities are also located on site, and the Royal Sonesta atrium-style pool overlooking the Charles is one of its most unique features.

The perfect place for a fly by business traveler, a family passing through the city or to throw a large event, The Royal Sonesta, Boston, pays attention to detail, whilst letting you breath and take in the view.

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The Drake Hotel, Toronto CA

Cool meets chic boutique in The Drake Hotel, Toronto.

Hip, elegant and fun, this hotel stands out as being one of the coolest hotspots in Toronto, without the pretentious price tag. The quirky colorful and urban rustic decor of the hotel provides a warm contrast to the colder climate of Canada in winter months. Dating from 1890 and featuring contemporary art collections and exhibitions, this trendy boutique hotel is 3 km from the Art Gallery of Ontario and 4 km from CN Tower. The surrounding area itself is full of wonderful local shops, restaurants and cafes.

Each room is individually decorated, with eclectic features, modern artwork and hardwood floors. Simple in size, yet very practical, they are the perfect crash pad for any business traveler or fly-though-town visitor. The Drake’s attention to detail is shown in your fully stocked bar, gifted champagne on arrival and a custom doll on each bed; providing a home away from home sort of feel.


The hotel is known for its great dining options include a hip cafe and a private dining room. There’s also a nightclub, a rooftop patio bar and a sleek bar/lounge that hosts cooking competitions, as well as live music events. The food and drink in all is exceptional; stay for brunch, dinner or just their tantalizing craft cocktails. When you have had your fill, nip over The Drake General Store, filled with all sorts of fun and fabulous trinkets to take home. 

The Drake is an experience in itself, a true little piece of curious magic planted right in the heart of Toronto.

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows, Mexico

Bali has truly come to Mexico at Karisma’s Overwater Bungalows, where azure blue waters meet the gorgeous shoreline of Maroma Beach (voted by Travel Channel as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.) This adult only, all-inclusive experience, can only be described as a paradise.

The suites cross Bali with Mayan tradition in their style, with wooden carvings and traditional simplicity. Each suite offers breathtaking ocean views, glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor “Aguas del Amor” showers, private infinity pools, indoor Jacuzzis, and even oversized decks with lounge chairs that look out onto the ocean horizon.

Perhaps, most notable is the personal butler service each guest receives, with on-demand to assistance for everything from pre-arrival requests, to packing and unpacking, activity reservations. My personal favorite feature of service, was the exclusive Bali beach bed reservations with customized beach picnics, brought right to you.

Located on site is also the Náay Spa Over the Ocean, offering treatments based on traditional Mayan herbal practices and the richness of the region’s marine life, most notably highlighting the benefits of Maroma’s Sea Moss (known for its high antioxidant and detoxifying powers.)

Of course, a truly luxurious stay would not be complete without cuisine to match. The Gourmet Inclusive Over Water Ocean Grill & Wine Bar, overlooking the breathtaking Caribbean Sea, serves ocean inspired, gourmet cuisine for breakfast lunch and dinner, infused with pungent local flavors and ingredients.

And if you’re looking to mix up your daily experience, the Gourmet Inclusive® offerings at El Dorado Maroma are just a swift walk across the beach, comprising three pools, six premier restaurants, four bars, and a good range of resort activities to choose from (from dancing, yoga and beach volleyball to cooking lessons, kayaking and bocce.) Do as much or as little as you want at the resort; either way you will find what you came for at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows, especially if you came for a true “vacation.”