JETSET EXPERIENCES: Defrost in warm weather luxury

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There is nothing like looking forward to shedding the bundle of jackets and snow boots that define many of our winters and anticipating a barefoot, warm-weather adventure on the beach. For a long weekend or a holiday getaway Costa Rica is the perfect escape for families and couples alike looking to sit back, relax and enjoy the splendors of this tropical paradise.

Las Catalinas, located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, is a novelty in the luxury accommodation world creating a unique and well thought out community village including private residences, studios and penthouses strewn among the cobblestone piazzas and sandy beaches that encompass this property. “Its purpose is to create a way of life that is healthy, sustainable, fulfilling and fun.” With over 30 km of mountain trails for biking and hiking, a triathlon-training course and their own private beach to soak up some well-deserved downtime, they have truly thought of everything to make this a home away from home.

On Saturdays enjoy a local craft and farmers market that sets up shop on the grounds as well as live music to complement the laid-back beach vibe of their outdoor lounge. Each modern and appropriately beach-themed residence comes with its own designated “house mom” who will greet you in the morning with fresh fruit and coffee as well as oversees your daily needs from a beach picnic to laundry.

With direct flights from Houston, Atlanta, Miami, Toronto and New York (with additional cities anticipated for the 2015 season) the beaches of Guanacaste are only a short trip from your snowed-in city dwellings. Embrace your adventurous travel spirit and defrost in the lap of warm weather luxury at Las Catalinas. For more information on your Costa Rica getaway, contact Lindsey Woodcock at

JETSET EXPERIENCES: Thaw out this Winter in Nevis

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Nevis is a charming island right next to St. Kitts in the Caribbean, well known from the many cruise boats that stop there. For anyone seeking world-class cuisine, activities galore, friendly locals, and all the water sports you can handle- together with a truly authentic island feel – Nevis is the answer. Everything on the island surrounds a dormant volcano know as Nevis Peak, which provides a luscious green landscape ideal for hiking, biking, and monkey viewing. Water sports enthusiasts can feast at a smorgasbord that includes snorkeling, sailing catamarans, diving wreck sites, wind surfing, kite boarding, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Four Seasons Nevis looks out upon a pristine calm beach and offers a perfect blend of 5 star luxury and service with a wonderful sense of place. The hotel has it all: complimentary Kids For All Seasons club, an adult-only pool, a Peter Berwash International tennis program, a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, and a full service spa and salon. As a guest you can even go out with the head chef to dive for your lobster dinner! Although all of the restaurants on property are amazing, I highly encourage dining around the island. Montpelier Plantation, a Relais and Chateau property, offers up exquisite cuisine and incredible views of the island. A local favorite, Bananas Restaurant, lies hidden high up on the island and serves an intriguing mix of modern and local dishes. Finally, no trip to Nevis is complete without having a “Killer Bee” at Sunshine’s Beach Bar & Grill. Luckily, it’s a short walk back down the beach to your room at the Four Seasons!

If you are looking for more than just a “fly and flop” beach trip to thaw out this winter, contact to create your perfect Nevis itinerary.


JETSET EXPERIENCES: The Brando is truly your “oyster”!

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I’ve always believed – and perhaps this is the hopeless romantic in me – that the more inaccessible the destination, the more unforgettable the experience. The Brando, a newly opened LEED Platinum luxury retreat in French Polynesia, proves this hypothesis.

Marlon Brando first discovered Tetiaroa, an atoll 33 miles north of Tahiti, in 1960 while scouting locations for Mutiny on the Bounty. As they have with many before his time, the islands captured his spirit and left an indelible mark; they certainly had the same effect on me. Few places remain so unspoiled and so pristine, so it seems a natural consequence that the famous actor would put in motion the vision that would ultimately become The Brando, his namesake and legacy. His initial investment of $100 million developed the world’s first (nearly) self-sustaining, fully inclusive hideaway with only 35 bungalows. Those fortunate enough to visit will savor sundrenched days admiring the 32 shades of blue that beckon water enthusiasts to kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard, kite surf, snorkel, cruise, swim…or simply sink in to a sunbed next to your own private pool. Wildlife exists in abundance with unique bird species, sea turtle nests, humpback whale calving grounds, and coral gardens to shade rays and countless tropical fish. And then there’s always the Polynesian spa, Varua, to sooth the spirit – or Bob’s Bar to sip spirits. Whatever you elect, The Brando is truly your “oyster”!

Experience this Polynesian Paradise yourself by contacting Julia Douglas: