This spring break we headed to the beautiful island of Kauai for a week. While we've been to Kauai before, we have always stayed in hotel suites - the Grand Hyatt and Sheraton which are both located in Poipu. This time, I wanted to explore the northern part of the island so I opted for a home in Princeville which is about a 50 minute drive from the Lihuie airport (you'll pass a Safeway and Starbucks in Kapaa on the way).
Let me cut to the chase and say that the home, Surf Song, was amazing.
Chic Travel Mamas know that there are no extra points in heaven for doing travel “the hard way,” so next time you have an early morning flight away from home check out one of the best kept secrets in travel: in-terminal hotels. I’m not talking about “airport hotels” in the generic sense, but true in the terminal, no shuttle bus necessary hotels.
Traveling can be hard on the waistline. Between airplane food, the greasy food sold at most tourist destinations (yes, I mean you dreaded amusement park) and the rich food you get if you're lucky enough to get a sitter and sneak away for a 5-star treat, it's a veritable minefield. So, imagine my excitement when I just read in Fitness Magazine that Kimpton Hotels has started a "Travel Healthy Program." They are featuring low-cal options on the room service menu, on-demand workout videos and yoga instruction on the TV 24/7. Of course, seeing a new city on foot is my favorite form of travel exercise, but it's nice to have options.
Know of other chic and fitness-friendly hotels? Post a comment below.
New York City has an endless supply of luxurious and chic hotels, but finding one that's luxurious and kid-friendly takes some searching. The Ritz Carlton Battery Park fits the bill It is located in the financial district which wouldn't usually be a go-to area of NYC for families, but what makes it worthwhile are its amazing views of the Statue of Liberty and its proximity to the subway (red and green lines) that will get you uptown with little effort.
The hotel has a businesslike feel, but they still cater to younger guests. Rooms and suites facing the Statute come equipped with telescopes that give you a birds-eye-view of Lady Liberty. Our son loved it! The hotel has a treasure box full of little toys and trinkets at the front desk for kids and a decent kids' menu from room service. The Ritz is located directly across the street from Battery Park (ferry docks to Statue of Liberty) and grassy area where the little ones can play giving you respite from the concrete jungle.
An added bonus was the Statue of Liberty made of chocolate that greeted us in our junior suite. The food options are limited to one restaurant and room service, but there are several options within walking distance. The concierge helped arrange excellent child care for a parent night out, but otherwise I found the concierge desk only mildly helpful. If you're a coffee drinker, and what parent isn't, be sure to request that a coffee maker be brought to your room otherwise you'll have to wait for your first cup o' Joe. Alas, after nine days we were sad to say goodbye to our home away from home, but happy to have found this gem on the tip of Manhattan.
I'm a recovering attorney/CEO and NBA executive turned entrepreneur. Before I could travel in style I just traveled, bed bug bites and all.True story. Today, I'm fortunate enough to visit iconic locations and stay in the very best hotels with my husband and son. So, whether you're living the champagne travel reality or just dreaming about it, I'm glad you're here!