Montage Beverly Hills Welcomes Zakarian’s Georgie

I was saddened to learn that Scott Conant’s Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills, closed its doors earlier this year. I have fond memories of twirling strands of the most expensive bowl of spaghetti pomodoro around my fork, and seeing Conant walk into the kitchen to prepare a special Montage anniversary dinner. But sadness gave…

What’s New With Starwood Hotels in Hawaii

Meeting with representatives from the Starwood Hotels and Resorts at 71Above in downtown Los Angeles, I learned what’s new on the islands of Oahu, The Big Island, Kauai and Maui. Each property offers authentic culture experiences and interactions to enhance your island stay. Here are 10 Fun Things To See and Do when Staying at…

Meeting Football Legend Rosey Grier at the new Shade Hotel Redondo Beach

Attending a charity watch party event benefitting the Los Angeles Rams in Redondo Beach at the new Stand House Redondo Beach, I noticed football legend Rosey Grier talking to a group of fans. Born in 1932, he appears much younger than an 84-year-old man. Michael Zislis invited over 30 LA Rams legends including Rosey Grier,…

Heavenly Hamanasi Resort in Belize

In 1842, Charles Darwin described Belize as “The most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” in his book, Coral Reefs of the World. Flying into Belize City and looking out the window, I noticed the turquoise blue water and atolls just a boat ride away from shore. On a map inside the American Airlines airplane…

Sleeping in Elizabeth Taylors’ Bungalow in Beverly Hills

What do Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe all have in common? They all used to stay overnight frequently at the Beverly Hills Hotel for a length of time. After a multi-million dollar renovation on the “Pink Palace” hotel, Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer and his team started revitalizing the unique bungalows. With two…

What’s New at the Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Redesigned Rooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong Local Hong Kong designer Joyce Wang is redesigning all 113 guestrooms and suites. The rooms have an elegant “comfortable residential feel, together with a fresh and contemporary look,” said Torsten van Dullemen, General Manager of the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The hotel offers some of the best…