Seeing Rainbows in Oahu, Hawaii

The island of Oahu should be named the “Rainbow Island” since every time I visit the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s rains once or twice and rewards its residents and visitors with a colorful rainbow. Like the colors of the rainbow, the diversity of Hilton Hotels in Honolulu and Waikiki Beach offers accommodations for…

Regent Seven Seas Mariner Luxury Cruise

Walking onboard the Regent Seven Seas Mariner before it set sail from Los Angeles, through the Panama Canal to Miami, each guest received a flute of sparkling wine before receiving their suite key card. The Seven Seas Mariner was constructed as the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in 2002. During the summer months, she sails along…

Girlfriend’s Weekend at Pechanga Resort

Meeting friends for a Girl’s Weekend Reunion at Pechanga Resort nestled in Temecula Valley, this destination that offers a multitude of activities that appeals to everyone. Besides the 20,000 square foot gaming casino, there is an event theatre showcasing sell-out concerts. This Las Vegas style resort has a water oasis featuring four-acres of pools, waterslides, a…

ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH RESORT Brings Uplifting Energy to Montecito

Recently I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the oceanfront Rosewood Miramar Beach Resort. Celebrity actor Rob Lowe sat in front of me, and later walked up to the podium to thank entrepreneur and developer Rick Caruso for building this exquisite addition to the community. As a spokesman for the affluent village…

Escape to the Luxe Andaz Scottsdale Resort

Two years ago the luxury Andaz Hotel by Hyatt took over the Cottonwoods Resort below the picturesque Camelback Mountains. They renovated each of the 185 adobe bungalows and suites, as well as built a colorful contemporary lobby and heated saltwater swimming pools. Driving up to the resort, a restored 1962 black convertible Cadillac, fondly named…

Cabo’s most exquisite wedding destination

My Quivira Los Cabos vacation started two days before my trip when my personal butler, Leopoldo, emailed me introducing himself and welcoming me before my arrival. In the email, he asked if I had any dietary restrictions and what time my flight landed. What I enjoyed most about Quivira Los Cabos while staying at the…

Luxury Baja Sur Resort – Villa Del Palmar

Explorer Juan Maria Salvatierra founded the Mission Nueustria Señora de Loreto in 1697. Located above Cabo San Lucas and La Paz, the colonial town of Loreto is one of Baja Sur’s gems. Surrounded by the sculpted Gigantic Sierra Mountains and the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez with five unique and dramatic islands, it’s…

Jill’s Top 10 Travel Destination to Visit in 2019

This year I visited over 20 luxury resorts and wrote about my adventures for JustLuxe, LuxeBeat and Go World Travel. Some of the standout travel destinations, hotels and resorts include luxury spa experiences, outstanding restaurants, tennis courts, golf courses and enriching experiences that include cooking classes, wine tasting and morning yoga.  Here’s a list of…

Dazzling Gingerbread Houses in America

During the holidays, pastry chefs in hotels design, create and bake the most spectacular gingerbread houses for their guests to enjoy. Here are three of my favorites dazzling displays: The Mission Inn & Spa The life-size “Santa’s Wonderland House” displayed in the lobby of The Mission Inn & Spa took Executive Pastry Chef David Blaine…