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Laid Back Luxury in Ambergris Caye, Belize: Coco Beach Resort and Belizean Shores.

Coco Beach Resort, located 3.5 miles from the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is a laid back luxurious 4 star resort. With a total of 58 rooms and suites ranging from luxury hotel rooms to seaview penthouses the resort remains boutique yet large enough with tons of amenities and entertainment options. The suites are elegant and luxe with modern furnishings, full kitchens, large patios or balconies, smart TV’s and WIFI throughout.

There are two large pools, one with a waterslide perfect for kids, or kids at heart, and a beachfront pool with a hear shaped jacuzzi, swim-up bar and lounge chairs in the pool.

There are kayaks and paddle boards available complimentary from the watersports dock. Guests can book snorkeling and scuba diving excursions with to the second largest barrier reef in the world located just a couple miles from the resort.

The resort offers a fitness center, mobile spa services, available beachside or ensuite through a partnership with Escape Day Spa. Complimentary bikes are available for a ride along the beach, as is a life size chess board, table tennis, and pool volleyball. Golf Carts are available for rent, and are the choice of transportation for most guests on the island.

The dining options range from all day dining and cocktails at the poolside Cocoblanca Pool Bar to fine dining at Cocoblanca Restaurant. The fare is local with lots of seafood options, fresh ceviche, fresh fish, lobster (in season) and traditional Belizean dishes. Breakfast is served at the Cocoblanca Pool bar as well. There is a Sunday BBQ and weekly live entertainment.

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Weddings are a big deal at Coco Beach. There are numerous wedding packages available that the onsite wedding coordinator can help with. From intimate beach weddings for just the couple to larger gatherings with family and friends for a full dream destination wedding. Honeymoon packages are available and can be customized to the couples wants and needs.

Sister property Belizean Shores, just a 5 minute stroll on the beach, is a relaxed more affordable family friendly vacation option. Authentic island decor, the suites range from pool view lower level suites to sea front upper level suites. Each suite has a separate bedroom, a sleeper sofa in the living room, some suites have a loft space with sofa bed or twin beds. There is a full kitchen so guests can cook meals for the family. Room service is available poolside or in the suites, delivered from Coco Beach next door.

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Getting to Ambregis Caye is easy and convenient with Maya Island Air. There are several flights available from Belize International Airport(BZE) The 15 minute flight offers unparalleled views of the Barrier Reef below. The planes carry from 3 to 12 passengers and offer a safe and comfortable experience. The airline serves many cities and islands in Belize. Coco Beach Resort can help guests book their roundtrip from BZE to San Pedro.

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Exploring San Pedro and Ambregis Caye is a fun experience. When guests want to venture out of the resort for a bite to eat we recommend O Restaurant at the Las Terrazas resort located just about a 7 minute walk from Belizean Shores. The menu offers fresh seafood as well as Mexican and Italian options, along with tropical cocktails.

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Another restaurant and bar worth a visit while at Coco Beach is Aji Tapa Bar and Restaurant. Located about 15 minutes south of the resort, the restaurant offers complimentary pick and drop offs. Ocean views and a Tapas menu with cuisine from Spain, there are a variety of Paellas, along with ceviches, salads and steak options.

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No visit to Ambregis Caye is complete without a visit to Secret Beach. A 20 minute golf cart ride bring guests to a large stretch of white sand beaches, a variety of restaurants and bars that offer complimentary lounge chairs, tables in the water, and a waterpark. We even made a doggie friend for the day. For more info visit:

Tobago: Jewel of the Caribbean, Paradise to Visit in 2023.

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Trinidad & Tobago are sister islands located deep in the Southern Caribbean, close to South America. While Trinidad is known to be the commercial business center, with one of the largest economies in the Caribbean and the destination for the premier Carnival Festival every February, sister island Tobago is the chill island with beautiful white sand beaches, tropical resorts, nature, wildlife and the home to three major species of sea turtles, making it one of the world’s premier turtle watching destinations.

The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is the premier resort in Tobago. Surrounded by the ocean on one side and the golf course on the other, the vast family friendly resort boasts 178 deluxe oceanfront rooms plus 22 one and two bedroom cottages with hot tubs and direct ocean front views.

There are three swimming pools including a swim-up bar, aptly called Li’l Nylon Pool, multiple dining options, a sumptuous breakfast buffet is included for all guests. Guests can dine casually in the Pembois Restaurant & Terrace daily, with theme nights and a varied daily menu for lunch and dinner. For a more refined dining experience Kali’na offers Caribbean and Creole specialties served in an elegant dining room setting, while The Salaka Grill offers seafood specialties overlooking the ocean. For a casual vibe, The Robinson Crusoe Pub, has a bar food menu and cocktails, along with weekly Karaoke nights. The resort offers all-inclusive packages so guests can experience true relaxation without having to remember their wallets.

The resort offers complimentary shuttle service three times a week to Pigeon Point Beach, where guests can lounge and swim in crystal clear waters, and can book many available tours, to the world famous Nylon pool, we highly recommend Sugar Lips, a highly rated and dependable tour guide, offering affordable diving, snorkeling and sightseeing boat tours, some with a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on No Man’s Land Beach and an open bar.

The many activities at the resort include tennis, golf, a fitness center, complimentary bikes, kids club, and a spa. The resort is happy to book excursions throughout Tobago. Our favorites are snorkeling, diving, turtle watching, bird watching and rainforest tours. Come February, Tobago also celebrates Carnival with music and festivities throughout the island.

To book your stay at The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort visit:

To book your excursion with SugarLips Tours Tobago visit:

Spice Island Beach Resort, A Slice of Heaven in Grenada

Spice Island Beach Resort is the ultimate all-inclusive getaway, located on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada. The island of Grenada, is in the Southern end of the Grenadines Island Chain. Known as the Spice Island, its major export is nutmeg, as is seen on the national flag.

Family owned by the Hopkin Family, RIP Sir Royston Hopkin, his devoted wife Betty and their daughters, Janelle M. Hopkin is continuing the family legacy as the new President & Managing Director off the award winning resort. Family is everything there and the values are transcended, seen openly amongst the staff who many, have been with the resort for decades. The staff is very attentive and guests will notice that their drink orders are remembered after the first day.

Upon arrival, by private chauffeur, guests are treated to a welcome cocktail, while a friendly front desk host explains all the amenities, activities, and options available.

64 Luxury Villa/Suites dot the property and range from Oleander Garden and Superior Suites to the ultra-lux Royal Cinnamon and Saffron Beach Suites. All contain a balcony or a patio, LCD Televisions, Nespresso Machines, Frette Linens, Molton Brown Toiletry Products, fully stocked Mini Bars and much more….

The resort is truly all-inclusive where guests are encouraged to leave their wallets behind. The dining options range from casual dining by the pool, en-suite dining, beachside barbecues, to fine dining every evening under the stars. The menu changes often, so guests are never bored. The cuisine ranges from authentic West Indian fare with a large focus on seafood, the rotis are not to be missed to fusion fare with Mediterranean, Asian, Caribbean and Vegetarian Options. Guests are welcome to request dishes they do not see on the menu. The beverage options range from premium cocktails to fine wines and beers, along with non-alcoholic choices. Mini Bars in suites are replenished daily.

Guests can do as little or as much as they want at the resort. A stunning pool set amongst lush foliage is there for guests to enjoy the sunshine, the white sand beach with calm warm waters awaits guests with beachside drink service, and the watersports area offers complimentary kayaks, snorkeling equipment, paddle boards, and Hobie cat rides.

Children are welcome at the resort with a complimentary kids club and private babysitting services available, additional charges apply.

Yoga is offered in an airy outdoor yoga pavilion. Janissa’s Spa is a full service spa offering restorative treatments ranging from massage, facial and body treatments, nails, hair and wedding services.

Weddings and Honeymoons are extremely popular with a dedicated team that can assist with everything from documents to custom wedding packages up to 35 people.

For guests who wish to explore Grenada a knowledgeable front desk team can arrange private tours to many of the most popular sights as well as to local haunts that only an experienced guide would know about.

To book your stay please visit

Spice Island Beach Resort, 
P.O. Box Six, St. George’s Grenada,
(800) 501-8603

Têt Rouge Resort, Adults- Only Paradise in Choiseul, Saint Lucia

Têt Rouge is an adults only high end resort situated between the Gros Piton and the Caribbean Sea. An intimate retreat with only six sea-view suites, offers guests a personalized stay, where activities are tailored to guests requests. Perfect for honeymooners seeking privacy, comfort, and serenity.

The infinity pool spans 40 feet with a swim-up bar, and a pool side restaurant. The views are spectacular from the pool, with neighboring island Saint Vincent on display. Other amenities include ensuite massages, romantic dinners on the beach or in the lush gardens of the resort, yoga classes, a private catamaran for private sunset cruises or day sailing trips.  Anse L’Ivrogne beach at the base of the Gros Piton is a 20 minute stroll from the resort, shuttle service is available. The base of the Gross Piton is where climbers meet to begin their hiking trek to the top of the mountain.

The six sea-view suites are each designed slightly different, but all feature high lofty ceilings, kitchenettes, hammocks on the terrace, indoor/outdoor showers, and four poster comfy beds with mosquito netting. There is free WIFI available throughout the resort.

The dining options are local and fresh, many of our meals were pre-ordered and ready to be served at our dining time. The bartender remembers guests names and drink orders, giving feels of an almost private villa experience with a few newly found friends.

Saint Lucia has long been a favorite for travelers seeking romance and adventure. Home of the majestic Pitons, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is something for everyone, from gorgeous beaches, watersports, hiking, rainforests, sulphur springs, a volcano, horseback riding, and amazing dining options. The resort can book any adventure guests may want to experience on the island.

With direct flights from Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Dallas on American Airlines, New York and Newark on Jet Blue, Atlanta on Delta, Toronto on Air Canada, and London on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, Saint Lucia and Têt Rouge Resort are just a short hop away.

For more information and booking, visit the Têt Rouge Resort website or telephone reservations on 1-758-487-5051 & 1-758-384-5561 or email

Weekend Getaway to Boston on a Seaplane

Tailwind Air offers quick, safe, and super fun flights from New York City to Boston and to several other cities on the Eastern Seaboard including the Hamptons and Cape Cod.

The seaplanes are 8 seaters, outfitted with comfy leather seats, power outlets, with a selection of onboard snacks and drinks. Operated by an experienced 2 man or woman crew, from takeoff, in our case from the East River on 23rd street to landing in beautiful Boston Harbor, the flight was about 75 minutes long, with amazing views and a unique travel experience. There are no long rides to the airport, no TSA lines, check- in takes about 10 minutes, so when traveling for business or a quick weekend getaway, there are no hours wasted getting to and from the plane.

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The Lenox Hotel located in the upscale Back Bay Area of Boston is the perfect boutique hotel for a weekend getaway. Part of The Historic Hotels of America Hotel Group, the rooms are decorated, with modern design, comfy bedding, and yes some even have real working fireplaces. The hotel itself is steps away from Newbury Street, filled with restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping options.

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City Table is located in the Lenox Hotel. The casual eatery offers a largely seafood inspired menu, including the must have fresh oysters, as well as a creative cocktail menu, and a very popular weekend brunch. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the service is very friendly and the vibe is chill yet sophisticated.

Eastwinds Resort, A Hidden Gem in St. Lucia: Relaxation and Pampering We All Need Now

By Maya Litovsky

Eastwinds is a all-inclusive boutique resort in Gros Islet, St.Lucia. Minutes away from Rodney Bay, the property is set amidst tropical botanical gardens with humming birds, gorgeous flora and nature trails.

From the moment guests arrive the staff, many whom have been with the resort for decades greet you with a welcome drink and a smile. Within hours it seemed they remembered our names and our drink orders. Speaking to other guests at the property, some who have been coming for over 15 years, the staff’s attentiveness and attention to detail are the reasons why the return rate is so high and what truly sets this little gem apart from the other larger scale resorts on the island.

Located on Labrelotte Bay, one of the most pristine bays in St. Lucia, the proximity to the beach allows guests to sunbathe, swim and snorkel directly on property. The large free form pool features a swim up bar. The open air restaurant is only a few steps away, along with a beach bar that offers beachside service.

Dining is one of the most special activities at the resort. The executive chef typically chooses locally sourced ingredients some of which are grown on the on site garden. Breakfast is ala carte now due to Covid protocols, with a varied menu including omelettes, pancakes, and French toast made to order. If there is something a guest craves, the staff will make an effort to make it happen. Lunch is a casual affair, with a daily changing menu featuring seafood, meat, and vegetarian options.

Dinner is where Eastwinds shines. Full silver service, a four course menu designed by the chef, comprised of international and local specialties. The meals are paired with premium wines and cocktails. Nightly entertainment alternates between musicians and singers. There is a weekly Barbecue under the stars.

The rooms at the resort range from superior cottages to beach front suites. All the rooms feature premium bedding, air-conditioning, flat screen tv’s, robes, mini bars, free wifi and toiletries by Molton Brown.

While relaxation is the most important part of our stay, we did venture to snorkel, hop on a hobie cat, and paddle board. These activities are part of the all-inclusive package.

The resort also offers exclusive experiences to the guests, at an additional charge. Curated by Simeon, these can be a private all day sail to the Pitons, a sunset cruise or an island tour.

Weddings are quite popular at the resort. The experienced team will plan your special day and tailor it to your needs. The resort can accommodate a wedding of up to 70 plus guests. Children are welcome in case of a property buy out.

Covid protocols are strictly followed with masked staff, sanitizing stations, and a complimentary covid test done on property that guests need to board their flights home

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New Year’s Resolution: Getaway To Cabo San Lucas for The Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway at Pueblo Bonito Resorts

When the holidays come to an end and the winter blues set in, there is nothing better than a dreamy girlfriends getaway at Pueblo Bonito Resorts. 

Five luxe resorts scattered around Cabo San Lucas offer all-inclusive luxury in a variety of price points, all with chic comfortable and sleek accommodations, tons of activities and dining options and oh yeah indulgent spa services.

The Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway Package offers you and your besties, or mom and sisters 3 nights in an ocean view room, all inclusive food and drink, a private chef for one special dinner, an upgraded dinner option at an exclusive restaurant, we chose La Frida, and it was fantastic. There is also a VIP tequila and Mezcal tasting, a guided tour of the Quivira Market, a massage on the beach and  a paddle boarding tour to the Arch plus a 25% discount at the Armonia Spa.

If luxury is the goal then an add- on to the package will give you 24 hour butler service, think reserved cabana seats with margaritas served at a moments notice. A Hook’ n Cook beach experience, a sunset cocktail cruise, and a butler guided shopping tour of downtown Cabo San Lucas.


Each of the Pueblo Bonito Resorts have their own personality and vibe. Pueblo Bonito Rose and Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos are located directly on Medano Beach, the only swimmable white sand beach in Cabo San Lucas. Sister properties separated by a beachfront bridge, guests can use each others facilities and restaurants. Close proximity to downtown Cabo San Lucas makes these resorts perfect for guests who would like to relax onsite and go explore the area as well.


Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach is located high above Cabo San Lucas on a secluded bluff, with gorgeous ocean views. The resort offers a private beach, a rooftop pool with private cabanas and exclusive access to The Quivira Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus signature designed course. Elevated dining options at Sunset Beach are many with our favorites being La Frida, Tazuna, and the Quivira Clubhouse. Guests can also enjoy 24 hour suite service.


Pueblo Bonito Pacifica  is located on a secluded beach within the exclusive residential neighborhood of Quivira. An adults only property, this romantic resort is a haven for honeymooners and a perfect spot for a destination wedding. This premium 201 suite resort gives guests use of the sister properties and offers free shuttles.

Dining options range from friendly poolside fare and libations to the Peninsula Restaurant offering local Bajan flavors in an a elegant and romantic setting. Siempre is a gourmet restaurant that fuses Mediterranean and Mexican Cuisine with healthy options available.

The Armonia Spa, named among the three best spas in Mexico & Central America a few years ago by Conde Nast Traveler. The full-service spa offers wellness treatments, massage therapies, we chose the beach massage and we highly recommend it! There is also a state of the art fitness center, hair salon, and a wet area.



The Towers at Pacifica are the newest and most luxe addition to the resort. A resort within a resort, the 47 rooms and suites all offer ocean views with private terraces with  six suites offering private plunge pools and offer the most discerning traveler, the opulent 3200 square foot Presidential Suite. All the rooms include a private butler and an oceanfront VIP lounge open only to Towers guests. This time of year the lounge, outfitted with binoculars is a perfect spot to view Whales frolicking in the Pacific.



Montecristo Estates at Pueblo Bonito  brings the Villa Life to an all-inclusive resort. 3 bedroom Villas measuring 2800 square foot feature spacious living areas with fireplaces, bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, full kitchens with top of the line appliances and Oceanview outdoor spaces with infinity pools and hot tubs. The villas can comfortably sleep 10 making them the perfect choice for large families, transgenerational travel and of course An Ultimate Girlfriends Getaway!

Guests can enjoy unparalleled privacy with the convenience of amenities found at the sister Pueblo Bonito Resorts. Guests of Montecristo have unlimited use of all the neighboring resorts and the Quivira golf course.

To Book Your Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway Click Here: Pueblo Bonito and pack your bags to Paradise.

Norwegian Encore is Here and She is Gorgeous #NorwegianEncore @CruiseNorwegian


Last month The 169,116 Gross Ton Norwegian Encore made its debut in NYC and we got a first peek, along with other media, influencers, travel agents, company executives and VIP guests. A Breakaway Plus Class Ship, the last of the four being built in this class, her sister ships are Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Joy, and Norwegian Bliss.

This ship is modern, with contemporary decor, super high -tech features and surpasses amenities found at top notch land based resorts. Even the most discerning traveler will be truly satisfied with the gracious accommodations, plethora of dining options and first rate entertainment.


Aqua Park

Go-Kart Raceway

Laser Tag

The activities are endless and are good for every age group. The aqua park offers thrilling rides, never before offered at sea. There is a little kids section that mimics the big park. Laser tag is played on a course where players have the option to shoot at the go-karts as they whisk by.

The most fun was was had on the go-kart track. The longest go -kart track at sea, the bi-level coarse allows guests to drive 30mph, with the winner posted at the end of the race. The Galaxy Pavillion has awesome virtual reality games, rides, and an escape room.


Along with dozens of unique bars and lounges the ship offers broadway entertainment that is on par with shows on Broadway. We saw the fantastic Choir of Man and the award winning Kinky Boots during our time onboard. The sprawling casino has the latest games for the most exciting gaming possibilities at sea !

Le Bistro

Le Bistro

Seafood Buffet


Dining is a huge part of cruising. With 27 dining venues on board there is something for everyone. The included main restaurants and buffets offer top quality cuisine with themed days and nights.

The seafood buffet was an outrageous smorgasbord of lobster, crab, raw bar and every other variety of seafood to fulfill any seafood lover’s fantasy. The specialty restaurants like Like Le Bistro and Onda at Scarpetta, an outpost of NYC critically acclaimed Italian Restaurant, run by the world famous LDV Hospitality, offer an elevated dining experience onboard.



The Encore has a vast variety of accommodations to choose from. Single travelers can enjoy their solo quarters, with no double occupancy supplement. Whether guests choose the most economical inside stateroom or the lavish Haven suite, the decor is elegant and understated, with soothing nautical colors and modern amenities like USB charging stations and flat screen smart tv’s.



 The Haven  is the ultimate cruising experience. A mega yacht experience within the walls of a huge dynamic cruise ship. Luxe suites, a private all-weather pool with retractable roof, private restaurant, bar and butler services. Open the gates and all the activities await and when privacy and peace are desired, enter the keyed Haven area on the top decks for exclusivity.


Norwegian Encore offers 7 day cruises to The Eastern Caribbean until April 2020. She will then move to NYC on April 22nd for Bermuda, Canada, and New England Itineraries. She will move back to Miami in December 2020 and offer Western Caribbean itineraries through April 2021. Book Here:



Paradise Found in Belize: Sleeping Giant Lodge and Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef

The Viva Belize Collection is a group of eco-friendly, luxury hotels located deep in the rainforest of Belize and on the shores of Hopkins, Belize, a quaint unspoiled town filled with colorful architecture, lively eateries and bars, some with music and weekly concerts.

Our first stop was at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, set on hundreds of acres of lush greenery, overlooking the river, with onsite wildlife, a place to really escape and getaway from it all. There are no TV’s in the rooms, wifi is available in the lobby and restaurant only. There is a total of 31 rooms and suites, designed with sustainable materials, organic design and are chic and comfortable.

The large heated pool is surrounded by lush foliage, with food and beverage service available. The main restaurant serves local fare with farm to table ingredients, sourced from the onsite garden. The cozy bar serves up beer, wine, and cocktails while guests enjoy the nature around them.

As the official base camp for National Geographic Expeditions in Belize, the concierge desk arranges adventures for guests ranging from ziplining, wildlife tours, cave exploring, and bird watching.

Located about 90 minutes from Belize International Airport, the lodge can arrange transportation to and from the resort.

After a few very peaceful and tranquil days it was time to hit the beach. We highly recommend  combining 2 resorts to experience the beautiful nature and the beauty of the beaches that Belize has to offer.

Almond Beach Resort at Jaguar Reef is an intimate 12 room beachfront resort set on a 5 mile white sand beach. Located within a trio of hotels all part of the Viva Belize collection, Jaguar Reef and the Colonial are right next door. A heated infinity pool and hot tub is just steps away, as is an onsite spa, restaurant and bar.

A short walk on the beach there is a pier with a bar, room for relaxation and sunbathing, a rope swing and a platform for diving into the clear waters.

The Barrier Reef just off Belize’s coast is legendary for amazing snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. The resort arranges a wide choice of snorkeling adventures ranging from a half day snorkeling excursion to diving at the world famous Blue Hole. A professional captain supplies all the equipment, provides expert safety and area knowledge to maximize the customer experience. On our adventure we saw schools of colorful fish, sting rays and nurse sharks!

Puglia, Italy A Dream Destination for Foodies, Culture Enthusiasts and Beach Lovers

On the Adriatic Sea lies the town Mola di Bari. Located in the region of Apulia or Puglia known for hundreds of miles of coastline, vineyards, olive trees, agriculture, white washed buildings and the famous aquaviva onion.

The Teatro Pubblico Pugliese consortium, made up of local authorities, politicians, and tourism experts from the Puglia region focuses on promoting Puglia’s cultural, historic, and culinary offerings.

Officials from Croatia, which lies opposite Bari on the Adriatic are also involved in promoting the region through meetings, workshops, and in our case interviews with both local and international journalists.

The climate in Puglia creates optimal conditions for farming, agriculture, and wine making. Fresh seafood, particularly octopus are ubiquitous to the region and are served raw.

The term “Il Crudo Barese” was coined in the region and is very different from what the westerner thinks Crudo means. A tradition that dates back many centuries, fresh catches are served, raw moments after being pulled from the sea.

On our journey we were joined by Ornella Fado, an Italian/American hostess, creator and producer of Brindiamo, a show on Amazon Prime that showcases Italian Cuisine and Culture both in New York and abroad.

Chef Pasquale Martinelli, born in Mola Di Bari, has been cooking traditional Puglian cuisine since 1990, after graduating from the IPSAR Institute. A firm believer in using only the best ingredients from the region and implementing them to create authentic dishes, along with the art of hospitality.

His future project is the launch of Alloro Private Culinary Concierge, A private chef and hospitality company based in New York. His mission is to craft menus for guests following the Mediterranean diet, using ingredients imported fresh from Puglia and cooking them on premises, private homes and yachts.

Chef Martinelli is working on setting up a gala dinner for 100 guests on a yacht cruising around Manhattan serving a 5 course menu highlighting artisan small production cheeses, semola, wines, Extra Virgin Olive Oil directly from Puglia.

His current website will be transitioned to in about a month’s time.

The Puglia region offers visitors a vast choice of adventures.

We visited the “Grotte di Castellana”, one of the most important attractions in Puglia. Located at the entrance of the Itria Valley, neighboring villages Alberobello and Polignano a Mare, these natural caves began forming 90 million years ago and to date have welcomed over 15 million guests. The tours through the caves offer splendid views through this natural wonder and can be short or long depending on the visitors preference.

The village of Alberobello, high in the hills in Puglia is a UNESCO world heritage site. Known for it’s “trulli”, whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs. The best way to experience the town is with a walking tour. A guide explains the history of the area, the significance of the architecture, and brings you inside these homes and introduces you to local artisans.

Polignano a Mare is our favorite area of Puglia. Limestone Cliffs lead to crystal clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, where beach life is sizzling. Cafes and bars line the town and folks sunbathe on the rocks or on the beach below. We are coming back!

King and Prince Resort, The Ultimate Getaway on St. Simons Island

The King and Prince Resort is a true gem of a vacation getaway. Located on St. Simon’s Island, a charming southern barrier island off the coast of Georgia, known for it’s beaches, rich history and numerous PGA golf courses. 

A member of The Historic Hotels of America, the hotel has a storied past with many prominent guests who have called the resort home while on St. Simon’s Island. The resort has been thoughtfully updated with modern amenities while retaining it’s authentic southern charm with mediterranean architecture and southern decor throughout.

The accommodations range from resort view rooms to luxury villas suitable for large families and the most discerning travelers. The resort is also pet friendly with rooms specially allocated for our fur babies.

Amenities include multiple outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, massage therapy, outdoor yoga and of course golf. The hotel’s restaurant ECHO offers oceanfront dining and cocktails and is the only official oceanfront dining venue on the island.

The fare at ECHO is American with a focus on seafood and the use of local ingredients. We enjoyed several meals at ECHO with breakfast being a favorite of ours. Lots of options from traditional to healthy with yummy smoothies to start off the day on the right foot.

At some point guests have to leave the resort to explore the island. Below is a list of our recommendations for where to eat, what to see and where to explore. This is only a small portion of what St. Simon’s has to offer and we look forward to returning to explore more!

  • Lighthouse Trolley Tours run by Cap Fendig, a seventh generation resident of the island and a true expert on all things St. Simons. They offer trolley tours of the island, ghost tours, dolphin cruises and can be booked for private charters and special occasions.
  • St. Simon’s Lighthouse Museum is a must visit to learn about the history of the lighthouse and it’s importance to St. Simon’s, then climb the stairs for amazing views of the ocean and surrounding islands.
  • Gnat’s Landing offers American fare and drinks in a casual setting and is kid friendly. Try the Gnat’s famous slaw bowls! Come football season Gnat’s is the place to be.
  • Georgia Sea Grill offers the freshest seafood on the island in an elegant and sophisticated setting. Perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion.
  • Southern Soul BBQ is the most famous BBQ restaurant on the island having won several awards for its delicious slow- cooked meats and true southern style.

Pittsburgh: Health, Wellness, Tech, and Food!

When we used to think about Pittsburgh, PA we would imagine a city that was a center for heavy industry, steel mills, but those days are long gone. These days the city is clean, green, focused on sustainability, filled with warm people, a vibrant food scene, artist community and of- course lots of professional sports teams.

Recently voted America’s “Most Livable City, Pittsburgh has many affordable housing options, premium healthcare facilities and top notch universities including Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh. As a matter of fact, the city is so tech savvy, second only to Silicone Valley, that is has been dubbed Silicone Valley of the East. On occasion, one can witness a self driving car whiz by, being tested as commissioned by Uber and Lyft, etc.

Health and Wellness is at the forefront of life in Pittsburgh. Planned green spaces designed for outdoor recreation and exercise are everywhere. Food choices are many and it seems that vegetarian and vegan restaurants are popping up in many of the 90 neighborhoods.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre mecca of gardens, seasonal flower shows and exhibits. The focus and research is on sustainability and the effects of plant life on our environment. Exotic plants abound including orchids and bonsai trees. Summer camps and year round learning possibilities available for children.

The Fairmont Pittsburgh opened in 2010 and has led the way to offer luxurious and certified “Green” accommodations for business and leisure travelers. Located in the heart of downtown, the “LEED” certified gold level property serves delicious American fare at FL.2, cocktails & jazz at Andy’s wine bar, a spa and health club, plus lots of meeting space and weddings. The gorgeous grand ballroom can hold a wedding of up to 450 guests and the hotel staff can help orchestrate the perfect wedding of any size.

Where to EAT in Pittsburgh:

The Vandal, a trendy locally owned restaurant in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Locally sourced, farm to table seasonal cuisine and is BYOB.

Gluten Free Goat, A neighborhood cafe in Garfield. Gluten Free fare, fresh bread, pastries, breakfast & lunch options plus new dinner menu.

Legume Bistro, Located in the Oakland neighborhood. Ingredient focused restaurant with the freshest seafood and meats sourced locally from Western, PA.

The Porch, Located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, lively atmosphere, seasonal menu, casual cafeteria style eatery.

Apteka, Contemporary restaurant known for its vegan Eastern European Fare. Favorite dishes include vegan pierogis and potato pancakes!

FL.2, On the second floor of the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Modern American cuisine with a huge breakfast menu. Elegant space, carefully created dishes using the finest ingredients.

Primanti Bros, Iconic Pittsburgh Sandwich shop, huge portions. A must try for any visitor to Pittsburgh.

Things To Do in Pittsburgh:

Ride The Duquesne Incline From Mount Washington ride the century old cable car opened in 1877. Visit the museum, check out the gift shop and the views are amazing.

Visit The Love Pittsburgh Shop : Located on Mount Washington the store showcases local makers, artists, and craftsmen. Walk out with unique one of kind gifts. Owned and run by women entrepreneurs.

Peace, Love and Zen Spa: Visit this popular spa in the East Liberty neighborhood offering a variety of services. Our favorite was the ultra relaxing and healing Himalayan Salt Cave.

Walk The Burgh Tours: Walk through Pittsburgh with knowledgable, friendly and experienced tour guides. See the sights and learn the history.

Other sites to visit: Market Square, Point State Park, The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory Museum, National Aviary, Heinz History Center

Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Waters Edge Villas Gros Islet, St. Lucia #BayGardensBeachResort @baygardensbeachresort


Located on Réduit Beach, an expansive white sand beach that is adjacent to Splash Island Water Park, which is complimentary for hotel guests, Bay Gardens Beach Resort is a kid friendly resort that caters to families with spacious guest rooms, a lagoon shaped pool and a kids club. The resort is close to Rodney Bay, which offers a multitude of dining and entertainment options. 

The guest rooms and suites are spacious with modern French caribbean decor, resort, pool or ocean views and offer free wifi, mini fridges and tv’s with dvd players.

The resort offers an all-inclusive package for those who want to be cash and hassle free or a European plan for those who want to explore the area and experience the local dining scene. The Hi-Tide Restaurant and Seagrapes Beach Bar offer local and regional delicacies as well as cocktails, a wine list and local beers. 

Daily activities include non-motorized water sports, access to the waterpark, motorized waterspouts for a fee and the La Mer spa which offers massages, facials, and much much more.

For the ultimate luxury experience on Rodney Bay Marina, the newest addition to the Bay Garden’s  Resort’s portfolio are the Waters Edge Villas these 2 ultra chic four thousand square foot villas feature 4 bedrooms each, living rooms on each floor, private pools overlooking rodney bay marina, Alexa Villa concierge service, exchange privileges between all four Bay Gardens properties, complimentary water park access, unlimited non-motorized water sports, shuttle service, and free wifi. 

The villas can be booked for private events and weddings for a truly special experience in beautiful St. Lucia.


Getting to St. Lucia has never been easier with daily service from JFK to Hewanorra International Airport, about an hour and 20 minute drive to the resort. JetBlue has been a long time favorite ours for travel everywhere, especially in the Caribbean because of their convenient schedules, free entertainment, snacks, and wifi when in the coverage area.


Moon Palace Jamaica: All- Inclusive Luxury in Ocho Rios #MoonPalaceJamaica #ThePalaceLife

Moon Palace Jamaica is a luxury all-inclusive family resort located 90 minutes away from Montego Bay airport. With nonstop and direct flights from many US cities the easy to get to vacation destination makes a visit of any length possible.

Located on a white sandy beach, in the heart of Ocho Rios, the property has over 700 rooms ranging from deluxe resort view rooms to oceanfront palatial Presidential Suites with private pools.

There are 4 pools on the property with covered loungers and cabana beds. One of the pools has a waterslide, basketball nets and is deemed the activities and kids pool. The other pools are quieter with friendly bar service all day long. Our server remembered our favorite cocktails from day 1!

Kayaks, hobie cats, and water bikes are included for fun daytime activities and with a $1500 resort credit per 7 night stay guests can enjoy a sunset cruise, snorkeling excursion, swimming with the dolphins, a spa service, a romantic dinner on the beach, or an excursion to neighboring Dunn’s River Falls.

The dining is varied with so many options available. Momo serves up fresh sushi and traditional hibachi with entertainment during dinner. La Gondola serves contemporary Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. Pier 8 is an oceanfront restaurant serving fresh seafood daily with catch of the day specials. Buccaneers Reef is a casual buffet restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with themed evenings. Our favorite spot for lunch daily was the Jerk Chicken bar. Located poolside and open daily from 1230 to 430, the menu was simple, fresh jerk chicken smothered in a spicy jerk sauce served with corn on the cob. We literally ate there 5 out of the 6 days we were there, highly recommended! There is also The Boulangerie, that is open 24/7 near the lobby serving sandwiches, desserts, coffees and more and of course room service.


There is nightly entertainment and we were lucky enough to see the Island famous Silverbirds Steel Orchestra, who have been performing at the finest resorts all over Jamaica for years. An hour of energy filled dancing and drum playing to the hottest tunes out now.

No vacation is complete without a visit to the spa, at least in our opinion. The AWE Spa is Jamaica’s largest spa with 23 treatment rooms. The service begins with a water journey that includes hydrotherapy pools, a cold plunge pool, a warm pool with jet massage and a steam room and sauna. Guests are advised to arrive an hour before their scheduled spa treatment to enjoy this complimentary, with a spa service, experience. There are many massage, facials, and body treatments available. We chose a deep tissue massage, as stressed out New Yorkers, this was much needed before our return to the concrete jungle. Our technician had super strong hands and was very experienced. Spa day was very much enjoyed.

To book your stay visit Moon Palace Jamaica or call 1-800- 987- 0984


Getting to Jamaica has never been easier with our favorite airline. JetBlue has several nonstop flights from the New York area with convenient connections from cities nationwide. Complimentary snacks & beverages including Dunkin Donuts coffee plus complimentary entertainment at every seat with free movies, shows, music and live TV when in coverage zones. WIFI is always free on Jetblue.

Palace Resorts Mexico: Cozumel Palace and The Grand at Moon Palace, world apart and beautifully unique @palaceresorts



Cozumel Palace is a unique resort and is a diver’s dream. A coral reef sits right beyond the property in the warm blue waters where guests can grab complimentary snorkel gear and jump right in. The fish is plentiful and there is a lifeguard that overseas snorkelers. Fun for the entire family and highly recommended. SCUBA diving excursions are available as are night dives.


The intimate resort has 169 suites, each with a double whirlpool tub and balcony. Traveling with the family as we were, we stayed in a loft suite which offers two floors with a bedroom with double beds upstairs and a full bath and a king size bed and full bath downstairs. 



The resort is truly all inclusive with top shelf liquor available throughout the resort including an ensuite bar, in our case 2 bars, one on each floor! The dining options are plentiful and the cuisine is refined, a pleasant surprise as one doesn’t always find that in an all- inclusive. MOMO, the Pan-Asian restaurant was our favorite with teppanyaki cooking and fresh sushi, the kind us New Yorkers are used to and rarely find when traveling in the caribbean. Bugambilia’s serves authentic mexican cuisine in a laid back environment and the staff can make a mean margarita. For casual dining try Turquesa for breakfast and lunch buffets and for a-la carte Italian dining. Room service is available for breakfast in bed or cozy romantic dinner on the balcony.


Mexican Show Cozumel Palace

After dinner there is nightly entertainment for the entire family. From live music, singing and dancing to authentic Mexican shows. The lobby bar is open late for a night cap and was the hot spot for drinking and mingling each evening.

The spa is there to pamper the guests, the knowledgable staff is there to plan your dream destination wedding and/or honeymoon and the concierge is there to plan your offsite excursion. Cozumel Palace is a unique and special resort for the entire family.

Getting there: Guests fly into Cancun International airport and take a 40 minute ferry to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen, resort is a 10 minute walk or a very short taxi ride away. The resort helps arrange transfers for guests.

Moon Palace in Cancun has been a mainstay as one of the grandest all-inclusives in Cancun, however with the most recent opening of the Grand at Moon Palace Cancun All-Inclusive  everything about this Palace Resort is elevated to new levels. 

The accommodations are luxe from grand swimup suites, family suites, garden view suites and the massive Presidential suites.

The dining options are endless with a fine dining middle eastern restaurant Habibi, Cielito Lindo Mexican restaurant, Tavola, an italian trattoria, Jade, a fusion asian restaurant, Le Chateau, an elegant adults only french restaurant, JC Steakhouse, a prime steakhouse requiring reservations and is highly recommended, a Tapas & Vino bar, Boulangerie, a quaint coffee shop, Caribeno, an authentic caribbean eatery, Cusco, a Peruvian restaurant along with food & drink choices at the adults only Unique Day Club, Beach club and much more.

The Grand section alone is a huge property with transport by open air shuttle being the most popular option, especially down to the beach club or if one wishes to venture to another section of moon palace to perhaps experience The Flowrider, a manmade surfing machine.

There is a waterpark at the Grand with thrill rides, a wave pool, a lazy river, tube rides, kids club and of course a bar serving tropical cocktails. Wired a teen club open till midnight with the newest arcade games, video games, and a snack and ice-cream bar. A disco for late night revelers, an adults only pool club with food & bar and DJ pumping music throughout the day as well as a bowling alley. Lounging by a different pool every day was no problem with 9 pools available, many with swim up bars.


Nightly shows are Vegas Style, rivaling many you actually see stateside in Vegas. A huge theatre with bar and snacks service offering everything from trapeze acts, contortionists, gymnasts and a Michael Jackson experience show.

The Grand offers a pampering spa, golf, conference rooms, wedding preparations, offsite excursions. Everything is grander at the Grand Moon Palace Cancun.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa: Unlimited Adults Only Luxury in The Dominican Republic @secretscapcana #secretscapcana

Secrets Cap Cana  is located in an exclusive gated community 15 minutes away from Punta Cana airport. A gorgeous resort on acres of property facing the Caribbean sea. Everything is included so no need to ever take out a wallet; Gourmet meals, premium liquors, non -motorized waterspouts, wifi, gratuities and if staying in the preferred section even a butler. 

Adults -only with couples and honeymooners in mind, romance is on the menu. Couples can opt for a romantic dinner on the beach or ensuite, indulge in a couples massage in the spa, or even get married with a variety of wedding packages available through a knowledgeable and creative wedding specialist on property.

Accomodations range from junior suites and go all the way up to preferred club presidential suites. Each has elegant tropical decor, flatscreen tv’s, lux bathroom amenities, in-room liquor dispensers, mini bars, and many have swimout pools.

The dining options are endless with 7 a la carte restaurants, a buffet, a late night snack bar, and of course room service. We liked how they are so convienently located in the middle of the resort and reservations are never required. Staying in the preferred section guests can dine in their own restaurant adjacent to the pool. El Patio, Himitsu, and Oceana were our favorites.

Daytime activities obviously include lounging by the pool or beach with cocktail in hand, while the more adventurous guests can venture to try many available watersports activities, water aerobics, scuba lessons and snorkeling.

Guests who want to leave the hotel and go on an excursion can purchase a tour in the main lobby or have the butler arrange it for them. Golf can also be arranged with three nearby courses including Punta Espada which is ranked #1 in Mexico and the Caribbean by Golfweek.

Nighty shows are actually quite good, our favorite was the Michael Jackson show. The Caribbean show was lots of fun with singers and dancers performing to local caribbean music.


As always Jet Blue is our go to when traveling to the Caribbean, especially the Dominican Republic. Daily nonstop flights out of the northeast and connections from the remaining United States. Good legroom, can be upgraded for a very affordable fee to even more space. Complimentary snacks, entertainment, and free wifi when available and friendly staff is why we are loyal to Jetblue.

The Sofitel Tony Awards Suite and VIP experience: Bucket list worthy for a true Tony’s fan.



The Sofitel in NYC is located in the heart of midtown only steps away from where the Tony awards are presented every June. Known as the official hotel of the Tony’s, the week leading up to the awards show, there is a whirlwind of events the hotel hosts from nominee lunches to evening cocktail parties.

For a true VIP experience the hotel offers the $100k Tony Awards package where you will feel like a celebrity in your own right. This package includes 7 nights in a gorgeously appointed suite with of course official Tony’s memorabilia, two VIP tickets to the Tony Awards at Radio City Hall, Styling by Christian Siriano, Hair & Makeup by Nomi Beauty, After Party tickets, and two tickets to any three of the nominated plays. Sofitel also donates $50,000 to the Broadway League and The American Theatre wing when this package is purchased. 

The suite is tastefully decorated with loads of curated Tony’s memorabilia with most glorious being the 600 square foot terrace with a view of the Chrysler Building. The terrace is big enough to host your own Tony’s soiree. The suite is available year round for about 2K a night.

Every Tony’s aficionado must eat, so a meal or two in Sofitel’s french brasserie Gaby is a must. The french staff is very outgoing and knowledgable about the dishes served. Our favorites during the Sunday brunch were the homemade croissants and pastries, the authentic french onion soup and the classic eggs benedict. The Steak & Eggs looked delicious, a few neighboring guests were enjoying them. A full cocktail and wine list is available. 

For more info on Sofitel New York (45 west 44th street New York, NY 10036) visit

Cruising The BVI’s on the S/V Mandalay with Sail Windjammer @SailWindjammer1


The S/V Mandalay was built in 1923 for E.F. Hutton as a gift for his wife. She sailed many oceans doing work as a research vessel, patrolling waters for the coast guard before being meticulously refurbished and regaining the waters as a cruising yacht. The S/V Mandalay can accommodate 58 passengers comfortably and a crew of 24.

Based in Grenada The S/V Mandalay sails the Caribbean on 6 night or 13 night cruises year round. Captain Sly commands a crew whose main responsibility is to welcome guests into a new found family and treat them to a cruising experience unlike any other.

The Sails are raised by hand each time she sails with the sound of Amazing Grace. There are traditional sailing traditions like afternoon rum swizzles, crab races, late night deck parties under the stars. Captain Sly, a decorated Captain overseas every aspect of the cruise from safety and island talks to being the entertainment at the Passenger and Crew costume party.

Our cruising adventure began in Tortola. We flew from JFK to San Juan and on to St.Thomas on JetBlue and then took a high speed ferry to Tortola. JetBlue is our favorite airline to the Caribbean with a positive and cheerful crew as well as comfortable aircraft with direct tv, free wifi, and complimentary snacks. Once in Tortola we were greeted at the dock and transported to the sailing ship by boat. Greeted by the staff with rum swizzles it was time to get kick back and relax and enjoy a week of sailing the blue waters of the British Virgin Islands.

The BVI’s were hit hard last year by hurricane Irma and are still in the midst of recovery. The locals are proud of their homes and are working hard to restore them back to their former glory and improve on them as well.

Our ports of call included Virgin Gorda, Cooper Island, Norman Island, Yost Van Dyke, Anguilla, and St. Maarten. Captain Sly likes to keep the daily itinerary a surprise until Captain Story time, and will sometimes go where the wind conditions are favorable.

Each port is a beautiful beach or cove with beach bars, restaurants, shops and activities like snorkeling, kayaking, scuba, and a tour to the Baths in Virgin Gorda. Every morning a tender brings guests to shore for beach time with tender service available throughout the day to and from the ship.

The ship itself is elegant with rich teak wood throughout and cabins outfitted with comfortable amenities. Cabin categories range from standard below deck to a suite complete with a King Sized bed. We stayed in a Admiral Suite on the main deck outfitted with a full-size bed, an upper pullman, ample storage, and central AC.

Each day the chef prepares three meals and a variety of snacks. The variety is limited, but the food quality is top notch, and he does take in allergy and vegetarian requests. There is also a daily afternoon snack hour, paired with rum swizzles of course!!!

We had a fantastic time exploring the islands with Sail Windjammer and look forward to trying out the Grenadine itinerary in the near future. For more info and to book your cruise visit:

Families are welcome on the Mandalay with specialty cruises available during the summer months. We do recommend this cruise for older kids as there are no nannies or kids club aboard.

Getting There:


JetBlue serves many of the Caribbean islands with nonstop service from the New York Area, with convenient connections from the rest of the US and beyond. The clear leader in modern amenities with free Wifi, Direct TV, Complimentary movies when Direct TV is not available, and a good selection of healthy snacks, meals for purchase, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. To book your next flight visit:

Travel: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

 Pueblo Bonito has eight all- inclusive properties throughout Mexico with five in the Cabo San Lucas area. Divided into family friendly properties and those reserved for for adults only offering relaxation, pampering, and romance. 

The Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resort located 3 miles southwest of downtown Cabo San Lucas is a luxury all- inclusive designed for the ultimate in Romance & Relaxation especially with the debut of  The Towers at Pacifica. The two new towers with 47 rooms and suites, all with private terraces affording sweeping oceanview views, 6 with private plunge pools and a massive 3200 square foot Presidential Suite. Sleek decor, high- end amenities and the 24/7 service of a butler certified by The British Butler Institute, make for an unforgettable vacation or honeymoon. A VIP lounge in a third tower, accessible only to Towers guests offers breakfast, daily VIP tastings at sunset, the sushi and sashimi tasting rivaled top restaurants in NYC. Premium liquor and Champagne options, premium teas an coffees and an oceanfront balcony complete with binoculars, it is whale watching season after all!


Daytime activities focus on the two gorgeous oceanfront heated pools and hot tub with bar service. Lunch is offered poolside with fresh seafood, ceviche, and healthy organic Mexican specialties. Ocean swimming due to dangerous currents is not permitted, but private cabanas, complimentary for Towers guests, allow guests to admire the view and relax with sipping a cocktail or two. Fire pits are lit at sunset nightly.

Dining is a special occasion at Pueblo with a variety of casual and more elegant options available. Fresh sushi and sashimi at Pescados, regional Baha specialties at Peninsula, Mediterranean fare with a Mexican flare at Siempre and poolside dining and drinking at Aire Restaurant & Aqua Bar. Chefs use only the highest quality ingredients, many sourced locally with a focus on fresh seafood from the region.


 Armonia is a full service spa offering wellness massages, body treatments, a wet area, a hair salon, couples treatments as well as outdoor beachside treatment options. A fitness center with the newest equipment is available for all guests to enjoy.


Weddings are big business at Pueblo Pacifica and rightfully so. With a gorgeous landscape and personalized attention to detail destination Weddings are customized to satisfy every whim. The Sunset Beach ,a sister family resort next door allows for an inclusive family experience while the bride & groom enjoys their privacy next door. 

The Quivira Golf Club, a Jack Nichlaus Signature design course, with panoramic views of the Pacific is exclusive to Pueblo Bonito Resorts guests and guests of Quivira Los Cabos. The Oasis and The Clubhouse provide guests dining and drink options before and after play.

An onsite concierge organizes excursions to all that Cabo San Lucas has to offer with various daytime and nighttime options. Favorites include excursions to El Arco, Ziplining, Shopping and experiencing Cabo nightlife. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to all guests to Sunset Beach and the two sister properties in Cabo San Lucas.

Murrells Inlet & Pawley’s Island South Carolina: Vacation Destination on the Hammock Coast

South Carolina offers hundreds of miles of coastline with beautiful beaches and waterfront communities that make for a great vacation destination and also a popular retirement destination from the north with favorable real estate prices and warmer weather year round.

The Hammock Coast comprises of of several areas with Georgetown being the city center and Murrells Inlet, Pawley’s Island, Garden City and Litchfield Beach dotting the coastline. 

We flew into Myrtle Beach about a 20 minute drive from Murrells Inlet. Spirit offer nonstop service and both Delta and American offers convenient flights from the Northeast.


The newest and most comfortable property in Murrells Inlet is The Inlet Sports Lodge.  A boutique property with luxurious touches and a real homey feel. Located only a mile north of Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and Marina, the dining and entertainment capital of the area as well as a starting point for boat rides, fishing expeditions as well as water sports rentals. Rooms range from deluxe studios to luxury suites. All rooms feature kitchenettes with full size refrigerators, cooking utensils, and a sleeper sofa. These rooms are perfect for families or a group of friends sleeping 4 comfortably. Luxury suites are identical to studio suites with an adjoining room. 

Coming from New York City and often writing about food we are pretty jaded when we travel about what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised with the burgeoning foodie scene with many top notch eateries offering everything from local seafood, which is fresh and delicious, to Italian cuisine and beyond. Here is a list of our favorite restaurants:

The Wicked Tuna: A massive multi-floor waterfront restaurant overlooking the marsh walk. The menu is seafood based with the freshest sushi in the area. Specialties include just caught “Catch of the Day”, varies nightly, a raw bar, fresh crab and for meat lovers there are various Steak and Ribs options. The must have dessert is the S’more’s Baked Alaska, Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate marshmallow gelato, covered in toasted Italian meringue. Served with chocolate ganache and graham cracker crumble. On many evenings there is live music played in front on the marsh walk. 4123 Highway Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 651-9987

Inlet Crab house and RawBar: Family owned and operated in Murrells Inlet since 1992. The Crab House is the only Captain and family owned eatery in the area. As the name suggests the menu is seafood based with crab being the obvious specialty. The She Crab Soup is world famous. The crab cakes are huge filled with fresh crabmeat and the Crabhouse Steam Pots let you try a bunch of items including clams, mussels, spicy shrimp, oysters, crab legs, sausage, corn and potatoes. Servings are plentiful and most definitely can be shared. Cocktails offered are frozen creations with locally themed names like “Inlet Freeze”: Pina Colada, Raspberry, and Rum. 3572 Highway 17 Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651- 8452

Costa Coastal Kitchen & Bar: Located Adjacent to the Inlet Sports Lodge. A real find with excellent fare. Classic Italian favorites created by Chef Jimmy. Shrimp Olivia and Crab Stuffed mushrooms are a must for appetizers and The Zuppa de Pesce and the Chicken Marsala are delicious main courses. A wonderful wine list is available to pair with the meal. 46-06 US 17 Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 (843) 299- 1970 

Bistro 217 in Pawley’s Island offers a refined American Menu with lots of seafood and meat dishes. Co- owned by Anne Hardee and Chef Adam Kirby both with over 20 years in the restaurant business. Painted brick walls, wrought iron tables and cozy booths and banquets. Bistro 217 is perfect for date night or a business lunch/dinner. 10707 Ocean Highway Pawley’s Island, SC 29585 (843) 235-8217


Things to do In Murrells Inlet: 

Huntington Beach State Park offers sandy pet friendly beaches, picnic tables, bird watching and alligator viewing.  

Brookgreen Gardens 9100 acres of manicured landscaped gardens, exquisite sculpture gardens, a zoo with many species local to the region. Offers several tour daily, workshops, classes. Weekly passes available.

Black River Outdoors offers guided eco-tours through the salt marsh, on the Waccamaw River, swamp tours, and bird watching tours. Extremely experienced, family friendly and knowledgeable guides will teach guests about the area, look for wildlife, and will provide both adults and kids an authentic nature filled kayaking experience.


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