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Hotels, Interiors, Unique Stays

Tour a Minimalist Luxury Hotel in the Desert (24 Photos)

February 11, 2016 • By

Let’s take a trip to Canyon Point, Utah, just so we can stay in this unique luxury hotel!

Looking for a Vacation Rental in the Desert? Tour this Hideaway Vacation Rental in the Utah Desert and get ready to pack your bags! #couplesgetaway #valentinesday #romanticgetaway

Welcome to Amangiri!

Amangiri is a remote hideaway, luxuriously appointed and architecturally pure, tucked into the canyons of the American Southwest. Located in a protected valley with wide and slightly surreal views, this resort offers high design, adrenaline-fueled adventure and a naturally peaceful retreat; what more could you want for a romantic getaway?

Step inside the thick adobe walls for a tour…


Accommodations, Hotel Reviews, Hotels

Hotel Love: Belmond Charleston Place

August 18, 2015 • By

I haven’t posted a hotel review for a while. But recently I booked a room through at the Belmond Charleston Place. The whole experience inspired a new Hotel Love feature. You can read about the entire trip here – but for now, let me tell you about the hotel…

We arrived to one of my favorite greetings of all time – “you’ve been upgraded”.

Bedroom, Belmond Charleston Place

Bedroom, Belmond Charleston Place

Those three little words set the tone for the three days that followed.  We’d come to the hotel directly from horseback riding in humid 99º weather and we felt hot, sweaty, messed up and – well – stinky.  The staff seemed to overlook this completely (which I appreciated very much!) and treated us like visiting dignitaries.



Planning, Tech, Tips

What About My Trip? What to Do if a Travel Site Goes Out of Business

May 25, 2015 • By

I recently received a special offer from a trusted travel site – a source I purchase from regularly online.   Okay, it was Gilt, in fact.  I’m a big fan of the members-only shopping site and I’m either pleased or embarrassed (depending on the day) to say that I am a Gilt Noir member in good standing.  That means I shop there a lot.  I trust them.  I like their style.  And they like me, too.  So occasionally they pass on special offerings.

This particular offer was through Luxury Link, a travel site that promises special, above-and-beyond experiences at the best hotels and resorts, worldwide. And Gilt was offering an additional percentage off to Noir members. Awesome! (Or so it seemed.)

Lobby at L'Albereta

Lobby at L’Albereta – A travel offer I received through the now defunct Luxury Link site


Art & Design, City, Destinations, Hotels, Interiors

Is This The World’s First Non-Profit Hotel?

April 29, 2014 • By

While visiting friends in Winter Park, Florida last weekend, I was treated to brunch at Hamilton’s Kitchen. Hamilton’s is located inside The Alfond Inn, a new boutique property that may be the world’s first non-profit hotel.

The lobby of the inn is bright and open, filled with contemporary art and modern Moorish influences. Hamilton’s opens onto the courtyard, and we chose a table outside. The weather was as perfect as you’d expect in a Florida resort town.