Thinking about taking a vacation? Nassau, Bahamas is a quick plane ride away.. just under three hours. Book a morning flight and you can be lying on a beach before 12pm. That’s pretty much what my husband Kyle and I did a few weeks ago. We were heading out there for a friends wedding, and decided to add on a few days and make it a little vacation.
The first two nights we stayed in a bright beachfront bungalow at Compass Point Beach Resort. Just a short drive from the airport, this colorful resort is right on the water with beach access to its side. We stayed in a cute hut right on the waters edge, with doors opening right to our own little porch overlooking the water. The sun was shining the first day we arrived and the breeze was just right. We threw on our bathing suits and made our way to the beach bar to enjoy our first tropical drink. The rest is a blur of sand and sea, a morning beach run, delicious conch fritters and balmy evenings.
Next, we made our way to the Island House where we would spend the last two nights. Our friends wedding was also taking place here, so it was the perfect spot to be. The whole resort is luxurious and no detail overlooked. A bottle of champagne was waiting in our room as the sweetest thank you for doing hair for the wedding. We poured ourselves a glass and headed down to the pool. Soaking in the rays was easy to do, as we hung out with some friends poolside. The Island House has two beautiful restaurants available for dinner and we made reservations in advance for dinner at Shima, an Asian inspired restaurant. Everything was amazing and the wedding was beyond beautiful. I would recommend both places as great options to stay when down in Nassau!
This year for my husband’s birthday, we decided to head upstate to the Catskills for a weekend away. It was exactly what we were looking for… A short drive, amazing weather (we were lucky!) and lots to do.. Or not do. We stayed at two different places, and it was perfect. The first place we stayed at was Deer Mountain Inn, in Tannersville, New York. An absolute gem of a spot. If I could, I’d live there, it was seriously that amazing. From the initial booking of our room until the moment we left, everyone there was super helpful.
We arrived on a Friday night and had made reservations for dinner at the hotel restaurant. We got in a little later than expected, due to crazy traffic we hit going out of Brooklyn. A bit tired from the traveling, we threw our bags down when we arrived and headed downstairs to dinner. Drinks were quickly ordered, I went with an extra dirty martini and Kyle had a delicious concoction, off of the extensive drink menu.
You instantly feel right at home, from the moment you pull into the long driveway and spot the smoking chimney to the warm greeting when checking in. The ambience is romantic and cozy with fireplace’s looming in the corner’s surrounded by perfectly worn leather couches waiting for you to sit and relax.
Paris is truly such a beautiful and magical city. Being our second time to Paris my husband and I were looking forward to exploring new areas of the city. We found an amazing gem of a place to stay, called Hotel 123 Sebastopol which is reminiscent of a cinema set in the golden age but with modern technology throughout.
Every floor in the hotel is different with six different French artists putting their own spin on it, weather a conductor, writer, producer or film star. The rooms are beautifully done. I fell in love with our room and the bathroom vanity which looked like a makeup set.
As we checked in, they offered us to relax in the lounge area and enjoy complimentary snacks of pastries and crepes and cappuccino’s while they bought our bags up. We relaxed a bit at the hotel and then got ready to head out to a wine bar before dinner. I wore my new dress that I had just bought in London!
These last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind in all the best ways. We ended September with a wedding just outside of London in a town called Canterbury, and were able to tack on a few extra days at ten end of the trip in Paris. It’s so devastating to see what has just happened in Paris recently, I am thankful I am able to look back on my time spent there and reflect on what a beautiful city it really is.
We started our trip flying into London and stayed at the Z Hotel in Soho, a super cute hotel that has compact but well thought out rooms, making it perfect for the traveler who wants a bit of luxury but plans to be out and about in Central London also. A fun perk of the hotel, is the trendy lounge offering complimentary wine and cheese at night. It was such a wonderfully centered location and made getting around the city that much easier.
A friend had suggested making a dinner reservation at Hutong in the Shard Hotel which we had done a month in advance. We made it for four, and our friends who were getting married in Canterbury joined in. My husband and I went early to enjoy a drink at the bar which makes incredible cocktails. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are passing through London at any point. It is a beautiful upscale Asian restaurant overlooking all of London with floor to ceiling windows with incredible views. Dinner was delicious, and we managed to work some of it off by dancing a bit at a nearby pub that had a fun band. All in all a fantastic night.