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Waiting for the Duck Walk at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis

The South has some legendary grand hotels, and many Southerners would love to keep them all to themselves. These are five of my favorites, all elegant, renovated, and award-winning: The Hermitage Hotel | Nashville The Hermitage Hotel is really the grand dame of them all. The architecture and décor are the very best of Southern elegance. From the minute you step into the beautiful lobby staff is attentive and friendly. Our room… Read More

Pretty much any resort in Africa is going to offer guests a thrilling vacation escape. We loved every aspect of our time in Africa.  Sadly, one of our favorite spots, &Beyond Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge, was completely destroyed by a bush fire this past May. I hope they rebuild, it was such a special place. Here you can read about two of our favorites from South Africa, the Forest Lodge at Grootbos… Read More

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel so we could swim in their iconic rooftop pool, located 57 floors high and it was worth the experience. Warning – the water is freezing (at least for this Miami girl), so I didn’t stay in long. The only way to get in this pool is to stay at the hotel, otherwise, visitors can go up to the SkyPark… Read More

Brijrama Palace|Varanasi The Brijrama Palace is a luxurious heritage hotel on the ghats (high embankments with steps leading into the river) in Varanasi. More than 200 years old, it’s been open since 2016, after 18 years of restoration.  It is beautiful and opulently furnished with antiques and 18th-century art. Located on the Darbhanga Ghat, the only way to get there is by boat. Following a fascinating hour-long drive from the airport to the Mahishasura… Read More

Get the royal treatment in Ireland at magnificent castle and country estate hotels.

  After a leisurely made-to-order breakfast with our Saturday Night Live buddies, we strolled around the lovely Edgartown Cemetery.  The cemetery is an expansive full block in size and is the final resting place of many sea captains, their families and descendents from the mid-1800s until today.  We also discovered the newly completed firehouse museum, with early engines and memorabilia on display.  We had a nice chat with the retired firefighter who first… Read More

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