Concerned about Zika but still want to travel Somewhere warm this winter? We totally understand that you're wary of Zika. We also totally understand that you still need to take a vacation this winter. Never fear! We've compiled the ultimate list of Zika-free destinations along with handpicked resorts to make your holiday postcard perfect! Uruguay- Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio Uruguay is a seriously under-rated destination considering all that it has to offer. Besides numerous beautiful beaches, Uruguay has a vibrant colonial city and growing wine region! Bahia Vik Jose Ignacio is located on the southeastern coast of Uruguay right on the Atlantic ocean. At just 37 suites, Bahia Vik provides guests with personal attention. Rooms combine indoor and outdoor living that truly compliment the surrounding environment. Don't worry- even though the resort itself is small, you definitely won't be bored! There is a lot to do, including yoga on the beach,…

The Virgin Atlantic JFK Lounge

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting the Virgin Atlantic lounge at JFK airport- Terminal 4. The clubhouse is chic and futuristic like a 21st century Jetson's house with the grime of JFK a million miles away. The lounge offers many pleasantries to make the journey as comfortable as possible. Businessmen can catch-up on work at the workstations. Just getting off a long layover? Refresh with a shower! You can arrive to your destination in style with a chic cut or style at the Bumble and Bumble salon, or relax with a massage. The main sitting area is open with many different types of seating. The sofa is made from punching bags! There is also a sitting area with by the restaurant, where you can watch the planes take off and land. For those seeking some quiet time, another sitting area is available.  The restaurant and bar…
Last week, we were fortunate enough to visit the Knickerbocker Hotel, located in New York City. The Knickerbocker is a brand new hotel, situated on the southeastern corner of Times Square. It's important to note the location because once inside you are transported to another world; you would never guess that the hustle and bustle of Times Square is just a wall away. The transformation happens right at the door when you are greeted by the bellhops in old world attire. The rooms took the hotel to another level. I was especially impressed by the size. The average room is 435 sq feet; the average room in Times Square is 280 sq feet. How's that for space!? Rooms are modern and sleek, yet neutral as to not compete with the craziness of Times Square. The blackout shades and soundproof walls provide for an excellent sleep. Have you ever entered a…
My next stop on the NY Hotel tour was the Bryant Park Hotel. This 14-year old hotel is built inside a historical building located on the south side of Bryant Park. Entering the hotel, you are greeted by a red, leather lobby and the overflowing traffic from their bustling restaurant, Koi. Koi is an American/Japanese fusion restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Due to its' location, the Bryant Park hotel mainly caters to corporate travelers in the fashion and entertainment field, but has a fantastic leisure business over the weekend. While the hotel is not non-family friendly, it caters to mostly an adult crowd. There are 128 guest rooms, 8 of which have two double beds. Rooms are minimalist and very clean! All of the rooms are generous in size; even the smallest room (the Superior Suite) is 300sq ft. I was especially impressed by the huge bathrooms with…

Hotel Visits in NYC- Day 1

I love a beautiful hotel! And New York City is full of them. Travel agents take site tours to see the property so that we can match our clients with the best hotel to fit their needs. It's really difficult to tell exactly what a hotel looks and feels like from photos. Last Sunday, a group that I am a part of, The Young Travel Professionals (YTP) took a tour of several SoHo hotels.   The Broome Hotel Who: The Broome is great for New Yorkers looking for a staycation or couples that would like a lot of privacy. There is no bar (they are still getting their liquor license,) so it is difficult to meet people. Couples are welcome to bring their own wine and enjoy in the courtyard. Starting Pricepoint: $379/nt   We began our day at The Broome Hotel with breakfast in the courtyard. Started by restaurateur turned hotelier,…

The Great Pizza Crawl Part 4: Forcella

Off the Lorimer stop on the L train is the Brooklyn branch of the famed pizza joint, Forcella. The restaurants are the product of Italian, Giulio Adriani, a 4-time pizza world champion. The restaurant is comfortable with decent lighting and high and low tables. While there is a bar, Forcella also offers a BYOB option. The waiters are mostly male and often dressed in cute Italian outfits. Most of the personal- sized pizzas on the menu come solely from the wood-burning oven, visible in the open kitchen. However, Forcella‚Äôs most famous pizza, the Montanara is a FRIED margarita pizza. The Montanara is delicious; the pizza is fried to a perfect crisp without being heavy or greasy, the sauce has tremendous flavor- almost as if it has been made from heirloom tomatoes and the cheese and spices are spot on.  The one issue with the Montanara is that it must be…

Lusting after: Ice Hotels

In honor of the first snow today, check out these magical ice hotels. Made of ice, you will feel like you're living in a crystal palace.    Ice Hotel - Sweden This is the largest ice hotel in the world, though it feels more like sleeping in a beautifully curated art museum. Visitors to the hotel will be blown away by the chic Scandinavian architecture, galleries of art and stylish dining options- served on ice! Take shots out of ice shot glasses and dance the night away in the ice night club. Inside the Artic circle, you will be amazed by some of the most incredible views of the Northern Lights- one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World- and the midnight sun. Other activities available are ice driving, horseback riding, snowmobile tours and dog sledding  There are both cold suites and warm suites. For the brave adventurer, the cold…

Peter Pan's Donuts- A True Never Never Land

I am a sucker for sweets, however, donuts aren't usually on my go-to list. Generally, I find them too heavy; I can literally feel the fire forming around my stomach. I've recently been reading tons of articles, like this one from the Gothamist about donuts and some of them, I HAD to try. In the heart of Polish Greenpoint is Peter Pan. If for some reason, you have trouble spotting which shop is which, look for the line crawling outside. The interior of Peter Pan is a truly nostalgic blast from the past; a place you'd expect to see in a 1950s family movie. Despite the decent amount of counter bar-type seating, you will be hard-pressed to find a spot. Even the pressing line at the front of the house, Regulars don't seem bothered enough to suck down their coffee and finish reading their paper. This is not that kind…

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