Postcard from Grenada: Sandals LaSource Grand Opening

I spent the last week in Grenada as a guest of the new Sandals LaSource Grenada Hotel and Spa in order to attend their Grand Opening. Lots more on that to come, but first here are a few pictures from Monday’s opening event. Continue reading “Postcard from Grenada: Sandals LaSource Grand Opening”

Hotels I Love: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

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Apologies for the blurry photographs. Iceland is dark in the winter and my camera (skills) are lacking in low light.

The Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel is a member of the always gorgeous Design Hotels collection. It is located in Selfoss, around 45 minutes from Reykjavík, on the slopes of the still-active volcano Mount Hengill on the edge of Thingvellir National Park. Continue reading “Hotels I Love: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel”

A Culinary Visit to the Riviera Maya

I’ve never stayed at an all-inclusive resort before — it’s not really what I imagined to be my scene — so I had no preconceived notions of the quality, or lack thereof, of the culinary offerings at one. When I visited IBEROSTAR Grand Paraíso*, on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, last month, I was told that achieving a heightened reputation in gastronomy was the the brand’s mission. The Spanish hotel and resort company has released a cookbook that features recipes from their worldwide resorts — from Cuba to Mexico to Morocco — and have launched a new initiative of special events, training courses for guests.

I ate braised red snapper in pig’s trotter sauce at L’atelier gourmet restaurant, and shrimp agnoloti at the Italian Venezia. At the cooking demonstration in the resort’s Surf & Turf steakhouse, I learned how to slice a black Iberian pig’s leg and watched chefs trained in some of the best schools in Europe (and with a background in Michelin-starred restaurants, including Spain’s three-star Akelarre) prepare pumpkin flowers stuffed with lobster; paella; and a whiskey flavored crème brûlée with chocolate soufflé, coffee ice cream, and Halls menthol baked between silpat sheets garnish. Each course accompanied by pairings selected by IBEROSTAR‘s Cuban sommelier, Yamir Pelegrino Rodriguez, who holds both a law degree from the University of Havana and the 2006 title from the Gourmand Cookbooks & Wines Awards.  

Here’s a few photos from the trip:

Cooking demonstration
Cooking demonstration
Preparing paella
Preparing paella
The resort
The resort

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The beach
The beach
Bee-keeping at a Mayan wellness retreat
Bee-keeping at a Mayan wellness retreat
Lunch at a Mayan village
Lunch at a Mayan village
Nohoch Mul pyramid
Nohoch Mul pyramid

*Disclosure: I visited the Riviera Maya as a guest of IBEROSTAR and the Riviera Maya Tourism Board

 

 

 

 

Misandry at Marlton House

Room 214
Room 214

Here is Room 214 of the newly opened (but still in a soft opening phase) The Marlton. This was Valerie Solanas’ room when she shot Andy Warhol in 1968.

But that’s not all the history contained within the walls of 5 West 8th Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. Jack Kerouac holed up here while writing Desolation Angels and Lenny Bruce stayed here while on trial for obscenity,  I asked front desk for their room numbers, but she wasn’t sure. Some of the rooms have been adapted, she said, and so are not the exact same as they were back in the day. Speaking of the rooms: the fifth-floor one I stayed in was tiny; like,  the foot of the bed almost hits the cabinet against the wall tiny. I loved the Parisian decor, though, the crown moldings and creamy colours made me want cake.

Marlton Bed
Marlton Bed

The hotel is a former SRO (some of the long-standing tenants have been there since the 1960s) and was developed by Sean MacPherson of the Bowery Hotel, The Jane, and Maritime Hotel, who has made an effort to retain the artsy vibe by stocking a library with beat-ear books and vintage furniture, and adding surrealist touches in the guest rooms, such as these brass sconces.

Marlton sconce
Marlton sconce

My full review is up at HotelChatter 

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Hotel Spy: Downtown Mexico

The entrance, on Isabela la Católica, to Downtown Mexico. The hotel, a Grupo Habita property, is housed in a 17th-century palace and offers a budget hostel option as well as the boutique hotel.

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Photo by author.

When I stayed there: September 2012

Location: Historic Center of Mexico City

Number of Rooms: 17

Eating and Drinking: Two courtyard restaurants (including Azul Histórico) and a rooftop bar.

WiFi: Free

Keywords: Design, Trendy, Young