Friday Fantasy Vacation: Color!

Happy Summer everyone! It’s officially here and that makes me want to be surrounded by sun and color. Enough with the gray, the dark, the indoors. Here’s two places, one a hotel and one a vacation rental, to welcome in the bright season.

Domina Home Zagarella, Sicily

Photos courtesy of Domina Home Zagarella

Casa dos Chicos, Sayulito, Mexico

Photos courtesy Casa dos Chicos and Welcome Beyond
Welcome Beyond – Luxury vacation rentals

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Hotel Rio Sagrado Hotel, Peru

Situated in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, this luxury hotel and spa bills itself as the perfect base for discovering the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. While this   seems a bit like taking a limo to see the ancient ruins, I have the odd feeling that if I were in this part of Peru, I’d be more than pleased to spend a few nights here. It is built to resemble an Andean village and for all I know it does. There are activities beyond the spa of course like bird watching and hiking and the like, but Friday fantasies are based on a few simple things: beautiful surroundings, luxurious rooms, privacy and a good bar. The Hotel Rio Sagrado has all four in spades.



All photos curtesy of Orient-Express

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Sextantio Albergo Diffuso, Abruzzo

It’s hard to precisely describe what this place is. It’s a hotel, but it isn’t. There are 27 rooms and a restaurant but it’s spread out over various buildings in the tiny medieval fortress village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. It’s rustic but luxurious and about as uniquely beautiful as it could possibly be.  Lovingly restored using local materials it’s a really one of a kind experience. See for yourself.

Friday Fantasy Vacation: King Pacific Lodge, BC

I’ve lived in the Northwest a long time now and there are still so many places I haven’t yet been. Unluckily, or maybe luckily if I ever get a month off and a wad of cash for a full-blown tour, most of them are in British Columbia. I’m sure I’ll fantasize about them all summer long but for today, I’ll stick to the King Pacific Lodge on Princess Royal Island, about 380 miles north of Vancouver and in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.  The resort is an integral part of the stewardship of the rainforest and has won multiple awards for not only being a super luxurious wilderness lodge but for also being a great example of how to offer memorable and comfortable travel experiences without shoving a big footprint on your locale. The 17 room lodge is actually a floating lodge and works on an all-inclusive model that includes a round trip float-plane flight from Vancouver, room (obviously), all meals, guided activities and a host bar. The most important thing you need to know, is that it’s gorgeous up there and you’ll not likely ever get another opportunity to see the elusive spirit bear in your life.

And let’s not forget the wildlife:

black bear

grizzly bear

spirit bear!

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Hospes Las Casas del Rey de Baeza

In true Spanish form this Sevilliana hotel has an exceedingly long name and a simple, welcoming demeanor. Smack in the center of Seville, the hotel was once an 18th century monastery, but now houses 41 rooms all around a central courtyard. Very Spanish, very much the perfect place to stay in Seville.

Desert Getaway: Amangiri Resort

Southern Utah is a beautiful place any time of year, but Spring seems like an ideal time to visit. Not yet blisteringly hot and a chance at spying some native plants in bloom. The Amangiri Resort is a 15 minute drive from Lake Powell and offers a selection of suites all surrounding a large pool. There’s a spa, of course, and some seriously great dining. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a getaway to me.

All photos courtesy of Amangiri Resort

April in Paris Hotels

There’s a reason why people write songs about Paris in the spring. I won’t be going this year until Summer, but if I were able to now these hotels would be at the top of my wish list.

St. James Hotel, 16th Arrondissement 

Hotel de l’Abbaye, 6th Arrondissement

La Maison Champs Elysees, 8th Arrondissement

Seven Hotel, 5th Arrondissement

Hotel Daniel, 8th Arrondissement

Hidden Hotel, 17th Arrondissement

Banke Hotel, 9th Arrondiessement

Hotel Saint-Louis en l’Isle, 4th Arrondissement

Mama Shelter, 20th Arrondissement 

And Someday…

Le Meurice, 1er Arrondissement

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