Category Archives: Escape London & Visit America

February 24

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – BEAT THE COVID BLUES Visit Beautiful Bacara Hotel, Santa Barbara

Beautiful Bacara. I’ll be back… Having the luxury job of reviewing some of the most beautiful hotels in the world, I always think …”Surely, it can’t get better than this.” But … enter the Ritz Carlton BACARA Hotel in Santa Barbara, California. I had always heard the Bacara Hotel was the Hollywood celebs hideaway from […]

February 10

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – Eight4Nine RESTAURANT IS BACK!

Enter the restaurant Eight4Nine, located in the heart of sunny Palm Springs, California and indulge yourself in the style of Beverly Hills dining darling! It’s definitely the hottest ‘outdoor’ dining restaurant in town. The silver lining to Coronavirus is discovering Eight4Nine restaurant. I just wish I lived in Palm Springs instead of only visiting.  The […]

December 07

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – Why Las Vegas is the place to head and stay safe

When one man in a travel ban took a flight to Nevada, he expected uncertain times ahead. What he found exceeded all his expectations and more – as he tells his story. During both lockdowns, sometimes one’s opinion has been unpopular, sometimes it takes someone to speak up and change others’ viewpoints – and this […]

November 18

ESCAPE LONDON VISIT AMERICA – “BEAT THE COVID BLUES” – Don’t confine, Go Recline at Dr. Elstein’s divine “Willows Inn”

Just like the Nat King Cole song softly crooning in the background, this place is “Unforgettable”.  The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is the most beautifully converted, early-20th-century sumptuous, Italian-inspired mansion. It is a home away from home, if you are doing very well on the stock market. The modestly named “Inn”, is more of an elegant manor house which throws […]

September 23

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – BEAT THE COVID BLUES at CAL-A-VIE FRENCH INSPIRED HEALTH SPA, CALIFORNIA

  Having stayed at Cal-a-Vie health Spa five star resort, I can understand why Conde Nast gave it the accolade of it being in the top ten health spas in the world.   With the world on hold due to Covid-19 and all the stresses that it brings, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa  is definitely the place […]

November 21

ESCAPE LONDON-VISIT AMERICA : The Fairmont Grand by Name and Grand by Nature, Del Mar, California

Grand by nature and grand by name! With the opulence of an historic European manor, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego, California, was an utmost pleasure to review. From the moment you walk through the front door,  to the time strolling through the beautiful 17th century English Levens Hall-style garden topiary and rose gardens (rather […]

January 29

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – Serene Serena Villas, Palm Springs

La Serena Villas is just the most modern yet traditional and classiest boutique hotel I’ve stayed at in Palm Springs. The second you walk through the entrance you just feel spoilt. The original and decorative wooden “La Serena” sign welcomes you and sets the scene to a most beautiful range of villas that have maintained […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – The Three Fifty Hotel did a 360 – Palm Springs

While there are all different styles and decors throughout hotels worldwide, I must say it is very refreshing to see a boutique hotel redesigned in such professional, modern,  chic, Italian style that still maintains a clean, streamlined retro feel to it. Interior Designer and Hotelier Laura Slipak has done an amazing job converting the old “Calla […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – SAY “BONJOUR” TO LA MAISON HOTEL – PALM SPRINGS

For those of you wishing that you were  on the  sunny, French Riviera during those cold winter months, you will be “enchante” to discover La Maison (‘Home’)  in Palm Springs, California where the sun shines year round. La Maison hotel was a just wonderful treat to review. It is a little corner of peaceful, provencial […]

October 28

ESCAPE LONDON AND VISIT AMERICA – EAST CANYON HOTEL & SPA – BEST GAY FRIENDLY BOUTIQUE HOTEL – PALM SPRINGS

New owners David and Doug (D&D) have just taken over this really cute, boutique hotel just and have done a magnificent job bringing it back to life. Vince greeted me, as promised, with a big welcoming smile and showed me to my room that had tasteful jazz music already playing in the background, cookies and […]