When I recently visited Bahrain, the TSA agent reviewing my passport looked at me curiously and asked me, "Why did you visit Bahrain?" Simple answer: The Kingdom of Bahrain is a great extension to a Dubai or an Abu Dhabi trip. The flights are inexpensive and under an hour.
First thing is the country's weather and topography. Unlike its neighboring islands, Aruba's terrain is rugged and rocky on the northeast coast, closely resembling a desert-like climate and less like the tropical paradise you may expect.
Located on 18 acres wooded with pine and oak trees, the Houstonian Hotel has a Kids Campout Package that features a room tent, sleeping bags and cushioned mats, along with scene-setting glow-in-the-dark stars and a stuffed raccoon.
You'll find 10 properties that represent the crème de la crème of Canadian hospitality. While each hotel maintains a unique style, they all hold a prominent spot on our 2014 list of the Best Hotels in Canada thanks to their upscale amenities, inspiring settings and superlative service.
As spoken by the native people of Hawai'i, to be "pono" is to be in balance, to do what is right from your mana'o, the gut or deep awareness of true self. This concept has been practiced by Hawai'ians throughout their ancient culture.
Noel Lanzas is the Ritz's official Art Basel Ambassador and resident concierge. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about art in Miami that this title was created just for him. I was able to talk with him about Art Basel expectations and a few of his favorites featured artists.
Every so often, in penning this column, I get to write words that I never thought I would see together in a sentence -- words so incongruous that there exists virtually no possibility of their being associated.