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Lyford Cay

It has been too long and I apologize….however, I do have a juicy vacation spot for you all. My husband and I just went to Lyford Cay for the first time for a dear friend’s wedding. All my expectations were surpassed. After countless hours of ogling the redesign of the club by the uber-talented Tom Scheerer ( http://www.tomscheerer.com/content/projects/commercial.html), I finally was able to see it in the flesh and I was not disappointed. A soft sea-shell pink dominates the many rooms he redid and the effect is fantastic. The main club, rooms, cottages, and dining room are steps from a white sand beach that boasts bevy of kyacks, sailboats, and paddle boards that you can rent.

The overall feel of the club is warm and gracious. Like your chic grandmothers home it is easy to live in yet something to aspire to. Tom was able to blend the old tradition with a new forward thinking look. I assuming keeping members of all ages thrilled. It is very difficult to bring about any change in a club and he has done so with aplomb. You find chinese chippendale mixed with bamboo, rattan, wrought iron, cane, grasscloth, antiqued mirror, and loads of quadrille, and michael devine fabric.

Above: One of my all time favorite rooms

Above: A close up of the walls. They installed grasscloth and painted it a deep chocolate brown. They then painted ivory and white palm trees on top.

The result is fantastic.

Above: A shot of the Library where backgammon is played and you can escape the sun to read.

Above: The Bar done in reds and tans with leopard rug. It is cozy and timeless yet feels totally current.

Above: A close up shot of an etched bell jar lantern- one of my favorite light fixtures to use.

Above: A seating area in the lobby with large panels of antiqued mirror, a Peter Dunham fabric on the kidney shaped sofa, and a custom fig leaf ceramic ashtray.

We stayed in room 39 right on the beach and it was fantastic. I can also recommend the cottages which were terribly chic, calimg, and fresh with their quadrille wallpaper. Another favorite spot was the Yacht Club with a navy and black striped floor that picked the colors right out of the swordfish that hangs above the fireplace. Sitting outside at a table you overlook a bode court watching beautiful boats pull into their slips. Sigh…..take me back.

Above: The clubs signature drink the Rum Dum.

Totally relaxed!


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Memorial Day Getaway

In need of a break? Is there weather still a bit too cool for you? Get on Jetsetter and book yourself a vacation at a deep discount!

Hotel Luca- Napa Valley

Perfectly situated in Yountville, this boutique hotel offers you access to their Italian restaurant on site with a complimentary breakfast as well as a spa for that much needed massage after a long day of vineyard hopping. Yountville is also home to a few of my favorite spots: Maisonry, Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, and French Laundry.

Round Hill- Jamaica

The interiors were designed by Ralph Lauren so you can expect a high end but relaxed vibe. Amazing views of the Caribbean from the restaurant, your room, and the infinity edge pool. You will also get a discount on your jet blue flight!

Fairmont- Southampton, Bermuda

Sink your toes into the warm pink sand f Bermuda’s beaches will sipping a Dark and Stormy. This 100 acre plantation estate boasts an ocean-view golf course, tennis center, and nine restaurants and bars.

El Bulli Hotel – Seville, Spain

Food and wine, a gourmet paradise. The 44 room Andalusian hotel is built around a 1,100-year old farmhouse. Bedrooms boast soaring ceilings with hand painted murals. Stroll among gardens carefully lined with orange trees and Mediterranean herbs, lounge by the pool on a luxurious day bed, or consider a massage in the spa. The hotel is quite but you can make the 25 minute drive into Seville for shopping, museums, and nightlife.

The Osprey- Beaver Creek

Is your idea of a getaway wide open spaces in the wild west? The Osprey is right on the mountain at Beaver Creek allowing their guests access to hiking, biking, fly fishing, golf, etc.

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Happy Travels.



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Parrot Cay Turks and Caicos

All of these snowstorms are getting old. Time to lift your spirits and plan an island getaway (or spend some time gazing at your computer screen taking a mental vacation!). I have gone through photos of trips we have taken over the last 2 years and will be posting some standouts . Just looking at these photos inspires me and gets me through these cold snowy months!

In the midst of February, we headed south to the Parrot Cay Resort, a private island with 1000 acres of forests, marshes, and beaches. There are direct flights from New York City to the capital Providenciales. Flight time is just 3 hours. From there you are picked up at the airport and whisked off to a dock via private shuttle. The staff greats you with coronas and water and then you get aboard the resorts boat.

Once you arrive via boat the staff is waiting with golf carts to transport you to the main building on the island for check in.

The views from the pool are stunning. It is elevated at dune height so you see out over the pool to the beach below.

The Lotus Restaurant is set up above the pool with indoor/ outdoor dining. The wooden structure is beautiful. At Lunch they serve up carribean inspired dishes and at night the cuisine has a japanese and thai flair. You can order off the COMO Shambhala menu ( the very healthy spa menu) at both restaurants as well as for room service. The restaurants were never crowded and the dress code is casual.

Below is the path from the main building and rooms down to the beach and gym. The outdoor stone shower below the pool is enormous. The gym is housed in a large wooden structure opposite the pool.

The Terrace Restaurant serves modern Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is attached to the main building and looks out over the gardens below, tennis courts to the right, and the ocean.

Ocean facing room: These rooms look out over gardens to the pool and beach below. each room has it’s own private deck with a sofa and chairs where you can have breakfast. Terra-cotta tiled floors, balinese furniture, and white cotton fabric and walls give the room a relaxing Caribbean vibe. The resort also has beach villas with up to 4 bedrooms. The largest residence on the property is made up of two homes ( each with 4 bedrooms) and belongs to Donna Karan but is available to rent.

At the poolside bar we would grab the backgammon set and settle down for cocktails before dinner. Some of the locals ( those lucky enough to have built homes on the island- Bruce Willis and Keith Richards) stop in for drinks at the bar as it is the only watering hole on the island.

The spa is incredible. The yoga and pilates rooms have large sliding doors that open up one entire side of the rooms to the marsh and ocean below. There are separate hot tubs and steam rooms for both men and women as well as one hot tub that is set out in a garden under the stars where men and women are both welcomed. There are complimentary yoga, pilates, and beach yoga sessions offered daily.

The scuba diving and bone fishing is exceptional. While on the island it is great to get out on a boat and see the reefs, flats, and the change in the color of the water. From the beach you can take out a catamaran and snorkel and mask for excursions.

Every evening you can walk the mile long beach with drinks in hand and watch the sunset… ahhhh I want to go back!

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Due to weather…

SAD! Our flight on United out to Aspen was canceled this am! We have looked everywhere, tried everything, and cannot get a flight out of here until Sunday! Needless to say, Aspen is not happening. After dealing with the disappointment and hours on the phone canceling connecting flights, dinner reservations, etc, we got ourselves together and hatched a new plan. Not ones to be easily dissuaded, we have opted to keep our long weekend adventure based… The new local is beautiful, snowy, and we will have a GREAT new vacation spot to write up for you on Tuesday! Stay Tuned!

S and J

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