Hotel Spotlight: Farmhouse Inn

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With harvest season just around the corner (late August to October), I decided to explore Sonoma County. Sonoma is a unique wine region with a slightly different feel than Napa. Tasting rooms in this region can range from simple and rustic to elaborate wine castles and with more than 425 wineries, miles of beautiful coastline, towering redwood forests, farm-to-table dining, and amazing boutique hotels and resorts, Sonoma makes for the perfect romantic getaway.

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There are many options when visiting Sonoma from large resorts to boutique hotels but I recommend making the Farmhouse Inn your home when visiting wine country. It’s one of Sonoma’s most unique and luxurious properties and is located at the center of the Russian River Valley, surrounded by vineyards, redwoods and just minutes from the coast. The Farmhouse Inn is a 5th generation family-owned and run business with siblings Catherine and Joe Bartolomei currently managing the property. You’ll often find them on-site, handling the day-to-day operations.

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The Farmhouse Inn offers 25 luxurious rooms & suites that come with private outdoor spaces, gas or wood burning fireplaces, steam showers, jetted bathtubs and unique décor that is both rustic and chic.

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Guests of the Farmhouse Inn are given VIP access to 12 of the best wineries in Sonoma and after a long day of wine tasting you can come back and relax and unwind at the beautiful pool or enjoy the various fire pits and outdoor seating options.

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There is a beautiful Spa that features bold architectural accents, richly textured hand-woven fabrics, and simple elegant furnishings. There is a full menu of services many of which utilize products and produce that are grown and harvested at The Farmhouse Inn. Local honey, herbs and heirloom cider apples are used in many of the treatments offered at the spa.

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You won’t have to travel far to eat amazing food. There is a Michelin-starred restaurant on the property that features an ever-changing, farm-to-table menu, using ingredients from the Farmhouse Inn’s ranch as well as other local artisan farmers. Wine pairing options are also available and there is a special wine program that allows diners to taste local wines chosen to perfectly complement their meals.

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The Farmhouse Inn combines the hospitality of a family-owned bed and breakfast, with the service and amenities of 5-start luxury hotel and is the perfect spot for a romantic and relaxing escape. Please email me if you’d like to plan a getaway to Sonoma. Harvest season sells out quickly so I recommend booking at least 4 months in advance.

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Hotel Spotlight: The Resort At Pedregal

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Cabo San Lucas is beautifully situated on the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile Baja California peninsula and is a travel destination like no other, combining great weather, exotic scenery and five-star comfort. On this visit, I had the pleasure of staying at The Resort at Pedregal a luxury hotel set in a private and secluded area, yet still close to town. The property is carved into a cliff on 24 spectacular mountainside and oceanfront acres, at the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, near the legendary rock formation known as Land’s End.

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The property features a collection of residential style villas, and each guestroom has its own private plunge pool, fireplace and outdoor terrace with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms features all of the latest modern amenities including: rainforest showers, complimentary wifi and LCD TV’s with cable. Personal concierge service is also available.

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You can stay as busy or relaxed as you like when visiting the Resort at Pedregal. There are a number of beachfront pools including an adult’s only pool with a swim-up bar. Golf excursions are also available as well as sea cruises and whale watching tours. And just a few minutes away, there are endless opportunities to discover coral reefs and sandy beaches.

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Be sure to carve out time for a relaxing day at the onsite spa, Luna Y Mar. It’s incredible! Also make sure to dine at their award-winning restaurant, El Farallon. It’s tucked into the cliffs and offers break-taking views of the Pacific Ocean. You can’t go wrong with their amazing selection of freshly caught fish and authentic Mexican entrees. They also have an amazing Champagne Terrace Bar with a wide selection of rosés and champagnes.

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The Resort at Pedregal combines great service, luxury amenities and exotic beaches and has become renowned for creating relaxing experiences by the sea. Please email me if you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation at The Resort at Pedregal. It is the perfect Mexico escape and we will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

Photo credit:  Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective.

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Hotel Spotlight: Maalifushi by Como, Maldives

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The Maldives is a dream destination for any couple, and it’s not surprising that the Maldives is a top honeymoon destination! Known for their pristine beaches, crystal blue water and amazing weather, there is no doubt that this location will live up to every expectation. Maalifushi is the first luxury resort to open in Thaa Atoll, so it really has an “away from it all” kind of feel. With over-water bungalows, pristine yoga facilities, a world class spa, and unparalleled wildlife (including hammerhead sharks and manta ray sightings), Thaa Atoll is sure to impress. The friendly staff always go above and beyond to make sure your every need is taken care of.

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“Maalifushi by COMO is a Maldives five-star resort that takes a contemporary approach to luxury with sophisticated yet relaxed cuisine. Great food, with menus inspired by our ocean setting, can be enjoyed as a candlelit supper, a beach picnic or a relaxed barbeque.”

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Isn’t this resort amazing?! And the views are incredbile. If you’d like to learn more about this resort and start planning your honeymoon, email me!

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Hotel Spotlight: Dar Ahlam, Morocco

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Get ready to be wowed with the Dar Ahlam in Morocco! Once an ancient castle, this all-inclusive resort is surrounded by spectacular desert views and features exquisite food and drinks which are all-inclusive with your stay. A 4×4 is also included, along with camel treks, donkey rides through the palm plantation, and desert picnics. “The creation of a Parisian party planner, Dar Ahlam is as luxurious as lodgings get – let alone in this landscape.”

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The hotel can arrange half or full day excursions to the area’s best sights. Highlights can include taking a 4×4 through the Dadès and Drâa valleys, a trip to the Glaoui Kasbah and its old Jewish district, quadding or camel riding to nearby gorges or villages (so you can stock up on freshly made goat cheese, olive oil and handmade pottery), or riding a stallion to the shores of Almansour Lake.

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“Meals are an enchanting daily surprise: tables are set up in different locations depending on the day’s theme. The menu combines traditional Moroccan specialities and the latest culinary innovations. Frederick Grasser Hermé is in charge of savoury delights, and desserts are dreamed up by French pâtissier Pierre Hermé.”

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This would be the perfect destination to combine with a few nights in Marrakech- you can even take a helicopter from Marrakech to Dar Ahlam!  Does this sound like a trip of a lifetime to you? Let’s chat and start planning your vacation today!

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Hotel Feature: Singita Serengeti House

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The Serengeti House is one of the Singita Resorts (read more about them in our latest post) located in Tanzania. There are a lot of activities for you to do, including twice daily game drives, horse back riding, shopping, swimming, a spa, and a gym. With the wilderness at your doorstep, Singita Serengeti House is home to incredible natural wonders . “Spanning over 350,000 acres of untouched wilderness, Singita Grumeti is located in northern Tanzania, forming part of the Serengeti Mara ecosystem. Singita Serengeti House is ideally positioned on the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest.”

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“Our renowned Bush Spa offers a holistic and healing approach to treatments, allowing us to treat each guest with the individual attention they deserve. The spa menu has been created to complement the beauty and tranquility of the wilderness, and all treatments incorporate that peace and vibrant energy to revitalize and nourish our guests.”

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Doesn’t Singita Serengeti House sound incredible? Email me and let’s start planning!

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