Luxurious Beach Escapes 2018: (TOP Five)

An Escape doesn’t truly serve its purpose if you’re taken from one overpopulated destination to another overpopulated destination. Picking a great beach vacation has always been a thing where the destination and the beach itself need to have exclusivity.


I’ve always found it, a fine line understanding the difference between picking a beach destination that offers exclusivity over inclusivity. Understanding the two can ensure you get exactly what you’re hoping for. Growing up in the Caribbean myself I’ve hopped my fair share of beaches throughout the West Indies before moving onto the scattered islands of the Indian Ocean and Oceanic regions.

One can grow accustomed to the idyllic lifestyle of a sunny beach destination that offers an uncluttered and very tranquil piece of paradise without neon distractions and overcrowded umbrellas. The simple enjoyment of peaking a subtle glow when sipping on a perfectly prepared cocktail overlooking some of the world’s best beach reefs with nothing to see but endless pristine water and a stunning sunset. That sort of freedom might put a special glow on just about anyone needing to escape. Particularly if you’re living in cold country Canada.


So, this brings me to a curated selection of five beach destinations, tried and loved with what I’ve come to note as my TOP 5 LUXURIOUS BEACH ESCAPES 2018.

Making this list, are beach destinations that are beautiful by nature, idyllic, pristine water visibility, the softness of sand and without a doubt exclusivity of location.

# 5 Sabah, Malaysia

Sabah is a Malaysian state occupying the northern part of the island of Borneo. It’s famed for its 4,095m-tall Mount Kinabalu, the country’s highest peak, crowned with distinctive granite spires. Sabah is particularly known for its beaches, rainforest, coral reefs and abundant wildlife, much of it within parks and reserves. Offshore, the Sipadan and Mabul islands are noted diving destinations. It’s uncomplicated lifestyle and ecological composition make it excellent for the tranquillity seeker that can handle a bit of adventure without a crowd.

# 4 Ora Beach, Maluku, Indonesia

Ora Beach, carefully hidden away on the North Coast of Seram Island. An exotic and extremely remote destination, Ora beach is perfect for Eco-travellers and honeymooners alike. A row of cosy, wooden cottages line the sandy, white beaches, overlooking the crystal clear waters of Sawai Bay, and with a backdrop of limestone cliffs and majestic mountains, covered in lush, tropical greenery.

# 3 Seychelles, Anse Georgette

The astounding natural beauty of this little bay will truly take your breath away. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it’s easy to see why Anse Georgette ends up as many people’s favourite Seychelles memory. Anse Georgette is hidden away in the grounds of Constance Lemuria Hotel. The hotel does allow a limited number of outsiders to access daily but you must call ahead to do so. Alternatively, you can take a hike from Mont Plaisir down to the beach. Its lack of coral or rocky formation leaves nothing but soft beach sand giving the water its most stunning colour.

#2 Mujdin Harbour, Middle Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands


The islands of the Turks and Caicos have built a reputation of attracting the super elite with its abundance of uninterrupted beach experiences hailed with the worlds best beaches and chic lifestyle. However, captivating my heart hidden is a beach along Mujdin Harbour within Middle Caicos. It takes a bit of planning to get there from the main island of Providenciales but not overly complicated. The waves can get pretty surfer ready but when visited at the right time of day offers a timeless beach experience filled with grand boulders and hidden caves holding rich history and photo points for a photographers dream day.

#1 Maldives

Making my #1 and holding a special place in my heart is the Maldives after calling it home for two years is – a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. This destination is branded with the ultra-luxe in mind, unspoken exclusivity, beautiful beachscapes, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. It is the epitome of exclusivity, crystal clear waters, stunning coral reefs and some of the world’s best dive experiences.


Oh, Canada! (A Banff Experience)

Dating back to the era of 1883 when it is said three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled upon the caves containing hot springs on the Eastern slopes of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, I have to wonder what went through the minds of those three workers. You see, whenever I’m faced with the beauty of these natural phenomena I am left breathless.  It is from that era Canada would name its first National Park – Banff National Park and the world’s third reaching 6,641 square kilometres of mountains, valleys, forests, rivers, and glaciers home to 53 species of mammals.


Little souvenir shops line the main streets of downtown Banff with a limited number of Hotels and Inns that will give you a piece of Banff in its woodsy and mountaineer’s architecture. To date, the famous Banff Springs Hotel continues to be the hotel of choice even after 125 years but is rallied by its counterparts of the Rimrock Hotel, the Banff International Hotel, and the Mont-Royal which continue to be hotels that stand the time of the National Park.

Restaurants meeting almost every culinary palette along with trails of pubs and nightlife meets a young hip lifestyle ubiquitous to this town. I find it all rather exciting and moved here myself in the Summer of 2012 with my family and if I haven’t mentioned it before its an excellent destination to raise a family. The pureness of fresh air and simpleness in lifestyle adds for a humbling but very enlightening beginning.



A few of my most loved attractions have got to be the ever beautiful Cascade Gardens, Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Lake Minnawanka and the Columbia Icefields.




For my many die-hard slope loving friends this surely is one of the best places to enjoy the thrill of it all. I took to the lighter cross country trails and got all wrapped up in the unimaginable raw beauty of the hills. Attractions are everyday specials with many operators and getting a bird’s eye view of the Banff National Park is none other than a lift aboard the Brewster gondola.


I remember my two-year-old son being whisked away the gondola; he was so excited and didn’t seem to mind one bit being so high up in the air. The experience and view of surrounding mountains were worth the trip added to the wooden stairs that offered an exciting trail to the mountain peak. If you’re also a fan of the great western carriages, a sweet ride around Banff in an old-fashioned carriage with your very own horse and the big old wheels will be something to tickle your fancy.



These are quite popular with couples and families. Thousands come to witness these natural gifts that have stood the era of time and continue to amaze us. Winter brings with it a special and particular joy to the winter lovers. Ski slopes are filled with people from all over the world, tongue kissed snowflakes, ice rock climbing, lake skating, Husky sled riding and Holiday street festivals.



Not to mention a Christmas in Banff – is a Christmas indeed! The year-round Christmas store is evidence of that. Check it out the next time you stroll around Banff Avenue.

Best Indian Food spot : (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

After a day full of at-home-fun with my kids, at about 5 o’clock in the late afternoon laying in bed with the two little ones I decided it would be nice for us to have a ‘’mommy date night.’’ I hadn’t booked any reservations and since my mood was so impromptu we all got dressed and decided to stroll down the street of our Playacar neighbourhood to a lovely little Indian restaurant I had passed dozens of times during the day with much curiosity.

It wasn’t without some curiosity that got me to venture at the unsuspecting little Indian restaurant on the corner of Playacar.

So, off we went into the easygoing sunset hours of the cool evening sky in beautiful Playa del Carmen. A place I now call home and proudly so. As we approached the little restaurant with a few white chairs nesting seats outside over Indian style umbrellas, I decided to head on inside the doors with a Ganesh deity before the name ‘’Curry Omm’’ the name of the restaurant.  I browsed through the menu and with a look of satisfaction turned to my four and six-year-old – ‘so how about’ it?’ ‘Can we eat here, mommy really wants to try the food and there’s good food for us all here.’ As I waited for their approval, my tough little critics they smiled broadly and nodded, ‘yes mommy.’ So we were set. A beautiful tall lady greeted us with a brilliant smile as we sat down. We sat indoors within the air-conditioned space as the tunes from Bollywood hits played very discreetly in the background. It’s not a big space by any means and I was lucky we were able to have a table considering we strolled on in without a reservation but I suppose that’s the perk of dining out early. Most of Playa del Carmen dinner crowd increases well after the sunset when the city speaks a most beautiful culture that is very contrasting to that of the day.

 I went on to place our orders and picked out a little bit of everything that caught my eye. We started with an order of Papadums -thin Indian crispy cracker or flatbread paired with a delightful yoghurt and herb garnish and a set of the best ever lamb samosas. For my children, this was a first and a thorough favourite of the evening.

We sipped on freshly made mango lassies – great for cooling the tongue over spicy meals and I enjoyed a delightful masala chai in between our family fun. Everything was freshly made at an enjoyable dining rhythm that left you completely satisfied.

Our second phase arrived in fragrant Biryani, traditional curried chicken and a side of chapati – Indian whole wheat bread with a cracked centre over which melted butter is drizzled.


The food was marvellous. The manager of the restaurant came several times to ensure we were comfortable and was most polite. We felt at home in their service. The ambience was simple and not over-done. It was really all about the food and how it made you appreciate it afterwards. This was evident. At the end of our meal, we ordered desserts of vanilla ice creams and sweet Gulab jamun – this is a traditional Indian dessert of spongy milky ball-rounded texture soaked in rose scented syrup.

And so, after our taste buds completely spoiled like children on Christmas morning I requested the check which was if converted to US$ just about $55. The evening ended on a delightfully sweet note. Every moment spent in this unsuspecting little restaurant with the dark glassed exteriors open to dinners only was well worth the visit. Will I be having seconds? Yes, most definitely. It’s my pick for most authentic (Indian) across-borders food experience in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Weekend Vibes: (South Beach MIAMI)

South Beach, Miami is nothing less than the ‘hot spot of hot spots – day or night.’ Alive with ultra-luxe galleries and boutiques, eclectic lifestyle hotels, incredible culinary affairs from the most exquisite to downright casual and where do I begin to talk about the beach.

Warm weather, pristine blue waters, white sandy beaches, culture, and lifestyle to get excited about yet relaxing enough to leave it all at bay and just unwind, relax and rejuvenate. This is exactly what I did on my four days to heaven into South Beach and having a good hotel helps a lot with that.

This eclectic destination have been shown millions of times over hollywood makings and with good reason being called the American Riviera and Art Deco Playground*. It’s hard to not get excited about being here and the people – just as beautiful as expected.

My extravagant four days of South Beach took off the moment I got checked into the luxurious art deco Metropolitan Hotel by COMO Hotels and Resort only footsteps away from South Beach’s sexy nightlife, shopping, and backyard to the legendary stretch of ‘South Beach’ pristine blue waters and white sand. I enjoyed every moment of this incredibly chic yet minimal hotel infused with sharp silhouettes and playful textures from a vintage era designed by Italian, Pablo Navone. The food was nothing less than amazing.

Being the food-lover I am it was particularly pleasing to have such pleasing culinary fusions with service that matched a Broadway show. Bravo COMO Miami!

Complete symmetry of service paired with fantastic wines, jazz band brunches, and award-winning cuisines. Delectable desserts, colourful, eye-pleasing, and oh-so-amazing! Top of my list is the adorably tasteful macarons. I will admit, I did devour eight of these French sweet meringue-based confection in one sitting. Each one with their own little guilty pleasure.

If you think that’s about it with this gem in the trendy Collins Avenue district check out this rooftop hydrotherapy open-air oasis. Meditative ambience before the vastness of the ocean along South Beach – a pure relaxation point from my trip. And if I might add, after I’m decked out of all things ‘South Beach’ I was happy to soak my body away and have a front-row view.

Shopping, Dining and Favorite hot spots

Being the walkers my husband and I are, we trotted everywhere from our 24th Collins Avenue Hotel all the way down to great pedestrian-friendly streets ‘Lincoln Road’ – for chic shopping, artsy fusion, casual and gourmet restaurants, cocktails and great designer must-haves. I was in paradise and I mean ‘a shoppers paradise.’ My two favourite things were colliding right before my eyes in the most beautiful way ‘shopping and great food’

At the end of a fun-filled day, arms heavy with trendy shopping bags finding ‘Española Way’ was just what we needed. It’s a quaint little area ‘ a pedestrian-friendly European style Street ‘ of South Beach that embodies the Spanish colonial architecture with charming overhanging cafe lighting. It’s a popular international and local tourist point. There is a little bit of everything in this lane – Spanish, French, Mexican, Italian, Brazilian and Cuban. It’s also a must-stop place to get your food on, have a drink or just enjoy over coffee or cocktails, for me it was the latter. I found myself having Brazilian food then finishing the night with margaritas at Oh! Mexico.

After completing a fun-filled night checking back into my safe haven in the COMO Metropolitan’s super comfy bed was just a wonderful end to an incredibly amazing day and night in South Beach, Miami.

I hope you enjoyed this little number. A short four days of shopping, roaming around beautiful South Beach, having great food and relaxing in style. My ultimate tip, never plans too much to see and do in South Beach, just grab your sunnies, hat, short shorts and roam into the unexpected. There’s so much to be pleased about and so much to make your own adventures.


Top Hotel pick: Metropolitan by COMO Miami

Favourite hot spots: Española Way, W Hotel Miami, Lincoln Road

Special Thanks: Tourism Miami and the Management of Metropolitan Hotel by COMO Miami for your warm welcome.


Celebrate Dinner at (Parrot Cay Resort)

If you love food and the celebration it should have with then you must read this post but practice caution as you may get hungry.

After a long day of running around with my kids, compiling notes, photography and mixing essential oils happy hour came at last.











I know sounds like I had a brutal day 🙂 I started the night off with a glass of my favourite Chardonnay, a bit of talk with friends then off to the Terrace restaurant amidst a garden of towering trees – stretching across each branch a string of romantic light bulbs. The night sky was perfectly clear and shone brightly with a blanket of stars.

Dinner is a meal of pleasure, in my opinion, arriving at the end of a day and should be celebrated every time whether alone or with friends. Celebrated for all that you have done, accomplished and learned – so why shouldn’t it be seen as a celebration?

Tonights’ dining depicted a chic and flowing ambience paired with the savouring and delightful Antipasto Bar to start. Fused with herbaceous artichokes, charcuterie favourites, gratinated cannelloni, and assorted Italian cheese were just a few of my delights.


From the Kitchen as my entree – a succulent Lobster a la Catalana ‘poached lobster with Crudités and garlic mayonnaise. The arrangement was tasteful and was indeed as good as it looks.

Desserts were heavenly. Decadent and artful. Fruiting and inviting. Too bad I was so ruined after my main I hardly had much room for sampling thereafter. But two slices of black forest cake were the cherry on top of my evening. So there, you have it. A celebrated dinner, not for an occasion but for the love of living life with an appreciation for every day.


Decorated desserts to celebrate your inner happy place.Vibrant colours. Simple and delectable. I hope you enjoyed this review of a wonderful dinner experience at Parrot Cay and remember have food as pleasure for living life well. Special thanks to the top-notch team that served us and made the evening extra special. And of course the talented Renowned,  Stefano – Executive Chef and a team of artists.