Don’t discount yourself: Up your offer (60 seconds read)

Have you recently started a new project? Have you moved beyond the one-off freelance to actual business projects where you get paid through your official channels? Now you’re excited and you don’t want to lose your clients so you think maybe I’ll keep my prices extra low or give in to ever mouth twist or raise of an eyebrow. Right? Wrong!

You’re not alone. There are so many talented entrepreneurs who have worked so hard for their big break and when they finally get it they start to think of drastic ways of keeping their newly found clients’ byways that actually do more harm than good.

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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.

 

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.

(Living in Urban Luxury) THE GANSEVOORT HOTEL TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

This is a little overdue but when I have been made to feel like family at any luxury hotel I like to share it. My family and I recently stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel overviewing the famous Grace Bay beach of soft white powdery sand amidst the natural turquoise Atlantic ocean that bodied us.

 

Amazing Sunset Views – My personal favourite was retreating before our balcony doors to the grand ocean viewing that left you breathless with the most amazing sea view you can really get lost in. It was just about sunset and the most magnificent sunset I had ever seen since setting foot in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Celebratory Bubbly – The horizon from the balcony was anything but modest with a grand family style dining set up and an outdoor Jacuzzi was the perfect way to pop open the champagne and soak into the horizon of sea mist. And that we did.

Like anything else, I couldn’t have enjoyed my weekend away if the people and food weren’t up to par. From the inception of arrival, we were greeted by the Front Office Manager who took us right to our room, left us her personal contact and assured we were meticulously taken care of. I felt like someone famous and to think this was typical of them. Food was wonderful. My favourite meal at any time is breakfast and I was happy to have enjoyed the full-service buffet of fresh fruits in generous cuts, vibrant colours and tropical varieties. An omelette station, signature coffee, fresh juices and healthy options were the perfect way to start another day.

Our trip may have been too short indeed but we had a wonderfully rested and at the same ‘fun’ time. My kids still refer to the chicness of the Penthouse as the ‘White House.’ We all loved our urban experience at the Gansevoort and will surely be extending our love of travel to other Gansevoort properties being newly observing fans.