On a wintery weekend in Toronto the Ocean Club is the perfect luxury beach getaway. I have many friends who live on the island so this hotel is filled with wonderful memories for me. The first time I visted the Ocean Club my fantasy of being a Bond Girl came to life, as this romantic and lush oasis is the hotel where Casino Royale was filmed. There is something uniquely special about this little slice of paradise and it really does feel luxurious and relaxed. Dinners are easily arranged at the nearby Atlantis or on the larger island, I myself usually spend my days at the Ocean Club and head to Atlantis for dinner as they have some great restaurants like Nobu but my all time favourite is the The Ocean Club’s main restaurant Dune.
This hotel never feels over crowded and the staff to guest ratio is great. It has two main pools, one set in the gorgeous and tropical gardens, and a second infinity pool overlooking the ocean. The beach is perfect for afternoon strolls and the spa is small but wonderful. All in all this whole property feels intimate and quiet.
I recommend for everyone and anyone needing some pampering. The bonus of the OC is it allows you access to the larger Atlantis resort if days spent sipping rose and using indoor voices is too calm for you. My tip is to stay in the renovated side of the hotel as the rooms are vastly better than the older wing.
Hotel Raphael is all the things you dream a French hotel would be, luxe, historic, wrapped in red velvet and very quaint. The charming ambiance and beautiful suites mark this as a favourite among French fashion elite, who call this home during fashion week. Christian Louboutin says this is his favourite hotel in Paris and as soon as I walked in I could understand why. Upon arriving in the hotel I was offered a seat in a plush lounge and greeted with an espresso and a gorgeous treat while I waited for my suite. The suites are spacious and stately, featuring huge french windows that look out over the 16th arrondissement and have everything you expect from classic French luxury – including antique desks and art. Perhaps my favoruite feature of this hotel is the La Terrase Bar, the terrace bar on the roof of the hotel. The roof bar features incredible panoramic views of Paris with a chic and swanky atmosphere, making this the perfect spot to watch the Eiffel Tower light up at night with a glass of Perrie-Jouet Rose (my favourite champagne) in your hand.
I have stayed at the Connaught about 5 times and its always perfect. The service is intimate and personal and the location is superb. I always stay in the rooms in the new side of the hotel as the bathrooms are gorgeous and luxe. This hotel has an elegant and luxurious London feel with the modern amenities you want in your hotel room.
The rooms are not huge (but good for London standards) but they are comfortable and have everything you want especially on the newer side. I don't care for the bathrooms in the older part of the hotel so my tip is to book on the new side. Also, the back bar is one of my fav in London and breakfast in the front room is perfectly English and wonderfully executed. I love this hotel.
Yes, it is true that Lola has a chef prepare her meals each week and yes, I realize that sounds absurd…but her is my reasoning. When researching what food to feed my furry baby I became discouraged when I understood the ingredients in some of the readily available dog foods. I was hunting for something highly nutritious when my local dogstore, Wooftown, recommended the Home Cooked meals they prepare. They were far beyond anything I had found so I signed Lola up. Each week her chef prepares a mix of her food which consists of over fifteen ingredients. It is comprised of a cooked protein like chicken, turkey, beef, salmon and eggs along with aprox 14 other raw ingredients specially picked to aid in a dog’s health. Keeping the ingrdients raw perserves the nutritnes and vitamins the same as it does when we eat our veggies. These range from kale, kindkey beans, flax seed oil (which is great for digestion), coconut oil, cranberries and blueberries (which are amazing for their eye sight and circulatory system), sweet potoato and pumpkin (high in fibre and aid in digestion), Kafir for probioitcs, parlesy and broccoli for vitamins and the list goes on. As you can see a lot of thought goes into this food and I can honestly say Lola is filled with energy and has a beautiful shiny coat thus. Could I find a less expensive option? Yes, but Luxurious Lola takes after her mommy and loves the gourmet meals.
One of the approved dry kibbles that I do mix with her meals is Zeweepeak, which is an air dryed kibble that is super nutriotious. The company uses a variety of igrendietns including lolcal new zeland mussles which are packed with vitamins along with kelp from local waters. It has a soft texture and Lola just loves this stuff. Even I have a slight heart attack when I see the price of Zeeweepeak but it imported from New Zeland and Lola just loves it so alas what Lola wants Lola gets!