Best Luxury Spas

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

Four Seasons Orlando – 11 Reasons We Can’t Stay Away

People ask me what has been the best hotel to feature since I launched Luxe Recess in 2014. I am not saying that the Four Seasons Orlando is my favorite, because that’s like saying I have a favorite child. Although the fact that we did just return from our sixth visit may mean our family has found its magical place. There's ...

Le Meurice Paris: Where to Stay in Paris if you like Palaces

Le Meurice Paris: Where to Stay in Paris if you like Palaces

If I had to sum up my recent stay at Le Meurice, it would be “Pas de problème.” From check in to check out, the service was immaculate and any request, whether big or small was answered with a smile, and a “Bien sûr, tout de suite.” Upon arrival, the two doormen greeted us by name as we exited ...

The Mandarin Oriental Miami

The Mandarin Oriental Miami

There's a Miami family vacation beyond South Beach that involves great food, culture, and fabulous service. Finding Miami Hotels that work for Families Miami has really evolved into a vacation scene similar to Las Vegas where many of the most popular reasons to visit have nothing to do with family fun. In a city that's increasingly rivaling Sin City for an ...

The Biltmore Miami: The Iconic Resort Pool

The Biltmore Miami: The Iconic Resort Pool

Realtors and interior designers often describe a house as having “good bones” when its historic architectural layout is fabulously timeless. The Biltmore Hotel in the Coral Gables section of Miami has great bones. Designed by the same architects who designed The Breakers of Palm Beach, The Pierre and Sherry Netherland hotels and responsible for some needed nips and tucks ...

The Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort

The Boca Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort

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I was so excited for our snowbird vacation to the Boca Raton Resort this winter and even more so since it was the first trip my family would have with my mom and dad in tow as well. Grandparents are key for a truly restful vacation.  My daughter kept telling people we were headed to “Boca” and the Boca ...

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

The Mandarin Oriental London Spa: Urban Tranquility

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A most distinguished Hyde Park Address The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the only hotel to boast an address directly on the edge of London’s iconic green space.  Rooms located on the back side of the hotel (what to request) offer amazing views, and one can occasionally catch the horse guard marching by midday for the Changing of the Guards. ...

Fairmont Grand Del Mar: California Luxury Italian Style

Fairmont Grand Del Mar: California Luxury Italian Style

Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a resort that feels like a home The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, north of San Diego, is an Italian inspired oasis that transports your family to a Tuscan estate. The exterior of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar takes cues from Addison Mizner's Italian influenced creations in Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Fans of The Breakers will feel right ...

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando  is so beautiful, so sophisticated, and so family-friendly, it is just as perfect for a Disney World vacation as it is for a mom spa break or couple's getaway. The Waldorf Astoria and its adjoining Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek are within the resort area called Bonnet Creek. Although the hotels aren't officially Disney resorts, the Bonnet Creek Resort are ...

All Inclusive Mexico with Kids: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

All Inclusive Mexico with Kids: Grand Velas Riviera Maya

We feasted on hearty French fare: an onion soup with Gruyère cheese, medium rare steak sautéed in butter with a Bordelaise sauce and purées of spinach, carrot, and garlic and finished with a bittersweet chocolate soufflé. It was a reminder of the trip that we were supposed to be taking that moment in France. But with train strikes and a ...

Acqualina Resort: Family Luxury in Miami

Acqualina Resort: Family Luxury in Miami

Acqualina is a place to experience the turquoise waters of Sunny Isles Beach, whether it's in the resort’s four swimming pools or its oceanfront position in northern Miami Beach. I think the word “acqualina” is a take on the Italian word “acquolina” used in expressions to mean "mouth-watering". I won’t dispute that my stay was a feast for my eyes. ...

The Breakers Spa Palm Beach

The Breakers Spa Palm Beach

Luxury Family Travel to Palm Beach The best resort spas offer an exclusive haven amidst the bustle of families and friends vacationing, and The Spa at The Breakers is one of the best. Most of The Breakers’ guests and members are no strangers to wellness and fitness, and the newly expanded spa and fitness complex is comprehensive enough to ...

The Sanctuary- Kiawah, South Carolina: Lowcountry Luxury with Kids

The Sanctuary- Kiawah, South Carolina: Lowcountry Luxury with Kids

Kiawah Family Fun I’d never seen the South Carolina coast. As we boated through the marshes at dusk with dolphins escorting us on either side, I soaked up the colorful landscape wondering why I had taken so long to visit Lowcountry and enjoy a Kiawah family vacation. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston has been a favorite destination for South ...

The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach

No matter where I have gone since I started visiting hotels for Luxe Recess, fellow parents at the pool or in the spa ask, “Have you seen The Breakers' family amenities, yet?” This definitely built up some excitement for me, as very discerning travelers would lift a hand and say, “Oh you just have to go to The Breakers.” (Check your dates ...

The Spa at the Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

The Spa at the Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod

The Chatham Bars Inn Spa (check your dates for rates) is really a mini-resort within a resort, one created to provide the ultimate in relaxation, privacy, and luxury on Cape Cod. In fact, it is the best resort spa on the Cape, as well as one of the few Leading Spas in North America. The Chatham Bars Inn is a beautifully restored ...

Four Seasons St. Louis

Four Seasons St. Louis

The phrase “urban oasis” is overused, and typically does not describe anything worthy of the meaning. I don’t think I had ever really experienced an urban oasis until I stayed at the Four Seasons St. Louis. Like many downtown St. Louis hotels, the Four Seasons is situated along the Mississippi River, and lucky guests are given views of the St. ...