Destination Spotlight: Hong Kong

We recently had the fabulous opportunity to do a FAM trip/site visit to Hong Kong thanks to our amazing partners at Delta and Mandarin Oriental.  Our journey began aboard Delta Air Lines from Seattle as their newest gateway to Asia. Our non-stop flight to Hong Kong in Business Elite had us enjoying the comfort of Delta’s 180 degree flat-bed Business seat, with direct aisle access and incredible service.

Delta Business Elite Seats

Delta Airlines’ Business Elite Seats that turn into 180 degree flat beds! Fly in comfort.

We enjoyed the unique experience of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s personalized service from the moment of our arrival at the airport.  As we stepped off the airplane bridge, we were greeted by an Airport Concierge who was then on-hand to escort us through Immigration, Baggage Collection and Customs Control. They assisted all of us to the awaiting hotel transportation by the exit door. Smooth and sleek.

We arrived at the stunning Mandarin Oriental  - their first and flagship hotel – overlooking Victoria Harbor in the Central District. The hotel seems very intimate for its 430 guestrooms – each with a view of the city or the harbor.

Victoria Harbor View

View of the Victoria Harbor from the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Amazing View

Amazing view from our room

Ice Bucket

Ice bucket old school.

TUrn Down Amenity

A different turn down amenity each night

After a leisurely breakfast the following morning at the Clipper Lounge, we enjoyed a Hong Kong Island Tour visiting the famous Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen with Dim Sum lunch at Dragon Court and then Man Mo Temple, guided by PC Tours & Travel.

Victoria Peak Tram

Victoria Peak Tram

Peak View

View from the Peak

Victoria Peak Trail

Victoria Peak Trail

Victoria Peak Thought

Victoria Peak Thought For The Day

Beer Break

A well-deserved Stanley Market beer break with Murray House in the background

Aberdeen Floating Village

Aberdeen Floating Village

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

We enjoyed a delicious dim sum lunch at the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant

Man Mo Temple

The final stop on the tour was the Man Mo Temple

In the Temple

Setting inside the Man Mo Temple

Inside the Temple

Breath-taking view of inside the temple

Back at the hotel, we had a quick tour of all the fun spots:

Mandarin Grill & Bar

Mandarin Grill & Bar

Captains Bar

Captains Bar

The Chinnery

The Chinnery

The Mandarin Barber

The Mandarin Barber

Business Center

24 hour business center

Flower Shop

Flower Shop – Aren’t these orchids gorgeous?!

With 10 restaurants on property, of which 3 are Michelin starred, we had no choice but to eat our way through as many as humanly possible.  First on the list:  Two Michelin Starred cuisine from legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire at Pierre…


Table setting at Pierre

Pierre Menu

Pierre’s Summer Tasting Menu

Mushroom Puree

Girolle mushroom puree, roasted apricot with fresh almond

The following morning after another leisurely breakfast at the Clipper Lounge, we had a decadent massage and relax in the spa, followed by a fun tour of the stylish and contemporary Mandarin Oriental Landmark.

The Landmark Bed

Our comfortable bed set at The Landmark

Tub at the Landmark

Our super relaxing tub

Having worked up an appetite, we settled down in the buzzing two Michelin Starred Amber Restaurant at the Landmark…

Amber Restaurant Sampling

Delicious fruit tray at Amber Restaurant

And then dinner that evening at the….yes Michelin Starred… Man Wah Cantonese Restaurant with a light show interlude looking out over the city.

Man Wah Menu

Man Wah Cantonese Restaurant Menu

Light Show

A picture doesn’t quite capture how amazing this light show was!

The following morning it was time to head home, while watching the sun rise over the city, and over the 260 outlying islands that make up the fascinating and must-see destination of Hong Kong.


Sunrise over the City

Islands View from Plane

View of the 260 Hong Kong Islands from the plane. This view was unreal!

When traveling to Hong Kong, take advantage of our Preferred Partner amenities with Mandarin Oriental:

  • Daily full breakfast
  • Upgrade upon arrival
  • $100 Spa Credit
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Early check in / late check out

And Preferred Partner amenities with The Landmark:

  • Daily full breakfast
  • $100 lunch credit
  • Upgrade upon arrival
  • Complimentary wifi
  • Early check in / late check out

Hotel Spotlight: Esperanza Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Summer crept right up on us this year.  Between wedding travel, client vacations, and some work trips, somehow it slipped my mind that at some point, I desperately NEEDED to be next to a pool with a fruity drink.

Cabo San Lucas is just a quick hop away (direct flight options from SAN, LAX, PHX and more!), for us southern west coasters, so it is absolutely the perfect getaway, especially if you don’t have all of the time in the world.  What is better than a clean, safe and friendly little town, that is easy to get to, has beautiful waters, and fabulous food?  Oh, I know!  What’s better is if there is an Auberge Resort/Relais+Chateaux property there!  AND there is, so lucky lucky us!

Ready to go

Packed and Ready to Go With Our Lo and Sons Weekender!

Esperanza-Outside View

View From Our Ocean View Spa Casita Suite

Esperanza Resort is the real deal.  It is stunning and luxurious while still being warm and welcoming.  It has the most picturesque setting on the cliffs over the ocean; there is literally not a bad seat in the house.

The food is spectacular, from the cliff side, ultra picturesque Cocina del Mar (remember the movie the Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller?), to the late night churro/s’mores platter by the fire pits.

Esperanza Night View

Esperanza’s Onsite Restaurant – “Cocina del Mar”. A Picture (especially from my phone) Does Not Do This View Justice.

Churro and S'Mores

Our Delicious Churros and S’mores Plates. We’re Still Dreaming About These!

We would be remiss not to mention that almost every room has a private plunge pool/jacuzzi on their spacious balconies (other than the entry level, but with our preferred upgrades, you shouldn’t have to worry about that!) and huge living space as well (starting at 925 square feet!).  They also have exquisitely appointed villas, 1,2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, feeling like a complete home with full kitchens, great for families or groups of friends.  We did NOT at all mind our private dinner prepared by a fantastic personal chef in one that our friends were staying in!

Private Jacuzzi

Our Private Jacuzzi. This Was the Perfect Amenity for Winding Down After A Long Day of Fun.

Outside View

Villa Patio View

Yummy Drinks

It Had To Be Done!

Just go, now.  Wait, call us first. Because we have fabulous added perks like upgrade upon arrival based on availability, complimentary breakfast for 2 daily (do NOT overlook the breakfast burrito or the Pinole pancakes), $100 resort credit, and all sorts of other little goodies coming to the room :)

Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

If you follow our Instagram (LifeStyledTravel), then you may have noticed an exciting post recently.  Four Seasons Hawaii Properties are offering our fabulous clients a guaranteed upgrade at the time of booking! This guaranteed upgrade comes in addition to all of the Preferred Partner amenities our clients already get.  AMAZING, RIGHT?!  So, in light of this incredible offer, we want to share some of our favorite things about Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.  Enjoy!

Four Seasons Maui

Sunset at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

This resort is located on the southern side of Maui in Wailea.  This area of the island is a little quieter and less touristy than the Ka’anapali side, and while there are things we love about both, Wailea is ideal for honeymooners or people looking for a slightly more exclusive and private feel.

Room View

Ocean View Prime Four Seasons Executive Suite

Each room/suite is luxurious with the most breath-taking views.

Marble Bathrooms

Marble Bathrooms in Each Room/Suite

 The marble bathrooms made us feel like we had a personal spa.  Who wouldn’t feel relaxed while soaking in that big tub after a long day spent by the pool?!


Maui at Wailea Golf Course

While the relaxation is of course nice, if you’re like us you get stir crazy after a few days of lounging. We love that there are so many activities offered.  Just to name a few, you can surf, golf, or take a yoga class (Stand up paddle yoga if you’re braver and more graceful than us!).

Helicopter Tour

Helicopter Tour of Maui with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

If you’re looking to venture offsite, the other great thing about the Wailea side is the proximity to the famed Mama’s Fish House, and the road to Hana. You can rent a car and drive, which many choose to do, or take a helicopter for a quicker and more adventurous option!


Ferraro’s Bar E Ristorante

The resort also has great onsite restaurant options for the nights you don’t want to leave. Spago is obviously the most famous option, always a crowd pleaser, but we also loved Ferraro’s Bar E Ristorante. It has super yummy Italian, great wines and the quintessentially-Hawaii open air seating with a perfect ocean view.

Swim up Bar

Swim-Up Bar at the Adults-Only Serenity Pool

The Serenity (adults only) Pool, one of three at the resort, has awesome views over the infinity edge, underwater music (always a plus) and a swim up bar, because who wants to get out of the water to enjoy their cocktail? Surely not us!


This resort is dream-like, always a favorite with our clients, and a fabulous honeymoon destination or just a luxurious couples escape.  Call or email us to find out about our special perks at this property, and start planning your trip to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea! The best news is that the holidays are an absolutely amazing time to be in Hawaii, so it is the perfect time to start planning!

Date Night: Santa Monica, CA

Here at Life:Styled we love a good date night. Well, we love all nights out frankly; with friends, family OR a great date, but this particular post is about date nights so stick with us here.  One of the things we love to do for our concierge clients is plan these fun nights for them, making the process as easy as can be… All YOU have to do is find the date… I mean, we aren’t matchmakers people! (But we can definitely introduce you to a good one if that’s what you need;)  Today, we are sharing a fun date night idea in the city where Life:Styled began… Santa Monica, CA.



Blue Plate Oysterette

Blue Plate Oysterette brings the East Coast style to the West Coast, and we couldn’t love it more.  We suggest requesting a charming patio table that overlooks the Pacific and offers great people watching.  The oysters here are always fabulous and changing constantly, paired with an Oyster Bay (sticking with the theme but also because it is YUMMY) Sauvignon Blanc and the lobster roll!…perfection!  


Westside Comedy Theater

Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater

Go have a laugh and discover your new favorite comedian at Mission Improvable’s Westside Comedy Theater.  Although they have performers nightly, the company that started this theater performs every Friday and Saturday night at 10pm.  Fun fact: Zach Galifianakis used to perform here!


The Bungalow – Outside Deck

After the show, head over to The Bungalow for some drinks and conversation before turning in for the night.  This lounge offers five different spaces, including an outside deck with fantastic fire pits, the main bar, and a game room.  The intimacy of this space makes it feel more like being at your friend’s house (your really swanky friend that is) than a hotel lounge.



Viceroy Santa Monica – Monarch Suite Window View

It is no secret that we love the Viceroy Santa Monica.  It is just steps from the beach and a short walk to all of the shops and restaurants at the Third Street Promenade.  The hotel is also a stroll away from the Santa Monica Pier if you want to feel touristy for a little while.  This chic hotel will meet all of your needs, especially with Life:Styled.’s special perks here :)


Hotel Decor Spotlight: Hotel Bel Air

Have you ever stayed at a hotel and wished that you could bring the furniture and décor back home with you?  We have this feeling A LOT.  So, we thought it would be nice to share a hotel with great interior design and offer similar products that you can buy to make your home feel like a luxurious hotel.

Bel-Air Suite Bedroom

Hotel Bel Air Junior Suite

When at a recent visit to the wonderful Hotel Bel Air, we left wanting to decorate our own bedrooms like their junior suites.  These suites gave off a romantic and glamorous feel that left us wishing we could wake up to it everyday.  Below are our finds that will help bring this same atmosphere to your own room.

Bed Frame

Mid-Century Bed Frame – West Elm

Patterned Pillow

Patterned Pillow – One King’s Lane

Black Nightstand

Black South Shore Mikka Nightstand – Amazon

Black Patterned Rug

Black Jane Rug – Jonathan Adler

Patterned Dapery

Magical Thinking Henna Curtains - Urban Outfitters

Wall Sconce

2-Light Wall Sconce – One King’s Lane

If you would like even more inspiration, call us to book your own stay at Hotel Bel Air!  Also, we love feedback, so please let us know if there are any other specific hotels that you would love to see a décor spotlight on!

Fourth of July – Cocktail and Dessert Recipes

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and we could not be more excited!  With a holiday that encourages you to be out in the sun, jump into a pool, or the ocean, BBQ, and wear red, white, and blue, how could you not be?!  So, in order to get everyone on our level of excitement for this holiday, we gathered a couple of our favorite Fourth of July recipes for you to enjoy.

Skinny Spiked Lemonade:

Deciding what your drink of choice will be is just as important as choosing your outfit for this holiday.  Stay cool this weekend without packing on the calories with this skinny spiked lemonade recipe from The Talking Kitchen.


Skinny Spiked Lemonade from The Talking Kitchen

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1/2 c. fresh lemon juice, ~4 lemons
  • 1 1/2 c. filtered water
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar, or 4 Tbsp raw sugar
  • 6 oz. (3/4 c.) tequila
  • sliced lemon, garnish


-Juice the lemons over a strainer to collect the seeds and pulp. (I used a 4 cup measuring cup to prepare, it worked great.)

-Add the sugar and water to lemon juice, mix well, the sugar may take a minute to dissolve, just mix every so often.

-Add the tequila, stir well to combine.

-Serve in a small glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon slices.

Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes:

These cheesecake yogurt cupcakes by SkinnyTaste are absolutely delicious.  They are light and fluffy, and by adding strawberries and blueberries on top, they look perfectly patriotic.  Most of all, at less than 100 calories per cupcake, you should not feel guilty having more than 1 (we don’t!).


Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcake from SkinnyTaste


  • 12 reduced fat vanilla wafers
  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 oz fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 8 oz strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 8 oz blueberries

-Heat oven to 350°.
-Line cupcake tin with liners. Place a vanilla wafer at the bottom of each liner.
-Gently beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer. –Gradually beat in fat free yogurt, egg whites, and flour. Do not over beat.
-Pour into cupcake liners filling half way.
-Bake 20-25 minutes or until center is almost set.
-Cool to room temperature then chill at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.


4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Fireworks by Benjamin Brayfield (USA Today)

Fruit and Cheese Platter Flag

Flag-Inspired Fruit and Cheese Platter (Buzzfeed)


Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Pops (HGTV)

American Flag Wall Art

American Flag Wall Art (Pottery Barn)

Be sure to contact us for any last minute Fourth of July travel plans!

Hotel Spotlight: Pebble Beach Resort

When invited to take part in a 2 night “Spa Retreat” at Pebble Beach, I don’t think I could quite say yes fast enough.  2 days at one of the most prestigious resorts, dining and drinks, great company, AND I get spa treatments at one of the exclusive few worldwide Forbes Travel Guide Five Star spas?!  Oh, AND United was taking care of our flights?!  Ummm…. YES.  Yes, I will.

17 Mile Drive Coastline

17 Mile Drive Coastline

The Lodge at Pebble Beach - Entry Way

The Lodge at Pebble Beach – Entry Way

What I didn’t realize was how completely far and beyond the team at Pebble would go to blow all of my expectations out of the water.  From the minute I arrived at the Monterey Airport (15 minutes away with direct flights from LAX!) to the most knowledgeable and friendly driver, I knew the week was off to a great start.  We would be staying at Casa Palmero, Pebble Beach’s exclusive boutique property within the gates, on the world famous 17-Mile Drive; a 24-room oasis that is connected to the spa and a stone’s throw from the Lodge.  Event clients take note: this is THE perfect spot for a buyout. It feels like a (super luxurious) home, complete with library and living room.  And at only 24 rooms, it is the perfect place for a corporate retreat, or family and bridal party, especially with its proximity to the spa and salon.

Casa Palmero Estate Room

Casa Palmero Estate Room

The Spa at Pebble Beach

The Spa at Pebble Beach

In addition to the spa treatments, which were absolutely out of this world, we had the opportunity to check out Pebble’s BRAND new Golf Academy, a beautiful home base for golfers, located next to the driving range, and with some of the most high tech equipment you will see anywhere… a simulator AND a robot that helps perfect your swing (or give you Tiger’s!).  The facility only adds to the allure that was already one of the best golf resorts in the world.

Pebble Beach Green Links Hole 7

Pebble Beach Golf Links – Hole 7

Basically, you can’t go wrong at Pebble.  There truly is something for everyone.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the absolutely charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a short 10 minute drive from the resort, where you can walk everywhere, eat at fantastic quaint restaurants (another fun fact, probably the most dog friendly town you can find!), and even go olive oil and wine tasting (Trio Carmel, a must do!).  There are also some great events that take place at Pebble each year, such as the AT&T National Pro-Am, and my favorite, the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event each April.

I cant say it enough, whether you are a golfer or not, it’s a must see, super special, bucket list type place that is not to be missed, and I am sure will keep you coming back year after year.

The Lodge at Pebble Beach - Entrance

The Lodge at Pebble Beach – Entrance

Casa Palmero Bar and Lounge

Casa Palmero Bar and Lounge

The Links at Spanish Bay Dune

The Links at Spanish Bay Dune

Pebble Beach Gold Links 18 Green

Pebble Beach Golf Links – 18 Green

The Inn at Spanish Bay Patio Fire Pits

The Inn at Spanish Bay – Patio Fire Pits


Our Summer Essentials

The official start of summer is this week, but we have been enjoying the beautiful Southern CA weather for the past month.  The fabulous sunny beach days (normally pretty obsolete this time of year) have us yearning for trips galore! So, to celebrate the start of the season, we are sharing our summer essentials with you!  Whether you are taking a vacation, a staycation, or just camping out in the backyard, these pieces are sure to become your new summer staples.

The Beach People Towel

The Beach People Round Towel

We love this Aztec printed round towel from The Beach People. Make a statement while lounging on the beach…we dare you!


Warby Parker “Piper” Sunglasses

These Warby Parker “Piper” sunglasses (say that 5 times fast) are just lovely.  The slight cat eye gives them a romantic feel.


Lo and Sons Catalina Bag (Grey)

The Lo and Sons Catalina Bag makes weekend getaways and beach days easier with its perfect size.  It comes in fabulous colors, is SO roomy, and is great as a carry-on!


Soft Joie Evita Sweater

Have you been searching for the perfect lightweight sweater? This Soft Joie Evita Sweater will keep you warm on those cool summer nights.


Cuyana Panama Hat

As we all know, it’s important to shade our faces from the hot sun to avoid damaging and aging our skin.  A panama hat is a fashionable way to protect your face.  We love this one by Cuyana!


Frend “Layla” Headphones

Stay stylish listening to your favorite music while lounging on the beach, passing the time in the airport/on the plane, or just taking a stroll.  We love the rose gold/white pairing on these “Layla” headphones by Frends.


Gypsy tee by Spell

This tank by Spell screams “summer” with its laid back vibe.  It’s sure to be a staple in your summer wardrobe, as well as ours.

We hope you love these products as much as we do!  Now all you need to do is contact us to plan your perfect summer getaway!

Towel: The Beach People
Sunglasses: Warby Parker
Bag: Lo and Sons
Sweater: Soft Joie
Hat: Cuyana
Headphones: Frends
Tank: Spell

Travel Spotlight: New Zealand

We recently booked a trip around New Zealand for some very special clients. One of them happens to be blogging about her travels with some amazing photographs, so we thought we would just share her blog post rather than trying to describe it to you ourselves! Because what is better than hearing it directly from the client?!
Check out her funny and amazing post packed with pictures here, and get ready to have major travel envy!!

New Zealand


Hellllooooo party people! So sorry that it has taken me this long to post… Internet has been extremely limited for the last couple weeks. Couple things: I am not a witty writer, so posts will contain mostly pictures. But let’s be real, everyone likes pictures more anyways, so this shouldn’t be an issue. Also, to really tap into my kiwi spirit, I will do my best to use kiwi lingo wherever possible… like ‘reckon’, ‘heaps’, ‘cheers mate’, and ‘good on ya’. Enjoy!

Mom, Dad, and I spent the first 4 nights in the Viaduct Harbor of Auckland looking for an apartment for me to live in during the school year. We ate tons of food and explored the area, going to Devonport across the bay, and Piha on the west coast. The Viaduct itself is plain gorgeous, and I found a place to live right on the harbor and only ten minutes walking distance to school.

New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


Next, we left Auckland and began our two week journey around the country. First stop: Waiheke Island, where we stayed by the beach in Onetangi Bay and drove around the island visiting bays, beaches and especially wineries. Only word to describe the island? Breathtaking. And the pictures don’t do it justice.

New Zealand




New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand

New Zealand


Our next stop was a little town called Russel in the Bay of Islands. We drove four hours up the coast to stay in this quaint little town. We walked, hiked, went to the beach, ate a lot, and took a speed boat out to a “hole in the rock” and a cave (I was too scared to take pictures of that one, oops).

New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


Next, we drove west towards the Waipoua National Forest to see the Kaori Tree. This tree is so perfect, that 98% of the trees on New Zealand were cut down years ago, and now the remaining 2% are incredibly protected in the Waipoua Forest.

Once again, the pictures don’t do these trees justice. They. Are. Huge. You feel like you have to whisper when you see them. We stayed at an adorable Bed and Breakfast just outside the forest, where I made some more friends… you’ll see…



New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


After a night in the Lodge, we drove back down to Auckland and headed to the airport. It was time to say goodbye to our rental car, formally named “The Burgundy Beast,” and head to Blenheim and the Marlborough Wine Region in the north part of the South Island.

In just two days we went to 8 different wineries and tried at least 35 different wines. We also spent a few hours visiting a Word War I Aviation Museum and a nearby coastline.

New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand

New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


New Zealand


Our last stop was a short 21 minute flight to the capital of New Zealand – Wellington. We went for one reason only… The International Rugby Sevens Tournament. The rugby was great, but more than anything it was one big costume party.

For you Gauchos reading this, it was equivalent to an Isla Vista Halloween weekend, but jammed into a stadium. And the rain didn’t stop anyone.

New Zealand


Wellington was our last stop, and we headed back to Auckland. I got settled into my apartment, and started school. Clint and Melis spent a few more days with me before flying home to Hermosa. And now it’s just me!

Cheers for now, mates!


To read this blog post in its original format, visit E Cooking Kiwi here.

For more information on visiting New Zealand, or to book your trip, contact Life:Styled today!

Concierge Spotlight:Online Travel Planning

Kauai Island
The internet is great and super helpful for many things, but there is so much more value in (GASP!) a working relationship with a real, live person who is immersed in the travel industry day-in-and-day-out.
As travel professionals, we hear quotes like this from time to time: “I just planned my vacation using Trip Advisor which was really helpful and gave me the list of the best hotels where I was going (etc, etc), so I don’t really see the need for a travel agent/concierge.” Or, “What can you get me that Orbitz can’t?!”  (Where do we even begin on that?!)

Read below for some fun facts that will help to shed light on why these types of websites aren’t always the end-all, be-all of travel planning.

A bona fide travel concierge doesn’t t just have a wealth of knowledge about the ever-changing travel industry, but also has a global team ready, willing and able to help plan any and all details for that special trip, once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or little romantic weekend away!


Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

In 2013, the wide-ranging Travelers Choice Awards by Trip Advisor crowned a whopping 7,123 winners (we’ll spare you the full list). As always, the list includes overall top-rated hotels and resorts, along with  the “Best of” in these six categories: Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.

The Travelers Choice Awards website is in its 12th year of posting millions of user-generated hotel reviews that they later use to determine an overall ranking  based on intangibles such as: service, quality and value.


2013 vs 2014 Hotel Ratings

A scan of current accolades for the Travelers’ Choice Awards compared with last year’s winners highlights the mercurial nature of online reviews. Only one of 2013′s worldwide top-rated hotels made the 2014 list.

In fact, last year’s worldwide and U.S. overall winner, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, Kailua-Kona Hawaii, not only didn’t make the worldwide list, it plummeted to ninth place among U.S. hotels. Only three hotels on 2013′s U.S. list are back in 2014, and no U.S. hotel made it to the top 10 on the worldwide list.


Romance & Family-Friendly Hotels

This year, two new Travelers’ Choice Best Hotel categories have been added for  families and romance. And sadly, gone is a shout-out for best service, which had spawned some curious outcomes in 2013. This stemmed from the fact that, in 2013, the Budget Clarion Inn in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (No. 4) edged out the aforementioned overall top-ranked Four Seasons Hualalai, which instead came in at a shocking fifth place.

Hopefully our readers find that last sentence as baffling as we do!  No disrespect to the Pigeon Forge Clarion, but we can think of just a FEW hotels that may deserve to be slightly ahead of it for best service on the list!


Life:Styled Concierge Service

To book your travel through a real, live person who can expertly craft your vacation to your specific needs and tastes from start to finish with the same specialized care and attention that they would plan their own trip, contact Life:Styled today!