Cocktail Spotlight: Mint Julep

In honor of the Kentucky Derby lets get fancy and mix up a batch of these yummy and gorgeous Mint Juleps! Cheers and Happy Friday! 
Mint Julip

Mint Julep:

  • 3 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Mint Simple Syrup
  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons (1 ounce) Bourbon
  • 1 (4-inch) Cocktail Straw or Coffee Stirrer
  • 1 Fresh Mint Sprig
  • Powdered Sugar (optional)

1. Place Mint Leaves and Mint Simple Syrup in a chilled julip cup.
2. Gently press leaves against cup with back of spoon to release flavors.
3. Pack cup tightly with crushed ice; pour bourbon over ice

Resources via Southern Living

Hotel Spotlight: Maroma Resort & Spa ~ Mayan Riviera

The Maroma Resort & Spa – intertwined with the wild jungle and deep white sandy beaches – with the world’s second-largest barrier reef just minutes from the shore … pure escapism with a touch of Mayan magic.
Moroma Resort & Spa

You can wake up to the shimmering Caribbean Sea stretching to the horizon and set off by boat to explore the spectacular coral reef or the mysterious underwater caves or cenotes.

Moroma Resort & Spa

A myriad of paths wind through the resort’s exotic jungle where you can stroll under perfect palms and red-barked trees, pass by alluring foliage and dissolve into heaven as parrots sing and beautifully colored butterflies float overhead.

Moroma Resort & Spa

Moroma Resort & Spa

Surrounded with lush tropical palms, there is a large family pool as well as two exclusively for adults …

Moroma Resort & Spa

Indulge in an invigorating massage and a purifying session in a traditional Temazcal sauna …

Moroma Resort & Spa

Sample Mexico’s delicious regional specialties with El Restaurante’s eclectic daytime menu. Baja California style shrimp tacos, pescadillas, panuchos and sopes are some of the delicacies on offer and authentic revelry as the sounds of the mariachi fill the night.

Moroma Resort & Spa

Moroma Resort & Spa

From quiet walking to incredible marine activities, sailing and yachting to kiteboarding, cenote snorkeling to scuba diving, whale shark tours and swimming with dolphins; there is something for everyone at Maroma.

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Cocktail Spotlight: Barbados Rum Punch

Nothing sounds better than a trip to the beautiful island of Barbados, but we’ll settle for some California sunshine and this yummy rum punch! Enjoy! 
Barbados Rum Punch

Barbados Rum Punch:

  • One measure of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Two measures of sugar syrup
  • Three measures of dark Caribbean rum (the older the better)
  • Four measures of water
  • A dash of Angostura Bitters & some freshly grated nutmeg

One of sour,
Two of sweet,
Three of strong and four of weak,
A dash of bitters and a sprinkle of spice,
Serve well chilled with plenty of ice.

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Hotel Spotlight: Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa

Built on a cliff on the northern side of the Spanish Island of Mallorca, surrounded by the Tramuntana mountain range, the resort overlooks the quaint fishing village of Port Soller.

Jumeirah Port Soller

Jumeirah Port Soller

Jumeirah Port Soller

Jumeirah Port Soller

The hotel has a total of 120 rooms spread out over 11 buildings, each with its own private terrace …

Jumeirah Port Soller

Jumeirah Port Soller

Jumeirah Port Soller

From light fare at lunchtime Bistro Es Fanels …

Jumeirah Port Soller

To cocktails and light snacks in the sun at the Infinity Pool Bar …

Jumeirah Port Soller

To international cuisine on the outside patio at the Sa Talaia Pool Bar …

Jumeirah Port Sa Talaia Pool Bar

To tapas and sundowners at the Sunset Lounge Bar …

Jumeirah Port Soller

And delicious traditional afternoon tea by the fireplace during the cooler winter months, with picturesque views of the harbor and mountains at the Lobby Bar …

Jumeirah Port Soller

Seek out the Talise Spa for a rejuvenating break from the abundance of sun, sea, nature and culture …

Jumeirah Port Soller

Relax by the pool or check out the golf course (less than a 15 minute drive) …

Jumeirah Port Soller

The area around the resort offers a wealth of outdoor activities, mostly connected to the stunning mountains which are renowned for trekking, hiking, mountain biking and climbing. Private yachts are available for day excursions to beaches and nearby coves, as well as fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Jumeirah Port Soller

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Hotel Spotlight: CordeValle ~ A Rosewood Resort

Nestled in the foothills of Northern California’s Santa Cruz Mountains is a secluded luxury resort in an extraordinary setting just south of San Jose and north of the Monterey Peninsula.
CordeValle Exterior

Infused with a type of country club charm, the resort offers superb amenities including tennis, a luxury spa, Clos La Chance winery and vineyard, and a 7,169-yard championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

CordeValle Golf Landscape

CordeValle Golf Greens

CordeValle pool

CordeValle Grape Vines

CordeValle Fireplace Dinner

The 45-room resort is a sanctuary in perfect harmony with its natural surroundings.

CordeValle Patio Table

CordeValle Suite

CordeValle Suite Bathroom

CordeValle Suite 2

CordeValle Suite 3

CordeValle Suite 4

Derived from the Spanish phrase “Corazon del Valle,” CordeValle’s name translates to “Heart of the Valley” and Sense Spa is truly the heart of CordeValle. Spa guests enjoy access to the resort’s luxury spa including well-appointed locker rooms with whirlpool and steam, outdoor heated pool, fully-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor yoga deck, hiking trails, co-ed relaxation area and spa boutique.

CordeValle Massage Room

CordeValle is also a pet-friendly destination so that you and your pet can enjoy the tranquility and relaxing experience that CordeValle has to offer. Pooches enjoy a complimentary one-hour dog walking service (per stay) and special amenities that have been hand-picked by consulting members of the veterinary field to ensure the highest quality.

Outside dining is available at the Lions Peak Grill and the Bar Terrace.

CordeValle Outdoor Eating

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Hotel Spotlight: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

We always know when we see the words Relais and Chateau in relation to a hotel or restaurant that it is going to be a special experience. We have yet to be anything but thoroughly impressed by the uniqueness, level of service, and all around top notch experience at any of the locations they represent.  
Rancho Valencia

Last weekend we were lucky enough to stay at another of their amazing properties, the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, in the luxe enclave of Rancho Santa Fe outside of San Diego, and it was no exception. Well, not only was it no exception, it quite frankly blew us away.

Rancho Valencia

From the guard working the entrance gate, to the valets and bellmen, front desk agent, servers at the restaurants and everyone else in between, we did not come across one person that did not have the most positive and friendly attitude, personality and outlook on customer service. They literally guide you through the check-in process directly to your private suite, where, as much as you want to just hop into the ultra comfortable down bedding, there is so much beauty outside that you just hate to waste away the day!

Rancho Valencia

So, a little more about those fabulous rooms… Actually, room isn’t the right word. The entire resort is filled with suites and villas, featuring beautiful living spaces, lush outdoor patios and top-of-the-line amenities. There are partial ownership opportunities at the private homes on site, as well as a 3-bedroom Hacienda which would be a perfect place for a large family or a private function.

Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia

So much about a great resort is the food on site, because let’s face it, why would you want to leave a property this gorgeous?! Sit outside at sunset overlooking the croquet lawn with a freshly muddled cocktail from the Pony Room bar, as we did each evening, and you may just never leave. The food at both the Pony Room; with rustic, upscale casual food options and craft cocktails, and Veladora; their farm-to-table fine dining restaurant, were to-die-for, set in an ambiance so comfortable 4 hours has gone by before you know it.

It was also lovely to wake up to fresh squeezed orange juice and your paper each morning, followed by a delectable room service breakfast on the patio, surrounded by bouganvillias and fragrant honeysuckle.

Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia

With accolades such as: The # 1 California Resort by US News and World Travel Report, Conde Nast Traveler’s # 1 Resort in San Diego, and The # 1 Tennis Resort in the US by Tennis Magazine, one can imagine the kind of experience that awaits them here. Trust us that this is an absolute MUST see. An ideal place for a romantic getaway, a weekend of pampering at the world class spa, or a private event.

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Hotel Spotlight: The Avalon Beverly Hills

Blink and you may miss it as you drive down Olympic Blvd, so definitely keep your eyes wide open for a swanky little hidden oasis, right in the middle of everything, but completely cut off from the outside world.
We are talking about The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, a Viceroy Hotel Group property, that is truly one of our favorite spots in LA.  Centered around a gleaming pool, the rooms have all been just recently renovated by the incomparable Kelly Wearstler, with a style that makes us feel like we have been transported to the glamour of mid century hollywood.

Avalon Hotel Pool

Avalon Hotel New Room

The restaurant, Oliverio, is spectacular as well. Snag a table by the pool for some great people watching, as the crowd is hip, mellow, and very chic. Or, a seat at the swanky bar for a few happy hour cocktails after a long day. Oh, and try one of the flatbread pizzas … the chef makes the dough oh so special and they are NOT to be missed!

Avalon Hotel Bar

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