Half Moon Jamaica – Review of Half Moon Resort

Half Moon Jamaica – Review of Half Moon Resort

When we first honeymooned in Ochos Rios, Jamaica, almost 17 years ago, I never thought we be returning to one of the top Jamaica resorts, to be treated like royalty. But, that’s what happens when Half Moon Jamaica comes calling. During that first trip, when we were youngsters, just barely out of college, we stayed at a very typical all inclusive resort. Our trip focused on the 3 “Rs” – Red Strip, reggae, and rum. This trip, though, was entirely different. It focused on relaxation, and being treated, yes, like royalty. And, the rum was still there. I also realized that there is no surprise that Half Moon resort is one of the top hotels in Montego Bay Jamaica. Check out Half Moon Jamaica Reviews on TripAdvisor Half Moon Jamaica- The Royal Treatment We once stayed at a Sheraton near Universal Studios outside of Los Angeles. They had no rooms left (despite our reservation) and put us in the Presidential Suite. The manager admonished that if the President arrived, we would have to vacate the room for him. We sort of laughed. After all, if the President visits Los Angeles, he is not staying at the Sheraton near Universal Studios. I remembered this story as I researched the history of Half Moon Bay Jamaica. It has been the chosen hotel for celebrities and royalty for decades. After all, Half Moon is one of the top Montego Bay resorts. Here is a little history. A group of 16 families purchased 35 acres of beach front, to create villas and homes for themselves, their families, and their friends. And, so Half...
Where to Stay in the Maldives – The Best Place to Stay in Maldives

Where to Stay in the Maldives – The Best Place to Stay in Maldives

Traveling to the Maldives is a dream come true for many travelers. But, when trying to decide where to stay in the Maldives, the options can be daunting. They all seem so amazing, with overwater bungalows, beach front villas, and private islands. So, how can you choose the best place to stay in the Maldives? I asked some of our favorite Maldives travel blogs about where they stayed in the Maldives. Here are their recommendations, as well as ours, on the best places to stay in the Maldives! First, what makes a hotel one of the best places to stay. Maldives hotels have the reputation of being pretty pricy. To some extent that’s true. Much of that is because it is difficult to run a quality hotel in the Maldives. The best Maldives hotels not only face the same issues as every other hotel in the world, but logistics is an issue. Even the best island in Maldives is far away from the capital of the Maldives, and even further away from a large city. This is just something to consider when looking for the best places to stay. Maldives hotels have to struggle to provide great service and amenities in remote island locations. Where To Stay In The Maldives Maldives Where to Stay: Luxury Resorts There are certain people who might say that all Maldives hotels fit the definition of luxury, and in some cases that is true. There are certain places to stay in the Maldives that stand above the rest, either because of their unique Maldives all inclusive options, or their exclusivity. Here are some luxurious...
Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

Stay in Parma: A Traveler’s Guide to the Best Hotels

A trip to explore Parma should be less focused on the geographical differences between the towns that surround the city, and more focused on where to find food experiences. Perhaps they have their priorities right. After all, UNESCO recently named Parma a Creative City for Gastronomy. But, even if your focus is on eating, you need some place to stay in Parma, right? Parma, famous for its cheeses and hams, is a popular spot among food travelers to Emilia Romagna. Parma lies along the Parma River, offering riverside walks or lazy afternoons spent lounging in the Parco Ducale, or window shopping along Strada Luigi Carlo Farini. There are also churches, monasteries, and theaters to keep culture hounds busy. There is a cathedral, several beautiful squares, and a famous pink-hued baptistery. And, we have some recommendations of where to stay in Parma so that you can enjoy the culinary delights of this portion of Emilia Romagna. Where to Stay in Parma – Central Staying within the city offers some obvious perks, including the ability to explore the city itself. And, it’s nice to walk around before dinner, enjoy an Aperol Spritz for aperitivo, and slowly stroll back. But, the historic center of Parma is pedestrian only. Many hotels offer parking for a fee, but if you have a rental car, check your parking options ahead of time. There are no free parking lots in Parma, as there are in Modena. Hotel Palace Maria Luigi This four-star hotel in the heart of Parma features over a hundred rooms, in an historic building. During the day, walk to the most famous attractions of Parma,...
Stay in Bologna: The Best Accommodations in the Region

Stay in Bologna: The Best Accommodations in the Region

Pellegrino Artusi, the father of the national cuisine of Italy supposedly said “When you hear speak of Bologna cuisine make a bow, for it deserves it.” The food of Bologna is known throughout the world—from tagliatelle, to ragù, to mortadella. And, in order to fully explore the cuisine of Bologna, it helps to find a comfortable, and unique place to stay in Bologna. One thing to note when choosing a place to stay in Bologna. Most of the hotels are within the old city walls. But, most of the city center is a restricted driving zone. There are no real signs that tell you this. You just sort of need to know. Even if the hotel offers parking nearby, this can be a problem. When staying at a city center hotel, you are exempt from these driving restrictions, but the cameras that monitor the cars in the city don’t seem to know that. We’ve been caught at least once with a ticket mailed to us months later because we were driving to our hotel. Where to Stay in Bologna: Central Almost every food traveler in Emilia Romagna ends up in Bologna at some point. And, most likely, that traveler is staying in the center of the city. There is no shortage of hotels within the city center, but these are our recommendations of where to stay in Bologna. Casa Bertagni Amongst a sea of typical European-style hotels, Casa Bertagni stands apart from the rest. The accommodations are within a luxury guest house with a focus on art and architecture. Enjoy rooms with themes such as Justice, The Force, and...
Hurawalhi Maldives Review- A Luxury Overwater Villa In The Maldives

Hurawalhi Maldives Review- A Luxury Overwater Villa In The Maldives

I’ve dreamed about an overwater villa in the Maldives every since I first heard about the island nation over a decade ago. Sometimes, dreams do come true. And the goal at Hurawalhi Maldives seems to be to make dreams come true. Book Your Maldives island holiday at Hurawalhi Maldives Friends of ours honeymooned in the Maldives about 15 years ago. Before their wedding, I had never even heard of the country. They told us all about it, showed us photos, and since then, I have been wanting to travel to the Maldives. I dreamed about staying in one of the top Maldives resorts. It only took us 15 years to get there! The Maldives is famous for being an island nation. There are over 1,100 islands of varying sizes, spread across the Indian Ocean. Every single island, including the capital in Malé, is tiny. Very tiny. To make the most of space, resorts began building platforms and jetties with overwater bungalows that jut out into the sea. The same went for Hurawalhi Maldives when it became one of the new hotels in the Maldives. Hurawalhi Island Resort opened towards the end of 2017. When we arrived, everything at Hurawalhi was fresh and new. We checked in on their fourth day of operation. And, yes, there was a new resort smell to the place. After registering at the sand-filled reception area, staff whisked us on a golf cart to our Ocean Pool Villa. We rode past the soon to be finished football pitch and tennis courts, and along the back side of the spa and the restaurants. Then, the buggy turned around...
A Week In a Luxury Mauritius Resort

A Week In a Luxury Mauritius Resort

I realize I say this a lot about trips that we take, or meals that we eat, but in the case of Mauritius, I really had no idea what to expect. Having taking our first trip to the Maldives last year, Mauritius was really just another island on my Indian Ocean bucket list. But, what I found out was that we were headed for a luxury Mauritius resort, with way more to do than I anticipated, and with character entirely different from the Maldives.   Planning For Our Week in Mauritius I let Eric plan this trip. I was busy working on launching our online social media training school right up until the very end. In this case, a PR company asked if we wanted to promote a trip to Mauritius just after our business launch. We jumped on the opportunity for a well needed holiday at a Mauritius resort. And, because Eric did all the planning, choosing the flights, and everything else. I knew nothing about Mauritius before we arrived, other than a quick WikiTravel search. And, I kind of liked it that way. I was so unknowledgeable that a few days before we left, I had to do a Google Maps search to see exactly where the island was. I knew “off the coast of Africa” but that was about it. In my mind, I expected an island similar to the Maldives. But, I could not be further from the truth. Mauritius is a predominantly Hindu island, and a religious and cultural melting pot. It’s colonial history includes influences from the Dutch, the French, and the British....