after bidding adieu to Portofino, our next stop was Porto Ercole. A Tuscan Island where locals go on holiday.
Before heading there we decided to do a slight detour to “The Mall”. A big designer outlet shopping center in Rappello , Tuscany.
We then headed to Porto Ercole. We stayed at the Argenterio Golf and Spa resort. It’s a member of the design hotels. There is one Leading hotel of the world on the island , Il Pelicano , incase you are wondering.
Modern property with a black and white decor. We had a junior suite with a terrace.
Dinner Herrera was modern Tuscan good with local ingredients.
We decided to explore the island a little Porto Stefano was the nearest to followed by Orbetello.
We ate dinner at a beach restaurant called “I Due Pini”. It was just beautiful.
Hubby did a golf lesson at the hotel. I used the gym. They had 2 pools.indoor and outdoo the gym was well equipped.
The next day we decided to return to one of our favorite Tuscany cities- Siena. It was just a 90 m drive. It was the only day it rained but it was still wonderful.
After a fantastic lunch at a cave restaurant ( boar’s meat sauce on Papadelle) , we had some great coffee followed by gelato.
Since we couldn’t get a table at Pelicano due to the inclement weather , we ended the trip with some delicious wine and dessert.
The drive to the airport was just 90 m.
Bye Italy. See you again soon !!!
I was away for 3 nights to the Canyon Ranch Spa. I was a little hesitant at first, since Cayon Ranch usually caters to an older customer. It was a girls weekend away and we were excited by the plethora of activities!
This leading hotel of the world was in North Miami beach area. 20 m cab to downtown south Miami beach.
The minute we got there , 80 degree and a breeze hit us. It was heavenly.
Some of the classes we tried were barre method , rock climbing , battle ropes ( super hard ), boxers workout , Zumba , beach boot camp , just to name a few. ( they offer 40 classes a day !).
Did I mention we took a “How to blow-dry your hair “. Results below.
This is a kid friendly place as well. With 4 pools and a beach , kids will love it. Kids 5 and over can participate in the rock wall climbing class too!
Check out the kids ride!
Did I mention , they have a 70,000 sq ft spa, plus an entire wellness program/ clinic that you can participate in!
We woke up late as we watched “Safe House”. The hotel had a nice selection of movies on demand.
Breakfast was at Indigo. It was nice. After breakfast we lounged at our pool , then went for a couples spa treatment at the Clarins Spa.
The massages were good , though the few annoying things were that
A. The room was so brightly lit it was a little weird for the massage.
B. the outdoor shower in the private massage room didn’t have shampoo or anything so you had to use the communal ones.
C. Face wash, face cream were all missing. It was really not up to par with a 5 star hotel spa in terms of amenities.
D. In a hotel there are always snacks at a spa , lemon/ cucumber water etc. all that was missing.
E. the dressing room consisted of 2 sinks , 1 changing room and 1 toilet.
This was disappointing , for the money they charge they need to be more tuned in to what’s needed.
We had fun though and we then made our way to the airport.
We grabbed lunch at Maya’s to go. A great cute place for salads and sandwiches.
We got to st. Marteen by 4 pm and rented our car. It’s so different than St. Barth that you can’t even compare. This island has casinos and it’s very big in feeling.
Checked into La Samana and ate dinner downtown at Bamboo – average food. Great ambience.
Our room at the hotel is a renovated 1 bedroom suite. Beautiful water 🙂
We just returned from the Ritz Carlton in Cayman Islands. It is THE hotel to be at, in the Cayman Islands. Amazing staff, great food, fanstastic pool a gorgeous beach! If you are in the mood for baubles, then Tiffany’s on the 5th floor can surely help you. The property is 144 acres, features residences with kitchens, balconies, a golf course designed by Greg Norman, “Blue” restaurant by Eric Rupert, whats not to like!
Loving the arrangement in the center table
with kitchen and some with 2 balconies- heaven
View from our ocean-front room.
Ocean front room view
Oh- did I mention a kids club program too?
My son had a gala time on the beach!
- Happy kids= Happy parents !