Connextions Magazine catches up with gay travel expert David Duran.
With so many hotel options in Los Angeles, where is one to stay? In LA, it’s all about location and being in the midst of everything. When we travel to LA, we imagine sophistication, a hip vibe and a fun scene to take in. There are a ton of hotels all throughout Los Angeles to choose from, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites.
Ok, so it might not be the most expensive, but it’s on the list for sure. The difference here is that I really wouldn’t consider this place to be in the same category as restaurants, only because it’s so much more than that. I knew when I was headed to Ibiza that I was going to indulge. I mean, the parties, the yachts, the people…the options were limitless. What I didn’t think I would be doing was carving out a chunk of my evening to be a part of a dining experience so exclusive that it requires reservations well in advance.
After sleeping in the next morning and then enjoying breakfast in the Club Lounge of the hotel, I met up with a friend anddrove out to Sawgrass Recreation Park for an airboat ride with a reptile expert. We went, we saw, we spun in circles drifting in an airboat and then we returned back to the park. Our guide wanted to show us a few of the animals up close and when I saw the big yellow Britney Spears boa constrictor, I knew that this was my opportunity to recreate a classic music video.
Have you ever seen that movie, Heartbreakers, with Jennifer
Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver? You know, the one where they are in Palm Beach
and trying to con their way into fortunes by marrying rich billionaires who live in the area. So basically, that was my only reference of Palm Beach I had when I decided to fly down for the Gay Polo League’s 7th Annual International Gay Polo Tournament.
The modernization of classic hotel properties can come with a price because at times, the integrity of the architecture or décor can be compromised when updates take place, but today, luxury travelers are not only wanting, but expecting even the most historic hotels to fully up to date with every modern convenience on could ever need. And who can blame them? With so many choices for travelers, even the most classics need a facelift. La Valencia Hotel, affectionately referred to as the “Pink Lady” or “La V” by many who have stayed there, is located in the heart of La Jolla, overlooking Ellen Browning Scripps Park with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival is the premier destination event in the Pacific. The festival took place over two weeks on multiple islands, featuring a roster of over 100 internationally renowned master chefs, culinary personalities, and wine and spirit producers. Co-founded by two of Hawaii’s own James Beard Award-winning chefs, Roy Yamahuchi and Alan Wong, the festival showcases wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind excursions, and exclusive dining opportunities with dishes highlighting the state’s bounty of local produce, seafood, beef and poultry.
What caught our attention besides their newly renovated "sexy beach" project, new shack bar overlooking the ocean, amphibious pool servers that cater to all your needs, and the stunning vistas...were the drinks.
The Westin brand has taken a major turn in the past
few years by introducing a healthier concept. With
focus on the mind, body and spirit through different
initiatives, they are truly making the guest experience
with their resorts and properties a more welcoming
Having had taken a Un-Cruise Adventure in Alaska last year, I
knew they would be the right partner to indulge my Hawaiian
Hawaii Un-Cruise I opted for was a 7 night outdoor adventure
based, 36-passenger luxury yacht cruise, something radically
different from the larger cruise ships.
Sunset Boulevard, the hippest and most desired rooftop pool in LA, and one serious connection to music are three very important factors of what makes the Andaz West Hollywood one of, if not the coolest hotel in Los Angeles.
The Japanese owned and inspired hotel turned 40 this year, and although it has been a landmark property to residents on Park Avenue for decades, this once mostly business traveler hotel, is excited to show off all it has to offer to every type of Manhattan visitor.
In 1939, Guerlain opened its first “Institut de Beauté” at 68 Avenue de Champs Elysées and invented an exclusive facial massage technique. Today, that facial massage technique remains just as unique and exclusive as it was the day it was created. The Guerlain name dominates the spa industry and in New York City, one of their best locations is within another iconic name, The Waldorf Astoria.
Ah, Beverly Hills, the place where the rich and famous live. The beautifully manicured streets, lined with high-end shopping and obnoxious tour busses passing by, trying to catch a glimpse of a celebrity. We’ve all seen it on television and on the big screen, but most of us have not ventured to actually visit and stay the night.