My best travel destinations of 2016

Dear 2016,

What a year you’ve been. Full of adventure and the best travel destinations.

9 countries, 14 flights, 1 cruise and sooo many wonderful memories, so many happy moments I seriously couldn’t have dreamed of anything more.

Thank you for everything, I’m forever grateful and will cherish the memories for the rest of my life.

So, here is a recap of my crazy beautiful 2016

January:

Turks and Caicos

The clearest, bluest waters I’ve ever seen with sunsets that make you feel like you are in heaven.

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Providenciales
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos


April:

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Amazing sunrises, beautiful post vulcanic beaches, very unique fauna and flora, lush tropical forests, wildlife, and delicious food.

Andaz, Papagayo Bay
Andaz, Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica
Andaz, Papagayo Bay
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Andaz Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica
Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica


June:

Milan, Italy

I love Milan because it feels like home to me. It’s just one of those cities that you can come back to 100 times and it will always feel good.

Milan, Italy
Milan, Italy
Milan cathedral, Italy
Milan, Italy

July:

Mediterranean Cruise with Oceania cruise line on a 7 day voyage from Monte Carlo to Barcelona with stops in Marseille, Corsica, Sardinia, Palma de Majorca, Ibiza, and Valencia.

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Eze, Cote d’Azure, France
Oceania Cruise
Marseille, France
Cagliari, Sardegna
Cagliari, Sardegna
Corsica
Aix-en-Provence, France
Ibiza
Palma de Majorca
Valencia, Spain
Valencia, Spain
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
Park Güell, Barcelona, Spain

Poland

My home country, and in my opinion one of the most underrated countries in Europe. Every time I visit I’m taken back in time and simply can’t believe how remarkable and full of history the architecture is, how full of color are the squares in the center of every city,  how picaresque the countryside. If Poland is not on your backetlist, put it there immediately. You will not be dissapinted. Trust me.

Bialystok, Poland
Branicki Palace, Poland

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Old Town, Warsaw, Poland

 


August:

Summer in Hamptons, NY

Long Island is a home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA making it the ultimate summer destination. I’m so lucky to call it my home.



September:

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil– my first time in South America and a lifelong dream come true. And Rio delivered, the views were truly out of this world. The most beautiful place I’ve visited so far.

Sugar loaf, Rio de Janeiro
Fasano Hotel, Ipanema

Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro
Barra de Tijuca, Brazil

November:

Sedona, AZ– and now officially my top destination in the USA. The red rock country with views straight out of Mars, it’s honestly hard to believe that places like that even exist. Must do is a Pink Jeep tour called The Broken Arrow tour which takes you to the Submarine Rock, to name just one. Definitely visit the Enchantment Resort, even if for a lunch or dinner. The views surrounding this resort will leave you speechless. And hike, hike, hike, you won’t be disappointed.


December: 

Grenada, West Indies also called The Spice Island, known for its nutmeg plantations and sugar cane fields. Hilly, lush island, full of beautiful flowers and tropical fruits also home to some amazing white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. True paradise and now my top Caribbean destination.

Mount Cinnamon Resort, Grenada

Grenada
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My top 5 luxury resorts

When I think about perfect luxury resort, I expect beautiful decor, great amenities, amazing views, spectacular sunsets, outstanding service, delicious food, and  pools.

Here is a list of my top 5 luxury resorts, which have met every single one of my requirements and left me with priceless memories of unforgettable times.

  1. RESORT AT PEDREGAL               CABO, MEXICO                                                                                           Pedregal

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Why I loved it:

Impeccable customer service with attention to every detail, and having to stay at other 5 star resorts I have to say, the staff at Pedregal really takes it to the next level.

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The best breakfast buffet I’ve ever had. Whether you choose from the menu or go with the buffet, the choices are incredible. My favorite was toast brioche, which was simply out of this world!

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Private plunge pools in every room with the view you have to see to believe it.  During the winter months, you can do some whale watching right out of your terrace, binoculars are provided.

Plunge pool at Pedregal
Plunge pool at Pedregal

The best guac delivered daily to your room, accompanied by beer and tortilla chips. Yumm!

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Best margaritas I’ve ever had!!! and the choices are endless, spicy mango and cucumber/basil were my top picks.

If you are traveling with kids, make sure to order vanilla milkshakes from the pool bar, they were undescribable!!!

Treat yourself to a dinner at El Farallon, which is set on the cliff and boasting the most spectacular views. Very romantic and the food was definitely delicious. I’m still fantasizing about their carrot soup, which was simply out of this world. 

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El Farallon at Pedregal
Champagne at El Farallon, Cabo

 

2. THE CAPE, A THOMPSON HOTEL, Cabo San Lucas

 

Why I loved it:

The BEST (and I’m not exaggerating) view in Cabo, right from your balcony.

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My favorite past time was just watching surfers do their thing every morning.

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The best infinity pool.  Simply left me speechless.

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Pool at the Cape, Thompson Hotel
Pool at the Cape, a Thompson Hotel

Amazing (although unswimmable) beach but if you are a surfer this will be a paradise for you.

Beach at The Cape
Beach at The Cape
Same goes to photographers, perfect setting!

Sea of Cortes, Cabo
Sea of Cortes, Cabo
Sunsets were just spectacular.

Sunset in Cabo
Sunset in Cabo
Gym with breathtaking views, who needs a better motivation to work out?

Gym at the Cape
Gym at the Cape

3. MILL HOUSES ELEGANT SUITES, Santorini, Greece


Why I loved it:


Unforgettable views of The Caldera. Really, you can spend all day just admiring the views and still not have enough.


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Delicious breakfast served daily right on your private terrace. (highlight of our stay)

Very helpful and polite staff, from restaurant recommendations to dinner reservation to sightseeing tips, they were just outstanding.

Breathtaking sunsets, and by breathtaking, I mean they will ruin you for life (in a good way of course)

 

4. CAPELLA MARIGOT BAY

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Why I loved it:

Beautiful, lush grounds

Amazing views of the most picturesque bay in the world, every time I looked I was mesmerized.

Marina docking the most luxury yachts you will ever see outside of St. Tropez

Great pools, with one of the best sushi I’ve ever had from the pools bar.

Beautiful rooms, great amenities.

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5. ANDAZ

Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica

Why I loved it:


Delicious food, from the catch of the day to quesadillas to pizza, all was freshly prepared and just scrumptious.

Really great breakfast buffet, with a variety of delicious choices and freshly made juice bar.

Amazing wildlife, monkeys being the main entertainers every evening when they come out to play.

Fauna and flora, with flowers and trees you will not see anywhere else in the world.

Fairytale like grounds with incredible views of the ocean.

Most beautiful sunrises I’ve ever seen. 

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