May 15 2010
Los Cabos is where the warm calm Sea of Cortez meets the cold angry Pacific Ocean. They come together at the famous “El Arco.” Be sure take a glass bottom boat ride out to the arch. You won’t need to pack much either. The temperature year round is 78 degrees. journeyPod was just there in mid-April and it was nearly 90! A bikini/swimsuit, flip flops, and shorts is all you’ll need.
Stay at the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar or the Westin Resort & Spa. You won't go wrong either way! For more information on Los Cabos be sure to check out our upcoming Destination Guide this week. For now, take a listen as Jose from the Westin gives journeyPod inside scoop on this amazing destination!
March 9 2010
Situated on 1,500 feet of sugary white sand at the tip of Estero Island, Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa offers a four-star Fort Myers Beach hotel accommodations in a playful and friendly atmosphere. Located along the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, with sweeping gulf and bay views, Pink Shell is the premier choice of Fort Myers hotels for guests seeking adventure, relaxation, and fun. Enjoy a pampering couples massage at the Aquagene spa, let the kids splash around in the Octopool or book an exclusive package that fits your travel needs! We love the "Discover Sailing Getaway"!
Enjoy podsafe artist Douglas Kay with his hit "How can I be sure?"
February 12 2010
Famous worldwide as North America’s top ski resort, Vail is an extraordinary winter vacation destination. The vacation experience is world class, from the Vail Ski and Snowboard School, snowmobiling (which we absolutely loved), to big time concerts and festivals, the shops and spas, dining, nightlife and accommodations – world class lodging from the high end of luxury to practical affordability, Vail waits to be discovered. Again, and again.
journeyPod stayed at the beautiful Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain along the banks of Gore Creek, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is Vail's only ski-in/ski-out, AAA Four-Diamond Colorado ski resort. Enjoy an amazing dinner at the Atwater on Gore Creek (Check out our Chef’s Corner with Adam Votaw!). After a day on the slopes, let an expert masseuse treat your sore muscles to a deep tissue massage at the Aria Club & Spa!
Let’s listen in on our interview with Chris Romer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Vail Valley Partnership.
Enjoy podsafe artist Bill with their hit “Sound Scientist”.
January 1 2010
Indian Wells, CA is about a two hour drive from Los Angeles and is a quiet, lavish hideaway. It’s a place to rejuvenate and relax. Chill by a shimmering pool, or be pampered at a spa. journeyPod suggests you try out THE WELL spa for the ultimate spa experience. If golf is your thing—there is plenty of that as well. The Indian Wells Golf Resort will fit the bill for sure. El Paseo—a unique shopping experience—is often compared to Rodeo Drive, but if you’ve been to Rodeo Drive you will see no similarity today. Lunch at the new IW Club offers great views and dinner at Grove Artisan Kitchen is a treat! (Check out our Chef’s Corner with Chef Robert from Grove Artisan Kitchen) And when it’s time to find a place to call home away from home, head over to the Miramonte Resort & Spa. journeyPod spoke with Chris Kandziora, Director of Sales & Marketing, for more inside scoop on this amazing luxury resort. Be sure to check out Laguna Beach artist Sasha Evans and her song "Take A Walk."
December 22 2009
While Big Sur is located only about 2 hours from San Francisco, it feels a million miles away. Whether you are camping, hiking, sight-seeing, visiting art galleries, or relaxing there is something for everyone.
Even if you are just driving through, you can be sure to find a table with a view. Nepenthe is probably one of the more popular spots. Big Sur Bakery and Big Sur Roadhouse are two other great spots.
Nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur, Post Ranch Inn provides luxury treehouses as accommodations. Across the street from Post Ranch Inn is the amazing 60 room Ventana Inn & Spa where you can relax at the Japanese Baths on property.
So pick your poison as you listen to both GMs talk about their properties and decide for yourself. Then pack your hiking boots and bikini and head north as you listen to the song "Tigertron" by Le Castle Vania (So Sweet Records).
September 18 2009
If you want to get a feel for ancient Hawaii and its heritage, customs and culture, then stop by Kalaekilohana B & B near South Point and Volcancoes National Park. You can get a Lomi Lomi massage from a local expert. You can learn how to make a lei. You can try your hand at weaving and work with Hawaiian tools.
You might even catch a Hulu workshop. This place is very much in touch with Hawaii's past. You can also sample some local coffee that has won awards around the globe.
Check their website for info on the Southern Most Point in the US.
Visit the BigIsland.org for great ideas on things to do around the island.
Photo credit flickr user jsgottwald
July 25 2009
Come along as we explore the island of Singapore. Singapore is known for its shopping! And Orchard Road is lined with mega shopping malls. After shopping we tried the local durian fruit--even when the locals cautioned us against it! We sampled the local cuisine: chili crab, chicken & rice, nasi lemak (coconut rice), satay, ba kut teh (pork ribs), and fried hokkien mee (fried noodle with prawn). And my absolute favorite food--Kaya Toast.
Be sure to experience Singaporean culture first hand by visiting the villages: China Town, Malay Village, and India Town.
journeyPod even got a glimpse into Singaporean fashion. The latest craze...stylish, colorful footwear made by Braziliano Praia. A shout out to Kelly Tan and Michelin Star Chef Marco Pedrelli at Mandarin Oriental Singapore. And a huge thank you to Capella Singapore for their kind hospitality! This amazing six-star property open this past Spring and is breathtaking. Let’s take a listen as Michael Luible, General Manager of Capella Singapore, talks to journeyPod.com.
July 2 2009
journeyPod is your guide to luxury travel around the world. Come along as we explore the island of Singapore. Our first stop is actually a small island off the coast of Singapore--Sentosa Island. Connected by a bridge, Sentosa Island offers many exciting attractions such as The Merlion, Cafe Del Mar, the Luge, and Tiger Sky Tower. Sentosa Island is also the location of the much anticipated “Resort World,” opening later next year.
Let’s take a listen as Ben Bousnina, General Manager of Rasa Sentosa Resort talks to journeyPod.com. Check out the new song, "Islands of Desire", by Ichiro Nakagawa.
June 10 2009
journeyPod is your guide to luxury travel around the world. Come along as we explore Thailand. Our first stop is Phuket, then we head over to Krabi for our next show. On today’s show, we hang on the private island of Naka and explore the rich man’s playground that is Phuket.
Phuket is indeed touristy. But journeyPod was able to cut through the commercialism and head off the beaten path while still experiencing some of the local sights. We visited Chalong Temple, The Big Buddha, Phromthep Cape, Rawai Beach and the sea gypsies, and the Sino-Portuguese architecture on Thalang Street.
We stayed on Naka Island -- home to the new Six Senses Destination Spa. If you’re thinking super-spa, you couldn’t be more wrong! Six Senses Destination Spa is the anti-super spa. This is the place to come if you really want to get away and experience an overall change in wellness. Oh, and your butler will take care of everything for you. It’s luxury and wellness combined! In fact, the Prince of Dubai recently stayed there!
Let’s take a listen as Bryan Hoare from Six Senses Destination Spa talks to journeyPod.com and then relax with the soothing sounds of Leerone and her song "All is Well".
April 24 2009
Coronado is home to about 26,000 people. It is connected to San Diego by the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, with its distinctive curved span. Coronado is surrounded by water -- the Pacific Ocean, Glorietta and San Diego Bay. Located about 20 minutes from San Diego International Airport, Coronado Bay is a must-see location! And....contrary to popular myth, Coronado Bay is NOT part of San Diego. It is it’s own city.
Swim, surf, sail, fish, bike, skate, golf, or play tennis - Coronado is definitely the place to be if you love the outdoors. The city's Central, North and Silver Strand beaches are ideal for whatever water-related activity you can think of -- there's even Dog Beach, where your pet can frolic with you.
And if you’re looking for a pet-friendly place to stay while visiting beautiful Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Spa is just the place! As part of its commitment to the environment, Loews Hotels encourages even its furriest guests to do their part in promoting responsible, sustainable consumption (literally).
journeyPod recently visited Coronado Bay (without our pets) and had the opportunity to experience the the wonderful cuisine (check out our Chef’s Corner with Chef Patrick) and the relaxing Sea Spa. After our pampering at the spa--it was like tapas at the spa--a taste of everything-- we sat and chatted with Spa Director, Krystal Mason, for some inside scoop!
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