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GILI LANKANFUSHI

GILI LANKANFUSHI (link) (instagram) When it comes to taking holidays with friends and family, my ideal getaway is an escape from everything I know. This doesn’t necessarily mean I need to go far away, but it usually translates to a beach holiday since I’m from the city. I recently got to escape to the Maldives, which is always a good idea. I took my son with me and went to Gili Lankanfushi resort, a 15-25 minute trip from the Malé International Airport depending on weather conditions. The quick trip by speedboat is great, especially after the plane ride, we didn’t want to have to travel more to get to our hotel. The convenien...
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AMAN SVETI STEFAN

AMAN SVETI STEFAN (link) (instagram) Photography by Jeff Thibodeau Across the Adriatic Sea and sandwiched between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania is Montenegro, a sovereign state in Southeastern Europe. It’s a beautiful destination with lush greenery and beautiful wine, but before I got to visit, I was only familiar with the place from its depiction in movies. Famous exports from Montenegro include their Vranac and smoked ham, but its location will transport you to another era. Sveti Stefan Island, Montenegro is a seasonal island, open from May to October that offers picturesque views of the sea as well as cobblestone paths a...
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SCARABEO CAMP

SCARABEO CAMP (link) (instagram) During my time in Morocco, my mantra was to engage – engage all five senses in every experience to fully remember and experience the beauty and culture of the place. The engagement at Scarabeo Camp was memorable and breathtaking. From the sandy sights to the calming sounds, every sense is entertained in a majestic and picturesque way. Located 45 minutes from Marrakech, Scarabeo Camp has facilities in their “Stone Desert” experience in Agafay, or try their mobile camp experience that lets you plan where to go. A 35 kilometer drive will transport you from the hustling city to a sandy getaway that...
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KASBAH DU TOUBKAL

KASBAH DU TOUBKAL (link) I’m rounding out the Marrakech experience with my stay at Kasbah Du Toubkal. Located approximately two hours from Marrakech (via car through a scenic drive), the Kasbah Du Toubkal is one of National Geographic’s unique lodges of the world. I stayed at the Kasbah for two nights (but I wish I had an extra night to climb the summit of Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa), and everything was a beautiful and cultural experience. Staying at the Kasbah Du Toubkal is a fully immersive, local village experience that I highly recommend. Looking up into the sky at night felt like I could see the entire unive...
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EL FENN MARRAKECH

EL FENN (link) (instagram) Marrakech is a gorgeous city that’s rich in history and culture, and when you visit, you need to find a place to stay that feeds your curiosity and keeps up with your spirit. The El Fenn Hotel is the perfect spot – it’s a luxurious yet laid back hotel that is a sight for sore eyes and takes care of you in every way. I was impressed with all the upholstery and lighting throughout the space. The colors are vivid, bold, and modern and each detail is thoughtful, which probably explains their Mr & Mrs Smith Award for Best Dressed Hotel. Owned by Richard Branson’s sister, El Fenn is conveniently close to ...
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