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ROYAL PHUKET MARINA

ROYAL PHUKET MARINA (link) (instagram) The Royal Phuket Marina was like a home away from home in Phuket. Literally, because it’s an extended stay experience with a minimum of one month stay at its properties. (Get around this time minimum by booking through Air Bnb.) Located on the east coast of Phuket, the Royal Phuket Marina is right on the waters, that gives me the same feeling as a town center. There’s a square, restaurants, bars, and a great kid’s club, and it’s all a couple hours of sailing away to the beautiful beach areas of Krabi, Phang Nga Bay, Koh Phi Phi, and the Similan Islands. All properties have waterfront vi...
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THE LIFECO BODRUM

THE LIFECO BODRUM (link) (instagram) The holiday season is a tempting time to indulge and gorge on alcohol and rich food, but during my stay at the LifeCo in Bodrum, Turkey, I was converted and motivated to live a raw, healthier lifestyle. I previously stayed at their Phuket location during another detox trip, and while this was another detox, the tailor-made experience was on a whole new level.  This time I participated in a seven-day retreat (other programs are available with a four-day minimum) that was made up of two green experience days and four raw vegan days made up of a 1200 calorie daily diet. Throughout the day, besid...
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THE CHEDI ANDERMATT

THE CHEDI ANDERMATT (website) (instagram) During the month of August, I had the privilege of taking a trip to Switzerland for what turned into one of the most awe-inspiring trips of the year! Without any expectations, I wasn’t sure to what to expect of my summer trip to Switzerland. We took the glacier express from Zermatt to Andermatt, and while it was still summer time, it snowed the night before we arrived. When we got to Andermatt, it was like a scene out of a postcard. Everything was beautiful and magical. In the heart of the Alpine is the Chedi Andermatt, surrounded by mountains and valleys. It’s a beautiful property with...
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SAINT TROPEZ, SOUTH OF FRANCE

Of all the islands in the French Riviera, St. Tropez is probably the most popular place to visit in the south of France. Known as a hot spot for celebrities, the food, the vibe, and the parties are what draw people in and keep them coming back year after year. It’s exceptionally busy during the summer months, but the idyllic architecture and endless blue skies are worth the trip alone. The waterfront is a great place to have an afternoon stroll until you find a cafe to have a bite and a coffee with the daily paper. There are also plenty of shops to find handmade goods or pop into the fish market for fresh, local seafood. Or when...
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SAILING, SOUTH OF FRANCE

The best to experience the French Riviera is hands down sailing. I didn’t understand it before, but after experiencing the deep blue waters and freedom of traveling by sailboat, the allure of being the captain of your own boat and going wherever you please whenever you want has stuck with me. It’s the best way to get around the islands and see the sights sans crowds of other people. Nobody else is infringing on your experience. It’s just you, sailboat, and the open seas. Renting a sailboat is quick and easy or you can charter a yacht. Meals on board are typically simple but using the freshest ingredients from the local areas, ...
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