Luminae - Celebrity Edge - 5 Golden Spoons

Luminae aboard the Celebrity Edge is one of the finest cruise ship restaurants I've been to in the world.  Reserved for Suite Class guests, it's worth the upgrade just to have access to this incredible dining experience.  Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, from classics to innovative foodie fare, Ive never had a disappointing dish.   And the service matches the 5 star cuisine.   

Aboard the Celebrity Edge

A wonderful gastronomic experience aboard The Celebrity Edge.  Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Top Chef Judge/Cookbook Author Gail Simmons hosted a series of spectacular events that entertained and enlightened even the best of foodies!

Bar Centro - Beverly Hills, CA - 5 Golden Spoons

We were staying at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills and dropped over to the adjoined Bar Centro for martinis. The ambiance is incredible. An opulent and moody atmosphere reminiscent of an old supper club but with contemporary touches and finishes. We sat at the rich black glass bar with an amber lit glowing wall behind shelves of exotic liquors. We were quickly greeted by our bartender, Josh, who was quite the mixologist. He prepared our drinks with style and flair that entertained by was not at all overdone or pretentious. Splashes of liquid nitrogen that cooled our glasses that he adorned with lemon peels that he crafted into swan like origami while we watched. One of the best bartenders we've ever encountered. We also enjoyed the decadent dessert bar with a plethora of exotic treats that were fun to accompany our martinis. Bar Centro is a must visit experience for any cocktail enthusiast. Spectacular on all levels.

Hyatt Carmel Highlands - Carmel, CA - 5 Stars

We've been to the Hyatt Carmel Highlands before, so we expected the fantastic views and nice accommodations, but this was our first visit since the remodel and change of ownership.  Wow.  Our experience began as we pulled up to the valet, where attendant Bryan was quick to greet us with a smile and point us in the direction of the lobby.  Warm first impression.  Next, up to the lobby.  The recent upgrades were really beautiful.  The Hotel still has the historic charm and character of a property built in 1916, but everything was fresh and new.  At the front desk, Christine was quick to welcome us and check us in.  She told us about the property renovations and offered any kind of assistance we needed during our stay.  She was so friendly, helpful, and genuine.  Brilliant customer service.  Back down to the valet, Bryan had placed our luggage into a golf cart and was quick to drive us to our room.  The grounds were gorgeous.  Spectacular vistas and beautiful gardens.  Upon entering our suite, we discovered we had been upgraded from an ocean front room to a townhouse.  Quite a treat.  The entry floor had a kitchen, living room, full bath, wood-burning fireplace and deck with a stunning view of the coast.  Everything was clearly newly remodeled.  All of the character you would expect but with a modern twist and amenities.  Stone floors, wood accents and earth tone décor.  Down to the lower floor, the master also had ocean views but was highlighted by an in-room spa-tub separated from the main space by a sliding shoji screen wall.  Great touch.  We were impressed.  Again, beautifully appointed and a fantastic comfy bed with high-quality linens.  We tend to be hotel snobs, but these accommodations had everything.  In fact, we called the front desk to see if we could extend our stay for a second night and we’re lucky enough to be able to do so!!!  During our stay, we also visited the bar, lounge, and restaurant.  Again, beautiful, sweeping views of the Big Sur coast, and staff that greeted you with a smile at every turn!  What a wonderful visit to the Carmel Highlands!  We’ll be back soon.  And, I hope you’ll ready my review of their restaurant, California Market at Pacific’s Edge. The same level of excellence!

The Savoy - London, England - 5 Stars

Historic Luxury  It’s no wonder this hotel carries a 5-star rating.   Richly appointed lobby, gorgeous remodeled rooms, and spectacular service.  However, it’s also expensive…. but worthy of the rates.  If you can swing a river-front junior suite, you will be quite amazed.  Stunning décor and furnishings.  His and hers (or his and his or hers and hers to be politically correct) walk in closets.  A massive bath with free standing soaking tub.  And those views…. wow.  Our suite had four sets of windows all overlooking the Thames from the London Eye to Big Ben.  Oh, and did I mention the butler service included with a suite?  Just another level of amazing care in this truly luxurious historic property. 

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888-942-4274 ext. 701

Palm Springs, California

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