Why You Should Visit Ios Greece

Located in the southern Cyclades, Pavezzo Guest House on the Isle of Ios is a comfortable and clean hideaway overlooking the beautiful Greek ocean. It looks like a white washed jewel box with a large covered outdoor seating area, green grass and a peaceful atmosphere. Our studio had accommodations for 4 adults, yet there were only the two of us. Amenities include, an efficiency kitchen, refrigerator and a coffee maker. The bathroom was really nice, fully tiled and everything looked spanking new and super clean. Our host Angela who is also the owner offered us coffee upon arrival and we just sat and took in the gorgeous ocean view. Pavezzo has 4 studios, and three double rooms, so you don’t have to worry about too much noise or foot traffic photo gallery. A very short walk from Pavezzo you have […]

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By |November 8th, 2015|Categories: Destinations, Europe, Featured, Greece, Ios|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Mendocino’s Brewery Gulch Inn Has A Secret Or Two

Normally when you think B&B it conjures up a nice breakfast usually of the continental type. But here’s one of those secrets, Brewery Gulch offers the full monty, a menu of wonderful choices, cooked to order one of a kind omelets, and that “millionaires” bacon-perfect. Perched above the Pacific, the Inn has fantastic views, and is just a very short drive to the town of Mendocino. In fact if you’re up for it, the beach is also just a short walk or bike ride from the Inn. Our room in the lodge was spacious, clean and yes we did have that gorgeous view. Brewery Gulch has received many awards including a 4 diamond award from Triple A, and the certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor just to name two.  Even with multiple awards the owners Guy and Sarah Pacurar couldn’t leave […]

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By |September 26th, 2015|Categories: Bed and breakfast, California, Mendocino, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Kitchen Deconstructed: Bay 223′s Executive Chef Alejandro Abad

Chef Alejandro Abad  has recently been named Executive Chef at  Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s signature restaurant ” Bay 223. Chef Abad, a native of Barcelona began cooking at an early age  preparing meals at home with his father.  After 17 distinguished years in  the culinary arts, he has fine-tuned his craft by training in molecular cuisine, learning about wine and working in  fine dining establishments throughout Europe, including five years in Barcelona and Michelin-rated Restaurant Christophe and Restaurant Vermeer, in Holland.
His mantra is a single word: fresh. And the location here is so very conducive to “ fresh.”
Sofitel hotels worldwide each have a signature scent.  Here in the San Francisco Bay area it is lavender because of the proximity to the nearby Sonoma lavender farms and a link to the Provence region of France in homage to this French luxury brand.  Not only is there the […]

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By |January 25th, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Restaurants, Savor|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Design: Sofitel San Francisco Bay a Sensual Feast

 

 

 

 

 

When designer Jill Cole was creating the sleek revamp of Sofitel San Francisco Bay ‘s  guestroom floors, she had the added challenge of integrating existing elements. Asked by the architectural design trade magazine Hospitality Design  for the source of  her  inspiration,  Ms. Cole was quoted as saying of her minimalist beige palette, accented by dark woods and splashes of red, “ The view of the bay. . . we just stood back and let it happen.”  ( HD  August 2013).

She delivered. The comfortable rooms and suites  are well-equipped for working  and have subtle details like issues of France Magazine on the desk and Lanvin bath amenities to reflect Sofitel’s French luxury brand provenance. The sophisticated style and  proximity to Silicon Valley  surrounded by many Fortune 500 companies, Facebook  and LinkedIn  in heart of  San Mateo county,  makes Sofitel SFO a favorite […]

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By |January 23rd, 2014|Categories: California, Hotels, San Francisco, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Slick Stay: The Modern Honolulu

Waikiki has so many options and yes even kama’ainas ( locals)  do venture there now and again. I think its best to stay on either end of Waikiki to stay out of the traffic fray- there always seems to be some roadwork  on the main drag of Kalakaua Ave. There are two directions on this side of the island: Ewa and Diamond Head. So here is a fantastic place on the Ewa  end of Waikiki.

Do you remember the opening for the old Hawaii Five -O show? Steve  McGarrett is standing on the lanai of the newly built  Ilikai Hotel ( curiously the real name of the developer was Chin Ho).  The Modern is   in what was part of the Ilikai complex. It boasts 353 rooms and suites, a Morimoto Restaurant, a fantastic sandy shallow “Sunset Pool” and has a hip […]

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By |August 12th, 2013|Categories: Destinations, Hawaii, Hotels, Oahu, Stay|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Enchantment Resort Revamps Che-Ah-Chi (CNDM)

Looking for an exotic place to sleep and eat? We’ve found a great deal for two at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz., which includes dinner for two at the resort’s completely new signature restaurant, Che-Ah-Chi.

Che-Ah-Chi is Apache for the area Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa occupies, now known as Boynton Canyon. This space has long been a favorite for the dramatic views of the deepening shadows on the red rocks at sunset and now with the Taste of Enchantment package, there’s no excuse not to dine there during your stay. Here’s how we suggest you make the most of your time there:

Start with the resort’s famed Prickly Pear Margarita ($12) while you peruse Executive Chef David Schmidt’s menu. Signature starters like Lobster Bisque made with Sweet Corn Panna Cotta, Mushrooms and Cognac ($14) for a first course will tempt […]

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By |March 10th, 2013|Categories: Arizona, Destinations, Sedona, Spas, Stay, United States|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Allison Inn and Spa: All Wine, All The Time (Conde Nast Hotelchatter)

We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we’d wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it–the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.

Located in Oregon’s wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.

The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.

Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in […]

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Kō at The Fairmont Kea Lani Gives You a Taste of Maui’s History

Sugar cane is still being grown on Maui, but it is rather extraordinary to think that now you can dine poolside at Kō under the stars at this fine restaurant enjoying the flavors of meals prepared by those who tended the land not very far from here, over a hundred years ago?

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Checking In On Hotel 1000’s BOKA Revamp (Conde Nast Digital Media)

At HotelChatter we love a guy with experience and we give bonus points if he knows his way around a kitchen. It seems Benchmark Hospitality values these traits too and their choice of new Executive Chef Peter Birk to revamp Seattle’s Hotel 1000’s BOKA restaurant is working out just fine.

We were headed to BOKA recently and in true Seattle fashion the route to the restaurant was closed for a fun run and parade. So we bailed out of our car near Century Link Field and hiked a mile in heels to Hotel 1000 against the tide of runners. The trek definitely qualified us for a restorative martini while we looked over BOKA’s well-balanced agrarian and seafood menu.

Chef Birk, who was at the helm of Seattle’s iconic Ray’s Boathouse for the last four of his eleven years there as executive chef, […]

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Paris Value Travel: From Those In The Know

Paris can be the city of dreams and light. But unless you are a trustafarian, prince or dignitary you must find a way to enjoy Paris without breaking the bank. One seldom thinks of Paris as a “ budget travel” city. But there are values to be had. Value travel is not defined as budget travel; it is realizing great reward for the money spent. Planning your trip from the UK is easy.

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