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Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

8 Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities

Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited. To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels offer free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach chairs and umbrellas […]

McCool Travel article about Redefinition at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner.

Redefined Luxury at Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner

The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as the premier luxury property in Northern Virginia with a complete overhaul and modernization—called the Redefinition project. If you have not been to The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner lately, you should definitely revisit. If you have never been, well go now while everything is fresh and new. Redefinition project […]

Palm Springs California

Palm Springs Getaway: California Desert with a Modern Vibe

A Palm Springs getaway offers the sunny skies and desert vistas you expect, plus excellent hiking, tasty dining, gorgeous lodging, and a cool mid-century modern vibe found nowhere else. Whether you are escaping winter’s cold, or just escaping hectic LA, you can craft a Palm Springs getaway that is relaxing or active, budget or luxurious, comfortable or adventurous, or maybe a […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida

Fabulous Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida Perhaps it goes without saying but most luxury resorts in Florida have a sweet relaxed vibe to them. Many Florida resorts are located along the beach so you can almost roll out of bed and onto the sand. Florida is one of the few places where you can wear […]

Margaritaville Beach Resort: 5 O'Clock Somewhere

Relaxed Luxury at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort: Relaxed Luxury in South Florida We recently stayed at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. The property is cool, fun, and still has a new resort feel (it only opened in November 2015). You will feel your troubles melt away as soon as you you enter the casual but functional lobby. […]

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs

Amin Casa: Relaxed Luxury in Palm Springs, California During a recent visit to Palm Springs, California, we stayed at Amin Casa and were completely and pleasantly astonished by the magnificent property. Known as the Gloria Swanson Residence (the silent film Hollywood actress owned the property)—and more recently known as Arenas Gardens Hotel—Amin Casa has been impeccably refurbished, modernized, and improved by […]

McCool Travel: keep your new year's resolutions at Canaan Valley Resort

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions at Canaan Valley Resort

It is easy to make new year’s resolutions but often difficult to keep your new year’s resolutions. With a number of winter activities to experience, therapeutic facilities to enjoy, and variety of food options to sample, Canaan Valley Resort struck me as a most convenient place to keep your new year’s resolutions. That realization struck me this past weekend—the first weekend […]

Sunrise from Viking Star, Monaco

IHG vs SPG Points Analysis

This article assumes the reader has basic familiarity with earning travel points, redeeming travel points, and analyzing category point bonuses. For basic information about frequent flyer point valuation, please read Determining the Value of Travel Points. Earning SPG Points Because of a strong recommendation from my favorite points guru, I shifted some spending and interest to the SPG program […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

In the mid 1920s, Addison Mizner, a preeminent architect of South Florida mansions, built what was then one of the most expensive and lavish properties in the world. Celebrities, wealthy, and upper class moguls considered Mizner’s retreat as “THEE” place to people watch and be seen. Imagine The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties. [ OK, I am […]