Michelle Gross is a NYC/South Carolina-based multimedia travel journalist.
Come to The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort for the Pampering, Stay for the Paella
What is it like to stay at “the finest address” in this luxurious dream destination? Just as amazing as you’d expect.
After four flights, and close to 40 consecutive hours of traveling, it’s inevitable that your mind will start to play tricks on you. Par for the course when traveling to the Maldives, that dreamy archipelago of sun-soaked islands in the Indian Ocean where overwater bungalows, celebrities, and influencers all seem to converge in one of the beautiful and beguiling places on eart...
The Most Romantic All-Inclusive Hotels In The U.S.
There was a time, not long ago, when the words “all-inclusive hotel” were met with slight contempt. However, times have changed, and the bar for high-quality all-inclusive hotels has gone way up with them. One of the fastest growing segments in the travel and hospitality space according to Travel Pulse, all-inclusive hotels—which is broadly def...
Where to Go Hot Spring Hopping in Japan
As legend has it, a Buddhist monk by the name of Dochi Shonin was traveling across Japan about 1,300 years ago, in search of healing waters to help cure the ill, when he stumbled upon the small mountainous village of Kinosaki. He was told he needed to pray to the local shrine at Onsenji Temple, halfway up Mount Daishi, and on the 1,000 day of prayer, hot water came gushing out of the earth as a token of gratitude from a guardian deity.
The Sundance Film Fest Is Back! Where to Eat, Stay and Après in Park City
Long before a little-known film festival called Sundance, and legions of high-profile magazines started referring to it as a “mecca for skiers,” Park City, Utah was known as a scrappy silver mining town gone bust. That town of course struck gold again when it was elected to host the 2002 winter Olympics, and the blitz of glitzy hotels and a never-ending stream of tourists soon followed.
Teeming with thousands of miles of powdery terrain, it’s the sort of place people tell you the...
A New York City-Themed Mega Ship Is Now Caribbean Bound
MSC Seascape has officially entered service and will offer sailings to Eastern and Western Caribbean in her inaugural season.
Set amongst a sea of sequins and freshly pressed suits at the ship naming ceremony for MSC Seascape earlier this week, rumors swirled and gossip circulated so fast amongst the 80 or so invited members of the media it was enough to make your head spin.
50 Best Honeymoon Destinations Around the World
The best part of wedding planning isn't dress shopping, venue scouting, or cake tasting (though, that's up there). It's planning the honeymoon. And whether you're honeymooning two days, two weeks, or two years after your actual wedding, there is no better way to celebrate your marriage than with the trip of a lifetime.
Deciding where to honeymoon is all about taking both...
All-Inclusive Resorts Are Having a Moment
It began in 1950, in a small fishing village on the Balearic island of Mallorca. World War II was in the recent past, the sun was shining, and entrepreneur Gérard Blitz decided to set up a village of tents for vacationers. The idea was for people to disconnect from the outside world and reconnect with each other. Guests came in droves, the village’s population swelling to nearly 2,000, with everyone pitching in to wor...
These 8 Luxury Ranch Retreats Will Give You the Ultimate Cowboy Vacation
The season five premiere of Paramount’s hit series Yellowstone is around the corner on November 13—and whether or not you’re invested in the fate of the Duttons’ ranch and family legacy, there’s no denying that the show has tapped into the country’s collective fascination with cowboy culture and the Western aesthetic that comes with it. Who doesn’t want to post up in that gorgeous great room with a glass of small-batch bourbon after a day of ranch handling?
Visit 37 Countries In 155 Days Aboard This Luxury Cruise Line
“Cruisers gonna cruise.” That seems to be the unofficial tagline these days.
To that end, independent luxury cruise operator Azamara just announced plans for a new World Voyage in 2025 that will take guests from San Diego and Sydney to 37 countries over 155 days before concluding its epic journey in Southampton, United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 11th.
A First Look Inside The Extravagant Atlantis The Royal Dubai
Spread across six towers, the ultra-luxury resort will offer 795-rooms, 17-celebrity run restaurants and bars, and the world’s largest jellyfish aquarium when it opens to guests in 2023. There’s no shortage of luxury hotels in Dubai. Slated to open in 2023, Atlantis The Royal Dubai will be ushering in the next generation of “ultra-luxury” hotel stays in the city of gold.
The Best Hotels in Africa: Eden Nairobi
On the outskirts of Nairobi in the leafy suburb of Langata, Eden Nairobi opened this year and serves as much as a love story as it does a symbol of contemporary Kenya. The former home of German-born designer turned Kenyan-raised Anna Trzebinski, today the property has been transformed by the tastemaker into a living and breathing work of art complete with eight-ensuite bedrooms and a converted art studio, all overlooking the treetops of this four-acre estate.
The Best Hotels in the USA: The Pinch, Charleston
In a city as historic as Charleston, The Pinch soft-opened in April and is already breathing new life into the pair of 19th-century Victorian buildings it occupies on the corner of George and King Streets. That’s thanks in part to the high-design touches this stylish 25-key boutique brings to the table, from pops of modern art, patterned wallpaper, and cozy reading nooks in the guestrooms right down to the gas-lit, cobblestoned walkway that leads to the alfresco living room courtyard just off the main lobby.
The World’s Largest Cruise Ship Will Set Sail In 2024
Featuring more than 40 restaurants, seven pools, an indoor aqua theater and the largest waterpark at sea, Royal Caribbean’s Icon of the Seas is being billed as the “ultimate family vacation"
Japan Is Finally Open to Travelers Again. These New Luxury Hotels Will Let You Visit in Style.
A small, largely off-the-grid hot spring town best known for churning out some of the country’s best wasabi along Japan’s Izu Peninsula, Shuzenji was gearing up to host a series of cycling events for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics when I happened to pass through on my way back from Mount Fuji in February 2020. A month later, Japan closed its doors for the next two and a half years, and I haven’t stopped thinking about that town: What did they end up doing with all those Tokyo 2...
The Pie Queen's Perfect Pimento Cheese Pie
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a latecomer to pimento cheese. Growing up in Southern California, it just wasn't part of my family's food repertoire. It also wasn't exactly readily available at my local bodega in New York City, where I lived for most of my adult life, and even if it was, I wouldn't have known about it.
It wasn't until moving to South Carolina last year that my husband surprised me with a small tub of t...