Big Sur, California.

One of the best road trips in the world runs through it and you’d be mad not to stopover in what has to be romance capital of California Highway One. Hotel choices are varied, ranging from modest creekside cabins to chic suites in treetops overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  We love the Post Ranch Inn in winter for snuggling up in front of a fireplace and in summer for lounging outside gazing at the knock-out views.


Within easy reach from various parts of South-East Asia, even Australia, Singapore is king when it comes to luxe hotels, fabulous food, and top-notch shopping.  All of which makes it a wonderful choice for a pampered, yet active city getaway.  With so many hotel choices, from shop houses to towering skyscrapers, there is a hotel for every budget and style.  We were recently very impressed with the Amara hotel, which markets itself as a business hotel, but on the weekends offers plenty of good deals.  Service is top notch and the location is excellent. Check DiscountHotels for the lowest prices in the market for this great value, yet pampering hotel.

Holbox Island, Mexico

If it’s a ‘no way I am going to Cancun’ getaway you’re searching for, look no further than Holbox Island, with bird-watching, whale sharks, and pristine beaches.  And no crowds. Hotels range from rustic through to stylish retreats to decompress for a long weekend.  We really like Las Nubes of Holbox with 21 rooms including luxury bungalows, junior suites, and suites for your fiesta for two.

New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s cool, it’s hot and absolutely perfect for a long weekend to unwind and let your hair down.   With an incredible array of dining options, a robust bar scene, and amazing music, you might need a break to recover from a New Orleans getaway.   The W New Orleans in the French Quarter is a fab place to hang your beads and kick back after a night on the town.

San Diego, California

It’s got a world-famous zoo, fantastic shopping, Shamu and lovely beaches.  Then again, you could just get a room and stay in it.

The recently revamped Declan Suites has an excellent location sporting city and harbor views, a modern, sleek vibe, and great introductory rates. Every room is a two-room suite and the hotel is walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter, packed with shops, restaurants, and bars.