Staycation at Four Seasons in LOS ANGELES

Feel like you're miles away from home without leaving LA when you check into the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Before I had two kids, the idea of a staycation was an oddity. But with a toddler and baby, the thought of lugging everyone and everything through an airport did not sound like a vacation.Instead, my husband and I checked into the Four Seasons in Los Angeles at Beverly … [Read more...]

BALI Wellness Retreat

Set on the ancient Ayung River surrounded by terraced rice fields, the newly redone Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan offers the ultimate rejuvenation retreat with three days of yoga, meditation, and spa treatments. Surrounded by lush rice paddy fields and coconut groves in Bali, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan feels like a lost paradise. With the sacred Ayung River running below and … [Read more...]

Finding Serenity On The Shores Of LAKE MALAWI, Africa

Suzan Crane explores idyllic beach resorts along East Africa's serene Lake Malawi. There are few places left on Earth that remain serene and untouched -- synced with nature and rich in local culture allowing us to disconnect from  the world as we know it. The coast of Lake Malawi is one such place. And as any discriminating traveler knows, the thrill of unearthing such a halcyon destination … [Read more...]

Awards Season Hotel Packages in LOS ANGELES

Liz Laing shows you how to live like a celebrity at these luxe hotels near Hollywood. While the rest of the country is getting their parkas and mittens ready for a wintry season, Angelenos are shopping for Louboutins and designer gowns for awards season. It’s an exciting time in Los Angeles, which is home to some of the most prestigious awards shows, including the American Music Awards, The … [Read more...]

BANNISTERS: Mollymook’s Motel with the Mostest

Kate Ayrton finds something fishy and fabulous on Australia's scenic South Coast. Bannisters guests generally fall into two categories: those who have been and those who have not. The first are a devoted lot who return on a regular basis to graze at Rick Stein’s famous table while taking in the fresh seaside air and stunning ocean views. The second simply don’t know what they’re missing. … [Read more...]

A Peak Experience Awaits This Winter in WHISTLER, BC

Liz Laing nestles in at Nita Lake Lodge in British Columbia's winter wonderland. Now that it's November, summer already seems like a distant memory for those of us in the northern hemisphere. That means the search is on for the ultimate winter playground. So here's a haute tip: point your skis, snowboard or snowshoes towards one of the world's most coveted mountain resorts, Whistler … [Read more...]

KANGAROO ISLAND: South Australia’s National Treasure

Kate Ayrton discovers the culinary delights, pioneering spirit and natural wonders of KI. Spanning 4,400 square kilometers, Kangaroo Island (known as KI by the locals) is roughly the same size as Bali, minus all the people and traffic, and the third largest island off Australia. With a ratio of approximately 1 square kilometer per person, there is plenty of space for all walks of life. Half … [Read more...]

Fast and Fabulous in VANCOUVER

Three Days In British Columbia’s Eco-Friendly Capital of Cool. Savvy travelers already knew about Vancouver’s appeal long before the 2010 Winter Olympics. But since the winter games, the city’s cachet has gone truly global. With something for nature lovers and urbanites alike, the city is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea, surrounded by water and natural beauty but also … [Read more...]

Romantic Rendezvous W Hotel-Style

Does your Valentine plan look anything like this? We didn’t think so, but here’s the good news.  The W Hotels are playing Cupid with their Romance Remixed package available at all 43 of their properties, so there’s still time to avoid the doghouse. Their VIP concierges will help you curate an off-the-charts Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether it’s a gourmet breakfast in bed with a personal chef, … [Read more...]

Introducing wandermelon Journeys: Trips Designed by Travel Writers

Experience the amazing insider itineraries and off-the-charts access enjoyed by pro travel writers (without the annoying deadlines of course). "You have the best job in the world." Oh if we only had a frequent flyer mile for every time the wandermelon team has heard that sentiment expressed to us. As professional travel writers and photographers, it's true we enjoy a pretty enviable … [Read more...]