Review: Akelarre Hotel in San Sebastian, Spain

a building with a brick wall and a parking lot

About this hotel Akelarre Hotel is a well-designed 22-room retreat perched on a bluff overlooking the Cantabrian Sea, just a short drive from San Sebastian, Spain. Originally renowned as a 3-star Michelin restaurant, Akelarre has expanded into a hotel that is a part of the Relais & Châteaux group. Check in We flew into the […]

Review: Six Senses Douro Valley

a pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas in front of a building

Booking this stay When booking this stay, I opted for the convenience of using the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts platform. Booking through AMEX FHR ensured that I not only secured a stunning vineyard premier room but also unlocked a range of exclusive benefits for our stay: Getting there Conveniently located just over an […]

Review: InterContinental Porto

a marble reception desk with columns and a picture frame

Booking this stay I booked this stay on the American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts platform and used Membership Rewards points to cover the one-night stay in their base room called a king classic. As a reminder, booking through FHR gives you these great benefits:  Getting there The hotel is centrally located in Porto and […]

Review: Air France Business Class 777-300ER (SFO-CDG)

an airplane on the tarmac

Jason and I found points availability for Air France Business Class in November when we were in San Diego waiting for our twins to be born. We weren’t sure then if we were going to be able to go, but we liked the flexibility a points reservation has in case we wanted to change or […]

VIP Lounge Los Cabos International Airport review

VIP Lounge Cabo Airport

On my way home from a recent stay at Rancho Pescadero, I checked out the only lounge in my terminal at the Los Cabo Airport (SJD), which is the VIP Lounge. Spoiler alert, it did not feel VIP. I was able to access the lounge because of my Priority Pass memberships, which is a benefit […]

Rancho Pescadero (Hyatt Unbound Collection) Review

a living room with a large sliding door

Booking this stay Rancho Pescadero is part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection, and recently went through a major renovation and expansion (it actually still felt like they were working on the expansion, more on that below) before re-opening to guests in November 2022.  We used Hyatt points to book an Oceanfront Milagro Suite, their highest category […]

What to wear on vacation this summer

a beach with chairs and umbrellas

With the Met Gala earlier this week and summer just around the corner, I’ve got fashion on my mind! Below is my list of menswear vacation picks for warm weather destinations. I focused on pieces made from lightweight fabrics, boxier cuts and in colors that will allow you to wear many of them all year long. […]

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero

Four Season San Francisco at the Embarcadero

About this stay This is my 3rd hotel visit in a series of one-night stays that I booked in San Francisco. I was excited about this one because I’ve never actually stayed at a Four Seasons property before and spoiler alert, it did not disappoint. Booking this stay I booked this stay through American Express […]

Taj Campton Place review

Taj Campton Place

About this stay I have booked a series of one-night stays at hotels close to home to review for my readers, and next up is Taj Campton Place. I was intrigued by this hotel for a few reasons:  Booking this stay I booked this stay through American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts to receive the […]

Hotel review: Grand Hyatt at SFO

Grand Hyatt at SFO

My twin babies recently turned 4 months old, which has been really wonderful for so many reasons. Unfortunately, we have not navigated traveling with them yet and so in lieu of longer, far away trips I’ve booked a series of one-night stays close to home for a little daddy staycation sans kids (thank you Jason!) […]