affordable luxury

Transit Hotel in Dubai Airport

Transit hotel in Dubai Airport: Brilliant for a layover!

By Janice and George | November 10, 2018

Flying long haul on Emirates Airlines? Got a long layover in Dubai? Get some zzzz’s at the convenient transit hotel in Dubai Airport.

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luxury villas in Seminyak with private pool

In Bali, luxury villas in Seminyak with private pool are all the rage

By Janice and George | June 14, 2018

Once a small village, Seminyak is Bali’s trendiest and most fashionable district. Villa rentals are popular here. We stayed at both The Kunja Villas & Spa and The One Villas. Great perks!

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best airbnb in victoria bc - art deco manor

Best Airbnb in Victoria, BC? These 3 are utterly charming

By Janice and George | May 15, 2018

Best Airbnb in Victoria, Canada? We’ve stayed at several Airbnb’s in Victoria and these three qualify – an Art Deco manor, a bright garden suite and a James Bay cottage.

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red tree house mexico city

Best B&B in Mexico City? The Red Tree House is hard to beat

By Janice and George | April 28, 2018

The Red Tree House is consistently rated the best B&B in Mexico City. We know why! Its tasteful rooms, yummy hot breakfast, free “wine hour” and friendly staff are hard to beat.

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Cabo airport transportation

Cabo Airport Transportation: The 4 best and cheapest transfers

By Janice and George | February 1, 2018

Taxis and the hotel shuttle bus aren’t your best Los Cabos airport transportation options. To get to your hotel, book a private or semi-private transfer in advance.

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Grace Hotel Panama

Why stay at the Grace Panama Hotel? How about bubbly and boutique style?

By Janice and George | April 13, 2017

Why pick the Grace Panama in Panama City? How about five-star luxury, free bubbly and friendly service? Rates are really easy on the wallet too.

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Punta caracol aqua lodge

7 reasons you’ll love the overwater bungalows at Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge

By Janice and George | March 18, 2017

Built on stilts over the water in Bocas del Toro (Panama), Punta Caracol Aqua Lodge has just nine overwater bungalows. And excellent snorkeling!

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casa cayuco eco adventure lodge

Casa Cayuco: Eco-adventure at its best in Panama

By Janice and George | February 25, 2017

A monkey that “comes” with your cabin? Not unusual at Casa Cayuco, an eco-adventure lodge in Panama’s Bocas del Toro islands. Off-the-beaten-path, it’s a place to unplug and eat well!

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Viking Homelands Cruise-Bergen

World’s best ship? Viking Star review and Viking Homelands cruise

By Janice and George | January 22, 2017

What makes the “Viking Star” the world’s best new cruise ship? The all-balcony staterooms? The freebies? The spa’s snow grotto?

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Pueblo Bonito Resorts in Cabo

Pueblo Bonito resorts in Cabo: Which is best?

By Janice and George | December 27, 2016

The Pueblo Bonito brand in Cabo San Lucas offers sun, sand and sea and good dose of affordable luxury. We’ve stayed at or inspected all of their resorts. Here’s our view on the best Pueblo Bonito resort in Cabo.

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best new cruises in 2017

Best New Cruises in 2017: Hot ships? Cool ports?

By Janice and George | December 1, 2016

What are the best new cruises in 2017? The hottest new ships? The most exciting new itinerary? The coolest new ports and best new cruise experience? Hop aboard to see what’s making waves for 2017!

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ship within a ship

Ship Within a Ship Cruises: 4 luxury small ship experiences on big ships

By Janice and George | August 7, 2016

You want the deluxe perks associated with small ship cruising (a suite, fine dining) on a big ship? Say “hello” to the exclusive “ship within a ship” concept.

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pinnacle hotel at the pier

Reliving North Vancouver’s shipyard history at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier

By Janice and George | April 4, 2016

See cool yellow cranes and maritime artifacts in the old shipyard building site outside the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier, a great 4-star hotel in North Vancouver.

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Windstar Cruises review

Windstar Cruises Review: New ships are tops for affordable suite luxury

By Janice and George | January 6, 2016

Can affordable luxury cruising get any better? Windstar Cruises’ new “star class” yachts are winners. For one, everyone gets a beautiful huge suite.

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