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02 Dec

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4 destinations to kick-off the New Year

December 2, 2013 | By |

Crack open the bubbly It's New Year's!

by Ilona Kauremszky

Every holiday has its traditions. Why not start the New Year with your own? I did and haven't looked back. Over the years I've been to amazing places with blockbuster year-end celebrations. So get ready to fasten your seatbelt for this ultimate New Year's party list.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Banderas Bay is the place to be. Just as the clock strikes midnight, spectacular fireworks burst into the sky along this popular hotel strip. Each resort prepares a memorable medley of Technicolor, all vying for the best displays. It's a symphony of fire in the sky. I also like how the pubs are packed along the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. It's sheer mayhem.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun's all about the ultimate sun vacation and makes a great stress-free getaway. With so many direct flights, you can opt to travel with family and friends and be on the beach with your favourite umbrella drink. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the ample New Year's Eve celebrations too. I like staying at the hotel for New Year's madness because of the convenience factor. You can dance for hours and make an easy return to your room.

Las Vegas, USA

They don't call it the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. Just when you thought the celebrations can't get any bigger in Vegas, they get bigger. I can't get over how the Las Vegas Strip packs in the revellers, and fireworks light up the Nevada sky. Meanwhile A-listers attract their own following as they perform their greatest hits on stages across the city.

New York City, USA

I kept my round-rimmed 2000 glasses as a souvenir of my rocking good time in New York City when we blew our party horns there. Head to Times Square where traditionalists converge. Others find party madness across the boroughs or go all Woody Allenish and sit beside their paramour by the Queensboro Bridge with a glass of bubbly.

27 Jun

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Viva Las Vegas!

June 27, 2011 | By |

 

How I wish there were more

Than the twenty-four hours in the day

Cause even if there were forty more

I wouldn’t sleep a minute away

Elvis Presley

Much has been said, sung and written about Las Vegas; with good reason. It’s the ultimate escape where time is irrelevant and adrenaline-fuelled nights dissolve into sun-soaked days. Not to mention the fact that it’s the fastest growing metropolis in the United States.

Never one to pass up an opportunity for great food, awe-inspiring hotels and some of the best shopping in the world, two girlfriends and I recently made our mark on Sin City. And how!

Our three-day escapade started at Planet Hollywood, a Caesars Entertainment hotel with star-worthy accommodations. Our room featured a display case with the dress worn by Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest as well as a variety of Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia, including Faye Dunaway’s famous fedora!

We dined at the Strip House on our first night and I literally fell in love with my meal: Maine lobster linguini. Mmm. My friends Judith and Joelle equally enjoyed their meals, sesame crusted yellow fin tuna and pan seared red salmon, respectively. Executive Chef John Shenck created the menu which is a tasty mix of surf and turf, fresh from the sea and with all of the best cuts. The rich, red, burlesque-like atmosphere was also the perfect precursor to our next stop: Holly Madison’s Peepshow.

Peepshow is a sophisticated burlesque show led by Holly Madison, best known for her television shows Holly’s World and The Girls Next Door. It was a fun and sexy romp through Madison’s world which is ripe with beautiful, and talented, dancers and singers. And Timber! After Peepshow the good times continued at Gallery Nightclub, where we skipped the line, enjoyed complimentary drinks and danced the night away.

After checking-in at Caesars Palace I did a little dance when I saw the heavenly Jacuzzi in our room. After spending some down time at the pool, soaking up the rays and the tunes, we ordered takeout from the Beijing Noodle No. 9. From its dramatic entrance flanked by giant fish tanks to its authentic Northern Chinese cuisine, it did not disappoint.

A delicious, casual noodle shop, we especially enjoyed the mouth-watering handmade, knife-cut noodles and dim sum, which we ate while watching television in our room. Thank you Executive Chef Li Yu!

Later that night, after a long soak in the Jacuzzi and a tasty dinner, we made our way to PURE, Caesars’ hottest nightclub. With a great view of the Strip and four different atmospheres on two storeys, it was definitely a night to remember. But you know what they say? What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

Our third day was taken up by shopping at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino where we pillaged Bettie Page, a vintage-inspired clothing store.

 

As the King sang “Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire… Viva Las Vegas.”