• Fiji’s Turtle Island: Heaven in the South Pacific

    By Sara Bliss on September 16, 2016
    About eleven years ago,  I got the travel assignment of a lifetime. Turtle Island in Fiji was getting a lot of publicity for hosting a number of celebrities, and my amazing editor at Gotham Jason Nixon thought I should check out what all the fuss was about (read the article here). I went on assignment for a week with my husband and had what […]
  • Chair Beds at Hotel SP34

    By Sara Bliss on September 15, 2016
    A dream bed for avid readers? Check out this cool version at Copenhagen’s Hotel SP34. With oversized curved chair backs in lieu of a headboard, the bed is a sort of chair/bed hybrid. Designed by Danish designer and architect Morten Hedegaard, who also did the interiors of this clean, modernist-inspired hotel, the innovative beds provide a comfortable perch for reading well […]
  • The Ritz Paris Revamp: What’s Old Is New Again

    By Sara Bliss on August 20, 2016
    I’m all for cool hotels with innovative design ideas, but there is something so transporting about stepping into a classic grand hotel. Take the unrivaled Ritz Paris. Originally a private palace, it opened as a hotel in 1898 and became one of the world’s most legendary hotels. A celebration of French 18th century design with lots of Louis furniture, silk […]
  • How to Rock a Peacock Blue Living Room

    By Sara Bliss on August 10, 2016
    Looking for a new color palette for a living space? Take cues from the Rachel Reider designed The Merchant (one of the design-centric Lark Hotels group). At the inn in Salem, Massachusetts, a tufted cranberry velvet sofa pops against lacquered peacock blue walls. A pair of barrel chairs feature a green, yellow, and blue abstract print that work seamlessly with the wall color. […]
  • Martyn Lawrence Bullard Revamps Casa Laguna

    By Sara Bliss on August 9, 2016
    One of my all time favorite design hotels is Colony Palms by designer-to-the-stars Martyn Lawrence Bullard. This year the brilliant designer has put his globally-inspired stamp on the revamp of Casa Laguna. The 23-room boutique hotel consists of several Spanish Colonial style buildings dating back to the 1900s in Laguna Beach California. The compound is set overlooking the Pacific just a few blocks […]
  • Paradise Beach: A New Escape in Nevis

    By Sara Bliss on November 29, 2015
    If you’re looking for a glamorous escape that’s a hybrid of house and hotel, check out Paradise Beach in Nevis. The boutique resort features seven two to four-bedroom beachfront villas. With the benefits of a hotel, a butler and concierge arrange meals, water sports, spa treatments, or local adventures. However, the roomy villas boast kitchens, lap pools, grills, and outdoor […]