Hotel Snob: Club Med Punta Cana

4 TOP Hotels in Los Angeles, Santa Monica & Malibu

As a hotel expert and LA local, I went to Malibu, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills looking for the best, luxury hotels for this travel guide. I used my GoPro to highlight each property, so you can see each for yourself. With all four properties being different, but in my opinion, they are all top properties, with luxurious rooms, great service, However, I have went to each of these properties to profile what makes each of them stand out from the rest. Santa Monica: Shutters on the Beach: This hotel is my top choice for beach access--you cannot be closer. The rooms have a nautical, chic decor, much like your...

Malibu Beach Inn, Malibu, California

Breathtaking beaches, waterfront restaurants, perfect waves, endless sunshine and celebrity mansions, Malibu is one of the most well known beach towns in California, let alone the world. But this high profile town also has a very laidback, local vibe. After my stay at the Malibu Beach Inn, I'm impressed that this hotel balances all of what it is to be Malibu, one boutique hotel that is literally built on the sand. Steps from the Malibu Pier, just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the hotel is literally on Carbon Beach, or Billionaire's Beach: one of the most desirable locations in all of Malibu. The rooms all have ocean views, with natural...

The Monkey Tree Hotel in Palm Springs

If you haven't visited Palm Springs yet, you need to go. It is like no other place I've ever been. And this little boutique hotel is the perfect oasis for your exploration in the desert. The Monkey Tree Hotel has retro charm, spacious & stylish rooms, great breakfast, fun pools & ideal location in Palm Springs. I have a perfect weekend away, lounging in the floating flamingos, enjoying free Sangria at the tiki bar, using their hot/cold tubs & sauna and just hanging our 1960s theme room. This hotel has a whole lot of history too! Designed in 1960 by Albert Frey, the Monkey Tree Hotel was a favorite among...

24 Hours at Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes

If you haven't wanted to go before, you will now. This resort is a Cailfornia coast secret that I got to explore for 24 hours. Here's just a taste of what you can do, from breakfast to dinner, kayaking to sunbathing. Dive into this exclusive, elegant, waterfront resort.

Four Seasons Santa Barbara The Biltmore

The Four Seasons The Biltmore Santa Barbara is located in Montecito, California, just off the Pacific Ocean. This luxury, historical resort ticks off a lot of boxes--Oceanfront views: check. Stunning grounds: check. Fantastic restaurant: check. Croquet: check. Enjoyed the video? Subscribe for more weekly jetset adventures! If you like what you see, I have more amazing hotels on my social media! Follow along with me: Instagram: @kelleyferro Facebook: @KelleyFerroTravels Twitter: @kelleyferro

MacArthur Place in Sonoma, California

Recently, I checked out the MacArthur Place, a boutique property just steps from downtown Sonoma in wine country of Northern California.. I very much enjoyed the layout of the property with all the rooms in cottages throughout a nicely manicured lawn and garden areas. The pool was a refreshing treat, as was the daily wine & cheese hour. The little luxuries here made our stay that much better and the rooms were very well appointed. Don't miss Saddles Restaurant when you go--their steakhouse is one of the best dinners in town. For all the details: the good, the bad and the ugly, watch my review!

The Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California

I'm the Hotel Snob and I review the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara, California. This boutique property has a great location, rooftop pool and excellent restaurant--but does it live up to the hype? I'll tell you the honest truth.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa in San Diego, California

The Hotel Snob heads to San Diego for a weekend of fun in the sun. Shelter Island's Kona Kai Resort & Spa has marina views, a private beach, lively pool scene and a recently renovated restaurant, Vessel. With a their brand new Spa Terre with famed treatments--which is why this casual beachy boutique full of laidback San Diego charm was a must stay for the Hotel Snob.

Parker Palm Springs

The Hotel Snob goes to the shishi Parker Palm Springs to see what all the fuss is about. She indulges her way through Norma's, the Lemonade Stand, saltwater pools and the various lawn games, all underneath the swaying palms and bright blue sky of the desert. Watch her review.

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

Top Boutique Hotels: Santa Monica, California My weekend in Santa Monica was made the best it could be by staying at the stylish and perfectly located Oceana Beach Club Hotel. From the pool in the courtyard to the opulent rooms to the incredible dining at their restaurant, Tower 8, Oceana Beach Club is the chic place to stay in Santa Monica.

El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen in Sonoma

Kelley's Top Hotel Picks: Understated chic yet simply comfortable, the El Dorado Hotel was such a gem--I knew right away that I picked the best place to stay in Sonoma. The good reviews did not lead me astray! The stylish, modern decor mixed well with the outdoor spaces, high ceilinged rooms & pool. Plus, you have one of the area's best restaurants in YOUR LOBBY. Seriously, my favorite meal in Sonoma was had just a few steps away from where I got my beauty sleep. Do yourself a favor and book here when you go to Sonoma.

Experience the Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Get ready to be blown away. This is not even close to your average hotel experience and Kelley Ferro, the Hotel Snob, takes you through one of the best hotels in the world, from the boat ride in, to the unbelievable "tent" rooms, to the transporting Burma Bar to riding elephants through the jungle.

The Hotel Snob: Four Seasons Chiang Mai

I have stayed at some of the world's best properties. Here's my review of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai in Thailand. I profile the rooms, pool villa, spa, activities, dining and overall experience so you can assess. See my Hotel Snob rating.

A Perfect Day at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai

On my honeymoon in Thailand, I spent an amazing 2 nights at the Four Season Chiang Mai. Our one full day there was filled with some incredible experiences, unbeatable food and a lot of local culture, in the most luxurious setting.

Riding Elephants for the First time in Thailand

The most INCREDIBLE sensation is sitting on top of a magnificent elephant as he/she ambles through the Thailand jungle. I was so excited to have the chance to really bond with an elephant for two hours and the "mahout training" at the Four Seasons Tented Camp prepared me well. The skilled mahouts introduced us to the elephants, told us about their backgrounds (many of which had been abused by former owners) and they explained how the Camp's four elephants are now well taken care of and treated with respect. Then we learned how to actually ride them bareback, which was a little trickier than expected since I had nothing to...

Incredible Thai Food at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Food is very important to me when I travel and I think some of my best meals in Thailand were had during my stay at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Of course the Four Seasons brand is known for excellence, but I had no idea just HOW good the food could be. From a droolworthy breakfast buffet, to poolside snacks, rich local lunch specials at the Sala Mae Rim and an unbeatable Italian dinner at Terraces--every bite I had was memorable. Oh, I can't forget the cocktails! Sundowners at the Ratree Bar with handmade snacks were the perfect cap off to each day on this stunning property.

One Day as a Rice Farmer in Chiang Mai

I went to Thailand on my honeymoon and had the chance to stay at the stunning Four Seasons Chiang Mai. Besides the luxurious property, amazing food and incredible service, I had the chance to experience real local life by learning how to grow and harvest rice from local farmers. This staple of the Thai culture has an intensive growing and harvesting process and we were able to get in the paddies and plant & harvest ourselves!

Outdoor Adventures at The Resort at Paws Up

River rafting. Horseback Riding. Forest Picnic. Massage in an luxury tent. There's SO much you can do at this huge resort, I definitely had a blast trying to fit as much as I could in just 3 days. Check out my favorite outdoor adventures at this working ranch and luxury glamping resort! Special thanks to gal pal and camerawoman, Valorie Darling!

Food at The Resort at Paws Up

Open air dinner, picnic on the trail, campfire s'mores, riverside dinners--the food at The Resort at Paws Up is an experience all it's own. Out in the middle of 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness, this resort is elegance meets rustic. From the ample breakfast spread to amazing cozy bar Tank, the upscale Pomp for dinner or even dining in your camp pavilion or wilderness estate--the quality is topnotch. My favorite part--there's a huge focus on local vendors so you are drinking whiskey from down the road, enjoying meats from nearby farms and devouring vegetables from the farmer's market!

Feasting in Montana: A Long Table Dinner Event

I'd NEVER been to Montana so getting to see it for the first time in the summer, while staying at The Resort at Paws Up, felt too good to be true. But it actually, got even better. The main event of my long weekend with my gal pal Valorie, was The Bounty on the Blackfoot. Several times a year, Paws Up hosts these spectacular outdoor dinners featuring their own Executive Chef Ben Jones, as well as a well regarded guest chef. In this case, we had Chef Brooke Williamson, Top Chef alum and owner of 3 outstanding restaurants in Southern California. This particular dinner was was held on Saturday night,...

Glamping & Wilderness Estates at The Resort at Paws Up

Luxury camping, or "glamping," was born at The Resort at Paws Up. These tents has full bathrooms, full beds and stylishly rustic touches with decks. Depending on the camp you choose, you could have river or mountain views. I enjoyed a tour of the River Camp and dinner in their pavilion, to the tune the eagles and the calm stream. I stayed in a Wilderness Estate, which is luxury on a whole other level. With a giant fireplace and open air common room, a lofted living room, outdoor grill and hot tub, these private residences make you feel like you are living in Montana. Each stunning and unique bedroom has...

Martha's Vineyard's Oldest Hotel: The Kelley House

This historic hotel located in downtown Edgartown, feels anything but old. The suites and rooms are classically New England yet modern wit a nautical twist. I loved the pool and the outdoor pool bar area. The Kelley House also has a great restaurant, the Newes from America, which serves up pub style food and great drinks in a very cozy, local atmosphere. We stayed in the Mizzen Top Suite, which was a spacious 2 bedroom apartment located in the house just next door to the main building. As you can see, the kitchen, the dining area and living room made us feel so at home!

An Island Hotel You Need to See on Martha's Vineyard

If you've ever been to Martha's Vineyard, you understand how quaint, historical, charming and transportive this little island off of Cape Cod truly is. I've been coming since I was a kid and I can definitely say it is on my short list of happy places. There are a handful of towns and even more places to stay but where you should definitely consider is Edgartown and the Harbor View Hotel. Elegant, classic, and true to the personality of the town, this hotel is a destination on it's own. An amazing pool, comfortable & spacious rooms and great dining options all contribute to this hotel's charm. And don't forget, the...

Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, MV

Get Lost in Martha's Vineyard It doesn't get much more perfect than Edgartown--historic, charming, postcard perfect-- so it's no shock that Edgartown is flooded with visitors every summer. And if you want a classy, stylish hotel conveniently located with lighthouse views, there's no other choice than the Harbor View Hotel.

The Kelley House

This historic, waterside boutique hotel has been a fixture in Edgartown since 1742. Four distinct guest houses allow you to taste the nautical charm of Martha's Vineyard while still enjoying the luxuries of a premier hotel. With an excellent restaurant, the Newes from America Pub, a refreshing pool deck and the most convenient location in town, the Kelley House is sure to please anyone from couples, to families to groups.

My Escape to Club Med Punta Cana

I had never been to the DR or to a Club Med and after spending a week there, I was blown away. The service, the spa, the beaches and especially the new Zen Oasis rooms? This was an oasis in the Caribbean that had something for just about everyone.

Club Med Punta Cana: Zen Oasis

At Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, there's so much to do, see, experience and eat! However, not many know about the Zen Oasis. This is a resort within a resort, and the Zen Oasis was my favorite spot on the Club Med Punta Cana property. Lush, private and surrounding a magnificent swimming pool and the biggest hot tub I've ever seen, it was where I wanted to be for some real R&R. The villa style rooms are incredibly modern, sleek and comfortable. I'd definitely recommend staying here and watch my video to see why! Want to keep exploring? Subscribe and come along with me. http://bit.ly/SubscribeforTravelAdventures

Hotel Snob: Club Med Punta Cana's GO Program

I had never experienced Club Med before so when I traveled to Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, I had no idea about the GO's, or Gentil Organisateurs. GO's are basically there to help--whether it's with a particular activity or experience, or just to say hello in the mornings. These friendly faces definitely made the Club Med Punta Cana experience warm and inviting. I got to spend time with a particularly wonderful GO, Christelle, and she gave me a great tour of Tiara, the 5 Diamond Luxury Space which she manages. Impressive rooms each with an ocean view, this exclusive space has it's own bar, beach and infinity...

CREACTIVE: Club Med Punta Cana

As the Hotel Snob, I hit the Caribbean to check out Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. What I didn't expect to find was an incredible playland for adults and kids alike, with Cirque du Soleil trained instructors and performers. Trapeze, aerial silks, bungees and more--I had a blast soaring through the air and trying all sorts of brand new activities. Want to keep exploring? Subscribe and come along with me. http://bit.ly/SubscribeforTravelAdventures

Get Lost in Saint Lucia: Sugar Beach: A Viceroy Resort 🌴

Join Kelley Ferro as she explorers Sugar Beach at Saint Lucia! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ Few words can describe the sheer natural beauty, high style, exquisite class at this Saint Lucian resort. Formerly the Jalousie Plantation, Viceroy Resorts has turned this ideally located property into the epitome of island luxury. Sitting in between the iconic Pitons and including a lush Rainforest Spa, sun bleached plantation houses & villas and naturally private sandy beach, Sugar Beach is has to be among my top 3 resorts in the world. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro...

Jade Mountain

Get Lost with Kelley Ferro in Saint Lucia Jade Mountain is consistently ranked as the #1 hotel in the Caribbean. Kelley stays at this famed resort and in her open air suite, she understands what all the fuss is about!

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat

Get Lost with Kelley Ferro in Saint Lucia For a tasty experience with a jaw-dropping view, look no further than the chocolate infused boutique luxury hotel, Boucan. Situated on top of a mountain with a view of the Pitons, the food, the rooms and the chocolate tour at this hotel will amaze even the most discerning traveler.

Cap Maison in Saint Lucia

The Hotel Snob visits Saint Lucia's Northern Coast and reviews the intimate, boutique Cap Maison. This luxury property is perched on a cliff with it's own private beach and beach grill, infinity pool, sunset views and private dining out on the water--literally. Take a look.

Rendezvous Resort in Saint Lucia

See my impression of this romantic, couples only resort in the lovely island of Saint Lucia.

Get Lost in Saint Lucia: The Rainforest Spa at Sugar Beach

Get Lost in Saint Lucia with Kelley Ferro Located between the two Pitons, Sugar Beach has a stunning stretch of sand as well as a lush rainforest hills. The Rainforest Spa is located in the resort's jungle and treatment rooms are only accessible via wooden bridges & walkways. Unlike any spa I've ever seen, the Rainforest Spa not only offers incredible treatments but an unbelievable setting.

Bay Gardens Resort in Saint Lucia

This all inclusive beach resort in Rodney Bay certainly has a prime location. With the biggest stretch of beach, facing the bay and Pigeon Island, as well as lively Rodney Bay behind, there's so much to do here. Don't miss their spa!

The First Hotel Roma, Rome, Italy

It is an Italian dream! This luxury boutique hotel might have one of the best addresses in Rome. Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, this 19th century nobleman's mansion also is short walk to Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and all the great restaurants and shopping in between. The hotel itself is almost like an elegant art gallery. With Italian art filled this bright, airy space, it makes walking to your room or suite fascinating! The rooms are unique, all with their own art and luxurious linens. Our front facing Junior Suite had a living room area, along with an extra large black marble bathroom. Don't skip breakfast--the homemade buffet...

Hotel Raphaël, Rome, Italy

The HOTEL SNOB is at it again! I traveled to Italy this summer and spent a fantastic weekend in Rome. I chose to stay at Hotel Raphaël because of it's location near Piazza Navona, it's eco-friendliness and it's amazing rooftop. I was pleased with my stay--the rooms were stylish and modern, breakfast was hearty & delicious and the rooftop was breathtaking, now with a new restaurant. The location is hard to beat if you want to be in the middle of all the sites and I enjoyed the surrounding small streets. See the hotel for yourself and let me know if you agree with my review!

Hotel Snob: Borgo Santo Pietro

Driving through Tuscany, Borgo Santo Pietro appears almost like a mirage. The gates open until this tranquil oasis of gardens, fountains, majestic views and stunning vistas. The 13th century farmhouse serves as the main house but the interiors are modern and classical. Be prepared to eat very well here as they have a Michelin star restaurant, Meo Modo. And do me favor, swim in their infinity pool with a natural bottom. You won't regret staying at this charming property.

Cooking with Locals: Silvia Baracchi of Il Falconiere

I love to EAT Italian food, so it's high time that I learn how to cook it, the Italian way! Michelin star chef, Silvia Baracchi invited myself and my parents to have a cooking class with her at her cute Tuscan kitchen on the breath-taking relais & chateaux estate of Il Falconiere. We made a 3 course meal from scratch, sipping wine, learning tricks and laughing along the way. A bonus is you get to eat what you make later on at their stunning al fresco restaurant. A truly memorable afternoon and meal.

Tuscan Cooking with the Borgo Cooking School

My parents and I spent an amazing day in Tuscany, learning how to cook from top chefs of the Michelin starred Borgo Santo Pietro, a & Châteaux property. We even learned how to make pasta from an Italian mama, Mamma Olga! From homemade ravioli to pork tenderloin and finishing with made from scratch chocolate, we prepared incredible dishes using ingredients from Borgo's farm and garden. Chef Andrea Mattei was more than friendly, approachable and knowledge and we were amazed by his culinary skills--he is a Michelin starred chef after all! Our chocolate lesson was very sweet indeed, taught by Head Pastry Chef Diego Poli. We even were able to enjoy...

Dream to Reality: Italy's La Tenuta Moreno Masseria & Spa

I had wanted to go to Puglia, Italy for so long so when My Brindisi Tourism launched a video contest to go, I had to enter. I toured around New York City, asking locals & tourists for help in my entry video, and lo & behold, I won! I was sent to Puglia this past October to experience the region and hotel that I had been dreaming of. Thank you to Niccolo Lania, my expert filmmaker!

The First Hotel Roma, Rome, Italy

It is an Italian dream! This luxury boutique hotel might have one of the best addresses in Rome. Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, this 19th century nobleman's mansion also is short walk to Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and all the great restaurants and shopping in between. The hotel itself is almost like an elegant art gallery. With Italian art filled this bright, airy space, it makes walking to your room or suite fascinating! The rooms are unique, all with their own art and luxurious linens. Our front facing Junior Suite had a living room area, along with an extra large black marble bathroom. Don't skip breakfast--the homemade buffet...

Hotel Snob: InterContinental Amstel Hotel

This was my first time to Amsterdam and I selected the Intercontinental Amstel Hotel for it's location on the Amstel River, it's Michelin starred La Rive restaurant and it's commitment to service. I reviewed all aspects of this historic property--see if it lived up to the high expectations!

The Gstaad Palace Hotel

Have you ever called a Palace home? Well I was lucky enough to call the Gstaad Palace, one of the best hotels in the world, my home for two glorious days. I'll never forget the unbelievable food (yes champagne truffle fondue exists), the charming staff, opulent spa and every inch of this ridiculously beautiful hotel--inside and out. Yes heaven exist on earth and I believe it's at the Gstaad Palace

The Widder Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland 🏨

Join Kelley Ferro as she explorers the Widder Hotel in Zurich! ✈Join the adventure & SUBSCRIBE▶▶http://bit.ly/KelleyFerro ▼◦▼◦▼ MORE INFO & LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION ▼◦▼◦▼ The Hotel Widder is the spot to be in Zurich. Whether you are looking for a delicious lunch while shopping in the cutest part of the city-Alstadt- or 5 star gourmet dinner. Or perhaps you are craving a sexy cocktail and a bite at one of the most popular jazz bars and later, you want to relax in a modern-meets-historic room, with stylish decor and leather bedspreads, Hotel Widder can't be missed. ➕ FOLLOW KELLEY FERRO 🔸 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelleyFerroTravels 🔸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelleyferro 🔸 Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyferro...

The Kulm Hotel St Moritz

Swiss Miss for a Week: The Kulm St Moritz Hotel Naturally, the only way to stay in St Moritz is at one of the opulent 5 star hotels. The Kulm Hotel has the benefit of being the first hotel in the city as well! The founder, Johann Badrutt, built the Kulm and invited guests to his hotel in the winter--thus creating the now wildly popular "ski holiday." There was so much to do in the hotel, I didn't even want to leave. From outstanding meals at multiple restaurants, to an incredible oversize pool, to an ice skating rink just outside, I could have been extremely content spending my days with...

Best Hotels in Spain // Girona's Hotel Nord 1901

Girona is a dynamic, medieval city in Northeastern Spain and I was eager to spend 2 days exploring the walled old town. As the Hotel Snob, I also wanted to find a comfortable, convenient hotel that had the character of the city. Well, I found it in Hotel Nord 1901. This sleek, intimate boutique hotel focuses on service and quality. The rooms were very spacious, ours even having a kitchenette and living room area. The backyard boasts a beautiful pool and pool deck, a rarity in this historical city. Their daily breakfast fueled us for the day and it was a comfort to come back here each night. I would...

24 Hours at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort

You have one day in Caribbean adults only resort? What do you do? Everything. From golf to waterslides, yoga to sipping cocktails IN a pool, we thoroughly make the most of each hour at this lively resort. Starting off with a sumptuous brunch in the room. See if you'd like our day! This video is part of the #BarceloStories series, learn more here: http://barcelostories.com/

A Day at the Beach: Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort

What is better than a day at the beach? Nothing. That's why I didn't leave the beach for a FULL day--starting off with breakfast, coffee and yoga, followed by snorkeling, swimming, sun bathing and ending with a sunset dinner and cocktails. There's a bunch more in between--take a look at this 24 hour adventure at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort. This video is part of the #BarceloStories series, learn more here: http://barcelostories.com/

Food Profile at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort

All inclusives may not always be known for their food, but the dining options at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort truly impressed me. From French to Mexican, Japanese hibayachi to local seafood--each night was a culinary experience. Plus, as a healthy food lover, I found a lot of fresh, clean options. Oh and the daquiris were good too. See my favorite meals at this resort and don't miss the beach dinner! This video is part of the #BarceloStories series, learn more here: http://barcelostories.com/