We love hotels. We love room service. We love poolside cocktails. There is nothing more decadent than a trip to a hotel, the epicenter of our social circles and respite from our daily life. They are destinations in themselves, with the acumen of the location converged in the design and the sensibilities of its inhabitants. Hotels are daydreams made real, with amenities at your fingertips and a dip in the water just steps away. More than temporary homes, today's hotels aspire to be just like home - whatever home it is that you are looking for.
12/7/11: we are la
Sunbathing in December may seem like a monopoly of the Southern Hemisphere, but its invigorating effect is not limited to Bon Aire or Rio. An afternoon soaking in the sun is just what the body needs, and it's easily had if you are in temperate Southern California. So march outside, park your towel, and push your sunglasses over your eyes. The sunshine vitamin will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to conquer your next assignment.
7/10/11: we are la
We've got a slight renovation going on. It's the backyard, which is terra cotta stone and lovely, but the pool is kidney shaped and our inamourata is starting in with the big moves.
"Let's move the wall back three feet into the hill, stick the pool heater in the other corner, and make everything grass" he says excitedly, hauling us outside.
"Ahh..." we stall, images in our head catching up. "Ants crawling up the lounge chair as we drink lemonade?"
"Or we could have grass on one side of the pool, concrete on the other" he continues.
"North and South Korea?" we offer.
"Well maybe one area of concrete with grass surrounding?"
"The Euro zone, with a donut hole called Switzerland." This is very obvious to us.
"Ok, fine. What do you think?"
"Throw the heater in the corner, pave over the rock garden and the adjacent few feet, do the rest in grass, a zipline, please, and build a secret room in the hill."