One of the highlights of my trip to Whistler, Canada was the Belvedere Ice Room.
Hidden, in a separate room of the Bearfoot Bistro restaurant, is a cave-like ice room. It is known to be the world’s coldest vodka tasting room in the world.
Before entering, a vodka expert took us to a hall where we donned a parka worthy of an Arctic explorer. As soon as I put my Canada Goose jacket on, I felt comfy and cozy. It was much needed before entering a room with temperatures at -32C (-25F). After we were all zipped up and were ready to go, our host led us to a blue, glowing glass door that opened into the tasting room.
All along the luminous ice walls is a collection of over 50 world class vodkas from which to choose. In the center of the room sits a table made of ice. Shot glasses line up on … Read More »[...] Read More »
A sparkling jewel among the already considerable beauty of tropical islands, St. Barthelemy is synonymous with leisure and luxury. Uncrowded by the typical Caribbean tourist, St. Barts caters to the luxury traveler who loves fine dining and fine diving.
Starting from St. Martin island, we flew in a small chartered plane and circled over St. Barts for a moment, enough time to see brilliant white sand beaches circled by a sapphire ocean, before landing at the island’s tiny airport. The short, mountaintop runway will rattle all but the most experienced of world-travelers.
Our Arrow Marine Villa, located on Mount Jean’s private estate, had a spectacular view of the lush Margiot Bay.
Views from our bedroom
The living room
After settling in, we went to dinner at one of St Barth’s most popular restaurants called Le Ti. After a delicious dinner and of … Read More »[...] Read More »
I am currently on Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, which is located in the crystal turquoise waters of the British Virgin Islands. Necker is 74 acres of pure beauty surrounded by gorgeous sandy beaches and coral reefs. I truly feel honored every time I step foot on this island because it is truly heaven on earth. I will post more details about my trip in the next couple of days! In the meantime, you can check out my Instagram to see photos and videos of my tropical adventures! @KeirAlexa[...] Read More »
Coachella, one of my all time favorite music festivals, takes place in Indio, California. Coachella is all about being free to dance to good music, spend time with friends, and have plenty of fun!
Camping on the polo grounds is the most popular way of staying at Coachella. However, if camping isn’t your thing, try something a little more upscale. Stay at one of the hotels or rent a house. Our group decided to rent the ultimate, luxurious desert estate.
We drove up on Thursday night, and as soon as we arrived, we easily made ourselves at home. The magnificent property felt more like a hotel than a house. The sparkling olympic size pool and soothing jacuzzi was delightfully handy at all hours of the day and night.
Our Pool Tennis court The living roomMaster Bedroom
We had amazing Chef Keven Lee cook for us during our stay. I highly recommend him to anyone in the Los Angeles area wanting one of the worlds best chefs. Chef Kevin is … Read More »[...] Read More »
One night after dinner, we decided that we wanted to explore Aspen at night, and started to walk down the street when up ahead of me was a taxi parked with neon lights flashing inside. As soon as I got close I realized that this wasn’t just a regular old Taxi… this was a mini nightclub on wheels, this was a little taste of Burning Man-style weirdness in the normal world…this was the ULTIMATE TAXI
How could we say no? We decided to hop in the car and go for a ride around town. The taxi has LED lights on the inside of the car as well as the outside.
Jon Barnes, the driver, handed us some 3D glasses and started driving while he bumped up the music!
During the ride Jon dazzled us by playing the electric drums and keyboard. There is … Read More »[...] Read More »
As the planes starts to descend into Aspen, the majestic white-capped Colorado mountain range reflects with the beautiful midnight sky. The plane taxis along the snow filled runway and as the door opens I await my first Christmas vacation in Aspen, Colorado. I walk down the stairs onto the runway and I cannot believe the amount of snow on the ground. Over the last 72 hours Aspen has had over two feet of fresh new snow. I felt like I stepped foot into a winter wonderland!
I am continuously struck by the beauty of the mountain landscape. There are four ski resorts in the Aspen area, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Highlands and Aspen Mountain. We turn onto Main Street, and I realize how charming Aspen is. The town is filled with top designer stores, galleries and amazing restaurants, but it still has that … Read More »[...] Read More »
I love Miami because it’s a wild, crazy place where anything can happen. And that’s especially true when Art Basel comes to town! It’s a huge art expo that draws 75,000 people in a year. There are large art displays in public parks, performance art, and gallery installations all over the place. You can see high end art pieces at the Convention Center or cool street art in Wynwood that will blow your mind. I’ll be in Miami all week, so check out my Instagram and Twitter for the creme de la creme of what Art Basel and Miami have to offer![...] Read More »
It is 5 a.m when I awake on Isla Mujeres, a tiny island off the coast of Cancun. I am on a WildAid Expedition with my boyfriend and his family. We board a 32-foot fishing boat at 6 a.m. and head two hours out to sea, searching for the world’s largest gathering of whale sharks. Every year, between 300-500 whale sharks congregate in this area around the full moon during the third week in July.
My adrenaline overwhelms me as the boat is surrounded by these beautiful sharks that are circling around the boat. They grow from 30-60 feet in length and weigh up to 30-40 tons. I should point out here that although I like to scuba dive, I am scared to death to jump into the water with just my mask and fins.
In order to protect the whale sharks, only three people are allowed in the water … Read More »[...] Read More »
Rock Bar in Bali at the Ayana Resort & Spa is one of the best places to watch Bali’s beautiful sunsets while enjoying delicious cocktails and snacks. The bar is nestled by a cliffside with the ocean waves crashing underneath![...] Read More »
Here are some photos of my birthday party! Every year, I pick a different theme so this year I decided to go with something groovy and fun – Love & Peace.
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During my stay on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson was kind enough to sit down with me and share some of his expertise. Richard hardly needs an introduction. He’s a world famous entrepreneur, a devoted humanitarian, and a truly, all-around, amazing person. He is extremely successful on a business level but also on a social level as well. It was such a pleasure spending time with him because he is so polite, kind and has a great sense of humor. There is a lot to learn from Richard Branson, so I decided to ask a question that was focused on his outlook towards life.
Keir: Richard- With all the wisdom you have today, drawing from the the time and experiences you spent on this planet, what are the 7 most valuable lessons that you would share with a group of 20-25 year-old men … Read More »[...] Read More »
Scuba diving is a great way to experience all the sights that the ocean has to offer, but you can always count on Sir Richard Branson to take something amazing and find a way to take it up a notch! In this case, it is the Necker Nymph, an amazing vehicle from Virgin Limited Edition that is basically an underwater airplane. It’s a truly one-of-a-kind machine that uses propulsion and hydrodynamics (like aerodynamics, but with water) to glide through the water up to speeds of 6 knots and dive as deep as 100 feet.
When you sit inside of it, you feel a little bit like you’re in a flying car, complete with windshields. The Nymph lets you cruise through the seascape with as much ease as a fish, and because of that, you get a much better look at all … Read More »[...] Read More »
It is easy to forget how pleasurable the simple things in life are when we’re always on the move. Don’t get me wrong, I love being on the move and living in the moment, but sometimes we all feel so rushed that we forget how great just staying still can be. So when some friends of ours in Miami invited us to stay at their cabin in North Carolina, I was excited to discover a part of America I had not seen yet. We flew into Atlanta and drove three hours into the beautiful Nantahala National Forest, watching the big city fade away as the straight highways became curved and twisty mountain roads, and buildings gave way to trees and mountains. I found I was actually relieved to not have any cell phone service! I love my phone, but I … Read More »[...] Read More »
Almost a year ago my boyfriend, Bob, decided that he wanted to build a house in Miami, which is whole new kind of adventure for him. He asked for my help so I did a bunch of research, looking for the best architect for the project. My standards for this search were pretty high, and I scoured the web (and the world) to find the right fit.
Luckily, I found SAOTA, a distinguished and award winning firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. They build beautiful homes all over the world. As opposed to other firms who seek to copy contemporary trends, Saota works with their clients to create the vision that they truly want—a house that tells the story of the people who live there.
As you might have guessed, Bob and I love to travel! As we thought about it, … Read More »[...] Read More »
Have you ever wondered how movies that take place in outer space, like the classic Apollo 13, are filmed? How do they simulate floating around on zero gravity? And be honest, you’ve always wanted to see what feeling weightless is like, but you didn’t really want to go through the 10 years of astronaut training. Well, good news! The G-Force-One is the first commercial plane that offers passengers the ultimate weightless experience as if you were in space.
The technique of creating a nearly gravity-free experience was started by NASA in order to help astronauts get used to what being weightless feels like, as well as what it feels like to accelerate beyond Earth’s normal gravity. It works fairly simple: A specialized 727 jet called the G-FORCE ONE takes you up to about 24,000 feet and then begins to do aerobatic maneuvers … Read More »[...] Read More »
Ulusaba is a beautiful game preserve owned by Richard Branson, and seeing such an unspoiled place was a great reminder that the true lover of nature will “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.” If you want to see the “Big Five” animals of Africa (leopards, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, and lions), you have to go very early in the morning or in the evening, because animals in South Africa have figured out that it’s way too hot to do anything during the day.
Ulusaba has two distinctively different lodges, including the Rock Lodge, which is perched high on a mountain that overlooks the vast landscape.
And the Safari Lodge, which is built along the banks of a dry river. Connected by long wooden bridges, the rooms are built like tree houses so you can really get a sense that you are in … Read More »[...] Read More »
After we got back from the early morning Safari the second day, I was beat. Did I mention that I’m not a morning person? I’m really, really not. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to miss my chance to see elephants up close and personal. Little did I know I was going to get an up close and personal visit of my own!
I was dead asleep when I heard a knock on the door. Thinking it was housekeeping, I said, “No thank you, come back later please!” but the knocking continued. I got up and opened the door a crack, but it wasn’t housekeeping at all, it was a big baboon, and he was glaring at me.
Keep all of your doors locked, they said. The baboons will break in and eat the mini bar food, they said. Well. . … Read More »[...] Read More »
While staying at Richard Branson’s private game reserve—Ulusaba—I was honored to be able to visit and support Pride n’ Purpose. This charity works with local communities to improve infrastructure including access to clean water and building schools and healthcare centers. They strive to give locals empowerment by also assisting with entrepreneurial opportunities.
After breakfast, we hopped on one of the safari jeeps and drove to the edge of the game reserve, where the local village was located. There, we were met by David, who is one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. One thing I love about traveling is the people I get to meet just by chance, little random glimpses into lives that are so different than my own. Even though we had just met, David’s smile was radiant and made me feel like we’d been friends my whole life.
We drove … Read More »[...] Read More »
Hidden in the hills of Barbados is the enchanted Hunte’s Garden. Lush, full of color and the sounds of wildlife, I couldn’t wait to go inside.
As soon as we arrived, I noticed a sign out front that said “The most enchanting place on earth!” I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I entered the garden I knew that I entered a tropical paradise, full of the most beautiful flowers and plants I have ever seen.
The garden is a carefully cultivated plant utopia, full of smiling Buddha statues and Greek figures. I started heading down the staircase and quickly found myself exploring different pathways and relaxing on the benches that were tucked in different corners of the garden.
It is so dense with plants that everywhere feels like its own perfect little garden of your own. Part of … Read More »[...] Read More »
Hear ye! Hear ye! The Renaissance Festival hath gone forth from our realm, and it was a triumph of Awesome!
Walking through the gates of Renaissance Faire you feel as if you are transported back in time. I was greeted by a group of costumed actors shouting out “Good Morrow!” I even had one guy dressed up in a viking costume (who was obviously heavily intoxicated) shout out, “Thine legs are lovely!” There’s really only one rule at RenFaire: Most things are fine as long as you keep in character!
Whenever I walk into the faire, I head straight to the food booths! Feasting on food is probably my favorite reason for attending. This is definitely not the place to be healthy… The most popular is the turkey leg but my all time favorite must-eats are: the shepherds pie, macaroni & cheese, … Read More »[...] Read More »