the pursuit of quality in a fleeting life

travel

Weekend in paradise, in the city.

the key to luxury.

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to spend a couple nights that the renowned monument, The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Nicknamed the “Pink Castle,” this is where all of the whos whos and whats whats of the entertainment industry stay at when they are in town or just want to escape from the city.  Well anyways, on to my experience.

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No time for a bad time (Volume 1, Part 2)

(Got my eyes set on Vdara)

Saturday was began at the unsightly hour of 11 am.  The sun was up and blasting its harmful UVA and UVB rays directly at us as we remotely opened the shades to our second day in Sin City.

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The Classic (Volume 1, Part 1)

(The view from paradise)

The saying goes that if you’ve got something good, then hold onto it for dear life.  This annual trip with old friends really goes to show that no matter where we are in life, the best of friends can always reunite in the city that never sleeps and hash out the stresses of life and just have some plain old good times.

We left at the usual time of Friday afternoon as we headed for the barren desert to begin our adventure in the city of lights.  When we got to Aria, we were amazed at the size of our one-bedroom suite with views in every direction. Thank goodness that the windows were only one way.

We went to see the Holly Madison show, Peepshow, and were amazed at the choreographic talents of scantily clad young women.

We then headed to the shady part of town – Downtown Las Vegas.  I can only say that when all else fails and all your friends ditch you (which didn’t happen to me, thank God) stay in the light.  I lost $50 bucks playing Wheel of (non)Fortune slots and decided to call it a night.

A few of us got back to the room at the wee hours of the morning and what else is there to do, but to take a bubble bath.  With views of the city, a bottle of indistinguishable liquids, and a mountain of bubbles; that was the recipe for happiness.  We relaxed, laughed, and swore our losses till the rest came home.

On to Saturday…


Full Frontal (Las Vegas Volume 2, Chapter 2)

 

(Up-close and personal.)

 

In all my 24 years, I have never had the pleasure of sitting front row to such a spectacular show – KA.  The engineering, the theatricality, the excitement was magnified to the tenth-degree.

However, I must speak to the past before talking about this more recent experience…  A couple years ago, I went to see this amazing show with a large cup of Adios and a bag of popcorn.  Little did I know that that combination was not enough to keep my attention after being drained from an afternoon of aquatic activities (aka the pool).  I missed a few things, but I got the jist of the non-English spoken show.  The main difference was that we were seated about half the auditorium back.

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Serve it to the kids (Las Vegas Volume 2, Chapter 1)

(Yummy.)

There is nothing more relaxing than baking in the dry, sensual heat of Las Vegas.  This was our first official day in the city of entertainment and we were basking in the ambience (aka sunlight) at the amazing pools of The Palazzo.  The blended drinks come very light so either share with the kids or be sure you have enough to get a few for yourself.

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Pick My Cherry

beautiful

I love dayscursions.  Most recently, my group of friends and I decided to jump at the opportunity to go pay to pick cherries.  Actually, it was not in that particular order; we had to pick the cherries ourselves first, then upon exiting, we had to pay for whatever we took out with us.  Yes, quite counter intuitive, but reality nonetheless.

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Pray for St. Regis

ticket to relaxation

Recently, I had the pleasure to spend a couple of nights at the St. Regis Spa and Resort in Monarch Beach, CA.  Set in the rolling coastal hills, this oasis of rest and relaxation was much needed after the stressful few weeks that preceded the stay.  The resort was gorgeous, the Executive Suite was ginormous, the pool expansive.  Personally, the experience redefined the standard of resort living and had set the bar for every journey thereafter.

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