MY FAVORITE PLACE TO SKI

It’s time for my annual ski trip to Vail, Colorado at Vail Ski Resort. Here’s why it’s my favorite place to ski!

I spent a week on Vail Mountain and decided to take you along!

Vail Ski Resort is one of the most famous ski resorts in the entire world, and I’m here to show you why. From the delicious restaurants, apres ski, amazing shopping, and world class skiing in both Lionshead and Vail Village, it’s no wonder people flock to this mountain.

This is considered a long travel vlog for me, but I’m hoping it will help you get to know me better 🙂 If you’re looking for an American woman vlog style video, or even a woman travel vlog, I hope you enjoy this video! Ready? Here we go! This is Vail Mountain, Colorado.

My other Vail, Colorado Videos:

HOW TO HOLD YOUR SKIS

48 HOURS IN VAIL 

MID-VAIL ON THE MOUNTAIN TIPS

HOT CHOCOLATE BATTLE

 

Book your stay in Vail!

Where we stayed: Vail International

A high-end option: The Sebastian

Top Rated on Lonely Planet: Austria Haus

 

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Casa Las Tortugas Beach Hotel Review

Casa Las Tortugas Beach Hotel and Spa is an oasis for travelers seeking relaxation in a traditional Mexican hotel. Come with me as I take you on a tour of this bohemian boutique hotel in Holbox, Mexico.

Getting there

You’ll want to fly into the Cancun airport. From there, you can take a taxi to the Isla/Holbox ferry in Chiquila. It takes two hours from Cancun. I love the location of Casa Las Tortugas as it’s very close to town. Some of the other nicer hotels are down further. I also love how it is right on the beach!


About the hotel

Unsuspecting from the outside, the hotel is situated on an enclave and as you walk in, it opens up to this tropical paradise. It was a quick and efficient check in and then they showed us around the property and to our room. All of the paths throughout the hotel are sand with tropical greenery overhanging.

All the rooms are traditional white-washed casitas and the furnishings throughout your room are natural woods and dyes. The casitas can be a garden, pool or ocean view. I got the least expensive (about $200-250 per night and it was still wonderful) standard garden room with two double beds and a private terrace. Note: this is the time to truly unplug; There is no tv or coffee maker! The hotel provides beach towels for you daily. Our bathroom was a shower in the adobe style with all natural stones and eco friendly toiletries. My favorite part: every room has a hammock on terrace!

They have a spa and daily yoga which is great for those looking to really relax. The beach club resort was not a party atmosphere. They had lots of hammocks, shade trees, tables out on the beach, lots of day beds, and swing day beds. It’s a boutique hotel with only around 20 hotel rooms, so if privacy is what you’re after, this is the hotel for you.


Food

The best food we had on the island was at Mandarina, the onsite hotel restaurant right on the beach! We did the upgrade and chose to have breakfast every morning. You had the choice every day to have hot or cold breakfast: typically one hot egg dish and one cold yogurt granola and fruit. They also had delicious fresh baked bread.

There is a new tapas bar called Lumma, and I got the impression that it was the most chic thing happening in Holbox at night.


Spa Experience

The hotel has a fantastic spa called Agua Spa. I did a mud massage which was fantastic and well priced. Note: It is not a fancy spa. My massage was in the yoga room, but I still loved every minute of it.


Things to Do

One of the main attractions to Holbox is to go swimming with the whale sharks which I did twice this trip. You can book with the hotel but make sure to book it in advance!

Check out my video all about swimming with whale sharks.


BOOK ACCOMMODATIONS:

Don’t got to Holbox unless you stay here. 5 Stars all the way from this Abundant Traveler!

 

 

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN HOLBOX, MEXICO


Airports to Fly Into

Cancun. Take a taxi from the Cancun airport to the Isla/Holbox ferry in Chiquila. Ferry schedule: It takes two hours from cancun and you are going through a jungle – it feels remote.


Where to Stay

I stayed at Casa Las Tortguas. We paid to have breakfast included (THE best chilaquiles I’ve ever had in my entire life!) They also have one of the nicest restaurants in Holbox called Mendorina. There is a sushi bar upstairs and recently, they opened a restaurant with tapas next door called Luma.

Casa Las Tortugas has a spa and daily yoga classes.

All of the hotel rooms are casitas with air conditioning. The casitas can be a garden, pool or ocean view. I got the least expensive with a garden view (about $200-250 per night) and it was still wonderful!

The beach club resort was not a party atmosphere. They had lots of hammocks, shade trees, tables out on the beach, lots of day beds, and swing day beds. It’s a boutique hotel with only 20ish hotel rooms.


When to Go

If you want to see the whale sharks, you have to go between mid-May through September. Note: You can book with your hotel but make sure to book it in advance!

I went in August, but the best times to go are January until May, July and August and November and December, according to BestTravelMonths.com


TOP 6 THINGS TO DO

1. Go for a walk on the beach in the morning

2. Rent a bike (or a golf cart)

3. Take a stroll through town

4. Have lunch at Black Beard’s

5. Go see the Whale Sharks (see my blog post all about this!)

6. Watch the sunset in Punta Coco


Important things to Note

You don’t need many clothes! I lived in a swimsuit and a sarong most of the time. There’s only one fancy restaurant. Bottom line: It’s extremely casual.

Most of the shops and restaurants don’t open till after 12 during the day, and the town is only alive at night.

There are basically no cars, so if you take a taxi from the ferry you will be in a golf taxi.

Holbox is very shallow. You can walk out for 200 yards and still be only waist deep!

Holbox is known for unplugging. It’s the perfect place to read a book and not do much. Bottom Line: It’s not the place to come party! It’s extremely mellow.


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