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Turtle Bay Resort | 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI | ★★★★ | $$$$

Turtle Bay Resort is the major resort on Oahu’s North Shore. The resort sits on one of the world’s most scenic peninsulas and boasts beautiful guest rooms, suites, villas, and beach cottages, and a host of outdoor activities – all on its 850 acres of land. It’s also where one of my favourite comedies, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, was filmed. I had visited once with my family (no overnight stay) when I was much younger, so I knew I had to take the chance to come back and fully experience the luxury resort.

The Room

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Our room was spectacular. We were on the 5th floor, outfitted with a king bed, a very spacious room, and a balcony looking out onto the resort’s marvellous pools and a breathtaking view of the ocean. I’ve also always loved the design and colour scheme of Turtle Bay, especially with its signature turquoise blue. It just exudes a “you’re in Hawaii, it’s time to relax!” quality. (more…)

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Waldorf Astoria New York | 301 Park Avenue, New York City, NY | ★★★★ | $$$$

What do you think of when you think of “old money” in New York City? Of course, the Upper East Side rings bright and true as the definition for the term. But for me, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Waldorf Astoria.

This beautiful Art Deco hotel was built in 1931 and is a vision of glamour and luxury. It has always been known for its lavish parties and galas, as a popular destination for political and business conferences, and also as the home of many big names for several years (including Frank Sinatra).

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Stepping in, you can immediately admire the very expansive foyer with its high ceilings and wide stretch of marble flooring. There are a few comfortable sitting areas out here for visitors to lounge on and small staircases leading to some of the lobby-level meeting rooms. During the day, the foyer is packed with those staying at the hotel and curious passers-by hoping to get a look inside.

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA | ★★★★ | $$$

When Jen and I went to Los Angeles in April, we were going to treat it as an indulgent girls trip, which meant no holding back when it came to spending. (Don’t worry, Dad. We held back a little.) This was especially true when it came to the hotels we chose.

I’d heard a lot about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for years. It’s rich with history, from its location of residency for many celebrities, to its Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture, and its alleged hauntings. It’s also conveniently located at Hollywood Boulevard, just steps from the TCL Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and a host of restaurants and bars. Anything else was just a short Uber ride away. I’d always wanted a chance to stay there and experience it, and this was the perfect occasion for it.

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I love using Trivago to find hotels – its search parameters help to narrow down your options based on location, price, and rating, and then figures out which booking site has the best deal for that hotel. As such, we got a great deal for 4 nights via Hotels.com and we splurged for the Deluxe King Room. We’re so happy that we did.

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