Today was interviewed by Bennett & Brown on the C. Alan Morning Show and was asked to give my top 5 beauty destinations so I thought I would share them with you.
1) Salvador – Bahia Brazil
A visit to Salvador is a chance to step back in time, to stroll through a perfectly preserved city from the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s a chance to experience Brazil’s close connection to Africa — to taste this connection in the food, hear it in the music, see it in the faces of the people. All of these elements — architecture, food, and music — mix together in Pelourinho, the restored colonial heart of the city of Salvador.
Beyond Salvador, a trip to Bahia is a chance to stock up on two of Brazil’s greatest non-exportable products — sand and sunshine. The beaches of Bahia are some of Brazil’s most varied and beautiful. They come blessed by sunshine, lapped by a warm southern ocean, and infused with a laid-back spirit that is uniquely Bahian. Read more:
2) Paris – France
With an average of 27 million visitors per year, Paris is the most visited city in the world. Although the city is bustling year-round, the summer (July-Aug) is the worst time to visit, since most Parisians flee the city while most tourists crowd into the city then. Paris is probably most pleasant to visit in the spring (Apr-June) or fall (Sept-Nov), but it is also lovely during December, when the city is all lit up with Christmas lights. Annual fashion shows and trade fairs bring a lot of people to the city in September and October, so it may be difficult to find a hotel room during this period. Hotels in Paris rarely advertise off-season rates, but rooms are often a little less expensive during the cold, rainy period from November to February. Airfares are cheaper during these months, and more promotions are available; airfares rise in the spring and fall, peaking in the summer, when tickets cost the most. Read more:
3) Capetown – South Africa
Strikingly beautiful and separated by a barrier of mountains, Cape Town looks and feels different from the rest of South Africa. Its unique topography offers a range of activities, from windsurfing and mountain climbing to wine tasting and sun bathing. But Cape Town’s real draw is its vibrant multiculturalism. Watch Zulu groups singing and dancing as you shop or dine at the V&A Waterfront; mingle with Cape Town’s Muslim community in Bo-Kaap; and party European-style in cool clubs around Greenpoint. Read more
4) Punta Cana – Dominican Republic
On the easternmost tip of the island, 211km (131 miles) east of Santo Domingo, is Punta Cana, the site of major vacation developments, including the Barceló and Meliá properties, with more scheduled to arrive in the future. Known for its 32km (20 miles) of white-sand beaches and clear waters, Punta Cana and Bávaro are an escapist’s retreat. Set against a backdrop of swaying palm trees, these beaches are unrivaled in the Caribbean. Within some of the most arid landscapes in the Caribbean — it rarely rains during daylight hours — Punta Cana and Bávaro have been recognized throughout Europe (especially Spain) and the Americas for their climate. Read more
5) Barcelona – Spain
A Gothic and Modernist marvel on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is quirky, cosmopolitan and effortlessly cool. This city breathes life: from chefs foraging for fresh produce in La Boqueria Market at the crack of dawn to partygoers leaving El Born’s pulsating clubs around the same time. Pause for a minute, and discover Barcelona’s real charm in small details — the hidden courtyards of Barri Gòtic, the light catching Sagrada Família’s wax-like turrets — all coming together to make the Catalan capital one of Spain’s most livable and loveable cities. Read more: