Hotel X Toronto

By Melanie Hennessey Along the Toronto waterfront, x now marks the spot for the latest in luxury accommodations. Hotel X Toronto opened its doors along Lakeshore Road earlier this year, offering a unique array of amenities ranging from a tri-level rooftop bar and pool to numerous indoor tennis and squash …

Luxury adventures

By Barbara Ramsay Orr Punta Mita, Mexico  The chef scoops up a handful of large pink shrimp, caught recently in nearby Mazatlan, and dumps them into a sizzling hot molcajete. I had no idea that this stone mortar used in every Mexican household to grind spices, and make salsas and guacamole, …

British Virgin Islands

By Josephine Matyas With just one pair of shoes, I would do fine cruising the British Virgin Islands. Just one pair, as long as it’s the right pair: casual, practical (leave the Jimmy Choos at home) and sturdy enough for a short hike. Taking off footwear and tossing it into …

Luxury Adventures

Exploring possibilities for curated experiences around the corner, around the country and around the world. By Barbara Ramsay Orr Sleeping With Memories: The Henry Hotel, And Buffalo’s Architectural Riches We used to schlep over to Buffalo to hit the outlet malls and indulge in their famous chicken wings. But there’s …

The Apple Pie Trail

A culinary adventure along Georgian Bay, Ontario By Sherri Telenko Fresh baked apple pie. If you think I’m tired of it after my fourth slice in two days, you’d be wrong. This time I’m at Blackbird Pie Company in the Beaver Valley hamlet of Heathcote, exactly the type of quaint …

Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

By Josephine Matyas I’m standing in a circle of people in fluffy white robes at the 36cinq Lounge water bar, lobbing questions at the water sommelier about source, temperature of consumption and mineral count. Behind her is an altar-like cabinet of several dozen bottles, dramatically backlit to emphasize the clarity …

Weekender: Muskoka Girls’ Getaway at Deerhurst

By Shannon Mastaler Muskoka — known as Ontario’s  ‘Hamptons’ — is a prime summer destination. With hundreds of lakes, rustic appeal, beaches, great shopping and dining, golf, boating and fireside evenings, it’s no wonder Muskoka is the destination of choice for cottagers, campers and summer vacationers. This summer, why not …

Mozambique’s White Pearl Resort

By Barbara Ramsay Orr I stood on the terrace outside the villa at White Pearl and watched sunrise gild the quiet bay in front of me. Birds called from nearby branches, monkeys chattered in the distant Casuarina trees and waves rolled with a soothing regularity onto the wide white beach. Even this …

Weekender: The Timeless Luxuries of Langdon Hall

By Melanie Hennessey Nestled in the quiet Cambridge countryside is a romantic getaway where luxurious touches are second nature and culinary experiences abound. Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa is a gem of a weekend escape, located within an hour’s drive of most places within the GTA. Driving up …

The Inn at Bay Fortune — Chef Michael Smith’s PEI

By Barbara Ramsay Orr Chef Michael Smith is on fire — and that’s a good thing, both for the Canadian culinary scene and for anyone hoping to pay a visit to our smallest province, Prince Edward Island. The Inn at Bay Fortune, a scrubbed and wind-washed gem overlooking the Atlantic …