It’s early morning in Saint Lucia, and I’m hearing the sounds of water falling, the birds chirping and the distant hum of fishing boats driving by. The reflections of the Pitons in my infinity pool is breathtaking as a cloud hovers over the Gros Piton waiting to burn off in the morning sun. A cool breeze softly blows through my Jade Mountain Sanctuary, and there is serenity. I have no television. No radio. No internet. I feel distant from the world, yet having a moment of gratitude and reflection.
Reflections at Jade Mountain
In the aftermath of a senseless tragedy like yesterday in Boston, I am taking a moment to breathe, remember what is important in my life, and try to think positively about the good, not the bad, in mankind. I am grateful in many ways that I was traveling and not at the Boston Marathon events where I would have been which were right near the explosions. Hearing reports from friends who had to run for safety and assist others makes my heart weigh heavy.
I was fortunate to spend last night surrounded by the wonderful Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, the owners of Jade Mountain, and not be alone, yet inside my heart continues to weep for those affected by yesterday’s events. I am deeply grateful for all of the wonderful messages by my friends and family around the world who kept me updated through social media sites. I have been traveling inspecting 15 hotels on five islands in 12 days, and I really and truly cannot wait to get home to Boston.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ― Confucius
A luxury travel friend of mine recently said to me knowingly, “The world is not enough for Tiffany.” Was this a compliment or not? Was I guilty of an unrelenting passion, a zest for life, and the need to seek new experiences on a continuous basis that made this assessment true? As a glass half full person, I believe that enthusiasm is contagious. It has always been my goal that when I share my luxury travel experiences on social media sites, it is not to say “look at me” but rather “be inspired by the places I go and discover these places for yourself.”
Yes, it is true that I am restless. I fear complacency. I will always have a desire for more. So maybe it is true — the world is not enough for me, but I believe that as long as I maintain gratitude and health, why should I stop discovering?
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide
What could be more glamorous than haute couture? So combine my love of luxury hotels, fashion and good friends, and it’s the recipe for an amazing night! Next stop: Red Carpet L.A. All of the haute couture dresses designed by Maya Meirav shown during the evening are being sent directly to Los Angeles to be showcased in the 2011 Oscar Suites. So join me for what will no doubt be a “haute” night at the Liberty Hotel!
“Better Late” — Boston Globe Thank you friends for joining me for a fabulous evening!
Fashionably Late with Tiffany Dowd
I’m having complete Zen moment eating a juicy plum in the relaxation room at a glamorous spa. I’m not on some exotic island, and I haven’t traveled far to get here.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Boston
I am taking a break this random weekday morning for a blissful girl’s day spa getaway with my friend, Tonya, at the new Forbes Five-Star Mandarin Oriental Spa in Boston.
Relaxation Room at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental - Boston
I complete my lifestyle consultation form trying not to stress if I truthfully answered the question “How do respond to stress?” No matter, I know I’m about to enjoy a peppermint scented Aromatherapy Massage, spend hours relaxing in the vitality pool, and testing out the high-tech “Experience Shower” with several different journeys to choose from including an Island Storm, Tropical Rain and Arctic Mist.
I marvel at the inviting ice fountain which I know will cool me off perfectly after zoning out in the Quartz crystal steam room.
The gracious Spa Director later informs me the ice chips are for massaging into your skin to cool and revitalize; not for eating. Oops, I’ll have to remember this for next time.
My Anniversary is near, and with our schedules barely clear to escape somewhere with our passports, the Luxurious Sanctuary Couples Suite experience may be exactly what we need.
For an oasis in the city, visit the The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Boston located at 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199 Tel: 617-535-8820 Best of Boston 2010 winner “Best Day Spa”
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Boston Herald 5/12/2009
Liberty Hotel Fashion Show Featuring Michael De Paulo Couture
Ok, sometimes I slow down long enough to unpack my bags and get involved in fun and stylish events in one of the greatest American cities: Boston! My latest venture is guaranteed to be a FUN night of FASHION and STYLE at the Liberty Hotel featuring the stunning couture creations by Michael De Paulo! Thursday, May 7th!
So, just case it’s a bad hair day, or you want some extra gloss for smooching, look for our complimentary MAKEOVER STATIONS where you can be just like the stars and get your own hair and makeup! Courtesy of Mizu Salon and The Beauty Mark…And if you have time for dinner before the show, make a reservation at Clink who is featuring a special menu with some of our faves. Be sure to bring your stylish friends too…they definitely won’t want to miss this event! -Tiffany Dowd & Tonya Mezrich (co-hosts)
DRESS TO IMPRESS! RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org …Check out www.michaeldepaulo.com or www.libertyhotel.com
Fashionably Late in the Boston Globe 5/10/2009