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Exploring the Impressive Louvre Abu Dhabi, UAE

Architect Jean Nouvel designed the impressive and beautiful Louvre Abu Dhabi

Until recently I thought of Abu Dhabi as a city one connects through when flights through Dubai aren’t available. But that view was challenged during my latest visit to the UAE. I was surprised by how many people suggested visiting the Louvre Abu Dhabi, a world class museum which opened in 2017 as part of a thirty-year deal between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.

Mirrors at the Royal Mansour Marrakech

Mirrors are just one of the finishes at the Royal Mansour

It’s all about the details at the Royal Mansour. The construction of this Marrakech luxury hotel was overseen by Morocco’s reigning monarch, Mohammed VI. He employed over 1,500 Moroccan artisans specifically to show off the finest in Moroccan craftsmanship, including some very beautiful mirrors.

A Stay in the Designer Suite at the St. Regis Rome

Fainting couch and king size bed in the Designer Suite at the St. Regis Rome

The St. Regis Rome was my home base during my most recent trip to the Italian capital. My husband, a loyalty program evangelist, is a SPG Platinum member and those SPG platinum benefits (free wifi, room upgrade upon availability and option to choose free breakfast as the Platinum amenity) really add up and elevate the stay experience in a pricey European city like Rome.

Inside OZONE, The World’s Tallest Bar, at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Lights at OZONE Change Colors

Up on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is the world’s tallest bar, OZONE. When the weather allows for it, OZONE offers some spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the city’s skyline. But the bar’s super modern, Jetson’s glamorous interior is pretty spectacular on it’s own, with lights changing colors and dramatic mirrors and lighting fixtures. OZONE serves “Asian tapas”– small plates ranging from sushi & sashimi to vegetable samosas and Wagyu beef mini-burgers. The mini-burgers were a definite standout on the menu.