All posts by Karen Loftus

Karen Loftus is a travel and luxury lifestyle writer based in Los Angeles. She has an affinity for cocktail and culinary tourism perfectly paired with a wild side of adventure. Once an international comedian that toured the Global Road, Karen now puts on the page what she once delivered on stage. She still travels the world and tells stories and is most at home when she is away from it. There's no place like the road. You can check out Karen's Global Gallery at or follow her on The Global Road @LAKarenLoftus.

Driving through endless sweeping hills in Italy, there’s nothing for miles, except for the occasional religious relic on the side of the road.  It was hard to believe that we’d just come from bustling Rome, which is about 120 miles away. The region of Abruzzo, the least populated of Italy’s... Read More

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Jamaican charm hits you the minute you land in Montego Bay and, if you’re staying at the oceanfront Jewel Runaway Bay Beach & Golf Resort on the island’s North Coast, the all-inclusive ambiance kicks in, too, the minute you arrive following a 45-minute ride from the airport. The best part?... Read More

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Easter Island Guide

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it is locally known, is more than 2,000 miles from Chile and the nearest islands of Polynesia, making it the most isolated destination in the world. The island’s main draw? The 887 extant monumental statues, or moais, created by the early Rapa Nui people. Moais are placed upon... Read More

Wadi Rum

“Jordan is a quiet place surrounded by a lot of noise.” On a recent trip to Jordan, my guide, Kamel, was referring to Jordan’s neighboring countries: Bordering Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, and Israel have affected Jordan’s tourism lately. I was last in Jordan in February, 2009, and things became pretty... Read More

Off the Beaten Path in Morocco

When you think of Morocco, Marrakesh, medinas, and magic carpets come to mind. But, after you’ve seen the city and explored The Atlas Mountains, head south on Morocco’s coastal road to grab yet another slice of the seductive North African lifestyle. Here’s where to stop and what to see... Read More

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Montage Deer Valley

This season there are several snow-filled directions to head in to get your ski on. We’ve chosen five of the tip top spots where the spas certainly rival the slopes. Montage Deer Valley – Deer Valley, Utah This classic Craftsman resort tucked in to the forested slopes of Utah’s Deer... Read More

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Hotel Burnham Dillon Resized

Kimpton is one of the most pet-friendly hotel brands by far, with each of their properties touting a robust list of pet-friendly perks that are typically tailored to the individual hotel, to its region, or to their very own four-legged pet concierge. All of their 50-plus boutique hotels nationwide... Read More

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La Mamounia

Celebrities expect and get the very best. This high end clientele pulls in to tip-top spots around the globe, at properties as iconic as they are. These six sexy properties have played home away from home to everyone from the Obamas to Madonna, providing the perfect respite for royalty, rock... Read More

New York Hotels   Palace

If you’re the type of couple that wants it all, then you need to take a bite out of the Big Apple, which has it all in spades. Whether you are a culinary, cultural, theater or business-savvy duo, a downright decadent couple with a love of couture and a... Read More


Wine regions have long provided the perfect backdrop for romantic endeavors. Visiting is an inspiring way to get a lay of the land, the grapes, and the locals. Plus, these regions typically have a wealth of romantic accommodations – think chic boutiques, luxury castle accommodations, and wine-inspired bungalows. Herewith... Read More

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Golf Romance   K Club

It’s hard to talk about golf without mentioning Ireland, but resorts in Spain and South Africa are luxury gems sure to give the Emerald Isle a run for its money. The K Club; County Kildare, Ireland The countryside, five-star Kildare Hotel and Golf Club (K Club for short) is a quick... Read More

Seattle Spas   Four Seasons

Seattle’s Starbucks single-handedly kicked off the Americana coffee craze and has since birthed a very competitive barista culture where a perfect cuppa is comparable to reaching caffeinated Nirvana, another Seattle signature. Whether it’s the grunge bands or the notorious Microsoft country, a cafe or a string of rainy days, Seattle... Read More

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Golf Romance   Whistling Straits

Couples looking for an active and luxurious getaway should take a look at our snapshot of golf resorts that are as serious about spas and gastronomy as they are about the great game itself. These three domestic beauties are close to hearth and home – in the California... Read More

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Six Senses   Aman Summer Palace

Hotels and hideaways have long provided a great base and an idyllic backdrop for romance, illicit or otherwise. Once in your own private oasis, away from the demands of everyday life, romance is on the rise, and senses are easily aroused. Whether it’s a romantic rendezvous, a destination wedding... Read More

San Pedro Chile   Tierra De Atacama 2

Dear ShermansTravel, I am getting married in January of 2012, and I am looking for a honeymoon spot for me and my fiancé in Central or South America. We are really adventurous and are looking for an all-inclusive place to stay for the first half of the week; then we’d... Read More