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.
Las Vegas Strip

It’s easy to repent for one’s sins on the strip season. Though Las Vegas has long been known as one of the world’s top spa capitals, The Cosmopolitan, Caesars, and Encore are serving up a decidedly new twist: spas with Eastern, holistic, and spiritual influences, undisturbed by the surrounding... Read More

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Samsung Digital Camera

Our first early excursion in the narrow gallery forest was thick with vegetation and fraught with countless monkeys, reptiles, adorable bats, and frisky frogs. The Amazon is the most bio-diverse place on the planet, with more than 400 species of mammals, nearly 1,400 birds, and over 3,000 fish. The Peruvian... Read More

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Aria  Ship

I had never been on a cruise, river or otherwise, so I was thrilled to have booked a four-day trip on the M/V Aria – Aqua Expeditions‘ new, 147-foot-long river cruiser stationed in the Peruvian Amazon. After a few-hour delay on our LAN flight from LAX to Lima... Read More

Kempinski Ishtar

The desert has long provided a profound feeling for spiritual seekers, travelers, and explorers alike. From the silkiness of the sand to the stillness that surrounds you and the beauty that abounds, it easily entices. Couple that with the mere mention of The Dead Sea, which immediately conjures up evocative... Read More

Miraflores Bath Butler

We’ve written about all sorts of niche butlers on this blog (see: baby butlers, butler picnics) but Lima’s Miraflores Park Hotel might have one of the more sensuous offerings: Bath Butlers, a service only available in Junior and Presidential suites. True to the brand, this Orient Express property is... Read More

Miraflores Park Hotel Pool

Foodie enthusiasts from across the globe are pouring into Peru’s capital city of Lima to celebrate and savor its provocative culinary culture. For centuries, waves of immigrants have long descended upon this key city. As you explore Lima’s gastronomy today you see influences from the Spanish, African, European, Chinese... Read More


Set in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fairmont’s Banff Springs Resort and Spa has lured royals and celebs since its opening in 1888 – well before Kate and Wills crossed the Canadian border. Given the area’s stunning natural aesthetics and the grandeur of... Read More

Ritz Carlton Downtown Los Angeles

If you’re looking for celebrity-style spa treatments paired with seamless Hollywood hospitality, here are two havens, from the beach to the city streets, that are sure to spoil upon arrival. For the City Slicker: The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live A recent renaissance in downtown L.A. caused an urban revival that’s left... Read More

Ellenborough Exterior

If you’re looking for the royal treatment in the luxe Cotswold countryside, simply slip in to the newly opened Ellenborough Park Hotel in Cheltenham Spa. This picturesque town has been an English health and holiday resort since the discovery of mineral springs in the early 18th century. Today the five-star... Read More