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Best Girls Weekend – Hotel X Toronto

 

We just got back from an extraordinary weekend at the Hotel X – Lakeshore Urban Resort Nestled in Toronto. This stunning property is truly unique. Toronto is special to me because it was the first place I immigrated too when coming to Canada many years ago.For those of you that know the city well, you can relate that it is busy and congested as most big cities are but here is the best part! The Hotel X is only 5 minutes from Billy Bishop Airport. It is the first Urban Resort in Toronto with so many luxurious features for the entire family 1 to 100.

  • I had the pleasure of going with my girlfriends for some fun in the sun and here are a list to make you #jealous

    The list of amenities are fantastic:
    -Spectacular Views
    -24/7 Concierge
    -Decked Out Movie Theatre
    -Multiple Restaurants
    -10X Fitness Club
    -Yoga
    -No Resort Fees
    -Stunning Swimming Pool
    -Family and Pet Friendly
    -Kandy Gallery Onsite
    -Guerlain Spa (Coming This Fall)

  • I almost forgot to include the shuttle serious and super Lux house car that will transport you within 5km within the downtown core.
  • The best part of the entire weekend was the unmarked hospitality and attention to detail. No matter where I travel in the world this is the part that stands out the most in my heart and mind. I visited the first when they first opened last year and a few of the staff actually remembered me which was super impressive!!
  • There was so much to do on the property (It is huge) that we decided to take our time and soak everything in ….the Rooftop Pond Pool is seriously heavenly and we watched as the sky changed to intense shades as the golden hour approached.
  • We made our way to Maxx,s Kitchen and took a food adventure (BIO BELOW)

    Maxx’s Kitchen offers a vibrant, inviting space enhanced by a spacious balcony for outdoor dining, with unobstructed views of the lake. The restaurant features an electric fireplace, open-concept kitchen with a live cooking station. Ideal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Maxx’s offers a selection of healthy options, comfort foods, and a twist on the everyday classic favourites – bringing a sense of home to every guest. Bold flavours and seasonal, locally sourced ingredients are the focus of each dish.

  • This was a treat👩🏾‍🍳

    Library Club Lounge

    • Breakfast Hours:
    • Monday to Friday from 6:30 am – 10:30 am
    • Saturday, Sunday & Holidays from 7:00 am – 11 am
    • Wine & Cheese:
    • Daily from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • I cant highlight the importance of making time for people we care about and things we love. I enjoy sharing the journey and opening your eyes to the wonders of the world. A small weekend trip is exactly what we needed as a healthy break from the busy lives we all have. Let someone else take care of you for a change.
  • Gather your amazing besties and see you at the HOTELX TORONTO

XO

Jodie

@joudelj

 

These memories will last forever and ever. It was fun and laughter from the moment we met at the Station.

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Revolve Festival 2019 – Journey To Palm Springs

 

Festival Days Are The Best Days

I just got back from the hottest party of the year put on by Revolve, it probably sounds familier because most of us – glamorous women spend our days drooling over their show stopping fashion pieces. This was a last minute trip and I honestly scrambling to get flights and accommodation. Little did I know but Coachella is the same weekend and brings in hundreds wait, thousands of beautiful people to Palm Springs. I probably spent 8hrs looking for somewhere to stay, get a car and the eventually used Expedia as my one stop shop! Woo Hoo

 

Revolve Festival 2019  (Click HERE FOR THE VIDEO)

 

It has been on my bucket list to attend Coachella but thats going to happen another year for sure. I love music, fashion and this was the trip of the year so far. I met so many influencers, bloggers, fashion icons and industry elites. The energy was dynamic and I felt like I was on pre workout the entire day (Im laughing now). I spoke to a few people that have attended festivals in the Vally for the last five years and they were pros.

                       

Where to stay?

 

La Quinta Resort https://www.laquintaresort.com/rooms/

JW Marriot Palm Springs  https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ctdca-jw-marriott-desert-springs-resort-and-spa/

(Be sure to book 2 months in advance at least. (There were a lot of third party sites scamming people)

 

Timing is Everything?

-Make sure you get to wrist band pick up and shuttle pickup 1 hr in advance.

-carry a water bottle and sunblock to wait in line (it was 32Dg Hot Hot and Hot).

-The drive to the location is 30 min long.

-Everything gets busier as the day goes on.

What I packed in my backpack? Blinged out fancy backpack off course

-Wipes

-Advil

-spare dress (easy slip on and a scarf) Gets cooler as the night goes on

-bandaids (blisters happen in the heat) Shoe selection is vital

-I carried basic touch up makeup (Powder and lip tint)

-Bandana (Just like a 😎)

Things to do around Palm Springs?

-The wind turbines are so cool!

-Pool days at your hotel or elsewhere

-Hot springs and different natural plunge pools (Miracle Hot Springs in Joshua Tree)

-The cheese cake factory is AMAZING

Whenever we were on the road, Starbucks came in handy.

Shopping in Palm Springs?

I always end up at Kohls and Target somehow!

Homegoods is great

I mostly shopped the https://www.revolve.com REVOLVE STORE

This weekend I was totally inspired by the people around me. So much beauty and mostly things to be grateful for. Some of my celebrity and almost celebrity  crushes that I was standing next too Kendall Jenner, Justinc, Jasmin Saunders, Camila Coelho, Janice  Joostemaa, Cardi B,

WE had such a great time and look forward to going back to the Coachella Valley. The girls and I drove back from Palm Springs to LA (Lotsa Traffic) for a quick adventure to Venice Beach. Definitely worth a visit and LA is just amazing in general. The vibe and atmosphere is addictive. Took 5 or maybe 50 pics of the sunset and flew back to Canada.

See you on instagram gorgeous https://www.instagram.com/joudelj/

XO

Jodie

 

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The Ultimate Guide To Mauritius – Paradise Awaits

I often looked at the dot of an island called Mauritius but the even bigger dot called Madagascar and thought it could only be experienced in the movies. I not only made it to Mauritius but fell deeply inlove. Mauritius is paradise and here is how I saw the island. I flew from Ottawa, Canada to London along to Savanne Mauritius ( https://mauritius-airport.atol.aero/) Depending on where you are located, flights may be a little easier.

Clear Blue Water with exotic fish everywhere and fresh coral. 😍😍😍😍

I know what you are thinking and no this is not my pool but this gorgeous turquoise water is the in the Indian Ocean. Warm, beautiful and will literally take your breathe away. The first stop on my list was the Outrigger Mauritius (South Of The Island)https://www.outrigger.com/hotels-resorts/island-of-mauritius

Only a short 40 min scenic drive with amazing views. We were welcomed with a delicious local cane juice beverage and a papaya cookie #nomnom. We were then escorted in true Mauritian style to our ocean front accommodation. The water and view was something that will stay with us forever. If that wasn’t enough we walked over to one of the beautiful restaurants onsite to experience a world class buffet of creole and western dishes. The flavour and tastes were unbelievable.

Outrigger Property Mauritius
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The Plantation Club House
Outrigger Mauritius

Mauritius Overview

Though sedate in nature, this mountainous island in the Indian Ocean offers some of the most adventurous activities, as well as stunning beaches for pure relaxation. It also is home to one of the most exceptional Mauritius resorts. Indeed, our property is known among the best Mauritius holiday and honeymoon resorts, though its tranquil setting, luxurious amenities, lively entertainment, and astounding cuisine appeals to anyone, any time of the year. When looking for Mauritius beach hotels, look no further. Enjoy the resort experience of a lifetime! (I couldn’t agree more)

Nature Walks and Hidden Gems
Taking a Stroll with Mom
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Mauritius is known for its gorgeous ocean and Aquatic Life. We found a crazy amount of fresh coral and tropical fish.

The only question is do you love cuisine, swimming, snorkelling, relaxing or the adventure of this island? What I liked most about the Outrigger resort was its independent character filled with amazing people who go above and beyond. I truly believe in the magic of travel and I wanted to get know more about the people of Mauritius. The concierge arranged transport to our next location which was the Intercontinental Mauriti us Resort Balaclava Fort about 1.5hrs North. http://mauritius.intercontinental.com


Paradise Of North Mauritius

Welcome to the Intercontinental Mauritius Balaclava, This gorgeous property is located in the North on one of the most pristine stretches of beach overlooking Balaclava, Mauritius. We were welcomed by the sounds of beautiful birds on the property. The staff went out of their way to show us around. We decided to try all the award winning SPA Intercontinental for a 90 min HOT oil massage and its exactly what we needed. Don’t miss the traditional Mauritian BBQ evening for a Saga Dance lesson ocean front. The fireworks display was truly impressive.

The SPA Intercontinental

Secluded within the boundaries of exclusive Balaclava Bay, on the island’s northern coast, this 210-room Mauritius hotel resort was designed to blend modern convenience with traditional Mauritius flavor. It was also created to cater to the needs of couples, families and business travelers alike. At this luxury Mauritius hotel, you can choose from energetic sports or sophisticated dining. The Asian Fusion restaurant is a taste sensation.

Stay In or Go Out 🥑🥂

A Luxury Paradise -Breakfast In Today
Fruit Fruit Locally Grown
Intercontinental Mauritius http://mauritius.intercontinental.com
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Views From The Suite
http://mauritius.intercontinental.com/presidential-duplex–suite
Absolutely Gorgeous Accommodation.

PRESIDENTIAL DUPLEX SUITE

Each duplex suite provides the ultimate in luxury resort living. Offering 300 square metres of space, our suites are perfect for guests who desire a truly pampering island experience. Suites are located on the top floors of our Mauritius luxury resort, with two terraces each – one with a private whirlpool bath and the other with loungers. The bottom floor features a kitchen, living room and dining area – perfect for entertaining, while the upper floor features a master bedroom with an elegant en-suite bathroom. Views from the terraces showcase vistas of the Indian Ocean and lush terrain.

All rooms feature:

  • Two 53-inch TVs with international satellite channels
  • Laptop-sized digital safety deposit box
  • Luxurious bathroom amenities
  • Separate stone bathtub and walk-in rain shower
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Working and grooming area
  • Dry cleaning and laundry services
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Private balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture
  • 24-hour room service
  • Daily maid service
  • Extra bed available at charge, maximum of one per room

Complimentary:

  • WIFI access throughout the resort
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Use of the whirlpool bath, sauna and steam room at SPA InterContinental
  • Access to the fitness centre
  • Watersports including, Kayaking, water-skiing, snorkelling & trips on our glass bottom boat
  • Planet Trekkers Kids Club access for our junior travellers between ages 4 to 12 years old

Venture To the Port Louis Market 25min Away.

Spices At The Market
Eating Street Food In Port Louis
What a view at the Port Louis Harbour Front

We are still talking about this epic vacation and cant wait to go back. Follow along on instagram https://www.instagram.com/joudelj/?hl=en

Until The Next Adventure

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