There are a lot of things to do in Palm Springs. You can take the Palm Spring Tram up to the mountain for a hike, do some serious shopping, eat plenty of tacos, lay by the pool and admire all the fun flamingo floats or you can go on a fun Instagram tour. There is not an actual Instagram tour set up, but I attended one with Mixbook and Salty Canary during the ALT Summit conference earlier this year and it was so much fun. We went to see amazing architecture, cactuses, city sights, palm trees and all the colorful doors, including “that pink door”! Continue reading
For Christmas this year, we went home to Norway to celebrate the holidays with my family. We booked tickets last minute and they ended up being fairly expensive so to get our moneys worth, I wanted to add another destination to our trip. I don’t know why I always think I’ll get a good deal if I wait another day or week to book the tickets. Intercontinental tickets tend to be more expensive and I recommend booking those as soon as you know you’re going. Traveling within Europe is usually fairly affordable and more flexible for last minute planning.
New Years eve is usually a very affordable day to travel so for the past three years, we’ve spent the last day of the year flying home from Norway and landed just in time for dinner, but so jetlaget we’re in bed by 10 pm on New Years Eve. Not that exciting, I know. My birthday is right after New Years Eve and even though this was a big one, I didn’t want to have a big celebration. After all the holiday festivities, I am ready to detox and get back into the routine of everyday life.
We decided to go somewhere around Europe for New Years as a double celebration and ended up with Berlin! We debated different places to go and I used some of my top travel research resources to find the best place to go (more to come on that). I had never been to Berlin so I was excited to explore the city. Continue reading
I recently had to go to New York for work, but I was able to take an earlier flight so I had a little extra time to explore as well. In New York they have A LOT of delicious food so I made sure to do my research before we got there and had scouted out some restaurants to try out. Continue reading
If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen some sneak peeks from BlogHer, but it’s now been a good week since coming back from Blogher in New York, and I finally feel like I have landed. Attending a blog conferences is so much fun, but also pretty intense and can be somewhat overwhelming at times. There is a lot going on, so many things to learn, so many things to see and so many new people to meet, and so much fun! This year, BlogHer was in New York and I was not complaining. Continue reading
Coming to the Phoenician luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is like coming to paradise! I just went there last week for the Mom 2.0 Summit and let me tell you, this place is amazing! A true luxury resort with beautiful pools, cactuses everywhere, a PGA approved golf course, Camelback mountain right next door, family friendly, delicious food and the friendliest staff!
I actually didn’t take any pictures of the rooms, but they are great! I shared a room with my friend that had two queen beds and we stayed down in the bungalow part. The rooms are at a decent size and has a balcony with lounge chairs. The bathrooms are huge and includes a walk-in shower! You can actually dance and lounge around in there on a bench if you want to :)
I don’t know if I counted the number of pools, but there are at least 5 including the hot tub! They are all on different levels and have a different vibe to them. I spent most of my time up at one of the main pools and it was great! All the lounge chairs have soft cushions and a towel that goes over the actual chair, which means no sliding! Yay! The pool staff is super friendly and will bring you towels and iced water pitchers as soon as you sit down. I was very excited about the water pitchers, because I am not used to the 100 degree weather and was probably dehydrated as soon as I stepped off the plane! There is also a super fun kid zone that’s not actually a pool, but a wet playground in a way. It has sprinklers and buckets of water coming down. From what I saw they have staff watching the play area when kids are there.
Restaurants and Food
We had most of our meals included in the conference, but it was all made at the resort and really good! I just love it when they have lots of fresh fruit with breakfast and who can beat a breakfast outside! We had dinner at the hotel restaurant one of the nights and I had a pasta Carbonara, which was delicious! We had some kind of apple pastry for dessert and that wasn’t as successful, but I am known to be picky with my pastries so who knows. The pancakes the next morning however, THE best pancakes I have ever had! Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and just the right amount of sweetness! Yum!
Golf Course and Hiking Trail
The resort is surrounded by a beautiful golf course on one side and Camelback mountain on the other! They have a cactus garden as well, but I just found out as we were leaving so I didn’t see it. I did however go on a 5K around the golf course and saw cactuses in all shapes and sizes along the way. We don’t really have that here in San Francisco so it was cool to see some up close! I really wanted to hike Camelback mountain, but I think you would have to either do it really early in the morning or in a different season. I was planning on going Saturday morning, but by 8 am it was already too hot. What’s one of your favorite hotels or resorts? Where should I go next?Great review of a true luxury resort in Scottsdale, AZ that has just about everything! #phoenician Click To Tweet
Until Next Time, Hadet På Badet!