Eye on the World

Eye on the World

Eye on the World: The Florida Keys

With beach towel, bug spray and boyfriend in tow, I set out on a road trip across what has to be one of the most scenic roadways in the U.S.—a.k.a. the Overseas Highway—to The Florida Keys.

Eye on the World: #MIA2BOS Road Trip

On our road trip from Miami to Boston, we took a trip through American history, with stops in St. Augustine, Savannah, Richmond, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Charleston.
Our affable guide led us on a scenic raft ride down the Martha Brae River and even let me steer!

Eye on the World: Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay

It was a scenic little drive down Queen's Highway to the all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, Don Pablo Collection in Jamaica. From there, it was one eye-pleasing sight after another.

Eye on the World: Pandora—The World of Avatar

Last week Recommend had a sneak peek of Pandora—the World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The towering Krakatau water and fire volcano sits in the middle of the park.

Eye on the World: Universal’s Volcano Bay

On May 25, park-goers were greeted with great fanfare by the fictitious "Waturi" people of Universal's Volcano Bay during the highly anticipated opening of the new water theme park in Orlando.
Top deck on the Disney Fantasy.

Eye on the World: Disney Fantasy

Recommend recently took a cruise on the Disney Fantasy to check out the new "Marvel Superheroes" and "Star Wars" youth activities as well as the recently opened branch of Tiffany & Co and the Sweet On You ice cream shop.
One of many pools on the sprawling oceanfront campus of the two resorts.

Eye on The World: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall

On Recommend's recent visit to the all-inclusive, family-friendly Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica, we soaked up the local culture and Caribbean sun.
The family-run Leshiba Wilderness sits in a tucked-away valley overlooking the Soutpansberg mountains in the Limpopo Province.

Eye on the World: South Africa and Mozambique

In mid-May, Recommend contributor Lane Nieset jetted off to Durban, South Africa for the annual INDABA conference, heralded as Africa’s largest travel trade show.
Color pops in the Bruges City Centre in Belgium.

Eye on the World: Belgium

Our recent 3-city tour of Belgium was a whirlwind of sensations.
Reichsburg-Castle

Eye on the World: Avalon Waterways

Recommend hopped on board Avalon Waterways' Avalon Visionary in April, cruising along the castle- and vineyard-lined Moselle and Rhine rivers from Amsterdam to Paris.
Hammock beach pool complex.

Eye on the World: Hammock Beach Resort

See just how sweet #LifeatHammockBeach is through the eyes of Recommend's Web Editor, who spent a weekend at the oceanfront Hammock Beack Resort in Northeast Florida.
The path to the Ocean Front Suites at Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso is lined with palm trees and cozy cabanas.

Eye on the World: Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

See how Recommend's Web Editor made the most out of her stay at Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
The Bristol Cathedral, Southwest England

Eye on the World: Southwest England

Eclectic towns, cultural cities, street art, captivating castles, and memorable meals filled my days while touring Southwest England during this year’s ExploreGB.

Eye on the World: Cruising the Rhine with Viking Hild

Recommend jetted over to Germany to take a first-hand look at two of Viking River Cruises’ latest Longships to join the fleet: Viking Hild and Viking Herja.

Eye on the World: Panama & Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises

During the course of seven days, through the Panama Canal and to Costa Rica with Windstar Cruises.

Eye on the World: EAST, Miami and Brickell

We recently snuck away to EASTMiami in the heart of Brickell to check out the new Brickell City Centre, Wynwood neighborhood and a few more treats.
Bahia Principe

Eye on the World: Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia

This past weekend, I hopped down to Punta Cana to check out the all-new, all-inclusive Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia.
Once the weather warms up, the outdoor terraces at MGM National Harbor are sure to be a hotspot for guests.

Eye on the World: MGM National Harbor

Vegas meets Maryland in the form of the new MGM National Harbor nestled on the banks of the Potomac River.
Street art at City Walk Dubai.

Eye on the World: Dubai

Time flies when you’re seated in Emirates’ Business Class. Just ask Recommend magazine's Web Editor, Melissa Bryant, who flew on the award-winning airline’s inaugural nonstop flight between Dubai and Fort Lauderdale.
Vintage wheels and the National Capitol Building: Welcome to Havana.

Eye on the World: Cuba with Celestyal Cruises

Recommend's Caribbean editor Ed Wetschler has just returned from a week in Cuba via Celestyal Cruises.
Carnival Vista

Eye on the World: Carnival Vista

We got a peek at some of the fun on board the Carnival Vista when it was docked at PortMiami.

Eye on the World: Lithuania

One of the nicest aspects of visiting Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, is that the local people seem to enjoy their city as much as visitors.
Kadriorg Park is home to not only the Kadriorg Palace, former residence of Peter the Great, but also the superb Museum of Estonian Art (KUMU).

Eye on the World: Estonia

Estonia may be one of the smallest countries in the world, but right now its 1.3 million citizens are among the most forward-looking and cheerful.

Eye on the World: Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Recommend attended the grand opening for the Playa Largo Resort & Spa, an Autograph Collection property in Key Largo. Check out the goodies in these pictures taken during our stay.

Eye on the World: Opal Sands Resort

From sunrise to enchanting sunset, my days spent on a recent press trip at Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater, Florida featured a bit of sun, a bit of art/art-making and a whole lot of grouper!

Eye on the World: Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia is home to two unique properties from the Kessler Collection, The Mansion on Forsyth Park and its riverside sister-property, The Bohemian.

Eye on the World: Adventures by Disney on the Danube

Adventures by Disney's 8-day Danube River cruise is an action-packed itinerary that takes clients to eight destinations in four countries, and I've got a whirlwind photo tour with all the highlights.

Eye on the World: RIU Republica, Punta Cana

Recommend's Associate Editor spent a few days taking in the splendor that surrounds RIU Republica in the Dominican Republic—a property that’s been open only for a little over a month. 

Eye on the World: New York City

We headed off to NYC to get a first look at Cunard's Queen Mary 2 Remastered, but we couldn't help taking a few snapshots of one of the most photogenic cities in the United States.

Eye on the World: The Beloved Hotel and Finest Playa Mujeres

Romance, excitement, and cool ocean breezes were in the air at the Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts’ The Beloved Hotel and Finest Playa Mujeres properties in Mexico—and I was there to experience it all!

Eye on the World: China

A picture is worth a thousand words, and my week-long press trip through northern and eastern China with Goway Travel left me utterly speechless (in a good way), so I’ll let these photos do the talking.

Eye on the World: Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Have you seen SpongeBob SquarePants or Patrick? I did, just a couple of weeks ago...hanging out at the brand-new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic.

Eye on the World: Club Med Sandpiper Bay

This past weekend I headed over to Port Saint Lucie in Florida where I spent a few days at Club Med Sandpiper Bay. This property, located on the St. Lucie River, offers more than a just relaxing escape tanning by the water.

Eye on the World: Barbados

Have you ever visited a garden inside a cave? What about a rum factory on an old plantation? Have you swam with sea turtles or eaten foie gras and duck ravioli in a cliffside restaurant? No? Well, that just means you haven't been to Barbados.

Eye on the World: Iberostar Playa Mita & Sayulita

Last month, I ventured off to Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit. Here's a peek at what my iPhone and I captured at the resort and in the fishing village (or surfing town) of Sayulita.

Eye on the World: Magdeburg, Germany

In addition to tasting local cuisine, visiting a medieval-themed Christmas market and taking part in an opening musical reception in the quaint town of Quedlinburg, guests of this year's Germany Travel Mart were invited to experience the 1,200-year-old city in eastern Germany through culturally enriching activities, including walking tours, bike tours and cultural programs. 

Eye on the World: Riviera Maya

For four days I ate, slept and played like rock 'n' roll royalty at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico, experiencing the luxuries and VIP treatment available only to guests of the resort's new Rock Royalty Level.

Eye on the World: St. Augustine, Florida

I took advantage of the long President's Day weekend to take a 3-day trip to St. Augustine, where I experienced the culture (at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum's Odditorium), soaked up the history (on a pirate pub crawl), and learned about legendary former residents (on a walking ghost tour) in our nation's oldest continuously occupied European settlement.

Eye on the World: Scenic Puerto Vallarta

Recommend just got back from Gala Vallarta Nayarit, where we got the scoop on what's new in Puerto Vallarta, including updates to hotels and info on new hotels, too.

Eye on the World: Thompson Playa del Carmen

We just got our hands on this eye candy and couldn’t wait to share.

Eye on the World: Thuringia, Germany

Thuringia is both the green heart of Germany and the old stomping ground of some of Germany's greatest minds.

Eye on the World: German Christmas Markets

For approximately five weeks beginning the last week in November through the week of Christmas, cozy market squares and old town centers across Germany are filled with wooden huts selling handmade mementos, the aroma of grilled sausages and holiday spirit.

Eye on the World: Valencia, Spain

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe for the first time. For my first rendezvous with Europe, I had the opportunity to explore Spain—specifically Valencia—as a guest of the Tourist Office of Spain.

Eye on the World: A Screaming Good Time at Universal Orlando

I squealed with excitement upon learning that I would be visiting Universal Orlando for the first time in eight years. Not only is the theme park resort exhibiting exponential growth with the recent openings of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem 3D ride, and CityWalk expansions, but it's also celebrating 25 years since opening in 1990.

Eye on the World: Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort

Last week I had the opportunity to step away from the office and make the Bahia Principe Riviera Maya Resort in Mexico my home for four days.

Eye on the World: Tokyo Teaser

My faithful companion, the iPhone, and I captured these images as we made our way through one of the world's most vibrant capital cities.

Eye on the World: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska is currently constructing a new dock and welcome center for cruise ships, which will be completed this fall and ready to receive cruise ships in Spring 2016. This small town of approximately 765 residents might seem small for many city-goers, but it definitely doesn't skimp out on experiences.

Eye on the World: Manchester, England

Although the summer sun rarely made an appearance and the days were a tad too chilly (especially for our Managing Editor who has lived in Miami all of her life), the subtle beauty of Manchester shined brightly through the dreary days during a recently taken FAM trip to England. A city full of rich culture, history, museums, unique hotels, and a thriving restaurant scene, Manchester isn't the industrial town of most people's perceptions, but one with charm and sophistication—not to mention it landed a spot (No. 26) on The New York Times' list of "52 Places to Go in 2015." Here are just a few pictures she chose for Recommend's latest installment of Eye on the World.

Eye on the World: Trinidad

The sight of this picturesque island as the plane landed got my heart pumping with excitement and anticipation. Trinidad and Tobago has more to offer travelers than Carnival. Trinidad is an island you will fall in love with, from the mountains and unspoiled beaches to the music and humble food stalls—the fun never stops!

Eye on the World: Panama

Panama Unexpected was the theme of this visit to Panama's elegant Westin Playa Bonita, located on the beachfront just outside Panama City.

Eye on the World: Central Europe with Adventures By Disney

I'm still walking on air…. I've just returned from a trip to Central Europe with Adventures By Disney that took us into the clouds both figuratively and literally. The trip starts in Prague, a dynamic capital that captivates its visitors, then heads off to the Bavarian Alps, with its glorious mountainous scenery. It all wraps up in Vienna, and if you've been to this Austrian capital, you know that's quite a way to top off a tour.

Eye on the World: Canada

Recommend's Associate Editor spent nine days in Canada for Rendez-vous Canada and then touring Ontario's Playground on a post-FAM. Don't miss out on her adventures on this installment of Eye on the World: Canada.