As the Coastal Grandmother (CG) lifestyle continues to be a hot trend, we wondered, where and how would she would most like to travel! We're thinking that the CG would most prefer a customized getaway, and so we asked our travel expert, Sheila Gallant-Halloran, owner of Lush Life Travel for some wanderlust destinations...
"The Coastal Grandmother seeks out a special travel experience that speaks to her and that excites all the senses" states Sheila. "The CG enjoys exploring a new destination or culture while appreciating a certain level of luxury when she's away from home...remember her mantra is all about healthy living and self care with a relaxed life style".
West Coast Wonders...
"West Coast spots that first come to mind are Vancouver and Malibu. A CG could rent out a convertible to travel the Pacific Coast Highway in style. I've got lots of must-see travel photo locations to share! Imagine palm tree leaves blowing in the soft breeze, serene sunsets and chic deck chair service. All part of the experience at hotels I've had the pleasure of staying at like the Fairmont Pan Pacific, the Ranch Malibu and the Pelican Hill.
Sheila snapped a perfect coastal grandmother sunset setting at the Pelican Hill in California
I'd also suggest visiting Napa wineries and a panoramic drive down Highway 101 to Big Sur. Pull over to take in the many dramatic coastlines views and curvy roads. Any CG golfer should take a swing at a round at iconic Pebble Beach.
Pop over to Hawaii to see the sunsets at the Ritz Carlton Maui Kapalua, or, focus on self-care on in a big way at the Sensei Lana'i.
The most breathtaking travel destinations are best shared with family and loved ones. Sheila gets to travel with her family and explore the world together. Here they are on the beach in Hawaii.
Here's To Zita
Have you ever heard of the The Fogo Island Inn, in Newfoundland (where I'm from)? Fogo Island is a small traditional fishing village that's now a must-see destination thanks to a dynamic female entrepreneur named Zita Cobb. The Fogo Island Inn is an architectural and hospitality marvel that ranked in the New York Times "52 Places for a Changed World list.
Sheila says the Fogo Island Inn will have you feeling right at home. It's world renowned for it's unique and warm hospitality and rustic landscape.
If a tropical beach setting is more to your liking, Sheila suggests the Palmaia House of AiA in Playa Del Carmen (just the name alone sounds fabulous!), or the Waldorf Astoria in Los Cabos Pedregal. Get your toes in the sand of some of the world's best beaches in Anguilla and the Malliouhana.
Get your culinary vibe on at the Body Holiday in St.Lucia, or go exotic in the Maldives at Joali Being.
Sheila loves Anguilla, known for some of the best beaches in the world.
When Travel Gives You Lemons
There's nothing like the bright aroma of a bowl of fresh lemons in a Tuscan villa to stimulate the senses. Take a cooking class or two with a local chef, as you sip on limoncello for dolce vita kind of day. Upon return, you can recreate Cantuccini or Biscotti (twice baked cookies), Ribollita, a heart-warming stew with cannellini beans seasonal vegetables and day old bread, and of course, Bistecca alla Fiorentina from scratch for your guests who are sure to be impressed!
Under the Tuscan Sun lies lovely architecture, artwork, fashion, epicurean delights and simple pleasures in which to indulge!
Bubbly or Bordeaux a la francaise - It's Not Complicated!
There is a moment of bliss when you bite into a piece of croissant au chocolat made in a Parisian patisserie. You will close your eyes and savour a decadent pleasure, for a euro or two! Stay in a small hotel particulier filled with charm like the Saint Germain Esprit or maybe even the Four Seasons Georges V. Pamper your taste buds with a true day of luxury with a private car and driver to the area of Champagne (less that 2 hours away from Paris)...set the scene with bubbles, camembert et viandes froides on a cashmere picnic blanket, oui oui!!!
From Paris to Champagne to Santorini hop on to dreamlike escapes
If you're more of a red wine aficionado, a river cruise would be a coastal way to travel along the vineyards of Bordeaux. Then you're just about a pebble's throw away from the seascape blues and and beaches of Santorini, add a few extra days to your vacay to island hop on an ocean cruise through all of Greece.
Across the world and unforgettable
Sheila chose the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable picture, at Lizard Island Australia
Tahiti is known for it's hospitality and tropical lushness. How about staying at an overwater bungalow? It's modelled after a Tahitian fishing hut with a long pontoon that leads you over crystal clear waters that are surrounded by coconut trees and and lagoons. Try an elegantly well-appointed one like the Intercontinental, or an eco-lodge like The Brando
And finally in Australia, you could tick off the ultimate in lux bucket list travel days as you fly over the Great Barrier Reef to your island paradise, and you can walk from your suite at the Lizard Island Resort to enjoy picturesque marine life as you snorkel and relax by the beach.
The CG Travel Lifestyle
Whether you love grand and lux or eco and budget minded, there are endless travel options to explore, and every day to make special! Where would you most like to travel to? Comment below we'd love to know!
Thank you to Sheila from Lush Life Travel for this world wind escape! Get in touch with Sheila for a truly special travel experience at https://lushlife.ca