There will be times when certain things are out of our control.  Like Travel.

You want to get away but you cant.  Maybe you can’t get time off work, maybe you don’t have funds, maybe you don’t have anyone to go with or maybe, just maybe you are in the middle of a global pandemic……

What can you do?

Well, you can dream and you can live vicariously until you are able to book your next trip.

Here are 10 ways to have a travel experience from your home.

Vietnam is rapidly developing but still holds its charming traditions and culture, making it a fascinating holiday destination. History has left its mark on Vietnam by way of Chinese, French, and American influence.

When To Go

The most popular times to go are November through June, however, Vietnam can be considered a year-round destination. The dry season lasts from November to April and the wet season is from May to October.

Before You Go

You are going to need a visa for entry into Vietnam. We’ve made getting a visa easy by partnering with Visa Central to manage the application. It is a very simple process, just ensure your US passport has at least six months of validity remaining after your US departure date.

Getting There

With plenty of options for entertainment, food, and refreshments on board, your long flight will fly by enjoyably. Because of our long history and a great reputation within the industry, we were able to negotiate some great fares with some excellent airlines: United, Delta, and Cathay Pacific. We suggest a break in the journey with a few nights in Hong Kong either on the way or heading back home.

Once You Are There

Vietnam’s only time zone is twelve hours ahead of our Eastern Standard Time. Arrange an international data plan with your cell phone carrier as smartphones will work. You can purchase Vietnamese Dong from your local bank before you leave, or change when you arrive at your hotel or local banks. Be prepared to try many delicious foods, and meet many friendly locals.

Where Should You Visit

Northern Vietnam boasts some of the country’s most spectacular scenery with soaring mountains, forested limestone karsts, and cascading rice terraces. The capital city, Hanoi, bears the traces of centuries of change in its wide Parisian boulevards and colorful Chinese temples. The seascape of Halong Bay is a magical sight; breathtaking rock pinnacles rise dramatically from the sea and floating villages sit languidly in the bay. The Mekong Delta is blessed with lush fertile land where villagers in traditional conical hats work in vibrant green rice paddies while traditional boats with dragon eyes ply the murky waters. Ho Chi Minh City’s wartime past is displayed at the Cu Chi Tunnels and War Remnants Museum, but this vast metropolis is also full of modern bars, shops, and restaurants.

An Insider’s Tip to Vietnam

Walking shoes for exploring Vietnam’s numerous natural wonders and attractions is a must regardless of the weather. Warm clothes for the north and mountainous areas throughout the country are also highly recommended, especially in the cooler months. Light clothes for the beaches and lowland areas of the south and a jacket for air-conditioned transfers is recommended.

The Arawak Indians used to call it “Karukera”, The Islands of Beautiful Waters. This stunning French archipelago is composed of  five islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, and La Desirade, closely strung together by an efficient ferry network.

Discover the “Pearl of the French-Caribbean,” the perfect island-hopping destination, combining the best of the French modern infrastructure with genuine Caribbean heritage. From families, athletes, foodies, culturaholics, honeymooners to seniors…the Guadeloupe Islands are truly for everyone.

Day 1:  Guadeloupe’s Most Prized Possession

Take the ferry to Les Saintes, and discover the most low-key yet sophisticated surrounding Island of Guadeloupe. Get up close and personal: rent a scooter and discover the breathtaking views over Les Saintes from Fort Napoleon, zoom around the upbeat bistro-lined bourg and then take a swim at the Pompierre, or the Pain de Sucre, Beach. Do not forget to try the Tourment d’Amour, a delicious pastry, tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside, made with coconut, banana or guava filling.

Day 2: Majestic Rain Forest

Hike to La Soufriere Volcano through the National Park with a certified bilingual guide (about 45 minutes). Discover a rich ecosystem with an impressive number of endemic species. This lush forest features breathtaking waterfalls, and it is home to thousand and one friendly species, who will beg for your attention. After the hike, you will be ready to enjoy the well deserved Yellow Baths, 86°F therapeutic natural hot springs, a natural muscle relaxer.

Day 3: Blow the Taste Buds out of your Mouth

Rendez vous in St Francois village where you will meet with Chef Ruddy Colmar at Widdy’s restaurant. Get a guided tour at the market where you will buy fresh products for the cooking class with the Chef. Time to test your skills and get your Guadeloupean Culinary Passport. Learn how to make the traditional Accras de Morue appetizer, along with the famous go to sauce, the Sauce Chien. And of course you will not get away without a little rum tasting!

Day 4: Very Chic!

The Guadeloupe Islands are also popular for the “Golf de Saint-François”. Practice your swing in this recently renovated 18-hole golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The superb location offers an harmonious layout with well-arranged trees, slopes, artificial lakes and bunkers. After the game, stroll along the nearby marina, where you will find many charming boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Day 5: Underwater Beauty

Explore the deep wonders of the Cousteau Reserve, located around the Pigeon Islets in Bouillante. This site is the filming location of Captain Jacques Cousteau’s feature film « The Silent World (1955) ». Fascinated by the site’s vast biological diversity, he encouraged the protection of the reserve, a task that was taken on by Guadeloupe’s authorities. Today the reserve is a must-see site for divers exploring the Guadeloupean archipelago, and it is accessible to all levels, from beginner to expert. You will find amazing corals, many tropical fish, sea turtles as well an underwater statue of the Captain himself!

Day 6: Guadeloupean Heritage

Hop on the ferry to Marie Galante and be ready to step back in time! This island represents the DNA of the Guadeloupean archipelago. Here you will be able to visit picturesque sugar cane plantations on an authentic wooden oxcart. You will then go for a tasting in one of the best rum distillery in the world. Finish the day relaxing on an unspoiled white sand, turquoise water, beach. Literally just to yourself!

Day 7: Surprising Nature

Take your family to the Botanical Garden of Deshaie, your children will love it! Walk in the middle of majestic tropical plants, feed the playful Koi Carps at the water lilies pond, watch the Loriket Parrots land on your shoulders and head. End the day by tasting Creole specialties at the Garden’s restaurant. A day you will never forget!

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With 16 Meliá properties in Cuba devoted to families, adults and children alike will truly enjoy their time together while taking part in their favorite activities at these all-inclusive resorts.

Family budget plays a big role when choosing where to go and Meliá’s wide selection of hotels in Cuba allows just that! You can choose from high-end brands such as Paradisus and Meliá to more affordable Sol and Tryp hotels. Their collection of family resorts allows our youngest guests to take part in different sports, arts and crafts and cooking activities with their families and with our highly qualified team of professional bilingual monitors.

Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa

Families can enjoy luxury at the Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa with the opening of the new Family Concierge! This exclusive section just added to the beautiful resort, 284 Junior Suites & Suites designed to impress those looking for the ultimate luxury in accommodations. Among those, 30 rooms with direct access to the pool bring a new standard of luxury to Meliá’s Family Collection in Cuba. This modern section provides added benefits such as 3 exclusive restaurants, bars and pools. A baby club and a mini club as well as a game room are some of its features ensuring children to enjoy their holidays as much as their parents! A specially assigned Family Concierge will also assist guests during their stay and coordinate the services and reservations required so they can fully enjoy their family vacation. For larger families, Family Suites are available at the main resort or Master two-bedroom Suites in the Family Concierge section.  The amazing Yhi Spa offers packages designed especially for moms and daughters!

Meliá Las Dunas

Multi-generational families will feel at home at the Meliá Las Dunas in Cayo Santa María which features a distinctive adults-only section and a family section including a kids-only pool as well as a baby, mini and teenage club! This resort also boasts a Yhi Spa, complete with a modern gym, climbing wall and 4 tennis courts! Surrounded by lush gardens, the beautiful beach hosts a gazebo making this resort the best option for weddings!

Meliá Jardines del Rey

Located directly on the beach in Cayo Coco, the very modern Meliá Jardines del Rey is home to a wide array of activities, 6 restaurants and beautiful gardens! With its newly enlarged and improved beach, this property is sure to please beach lovers looking for shallow waters. For those who prefer a more active holiday, this hotel also offers a mini club and a game room as well as a kids-only pool making it a great choice for families.

Sol Río de Luna y Mares

Further down the coast in Holguín, the Sol Río de Luna y Mares resort faces the beautiful turquoise beach of Playa Esmeralda! You will be truly impressed by its location amongst lush gardens and just steps away from Cuba’s top aquarium!


“Rejuvenating” is a word often used to describe Kauai and its immersive natural beauty. The raw energy of the soaring cliffs along the emerald Napali Coast. The expansive vistas of the Waimea Canyon. And the soothing ripples of the Wailua River winding through forest. The northernmost and greenest of the Hawaiian Islands is a place to put down your phone and forget about your worries. Breathe deep. Unwind. And rediscover a special connection to nature on this beautiful, tropical island.


This is where culture meets creativity. In the lively center of the Hawaiian Islands, luxury and leisure, excitement and adventure can all be found in just the right proportion to suit you. Oahu is famous for iconic Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and the surfing mecca on the North Shore, but there’s much more to this storied destination. From festivals that celebrate Hawaiian culture to major events at the pinnacle of sports and entertainment, there’s always something to do. Even disappear, into the lush tropical beauty that abounds from mountain to ocean. Discover the next food trend before it goes global, from the up-and-coming chefs and mixologists staking Oahu’s claim as a culinary capital. And schedule some free time on your itinerary, when you can go with the flow and soak in the buzz and energy of Oahu.


Maui is where larger-than-life experiences meet small town charm. This is the best of both worlds, offering a unique blend of sophistication and simplicity. Taste the fresh bounty produced year-round by the farms and lush gardens surrounding the quaint communities of Upcountry Maui. Wind down your day at the exclusive Haleakala National Park to witness an epic sunset from the top of the world. Or simply lounge poolside at a luxurious resort, from Kapalua to Wailea. From friendly folks to picturesque landscapes, there’s no end to the unique welcome you’ll find on Maui.

Island of Hawaii

Take a road trip on the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined, the island of Hawaii’s sheer size and diversity are awe-inspiring. You can see some of the most pivotal sites in Native Hawaiian history and visit a volcano, all while traveling through all but four of the world’s different climate zones. From the crystal blue waters of Kona and Kohala Coast to the black sands of Punaluu to the lush botanical gardens and waterfalls of the Hamakua Heritage corridor. There is so much more to see and do on this rich, storied island that invites exploration–and adventure.

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Mexico offers something for every family, from parents with young tots in tow to multi-generational travel with adult children. Whether you want to cut yourself off from the world to relax or dive into the beating heart of a vibrant city, you’ll find the vacation you crave.

1  |  Swim with whale sharks

Rather than visit a facility where dolphins or whales are held in captivity, meet these giants of the ocean in their natural habitat. Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish – averaging 40-feet long. Despite their name, they’re docile filter feeders and excellent swimming companions. You’ll find them in the waters off Isla Holbox and Isla Mujeres from June to September, with peak populations in July and August.

2  |  Explore Mayan ruins

The Mayan people built large, complex cities starting as early as 250 B.C. Perhaps the best known is Chichen Itza, on the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s a major tourist attraction, with the crowds to prove it, but still a must-see for travelers to Cancun, Tulum, or Playa del Carmen. If you can, visit on the spring or fall equinox, when the light forms a serpent on the pyramid dedicated to the serpent god, Kukulcán.

Other can’t-miss Mayan ruins include the stunning seaside Tulum; Coba, where you can climb the main pyramid; and Muyil, a haunting, partially excavated site.

3  |  Eat a taco in the town square

Mexico has plenty of great restaurants, but for a taste of the local culture, you’ve got to eat street food. It’s cheap (think $3 or so for a full meal) and delicious, and it’s the most authentic grub you’ll eat on your trip.

Head to any town square in the evening and you’ll likely find carts selling tacos, empanadas, and tamales. If you’re feeling nervous, start with the sweets – you can’t go wrong with flan or churros, even for kids with picky palates.

4  |  Watch a baby sea turtle release

Every night from July to December, sea turtles crawl onto the beach to lay their eggs.

To protect the turtle population from the many natural predators that hunt both turtle hatchlings and eggs, many resorts move the nests to an enclosed nursery where the hatchlings can develop in safety. Visitors can no longer touch the babies (it’s dangerous for the turtles), but it’s still breathtaking to watch a trained professional send these squiggly little creatures off to sea on the day they hatch.

5  |  Snorkel in an underwater museum

The Underwater Museum of Art between Cancun and Isla Mujeres is a collection of 500 sculptures placed on the seafloor to form an artificial reef. Many of the initial sculptures by artist Jason Decaires Taylor are based on local people, with their eyes closed looking up to the sky. The effect is hauntingly beautiful.

Families with older kids can scuba dive among the sculptures for an up-close look at how sea life is taking over and changing the artworks. There are also shallower galleries – just three or four meters deep – that are perfect for snorkeling.

6  |  Take a cooking class

Mexico was the first country to have its cuisine recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity. A cooking class is a great way to learn about the local ingredients and techniques used in the part of Mexico you’re visiting, and a fun way to teach kids some kitchen skills.

Many resorts offer in-house cooking classes or check with your travel agent for a family-friendly recommendation in your destination. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach, and enjoy the satisfaction of eating authentic local food prepared with your own hands.

7  |  Surf or SUP

Mexico is a world-class surfing destination, hosting international competitions. Sayulita, near Puerto Vallarta, is a classic laid-back surf town, while Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca State has some of the biggest waves in the world.

For a calmer approach to boarding at sea, rent a stand-up paddleboard and explore the area close to shore while getting a killer core workout to boot. Many resorts offer group SUP lessons that welcome families looking to explore together.

8  |  Swim in a cenote

These underground caves filled with fresh water are dotted throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Ranging from large caverns to tiny tunnels, they’re often filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites – spiny icicle-like shapes made of limestone. Swimming in these clear blue pools is an entirely different experience from hitting the beach. It’s blissfully quiet and the water is mind-bendingly clear. Wade into the cool water in a cathedral-like cave and you’ll see why the Mayans viewed cenotes as sacred spaces.

9  |  Commune with millions of butterflies

With up to a billion Monarch butterflies landing in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve every fall, it’s no wonder this magical forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The butterflies spend the winter in the reserve, then begin the eight-month migration back to Canada in the spring. Getting into the reserve requires some hiking in high altitude, so it’s not a great option for younger kids, but teens and adults will be dazzled.

10  |  Admire the art and architecture

Mexico is much more than its coastlines. Mexico City is a hotbed of modern museums with a vibrant nightlife, Oaxaca is UNESCO-recognized for its pre-Hispanic and colonial architecture, Merida is known for its music and cultural scene, and Tepotzotlán has the world’s largest aqueduct. Spend some time in one of Mexico’s major cities for a completely different take on this country as a vacation destination.

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Set on the stunning white beaches of Riviera Maya, UNICO 20°87° immerses guests in the culture of the region, from the locally-inflected cocktails and cuisines to the art in the rooms. Three unique pools and holistic spa and wellness center drive home a sense of relaxed luxury, while exciting pop-up events insert a touch of spontaneity into the experience.

The design of the adults-only, all-inclusive UNICO 20°87° is directly inspired by the rich character of Riviera Maya, and incorporates many natural and handmade materials sourced within the area. The rooms and suites mix modern luxury with familiar rustic moments inspired by the region’s history. All of the hotel accommodations feature an Anfitrión, a local host, available 24-hours a day to provide an added level of personalized service.

Dining at UNICO 20°87° is not a singular experience, but rather a multi-sensory adventure, with constantly changing tastes, textures, and sensations. While locally-sourced ingredients are a staple at every restaurant and bar, the offerings are a diverse mix of international flavors. The restaurants vary from elevated fine dining to a casual beachside buffet. Similarly, the cuisine ranges from simple and healthy to wonderfully indulgent. UNICO 20°87° is a haven for any who love food, with a wealth of carefully executed options, and an exciting rotating chef concept at restaurant Cueva Siete, where the first to head up the kitchen is Chef Christian Bravo. An extensive, expertly curated selection of spirits can be found at each bar and restaurant, accented by a mixologist-driven cocktail program. Meticulously crafted cocktails and a selection of top-shelf spirits can be found at both lounges while the café sports a variety of juice creations. The energy shifts as the evening darkens to night with live performances, late-night snacks, and one-of-a-kind programming.

Wellness at UNICO 20°87° is an immersive experience for the self, featuring signature spa treatments, a full-service beauty salon & barbershop, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. The full-service spa caters to body, mind, and spirit through a range of luxury spa treatments, UNICO 20°87° signature treatments, and locally-inspired beauty rituals. A fully-equipped hydrotherapy facility and a wide variety of natural ingredients help create an immersively relaxing environment. The holistic fitness program is designed to adapt to your personalized routine. We offer personal training sessions, meditation and yoga, beachfront classes, and a state-of-the-art gym.

A strong connection to the region defines the UNICO 20°87° experience. Discover and embrace contemporary Mexico, and share in the passion for the region.


  • Roundtrip hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Hotel tax and service charges
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks
  • 24-hour room service
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Select land and water watersports and much more!

Also, included in your stay at UNICO 20°87° are Unlimited Inclusions* of Golf, Select Spa treatments, Select Beauty Salon and barbershop services and Select local tours and adventures!

Please send us a message if you have any questions or comments about anything you see in the e-zine. We’d love to hear from you!

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Secrets Resorts & Spas offer adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in exquisite luxury beachfront settings. Guests immerse themselves in Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included.

The magic of Secrets Resorts & Spas emanates from its luxurious all-adult atmosphere combined with its spectacular oceanfront settings — regarded among the very finest anywhere. Spacious rooms and suites welcome you with timelessly elegant furnishings and comforts.

To this, add the joys of extraordinary gourmet dining, world-class spas and a long list of recreational choices, fitness options and top flight entertainment. Most importantly, everything is offered with exemplary personal service in a casual, yet sophisticated style.

Best of all, Secrets Resorts & Spas lavish you with the privileges of Unlimited-Luxury®. This means you may dine, snack and enjoy top-shelf spirits as often as you wish, whenever you wish. The commitment of our staff to the excellence of your vacation experience is unmatched.

There is simply no better place to share your romantic Secrets.



Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya – Ideally located in the heart of the Riviera Maya along the famed white-sand beaches and calm, clear waters of Akumal, fuses elegant and original design with nature’s elements.
Secrets Aura Cozumel – In a perfect blend of luxury and excitement, Secrets Aura Cozumel is the ultimate romantic, adults-only, all-suite resort located on the island of Cozumel.
Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun – Here on over 70 tropical beach front acres on the Riviera Maya is a vision of classic Mediterranean architecture with stunning ocean views.
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa – Idyllically set on the pristine Bahía de Conejos, a secluded bay jeweled by exotic rock formations and the sapphire waters of the Pacific.
Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun – The spectacular 500 acre seascape will be yours at this all-suite resort.
Secrets Playa Mujeres Golf & Spa Resort – Set within an exclusive gated community just 10 minutes from downtown Cancun lies an all-adult, all-suites oceanfront masterpiece.
Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort – The oceanfront location sits on the miles of unspoiled beach that has made the Baja California peninsula world famous for its deep sea sport fishing, golfing and celebrity lifestyle.
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Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa – Perfectly situated in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana, bringing the highest level of luxury to the crystal blue waters and magnificent sugar-sand Juanillo Beach, in the Dominican Republic.
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana – This all-adult, all-suite sanctuary is exactly what you’ve been fantasizing about. A spectacular meandering pool winds its way through manicured gardens towards 700 yards of sugar white beach.


Secrets St. James Montego Bay – Together with its counterpart, Secrets Wild Orchid, gives you a dual fantasy world in which to play, relax and reconnect. The stunning British Colonial architecture honors Jamaica’s history and heritage.
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Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa – The modern design of the resort takes its inspiration from the island’s radiant surroundings, steeped in Caribbean-European and French roots.


Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica – Set on Papagayo Bay along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, this resort sits on a black, volcanic sand beach, which when coupled with lush, mountainous surroundings provides a stunning backdrop for an intimate, relaxing and romantic getaway

If you are ready for an all-adults unlimited luxury experience contact us to book your next vacation.

The meals enjoyed onboard Rocky Mountaineer are inspired by Western Canada’s diverse culinary landscape, our rich tapestry of cultures, and the bountiful regions we travel through. See below for a recipe of one of our most popular dishes, braised Alberta beef short ribs simmered in Okanagan Valley Merlot and served with horseradish mashed potatoes. Bon appetit!


Braised Short Ribs

  • 1 bottle Okanagan Valley Merlot
  • 30 ml / 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 900 g / 2 lb short ribs, trimmed
  • to taste sea salt
  • 7 g / 1½ tsp black peppercorns, crushed
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 8 shallots, large, trimmed & split
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 6 sprigs Italian parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 30 g / 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 litres / 8 cups beef or chicken stock, unsalted
  • to taste white pepper, ground
  • 3 pcs pappadum

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

  • 1.4 kg / 3 lb yellow flesh potatoes, cut
  • 3 litres / 12 cups salted water
  • 120 ml / ½ cup 33% heavy cream
  • 60 ml / ¼ cup milk to taste horseradish
  • 60 g / ¼ cup butter to taste pepper, ground
  • to taste sea salt


Braised Short Ribs
Pour the wine into a large saucepan set over medium heat. When the wine is heated, carefully set it aflame. Let the flames die out, then increase the heat so that the wine boils. Allow it to boil until it cooks down by half. Remove from the heat.

Centre a rack in the oven and preheat to 175°C / 350°F. Place the pappadum on the oven rack and bake until bubbles start to appear on the surface and the pappadum starts to brown (approximately 5 minutes). Immediately remove from the oven and set aside.

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or large casserole dish big enough to hold 6 ribs. Season the ribs all over with salt and crushed pepper. When the oil is hot, slip the ribs into the pot and sear for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until well browned. Transfer the browned ribs to a plate.

Remove all but 14 ml / 1 Tbsp of fat from the pot. Chop the carrots, celery and leek into 3 cm / 1 inch pieces. Lower the heat to medium, and toss in the vegetables and herbs. Brown the vegetables lightly for 5 to 7 minutes, then stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute to blend. Deglaze with the reduced red wine and add browned ribs and stock to the pot. Bring to a boil. Cover the pot tightly and slide it into the oven to braise for about 2½ hours, or until the ribs are tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork. Every 30 minutes or so, lift the lid and skim and discard whatever fat may have bubbled up to the surface.

Carefully transfer the meat to a heated serving platter with a lip and keep warm. Boil the pan liquid until it thickens and reduces to approximately 1 litre / 4 cups. Season with salt and pepper and pass through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard the solids, and set aside the sauce.

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
Bring 3 litres / 3 quarts of salted water to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Add in the washed, peeled and cut potatoes and cook until very soft (35 to 55 minutes) at a medium boil. Drain all water and mash potatoes. Add in the cream and milk. Check seasoning (salt and pepper), and add horseradish to taste. Finish off with fresh butter.

Princess partnered with mixologist Rob Floyd to create travel stories in a glass.

Floyd believes spectacular drinks combine the best of “The Three T’s.” First and foremost is “Taste,” as interesting ingredient combinations produce delicious flavors. The second element, “Technique,” refers to the skill and craft that goes into creating each drink. And last but not least the “Tale;” the fascinating inspiration behind each unique cocktail — especially when it relates to the destination you are visiting!


  • 1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • .25 Agave
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • .75 Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • .5 oz Orgeat syrup
  • .25 oz Orange Curacao


  1. In a mixing tin add Vanilla Vodka, lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, Orgeat syrup, Orange Curacao & Agave.
  2. Shake with ice.
  3. Strain over fresh ice into Collins glass.
  4. Garnish with mint & pineapple.