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Champagne Papi Flexin’ In Paradise

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Drake has been “peace seeking” in the warm waters of the Dominican Republic. It only took a minute to figure out that the “More Life” artist is staying at the same humble abode (jk, by no means is this place humble) as his ex-boo, Jennifer Lopez.

Over Easter weekend J.Lo and her new catch, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, stayed in the same luxurious beachfront villa at Casa De Campo. The villas which have 5-10 bedrooms, and come with your own chef, maid and butler service, go for about five grand per night. The stunning resort sits on 7,000 acres and offers golfing, spa treatments and many other popular excursions found on the island.

The resort is well-known for its Altos de Chavon, a 16th century Mediterranean village replica. J.Lo posted this picture of herself stepping back in time on the steps of the cultural center.

Listos??!! #altosdechavon #republicadominicana #jlo #waitingfortonight

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Ana Carballosa, the photog on the trip with J.Lo & ARod posted this serene video of the amazing landscape found on the resort.

Tranquility, peace, silence, nature, blessings from above #happyeaster #casadecampo #laromana

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I don’t blame Drake for following in the footsteps of his famous ex. Here is Drake giving all his fans “More Life” during his time in the caribbean. Does it make you want to head down???

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Step round there…what’s good what’s good?

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M2Woman:The Most Popular Travel Destinations of 2016

So you want some information on your next travel destination – what’s the first thing that you do? Most likely hop straight onto Google to find out everything that you need to know about your next new favourite holiday spot. With our reliance on Google well embedded into our everyday lives, it’s no surprise that you can’t look past Google when it comes to identifying travel trends.



According to Google itself, previously popular cities such as New York, Paris and London are slowly declining in popularity, with a few previously unpoular cities quickly on the rise among keen travellers.

Mexico City

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I spent some time in Mexico a few years back and to be honest, like many travellers Mexico City was high on my list of places to avoid. Previously known for its active drug scene, Mexico City seems to be on the rise among male travellers  and is quickly becoming a cultural hub because of its rich history and impressive architecture. If you’re on the fence about whether to visit Mexico City, try planning a two day ‘taster’ stopover on in Mexico City before heading south to see Mexico’s stunning Caribbean coast.

Havana

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With President Obama’s recent trip to Cuba signalling a major milestone in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, tourists are suddenly flocking to Havana to see this previously off-limits destination. A City that is often referenced as being stuck in the 1950s, Havana is full of colourful architecture, vintage cars,good food and vibrant music.

Reykjavik

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Now a common stopover between North America and Europe, Iceland is quickly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. With some of the most breath-taking scenery on the planet, friendly locals, a popular arts festival and close to Northern Lights-spotting locations, Reykjavik has a lot to offer.

See here for the full list of popular travel destinations.

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Luxe Life: Zemi Beach House in Anguilla

Back in the 90’s I saw this Janet Jackson interview and she said that Cap Jaluca Resort on Anguilla was her favorite vacation getaway. She said the white sand beaches and the laid back nature of the island made it the perfect place for her to chill. So, of course, at that moment my Cap Jaluca/Anguilla fantasy was born. I imagined myself on those beaches running and frolicking in the sand with Janet some day, it would be so perfect. I think I even told her the story when I finally got my job at Entertainment Tonight and interviewed her.

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Well Janet and I never made it to the resort together but I finally got to Anguilla and ya know what… the trip was better than any music video fueled dream Ms Jackson inspired.



We wanted to take a family vacation to the Caribbean and because I am an EXTREME hotel snob, I wanted perfection. I consulted with Donna Wong of Allure Plus Travel and she suggested we try a new place in Anguilla, called the Zemi Beach House. At the time, it was a brand new property and Donna said that she had heard great things about the property.

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Zemi is located on the opposite side of Anguilla, away from Cap Jaluca and the other popular hotels on Shoal Bay East. The beaches are pristine, the water is crystal clear and the weather is magical, but what sets Zemi Beach House apart from the rest, is that it is truly, a 5 star getaway.   It’s one of those places thats just big enough to have all the amenities that you need, and small enough that by day two, you know everybody who works on the property. It really is a little slice of heaven, but remember in life you get what you pay for. Standard rooms at Zemi are close to $700 per night, suites on the beach, close to $2500. It may sound like a lot, but it was worth every penny.

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We choose to stay in one of the resorts two bedroom beach front suites and it was spectacular, really expensive, but spectacular. At nearly 2,000 sq ft the apartment is spacious, has two big bedrooms and a full functioning kitchen. My tip is to call ahead and have the resort fill the fridge with all your families favorite items.

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The patio features a small wading pool, if you don’t want to mingle with the masses at the resort pool (but I hated the fact that the plunge pool was not heated). But the beach and the Caribbean are just a few feet away from your room, so the pool is just a little extra icing on your vacation cake.

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Unlike so many resorts in the region the beach was never crowded, as a matter of fact, at certain points, we were relieved to see other people. This is the beauty of Zemi, it feels like you are on your own private island. You swim, you layout, you eat, you drink, and you unwind.

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It’s so laid back that there are chickens that roam the property, and live just on the beach. The chickens are just part of the allure of this place, and makes it feel so comfy and homey.

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The dining options are minimal on the resort, and there are not many options close by, but the food is excellent and the service is top notch. You don’t ever need to leave, whats there is more than enough. if you feel that you must venture out, there are world class options on the other side of the island.

Zemi is also a fantastic place for kids, my children loved the fact that they had the run of the resort. At night parents have the option of arranging for a babysitter or dropping off the younger guests at the kids club. We found that at times, our kids would just go hang in the kids club, because they had such great activities. But mainly they spent their time on the beach, eating, swimming, exploring and ordering a ton of Virgin Strawberry concoctions.

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But ultimately the reason to go to Zemi is the service, it is spectacular. The staff is quick, courteous and ready to help at a moments notice. Normally, I hate beach vacations because I live in Southern California, and the beach is just minutes away, but Zemi blew me away. If you can live with the expense, then I highly recommend you find your way to Zemi to unplug from the world in the lap of luxury.

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