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An Exclusive Tour of the World Famous Sydney Opera House I may never get a chance to perform to a cheering crowd at the Sydney Opera House, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t performed there. In fact, I recently sang on the main stage, took up the baton at the front of the orchestra pit, danced in the rehearsal room and enjoyed spending time in the same dressing room used by Prince, even playing a tune on the piano Prince himself would have played there while he waited to perform. Of course, I’ve also sat in the best seat in the house. See the video of this exclusive tour below This experience was courtesy of a private tour of Sydney’s iconic performance venue, a truly exclusive experience that enabled me to walk in the footsteps of the stars. The Opera House receives many visitors each year, with millions attending performances…

“One’s destination is not a place but just a whole new way of seeing things.” These words were the perfect introduction to this exquisite luxury hotel. These words were presented in a note left to me by the manager, and what a great first impression it made, setting the tone upon my arrival at the Raffles Hotel Dubai. Great Attention to Detail There are many unique touches and details that make the Raffles Hotel Dubai special and one of the most impressive is the extremely large size of the guest rooms. These apartment-sized rooms offer breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline which you can enjoy through large windows or on your private balcony. In fact, your balcony is an ideal place to watch the sunset and the glittering lights of Dubai come alive in the evening – quite literally a wonderful new way of seeing this opulent desert kingdom. Attention…

The Caribbean Club Condominium Hotel on Grand Cayman Island is one of my favorite places in the world to stay. It’s not just this exclusive hotel’s superb accommodations and spectacular setting on the world famous Seven Mile Beach that makes it special, it’s the feeling of relaxed elegance that surrounds the property that makes it a truly relaxing Caribbean getaway. Whether you visit Grand Cayman for the sun, sand, diving or sailing, the Caribbean Club is the perfect base of operations for your Caribbean vacation. The well-deserved superlatives don’t stop when describing the Caribbean Club, which is known as the most exclusive boutique hotel on Grand Cayman. Add to that the fact that the hotel’s 37 large suites are situated steps from the Caribbean’s best beach, throw in a serene infinity pool and patio area adjacent to the soft sands and swaying palms of Seven Mile Beach and you have…

Who doesn’t dream of escaping to an exotic oasis retreat for a few days of relaxation in luxurious surroundings? I recently had a chance to do just that at the Kempinski Hotel in Ajman, U.A.E., a location supremely convenient to Dubai but worlds away from the frenetic pace of the extravagant, modern mega city. If you’ve been drawn either as a tourist or a business traveler to this shimmering country perched on the edge of the Persian Gulf, a stay at the Kempinski Hotel as an add-on to your Dubai itinerary may be just the way to experience the richness of the region’s desert heritage and stunning beaches. Alternatively, with Ajman’s proximity to all that Dubai has to offer and the hotel’s convenient shuttle service, you might wish to make the Kempinski Hotel your base while sampling the delights of this flourishing desert nation. Taking full advantage of its spectacular…

LUXURY BRIEF The Ritz-Carlton Doha, in the capital city of Qatar, is filled with things to do, so you really never have to leave the luxury accommodations you’ve come to expect from the hotel. Located on an exclusive island, awaiting you are beautiful views and access to a marina for water activities. Enjoy dining in one of the eight on-property restaurant, an abundance of choices are presented featuring cuisines around the world. One of the most talked about indulgences is the Friday brunch. This is a buffet with endless selection, cooking  demonstrations, local cuisines and live music. The energy is high and its fun for all. After dining, should you feel the need to burn off that meal, their fitness center can provide you with a place to exercise including tennis and squash courts or the indoor lap pool. For those craving relaxation, enjoy a full-service spa or at lounge…