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BY KELSEY WHITE

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Turks & Caicos

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ABOUT TURKS & CAICOS

The Turks & Caicos Islands are a vacation dream come true! White sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, and tropical tranquility, what's not to love? The journey to paradise is just a quick two hour flight from Miami to Providenciales airport. 

The highlight of Turks & Caicos is the 12-mile Grace Bay beach, which is lined with hotels and upscale homes. Weather in Providenciales is beautiful year round, ranging anywhere from mid 70's to mid 80's and the locals are friendly and easy going. There are plenty of activities like the world's best diving, boat tours, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and of course, relaxing on the beach :-) 

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MY EXPERIENCE

In May of 2017, I traveled to Grace Bay Club with Foray Collective and had the most incredible experience! It was my first time in Turks & Caicos and I was really excited to explore this beachy new destination with my friends; Ruslana GeeJourdan Sloane, Rosa Crespo

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After a long day of traveling from LA, we checked into our luxurious room in "The Estate" building, which had a large balcony overlooking the ocean and main pool. We watched the sunset and had dinner at one of the "Private Villa Collection" beachfront homes owned by Grace Bay Club. The modern villa was breathtaking and had amazing atmosphere to kick off the trip!

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SHOP THE LOOK

The next day, we headed to Bugaloo's Conch Shack to have lunch, dance to local music, and explore the conch studded island. We spent the entire day here hanging out (the photo opps with the colorful houses were just too good). After a day of sun, we headed to Grace Bay Club's Anani Spa for massages and facials. My facialist was really educated in the products she was using and my skin felt heavenly afterwards! I highly recommend going to the spa if you visit Grace Bay. 

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SHOP THE LOOK

On our third day, we took a charter boat out to sea to check out some other islands. The sand was SO white and fluffy and the water was the prettiest shade of turquoise I have ever seen! We were also lucky enough to see a few dolphins and stingrays along the way. Once we wrapped up the boat tour, lunch was served local style at STIX on the beach. The remainder of the day was spent relaxing and swimming in the ocean. Dinner was set up beautifully on the beach by the Grace Bay Club team where we had delicious food, great conversation, and lots of wine to wrap up our final night. 

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SHOP THE LOOK

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Turks and Caicos is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and I highly advise making the visit out! Check out my travel guide and recommendations below!

 

SHOP THE TRIP

 

 

TURKS TRAVEL GUIDE

STAY

Grace Bay Club - a luxury oceanfront resort with 5-star service, beautiful decor, and a variety of dining options

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DINE

Infinity Restaurant & Raw Bar, The Lounge, The Grill, Krave, Stix - all on site dining options at Grace Bay Club

Lemon2Go Coffee Bar - the cutest little coffee + gift shop just 2 minutes from Grace Club. The almond milk latte is delicious!

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Sandbar - for a night of drinking and dancing to island music and Drake

EXPERIENCE

Anani Spa - unwind at the ultra relaxing spa at Grace Bay Club

Island Tour - take a private charter to uninhabited islands like French Cay and West Caicos

Bugaloos Conch Crawl - live music, local food, tropical drinks, conch covered beaches, and colorful building for that perfect photo opp

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Snorkel - the water is crystal clear to see all of the marine life

Paddleboard - available for rent at Grace Bay Club

 

 

Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena is one of the most picturesque and culturally inspiring cities I have ever visited. Colombia has been on my bucket list for a long time and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit! What's not to love? Colorfully painted streets, historic architecture, warm weather, and the lively energy of the city as a whole. Many people worry that Colombia is not a safe tourism destination, but I felt completely safe and had the most incredible experience while visiting. I HIGHLY recommend looking into booking a trip! A little about my stay...

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Foray partnered with the brand Maaji for this getaway, hosting a group of bloggers to help bring awareness to the brand. Jill Wallace, Nicole Isaacs, Julia Friedman, Racquel Natasha, Kaitlynn Carter, and myself all came along for the journey. Maaji is a Colombian based resort & activewear label known for their reversible swimwear and bright, colorful prints. I was a fan of the brand before, but knowing the roots and the kind people behind the brand made me fall in love with it even more. 

SHOP MAAJI

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We stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom villa right in the heart of old town Cartagena, complete with a dreamy rooftop lounge. Unfortunately, this house is not available for booking, but I've listed a few alternative recommendations below! 

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SHOP CARTAGENA STYLE

The Maaji team organized a full itinerary of activities for us to experience while we were in Cartagena. It was an awesome benefit to have local knowledge from the team for the best spots in town. I've included some of my favorite places below!

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CARTAGENA CITY GUIDE

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AIR BNB

Cartagena Villa (10 bedrooms, great for groups)

Casa Los Suenos Villa (5 bedrooms)

Private Villa (5 bedrooms)

Colonial Style Villa (7 bedrooms)

Oceanside Villa (5 bedrooms, beautiful rooftop lounge and pool area)

Casa Pombo (10 bedrooms, great for special occasion)

HOTELS

Tcherassi Hotel - Designed by Colombian fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi

Casa San Augustin

ATTRACTIONS

Take a boat the is islands - Islas de Rosario, Baru.

Cafe Del Mar - Go to watch the sunset and have drinks.

Walk/bike ride the old city streets.

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DINING

Don Juan 

Maria 

El Kilo - Cute decor with gorgeous marble bar and great drinks. 

MisturaPeruvian Japanese food + music.

Bohemia

Juan del Mar Amazing street entertainment and shows while dining outside in the plaza. Order every kind of pizza!

Pasteleria MilaThe best desserts in town. Try the cuatro leches.

Vera Restaurant at Silvia Tcherassi Hotel

Club Pesca Restaurant

Epoca Cafe - Cute, casual cafe to grab a coffee or lunch.

Crepes & Waffles - Casual dining, ice cream & juices.

SHOPPING

St. Dom - Discover local Colombia designers. The store carries both women's & mens clothing and accessories. Everything is SO cute. 

Street Shopping - For local souvenirs. 

NH Galeria - High end fashion, art, and interior design. 

Lucy Jewelry - For Emeralds! Columbia is the world's largest producer. 

Abaco Liberia & Cafe - Books on the best art, photography, and architecture in Cartagena. 

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NIGHTLIFE

El Baron - The best cocktail bar in Cartagena. 

La Movida - We went drinking and dancing almost every night here! They play the best Reggaetone music in the back room. 

La Jugada 

Cafe Havana - For a night of salsa dancing!

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I will DEFINITELY be coming back to Colombia soon and hope to visit the city of Bogata. The people, the weather, the culture....Colombia you have my heart forever!

You can shop all looks from the trip HERE on Foray. Please leave any comments or questions below. Happy to help with travel recs xx

Esperanza Resort

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Ah Cabo, you never disappoint! Growing up in Southern California, Mexico has become my go to destination for a quick, beachy getaway. 

I recently stayed at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas with Becca Tilley and Kaitlynn Carter for a last minute getaway. The hotel was gracious enough to host us for the weekend and we had the best experience staying there. My room was one of their newly renovated casitas that had a beautiful view, complete with a jacuzzi on our balcony. Can you say dreamy!?

The service at Esperanza is 5-star and the staff goes above and beyond expectations to make you feel special. The hotel grounds are spacious, peaceful, and luxurious - perfect for a special occasion or relaxing girl's weekend! There are also a a variety restaurants on the property that service fresh and local cuisine. We quickly became friends with the executive chef, Guillermo who cooked the most amazing meals every night!

There are a ton of activities to do around the resort and in town. We especially enjoyed beach yoga, spa massages, tequila tasting, and camel riding. Yes, camel riding - hah! I have to say this was the highlight of our trip because we were laughing uncontrollably the entire time. 

We also checked out Esperanza's newly opened property, Chileno Bay. The vibe is a little more modern and laid back compared to Esperanza's classic, luxury feel. The clean, all white design and Instagram worthy bar are just a few of the things that draw in a hip crowd. This hotel just opened, but I have a feeling I'll be seeing it all over Instagram real soon!

Thinking of planning a trip to Cabo soon? DO IT! Here are a few of my recommendations:

STAY

Esperanza Resort, Chileno Bay

PS - When you book the "Bed & Breakfast Package", you will receive a complimentary margarita welcome amenity and a $100 spa credit! To book, call (855)-661-7800 and mention my name to receive these extra perks!

EXPERIENCE

Beach Yoga @ Esperanza, The Spa @ Esperanza, Tequila Tasting, Camel Ride with Cabo Adventures

DINE

Cucina Del Mar, La Terraza Americana, Las Estrellas, The Lounge Bar, La Palapa

SHOP

Solana @ Esperanza Resort

NIGHTLIFE

Mixology

SHOP CABO