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Samantha Leal



Samantha Leal (you can call her Sam) is a travel, drinks, and beauty/style writer with a love and knack for finding the best places to eat and drink in any location (that’s what makes a vacation, right?). She has a thing for classic cars, and can wax poetic about the history of your favorite cocktail. You can find her everywhere @samanthajoleal.

Recent Articles
  • Why This Luxe South African Safari Lodge is The Ultimate Abode

    Why This Luxe South African Safari Lodge is The Ultimate Abode

    And a must-do if you want to experience the bush at its most opulent

    It can’t be overstated: A stay at Royal Malewane will be one of the most wondrous stays you’ll experience. Twenty years ago, it was the private residence and friends-only lodge for Liz and Phil Biden, who had ties to African fashion house Jenni Button before becoming hoteliers. ... More

  • The Weekender: Greenville, South Carolina

    The Weekender: Greenville, South Carolina

    Why this city is making a big splash (hi, James Beard nods) — and should be your next warm-weather weekend trip

    Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina is the charming Southern city you haven’t been to — yet. Some consider it to be the next Charleston or Asheville as far as tourism goes, the once-sleepy city has been awakened by an influx of jobs, ... More

  • The Weekender: Cape Town, South Africa

    The Weekender: Cape Town, South Africa

    Bask in the diverse flavors, settings, and scenes of this South African standout and capital

    Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa — nicknamed the “Mother City” — and is truly a wonder. A port city located on the water, you’ll get everything you could ever want by way of beaches, mountains, wine country, and urban sprawl — making it the ideal destination for picky travelers ... More

  • The Weekender: NoMad, NYC

    The Weekender: NoMad, NYC

    Explore the luxe neighborhood north of Madison Square Park in New York City

    NoMad, or the area north of Madison Square Park, has evolved over the years into a staycation hotspot for Manhattanites and visitors alike. For those unsure of the parameters, the neighborhood is bordered by east 25th Street to the south, east 30th Street to the north, Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) to the ... More

  • The Weekender: Anguilla

    The Weekender: Anguilla

    This Caribbean island was forced to rebuild after Hurricane Irma and now, it is ready to impress

    To know it is to love it — that is the story of Anguilla. Those who don’t know it ask where it is, what it’s like, and what there is to do while the ones who have been are quick to shout “that’s my favorite place!” and it’s easy to see ... More

  • Nicky Jam Is Redefining Luxury

    Nicky Jam Is Redefining Luxury

    The reggaeton artist and Hublot celebrated their partnership in Miami during Art Basel

    Miami is known to be a mecca for nightlife. During the days of its annual Art Basel fair, it’s even more so, with one underlying thread — art in and of itself. From the Design District to South Beach, the city is abuzz with excitement, exhibitions, and star-studded parties. Enter ... More

  • The Weekender: Lima, Peru

    The Weekender: Lima, Peru

    Explore the rich culture and stellar cuisine in this South American capital city

    Yes, Machu Picchu is the big draw of Peru, but the capital city of Lima is a must-see. The cuisine is amazing as everyone says, and new fusions are jumping off of menus ready to be explored (and eaten). Nearly 10 million people call the capital city home — about ... More

  • Why This Coastal Resort in Maine is Your Next Getaway

    Why This Coastal Resort in Maine is Your Next Getaway

    Visit the Cliff House and savor an unforgettable retreat in the land of lobster

    If you’re looking for an escape from pretty much everything with beautiful views to boot, the Cliff House in Cape Neddick, Maine should be on top of your list. Located on the southern coast of Maine, the 145-year-old property received a renovation in the spring of 2018 ... More

  • The Weekender: Santa Monica, California

    The Weekender: Santa Monica, California

    Discover more than just the iconic pier and ferris wheel in this seaside hot spot

    Santa Monica is located right on the coast in Los Angeles, home to the famed Santa Monica pier and boardwalk that stars the picturesque ferris wheel at Pacific Park you’ve seen in many an Instagram post. It’s only eight miles from LAX and features dining, nightlife, shopping, and—obviously—the beach, making ... More

  • Drink DuJour: The Honey Deuce

    Drink DuJour: The Honey Deuce

    The official cocktail of the US Open Tennis Championship is here to satiate your end-of-summer drink needs

    It’s here: The US Open. And while players will be battling it out on the tennis court, the only love I’m interested in is my love of the Honey Deuce cocktail–the official cocktail of the US Open. Created by Grey Goose mixologist Nick Mautone in 2007, and made with ... More