Mario, Avery and I all went to Newport Rhode Island for a week-long family vacation recently.

I had never been to Newport before and didn’t know what to expect. Upon arriving we were all staggered by the remarkable beauty and rich history of the town!

We joined my great friend and her family on her 150ft  yacht for our 6 day trip.  We were docked at 41N, which has a great hotel and restaurants inside and out. The outside restaurant played fabulous music and had an incredible almost life-size chess set which Avery and Mario enjoyed.

Mario and Avery playing Chess. Look at the size of the pieces!!

The best experience for us was doing the Cliff Walk. In fact it was so much fun we did it twice! We would start out on the very top by the ocean and huge cliffs, which was actually similar to hiking in Aspen. The views were so spectacular and so were the homes!!

Cliff walk.

View from the cliff walk.

We had the opportunity to tour a local landmark – The  breathtaking Breaker’s Mansion. Would you believe i was still furnished in the same manner as the 1800’s when the Vanderbilt family resided there?

I have never seen such opulence and decor. The house was larger than life with gilding and rooms upon rooms. Personally I would have been nervous to ever sit on a chair if I lived there!!

Breakers Mansion - The most majestic home of all!

We also got the chance to play tennis twice at the Tennis Hall of Fame. They have beautiful grass courts. Mario and I played against Avery and a pro which was so much fun and so different from playing on clay.

Heading to play tennis of grass courts.

Me on the top deck by hot tub - Needed after tennis!!

We really enjoyed being on the water. Avery would water ski and do wave boarding and we all went jet skiing. We would take the boat out for short day trips as the water was rough and even though one day it rained we still had the time of our lives!

Mario and Avery taking the Jet Ski out for a spin

Avery wake boarding.

Hanging out on the 3rd upper deck of the yacht.

Oh and did I mention the food on the yacht?!! The food the chef would prepare for us was so amazing that we only dined out twice locally! But we enjoyed our visits to the town because everyone was so nice and the stores and restaurants were all fabulous.

Mario and I enjoying the evening on the boat.

Amazing Newport sunset!

There’s nothing like eating el fresco and watching the sunset with family and great friends.

It was really one of our best vacations ever!!

p.s. – I will be posting many more pics from my trip and other summer events to my Facebook Fan page in the upcoming weeks. Become a member so you can view them!!

xo,

Ramona

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If you got a chance to see the last few episodes of my bachelorette getaway with the ladies…then you got a glimpse of our beautiful villa – The Presidio del Mar!

Ive gotten so many inquiries in regards to the villa that I wanted to share some information and pics  with you all.

The Presidio del Mar is located on the beautiful island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. It has 6 luxurious guest rooms and 8 fabulous bathrooms. We also had at our disposal a private pool and spa, workout room, personal chefs and staff for the grounds, complimentary starbucks, access to 4 incredible beaches and the most beautiful view you could ever imagine!

What more could a NYC bachelorette housewife ask for???

For more information feel free to visit this website:  http://www.vrbo.com/273085

xo, Ramona

Wilderness Safari's Desert Rhino Camp

We are still in Namibia but moved to the Wilderness Safaris‘ Desert Rhino camp. Enjoyed a full day of exploring the region. This camp is home to the largest free ranging black rhino population in all of Africa! How cool is that?

I love animals and seeing so many of them face to face in their natural habitat has been amazing! Each camp feels more beautiful than the next.  I wish Mario and Avery were here to experience this with me.

Here are a few pics of where we are staying:

Tomorrow I head back to Johannesburg where I will be spending 2 additional days before heading back to NY.

This has been quite a journey for me and I would like to thank everyone who has been keeping up with my tweets, blog posts and facebook messages.

Of course, I will continue to send more updates. So if you have not done so as yet, dont forget to follow me on twitter and become a fan on my facebook fan page!

xo, Ramona.

The Africa Foundation works in conjunction with the &Beyond Foundation to provide aid to Africa’s children. Visit their website  to find out what you can do to help today – www.africafoundation.org

* Photos: Wilderness Safaris

Hanging with the upper school girls. Don't they look great?

We are now in Damarland Namibia but I wanted to share these pictures which I was able to take on our community visits last week.

We saw a total of 6 different schools which the Africa Foundation has helped to build. It is so important for EVERY child to recieve an education as well as a good meal each day – that is why we are working to get more kitchens built along with schools.

Having a little fun with the school children.

Me with the little children at day care.

Helping the kids fetch water.

New kitchen we just built - "Food for the body to feed the brain" - af.org

While I was saddened at first for the conditions that these children have to endure, their amazing positivity and hospitality showed me that you can truly make the best of any situation. They enjoy going to school and are so appreciative for everything the Africa Foundation has done for them. Please visit  africafoundation.org for information on how you can help today.

For more updates on my trip keep checking my blog,  become my fan on facebook and  follow me on twitter!!

xo, Ramona.

*Africa Foundation works in conjunction with &Beyond Foundation to provide aid for the children of Africa.

We are now in Namibia at camp Little Kulala. This is a desert retreat.  We had a full day of guided drives through the towering dunes.  Tomorrow we continue on to the Desert Rhino camp.  I have included some photos of where we are staying, so you can feel like you are here with me on my Safari.

Africa is such a beautiful continent with so much to offer…

Namibia Desert

Wildnerness Safaris 'Little Kulala

Wilderness Safaris' Little Kulala

Be sure to follow me on twitter and become a fan on my facebook page for pictures and other updates from my trip!

xo, Ramona

Photos courtesy of Wilderness Safaris.

Next Stop – Zambia!

May 17, 2010


We are in Zambia at camp Toka Leya. Check out these amazing photos of where I am staying. The Wilderness Safaris and &Beyond camps have been nothing short of phenomenal!! I feel so lucky to be here! I saw some amazing landscapes and experienced nature like you only see in the movies.

It is truly a blessing to experience ALL sides of Africa. It is a wonderful country and the girls and I are getting the opportunity to do and see things that we could have only dreamt of, including the chance to visit with persons/communities who’s lives have been touched by The Africa Foundation.

Please check back tomorrow for more photos and information!

xo, Ramona

Photos courtesy of Wilderness Safaris

Wanted to share these pictures from the Xarana (&Beyond)  and Mombo (Wilderness Safaris) camps which we had the pleasure of staying at last week, while visiting the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
We were told that these camps are the top operators in South Africa and I have to agree, as both camps were beyond amazing and truly exceeded my expectations!!!
&Beyond’s Xarana Camp

&Beyond’s Xarana Camp

&Beyond's Xarana Camp

Wilderness Safari’s Mombo Camp

Wilderness Safari's Mombo Camp

Wildnerness Safari's Mombo Camp

Please keep checking my blog for more updates and picture!

xo, Ramona

*www.AfricaFoundation.org works in conjunction with &Beyond Foundation to provide aid for Africa’s children.

Photos courtesy of Wilderness Safaris and &Beyond


& Beyond is yet another company who we will get the opportunity to tour with in Africa while benefiting The AfricaFoundation.org.

&Beyond was established alongside rising international demand for ecotourism and wilderness experiences, and in the belief that, through business enterprise, wildlife conservation could be placed on a sustainable economic footing.

With roots in Africa, & Beyond runs nearly 50 magical safari lodges and camps in the most breathtaking parts of the continent and, through this, sustain hundreds of rural communities and millions of acres of precious, sometimes endangered wildlife land.

For more information please visit www.AndBeyond.com.

Be sure to stay tuned into my blog – pictures to come soon!

(**www.africafoundation.org works in conjuction with the &Beyond foundation)

xoxo, Ramona

Everyone has been inquiring about my Africa trip, so I wanted to share with you the information for the companies I am traveling with…

See below for information on Wilderness Safaris:

One of the companies that we are traveling with as part of supporting the AfricaFoundation.com is Wilderness Safaris. Wilderness Safaris is a conservation organization and ecotourism company dedicated to responsible tourism throughout the areas in which it operates in southern Africa. Its goal is to share these wild areas with guests from all over the world, while at the same time helping to ensure the future protection of Africa’s spectacular wildlife heritage and sharing the benefits of tourism with local communities.

Its wildlife, marine and heritage safaris in remote and pristine wilderness destinations are specialized, educational, explorative and fun. Camps and services are safe, hygienic, authentic and insightful of guests’ needs. Its “conservation through tourism” policy shares the benefits of tourism with local communities and ensures the protection of these areas for future generations.

Wilderness Safaris is privileged to operate privately on 2.8 million hectares (6.5 million acres) of southern Africa’s finest wildlife reserves in some 60 lodges and camps. There is no one style set in Wilderness camps; rather we celebrate the difference and uniqueness of each area and its wildlife so that each group of camps has its own identity, feel and character. This variety of accommodation, activities and product means that there’s something for everyone wanting to come to Africa.

For more information please visit www.Wilderness-Safaris.com and also read my older blog post about the Africa Foundation by clicking here!

Be sure to check back on my blog for more information and photos of my amazing trip!

xoxo, Ramona

Elle.com is featuring my TruRenewal skin care in their April sweepstakes!

The giveaway includes the Ultra Repair Cream with Algae Enzyme and the Ultimate Eye Repair with Retinol.

Both products are absolute must haves for any woman wanting to renew her beauty regime.

Read below for an excerpt from Elle.com on how to enter:

We believe in “making better” instead of “making over.” Introducing Tru Renewal, Ramona Singer’s skincare line that employs what the Big Apple Housewife calls “the answer” to all your skin product worries: green algae. The ingredient contains natural sources of vitamin C and provides valuable antioxidants that build collagen and reduce the look of wrinkles to help give you radiant and youthful looking skin. Enter our Tru Renewal sweepstakes, and you could win the Ultra Repair Cream with Algae Enzyme and the Ultimate Eye Repair with Retinol, a combined retail value of $138. The Repair Cream is an age-defying cream for all skin types that stimulates collagen synthesis for firmer, younger-looking skin, and the Eye Repair serum reduces puffiness, dark circles, and pesky eye lines to give your pretty peepers a nice rewind-in-time.

Tru Renewal by Ramona Singer products are available at the Equinox on 74th and 2nd, as well as on amazon.com

Contest ends May 2. One entry per day allowed.

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL RULES

Credit: Elle.com

xo – Ramona.