About No Ordinary Resort

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Welcome to No Ordinary Resort (NOR). My name is Susan Edel and I am the founder and editor of NOR, as well as the owner of Saratoga Travel located in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a luxury lifestyle travel agent, freelance travel writer, leisure photographer and interior design enthusiast, I love to explore and experience the finest luxury resorts throughout the U.S. and beyond.

Over the years, I have had the fortunate opportunity to stay at some extraordinary and unique properties. I founded NOR as an expression of my passion for luxury travel, beautiful design and photography. After years of staying at these amazing properties, I decided that I had to share my experiences and images of these resorts to encourage and inspire my readers to explore their own luxury travel opportunities.

It is my intention to provide the reader with a general overview of the resort, along with any insider tips and information I acquire, such as where the most desirable rooms are located, room features, quality of service, and so forth. For this reason, I only review properties I have experienced first hand so that I can personally attest to the resort features, amenities and services provided.

I hope you enjoy reading about the different resorts and that this forum gives you an insight that one can only obtain by staying at the resort, and as such, will hopefully enhance your future stay at one of these properties. I only review the finest resorts in any given area and I do not write negative reviews. What that means for you the reader, is that the quality of the resorts featured on this site will always reflect the best of the best in that given area, and that you can use the information on this site as a trusted resource for luxury travel inspiration.

Please check back regularly as I am constantly adding new properties as I experience them. I encourage you to subscribe via email for future notifications of new reviews. Your email will be kept private and you will not receive any spam or unwanted emails by subscribing.

I hope this site inspires you to visit these amazing properties and to treat yourself to the luxury you deserve. Happy Travels!

To keep up with my latest travels and shenanigans, become a fan on Instagram at Instagram.com/No.Ordinary.Resort, Facebook at Facebook.com/NoOrdinaryResort and Twitter at Twitter/NoOrdinaryResort.

@2015 Susan Edel ~ All photography is my own unless otherwise noted.


  1. Thank you for visiting my blog and introducing me to all these amazing places 🙂

  2. Look forward to seeing and reading more-

    • Thanks for stopping by. I am still trying to get this up and running with my back stock of resorts to add and will be continually posting more so do check back.

  3. I somehow lost your sites… glad you came to visit so that I could find you again…

    • Hi Rob, I actually started a new blog (this one) and had stopped posting on SKEdaddle. I just recently merged them so it’s nice to reconnect with you! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  4. Terry DelVecchio says:

    Your passion for travel and the nicer places in the world show through your photos- they are spectacular to say the least! Every single one of them makes me want to go there! And to think that you’ve been to all of them.. Your pics are as good or better than any professional travel magazine in the market. You go girl!!

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