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Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Family Travel, Mexico | Comments Off on Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas

Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas

My family traveled to Cabo San Lucas for spring break this year. I chose Cabo so we could see whales, ride camels (yes, you can ride camels in Cabo!), and sail around the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas, but also to stay at recently opened Chileno Bay, the newest hotel in Auberge Resorts’ collection. For those of you familiar with Auberge hotels (think Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Esperanza to name a few), any property that falls under their umbrella is guaranteed to be extraordinary, and Chileno Bay proved to be no exception. The service, setting, design, and cuisine are outstanding.

Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas

Arrival at Chileno Bay, Cabo San Lucas

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Primland

Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Family Travel, US Travel | Comments Off on Primland

Primland

My family and I recently snuck away for a long weekend to Primland, a rising star in the luxury hotel industry.  Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, this glorious retreat sits on 12,000 pristine acres and is an ideal get-away for both families and couples seeking respite from the real world.

Family time at Primland

Family time at Primland

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Caneel Bay, St. John

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Caribbean Travel, St. John | Comments Off on Caneel Bay, St. John

Caneel Bay, St. John

I recently returned from a magical stay at one of the Caribbean’s most beloved and iconic hotels – Caneel Bay on the island of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. This was my third visit to the property and a particularly special trip for me both personally and professionally, as I’d been invited to attend their 60th Anniversary Gala as a representative of the luxury travel industry. I was honored and excited to attend.

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Panama

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Central America, Panama | Comments Off on Panama

Panama

I just returned from a trip to the fascinating country of Panama – a Central American destination that’s been on my travel bucket list for a very long time. Panama is an emerging hot spot full of diverse culture, unparalleled adventure, and fantastic wildlife – all still relatively untouched and unspoiled. And did I mention the Panama Canal, which is just as incredible as I’d hoped??? My trip started in the northwestern part of the country in Bocas del Toro. Best known for its world class diving, snorkeling, and surfing, this...

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The Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Florida, Ritz Carlton, US Travel | Comments Off on The Ritz Carlton Sarasota

The Ritz Carlton Sarasota

I recently attended Brownell’s company meeting at the newly renovated Ritz Carlton Sarasota in southern Florida. I’d never visited this part of the Florida Gulf Coast before, so I arrived a day early to make sure I’d have enough time to experience the hotel as a leisure traveler before my meeting began. I’m so glad that I did! The Ritz Carlton Sarasota has a unique waterfront setting in downtown Sarasota with a lovely pool area overlooking a small marina. Additionally, there’s a full service Beach Club only a ten minute shuttle ride away. The...

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Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, Anguilla

Posted by on Jul 23, 2016 in Anguilla, Caribbean Travel | Comments Off on Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, Anguilla

Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort, Anguilla

I just returned home from a blissful week on the magical island Anguilla, one of my favorite destinations in the Caribbean.  The main purpose of my visit was to stay at Malliouhana and experience it first-hand, as I’ve been regularly sending happy clients since it reopened in 2014 and wanted to see for myself just how special this iconic property really is. For those of us Caribbean hotel junkies, Malliouhana is a bit of a legend.  Built and meticulously run by a beloved British businessman for almost 30 years, Malliouhana was the first...

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Akumal and Tulum: The Southern Riviera Maya

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Akumal, Mexico, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Yucatan | Comments Off on Akumal and Tulum: The Southern Riviera Maya

Akumal and Tulum:  The Southern Riviera Maya

I’ve just returned home from a special trip with my family to the southern Riviera Maya of Mexico. I’d been to the Riviera Maya a number of times before but never ventured this far south, where the crowds are sparser, the beaches are prettier, and the pace of life is generally slower. For our home base, I chose the town of Akumal – a charming beach town with wonderful dining, shopping and picturesque Akumal Bay where we could snorkel with the turtles who permanently reside there. I booked a lovely, low-key hotel five minutes...

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Hotel L’Orologio – Venice, Italy

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in Europe, Family Travel, Italy, Venice | Comments Off on Hotel L’Orologio – Venice, Italy

Hotel L’Orologio – Venice, Italy

Trying to pick a hotel in Venice is not an easy task, as there are so many incredible choices! I relied on the advice of a trusted hotel supplier and decided to try a brand new hotel on the scene – Hotel L’Orologio.  Its funky contemporary vibe wasn’t the type of property I was initially envisioning for my stay in Venice. As it turned out, this property couldn’t have been more perfect for my family.  I loved it the minute I walked through the door. Hotel L’Orologio’s location along the Grand Canal is...

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Spring Break in Italy

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Europe, Family Travel, Italy, Rome, Siena, Venice | Comments Off on Spring Break in Italy

Spring Break in Italy

I’ve just returned home from an unforgettable tour of Venice, Siena and Rome with my family for spring break.  It was my children’s first trip to Europe and an amazing experience for us all! Once I’d chosen Italy as the destination for our trip, it was time to figure out where we should focus our time.  Not an easy task, as there’s so much to see and do!  I followed the same advice I give my clients – focus on just a few places and do them well.  Too much moving around is exhausting for everyone, and precious...

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Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Posted by on Feb 13, 2016 in Caribbean Travel, St. Lucia | Comments Off on Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Jade Mountain, St. Lucia

Where do I even begin? Jade Mountain, one of the most exclusive and spectacular properties in the Caribbean, is so special that it’s a bit difficult to describe the experience of staying here in a blog post.  Jaw-dropping, breath-taking, and surreal are some of the first words that come to mind.  And they don’t even begin to tell the whole story. Located on the top of a mountain directly above the 600 acre Anse Chastenet resort, Jade Mountain is the brainchild of renowned architect and island local Nick Troubetzkoy.  His...

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