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I love the bathtubs – and how they fill in 60 seconds. The beautiful Redflower bath amenities and snack baskets in the rooms (with yummy Tate cookies). I love the privacy and green of the courtyard. And the beds and pillows, so sumptuous.
From the moment the iron gates closed behind and I began the 1.5-mile winding drive to the former boys-school-turned-hotel-mansion that is Ballyfin, my world changed. And ‘another’ Ireland – a throwback to a different time, different century – emerged. After being ushered inside to a roaring fire where fresh-from-the-oven cookies were served, I was led […]
Rising star Julie Anne Juba, of Jet Set Getaways, is all about detail. And location. “You must stay at a hotel that has the BEST location,” she says. And when in Rome – Juba personally has a favorite…Portrait Roma. “Portrait is in the heart of Via Condotti, owned by the Ferragamo family and located above […]
Garden tai-chi in the early a.m. – the lush green of the grass, intoxicating scent of the flowers, and chirping birds. I love the peace and tranquility of The BodyHoliday. The smoothie bar – and endless arm-leg-butt-toning, spinning and yoga classes….
“Don’t play with your food.” Otahuna’s star chef, Jimmy McIntyre, takes this mantra seriously. The renowned chef is all about simplicity. “My style is rustic, simple, and yes, delicious,” says Chef Jimmy. “I like it real.” And real it is. I caught up with Chef Jimmy in February – New Zealand summer – where he […]
There’s everything to love about Laucala Island, so it’s hard to narrow down what I love most. But when pressed, I love the privacy of this Fijian hideaway. The exuberant smiles of the staff – so genuine. And the perfect balance of pampering. From the moment you’re greeted by the happy bula-bula-ing staff, there’s nothing you […]
Travel industry veteran Ann Calve, of New Canaan Travelworld, is always on the lookout for the perfect family/experiential travel adventure. Which is why Chile (and Tierra Atacama, specifically) tops her “it” list. “Tierra Atacama is an experiential wonderland,” says Calve. “From the moonlike landscape surrounding the property to the amazing observatory, one is on sensory overload. Amazing […]
For a few blissful days in January, I escaped the ‘polar vortex’ blanketing much of the U.S., and found sunshine. And summertime on New Zealand’s North Island and that country’s oldest, still-working sheep station, Wharekauhau Lodge. I loved the moodiness of the sky, the mountains dipping to the sea, the wind, the staff, the sheep of […]
For nearly a decade, luxury travel advisor Miriam Geiser has been crafting romantic itineraries for discerning honeymooners. One of her favorite getaways: Hotel Le Toiny on St Barth. “Le Toiny is a very special place. Situated in a secluded corner of the jet-set island of St. Barth, it’s easy to unwind here. The beautifully appointed […]
I thought the private infinity pools (and spaghetti aux truffles) were the ultimate bliss-out at Hotel Le Toiny on St. Barth. And then came the “St Barth Blossom.” Designed by Ligne St Barth, this new (but original) flower massage features the yellow-orange calendula flower, known since the Middle Ages for its cosmetic and medicinal properties. […]
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