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Chris Tilling, general manager of Valley Trunk Estate, knows a thing or two about Virgin Gorda. For nearly 30 years, he co-owned Cooper Island Beach Club. After selling the resort in 2009, Tilling moved back to London. But it wasn’t long until Valley Trunk’s owner called Tilling and asked to meet. After years of operating solely […]
Travel advisor Melissa McKinley knows a thing or two about The Resort at Paws Up. The ranch feeds her soul. And palette. Her first visit to the ranch was during Montana Master Chef weekend; just recently she attended Montana Master Griller weekend. For these special weekends, guests mingle with master chefs and well-known winemakers, as well […]
Bobby Zur, founder and owner of Travel Artistry, had popped in to the lobby of The Greenwich Hotel once or twice. But he’d never spent any significant time. So when he finally did? “It was a Wow,” Bobby recalls. “From the moment I entered the hotel until I left, my senses absorbed so many wonderful details and […]
On a recent trip to Ireland, to see clients Sheen Falls Lodge and Ballyfin, followed by a trade-symposium in Berlin, I found myself in the `what-to-pack’ quandary, familiar to so many of us in the travel industry. My dilemma was a specific cocktail party and specific pleated dress I wanted to wear. But how to keep […]
“I love putting on the wellies (yes, provided) and walking onto the misty glen to ‘fly’ the powerful red-tail hawks and falcons. There are very few places left in the world where one can experience the authentic and ancient (dating date to 2000BC) sport of falconry. I love, too, the roaring waterfall views from Sheen […]
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 […]
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