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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 […]
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 […]
“People come for the falls – the roaring cascade outside their window,” says Patrick Hanley, general manager of Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare Ireland – the newest hotel to join our JCR collection. “They come for Kenmare – the locals and the influx of French, Dutch, Swiss and German who’ve settled here for the town’s peacefulness and […]
I love Paris – the leafy parks, twisty streets, outdoor cafes, and of course, the endless chocolate crepes. But my absolute favorite attraction in Paris isn’t a tangible (or expected) one. It is a scent – the subtle, yet-oh-so-intoxicating-Parisian aromathérapie that permeates the hallways at Hotel Esprit St Germain, called Cedre de L’Atlas, L’Artisan. Heaven.
Many years ago, on my first trip to New Mexico, I visited a memorable art gallery. The art collection was exquisite, as was the indoor-and-outdoor sculptured-garden space. But the true stand-out was the owner, Adele, a vivacious New York City transplant. I remember asking if she, herself, was an artist. She threw her head back, combed […]
THE GREENWICH HOTEL On a lazy New York City Monday, I reach sleepily for the phone to order coffee to my room at The Greenwich Hotel. “Your coffee will arrive in less than three minutes,” I’m told. “Is that satisfactory?” Satisfactory isn’t exactly the word that comes to mind. I’m feeling more like elated. Amazed. […]
BALLYFIN There’s Ireland – the classic, just-off-the-plane, need-to-drink-a-Guinness, and tour castles Ireland. And there’s Ballyfin Ireland, an island, a world unto itself. Until the gates close slowly behind me, and my driver veers onto the long, winding road leading to Ballyfin, where an entire staff stands dressed and at full-attention to greet me, I have […]
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