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Oceanfront Luxury – The Mandarin Oriental, Miami

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin   I recently had the chance to visit Miami, a city for which I have a great deal of affection having spent much time there in years past. Miami is a city long associated with luxurious oceanside views, a glittering skyline, vibrant dining, and beautiful people. But as one who seeks the experience of luxury hotels, I embrace the rare opportunity to visit the one of only six Mandarin ... Continue Reading

Uptown Luxury – The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

“To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark   Our country is a traveler's paradise. One could spend decades visiting our many states, cities, and regions, and I am forever amazed as to the variety of luxury destinations to be enjoyed. I recently had the chance to visit one of my favorite cities - the shiny and bold Dallas, Texas. Dallas and its outlying areas offer a wide variety of high-end properties, but if you're ... Continue Reading

Resort Luxury in Tahiti – The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

"Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen" - Benjamin Disraeli   When I first started writing about luxury hotels and resorts, I created a bucketlist of the places I most wanted to visit and experience. From time to time over the years, I would glance at the list and wonder when I would make it to The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Well, I recently had the fortune of visiting the world famous property, and it was quite worth the ... Continue Reading

Luxury at the Arch – The Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul" - Unknown   There are few things more exhilarating than getting on a plane, and traveling to a place you've been thinking about visiting for some time. Not long after I started to post my travels on social media, I stumbled upon the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and thought it a quite lovely property in America's heartland, a city I'd never visited. So, I put it on my travel bucketlist, and checked on it from time to time ... Continue Reading

Luxury in NYC – The Kimberly Hotel

“I love New York, even though it isn't mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.” - Truman Capote   There is no place like New York City, especially for a lover of luxury hotels. I had the pleasure recently of visiting The Kimberly Hotel, located in the heart of Midtown. Click Here to view the location on Google Maps. The Kimberly Hotel is part of the Worldhotels Collection. Accommodations... Continue Reading

Luxury in the Plains – The Ambassador Hotel, Kansas City

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust   This is a most special post, and something I never thought possible. When I first started writing about luxury traveling a few years ago, I wanted simply to show other people the places I visited, in the hopes that they too would seek to explore the world and find their own adventures and special places. This blog has wildly exceeded all of my expectations, but one ... Continue Reading

Mountainside Luxury in Utah – The St. Regis Deer Valley

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things" - Henry Miller   This quote resonates with me the more I travel. I think less of places on a map, and more of how I feel when I visit and eventually, when I return. This visit to Deer Valley, Utah was my first, and there was no question that I would stay at the St. Regis Deer Valley, the area's most acclaimed luxury resort. I chose wisely. Location The St. Regis Deer Valley is a scant and quite scenic drive from ... Continue Reading

Three Days of Luxury in Geneva, Switzerland

"I should like the window to open onto the Lake of Geneva - and there I'd sit and read all day like the picture of somebody reading" - John Keats   A few months ago, the prospect of gazing upon Lake Geneva was as remote as meeting a living Mr. Keats. But funny things happen when you're a travel blogger - a condition with which I remain unaccustomed - and you learn to simply embrace the unexpected gifts from the Universe. In this case, I had unexpectedly and most surprisingly been ... Continue Reading

Washington, D.C. Luxury – The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

"I want to be with those who know secret things, or else alone" - Rainer Maria Rilke   One of the guiding concepts that has served me best in travel is to seek out places and experiences that have been overlooked by the masses; and it has served me quite well. I mention this because as a global traveler, much of the best experiences and places are not commonly known. In searching for places to stay during a recent visit to Washington, D.C., I took great pains to craft a list of ... Continue Reading

Scottsdale Luxury Hotels – The Hotel Valley Ho

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain   One of the questions I'm asked the most is: "How do you find the time to travel so often?" This quote above helps to explain my perpetual urgency to travel: Few of us know how much time we have on this Earth, and I'm ever fearful of ... Continue Reading