15 posts in category Boutique Hotels

Unparalleled Italian Luxury – The Aman Venice

“I cannot write about Venice; I can only write about me, and the sleeping parts of myself that Venice has shocked into wakefulness.” - Jessica Zafra, Twisted Travels   If you've had the fortune to visit Venice, Italy, then this quote likely strikes you in the way it did me.  Venice is the most visually, spiritually, and emotionally moving city I've ever visited. It defies comparison, and inspires those fortunate enough to witness its magic, to soak in every image, experience, ... Continue Reading

Resplendent Luxury in Barcelona – The Majestic Hotel & Spa

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery   I'm often asked a variation of the same question - what I refer to as "The Best" question - where someone asks for example: "What's the best hotel you've ever stayed in?" or "Where did you have the best meal?" It's perhaps the most difficult question to ask of someone who's visited a number of exemplary hotels and restaurants around the world, ... Continue Reading

Best Luxury Hotels in Arizona – The Arizona Biltmore

"Traveling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller." - Ibn Battuta This quote perfectly captures how I inadvertently became a travel writer - the sheer astonishment of experiencing new and beautiful places, followed by the compulsion to give voice to those experiences so that others may see a part of the world they may not have otherwise discovered. This quote also spoke to me because you don't need to travel across the globe or even the country to be amazed. Some of ... Continue Reading

Best Luxury Hotels in Sedona – El Portal Sedona

"It's the Call of the Canyon - Bell Rock, Cathedral, Mitten Ridge - It's Sedona, Sedona - Where the lovin' people live" - Excerpt from Sedona, by Donna Loren Sedona, Arizona is one of my most favorite places on the planet - magical, mysterious, and its beauty is impossible to describe. So when a business trip brought us to Sedona, I decided to write a "Best Luxury Hotels in Sedona" article about El Portal Sedona because it's the only luxury property in Sedona that I hadn't visited. It ... Continue Reading

Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona – Royal Palms Resort and Spa

"Natural elegance inspires the mind." - Kristian Goldmund Aumann, From Poet's Hand Truly superlative resorts cast magic powers over guests, creating a peaceful, rejuvenative, and memorable experience.  The Royal Palms Resort and Spa and it's natural elegance infused me with a luxurious and serene sense of relaxation. Why the Royal Palms? When I decided to write a "Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona" blog series this summer, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix was at the top of my ... Continue Reading