The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality” - Walt Disney   Every once and a while I get lucky, and discover a quote that simply and perfectly captures a visit; and I should have known that the great Walt Disney wouldn't disappoint. The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort  (the Four Seasons Orlando from here on out) is most certainly one of the loveliest and most stupendous ... Continue Reading

Florida Luxury Resorts – The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

"Travel brings power and love back into your life" - Rumi As for many people, the memories of visiting Orlando, Florida as a child are some of the most important and meaningful memories I have - the wonder of getting on a plane in a snowy city and exiting the plane a few hours later in a warm, sunny paradise; coupled with the unbridled adulation and expectation of visiting the pinnacle of childhood destinations - Walt Disney World. When I have the chance as an adult to return to Orlando, ... Continue Reading

Carefree Luxury – The Boulders Resort & Spa

"Luxury is attention to detail, originality, exclusivity and above all quality" - Angelo Bonati There are precious few places lovelier than Arizona in the Springtime, and one of the many reasons I adore this part of the year is that I take the opportunity to visit a number of luxury properties located near my home in Scottsdale. This year, I'm so thrilled to share with you a visit to one of the luxury properties that is near and dear to my heart and my home - The Boulders Resort & ... Continue Reading

Luxury in Carmel Valley Wine Country – The Bernardus Lodge & Spa

“If we sip the wine, we find dreams coming upon us out of the imminent night” - D.H. Lawrence   We Westerners are spoiled beyond imagination. Unless you're in France, Spain, or Italy, there are few places where flavorful wine is more widespread or profoundly abundant than California. And while there are innumerable resorts and boutique bed & breakfasts scattered throughout California's various wine regions, there is something quite special about one particular resort in ... Continue Reading

Florentine Luxury – The Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

"Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life" - Anna Akhmatova One of the many beauties of Italy is that there are so many different cities and regions to visit, making Italy - in my opinion - the most beautiful destination country in the world. But the flip side is that it can take awhile to visit certain cities, and in my case, it took many years before I could make the time to visit the City of Florence; and wow, was it worth the wait. And as is my habit, I thorou... Continue Reading

Sumptuous Italian Luxury – The St. Regis Florence

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy" - Giuseppe Verdi   The magic of Italy never ceases to amaze, and never disappoints; and the City of Florence - while sometime overshadowed by Paris, Venice, and Tuscany - reveals its own special secrets to those who walk its streets and visit its many treasures. Prior to visiting a special city such as Florence, I invest quite a bit of time in learning from the many travel experts who have visited before me, so that I can visit the ... Continue Reading

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

Sumptuous Luxury in Madrid – The Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Ritz

"The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands." - Sir Richard Burton   Some luxury properties defy description, comparison or categorization - to such an extent that the visitor must simply surrender to the people, the tastes, the scenes, and the surroundings of the property; and just take it all in before the experience sadly ends. This is how I feel about a recent visit to The Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Ritz in Madrid, Spain. I invite you to see ... Continue Reading

Luxury Dining in Scottsdale – Dominick’s Steakhouse

"Food is our common ground - a universal experience." - James Beard   Superlative steakhouses are something quite special. The best steakhouses transport the diner to a different time and place, delivering exhilaration, luscious flavors, laughter, community, and suffused memories. We're most fortunate to have one such steakhouse close to home - Dominick's Steakhouse at the Scottsdale Quarter. Dominick's is owned by the same group that owns and operates the highly successful and ... 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