“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
I was born and raised in bucolic New Hampshire, and I recently returned home for a family event, with a quick one-night stay in Boston. There was no question where I would stay - the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, one of only six Mandarin Oriental hotels in the U.S. The brand offers consistently luxurious destinations, and the Mandarin Oriental, ...
"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 ...
“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 ...
"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 ...
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
At (or near) the top of everyone's travel bucketlist is a visit to Bora Bora, and with good reason, as Bora Bora in French Polynesia is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. There are an abundance of resorts to visit in Bora Bora, but no visit is complete without a trip to The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.
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"Only the one who walks his own way can't be overtaken" - Marlon Brando
In April 1789, Fletcher Christian, Acting Lieutenant of the HMS Bounty, led a mutiny and seized control of the ship from Captain William Bligh. Christian and his mutineers - risking death for treason - returned to the warmth and tropical comfort of Tahiti, and after having visited The Brando, I can't blame them.
It is generally my aim to guide the reader through my experience of a luxury property, and ...
"In the middle of it, there's joy" - Unknown
There's something quite special about life's unpredictability. A couple of months ago, a trip to Geneva, Switzerland and a stay at one of its finest finest hotels was about as likely as a trip to the moon. But that all changed in the blink of an email invitation (and a quick confirmation from my lovely bride that she would not divorce me if I went), a flight to Europe, and an airport pickup by luxury driver. Let's do this!
I was ...
"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 ...
“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 ...
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe strongly in the power of gratitude, which includes being in awe of my surroundings. I suspect this characteristic is at the root of my love of luxury properties. I am quite grateful that I recently had the pleasure to ...