"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 ...
"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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"People don't take trips -- trips take people" - John Steinbeck
Our nation's capital is replete with grand and stately, sometimes historic hotels, so when I recently visited, I had some difficult choices to make. But when I began to investigate further, it became quite obvious that a luxury travel blogger's trip to Washington, D.C. is not complete without a visit to the incomparable and highly regarded Four Seasons Hotel Washington, D.C.
Its six stories rising tall in ...
“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 ...
"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, ...
"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...
"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 ...
“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, ...
"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, ...