Hotel Spotlight: Meadowood Napa Valley

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Napa Valley is one of the world’s premier viticultural regions that is internationally known for the Cabernet Sauvignon that it produces. It is home to over four hundred wineries, everything from large brand-name cellars to small family-owned vineyards. Whether it’s your first time wine tasting, or you’re an experienced wine connoisseur, you’ll have an amazing time exploring the unique landscape and grape varietals of this beautiful valley!

Napa is filled with amazing hotel options but I recommend making Meadowood Napa Valley your home when visiting Napa. Nestled in the heart of St. Helena, on a 250-acre private estate, the property has an assortment of unique luxury accommodations.

There are eighty-five exquisitely appointed cottages, suites and lodges, nestled into the forested hillside, providing serenity and privacy.

All of the rooms come with vaulted ceilings, natural light, beautiful views, comfortable furnishings, glowing fireplaces and private terraces.

The accommodations have been specifically designed to help you relax and unwind in your naturally beautiful surroundings.

There are three amazing restaurants on property as well as a daily wine tasting in the reception lodge. The Restaurant at Meadowood, is the Michelin 3-star restaurant, featuring California wine country cuisine and one of the most comprehensive lists of Napa Valley wines anywhere in the world.

The casual dining option is The Grill, which serves delicious meals throughout the day. They also offer 24-hour private dining and can prepare gourmet country picnic baskets. Finally The Pool Terrace Cafe, is located adjacent to the lap pool and offers al fresco dining.

Meadowood has two world-class championship croquet lawns, a tree-lined golf course and seven tennis courts.

There is also a 25-yard heated lap pool, a family pool, as well as an adult pool.

There is also a lavish spa on property called The Health Spa, offering an extensive list of soothing skincare & body treatments. Finally, there is an amazing gym with fitness classes, personal trainers and private yoga instructors available.

Be sure to take advantage of the amazing guest services team on property. They can design a custom itinerary that takes you to Napa’s most exclusive wineries & restaurants as well as arrange amazing activities like a hot air balloon ride over the valley! Or enlist Meadowood’s resident Sommelier to curate a day of wine tasting that is tailored to your exact palate and preferences!

Napa is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. If you’d like to start planning your vacation to Meadowood please email me. Not only will you be VIP guests but you will receive a $50 daily breakfast credit, a $100 spa credit, plus top priority for room upgrades.

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Hotel Spotlight: La Reserve Paris

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Paris is the City of Love. It is the City of the Lights. It is the epicenter of all things chic, beautiful, romantic and timeless. Whether you’re visiting with the love of your life, a group of friends, or exploring on your own, this city will take your breath away! Paris is filled with some of the most beautiful and iconic buildings and no visit would be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tour, Arc De Triomphe, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Art lovers will find no shortage of amazing museums to explore with classic pieces housed at the Louvre or the amazing collection of impressionist pieces at the Musee d’Orsay.

The dining options in Paris are also endless, as it is home to one of the largest selections of Michelin restaurants. If you’ve come to shop, Champs-Élysées offers some of the chicest couture you will find anywhere in the world! And finally, if you’re an architecture buff, you will delight in the diverse mix of styles, everything ranging from Gothic to Art Deco to Baroque to Art Nouveau to Renaissance to Classic French.

Paris is filled with so many amazing and unique hotel options but on my most recent visit, I made La Reserve Paris my home and everything about my stay was incredible! You can’t beat the location of this property.


It is comfortably nestled off the Champs-Elysées, and overlooks the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, the Pantheon and the Concorde.

The hotel has the elegance of a 19th century urban mansion but provides a private club atmosphere, where only guests may access the library, smoking lounge, pool and fitness center.

La Reserve Paris is a boutique property with only 26 rooms and 14 suites, each having its own charm and personality.

All of the accommodations are spacious and comfortable, featuring custom silk walls, velvet drapes, contemporary paintings, antique bronze sculptures and brocade taffeta. You will be well taken care of during your stay, as every room and suite has a personal butler.


There is an intimate spa on property, with only three treatment rooms. They offer some of the world’s finest anti-aging treatments using Nescens products from Switzerland and they can tailor any service to your exact personal needs. You’ll also find one of the city’s only indoor pools as well as a fitness center. Guests can also request private yoga, pilates or personal training sessions.

Finally, the property has two amazing restaurants with gastronomic offerings from acclaimed chef Jerome Banctel. Le Gabriel is the double-Michelin-starred restaurant. I suggest ordering the tasting menu so that you can have a thorough introduction to the seasonal French cuisine. La Pagode is the second option, offering incredible dishes with a spicy flair.

If you want to take your trip to the next level, charter a private helicopter to give you an aerial tour of the City of Lights.

After you’ve admired the architecture and city streets from above, let your captain whisk you away to the Château de Ferrières for a relaxing lunch at Le Baron.

The restaurant is perfectly situated inside a beautiful 19th century French chateau and you can explore the amazing buildings and grounds after you dine.



Paris is the perfect destination for a romantic vacation or honeymoon! If you’d like to start planning your trip to La Reserve Paris please email me. Not only will you be VIP guests but you will receive daily breakfast, 100 euros spa credit, complimentary airport transfers (for 3-night stays) and top priority for room upgrades.

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Lana’i

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The island of Lana’i feels a world apart from the other more developed Hawaiian Islands. Lana’i is a special destination where you’ll find adventure, tranquility, romance and breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.

It is the smallest of Hawaii’s inhabited islands, covering 140 square miles. It was once known as the Pineapple Island because over 20,000 acres were covered with plantations.

Today, Lana`i is considered Hawaii’s most secluded island and the place to go if you want a very relaxed, private vacation.  It has a unique and unusual beauty and is the ideal destination for couples that want remote luxury.

Lana’i also offers a range of activities and excursions to keep you busy including amazing hiking trails, biking, world-class golf courses, horseback riding, snorkeling, off-road adventuring and five-star dining.

You can even rent a jeep for the day and drive to beaches that are entirely yours to explore!

When visiting Lana’i be sure to stay at the Four Seasons Lana’i. The resort is perched on top of red lava cliffs and overlooks white-sand beaches, the Pacific Ocean and Hulopo’e Bay, a marine sanctuary that’s a playground to spinner dolphins and humpback whales.

The property features a main building and nine separate two-story buildings housing 213 guest rooms, including 45 suites.  The resort was recently redone and the decor is gorgeous!

There is a wide range of luxury suites with panoramic views of the Pacific or the stunning hillside.

Enhancing the grounds are five lush botanical gardens, featuring cascading waterfalls and serene koi ponds.

The resort has gorgeous swimming pools overlooking Hulopoe Bay. There is an adults-only pool that offers a peaceful, lagoon-style setting, complete with whirlpools.

The central pool allows children of all ages. You will be well taken care of while relaxing at the pool, as the staff regularly come around with Evian spritzes, chilled towels, frosty Popsicles, sunglass cleaning, a selection of magazines, complimentary sunscreen and flavored ice water.

There are countless activities to keep you busy on the property. I recommend seeing the island with a UTV tour.

For a unique experience that will provide you with a bird’s-eye view of the island, take a helicopter ride.  You’ll get to spend the full day flying over coffee estates, remote beaches, and active volcanoes. Land for a gourmet picnic lunch, hiking tour, or a visit to a local attraction.

Or better yet, sit in the pilot’s seat during a private flying lesson, where you will learn to perform basic maneuvers such as takeoff, cruising and landing.

Also, make sure to also carve out some time for a visit to their spa, Hawanawana. The spa focuses on ocean-based products and their treatments are inspired by the healing powers of the sea and are uniquely tailored to each individual guest.

Finally, there is an amazing selection of restaurants located on the property offering everything from steak to seafood to sushi. My favorite is their Japanese restaurant Nobu, which offers an extensive selection of sakes and traditional Japanese dishes as well as sushi.

 

Lana’i is a destination not to be missed! If you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation to  Four Seasons Lana’i please email me. Not only will you be VIP guests but you will receive complimentary breakfast daily, the best rate available, a $100 hotel credit, plus top priority for room upgrades.

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Hotel Spotlight: Faena Hotel Miami Beach

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As the saying goes, Bienvenido a Miami! And welcomed you will feel, from the moment that you step foot into this beautiful and vibrant city.

There are so many incredible places to stay within Miami but I recommend making Faena Hotel Miami Beach your home when visiting.

The property is a visual delight that combines bright red velvet hues, gilded columns, colorful murals, tiger prints, beautiful chandeliers, contemporary art and many other bold design details.

Art is literally everywhere and one of my favorite pieces was the nine-foot, gilded skeleton of a wooly mammoth, encased in glass. You can’t miss it!

The property features 169 spacious and beautifully decorated rooms and suites that start at 400 square-feet.

Each room has custom designed rugs, paintings, and luxurious bathrooms.

Every room has it’s own private balcony and some have incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean.

There is a relaxing spa on-site called the Tierra Santa Healing House and it is a 22,000 square-foot sanctuary with shaman-developed healing rituals for the body as well as facial treatments. There is also a gym on property that offers specialized yoga classes.

There are three restaurants at the hotel – Los Fuegos, Pao & Veranda and they all serve inventive cuisines from award-winning chefs.

At the edge of the property is an amazing pool that is just a few short steps away from the Atlantic Ocean.

The beaches in front of Faena are absolutely beautiful and stretch as far as the eye can see with crystal blue water that is perfectly warm year-round. The hotel offers full beach service with lounge chairs, towels and food & drinks. The staff are extremely attentive and will take great care of you while you bask in the sun.

Faena is the place where the beautiful people come to play so be sure to spend one night soaking up everything that the property has to offer! Start with dinner at Pao and savor the delicious modern Asian cuisine crafted by award-winning chef Paul Qui.

From there, head over to the Faena Theatre.

Here you’ll enjoy C’est Rouge, an amazing cabaret-style show that beautifully blends tango, burlesque and acrobatic dance moves.

After the performance, stop by the Living Room lounge and enjoy a glass of wine and live music.

And finally, end your night at the Saxony Bar. This intimate space has a Great Gatsby vibe and serves time-honored cocktails. The line to enter can be long but because you’re a hotel guest you can bypass the wait. From start to finish, you’ll have had the perfect Miami night and without ever having left Faena!

Miami Beach is one of the few travel destinations within the United States that has such a rich and unique culture, it almost feels as if you’ve left the country. It’s definitely not to be missed. When you’re ready to book your stay at Faena Hotel Miami Beach please email me. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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Hotel Spotlight: Amansara

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Earlier this fall, I traveled to South East Asia and explored a handful of places including the beautiful country of Cambodia! While it’s slightly off the beaten path, and somewhat less visited than it’s neighboring country Thailand, it is a destination not to be missed!

History enthusiasts will no doubt fall in love with Cambodia because it is home to the Angkor complex, an archaeological site filled with temples dating back to the 9th century. You can spend hours and even days exploring the different sites and really tapping into your inner Tomb Raider!

Within the complex you will find more than 1,000 temples all of which are in various conditions. Some have been immaculately preserved and restored.

While others are crumbling or completely overgrown by trees.

Angkor Wat is the main temple within the complex and is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. It is truly stunning in both its grand scale and incredible detail. Wat, Bayon and Banteay Srei are two of the other very popular temples within the complex. Make sure to carve out enough time to visit all three!

When visiting Cambodia I would highly recommend making Amansara your home. Amansara is located in a tranquil suburb of the bustling city of Siem Reap.

It is set amongst beautiful gardens and was previously the guesthouse of King Sihanouk but in recent years it was completely restored and updated. Amansara’s location is ideal for visiting the Angkor complex as it located near the archaeological park.

Amansara offers unrivaled luxury, with twenty-four suites that have an open-plan living with finishes in terrazzo and timber.

All of the rooms have a very calming decor with light colors, private courtyards and state-of-the-art amenities.

Twelve of the suites also come with their own private pool.

When staying at Amansara you have private guides to take you to the temples. They know the best times to visit each place and how to best experience every location to have the least amount of crowds. We were the very first ones to the top of Angkor Wat which was such a highlight!

The resort has two swimming pools; an eighty-two foot lap pool and a twenty-five foot curved swimming pool with a sundeck. There is also a delightful roof garden and terrace, which is the ideal spot to unwind after a long day of exploring the temples. 

Amansara has one of the most luxurious spas in all of Cambodia so make sure to carve out a day for relaxation and pampering.

Running parallel to a reflection pool, the spa is a tranquil sanctuary, where therapies make use of traditional Cambodian techniques and natural products. The spa offers many holistic therapies ranging from Reiki to energy rebalancing. Treatments also include a yoga session at sunrise, which makes for a complete and perfect day or relaxation.

There is an on-site restaurant serving Cambodian-centered cuisine and their menu changes daily with a focus on simple flavors, using organic produce directly from the local markets. For a unique experience, private dining is available at the resort’s rustic Khmer house at Angkor, where meals are prepared over charcoal to the sounds and sights of village life. Picnic breakfasts and lunches are also available at locations throughout the countryside as well as on the water. And finally, private dinners can be arranged inside one of the temples, accompanied by live musicians and dance performances.

Cambodia is a destination not to be missed and one that I am looking forward to returning to! If you’d like to start planning your honeymoon or vacation to Amansara please email me. We will make sure you that you are well taken care of!

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