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Our luxury travel service puts the ultimate touch on Journeys reflecting a unique experience of a lifetime; we design Legacy Travel for our clients. Our focus on bespoke Journeys entails more than a creative idea and a few reservations. We hand select our land teams, guides, behind the scenes experts - all who reflect our passion for excellence and personalized service. I’m passionate about travel and unique experiences; interested in meeting local people,studying architecture, discovering and learning as much as possible about every city I visit. I adore Paris, yearn to see more of Africa, a recent visit to Istanbul reminds me that there is much more to see in Turkey. A passage to India allowed me to explore the rich and diverse culture, and I barely scratched the surface of this amazing country. Love to sail, discover music and indigenous food of each region, seek out the best markets and design, and of course dine at the local restaurants. I particularly love roaming Africa, recently explored Argentina and India, which deserve another visit. A devoted Francophile, love all things Parisian, world music, excellent wines & champagne.

Begins with an A…More on Plopping, Barefoot Luxury.

Besides the day-to-day stress, the unpredictable profound pandemic has created its own subset of stress. Is it safe to go, is it better to stay home still?

A short list of perfect places to Plop, beginning with A. Anguilla

Anguilla is a vibrant Caribbean Island filled with stunning white sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and an incredible culinary scene. At just 16 miles long it is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Caribbean and still has the atmosphere of being virtually untouched, making this the perfect island getaway. One Caribbean advantage is the lack of cruise ships and casinos, no island day hoppers intruding, it feels more like a private island. Postcard worthy beaches with safe surf.

Four Seasons Resort On the north coast of Anguilla, in a prime spot between Meads Bay and Barnes Bay. Set amid 35 acres of tropical gardens, most of the contemporary rooms overlook the breaking surf and blue horizons of two of Anguilla’s 33 spectacular beaches, the only resort that fronts two beaches. There are a wealth of facilities including some fabulous dining options and a wonderful sunset lounge, the luxurious spa and then the ‘Kids For All Seasons’ club. The real jewel in the crown of the Four Seasons Anguilla is its stunning beachfront location with nearly a kilometer of white-sand beach and no guest will struggle for active things to do with complimentary use of boats, boards and more, 3 swimming pools, tennis, rock climbing, basketball, and badminton on offer.

Anguilla is the perfect place to learn kitesurfing, SUP and kayaking. Badminton, tennis and rock climbing lessons can be arranged. Kids For All Seasons brings a new adventure every day.

From contemporary five-bedroom villas to opulent rooms and suites. For a romantic break, the deluxe ocean view one-bedroom suite is a divine choice with its dedicated living area, kitchenette, and balcony with a private plunge pool.

Bright orange sunset on the open ocean
Best breathtaking sunset dining view: Salt Restaurant

Go across to Scilly Cay for a lobster barbecue and their famous strong rum punch with your feet in the sand Enjoy a delicious lunch of barbecued lobster, crayfish, or chicken, located on the gorgeous, yet simple, Scilly Cay. Wash it down with their famous Rum punch and then relax in the sun or go for an invigorating snorkel. Simple and delicious. It’s the only building on the tiny island in the middle of the bay, offering panoramic views of Island Harbor. Bike around and explore the local area – stop for a coffee or beer and soak in the Anguilla vibe.

Belmond Cap Juluca an iconic luxury property on an amazing beach, think spa massage cabanas with a drop-dead view and suites with private plunge. Shake the winter blues and plan to visit between December and March. Set on one of the Caribbean’s most stunning beaches, Maundy’s Bay, framed by swaying palm trees and indigo blue seas. Set amid 179 acres of stunning tropical landscape and inland waterways overlooking the nearby St. Maarten mountains, Belmond Cap Juluca is an exclusive luxury hotel built in Greco-Moorish style on the untouched island of Anguilla.

Belmond Cap Juluca

Situated on the southwest coast of Anguilla, spread along an endless soft white sand beach. The hotel is built in white stucco and the architecture is Moorish in design, with towers, minarets and splashing fountains. 

The rooms and suites are in 18 separate two-story beachfront villas. The rooms are spacious with king size beds, marble bathrooms and private terraces or balconies with ocean views. Those on the upper story also benefit from a roof top terrace with glorious views out to the glittering blue sea.

Relax on the beach in the comfort of a designer chaise, shaded by jumbo umbrellas, order thirst-quenchers and meals…the comfort list continues with complimentary chilled towels, petite servings of sorbet and complimentary ice-cold bottled water.

The Cap Shack is the place for mellow afternoon cocktails, beach vibes and reggae music as the sun drifts down to slowly sink into the sea. Numerous water sports, snorkeling and diving will keep even those with the need to move quite satisfied.

Belmond Cap Juluca

Malliouhana Resort Auberge Located on the west end of Anguilla, between Meads Bay and Turtle Cove. With its panoramic position on the beach front, the Malliouhana offers some of the best views over the Caribbean Sea.

Malliouhana Resort Auberge

This iconic Anguillan hotel has an open-air, modern, and contemporary feel while retaining the charm you would expect from a Caribbean resort hotel. Set within 25 acres of lush tropical garden the Malliouhana Resort offers a combination of ocean view and garden view rooms and suites, all of which offer down bedding and luxury linen as well as custom blended organic bath and body products.

The restaurant at Malliouhana has an excellent reputation with a variety of sea to table offerings inspired by the Mediterranean. The menu incorporates only the freshest ingredients which change throughout the season. Its relaxed but elegant ambiance coupled with Anguillan hospitality make for a memorable dining experience. The Sunset Bar is the prime spot for Caribbean cocktails, all of which are handcrafted by the hotel’s mixologist.

Malliouhana features 44 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, most of which have lovely ocean views. All are spacious with large private terraces, oversized bathrooms, plush robes, luxury linen, down bedding, and pillow menus.

If golf is your game, then the Greg Norman signature designed 18-hole course with breathtaking views over St Marten and dramatic holes is located nearby and the perfect place to spend a few hours or two.

If you can bear to leave the beach, visit the heritage collection museum to get the historical flavor of the island. It is easy to visit another Caribbean Island on a day trip to St Maarten, which is only around 10km away, and a great way to experience the diversity of this region.

This island really is all about the beaches, and you will struggle to think of a day better spent at Shoal Bay, enjoying the local scene, and toasting the sundown with an icy rum cocktail – paradise!

Boat hire from any of the hotels will enable you explore the many off island cays. Board a West Indian sloop for a sunset sail, inland exploration can be enjoyed by horseback or ATV. One of the characteristics which makes Anguilla so appealing is that it still embodies some of the raw Caribbean culture.  Savor a chilled cocktail at Four Seasons, or for a slice of local life, stop at a BBQ hut and enjoy an al fresco meal of chicken and ribs at a picnic table with locals. The food scene is exceptional and is considered one of the culinary capitals of the Caribbean.

Embrace all things aquatic with scuba diving, kayaking, sailing or snorkeling adventures in Anguilla. A beautiful azure tapestry of wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, appealing food and caring local people, Anguilla is Authentic!

anguilla beaches

Legendary Chefs and Iconic Art…Only in Paris!

Paris is Always a Good Idea! Do you ever need an excuse to visit the City of Light? Two extraordinary reasons for plotting an autumn visit, the long-anticipated event at the Louis Vuitton Fondation opened in September, the The Morozov Collection. Icons of Modern Art. In addition, cap off the exhibit with an elegant swoon worthy lunch or dinner at the new Paris Pop-up ADMO*.  For 100 days from 10th November onward, two of the most influential chefs in the world will join together at an exceptional event of 100 days of Lunches and Dinners. The Hosts? Legendary chefs Alain Ducasse, Albert Adrià, and French chef Romain Meder.

La Tour Eiffel vue de la Tour Saint-Jacques, Paris août 2014 (2).jpg

The exhibition of the Morozov Collection has taken over the entire galleries of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, presenting the masterpieces from the collection of the brothers Mikhaïl Abramovitch Morozov (1870-1903) and Ivan Abramovitch Morozov (1871-1921). The great early 20th century Muscovite patrons and collectors assembled one of the most exceptional collections of French modern art including Matisse, Bonnard, Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Denis, Cézanne, and Russian modern artists Vrubel, Malevich, Repin, Larionov, Serov. I attended the initial Icons of Art a few years ago and cannot wait to visit this exhibition. Tickets are timed and on line now.

Mosey from the museum and dine at this exceptional gastronomic event. The experimental restaurant project, named ADMO*, in recognition of the three chefs fronting the project, Albert Adrià, Alain Ducasse, and French chef Romain Meder from Plaza Athénée, who has worked alongside Ducasse for many years. The project will be hosted at the rooftop restaurant Les Ombres, at Quai Branly Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris. Dinner is seven courses, lunch is five courses, offered without beverages.

Award winning French pastry chef Jessica Prealpato, who honed her signature style working with Ducasse since 2015, will also play an essential role in the ADMO* project, complementing the trio with her natural fruit desserts.

Both a collaborative platform for imagining a conscious cuisine and an immersive experience, ADMO will celebrate committed gastronomy in Paris.

From Adrià’s Instagram: “the menu will celebrate the unprecedented encounter between the Spanish and French cuisines reunited by the same conscious and sustainable approach.
Get ready for a strong, vibrant and joyful experience.”

If your safe deposit box contains ancient Gold Napoleon Francs, it would be appropriate to cash them. If not, tote your Euros, this extraordinary dining event is très, très cher, when Legends gather, it’s time to toss money to the wind. We’ve reserved six seats for the roof top dinner with a divine view of the glittering Eiffel Tower. And of course, we know the best hotels in Paris!

Les Ombres, Paris