Travel Looking Forward

Over the next few weeks we will focus on inspiring escapes, four weeks of enticing travel encouragement. One of my most favorite Journeys was to the Maldives and despite the long trek, you will want to stay longer than planned! An overnight or two in Dubai to break up the travel, and off you go to the most gorgeous water in the world!

Four Seasons Kudaa Huraa, Maldives

If 2021 offers anticipation of escape, this is a time to dream, to explore and to savor the richness of international culture. Many of my most beloved Journeys over the last few years beckon me back for more. Life as we know it, slammed shut like an empty suitcase and the world is still far from normal. With the roll out of the Covid19 vaccine and super sanitizing procedures practiced by hotels and planes, it feels travel to distant lands will take off again. Travelers armed with Purell, wipes, masks, passports and packed bags will be ready to explore and create memories. The common cry: I can’t wait to escape, to return to favored hotels, yachts, islands and places I’ve always wanted to visit. Ostensibly, we will lose at least a year of tantalizing travel.

Are you ready to design inspiring Journeys? A few locations come to mind. We have adventure experts on hand as well if you need adrenaline based escapes! Private options may be the answer when you choose to fly, stay or sail next.

Maldives. It may sound exaggerated, but it is true: there aren’t enough superlatives to fully and accurately describe the staggering natural beauty of the Maldives. From the air, nothing prepared me for the extraordinary glimpse of the turquoise seas, the oval halo of atolls and islands, in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, crystal clear seas in a thousand shades of indigo, accented by white sugar sandy beaches…it is breathtaking! The wonder of the Maldives is awe inspiring; nothing prepares you for the beauty.

The Maldives

Underwater experiences in warm gin clear sapphire waters – dive or snorkel, float with manta rays and swim with curious turtles! The Four Seasons Maldives properties offer the highest level of luxury, it’s time to begin plotting your 2021 summer and fall escapes!  Consisting of two hotel properties, Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraaavru, I love both for various reasons, and if you need an exclusive Private Island amid the indigo seas, the Four Seasons also has a scrumptious private island home, Voavah. Oh and to top it off, a private yacht to follow the surf and the manta rays! The utmost pinnacle of experiences.

Stand alone bungalows and over water bungalows – mere feet from the sea, I loved both. Bike along palm lined baths to the spa or to your sunrise yoga. I filled my dance card with two weeks of activities and could have stayed longer! SUP, extraordinary surfing, fishing, SUP Yoga, yes I managed to do downward dog on a board and lived to share my experience! The overwater spa experience is lovely at sunset and at Landaa, the focus is on spa healing with the four pillars of Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Wellness and Planetary Wellbeing – it includes a multi award-winning team of Ayurvedic Doctors, Naturopaths and Yoga Therapists – discover individual and shared experiences designed to cultivate care for ourselves, others, the oceans and the entire planet. We could all use a week of healing after this dreadful year!

The Four Seasons Maldives

A heavenly hideaway, a sublime sanctuary offering the utmost in privacy and iconic Four Seasons pampering at the world’s first exclusive use UNESCO hideaway, Voavah. A seven-bedroom private island Maldives home, the sojourn includes a 62-foot luxury yacht: Voavah Summer and a marine territory that’s utterly your own! The private island is a welcome addition to the two luxurious Four Seasons Resorts in the Maldives. Idyllic Island experience, the days fly by and I would encourage you to add more time rather than less…paradise is far flung, but worth the Journey! Four Seasons Maldives one of many reports! Our Preferred Partner status benefits our clients.

The Four Seasons Maldives Suite Views

Bhutan. Bhutan has been ranked number one in the world for Gross National Happiness, we could all use a massive dose of Bhutanese infectious energy!  My visit with Aman Resorts to the Kingdom of Happiness was nothing short of extraordinary. Brilliant blue skies at dizzying altitudes in the ancient Kingdom of Bhutan, we explored the Amankora Resorts village by village with the most extraordinary guides. Renew your spirits and cast good wishes across the Himalayan mountain peaks via vibrant fluttering prayer flags. Amankora has five lodges spread through the Kingdom and each lodge is a subtle suggestion of the white walled Dzongs.

The Bhutanese architecture is very colorful and replicated in farmhouses, temples and local shops. Amankora has kept it clean and simple, why try to compete with the majesty of the Himalayas, the bedecked local homes and the elaborately painted Temples? Make a pilgrimage between Bhutan’s Amankora Lodges —it’s not only their unique locations, their distinct architecture and amazing guides, it’s a combination of the authentic inspired lodges, the genuine cultural offerings at each location and the warm Bhutanese people that make a trip to Bhutan so memorable. The Bhutanese people are particularly quick to laugh, share their culture and welcome visitors. Bhutan has been ranked number one in the world for Gross National Happiness. Hiking, cultural and religious ceremonies, ancient paper crafts, my two weeks could have been extended – every day we encountered indigenous dances, performances and traditional ceremonies.  See my exuberant posts on Bhutan. We would make certain our brilliant favorite guide would accompany you everywhere.

Bhutan Buddha Dordenma Statue

Blessings in the New Year!



Holiday Villa – In the Nick of Time – French West Indies

Exclusive Villa Alert – a last minute cancel: St. Barth. Stunning Five Star Hotel Villa available from December 27th 2014 until January 6th 2015.

Picture postcard harbors and rolling emerald hillsides, enchanting red roof topped villages, coral reefs and crystal clear water and azure lagoons. Natural beauty abounds, Michelin star dining, relish the highest standards of Caribbean cuisine, miles of pictorial white sandy seashore, chic French boutiques and five star hotel and villa property.Villa Pool Intrigued? Your lush domain: imagine a luxuriant half-acre of landscaped gardens and in the midst, is your secluded villa – fully staffed by hotel. Serene and tranquil furnishings designed by renowned Parisian designer Christian Liaigre, the villa measures over 3,500 square feet with 6,500 square feet of outdoor space, including an oversize private plunge. BTW, the only hotel on the island with a private pool where only guests are allowed to bask in complete privacy. Oh, did we mention hotel spa? Feeling peckish – reserve in-room spa treatments provided by the esteemed ‘Ligne of St Barth.’bedroomLuxurious escape in a divinely sunny paradise for extended family or close friends. Villa consists of: three master bedrooms each with ocean views, deep soaking tubs and private terraces. A private library can become a fourth private bedroom with its own private bathroom. The Villa features princely living area, fully equipped kitchen, expansive terraces, landscaped garden, private parking and an oversize pool overlooking the magnificent views over the Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon.

Amenities in abundance: private butler, breakfast served in the privacy of your Villa. Complimentary mini-bar (non-alcoholic beverages only). Exclusive VIP assistance when transferring in the St. Maarten airport. Round-trip chauffeur service from St Barth Airport to Hotel.

A private swimming pool, spacious sleeping quarters for eight, four luxurious bathrooms, two powder rooms, two dining rooms, private parking and all the amenities you would expect from this exquisite five star hotel.

Two French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree…Need I continue?

Island activities to reserve: kite surfing, diving, tennis courts, rental of quads ATV, jet skies,  sailboats or power boats. If you are interested we can book a hiking guide, Yoga or Pilate instructors.

The Details: Master bedroom #1 with ocean view, king size bed, desk and sitting area, private terrace and large en- suite bathroom with separate shower and deep soaking bathtub (760 sq ft; 71m2, including terrace).

  • Master bedroom #2 with ocean view, king size bed, desk and sitting area, private terrace and large en- suite bathroom with separate shower and deep soaking bathtub (915 sq ft; 85m2, including terrace).
  • Master bedroom #3 with ocean view, easily converts to either king size bed or two twin beds, sitting area, private terrace and large ensuite bathroom, with separate shower and deep soaking bathtub (1025 sq ft; 95m2, including terrace).
  • Wood-paneled Library with en-suite bathroom. Media room, surround-sound large screen home theater. Library can be outfitted with two twins or one king size bed. (270 sq ft; 25m2).
  • Fully equipped designer kitchen with aluminum Schiffini cabinets by Vico Magistretti and appliances by Bosch, Pando and Ilve Italia.
  • Main Dining room (seats 10 comfortably).
  • Very large living room with own powder room.
  • 33 foot swimming pool with panoramic ocean view.
  • Pool deck with panoramic view furnished for sun- bathing and reading.
  • Large Covered terrace with panoramic ocean view with dining room (seats 8 comfortably) and lounge.


Includes equipped wet-bar, ice maker, refrigerator and BBQ with separate powder room

  • All bedrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment (flat-screen TV, stereo, DVD, I- Pod station, room and bathroom speakers) and all public areas (including pool underwater) have built-in Bose speakers linked to a central stereo controller.
  • generous closet space in all rooms.
  • Additional storage space, washer and dryer and other service areas.

East transit – get thee to San Juan and there are frequent quick flights by small charter to St. Barths. VIP arrival can be arranged.

15,000 Euros per night     

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