Summer Sojourns 2022 Looking Forward !

Many of our clients have already spirited themselves to the South of France and returned from delightful à la française seashore jaunts. Italy, Rome has hosted a flock of peeps from our Travel Tribe. One adventurous sea going client has chartered our favorite yacht for multiple experiences: Greenland, the Canary Islands, Sicily, and multiple turquoise sea Caribbean jaunts. On the horizon for fall and the holidays: Cheval Blanc in the Maldives and Le Meurice, Paris. Istanbul is hot again! My recent holiday reminded me of why all our original clients visited, we are reserving the Four Seasons in Istanbul, they still love our clients! Nothing better than a sunset yacht cruise up the Bosporus and docking at Four Seasons Aqua Terrace for a divine dinner! Did you know Aman has launched a chic outpost in New York City?

Havana, Cuba

Morocco is said to be the hottest scene for 2023, I am besotted with the country and the charming friendly people. Several clients have visited and more arrive in November for a Camel Caravan.

Morocco, embraced by the darling locals!

I once told a magazine writer I’m certain I was born with the DNA of a gypsy. For my 8th grade graduation, I coveted a small leather suitcase – at that age I never went further than my best friend’s house 4 blocks away or maybe to my grandparent’s home which was only 15 miles away. My parents surprised me with a hard-sided, stitched baby blue suitcase, lined in silky pale blue satin; a small lock and a gold key on a narrow blue ribbon guaranteed the safety of my valuables! I treasured it for my overnight getaways.

High school graduation yielded a trifecta prezzie: a full set of luggage, including a lady’s leather travel cosmetic case. I didn’t have an itinerary, in my heart, I knew adventure lay beyond the

Beatrice Wood

Avant-Garde artist and potter Beatrice Wood lived in Ojai; as a young girl, I was mesmerized by her stacks of shimmering wrist bangles, enormous ethnic silver necklaces and riotously decorated costumes – a mysterious bohemian gypsy – she truly represented uncharted territory – a different realm, somewhere far from the little burb of Ojai. Had I known she had spent time with Duchamp and lived in Paris, I might have worked up a petite bit of pluck and uttered a few words to her; but sometimes mystery is better than reality; don’t you sometimes find that to be true about people you meet?

but sometimes mystery is better than reality; don’t you sometimes find that to be true about people you meet?

Travel creates a teaching environment, we learn, we are challenged; I find travel the absolute essential antidote to everyday routines. When I pack my suitcase, I am usually completely pre-occupied with all the tasks that must be accomplished before I can escape. The ever-growing list of must do prior to departure creates some stress; slowly each item is crossed off. Lock the gates and off to the airport. On arrival at the airport lounge, I let out a sigh of relief and let the pure sense of excitement wash over me.

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from oneself; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” ~Charles Horton Cooley

My comfortable routines are dismissed, and the anticipation of a new far-off destination begins to sink in. Fresh vistas, foreign languages, interesting foods, curious customs, and people in indigenous dress – seeing places I’ve never seen before. A pleasing adventure of searching new locales for client travel, the pursuit never gets old.

Istanbul

There are times certainly that the luxury of my soft little pillow is missed, the paradox of travel – the comfy reminders of home – while enjoying the adventure at hand. Certainly, the brave seafaring explorers in tall, masted ships, civilizations crossing boundless lands and seas to explore new countryside felt the tug of home. The spark of curiosity about uncharted territory overruled the dilemma experienced by all civilizations that left their comfort zones to search the world.

Chefchaouen, The Blue Pearl City of Morocco

Travel means edging out of your habitat, traversing new pathways, being alive in an unknown place, a Journey.

Wonderful to be out in the world meeting my business colleagues again!

Looking Forward Private Islands & Villas

Private Islands — a sea full of enchanting locations: The Brando Resort, Fiji, Necker Island…we have a black book brimming with private island Villas. Ponder Isola D’Ibiza, Amalfi Coast, the Maldives, Moskito Island, Necker Island to name a few… Private Yacht Charter—With more than 8,000 miles of coastline and over 2,000 islands to discover, the best way to experience Greece and her many destinations is by boat. A Greek sailing vacation allows you to explore the ruins of Ancient Greece, nosh on traditional mezé at waterside tavernas, sailing in Greece is a near-mythical blend of line-of-sight cruising with enchanting anchor outs. There are gorgeous summer yachting locations in the South of France: St Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Ville Franche, Cap Ferrat, Antibes and Monaco. Discover the beauty and splendor of the South of France from the idyllic perspective of a yacht – from the beautiful coast, employ the tender to pop in at famed locations for lunch and avoid the crowded avenues and hotels. The South of France beaches and coves provide excellent sunbathing spots which can only be accessed by luxury yacht. Diving in many locations can be included in your coastal sojourn. Villas — In Italy, France and Spain, clients are clamoring, as many Villas reserved in 2020 will be utilized in 2021, the collection will be limited. Imagine a month long summer sojourn in Tuscany or Umbria or Puglia. A private villa allows leisurely day trips, base near a cosmopolitan city or wander through the countryside. The coast of Spain also offers Villa options. Oh, Mallorca would be an astonishing late summer location!Villa outside Avignon Amalfi Coast Private Island. Formerly owned by an iconic super star ballet principal this luxurious, private island paradise has been entirely renovated to pristine condition. It is the ultimate getaway for those wishing to have paradise all to themselves while able to enjoy the mainland when desired. A 27 foot launch is included for trips to the mainland or to Capri or to Positano, Amalfi, or Nerano; anywhere on the coast one wishes to go. A full staff is on hand to provide all services. All the best, activities and water access of boating, diving and lazy beach days. A 120 ft yacht is available for charter as well. This yacht can be chartered by guest on a daily or  basis for overnight trips to other parts of the Mediterranean – Sardinia, Sicily, Portofino.

Loire Valley Chateau with your own lake & private golf course

France, oh so many chic choices for mountain villages, small islands for a rural lifestyle or lavender scented countryside.  A historic Château sitting quietly within the picturesque Loire Valley landscape, generations of discerning guests have retreated to this elegant Château since it was first built in 1775 during the reign of Louis XVI, the last King of France. in 2013 a private family undertook a full renovation of the Château with a world-class golf course meticulously crafted, intertwining through the vast woods. Imagine a luxurious escape, steeped in the rich culture of French joie de vivre. Le Mas Chateau is an 18th century farmhouse in Provence, located near the Medieval city of Avignon. The property’s 65 acres offer true privacy and seclusion. The home and gardens sit amidst working pear orchards and sunflower fields on an island in the Rhone River. Within easy reach of Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, St Remy and Aix-en-Provence, Le Mas Chateau is ideally situated to access all that the region has to offer, should you decide to spend a day away from the peaceful property.
The World Is Your Oyster!