Archive | April, 2013

Portofino & Florence in the hands of the Spectacular Orient Express!

Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Let’s begin in Portofino, where the narrow roads give you just enough time to prepare to see the romantic getaway of Italian designers  and politicians! This journey along the cost ends with a short drive to the top of a cliff where the magnificent Hotel Splendido is located.

A warm welcome in charming Italian accents captures you right away. The view from your room will take your breath away and you will want to make sure your beloved is next to you as you take in the beautiful scenery and take advantage of this special moment.

From  your arrival onward, what you will encounter is beyond your wildest dreams. Words are not enough to express the genuine care extended by the staff under the leadership of Ermes De Megni, GeneralManager. There is no doubt you will see him often, always in very good mood and running around full of energy. You will feel he has welcomed you into his home more than you have merely checked into a hotel.

The food is almost too good to be true…to the point it will be troubling when you return home!  Dinner at the Chuflay Bar located on the port by Splendido Mare is an experience not to be missed. It is not only the food but the classic Italian music performed by an incredible pianist and singer, that has been turning simple meals into once in a lifetime experiences for 15 years.

A walk along the posh shopping streets of Santa Margherita, tasting the  fresh goods from local bakeries and of course a private boat ride to beautiful Port Comogli will form lasting memories.

Although I felt I never wanted to leave Portofino, after one last look at the gorgeous scenery and a promise to myself that I would return, I had to get on the van and head toward Florence.

After just a two and a half hour’s drive thought the picturesque mountains, the land of the Renaissance is reached. Another dream was about to come true at Villa San Michele. A dream in a Michelangelo designed Italian Villa! But here at San Michele what captures you as much as the hotel itself is its surroundings and the way the Villa is tucked away, hidden by the rolling hills and breathtaking nature, and the spectacular view of Firenze from very top.

It is nothing like being in a touristic and busy city center. Viewing Florence from this peaceful paradise gives you the sense that a Renaissance poet is whispering in your ear. And Dante’s home and the Duomo are only 20 minutes away, easily reached by Villa provided shuttles. Florence has the spirit to inspire you like no other place, and will make you want to reread the “Divine Comedy” inspired by Dante’s love for Beatrice.

The restaurant and the food is as delicate and special asSplendido. And the wine cellar offers an amazing selection from the very best of Tuscany. And to make everything even better, the most kind and helpful concierge team I ever met are found here at the San Michele under the careful leadership of Marco Novella.

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Visit Mukul Resort in Nicaragua in 2013!

We are so excited the New York Times names Nicaragua as one of the 46 Places to Go in 2013.  We couldn’t agree more!  We are especially in love with the Mukul Luxury Resort and Spa.  This gorgeous resort is on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast and all rooms have incredible ocean views. This location is truly special, a fishing village where the rain forest meets the sea – the natural beauty and rugged landscape are really unparalleled.  Whether you like to hike, bike, snorkel, scuba…this resort has it all.  With an amazing spa and 18 hole golf course to boot! Come discover this hidden gem before it is no longer off the beaten path! Mukul

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Are Private Jet Travelers Booking Online?

Private jet travel is the ultimate luxury, and one of the advantages of flying private is the flexibility of the departure time!  Who wants to rush a fabulous lunch to head to the airport to catch that one flight of the day leaving the destination? So for those lucky enough to have access to a PJ… you should also be booking Virtuoso hotels! Why? For the late checkout of course! Some Virtuoso hotels offer a confirmed 4pm checkout and all others are available on request so I had to smile at my clients reply to a follow-up email to an online booking at Amangiri.

Luxury Private Jet TravelHi Lance,
We’ll arrive around 1pm on Sunday and would love a late checkout on the 17th.  3-4PM?  We’re flying private, so we’re flexible. Our tail number is N000PM and we’ll go into Page.  We can give the hotel a ring on the 14th when we’re wheels up so they can arrange to meet us. Thanks!

Although we are a full service Virtuoso agency… we are seeing that our clients love the online access. .. 24 hr access to rates and availability.

Another client comment We fly home to London via Jo’burg and immediately thought of Virtuoso and Classic as your site is great giving us Virtuoso but with online booking… big thanks to Classic.

Speed and convenience is the ultimate luxury!

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Celebrity Sightings at the Viceroy St. Lucia

Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso renewed their vows this past weekend at one of our favorite hotels – the Viceroy Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. They took over the entire resort for a romantic weekend with lots of their famous friends.  Now you can stay like a celebrity too!

This incredible resort is set in over 100 acres of lush rainforest on the site of an 18th Century sugar plantation.  The beautiful grounds sweep down to the stunning white sand Sugar Beach and the clear Caribbean Sea. The hotel also has a world-class Rainforest Spa, a full PADI dive facility, delicious waterfront dining, and chic bars and lounges to ensure the quintessential St Lucia  vacationViceroy St Lucia experience, all close to the isle’s top tourist attractions.








To make it even better, all clients get the Virtuoso amenities when they book this hotel. These incredible extras include:

• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
• Daily Full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
• $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit

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