Archive | May, 2013

The Best Hotel in Johannesburg

Luxury Room At Saxon Hotel

Luxury Room At Saxon Hotel

The best hotel in Johannesburg is the Saxon. Hands down! When I met George Cohen, General Manager of the Saxon at a dinner party last winter in New York he didn’t brag as much as he told me that I would do myself a favor by experiencing the hotel and that if I was passing through Johannesburg I owed it to myself and profession to stay there. So this past March on my way back from Africa’s Singita game reserve I opted to spend the night there instead of flying directly back to New York.

It’s now May and I was looking at a few pictures of the hotel on our website and all at once I was there again. Sometimes you need time to reevaluate an experience. I can usually find something wrong or something that’s not quite perfect in the best of hotels. Not so with the Saxon. In a city that is still dramatically changing the Saxon stands out on every count. ..

Futuristic Saxon Hotel

Futuristic Saxon Hotel

The service is impeccable from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. The architecture and decoration are pure perfection. The grounds are those of a beautiful well-manicured park. The food venues are exceptional in every way. The technology is the best the 21st century has to offer
Saxon Hotel Main Pool

Saxon Hotel Main Pool

The three pictures are of the room I was in, the very futuristic bridge connecting two of the hotel buildings and the main hotel pool. The Saxon was one of those hotel experiences you never forget and anyone going to Johannesburg and staying at the Saxon will, I’m sure, agree. Let me know what you think? Thank you George!

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Luxury Babymoons

Everyone knows about honeymoons, but the latest trend is taking a luxury babymoon – when a couple takes a relaxing getaway before their baby arrives.

Every pregnant woman deserves some pampering and tranquility before she becomes a mom.  I babymooned at the Banyan Tree in Riviera Maya before my son was born – and have not been this relaxed since 🙂

Babymoon Banyan Tree

Will and Kate were recently at the Cotton House in Mystique for their babymoon. Nick and Vanessa Lachey celebrated their babymoon at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia – this is one of our favorite hotels – and look what they offer expecting couples:

  • Airport transfers both ways
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome cocktail (or mocktail!)
  • Tour of volcano, sulfur springs, and diamond mineral baths
  • Tropical fruit basket
  • Guided boat snorkel trip
  • One Pre Natal Massage: Total bliss and relaxation during and following pregnancy, this massage is designed to answer the needs of a developing mother and baby and provide the nurturing you both deserve.
  • $500 anniversary certificate to use on your return visit

Stay tuned for more Classic Travel custom babymoon packages!!



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New Classic Travel Collection of Boutique Luxury Hotels

We have always been proud members of the exclusive Virtuoso travel network. And our clients love all of the perks they receive by booking special Virtuoso rates online at hundreds of luxury hotels around the world.  Now in addition to these Virtuoso hotels, our tastemakers have been scouring the globe to curate the ultimate collection of stylish and  luxe boutique hotels.  And the best part is these hotels are offering our members rates that include special amenities.  It really is the best of both worlds!

Here are just a few examples of these fabulous hotels and the great perks they are offering members:

Hotel Christopher, St BarthHotel Christopher

• Late check out early check in upon availability
• Upgrade upon availability
• Free WIFI
• Daily Buffet Breakfast in Restaurant
• Bottle of champagne in the room upon arrival
• For stay of 7 nights or more a Romantic dinner for two by the pool, excluding beverages

La Casa Que Canta, Zihuatanejo, Mexico
• Daily Continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests, in the restaurant OR In room service
• Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
• Upgrade on arrival, subject to availabilityCasa Que Canta
• Personalized Card on arrival

Argentario Resort Golf & Spa, Tuscany, Italy

• Free upgrade upon arrival
• Buffet breakfast
• Complimentary Wifi
• Complimentary access to the Spa
• 50% discount on 18-hole green fees
• Parking
• Early check-in and Late check-out, subject to availabilityArfentario


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Perfect Honeymoon at the Viceroy Anguilla!

A honeymoon according to Wikipedia is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in intimacy and seclusion. Today, Honeymoons by western standards are celebrated somewhere exotic and romantic.Viceroy anguilla

As travel advisors we are always looking to create the perfect Honeymoon experience for newlyweds……although their relationship together may have some ups and downs the Honeymoon should be nothing less than perfect! So on a rainy day in NYC it made me very happy to receive an email from a couple that just checked into their beautiful suite at the Viceroy!

Hi Lance, Mac and I arrived at the Viceroy today and were so touched that you sent champagne and fruit to help us kick off our honeymoon!  Thank you so much!  We are already having a great time.  The hotel is glorious and we have a huge beautiful suite with an amazing view.

Thanks so much for everything!

Parker and Mac

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