Archive | July, 2013

Just ASK Carlos… What’s happening!

Carlos living the good life!

Carlos living the good life!

To get the inside scoop sometimes we often go to our friends and Virtuoso partners in the know. We ask Carlos Quereda what’s happening at a few of the hotels he represents. The first stop was South Africa!

Saxon Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg & Shambala Game Reserve, South Africa
Just came back from there, it was the most amazing service ever! Try to book 2 nights at the Saxon as most guest are disappointed to spend only one night after the Safari; Shambala is just mind blowing, only 2h30 from Joburg and I saw the big five, malaria free, eight cabins each one with its own vehicle and guide so they tailor made your Safari at your taste without sharing the vehicle or the experience with strangers, just perfect. Totally agree with you!! I could have stayed at the Saxon for three nights!

Terre Blanche, Provence, France
They are doing an amazing job creating activities not only at the resort but around it in order to showcase the beauty of Pays de Fayence, the east area of Provence. Plus we are featuring a 7 days tour program all around Provence here 7 Days Tours in Provence and all the family activities around the resort Family Activities; and believe me, the guests are really happy with the new direction of the Hotel has taken.

Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
Undoubtedly the wedding of the Timberlake’s in October at the property was a major impact for the beautiful and trendy Borgo Egnazia, but we live in the present and Borgo is doing amazingly well, with parties at the Beach Club with the best dj’s in Europe, Contemporary Jazz nights, Film premier screenings, etc is developing a fame not only for beach, food and authentic Puglia lifestyle, but also the arts!

Marbella Club Hotel, Marbella, Spain

Marbella Club new rooms!

Marbella Club new rooms!


Last but not least, the Hotel I consider the best, more charming and historical beach Resort in Spain…and now also with the newest and best room product, a wonderful concept of Villa exclusive for the kids club and finally its own Fitness Center with amazing views of the gardens…simply on a league on its own, believe me! 

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How to Survive a Heatwave in NYC?

How do you survive a heatwave in NYC? It is about 100 degrees outside today…what better way to cool off than taking a dip in a pool?  Luckily some of the best hotels in NYC have great pools where you can do just that!  Here are some of our favorites:Trump Soho Pool

Trump Soho

Gansevoort Park

Thompson LES

Or…if you cant ever bare to be outside…take refuse in a relaxing spa!  These are some of our favorite spas in the city and these Virtuoso hotels offer guests spa credits during your stay.

The Surrey – $100 Spa Credit at Cornelia Spa

The Greenwich Hotel – $100 Spa Credit

The Chatwal – $100 Spa Credit

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Berlin At Its Finest

Classic Travel is proud to introduce our Agent in Training, Katrina.  Join her on her adventures in Europe.  Oh to be young again 🙂

Experiencing travel for yourself is the best way to get others excited for their trips…To be a great agent you have to be as obsessed with travel as we are!!Katrina

ATTENTION FELLOW TRAVELERS: Travel, travel, travel. That is all anyone in my life ever hears, so I thought I would yap someone else’s ear off about it for a change. If you have the faintest interest in fine cuisine, modern art, a superb night life, excellent accommodations, the best friendships and everything else that makes a solid travel experience, well find another blog to read. Just kidding. I try to live by the philosophy of quality over quantity, but then I think about how much I drink, eat, and travel and I realize that I really don’t live by that philosophy at all. The truth is, it is a beautiful world we live in filled with people who just may have something to teach us. There is so much to see and do and so little time (and money) to do it. Hopefully, allowing someone like me to test the waters and choose what to see and what not to see will help you narrow the choices down. I will be spending the next two months backpacking through Europe.

The funny thing is, I’ve already been upgraded to business class on my flight, modeled for a photographer in Berlin and have been treated like a princess by my hosts. So when you think of a dirty, smelly backpacker with hippy beads and a joint in hand, know that is not the kind if backpacking I’m talking about. Picture more of a New York artist, iPhone in hand, maybe a cappuccino in the other, trying to read something that looks intelligent.

Moving forward, upon my arrival in my first destination, Berlin, Germany, I met up with a real life Berlin artist named Peter. We spent the length of my stay in Berlin together exploring the more alternative side of Berlin. For those wanting more of a historical Berlin experience, I recommend staying in the historical parts known as Mitte. This actually means middle in German. That is the extent of my German. Anyway, for those wanting more of an artistic, underground scene experience, be sure to check out Friedrichshain, next to the Spree river, crossing to the district Kreuzberg. I guarantee this is the place for you. A funny thing that Peter told me when I asked him for the name of one of the pubs we explored was how “the tourist distroys what he is looking for by finding it.” While this does not make me feel inclined to tell you all the secret places i found in east Berlin, I will do so anyway. The first pub we hit is called Kino Zukunft, meaning ‘cinema of the future’. The pub resembles what a pub and back-garden cinema may have looked like 50 years ago but without upkeep. Ah, the Germans and their irony… I recommend it to those wanting to see a bar that you wouldn’t find in the States as it would be considered ‘hazardous.’ Following Kino Zukunft we made a stop at Kptn A. Muller. This small pub is filled with alternative travelers, old couches, and cheap beer. This is the perfect stop to meet both locals and foreigners. It’s likely you will hear a lot of English speaking folks as well. This may be a good break from all that Deutsch talk. To top off the night, Peter and I made an appearance at a drum and base club called, About Blank. Two great DJ’s in a small space with a fabulous back-garden. They even have their own little forest, and the best part is, the party never ends! Coming home in the afternoon would not be considered a late night, or early day for that matter. In all, Friedrichshain was a delight, but remains exclusive to those who can handle it’s icy exterior. Ah Berlin, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Ber-lin.Berlin

– Katrina Mitilenes
Nomadic travel , Student

 

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Everyone Wants to be in Italy!!

Capri

It is the summer in NYC and that means one thing – everyone wants to be in Italy!  Every summer we send clients all over the world, but for some reason year after year, Italy is the most popular summer destination.  I can hardly believe it – but we are over halfway through July and our happy clients are starting to return – with wonderful feedback – PHEW!!

Here is what one happy couple had to say….

Trip was amazing. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and help! We really had such a special time and everything was perfect! We were upgraded to an amazing room at St. Regis in Rome and Castel Monastero and Punta Tragara were really great too.  Thank you for planning a flawless, amazing trip!!

I mean…who wouldn’t want to spend their summer in Tuscany and Capri??  Sounds good to me!

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