About Lance

As the VP of Marketing for ClassicTravel.com, the online division of Classic Travel Service, I oversee the selection of the hotels we feature on our luxury hotel booking platform. Our online collection features the world’s best hotels and our members have access to some of the best rates and amenities available to the luxury traveler. Building personal relationships with all the brands we feature is very important to us. We are not just an online booking platform we are also a full service agency! Our platform was designed to inspire travel and give travelers the option of booking direct for ease and convenience or contacting one of our agents for a full service experience.

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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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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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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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Clients love Pelican Hill

Clients love Pelican Hill! When they return we always follow up to get their feedback. This gives us more insight on how to market to them by discovering the services they most appreciated. We are happy to report that the Resort at Pelican Hill has yet again impressed our sometimes very particular clients.  Pelican Hill PanoramicHere are a two comments we would like to share….

Hi Lance, The trip was great. Thank you for helping to make it easy.  Danielle de Beaubien at the resort was also wonderful throughout the stay. I look forward to working with both of you again when we can get away.

Family traveling with 2 small children….

We really enjoyed booking through your site with all the wonderful perks it got us.  We booked 5 different hotels in our road trip with 2 small kids and liked all of them, but Pelican Hill is our favorite – architecture, amazing quality of the villas, enormous pool, spa, and the views are step above others. 

Save the date for Children’s Resort Etiquette Class. We love this class! 
April 21 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Children ages 8-12 are invited to expand their understanding of resort etiquette with an educational day of fun, including lunch and a swim in the Coliseum Pool. Led by Kathleen Cover, founder of The Etiquette School of Beverly Hills and Newport Beach, this course prepares young guests for summer travel in a positive, relaxed and approachable setting.
$249 per child (Additional class dates available in May & June.)

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