Yosemite and Rich “New Worlds”

If you are crav­ing por­tals to beauty, the Mag­nif­i­cent Moun­tain Loop (MML) of three Cal­i­for­nia National Parks offers trav­el­ers uncount­able “doors.” In one trip you can enjoy the tree giants of Sequoia National Park, the adjoin­ing won­ders of Kings Canyon National Park… Continue Reading…


Musings — Museums, Gardens, & Love

Have you ever wanted to cre­ate a des­ti­na­tion with-in a des­ti­na­tion? Places that both spark and sate curios­ity?  Muse­ums and gar­dens that restore and moti­vate the human spirit? In the midst of Marekkesh, Morocco, Yves Saint-Laurent, helped cre­ate an artis­tic… Continue Reading…


Happy Valentines Day– Romantic Travels!

One def­i­n­i­tion of  roman­tic is “an ide­al­ized ver­sion of real­ity.”  The same could be said of top lux­ury travel.  The choco­lates are left on your plush pil­low or baked fresh to your lik­ing by a genius chef. Your flow­ers are… Continue Reading…


New Private Nile River Cruises from Abercrombie & Kent

I just got word about a new Nile River cruise that actu­ally hear­kens back to the days when daha­biehs — lanteen-rigged sail­boats — were the main method of trans­porta­tion on this water­way. These sail-powered ves­sels were used exten­sively up until the 19th… Continue Reading…


Luxury Kayaking: Top Tips and Trips

This is the week I hope to be kayak­ing in a lake with the world’s only fresh water sharks, amidst vol­canos, islets, and pro­lific birdlife as part of Austin-Lehman Adven­tures’  com­pelling flag­ship tour in Nicaragua. To pre­pare, I con­tacted fel­low Explorer’s Club… Continue Reading…


Toronto’s Exploding Luxury Hotel Scene

North Amer­i­cans would be hard-pressed to find a city out­side of Toronto that, in the past 18 months, has opened a Ritz-Carlton, Shangri-La, Trump and Four Sea­sons hotel, plus added a buzzy bou­tique ALT near the airport. We had the plea­sure of… Continue Reading…


Cancun: Le Blanc Wellness & the Whale Sharks

“Muchas Gra­cias!” I kept repeat­ing with a big smile, and “June Bou­tique,” which is what “thank you” sounds like to me in the Mayan dialect near the Coban pyramid. My four full days based in the resort mecca of Can­cun, Mex­ico were… Continue Reading…


Luxury Family Accommodations Near Walt Disney World

If a trip to Walt Dis­ney World is on your family’s agenda, one of the first deci­sions you’ll need to make is where to stay. Though many fam­i­lies enjoy stay­ing at one of Walt Dis­ney World’s resorts, some folks opt… Continue Reading…


Ritz-Carlton Vienna Makes Its Debut in Austria

This Decem­ber I’m head­ing to Vienna, Aus­tria, so—of course—I’m work­ing up my list of must-visit restau­rants and Christ­mas mar­kets. (If you’ve got some favorite places, please let me know!) While I won’t need overnight accommodations—I’ll instead make my home base… Continue Reading…


Silversea Silver Cloud in London for the Olympics

Don’t you wish you were sail­ing aboard this ship as it sailed under London’s Tower Bridge, where the 2012 Olympic Rings are promi­nently dis­played! This is Silversea’s Sil­ver Cloud at the tail end of a 16-day voy­age from Copen­hagen to London. Upon arrival… Continue Reading…