Destination Spotlight: Greece

Greece has long been a destination worth visiting, but in recent years its popularity has boomed. The increased interest has made it imperative for travelers to approach their trip planning to Greece in advance. This is where trusted travel advisor comes in, ensuring clients are able to secure rooms with highly sought out views in Santorini, explore lesser known islands to avoid crowds and navigate island hopping so their trip is seamless and stress free. Ourisman Travel has expansive knowledge about the ins and outs of planning a trip to Greece and with our strong partnership with Eclectic Greece, an on the ground tour operator, we are an excellent resource for Greece travel!

Our Sales Leader, Iana (who is our resident Tailored Luxury Specialist) recently had the pleasure of traveling with Eclectic Greece and spent time in Athens, Naxos and Santorini. She came back with a few top takeaways that are important to consider for anyone planning a trip to Greece!

Her first stop was in Athens, where she was hosted at the lovely Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens. After arriving and going to bed early to get on Greek time, she was ready to explore one of the oldest cities in Europe! The first stop, was of course, the Acropolis. This ancient site is a must for anyone with an interest in ancient Greek history and culture. Near the Acropolis is the Museum, which houses artifacts out in the Acropolis and offers a deeper understanding of this once holy site and all it has withstood over time. A walking food tour of Athens was up next, which as much needed after working up an appetite climbing the many stairs to reach the Acropolis. Pairing these experiences together presented a lovely juxtaposition between the ancient history of Athens and how it has become a bustling, modern city with interesting food at sites.

After Athens, the itinerary took Iana to Naxos, where she stayed at the Naxian Collection. Naxos is a lesser known island in the Mediterranean making it far less crowded that other island options. The island is quaint and homey with a mountainous landscape and littered with small, whitewashed villages that are built in on themselves and feature winding paths leading to picturesque storefronts and homes. A highlight in Naxos is definitely the food, particularly the potatoes, of which its people are very proud. Naxos also offers travelers a wonderful beach similar to those one would find in a Caribbean destination. While the beaches here are definitely European in some aspects they are not as crowded as those in Mykonos which is a plus!

The trip ended with a visit to Santorini, which no Greek itinerary should be without. Santorini is home to the blue domed cathedrals and breathtaking views that are so often associated with Greece. Here, Iana stayed at the Andronis Boutique Hotel, whose views did not disappoint! While the popularity of the island has caused for large crowds of travelers vying for the perfect sunset picture, there are ways to take in the island and avoid the crowds. The best way to do this is aboard a private catamaran, where you can soak in the sun and enjoy the views without the overwhelming crowds.

There are many ways to approach planning a trip to Greece and at Ourisman Travel we highly recommend our Tailored Luxury program. This allows our clients to take advantage of our relationship with Eclectic Greece and the insider knowledge that will help them maximize their time and personalize their visit to include the must dos like the Acropolis or a Santorini sunset alongside lesser known options, like Naxos. To find out more about how we approach travel planning please reach out to team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form!

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Montreal & Illume by Four Seasons

In October, Angela attended the inaugural global Preferred Partner Event Illume by Four Seasons held in Montreal. This event hosted 125 of the top Preferred Partner advisors and the best minds in luxury travel from around the world for powerful conversations, immersive brand experiences and unparalleled passion for luxury travel. Bright ideas born from this exhilarating event will be used to create the future strategy of luxury travel as the Four Seasons brand continues to expand and we are so incredibly honored to have been invited.

The Four Seasons Montreal was the perfect location for the first of what will be many successful Illume by Four Seasons events. The property opened in June of 2019 and is located in the city’s Golden Mile Square in downtown. The young and fresh 3rd floor lobby connects to the high-end Holt Renfrew Ogilvy which is worth at least a quick detour, if not a full-blown shopping spree. The lobby’s design carries through to the property’s restaurant, Marcus, Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s first restaurant in Canada that offers a new spin on a traditional brasserie.

The rooms are crisp and well appointed, with entry level categories boasting floor to ceiling windows with captivating views of Montreal and higher room categories featuring glass doors that open to the ultra luxe bathroom with black & white contrasting marble and a gorgeous soaking tub. Blush and beige from the lobby is found in the plush furnishings in the rooms, especially those categories that offer an additional sitting area like the One Bedroom Suites.

Montreal is an excellent, if often overlooked, city for a quick getaway or a longer visit. With plenty of galleries, museums, restaurants and shopping near the Four Seasons, this new addition to the brand’s collection gives guests great access to this historical city. To further entice travelers to consider Montreal, the Four Seasons is offering a 3rd night free through March of 2021. Clients who book their stays at the Four Seasons Montreal with Ourisman Travel will receive the following exclusive Preferred Partner Amenities:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Food and beverage credit of USD100
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites

Learn more about Ourisman Travel’s relationship with the Four Seasons Montreal and how you can take advantage of our Preferred Partner Amenities, email team@ourismantravel.com or fill out our Travel Request Form.

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Hotel Spotlight: Naxian Luxury Collection

Naxos, a little known Greek island that offers better beaches than Mykonos, is home to a collection of two boutique hotels that are bringing luxury to the island. The Naxian Luxury collection is made up of two sister properties, Naxian Collection and Naxian on the Beach. Both properties are comprised of villas and suites and are owned by local couple Yannis & Maria. While the design of the properties is cohesive and their commitment to sustainable luxury is equal, their locations and appeal are vastly different.

Naxian Collection is arguably the more family friendly of the two, offering a range of suites and villas that can accommodate families of any size. The villas feature their own pools with lovely views of Naxos’ farms, mountains and the ocean and are two stories with a bedroom and bathroom on each floor. The suites are designed two to a building, and while they do not connect they share a pool and a terrace making it simple for families or friends traveling together to enjoy the common pool space. The suites and villas are done in the traditional Greek style with whitewashed plaster walls to keep the rooms cool and are minimalist in design, great for those who find excessive décor tired. While there are no bathtubs on site, the rainwater steam showers are spacious and convert the bathrooms into your own personal spa.

A standout at this property is the bar whose size can be deceiving. The property boasts a whiskey and bourbon collection of over 500 labels. And for those who are more interested in wine the property has you covered with a wine cellar devoted to the best wines Greece has to offer. Dinner in the cellar can be arranged along with a tasting lead by the property’s sommelier.

Naxian on the Beach is an all suite property with each suite coming with its own jacuzzi, either indoor or outdoor depending on your preference. This property is all about location, as it is a stones throw from Naxos’ Agios Prokopis beach. With a beach bar at the ready as guests check in and not a bad view in the house, this property is ideal for honeymooners or couples on a romantic getaway. The suites are situated in duplex buildings and the thick walls and large terraces then themselves to the desired level of privacy couples look for. Fresh Greek fare and a creative cocktail list will keep guests happy as they relax on the beach or in their suite!

For more information on the Andronis Boutique Hotel, its sister properties, how our partnership with Eclectic Greece can elevate your stay or how to plan your next trip to Greece please feel free to email team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form

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Hotel Spotlight: Andronis Boutique Hotel

Part of a trio of luxury properties in Oia, Santorini the Andronis Boutique Hotel is by far the most luxurious of the three options, the other two being Andronis Luxury Suites and Andronis Arcadia. Like many properties in Oia the Andronis Boutique Hotel is built into the side of the cliffs lining the side of the massive caldera which is the result of a massive volcanic eruption that devastated the Minoan civilizations on both Santorini and Crete. The Andronis Boutique Hotel offers guests commanding views of the caldera from every vantage point, providing plenty of opportunities to capture the quintessential sunset shot.

The way this all suite property is designed it is hard to tell just how many suites there are. Each of the 24 suites is named for a character from Homer’s Odyssey and they are tucked away in private corners behind quaint white picket fence gates. Winding staircases lead guests to their suites and to the common area of the property, which boasts two large pools and a terrace for meals. The suites are done in the classic cave style of Santorini, all white cool plaster walls with arches wherever possible to emphasize the Grecian design. Sparse décor lends to the allure of the caldera views and most guests find themselves spending their time exploring Santorini or lounging on their terrace in their plunge pool, which come with every suite. The bathrooms are very spacious and while only some suites feature bathtubs, the luxurious shower makes up for the lack in other suites. Privacy is the best feature of this property with each suite feeling like it is its own little hideaway in Santorini. This property is fantastic for honeymooners and couples searching to reconnect in one of the most romantic & beautiful places in the world.

Guests seeking spa treatments are welcome to make use of the Mare Sanus Spa at the nearby sister property, Andronis Luxury Suites. While this standout property does not feature a gym, the sheer number of stairs that are required to get around soundly eliminates that need. The service here is phenomenal, with the General Manage George constantly on property greeting guests warmly as they come and go. Kind and attentive waitstaff go above and beyond to accommodate guests requests and ensure that everyone leaves this slice of heaven happy and eager to return.

For more information on the Andronis Boutique Hotel, its sister properties, how our partnership with Eclectic Greece can elevate your stay or how to plan your next trip to Greece please feel free to email team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form!

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens

 

Opening in the spring of 2019, this long awaited Four Seasons presence in Greece does not disappoint! Following a buyout of the already legendary Astir Palace, the Four Seasons did a complete design overhaul of the properties two buildings, providing guests with two distinctive options for their stays on the Athens Riviera. Only 30 minutes from the Athens airport, the Four Seasons Astir Palace is the perfect start or end to any trip to Greece.

The rooms here are spacious, even the entry level feels like you have room to breathe which is great for a European hotel. Decorated with a mix of Greek and contemporary European art, the rooms are beautiful and cozy with muted neutral tones and large terraces. There is nothing like watching the sunrise over the Aegean as you tuck into your complimentary in-room breakfast. The bathrooms are quite large, with a steam shower on one end and a large soaking tub with lovely views on the other end, an expansive vanity between them.

Featuring two buildings, the Nafiska and the Arion, as well as 58 bungalows, the Four Seasons Astir Palace offers something for everyone. The Nafiska building boasts an elegant yet fresh art deco meets contemporary design. With unique art and an energetic vibe, this building is arguably the most youthful of the three areas on site. The Nafiska has 3 restaurants ranging from an Italian trattoria to a poolside grill serving up authentic Greek cuisine. From the beautiful lounge and bar area, guests are able to walk out to the expansive pool area lined with olive trees and cabanas to take in the views of the Aegean Sea.

The Arion building offers a more relaxed vibe and is where guest will find a more retro aimed design paying homage to the original design of the building when it first opened in the 1960s.. While the Nafiska offers three restaurants and a fitness center, Arion bests that with 4 dining options to choose from, a world class spa and an indoor pool. The Arion is also closer to the swimmable beach, so when choosing between the buildings it ultimately comes down to design preference and whether you are a beach bum or a pool pup.

The bungalows offer views of the sea as well as the properties beach and pool areas. These bungalows are all one bedroom and their main focus is to provide privacy and isolation from the two larger buildings. Booking several is an option for families with older children, but for families with younger kids we recommend the Arion building.

The Four Seasons Astir Palace is seasonal  open from April to October with high season starting in May and winding down mid September, making its fairly large inventory rapidly disappear as those enticing Grecian summers approach. Disappearing room inventory has become a common theme across Greece and it is important to kick off the planning for a trip well in advance to ensure you have your pick of room options! Of course, the Four Seasons Astir Palace is a member of Four Seasons Preferred Partners and offers our clients the amenities they know and love!

To learn more about our stay at the Four Seasons Astir Palace, how Ourisman Travel’s relationship with Four Seasons & the Preferred Partner program can elevate your next stay or how to tackle planning a trip to Greece, feel free to email us at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form.

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A Privé Partnership: Andaz and Park Hyatt

For many years, Ourisman Travel has been a proud partner of Hyatt Hotels and the luxury brands they offer, and with the launch of Hyatt Privé in 2018 our partnership has only grown stronger. After years of intense and intentional research into other similar programs and consulting luxury travel advisors around the world, Hyatt debuted its in-house amenity program Privé in 2018. Privé aims to match the great amenities offered by its counterparts in the luxury hotel sphere; providing guests with the same amenities they have come to love so much (Flexible resort credits, Early check-in & late check-out, Daily Breakfast for two) with one deserving of extra attention: Upgrade at time of booking. Of course, this is dependent on several factors, but we are proud to say that after a year and a half in the as a Privé partner, our success rate at guaranteeing that upgrade at time of booking is unmatched, due in large part to our amazing relationships with Hyatt hotels and their wide range of properties across the globe.

We have been lucky enough to travel the world with Hyatt going everywhere from Buenos Aires to Amsterdam & Vienna to St Kitts and with each site inspection our fondness for their portfolio grows stronger! Team Ourisman wanted to take a moment to thank our partners at Hyatt Hotels and expand on why we love two of their luxury products: Andaz & Park Hyatt.

Vibrant, fresh and utterly youthful, Andaz properties aim to encompass the lifestyle of its guests. These properties offer a boutique hotel vibe and incorporate the location of each property into the design, food, drink and general feel of the property making each of them incredibly unique. Arguably, the only real similarity between the properties is the same high touch service that can be found at all of Hyatt’s luxury properties; we loved the Andaz Mayakoba & the Andaz Amsterdam for that exact reason! With 17 boutique properties under the Andaz umbrella at the moment, there are plenty of opportunities to explore these lifestyle hotels.

The Park Hyatt brand is distinctly more residential in design, geared toward travelers who enjoy consistency of service and ultra-luxe accommodations sans elitism. Park Hyatt properties aim to offer that sense of home without compromising in incredible destinations, well, top-notch service and a subtle nod to their locale. The Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires & the Park Hyatt St Kitts are just two examples of how well this brand and the incredibly homey yet ultra-luxe vibe it brings to a hidden gem island in the Caribbean. The Park Hyatt brand is consistent and great for travelers who want to get out of the box when it comes to destination, not their high standards.

To learn more about our partnership with Hyatt Hotels and Hyatt Privé, our favorite Andaz and Park Hyatt properties, the other great luxury brands under the Hyatt Hotels umbrella or to maximize your next stay at a Hyatt property feel free to reach out to team@ourismantravel.com or fill out our Travel Request Form.

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Hotel Spotlight: Park Hyatt St Kitts

Nestled in the semi remote St Christophe Harbor area on the island of St Kitts is the incredible Park Hyatt St Kitts. This property, which only opened its doors two years ago, has quickly become a favorite of Ourisman Travel clients and other discerning luxury travelers for a myriad of reasons. Chief among them being the hotel’s incredible location. En route to the property, a 25 minute drive from the St Kitts airport, guests pass through the island’s capital Basseterre and up along the side of the mountains; passing an incredible lookout point that showcases the sweeping views of Nevis and the Caribbean Sea. The winding road leads to the stone porte-cochere of the Park Hyatt St Kitts. Reflecting pools with koi make up the entryway path complete with living walls of vibrant greenery and breathtaking views of the property’s private beach. Friendly staff check you in quickly and with great deference to the service expected at a Park Hyatt, though that might be the arrival Rum Punch talking! Your bags are whisked away to your room as you are given a map of the property and offered either a guided walk or a golf card ride to your accommodation.

I was lucky enough to stay in a Nevis Peak Suite complete with plunge pool and panoramic views of Nevis and the Caribbean Sea, similar to the lookout passed on the way to the Park Hyatt. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary Caribbean style with light wood floors, bright white accents and minimal touches of color allowing guests to truly appreciate their views. The bathroom is equally lovely and features a fantastic soaking tub, rainwater shower and double vanity with plenty of room. Off the bathroom is an immense closet with plenty of storage space – great for guests that want to set up camp for longer stays. The sitting room opens out to a spacious porch with plenty of seating areas, a breakfast table for 4 and a chaise lounge perfect for a relaxing nap in the sun. However, the star of the patio is certainly the plunge pool. Fairly large as compared to other plunge pools around the world and with sweeping views, it is hard to imagine a better place to spend your stay.

With two pools and a word class spa through, the Park Hyatt St Kitts really ups the ante and challenges its guests to explore the resort beyond their picture-perfect suites. The property boasts the first international location of Hyatt’s Mirival Spa. Designed with complete wellness in mind the spa offers a selection of treatments centered around relaxation, rejuvenation and rest; something we in the 21st century are hard pressed to find in our busy lives. The spa has a rustic chic décor style, contrasting with the rooms in a way that is still cohesively Caribbean.

The property makes great use of space with the two pools with the adults-only pool perching above the much larger family friendly pool. The adults-only pool extends the design of the spa, with clean lines and stone arches that add a sense of drama to the geometric lines of the pool. The family friendly pool is best described as sprawling with plenty of lounge chairs to accommodate the needs of a 126 rooms. The pool also offers easy access to the beach and the infinity edge creates the illusion that it is right up against the ocean. Parents that want to take advantage of the adults-only pool during their stay will be pleased to find a first rate Kid’s Club on site not to far from the pools. Complete with pantry, quiet room for naps, jungle gym and a wide array of crafts, toys and movies, this Kid’s Club was designed with the littlest guests in mind and is open to guests 3 to 12.

Dining at the Park Hyatt St Kitts is fantastic as well and blends a great mix of classic Caribbean fare with just a hint of foodie influence, showcased in the Conch &Pretzel Roll sandwich at Fisherman’s village to the Mixed Seafood “Farrotto” at The Great House, which is to die for. A third restaurant, The Stone Barn, offers a more intimate dining option where guests can arrange for dinners expertly paired with wine by the property’s charming and knowledgeable sommelier. A member of the Hyatt Prive Benefit program, the Park Hyatt St Kitts offers a few options to guests for their daily breakfast for two ranging from the classic option of in-room dining, and either an expansive breakfast buffet spread or a lovely breakfast menu at The Great House.

Ourisman Travel clients are able to take advantage of the Hyatt Prive Benefits program during their stays at the Park Hyatt St Kitts, enjoying early check-in & late check-out, upgrades at time of booking (subject to availability), and a $100 resort credit in addition to the daily breakfast for two. Team Ourisman is incredibly proud of our partnership with Hyatt and looks forward to assisting you in booking your future stays with any Hyatt brand. For more information on the Park Hyatt St Kitts, our partnership with Hyatt or the Hyatt Prive Benefits program, please feel free to reach out to team@ourismantravel.com or fill out our Travel Request Form!

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Meet the Adventurer – Meg Langrehr

When it comes to travel, Meg likes to dive into the culture of where she is – it’s all about experiencing the location as a local. “I am more interested in the daily lives of people who live there than experiencing the most glitzy trip I can; what they do for fun, where/what they eat, native animals, etc!” Meg finds great excitement in meeting and learning from people who are native to where she travels, feeling “they have a fresh perspective of life to offer.” “I also love adventuring outdoors where I am and would rather be off the beaten path with the locals than in a touristy area/itinerary.” Her travel habits include buying something unique from the destination for her home or a piece of jewelry and taking lots of photos!

Because of her cultured spirit, Meg’s preparation before traveling includes excitement around the new experiences she is going to encounter. Her dream vacation is one that allows her to experience a culture and lifestyle that she has never experienced before; being able to learn from others and nature in a way that she is not exposed to on a daily basis is so rewarding. “I feel that every vacation is a dream in the sense that I am blessed with a healthy mind and body to be able to travel and experience the world.”

Meg finds anywhere near the water to be so energizing and peaceful.

Regardless of where she travels, Meg makes a handwritten list of everything she needs and packs about 2 days ahead of time. She also cleans her house (coming home to a clean space is so refreshing!). Some must have items in her suitcase includes sneakers and workout clothes so she can fit in a good sweat every day! Meg also looks forward to a new book or audiobook to enjoy during a long plane ride or airport hangout.  

Meg enjoying snowboarding in Park City, Utah.

She finds her most memorable trips are the ones that leave her feeling refreshed, peaceful, grateful, and energized. “One of the most standout aspects of a vacation for me is the feeling I come home with.” One of her favorite travel memories recently was snowboarding in Park City, Utah with her boyfriend. “Facing a little bit of fear on the mountains while being in the presence of such beauty in nature – I felt so alive!”

Meg considers herself a summer girl but loves embracing all the elements of the seasons!

Meg hopes to travel to Kenya within the next year!  Some other top destinations on her bucket list are New Zealand, Maldives, Machu Picchu, Fiji and the Great Barrier Reef.

Final advice from this Adventurer? “Embrace other people whom are different from you! They are the best teachers in life!”

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Pro-Tips for the BEST Travel Planning Experience

In our years of planning trips of all sizes to all destinations around the globe, we’ve had projects that were a perfect dream to work with and others that inched too close to nightmare status. We’ve gained some valuable intuition about how to create the best travel planning experiences!

Travel planning should be as fun as the trip itself! Our job is to make sure you get to have all the fun with as little stress and hassle as possible so we put together some of our insights and tips on how to make sure you can actually enjoy the travel planning experience!

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KNOW YOUR TRAVEL STYLE

Honesty is the best policy. Know who you are and what you want. While stepping outside of your comfort zone can create a lasting experience, sometimes we just want to relax and take in the moment. A healthy dose of self-awareness is always useful when translating your travel dreams to reality and finding balance with the wants/needs of your traveling companions.

Take our travel personality quiz to discover your individual approach to discovering the world and help us better understand how we can elevate your next trip.

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PLAN AHEAD

Setting dreams into action takes times and effort. For a truly personalized travel experience, we recommend beginning your planning 10-12 months in advance. You don’t need to know all of the little details then, but you should tell us what’s next on your radar so we can start to think about the big picture and map out the itinerary framework. We can develop a plan to help you achieve your travel goals with enough time to adjust around any destination or seasonal challenges. The more time you allow for planning, the fewer compromises you will need to make as the itinerary comes together.

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DEFINE SUCCESS

Think ahead to the first time you are out with friends or at a cocktail party after returning home from this trip. What travel stories do you want to be able to share? What needs to happen on this trip for you to declare, “best trip ever!” Read our blog post for more on how to Elevate your travel experiences.

SCHEDULE A DISCOVER CALL

Our itinerary design process always begins with a Discover conversation. This is our opportunity to get to know you and your travel style. You don’t even need to know where you want to go yet – let us help you figure it out! Everything we learn during this phone call will be applied to the itinerary design process allowing the end result to be tailor-made just for you! It is step one in elevating your trip and allowing yourself to relax and enjoy the travel planning process as much as you will enjoy the trip itself!

THINK LONG TERM

Tell us if you have multiple destinations on your travel bucket list and we can help you strategize so you know which destinations you should visit when, which destinations combine well together, and how to plan an annual travel budget. If you’re feeling ambitious, we can help create a 5 or 10-year travel plan for you!

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If you have kids, we want to help you make the most of those school-age years – that’s 12 spring breaks and summer trips that can easily get away from you if you don’t plan ahead! Though, traveling with adult children can sometimes be even more rewarding and enjoyable! Give yourself a gift by thinking strategically about which destinations you want to share with your children during each of their formidable years.

GET STARTED

We’re here to help show you the world! Let us know where you want to go; we’re ready to dive in!

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Virtuoso Week 2019 | Top Takeaways

Each year, we send team members to the equivalent of fashion week for the luxury travel industry, Virtuoso Week. Over 6,000 travel advisors and travel suppliers decent upon the Bellagio Las Vegas like a swarm of grasshoppers hungry to discover the latest travel trends, make new connections, and reconnect with old friends. Ultimately, it is the relationships that we form during these events that allow us to get you the very best value and VIP treatment during your travels.

This year, several destination stories and hotel updates caught out attention. Here’s our top takeaways:

Lodge at Blue Sky

Virtuoso Week 2019: Lodge at Blue Sky

A new favorite on the hotel scene is the Lodge at Blue Sky in Utah. The location is convenient and easy to get to without sacrificing any of the space and privacy one expects from an exclusive mountain hideaway. Our fearless sales leader, Iana Drennan, took a day away from our busy conference schedule in Las Vegas to jet off to Lodge at Blue Sky and run the resort through its paces (more to come from her detailed report soon!).

The ranch is located just 30 minutes from the Salt Lake City Airport; it doesn’t get more convenient than that for a lodge of this size! In addition to ease and convenience, our top takeaway from Iana’s visit is this property has just the right balance of adrenaline pumping adventure and a serene, calming ambiance. Activities include skiing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, fly fishing, photography excursions, star gazing, sporting clay shooting, rafting, igloo building, and show shoeing. To add to the wow-factor, the Lodge at Blue Sky employs a fleet of helicopters to cover their vast 3,500 acres and allow you to enjoy all of those activities with an extra dose of seclusion and adventure.

You’re definitely going to work up an appetite here and the lodge’s menu of “refined mountain fare rooted in farm fresh flavors” will keep you well fed! And, to provide the perfect beverage next to the campfire, they have their own on-site whiskey distillery. BOOK NOW >>>

Stay Human at Seafire

Virtuoso Week 2019: Seafire

As the New York Times recently reported, hotels are getting creative and finding ways to rethink the hotel guest book and our partners at Seafire in Grand Cayman are leading the charge with their #StayHumanProject. Room808 invites you to indulge with the five “Seafire Senses” including a customized sea salt scent at the spa, local rum cocktails and a playlist of soca, a musical genre that originated in the Caribbean. Document your Cayman adventures with a Polaroid camera and leave an inspirational note for the next guests to share the experience. The resort provides Room808 guests with eight gold coins each good for one complimentary rum cocktail at ther resort bar. Meet a new friend? Share the wealth by giving them a gold coin for them to enjoy a cocktail too. BOOK NOW >>>

Rosewood Little Dix Bay Now Accepting Reservations

We are anxiously awaiting the reopening of one of our favorite Caribbean resorts, Little Dix Bay in Virgin Good, B.V.I. After sustaining heavy damage during the hurricane season of 2017, the private island resort has undergone ambitious renovations and will emerge looking better than ever! The resort is now accepting reservations for arrivals on March 1st, 2020.

Virtuoso Week 2019: Rosewood Little Dix Bay

This timeless hideaway has been a gem in the Caribbean since it was opened by Laurance Rockefeller in 1964 and much effort was made in updating the resort to meet modern standards while also maintaining its heritage. In keeping with Rockefeller’s original vision, the reimagined resort is still designed to follow the lines of the landscape and highlights local cultural motifs. The interiors celebrate the resort’s original mid-century modern design.

Competitive Renovations at Mayakoba

The Mayakoba complex of resorts is always popular with our clients and everyone has their opinions about their favorite property! The constant competition for your attention means there is always something new and exciting to unveil at Mayakoba!

This year, the Rosewood Mayakoba has completed a multi-million dollar project to add a new adults-only beach club to their offering. Aquí Me Quedo, which translates to “Here I Stay,” features 3 infinity edge pools sunken in the sand, an open kitchen for interactive culinary experiences, and indoor/outdoor living spaces designed for relaxation. La Fogata, a beachfront fire pit, will help the space transition from day to night so you can keep those beach vibes going all day long! And, if you can drag yourself away from this amazing new space they also have a new yacht available for excursions to get you even closer to the ocean! BOOK NOW >>>

Virtuoso Week 2019: Rosewood Mayakoba

Don’t worry, the competition at Mayakoba is rising to the occasion. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has recently announced plans for a $50 million expansion project to begin in late 2020. We’ll be keeping our eyes on this one for you!

Personalize Your Own Perfume

Virtuoso Week 2019: Personal Perfume in France

Our friend Edwige Chevallier and her staff at We Travel France help us design the most creative itineraries all over France. Personal shopping tours, cheese making, chocolate tasting, biking, walking, flea markets, etc. Anything is possible when we have such great partners to work with! This year, Edwige introduced us to the art of perfume making. She can whisk you off to the famous perfume region of Grasse to visit an historic perfume factory that has been making perfumes since 1782. In 1926 they took the name of Parfumeries Fragonard as a tribute to the famous painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. During your experience you will discover how a perfumer or “nose” masters the art of fragrance creation while learning about the history of the perfume industry. By the end of the program you will be able to compose your own “eau de toilette” inspired by roses or the year’s flower. We know that ultra-luxury is now ultra-personalized and what better way to demonstrate that than by creating your own personal bottle of perfume as a travel souvenir?

Other News Items Gathered at Virtuoso Week 2019:

Park Hyatt New York has earned the World’s Best Room Honor from Forbes Travel Guide.  To celebrate, they have unveiled a new Manhattan Sky Suite with 3 bedrooms, 360-degree views, 4700 square feet, helicopter transfer, and private chef. If the $50K/night pricetag for that new suite is too rich for your blood, they are offering Virtuoso 3rd night free on all lower room categories through 02SEP.

Four Seasons Anguilla has heard our feedback and they are updating their amenities for even more value on suites and villas! Now, the Preferred Partner resort credit of $100 will apply per bedroom.

Jumby Bay has a great Virtuoso promotion called the “Jumby Bay Island Escape” with rates of $1,695/night until October 31, 2019 and $2,050/night from November 1 to December 16, 2019 (4-night minimum) and some really great inclusions:

  • Accommodation in a Beachside Suite, a luxurious junior suite retreat overlooking the sea with private terrace and outdoor garden shower and soaking tub.
  • All meals: Gourmet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
  • Cocktails, house wines by the glass, and other beverages.
  • Daily restocked in-suite refreshments: local beer, house wines, other beverages, and snacks.
  • Motorized and non-motorized watersports: Waterskiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie Cats, Sunfish, snorkel gear, and more.
  • Resort Facilities: bicycles, high-speed WiFi, two pools, three tennis courts, fitness center, and yoga pavilion.
  • Daily children’s programs.
  • Activities: snorkel excursions, kayak tours, yoga and Pilates, cooking class, rum history and tasting, Sunset Cocktail Cruise, White Night Beach Barbecue (Sundays), Managers’ Wine Down, and much more.

Finally, we leave you with a powerful, tear-inducing message from our friends at Four Seasons hotels. They are reminding us all to take our time and make the most of it!

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