Hotel Spotlight: The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale has three luxury offerings on property: The Phoenician Resort, The Canyon Suites boutique hotel, and The Phoenician Residences. Immerse yourself in the property’s amenities, which include a multi-level pool, spa facility, athletic club, golf course, and restaurants. 

The Phoenician Resort

The Phoenician has reimagined itself through recent renovations to all guest rooms (including Canyon Suites), pools, lobby, spa, athletic club, golf course, and more. While this is a large resort with 450+ rooms, each area, including the guest rooms, is spacious and personalized. 

Rooms, Suites, and Casitas

The rooms, suites, and casitas at The Phoenician have a contemporary design influenced by the desert surroundings, complete with original signed artwork. All rooms feature a private terrace or balcony, and a bathroom with a separate tub and shower. Located in the heart of Scottsdale with views of the mountain, city, pools, and golf course – there’s no such thing as a bad view here! 

Opposite the main building, there are twelve, two-story casitas with 119 rooms and suites. Guests staying in the casitas may call for complimentary transfers to the main building and other resort areas. 

The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician

For a more intimate experience, The Canyon Suites, located on the complex, has only 60 rooms — 40 suites and 20 guest rooms. The boutique-style resort offers exclusive access to an infinity pool with cabanas, Canyon Lounge, Canyon Grill, and a shuttle service. The staff-to-guest ratio is better than 2-to-1, perfect for guests looking for personalized concierge service. Canyon Suites guests can also enjoy access to the wealth of Phoenician facilities.  

The Phoenician Residences

In high demand, The Phoenician Residences are fit for guests looking to enjoy access to all the facilities from the comfort of their own private residence. The Residences include a full kitchen, rich hardware floors, a fireplace, a private plunge pool, an outdoor summer kitchen with a gas grill, and more. Ranging from 2-3 bedrooms (1,400 to 2,400 square feet) these residences are perfect for large groups and families. 

Experiences

The Phoenician is my top recommendation in Scottsdale for families looking to make the most of their time on property — there is something for every type of traveler: 

  • The Phoenician Golf Club: The course offers four sets of tees, ranging from 4,575 to 6,518 yards. 
  • Spa: From massages and facial treatments to a full-service salon, spend the day unwinding at the spa. 
  • Athletic Club: Complete with a movement studio, game room, tennis, pickle ball, and basketball courts, and more. 
  • Pools: The multi-tiered Phoenician pools offer a variety of lounging options, an adult-only pool, a kids’ zone with a treehouse, and pool-side dining. 

Elevated Dining

The Phoenician’s culinary team offers eight restaurants ranging from casual dining to intimate steakhouse dinners. The J&G Steakhouse features floor-to-ceiling windows that blend into a scenic outdoor patio. Guests can enjoy classic surf & surf with a view of the desert sunset. Mowry & Cotton is a more casual indoor/outdoor dining option, which offers modern American cuisine and craft cocktails. For brunch-goers, I would recommend their Smoked Brisket Eggs Benedict and the Green Nectar fresh juice. 

Plan Your Stay with Ourisman Travel

Book your stay at The Phoenician with Team Ourisman to enjoy value-added STARS amenities: 

  • Room view upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (not applicable towards Suites)
  • Daily A la Carte breakfast, for two guests per bedroom in restaurant or in-room dining (up to $65 credit for 2)
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For more information on The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form.

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Costa Rica’s Coveted Address: Casa Las Olas

Tucked away in the hills of the jungle at Four Seasons Costa Rica lies the exotic residence known as Casa Las Olas. As one of Costa Rica’s most coveted addresses, the recently-unveiled, custom-built 6-bedroom villa at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica welcomes you to enjoy the peak of luxury, privacy, and seclusion. 

As a top 30 Preferred Partner travel advisory, Ourisman Travel was invited by Four Seasons to be among the very first to see Casa Las Olas firsthand.

Casa Las Olas at a Glance

Casa Las Olas, designed by Jaime Rouillon Architecture, is an incredible addition to the Four Seasons portfolio of Private Retreats in Costa Rica. The 6-bedroom bi-level residence measures a generous 18,000 square feet, making it the perfect choice for large groups. 

Casa Las Olas, a Private Retreat, is ideal for:

  • Family escapes
  • Romantic retreats
  • Getaways with friends
  • Small incentive retreats
  • High-profile board meetings
  • Small event gatherings

Beyond its authentic visual appeal, Casa Las Olas has almost everything that is a prerequisite to providing guests with a seamless and luxurious stay. It has a remarkable interior design that undoubtedly rivals even the most luxurious homes in Costa Rica. 

Residence Details:

  • Maximum occupancy of 12 adults, or 8 adults and 8 children  
  • Six bedrooms with three king beds, eight full beds and two twin beds
  • One full marble bathroom per bedroom, plus a guest powder room; Masters have soaking tubs and outdoor showers

Upon arrival, a magnificent tropical courtyard welcomes the guests. It features large palm trees, a dramatic rock-face landscape, and your dedicated staff for the duration of your stay. Further inside the bi-level residence, guests will enjoy captivating views of the 150-foot infinity-edge pool and large indoor-outdoor living spaces with captivating views of the Pacific Ocean and the pristine Virador Beach. 

Why Casa Las Olas Stands Out

Our experience at Casa Las Olas proved to be nothing short of a valuable luxe escape. While remote, this Private Retreat is situated nearby the beach, restaurants, and the rest of the Four Seasons Costa Rica property.

The Private Retreat is a haven of peace, tranquility, and luxury, with your dedicated estate staff taking care of all of your needs. This includes cooking, entertainment, spa treatments, fitness classes, childcare, and more:

Included for Casa Las Olas Guests:

  • Roundtrip airport transfers for all guests
  • Dedicated butler available 24/7 for the duration of your stay
  • Private chef accessible to prepare lunches or dinners (food costs are additional)
  • USD $1,000 pantry stocking credit
  • Fully stocked Premium Bar setup for your arrival day
  • Poolside barbecue lunch prepared once during your stay, for all guests
  • Private rum tasting / yoga class or meditation class, once per stay
  • Unlimited golf on the 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course
  • Unlimited tennis on the clay or grass tennis courts

In addition, we can also provide a dedicated 24-hour chef or poolside bartender for a seamless in-residence dining experience. What better way to apply your USD $1,200 Private Retreat credit (exclusive to Ourisman Travel clients).

Unique Features at Casa Las Olas:

  • 150-foot (46 meter) infinity-edge swimming pool
  • Chef’s kitchen with dual refrigerators, ovens and sinks perfect for entertaining large catered gatherings
  • Gym equipped with spinning bike, elliptical and free weights
  • Media room

Exclusive Amenities through Ourisman Travel

This Private Retreat is great for groups and families who want access to each other and convenience during their stay while maintaining their standards of luxury and service. As a member of the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program, guests visiting the Casa Las Olas who book with Ourisman Travel enjoy these value-added exclusive amenities:

  • Mornings that start with complimentary breakfast for all guests
  • USD 1,200 resort credit towards incidentals such as food and beverage or the spa
  • Early check-in / late check-out, based on availability

Current Promotions

“Preferred Partner – Private Retreats – 30% Off” through December 16, 2023. Get the most out of Four Seasons Costa Rica and Casa Las Olas with 30% off your Private Residence (4 night minimum stay required). With just a one-night deposit and flexible cancelation window of 21 days prior to arrival, this is one of the most valuable promotions being offered by Four Seasons.

Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply; our value-added amenities are applicable to this promotion and are exclusively available by booking through us.

Plan Your Four Seasons Vacation With Ourisman Travel

Costa Rica is one of the most coveted luxurious destinations for tourists year after year. While it has several luxury resorts and accommodations, Casa Las Olas is the most luxurious of villa and residence options.

Ready to enjoy an ultimate coastal retreat? For more information on Casa Las Olas, reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form.

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Hotel Spotlight: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa is a luxury, boutique resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The resort is set on the northern slope of Camelback Mountain, overlooking Paradise Valley. With only 109 rooms, each guest is promised a personalized and unique experience.

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain can be easily accessed from the PHX airport, which is about 20 mins from the resort. Ourisman Travel clients can book transportation in advance with the concierge directly, or utilize our Hotel Plus service which includes concierge assistance. Guests will be greeted upon arrival at the airport and transferred to the resort. I used this service and enjoyed the seamless process. I was greeted at the resort by their attentive staff who offered my group bottled water and led us to the lobby for check-in. 

The best time of the year to visit Scottsdale is from late September to November and March to early May. While visiting during their off-peak season can be very hot, the pros include lower rates, easy restaurant reservations, and sunny pool weather. The nightly rates increase during their peak season, but the earlier you book, the better.

Rooms

The resort’s Casitas, Suites, and Villas are nestled among the red rock and lush desert. The large windows and spacious rooms help to blend indoors and outdoors. The room design is contemporary and chic, with earthy tones and textures, as well as desert-inspired local artwork. Scottsdale is a vast art city with a street of art galleries in Old Town. Despite being in a desert, the rooms are kept at cool temperatures. Here are the different types of rooms available in the resort, with each having a walk-in shower and soaking tub:

  • Mountain Casita, King or Double: entry-level room, 500 sqft.
  • Casitas (Mountain, Camelback, Terrace, Spa Patio) range from 500-875 sqft.
  • Suites (Mountain, Camelback, Spa, Two Bedroom) range from 1,000 to 1,500 sqft.

The Spa Casitas and Suites, located near the spa, are fit for guests looking for ultimate relaxation. They’re even more spacious and earthy-toned than the other rooms featuring an Asian-inspired design. The Spa Suites also feature an outdoor soaking tub and glass rock fireplace, which are especially useful in the evening or the winter months when it gets cooler.

Eight Private Villas sit higher on the mountain above the resort and are accessible by car or golf cart (can be rented during your stay or you can call staff to pick you up). Pro tip – we’ve been told that many A-list celebrities have stayed in the Villas due to their privacy and perfect views!

Food and Drink

Watching the sunrise or sunset on Camelback Mountain during dinner or breakfast is one of the most beautiful scenes at Sanctuary. The food at the Elements restaurant is world-class and a must-try while on property.

Chef Beau MacMillan leads the team at the restaurant, which is responsible for breakfast, lunch, poolside services, and dinner. The menu is highly seasonal, but they tend to offer American Cuisine with Asian accents. You can also leverage Virtuoso amenity, which offers daily breakfast credit for two guests per bedroom (up to $30.00 per guest/$60.00 maximum per room per day). On the dinner menu, the Charred Octopus is a must!

If you are into cocktails, Jade bar under Christian Rollich is known for exceptional mixology, using fresh, local fruits, juices, herbs, and vegetables. You must try the Mekong cocktail, a mixture of gin and lemongrass with coconut, carrot, kaffir lime, ginger & citrus. The Jade Bar menu is also available at the pool.

Facilities and Activities

Sanctuary was originally designed as a tennis resort in the 1950s, meaning tennis and pickleball are popular activities amongst guests. Other amenities available to guests include complimentary access to daily spa facilities, a fitness center, and daily wellness classes, including Paddle Board Yoga and Sound Meditation.

A free shuttle service takes guests into Old Town Scottsdale or within a five-mile radius, allowing you to explore the area without extra charges. You can use the free shuttle to visit the golf clubs (Phoenician, Eagle Mountain, Troon North, etc.), which are just 5-20 minutes from the resort.

Pool and Spa

The resort’s main pool, the Infinity Edge Pool, is exclusively adult-only on the weekends. Guests must be at least 16 years or older to gain access. Two satellite pools are located on property as an alternative for guests traveling with family members 15 years and younger. 

Camelback Mountain Resort is one of the top destination spas in the country; we highly recommend booking a spa treatment to get the whole experience of Sanctuary Resort. You can leverage the Virtuoso amenity ($100 Spa credit to be utilized during stay) for a valuable and unforgettable experience. The spa offers an extensive spa menu, including Asian-inspired treatments rooted in traditional Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine, and spa facilities, including showers, a jacuzzi, a steam room, and a quiet meditation room, available for all hotel guests to enjoy.

Plan Your Vacation with Ourisman Travel

The name “Sanctuary” speaks for itself. This resort is ideal for travelers looking for a weekend getaway with exclusive spa services. As a Virtuoso affiliate, Ourisman Travel clients can enjoy value-added amenities such as:

  • Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Daily breakfast credit for two guests per bedroom (up to $30.00 per guest/$60.00 maximum per room, per day)
  • $100 Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on spa products, not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For more information on Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form.

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Nevis

Tucked along the coastline of Nevis, Four Seasons Nevis is a perfect vacation resort for anyone looking to enjoy a luxurious, relaxed, and memorable Caribbean vacation. In June, Four Seasons Nevis invited Ourisman Travel, a top 30 Preferred Partner travel advisory, to the beautiful island. 

Bookings and Flights

If you’re coming into Nevis through an international commercial flight, you will land on Robert L Bradshaw (SKB) in St Kitts. Outside the airport, you will be greeted by Four Seasons staff members and escorted to a nearby marina to board a ferry boat with other Four Seasons guests. From there, it’s an 18-20 minutes ferry ride to the gorgeous Nevis Island. You’ll enjoy refreshments of choice as you make the short journey to Four Seasons. 

Alternatively, you can arrive in Nevis on a smaller regional aircraft or private jet by flying into Nevis’ own Vance Amory International Airport (NEV). 

If you need our assistance with choosing the best option for you, we can assist with your transportation logistics through our Hotel Plus concierge assistance service.

Check-in

The first thing that catches your eye once you arrive at Four Seasons is the scenic Nevis Peak behind the resort. In a way, the island makes you feel like you are stepping back in time thanks to its old-school feel, fresh crispy air, and buildings that don’t rise higher than a coconut tree. 

You are met on arrival by your personal host— we loved how warm and welcoming the personal hosts were— and escorted to your accommodation. 

To get the most out of the island, we recommend a 5-6 night stay. This will be enough to enjoy the dormant volcano views, great food, a dreamy town, and a five-star guest experience at the Four Seasons resort. 

The nightly rate will depend on when you book (the sooner, the better). The starting rates also depend on your dates and category. For instance, an entry-level Nevis Peak room will cost you between $555—$1770 per night depending on the season. 

The rooms are set up with personalized handwritten notes from the Four Seasons (and for you – from your trusty Preferred Partner travel advisor!) with beautiful artistic palm leaves laid out on the bed saying, “Welcome to Nevis.” You will love the warm and friendly staff, most of whom have worked in the resort for years. In fact, Four Seasons is the second largest employer on the island. 

Rooms

Four Seasons has both guest rooms and suites that are housed in gingerbread-trimmed buildings, no more than two stories high. There’s no single room with a bad view of the island. Even the entry-level rooms, Nevis Peak View Rooms, face Nevis Peak, and the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course. You can enjoy endless sunrises over the cloud-capped Nevis Peak right from your patio or balcony. 

The rooms are modern, exquisite, and pretty new, as they were renovated in 2019. They also feature a contemporary design with gorgeous monkey fabric chairs to give you a full sense of the island. 

Four Seasons also provides families with young children Ocean Side Rooms with a private patio and access to a fenced-in grass area. This resort has numerous villas and residential offerings to suit every guest’s taste. Most Sunset Hill Villas sit on Nevis Peak, giving you breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and the island, St Kitts. 

Food and Drink

The resort features seven gourmet restaurants and bars you can pick from. Four Season’s cuisine is a combination of localized dining experiences and modern and international cooking techniques. EsQuilina is where your complimentary Preferred Partner breakfast is served (if you forgo room service breakfast). By night, it is a great place to go on a culinary journey with a chef’s table and drink pairings. 

Four Seasons also offers complimentary meals for children five years old and under. 

For cigar and rum lovers, The Crowned Monkey Rum Bar is great for tastings and enjoying a nice cigar. Repeat guests can even purchase lockers that store their collection of cigars and rums at the bar when they return to the property.

Facilities

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis allows you to unwind and lounge in tropical treatments and scents. There’s an adult and family pool, and the renovation of tennis courts is underway. By November 2022, the pickleball courts and the enhancement of the Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course will be complete.

The Resort’s 18-hole signature golf course is woven into the island’s landscape, winding over 6,766 yards from the slopes of Nevis Peak down to the edge of the Caribbean Sea. This makes Four Seasons Nevis one of the better properties in the Caribbean for tennis and golf.

Pro tip: Ourisman Travel can help you book lessons with a tennis or golf pro in advance!

Activities

Four Seasons Nevis has some of the best activity experiences you can ever enjoy in Nevis. Team Ourisman can assist with arranging these experiences on your behalf:

  • A Catamaran cruise from the resort to enjoy snorkeling
  • Hamilton fans or history buffs will love a trip to the Alexander Hamilton museum and birthplace
  • Visit the Botanical Gardens created by Joseph and Martha Murphy
  • Send kids to the hotel’s exclusive Kids For All Seasons program for ages 3-9 years old
  • Minigolf for families
  • Water sports (SUP, hydro bikes, kayaks), all complimentary except the motorized water sports 
  • Watch and interact with sea turtles (the best time for this is during the nesting season, between June and October)
  • Families can also rent beach cabanas equipped with a beach ambassador and fridge

Four Season has partnered with the Sea Turtle Conservancy to educate and create awareness about sea turtles in Nevis. They have also collaborated on a program to help researchers study the immigration patterns of endangered species that have made a home on Nevis island. There are three sea turtle species in Nevis: hawksbill, the leatherback, and the green turtle.

One key highlight of our visit to Four Seasons was the release of Brownie, an adult hawksbill turtle named after our affiliate agency, Brownell Travel. Brownie was released on June 24, 2022, with a satellite transmitter. She was found nesting on Lover’s Beach Nevis!

Brownie will participate in the 2022 ‘Tour de Turtles’, and you can track her on the Sea  Turtles Conservancy Website.

Plan Your Four Seasons Nevis Vacation with Ourisman Travel

Making a reservation through Ourisman Travel means unlocking access to value-added amenities that take your Four Seasons booking to the next level of memorable. Here are all the privileges Ourisman Travel clients receive at Four Seasons Nevis:

  • Mornings that start with complimentary breakfast for two
  • A complimentary room upgrade, based on availability at check-in
  • A 100+ USD resort credit towards incidentals such as food and beverage or the spa
  • Early check-in/ late check-out based on availability

Current Promotions:

“Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free” through October 31, 2025. Get the most out of Four Seasons Resort and Nevis with a free night from Ourisman Travel. 

Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply, and our value-added amenities apply and are exclusively available by booking through us.

For more information on Four Seasons Nevis, reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form.

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Travel Serendipity – Queen Elizabeth II

The world’s attention over the past week has been on the city of London, the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and the ascension of King Charles III to the throne. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to London to pay their final respects to their Queen and to be a part of this historic moment in world history.

Two Ourisman Travel clients found themselves in London by chance. Arriving just as the Queen’s death was being announced, they checked into their hotel literally around the corner from Buckingham Palace, The Goring. At the center of everything that was going on, they witnessed long lines of well-wishers in front of the Palace. They heard the 96 gun salute from Hyde Park (one shot for each year of the Queen’s life). They were witnesses to history, and they could not have chosen a better hotel in London. Sometimes known as Buckingham Palace’s guest house, The Goring also hosted Princess Katherine and the Middleton family before her wedding to Prince William.

After five days in London, they traveled to Edinburgh. Among the opportunities awaiting them — to walk the same route walked by Charles, Anne, Andrew, and Edward and to visit St. Giles Cathedral where Queen Elizabeth II lay in state. Our clients will be staying at The Balmoral, in our opinion the best hotel in Edinburg.

Serendipity (noun) — the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

You could never have planned such a trip, just an incredible occurrence of travel serendipity.

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

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French Polynesia is on the bucket list of most travel enthusiasts, and Four Seasons Bora Bora is at the top of the list. The Four Seasons resort is situated directly in front of Mount Otemanu, and the magnificent views available from any angle at the resort are hard to ignore.

As a top 30 Preferred Partner travel advisory, we were invited by Four Seasons to visit their Bora Bora property back in June. This hotel spotlight details all you need to know about Four Seasons Bora Bora. This includes some privileges you get to enjoy when you book your reservation with Ourisman Travel.

Bookings and Flights

Compared to other overwater resort destinations like the Maldives, whose flight time can consume an entire day, Bora Bora is only eight hours away from LA. Our trip was hosted by Air Tahiti and flew from LAX-PPT-BOB, but you can also fly SFO-PPT-BOB and new service from Seattle SEA-PPT-BOB. For those frequent flier loyalists, United also flies to PPT, and Delta will be adding service beginning December 17 from LAX. We also recommend booking VIP meet and greet in PPT – only $450 roundtrip for up to six people.

Since the recommended length of stay is five to six days, we highly recommend the red eye to arrive and enjoy your first full day on the property to get the most value from your stay. Although it can’t be guaranteed, as a Preferred Partner booking, you are top of the list for an early check-in if it’s available.

As its name suggests, Four Seasons Bora Bora is a great year-round destination. While January and February get the most rain, the showers pass quickly. The Four Seasons starting rates range and depend on your dates and bungalow category, anywhere between $1,500 to $5,500 per night. The nightly rate depends on when you book; the sooner, the better!

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Check-In

The Four Seasons hotel is perched on a small strip of land protected from the outer reef while maintaining tiny lagoons that are central to the resort. The sound of waves can be heard throughout the resort and from your bungalow, giving you a surreal experience where all you can see is a calm lagoon.

The check-in experience starts at the Bora Bora airport. Once you leave the airport, you are picked up by an exclusive Four Seasons boat. It’s a swift ride, about ten minutes from the airport, and it’s highly convenient when you land in Bora Bora.

On arrival at Four Seasons, you are greeted by the hotel staff and gifted fresh Tiare (Tahitian flower) lei and a welcome beverage. On departure, guests receive a Polynesian Pipi Shell lei. The entire check-in process is relatively quick, and the hotel staff will take you to your room via tour around the property while you wait for your luggage to arrive. Once you arrive in your room, you are given a tour of the room and all the different amenities in the room.

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Rooms

Every overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons hotel is suite-style, meaning you have a separate bedroom and living room. The rooms are spectacular overall, with various options based on your budget and needs. Pro-tip: Mountain View (Mount Otemanu) Overwater Bungalow Suites are most sought after!

The overwater bungalows have a large living room with walls that completely open up to a large private terrace with chaise lounges, lagoon access, and an outdoor shower. The living room features an extensive minibar, seating area, and television. The bathroom divides the living room from the bedroom and features a large bathtub open entirely to the outside.

The king bedroom is what you would expect from a top luxury hotel brand – luxurious and comfy. The whole bungalow has a fresh smell of wood and exudes a spa-like feeling. The interior of the rooms has so many natural wood accents, beautiful rugs on the floor, and incredible lighting.

The accent lighting in the room, the way they have designed their bathrooms, lighting underneath the vanity, and other accent lights on art and around the room are stunning. There are also cut-outs in the room to allow natural lighting, which creates a pleasant atmosphere. We also fell in love with the small details, like the infamous glass bottom view of the lagoon water, coffee table books, artwork, and true feeling of home.

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Food and Drink

Booking your Four Seasons reservation through Ourisman Travels gets you 100+ USD resort credits for incidentals such as food, drinks, and the spa. While you can get complimentary breakfast daily at the restaurant (Tere Nui), you can also choose to experience in-room dining, allowing you to enjoy breakfast in your bathrobe from your overwater bungalow. Pro-tip: Start your day with breakfast delivered to the private deck of your overwater bungalow in a ceremonial Polynesian canoe!

The Four Seasons Bora Bora has a full minibar in every room. What better way to apply your 100+ USD credit than from the multiple options available at the resort, from champagne to wine to cocktails. The resort refills the tea and espresso every day and it is complimentary.

With four restaurants plus special dining experiences, there’s no shortage of great dining experiences here! Plus, children four years old and under receive complimentary meals.

Facilities

The Four Seasons hotel has everything you need for a perfect beach vacation in Bora Bora. The hotel even provides a boat shuttle that goes into town; you can either do a private transfer for about $50 per person or join a shared transfer that goes daily from 12:30pm to 3:30pm for about $17 per person.

The resort also has an incredible beachfront with a pool area that is a fantastic place to hang out. The beach and pool service are what you would expect from Four Seasons including daily pool amenities such as chilled towels, ice water, Evian spritz, frozen fruit, and other iced treats.

There is no need to pay for laundry services here, as there are guest laundry services that you can access yourself for free on your pontoon!

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Activities

One of the most remarkable features of the property is the beautiful lagoons that have small beaches and sit on the white sand. Another cool thing is how Four Seasons is leaning into the marine biology aspect of their surroundings.

They have beautiful bio rocks that they have created to grow oral out of them, and they’ve actually acquired a lot of fish that have taken over these lagoons. On-site marine biologists are available for snorkeling with guests to view coral, tropical fish, and rays and explain the resort’s coral grafting. You can also borrow kayaks and paddle boards free of charge, as well as snorkel gear, and if you are lucky, you might spot the extremely rare octopus! Other activities include:

  • Circle the island by Waverunner
  • Scuba diving
  • Tennis and ping pong
  • Teen program at Chill Island, which also includes marine biology activists
  • Swim with stingrays and sharks
  • Polynesian adventure with the hotel’s exclusive Kids For All Seasons program for ages 5-12

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Book Your Four Seasons Vacation With Ourisman Travel

Ourisman Travel clients can enjoy value-added amenities such as complimentary breakfast daily, resort credits, and more:

  • Mornings with free breakfast for you and your preferred partner
  • A complimentary room upgrade, based on availability at check-in
  • A 100+ USD resort credit towards incidentals such as food and beverage or the spa
  • Early check-in/ late check-out based on availability

Here are some of the current promotions at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora:

  • “Stay longer – Fourth Night Free” through December 31, 2023. Spend more time experiencing the very best of Bora Bora – it’s on us.
  • “Room to relax – 50% off a Second Suite” through December 31, 2023. Tag your family and friends for a private island getaway and enjoy 50% off a second Overwater Bungalow Suite.

Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply and our value-added amenities apply to both promotions and are exclusively available by booking through us.

For more information on Four Seasons Bora Bora, reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form.

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Hotel Spotlight: Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is one of five Ritz-Carlton Reserve properties – the brand’s most luxurious and secluded resorts. The exclusive Reserve resorts are set in exotic locations around the world, nestled within the natural beauty of each destination. Each Reserve property promises a personalized and unique experience based entirely on each guest’s preferences. 

Open in 2019, Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is a Mexican paradise perched in the dunes of Puerto Los Cabos. Travelers can enjoy the remote escape, yet are still within reach of downtown San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. 

Upon arrival at the 115-room property, guests are welcomed with a cold towel and nutritious drink upon arrival. You are then greeted by your Tosoani, also known as your private butler, who whisks you away to your room for your check-in experience. Your Tosoani is your dedicated butler who you are able to communicate with directly to ensure all of your needs and desires are met during your stay.

Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Zadún, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The collection of rooms, villas, and suites are designed to blend indoor and outdoor living. The Ocean View King Rooms are the entry-level “rooms” here starting at an impressive 750 square feet. Rooms in this category with even numbers are on the ground floor and have outdoor showers, but may not have as great of an ocean view. Second-level rooms with odd numbers do not have outdoor showers but will have better ocean views. The room design combines the perfect blend of modern elements with Mexican artistry and nature. Each room is complete with a plunge pool and paired with complimentary beach hats and bags for you to use while on the property and to bring home with you as a keepsake. And 24-hour in-room dining means enjoying meals on your terrace next to your plunge pool at any hour! What better what to spend your $150 STARS resort credit?

While the beach on this property is not considered one of the swimmable beaches in Cabo, the resort is comprised of three pools – the infinity pool, adult pool, and spa pool, along with the private pools in every room, suite, and villa. With a focus on wellness at this resort, your stay wouldn’t be complete without recharging at the Alkemia Spa with treatments that include a sound bath, massage, facial, body scrub, and more. One of the most unique aspects is the Savasana Sound Room which is an aromatherapy inhalation room for post-treatment resting.

There are several different dining options at Zadun, each with a unique Latin American flare. Humo, the main restaurant, is an Argentinean-inspired grill, with endless steak and seafood options. El Barrio, where you can enjoy your complimentary breakfast for two daily, has a Mexican street market feel, with huevos rancheros in the morning and endless tacos throughout the day. And Equis is the adults-only raw bar where the food menu is based solely on the catch of the day, with offerings including Chocolata Clams, Baja Oysters, and a variety of ceviches among others.

The service is on par with what you would expect from a luxury hotel, with the added bonus of your Tosoani who plays a rather large role in the overall service experience. Most importantly, this resort truly has something for everyone. This option is great for honeymooners (hello private plunge pools!), couples traveling together, groups, and families with children of all ages. Guests here can expect complete privacy thanks to incredible room design, while also enjoying the resort’s public amenities.

And while you can’t redeem or earn Marriott points here, Ourisman Travel clients can enjoy value-added STARS amenities such as complimentary breakfast, resort credits, and more. For more information on Zadun or other luxury hotels in Los Cabos, reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form!

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Hotel Spotlight: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas

four seasons resort los cabos at costa palmas

Located between the desert, mountains, and sea on the East Cape of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas feels remote, yet, is just 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport. Situated on two miles of pristine shoreline, guests enjoy breathtaking views of the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains.

On your scenic, short drive from the airport, there are two points of interest worth stopping at if you’d like to add some exclusive experiences to your arrival. First stop, homemade, organic ice cream at Charly’s! Order the soursop guanabana flavor for an authentic taste. Next stop, pull over just past Santiago at the 23.5 degree north parallel to visit and cross over the Tropic of Cancer. This plaza is marked by two sculptures, an oversized globe, and a small chapel filled with flowers and candles.

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas has something to offer for every type of traveler. Guests can relax at any of the seven swimming pools – including a lap pool, two family pools, one adult pool, and three arroyo pools. Those who prefer a swimmable beach experience will not be disappointed in the stretch of beach with endless water sports options. The resort also has an exclusive marina on property that offers privately chartered yachts for sunset cruising, fishing, or whale watching. After an early desert dune ATV tour, enjoy an elevated spa experience at the Oasis Spa, which provides a variety of healing treatments using local products. Other amenities include a massive sports complex with a gym, basketball court, and tennis courts.

Ready to take your next golf destination trip? We would be remiss if we didn’t highlight the private Costa Palmas Golf Club on property. This exclusive 18-hole championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II features a one-of-a-kind “dunescape” paired with sea and desert views. And what’s better than tacos and margaritas on the 13th hole at Lucha Libre? Complimentary tacos and margaritas, that is! All golfers playing Costa Palmas Golf Club enjoy complimentary food and beverages (including alcohol) at the unique on-course venues – Lucha Libre, Bouchie’s, and the 19th Hole food truck. Here you can play 18-holes for 250 USD per person… and as many tacos and margaritas as your heart desires! To expand on your unique golf experience, you can also add a private caddie for a small fee.

four seasons resort los cabos at costa palmas golf

Those seeking adventure off property have the opportunity to snorkel in the Sea of Cortez, described as ‘the aquarium of the world’ because of its abundant reefs and sea life. Through our Hotel Plus Concierge Assistance service, we can also help arrange for trips to hike, mountain bike, and zipline in the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains, and explore Sol de Mayo’s swimmable waterfalls and hot springs. 

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas’ contemporary architecture mixed with native landscaping creates a sanctuary for guests to recharge. The exclusive Three-Bedroom Beachfront Presidential Villa, complete with a kitchen and three plunge pools, is the ideal setting for a luxurious group or family stay. The expansive Residences, Suites, and guest rooms combine a modern, Indigenous-inspired design and panoramic ocean views to highlight the natural beauty of Baja. Out of the 141 rooms on property, the most popular accommodation among our clients is the Oceanfront Room With Plunge Pool. Insider tip – for this specific accommodation, ask your trusty travel advisor to request building 2500, as this room location is closest to and faces directly towards the beach!

four seasons resort los cabos at costa palmas poolside amenity

The restaurants at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas incorporate local seafood and traditional Mexican flavors for an authentic dining experience. With a property so secluded, you can expect a wide array of dining options on property. Stroll through the resort’s shopping village and pick up your morning coffee at Ginger’s cafe while window shopping. After your complimentary breakfast, you’ll want to save room to enjoy churros and crepes later in the afternoon at Ginger’s mobile food cart. Dine poolside at Casa De Brasa (insider tip – order the nachos!), enjoy al fresco dining in the lemon grove garden at Limón (insider tip – arrive early to enjoy a cocktail just before sunset), or dine at the finest and famous Estiatorio Milos to enjoy the finest Mediterranean seafood.

Ourisman Travel’s clients can enjoy elevated VIP treatment when booking their stay at Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas and additional Team O perks like complimentary breakfast, resort credits, and more. For more information on Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas or other luxury hotels in Los Cabos, reach out to our team at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a travel request form!

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Virtuoso Booking Tool for International Clients

When you check in, you’re a VIP with the hotel simply because you’ve booked with Ourisman Travel. Our Virtuoso Booking Tool gives you instant Virtuoso access with a click of a button, on your time, where you can receive VIP amenities and upgrades on your own. This is what we call – you book, we VIP:

  • Mornings that start with complimentary breakfast for two.
  • A complimentary room upgrade, based on availability at check-in.
  • A 100+ USD resort credit towards incidentals such as food and beverage or the spa.
  • Early check-in / late check-out, based on availability.

However, if you live abroad, you might be wondering if you can still select us as your advisor on the Virtuoso Booking Tool. When logged in to Virtuoso, many international clients struggle to select us as “My Advisor”. However, by following the quick steps below, you will be able to successfully select us as your advisor on the Virtuoso.

  1. Log in to the Virtuoso Booking Tool with your credentials or register a new account.
  2. Upon logging in, click this private Virtuoso link.
  3. Navigate to or click find rates and availability here.
  4. Search for the hotel you want to book, insert dates, and click book on the room type of your choice.
  5. Next, an image should prompt with a note to accept David Ourisman as your travel advisor. Click continue booking
  6. It will then proceed to a Complete Payment Information page to confirm your booking.
  7. At this point, you have formally selected us as your travel advisor for the Virtuoso Booking Tool. On your profile page, don’t worry if My Advisor is empty. Just make sure you are logged in to Virtuoso and we will automatically default as your travel advisor for any Virtuoso booking you make! 

Enjoy hotel shopping, and we hope to see your Virtuoso.com reservation in our inbox soon!

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Travel Inspiration: Caribbean Villas

As the world continues to reopen and countries loosen their travel restrictions after years of limitations due to COVID, we are seeing travel trends changing, and one trend we are very excited about is the increased interest in Caribbean villas. More and more clients are reaching out to inquire about booking stays at villas throughout the Caribbean and we are so excited by these requests that we wanted to share some of our favorite Caribbean villas.

First on the list is Triton Villa in Turks & Caicos. This expansive villa offers guests a truly over-the-top luxury experience. From the contemporary design that invites the turquoise waters indoors to the stunning infinity pool to the attentive service of the staff, this villa truly stands out. Perfect for large group getaways such as couples trips or family reunions, Triton Villa is a stunning option if you are looking to book a Caribbean villa.

Turks & Caicos has an abundance of villas and Sail Rock Resort has a wide range of options for those who might not want something as opulent as Triton. Secluded in South Caicos 40 miles southeast of Providenciales, there is a beachfront villa for everyone spanning from 1,840 square feet to 5,992 square feet and ranging from one to four bedrooms. At this remote resort, your confirmed rate includes complimentary round-trip airfare to and from Providenciales to South Caicos. Believe us when we say the extra flight is well worth the one and a half miles of private beachfront complimenting each villa’s warm, clean aesthetic, large terrace, and private pool.

While the Bahamas might feel very overdone to the well-versed traveler, we encourage those who turn away from the island nation to reconsider and take a look at Harbour Island, specifically the Three Bees Villa. This stunning Caribbean villa is more of a luxury compound than a traditional villa. The main house, Villa Bee, features 8 bedrooms and the beach cottage has two more, with the ability to accommodate up to 20 guests. In addition to incredible service and the luxury of total privacy, this villa comes with its own 37-foot cruiser for guests to use for days spent on the gorgeous ocean waters.

If the European Caribbean feel is more your vibe, look no further than the twin villas Villa Rockstar & Villa Nina at Eden Rock St Barths, an Oetker Collection hotel. These villas can be rented individually or together to accommodate larger groups, with Villa Rockstar accommodating 12 guests and Villa Nina accommodating up to 6. Both properties come with their own pools, private beach, dedicated butler, private chef, and staff whose aim is to satisfy any request, big or small. By booking these villas with Ourisman Travel, your reservation includes access to our exclusive Pearl Partner amenities.

With new nonstop flights from Miami, off the beaten path in the Caribbean is the island of Anguilla. This island is a favorite of ours, especially for those who have visited other islands several times, think repeat Turks & Caicos vacations, and want to explore something new and different while still enjoying the Caribbean feel. Here, the Sea, Sky & Sand Villas are our favorite for larger groups! All three villas have 5 bedrooms and can be rented together to create a villa compound or can be rented individually for smaller getaways. We love this property for multigenerational family getaways or celebratory trips among friends.

To learn more about how to book a Caribbean villa and how Ourisman Travel can help you find the perfect fit for your needs, reach out to the team via email at team@ourismantravel.com or complete our Travel Request Form.

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