Hotel Spotlight: Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve

Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Ourisman Travel returned to one of our favorite properties, Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, to check out how the acclaimed property rose from the wreckage. And it is safe to say Dorado Beach did not disappoint. In fact, one might say that the property came back better than ever and is more than ready to welcome guests back to this one of a kind destination.

Dorado Beach has held the distinction as one of the most special destinations in the Caribbean for decades and its history dates back to the 1950s when it first opened as a resort. While the property has changed hands several times in its long life, it has always been geared towards eco-friendly luxury. The property opened under the Ritz Carlton umbrella in 2012 as the first Reserve in the Americas and from the start it was wildly successful. After Hurricane Maria in 2015, Ritz Carlton decided to expedite its 7-year renovation plan and, on top of reconstructing the 1,400 acres of damaged grounds, a complete interior renovation was put underway. It is apparent that no expense was spared in the revitalization project.

The guest rooms, which are more like private villas than a traditional room one finds at other hotels, feature a light and fresh color palette and all of the updated tech that luxury travelers are used to finding. Each room features ocean views seen through floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that open to either a private balcony or terrace. As if this isn’t enough to make any guest swoon, private plunge pools that align with the beachfront can be found in most of the 114 rooms. And to top it off, each room comes with its own Embajador who provides butler and concierge services and will go above and beyond to perform sterling service and ensure all guests’ needs are met.

Families that want to visit Dorado Beach can take advantage of 29 Reserve Residences that have direct beach access and are within walking distance to the properties guest facilities, though a golf cart is provided for each residence as well. These residences are spacious and offer full kitchens, living areas, and up to 5 bedrooms. If guests don’t feel like cooking in the kitchens they are able to hire a private chef to take care of their meals. For an ultra special experience, guests can book Su Casa – an 8,000 square foot home that comes with its own full-sized pool and plenty of space to accommodate larger groups.

Clients of Ourisman Travel can take advantage of our great relationship with Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve, and our incredible Virtuoso Amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom at COA
  • $150.00 Resort credit to be utilized during stay (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 how to book your stay at Dorado Beach and how Ourisman Travel can elevate your experience please email or fill out a Travel Request Form! Paradise awaits!

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2020 Trips for Couples: Romantic Getaways

With travel put on hold, romantic getaways have been put on the backburner for many couples. We have all faced one of the two harsh realities – our partner at home with us all day or our partner away from home all day. Both of these extremes call for a much needed and deserved vacation! As the travel world slowly begins to reopen, your chance to reconnect as a couple with a romantic getaway is now within touch.

Let us help you make sure you do it right after months of sheltering in place. Choose a resort that’s both cozy and expansive a beautiful bedroom, maybe with jacuzzi tub, perhaps even a fireplace, for your time together but also enough activities to enjoy either together or individually. While one of you plays golf or tennis, the other enjoys the spa. While one of you snorkels, the other visits an art gallery or historical museum. Set aside time for yourselves as a couple and for each of you as individuals to pursue your favorite pastimes. In the timeless words of Khalil Gibran “let there be spaces in your togetherness.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is one of our favorite properties for romance and reconnection. This Lowcountry escape in coastal South Carolina, offers eight dining options, three pools, a spa, and loads of activities including golf, tennis, boating, biking, kayaking, fishing, waterskiing, equestrian activities and more.

Ourisman Travel clients can enjoy these exclusive amenities when they book a stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff via our partnership with Virtuoso:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not valid on products, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Meadowood Napa Valley, in the heart of Wine Country just north of San Francisco, offers 85 cottages nestled in a forest of Live Oak trees. Including a three-Michelin-star dining and a world-class spa, you can enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, croquet, and hiking on the property. Venture out to St. Helena for shopping, or explore some of the world’s best wineries. Nothing says romantic getaway like sharing a bottle of wine wrapped in a fluffy robe & taking in the sights on Napa Valley!

Clients of Ourisman Travel benefit from value-added amenities at Meadowood Napa Valley via our partnership with Virtuoso:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A $50.00 credit towards daily breakfast in The Grill or via room service for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Welcome amenity of a box of handcrafted Napa Valley Chocolates
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Four Seasons Hualalai, on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, is one of our very favorite resorts in the world. We recommend couples stay in Palm Grove, a secluded crescent facing a palm-tree shaded lawn and the adults-only Tranquility Pool. Five dining outlets, seven swimming areas, an extensive spa, golf, tennis, snorkeling in Kings Pond, Cultural Center, and morning fitness walks can fill your days. Or just relax on the beach.

Our clients receive great amenities at all Four Seasons properties through our close partnership with the Four Seasons Preferred Partner program:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • Spa credit of USD100 once during stay (not applicable to products)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)
  • Welcome note at check-in acknowledging you and your travel agency and the amenities that are being extended
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms; complimentary premium Internet in all suites
  • 4 pm late check-out based on availability and guaranteed 4 pm late check-out on all over-water suites and villas for reservations of 7 or more nights
  • Complimentary shared round-trip airport boat transfers for two guests with reservations of five or more nights

Ready to rediscover romance with your partner? Reach out to us at team@ourismantravel or submit a Travel Request Form and our team will get to work finding the perfect property to foster reconnection!

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Exploring Ireland in Luxury

Ireland is more than just a destination – it’s a feeling. It’s the thrill of standing on top of towering sea cliffs and daring yourself to look down. It’s the warmth of a traditional pub session, where the locals pull you up out of your seat to dance. It’s the cool touch of ancient stones and the intoxicating flavors of artisan food exploding in your mouth. There are many ways to tackle exploring Ireland, and we are here to help guide you in your quest for an Irish spin on luxury travel.

Here at Ourisman Travel, we are seeing more and more of our clients looking to take multigenerational trips to Ireland to discover their family roots through genealogy. Even those with no family ties are still looking to visit Ireland, as it has become a can’t-miss destination in Europe. Take a trip with us as we outline our dream itinerary to the Emerald Isle.

Getting There

Ireland offers three major airports spread across the country, helping you get in and out with ease. Ireland’s largest airport where most roundtrip tickets take you is the at the airport hub in Dublin. Airports in Shannon (Galway) and Belfast also provide international travelers a way to get in/out of the country while avoiding Dublin. When you do arrive in Ireland, we highly recommend renting a car to get around the country with ease.

We recommend starting out your trip in Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK), which has seen a huge spike in tourism in recent years. From Game of Thrones filming locations, to music festivals, to murals and wall art, there’s plenty going on for such a compact city. Without further ado, here are just a few of our favorite things about Northern Ireland’s capital. 

Belfast was the birth place of the infamous Titanic, and you will want to check out the new Titanic Museum. Take a step back in time and learn all about how the Titanic was built, the laborers who created the famous ‘unsinkable’ ship, and how its sinking affected the entire city and the ship building industry across the world. 

The biggest must-do in Northern Ireland is to hop in a rental car and head up to the Giant’s Causeway. The Causeway is a place where myth and science meet. Here, spectacular basalt columns were formed through the rapid cooling of lava from an underwater volcano, or, as some may say, were created by the legendary mythical Irish giant, Finn McCool. After you visit the Causeway, head over to old Bushmills Whiskey, which is the oldest licensed whiskey distillery in the world, for lunch and a tasting.  If you want the full Northern Ireland experience, be sure to check out Dunluce Castle. This castle is just a few minutes from the Giant’s Causeway and provides some of the most iconic scenery in all of Ireland. 

Our top recommend hotel in the Belfast area is the Culloden Estate. This is the most prestigious hotel in Northern Ireland. The house was originally built as the official palace for the Bishops of County Down; today, it boasts a regal atmosphere, brimming with antiques, original artwork and sumptuous accommodations, and the property is just 15 minutes outside of downtown.

Accommodations in downtown Belfast can be a little tricky to navigate, but if you want to be in the heart of Belfast we would recommend the Grand Central Belfast. This hotel property is right next to city hall and has Belfast’s best pub, the Crown Liquor Saloon, right in its back yard. 

Dublin is a lively capital city that’s as intimate as a village and as friendly as your local Irish pub. With its seamless blend of classic visitor sights, excellent social scene and the natural playgrounds of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains framing it on all sides, this laidback city is an adventure in itself.

Dublin is a major European city with countless activities and tours. Dublin is world renewed for it pubs and live music. There is no better place in the city to experience this besides the Temple Bar area. This neighborhood is filled with multiple bars on each block, all with some sort of live music on any given night. Of course, a trip to Dublin would not be complete without a trip to the Guinness brewery and storehouse. For any whiskey enthusiast, the Jameson Distillery on Bow Street is only a few blocks away from Guinness. 

In terms of accommodations, in the city we have two favorites. The first being the Merrion Hotel.The Merrion, Dublin’s most stylish five-star hotel, is perfectly located in the city center. Housed in four Georgian townhouses and a contemporary Garden Wing, its bedrooms and suites surround two 18th-century-style gardens. Stunningly restored interiors provide the perfect backdrop for one of Ireland’s most impressive private art collections.

We are also quite fond of The Shelbourne. This exceptional luxury property is set in a hundreds-year-old building and is the premier city centre hotel in Dublin. The hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green, and is minutes from Dublin’s most famous attractions, including Trinity College, shopping on Grafton Street and the Spire.

To really experience Ireland, you will want to get away from the big cities to explore the quaint small towns and green pastures that have made Ireland famous for its emerald color. The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs, buzzing towns, hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Sitting on the coast in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way is Galway. Galway has a reputation for art, creativity and a sense of adventure that’s hard to find anywhere else. From music and horse-racing to literature and oysters, Galway is bursting with festivals and fun. So it’s no wonder Galway has been picked as one of Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities in the world to visit.

As travel advisors, the number one question we receive when we are planning a trip to Ireland is “How do we stay in a castle?” Well, we have you covered, with some of the most luxurious castle stays in Ireland all around the Galway area.  The most famous castle accommodation is Ashford Castle. This 13th-century castle is located 45 minutes from Galway city. Once the Estate of Lord Ardilaun and the Guinness family, Ashford opened as a luxury hotel in 1939. This multi-award-winning property has been voted “Best Hotel in the World” by Virtuoso. Enjoy extraordinary dining experiences and fine Irish cuisine, watch hawks soar at Ireland’s first School of Falconry, and restore inner peace at the state-of-the-art spa. Warm smiles will greet you at every turn from the extraordinary characters of the castle.

Dromoland Castle is another wonderful castle option. It is one of the few castle hotels that can trace its ownership back through history to Gaelic Irish families of royal heritage. The castle offers its guests deluxe accommodations and the experience of living like the gentry, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, absolute luxury and exceptional service. The castle is just 8 miles from Shannon Airport, making it an ideal base from which to explore the exceptional beauty of the Shannon region. The castle is also close to the rugged magnificence of the Burren and the vibrant cities of Limerick and Galway.

A can’t-miss activity on the Wild Atlantic way is seeing the Cliffs of Moher. When you make your pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Moher, you’re coming for one of two things: the staggering height of the rock face, and the even more staggering beauty of the views from the top. Soaring to 214m, the striated stone reaches its long fingers southward to counties Cork and Kerry beyond, with a keen eye from O’Brien’s Tower even able to spot the Aran Islands to the north.

Ireland is a relatively small country but you can easily spend two weeks here and still have more major highlights to see. Here are some additional areas that are worth considering:

  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula 
  • Cork
  • Killarney
  • Aran Islands 
  • Skellig Michael

Here at Ourisman Travel, we work tirelessly to partner with the best hotels and tour providers all over the world, and Ireland is no different. Our close relationships with our preferred vendors allow us to deliver the ultimate VIP experience for you. We elevate your trip experience through communicating all of your details and preferences to the vendors, and we work with our partners to create a little extra magic for you throughout your trip. You’ll see the results of our valued partnerships during travel in both the large and small details – from a surprise gift or itinerary addition to exceptional turndown service at the end of a long day of touring.

When you contact us regarding your Ireland trip, we will design a fully curated travel itinerary, especially for your trip, adding elements that will make your trip to the Emerald Isle a trip you will never forget. Many of our clients opt for our Tailored Luxury service when planning a trip to Ireland to ensure all of their logistics are handled seamlessly and to ensure unique & special experiences.  Reach out to team@ourismantravel or fill out a Travel Request Form to get started on your Ireland adventure!

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Babymoon Inspiration

During pregnancy, there’s nothing a woman wants to do more than relax and be pampered. Life is about to get a lot more hectic, so taking the extra time for R&R is very important. This is the concept of a Babymoon exists and has become so popular. Babymoons are what many could call a honeymoon 2.0, a time to get away for expecting moms and their partners to reconnect before welcoming their new baby into the world.  Whether you travel early in your pregnancy to a faraway destination or stay closer to home as your due date approaches, there are a variety of hotels and resorts that will meet your needs. We have highlighted some properties with particularly luxurious spas, special offer packages and amenities specifically for the parents-to-be. Though there is no one perfect destination to take that last getaway, these destinations should be on your babymoon bucket list.


Ah, the Bahamas…someplace warm, not too hot, especially if you make this a winter getaway. It’s the perfect temperature to avoid too many layers. Experience blue skies, sunshine and average temps in the high 70s. The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar or Rosewood Baha Mar set you right on the crystal blue waters where you can sit back and relax in a beach chair or at your private poolside cabana. You can also try your luck at the casino or simply hit the spa, get a massage or facial and sip on a mocktini. Leaving any stress, care or worries behind.


It’s fairly obvious that Hawaii would make for a perfect babymoon destination; especially if you’re flying from the west coast. With nonstop options from most west coast airports, travel is a breeze. Here, you’ve got comfortable temperatures year-round, and you have a selection of islands. Oh, and there’s plenty of spas, time to soak in the sun, eat fresh, healthy food, and take long coastal walks. 

We cannot picture a more perfect babymoon than one at the Four Seasons Maui or Mauna Lani. The Four Seasons Maui has thought of everything to make soon to be mommas feel extra comfortable. From neonatal massages in the spa to the 15, 30 and 50 SPF available complimentarily at every pool, so you never have to worry about getting too much sun on your bump. Mauna Lani offers serenity and tranquility through nature. But this spot is especially good for the father-to-be, with a beautiful golf course.


You’re craving to get your toes in the sand but don’t want to travel far or require a passport? Florida is a great destination for you! Amelia Island is the perfect spot in Florida to take your babymoon, located in the northernmost part of East Florida. It provides a Southern flair with pristine beaches, Spanish moss, Victorian-era architecture, and pirate folklore. Amelia Island is a natural paradise with a variety of Natural Parks to keep you entertained and active during your stay; you’ll spot wildlife and comb the beaches. At the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, the spa offers a variety of treatments; the 60-minute “Mellow Mama” provides a complete body massage using specific prenatal techniques to increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles and reduce water retention.

Mothers-to-be should also consider their babymoon in Palm Beach. Especially if golden sand and gorgeous weather sound like the way to relax before the baby arrives, check into the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Here, babymooners will experience sophisticated personalized services.


Take your babymoon to Mexico, where resorts have revolutionized the concept of all-inclusive and specialize in caring for soon to be mothers…and even fathers to be. Thus there is no better place to surrender your schedule than a luxury resort in Mexico, enjoying scenic coastlines, waterfront pools, and luxury spas.

There’s nothing like an ultra-luxury all-inclusive resort to keep a mama-to-be happy, and Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit is a top choice for babymoons. The resort is home to a leading spa offering more than 30 treatments, including the Maternal Caress, a prenatal massage that promises to foster a connection between mom and baby by way of natural balms and essential oils. You can also take a swim in the oceanfront infinity pool and sip on virgin fruit daiquiri at the swim-up bar.


If you’re looking to have the most romantic escape before you become a family of three (or more), French Polynesia is the spot to hit. Experience overwater bungalows, volcanic stone massages and the best rejuvenation you could ask for before your life takes a turn!

At The Four Seasons Bora Bora, you can expect golf carts at the ready to take you from your bungalow wherever you want to go. The resort offers a variety of activities and off-property excursions but if you are further along in your pregnancy and want to maximize your time at your own pace, enjoy snorkeling in the lagoon, & hanging out in your bungalow. 

Another great option among the many fabulous resorts in Bora Bora is the St. Regis. The effortless elegance of this luxury hotel brings you personalized service and memorable experiences. Stay in overwater bungalows with Butler service. Simply press the butler button on the telephone and request what you need. Wake up with a cup of orange juice and full breakfast. Best of all, have it delivered to your personal deck overlooking your private pool and ocean. We don’t know what is better than that!


If sun and sand aren’t speaking to you, consider hopping across the pond for your babymoon getaway. The Cotswolds, nestled in England’s most beautiful countryside, Ellenborough Park is like stepping into a dreamy English fairytale! The vast manor estate provides babymooners an ideal space for relaxation and reflection. And the spa is something you won’t want to miss!

If you are more of a city person, take your babymoon to London. The Connaught has created a blissful babymoon experience for expecting couples. Enjoy spa amenities, top-rated dining, and comfortable accommodations.

Tips for Babymoon Packing:

  • Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, so be sure to wear a stronger sunscreen than you are used to.
  • Keep a list of emergency contacts.
  • If you are traveling out of the country, make sure you create a list of local hospitals from the embassy or tourist board.
  • Consult your doctor before taking part in any “dangerous” sports, such as diving or water sports.
  • Bring a record of your medical notes, including relevant ultrasounds, with you in case you need to go into hospital or deliver early.
  • Relax and enjoy yourself on what could be your last diaper-free break for a while.

Before you know it, it will take an army to plan and pack for a vacation. This is why a babymoon is beneficial to take, so you can relax as well as reconnect with your significant other before adding on to the family. Regardless of your due date, there is a perfect getaway to celebrate the upcoming addition to your family. Where will you go? Reach out to the team at or submit a Travel Request Form for our assistance in planning a special babymoon!

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Where to go for Wellness

Have you ever returned home from a trip claiming you “need a vacation to get over your vacation?”. You wouldn’t be the only one! That’s why we’ve decided to share what you need to know about wellness travel. Travel connects us — to our planet, to its people, and to ourselves. Wellness Travel was created to recharge the body and nourish the mind. It offers the perfect balance of awe-inspiring destinations, rejuvenating activities, and healthy food experiences, helping you return home feeling even better than when you left.

Traveling for your physical or mental health isn’t a new concept, but it might have you thinking about enforced exercise, strict diets, or engaging in activities you’re just plain not interested in. Wellness travel is one of the fastest-growing areas in tourism and that means the possibilities are expanding too. Now there are many wellness retreats in breathtaking destinations boasting five-star accommodations and with a wide variety of activities centered around being well. 

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Island Hopping: The Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands are a collection of 112 islands forming the border between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Of those 112 islands, 82 belong to the United States and 30 belong to Britain. The majority of these islands remain uninhabited, with only four inhabited islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI): St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John, and Water Island, and four inhabited islands in the British Virgin Islands (BVI): Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. 

With such a wide variety of paradise destinations so close to one another, why pass up the opportunity to explore both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands in one sweep!? This is hardly just another Caribbean vacation. We’re giving you the inside scoop on our four favorite properties in the Virgin Islands! Each has its own unique personality and is well worth the visit.

Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or if it’s your first time in the Virgin Islands and you’re not sure where to start; this beginner’s guide to island hopping in the Virgin Islands is for you!

The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

An easily accessible destination and a great place to begin, as direct flights to St. Thomas arrive daily from Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Charlotte, Philadelphia, New York, Washington Dulles, and Boston. In addition, the property is located very close to Red Hook; home to the main ferry port.

Upon arrival, you will immediately feel the luxury and relaxation of the property. Set on 30 acres, the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas reopened in December 2019 after the devastations of Hurricane Maria and Irma in 2017. The property has undergone an extensive renovation, bringing forward top of the line luxury and experiences.

Overlooking the turquoise waters of Great Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is a secluded hideaway set amid stunning white-sand beaches and lush tropical gardens. This hotel’s reputation as one of the best in the USVI is well deserved, and its new makeover puts it on par with some of the best upscale resorts in all of the Caribbean. In true to old-school Ritz form, this property takes your breath away with an elegant yet chic and contemporary flavor. It is evident that not a corner of this property went unnoticed when designing with the guest in mind, always.

Necker Island

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

When traveling by ferry from St. John to Virgin Gorda, it is about an hour and a half, including one-stop on St. John to pick up passengers. Because you will be leaving the United States you will have to clear Customs and Immigration when you arrive. This typically only takes 15-20 minutes. Please note, these ferry rides do not run every day and we at Ourisman Travel are happy to help you coordinate scheduling in this journey through the Virgin Islands to be as seamless as possible!

Necker, Sir Richard Branson’s private island paradise, is a stunning and extremely private area of the Caribbean. At 74 acres, Necker sits in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and decorated with beautiful white sandy beaches. The island can be rented exclusively or you can enjoy the Necker experience by taking a room as a couple, individual or family for a 7-night stay during selected weeks throughout the year, known as ‘Celebration Weeks’.

Accommodation on Necker Island includes 11 bedrooms in the Great House, the Bali Lo complex composed of Bali Lo, Bali Buah, and Bali Kukila and a new Bali House, named, Leha Lo. There are a total of 17 bedrooms plus the bunk room on the island with space for additional guests available upon request. Beginning in December 2019, two additional rooms in the Temple House have been added, bringing the total number of rooms to 17.

The island is particularly known for The Baths, a beach area with scenic caves and “baths” – small pools of pristine water hidden between the caves. Although the caves do require a bit of climbing up and down, young kids successfully are able to experience, deeming it an appropriate excursion for most ages. Necker Island is just about as exclusive as it gets! Be sure not to miss out on Necker’s famous floating sushi bar in the beach pool!

As a Virtuoso property, booking this property with Ourisman Travel will grant you the following additional amenities for your stay at Necker Island:

  • Daily full breakfast
  • Two complimentary one-hour massages (applies to lead couple only). Valid for adults 16 years or older
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Now that you’ve made your way to Virgin Gorda, we highly recommend spending time at one of our favorites, Rosewood Little Dix Bay! This is the final stop on our Virgin Islands island-hopping adventure. An eco-friendly resort, Rosewood Little Dix Bay was one of the first Caribbean resorts to promote sustainable luxury. This beachside retreat is situated on one of the Caribbean’s finest shorelines. The luxury resort is in harmony with its surrounding nature of Virgin Gorda, an island of volcanic origin featuring rugged hills, quiet coves, and unspoiled beaches.

A haven of tranquility, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is home to only 80 rooms, offering an escape from the ordinary. To this day, the island remains largely undeveloped and it is for this reason why we love it so much! This legendary property recently reopened after undergoing a multi-million-dollar, four-year renovation. Local cultural motifs and indigenous materials have been incorporated into the resort’s architecture. A unique offering of this resort is their complimentary Beach Drops; water taxis to seven local beaches with a prepared gourmet picnic lunch for you to enjoy in luxurious seclusion!

As a Rosewood Elite property and partner of Ourisman Travel, you have the opportunity to take advantage of these additional amenities during your stay:

  • Complimentary one-category upgrade upon arrival, based on availability
  • Daily Full American breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
  • $125 USD food and beverage credit
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

As for your return home, the easiest route is to take a ferry back to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, flying home from there. You can get from Virgin Gorda to St. Thomas by ferry in about an hour and a half. The ferry dock in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas is only a 10-minute drive from the St. Thomas airport.

We are happy to assist you in coordinating all the aspects of your island-hopping adventure! Send us an email at or submit a Travel Request Form and we’ll take care of the rest!

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Honeymoon Planning With a Travel Advisor

Wedding planning is an extremely stressful time for engaged couples and that stress often causes honeymoon planning to take a backseat. Just like there are benefits to using a wedding planner, using a travel advisor to plan and book your honeymoon can alleviate some of the stress leading up to the big day.

It is often said that the wedding itself is not truly for the bride and groom, but rather for the people in their lives that want to celebrate them. The honeymoon on the other hand is only for the bride and groom, providing relaxation and reprieve from the stress building up to the big day. This is where the benefit of using a travel advisor comes into play. Knowing how special this trip is for newlyweds, we always encourage our honeymooners to off load the stress of planning their honeymoon and allow us to take on the planning process.

At Ourisman Travel we typically approach honeymoon planning through our Tailored Luxury program and always kick things off with a phone call to get a sense of the both the individual personalities and the couple’s personality. From there we work to design an itinerary that captures the things that are important to them with special touches throughout to reflect their identity as a newly married couple. From touchdown to takeoff we ensure a seamless experience for our honeymooners knowing that after the whirlwind of wedding planning it is a relief to have everything set up for you.

With more couples leaning away from vacations built around sitting on a beach for a week and focusing on more unique, personalized trips using a travel advisor has never been more crucial for couples planning their honeymoons. Travel advisors facilitate both sides of the honeymoon planning process; getting to know the couple and personalizing an itinerary to their personalities and working to make sure everything runs smoothly once the honeymoon finally happens. From narrowing down dream destinations, navigating budgets and finding experiences personal to both the bride and groom, a travel advisor is your best resource for planning the honeymoon of your dreams.

To learn more about how Team Ourisman tackles honeymoon planning, or to start planning your honeymoon email the team at or fill out our Travel Request Form!

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Introducing Travel to Children from Home

Family vacations are a time when the typical day to day routines are put to the side and your time is spent exploring the wonders of the world around you. The worry of getting chores and homework completed are gone and replaced with the joy of immersing your family in a new surrounding while making unforgettable memories. And just because travel isn’t always a guaranteed luxury, there are plenty of ways to provide the feels of travel to your children without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Take creating a special dish from a country you’ve always wanted to explore or even pulling out a trusty atlas to explore the endless options of travel. We’ve come up with a list of 5 easy ways to introduce your kids to a world of travel from your very own home!

1. Use the Wonders of Disney to Help Explore the World

The magic of Disney definitely lies in the characters and stories their movies bring to life. But within each of those stories, depicts a very real-world destination and experience.

Before Peter Pan takes off to Neverland, the story begins in the Darling home which is set in London, England. And while the majority of Finding Nemo takes place underwater, the lovable clownfish emerges from the waters in front of the Sydney Harbour skyline. There’s no better way to relate international travel to a child than through a movie that’s near and dear to their hearts. Grab your children’s favorite Disney movie and talk about the destination each character lived in. 

Another way to experience the wonder of Disney – breakfast with Goofy & Pals… at home! Those of you who have stayed at the Four Seasons Orlando know that this is one of the most popular Disney experiences on property! Disney characters come by for the best character meal in Disney World. What better way to recreate this experience than to relive your inner childhood yourself? You can order Disney adult costumes through Amazon and create your own breakfast with Goofy & Pals with your children. Whether you’re Goofy, Aladin or Elsa, your children are sure to be inspired by this little breakfast surprise! In the end, you may even find out that you might have had more fun…

Perhaps these Disney experiences may inspire you to plan your next family vacation at Disney’s Newest Land, Four Seasons OrlandoFor the quality of food and valuable time with characters, it is undoubtedly the best value of the other options at Disney World. And after all, watching Peter Pan and Find Nemo in the pool for a Dive-In Movie sounds like the perfect family getaway to reconnect outdoors and let the pros do the entertaining!

2. Immerse your Family in the Culture through Food and Dance

Part of traveling to another country is experiencing the culture like a true local. And a huge part of that is through the food and music each uniquely offers. Italy is known for its exquisite pasta and Neapolitan pizza, France for their crusty croissants and sugary macaroons and we can’t forget Mexico for their flakey empanadas or tangy guacamole. One bite of a dish and you can be transported through time to that exact destination.

Ask Alexa to play “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin and gather all the ingredients for a tasty Italian dish. You will be creating lasting family memories while showing your children how to cook like a true local.

You can also taste the world from home with recipes for cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and more from our favorite luxury hotels around the world. Try whipping up an El Diablo Cocktail from One&Only Palmilla, Jerk Chicken from the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, and definitely the (Ourisman Travel tasted and approved) Paella from Park Hyatt Mallorca… YUM!

3. Explore the World through a Trusty Map

In a world where technology rules our life, the thought of pulling out a physical atlas may seem obsolete to most of us. But what better way to show your children the big world we live in than with a large map spread out along your kitchen table. Let your children press their finger to the page and wherever they land, talk about the destination and the fun experiences it would bring to your entire family. Take it one step further and log onto Google Earth. Showing your children live images of each destination and even talking about the travel journey it would take to get there will have them transported to a new place in their mind.

4. Build LEGO Kits

Let’s face it – as a parent of young children, spending time inside means finding activities to fill the hours until naptime or bedtime. What better time than now to assemble LEGO kits? Your children will learn about shapes, colors, sizes, but most importantly, you can work together as a team (family) and learn about international landmarks and destinations! As your children get older, they might begin to appreciate the history behind these landmarks and destinations that hopefully inspire them to travel there one day with you! From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to two Harry Potter-themed landmarks in London – The Knight Bus and Hogwarts Great Hall, this is another fun and creative way to introduce your kids to a world of travel from home!

5. Create a Destination Vision Board and call it “Wanderlist”

Now that you’ve awakened your children’s travel senses all from within your own home, why not grab some magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board and have them create their own travel vision board. Let their creativity run wild as they pick out the perfect family trip to them. Each child can share their vision and what a family vacation truly means. And don’t stop there, you can even have them list what items they would pack for their dream trip! 

What’s more? Bring your family destination vision board to life through Wanderlist, a new exciting tool created by Virtuoso that enables families to plan and curate a detailed travel portfolio within the next 5 to 10 years. This tool captures the specific destinations, experiences and travel styles of each individual traveler and allows us to map out your bucket list and help plan your travel on a grand scale. Much like a financial planner maximizes financial assets to ensure an enjoyable retirement, Wanderlist helps maximize your travel opportunities, timelines, and budget. We can help you make the most of your valuable time and enable you to tackle the world in a way you may have never thought possible. To learn more about Wanderlist and the planning process involved, reach out to us at

Our family time is truly one of the most precious gifts we have. When we take a break from our daily lives and can fully devote our attention to one another, it’s a beautiful thing. Even when international travel doesn’t seem possible, there’s plenty of ways to experience the wonders our world has to offer. Give any one of these steps a try with your own family and we guarantee you’ll create little international travelers in no time!

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Just a Drive Away

Spring flowers are blooming, the days are getting warmer and longer, and you can’t help but start counting down to summer break; all signs that it’s time to start thinking about that much-needed vacation. And while hopping on a plane and jetting off to an exotic destination is always a great option, sometimes it is more feasible to travel somewhere a little closer to home. The roadtrip has long been a classic American family vacation and while the idea of driving for days and staying in roadside motels is not exactly appealing, we are here with some incredible properties that will have you packing up the car in no time!

Along the East Coast

The Cliffhouse Maine – Cape Neddick, Maine

Nestled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on the rocky coast in Southern Maine, Cliff House takes luxury right to the edge; dip into the infinity pool and bask in the views of the seaside. Here you can enjoy oceanfront dining, sailing adventures, and more, and it’s all just minutes from Ogunquit’s sandy beach and just over an hour north of Boston.

As a Virtuoso property, Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Cliffhouse Maine

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Continental Breakfast for two guests per bedroom ($60 breakfast credit per day. Gratuities not included)
  • Cliff House Maine signature “Sea Bag” tote. (Tote is made in Maine from recycled sails, $145 value)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont

A country estate, where you can take in the sites of acres of rolling hills, meadows, orchards, gardens, woods and ponds in central Vermont. Twin Farms is an adult-only property that customizes every fine detail. You can indulge in a wide variety of wines, superb meals, golf or pursue outdoor adventures.

As a Virtuoso property, Ourisman Travel is happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Twin Farms:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast
  • A gift of house-made honey with locally made pottery (value of $150 USD)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Park Hyatt New York– New York, New York

The Park Hyatt New York is a perfect getaway if you want to stay in the city; located in the heart of Midtown at 153 West 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenue, across from Carnegie Hall and steps from Central Park. After a long day of shopping and touring the city, enjoy the indoor pool, spa or just relax in your bathrobe in your room. Best of all, Fido can join you on this trip, as the hotel is dog-friendly!

As a Hyatt Prive property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Park Hyatt New York:

  • $100 USD property credit
  • One category room upgrade, subject to availability (not applicable for non-suite to suite upgrades)
  • Daily complimentary full breakfast at a hotel restaurant
  • Early check-in, subject to availability

Montage Palmetto Bluff – Bluffton, South Carolina

Montage Palmetto Bluff is Southern Charm at its finest! Imagine old oaks and Spanish moss throughout the grounds and low country boils. There are 6 restaurants and 2 bars on property, skeet shooting, boating, and biking; rest assured there is no shortage of activities on this property. Best of all, it is extremely family-friendly! Become friends with strangers and enjoy Southern Tradition at this South Carolina Paradise.

You can also read more on this property in a blog post on a recent stay of ours!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

The Inn at Perry Cabin – St. Michaels, Maryland

East Coasters, this is a luxury spot you won’t want to miss! Only an hours drive from Baltimore, located in St. Michaels Maryland. The Inn at Perry Cabin is a perfect spot for a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway for couples and features a balanced blend of spa and sport. This gem makes for a perfect east coast getaway with a good mix of Americana Charm, sense of history and place, a little sporting and activity, delicious local seafood, and plenty of downtime for relaxing.

You can also read more on this property in a blog post on a recent stay of ours!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Inn at Perry Cabin:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily continental breakfast served in the restaurant for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Hotel/Resort credit to be utilized during stay (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

Four Seasons Palm Beach– Palm Beach, Florida

Glamor and Elegance join together at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. A great escape for Floridians and a short drive from Georgia. “Take a tennis lesson, learn to surf, lounge on the beach or dine in one of three restaurants offering a unique, local experience. Enjoy Palm Beach’s best golf courses or shopping in the boutique inspired by the nearby shops of famed Worth Avenue.”

As a Preferred Partner property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Four Seasons Palm Beach:

  • Daily full American breakfast for two people per bedroom, served through In-Room Dining or in the hotel restaurant (including buffets)
  • USD 100 Resort credit (not applicable to food and beverage)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (excluding signature suites, villas, and private residences)

Through the Midwest and Western Mountain Regions

Park Hyatt Chicago– Chicago, Illinois

Take a short drive to the Windy City if you are a local to Illinois. The Park Hyatt Chicago, located near the city’s finest shopping, cultural institutions, and architectural landmarks. Explore the city, and when you get back to your room, you can still enjoy views of Lake Michigan and Water Tower Square. The city offers bustling boutiques, the iconic Lookingglass Theatre and an exceptional Arts scene. You’ll come back feeling educated.

As a Hyatt Prive property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Park Hyatt Chicago:

  • $100 USD property credit
  • One category room upgrade, subject to availability (not applicable for non-suite to suite upgrades)
  • Daily complimentary full breakfast at a hotel restaurant
  • Early check-in, subject to availability

The Lodge at Blue Sky– Wanship, Utah

Experience privacy and exclusivity hidden in the Wasatch Mountain Range near Salt Lake City Utah. Here the whole family will have something to do! Choose from horseback riding, skeet shooting, wine or whiskey tasking, taking part in a wellness retreat or simply relaxing. Here you can sit back and disconnect from busy day-to-day life.

If the ranch lifestyle sparked your interest, read more from our luxury ranch vacation blog!

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at The Lodge at Blue Sky:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Breakfast credit for two per bedroom daily ($50 maximum per person, per day, excludes alcohol)
  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (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

Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa – Tucson, Arizona

Tucked in the warm shade of the Santa Catalina Mountains of northern Tucson, AZ, the Miraval Resort and Spa has been consistently ranked as one of the world’s top destination spas by Travel + Leisure, SpaFinder and Condé Nast Traveler. So, if you are in need of pampering, this is your spot! Miraval is an inclusive destination resort, a spa designed for living life in the moment. So, feel free to put those phones away, disconnect and find pure relaxation.

As a Hyatt Privé property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa:

  • $100 USD property credit
  • One category room upgrade, subject to availability (not applicable for non-suite to suite upgrades)
  • Daily complimentary full breakfast at a hotel restaurant
  • Early check-in, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A Miraval Journal

Along the West Coast

The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel- Portland, Oregon

Take the elevator to the 8th floor, where you will realize…you’ve arrival! the Nines rests atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building and is a contemporary homage to the structure’s storied past both in its striking decor and impeccable service. This Marriott Collection Hotel is historic in nature, yet contemporary in everything else. The Nines is ideally situated in Downtown, steps from Pioneer Square and the Central Business District.

As a STARS property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at the Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Farmhouse Inn– Forestville, California

Experience the romance that is wine country. Found in the Russian River Valley and centrally located to both Sonoma and Napa Valleys, the Farmhouse Inn offers a Bed and Breakfast vibe mixed with the services of 5-star luxury. Be sure to visit the Inn’s winery partners – the 25 wineries offer complimentary VIP experiences. You can also gain insider knowledge on a day tour with one of the hotel’s sommeliers.

As a Virtuoso property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Farmhouse Inn:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full breakfast for two guests per bedroom (up to $50 daily breakfast credit)
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary hand-curated wine tasting itineraries to the top 25 hand-selected winery partners in Sonoma with all fees waived, VIP access and membership benefits as a guest of Farmhouse.

Belmond El Encanto– Santa Barbara, California

Belmond El Encanto, is Santa Barbara’s most enchanting hideaway – a California glamour perched high in the hills. Known as an iconic escape offering 92 California-styled Bungalows and the best views of the American Riviera.

You can enjoy a ride to the beach on their electric bicycles or hop on the Mercedes sprinter to taste premium wines at El Paseo in the historic Presidio neighborhood.

As a Bellini Club property and partner of Ourisman Travel, we are happy to extend the following amenities for your stay at Belmond El Encanto:

  • Fully flexible hotel or resort credit
    • US$90 per room per stay
    • US$200 per suite per stay
  • VIP welcome treats with a local taste
  • Buffet or full breakfast for 2 daily
  • Complimentary upgrade based on availability at time of check-in
  • Complimentary WI-FI access
  • A unique US$500 gift voucher when you book a US$5,000* or more holiday with Belmond.

If any of these properties piqued your interest or you’d like to hear about more of our favorite properties in the United States, send us an email at or submit a Travel Request Form on our website!

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Experience the World from Home

The long-life memories and travel experiences we experience start as just a dream or idea in our heads. There are thousands of resources to utilize when dreaming up your next trip and we are here to help comb through the web and present you with some of our favorites!

From virtual tours to global recipes to virtual views, we’ve rounded up ways to experience the world from home and help build your ultimate travel guide!

Virtual Museum Tours

From the comfort of your couch, you can experience some of the world’s most famous museums thanks to technology. Seeing it through a screen and first-hand are obviously totally different experiences but we feel it can be a pivotal step in the dreaming stage of your trip planning. You can explore some of the most famous museums virtually, including the National Museum of History, the Guggenheim, or many others we’ve found here.

Major Paris museums like the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay are virtually available to explore thanks to Google Arts and Culture. This online platform provides digital tours of over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world. Featured collections for each museum vary but most include digital exhibits as well as a “street view”.

Some institutions such as the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the San Diego Museum of Art also offer virtual tours of their own. These tours are led by museum guides, taking viewers through collections in the museum just as they would if you were there in person. Some museums have even made educational materials available to the public for free including scientific articles and videos on topics like climate change and human health. If you’re looking for information geared towards your younger ones, some museums have made science classes, games, and quizzes for kids available on the museum’s website.

Taste the World

You know what they say – pasta is always better in Italy and macaroons are never the same once you’ve tasted them in Paris. And just because the best foods of a destination may not be within reach on a daily basis for you, doesn’t mean you can’t bring the flavors to your kitchen.

We are sharing some of our favorite recipes for cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and more!

Some chefs at hotels around the world even offer virtual cooking classes! Renowned Italian chef Massimo Bottura—the restauranteur behind Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy offers his culinary insights through daily cooking classes on Instagram Live, @massimobottura . He even addresses recipe questions after making the meals from tuned-in viewers.

Watch a Travel Movie

When we think about it, we oftentimes have some amount of free time of our hands that could be put to use. Our free time can still be relaxing and restorative while also creating opportunities and new ideas for our lives, rather than wasting time away. Take a break from the news, Instagram, Netflix, (insert your time waster of choice here) and relax while watching one of our suggested travel-inspiring movies.

Context Conversations

The internet is an amazing place! Context Travel is a unique platform offering what they call “Context Conversations“. These seminars are led by scholars are a place to discover more about a destination or museum.

You can select the date and time for your seminar here, and then enjoy learning and conversation from the comfort of home! Each seminar is live and lasts about 90 minutes, with 15 to 30 minutes at the end of the session for conversation and questions. They anticipate adding more dates, times, and topics to the platform and are open to feedback as to what you might be interested in learning about!

Live Stream Views

Who said you have to leave your living room to see what’s happening around the world? Many of our favorite hotels and destinations offer live streaming so you can experience their destination in real-time!

Another New York City art institution, 92Y, has made its online archives—which contain hundreds of recordings of readings, concerts, and educational talks—free to the public during this time. Many people do not know New York City Broadway has a streaming platform, BroadwayHD. The site has a hefty archive of Broadway performances with everything from Cats (1998) and Swan Lake (2015) to Sweeney Todd (1982).

The Berlin Philharmonic, the legendary German orchestra, also offers an online video streaming service, Digital Concert Hall. Offering archival performances to home audiences, enjoy the soothing sounds of the orchestra while working or relaxation in your home.

Other major opera houses and concert halls around the world offer similar archival performances including the Paris Opera, London’s Wigmore Hall, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Children’s Virtual Activities

Do you have little ones who love learning and traveling? Sometimes kids offer us vantage points and ask questions that show us the wheels in their head are really turning in amazing ways! Here are some activities to enjoy at home for young travelers.

How would you like to experience the World from home? We’d love to know! Send us an email at or submit a Travel Request Form on our website to explore more ways to virtually travel or to get started planning your next trip!

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