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 team@ourismantravel.com 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 team@ourismantravel.com 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 team@ourismantravel.com.

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 team@ourismantravel.com 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 team@ourismantravel.com 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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10 Reasons to Use a Travel Advisor for Your Next Trip

As the internet boomed, many modern travelers turned away from brick and mortar travel agencies in favor of the ease and accessibility offered online. As the DIY traveler was introduced to sites offering wholesale deals on incredible locales, the idea of a the travel advisor going extinct became common knowledge and at the time this made sense, why would anyone use an advisor when they could do it themselves? The answer to this question is simple: the same reason people don’t cut their own hair, do their own taxes or repair their own cars – somethings are just better left to the professionals!  And while the internet has made it easier than ever for anyone to book their own travel in just a few clicks, do you really know what is written in all the fine print, what property will be the best fit for your needs or when is actually the best time of year to travel? Curating travel is the sole profession of the travel advisor and the good ones are extremely knowledgeable with connections that enhance their clients experiences and provide access to incredible value not available to the general public. Take a look at our top 10 reasons why using a travel advisor is absolutely the way to go! 

1. We are On Top of What’s New and Exciting

If you google the word “travel”, 11 billion results populate in seconds. These results can be daunting, especially when you are at the early stages of planning a trip. This is where a travel advisor comes in. We know how to get to the core of the most general trip idea and work through broader details with you to design the trip of your dreams. We are tapped into global networks and we communicate regularly with our partners and colleagues in these networks to stay up to date on the ever changing world of travel and tourism. The best part is, while a search engine is advertisement drive, travel advisors specialize in you, the client, and you get insight tailored to your needs and preferences.

2. No Hidden Charges or Getting Stuck in a Bind

Everyone loves a good deal, but is it worth it when the deal is deceptive or locks you into something you may need to change because, well, life happens? For example, Expedia’s explanation of a “specially discounted rate” seems to deem a non-refundable rate as something saving you money when in reality, it is locking you into something that is very rigid. This rate also often hides taxes and hotel fees from the price advertised. You won’t know about this unless you click the “price details” link, or until you book the room and learn that your card has been charged a non-refundable full charge of potentially several hundred dollars. 

When you book with Ourisman Travel, there are no hidden fees and we outline the hotel’s policy for you. Most hotels require little to no deposit, and the cancelation window will match the hotel’s cancelation policy. Transparency for the win!

3. Pre-Arrival Connection with the Hotel and Concierge Support

The spirit of travel itself is built around person to person connection. As travel advisors we work in an industry that is grounded in connection, building meaningful relationships and working together to showcase the best of what a destination has to offer. Through our networks and partnerships we are able to work closely with people on the ground to ensure our clients have highly personalized experiences for every trip. From organizing special welcome amenities noting a birthday or an anniversary to communicating food allergies and unique client needs, even making sure the number of pillows in a room is exact, no request is too small. Prior to your arrival, we will contact the hotel on your behalf and we are also able to personally introduce you to a concierge professional to accommodate all your pre-arrival details and requests. We’ve got you covered!

4. Exclusive Amenities and Value Added to your Stay

It’s good to have friends! Partnerships are built on trust and we don’t take that lightly. We value our partners very highly and know they will place our clients in the highest VIP status due to our close relationships with them.

We at Ourisman Travel are a boutique family-owned and operated travel consultancy affiliated with Brownell Travel ,the oldest travel agency in the US, and Virtuoso, a network of thousands of luxury hotels and tour companies that offer priority VIP services and consideration to our clients. We have many valued partnerships with vendors all over the world (over 1,300 through Virtuoso alone!) which translates into exclusive amenities and VIP status for our clients.

When you book with us, you are top of the VIP list eligible for any available upgrades and your room location will be the best of the best. What’s more, is that some luxury hotel staff will review their upcoming arrivals and will make it a point to remember your face and call you by your name. Now that’s high touch!

To learn more about all of our luxury hotel partnerships, click here! 

5. Save on Time

Sure, reading about places to go is fun — but planning a trip is hard work and you never know what to believe on the internet! Travel advisors travel the world, taking everything into consideration with their clients in mind; from the size of the rooms in hotels and cabins in cruise ships, to the dining options on-site and nearby, down to the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff on property. If we haven’t personally been where you want to go, we know someone who has. We can answer your questions quickly and accurately.

A personal Travel Advisor gives you many advantages over an impersonal computerized algorithm, otherwise known as an online travel agency (OTA), which is how websites like Expedia, Hotels.com and Orbitz work. We are specialists in our clients as well as our global partners and we can give personal advice based on our own knowledge to provide you a top-of-the-line experience.

6. Save on Stress

Did you know hotels sometimes overbook their capacity and have to walk guests? It’s an unfortunate occurrence that does happen and guests who booked through a third-party provider, such as Expedia, Booking.com, and Hotels.com will be the first to be walked. It is just like how people with status on an airline are the last to get bumped if the flight is overbooked.  

Most of our hotel relationships honor a guarantee stating the hotel will never walk one of our clients. And if something should go wrong we will personally be on the phone on your behalf, most likely with a sales manager whom we personally know, resolving any issue. Your personal travel advisor provides you with this quality of service on top of oftentimes additional amenities and VIP status.

7. There is no do-over for a vacation gone wrong.

Life is busier and more demanding than ever, and travel time is so valuable. Travel Advisors save you hours of research to build you the perfect trip, handling all the necessary details, as well as any cancelations or changes that may need attention post-booking. If you run into an issue on property, we can fix it for you on your behalf while you are still there, because we care!

8. Travel Advisors add a human element — and an element of trust.

Travel advisors are highly invested in their clients’ happiness and satisfaction. Our goal is to ensure each and every trip is packed full of positive, lifelong memories. We listen, suggest, adjust, understand and become a friend … not just a search engine or an anonymous voice. We are with you before, during and after your trip.

Google is a great resource, but it is not a travel advisor. You can get lists of the “ten best things to do” in any destination, but that can’t substitute for local, expert knowledge. What day is the museum closed? In what order should I see things? How long should I anticipate spending at each attraction? How long does it take to get somewhere? Such information can help you pace your day. But more than this, what hidden treasures await, what authentic experiences unknown by most tourists because they do not show up on a “top ten” list…

9. Like any Professional, We Really Do Know More

You can cut your own hair and do your own taxes and diagnose your symptoms on Google, but let’s face it, a professional can do it better. You can plan your own vacation, too. But a Travel Advisor can do it better! While Google is where many people begin to plan their travel, most people quickly become overwhelmed or misled. Consider us your personal shopper for travel. We can cut through thousands of possibilities and help you plan the trip of your dreams. Whether you want an African safari or a trip that lets you experience the real South America, a driving trip through the south of France or a relaxing vacation in Bora Bora, we can help … because we’re the professionals!

10. Unique and Insightful Recommendations

Travel is the greatest human adventure, an opportunity to expand our horizons by immersing ourselves in different cultures and experiencing countless different ways of being in this world. The most lasting memories of a trip are invariably those unscripted moments when we depart the beaten path and deliberately move away from where the crowds are gathered (ex. the Eiffel Tower). Simply explore! Dare to wander off in whatever direction your curiosity leads you. Explore neighborhoods where non-tourists live, work, eat, and shop. Sure, you might get lost – but what you discover while getting lost will provide the lasting memory from your trip. We promise you will never regret expanding your horizons beyond what your mind ever imagined before!

Is travel on your mind? Learn more about how Ourisman Travel can assist by reaching out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form!

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Traveling to Paradise within the United States

When you close your eyes and picture paradise, what do you see? A breathtaking view of the ocean or a desert stretching as far as you can see? A few thousand acres of peaceful countryside or somewhere in the mountains?

Sometimes we forget the brilliance The United States has to offer in landscape and experiences, and that paradise is closer than we think! When you’re feeling that itch for something different than your day-to-day hustle and want to step into your vision of paradise – don’t overlook some of our favorites within the States.

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay – Half Moon Bay, California

Prestigiously placed atop a rugged bluff overlooking 50 miles of California coastline and only 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides a magnificent backdrop to the perfect Northern California coastal vacation.

This property is a stunning destination for your next getaway! Enjoy innovative cuisine in their ocean-view restaurants, two championship golf courses and miles of walking trails in the most romantic setting of Northern California. What makes this property unique is the opportunity to experience their weekend sunset rituals, including outdoor fire pits, Bagpipers & a luxury hot chocolate bar. We recommend booking a Luxury Fire Pit Suite – our favorite because of the panoramic ocean views and private outdoor fire pit. You will feel as though you are in Scotland!

Experience their Signature Drive to explore the 5 regions of Half Moon Bay and at the spa, indulge in their Redwood Forest Ritual treatment or Signature Pumpkin Facial. Some of our favorite activities to take advantage of including a Pacific Ocean coastal bike ride, golfing at both of their championship oceanfront courses, and horseback riding on the beach.

As a Ritz-Carlton STARS property and partner of Ourisman Travel, booking with us secures the following additional amenities for your stay:

  • Complimentary breakfast for 2 guests daily, per room
  • Early check-in and late checkout, subject to availability upon arrival
  • Upgrade of one category room type, subject to availability upon arrival
  • 100 USD Monetary Amenity Credit
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Amangiri – Canyon Point at Lake Powell, Utah

Talk about remote! Amangiri means “peaceful mountain” and is situated on 600 untouched acres in Canyon Point, Utah with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Located in the center of the Grand Circle, this all-season resort and its secluded camp, known as Camp Sarika by Amangiri, are surrounded by iconic attractions including the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Bryce and Zion National Parks. Home for centuries to the native Navajo tribe, this region presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest is famed.

Tucked into a protected valley, guests enter the resort by a winding road through starkly beautiful desert scenery. Built around the main swimming pool, the Central Pavilion houses a living room, library, and gallery, as well as an elegant restaurant. A focal point of the dining room is the open kitchen with its wood-fired oven and floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to an outdoor dining terrace overlooking the pool.

Apart from the Central Pavilion, the Desert Lounge serves as an open-air relaxation area for sunsets and stargazing. Their world-renowned Aman Spa features hydrotherapy and floatation pavilions, a watsu pool, finishing salon, yoga studio, gym, and indoor and outdoor treatment suites. With only 45 guest accommodations total, you are bound to feel the serenity and intimacy of the property. Two accommodation wings lead from the Central Pavilion into the desert. All suites provide spacious terraces with breathtaking desert or mesa views.

Camp Sarika by Amangiri is home to 10 luxurious one or two-bedroom Pavilions, just a ten-minute drive or stunning 30-minute hike from the Central Pavilion. The camp’s canvas-topped pavilions each have spacious sleeping and living areas, expansive terraces with fire pits, and plunge pools. A retreat in itself, the camp has a common area with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, two spa suites, a lounge, and a restaurant. Camp guests have full access to the resort’s extensive facilities.

Serving as a catalyst for exploration, Amangiri offers private hiking trails, morning and afternoon Wellness experiences indoors and out, canyoneering, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and many other adventure activities. Fireside storytelling and stargazing in the evenings allow for deeper immersion in Native American culture, and guests can also learn more about the region’s history from expert archaeologists and paleontologists.

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

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom
  • Spa credit of $125 per person, once, for up to 2 guests, applicable to spa treatments scheduled between 9am-3pm
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Twin Farms – Barnard, Vermont

This 300-acre country estate is located just 10 miles north of picturesque Woodstock in central Vermont. The original 1795 farmhouse has been transformed into stunning living and dining rooms plus four elegant guest suites. Surrounding this core are 20 individually designed guest cottages, a handsome pub, Bridge House Spa, fitness center and a Japanese furo.  

Winter outdoor activities on-site include downhill skiing with six private trails, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snow-trekking, ice-skating and tobogganing. In warmer months, guests can enjoy canoeing, fishing, swimming, hiking, tennis, cycling and croquet. For golf lovers, the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course is only a few minutes away at the Woodstock Country Club plus two Championship courses in nearby Quechee.

Twin Farms, a member of Relais & Châteaux, is perfect for those who desire a private country retreat in New England. Their seasonal meals incorporate the property’s own herbs, customized for each guest, complimented by vintages from their 15,000 bottle wine cellar.

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

Blackberry Farm – Walland, Tennessee 

Since 1940, Blackberry Farms has been a romantic home-away-from-home destination close to the idyllic Smoky Mountain foothills. Today, it is one of America’s most celebrated intimate luxury hotels, drawing guests who aspire to escape modern-day frenzy and slip into “a Blackberry state of mind.”

Situated on a 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is bound to show you why it was voted as #1 Small Hotel in America. Blackberry Farm is easy to get to but very hard to leave! Direct flights to Knoxville from more than 25 cities means you can arrive at Blackberry Farm sooner than you think.

The property houses just 80 accommodations, including Estate Rooms, Cottage Suites, Hill Cottages and houses, all beautifully arranged and furnished with fine antiques. Personal service and attention to detail are the defining elements of Blackberry Farm’s award-winning reputation. Their renowned cuisine is certainly something to be recognized as they have an expert on-site for everything; the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheesemaker, the forger, the butcher, the jam lady, the chocolatier, the restaurant manager, the sommelier, just to name a few.

Pamper your mind and body at their Farmhouse Spa, enjoy fly-fishing while surrounded by the tranquility of Hesse Creek, find yourself on a relaxing nature hike, or freewheel down mountain or country roads on a custom co-motion bike. Be as active (or relaxed) as your heart desires!

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

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Montage Palmetto Bluff – Bluffton, South Carolina

This award-winning 20,000-acre resort is nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Within it, encompasses an extensive nature preserve, walking trails, marina, two vibrant villages, restaurants, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The resort houses a total of 200 accommodations, including spacious cottages, guest rooms, and suites surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Carolina Lowcountry. You’ll feel right at home as you gaze out of your window at panoramic views of natural beauty.

Eight inspired dining options offer cuisine curated from the freshest ingredients from the surrounding waters and farms. Spa Montage Palmetto Bluff includes 13 treatment rooms, a plunge pool, whirlpool, steam sauna, fitness room, salon, and boutique.

Often described as an outdoorsman’s paradise, this unique setting gives rise to endless, life-enriching encounters with nature. Lazy mornings of beach-combing and kayaking, crabbing, shrimping and fishing expeditions led by savvy local guides are just a few ways to start your days here. Adventurous afternoons of waterskiing and tubing are commonly followed by a romantic sunset cruise on Grace, the resort’s 60-foot antique motor yacht.

Away from the water, guests can explore 15 miles of trails on a cruiser bike or horse from the resort’s 173-acre Longfield Stables. Golfers enjoy playing at the Jack Nicklaus Signature May River Golf Course. With Savannah and Hilton Head just minutes away, you might be drawn to explore! But it will be hard to find a reason to leave Montage Palmetto Bluff, a gracious and serene Lowcountry escape.

If you are a pet lover, don’t miss the Monday through Saturday canine ambassadors meet and greet at the resort! Canines Trish, Mercer, Columbus, and Georgia are sure to warm your heart!

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

And Of Course… Hawaii!

Hawaii is one of our top destinations year after year for our clients and we completely understand why! World-renowned surfing, volcanoes and hiking, snorkeling, unforgettable sunrises and a rainbow of beaches; what’s not to love? Consider us at Ourisman Travel your Hawaii experts and check out our various blogs on Hawaii.

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 team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form on our website!

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Escape the Cold and Head to Spring Training

Just last week, MLB teams gathered in locations across Arizona and Florida to prepare for Opening Day with 4 weeks of Spring Training fun in the sun! Major League baseball is split into two spring training leagues: the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues.  Check out where your favorite team will be this spring and our recommendations for the best hotel experiences in each area. 

In the Cactus League, 15 teams play at 10 stadiums within 47 miles of each other in and around Phoenix, AZ. Beyond baseball, fans also relish the fact that they can soak up the sun with other activities like hiking or visiting breathtaking Sedona. Here is a list of some of our favorite hotel properties and in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area:

Andaz Scottsdale – This property combines mid-century modern design with local art to create an exceptional Sonoran Desert experience. Inspired by the colorful palate of the desert and timeless design of Alexander Girard, this secluded 23-acre, 185-bungalow urban oasis is uniquely away from it all, in the middle of everything in the heart of Scottsdale. Overlook iconic Camelback Mountain from the comfort of a private bungalow, enjoy a world-class dining experience, refresh at our three Resort pools, and rejuvenate at Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary. Discover the Cattle Track Arts Compound or participate in an Artist in Residence workshop onsite. Explore all Scottsdale has to offer, or let us create a relaxing, restorative, and intimate desert experience.

Closest Teams: Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics 

Four Season Scottsdale -Experience timeless beauty in our adobe casitas with a backyard full of saguaro cacti, dramatic valleys, and iconic Pinnacle Peak. Discover Scottsdale’s vibrant Native American art, history, and Old West lore. The surrounding hills are ripe with outdoor adventure, including two world-class golf courses a quick shuttle away. Locally inspired spa treatments, a bi-level pool, and authentic Southwest cuisine fulfill your dreams for a relaxing desert escape.

Closest Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies 

The Phoenician – Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain and conveniently located to downtown Scottsdale, The Phoenician presents personalized experiences that are rare and memorable by design. The result of the most extensive renovation undertaken since the property opened in October 1988, the resort has recently transformed itself, introducing a diverse collection of offerings that honor both guest and destination. From the new and contemporary Phoenician Spa to the relaxed vibe and flame-cured cuisine of Mowry & Cotton, the AAA Five Diamond Phoenician celebrates your stay in a signature style thoughtfully written for today’s luxury traveler.

Closest Teams: Los Angeles, San Fransisco Giants 

Other Properties to Consider: Arizona Biltmore, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess,  Sanctuary of Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

In the Grapefruit League, baseball fans can flock to see 15 teams warm-up for the season at 13 different locations. The Grapefruit League venues are certainly more spread out than the Cactus League, which provides visitors the opportunity to visit either the Gulf or Atlantic coasts (or both), as well as small-town cities in Central Florida. Here is are some of our favorites:

West Palm Beach (Atlantic Side):

Four Season Palm Beach  –  At the intimate Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, immerse yourself in a chic Florida resort with the highest level of attentive service. You’ll find the quintessential beach lifestyle, with guestrooms offering an upscale beach-home aesthetic and private furnished balconies. Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic, or relax in the luxurious spa after bicycling along the Intracoastal Waterway. 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.

Closest Teams: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

Breakers Palm Beach– Celebrate in unapologetic luxury, seaside glamour and genuine service at this revitalized Palm Beach paradise. Bask in four refreshing pools, a private beach, luxurious poolside bungalows for daytime rental and a lively mix of watersports. Savor irresistible dining at nine restaurants, including the newly-transformed Seafood Bar, and delight in renowned shopping. Enjoy championship golf and tennis, an exquisite spa, family activities and complimentary access to the indoor-outdoor oceanfront fitness center. For a more intimate atmosphere, Flagler Club — an exclusive 25-room “hotel-within-the hotel” — offers a customized experience.

Closest Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins

Sarasota (Gulf Side): 

Ritz Carlton Sarasota– Where the ocean meets the marina, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is the only option that allows guests to delight in all facets of the destination. With resort amenities that span the charming city, guests can unlock indulgent experiences uniquely tailored just for them, sparking guests to return to take in the coastal grace from the beach to the city and beyond. Guests have exclusive access to The Beach Club on the white sands of Lido Key Beach; The Golf Club, a Tom Fazio–designed 18-hole course that is virtually untouched by any residential or commercial land; and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a sanctuary of wellness within the hotel. 

Closest Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburg Pirates (One  hour from the  New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies)  

La Playa Beach & Golf Resort– Daily life at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort includes a hefty dose of brilliant sunshine, sparkling azure waters and all the golf and spa diversions you could hope for. A renowned golf course meanders through rolling hills amid 14 lakes and water features. SpaTerre invites you to experience its sanctuary-like appeal, where each of the eight treatment rooms is inspirationally named — think “Tranquillity” and “Harmony.” Baleen, the fine-dining restaurant, is highly acclaimed for its Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites — try the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or the roasted natural chicken with goat cheese dumplings and wild mushrooms. 

Closest Teams: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

Other properties to also consider: Ritz Carlton Naples, Four Season Orlando, Eau Palm Beach Resort

To learn more about how Ourisman Travel can assist with booking your hotel for a spring training trip, reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or fill out a Travel Request Form!

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Cruising the Galapagos with Silversea

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding Silversea’s newest ship, the Silver Origin and her exclusive Galapagos itinerary. This all suite ship is bringing a new level of luxury to the destination without compromising access to the many islands that make up the Galapagos. With only 50 cabins aboard the Silver Origin in a small sleek vessel that can access much smaller ports, giving luxury cruisers a new level of access to the Galapagos and the unique experiences they have to offer. Guests are capped at 100 and with 90 crew aboard the guest to crew ratio is stellar.

All suites on board feature verandas and large windows to take in the views as you sail, though the categories starting at the Medallion Suite and above have much larger verandas. The Silver Suite, Royal Suite, Grand Suite and Owner’s Suite all offer whirlpool bathtubs with views for those guests who simply cannot imagine going on vacation and forgoing a chance to take a bath. The rooms are decorated in a light, unobtrusive way with creams, greens and touches of gray that allow for the focal point to be the ocean.

Silversea has long been a standout option for luxury cruises because it is the only true all-inclusive option. Everything from food & drink to excursions and the in-suite butler service is included, making it an incredible value for those unwilling to sacrifice luxury. The new Silver Origin will begin sailing in the summer of 2020 with seven night sailings departing from San Cristobal and Batra respectively. These itineraries have already sold out for the first few months of sailings and the popularity shows no signs of slowing down!

Booking a cruise with Ourisman Travel offers additional support and management to our clients without a fee. We are happy to send over quotes, manage deposit and final payment and assist with pre and post hotel stays for all of our clients interested in booking a cruise. Some sailings are even eligible for additional perks via Virtuoso Voyages! For more information on how to book a cruise with Ourisman Travel and how we can elevate your experience reach out to us at team@ourismantravel.com or submit a Travel Request Form!

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