Paris, Dublin and Ireland

In the balmy Spring of 2017 I flew to Paris for a couple of days, and then joined some happy returning EuroDisney travelers (not planned) for the Paris/Dublin flight, where I learned about apparently famous Irish potato chips.  I joined up with John in Dublin where he had been on business and we set off for the southwest of Ireland, starting on St Paddys’ Day. Kilkenny, Cork, Kinsale & Cobh were a fantastic 3 day trip!

The over the top phenomenal hotel I’m pictured in is La Reserve in Paris. Other fabulous hotels visited, among others, were San Regis, Le Meurice, Le Bristol and in Ireland the lovely Hayfield Manor Hotel.

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Edinburgh & London Report

I visited Edinburgh and London this past November and here is my report, in photos. The hotels stayed in were The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel, a grande dame set above the railway station in Edinburgh.  And in London, another Rocco Forte hotel, Brown’s Hotel, a classic central Mayfair establishment which has been around longer than any of us.

I flew over in Delta’s quite nice Business Class, Delta One, and back in Upper Class with  Virgin Atlantic.

 

 

Edinburgh and London

Seabourn Sojourn | San Francisco Visit

Seabourn Sojourn was in San Francisco and she is as spectacular as ever.  Catch up on my earlier reviews.

Seabourn Sojourn review | July 2013

Seabourn Sojourn

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Enjoy this pictures from my visit on board Regent Seven Seas Navigator while she was visiting San Francisco.  My clients like on of the line’s original ships, not  to mention our brand new cruise terminal.

Regent Seven Seas Navigator

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage | Palm Springs

JFK | Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse

On our way to Edinburgh. But first a really nice relaxing dinner in the very cool lounge (aka Clubhouse)

Melbourne | Art

What luck to run into an Aardman exhibit – Wallace and Gromit – here in Melbourne, Australia

Fantastic Tokyo

Photographer Moyan Brenn shares colorful nocturnal shots of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, while also reflecting on his first visit to the city a few years ago.

via Tokyo by Night — Discover

Best Tango Show Buenos Aires | Rojo Tango

My partner and I just returned from a two week trip through Chile and Argentina, staying at the finest hotels and eating at some of the best restaurants.  This may not be a fair review as I didn’t see any other tango shows.. but I can tell you I can’t imagine this can be beat.

VENUE/ A very small cabaret seating maybe 15-20 tables, so you’re very up close and personal with the dancers.  It’s right off the lobby of the stunning and sexy Faena Hotel Buenos Aires. Disclaimer – even though the Faena is one of our partners, my enthusiasm stands alone.

CUISINE/ Do you ever hear that the show was good but the food was terrible? This isn’t true here, and I consider myself a San Francisco food snob.  You have a choice of several courses, champagne, red & white wines.  Service is fantastic.

DANCING/ I grew up in a family of ballet dancers so while I can’t say my mom and sister would give a rousing thumbs up, I’d guess they would. I actually wasn’t that interesting in going but the variety and technicality was stunning.

TRANSPORT/ Private (really nice) car transportation to and from included.

PICTURE/rojo-tango-buenos-aires I wish I could have taken pictures but just eked out this one. For all Flickr pix of our recent trip through Chile and Argentina, click here.

OTHER POSTS FOR SOUTH AMERICA/ The Singular Patagonia  Eolo  Park Hyatt Buenos Aires  Four Seasons Buenos Aires  Estancia La Bamba de Areco

RECO/ Go.

 

 

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Fiji | Dolphin Island

This post is part of a series from my recent trip to Fiji.  Click here for the introductory post.

AT DOLPHIN ISLAND, Relais & Chateaux/ This is a sister resort to New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge at Lake Taupo.*

This is your own private island no matter if there are just two of you or 8 (the maximum). 3 king bures and one twin. Your own communal pool. Your own chef. Your own bartender. Excellent pina coladas! And your own designer living room.  The entire resort is managed by a very delightful local woman – I’d call her either a saint or a sage. Or both. 

Until I’d been here I’d never been to a resort which you basically charter or take over.  I figured that was reserved for a celebrity.  Happily wrong and what a fabulous idea.

I was lucky enough to have gone with 3 friends and a good looking Kiwi helicopter pilot so we just hung out, ate, swam, drank, fished, read – and then repeated that. Because the central part of the resort is compact, you’re all hanging out with either other when you want to, and not when you don’t want to. And if you want to really get away just walk to the other side of the island — maybe that will take you 10 minutes.  There you’ll find a secluded beach (for walking around, not sunbathing) and even another private bure where you can take a nap, or even spend the night if you don’t mind the lack of walls.  See the pic below.

Dawn, the amazing woman who runs the place, has a bigger than life personality, is a lot of fun, can read your mind, and just makes everything happen. Hard to describe this place but I strongly recommend it for families, friends & couples traveling together.

Like Vomo  you should arrive by helicopter. Absolutely spectacular views of the reef. 

* Packages are available combing both Dolphin Island and Huka Lodge.

For all pix of my sojourn, visit my Fiji Flickr page.  And click here for our perks at Dolphin Island.

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His relationships built over twenty years with the world’s top hotels, cruise lines and local agencies will ensure your successful vacation. As a client you get exclusive and complimentary perks that you can’t get on your own — from VIP introduction to the hotel’s management to upgrades, scrumptious breakfasts and hotel spending credits.

Call Josh for details, the ultimate in service & exclusive luxury hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

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