Good Morning from Britain

London isn’t know for its balmy days but we lucked out. Sunnyish and warm. And the City is beautiful as ever. Probably my 10th visit since my first at age 15. Enjoying my morning at the very British Rosewood London. Off today with Silversea and the Silver Cloud. More on that later. Have a great day.

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Dubai

My last post was on New Orleans which is about as much of a 180 from Dubai as is possible. This place is young, brash, opulent (ok, so is NOLA), conservative and wealthy. Like Las Vegas without sex. Enjoy the pix. Mumbai tomorrow!

New Orleans

Just spent a couple of days in NOLA before going off to India via Dubai. New Orleans is really one of the most beautiful cities anywhere. We did a historical bike ride, walked the French Quarter and drove around the Garden District. And ate well. Enjoy the pix.

Visiting Australia | Sydney Melbourne Pt Douglas

Australia | September 2017

Don’t suppose this picture is what you might first think of when thinking about Australia. We were a bit surprised as well.

If you look through this Flickr album though, you’ll see the usual things to, like the Sydney Opera House, a kangaroo and a tropical fish at the Great Barrier Reef. But you’ll also see pix from Melbourne (like the one above) and that’s a city that’s more like Hong Kong than what you might be expecting. And they have one of HK’s most famous dim sum places too. There’s a pic of that too.

Enjoy the photos.

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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

Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage | Palm Springs

Fiji Airways Business Class

I just returned from a Business Class trip from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia (SFO -SYD) via Nadi.   Even though this was a trip to Australia, I did go to Fiji last year to check out many of their top resorts. Those posts are here.  Here are my thoughts on Fiji Airways.

DESIGN/ To me this is always important and the plane is true to it’s country, both outside and inside.  From the simple brown and white logo to the colorful dresses the flight attendants wear, to the pillows and comforters supplied, it’s excellent.

FRIENDLINESS/ Pretty much at the top of the list for what you want, the crew was super friendly, especially southbound. Big smiles, always wanting to help. I’d almost say they never say no, but the crew on the return was a bit strict, almost like they had just read the manual and didn’t want to deviate from it.  For instance about 4 hours outside of SFO when almost everybody was sleeping they made announcements for the duty free  – and that could have waited.

SEAT COMFORT / The seats are almost lie flat – I’d say 95% so it was easy to get some rest.  I’m an average size person and the width seemed a bit snug to me.  The buttons worked pretty good (except on the SFO/NAN leg) so the seat moved where you wanted it to.  They supplied both a duvet and a blanket, so I put the moderately comfy duvet under me with the blanket on top – and it worked.  Storage wasn’t great so you needed to keep most of your stuff in the overheads.

FOOD / This was surprisingly good, including the Laucala welcome drink. Not sure it was named after the famous Red Bull owned ultra-luxury resort I went to last year, but it was excellent nonetheless and a very authentic Fijian welcome.  Sorry I didn’t save the menu, but they offered a couple of choices and I ate it all. Mimosas for breakfast were fun, too.

BUSINESS CLASS LOUNGES SFO and Nadi / are both available at no extra charge. In San Francisco we were able to use the fantastic and very chic Virgin Atlantic lounge with all their fabulous drinks and meal service. Service was super friendly, too. In Nadi, Fiji Airways is redoing their lounge, and the temporary one is, while not great, at least pleasant enough with complimentary beer, wine and snacks. And in Sydney we did not have time to enjoy any services, which I think may be at the Qantas lounge, but I’m not sure.

ON TIME & MISC / All 4 flights were on-time, baggage made it, online check-in worked and all was good.

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Terre Blanche | A Personal Report

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What a trip…

Just got back from a dreamy long weekend at Terre Blanche, a wonderful resort/destination nestled between Provence and Cote D’azur.

I landed in Nice airport on a Thursday afternoon and the Terre Blanche Mercedes class S was waiting for me and in less than 40 minutes I crossed the gated walls of the property, 1 ½ the size of Montecarlo.

The grounds are so beautiful and lush, in fact, you are in the middle of a beautiful Provencal forest and the only views of human civilization are the quaint and charming towns of Fayence, Callian and Tourrettes perched in the nearby hills.

The reception area is spread with the owner’s art collection and even it is spacious and airy, feels warm, in touch with the nature and the colours of the whole village/resort match with the earthy feeling of the area.

I was escorted to Villa Provence, a two bedroom villa with a stunning terrace and plunge pool that also acts as an immense whirlpool (I counted and you can invite up to 16 friends inside!); super spacious double sink bathrooms with bathtub and walking shower, a great kitchen room with a wine refrigerator stock with the best whites, roses and champagne, a full stocked bar…all this makes Villa Provence the perfect accommodation for a large family (sleep up to 6) or two couples.

On Friday morning I played at Le Riou, one of the two Championship golf courses, and I loved it! The golf facilities are world class and any golfer of any level will feel absolutely impress with them, from the Swing analysis, to the driving range and Le Riou & Le Chateau; the 19th hole was a fun lunch at Le Caroubiers, the amazing grill at the Club House.

After a fantastic massage at the award-winning spa, we rode 4×4 buggies through beautiful trails and we arrived in a tiny local winery where the owner ‘forced” us to taste some fantastic whites and roses.

To end the amazing day, we have dinner at Faventia, the one Michelin star at the property…that was a 4 hours dinner including the kitchen tour and the long debates and fun conversations with the more than charming team at the restaurant.

Saturday was the perfect day to explore the area in a vintage Citroen 2CV so we went to the farmers market in Fayence where I found beautiful hancrafted wool ‘echarpes’ and multiple non-touristy stands.

From there we went to visit Chateau d’Esclans, home of the famous Whispering Angel (a.k.a Hampton’s water) and we enjoyed a visit followed by wine tasting, including the most expensive rose in the world, Garrus.

After this fun morning, we stopped for lunch at world famous Chez Bruno, where all the dishes are truffle based, not just flavoured but totally full of shaved truffle and even a full 60g truffle in one of the dishes…also white truffle from Alba in a simple pasta dish, really spectacular and a must when in the area.

A leisure afternoon was needed after the 10 dishes truffle lunch and what a better place that our wonderful plunge pool at Villa Provence…then get dressed to party in Cannes, such a fun town and only 35 minutes from the property.

Sunday was also spectacular, we took a private boat from Cannes to Ile Sainte Marguerite and spent the day at La Guerite, the unofficial beach club of Terre Blanche…picture the perfect Sunday, by the water, with friends and good looking people all around (favorite Beach Club of Beyonce).

Sadly, everything great comes to an end too, and early Monday, I left the property direction Nice airport (40 minutes’ drive) but with a huge smile on my face, because I discovered an extraordinary and cool destination all around the property.

Huge shout-out to Rachel David, Candice Berger, Gilles Fouilleroux and the amazing team behind them at Terre Blanche for creating such an amazing experience and make me fall in love once more with Terre Blanche.

All the best!

Carlos

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Miraval Resort Spa | Tucson

John and I really enjoyed our time at Miraval in Tucson. It’s great on all levels, including the cute bunnies, horses, swimming, delicious and healthy food (& margaritas) and Wyatt Web.

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Four Seasons Private Jet Journeys

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As a Four Seasons Preferred Partner, we are part of a small group of top producers for Four Seasons. This means we have access to all the key players directly at all Four Seasons hotels and resorts, their corporate executives and the information on their latest initiatives and programs, such as Four Seasons Private Jet journeys.

“Flying aboard the Four Seasons Jet with our on-board service professionals ensures that you travel in total comfort prior to arriving at deluxe Four Seasons accommodations. On the ground, experience the very best that each remarkable destination has to offer with the help of our dedicated travel experts.

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in one spectacular voyage. Our exclusive itineraries travel to amazing places at every corner of the globe—taking you to secluded islands, urban centres alive with culture, and everywhere in between. Climb aboard and see the world in a remarkable new way.”

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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.

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