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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4 Day Luxury London Getaway

Dorchester is one of those very small luxury hotel companies in Europe, with hotels in the UK, France, Switzerland & Italy.   Plus the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel Air.

Here’s a fun 4 day itinerary for your next jaunt to London..  .Ready to go?

Enjoy, Josh

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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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Hot Hotels 2016 | by josh friedman luxury travel

In a world of many old and newer wonderful hotels, here are a few represented by a favorite partner of mine. The theme here you’ll notice is contemporary , modern and colorful. After all, my friend is French, and that’s the way they are!

For customized luxury vacation planning contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel.

Brooklyn | The William Vale

OK, not usually at the top of my international list but check this out!  Opening April 2016 in Williamsburg. 60 foot outdoor pool and fitness center. Views of Manhattan.

Sao Paolo | Hotel Unique
Not at the top of my usual list either but the design of this hotel, along with the William Vale (above) is just stunning, and fun.  In Sao Paolo’s most upscale neighborhood. Fitness center with 2 pools. And the rooftop pool has an underwater sound system.

Berlin | Das Stue
Another stunning design hotel in a quieter location than the other top hotels in Berlin, in Tiergarten next to the zoo. Walking distance to KaDeWe. Michelin starred restaurant “Cinco” by Spanish chef Paco Perez.

French Riviera, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat | Royal Riviera
In between Nice and Monaco, a great location for pre or post cruises from either port. Very contemporary decor in an historic 1904 building.

St. Tropez | Hotel de Paris
A classic recently renovated. Very St Tropez with a suspended glass-bottom swimming pool and Clarins Spa.  7 minutes to Beach Club by complimentary shuttle.

Paris | Hotel Edouard 7
One of my favorite of this collection another modern beauty from a classic exterior. A four star couture hotel they say! Restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace. Only hotel on Opera avenue.

Nicaragua | Morgan’s Rock
This country is becoming popular. Do it in conjunction with Costa Rica or on it’s own. The little eco-resort is on a 4,000 protected acres and is only 15 bungalows overlooking the ocean and jungle. There is also a 4 bedroom hacienda on the beach. Yoga, hiking, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing & horseback riding.

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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

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, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS 2016 | London, Edinburgh, UK & Paris

Dear Clients & Friends,

I trust you’ll find this information helpful in your European vacation planning for 2016. It’s brought to us by a top hotel and local agency rep of mine, JHH Hotels.

See our other blog post for fabulous hotel, manor house and castle ideas both in the cities and countryside of England, Scotland, Wales, France, Spain & More.

For customized luxury vacation planning contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel.

London/England – Special Events
The Queen’s 90th Birthday – 400th Anniversary of the death of Shakespeare – 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown – 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte – 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter
27 March: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames
21 April: Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday – 41 gun salutes
24 April: The London Marathon
12 – 15 May: The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (HMQ90)
21 May – 28 August: Glyndebourne Opera Festival
24 – 28 May: The Chelsea Flower Show
11 June: Trooping the Colour – The Queen takes the salute (The Mall/Horse Guards)
14 – 18 June: Royal Ascot – The Royal Family & guests arrive in open carriages.
27 June – 10 July: Wimbledon Tennis Championships
30 June – 04 July: Henley Royal Regatta
08 – 10 July: British Grand Prix Formula One Motor Racing
11 – 17 July: The Air Show, Farnborough
30 July – 25 September: Buckingham Place open to the public
12 November: Lord Mayor’s Show

Edinburgh/Scotland
23 – 26 June: The Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh
09 – 12 July: The Scottish Open Golf Championships at Castle Stuart
10 – 17 July: The British Open Golf Championships at Royal Troon
05 – 29 August: Edinburgh International Arts Festival
05 – 27 August: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
20 August: The Highland Games at Stirling
03 September: Braemar Highland Gathering

Paris
24 – 29 January: Haute Couture Fashion Show
16 – 18 February: Première Vision
01 – 09 March: Prét-a-porter (Ready-to-wear collection)
22 May – 05 June: Roland Garros French Open Tennis Championships
10 – 27 June: European Soccer Championships
13 – 17 June: Eurosatory Defence Show
22 – 26 June: Men’s Fashion Show (Mode Masculine)
03 – 08 July: Haute Couture Collections
03 – 10 July: European Soccer Championship finals
24 July: Finish of the Tour de France.
13 – 15 September: Première Vision
27 September – 05 October: Prét–a-Porter (Ready-to-wear collection)
01 – 03 October: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Langchamp.

josh friedman luxury travel
in san francisco
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an independent affiliate of travel experts | a virtuoso agency
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Josh Friedman is an old-fashioned travel agent offering highly personalized 24/7 service. Specialties include high-end and bespoke luxury travel for small groups and individuals.  His areas of expertise include ultra-luxury cruises, customized vacations & luxury hotel stays.  He also plans spectacular honeymoons, anniversary and birthday celebrations and completes trips that clients have started and just can’t quite figure out how to finish.

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, excellent pricing, the ultimate in service & exclusive hotel amenities with Virtuoso.

 

4083 24th street, #460250,  san francisco, ca 94114 cst# 2080753-40

 

Josh Friedman Luxury Travel | San Francisco

 

Monte-Carlo & Paris | A Report

JG On The Road: Monte Carlo and Paris
Q and A
Last December I had myself a mini Euro-Trip, and to sum it up, it was “très chic”! Quite literally, I found myself in two of the most stylish cities I have ever explored: Monte-Carlo and Paris. It was my first time in both places and between the people, the food, the accommodations and of course, the shopping, I was swept away by the glamour of it all.
Ah, Monte-Carlo. So much excitement and luxury packed into one little city! I began my trip in the French Riviera at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, the legendary playground of the famous and fashionable. The December weather was beautiful, which allowed me to pack a lot of excitement into my brief stay. From Fragonard Perfumery tours, to Ferraris and Casinos, Monte-Carlo was an exquisite adventure.
After a quick 1.5 hour flight, I arrived in Paris, the City of Love, where I stayed at the stunning Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière. As I walked into my room, I was stunned to find myself staring down the Champs-Elysees with the L’Arc de Triomphe staring right back at me. It was incredible! The French cuisine, the people watching and Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière’s luxurious spa made my first-time experience absolutely unforgettable. Because I can’t write it all, feel free to call Josh Friedman Luxury Travel at 415-987-0372 for more detailed information. But for now, take a look at the “Q and A” down below!

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qa1.jpgqa2.jpg Q: What stood out to you the most at Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo?

A: While the views overlooking the Mediterranean are spectacular, I was blown away by the hotel’s interior décor. Depending on the season or particular events throughout the year, the hotel takes on a specific “mood” that inspires not only the lobby’s immaculate floral decorations, but also special welcome amenities, drinks at the bar and decorations in the restaurants. Even the music revolves around the theme! The current mood is “Happy Summer at The Metropole”, but last July in honor of Monaco’s Royal Wedding, the theme was “A Fairytale at The Metropole” and a gorgeous tree was placed in the middle of the lobby. Truly amazing!
Q: Monte-Carlo is widely known for its casino. What was that like?

A: We headed to the casino after an incredible dinner at Joël Robuchon’s Michelin star restaurant, Yoshi. As a guest at the Hotel Metropole, entering the casino is a breeze with the VIP access ticket you receive at check-in. Though there’s a dress code to enter, it maintains an air of elegance and makes you feel like James Bond could be playing Baccarat right around the corner. We had a glass of wine and toured the casino’s gorgeous rooms, admiring the frescos and murals depicting Ancient Greek Mythology. If you’re in Monte-Carlo, visiting the casino is a must.

qa3.jpg Q: What other activities did you partake in?

A: One afternoon, we were treated to a Ferrari ride. We didn’t drive, but instead a professional driver took the wheel topping speeds of 200 miles per hour throughout the curvy streets of Monte Carlo, the same roads where the World Formula One championship races take place… such a thrill!

qa4.jpg Q: What stood out to you the most at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière?

A: From the moment I walked in the doors, my experience at the hotel was extremely luxurious and relaxing. Though it was my first time in the city, after a long day in Monte-Carlo and the flight to Paris, I wanted nothing more than a warm respite from the wintry evening. I checked in around midnight and was quickly guided up to a large but cozy, softly-lit suite. A lovely display of small treats and fresh flowers invited me to relax with the hot tea that had just arrived from downstairs. Everyone from the doormen to the in-room dining gentleman spoke in low tones and with a warmth that was genuinely welcoming!

qa5.jpg Q: Lastly, tell us about your experience at their famous restaurant!

A: Dining in the Fouquet’s Restaurant, I understood Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière’s role as a Parisian institution. The restaurant’s atmosphere glowed with elegance and nostalgia – the walls hung with black and white portraits of the rich and famous at their favorite tables throughout the restaurant. I felt like I was part of the hotel’s century-long history and with the exquisite French service, like part of its celebrity as well. I definitely recommend the Lobster Bisque with Wild Mushroom Raviolis and the Steak Tartare.

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Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, Paris

If you want a good taste of the shopping scene in Monte-Carlo, head directly outside of the hotel and down the escalators to the Metropole Shopping plaza. They have lovely stores ranging from unique jewelers and shoe stores to my favorite, the European Drugstore. The aisles of lovely smelling skin care and cute hair accessories made it fun to buy a few things to take as souvenirs.

Take advantage of the Spa area at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, available for the use of guests at any time during their stay – not just with a treatment. You’ll definitely want to head to the U Spa to unwind after a long day of walking and exploring the city.

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Need more info?
For more information on Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo or Hôtel Fouquets Barrière, contact Josh Friedman Luxury Travel at 415.987.0372

Interested in more stories about Europe? Visit JG’s blog here.

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