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Long Layover at Heathrow? Here’s an idea….

Recently I had a 7 hour layover in Heathrow…..ugh…..what to do?   With the dollar still relatively weak against the pound, shopping for hours on end, even duty-free,  was out of the question.  So, I decided to get out of the airport and into the English countryside, for a visit to the town of Windsor and Windsor […]

NEW–CRYSTAL RIVER CRUISES!

The award-winning Crystal Cruise line is expanding into the hot river cruise market! The Crystal Mozart, the first of 5 cutting-edge brand new builds, will debut in July 2016 with a 10 day itinerary on the Danube.  The other ships, all names after classical music composers, will arrive in 2017. This can be a game […]

NCL ESCAPE Review

The 4,248 passenger Escape, the newest ship of Norwegian Cruise Lines, entered service last week and I was on the 3 night ship inaugural sailing.  Here’s my impression of this new mega-ship. It’s a party ship with a lot to offer;  no wonder  Pitbull is the godfather of this rockin’ ship! Escape will sail year-round from Miami […]

Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA–a Virtuoso property

Today, my colleague Holly and I took a little road trip out to Middleburg, VA to check out The Salamander Resort & Spa.  The Salamander opened 2 years ago, and it was a brand new build by owner  Sheila Johnson, who ordered custom made materials and artwork to realize her vision.  And what a vision […]

OCTOBER 2015 newsletter and special offers

SPECIAL TIME-SENSITIVE TRAVEL OFFERS! October 2015–Special Offers & Travel News Hi all:October has brought around some great last-minute offers for those of you with flexibility!  And the dollar is still strong against the euro:  as of this writing 1E = $1.14.  And Africa is still a tremendous value, particularly South Africa!  1 $USD  = 13 […]

Luxury Travel Adventures September 2015 News & Special Offers

I’m settling back into a routine after several weeks of travel, including our annual Virtuoso global conference. I had almost 400 meetings with hotels, tour operators and suppliers from all over the world! So in this newsletter I will provide my takeaway of trends in travel, as well as the best offers out there right […]

Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico July 2015

 How is this for a close-up? We went swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres this past July, and it was an amazing experience.  Two days before I had swam with a dolphin at Xel-Ha, and it was a totally different experience.    Swimming with the 17-yr old male dolphin was great […]

Swimming with Dolphins at Xel-Ha

Swimming with dolphins is on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it?  We had the opportunity to swim with a 17 year old male rescue dolphin named Kaleche at Xel-Ha, and it lived up to all our expectations, and more. We were a small group–only 6 people total–with a trainer and the dolphin.  At first, the trainer had […]