A must stop and try Caffe in Venice, right on Piazza San Marco. I am a huge fan of tea time, and this traditional coffee house delivers premium experiences. Yes I agree, it can be a bit touristy, but if you choose the time of the day to visit, wisely, you will be on your own just like I did. Later on reading and researching, I found my connection to this iconic Venetian coffee house, the Argentinean connection. Caffe Florian was Jose Luis Borges’ favorite coffee house in Venice.
During our recent and latest stay in Rome, which BTW was very brief, we wanted to have a very well located hotel. A property that in the short time we had, would make us truly feel in Rome. Therefore we decided to go for a small boutique property, and I think we found the right one. The First Luxury Art Hotel Roma, this 19th century nobleman’s palace has been turned, after restorations, into an elegant and refine small hotel. Just a short walk from Via del Corso, Piazza del Popolo, the Spanish Steps and most relevant attractions in Rome. I would define this property as Home Made Luxury, giving you all the services of a five star hotel, with the feeling of a home. Art places a great part of the concept, a curated lively space where guest can enjoy a cultural experience.
This is the way we roll in Cannes, French Riviera, France during ILTM. Heli Air Monaco, air transfers from Cannes helipad to Nice International Airport, door to door, in less than 15 minutes with lovely views of the Cote d’Azur. The helipad in Cannes is located right off La Croisette, so only 5 minutes from most hotels. Of course the flights wouldn’t have been the same without the company of my two co-passengers, the iconic Valerie Wilson and Fernando Favela.
ILTM – International Luxury Travel Market 2013 in Cannes, Cote d’Azur, France. Work and fun among the premium exponents of Luxury Travel and Professionals. Great friends and colleagues, new, old and classic.
Dinner last night at Regence private Restaurant at Le Negresco Hotel in Nice, France was just outstanding. Private room just for our group with an exquisite menu and selection of wines. You should try either this restaurant, or Chantecle or La Rotonde (which BTW is so kitsch and camp that at the same time is fabulous), both at the same property
This is my third time in Nice, and this time I am only for 24 hours, invited by Le Negresco Hotel, on my way to my final destination for the next four days, Cannes. There I will be attending the ILTM 2013 – International Luxury Travel Market. I decided to explore areas of Nice I haven’t done before, and a big pending on my list was to explore Colline du Chateau, Tour Bellanda and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Baie des Anges from the top of the hill.
The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo. I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice. This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.
One of the most iconic hotels in the world, if there is one. You name it, celebrities, head of states, tycoons, religious leaders, multimillionaires, influencers… all have either stayed of visited, this very first property of Orient-Express in the entire world. Yes, indeed, this is where the story of sophistication and luxury all began, hidden in the exclusivity of Giudecca Island, only 7 minutes away, on your own private riva, crossing Venice’s Grand Canal from Piazza San Marco. And this time, was our time to stay, and enjoy this oasis of finesse, savoir vivre and refinement.
The best of Florence away from Florence. Locate in Fiesole, just 15 minutes away from the center of Florence, a former monastery nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terrace gardens, this luxury boutique hotel enjoys unparalleled views across Florence. Fiesole, one of Florence’s most scenic regions, Villa San Michele overlooks the historic city and the Arno Valley below. A 15th-century national monument, Villa San Michele is a work of art in itself. Frescoes and ancient carvings decorate its rooms, while its formal Italian gardens are a delightful retreat. Sit on a private terrace surrounded by woodland, birdsong and the cypress-studded Chianti hills. Superb Tuscan cuisine and fine wines are served on a beautiful alfresco loggia. And yet the treasures of Florence are close at hand. Experience all the elegance of Italy’s great history and culture, while enjoying the ambience of a private home.
Set among rustling palms and lush greenery, this is the ultimate tropical retreat, with suites and a private villa opening on to a spectacular talcum-white beach. Spend lazy days in ocean and poolside restaurants or stroll through flower-filled gardens where parrots and butterflies perch. Guests can explore Mayan heritage sites, dive in caverns or play tennis―and the world’s second largest coral reef is just metres from the resort’s beach. The Mayan-style Kinan Spa is a sanctuary of wellbeing, with a temazcal sauna and steam bath. Yoga classes are given on a rooftop with 360-degree views of the ocean and jungle. Private treatments can also be enjoyed in the Sian Nah suites.