Friday December 6, 2013
We luxury travelers can get competitive. We want to be first in the latest hotspot and the new five-star hotel.
Nicaragua is a great new destination, and Mukul is a great new resort.
Wait, Nicaragua? Yes. Guest Author Gerrie Summers checked out Nica (as insiders call it) on behalf of Luxury Travel.
"Nica is going to captivate the think-different luxury traveler," Gerrie believes. "Its scenery is dazzling, its Mayan and Colonial Spanish cultural blend fascinating. Plus, Nica is rich in adventure sports, virgin surfing beaches, and fantastic Flor de Caña rum."
"What you won't find in Nica," promises Gerrie, "is crowds, tourist traps, and inflated prices."
And where to stay? "Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, Nica's first luxury hotel and one of my favorite tropical resorts anywhere," Gerrie says.
"Mukul is so high-end, yet so low-key, with its picture-perfect Manzanillo Beach and uplifiting, serene design."
Photos: Nica's Emerald Coast and Leon Cathedral ©Dick Washburne. Images of Mukul, including Guacalito Golf Course (below) ©Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa
Tuesday December 3, 2013
In Tuscany, like everywhere, old villages are losing their young people to the cities.
But 900-year-old Castiglioncello del Trinoro, in the province of Siena, is undergoing a rebirth.
Its abandoned, stone-walled homes, farmhouses, and castello have been subtly transformed, villa by villa and suite by suite, into a graceful, profoundly Tuscan hotel.
Today, this unique hotel village is known as Monteverdi Tuscany.
This new kind of authentic European experience is the vision of Michael Cioffi, an Italian-American based in Cincinnati. English-speaking visitors are warmly welcomed to Monteverdi Tuscany.
Guests relax instantly, taking in the property's stirring views of verdant Val d'Orcia and savoring Monteverdi Tuscany's two restaurants, modern gym, infinity pools, art gallery and music salon.
Nearby are woodland trails and historic gardens, a papal palace, Tuscany's only archeological dig, and the legendary wineries of Montepulciano.
Tuscany is not a new destination for luxury travelers. But Monteverdi Tuscany has changed the game.
All photos (including below): ©Monteverdi Tuscany
Saturday November 30, 2013
Luxury Travel's Miami-based Guest Author, Sara Liss, knows a thing or two about tropical getaways.
As the editor of Miami's of-the-moment UrbanDaddy site, Sara is a practiced trendspotter. And she found Parrot Cay by COMO pretty fabulous.
First of all, "Parrot Cay by COMO is set on Turks & Caicos, one of the Caribbean's hottest upscale destinations," Sara notes. "There's a definite celeb-and-yoga vibe. Donna Karan and Bruce Willis both own villas on Parrot Cay."
Intrigued? Parrot Cay by COMO is a private-feeling boutique hotel with 72 accoms, from one-bedroom suites to rambling villas suited to families, girl or guy getaways, or "your celebrity entourage," suggests Sara.
No question, Parrot Cay by COMO is a quiet yet glamorous go-to. The island has come a long way since it was the lair of female pirates who'd storm out of a hidden cove to plunder ships seeking safe harbor.
Power babes! Something to meditate on at Parrot Cay by COMO.
Photos above and below: ©Parrot Cay by COMO
Thursday November 28, 2013
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life," Dr. Samuel Johnson famously said. Substitute "a luxury traveler," and we can totally relate.
London is the cornerstone destination of the English-speaking world, the cradle of Anglophone culture. If I had to pick a city to visit every two years my whole life, it would be London. (And I felt that way back when you couldn't get a decent cup of coffee or loaf of bread in London. And now it's a culinary lodestar.)
Luxury Travel's new Guest Author, Joseph Reaney, grew up not far from London and knows the town inside-out. With his insider savoir-faire and his connections, Joe unearthed London's most extraordinary luxury experiences for us.
- See what Joe found for us luxury nomads to do: a Champagne tasting overlooking all of London, and much more >>
- He was born in 1985 near London, but now covers the Continent: Meet Joe Reaney >>
- Two stellar hotel choices for lux London visitors: the celeb-favored, impossibly glamorous Corinthia Hotel London >>
- And the grooviest hotel in a city of ferociously fashionable neighborhoods: amidst the style whirl of Shoreditch and Hoxton, Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel >>
- Need some motivation? All the reasons to visit London now >>
Photos from top: Royal Penthouse Terrace at ©Corinthia Hotel London; antique London map ©Wikimedia Commons;
Lux Travel's Joe Reaney toasting London atop the London Eye ©Courtesy of Joseph Reaney; (below) 1901 Restaurant at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel London ©Joakim Blockstrom.