Luxury Resort Showdown in French Polynesia

Billionaire's Pool at The Brando
Billionaire’s Pool at The Brando


On a whim I decided to set up an alert in May 2016  for two business class tickets on Air Tahiti Nui for multiple dates surrounding our 10th Wedding Anniversary in August 2016. Imagine my surprise one night about one week later when two seats popped up as available. I knew this trip must be meant to be, so I grabbed the seats, handed over an obscene number of AAdvantage miles (320,000) and started piecing the rest of the trip together.

Champagne PDB
Champagne PDB


There are certain destinations that have highly competitive luxury hotels, and clients always want to know the difference between them and which one is the best and Bora Bora is one of those places. Therefore, I knew that our trip had to include the Four Seasons Bora Bora and the St. Regis Bora Bora, so that I could once and for all settle the debate.

On our way to Tahiti we spent one night at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, which is  a quick drive from LAX. Since we did not have through tickets, I wanted to do everything possible to ensure that we didn’t miss our flight to Tahiti.

Club Lounge at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
Club Lounge at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey


A stay at the Intercontinental Tahiti was required on arrival because we took the daytime flight to Papeete which lands too late to get to Bora Bora. I also booked a room there for our last day, as we had about six hours between our flight from Tetiaroa and our flight to Los Angeles.

Intercontinental Tahiti
Intercontinental Tahiti


The coup de grace for the trip, and our second honeymoon, was our week long stay at The Brando, Marlon Brando’s private island on the atoll of Tetiaroa located north of Tahiti.

The Brando Bed
The Brando Bed


A complete write up on the St. Regis Bora Bora versus the Four Seasons Bora Bora, as well as The Brando will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, if you are interested in a trip to French Polynesia please email me or give me a call at 508-485-3061.


Five Hot Beach Hotels for 2015

These are my picks for the top five hot new beach hotels for 2015.

1. Condado Vanderbilt

Marabar-Condado Vanderbilt

What is not to love about a former grand dame of a hotel that has been lovingly and completely restored? Oh, and it’s super easy to get to from the Northeast. Did I mention no passport required? Perfect for long weekend getaways or week long vacations. A great location in San Juan for exploring or doing nothing at all.

2. Rosewood at Baha Mar


You know I love Rosewood. I also love that we have another new easy to get to property in the Caribbean that offers true luxury. Plus, a casino, duty free shopping, golf, and the creme de la creme room category – Beachfront Villas.

3. Four Seasons Manele Bay

Four Seasons Manele Bay

It is technically not a new hotel, but with the complete transformation of the room product, I feel it qualifies. Gorgeous new rooms. Nobu. A private complimentary airport lounge just for hotel guests. The best from the beach snorkeling out of all of the Hawaiian Four Seasons resorts. It’s Hawaii taken to a whole new level.

4. Mukul


Bored with the Mexico and Costa Rica? Looking for something exotic, yet close to home? Mukul is still new enough to qualify for the hot factor for 2015. Located on a gorgeous stretch of beach in Nicaragua this is the perfect place to find your inner surfer. Or perhaps you would rather soak away the afternoon in your private plunge pool on the patio of your Bohio. Whatever you choose, it is easy to slow down and soak up life on the Emerald Coast.

5. Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Rotz-Carlton Cancun Family Pool

Emerging refreshed from a multi-million dollar renovation, indulge in modern luxury on the hotel strip. A fun cooking school, an excellent spa, and all rooms with at least an ocean view make this hotel easy to love. Not to mention the breakfast buffet is one of the best in Mexico. Fifteen minutes from the airport and you are ready to hit the beach.

Of course, VIP treatments and extra amenities come standard at all of these hotels when you book through me. Give me a call at 508-485-3061 or send me an email. I look forward to seeing which one you choose!


Luxury Travel Deal: The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes

Ritz-Carlton Orlando Pool

30% off Suites at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grand Lakes from January through March 2015!

Are you looking for a warm weather getaway? Is it time to take a Disney vacation? Consider this exclusive Virtuoso promotion which includes a 30% savings on Suites, Virtuoso amenities, and an additional $100 USD resort credit PER NIGHT!

The complimentary Virtuoso amenities are as follows:

  • Full breakfast buffet for two daily in Highball & Harvest
  • $100 resort credit once per stay
  • Complimentary upgrade within room type, based on availability
  • Early check in, late check out, based on availability

The fine print: You must stay at least three nights to qualify for this discounted rate. The percent discount is calculated from the leisure room rate. You may cancel your reservation up to five days before arrival. Rates and discounts are subject to availability and valid for Executive Suites.

Contact me today for more information or to book your next stay in Orlando!