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Luxury Hotel Review: Kaya Mawa, Malawi

Luxury Hotel Review: Kaya Mawa, Malawi

June 27, 2014 | By

After a recent tour throughout Malawi (that long, skinny country sandwiched between Mozambique and Zambia in Africa), I knew enough to expect beauty when we landed on Likoma Island. I knew that Lake Malawi was vast and that lovely properties could be found. However, I did not expect the grandeur …

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European Rail Travel

European Rail Travel

November 14, 2013 | By

I specialize in rail travel in Europe, but on my recent trip to Germany and Austria it was nice to see the improvements and changes that have been made.  When I book European rail tickets or passes for clients I often have to remind them that rail tickets are like …

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Wein in Wien! (Wine in Vienna)

Wein in Wien! (Wine in Vienna)

November 7, 2013 | By

  Wein in Wien!  (Wine in Vienna) Vienna is the only European capital with wineries within its city limits. I’m guessing you thought that Austrian wines consisted of only Grüner Veltliner??!  Guess again. On this Austrian Study Tour put on by the Austrian Tourist board, they were out to prove …

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Luxury Hotel Review: Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg

Luxury Hotel Review: Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg

November 1, 2013 | By

The Goldener Hirsch, or golden stag in Salzburg, Austria Location, Location, Location. This hotel is on the main street (Getreidegasse), due to the fact that it’s been around since 1407! But don’t let the date of  this traditional inn style hotel fool you, this is a deluxe property in Salzburg. …

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Luxury Hotel Review:  Hotel Sacher Wien

Luxury Hotel Review: Hotel Sacher Wien

October 28, 2013 | By

I recently returned from an Austria Study Tour that was sponsored by Virtuoso. The Austrian Tourist Board went all out to showcase two of the iconic cities of Austria; Vienna and Salzburg. Although I have traveled to Europe many times, this was my first trip to Austria.   My first …

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Ever heard of a “babymoon”?

Ever heard of a “babymoon”?

September 24, 2013 | By

Have you ever heard of a “babymoon”? Wikipedia defines it as “a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby. Babymoons usually take place at …

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Make your golf dreams come true

Make your golf dreams come true

August 29, 2013 | By

As a Virtuoso luxury travel advisor, I just returned from a week in Las Vegas attending Virtuoso Travel Week and meeting with close to 400 partners in the travel business.  As I look back on the week, one travel supplier in particular stood out to me:  Elysian Golf Limited. I …

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New Zealand Wine Tasting: The Otago Region

New Zealand Wine Tasting: The Otago Region

June 18, 2013 | By

When the opportunity for me to travel to New Zealand arose, the first thing that came to my mind was “New Zealand wine tasting”! I am a huge fan (as are many Americans) of the citrus and lemon grass flavors of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blancs. The wine region outside of Queenstown …

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Who says you can’t see dolphins in Ireland?!

May 14, 2013 | By

He’s one of Ireland’s most famous residents, and visitors and locals alike can’t get enough of him.  No, he’s not Ireland’s beloved Saint Patrick or U2’s front man, Bono. Nor is he one of their hunky Hollywood actors, Colin Farrell or Michael Fassbender. Fungie, people… is a dolphin. But he’s not …

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Multi-generational cruising: Get on board!

Multi-generational cruising: Get on board!

May 1, 2013 | By

Talk about a family trip to remember! The 2013 Virtuoso Luxe Report found that family and multi-generational travel are the year’s biggest travel trend, with river and luxury cruises taking the next two spots. The report also found that spending time and reconnecting with loved ones were among the top …

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