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VENICE. A sinking feeling.

I've just spent a few magical days in Venice amid the buzz and bustle of this astonishing little city. We visited stunning hotels like the new Aman Venice in the regal (and renovated) 16th-century Papadopoli palazzo, and dined in tiny trattorias hidden down narrow laneways - everything that makes Venice feel like a fairy tale. [...]

By |2018-07-05T14:27:29+00:00July 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VENICE. A sinking feeling.

FIZZING BRAINS. And ideas worth spreading.

Are you a consumer of TED (and TEDx) content? TED's 'Ideas worth spreading' premise is such a simple one, isn't it? I was surprised to learn recently that TED began as a conference dedicated to [T]echnology, [E]ntertainment and [D]esign in 1984, the same year that Apple's first Macintosh computer went on sale, Richard Branson's Virgin [...]

By |2018-07-05T14:18:32+00:00June 21st, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on FIZZING BRAINS. And ideas worth spreading.

HILLARY CLINTON’S BANGS. And International Women’s Day.

The theme for this year's International Women's Day (IWD) is 'Press for Progress' - an admirable sentiment, indeed. IWD is an important day to shine a light on brilliant women and issues that still affect our personal and professional lives. But I find it hard to believe that, just last year, Vanity Fair headlined an [...]

By |2018-07-05T14:16:05+00:00March 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on HILLARY CLINTON’S BANGS. And International Women’s Day.

TRIP REVIEW: VIP Perks in Paris

Anyone who knows me will know that I love Paris. No matter how many times I visit, I still can't quite put my finger on what makes it so special. Yes, it's beautiful, but there are plenty of beautiful cities, aren't there? What is it about Paris that makes it so magical? Sometimes I think it's [...]

By |2018-07-05T14:21:22+00:00December 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on TRIP REVIEW: VIP Perks in Paris

PARIS. Always a Good Idea.

I've recently returned from Paris which is, quite simply, a fairy tale city. Impossibly romantic, beautiful, chic and delicious, it has always been one of my favourite places to visit. This was my first visit since the dreadful events of November 2015, so I wasn't sure what to expect from the place and its people. [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:51:04+00:00November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on PARIS. Always a Good Idea.

CRUISING WITH THE SPENCER GROUP OF COMPANIES

Our resident cruise guru Maria Theodosatos has recently returned from escorting a group on a wonderful Mediterranean cruise. Not only was she looking after clients from the Spencer Group of Companies but also those from across the Virtuoso travel network. It’s always nice to be on a cruise with a host, especially one you know well. [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:51:04+00:00October 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CRUISING WITH THE SPENCER GROUP OF COMPANIES

VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK: The Art of Keeping it Personal

We have three of our wonderful travel specialists attending Virtuoso Travel Week (VTW) in Las Vegas this week. VTW is often referred to as the Fashion Week of Travel, and is one of the most memorable, whirlwind weeks of the year for our business. A time when more than 5000 Virtuoso travel advisors from 98 [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:51:04+00:00August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on VIRTUOSO TRAVEL WEEK: The Art of Keeping it Personal

LUXURY TRAVEL: An Occasional Glimpse Behind the Curtain

  As a member of a number of hotel advisory groups, I'm fortunate to peek behind the luxury curtain a couple of time a year. I travel to exciting destinations with other industry folk and we workshop current and emerging trends, plans and developments, new experiences and services. It can be a fascinating forum of [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:51:04+00:00July 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on LUXURY TRAVEL: An Occasional Glimpse Behind the Curtain

LUXURY Air Travel – A Hat Tip to Competition. And Bean Counters.

Every year one airline or another launches its latest, newfangled in-flight product and services. Sometimes they're simple refreshes of existing product - new fabrics, a seasonal menu, upgraded in-flight entertainment systems and the like. At other times it's a total overhaul - new seats, new design, new services and perks that ratchet up the luxury [...]

By |2017-02-01T17:51:04+00:00May 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on LUXURY Air Travel – A Hat Tip to Competition. And Bean Counters.