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WHERE TO NEXT?

Hi there.

It’s been a busy week!

What am I working on with you?

Chartering catamarans in the BVIs, finalizing the details of safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and some R&R in Mozambique.

Other adventures to Tuscany, Switzerland, the Amalfi Coast, Scotland, Spain, Dublin, Costa Rica, Alaska, the Douro Valley and multi generational trips to Provence and Kenya (each with a stop in Paris along the way).

Costa Rica is the most popular destination I am planning this month. It is a paradise for active, adventurous travelers. Ziplining, canyoning, canopy walks, hiking, toucans and monkeys, fishing, white water rafting, coffee and cocoa plantations, delicious healthy food, swimming with dolphins in the open ocean and so much more!


Last week’s most popular article was The NYT’s Traveling Light: How to Pack a Carry-on.

There are so many incredible articles below! Including the best road trips in the world, luxury farm stays, Botswana safaris, the new Four Seasons yachts, crowd free European beaches, where to find the best steak in Buenos Aires and several articles for those of you thinking about retirement.

A few of my favorite informational articles include airport lounges with Peloton bikes and nap pods and ideas for longevity vacations. Also one unfortunate update that Spain is eliminating their golden visa program.

Happy spring!

Warmly,

 

Below:

  • This week’s highlight – RH Guesthouse
  • Where to Next? The Ivens in Lisbon
  • Articles to Inspire+Inforn

RH GUESTHOUSE

Gary lost his father at 5 years old, his mom had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, his family moved apartments 21 times and lived on welfare checks. He was attending a junior college in California with a D average, when a counselor told him he was “wasting tax-payer money.”

He quit school and focused on his job – a stock boy at the Gap. He won an award for being the best folder in the company and worked his way up over the next 11 years to oversee 63 stores in Southern California. He was the president of Williams Sonoma and took over as Restoration Hardware CEO in 2001.

Wow.

I’d been familiar with Restoration Hardware, purchasing furniture in their beautiful Boston showroom. I didn’t know their CEO, Gary Friedman’s story until now. The company goes by RH, has a slew of restaurants (mostly attached to showrooms), boutique hotels and many more planned for the coming years.

Last weekend before visiting my daughter at college my parents, brother and sister in law and I celebrated my mom’s birthday with a dinner at the RH Indianapolis – The Gallery at Dehaan Estate (photo at the very top of the newsletter).

A former Buddhist Monastery converted into a private palace that was the center of high society in the early 2000’s, is now an RH showroom, wine bar and a restaurant displaying rare art, antiques and artifacts from around the globe.

Our dinner was delicious – fresh burrata with the most delicious grilled bread, charred ribeye, buttery lobster rolls, crispy artichokes and a uniquely presented banana split.

If you are intrigued, you can read more about it here.

This experience inspired me to dig a little deeper into the RH brand. I learned that RH also has a guesthouse (not called a hotel) in Manhattan.

Read this and it will set the tone for you…

The photo above is of the RH Guesthouse in NYC’s Meatpacking District. It’s adults only. I particularly love the “no loud or grumpy guests” rule.

Gary Friedman, who has stayed in luxury hotels around the world, created the RH Guesthouse to solve some of the problems he experienced in other hotels. A few of those:

  • Problem – “Nobody wants to share a bathroom.”
  • Instead – all Guesthouse rooms have two.
  • Problem – only unhealthy minibar snacks are available for 2am snacks.
  • Instead – a built-in refrigerated pantry is stocked with fresh baguettes, cured meats, sliced cheese and crudités.
  • Problem – wanting to go to the gym when you first wake up but looking like a bus hit you.
  • Instead – all guest rooms have stainless steel and walnut workout equipment—including kettlebells, dumbbells, a leather upholstered roller and a Bosu ball.

There is no lobby. Instead you are warmly welcomed by a staff member who will not ask for your credit card. Their dining options include a subterranean Champagne & Caviar Bar and a dining room that serves dishes like grilled avocado with caviar, wagyu ribeye, rotisserie chicken, truffle fries and maitake mushrooms (all on my list to try).

They also have an exclusive rooftop infinity pool with breathtaking views over Manhattan…

One of the first rules of RH Guesthouse is to not post photos. There are no websites with photos of the rooms.

Rates start at $2500/night. If those are too steep for you, book a table for dinner to have a little taste of the experience.

Fun fact – RH Guesthouse doesn’t actually have any RH furniture in it.

What are some other opportunities to experience the RH brand?

  • In Europe you can visit their first English location at the Country House at the Historic Aynho Park— a 17th-century estate, 65 miles northwest of London.
  • A second English location in Mayfair and others in Paris, Milan, Madrid, Brussels and Dusseldorf are in the works.
  • RH has opened 15 restaurants across the United States and Canada in the last decade, most of them connected to stores.
  • They also have two private jets (RH1 and RH2) and a yacht (RH3)—all available for charter.

Where they cook the rotisserie chickens.

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🌟 Our clients spent spring break exploring Portugal with time in Alentejo, Lisbon and Cascais.  While in Lisbon they stayed at The Ivens, a boutique hotel located in the heart of the historic Chiado neighborhood.

Why is The Ivens so special?

  • This place has such a fascinating backstory— in the 19th century it was home to the very first luxury warehouse. Now, the hotel has taken inspiration from the Portuguese explorers, Ivens and Capelo, giving it this adventurous atmophere.
  • The color and décor throughout the hotel create fun, jungle vibes.  In the lobby and restaurants, there are parrots, macaws, tropical plants and velvet furniture.
  • Rooms have views of the Tejo River or the city and some have balconies.  The are stocked with Jo Malone toiletries that have a personalized citrus fragrance made exclusively for the hotel.

Do as much or as little as you like:

  • Explore the Chiado neighborhood just out your front door. You’ll find boutiques, antique shops and fun little bars and cafes.
  • You don’t have to go far for great food – the hotel has four restaurants.  Rocco serves Italian cuisine, Gastro Bar is the stunning, central bar and serves seafood and light bites. Crudo (“raw”) is a seafood restaurant and Ristorante is famous for its tableside tiramisu.
  • Stay active at the gym, play golf at one of the nearby golf courses or get out on a boat to see the city from a different vantage point.

‼️ Don’t miss…. a tuk tuk foodie tour. In this food and sightseeing tour, you will visit the traditional neighborhoods of Lisbon and try some the best food experiences in town, all while traveling in one of the city’s famous tuk tuks.

 

 

 

 

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Reach out to plan your trip to

INSPIRATION

The 11 Best Road Trips in the World, Outside

India Is Awash in New Luxury Hotels, From Raffles to Six Senses, Robb Report

The Best Paris Neighborhoods Most People Miss, AFAR

What it’s like to hike to the end of the world in Chile’s Tierra del Fuego, National Geographic

Three Hotels Putting a Luxe Twist on Farm Stays, Virtuoso

Privacy, Please: What’s Next for Exclusive Travel, Condé Nast

Four Seasons Unveils First Yacht Itineraries and Suite Interiors, Condé Nast

The Best Places in the World to Retire, Condé Nast

6 Countries That Make Retiring Abroad (Relatively) Easy, Condé Nast

Retiring in Mexico: A Former Librarian Reflects on 15 Years in Oaxaca,
WSJ

The Golden Rules of Retirement Travel, Condé Nast

The best alternative beaches in Europe for crowd-free shores, Condé Nast

The beautiful African paradise islands that most tourists don’t know about, CNN

Where to find the best steak in Buenos Aires, Argentina, National Geographic

SAFARIS

This 7-Night Safari In Botswana Is All About Wildlife, Water, And Sustainability, Travel & Leisure

A family adventure through Botswana’s wilderness in search of fearsome residents, Condé Nast

Off the reserve: eight incredible hotels across Africa (no safari required), 50 Best
(although not safari lodges, these all pair great with a safari)

INFORMATION

Spain to eliminate ‘golden visas’ for wealthy foreign home buyers,
The Washington Post

Now Arriving at an Airport Lounge Near You: Peloton Bikes, Nap Pods and Caviar Service, NYT

A Natural Disaster Happens While You’re Traveling? Here’s What to Do, Sunset

Should You Hire a Travel Advisor for Your Next Trip? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself First, Sunset

The simple Costa Rican secrets to longevity, BBC

The Longevity Vacation: Poolside Lounging With an IV Drip, WSJ

Why Café Carmellini’s Table 31 Is New York’s Best Seat, Town & Country

(If you aren’t able to access an NYT or Washington Post article, send me a note and I’ll send it to you in a PDF.)

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