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Giraffe Manor, Nairobi

This very special property is a must-stay either before or after safari in East Africa.  Its country estate atmosphere is a purely delightful place to relax and unwind after a long journey either to Africa, or post-safari.  You’ll feel as though you’ve joined a private house party as your dinner is served by candlelight with […]

Ritz Carlton Amelia Island

The Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island is a lovely resort on the north Florida coast near Jacksonville featuring full beach services, an elegant spa, an award-winning gourmet restaurant, fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, and a golf course right on property.  All rooms have a view of the ocean, either from the lead-in coastal view […]

Carlisle Bay, Antigua

I adored this small, casually elegant resort on the south shore of Antigua on its own beautiful u-shaped bay primarily frequented by UK guests with a growing American fan base.  Its greatest asset is that it is smack-dab on the beach.  You step out of the main open-air restaurant pavilion right onto the sand, and the […]

Four Seasons Baltimore

At last, a true luxury hotel in Baltimore!  I loved everything about this premier property, from its waterfront location in the revitalized East Harbor neighborhood with lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance, close proximity to the Inner Harbor attractions (but pleasantly removed from the crowds), and the plush rooms with well-planned space and terrific […]

Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa

Disney has done a wonderful job of creating a resort designed to reflect authentic Hawaiian culture and history, minimizing the more generic “polynesian” theme that can pervade the islands.  The lobby is stunning and features a beautiful mural depicting the history of the state.  The rooms here are pricey, but quite nice.  All food and […]

The Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki Beach

This 1927 flagship Honolulu hotel on Waikiki Beach, lovingly called the Pink Palace of the Pacific, is very elegant and tranquil and attracts an international crowd.  The hotel closed in 2008 for a complete renovation, and reopened in 2009 as a member of The Luxury Collection under the Starwood brand.  In 2010, an extensive renovation of […]