Panarea from the water

why i love panarea

Panarea saved me. My son Hunter had just had open heart and lung surgery. The prognosis was good but there were no assurances he would survive. Corrado said come to Panarea; stay with us. We hopped on a plane to…

dinner at Aqua Pazza. Ponza

put ponza on your list

 Small, inconspicuous Ponza; my perfect island escape  Ok, so not exactly undiscovered. Romans have been coming here for centuries.  But it is way less crowded than nearby Capri and Ischia. And way cheaper. The shopping is not as posh; the…

best bed: Steigenberger Wiltcher’s, Brussels, Belgium

A Belgian grande dame, the Wiltcher’s first opened in 1913. It was, and still is, the most elegant hotel. Named after the first man in charge, English hotelier Sidney Wiltcher, the hotel  is a wonderful art nouveau palace,. While the stunning…

The Goring Hotel

best bed: The Goring, London, UK

Traditional English glam with a huge dose of humour, The Goring is a surprise and a gem. I knew it was going to be nice. Kate Middleton and her family were based here in the lead up to her wedding…

paris tips…from my column in iconic concierge magazine

Ah! Paris!… Where dreams play out, chic women reign, fabulous restaurants tempt and incredible shopping abounds.  The city is home to the most visited museum in the world (the Louvre) the most Michelin stars (over 70) and only one stop…

best bed: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Paris , France

Behind the classic Haussmann-era façade is an art packed oasis of urban chic. Rather than trying to mimic a historical era, the Park Hyatt decided to focus on the contemporary. The hotel is hidden behind the meticulously restored listed facades…

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