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…

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: Hotel FRANQ, Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp is a remarkable has-it-all city… the perfect mix of historic architecture, modern design and foodie destination. So is the Hotel FRANQ, a Relais & Chateaux gem in the heart of the city . Once a bank, the hotel has…

fun art through out the Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet

best bed: Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet, Paris, France

  Historic café meets historic hotel family… Hotel Barriere Le Fouquet is a luxurious amalgamation of two fascinating histories. When Louis Fouquet bought Le Criterion bar in 1899 it was already over 100 years old. Rue Le Criterion had been…