We love the bustling metropolises of North America, where from New York to Los Angeles you’re treated with fabulous art and culture, superb shopping, luxurious hotels and fine dining.
However, a trip to North America wouldn’t be complete without discovering its most beautiful and breathtaking assets, the great national parks. Astounding scenery comes in the form of vast canyons, towering waterfalls, colourful cliffs and bubbling geysers - photographers will delight. Yosemite has some of the most amazing hiking in the world and you can spot wildlife such as elk and bison, rare birdlife and beautiful flora – we couldn’t recommend it more highly for an outdoors adventure and a real sense of perspective.
The Plaza Athenée first opened its doors in 1984, and today it still feels like a chic European townhouse; a luxurious and low-key hideaway in the heart of New York. Its brilliant setting, close to Central Park and a short stroll from some of the finest luxury stores in Manhattan such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barney's and Henri Bendel, as well as The Frick, MOMA and Rockefeller Center, makes it one of the most sought after locations in the city. This is one of my favourite New York hotels for its central location, quiet rooms and seamless service.Read more
The Carlyle has a true place in New York's history and a firm following of repeat guests, which is testament to its distinguished reputation. Set in a Beaux Art building between Park and Madison Avenue, the hotel is surrounded by fabulous boutiques such as Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Prada and Lilly Pulitzer, and close to a host of top eateries and upscale galleries like Gagosian and Arader. There's no question that this is the grandest place to stay in New York City, having housed Royalty, heads of state and celebrities aplenty. And, as to be expected from a Rosewood Hotel, it is run with slick confidence and exceptional service, offering a glamorous sojourn for those looking to travel in style.Read more
It was something I have longed to do for a while, to see Yellowstone National Park. We had come across a good documentary last year, made by the BBC (currently available on Netflix, called Yellowstone: Battle for Life) and were fascinated by the geography, geology, flora and animals which live in the park.Read more
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...