Casa Gangotena is a stunningly restored colonial mansion in the heart of Quito's historic centre, with balconies overlooking the picturesque Plaza San Francisco. This hotel really is hard to beat - it offers the most luxurious stay in the city; the atmosphere is intrinsically traditional and elegant interiors are adorned with beautiful art, antiques, original frescoed ceilings and opulent furnishings of chandeliers and Egyptian marble columns, transporting you to a bygone era.Read more
New York needs little introduction; it's skyline a veritable work of art, its legacy of turning dreamers into stars - world renowned, and its people… well, their steely reputation doesn't do them justice - everyone is welcome in New York City. I love walking down Manhattan's endless avenues, brimming with life, wondering what's in store from block to block. Of course, putting time aside to admire NYC's most famous sights and architectural beauties such as the Empire State building and Lady Liberty, the outstanding Museum of Modern Art and the eye-widening shops of Fifth Avenue, is a must. It's just as fabulous as the movies allude. But there is SO much more to New York. Exploring each district with its distinct personality, you'll discover wonderful gems from family run diners to hidden art studios and gorgeous boutiques where you'd least expect them. Through years of visiting Manhattan, and always keeping my ear to the ground on the city's hottest trends, I have a personal guide book of experiences that will make your city break both exciting and unique in equal measure.Read more
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
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...