Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of Latin America and this influence is obvious in its architecture. There was even a period when building materials were brought from Europe to replicate its charm and grandeur. The weather is beautiful (sunny and 30 degrees C / 86F in March), the food is fresh and delicious, the people are equally warm and friendly and there’s an intangible buzz in the city. This place is known for steak, leather goods and polo so make sure you fit in at least one of those while you’re here! Whilst it’s advisable to visit this city when you have at least a week to explore it properly, it turns out that this is even feasible as a long weekend trip from afar.

STAY & VISIT: At Hub Porteño, a little boutique hotel in the Recoleta neighborhood which is easily accessible to the Palacio Duhau to see the gardens, the Four Seasons hotel for their ‘after office’ drinks by the pool complete with DJ and the glamorous set, and Eva Peron’s grave. The staff is always on hand to make sure your needs are catered to. Don’t miss the yogurt mousse at breakfast, it’s light and full of flavor. Conde Nast Traveller even selected Hub Porteño for its hot list in 2013

Hub Porteño

Hub Porteño

Palacio Duhau

Palacio Duhau

Four Seasons

Four Seasons

If you’re short on time booking a tour online such as this one from viator.com can give you a brief overview of the city and its history. The time spent in La Boca could have been shorter but it was otherwise interesting and the staff are very helpful. The hotel pickup was convenient too.
Cardon in Recoleta has typical gaucho attire among other items such as leather bags. A little boutique called Redondo Frydman has beautiful soft leather (and even some fur) women’s clothing and accessories.
Palermo Soho which has cobblestoned tree-lined quiet streets oozing with charm that reminds you of everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Chocolate on Honduras 4928 has classic high quality women’s clothing, while Broer enfants does the same for kids clothing (Honduras 4839). MONEY TIP* Bring USD – in most stores they let you pay with USD at the unofficial exchange rate which is more advantageous than the official one.




If you want to rest your tired feet, stop in Farinelli for their fresh, healthy foods and decadent desserts.
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Basa is trendy, fun, and the food is incredible. You can’t go wrong with the burrata starter or the dulce de leche panqueque for dessert. 


La Mar just opened in Buenos Aires on Arevalo 2024 and is the place to go for ceviche. Sit outside on the terrace and take in the ambience.
La Mar

La Mar

The cafe at Malba otherwise known as the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires is lovely and the carpaccio is recommended but definitely make sure you get a spot in the shade if you’re on the terrace!
For lunch sit outside at Primafila at the Terrazas de Buenos Aires Design and order a lomo a la parrilla (filet steak).


For arguably the best steak in the city order the rib-eye or ojo de bife at Elena. It comes with a chimichurri sauce and just melts in your mouth. Try the empanadas here too.




As always, have a great trip!

Looking for an escape from hectic London and you don’t feel like going through the stress of getting to an airport? Babington House, part of the Soho House Group in Somerset is the perfect solution. An idyllic getaway that is about three hours away from the capital, it not only provides a peaceful setting, but delicious food and excellent service as well. I recommend getting a spa treatment at their Cowshed spa to top off your relaxing weekend.








Flying Private


For flying and travel enthusiasts, and depending on whether or not you can afford it, flying private is either the only way to travel or a once in a lifetime opportunity. The problem is once you’ve had a taste of private jets, you really don’t want to go back to commercial, especially since service on commercial airlines has vastly deteriorated (with a few notable exceptions of course) after September 11th and the rise of low-cost airlines. There are several companies nowadays that bring this dream a little closer to reality for more than just a select few though, with empty legs or empty seats for sale.

Centreline hangar

One such company is Centreline Air. Based in Bristol in the United Kingdom, they fly everywhere you may want to go within Europe on a jet of your choice. They also have larger aircraft than can fly you on longer journeys i.e. to New York. They offer a wide range of services including: aircraft charter, acquisition, management, and recoop (Reduced Cost Of Ownership Programme), as well as jets for sale.  Phil Brockwell, the owner of the company, is among the most humble and nicest people I have ever met. He, along with Nikki Rose, the Commercial Manager who’s worked with him in growing the business to what it is today, make a great team.  Their level of professionalism and service is unparalleled and they and their team of pilots strive to create the perfect, most seamless experience for their clients.

private jet

What they’ve written on their home page really holds true and I could not recommend them more highly.

The first time you fly with Centreline, we know you will have looked closely at our competitors. You may even have used some of their services. But by the time you have made a couple of journeys with us, we are confident that you won’t want to give your business to anyone else.

Centreline pilots

As always, have a great trip!

Kotor in Montenegro is a hidden gem. There are some tourists, but it still maintains that undiscovered appeal. The food is excellent, prices reasonable, and service is friendly – all of which can be quite difficult to find in Europe as there are not many areas left that are not overrun with tourists, especially in summer.



You can either fly directly to Tivat airport which is a short 20 minute drive away, or you can drive over the border if you happen to be holidaying in Dubrovnik or somewhere else in Croatia and you want to escape the crowds. Just bear in mind that Montenegro is not yet in the European Union, so the border crossing can take a few hours if you happen to hit traffic as you have to go through controls.

The Bond film Casino Royale was filmed here, and you can see why. The Bay of Kotor is incredibly scenic (there are impressive yachts here to ogle at too) and certainly rivals the beauty of Lake Geneva in Switzerland and Lake Como in Italy.

Bay of Kotor

yachts in the Bay of Kotor


At the boutique Hotel Hippocampus, a charming hotel in the center of the old town where you are really made to feel welcome. The decor is modern yet warm, and they have a small rooftop terrace overlooking the town.

view from hotel rooftop

Hotel Hippocampus entrance

Sit outside at the snack bar ‘AS’. This place looks so simple, but the food is delicious. Try the carpaccio or the fresh calamari (9 euro). This was the most reasonable delicious meal I’ve had in a long time.




You can also sit on the terrace of their open bar Citadella and soak in the views.




I definitely recommend visiting while Kotor still has its charm!

My dear American readers, enter to win two round trip tickets to Fiji from Lesley Carter at Bucket List Publications and Fiji Airways by 12:59:59 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2013 – just follow her instructions below!


Imagine winning two free tickets to Fiji! It can happen right here!

Do you dream of visiting Fiji? Is it one of your bucket list items? I’m honored to work with Fiji Airways to give away two round trip tickets to Fiji! 

From July 8th to July 19th, you will have multiple opportunities to enter the two round trip ticket giveaway. See below for instructions on how to enter!


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Booking last minute travel can sometimes have its advantages like the 20% off you can get from some of The Leading Hotels of the World, not a bad way to live in luxury for less!

The Ritz London

Photo credit: http://www.lhw.com

Have a great trip!

Yes the title is true, and once you visit you can see why he would want to. This charming place is about two hours south of San Francisco – a perfect stop on a drive down the coast to Los Angeles.

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Stay at L’Auberge Carmel, part of the Relais & Chateaux group which has some of the most charming hotels in the world.
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The food and service here is excellent, the rooms are cozy, and the layout intimate. They even have small touches like milk and cookies and a personalized welcome note. Pre-pay for a cheaper rate with breakfast and parking on booking.com, but just be aware that you usually cannot cancel then. Tipping is included in the price of your stay so you don’t need to stress about calculations.
Visit the beach here – either to surf, run or just lay out on the sand and enjoy the peaceful nature.
Take a romantic walk around the town to visit the shops or grab a bite to eat, or if you fall in love with the place like most people who visit – do a bit of house hunting.
As always, have a great trip!

A surf camp is certainly not number one on the list of places to stay for those who prefer the finer things in life, but Chaaya Island Dhonveli was surprisingly pleasant. They own the rights to a coveted surf spot called Pasta Point which can be booked exclusively through Atoll Travel in Australia or their affiliates in other countries, which ensures that there is no overcrowding on the waves. Whilst the hotel facilities were more of a three star, the service was excellent. The hotel staff were always smiling and friendly, and they really go out of their way to make the experience memorable. The surroundings are so beautiful – they’re exactly what you see on a postcard without Photoshop – that you cannot help loving every moment that you’re there.

Baros water villas

For a more opulent stay, Baros is the place to go. As part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, you can be reassured that you’ll have a five star experience. Both the beach villas and the water villas are wonderful, and choosing between the two really depends on what you prefer.

View from beach villa

The beach villas have tastefully decorated outdoor bathrooms complete with truly unique rain showers.

Maldives rain shower

The spa treatments here are excellent – both the massages and facials are highly recommended. And for yogis, a private class with the resort yogi Bhupender Kumar are most definitely worth taking. He teaches what he’s learned from practicing for many years in India and is always smiling and patient with those struggling to learn advanced poses. Make sure to have some refreshing ginger tea while you’re at the spa.

The snorkelling and scuba diving here are also great activities to partake in. The coral and variety of fish and sharks are more impressive than those in the Great Barrier Reef Australia, at least from my experience.

scuba diving

The teppanyaki at Cayenne restaurant is delicious and the food is much better than at The Lighthouse restaurant, although the ambiance at The Lighthouse is quite romantic.

You end up leaving here dreaming of the next excuse to come back – vow renewals for that ten year anniversary perhaps? Even if you only get to see the Maldives once, you’ll remember it for a lifetime.


As always, have a great trip!

There is so much to see in the Holy Land – one of the most religious and historically rich places in the world. It is definitely worth a visit, despite all the regional tensions.  This is also a great place to celebrate the traditional New Year’s Eve (December 31st according to the Gregorian / Roman calendar) as it doesn’t coincide with Jewish New Year’s celebrations (Rosh Hashanah). If you only have a few days, you can make the most of it with a tour – either a private hire through your hotel or a group tour through Egged Tours.




It is easy to get lost in the narrow, winding pedestrian streets and to forget which quarter of the Old City you’re in – the Jewish, Muslim, Armenian, and Christian Quarters are all closely intertwined. This is the place to view biblical sites and get souvenirs of your trip if you so wish. The Western (Wailing) Wall is also a must see – be sure to pray at either the men’s or women’s side before you leave.



One of the most memorable parts of this trip, the Dead Sea really is a unique site. Float in the water, and make sure to wrap the Dead Sea mud all over your body for a proper natural spa session. Or as one creative woman did, take a Tupperware with you so that you can fill it with the mud and take it home! You can also buy Ahava (Dead Sea beauty products) there or for a better deal, at the airport duty-free.


There’s a charming new little boutique hotel called Hotel Berdichevsky located on a quiet street in Tel Aviv. The rooms are clean and tastefully decorated, and the breakfast is delicious. The concierge also gives fantastic restaurant recommendations (see below).


Eat (as often as you can) at Shila restaurant, also known as Sharon Cohen’s Kitchen & Bar. If you sit at the food bar, the mouth-watering tasting menu is created right in front of you by the chefs.




For a shisha and mint tea in a live DJ setting, stop at Honey Beach (cocktails are also served here).  Or relax on the beach in Tel Aviv – the winter sunshine in December (21degrees Celsius or approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit) is very welcomed by pale, Vitamin-D deficient tourists (myself included).


As always, have a great trip!

Arguably the most romantic of the Greek islands, Santorini is a great place to go with your other half. You’ll get stunning sunset views from hotels set high up on cliffs overlooking the water – the perfect place to relax and unwind – whether for your ‘mini-moon,’ honeymoon or just an extra-special vacation.

Stay in a suite at Canaves Oia Hotel for a little piece of paradise. Lounge on your own private balcony with incredible views, and alternate with a few hours relaxing at the pool.

If you’d like to go for an intimate dinner, make a reservation at 1800 which is just a few steps away. Dine on the terrace or on the roof. The set menu has an excellent array of fine dishes to thrill your taste buds. Many of the restaurants in Oia are very touristy but this one is a delightful exception.

If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, take a private sailing tour for a few hours with George of the Triantafillou Bros Oia Sailing Center. Swim in the natural hot springs to pamper your skin.

If you’re flying from London, easyjet flies directly from Gatwick to Santorini.

As always, enjoy your trip!