Idyllic Iberia

Bordering Spain along the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal features rugged and dramatic coastlines, a lush and serene wine country, and active, vibrant cities with architecture dating back to the 1500s. You’ll find this sunny destination’s gastronomic scene rich with regional wine and Atlantic Ocean influences — including a seemingly endless supply of bacalhau (salted codfish).

The Portuguese say, “Quem não arrisca não petisca,” which translates to, “Those who do not risk do not have a snack.” If you have an appetite for this Southern European country, please get in touch before availability becomes scarce! I’ll help guide you to the best region for your travel style and top off your journey with exclusive VIP perks.

UNCOVER HIDDEN ISLAND GEMS IN MADEIRA

STAY AT: REID'S PALACE, A BELMOND HOTEL, MADEIRA

Until Madeira Airport opened in the 60s, the island could only be accessed by sea — and would you believe me if I said guests of this clifftop haven were carried up the craggy rocks in hammocks? Nowadays, this intimate island off the west coast of Portugal offers plenty of modern comforts — but if you’d like, you can still arrange a traditional wicker sled ride down the mountain into the capital… and while you’re there, perhaps taste fruits you’ve never heard of at the tropical Art Deco Food Market. Seeking a lower-key activity? Sip Madeira’s world-class wine while admiring the striking scenery from Reid’s Palace.

Private Perks: Book by June 25th to receive a complimentary 4th night! $100 resort credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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EXPLORE CULTURE & CUISINE IN PORTO

STAY AT: THE YEATMAN

A great classic hotel helps to define a destination with an authentic “sense of place.” That said, if you really want to feel like you’re in Northern Portugal, I suggest a stay at The Yeatman, a luxury retreat nestled on Porto’s hillside along the Douro River estuary. Start each day by enjoying gourmet breakfast (my compliments) with views of one of Europe’s oldest city centers from your private terrace. Head to the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district to traverse the narrowed cobbled streets as they wind past cafes and merchants’ houses. Travel tip: be sure to refer to this city as Porto (over Oporto) to fit in with the Portuguese locals.

Private Perks: $100 spa credit, tour and port wine tasting, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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FILL YOUR WINE GLASS IN DOURO VALLEY

STAY AT: SIX SENSES DOURO VALLEY

The Six Senses brand is well-regarded for its focus on enrichment and wellness in coveted destinations around the world. With their thoughtful hospitality combined with Douro Valley’s already spectacular natural beauty (it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reason), one can only imagine how many ways this luxurious hillside retreat feeds the soul. I’ll offer a small glimpse: reconnect with nature with a gourmet picnic in a 100-year old forest garden, explore hidden trails to find boutique wineries or quintas (wine estates) and taste small production wines, gently drift on the Douro River by paddleboard, gather souvenirs in the form of recipes during a Portuguese cooking class, or enjoy a dip in the spa’s heavenly indoor pool after what is likely to be your most memorable spa experience to date.

Private Perks: $100 dining credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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GET SAND ON YOUR TOES IN THE ALGARVE

STAY AT: VILA VITA PARC

Portugal’s southernmost region is known for golden, powdery beaches and has no shortage of luxurious seaside resorts. Rising above the rest, the timeless and elegant VILA VITA Parc seems to celebrate the best of the Algarve, offering unparalleled ocean views and direct access to a secluded beach bordered by rocky cliffs. If you can manage to break away from your leisurely rotation of sunbathing and ocean dips, take a boat trip to visit the nearby sea caves or head to the rustic cave-like spa. If food is never an afterthought in your version of paradise, there are no less than ten restaurants and six bars serving up the most diverse selection of Portuguese creations. Saude!

Private Perks: $100 dining credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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Summer In Paris

BONJOUR TRAVELER!

It’s said that life imitates art, and no place paints a prettier picture than the City of Light. In Paris, every street has a compelling story to tell… stories rich with history, culture, and effortless style. Each visit is an opportunity for endless exploration and inspiration, and I can’t wait to help you experience this city — reopening June 9th for travelers with proof of a negative PCR test result — with privileged access to special perks and amenities.

Below I’ve suggested two spectacular Parisian hotels (that are Sharecare VERIFIED™) . Get in touch to plan your effortless escape!

WHERE TO STAY: THE PENINSULA PARIS

CELEBRATE THE FRENCH ART OF CHIC LIVING

Perfectly situated at 19 Avenue Kléber, The Peninsula is located in the heart of Paris within walking distance of some of the world’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury shopping districts. The Peninsula houses 200 rooms, including 86 spacious suites. Inspired by haute couture, the themed suites are veritable showcases of French heritage. After a decadent gourmet breakfast followed by a complimentary city tour, utilize your resort credit at the hotel spa (the largest in Paris) or the Peninsula’s Michelin-starred French restaurant overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Take in panoramic views of the city’s twinkling lights from the rooftop terrace, while enjoying a signature drink and reflecting on your dreamy day in the Paris.

Private perks: Exclusive 1 hour city tour, €100 resort credit, complimentary daily breakfast for two, signature drinks for two on the rooftop terrace, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary room upgrade, roundtrip airport transfers for two, and more.

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INDULGE IN PARISIAN SPLENDOR AND SOPHISTICATION

CELEBRATE THE FRENCH ART OF CHIC LIVING

An illustrious landmark overlooking the Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon is a celebration of the spirit of Paris and French art de vivre — timeless and unabashedly elegant. Sink into the warmth and refinement of stylish guest rooms and suites that effortlessly blend 18th-century heritage and contemporary creature comforts. This is a place you’ll wake up feeling like royalty — and no surprise considering this was where Marie Antoinette once took piano lessons.

Dining options include L’Ecrin (Paris’ best-kept secret), the distinctive Brasserie d’Aumont, Jardin d’Hiver, and the hotel’s favored rendezvous spot, Les Ambassadeurs. Be sure to pay a visit to the stunning gilded bar, where you can sip champagne (there are more than 200 kinds!) under the artful hand-painted ceiling.

Private perks: Reserve 4 nights and receive a complimentary 5th night. $100 resort credit, complimentary daily breakfast for two, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary room upgrade, wifi, and more.

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4 Grecian Dream Getaways

Blessed with a rich history, stunning weather, surreal landscapes and sumptuous cuisine, Greece is bound to make an appearance in anyone’s daydreams.

To really bring your Grecian dreams to life, imagine your next getaway at a luxurious seaside resort, elevated with my exclusive VIP perks. Catch the early flight and take advantage of complimentary early check-in, delighting in your personalized in-room welcome gift. Head straight to the pool for lunch with a bright summer cocktail, paid for with your resort credit. Wake up to a colorful (and complimentary) room service breakfast with the impossibly perfect view from your upgraded accommodations. And when it’s time to leave, think again. With late check-out, you can linger carefree into the afternoon.

Starting May 14th, Greece is welcoming travelers who can confirm their vaccination, antibody, or negative COVID-19 status. To give you a head start on your vacation plans before availability starts to run out, I’ve gathered some of my favorite resorts across the country (no easy task) to inspire you to consider a summer escape. If you’re dreaming of a Mediterranean holiday, please don’t wait to reach out to begin planning!

IF YOU'RE DAYDREAMING OF CHANIA

STAY AT: DOMES NORUZ CHANIA, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

Chania, a city on the Greek Island of Crete, is a sunny, gorgeous alternative to Mykonos and Ibiza, as it combines numerous bars and night clubs, an urban resort setting and excellent cuisine. With over four thousand years of history, this destination is beautifully distinct from other Greek cities, thriving with tasteful tavernas, Old Town wanderers and fashion-forward boutiques. If you’re a cosmopolitan new-age traveler, the lively Domes Noruz Chania captures everything you could want: resident and host DJs, mixology classes, an open-air gym, modern design, and an overall atmosphere of wellness and relaxation.

Private perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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IF YOU'RE DAYDREAMING OF MYKONOS

STAY AT: SANTA MARINA, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT

To experience the mesmerizing magic of Mykonos, one must choose their hotel wisely—perhaps one where you can savour the glamorous Greek lifestyle on the island’s only private sandy beach. In the most fashionable and sophisticated setting, the Aegean interpretation of the world-famous Buddha-Bar lifestyle experience is combined with Mykonos Social, Jason Atherton’s first restaurant in the Mediterranean. Whether you cozy up in an intimate guest room or share an expansive villa, your beach-chic interiors feature modern, natural luxury, opening to balconies with hypnotic Aegean views.

Private perks: $100 resort credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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If You're Daydreaming Of Paros

STAY AT: PARILIO, A MEMBER OF DESIGN HOTELS

Paros is a place where unspoiled natural beauty and the slowed rhythms of Cycladic life prevail. I recommend a stay at Parilio, where you’ll be conveniently located on the island’s northeastern coast, between stunning Kolympithres beach and the jewel town of Naoussa, gazing at Naoussa Bay. By the way, the name Parilio is derived from ‘Paros’ and the Greek word for the sun ‘Ilios’, fitting for this 33-suite retreat characterized by amber-hued fields, araucaria trees, and of course, the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea. The minimalistic pool, with impressive rock formations, embodies the hotel’s reverence for natural stone and geometric forms. Your poolside experience will be filled with refreshing and creative cocktails whether you unwind by day or night.

Private perks: $100 dining credit, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, complimentary upgrade, and more.

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IF YOU'RE DAYDREAMING OF SANTORINI

STAY AT: GRACE HOTEL, AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION

If it’s ultimate romance, indulgence and isolation you’re after, you’ll find it 300 meters above Santorini’s Caldera, a sheltered deep basin formed by a sunken volcano centuries ago. From its setting on the Imerovigli hillside, Grace Santorini offers unparalleled views of famed Aegean sunsets over the Cyclades. In an already awe-inspiring setting, guests are invited to scenic evenings with live music, hosted regularly at the resort’s Santoro restaurant and iconic Champagne Lounge, nestled 363 meters above sea level. You’ll never forget this gastronomic journey of tastes and sounds under the stars.

Private perks: Welcome bottle of wine and local delicacies, complimentary daily breakfast, early check-in/late check-out, and more.

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Twin Farms Resort & Spa in Barnard, Virginia

Rustic Retreat

Twin Farms Resort & Spa in Barnard, Virginia

If it’s a home away from home you seek, this is the place. Scheduled to reopen on June 16, Twin Farms’ twenty individual accommodations are individually and uniquely designed with privacy in mind. Spread over more than 300 acres, this pastoral paradise of lush rolling hills, fields, and forest, is for those who have dreamt of living on a private New England estate. There is no shortage of outdoor summer activities which range from hiking, biking, fly-fishing, canoeing, and more. Decadent meals are customized for each guest, incorporate the property’s own herbs, and are complemented by vintages from a 15,000 bottle wine cellar.

Private perks: 15% single occupancy discount, upgrade on arrival, daily full breakfast, house-made honey and local pottery (value of $150), early check-in, late check-out, complimentary wifi, and more.

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Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California

Seaside Sanctuary

Montage Resort in Laguna Beach, California

Set on an oceanfront bluff with breathtaking panoramas of California’s iconic coastline, Montage Laguna Beach is just a one-hour drive south of Los Angeles or north of San Diego, and currently open, making it an ideal getaway from either city. Fully renovated in 2019, the property features Craftsman-style architecture and bright, cheery rooms with ocean-view balconies so you can inhale the fresh, irresistible ocean air from the comfort of your feathertop bed. With 30 acres of lush landscaping and adjacent to a gorgeous park with many meditative walking paths, suddenly the stunning beaches below have some competition. No matter how you choose to spend your time away, we think you’ll agree: what a place to unwind.

Private perks: Upgrade upon booking, welcome amenity, $60 daily breakfast credit, $100 spa credit, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary wifi, and more.

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Holistic Hideaway

Shou Sugi Ban House zen fire pit.

Reopening on June 1, Shou Sugi Ban House, located just two hours outside of New York City in the Hamptons, defines itself as discreetly luxurious with an aesthetic inspired by the Japanese principles of wabi-sabi – a world view focused on the beauty of transience and imperfection.  This thirteen-room retreat values healing properties found in the natural world, and upon arrival, you’ll instantly be transported into a tranquil environment, and will depart feeling wholly rejuvenated in both mind and body. This getaway encourages you to return to the simplicity of self: a lesson we feel the universe is urging us to learn.

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Beautiful desert oasis Amangiri un Canyon Point, Utah.

Painted Desert Paradise

Beautiful desert oasis Amangiri un Canyon Point, Utah.

Amangiri, which means “mountain of peace” in Sanskrit, is an otherwordly desert oasis currently open and accepting reservations. Tucked into 600 pristine acres in Southern Utah, let your eyes fool you as they gaze at the sweeping vistas you’re sure to mistake for a mirage of paintings. Those who believe that nature is the best kind of art will marvel at the geologic wonders that comprise the American Southwest. Take in the dramatic views of Grand Staircase-Escalante and enjoy privileged access to the greatest concentration of nearby national parks, currently undergoing phased reopenings. This region is home to the Navajo, whose proverb reads, “Be still and the earth will speak to you.” Be sure to let us know what it has to say once you arrive in this starkly beautiful setting.

Private perks: Upgrade on arrival, full daily breakfast for two, $125 per person spa credit for two guests, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary wi-fi, and more.

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