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Rustic Luxury at the Finn Lough Resort in Northern Ireland

Along the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland sits Finn Lough, part of a large body of water known as Lower Lough Erne that stretches from Enniskillen to Ballyshannon. The Finn Lough Resort actually started in the 1980s with a series of holiday houses and was largely successful, offering a peaceful retreat to stressed out city dwellers. When the new generation took over the property though, they wanted to transform the resort into something new, something different. While the...
Tags: Travel, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Enniskillen, Lough Erne, Ballyshannon, Lough, Finn Lough, Finn Lough Resort


Marriott & Route 66: My Favorite Hotels Along the Drive

Driving Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica was the culmination of many years of dreaming and planning and the journey well exceeded my own lofty expectations. The adventure couldn’t have happened without the partnership of Marriott Americas though whose support enabled me to finally tackle this bucket list drive. Part of that sponsorship involved showcasing the width and breadth of the company by staying with a different brand every night of the trip. Note I said brand and not just hotel. Th...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Paris, Marriott, Starwood, St Louis, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, Destinations, Air France, Midwest, Oklahoma City, Resting Your Head, Santa Monica, Courtyard, Amarillo


Historic Luxury at the Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur

Jaipur quickly became one of my favorite cities in India. From the lively and colorful Pink City to the ancient monuments that have made it such an important place for so very long, there’s a lot to love about the city. There are also any number of incredible luxury hotels in and around the city, but none quite like going back in time and stepping into the life of the Maharaja himself at the remarkable Taj Rambagh Palace. One of the many benefits of traveling with luxury tour provider Abercromb...
Tags: Travel, Wales, India, Destinations, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Resting Your Head, Abercrombie Kent, Pink City, Taj Rambagh Palace, Rambagh Palace, Northern India Jaipur, Maharaja Jai Singh II


The Finn Lough Bubble Domes – Spending the Night in a Snow Globe

I’ve spent the night in any number of unusual places. Ice hotels, a Hobbit house, yurts and tents placed in any number of odd spots. But nothing quite prepared me for spending the night in a bubble dome. The brainchild of the owners of the Finn Lough Resort in Northern Ireland, as soon as I saw pictures of them I knew it was something I just had to try. I’m not alone either, since first being introduced a couple of years ago they’ve became a social media sensation with people traveling from aro...
Tags: Travel, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Destinations, Snow Globe, Resting Your Head, Enniskillen, Lough Erne, Ballyshannon, Finn Lough, Finn Lough Resort


Reacquainted with JW Marriott – Two Experiences With a Singular Focus

When Marriott acquired Starwood Hotels, it became the largest hotel company in the world with 30 brands, more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms. They span the planet and range from modest accommodations to some of the top luxury hotels in the world. It’s this remarkable diversity which allowed me to cross the US on Route 66 without duplicating a Marriott brand, a fact that still amazes me, and is also why I have been a personal customer since my very first business trip way back in 20...
Tags: Travel, Google, Hollywood, La, US, Service, Austin, Marriott, Staples Center, Weezer, Resting Your Head, JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Marriott International, Starwood Hotels, JW Marriott Austin


The St. Anthony Hotel & The Qualities I Look For in Any Hotel

I was about to write a fairly normal review of what is truly an exceptional hotel, the St. Anthony in San Antonio. As I thought about it a little more though, I decided instead that I would use my experience at this property, part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, to share some of the most important aspects of any great hotel. Not every hotel is made the same and, believe me, I certainly don’t enjoy every experience in the same way. My time though at the St. Anthony was so perfect that I think i...
Tags: Travel, Marriott, San Antonio, Anthony, Destinations, Resting Your Head, St Anthony, Alamo, River Walk, Texas Road Trip, St Anthony Hotel, Marriott Americas, San Antonio Service, St Anthony Historic


Four Reasons To Love the Luxurious Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India

Imagine a private retreat tucked away in between the mountains and a lakeside oasis. Then imagine a team of people, all waiting to treat you to a getaway you’ll never forget whether that means exploring nearby Udaipur, or sipping cocktails next to the pool all day. No need to imagine, the amazing Oberoi Udaivilas is tucked away in the mesmerizing city of Udaipur and which also happened to be one of the highlights of my luxury trip to India with tour provider Abercrombie & Kent. Instead of just ...
Tags: Travel, India, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Oberoi, Abercrombie Kent, Udaipur, Udaipur India, Lake Pichola, Maharana, Udaivilas, Oberoi Udaivilas, Abercrombie Kent Instead


Hospitality Curators – Enjoying Texas Culture at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

Summer is actually a great time to visit Texas, especially if you’re a fan of warmer temperatures like I am. Any visit to the Lone Star State though should start with Dallas, a cosmopolitan city that weaves in modern elegance with Texan charm seamlessly. Working with The Ritz-Carlton, I spent a few days exploring the city as a tourist and not for work, which was a first for me. What I discovered was a fun city made all the more enjoyable by the incredibly gracious Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ri...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Dallas, Jfk, George W Bush, Kennedy, Resting Your Head, Lone Star State, Ritz Carlton, Marriott International, Tex Mex, Waco Texas, Lee Harvey Oswald, Oswald, Dealey Plaza, Ritz Carlton Dallas


History, Luxury and Style at La Posada de Santa Fe in New Mexico

When Marriott and SPG announced their merger, many fans of both hotel companies around the world thought immediately about rewards and points, service and corporate culture. Not me, no, instead my first thoughts went to the new-to-me properties I would soon be enjoying. While I’m certainly not exclusive to Marriott, they’ve been a favorite travel company for a very long time, which is one of many reasons why I was so thrilled when they agreed to sponsor my epic Route 66 drive from Chicago to Sa...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Chicago, Marriott, New Mexico, Santa Fe, SPG, Destinations, Southwest, Resting Your Head, Marriott International, Santa Fe New Mexico, La Posada, La Posada de Santa Fe, Santa Monica Each, La Posada de Santa Fe Resort and Spa Santa Fe


Staying in a Mumbai Landmark – The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

First impressions are everything, and that is especially true in the travel experience. Even the smallest slight can forever leave us disliking new cities and even countries. Usually it’s a factor of how we as travelers feel, and arriving into the center of Mumbai at 2am, I felt tired after a long trip from the US to start my adventure with Abercrombie & Kent in India. I was also excited though, eager to start exploring a country I had been unsure about in the past, but which I was eager to exp...
Tags: Travel, India, US, Mumbai, Bangkok, Palace, Destinations, Yangon, Resting Your Head, Taj, Abercrombie Kent, Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai Jaipur


The Oberoi Amarvilas – Ideal Hotel to Best Experience the Taj Mahal

Driving into Agra, my guide turned around and told me that the area around the Taj Mahal is closed off for security reasons. My face must have dropped a little because he quickly added, “except for guests at the Oberoi Amarvilas of course.” And that was my first introduction to not only the best luxury hotel in Agra, but one of the best hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure to call home, albeit briefly. Traveling around India on a Tailor Made Journey with Abercrombie & Kent, the individual hotels a...
Tags: Travel, India, Bellevue, Taj Mahal, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Agra, Abercrombie, Oberoi, Abercrombie Kent, Udaipur, Mughals, Oberoi Amarvilas, Oberoi Hotels, Amarvilas, Oberoi Amarvilas Located


Embracing My Inner Cool Guy at the Hotel La Jolla in California

On my recent trip to the San Diego area, I spent a couple of nights in the very posh seaside community of La Jolla. Long known as a chic and wealthy enclave, I was excited to see a different side to the region. I was also excited to stay at the very chic and even glamorous Hotel La Jolla, which is part of the Curio Collection of hotels. I’ve had amazing luck with Curio properties around the world; their unique brand of boutique luxury meshes well with my own travel style. The Hotel La Jolla rep...
Tags: Travel, California, San Diego, Hilton, Resting Your Head, La Jolla, La Jolla Shores, Torrey Pines, La Jolla Cove, Mealtimes, Hotel La Jolla, La Jolla Long, Southern California Truly Incredible Service


Sandhotel – My New Favorite Retreat in Reykjavik, Iceland

I have a mixed record when it comes to finding great hotels in Reykjavik. Part of it is my fault; I haven’t always made the right decisions. Part of the blame though also rests with Reykjavik itself. Until the last few years, the demand for great luxury hotels simply wasn’t there, but that is all changing. New, boutique hotels are starting to open, offering discerning guests something different away from apartment rentals and the omnipresent CenterHotel chain. One of these great properties is t...
Tags: Travel, John Le Carre, Iceland, Baker, Reykjavik, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Reykjavik Iceland, Laugavegur, Sandholt, Sandhotel, Guðsteinn Eyjólfsson, Reykjavik Location


Adventurous Luxury at the Hotel Husafell in West Iceland

I am and always have been a curmudgeon, just one of my many quirks that I think make me a good reviewer of places and services. One thing that has annoyed me lately is the predilection towards calling everything luxury. Backpackers who stay in a decent 3-star hotel somewhere proudly proclaim their luxury travel experience. Once I was driving through rural Tanzania and written on a wooden plank was the word “Luxury hotel” with an arrow pointing the way. Obviously, neither of these experiences we...
Tags: Travel, Tanzania, Northern Lights, Iceland, Scandinavia, Destinations, Resting Your Head, West Iceland, Husafell, Langjökull, Hotel Husafell, Barnafossar the Children 's Falls


The Aleph Rome Hotel – Boutique Luxury in the Heart of the City

Enjoying Rome is a new sensation for me. It started last fall when I returned after a very long absence and surprised myself by falling in love with the city. There’s something about it that resonated with me on my recent visits that hadn’t happened before so, when I learned that my Viking oceans cruise ended in Rome, I knew I wanted to extend my stay. I spent two days in Rome after the cruise, with the mission of enjoying the city’s holiday traditions as well as revisiting favorite spots aroun...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Rome, Hilton, Philadelphia, Trevi Fountain, Resting Your Head, Gatsby, Aleph, Curio, Aleph Rome Hotel, Aleph Rome Hotel History, San Basilio, Rome Style, Aleph Rome, ONYX Lobby Lounge


The Almanac Barcelona – The City’s Newest Luxury Getaway

One of the great cities of the world, Barcelona is also one of the best cities to enjoy a world-class hotel. There are many options scattered around this ancient Catalan city, but in recent years new boutique luxury hotels have started to emerge, once again changing the hospitality landscape of the city. On my most recent trip to Barcelona I had the great opportunity to stay at the city’s newest luxury hotel, the Almanac Barcelona, still wiping off the dust following its soft opening. Unfamilia...
Tags: Travel, Spain, Barcelona, Vienna, Gaudi, Mediterranean, Resting Your Head, Casa Milà, Almanac Barcelona, Prague Zagreb Budapest


All-Inclusive Luxury? My Experience at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

I was excited. I had never been to the Dominican Republic before and, frankly, I was looking forward to some sunshine and gorgeous ocean views. I was also a little hesitant though. It had been years since I last stayed at a so-called all-inclusive resort, and that experience hadn’t been all too positive. Invited by the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro though, I was promised a different kind of experience. Quickly assured that this, the most exclusive of Iberostar’s hotel categories, wasn’t your ave...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Americas, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, Resting Your Head, Iberostar, Grand Hotel, Bavaro, Mario Gonzalez, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, Grand Hotel Bavaro, Punta Cana Designed


137 Pillars House – A Refined Escape in Chiang Mai

The name was not familiar to me, but I was intrigued. The deeper I delved into the strange world of Internet reviews, the more my interest was piqued because, for the most part, I couldn’t find anything negative written about 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. Every hotel has had complaints, it’s just the nature of the business even if it’s something as ridiculous as a guest not liking the type of coffee served in-room. But as far as I could tell, the reviews for this small luxury hotel in Chiang...
Tags: Travel, Bangkok, Destinations, South East Asia, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Resting Your Head, Chiang Mai Thailand, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Borneo Trading Company, Wongphanier, Pillars House, Chiang Mai She, Chiang Mai Every, Travel Leisure Magazine


The 137 Pillars House – A Refined Escape in Chiang Mai

The name was not familiar to me, but I was intrigued. The deeper I delved into the strange world of Internet reviews, the more my interest was piqued because, for the most part, I couldn’t find anything negative written about The 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai. Every hotel has had complaints, it’s just the nature of the business even if it’s something as ridiculous as a guest not liking the type of coffee served in-room. But as far as I could tell, the reviews for this small luxury hotel in Ch...
Tags: Travel, Bangkok, Destinations, South East Asia, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Resting Your Head, Chiang Mai Thailand, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Borneo Trading Company, Wongphanier, Pillars House, Chiang Mai She, Chiang Mai Every, Travel Leisure Magazine


A True Transformation – The Newly Reimagined Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland

Last year, I undertook a whirlwind trip around the U.S. working with The Ritz-Carlton in order to showcase some properties that don’t always get the attention that they deserve. My final stop on the trip was in Cleveland, a city I very quickly grew to appreciate. While staying at The Ritz-Carlton, I of course enjoyed the outstanding service for which this luxury hotel brand is so well known, as well as delicious cuisine and a hotel in a fantastic location. But the gorilla in the room was the ho...
Tags: Travel, Lake Erie, Cleveland, Hall of Fame, Resting Your Head, Travelers, Ritz Carlton, Roll Hall of Fame, Rock And Roll Hall, Ritz Carlton Cleveland, Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, Ritz Carlton Club Lounge, The Ritz Carlton Cleveland, Core Fitness Center, Cleveland Rocks Best


The 137 Pillars Suites & Residences – Bangkok’s Hottest New Hotel

Bangkok is a city that knows how to provide luxury experiences to the millions of travelers who visit every year. The city has some of the best hotels in the world, all locked in a fierce battle with one another to lure luxury travelers to their properties. When it came time for me to choose a hotel on my recent trip to the City of Angels, it was a challenge. There were just so many options, all at very competitive prices that it was almost sensory overload. Then I discovered a luxury brand tha...
Tags: Travel, London, House, Bangkok, Destinations, Chiang Mai, City Of Angels, Resting Your Head, Louie, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Borneo Trading Company, Pillars House, Bangkok Trading Post, Jack Bain, World Small Luxury Hotels


Old World Elegance at the Incredible Strand Hotel in Yangon

When talking about not only the world’s great hotels but also the most remarkable travel experiences, they fall into a variety of different camps. Among the standouts though are those who have not only proven the test of time, but whose service and refinement has become the stuff of legends. The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, Raffles in Singapore and yes, The Strand Hotel in Yangon are all members of this exclusive group of leading hotels. I had the great opportunity to be the guest of The Stran...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Downton Abbey, Singapore, Myanmar, Bangkok, Destinations, Yangon, Resting Your Head, Bagan, Strand Hotel, Grande Dame, Ayeyarwady River, Sarkies, Strand Road, Incredible Strand Hotel


137 Pillars in Thailand: The Luxury Travel Brand You Need To Know

I knew things would be slightly different when I ran into the famed CNN host Richard Quest at the breakfast buffet. Turns out though we had similar goals staying at the 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai, to learn more about what is perhaps one of the most important luxury hotel brands in the world no one has heard of. That’s not quite fair, plenty of people have heard of 137 Pillars, but they are those in the know. They are travelers who seek unique experiences away from the mainstream while also...
Tags: Travel, Cnn, Thailand, Bangkok, Destinations, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Resting Your Head, Richard Quest, Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Borneo Trading Company, Wongphanier, Pillars House, Chiang Mai She


Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa – The 5 Star Experience in Nova Scotia I Never Expected

Don’t get me wrong. I always love visiting Canada and provinces like Nova Scotia offer so many one of a kind experiences that I know traveling there will be an adventure. But what I don’t necessarily always expect from Canada is to find a great luxury hotel or resort. I think that’s why I was almost immediately won over by the remarkable Fox Harb’r Golf Resort & Spa in Nova Scotia – I never expected it. When we travel, those unexpected experiences are usually the best and by the end of my far t...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Bill Clinton, Nova Scotia, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Bay Of Fundy, Timmy, Tim Horton, Ron Joyce, Fox Harb, Golf Resort Spa


Why You Need To Know About The Strand Experience in Myanmar

Everyone travels differently; it’s one of the things I love most about the experience. It’s equal opportunity and anyone can benefit from it whether they’re rich or poor, adventurous or not. When it came time for me to think about how I first wanted to experience Myanmar though, there was little question in my mind. For nearly a century, The Strand Hotel in Yangon has been one of the most luxurious and famous hotels not only in Asia, but the world, and their recent addition of a river cruise al...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Downton Abbey, Singapore, Myanmar, Cruising, Bangkok, Destinations, Yangon, Planes Trains Ships, Resting Your Head, Mandalay, Bagan, Diet Coke, Ayeyarwady River, Sarkies


The Romantik Hotel: Spending the Night at Wartburg Castle

“I’m not sure I can get up the hill,” my cab driver informed me in a heavy German accent. I let him know it was ok, that I could walk the remaining few feet to my destination for the day, one of Germany’s great luxury retreats, the Wartburg Castle Hotel. Officially named the Romantik Hotel at the Wartburg, the property first opened in 1914 and has been entertaining guests ever since. Easily the hotel highlight of my most recent trip around Germany, I want to share some of the many features that...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Luther, Destinations, Unesco World Heritage, Resting Your Head, Martin Luther, Wartburg, Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Luther Country, Wartburg In, Wartburg Castle Hotel, Luther Food, Star Service, Romantik Hotel


Luxurious Places to Spend the Night in Ireland’s Ancient East

I always have an amazing time exploring Ireland, but add in a few relaxing luxury hotels and it’s a near perfect travel experience for me. Where I spend the night is an important aspect of travel for me. I truly do enjoy staying at and exploring new hotels and resorts and most times they help define my travel experience in ways I never expect. That was certainly the case on my most recent trip to Ireland where I explored Ireland’s Ancient East, where some of the country’s oldest and most remarka...
Tags: Travel, Ireland, Queen Victoria, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Drogheda, Carton House, Barberstown Castle, Straffan, Barberstown, BrookLodge, Duke of Leinster, Grace Kelly Today, Dublin Drogheda, Barberstown Castle When


4 Reasons to Love the Hotel Reichshof Hamburg

When it came time to decide where to stay while visiting Hamburg, Germany, there was little choice. I knew immediately where I wanted to call home for a few days, the Hotel Reichshof Hamburg. What first drew me to the property was their affiliation with the Curio Collection, but I soon learned there are plenty of reasons to love this heritage property in its own right. So when you find yourself in Hamburg the next time, look no further than this remarkable hotel for these reasons and more. Curi...
Tags: Travel, Hilton, Philadelphia, Hamburg, Resting Your Head, Hamburg Germany, Curio Collection, Hotel Reichshof Hamburg, Reichshof Hamburg, Hamburg Card, Reichshof, Mario Regensburg


BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village in Ireland: An Ideal Retreat

Driving along the country roads of rural County Wicklow, I began to wonder not for the first time if I was heading in the right direction. I kept passing beautiful farms and quiet little estates, a perfect place to call home really. But then, almost out of nowhere erupted the tranquil Macreddin Village and my ultimate destination for the day, the BrookLodge Hotel. Working with Tourism Ireland to showcase the width and breadth of experiences found in the region known as Ireland’s Ancient East, I...
Tags: Travel, New York, Ireland, Michelin, Destinations, Resting Your Head, Kevin, Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains National Park, Upper Lake, County Wicklow, St Kevin, BrookLodge, BrookLodge Hotel, Macreddin Village, BrookLodge Hotel Working


6 Somewhat Random Luxury Hotels You Should Know

On average, I spend anywhere from 25-30% of my year traveling. One of the secondary effects of this frequent movement around the globe is that I stay in a lot of hotels and resorts, many more than I could ever highlight here on the site. So today I want to share some of my favorite luxury hotel experiences from the past 6-9 months or so that I haven’t written a lot about. They each probably deserve their own post, but at least this is a first step in sharing what I think are some unique and lux...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Spain, Barcelona, Canada, Calgary, Resting Your Head, Ronda, Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo, Abercrombie Kent, Kuru, Gold Lounge, Sligo Ireland, Fairmont Palliser, Bogota Bogota Colombia Bogota Colombia