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Hotel Review: ALiLa Napa Valley

Hotel Review

ALiLa Napa Valley

A Luxury Adults Only Hotel in Napa Valley

Located just minutes from downtown St. Helena in the heart of Napa Valley, ALiLa Napa Valley is the perfect base for a romantic getaway or vacation with friends to explore California Wine Country. Originally a physician’s home built in 1905, the historical building is now known as Acacia House, and welcomes you in for a delicious cocktail and mouthwatering meal, both made with fresh local ingredients and served up by their expert mixologists and chefs. The historical “gateway” into the property is a warm juxtaposition next to the modernized wings where the rooms and suites are located.

While there are many fantastic hotels and resorts to choose from in Napa and Sonoma Valley, the location of ALiLa Napa Valley make it ideal for daily outings to the local wineries, and the warm and friendly staff make you feel like you’re coming home after each day of adventure.

Perfect For: Honeymoons | Weddings | Bachelorette Groups and Parties | Bachelor Parties | Romantic Getaways | Incentive Trips | Corporate Groups | Adults Only Groups | Friend Getaways | Corporate Meetings | Spa Seekers | Foodies

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    ALiLa Napa Valley

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    San Fransisco International Airport

ALiLa Napa Valley Location: Located in the heart of St. Helena, ALiLa Napa Valley is also in the center of Napa Valley.

Getting There: The nearest airport, Santa Rosa Airport (STS) is just 17 miles from ALiLa Napa Valley, or San Francisco Airport (SFO) is just over 2 hours. Other nearby airports include Sacramento (SMF) or Oakland (OAK).

Alila Napa Vibe

Vibe: Because ALiLa Napa Valley is adults-only, the atmosphere lends itself to being more peaceful and zen-like. The staff is approachable and friendly, and I found strangers gathering in Acacia House, sharing stories of winery visits and restaurant dishes before or after dinner. The property is small and intimate, but the rooms themselves are spacious and offer complete privacy. Whether you’re the type of person who likes to mix and mingle with fellow travelers, or keep to yourself, I think you can accomplish both things here at ALiLa Napa Valley. It is less spread out than other nearby properties like Auberge Stanley Ranch or Carneros Resort and Spa, but the intimacy delivers a touch more charm in my opinion.

While Napa is packed with more bars and restaurants, St. Helena is the best place for wine enthusiasts looking for a more elevated experience. ALiLa Napa Valley just happens to be the best hotel in St. Helena!

Accomodations: The room categories for the 64 luxury hotel rooms and suites at ALiLa Napa Valley are quite straight forward and easy to understand. The Historic Farmhouse Rooms are the entry level rooms located on the second floor in the Acacia House, and I do not recommend booking, unless you’re looking for a more B&B-style experience. From there, rooms move to either the estate view wing or the vineyard view wing, and offer only king beds or queen/queen bed options. While both buildings offer pretty views, if I’m going to be in Napa Valley, I want to be looking out over an expansive vineyard. All rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors, making the most of this gorgeous view with a mountain in the backdrop. Depending on whether you want a full separate living room, or if you’re okay with just a bedroom, should determine whether you’ll require a room or suite. Popular with small groups or gatherings is the Corner King Vineyard View with Balcony. There are only a few of these, and with a large wraparound balcony, there is ample space to order hors d’oeuvres and bottles of wine to enjoy the view overlooking the pool area and vineyard either pre- or post-activities. The largest room category is the Vineyard View Suite, featuring a king bedroom with separate living room and approximately 1,480 square feet of space. When you book your stay with Diego Travel, as a Hyatt Privé member, you will receive an upgrade at time of booking along with other Hyatt Privé amenities like breakfast included and a resort credit.

Alila Napa Bathroom

Alila Napa Terrace


Food & Beverage: Perhaps one of the best things about ALiLa Napa Valley are the foodie options in and around this hotel. Acacia House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and their award-winning mixologist serves up pairings for each meal. With dishes such as Golden Saffron Risotto & Brentwood Corn or the Iberico Pork Schnitzel with crème fraiche and caviar, the dishes are unique but maintain simplicity with their locally-sourced ingredients. The Lounge is the newly opened outdoor social bar, which offers cocktails, wine and light bites with a seasonal menu. Beyond the offerings at ALiLa Napa Valley, you are in close proximity to famous staples located in the nearby towns of Yountville and Calistoga. From The French Laundry, Bouchon Bistro, Ad Hoc in Yountville to Press, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, to the casual Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena, eating and drinking will be at the forefront of your trip. The concierge team at ALiLa Napa Valley does an excellent job of curating a program for you that includes all the best spots for both food and wineries, but also exploration, shopping and adventures along the way. While the wine train is a popular way to see wine country, I prefer to send my clients with a private driver, so that they can go at their own pace. However, we can tailor your trip to include whatever you want!

Wellness/SPA: The wellness program and Spa at ALiLa Napa Valley was one of my favorite aspects of the hotel. Experiences range from forest bathing at the nearby redwood forest national park to sound bath healing using a guided meditation through use of crystal sound bowls. They also offer yoga, pilates, sip-and-paint classes, astrology readings and of course exceptional spa treatments. We did a Scents of the Valley journey, where a local perfumer led us through an hour-long educational and interactive scent experience, and we got to go home with our own creations, made with the local flora of labdanum, lavender, pink peppercorn and fir. I highly recommend this class for groups of girlfriends who are wanting some fun downtime together as a pre- or post-activity to spa treatments.

Alila Napa Spa

St Helena

Shopping: Long considered Napa Valley’s Main Street, downtown St. Helena has a variety of charming shops, galleries and can’t-miss food stops like Model Bakery, which has been in its location since 1908 and whipping up the perfect pastries in their original ovens since the 1920s. Oprah added their Morning Glory English muffins to her Favorite Things List back in 2016, and the bakery has had a line out the door ever since. If you’ll need new pants following your growing waistline post-bakery, you can stop into a personal favorite, elysewalker  for a wardrobe chic enough for the most discerning Napa wineries and galleries.

BottleRock Napa Valley is another favorite attraction for the area. This annual celebration of the best music, wine and food happens at the end of May, but you’ll need to plan ahead and hotels and tickets sell out.

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone  is located less than 1 mile from ALiLa Napa valley and is home to multiple award-winning restaurants that are open to the public, including Gatehouse Restaurant, The Bakery Café, and the Greystone Wine Bar & Herb Terrace.

Wine Tasting: Within 20 minutes of ALiLa Napa Valley, there are 40 different wineries that range from every type of wine imaginable. These are all the best wineries of Napa Valley. I am not kidding when I say that ALiLa Napa Valley is ideally located for wine tasting. When you work with Diego Travel, we customize your itinerary depending on the types of wines you like and your budget. Whether you’re looking for big name brands or small family-owned and operated homestead wineries, we will point you in the right direction.

Outdoor Activities: Worth mentioning are the numerous outdoor activities there are to do in and around St. Helena in Napa Valley. From golfing, kayaking, hot air balloon rides, cycling and the Napa wine train, we can customize an itinerary for you that includes a little of everything and makes the most of your time in Napa Valley. No two trips are ever created the same for our clients. Looking to propose or renew your vows on this romantic getaway? We work with partners in Napa Valley to make these experiences one-of-a-kind.

What  Sets  It  Apart: Aside from the ideal location to the best wineries and restaurants, what sets ALiLa Napa Valley apart from other resorts and hotels in Napa Valley is the attention to detail and care that the staff pours into your stay. From personalized welcome amenities to the genuine friendships you’ll form while on property, I felt truly looked after at ALiLa Napa Valley in comparison to some other Napa properties.

ALiLa Napa Valley is not a sprawling resort and does not have many of the amenities that other Napa Valley hotels might have, but the comfortable and sleekly decorated rooms make for the perfect place to lay your head at night after full days of Napa activities. If you’re looking for a boutique property in the heart of it all, I truly think there is no better place.

Alila Napa
Alila Napa Pool

How Much Does it Cost? ALiLa Napa Valley ranges from around $900 for an entry level room in low season to around $3,500 for a top suite in high season.

Diego Travel Loves: Because our clients get Hyatt Privé perks, I love that the ALiLa Napa Valley team always takes care of my clients like they are family. I know when I send someone there, they’ll collaborate on the itinerary with me as if they were planning their own weekend there for the first time, highlighting their favorite spots and insider tips throughout my clients’ stays.

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Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

  • Hyatt Privé Exclusive Offers
  • $100 USD Hotel Credit
  • Room Upgrade
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Welcome Amenity
  • Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
  • Connecting Rooms

Insider Tips:

Don’t miss the opportunity for a cocktail-making class, which we can set up with a mixologist during your dinner at Acacia House. We made lavender and rosemary cocktails using fresh, local herbs, and it was one of many highlights during our stay.

When planning a group trip, we can assist you with room placement, to ensure rooms are located nearby to one another. As there are separate buildings, you’ll definitely want to consult with us to ensure proximity, as placement can be key here.

Finally, don’t miss your VIP access to Beringer Vineyards, adjacent to the property and California’s oldest operating winery. We loved B Cellars too, with wine tastings paired with B bites. 

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In search of an award-winning spa for your aunt, a lovely shaded cabana for Grandpa, and an epic horseback riding experience for the kiddos, all in one place? If that seems like a daunting task, you’re not alone. We asked five Scouted travel experts for their top picks for luxury vacation destinations, both domestic and abroad, that prove multigenerational travel can be a memorable—and dare we say—a bonding experience for all parties involved. It’s time to pack those bags.

“One of my favorite places for multigenerational families who may have some non-skiers in the group is St. Moritz, Switzerland. Due to its elevation, it has the longest ski season in the Swiss Alps, yet because it’s a wide valley, it also gets more sunshine than any other ski destination in Switzerland. While there are many great five-star resorts to choose from, we love Badrutt’s Palace for large families, especially over holidays. For New Year’s Eve festivities, a whopping quarter million dollars is spent on the decor alone. Arriving at St. Moritz is an experience in and of itself. Whether you make your way via the Glacier Express train or by private plane, Badrutt’s Palace will pick you up in a car from their complimentary Rolls Royce fleet to transport you like royalty to your accommodations. For a unique experience, don’t miss St. Moritz’ White Turf races. Nowhere else in the world has horse polo and racing on a frozen lake. Night skiing is another unique experience you won’t want to miss. Kids and grandparents can ice skate, go tobogganing, or take horse-drawn carriage rides through the quaint town. Our kids love pizza at Chesa Veglia, an old farmhouse built in 1650 and a St. Moritz staple. For an apres ski experience like no other, visit Paradiso, where they often have designer pop-ups with Gucci or Louis Vuitton. There is no shortage of Michelin experiences in St. Moritz either, and you’ll find premiere shopping for those looking for something to do while the rest are skiing their hearts out down the Swiss Alps.” 

– Maria Diego, founder of Diego Travel in San Diego, California

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5 Mini Vacations to Plan Now

Maximizing Your Mini Vacation

5 Mini Vacations to Plan Now


As summer comes to a close, you might want to think about what’s up next. To make this easy, we’ve put together a selection of 5-day trips that you can squeeze in for fall travel.



Delve into the craic of this ancient city of Dublin, brimming with castles, cathedrals, and pubs. Take in Irish history at the Epic Immigration Museum or the downtown’s plentiful free museums, including the popular Natural History Museum. Revel in the music of cozy pubs, plunge into Temple Bar’s lively heart, and cap off with a pint at the iconic Guinness Storehouse, savoring city views. The cherry on top? U.S. pre-clearance at Dublin’s airport streamlines your journey home.

Want to explore more of the country-side? We have many properties up our sleeve that are the perfect one-stop-shop for golfing, culinary experiences, and pub crawls.

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2. San Diego

I may be biased as I count North County San Diego as home, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to visit in the fall. Experience exceptional weather, stunning beaches, and a blend of diverse cultures in this captivating coastal city. With its Spanish roots dating back to 1769, the city boasts architectural gems including the Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival structures housing Balboa Park’s museums and shops. Head north to explore Encinitas, a surfers haven, and appreciate the mile-long sandy shoreline of La Jolla Shores. Beyond the beach, the rugged cliffs and scenic trails at Torrey Pines State Beach park add a dash of adventure, making San Diego the perfect short getaway.

Contact me to match you to the best property based on your needs – as well as receive elevated treatment, perks, and amenities extended to Diego Travel clients.

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3. Iceland

I am headed to Iceland in November, to experience it first-hand so I can better advise my clients. Iceland is an easy 5-night trip from the East Coast, where you can explore the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavik. Visit the architectural marvel of Hallgrimskirkja, and immerse in Viking history at the National Museum of Iceland. Sample local specialties in Reykjavik’s innovative food scene and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife. Just outside, the Golden Circle route offers a day trip filled with geothermal wonders and majestic waterfalls. Unwind at the end in the world-famous Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters.

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4. Punta Mita

I’m headed here in October, and will be staying at 3 of the leading resorts. I’ve previously stayed at two others, so I feel like this week will allow me to guide you to the very best option for you. With its pristine beaches and upscale resorts, it’s a haven for relaxation and high-end leisure. Here, you can tee off on championship golf courses, explore the biodiverse Maritas Islands, or bask on the breathtaking Playa Destiladeras. Delight in the local food scene, a fusion of indigenous flavors and global cuisine, and soak up the vibrant culture in traditional Huichol craft shops and bustling beachfront fish markets. In Punta Mita, every moment promises an unforgettable Mexican escapade.

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5. Montana

Fall in Montana is the perfect time of year if you’re looking for a romantic getaway. There are many options, from Triple Creek Ranch, the Resort at Rock Creek and the new Montage Big Sky. Did you know that at all Montage hotels, you’ll receive an upgrade at time of booking? Along with daily breakfast. $100 hotel credit, and a VIP welcome. It’s the perfect time to discover Big Sky’s newest hot spot.

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Travel Experts Weigh In On Where To Go and What To Do For A Little Fall Romance

Tucked away in the seaside town is San Ysidro Ranch, a small resort with just 38 accommodations, each of which has its own private entrance. The beautiful resort is known for its award-winning dining including the Stonehouse, which is “located in the historic 19th-century citrus packing house, with creek views, and a dining experience that feels as if you’ve stepped into the vineyards of Italy,” says Maria Diego, owner and luxury travel advisor at Diego Travel.

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Hotel Review: Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

Hotel Review

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica

◦ The Best Luxury Resort in Costa Rica

The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica resort is a sprawling oasis with luxury accommodations set within a perfect playground for Costa Rican adventures.  Whether you are traveling with your family, corporate group, or your romantic partner, the Four Seasons in Costa Rica offers it all, without the driving distances that some other resorts require.  The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is widely known as the best hotel in Costa Rica, and that title is well-deserved.

Perfect For: Honeymoons | Groups | Corporate Groups | Adventure-Seeking Travelers | Families | Multi-Generational Families | Golfers


Four Seasons Costa Rica

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica location: Located in Guanacaste province of northwest Costa Rica. The Peninsula Papagayo is an exclusive enclave and home to Andaz Costa Rica Resort (a Hyatt Prive property) and private residences, Arnold Palmer golf course and luxury marina.

Getting There: The Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is just 40 minutes from Liberia airport (LIR). If you fly into San Jose (SJO), you will need to take a 40-minute connecting flight or drive 4.5 hours by land.

Four Seasons Papagayo Vibes

Vibe: The Pura Vida vibe is apparent from the moment you pull up to the resort entrance. While the accommodations themselves can feel private and remote, the hub of the resort itself is buzzing with activity and plentiful in gathering places like lounges and bars to make it an easy spot for group gatherings. While we stayed, there was a large corporate group, but there were also honeymooners. The accommodations vary widely at this resort, so be sure to reach out to us to find the exact fit for your needs.

Accomodations: With 11 different categories of room types, and 199 rooms, villas and casas, this is perhaps the most complex decision you’ll have to make when booking Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. When you book your stay with a Four Seasons Preferred Partner agency like Diego Travel, you have the advantage of getting first-hand feedback on the room types to find the right fit for you. If we’re unsure, we work one-on-one with the sales director who can provide insight and further guidance. In addition to that, you’ll receive a priority upgrade for your stay.

The entry level Terraza Room starts at 603 square feet and comes with either a king or double/double beds. It’s important to note that that the first three categories – the Terraza Room, the Brisa Room and the Cielo Room are all located in the main buildings, closest to the restaurants and hotel lobby. These two three-story buildings will feel like your conventional hotel, with rooms off the hallway.

Four Seasons Costa Rica

When you move to a Canopy Suite or a Casa, then these will be more stand-alone type buildings, though some will share walls with neighboring suites. The Canopy 1-bedroom suites are perfect for honeymooners or couples. The Pacifico Residences are either 2-3 bedroom units with kitchens and laundry and come with round-trip airport transfers, a $250 credit to pre-stock your pantry, as well as your Four Seasons Preferred Partner amenities.

Las Casas come in six different layouts and range from 2-6 bedrooms. These come with a butler and chef, as well as a $500 credit to pre-stock your kitchen. The Prieta Villas and Estates are located on the Prieta side of the property, which is almost like a boutique resort within a larger resort. This is the most exclusive area of the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo, and has access to its own beach club and two restaurants.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Rooms

Wanting only the best for your stay? The Miramar Suite is a 3-bedroom presidential suite and favored by many because of its proximity to the main resort. It has partial Pacific Ocean views, and comes with one king master bedroom connected to one double/double bedroom and one king room. Casa Las Olas is a 6-bedroom estate that can accommodate up to 18 people. Whatever your needs or group size, we will ensure we match you to the right fit for your stay.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Suites

Food & Beverage: 

With five restaurants plus a beachside food truck and pool and beachside service, you won’t grow tired of the options here, even with a week-long stay or more. While many accommodations offer kitchens for families who want to cook or have a home-style meal prepared for them, it’s equally as easy to eat out throughout your stay. We recommend booking Nemare, the American steakhouse that overlooks the golf course, in advance, as it is a popular choice as is usually booked. I also couldn’t resist the fresh acai bowl each morning for breakfast, along with a healthy green juice and the Costa Rican coffee.

Four Seasons Costa Rica Drinks
San Ysidro Boutique

Wellness/SPA: The newly renovated spa boasts a therapeutic hammam and a new ayurvedic treatment, and local ingredients stand out in featured treatments such as a Costa Rican Coffee Scrub or a Volcanic Mud Body Wrap. It is a huge spa with 18 treatment rooms, and they offer daily wellness classes including some specifically catering to kids and teens.

Witch's Rock Surf

Activities: Peninsula Papagayo recently completed its own Explorers Club with the Nacascolo Basecamp. Papagayo Explorers can explore 11 miles of coastline, 8 miles of bluff edges, seven beaches and 250 acres of the protected Palmares Preserve. With this new addition to the Four Seasons Costa Rica Peninsula Papagayo portfolio, you’ll no longer need to leave the peninsula to hike, zipline, or raft. You can also take a cultural roadtrip that introduces you to everything Pura Vida, spend a day in a rainforest, or bike along the volcanic mountains of Costa Rica. My husband surfs, so he took a boat out daily to Witch’s Rock, which has some of the best waves in Costa Rica. You can also get surf lessons if you’re a beginner surfer, but it can be dependent on conditions.

What  Sets  It  Apart: Most people are headed to Costa Rica for an epic adventure, and there is no shortage of activities at the Four Seasons. The best thing about visiting Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo is that you get all the Pura Vida adventure and activities set within one stop of gorgeous scenery (think jungle meets ocean) and luxury accommodations.

Costa Rica Turtle
Four Seasons Papagayo Pool

How Much Does it cost?Rates start around $1,000 USD/night for the entry level Terraza Room and go up $22,000/night for the 6-Bedroom house. As a Four Seasons Preferred Partner client, you’ll get access to exclusive promotions as well as additional resort credit, depending on which room category you book.

Diego Travel Loves: We love that Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica is a destination in and of itself. For anyone who has been to Costa Rica, you understand that points of interest are spread very far apart, and the roads are winding and long. With this resort, you won’t ever have to leave the comfort of home with everything to do all in one place, whereas other Costa Rican vacations can feel adventurous, yet tiring! You’ll arrive home with the right combination of rejuvenation and adventure.

Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo Costa Rica
Diego Travel Extras

Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

  • Access to Four Seasons Preferred Partner exclusive promos such as double resort credit on extended stays
  • Daily full breakfast for two people per bedroom, served in a hotel restaurant or through In-Room Dining
  • Hotel/Resort Credit* (based on room category booked):
    • Guest Rooms: USD 100 credit per stay
    • Suites and Specialty Suites: USD 200 credit per stay
    • Private Retreats: USD 200 credit per bedroom per stay
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in**
  • Welcome amenity
  • *Hotel/Resort Credit may be applied to select incidental charges incurred at the Hotel or Resort. Must be used in conjunction with the initial stay and will be applied at check-out. May not be applied towards the room rate, taxes, resort fees, service charges, conference fees, or any charges from outside vendors. Exclusions may apply; contact the Hotel/Resort for more details.

    When a suite is reserved in connection with another guest room or suite, the cumulative credit (based on room category booked) value applies.

    The Private Retreats credit applies to Villas and Residences with a minimum average rate per night (before Resort fees and taxes) of USD 1,000.

    **Category upgrade based on availability at time of check-in excludes Specialty Suites, Villas and the Private Retreats collection of Villas and Residences.

    Four Seasons Costa Rica Insider Tips:

    Kids eat free at this resort! Kids five and under enjoy a complimentary menu in our restaurants. Plus, all restaurant menus offer vegan and vegetarian options.

    For a feeling of exclusivity, we love the Prieta Bay side of the property because it almost feels like a boutique resort within a resort.  With its own two restaurants, beach club, private pool, gym and kids club that was recently completed, Prieta Bay is just a slightly more elevated experience.  That’s not to say that the main resort does not offer it all, but if privacy is paramount to you, then I would recommend the Prieta Bay accommodations.

    Prieta Bay

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    Top 5 Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts for 2023

    The Best 5 Luxury Hotels & Resorts for 2023


    We hand-picked our 5 top hotels and resorts for 2023. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. For each of our top choices, we’ve provided similar alternatives. As a Virtuoso travel agency, Diego Travel adds value and additional amenities to your stay every time. Contact us here to get started planning your 2023 vacation!

    • Nihi Sumba

      Nihi Sumba


    • One&Only Gorilla’s Nest Suite

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    • The Brando, Bora Bora

      French Polynesia

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    • Corinthia London

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    1. Nihi Sumba, Indonesia

    Very few luxury all inclusive resorts in the world have left such an impression on us as Nihi Sumba in Indonesia.

    If you’re searching for off-the-beaten-path all inclusive luxury vacations in 2023, Nihi Sumba checks all the boxes – an exclusive, remote location, sustainable ethos, true luxury and incredible facilities and hospitality.

    Located in the wilderness on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, this isn’t the easiest luxury resort to reach, but that’s part of its appeal and only adds to the exclusive atmosphere of the property.

    Nihi Sumba is all about creating an experience for its guests, from picking you up at the airport in an open air jeep with fresh coconuts, to your own private butler or “captain” who personally takes care of you and your villa during your stay.

    There are 23 villas at Nihi and all of them are unique, varying from 1 to 4 bedrooms depending on your needs and the size of your travel group.

    Despite being on a small, remote island, there is so much to do! Surfing lessons, sunset horseback rides, releasing turtles, chocolate making and a spa safari which was a level of luxury and relaxation that I’d never experienced in my life.

    The barefoot luxury of Nihi Sumba perfectly combines high-level luxury with comfortable relaxation. There is no rush, no thoughts of the outside world beyond the island, just pure bliss.

    Nihi Sumba is the perfect luxury resort for honeymoons, romantic escapes into nature and eco-conscious travelers.

    Get additional amenities and added value when booking your stay with Diego Travel.

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     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily Full Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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    2. One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, Rwanda

    An African safari is a bucket list travel experience for many people, but when it comes to luxury safari lodges and resorts in Africa, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest in Rwanda is above and beyond the rest. In fact, it’s my favorite resort of all time – and that’s a big statement for Diego Travel!

    We flew in by helicopter and were greeted by African dancers who made us feel so welcome and like a true celebrity, which considering Bill Gates was one of the first guests on the property, that should tell you the level of luxury offered at One&Only Gorilla’s Nest.

    Go Gorilla trekking, have the chance to see the Big 5 on safari, embrace adventure in Volcanoes National Park, visit a Rwandan village, relax in the incredible spa and wellness facilities at the property – whatever you choose, a memorable trip is guaranteed.

    For those who have had gorilla trekking high on their bucket list, I can tell you that this is a once in a lifetime experience that did not disappoint. I went on the trek two days in a row and each day is different, the guides and porters are wonderful and it’s an experience I will never forget.

    There are just 21 rooms at the property which enhances the exclusivity of this luxury Africa resort. But when I say rooms, there’s nothing small or entry level at the resort. Each room has a sitting area, open fireplace, private deck and outdoor shower. Our stay at the 2-bedroom Forest View Lodge was beyond any luxury resort I’d experienced before. And there is an understated luxury in every detail, from the bespoke bed sheets and underfloor heating to the specially made gluten-free snacks for me and the fine china in the room’s snack bar.

    This luxury resort in Rwanda is perfect for adventure seekers, nature lovers, bucket list experiences and those looking for privacy and exclusivity while experiencing the best of Africa.

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     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage or Spa credit to be utilized during stay
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary 60 minute massage
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    3. The Brando, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

    Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a bucket list destination for many people who dream of turquoise blue waters, breathtaking white sand beaches and luxury atolls in a tropical paradise.

    The Brando resort is located on the private island of Tetiaroa, an atoll of small islands around a vibrant blue lagoon, situated 30 miles from Tahiti.

    If you’re dreaming of a honeymoon in Bora Bora, the Brando is the perfect choice for French Polynesia honeymoon resorts or luxury anniversary trips to Bora Bora.

    The resort’s focus is carefree luxury and that’s exactly what you feel as you arrive at the resort by private plane. Stay in one of the exclusive 35 luxury villas on the island, dive or snorkel among manta rays, turtles and tropical fish, try your hand at canoeing, stand up paddleboarding or deep sea fishing. Explore the island by bike, and enjoy the fresh Polynesian food and shows each night such as live music, Tahitian dance or nature lectures.

    It’s possible to book a private dinner on the beach, perfect for a romantic getaway to celebrate an anniversary trip or honeymoon in Bora Bora.

    Primland Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade not applicable for this property
    • Daily Breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD equivalent credit, once per stay and per bedroom of the reserved villa
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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    4. Aman Kyoto and Amanemu, Japan

    After recently reopening its borders, Japan is one of the top destinations for 2023.

    With such a rich culture and history, plus so much to see and do in Japan, deciding where to stay in Japan can feel like an overwhelming decision.

    The Aman Kyoto resort in Japan is a perfect option for a luxury hotel in Japan, giving you a rich cultural experience. Located inside a secret garden in the foothills of Hidari Daimonji mountain, close to the iconic and historic city of Kyoto. Japanese hospitality and tranquil seclusion are the focus of this luxury resort.

    With a traditional Japanese onsen spa at the resort and rooms that combine contemporary decor with the traditional Japanese Ryokan style, everything is designed with tranquillity and peace in mind as you look out the windows and see yourself surrounded by forest.

    17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be visited around the resort, explore the Edo period secret garden, meditate with Buddhist monks, enjoy a traditional Japanese tea experience, take a private helicopter ride to the temples of Kyoto or visit the Kamishichiken village of the Kyoto Geisha’s with an exclusive invite for resort guests only. If you’re planning a Kyoto travel itinerary, The Aman Kyoto can offer exclusive experiences and things to do in Kyoto.

    Japan is the perfect 2023 destination for those wanting to experience rich culture, history and incredible hospitality. The Aman Kyoto combines all of this with serenity and exclusivity at its luxury Kyoto property.

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     When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
    • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
    • Daily Japanese or American Set Breakfast served at the Living Pavilin for two guests per bedroom
    • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage Credit per room, per stay
    • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • Complimentary 60 minute massage

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      5. Corinthia London, UK

      Diego Travel was named a Travel & Leisure Rising Star in 2022 and as the UK has been named Travel & Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2023, we have to mention the incredible luxury offering in the UK. 2023 is the perfect time to explore the UK and where better to start than the iconic capital city, London.

      Famous for having one of the best afternoon tea experiences in London, the Corinthia is also one of the best luxury hotels in London located in the heart of the city.

      With penthouses and suites designed with a luxurious elegance that makes you feel like you’re at home the moment you step in, you’re also rewarded with a private terrace offering stunning views across London, complimentary Brompton Bike rental and a spectacular dining experience.

      Enjoy the seasonally decorated Winter Garden restaurant,  indulge in the Corinthia Afternoon Tea experience, sip champagne in the dark and exclusive Velvet Champagne bar, or dine at the world-renowned Kerridge’s restaurant by Michelin-starred British chef, Tom Kerridge.

      The hotel itself is a former British Government building, mealace allows you to see and discover iconic landmarks like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, the Embankment, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square on your doorstep.

      For other luxury hotels in London, you could also consider The Goring, Claridge’s and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.

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       When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
      • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
      • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
      • $100 USD equivalent Hotel credit to be utilized during stay, applicable in Northall Restaurant, Velvet Bar, Crystal Moon Lounge, Kerridge’s Bar and Grill, In Room Dining and ESPA Life at Corinthia
      • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
      • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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        Hotel Review: El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel

        Hotel Review

        El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel

        Classic luxury combined with Hollywood Glamour offering views of the American Riviera

        El Encanto became a hotel in 1918 and as a 105-year-old property, it manages to effortlessly combine historic charm with a touch of Hollywood, perched high in the Santa Barbara Hills of California. Offering unparalleled views of the American Riviera as well as exclusive additions available with Diego Travel as a Belmond Bellini preferred partner, you can be sure of a luxury getaway to remember.

        Perfect For: Groups of Couples | Large Groups of Friends | Families with Older Children | Destination Weddings | Romantic Getaways | Special Occasions


        Belmond El Encanto

        Belmond El Encanto location: Located high in the Santa Barbara Hills.

        Getting There: Fly direct to Santa Barbara Airport SBA or just over a 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from LAX, this is a great option for a weekend escape from the city or as a stop on part of a longer California road trip.

        Vibe Belmond El encanto

        Vibe: El Encanto prides itself on being a modern classic, combining the glamour of Hollywood with the rustic charm of the region and coastal influences from the American Riviera.

        The hotel promises rooms that combine Spanish colonial style with laidback California craft. The resort effortlessly manages to exude glitz and glamour, while giving you the relaxed coastal California vibe as you unwind poolside at the zero-edge pool, enjoy the local wine and cuisine or stroll in their seven acres of secluded gardens. Views of the American Riviera from high in the hills, adds to that feeling of luxury and exclusivity that Belmond achieves to effortlessly.


        The property offers 92 rooms and bungalow-style suites across its seven acres. Superior Rooms are the entry level option at 350-400sq ft, while the Deluxe King offers 350-630 sq ft.

        Terrace and Premier rooms are 500-700sq ft and promise ocean view rooms as well as poolside access. While the terrace rooms also offer your own private, furnished patio and premier rooms include a deep-soak bathtub, walk-in shower and a fireplace.

        El Encanto Santa Barbara Rooms

        There are four Specialty Suites available and these offer the option to connect two suites together for a 2-bedroom suite that can sleep up to 6 people. As does the Camilla Suite which also offers views. All Specialty Suites are located for maximum privacy and offer a separate living area with a fireplace.

        The Oak Tree Suite is the largest and also comes with its own kitchenette and enclosed patio area.

        Belmond El Encanto Rooms

        All room options come with hardwood floors and underfloor heating while the suites and bungalows have marble floor with underfloor heating.

        Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara California Rooms

        Food & Beverage: 

        The hotel itself offers The Dining Room Terrace with stunning views of the American Riviera and Californian cuisine. Reservation is required.

        The resort also recommends a range of preferred choices for food and drink in the nearby area. 

        Belmond El Encanto Restaurant Outdoor

        Rare Society is one of the newest additions to Santa Barbara as an upscale steakhouse reminiscent of the retro steakhouses of Las Vegas but with a twist of modernity, fine dining and locally sourced ingredients.

        Santa Barbara is also home to a fantastic range of drinking experiences including the Tasting Room at Paradise Springs, Test Pilot cocktail bar and Figueroa Mountain Brewery.

        Belmond El Encanto Restaurant

        Tre Lune is a relaxed Italian restaurant with wine pairings and cocktails. Toma is also a great choice for authentic Italian food with a fine-dining feel.

        Bouchon is a top choice in Santa Barbara with passionate owners, Amy and Mitchell, catering for any dietary requirements and producing spectacular dishes.

        Stonehouse is a unique experience at the nearby exclusive property, San Ysidro Ranch. Located in a historic 19th-century citrus packhouse, the stone terrace, open fires and spanish guitar brings a rustic element to this local, award-winning cuisine.

        Belmond EL Encanto Bar

        Wellness: The Spa at El Encanto is a luxurious escape that immerses you in the coastal vibe of the California location with luxury skincare products and treatments available.

        San Ysidro Boutique

        Santa Barbara California

        Things to Do: There is no shortage of activities available at El Encanto and their concierge team is all too happy to assist in making your trip even more memorable.

        Horseback riding can be arranged, a private guided wine tour of local vineyards and producers, or a private sailing charter are just a small selection of the luxury experiences on offer in the area.

        Explore the SantaBarbara Botanical Gardens, go whale watching in the Pacific for a once-in-a-lifetime experience or play golf at the Sandpiper Golf Club or Glen Annie Golf Club, both offering views of the ocean from the course.

        Electric bikes, a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine can also be arranged for you if you want to escape into the countryside for a hike with a romantic touch.

        What  Sets  It  Apart: The Belmond El Encanto team is passionate about helping you to experience the perfect luxury escape in the Santa Barbara Hills. Whether that’s dining with them, or finding you the perfect dining or excursion experience with one of their preferred partners in town.

        Despite the size of the resort, the luxurious feel of the bungalow-style suites help you feel at home while also exuding glamour and elegance.

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        Bouganvillea at Rancho San Ysidro

        How Much Does it Cost?

        Superior rooms start from $900 per night, with deluxe, terrace and premier rooms all being upgrades from there. 

        Suites and Bungalows start from $1,400 per night while the four Specialty Suites start from $2,399 per night.

        Diego Travel Loves: The resort offers a great amount of flexibility for groups such as families or small wedding parties, with rooms and suites able to be adapted depending on your group and the number of bedrooms needed. The Oak Tree suite is perfect with its large terrace, kitchenette and multiple rooms.

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        Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

        • Diego Travel is a Belmond Bellini preferred partner and we get our clients access to exclusive promotions that can’t be booked online
        • Additional Belmond Bellini amenities
        • Priority upgrade
        • Daily breakfast included
        • Resort Credit
        • When you book your stay with a minimum spend, you’ll receive a $500 gift card toward a future Belmond Hotels stay
        • Guests who purchase a luxury experience with Belmond worth a minimum of $5,000 USD will receive a $500 USD gift voucher per booking to be used on a future stay at any other Belmond Property

          El Encanto Insider Tips:

          Don’t miss the locally sourced delicacies at The Dining Room Terrace at the resort, the seafood is a particular highlight, with Morro Bay oysters, freshly-shucked all year round.

          Diego Travel Review of El Encanto

          Summary of Our Stay at El Encanto

          As a Belmond Bellini preferred partner, I’m always confident of having a spectacular experience at Belmond properties, and El Encanto is no exception.

          From the welcome email from the concierge before arrival offering additional details and assistance to personalize my trip, to the exceptional service throughout the resort, El Encanto embodies the relaxation of the California Coast with glamour and sophistication.

          Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara

          The range of luxury activities on offer and the proximity of plenty more options in Santa Barbara town makes this an easy vacation that’s a real joy to experience and immerse yourself in.

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          Hotel Review: San Ysidro Ranch

          Hotel Review

          San Ysidro Ranch

          An exclusive hideaway in the foothills of Santa Barbara
          MARIA DIEGO

          Tucked away in the tranquil setting of the Santa Barbara foothills, San Ysidro Ranch is a luxury escape like no other. With 38 unique cottages set on 550 acres of a leafy ranch with citrus groves, miles of hiking trails and a running creek and waterfall, the privacy and luxury of this boutique property is one of Santa Barbara’s best kept secrets.

          Perfect For: Couples | Small Weddings | Honeymoon | Anniversary | A Tranquil Escape from the City | Privacy & Exclusivity | Romantic Getaways


          Rancho San Ysidro

          San Ysidro Ranch location: Located in Montecito in the foothills of Santa Barbara.

          Getting There: Fly direct to Santa Barbara Airport SBA or drive 2 hours north from Los Angeles.

          San Ysidro Ranch

          Vibe: As a property that doesn’t do any advertising and is focused so much on privacy, San Ysidro Ranch exudes understated exclusivity, privacy and intimacy. With just 38 individual accommodation options all with private entrances, luxury and impeccable service is the reputation that precedes San Ysidro Ranch, making it a favorite for romantic getaways, discreet city escapes and luxury stays in Santa Barbara.

          Accomodations: All 38 cottages boast sunken hot tubs, large four-poster beds, an outdoor shower, indoor shower and tub, a large stone fireplace, air conditioning and three meals a day included. The luxurious nature of this property promises no hidden resort fees or parking charges, the only additional costs at check out are excursions and alcohol.

          Half the cottages are standalone, and the rest share just one wall. But with private, gated entrances and enclosed gardens for each, the privacy of each cabin is never sacrificed.

          Rooms at San Ysidro Ranch

          Every cottage is uniquely decorated with an understated homely feel. While the patio for each cabin is intended to help guests get reacquainted with their senses as they immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature.

          If you’re looking for a slightly bigger space, the Hibiscus, Orange, Kennedy and Terrace cottages are all 2 bedroom properties. While the Ivy Cottage is a 1 bedroom suite and the Warner Cottage is a presidential suite with a private pool, jacuzzi and kitchen.

          San Ysidro Ranch Bathroom

          The historic Churchill Cottage is a favorite for history and book lovers as Winston Churchill once stayed there and the library decor is a stunning English history aesthetic.

          As well as their own private entrance, all 38 cottages on the property come with their own parking space with electric car chargers for each. Every property is also pet-friendly.

          San Ysidro Ranch Cottages

          Food & Beverage: 

          Head Chef, Matt Johnson, has been at San Ysidro Ranch for 18 years and his passion for food is reflected in the incredibly high standard of dining at the property.

          San Ysidro boasts two restaurant options with an additional option for private dining also available.

          The Stonehouse is located in the historic 19th-century citrus packing house, with creek views and a dining experience that feels as if you’ve stepped into the vineyards of Italy.

          Rancho San Ysidro Food

          Aside from the award-winning dining experience, San Ysidro also stands out thanks to its world-renowned wine cellar which is the only property to hold a Grand Wine Award and is also the only place in the world that has two vertices of Pertruce from Bordeaux. The 12,000-bottle wine cellar houses an extremely rare collection of wine and spirits, perfect for any oenophiles.

          For those in search of food offerings in nearby Santa Barbara or Montecito, Bouchon offers a spectacular menu with wine pairings. Lucky’s is also a popular option for a white linen dining experience offering a steakhouse menu with an old Hollywood feel, located on the Coast Road in Montecito.

          Also located in Santa Barbara is Paradise Springs, the first bi-coastal winery in the US, offering wines from its California and Virginia locations.

          Rancho San Ysidro Restaurants

          The unique take on American style cuisine is award-winning and consistently voted the top dining experience in Santa Barbara. With open fires and an ocean-view terrace, this is a truly romantic dining experience.

          The Plow & Angel is all about delicious comfort food, located in a cosy stone cottage with fireplaces and wooden fixtures and fittings.

          Private dining is available in the Old Adobe, a historic California landmark dating back to 1825 and one of only three of its kind remaining. The Old Adobe can be rented for an evening with prices starting at $750.

          Lunch at Rancho San Ysidro, Santa Barbara, CA

          Wellness: The story behind the spa at San Ysidro is a testament to the impeccable service that goes above and beyond in every sense.

          The full service spa was only built during the pandemic because so many women were traveling to Montecito to see hair stylists after their usual salons in Santa Barbara were closed. The owner wanted to provide the best possible experience for the locals, so he built the full-service luxury spa which now guests can enjoy too.

          From massages and facials to hair services, the salon and spa is focused on continuing the theme of tranquillity and rejuvenation.

          San Ysidro Boutique

          Golf at San Ysidro Ranch

          Things to Do in San Ysidro Ranch: A stay at San Ysidro means the opportunity to build your own luxury escape, whether you’re looking for daily hikes, sunset cruises or horseback riding in the foothills.

          Horseback riding with a picnic lunch or boating cruises at sunset are a favorite for couples on a romantic getaway.

          And if you don’t want to leave the property, San Ysidro still offers onsite events daily, such as the Belvedere cocktails and live music 3-7pm each day or 17 miles of hiking trails with ocean views

          What  Sets  It  Apart: The first thing that should be mentioned that sets San Ysidro apart from the rest is the impeccable service. Not only are privacy and discretion constantly maintained, but the staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

          Housekeepers have just four rooms each to clean, meaning the attention to detail is of the highest standard, as well as staff turnover being incredibly low, thanks to the property’s great incentives for staff.

          The owner is onsite and oversees everything, ensuring the standards remain at the absolute highest, while the guard house maintains security on the property at all times.

          Morning yoga, access to the Montecito Country Club, exquisite dining and exclusive excursions are all details that the property provides that sets it apart from other luxury properties in the area.

          Bouganvillea at Rancho San Ysidro
          Bouganvillea at Rancho San Ysidro

          How Much Does San Ysidro Ranch Cost? Rates start at $2495 with meals included.

          Diego Travel Loves: The uniquely designed accommodation, stellar service and emphasis on privacy is what puts this in the top 5 properties I’ve ever experienced.

          The owner is passionate about ensuring everything at the property is impeccable, the staff are committed to your comfort and privacy, while the dining, spa and excursion options are really the details that go above and beyond any other California luxury boutique hotel experience!  

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          San Ysidro Montecito California

          Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

          • Personalized selection of the right cottage for you, thanks to my personal relationship with the team at San Ysidro Ranch
          • $100 bonus when you book with Diego Travel

            Rancho San Ysidro Insider Tips:

            Book at creekside cottage to guarantee creek view rooms.

            San Ysidro Ranch

            Summary of Our Stay at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California

            It is rare for me to feel so completely blown away by a property, but San Ysidro Ranch achieved exactly that.

            Everything about the property is a special experience and you feel so catered for and cared for as a guest, from the rooms to the dining experiences and activities offered.

            San Ysidro Ranch Dinning

            The property radiates exclusivity and luxury but in the most understated way, making you feel at home but also a word away in the peace and calm of this retreat into the foothills.

            A stay at San Ysidro is a very special experience.

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            The best luxury hotels and resorts in Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

            Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

            The Diego Travel guide to the best luxury hotels in Park City & Deer Valley, Utah

            MARIA DIEGO

            Located in the mountains less than 1 hour east of Salt Lake City, Utah, Park City/ Deer Valley is a mountain town which is popular for outdoor activities. With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, Park City is a thriving resort town for skiers in the winter months and a haven for hikers and outdoor adventure in the summer.

            Tucked into the valley and surrounded by mountain terrain, Park City/ Deer Valley Utah is four-season destination dating back to 1868 when prospecting soldiers discovered silver in the surrounding mountains.

            Being a mountain town just 32 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Park City and Deer Valley are the perfect option for a luxury ski vacation in Utah or a weekend mountain getaway in the US. With plenty of Park City & Deer Valley ski resorts and luxury hotels to choose from, you can go from spa to ski slope in an afternoon, as well as spend time discovering the charms of this Utah mountain town.

            Perfect For: Families | Adventure Seekers | Luxury Vacations | Couples Groups | Weekend Getaways | Small Groups of Friends | Romantic Getaways

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            Getting to Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

            There are direct domestic and international flight options into Salt Lake City International Airport which is a 45-minute drive from Park City/ Deer Valley.

            Traveling by car is the easiest way to reach Park City/ Deer Valley if you’re traveling independently, however make sure to check with your hotel or resort as many offer transfers with your stay.

            Park City/ Deer Valley
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              Park City

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              Deer Valley

            Park City, Utah- Main Street

            What to do in Park City/ Deer Valley

            • Skiing

              The winter months bring the most people to Park City/ Deer Valley to take to the slopes and visit America’s largest ski resort in the country, Park City Mountain and Deer Valley. With 300 inches of snowfall annually, Park City/ Deer Valley offer everything from ski classes for beginners, to some of the most challenging double black diamond runs in the US.

              Park City Mountain and Deer Valley feature terrain parks for those wanting to practise their jumps and freestyle, or over 7,000 skiable acres for those who prefer to stick to the slopes or go cross-country.

            • Skiing at Park City Utah

            • Hiking

              Don’t be fooled into thinking that Park City/ Deer Valley is just a winter destination. The mountain town is a real hidden gem in the summer months, with hundreds of miles of trails. There are trail options suitable for families through to seasoned hikers, whether you’re looking for canyon trails or summiting the peaks around Park City/ Deer Valley for the most spectacular views.

            • Visit Main Street

              Park City’s historic Main Street is a thriving hub of activity all year round, from street performers to festivals to art galleries. Visit the famous Silly Market running from June through September. Ride the free Main Street Trolley and discover specialty shops, distilleries, microbreweries, museums, boutiques and bookstores in the historic heart of Park City.

            • Shopping Park City Utah

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            • Utah Olympic Park

              Park City is most well-known internationally for being the host of some of the ski events at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games held in Salt Lake City. 

              Just outside of downtown Park City, the Utah Olympic Park is still a winter sports training venue, but now visitors can visit the venue, learn about its sporting history in the museum, and see choreographed freestyle flying shows where winter sports athletes show off their tricks. Or you can get your own taste of exhilaration, with a Tubing Experience down one of the slopes, reaching speeds of 50mph, or the ziplining experience.

            • The Alpine Coaster

              As well as skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, water rafting, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, tubing and horseback riding, the exhilarating outdoor activities don’t end there. Park City is home to one of the world’s longest alpine coasters at over 3,000ft in length. Reaching up to 30mph, the track winds through over 1 mile of trees, fields, mountains and spectacular views, with space for up to 2 people per coaster.

            • Scenic drives

              Whether you’re visiting in winter or summer, the mountains, passes and parks around Park City/ Deer Valley are perfect for scenic drives, a slower pace after a day on the slopes or simply a romantic evening drive.

              Guardsman Pass is popular for spring wildflowers and fall colors, Mirror Lake Scenic Byway takes you through Utah’s highest mountain range, taking in meadows, waterfalls, mountain views and lakes. Weber Canyon is perfect for an easy summer or fall scenic drive from Park City or drive the historic Emigration Canyon which is open year-round. Some of these routes are closed over winter due to snowfall, check the route access before you drive.

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            Where to Stay in Park City/ Deer Valley

            Being such a popular skiing destination, it’s no surprise that there are a variety of luxury Park City and Deer Valley hotels and resorts to choose from based on your budget, trip type, needs and travel party. I was able to visit seven of the properties in Park City and Deer Valley and while each has its own unique features, I’ve summarized the selection below with my honest experiences and my job is to determine the best fit for you and your trip.

            Montage Deer Valley

            Montage Deer Valley

            This stunning resort goes above and beyond in every aspect. With 220 guest rooms, 174 suites and 81 residences, this 1 million sq ft. property is a resort within a resort that caters impeccably for adults and kids. With a shuttle to take kids to ski schoo,l a Compass Explorers Program for kids, family pool hours, Park City’s only bowling alley and family friendly restaurants, this is a great option for family vacations. Large groups and multi-generational families are not forgotten too with the option to connect rooms and suites to allow up to 10 people to stay together.

            Rooms are available with resort view, slope view or peak view, with the third floor being best for peak views. 

            For couples or adult group trips, you can also enjoy full access to the spa for a $50 nightly resort fee, a serenity suite which is a couples treatment room but can also be used for Bridal Parties to get ready. The Yama Sushi Bar, Après Lounge, spa facilities and even a wine tasting tour are all available at the resort, making this a special trip for couples.

            The resort also offers a casual pub restaurant, Burgers and Bourbon for classic burgers, a breakfast buffet or grab-and-go breakfast option. and s’mores on the Apex Patio every day from 5.30pm.

            Lift passes and lessons, private instructors, history tours, a full ski shop, transfers, mountain bike rental and once in a lifetime trips such as private plane tours over the park, can all be arranged with the hotel to create the ultimate memorable trip.

            Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

            • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (view catagory & applicable to hotel inventory only. Residences are eligible for an upgrade upon arrival, based on availability)
            • A daily breakfast credit up to US $60 per bedroom, per night (credit may be used in restaurants, Buzz Coffee shop, or through room service.)
            • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay, applicable towards food & beverage, spa services, or activities and rentals in Compass Sports. (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
            • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
            • Complimentary Wi-Fi

            Diego Travel recommends Montage Deer Valley: Families wanting a Kids Club | Couples | Large Families or Multi-Generational Families | Destination Weddings | Groups of Friends


            Goldener Hirsch

            For true luxury, the Goldener Hirsch luxury hotel in Park City is the perfect mix of old world Alpine chalet charm with modern architecture and amenities. The residences building was opened in 2020 and the hotel flawlessly combines a modern European feel with luxurious alpine chalet decor and first-class amenities with incredibly attentive staff.

            Located just a 1 minute walk from the ski lifts, Goldener Hirsch is also the best option if you’re planning a Park City ski vacation and you want to prioritize location and maximize time on the slopes. 

            Guests are given the option to stay in the modern building or the traditional chalet style building, but all guests have access to the rooftop sky pool and hot tub for the ultimate après ski experience. The rooftop also hosts live music every Thursday evening and a summer market on Saturdays with Bavarian food samples and wine tasting.

            The only downside to Goldener Hirsch is that there are no spa facilities. However guests can avail of free access to the spa at the Stein Eriksen Lodge next door.

            Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

            • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
            • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
            • $100 USD Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
            • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
            • Complimentary Wi-Fi

              Diego Travel recommends Goldener Hirsch: Honeymooners | Skiers and Adventure Seekers | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip

              Pendry Park City

              Pendry Park City

              We were very impressed by Pendry Park City, Park City’s newest luxury hotel resort. With a great layout and space with 153 units particularly suited to large groups and multi-room units. In fact, you can reach out to the hotel and discuss the best room configuration for you and your party because there are so many options available. They can guarantee your room type upon booking.

              All 1 bedroom or larger units come with a washer-dryer, 4 bedroom units have a mixture of king and double beds and have close access to Canyon Village. 

              There’s a strong focus on wellbeing, from the fresh, clean decor and design, to the pool and spa, Wellness Lounge Oxygen Therapy, rooftop pool and even IV therapy.

              The slopes are just a 2 minute walk with ski rental available, bike rental available and a ski in-and-out format. 

              Although the rooftop area is small, there’s a full range of events and activities from live music Thursday through Sunday and it’s the only hotel in Park City with a rooftop bar. 

              For family vacations, there is also a daily kids club and babysitting available. The hotel is also building out a larger complex, so more shops and restaurants will soon be available.

              Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

              • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
              • Daily breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
              • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
              • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
              • Complimentary Wi-Fi

              Diego Travel recommends Pendry Park City: Families | Multi-generational Families | Large Groups | Wellness Vacation | Outdoor Enthusiasts

              Stein Eriksen Lodge

              Stein Eriksen Lodge

              For those looking for Park City ski resorts, Skein Eriksen Lodge is the only true ski-in/ski-out ski resort in Park City.

              Renovated in 2021, with 172 rooms, 44 condos and 4 residences with pools, Stein Eriksen can cater for families and most party sizes, with 1-4 bedroom units available. The condo units have the largest balconies and also come with hot tubs for an extra après ski touch of luxury.

              Stein Eriksen also boasts the only lift that runs throughout the summer months too, the Sterling Express, making it perfect for those wanting to explore the mountain trails for summer hikes and mountain biking.

              The 16-room spa is a Forbes 5-star spa as well as the longest running spa in the state of Utah. 

              The hotel has a distinctly European feel with true ski in and out, full valet service, ski shop and rental and it is a major hub for the whole mountain.

              While amenities are good, some parts of the hotel such as the restaurant are still undergoing renovation. It’s also worth bearing in mind that room access is outdoors so it feels less like a hotel and more of a resort village – something to bear in mind particularly if you’re booking during the winter months!

              Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

              • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
              • Breakfast during the winter time period will be a buffet breakfast and during the summer time period will be a la carte ($60 Breakfast Credit)
              • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
              • Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability
              • Complimentary Wi-Fi

                Diego Travel recommends Stein Eriksen: Avid skiers | Adventure Seekers | Summer vacations to Park City | Families | Multi-generational Families | Weddings | Incentive Trips

                Lodge at Blue Sky

                Lodge at Blue Sky

                Arriving at the Lodge at Blue Sky, you feel completely immersed in the landscape and natural resources of the area because owners, Mike and Barb Philips have ensured everything is locally sourced, from the locally sourced wood, to the limestone from a local quarry and the 60 rescue horses they keep on the property.

                They’ve created a substantial experience which is blended in with the landscape, with 46 rooms, 16 Earth Suites which have outdoor showers and the 5 premium Creek Houses have open air rooms, outdoor balconies and indoor fireplaces. The expansive views and rooftop all add to the experience of being immersed in the surrounding nature.

                Although located 25 minutes from Park City Mountain Resort, most guests stay here 4-5 nights thanks to the incredible amenities on offer. Extensive spa treatment menu, an exclusive ski lounge and complimentary ski shuttle, mountain biking, helicopter excursions, hiking, a covered and heated shooting pavilion, fly fishing and horseback riding excursions and more, all on the hotel’s 3,500 acres of property.

                Their kids club, Little Vaqueros Club, follows a different theme every day with exciting excursions included. 

                An all inclusive stay here covers absolutely everything, from meals and snacks to one activity per day and return transfers. Mercedes Benz courtesy vehicles can also be used for up to 5 hours at a time.

                For the ultimate romantic escape, their Sky Suite offers spectacular views of the valley. There are also two mountain top yurts where private experiences can be arranged with an optional private chef. 

                Book with Diego Travel to receive the following exclusive promos:

                • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
                • Breakfast credit for two per bedroom daily ($50 maximum per person, per day, excludes alcohol)
                • $100USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
                • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
                • Complimentary Wi-Fi

                Diego Travel recommends Lodge at Blue Sky: Romantic Getaways | Honeymooners | Anniversary Trips | Outdoor enthusiasts | Small Groups 

                Waldorf Astoria Park City

                Waldorf Astoria Park City

                A stay at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Park City is more suited to those looking for a luxury hotel stay on a budget. 

                The hotel offers a gondola-out, ski-in style resort with a shuttle also running in a loop through the valley so guests can access various slopes and ski schools. They also offer an onsite excursion specialist, Expert Active, which offers transfers, bike rental, ATVs, kayaking, distillery whiskey tasting, rafting, rock climbing, city tours and more.

                Unfortunately there is no longer a kids club at the Waldorf Astoria, but the hotel does offer 1 bedroom suites which can fit up to a family of five.

                The hotel also offers a heated pool and two hot tubs, live DJ on weekends, lawn games, a great selection of restaurants and bars, fitness centre and spa and gondola access right across the street.

                Book with Diego Travel to receive the following Virtuoso Amenities:

                • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
                • Daily full breakfast to be used in our restaurant, Powder, for two guests per bedroom
                • $100 USD equivalent Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay. Resort Credit may be used for In Room Dining, in our Restaurant, Powder, at our Pool Bar and Grill (Summer only), and Spa services. Not applicable at Palette or Spa Gift Shop (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
                • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
                • Complimentary Wi-Fi

                Diego Travel recommends Waldorf Astoria Park City: Those on a Budget | Anniversary Trips | Small Group Trips | Incentive Trips

                St Regis Deer Valley

                St Regis Deer Valley

                With 183 rooms and spacious suites that can be connected to create 3-bedroom suites perfect for families, this would be a great option for multi-generational families and larger groups to be able to stay together. Unfortunately the St Regis Deer Valley has discontinued its kids club which is a shame as their proximity to the ski school is fantastic.

                Located on the lower base of the mountains with three restaurants and a cafe offering a grab and go breakfast and a ski rental shop in the basement, this is a great option if you just want to get out and hit the slopes.

                The hotel also offers a 24-hour fitness centre, spa with 11 treatment rooms, oxygen treatment and nail salon, plus a huge steam room and jacuzzi covering 14,000 sq ft.

                With a wine vault catering for private dinners and the space for weddings up to 108 guests, there’s plenty of options for larger groups, although current staffing shortages are temporarily making that more challenging.

                Book with Diego Travel to receive the following STARS exclusive promos:

                • Local Scones and Honey Amenity. Did you know that Utah is the Beehive State? This amenity offers:
                    • Freshly-made, local Huckleberry Scones
                    • Local Honey from Keeper of the B Farms
                    • Local Lavender Devonshire Cream

                  Daily Breakfast for 2 

                    • $40 daily breakfast credit, per person for up to two people ($80 in total). Reedeemable at RIME – Seafood & Steak, located on the third floor of the resort. Hours of operations are 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM daily.
                  • $100 food and beverage credit
                  • Complimentary WiFi daily
                  • First priority on waitlists in sold-out situations
                  • Early Check-in/late Check-out, based on availability
                  • First priority for requested room category, bed type, rollaways and connecting rooms
                  • VIP status granted with in-person warm welcome
                  • Priority for complimentary room upgrade (based on availability upon arrival)
                  • Welcome note from General Manager (or Hotel Management)

                  Diego Travel recommends St Regis Deer Valley: | Large Families or Groups | Multi-generational Families | Destination Weddings | Incentive Trips | Skiing Beginners | Parents Traveling with Older Children

                  A Few of My Favorite Things

                  Park City/ Deer Valley, Utah

                  The variety of Park City Utah Luxury Hotels

                  There’s a great selection of luxury Park City/ Deer resorts and the best hotels in Park City offer an spectacular experience which is above and beyond many other ski resort towns in the country. 

                  We loved the ultimate luxury experience at the Goldener Hirsch with the old world chalet style and the option to choose between old world or modern when you stay as a guest. Newer Park City Utah lodgings like Pendry Park City or the immersive experience at the Lodge at Blue Sky makes this an even more special experience, beyond that of just a winter ski vacation.

                  The range of outdoor activities on offer

                  Park City and Deer Valley are not just about skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. There are so many amazing excursions offered by hotels, with outdoor adventure activities for everyone from outdoors people to thrill seekers to kids looking for some fun. You can’t run out of things to do when you’re staying at one of these Park City/ Deer Valley Hotels and you can create a trip that really is a once in a lifetime experience.

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                  Luxury Hotel Guide for Your Morrocan Vacation
                  MARIA DIEGO

                  Morocco lies in the North Western part of Africa, its name meaning Land of God. Its main industry is agriculture, and with a climate similar to California, everything from olive trees to figs to citrus is grown in abundance. Morocco is home to 56 million people and of those, about half live in the country side in small villages. It’s a diverse country where you have everything from beach resorts on the coast, to desert camps in the Sahara, to Ryads in countryside and to luxury hotels in Marrakech and everything in between.

                  Fez was the first Medina of Morocco and used to be the capital, but Casablanca has since become the capital and is the industrial and financial capital of the country. This guide will cover Marrakech, which in my opinion is the heart of Morocco and should be the focal point of your trip.

                  Marrakech is an ancient city in the center of Morocco and has plenty of options for luxury resorts with grand pools, spas, delicious food and impeccable service. Beyond relaxing at your resort, there is a lot to do not only in the city of Marrakech that includes history, culture. If staying over a few days, there are also many amazing places to discover on a day trip excursion.

                  Perfect For: Families | Destination Weddings | Luxury Honeymoon | Couples Groups | Multi-Generational Families | Incentive Trips | Corporate Groups | Adventure Seekers

                  Getting to Morocco

                  Getting to Marrakech

                  Marrakech used to have non-stop flight options from major US hubs, but because of the pandemic, flights are somewhat limited and connect through either Cassablanca or Europe. We connected through Madrid Barajas International Airport to Marrakech. Hopefully, a non-stop option to Marrakech will be introduced in the near future. For domestic options, flights can also be somewhat limited to certain days of the week, especially when visiting the smaller towns, so it is best to work with a travel advisor like me who takes care of all the logistical details..




                  Moroccan Spices

                  Marrakech Luxury Travel Guide

                  What to do in Marrakech

                  • The Medina

                    The old city, also referred to as the Medina, is the walled in section of Marrakech filled with the market (the souk), two notable resorts built by the Moroccan royalty, La Mamounia and Royal Mansour, as well as many plazas, shops, restaurants, museums and private riads. In Moroccan culture, most homes look exactly the same from the outside, as they don’t care to share their status on the exterior of the home. Once you step inside, it can either be simple or extravagant. A great way to experience this is to visit Majorelle Gardens next to the Ives Saint Laurent’s museum. The Medina is the heart of Marrakech, and where the hustle and bustle is.

                  • Souk Marrakech Morocco

                  • Moroccan Spices

                  • The Souk

                    Within the Medina lies the Souk, which is the marketplace where you can find everything from handcrafts to food, spices, jewelry, and shoes. The Souk also has sections, one area for the metalworkers, while another area is for leather. It’s helpful to go with a local guide to quickly lead you in the right direction and to the right vendor, as it’s easy to get sucked in and not find your way out, and it can be quite chaotic, with motorcycles and carts constantly running through. We traveled with our three kids and my mom, and we each gripped tightly to a little hand. One of my favorite stops in the Souk was to a pharmacy/herbalist, where the shop owner explained how to tell the difference between quality Argan oil and imitation Argan oil, and showed us ancient Moroccan remedies for ailments.

                  • Shopping

                    The vibrantly colorful city of Marrakech has long been a source of inspiration for fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent.  Today, along with his famous museum, you can find his fashion boutiques around the city along with other well-known designer brands and smaller up-and-coming labels such as Topolina a French couture pattern maker who made Morocco her home to highlight its bold and bright colors and incredible textiles through fashion.  While we were in Marrakech, we hit Pacha Gallery, on the hunt for antique doors and custom lighting for a residential project we are working on back home. For natural herbs and health remedies, don’t miss Herboriste la Sagesse, where they’ll mesmerize you with a very quick and impressive overview of every potion available.  Finally, don’t forget to visit the shops inside La Mamounia, featuring a perfect blend of fashion with Moroccan sweets and treats that you can bring home as gifts.

                  • Marrakech Shopping

                  • Atlas Mountains Morocco

                  • The Atlas Mountains

                    The Atlas Mountains are divided into three areas – the High Atlas, Mid- Atlas and the Anti-Atlas in the South. Beginning about one hour outside of Marrakech, it is worthwhile to explore the Atlas Mountains to experience the countryside of Morocco. There are many villages  and valleys that are worth a visit and when you plan your trip with Diego Travel, we will make recommendations based on the routing and logistics of your trip to experience the Atlas with a a day tour or immerse yourself in a multi-day itinerary.

                  • The Coast

                    The two coastal towns that worth visiting as a day trip from Marrakech are Tagazhout, to the southwest, and Essouria to the west. These coastal hubs come alive in the summer with European travelers but are worth a day visit any time of the year. Tagazhout is lined with beach resorts and is a famous surfing destination, while Essouaria is a charming walled coastal town.

                  • Essaouira

                  • AIT-BEN-HADDOU

                  • Ait-Ben-Haddou
                    One of my favorite experiences from our trip to Morocco was our visit the Unesco World Heritage site of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. A 3.5 hour drive through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech where we experienced the Morrocan countriside and take a peek into the Berber tribes that live in the Atlas Mountains. Ait-Ben-Haddou is an incredible example of traditional Morrocan architecture and an unforgetable sight that has been used a s backdrop in many hollywood films including Gladiator, the Mummy and Babel as well as one of the backdrops for Game of Thrones. While it is posible to do a day trip from Marrakech, I highly suggest an overnight trip combining it with a visit to Ouzarate and Skoura, the land of 1,001 casbahs and staying at the 19th-century Kasbah turned luxury boutique hotel of Dar Ahlam for an unforgetable experience.

                  Diego Travel Marrakech Luxury Hotel Guide

                  Where to Stay in Marrakech

                  Marrakech is home to as many luxury hotels and resorts as you would find in a destination like Paris, France. In fact, the British and French are Morocco’s top markets in tourism, behind Americans. There were so many amazing resorts in Marrakech, it was hard to decide where to stay, but I’m happy to report that I was able to stay at and visit most of the below options. While each is unique, there is something for everyone, and it is my job to speak with you and determine the right fit based on your style, travel tastes, and needs. I’m also including an option in the Atlas Mountains, Dar Ahlam, which I highly recommend. And while we didn’t get to see it, Kasbah Tamadot, Richard Branson’s luxury villa at the base of the Atlas Mountains and just one hour outside of Marrakech, is worthy of a stay.

                  Oberoi Marrakech

                  The Oberoi Marrakech

                  This 28-acre estate with 84 rooms is set just 25 minutes outside of Marrakech, on an estate filled with olive trees and soaring emerald cypress trees that line extensive fountains and pools. The service at The Oberoi in Marrakech is what set it apart and was beyond exceptional, so much so that I was nearly crying when we had to leave. Owned in part by a local aluminum family and in part by the Oberoi

                  family, the property was built over 3 years with no expense spared. 200 artisans took years to hand carve the wood and stone domed ceiling of the lobby, and the property is complete with several restaurants, a huge spa, a kids club, a teen club, and even a vloggers room equipped with as many outlets and high powered wifi connection. I could envision myself staying here for a full week, to just disconnect, read good books, and enjoy the property with day trips into the center of Marrakech.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:

                  • Complimentary one category upgrade upon arrival or at time of booking, based on availability
                  • Daily Continental breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
                  • Welcome note and amenity
                  • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
                  • VIP Status
                  • Complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two guests
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service

                  Diego Travel Recommends Oberoi Marrakech For: Honeymooners | Destination Weddings | Couples Groups | Multi- Generational Families | Anniversary Trips | Families | Incentive Groups

                  Royal Mansour

                  Royal Mansour

                  We arrived to the grand entry of Royal Mansour, where guards stand in regal uniforms as if their guarding the true royal palace. Entering into the courtyard will have your eyes unable to settle, as there is so much going on everywhere. The palace was built in 2010 by the king, as no expense was spared to make it as grand as possible. While I had an appointment for a site inspection (full disclosure: we didn’t sleep here), we waited for about 10 minutes until we were greeted. Not the warm and personable welcome that we received at other properties, and overall, that was the feeling I had here.
                  There are 53 riads in total, all offering total privacy, in large part to the underground tunnels built for the property so that staff remain out of sight from the guests. The staff are discreet, and tend to not speak unless spoken to, make less eye contact, and are generally there ready

                  to serve but not over-imposing. The scene here was to see and be seen, and the guests dressed to the nines.
                  The resort has 4 restaurants, excluding The Nest, which is a private area that can be specially set up for dinner, accommodating from 2-10 guests. There are 2 pools – an enormous outdoor one with pool cabanas that can be rented, and an indoor pool at the spa. The kids club serves children ages 4-10 and they can provide nanny service for younger kids.
                  Aside from the multi-bedroom riads with full kitchens and private rooftop pools that would be perfect for groups or larger families, my favorite part of this property were the gardens. In my opinion, Royal Mansour has the most beautiful gardens in all of Marrakech. While you’ll see long lines waiting to get into the YSL museum and gardens, this garden was much more beautiful and worth at least a lunch reservation in order to go and see them. They were built in 2020 when the curfew imposed due to the pandemic, inspired the king to build an area of the property where guests could continue enjoy the outdoors beyond the curfew.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:

                  •  Upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability (from Superior 1 BR to Premiere 1 BR)
                  • Daily full breakfast for up to two people per bedroom, provided via room service
                  • $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit
                  • Complimentary Round-Trip Private Airport Transfers
                  • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
                  • VIP Status
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service

                  Diego Travel Recommends Royal Mansour: Honeymooners | Spa-Focused Trips | Multi-Generational Families | Families wanting Kids Club | Incentive Groups

                  La Mamounia

                  La Mamounia

                  La Mamounia is the nickname for the prince who was gifted this property by his father, the king. La Mamounia is conveniently located next door to Royal Mansour, and inside of the walled Medina in the old city. If you’re looking for a central location, an ambience of chic well-

                  traveled Europeans, a selection of fine dining and shopping options in the common areas, than La Mamounia would be an excellent choice. It definitely has the “in-the-know” vibe with high-brow shops like Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior mixed with elegant boutiques carrying local designer wares you won’t find anywhere else. All the restaurants were renovated in 2020, and I loved the pale pink and jungle green hues combined with brass decor in one. The grounds have beautiful gardens, which you can walk freely, even if you are just dining in one of the restaurants. However, unless you are a guest of the hotel, you cannot access the impressive hotel pool and cabanas, which are heavily guarded with security, as is most of the property.
                  While I only toured the suites and the presidential La Mamounia Suite, the actual 2-bedroom apartment for the prince himself, the rooms are spacious, airy and well appointed without feeling stuffy and pretentious. It is an older hotel, but rooms and grounds are maintained impeccably, and definitely have the royal feel.
                  The hotel has a small spa, but no kids club or kid-friendly amenities. However, if you don’t need those amenities, my kids enjoyed running around the grounds and would have had no issue with a short stay here. However, it is less of a family-friendly resort than many other options in Morocco. The hotel can arrange for babysitting services, but again, there are really no facilities to entertain the kids.
                  Insider Tip: Reserve a sushi dinner followed by a private movie screening in their secret cinema. This bespoke experience can be enjoyed by any hotel guest with advanced reservations, but most people don’t even know that the opportunity exists.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:
                  • Upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability (for suites, upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability)
                  • Daily full breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
                  • $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit
                  • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
                  • VIP Status
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using theTravel Planning Service 

                  Diego Travel Recommends La Mamounia Marrakech For:
                  Honeymooners | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip | Mother/Daughter Shopping Trips | Incentive Groups | Destination Wedding

                  La Villa des Orangers

                  Villa des Orangers

                  We started off the trip at this luxury boutique Relais & Chateaux property and I immediately fell in love. One of the few options inside of the walled Medina, a stay at Villa des Orangers feels like you’re walking into someone’s very elegant private home. After a very long and delayed journey to arrive to Marrakech, the staff welcomed us in a seated area, as we were served the best mint tea of our trip while we filled out paperwork. It was late at night at the full moon was glowing through the tree branches, lighting up the courtyard and over the pristine lap pool. Once that brief welcome was complete, they welcomed us into what felt like a living room, with the fire lit and dinner immediately served around a coffee table, the perfect set up for tired and hungry kids.
                  Each room at Villa des Orangers is uniquely appointed, and we were staying in two bi-level suites that were perfect for our large family. They were decorated with antiques, and every detail from the handrails to the lighting to bathtub were simply stunning. From a design standpoint, Villa des Orangers might have been my favorite just because it felt so homey and is centrally located right in the heart of the Medina. I have a preference for these boutique-style hotels over the grand opulence of some larger brand-name 5 star hotels. However, as a caveat, the building is ancient, so there were some quirks to the building that might not be perceived as luxurious to many travelers.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:
                  • Upgrade to next room category, based upon availability at check-in
                  • 100 USD hotel credit per room, per stay (2 night minimum, valid towards incidentals)
                  • Guaranteed 2pm late check-out
                  • Complimentary welcome drink per guest, per stay

                  • VIP Status
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service

                  Diego Travel Recommends Villa des Orangers For: Honeymooners | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip | Mother/Daughter Shopping Trips | Small Groups

                  Amanjena, Morocco


                  I was very excited to stay at Amanjena, as Aman Hotels are always at the top of my list when it comes to guaranteed luxury and over-the-top service. Amanjena did not disappoint, and has the wow factor that would make any trip extra special. The grounds are stunning, with expansive pools and fountains throughout. The entrance has two lobbies on either side, with a bar on one side and restaurants on the other. The food was incredible, and for our first dinner, there was a trio of musicians playing traditional Moroccan music while we dined under the high glass-domed ceilings in a candlelit room that could not have been more romantic. Well, had we removed our three tired kids, it might have been.
                  The 40 villas on property are stunning and offer lavish accommodations with incredible amenities. What is included here sets Aman properties apart from your typical hotel stay – from welcome amenities to nightly treats placed on your pillow. There are only 4 room categories at Amanjena, with the first three all having the exact same floor plan with the differentiating factor being the outdoor space. You can consult with me on season you’ll be there to determine best fit.
                  On property there are two pools, one adults-only and one family- friendly. To be honest, the family-friendly pool felt like an after-thought, stuck behind the spa building and next to the golf course, in a way that doesn’t seem like it would be enjoyable. From what I was told, most families will stay in the 2-bedroom villas, the Alhambra Suite, that have a full-size private pool in their own “backyard,” which makes a lot more sense.
                  The spa is small but offers an extensive menu of treatments, and the separate men’s and women’s hammers offer different masks that you can apply as a complimentary service during your stay. While there’s not a ton to do, per se, at Amanjena, they do offer a small selection of kids activities such as calligraphy, story time, and a cooking class, and can arrange for nearby camel rides. While Amanjena does have families that stay here, especially during the peak seasons of December and April, the majority of travelers here are couples seeking privacy, romance and a nice getaway from major European cities.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:
                  • Upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability
                  • Daily continental breakfast for two guests per bedroom
                  • $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit
                  • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
                  • VIP Status
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service

                  Diego Travel Recommends Amanjena For: Honeymooners | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip | Parents Traveling with Older Children | Small Groups

                  Mandarin Oriental Marrakech

                  Mandarin Oriental Marrakech

                  The sleek and modern Mandarin Oriental Marrakech was designed by the same designer responsible for the Baccarat Hotel in New York City and the newly redesigned Mandarin Oriental in Madrid. The property is best known for its open air gardens and two golf courses, and comes with many accommodation options with villas that are perfect for families.

                  The hotel is often site to high-profile events such as runway shows for Moncler and Yves Saint Laurent.

                  Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following Virtuoso Amenities:
                  • Upgrade upon arrival, subject to availability (for suites, upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability)
                  • Daily full breakfast for up to two people per bedroom
                  • $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit
                  • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
                  • VIP Status
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service 

                  Diego Travel Recommends Mandarin Oriental Marrakech For:
                  Honeymooners | Groups of Friends | Anniversary Trip | Mother/Daughter Shopping Trips | Incentive Groups | Destination Wedding

                  A Few of My Favorite Things


                  Combining Ancient Culture with Luxury Accommodations

                  We loved learning about ancient Moorish culture and visiting the Dar el Bacha Museum of the Confluences before wandering through the narrow streets of the Souk. We also loved driving through the Atlas Mountains and seeing how the Berbers live and visiting the Unesco World Heritage site of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate Provence.

                  The Service

                  Morocco is a destination where you get a lot of value and high level of service for a fraction of what it would cost in Europe. Service, food, shopping and culture were all phenomenal. If you have questions about which property to choose or how to plan your trip, you can fill out our Trip Design Form to get started and we will reach out with more information!

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