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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
MARIA DIEGO

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

34.4391,-119.7043

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.

Accomodations:

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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San Ysidro Montecito California

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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    San Ysidro Ranch

    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

    34.4467,-119.6229

    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

      • BVI Scuba

      • 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 DEER VALLEY

      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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            Best Family Vacations in the USA

            Best Family Vacations in the USA

            Diego Travel Destination Guide

            Best Luxury Family Vacations in the USA

            MARIA DIEGO

            Are you searching for the best family vacation spots in the US? There’s no shortage of family destinations in the USA, but there are some hotels and top family resorts in the US that really stand out from the rest.

            Whether you’re looking for the best beach resorts in the USA for families, luxury family vacation ideas or the best family vacation summer destinations, we’ve selected our favorite family vacations in the US from the past couple of years. These are hotels and destinations that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy, escape the routine and spend some quality family time together.

            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 next family vacation!

            6 Ideas for your next Family Vacations in the US

            Sea Island Vacation Rentals

            1. Sea Island, Georgia

            Located off the coast of Georgia, Sea Island is the ultimate East Coast family vacation spot. We loved it so much we came back twice in one year, take my word – it’s the best family vacation in Georgia!

            With beautiful beaches and a huge range of family-friendly activities from dolphin watching tours, falconry or arts and crafts to bike riding or boat rental, the list of activities is enough to keep the kids occupied for the entire trip.

            For the adults, there’s a spa, fitness centre, hot tub, golfing, horseback riding and a range of eateries from casual pubs to formal dining, including the only Forbes 5-Star restaurant in Georgia.

            The Sea Island cottages and vacation rentals are also perfect if you’re looking for large family vacation rentals or multi family vacation spots, or even if you just prefer to have your own space.

            Sea Island also offers The Cloisters, Ocean Residence, Beach Club, The Inn and The Lodge, so there’s plenty of accommodation options to suit you and your family’s vacation.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • $100 per day resort credit when you book a Sea Island cottage rental
            • $100 one-time resort credit + daily complimentary breakfast when you book a Sea Island hotel room

            Blackberry Mountain Sunset

            2. Blackberry Mountain, Tennessee

            If you’re looking for the best luxury resorts for families in the US, this mountain retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect property.

            With a focus on wellbeing, outdoor adventure and delightful cuisine, Blackberry Mountain is ideal for active families who are looking for the top family vacation spots in the US that provide a holistic accommodation and hospitality experience.

            Spend the day out on the hiking trails, water skiing on the pond or zip lining through the arbor treetops adventure course, followed by hot yoga, sound baths in the loft, clay sculpting or relaxing in the spa.

            Blackberry Mountain offers a range of accommodation types including 2-5 bedroom homes – perfect for large groups and one of the best places for a family vacation in Tennessee.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • 5% off published rates
            • $50 spa credit
            • Upgrade at time of check-in, subject to availability
            • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

            Laguna Beach Coves

            3. Laguna Beach, California

            With so many outdoor activities in the area like hiking, horseback riding, museums, farms and beaches, plus plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions, Laguna Beach is the perfect base if you’re looking for all inclusive California family resorts for your next US vacation.

            My three favorite hotels in this area of Southern California are Montage Laguna Beach, the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, and the Monarch Beach Resort. Their locations in Laguna Beach are perfect for weekend getaways or longer family vacations to enjoy everything this beautiful coastline has to offer.

            The Monarch Beach Resort is a golf and beach resort that’s both kid-friendly and dog-friendly. With 3 pools, a kids club and Laguna’s only beach club, this is a great option for the whole family to enjoy.

            The Ritz Carlton is further south and a must-stay for any surfers in the family! With plenty of restaurant options and fun activities such as whale watching tours organized by the hotel.

            Montage Laguna Beach is the ultimate luxury destination for family vacation spots in the US. With 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom suites, ocean views, a kids club and kids programme, adults-only spa and exclusive beach access, the whole family is treated like a VIP when you stay here.

            This coastal stretch of California is one of the best family vacation destinations in the US and perfect if you’re looking for summer vacation ideas.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
            • Daily full breakfast for two 
            • $100 USD resort credit
            • Early check-in/Late check-out, subject to availability
            • Complimentary Wifi

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            4. Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

            Just 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Georgia, you find yourself in this tranquil and picturesque setting at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.

            Our favorite hotel for the best family vacation in South Carolina, the Montage Palmetto Bluff feels like a true escape and a step back in time with tree lined avenues and gas-lit laps on this 20,000 acre estate.

            And with so much space, it’s no wonder that this resort is full of family friendly activities – tennis courts and lessons, golfing, bike rental, boating, shooting club, bowling alley, kids club, 3 different pools and a spa for the adults to enjoy too.

            You can arrange a golf cart or bikes to move around the property,which has seven restaurants spread out over the whole resort area ranging from casual to formal dining which I suggest booking in advance of your stay. You can also take a boat tour on a guided day trip to Daufuskie Island and learn so much about the history and culture.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • $100+ resort credit
            • Daily breakfast credit
            • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
            • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

            Rosewood Miramar Beach

            5. Rosewood Miramar Beach, California

            Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel might just be the number one option for best family beach vacations in the US. This beachfront hotel is the perfect combination of luxury and laid back beach style.

            The Rosewood Miramar is located just 15 minutes from Santa Barbara. But being the only oceanfront property in Montecito, you feel the stress wash away in this calm, easygoing, beachfront setting.

            With family-friendly beach yoga, falconry experiences, family movie nights, a range of accommodation types, six restaurants and the only 5-star Forbes spa in Santa Barbara, there’s fun for the whole family at this beachfront hotel.

            The resort embraces outdoor living too, with kayak rental, boat charters, hiking excursions, surf lessons and the beach on your doorstep.

            Whether you’re looking for active family vacation ideas in California or slower paced, all inclusive US beach resorts for families, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel managed both effortlessly.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • Complimentary one category upgrade upon arrival, based on availability
            • Daily USD30 breakfast credit for up to two people per bedroom
            • $125 Sense Spa credit per stay
            • Welcome note and amenity from the Managing Director on behalf of Diego Travel
            • Diego Travel Welcome Box for First-Time Clients

            Four Seasons Orlando

            6. Four Seasons Orlando, Florida

            A family-favorite among our clients, whether it’s a weekend getaway for the family or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this Florida destination, Orlando is one of the best family trips in the US.

            I always say that not only is the Four Seasons Orlando the best family hotel in Orlando, it’s a destination in and of itself: your entire stay feels magical, for adults as well as the kids.

            The non-stop entertainment for the kids goes above and beyond at Four Seasons Orlando, with complimentary kids camp available daily, a 5-acre water park, 18-hole putting course, four restaurants, three lounges and the Disney character breakfast – a must-do for kids.

            Even the spa has a Bippity Boppity Boo boutique experience for girls looking for the princess experience without the wait in line at the Magic Kingdom.

            The Four Seasons Orlando concierge can assist with park tickets, fast passes and any other park queries to make sure your trip runs smoothly from start to finish.

            The Four Seasons Orlando is without a doubt, the best place to stay in Orlando for families.

            When You Book with Diego Travel, You’ll Receive:
            • Exclusive Four Seasons Preferred Partner Rates (excluding character breakfast)
            • Daily full American breakfast for 2
            • $100 spa credit
            • Upgrade of one category at time of check-in, subject to availability
            • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
            • VIP welcome amenity
            • Diego Travel welcome box for first-time clients

            Insider Tips at Montage Palmetto Bluff

            6 Ideas for your next Family Vacations in the US

            Hopefully our guide to the best family vacations in the US has given you plenty of inspiration for your next family trip. Whether you prefer a laid back beach vacation or an action-packed family-fun resort, here at Diego Travel we know family vacations are extra special and deserve to be perfect. 

            If you’re still undecided, feel free to schedule a call with me, so that I can match you with an ideal destination that fits both your family and budget.


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            United States Virgin Islands

            US Virgin Islands

            US Virgin Islands

            A Destination Guide for Your Caribbean Vacation
            MARIA DIEGO

            The US Virgin Islands, made up of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, is a boater and diver’s paradise of many islands, beautiful beaches, and plenty of dive spots to explore. We were looking for a remote region to charter a private catamaran with crew to spend a week of bonding and adventure with our kids, and settled on the USVI as the perfect destination. Private yachts, sail boats, and catamarans are available throughout the US Virgin Islands and Diego Travel works with the best yacht broker for our clients’ needs.

            Perfect For: Families | Destination Weddings | Honeymoon | Couples Groups | Multi-Generational Families | Scuba Divers | Snorkelers | Scuba Divers

            Long Bay Marina-Charlotte Amalie

            Getting to US Virgin Islands

            Getting to USVI is perhaps one of its biggest draws, since there are so many direct flights into St. Thomas (STT) from major cities like Chicago, Dulles, Newark and Miami. From St. Thomas, it’s an easy boat ride to St. John, and a full day boat ride to St. Croix, so most people visiting St. Croix will take the direct flight from Miami. US Virgin Islands is extremely close to British Virgin Islands. Before Covid, visitors could visit the islands interchangeably pretty easily, but now the restrictions make it more difficult. For ease of flights, it’s sometimes better to fly into STT and take a boat over to British Virgin Islands, even though you will need to stop by boat to clear customs. When you utilize Diego Travel’s trip planning service, we handle all of the logistics of travel to the US Virgin Island and British Virgin Islands so you don’t have to worry about any of it.

            USVI
            • 18.3411,-64.9328

              St Thomas

            • 18.3308,-64.7945

              St John

            United States Virgin Islands Catamaran Charter

            Catamaran Charter

            YACHT AND CATAMARAN CHARTERS

            The Caribbean just might be the Yacht Charter Capital of the World, and you will find many luxury boats, yachts and catamarans in the region. The problem is, where can you find one of these that fit your budget? I’ll let you in on a secret. The yacht charter with crew experience is more affordable than you think, especially when traveling with a group of family or friends. I have worked with one of the boating industry’s top yacht brokers for over a decade, and she has 30+ years in the industry. Together, at no additional cost to the client, we are able to pair Diego Travel clients to the best boat and crew at your budget. When I reached out to her for our personal vacation, we were considering two boats in our price range, and she told me one crew would be better than the other with our young kids. She was right! And whether you’re looking for a charter in Greece, Italy, or the Caribbean, she knows the boats and crew and directs me to the right choice once we have a discussion about you and what your needs are.

            The US Virgin Islands are so popular for yacht charters because there are so many islands and protected bays for mooring at night, with not much distance or rough seas in between destinations. You can go for a full week or two without touching land, just exploring different waters, with each beach and bay being extremely unique. We spent our seven nights in Monde Bay, Little Lameshur Bay, Long Bay, Francis Bay, Caneel Bay, and finally Brewers Bay. The cool thing about our captain, who had 10 years experience, was that he knew to get us one bay ahead of the rest, so at each stop, due to our timing, we had each bay essentially to ourselves.

            USVI Catamaran Charters

            While we opted for a catamaran charter with crew, there are also bareboat catamaran and sailboat charters available (meaning less cost without crew). If you are the do-it-yourself type and want to man your own boat, you have this option available in the USVI. For those that want to learn how to sail, the USVI also affords a variety of options to get ASA certified during on your crewed charter.  Keep in mind that boat charters are regularly 7 nights.

            • Scuba Diving

              Scuba diving and snorkeling are the number 1 attraction of the US Virgin Islands, with so many reef dives, wreck dives, drift dives, and rocky islets that are home to a myriad of fish and sea life. Our 11-year-old daughter tried scuba diving for the first time, and on her second attempt stayed underwater for 25 minutes.

              The USVI is full of national wildlife reserves like Buck Island and the Virgin Islands National Park & Coral Reef National Monument. Because of the amount of protection surrounding the islands, the water is full of sea life, making the perfect paradise for both scuba divers and snorkelers.

            • Watersports USVI

            • It’s worthwhile to mention the amount of sea life we saw off our boat. From constant fish, sting rays and octopus, our favorite was swimming with the sea turtles, where there is a bay with hundreds of them. My 4- and 6-year-olds swam on their own as we patiently followed a little sea turtle as he would slowly surface for a breath every few minutes, where we’d get an up close look and then watch him plunge back to the sand. The fine of touching any turtle starts at $5,000, so this ensures these beautiful creatures can remain unharmed and explore freely in their natural habitat for years to come.

            • Watersports and Day charters

              For those who prefer to be landbased instead of chartering a yacht or catamaran, the US Virgin Islands offers plenty of oportunities to experience the natural beauty of these islands.

              There are a wide range of activities available directly from the beach like taking sailing classes on a small sail boat or a Hobie cat. The USVI is a great introduction to sailing for kids if they are interested in learning to sail. There are also many otions to go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding or even learning to windsurf or kiteboard

              Fishing charters offer an unique oportunity to fish the Puerto Rico Trench where you can find some of the best offshore fishing in the Caribbean, located only six miles from shore.

              Many operators offer snorkeling tours, day sailing catamaran trips and sunset sailing experiences. Private day charters are also available aboard both sail boats and powerboats.

            • USVI Bars

            • Shopping

              Charlotte Amalie is the main cruise ship port where the large cruise ships arrive and depart. In St. Thomas, you don’t pay sales tax, so it’s the perfect place to buy a luxury watch or jewelry. Charlotte Amalie is full of your more touristy shops that cater to the cruise ships, while St. John has some more boutique shopping with local shops that sell everything from board shorts and rash guards for men to swim suits and cover ups for women. In the USVI, you won’t wear or need much more than that, as even in the winter time, the evenings rarely get cold enough to require a sweater.

              On our week-long charter, we only stopped twice for shopping and to walk around, and my favorite spot was Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay in St. John. This small shopping center has a few bars and restaurants, but my favorite shop was Lulee, which carries all my favorite brands and where I bought a replacement pair of my favorite Agolde denim cut-offs.

            • Rum Tasting

              While we truthfully did not explore the USVI by land that much, we had been in the past when visiting by cruise ship and were told of the many rum distilleries on both St. Thomas and St. John. And just as any good Caribbean island should offer, a good bar and opportunity to taste a dozen rums abounds in the US Virgin Islands.

              One of country music’s most famous singers, Kenny Chesney, has a home on Cinnamon Bay in the USVI and often sings about island life and its plentiful drinks. Two of our favorite spots are the Windmill Bar on St. John, perched on a hilltop in an old sugar mill with live music and stunning views, and for a more refined wine tasting experience, try Kati Ligo in St. John, a cozy wine bar.

            • St John Shopping

            Ritz Carlton St Thomas Aerial View

            Where to Stay in the USVI

            The Ritz Carlton St Thomas

            The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

            The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas is perfect for families, multi-generational families (we saw a ton of large family groups during Christmas week), and even great for couples during non-holiday travel times.  The hotel is located on a small bay with a somewhat short beach and two pools.  One pool was originally redesigned to be adult-only, but the sales director told me that families werent having it and that they eventually gave in and have kids welcome at both pools.  Having said that, families with young and noisy kids tend to gravitate to the pool located next to the winding water slide, a new addition from the renovation.  Right next to the water slide pool is a fantastic kids club, where both indoor and outdoor activities are completely complimentary for ages 5-12.  Cabanas incur an extra cost and are located around both pools.

             Aside from the pools and beach, you also have tennis courts and a huge brand new gym with state of the art equipment.  You have an amazing spa, and fun boutique, and four restaurants.  To really add to the experience, I highly recommend a private beach dinner, where theyll set your table up under a romantic sea grape tree that sits on the beach.  It is the perfect spot to celebrate an anniversary or have a proposal. 

            Lets talk about Club level at this Ritz Carlton hotel.  If youre a Marriott or Ritz Carlton loyalist, I am sure you are aware of club level by now.  The club level rooms give access to a special club lounge for its guests.  In my opinion, at some properties, this added benefit is well worth it and at other properties, its not worth the price difference.  At Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, the Club level is definitely worth it.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style with a wine and coffee bar, all complimentary to Club level guests.  They also have their own outdoor terrace space, so its almost like having access to your own exclusive restaurant that is completely free.

            The cost of meals at a resort like this can really add up, so we saw plenty of families eating all their meals in the Club lounge.  Finally, Diego Travel is a preferred partner to Marriott STARS program, which includes all Ritz Carltons, so even if youre Bonvoy Ambassador Elite, you will still get additional perks when booking your Marriott stays with Diego Travel.  The only time these perks dont apply is when youre booking your stay using points.  

            Book with Diego Travel to Receive the Following STARS Amenities:

            •  Welcome Amenity
            •  Complimentary Breakfast for 2 at Bleuwater Restaurant
            • $100 Hotel Credit
            • Complimentary Wi-FI
            • Priority Upgrade if Available
            • Priority Early Check-In/Late Check-Out
            • VIP Status with In-Person Warm Welcome
            • Diego Travel Welcome Box when Using the Travel Planning Service

            Diego Travel Recommends Ritz Carlton St. Thomas For: Families | Destination Weddings | Couples Groups | Multi-Generational Families Corporate Groups | Incentive Groups

            Where To Eat in US Virgin Islands?

            • Two US Virgin Islands favorites:

              Lime Out A floating taco bar based in Coral Bay, St. John.

              Pizza Pi A small boat with a pizza oven offering delivery by dinghy based in Christmas Cove, Little St. James.  They make gluten-free pizza too! Started by a couple who left their corporate world behind and covered a boat into a large pizza oven/delivery restaurant.  Talk about chasing your dreams!

            • Lovango Cay

            • Our favorite day and dinner experience:

              Lovango Cay A beach and pool club with limited daily memberships starting at $100 per person, private cabana rentals, and waterfront dining based off Lovango Cay.

            • Our other favorite food experiences:

              Dave and Jerry’s  Fine dining in St. John that offers excellent steaks and a ton of food.  We outdid ourselves!

              Prime Fine dining in St. Thomas, would recommend for a final evening on the dock if youre chartering a yacht or catamaran.  

               ZoZos Waterfront dining in Caneel Bay, St. John and also a happy hour option with live music and a cute gift shop.

              Skinny Legs This is a very local hang in St. John serving up burgers and drinks.  The name says it all for appropriate dress attire.

            A Few of My Favorite Things

            USVI

            Beaches and Bays

            Don’t miss Turtle Bay and Cinnamon Beach on St. Johns. Even though there are more tourists here than other areas, it’s for good reason. It’s so neat to swim with so many sea turtles and a unique experience to the USVI. Cinnamon Beach is long and with soft, white sand, perfect for a long beach walk and located where you have many multi-million dollar villas that are available for rental. Diego Travel can assist you with these villa rentals too. Little Lamashur Bay was less crowded and we saw sea turtles and sting rays there too.

            Water Sports

            One of the best things about chartering a yacht or catamaran with crew, is the direct access to a lot of sea toys like tubing, stand up paddle boarding, eFoils (we saw tons of these), kite surfing and water skiing or wake boarding right off the back our catamaran. Our kids had so much fun doing all of these things, that you could never get bored. So between gourmet meals prepared by our chef, Erika, our captain, Tyler, would take us out for fun on the water in between. Although, I have to admit that sometimes I would let my husband take the kids while I stayed behind on the quiet boat to read a good book (and work remotely).

            The People

            The community of US Virgin Islands is a huge boating community who love the water and the easy way of life. Though after witnessing how hard our crew worked aboard the boat throughout our week stay, I realized that they work hard and likely play harder. The people are very friendly, easy-going, and work hard to provide excellent service when you charter a yacht or catamaran. They come from all over the world to work on boats in the Caribbean, and most of them are well-traveled and well-educated, spending part of the year working very hard and able to take time off in their off season to travel to other places. I learned a lot from our crew, a couple who has been married 5 years and in the yachting industry for 10, and hope to someday charter with them again.

            If you’re interested in a chartering a yacht or catamaran in the US Virgin Islands, or book the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas, I would be happy to provide you my guidance and match you with the perfect boat + crew or hotel accommodation. You can email me here to inquire.

             

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            Commodore Perry Estate

            Hotel Review: Commodore Perry Estate, an Auberge Hotel

            Hotel Review

            Commodore Perry Estate

            An Auberge Hotel
            MARIA DIEGO

            A historical mansion set in an idyllic neighborhood near downtown Austin, Texas, the Commodore Perry Estate was redesigned by internationally renowned interior designer Ken Fulk and is the epitome of old world charm met with an eccentric twist of modern glamour. 

            Perfect For: Small groups of friends | Girls weekend getaway or bachelor/bachelorette parties | Romantic Getaways | Weddings | A Stopover for Multi- Caribbean Island Vacation

            30.3006,-97.7229

            Commodore Perry Estate

            Location: A 10-acre estate set in the heart of Austin, Texas.

            Getting There: Just 15 minutes from Austin- Bergstrom International Airport (AUS).

            Commodore Perry Estate Vibe

            Vibe: Even though you’re just minutes from all the action of downtown Austin, Texas, the Commodore Perry Estate makes you feel like the houseguest of a European royal’s country estate, with elegant finishes and first-class service, with just the right amount of eclectic charm that keeps it feeling “Austin weird.” Fun activities like tarot card readings and live retro record sessions under the moonlight keep the scene young and fresh.

            History: Edgar “Commodore” Perry was a beloved Austin historical figure who amassed his fortune in the cotton industry in the early 1920s. While golfing at the next-door golf course, Perry spotted a piece of land and decided to build what would become a welcoming estate for he and his wife, Lutie, to welcome guests from near and far and place Austin on the map as one of the best places to live. As a newly reimagined urban retreat, this hotel hopes to restore the liveliness and glamour that Commodore Perry and his wife bestowed on it nearly a century ago.

            Commodore Perry Estate History
            Bar at the Commodore Perry Estate

            Perfect For:  Commodore Perry Estate is perfect for that romantic weekend getaway to enjoy the music scene of Austin, but retreat back to luxury and feel away from it all. I would also recommend it for a girls weekend getaway or bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as groups of couples. With 54 rooms, it’s not uncommon to have a buy-out for a wedding or glamorous corporate affair or incentive trip, and Diego Travel is happy to assist with helping to make your stay magical, no matter how small or large your group size might be. The Mansion is made up of just 5 suites, so if you’re traveling with a small group of couples, it would be the ideal setting for a truly unique and unforgettable stay.

            Accomodations: 54 total rooms and suites with plans to add new residences and a spa in the future.

            Commodore Perry Estate Bathroom

            Commodore Perry Estate Cofee

            Food & Beverage: The outdoor patio at the Mansion serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves as a social hub for the Austin socialite scene. If you’re wanting more exclusivity, the Garden Nook, Solarium and the Loggia of the Garden Restaurant are for Members and overnight guests of Commodore Perry Estate only. Lutie’s restaurant recently opened and is a buzzy space in a jungle green setting that serves farm-to-table food and hand-crafted cocktails. Finding space is an issue, so reserve your table well in advance. Food and drinks can also be served poolside, or of course in in-room dining where you can partake in an honor bar, set up with your preferences upon request prior to your arrival.

            Wellness: The property is lacking a spa, so if you’re looking for a spa retreat, this is not the right fit for you. However, they provide a weekly wellness class schedule including pilates, yoga and nearby hiking. The concierge will be happy to set up a treatment at the nearby Springs or trip to the Herb Bar, where you will find personalized herbal elixirs for mind, body and soul.

            Commodore Perry Estate Wellness

            Commodore Perry Estate Pool

            Activities: The experience of Commodore Perry Estate is as much about what you aren’t doing as what you are. The goal is not to fill your time with activities but rather disconnect to relish in fine spirits, delicious food, and interesting conversation, all while sitting back in a velvet settee with funky jazz softly playing in the background. Just like Mr. and Mrs. Perry would have done.

            What  Sets  It  Apart: Recently voted the #1 resort hotel in Texas on Travel + Leisure’s 2021 World’s Best List (link that here), it’s with good reason that the Commodore Perry Estate stands out in a state whose slogan is “Go big or go home.” The property is intimate and small but leaves a large and lasting impression.

            Commodore Perry Estate
            Commodore Perry Estate

            How Much Does Commodore Perry Cost? Nightly rates start at $609 for mid-week stays in low season to upwards of $6,500 for Mr. and Mrs. Perry’s Suite, the nicest and largest of the Mansion Suites.

            Diego Travel Loves: The decor! If you don’t know about Ken Fulk , look him up and be ready to fall in love. It is truly a treat to stay here.

            Ken Fulk
            Diego Travel Amenities Commodore Perry Estate

            Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

            • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
            • Daily Breakfast Credit for two guests per bedroom ($70 per day, per room)
            • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage 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

            Our preferred partnership with Auberge Resorts ensures that you will have priority upgrade and be flagged as a VIP for your stay. That’s something you won’t get booking online or with Amex Travel.

              Commodore Perry Insider Tips:

              There are only 2 rooms on property with bath tubs, so if you love a good soak, be sure to book your stay with Diego Travel so we get you into there right room. Also, there are no connecting rooms on property, so while this isn’t ideal for travel with young kids, a rollaway can be placed in certain rooms

              Commodore Perry Estate1

              Summary of Our Stay at Commodore Perry Estate:

              After time spent at both Miraval Austin and Lake Austin Spa Resort, I was ready to change it up and stay in the newly opened Commodore Perry Estate closer to the city center. The moment I arrived to the gravel driveway and was warmly greeted by the doorman, I knew I had come to the right place. The lobby is inviting with a soaring ceiling and hand-painted mural on the Mediterranean-inspired walls, which leads directly into a living room with cozy fireplace that’s inviting enough to say, “Come on in and stay awhile.” Perhaps with “y’all” at the end…I don’t know. We are in Texas.

              Commodore Perry Austin

              Aside from the extremely cool setting that will have your eyes glancing around each room to soak up all the details, there’s something intangibly special about the Estate. The property has procured local artisans to provide the details like the minibar snacks, the offerings on the liquor bar, and even a body oil left on your nightstand at the turndown service that will leave you dreaming in seconds. The scent, the textures, the combination of color – all of it adds to the mystique of Commodore Perry Estate and left me not wanting to leave.

              Commodore Perry Ken Fulk

              Shortly after check-in, I made my way down to the pool with a good book, where I sipped on a fancy cocktail that was topped with a fresh herb sprig plucked from the garden. There weren’t many others around, and everyone seemed to be basking in the glorious sound of silence around us, until the music started playing from the Garden Restaurant. A few chapters in and it was time to pull myself up from the yellow and white-striped lounge chair and change into something a little more fancy for a solo dinner on the patio. The music was just what you’d expect from one of the best destinations to enjoy live music. Divine. I was only sad not to be sharing it in the company of my husband or friends.

              Commodore Perry Estate Grounds

              Back at my room, I had one of the best night’s sleep in my life, and I love the red satin eye mask that was provided along with the body oil. I’m not a vampire, but I might have been one in my past life, because a solid black out in any hotel room definitely gains instant bonus points in my book.

              Breakfast brought more delicious food with a goat cheese yogurt on a bed of ice, topped with frozen fruit and grapes. Drizzed in local Austin honey. Yum! My mouth waters just thinking about it and I would return just for that breakfast. Even better enjoyed solo to the sound of silence. Sometimes a weekend sans my kids is just what I need. Does that make me a bad mom? Maybe. But I came home refreshed and with my batteries recharged, ready to take on the role of Super Mom and Master Travel Advisor at once.

              Commodore Perry Estate Austin Texas

              Since my stay, I’ve been happy to send clients for anniversary weekends, birthday celebrations, and a visit for no reason at all, and everyone has come away just as relaxed and content as I did. It’s safe to say that you will love it too, and I’d be happy to guide you through selecting the room that speaks to your soul and puts you right in the mood for the perfect Austin weekend.

              Let’s Get Planning!

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              Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Hotel Review: Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Hotel Review

              Montage Palmetto Bluff

              A Luxury Resort IN SOUTH CAROLINA
              MARIA DIEGO

              Montage Palmetto Bluff is located 30 minutes outside of Savannah, Georgia in Bluffton, South Carolina. It is a private, exclusive resort destination that is the perfect vacation for the whole family in the most beautiful, picturesque setting. 

              Perfect For: Families | Multigenerational Travel | Romantic Getaways | Weddings

              Palmetto Bluff South Carolina

              32.2038,-80.8840

              Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Location: Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, South Carolina, 18 miles north of Savannah, Georgia.

              Getting ThereMontage Palmetto Bluffs closest airport is Savannah, Georgia, but you can also fly into Hilton Head, which are about a 35 minute drive to the property (airport codes HHH or HXD). 

              Tree at Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Vibe: Montage Palmetto Bluff is a picturesque resort set within a sprawling 20,000-acre development in Bluffton, South Carolina. The community is made up of tree-lined rows of 2- story brick houses with white picket fences and gas-lit lamp posts. It’s a step back in time to another era where you can fully disconnect and enjoy the natural surroundings of the South.

              History: The area of Palmetto Bluff is steeped in a rich history, with the original mansion that is now owned by Montage Palmetto Bluff belonging to the Wilson family in the 1920s. Nobody knows how, but the original mansion burned down in 1926, and there’s a record that Mrs. Wilson ran into the burning building to salvage her shoe collection, tossing the shoes out of the second-story window out to the grassy lawn below. The Wilson family pet cemetery can also still be found on property. The area of Palmetto Bluff used to be a hunting and fishing retreat up until the 1950s. Pat Conroy is a beloved writer of the area, and his memoir, The Water is Wide, tells the story of the area, if you’re interested in the history.

              Palmetto Bluff Vibe

              Accomodations: 200 resort accommodations with more private residences being added

              • La Samanna Rooms

              • Rooms at Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Lunch at Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Food & Beverage: Montage Palmetto Bluff currently has 7 restaurants that are quite spread out around the property, so it is helpful to reserve based on the activities you will be doing for that day. I also recommend a golf cart rental, to easily get around the area without having to rely on the transportation provided by the resort. The Canoe Club is a more formal option for dinner and one that I highly recommend booking well in advance. Octagon is the restaurant in the main inn, where you will likely eat most of your breakfast meals, particularly if they come included with your stay as they do when you book with Diego Travel..

              Wellness: Spa Montage provides a full service salon and spa that caters to the many wedding groups they have and offers a private pool, exclusive to guests of the spa. They also have a steam room and sauna located in the ladies’ and men’s locker rooms that you can enjoy before your relaxing treatments that use Valmont and Tata Harper skin care products.

              Spa at Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Clay Shooting Lessons At Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Things to Do at Palmetto Bluff: Montage Palmetto Bluff offers tennis, golf, biking, and boating, among other activities for grown ups and kids. Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club is located about 10-15 minutes from property is offers clay shooting and air rifle for kids. Families can also enjoy the several tree houses around property, the Paintbox kids club program, and the Montage Merit Badges that kids can receive as they complete each of the unique programs on property. The resort has 3 different pools that can be used exclusively by Montage Palmetto Bluff guests, thought Bluffton itself has others that can be used by homeowners.

              What  Sets  It  Apart: Montage Palmetto Bluff is your ideal destination for your group event such a wedding, corporate retreat or incentive trip. It really is its own township and offers versatile accommodations that would be a good fit for any group. Ever since Justin Bieber was married on property, it’s been in high-demand for destination weddings, for its picturesque and fairytale setting.

              Church at Montage Palmetto Bluff
              Palmetto Bluff Horses

              How Much Does Montage Palmetto Bluff Cost? How much does it cost? Nightly rates start around $495 in low season for a forest view King room in the main inn and go upwards of $4,000 for multi-bedroom residences.

              Diego Travel Loves: The ease and convenience of having everything right there. You really don’t need to leave the Bluff to explore outside; though we recommend chartering a boat (contact us to reserve yours!) to explore the local islands that can only be accessed by boat.

              Montage Palmetto Bluff Boat Charters
              Diego Travel Extras at Montage Palmetto Bluff

              Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

              • $100+ resort credit
              • Daily breakfast credit
              • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
              • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

                Montage Palmetto Bluff Insider Tips:

                You can do a guided day to Daufuskie Island and learn about the rich local history and culture, while enjoying lunch at a delicious local spot, or you can arrange an oyster roast on nearby Paige Island. When you book your stay with Diego Travel, we can include these experiences to make your stay truly unique and unforgettable.

                Insider Tips at Montage Palmetto Bluff

                Summary of Our Stay at HMontage Palmetto Bluff:

                I decided to plan my birthday weekend to Montage Palmetto Bluff at the end of August since it’s a destination that I book often, but had never experienced for myself. The flight schedule was perfect, so we were able to enjoy a long weekend without the kids missing any school. The immense live oak trees on the drive into the Bluff are breathtaking, and the rows of gas-lit iron lamp posts signal that you’re near arrival as you pull up to the recreation of the historical Wilson mansion. Everyone was friendly, and while we waited briefly to check-in, the kids ran back and forth on the expansive green lawn to get their pent-up energy out from the short flight.

                Montage Palmetto Bluff 2

                The first night we had dinner at Buffalo’s, aptly named for the buffalos that use to roam the property prior to it becoming a development. Service was friendly and the food looked delicious, but our plates were hit or miss in terms of taste. The atmosphere was lively, and you definitely need a dining reservation for every meal when visiting Montage Palmetto Bluff, especially because guests are welcome from both residences and off the Bluff. I recommend booking dinners at least a month out for best availability.

                Montage Palmetto Bluff Sunset

                Our creek view cottage was spacious – more space than we’re accustomed to when traveling with our 3 kids – since we were upgraded at time of booking, which is what you’ll also receive when booking your stay with Diego Travel. Because we didn’t have time to pick up our golf cart the previous night, we waited quite a bit of time for a ride to the tennis courts on our first morning, which made us a bit late for the kids’ tennis lessons. However, the resort was extremely apologetic and comped our tennis lessons. Had we known the lay of the land, we also could have walked, but I do recommend having the golf cart set up from arrival, as it’s much easier to get around property with the kids. If you’re traveling without kids, you can probably just have the bike rentals, which would be a fun way to get from each point.

                Tennis Lessons at Montage Palmetto Bluff

                After tennis, we enjoyed breakfast at Octagon’s, and then had time to visit the pool by the Canoe Club in the afternoon. We saw alligators in both the lagoon and over by the Canoe Club, so be careful with letting your little ones get too close!

                I wanted to experience as much as possible, so I signed up for activities in advance from shooting, to a boat charter, to the spa, and enjoyed all of them as my clients would. My main takeaway is that it takes a very long time to get from one point to another as everything is much more spread out than I had envisioned, so be sure to allow enough time between meals and activities. And also remember that you’re in the South, so the pace is slow!

                Aerial view of Montage Palmetto Bluff

                Our second night we had dinner at Cole’s, which is in the Moreland area where the evening kids club is located and the bowling alley. While the kids enjoyed that, we had dinner with our 4- year-old since kids have to be 5 to enjoy the kids club. Our Southern dinner was delicious, particularly my husband’s fried chicken plate. We highly recommend! At the end of the night, we caught the shuttle back to the main inn, where we met our older kids at the s’mores station where they were on their 2nd or 3rd gluten-free s’mores. They did not want to turn in!

                S’mores Station

                Montage Palmetto Bluff was a perfect long weekend to have some fun activities with the kids, with something for everyone. My clients who belong to country clubs or tennis and golf clubs love it because it offers world-class facilities to play all of these sports. While I don’t personally play tennis or golf, I appreciated the great lessons that my kids had, but we particularly loved the day out on the boat that we enjoyed with Captain Gio. He was a fantastic guide and shared stories from the area that we would never have experienced had we not done the boat charter. I would be thrilled to set up my clients with Gio to do some of these unique experiences to see the area from a different perspective.

                Palmetto Bluff Waterways

                When you plan your trip, reach out to us and we will take care of all the details while getting you all the added amenities, whether you’re planning a visit for your honeymoon or for your company retreat. We can assist with it all.

                Let’s Get Planning!

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                Palmetto Bluff vs Sea Island

                The Difference Between Montage Palmetto Bluff and The Cloister at Sea Island

                The Difference Between Montage Palmetto Bluff and The Cloister at Sea Island

                MARIA DIEGO

                A Diego Travel agency and Virtuoso client favorite domestic destination has always been both Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina and The Cloister and The Lodge of Sea Island, Georgia – two luxury resorts that parallel in both style, size, and type of clientele that visit both resorts.  If you are undecided between which of these Virtuoso vacation properties might be right for you, we are here to point you in the right direction.  In addition to helping our clients navigate the differences between these two luxury resorts, as a proud affiliate of Departure Lounge, we also offer our clients many benefits in booking with Diego Travel at both hotels.

                • Resort Credit added to your stay
                • Daily complimentary breakfast (for 2 people per room)
                • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
                • Priority room upgrade when available
                • Personalized trip planning to make the most out of your vacation (when utilizing our trip planning service)
                • Custom Diego Travel welcome box with goodies for new clients who opt to utilize our trip planning service

                Both Montage Palmetto Bluff and Sea Island are the perfect destinations for a family vacation, a multi-generational vacation that includes grandparents, parents, kids, aunts, uncles, etc, a girlfriends spa getaway, a domestic honeymoon, or even to host your large corporate group or event.  So how do you know which property is right for you?  Well, that is what we are here for, to break down the two.

                Getting There

                Montage Palmetto Bluffs closest airport is Savannah, Georgia, but you can also fly into Hilton Head, which are about a 35 minute drive to the property (airport codes HHH or HXD).  To get to Sea Island, Georgia, you would fly into either Jacksonville, Florida or Savannah, Georgia, and will be about 45-55 minutes from Sea Island.  If you plan to fly private, there are FBOs very close to either property, BQK for Sea Island, which will put you at about a 5-10 minute drive.

                How to Get to Montage Palmetto Bluff and Sea Island

                • 32.208,-80.8843

                  Montage Palmetto Bluff

                • 31.2002,-81.3332

                  Sea Island, Georgia

                  Sea Island, Georgia

                Why you should plan a trip to:

                Montage Palmetto Bluff Waterways

                Montage Palmetto Bluff

                • There are 200 guest accommodations/rooms at Montage Palmetto Bluff, along with residences that are part of the resorts rental program (they are privately owned, but fully serviced).
                • Rooms range from a Forest View King without Balcony (which you will never be in if you book your stay with Diego Travel, as you get upgrade at time of booking) in the Main Inn to 5-bedroom residences.
                • Montage Palmetto Bluff offers tennis, golf, biking, and boating, among other activities.
                • There are 8 dining experiences and 3 different pools.
                • Activities include cycling, horseback riding, hiking, boating, water and paddle sports, fly-fishing, bird-watching, sporting clays, carriage rides and archery.

                Sunset The Lodge at Sea Island

                Sea Island

                • Sea Island also has 200 guest room accommodations, plus many vacation home rentals.
                • Rooms range from River View King rooms in the Cloister to 4-5 Bedroom residences at The Lodge.  Privately-owned residences can be rented through the Sea Island Cottage Rental program, which you can find more information on my blog here.
                • Sea Island has something for everyone, with exclusive adults-only areas if you want to experience a romantic honeymoon, to accommodations for multi-generational families
                • The 65,000-square-foot Forbes Five Star Spa at Sea Island is far superior to the spa experience at Montage Palmetto Bluff, so if this is important to you, then opt for Sea Island.
                • Activities include diverse activities like tennis and squash, destination picnics, fitness classes, five miles of private beach, bike riding, 3 world-class golf courses and home to the PGA Tours RSM Classic, sporting clays, and sport shooting at the nearby Broadfield property, fishing, boating, water and paddle sports, along with many culinary experiences.

                What Is The Highlight at:

                Palmetto Bluff vs Sea Island

                Palmetto Bluff

                Montage Palmetto Bluff is situated along a winding wetlands in the picturesque town of Palmetto Bluff, a one-stop-shop for convenience for the whole family.  You dont need to leave the community throughout your entire stay, as they offer a variety of restaurants, biking, horseback riding, shooting, golfing, fishing and boating.  Though if you want to, youre a short drive to Savannah and Hilton Head.  The best part of our time at Montage Palmetto Bluff was getting out on the water by boat, and exploring the different islands.

                Palmetto Bluff vs Sea Island

                Sea Island

                Sea Island is an oceanfront front private island, unlike Palmetto Bluff which is located along a delta. To access Sea Island you must be a guest or home owner, which makes it a slightly more exclusive experience. Sea Island has a beautiful long beach and offers a broad range of activities including biking, golfing, shooting, paddleboarding, horseback riding, fishing and boating. In addition to several on property restaurants, there are many dining and shopping options at nearby St Simons island.

                Who Should Visit?

                Montage Palmetto Bluff Pool

                Palmetto Bluff

                Palmetto Bluff is a great destination for those wanting to immerse themselves in southern charm and enjoy winding waterways that frame this picturesque destination. Outdoor enthusiast can explore miles of bike and walking trails, go horseback riding, play tennis or explore miles of waterways by boat.

                 Palmetto Bluff is ideal for large, traditional family gatherings, or a romantic escape for couples who are just looking to disconnect to reconnect.  We saw a bit of everything from couples, to bachelorette/girlfriends gatherings, to families with young children and grandparents.  Because they have accommodations for everyone, it makes it very easy.

                Sea Island

                Sea Island

                Sea Island offers miles of uncrowded beaches at the Beach Club, secluded hunting at Broadfield, world class golfing at the Lodge and old world charm and elegance at the Cloister.

                While youll find everyone from families with small children, to couples celebrating their anniversary, to newlyweds on their honeymoon, Sea Island has an accommodation that will work best for you.  If you choose to celebrate your honeymoon here, youll be joining 40,000 other couples who have done so (including my grandparents!).  I would never place honeymooners in the Beach Club, just like I would not likely place a family with small children in the rooms at the Lodge.  Its best to consult with me in order to select the right fit for you.

                Need Help Deciding Which One Is Right For You?

                We are always here to walk our clients through questions, itineraries, and custom trip planning. If you really cant decide which property youll enjoy more, then we say why not enjoy both?! We have planned trips for families to enjoy one property for 3-4 nights and then drive to the other property for 3-4 nights to experience the best of both worlds. You can easily spend a few days at each, but keep in mind that during peak seasons, youll want to book well in advance for getting your top choice of accommodations at both Sea Island and Montage Palmetto Bluff. You can schedule a call to answer any questions and start planning your next escape to Montage Palmetto Bluff or Sea Island. We cant wait to make your stay extra special!


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                Terranea Resort

                Hotel Review: Terranea Luxury Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes California

                Hotel Review

                Terranea Luxury Resort, Ranchos Palos Verdes California

                A luxury oceanfront resort that embodies the California lifestyle and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Southern California coast
                MARIA DIEGO

                Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and laidback Californian lifestyle at this coastal resort, less than one hour from Downtown L.A. This Mediterranean inspired luxury hotel offers guests award-winning amenities, luxurious accommodation and a captivating range of activities and adventures for the whole family to enjoy across this 102-acre hidden gem in Southern California. 

                Perfect For: Families | Couples | Business Meetings | Team Builder Days | Outdoor and Nature Lovers | Sustainability-Focused Travelers | LA Residents wanting to escape the city

                • 33.7384,-118.3978

                  Terranea Resort

                • 33.9417,-118.41

                  LAX

                Location: Terranea is located in Rancho Palos Verdes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, also known for the Rolling Hills Estates.

                Getting ThereTerranea can be reached in under one hour from L.A. and LAX, being situated 17 miles south of LAX  or 24 miles from Long Beach Airport.

                Terranea Palos Verdes Vibe

                Vibe: Terranea truly is one of the best-kept secrets on the Southern California coast. The resort effortlessly combines sophisticated relaxation with adventure experiences so you truly feel like you’ve escaped day-to-day life to experience something extraordinary. The resort embodies what they call ‘Terranealife’, an immersive Californian experience of adventure, relaxation, great food and incredible attention to detail across its amenities and accommodation. This really is a Mediterranean escape in the heart of the West Coast.

                Accomodations: Across the 102-acre resort, Terranea offers four accommodation options to suit a range of budgets, plus an exclusive villa option for an unparalleled luxury vacation experience.

                Terranea Bathrooms

                Guestrooms: These spacious rooms come with a private balcony offering views of the Pacific Ocean, Pool views or Garden views. Designed with relaxation in mind, all guestrooms come with one king-size bed or two double beds, walk-in showers, flatscreen TV and luxury bathroom amenities provided. With the two double beds option, these rooms can sleep up to 4.

                Suites: Every suite comes with a separate living room, a fully stocked pantry and a bar, all with sweeping ocean views. Ground floor suites open onto the beautifully manicured lawns. Covering 900-2,200sq ft, suites are the ideal option if you want your own private space to relax and unwind.

                Terranea Suites

                Bungalows: Designed to give you that home-away-from-home feeling, yet completely immersed in luxury, the bungalows can all be found along the ocean’s edge and boast upgraded amenities, four-poster beds, fireplaces, an outdoor firepit and they’re adults-only, providing the ultimate escape for couples to unwind and feel rejuvenated on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean. Bungalows can sleep up to 6 adults.

                Casitas: Curating the subtle Mediterranean vibes of Terranea, these residential-style accommodations are perfect for family getaways, multi-generational family trips or groups. Casitas come with king beds, large kitchen and dining rooms, a private balcony or patio and sleep up to 8.

                Terranea Casitas

                Villas: For a totally secluded, exclusive experience, the villas at Terranea resort are the ultimate in individualized vacation experiences, with world-class amenities, and a completely private and secluded location on the resort. Villas come with up to three bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms, a private outdoor hot tub, spacious kitchen, dining and living areas, plus a large terrace and one or two-car garages.

                Food and Beverage: With an incredible nine dining options to choose from, there is something to suit everyone, every meal, every occasion or dietary requirement. Solviva embodies the resort’s focus on sustainability, with a range of dishes using locally sourced and sustainably grown produce.

                Mar’sel offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and is perfect for a romantic evening dinner, while the Catalina Kitchen and Bashi offer more modern, lively and authentic dishes. For something more casual, Nelson’s is a favorite with guests for the beautiful location on the cliffs above the ocean and the simple, surfside vibe. Sea Beans Cafe and the grill by the pool are great for light bites throughout the day.

                The Lobby Bar & Lounge is the perfect sophisticated and intimate way to end your night, with cozy fireside seating or al fresco spots with ocean views. Here you can enjoy craft cocktails and a range of wine and beers.

                Wellness: The Spa at Terranea embraces and captivates the energy of the resort’s location by the ocean and within nature. With a range of spa treatments offered by this multi-award-winning spa, you can’t go wrong with choosing a treatment here. 

                As part of the wellness offering, the resort fitness centre offers a fully equipped indoor gym and spa pool, plus activities for guests to enjoy including spin sessions, seaside yoga, seaside cycling and stretching. 

                Spa at Terranea

                Paddle boarding at Terranea

                Activities: Terranea is a real standout resort when it comes to the activities on offer and it would be impossible to recap them all here! Terranea activities are notable because there is so much to do to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, complete relaxation, family activities or kids experiences.

                The Links Golf Course is one of Terranea’s crowning jewels, being one of the country’s top-rated championship 9-hole golf courses, you can easily spend the afternoon on the course by the ocean.

                For those looking for a more active and adventurous getaway, let the resort help you book hiking excursions, horseback adventures, stand up paddleboarding, ocean kayaking or surfing lessons. There’s also a range of tour options available including guided ocean kayaking, whale watching tours or full- or half-day fishing excursions.

                Of course, Terranea is all about luxury and relaxation, so don’t miss the chance to book a private cabana and spend the day relaxing by one of the resort’s four pools. Or perhaps enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the resort’s exclusive selection of retail stores. Terranea is the opportunity to embrace the slower pace of life with a stroll along the beach, taking in the turquoise blue ocean and soaking in the sun on the property’s beach loungers.

                There’s a great selection for the kids too, from archery and falconry experiences to tide pool adventures and pony rides. There’s also a children’s discovery club throughout the week.

                What sets it apart: A huge factor that sets Terranea apart is its commitment and transparency towards sustainability. The resort is committed to protecting the landscape and nature in which it sits and is committed to minimizing its environmental footprint throughout the resort. The resort’s food waste recycling program supports their “20/20/20” goal, a pledge to reduce energy and water usage by 20% and send only 20% of its total waste to the landfill, all by the year 2020. 

                The resort donates unused toiletries to the Midnight Mission charity (nearly 300lbs in 1 month!). The resort also collaborates with Chefs to End Hunger to redistribute prepared food to local food agencies serving meals to those in need. 

                All this led to the resort being named the Platinum Adrian Award winner for Leader in Sustainable Tourism by National Geographic and HSMAI. The resort also earned the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Award for Good Earthkeeping.

                Terranea Landscaping
                Terranea Bouganvillea

                How much does Terranea cost?

                There is a range of accommodation options to suit various budgets and desired vacation experiences. 

                Prices start from $500 per night for guestrooms and up to $2,700 per night for three-bedroom casitas.

                The resort also offers member prices for a reduced rate on their accommodation options as well as packages such as The Golf Links package to include two rounds of golf and two breakfasts with your stay.  

                Diego Travel Loves: There are some things in life that words can’t describe. The experience of Terranea is one of them. From the vast range of activities to the attention to detail in the accommodation and dining experiences, each vacation here is tailored to you.

                Terranea Paddleboarding
                Diego Travel Extras at Terranea

                Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel in 2021:

                • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
                • Daily breakfast for two guests per bedroom served in Catalina Kitchen or In-Room dining (up to $60 credit)
                • $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
                  • Coastal Escape: Enjoy a Southern California vacation at Terranea and save up to 15% off our Best Available Rate. Escape for a quick weekend getaway or an extended stay. There is plenty to do outdoors such as hiking, open-air painting by the sea, archery, stand up paddleboarding, and more. Enjoy adventures by land and sea, a round of golf at The Links, or any of our dining offerings. Book and stay through September 15, 2021; Subject to minimum night stay. Offer subject to availability. Not valid for group bookings of 10 rooms or more.
                  • Book 3 Nights and get the 4th free! – Plan an incredible oceanfront getaway at Los Angeles’ hidden gem on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Enjoy plenty of time to discover, relax, and explore the unparalleled natural habitat of the Southern California coast. Book 3 nights and receive the 4th night free! If you book by September 6, 2021. Valid for stays May 26, 2021, until September 30, 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and may contain blackout dates. Not Valid for 10 or more rooms. Not valid for Ocean Front Rooms and Ocean Front Suites and Villas. Valid for consecutive days.
                  • Stay More, Save More – Rediscover more summer, more savings, and more Terranea. Enjoy more time to experience all that Terranea has to offer on the Southern California coast. 
                    • Stay 3 nights and receive 15% off 
                    • Stay 4 nights and receive 25% off 
                    • Stay 5 nights or more and receive 35% off 
                    • Book by Sep 30th for travel through Dec 23, 2021.
                    • Thursday-Friday arrivals will not be eligible for the 3-night stay offer. 

                  * Excludes oceanfront rooms and oceanfront suites and all villas. All packages are subject to minimum night stay, blackout dates and availability. Not valid for group bookings of 10 rooms or more.

                  Terranea Insider Tips:

                  Don’t miss the opportunity to book an archery lesson during your stay at Terranea. Not only will  you find no better setting than the sandy cove overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but you will not find a better instructor that Terranea’s very own USA Olympic archery team medalist. 

                  Olympic Archery Lessons at Terranea

                  Summary of Our Stay at Terranea:

                  After a week-long road trip down the Southern California coast, Terranea Resort was our final stop at the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Even though it is just 20 miles south of LAX, it might just be considered a hidden gem of California, with sweeping views across the Pacific Ocean. The waves crashing against the tall cliffs is mesmerizing, and the mist that hovers over the peninsula somehow reminded me of time spent in Ireland. I made this comment to Valerie, the sales director for Terranea during our site tour, and she said that the owners built it in a way that was actually inspired by the Amalfi coast. Okay, two different countries, but both with impressively tall cliffs and gorgeous ocean views. You get the picture.

                  Terranea Beach

                  This was a multi-generational trip for us, which has become increasingly popular during the pandemic and I think will continue to be a travel trend going forward. What does that mean? Grandparents, parents, kids, and maybe aunts, uncles and cousins joining in too. Truth be told, after a week in the car together, we all needed some extra space, and Terranea delivers just that. They have bungalows, casitas and villas, all with exterior entrances, kitchen, washer/dryer, and all the comforts of home. So whether you are staying over a weekend like we did, or a month, you could literally make yourself at home, comfortably and easily with very large groups.

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                  We arrived in the late afternoon, and our 3-bedroom oceanside casita had a huge grassy area in front of our ground floor patio that overlooked the ocean. There were no steep edges, so the kids were able to run around and chase the hundreds of wild rabbits that made their home in the foxtails. While they played on the grass and sunset approached, I set up with my laptop (per usual) at the outdoor covered table and was able to work with the most breathtaking view. To me, our accommodation was the best on property, because we had privacy, amazing views, and that grassy area for the kids. And the beauty was that it could be converted into a 1 or 2 bedroom as well. Terranea delivers on flexibility.

                  Terranea Rancho Palos Verdes

                  ​For breakfast we walked down to Catalina Kitchen, one of their 7 restaurants on property, where we took advantage of our included breakfast which you’ll always receive when you book with Diego Travel. After breakfast, the kids bee-lined it to the main family pool, one of four pools, just in time for the sun to peak out from behind the clouds, so they did a few circuits down the water slide until it was time to head down to the beach where we had a private lesson set up with the resort’s professional archery coaches, Bob and his daughter, Brooklyn. It was this experience that really set this property apart for me as a travel advisor, and someone who has seen literally hundreds of luxury hotels and resorts. The setup is right in front of the ocean along these massive cliffs, and they have the whole area roped off for you to practice a really fun sport in the most amazing setting. And yes, you can set up a proposal after an archery lesson too. Lots of adults sign up and I highly recommend the activity for a fun date night. At any rate, it was the highlight of our stay, along with the hikes we took along the nature trails around the property.

                  La Samanna Beach

                  The property is quite massive with so many different room/villa categories, and also so many different activities and dining options to choose from. I highly recommend setting up a call to discuss which one would be right for you, and reserving your activities and dining in advance. I did not take this advice, and missed out on the opportunity to enjoy the spa while there because I didn’t reserve in advance. I was incredibly impressed with how beautiful the area was, and wish we had stayed a little longer to be able to participate in the activities like kayaking, visiting the natural tide pools, more extensive hiking up to the lighthouse, and star gazing. We will definitely be back! And if you plan to go, be sure to reach out to book your stay with Diego Travel to receive your exclusive offers that Terranea often has for our clients, and so that we can VIP you and add on those additional amenities like resort credit and complimentary daily breakfast.

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                  Hotel Review: Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel, Montecito

                  Hotel Review

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach

                  A luxury beachfront hotel with modern residential beach living in Montecito, on the Southern California Coast
                  MARIA DIEGO

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel in Montecito is located on the oceanfront with views across the iconic California coastline. With 160 rooms, 26 beachfront units and exclusive residential suites, the Miramar Beach hotel combines easygoing Californian beachfront living with luxury style and attention to detail throughout.

                  Perfect For: Small families | Honeymooners | Romantic Getaways | An escape from the city

                  • 34.4204,-119.6302

                    Rosewood Miramar

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                    Santa Barbara Airport

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Location: Miramar Beach Hotel is located just eight minutes south of Downtown Santa Barbara.

                  Getting to the Rosewood Miramar Beach:The resort itself is only 15 minutes from Santa Barbara Municipal Airport which has direct flights from major US hubs including LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Denver. It’s also a great option to include on a California Coast road trip if you plan to visit the area around Santa Barbara, it’s around a 2 hour drive from LA.

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                  Vibe: Miramar means ‘to behold the sea’ and the name truly does reflect this stylish coastal resort where there is so much attention to detail in every aspect of the decor, the amenities and the experiences available. Being the only truly oceanfront resort in Montecito, your arrival feels like a moment of calm washing over you. Away from the traffic, the city and the rush of daily life, the resort encompasses oceanfront living to give you a luxurious yet home-away-from-home feel.

                  Accomodations: Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel boasts 160 rooms. The resort has 26 units on the beach, two beach house suites, and beach studios, as well as rooms and suites with ocean or garden views. The Hotel is choosing to limit their maximum occupancy to 70% for the rest of the year, so you can be sure your care is the top priority when you visit.

                  With 124 rooms on the property, you can choose from rooms overlooking the ocean or the gardens. Beach house guest rooms and studios are located on the beachfront with spacious rooms and private patios decorated in a light-airy coastal style that’s perfect for a relaxing retreat. Bungalow guest rooms offer views of the beautifully manicured gardens and lawns.

                  Lanai Guest Rooms are in the two-story Lanai House and have rooms of varying sizes for up to four guests. They also offer the choice of garden or mountain views.

                  An alternative to Rooms is their studios, which are slightly bigger than the Beach House rooms and give you the option of an additional 3rd guest with beachfront views.

                  Bungalows include the Bungalow Suites with a private courtyard, Garden Bungalow suites with private terraces and garden views, or Lanai Suites with large windows and private terraces. The bungalows all come with private entrances and offer you space and amenities beyond those of guestrooms and include luxurious and spacious parlors and fireplaces for up to four guests. The bungalows are particularly popular with honeymooners or for special anniversary trips.

                  Located on the beachfront with uninterrupted ocean views and with just two Beach House Suites available, these oceanfront suites are hugely popular. At 960sq ft, with relaxed indoor and terrace decor and accommodating up to 4 guests, the suites are a way to make your stay truly special with the beach on your doorstep.

                  The Ambassador Suite offers panoramic ocean views and is the largest accommodation option available at 1,885sq ft. The suite can accommodate up to 4 guests with living rooms, a dining area, a private kitchen, a king-size bed and a large private terrace overlooking the lawn and with full views of the ocean. Located on the second floor of the Manor House, you’re just five minutes walk from the beautiful Miramar beach.

                  Rosewood Miramar Rooms Overview

                  Rosewood Miramar Rooms

                  Rosewood Miramar Bathroom

                  Rosewood Miramar Bathroom

                  Caruso’s Restaurant Montecito

                  Food & Beverage: There’s no need to venture far thanks to the incredible six restaurants and food options at Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel. Caruso’s is Rosewood Miramar’s most gourmet option. Our meal on our first night was here and the food was beyond incredible. As was the ocean view dining at the restaurant.

                  For something more casual, the Miramar Beach Bar at the property is great for cocktails and light bites throughout the day. There’s also the Cabana Bar which is perfect for poolside refreshments.

                  The Manor Bar is the resort’s sophisticated evening option with dark wood-panel interiors, a formal bar and luxurious seating, creating a cozy evening atmosphere for drinks after dinner.

                  There’s also something for the kids too, with the popular Scoop Shop right by the pool area!

                  Wellness: Rosewood Miramar Beach is the only 5-star Forbes spa in Santa Barbara, so you’re guaranteed a luxurious retreat when you choose to stay here. In fact, most people do choose to stay for at least 3 nights to really soak in the rejuvenating, coastal calm of the resort. As well as the Sense Rosewood Spa, the resort wellness centre also offers a fitness studio, sunrise yoga and adult-only pools to relax and restore you on your trip.

                  Rosewood Miramar Spa

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Activities

                  Things to Do in Montecito:The Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel offers a range of family-friendly experiences such as family beach yoga, falconry experiences, family movie nights and the Explorer Club for kids.

                  The resort offers countless activities and excursions for adults too which are perfect for romantic getaways and special occasions like tastings at the gourmet restaurant Caruso’s or sailing the Santa Barbara Coast on a private charter cruise. If you’re looking for something more active, the hotel also offers frequent pop-up events, hiking excursions and surf excursions which can be booked upon request during your stay.

                  The resort retail experience is another amenity hand-selected by the hotel to bring luxury upscale brands to their guests. With regular pop-ups like the Dior Summer Collection, alongside boutiques like The Webster, shopping is part of the experience at Rosewood Miramar Beach.

                  What  Sets  It  Apart: When we finally had the opportunity to visit this summer, I knew our stay in Montecito and at the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel would be the highlight of our California coastal road trip. Developed by Caruso, the hotel is of course stunning, with elements throughout that show the time and attention to detail that’s given to all their properties.

                  The hotel is also child-friendly and you’ll often find a lot of families staying for the weekend. Weekdays are more popular with couples for romantic getaways, honeymoons or anniversary trips.

                  Everything about the Miramar Beach Hotel is personalized for the comfort of their guests. These are some of our favorite parts of the resort:

                  • Forbes Five-Star Rosewood Spa
                  • Scoop Shop ice cream and candies is a kids’ favorite of course!
                  • Family-friendly pools next to the Scoop Shop
                  • Adult-only pool with rentable cabanas
                  • Lincoln House Cars (one yellow, one pink!) to take you anywhere you need to go in a three-mile radius of the hotel
                  • Six restaurants and bars
                  • Bocce Ball courts and shuffleboard
                  • A coffee cart on the beach
                  • Kayak and Hobie Cat rental from the beach club
                  • Retail boutiques including Christian Dior and The Webster
                  • A 24/7 guard to assist guests with crossing the train tracks which operates a train several times a day

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                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Vibe
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                  How Much Does the Rosewood Miramar Cost? The cost varies depending on the accommodation option you choose. Prices start from $1,600  per night for garden view rooms. While an Ambassador Ocean View Suite starts at a nightly rate of $13,000.

                  Diego Travel Loves:

                  The wait for a luxury beachfront hotel of this calibre has been worth it to see the easy luxury that Rosewood Miramar creates for their guests. From the soft cream to light blue furnishings that emulate the ocean on your doorstep, to the variety of amenities for all ages and groups, Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel is effortless luxury. 

                  Rosewood Miramar
                  Beach at Rosewood Miramar Montecito

                  Extras You’ll Get with Diego Travel:

                  • Exclusive Rosewood Elite Amenities
                  • Complimentary one category upgrade upon arrival, based on availability
                  • Daily USD30 breakfast credit for up to two people per bedroom
                  • $125 Sense Spa credit per stay
                  • Welcome note and amenity from the Managing Director on behalf of Diego Travel
                  • Diego Travel Welcome Box for First-Time Clients

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Insider Tips:

                  You can request one of the Beach House Studios which are further from the restaurant. By booking with Diego Travel, we can choose the specific room you wish to be placed in for your trip.

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                  Summary of Our Stay at the Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California:

                  When I heard that Rosewood Hotels opened the Rosewood Miramar Beach in the heart of Montecito in 2019, I was ecstatic because it would be the area’s first truly beachfront resort with rooms on the water.

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito California

                  My husband and I had been visiting the area for years due to work obligations and family living in the area, so we couldn’t get there soon enough. Santa Barbara is one of my favorite destinations in the world, especially for it’s casual California surfer meets upscale hippy chic vibe, so I mapped out our itinerary from morning to night with activities like shopping, dining and time for the beach.  Pulling up to Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel feels like stepping into a European resort. The bellmen and valet greeted us and addressed us by name from the start. The sales director met me straight away along with two other colleagues and made us feel at home. We arrived prior to check-in time, so they had one of our rooms ready for us, so that the kids could immediately change into their swimsuits and head for the beach, while my mom and I ditched them to hit the shops. And speaking of shops, the hotel itself has a few of my favorites, including the pop-up shop by Christian Dior, which was absolutely stunning, a personal favorite – Brunello Cucinelli, Goop by the famous Gwyneth Paltrow, and The Webster, which also has a location in Miami Beach. Another on-property favorite is the James Perse store, which cannot be missed for travel basics like comfortable lounge pants and basic tees. However, I had been eyeing hitting my favorite series of stores by Wendy Foster that have locations in Santa Barbara, Montecito and Los Olivos. Speaking of Los Olivos, while we didn’t have time on this trip to spend some time in Santa Ynez Valley, I always suggest to my clients who love wine and horses to split their time between that region, just an hour north of Santa Barbara.  

                  Dior Boutique Rosewood Miramar Beach

                  After a day of shopping, and the kids has their fill of the pool and beach, we met for dinner at Caruso’s, the formal beachfront restaurant that offers a truly fine dining experience that really transports you to Europe.  The experience was impeccable, and the food was delicious…and if you’re in the right company, stop for drinks at the bar just before dinner.  Post-dinner, we were happy to let the kids run free on the sprawling grassy lawn while my husband and I leaned back in some of the white adirondack lawn chairs, people and star gazing while we talked.  While an intimate wedding was going on while we were on property, it really didn’t take away from our experience, as the property is so large that we wouldn’t have even noticed had we not walked by the dancing bride and groom and a roomful of infectious laughter and live music coming from the Manor Bar on our walk back to our bungalow.

                  Caruso’s Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito CA

                  I would be remiss not to mention the experience of the service itself at Rosewood Miramar Beach.  Everyone addressed us by name, and the welcome amenities for myself and the kids went above and beyond. (No, I’m not spoiling the surprise, because when you book with Diego Travel, you’ll also get spoiled by these amenities). One evening, the bath tub wouldn’t fill so we determined there was something wrong with the stopper.  Within minutes, a man arrived and quickly replaced the bath tub stopper.

                  Rosewood Miramar Beach Turndown Service

                  The grounds are beautifully landscaped and have special touches throughout, which makes your stay there feel magical.  We really didn’t want to leave the property at all, and  spent very little time going out to eat at outdoor restaurants like Bouchon and Jeanette’s, and visited the Santa Barbara zoo – my favorite because it’s small enough to not be too tiring for the little kids, yet with beautiful views of the ocean, especially from the giraffes.

                  Santa Barbara Zoo

                  Some of the things we did not have time for, but I would have loved to plan, is the bespoke beach picnic that the hotel will set up for you on the beach.  I also would have loved to have time to charter a boat ride to sail along the Santa Barbara coast, but we ran out of time.

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                  One of the highlights of the trip was visiting Montecito Country Mart in the Rosewood Miramar’s cute yellow vintage car – they have a pastel yellow, pink and blue one and are available to drive you to any location within Montecito on a first-come, first-serve basis.  My kids loved this experience!  They also love the bocce ball and shuffle board and kept themselves busy with that while I got in quick last-minute trip to the spa for a massage.  Hey, someone has to research!  The massage was phenomenal, and while it’s small, the areas are pristine and decorated in the perfect way that Rick Caruso appointed the rest of the resort.

                  Let’s go to Rosewood Miramar

                  Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway, a longer summer vacation or a California coast road trip, the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel is a great option for families, couples or special occasions. Our stay at Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel was truly special and we only wish we could have stayed longer – I highly recommend a minimum 3-night stay, but if you truly want to do it all in Santa Barbara and Montecito, you’ll need a little longer. Contact Diego Travel today so we can help you book your perfect Montecito vacation, and add Rosewood Elite amenities and the VIP touch to your stay.  

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