10 Reasons to Stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Feeding the elephants on arrival at Anantara Hotel Chiang Rai

It took the longest travel day to get to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort, in northern Thailand. My journey began by flying from New York to London on British Airways. During the six-hour layover, I took a shower in the club and had brunch at a nearby pub before flying 11 hours […]

9 Reasons to Stay at The Langham Sydney

Langham Sydney bed

As soon as I heard that the Langham Hotels chain had entered the Sydney market, I immediately wanted to check out the new hotel. After all, Langham is a luxury hotel group that’s been around for a while (their first hotel opened in 1865). The Langham Sydney (rates start at $315 AUD or $292 US) opened in […]

10 Reasons to Stay at The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu room

I can’t believe that I’ve been to Oahu approximately 15 times in the past 15 years. Each time I visit I usually end up hitting one of the neighboring islands first (this trip, my wife and I went to Kauai). But no matter which island I go to, I always find myself spending at least […]

10 Reasons to Stay at Cavallo Point

View from balcony

I’ve been fortunate enough to have traveled all over the world, and whenever someone finds out they almost always ask me for two things: my favorite place and my favorite hotel. Well, both answers require sorting through a long list but turns out choosing a favorite place is a lot more difficult than choosing a hotel. […]

3 award-worthy Dan hotels in Israel

Dan Panorama Tel Aviv pool

On a five-day trip to Israel, I stayed at three Dan hotels and noticed something special about each one. “If I could give each establishment an award, what would it be?” I thought. And my fickle mind couldn’t decide on just one award so each gets two. Read on to find out how these hotels compare […]

10 Reasons to Go to Ballyfin


Recently, Natalie and I both spoke at the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) conference in Dublin. She has always wanted to go to Ireland and since her birthday was the same week, I wanted to take her somewhere over-the-top special. I contacted a few Irish friends and learned that Ballyfin is arguably the nicest hotel/manor house […]

First Look at Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp

Infinity pool

Jambo! I have the honor to be among the first guests to stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Mahali Mzuri Kenya Safari Camp. It’s located in the Motorogi Conservancy in the Masai Mara in Kenya. The 12 unique tents sort of resemble the shape of a spaceship … and are making ordinary safari lodges extraordinary. Not […]

10 Reasons to Stay at the ME London

Aura Host

On March 1, the ME London officially opened at the southern tip of Covent Garden. It’s the luxury brand of the Spanish hotel group Meliá. It’s now their flagship property and their fifth hotel with a sixth property opening soon in Vienna. The hotel is unique and hip, and here are my 10 reasons why you might […]