Author Archive for Hilary Stockton

24 hours in Tokyo

24 hours in Tokyo

Tokyo is a fascinating city, with a greater Tokyo population of nearly 40 million, and deserves far more than 24 hours, but if that’s all you have, en route to another destination in Asia, I have some recommendations for making the most of your visit. 1. Arrive refreshed in ANA First Class, JAL First Class […]

Top 5 luxury hotel perks and where to find them

Top 5 luxury hotel perks and where to find them

There are many great reasons to stay in luxury hotels, from round the clock attentive service, lavish bathrooms with separate rain showers and soaking tubs, in-room espresso machines, and superb amenities such as Michelin starred restaurants, swimming pools, and award winning spas. And by now savvy travelers understand how to reserve these hotels with complimentary […]

3 of the world's best luxury treehouse hotels

3 of the world’s best luxury treehouse hotels

Remember the sheer joy of hiding out in a treehouse as a child, surrounded by leafy branches and sky? You can share that wonderful feeling with your significant other or your family, yet with the convenience of creature comforts and even a jacuzzi or pool, at these luxury hotels with treehouses. Since these are unique […]

5 reasons to use your miles and points for first class and business class flights

5 reasons to use your miles and points for first class and business class flights

If you’re sitting on hundreds of thousands of frequent flyer miles and points, don’t cash them out for gift cards, a toaster, or use the Pay with Points option if you want to maximize their value. Instead, consider planning your trips well in advance (we plan ours about a year in advance) in order to […]

5 foodie experiences not to miss in Paris

5 foodie experiences not to miss in Paris

Paris offers a veritable feast for the senses, from beautiful gardens, museums and historical sights to some of the world’s finest luxury hotels, offeringáelegant and stylish rooms and suites, pools with underwater music, intuitive service, and stunning flowers and decor that change with the season. But in a very literal sense, Paris is an edible […]

6 top tips for a perfect weekend in Washington, DC

6 top tips for a perfect weekend in Washington, DC

Washington, DC may be best known to international visitors as the capital of the U.S. and home of the White House, which will soon have a new occupant, but its many museums and memorials make it a popular destination for U.S. residents as well. Since the city is often hot and humid during the summer […]

Top 3 must-visit Vietnam luxury resorts and hotels

Top 3 must-visit Vietnam luxury resorts and hotels

Vietnam, long popular with backpackers, now offers luxury experiences for the discerning traveler as well. Pair this with beautiful scenery and fantastic French-inflected Vietnamese cuisine and it’s well worth wrapping up an adventurous Asia trip with a stay at one or all three of these Vietnamese luxury resorts and hotels. 1. Amanoi Amanoi is situated […]

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

4 great airport lounge perks and where to find them

Airport lounges are known for offering a more peaceful respite from chaotic boarding gates, complimentary food and drinks, and sometimes a refreshing shower. But some First Class lounges offer other fantastic perks. Here are four of my favorite lounge perks, and where to find them: 1. Sleeping room It often seems to me that the […]

3 must-try restaurants in St. Petersburg, Russia

3 must-try restaurants in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia may not come to mind when you’re thinking of foodie destinations, but this “Venice of the North” has come into its own recently, with gastropubs serving new Russian cuisine popping up, in addition to a number of stalwarts serving excellent classics, not to mention restaurants serving the justly popular dishes of the […]

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

4 superb London luxury boutique hotels

London is a favorite cityáto visit, both as the main destination and as part of an extended European trip. And for Europeans, it’s a great long weekend break (or even a staycation, for Londoners). Tastes often diverge when it comes to where to stay, even in the luxury hotel market, but fortunately London offers superb […]

6 reasons to plan your luxury travel a year in advance

6 reasons to plan your luxury travel a year in advance

Should you plan a trip far in advance or last minute, to take advantage of possible deals? If the trip you’re planning is one involving luxury hotel or resort stays, cruises and first class or business class, you should plan as far in advance as possible – generally a year in advance. If the procrastinator […]

4 incredible luxury wildlife experiences

4 incredible luxury wildlife experiences

If you’re fascinated by wildlife, yet also have a taste for luxury and the finer things in life, there are several experiences that should be on your bucket list. There’s nothing better than seeing wild animals in their natural environment, while also being able to enjoy some of the loveliest accommodations and cuisine that money […]

Top 5 reasons to visit Bora Bora

Top 5 reasons to visit Bora Bora

There are many reasons Bora Bora is such a favorite honeymoon and anniversary destination with my clients – who wouldn’t want to wake up to surreal turquoise water, snorkel and dive with manta rays, and enjoy the privacy of your very own overwater bungalow? In case your other half or family still needs to be […]

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

Top 4 new luxury hotel openings in 2016

A number of new luxury hotels are opening in 2016, from Japan to Italy to the Caribbean to Hawaii. Although there are many tempting options, my clients are particularly interested in the following, which I consider the top 4 luxury hotel openings of 2016: 1. Amanemu: now Open A new Aman Resort is cause for […]

The 3 best business class airline seats

The 3 best business class airline seats

If you have a long international flight, flying business class is one of the best ways to get proper rest and arrive more refreshed and less jet-lagged at your destination. Business class is of course not as luxurious as first class, so don’t expect the attentive service, closing suite doors, onboard chef, and even onboard […]

Top 3 luxury hotels in Boston

Top 3 luxury hotels in Boston

Founded in 1630, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., with historical sites that include Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, the Boston Tea Party Museum, the Old State House, and Boston Common, the nation’s oldest city park. Yet Boston is far from a living museum (although it does have some lovely collections–don’t […]

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