Author Archive for Hilary Stockton

4 of the best luxury resort kids' clubs

4 of the best luxury resort kids’ clubs

Luxury hotels aren’t just for honeymooners and couples. Families with young children who truly want a relaxing vacation know to head to a luxury resort that offers a great kids’ club, so kids can have fun with other kids while parents get some time to themselves to explore, relax and recharge. Here are my top […]

6 tips to upgrade your travel

6 tips to upgrade your travel

Do you wish you could upgrade your travel, for example fly first class instead of economy class, access airport lounges, be upgraded more often at hotels, and just generally enjoy a more luxurious vacation? Here are my top tips for how to upgrade your travel: 1. Plan ahead One of the most expensive mistakes some […]

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […]

Top 3 luxury hotels in Hong Kong

Top 3 luxury hotels in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city, resulting in an iconic skyline that forms the backdrop for a nightly laser show showcasing some of its most dramatic skyscrapers. But it’s more than a top financial center and trade hub; it’s practically a must on any trip to Asia, especially for foodies and nightlife aficionados. […]

8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets

8 top tips for flying first class on frequent flyer award tickets

Ever dream of flying Singapore Suites, Cathay Pacific First Class, Etihad First Class Suites, Lufthansa First Class and other first class airline cabins, but think that they’re impossibly out of reach? They don’t have to be, depending in part on where you’re located, on your credit score, and on your flexibility. You don’t even have […]

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

Top 10 reasons to stay in a luxury hotel over Airbnb

A luxury hotel is a better choice for a true luxury traveler than Airbnb or the myriad of apartment rental services. While budget travelers are often well served by rentals, which are usually cheaper than mid-range hotels, there are a number of advantages that luxury hotels offer compared to rentals. 1. Better value If you’re a […]

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

The best NYC luxury hotels with a pool

What are the best New York City luxury hotels with a swimming pool? Many people visiting NYC with kids ask me this question, as do some guests who regularly swim laps for exercise. Space is at a premium in NYC, so there are very few luxury hotels with a swimming pool. It’s a great amenity, […]

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii

The best luxury hotels in Hawaii command high premiums, and for good reason: each has a loyal following that returns year after year, in addition to the many couples visiting for the first time on a special honeymoon or anniversary trip, or families splurging on a very special Hawaiian vacation. As a Virtuoso luxury travel […]

Singapore luxury: Singapore Suites and the Four Seasons Singapore

Singapore luxury: Singapore Suites and the Four Seasons Singapore

Seeking a luxurious getaway to Singapore? It’s hard to beat Singapore Suites and the Four Seasons Singapore for some serious pampering. Here’s what you can look forward to by upgrading your flights to and hotel stay in this cosmopolitan city. Singapore Suites’ “Book the Cook” Want to pick out a special gourmet meal even before […]

A bucket list must: Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Java

A bucket list must: Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Java

If Amanjiwo isn’t yet on your luxury travel bucket list, it should be. Its name means peaceful soul, and peace is exactly what you’ll find during your stay in this beautiful, intimate setting, with just 36 suites set in two crescents around a graceful rotunda that echoes the striking design of Buddhist sanctuary Borobudur. Getting […]

8 reasons to escape to the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

8 reasons to escape to the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui

An oasis of 42 lushly landscaped acres, the Four Seasons Koh Samui offers sweeping ocean views at every turn, a white sand beach, stand alone villas, each with its own private pool, and of course quintessentially gracious Four Seasons service. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, anniversary trip or even trying to plan a romantic escape […]

7 items to eat and drink on a luxury trip to Marrakech, Morocco

7 items to eat and drink on a luxury trip to Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech, Morocco is not only a wonderful romantic getaway – it’s a fascinating foodie destination as well. Don’t miss trying both exotic Moroccan delicacies as well as some healthy, locally grown foods. Read on for our seven ideas to satisfy your appetite on your next visit to Morocco’s fourth largest city. Traditional tagine Tagines and […]

Top 7 reasons to use a luxury travel advisor

Top 7 reasons to use a luxury travel advisor

Think you’re getting the best deal booking luxury travel yourself online? Think again. While if you’re a budget traveler, you probably can get many of the best bargains yourself, the same isn’t true for luxury travel. If your taste runs to the very best luxury hotels and airline products the world has to offer, here’s […]

Top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks

Top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks

A list of the top 10 luxury hotel kid-friendly perks might sound strange at first. Aren’t 5-star hotels for couples, rather than kids and families? Think again–even some of the most luxurious hotels you can imagine now offer kid-friendly services and amenities, helping make it a true vacation for mom and dad, not just a […]

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Top 5 luxury hotel suites in Europe

Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime honeymoon trip to Europe or are a celebrity and only the best will do for you and your entourage, you’ll want not just a 5-star hotel in a great location, but a suite, preferably one with a fantastic view. Here are my picks for the best luxury […]