Author: Kristen Ordonez

Experiential Travel

Learn why you should hide the guidebook. By Sarah Binder Photo courtesy Ker & Downey; ©Rosita Stumpel Luxury travel used to involve a simple formula — determine where you want to go; work with a provider to book the essentials; and enjoy “luxuriousness,” which likely would not extend beyond the trappings of your boutique hotel room. As the ultimate caretakers of precious leisure and family time, several trailblazing companies — renowned for thought leadership, unparalleled customer service, extensive networks, and encyclopedic knowledge — are responding to their clients’ desire for more meaningful luxury travel. In recent years, a new...

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Dreaming on Cloud Nine

Does your princess dream of resting her head on an air balloon? Does your prince dream of sleeping in his very own car-spired suite? Circu proves these dreams are possible with luxurious designs fit for young kings and queens. By Hannah Fakhrzadeh Fantasy Air Balloon This limited edition bed is easily customizable for any gender. The balloon is a bed and sofa combo, and can be converted from a luxury baby nest to a teen’s sofa as your child grows. The bed’s bottom is made using a traditional basketry technique; the top portion is constructed from wood with white...

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Seasonal Tips and Traditions of a Sommelier

Photos courtesy Nicky Hamila. By Kristen Ordonez With the winter holidays already in full effect, there’s no better way to liven up some of the traditions of the holiday season then to uncork a bottle of wine. However, whether it is for a casual get-together among friends or the annual holiday party, figuring out which wines go with certain foods can sometimes build more stress during this busy time of year. What better way to alleviate the stress then through some wine pairing tips from a seasoned sommelier? Kris Margerum, Head Sommelier at Auberge du Soleil and the genius behind the...

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