The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means summer vacation season—our favorite time of year—is right around the corner. If you’re looking for some travel inspiration, we tapped our trusted advisors to tell us their top destinations for summer 2019. Also in this edition, we talked to our clients, the talented Carpenter family (they’re on the road a whopping 300 days a year!), who tell us how they combine work and leisure, as well as their favorite classical music spots around the world. And finally, we’re bringing you some of the culinary must-try’s in Cape Town’s amazing food scene.
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
Virtuoso Travel Week may well be the travel equivalent of New York Fashion Week. Every August, the F1S team heads to Las Vegas to meet with the who’s who in the luxury travel world – from the most exclusive new names in hotels and cruising to VIP tour companies. The goal? To make sure we’re on top of trends and in touch with the best of the best for you.
Interested in the hottest emerging luxury and experiential destinations? According to Virtuoso, travel to these Top 10 countries has seen the biggest surge this year:
3. St. Martin
7. South Africa
Some of our favorite hotels were also honored in the “Best of the Best” awards:
Hotel of the Year: Borgo Egnazia, Savellerti di Fasano, Italy
Best Achievement in Design: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
Best Culinary Experience: The Farmhouse Restaurant , Farmhouse Inn, California
Best Bar: The New York EDITION, New York
Best Family Program: Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Best Experience: Belmond Hotel das Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Sustainable Tourism Leadership: andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
One to Watch: Hotel Eden Rome, Dorchester Collection, Rome, Italy
Hotelier of the Year: José Silva, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France