JetSet Destinations: The French Riviera

I have been to France 4 times, yet this past visit in December was my first trip to the Riviera. Going to Cannes for a travel trade show, I had planned a pre-trip to Bordeaux. Unfortunately (and now fortunately), my flight was overbooked from Chicago to Bordeaux, forcing me into Cannes two days earlier than expected.

Seeing this as glass-half-full-scenario, I truly immersed myself into the Riviera culture. I walked along the boardwalk full of restaurants, joggers, bikers, and French tourists in town for their holiday shopping. I stopped at the local Cannes market for fresh cheese and grapes, stood in line for 20 minutes at the best bakery in town for my white baguette (totally worth it!), bought sparkling water and an espresso, and headed to the port to catch the ferry for Ile Sainte-Marguerite Island about a half a mile off shore. The island only has about 20 residents and miles and miles of beautiful wide path trails. Trees line the trails like fans at a marathon, comforting you and chanting you on along your way to the sea for the sunset.

The following day, Julia and I decided to hire a driver to venture out along the beautiful, ever-so-changing coast of the French Riviera. I truly had no idea the change that occurs within an hour and a half drive. The picturesque cliffs jetting up in the sky tower over the sea creating magnificent beauty. We drove through Antibes first, a bustling seaside town, continuing through Nice, the gateway to the Riveria, and finally turning the corner to the dramatic hills full of houses with views of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. We had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. Even the view from the outdoor gym was nothing less than gorgeous. If we had more time a trip up to the beautiful town of Eze for lunch would have capped the experience. Lying inland, don’t forget about Grasse, the birthplace of perfume, to mix up your own scent to bring home a little bit of the French Riviera.

For more information about creating your Riviera experience, contact Melissa Pugh at Melissa@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Hotels: The American Club

So often when we think about world class service, we forget that we can find it in our own backyard.  A perfect example is where village charm meets old-world elegance at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.  Their gracious hospitality has been recognized as a Forbes Five-Star destination, one of 57 worldwide, and the first and only in the state of Wisconsin.  With all the awards, expectations can be hard to overcome but this luxury property goes above and beyond to show that the Midwest can compete around the globe.  The amazing staff (most are native to Wisconsin) could not be friendlier with their down to earth professionalism that makes every guest feel respected and at ease from the moment they are greeted at the door and continuing throughout their stay.

No matter what type of escape you are searching for, there is truly something for everyone at Kohler.  It is perfect for those looking for a special romantic experience, a girl’s getaway, a solo trip to recharge, a family vacation packed with activities for kids of all ages or a golf weekend with your best friends.   Just an hour from Milwaukee or two hours from Chicago, this intimate and sultry property transports its guests to a special place without the stuffiness found at some pretentious hotels.   Many destinations can fall short with inconsistent service but Kohler impresses guests beginning with the little things such as being greeted by name throughout their stay.  Regardless if they are in their room, on the golf course, indulging in one of the nine dining establishments that cater to varied palettes or at the spa, the staff shines at understated graciousness.  Truly, Kohler is just small town America at its best.

For more information, please contact Jill Taylor: jill@jetsetworldtravel.com

JetSet Experiences: For the Love of Travel

Who doesn’t love to travel, and what better way to express your love than by escaping with your sweetheart by your side! Happily unattached and looking to party? Why not celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day! From sexy to sweet, romantic to rejuvenating, here are a few of our favorite ways to woo your love (or celebrate your single status) this Valentine’s Day:

Hideaway amenities at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Preparing to propose, celebrating your honeymoon or just looking to set the mood… these unique and fun amenities include love potion, massage oils, scented candles and more.

The Chalkley Treehouse at Lion Sands Private Game Reserve; South Africa. Spend a night in this ultimate bush bedroom among the vast African landscape.  The privacy and seclusion allows you to be completely alone in the wilderness, while still enjoying the luxuries of a five star safari lodge.

Underwater dining at Anantara Kihavah; Maldives.  Wine and dine at this one-of-a-kind underwater wine cellar and restaurant surrounded by tropical marine life.  Superb cuisine and service combined with an unforgettable setting will surely be an island highlight.

Vinotherapie at Les Sources de Caudalie. Set near Bordeaux, France you’ll find this perfect wine-country escape nestled among its own historic vineyards and gardens.  Enjoy their unique spa treatments, which combine natural hot spring water with the most recent scientific discoveries of the benefits of the grape and the grapevine.  You’ll return home rejuvenated and recharged.

Not feeling the love this year? Grab your girls or make a guys weekend out of it and head to Vegas for the “Love Bites” anti-Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu at the Paris Las Vegas. Featuring a menu that sappy lovers won’t be allowed to enjoy: a creamy garlic soup, a “bleeding heart” arancini (fried risotto balls oozing with smoked salt beet gelee) and barbeque pork ribs. The anti-cupid celebration will finish with “cold hearted” vanilla semifreddo, topped with pistachio butter and burnt cherry compote.

For more ways to romance the one you love (or not), contact Michelle Pragnell: michelle@jetsetworldtravel.com